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Is My Entire Life One Big Routine?

January 26th, 2015

  • When I’m not traveling, I get to the office by 6:15am
  • Our Executive Meetings are the first Monday of every month
  • I present to the company the third Tuesday of every month
  • I work out five times a week
  • I get my hair cut every two weeks
  • I have a chiropractor appointment every six weeks
  • I go to the dentist every four months
  • I get a physical every six months
  • I spend every Thanksgiving with my parents, siblings and their families.

I ask you:

  • Is life all about routines?
  • Do you have this many routines?
  • A little scared to ask this question…Is there something wrong with me that I have this much structure?

I look forward to reading your comments.

Time for a Quick and Fun Quiz About The King: Elvis Presley

January 23rd, 2015

A couple weeks ago would have marked the king’s 80th birthday! His music and memory has lived on for decades and will forever. I thought it would be fun to have you enjoy a quick quiz about the great Elvis Presley:

As always, the quiz will be timed so no need to get any help from friends or the internet. The answers will be posted in a few weeks.


Click Here to Take The Quiz.

The Big Game is 10 Days Away!

January 21st, 2015

Sorry, but my New England Patriots are in the Super Bowl again! For the 6th time since 2001 the Patriots will play for the Lombardi trophy!

I can’t wait! For much of last week, I kept replaying the Seahawks miracle finish over the Green Bay Packers – an amazing game!

  • What are you doing for the big game?
  • Are you going to attend the game?
  • Who do you think will win?
  • Who do you think will be the MVP?
  • Do you have a favorite Super Bowl of all time?

I really look forward to reading your comments and predictions.

PS: My prediction is a 31-27 Patriots victory with Tom Brady getting MVP honors for the 3rd time in his career!

What Should I Watch on TV? Ask the Kids!

January 19th, 2015

A few weeks ago on a Saturday I was kind of lazy (after making lunch, doing laundry, working out, showering and probably 10 other things) and asked my daughter if she wanted to watch TV. She did and as we cuddled in my bedroom I asked her what she wanted to watch. We flipped around for 30 seconds and she said wanted to watch “Meet the Sloths”. Never having heard of the program, I told her that I thought “Sloths” was kind of an odd name for a family. She looked at me with a puzzled look and said, “Dad…the sloth is an animal not humans”. I knew that, but I didn’t realize there was a show on TV about them.

Anyway, “Meet The Sloths” is on the Discovery Channel and really cool and very interesting. The show follows a year in the life of five Sloths who live in the Sloth Sanctuary of Costa Rica, a sanctuary dedicated to saving orphaned or injured sloths. I really enjoyed the program and now kind of have a favorite sloth from the show! (please stop laughing).

So here is a thought for you: Not sure what to watch on TV? I say cuddle with the kids and let them choose! Its only an hour out of your life and my sense is you will love the experience!

  • Have you tried this before?
  • Do you already watch certain programs with your kids?
  • Do you think you would try this?

I look forward to reading your comments!

What is your Cat’s Name? Is it Popular?

January 16th, 2015

A few weeks ago, I was reading an article online about the most popular cat names by state. Let me start by saying: I don’t have a cat and I am not really a huge cat fan…although I must admit, I have enjoyed being around a “Norman” in the past few years and my kids have named their cat “Louie”.

Check out this interesting infographic that shows the most popular cat names by state:

So, I ask you:

Please Watch This Video…I Promise it’s Worth the 2 Minutes!

January 14th, 2015

I must admit, over the past year I have watched a lot of videos. For me, this is one of the most impactful videos I have ever watched and I wanted to share it today. The video is about 2 ½ minutes long and I truly believe worth the time investment.

After you finish watching, I’d love to know:

    • What are the first thoughts that come to your mind?
    • Have you ever heard of sledge hockey?
    • Was it impactful?
    • Did you get a little misty eyed?

I hope you watched the video and will share your comments. Thanks in advance.

What is the Most Valuable College Football Franchise?

