Spoiled for Choice

Boy, am I spoiled for choice on what to do this weekend. On the one hand, I have been invited to join the president on the reviewing stand for Monday’s inauguration in Washington DC. On the other, the Maverick’s World Surf competition near California’s Half Moon Bay is on the same day, which has not been held for three years.

I have to admit that it is temping to don my wetsuit, throw my Firewire Dominator board into the back of my Highlander, and catch some 40-foot waves with the best in the world. It is rare to get these monster waves on the California coast, which are more often found at Waimea Bay on Oahu’s North Shore. But the mid Pacific buoy says they are headed our way.

I can’t tell you what impossible mission I accomplished to get invitations like these. If I did, I would have to kill you.

In the end, it’s my readership that will decide the issue. I think I can gain more market insight hanging for a day with the cabinet, the Supreme Court, and the leaders of Congress and the Federal Reserve, than a bunch of surfer dudes. It is especially critical that I gauge their thinking, since there are so many momentous political events hanging over the financial markets these days.

I also don’t want to risk offending the president, as I might lose my special access and get cut off his Christmas card list. So I’ll let you know what I decide. In the meantime, on Monday, look for me about ten rows behind the Chief Justice during the swearing in ceremony. And you can catch the Mavericks on ESPN.

Surfing

Will It Be This?

Inaugural Invitation

Or This?

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