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A Little More About Our TV Ads

Yesterday we shot TV spots that included a spot in our market, for the upcoming Super Bowl. The ad should run between the third and fourth quarter.

I have shot my ads at different locations over the years. This time, we were at a TV station in Richmond, Virginia.

Our social media team is putting together a “behind-the-scenes” of our ads. I liked the GoPro cameras there, but I noticed that none of the cameras seemed to help put more hair on my head. Just saying! (Is it wrong to covet a better head of hair? Yes… it probably is but that’s the excitement of Hollywood!)

Which leads me to some behind the scenes trivia from prior TV shows and movies. For instance, the bench that was used in the movie Forrest Gump where Forrest sat for most of the movie as he told his story…

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was a movie prop that had been placed in Chippewa Square in downtown Savannah, Georgia.  It has since been moved to the Savannah History Museum.

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I guess life really is like a box of chocolates…and a bench that made history!

Over 500 vehicles were destroyed during the filming of Transformers: Dark Side of the Moon. However, the producers of the movie did not have to pay anything for them. They were given to them by an insurance company because they had all already been damaged in a flood.

Here’s some craziness from TV past. NBC’s longest airing western, Bonanza, that aired from 1959-1973, has a cost-cutting curious piece of trivia.

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All the actors received one costume at the beginning of each season. This was done to keep the cost of costumes down and make it easier in case they had to reshoot any of the scenes.

For our commercials… I did change a few times but no popcorn was harmed during the shooting of the Super Bowl ad!

And now our pic o’ day… (Some Old McDonald trivia?)

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Food and Snow Wednesday

I always feel like I should start Our Wednesday Blog with something that grabs your attention. How about some food humor?

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Because we are dealing with snow in Virginia, I am going light on the blog. But doesn’t that call for snow pictures?

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And….

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And for pic o’ day… we end with more food humor. (although it’s obvious that “humor” is broadly construed. (and using “construed” officially makes this a legal blog!) Be careful out there today!

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A Moment in Time

I remember  the very first major league baseball game that I attended.  That might not surprise you.  But the fact that I remember the score might. In fact, here’s the game’s line score:

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And I have even attached the boxscore! (Here) Which is probably only interesting to me. But, this is such a great memory. And life is about moments.

But why would I have such an indelible memory of this game? And how did I remember the exact date of the game? Well, the answer is the same for both questions. It comes from baseball-reference.com in a note about a Chicago White Sox third-baseman named Bill Melton:

“After attending Citrus College, where he also played football, Melton was signed by the White Sox in 1964 and reached the majors in 1968. He was the team’s starting third baseman the following Opening Day, in 1969 (replacing Pete Ward) and clubbed 23 homers that year. However, while he was a success at the plate, he struggled in the field. In 1970, he made 12 errors in his first 24 games at third. The twelfth error, misjudging a routine pop fly, broke his nose, and not long after he returned from the injury, he was moved to right field. From July 23rd to July 28th of that same summer, he struck out in 11 consecutive at-bats over the course of four games. Nonetheless, he ended the year with a White Sox record 33 home runs, sixth best in the American League

I remember sitting very high up. Almost at the top of Memorial Stadium in Baltimore. Sometime as described, I remember a high pop up around third base. Melton settled under it… and it came down right on his nose. He was knocked unconscious and was lying on the field for a while. Even as young as I was… that memory has always stayed with me.

I could not remember when I went to my first baseball game. So,  just “on a lark”, I decided to see if there was anything written about it. Sure enough, Bill Melton had it in his biography. One moment that impacted his baseball career. A broken nose!

This same kind of memory of events shows itself repeatedly in my law practice. Many times during depositions, the defendant will remember very little about the day of the crash. Conversely, my client will remember exact details because it impacted life.

That game night is a great memory for me. Not so much for Bill Melton.

And for pic o’ day, I still think that right now, this kind of shopping is occurring… or something like this?

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The Eyesight of Columbus?

