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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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Working Difficulties

Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014

Delays in workers’ comp system hold up treatments is the title of an article in Pilot Online. It tells the story of the difficulty that workers face in getting medical treatment and benefits, when they are hurt on the job. As a practice, we see these issues that these workers face, while handling their worker’s compensation claims.

The next time that you hear a politician brag about things that they have done to make Virginia so good for business, perhaps you will remember this article. It gives some explanation for what makes Virginia so favorable for the employer.

DID YOU KNOW that in the movie The Wizard of Oz, Toto the dog (real name in life was Terry) had a weekly salary of $125 while the main star, Judy Garland’s weekly salary during the movie was $500? Now here’s the kicker: the human actors who played the Munchkins were reportedly only paid between $50-$100 per week.

 

In a bit of a nod toward all those who went back to school recently, here’s pic o’

Dog ate project

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After Labor Day

Monday, September 1st, 2014

You might have had a hamburger or hot dog for Labor Day, or even an ice cream. Well, here’s an ESPN story about a baseball player who did not appreciate his ice cream.

Jesus Montero was considered to be a “can’t miss” prospect in the New York Yankees farm system. He was then sent to the Seattle Mariners in a deal that was expected to begin a long major league career in Seattle. Unfortunately for Montero, that has not developed.

The Seattle organization has been losing patience in Montero’s effort. They have changed his position from catcher to first base, to designated hitter. They have brought him to the majors, put him in the minors; and he is now all the way down in Class A. This occurred after he returned from a 50-game-suspension relating to his positive testing for a banned performance- enhancing drug(s).

The Mariners put him all the way in Single A because they have questioned his baseball preparation, and that he showed up for spring training almost 40 pounds overweight. Now to the ice cream.

Apparently, one of the Seattle organizational scouts was at a recent Montero baseball game. Reportedly, the player did not hustle out a ground ball to first base; Exactly what they have been saying about his effort. In response, the scout sent an ice cream sandwich down to Montero. He was trying to make a point. He did. Montero didn’t like it.

Montero left the dugout, armed with a baseball… and the ice cream sandwich. He charged the scout in the stands and hurled the sandwich at the scout. Before getting there with his bat, he was restrained by other players.

Should we say that the moral of the story is that it is better to send an ice cream sundae instead of a sandwich? Or, some gifts are just not well received! If you did have an ice cream yesterday, I hope that you did enjoy it. It really is not good for throwing.

 

And for pic o’ day we have Carl the cat giving himself a pep talk:

car the cat

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Charles Whittlesey: What Happened?

Wednesday, August 27th, 2014

     Wednesday’s Our Daily Bread , with a look toward Labor Day, briefly recited the story of Charles Whittlesey.

      Whittle

      Whittlesey initially graduated from law school and joined a law firm partnership. However, he felt a duty to join the military when the United States entered World War I. He left his partnership and shipped to France as a captain.

     At one point, he and his battalion were behind enemy lines as he commanded 554 soldiers. They were cut off from supplies. At one point, his unit was dubbed the “Lost Battalion” because all contact with the U.S. Army had been lost.

     On October 7, 1918, the Germans sent a blindfolded American prisoner of war carrying a white flag toward the battalion. He was carrying a letter that said the following:

 ”The suffering of your wounded men can be heard over here in the German lines, and we are appealing to your humane sentiments to stop. A white flag shown by one of your men will tell us that you agree with these conditions. Please treat Private Lowell R. Hollingshead [the bearer] as an honorable man. He is quite a soldier. We envy you. The German commanding officer.”

     Whittlesey would not allow his men to surrender. Instead, he ordered that the white sheets that had been placed as signals to the Allied troops be removed, just in case the Germans would think that they were surrendering. That night, a relief force arrived and rescued the Battalion. Whittlesey received a battlefield promotion to lieutenant-colonel and ultimately received three medals of honor.

     He was considered a war hero of heroes. .

     His Wikipedia story summarizes the ending of his life with the following:

In November 1921, Whittlesey acted as a pallbearer at the burial of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery, along with fellow Medal of Honor recipients Samuel Woodfill and Alvin York. A few days later he booked passage from New York to Havana aboard the SS Toloa, a United Fruit Company ship. On November 26, 1921, the first night out of New York, he dined with the captain and left the smoking room at 11:15 p.m. stating he was retiring for the evening, and it was noted by the captain that he was in good spirits. Whittlesey was never seen again. He was reported missing at 8:00 a.m. the following morning. He is presumed to have committed suicide by jumping overboard, although no one reported seeing him jump and Whittlesey’s body was never recovered. Before leaving New York, he prepared a will leaving his property to his mother. He also left a series of letters in his cabin addressed to relatives and friends. The letters were addressed to his parents, his brothers Elisha and Melzar, his uncle Granville Whittlesey, and to his friends George McMurtry, J. Bayard Pruyn, Robert Forsyth Little and Herman Livingston, Jr. Also in his cabin was found a note to the captain of the Toloa leaving instructions for the disposition of the baggage left in his stateroom. He left the famous German letter asking for surrender to McMurtry.

     This life story of this hero is fitting as a remembrance, as we head into Labor Day. As Our Daily Bread referenced, Charles Whittlesey was publicly strong. Because he took his life, inwardly he must have been dealing with such emotions of despair.

     Maybe it’s a good reminder to us that just because someone says that everything is great, doesn’t mean that ”everything is great”. That they sure could use a word of encouragement. Also, that those returning from the battlefield many times need more than a welcome home.     

 

     I hope you have a great weekend. Back on Tuesday. 

     And for pic o’ day, I felt the need to go a bit on the light side… in changing places:

changing places

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