Nasdaq Closing Bell

Sir Martin Sorrell invited some friends to help him celebrate 30 years of WPP. Can you find mAdBen?

WPP Closing Bell Photo

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Semi-Sweet Sixteen

John Kasich of Ohio is the last one to announce GOP Presidential candidacy. Fiorina. Cruz. Paul. Santorum. Pataki. Christie. Carson. Walker. Trump. Bush. Rubio. Jindal. Perry. Graham. Huckabee. Oy. I think he’s the best of the lot. Actually believes what he says. He is a can do kind of guy. Pragmatic. Private and public sector experience. Worked at Lehman Brothers.  Governor. U.S. Congressman. Armed Services Committee. Budget Committee. Upbeat vision. Reasonable values. Has a heart. God-fearing. Not God-preaching. Yup. He’s my fave for now. Huntsman team. No Neo-Cons. Truman-esque.

Is 16th the charm? Hope not too late to the party. Ohio. Ohio. Ohio.

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Finish Coarse

What would God say? Zach Johnson jovially tells the world that he was reciting ‘scripture’ on the sidelines as his competitor lined up a tying putt. Seems a little prejudicial. But, hey. I’m sure Jeeezus stopped whatever he was doing to listen to Zach’s exhortations to make sure he won the British Open. What?! Fine. Pray. Meditate. Levitate. But, keep it to yourself. The public doesn’t need to hear how your Faith exalted you above the rest of the field. How arrogant and insulting.

Okay. It was a boring playoff group. Shrek. Leishman. Johnson. Yawn. Speith and Day showed class in defeat. More than I can say for the ‘chosen one’.

Will miss the R&A starter who announced every player on a high note.

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New Course

Two Americans in the last four groups. One is a pro. The other an amateur. What do they have in common? Both named Jordan. An Irish amateur also shares the lead going into the Monday final. Youth be served. Role models all. Handsome Adam still in it. When all is said. Dunne? Or, at the end of the Day. Jason?

Meanwhile, the Donald has to change course. Can anybody corral that bucking boca? Don’t think so. Just hope he makes it to the stage of a few debates. And. ISIS is not an ideology. It’s. Internet. Seeking. Insurgent. Sociopaths.

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Old Course

Of course. Watching the Open. With Tiger the “middle-of-the-pack-hack”, commentary is more entertaining than the golf. Johnsons, Zach and Dustin. Yawn. Danny Willett. Who? Phippy fizzed. Rory decided to play a different sport. Ricky hasn’t taken his game across the Firth of Forth. So, yeah. Sporadically spying the play. On the record, Joey3 for Stenson. Me for Handsome Adam. We’ll see. Old Tom Watson in the links spotlight. Will he stay ’til Sunday?

In the meantime Emmy noms. Mostly a joke. Some good surprises like Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. Yay Hamm and Schreiber. That’s it.
Bon weekend.

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Van Gogh Super Trek

Side Trek to Adams, Williamstown on the back roads. Saw a sign for Susan B. Anthony’s birthplace. Who knew? IMG_1484

Patriots beat the Seahawks in the SuperBowl. Remember that? Well, there was a museum bet. 6 days shy of Puget Sound on the Pacific Coast masterpiece by Albert Bierstadt returning to its home in Seattle Art Museum, caught it at The Clark Art Institute in Williamstown. A wall-sized stormy seascape worthy of a visit. That was just a bonus.

IMG_1473Van Gogh and Nature is a special exhibition at The Clark. Monday a great day to have the place to ourselves. Pretty much. Vincent spent time in France studying impressionists in their rural habitats. Pointillism at Auvers, Arles. Who knew? IMG_1466

The Clark’s newly expanded modern grounds, granite walls around a pool. Culture and cows in the Berkshires on a beautiful afternoon.

IMG_1475IMG_1481Lunch outside at Pera Bistro near Williams College campus. Only an hour from home on the scenic byways. IMG_1485

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Mixed Book Bag

Church of Marvels, by Leslie Parry. Gritty Life Circus. A debut success. It does not rise to the lyrical edgy joy of Erin Morgenstern’s Night Circus. This tale is more a ghastly version of Robertson Davies’ World of Wonders. Dark. But, glowing writing makes up for it. Turn of the last century saga of tortured tattered lives. Endurance. Wit. Finally. A novel worth reading. First one in a long time. Luckiest Girl Alive by Jessica Kroll. Insipid at best. Terrible.

Governor Nikki Haley, South Carolina. Classy stateswoman. National leadership quality. El Chapo chasing down el Trumpo. Oh oh. Woods and Dufner together practicing for the British Open. Are they gonna share Jason’s sexy ex-wife, too? Ray Donovan is back better than ever with a snide side of Katie Holmes.

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