Dean Clough

March 1, 2024

Portico Darwin: London Calling, Chapter 5

TODAY'S RAMBLINGS <6 Minute Read Happy Friday, and this is the fifth installment of London Calling. Preface and Chapter 1 Chapter 2 Chapter 3 Chapter 4 It Snows in London and The Royal Horseguards Doesn't Suck I know because, after the Seaco team visited San Francisco, I was soon asked to come to London in December of 1997, and again i...
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February 28, 2024

Portico Darwin: A Free Man Goes Up The River

TODAY'S RAMBLINGS 2 Minute Read Hello Hump Day and not to worry: Julie and I are doing great, nor am I going to prison. Indeed, it feels like just yesterday (albeit in dog years) that we got married. I kid my wife but I think she'd agree occasional time apart is not a bad thing, after almost 35 years together. So that is how I find mys...
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February 26, 2024

Portico Darwin: A Secret at SFO + Depart Hoboken

TODAY'S RAMBLINGS 1 Minute Read Happy Monday, and happy break from the orgy of self-revelation that is my London Calling series. Today's post is about a trick at San Francisco International Airport. I used it just yesterday on my way to Tupper Lake (via Hoboken last night) and it continues to impress. Here it is: The Short-Term Parking...
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February 23, 2024

Portico Darwin: London Calling, Chapter 4

TODAY'S RAMBLINGS 6 Minute Read Happy Friday, and this is the fourth installment of London Calling. Preface and Chapter 1 Chapter 2 Chapter 3 A British Invasion Welcomed by Yanks Seaco's due diligence trip to Genstar's HQ in San Francisco did much to cement me and others into the picture. For one, we drank together, both in SF and also...
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February 21, 2024

Portico Darwin: French Wino in Sonoma

TODAY'S RAMBLINGS <2 Minute Read Some may find it shocking that I am well into a full week here in Sonoma, yet have not bragged nor otherwise gone on about it. That all ends now, but it's not what you think. Motivated by my surroundings, I am pleased to present the virtue-signaling and decidedly pompous: Portico Darwin Simple Guide to ...
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February 19, 2024

Portico Darwin: Regulatory Capture and Scale are Killing Us

TODAY'S RAMBLINGS <3 Minute Read I had a light, informative post for the start of the week, but that will have to wait until Wednesday. I've written previously about corruption, guns, and election reform in America. I stand by each post. But another mass shooting made me realize the issue isn't the guns. There is also no red or blue ti...
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February 16, 2024

Portico Darwin: London Calling, Chapter 3

TODAY'S RAMBLINGS 6 Minute Read Happy Friday, and this is the third installment of London Calling. Preface and Chapter 1 Chapter 2 Welcome to Our World In between our due diligence trip to London in October of 1997 and Seaco's own to San Francisco a few weeks later, rumors internally at Genstar were running rampant. Although I was not ...
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February 14, 2024

Portico Darwin: What is Dance Music?

TODAY'S RAMBLINGS 1 Minute Read Happy Valentine's Day. Let's dance. But before anyone asks, no, I do not know who this happy woman is, although this photo was in my parents' ginormous collection of 35mm slides, the best of which I scanned a while back. Like this one. Because, look: I have been to my share of parties. A shocker, yes, bu...
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February 12, 2024

Portico Darwin: Border Schmorder

TODAY'S RAMBLINGS <2 Minute Read What Super Bowl? It feels like a bad dream. But happy Monday regardless. And let's take a break from the barrage of me. You're so very welcome, but when you see today's alternative, you might just long for the next chapter of London Calling. And don't panic: Today's post does not signal a return to my "...
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February 9, 2024

Portico Darwin: London Calling, Chapter 2

TODAY'S RAMBLINGS 5 Minute Read Happy Friday, and this is the second installment of London Calling. But before that gets started: OK. Here we go. Upper Ground and Upper Class (Non-Virgin Atlantic Variety) I had worked for Ernst & Young in Houston in the early 1990s (so in both their and client Chevron's fancy towers downtown) and had a...
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February 7, 2024

