Le Taj

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This Indian restaurant in Montreal – just across the street from Sofitel where I was staying –   reminded me of the dialogue (Le Big Mac 😏) from:

Pulp Fiction is a 1994 American crime film written and directed by Quentin Tarantino from a story he conceived with Roger Avary. It tells four intertwining tales of crime and violence in Los Angeles, California. The film stars John Travolta, Samuel L. Jackson, Bruce Willis, Tim Roth, Ving Rhames, and Uma Thurman. It was nominated for seven awards at the 67th Academy Awards, including Best Picture, and won Best Original Screenplay. It had a box office of over $213 million on a budget of about $8 million.

It won the Palme d’Or at the 1994 Cannes Film Festival – as I had mentioned in Portrait of an Academic Capitalist as a Young Man, and my first blog post of MyAmpleLife is Quentin Tarantino – and was a major critical and commercial success. Indeed, Quentin Tarantino became the poster child for Independent Filmmakers (and his screenplay is widely considered a masterpiece). 

Here is the clip.

The Lychee Martini was refreshing; I ordered my “usual”: Roti, Bhindi Masala and Raita; they were acceptable. I was in Montreal for the M&SOM Conference – the last time I attended MSOM in person was in 2017, when it was held at UNC Chapel Hill, and the last time I was in Montreal was in 2011, for the (first) INFORMS Healthcare Conference (where OrganJet was introduced to our community; also see À la recherche de moins de temps) – and it was great to meet up in person with many folks (in no particular order, including Tepper PhD students/alums): Tinglong Dai, Diwakar Gupta, Jay Swaminathan, Leela Nageswaran, Siddharth Singh, Ravi Anupindi, Hau Lee, Jan Fransoo, Brian Tomlin, Rene Caldentey, Wedad Elmagrabhy, Srinivas Bollapragada, Jeremy Gallien, Georgia Perakis, Noah Gans, Mohammad Delasey, Terry Taylor, Candy Yano, Erica Plambeck, Dan Iancu, Pnina Feldman, Cuihong Li, Karen Zheng, Morvarid Rahmani, Neda Mirzaeian, Gad Allon, Laurens Debo, Charles Corbett, Nan Liu, Lingxiu Dong, Tim Huh, Ananth Balakrishnan, Maxime Cohen, Ulrich Thonemann, Rodney Parker, Gerard Cachon, Marty Lariviere…in addition to meeting many, many new folks. (And, of course, Tepper folks Alan Scheller-Wolf, Savannah Tangwho presented two papers on Split Liver Transplantation, and Andrew Li also attended.)  I particularly enjoyed the two sessions on MSOM Practice-Based Research Competition (where I was one of the judges).

On my first night, Friday, I found a nice Jazz/Blues bar (“Upstairs”) and was Just-in-Time for a live show (enjoyed a Vesper with a wonderful cover of Moondance). On my last night I had a Dirty Martini at Le Bar, at Sofitel, whose restaurant is called:

Renoir is a 2012 French drama film based on the last years of Pierre-Auguste Renoir at Cagnes-sur-Merduring World War I. The film was directed by Gilles Bourdos and competed in the Un Certain Regard section at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival.

What I enjoyed most after seeing the movie (many years back, most likely in Kendall Square Theater) was to learn more about:

Jean Renoir (French: [ʁənwaʁ]; 15 September 1894 – 12 February 1979) was a French film director, screenwriter, actor, producer and author. As a film director and actor, he made more than forty films from the silent era to the end of the 1960s. His films La Grande Illusion (1937) and The Rules of the Game (1939) are often cited by critics as among the greatest films ever made. He was ranked by the BFI’s Sight & Sound poll of critics in 2002 as the fourth greatest director of all time. Among numerous honors accrued during his lifetime, he received a Lifetime Achievement Academy Award in 1975 for his contribution to the motion picture industry. Renoir was the son of the painter Pierre-Auguste Renoir and the uncle of the cinematographer Claude Renoir. He was one of the first filmmakers to be known as an auteur.

Just before checking out, I had a delightful breakfast with Hau Lee (reminded me of the one we had in Harvard Square, that I wrote about in Casablanca. Corsendonk. Como.) discussing how our field began, the prequel to it (Multi-Echelon Conference), the early years when MSOM was just a SIG (and Supply Chain Thought Leaders Conference was conceived by him in parallel), then upgraded to a Society  – I was the President in 2001 (around that time I also raised Series A for SmartOps) and my student Feryal Erhun in 2021 – the founding of the M&SOM Journal (we were on the Editorial Board when it was launched) and creation of Distinguished Fellows (we both are, and now some of our students are also!). We wondered if someone had put together its history (and if not, whether we should) and found that Tava Olsen has already done it!


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