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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!!!!!

 

 

Who Knows Why?

Because it’s Friday, and why wouldn’t a cat owner dress their cat in a costume?

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Yes… I feel like I am angry blogging. Life is just crazy! Right? So let’s get positive!

Have a great weekend. Sometimes it’s good to just have no reason…much like Our Blog today.

A Blog in Pictures

Yes… it’s a bit of laziness and a bit of busyness. Let’s tame the busyness! Or maybe it’s just the storm. For all of those… today’s blog is in pictures!

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Right! And how about this thought?

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Because I never tire of dogs driving cars!

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and some good thoughts on hiring from Warren Buffett.

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and finally… how about a root beer that makes you Roar! It’s not just for breakfast! Not sure I could stand the taste but I do like the thought.

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Let’s keep it rolling! The best preparation for tomorrow is tackling today!

It’s Friday Crazy Time!

Here we are. Friday and we are in February. Yes! Because it seemed like January was 74 days long. Is that possible?

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Sometimes you just need to rise above!

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Just a preliminary. In case you did not receive a copy of our January newsletter… here it is (HERE) and also a way to subscribe.

So just a couple of things because I don’t want to take you on a major blog expedition. Just some thoughts.

This falls under the category of arms control. But not such a good ending. Around the middle of the 16th century, Hideyoshi, known as the peasant ruler of Japan, ordered that all the swords in the nation be collected… and melted down. The metal was then used to construct an enormous Buddha. Does that sound like a good idea?

It took 50,000 skilled workers more than six years to build the statue. Ten years later… an earthquake brought it down. No good! I guess that’s truly living in the present because there was no future for that statue.

How about this game? “Hot Cockles” was a popular game at Christmas in medieval times. No… not Hot Pockets (which is perfect if you just feel like burning the roof of your mouth)

Here’s Hot Cockles, in case you want to play it with friends and family this weekend. Players took turns striking the designated blindfolded player. The blindfolded player had to guess the name of the person who was hitting them delivering each blow. Just a friendly game… among friends who want to be enemies? How about some friendly “slappage”.

And finally, here’s some useful information. Did you know that the Donald Duck comics were banned from Finland… because he doesn’t wear trousers. Not even pants on the ground.

I hope you have a great weekend. These are the good days!!! And I hope your weekend includes some sit-down time! (I know what you are thinking. Apparently pictures that require magnifying glasses are really relaxing)

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Yes… A Blog of Pictures.

I admit it! I started to blog on damages, and I got interrupted. So I backtracked for another day because I no longer had time for one of my 600 word dissertations… and this is what we ended up with for Our Blog today. Do pictures make it a blog? I hope so!

First is something to make you smile. And yes, I believe this is a real picture. Right?

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Next, because of all the shopping advertisements, can you find what is wrong with this picture? (Kinda like “where is Waldo?”)

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And I thought I would attach a picture about success. Or something…

 

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And finally, bears sitting at picnic tables just seems like a good ending today. Or is this just a power lunch?

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Stagecoach Mary in History

I wanted to write a blog today that was short, and had some history. So, I reached into my bag of “notes that might someday end up in Our Blog” and here is today’s blog.

Do you know the history of Stagecoach Mary. (Wikipedia)  I suspect that even a picture won’t be a reminder:

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She was from Cascade, Montana. In 1895, at the age of 60, she became the first African-American woman to work as a mail carrier for the U.S. and only the 2nd woman to do so at that time. She was also credited for never missing a day of work and for being the fastest applicant to hitch six horses.

Now that’s good employment history! And obviously, based on her photo, no one tried to take the mail from her! We remember you, Mary Fields, in Our Blog today!

And for pic o’ day, I thought I would post a reminder, in case you also forgot to do this on Saturday night

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Which would give an excuse for this!

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Costume Randomness

I cannot answer why I just want to post costume pictures. I realize this is a legal blog, which requires that I post something legal… or something like that. Right? But, I feel like this is our opportunity to post crazy costumes and soon it will be gone.

Much like the Hallmark card that recited the importance of living in the presence by saying:

Seize the moment!  Remember all those women on the ‘Titanic’ who waved off the dessert cart.”

So here is our first costume picture out of order of pic o’ day(s). Imagine this gang at your door:

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I could pretend to post some wisdom like what K.Flay said, “Imagine how satisfying it would be to retire after a long career as a professional sandwich maker and say to yourself, ‘that’s a wrap’“. ( I admit, I do not know who K Flay is, but I do like the name!)

Which brings me to our next pic o’, which was sent to me (to scare me) and here I go posting it! Clowns have become the worst costume!

 

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And finally, I close with a “Business Halloween” pic o’ day because it seems to be appropriate.

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War of the World… and Costumes!

Let’s start out Our Monday Blog with two costume pictures from the past that make me laugh. Ultimately, for some reason, I am posting four pic o’s of Halloween costumes. And they all make me laugh!

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and these costumes are the greatest! Right?

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Let me squeeze in a quick blog before posting our last two pic o’s. I take us to a “This-Day-in History” from the History Channel.

On October 30, 1938, Orson Welles caused the nation to go into an absolute panic with his radio broadcast narration of H.G. Wells’ “War of the Worlds”. Listeners thought that the United States was being invaded by Martians.(Wikipedia of the book) (Wikipedia of the radio program)

The Mercury Theater company decided to do a radio version of  H.G. Wells’ 19th-century science fiction novel War of the Worlds. At the time, Despite only being 23-years-old, Welles had been in radio for several years. He had “the pipes”, as they say.

