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Our Consumer Electronics Show (CES) “Weekend”

Stanley Feld M.D.,FACP,MACE

As my readers know every year each of my sons and I go away, separately, for weekend. We love to hang out, catch up with each other and eat plenty of chocolate ice cream.

Brad, my older son, is venture capitalist involved in startup technology companies. I am a retired endocrinologist who is a nerd. I love computer technology.

My wife, Cecelia, insists that I would have gone into compute science rather than medicine if I understood its potential when I was in college.

In my day the computer was a pencil, pencil sharpener and eraser.

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My goal has always been to understand how everything works. I love to figure out trends and what will develop in the future.

This was the fifth year that Brad and I went to CES for 5 plus year. We walk the floor together and get a good feel for what is happening.

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Brad made a mistake thinking that the exhibition started January 4,2017. The only flight I could get on when I got my ticket to get in to La Vegas at a reasonable time from Dallas was a 7 am flight. It got me to Las Vegas at 8 am. However, he exhibition started at 10 am January 5th not January 4th.

It was no problem for me. I walked the entire Venetian Hotel and the Paris Hotel. My lunch was chocolate gelato.

Brad got to the Venetian with his partners Lindel Eakman and Ryan McIntyre at 2.30 pm.

Brad then negotiated a 3,000 square foot suite for the both of us. He gave up our two rooms for one.

We were happy and the hotel was happy because they were out of rooms. Now the Venetian Hotel had an extra room to sell.

We then walked from the Venetian to the Sands to get Brad’s registration badge.

On the way back to the Venetian for our afternoon nap stopped for my second chocolate ice cream of the day,

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Brad, Ryan, Lindel, Morris Wheeler (a venture capitalist friend of Brad’s) and I had great dinner at the Lake Side in the Wynn Hotel.

My problem was that no one would share a salad or entrée with me. I am a clean plate guy and had much too much food.

I became sleepy after the large dinner that ended at 9 pm Las Vegas time since I had been up since 4.30 am Dallas time.

However, walking back to the hotel I was ready for another chocolate ice cream.

Ces brad 3rd icecream copy

At 8.45 am Thursday we were on the bus to get to LVCC from the Venetian. Las Vegas transportation authority did not create a bus lane. The one and one quarter mile drive took one hour.

I was starving at 9.45 am. I had no breakfast. I found a Nathan’s Hot Dog stand. I bought a hot dog and a coffee. All I needed was the coffee. The hot dog was great. The coffee was undrinkable. I threw it away.

Ces brad 5 nathans copy

CES seems to grow each year. This year it covered 2.5 million square feet of showroom space. It is a formidable challenge to walk 2.5 million square feet and see all the products of all the vendors.

I covered 9 miles a day for 3 days according to my Fit Bit.

The largest venue is the (LVCC) Las Vegas Convention Center. The Sands Convention Center was the second largest venue.

LVCC was where the big guys hang out. This year the automated automobile dominated.

For the first three hours we went from exhibit to exhibit quickly.

Brad was forever looking for patterns of innovation. Every few feet someone stopped Brad to ask him a question.

Many wanted to take a picture of Brad with them. Many wanted to take a picture of Brad and me.

Brad and stan randomn pic

The autos in the exhibits were phenomenal. Some of the sensor technology was otherworldly.

I was most impressed with the 3 D printed motorcycle.

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A splendid exhibit at LVCC was a small exhibit by Sphero the creator of DB 8 and other Spheros one can control with a smart phone.

Brad is a major investor in Sphero, which originated as a TechStars start-up company.

We were led into the inner sanctum exhibit by Paul Berberian`, the CEO, to see the new products coming out in 2017.

There will be several new products that I believe will be big hits for both kids and adults in the next nine months.

The Sands Convention Center was the exhibit hall for all the start-ups and near start-ups exhibiting.

Eureka Park was where all the action and excitement was for me at CES.

Eureka park

Eureka Park was start-up heaven. This year CES outsourced Eureka Park’s development to TechStars. There were bout 600 vendors this year. Next year TechStars anticipates doubling the exhibitors in Eureka Park.

Brad was scheduled to interview James Park co-founder of Fit Bit at 1 p.m. After the interview I had my lunch in the TechStars green room. It was strawberry yogurt with a bunch of green and white TechStars M&M in the yogurt.

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So far it has been a terrible eating day.

After lunch we continued in Eureka Park until 4 pm.

Was anyone tired yet?

Anyone tired yet

We were scheduled to go to the YPO meeting in the LYNKS Hotel after Eureka Park.

Brad met a couple of people as a favor to YPO’s CEO.

The hotel was advertised as being only 1 hotel away from the Venetian. The problem was it was over a mile away from the Sands in the bitter cold. I was done when we got there.

The next get together was a Foundry Group get together in a Mexican restaurant at the Venetian. It was a lot of fun. I spoke to lots of people and met lots of new people.

I was on running on empty. The wonderful people at TechStars begged me to come to their dinner that I was invited to. I tried but had to bale out for a good night’s sleep.

After a great night’s sleep I was determined to have a mellow day. It just did not happen. There were too many things to see and absorb.

I went to Brad’s panel on Diversity.

Brad diversity

I spent a lot of time in the area of micro-sensors and their use. We have not seen anything yet folks.

The use in clothing and exercise clothing made my head spin

I also spent a lot of time in the Smart Home and Smart Lighting area.

