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Wow, So I’m A “Guest”?

I’ve had glimpses of alternate reality before, but this morning’s peek was truly frightening. A spokesman for one of our major airlines referred to their customers as “guests“. All I can say is, I will have whatever he’s having…  

Bank of America, Now Channeling Peanuts

Every year Lucy tells Charlie Brown that she’ll hold the football for him while he kicks it. We all know how that works out. This week I felt like Charlie Brown, with Bank of America holding the football. The football was my new Bank of America Debit card, which arrived in the mail appearing to be an EMV CHIP and PIN card. Wow, I’ve been … Continue reading

NYC Notes: I’m Not A Traveling Tool, Really

Back to our NYC Notes with a few more travel tools, for you traveling tools. Today we will talk restaurants. While I’ve used Zagat, Yelp and Open Table before we got to NYC, I must say that they really shine in a big city with a high density of good restaurants. And when you couple … Continue reading

NYC Notes: No Goldman Sachs, Instead We Monetize Sacks

We were in NYC for a week, and regrettably I never got any face-time with my Peeps at Goldman Sachs. But while Leslie and I were having a beer and burger at The Spotted Pig one afternoon I was reminded that NYC is a hotbed of financial innovation. As I looked out the window, with beer in hand, I noticed … Continue reading

NYC Notes: Smalls Jazz Club, Big Music

We went to Smalls Jazz Club. It was on Leslie’s Bucket List for our week in NYC. If you are in NYC, don’t miss Smalls. On our first visit we saw Ehud Asherie Solo Piano with Harry Allen on Tenor Sax. And then The Joris Teepe Group featuring David Kikoski on piano, Alex Sipiagin on … Continue reading

Yes Sean, I Really Do Know How To Wait For My Guinness

In honor of St. Patrick’s Day I’ll share my Irish drinking (what else) story. A few years ago Leslie and I spent a month driving around Ireland. We had a fine time. Beautiful place, wonderful people. Having spent more than a considerable amount of time in English pubs over the years I felt I should … Continue reading

Those Ancient Romans Knew How To Package Their Product

Rome has seven famous hills, and an eighth that should be equally famous as a monument to product packaging, Mt. Testaccio. I learned about this when reading Four Seasons in Rome by Anthony Doerr. I also learned to be grateful that I never had to raise twins, but that’s another story. Mt. Testaccio is composed almost … Continue reading

Room With A View, And Then Some

Whenever I check into a hotel I play “Pretend”. I imagine that the hotel’s owners and employees are all on my team, and we are working together to ensure that I experience a great room and a wonderful ‘stay’ experience. Of course this fits the common definition of insanity, where you do the same thing over and … Continue reading

COP15, Compromise, Christmas And…Romance

Here a world conference, there a world conference. Whenever one of these big-time global confabs takes place, like COP15, I get the urge to watch “Girl In The Cafe” again. Released a few years ago, it is still strikingly relevant today. So right now would be a great time to rent, watch or purchase this DVD. … Continue reading

Question? That’s Not A Question. Now THIS Is A Question.

I pretty much always learn things the hard way, consoling myself with the hope that this time I’ll really remember the lesson. Since, statistically speaking, I’m older than the average blog reader I thought I’d pass along some of this hard-earned wisdom. Today’s lesson is to remember and try to Always Ask The Right Question. I’ve discovered … Continue reading

Two Great India Reads

In recent posts we have recommended two books for listening: Rocket Men – The Epic Story of the First Men on The Moon The Billionaire’s Vinegar – The Mystery of the World’s Most Expensive Bottle of Wine So if you are wondering whether we actually read books, the answer is yes. And to prove it, … Continue reading

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