Happy Early New Year Down Under

I’m sitting in The Palace Hotel about six blocks from Times Square, and wanted to wish my Australian, New Zealand, and other friends in the area a Happy New Year, which I believe is now being celebrated. Over a million people are starting to gather in Times Square here! — Alan



No Frequent Flyer Points for Me

In 2007 I made only 31 business trips by air, logged only 37,497 miles (our of a total lifetime of 3,124,000) and had my best year ever with the least air travel ever (and my wife often with me). That is the wonder of a combination of strong branding, modern technology, and the intent to constantly forge new revenue streams of low labor intensity. If there were such a thing as RPAM, Revenue Per Air Mile, I’d be in the …


Miss Rhode Island/Miss America Coached by Alan

Ashley Bickford, the reigning Miss Rhode Island, won the interview competition after being coached by me and a panel I assembled. As you can see when Chad posts the photo, she needed no help winning swim suit and gown competitions (and also won for talent). The Miss America competition is January 26th, and I think her chances are excellent. This is a wonderful woman, and may have just prompted a new direction in my career! (I was a judge in …



How Camest Thou In This Pickle?

Alonso to his butler Stephano The Tempest–Act V, Scene 1 –William Shakespeare Kelly Pickler was a finalist on the television reality show “American Idol,” which blows Andy Warhol’s 15 minutes of fame all to hell. She has a moderately good country voice, is more than moderately attractive, and is monumentally stupid. Lest you think I’m being judgmental, I refer you to the current sensation on YouTube, that great arbiter of American intellect (“No one ever went broke underestimating the intelligence …





Abercrombie & Hitch

I’m in a nearly deserted shopping mall in Warwick, Rhode Island on Monday, wandering through to find a few small gifts. To my surprise, I come upon an Abercrombie & Fitch, an upscale merchant which provides over-the-top catalogs and high-priced merchandise. Intrigued, I enter. In I go. It’s like entering a ride in Disneyland. The store is VERY dark, with music playing, and its layout is fascinating because you cannot walk in a straight line. Rather, you must dodge and …