|From the this week's FatScribe satchel ...|
Upon my return to focus on the company, I had some ground to make-up and a few relationships to repair (maybe three of our 30 clients). This required another luncheon with a client in Beverly Hills. This particular client is a major music and TV and radio and film legend who has done better financially away than they ever did being in front of the camera, behind the mic, or performing on big and small screens. Because of a shrewd investment, legendary client was able to realize and amass a small fortune (south of $100million) that secured for several generations of their family all that they had been working toward over the last several decades (of very hard work ... which this client loves doing).
That's the nature of this nascent business my partner and I are in ... well, trying to gain admission to over these last 18 mos. or so. It deals with intellectual property, and the concept of the long tail, and especially with the very real business disruptors that are impacting several industries that we have on our radar. It is eye-popping the amount of monies that are sitting on the table. One competitor signed a deal with a studio and their client that translates into about $60million for this competitor when the dust settles (which could take YEARS to see to completion). And therein lies the very real rub for yours truly. The time, aka the gap, between signing new clients and securing new monies for client and our group. We, like many lean start-ups are looking for gap financing to help sustain our efforts (and to hire lots of like-minded professionals to assist) for the next three years. Anyhoo ...
There we were, his staff (not successful client) and I having lunch on Sunset Blvd. Also to be found in our humble little Thai restaurant were two real rock-n-rollers. One was solo with his Pad Thai, and the other was with supermodel, Ms. thin thighs. Now, I've written about personal experience of the supposed male French maxim of what I call the calculus amore for men dating younger women (1/2 old guy's age + 7 years = age appropro). But, this rocker, Mr. 60-yr old, was violating this rule by 15 years at least. You know how it is, Dear Reader, you see it on TV and whatnot, but in person ... yikes. But, in fairness to him, she was all over him and his Tom yum gai (my favorite soup), as if he were some hot young guy. Takes all sorts, I guess. "Wuv, twue wuv." Name that movie for Valentine's Day bonus points. (Answer below the jump).
We walked outside and said our goodbyes, and I jumped in my car to send out an email. In front of me was Paul Blackthorne (Lipstick Jungle/ Dresden Files) chatting up his buddy from the mother country about a parking ticket on his SL500 because of no front license plate. The Brits have such great accents. Now, catnip for most American women that I know is the foreign accent on any decent looking man. British, Irish, Aussie, Indian ... good cripes those ex-pat blokes have a leg up on their very average, American bald guy competition here in the states when it comes to their accents.
Does the jury need proof? Case in point: the next week I was at The Coffee Bean working on the ole CV and there was an actor from one of my favorite adapted Dickens novels, Nicholas Nickleby. Charlie Hunnam was there in biker-chic gear (leather not lycra) chatting up two (of course) lovelies. Actually, they were chatting him up and he just sort of chilled. In one interview I read, Charlie spoke about how much he didn't like working on Nickleby because of the director's (Douglas McGrath who also helmed Emma) very sure way of how he wanted the role played. Could've fooled me. I loved that film and him in it. Not a big fan of TSOA, his TV show, btw. I also like McGrath's adaptation of Emma.
Dinner with dad four nights a week now has meant that I see a different type of celeb than my norm. Tom Selleck lives out by my folks (if memory serves correctly, he purchased Dean Martin's old place, a very cool ranch in Lake Sherwood, where my brother is a caddy at the country club). Whenever Tom's wife would walk by my mother -- my mom the lovely silver-haired woman in a wheel chair due to a stroke a decade or so ago -- she would stop Mr. Selleck's wife (the talented dancer Jillie Mack) to comment on her jewelry or outfit, etc. In spite of her communication struggles due to the stroke, mom was always able to communicate her appreciation of one's ensemble. I have to give it to Tom (I've had friends tell me otherwise), he was patient and a gentlemen re: some stranger fawning over his wife's outfit. Good on him.
Back at church on Sunday, the day after my 13 yr-old broke his arm skateboarding (like good ole dad had done 30 years ago!), and as I was waiting for my boys to finish up from their Sunday school classes, Mr. Joel McHale (Community, Talk Soup) walks by nice as can be with a little smile on his face. He was heading to pick-up his own kids and seemed pretty comfortable around a bunch of non-industry folk. Okay, okay. The place is lousy with Hollywood studio execs and editors and actors. But, it is a church, so that must be a bit of a shock for most Hollywood types. (Movie Trivia Answer: The Princess Bride)
So, to sign-off. Let me combine the stroke of my mom with Hollywood. Last night reporting from the Grammy's, our local CBS O&O station had a reporter seemingly suffer a stroke (or TIA) live on the air reporting on-location (click here). It's pretty scary to watch.
Now. If this were to happen to a friend of yours, do three things immediately:
1. ASK them to smile or "show their teeth." The smile should be symmetrical. One side droopy is a concern.
2. ASK them to raise both arms above their head. One-side weakness is a concern.
3. ASK them to repeat a simple sentence like, "All dogs with wings cannot fly to the moon." No, wait. That will make them seem like they had a stroke. Try this one instead: "The moonlight in Los Angeles is the best." That will work. Difficulty repeating this simple sentence, as well as the others above, call medical professionals immediately.
Bottom line? Strokes can happen to the young as well as the old. Hollywood celebs, politicians, and sports stars have all been humbled by this deadly killer. Early intervention is very important (3 hours and less). My sons' "papa" had a stroke two weeks ago (my ex's dad). He is in his early 60's, and thankfully he's doing all right. My mom was 62, and her speech and ability to use her left-side was wiped out.
I believe that's a first PSA the ole porkster has ever produced. That was ... awkward. Be safe, Dear Readers.