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This Is A Golf Ball!

Does this fall under the heading of blogging humor?

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I always like the “behind-the-scenes” of movies and TV. The true fundamentals of how they do it. Do you remember the lion at the beginning of some movies?

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This is Leon the Lion. Some MGM executive came up with the roaring idea to have Leon become their signature beginning of each movie. This picture taken in 1928 shows the behind-the-scenes.

It took Leon one take to step on on those crates, look in the camera, and roar. I wonder how they found the production staff willing to film Leon. That roaring lion that is still used in movies was a well executed plan.

Recently I decided to get back into golf. I took a lesson last week and also played a round. I told the pro that I would understand if he started the lesson out with, “this is a golf ball“. Starting out with the fundamentals. The first lesson was using only one club and was about the details like stance, elbow positioning and even how I finished the shot.

Admittedly, I was a bit sore the next day. Using body parts I had not used in a while!

So in discussing the fundamentals of fitness, we start out by remembering the kid who calls from his bedroom, “Hey Grandma, how about another grape soda?”.  I wonder what the script said for that actor. Do you think “need young actor who looks out of shape“?

That is why I perked up when a saw a study/article in the American Heart Association Journal (Here) titled Impact of Healthy Lifestyle Factors on Life Expectancies in the US Population.

Condensed down, the authors simplified how to prolong your life expectancy by more than a decade? Their basic suggestions to a behind-the-scenes look to extending your life? Following these five healthy habits: never smoke, maintain a healthy body-mass index, keep up moderate to vigorous exercise, don’t drink too much alcohol, and eat a healthy diet.

According to the study, if you follow these five lifestyle recommendations at age 50, compared with not adhering to any of them, women pick up an additional 14 years of life expectancy, while men live an additional 12.2 years. How about that!

The simple fundamentals of extending life…follow a healthy lifestyle. And maybe not be a camera man for a roaring lion?

 

For pic o’ day… we all need encouragement!

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The Story of Chef Ed

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Those food directions crack me up!

I start out with a food quote because I was reminded by Uncle D about a food story for Our Blog. The story of Chef Ed. Several years ago, Uncle D and I met Chef Ed. He had amazing dreams of a large restaurant and catering business in Virginia Beach.

We showed up for the opening day of his restaurant named “The Rotisserie“.  It was packed. The food was good. He had chickens turning on the rotisserie and Chef was milling about the crowd with a smile on his face, making sure everyone was enjoying the good food.

Over the next year, we would go into the restaurant about once a week. I noticed that there were some empty booths and Chef looked a bit tired. Then one day, we walked in and immediately noticed…. the chickens were not turning on the rotisserie. Dennis pointed it out and we both shook our head.

Sure enough, the restaurant was closed within a month. And now, when we see a business that seems to be failing, we use the metaphor that, “it looks like the chickens have stopped turning on the rotisserie“.

It kinda makes me a bit sad to type that story. And I do not know what Chef Ed is doing today. I hope he has continued to pursue his dream.

In my life, I have experienced difficulties and failures. But I have tried to learn from those failures; pick myself up; just keep trying; not dwell in the past; and “get the rotisserie turning again”.

By the way, do you mind if I throw another food pic o’ in right here?

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Bobby Ukrop recently told me about the advice that his father would always give him. Whether it was about sports or life… “get in there and just make something happen“.

These are the good days!

 

And for pic o’ day, I had to stay in theme. Hahahahahaha!

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Political Winds Plus Some Ramblings

This is a thinking blog starter for Friday… right? It is only understood by coffee drinkers!

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Let’s start with something that is hard to understand. And then something that is understandable.

Hard to understand? It’s a story from Wavy.com. This whole story is crazy to me. Especially the Cheetos.

The title of the article says it all.  Homeowner finds naked intruder in her tub, eating Cheetos. There is a lot wrong with that. Hard to understand! I guess you can look for the positive and be thankful that she did not steal their goldfish! Boom!

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And now to the understandable.

Earlier this week I had breakfast with a member of the Virginia House of Delegates. I had never personally met him, so I did some background research on bills that he had introduced in the last session, bills he had supported, and donors who had made contributions to election/reelection.

I found that Geico had been one of his contributors. They had given more significantly to some Republicans, but he was one of the few Democrats that had received a political contribution from the insurance company, even though it was only $250.

I asked him why he thought that Geico had contributed to his campaign. He advised that he sat on a subcommittee of three legislators that handled insurance legislation. All three of them had received political contributions from Geico.

And that’s how it works! Easy to understand. Does it make you want to say “Good Day”?

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And finally, have a great weekend!

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How About A Food Blog?

Because Our Blog is on food today, it just seemed like a good time to have the food pyramid.

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And then this food in the fridge thought just cracked me up. See (Or should I spell that SeA? Maybe if we were talking seafood…but I digress) how I continue with our food theme?

