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The Closer and Cornerback Philosophy

Thursday, August 25th, 2016

In football, the cornerback lines up as part of the defensive backfield to defend against the pass and cover the opposing team’s receivers. This happens play after play.

Most of the time, the cornerback does a great job defending the pass. Every now and then, the receiver gets behind the defender and catches a pass for a long gain or touchdown. That “failed coverage” gets replayed on sports shows. “Getting beaten” on the coverage is not acceptable, but it’s going to happen.

During one game, I heard the announcer asked his partner in the booth, what makes a good cornerback. “A short term memory”, he said. He went on to explain that you can’t think of getting beaten on the last play because you have to line up again and defend.

In baseball, a closer is the relief pitcher brought in from the bullpen,whose job is to get the final outs in a close game.  A good closer is one who is known for regularly being summoned from the “pen” to get those last outs. Much like a good cornerback, good closers are pitchers who have the ability to forget their last bad outing, because it’s their job to be ready to close out the next game. No dwelling on the past. It doesn’t help them in the present inning of this game.

I saw this same philosophy in an interview clip from CNBC. CNBC anchor Carl Quintanilla asked TV producer Norman Lear what he credited for his success. It was part of an interview where Lear was discussing his work as he turns 94. He shared his secret as, “I think the two least considered small words in the English language may be over and next. When something is over. We’re onto next.” 

He said that his “over and next” philosophy allows him to stay present and focused. ”I live in that moment,” Lear said. “I mean this is it and it took me 93 years to get here.”

Not easy advice to apply, but good advice to remember. I remember someone telling me that they did not have Yesterday and Tomorrow in their vocabulary. Not literally… but that they truly tried to live in the present! Tomorrow will work out if today is taken care of, and yesterday is already in the books. Nothing can be done looking in the “rearview mirror”.

Uncle D told me that I had to keep the streak going and mention him in the blog today. So, as he goes to the eye doctor, I guess we can be reminded that You can’t depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus. (Mark Twain)

Have a great weekend!!!! And here’s pic o’ day from Jessica:

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Something More Meaningful?

Wednesday, August 24th, 2016

I decided to sit down and write something more meaningful… because Uncle D even complained about yesterday’s blog! Too many pictures, he said. So, I decided to get busy with serious words…but I got distracted as I walked to my desk.

The distraction? Signs were hanging near two paralegals’ desks. And they made me laugh!

The first simply said But First, Coffee.

The next sign said I can only please one person per day. Today is not your day. Tomorrow isn’t looking good either.

Now you see why I got distracted. And I was going to write a serious blog today. So instead, I’ll just mention a story from the Bible:

A father was reading Bible stories to his young son. He came to the passage of Genesis 19 and read that the man named Lot was warned to take his wife and flee out of the city. But his wife looked back and became a pillar of salt.

At the end of the story, the son asked the father But what happened to the flea?

Uncle D… I’ll try to do better tomorrow! But… this made me laugh!

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And for pic o’ day, there’s something about a giraffe that makes me laugh too. And it seems like I was always fascinated as a kid, about what kind of cough drops they used… when their throats got sore!

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Safety is Fun… or Something

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2016

On May 25, 1957,  two men both named Edward Chapman shot holes-in-one on the same golf course. First, Edward Chapman shot a hole in one on the eighth hole. Later that day, Edward Chapman also shot a hole-in-one on the sixth whole. The course was at Richmond… Surrey in England. (Crazy that it was Richmond… Right?)

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Yes, I admit that this is not your normal legal blog. Uncle D complained that I am getting too pic o’ day crazy… so I started the blog with a golf story for him.

 

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Do you think it’s ok that I am just wandering through the blog? Well, I also find it unusual that there are no words in the English language that rhyme with month, orange, and silver. (Does this seem like a Geico ad?)

 

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Things That Made Me Laugh

Monday, August 22nd, 2016

I post this now as we rejoice “that it’s only in the 80′s”…

 

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And, this made me think and then smile…

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The Man, The Wife,The Donkey, The Critics

Sunday, August 21st, 2016

And on a Monday, I am posting this old parable. It always makes me smile… and makes me think!

 

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 It has been credited to Abraham Lincoln and John Lydgate.  ”You can please some of the people all of the time. You can please all of the people some of the time, but you can’t please all the people all of the time”.

 

 

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Malapropisms and Life

Tuesday, August 16th, 2016

I have always been humored with the concept of malapropisms. Webster dictionary defines as the mistaken use of a word in place of a similar-sounding one, often with unintentionally amusing effect.

Originally, Dictionary.com says that the word is defined and comes from an act or habit of misusing words ridiculously, especially by the confusion of words that are similar in sound. … 1826, from Mrs. Malaprop, character in Sheridan’s play “The Rivals” (1775), noted for her ridiculous misuse of large words.

So there’s that. The set-up to the blog. Here are some examples of malapropisms… because I am humored by them (your dictionary.com):

 

  • Mrs. Malaprop said, “Illiterate him quite from your memory” (obliterate) and “She’s as headstrong as an allegory” (alligator)
  • Officer Dogberry said, “Our watch, sir, have indeed comprehended two auspicious persons” (apprehended two suspicious persons)
  • Rainy weather can be hard on the sciences. (sinuses)
  • Alice said she couldn’t eat crabs or any other crushed Asians. (crustaceans)
  • I have no delusions to the past. (allusions)
  • You could have knocked me over with a fender. (feather)
  • You lead the way and we’ll precede. (proceed)
  • Unfortunately, my affluence over my niece is very small. (influence)
  • A rolling stone gathers no moths. (moss)
  • Good punctuation means not to be late. (punctuality)
  • Having one wife is called monotony. (monogamy)
  • The flood damage was so bad they had to evaporate the city. (evacuate)
  • Dad says the monster is just a pigment of my imagination. (figment)
  • Everybody in the company has their own cuticle. (cubicle)
  • Tom is the very pineapple of politeness. (pinnacle)
  • I remember because I have photogenic memory. (photographic)
  • Flying saucers are just an optical conclusion. (illusion)

So here is my thought: A wonderful guiding principle in life, which is opposite of malapropism, is Say what you mean; mean what you say; and do what you say you’ll do. Don’t just talk about it… be about it. Being a straight shooter who lives up to commitments.

