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My Summer Report Card

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Making The Grade

Making The Grade

In my Blog post from July 15th I wrote up a list of to do items to accomplish in the second half of summer.  Today’s blog will be released on August 26th, just a few days until the end of the summer (if you count August 31st as the last day of summer).  I am here to report my progress.

With a less than a week to go before the end of August, I have accomplished all but three tasks on my to do list.  I have yet to train Jimmy Sad Eyes to walk on a treadmill.  I knew this one might be the hardest since it is out of my control. Surprisingly the other two are relatively easy to accomplish but I have not done them yet.  I am falling short in finding and enjoying a great wine bargain and have not consumed food from a street vendor yet. I think if I put my mind to it I can get them all done before the end of this week.

Some of the items on my list were accomplished in tandem like when I attended a family reunion at Presque Isle in Erie, Pennsylvania on the shores of Lake Erie so dipping my toe into the water was easy.  At the same reunion I spent a weekend evening out-of-town with my spouse and on the same trip up North I ate that Pizza Burger at the Corral in Hermitage, Pennsylvania.  Photographic evidence of the burger and Lake Erie can be seen below.

Yum

Yum

Big Water

Big Water

My flexibility initiative is also going well and I have been riding my bike after a stint on the Disabled List as ordered due to a hip issue.  As Forrest Gump once said; “that’s all I have to say about that.”

My garden  has been adequate and I have been able to accomplish all of the items relating to that area.  I guess I will end my update for now, I need to get to work on those last three things on my list.  Have a great week as summer winds down.

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August 26, 2013 at 8:01 am

The Stupid Things We Say

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Hot enough for you?

Hot enough for you?

For whatever reason we all say things that are really stupid and don’t realize it until it is too late or sometimes not at all.  I think Comedian Bill Engvall made millions off of this fact with his “here’s your sign” comedy routine.

I know someone who is very dear to me who has a habit of saying things that irritate me but she doesn’t realize it or mean to be irritating so I just bite my tongue and follow golden rule.  I think it is the golden rule but maybe it was something from a Disney movie.  The rule I am talking about is; if you have nothing good to say, say nothing.

The other day, this unnamed loved one did it again.  I had just gotten done cutting the grass, and went upstairs to take a shower.  It was a warm afternoon in Georgia with the temperature and humidity running at about 88 each.  I was red-faced, dripping with sweat, had grass clippings sticking to my wet skin and my clothes were soaked and clinging to my body.   Let me add that before going upstairs I had to drink about a quart of iced tea to quench my dry, hot pipes. As I went in she asked me a doozy; “Is it hot outside?”  I nearly blew up but as a sign I have gained maturity I followed the golden rule and simply hopped in the shower and lathered up and let the steam leak out of my ears, camouflaged nicely, I might add by the hot shower water.

Another question that this certain loved one asks that causes the steam to begin to overflow and raise my blood pressure is to ask me; “what’cha doing?” when I am in the middle of what I believe to be a very obvious task.  Usually this task is messy or difficult and I am doing my best to avoid dropping some colorful language.  Again, I just practice the golden rule.

I admit I am not immune to this annoying practice either.  When this loved one is struggling with a heavy load such as carrying groceries, I will ask from the couch; “need any help?”  I am sure this doesn’t go over very well on the receiving end.  I guess we are all guilty of this practice and in addition to practicing the golden rule we should also remember Engvall’s law.

Have a great week being surrounded by stupid people – including yourself.

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August 19, 2013 at 8:01 am

NFL 2013

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NFL 2013

NFL 2013

The 2013 season of NFL football is about to begin as training camps are in full swing and exhibition games are being played as teams sort out who will make their rosters for the fall. With the new-year teams are starting fresh with the hopes of a winning season, playoff aspirations or for some franchises a super bowl run.

There are 2 “legacy” teams in the league, by that I mean they existed before the AFL-NFL merger, that have not even made it to the Super Bowl. Those teams are Detroit and Cleveland. Cleveland should get an exemption from this dubious honor because when they came back to Cleveland in 1999 they were an expansion team.  I am not an expert in football by any stretch of the imagination but I don’t think you will see either team make it this year. Since they are in different leagues, they could conceivably play each other in the super bowl. I assure you this will not happen this year. There could be a weird stroke of luck and one of these teams could make it but for both to get in would be beyond imaginable. I would place a bet that democrats and republicans would set aside partisan issues and actually do something good for the country before both the Browns and Lions make it to the Super Bowl this year. As fate would have it, these two teams meet in Cleveland on Thursday for a preseason game.  Set your DVR now!

Please, fans of Cleveland and Detroit don’t be offended. I just don’t see a return to greatness for either of these teams. Cleveland is having problems with their owner as he is under investigation by the FBI for the business practices of his company, Pilot-Flying J. Detroit stumbled badly last year after having a surprise playoff appearance in 2011. I expect them to be better than last year but don’t anticipate a playoff run.  For those interested, by clicking here you can see what someone much smarter than me thinks about the 2013 season.

Have a great week getting ready for the season, I prefer watching the baseball pennant races that are just heating up now

LinkedIn, Rest In Peace?

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R.I.P. LinkedIn

R.I.P. LinkedIn

I joined LinkedIn by invitation in the fall of 2007 not knowing what it was. I was invited by one of my seminar attendees and felt obligated to join to keep a customer happy. I still have the email I sent asking that person what this new thing was all about.

After that I took a seminar on how to effectively use LinkedIn and began applying the knowledge I acquired. One of those things was to use groups to “softly” promote your business and to use the contacts of your contacts as a way to meet new potential customers via an introduction.

Fast forward 3 or 4 years to today and this is my assessment of the state of affairs at, Facebook, I mean LinkedIn. The problems, as I see it, are:

Endorsements – this has become ridiculous. I am being endorsed for skills that the endorser does not even understand. The endorsement has been ruined by the Facebook “like” effect.

Spam proliferation in open groups – now that most groups are open, there is no one minding the store to keep out spammers. I am not talking about a recruiter using the group to solicit employers or job seekers. I am talking about scams or posts about get rich quick schemes or instant weight loss.

Open groups with too many members – I am in group that now has over 120,000 members and the signal to noise ratio is way out of balance. In a given week there may be 200 discussions with maybe 200 comments. Most discussions have no comments and 5 or 10 have the bulk of the comments. Everyone is talking in these groups but no one is listening. To me that is not communication.

LIONS – LinkedIn open networkers. These people can have 10,000 or more contacts but they know or met only several hundred of that amount. How can you give a referral or expect a referral from someone you have never met?  What happened to the concept of “know trust and like”?

I believe you still can use LinkedIn as it was intended but the user experience, at least for me, has greatly diminished.  I would not be surprised if a new company decides out of necessity to build a better mouse trap and begins to challenge LinkedIn. In the mean time, I will continue to use the product but I am losing patience.  The idea is a good one but the company has allowed itself to be taken over by the spammers and the bad elements that exist on the internet.  I suppose they are focusing on maximizing their ad revenue but if they are not careful, they will not have any more eyeballs looking at those ads.

Have a great week.

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August 5, 2013 at 8:01 am