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Attention to Coffee Pot Detail

Sunday, July 24th, 2016

I just read a good reminder about the importance of attention to detail. It is a bit like the proverb For Want of a Nail:

For want of a nail a horseshoe was lost,
for want of a horseshoe a horse went lame,
for want of a horse a rider never got through,
for want of a rider a message never arrived,
for want of a message an army was never sent,
for want of an army a battle was lost,
for want of a battle a war was lost,
for want of a war a kingdom fell

That’s another way of also saying A stitch in time saves nine! And from the New York Times, we learn of the importance of airline coffee pots and how they effect travel. The title of the article is For Want of a Coffeepot, Your Flight is Delayed.

The article tells us that if the coffee pots are not working, the flight gets delayed. I understand the importance of coffee, but doesn’t that seem a bit extreme?

In fact, it’s not the lack of coffee that delays flights, it’s the possible reason that the coffee pot is not working. It may be the cause/effect of an electrical problem.

These pots range from a cost of $7000-$21,000 because they have to be able to withstand turbulence and include specially approved Federal Aviation Administration safety features that include circuit breakers and wiring insulation against on board fires.

So, the next time you get on an airplane and see that coffeemaker, remember how important it is to the flight. When the flight attendant asks you if you want coffee… be thankful that all is good!

 

Next is an historical reminder from Our Daily Bread of the importance in a Divotional titled The Wrong Horseshoe.

And for pic o’ day, I couldn’t decide… so I am posting two-fer-Monday!  The first is a different kind of “best day ever” and the second is the joy of pool days.

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Dog Lessons for a Friday

Thursday, July 21st, 2016

Not everyone is a dog person, but the following did make me smile when I saw it. So, even if you are more of a cat person I hope you enjoy Some dog lessons for people:

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I hope you have a great weekend!!!

And for pic o’ day, it seems appropriate to post one that I have posted before. This one always makes me laugh!

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The First Battle of Bull Run

Thursday, July 21st, 2016

This is one of those “history anniversary” days that I enjoyEd reading when it popped up today. On this day, July 21, 1861, the First Battle of Bull Run was fought. It is considered the first major land battle of the Civil War.

Although the Confederate army was outnumbered and found themselves at a distinct disadvantage, they managed to slow the Union army until reinforcements arrived. Then, they retreated to high ground at nearby Henry House Hill. That’s where Confederate General Thomas J. Jackson and his brigade of Virginians from the Virginia Military Institute stood their ground to meet the Union advance.

Confederate General Barnard E. Bee, in a shout to rally his troops, shouted, “There is Jackson standing like a stone wall. Rally behind the Virginians!”.

From that point forward, Jackson was known as “Stonewall Jackson” and his brigade was called the Stonewall Brigade. IMG_0222

In the attack, the Union soldiers fled east toward Washington D.C., and it was then that the Union knew that they had a fight on their hands and that the Civil War would not be over quickly.

It doesn’t matter if you consider yourself a Yankee or Rebel, you have to respect that grit!

And for pic o’ day, there’s always 2 ways of looking at life!

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The Mug Shot Curiosity

Tuesday, July 19th, 2016

Mug shots have taken on a life of their own. No, this is not a blog on coffee! It’s those pictures that are taken of people when they are arrested. In fact, newspapers sometimes even have an online section. (Example from Daily Press)

Public relations agents for celebrities are apparently telling their clients to make sure that they smile if they are arrested. Such as:

 

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And then the infamous Nick Nolte:

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If you click here, there is a whole collection of smiling celebrities. If you didn’t know where the pictures came from, you would think that these celebrities are the happiest that they have ever been. In fact… not so much.

That brings me to a recent Court of Appeals opinion from the Cincinnati-based 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals . In a close 9-7 opinion vote, the court ruled that suspects have a privacy interest in preventing disclosure of their criminal mug shot photos that should be weighed against the public interest in receiving them. (Detroit Free Press)

This ruling only relates to Federal requests, and not to state courts. This federal appellate court noted that freedom of information requests (FOIA) allow federal agencies to refuse requests for law-enforcement information if the release could “reasonably be expected to constitute an unwarranted invasion of personal privacy.”

The court ruling stemmed from a lawsuit filed by the Detroit Free Press, which had sought photos of four Michigan police officers charged with bribery and drug conspiracy from the U.S. Marshals Service.

The opinion of the appeals court said.

“A disclosed booking photo casts a long, damaging shadow over the depicted individual,” Circuit Judge Deborah Cook wrote for the majority. “In 1996, when we decided Free Press I, booking photos appeared on television or in the newspaper and then, for all practical purposes, disappeared. Today, an idle internet search reveals the same booking photo that once would have required a trip to the local library’s microfiche collection. In fact, mug-shot websites collect and display booking photos from decades-old arrests.”

