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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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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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Backstories Of The Draft

It’s Our Monday Blog, so let’s dive right in!

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Over the weekend, I spent some time watching the NFL draft. The draft might not be that exciting to you, but there were some interesting side stories.

When I turned the draft on at the very beginning, I saw several former Dallas Cowboys quarterbacks walking out with the Commissioner. Because the draft took place in Dallas, this immediately should have evoked cheers because of all Dallas fans.

In theory, it was a great idea because the NFL was probably trying to run a good defense for Commissioner Goodell. But, fans so dislike Goodell that even greats from the past could not run positive interference for him. But, it was a classic public relations move.

The NFL is known to try for public relations moves to make us forget that it’s all big business. They would prefer that we not remember all those past players still suffering from head injuries.

For instance, Ryan Shazier walked to the podium to announce the Pittsburgh Steelers’ first pick. Four years ago he had been a first round pick. Near the end of last season, he suffered a spinal injury during a game that was so serious that it was questionable whether he would be paralyzed for life.

Now, we are celebrating his ability to walk, even though it is with incredible effort on his part. Maybe the best way that the NFL can give recognition to him is not to parade him across a stage. Instead, to make sure that all is done to make sure it never happens to another player.

Draftee Shaquem Griffin was placed in the draft room. The player area usually reserved for players to be drafted in the first round. There is no way that the NFL expected that. But with Griffin there, they could continually show him to TV viewers.

We were constantly reminded that he only had one hand as a result of a birth defect. Yet, his story served as an inspiration to overcoming adversity… while he sat there until being drafted in the fifth round. He was the 141st player to be taken.

During the draft, television viewers were also sent to the “draft war rooms” of several teams. It showed the team of people determining the player to be picked. It also showed the importance of all the preparation done before the draft. Their big “draft boards” gave structure to who they would pick next, if available. It doesn’t just happen.

One final thought is on how the draft started in the first place. It stems from the theory that “it’s not fair”.

During the 1930’s, Philadelphia team owner, Bert Bell, was tired of his team continually losing. He pitched the other owners on an idea of spreading the wealth. All ships big and small rise to the top as the tide goes up! The league is only as strong as its weakest link. (I could keep going crazy on metaphors!)

The draft of today was created, using the reverse order of picking in order of finish. Last picks first was born. And so it was in this 2018 draft.

And for pic o’ day:

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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!!!!!

 

 

More Than A Bell Rung!

How about some motivational thoughts for Our Wednesday Blog?

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I guess it’s better than someone just simply daring us with some attitude…right?

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So let’s get down to business. This blog is about football and brain injury. I immediately get serious!

Jeff Bezos once worked at a hedge fund and was growing increasingly frustrated because he was unable to match the returns of another investor, Bernie Madoff. (Of course we all now know that Madoff’s yearly investment returns were all fake)

Bezos reportedly confided in Ted Leonsis (owner of the Washington Wizards and Washington Capitals) that his frustration caused him to quit his hedge fund job at D.E. Shaw. He then started a little company called Amazon. The cause and effect.

I compare a brain injury to cause and effect. You can tell if a person has a broken arm because you can physically see their cast. There is no cast for the brain. So, it’s not unusual to miss a brain injury. It’s why they are called  the “walking wounded”. The cause is usually related to trauma but the effect is usually not known until it’s too late.

Years ago, the defense called their head trauma expert to the witness stand in one of our brain injury cases. We had already put our case on and had several treating doctors testify that our client had a brain injury. Now, this defense witness had been identified as a doctor who was going to disagree with all the treating doctors.

He admitted that our client had hit her head. He even admitted that she might have had a concussion. But he went on to say that it was just like a football player who just “had their bell rung, but that didn’t mean that they had to come out of the game”. In essence, his testimony was that our client’s brain injury was no big deal.

The NFL has announced that they are considering a radical rule change. Here is an article explaining that the NFL is poised to eliminate kickoffs. Why? According to a recent study (Here) 16% of football injuries occur during the kickoff, and those injuries have a high probability of concussion related.

It probably will not happen this year. But, it would not surprise me to see no kickoff next year, with the ball starting at the 25-year-line to start the game. I suspect they are still working out the issue of onside kicks because that adds another dimension to the end of the game… and trying to catch up.

