This past Sunday as I was lying in bed recovering from New Year’s Eve, I got a call from my dad. It was a typical New Year’s greeting where he gave me some movie suggestions for the weekend and told me what he did to celebrate the holiday.
I did New Year’s at a local restaurant, listened to live reggae, then raced home at 12:15 to binge-watch Breaking Bad. Nothing exciting.
My dad on the other hand, had a much more interesting evening. He and my mom met up with friends, ate Chinese food on Manhattan’s upper east side, and brought the after-party back to their place where two of his friends got into a heated argument that nearly turned into a fist fight. (Yes, you read that right.)
Although he presented this last part of the story as hardly believable and borderline pathetic, I actually found news of two 80-year-old men getting into a fist fight to be quite inspiring.
What they were arguing about wasn’t hard to figure out (Trump, of course), and neither was how two very grown men could take themselves to the brink of getting knocked out (too much alcohol, I suspect).
One of the guys involved in the altercation is someone I know. He’s a Harvard-educated attorney who gave me good business advice a few years ago. The other pugilist I don’t know, but I suppose that’s a little besides the point.
From my dad’s point of view, it was disappointing that two of his friends would ring in the New Year with such bad behavior. But I had a totally different take. The way I figure it, if I’m capable of giving (or getting) a punch in the face at 80 years old, that’s a good thing. And, more to the point, word of such feistiness is exactly the way I want to roll into 2017.
I know I’m not the only one who took a few punches last year. I’ve been talking with people in all areas of the capital markets – from retail equities to online lending. For lots of folks it seems the past few years have been a time for blocking and light jabbing, with relatively few knock-outs.
So, for me personally? I’m looking forward to strapping on new gloves and starting a new year. Fighting the good fight, so to speak. I hope you’ll be doing the same.