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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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Some Financial Planning?

 

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This is a picture of a first class cabin aboard the RMS Titanic. They built that ship with true luxury in mind. But when I look at this picture, I think, “did it really matter?“.

I decided to just briefly revisit the topic of Social Security. I promise to be brief! You might think that filing for social security is way out there, or it does not matter because it will not be there when you retire anyway. Or, you have already filed and it does not matter now.

Many probably think… social security  “does it really matter?“. And that reaction makes sense because of the reasons above. So, let me just mention the math.

First things first. If you want to set up your social security account to watch your personal “fundage“, you can go to this social security site  (HERE) and input your information and follow-up to watch your personal account build up. As a disclaimer, I have not done it yet, because I just do not feel like following the directions right now.

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This article (here) from Schwab.com is as good a summary on social security benefits, as I have found. It weighs opting for Social Security early, versus waiting until full retirement age. And it gives a table to consider, if you wait until age 70. (If you wait until 70, you receive 132% of your retirement per month payment)

This article also discusses why you might want to opt for an early social security retirement. Factors to consider include: 1.Your cash needs. 2. Your life expectancy and break-even age. 3. Your spouse’s benefits. (which also discusses when you might be entitled to those benefits) 4. Whether you are still working.

Are you curious about the maximum social security amount that you could receive. Could you live on that in retirement? That’s why I posted this on a Friday. Something to think about!!!!

Have a great weekend and I hope it is a special Mothers Day. I am so looking forward to seeing my mom!

And for pic o’ day…this is just craziness:

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It Is Hard To Title Random!

I have had a few requests not to post cat pictures anymore. Does this really count?

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Hahahahahahaha (I can’t help it)

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Yes, I am sure there is still some “cat picture anger”!

Which leads me to the Winston Churchill story. I always enjoy some “history” in Our Blog. Apparently at a party, Churchill was accused by either Lady Astor or Bessie Braddock of being ‘disgustingly drunk’. He simply replied, “My dear, you are ugly, and what’s more, you are disgustingly ugly. But tomorrow I shall be sober and you will still be disgustingly ugly.”

This pic o reminded me of that Churchill story. Part of his success was not being afraid!

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If you are now making plans for summer travel, here are some websites to consider:

Kayak.com tracks the fares that you search and advises you on whether to buy now versus the likelihood of price fluctuation.

Skyscanner.com lists searches by “cheapest”, “fastest” and “best”.

Hipmunk.com searches your fares and suggests dates that would give better pricing.

Momondo.com and the more well known Booking.com are travel fare search engines for comparison shopping.

I thought this article (here) from CNBC was good information on why walking and thinking helps your creativity…and why Steve Jobs did it all the time.

You can see the randomness today. I enjoy just rambling on Our Wednesday Blog!

And finally, for our pic o’ day… I hope this brightens your day!

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Monday Blog Follow-up

Sometimes you just don’t feel like it…

'Yes, I know we're hyenas - but sometimes I just don't feel like laughing, Kate.'
‘Yes, I know we’re hyenas – but sometimes I just don’t feel like laughing, Kate.’

This really is a crazy follow-up blog (here in case you missed it) from yesterday. Not very positive, but it really amazed me. This quote relates:

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When I walked into the office yesterday, paralegal Lauren said that she had read Our blog and asked, “Did you see what happened to that doctor?”. Then she told me.

I remembered the story but did not know it was the same doctor. From NBC12.com, Doctor found guilty in death of Chesterfield woman. This same doctor (Dr. John E. Gibbs III) killed his girlfriend! It had been an unsolved murder for over three years. This article references his child neglect conviction that was mentioned in the blog, as well.   

Honestly, this is one of those stories that truly ticks me off. And, who knows what bad things he was doing to his patients! We can see his character in both of these instances.

I like this quote on character too, and I feel like posting this before I post our funny pic o’ day. I just feel like this positive reminder needs to be inserted here.

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And then for pic o’ day, I post another quote… because I also need to laugh!

