13 May 2011

what i'm loving today ...

James Murdoch  (Wired.com)
I have had a (business)man's crush on James Murdoch from afar for about ten years now, i.e., I have seen him move from New York to England, from News Corp to B-Sky-B, changing roles but proving himself all-the-while with nary a misstep (well, unless you count Myspace.com, which News Corp can't quite get off their books fast enough).   James Murdoch is, in my humble estimation, quite the consummate business pro: articulate when giving a speech; impeccably dressed when presenting and representing his company, peers and family; knowledgeable about his audience and what they want/need to hear.  Finally, he possesses a deep understanding of his industry, able to connect the dots on the big picture whilst wading knee-deep in business metrics and public policies (to thwart) and various ephemera that only a media mogul would appreciate.


Say what you will about News Corp (parent company to Fox News) -- some of you, Dear Reader, have expressed your dissatisfaction in different forums that I've been privy to -- but I personally am a huge fan of News Corp and Fox News and the Wall St. Journal.  They are agents of change for almost every vertical they touch ... and by that, I mean for the better.  More competition.  More consumer choices.  And ... this is key, sometimes better pricing.  While they might have a conservative, big, bad businessman's worldview, the Murdoch family, is anything but conservative.  They may back conservative policies spouted by the typical pro-business Republicans or Tories, but they themselves are a fairly liberal lot personally.  And, that's a pretty interesting cognitive dissonance.  (I'm not complainin', I'm just esplainin'.)  I, however, remain very easy to decipher: conservative politically and personally and with my electricity.


So, here's a story about News Corp trying to buy F1 Racing over at JustLuxe.com that I recently wrote for them.  Check it out if you'd like.  No worries if not.


But, then there's this article I'd love to share/recommend with you from Daily Telegraph about a 60-yr-old woman (Harriet Walter) finally finding true love and jumping into her new marriage wholeheartedly.


I loved the movie It's Complicated because of the wonderful romance and love story (ultimately unrequited) about a couple of older divorcées contemplating a rekindling of their former marriage.  Or, from the same producer (Nancy Meyers ... love her set designs), the classic Something's Gotta Give about a 70-yr-old lothario finally dating a woman near his age range (the lovely Ms. Diane Keaton).

Even before I finally tripped (er, was dragged) over the 40-yr-old timeline a couple of years back, I have always appreciated  and embraced the narrative that evinces a protagonist accepting their age and finding satisfaction (deep satisfaction) in what life or God is teaching them at that moment.  I'm thinking of Ms. Marple (fictional old gals are good too!).  Rush Limbaugh (he couldn't wait to turn 50).  The Queen Mum.  Ronald Reagan.  Sophia Loren.  These personalities all embraced their chronological measurements and brought/bring their hard-earned wisdom to their lives and the lives of those around them.  I for one have benefited from so many of my elders, and I suspect you have as well.

Like my mom always said, bloom where you're planted.  Make lemonade out of lemons.  And, if you find yourself in Depends adult diapers at 78 yrs-old, well then plant whatever in them bloomers ... with gusto gulldernit!  And, make sure to do your water aerobics whilst shaking those flabby arms, baby!  If you flabby, flaunt it!  (Btw, I used to swim at the YMCA near LAX (this should be a song title) ... trust me, you don't know trepidation until you have to swim your 60 laps immediately after a class of 30 or so seniors who have been shaking and jumping to the oldies in your swim lane only 60 seconds prior.)

That's what I'm loving today.
 
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7 comments:

Char said...

one of the things i love best about it's complicated is the perfect casting they achieved in that movie. alec baldwin is always a great sleeze and ms. streep, well i have a girl crush on her.

hope you're having a great week

Shelley said...

Took me a while to twig who James Murdoch is...oh, THAT Murdoch. I don't much much about him (..about anything really...) except that 'everyone' thinks he has too much power. But that says it about the media, doesn't it? Too much power. Never mind.

LOVE hearing about Harriet Walter's pending marriage at 60. Had no idea about anything in her personal life, but love her as Harriet Vane in the Peter Wimsey films and in Sense and Sensibility. She's a great actress.

Haven't encountered 'It's Complicated' but sounds amusing.

As to aging and acceptance, I hope I manage to continue to see aging as a great adventure. I am very (I didn't choose to say 'dead' this time) curious to see how life will change for me as I age. I'd hoped that I might wake up one day and look like my Mom, but I don't think that's going to happen.

I think living becames an increasing challenge in some respects as one ages, but in other ways it becomes far simpler. I'm sure I'll just exchange one angst for another, but the old ones were pretty boring anyhow.

Thanks so much for the tip about Harriet!

Char said...

one of the things i love best about it's complicated is the perfect casting they achieved in that movie. alec baldwin is always a great sleeze and ms. streep, well i have a girl crush on her.

hope you're having a great week

Julie@beingRUBY said...

Hi Jg
Love both those Nancy Myer movies.. I probably shouldn't admit how many times I've watched 'Something's Gotta Give'.. pathetic really.. it's my feel good movie of choice.. can probably quote the lines unrehearsed

Great timing this accepting one's age post.. I just clocked up another year!.. but the gift is coming your way.. You were one of my giveaway winners.. [sent you an email]..

Ok.. have a great day/night.. ciao xx Julie

sharon said...

I like this post JG because you forced me to slow down and read the whole thing ... twice. Love your insider view on Mr Murdoch, altho' I'm not sure he's used to that much praise in one go.

Your theory about growing older gracefully, is nice, but it remains theory. If I were honest, I'd still have to admit that it's deeply annoying to find oneself the wrong side of 50. I so don't want to slow down, and I certainly don't want to think about flabby arms!

I'll sit and watch the Meyer films with you whenever you wish!
have a great weekend
Sharon

Shelley said...

Took me a while to twig who James Murdoch is...oh, THAT Murdoch. I don't much much about him (..about anything really...) except that 'everyone' thinks he has too much power. But that says it about the media, doesn't it? Too much power. Never mind.

LOVE hearing about Harriet Walter's pending marriage at 60. Had no idea about anything in her personal life, but love her as Harriet Vane in the Peter Wimsey films and in Sense and Sensibility. She's a great actress.

Haven't encountered 'It's Complicated' but sounds amusing.

As to aging and acceptance, I hope I manage to continue to see aging as a great adventure. I am very (I didn't choose to say 'dead' this time) curious to see how life will change for me as I age. I'd hoped that I might wake up one day and look like my Mom, but I don't think that's going to happen.

I think living becames an increasing challenge in some respects as one ages, but in other ways it becomes far simpler. I'm sure I'll just exchange one angst for another, but the old ones were pretty boring anyhow.

Thanks so much for the tip about Harriet!

Caleb S. Garcia said...

I love your mom's advice- "bloom where you're planted"- I will remember that. This post seems like two separate blogs. The first was over my head, but I dug the second one-- until the very end anyway. Keep up the god work G Man.