Back in business

September 20th, 2015

It has been a while. Happy life changing events motivated a pause in my photographic activities. However, I’ve been missing taking pictures and explore new places. So here I am. Once again.

This is photo taken in Downtown Boston last night. Enjoy

Trulli, Alberobello, Apulia, Italy

June 30th, 2012
Alberobello by Paolo Ciccarese
Alberobello by Paolo Ciccarese Alberobello by Paolo Ciccarese

London town, UK

May 29th, 2012
London Cab, Horse Guards Parade and London Eye by Paolo Ciccarese
St. Martin in the Fields by Paolo Ciccarese National Gallery by Paolo Ciccarese
Piccadilly Circus by Paolo Ciccarese

Windy Chicago, Illinois

March 30th, 2011

I really enjoyed Chicago last week. It was windy and still cold but the city offers an amazing collection of very nice buildings. The number of skyscrapers is probably second only to New York. Don’t forget to taste the “world famous” deep-dish pizza or Chicago-style pizza.

City from the Sky Deck (by Paolo Ciccarese)
Chicago Navy Pier (by Paolo Ciccarese) Windy Chicago by Paolo Ciccarese Chicago by Paolo Ciccarese
Chicago by Paolo Ciccarese Old Public Library (by Paolo Ciccarese)

Hiking in Crawford Notch

August 28th, 2009
Sheede and Paolo in Crawford Notch

Wish I could hide my money in the mattress (I am not a financial expert)

November 21st, 2008

I am observing on the Dow Jones Indexes website the trend of the Industrial Average that at this very moment is 7516 points with a loss of 481 points. I recall some of the discussions I had in the last weeks and I remember a friend talking about the psychological barrier of the 8000 points. Well, I guess Dow Jones now plummetted below that barrier.

In the last days plenty of words have been said about the American cars crisis. People supporting the bailout idea and people that want the companies that are considered with “bad management” to go bankrupt. And an article on captured my attention. I don’t want to replicate the article here, thus I will report only one paragraph:

“I don’t think they should bail them out because … obviously something’s not right in the way they’re running their business, and why should the American people have to bail them out if they can’t figure out how to do it right?” September Quinn, the busy waitress, said after the lunch rush at the Inn Between.

Right, it doesn’t seem the managers of those companies have been wise enough. And probably those companies, even with a money injection, are not prepared to change in a really short time. But then what? I was reading yesterday (or the day before) that the number of people directly or indirectly employed by the car companies that are in trouble are up to 1 million. And I am not an expert of how the American system works but it seems that there are also people risking to lose their pension.

I don’t know much about the behavior of the managers of these companies, besides that, according to Jay Leno, they arrived in Washington D.C. via their $25,000 round-trip lavish private jets. But I recall something I read a couple of weeks ago about salaries of presidents of banks. If I am remembering correctly the average salary was 32 millions of dollars a year (I remember a case of 84 millions). And maybe I should mention also Hedge Funds managers that gained in one year far more than 100 millions. Thirty-two millions of dollars a year. I guess this money are not only paying the time these people are working (and I am sure they are super clever…uh? let’s skip the fact that the market blew up) but they also are the counter part for the big risk of directing big financial institutions. Right, RISK.

And now I wonder, is it fair that when troubles come, their companies are bailed out, the community is paying and the “wise” managers keep getting incentives? All this probably firing a bunch of people too (otherwise how can you call it renovation?). And here I am not bringing up the moral issue (it is a shame that one person can gain 84 millions in one year, a big distortion as they are about $234,000 per day). I am talking about justice here, and it goes back to the age-old expression, the captain must go down with the ship. It would be so simple to start cutting costs of a financial institution: cut those salaries (safe millions of dollars saved).

In fact, if you own a business and you don’t sell, there’s no other options than making sacrifices (gain less or working more to reduce the paid workforce). Well “it seems” that in banks, if it doesn’t go well, employees lower down in the hierarchy are fired while the salaries and incentives of those reigning on top are maintained.

Wish I could hide my money in the mattress.

Here I am (how I look like today)

June 19th, 2008

For my family and friends in Europe that unfortunately cannot see me anymore.

Paolo Ciccarese Paolo Ciccarese
Paolo Ciccarese Paolo Ciccarese


August 11th, 2006

Welcome to my personal perspective of the real world. This blog comes out from a previous blog called “vicino” that in Italian means “closed to”. As I love travelling and I already have a photo album of my trips, I decided to share something more… and this graphic skin seems to fit perfectly with my idea of observing and depicting the world…