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The Story of “Chipper Dean”

It’s Friday! That means positivity and that I can blog on anything. And yes…I am positive that positivity is a word!

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Unbridled positivity!

I always wanted a nickname. But, I learned early on that you cannot give yourself a nickname.

My full name is Joel Dean Bieber. As a little kid, I wanted to be called Chipper Dean Bieber. I cannot say why. Maybe from the RCA dogs Nipper and Chipper?

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My parents wanted to teach me how to introduce myself and shake hands. So, they would tell me to introduce myself to an adult. I would stick out my hand and say, “Hi, I’m Chipper Dean” and my parents would immediately correct me and tell the confused person, “That’s not his name!“. How can you be angry at Chipper?

As a sixth-grader, I was the manager for the junior high and high school basketball team. They all had this “thing” where they would transpose their first and last name letters. For instance, Rob Dibbert would be called Dob Ribbert. So I called myself Boel Jieber. (Bowl Jeeber) No one called me Boel Jieber…thankfully!

When I went to college, I refused to wear glasses, and my contacts hurt my eyes. So, I was constantly asked, “Why are you squinting?”. On the back of my fraternity shirt I put “Squint” as my name. Again no one called me Squint… you probably are getting the continual theme here.

I guess I could now try to call myself Happy Joel. However… again… no one would!

Have you ever heard someone describe themselves as “I’m a people person” or “I’m a real salesman“. I don’t think you can say that about yourself either.

Proverbs 22:1 says, “A good name is rather to be chosen than great riches, and loving favor rather than silver or gold“. Today we would say that a good reputation and respect are worth more than silver and gold.

I guess trying to give myself a nickname is much like trying to tell someone about your character or reputation. It’s what others think about you…not how you describe yourself.

Every day, I am working on my name in my personal and professional life.

And I have to sometimes remind myself of that when driving! Right?

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I hope you have a great weekend! These are the good days!

 

The Controversy of Choosing to Die

This blog reminds me of the expression of the dog trying to catch a fly. I think you might have this same expression at the end. Most of the time, I like to write on positivity. Once you read the article and blog, you tell me!

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At age 104, scientist David Goodall has decided to end his life. At BBC.com, he details why he is ready. According to the article, the well-known ecologist and botanist is not suffering from a serious illness, but he now wants to end his life. Why? Because of his diminishing independence.

David Goodall has bid farewell to his home in Australia to fly across the world. He reports that “My feeling is that an old person like myself should have full citizenship rights including the right of assisted suicide“.

He told ABC News that he hoped that people would understand his decision. “If one chooses to kill oneself then that’s fair enough. I don’t think anyone else should interfere.”

This is how he looks now, and this lady is accompanying him on his trip to Switzerland. That’s where assisted suicide is legal.

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He looks fully functional, but he feels like he has had enough. The article details all the things that he has done recently, including editing a 30-volume-book on the topic of Ecosystems of the World.

I thought I would post this as a topic today because it deals with something that most people want to ignore… death. Plus, there are true differing opinions on whether a person should be allowed to determine the choice of when they die… versus leaving death to determination by God. There is a lot packed into that last sentence. Pretty intense!

I found this article to be extremely interesting because this man is not terminally ill. He just feels as though he has had enough.

And now, I want to lighten up the blog a bit. So……

For pic o’ day… who doesn’t want a pony?

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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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Some Friday Rambling Wisdom

I feel that Friday blogging gives license for wandering! Right? How about some different types of wisdom. Some real… some not so much. I blog…you decide!

First, here is some of my wisdom. It’s more of an eating strategy.

When you are at a buffet, it’s fine to start with a salad plate first. But, I think that you should also put cake on your salad plate. That way, it still counts as part of the salad. Especially if it’s carrot cake!

Next is the love of grandmothers

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Anne Frank’s wisdom is something to truly ponder.

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And what do you think about faith healers and psychics?

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And finally, it’s not much in the way of wisdom…but it’s a good thing to appreciate beauty!

