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Subject: Harvard Humility on This Subject, Maybe Not On My Part


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An Observer
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Date Posted: 18:04:08 12/17/17 Sun
In reply to: An Observer 's message, "Some Free Advice For The Younger Generation, Possibly Including mrjames" on 12:35:33 11/19/17 Sun

One of the most wry -- and best delivered -- lines came from a close Harvard friend (is there any other type?) on this very subject.

During a particularly happy stretch in my previous bachelor life, I remarked to him that, in the previous calendar week, I had slept with six women. We were both adjusting to our newfound middle aged status at the time.

The mark of a great line is often delivery more than content. Without missing a beat or changing his expression in the slightest, he replied in pure deadpan fashion, "I don't even know if I could do that."

Does this story rise to the definition of gratuitous bragging if it's told on an anonymous message board?

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[> [> [> [> [> [> [> [> [> [> [> [> Subject: A Wharton Offering


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An Observer
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Date Posted: 11:30:43 12/27/17 Wed

As long as I'm telling stories about Ivy alumni and their funny nonchalant quips, here's a recent offering from a good friend who graduated from Wharton. He's the CEO of a big multinational corporation. When the whole Harvey Weinstein and #MeToo phenomenon swept over popular culture, I made a joke and then asked him semi-seriously whether he'd ever had a problem, given his position. Without changing his expression in the slightest, he replied in deadpan fashion, "I'm clean. I barely do my wife."

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[> [> [> [> [> [> [> [> [> [> [> [> [> Subject: Re: A Wharton Offering From A Guy Who's Worth >$100 Million


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An Observer
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Date Posted: 15:23:13 04/14/18 Sat

Here are a couple of thought-provoking experiences I recently had.

I've been spending a lot of time lately with my friend who graduated from Wharton. Every time that we get together, he mentions that he's rich. Now, this is notable for two reasons. Number one, nobody should be mentioning that they are rich. That's simply bad form, although maybe it's a Wharton thing, as our current president does the same. Number two, it's self-evident that he's rich. He's now the CEO of his second large multinational corporation. Of course he's rich.

Yet he still mentions it every time we're together, as if I might have forgotten from the previous visit. Lately, he's made it evident in a none too subtle fashion that, by "rich," he means a number comfortably north of $100 million. Other than the topic of money, he's a completely humble, well-adjusted guy whom I'm very happy to know and like.

In a completely unrelated incident, I was recently at a gathering of about a dozen male friends, all of whom I've known for decades. One guy nonchalantly mentioned to me that, "I thought that once I was worth more than $100 million, I might lose some interest in working, but I'm still very motivated."

At first, I silently recoiled in horror, thinking "When did it become okay to drop into conversation one's net worth, especially when it's a big number?"

I've been thinking a lot about these conversations. Upon more reflection, these two alarming incidents with friends of mine may be reflective of our status as middle-aged men. We're all close enough to the ends of our careers that we can see it over the horizon. Our bodies are changing and not for the better.

We're somewhere in the transition process from energetic, sexually vibrant men into the long slow decline into something new and different. And really, for the first time in our lives, we know it.

I now think that my two friends aren't trying to tell *ME* that they're successful, they're trying to remind *THEMSELVES* that they've had a good run. To use the language of Winston Churchill, we're transitioning from the end of the beginning to the beginning of the end and it's not an easy transition.

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[> [> [> [> [> [> [> [> [> [> [> [> Subject: as long as we are bragging


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holtsledge
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Date Posted: 16:26:08 04/23/18 Mon

I slept with 3 different woman in a 24 hr period

Dinner Lunch Dinner pretty I was pretty proud about that at the time (still am actually LOL). Ah how I miss the days of free love

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[> [> [> [> [> [> [> [> [> [> [> [> [> Subject: what's even more remarkable


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holtsledge
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Date Posted: 16:30:28 04/23/18 Mon

I still remember their names :)

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[> [> [> [> [> [> [> [> [> [> [> [> [> [> Subject: Re: what's even more remarkable


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Newbie
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Date Posted: 15:11:39 04/24/18 Tue

In one rotation around the Earth’s axis, you got wit’ mo’ ladies than at least 10% of my class did in their entire lives.

More isn’t always better, but there’s something to be said for drinking deeply from the cup of life.

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[> [> [> [> [> [> [> [> [> [> [> [> [> [> Subject: I think the real test of the experience


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Calvin
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Date Posted: 15:36:17 04/24/18 Tue

Is whether they remember yours.

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[> [> [> [> [> [> [> [> [> [> [> [> [> [> [> Subject: Re: I think the real test of the experience ONE HUNDRED PERCENT


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An Observer
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Date Posted: 21:23:42 04/25/18 Wed

Calvin, in thread after thread on this board, you post a sentiment which cuts through the blah-blah-blah and gets right to the heart of the matter. And here you have done the same again.

Most of us here are at an age when, regrettably, most of our great sexual experiences are memories, not events to look forward to. But as much as we savor these memories, you are 100% correct: The true test of the greatness of any memory isn't the gymnastic athleticism involved or the beauty of the young lady in question. The true test is, if and when she reviews the same memory today, whether a big smile breaks out on her face and an appreciative fond warmth spreads in her heart.

Here's to all the ladies whose memories bring a smile to our faces and, more importantly, to our performances and relationships back then which today bring a huge smile to theirs.

Cheers, gentlemen.

(Holtsie, I trust that at least 67% of your trifecta smiles when thinking about you today. As Meat Loaf said, "Two out of three ain't bad.")

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[> [> [> [> [> [> [> [> [> [> [> [> [> Subject: ah Cal


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holtsledge
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Date Posted: 16:00:37 04/25/18 Wed

good line LOL

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[> [> [> [> [> [> [> [> [> [> [> [> [> [> Subject: Not to worry


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Calvin
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Date Posted: 16:30:11 04/25/18 Wed

I am sure you made an impression.

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