• Take my Business Card Like You Mean It


    The Problem: Business Card Etiquette I handed the poorly dressed banker my card, and within a split second it was engulfed in an over-sized plaid pocket, destined to be crumpled and forgotten in an old shoe box, its only hope to be resurrected one day as a desperate entrepreneur puts together a hodgepodge email list. Please look at my card! If I hand you my business card and it is brushed away without nary a look, this is what it means to me: a. You don’t have any interest in who I a ...

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  • To the Friendly People of New Jersey


    This may sound like a satire but I truly want to voice my thanks over two semi-amazing events that occurred in the Garden State yesterday. For me it is just another reminder of why you cant judge a book by its cover, or someone from New Jersey by their gruff reputation. Event 1 – Can I pay Half? So I wake up in the Flatiron section of lower Manhattan well aware I need to give a presentation to one of my best clients in Morristown, NJ at 10am. I had timed out how long it would take me to ...

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  • Eric One, Priceline Zero


    Sometimes David beats Goliath, sometimes the Florida Marlins win, and occasionally one is able to fight the man and win. Priceline, for all their advertising showing themselves as a hip, friendly company is anything but that if you ever have to deal with their customer service. For brevity’s sake I wont elaborate with much of the detail, but the gist of it is I tried to use Priceline as I often do for a one night stay in Denver. After 4 attempts in which the Priceline automated response ...


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  • Backpacking near Payson: A Bad Night for the Super-Pencil

    A wind-blown tree showed the damage of the night before.

    This past March, fresh from reading the book 127 hours about how the guy cuts his arm off in order to escape entrapment while backpacking, I decided to give the sport a whirl for myself.  I didn’t lose a limb, but there were a few moments of delirium for sure… The Location I decided to tackle the Y Bar – Barnhardt Loop trail near Payson, AZ in the high country. It looked like a nice 1-2 night roundabout. As I am not an experienced backpacker, I planned on two nights outdo ...

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  • Living Like a Viking: My Icelandic Adventure

    Old friends from the 2008 Northeastern MBA class reunite in Iceland

    What a trip. Finally made it to Iceland to visit my good grad school buddy, Magnus.  Actually, almost all my grad school buddies made the trip to Iceland, including John, Rich and his wife Elizabeth, Pat and his wife Sarah, and Christina Tiani and Eliz.  Below I share a few of the most memorable moments from my recent trip to the island combined with a few pictures that complete the tale.  A Hectic Morning Arrival to Reykjavik Getting to Reykjavik is slightly difficult from the west coast ...

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  • Downtown LA is not the Ghetto

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    Mixed Feelings Ill admit that most of my reasoning for liking or disliking a city tends to be directly correlated to how I feel about their basketball team. I love new York because I love the Knicks. I hate Miami because I hate the Heat. And LA, well don’t get me started on that bandwagon team. But as seems to be the case recently, actually visiting and taking in the city in a new light tends to change my mind. So I went to LA last week for a conference at LA live. Overall, a brilli ...

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  • Surprising Trip to Hollywood Casino – Toledo

    Hollywood Casino Toledo

    High Expectations? I honestly didn’t expect much from a Toledo casino.  Having been to a range of well known US casinos from Las Vegas to Foxwoods, I wasn’t assuming much as my girlfriend Sarah and I descended on the elevator into the Hollywood Casino adjacent to the Maumee River on Toledo’s south side.  As I walked into the grand ballroom, I was pleasantly surprised . I found a very clean and inviting environment before me.  There were many well dressed employees walkin ...

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  • Great Client?

    How I envision the woman who called me last week

    So last week I get a call from a woman in New Jersey who is interested in having my company help her husband’s ophthalmology practice (eye doctor) gain more Hispanic business in urban New Jersey. I dont usually entertain the thought of working for such a small company because it almost never seems to work out, but as business has been slow I think “what the heck” and I take her call. How I envision the woman who called me last week This is what she tells me: her clientele ...

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  • Gladiator Run on St. Patricks Day

    Post race finisher medals and pics

    So to start off St Paddy’s day, a buddy of mine and I decided to run the Gladiator run in nearby Goodyear, AZ.  The course is not long (5K) as is standard for this type of obstacle laden course, but it was not necessarily easy. Of the obstacles I remember, they were: 1. Walls to climb and hop over 2. Walls to climb with a knotted rope 3. Hamburger Hill (large inclined hill) 4. Hay Stack climbs 5. Giant spools 6. Mud pits to slosh through 7. Ice Water Pit Cargo rope climb 8. Spider web t ...

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