Thursday, March 13, 2008

The roadside, business class hotels aren’t bad, they’re reasonably safe, the bed is comfortable, you get lots of pillows and there is internet service. The problem is that nearby food is awful, just stupendously awful. Fridays, Texas Roadhouse, etc, and the absolute worst, Applebees, its enough to make a person what to go on a starvation diet. Uhg.

During the early winter Kim & Co retained an agent to assist us in gaining business in the Bos-Wash corridor. It’s beginning to pay dividends and I have a week packed with meetings at possible clients.

Until I turned all the program supervision over to Mimi, I would call each of my project managers daily to check on what was happening. This jokingly was referred to as the call from mother. Now I only speak with Mimi daily and if feels weird, though I know she is on top of the projects.

I see that Kristen has been exposed as Ashley and her Myspace photos now grace the NYTs website. Too bad, her life is going to be hell for a while. But these events emphasize the importance one of my primary rules of choosing clients; no politicians, they’re nothing but trouble.

I noted this morning that Tracey Quan had an Op Ed piece in the Times regarding the Spitzer affair and I thought she might add a nice perspective. But alas the column was all about Tracey and the Times missed a chance to add an informed opinion. Her only useable point being agencies are cop magnets.

Maureen Dowd had this little item that made me laugh as it happens frequently and not only is perpetrated by agencies.

“(A friend of mine who knows the ways of the wayward, explained that the flesh-peddlers no doubt had a shell game as well as a shell company: “They say, ‘You can have Jane. She’s $1,000 an hour. Or, you can have Tiffany for $5,000 an hour.’ The client doesn’t know that Jane and Tiffany are the same girl. It’s not like clients are going to compare notes. ‘I paid $5,000 for Kristen. You only paid 1,000 for Chrissy?’ ”).”

In various places the question has been raised as to why he used an agency, as he knew they were regularly watched. But on the other hand, how could he have gone through the vetting process of a quality independent? If I’d have received a request with the appropriate info filled out stating the prospective client was Elliot Spitzer, Governor of NY, I’d have deleted it as a prank.

Didn’t he have a fixer? Someone who was his employee, not the states, or a friend who could make the arrangement? It’s strange where men will let their penises lead them. See this related post at Slate.



Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree, a fixer makes sense. But...loyalty on that level can be tricky, no?

- AthenaNY

4:34 AM  
Blogger Kim said...

Hi Athena, yes loyalty can be tricky, but is trusting a fixer riskier than making agency arrangements yourself?


3:54 AM  
Anonymous Phantom Man said...

Kim, I was very pleased to read the following today on the MSNBC website about Kristen/Ashley:

"There is one surefire avenue for Dupre to cash in, should she choose to: adult men's magazines. Penthouse and Hustler are already knocking on her door.

"We would love to have her in the magazine," said Diane Silberstein, president and publisher of Penthouse Magazine Group. "We would even consider offering her a cover. We think we could also be very helpful to her in her music career."

Hustler Publisher Larry Flynt sounded doubtful about his chances, though, suggesting that by the time Dupre starts talking, she may be too big a media phenomenon for a simple magazine spread.

"She is no doubt going to do a book. There will probably be a movie," he said. "I think she is going to have so many offers coming in that it will probably be wishful thinking just to get in the door."

I hope she makes millions.

12:44 PM  
Anonymous Bree said...

Hi Kim.

I've also wondered why he didn't have an intermediary make the necessary arrangements for him. One who had signed a non-disclosure agreement, for example.

I think the man is so narcissistic that it never occurred to him that getting caught was a possibility.

9:27 PM  

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