Saturday, August 07, 2004
That will send a shiver down your spine.
I had been to the WTC a few times and loved this soup place in the basement. I ate there more than once, as it was quick and filling. I also once spoke at a conference held at Windows on the World on the top floor. Nice view. As I thought minutes after the 9/11 blast, it’s a long away down.
Well, these thoughts sure gave me something to pray for—peace.
Friday, August 06, 2004
ESPN.com - NHL - Hull selects Coyotes, signing two-year deal
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CNN.com - New invention to help asthmatics - Aug 5, 2004
Yahoo! News - Tony Danza to Host Talk Show
ESPN.com - NFL - Vick pulls up lame in practice vs. Titans
Last night, we ate at Maggiano’s Little Italy, a chain restaurant that just opened in our neighborhood. We were invited to a pre-opening party, but it was while we were on vacation. They must have bought the subscriber list to the WSJ.
We ate there with some degree of anticipation as the place has been booked solid since its opening a few weeks ago. We had been regular patrons at Carrabba’s, a restaurant across the street from Maggiano’s, but we wanted to do the live taste test/comparison. We ate at Carrabba’s last week and the place was deserted.
Well, we had a mishap last night, Aside from the fact the restaurant was noisy (which my daughter hates), and the fact they tried to seat us at a lousy table (I was wearing shorts), they mixed up my entrée (veal) with my wife’s (chicken). Since age four, I have been highly allergic to chicken. Yes, it sounds strange, but it’s true. My allergy was recently corroborated by a recent test.
I did not die. I actually did not get sick other than anxiety and a queasy stomach. Allergies are like that. I don’t know what chicken tastes like, so when it gets confused in my order, I am at a loss. I never did see veal so white, so I said something to my wife and see realized she was eating veal (to which she is morally opposed).
We informed the waitress who was apologetic. It was the kitchen server’s mistake, not hers. She spoke to the manager, and I guess their reaction was to offer us free desserts. We passed, as we just wanted to get the hell out of there in case I got sick.
We won’t be back.
Thursday, August 05, 2004
Magically, a minute later, the light went on and service is back to full strength. And I didn't even have to call Bangalore for IS help!
COX.net for Phoenix
BTW, Hayworth is a boob. He's a former TV sportscaster who was not very good at that field, so I guess he chose something that required even less skill. Again, kidding.
When I was a kid, our congressman, Joshua Eilberg, lived around the corner from my house. I was friendly with his daughter and son; in fact, his daughter is a rabbi in the Bay Area. In 1979, Eilberg was charged with conflict of interest in the awarding of a $10,000 grant to a Philadelphia hopsital.
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Yahoo! News - Roberto Alomar Returns to White Sox
New search tool gets billionaire's backing | CNET News.com
Duh. It dawned on me that it could be my home network. My wife’s new PC also is sluggish which shouldn’t happen to a PC only four days old. So, I am over at the local free Wi Fi coffee shop (a shout out to Market Street Coffee in D.C. Ranch, Scottsdale). Everything is working fine.
Now, the task becomes dealing with the fine folks at Cox to get the lowdown on fixing my network.
Wednesday, August 04, 2004
We have our fingers crossed that Rawhide does not become a major urban sprawl center. We do not need another Target, Kohls, frozen yogurt store, Bed Bath & Beyond or supermarket (except for Whole Foods). We do not need more traffic tie-ups.
Old West feeling corralled by urbanization
Tuesday, August 03, 2004
Yahoo! News - 464 Dead in Paraguay Market Fire
Monday, August 02, 2004
In my current line of work, I have traveled probably around a half-million miles. I have been everywhere, and I mean everywhere. I have not been to Australia (would love to go), India (will not go), Russia (mixed feelings) and Spain (would love to go). In the U.S., I have been just about everywhere except Cincinnati, Detroit, Milwaukee and Cleveland.
Scratch one off the list—in three weeks, I am headed to Cincinnati. I see the Reds are home the night I will be in town. Could it be cosmic?
Yahoo! News - Paraguay Survivors Say Doors Were Blocked
Sunday, August 01, 2004
So, we’re coming up on the 15th anniversary of when we moved to Arizona. We have not lived here 15 consecutive years, but we moved here in 1989 from Seattle. Essentially, we were gone from June 1993-December 2001 when we lived in the Bay Area, but had a part-time place here from March 2000 on.
Anyway, I moved here after we declared bankruptcy from a business that was a great idea, but a little bit ahead of its time. Also, being inexperienced businesspeople didn’t help. We made a number of foolish tactical mistakes.
So, we moved to Arizona and I had to take a job as the managing editor of a local weekly newspaper. It was a humbling, humiliating experience. The editor was a nasty woman who enjoyed putting me in my place and delighted in making me feel badly. My previous newspaper job was that of a columnist for a Seattle-area metro daily. It made her feel powerful to belittle me.
A few months after I came to Arizona, an opportunity came about that changed my life. I went to work for a mid-sized trade publishing company. The owner was a strange guy who was very entrepreneurial and our personalities were a good match. I eventually became editor of the company’s technical magazines that dealt with new media: Interactive World and Newspapers & Voice. Both set the tone for my career as a new media analyst (my job today).
Picture above is the office at 4141 N. Scottsdale Road where I worked from 1990-1993. From January 1991-August 1992, I made the ride to work in a car without air conditioning and arrived quite sweaty on those toasty Arizona days.