The night before I left Dallas Cecelia and I watched a Netflix movie entitled IT with Peirce Brosnan. https://dvd.netflix.com/RoleDisplay/Pierce-Brosnan/11699.

It is about the building of a Smart Home and its consequences.

My wife will never let us have a Smart Home after that movie.

I have news for everyone. Singularity is here. We do not have to wait for an Artificial Intelligent world.

It is here and we are living it.

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Atlanta Weekend With Daniel

Stanley Feld M.D.,FACP,MACE

I love spending a weekend each year with each of my sons.

I have done that with Daniel and Brad once a year for at least the last decade.

Daniel picked L.A. this year then, he changed his mind. He wanted to go to Atlanta. He had Tech Stars business in Atlanta on Monday and Tuesday and his 25th Emory homecoming on Saturday.

He figured he would kill three birds with one stone. I would love mingling with young people (47 year olds) at the 25th college reunion.

The plan was to meet up on Friday afternoon at 2:30 pm at the Atlanta airport.

I would go to Atlanta Thursday morning and spend twenty-four hours with one of my best friends Dr. Albert Padwa, Professor Emeritus at Emory University, now an accomplished artist/sculptor.

Al and I have been buddies since the second grade at P.S.70 in the Bronx. We both went to Wade Jr. High School and Taft High School in the Bronx.

We competed with each other in a very friendly way. We were considered the smartest kids in the class.

We both went to Columbia College and graduated in the Class of 59. I went on to Medical School. Al got a PhD in Chemistry. He did that instead of medicine because he could not tolerate the sight of blood.

He became a famous free radical organic chemist at Emory University.

We have been pals for 73 years.

When Daniel went to Emory as an undergraduate Al and his wife looked after him.

Al and I spent a great day together going over old times and some old adventures.

First, we went to Emory’s chemistry building to see his mobiles. He has mobiles all over the new chemistry building. They are truly excellent.

Chem building Al
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Next, we went to his house to see his mobiles and stabiles. I fell in love with two of them. I think he will give me one of his stabiles for my backyard.

My sculpure

I showed Brad my pictures of Al’s work. He wants to buy one.

 

Brads sculpture

On Friday morning we went to Piedmont Park. Piedmont Park is one of the great botanical gardens in the world.

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Piedmont 2

The next morning we went to the Atlanta version of the New York City’s High Line, the Atlanta Beltline Eastside Trail.

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Beltline 1

Large Cities are finally figuring out how to make themselves livable.

On the trail we had lunch in an old reconditioned factory. I had a delicious shrimp roll.

Then, we then drove out to the airport to pick up Daniel. Al wanted to hang out with Daniel in the afternoon. We had a great time finding an ice cream parlor in Al’s neighborhood the Virginia Highlands.

As soon as we walked into the lobby we saw a bunch of Daniel’s fraternity brothers. I knew most of them. We shot the bull for a while (2 hours) before we ever got to our room.

We went downstairs immediately because we were now late in getting to Kenny and Lisa Feld’s house.

Kenny is my brother Charlie Feld’s son. Daniel is one year older than Kenny. I love Kenny and Lisa.

Brad is one year older than Jon, Charlie’s other son.

The boys spent many weekends together when Cecelia and I left town for a date weekend. Charlie and his wife took care of my kids. Each couple watched the other couple’s kids for date weekends.

We have a wonderful evening with them and their two kids, Sidney and Dillon.

Kenny then drove us to some bar near Virginia Highlands for the first official homecoming event. Daniel’s class had a bigger representation than most of the other reunion years.

The opening event was much different than my 25th Reunion at Columbia. I had fun at the Emory Reunion opening night. The noise was deafening.

We went back to the hotel via Uber. The Uber driver convinced me to download Waze. It is an excellent GPS. Waze is one hundred times better than the GPS in both my Lexus’. Lexus needs to learn something from them.

At ten am Saturday morning we were on the way to the World of Coca Cola. I have been to Atlanta several times but have never been to the World of Coca-Cola.

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Coke 1

My visits have always been for business. I never made time to visit Atlanta for fun. Daniel and I had a great time tasting all the Coca Cola products produced all over the world. Frankly, some of them were awful. However, I am sure they fit the taste of that individual country.

The most precious time was just talking to each other about life goals and our philosophy of life.

Next stop was a Mexican fast food place in downtown Atlanta. It was better than I had expected.

After lunch we walked across the park to the National Collegiate Hall of Fame. I did not know it existed. I enjoyed that very much.

I picked out the Columbia College helmet. We always had the worst team in the Ivy League. The museum had all the helmets of all the collegiate leagues and biographies of all the college stars in the Hall of Fame.

Columbia helmet

It was over 90 degrees when we went to the Emory Reunion Lawn Party. I was so hot I lasted only about an hour. The instructions I got to get back to the hotel were terrible. After a two-hour hike I stopped a woman to ask how far the hotel was from here. We got into a nice conversation as she started walking me to the hotel.

We passed her car on the way to the hotel. She said “why don’t I drive you to the hotel?”

I guess she saw how overheated I was and how horrible I looked. I accepted with great relief.

In the hotel room I took a cold shower. I remembered my days at Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas when someone would come into the ER with heat stroke and we put them in an ice cube filled bathtub.

I feel much better in ten minutes.

Daniel came home just before the next event. He needed a cold shower too.

