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Some Not Worthy News (includes Dad-Bod)

And here we are on Friday!

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You typically see news that is referred to as newsworthy. This is news over the last couple of months that is not worthy!

First, don’t take selfies with bears. A Denver TV station has a story with some good advice! (KDVR) Apparently, people in the town saw a bear and her two cubs walking through downtown Aspen. According to the story,  police said there was a “fairly large crowd of photo-takers and those that insisted on trying to get close enough to take selfies.”

Police also said  that one woman walked up to the bears — while carrying her child — to get a selfie. Why am I not surprised?

Next is the story of the funeral crasher who kept taking from the buffets. (Mirror.co.ur) The same lady kept attending funerals at the church for 14 years and no one knew who the mystery mourner was. She would chat with the family and then chow down on the buffet “like there was no tomorrow”.

It appears that even though the minister felt that she was free to attend funerals, now that her identity is known, her days of crashing will be uncomfortable. I guess funeral directors will be on the lookout for her. Now what will she do with her buffet pants. The ones with the expandable waist!

And finally…

How to have an immediate dad-bod (here) Here’s why the inventor explained as the reason for the invention Dadbag, a fanny pack that will give you an instant ‘dad bod’

I made the Dadbag because I’m desperate to have dad bod but I’m also very concerned about the health risks associated with it. The solution is quite simple, a bumbag with a proper dad belly printed on it. Now I can put on a dad bod whenever I feel like it and even store my valuables in it.The Dadbag is currently not available to buy, but I’m on the lookout for partners and manufacturers to hopefully go into mass production soon.

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Here’s the “amazing accessory choices:

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I hope you have a great weekend!

And for our pic o’ day:

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Lessons From Pilots

I am treading on dangerous territory because I am about to discuss plane crashes. I say dangerous because I don’t like to fly; which also means that I don’t enjoy plane crash thoughts. So, you can already be assured that this is a positive blog. I promise promise!

Studies of plane crashes between 1940-1990 always showed the same statistic. 65% of the time, airplane crashes were due to pilot error. It didn’t matter what the airlines did.

They increased pilot classroom training. They implemented aviation reforms. They required specific flying hour limitations. Still, no matter what the airlines did, bad decisions in the cockpit still caused crashes 65% of the time.

Then that statistic changed! In the late 1980’s, airlines introduced realistic flight simulators. Now pilots could practice landing in a sudden downdraft thunderstorm, or with only one engine. They could learn what it was like to land a plane with landing gear problems; or fly without wing flaps.

Their experience of problems was better than training by “chalk and talk”. They were doing, even though it was by simulator. Federal Aviation representatives labeled it as “the goal is to learn from those mistakes when they don’t count; so when it matters, you can make the right decision”.

This training process was coupled with a method called CRM (Cockpit Resource Management), which made flying a team effort to include the other members of the flying team. Soon, pilot error as the cause of crashes had been reduced to 30% of all crashes, which also meant that there were far less crashes. More specifically, it now became safer to fly than drive in a car. See… positive!

I believe that same thought applies to trial work. Experience and team! No matter how many seminars you attend on trial and depositions, nothing replaces actually doing it.

What does this mean at the firm? Well, I always try to make sure that our lawyers have a second chair with them. That’s part of the team concept. Also, it’s experience in the courtroom. It doesn’t mean that we don’t keep attending seminars. That’s the chalk and talk of our work.  Unfortunately, there is no substitute for experience. Right?

And for pic o’ day, this isn’t to mean that I don’t enjoy work. Still…. he makes me laugh!

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The Statistics of Danger?

The World Health Organization tells us that every 8 seconds, someone dies from tobacco use. Cigarettes cause more than one-in-five American deaths. Yet, people continue to smoke. They don’t consult statistics to determine whether they should start smoking; and they don’t continue because of them.

Where are we going to eat tonight? On any given night, that’s said in many households. How often do you think that someone then picks up their iPad and looks up recent health inspection reports, to determine if their choice of restaurant that night is a good place to go? A restaurant health inspection typically does not go into that restaurant decision process.

