This past Saturday, I got a late night FaceTime call from a rather-new, but very special, friend of mine, Cyndi Alvarez Brunson. Cyndi’s husband, Tavi, is a Colonel in the Army & is currently stationed in Pennsylvania. Cyndi, however, lives here in San Antonio so her son can graduate from high school here. Next year,…

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A few months back, my daughter, Heather, brought home some outstanding tamales for dinner… …her buddy’s Kadillac tamales (chicken, spinach, jalapeño, cream cheese)! They were incredible! (BTW, Tamale Boy is located at 5400 S. Flores, SA.) I remember when I first came to San Antonio from NY in ’93. Now, NY has probably every type…

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One of the best things about growing up & living in the “greatest city in the world” (New York, NY…so great, they named it twice!) was Broadway! Between “going into the city”, i.e, traveling into Manhattan, when I lived in NY (Brooklyn…Holbrook in Long Island, exit 61…Staten Island) or traveling back to NY from wherever…

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This one’s from Alexa Bucchere, daughter of my lifelong buddy, Stephen. He & I were classmates back in Regina Pacis in Brooklyn and thank God for Facebook for reuniting us. He works for a securities industry regulatory agency & years ago, his office was located in the World Trade Center. He was heading to work…

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Almost 20 years ago, I lost my beautiful wife of 21 years, Laurie, to cancer. The following day (9/11/01), as I was getting dressed to go to the funeral parlor, I watched on TV as those planes crashed into the World Trade Center towers. Devastated was an understatement on how I felt at that very…

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Everything that I’ve written here (every story, every article) is 100% true…and as accurate as possible, especially considering that some of this stuff dates back 40 or more years… …and there are some days when I can’t remember what I had for breakfast or I’ll forget my name. Yes, not every “quote” may be exactly…

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I know I’ve told you the importance of making an impression upon people & how I accomplished that…for better or worse…with my teams’s skit at the closing of a “Leadership Skills for Middle Managers” training seminar with UniverCiti in St. Louis. Don’t remember? We used the bed sheets as giant diapers & put nipples on…

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Autocorrect. Spell check. Whatever you wanna call it, it’s truly a great tool that often makes writing much easier. But it does have its quirks. It ain’t perfect. For example, I can’t get my damned iPhone to stop capitalizing the “a” in “apple”. Not everything is Apple…there are, indeed, actual 🍎s in the world! And…

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We’ll go with a few more items on Joe Pl*meri (head of Primerica, a roving band of used-car salesmen, whom Sandy Weill brought aboard to be the SVP in charge of U.S. Citibanking). This dude, while he indeed had some very solid business philosophies & excellent approaches to growing the business, was an absolute monster…

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