Cape May Confidential IV

Best day of the week yesterday, moderate wind, about 82, warm water, wonderful breakers. The granddaughters loved it, although I couldn’t figure out how to fold up their sand tent and had to haul the entire thing back to the apartment, like a huge spinnaker sail, hat pulled down over my eyes. I’ve driven over a dozen exotic cars, many with stick shifts, and I can’t fold a sand tent. We’ve walked past a nondescript café here a hundred times. …


Value of Community

The members of the Million Dollar Club, which I host, have come up with an “accelerant curve” (presented by Mark Smith), which we’ve embraced and expanded upon to demonstrate the connection among products and services ranging from ease of entry/low fee, to high intimacy/high fee. But it’s a two dimensional model, basically, and I’ve also tended to think in terms of a “web” of interaction among members of a community. (My value proposition is that “I create community,” and “The …



Cape May Confidential III

Have to catch up a bit. Weather has been good, some rain late afternoon or evening, but not what we feared from the reports. Dinner at the Black Duck was excellent, as always, augmented by a Cakebread 2003 Merlot. “I don’t get much of that,” said the liquor store owner, “good choice.” Thinking ahead, I said, “Do you have any Montrechet?” “You must be kidding,” he smiled. (This is the best wine shop in Cape May, but they can’t afford …


Discipline: Ready? Learn!

I’ve been asked a LOT about how I accomplish so much, organize my time, set priorities, etc. And while there are specific techniques I’ve often discussed (e.g., use a physical planner or calendar, not an electronic one), the subject of discipline is really central to organizing and controlling your life and your work. Here are some factors to think about: 1. Priority Priority. What system do you use? If everything is a priority, nothing is a priority. (Virtually nothing marked …


Cape May Confidential II

Dinner at Peter Shields last night, one of our favorite places, huge old home across from the beach with a sprawling restaurant on the genteel first floor. BYOB, so I purchased a Silver Oak 2003 Cabernet, which even Maria liked, who drinks very seldom. Shellfish, Caeser, rack of lamb. (Have you noticed that “Caesar Salad” is a misnomer these days? You’re likely to find feta cheese, onions, tomatoes, shrimp, chicken, and an eclair in there. And it’s never made tableside …


Witch Doctors

What do you think may the difference between witch doctors and modern stock experts?And why do psychics need cell phones? Listen to this podcasts and to Alan’s answers and oh yeah, don’t forget to listen to Alan’s recession prediction at the end. and now also on iTunes Click Here for entire podcast series table of contents


Cape May Confidential

We dined last night at Martini Beach and, sure enough, I snagged a parking space across the street. I still have rolls of quarters in the console from the Newport Film Festival in June, so we gouged the meter and climbed the stairs. From the balcony dining area you can watch the passing scene with a great perspective. The service is always terrific, though the wine list is, well, a list. But they can make a wonderful, frosty martini, and …