Are Power and Wealth Worth the Effort?

The 11/14/18 article, attached, from today’s NYT got me to thinking.

Power and wealth seem so important to the folks at the top. Look at all they have to deal with. At a minimum their “trusted” employees spoke anonymously to the world’s highly circulated NYT behind their backs. At a maximum they could be seriously prosecuted or even endanger their own health. Mr. Zuckerberg and Ms. Sandberg, is it all worth it? At least to me, it is like my late mom often said”, You can only put on one suit at a time.”

H. Robert Rubin, memoirist and author of the Amazon, best selling,  Look Backward Angel and the newly published, How Did I Get Through This? Both are available on Amazon.

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Rogers, Bannister and Federer

Rogers, Bannister and Federer were born 52 years apart. They shared a gift for the extraordinary as well as first names.

Roger Bannister in 1954 sought the first four minute mile in his early twenties. The feat required enormous fitness.

He was in his medical training with patients, lectures and exams to deal with. He had arguably a sleep deficit given his two loves, medicine and miling.

Nevertheless, on one momentous occasion 27 plus years before Roger Federer’s birth, he “birthed” the first sub four minute mile ever. He did so at Oxford in a dual track meet.

From all that I have read the late Dr. Bannister became an excellent neurologist tending to patients and creating new knowledge in his field.

Today’s notable Roger, a tennis player with extraordinary grace and power is doing something exceptional now. He has defied all odds at 37 years of age.

He won the Aussie Open, a major, less than a year ago. He stays match tough despite a significantly abbreviated schedule. He defies logic in a sprinter’s sport. Tom Brady may be older and highly effective, but his need to sprint at quarterback is far, far less than Federer’s.

How did the two Rogers surprise so many sports writers and fans? There are no easy answers. They have helped sport to transcend the mundane for all of us.

H. Robert Rubin, memoirist and author of the Amazon, best selling,  Look Backward Angel and the newly published, How Did I Get Through This? Both are available on Amazon.

Fed and Thiem

At noon Pacific time ( in about one half hour from this blog) Roger Federer will face potential elimination from the Nitto ATP Finals in  London. He must face a superb young player, Dominic Thiem.

Thiem gave Rafa all he could handle at the US Open losing by a hair a magnificent five setter which ended with a tiebreaker. I thought it was the greatest match I had watched since the 2008 Wimbledon Final between Rafa and Fed.

Thiem hits his groundies with tremendous strength of shot. He also has a powerful effective serve. In some limited ways, particularly with his one-hander, he is a young Federer.

On the other hand, Fed instinctively knows how to win. He should be even more fierce with his back against the wall. Finally he has won this indoor event six times, the first of which was 2003.

I think it will go three sets. I give the match to Fed in a very close contest.

H. Robert Rubin, memoirist and Amazon, best selling author of two books available at amazon.com, Look Backward Angel and How Did I Get Through This?

 

What Happened To Fed V Nishikori On The 11th?

Fed looked graceful. He looked aggressive. He just couldn’t quite get it done.

Kei on the other hand stayed closer to the baseline and hit his ground strokes just a bit harder than in his last two unsuccessful matches with Roger. The combination kept Fed on his heels often.

Kei’s great gifts: wonderful hand-eye coordination; brilliant speed and movement on defense as well as Michael Chang’s new strategies versus Fed turned the tide after six straight losses to Roger.

Michael Chang had advised the stronger ground strokes and closer proximity to the baseline. Knowing this was an indoor court where serving could be more effective and knowing it was a court with low bounces he also advised more frequent serve and volley for Nishikori. It was the final step in a beautiful combination of coaching skill and a healthy, calm, determined Kei Nishikori.

Congratulations Kei. You defeated perhaps the greatest player who ever stepped on a tennis court in this key year-end event. Kudos to your coaching staff as well.

H. Robert Rubin, memoirist and Amazon, best selling author of two books available at amazon.com, Look Backward Angel and How Did I Get Through This?

 

Alzheimer’s and Its Impact

What a horrible disease. It takes the very essence of our being from us.

My mom and I were very close until her mind began to drift. She died at almost 91 with that hideous disease. I had to experience the loss of that deep friendship while she lived. It was very, very painful.

Wouldn’t you think with the enormous potential profit for an effective drug, by now we would have had one? Life is full of mysteries and occasionally lots of pain.

May God bless those seeking a medical solution to this widespread problem.

H. Robert Rubin, memoirist and author of Look Backward Angel and How Did I Get Through This? Both available on Amazon

 

The Thousand Oaks Tragedy

Exactly 40 years ago I was the Assistant County Medical Examiner in Ventura County. Thousand Oaks is in the southernmost portion of that county.

We rarely saw a homicide in that county in 1978. We never saw one in Thousand Oaks. It’s a lovely community.

It brings tears to my eyes that so many young people were the victims of this deranged gunman. My hopes and prayers go out to all those families directly involved in this tragedy.

Because of my own experience decades ago, this comes as a huge surprise. May these surprises diminish and diminish and diminish in our future.

The Pittsburgh Tragedy and Its Aftermath

I have been a Jew for 73 years. Our people have but one thing in common. Anti-Semites don’t care if we are Democrats, Republicans, Orthodox, Conservatives, etc. They still want our hides. We are all in that one boat. May God bless Israel and all the pro-Semites.

H. Robert Rubin, memoirist and author of two books available on Amazon, Look Backward Angel and How Did I Get Through This?