(it is a bit of a digression, but my friend, Steve, gave me a hard time about selling off the shares. Steve is a big basketball fan and was getting married that summer. I contemplated giving him a few shares in the Celtics as a wedding present. But I decided that was excessively cruel, especially as he was marrying an Australian woman and moving to Melbourne.)
Anyway, since then I have diligently stayed away from exotic investments. Or so I thought until I spent three bloody days trying to find out what to do about the negative original issue discount on my inflation protected treasury securities. I did eventually figure it out, despite the IRS. I'm now waiting to see if my e-filed return got accepted or rejected. And debating about whether to do the Virginia return now or hold off until the morning.