By: Steve Smith
I have his neighbor who is always introducing me to funny or strange Southern sayings. I used to think they were specifically Florida sayings, but some readers have set me straight on that assumption.
For example, a week or so ago he said, “If I had my druthers…” then went on to tell me about something he wanted to do. I don’t remember what it was, but I do remember “‘druthers.”
“‘Druthers?” I asked
“Yes, you know. Like I’d rather do something else.”
He was saying “I’d rather,” but with the country accent it comes out “ruther.”
And apparently getting your ‘druthers’ means you get what you want in a situation.
I never heard this kind of thing growing up in New York. I heard Yiddish slang, but nothing like these old Southern expressions.
Frankly as a writer it fascinates me.
Just yesterday he was telling me about some financial mess his sister’s boyfriend got her involved in.
He said, “I’ll tell you what, Yankee, that poor girl is as useless as a post turtle right now.” (Yes he calls me Yankee and he really said ‘I’ll tell you what’)
I started laughing. I didn’t want to be rude because he was sincerely worried, but “useless as a post turtle?” REALLY!?!
He explained that when you’re driving through the country sometimes you come across a turtle that’s on a fence post.
“You don’t know much about that turtle ‘cept that he didn’t get there by himself, he ain’t getting out of the mess he’s in without help, and he can’t do a damned thing while he’s up there.”
I asked if he ever came across a “post turtle” while driving down a country road. He said he hadn’t, but he did set a few up there when he was a teenager.
Then I started laughing even harder.
I can’t encourage you enough to experience new cultures (even ones within your own country), travel, live in different places, and get to know different kinds of people.
That’s the beauty of living a trader’s lifestyle, it allows you to work and earn income from anywhere in the world.
I love my beach, but if I wanted to move, I could at the drop of a hat.
If I want to vacation, I can leave right now.
For now, I want to stay here with my beach and my neighbor with the funny Southern slang, but the point is I can decide. I’m never stuck because I can trade from anywhere that has an Internet connection.
I know the last few weeks markets have been good and yesterday was amazing…
But, the S&P 500 is still down over 12% YTD and Options360 is up almost 20%!
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Steve Smith have been involved in all facets of the investment industry in a variety of roles ranging from speculator, educator, manager and advisor. This has taken him from the trading floors of Chicago to hedge funds on Wall Street to the world online. From 1987 to 1996, he served as a market maker at the Chicago Board of Options Exchange (CBOE) and Chicago Board of Trade (CBOT). From 1997 to 2007, he was a Senior Columnist and Managing Editor for TheStreet.com, handling their Option Alert and Short Report newsletters. The Option Alert was awarded the MIN “best business newsletter” in 2006. From 2009 to 2013, Smith was a Senior Columnist and Managing Editor for Minyanville’s OptionSmith newsletter, as well as a Risk Manager Consultant for New Vernon Capital LLC. Smith acted as an advisor to build models and option strategies to reduce portfolio exposure and enhance returns for the four main funds. Since 2015, he has worked for Adam Mesh Trading Group. There, he has managed Options360 and Earning 360, been co-leader of Option Academy, and contributed to The Option Specialist website.
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