"Oh! I forgot to tell you. I accidentally made $2 million this morning," Dave told me.
We were standing in his kitchen. We had been hanging out for awhile when he suddenly realized he had this story to tell me.
"How could you accidentally make $2 million?"
"James, its really funny. This friend of mine who runs a hedge fund called me and told me he was closing down the fund."
"So I was like, 'Ok, well … good luck on whatever you do next.' I had no idea why he called to tell me he was shutting his fund.
"Then he said, 'Well … where do I wire your money?'
"And I was like, 'What are you talking about?' "
"And he said, 'Dave, since 1998 you were the only investor who held on and stayed all the way through to the end no matter what was happening.'
"I tell you, James, I didn't even remember putting money in in 1998. I didn't have any money. I must have put in just a small amount.
"That was 18 years ago. I had totally forgotten it."
I was sitting there listening. I was thinking about 1998. I wish I had secretly put some money somewhere and then had completely forgotten about it.
Like leaving a $20 in an old coat pocket. But then finding that coat at the bottom of a closet and now it has 100,000 20 dollar bills in it.