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Are You Ready for Some Football?! Join the Week 17 Football Blog!

December 19th, 2014

WOW! An amazing year of football! With many teams still fighting for playoff spots, these last two weekends should be very, very exciting. Congratulations to Michael Halberstam who won last week with 15 wins. Here is the list of winners this year:

WEEK
WINNER
1 Bobbie Kirkland
2 Brooks Deaton
3 Ryan Rojas
4 Colleen Nelson
5 Lynn Stalone
5 Jane R.
6 Jason DeVoe
6 Ryan Barry
7 Scott Waller
8 Ken Troupe
9 Chanttel Allen
10 Colleen Nelson
11 Harold D
12 Yes, Yes, Yes
13 Amy Nyce
14 Jeff Spitzer Sr
15 Michael Halberstam

Additionally, the two people who have the highest cumulative score will be given a spot in the championship week along with the weekly winners. As of week 15, Curtis Cook is leading the way with a one game lead over Phillip Savage. The question is… Can they hold on? One bad week and Scott Cairey, David Leicht and Scott Koenig will catch them!

REMEMBER, THE DEADLINE FOR THIS WEEKS PICKS IS: Sunday, December 28 at 11:00am CST.

None of the picks will be posted until that time. We will highlight all of the people who qualify for the championship week and there will be a second tie breaker game just in case we need it to determine a winner.

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

In addition, there will be a winner for this week as well and that person will receive a $50 gift card.

Click here to participate in this week’s pool.

Good luck to all.

Bill is Listening…What Would You Like to Say to Him?

December 17th, 2014

Recently, I received an email from Bill Marriott thanking me for giving him my business. As most of you know, I tend to be brand loyal and when I need to travel I enjoy and feel safe and comfortable at Marriott brands.

Please read the message that Bill wrote.


So, I ask you:

  • Do you like the Marriott Brand?
  • What do you think of Bill’s message?
  • Is there anything you’d like to ask Bill?
  • Did you receive a similar message from other hotel groups?

    I look forward to reading your comments!

Sorry Lawrence, You Didn’t Do the Right Thing…

December 15th, 2014

A few weeks ago, I was at a Best Buy with my oldest son J.D. buying some mindless movies (for the record: they were for me, not for him) and as we approached the checkout counter I noticed another end cap that had some additional, not-so-stellar movie choices, which, of course is right up my alley. As Lawrence (the cashier) was ringing me up he said my total was $61 and I asked if I could add one more movie. He agreed and said that my new total was $85. I finished chatting with my son and told Lawrence that I didn’t believe the total was correct, Lawrence kind of looked at me with an odd look, so I told him that my reasoning was that my original total was $61 and I added a movie which made my new total was $85 but, I turned and pointed to the sign, which was directly behind me, showing Lawrence that the end cap price clearly said, “Blue Ray $14.99 and DVD $9.99″. Based on those calculations, I didn’t see how the total could be correct. Lawrence tried hard to fix it but ultimately had to call his manager who came over quickly and did whatever she did to override the system. As she was walking away, she asked Lawrence to take down the current price tag from that end cap. Lawrence took down the price tag, finished our transaction and we were on our way.

In the past month, I have been really teaching my son about business, strategy and lots of other things and this was another perfect example that I could drive a point home. As I was leaving the store, I asked my son what he thought about what just happened (I’m sure every reader is excited that they aren’t related to me and don’t have to endure all these stories). He wasn’t really sure what to say. So I mentioned a few things. If you want to be successful in business you need to pay attention to details and don’t just do your job, BUT also think about doing your job!

He understood the detail part very quickly. We reviewed what happened and how Lawrence did a nice job listening to the supervisor but didn’t really think about doing his job. The reason I say that is: He was told to take down the sign that was wrong…which he did. What was left said: “Blue Ray $24.99 and DVD $9.99″. That makes no sense. There is no chance that was right. Both signs, which were sitting next to each other, were wrong. What should have happened is Lawrence should have also checked or mentioned to the supervisor that the DVD price was wrong as well. If he had, he would have changed it as opposed to having another issue or charging the wrong price to a future customer.

