Roger Armstrong and ADP and oh boy what a day

I’m just about to fold up and get ready to go to the Simi ValleyTowne Center” and do a gig with Bob Couto and his Big Band.  I had an “interesting” day.  That is in the sense, that the Chinese curse “may you live in ‘interesting’ times” means.  We heard from ADP saying that our regular Union payroll would not occur unless we wired money to them.  Well, that was because they did not release the payroll when asked to by our Payroll person.  It came down to a “he said/she said” sort of thing and ADP did do the good thing of fighting to get the PR out.  So it is only ½ demerit when taken in entirety.  I’m really not that hot to judge them hard.  I feel they are strong in the area of attention to changes in regulations. They are also dragging their big, bureaucratic organization forward, which, in itself, is quite an accomplishment.


Anyway we got an agreement to do the thing, including banking the way it should be. [I’m still holding my breath . . .]  I will make the transfer I calculated as being needed.


When pulling out of the driveway this morning I saw an old buddy.  That is Roger Armstrong.  He was that old neighbor who is the one with everything.  REALLY.  Roger is a nice guy and I like him.  I’ve always admired how he changed things up later in his life, after having become an executive at a motion picture studio.  He chose to go to law school and he did well, ultimately making law review, and then working at two law firms here in Los Angeles.  The second made him partner really early in the game.  So, in effect he is a dyed-in-the-wool genius lawyer for entertainment intellectual property and deal making. His wife and kid are also pretty likeable. Lucky for us Tunes, he hangs out with Ed Balet next door.  So we get to see Roger once in a while. 


Cool.  Roger is now living in Park City, UT and of course his son, Brett got in 40 days of skiing last ski season.  Boy, oh boy.  Here are some people who are working hard and also living the good life.  Frankly, I’m also fascinated by the intellectual property arena, so, who knows, Roger and I may have some interesting conversations.


Chris signing off






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