That’s What Exponents Do
Much of my life has been devoted to advice giving. Though I think most of it was pretty good, I know that not all of it was followed. That can be a little disappointing, so I try at least to be respectful when I receive suggestions.
Not too many days ago, I was in Winnemucca, NV on the way from a week of skiing in Sun Valley to the prospect of four feet of powder snow in Squaw Valley. I got a call from my techy son asking if I had stayed current on the news while I had been in remote locations.
I thought I had, but I listened nonetheless then wisely followed his counsel to skip the rest of the trip and go home. The mortality rate from COVID-19 in the 70+ demographic was the most persuasive, but the power of compounding was close behind. “That’s what exponents do!”
Since Saturday, my wife and I have been social distancing at home, and we expect that to continue until a public health official not a politician suggests otherwise.
What to do now?
My calendar is entirely blank for the next two weeks. The few entries in early April are sure to disappear.
Fortunately, blogging is a source of much social interaction. Even more fortunately, the audience for Pundificator.com is high on the intelligence curve.
People send me interesting things, recently about pandemics and the power of compounding.
I plan to ramp up the frequency of these stories toward two a day rather than two a week.
The Pundificator will not become coronavirus central but if there are useful items, you’ll hear about them. If you have insights, please pass them along.
There is still a contest for the Democratic nomination (though no longer much of a one) and an election in November. Both are worth following.
Sadly, the economy and the markets have taken sharp turns to the south and those stories are also worthy of note.
And there are the other stories that might be welcome diversions from the substantial and sudden changes in all of our lives.
As we get older, we are fortunate to be able to listen to our children and find joy in the fact that their advice is pretty damn good.