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Don’t bet on the USOC leaving the Springs

29. April 2009

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Life, as President John Kennedy once pointed out, is unfair. That’s why Donald Trump is rich, Paris Hilton is famous, and credit card companies never forget how much you owe. And that’s why, despite the blundering that has characterized the city’s attempt to keep the U.S. Olympic Committee in town, the architects of the near-disaster […]

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Specter embraces donkeys

28. April 2009

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Here’s what the venerable, if seldom venerated, Pennsylvania Sen. Arlen Specter said upon the occasion of changing his party affiliation. “Since my election in 1980, as part of the Reagan Big Tent, the Republican Party has moved far to the right. Last year, more than 200,000 Republicans in Pennsylvania changed their registration to become Democrats. […]

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Management by making guacamole

28. April 2009

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Found myself-not unexpectedly-up in Cripple Creek last weekend, trying my luck at various infernal gambling devices, which, more often than not, taketh rather than giveth.  My significant other and I spent most of the afternoon at Bronco Billy’s, which started out small when it was established more than 15 years ago, and has expanded, thrived and prospered  […]

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Chicago vs. Madrid

23. April 2009

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As you may know I spent last week vacationing in Madrid. Both the Spanish capital and the Windy City are finalists in the competition to host the 2016 Olympics, together with Tokyo and Rio de Janeiro. The winner will be announced Oct. 3rd – and this is one Olympic competition in which there is only a gold […]

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Madrid, globalization, and Yogi Berra

22. April 2009

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Wandering around the Spanish capital, it´s hard not to be envious.  Imagine a city that combines the best of Paris, New York, and Washington. Imagine a city of transcendent art and architecture, clean streets, functioning transit systems, a buoyant economy and spacious parks-a city whose lively streets are thronged with courteous, attractive, and clearly prosperous […]

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Nobody over here in Spain wants my money

21. April 2009

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American dollars! There was once a time, boys and girls, when everyone in the world wanted them. Unlike everyone else’s dicey, unstable currency, featuring crumpled bills of bizarrely large denominations (100,000 lira, 20,000 forints, 500 rubles) which might buy a beer and a pack of cigarettes, dollars were solid, predictable, and immutable. Other countries had […]

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Airports, transatlantic flights and a 60’s state of mind

16. April 2009

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I’m on a little to vacation in Spain this week.Transatlantic flights are, unless you’re a CEO flying on the company dime, uncomfortable, dismaying, inconvenient, and expensive. Flying from Chicago to Madrid in what can only be called supereconomy class (narrow seats, back of the plane all night, no sleep) puts you in a strange state […]

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Signs of economic recovery …

9. April 2009

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aren’t exactly everywhere, but here’s a hopeful little story. Spent some time chatting with Wayne Jennings a few days ago, who with his spouse, Sylvia, owns a storefront Re/Max office on Tejon Street — a few steps from the CSBJ office.  “We’re very happy with the location,” Wayne told me, “Until a Keller Williams office moved in on a side […]

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Bailout to bail out USOC deal?

6. April 2009

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Got your attention, didn’t I? But it’s true – sort of.  Chatting with a few councilmembers this morning, we found that City Council, aided by thus far unnamed, prominent and, most importantly, solvent members of our community, are furiously working to restructure the U.S. Olympic Committee/city/LandCo deal. The key to the restructuring: a new financing […]

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A death – and a life

3. April 2009

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This is one of many versions of an ancient Indian tale, which came to my mind this week.Each day, for many years, a beggar appears before the king. Without speaking, he gives the king a piece of fruit, which the king never acknowledges, but simply throws away. One day, the king gives the fruit to […]

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