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Thanksgiving in Ohio and Movies with Finance Guys
I spent Thanksgiving weekend with my family in Ohio. Basically, that meant a lot of good food, a lot of movies, and a lot of hanging out. We missed a lot of extended family members because one of my cousins is getting married in India soon, so we’ll just see them then. However, my sister, her husband, and her husband’s brother came, as well as my cousins on my dad’s side from England.
This was my first chance to really hang out with my brother-in-law. We discovered that our lives were eerily similar, like our family structure. He and his brother are from a different part of India than our family, so my mom made special food from that region.
We got to play TopGolf, which is a cool luxury driving range with targets to hit. You can play indoors, or outdoors with heaters. It’s a really fun experience. We also got to go go-cart racing. The go-carts can go up to 45 mph!
We watched so many movies that weekend. I introduced my family to one of my favorite movies, Hunt for the Wilderpeople. I originally saw it on a flight to New York City. It’s a low-budget film out of New Zealand. It has a 98% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, and I highly recommend it.
We also watched The Big Short, which ended up being really interesting. It’s a movie about the 2008 housing market crash. My cousin works for a bank and actually sells CDO’s, and my brother-in-law worked on Wall Street. We paused the movie so many times to talk about their experiences. They said the crisis was a very cut-throat time. For instance, my brother-in-law was supposed to do a presentation for his boss. He was totally prepared, but he decided to double-check it. He realized that all of the numbers were changed and the presentation was destroyed. It turned out that his “best friend” sabotaged him. That’s how he learned that there are no friends in finance. Also, my cousin said that CDO’s are sold exactly the same way before the housing market crash, so that’s interesting. Watching The Big Short with finance guys was a pretty eye-opening experience.
We watched the Ohio State/Michigan game, which was amazing. My cousin in Michigan spent a lot of time texting me before the game, but the texts petered out and hit radio silence around half-time. Ohio State definitively won that game.