Down to the lobby and off to Turner Field for the next event. It is all about reuniting will friends, some of whom you haven’t seen in 25 years.

The barbeque was good but not as good as Sonny Bryan’s or Dickey’s in Dallas.

The conversations were wonderful. Daniel’s classmates (men and women) were as dressed up as you can be in 2016.

I had a great time that weekend. In the hotel room Daniel and I talked for a while. I was off to the airport relatively early on Sunday having once again spending a wonderful weekend with one of my sons.

 

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Another Father Son Weekend

Stanley Feld M.D., FACP, MACE

Every year Brad and I go away somewhere to just hang out, eat a lot of ice cream and a couple of fancy meals. Daniel and I do the same drill on a separate weekend.

Both boys and I feel it is very good for our health and spirit. When they were teenagers and young men I felt good because I had the opportunity to teach them something when we were alone.

Those days are long past. I am the one that learns from them and their view of life. I relish the opportunity to just to be with them alone and talk about their life and their worldviews.

Brad and I can walk for hours just talking.

Brad always has me pick the city. This year I picked Chicago. I know Brad’s been to Chicago 100 times. He was the lead investor in Chicago based Feedburner and was on the board of directors.

I guessed Brad had never been on the Chicago Architecture Foundation River Cruise. I have done that tour three (3). It is a very educational experience. Brad knows a good deal about architecture but had never been on the Chicago River Cruise.

The cruise and the Chicago Cubs is the reason I picked a trip to Chicago.

We both got into Chicago about ten a.m. on Friday May 6th. I had a terrible time getting through security at DFW airport even with TSA Pre. I have had TSA Pre early on and never had a two block line at DFW airport. Something funny is going on with TSA.

The ride from O’hare was not bad because the driver took the side streets.

Brad booked two rooms at the Peninsula Hotel.

It was getting late after checking in, talking and playing with all the electronic toys in the room. We had tickets for a 1.00 p.m. River Cruise.

We had a quick lunch at Rosebud on Rush. I had eaten there before. The pasta was excellent.

Chicago May 6 Rosebud pasta

We then walked the mile to the River Cruise port just below the Michgan Avenue bridge.

As we walked over the bridge guess what we saw?

Chicago bridge tump

Donald Trump is ubiquitous even in Chicago. Actually, this is the first building the tour guide told us about.

The Wrigley building is a wonderful building. It was the first building we went into after the boat tour because it has a Ghiradeli ice cream store.

Brad and I usually have chocolate ice cream twice a day during our weekends together.

Chicago Ghardeli

Let us get back to the River cruise. The cruise gives one the opportunity to see Chicago and the tremendous architecture along the riverfront from a viewpoint one never sees on the city streets. Chicago has done a wonderful job it showing what can be accomplished using the riverfront as an asset for revitalizing g a city.

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Chicago Wrigley Building

Chicago river boat building 1

Chicago building Grand Avenue

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Chicago 4a

Chicago 5a

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I think I have made my point. This is a tour that should not be missed.

After our ice cream we walked the mile back to the hotel. Along the way we stopped in a few stores. We stopped in Disney’s store to see the BB-8 display, the Garmin store, the Nike store, and the Under Armour store.

Along the way we talked politics, philosophy, economics and life in general.

It was time for a half hour nap. Brad and I are both experts on napping. He claims I taught him how to nap.

Next we were off to Swift and Sons for dinner. We met Brad’s friend Jeff Hyman for a drink at Swift and Sons before dinner. I love meeting Brad’s friends. I always learn a lot from them. Brad had invested in one of Jeff’s companies a while ago.

After drinks Brad and I had dinner and talked more. After dinner we were trying to figure out where to have chocolate ice cream. A chocolate ice cream sundae just showed up for both of us with the following note from Phil Nadel of Florida.

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Our Chocolate Ice Cream

Chicago  swift on sons Phil nagel
The note was in response to Brad’s blog post pre our Chicago trip in which he said,

My only regret about my father son trip with my dad is that we’ve only been doing it for a decade. I wish we had started 40 years ago. If you are a father and your son is at least ten years old, I strongly encourage you to consider this tradition. If you are a son and you are at least 20 years old, I encourage you to take the initiative and just start doing this with your dad.”

I second this comment. I also suggest you open Brad’s link and read the comment section.

On Saturday morning Brad went for a long run along Lake Michigan. I intended to go for a short run (3 miles). I went outside. It was 48 degrees with a strong wind coming from the north. I went back into the Peninsula Hotel and up to its exercise room. It was good enough for me.

Chacago 8 a Brad Run

Next was the Chicago Cubs game. The game started at 3 p.m. Brad’s partner Jason Mendelson arranged a 12.30 pm tour of Wrigley Field for us.

We had to go to Giardino Pizza which was right across the street on Rush. I had forgot it takes forever to cook a Giardino’s Pizza. We had to down the pizza, then get an Uber to get us to Wrigley Field in time for the tour.

The pizza was great but the eating experience was lousy.

We met our tour guide in front of the Ernie Banks statue.

Chicago Earnie Banks statue

I look a little stuffed because I had all the clothes I brought in my suitcase on for the game. I wore three undershirts, two button down shirts, one cashmere sweater and a Cubs T shirt.

Brad was still shivering from his run on the lake. He went to the Cubs store and bought a sweatshirt hoody and hat.

Chicago Brad new clothes

The guide took us all around the ballpark showing us the renovations historical elements and collected mementoes.

