And now, from India…

| July 20, 2009

I’ve just arrived at the Leela Kempinski Goa on the coast of the Indian Ocean in the southwestern part of this fantastic country. It’s one of the most beautiful resorts I’ ve ever seen. The per-night cost of the suite I’m typing this in approaches my monthly mortgage payment; no wonder it’s so relaxing. It […]

Trying Times

| October 8, 2008

I’m settling into retirement—can’t help calling that even though it’s by no means the end—in peculiarly unsettling times. Work isn’t easy to get, though I seem to be on the verge of securing a part-time job, which I’m happy for. The days unfold erratically; some crawl, some whiz by. Pearl the dog is getting bigger […]

Seawolff Communications

| September 17, 2008

I’ve been going through some changes recently, wearing a captain’s hat and practicing seafaring. At least that’s what I see in my mind when I’m at the helm of Seawolff Communications, my new business alter ego. It’s a limited liability corporation I’ve formed as my business, dealing in words, concepts and brand strategy. My wife, […]

Doing fine, thanks

| August 27, 2008

My friend Jack called the other night to see how I’m doing almost a month into retirement. I’m doing fine, I told him before we got into another political argument (he thinks Obama’s a Manchurian candidate). God knows retirement is still weird. I’m getting up maybe an hour later than I used to when I […]

Get over it

| August 27, 2008

I’m getting pissed at the Clintons. Drudge cites a CNN source this morning to say Bill’s going to skip Barack Obama’s crucial speech at the Democratic National Convention Thursday night, and Hillary’s supporters are still grousing that Obama isn’t paying off her campaign debts fast or deeply enough. I thought Bill Clinton was a very […]


| August 3, 2008

Friday was my last day of work. I’m officially retired. Tomorrow morning I’ll get up with Karen to keep her company, not because I have an office to go to. I wrote a blog for my old magazine (hey, I worked there almost 19 years and you can reach what I wrote at about […]

Personality conflicts

| July 19, 2008

A blog is personal, right? But like other forums (or is it fora?), the notion of boundaries applies. The reason I’m pondering this today is I’m sitting in Cleveland Hopkins Airport on the (delayed) start of my last business trip as a full-timer for Lodging Hospitality and have time to ponder some blog-related incidents of […]

War is a rock song

| June 25, 2008

So I’m about to see “Don’t Mess With the Zohan” in Stone Harbor, New Jersey and the previews aren’t coming attractions—they come later—but commercials: for Verizon, for Samsung (know what a “BlackBerry prayer” is?) and for the National Guard. The last one’s the keeper: It’s a video of Three Doors Down singing “Citizen Soldier,” and […]

Vacation, bittersweet

| June 25, 2008

It’s my last paid vacation. We’re in Stone Harbor on the Jersey shore for the second year in a row. The beach is beautiful, though the Atlantic is too cold for swimming; the weather has been mainly good, with enough sun. I’ve been doing a lot of work here, some of my last as a […]

Shifting gears

| June 7, 2008

We’re starting a week’s vacation June 21, returning to Stone Harbor, New Jersey for a sophomore sojourn. The place will be great; time for sand and sun and seafood—and tightening up. We’re driving; bought a luggage rack/box for Karen’s Scion xB, and expect to spend a few hundred on gas to and from. But it’s […]

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