WSJ Writes About Lloyd Blankfein’s Locker Room Nakedness

I never thought I’d see the day.  File this one under “Signs of the Apocalypse” ?

“Mr. Smith outlines moments when he came into close contact with Goldman’s chairman and chief executive, according to pages reviewed by The Wall Street Journal.

Mr. Smith tells of one near-encounter when he saw Mr. Blankfein, sans clothes, after taking a shower at the gym. Mr. Blankfein was “air-drying,” Mr. Smith writes, something Mr. Smith took not as a display of power but as something men of an older generation tend to do.”

My former bosses sometimes read this blog, and I just want to take this moment to thank them for never having “air-dried” in front of me.

The question remains, though:  does Lloyd Blankfein have Gold Man-Sacks?  (ba dum bum CHING!  see what I did there?).

Also, am I the only one who INSTANTLY thinks of Cuba Gooding Jr’s “Rod Tidwell” from jerry Maguire every time I hear the phrase “air dry” ?


Jerry: I started talking with Dennis Wilburn about your renegotiation.
Rod: Talking. Jerry Rice, Andre Reed, Chris Carter… I smoke all these fools. They are making the big sweet dollars. They are making the… kwan, and you are talking.
Jerry: Kwan. That’s your word?
Rod: Yeah, man, it means love, respect, community… and the dollars too. The whole package. The kwan.
Jerry: Great word. Towel?
Rod: No, I air-dry.


Loyal readers will also be reminded of a classic Kid Dynamite gym story from 4 years ago which I will reprint in full below for posterity’s sake:

Why I Don’t Use the Hair Dryer In the Gym – A Short Story by Kid Dynamite

Saturday afternoon I hit the gym to pound out some miles on the treadmill. I live about a half mile from the gym, so after I run, I pop into the locker room to remove my sweaty t-shirt, put my sweatshirt back on, and head home dry.

So I finish my 4 miles and walk into the locker room. There’s a triple sink and counter there where I can put down my Ipod and throw on my sweatshirt, while busting out a most muscular pose in the mirror. Today, however, there’s a very naked dude monopolizing the first sink. Now, I’ve never understood the phenomenon of people waggling their nekkid goods all over the locker room – especially at the sink. I mean, what do you do at the sink – brush your teeth, comb your hair, shave – basically, things that are very easily done with a towel wrapped around your waist. But no – this donkey was deliberately toweling off his head, shaking his junk all around, in my general direction.

I turned at a slight angle away from him, being careful to avoid the reflection trap of the side-mirror that I was now almost facing, and being even more careful not to stare into the sun (aka, his junk). Apparently not content that I refused to check out his package, this guy then proceeded to bang out a hip flexor stretch with his foot up on the sink. Naked. Way out of line.
As I grabbed my t-shirt and turned to exit, he executed the coup de grace – he grabbed the hair dryer and after giving his head a compulsory 5 second once over, he proceeded to blow dry his junk.

And THAT is why I don’t use the hair dryer at the gym.”


Greg Smith: “I saw Lloyd Blankfein Naked”

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