Cosmopolitan | Weekly Report for March 16, 2018


When you saw that title — Cosmopolitan — what did you think of? A magazine? A drink? A worldly and sophisticated guy like me? 😉

I love the English language. We have lots of words that mean different things to different people. Cosmopolitan can be used to describe all of the above. When I used the word earlier this week, I was describing a “multi-cultural and international” system, our economy. Our economy is “cosmopolitan.”


Like it or not, the U.S. economy is completely integrated into the world economy. Even American cars don’t have American parts anymore. My beloved Jeep (a.k.a. “The Beast”) is only 89% American made and my wife Sue’s Ford Mustang is only 64% domestic. We import from and export to almost every nation on Earth. Last night, I bought an Argentinian Malbec at a German grocery store and stopped by a British Petroleum gas station to buy gas, that came from a Saudi Arabian oil well, but was refined in Louisiana. Yes, I try to buy “American,” but it’s getting harder to do.


Here’s another fun word we heard a lot about this week — tariff. It basically is a tax on an import or export. If cutting taxes to stimulate our economy is a good idea, wouldn’t raising taxes on imports (tariffs) do the opposite? If I’m wrong, let me know. I always welcome your thoughts.





Monday, March 12 – I’ll Never Doubt DT Again

For weeks I have been keeping an eye on the weather. Friday, March 9 was “shoot day” with Congressman Rob Wittman. Monday was the “rain date.” And WXRisk.com‘s Dave Tolleris had been calling for an early March snowstorm. So I don’t know why everyone was so surprised that it snowed Monday. DT called it….and he was right again. WXRisk.com has 215,000+ Facebook fans, BTW. #BoldForecastersWin

The snow didn’t stop us from recording indoors at BES Studios on Monday, nor did it deter Rev. Jim Dunkin and I from having lunch nearby at Conch Republic. Just eating at the Key West-themed restaurant “on the rivah” warmed us up just a little bit.

And although there was snow on the mounds of mulch Monday, that didn’t phase the Yard Works crew, who opened their seventh retail location on Hull Street Road. We’ve had Yard Works as a client for 10 years, and we’re proud of their continued success. Drop by the new location and see them this Spring for all your landscape supply needs — 10831 Hasty Lane, Midlothian, Virginia.





Tuesday, March 13 – Squirrel! 


On Tuesday, I was scheduled to present a digital media seminar to members of the Presbytery of the James at Brandermill Church. But when a squirrel chewed through the gas line, they lost heat and the entire placed smelled worse than the paper mill in West Point. So, it was onto Plan B. Special thanks to the ladies at Brandermill Woods, who opened up their theatre to us and saved the day. The seminar went off without a hitch and the presenter was spectacular.


Friends, family and colleagues have all teased me about this sporty sports coat

I bought last fall. This week, the jacket went viral.



Our rockstar company attorney Tim Feehan was in the house on Wednesday, giving us a little contract seminar during our March Lunch & Learn. We learned some pretty cool stuff regarding changes to our project and service contracts. He said if I mentioned him in the Weekly Report, he would knock $20 off this month’s bill.


We held our March Media Mixer at Capital Ale House Wednesday night, and it was good to see so many friends and new faces. Thanks to Capital Ale’s GM Dana Carson for hosting us this month and laying out some seriously tasty German sausages and pretzel bites. #Danke


Hey look, we took a picture at the March Mixer!





Thursday, March 15 – Check Yo Self


My buddy Chris Winslow put the fun back in fundraiser last night, as we joined him and a big crowd at The Hard Shell in Midlothian. Chris is a fellow Mary Washington College Eagle, former President of the Magnificent Midlothian Rotary Club and seeking his second term as Clover Hill District Supervisor. He’s also a great friend, who will be Governor of Virginia someday. Please support his meteoric rise to power at ChrisWinslow.com


While I handed over a small check to Chris, our clients FC Richmond handed a BIG check — for $10,000 — to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, proceeds from their highly successful Juggle Challenge last week. I love it. Great clients making a huge impact on our community!


FC Richmond’s U11 Mystx team posing with Senior Development

Manager of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Beth Salidino and holding the BIG check.





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Martinsville Speedway

March 24-25


It’s the first short-track race of the season and NASCAR‘s biggest and best will try to master Martinsville in the STP 500. Don’t miss your chance to see the best racing in the world and visit the Who’s Your Driver tent and pick up some schwag. Get your tickets to the race today!


Leadercast Richmond 2018

Parkway Baptist Church

May 4


Leadercast Live is the largest one-day leadership event in the world. It is a pairing of inspiring messages and rich interaction with fellow leaders who are being intentional about raising their standard of leadership, through a creative, energetic and memorable experience. Get your tickets today and check out their Facebook page for more information!




Friday, March 16 – What’s That You Said? #huh


Today we welcomed a new client — Live Better Hearing! This great group of audiologists has 23 locations in Maryland and Virginia, and are rapidly expanding. Upon hearing the news, my wife Sue suggested that I go get my hearing checked. #ThanksHoney


Our Spring intern Stephanie Granata and the Madison+Main team will be out at Shamrock the Block tomorrow giving away cool stuff from our client River City Roll.



Grab some River City Roll gear tomorrow from Stephanie at Shamrock the Block!



“I’ve abandoned free market principles to save the free market system.”


– President George W. Bush

  December 16, 2018