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Did you hear the rumor? The next James Bond will be from the research industry!

Friday, June 3rd, 2016

Can you imagine if the next James Bond 007 was from the Market Research Industry? Well time to dream and pretend that is exactly what will happen! So someone from this great industry will follow in the footsteps of Sean Connery, Timothy Dalton, Roger Moore, Daniel Craig, Pierce Brosnan and others!

Since Daniel Craig recently turned down $100,000,000 to play James Bond in two more movies saying he was done playing the international spy, they are now in search of a lead man for the role! Even though I am not a casting director I say look no further! As of this year there have been 25+ films in the series and the next one will include one of ours! One of our own from the market research industry!

Here are some of my choices:

  • Jason Miller – crazy, unshaven, piercing eyes and, of course, you NEVER know what he is thinking!
  • Steve Schlesinger – tall, grey hair, worldly, and a pony tail!
  • Vikram Hosur – Young, good looking, mysterious, into martial arts and could do his own stunts!

Okay, your turn.

  • Who would you add to the list?
  • Who would you vote for?
  • Why do you think they are worthy of a $25,000,000 pay day?

I look forward to reading your comments.

Live! With Kelly and __________? You tell me.

Monday, May 2nd, 2016

I am sure by now all of us have heard that Michael Strahan is leaving Live! With Kelly and Michael and joining Good Morning America. The question is, what will the new show be named? Who will replace Michael Strahan?

So I ask you what would you do?

To level set, Michael was paid around $11,000,000 per year so let’s assume that will be enough money to draw interest from a lot of people.

Here are a few things to consider. Do they want to replace Michael with another man? Will he be an athlete? Will he be about the same age?

I will start the ball rolling. To me, they will replace Michael with a man but I am not so sure he is an athlete. With that said, I will hedge my list…here are 5 names that, if they asked me, I might consider:

  1. Tyrese Gibson – Worked work well with Kelly, big strapping good looking guy who seems to be very intelligent and could handle most topics.
  2. Jason Sehorn – Good looking, former NY Giant player, well spoken – no one is mentioning him so perhaps a darkhorse.
  3. Adam Sandler – I Am a big fan and since these are my thoughts – why not!
  4. Jay Z – Very famous, always in the spotlight in New York and would bring an edge to the show.
  5. Billy Crystal – I think Billy would be great for a few years. Hysterical, big time following, amazing contacts, and a New Yorker!

Okay, your turn:

  • Do you watch the show?
  • What do you think of my list?
  • Who are some of the people you think they should consider?

I look forward to reading your comments.

Hey Rod – a job well done! Thanks!

Monday, March 28th, 2016

Last week I had the opportunity to see Rod Stewart in Las Vegas with M.D. and S.S.. I must admit I was really looking forward to the experience. Not because I haven’t seen him in a while actually the exact opposite. I have seen him in the same city, same location, singing the exact same play set and couldn’t wait to experience it again.

With each step we took into the Coliseum at Caesars Palace I was getting more and more excited. At 71 Rod doesn’t move as fast as he used too and his voice isn’t as powerful as it once was but I would suggest that the older he gets the better showman he becomes. Rod set the stage early but letting everyone in the audience know he was playing 20 songs for 95 minutes. And he did just that!

His stage performance is special, his band is amazing, and his saxophone player is as good as the late Clearance Clemons who is from Bruce Springsteen’s band. Rod loves soccer and has found a way to weave that into his performance by kicking – yes kicking 30+ soccer balls all over the place. He goes into the crowd and sings a song or two, he lets people (all women) come up on stage which created such a frenzy security rushed to help him out, and ends with Do you Think I’m Sexy while balloons are falling from the rafters. It was special!

Rod, thanks for getting better with age! Few performers can actually say that.

If you are in Vegas or anywhere and you have a chance to see Rod Stewart perform please do. You won’t be sorry!

  • Have you seen Rod Stewart perform in Vegas?
  • What did you think of the show?
  • Were you lucky enough to catch a soccer ball?
  • What other performers are getting better with age?

I look forward to hearing from you.

Some of my most memorable times in Las Vegas aren’t even on the strip!

Friday, March 18th, 2016

One of these days I will count how many times I have been to Las Vegas. With all of my business and super bowl trips with my buddies, the number has to be close to 40 times. Recently I have been having a number of discussions about Vegas with my friends (R.Z.) who are going there soon and we started to chat about some of our favorite spots.

Here are some of my favorite things to do in Las Vegas… Not on the strip …in no particular order!

  1. Visit the Mob Museum – I am fascinated with the mob and this museum, near old Las Vegas, is a very enjoyable 90 minutes.
  2. Renting ATV’s in red rock canyon – worth the 75 minute drive! I went with a group of 8 guys on a guided tour 15 years ago and all of us are still talking about the experience!
  3. Renting a boat on Lake Mead above the hoover dam! Yes I usually get motion sickness – but not this time…..amazing landscape and the animals were amazing.
  4. Breakfast at the Egg & I. A cute little joint my cousin A.L. found a decade ago. Great spot!
  5. Shooting a machine gun. Yes I did this and yes I was scared but I would do it again. I don’t recall the exact name of the place but it was only a mile off the strip.
  6. An ATV tour of a restored gold mine. The guide was special as were the stories that he told. Absolutely worth every penny!

