The Deipnosophist

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A private investor for 20+ years, I manage private portfolios and write about investing. You can read my market musings on three different sites: 1) The Deipnosophist, dedicated to teaching the market's processes and mechanics; 2) Investment Poetry, a subscription site dedicated to real time investment recommendations; and 3) Seeking Alpha, a combination of the other two sites with a mix of reprints from this site and all-original content. See you here, there, or the other site!

17 January 2008

Fight Club

My friend, Marc Denny, is a fine, upstanding citizen, a good, well-intentioned fellow, and I like him very much... but he is absolutely loony.

Okay, that last comment requires some explanation / background. Some people would say that Marc (aka, Crafty Dog) is loony because his first profession was as an attorney. Enough said. Other people argue Marc to be loony because he gave up that career to became a politician. Enough said again. (btw, in California several years ago, Marc darn near defeated a better financed opponent with substantial name recognition.) Marc has a tendency to begin his letters with "Woof" and close with a "yip," which fact alone qualifies him as loony. Many people suggest Marc to be loony because he founded Dog Brothers, a merry band of fellows who find pleasure in beating each other silly with sticks. Yeah, definitely enough said. Marc refined and popularized a traditional martial art, Phillipine stick-fighting, thus furthering its popularity; in the effort, Marc gained sufficient fame that he now trains the US military's special forces units in hand-to-hand combat. In addition, Marc has been the subject of several magazine cover stories -- although he yearns for the glamour that comes with being named People magazine's "Sexiest Man of the Year."

But, no, I believe Marc to be loony because he is my sole friend who likely would join me in this 'sport' (I cannot claim that as fact; I never have done it, and doubt Marc has)...

(Thank you for the link referral, Alan W!)

As though Marc being my friend does not alone qualify him as loony, then consider this...

National Geographic TV will air next week the documentary, Fight Club, about Marc, Dog Brothers, and Marc's style of stick-fighting. Enter Marc with the details...

Woof to All:

Here is the info on the airing of the National Geographic documentary, Fight Club, about our group, the
Dog Brothers.

"The Dog Brothers is an underground fight club. Twice a year, they come together from around the world for a tribal ritual they call "The Gathering of the Pack," an intense day of full contact, one-on-one combat, using hardened rattan sticks as weapons. They fight in street clothes, with no protective padding other than gloves and a thin fencing mask. There are no rules, no judges, no referees, no trophies. They are fully aware that they can get hurt. That's the point... to face not only your opponent, but your fear, your self."

(Updated) Showtimes:
Eastern Time
Pacific Time
Wednesday January 23 6 pm and 9 pm PT (9 pm and 12 am ET)
Saturday January 26 7 pm and 10 pm PT (10 pm and 1 am ET)
Monday January 28 10 am PT (1 pm ET)
Wednesday January 30 2 pm PT (5 pm ET)

If you have any interest in learning more about your fellow readers of this blog, or even why a group of men enjoy pummeling each other, then watch this documentary. I will watch. I hope you will, as well.

Full Disclosure: I choose to walk life's dark alleys with Marc Denny.

-- David M Gordon / The Deipnosophist

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