Lost Your Golden Parachute?

Philosopher Groucho Marx
Philosopher Groucho Marx

 

By André Gayot

Sleepless last night, I spoke with Groucho Marx, my favorite philosopher. Chewing his cigar, he hailed me:  

 

 

          Hey, André, what’s keeping you up?
          You know, the economy, the world…
          There’s no reason to worry about. You are blessed to live in a democracy: you are free!
          Free and broke.
          Still democracy is great because it’s the enlightened will of the majority. For instance, the majority of us have no bonuses nor golden parachutes because the majority feels it is immoral.
          Sure, but some do get them, however. So if we could compromise just a little bit with the immorality of the thing could we all have bonuses and golden parachutes?
          No, I fear, that’s not possible.
          Then, in that case, would it be possible that nobody could benefit from these  immoral goodies?
          Don’t ask silly questions… 

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Supporting Wine

Peter Mondavi Jr. with Alain Gayot
Peter Mondavi Jr. with Alain Gayot

by Alain Gayot


When it comes to legendary wineries in Napa, Charles Krug certainly comes out on top as the Valley’s first. Founded in 1861 by an exiled Prussian radical journalist, it was purchased by the Mondavi family after prohibition and the rest is history.


We caught up with third generation family owner Peter Mondavi Jr. at a fundraiser event for the Make-A-Wish children’s foundation of Greater Los Angeles at Morton’s on La Cienega. Emcee, Sara Fasolino, Certified Sommelier extraordinaire for the Morton’s chain, doubled as the evening’s auctioneer.

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Disunited We Stand!

We already have a glut of sushi
We already have a glut of sushi

By André Gayot

Formerly a KGB analyst in the late 1990’s, Igor Panarine holds a doctorate degree in psychology and is now the director of studies of the Diplomatic Academy of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He teaches the Russian diplomats that the US will soon disintegrate, as well as its currency – the almighty dollar – which will be replaced by the “Americano.”  

 

Igor forecasts such a demise to take place as soon as the fall of 2010. The reason for this cataclysm is the “moral failure” and “the psychological stress” of the country with its “considerable population of homosexuals.” A country , he contends, that can’t build enough jails for all  its criminals.  He carries on: following a civil war, the US will split in six fragments. The East Coast will go to the European Union, Canada will take over the Midwest, Mexico will seize the southern states, China and Japan will share the West Coast while Alaska will return to Russia.

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Annenberg Space for Photography Museum

Tim Street-Porter and Tom LaBonge
Tim Street-Porter and Tom LaBonge

Photos-R-Us

by Alain Gayot
 

Who better than photographer Tim Street-Porter to feature LA and to be featured in LA at the debut of the prestigious Annenberg Space for Photography museum? Tom LaBonge, Councilmember for the Fourth District thought so too and used this glamorous occasion to present to him a Certificate of Recognition.
 


We were excited by the space which is supposed to remind you of a camera. In fact, the center room puts you right inside the lens and the ceiling design is reminiscent of a shutter. Starting Friday March 27th photography aficionados will be able to peruse the excellent work of talented artists free of charge.
 

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Another Dining Experience at L.A. Live

1992 Olympic Champion in women's singles Kristi Yamaguchi with Sophie Gayot
1992 Olympic Champion in women's singles Kristi Yamaguchi with Sophie Gayot

By Sophie Gayot
Besides trying many different foods, I also very much enjoy ice skating. So last night what better place could I have been than at Staples Center to attend the first day of the World Figure Skating Championships. Of course I had to have dinner first and decided to head to the new Rock ‘N Fish restaurant at L.A. Live. I enjoyed sampling the signature dishes made famous by its parent location in Manhattan Beach.

Accompanied by two former world competing figure skaters, Danielle Carr McGrath (1992, 1994, 1998 Olympic Competitor, 14-time World Pairs competitor, 19-time Australian National Pair Champion) and Lily Lee Fugier (1994 Olympic Competitor, 6-time World Figure Skating Competitor, 5-time Korean National Champion), I watched the Pairs Short Program, (2 minutes and 40 seconds with 7 required elements) in complete and utter amazement. I’m glad we stayed until the very end as the winners, German skaters Aliona Savchenko and Robin Szolkowy, performed last.

Click here to see the winners of the 2009 Pairs Short program of the World Figure Skating Championships.

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