This blog post originally appeared on RealMoney Silver on Dec. 11 at 8:31 a.m. EST.
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!
Another year has passed. Remarkably, next week will mark my eighth year on The Edge (nine years if you include my
gig). I actually started out writing on
back in the late 1990s when I penned the Contrarian column. 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 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. Happily, over the decade, I have met numerous new friends (virtually and in person) from my experience as a member of
We have all experienced some terribly emotional times, most notably the tragedy of Sept. 11, 2001, and the loss of contributor Bill "Budman" Meehan. Over time, as painful as that period was, we recovered. And life went on.
Early this year brought an historical conclusion to an unprecedented stock market decline and a deepening recession that tested investors' resolve, conviction and confidence. Soon after hitting a
in March, the sun slowly peeked through the clouds, and, as the year closes, all seems good again, almost as if nothing had happened at all.
As Hanukkah approaches tonight and with Christmas but two weeks away, it's time to revisit my annual tribute to Jim "El Capitan" Cramer's vision.
As I mention annually, a few paragraphs could not possibly communicate the warm feelings I have about many of my acquired relationships -- with subscribers, with contributors, with editors and with the management of
Several years ago, I initiated something different in order to express my sincere thanks and wish everyone a wonderful holiday season in my own special way. This morning, as I now do on an annual basis, I offer you the following (updated) parody of Dr. Seuss's
This is my Holiday present to all of you, and it honors someone who has had another remarkable encore performance in 2009 -- Jim "El Capitan" Cramer. This year we saw Cramerica reach not only millions of television viewers but many universities as well. Jim hit it out of the park when he followed up his past MVP season and
Jim remains the lifeblood and is at the epicenter of
and its sister site,
Over the past few years, the man who doesn't want to make friends but does want to make you money has introduced the words "skidaddy" and "booyah" and made them part of the investment world's vernacular. He has graced the cover of national magazines, and he has become an iconic figure. As such, he stands out, night after night, and gives his best shot in a reasoned and well-researched manner (both absolutely and relative to others in the media). Being such a public persona with strong opinions, he is often the target of criticism. I admire the way he accepts that criticism like a man and the manner in which he fights back with facts and figures and with such an immense and rich reservoir of financial history.
Over the past several years, in numerous emails, telephone calls and one-on-one meetings (on and off the set!), I have learned to appreciate Jim as an investment professional and, more importantly, as a man. His drive for perfection has resulted in huge sacrifices. But you wouldn't know it, 'cause he doesn't say it.
I remember fondly when I first wrote Jim Cramer's Pool and Jim told me that he read this poem to his two daughters at bedtime. (My. have his girls grown, as his eldest is at college, and I suppose she is getting a bit too old for bedtime stories!) It made me very happy and made my gig on
even more worthwhile.
To turn Gertrude Stein's words around, in Jimmy, "there is a lot of there there."
So, from the
to the real and one and only Cramer, this Bud's for you, Jimmy.
But before delivering this year's version of Jim Cramer's Pool, I wanted to close by wishing our subscribers, editors, technicians, management and fellow contributors a Happy Hanukkah, a Merry Christmas and a healthy and prosperous New Year. And I wanted to thank you for granting me the wonderful platform on The Edge to present my ideas and logic -- as goofy and distorted as they might seem at times.
Now to Jim Cramer's Pool!
It all started in June 1996
In a building on Wall Street ... far, far away.
"Young man," exclaimed the analyst,
"You're sort of a fright!
You'll never catch winners
On Jim Cramer's site! "The site is too small.
And you might as well know it,
When brokers sell junk,
Here's the place that they throw it. "You might catch a McDonough
A Michael or Linda!
You might catch a Najarian,
There's two at Option Monster
A Peter and a John. "But listen, young man.
If you sat 50 years
With your worms and your wishes
You'd grow a long beard
Long before you'd catch winners!" "Hmmm...," answered Cramer,
"It may be you're right.
I've written for hours
Without one single bite.
There might be no winners.
