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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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Useless, Useful and Interesting?

 

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Our Blog starter picture just seemed to fit the title today. I hope the following items below will be Useful and Interesting, instead of all falling into the category of Useless! That decision is in the eye of the beholder!

I just learned that McDonald’s has a category of customers that they call “Heavy Users“. To “join that category” you need to eat there ten times per month. If you want McDonald’s to categorize you as a “Super Heavy User“, apparently you need to eat there an average of 3-5 times per week. Quite a frequent eaters club .

Renowned gangster Al Capone carried business cards that said he was a used furniture dealer. I wonder if he liked cork floors for the rec room?

I just saw some good advice. After writing an angry email, read it carefully. Then delete it. Note to self!

The word “gorilla” is derived from a Greek word that means “a tribe of hairy women”. It’s from the history of Hanno the Navigator. (I am frightened to even comment on this)

I am very fascinated with the power of the sugar industry. Here is an interesting article  from Manila Bulletin Business titled How Big Sugar killed a 1968 study that pointed to a heart disease link. The power of sugar!

And now, a couple of random thoughts. (As though all the previous “stuff” is not random!) Sometimes I want to post a blog on what I am reading or what I am watching. I just never do. But, since this blog is aimlessly heading somewhere unknown; I thought it might be a good time to throw some crazy in the mix.

I am watching and reading many things… all at the same time…just because. Here are two things:

First, a current non-fiction book that I am reading is Survive Like A Spy by Jason Hanson.  It says on the cover that Real CIA Operatives Reveal How They Stay Safe In a Dangerous World And How You Can Too. (I suspect you weren’t expecting this book!) It reads like a novel.

And what is something I am watching? Here’s one on Netflix : The Toys that made us.  There are four episodes. The one about Barbie suggests that Mattel has been ruthless in fighting the competition throughout the years. Very interesting!

And finally, I close Our Blog today with a quote/reminder from Henry Ford. “Whether you think you can, or think you can’t- you’re right.”

And for our pic o’ day… I have posted this in the past, but it’s one of my keepers because it gets me everytime I see it. Dogs are great! And this cat is a team player

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“Shake It Like a Polaroid Picture”

I just felt like starting Our Friday Blog with something that made me laugh!

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So let’s move to our story!

The song said, “shake it like a Polaroid picture“. Today, that is really old school because everyone is taking pictures with their cell phones. But do you know the story of George Eastman (wikipedia), who founded the Eastman Kodak Company? Eastman is the only person with two stars in the Hollywood Walk of Fame, recognizing him and his invention of roll film.

According to his wikipedia entry, he was one of the outstanding philanthropists of his time, donating more than $100 million to various projects in Rochester; Cambridge, Massachusetts; at two historically black colleges in the South; and in several European cities.[7] In 1918, he endowed the establishment of the Eastman School of Music at the University of Rochester, and in 1921 a school of medicine and dentistry there

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But the real drama of his life occurred on March 14, 1932. George Eastman who was well known as an inventor, philanthropist, and founder of Eastman Kodak, invited friends over to witness the rewriting of his will. (Yes, I know. A curious reason for a party)

He had made the decision to give a good portion of his money and prized possessions, which included his large house, to the home city…Rochester. As part of the earlier “giving math”, he was bequeathing (not a word I can normally work into the blog) his house and a $2 million endowment (about $34 million today) to the University of Rochester. Eastman also was donating money to medical and dental dispensaries across the city, to ensure that no child in Rochester would go without proper dental work. Finally, he left $200,000 (about $3.4 million today) to his niece, Ellen. (He had never married)

Cheerfully signing the will in front of everyone, he assured them that this was just a matter of confirming his wishes. Later, it was determined that he also wanted his friends to see that he was mentally alert, so the credibility of the will wouldn’t be questioned. After all the t’s were crossed and i’s were dotted, he asked if everyone could excuse themselves for a moment. When his friends had left the room he took out a pen and wrote the following:

To my friends,
My work is done.
Why wait?
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As the story goes, he then took out a pistol out from his nightstand and shot himself in the heart, ending his life at the age of 74. It was well known that he had been suffering back pain for several months, which was probably related to stenosis and radiating pain from his discs.

