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 It's been a good run, a mere 60 trips around the sun and only 782 full moons. I've been able to watch the snow clouds whip across the summit of Mt. McKinley in mid-summer. I gave the eulogy at my Mothers funeral. I viewed the magnificent Ware Collection of Glass Flowers at Harvard University. I watched two healthy sons come into the world. I saw the pristine beauty of New Zealand. I waded into the "crowd" on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. I hunted dinosaur fossils in the Badlands. I met my wife in Cancun, Mexico. I stood at Michael Milkens X-shaped trading desk in the Beverly Hills office of Drexel Burnham Lambert. I was accepted into 5 law schools. I ate in the lobster houses of Baja, Mexico. I know the thrill of Space Mountain. I looked down from the Eiffel Tower. I caught fish in Canada till my arms ached. I walked the Salomon Brothers trading floor in 7 World Trade before 9/11. I have seen the treasures of King Tut. I know the biggest components of net worth are great health and the ability to function. I asked my wife to marry me at the foot of the Golden Gate Bridge. I made long ocean swims in the cold. I looked down from a helicopter over Yankee Stadium. I learned that if it is a problem about money it is not really a problem. I felt the heat and humidity in Tahiti. I still want to be the winning jockey on the winning horse in the Kentucky Derby. I was in the Swiss Banks in Geneva. I have seen the Crown Jewels. I watched schools of tuna in a feeding frenzy. I watched 3 space missions blast off. I sipped scotch at the Ritz in Paris. I looked the Mona Lisa in the eye. I floated in the Dead Sea. I walked the most beautiful beaches in the world. I have eaten shrimp the size of lobsters and octopus the size of shrimp in Australia. I rode bucking horses in rodeo's. I know the best hugs come from your own children. I am still pained by the massacre at Wounded Knee. I saw aurora borealis so bright I thought I was seeing heaven from earth. I have heard the primordial howling of coyotes across many sunsets. I partied in the original Hotel California. I have seen death in many forms. I sailed from Catalina Island to San Diego. I earned a college degree. I partied at the Roxy. I learned I chose excellent parents. I admired Mt. Blanc from Café di Midi". I have been in planes that have landed on ice, on water, on snow and in cow pastures. I have ridden a motorcycle across much of the American West. I identified hundreds of different birds. I saw the artistry and beauty of World Cup soccer. I have been lost in the Louvre. I prayed at the Wailing Wall in Jerusalem. I watched the Challenger explode live on TV. I have had more fun than any man should have. I have been to the diamond cutters in Amsterdam. I grew up in the poorest county in America and lived in LaJolla. I marched as a cadet at the United States Military Academy at West Point. I know leverage works both ways in the stock market. I lost my best friend to a lightning strike. I danced in European discos and Native American pow-wows. I miss my grandparents more every year. I took my Mom to Mazatlan. I saw the Mid-night sun in Alaska! I saw two million birds in one flock. I learned that success has nothing to do with money and everything to do with how you feel about yourself. I never smoked a nicotine cigarette. I had the privilege to coach youth football. I have felt the roar of rushing Minnesota rivers in the spring. I danced in Studio 54 and at Danceteria. I know the beauty of Diamond Head. I know the laughter of friends and the spite of enemies. I know the power of big surf. I changed at least 5,000 diapers for my sons. I looked into the crater of Mt. Saint Helen's. I have been to two Olympic Games. I still dream big dreams. I know the gurgle of the Mississippi River headwaters. I know Native American racism. I ran 5k's, 10k's, 10 mile races and half-marathons. I have owned my share of winning stocks. I always questioned my dentist. I know the beauty of white-capped waves on the Sea of Gallillee. I fined a large brokerage firm $1,000,000. I remember the Minnesota Blizzard of 1975. My sailboat was nearly capsized by migrating whales. I love eating breakfast at Harry's in LaJolla. I lunched often at Harry's on Wall Street. I was on the flight deck of the USS Kitty Hawk during F-14 flight operations. I looked down on Chamonix from the French Alps. I have become a better trader every year. I know that a house is not a home without family. I know the best music came out of the 80s. I felt the warmth and life ebb from my father's body as he went into the next world and it was good. I have seen the brilliance of the Taj Mahal and tried to fathom the ghastly mass of humanity and pollution percolating in India. I have felt the power of young lions in my hands and looked a tiger straight in the eye. And, I know the real party is in Heaven! Lastly I married the most beautiful woman in America. What an amazing woman I met that night in Cancun and she agreed to partner on this life adventure. Wife, partner, friend, mother of the two finest sons any man could ask for; the love of my life, here's to many more!


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