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What’s on Your Bucket List?

July 23rd, 2014

A few years ago, I wrote a blog post about my bucket list. At the top of my list was going on a African Safari…which I still haven’t done, but I’ve crossed off a few other items from my bucket list in the past few years:

Going to Lambeau Field with R.H. and experiencing the frozen tundra in December was an amazing experience and something I had wanted to do for a very long time. It snowed the entire game which made it even more fun and the Green Bay fans were the nicest in the country!

The other bucket list item I have checked off was going to all three final four games with A.V.S., S.S., S.S., J.D., B.S. & R.A.. What an amazing experience! The atmosphere walking into the stadium was crazy, there were lots of activities for the fans to do and ultimately we saw great basketball…this wasn’t a game, but rather an event!!

    Your turn!

  • What have you crossed off your bucket list in the past few years?
  • Have you added any items to your list?

I look forward to reading your comments!

What Do All of These Teams Have in Common?

July 21st, 2014

Have you heard of these teams?:

Austin Aces, Boston Lobsters, Philadelphia Freedoms, San Diego Aviators, Springfield Lasers, Texas Wild & Washington Kastles?

What do they have in common?

Well, all of these teams are part of the


I’m sure many of you are thinking, “What is he talking about? What is the WTT?” The WTT is…the World Team Tennis League! Aside from being in the league together, these seven teams have something else in common…they’re all FUN!!!!

A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to go to a match with a few co-workers a few miles from our office. The scoring is a little different, the stands aren’t as crowded as other sports and the rules are: Essentially anything goes in terms of yelling/screaming during points and dancing in the aisles with the upbeat music between points. All you can see in the stadium is fans having a blast! Smiling, enjoying and cheering on their team.

I say, if you have a free night and there is a WTT match being played near you….go to it! I guarantee you will have a blast!

  • Have you been to a match?
  • If you have, did you enjoy the experience?
  • If you haven’t been to a match, do you think you would be interested in attending?

I look forward to reading your comments.

Thumbs Up or Thumbs Down? You Tell Me!!

July 18th, 2014

There’s nothing like a fun, mindless quiz on a Friday to pass a little time. Let me know if you’re “Thumbs Up” or “Thumbs Down” on these things!

Click Here to Take The Quiz.

Thanks for playing!

Are You Ready to Take this Challenge? I am NOT!!

July 16th, 2014

The Verrückt, the world’s tallest water slide, has finally started testing and should be open very soon.
This monster ride, located at the Schlitterbahn water park in Kansas City, is over 168 feet tall. To put that height into perspective: it is taller than Niagara falls. For those people who like to walk, it is 264 steps to get to the top of the ride and will travel up to 65 miles per hour!

Please watch the 90 second video and let me know if you would go on this ride!

In case you’re curious: I’m a “no-go” on this!

    • Would you ride Verruckt?
    • What’s the scariest ride you’ve ever ridden in your life?
    • Are you glad you rode it?
    • Would you ride it again?

I look forward to reading your comments.

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I Don’t Usually Find Humor In Cabs…but this Made Me Chuckle

July 14th, 2014

Last month, I was in Chicago and took a cab from the airport to downtown. I am not a big cab guy because of all of the starting and stopping that most cabs tend to do…but this trip brought a smile to my face. Due to my boredom, I started to read the rules, regulations and fare description for the cab.

Most of it was pretty standard…except for one charge. This charge was a little different and clearly not ordinary (or at least not ordinary to me). That was the $50 charge for vomit clean up. Yes, I am serious. I had never seen a charge like that in a cab before and can imagine it could/should exist in Las Vegas, NYC and definitely New Orleans…but Chicago?!

But I wanted to ask you:

  • What is the funniest or oddest charge you have seen in a cab?
  • Are you surprised this charge was found in a Chicago cab?
  • What other cities do you think should have this charge?
  • What is the funniest cab story you have?

I look forward to reading your comments!

How Well Do You Know the Big Apple?

July 11th, 2014

Most of us have been to New York City – the Big Apple! Well here’s a quick quiz to see how much you know about this great city!

Remember! You’ll be timed so no need to get a little help from the internet!

Click Here to Take The Quiz.

Trust Me, Keep an Eye on your Credit Card Statements

July 9th, 2014

It was supposed to be a normal Saturday morning; I would get up early, water the plants and do a little landscaping. After responding to a few emails, I decided to review my American Express Account online. As I was reviewing my charges I noticed that according to my online transaction record, I had eaten at Subway and a Chinese restaurant and filled up my gas tank earlier that week…nothing out of the ordinary, really….except that I had done all of those things in Florida. Since I am not a magician, nor can I appear in multiple states at the same time, this wasn’t possible because I had been in Dallas all week (which my other charges on that card from the week could easily prove).

This was quickly resolved by a quick call to American Express (who couldn’t have been nicer or more helpful) and I quickly received a new card. Strangely, this is the second time this has happened to me in the past year.

I have heard many stories that are a lot worse than this one, but with identity and credit theft on the rise we all need to be paying more attention.

