A Reading Story

There is a dream I’ve had several times since my daughter was born.

At least twice, I’ve walked in a to a bookstore in a mall. Kind of like a Waldenbooks (for those who remember) but with better lighting and a more kid-friendly layout. I’ve walked in to a section that holds books for pre-teens – books children around age 10 might read if books were something that excited them.

Each time I’m looking for this specific book. It had a name like “Back to…” or “Return to…” or “Last of…” – I can’t quite remember the title. When I tell the staff who work there – usually in their late teens to early 20s, they get excited. It’s an older book that most children growing up today haven’t read, but if you love books, especially fantasy adventures, it’s one you simply must have read.

In another, related dream, I was back on an old main street in a town I used to live in or visit frequently, perhaps to see a semi-close relative when I was a child myself. A girl I used to play with around my age still lives there, and she still has an old copy of the book, with pages that long ago turned brown. Still, it was exciting to see the book and open it up, to read a few of the words on the first page that launched a great adventure.

I’m not someone who attaches a lot of significance to meaning in dreams. However, I can say without a doubt that these are a set of dreams that contain strong emotions, of nostalgia, perhaps, but also of a love of books, of adventure, and of ideas. Emotions that perhaps I hope my daughter will have and that I will have been able to pass on to her.

601 West Camplain Road

I stumbled on a story earlier today about a rundown building in Manville at 601 West Camplain Road.  The decline and outcome of this building is sad to see, given the fact that this building is a part of my family’s history.

My grandfather at one point owned it and operated a store out of it.  My parents used to talk about it as it was a part of their youth and it was a place that holds meaning for them.  Eventually, it was converted to an apartment building.

After my grandmother died in the early 1990s, my grandfather eventually met Lucy and re-married. By the time he died around 2004 or 2005, Lucy was set to receive the inheritance.  Control passed to her, and the building passed out of my family’s hands.



Lillian Pair Update – July 2013

Amazing!  I was searching for Lillian Pair in light of a story I heard recently about offshore tax havens and decided to check to see if she’s still in prison.  Imagine my surprise when I read on the Federal Bureau of Prisons site that she was released on August 30, 2012 and arrested on September 1, 2012 for check fraud.  She apparently pled guilty on June 14, 2013.

Can you believe it?  A few years in federal prison, and how do you celebrate your freedom?  By diving right in with more fraud!  I can only imagine what other mischief she’s been up to.

Letter to the Rutgers Board of Governors & Board of Trustees

Here is my letter to the RU BoG and BoT regarding Tim Pernetti and the athletic department’s “current scandal”. This was written on my phone, so please excuse the typos.

I am writing to you first and foremost to urge you to do the right thing, not theost expedient, with regards to our University’s current situation regarding our athletic department and men’s basketball program.

It is with great regret that our University is today being so negatively portrayed in the media without regards to the actual facts and feelings of those most involved. While we hear a multitude of opinions from outsiders, we on the outside do not know the right and wrong of what has transpired. Our media presents characters as heroes and villains, not the true, complex, and mistake-prone individuals that they are.

I believe Tim Pernetti to be a true Rutgers man of character who has worked incredibly hard to continue building the athletic department in the right direction and I wholly support him in his position. If you find it the correct decision to remove Tim Pernetti, then so be it. I only ask that you do so because of a grievious error he committed and not ad a craven response to the protests of outsiders who neither care nor truly support this great University.

Thank you,
Christoper M. Dymek, RC ’01

Blog Migration

I know it’s not exciting, but I’m just about through migrating this blog to a new hosting provider.  I’ve been experimenting with Amazon Web Services, with my blog as always providing an excellent opportunity to gain experience with these web technologies.  I’m also using this as an opportunity to adopt a new theme that will hopefully jazz up the site a little bit more as well.

EU Banking Supervision?

I love how Wolfgang Schauble, the German Finance Minister, puts two effectively contradictory statements right next to each other in his FT op-ed:

It is crucial that the new system be truly effective, not just a façade. We must eschew yesterday’s light-touch approach for good and endow this supervisor with real and clearly defined responsibilities, coercive powers and adequate resources.

This also means that it should focus its direct oversight on those banks that can pose a systemic risk at a European level. This is not just in line with the tested principle of subsidiarity. It is also common sense; we cannot expect a European watchdog to supervise directly all of the region’s lenders – 6,000 in the eurozone alone – effectively.

Is a regulator really effective if some institutions remain outside its scope? Hasn’t that been one of the fundamental failings over the past 20 years that led to the financial meltdown in the first place?

2012 Olympics “Scandals”

In other thoughts, the 2012 Olympics in London haven’t even officially kicked off yet (or perhaps I should say, they’re just starting now, given the time zone change), but we’ve already managed to have multiple “scandals” emerge.  Way to get things started!

Let the Games begin!

Long Time

Wow, it’s been a long time since I’ve posted anything except my Twitter collection here.  Frankly, pursuing my MBA plus my full time job and trying to make time for a personal life has ruled out much in the way of posting.  Because of that, it actually took me over a month to even figure out what my site was offline.  Sad, I know.

The other challenge as I get older has been to try to determine where to draw lines about what to post.  What personal information am I willing to share with an anonymous audience, and which information do I prefer to keep private?  How do I maintain an online presence while also keeping private other information.  Over the past few years, I’ve shifted further to the share less category.  With some “free” time for reflection coming up, though, perhaps it is time to reconsider those lines again.