Looking for work

 

Some say travel is the answer.  I was fortunate enough to literally travel the whole world several times. Some have said, “listen, you just need to stay busy.”

Playing chess is busy.  Writing blog posts is busy.  The real question is what busy do I want.  Frankly, I never expected to live this long.  I’m so much like my Father (who died at age 42) that I literally thought I’d be dead at 42. I was a man on a mission. At age 44 it dawned on me, I’m not going to die! O.K., I didn’t really plan that far ahead.  What did I want to do? Where did I want to live? Where did I see my self in 5, 10 or maybe even 15 years?

A funny thing happened, I passed all those benchmarks and then some.  I still don’t golf or play tennis. I am a Mason, a Knight Commander in the Court of Honor in the Scottish Rite and I’m a Shriner. I’m also privileged to be the President of the Las Vegas Region of the Cadillac & LaSalle Club. Margaret (my wife) is the Secretary and we both serve on the Board of Directors. Car people are great.  But, I digress. I’m busy but I’m not as busy as I was before when I was fully engaged, participating, being of help to others and more.  That’s what I want.

Speaking of what I want, that’s how we arrived at this blog.  My wife said, “if all your activities and the charity work you do isn’t enough, go find a job.”  

I have lots of friends that are retired. I see that many of them are also bored.  How about you?

If you’re wondering, the background of that picture is in Ronald Reagan’s oval office.

 

Cadillacs – Past and Present

 

 

Cadillac:   Past meets Present

A 5 min view of all the shots (including the not so good ones) that were taken today.  There are 70 slides and it’s about 5 min. long.  I hope you enjoy the show.

It’s here.  The new 2017 XT5 (dark grey) arrived at our local dealer and club sponsor, Findlay Cadillac.  A member of our Las Vegas Cadillac & LaSalle Club, was kind enough to let us take some pictures.  He owns:

1903 Cadillac – Red and Black

1917 Cadillac – Gray and Black

1927 Cadillac – Red and Black

and 3 others

Today, I also had the good fortune to take pictures of the new 2016 Cadillac CT6 (white), the newest sedan.  I love this car.  I have the XTS from 2014 and the backseat is awesome.  Previously, I had owned a 2006 Cadillac STS.  It was beautiful, double black and wicked fast.  In fact, scary fast.  But, I digress. The CT6 is so roomy and beautiful inside and out.  You’ll notice that the rear passenger door is large to easily allow passenger to get in or out.  Comfort (off the scale)!

My wife has a 2015 Escalade that is also double black with 22″ wheels.  So, when the XT5 came out, wow.  It’s a lot like my XTS (extra trunk space, lol) but with the soul of a crossover.  Lots of room for passengers (5) or whatever you want to haul.

So, what do you think?

Don’t you Dare . . .

The following is also an ad for the new Cadillac CT6.  It is one of the most engaging Cadillacs ever. But, it is the message that I want to share.  Don’t you dare.  Did you hear that as a child?  I did.  I dared.  One more thing, I am a Cadillac owner and a member of the National Cadillac & Lasalle Club and the Las Vegas Chapter.  Now . . .

It absolutely begs the question:  What do you dare to do?

One of our newest citizens – Matthew Shiel

US - American Flag with Matt

 

Matthew Shiel

American Citizen on 2-12-16

It’s my pleasure and my honor to introduce Matthew Shiel, who’s just received his citizenship today!  On behalf of all my family and friends, WELCOME!

I’ve only recently come to know him.  Frankly, I wish we could get more new citizens like Matt.

Let me tell you what I know so far:

Matt was born in England where he went to private school.  His Father is ex-military.  He came to America via Canada where he stopped to get his college education.  He then came to America seeking the “American dream”.

It’s always been fascinating to me that when people come to America, they see opportunity everywhere.  Matt is not an exception.  He arrived with very little.  He’s since owned or partnered in a few successful businesses and employed lots of people.  He is by definition, an entrepreneurs, ENTREPRENEUR.

He’s married to his wife Carla and has had three children. Today, they have two handsome boys. Here’s the story about how they lost their precious daughter, Zora. Life helps to define who we are and allows us to develop our character.  How do parents ever come back from the loss of a child.  We all lose our parents at some point in our life.  We lose friends and even distant relatives.  But children . . . [Read more…]

The languages we speak

The languages of the world.
The languages of the world.

 

 

Years ago I was invited by King Fahd bin Abdulaziz Al Saud of Saudi Arabia to review their oil reserves.  After a whirlwind tour of the country we met back at the main offices of the Armco facility that controlled production for the entire country.  There we met the oil minister (Ahmed Zaki Yamani and a number of other people.

Our goal was to better understand the oil reserves and how they would be drawn down over the years to come.  The meeting began early in the a.m. and went on past lunch.  Whereupon the oil minister asked that we all take a break.  Not that kind of break.  Instead, he asked that everyone around this very large conference table to: restate their name, their title, the company they were with, where they went to school, the degrees they held and finally the number of languages they spoke.

I was the invited guest sitting immediately to the left of the oil minister.  Conversation worked its way around the table.  There were people from all over the world and most held multiple degrees including Ph.Ds and spoke many languages.

I knew I was going to be embarrassed, I just didn’t know to what extreme.  When it was my turn I answered all of the questions and when it came to the languages I spoke I answered, “I speak English.”

Almost immediately, a chap from England (the U.K.) said, “Excuse me Sir, you do not speak English, you speak American!” [Read more…]