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Nantucket Remainders

Sunday, July 27th, 2014

I know this is off the beaten path of the legal blog; but now that I am back from Nantucket, I can’t help but post a couple of things that humored me along the way. Sometimes it’s the craziest things that get your attention on a vacation.

First, is this dog that was lying on the floor at the Nantucket airport.

Nantucket Dog

The dog seemed totally non-plussed when I knelt down to take his picture. I guess with hair like that, nothing else effects you.

The next picture is taken from a church  that was in the town. The message on this sign made me laugh.

Nantucket church sign


I think  this especially caught my attention because I was raised in churches where a thirty minute service would have been a comedy! This sign also brought back a good memory of my grandfather preaching. At some point in the sermon he would  usually say, “In conclusion”. That normally signaled that he had about 20 more minutes in the sermon. I remember that he would get some grief about that during Sunday lunch… which was always a “big roast beef and mashed potatoes”  type of meal. Such a wonderful childhood memory.

And for pic o’ day, how about a traveling cartoon.


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A Bit of This and That

Wednesday, July 9th, 2014

The Lord’s Prayer is 66 words; The Gettysburg Address is 286 words; and there are 1,322 words in the Declaration of Independence. Compare that to government regulations for the sale of cabbage…  26,911 words.

In chess, “Checkmate” comes from the Persian phrase “Shah Mat,” which means “the king is dead”.

Characters Bert and Ernie from Sesame Street were named after “Bert the cop” and “Ernie the taxi driver” from the movie Its A Wonderful Life.

Here is an unusual law as an idea for profit: If you bring a raccoon’s head to the Henniker, New Hampshire town hall meeting, you are entitled to receive $.10 from the town.

Psychology surveys tell us that 98% of U.S. drivers think they drive better than anyone else. Hmm!

Kansas once had a law that declared it illegal to serve ice cream on cherry pie. I am uncertain if that was out of respect for the ice cream or the pie.

And for pic o’ day sent from Amy M….



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The Storyteller

Sunday, July 6th, 2014

In a span of a few days, I saw the word raconteur. I don’t think I had seen it before. So, when I did not know what it meant, I was reading on my kindle and could highlight the word.  I learned it meant storyteller. The next two times I realized that part of the story was being a raconteur. I always hear that a good lawyer is a good storyteller.  So, for the blog today, how about a bit of being a raconteur. (Source)

Billy Graham was returning to Charlotte after a speaking engagement. When his plane
arrived, there was a limousine there to transport him to his home.

As he prepared to get into the limo, he stopped and spoke to the driver.

“You know” he said, “I am 87 years old and I have never driven a limousine. Would
you mind if I drove it for a while?”

The driver said, “No problem. Have at it.”
“Billy gets into the driver’s seat and they head off down the highway.

A short distance away sat a rookie State Trooper operating his first speed trap.
The long black limo went by him doing 70 in a 55 mph zone.

The trooper pulled out and easily caught the limo and got out of his patrol car to
begin the procedure.
The young trooper walked up to the driver’s door and when the glass was rolled down
he was surprised to see who was driving.

He immediately excused himself and went back to his car and called his supervisor.
He told the supervisor, “I know we are supposed to enforce the law but I also know
that important people are sometimes given certain courtesies.
I need to know what I should do because I have stopped a very important person.”

“The supervisor asked, “Is it the governor?”

The young trooper said, “No, he’s more important than that.”

The supervisor said, “Oh, so it’s the president.”

The young trooper said, “Not, he’s even more important than that.”

The supervisor finally asked, “Well then, who is it?”

The young trooper said, “I think it’s Jesus because he’s got Billy Graham
for a chauffeur !!!!!


And for our DID YOU KNOW: Years ago, clans and tribes that wanted to get rid of unwanted people without actually doing harm to them would burn their house down. Doing so would obviously cause them to move away. Hence the expression to get fired.

And for pic o’ day, this one makes me laugh every time.

A Great Day

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Traveling Ice Cream

Thursday, June 26th, 2014

Ole Evinrude was sitting with his girlfriend in a small rowboat boat on Oconomowoc Lake, outside of Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  His girlfriend told him that it was such a hot day that she sure would like an ice cream.

