Wednesday, March 18, 2020

A Special Note from Jake about the COVID-19 Virus

A Special Note from Jake

I understand this is an extremely challenging time for humanity. It seems in many ways as if we are experiencing World War 3, and I believe all of humanity is at war with the COVID-19 Coronavirus Pandemic. 

I believe one of the blessings in disguise is all this "Social Distancing" will bring all people of the world closer together as we realize we are ALL on the same team. This not only includes mankind, but all of nature. I don't think it's ever been more apparent to humanity we are all sharing this home which is a spinning blue marble in space, and it is imperative we take real and meaningful action to preserve the only home we know.

In case you haven't noticed, I am the President of the Rolex fan club, and I have also always been a huge fan of Patek Philippe, so much so I have been publishing for the past 9 years. Today I noticed on Patek Philippe's Instagram account they announced they will temporarily suspend their Instagram posting as seen below:

I am doing the exact opposite of Patek Philippe. In other words, now more than ever I believe people need a healthy distraction from all the chaos and pandemonium, and that is exactly what I intend to achieve with all my great readers all over the world.

Whether we hop in the Rolex Time Machine and go back to yesteryear to take a nostalgic look around, or explore other interesting ideas. In other words, we all need many 'Calgon, take me away!!!" moments at a time like this! For the record, my goal is NOT to bury our collective head in the sand and inundate my readers with just positive stories, but to also look reality in the face as we explore the world we ALL share.

Rolex Boutique in New York Closed

Our Captain Danny just snapped this photo of the Rolex Boutique in New York City and said "Meanwhile in New York, the sign on the door says Rolex is closed."

For some reason this Van Halen song, "Where Have All The Good Times Gone!" keeps playing in my head when I think about what is going on in the world today. I think in times of crisis it forces us to reflect on things and people we have taken for granted in the past, like simply being able to go to a nice restaurant for a great meal.

There is an amazing quote that comes to mind I will share with you which I believe is perfectly on-point for the world today, which comes from the great founding father of the United States, General George Washington:

“We should never despair, our situation before has been unpromising and has changed for the better, so I trust, it will again. If new difficulties arise, we must only put forth new exertions and proportion our efforts to the exigency of the times.” 

—General George Washington

One More Thing

Rudyard Kipling pictured above

The Rudyard Kipling poem "If" was my grandfather Jake's favorite poem and it keeps running through my head so I thought I would share it with you:

If you can keep your head when all about you   
    Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,   
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
    But make allowance for their doubting too;   
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
    Or being lied about, don’t deal in lies,
Or being hated, don’t give way to hating,
    And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise:

If you can dream—and not make dreams your master;   
    If you can think—and not make thoughts your aim;   
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
    And treat those two impostors just the same;   
If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken
    Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
    And stoop and build ’em up with worn-out tools:

If you can make one heap of all your winnings
    And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
    And never breathe a word about your loss;
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
    To serve your turn long after they are gone,   
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
    Except the Will which says to them: ‘Hold on!’

If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,   
    Or walk with Kings—nor lose the common touch,
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,
    If all men count with you, but none too much;
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
    With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run,   
Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,   

    And—which is more—you’ll be a Man, my son!