We make it our business to cover a lot of ground here at The D&O Diary, and apparently so do this blog’s readers, at least judging by the first round of pictures readers have sent in as “mug shots” of The D&O Diary coffee mug. Readers will recall that in a recent post, I offered to send out to anyone who requested one a D&O Diary coffee mug – for free – but only if the mug recipient agreed to send me back a picture of the mug and a description of the circumstances in which the picture was taken.
We have mailed out dozens and dozens of mugs (and I would be remiss if I did not pause here to express my thanks to Mrs. D&O Diary, whose assistance in helping to mail the mugs has been indispensable). The early picture returns are starting to come in. If the first batch of pictures is any indication, the collective “mug shots” will constitute a formidable gallery. Here a few pictures culled from the first batch.
The D&O Diary writes about issues affecting the liabilities of corporate directors and officers, and that means this blog’s beat includes the world of corporate and securities litigation. In light of this blog’s business litigation bailiwick, what better place is there to picture The D&O Diary mug than on Wall Street itself, outside the New York Stock Exchange? The photo below was taken by Gregory Del Gaizo of the Robbins Arroyo law firm of San Diego, who took this mug shot while visiting the East Coast on business.
With nearly 40% of its readership outside the United States, The D&O Diary has a global reach. So the D&O Diary mug fits in abroad just as well as at home. Our good friend Aruno Rajaratnam, of Ince & Co. law firm’s Singapore office, took this “mug shot” of these musicians at Indira Gandhi Airport in New Delhi. Aruno reports that “The musicians just gave me a cursory nod at first when I said I wanted a photo of them…..then when I placed the mug in front of them, they were very amused!”
The D&O Diary also knows how to relax. George Washington University Law Professor Larry Cunningham sent in the following rooftop shot from East Hampton, New York (Cunningham’s name will be familiar to readers as he is the editor of a volume of Warren Buffett’s essays that I reviewed in a recent post, here):
Loyal reader (and frequent blog post commentator, as well as occasional guest post contributor) Donna Ferrara of Gallagher Management Liability sent in this shot from the McFaul Environmental Center, in Bergen County, New Jersey, near her home.
And finally, Jeff Gauthier of the Great American Executive Liability Division sent in this picture taken at the Pinehurst Country Club in Pinehurst, North Carolina. Jeff’s explanation for this, well, unusual picture, taken at the famous Pinehurst No. 2 course, is set out below the picture:
Bobby Jones described Pinehurst as the St. Andrews of United States golf. Pinehurst is the site of Ben Hogan’s first professional win; the 1940 North and South Open. Home of the 1951 Ryder Cup where play was suspended midway through the match so both teams could attend the North Carolina vs. Tennessee college football game in Chapel Hill, NC.
Pinehurst No. 2 (there are 8 courses in the Pinehurst family) was completely renovated in 2011 (led by Ben Crenshaw’s design team) in an effort to restore it to Donald Ross’ original design. No rough, larger playing areas, more strategic shot options and a return to the natural aesthetics of sand, hardpan and native wire grass. * Caddies note: wire grass is more commonly referred to as “love” grass because everyone getting involved with it gets screwed.
Pinehurst No. 2 hosts both the men’s and women’s U.S. Open, back to back, in 2014. This is the first venue ever to host both events in succession.
In 1999 Payne Stewart jarred the longest winning putt in U.S. Open history on the 18th green of Pinehurst No. 2. Payne’s celebratory pose is now immortalized in bronze not far from his accomplishment. The D&O coffee mug does its best to replicate the pose …
My thanks to everyone who has sent in pictures so far. Even with over one hundred mugs mailed out already, I still have a few left for anyone who is interested – and who is willing to send back a picture – on a first-come, first-served basis. Just let me know if you would like one of the well-traveled and world famous D&O Diary mugs.
As I said in the title of my original post about the mugs, the best things in life are free. I don’t know if you have noticed, but it seems that lately more and more of the Internet is going behind pay walls and toll booths. You can be assured, however, that The D&O Diary will remain free. Always has been and always will be.
My thanks to all of this blog’s readers for their loyal support. Cheers.