August 19, 2004


Paintballing with the Climans on Sunday was loads of fun... What a better way to meet a bunch of folks, by teaming up to shoot down "the other team"? Thank Buddha for Lori N.'s arnica gel which erased the bruises I would have suffered from getting shot so often!

August 18, 2004

The Art of Speed

Just got home from this RES Screening and party RES did with Nike Lab for Nike's "Art of Speed" project. I gave up my food gift box to a homeless lady asking for money. Hung out with Kozy and Dan most of the evening after working the tickets and food assembly... we made plans to climb Mt. Fuji!!!! Yay! Slated for next August.

August 13, 2004

We Rattle for No One

My brother once said to my sister: "We're Us. We Rattle for No One." It's weird. My siblings and I have an ego-manaical nature when we think of ourselves as a family unit.

But damn, when I meet someone who shakes me up, I don't think I know quite what to do. Speechless, and what words that come out, tumble awkwardly forth. I'm hyper-aware of my words, yet lack control over them. I met someone recently who does this to me. I don't understand it. This doesn't happen to me. Jonathan in New York would be shocked. In his words, "you have an impermeable confidence." I guess he's wrong.

Qualities that rattle us? Fame? Fortune? No way. We know plenty of those. It's Family. It's intelligence, creativity and personal success. Human kindness. People who have their shit together and their priorities straight. People who put Family first. Food second. And yeah, I'm kidding about the food part. Kind of.

and three

OK, three handshake comments today. This tracking of comments is getting boring so I think I'll stop counting.
Why all the blog about it? It started with Governor Cuomo a while back. In June when I came out to Santa Monica, I started to notice... What's the big deal? Maybe I'm doing it wrong.

August 10, 2004


Eight handshake comments in eight weeks.

cool tech trick

a cool tech trick to convert a CSV file to vCards. Where was it when I needed it the other day? (I found another way to cheat, and it worked.)

August 08, 2004

who taught you that?

Another handshake comment today, from Frank, one of Mike's oldest friends. Then he asked me "who taught you how to shake hands like that?"

I think to myself, Why would any one have had to teach me?

August 06, 2004

Not Enough Yellow

The WearYELLOW LiveSTRONG has exceeded expectations. Nike donated the first $1 million and there are now more in the making. You can buy it on Ebay (running around $4 a pop now) but I wouldn't recommend it as the proceeds may not benefit the Lance Armstrong Foundation for cancer. The other way to get it is to find a good friend named Les who will buy you one when he's at the beach.

Previous posts re: Yellow:
May 22, 2004 : Live Strong
May 23, 2004 : More Yellow

University Red

Interestingly, Pantone 201 is the official color for Stanford University (web #990000), Massachusetts Institute of Technology (web #993333), Washington State University (web #990033), Indiana University, Wharton School at UPenn, University of Baltimore, University of Oklahoma (web #990000), and Hastings College... those are the ones I found in only a few minutes.

It's the Pantone red for my corporate identity. Because everyone in my family has compulsive behaviors, I Googled it to see if I could find other companies that use it and to see how I might put the color into context.

Unusual though, that one color can be used by so many in the same "industry". Maybe all these university folk will associate their alma mater colors with my company... and sign up!

August 05, 2004

Doggy Rubs

Okay, while previously denouncing $95 cashmere sweaters for pups, I'm promoting Doggy Rubs... Lori's new canine massage therapy service in Park City, Utah. Here's the Park Record article, and Lori's Cloud 10 (she does people massage too!) site.

August 03, 2004

Is My Little Baby Going to Go Gay?

The Landover Baptist Church web site is a pretty ridiculous site. Their tagline is "Guaranteeing Salvation Since 1612. Where the worthwhile worship. Unsaved Unwelcome. As Jesus Commanded." They have a permanent injunction against all unsaved persons making it unlawful for unsaved persons to be allowed within a 10-mile radius of the church.

And from the home page, you can click on where you can find such delightful articles as Tampons: "Satan's Little Cotton Fingers".

I am not making this up. Somebody else did. (Yes, it's a joke, but it's almost hard to tell, isn't it?)

August 02, 2004

Postcards from the hedge

Do you think this is funny? Because Mica made me laugh. Either I'm blinded by love, or just a dork. If you're wondering, here's what a Highland Cow looks like. It was on the front of the postcard.

August 01, 2004


...handshake comment at Chris & Allison's reception party.

Bending the Function and Beauty Rule

kleinreid still life Photo by Miles Ladin

I splurge in the form of my rather large collection of KleinReids, even though they abide by the rule (how can a sinuous sugar and creamer set designed with Eva Zeisel not be useful?). The exception is my most recent acquisition from their Still Life series -- but only because it was a gift from James and David themselves, the artists and two of my favorite people. It's beautiful. And it has an intangible usefulness. You've just got to see the raised pinstripes up close.