The weekend of June 23-24 was a hectic time for Richard Marin, an executive at Bear Stearns that ran two troubled hedge funds heavily invested in subprime-backed bonds. And after another week of “trying to defend Sparta against the Persians hoardes of Wall Street,” Marin admits he “needed something very light-hearted.” So on that Sunday night he took in a movie, Evan Almighty, which he concluded was “a perfectly bland and mildly funny family flick” but it “does have a cute message about how everyone can make the world a better place by always taking up the opportunity to engage in A Random act of Kindness…ARK…get it?”
How to I know all this? Because Marin chronicled his personal travails on his own blog, Whim of Iron, which he describes as “Impulsive Ramblings from a Motorcycling Alpha Dog.” Marin has said the blog site was personal, a way for him to share news with friends and family, such as the amazing weight loss he’d achieved in recent years. The site has since been locked (presumably at the behest of Bear Stearns officials, who didn’t need any more publicity involving Marin), but another blog operator captured the latest postings from Marin’s site, which you can read by clicking on this link.
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