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An ordinary Fool



December 19, 2006 – Comments (2)

Hello fellow CAPS players.

I have a confession to make. I’ve been spending a few days trying to think of something interesting, funny, or insightful to add to my CAPS blog – and have pretty much come up blank.

Yes, I know, I’m the top rated player in CAPS – a lot of you have made me one of your favorites in CAPS, and a bunch of you have sent me e-mails along the way – and thanks! And while I think I’ve done a pretty good job of not letting some temporary success in what is, after all, a game, get to my head, sometimes I feel as though I should write something here that educates, enriches, or amuses in a meaningful way. You know, some bit of advice or insight befitting that which would come from the Top Fool.

Truth is most of what I’ve learned about investing so far has come from this very place we call the Motley Fool. I can’t think of anything particularly new or enlightening at the moment that can’t already be found here, and written by probably better writers than I’ll ever be.

So, if I have no real sage words of investing advice, maybe I’ll skip the ‘educate’ part of the Foolish mantra and try the ‘amuse’ or ‘enrich’ part.

While I like to think I have a fair sense of humor, truth is I’ll never be half as funny as our very own TMFElCapitan. That guy really cracks me up! If you haven’t read his blog yet, I couldn’t recommend it more highly… compared to him, humor certainly isn’t my forte.

So, just who is this Top Fool guy then? Why in the heck should anyone pay any attention to him if he doesn’t even have anything insightful, or even funny, to say? Good question.

It’s probably some fault of my own that I feel some kind of need to try to at least partially live up to the expectations I think the Foolish community might have of one who has worn the sparkly Top Fool cap for so long – but I’m just an ordinary guy. A guy with a wife, a young daughter, aging parents – one of whom is in failing health – a guy who goes to work, loves to read a book to his daughter before putting her to bed, and then usually lies down on the couch and talks to his wife while they watch television together.

Maybe I’ll come up with something particularly enlightening or entertaining sometime soon. Even ordinary guys get a spark from the Muses every once in a while – though they’ve been avoiding me recently for some reason.

And maybe that’s the point. Maybe the point is that there is no myth, or mystery, or anything particularly significant that makes the guy who just happens to be, for now, Top Fool, any different from any other Fool. Maybe the point is that by learning together, and from one another, a bunch of ordinary people with ordinary lives can find truly great investments that enrich their financial well-being and make learning fun by sharing their wit and humor.

I am, after all, just an ordinary Fool – though as I think about this just a little more, that in and of itself may be the truly special and extraordinary thing I’d been looking for all along.

2 Comments – Post Your Own

#1) On December 20, 2006 at 1:26 AM, fibreoptik (84.63) wrote:

Pffft... ordinary schmordinary :p

Dude you're a WIZARD! And I'm a flipping apprentice that is currently getting pwnt left and right by every spell I cast.

I'll just go sulk in the corner with my JDS Uniphase stock and my receipt for the Burning Crusade pre-order... lol?...

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#2) On December 20, 2006 at 3:05 PM, TMFSpiffyPop (99.83) wrote:

Russell, very nice column. --David

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