This week may very well be another truncated one for me, or at least I will probably trade 2 days less than usual.

The New York Stock Exchange traded strongly today. There were opportunities – mostly on the short side. I was fortunate because of the way the markets looked, I felt like I could size up and I did. With the exception of maybe 2 or three trades in my asset trades, I went full or close to full capacity in terms of capital exposure.

I traded Cocoa this morning as the asset of choice and I had an easier time as there were “ledges” to hold onto and jump from. Most of the opportunities there were bounces towards the long side. Overall, today was a productive day and it really set the tone for the rest of the week, especially given my timetable for it.

My wife and I were on our way to breakfast with some family friends on Sunday morning, but we were running late. The moment we go into the truck she got a call from her friend saying that her elder father missed the curb on the sidewalk on the way into the restaurant and ended up tripping and falling into the railing thus breakfast may have to wait. She said that we’d be there as quickly as possible to help out. She hung up and we were off to the restaurant. About 10 minutes or so later, while we’re on the freeway, she gets another call and even driving at freeway speeds in my truck, I can hear that the voice on the other end is frantic. My wife is looking like she just saw a ghost. After assuring her friend that we’ll be there in less than 10 minutes, I drive faster than normal. While waiting for the ambulance to arrive at the restaurant, the father had apparently gone into cardiac arrest. I’m trying to get to the restaurant so my wife and I could help but as we are pulling in, I can see the ambulance putting the stretcher inside. We pulled up just in time where my wife was able to find her friend, hysterical at this point. The police told us what hospital they were headed to and our group convoyed over there. I let my wife ride in the EMS van with her friend.

We all got to the hospital and waited near the emergency room. After 45 minutes, I saw my wife come out looking for me. I knew as soon as I saw her sullen face. I think everyone in the group  knew.

I’m sure services will be set as soon as possible per the father’s advanced directives so I’m just trying to conduct business as usual until I get definitive information.

I knew the father. I had gotten a chance to talk to him. He was quite healthy for his age and moved better than someone who was probably 5 or 6 years younger. I just couldn’t believe that it ended for him that way. My wife’s friend is obviously distraught and bereaved. What do you do when something like that happens? It’s something that comes so far out of left field that you’re in shock. At the risk of sounding cliché, “you never know what the day will bring you”. While I’m thankful that I have this day, I am painfully aware that for our friend and her family, it feels like the world just caved in on them.

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