China syndrome

| November 29, 2007

It’s been nine days since I returned from China and I’m still reeling from the trip. I’ve never been anyplace so foreign; glad Rich and I had a minder there, Anne Tan, a great communications person who lives in Hong Kong and is helping spread the Wyndham Hotel word. I’ve never been so jet-lagged. I […]

Intellectual property

| November 15, 2007

Travel in China even a little and you can’t help reconsidering the notion of intellectual property. There’s so much opportunity here, so much energy, so little notion of and respect for ownership. That’s why street vendors badger you with fake Rolexes and Breitlings, why bootleg DVDs sell for $3 and $4, bootleg CDs for even […]

Rocking on

| November 14, 2007

Just an update about my book. I touted it on Mike Olszewki’s morning show on WNCX- FM Oct. 30, when Mike had me on to talk about the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame candidates for 2008. Most of them are OK to me, though Afrika Bambaataa and Chic are a stretch. It was fun; […]

Flimflammed in Beijing

| November 10, 2007

Rich and I are in Beijing, China on a business trip. He’s head of corporate PR for Wyndham Hotel Group. I write about hotels in my daytime life. We’re here to check out Super 8s, Ramadas, Days Inns and Wyndhams in Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong and Xiamen. But that isn’t what this is about. We […]

Time to retire “The Boss”

| November 6, 2007

I saw Bruce Springsteen Sunday night, for the first time since his strikingly naked “Tom Joad” tour in early 1996. No, that’s not true; I saw him perform, solo, in Cleveland the night before the 2004 elections, when he delivered for the Democratic candidate, John Kerry. Too bad Kerry didn’t communicate Springsteen’s fervor. On Nov. […]

Old friends, part II

| November 1, 2007

I talked to Jack about the Red Sox today. I was at the last game the Sox lost, to the Cleveland Indians, on Oct. 15. Karen and I went and had a ball. Paul Byrd pitched well; it was before the HGH thing, which still has to be resolved. But then, Boston beat the Indians, […]

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