14 February 2011

From This Week's FatScribe Satchel

From the this week's FatScribe satchel ...
For a couple of months since my mother's passing, I took a break from the company my business partner and I formed.  Around this time (end of '10) we also received some negative feedback from several of our clients (and two prospects) and one or two of their advisors about a grey area of the law that concerned them.  As I have explained in this space, this has been a true labor of love -- this potential business -- and there are no monies falling lovingly into my pockets yet (until a serious investor steps up, read several million dollars), and our small, non-equity angel investor's funds that we received last year have run their course over the past 12 months.  So, during my personal break, I stepped up considerably my search for consulting employment, working with headhunters and my connections and searching websites ... while at the same time spending considerable time with my 80 yr-old father and helping him during this adjustment period.

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.



Divine Theatre said...

As my brother is fond of saying "I've had fun before and it was NOTHING like this!"
I am truly sorry to hear of your mother's passing. There are no words...I am sorry for the pain you must endure in her absence.
I will add you and your dreams to my prayers. My daughter, Gracie, has a way with prayers. We're on it, my friend!
Oh, I had difficulty attempting to repeat the phrase but I think it's just because I am a dork and notsomuch having a stroke. I think!


Char said...

a very good psa

and i might have swooned a bit at joel mchale. probably a good thing i don't reside there.

Char said...

on a more serious note, i think it's good that you took a break. sometimes we adult orphans need that time.

Divine Theatre said...

I just watched that clip. I didn't want to, though. I worry about everyone, even people I have never met. I really hope she is okay. She looked like a poor, helpless, beautiful little bird.

Jg. for FatScribe said...

DT -- thanks for the prayer promises! i'll take them, especially ones from little prayer warriors! thank you. i hear, btw, from the station that the reporter is doing better ... developing.

Char -- it's funny (coincidence) that i recommended (over on your blog) that you view HIS show to see that barenaked ladies reference. yes, i'm not really a name-dropper ... oh, wait, yes i am. thx also for your encouragement re: mom.

Barbara said...

Sorry to hear about your mom, J.G. Your dad will be counting on you...it's tough. I lost both parents and a best friend within a 2 year span several years ago. Devastating. You sure grow up fast. All of a sudden, you're IT.

I read about the young woman reporter yesterday and then heard the clip on the car radio this AM. The EM team supposedly checked her out and said she was fine. I hope they at least gave her an aspirin AND that they would know the tests you mentioned. AND that she followed it up with a visit to her own physician. It was frightening.
Nothing wrong with a PSA my friend, especially when you have personal knowledge that might assist someone. And you did.

Re your last post: frightens me to death, frankly.

Dumbwit Tellher said...

Hello Jg - My top 10!

1. Your business-building sounds intriguing.
2. This country bumpkin still in awe of seeing celebs. Have seen few.
3. You are so right about U.S. women and accents.
4. Did see the newscaster's video; tough to watch.
5. You are a person with a good heart. How great that you have dinner with your father 4x's a week. My oldest brother stops bye my father's home each night to have a glass of wine before heading home from work. Dad always has the wine bottle and a glass sitting on the counter just waiting for Bruce. It's become one of those good routines.
6. Will say it again, so deeply sorry about your mother.
7. Love Tom Selleck, so happy he was kind to your mother.
8. Wishing I had several million kicking around to invest in you and your future because boy, will yours be successful, I know it.
9. Sorry too about the children's papa. Hope he'll recover well.
10. I hope your sons arm will mend quickly. Like father like son!

Loved this post, thank you always for the great reads.

Cheers ~ Deb

Jg. for FatScribe said...

Barb -- appreciate your insight into care taking of a parent. btw, still recovering from your superbowl recipe recommendations! re: egypt and northern africa ... interesting times for sure.

DT -- your top ten is classic. thx for your fun, heartfelt good wishes for family and business. if this business is meant to flourish, it ... will ... happen! it inspires to know that you find some of these little bon mots or anecdotes interesting!

re: the accent -- should have known with a scottish hunk for a hubby!