It’s very easy to look at neighborhood crime statistics, to determine how safe a neighborhood might be. When did you last Google the crime statistics for your neighborhood. Or, how often does a realtor hand crime statistics for a geographical area, when showing a house to a potential buyer? It makes me wonder (as I type this) why I haven’t.

So here is another consideration on statistics. Shaina, a paralegal in our Virginia Beach office, forwarded this article from WAVY-TV, about car crashes where you live. If you knew that more crashes occur at specific intersections throughout Virginia, would it cause you to be more careful at those locations?

Educating drivers is an important part of crash prevention,” said DMV Commissioner Richard D. Holcomb, the Governor’s Highway Safety Representative. “This new feature allows Virginians to see where crashes occur most in their neighborhoods and the factors causing those crashes. With this information, you might use extra caution when traveling through a particular intersection or remind a new driver of the hazards of driving at an unsafe speed on a road near your home where speed-related crashes happen regularly”.

Obviously, the DMV Commissioner thinks that statistics and knowledge will affect our driving. According to the article, the data provided gives a breakdown of high crash locations in the state of Virginia. Of all non-interstate crashes in 2016, 7 of the 10 top locations were in the Hampton Roads area. Would that mean that someone right now is saying, “Best not drive in Hampton Roads”?… said no one anywhere!

Still…the greatest commodity is information!

And for pic o’ day, some motivation of no limitation! Or… be what you want to be?

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Just Some of This and That

I almost ended yesterday’s blog with “Have a Great Weekend and Labor Day“. Then I decided… I will post a short blog for Friday of some random things. So thanks for playing along.  As they sometimes say at the end of a game show Put the rest on a gift certificate unless you would rather say I’d like to solve the puzzle, Pat.  I just hope you don’t start buying vowels!

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“Pumpernickel” was “invented” by Napoleon’s troops during the Napoleonic Wars. His men complained that they were often poorly fed despite the fact that Napoleon’s horse, Nicoll, always had bread. So, “pumpernickel” was coined—pain (bread) pour (for) Nicoll.

Here’s a random pic o’ for no reason:

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In the shaking-hands-department, J. Edgar Hoover would fire FBI agents whose palms were sweaty when he shook their hand, because he did not think they could handle pressure.

And here is proof that necessity is the mother of invention. John Van Wormer invented paper milk cartons after dropping a bottle of milk all over his floor. His annoyance brought us the milk carton.

 

And finally, I hope you have a great weekend and that you enjoy all the fruits of your labor on Labor Day!

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More Eclipse

At the danger of causing you to not read this, I titled the blog More Eclipse because it feels like everywhere I turn, I see an article on the eclipse. Although, maybe we can’t get enough reminders that we can’t just walk outside today and look up at the sky  “and take it all in”.

Of course, it seemed thematic to include this picture of Stevie Wonder taking a picture of a wax figure Michael Jackson. When you are blind, it’s a good sense of humor to have your picture taken… taking a picture of a wax figure. Right? Just sayin’.

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So in keeping with that, here is an article from Apple News titled Here’s what happens if you look at the solar eclipse without glasses that starts out the first sentence with “In 1962, a teenager in Oregon named Lou Tomososki and a friend both made the mistake of looking directly at a partial solar eclipse without any protective eyewear.” I have to admit, this article and warning got my attention!

But on a lighter note about the eclipse, here is a story that truly happened last week in the Greenville County Courthouse, as forwarded to me by Angie in our South Carolina office. Apparently sent around by a local lawyer:

Best story of the Day. I was in General Sessions Court this morning and Judge Verdin was going through pleas. In the case before mine she asked the lady if she had adequate time to discuss her case with her attorney and she said “no”. The Judge paused and the lady said “I’m supposed to get 30 days in jail and this eclipse thing is a once in 100 years thing and I want to see it, I told my lawyer that and he said he wasn’t going to ask you about it”. Judge Verdin let her withdraw her plea so she could see the eclipse.

That’s all I want to write about the eclipse. Sometimes, it’s real easy to wonder if all the warnings are real… but apparently they are.

Speaking of real….

