Diary of a Mad County

SATURDAY, Aug. 17 Cabana boy Raoul is manipulating our sweeping second hand as we're sprawled across the massage table at St. Regis Monarch Beach Resort and Spa—enjoying the distinct smell of caramel and subtle citrus notes emanating from our freebie Sam Adam Lights while thumbing through the September issue of Fortune magazine—when we stop on a story titled "The Greedy Bunch." Mark Gimein reports that top executives at Enron, Tyco and Global Crossing were not alone in cashing out before their companies crashed. "The not-so-secret dirty secret of the crash is that even as investors were losing 70 percent, 90 percent, even in some cases all of their holdings, top officials of many companies that have crashed the hardest were getting immensely, extraordinarily, obscenely wealthy," Gimein writes. Fortune charts the 25 companies with the greediest executives, and coming in at No. 2 is Irvine-based Broadcom, whose officers and directors sold $2.08 billion worth of their company stock between January 1999 and May 2002. On an accompanying list of the 25 greediest executives, Broadcom co-chairman Henry Samueli comes in at No. 3 for having cashed out $810 million worth of stock shortly before the crash, immediately followed at No. 4 by his partner, Henry Nicholas, with $799 million. Makes you feel all warm and fuzzy while watching your 401k tank, eh?

SUNDAY, Aug. 18 A disappointing turnout of about 100 lesbians take part in the inaugural Orange County Dyke March. Because none of the ladies gathered at Lions Park in Costa Mesa wrassle one another or hawk peanut butter-and-banana sandwiches, no Elvis sightings are reported. But what a great place to kick back with an ice, cold beer packing some of the most expensive hops in the world—Sam Adams Light!

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