Chicago mememtoes

The Cubs have been a perennial losing team. In the last few years, under Manager Joe Madden, the Cubs become a pennant contender. On May 7th they had the best record in their division and in all National League divisions.

Thanks to Jason Mendelson and his friendship with the Cubs present owner Brad and I had the best seats in the house. We had a chance to see how Joe Madden manages the team.

Chicago Joe Madden

It was a fabulous game. The National were first in the eastern division. The lead changed hands 3 times during the game. The Cubs beat the Washington Nationals 8 to 5 in a superbly managed baseball game by both Joe Madden and the Nationals Dusty Baker.

Chicago ball park hitter

Chicago catcher

Chicago batters box

Both managers used almost their bench.

After the game we had dinner at Coco Pazzo with Troy Henikoff (who runs Techstars Chicago) and his wife Kristin (a Columbia College graduate and lawyer). They are two lovely people. The conversation was stimulating. I always learn a lot from Brad’s friends. Thank you Brad.

We walked a mile and a half from Coco Pazzo to the Peninsula at 11 pm. It was warmer than the game time temperature.

We were tired but we are heading home in the morning.

This last picture is at the airport after another unforgettable weekend with Brad.

Chicago airport picture

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Cecelia Feld: Colorful Abstract Collages

By Cassie Rief in Featured Artists  EmptyEasel.com   January 14, 2015

“Hi Cassie

 I have been married to Cecelia for 52 years. She is a great woman as well as a very talented artist.

 I fell in love with her 56 years ago because of her wonderful personality, great looks and exquisite sensitivity for the joy of life.

She has a phenomenal ability to express this joy of life through her abstract art.

Cassie, you picked that up in your excellent description of her work.

I was a pre-med student with a fine arts concentration at Columbia College in NYC.  I took all the courses related to abstract art from 1900 to 1959 offered at   Columbia College and audited courses given at Barnard College.  I was fascinated by abstract art. I graduated from Columbia College  in 1959.

I graduated with a good understanding of abstract art.

Many people do not understand abstract art. 

 I would like to publish excerpts of your article about Cecelia, with your permission, in my blog Repairing the Healthcare System, to give my readers an understanding of the meaning of Cecelia’s abstract work. 

Your analysis of her art is right on target.

On August 27, 2015 Cecelia is going to have an opening of an exhibit of some of her work on the Colorado University campus in conjunction with the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art.

 Your excellent article on EmptyEasel.com  will be a good introduction to Cecelia’s exhibit.

 Stanley Feld M.D.,FACP,MACE”

 

“Hello, Stan!

I would be more than happy to give you the “go ahead” to publish whatever you’d like from my article as long as you would cite either myself or EmptyEasel as your source

 Thank you for being so kind as to ask first. I’m thrilled you enjoyed my article and interpretation of Cecelia’s art, which is wonderful. I hope your readers find a better appreciation and understanding of her art through the article.

Please take care!

Cassie Rief”

 http://emptyeasel.com/2015/01/14/cecelia-feld-colorful-abstract-collages/

Cecelia Feld: Colorful Abstract Collages

By Cassie Rief in Featured Artists  EmptyEasel.com   January 14, 2015

 “Artist Cecelia Feld of Dallas, Texas, feels strongly about the art of conversation, especially when it’s her artwork telling the story!

Cecelia says that when color, line, shape and texture are in conversation with one another, it brings about a lively, energetic quality to the composition.

Her collages typically combine several repurposed prints (etchings, monotypes, and collagraphs) with found paper. She then often paints on the paper, using acrylics to anchor and frame each collage.

“Travel, near and far, has always provided inspiration for my art,” Cecelia said. “Through painting, printmaking, collage and photography, I interpret the world around me.”

 Let’s take a look, shall we?

In the collage below, yellow, green, and blue colors accent loose, squiggly paint smears that surround and incorporate a variety of images cut into several different geometric shapes.

Cecelia 1

As I look, I find myself trying to pick out individual elements of the collage before realizing the totality of the piece is what makes it so vibrant.

Being able to identify a stylish bracelet here, a chandelier there gives the collage a sense of avant-guardism, but the energy of the piece is at its best when enjoyed as a whole.

Cecelia definitely loves to incorporate half-circles into her work, and I think it’s particularly successful in Have Map, Will Travel because it draws the viewer in and out of the collage, shaking up the idea that artwork must fit within certain parameters.

Cecelia 2

The color combinations in this collage work especially well together, featuring spicy cinnamon hues, plum, and mint shades, all of which are soft, warm and inviting.

Lovely inklings of periwinkle are sprinkled deftly throughout the collage, while gentle curves mimic the slightest winding road, in essence, bringing a map to life.

Lastly, large brushstrokes swirl and arch in a flourish in Springtime Suite 3, where all the colors of spring have awoken from a winter’s dream and are bursting forth like a bouquet of daisies, tulips and baby’s breath.

Cecelia 3

Spearmint green abounds energetically throughout this collage, leaving a bright, playful trail that links everything together.

An angled box to the left of the painting is the focal point, where various items encircle a luxurious green and gold chalice found resting comfortably deep within the collage.

Of course, any review of Cecelia’s work wouldn’t be complete without a mention of her beautiful photographs, which touch the soul and tell of the widespread places she’s been and the unforgettable people she’s met along the way.

