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40,000 feet……seriously?

Wednesday, September 30th, 2015

Last month on a flight back to Dallas from Chicago I had the pleasure of being on a Boeing 787 Dreamliner. The plane was absolutely beautiful and still had the smell of a new plane. About 10 minutes after we took off the pilot came on introduced himself and spoke to us about the route and a few other things. One of those things was how high we were flying which was 40,000 feet. I was a little surprised because usually flights (at least the ones I take) are flying at about 31,000-34,000 feet. I don’t recall any other time where I was flying over that, let alone 40,000 feet.

Maybe the Dreamliner is more efficient flying at that level or perhaps there is some other reason.

  • Do you pay attention when the captain says how high you are flying?
  • Do you recall flying over 40,000?
  • I would be curious if any readers ever flew on the Concorde and how high that flew.

I look forward to reading your comments.

Yogi, one of the funniest sports figures of all time has passed – Read on for 20 of his greatest lines!

Monday, September 28th, 2015

As you know I am not a fan of many New York Yankee players but I must admit I loved Yogi Berra and found him to be very funny! Unfortunately Yogi, at the young age of 90, passed away last week. In his memory I thought it would be very appropriate to share 20 of his more memorable quotes.


  1. When you come to a fork in the road, take it.
  2. You can observe a lot by just watching.
  3. It ain’t over till it’s over.
  4. It’s like déjà vu all over again.
  5. No one goes there nowadays, it’s too crowded.
  6. Baseball is ninety percent mental and the other half is physical.
  7. A nickel ain’t worth a dime anymore.
  8. Congratulations. I knew the record would stand until it was broken.
  9. You better cut the pizza in four pieces because I’m not hungry enough to eat six.
  10. You wouldn’t have won if we’d beaten you.
  11. I usually take a two-hour nap from one to four.
  12. The future ain’t what it used to be.
  13. We have deep depth.
  14. Pair up in threes.
  15. Why buy good luggage, you only use it when you travel.
  16. You’ve got to be very careful if you don’t know where you are going, because you might not get there.
  17. He hits from both sides of the plate. He’s amphibious.
  18. It was impossible to get a conversation going, everybody was talking too much.
  19. The towels were so thick there I could hardly close my suitcase.
  20. I’m lucky. Usually you’re dead to get your own museum, but I’m still alive to see mine.
  • Were you a fan of Yogi?
  • Did you find him as funny as I did?
  • Do you have a favorite Yogi quote?

I look forward to reading your comments.

P.S. Yogi was an 18 time all-star, appeared in 14 World Series and won 10 of them! What a special person and ambassador to the game!

Are You Ready For Some Football? Join The Week 4 Merrill Dubrow Blog Football Pool!

Friday, September 25th, 2015

Congratulations to Cheryl Wurtzer-Zarrillo who beat out 307 participants and won the second week of the pool and the $50 American Express gift card. In addition, Cheryl joins Erica Williard as the first two people to qualify for championship week. Congratulations to the New York Giants who beat the Washington Redskins last night. 261 people picked the game right and are now all tied for first place:

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 320 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, October 1.

Click here to participate in this week’s pool.

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

Good luck to all.

P.S. In case you were curious, 30% of people spend less than 2 minutes making their picks.

Hey guys slow down!!!!!!

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2015

So there I was at the airport early (before 6:30am) getting ready to board a flight. I actually like getting to the airport early in the morning. It’s kind of somber, quiet, and really gives me an opportunity to look around and take in everything.

As I was sitting there listening to music I noticed that a few couples walked past me and both of the men were walking ahead of their partners/significant others. As usual this gave me a chance to pause and think about it and I actually performed a test. As I was sitting there, I said to myself how many of the next 10 couples that walk by me are walking together or one person is 3-4 steps ahead of the other. Well the results are in and sure enough 7 men were ahead of their partner, 1 women was ahead of her partner, and the other 2 people were walking together. I decided to do it one more time to see if the results would change and they really didn’t. Men still walked ahead of their partners in 6 cases while the other 4 couples were walking together. I realize this isn’t a scientific experiment but it does make me wonder:

  • Do you think men typically walk faster than women?
  • Are men more impatient and anxious to get to their gate or baggage claim more than women?
  • Do men just have to take the lead?
  • In your relationship does one of you tend to walk a little faster than the other?

I look forward to reading your comments.

Just checked into a hotel….new trend?

Monday, September 21st, 2015

A few weeks ago I checked into a Residence Inn Marriott and as I was leaving my room I noticed something a little different. Two hanging door signs that a guest can use.

