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Time for a quick and fun quiz. What movie is this quote from?

Monday, February 29th, 2016

Most people love to go to the movies and many of us love to take a cute movie line and use it in a story, a joke, or just like to say it.

Time to take a break and see how many of these 12 quotes you get right!

I’m looking forwarding to reading your comments!

Click Here to Take The Quiz.

To me this trend seems to be going in the wrong direction.

Friday, February 26th, 2016

We all realize that everyone is on their iPhone regardless of where they are!

  • At a game – on the phone!
  • At the airport – on the phone!
  • Walking down the street – on the phone!
  • In an elevator – on the phone!
  • In a restaurant – on the phone!

And the list goes on and on and never seems to stop!

In some ways I am guilty of this as well, although I have made a conscience decision over the past few years to get better and believe I have.

I must admit I am uncomfortable when people are on or walk into a small elevator and are on the phone. I just believe the space is way too tight to have a discussion and whatever they are discussing can wait 30 seconds.

Often I walk into a bathroom and someone is on the phone. Last week (for the second time) two people were actually on the phone in a restroom. Maybe it is me (please let me know) but I don’t think a public restroom is the right spot to have a phone discussion. I understand that emergencies can happen but when you hear the conversation around what do you want for dinner tonight or something like that can’t it wait?

  • Should a public bathroom where you work have a no cell phone rule?
  • Does this bother you as well?
  • Do you think this has gotten worse over time?
  • How do you handle this when it happens?

I look forward to reading your comments.

Without question, my favorite state is….

Wednesday, February 24th, 2016

I believe at last count I have been to 40 of the 50 states. My goal is to visit all of them. For some reason, I started to think about my favorite ones almost like my final four. Before I give you my list – I hope it doesn’t offend anyone.

My favorite 4 states are California, Hawaii, Maine & Florida. All of them I have visited a number of times and I like them for different reasons. Even though I am not a huge fan of the traffic in California I must admit it is my favorite state. San Diego & San Francisco are two of my favorite cities in the United States. I love their beauty, the architecture, waterfront areas, and the people. I like that LA, San Diego, San Francisco and other cities are all different. I really enjoy the beaches and waterfront areas, especially riding bikes all over the place. In fact, there isn’t much I don’t like about those cities. The 405 in LA can be challenging but some of my favorite memories ever have been playing platform tennis in Venice Beach with K.W., and S.S.

So now your turn:

  • What are you 4 favorite states?
  • What is your favorite state?
  • Why is it your favorite?

I look forward to reading your comments.

I think it is time to buy my Mom a ….. ?

Monday, February 22nd, 2016

Many of you know that my dad isn’t doing great but my mom (although she recently fell) is still amazing at almost 80! A few months ago I bought my girlfriend M.D. a Fitbit and I decided to purchase one for myself as well. I must admit I love it and being as competitive as I am I track it very often.

Since all of us live a plane flight away from my parents, I am seriously thinking about buying my mom a Fitbit as well. Even though my mom isn’t the most technology savvy individual in the world she would wear it and sync it pretty regularly. If she had one my sisters and I could track how many steps she takes in a day/week which would let us know how active she is on a daily/weekly/monthly basis and also let us know when she is starting to really slow down.

I need your help with this.

  • Is this kind of spying on my mom?
  • Have you done this?
  • Do you think it is a good idea?

I talk to my mom every day for a few minutes and I know what she is doing but not really sure how much she is moving around.

I look forward to reading your comments.

Is walking easy….perhaps not.

Friday, February 19th, 2016

Let me know if this sounds familiar. You are getting off a plane, excited to arrive and as you get off the jet bridge the line comes to a complete halt because someone just stops! Almost forgets where they are, who is behind them, and proceeds to almost have a 5 car pileup with people. Sound familiar?

I did a test last week. Of the 50 people who passed by me at DFW airport, 39 of them were on their phone. Making a call, sending an email, texting or reading an email. Think about that 78%! A large percentage of them are bumping into people, aren’t able to multitask and in some ways being extremely rude.

I understand that when many people get off a plane they don’t know where they are going. They need to take a minute to get their barring’s straight. Perhaps those individuals can move over to the right/left and not force everyone else to almost slam into them.

So I ask you – is walking in today’s society easy? I would suggest that with all the technology, distractions, and ADD in the world, it is challenging and probably going to get worse before it gets better, especially with wearable and drone technology on the horizon.

What do you think?

  • Have you noticed the same thing I have?
  • Does it bother you?
  • Is there anything we can do about it or is this just the way life is?

I look forward to reading your comments.

