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Oh No! My Pet Is Overweight!

Wednesday, June 29th, 2011

Over the past few months I have had a number of conversations with friends regarding their pets being overweight.  I don’t have a pet right now but I used to give tons of treats to our dog when I was growing-up. If our dog howled, I gave her a treat. If the dog jumped over the cushions that my sisters and I set-up, I gave her a treat. If the dog did her business outside quickly because it was 10° out, I gave her a treat. I probably gave a treat for anything and everything.

Perhaps you do the same thing.

The question is what do you do if your pet is overweight?

  • Do you give them diet dog food?
     
  • Do you take them on longer walks?
     
  • Do you send them to a pet workout facility?

There is actually a Pet Obesity Prevention Association so apparently this is a pretty big problem. You can even rent a treadmill for your dog or enroll them in swimming lessons at a facility in Los Angles called, ‘K9’s Only.’ I promise I am not making this up.

  • What shape is your pet in?
     
  • What are you doing to keep them in shape?
     
  • If your dog or cat is overweight what are you going to do about it?

I look forward to reading your comments.

What Happens In Vegas Stays In Vegas – Just Not Today

Monday, June 27th, 2011

A few weeks ago I tried to estimate the number of times I have been to Las Vegas. It’s probably around 35 times. I like Las Vegas within the right time frame. Which to me, means about 3 ½ days. Any more seems to be too much.

Although I haven’t been to a bachelor party there, stolen a cop car or a tiger from Mike Tyson’s house, as they did in the movie The Hangover, I have had some great times.

Here are some of my favorite experiences – Most, if not all, are ‘G’ rated and very harmless:

  • I sat in the front row at a Buddy Hackett Performance and was asked to go backstage by Buddy himself. Of course, yours truly was being an idiot and sat in Buddy’s special chair. He wasn’t very happy about that…
  • Eating at Tao is amazing and anytime you get a chance you should go. The night club attached to it is a great place to people watch after a fantastic meal.
  • Shooting a machine gun at a gun range.
  • Driving 40 mph at an indoor track with my college roommate.
  • The dueling piano bar at the New York New York Hotel is a guaranteed amazing time!
  • Best gambling experience was with my buddy S.S. at the Wynn hotel.
  • Best pool experience for me (so far) was at the Wynn. You can gamble, hang out in a cabana and check out the scene.
  • One of the best concerts I have ever been to was in Vegas when I saw KC & the Sunshine Band perform. I know many are laughing but they rocked the house!

Your turn:

  • Have you been to a bachelor/bachelorette party in Vegas?
  • What was your favorite:

 

  • Bar?

 

 

  • Restaurant?

 

 

  • Pool experience?

 

 

  • Casino?

 

 

  • Night club?

 

Feel free to share any stories but change the names to protect the innocent!

I look forward to reading your comments.

Can You Believe LeBron James Reads My Blog And Is Looking For Some Advice?

Friday, June 24th, 2011

The unusual title of this post probably forced you to read what today’s thoughts are:

    • Yes, LeBron James is very talented.
    • Yes, LeBron James is one of the best players in the NBA.
    • Yes, everyone wants LeBron James on their team and would trade to make that happen.

With all that said, most people outside of Miami are not happy with LeBron and his antics.

In my opinion:

  • It was a bad idea to announce where he was going on national TV.
  • It was a bad idea to prematurely predict the new “Big Three” will win a ton of NBA titles.
  • It was disrespectful not to call Dan Gilbert (owner of the Cleveland Cavs) before LeBron publicly announced he was leaving the Cavs.
  • It was immature to walk down the hall with D Wade and make fun of Dirk and his sinus infection.

However, let’s not get caught up in the past. The question is what advice would you give LeBron for next year?

Here is my advice:

 

  • Hire the best PR agency (Omnicom has a number of great ones) that money can buy.

 

 

  • See #1 and listen to them! Even though you say you don’t care what the public thinks, that is not the case because I believe you are a good person. Also, if you don’t change your image it will hurt you badly in terms of endorsements.

 

 

  • During the summer take a presentation course or a skills development class. I wish I had a dollar for every time you had to defend your comments. Subscribe to the Derek Jeter interview process. Derek has been giving interviews for almost 20 years and he still hasn’t said anything. Yes, it is bland and humble but you need to do the same thing.

