November 09, 2005


Official Recognition: 071517

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October 28, 2005

Tracking the Economy

Just finishing up the website for Ahead of the Curve by Joseph Ellis. Earlier this year, I completed the design of the charts in the book and now we have created a subset of charts that are updated every month to track economic trends over time.

This site (and book) should be of interest to investors, particularly long-term, and managers who are looking to predict economic cycles.

It will be interesting to see how the new Fed chairman affects the interest-rate cycle, particularly if (as this chart indicates) we are in for a bear market.

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July 09, 2004

Wear Yellow

Got my LIVESTRONG wristbands today from Footlocker. There is a Store Locator available.

$1 goes to support young cancer survivors.

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July 01, 2004

Happy Canada Day

Ô Canada!
Terre de nos aïeux,
Ton front est ceint de fleurons glorieux!
Car ton bras sait porter l'épée,
Il sait porter la croix!
Ton histoire est une épopée
Des plus brillants exploits.
Et ta valeur, de foi trempée,
Protégera nos foyers et nos droits,
Protégera nos foyers et nos droits.

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March 12, 2004

Blogging my Apartment Building Fire in Real Time

Couldn't resist. There are 4 engine companies and 2 ladders in our building putting out a very tough electrical fire. Luckily, not in our line of apartments, but there is a lot of smoke.


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September 11, 2003

Basic therapy

While I waited to park the car this morning, WQXR played Strauss's Vier letzte Lieder (Four Last Songs). And you don't need a prescription.

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I had resolved to avoid media this morning. Not because I feel we need to "move on" from September 11, but because I felt the personal need for a more individual, less collective and more meditative reflection.

But real life interceded with impeccable timing. Our block was visited at memorial time by 4 (count 'em, four) NYFD companies, two engines and two ladders. Twenty minutes later, the same 4 companies returned. As I went out to move my car, I looked back as the big rig of the NYPD ESU arrived in front of my building. Finally, an ambulance and 3 police cruisers blocked our street and escorted someone to the hospital. The reasons for all these various runs remain mysterious, but ... of all days to be visited by New York's greatest.

Looking down on the fire crew in their turnout gear generated the usual lump in the throat. From the fifth floor, they looked at once so tough and so fragile, both larger and smaller than life itself. I imagine how they must have looked from 100 stories up two years ago, even smaller, even greater.

Today, on the FDNY web site there is a tribute by the Fire Commissioner that is worth reading:

For as long as there is a New York City Fire Department, September 11th will be a time to honor truly great people. Individuals, who confronted thousands of people at their moment of greatest need, looked into their own souls, risked the gravest danger, and went to the aid of those people. Theirs was the purest form of courage, the purest demonstration of love for one’s fellow man. In our nation’s darkest hour, it made our Department a ray of light that cut through the darkness. That is why the FDNY has become a symbol for the world: not because so many were lost, but because so many were inspired. And so for as long as there is a New York City Fire Department, September 11th of every year will be a day to stop and remember.

{Here's the NYPD heroes page. And the Port Authority Police Department.}

I flash back to one early morning that September, when the city was still shut down to most traffic. I was driving up the West Side Highway on an errand. Ahead of me: a lone motorcyclist on a Harley. As I slowly overtook him, I spotted his NYFD jacket and I recognized that awful gray dust blowing off his boots. Just a guy, going home after a long night on the pile, the blue sky, the river, that intense loneliness ...

I'll remember.

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September 01, 2003

Labor Day 2003

Citarella's East Hampton: .25 miles
Manhattan: 108 miles

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August 19, 2003

3 for 3

Earlier, I realized that I am 3 for 3 on New York blackouts. The first was in 1965 when I was in high school in Croton-on-Hudson and was at home when the switch was flipped.

In 1977, I was at work (9pm or so) on 38th Street. My terminal died in the first surge and I had just reloaded the operating system (paper tape, no less) when the lights died. We left the building and hung out in a bar on Third Avenue where the owner was giving away his food. Later, we picked up blackout editions at the Daily News loading dock. Then some enterprising guys drove me home to Greenwich Village for 5 bucks. No looting in the Village, either.

This most recent one was just like a snow day (only without the dirty, slushy aftermath).

So not only have I been in all three blackouts, I haven't actually been inconvenienced by any of them. Now that's the kind of record I like!

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May 25, 2003

Memorial Day 2003

Ground Zero Memorial Wall, St. Paul's Church, New York    Dec 1, 2001

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April 25, 2003

The Virtuti Militari

The Virtuti Militari is the highest honor in the Polish military, equivalent to the American Medal of Honor and the British Victoria Cross. It was instituted in 1792 and is conferred on Polish soldiers "solely for deeds of exceptional bravery and valor at the risk of their lives before an armed enemy, above and beyond the call of duty." For more on this and other Polish medals.

Andrew Hellwig (Andrzej Panczakiewicz) also held the Medal of Valor and the Monte Cassino Cross.

Update: I probably should mention that Andrew's father Adolf Panczakiewicz also received the Virtuti Militari during World War I.

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Andrew Hellwig 1921-2003

HELLWIG-PANCZAKIEWICZ, Andrew Joseph (Retired Imperial Oil engineer)

Died on April 14, 2003 in Toronto at 81. The cause was complications from Parkinson's disease.

Born on August 22, 1921 in Warsaw, Poland, Andrew was just beginning medical school in 1939 when World War II broke out. Escaping from Poland on skis, he joined the Polish 2nd Army Corps. He served as Lieutenant and was awarded Poland's highest medal for bravery, the Virtuti Militari, in Italy. After the war he completed a chemical engineering degree in London, England, where he met his wife, Betty. They emigrated to Canada in 1957 and Andrew worked at Imperial Oil from 1957-1983.

Throughout his life, Andrew took great pleasure in his time with family organizing picnics on the shores of Lake Huron, rowing and fishing in Georgian Bay, or simply tending his rose garden and watching the birds with Betty. His smile was infectious as was his deep love of his land of birth, which he passed on to all of us. His curiosity made him a wonderful travel companion, and over decades he maintained friendships with many in faraway places. We will all miss him.

He is survived by his wife, Betty, his brother, Adam, his children, Basia, John and Stefan, and his five grandchildren, Christopher, Stefan, Sasha, Zoe and Michael. Friends may call at the Morley Bedford Funeral Home, 159 Eglinton Avenue West, on Monday, April 21 from 7 to 9 p.m. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Basil's, 50 St. Joseph Street (at Bay) on Tuesday, April 22 at 10 am. Interment Mount Hope Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Parkinson Society Canada, 4211 Yonge Street, Suite 316, Toronto, Ontario M2P 2A9 or to the Charitable Foundation of Canadian Polish Congress, 288 Roncesvalles Avenue, Toronto, Ontario M6R 2M4. The family gives special thanks to the staff at Kensington Gardens.

Goodbye, Andrew

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