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TechCrunch50 Judged by Someone Who Committed Securities Fraud

So the TechCrunch50 is about to happen in early September. One of the judges that will be rating/reviewing the companies is Henry Blodget. While Mr. Blodget is a smart man, no denying that, he has also committed securities fraud and has been banned from the securities business for life!!!!
Mr. Blodget did settle without admitting guilt, but if you didn’t do something shady, why would you settle and take a lifetime ban…? What did he do… well, he said one thing as an analyst, and in emails said the opposite (good investment by mouth, bad investment by email). So if he’s been caught doing this before, why would you trust him? Kind of like the old “bait and switch”….
What makes matters even worse is that no where on the site for TechCrunch50, in the blurb, or even in the CrunchBase listing does it tell the truth… It does espouse about his accolades in the securities business, but it doesn’t mention that although he was voted/rated/ranked as one of the top analysts, he is now banned from the securities business for life…. That’s not a good thing!

New Car… Another Mini Cooper S!

So it finally arrived… my new Mini Cooper S! I got up yesterday morning and checked the website, as I do every morning (yeah, I know, I’m sick) and it announced my car as, “at retail”.
I patiently waited for 9:16am, I didn’t want to seem too eager and call at 9 on the dot, and asked for my salesperson. I’m told that he won’t be in until 1pm… I’m crushed! So I email him hoping that he answers his email when he’s not at the office, which I find out he does :-)!
We email back and forth and he gets the ball rolling on his end…. the paperwork is done (so all I have to do is initial and sign), the car is prepped, etc. I return my rental car and figure out how to get downtown to the dealer. That was a whole other adventure which was cool, and I’ll write that up later today, I took LA’s mass transit rail/subway.
But I did manage to get my car mid-afternoon and am driving it happily, but not as I type this. Here’s a bad picture of it taken at dusk with my iPhone camera (and emailed, so it decimates the quality)….
Photo

And Folks Wonder Why Parking is Messed Up!

So you have read me rant about parking in Santa Monica for a while. This morning as I walked home from breakfast with the boys, I saw this…
Parking Huh
Notice the pylons, ratty old things with no markings. There is some paint on the street, but no damage that would prevent use to the actual street or parking space (it’s just a small crack from a root… while yes, I agree it needs fixing or it will just get worse, it’s not like it’s a gaping hole… :-)).
There are no signs posted as to what the pylons are there for. There are no “No Parking” signs on the pylons, or anywhere else for that matter…. Nothing.
And folks wonder why I get so frustrated with the City of Santa Monica. City personnel tend to “cut corners” and do things the easy way and fail to follow through. They don’t double check their work and it shows! Of course I speak in generalities, and it’s always one bad apple that spoils the bunch…. But if you don’t like being called out for poor service in a general manner, then do something about it. When you see/hear/learn of your co-workers doing a poor job, tell them. Point it out, be proactive! If you don’t, I will, and it makes you look bad :-(….

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My New Mini Cooper S is En Route!

I can’t wait…. A couple of weeks ago I ordered a new Mini Cooper S. I had had a couple in the past, this will be my 3rd Mini, but the first time that I ordered a car. When I did, I was given a production number so that I could follow it’s progress…. Well, here’s the latest, it’s en route :-)!
Mini En Route
I can’t wait for it to show up. As it is, it doesn’t look like I’m going to get it in time for the return of my current car, so I am going to have to rent an econo-box for a week or two, bummer :-(. Very cute marketing of the Mini though, “sea-wheels, great buffets”, very cute… 😉

I’m Climbing Mt. Rainier for Charity!!!!

