“Red Sox Fans Exult at End of World Series ‘Curse'”, Greg Frost (Reuters)

I’m no baseball fan, but I can see a milestone in American cultural history when it happens. Continue reading ““Red Sox Fans Exult at End of World Series ‘Curse’”, Greg Frost (Reuters)”

Some Good-Looking Guy Asked Me Out

Wow.  Did this make my day:

Dear K–:

It was nice chatting with you last night at Peter’s [Peace Corps] gathering.  If you’re ever interested, I’d love to get together for dinner, tea, beers, movie or whatever.  Let me know if you have any time between your IBP assignments.

B–.

And, my response:

Hi B–,

I enjoyed talking to you, too.  It would be great to get together to continue our conversation sometime.  I wouldn’t mind going to this Korean BBQ place across from Turtle Bay again.  Or, Turtle Bay would be good, too.

If I’m not mistaken, you mentioned that you had a boyfriend at one point when you were in Russia.  I think it’s appropriate of me to mention that I’m heterosexual.  If your invitation still stands, then maybe next weekend?

K–.

The Curse of Beauty

I was disappointed to learn what I did about Kaiko, today.  He’s a foreign exchange student, here from Japan for an MBA.  He’s part of the entering class of matriculating MBAs, and I was impressed when I first met him.  I was struck by how wonderful his skin looked: dark, flawless and smooth.  He was, and still is, a very good-looking guy.

I was always under the impression that he was unaware of his appeal to women because his demeanor was typically shy.  To my surprise, I found out from his roommate that he was quite the lady’s man back in Japan.  According to his roommate’s account, Kaiko could get any woman he wanted.  And when Kaiko’s attempt to woo a particular Taiwanese girl failed, his solution was to immediately find another girl.  Typically, I wouldn’t blame the fellow, although I don’t think it is wise.  However, in Kaiko’s instance… he already has a girlfriend in Japan.

So, not only is he full of himself, he’s fickle to boot!

Aside from his sure path towards a womanizing future, Kaiko is quite an individual.  Along with his looks, he has smarts, ambition and money.  Add a dose of nepotism and a smidgen of U.S. citizenship and I think we’ll have ourselves another Republican.  Ah… I shouldn’t be too hard on the guy.  He really is a good person.  Good looks can be a curse.  But, to whom?

The Right Decision

I miss her.  Nevertheless, I think it was the right decision.

So, the IBP project has been coming along fine.  This past weekend was really stressful for everyone.  Brianne got sick and everyone expressed their frustration with the amount of work.  My teammates all rated the importance of the IBP as an 8 out of 10 (ten being of greatest importance).  However, they all have been putting out a 10 effort these past few days.  Holly said she’ll be scaling back to a 5.5 for the time being.  She said her priority now is to look for a job.

I feel exhausted.  The frustration is not really there for me because I have an idea of where I want to take this project.  I would share this vision with the group, however, I don’t want to come out being too instructive.  We are all equal and my opinions will come out in due course.  As far as my efforts, I think I proved myself again as being an asset to the team.  Not only did I find extremely valuable research for our Segment 2, but I also came out with some good analysis for the Competition section and the Domestic-Political section.  I rated the IBP as being a 10 out of 10, so I hope I’m meeting my own standard.

My score for the International Organizational Behavior course came back tonight.  100%.  Anyone who scored 95% and above can waive the second exam.  I’m pretty stoked.

Professor Shi is the instructor for my Global Business Strategies course.  The class is, by far, my favorite.  All work is based on discussion of case studies, and the curriculum is clearly based on applying our knowledge of strategy to business situations.  Last Tuesday, Professor Shi, as we left the classroom at the same time, turned around and thanked me for my contributions in class.  I left that night feeling like a champ.  Here was my favorite professor from my favorite class, singling me out (thankfully out of earshot of my peers) from a class of 50+ for my input in class.  Since 40% of the class is based on class participation, I am confident that I’ll get a high mark as long as my comments continue to be well-thought out.

Vice Presidential Debate 2004

“Assessing the Candidates’ Assertions,” Peronet Despeignes, et al.  USA Today.

Vice President Cheney and his Democratic opponent, Sen. John Edwards, brought different versions of the facts to the stage in their debate Tuesday night.  Continue reading “Vice Presidential Debate 2004”

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