Isn’t life about routine. It was real easy to go a couple of days without blogging. Almost a routine. But I know that I have to get back to my daily blogging.  And then, I realized it was so cold. So cold.

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Right?

Today’s blog comes from History.com because it humors me. It also makes me wonder about Christopher Columbus’ eyesight. Perhaps he did not want to return to Spain after his trips, and be sentenced to the pit of misery…so he felt pressure to find!

In 1493, while sailing near the Dominican Republic, Columbus notes a curious observation. Maybe we should consider his diary entry, in the context of the knowledge that he had been at sea for six months.

One final note about Columbus. There were no known portraits painted of Columbus while he was alive. So history relies on the memories of painters in their portraits of Columbus.

An angry painter could have really impacted history by painting a portrait of Columbus with a hamburger. Then we would have thought that he always traveled with a hamburger. And that’s how history can become history!

And for pic o’ day; nowadays, it’s difficult to know whether you are looking at a “real” picture. Here’s an example of a cow that was photo-shopped on to a car. Because otherwise, why wouldn’t a cow be relaxing on a car hood? I wonder what Columbus would see?

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Coffee Beans and Resolutions

Because routine has been anything but routine over the holidays,  yesterday I felt the need to make sure I had some special energy to get it going, for our first day back. Kinda like this!

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Tabitha said to me when I walked in, that she was not going to have any resolutions for the new year. Instead, she had decided to have intentions. I like that.

I saw a discussion about coffee beans and it reminded me of new year’s resolutions.  Roasted coffee beans start to lose small amounts of their flavor within two weeks. Grinded coffee begins to lose its flavor in an hour. Brewed coffee and espresso begins to lose flavor within minutes. Does that sound like a good metaphor for some resolutions?

Yesterday’s devotional from  Our Daily Bread had a good reminder.  God provides the strength we need to persevere and grow. Which leads to a good message from the book of Philippians chapter 3,

forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, 14 I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.

Great days are ahead and we can keep pressing forward… with good intentions!

And finally, when has that question of “How was your new year’s?” run its course? Well, I thought that I probably should get this in quickly as our pic o’ day. It’s a Happy Gnu ear! How about that?

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Some Positive Spin Marketing!

I promised to write a shorter blog… after Yesterday’s dissertation. Tuesday’s blog might have caused you to think that I was working on my doctorate on free speech. The only truth in that possibility is that there were many words… and they were all free. Speech that was worth the price?

Today, I am posting on marketing. Although, I am not sure this advertisement could pass as marketing. What do you think of this positive spin? (It made me laugh!) And who doesn’t need “half a pair of headphones”?

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And finally, for pic o’ day, I guess this is what dogs look like when they Facetime friends:

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Let’s Talk Holiday

I wanted to start the blog out with wishing you a Merry Christmas, since I feel that advertisers have been doing that since September. When is it fashionable to begin wishing friends a Happy Easter. I say sometime around December 10.

First, a word on shopping, because it feels like a shopping craze is all around me. And as a side note, how did all these stores get my email? Seriously, I cannot read my emails because I have too many shopping emails. What happened?

Anyway, In keeping with my apparent complaining about being bombarded with shopping news, here is some news that I wouldn’t even know how to comment on, if I even did. I guess this qualifies as shopping news?

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To make the blog worthwhile, here is an article from USA Today titled 5 security mistakes you’re probably making. I  am posting it as an attachment because I know you will read it… if you have the time.

And by the way… I want to wish you a Merry Christmas. (Yes, I am getting carried away)

And for pic o’ day, now we are getting down to business on the shopping. Right?

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Thankful Thoughts

I sit here writing the blog before Our Thanksgiving Blog,  wanting to write about thanks. You are probably in the midst of lots of stuff that includes planning, family and “getting ready”.

Yesterday, I felt so fortunate to celebrate my Mom’s birthday, with lunch at the Williamsburg Lodge. Then, I posted a quick picture on Facebook of mom and me. I was laughing then about it, and I am laughing now. I feel so thankful!