I can’t believe it either (haven’t done any mountaineering since college), but I’m doing it in late August… this is the reason that I am reaching out to all of you for your help :-)! And please forward this on to your lists of “folks” to increase the giving circle, as this is a VERY worthy cause.
What’s the cause you ask…? Well… this cause is personal and very important to me!!! My dear friends lost their baby daughter after an incredibly valiant fight for 4.5 months. The twins were born more than two months early after a difficult pregnancy. The girls had a condition called Twin to Twin Transfusion Syndrome (TTTS) which resulted in premature delivery at which time one of the girls weighed just 1 pound 10 ounces, but was an incredible fighter – from day one all the way through to her last day.
As heartbreaking as this whole experience was, it’s an incredibly inspirational story. Her parents are taking the lesson from this and turning it into something very positive. They have started up a new non-profit organization called CLIMB FOR KIDS to raise money to help with awareness, research and family support for TTTS. Check out the website for more information.
I can’t do anything to even begin to help ease their pain, but I am doing all I can to help them raise money for their very worthwhile organization (I have also accepted a position on their board, so I can assure you that all donations are spent on “worthy” things and not a dime is wasted on administrative stuff or any other riff-raff).
So how can you help…? Go to this link and donate money :-)!!! Instead of walking miles, we are climbing mountains, and this year it’s Mt. Rainier!
http://www.climbforkids.org/donate
On that page, towards the bottom, please select “me”, James Goodman, for the climber donation…. again, all proceeds do good work. So now I am going to get personal and pull at “heart strings”….
All you parents out there that can only imagine what it must be like to lose a child… please donate!
Folks that raise money for other charities know what it’s like to reach out and ask for help from others… please donate!
Us single folks that have friends who have had heartbreaking experiences… please donate!
As for me, I am exercising and preparing for the climb. I train to ascend to 14,410’…. I’m sore, but I’m out there doing it :-)! I’m excited to summit and to help such a worthy cause, and I hope you’ll all help me support it to, by supporting me in my climb via a donation. And in case you are worried, thinking I’m nuts (many of you know I am anyway <smile>)… we are climbing with Alpine Ascents, one of the top guide outfits in the world!
So please help me help others, as I take a risk and climb Mt. Rainier to raise money for charity. Thanks for all your support in advance, and I look forward to posting pics from the summit in late August.

Everyone Travel!!!

Well, it’s that time…. a good friend is in town with his wife and baby. They are taking an adventure, a cross country trip with their child, to “see off” their other child which recently passed away. They are an amazing couple and doing well! We have had fun though, so don’t think that it’s all gloom :-). We have laughed, and last night we cried. We walked down to the beach and saw the sunset and said “goodnight” as the sun set and she “went to bed”…. these friends and this incident (the illness and passing) has made a profound difference in me! There will be more on that in the coming days/weeks as I tell you all about what is being done to not only honor the small child that has left us…..
As for me, I am off to New York. A friend from high school is getting married. Can you believe that… I still stay in touch with someone from high school so many years later :-)! My sister is far better at keeping in touch than I am, so this is a rare thing. While I’m there, I’m going to see a couple of other friends (some of my nearest and dearest… we went to college together… and now that I think of it, I have had a group of friends for a long, long time :-)). teh bummer is that I have to wear a tux and it’s going to be raining and chilly this weekend in NY… 🙁
More later as I get back into the writing habit….

My First Car Wreck… Ever! But Damn, Mini’s are Safe!