Ole dropped her off at a small island in the middle of the lake, and began paddling to shore. By the time that he had made it back with the ice cream… it had melted. So, Ole built a motor that could be attached to the rowboat. He didn’t want to be left with melted ice cream ever again! It also was what he credited as the reason that he started a company called Evinrude Outboard Motors that ultimately employed over 300 people.

DID YOU KNOW that Twinkies have a shelf life of about 25 years.

And for our weekend pic o’

cats tv

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Friday’s “From the Notebook”.

Thursday, June 19th, 2014

Just went with a collection of stories. This is a little like a Golden Corral buffet without the ice cream.

TASER has announced that the Mesa Police Department is expanding its Body-Worn Video Program with TASER’s AXON flex cameras. They have placed an order to purchase 300 AXON body-worn cameras over the next five years. The first order includes 100 cameras and a five-year subscription to which allows them to store the video using the backend digital evidence management system as well as several docking stations. That allows officers to automatically charge and upload their video footage after each shift.

During a one-year pilot program, Mesa Police Department tested 50 of TASER’s AXON Flex cameras and found that officers equipped with the on-officer body cameras experienced a 40% decrease in complaints and a 75% decrease in use of  force complaints. (

Next, the Albemarle County Commonwealth Attorney’s Office has added a new staff member. (Daily Progress)

dog to staff


Theo, the Labrador Retriever,  is the office’s new courthouse dog. He was originally trained to be a wheelchair assistance dog. According to the office press release, Theo was selected to work in the office because of his ability to “defuse and de-stress” intense situations, according to Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Matt Quatrara. Theo is expected to serve as a calming presence, to bring comfort and support to victims and witnesses being interviewed by the office.

Finally, did you see that the US Patent and Trademark Office has canceled six federal trademark registrations that are owned by Washington’s NFL Redskins? The pressure continues to mount on owner Daniel Snyder to change the name of the ”Redskins”. (USA Today) How about this idea for Snyder that is being floated? Change the logo to show some red skin potatoes? OK… I can see you shaking your head. Maybe not?

Redskin potato

And for pic o’ day we turn to some poor GPS car accessory choices:

cheap GPS

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The Smiling Reminder

Thursday, June 12th, 2014

I seem to keep getting drawn to lists. Plus, the last days have included rain storms that can make you want to snuggle, read a good book, nap or just stare at the rain drops;  but it doesn’t lend itself to breaking out into a smile. In fact, some would say that it brought out a bit of anger or sadness with the lack of sunshine.

angry horse

I think that I have blogged on smiling in the past. Still, despite the rain, reading these facts about smiling from this article, reminded me of the benefits of smiling. Plus, just seeing a smile seems to pick me up a bit.



Here is  their list for reasons to smile, with facts on smiling.:

1. Smiling fights stress. When you smile, you release endorphins, aka “happy hormones, that change your mood and relieve stress.

2. Smiling makes you look more attractive.

3. Your first facial expression was a smile. Scientists believe that we are born with the ability to smile.

4. Think of smiling as an exercise. 53 muscles are used in smiling.

5. Smiling shows our range of emotions. There are 19 different types of smiles that range from polite smiles to heart-felt smiles.

6. Some scientists are so fascinated with the concept of what smiling does to the human condition that there is even a title for the study of laughter: gelotologists. (I would have guessed it was the study of jello)

7. Smiling can strengthen  your immune system and prevent colds.

8. Smiles are contagious. A Swedish study concluded that people have difficulty frowning while observing someone who is smiling.

9. Smiling is good for your career. Studies show that employers promote people who smile often in the workplace and smiling shows confidence. (I would be curious to know how they determined this finding)     AND FINALLY…

10. Smiling can reduce your blood pressure!

DID YOU KNOW that Friday October 3, 2014, is World Smile Day?