 

 

  • Have fun and let people see it. If you don’t, you and D Wade will continue on a collision course that will end with you losing out. Why? Because no matter what, Miami is always going to be considered D Wade’s team and city.

 

Now your turn:

  • What is your advice?
  • What do you think of mine?

I look forward to reading your comments.

Ok Everyone Makes A Mistake What Are Some Of The Classic Ones?

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2011

On Monday, June 13, 2011 the Miami Herald ran a Macy’s ad that said “Congratulations Miami! Celebrate the 2011 NBA Champions with official merchandise from Adidas”. Great ad – with only one small problem…the Dallas Mavericks won the NBA Championship – not the Miami Heat.

Like I said everyone and every company makes mistakes. Some of my classics that I have made were emailing a client some “interesting” comments when I thought I was emailing my internal team and of course I hit reply all and responded to 450 people with meaningless information.

  • What are some of the classics that you recall?
     
  • Are there any company classic mistakes that come to mind?

I look forward to reading your comments.

How Do You Create Opportunities?

Monday, June 20th, 2011

I was at the airport a few weeks ago and as I was walking down the hallway to my gate I noticed a new ad for Accenture. As I always do I stopped, took a look, paused for a minute, took a picture of the ad and kept thinking about what the words meant and, how does that apply to our business.

I think the ad is very creative and right on target! Opportunity does not always land in your lap! It doesn’t always come with fireworks or a bow. I truly believe the most successful companies and executives can identify and evaluate opportunities.

I still remember my dad’s words to me as a young kid – he said “son when an opportunity presents itself to you, you need to do two things, first recognize it’s an opportunity and second do something about it”. Those words have stuck with me for decades – thanks Dad!

The question is:

  • Do you and your company do a good job of recognizing opportunities?
     
  • Who is typically involved in that process?
     
  • How do you evaluate opportunities?
     
  • Looking back – what opportunities do you think you or your company missed?

I look forward to reading your comments.

Isn’t Business And Success All About One Word???

Friday, June 17th, 2011

When I sit back and think about having a successful month, quarter or year in our company one word that comes to mind quickly is CREATIVE!

  • Clients want and need us to be creative!
  • Your peers want and need you to be creative!
  • Have a challenging problem – you need to be creative!
  • Looking to improve our bottom line – time to be creative!
  • Want to increase efficiency in our company – being creative will help for sure!

In order for you to maximize your success, you need to be creative. Ensure this is part of your job and that you are thinking about being creative each and every day!

  • The question is what are you doing to be creative?
  • Are you a creative person?
  • Is your team being creative enough?
  • Does your company promote AND reward creativity?
  • Describe the last time you were really creative.

I look forward to reading your comments.

I Wish I Could Find Reasonable Air Fare! Here Are A Few Ideas To Make That Happen!!!

Wednesday, June 15th, 2011

The cost of flying is a little out of control. Actually, some may say it is totally out of control. Fares seem to be changing quicker than the speed of light. A few weeks ago I was checking a flight to the East Coast and every single day the fare changed. Some days it changed over $400 in either direction. Like most, I like a good deal on flights. So here are a few tips that might help:
Recently, I read an article about a few amazing deals:

  • If you subscribed to “news flash” emails from Travelzoo you could have gotten a $9-each-way flight from Boston to New York City.
  • Airfarewatchdog recently highlighted a Los Angeles/Las Vegas fare for $18 round trip.

There are other price-finding sites abound, such as:

  • CheapOair: You can set an “alert” for fares to specific locales.
  • Yapta: This service tracks prices even after you book. If fares drop you’ll be advised how to apply for a refund. This worked for someone on our team and she saved hundreds of dollars on a recent trip!
  • Bing Travel: Microsoft’s search engine combs through more than a billion airfares each day and forecasts whether prices will be going up or down soon. I have never checked this out but it sounds like I need to!
  • Compete 4 Your Seat: Professional travel agents send you their rock-bottom itineraries.

Wow – lots of ideas for sure. Clearly another indication that technology can help you save money!

  • Have you tried any of these sites?
  • What tools are you using to get great deals?
  • Have you gotten great deal recently?