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It’s NFL Football Draft weekend! And, I am hoping for some Washington Wizards winnings! Have a great weekend!!!!!

 

 

No Monkey Business!!

Selfies are the theme!

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Today’s legal question: Why is a corporation considered to be a person by the U.S. Supreme Court in the Citizens United Case (See Washington Examiner article) even though a monkey is not allowed to copyright his selfie? I guess I could get crazy and also ask why the PaMunkey Indian Tribe can own a casino! (Richmond.com)

Did you see this story about Naruto? (Yahoo Story) Yes, I know…crazy that we even know his name!

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Who would have thought that a monkey would be involved in a copyright lawsuit? It’s obvious that he doesn’t have good lobbyists working for him.

It all started when a judge ruled that a monkey does not have the right to own a selfie. Then on appeal, three judges unanimously upheld a lower court ruling and dismissed the original lawsuit that had been brought by PETA. (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals). The picture was taken by using a  UK-based photographer’s camera. Apparently, the monkey walked up… and pressed the button. 

Then in 2015, PETA filed suit on behalf of the monkey against wildlife photographer David Slater, seeking financial control of the now-famous selfie of the grinning monkey in the picture above.

The Appellate Court seems irritated with having to decide this case. Here’s what the opinion said,  “We must determine whether a monkey may sue humans, corporations, and companies for damages and injunctive relief arising from claims of copyright infringement”.  Judge Carlos Bea continued, “We conclude that this monkey — and all animals, since they are not human — lacks statutory standing under the Copyright Act.”

Then, they sent the case back to the lower court… to determine what attorney fees that PETA owes the photographer’s attorney. I wonder if they will ask the monkey to help bear that burden. This whole story makes me “paws” (see what I did there?) and wonder… what would cause an organization to think that monkeys should have financial rights? Come on!

 

And finally for pic o’ day, this has nothing to do with the blog but it truly makes me laugh!

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The $20 Bill

I love good strategy. For instance, here is the story of a fake city, to avoid being bombed by Germany.

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What do you know about the man on the $20 bill? The symposium that I wrote about in yesterday’s blog, Newt Gingrich compared Donald Trump to Andrew Jackson. So, I had to admit to myself that I did not know much about Andrew Jackson. Then I learned about the strategy that he used to become president… which ultimately led to his picture on our $20 bill.

His parents emigrated from Ireland and settled between North Carolina and South Carolina. Today, both states claim to be his birthplace.

Andrew Jackson was nicknamed “Old Hickory“. He picked up that nickname from the troops that he led during the War of 1812 because he was considered tough as “old hickory”, which is considered to be the wood preferred for axe handles because of his toughness. So, during his presidential campaign, his supporters decided to use that nickname for his campaign.

Speaking of strategy, it’s probably worthwhile to have have some backbone. But maybe Jackson took it a little too far. Supposedly he participated in many duels. Estimated number ranges from 5-100. (Quite an estimate) Charles Dickinson called Jackson “a worthless scoundrel, a paltroon and a coward” in a local newspaper. So… they had a duel to settle it. (Are you still wondering what a paltroon is? So am I! Just looked it up. It means coward. I wonder how you can be a paltroon and a coward. That seems repetitive and redundant)

Back to back they faced each other. (Yes… I took a little literary license there) At the signal, Dickson turned and fired first and hit Jackson in the chest. (More strategy to let his opponent fire first) The bullet barely missed Jackson’s heart by less than an inch. Despite the bullet in the chest, Jackson measured his shot and fired. Dickinson dropped dead. Meanwhile, Jackson carried that bullet in his chest for the rest of his life.

Here’s the one final thought on Jackson and the $20 bill. It’s truly curious that we carry that picture in our wallets or pockets. (assuming you are fortunate to have a $20 bill right now) Jackson detested paper money because he took a huge financial hit when paper notes were devalued . He only trusted gold and silver. He felt banks had the ability to manipulate money. And so it goes… his fame on paper still remains.

And finally, this has nothing to do with strategy. Our pic o’ day falls under the heading of nonsense.

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