In keeping with wanting to post a quick blog today, here’s an article from success.com titled 129 Reasons to be Thankful. It asks 129 celebrities why they are thankful. Some good things to think about.

So many reasons to be thankful!

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Just Rambling and Rumbling

I know that we are on the Thanksgiving countdown. Does that mean I should be writing Our blog on thanks?

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Here’s something unrelated to Thanksgiving. According to Hammurabi’s Code, the penalty for medical malpractice was to cut off the doctor’s hands. I guess that’s a policy of no mistakes accepted. (See, if I randomly throw in facts in the blog, it qualifies as a blog and still gives me an excuse to post lots of pictures!)

Are you already trying to work on the perfect Christmas gifts. That means you have bypassed Thanksgiving? Come on! Anyway, how about giving someone a suitcase with their picture on the side? Now that is personalized luggage!

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Sometimes I hear a fact… and it makes me wish I had never heard it. How about this one? The reason the coffin was supposedly invented for burial, was to prevent the “dearly departed” from coming back and haunting their survivors. I prefer to not believe that reason for invention. I say “No”.

Let’s move on to something that makes me feel good. I don’t even know why I threw that in there, but stream of consciousness blogging sometimes has its regrets. Better to have blogging without impunity!

Let’s conclude with our pic o’ day because you have “miles to go before you sleep, and miles to go before you sleep”. I have posted this a couple of times, but it’s also my screensaver on one of my computers.  Since we are working our way to Thanksgiving, how can you not be thankful for best day ever!IMG_0782

Bent Letters to the Right?

In 1994, artist Dwight Kalb sent David Letterman a statue of Madonna, made of 180 pounds of ham. Originally, I was going to write a blog with a food theme. As I began writing, I realized it was probably as useful as art made from ham.

So, instead, I have attached an article from didyouknow.com, that provides us with clues on how to read a person’s handwriting. How’s that for Our Thursday blog?

I cannot say that I totally believe this. But again… it is more useful than ham!

 

If letters slant to the left: Indicates introspection and a lot of emotional control.

If letter slant to the right: Reveals a person who’s outgoing, friendly, impulsive, and emotionally open.

If letters are straight up and down: The sign of someone who’s ruled by the head, not the heart.

Letters that slant in more than one direction: Indicates versatility and adaptability.

An erratic slant: Usually means a lack of flexibility.

Heavy pressure writing (like you can feel the rib made on the back of the paper): The writer is agitated.

Moderate pressure (the writing is dark, but you can’t feel the rib on the other side of the paper): Shows ability to deal with stress.

Light pressure: Indicates someone who seems to take life in stride.

Tiny letters: Indicate the writer is has somewhat low self esteem but is intelligent.

Small letters: The hallmark of quiet, introspective types – they’re generally detail-oriented and have good concentration.

Large letters: Sign of a confident, easygoing individual.

Huge letters: Indicate someone who’s theatrical, usually loud, and needs to be the center of attention at all times.

Wide letters (their width and height are about the same): The mark of someone who’s open and friendly.

Narrow letters: Show someone who’s somewhat shy and inhibited but very self-disciplined.

Letters that don’t touch: Indicate an impulsive, artistic, sometimes impractical free thinker.

Some letters connecting: Means the writer’s personality blends logic and intuition.

All letters making contact: The sign of someone who’s highly cautious.

A curved first mark: Shows a person who’s traditional and plays by the rules.

A straight beginning stroke: Reveals someone who’s rigid and doesn’t like being told what to do.

A final stroke straight across: The writer is cautious.

An end mark that curves up: Reveals generosity.

Perfect penmanship: The hallmark of a communicative person.

An indecipherable scrawl: Indicates a person who’s secretive, closed-up and likes to keep his thoughts to himself.

 

So that’s clues in handwriting. Like Colonel Mustard, in the living room, with the wrench.

And for pic o’ day, I figured it was a good time to slip one in for Thanksgiving. It feels like everywhere else we are just sliding right into the holidays and bypassing Thanksgiving.

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