Go Pats

I’m heading for the Patriot Game in Foxboro today, taking a train out of Providence to beat the parking-lot traffic which develops before and after the game. They don’t allow drop-offs, so I can’t take a limo. (The limos have to go into the $120 limo lot. This is how Bob Kraft just bought two new 767s for the team.) It’s sort of like skiing, by the time you get to the top of the hill with all the equipment …


Shut the Door!

I once worked for a brilliant but erratic genius named Ben Tregoe, who founded the consulting firm I was employed by in Princeton. I eventually rose to one of the highest positions in the place, and reported to him. One day he called me and asked me to come down to his office.This was never necessarily good, and I was wondering what was going on. I arrived and he asked me to sit down and then said, “Watch this!” He …


Pleased to Meet You

The guys who set up the continental breakfast for my meetings at the Times Square W Hotel these last two days introduced themselves to me and shook my hand. They were Claudio and Cyrus. They’d ask if everything was okay and were immediately responsive if I asked for anything at all. That is a trait more valuable than a frequent guest program, or a room amenity, and is a sign of good management hiring good people. That’s why I keep …


Drugs

Over 100,000 people are employed by the pharma industry alone in Puerto Rico. What do you want to bet they will restore power and manufacture greatly needed pharmaceuticals much faster than the government gets anything going? They are currently providing more generators, securing fuel for the generators, and providing transportation for workers who are isolated and unable to overcome roadblocks and damage.


Wait, What?

We’re dining last night in a restaurant next to the venue where we’re about to see a ballet, where my wife is a long-time board member. As we’re about to leave, my wife spies two of her fellow board members across the way. She says to me, “You MUST go over and say hello, they see us here!” So, I turn the charm dial to maximum (“I can’t give you any more power, Captain, or the warp drive will surely …


How Do You Like These Apples?

If you’ve been reading about Apple, you’ll see that it has more cash than anyone else, including most governments: $250 billion, which is more than the cash reserves of Great Britain and Canada combined. It appears they might have to declare a very large dividend in the near future. For many years, my financial advisors, who do my taxes but also have a wealth management division which I don’t use, urged me bring my investments to them and to sell …


All Aboard

It’s 8 am and the Acela is pulling out of Penn Station in New York, silently and stealthily, passing hundreds of arriving commuters from local train mere feet away from the tracks. They are trudging, infantry-like, down the platform and up the escalators, heads down, backpacks swaying, resolute and without choices. They are marching into a never-ending battle that will always be a stalemate, because no matter what they accomplish or fail to accomplish today, they will be doing the same …


A “Typical” Day

I’ve been requested to describe a typical day. When I’m home, and not traveling, it looks like this: • Arise around 6 • Quick bowl of cereal, shared with the dogs. • If non-workout day, take the dogs for coffee and biscuits. If workout day, do some of the below before leaving at 7:45 for my 8:00 appointment at the gym with my trainer. • Review all email and respond, trash, or file. It is seldom filed, since I don’t …


Is That Dog Ignoring Me?

A German-speaking man visited us and began talking to Bentley in German. Bentley, who’s quite good with English commands, was as befuddled as I was. “Odd,” said the man, “I thought the dog was a German Shepherd.” “He was born here,” I told him, not understanding if he were serious or not. Recently, I heard someone from Spain use “leitmotif” in a sentence. “Wow,” I thought, “what a great command of English he has!” But that’s equally dumb. Leitmotif is a …


A Good Cigar

I had a gift certificate to one of my cigar clubs, and I know they carry the “cigar of the year.” (La Flor Dominicana Andalusian Bull) I walked in mid-day, when I’m never otherwise there, and I encountered the bar/cigar tender who’s on that shift, a very attractive woman I had never met. I told her what I needed and we entered the vast humidor. We found the cigars, and when I tried to leave, the door was locked. “Uh, …