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The Belts

Why do the majority of the Indian men in my office wear belts that are too long? Some wear belts that almost circle their body twice. Is this some type of fashion-forward trend coming out of India? Can anyone explain this odd phenomenon?

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Wasting Money

Today marks the third day this week I’ve had almost nothing to do. At best, only twenty percent of my day is spent actually working. The rest of the day I sit around waiting for deliverables. I’m not alone. I have a shared experience with consultants from other firms in the office. The general consensus is the department is horribly mismanaged. The salary expense for the consultants on my team is probably in excess of $10,000 a day. It’s no wonder the company made less than $4b of profit on revenues of $30b.

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Marginally Better

Two new consultants arrived last week who will replace two departing team members. It appears the new consulting firm’s people are only marginally better than the two leaving. Their written communication skills have already proven to be lacking. One has taken over the task of creating a daily report which outlines the team’s project progress. The report migrated from a simple one-page email to a four-page PowerPoint presentation with charts and graphs. It was serious overkill. The team manager instructed the new consultant to return to the previous format since a PowerPoint presentation was a waste of time. WF and I had instructed the new consultant to stick the original format but she elected not the take our advice. No additional advice will be offered to her going forward.

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Shopping For Skulls

Cindi and I had a late lunch today.  Later, we hung out at her new studio and shopped for skulls.

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Off To Santa Fe

It’s been another day at work getting paid to do almost nothing. I’m dropping Ferdinand off at the pet hotel after work. I’ll be driving to Santa Fe in the morning as I’m spending the holiday at Donnie & Peter’s (the guys) house in the desert. Cindi is preparing most of the meal which the guys are hosting. I’m baking a pumpkin-persimmon pie. Madame, a wealth manager, and her girlfriend, the heiress (to a chemical fortune) will be joining us, along with the guy’s next-door neighbors. Cindi organized the menu which has been influenced by her recent adventure in Spain. I’m looking forward to getting away for a few days.

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Professional Thieves

The president of the homeowner’s board sent an email this morning alerting residents of a house break-in.  The news comes just two before I leave for Santa Fe.  The details lead one to believe this was a professional heist, as opposed to a smash and grab for easily fenced items to get money for drugs.  The alarm system was disabled, the most valuable items in the house were taken, along with the removal of a wall safe.  The thieves also stole a Range Rover from the garage leaving behind a Porsche Panamera and BMW 5 series.   The thieves knew the location of the valuables and the wall safe, which leads one to believe the house was cased, or, it’s an inside job.  The house is across the street from the rich guys’ mansion which is still being renovated.  There’s a fleet of trucks on the street every day so pedestrians would not be suspicious if the thieves arrived in a work truck.

I really don’t have anything to worry about while I’m away.  I have aging electronics.  I don’t have a safe of any kind.  My art isn’t valuable enough to steal.  I don’t live on street filled with multi-million dollar mansions.  Most of my assets are financial instruments.  I guess I do need to worry about identity theft and financial cyber crimes.   I’ll just bury those thoughts for now.

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