Happy Cinco de Mayo!

We need to celebrate as much as we can.  That is why I’ve chosen to write this short blog on Cinco de Mayo.  It commemorates the unanticipated victory the Mexican Army had over the French in 1862 in the town of Puebla.  Only relatively recently has it become a popular holiday in the US.  Here in NYC, Mexican restaurants are booked all day and the Tequila is overflowing.  I thought I’d take the liberty of launching our new newsletter on this day as well.  So let’s have a virtual toast to you and us, and the continued connection we will have. In NYC, the weather has been playing havoc with us since January.  Winter was very cold, like the winters of yesteryear of which we really hadn’t had any during the last 10 years.  For the past week it’s been July/August in May with the thermometer reaching 90 degrees last weekend.  March was the rainiest on record and April was the warmest ever.

Last weekend we had a thwarted terrorist attack in Times Square.  A vigilant street vendor alerted the police to an SUV parked in a turning lane.  A former Vietnam Vet the street vendor has been at that intersection for years. At dinner the other night I heard people expressing a new appreciation for street vendors.  The salt of the earth this is the entrepreneurial spirit in its infancy.  Just thinking about the Vietnam Vets, many of whom came home with disabilities to be met by jeers from a country so conflicted about that war that we couldn’t acknowledge and celebrate their service.

Fast forward thirty years and the vigilance and focus that may have helped these men survive the rice paddies of Nam prevented a terror attack where hundreds if not thousands could have been injured or killed.

We launch our monthly newsletter this week.  Our intention is to write interesting short articles and to reprint others I think might peak your interest.  Occasionally I’m going to incorporate personal journal entries, which I think you might enjoy as well.

The world is a topsy-turvy place these days with volcanoes erupting, earthquakes happening throughout the world, flooding and that’s only the natural disasters.  Then we have unemployment, business failures and people just trying to get by.  It’s a time for us all to be reflective, identify what’s truly important and celebrate whenever an opportunity presents itself.

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