The Deipnosophist

Where the science of investing becomes an art of living

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Location: Summerlin, Nevada, United States

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!

10 July 2009

Why I climb

People often ask why I climb (mountains), but my answers always lacked a certain... something. I struggled to make concrete an intangible -- a feeling (to be atop the world), a perspective (what I see from that vantage), and how the preparation and actuality trains me physically, emotionally, psychically, and spiritually for other endeavours.

And then, as it happened, I caught this brief interview with Ed Viesturs...

The Colbert ReportMon - Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30c
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Ed nails the climber's imperative in a few broad brushstrokes. The bit about testing his limitations is spot-on: whatever your (my) limitations, the objective is not to ignore them but to keep pushing them farther away so they no longer act as limitations. Now, I do not know Ed Viesturs, although I wish I did. Ed seems a genuinely nice guy, based solely on this brief interview, which also happens to be funny, thanks to Stephen Colbert's goofy manner.

Oh, btw, I will be in London on my return (early-October) from a climbing expedition of my own, so please message me if you would like to get together and share a pint or two, and good conversation.
-- David M Gordon / The Deipnosophist


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