There are many “take-aways” from that story. I am reminded that if you don’t have your health, you don’t have anything.

I don’t want to end our blog on a down note. Instead… I hope you have a great weekend. I feel like it is going to be a good one. These are the good days. Right?

And for our pic o…. weekend, this makes me laugh too:

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Let’s Just March Wander!

How about this as our start to our March Blog? Life is just crazy.

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Just sayin’

I was up late last night because Geoff Glick and I went to the Wizards/Golden State game. When a game starts at 8P… you know you are in trouble the next day.

I meant to post this earlier in the negotiation blog but I got distracted.

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Have you noticed that Our Blog is a bit of wandering?

By the way, did you know that An Estee Lauder perfume called “Country Mist” had disappointing sales in Germany. That’s because the word “Mist” is slang for manure in German! Boom!

I am getting ready for some football. The NFL Combine is about to start, which causes me to post some crazy Peyton Manning pictures. Just because.

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I know… you are asking yourself… wait a second. Although, I have a feeling that you are asking yourself nothing about right now! You just keep looking back at these Manning pictures and smiling. At least that’s what I do.

I feel like I need to throw something legal in here, because this is a legal blog. Right? Hmm…

Before 1941, fingerprints were not accepted as evidence in court. Prior to that time, it was not an established fact that no two fingerprints were alike. Today, the only way fingerprints are not be allowed as evidence is if the defense can prove that there are, in fact, two sets of fingerprints somewhere in the world that match.

Did you know that a Cobbler is someone who makes, mends or repairs shoes? So what is someone who makes Apple Cobbler? Just sayin’.

OK, I am at the end. I realize that I had nothing for the blog today and we just wandered together. Just like Our pic o’ for today. It’s not really a blog… it is an event! This is what happens when you stay up too late.

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Just Friday Ramblings

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Because I am on the move this morning, I am typing Our Blog on the iPad. The office outfitted me with a cover that includes a keyboard, but I still worry about the fat finger typing and spacing. Fears that wording might end up like this:

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I was in a seminar yesterday, on topics about IEPs and 504 Plans. “What?”  Exactly! I could blog a little on that…but it’s Friday and much more fun to post random.  Right?

How about an insurance mention?

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Today in 1945, the U.S. flag was raised on Iwo Jima. The famous picture was picked by Time Magazine as one of the most influential photographs of all time.

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The story (here) described at History.com gives some insight on the controversy behind the photograph that has also been the subject of movies. It all revolved around “who was first” and why was this photograph taken of the second Flag raised?

It has been a great week!

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I hope you have a weekend that makes you smile!

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Just Some Meaningful? Or Just Breakfast Full!

I feel bad that I didn’t titled  yesterday’s blog “Spaghetti”. Life’s regrets! Just sayin’.

So here we are again on a Friday. Seriously? What is going on?

 

Let’s get it started!

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For Our Blog, it’s always good to remind ourselves that we can be anything that we want to be!

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And this falls within “legal humor”. Right?

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And finally… is this what they call high brow humor? I hope you have a great weekend!

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A Meeting… Plus School Pictures

I have made a personal observation about Our blog. Usually I get to Wednesday and I find myself a little behind, a little bit scrambling and then I find myself posting pictures quickly for Our Blog. And here we are on Wednesday.

I thought I would post a couple today that just made me laugh. One I saw on Instagram, and another on Facebook. By the way, I always appreciate pictures for the blog, if you want to send one to me at Joel@JoelBieber.com. (Yes…shameless picture begging!) I promise to give credit for the laughs!

What do you think of these? First, meetings make me laugh anyway. Right?

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And last, school pictures are classics anyway and this teacher took it to a new level!

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It’s going to be a great Wednesday… I feel it! Happy Valentine’s Day!

Science-Prophecy-Technology?

First, and unrelated to the blog, I know that you are wondering what I think of the Michelle Obama portrait that was unveiled yesterday at the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery.

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Well, I think that Ben Shapiro might have captured my thoughts with his tweet.

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But I digress!

If you look at the title of the blog… it must be getting crazy! Although,  this blog mixes a little bit of conspiracy theory with a little bit of Science/technology?

