When Apple meets analog.

The store was empty at 9:10AM when I strode in. Hunter was ready for me. He didn’t laugh when I brought out my charger. My pink speaker “BOP” I didn’t know how to use (not their device). My gold stylus because my fingers don’t work well on the keys. He looked at my blog and…

Olivetti rules…or “Heaven in a box”.

I know one very cool guy, Justin Wilkes, who produces features films, documentaries, and does branding for major corporations.  He also has a portable typewriter that he uses when he wants to go “of the grid”. He bought it for a honeymoon trip when he promised his new wife he’d stay off the computer. Instead,…

Julia Rothman, illustrator & RISD alum.

Sometimes the world suddenly hands you a surprise.  I was in New York for a Rhode Island School of Design Board meeting.  I walked in to a party for my fellow Trustees and heard a loud “Erica?” from a willowy young woman with brown wavy hair. ‘”Julia!” she explained.   I’d seen her name on…

Maui greetings, continued.

The relationship we began with Kuulei — a greeter at the Honolulu Airport we met in October when my father, Donna and my sister Annie and I went there — continues.  She wrote me a Christmas card.  I sent a copy of it to my father.  He wrote her back.  And thus a correspondence and…

Anthony Quinn and good advice.

We had dinner the other night with Kathy Quinn, the widow of the late, great actor Anthony Quinn.  She and Anthony’s son Alex are getting an exhibition together to honor what would have been Anthony Quinn’s 100th birthday.  Anthony Quinn was a great artist and there’s much interest in his legacy.  I had an opportunity…

My letter to Neiman Marcus gets a response.

I love it when I write to a corporate chieftain and get a response. I let James Gold at Neiman Marcus know I appreciated the Fortuny bowl they sent us as a Christmas “thank you” gift — for being good customers… He wrote: “It was such a treat to read your beautiful letter.  I shared…

Enthusiasm pays.

We got a high-energy walk-through of Emerson College/Los Angeles last week and before too much time elapsed, I wrote Patrick to thank him for the two-hour tour. As it turns out, I’m going to see him again tomorrow — before the letter hits his mailbox.  It’s still OK, though, because I promised “it’s in the…

A fan letter — “36 years overdue”.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=oMdwJ7fyp00‎ VOTE FOR LARRY CEDAR in “OFFICE THIEF” ad for Doritos… if it gets a million votes, you’ll get it into the Super Bowl Sunday commercial line-up! **** I was a transfer student who came fresh off the boat from UC Santa Cruz… into the hard-core Communications Studies Department at UCLA, where pre-laws pushed for…

Airplane ambassador.

I’m usually up for any airplane conversation, but on the flight to Puerto Rico the day after Christmas I wasn’t feeling very social.  I was feeling sad about the disconnected state of my marriage, tired from the holidays, and was not psyched for a trip to the sun & the fun.  I’d been so ambivalent…