June 08, 2007

Not easily star struck, but. . .

Last night was cool. I got an invite earlier in the week to attend The Economic Club of New York's Centenial Celebration dinner at the Waldorf Astoria hotel last night. I am glad I overcame my initial reluctance and pulled the tuxedo down off of the back of the office door (doesn't everyone keep the full black tie get up at work?) and toddled off to the Waldorf.

New York is a place where everyone comes to or through. You can argue the comparative merits of living in Atlanta or Houston or Santa Monica, sure. But at the end of the day, they ain't NY. You just don't get the volume of interesting people passing through as you do in NY.

Take last night for example. I got to listen to Condi Rice talk about American Realism in foreign policy, Alan Greenspan as he compared JP Morgan's actions during the 1907 crash with his own actions during various other crashes, Paul Gigot from the Wall Street Journal, Lionel Barber from the Financial Times, and Pete Peterson of the Blackstone Group.

Rice was particularly interesting. I'm going to vote for her for President, by the way, should she ever seek the office. She noted that if she finishes her term as the 66th Sec. of State, and this is not a justification for affirmative action, that it will have been 12 years since the United States has had a white, male Sec. of State. I am still chuckling over that.

That was really pretty darn cool.

Posted by Random Penseur at June 8, 2007 02:58 PM | TrackBack

Wow, that sounds great.

Posted by: Holly at June 9, 2007 07:40 AM

There are times I think I should have a segment in my blog entitled Glitterati of The Day and then proceed to name who I've seen on the street. But since I don't like to gossip, other than reporting what they were wearing, there really wouldn't be anything else to say, so why bother.

But to me it sounds like you had the kind of intellectually rich evening I would kill for -- metaphorically speaking of course.

Posted by: michele at June 11, 2007 01:31 PM
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