  • Do you have any best practices that can prevent this from happening?
  • Have you had your credit card stolen in the past year?
  • Was the situation resolved quickly?

I look forward to reading your comments!

Time to Talk About Butter…Yes, Butter!

July 7th, 2014

A few weeks ago, during dinner with my parents and sisters, I was telling a story (probably funnier to me than it was to anyone else) and while I was talking, I noticed my sister (S.C.) struggling to spread butter on a piece of bread. Her struggle actually continued for what seemed like upwards of 2 minutes! When I asked her what took her so long she stressed that the butter was so cold it was almost frozen and therefore, extremely hard to spread.

This, of course, led to a discussion about how we each like to have our butter served: cold vs. room temperature. The consensus from our table of 5 was that we absolutely prefer room temperature butter.

But I wanted to ask you:

  • Do you like your butter cold?
  • Room temperature?

Most restaurants seem to serve butter at room temperatures but I’ve found that steakhouses seem to serve the butter cold.

  • Have you noticed the same trend?

I look forward to reading your comments!

Guest Writer Janet Savoie Says, “Roombas for Everyone!”

July 2nd, 2014

I love Robots! I bought a Roomba not long ago and the little guy has changed my life. For those of you not familiar with the Roomba, it is made by a company called iRobot. They make robots that will wash or vacuum floors and they offer a variety of models and prices. At first I was skeptical, but after doing some research and listening to my daughter rave about hers, I decided to take a chance.

I now set him loose to run around my house every day. Some models actually allow you to program a time for him to begin the daily cleaning cycle. At the appointed time, he takes off and when the dirt bin is full or his battery is getting low, he finds his way back to the charger on his landing pad. He doesn’t climb or fall down stairs and he knows the difference between carpet and hard floor and can transition from one to the other effortlessly. Sometimes he gets stuck under beds and calls out for help but the best thing he does is clean the rugs, hardwoods and even the bathroom floors to perfection. I just ordered the floor-washing Roomba and can’t wait to pass that chore on to a robot.

I have been doing some research on other types of household robots. For those of you who don’t like to clean litter boxes, aquariums, pools, or windows, there is a robot that can help. Are you responsible for mowing the lawn or cleaning the grill? You too can spend your weekends doing what you love and let the robot do that work!

I always loved the cartoon the Jetsons. They had a Robot named Rosie (which by the way, is a popular name for Roombas) who cleaned their house and back in the 60’s this seemed like something way out there…but now, I think we are getting closer to that and I am all for it! It’s not that I’m lazy, it’s just that the older I get, I want a clean house but I don’t want to spend my precious energy and free time doing things I hate.

  • Have you heard of the Roomba?
  • Would you buy one?
  • Have you bought one?
  • How do you feel about household robots?

I look forward to reading your comments!

My 80 Year Old Uncle Sent me this Funny Email…

June 30th, 2014

Like most of you I get tons of emails daily. Some emails are just supposed to be funny while others are actually really funny. This email from my 80 year old Uncle J gave me a chuckle so I thought I would share it:

As I was lying around, pondering the problems of the world, I realized:

  • At my age, I don’t really give a rat’s XXXXXX anymore.
  • If walking is good for your health, the postman would be immortal
  • A whale swims all day, only eats fish, drinks water but is still fat
  • A rabbit runs and hops but only lives 15 years while a tortoise doesn’t run and mostly does nothing, yet it lives for 150 years.
  • And you tell me to exercise?? I don’t think so.

Just grant me the senility to forget the people I never liked, the good fortune to remember the ones I do, and the eyesight to tell the difference.

Now that I’m older, here’s what I have discovered:

  1. I started out with nothing, and I still have most of it
  2. My wild oats are mostly enjoyed with prunes and all-bran
  3. I finally got my head together, and now my body is falling apart
  4. Funny, I don’t remember being absent-minded.
  5. Funny, I don’t remember being absent-minded.
  6. If all is not lost, then where the heck is it ?
  7. It was a whole lot easier to get older, than to get wiser.
  8. Some days you’re the top dog, some days you’re the hydrant, the early bird gets the worm, but the second mouse gets the cheese
  9. I wish the buck really did stop here, I sure could use a few of them
  10. Kids in the back seat cause accidents.
  11. Accidents in the back seat cause kids
  12. It’s hard to make a comeback when you haven’t been anywhere
  13. The world only beats a path to your door when you’re in the bathroom.
  14. If God wanted me to touch my toes, he’d have put them on my knees
  15. When I’m finally holding all the right cards, everyone wants to play chess
  16. It’s not hard to meet expenses ….. they’re everywhere
  17. The only difference between a rut and a grave is the depth.
  18. These days, I spend a lot of time thinking about the hereafter. I go somewhere to get something and then wonder what I’m “here after”.
  19. Funny, I don’t remember being absent-minded.

How is that for some funny observations?!

I’m still laughing at #14…and another one, but I’m absent minded so I can’t remember!

  • Which one is your favorite?
  • Anything you would like to add to the list?