Part of this actually is the market itself. We noted the significance of the 200 DMA and a couple of important descending trendlines, and proposed that the market would either fail at these levels or hang on and likely push even higher. The latter is my current view; I'll post some charts supporting this notion later tonight.
The other reason is that shortly afterwards, my position was eliminated by my employer and I was promptly laid-off, part of a large and important restructuring. While this came as a surprise, it was precisely right for them to do -- I entirely agree with the broader effort, and I wish them well. Nevertheless, it's never any fun to get swept up and caught out in this way, no fun at all.
|the Henry Fonda, "The Grapes of Wrath"|
The good news is, I found another job right away, a really good one, I might add. It's an unusually good fit between me and my new gig, and the very first resume I sent out. This could even be a better job than the longtime one I had had, an actual improvement in my life, a move I should have made regardless of my circumstances. Wouldn't that be something?
And the sheer strange chance of it all! I found a fresh job listing that they had posted to a feed they had never used before, and apparently (to my knowledge) I was the first and only one to reply to their ad.
These sorts of odd events do happen, and when they do, you should embrace them with the most ardent enthusiasm and renewed efforts. When I first moved to the Seattle in the year 2000, it was to work for a dotcom company that by the Laws of God and of His rational capital allocation, should not have existed at all. And yet I met my wife there, began a life with her, and had two spirited children who are now my forward links in the Great Chain of Being.
On this Easter holiday, I feel humble, and quite fortunate, and very very thankful.
Fare thee well, my friends out there in the aether.