Thursday, February 26, 2009
Today is my birthday - I'm 49 years old.
For the first time in my life, I'm older than the President of the United States, which is a very strange feeling.
Born at the tail end of the baby boom and just before the beginning of Generation X, I've never felt a particular kinship with either group.
That's probably not a bad thing.
Other notable birthdays on this day are John Harvey Kellogg (1852 - Kellog's cereal), Victor Hugo (1802), William F. "Buffalo Bill" Cody (1846), Johnny Cash (1932), Fats Domino (1928), and Robert Novak (1931).
On February 26th, 1993, the World Trade Center was bombed and, on this day in 1995, Barings PLC, Britain's oldest investment banking firm, collapsed after a securities dealer lost more than $1.4 billion by gambling on Tokyo stock prices.
That seemed like a big number at the time.
Today's headlines read:
All the big numbers now seem to be losing their meaning.
My wife and I don't own a house, we don't have any children, we don't owe anyone a nickel, and we have a pile of money that we're in no particular hurry to spend.
In contrast, the U.S. government has plenty of misbehaving kids, owes the world almost $11 trillion, continues to borrow money with abandon, and can't seem to spend it fast enough.
Cue the music...