By Josh Katzowitz, WCI Content Director

Sometimes, it’s fun to watch other people have fun, even if they’re just opening envelopes on a certain Friday in March. I discovered that last year when I was stuck in a cramped hotel room outside Heathrow Airport, unable to return to the US from London because of my positive COVID diagnosis.

Aside from eating enormous quantities of fish and chips and watching airplanes take off from the runway and trying to guess where they were going, I passed the time during my quarantine by watching fourth-year medical students on Match Day learn where they would spend the next chunks of their lives.

This year, most people who posted their Match results on social media were in a celebratory mood. They either matched at their top choice or they had successfully navigated the process with their significant other. Others shared their disappointment. Still others reflected on their twisty-turny journeys.

Last year, I had fun putting together a post that showed other people having fun during Match Day, and I wanted to do it again in 2023.

Here were some of the best tweets I found from this year’s Match Day celebrations (and if you're only looking at this in your email inbox, you're going to need to click on one of the above links so you can fully experience the tweets in your browser).

First, the joy (and gratitude).

https://twitter.com/TaufiqTareeq/status/1635295846047547392

Some soon-to-be medical school graduates were in the middle of a therapy session when they discovered the news.

Some were in the middle of a difficult Peloton workout (meaning their labored breathing wasn’t solely due to their nervousness).

Some marked their accomplishments with a permanent reminder.

Some discovered that, really, the fourth time is the charm.

https://twitter.com/Sanastunna/status/1636151477398913025

Some became trailblazers.

Some underplayed their delight.

Some went big with the celebration.

Now, for some more wholesome celebrations.

Of course, we know not everybody got one of their top choices, and we know some people didn’t end up matching or scrambling at all. Their lives have been displaced, and some people were quick to recognize that—and to sympathize.

https://twitter.com/MariaSheikhMD/status/1636795233949347840

And one last video of jubilation and tears until the process begins again 12 months from now.

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Money Song of the Week

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I still remember a birthday present I received while in third grade, probably one of the best gifts I've ever gotten. It was a cassette tape of Hysteria, the album that would push Def Leppard into the stratosphere and make it one of the most successful rock bands of all time (subsequently, the five-some from Sheffield, England became my favorite band for the next 4-5 years). It’s pure pop metal, and it still moves me. Yes, nearly 40 years later, the album, with its astounding amount of post-production (weird robot noises and all), sounds stuck in the 1980s, but that hasn’t stopped songs like Pour Some Sugar on Me from living on in karaoke rooms and gentlemen’s clubs ever since.

That was the last Def Leppard album I truly enjoyed. Hysteria, despite its rounded edges, is still pretty great. The prior three albums from Def Leppard are more in the style of “new wave of British heavy metal,” and those are still the ones I like the best.

Today, let’s talk about the deep cut, On Through the Night, which shares the same name as Def Leppard’s 1980 debut album but which actually appears on the band’s second album, 1981’s High ‘N’ Dry. It seems to me that this song is about a young rock band trying to make its name, scraping and scrounging to make enough money on tour to keep the show on the road.

As the lyrics read:

“Your wheels ain't turning, you're out of gas/You pay by check but they take cash/Two roads ahead but which to take/And you can't see it's your mistake.

They're waiting for you, they're waiting for me/And what seems like eternity/It's all tradition, they'll get you yet/In rock and roll, there's no safety net.”

Even though Def Leppard hit major success with its third studio album, 1984’s Pyromania, the band, because it had accrued so much debt throughout its first decade, didn’t actually start making major money until four years later (!) thanks to Hysteria.

As Def Leppard started making music in the late 1970s, the members were still living with their parents and earning £10-£15 a week at various day jobs. They had to buy their instruments on credit, and as singer Joe Elliott recounted to This Is Money, “Sometimes, at the end of a long day, we would buy one pint [of beer] and sip from four straws so we could afford the bus fare home.”

Elliott learned some money lessons along the way (keep in mind, the band is probably earning more today, more than 35 years after its big hits, thanks to their co-headlining tour with Motley Crue in 2022 that earned $173.5 million).

For instance, Elliott learned investing £100,000 into an English sports bar 20 years ago was a terrible idea (he lost it all). But building his own recording studio for £500,000 “has saved millions of pounds in costs over the years.” Elliott also forgoes the stock market, and he’d rather put his money into real estate investing. He also, somehow, has a pension.

“I do not invest in the stock market—it is a roulette wheel I do not want to play,” Elliott, who might need a lesson on index funds, told This Is Money. “I would rather buy a house and rent it out. I prefer bricks and mortar. I do have a pension. When we signed our first record deal when I was 18, we had a lawyer who made sure we started a pension that same day. We had our feet up on the boardroom table, drinking whisky, smoking cigars and I remember saying: ‘What, a pension? Hang on, we are not even 20 years old.' Personally, I forgot all about it until told I could take it out at 55.”

Even for a guy who’s presumably a millionaire many times over, the equivalent of finding a $20 bill in your pocket that you forgot about is a pretty sweet (from my head to my feet) deal.

 

Tweet of the Week

We’ve already featured about 20 tweets, but one more won’t hurt.

What was your favorite part of your own Match Day experience? Would you have changed anything with the way you ranked your residency programs? Comment below!

[Editor's Note: For comments, complaints, suggestions, or plaudits, email Josh Katzowitz at [email protected].]