Musings On Turning 65

Big Red Car here walking on egg shells because today The Boss is turning 65 and I’m not sure how the old boy is going to take it. [Probably a micro-aggression calling him the "old boy," Big Red Car, you dumbass.]

So The Boss has made it to 65 and with his end of the gene pool is likely only at the halfway point of his life. Haha. [Big Red Car trying to make up for the "old boy" comment, no? You suck up, Big Red Car. Shameless.]

How did this happen and what does it mean?

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Stop Pimping Our Veterans

Big Red Car here. Sunup not quite here but it will be shortly and it will be bringing the warmth of a Texas winter.

So, Donald Trump skips the Republican debate in Iowa and instead stages a veterans event raising $6,000,000 for veterans?

You OK with that?

Let me be a bit as crass as Trump — I am perfectly fine with rich people giving money to veterans but I am more than a little pissed off with the way Donald Trump used veterans as a personal imprimatur.

Let me tell you about that.

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Taxing Anything Good — the Democrats or Just President Obama?

Big Red Car here in the sunny ATX but it is a little chilly. Will be 65F this afternoon from a low of 35F this morning. That is a Texas winter. An idea we can all get behind, no?

So, have you seen the President’s proposed tax on the low price of oil? That will warm you on a cold morning.

Haha, you didn’t think that taxing rascal was going to let you keep that bit of declining gas price lagniappe, did you?

You are so cute when you have that stupid look on your face. You did think he was going to ignore it, didn’t you? So cute!

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Shop Talk — Boards, A Pragmatic Checklist

Big Red Car here, y’all. Oh, it’s cool and sunny here in the ATX. [Shut up, Big Red Car. We're getting tired of it.]

So, today we start a new thrust that is going to be called “Shop Talk” for all of you in the trenches.

Today’s chat is about Boards of Directors. It is a checklist in the spirit of The Checklist Manifesto by Atul Gawande. Remember him?

So, read it already.

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You Can’t Handle the Truth — Musings About YAHOO, MySpace, AOL

Big Red Car here on a cool, crisp impossibly sunny Wednesday morning in the winter that is Texas, y’all.

It is 40F which is pretty damn cold for a Texas winter. It will get to 60F before the sun scoots home this afternoon.

Of course, that snow where you live is so ……………………………………….. lovely, no?

Yahoo, the ship that Marissa Mayer is boxing the compass on, is adrift or, maybe, headed in every direction that the compass will spin. Who really knows?

Marissa — the Big Red Car is on a first name basis with many powerful CEOs (in his dreams) — arrived with Yahoo enmeshed in a world of deteriorating and suspect revenue to the tune of some $5B but she was the woman to firm it up. Get it over to the gym and finally get serious about Pilates.

She famously urged everyone to “lean in” and even wrote a book on the subject. [Ooops, Big Red Car, actually Lean In was written by a woman named Sheryl Sandberg. I know that all business women look alike to a misogynist Big Red Cars but you ought to get the big stuff right, Big Red. Dumbass!]

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Hillary Clinton Emerges From Sniper Fire to Win BIG in Iowa

Big Red Car here on the tail of Hillary Clinton’s HUGE victory in Iowa, a feat that eluded her in 2008.

Now, she has boxed her compass and is headed toward the White House with confidence and certainty. A huge victory!

You go, girl!


Not so fast, Big Red Car. Not so damn fast.

Let’s look at the numbers, please.

May I have the envelope?

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Not my circus, not my monkeys — Advice for CEOs

Big Red Car here in the ATX where it is 51F at 4:00 AM and it’s going to be 80F this afternoon. Sunny to boot. A day to remember one’s sunscreen.

Ah, winter in the ATX. Hey, I’m sure it’s nice where y’all live. And what a blessing to be able to get a good workout shoveling snow, no? Blessings upon y’all!

So, the Big Red Car wants to chat with the CEOs and aspirants about the issue of delegation.

“Not my circus, not my monkeys.”

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The Big Red Car is Exhausted by the Primaries

Big Red Car here fresh off watching Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and Donald Trump pandering to the veterans. [Full disclosure, The Boss is a veteran and a graduate of Virginia Military Institute, the son of two veterans.]

Nice day — Hell, great day — here in the ATX. So good I almost don’t want to tell you about it. It is 53F headed to 75F this afternoon. Sunscreen, y’all. Sunscreen.

So, the Big Red Car is just worn out by all the bullshit associated with the primaries and the Iowa primary on Monday can’t get here quick enough.

Today, the Big Red Car is going to be on a rant about being exhausted by the primaries. Sorry.

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