I was always mystified why Maria Shriver married him. I guess he charmed her into believing that he would respect, cherish and keep the vows he made when they married. But guys like him with extreme wealth, ambition, and success in their endeavors tend to allow their over-abundant self-confidence turn into arrogance and superiority. Deep down inside, though, they're still the little boys reaching into the cookie jar and waiting for their mom to catch them.
As Socrates put it, "An unexamined life is not worth living." So is that the reason Schwarzenegger has written an autobiography that's coming out this week? Really, he wrote it himself? This guy who says he's not an introspective person? From what he said during the interview, I doubt he spends many words examining his life and learning from it. Lesley Stahl pointed out that he'd kept making the same mistake, cheating on Maria, over and over. Clearly he'd not learned.
|Orchestra Hall's empty stage|
I share the musicians' and their families' sense of deep uncertainty. It must be terrible to try to negotiate with someone and be met with a wall of stone. I think if management were to agree to an independent audit of the Association's finances, the talks would progress again. The musicians made it clear that they would not approve anything until they had the results of an independent audit. Alles klar? Apparently not to management who seemed to ignore the request and proceeded to make a contract proposal a week ago. The musicians rejected that proposal last Saturday but made two counter-proposals: one to continue to work while negotiations proceeded, and the other for binding arbitration. Management locked them out.
So, I'm outraged, saddened, uncertain, disgusted with management, and frustrated that I will not be going to a Minnesota Orchestra concert in a couple weeks......