January 12th, 2015

Recently, I was reading the Dallas Business Journal which had an interesting article about the economic impact of holding the NCAA Championship football game in North Texas. As part of the article they shared the Forbes annual college football valuation list.

Before I share the list…think for a minute: Who you believe would be in your top five?
For me, I would have included: Notre Dame which would have 100% been my number 1, then Ohio State, Florida State, Oklahoma and Georgia.

The funny thing is, I only had ONE of the top five and Notre Dame wasn’t number one! Here is the list:

Here’s the list:

  1. Texas ($131M)
  2. Notre Dame ($122M)
  3. Michigan ($117M)
  4. Alabama ($107M)
  5. LSU ($103M)
  6. Auburn ($97M)
  7. Tennessee ($94M)
  8. Oklahoma ($93M)
  9. Ohio State ($87M)
  10. Georgia ($83M)

Is it a Pillow, Stuffed Animal, Blanket? …Nothing?

January 9th, 2015

A few weeks ago I was at the airport waiting to board my flight and looked at the next gate, which was boarding, and counted: At least ½ the people getting on the plane had some type of favorite article they like to travel with! Notably: a blanket, stuffed animal or pillow.

The interesting thing was: they were all different ages. So, I ask you: Do you take flight with your:

  • Favorite stuffed animal
  • Special blanket
  • Pillow
  • Some other item?
  • What is the funniest personal item you have ever seen someone get on the plane with?

    I look forward to reading your comments!

    PS: I don’t travel with any of those items but I always do have water and headphones out.

  • Are High Fives a Thing of the Past?

    January 7th, 2015

    A few weeks ago, I was shopping at Market Street, a local grocery store that I really like. Of course, I couldn’t find an item that I was looking for and proceeded to ask a young gentleman who works there. He didn’t know where the item was but agreed to help me. After a few minutes of no luck with him, I thanked him and proceeded to look on my own. A few minutes later, I saw him again in the frozen food aisle; low and behold, he handed me the exact item I was looking for earlier! I gave him a huge thanks and tried to give him a high five! When I say “tried” I mean: I had my hand up and was in perfect position for the high five…but instead I got a very perplexed & confused look from him but no high five!

    As I walked away I was now confused and asked myself:

  • Are high fives a thing of the past?
  • Was he too young (probably 19) to even know what a high five was?
  • Should I have chest bumped him?
  • Should I have fist bumped him?

    Help! What should I have done?

    I look forward to reading your comments!

  • Get Your Pick Ready for the 9th Annual Merrill Dubrow Blog Stock Contest! Yes, There is Money Involved! No Cost to Join!

    January 5th, 2015

    First of all, congratulations to Natalie Hunter whose stock pick, Palo Alto Networks (PANW) went from $57.44 to $122.57 – an increase of 113.39%. For winning the contest, Natalie will receive $300.00.

    2014 was an interesting year for stocks. The average stock went down by 18.83% while 27 stocks went up and 61 went down.

    To participate in the 2015 contest, here is what you need to do:

    • Respond to the blog with your stock name and symbol
    • State the reason why you picked the stock

    It’s as simple as that! We’ll do the rest!

    A few things you need to remember:

    • You need to respond by 7:00pm CST on January 26, 2015
    • You can only have one entry
    • The stock price must be at least $1.00…anything less will not be accepted into the contest
    • Only one person can select a particular stock, so the person who selects the stock first will be awarded the selection and we will notify anyone who has selected a duplicate stock
    • If a stock splits, we will make the necessary calculation and adjustment
    • If the company you pick is acquired during the year and the company ceases to have their own stock price, you will not be counted in the contest
    • We will use the closing stock price the day you make your pick
    • A link to the leader board will be posted in the top right corner of the blog

    First prize will be $300 for the person whose stock increases by the highest percentage in 2015.

    I will get the ball rolling: My choice for the 2015 contest is: MagicJack (CALL). After a down 2014, they should have a solid rebound year.

    Take the stock challenge of 2015! Get your entry in today!

    Again, the deadline is 7:00pm CST on January 26, 2015!

    Good luck to all!