  1. What do you think about what Lawrence did?
  2. Did Lawrence pay attention to the details?
  3. Should the supervisor have done something differently?
  4. What does it mean to think about doing your job rather than just doing your job?

I look forward to reading your comments and sharing them with my son!

Are You Ready for Some Football?! Join the Week 16 Football Pool!

December 12th, 2014

Let me start by saying: This has been an amazing year of football. A record number of participants with mostly new winners! This is the LAST WEEK to qualify for championship week! Congratulations to Jeff Spitzer Sr. (who, like many,) was shocked to find out he had won week 14 of the pool and will get a $50 American Express gift card. For winning the week, Jeff joins Amy Nyce, Yes Yes Yes, Harold D, two time winner Colleen Nelson , Chanttel Allen, Ken Troupe, Scott Waller, Ryan Barry, Jason DeVoe, Lynn Stallone, Ryan Rojas, Brooks Deaton and Bobbie Kirkland to qualify for 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 during week 17 for an opportunity to win $500 and, of course, bragging rights for the next 6 months. In addition, the two people (as of today Curtis Cook leads the pool with 145 wins followed by Phillip Savage with 143 wins (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, December 18, 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.

I Wear Women’s Shoes, and it’s Merrill’s Fault! By Guest Blogger, Ed Sugar

December 10th, 2014

Yes, you read correctly, I wear women’s shoes and I have the host of this esteemed blog to thank for that.

Back in January of 1994, MD and I were in Dallas for an American Marketing Association meeting and found ourselves with a free day to play in the Metroplex area. I believe this was MD’s first visit to the Lone Star state and high on his “bucket list” was to purchase a pair of “real” cowboy boots.

I had never owned a pair of cowboy boots and was quite intrigued by the thought of purchasing my first pair. The minute we walked into the store I knew exactly what I wanted: a black pair, with the sharpest-tipped toes available. Since the British Invasion of the mid ‘60’s I had always wanted a pair of sharp-tipped, pointed boots or as they were commonly know in Los Angeles…”cockroach killers”.

When I asked the sales person to show me a black pair of boots with toes as sharp as nails, he gave me a cockeyed look and explained, “Only ladies boots come with sharp pointed toes.” Yep, my choices were non-existent in the men’s section, which consisted only square and round-toed boots. Sharp, pointed-toe cowboy boots are made mostly in women’s sizes and are regarded as “riding boots”. But this quest was not going to be denied because of some silly country western tradition. Thus, I insisted on trying on a pair of ladies boots and ended up purchasing this lovely pair.


My taste for cowboy boots is an exercise in style over comfort. I now own two other pairs of women’s cowboy boots (one grey, the other brown), both with sharp-pointed toes.


I fit into a women’s size 10, which can be tad tight at first, so they take a bit of time to break in. My podiatrist is always lecturing me that wearing boots like these are horrible for my back and hips, so I tend to wear them just on Sundays for church or for semi/formal events that last no more than 4 hours, where there are ample opportunities to sit.

So, I’m curious to know:

  • Do you think I’m crazy to wear women’s boots?
  • Are you a fan of country western apparel? If so, what strikes your fancy?
  • Do you wear clothing that is made specifically for the opposite gender?

    I look forward to reading your comments!

I Hope I am this Exact Same Way!

