Archive for June, 2011

  • How I Met Claudia
    Posted by on June 29th, 2011 at 7:57 pm, Comments: 0

    I was on one of my first dates after I had separated from my wife and the girl asked straight out what my net worth was within five minutes of sitting down. I had met the girl in an elevator the night before. I was walking into a building to visit another woman. I noticed this girl and I prayed to God that she would enter the elevator with me. She did. She hit floor #9. I hit floor #10.  God is good.

  • Jerry Seinfeld, Mario Andretti, and me – Racing at 120 mph
    Posted by on June 28th, 2011 at 5:40 pm, Comments: 0

    I’ll tell you a sure way to die. Get in a half million dollar car, go up to 120 miles per hour and weave and turn around a 4 mile racetrack as I did in mid-2008. Oh, and start off without telling the person who lent you the car that not only you don’t have a license but that you regularly have very visceral hallucinations when behind a wheel.

  • The Crappy FAQ: All Questions Answered About Crappy People
    Posted by on June 27th, 2011 at 7:06 pm, Comments: 0

    A lot of people had additional questions about my article: “How to Deal with Crappy People”. Here are my responses.


    (when you get in the mud with a pig, the pig gets happy and you get dirty)

     

    Q: Seriously? You walk around thinking stuff like that about total strangers, who have never so much as looked at you, let alone harmed you?

    A: Yes. Seriously. Maybe you are judging me?

    My challenge is to either own that dialogue or I risk having it owning me. The only way to make my thoughts my slaves is to notice them, watch them in action, and transform them. That’s what the post is about.

  • Politics is a Scam – Why I Will Never Vote Again
    Posted by on June 26th, 2011 at 8:23 pm, Comments: 0

    I had five seconds to make the secretive most powerful man in the world like me so I could potentially make millions. “James,” Bill McCluskey said to me, “this is Alan Quasha.” Bill was CEO of Brean Murray, one of the mini-banks I considered selling my fund of hedge funds to in 2006. We had a deal on the table and I was desperate at the time to make it work. The table was circular, there were papers on it with numbers, I was bullshitting every which way I could about “synergies”. Whatever. That was months later. But first I had to meet Alan Quasha, the owner of Brean Murray, at an event they were throwing, and he had to like me. Because…

  • I Shouldn’t Want to Be Liked So Much
    Posted by on June 25th, 2011 at 8:44 am, Comments: 0

    I went to a dinner the other night where I was the featured guest and by the end of the evening almost everyone there hated me. It feels bad to be so obviously hated and I always want to be liked. I probably want that too much.

    The reason I was a featured guest is because they wanted to talk about the subject of whether or not kids should go to college. I had to start off with my ten minutes on the topic and then the discussion would begin.