Portico Darwin: The World's Most Expensive Man is Dead

TODAY'S RAMBLINGS 2 Minute Read Happy Wednesday, and as if London Calling isn't enough, let me today share an outcome of our recent engagement with a certified financial planner, the fiduciary Heather Liston. Here it is: The World's Most Expensive Man is Dead. Or, in other words, the diamond man is now the lab-grown diamond man. Some b...
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February 5, 2024

Portico Darwin: The Middle East Cluster F

TODAY'S RAMBLINGS <3 Minute Read Happy Monday, but I will say I am a bit unnerved by the prospect of a widening conflict in the Middle East. Us attacking Iranian proxies in Iraq, Syria, and Yemen over the weekend, while completely justified in the mind of this diplomat, could still send the region into full-tilt war. With the United St...
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February 2, 2024

Portico Darwin: Introducing "London Calling"

TODAY'S RAMBLINGS 4 Minute Read Hello, and happy Friday. No witty repartee: There is obviously no one asking me to tell the story of my stint in London, during 1997 and 1998. But I love to write, so recently hearing from a colleague from that time was all of the impetus I needed. Lucky you. 10 Seconds of Seriousness: Lucky me. I will a...
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January 31, 2024

Portico Darwin: SF & California Can Be Crazy

TODAY'S RAMBLINGS <2 Minute Read Happy Hump Day. Yes, I am still basking in the glory of Brock "Playground" Purdy and our Niners being Super Bowl-bound, for the 8th time. But the haters still be hating, and darn if we don't give the rest of the country good reason. And it's not just our perfect weather and even better geography. Or eve...
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January 29, 2024

Portico Darwin: KLUF - The Complete Library

TODAY'S RAMBLINGS 1 Minute Read plus Ungodly Hours of Listening Happy Monday and let's jam: the Niners are going to the Super Bowl. But I won't even try to pretend: This is a self-indulgent, narcissistic clusterfuck of a blog post. But is it really? Why is having (a lot of) the world's finest music in one spot not useful? Either way, w...
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January 26, 2024

Portico Darwin: It Was the Warren Commission

TODAY'S RAMBLINGS 1 Minute Read + several podcasts Disclaimer: I've touched on this subject before, but it was two years ago, and there's plenty of new information that's come out since. Plus, this subject is important. Because did you know there was a time - and it was just 60 years ago - that fully 80 percent of American citizens tru...
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January 24, 2024

Portico Darwin: Loungey

TODAY'S RAMBLINGS 1 Minute Read Hello, and Happy Wednesday. So many (fact check: none) have said, "Portico, your recent posts have been brilliant, as usual. But they've been a bit on the heavy side, and too political. And gee, I'm just dying to know if you are still wearing the same loungewear that you documented so wonderfully a while...
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January 22, 2024

Portico Darwin: More Than 10 Seconds of Seriousness

TODAY'S RAMBLINGS <1 Minute Read + 3 Hours of Podcasts I know I've been heavy on the politics recently, and I apologize. Sadly, our week begins with a continuation, and worse, today I cover Israel, Islam, Hamas, Gaza, and more. But it's not what you think. What follows aren't my opinions or thoughts; instead, I am sharing 4 podcasts wi...
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January 19, 2024

Portico Darwin: World War WTF

TODAY'S RAMBLINGS 1 Minute Read I think it was the daytime and Textbook Daiquiris he made for us that did it. Because Wednesday afternoon found Arthur and I pondering the potential of a third World War. We even went further: Maybe we're in one already? But a new kind? That's crazy - it had to be the rum, right? You tell me. But you may...
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January 17, 2024

Portico Darwin: Here Comes More Trump

TODAY'S RAMBLINGS <3 Minute Read Don't thank me, thank Republicans. Or at least those in Iowa. Because to the surprise of no one, Trump won the Republican caucus in Iowa on Monday and barring a mass awakening, is destined to appear - again - in a presidential election as the Republican candidate. It's almost February of 2024, and this ...
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January 15, 2024

