Archive for July, 2011

  • All I Ever Wanted Was Money
    Posted by on July 31st, 2011 at 4:24 pm, Comments: 0

    All I wanted was money. My whole life. When I was 12 I read every book about Howard Hughes. How he had fingernails that were so long they curled around his fingers. He stored his urine and shit in bottles so they could be studied later. He only hired Mormons who would every day measure out his floor in square inches and clean them one square at a time with a toothbrushes. They also apparently had no holidays so would even work on Christmas. How he invented the push-up bra, the largest airplane, some sort of tool-bit drill, how he lived the last days of his life in a plane that would only land to fuel up.

  • Why A Grenade Needs To Get Thrown At Me
    Posted by on July 29th, 2011 at 8:00 am, Comments: 0

    I was at another dinner and the  guy who bought and runs  a major chain of yogurt stores in the United States stared straight at me, past about five other people in between us and said, his face slightly red, his voice raised,  “I’ve done two tours in Vietnam. Nobody should be pontificating about wars if he hasn’t had a grenade thrown at him.”

  • My One Year Anniversary Today – Did I Scam Her?
    Posted by on July 28th, 2011 at 9:01 am, Comments: 0

    It was too much work trying to meet women. My sister met her and said right away, “when are you going to marry this girl?” So like any 18 year old nerdy guy (except I was 41), I proposed fairly quickly. And right when I had the opportunity, I locked it down.

    (She's looking a bit SKEPTICAL at City Hall here. Just SIGN RIGHT HERE, Baby!)

  • Mouse in the Salad
    Posted by on July 27th, 2011 at 8:11 am, Comments: 0

    A few months ago I was playing backgammon with Stephen Dubner when we saw something that was so repulsive it almost made me throw up right on the spot. And I thought Dubner was going to pass out because I’ve seen him do that before in situations that other people might just label “gross” and walk away. Here’s the thing about Dubner. He wrote Freakonomics which catapulted him to success. And I think its a great book. I wrote about it here ( The 5 reasons Freakonomics was a bestseller). But here’s the reality: I think he’s a world-class writer with his other books. “Confessions of  a Hero Worshipper” is one of my all-time favorites.

  • I am the Bravest Man Alive!
    Posted by on July 26th, 2011 at 6:50 am, Comments: 0

    Yesterday, 10pm, I was asleep and the opening of my bedroom door woke me up – my 9 year old daughter was in a panic. “Something’s wrong with Josie!” Josie is her older sister. Like any concerned father I tried to keep my eyes shut, “What?” I murmured. “You have to come down!” she said.

    So I said, “ok, ok, go downstairs. I’ll meet you there.”

    She closed the door and went downstairs.

    Five minutes later: “Daddy! You have to come down!”