December 8th, 2014

A few weeks ago I was speaking to my Uncle J and, unfortunately, he didn’t sound great on the phone. I quickly told him that I would follow up at another time since I could easily sense he wasn’t having the greatest of days. When I called back the next day I said, “Uncle J you sound much better! You have a lot of bounce in your step!” He played it off a little bit and said “yes, yesterday wasn’t a great day.” After a few minutes, I asked him what he has been doing and he mentioned that recently he was able to cross something off his bucket list and was very excited about that. I asked him what it was and he told me that he went Soar Plane Flying with his son, daughter and beautiful wife. He said it was an amazing experience, especially to do it with his family, but that he had nothing left on his bucket list and he needed to add a few more things. I asked him to list a few things that he had crossed off his list. Here are a few things he mentioned:

  1. While in Switzerland, he climbed the Matterhorn
  2. Climbed Mount Kilimanjaro
  3. Gorilla trek in Africa
  4. Hang Gliding in New Zealand
  5. Visiting the Galápagos Islands

There are a lot of interesting things about my Uncle J…certainly the list of things he has done, the experiences he has had over the years are all amazing. He is, without question, one of the nicest people you will ever meet; the list goes on and on. With all of that said, the most impressive thing to me is: at 76 years young he wants to do more! In fact, a lot more! He can’t wait to talk to his family and add things to his now empty bucket list!

Uncle J!

  • Thank you for being who you are!
  • Thank you for showing me the way over the years!
  • Thank you for always being positive!

    I ask you:

    • Do you have an Uncle J in your life?
    • Do you think this is the way you will be?
    • How often do you cross off/add things to your bucket list?
    • Since his bucket list is empty: Do you have a suggestion for my Uncle J for something to do?

    I look forward to reading your comments!

  • Are You Ready for Some Football?! Join the Week 15 Football Pool!

    December 5th, 2014

    Congratulations to Amy Nyce who won week 13 of the football pool and will get a $50 American Express gift card. For winning the week, Amy Nyce joins Yes Yes Yes, Harold D, two time winner Colleen Nelson , Chanttel Allen, Ken Troupe, Scott Waller, Ryan Barry, Jason DeVoe, Lynn Stallone, Ryan Rojas, Brooks Deaton and Bobbie Kirkland to qualify for 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 during week 17 for an opportunity to win $500 and, of course, bragging rights for the next 6 months. In addition, the two people (as of today Curtis Cook leads the pool with 135 wins followed by Scott Koenig with 134 wins (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, December 11, 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.

    Do Your Kids Have This Quality?

    December 3rd, 2014

    A few weeks ago, I was on a flight with my kids and I noticed that my son, Riley, was reading. This brought joy to me because he wasn’t fighting with his brother/sister or playing on his iPhone or iPad!

    This also really brought a smile to my face because he was learning a little bit more about the plane and what to do in case of an emergency. Both of my boys have are really starting to come into their own by listening more, asking questions and learning. I am working with both of them and trying hard to make sure they are inquisitive. If they don’t understand something: ask! If something doesn’t make sense: please ask! If you want to know what something means or how something works: ask! If I don’t have the answer we can find someone who does have the answer or we’ll Google it.

    As my kids get a little older, my hope is that they continue to be inquisitive because if they do that they will never stop learning! That quality is so critical and I am lucky to have learned that early on in my career.

    A Quick Quiz About…Money!

    December 1st, 2014

    By the sound of this post you may think the subject is about money…well, it is, but probably not exactly how you thought. The subject is: other people’s money! I was reading an MSN story a few weeks ago and it was discussing the net worth of a number of famous people. I did a little extra homework and developed this fun & quick quiz.

    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.

    PS: All answers are based on net worth from earlier in 2014.

    Click Here to Take The Quiz.

    Are You Ready for Some Football?! Join the Week 14 Football Pool!

    November 26th, 2014

    Congratulations to “Yes Yes Yes” (real name hasn’t been revealed) who won week 12 of the football pool and will get a $50 American Express gift card. For winning the week, “Yes Yes Yes” joins: Harold D, two time winner Colleen Nelson , Chanttel Allen, Ken Troupe, Scott Waller, Ryan Barry, Jason DeVoe, Lynn Stallone, Ryan Rojas, Brooks Deaton and Bobbie Kirkland to qualify for 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 during week 17 for an opportunity to win $500 and, of course, bragging rights for the next 6 months. In addition, the two people (as of today Curtis Cook leads the pool with 123 wins followed by Scott Koenig & Amy Shields with 122 wins (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, December 4, 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.