Once in our working life, we encounter people of extraordinary kind (hindi ET ha). It is extra-ordinary in a sense that they do something peculiar or very different from most of the people with 100 % degree of consistency. Me, I have one extra-ordinary customer who I named Mr. Holiday.
Many years ago, during the early days of the dot.com boom, one customer came in and opened an investment management account with me to trade in U.S. stock market . Like most investors then, he had a good stride and made a lot of money. Trading in U.S. stock market was just like picking money every night where amateurs become instant pro.
And again, just like the rest of them, he continued to add more securities to his portfolio despite the fact that Allan Greenspan had been warning everyone that the U.S. stock market was inflated or overvalued and sooner or later the bubble would burst.
We may call that striking the rod while it is hot, greed or the kick that one gets from making quick money but just like bad times and everything else, good times must also end. And so the bubble burst and everyone was caught including my so-called extraordinary customer, leaving him with big losses. The big ones he owned made a free fall (more than half the price) while most of his dot com companies went chapter 11 and never got out from it (chapter 11) which were eventually declared as worthless and were all deleted from his portfolio. Yes, they do that in U.S. stock market folks.
For the past several years and until recently, even without doing any trades, he never failed to call me everyday at 9:00 am or at 2:pm (it was only me that he would talk to, another peculiar thing that he does ) with the same set of questions that he asked many times before (and perhaps tomorrow) and as always in the same order.
Mr. Roy (the easiest way for him to say my name, I guess.)
What is the market (NASDAQ and NYSE), up or down?
What is the market indication, up or down? Any news?
How much is Brent oil (BRT-)?
How much is West Texas oil (WTC-)?
How much is Gold (XAU-)?
And the last and the most intriguing of all his questions, “Is there any U.S. Holiday today, tomorrow or next week?” (This is the reason why i coined the name Mr. Holiday.)
Two days ago, I was surprised. I heard nothing from this extra-ordinary customer of mine. [And mind you, when you get used to something, you get surprised in the absence of it or not doing it.]
And so, I decided to look for him in our customer lounge. I found his buddy and asked him. “Where is my number 1 customer (Mr. Holiday)?”
His answer, “He is on a Holiday.”
Looking back I realized that there are so many annoying things and people in this world which you cannot stand but, as time goes by and at some point, you just have to accept that you have no other option but to live with it, learn to take them as they are and that’s what make things and people less annoying.
In Tagalog, ikaw ay isa ng manhid. LOL. joke laang.
Happy and great weekend everyone.