A good cigar

Lady Bracknell: … Do you smoke?
Ernest: Well, yes, I must admit I smoke.
Lady Bracknell: I am glad to hear it. A man should always have an occupation of some kind. (Oscar Wilde)

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Manuel Balsón, “El Jefe” (1934 – 2015)

He was a brave and decisive man who at a young age went to London to learn about foreign exchange

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Summer Summary

Well, I have been so busy writing my thesis prospectus all summer that I have not had time to update this old blog! But the prospectus (the first draft at any rate) is now well on its way after my Thesis Director recommended some corrections today at the Daily Grind Café. But now back to […]

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Catharsis, Jacob’s ladder (at least one rung) or pulling splinters from my heart

One of the things I love about being a teacher is that once students graduate some of them become friends and mentees. This is the case of Jacob Virgil who, having graduated from UNC was backpacking around Europe when he contacted me to tell me he was in town. It has been four years since I gave […]

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Alfredo’s Barbacoa

My über trendy sister’s boyfriend, told me about Alfredo’s in the mid-eighties but I never got to go until 1990 when I moved back to Madrid from Boston. I would have lunch there with my office mates every Friday: “Fridays is Freddy’s” was our war cry. These lunches would include Alfredo’s legendary burgers and a […]

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