Aug

4

 John Voelker was a Michigan Supreme Court Justice, an attorney, and an author. But I think he didn't really like to do those things as much as he liked to fish.

Many fishermen are familiar with John Voelker's response when asked why he fished for trout. For those who are not I wish to quote his answer.

"I fish because I love to, because I love the environs where trout are found, which are invariably beautiful; and hate the environs where people are found, which are invariably ugly; Because of all the television commercials, cocktail parties, social posturing I thus escape; Because in a world where most men seem to spend their lives doing things they hate, my fishing is, at once, an endless source of delight and an act of small rebellion; Because trout do not lie, or cheat, or cannot be bought, or impressed by power, but respond only to quietude and humility, and endless patience; Because I suspect that men are going along this way, for the last time, and I, for one, don't want to waste the trip; Because mercifully there are no telephones on trout waters; Because only in the woods can I find solitude without loneliness; Because bourbon out of an old tin cup always tastes better out there; Because maybe one day I'll catch a mermaid; And finally, not because I regard fishing as being so terribly important, but because I suspect that so many of the other concerns of men are equally unimportant and not nearly so much fun."

I thought it would be fun to exchange the word "fishing" for that of "trading", with a little manipulation, and see how close it came to my own sentiments about trading.

I trade because I love to; Because I love the environs where a trade is found, which is invariably beautiful, and hate the environs where no trade is found, which is invariably ugly; Because in a world where most men seem to spend their lives doing things they hate, my trading is, at once, an endless source of delight and an act of small rebellion; Because once a trade is placed it cannot lie, or cheat, or impressed by power, but respond only to quietude and humility, and endless patience; Because mercifully there are no telephones in electronic trading; Because freshly squeezed lime juice mixed into ice cold Coke tastes better than from a vending machine; Because maybe one day I'll trade like Niederhoffer, Wisdom, Williams, Sogi, Brooks, Haave; And finally, not because I regard trading as being so terribly important, but because I suspect that so many of the other concerns of men are equally unimportant and not nearly so much fun. 


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