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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Ticketmaster Spin-Off, LiveNation Spin-Out

It’s been a busy time in the ticketing business since I last posted about it….
Ticketmaster has bought a secondary ticketing company (a ticket broker). This gives them more access, systems and a larger footprint in the broker/secondary ticketing market. They are already putting it to use by linking to them via their website for events that are sold out in the primary ticket market. They’ll make their money back on this purchase quickly….
Over at Live Nation, the chairman as resigned over a “turf war” with the CEO of the company… very interesting. It’s been written up all over the place, so I won’t bother going into those details, but… What’s the ex-chairman going to do? He tried and failed to buy his old company back recently. He has a non-compete with them re: the concert/promoting business. Taking a couple years off from this business can be deadly, trust me…. Not only has it impacted me, but Fred Rosen, the former head of Ticketmaster is still in demand, but not like he used to be :-)… the business has changed so much that it’s tough to stay on top of trends…. and many who ran it in the past are stuck in those times.
One of Live Nations “other” issues… they are leaving Ticketmaster this year to do their ticketing in-house so that they can garner more revenue from it. Good Luck! I’ve developed a couple of ticketing companies and know that just replicating what Ticketmaster is doing isn’t going to win over any hearts/minds. If you want to make money in ticketing, you have to change the business model, which I’ve been screaming from the mountain tops about for a while….
Which is a good segue to the latest ticketing news… Ticketmaster is being spun off from IACI. Again, you can read about the details elsewhere. It will be interesting to see if Ticketmaster can be more nimble as a solo entity. The reports mentioned that they will expand internationally, which is good, it’s where the growth is for them. It also mentioned that this growth will overcome the potential loss of revenue due to Live Nation leaving.
Wanna know more… ping me and let’s start a conversation!

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.