Thursday, November 24, 2011

Alfidi Capital Gives Thanks On Thanksgiving Day 2011

Publicly giving thanks on Thanksgiving Day is a tradition in the United States.  Many Americans give thanks to their parents, a supreme being, their alma mater, and whatever other forces and entities they feel have helped them become prosperous and happy.  I see no reason not to join in the holiday fun here at Alfidi Capital.

I am thankful to live in a country governed by the rule of law and not a monarch's whim or a mob's passion.  The rule of law is sometimes called into question when crony capitalists play questionable games with their clients' money, but I still believe justice prevails in even the most privileged cases.  America is still a country that convicts billionaires for insider trading.  No one is above the law.  The wheels of justice may turn slowly sometimes but they turn nonetheless.

I am thankful to live in a country that allows me to start and run my very own business without having to pay a bribe to a corrupt government official.  I pay my taxes on whatever revenue I earn without fear that some bureaucrat will surprise me with hidden fees out of spite.  This would be impossible in a socialist or Communist country where there is no such thing as private property. 

I am thankful for intelligent, thoughtful followers on the web who link to my site, read my blog, and follow my social media feeds.  Many people want financial analysis that is honest, independent, transparent, and entertaining.  My website management tools and traffic counters tell me that people from all around the world can't get enough of what they find here. 

I am thankful to be financially independent.  I have enough money to pay my expenses and live in comfort without fear of bankruptcy or a decline in my standard of living.  Being frugal and debt-free helps, but I could not have achieved this status without years of living well below my means. 

I am thankful to live in San Francisco, California, the greatest city in human history.  I have lived in Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and the South and Midwest of the United States.  Nothing compares to The City's quality of life.  The physical beauty, economic prosperity, and cultural treats here are unmatched.  There's no place like home. 

I am even thankful for the existence of stupid people who don't like me personally.  They're not intelligent enough to understand anything I have to say.  They make me look good by comparison.  I enjoy their hatred and relish every chance I have to defeat them. 

Finally, I am thankful to be extraordinarily handsome, supremely intelligent, and undeniably witty.  Those qualities set me apart from the stupid people referenced above.  I'd rather live this way than be sentenced to a miserable life of ignorance. 

Thanksgiving is a pretty cool holiday.  It's the perfect excuse to overindulge an appetite for the agricultural abundance of America, the most productive economy in history.  I enjoyed a buffet meal at The Cliff House, one of The City's oldest and best restaurants.  It was a great time to sample plenty of dishes and watch the world's commerce sail through the Golden Gate.  America is awesome.