Portico Darwin: The Travel Issue

TODAY'S RAMBLINGS <3 Minute Read Before beginning the normal nonsense, a reminder that today is a national holiday, honoring the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. I say this every year around this time, but what would America look like today if JFK, MLK, Malcolm X, and RFK had lived out their full lives? On to that normal ...
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January 12, 2024

Portico Darwin: Heavy Duty

TODAY'S RAMBLINGS <3 Minute Read It's Friday, so how about a post on obesity in America? No, wait a moment. Better to let my quasi-hero Scott Galloway do it for me. The relatively brilliant Professor Galloway annually makes predictions regarding the upcoming year in technology and business. This year, and on several of his media platfo...
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January 10, 2024

Portico Darwin: My Effin' Rock Autobiography Post

TODAY'S RAMBLINGS 4 Minute Read Yesterday, I finished reading Geddy Lee's amazing and Diamond Certified autobiography, My Effin' Life. If you have even a modicum of interest in the band Rush - or are seeking a personal account of the toll of the Holocaust on one family - this is a must-read. It is powerful enough that I found myself in...
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January 8, 2024

Portico Darwin: I Love This Solution For Democrats

TODAY'S RAMBLINGS <3 Minute Read Happy Monday and I wish I could say I came up with the idea presented in today's post. While I joined many a long time ago and urged Joe Biden to announce he would not run in 2024, he's chosen the opposite path. What, he didn't read my writing on the subject? Accordingly, he's now put the Democrats in a...
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January 6, 2024

Portico Darwin: Metro NYC Travel Guide, 2023 Addendum

OVERVIEW A year ago, my first extended stay in Hoboken resulted in this big Travel Guide. This Addendum - a first in the annals of my Travel Guides - is an update to the original and is based on a three week stay during December 2023 and into 2024. As a refresher, Hoboken, New Jersey is located directly west across the Hudson River fro...
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January 5, 2024

Portico Darwin: The Do's and (Really) Do Not's of Travel

TODAY'S RAMBLINGS <3 Minute Read I hope you're settling into a nice, post-holiday routine, but I'm not ready quite yet. Instead, I'd like to recount some of the bad and worse behaviors I witnessed during our recent trip to the East Coast. Of course I would. In reality, what follows plagues civil people everywhere, and not just while tr...
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January 3, 2024

Portico Darwin: Depart Hoboken + A Boy Becomes a Man

TODAY'S RAMBLINGS <4 Minute Read Later today, we leave glorious Hoboken after an amazing 3 weeks and return to equally glorious SF. There's a reason I bang on and on about how fortunate I am. I'll demonstrate that when I publish my first-ever Addendum, providing new and/or updated information to last year's Metro NYC Travel Guide. It's...
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January 1, 2024

Portico Darwin: Closing 2023

TODAY'S RAMBLINGS <3 Minute Read Happy New Year and welcome to the year of the Say Hey Kid. And what better topic on the first day of a new year than closure, and its importance? And specifically, the Zeigarnik Effect. Huh? Today's inspiration came from a spin-off podcast I heard last week from Freakonomics, called No Stupid Questions....
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December 31, 2023

Portico Darwin: 2023 Awards Special Edition!

Without further ado and in response to the clamoring from many (fact check: nobody), here's who will be taking home a prized Portico this year. The award ceremony is very hush-hush and on a need-to-know basis, but I can confirm an event is in the planning phase. More to follow, but for now, here are this year's winners! Trip of The Yea...
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December 29, 2023

Portico Darwin: Calling 911

TODAY'S RAMBLINGS <1 Minute Read (Plus Gawking Time at Porsche Website) I write about Porsche often, because, well, a guy can fantasize, can't he? And - in 2024 - it might not even be a dream. But if Ol' Purple Label and I ever do that, we'll have to decide which 911 to drive. And that won't be easy because do you realize that for 2024...
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