Where Men Are – by Gary S. Smolker

Where the Men Are

John Carroll reports in his January 14, 2016 article in “FierceBiotech” that the ratio of men to women at the J.P. Morgan Healthcare Conference in San Francisco, in January 2016, was 9 to 1, men to women.

John Carroll scooped me.

See John Carroll’s article at http://www.fiercebiotech.com/story/biotech-has-problem-women-or-it-other-way-around/2016-01-14.

I am in the process of writing an article on my experiences with Femme Fatale at the conference.

Below is a working draft of the article.

When you are done reading the partial first draft of the article I am working on (copy below) you ought to have a hankering for a churro, thanks to me.

Stay tuned: I ought to be done writing and to have posted my article on my experiences at the recent J.P. Morgan Healthcare Conference (on my blog “The Gary S. Smolker Idea Exchange Blog” at http://www.garysmolker.wordpress.com) on or before January 26, 2016.

Femme Fatale and I both noticed a huge ratio of men to women at the Mintz Levin cocktail reception.

Femme Fatale’s immediate reaction was: There are so few women to compete with here!

It was astounding, to both of us, how few women were there.

The men and women who were at the Mintz Levin cocktail party reception gave us the impression that we were at the biotech industry’s equivalent of a Vanity Fair after party in the entertainment industry.

Vanity Fair has an annual party that takes place immediately after the Academy Awards.



Below is a partial first working draft of the article I am currently writing, which was scooped by John Carrol’s January 14, 2016 article in FierceBiotech.

Big Idea: Bottle and Sell Happiness, Cheerfulness and Delight

If happiness, cheerfulness and delight could be put in a bottle and sold we would make a fortune.

Below are some pictures taken in the lounge of the Casa del Mar Hotel by the Sea in Santa Monica, California, on Thursday night, January 14, 2016, of two cheerful guys (Ed and Dan) from Pennsylvania with painter-poet-hypnotherapist Femme Fatale at an after party.

Femme Fatale and I met Dan and Ed at a cocktail party on Tuesday night, January 12, 2016, in San Francisco at a cocktail reception hosted by Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.,  an international law firm, during J. P. Morgan’s 34th Annual Healthcare Conference and reconnected with them on Thursday night, January 14, 2016, at an after party they threw for the four of us in Santa Monica, California at the Casa del Mar Hotel by the Sea in Santa Monica, California.

The Casa del Mar Hotel by the Sea is a five star hotel.

Below is a picture of Ed and Femme Fatale in the lounge of Casa del Mar Hotel by the Sea, on Thursday night, January 14.

Dan and Ed have a cheerful temperament and convey likability big time.


Below is a picture of Dan and Femme Fatale on the same couch in the lounge at the Casa del Mar Hotel by the Sea in Santa Monica, on Thursday night, January 14, 2016.


If you ever find yourself in L.A. in desperate need for hot chocolate, I recommend you migrate over to “Churros Calientes” at 11521 Santa Monica Blvd. (telephone: 424-248-3890).  There you will find great Hot Chocolate and Churros.


Sunday night, January 17, 2016 I treated my self to a Hot Chocolate Caliente.

Below is a photograph of my Hot Chocolate Caliente.  I took that photo before drinking my Hot Chocolate.


My Hot Chocolate Caliente was so delicious that after drinking it, I then treated myself to an iced mocha.

Below is a photograph I took of the iced mocha I ordered, before indulging myself in the delight of consuming it.


The ladies sitting next to me at Churros Calientes enjoyed churros with ice cream.

They assured me their dish of churros with ice cream was delicious, as were their hot chocolate drinks.




Our server, Jacobo was wonderful.

Below is a photograph I took of Jacobo.


Yum — below is a partial list of hot chocolate drinks at Churros Calientes.


Si Non e Vero, e Ben Trovato

I love the cheerfulness of the philosophy expressed in the Italian saying si non e vero, e ben trovato (“even if it’s not true, it’s a good one”).


The purpose of this post is to tell you about a trip I took with Femme Fatale to San Francisco to attend a Mintz Levin reception/cocktail party in downtown San Francisco at Rickhouse on Tuesday, January 12, 2026 during J.P. Morgan’s 34th Annual Healthcare Conference and the after-party celebration we enjoyed with two Cheerful Guys we met there.

By the way, the people Femme Fatale and I met at the cocktail party were movers and shakers in biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries.

Henry Ford’s statement, “If I had asked people what they wanted, they would have said faster horses.” best describes the type of people we met at that cocktail party.

That certainly sums up what Dan and Ed and their company are all about.

The Trip Up to San Francisco

*** I am still writing this post.

Check out my blog in about two weeks to see my entire article about my 24 hour trip with Femme Fatale to San Francisco on January 12 and our after party with Dan and Ed and my commentary on chocolate.

I am on a quest to find the best hot chocolate drink, the best chocolate pastry, the best chocolate cake and the best chocolate in the world.

To be continued.

Copyright © 2016 Gary S. Smolker, All Rights Reserved

About Gary S. Smolker

PERSONAL PHILOSOPHY: No enterprise can exist for itself alone. Every successful enterprise ministers to some great need, it performs some great service, not for itself, but for others. Otherwise, it ceases to be profitable and ceases to exist. Imagination, open mindedness and flexibility are the most important factors in unlocking potential. Those who embrace innovation, improvisation, continuous learning, time management, are action oriented, high energy, passionate, creative, purposeful and intense individuals are best equipped to succeed. We all have ideas and the ability to make progress by sharing information and our ideas and also by changing our ideas when appropriate. We should always be on the lookout for teaching and mentoring moments. We hold time like water in our hands; however tightly we clench our fingers, it drips away. But, if it falls on a seed, a seed may grow to become something that will have a positive social impact. PERSONAL INTERESTS: I have a passion to learn, to innovate, to lead, to mentor and to teach. I seek to write things worth reading and want to do things worth writing about. I enjoy (a) driving a fast car, (b) having intense conversations (c) teaching/mentoring, (d) reading and (e) being involved in productive activity. PERSONAL: I believe in cultivating and backing passionate people, innovation, and old fashioned good ideas. I love making human connections and spreading good ideas. I am strongly motivated to achieve in situations in which independence of thought and action are called for. PERSONAL GOALS: I want to live life vibrantly, to be as sharp as a tack until my last breath and to change the world by being me. My personal goal is to be fully engaged in life, to lead by example, to set high standards and to continue to amass firsthand experience and knowledge in all that interests me. PERSONALITY: I love fun and mischief. I relish absurdity. I have an irreverent, facetious and satiric disposition. I dread boredom. I have spent a lifetime reading. I have no bias against people who have lived successful and/or complicated lives. I write to release tension, to get things off my chest. SOCIAL MEDIA: I post articles on the "Gary S. Smolker Idea Exchange" blog at www.garysmolker.wordpress.com, and "Dude's Guide to Women's Shoes" at www.dudesguidetowomensshoes.com. I also post images and comments on Instagram @garyspassion. CONTACT INFORMATION: Gary Smolker, Smolker Law Firm, 16055 Ventura Blvd., Ste 525, Encino, California, 91436-2609, USA. Phone 1-818-788-7290, e-mail GSmolker@aol.com.

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