I encourage you to take a minute to view the rest of Cecelia’s work on her website.

www.studio7310.com

I hope this short tutorial helps explain the joyful message in Cecelia’s Abstract Art.  

Cecelia combines color, form, line and texture into compositions to evoke joyful emotional responses.

I hope to see as many of you as possible at the Mackey Auditorium Gallery on the Boulder CU campus from 6.00 pm to 7.30 pm Thursday August 27, 2015.

To those of you who cannot come go to Cecelia’s website www.studio7310.com and use Cassie Rief’s tutorial as a guide to heighten your enjoyment of Cecelia Feld’s work.

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It’s Daniel Time!

Stanley Feld M.D.,FACP,MACE

Readers of this blog know I try to spend a weekend each year alone with each of my sons Daniel and Brad.

I spent Memorial Day weekend with Daniel. Both my boys are great kids. Actually, they are not kids any more. Daniel is 46 and Brad is 49.

 I feel like a kid when we hang out together.

 Last weekend was “Its Daniel Time.” We met up in Chicago on Thursday afternoon and walked like crazy from Thursday afternoon until Sunday morning.

Each day was more than a 15,000 steps according to my FitBit. Each day I jumped when the buzzer went off at 10,000 steps.

We stayed at the Hotel Chicago, which is located in a great spot. It is right next to Marina City and the House of Blues.  

 My flight was late. I arrived at the hotel at 4.15 pm. There was no time for a nap.

 We hit the street and ended up at Joe's Steak and Seafood Grille without a reservation at 5.30 pm without a reservation.  It was packed. Who would think the first table was at 9.30 pm.  We were lucky and got a table at the bar.

We ate relatively light in anticipation of what lay ahead. We each ordered a main entrée. It was a mistake because it was too much food for each of us.

 The weather was perfect. It was 65 degrees and no wind. We decided to walk the two miles down Rush Street to North St, then to 1606 N Wells and Second City.

The Second City show was as good as it has ever been. The actors were as clever as I have seen. Laughter is therapy.

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 Daniel and I experienced almost three hours of continuous laughter. We were so exhausted from laughing that we had to take a taxi back to the hotel. Next we had to find chocolate ice cream at 11:30 p.m. to complete the day.

 No one at the hotel or in the street knew of a nearby ice cream parlor. We had to settle for Smith and McCormick Steakhouse’s “Gigantic Chocolate Cake” and two scoops of chocolate ice cream.

Dan Gigan cho cake
 

Friday began at 7 a.m. with exercise. Daniel went to the gym and I stretched in the room with the rubber band.

We did not have breakfast on Friday, just coffee in the room. The next stop was the Chicago Architecture Foundation River Cruise.

 I have taken the Chicago Architecture Foundation’s River Cruse.  Ride several times over the years during my visits to Chicago. It is great. It is a must for any reader has not done it.

  Dan First lady Chicago

In more than 40 years there have been many architectural changes on both sides of the Chicago River. The River Cruise gives you an understanding its evolution and it place in the history of urban planning in Chicago.

The last time I was in Chicago with Daniel on a father son trip it was at the end of March and the tour was not closed for the winter.

At that time we did one of the many architectural walking tours the Chicago Architectural Foundation does in the city. It, too, was great.    

You cannot beat a sunny 60 degree morning on the Chicago River cruise.

Next we walked to Millennium Park.

All this time Daniel and I are talking about life in general, family, politics and the future. These discussions are the most fun for me. It results in a one on one interaction and bonding with my son.

Millennium Park is a brilliant treasure in the middle of downtown Chicago. This time we concentrated on the Cloud Gate sculpture.

  Cloud Gate

We took selfies and our distorted reflection. Who said you are only a kid once?

  Dan Selfie

It was lunchtime and we were hungry. Twenty-five years ago I had pizza in a small restaurant called Giordano’s near the Watertower. I remembered the “Chicago Deep Dish Classic.”  They now has 16 restaurants in the Chicago area.

Giardo pie
 

Only in America!

We met Don Loeb, V.P. of Development at TechStars who works with Daniel who is V.P. of Operations at TechStars. Our “Chicago Classic” was great. Our animated discussions about Repairing the Healthcare System was an added bonus.

After the pizza we had to have a chocolate ice cream fix.

Dan don stan Baskin Rob
 Dan,Stan,Don at Baskin/Robbins Chicago May 23,2015

We found a Baskin and Robbins two blocks away. Someone ought to tell Mayor Emanuel that downtown Chicago needs a fancy ice cream parlor. Ghirardelli Chocolate Co is the only one we could find on Michigan Avenue.

It was 3.30 pm. It was back to the hotel for naptime. I wanted to cover more territory but we both ran out of gas.

After a beautiful nap we were off to Big Mike’s, Mike Ditka’s Steak House. Daniel and I shared a steak, baked potato and broccoli. It was delicious.

  Ditkas

We were so full. We could have Ghirardelli’s ice cream sundae just yet so we walked about a mile north on Michigan Avenue  and then turned back to Ghiradelli’s.

Ghardel
 

Decedent,Indeed. Oh hell, it’s a father son weekend.

  Dan ic@ ghira

After that we walked from the Water Tower back to Hotel Chicago for the end of the Cleveland Cav’s game and sleep.

Sunday morning was the Memorial Day parade. Before the parade we walked to The Merchandise Mart. We walked in the Mart for about an hour. Then we headed for the new Boeing Building to buy something in the store. It was closed.