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I just thought this was a good time to talk about food… and food that should concern us. I could pretend that this is an original thought, but reality and plagiarism (which is a very difficult word to plagarize) require me to post the real article on this.

I direct your attention to an article titled Food Network: The Top 10 Things Food-Safety Experts Won’t Eat. Honestly, the title got my attention. I have attached it there for your review. Maybe it is insurance against food poisoning which sounds as bad as it is.

Here are the foods that are discussed. I am shortcutting the article if you are reading this, and you have no time for real reading.

  1. Buffets
  2. Sliced Lemons
  3. Raw Sprouts
  4. Undercooked Ground Meat (I cannot imagine why they thought the concept of “undercooked” is good anyway)
  5. Raw Oysters
  6. Food From Bulk Bins (Isn’t this one reason Whole Paycheck Grocery Stores are famous?)
  7. Sushi
  8. Raw Milk
  9. Packaged Lunch Meats
  10. Potlucks

I am not giving my opinion. And I tried not to comment at all. I could not help it on a couple of those. Just something to think about.

And for pic o’ day, who doesn’t get excited about a supplies party?

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How About Lion

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Why did the lion lose at poker? Because he was playing with a cheetah. Boom!

Because it’s Friday… how about a lion story?

A man married a woman who owned a lion. She was also a huge Johnny Cash fan.

She was a good lion owner and took good care of her lion. Her husband promised that he would now also take care of her lion. This lion was leash-trained, so part of the care including taking the lion out for a walk.

One day, the woman called and said that she was stuck in traffic and asked her husband to take the lion out for a stroll. Unfortunately, the husband was also tremendously busy and he did not want to do it. But, he loved his wife and went ahead and did it anyway.

Later, His wife thanked him for doing it and also asked him why he was so willing to take her lion for such a long walk. The man replied, “Because you’re mine, I walk the lion“!

It’s the weekend… let’s enjoy!!!! It’s going to be a great one.

No sense in staying inside for this great weather.

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Fries, Hair and Flying Food Tips

I know that when you read Our Blog, you expect something helpful. Now here is some real life stuff:

If you are really honest with yourself, it is hard not to eat McDonald’s fries. You know that they are terrible for you. You know that they probably have no potato content; and you even have a memory that maybe some ingredient involved in their frying has to do with meat. Or something like that?

Well, it’s my job in the blog to give you a reason to be able to lean over and take 3 fries from someone who is eating them nearby. Blog legal reasoning! And I think they meant “hai” as in hair 

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Or maybe they really meant hai. I cannot say that it will do this… because even blog literary license has its limits.

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But let’s stay on theme today and discuss airplane food and drink. Did you know that your taste buds operate differently on a plane?

Food tastes differently when you are 30,000 feet in the air. Scientists say that at a high altitude, your ability to pick up a sweet taste drops by 15 to 20 percent. Conversely, your perception of saltiness increases by 20-30 percent. So I guess it means to really enjoy the pretzels?

How about some food airplane tactical eating? The pilot and co-pilot are fed different meals. It’s to make sure that they both don’t get food poisoning from a specific food. I felt better about flying after I read that requirement…not!

And finally, here’s something to consider. The next time the flight attendant offers you something to drink like coffee or tea, it’s probably not so safe to drink either of those on a flight. In fact, the Environmental Protection Agency found that one in eight U.S. airplanes did not meet required standards for safe drinking water.

The water on a plane is stored in, and comes from a tank that is not cleaned very often. So there should be no surprise that it could be dirty and stale. And the testing of the tap water on airplanes supplied from those tanks? Get ready…12% of the time the water has tested positive for fecal bacteria. Just say no thanks to the coffee and tea!

And finally, it’s our pic o’ day….

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What Is Your Passion?

What does your eye doctor think of your eye sight, if they send you this kind of appointment reminder?

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Just sayin’!

Several years back, I was attending a seminar on law and legal marketing. One of the first speakers started his speech by saying that he was going to tell us his secrets for Internet marketing, but was not worried about utilizing them and taking away business. He reasoned that  the majority of us would either be too lazy, or too consumed with our work to follow through on what had made him successful.

Honestly, his speech ticked me off a little. I guess he got my competitive nature riled up. As I thought about what he was saying, it made me realize there was a better way of doing things… but like this fellow in this picture, no matter how hard I worked,  I had lots to learn. There was a better way to do things!

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At the time, that lawyer was one of major Internet marketers in the country. He had his website everywhere. Recently, someone mentioned him to me. That made me realize that I had not seen any of his marketing for a while; that his website was not reaching me. What had happened to him? He is still out there, but it made me think.

A book that I am listening to on Audible, in my car, is written by and also read by Gary Vaynerchuk titled Crushing It!  The book  just came at the end of January At the beginning of the audio book, the author acknowledges that he was going to be adding to it, as he read the audio portion. He noted that technology and marketing had already changed so rapidly, since he had written the book.

I think that’s why the earlier mentioned lawyer was not in my stream of consciousness anymore. He probably has not managed to keep up. It really was not about a competitor catching up to him.

