December 2009 Blog Posts (5)

Looking for Something To Do? Why Not Give Reading a Shot!

When I wrote this, it was snowing outside, thanks to the courtesy of winter storm Albert coming up the East coast. My town was fortunate to only get 12 to 16 inches. Some other areas of the state got over 24 inches. Due to my injury this past summer, I’m still recovering and medically forbidden from all strong twisting motions that may cause me to… Continue

Added by Gil Pizano on December 28, 2009 at 7:52pm — 1 Comment

An Annual Ritual: The Company Holiday Party

HolidayParty1 Today I went to an annual ritual enjoyed by many in the corporate world. Today was my company’s annual holiday party. Complete with raffles, cash bar and plenty of food, the atmosphere was ripe for mingling between colleagues. What I personally never fail to notice is how many people come to such parties and then basically sit by themselves with maybe one other colleague. At a similar company party many years ago, I asked one of my then colleagues, who told me he preferred… Continue

Added by Gil Pizano on December 21, 2009 at 7:39am — No Comments

Still Hobbling Around

I'm still on non weight bearing and am having to negotiate my knee scooter in treacherous weather conditions, since Chicago has been hit by the first winter storm of the season. I have been very fortunate that we've had so warm and dry a November, but have been dreading snowy and icy sidewalks. This morning was much better than was forecasted. It was only wet, but not slippery.

My recommendation to everyone is never break your ankle just in case anyone was considering it as a way to get a… Continue

Added by Leslie Kahn on December 9, 2009 at 11:12am — No Comments

The Week Ahead December 7 - December 11, 2009

Monday: October Consumer Credit Tuesday:

Wednesday: October wholesale inventories,

Thursday: October trade balance, Weekly initial jobless claims

Friday: November retail sales, October business inventories

Larson Notes: I was surprised at the drip in unemployment yet I am deeply concerned that construction has no backlog in projects and that there is no big [private sector construction going on. As government projects end so will… Continue

Added by Howard Larson on December 7, 2009 at 9:30am — No Comments

The Week Ahead November 30- December 4, 2009

Monday: Regional Manufacturing Surveys, Tuesday: Pending Home Sales, Auto Sales, Wednesday: Personal Income and Consumption, Thursday: Revised Productivity and Costs Friday: Crude Inventories, Weekly initial jobless claims, average workweek, average hourly earnings figures, Factory Orders

Larson Notes: Last week was a very interesting. While I was not expecting such nice numbers in home sales and employment. And even Black Friday showed a sales increase of .5%. I like the outlook… Continue

Added by Howard Larson on December 1, 2009 at 12:45pm — No Comments

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