 It was 11 am and the parade was to start at noon. We started back to get a good place to watch the parade. It was a nice Memorial Day parade. We only got a glimpse of the mayor because he and his people rushed by to start the parade. I was disappointed. It should have been a grand entry.

  Dan Mem para skyscr

After the parade a light lunch a little more walking around. Daniel decided it was naptime.

Tonight we were going to see Rain and their tribute to the Beatles.

Rain

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We walked to the theater and back. All we could find was another Baskin and Robbins for another hot fudge sundae to complete the day.

 

We had to get up early to get an early morning flight so we did not go into the House of Blues.

 

If you have not tried this kind of weekend with your kids, one kid at a time, I recommend it. It is a prescription for good health.

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The Gourmet Group, a.k.a “Gourmet”

Stanley Feld M.D.,FACP,MACE

Last Saturday night our Gourmet Club met for the 350th time since 1971. We started as five couples. The men started their medical practices in Dallas, Texas in the summer of 1970.

One couple, unfortunately, died and so now we are four couples.

Four fifths of us did not know any one in Dallas when we arrived. We all met at a newcomer’s party organized by one of the national medical school fraternities. We were all invited even though none of us were fraternity members.

The five couples hit it off instantly. The woman got together. They thought it would be a good idea to start a five couple Gourmet Group. They wanted to become gourmet cooks.

They all became gourmet cooks. The Gourmet Group’s dinners are the best dinners in Dallas.

Last week I realized the wonder of the Gourmet Group when I was in our kitchen at clean up time. The guys were washing the multitude of dishes a four course gourmet diner generates.

In the beginning, Gourmet’s goal was to prepare a meal from every country on the globe and every region of the United States.

The women would have Gourmet planning. They brought cookbooks and cooking magazines (i.e. Bon Appetit, Food and Wine, Gourmet), and decided on the country or region. Men were not allowed to attend. These meeting lasted up to four hours. I have no evidence but I think they must have discussed more than just the menu.

The houses are rotated in alphabetical order. The hostess does the main dish. The previous hostess brings the wine and bread.  Now that we are down to four couples the previous hostess might have to prepare one of the courses.

In recent years, with all of us traveling as much as we do, Gourmet planning has been eliminated. The hostess plans the menu and gives out assignments.

All the meals remain as interesting as they were forty-three years ago. These women are serious cooks.

The couples all feel that we are extended family.

We watched all our kids grow up, go off to college, get married, start their professional life and have their own kids. We are watching these kids grow up. We celebrate life cycle events.

We celebrate some holidays together. We have traveled together.

We schedule dinner about every four to six weeks. The rule is to not schedule anything once the date is set. If a change is essential the couple responsible for the change has to coordinate the new date since the firm date was scheduled when everyone was at the previous dinner.

During dinner we eat, have a couple of bottles of appropriate wine, catch up on our lives, travel, our kids and their kids and sometimes politics.

We are close friends and try to get together as often as possible in addition to the “official “ Gourmet Group's dinners.  

Gourmet has been a wonderful life experience for all of us. I would like to encourage others to start a Gourmet Group like ours.

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Spring Cleaning

Stanley Feld M.D., FACP,MACE

Last week Cecelia decided it was time to do a little Spring Cleaning. It is true that I had promised her two years ago I would get up in the attic and get rid of the things I do not want.

I was amazed to discover what we have accumulated over a 44 year time period. Some of my friends have told me it is imperative that families move to another house every 10 years to get rid of all the junk you save.

Once you sell the house you have to empty the attic. That’s when you throw away all the junk you accumulated over the ten-year period.

I tried to do just that after we built our house and lived in it for five years. Brad was 11 and Daniel was 7 at that time.

Cecelia and I had custom designed a wonderful contemporary house. It has multiple great spaces and large glass windows in the front and the back. There were not many contemporary houses in Dallas at that time.

Contemporary houses are less rare now.

When we told Brad and Daniel of our plan to sell the house they said this is our house. "You cannot sell it. We have our initials in the driveway!'

"They said we love the neighborhood. We do not want to leave our friends or our schools."

 Actually, I was not unhappy about this reaction. A new house would mean either the stress of building or remodeling a house as well as a higher mortgage. A bigger house would mean we would have to move to a smaller property when the kids left for college and beyond.

My potential destiny would be to move into a condo. Condos were getting popular in Dallas Texas at that time.

So we stayed in “our house “ for the next 39 years. We are still going strong. I have no desire to move into a condo.

I was brought up in an apartment building in the Bronx. I remember the smells of many of our neighbors’ dinners. I remember the sounds of the music they played in their apartments.

A Columbia College classmate went on to become an architect as I went on to become a physician.

At dinner one night we had a discussion about New York City condos.

Cecelia and I were still thinking about settling in New York City.

His impression of condo living was that the condos were homes piled on top of one another.

He zoomed in on condos. He said if you think about them they are similar to shelves at a supermarket piled on top of one another. The people are like cans of food on a shelf.

The analogy has stuck with me since it fit how I felt living and growing up in the apartment in the Bronx.

Many years later one of my Dallas friends asked for my opinion about condo living.

Wrong question.

I did not even think that he had decided to downsize and buy a condo.

I told him about my classmate’s analogy to living as cans on a shelf in a supermarket. He was not pleased with that analogy. He had decided to buy a condo.