Caleb S. Garcia said...

What an interesting array of thoughts on the ol porkster. Well written and spoken good sir. Best of luck on the business swing. You seem to live a very complex life. Sorry to hear about Cole. I want to give the poor guy a hug. Thanks for keeping it real.

christian soldier said...

thank you for the heads up on stroke 'field diagnosis'-it will save a life -you wait and see..

and for the lovely 'background' thoughts that led up to it--

Shelley said...

Your Mom sounds lovely. So sorry to hear of your loss. I like hearing that the rich and famous can be nice people too. Frankly, I'm rather amazed you read my blog, Jg., we live such different lives, but I'm pleased you do.

Julia Christie said...

Whew! You have had quite a year - It is always interesting to hear about your life there in California, and especially nice to share a personal story or two about your family - gives one a new perspective on the world of Fatscribe, ie JG!

Your mother sounds a uniquely lovely woman, and I am so sorry for your loss. I am sure it was very important for your Dad (and continues to be) to have you there during such a difficult time. Good son you are.

Yikes that boy of yours broke a limb! I have one that did that roller blading at about that age - I hope he is on the mend.

I wish you again the best of luck in this new business venture ~ Any such adventure is bound to be a challenge, and this one more than most it sounds...

Love the name dropping. It's like peeking through a tiny window into another world :-)

Smiles JG

Michelloui | The American Resident said...

What a post! A breath of fresh air in the 'blogosphere' (sorry, just had to use that word). But I am so sorry about your mother, and sorry for the business difficulties. But I am intrigued by your work, and the name dropping was fun! I see a few slebs from time to time but its easier to do in Britain because we all live so close to each other.

Thanks for stopping by my blog and introducing me to yours, I shall enjoy popping back here to look around now!

preppyplayer said...

I like the satchel, a little bit of everything-yet connected. So sorry to hear of your mother's passing-must still be unreal?
As for biz- if you love what you're doing the long road isn't so bad...
When I see famous folk performing in film or theater I am starstruck but I do find that church,school, and work are the great equalizers
Great post.

Jg. for FatScribe said...

caleb -- thanks for the compliment (way too generous, sir). i'll pass your hug on to cole to be sure.

carol -- love your optimism re: the stroke identifier, and your pessimism found on your blog re: lying in the name of religion. interesting.

Jg. for FatScribe said...

shelley -- you shouldn't be surprised i (or others) read your blog. i appreciate your writing talents and story telling and the fact that you're an ex-pat in england is awesome to my way of thinking!

julia -- thanks so much for your thoughts. as one with so many children, i know you know the drama. also, glad to see that your work is being featured over at other websites. you deserve it!

Jg. for FatScribe said...

michelloui -- thx for the transatlantic visit! yeah, you have a very nice little blog. i'll be back ... let me know when you see woody allen in your neck of the woods.

preppy -- yeah, those great equalizers in life do wonders to bring us all "back to reality" thx for the visit and comments!!

Karena said...


I am very sorry to hear of your Mother's passing. I can tell what kind of person you are by your writing of these last years accouts.

The wonderful bag in the first image leading into your very real life happenings moved me...

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Emm said...

I hope you don't mind all of the comments as I finally catch up on blog reading! I like the PSAs here: Act F.A.S.T. (Face, arms, speech, telephone/time).

I am an absolute and complete sucker for accents but only genuine accents. I got quite dizzy in Serbia listening to that accent, it was scary, and other accents that have buckled my knees have been Italian, Israeli, Turkish, Welsh, Irish and yes, even Australian (though not Kiwi).

Betty Ming Liu said...

i'm sorry to hear about your mom too. it's been a year since my own mom died so i kinda understand what you're going through. but my dad is long gone (he died when i was 19) and yours is still with you....i can't even imagine what it's like for you to be caring for him while raising your boys and nurturing a new business venture! best wishes to you in simultaneously juggling these multiple loves. and may blogging continue to give you a raw outlet for venting in a way that enables you to carry on!