New Biz Model For Clothing Stores.

The success of “Rent The Runway,” an Internet site that allows you to rent every type of clothing imaginable, is starting to rub off on the retail community.

Express is one of the first women’s clothing chains that is encouraging customers to rent rather than buy. I heard other women and men stores will be offering rental plans very shortly.

I was shocked when I first learned about Express going rental because it just didn’t seem like a very practical move. I guess getting customers to pay a monthly membership for the ability to constantly rent, is a great way to keep the cash flowing.

I’m going to stick with ownership for the foreseeable future, but I bet we all will get sucked in to renting from one or two of our favorite retailers. All I can say is that store owners better have a super dry cleaning system, otherwise we are all going to be exposed to all kinds of germs.

Ouch!

Rocks In My Head

I fell in love with this sculpture on the grounds of the Bass Museum, Miami Beach.

I took this photo from my Lyft after a very early morning meeting. I see a face in each color.

I posted this photo on Facebook yesterday and a few hours later, my friend from Vegas, Frank Siciliano, replied that the same sculptures are in the desert 10 miles outside the strip.

The artist is Ugo Rondinone.

Frank and his lady Amy.


Seven Magic Mountains,

Las Vegas

Internationally renowned Swiss artist Ugo Rondinone’s Seven Magic Mountains is a large-scale site-specific public art installation located near Jean Dry Lake and Interstate 15, approximately ten miles south of Las Vegas, Nevada. Comprised of seven towers of colorful, stacked boulders it stands more than 30 feet high, 



Miami

Mountain 2016

Bass Museum


Permanent Collection

Stone, paint, steel.
42 X 12 X 12 ft.
Purchased through the John and Johanna Bass Acquisition Fund

Miami Mountain is the latest in the series and has been acquired by The Bass. The work, towering 42 feet tall, is permanently installed in Collins Park, on the corner of 21st Street and Collins Avenue. It is the first of its kind to be acquired by a museum and signifies the launch of The Bass’ new acquisitions initiative, a ten year program to acquire contemporary works into the permanent collection.


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Meeting The Woman Behind The Mister

See E.L. James on The View

https://youtu.be/gGvGN772AAw

I never read any of E.L. James’ books. I had absolutely no desire to do so even though she sold over 125 million copies worldwide, 35 million in the United States. They are classified as erotic romances.

The following trilogies that James is so well-known for are: Fifty Shades Of Grey, Fifty Shades Darker, and Fifty Shades Freed. Her latest book is The Mister.

When I heard that James was going to be interviewed by Mitch Kaplan of Books & Books at the Adrienne Arsht Performing Arts Center in Miami last week, I knew I had to attend. I wanted to meet the woman who was considered to have one of the sexiest minds in the world.

I looked around the room. Approximately 200 women and three men showed up for the event. Many of the women I spoke to were huge fans. They spoke of James like they personally knew her. They wait patiently for every new book. There was no question in my mind, after I saw most of the audience line up to get their books autographed, that many women today still have an active fantasy life. It doesn’t matter what their circumstances are.

I am amused by the pseudo intellects who say James is a terrible writer. She doesn’t claim to be Harper Lee or Jane Austen. She knows exactly who she is, a happy wife and mother who knows how to entertain other women who love to dream.

The Dead On Facebook

The strangest thing is going to happen to Facebook in the next 50 years. The Oxford Internet Institute says “the dead will outnumber the living” on the social media site.

It’s very possible that one to five billion Facebook users will have died by 2100.

That means the number of dead Facebook accounts will surpass the number of live accounts by 2070.

Digital lives exist forever.

“People can continue to interact with a person’s digital remains long after their physical remains have decayed.”

The OOI thinks that folks will start asking if their social posts should continue online after they’ve passed? “Who will make sure their accounts will be closed upon death?”

The OOI believes there might even be a “Facebook for the Dead.”

 

My Headline Highlights.

This is a partial list of what I read today. I wanted to share it with you. I’m sorry for the mixed (fonts) type. I spent hours trying to fix it. It’s a WordPress problem.

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A Rising Tide of Anti-Semitism


WeWork Files for I.P.O., Joining Wave of Cash-Burning Start-Ups in Going Public – The New York Times


At record-breaking 220 Central Park South, a unit just closed at $6,400 a foot

https://therealdeal.com/2019/04/29/at-record-breaking-220-central-park-south-a-unit-just-closed-at-6400-a-foot/


Airbnb, RXR are converting a portion of Rockefeller Center

https://therealdeal.com/2019/04/29/airbnb-rxr-are-converting-a-portion-of-rockefeller-center

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How many people visited the Wynwood Walls in March?

https://therealdeal.com/miami/2019/04/18/how-many-people-visited-the-wynwood-walls-in-march


We Take Pictures To Stop Time

I’m not telling you anything that you don’t know. The smartphone gave birth to the selfie. Everyone takes selfies, young and old. People are no longer embarrassed to stand alone, pose, and take a photo of themselves. While it’s a little weird looking, we all have come to accept this as proper social behavior.

The other night, Eliot and I watched a Netflix movie called Kodachrome. We had no idea what it was about, but we like to randomly pick movies. We later discovered from Wikipedia that it was a film during the final days of the photo development system known as Kodachrome.

A famous photographer/father, and his son, drove hundreds of miles to reach the Kansas photo lab before it closed its doors forever. The film is based on A.G. Sulzberger 2010 New York Times article about a dying father wanting to develop his photographs before the lab closed forever.

Ed Harris plays the famous photographer and Jason Sudeikis is his son. When they finally reach the lab, they meet other photo journalists who recognize the Ed Harris character. Being the revered photographer, Ed Harris provides his fans with some profound thoughts about photography.

I was so moved by what he said, I just felt like I had to document it. Here we go.

Here is the video clip that caught my attention and gave me an emotional tug.

https://youtu.be/Etj1nUJv4vg

Go ahead and take your selfies. Just remember to share them with others.

Amazon’s Order History

I met a person the other day who never ordered a thing from Amazon. Most people I know order everything from Amazon. They haven’t been inside a traditional store for years.

Here is a special treat for all Amazon lovers. You can now use a special Amazon tool to see everything you’ve ever ordered.

How scary is that?

Amazon just announced that “you can see what you paid for an item, when you ordered it, the vendor you purchased from and what payment method you used. You can also see returns and refunds by running a similar report.”

Instructions from Amazon!

  • Go to Amazon.com and log in to your account.

  • Tap “Account & Lists” on the top right.

  • Choose “Download order reports” under the “Ordering and shopping preferences” section.

  • Select a report type: “Items” is default and shows all shipments, but use the drop-down to switch to “refunds” or “returns.”

  • Select a start and end date.

  • Tap “Request report.”

Click here to read a CNBC story that gives you more details.

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I Second Bill Maher

I’m using my personal blog to express my anger against Bob Mueller. Bill Maher is the only one who had the guts to say it. Mueller failed America. Instead of holding Trump accountable, he left us with bread crumbs. What a big waste of time. Mueller wanted to remain a good guy at the expense of our future.

https://youtu.be/SBBrwEWWoB0