-Why does that spider always spin its web in that corner of the
I bypass my running shoes and head straight for a hot shower. At 48
degrees, it's pretty cold in Los Angeles. A beautiful day in South
Dakota perhaps, but L.A. practically closes schools if it dips
below 50 degrees. Besides, I have to get to the office early to
prep for the trip.
5:30 a.m. PERSONAL WEATHER REPORT Downstairs, my wife Sonya
is enjoying her coffee and reading the paper. Without putting it
down, she asks if I packed my heavy coat. "It's 20 degrees in St.
Louis, and it looks like it's going to snow," she announces from
behind the paper.
Before I can ask where my coat is, she says, "It's in the guest
room closet on the right-hand side in a black hanging bag. Near the
sewing machine." I was going to say I knew that, but she drops the
newspaper far enough to smile over it, as if to say, "Don't even go
I grab my coat but can't find the gloves. Oh, well. I'll only need
the coat in St. Louis.
6:00 a.m. THE KIDS' BEDROOM Both girls are sound asleep.
Alyssa, the 9-year-old, rolls over in a sleepy stretch when I say
goodbye. Seven-year-old Renee wakes up just enough to ask where I'm
going, how long I will be gone, and why hadn't I told her before? A
real chip off the ol' block, this one. Then she asks me to bring
her a present. Chip off the ol' block, all right.
6:30 a.m. CONFERENCE CALL Blaine Decker, executive VP at my
company, Radio Unica Network, gives me some good feedback on my
presentation scheduled for tomorrow morning. Radio Unica President
Jose Cancela will meet me at the St. Louis airport. The plan is to
review the pres-
esentation together over dinner. After the meeting, Jose will head
back to the Miami headquarters and I'll go on to Dallas and Phoenix