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In Gulliver’s Travels Jonathan Swift described the two moons of Mars, Phobos and Deimos. He gave their size and speeds of rotation. This was more than a hundred years before either moon was discovered! Was he “simply” a Martian? Did he just randomly guess it. Was it because he called the Psychic Network. Or is this the explanation? (Here) (Here’s a hint, maybe someone had written about moons in the 1600’s and it was just a random writing)

In Wall Street, Gordon Gecko said that “the most valuable commodity I know is information“. So here’s an article from USA Today titled “You are being tracked. Deal with it“. It is worth reading in it’s entirety, but I will give you a sampling . It’s why you might be talking about buying something from Best Buy... and then an ad pops up on your iPad with a Best Buy discount. Is your iPad really that wicked smart?

As the article indicates, your mobile phone already tracks every move you make, thanks to GPS and the location tracking feature on most apps. When you surf online on your computer, Google, Amazon, Facebook and others know which websites you went to, how long you spent there, what you clicked on, with whom you interacted with, which stores you spent money with and more.

The article goes on to discuss TV snooping that obviously includes tracking what you are watching and storing. Plus, your TV can probably hear your conversations. Just an interesting “throw-in”. I encourage you to read this reporter’s take on technology and how it affects us. What do you think is out there next?

And for pic o’ day… more information might not always be good?

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Sometimes I Just Want to Laugh!

I just wanted to start the blog with some pictures to make me laugh. Because Mondays give some creative license, right? And then I promise that I will have a real topic today. The fake of it is actually the reality. You’ll See! Or should it really be SeA? But first…

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Because just seeing “someone” laugh makes me laugh:

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And these “guys” are funny anyway:

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Which is worth more laughter to me!

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And because I did promise a real blog, here goes. It all started when I was looking at another law firm’s website. At their client comment section, they had several credited comments. One was from “Alan Smithee“. Do you know the story of Alan Smithee? Well, just in case, here’s the wikipedia description that I now borrow.

Alan Smithee is an official pseudonym used by film directors who wish to disown a project. Coined in 1968 and used until it was formally discontinued in 2000“. Here’s where it started.

The Smithee pseudonym was created for use on the film Death of a Gunfighter, released in 1969. During its filming, lead actor Richard Widmark was unhappy with director Robert Totten and arranged to have him replaced by Don Siegel. Siegel later estimated that Totten had spent 25 days filming, while he himself had spent 9–10 days. Each had roughly an equal amount of footage in Siegel’s final edit. But Siegel made it clear that Widmark had effectively been in charge the entire time rather than either director. When the film was finished, Siegel did not want to take the credit for it and Totten refused to take credit in his place. The DGA panel hearing the dispute agreed that the film did not represent either director’s creative vision“.

So the story goes, they allowed to originally credit director “Al Smith“. But, that was considered too common a name and it was already being used “for real” in the film industry. So, the last name was first changed to “Smithe” and then “Smithee. Then it became Alan

The film turned out to be critically praised including the famed critic Roger Ebert, who said, “Director Allen Smithee, a name I’m not familiar with, allows his story to unfold naturally.” 

The wikipedia attachment has all the movies listed where Alan Smithee was credited. But, I still wonder who is playing a joke on the law firm with their comment from Alan Smithee. Or are they just being funny. And that’s worth a good laugh too!

It’s going to be a great Monday… I just feel it! And finally, I guess it’s a reminder that things will always work out:

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Cheating Camels, Pictures and a Riddle?

I am currently out of town, but I still wanted to post a few pictures. Plus, I have to mention that story about camels having botox and ear reductions. Right? A story about cheating camels. Who knew there were camel beauty contests? (Story here)

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And camels just make me laugh anyway!

 

 

 

 

So I guess I might as well throw in more animal pictures, since animals seem to be taking the blog over today.

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This is what happens when I decide to quickly throw a blog of pictures together with no theme, and somehow a recurring theme occurs. Like Pete and RePete were in a boat. Pete fell out and who was left? RePete. Pete and RePete were in a boat. Pete fell out and who was left?

And we might as well finish with more nonsense! I hope you have a great weekend!

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