Well, it took me twelve years, but I finally drove Maura out of the business. OK, so maybe it wasn't all my fault, but she called today to tell me that she is leaving her company at the beginning of July. She's planning to take a few months off and then consider what she'd like to do next in the fall. She's been wanting to do this for a while, and now seems to be the right time.
We've had some wonderful travels together around the world: London, Paris, Monte Carlo, Cannes, Honolulu, San Diego, Seattle, Boston, Chicago, Orlando, San Francisco, Los Angeles. We've eaten in Michelan Three-Star restaurants, and enjoyed tasty "Mo-garitas" on her back deck. She has a long-standing e-mail correspondence going with my Mom, and we share two "nephews" who live outside of London. Even though we will still be good friends, I will sorely miss having her as a client.
So now they have to replace the accurately named Client From Heaven. Not an easy pair of shoes to fill, considering that Maura is pretty much Mary Poppins:
"Practically Perfect in Every Way."
Heading up to New York this afternoon for a dinner. In the meantime, I noted this headline with interest:
Microsoft Plans Toilets With Web Access
SEATTLE - Now on the way: "Surfing on the loo" with Internet access at portable toilets.
The iLoo being developed by the MSN division of Microsoft Corp. in Britain is a standard portable toilet — a loo to the English — with a wireless keyboard and extending, height-adjustable plasma screen in front of the seat.
There would also be a "Hotmail station" with waterproof keyboard and plasma screen on the outside for those waiting in line. MSN officials say they're negotiating for the manufacture of toilet paper imprinted with Web addresses that users may not have tried.
[Way too much information.]
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Quote du jour:
"I want to get out with my greatness intact."
-- Muhammad Ali (1942 - ____) US boxer
Announcing his retirement. The Observer, 4 July 1974
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