Tuesday, March 29, 2005

Sacred Ground

Sacred Ground

Location: Ground Zero

The pit is massive, if you've not yet seen it up close. But it isn't filled with silence. Rather, it echos with a cocophany of jackhammers, the heatbeat of urban rebirth.

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The Incomparable

The Incomparable

Location: PATH Station, World Trade

This quote by Gunther greets you as you rise to the station platform.

Indeed.

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On The Right PATH

On The Right PATH

Location: Newark, NJ

The view out the window of the PATH train, which serves the commute between Newark and the World Trade Center station.

On my way into NYC for a meeting today, then on to Minneapolis tonight.

This is always an intwresting ride now. After 9/11 the WTC station, which was deep below the towers, was closed for years as they hollowed out The Pit and began to rebuild. It's open again, and the day the first PATH train rolled in people everwhere who had made this trip in the past felt a bit of the 9/11 wound heal.

I know I did. And I'm glad to ride this train again.

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Tuesday, March 22, 2005

Gatwick Express

Gatwick Express

Location: London

The view from the Gatwick Express, the train that takes you from Victoria Station to Gatwick airport. It's only a 30 minute ride: significantly shorter than the hour and a half it takes by car.

19 pounds for a first class ticket, which entitles you to a coach nicer than the Acelas back in the states, and a picture-window view of the grey and green London suburbs as they roll past, ultimately giving way to the green and brown fields of England.

It is, of course, raining here ... but the air undoubtedly smells of Spring.

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At 11:47 AM, Blogger mediaguru @ HookedOnGolfBlog.com said...

Is it just gray there or are you being "artsy" and shooting BW?

 
At 12:01 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is the Gatwick Express anything like the Hogwarts Express! G

 
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Monday, March 21, 2005

Savoy

Savoy

Location: London

Finished the night at the legendary American Bar at the equally legendary Savoy hotel on Strand in London. Here's a shot of the lobby. While tradition is to have the bartender make you a custom cocktail based on your special occasion, I smply drank from the famous menu.

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London Calling

London Calling

Location: W2, London

Hello from London. I'm here for all of 24 hours, but it's great to be back among the Brits. Dinner on Strand tonight, abd I hope to make it into the American Bar at the Savoy for a martini before all is said and done.

This shot is of the street just outside the hotel. People are making their way home from work, and the black cabs and two-tier busses come and go and come and go.

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At 7:33 PM, Blogger Christina said...

Enjoy your trip. I was in London in October.

 

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Sunday, March 20, 2005

It's On The Way

It's On The Way

Location: The Tarmac In Charlotte

The Bradford Pears arw in bloom in Charlotte ... Spring is on the way. Me, I'm off to London.

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Thursday, March 17, 2005

The Coolest Friday's Around

The Coolest Friday's Around

Location: Milwaukee, WI

I'm in Milwaukee killing time with a colleague before catching a late flight. Where? The TGI Friday's IN the Brewer's Miller Park. Great place to watch the Madness.

Oh: and GO UTES!!!!!

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At 12:41 AM, Blogger mediaguru @ HookedOnGolfBlog.com said...

Go Utes is right. Despite pissing away a huge lead they still managed to win. Bogut is the man.

 

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Wednesday, March 16, 2005

Cobblestones

Cobblestones

Location: Paris

Killing some time with a walk down to the Seine, enjoying two crepes for breakfast. These are, literally, the streets of Paris.

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At 11:50 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for the pictures. They bring back nice memories. We developed a 20 minute tour of the Louvre: Must sees. . . the mona Lisa, The Winged Victory of Smanthras and the Venus de Milo. Now there is a lot more, like the impressionists but is time is limited those are a start, be sure to look along the way to them. g

 

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Le Tour Eiffel

Le Tour Eiffel

Location: Paris

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Statue

Statue

Location: Paris

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Angel

Angel

Location: Trocadero, Paris

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Tuesday, March 15, 2005

XVI Avenue

XVI Avenue

Locatuon: Paris, XVI Avenue Brasserie

Tonight's dining hall. Wish you were here ...

