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  •  Following up on our conversation last night... (6+ / 0-)

    about "Shark Tank," specifically your comment about Mark Cuban losing interest in a prospective investment if the entrepreneur has a full-time job/is a student/etc...

    I was watching another episode from season 3 with a young guy from Venice, CA who was seeking $125k for a screen-printing business. Cuban was about ready to invest when the entrepreneur mentioned how he was "living the LA lifestyle." Cuban then asked him how much he'd need to take home in salary, and the guy answered that he'd be okay with 6 figures.

    Cuban replied that he should've said he'd okay eating nothing but Mac & Cheese, and then he immediately went out.

    •  And I Can See Where Cuban Is Coming From (8+ / 0-)

      He wants someone who's "hungry" and willing to do whatever it takes to get the job done. And I can remember jobs and opportunities in my life that I would have gladly done for free just to get my foot in the door.

      But I can also sympathize with someone being in that position. I remember doing an interview where they asked "what is your biggest weakness?" And for a split second I thought about cracking a joke ("hookers and blow") and thankfully the better parts of my brain won that argument. :)

      •  I can see where he's coming from, too... (5+ / 0-)

        It was pretty shocking to hear the guy say he'd be okay with 6 figures, and wasn't interested in working 12-16 hour days (or eating Mac & Cheese) anymore.

        •  Yes (5+ / 0-)
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          If the reason the person is on the show seeking capital is to make their project work, then the right answers to those questions are:

          • I'm willing to work as hard as possible to make this a profitable enterprise.
          • I want to be fairly compensated, no more no less.

          It always amazes me when people come on Shark Tank and then act like they're sitting on a gold mine, especially when the financials aren't on their side. The very act of being on the show means they're begging for money they don't have and need.

          And especially with the people that have no patent, no sales or plan to back up their case, sometimes they give off an attitude of they're doing the sharks a "favor" by letting them in on their deal.

          •  Dr. R. J............... (4+ / 0-)
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            Doctor RJ, maggiejean, Aunt Pat, JML9999

            Have you written anything about last night's episode of Mad Men?

            I'm wondering about your take on Don's "okay" at the end.

            Proud to be a Democrat

            by Lying eyes on Mon Apr 28, 2014 at 10:50:27 PM PDT

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            •  The front page post tonight was kinda weak (2+ / 0-)
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              5 paragraphs, then some cut an past from other writers.

              Il est dangereux d’avoir raison dans des choses où des hommes accrédités ont tort. - Voltaire
              Don't trust anyone over 84414 - BentLiberal

              by BentLiberal on Mon Apr 28, 2014 at 10:55:27 PM PDT

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            •  You Can't Go Home Again (4+ / 0-)
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              This entire arc seems to have a theme that truth is better than facade, even if you're pride has to suffer a little. In almost every relationship in Don's life he needed to be honest before he can move forward, whether it be with Sally or Megan or at the office. And in the past, he's run from situations when they got bad. Here he's trying to make his relationship with his daughter work and trying to get his career back.

              And in each situation, things were better once he suffered some humiliation. I think the "okay" is Don wanting to make things right and better on some level.

              People used to argue whether Bryan Cranston was playing Walter White as Heisenberg or some hybrid in-between on Breaking Bad. It's interesting to ponder whether the Don Draper this season is more Dick Whitman than Don Draper at this point?

              I know in a lot of ways Don deserves everything he's getting, and people tend to like Peggy. But for Peggy to tell Don "I can't say that we we've missed you," was just a "go fuck yourself" moment for me with that character.

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