Despite the recession, The Prime Rib restaurant (average dinner check $50-plus) was packed on Friday night for two sittings, with revelers also jammed three-deep around the piano and the bar. Eight blocks southwest, because of the recession, Our Daily Bread soup kitchen, 411 Cathedral St., was similarly packed Saturday and yesterday at noon, quietly feeding 650 hungry men, women and (sadly) little children. Because the soup kitchen, open 365 days a year, desperately needs money and staple food items, please phone director Steve Tuttle, 659-4000, for specific needs, delivery details, etc. (I take or send a $100. check every few months.)
LOCAL LINE: Duty Free International, which runs airport duty-free shops around the world, with a large facility in Glenburnie, is written up in Fortune, April 6. ("Duty Free's stock dropped sharply when Canada's Prime Minister Mulroney proposed adding a large tax on cigarettes bought just over our border, but there is still plenty of business to be had by Duty Free."
WORKPLACE WISDOM: "Managers and Leaders: Are They Different?" is worth reading in Harvard Business Review, March-April issue. ("Managers' goals arise out of necessities rather than desires. They excel at diffusing conflicts, ensuring that daily business gets done. Leaders adopt personal, active attitudes toward goals, looking for opportunities around the corner.")..."If your colleagues are studiously scribbling during an excruciatingly dull meeting, they may be simply trying to stay awake. According to a survey of 140 managers, 61 percent write notes during meetings, 47 percent daydream, 41 percent doodle, 19 percent ask questions---but 18 percent conk out anyway." (Working Woman, April.)