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“Life is a matter of choices, and every choice you make makes you.”
~ John C. Maxwell
New York, New York Edition
Mary and I returned to Manhattan for a long and wonderful weekend. We walked for miles, dined at our favorite spots and enjoyed catching up with friends. We stayed in an Upper East Side apartment that we found on Airbnb. The location gave us many chances to use the new 2nd Avenue subway, which is a fast and easy connection between the upper east and lower west sides of Manhattan with stops at Time Square, Herald Square and Canal street.
We were also close to some of our favorite restaurants including Bistro LeSteak (home of the best steak sandwiches I’ve ever had) and OM Indian, which we tried and enjoyed for the 1st time. Cuisine there is delicious and authentic.
We met up with our good friend Aliki on Saturday evening for dinner at OM, then an evening of jazz at the Smoke Jazz and Supper Club. On Sunday afternoon, we went to see Kinky Boots, a very entertaining show with great singing, great dancing, with a message showing the value of overcoming overcoming prejudice and stereotypes.
Got to witness the glory and the horror of NBA basketball, with a matchup at Madison Square Garden between the Knicks and the Bucks. A very competitive game turned on a single play in the 2nd quarter, when the Knick’s best player Kristaps Porzingis tore his ACL as he was landing after a dunk over Milwaukee’s Giannis Antetokounmpo.
Special thanks to our host of the evening – Barrett Tabek, who maintained his pleasant disposition despite dealing with a wild week on Wall Street. Barrett is a partner at Matauro and my financial advisor for the past 7 years or so. He shared this CNBC assessment of the wild Wall Street week that says in part, “if this is just a run-of-the-mill correction, then we are looking at another four months of pain, history shows. If the losses deepen into a bear market (down 20 percent), then it could be 22 months before we revisit these highs, history shows.”
Also got a chance to catch up at the Bucks game with Steve Choi, a friend and brilliant online marketer who now works for Standard & Poor’s, following stints in the health care and cable industries.
Always a treat to connect with Michele Lamarre, who worked with me in several capacities at AIG. Michele is now Lead Communications of North America for QBE – a specialty insurance company that offers personal, commercial and specialty insurance. She says she is enjoying her new challenge and the collaborative working environment that QBE offers.
Had lunch at Bierhaus NYC with my former AIG colleague Greg Garrison , who is now Chief Operating Officer at Berkley Accident and Health, Special Risk Division. He’s teamed up with AIG A&H veterans Susan Clarke and Don Roberts to create unique accident-based insurance plans that are based on an analysis of each clients’ unique risks. Some of the niches he mentioned over lunch included nurses and independent contractors.
On Sunday morning, we met for breakfast with our good friend and Orthopedic Surgeon Dr. Richard Pearl, who replaced my two knees 3+ years ago. I really feel blessed that I was in the right spot and the right hands when I had this surgery, as I’m more mobile and pain free than I’d been in the 30 years leading up to it. I asked Dr. Pearl if he had any advice regarding when to consider surgery. He said for knee replacement, consider surgery when you can no longer do the physical activities you enjoy without significant discomfort. For hip replacement, he said it’s time to consider surgery when when you reach across the bed to turn off the light and you feel a shooting pain in your hip!