Author: Haven Pell

Following our podcast about predictions for the coming year, long time reader and friend, Bob Timpson, sent me a set of predictions for the entire decade. The thought-provoking list was created by “VC from NYC.” Frazer Rice of “Wealth, Actually” and I used the list as an agenda for this podcast in which we reacted […]

I had to look up whether the impeachment trial was going to be televised. (It is.) With all the stories about how the Senators were to be put on silence and made to sit in their chairs while denied their cellphones, I briefly wondered if the TV cameras were also going to be barred. Of […]

I don’t know when I first heard that expression, but it was pretty early on. For me, its strength comes from three of the five words. The first is obvious. Substituting “lose” for the far better known “win” signals that something worth listening to – or at least unusual — is afoot. The next two […]

Say it isn’t so. The erudite (though sometimes a little starchy) Pundificator and his equally erudite podcast partner, Frazer Rice, are doing a podcast on what? MEGXIT: “The Pundificator” and “Wealth, Actually” take on the Royal Woes That is soooo Page Six. Besides, what can they possibly know about that? Sports maybe, but gossip? You […]

This is the fourth or fifth year of retirement skiing. I think I am getting better at it. Not the skiing; the organizing. If I can stay about the same on the skiing as I get older, that is probably not too bad. I don’t know how much the “visual” contributes to skiing, but it […]

I am most of the way through organizing a multi-week ski trip (mid-February to late March) so my mind is firmly on skiing, and you’ll be hearing more about it in the coming weeks. Nonetheless, I have not fully escaped my normal “What’s wrong? Let’s fix it” mentality. Today, that brings me to a comparison […]

It’s podcast time, and today Frazer Rice of “Wealth, Actually” and the Pundificator look back at 2019 to nominate our bests and worsts of the year. Last year, where would you have put Amazon, Kylie Jenner, the Federal Reserve Board, Internet regulation, Washington pro sports, the stock market, populism and political professionals? Better still, why? […]

I don’t read that many golf books because I am in the “keen about the game but not zealous” category. The apex of my golf zeal was a father-son trip to Bandon Dunes with my oldest, who was, at the time, uber zealous. We played 36 holes a day—two rounds on each of three courses—on […]

If you live in the Acela corridor (Boston to Washington with a major stopover in New York), the impeachment and election stories are difficult to avoid. Likely, the rest of the country spends far less time obsessing about both issues. For overseas readers, the Acela is our answer to high speed rail in the only […]