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we could still live in a world where a handshake was truly a contract. Just a thought on a Wednesday!

A final note. I’ll be out of the office for the next couple of days. So, I’ll be back on Monday all charged up! I mean it!

And our “pic o’ day”:

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Chasing the Gold

Monday, August 15th, 2016

The Olympics on NBC have been a bit of a disappointment in viewership, until Michael Phelps started chasing more gold.  Then, Usain Bolt grabbed some attention with his historic third consecutive gold medal in the 100-meter dash.

On top of that, U.S. gymnast Simone Biles helped lift ratings to a 17.4 household rating which also meant that there was a 9.0 share in that important 18-49 demographic that advertisers are chasing. (Variety)

We watch… and then we forget. We don’t even care if someone ends up on a Wheaties cereal box anymore. But, Uncle Sam cares. He is waiting at the end with his tax bill. Bet you didn’t think about that!

 Olympic athletes who win medals also win cash from the U.S.:$25,000 for gold, $15,000 for silver and $10,000 for bronze. Actually, it’s paid by the United States Olympic Committee. Those “winnings” subject them to a tax, like any prize winner. These athletes are taxed because Olympic medals and cash bonuses are considered income.

Best to focus on the donut, not the hole!

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I just mention this just in case it might impact your exercise regiment in the morning. If you are getting ready for 2020… remember that your morning gymnastics could lead to taxable winnings. It might make it easier to turn that alarm off and catch a few more z’s!

 

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Just a Tune-up

Sunday, August 14th, 2016

It seems like another lifetime. I found myself playing in the band in my school. Middle school and high school students all played for the same band.

Because my parents were determined to make sure I was well-rounded, I was part of this group of amazing musicians in the trumpet section. Yes, amazing is sarcasm. However, it’s a good thing that neither of my parents are writing this blog, because they would have a few tales to tell about my lack of discipline in my trumpet practicing.

I had worked myself to 4th trumpet; so at least I had that going for me. Although, I’m not sure that there were a lot of trumpet players in the band.  Since I’m telling the story, it does sound good to say “4th trumpet”, right? Really, all that meant was that the band director knew if you were absent.

I will admit, though, that we regularly tested the band director’s memory. This meant that on any given day I might trade instruments with someone… until the director would stop during an early song and say, “Joel, get out of the trombone section”. Of course, it’s hard for a 6th grader to be too serious about much.   But I digress.

Fortunately, 1st Trumpet did not have the responsibility of keeping an eye on me and my musical cohorts. The primary responsibility of 1st chair was to stand up at the beginning. The director would ask him to play middle C, so we could all be in tune. Then all the instruments would play Middle C until we all sounded the same. It was a tune-up.

I don’t remember much about those band playing days. But I do remember the importance of the tune-up, to stay in tune.

Sometimes I find it real easy to get irritated at something not going my way. Maybe it’s when I think that a judge has not ruled the way I expect. Or maybe it’s an unreasonable adjuster. I could name several things that get me off key. Sometimes I just need a tune-up to be in tune. It’s a reminder to turn to my favorite Bible verse.

Proverbs 3: 5-6

Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.

In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.

What do you do when you feel out of tune?

And now for pic o’ day, here’s and exercise theme when your body needs a tune-up… or something like that.

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and then your basic amazing exercise equipment. Unless it’s a circumstance of buying the workout clothes… and not the membership! Boom!

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Just Wandering

Thursday, August 11th, 2016

There is probably a name for using words when you really don’t know their meaning. Fortunately, quick online research makes definition-finding much easier. And when I read using my Kindle, I can immediately look at the definition of a word, by highlighting it. So, that helps in the blog writing. Unless you get one of those crazy spell checks that changes to something completely different.

I will admit that I have started blogging on a topic that starts at one place and leads me to a wandering ending.  An example? Well, let’s say that I was going to blog on a Platypus. In reality, I don’t really know what a Platypus really is, but this does look like a “cute boy” right?

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In fact, a platypus has venom strong enough to kill a small dog! It uses its back legs to deliver poison with its little ankle spurs. Because they look friendly, there are reported stories of humans accidentally touching them and getting hurt. These “duck/beaver” looking animals are usually found in Australia.

In one reported case, a fisherman grabbed one of these animals while fishing. The pain was so intense that he became incoherent and couldn’t function until the poison wore off.

It’s one of those things in life that doesn’t look at it seems. Sometimes like someone looks real busy on the computer, until you see their screen… or something like that. Yep… Solitaire:

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So that’s an example of how the blog sometimes takes me to a subject that I know nothing about. Then, you read through it and wonder, “where did Joel get that?”. Yes, an example of my wandering to the end!

And for our weekend pic o’ weekend, dedicated to all those who cannot tear away from their computer, iPad or cell phone

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Have a great weekend!!!

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Just Random Random

Wednesday, August 10th, 2016

I admit it, I sat down to write the blog (actually I pulled out the iPad and pulled up our blog app) and decided that I just wanted to pull out some pic o’s. I know it’s not really “blogging” but it just seemed like some random was in order!

First, let’s start with the basic Thursday:

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Next, who doesn’t want a treat?

 

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And then a bit of loving!

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And some positive Thursday reinforcement:

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 Now time to do some heavy lifting in the spirit of the Olympics !

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