Friday, April 25, 2008

Bug vs Windshield

If' you've got any gray hairs, you might remember the band Dire Straits and their song The Bug. In the realm of oil prices, the Commonwealth is the bug, and there are a lot of economic windshields speeding right as us, ready to squish us financially. That's the topic of today's column...and it ain't a pretty picture.

Friday, April 18, 2008


Although Taiwan and Saipan have long-standing economic ties, information for Taiwan-bound travelers is sparse. Here are a few observations from my first visit.

I don't usually wax enthusiastic about hotels, but this time around, I'll make an exception. Business travelers who want to stay in the airport (Taoyuan) area should be aware of Monarch Plaza hotel, it was quite a find and the staff helped make my trip a good experience.

Friday, April 11, 2008

Choices: Crunching numbers

In the April 11 edition of the Saipan Tribune, we crunch some numbers to get a feel for the relationship between choices, tradeoffs, risk aversity, and rewards...and thus solve the riddle presented in last week's column.

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Catching up: March 21, March 28, and April 4 column links

The dust has settled from my travels, so I can catch up on some column links now.

April 4: "Choices in life"

"A career bromide as worn as the steps to the Nauru Building goes like so: Do what you like to do, young man, and then your work won’t seem like work, life will be happy and, fortuitously, the money will flow into your pockets..."

Here's a link to the April 4 column

March 28: "Zoris"

"There are two kinds of people on Saipan: Those who have adopted zoris as their primary footwear, and those who haven’t..."

Here's a link to the March 28 column

March 21: "The dollar and credit bombs: Told you so!"

"For many years, I have warned Saipan Tribune readers that the U.S. dollar, and the pile of toxic debt it is built on, will all collapse in an ugly heap.

And it’s happening. Right in front of our eyes. It’s the stuff of global headlines right now. There will be time, a lot of time, later, to analyze the impact on Saipan, but today let’s just ponder the general situation..."

Here's a link to the March 21 column