Our dear dog Eloisa left us two years ago after almost 12 years of an incredible life. She was born in a church yard in a small town outside of Buenos Aires. Elena discovered her as a stray and took her in. Eloisa ended up as a lady in Silicon Valley and had a wonderful and a full life. She was so intelligent that she was almost a human being. I quite often said to her: “If only you can tell me what you think and what you feel!”
This is something that I have lived through and experienced.
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Yesterday was a magical day. Elena and I spent Sunday afternoon in San Francisco with our dear friend from Chile Pablo Gallyas and his brother. We saw yacht races, some Tesla motor cars and some fabulous weather and people. We later went to Half Moon Bay. Afterwards we shared a fun dinner at Surf Spot.
The Financial Times of London turns 125 years of age. I read massive numbers of publications. This one is the best in the world. It began when Jack the Ripper was terrorizing London and the British Empire was at the height of its glory. It has survived numerous depressions and financial collapses. It has endured through the Boer War when England sent some 250,000 troops to South Africa and set up the world’s first concentration camps. It survived the slaughter of World War One with 16 million people killed and 20 million wounded. It survived the Spanish flu plague afterwards that claimed up to 20 million lives. It survived the horrors of World War II when Britain was bombed almost to the point of total destruction. By the time World War II ended over 67 million people were dead and England was bankrupt. It survived the harsh austerity after World War II, the Korean War, and the Cold War when all of us faced nuclear armageddon and the loss of the planet. It has survived the scourges of terrorist attacks from groups like the Irish Republican Army and Muslim militants. It has survived wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. It is now confronting cyber terrorism and a world economy that cannot produce enough jobs for all of those willing to work. Through it all, this unusual orange newspaper that my wife finds bewildering has always been a beacon of light, leading edge information, and indepht reporting of many issues not relating to stock markets and companies that make all of our lives richer.. You’re a grand old lady who does not get older; just better!!!!!!
My friends my wife Elena is frugal and careful with money. I was a big spender when I met her. Slowly she has weaned me from this bad habit. She was reviewing our account and found a number of expenditures for the purchase of travel clothing. She considers this an extravagance and questions the merit of such an investment. I consider travel clothing a wonderful investment for anyone who travels a number of times each year. Every time you go to the airport, you get charged $25.00 to check one piece of luggage. Checking a second piece of luggage could cost one $75.00. If your bags are overweight get ready for another charge. On a round trip this could add a couple of hundred dollars to the price of the ticket. Once you get past this cost, the next problem is cleaning your clothes during the trip. If you choose to use the laundry service in your hotel, get ready for “sticker shock.” The bill could easily escalate to $100.00. If you walk down the street to the local laundry the bill could easily be $50.00+. This leaves you with the option of getting a lot of local coins and going to a washateria that locals use. This is not my idea of how to spend a vacation.
With travel clothes you wash them right in your hotel room. They dry quickly and look great! They are rugged and very light. If you pack carefully you could get all of your clothes into a carry on and not have to hassle with checking luggage. Ex-Officio and Tilley’s make excellent travel clothes for both men and women. You will invest a few hundred dollars but recover your investment quickly with cost savings. This also allows one to follow the old saying: “Travel light and you’ll come out bright!”
Yesterday afternoon Elena and I went to San Francisco to photograph the new lights on the Bay Bridge. It was an awesome experience. After doing photography we walked down Market Street to 4th Street. We turned left and went to the Marriott Hotel. We went up to the 39th floor. We saw some fabulous views. We only found a place to sit due to the kindness of some French tourists. We had Margaritas and a light dinner. Elena took even more of her fabulous photographs. It was a beautiful and romantic moment. I brought back memories of October, 2008 when we went to the Marriott in Shanghai and went to the top floor. We had drinks, an incredible meal, and some unforgettable views of another special city in the world. When you have a special and romantic occasion, go to the top of the Marriott!