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On a Friday

Thursday, September 18th, 2014

This Friday brings some interesting news. Today, Chinese E-Commerce stock Alibaba goes public with its IPO. I am always fascinated at the announcement of an price opening which happens to be at $68 this time.  Meanwhile, I am sure that we as regular investors can only  attempt to buy it at a much higher price when it opens trading. Another reminder of the stock market’s insider favoritism!

Instead, some pic o’ day church humor!

church humor

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Warren Buffett’s Lunch Lessons

Wednesday, September 17th, 2014

     If someone asked me for my thoughts on Warren Buffett, I could respond with different answers. As an investor, I respect his method of buying good companies for a fair price.

     As a lawyer, my interaction with Buffett is really through one of his companies, Geico. In that perspective, I cannot be that complimentary while wearing my lawyer’s hat. In fact, I tell many that I personally would not have Geico as my car insurance, because I believe that they do not fairly pay claims.

     As such, I believe that many of their policyholders end up in a lawsuit, when it is not necessary. As a side note, I recently filed suit against Geico and some of their individual adjusters; so maybe they would never let me be one of their insured anyway!  

     That reminds me of another personal story as I digress from my intended Warren Buffett blog. Several years ago, I represented a lady relating to a products case against a car manufacturer. In fact, it ended up on national news. We had just been contacted by the show 20/20 about doing a possible story… and then the car company settled.

     A few months after that, I went to buy a truck. It was manufactured by the same company who had been a defendant in that products case. I really did not have that lawsuit on my mind, since the product case involved a car not a truck.

     After entering into an agreement with the salesman, I was allowed to leave the lot with the truck. He later called and told me that my name had been flagged in their computer. Then he asked, “have you ever handled a significant case against this company?” Well…  

     So before I got to blog-wandering, I was headed toward a discussion of Warren Buffett. A recent article titled 5 Lessons from my $650,000 lunch with tyleWarren Buffet (from Marketwatch) caught my attention. Guy Spier writes that he learned these following lessons:

     1. Unconventional is better than conventional. 2. Remain a child. 3. Learn to say ‘no’. 4. Discover and listen to your ‘inner scorecard’. 5. Invest time and energy and take risks for the right relationships.

     I have attached the article for reading. I do appreciate the simple reminders and lessons.

      I also got a laugh out of some of the quotes at the bottom of the article. Some of the posters called the writer crazy for paying that much money for these simple things. Another said that he hoped that with the  large amount that was paid for lunch… he hoped it was buffet style!

     And now to the power of words. I have blogged this before, but I seem especially fascinated with the concept. DID YOU KNOW that a palindrome is a word that can be spelled the same backwards and forwards? For instance: racecar, kayak, level and Navy van. These are the longest palindromes in the dictionary: Malayalam, rotavator, redivider.  Like Warren Buffett, I guess it’s how you look at things.

     And for pic o’ day,  some program watching:

cats watching programs

        

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Just No-Names

Monday, September 15th, 2014

Famous Dallas Cowboy coach Tom Landry was asked about getting ready to play the Miami Dolphins. At the time, the Dolphins were known as a high-flying offensive team. Landry said that he wasn’t afraid of the offense, it was the defense that concerned him. He admitted that he didn’t even know any of the players’ names on the defense. As a result, he is credited with coining the phrase the No-Name  Defense.

It was this same 1972 NFL Miami Dolphins that is remembered as the only team to win the Super Bowl after going undefeated in the regular season. In fact, they used Landry’s quote as “billboard material” to fire them up. Of course, after that season, everyone knew their names.

During every football season, those remaining Miami Dolphins get together to celebrate when the last undefeated team gets beaten during the season. They are then able to continue to celebrate their accomplishment of being the only undefeated champion. That year including all regular season, playoff, and their Super Bowl victories; they finished a perfect 17-0.

I was somewhat reminded of the No-Name Defense, as we resolved a significant case last week. I counted 7 lawyers and at least 4 paralegals who had worked on the case. In this instance, the case settled for a confidential amount. It was a confidential settlement because of factors involved in the injuries as well as some remaining defendants. So, there will be no outside recognition for anyone; Despite the amount of work that they put in on the case.

I guess that truly defines personal satisfaction. A satisfaction of a job well-done that does not require the recognition from others. They all deserved the recognition. However, they truly received their satisfaction by knowing that a wrongdoer had to pay for their responsible conduct; and a family will be positively impacted by the acceptance of that responsibility. That is a job well done!

DID YOU KNOW that hippophobia is the fear of horses? I wonder what the fear of clowns riding horses is called?

