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The Best of Kass

NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Doug Kass of Seabreeze Partners is known for his accurate stock market calls and keen insights into the economy, which he shares with RealMoney Pro readers in his daily trading diary.

Among his posts this past week, Kass continued his holiday tradition of paying tribute to Jim Cramer and Dr. Seuss.

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Jim Cramer's Pool
Originally published on Wednesday, Dec. 19 at 9:15 a.m. EST.

As another year passes, it's time to revisit the annual tribute to Cramer's vision.
And the Grinch, with his Grinch-feet ice cold in the snow,
Stood puzzling and puzzling; how could it be so?
It came without ribbons. It came without tags.
It came without packages, boxes or bags.
And he puzzled and puzzled till his puzzler was sore.
Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn't before.
What if Christmas, he thought, doesn't come from a store?
What if Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more?

-- Dr. Seuss, How the Grinch Stole Christmas; YouTube link

Another year is about to pass.

Remarkably, next month will mark my 12th year as a regular on these pages. That's a lot of words, ideas and investment observations. I actually started out writing on back in the late 1990s, when I penned the column "The Contrarian." At that time, the site was a relatively new concept and a real-time experiment that struggled in its infancy, but it began to flourish even as the economy and markets suffered in 2001.

Since I started writing for Jim Cramer, we have not only dealt with the market's ups and downs, but we have shared some of life's experiences together -- through visits, emails, telephone conversations and other personal correspondences. I have defended Jimmy, I have written a piece called "On Jim Being Cramer" and have transformed myself at times into the Anti-Cramer. I have agreed and disagreed with him -- all the while with maximum respect for Jim as a businessman, an investor, a friend, an author, a media figure and, most important, as a dad.

Happily, over more than a decade, I have met numerous other new friends -- both virtually and in person -- from my experience as a member of the community at TheStreet.

We have all experienced some terribly emotional times -- most notably the tragedy of Sept. 11, 2001, and the loss of contributor Bill "Budman" Meehan and many of our friends. We mourned together. However, as painful as that period was, over time we recovered and life went on.

We have now recently concluded the celebration of Hanukkah, we're preparing for Christmas and the New Year will be shortly upon us, so it's time to revisit my annual tribute to Jim "El Capitan" Cramer's vision.
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