In the dissent, Judge Danny Boggs wrote that, “Today’s decision obscures our government’s most coercive functions—the powers to detain and accuse—and returns them to the shadows.”

This is one of those blogs where the words get boring… but the pictures are interesting!

And for pic o’ day, some lion humor!

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Real Life in the Moment

Monday, July 18th, 2016

Sunday afternoon I was sitting in my office at home, at my computer, doing “a little work”. At the same time, I was watching the Baltimore Orioles play Tampa Bay. I find major league baseball relaxing… as long as the Orioles are winning. I admit that I was also periodically turning the channel to watch some golf. Maybe even a “periodic text”.

The Orioles are currently in first place in their division with the season a little over halfway over,.But on this day, they were struggling. They ultimately lost 5-2.

However, there was one encouraging moment in the game that became a human interest story. It made me stop and watch without distraction. It was the major league debut of Orioles lefty reliever Donnie Hart, who had just gotten called up after several years in the minor leagues .

Hart’s entire family was sitting together in the stands. The television cameras from the MASN network kept focusing on them. Hart’s sister was showing the excitement and stress of the moment. His parents were taking cell phone pictures and nervously rocking back and forth.

They saw the left-hander Hart retire two Tampa Bay hitters on six pitches, including a looking strikeout of the second batter. For them, in that moment, nothing else mattered!

I am often extremely irritated by insurance adjusters who belittle client claims. Many times, they merely view the case related to the medical bills. They forget that life revolves around the moments and cannot be measured by simply adding up medical bills with some pitiful multiplier!

And for pic o’ day, feeling positive:

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Tale of Two Lawsuits

Sunday, July 17th, 2016

I thought that my Monday blog should include some law! So, today I write about two unusual lawsuits. One is settled and the other is still pending and headed to trial.

First involves a mascot and ESPN (Chicago Tribune)

A wrongful injury lawsuit filed against ESPN by the school mascot for Mississippi State has been settled. The plaintiff, one of the university’s cheerleaders, was dressed as  Bully the Mascot when she was run over by one of ESPN’s motorized television cameras. According to the lawsuit, the plaintiff suffered a compound fracture to her lower left leg during the incident. The plaintiff filed suit against both ESPN and Mississippi State seeking $75,000 in actual and compensatory damages. The amount of the recent settlement with ESPN has not been disclosed. She still has pins in her leg and continues to experience pain.

 

The second lawsuit is an employment wages lawsuit (The Post and Courier) that was filed against a Charleston, South Carolina restaurant for “breakage”.

A wage theft lawsuit filed against a seafood restaurant in Charleston, South Carolina, is headed to trial. The lawsuit was filed over the policy of Hyman’s Seafood Co. of charging employees under a “breakage fee policy” whenever employees would break glasses or dishes. According to the complaint which has been filed by 160 current and former employees of the restaurant, Hyman’s violated the Fair Labor Standards Act by charging employees a breakage fee.

In a deposition, the restaurant owner admitted that he had not consulted an attorney before implementing his policy. The plaintiffs need to show that his conduct in implementing such a policy “knew or showed reckless disregard”. It would make me nervous carrying the plates!

 

And finally our pic o’ day

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Some Politics

Thursday, July 14th, 2016

We are truly in the political season. Trump picking his Vice President, and soon Clinton will pick her VP. So I thought it would be timely to reference some of the words of John Adams, in letters to his wife Abigail:

First, Adams once complained that the task of cleaning up the President’s House, the first family’s official residence before the White House and after George Washington’s term:

Last night for the first time I slept in our new House. But what a Scene: The Furniture belonging to the Publick is in the most deplorable Condition. There is not a Chair fit to sit in. The Beds and Bedding are in a woeful Pickle. This House has been a Scene of the most Scandalous Drinking and Disorder among the servants, that ever I heard of. I would not have one of them for any Consideration. There is not a Carpet nor a Curtain, nor a Glass nor Linnen nor China nor any Thing. Dont expose this Picture.”

Despite using a bit of old English, it’s still a bad thing to have to stay in a place that is a “woeful pickle”. Like one of those scary hotels where you sleep with your clothes on!

Second, as to the office of Vice President,  Adams once described the office of Vice President as “the most insignificant office that ever the invention of man contrived or his imagination conceived.”

And that’s some politics! I hope you have a great weekend!

