A Few of the Finer Things - July 2019

Summer Reading

I read a couple of very different books recently that I thought I would share.

The first again comes from one of my favorite podcasts (Unorthodox Episode 176 - April 4, 2019)…Lori Gottlieb’s Maybe You Should Talk to Someone: A Therapist, HER Therapist, and Our Lives Revealed. Lori is a psychotherapist who writes the “Dear Therapist” column for The Atlantic. Her book is about her life as a therapist and about starting to see a therapist herself after a traumatic breakup. More and more in our business we are dealing with what experts call “behavioral finance”…you have seen me quote behavioral finance pioneer Carl Richards (author of The Behavior Gap) many times in this space and others over the years. Kelly and I consider part of our job description to be “financial therapists”—we try to help people make smarter decisions about money, which can be a very emotional topic. The book is smart and funny and an overall very enjoyable read.

The second is very different…it is Full Count: The Education of a Pitcher by former major leaguer David Cone. I followed Cone’s career but never considered myself a fan of his (he played for the Royals, Mets, Blue Jays, Yankees and Red Sox but never the D-backs) but I heard an interview with him recently about the book and gave it a try. I like stories from athletes that take you “inside the locker room/clubhouse” and give you information and tidbits that you would never know otherwise. For non-baseball fans, there is a little bit too much about pitching mechanics that can easily be skipped over without missing any major plotlines. However, there are also a lot of fun stories about his time in New York (both with the Mets and Yankees)…imagine being in your 20’s in New York City and earning a very nice living and not having to show up to work most days before 2:00 PM or so…there are some entertaining anecdotes.

We had quite a nice early summer weather-wise in AZ…didn’t really get into the 100’s until very recently. I hope you all have a wonderful summer and hopefully these two books give you some fun leisure reading.

Amazon - Maybe You Should Talk to Someone

Amazon - Full Count: The Education of a Pitcher

–Gary Weiss, July 2019

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Raymond James is not affiliated with and does not endorse the opinions or services of Lori Gottlieb, Carl Richards, David Cone, The Atlantic, or other independent entities named herein.