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The Decade With No Name


This decade managed to go ten years, feel much longer, provide no return in the financial markets, and go unnamed. Was it the “double ohs?” The “zeros”? The “naughts”? We weren’t making any money, you think we all could have gotten together and named this past decade. In 1972 (oh, crap, I’m quoting stuff from 38 years ago?) there was a song titled “A horse with no name.” Comedian Richard Jeni mocked the song’s title. “You’re in the desert,” he said. “You got nothing else to do. Name the freakin’ horse!” This is how I feel about the past ten years. I’m trying to look at the bright side, the next decade can only be better, right? Unless, of course, that whole 2012 prophesy comes true. In which case I’ll be even happier I didn’t convert to a Roth IRA.


  • Matt SF December 26, 2009, 10:15 am

    I call it “The Lost Decade.”

    I believe I saw this on the NY Times or CNBC so I can’t claim it’s my idea, but I think that sums it up well.

  • Rob - CCC December 29, 2009, 8:07 am

    “You got nothing else to do. Name the freakin’ horse!”
    LOL -That’s too funny.

    I’ve heard it referred to as the naughties a bit here in Australia.

    Is it going to be twenty ten and so on from now on? Two thousand and ten is so cumbersome and I have so little spare time.

  • JOE December 29, 2009, 11:45 am

    We have a financial program host on CNBC named Dennis Kneale who claims that saying ‘twenty-ten’ will save the US over 16 million hours vs saying ‘two thousand ten’. I say skip the twenty altogether. Thanks for visiting.

  • Ray Jobs January 23, 2010, 8:20 am

    Saw your Blog bookmarked on Reddit. Nice Blog.

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