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Social Media Lesson

Here’s a starter for Monday. Did you feel like Uncle D’s dog this morning? It looks like Jake just couldn’t get motivated!

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The quick topic for Our Blog was written about in several newspapers including an article in the Washington Post titled (here) “Six middle fingers on Snapchat lead to disqualification of Junior League softball team.”

An Atlee softball team, whose actions made it to ESPN.(here) But not because of winning. The Virginia players were supposed to play on national television at the Junior League World Series. Just hours before the game, the Atlee Little League softball team was disqualified from the tournament.

One of their players posted a photo on Snapchat that showed six of the girls giving the middle finger. The post was directed at the host club from Kirkland, Washington. Kirkland was the team that Atlee had defeated in the semifinals.

After the picture was posted, it was quickly removed. They then attempted to apologize for it, but the league felt that the damage was done.

Little League spokesman Kevin Fountain called the post “inappropriate” in a statement to the Richmond Times-Dispatch. He said that it violated the league’s “policies regarding unsportsmanlike conduct.”

Here is the redacted picture that was posted and then later removed:

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The article raises the idea of the responsibility of supervising, and “does the punishment fit the crime?”.

The manager of Atlee took offense to the disqualification.  “It’s a travesty for these girls,” Currie told the Times-Dispatch on Saturday. “Yes, they screwed up, but I don’t think the punishment fit the crime.”

This was a hard lesson for these players. The power…and pressure of social media and the effect of a posting.

And here is an editorial about the “aftermath” that summarizes one reporter’s thoughts. A national story about a local Virginia team.

And finally for our pic o’ day, this is “thematic” with our social media topic.

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Is O.J. Getting Out? Eating More Cookies?

A parole hearing that is a televised event! Not something that you expect as must-see TV. Today at 1, O.J. Simpson’s parole hearing is being televised on ESPN. That is some crazy sports television. From the Associated Press, here is an article titled “11 key players in OJ Simpson’s parole hearing in Nevada”. 

Today’s news will have several angles on this hearing. For the purposes of this blog, I want to mention one “confectionary note”.

It’s the story of how a chocolate chip cookie almost derailed this hearing. (USA Today) As it stands now, Simpson will get out of jail around October 1, if his hearing goes as expected today. But, as told by a retired correctional officer, there would be no parole hearing and no parole possibility, if he had not intervened for Simpson.

Following Simpson’s 2007 robbery conviction, Simpson arrived at prison to begin to serve his sentence.  An inmate who helped with in the prison cafeteria, stole cookies and brought them back to cell unit where Simpson was housed. There, the inmate handed out the chocolate chip cookies to the other inmates.  Most of them returned to their cells and took their cookies with them. Not Simpson!

Simpson sat there eating his cookie. (Might explain why he has put on a few LB’s since sentencing. Right?) If the prison jumpsuit doesn’t fit… you must not acquit?

From TMZ, here is a picture in 1995 (which also means “before cookie”)

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And a picture from 2007 (which might be “after cookie”)

 

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Here’s what the retired guard described of the cookie incident, “Being the loud O.J. he is, the guard in the bubble saw him eating a cookie,’’ according to USA TODAY Sports.And of course she said, ‘Where’d you get the cookie from?’ Well, O.J. doesn’t lie. He got it from a guy, a culinary worker.

Well, she wrote him up for having contraband. Over a cookie. That’s pretty crazy. So when I came back the next day for work, O.J. came to me and told me what happened. He said, ‘I can’t have a write up because I won’t get my parole.'”

The guard wrote about his relationship with Simpson in a book, Guarding the Juice. According to him, he intervened with the female correctional guard, to try to get her to destroy the disciplinary note for Simpson’s file. She refused to do it.

He went on to caution her that she would forever be known to the other inmates as The Cookie Monster and that the report would hurt her reputation with the other inmates. She finally relented and ripped it up. And today… OJ has his hearing on schedule… and on TV.

And for pic o’ day, for some reason this seemed a bit on theme:

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Righting a Wrong

Our Blog today is about a man accepting responsibility for a 37-year-old bill from Lums Restaurant (Richmond.com)

(I keep trying to remember if I remember a Lums. It doesn’t help me to remember to remember. Is that repetitive and redundant?)

