Sunday, February 23, 2014

And the Oscar goes to...

And the Oscar goes to...

I’m on a mission this year.  For the first time, I’m attempting to see all the movies nominated for ‘Best Picture’ before the Academy Awards take place.  Other than Captain Phillips, which is on this week’s agenda, I have seen them all.  

Many of the films involve some type of journey - on an actual road, in the stratosphere, or through life:  an old man starts walking from Montana to Nebraska; a woman travels to find her son taken at an early age; an incredible journey through space; a woman’s relocation to attempt to rebuild a shattered life; a free man abducted, transported and sold into slavery in the deep south; travel to Mexico to bring medicine to the US to fight AIDS; and over indulgent travel as part of big-time fraud. 

As I was thinking about how movies transport us, I contemplated my own travels – not the recurring theme of business travel but where I called home, and the journey I’ve been on.  

I lived in White Meadow Lake, NJ, at the start of my commercial real estate career; Parsippany, NJ, where my sons Brian and Kevin were born; Millburn and Short Hills, NJ where the boys went from kindergarten through high school graduation; time spent in Sea Bright, Springfield, and North Plainfield, NJ; and then the big move to California, where I spent 14 years, on and off, living in Napa but traveling extensively.  

My time on the west coast was interrupted by a 15-month stay on the Upper West Side of Manhattan and one-year in Laval, a suburb of Montreal.  After returning and then leaving Napa for the final time, I lived in Long Beach, NY, until ‘Sandy’ arrived and am now back in Manhattan living near Columbus Circle and Central Park.

The drama in my life pales in comparison to that of the characters in this year’s top films. While there have been bumps along the way, the road I am now traveling is a beautiful highway with a wonderful vista, far as the eye can see. 

Movies end, but life goes on.  I have been fortunate enough - like many of the movie characters - to reinvent myself and find happiness. This provides the fuel to continue my journey.  Thank you for being part of it.  



PEI Media on its acquisition of Real Estate Capital publications

Privcap on the launch of their real estate channel, PrivcapRE

Ko Wang and Su Chen accepting positions at the Carey Business School, Johns Hopkins University

On The Road...

Mar. 4 - 10:  London

Mar. 19 - 20:  PREA Spring Conference, Boston, MA

Apr. 7 - 9:  Chicago, IL

Apr. 29 - 30:  PERE Global Investor, Los Angeles, CA

May 2 - 6:  Asheville, NC

May 15:  Annual meeting of The Hoyt Fellows, North Palm Beach, FL

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