He has thrown it up to me at least 100 times over the years. I felt terrible I told him about this analogy. I have never used the analogy since.  

I am still in my house. He did not grow up in an apartment building in the Bronx.

Let me continue with Spring Cleaning.

I am very fond of saving things from the past for historical reasons.

I started Brad on an excellent stamp collection. We had sheets and every end block of stamps issued in 1976 celebrating the 200th anniversary of the founding of the United States.

Brad has no interest in stamps now.

He has kept all the early computers we bought including the original Apple II, the first McIntosh computer and the first Compaq portable computer. He has them in his computer museum. I have about ten more to send him for his collection.

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Apple II                         MacIntosh               Compaq portable (60 pounds

Cecelia and I gave the stamp collection to our granddaughter.

I taught Brad and Daniel how to collect baseball cards in the 1970s. Somewhere in the attic there are five shoeboxes full of 1970 cards that are preserved in mint condition. I will find them some day. They are probably very valuable to card collectors.

I couldn’t believe the things I found wrapped up and stored in the attic.

1. The Royal typewriter I used in college to type papers. It still works even though the ribbon is a little dry.

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2. My Zeiss medical school microscope along with the bill of sale. It was $300. Three hundred dollars was a fortune in 1959.  

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3. A Pachinko machine. The family spent many hours playing with it.

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4. A Red IBM Selectric typewriter.

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5. Almost every suitcase we ever owned.

6. A brass bed set I bought in anticipation of buying a ranch someday. I got them very cheap.

7. Boxes and boxes of checks, check statements and receipts from the 1970’s 1980s and 1990s.

I can go on forever. There were three finds in the attic that were extremely nostalgic.

The first was my appointment scheduling books from 1970,1971 and 1972. I used a Histicount system inclusive of billing and bookkeeping. The scheduling books represented my first three years practicing Clinical Endocrinology exclusively.

Those appointment books represented my building of a Clinical Endocrinology practice.  In the early 1970 there were few physicians in America practicing Clinical Endocrinology exclusively.

At that time over 70% of the nation did not know what a Clinical Endocrinologist was or what he did. Most could not pronounce Endocrinology.

In 1990 the formation of the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists put Clinical Endocrinology on the medical specialist’s map.  

The appointment book was almost empty when I started in 1970.

At the end of 1972 the appointment book was completely filled.

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2. Most of my friends will tell you I am a gadget guy. Mobile telephones intrigued me. I got most all the “hot telephones” and saved them for future historical reasons. What was I thinking?

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In recent years I stopped saving the phones. Cecelia convinced me that saving all this obsolete junk was ridiculous. I took this picture of them and their wires. It made me smile. Cecelia will find out how to appropriately dispose of them

3. Prior to the smart book and smart phones I used a date book to tell me where I was suppose to be and when I was suppose to be there. These date books are also going.

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There are three take home points to make here.

 1. Always listen to your wife. She knows best.

 2. If they are in the attic you never use them and you forget that you have them.

 3. The attic is less cluttered. The kids are only going to throw everything out when you are gone.

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Father Son Weekend With Daniel

Stanley Feld M.D., FACP,MACE

 

On Halloween Cecelia and I
flew to Denver. We wanted to share Halloween with our granddaughter.

They do trick or treat up big
in Boulder. Everyone was in costume. We wanted to share her thrill of trick or
treating. It was so cold and windy that Cecelia and I lasted less than an hour.

Sabrina lasted two and a half
hours. She was dressed as a ninja. I was dressed as a Boston Red Sox player.
Cecelia wore a fancy mask.

Friday night Cecelia had an
exhibit opening with reception at Artwork Network Gallery in Denver. Brad, Amy,
Dan Laura and Sabrina came to the show. Cecelia and her art were eloquent.

Friday night was a beautiful
fall night in Denver. It was Gallery Walk Night in the Denver Arts District.
Hundreds of people turned out for Cecelia’s show.

Cecelia was there from 5-9pm.
The rest of us went to the Smokehouse at 8pm. When they dropped me off at 9pm
the gallery was still packed. 

We were in the car and back
to Boulder at about 9:45 pm. The gallery was still going strong.

Daniel and I were out of his
house at 7:30 am for our annual Father/Son weekend.

Daniel and I and Brad and I
usually go on one weekend a year. We usually fly to some city and bond with
each other. We do more talking and eating than anything else.

One activity is required. We
must work out each morning first thing.

This year Brad and I are
going to Blytheville,Arkansas, the town of his
birth, when Cecelia and I were in the

Air Force. I must say we have
been warned by people that Blytheville is not much these
days. We are ignoring everyone.

This year because of Dan’s
schedule, we went to Denver. It was Cecelia’s idea.

Our first stop was Zaidy’s in
the Cherry Creek shopping area
. The parking lot was packed at 8:3am.  

Zaidy’s was a pretty good
deli. We shared a pastrami and egg white omelet with an order of potato latkes.
My mother and Cecelia make better potato latkes. The sour pickles were very
good.

We talked and talked for over
an hour at the table. It was then warm enough to go outside. As a Dallasite, I
am not used to being 35 degrees on November 2.

After breakfast we then walked
the shopping area all the while talking about the meaning of life.

It was about noon and time to
check into the Hyatt at the convention center.

We got our room early. Our
goal was to walk and continue our conversation. We were off to Larimer Square. At about one o’clock neither of us felt hungry after the Zaidy's
breakfast so we did not go for a big lunch.

