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Are You Ready For Some Football?! Join the Week 8 Football Pool!!

October 17th, 2014

Congratulations to Ryan Barry & Jason DeVoe who were tied for week 6 of the football pool and each will get a $25 American Express gift card.. For winning the week Ryan & Jason join Lynn Stallone, Colleen Nelson Ryan Rojas, Brooks Deaton and Bobbie Kirkland to qualify for the championship week.

To see the current standings, click here. The results page shows this week’s current standings as well as the cumulative rankings.

Remember, the weekly winners will be given a spot in the grand prize pool which will be during week 17 for an opportunity to win $500 and, of course, bragging rights for the next 6 months. In addition, the two people with the highest cumulative score (these standings will be updated weekly) will be given a spot in the grand prize pool along with the weekly winners.

All picks need to be in by 5:00pm (CST) on Thursday, October 23, 2014.

Click here to participate in this week’s pool.

Feel free to share the link and have friends, colleague, relatives, kids and anyone else you want join the pool.

Good luck to all.

PS: 6% of the pool respondents do not have a favorite NFL team. Additionally, 50% of participants DO live in the city where their favorite team is located!

Take a Quick Look Into Your Wallet…and…Read One.

October 15th, 2014

A few weeks ago, I was going through my wallet looking for something and came across something of interest. Yes, my wallet is like most, it includes a few pictures, credit cards, cash, loyalty cards and my driver’s license but I also found something that I thought I would share today.

I found a quote that was a favorite of someone very close to me who passed away far too early. LKW was the father of my college roommate; a rare individual who had a permanent smile on his face and could light up a room with his personality as soon as he walked in. Without question, he was one of the most special people I have ever spent time with. For over ten years I’ve kept this quote in my wallet:

“The only possible way to get through a day is to face life with optimism – no matter the obstacles. One has to look for the goodies they hand out – you have to savor a sunset, a good set of tennis, an hour spent talking to a good friend, someone you’d tell anything to – a hot fudge sundae. There will always be bad news that comes in under the transom, but I think we’re here through the tough times to survive. If there is one thing you should always have…it is a sense of humor. If you don’t have one, do anything to get one: buy one, borrow one, steal one. That’s the springboard to get you over the hurdles.” -James Kirkwood (1930-1994).

So today, take a moment to go through your wallet or purse and tell me:

Attention Researchers: Do you Agree with My Opinion?

October 13th, 2014

Today’s post will be a little bit different. My message is a video that Michelle Adams from Brainology shot after a recent conference at which I presented.

Please watch the short video.

Get the Flash Player to see this content.

    • Do you agree with my opinion?
    • Do you like video posts?
    • Moving forward, would you like for me to have more video posts on the blog?

I look forward to reading your comments.

Are You Ready for Some Football?! Join the Week 7 Football Pool!!

October 10th, 2014

Congratulations to Lynn Stallone who beat out 320 participants to win the 5th week of the pool and the $50 American Express gift card. Additionally, Lynn joins Colleen Nelson Ryan Rojas, Brooks Deaton and Bobbie Kirkland to qualify for the championship week.

To see the current standings, click here. The results page shows this week’s current standings as well as the cumulative rankings.

Remember, the weekly winners will be given a spot in the grand prize pool which will be during week 17 for an opportunity to win $500 and, of course, bragging rights for the next 6 months. In addition, the two people with the highest cumulative score (these standings will be updated weekly) will be given a spot in the grand prize pool along with the weekly winners. Currently Stacey Zontini and Brooks are tied for the lead with 54 wins followed by FrankieV and Amy Shields with 53 wins

All picks need to be in by 5:00pm (CST) on Thursday, October 16, 2014.

Click here to participate in this week’s pool.

Feel free to share the link and have friends, colleague, relatives, kids and anyone else you want join the pool.

Good luck to all.

PS. Interesting note: Only 21% of the pool participants would like to have Friday night football!

You Have To Do One of These Things: Which Will it Be?

October 8th, 2014

Okay, yes, these are all scary…but: If I said you had to do one of these things:

  • Which one would you do?
  • Would you actually consider doing a second one?
  • If so, which other activity would you consider?

Cliff Camping Sky Walking in the Alps
Climbing Redwoods Extreme Kayaking at Victoria Falls
Ice Climbing a Frozen Waterfall Extreme Picnicking
Skywalking on Mount Nimbus in Canada Diving 30 Meters Through a Rock Monolith in Portugal

I look forward to reading your comments.

Hello, Lost & Found!