Okay your turn.

  • Do you have any memorable times in Las Vegas that weren’t on the strip?
  • I look forward to reading your comments.

    Funny I don’t watch live TV anymore….. do you?

    Wednesday, March 16th, 2016

    A few days ago I was checking out my playlist to see what I wanted to watch and decided on Shades of Blue, followed by an episode of Mystery Diners, and then my final show of the night was the People vs. O.J. Simpson. I am sure you are aware by now that all of those shows were on DVR which is great because not only do I get to watch them when I want but also commercial free and in about 42 minutes for an hour show. That isn’t the interesting part of my watching habits. I also do the same thing for sporting events. The other day I was watching the Mavericks on TV and I started to watch about 45 minutes after it started. Again love to fast forward thru the commercials. In fact, one of my favorite things to do with my son J.D. is to watch NFL games on DVR and pause the game while the ball is in midair. I will actually ask my son what he thinks will happen on the play and then we see who is right. I realize it is a little goofy but it does add to the enjoyment of watching the game.

    • The question is am I alone in watching TV like this?
    • Do you have to watch sporting events live?
    • Do you pause and use the slow motion function to further dissect the play?

    I look forward to reading your comments.

    P.S. – I won’t watch a sporting event days later or if I know the outcome. For me, I usually watch it an hour behind – no more!

    Time for a quick and fun quiz. What movie is this quote from?

    Monday, February 29th, 2016

    Most people love to go to the movies and many of us love to take a cute movie line and use it in a story, a joke, or just like to say it.

    Time to take a break and see how many of these 12 quotes you get right!

    I’m looking forwarding to reading your comments!

    Click Here to Take The Quiz.

    Unfortunately way too many aging actors, actresses, and musicians are passing away……

    Monday, January 25th, 2016

    I saw something really cool on Facebook recently and I thought I would share it. It seems like everyday of 2016 a actor, actress, or musician is passing away way too soon. Here are two lists of aging people and I wanted to take a moment and shine the spotlight back on them since many of them may have been forgotten about..

    • Please review the lists and let me know your favorite?
    • Or a cute story about one of them?
    • Or perhaps do they remind you of a different stage of your life?
    • Who will you miss the most?














    I look forward to reading your comments.

    P.S. Some of my favorites on this list include: Don Rickles, Sean Connery, Clint Eastwood, Gene Hackman, Bruce Springsteen, Brian Wilson, and Neil Diamond.

    I am sure you know where you were and now are you going to watch the mini-series?

    Wednesday, January 20th, 2016

    June 17, 1994, was a Friday night. Without question I remember it like it was yesterday. After playing softball, I was out with some friends (R.Z. & K.A.) at a local bar with the Red Sox game in the background. All of a sudden the game was interrupted. The next thing we all knew we were watching (intently) a chase scene that involved O.J. Simpson, a Ford Bronco, and hundreds of police in California. Our bar was a little somber and most everyone couldn’t believe what they were witnessing. I am sure most of the readers recall the night. Well 20+ years later we get to relive it a little bit.

    Starting February 4 and continuing for 9 more weeks on FX will be The People v. O.J. Simpson. In my opinion, this show will be very interesting and I am really looking forward to it. I am excited to DVR it every week and then watch the 42 minute show!

    The cast is very impressive and includes:

    • Cuba Gooding, Jr. as O. J. Simpson
    • Sarah Paulson as Marcia Clark
    • John Travolta as Robert Shapiro
    • David Schwimmer as Robert Kardashian
    • Courtney B. Vance as Johnnie Cochran
    • Nathan Lane as F. Lee Bailey
    • Jordana Brewster as Denise Brown
    • Selma Blair as Kris Kardashian

    I asked 10 people if they were planning on watching it and all but one said yes! I realize is a very small sample but I have a feeling this show will have unbelievable ratings.

    • What do you remember about June 17, 1994?
    • Are you planning on watching the show?
    • Do you think it will give you some additional insight on what happened that night?

    I look forward to reading your comments.

    I play….do you?

    Wednesday, September 2nd, 2015

    As most of you know I love to play games – especially games of strategy.

    Time to take a quick quiz about games!

    Good Luck!

    Click Here to Take The Quiz.

    Time to have some fun with me in a casino…

    Monday, August 10th, 2015

    Ok let’s pretend for a minute we are all in a casino and as we walk through and feel the excitement we stop at a roulette table and start to play.

    What is your strategy?

    • Are you going black/red?
    • Playing 0 and 00?
    • Odd/even?
    • Do you have a favorite number that has been good to you over the years?
    • Do you look at the chart to see the past numbers and make your decision from there?

    I look forward to reading your comments.