I wanted to take Dan to the
Clyfford Still museum. He had not been there yet. Cecelia and I went to the
Clyfford Still museum with Todd Siler when it just opened. It is a gem. It my
book it is one of the best museums in the country.

The museum sits in the shadow
of the Denver Art Museum. The DAM is about 10 times larger than the Clyfford
Still Museum. Everyone knows size does not matter. Clyfford Still was a genius.
It is hard to understand his genius when most museums have only one Still. The
piece is usually out of context. This exhibition is still a blockbuster even
though many of the paintings were different the second time around.

Daniel and I walked back to
the hotel after the museum. We had an early dinner at John Elway’s. We walked
another mile and a half to the restaurant. We split the steak at Elway’s and
then walked and talked to the Pepsi Center where the Denver Avalanche was playing
the Montreal Canadians. We had great seats.  

I am not a big hockey fan but
I had a great time for 2 of the 3 periods.

I was 10 pm and we had to
leave before all the ice cream parlors closed. We walked back toward the hotel
looking for ice cream. We finally found a café, diner, and coffee shop about
two blocks from the Hyatt. We did not know what we were getting our selves
into. However the place made a great hot fudge sundae.

It was so good we decided to
have breakfast there on Sunday. FAT chance. We got there at 8:30am. There was a
one and one half hour wait for breakfast in a downtown café, diner, and coffee
shop on a Sunday morning. Where did all the people come from?

We went back to the Hyatt and
had breakfast in the three quarters empty hotel dinning room.

Daniel and I checked out of
the hotel and drove to the Denver Museum of Art to meet the girls for the exhibit
Court
to Café: Three Centuries of French Masterworks from the Wadsworth Atheneum
 and Passport to
Paris
.

Passport to Paris was much better than Court to Café but all
five of us had a good time.

 No one was hungry at 1pm. We drove back to Boulder and had a
small bite at Chili’s.

 The weekend with Daniel was a roaring success.

 Sunday night we met Brad and Amy for dinner at Mateo’s in
Boulder.

 Cecelia and I love being with our kids.

 I cannot tell you how lucky we feel.

 

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A Weekend With Brad

  Stanley Feld M.D.,FACP, MACE

 Every year Brad and I spend a
weekend in some city just walking around bonding with each other.
We try to
solve the world’s problems. We talk about everything from life in the present
to life in the future.

 It is truly a great
experience for me. I learn more from him than he learns from me. Our roles are
reversed at this stage of life. He is now my mentor.

 Last week he expressed
interest in going to visit his place of birth, Blytheville Arkansas, for our
2014 weekend.

 I have many wonderful stories
about Blytheville Air Force Base and its 851st Medical Division. My
first is:

  Drafted
Into The Air Force 1965

 On February 13, 1965, President Lyndon Baines Johnson
authorized Rolling Thunder, the sustained bombing of North Vietnam. With
Rolling Thunder, the Vietnam War officially escalated.

Even though I received a Berry Plan exemption to complete my
Internal Medicine training, I was drafted to active duty when the war escalated.

My orders said to report to Blytheville Air Force Base
Hospital, 851st Medical Group on July 1,1965.

I found out who to protest to. The Major General I spoke to
in Washington said, “Sorry son, America is at war.”

Cecelia was pregnant with our first son, Brad. He kicked for the first time in Smokey Mountain National Park. Cecelia screamed and I almost went off the road.

Physicians practicing
at the hospital found out through the grapevine that I was going to be
stationed in Blytheville, Arkansas. Many just looked as if they pitied me for
my bad luck.

Stanley Gittleson M.D. a practicing pediatrician at the
hospital, came up to me in the hall one day and said he heard I was going to be
stationed at Blytheville Air Force Base in Arkansas. I said, “Yes.”

He said,

My
roommate at Cornell University came from Blytheville, Arkansas. His parents
lived there because his father was a civil engineer who had a government
contract to build the Bayous along the Mississippi River from St Louis to 200
miles south of Memphis.

 Jerry Cohen was brought up in Blytheville. His
father sent him east to his alma mata, Cornell for college and graduate school.
Jerry wanted to become a civil engineer and join his father’s construction company.

At
Cornell Jerry met a girl from New London Connecticut. After graduate school Jerry
and Huddy married.  Jerry convinced Huddy
to move to Blytheville, Arkansas.”

Stanley Gittleson said “They
are two great people. They will welcome you and Cecelia to Blytheville.

Just call him up and say, “ Gittleson sent you.”

 
Cecelia and I were nervous about going to Blytheville,
Arkansas. We were two kids who grew up on the streets of New York. We had never
traveled anywhere except to the Catskill Mountains in New York State during our
familys’ summer vacations.

We were immediately relieved to know all we had to do was
call and say “Gittleson sent us.”

It was exactly what I did the first afternoon we got there.
Jerry said in his charming southern accent, “Why don’t you guys come over to the house tonight for dinner.”

Jerry, Huddy and their two girls took us in as family
immediately. They were at our side during Cecelia’s pregnancy. Huddy was right
there at the Air Force Base Hospital as we waited for Brad’s birth on December
1, 1965.

As it turned out, Blytheville Arkansas was a great
experience  that neither of us will
forget.

I look forward to visiting Blytheville with Brad in 2014. We
will stay in Memphis for the weekend.

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