Thursday, November 15, 2007
So I was at the LA Auto Show earlier today on behalf of a client and I ran into this dude -- literally. There was a throng waiting outside the Staples center for the Governor to give a press conference and award the "Green Car" of the year. It was about 85 degrees and after about 45 minutes of the withering heat I decided to bail and walk back to our booth. On my way back inside I literally ran smack into the Governator and I nearly stepped in front of the CEO's of Audi and Chrysler (Robert Nardelli) who were waiting to join him for the press conference. I am pretty sure that I will be in the background of an AP photo tomorrow. While I didn't get a chance to shake his hand, he gave me a head nod.
Say what you will about Ah-nold, the dude is a *very* good Governor and he is immensely popular in California. He's focused, knows what he wants to accomplish yet at the same time he's self-deprecating and well, funny.
But the thing that impressed me most? The Dude is a freaking pimp. You should have seen him; he was wearing the sickest Audemars Piguet Offshore Chrono in Gold (has to be a $20,000 watch, easy) that was stone cold pimping. He had a big ass diamond pinkie ring and he was wearing alligator shoes.
Straight up pimp. He looked good, too, his waxy demeanor aside. A colleague and I agree that he almost doesn't look human. In fact, I think he might be a cyborg.
In other matters, as you are probably aware, it looks like A Rod is going to be a Yankee. Over the past few weeks I had a feeling the market was going dark against him (collusion, anyone?) and I had a nagging suspicion that he might come kiss the Steinbrenner's ring. I've been so crazy busy the past 72 hours I haven't had time to process this; more on this subject over the weekend.