But, again, well, there might! "'Cause you never can tell
What goes on over time!
This site might be bigger
Than you or I find! "This might be a site, like I've read of in textbooks,
Connected to one of those underground brooks!
An underground river that starts here and flows
Right under 14 Wall! And then ... well, who knows? "It might keep going along, down where no one can see,
Right under the State Highway Two-Thousand-and-Three!
Right under the buildings! Right under the toes
Of our Editorial Chief, a Breathnach, who's hanging out her clothes! "It might keep on flowing ... perhaps, who can tell?
Right under the people in CEO's Daryl Otte's hotel!
Right under Brown Brothers, where they're playing croquet!
Then under the mountains and far, far away! "This might be a river, Now mightn't it be,
Connecting Jim Cramer's site with the sea!
Then maybe some winners might be swimming toward me.
(If such things could be, they certainly would be!) "Some very smart strategists might point out the way
To the site where I'm fishing. And that's why I say
If you wait long enough; if you're patient and bright,
Who knows what you'll catch on Jim Cramer's site?! "You might catch a Count (Dvorchak by name!)
You might catch some Arms
You might catch a Schiller
A long, long drawn-out fish! "Any kind! Any shape! Any color or size!
You might catch some winners that would open your eyes!
I won't be surprised if a (Rev) Shark appears!
Complete with a collar and long floppy ears!
Whoofing along! And perhaps we might chase
A whole lot of Rothbort right straight to this place! "You might catch a Dion
Or a 'Catch 22' Heller
With a precision-like tail!
You might catch a Navallier
Who makes portfolios sail!
You might catch some Meisler
Who's a high-stepping winner.
You might catch a Danny, that's Red Sox fan, Danny, my editor! "You might catch a Gad (Zooks!)
With that incredible pen
For producing the models
That winners portend.
You might catch a Johnson (there's two!)
A Chandler or a Bensignor
Or even a Collins (not Tom but a Tim!)
Who is really sporty!
"You might catch a Morrow/Gilmartin
Now mightn't you, now!?!
You might catch a Simons
Whose ideas pay for my chow.
Some fish from L.A.
Like Kahn Man -- so hot,
Might decide to sign up!
Well they might, might they not? "Or racing up north for a chance to get right,
Full steam ahead for Jim Cramer's site
Some lucrative winners
Like the Dr. Bobby Marcin
From beyond Hudson Bay
Might decide to swim down,
Might be headed Jim's way!It's a pretty long trip,
But they might, and they may. "You might catch a Farley
Well, you might. It depends.
A long-twisting CNBC chatting Fitzpatrick
With a lot of strange bends
And, oddly enough,
With a pen on both ends! "One doesn't catch this kind of winner as a rule,
But the chances are fine in Jim Cramer's pool! "You might find an O'Rourke
An observer with muscle,
Might grab at your bait,
Then would you have a tussle! "To land one so valuable might take two or three hours,
But the next might be easy,
Like Melvin, who likes flowers
Or you might catch a winner
From a stranger place yet!
Like 'Pearly' Pearlman from the world's highest river,
In far-off Tibet. "You might catch a Graff
And a biggie named Farrell (that's my pal, Vincent Jr.!)
Both spouting their spouts
And all earning a bounty. "You'll probably catch many more writers
Like Norton and Byrne Baby Byrne
And, oh by the way,
Did I mention TheLFB (what's that?). "Then you'll stop for the day
'Cause there's nothing that's bigger
Than Jim's site, so they say. "Still, of course, it might be
That there is something bigger!
Someone like Barry Ritholtz
Barry's a fundamentalist so big, if you know what I mean,
That he makes a whale look like a tiny sardine! "Oh, the site is full of a number of oldies,
Like Bagman, Bienstock, Birenberg,
Bolling, Bradford and Banerji.
And Dohmen and Dormen.
If a subscriber is patient,
He might get many more winners! "And that's why I think
That we all get really bright
As we sit here and read
On Jim Cramer's site!"
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