So I'm in Florida now, and I guess I could show you some photos of the tennis courts outside my condo, or the recreational center where I played table tennis, or the fast-food joints where I've been consuming too many calories. But that would be boring.
Tomorrow it's supposed to get up to 75 degrees, and so I plan to take a swim in the heated pool -- even as a major snowstorm is forecast to arrive at home in the mid-Atlantic states. But a picture of a pool? That would be boring.
I could tell you about the book I'm reading, SPQR: A History of Ancient Rome by Mary Beard. Would that be boring? It was a Christmas present from my daughter. No, she doesn't hate me. We both took Latin in high school, and she knows I have an interest in this sort of thing. Besides, in her estimation, you have to go back as far as ancient Rome to unearth some history that I didn't personally witness.
I saw The Revenant. Don't go see it if you don't like violent movies. It's got a great opening battle scene, then it crawls into a survivor story that morphs into a revenge story. And it stars Leonardo DiCaprio, so you know he gets his guy in the end. The movie is intense, that's for sure, and will make you feel cold and dirty. But in my opinion it's overlong, overwrought and overrated, and toward the end it just gets kind of boring.
But as you've probably noticed, the stock market has tanked in the last two weeks. I hope it hasn't decimated your retirement assets. The pundits say the problem is the slowdown in China, or the plummeting price of oil which will cause layoffs and bankruptcies.
But another reason suddenly dawned on me yesterday. I heard a commentator on the radio predict that Donald Trump will take the Republican nomination. Trump leads in Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina, and nearly everywhere else. And Bernie Sanders will win the Democratic nomination, as he has a slight lead in Iowa and a big lead in New Hampshire, and Clinton is faltering everywhere.
So it's not China, and it's not oil. It's investors who are panicking as they fear the end of the economy as we know it. Does that make sense? Anyway, it's certainly not boring. But as the Chinese curse says, may you live in interesting times.