Saturday, January 4, 2014

Gov. Jerry Brown Even Gives Orders at the Gym

California Governor Jerry Brown works out at the same gym that I do. I have seen him around a few times.

His behavior at the gym is so different from most gym goers that it is worthy of comment.

As anyone who has spent time in a gym knows, workouts are pretty much a solitary thing. There is very little conversation, every one is pretty much doing their own thing, most while listening to music on their cell phones. Others having some conversation, if they are working with a trainer.

For Brown, he spends about half his time talking to gym staff. Nobody else does this. These aren't staffers that are coming up to him, but gym staff he seeks out in a corner of the gym. Most fascinating is his interaction with a gal trainer he sometimes uses. He gives more orders to the trainer than the other way around. It is not unusual to hear him tell the trainer something along the lines of, "No, lets do this next."

Politicos apparently can't stop giving orders.

To his credit, he doesn't take any bodyguards into the gym. He is in there solo, but he has a team waiting for him outside.

This morning at the gym, he acknowledged a guy working out on a weight machine near me. He said to the man, "You know it's the 100th year, we'll see what happens." Could he have been talking about the Fed? This is it's 100th year.


  1. Homo Sovieticus

  2. 100 years....

    2014... Year of the Rains!

    Now see if you can spot the trend, and the dramatic change in 2013, in the following data. In 2010, the U.S. trade deficit was $498B, and foreign official holdings of Treasury securities that year grew by $456B. In 2011, the trade deficit was $560B, and foreign official holdings of Treasuries grew by $426B. In 2012, the trade deficit was $540B, and foreign official holdings of Treasuries grew by $386B. Of course the final numbers for 2013 aren't in yet, but here's what it looks like. The trade deficit in 2013 will probably be around $485B, and foreign official (that is, foreign central banks, i.e., "structural support") holdings of Treasuries grew by a mere $20B through October, $24B extrapolated through December. Here, I made you a handy chart to help you visualize it! :D