October 6th, 2014

Okay, let me start by saying: I am getting older and with that (for me) I’m also getting a little bit more forgetful. Recently, I left a few things in my rental car and remembered later that night after dropping it off. The items were actually: a suit, shirt and a pair of socks. As luck would have it Enterprise found the stuff and couldn’t have been nicer about it. I actually picked it up the next day (the rental was in Dallas) so that problem was solved very easily.

This led me to think back about the other things that I have left behind, misplaced or frankly…lost. So, I ask you:

  • Are you getting a little more forgetful?
  • What was the last item that you lost but finally found?
  • What is the most expensive item you’ve ever lost permanently?

    I look forward to reading your comments!

Are You Ready for Some Football?! Join the Week 6 Football Pool!

October 3rd, 2014

Congratulations to Colleen Nelson who beat out 317 participants to win the fourth week of the pool and the $50 American Express gift card. Additionally, Colleen joins Ryan Rojas, Brooks Deaton and Bobbie Kirkland as the fourth person to qualify for the championship week. Last week had some big upsets: Tampa beat Pittsburgh, the Vikings knocked off the Falcons and the Cowboys got to 3-1 with a huge win against the New Orleans Saints .

To see the current standings, click here. The results page shows this week’s current standings as well as the cumulative rankings.

Remember, the weekly winners will be given a spot in the grand prize pool which will be during week 17 for an opportunity to win $500 and, of course, bragging rights for the next 6 months. In addition, the two people with the highest cumulative score (these standings will be updated weekly) will be given a spot in the grand prize pool along with the weekly winners.

All picks need to be in by 5:00pm (CST) on Thursday, October 9, 2014.

Click here to participate in this week’s pool.

Feel free to share the link and have friends, colleague, relatives, kids and anyone else you want join the pool.

Good luck to all.

PS. Interesting note: 5% of the pool participants don’t watch any football!

Have You Noticed This Trend in Car Dealership Service Departments?

October 1st, 2014

In the past month, my car has been in the shop a couple of times; once for some routine maintenance and once for a little longer for repairs after it was hit in the parking lot of a restaurant. The exact same thing happened both times: I was greeted very nicely in the service area by a service technician who checked me in and explained everything. After that, another person who had been walking around my car came up and said, “I noticed you have little chips in your windshield glass, insurance covers this 100%, we can do it very quickly and it won’t cost you a dime.” Well, the first time I said yes and sure enough, everything the person said was true! The second time (about three weeks later) I was kind of surprised, considering it had just been fixed and I said (kind of jokingly), “I just had it fixed by you guys in the last month…I doubt that those are new chips, perhaps you didn’t do a good enough job fixing them the first time.”

The guy did chuckle a little bit but the entire experience caused me to pause and really think.

  • Have you had your windshield fixed recently?
  • Is this a quick and easy way for dealership service centers to increase revenue?
  • Are dealerships in different states doing this? Or is this just specific to my dealership or perhaps dealerships in Texas?

    I look forward to reading your comments!

Personal Space…How Close is “Too Close”?

September 29th, 2014

In speaking with a friend of mine at a recent conference, he said, “Wow, that person is a close talker, he tends to invade my personal space” Of course, this got me wondering…“how close is too close”?

When I asked him what he considered to be “too close”, he said that he thinks 2-3 feet is too close. I thought about his answer and to me, that seems right…I guess…but I really want to know what other people think!

So I ask you today:

  • How close is someone to you when they are invading your personal space?
  • How much does your answer change if the person is a good friend or a family member?

    I look forward to reading your comments!

Are You Ready for Some Football?! Join the Week 5 Football Pool!!

September 26th, 2014

Congratulations to Ryan Rojas who beat out 320 participants to win the third week of the pool and the $50 American Express gift card. Additionally, Ryan joins Brooks Deaton and Bobbie Kirkland as the third person to qualify for the championship week. Week three had some classic games. In the end the Seattle Seahawks beat the Denver Broncos again and Philadelphia Beat Washington in a very entertaining game!

To see the current standings, click here. The results page shows this week’s current standings as well as the cumulative rankings.

Remember, the weekly winners will be given a spot in the grand prize pool which will be during week 17 for an opportunity to win $500 and, of course, bragging rights for the next 6 months. In addition, the two people with the highest cumulative score (these standings will be updated weekly) will be given a spot in the grand prize pool along with the weekly winners.

All picks need to be in by 5:00pm (CST) on Thursday, October 2, 2014.

Click here to participate in this week’s pool.

Feel free to share the link and have friends, colleague, relatives, kids and anyone else you want join the pool.

Good luck to all.

PS. About 20% of the participants in the pool will not attend a college or professional game in 2014, while 5% will attend over 10 games!