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Cool mention for De La Concha … and me

It was really funny. A reporter walked into De La Concha and mentioned that he writes for Health.com. Of course, we were suspicious. But, he assured us that he was writing about stress and smoking habits following the banking collapse of a few weeks ago. So, we worked with him, and the resulting story was interesting. The store got a mention as a networking spot, and a quote from me was picked up. Also, a guy from my old gig, Deloitte, got a shout-out.

Maybe the financial crisis isn’t so bad? Nah, it is.

Why do people talk to me?

I don’t think I look terribly approachable. In fact, I’ve always thought that I give off a “fuck off” vibe. Well, this apparently is not the case. Some lady saw me having a cigar while writing on a bench on Central Park West. Some other people were indulging on another bench nearby. “So, I guess this is the smoking section,” she greeted us. I shot her a “fuck off” look and left it at that.

I wouldn’t be an asshole if others didn’t invite it.

A Requiem for Gridskipper

Gridskipper used to be a kickass travel blog. But, the guys at Gawker wanted to “rationalize” its portflio of blogs, and Gridskipper’s performance wasn’t enough to keep it in the family. It’s a damned shame. Now that Gridskipper is part of the Curbed family, there aren’t as many updates. Most of the content consists of links to other stories; there isn’t much original content to go with it. So, the cut the best part of Gridskipper.

Maybe someday they’ll link to a few more of my articles. They had a link to a piece I wrote for Cigar Report on De La Concha’s cigar dinners, but it got lost in the conversion from Gawker to Curbed, much to my chagrin. But, such is life. Fuck ’em.

Auction #6 is down, Nelson Diaz keeps going

Art revolutionary Nelson Diaz has just completed his sixth $1 auction on eBay. The latest installment of Self-Portrait with Pipe, 2008 sold for an appropriate $203.50. I know who bought it, and I’m happy that it wound up with a collector who will enjoy the work of art.

This sale, essentially, met Nelson’s two most important criteria. The painting had to sell for less than $300. And, it had to sell to someone who would enjoy the piece rather than view/treat it as a commodity. This buyer addresses both.

This week, Diaz is stepping up the pace a bit. He has put three paintings up on eBay, all with the starting bid of $1. After this week, there will only be one chance left to purchase a Nelson Diaz original from this series. I’m not pitching, just stating fact.

Here are the latest from Nelson, with links to help you participate in this new movement. For a change, art is defining history rather than merely recording it!

Self-Portrait with Pipe, 2008 #7

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Self-Portrait with Pipe, 2008 #8

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Self-Portrait with Pipe, 2008 #9

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Nelson Diaz #5 on Fire

Self-Portrait with Pipe, 2008 #5 is on fire!!! The latest painting in Nelson Diaz’s $1 auction experiment is already up to $285, and there are still 5 1/2 days of bidding left. I have no idea where this is going to wind up, but I have a feeling that this auction might be able to pass the $745 price tag that #1 fetched. I don’t want to discourage anyone from bidding, though. Keep in mind that #2 and #4 went for just over $200, and #3 sold for only slightly more than $100. But, this one could go nuts! Only this morning, the bidding was at a hair over $100. Now, it’s shot through the roof.

I have to admit, I am jealous. I do think this is the best of the series so far, and I’m not shocked to see that the bidding has shot up so quickly. I just hope that whoever buys it does so because he loves it.

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Diaz #5 under virtual gavel

Auctions for Self-Portrait with Pipe, 2008 #3 and #4 closed late last night, making two eBay users incredibly happy. Each painting normally would fetch several thousand dollars. But, as a result of a Grand Experiment by Nelson Diaz, #4 fetched $112.50 to what appears to be a user in France. #3 sold for slightly more, $203.50.

The first painting in this series sold for a substantial $745, but this appears to have been an isolated incident. Two bidders engaged in a last-minute battle to win Self-Portrait with Pipe #1. The second installment in the series, which I own (!!!!!) sold for only $202.50. At this point, the auctions stabilized.

The fifth piece is now going under the virtual gavel. The auction began last night, almost as soon as the third and fourth ended. The action is already hot. Though it only became available last night, #5 is already at $102.50, and I’m betting that user’s maximum bid is actually higher (I bid it up to $100, and it turned over to an awkward amount, which means there’s probably more financial muscle behind this bid).

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