Thursday, October 18, 2007

What's the Difference Between a Bond and a Bond Trader?

Old joke. What's the difference between a bond and a bond trader? The bond matures.

Last night I was once again reminded of this old joke and how oddly true it seems to be. Our industry keeps people young. Where in other industries guys with families would go home to their family every night, people in our industry go out well in to their 40s (actually I think one of the guys who was out drinking with us last night was at least 50). One of them went home once and attended his daughter's softball game and then came out to drink. He apparently kept his daughter's backpack in his car though, so she kept calling to complain she couldn't do her homework. I thought that was entertaining.

If you're planning a night out with the co-workers, don't be afraid to ask some of the older guys too. They may turn you down, but they'll appreciate the invite. There's a pretty good chance they'll come out though, which is fun in itself (seeing your boss piss drunk can be pretty amusing).

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