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I grew up in a household where in my early years English was decidedly a second language.
Even as my parents quickly became fluent in speaking and reading the language of their adopted country, one thing that they didn't adopt was the use of classically American idiomatic expressions.
Although I'm certain that most such expressions have their counterparts in other cultures, our household, at the very least was idiomatically deprived. Adages were never tossed about as part of casual converstaion, nor were parables frequently used to teach life lessons.
Well, other than the obvious "Never let a Cossack into your home while your daughters are there alone."
In fact, while I did quite well on the SAT exams, I'm certain that what kept me from having an asterisk next to my name was the fact that deciphering the meanings of such expressions as part of a multiple choice exam was somehing beyond my naturalized ability.
The exam was just culturally biased against me and probably even against those that did the actual marauding, raping and pillaging. Those poor Cossacks never stood a chance.
Over the years, though, I've learned some of the very basics, although I don't seek to apply them under any circumstances, except maybe to illustrate a point, almost like what an idiom tries to do.
Silver Lining? Got it, every cloud has one.
Don't s**t where you sleep? Got that one too. Damn good advice.
But last week I was following a path opposite that advised by another popular expression: "Don't cry over spilled milk."
I suppose that in the affluence of America that certainly holds true, but how could you even think to say that in parts of Bangladhesh? Or how can you even remotely suggest that to someone who's let stock profits disappear into someone else's pockets?
For them, it's the end of the world as they know it.
But I get it. It's done. It's over. Move on. Sunk costs, etc.
But there I was last week moaning the losses of some favorite stocks as they closed above the strike prices at which I sold their call contracts.
One, which I only passingly mentioned over the past few days was Halliburton.
Halliburton, like my other favorites is such, because it predictably spins off a nice options premium. Unfortunately, it's not one of my triple threat stocks because it has only a pathetic dividend.