Life Partners

May 17th, 2018

My philosophy is you’re in pretty good shape if you have relationships with a/an: attorney, doctor, minister, banker, plumber, insurance agent, golfer and car dealer. With three kids equally divided in age, our strategy for autos was simple: the 2001 Toyota Camry I drove for many years would be handed down as they, in…

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My Shot

May 8th, 2018

For the July 2016 issue of Fast:Forward, I wrote about the Broadway smash ‘Hamilton’ – and how watching my daughter’s friends sing the lyrics at her 18th birthday party convinced me that one day Kathy and I should experience the show live. “I’m willing to wait for it.” On Saturday, we achieved that goal…

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Ring Tone-Deaf

April 25th, 2018

During their first homestand of the season, the Astros celebrated the World Series title in style – giving away all kinds of collectibles for fans. Saturday’s loyalty reward was a replica World Series ring, which looks darn close to the $11,000 one players and employees received in an earlier pregame ceremony (other than the…

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Big Apple

April 16th, 2018

Like so many, my iPhone 6s battery was on the fritz, so I called Apple customer service. After asking for permission to remotely access my mobile device, the representative determined the battery should be replaced. He ordered a new one to be delivered to the Apple Store nearest me – and said, due to…

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Listen Hear

April 4th, 2018

The past few months I ramped up efforts to listen to business podcasts. One of my favorites is ‘Freakonomics Radio’ with Stephen Dubner, co-author of the well-known book. Currently, he’s doing a series with CEO’s – and I listened to him interview Jack Welch, Indra Nooyi and Sir Richard Branson. Welch, the revered former…

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