We are in London this week, focusing on client and team meetings. This is the replacement trip for the one that was canceled in March. Spring has arrived and the first four days have seen fabulous weather, but I trust that the rain and wind will catch up with us, starting today.
Unfortunately, due to a canceled flight on United Airlines to London from San Francisco and United's inability to reschedule our flight for several days with the original non-stop itinerary, Mary Claire and I found ourselves at home in Blackhawk this past week. I believe that United Airlines is still finding their fleet compromised with the Boeing 787 Dreamliner continuing to be grounded around the globe. We certainly had many things to catch up on, as we had not been home in the Bay Area for more than a month, but Mary Claire suggested that a Friday trip to Napa Valley would be a welcome addition to our schedule.
On Saturday, February 2nd, Groundhog Day, Staten Island Chuck did not spot his shadow at the Staten Island Zoo. New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg decided to pass on this event, leaving City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, who will campaign for the Mayor's job when his third term comes to end, to represent the city. Staten Island Chuck has been notorious for biting Mayor Bloomberg in 2009, so this is one annual event he does not always attend. Mayor Bloomberg will be missed by most of us when his third term expires, perhaps even by Staten Island Chuck.
After spending the holidays in New York City, Mary Claire and I flew home to Blackhawk late last week. We are anticipating the start of a heavy travel schedule in late January as we continue to look for above average growth around the globe.
A headline in yesterday's New York Times caught my eye, "Seeing Threat, British Press Hails Cameron as Defender" by Sarah Lyall: "It is hard to find much common ground among Britain's squabbling, competing newspapers. Not only do they naturally mistrust one another, but they also tend to divide along party lines, so that The Daily Telegraph, for instance, is generally pro-Tory, while The Guardian is generally pro-Labour. (The papers owned by Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation support whomever Mr. Murdoch supports.)"