And for pic o’ day,  a bit of help in the kitchen:



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Wednesday, June 11th, 2014

Something seems to draw me to lists. Tuesday’s blog was a list on productivity. So, when I saw a recent Yahoo Finance article by writer Maryalene LaPonsie titled  10 simple strategies to simplify your life, I knew it was also destined for the blog. I don’t necessarily believe that I will incorporate all 10 in my life; I still thought that the following would be thought-provoking:

1. Consolidate your accounts.   

2. Purge the paperwork.

3. Pay cash whenever possible.

4. Automate your life.

5. Stop buying more stuff.

6. Declutter what you have.

7. Cut loose toxic and high-needs people.

8. Reconsider your commitments.

Ask yourself:

  • Do I need to do this?
  • Do I want to do this?
  • Can I delegate this to someone else?
  • What happens if this doesn’t get done?

9. Unplug at least once a week.

10. Create routines.

If you click through to the attached article, it provides good content with these thoughts. One final note on this relates to a book that I am currently reading titled Daily Rituals: How Artists Work by Mason Currey. It provides an interesting insight on the good and bad habits of some artists who organized their lives with some unusual rituals each day.

DID YOU KNOW that the reason that women began to wear engagement and wedding rings on their third finger of their left hand is because of the ancient belief that there was a delicate nerve that runs from that finger directly to the heart?

Pic o’ day silliness:

the llamas

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Thursday, June 5th, 2014

We now come to the end of the week. Time to look in the mirror to see how we did.

Hair mop

This weekend, I hope to disconnect a bit, unlike this guy!



And that brings us to a Friday escape to the weekend!



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Thursday, May 8th, 2014

Here is a quick Friday tongue twister. In fact, this is supposed to be the toughest in the English language. I can’t even try saying it 5 times fast:

“sixth sick sheik’s sixth sheep’s sick”



DID YOU KNOW that the New York phone book had 22 Hitlers listed with their phone numbers, before World War II? After World War II there were no Hitlers listed.

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Ruse of the Empty City

Thursday, April 24th, 2014

Recently a trial lawyer reminded me of a Chinese literature story called “The Ruse of the Empty City”. He tried to explain it in the context of a jury trial strategy. I completely missed the metaphor but thought that the story did demonstrate good strategy. I just was not sure how to apply it until I decided that it would be good for the blog. Hence, my strategy!

As an enemy army of about 150,000 men reached the city that was being defended by general Zhuge Liang, and his 5,000 defenders.  General Zhuge Liang realized that he needed to come up with a strategy that could defend the city without causing them all to be killed.  He ordered half of the soldiers to leave the city. Most of the remaining soldiers were instructed to hide out of sight. He dressed some soldiers in civilian clothes and had them casually sweep streets near the gates to the city where they could be seen by the enemy soldiers,  while going about daily city activities. The General then ordered all the gates of the city  to be wide open.

The General then positioned himself at the entrance of the main gate where he was clearly visible. He dressed in his finest clothes and had two children with him. One of the children lit incense and candles while the other used a fan to to cool the General while he reclined on a couch. He played an instrument in full sight of the opposing army.

His own soldiers began to worry about their General as well as their own lives, and they were completely mystified by his actions. Meanwhile, The other general of the 150K enemy soldiers, watched the activity of the city before launching attack. Instead of attacking, he immediately ordered his army to not invade the city; but instead to leave the area quickly, saving the city and Zhuge Liang’s army from sure defeat.

Afterward, Zhugis Liang explained to his soldiers that  the enemy general was a man of suspicious calculation who also considered Zhuge Liang’s cautious nature in battle, as well as one who rarely took risks of any kind. The other General also knew that  Zhuge Liang employed misdirection and ambushes as a tactic of war;, causing him to conclude that this was a well laid out trap and ambush.  For this reason, the enemy General assumed that he and his 150K men were being tricked and led to certain defeat.   The battle was won without fighting a war.

DID YOU KNOW that Pepsi changed its colors to red, white and blue during World War II to show its patriotic support. Since then, they have not changed it back which means, if you do find a Pepsi bottle that is only red and white… time to cash in!

And for pic o’ day, I am posting one that could have a bunch of captions. Maybe “Friends” or “Support” or just downright “confusion”.


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