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The Butterball Operation

This blog combines a real turkey story with my Thanksgiving blog. First, the “Butterball operation”.

According to the LasVegas Review-Journal, drivers have been regularly violating crosswalk laws. So, the police decided to do something about it. They dressed up as turkeys.


These officers assumed that it wouldn’t be difficult for motorist to spot a life-size turkey in the crosswalk. Officers decided to make a last effort of safety because of the amount of fatalities that had occurred at this same intersection.

Apparently, it did get some attention. Still, the officers found that some motorist still ignored giant turkeys in the crosswalk. They were cited and now face $191 fines for failure to stop. Officers hope that the action and the story will have long-term safety effects. No word on whether this turkey safety measure is moving to other crosswalks. Still, a good turkey news story.

DID YOU KNOW that every year the President pardons a turkey. That tradition started with President Abraham Lincoln. Initially, the South viewed Thanksgiving as a “Yankee Holiday” and did not celebrate it until after the Civil War. Thankfully, the South did join in, because they contributed Pecan Pie and sweet potatoes!

I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving! I so enjoy this time of year. I will be back on Monday.


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…

squirrel thanks

Happy Thanksgiving!!!

I am writing this blog on Wednesday afternoon. The office closed early today and there was a feeling of excitement in the air.

At lunch, I was with a couple lawyers and my parents, who had come up for tomorrow’s festivities. This time of year does make me think of everything I have to be thankful for, and at the table we smiled and shared a bit.

One of the lawyers, Geoff Glick, told the story of how he once attempted to fry a turkey with his new fryer. After a couple of hours, he could not figure out why the turkey was not done. His brother-in-law was such a sport to smile and say, “it’s because you have the fryer flame upside”. He is still laughing about that one, years later.

I hope you have a great Thanksgiving and that you create some long-lasting memories. Thank you for reading the blog. I will be back on Monday morning!

For pic o’ day, I am posting one that reminded me of Geoff’s story:

      And finally, I always get a kick out of the escaping car load of turkeys:

Thankful Countdown?

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. For me, the countdown began on November 1. It forces me to stop and think. It reminds me that I should be dwelling more on the positive throughout the year.


For some, family is flying in or


driving in for a Thanksgiving feast.


I hope you will send me a fun picture of Thanksgiving for pic o’ day. For today, I am posting one of my past favorites of Thanksgiving “friends”.

Bring Me a Winner

On Sunday, the minister told an old Al McGuire, to emphasize winning. Al McGuire was a famous college basketball coach, who was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1992. He was remembered for coaching Marquette University as much as his crazy life antics.

I am not sure what it says about him but he is the only coach to be ejected in a college basketball championship game.  He did play professional basketball as well. He is remembered for once famously pleading with his Knicks’ coach for playing time, with this guarantee: “I can stop Cousy.” Cousy is still remembered as a Boston Celtic point guard, who was one of the greatest basketball players of all time.

When inserted into the lineup to guard Cousy, he used an unusual method to stop him. McGuire proceeded to foul him on his next six trips down the court.

When I heard the Minister bring up the following story about McGuire, it made me smile. A story on winning that McGuire would tell about himself:

“I went into a restaurant one night and ordered lobster, and the waiter brought me one with a claw missing. I called him over and told him about it. He told me that in the back there’s a tank they keep the lobsters in and while they’re in there, they fight and sometimes one loses a claw. I told him ‘then bring me a winner.”

For pic o’ day, I decided to go early with one of my favorites from last year’s Thanksgiving blogs. This still makes me laugh!

Annual & Daily Thanksgiving

If you’ve been “out in it” trying to buy ingredients for the Thanksgiving dinner; Or, you decided to get up real early to go get some “fresh store bought” pies; then let me venture a guess. By now, you wouldn’t even be surprised to see a car load of turkeys headed to Mexico.

I don’t do real well at the grocery store. Now, if you add in a crowd at the grocery store, then you might be conjuring up an interrogation method with more power than truth serum and hot lights.

Right now, the refrigerator is stocked and our plans are all set for Thanksgiving. My parents, wife and I are headed to Keswick Hall for our big Thanksgiving meal. Good times ahead!

This morning, I was asked if I expected to eat well. I admitted that I have some food plans in the future. Yep, I’ve got it all planned out and none of it includes holding back. Then, we have some fixins’ at the house that will be post feast.

In reading several online articles, many reminded to “pause, count your blessings and be thankful”. When writing this blog, it served as a reminder that I need to focus more on the “daily of thanks” and not just the annual thanks.

