Robot in Retail

Spotted this tall robot in QFC that was casually taking inventory


Dental Conversations

I’ve been seeing this new dentist for last six months. We had to schedule a few deep cleanings as she felt that one session would be too long. I agreed, despite the inconvenience of scheduling and remembering multiple visits.

In the first visit, I happened to share with her about my interest in running and that I intended to run a marathon in a few days. She was quite excited.

Over the next few sessions, while rendered speechless, I listened to her travails about running and how she could never adopt it. She intended to walk a 10k event.

No, the story doesn’t have an inspiring ending or anything like that. The moral is that one’s listening goes up a notch if one can’t do anything else physically and just lie there.


On demand

Recently, we had the need to clean up our garden. I was not able to maintain it during the Winter months. I called a few landscape companies and got quotations. Then I turned to TaskRabbit, a platform that I use often. I found Mario for a reasonable price and excellent descriptive reviews. His reviews convinced me to hire him ASAP. He did about 8 hours of work on our yard. Performed an excellent job. He told me that the platform provides him with work insurance, which I thought was a great benefit. That prevents churning away from the service to strike a 1-1 deal with the client.

While we all have our complaints about on demand services, it has truly transformed how we discover and hire professionals. Now, these platforms can be truly revolutionary if they can provide more benefits to their gig workers.

Stay safe. Avoid shaking hands for awhile. People will react funny when you withdraw your hand, but they will quickly thank you.

Finance Politics Wall Street

Corona Virus | Crash of 2020 | Liz Warren

The corona virus (COVID-19) is front page news across the world. Originating in Wuhan, it has now caused quite a havoc in the globe. Thousands of folks in Wuhan province are dead and less than a hundred rest of the planet.

China seems to have effectively shut down and has undertaken extreme quarantine in Hubei province. That has caused a disruption in the global supply chain.It took a while for big companies and Wall Street to realize it. Eventually on Feb 23/24 the market adopted a risk on mode and sold off substantially. But some folks had been warning that the bull market since 2009 was getting too ahead of itself and asked people to raise more cash. I did a little bit of that, but not enough as I think about it on the evening of Feb 25 2020.

Last Saturday, my wife and I attended a rally for Elizabeth Warren. Her debate performance impressed us a great deal and we decided to check her out in person. There was a huge crowd at the Seattle Armory. It was a nice feeling to stand in line with a diverse, peace loving, polite crowd. The “Dream Big, Fight Hard” chants drowned out a guy, who persisted in reading from some religious text, the origins of which I was not curious about. We had to settle for the overflow room and a big screen to watch and hear her. Elizabeth Warren is very articulate, knowledgeable, and a gracious person. As I write this, I am not sure if she will make the nomination, but hope we shall. In a few hours, there will be another debate from South Carolina. Let’s hope her fortunes continue to improve.

Trump visited India this week. I’m really appalled by the over the top red carpet treatment that Modi threw for him. It was big let down.

Meanwhile, Cheers on Netflix keeps us going to bed smiling.