House of Cards

Say what you want about Francis Underwood, but he is a man who knows what he wants. I was listening to a podcast the other day (Tim Ferriss’) and the guest was a guy whose business and nickname is Scorpion. The man claims to have an IQ of 197 and the origin of his pseudonym comes from the fact that scorpions are notoriously docile until provoked. Most people wouldn’t claim that Frank waits to be provoked for anything, but he does have a gentle nature about him that covers the cunning and ruthless chess moves he uses to get the best longterm results in his own self-interest. The thing is though, it’s really fun to watch. And it was fun to listen to Scorpion talk about his upscale concierge business where he helped a billionaire break up his son’s engagement without his son having any knowledge of his involvement. It was a six month Machiavellian script that played out like a modern day Shakespearean drama, minus the bloodshed. And as I listened to the story unfold it kind of dawned on me that this kind of stuff really does play out in real life. I couldn’t help but feel like I’m doing it all wrong. Oh well. 10 more days and the binge begins! “One heartbeat away from the presidency and not a single vote cast in my name — democracy is so overrated.” -FU

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