A VIP tour with a VIP guide.

I’m proud of how the new Emerson College/Los Angeles building turned out.  Designed by reknowned architect Thomas Mayne, it was created to house 200 film  and television students who come out each semester from the Boston campus. They do internships by day in the industry.  At night they take their classes.  All in this incredible…

Trustee relations.

Andrew Gammon is the liaison for the Rhode Island School of Design Board of Trustees… and it’ s a job with a myriad of moving parts.  As someone who’s run a 5-day convention with 250 people and 80 vintage cars — I know first-hand how difficult  coordinating a lot of people can be, and I…

Emergency outfit.

When Vin’s mother got ill, we were on vacation.  I’d packed for New Orleans and Miami, but not for what turned out to be a funeral in Rhode Island.  I went to a local clothing store in Newport late afternoon the day before the funeral — and found a few pieces that would work with…

Moving on reference letter.

The power of a reference letter … when I learned that my dermatologist is moving to another office, and can’t take the entire front office staff with him — I was sad to hear it.  His front desk Receptionist Karla has always done a terrific job, balancing patient calls, scheduling changes, and follow-ups.  I offered…

Rees Electronics is Star Office Machines, version 2.0

As I close in on my 999th post — I want to give a shout-out to the diminishing but vitally important world of TYPEWRITER REPAIRMEN. When Ermanno Marzorati, my longtime repairman, left the business, I was bereft.  But he handed over Star Office Machines to his long-time friend HELMUT SCHULZE, who’s ably jumped into the fray. Helmut…

Handwriting on the wall.

We helped organize a dinner for the “Gull Wing Mercedes Group” last night at The Jonathan Club downtown. About 50 of us, and Vin got a traveling violinist, who strolled the room bare-legged and beautiful, sawing away at her violin. We had carolers, covered head to toe in formal green & red gowns & tuxedoes…

“Wiesenthal”.

I went to see “WIESENTHAL” at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts.  The air conditioning was out on the one-man show, but TOM DUGAN, who was the actor AND playwright, never let us feel the heat… he told the story of the indefatigable Nazi hunter beautifully, and I hastened to thank him for his…

New realtor.

I met a part-time limo driver up in Palo Alto a few years ago.  Bryan was studying for his real estate license.  He also has a daughter who’s an artist, and we talked about that.  I encouraged him to follow his dreams — and he has… and as more and more dreams come true, I’m…

Inner Gardens, dead trees and a dark house.

http://innergardens.com/.. Maybe it’s because I work out of the house — and so am a bit of a confined prisoner — or maybe because I hate dead plants — I got back from being on the road and noticed this half-gone ficus in the dining room … and decided enough was enough. I called Inner…

Vin’s Temple of Tincati.

Vin loves clothes.  He’s got pictures of them in books to keep himself organized of what pocket square goes with what tie goes with what jacket. When he gets to New York, he has one master designer — Mr. Antonio Tincati — whose bright, vibrant clothes he especially appreciates.  Maybe it’s an Italian thing.  Some…