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Monday, March 14, 2005

More Eiffel

More Eiffel

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Trocadero

Trocadero

Location: Paris

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Metropolitan

Metropolitan

Location: Paris

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The Tower

The Tower

Location: Paris

As if I had to tell you where I am ...

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Sunday, March 13, 2005

The Morning Read

Location: Home

Spending a weekend home with Wifey before heading to Paris this afternoon. It's a beautiful if crisp winter day here; a perfect day for curling up in front of the fire and catching the action in Las Vegas.

But before we do, it struck me that it's been a while since I've put up a Morning Read. So, with an intention to do so more often, here we go:
  • Class vs. Ass. Bobby Knight takes on Eddie Sutton today in a matchup of two Hall of Famers with 1,600 wins between them. Too bad one of them is an un-apologetic asshole. Watching Bobby Knight is like watching an older guy in the workplace who still calls women "sweetie." He may produce results, but he's a dinosaur in a mammal's world.

    I've always liked this line about Bobby Knight: "If I ever need a heart transplant, I want Bobby Knight's ... because it's never been used."

  • Boards gone wild! Looks like Iger is in at Disney to replace Eisner. He's doing so, of course, on Eisner's timeline, not the Board's. Fact is that Disney's Directors have been in the palm of Eisner's hands for years as he drove the company into mediocrity (save Pixar, which is Job's credit anyway). Disney, Qwest, not to mention the WorldComs and Enrons ... they're all examples of companies where the Boards were happy to let management control the management / governance relationship while the Directors coasted on their status, pay, and easy quarterly meeting schedules. That's why the board of HP deserves credit for making the switch on Carly now, and not waiting any longer (which would be even easier given her role as a "celebrity CEO").

  • Sit at the feet of the master. Warren Buffett has released his 2004 Chairman's Letter, the single most required piece of investment reading each year. Not only is the advice world class, but Buffett's writing style is equally wonderful. If only he'd blog ...

  • Yes, Virginia, there ARE raccoons in the desert. Nice post over at Highways West today ... I love Ken's "you don't know squat about the West" smart-ass tone. The post also reminded me of my encounters with the Striped Skunk, especially that time I awoke to one in our tent down Capitol Reef way. Stoopid friend-of-my-girlfriend-at-the-time: "Ohh ... I should close the zipper all the way?" luckily, Mr. Skunk ate his fill of Cheetos and made way without dispensing of us all. But it was close.

    And while we're on the topic of desert rodents, my favorite: the Yellow Bellied Marmot.

  • Wikipedia entry of the day: The Buffalo Bisons.

  • The Next Blog: Wow. Depressing. Had to click around for 20 minutes to find a decent random blog to point to. 6,000,000 blogs out there and, well, most of them are ... uhh ... well, special to someone, I'm sure (as is this blog, I'm equally sure). That said, here's one worth seeing: Creative Generalist.

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At 1:35 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Should have been next month, I hear April in paris is grand. But you have a job to do. Have a safe trip and a safe home.
g

 

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Thursday, March 10, 2005

Sore In Places I'd Forgotten

Location: Home

A while ago I learned about the FitDeck via USAToday, NPR, or some such thing ... regardless, it's a great concept, perfect for exercise on the road (and at home), and I gotta tell you: 15 minutes with the FitDeck will Kick. Your. Ass.

I carry mine in my suitcase, and Wifey has a set here at the house. Got 10 minutes? Pull 10 cards. The workout is all you could want. Indeed, 20 cards has been my limit so far.

I was describing the concept to a colleage who said, "Screw the workout. We should have the same concept for sex. 'Got 15 minutes?'"

Hmmm ...

Damn. Too late.

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Tuesday, March 08, 2005

Ctrl-Alt-Hottie

Location: Reagan Airport, D.C.

Found myself in first class with ubermodel and SI swimsuit babe Carol Alt. Alas, I was in 2D and she in 3A, but here's the view from across the aisle.