I look forward to reading your comments.

Time To Go Back To Our Childhood And Play A Mad Lib!

Monday, June 13th, 2011

Often I think about my childhood, the crazy things I did and the fun games I played. One of the games that I enjoyed was Mad Libs. In case you don’t remember, Mad Libs is basically a short story that leaves out words and asks you to fill in the blanks. The goal was to make the funniest and craziest story. Today will be no different. Whoever creates the funniest Mad Lib will win a $25 Amex gift card!

I will be the judge. The rules are simple. All you need to do is click on the link below and fill in the blanks. Unlike other contests on the blog, you can fill in as many entries as you like.

Good luck to all………..

 

Click here to compose your own Mad Lib!

Some Friday Fun – Who Is Your Favorite Batman Villain?

Friday, June 10th, 2011

Growing up many of us watched the TV series Batman & Robin, read the Batman & Robin comics, or watched the series of movies involving Batman. The question is who was your favorite villain?

Was it:

  • The Joker?

  • Catwoman?

  • Riddler?

  • Mr. Freeze?

  • Poison Ivy?

  • Penguin?

    • Or someone else?

My two favorites were The Joker, played by Cesar Romero, and Penguin, played by Burgess Meredith. When I was younger I always liked The Joker’s colorful costumes and makeup. I loved the way Penguin waddled around and quacked a little bit. He was small and always had an umbrella.

Ok, your turn:

  • Who is your favorite Batman villain?
  • Did you have a favorite episode?
  • Do you still enjoy watching the show with your kids?
  • Are you excited when a new movie comes out?

I look forward to reading your comments.

I Love Boston! What About You? Here Are A Few Tips To Help You Enjoy The City!

Wednesday, June 8th, 2011

Yes, I was born there; yes, I still have family there; and yes, I love Boston and always will. Here are some things that you might not know about this great city:

  • There is no school on School Street
  • There is no court on Court Street
  • There is no dock in Dock Square
  • There is no water on Water Street
  • Back Bay Boston streets are in alphabetical order: Arlington, Berkeley, Clarendon, Dartmouth, etc. So are South Boston streets: A, B, C, D, etc.
  • If the streets are named after trees (e.g. Walnut, Chestnut, Cedar), you are on Beacon Hill.
  • If the streets are named after poets, you are in Wellesley.
  • Massachusetts Avenue is Mass Ave.
  • Commonwealth Avenue is Comm Ave.
  • South Boston is Southie.

Confused about how to pronounce some of these cities? This guide will help:

  • Worcester : Wuhsta (or Wistah)
  • Gloucester : Glawsta
  • Leicester: Lesta
  • Woburn: Woobun
  • Dedham : Dead-um
  • Revere: Re-vee-ah
  • Quincy: Quinzee
  • Peabody: Pee-ba-dee
  • Chatham: Chaddum

A few definitions you might want to be aware of:

  • Frappes are made with ice cream; milkshakes are not.
  • Pop refers to DAD.
  • The smallest beer is a pint.
  • It is not a water fountain; it is a bubblah.
  • It is not a trashcan; it is a barrel.
  • It is not a shopping cart; it is a carriage.
  • It is not a purse; it is a pockabook.
  • It is not a rubber band; it is an elastic.

The local sports teams:

  • The Sox = The Red Sox
  • The Cs = The Celtics
  • The Bs = The Bruins
  • The Pats =The Patriots

Things you should know:

  • Order the cold tea in China Town after 2:00 am and you will get a kettle full of beer.
  • Bostonians think it is their God-given right to cut off someone in traffic.
  • Bostonians think there are only 25 letters in the alphabet (no Rs, except in idea).
  • Bostonians think three straight days of 90+ temperatures is a heat wave.
  • Bostonians refer to 6 inches of snow as a dusting.
  • Bostonians always bang a left as soon as the light turns green, and oncoming traffic always expects it.
  • Bostonians believe that using your turn signal is a sign of weakness.
  • Bostonians think that 63° ocean water is warm.

I hope these tips help.

  • What is your favorite thing about Boston?
  • What do you like to do when you visit?
  • Do you have a favorite expression that Bostonians say?
  • Do you like the accent?

I look forward to reading your comments.