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From Ketchup to Art

I admit it. It’s difficult to get motivated to blog, with snow on the ground. That’s when I go to the notebook collection. Things that have never become a blog because I can’t figure out a way to make them into a blog. And then the snow non-motivation. So here goes:

In the early 1800’s, ketchup was used as a medicine. Dr. John Cook Bennett announced that tomatoes were good for the stomach. Soon, tomato pills were being marketed as Dr. Miles’ Compound Extract of Tomato. Unfortunately, they still haven’t declared french fries for medicinal purposes.

Speaking of french fries, they were supposedly invented by Chef George “Crum” Speck in 1853. Originally he was known as a chef who specialized in wild game like venison and duck. (Wikipedia) He was  simply known as slicing the potatoes thinly. Customers began to request them. The crazy part of the story, according to the attachment, is that the owner of the restaurant, as well as the cook at the same restaurant, all later claimed to also be the inventors of the potato chip. Of course, “potato chip legend’ also includes that the chip was invented because of a complaining customer. Who’s to say?

A left handed advantage? You are able to adjust and see underwater more quickly. Just some random to the random.

And finally, here is some crazy art trivia. Henri Matisse’s painting Le Bateau hung upside down for 47 days in the New York Museum of Modern Art… until someone finally noticed it had been hung incorrectly.

And that’s a snow blog!




It All Makes Sense

The offices were closed for Thanksgiving and Friday; so sometimes after a holiday, it takes some motivation to get the engine going. Of course, I admit that I felt a little like this after my Thanksgiving meal.




I even said, “Let’s sit here a little bit. It’s going to take some effort for me to get to the car”. Clearly, we had some tremendous fixins’. As the comedian said, “the meal is not over when I’m full; the meal is over when I hate myself”.

So here comes a “mind twister” based on “mind research:

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That research got me! But it did drive spell check crazy.  Even Mr. Frosty has to wonder… and he’s always in a good mood as long as he is cold.

On to the fun. Here’s a Monday special pic o’ that makes me smile:


And here’s our pic o’ day. It’s good to be back sitting at my desk!




A Work in Progress…Hopefully

They say that a goldfish has a memory span of 3 seconds. I’m not sure how anyone really knows that fact.

Should I just accept what “they” say?

I thought about that “accepting thing” with the blog. We recently switched our blogging platform and also “went live” with a mobile friendly website. Unfortunately, it has made the blog difficult to read, or at least a bit clumsy with a bunch of click through requirements.

But they also say, no sense in beating a dead horse, right?


So, today I post some Monday pictures as we keep working on it. A work in progress!

This one made me yawn:



and this one made me laugh:



After the Super Bowl

The Super Bowl is one of those events that seems to gather a lot of people around the TV, whether we are sports fans or not. Then, the networks tell us that people stay up late afterward. (My excuse to post Eli’s picture for the “umpteenth” time. Plus, he did look a little tired in that suite last night!)


Which is to say, I’m guessing that you want a short blog today… if you stayed up late. Of course, it’s kinda like Jimmy cracked corn and I don’t care, and then someone obviously cared because they wrote a song about it. So, with that in mind, here’s a quickie blog. Hopefully this is like Jimmy cracking that corn.

In line with whether anyone really believes that there is an insurance company that really treats you like a good neighbor, here are some mysteries of life from “Ten Mysteries of Life” that includes some with a sports bend to them:

1. If a word is misspelled in the dictionary, would we know?

2. Why are bleachers called “stands” when they are made for sitting?

3. Why do we sing “take me out to the ballgame” when we are already there?

4. Why is abbreviated such a long word?

5. Why is it that when someone tells you that there are over a billion stars in the universe, you believe them, but if there is a ‘wet paint’ sign somewhere, you have to touch it to make sure?

6. Do vegetarians eat animal crackers?

Ok…. I will stop! It’s taking too much energy. So glad Peyton Manning got his second Super Bowl ring! Time for more coffee!


Deciding the Value

We start the Monday blog with a picture that Mom sent that needs no real introduction… if you have been living with snow:


And now a sweater story from ESPN. A reminder that something is worth what someone will pay for it.

A man walked into a Goodwill store and found an old West Point sweater that caught his attention.

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He took it to the front to be weighed because that’s how they determine the price. The price of the sweater was 58 cents… so the man got change from his dollar plus a sweater.  No one had looked on the inside of the sweater. Inconspicuously written on the tag at the neck area was Lombardi 46.


