Cape Cod Journal: June 29

Friday: June 29 Last full day, hard to believe. We drove to The Regatta Restaurant in Cotuit last night. (“Cotuit” is an Indian work meaning, “Build narrow roads with many lights to halt all traffic.”) Worth the hour’s drive, outstanding food, great waiters. We split a filet mignon and the short ribs, which you tend to do after 39 years of marriage. A not-too-common Chassagne-Montrechet red burgundy was excellent, and the night finished off with a Cuban cigar from my …


Cape Cod Journal: June 28

Thursday: June 28 The fog wraps itself around the inlet some mornings, like this one, then dissipates as the sun grows stronger. Everything here is forever moist. Leave a towel out to dry and it’s likely to be wetter an hour later. Plants do well, but people develop root rot. It would be hell here for a philatelist. We dined last night in the tavern of the Chatham Bars Inn, and arranged for a special chef’s table dining experience (which …


The Poor Case for Destructive Testing

We are inculcated from our youth to engage in destructive testing. That is, we strive to prove why something won’t work and why it’s a bad idea. A succession of overworked parents, uninterested teachers, aloof professors, and insecure bosses forms a coterie of contempt for anyone suggesting improvements in their lives. Since my own credo has been “If you’re not failing, you’re not trying,” my entrepreneurial life has been about trying to determine how to ensure things WILL work. If …


Cape Cod Journal: June 27

Wednesday: June 27 The Nasuet Beach Club was extraordinary. Pistachio encrusted rack of lamb, and this time a far-underpriced, terrific Turley Zinfandel. When we walked in the hostess said, “Hello, welcome!” Now that’s my kind of place. Ended the evening with a Dominican Cohiba. Our seagull artist, Jerry, has directions to our house and will bring the piece on Saturday on his way to the Wooden Boat Show in Mystic. “I was going to give you 10% off,” he said, …


Beavers Redux

I’m pleased and amused to report that the mightly Beavers have, indeed, won the collegiate baseball championship, despite a dismal 10-14 regular season record. They were an at-large entry into the tournament. You simply cannot keep a good Beaver down. Well done!


Cape Cod Journal: June 26

Tuesday, June 26 The inner bay waters are warm, the ocean is cold. Sometimes a vicious wind whips up, which the locals pretend to ignore while the rest of us are watching small animals sail past at eye level. This is typical New England: lush, verdant vegetation right up to the water’s edge. Huge trees in town, that may well outdate the country. The community was founded in 1639 according to a monument in front of the library. (I know, …


Cape Cod Journal: June 25

Monday, June 25 I’m writing this as the setting sun is reflected on the light chop of the water, the two large, rear doors wide open admitting early evening into the house. The temperature has been in the mid-70s. The top goes up on the car only overnight. I’ve finished “Conquering Gotham,” the story of the creation of Penn Station in New York and the complex sub-aqueous tunnels that brought the Pennsylvania Railroad into Manhattan. I’ve started “Einstein,” the current …


Athiestic Religious Fervor

I believe people are free to believe in God or not believe in God in myriad ways. What confounds me is the religious zealotry of some of the athiests, however, which I find just a tad hypocritical. (I refer you to one of my Writing on the Wall videos on the subject if you’re interested: http://summitconsulting.com/writing_on_the_wall_episode_7.html). For example, Christopher Hitchens’s book “God Is Not Great” is so full of hostility at those who believe, so derisive of other views, and …


Cape Cod Journal: June 24

Sunday, June 24 A quahogger (clam digger) is ten yards out in the water, which is only 20 yards from our back porch. He wades diligently among the moored boats, using a six-foot rake to pry clams from the bottom, which he deposits in a bucket cleverly perched in an inner tube tethered to his waders. He reminds me of a human heron, stalking the shallows. Welcome to Chatham on Cape Cod. We’re on an inlet which leads into the …


Business Advisory: Card Service International

I’m warning anyone who needs merchants accounts to process credit cards NOT to use Card Service International, which I once was very high on. One of their terminals broke and they sent me a new one. The new one, after weeks of attempted programming, was finally found to be defective. They sent me another. This one worked. However, they never acknowledged my return of the defective terminal and proceeded to charge me for two terminals. The customer service people (who …