Four years ago, during the elections, I was wandering around NY. I’d voted before I left Paris, it seemed important at the time. NY hadn’t changed. Marathon preparations were under way, and my only objective was to appreciate some of NYs energy, share that with my daughter, and do some shopping. All you really need in NY are good friends, street vendors, Bacon Egg and Cheese Bagels (yes, in capitals…), Snapple, Starbucks, and a good burger in the village. I hadn’t yet embarked on this trading adventure, so this year my pilgrimage held a slightly different tone. The elections were still a major media circus, yet it was different somehow, with Sandy and a republican governor singing Obama praise, this election cycle was less important somehow. As vacations go it was shaping up to be unforgettable. Air France was threatening a strike, my friends were without electricity, my flight to Florida was cancelled and once I got out, a storm was setting up for the return trip to Boston where I landed with all the diverted NY traffic and found snow.
In any case, I love to return to NY, to Boston, to Florida. It’s important for my sanity as only an expat could appreciate. It amuses my family that I head directly to the grocery store and pick up Dr. Pepper, that I can’t suggest American wine, and under the influence of jet lag I start speaking a foreign language. It amuses my daughter because it’s like an early Christmas. “This nail polish is 15 Euros in Paris, dad!, ok, ok…”
I’ve been at this for well over a year now, and needed a break. No computer, no trading. I ordered books and tried my best to study. I wanted to step more deeply into technical trading, and swing setups. I found 3 or 4 good books to study. Advanced Swing Trading: Strategies to Predict, Identify, and Trade Future Market Swings (Wiley Trading) was one of my favorites, but is best understood if you’re a medium term futures trader. Basic essential patterns were lacking, as expected (hence the title) and Mr. Crane’s favorite Action/Reaction patterns are hammered into your head. Here’s his blog, it looks like he still hasn’t returned from vacation.
So it’s time to get back to work, post-election. Bonjour fiscal cliff, European recession, a military assassination, and a reeking Syria. Where’s my iPad mini with a retinal display?