Around early 1980, a young man who was homeless and suffering from mental illness, entered a Lums restaurant in Richmond.  He ordered and devoured his amazing meal. Then he ordered a piece cheesecake. It was so good he that he ordered a second piece and ate that.

Unfortunately, he didn’t have any money on him so he ran out of the restaurant and successfully avoided an employee of Lums who was running after him.

The sense of guilt for failure to make payment never really left him. As he put it, “I always felt like I’ve sort of been on the run, in different ways, from my past and things that happened.” he told the reporter.  “It was just like a step of coming back to the world and making things right.”

The Lums has since closed in Richmond, so Pollack sent the payment to a Lums in Omaha, Nebraska. With the payment he sent the following letter, “I am offering to your Lums this money ($25) in order to repay my bill. I hope you will accept it. Perhaps it can go to help someone in similar circumstances as I was.”

The manager of the Lums wasn’t sure what to do with the payment at first. Ultimately, he donated the $25 to the Siena/Francis House,  which is a homeless shelter in Omaha.

A conscience that needed to make a wrong right!

And for our pic o’ day:

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Why Cat Shaving?

The management at the Houston airport made an interesting discovery about human behavior. After an increase in complaints about delays in their baggage handling, they moved the baggage claim carousels farther away. Now, passengers have to walk farther to get to their bags.

The complaints about baggage delays have dropped to almost zero. Keeping people busy by walking has reduced their dissatisfaction. Or, maybe the bags were there by the time they got there.  Sometimes you just have to match up human behavior to solve it!

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Which brings me to a story in Waynesboro, Virginia. Someone is shaving cats. Not their own cats. That’s the mystery. And there is no law against cat shaving.

It’s just that people are reporting that their cats are returning home unharmed, and shaven. PilotOnline calls it a “mystery in Virginia”.

The “feline barbering spree” includes a total of 7 cats, and their owners are bothered. They can’t even come up with a reason for it. The cats are unhurt but the owners “just want it to stop”.

Now why is someone shaving these cats’ legs and stomachs? Maybe the shaver just needs something to do like the baggage walkers. Or maybe, someone is just ticked off that dogs can’t roam and cats have free rein. A dog lover with a razor. Or maybe, it’s just plain crazy.

Might just be better to take up reading on a cloudy day! That’s a better “busy”.

 

 

And for pic o’ day….

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Marketing and Medicine

First, I start out with our our Monday something my mom sent me…

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I love this time of year for many reasons. And on Friday, someone delivered a gift basket that included “Grandma’s Homemade Boysenberry Jam”, which is entirely unlike anything my grandmother ever made. But that’s the fun part of the season… plus it is truly some amazing marketing to make a jar of sugar sound like something from my grandmother. Right?

So quickly to the blog. It’s a situation where health meets a lifesaving idea. Dr. Henry Heimlich (wikipedia), famous for developing an anti-choking technique, has passed away at age 96. His obituary in the New York Times describes his life and story.

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He was known as Mr. Lifesaver because in the 70’s when he proposed the maneuver that was named after him, choking on foreign objects was the sixth leading cause of death. It was estimated to be the cause of over 4000 deaths per year. This included children who were choking on toys.

Not only did he come up with the idea of the Heimlich Maneuver, but he then marketed it. Initially, he was viewed as a self-promoting crackpot. But when saved lives began to accumulate because of the Heimlich maneuver, skeptics were silenced and state and federal health authorities began to endorse his procedure. Today, the American Medical Association says that it now is estimated to save thousands of lives each year. The two pasted articles above give a good description of his life and idea.

I am impressed with the thought that he would not allow critics to derail him and that he was not effected by peer pressure. Even in the early stages when the medical community frowned on any kind of marketing; he was doing interviews, writing books, and going on TV to promote. As he put it, “I can do more toward saving lives in three minutes on television, than I could do all my life in the operating room”.

 

And for pic o’ day:

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And because I can’t get enough of these!

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