The man took the sweater home and didn’t think much about it until he was watching a documentary on the legendary football coach Vince Lombardi. On the documentary, he noticed that Lombardi was wearing the sweater that the man had bought. That’s when he pulled the sweater out and noticed the name written on the tag. It was the sweater that Lombardi wore at West Point while coaching there from 1949-1953.

He eventually decided to turn it over to Heritage Auctions in Dallas, Texas. This past Saturday it was auctioned and ultimately sold for a bid amount of $43,020. A sweater that had a value of what it weighed until it was determined that it had been owned by the most famous football coach of all time.

One final note. When I ask a jury to consider the damage of pain and suffering in a personal injury case, sometimes it’s difficult to put a value on pain and suffering. However, an old sweater reminds that whoever gave that sweater to Goodwill… is probably feeling a bit of pain and suffering and maybe even some mental anguish in an amount of at least $43,020

And finally, a password idea:

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A Jury Super Bowl Caution

On a Monday morning after the Super Bowl, it just feels like I need to start the blog with a coffee reference.

coffee pot


Last week, I had some comments on my Random Blog. Several asked why I was so random. My answer was that I just couldn’t help it!

For today, I will get right to the point; with the blog,  a legal topic and with it brief! (yep… see what I did there!)

On Thursday, the Aaron Hernandez murder trial commenced. On Friday as the second day was wrapping up, the Judge cautioned the jurors about discussing the trial over the weekend. (ABC News) Then she gave the jurors a stern warning, “I am not going to forbid you from watching this Super Bowl on Sunday, if that’s something really important to you”.

The judge continued, “But I am going to ask you to be especially vigilant. If you’re watching the game with friends or family or any third party, just have your antenna — just be really, really vigilant. You have to avoid anything that has anything to do with this case or Mr. Hernandez,” she said. “If you hear that word, you got to walk out of the room, distance yourself, immediately stop people, and if his name or this case is mentioned on the television screen or computer, just walk away.”

Former New England Patriots football player, Aaron Hernandez is accused of killing Odin Lloyd on June 17. 2012. With the New England Patriots playing this game during the middle of this trial, it would not be that unusual for something to be mentioned about the trial.

The Judge wanted to take every precaution to make sure that the jurors and alterantes (18 total) are not influenced by something that might be mentioned.  I’m sure that she does not want something to cause a mistrial because of the Super Bowl.

Just one final note on the Super Bowl. I admit it, it pains me that the Patriots won. This morning, I could not watch ESPN. Just couldn’t. As for Hernandez, I wonder if he was rooting for or against his old team.

And for pic o’ day:


An Excuse and a List


Today I am in North Carolina for my nephew’s golf tournament. I am veering a bit off legal by posting a link to an interesting list from USA Today. It’s 8 Myths about anti-aging practices that also serve as a bit of a quiz on health. For instance, do moisturizers help to fight wrinkles?

How about whether water hydrates our skin? That question and answer also gives a good tip about skin health!

So, I know this is a bit slack for a Monday but at least I will be able to report on my nephew’s golf. I also posted some pictures on our firm’s Facebook page that show Geoff Glick and me at the Washington Wizards game on Friday night. And, on Saturday I celebrated Mothers Day with my mom, in Williamsburg.  On Sunday, I was in Raleigh to celebrate with my mother-in-law. A fabulous weekend!



A Monday Blog

I have been out of the office for a couple of days, but Mom sent me this blog picture. That is able to put a positive spin on everyone’s Monday!



DID YOU KNOW that the sentence “The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog” uses every letter in the alphabet. Now that is some amazing usefulness right there!

National Hammock Day

I’m guessing that you didn’t see that title coming?


Yep, July 22nd has been designated as National Hammock Day. That gives me an excuse to be blog lazy today.

I am going to start a new blog feature called “Did you know?” It will be right before the pic o’ day. So, if you are one of the many that probably skip the blog and go right to the picture… maybe you will skip to that first. So, here is our first:

Did you know that apple seeds are poisonous? They contain a toxic substance called amydalin. Fortunately, we are protected by the natural coating on the seed, unless they are ground up.

And for pic o’ day… another funny one from Amy M that reminds about confidence. (and a funny SNL skit)

dog confidence

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