Sunday, November 27, 2005

Giving Thanks

It that time of year again-- time to give thanks for the things that we enjoy in our lives. The Thanksgiving weekend is a good time to look around at your life, your family, and the world at large and pass the gratitude bowl.

This year I gave thanks for the usual things 97 percent of all Americans gave thanks for: Living in the United States, health, happy families and friends, and our basic freedoms we enjoy.

But what about giving thanks from a broker's point of view?

Brokers are always thankful for more, bigger, and trusting clients being referred to us. We all would be thankful for the new client that brings in their $5 million trust account. We may not be so thankful for the nephew of a friend of a client that wants to "invest" his $1000.

Brokers are thankful for the guy that invented golf, even if we aren't so thankful for the graphite shaft on our driver.

Brokers are thankful for 24-hour sports channels, but we are not as thankful for having to watch a chick flick. Who writes that stuff?

Brokers are thankful for capitalism, but not as thankful for Friday-after-Thanksgiving sales. However, it is pretty funny to watch people on the news reports fighting over the Thanksgiving sales items at 5:00 in the morning! It happens every year.

Brokers are thankful for having football to watch during a long cold winter. Brokers are not thankful for hearing the football stories from the boss of the boss who thinks he was a great player when he rode the bench at a Division XXII college.

Finally, the senior brokers will be happy to see what gifts the newbies offer up this season in order to suck up to us, but we may not be thankful for some of their offerings. After all, if they want to have any hope of possibly working with us in the future, the holiday season is prime suck-up time.

And by the way, for you new guys in the office, I don't need another dozen golf balls. I have more than 30 boxes in my garage. How about a nice 20-year old Scotch and a trip to the spa for the wife? I would be thankful for that.

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