And for pic o’ day…

foreign exchange

      

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Completely Personal

Monday, September 15th, 2014

This is a full week that includes lots of casework; Attending an Orioles game. And even doing some TV production later in the week. I could blog about each of those.    However, every now and then, something comes along that trumps all of that.

Last week, we celebrated my dad’s last radiation treatment. He rang the bell! It had been such a climb up the mountain for him with 44 treatments, that he said that he didn’t even know how to feel.  Just taking that last step of finishing… congratulations Dad!

DAD

(Mom put these together. The last one is Dad and his doctor)

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Happy Friday!

Friday, September 12th, 2014

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Have a great weekend!

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The Neighborhood

Wednesday, September 10th, 2014

      I am at the Virginia Beach office today. That partially explains this shorty blog.

      I also admit that this is a backwards blog. I posted the pic o’ day and then the thought came to me. We have several claims involving neighbors. Usually, that involves a dog bite or some kind of dangerous condition that was created. All said, none of them are funny… except this one!

 

neighbor cat

 

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Batch of Laws

Tuesday, September 9th, 2014

I have been collecting facts and laws to put in a blog or to qualify as part of DID YOU KNOW. As I was scrolling through my ideas for the blog today (that’s code for “what am I going to write?”), I realized that I probably should put together a bunch of the collection. I guess this blog is almost like a quilt. So… here goes:

In New York, it is against the law to shoot at a rabbit from a moving trolley car.

In Idaho, it is against the law for one resident to give another resident a box of candy that weighs more than 50 pounds.

In Kentucky, by law ,citizens must take a bath at least once per year. (Just as a side note, a Harris poll says that 70% of men take a shower daily. Women? 57%. Not sure of the stats in Kentucky)

In Florida, “If an elephant is left tied to a parking meter, the parking fee has to be paid, just as it would for a vehicle”.

In Alabama, “It is legal to drive the wrong way down a one-way street if you have a lantern attached to the front of your automobile”.  However, in St Johns County, lanterns and flashlights are strictly prohibited during turtle season.

And for our pic o’ day… responsibility:

responsibility

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Monday’s Wanderings for Life

Monday, September 8th, 2014

Back in the seat and blogging. Plus, I am pumped up after some football!     One week of the NFL. What does it mean. Who rules?

rule

I am told that people prefer a shorter Monday blog because they have so much to do. Today, I will try to give you something to read when you have the time. It’s an article from the Businessinsider.com titled 41 Life Hacks Everyone Should Know

Once you get through the ads, you will find such thinks as How to skip ads, or how to skip the operator. Of course, Geoff Glick and I were recently stumped by the message that we regularly hear at businesses. Why does it ask us to wait because “their options have changes”. Why does it matter, if most people have no idea about their original options?

See, that’s why these “Life Hacks” might help! Oh and, you might be interested in dead batteries or lost credit card ideas.  So… some blog thoughts after a late Colts game last night!

 

And for pic o’ day, we give some cat response to dog domination:

cat domination

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Some Pic O’s

Thursday, September 4th, 2014

As a Baltimore Orioles baseball fan, my blog title that includes O’s might seem a bit unrelated to law. Yes, I would like to wander into the world of baseball. Instead, because I am in West Virginia on a case, I am going the pic o’ day route and combining our usual category of  ”DID YOU KNOW?”.

kids questions

…and some technology knowledge

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News From the Road

Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014

There’s a blogger that I regularly read, who titles many of his morning blogs as Morning Leftovers. That’s because he writes day and night about baseball.

Today I am headed up to West Virginia for some work on a case that includes a mediation. So, I also went with the obvious blog title.  The mediation will include at least eight different defense lawyers, because of the many defendants. I hope that they have lots of available food!

So, I thought I would post a couple of quick news stories that caught my attention. First, did you see that former Congressman from Virginia, Eric Cantor, has taken a job with a Wall Street Bank? (Marketwatch.com)  Are you nosy like me? (By the way, I had to look up the spelling of nosy. I learned it can be spelled both ways.)

The article says that he will make at least 3.5 million dollars over the next 16 months. He was hired according to the CEO, “for his judgment and experience”. Cantor has no previous banking experience. Imagine his salary if he had experience!

The second quick news story today takes us to South Carolina. A teenager is suing the Division of Motor Vehicles (Yahoo) because they would not let him wear makeup for his new driver’s license photo.

The sixteen-year-old Chase Culpepper says that he sometimes wears makeup and woman’s clothing and that DMV told him that he was ordered to remove his disguise. He says he left the building feeling humiliated. Culpepper has filed suit and his complaint alleges that “Chase should be allowed to get a driver’s license without being subjected to sex discrimination”.

And for pic o’ day.

chick magnet

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