In These Economic Times, It’s Important to Diversify Your (Lego) Portfolio

Introducing RK, a boy who will no doubt be featured regularly at SKW in the future.

In fact, I wouldn’t be surprised if at some point we simply change the name of the site to Stuff RK Wrote (or Analyzed).

A couple things you need to know about this kid:

1. He is 8-years-old.

2. He is wicked smart.

3. Someday he will own three-quarters of the world.

See, RK is a numbers person. He looks at the world and sees figures and data and mathematical possibility.

Numbers people tend to make money. Lots of it. On the other hand, word people, like myself, tend to make witty comments to wealthy numbers people as we hand them Refried Burritonators and large Pepsis through the drive-thru window at Taco Bell.

RK’s numeric-rich DNA no doubt comes in large part from his dad, Travis, one of my best friends.

In college, Travis and I, along with our other roommate, The Wookie, would watch no less than 18 hours of SportsCenter per day. The Wookie and I would generally guffaw at the verbal hijinks of anchors Dan Patrick and Keith Olbermann while Travis would enter a Raymond-the-Rain-Man state of statistical computation and suddenly say things like, “Ahman Green averages 3.2 yards-per-carry on running plays to the left side of center during daytime conference home games, but he only averages 2.9 yards-per-carry when running over the right side during nighttime games away from home versus non-conference opponents.”

Then one of us would typically fart, say “Average that!”, and the three of us would laugh and drink another Keystone Light.

Man, those were the days.

Anyway, RK was genetically predisposed to be numbers through-and-through. And here’s an example. Travis found this file saved on the family computer (conveniently named “fdsafgfrftfvfbf jkl;jhjujyjmjnj dedswsaqa kiklol;p;.bmp”).

Travis explains:

As far as we can tell, he was analyzing the type of Legos he has, possibly getting ready for a presentation to his parents about how he needs to have better diversification in his Legos portfolio. In our household, Legos have been used as currency in heated discussions regarding politics, work ethic, economics, and budgets. A way for dad to explain some things he can get passionate about and have his son relate.

Graphing his Lego portfolio? 8-years-old?

Hell, RK may end up owning four-quarters of the world.


Thanks, Travis, for sharing this. Please tell RK that I’d like to schedule an appointment to evaluate my Lego portfolio. It’d be nice to know when I can retire.

And if you wouldn’t mind, grab me another Key Light while you’re up.

Posted on July 22, 2011, in Miscellaneous and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 15 Comments.

  1. If only I had been more like RK I might not still be trying to catch up. We get the snappy comebacks; they get all the money. Somehow unfair, but that’s one sweet graph.

  2. i can’t believe you haven’t already done your lego portfolio. i had mine done last year. turns out i have to work til i’m 93. [insert fart here]

  3. Deep. My 8-year-old math whiz kid would be totally threatened by him. I’m going to tell him that there’s another kid who makes his graphs look like they were done by an 8-year-old. Hey, what’s S.P?

  4. I’d work for him right now if he could give me a hand in my estate planning. Imagine how far he will have gone by the time his age doubles to 16.

  5. Monkey used to keep a similar chart — more of a bar graph indicating which set he completed and how many pieces were included. I am actually relieved to know he has a doppelganger out there. All these years, I have been freaking out in silence — but also hoping that some day this attention to detail will be used for good and not evil.

    • Monkey and RK may team up to create the world’s most statistically-accurate villanious duo. Just saying I wouldn’t get all crazy with this “good and not evil” talk just yet.

  6. I love that two of his categories are “plain” and “hard”…

    Those are the bread-and-butter Legos for sure.

    RK? You are brilliant.

  7. If only he was with me while I struggled through basic math ahem, three times in college. I probably would be something my parents are proud of right now :).

  8. Oh crap. This is scary. I need a dog to protect me from this.

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