Ctrl-Alt-Hottie

She's still tall, and still hot.

And no, I'm still not home. Flight cancelled, sending me to D.C., and now I have another delay. Just can't seem to get home ...

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Monday, March 07, 2005

Paradise Lost

Location: Nassau, Bahamas, Atlantis Resort

Well, after a few days at Atlantis I have to tell you: I am not impressed.


Well, that’s not completely true. You have to be impressed with the audacity of the place. I mean, sharks outside your restaurant window?

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And how’s this for a lobby?

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But really, it’s too much Vegas, but without the benefit of really great restaurants and strippers. Everything is a mile wide and an inch deep, and the theme of the place … the lost city of Atlantis? Well, it’s just a bit too Mickey Mouse for my taste.

That said, the place seems to be teeming with people—absolutely packed. Young, old, families, spring breakers, rich dudes from the Caymans … they’re all here. Most of them aren’t wearing much, which admittedly has some benefits.

Story of the trip so far: I go down this morning to get a cup of jo and there are two college-age guys at the coffee bar. One is wearing a white T-shirt and boxers. The other is putting on his pants.

I ask “what gives,” and come to learn that they had been with some girls in the hot tub and in returning to their room had to cross the casino floor. In doing so security told them they had to wear their shirts, which apparently, they were not doing at the time. So in protest of this restriction of their individuality, they put on their shirts … and took off their pants.

Boxers, it appears, are no problem at 5:30 a.m. in the Atlantis, as long as you’re wearing a shirt.

But with the exception of that interlude and the food at the deli here, being here is generally a pain in the ass. Room service is limited and the wait’s an hour. The gym doesn’t open until 6:30, and costs $15. The amenities in the rooms are Holiday Inn quality. No restaurant in the place can take you as a walk-up. The staff is generally unfriendly, with a few bright spots. No coffee in the rooms. No coffee at all, anywhere, before 6 a.m. (!!). It’s five star prices for three star quality all ‘round.

If I were 15, this place would be perfect. But I’m not. And it’s been 10 days on the road away from Wifey, and I can’t wait to come home.

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At 5:39 AM, Blogger The Bookman said...

You should have joined those college boys in their protest. After all, you have great legs.

 
At 9:36 AM, Blogger mediaguru @ HookedOnGolfBlog.com said...

Gotta have strippers. Gotta have strippers.

 

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Saturday, March 05, 2005

Mojo Risin'

Location: Miami International Airport

Mojo Risin'

Between flights in Miami as I make my way to Nassau. Enjoying a "last cocktail of the vacation" Mojito at the La Carreta jet bar outside Terminal D.

Good Cuban food here ... I'm having the Vaca Frita for lunch.

Wish you were here ...

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Friday, March 04, 2005

Ask And Ye Shall Receive

Location: Bonaire, Netherland Antillies

Christina asked for more photos. I'll have plenty to post on my return (my hope to have digital cell service down here so I could post from my phone was optimistic and, ultimately, misguided), but here's a little something to tide her over: A bit of the view from our balcony.


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At 6:08 PM, Blogger Christina said...

Lovely picture!!

Thank you.

; )

 

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Up For Air

Location: Bonaire, Netherland Antillies

Hi suckers folks. Having a grand time here on Bonaire. Lots of diving. Lots of sun. Lots of rum. Not a lot of work. A recipe for perfection, I know.

Here's a little photo to illustrate how I've been spending my time:



Call it an Antillian self-portrait.

Tomorrow I head back into the fray, though ... making my way ultimately to the Bahamas via transfers in San Juan and Miami. I'll be working there (honest), but I'm not complaining: Nassau beats Minneapolis any day of the week.

Amazing how soft your skin gets here, down South of Panama ... and outside the window of the terminal on which I type: rustling palm trees, flowering shrubs, a pool, and blue, blue sky.

Ahhh ... gather ye rosebuds while ye may ...

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