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It’s My 2000th Blog!

This is blog number 2000. My very first blog was posted on January 10, 2006 titled Accept Responsibility in Lawsuits. (Here) And it wasn’t very interesting! A journey not a destination.

When I think about it, I can’t believe we are here. With 2000 postings. It has been a smorgasbord of topics.

This 2000th blog is almost like a birthday, without the gifts! (Honestly, this picture below is one we have all seen, but it still cracks me up. Plus, it wouldn’t really be one of my blogs if it didn’t include some randomness. Right?)

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Hopefully it’s not like the old Pennsylvania Dutch saying “Too soon old. Too late shmart“. Instead, hopefully it means my blogging will get better!

First up, since I usually post a pic o’ day, I thought I would post my favorite pic o’ day. I realized that I had lots of favorites, but this one never fails to make me smile:

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Instead of just rambling, I thought I would just post one thought that is really a reminder to me. It comes from the Book of Ruth 2:11-13. Boaz tells Ruth that because of how she has shown kindness to others, that the Lord repay your work, and a full reward be given to you. The cause and effect of being kind to others. Boaz telling Ruth that her kindness was being rewarded.

I just thought I would take this 2000th blog to blog on kindness. I am in a profession where being adversarial is rewarded. Being called a Pit Bull is a compliment. And where being feisty is expected. It’s real easy to think that being kind is setting yourself up, so other lawyers can take advantage of you.

That’s why I like this reminder of the importance of kindness. A combination of quotes that includes Mark Twain and Aesop, says it better than I can. “No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted. Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see. For beautiful eyes, look for the good in others. For beautiful lips, speak only words of kindness. 

And finally, for pic o’ day, the staff said that I should post a picture of me that was taken while I was typing this 2000th blog. So here it is… and on to many more blogging milestones. Still so many topics for future blogs!

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Goals and Results!

I remember reading a long time ago the advice of “don’t be afraid to try and fail. Just don’t fail to try“.  Watching baseball and football yesterday reminded me that goals are well defined. At the end of the game, the scoreboard tells you if you reached your goal.

Bill Gates (wikipedia) attributes his success to how his family established goals. Everything was a competition.

One family friend reports that  “it didn’t matter whether it was hearts or pickleball or swimming on the dock, there was always a reward for winnning and there was always a penalty for losing.

His first business was a partnership between he and Paul Allen. It was Traff-O-Data, a company that created machines which recorded the number of cars passing a given point on a road. It wasn’t considered a “roaring success” but it helped forge the bond between he and Allen and served to encourage the partnership to later create Microsoft. Their chasing of one goal led them to the ultimate prize of a greater goal.

I wanted this blog to be a reminder of goals. Sometimes it’s OK not to worry about tomorrow… except to know that tomorrow will be better than yesterday. That’s a good goal too!

That’s some thinking on goals. Now, I’d like to post a list of goals that I recently saw posted on Facebook. These made me laugh!

 

 

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And for pic o’ day, some more entrepreneurship.

 

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Self-Driving Cars

I saw a news story on a self-propelled rollercoaster in Japan.

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I say “no thank you” to this ride! This “self-rollercoaster” ride reminds me of all the news that is currently surrounding the Tesla Motor Company. We’ll come back to the self-driving car crash below. But, it bears mentioning that I have not written a blog for the past couple of days; which serves to remind me that the blog does not write itself… unfortunately. But I digress.

Joshua Brown, 40, was killed “in a Tesla car” while it was reportedly in Autopilot mode. “In” means he was sitting in the driver’s seat.

Brown, who was from Ohio, owned an Internet business. In a story in the NY Times, a former employee of Brown’s told a reporter that while Brown liked to drive fast, but he considered him a safe driver. Brown regularly posted various YouTube videos of himself “driving” his Tesla car in the hands-free Autopilot feature

Brown was killed when his Model S car did not see a tractor trailer truck that drove across the road, because the Autopilot mode did not distinguish the white side of the turning truck against the Florida sunny sky. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the brakes were not activated by Autopilot or by Brown.

“Once the complete investigation results are published, we’ll obviously evaluate all the data and the conclusions and make our decision from there,” Paul Grieco, the attorney that the family’ hired to file suit against Tesla. .

Frank Baressi, who was the driver of the tractor-trailer, says that the car was going fast when the crash occurred.  (AP reports). He also told investigators that Brown was watching a Harry Potter DVD. He later admitted that he could only hear the audio, and did not see it playing. A portable DVD player was found in Brown’s car according to the Florida Highway Patrol. .

I have been asked how I think that self-driving cars will impact our law practice. I don’t think anyone really knows, although I have always thought that there will always be responsibility for negligence or being inattentive.

At this point,  self-driving car technology is out there but not something seen very often. Right now, laws have not really caught up with the technology as self-driving laws are basically the same as all laws. Regulation will probably change over the coming years to keep up with the evolving technology.

It makes me wonder when we will see ads for pizza delivery by self-driving cars. Those pizzas need to stay safe out there!

And for pic o’ day, the life of lion:

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And on a Friday

I enjoyed typing the title of this blog. Here we are!

I thought I would attach an article that caught my attention: 15 Quirks of U.S. Presidents You Didn’t Learn in School.

If you have time to read, I think it will tell you some things that will make you go hmm. Did you know that President Rutherford B. Hayes had a fear of going insane. Or that President John Quincy Adams’ pet was an alligator. I guess it would be more surprising if it had been Unicorn. Right?

