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Good news, bad news

Posted on | September 13, 2007 | No Comments

Tonight I’m sitting at the dinner table on a lovely evening, eating by myself. Malcolm had already eaten. Heidi’s out of the country. My newspapers subscriptions have lapsed. What to do? I’m more than happy to go out locally or in other cities, a newspaper or the Economist under my arm and eat by myself, devouring food, text and wine simultaneously. I’m convinced this will make me a better human being. (I’m not sure that it has, but I’ll keep trying).
So with not a little self-consciousness, I slid my laptop over and went over my feeds as I ate and drank (an ’04 Clos du Val cab if you’re curious; good with leftover thai chicken chunks and my garden tomatoes with olive oil and balsamic vinegar drizzled over).
It is a decent companion and I could (as creepy as it sounds) get used to it. But only if I lived alone. I prefer dinners as a bookend to the day, a time to yak and be digitally free, to reset with one’s family. (And to remember that at the core, meals are what life IS about. No food, you die).
So tonight was OK. I wandered over to Alex Wolfe’s Wolfe’s Den for his latest. Geeks aren’t so bad, according to a book that Alex wrote about.
Next I went to Mike Spataro’s blog at VisibleTechnologies. He weighs in on some recent marketing/brand-management boners at the New England Patriots. It’s good stuff, even from a guy who grew up in New Jersey to become a Dallas Cowboys fan. (What is up with dat?)
And then I rolled over to Jordan Guthmann’s new blog. Jordan works for us and started this blog just over the weekend. He should be in it for the long haul because he went long on a fabulous post about free speech. And to think: he’s a Dallas Cowboys fan too! I must know the only two Cowboys fans with brains!
I thought a lot about it as I wandered through our office today. There are two security doors to get from the elevator to our office. This is not unusual. We are prisoners in our own offices and in our speech.
A lot of you have written very eloquently on this subject, but this is a really dark time in some ways.
I thought about going to work with my old man in the 1960s. He had an office in the Monadanock Building on Market Street. Maybe there was a security guard; maybe not. If there was, I’m sure he said, cheerfully, “Hullo, George!” And the old man would stop and shoot the shit with him. No badge. No sign in. No beep-beep through some hurricane-proof door.
Just pad-pad-pad up the stairs and the sound of the old man’s business shoes click-clicking across the marble floors, echoing on through time.

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No Responses to “Good news, bad news”

  1. Jordan Guthmann
    September 13th, 2007 @ 9:57 pm

    First of all brother, let me say that I’m honored to be mentioned in your blog. Secondly, the Dallas Cowboys will make a run deep into the playoffs this year. Thirdly,I love this post. The intro makes me think of those nights when you have nothing to do but feel that the world is at your fingertips. The closing reminds me slightly of my childhood, being driven around in my dad’s Buick Skylark after soccer games on Saturday. Well played…

  2. Ruth
    September 14th, 2007 @ 6:24 am

    Oh goody, I found a blog that critiques the media.

    Came over from Loring’s. He’s an old friend from high school. Actually we didn’t even talk that much back then, but now that we’re blogging, we’re talking again, which I think is pretty good communication/media energy right there.

  3. Loring Wirbel
    September 14th, 2007 @ 9:15 am

    Ruth may be somewhat humble here, but you don’t want to miss her Synchronizing blog, pulling together some of the most stunning photography and free-form pondering I’ve seen anywhere.

  4. Mike Spataro
    September 14th, 2007 @ 11:43 am

    Big B – Thanks for the mention. Just watch what you say about the Cowboys or I’ll have Bill Bilichick’s people videotape your every move.

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