We had several hundred entries that recited reasons of thankfulness. In these tough times, many recited family, health and blessings of life. Reading those messages was a blessing to me.

Congratulations to the winner of the Joel Bieber Thanksgiving Grocery Giveaway, Eleina Hayes. She posted that, “I am thankful for life, health, and strength!” Eleina says that she has chosen to donate this $150 gift card to a local Richmond shelter for Women & Children. Thanks to all those who participated in this.

I wish you a great Thanksgiving time. Back on Monday. Now, pic o’ day. I’ve got “angry turkey”  and  “Meditation Dog”.  We can choose how we feel.

Almost Bird and Ham Time

I can see the turkey at the end of the tunnel. I am getting the buffet pants out. Almost time to put the feed bag on.

In the meantime, I am still trying to settle a few more cases. I’ve noticed that I am getting more insurance adjuster voice mail messages. One lawyer just called me from his vacation in Antigua. Come on Man!

We will be open tomorrow and off Thursday and Friday. The firm still will have staff on call. Plus, we are always reachable on the website email. So, my blog is pointing toward that turkey with pic o’ day. (or cartoon o’)

Puffery or Misrepresentation

To me, the term “Puffery” sounds more like something from a pastry shop than something related to law. Come to think of it, it would probably be more interesting in a donut.

Puffery is defined as a promotional statement that no reasonable person would take literally. In law school, we would hear that standard of “reasonable person” and wonder if we were ever going to meet one of those.

A two-year-old may really believe that Polar Bears sip Coca-Cola. That’s not the standard of false advertising. A car commercial may have fast music and make a promise to make you feel young or energetic. That is puffery.

If a car dealer sells you a new car that is, in fact, used; then it’s really misrepresentation. A few years ago, a Virginia Beach used car dealer was charged with rolling back the odometers. By advertising a low mileage car, he was committing fraud not puffery.

I suspect that you know all the above. In law, there is some of the same standards of advertising but ethics opinons place a bit of a higher burden.

A recent email was sent to advise that Virginia was considering new rule to clarify advertising standards. Specifically, a statement may be true but still be misleading. The bar suggested that if a law firm advertises a recent 10 million dollar verdict; that result could be true but also misleading if the ad does not also indicate if it was reduced by the Judge or overturned on appeal, if that really had been the final result.

In South Carolina, the ethics rulings have determined that lawyers should not have testimonials of clients or indicate specific results. The opinion is that even though a disclaimer may suggest that a specific result is not indicative of any other case; it’s too easy, in their determination, for the reasonable person too still be mislead.

Lawyers first were granted the right to advertise in 1979. Since that time, mediums have progressed from print to TV and radio; to now on the Internet. When we work on ads for the firm we stay pretty vanilla and don’t mention dollars or amazing promises. I’d rather save puffery for the bakery. See, I’m getting ready for those Thanksgiving fixins’.

For pic o’ day, I’m attaching one that I posted for last Thanksgiving. It just makes me laugh.

Where Are The Cranberries?

     A few years ago, my church was delivering Thanksgiving baskets to families in need. I have never really known what “turkey dinner and all the trimmings” really means; But supposedly, these deliveries really fit that description. In fact, it would take at least two people to go to the door, just to be able to carry all the Thanksgiving items to each home.

     At one home, the two men knocked on the door and were greeted by a smiling lady, so happy to see them. She had to open the door wide to get all the baskets of food in, as she invited them in. They took a seat, as she began to take all the Thanksgiving food and “trimmings” out of those baskets. When she had completed her organization of the items, she turned to the men. Instead of a big thank you, she simply said, “Where are the Cranberries?”

     That was the title of the sermon and the story that was told by Dr Raymond Spence on Sunday. A story that needs repeating because it sometimes is reflective of how we are, about being thankful. The obvious lesson is that, instead of seeing all the great items, the one missing thing was this lady’s only focus.

     It is hard to believe that another Thanksgiving has arrived. I remember “just the other day” typing out  last year’s Thanksgiving blog.

     Thanksgiving is a great holiday. But, like this lady, it is sometimes easy for me to focus on the few things pestering me, instead of the mountain of things for which I should give thanks.

     This time of year, I always am reminded that eating 3500 calories is really a pound. We pulled out the scale this morning to make sure that we would keep stepping on it every morning, as a reminder in how easy it is to add a few LB’s.

     Now is a time of year to count the calories and to count the blessings. We all have a few things like cranberries that we might wish we had. Times are still tough.  However, I am still reminded that God is in control. How fortunate for his goodness.

      I hope you have a great Thanksgiving. If you are going to cut out a few things, make sure it’s not the mashed potatoes!

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