At the Firm, we constantly challenge ourselves to be better. Not just be processors. (I think this coffee server might have just been processing. Right?)

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As Gary Vanderchuk says, “there are entrepreneurs and there are ‘wantreprenuers‘”. Follow your thrill and passion and you will find the “fulfill”. The financial reward will follow the passion. If someone simply wants money, they will not be successful. At some point their “Want To” will run out.

Our motivation and passion can be helping people, beating insurance companies, constantly learning, and seeing something different every day. If someone comes to work to simply get on Facebook or ask everyone how their weekend was, then they probably are not following a passion. It’s just a job to them. Ultimately, their “Want To” is going to run out and make them search for something else.

Coach Vince Lombardi knew how to challenge people. Here is one of his quotes that fires me up! “The dictionary is the only place that success comes before work. Hard work is the price we must pay for success. I think you can accomplish anything if you are willing to pay the price”.

I am challenged by Martha Washington’s (1732-1802) mantra for life, “I am still determined to be cheerful and happy, in whatever situation I may be; for I have learned from experience that the greater part of our happiness or misery depends upon our dispositions, and not upon our circumstances“.

It’s Our Monday! It’s going to be a great day! I dare an insurance company to deny today!

And finally, for our pic o’ day, I guess this is an example of someone who may enjoy making cakes… but still be processing what someone says to put on their cakes? The definition of literally:

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Bunny Pictures and Team Concepts

I wanted to include the Easter theme in Our Blog… so let’s get started:

IMG_2258I guess this would be a typical day in the life of computer bunny repairs?

IMG_2259And now a bit of real blogging, even though I am not the originator. I so enjoyed learning about this team concept. There is something truly moving about this:

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I hope you have a wonderful and meaningful weekend! I so enjoy a sunrise service.

A Good Memory From Plants

Today I am starting and ending Our Blog with dog pictures…because they make me laugh!

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Today is the first day of spring. Can I wear white pants yet? Just sayin’

Sometimes I catch myself just thinking about a friend or family member who have gone on to heaven.  I think how I miss them; but I also smile, as I think of good memories.

For instance, I can remember my first bite of cheesecake.  My grandfather ordered it at a restaurant named Johnny’s, outside of Elkton, Maryland. I was eight-years-old and I was having a hard time understanding how a cake could be made out of cheese. Plus, it looked more like a pie. He asked me if I wanted a bite… and I was hooked on cheesecake for a lifetime! In many areas of my life, I am still impacted by my grandfather. Yes I know, not a serious story but… I miss him!

A story posted last year in Huffington Post reminded me of how we can be impacted by others, long after they are gone. The article was titled Woman Pulls Hilarious Plant-Watering Prank On Husband Years After Her Death. The title made me laugh, even before I started to read the content.

Here is a picture of Phedre and Nigel Fitton before she passed away.

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Shortly before she lost her battle to cancer, the 69-year-old asked her husband to keep watering the plants in the bathroom of their South Africa home.

He faithfully did so for several years. Recently, his family assisted him in moving into a retirement home. That’s when the discovery was made. It was pointed out to him by family members that the plants he had been watering at his wife’s request… were made of plastic.

Here is how his daughter described it on her instagram account

Before my mum passed away, she gave my dad strict instructions to water the plants in the bathroom. He’s been religiously watering them & keeping them alive. They look so amazing he decided to take them to his new home, only to discover they are plastic! Can hear my mum chuckling.

In sadness, there is a happy remembrance. I love that story!

And for pic o’ day….

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This, That and Food Thoughts

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I come to Our Friday Blog, which usually means that I feel freedom to wander. Here we are in March. In fact, March Madness basketball has me completely distracted today. I cannot wait to see what the blog is about. (Oh wait…)

One of my New Year’s resolutions was to lose 5 pounds. Only 9 more pounds to go! But I think I know why. I started a 14 day diet. I enjoyed the food on it so much that I finished it in 2 days.

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I saw a funny quote on Facebook. “Welcome to Plastic Surgery Addicts Anonymous. I am seeing a lot of new faces in the crowd this week and I just have to say, I am really disappointed”.

The Law of Association: You will become the average of the people that you spend the most time with.

And here is a thought on decisions. Did you know that on February 1, 2008, Microsoft tendered an offer for close to 45 billion dollars to buy Yahoo? Yahoo rejected the offer because their CEO, Jerry Yang, said that the bid “substantially undervalues Yahoo”. In 2016, Yahoo was bought by Verizon for 4.48 billion dollars. Hmm

If someone offers you a breath mint… never turn it down.

Can you write “never odd or even” backwards?

And finally, I am still focused on my bad decision making. Not as bad a Yahoo! But, I strangely found myself eating Nachos yesterday (because I gave myself the excuse that I was watching the tournament) Now that I sit here…not so  proud of my lunch selection… this pic o’ day just seemed appropriate.

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Have a great weekend!

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