All I know, fortunately juries would no longer put up with a hired defense expert saying such nonsense as though a head injury is no big deal when you are wearing a helmet. That’s because the NFL and its former players are putting head injuries in the headlines. Plus, no one is wearing a helmet while they drive. So these injuries are possibly even worse.

And for pic o’ day, I completely agree!

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An Expert or an “Opinionater”

I know it is hard to believe, but I am truly starting the blog with a picture that is related to the subject matter. I know… that is some crazy blogging!

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Please fight through the blog today because there really is a purpose. I mean it!

This is probably more of a sports blog… because I wanted to write about the upcoming NFL draft. But, I am writing it in the context of law.

(Here we go…talking some legal) To be qualified as an expert in a jury trial, you have to be qualified to give an opinion that is beyond common knowledge. The Virginia jury instruction tells jurors:

In considering the weight to be given to the testimony of an expert witness, you should
consider the basis for the opinion and the manner by which the expert arrived at it and the
underlying facts and data relied upon.

Which leads me to the the concept of “experts” as it pertains to NFL football drafting.  (And yes, I do enjoy using the “emphasis quotes” which is probably as irritating as seeing someone using “air quotes” when they talk) Football fans know that it’s almost time for the NFL draft. My email in-box is being targeted with all kinds of offers to buy draft information, and sports sites are filled with updates and predictions on who will be drafted in the first round. These “experts” all have their opinions.

So let’s travel back to 1998. It’s the draft and the Indianapolis Colts are on the clock with the first pick. Do they pick Peyton Manning or do they pick Ryan Leaf. Well, here is Vic Carucci’s thoughts on who to pick:

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Carucci’s opinion that the Colts should select Leaf is actually laughable now. The reason I post this scouting report is to show that experts can be absolutely wrong. He missed it here.

Recently I watched an ESPN 30 for 30 episode about the 1993 NFL draft. The year that John Elway was drafted first. During that ESPN documentary, we are reminded of their draft expert, Paul Zimmerman, who proudly proclaimed that it was a mistake for the Miami Dolphins to draft Dan Marino. “I don’t understand it”

He went on to say that no one was there to coach him and that it was a mistake for the Dolphins to draft him. They had other needs. That was his draft expert opinion.

I close with the thought that I have seen more expert opinion that should really be more”Opinionater” than expert. In trial, I see defense experts making the proclamation that someone needs no more treatment and has no permanent injury… after only seeing medical records and not even seeing the person.

I had one defense expert tell me under oath that he felt more qualified to give an opinion after not seeing my client, because this made sure that he was not impacted by any bias. Solely basing his opinion on the records. Of course, he smirked when I asked him if he refused to see patients in his office… because meeting them would cause a bias of his treatment. Boom! That is no expert opinion. That is silliness.

And for pic o’ day… I think this qualifies as good expert advice!

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Analysis By Analysis

I have found myself making excuses for Wednesday blogs. I tell myself, “The blogs for Monday and Tuesday were too long. They need a break!”. So now that I have that excuse, I am posting a shorty blog today… and I feel good about myself! I write Our Blog for Us!

First, this picture is one that is easy to just skim by, until you really look at it. Analysis: This has to be the most difficult selfie in the world. Right?

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And this is a picture to picture with an ending that tells a story. The analysis leads me to believe that… this must be a first ride. I know this feeling!

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And finally, our pic o’ day is also a good reminder to me!

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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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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!

Happy Too!

I always like to start Our Monday Blog with some positivity. This pic o’ qualifies as reaching goals. Right?

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While driving down the road recently, I saw a billboard advertisement for a grocery store chain that simply said, “Groceries Delivered“. That seems to meet a need, but it also is becoming more popular. Perhaps the aggressiveness of Amazon is causing everyone to step up their game in the grocery business.

I remember being one of the first law firms to advertise “We will come to you“. I had noticed a trend of several new potential clients failing to show up for their appointments at the office. I learned that once someone had crashed their car, it made it very difficult to come to our office. Missing the appointment made total sense. I had to come up with a solution… going to their home on their time.

Which brings me to the thought of how to step up our service now? What message or new service could I advertise.

I love the positivity of my father-in-law. When someone asks him for help, he regularly responds with, “Happy Too“. Be willing and ready to help! If I could convey that in all of our ads… then I have maintained our true hopeful message. If someone needs our help… I hope that they feel our response of “Happy Too”!

 

And finally, for our pic o’ day, I think many of us relate to this as we sit in that chair!

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