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Not What You Expect?

Today is about interesting combinations. Things together that you would not expect! And I’m not even starting with insurance companies who advertise how quickly they pay claims! Instead…

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I walked outside the house yesterday morning and saw three foxes standing with a deer. Why were they hanging out together?  You might ask, “Why didn’t you take a picture?” Funny you should say that!

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That unexpected team didn’t seem to belong together.

Much like the judges on the television show America’s Got Talent. Curiously, none of the four are from the United States. Heidi Klum is German; Mel B (using the name she calls herself) and Simon “Fat Head” Cowell are both British; and Howie Mandel was born in Canada.

Which brings me to another odd grouping that was unexpected. The image of the grand White House,  and the reality of a rundown place to live.

John Adams served as the second President of the United States. He was also a lawyer and writer. A writer who was known for his constant complaining. That included why he withdrew as the author of the Declaration of Independence.

Initially, he was one of the Committee of Five who were charged by Congress to draft the Declaration. When Jefferson wanted him to be the primary author, he declined. When Jefferson asked him why, he replied by describing himself with his second reason of why he should not be the author, “I am obnoxious, suspected and unpopular”. (His first reason was because he felt Jefferson, as a Virginian, should be the primary drafter)

When he became President and wrote back to his wife about the accomodations at the White House, this is how he described it in the letter, with his old english spelling included:

“Last night for the first time I slept in our new House. But what a Scene: The Furniture belonging to the Publick is in the most deplorable Condition. There is not a Chair fit to sit in. The Beds and Bedding are in a woeful Pickle. This House has been a Scene of the most Scandalous Drinking and Disorder among the servants, that ever I heard of. I would not have one of them for any Consideration. There is not a Carpet nor a Curtain, nor a Glass nor Linnen nor China nor any Thing. Dont expose this Picture.

Not what we expect as the home of our president! Plus… life in a woeful pickle!

And for pic o’ day, I use another Christie meme. Here he is among Gilligan and his friends, trying to get off the island. Christie just won’t help them, after their three hour tour!

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For our real pic o’ day, this is really not what you expect from a company truck. Someone with a sense of humor!

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First Grade Wisdom

Sometimes when I sit down to write the blog, I just sit there to write the blog. It reminds me of my birthday card from Dennis and Betty, that they gave me last month:

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But then I saw this listing of “finished proverbs” from first graders, and I knew that this had to be for the blog today! Wisdom from first grade:

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Law Firm Case Work!

I thought I would take this Friday blog and devote it to the Law Firm. Well… maybe devote is a strong word. But, here are some things that occur during the workday on our cases:

Organization:

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Confidentiality:

 

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Investigation:

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     Traffic patterns and visibility:

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Have a great weekend!

 

The Power of a Picture

Stuart Elliot writes an advertising column for the New York Times. A while back, he wrote (article) about AT&T’s choice to air a campaign with a spokesperson fictitiously known as Lily Adams. (real name: Milana Vayntrub)

In determining the goal of the advertising campaign, they wanted someone who would appear “friendly, knowledgeable and helpful”. They wanted us to picture walking into a store to buy a phone and expect Lily Adams to be there. It’s better than an advertisement that tells us how friendly, knowledgeable and helpful that AT&T will be, if we buy phone service from them.

In 1862, Russian writer Ivan Turgenev wrote in Fathers and Sons that “A picture shows me at a glance what it takes dozens of pages of a book to expound”. In 1913, a company named Piqua Auto Supply House marketed tires by running a a newspaper ad that read, “One Look Is Worth A Thousand Words”.

Now we all know the expression that “a picture is worth a thousand words”, which somehow transcended from these earlier ideas. For that same reason, there are now companies who specialize in medical drawings for legal cases. In fact, they attend college to study medical illustrations.

It is important to have a doctor describe the injuries that a client has suffered. However, it is much more powerful to have a medical drawing to show the injury  to a jury, and the resulting treatment. The persuasion of the visual.

That thought led me to two recent pictures that caught my attention. The first I saw while watching football on Sunday afternoon. The second was on Twitter and I first saw it in Peter King’s Monday Morning Quarterback article.  In both instances, a description would not do justice.

On Sunday at the Chiefs/Bills game, the camera cut to a guy in the stands who was dressed like the coach of the Chiefs. This beats holding up a sign. Fake Any Reid on the left and Andy Reid on the right!

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This second resulted from a guy  who walked into a coffee shop and told the barista behind the counter, for the purpose of his order, that his name was “Marc” with a “C”. This picture shows the cup when his coffee was ready.

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I guess that is the definition of literal.

And finally, I say a special thank you for all who have served in the military. Thank you for your protection of our country and our freedom.

Friday’s This and That

Geoff and I are headed up to Baltimore for the Orioles game tonight. I am sure that we will discuss some case business in the car. That makes it a business trip that just happens to contain some baseball… right???

So, that tells you that I am probably a bit weak on blog thoughts. Those are the best times to reach into the notebook and pull out some pic o’s that have recently been sent to me. First, we go with the obligatory Friday:

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Then,  a bit of plotting always makes me laugh:

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    And finally, some persistence:

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I hope you have a great weekend. If you wander to the Orioles game on TV, you might see Geoff and I behind the Orioles dugout “talking business”!

 

Nantucket Remainders

I know this is off the beaten path of the legal blog; but now that I am back from Nantucket, I can’t help but post a couple of things that humored me along the way. Sometimes it’s the craziest things that get your attention on a vacation.

First, is this dog that was lying on the floor at the Nantucket airport.

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The dog seemed totally non-plussed when I knelt down to take his picture. I guess with hair like that, nothing else effects you.

The next picture is taken from a church  that was in the town. The message on this sign made me laugh.

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I think  this especially caught my attention because I was raised in churches where a thirty minute service would have been a comedy! This sign also brought back a good memory of my grandfather preaching. At some point in the sermon he would  usually say, “In conclusion”. That normally signaled that he had about 20 more minutes in the sermon. I remember that he would get some grief about that during Sunday lunch… which was always a “big roast beef and mashed potatoes”  type of meal. Such a wonderful childhood memory.

And for pic o’ day, how about a traveling cartoon.

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Tuesday and Then

The countdown is on. My favorite holiday is Thanksgiving. Typing Tuesday means that it is getting closer. This is one time that I am glad that the Federal government stepped in and declared that Thanksgiving would be every 4th Thursday of November. In fact, I’d be happy with every 3rd and 4th, but I digress.

As you can see, this is my excuse for a blog. I basically am going to be posting pictures and rambling for the rest of the blog week. We did just finish the November digital newsletter. It has plenty of randomness too. If you did not receive it in your in box and you want to (shameless plug), then click HERE to get it sent to you.

Well, I promised a Thanksgiving picture and they crack me up…

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