One of them was the standard “I am all set for the night” or “I need my privacy” something like that, but the other one was a little different. The other sign was “Four Legged Guest” there’s a pet inside. I think that is great, very respectful and strategic. If you think about it, now if someone from the hotel management or housekeeping needs to come in the room they are informed there is a pet inside.

  • Is this a new strategy?
  • Are doggy treats going to be a welcoming gift?
  • Will there be water and food bowls in every room?
  • Have you noticed hotels treating pets any different?

I look forward to reading your comments.

P.S. – What is the best pet friendly hotel you have ever stayed at?

Are You Ready For Some Football? Join The Week 3 Merrill Dubrow Blog Football Pool!

Friday, September 18th, 2015

Congratulations to Erica Williard who beat out 333 participants and won the first week of the pool and the $50 American Express gift card. In addition, Erica is the first person to qualify for the championship week. Congratulations to the Denver Broncos with 27 seconds left in the game somehow beat the Kansas City Chiefs 31-24 last night. 115 people picked the game right and are now all tied for first place:

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 308 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 24.

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.

P.S. According to the pool participants 23% feel the New England Patriots will win the Super Bowl followed by the Green Bay Packers at 17%. 1 loyal fan of the Oakland Raiders believe they will win it all.

I was really cheering….on TV!

Wednesday, September 16th, 2015

Like many of you I attend a lot of sporting events and yes I cheer for my team – sometimes very loudly. A few weeks ago I found myself cheering but in a different way. I was by myself watching the U.S. Open (Tennis not golf) and really getting into a few matches especially Serena Williams who was mounting a comeback and the next day Andy Murray was doing the same thing.

During the match I found myself standing, pacing, and really cheering – yes even yelling out loud! Keep in mind I realize the players can’t hear me a thousand plus miles away and actually my neighbor can’t either but that didn’t matter to me. I was really into the match and loved every point!

Am I crazy?

  • Cheering while watching TV?
  • Can you relate to me on this topic?
  • Is there a sport on TV you really get into and cheer?

I look forward to reading your comments.

They say what you measure improves…

Monday, September 14th, 2015

Over the years we have all heard the saying what you measure improves. Without question I have found that to be true in business. Today’s question is does that apply to your personal life.

I actually tested that question. I figured out what my average monthly American Express bill had been over the past 12 months. Let’s not debate how many of those dollars are wasted but rather what would happen if I logged onto my account every day and saw the balance and transactions from the day prior.

The rules I set for myself was no game playing. Meaning, if I normally charged an expense to this card I would continue to do it, I wouldn’t use a different credit card. I also said not to change any behavior meaning just pay cash instead. That would not make the test valid and I was really curious on what would happen.

Daily I checked my balance and transactions and at the end of the month I actually had a bill which was half of what I normally spend. I must admit I was shocked. It is possible that July/August I spend less than normal and although that is true it isn’t even close to this new lower balance. I also looked to see if I traveled less and at the end of the day it was about the same.

In discussing this with my buddy (R.H.) he brought up a great point which is… what categories did I save in? I couldn’t answer that question right away and decided to keep the test up for two more months and see if there was savings and what categories they fell in.

So I ask you?

  • How closely do you keep track of your expenses?
  • Have you tried a similar test for yourself?
  • If not, what do you think might happen if you did?

I look forward to hearing from you and reporting back in two months.

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

Friday, September 11th, 2015

The 2015 football season is officially underway with one game in the record books. The defending Super Bowl Champion, New England Patriots and Tom Brady beat the Pittsburgh Steelers 28-21. Congratulations to the 247 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 334 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 17.

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.

HELP! What is this advertising telling me?

Wednesday, September 9th, 2015

Please help. A few weeks ago I was in Aruba (thanks M.D.) and saw this advertising in the lobby of the hotel. Please let me start by saying I don’t own a TAGHeuer or have anything against the company. In fact, a few of my friends have a watch and love it. I also don’t have any idea who the advertising agency is who developed the ads.

I looked at this advertising and wasn’t sure what they were saying?

#DontCrackUnderPressure

Were they saying:

  • You can take me diving and I can handle the pressure at 200 feet?
  • You can climb Mount Everest and the watch will keep ticking?

Also what does the lion tattoo on the finger represent?

  • Are they saying you can get in a fight and the watch won’t break?

Please look at the picture and let me know your thoughts. I am sure it means something and I am just missing the point.

Thanks in advance for your help.