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Time for a Quick Quiz About a House….? Yes! Actually, the White House!

September 22nd, 2014

If you are like me, once in a while you have wondered about the White House. The important house, you know, where the President of the United States lives with his family.

Well, it’s time to see how many of these 11 questions about the White House you can answer correctly. As always, no need to ask or look for help because the quick will be timed.

Click Here to Take The Quiz.

Are You Ready for Some Football? Join the Week 4 Football Pool!

September 19th, 2014

Congratulations to Brooks Deaton who beat out 320 participants to win the second week of the pool and the $50 American Express gift card. In addition, Brooks joins Bobbie Kirkland as the second person to qualify for the championship week. According to the participants, the easiest game to pick this week is the winner of the New England Patriots (308 people) vs. the Oakland Raiders game. Week three started with a blowout as the Atlanta Falcons destroyed the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

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

The third week, we had 321 participants and the winner will receive $50. 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, September 25.

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. In case you were curious: half of the people who participate in the pool attend at least two football games a year!

Are You Like Me? Do You Have Fake Aunts/Uncles?

September 17th, 2014

Ok, let me try to explain today’s post a little better because some of you might think I am crazy. I do have fake Aunts/Uncles…but what I mean by that isn’t “fake” as in “pretend” or “imaginary”. I am actually referring to individuals who have been lifelong friends of my parents and have been very instrumental in my life but aren’t blood related to me. I refer to these people as “Aunt” or “Uncle”. I hope that makes a little bit more sense.

Recently, I lost my “Uncle” Booksie (was a teacher for years) and when I shared that information with some friends, they asked me if it was my mom/dad’s brother. When I explained who he was, I started to wonder if most people also have Aunts/Uncles who aren’t necessarily blood related.

So I ask you today:

  • Do you have people who aren’t blood related to you but are still referred to as “Aunt” or “Uncle”?
  • In a lot of ways, my non-blood related aunts and uncles were equally (if not more) influential and present in my life than my biological aunts and uncles. Is the same true for you?

    I look forward to reading your comments!

A Quick Word Association Quiz!

September 15th, 2014

Time for a quick quiz! Please tell me the first word that comes to your mind when you see the image and topic.

Click Here to Take The Quiz.

Are You Ready for Some Football? Join the Week 3 Football Pool!

September 12th, 2014

Congratulations to Bobbie Kirkland who beat out 326 participants and won the first week of the pool and the $50 American Express gift card. In addition, Bobbie is the first person to qualify for the championship week. According to the participants the toughest game to pick this week is the winner of the Atlanta Falcons/Cincinnati Bengals game and week two started with an upset as the Baltimore Ravens (picked by only 125 people) pounded the Pittsburgh Steelers.

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

The second week we had 321 participants and the winner will receive $50. 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, September 18.

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. In case you were curious: 47% of people in the pool are also in a Fantasy Football League

What Are The Oldest Things You Still Have?

September 10th, 2014

A few weeks ago, I hurt my upper thigh. I wanted to work out that night and I knew that the only way I could do so was if I wrapped it really tight to try and downplay the pain. As I was looking for an ace bandage, I found a wrap that I used on my chest when I broke my sternum…40 years ago. I decided to actually use that over the ace bandage and (surprisingly!) it worked very well!

This instance gave me time to pause and think: Am I pack rat? Do I keep things forever? This got me thinking about some of the oldest things that I have. Here are a few that come to mind:

  • My First Baseball Glove it’s an A2000 glove and it’s so old that I’m using shoe laces to keep it in tact!
  • My Baseball Card Collection that I started when I was about 7 years old.
  • Some Canadian Mint Coins (my mom is from Canada) these coins were given to me by my aunts and uncles 45+ years ago.
  • A Walter Payton Shirt Walter Payton is my favorite football player of all time and my college roommate gave me the shirt (thanks B.P.) almost 35 years ago!

    Okay, now it’s your turn!

I Never Thought That….

September 8th, 2014

Life has so many twists and turns; just when you think you have something figured out, something happens and you go back to the drawing board. Recently, I was thinking about my life and about some of the twists and turns that have happened. This led me to fill in the blank for this statement:

I never thought that _________

  • I never thought that I would live in Texas!
  • I never thought that I would have worked in the Research industry for over 30 years!
  • I never thought that I would work out 5 times per week consistently for 10 years!

    Okay, now it’s your turn!

Are You Ready For Some Football? Join The Week 2 Merrill Dubrow Blog Football Pool!

September 5th, 2014

The 2014 football season is officially underway with one game in the record books. The defending Super Bowl Champion, Seattle Seahawks beat the Green Bay Packers 36-16. Congratulations to the 260 people who correctly picked that game and are all tied for first place in the pool!

To see the current standings,

Click Here.

The results page shows this week’s current standings as well as the cumulative rankings.

The first week we had 326 (a record number) participants. The winner will receive $50. 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 who have 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, September 11.

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. According to the participants in this football pool it will be a Denver Bronco vs. San Francisco 49ers Super Bowl!!

Everyone Loves A Parade! The Question is: Which Parade is Your Favorite?

September 3rd, 2014

Doesn’t everyone love a parade?! Tons of smiling faces, loud bands, people dancing, large floats and lots of bad food can be bought from vendors. There are a number of great parades.

Here is a quick list in no particular order:

  • Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade (New York, New York)
  • The Rose Parade (Pasadena, California)
  • The Philadelphia Mummer’s Parade (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)
  • Chinese New Year Parade (San Francisco, California)
  • Fourth of July Midnight Parade (Gatlinburg, Tennessee)
  • St. Patrick’s Day Parade (Boston, Massachusetts)
  • Mardi Gras (New Orleans, Louisiana)
  • Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest Boat Parade (Fort Lauderdale, Florida)
  • The Saint Paul Winter Carnival (St. Paul, Minnesota)
  • Inaugural Parade (Washington D.C.)

    Here are my questions:

Time to Take a Quick and Fun Quiz About Robin Williams…One of the Funniest Comedians of All Time!

August 29th, 2014

Unfortunately, a few weeks ago, we lost one of the funniest comedians of all time. Time to take a minute and for a quick quiz about the great Robin Williams. As always, the quiz is timed so no need to get any extra help.

Click Here to Take The Quiz.

Thanks for playing!