Wednesday, January 2, 2013

'Gram of the Week (10/10/11 - 10/16/11)


October 2011. The Occupy Wall Street movement is in full swing.  Ted works for Deutsche Bank down on Wall Street and has to walk past the protesters in Zuccotti Park. Every. Single. Day. He has nothing but disdain for them. At 35, he’s not much older than they are. And like Andrew Breitbart, he has been known to “engage” with them on his way to work.

This Wharton grad is very fond of trading distressed convertible bonds, specifically GM, Ford, and Yellow Roadways. He’s also obsessed with his “Euro Hedge”. He met his wife in a bar. But he had to go really low to get her. He told her he was a Democrat, a Red Sox fan, and that he worked at Goldman Sachs. Her response was priceless: “You mean the jock itch company?” (that would be Gold BOND!)

His buddies over at Deutsche Bank wanted to have a little fun with Ted. They sent me in as a Hippie Occupy Wall Street protester who was able to “gain access” to the building to show him no hard feelings and that the “guys over at Zuccotti Park” wanted to treat him to a Dunkin Donuts Pumpkin Latte and a dozen donuts.

One would figure he could take a joke. After all, at Wharton, he used to write for the Follies; no small accomplishment. I don’t think Ted was amused!


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