on my mind,
a wind-pierced body.
Basho (1644 - 1694)
Friday, March 30, 2012
Thursday, March 29, 2012
Wednesday, March 28, 2012
Monday, March 26, 2012
This manager is a nice person and not a half bad manager when he/she is around. Unfortunately this is not often the case as Accident Manager tends to have constant run-ins with whatever latent danger lurks in the immediate vicinity. This manager spends a lot of time healing from whichever recent mishap has befallen him/her, from a four car pile-up on the interstate to the mishandled feeding of a baby goat at the petting zoo.
Saturday, March 24, 2012
Friday, March 23, 2012
Tuesday, March 20, 2012
I travel a lot and am constantly going through these scanners. I often worry about the amount of radiation and rationalize my concern by thinking that it is the price I pay for feeling safe aboard the aircraft. This does not make me feel very confident.
Monday, March 19, 2012
And we all know what that means.Time for another MOTW, Manager of the Week. Ah, the sweet smell of optimism. Optimism is good when it is genuine and well-founded. However, this next manager tends to overdo it and the result is generally less than effective.
Continually gives rah-rah speeches trying to convince the staff everything is all right while the walls fall down around them. Pollyanna Manager will tell you that three years in a row without a raise is a good thing because as a result of this policy you aren’t paying any more in taxes.
Saturday, March 17, 2012
Friday, March 16, 2012
Thursday, March 15, 2012
Wednesday, March 14, 2012
Of the 19 banks that were subjected to the stress test to judge whether they were capitalized enough to withstand another financial downturn in the economy, Citigroup was one of the 4 that did not pass muster. As a consequence the Federal Reserve will not allow Citi at this time to increase the dividend it pays to shareholders. Another blow for Uncle Vik.
And now for a little local politics. Here in Boca Raton, FL a contentious race was fought to unseat City Councilman Anthony Majhess. The race was ugly, with the mayor and three other members of the City Council all involved, publicly trying to defeat Mr. Majhess.
The challenger, Frank Chapman, spent a lot of his own money and both ran a fairly negative campaign. While Chapman's campaign had more money and signs as well as the support of the mayor and the Chamber of Commerce, nothing can replace the relationship a city councilman has with the grass roots people who elect him.
Anthony Majhess won re-election yesterday and will continue to serve on the City Council. He says he holds "no grudges" towards any of the council members.
Anyone who is into wine and hasn't tasted some of the "new wave" Spanish wines is doing themselves a disservice. Spain is somewhat inconsistent with the wines it produces, but when the country's vintners get something right, boy do they get it right. In this article Will Lyons of the WSJ takes you on a short tour of the contemporary Spanish wine scene. I still enjoy the simplest of pleasures, Sangre de Toro, as a red table wine with many of my meals and you just can't beat the price.
Tuesday, March 13, 2012
Monday, March 12, 2012
Saturday, March 10, 2012
Friday, March 9, 2012
Wednesday, March 7, 2012
We have all heard about "Linsanity" now right? Well, here is a new term, "linning." A combination of losing and winning, I kept most of winning and substituted only the first letter l for w, because I believe Romney made his case. He won 6 out of 10 states in a 3 way race. In old math that is 60% and a clear cut victory, but he is still labeled a loser. This whole race must be driving him nuts.
Tuesday, March 6, 2012
Of course you should swirl...or should you? Lettie Teague of the WSJ gives us an explanation of the art and science behind swirling a glass of wine.
Monday, March 5, 2012
And we all know what that means. Time for another MOTW, Manager of the Week. It is hard to be around this next manager and not cringe. If this person was your roommate you would probably want them out. Thankfully he/she is not your roommate, but instead he/she is the neighbor in the office next to yours and it still drives you a little bit nuts.
This manager may be competent but that does not matter. He/she is never taken seriously by Senior Management or staff because of his/her poor dress and hygiene. Slob Manager’s disheveled appearance, unkempt office, sloppy eating habits and rampant body odor all conspire against him/her in the respect department. The writing is on the wall for Slob Manager and all it usually takes is one triggering event, i.e. an off-color remark or getting drunk at a company function, for him/her to be terminated with extreme prejudice.