My Tivo machine will be getting a day off today, as I attend the Lakers-Clippers game in person at Staples Center. Buddy Miner, a regular customer who became a friend (who said it can’t be done?) received some seats in a luxury box from his banker. Since Buddy and I watch a Lakers game on TV together every now and then, he thought of me.
It’s a Clippers home game. The funny thing is that the Game is the same, but if the Clippers host at Staples Center, it’s the best game of the season. If the Lakers host at Staples Center, it’s the worst game. So I’m going to the best game of the season. Thankfully, Kobe Bryant will be in the lineup despite suffering a dislocated finger in the last game.
The festivities start at Buddy’s penthouse(ish) condo in a downtown tower. He’s a big wine guy, so no doubt we’ll be drinking some $100 stuff like Hundred Acre or Pahlmeyer. Then off to the Box. Can’t wait!
It was a $55 day at Michael’s. Not much business. My best party was a 7-top of bankers. They were in conversation the whole meal, mostly about the bank bailout situation. I heard some things like, the next phase of bail out money is more likely to be deployed helping distressed mortgage holders. One said he didn’t think it would fly to take another round of money and have nothing to show for it to the public. In other words, he as much as acknowledged that the first $350 billion just disappeared, leaving ‘us’ no better off than before. They also discussed that the government wouldn’t take over the banking industry, as is happening to a large degree in other countries, because the People won’t tolerate it. They said that even if private takeovers don’t occur because they don’t make sense for the buying institution, the government is urging those institutions to continue with their diligence, because an opportunity might come up later through the government under better terms.
To their credit, it was a light meal – mostly salads and iced teas. No fiddling while Rome burns today.