Smartphones

Smartphones are incredibly addictive. I played a game with Laurel on the freeway when we went on a longer road trip a few weeks ago: Look in each car and see if the driver is on his phone.

Shockingly, probably 1 in every 3 drivers we saw driving on the freeway had their phone in one hand with the screen on and would check it frequently. When we hit slowdowns, probably 1 in every 2 LA drivers had their phone in their hands.

Smartphones and the apps on them like Facebook, Snap, Instagram, Pinterest, the games, etc are all getting more and more addictive all the time.

Traffic deaths have spiked because of smartphones and I think traffic deaths will continue to escalate rapidly until fully self driving cars are here.

Why is it easier to comparison shop restaurants then doctors?

You are suffering from chest pains. You go to the ER and are told that you have advanced heart disease and that you need to find a doctor to help you. What do you do next?

There are not many options to help you research and find the best doctor. You can’t see a history of success, there are not great review sites, there is no trusted large brand.

If you are looking for a restaurant (a $10 food purchase perhaps… compare that to $500,000 for heart surgery), you will find highly detailed reviews of prior experiences, public health department reviews of the cleanliness, etc. You will also have major brands like McDonalds which will provide you exactly the same burger every single time anywhere you go and ensure quality control is held to ridiculously high standards.

Your heart surgeon could be a terrible surgeon who kills 10x more patients than the average, but you will never know it. You can’t get any information or statistics comparing doctors. You will have a very hard time comparing hospitals.

Why is this? It is purposefully done by the doctor’s unions and hospital groups. It allows them to protect their profits at your expense.

 

Manchester by the Sea Movie

Laurel and I just watched Manchester by the Sea, a indie film about a troubled uncle and his nephew brought together after the brother / father dies.

I really like it and would recommend it. Laurel thought it was too depressing.

Huntington Library Tea Today for Anniversary

Laurel Is The Perfect Wife!

Tomorrow is Laurel and I’s one year wedding anniversary. We were married at the beautiful Altadena Country Club where her family has been a member for around twenty years.

The last year has had many ups and downs, and fortunately our marriage has been the source of the ups and has helped us through the occasional downs.

We have had lots of fun times together in the last year:

  • Going to Mexico for Jeremy and Dorothy’s wedding a week ago
  • Watching great shows like Game of Thrones, Silicon Valley, Rick & Morty
  • Our honeymoon in Kauai
  • Reading great books like “When Breath Becomes Air” and “Rising Son”
  • Talking about where to live long run, and what work Laurel wants to do

Laurel is very hard working and does an enormous amount to make my life better. She does all of our grocery shopping, she cooks me dinner every night, she helps keep the apartment clean, and she helps plan for the future.

I feel like she provides me the stable grounding so that I can continue to work hard every day to build my business.

I am even more excited today about the future of our marriage than I was even on our wedding day a year ago!

Jeremy’s Wedding in Tulum Mexico

Cleaning Out My Closet

Running

I had a good run this morning before work. I pushed myself and was able to do 4 miles at a 8:31 average pace. Heart rate according to my monitor peaked at 153, averaged 130.

My friend Ryan told me it is possible to push for a sustained mile pace of 6:00. He said that he used to be an 8:00 miler like me, but once on the treadmill tried to do splits at a higher speed. He said he ran 1 minute at a 6:00 per mile pace and discovered that he could go another minute. Then he pushed himself through several more minutes. He said it just comes down to how much you are willing to suffer. He now routinely runs at a 6:00 mile pace for 1-3 miles.

I would like to try to get to that level of fitness.

Lots of new team members!

Very exciting times here at Coalition as we have recently added 12 new team members to our team! We have plan for bringing on another 20 new team members to continue to expand our capabilities for our clients.

Wedding Gossip

“Every trip needs it’s villain”.

Laurel and I came to sun drenched and tropical Tulum, Mexico for Jeremy’s destination wedding this last week.

Daniel, the angry investment banker “glamped” in a tent in town. Andy brought his hallucinogens, hammock for sleeping in the woods to save money, and his Mormon girlfriend.¬†Jeremy paid for his kindly redneck dad and family to attend. Dorothy’s nice conservative Romanian Christian parents reluctantly came.

We swam in a cenote – basically an underground cave and saw thousands of bats roosting on the ceiling. Jeremy told Dorothy’s dad, Toma, that he would have to swim underwater and surface only to breathe poisonous air. Toma decided not to go in. Turned out you never had to go underwater and the only problem with the air was it smelled like a hamster cage from all the bats.

Levi and Jenny were scarcely seen as Montezuma’s Revenge set in early. A couple of days later, their dog¬†escaped from Jenny’s parents house and was eaten by a coyote.

Jeremy’s dad, Jay, said he liked to ski (referencing waterskiing). Rich said, “You mean like hollywood skiing?” with a finger to his nose making a snorting gesture. Jay replied, “I’ve never done cocaine, drink is my poison.”

Toma, the successful real estate agent, joined us for Jeremy’s bachelor day on a catamaran. Andy sat cross-legged in front of him and said, “I got my real estate license because I hate real estate agents and can’t imagine paying one.” Toma just stared at him.

Every gas station had a scam. At my first gas station, I ran into the “I thought you requested premium gas” scam. I sat at the pump and told them I was calling headquarters till they added $10 more gas free of charge. They probably scam enough tourists to make it worth it to give up if anyone fights back.

Jeremy got tired of people’s questions early. Dorothy took over routing all of the friends and family into the hotel.

Andy’s Mormon girlfriend did not speak to anyone and told Andy, “You said all of your friends were super intelligent, they all just seem stupid to me.” Andy passed this along to the rest of us and so everyone loved to hate her after that, leading to Jeremy commenting “Every trip needs a villain”.

The wedding itself was beautiful, outside of a hotel with a 270 degree view of the turquoise ocean. We had delicious ceviche and tacos and giant margaritas in coconuts. Jeremy and Dorothy wrote their own vows, which included a commitment to building a commune. The vows were quite good.

Jeremy told Dorothy I didn’t approve of their marriage. Not true – I think Dorothy is amazing and great for Jeremy. Jeremy had told me a few months ago that he was thinking about asking Dorothy to marry him. He had told me she could be quite difficult. I told him I dated Tara, who was quite difficult and that relationship didn’t work out for me. He took that to mean I disapproved. He forgot that I had ended with “I like Dorothy and think you should get married”.

Conclusion: strong personalities that don’t hold much consideration for others leads to interesting drama and later fun gossip.