A friend of mind recently saw the movie The Big Short and told me as she walked out of the theatre she “wanted to punch something.”
Now I’m not advocating violence here, but this movie really is worth seeing. It’s based on the book of the same title written by Michael Lewis who brought us such books as Liar’s Poker about his stint on Wall Street, and The Blind Side about football great Michael Oher which was made into the movie of the same name starring Sandra Bullock. (The movie was good but the book was even better.)
The Big Short is the story of four outsiders who saw what was coming before the 2008-2009 recession, what caused it and some of the aftermath. I really enjoyed the movie even though it made my blood boil too.
What happened in 2008-2009 is just one of the reasons why I choose NOT to use Wall Street firms when investing money for clients. Wall Street, in my opinion, is all about greed.
There are always two sides to an investment transaction — a winner and a loser — so when Wall Street wins, guess who’s losing? Investors are, that’s who.
If you want a little education on how Wall Street really operates, see this movie. Just don’t punch anything afterwards, OK?
Now — on to the story of the rescued squirrel. We’ve been living in our new home for about a month now and the day before yesterday my husband found a baby squirrel lying next to a garbage can in our garage. It was so weak it hardly was moving. He moved it outside into the sun to warm it up a bit and left some water for it.
He then came into the house and told me about it.
I immediately went out to see the poor fellow. He was just lying there, hardly moving, and we had no idea if he was sick or just dehydrated from being locked in the garage. My husband had to leave for work so for the next few hours I kept going in and out to check on him. I realized he wasn’t improving so I called our local Wildlife Rescue Center which was closed but they had a great recorded message on what to do.
They recommended I line a box (with a lid) with a towel, put him in it, put the lid on the box and bring him inside to a quiet dark place. If he was in shock this would help.
My husband got home shortly after this call so he got the little guy into the box, we put in a little bowl of water, left him alone for a little while and then went to check on him. By this time it was early evening. We took him outside, opened the box, and there he was sitting in the bowl of water. He was soaked but moving around pretty well. We removed the bowl, took him back inside and then proceeded to wait. There was nothing else we could do.
I didn’t sleep well wondering if he’d make it through the night but he sure appeared to be a fighter so I hoped for the best.
Sure enough, in the morning he was still alive. Knowing the Wildlife Rescue Center would be open by 10:00 a.m., I proceeded to get myself put together and when it was time drove him there so I could arrive as they opened. (Have you ever driven a car with a wild animal in a box next to you? Well, he didn’t much like the driving. I had one hand on the top of the box the whole way!)
When I arrived at the Wildlife Center they immediately took him from me and began caring for him.
Their initial read was that most likely he was just dehydrated so they would do what they could to get him healthy again and then, when he was ready, release him back to mother nature.
The ironic part of the story is that the Wildlife Rescue Center was in Albuquerque, we live in Placitas, and the person they would be sending him to for care was in Placitas. Placitas is most likely where he will be released.
So I’m hoping he visits one day.
In some parts of the country squirrels are rampant but not here in this part of New Mexico. We’ve only seen two since we moved here last October. I’ve seen more coyotes than that (and they would eat a squirrel, or a dog, or a cat.)
Hopefully we saved the little guy’s life. If water was what he needed, it’s pretty sparse in these parts.
And if you see the movie The Big Short you’ll see that water is one of the things that one of the four outsiders is betting on these days. I’m going to read up on that as I don’t want to be on the losing end of that investment, do you?