So I got my drivers license on my 15th birthday…. Yeah, I know that’s early and you are saying how. Well, in Texas (which is where I lived at the time) you could get what was called a “hardship” license. Often these were used for things like rural communities, etc. but I cheated and got mine because, get this… my parents were divorced, my mother worked (college professor and involved with SBA/SBDC) and traveled all the time for business (University and SBA/SBDC stuff) and to top it all off, my older sister was a Congressional Page and living in Washington D.C. What a sob story, huh :-)? Well, it worked and I got my license when I was 15 and have been driving ever since, and I recently turned 40.
In all that time, I had never had an accident. Not even kissed anyone in a parking lot! Well, the other day, my streak came to an end after 25+ years of clean driving. But at least it’s a great story….
I got in my first accident and wrecked a car while I was on a test drive!!! Hadn’t gotten more than about 30 meters around the corner from the dealership when it happened….
What happened? Well, some guy made a right hand turn from the left hand lane! No blinker, brake lights, turn signal… nothing! I hit the brakes hard and even told the sales guy, “we’re gonna hit him, hang on.” In the end we hit him doing maybe 10, 15 MPH tops… No airbags, no one was hurt. Just bruised ego’s….
Couldn’t believe this guy just made a right from the left hand lane, cutting me off and leaving me nowhere to go but into him…. 🙁
I guess I should go and buy a car from the dealership now, at least replacing the “new” car that I have taken out of inventory LOL! I do know that a Mini Cooper S is a very safe car now, even more so than just reading about crash tests :-)…

I Need to Write More!!!

Yea, I know that I am in desperate need for an update….. and so much has happened since the turn of the year. While this one will be short, I am swamped getting work done, etc. as I have family coming into town over the weekend to celebrate my grandmother’s 90th birthday (she’s one of the family coming into town, it’s a long story…), I will make it a point to write more.
Topics that I will write about in the coming days….
• Ticketmaster’s purchase of TicketsNow
• More thoughts on Live Nation leaving Ticketmaster
• Ticketmaster’s purchase of Paciolan
and then there’s all the fun stuff… the soap opera that is my life ;-)! So stay tuned and in the coming days (most likely next week), you will be able to read more.

2008 Can Go Nowhere But Up… Barf Free Too, I Hope!

I figure taht 2008 has nowhere to go but up and can do nothing but get better! Why you might ask, well it’s all about my New Years Eve, which I am just getting around to writing about….
I went down to San Diego to see a woman that I had gone out with before. We were talking on the phone and neither one of us had plans so we decided it’d be nice to just get together and hang out, not making a big deal of the mandatory celebration that New Years often is.
On my way down to San Diego, in hind sight now, my stomach was not feeling perfect. So I get down there and I stop by my friends house, having texted in the morning that I was leaving and what time I would arrive. No answer at the door, and no one is home. I call both home and mobile numbers and leave a message. Saying I will try back again in a little while, I will go to the hotel I’m staying at and check in.
I get to the hotel, do the check-in thing and have a drink at the bar…. maybe that will settle my gurgly stomach. I go up to my room, try my friend again to no avail and then decide to take a nap. It’s early in the day and I have a full night of New Years Eve ahead of me… little did I know!
I did actually get a bit of a nap in, but that would be the last restful bit I would have for hours to come. I woke up at about 6’ish in the evening, having napped to some sports and off and on for a couple hours, but I woke up feeling worse than before. Now I was nauseous!
Watching some sports, sweating profusely on the bed, I decide maybe I should stand and walk around the room a bit… maybe be nearer the bathroom. BOOM! Next thing I’m rushing to the bathroom and barfing away! I spent the rest of the night between two different states – sweating profusely with the chills, and having my head in the toilet throwing up!
There were some highlights to the evening though…. I learned the expression “selling a buick” ’cause when you yack, it sounds like you are saying b-u-i-c-k :-). Got that one via text from a buddy that I was commiserating with via text as he was heading out to his celebration. Also made the getting stood up not such a big deal, ’cause there was no way I could have done anything or gone anywhere!
So I got sick for the last time about 4 in the morning, and could finally get a couple hours of rest. Woke up early the next morning and just headed home. The drive home was uneventful and I got to miss all the traffic returning from the holiday weekend as everyone else was still asleep with a hangover.
Never did hear back from my New Years Eve date…. No phone call, no text, no nothing. Not even to see if I was OK (I had texted to say I was sick). No biggie, tells me everything I needed to know about her… :-)! Again, being sick and not able to go out softened the blow of being stood-up….
Ends up there was a bug/flu going around and I just happened to get it on a bad day… but like I said, ’08 can only get better :-)!