Have a great weekend!

And for pic o’ day, some Mrs. Potato Head humor:

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The Other Side of Adversity

If you drove to Siberia (maybe not a good idea to drive!) and interviewed every inhabitant about art, they probably have all heard of the Mona Lisa.   Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa is without doubt, the most famous painting in the world. There’s been a movie named Mona Lisa Smile, where Julia Roberts earned 25 million; which reportedly is still the highest salary payment for a female movie actress. Nat King Cole recorded a song by the same name.

It’s the “why she is famous” that  tickles our fancy. It’s not that it’s the most amazing piece of art ever painted; or even the most talented artist to ever paint. In fact, there were artists during his time period like Michelangelo, who were even considered more talented.

Certainly observers have been captivated by her slight smile, or who the artist was using as a model for the painting. It supposedly was Lisa del Giocondo, a member of a wealthy family and husband to a silk merchant. Even that has come under question.  It does make for a great gift if he the merchant commissioned a painting that was a lady for My Lady.

The reality is, that the Mona Lisa is famous because of her adversity. Famous then, for being famous.

Originally it was languishing in obscurity until it was stolen from the Louvre in 1911. Then, the hunt for the payment was a public search that lasted over two years until an Italian maintenance man at the Louvre, Vincenzo Peruggia, was identified as the thief after being caught trying to sell the painting to the Uffizi Gallery in Florence, Italy. His arrest was covered by the news all across the globe.

History tells us that the painting was moved by Louis XIV to the Palace of Versailles. After the French Revolution, it was moved to the Louvre; but for a brief time, even hung in the bedroom of Napolean. The travels of the Mona Lisa are described well in Wikipedia.

It was hidden during World War II. It has had acid thrown on it in 1956, and even was chipped by a rock near the left elbow, that same year.

The metaphor to this is what I have seen in clients. Many have faced tremendous adversity because of an injury or loss. It’s what I see on the other side that is the constant challenge to me. The report of an accomplishment or even the post of some event on Facebook.

It’s not that they have laughed in the face of adversity; but they have risen above. Leonardo da Vinci said, “I love those who can smile in trouble”. Mary Tyler Moore on adversity, “You can’t be brave if you’ve only had wonderful things happen to you”.

Job 23:10 But he knoweth the way that I take. Hen He has tried me, I shall come forth as gold.

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Bark at the Dog

If you are an NFL football fan, you might have been watching on the third day of last week’s draft.

The fourth-round pick of the  Indianapolis Colts, was Florida linebacker Antonio Morrison.  There was some question about his past conduct, because he had been arrested on July 2013 for barking at a police dog.

Charges were dropped three days later, with officers stating that they had determined that Morrison didn’t bark at the dog out of malice. On the Florida police report it was noted that Morrison’s defense was that he barked because the dog barked first.

Now that’s a defense. Of course, best not roar at a lion…if they roar at you first!

And this pic o’ day reminded me of how good it makes me feel to be told, “you’re having a bad hair day”. That’s a compliment when you are follically challenged! (Of course, I promise you will never say I look good in a tank top. Not part of the wardrobe! Some things I can control)

 

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Watching the Lions

There are just some things that you can’t take your eyes off. Going to the zoo, you can laugh at the monkeys. You might marvel at the giraffes. You might even wonder if they ever have sore throats, with their long necks… and do they make cough drops for a giraffe?

You don’t wonder about the lions. You just can’t stop watching them! Right?

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That’s my lead to our Wednesday pic o’ day. (Went blog light today, since we sent out our April newsletter email) Some animal analysis. This is more “animal” department. Part wreck… part dinosaur humor.

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Ok… you don’t like T-Rex humor? How about some medical humor?

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Cakes and Cookies

Here’s some food news:

From the NY Daily News comes a story about a lawsuit that was filed against Whole Foods by a Texas pastor who alleges that a cake he ordered contained a homophobic slur. According to the suit the pastor of the Church of Open Doors ordered a cake from the grocery store which was to read “Love Wins.” However, when the plaintiff picked up the cake, he allegedly found that a slur had also been written on the cake. Whole Foods has denied that its bakery had anything to do with the addition of the slur on the cake. However, the plaintiff released a video that supposedly shows the cake in the box, with an unbroken Whole Foods seal. Whole Foods denied its bakery employee had any role in writing the cake lettering.

 

Back to Nature Foods has issued a recall (PRNewswire)on some of their cookies, due to ingredients in the cookies that are not listed on the label. The cookies may contain milk ingredients. The recall applies to Back to Nature’s Classic Creme cookies in 12 oz. packages, which contain undeclared milk. People with “an allergy or severe sensitivity to milk run the risk of a serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume this product.” Sad to ruin a good cookie!

And finally, in the past I used to include a section in all the blogs called Did You Know?, my blogs were getting too long, so I cut it out. I wish I could also include a saying of the day but that would face the same fate. Still, I like the following quote… if I did have that daily blog “feature”:

The thing about chaos is that while it disturbs us, it too forces our hearts to roar in a way that we secretly find magnificent.

-Christopher Poindexter

And for pic o’ day…

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The Friday Blog

 

Yesterday, everyone in the different offices got together for their “green picture”. No green..not part of the green picture!  Lots of folks forgot their green, but I was a “participator”.  Like finding Waldo!

 

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Dog and Scrabble

I hope you have a great weekend ! Maybe you will even play with the dog.

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