Archive for November, 2011

13 Unusual Facts About the Saddest Photo in the Great Depression

Last night I was on CNBC’s Fast Money. Everyone seems to want to talk about the impending Great Depression: Europe fails, contagion spreads it to here, all of our banks fail, everyone loses their jobs, blah, blah, blah. The world feels like it’s ending. But it’s not. I listed my reasons why. I won’t list […] Read On…

5 Unusual Things I Learned from Isaac Asimov

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The second time the police were called to pick me up I was fifteen years old. I was originally going to type “the first time” but then I realized that I had gotten in serious trouble one time before. But that’s another story. First I have to confess to my kids about it. But back […] Read On…

How To Be the Best At Anything You Want to Do

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I’m writing this while sitting in a hotel room. To my left is the Pacific Ocean and all the magical San Francisco fog stuff people kept whispering to me about. About 12 floors downstairs Claudia is doing yoga in the gym. About four feet directly behind me is a woman that is a complete stranger […] Read On…

Pearl Harbor Caused the Financial Crisis of 2008

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Pearl Harbor ruined my life. I’m going to cut right to the chase. When the Japanese invaded Pearl Harbor, provoking our massive WW II response, in a very direct way, it cause the financial crisis of 2008, my divorce, my potential poverty, and most other problems in my life. Yeah, yeah, yeah, and so did […] Read On…

Thank You, Claudia

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Thanks for getting better from the Lyme disease. You’ve been sick since August and quite frankly, it’s been a real drag for me. Thanks for coming to all of my talks. You’ve probably heard me say the same joke about Aaron Spelling 15 times in a row and you still laugh. But it’s really true, […] Read On…

How to Negotiate in Three Easy Lessons

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When I was reading Walter Isaacson’s biography on Steve Jobs it suddenly brought back memories of the FBI repeatedly hitting the buzzer for my apartment rather forcefully ten years ago. Isaacson mentions that Steve Jobs and Dr. Larry Brilliant were best friends. Flashback to ten years ago, Larry Brilliant calls  the FBI and tells them […] Read On…

When I Retire I Will…

Gold Watch for Retirement

I was about three years old and my dad scared the hell out of me. It was the first day of Yellow Duck nursery school. I had never been to school before. I vaguely remember being upset about it. Perhaps crying. My dad said, “first you’ll have two years of nursery school, then a year […] Read On…