Here’s a pic o’ day for the weekend that describes a “bad decision”:

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Citizen Joe Brown

Wednesday, July 13th, 2016

The TV commercial shows us an operating room with surgeons and nurses gathered around the patient. One member of the surgical team begins issuing orders on what to do to save the patient. They all begin to act on his emergency leadership instructions. Then, a second person of the team asks, “Are you a surgeon?” He replies, “No, but I did stay at a Holiday Inn Express last night.”

I was reminded of that ad when I saw the news story about Judge Joe Brown. Former TV judge Joe Brown was licensed to practice law in Tennessee. For now, he can’t practice because his license has been placed on disability inactive status.

According to the public relations department of his TV show, Brown’s recent health problems, are partly related to complications from diabetes .

“Judge Brown is suffering from what hopefully will prove to be a temporary disability as a result of complications following from Type II Diabetes and the effects of prescribed medication for the condition combined with hypertension and stress,” the statement said.

The other part of his “disability” might be part and parcel related to the Tennessee Supreme Court order that has transferred Brown’s license to a disability status says the court did consider documentation of Brown’s disability that was supplied by his doctor and…

A pending ethics complaint petition against him that has been suspended. The complaint stems from an incident in a courthouse in Shelby County where Brown challenged the authority of a magistrate, verbally was hollering and was ultimately led away in handcuffs. (Story here) As a result of his conduct in that courtroom, he received a  five-day contempt sentence that was ultimately upheld by the state supreme court, which led to the state bar ethics complaint.

Why would I blog about a man’s travails with the Tennessee bar? Because I think that he should now do a television ad where someone asks, “How do you know what to do in the courtroom? Are you a judge or lawyer?” ”No, but I did stay at a Holiday Inn Express last night”. Boom!

I’m just reporting! I’m sure he’s made enough money to laugh at it all!

And for pic 0′ day…

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The Road Less Traveled

Tuesday, July 12th, 2016

Yesterday’s devotional in Our Daily Bread was taken from the Bible book of Exodus. (Exodus 13:17-22)

It’s the story of the children of Israel leaving Egypt. Pharaoh had told them to go, but that was only after the plagues. God’s instruction to Moses was to take them into the wilderness and ultimately they would cross the Red Sea.

The reality was that there was a shorter and easier way through the land of the Philistines. But they would have been discouraged and scared by all the violence and war at the shorter route. So, as the story goes, they took the route of the wilderness and ultimately through the parted Red Sea.

That story is a also a great metaphor and lesson. Robert Frost said in his poem The Road Not Taken that Two Roads diverged in a wood, and I– I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.   

Recently I was sitting in a deposition, listening to my client answer a question about her rehab following a surgery. My mind wandered to my knee surgery several years ago and my rehab.

I remember the physical therapist telling me that there are no shortcuts. Sure, I could decide not to come to therapy and pretend that I was going to do home exercises, but I would pay for that later.

I remember going each time and just being miserable, as the therapist pushed me. Finally, I started seeing mobility. Today, I hardly think about that surgery… unless I am writing a blog about it.

It wasn’t the easy way. It would have been much easier just to “let it heal” but that shortcut would have gotten me no where. Taking the hard route has made all the difference, even though it sometimes felt like I was going through the wilderness.

 

 And for pic o’ day, I am posting some equal political ridicule because I have been seeing some interesting political, mean posts lately on the Internet. I suspect it’s only going to get wilder. IMG_0188IMG_1504

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A Trip Shorter

Monday, July 11th, 2016

I enjoy reading “Today in History” because I usually am surprised by the history. That happened today!

On this day in 1920, President Woodrow Wilson declared the Panama Canal as officially opened. The Panama Canal  is a 48-mile waterway connecting the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific Ocean. It ranks as one of the greatest engineering achievements. I’m fascinated by its travel impact.

The canal shortened a ship’s voyage between New York and San Francisco to 5,200 miles. Before it was opened, a ship had to travel around South America, which meant a distance of 13,000. The proverbial “going around your thumb to get to your elbow”. (Not really how the expression usually goes)

It costs $380 million to build back then, which is a lot of frequent flyer miles on the credit card! It took thousands of workers, working 10 years and chopping through jungles and swamps to build it.

That’s the history. The reality is the difficulty. More than 25,000 workers died during its construction. Many deaths were caused by malaria and yellow fever, contracted as they chopped through the swamps.

In 1999, the United States transferred its ownership of the canal to Panama. Many were against it. The argument for it was that we no longer needed to maintain it… as long as we could use it. We became “renters” instead of owners. An interesting way of looking at the cost of peace.

Now, I just need to figure out a faster way to work each morning… but I digress!

And for pic o’ day, some “pups” that make me smile:

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