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It's funny how things change as you get older. Years ago, before I had children or was even married, a great day would have been playing a fantastic golf course with a few close friends. Or maybe making a series of incredible trades that netted a big payday.

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Now, though, you know what a great day is? A great day is what I had this past Saturday. I started out by watching my eldest, Katherine, help power the Whitman High School crew team to a championship victory in the Freshman "8" competition. In short, my little girl and her teammates are the fastest group of freshman girls in Maryland, D.C. and Virginia. A thrilling "open water" (read: more than a boat length) win had this dad with tears in his eyes.

Then I ran home to help Diana celebrate her birthday here at the house with 25 of her closest friends. Remember what it was like to be 13 and at a party with both boys and girls? Trust me, I was ever-vigilant!

Sometimes, you know, being a parent is a pain in the neck. But mostly it's pretty darn good, and when you have days like this one, you wouldn't trade them for anything in the world.

Today, the

Nasdaq

,

Allegiance Telecom

(ALGX)

,

Annaly Mortgage

(NLY) - Get Report

,

Amgen

(AMGN) - Get Report

,

Providian Financial

(PVN)

and the

American Stock Exchange Biotechnology

index, or BTK.

And that is the final word from the Rialto Theatre, where of course, my kids have already seen

Spider-Man

. No surprises, though: Like the 827 million other people who have seen it so far, they loved it.

Gary B. Smith is a freelance writer who trades for his own account from his Maryland home using technical analysis. At time of publication, he held no positions in any securities mentioned in this column, although holdings can change at any time. Under no circumstances does the information in this column represent a recommendation to buy or sell stocks. Smith writes a daily technical analysis column for RealMoney.com

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Gary B. Smith.