Prior to this broadcast, he was known as the radio voice of “The Shadow”, a mystery program of the same name. “War of the Worlds” was not planned as a radio hoax, and Welles had no idea what was about to happen across the nation.

The radio show began on Sunday, October 30, at 8 p.m. A voice announced: “The Columbia Broadcasting System and its affiliated stations present Orson Welles and the Mercury Theater on the air in ‘War of the Worlds’ by H.G. Wells.”

It is hard to imagine now, but Sunday evening in 1938 was considered prime-time listening, as millions of Americans gathered around their radios. History tells us that during this broadcast, a majority of Americans were listening to ventriloquist Edgar Bergen and his dummy “Charlie McCarthy” on NBC. That even seems crazier that a ventriloquist would be a radio show, although no one was going to complain whether he was moving his lips!

Over on CBS, Welles introduced the play and then an announcer read a weather report. Then, as part of the broadcast, the announcer “took” the listeners to “the Meridian Room in the Hotel Park Plaza in downtown New York, where you will be entertained by the music of Ramon Raquello and his orchestra.”

Unbearable dance music began to play. Then the scare began.

An announcer broke into the report with “Professor Farrell of the Mount Jenning Observatory” had detected explosions on the planet Mars. Then the horrible dance music came back on, followed by another interruption where listeners were informed that a large meteor had crashed into a farmer’s field in Grovers Mills, New Jersey.

Soon, an announcer from the “scene of the crash site” was describing a Martian that was emerging from a large metallic cylinder. “Good heavens,” he declared, “something’s wriggling out of the shadow like a gray snake. Now here’s another and another one and another one. They look like tentacles to me … I can see the thing’s body now. It’s large, large as a bear. It glistens like wet leather. But that face, it… it … ladies and gentlemen, it’s indescribable. I can hardly force myself to keep looking at it, it’s so awful. The eyes are black and gleam like a serpent. The mouth is kind of V-shaped with saliva dripping from its rimless lips that seem to quiver and pulsate.”

The announcer continued to describe the invasion. This included Martians firing “heat-ray” weapons at the people gathered around the crash site. The Martians also annihilated a force of 7,000 National Guardsman, and then released a poisonous gas into the air. The radio broadcast included sound effects with the voice actors portraying terrified news announcers. Another radio news announcer then reported that widespread panic had broken out, including other sites where Martians were also landing in major cities.

That’s when the true nationwide panic set in. There were traffic jams in New Jersey as people were attempting to escape the invasion. People began contacting local police departments to beg for gas masks to save them from the toxic gas. It was reported that one lady ran into an Indianapolis church during the evening service and yelled, “New York has been destroyed! It’s the end of the world! Go home and prepare to die!”

During the CBS broadcast, news of the real-life panic was conveyed to Orson Welles. He went on air as himself to remind listeners that the broadcast was just fiction. But full-scale panic was already in effect.

Over the course of the following weeks, The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) investigated the program, but found no law was broken. There was widespread outrage that a network program could cause such havoc.

One of the show’s producers later described what happened,

Our actual broadcasting time, from the first mention of the meteorites to the fall of New York City, was less than forty minutes,” wrote Houseman. “During that time, men traveled long distances, large bodies of troops were mobilized, cabinet meetings were held, savage battles fought on land and in the air. And millions of people accepted it—emotionally if not logically.”

The power of persuasion of the media or just a gullible nation?

And now back to our pic o’ day costumes:

With a nod toward the Redskins/Cowboys game yesterday, I post an old costume picture where a creative kid was dressed as Tony Romo. I understand that Cowboy fans might not be humored.

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And finally, I know it’s not Swordfish Almondine… but Lobster Pup makes me laugh! All great costumes for our pic o’ day(s):

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Work, Exercise and Health

Today our Richmond office is headed to Busch Gardens Amusement Park for a Friday afternoon of “legal research”. There are many reasons that I am excited for everyone to go. I look forward to seeing all the pictures they post on social media.

It caused me to blog on Work, Exercise and Health. Just some thoughts in picture:

Work! I have attached the source. It’s a reminder that if you don’t sometimes take the time to stop and enjoy, that work can feel like just pushing the rock up the hill. Staying positive and productive!

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Exercise! Right? This seems so real.

 

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Health! I believe in the power of apples. And this makes me laugh.

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I hope you have a great Friday and a meaningful weekend. These are the good days. I am headed back up to Washington, D.C. for a Wizards basketball game. Yes… I can consider that “legal research” as well, but I suspect that I won’t be able to use my indoor library voice when I get riled up during the game!

What Time Is It?

First is the part of the blog that makes me laugh!

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And now I am using the blog to really remind myself not to be in a hurry.

Ecclesiastes 3:1 is a good reminder of why:

To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven

And the story of In God’s Time

The man asked, “God, what’s a million years to you?” and God said, “A minute.”

Then the man asked, “Well, what’s a million dollars to you?” and God said, “A penny.”

Then the man asked, “God…..can I have a penny?” and God said, “Sure…..in a minute.”

Simple reminders!

And then Our Pic O’ Day…because this has happened to all of us!

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