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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

Political History

It seems that we are already getting bombarded with a lot of Presidential politics on the airways. Television reps have already warned us about our TV spots getting bumped for political ads. And, the presidential candidate debates are about to start. We are entering the political crazy season. And to think… this is how our laws get made.

That brings me to a bit of political/presidential history. There have been four instances where our U.S. Presidents have been related.

Second president John Adams and eighth president John Quincy Adams were father and son.  Ninth president William Henry Harrison was related to our twenty-third president, Benjamin Harrison. They were grandfather and grandson.

Theodore Roosevelt and Franklin Delano Roosevelt were cousins. And, of course, you remember the history of our 41st and 43rd presidents…. George H.W. and George W. Bush. Now, will Jeb Bush or Hilary Clinton be added to the family tree?

Does that last sentence make you look like this?

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And for pic o’ day, here’s keeping it simple…

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Thinking Chocolate

In Jim Valvano’s speech that he gave at the ESPY awards in 1993, he told the funny story of giving his first coaching speech to the freshman team at Rutgers University. So, he wanted to really motivate these kids to go out and play a great first game of basketball.

He researched great coach speeches and settled on one that had been given years earlier by Hall-of-Fame football coach Vince Lombardi, who had given his speech as coach of the Green Bay Packers.

So, Valvano looked at his Rutgers freshman players and started into his speech. He really wanted to fire them up!

Gentlemen, we will be successful this year if you can focus on three things, and three things only.  Your family, your religion… and the Green Bay Packers“.

I still get a kick out of that story, whenever I see Jim Valvano’s speech. I always imagine the look on the faces of the entire Rutgers team.  So, let me segue into what some might add to that list of things of importance.

Specifically, it’s also the things that California Representative Nancy Pelosi says that keeps her going and also provides great gifts. That item… chocolate. I guess she would say to focus on “Your family, your religion… and chocolate”. Here’s what the NY Times tells us:

She doesn’t “eat chocolate once per day, but constantly,” Ms. Pelosi said, “It’s an ongoing thing.”

“If there were one food I would have in life, it would be very dark chocolate ice cream,” she said. “If it were not invented, I would have had to invent it.”

Ms. Pelosi, a Democrat, has loved chocolate since her childhood in the Little Italy neighborhood of Baltimore, where she enjoyed parfaits at the corner store and, of course, gelato.

According to the article, Ben and Jerry’s New York Super Fudge Chunk ice cream is her  favorite. She also keeps plenty of Ghirardelli chocolate squares on hand.

She also tells the reporter, that she keeps chocolates “In the desk, in the purse, readily available at hand,” she said of her stash. “It’s a wonderful thing.”

She also believes in chocolate diplomacy. Speaker John Boehner of Ohio “has given me plenty of delicious chocolate from his district,” she said; noting that she’s a fan of Graeter’s chocolates in Cincinnati.

What does she give Boehner in return? “I’ve sent him a number of things.”

I suspect that Boehner would say that she has given him, “A hard time”.

And for pic o’ day, I thought this was a funny elf on a shelf:

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Traveling Ice Cream

Ole Evinrude was sitting with his girlfriend in a small rowboat boat on Oconomowoc Lake, outside of Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  His girlfriend told him that it was such a hot day that she sure would like an ice cream.

Ole dropped her off at a small island in the middle of the lake, and began paddling to shore. By the time that he had made it back with the ice cream… it had melted. So, Ole built a motor that could be attached to the rowboat. He didn’t want to be left with melted ice cream ever again! It also was what he credited as the reason that he started a company called Evinrude Outboard Motors that ultimately employed over 300 people.

DID YOU KNOW that Twinkies have a shelf life of about 25 years.

And for our weekend pic o’

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