Istanbul II

Tweet This city was founded around 660 BC as Byzantium, was later Constantinople, and served as the capital of the Roman, Byzantine, Latin, and Ottoman Empires. There are over 15 million people here, and it is cited as the fifth leading tourist destination in the world. I’m looking at Asia across the Bosphorus from my balcony, since the city is in both Asia and Europe. There is a “transcontinental marathon” being run here today. The huge Hagia Sophia, once a …


Istanbul

Tweet I’m running the Million Dollar Club in Sevilla next week, and we always visit somewhere we’ve never been before or after the meetings. We chose Istanbul, because we’ve heard so much about it and everyone raves about it. (Note below that it took three men to get all of out stuff into the car upon arrival!) We’re at the Four Seasons Bosphorus, overlooking the water and staring at Asia from the European side. We’re going on our first tour …


Put Your Head On My Shoulder

Tweet Paul Anka sold out the Providence Vets Auditorium last night, about 2,000 people, with a tremendous show: no warm-up act, a great band, and him, singing for two hours without a break. He did two encores and received a 12-minute standing ovation. Of course, my personal trainer said, “Do you mind if I ask who Paul Anka is?” and I said, “Do you mind if I drop a 45-pound weight in your general vicinity?” But if you were into …


Don’t Pay More Than You Should

Tweet If you hire a subcontractor, someone who will simply deliver for you (focus groups, workshops, interviews, etc.), don’t be fooled by the claim that they need to be paid extraordinarily well because they represent the quality component. What they do is important, but can be done by a great many people who would love to get the work. These are the people who are excellent at delivery but can’t market and, hence, need work from others. Don’t overpay for delivery, which …


Hey, Yo, Pet Me!: The Dog Star

Tweet (The Dog Star is a symbol of power, will, and steadfastness of purpose, and exemplifies the One who has succeeded in bridging the lower and higher consciousness. – Astrological Definition) If I walk out to the yard without a frisbee or a ball, Bentley finds a stick and drops it on my feet until I start playing fetch with him. He’ll often put his head under my hand and begin rubbing back and forth to indicate he wants to …


Random Thoughts

Tweet • I’m starting to root for the zombies in “The Walking Dead.” Unlike the unsatisfactory endings for “The Sopranos” and “Boardwalk Empire,” I know how this one should end. Slurp. • Remember when we were going to have $5 per gallon gas prices? The price is under $3 in many places now. • Imagine if 10% off all funds raised for these mid-term elections had to be donated to disease research and cure? • Only in America can we …


Alan’s Monday Morning Memo – 11/3/14

Alan's Monday Morning Memo

Tweet This week’s focus point: Richard Branson’s rocket plane crashed a few days ago, a tragedy. But he vows to keep trying. He’s seven years behind his schedule to take civilians into space, but he vows to keep trying. The path to success is seldom an unimpeded, high-speed romp. The roadside is home to those who hit a bump and decide the journey is too tough so they pitch camp where they are. If that were the rule, Lincoln never …


Oh, Come On!

Tweet • Have you seen the Lincoln commercial where Matthew McConaughey is driving at night as if in a Zen moment, having an existential epiphany? It would embarrass “Mad Men,” an exercise in bathos so silly that you have to wonder if McConaughey is actually in a transcendental state over how much he’s being paid for sheer nonsense. Who commissions this absurdity?   • Finally baseball has an exciting series and legitimate hero in Madison Bumgarner and we’re not focused …


Ripped-Off in Omaha!

Tweet A woman in Omaha, Michaela Valentin, ordered a $1,600 electronic product, which was sent and received. A month of so later, the credit card processor tells me she refused payment and I have to send evidence. I do that, but learn subsequently that since I took longer than ten days to respond (I was traveling) her refusal to pay was automatically honored! Phone calls and email to Valentin are simply ignored. The program she ordered and kept for free? …