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My “Two Cents” on St. Patrick’s

All weekend, I watched the ACC basketball tournament. Ultimately, Virginia won. One commercial theme kept being replayed, that made me wish for something on this St. Patrick’s Day.

I’m not big on going to Food Lion. However, I smiled everytime one of their commercials played with the “Food Lion”. He’s friendly and he dispenses great wisdom… his two cents worth. So, for today, I am posting a few St. Patrick’s pictures which just means my two cents worth!

First 1

How can you be angry at green eggs and ham?

First 2

Of course, that is one of the great dog costumes.

mom and Dad St Pats

And the blog would not be complete without a picture of my parents, who were “celebrating” at the church luncheon.

First 3

Shamrock Marathon with Photos

Saturday and Sunday brought runners from all over the world, to the Virginia Beach oceanfront for the Yeungling Shamrock Marathon. An event to raise money for Operation Smile.

My wife, Jackey, ran on Saturday in the 8k. I was perched at our condo,  waiting and watching for her to come around the corner.  My position was about 10 blocks from the finish line.

I was moved by the sense of accomplishment and determination of the endless sea of runners. Runners of all shapes and sizes were competing. It was really moving to see some,  peddling bikes with their hands, because they had lost use of their legs. They were not going to let life’s events keep them from the finish line.

On Saturday, a Charlottesville lady was the first woman to cross the 8K finish line. She was one of only two US runners to finish in the top 10. She averaged 5:23 per mile, finishing the 8K in 26:44. The first place finisher in Saturday’s 8K was Julius Kogo of Kenya, who finished in 22 minutes and 34 seconds . Now that is moving!

On Sunday, two course records were broken in the half marathon. Then, Jynocel Basweti from Ethiopia, won the Marathon in 2:22:57. When I saw these first runners go past the Condo, they looked like they were just gliding through the breeze. I think I look more tired when I use the remote to change channels.

The Shamrock is the oldest continuously running road race in Virginia Beach.  It serves as a qualifier for the Boston Marathon and is a runner favorite because of the flat running service. I like that they have water and lemon lime Gatorade at the hydration stations.

Below, I have attached some of the pictures that I took with the trusty cell phone. You can see my wife waving. Plus, you can see the chalk artists. On the boardwalk they had such things as “Run, Forrest, Run” and “Almost Finished”.

I put this in the blog because it really is an example of reaching goals. Each runner has a story. A reminder of the human spirit. I just think that insurance adjusters should be forced to come out and watch. It would remind them of life and that everything cannot be measured by a computer. Maybe they would think differently when evaluating claims.  Well,  just a thought.



Jackey and Laurie
Jackey and Laurie Waving
Half Marathon Leaders
Chalk Artists
Almost at the Finish Line


The Rich and their Rules

Steve Jobs was famous for wearing black turtleneck shirts, New Balance sneakers and blue jeans. As a business man, he looked the part of a rule breaker.

In his biography, Jobs claimed that he ended up wearing the black turtlenecks, because his employees complained loudly when he announced that he wanted to have a “wholly original” uniform, and it was going to be a nylon jacket. When that didn’t go over well… the turtleneck “uniform” was the choice of attire.

     If you read his biography, you’ll learn that his outward appearance was an indication of his life. During his lifetime, if you ventured on to the Apple parking lot, it reportedly was not unusual to see his Mercedes parked in a handicapped parking spot.

His Mercedes SL55 AMG was photographed may times over the years. In each picture, there is never a license plate. Do you think that he wanted to maintain his privacy; which caused him to quickly run up and take off the license plate  before each photo?

You know that’s not the answer because you continue to accumulate amazing information by reading the Joel Bieber blog! You have the combined intelligence of the CIA coupled with cat-like instincts.  You search farther and refuse to take No for a Yes. You don’t even have to stay at Holiday Inn Express. (snagged an old advertising campaign there)

There was never a license plate in the pictures because Jobs was a rule breaker. But, he wasn’t a law breaker. In fact, he learned about an unusual loophole in California law. Anyone with a brand new car had a maximum of six months to affix a license plate to the back of their new car.

Jobs worked out a deal with a local leasing company. He would always get a new Mercedes during the sixth month of the lease. So, at no time did any of his cars fit outside the time requirement of affixing a license plate to the back of the car. It wasn’t the intent of the law but it was the letter of the law. And, it made the leasing company happy. Plus, someone out there kept buying 6 month old cars, after Jobs was turning them in.

And for St Paddy’s Day, we turn pic o’ day focus to a strange Leprechaun:


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