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The day started with a nice surprise for me.
Still upset about the bad luck I'd had when my computer froze during the final minutes of FrIday's trading session, I was prepared to start the week with most of my Freeport McMoRan shares assigned from me after just having sold those calls earlier in the day on Friday.
Compound that with only a net $8 profit from the big mega-Millions drawing and you've got some blood pressure raising seething going on that can be internalized for only so long.
Sometimes, though, the system is neither perfect in its execution nor in its pricing.
For example, sometimes really stupid people win really big lottery prizes.
They can be safely assessed as having been stupid on the basis of blowing through tens of millions of dollars and more in just a few years and being left with nothing but memories of days of grandeur.
That reportedly happens fairly often, so there may be an inverse corrrelation between jackpot winners and IQ. I still don't understand all of the testimonials of past jackpot winners who claim that their lives became worse in so many untold ways after their good fortune.
Seven out of ten people that I polled on that issue agreed that it was a sign of stupidity at its greatest height.
Sometimes the system gets it wrong too, as shares are expected to be assigned if they closed more than a penny above their strike price.
But the surprise, the yawn of a system taking a break, was right there, staring at me this morning.
I felt as if I'd gotten a gift when only the smaller lot of my Freeport shares was assigned, leaving a bit more than 75% of the shares still safely stored in my portfolio.
Not quite a Mega-Millions jackpot, but I gladly accepted it.
Of course had those shares not taken a well deserved climb well higher this morning, I'd be muttering about the inequity of the system letting me down and would be raging against those 1% fat cats that comprise the 1% of the 1%.
Instead, move over and make room for me and my boys, Mac and Moran.