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I developed my full-blown reading addiction as a wee lad, way back in elementary school.
I've got vivid memories of my mother walking me up to the "Bookmobile" in the Drug Fair parking lot every Thursday, and once a month or so we would go to the "cathedral" – the main library.
Then again, "in my day," as it were, we didn't have tiny devices with the computing power of NASA in our pockets to distract ourselves with.
Instead, we passed the time by getting lost in different worlds of words, consuming as much storytelling as possible, and spending time in the authors' minds for hours on end.
I read a lot of war novels and Westerns, which cultivated my standing belief that young men should be forced to read the "frontier stories" of Louis L'Amour to learn about honor, courage, respect, and the proper way to conduct themselves.
But… my favorites?
Undoubtedly, that'd be the real-life pirate stories – the tales of Edward "Blackbeard" Teach, Jean Lafitte, and even Grace O'Malley, the "Irish Pirate Queen."
Besides, if I'm honest, I've got to credit those pirate swashbucklers (at least in part) with my perfect investing track record.
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