The month of April found me on my first cross-country
speaking and book-signing tour, with stops in Alabama, New Mexico,
and Virginia. The most unusual book promotion experience, though,
was my first radio spot. Imagine the sales surge from being the
featured guest on a New York City radio talk show. Actually, the
surge would have been better left to the imagination. Check out
the book tour and radio show in News Headlines, below.
A new feature of the newsletter begins this month
— Whining and Dining. This presents a noteworthy dining experience
Jill and I had during the month, with emphasis on upscale dining
in the D.C. area.
The Amazon top-500 author of No
Got To Be Kidding
Office workers at London's Waterloo Station
were recently asked a series of questions about security, including:
What is your password? Three quarters of the people simply blurted
out their passwords. An additional fifteen percent tried to hold
out but fell victim to trick questions. Only ten percent proved
sufficiently security conscious (or unhelpful) to keep their passwords
secret. Fat lot of good it did, their colleagues having already
sold the store.
This “survey,” as reported by John Leyden
in The Register, was conducted by the folks who organized the InfoSecurity
Europe 2003 conference. As for office ethics, the “majority
of workers (80 per cent) would take confidential information with
them when they change jobs and would not keep salary details confidential
if they came across them…. Two thirds of workers admitted
they had emailed colleagues illicit, unsavory pictures or dirty
jokes [with] 91 per cent of men [having sent] unsavory emails compared
to only 40 per cent of women.”
What this means is security that depends on
users will work about as well as a car with an independent steering
wheel on each tire. After all, the annoying thing about vehicles
is, they go where you point them.
Got To Be Kidding Archives
Last month’s clue revealed that seven
is lucky. This month’s clue is that good things come in threes.
For some diligent, persistent treasure hunter, these hints could
give enough information to solve a puzzle that probably has been
utterly out of reach until today.
This is a contest that will result in someone
winning $1,000. Remember, this is a game of skill and no purchase
I presented my first keynote
speech as a novelist right after a two-star general gave a strong
endorsement for No Outward Sign and an elegant Southern lady spoke
of the book’s steamy sex scenes. These followed my first in-person
interview with a journalist and my first bookstore-run signing,
where I shared a space with Barry Boehm, the software development
radio appearance came on 2 April. Had it come a day earlier,
it would have made more sense. Read how white male neoconservatives
sought world domination as terrorists shot down a space shuttle.
Other speeches followed in Albuquerque, New
Mexico, and Reston, Virginia. We took advantage of the trip out
West to do a drive-by tour of Santa Fe, Taos, and Albuquerque. Read
about the talks
She was pretty; the night was hot. While they danced, she took off
her blouse. She had on a red
bra. Bill, single at the time, asked her on a date. She griped
about her ex, but the more she said, the more Bill grew to like
When Bill and Jill figure out how to do streaming
audio, these Sound Bites will come alive.
Jill and I dine out at upscale restaurants as our main form of entertainment.
So when good friends recommended I include restaurant reviews in
this newsletter, the idea resonated. These mainly will be reviews
of restaurants in the D.C. area, so my apologies to those of you
who live in other places. You could of course arrange for a book-signing
in your area so that we can visit and do restaurant research. :-)
One of our favorite dining spots is about to vanish
— the Lounge at the Ritz-Carlton in Tysons II. Not many people
knew that patrons could order meals in the lounge and dine at modest
cost in one of the nicest rooms in the D.C. area. The lounge has
the style of a Victorian dining room, with elegant décor,
fine oil paintings, and even a crackling fire in Winter months.
Where else could you have a great burger or a halibut entrée
and listen to excellent live piano music or a combo? The one rub
was the wine, which ranged in price from $11.00 to $28.00 per glass,
with the one exception of Steven Kent Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon
at $8.50. We stuck with Steve, and the generous portions poured
by waiters we came to know well.
Unfortunately, management at the Ritz decided the
lounge was not taking in enough money. They decided to transform
the place into something Tysons Corner needs even less than SARS
— another steak place. Yee cripes! Within about a mile of
the Ritz are Capital Grill, Flemings, JR Stockyards, J Gilbert,
Mortons, Sam and Harry’s, and The Palm, most of them serving
up chunks of nearly raw meat in portions sized for a Tyrannosaurus.
Whatever else the decision might have been, it was not creative.
So this new segment of the newsletter begins with
an ending, a whiney rant at the loss of an old friend.
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