Saturday night starts a great holiday for me- Purim. (Purim means “Lots”- as in the lottery. But, it was only after a few twists and turns that we managed to eke out a win with this lottery.) My family tradition adds on a second day- Shushan Purim, the name for the second day; most Ashkenazi Jews rarely celebrate it- for them, it’s a one day holiday.
So, this holocaust survivor (from Leipzig, Germany) started a company when I was born. One that curried my curiosity enough to have purchased from it more times that I would probably care to admit. And, I was pretty confused as a tyke (I first purchased from this firm when I was 8), thinking I was dealing with a firm in the Virginia suburbs.
This year provides an unusual confluence of events.
150 years ago, this past Thursday, General Robert E. Lee surrendered to General Ulysses P. Grant. Which meant that the Civil War, the war between the North and the South, the war between factions in America was “officially” over. But, like our Battle for Independence, the war went on for at least a few more months. There wasn’t instant communication back then- but. more importantly, to my mind, the war is still ongoing.
This has nothing to do with the fact that I am not a fan of college sports. But, think about it…USC, Ohio State, Miami, and now Penn State. The latter situation is not the normal money, power, fame thing- but it’s related. No, it’s not Wall Street with its money abuses. (There’s nothing wrong with profit- there’s something wrong when you operate the way Wall Street has and does.)