Attention swimmers – I need your opinion.

Wednesday, February 17th, 2016

Over the years my kids have played many sports. Included in the list are Lacrosse, soccer, baseball, football, golf and next up is water polo and swimming. Both my boys will be in the pool very often over the next few months.

The last time I played water polo was in camp and that was let’s just say decades ago. I was fortunate to go to one of the best sports camps in New England and always skipped swimming to play other sports that I enjoyed more. Because of that, I am a very weak swimmer and have little advice to offer either of my boys.

That’s where you come in:

  • Have your kids played water polo or swam competitively?
  • What advice would you give me as a parent?
  • Any tips you could give my kids?

I look forward to reading your comments.

Ok readers, time to give my son some dating advice.

Friday, February 12th, 2016

A few days ago – here is an actual conversation I had with my son.

Me – Are you looking forward to going to high school?
J – Yes very much so

Me – That’s great, do you think you will start to date?
J – Yes I think so

Me – Are you dating now?
J – No – what’s the point?

Me – What do you mean?
J – If you date in junior high school it only last 3 or fewer days

Me – Oh that makes sense – thanks.

Me – So what type of girl do you think you might want to date?
J – Not sure. Someone who is tall but not as tall as me?

Me – Any other characteristics?
J – Hair or eye color doesn’t matter just someone who has a good sense of humor.

That was the end of the conversation.

  • So Blog readers what advice would you give my 14 ½ year old son?
  • So far on his list he has tall and a good sense of humor – anything else he might want to look for?
  • I look forward to reading your comments.

    P.S. I never dated in high school so I probably don’t have any great advice for him!

Was the Super Bowl really SUPER?

Wednesday, February 10th, 2016

As always there was tremendous hype around the Super Bowl and millions and millions watched the big game! The question is – was it really super?

Let me start by saying I didn’t have a horse in the race. Nothing against the Panthers and Bronco’s but they aren’t the New England Patriots who are my favorite team. The game is always special to me because for 19 out of the last 20 years I am on a trip with my buddies. We started this tradition when we were much younger and hope to continue it for another 3-4 decades!

Back to the game and commercials!

To me it was a defensive battle! Neither QB played well and overall I was disappointed in the game! The commercials seemed better and more creative than the last few years so I really enjoyed that aspect.

Overall the game wasn’t super for me!

What about you?

  • Did you enjoy the game?
  • Did your team win?
  • If you didn’t care who won did you still like the game?
  • What did you think about the commercials?
  • Which one was your favorite?
  • I look forward to reading your comments.

Attention Sports Fans – Isn’t America’s team really the….?

Monday, February 8th, 2016

Living in Dallas I hear often that the Dallas Cowboys are America’s team. I must admit I get a chuckle often after hearing that. Yes decades ago the Cowboys were awesome, filled with great players, a great coach, amazing franchise, and lots of championships! To me those days are long gone.

I won’t spend my time posting thoughts of what the Cowboys are today but rather who I truly believe is or should be America’s team!

Before I do that, my definition of America’s team would be a team that embodies just that – teamwork, has classy players, great fans, wins championships, and has players that never seem to get in trouble.

Close your eyes and think about sports teams who embody all of those traits today, yesterday, and for as long as you can remember?

Give up?

To me isn’t the San Antonio Spurs America’s team?

Don’t they embody everything you would want a great team to have?

Hall of fame coach! Hall of fame players! Everyone thinks team first and makes sacrifices to win, and frankly, all they do is win! In case you forgot they have won the NBA Championship 5 times since 1999! Gregg Popovich is a special coach and has been there for over 20 years! The management team and ownership all appear to be on the same page and never have an issue with anything!

Time to rename America’s team the San Antonio Spurs.

  • What are your thoughts?
  • Are the Cowboys still America’s team?
  • What is your definition of America’s team?
  • Who do you think is America’s team?
  • I look forward to reading your comments.

Is Math a Lost Art????

Friday, February 5th, 2016

A few weeks ago I was picking up a quick item at Walgreens and thought it was just an average trip to the store. As I approached the cash register I had 4 bottles of Diet Peach Snapple which were 2 for $4.00. At this point the conversation got a little funny.

Within seconds the cashier (who was VERY pleasant) said that would be $9.56. My response was “that seems very high since the items are 2 for $4.00 and I don’t believe the tax is that much.”

She then proceeded to tell me in order the transaction was $16.00, no actually it was $32.00. When I then question that, she voided the transaction and said “I’m so sorry I have it right” and proceeded to confidently tell me that I owed her $4.00. I must admit I did chuckle a little and I didn’t have the heart to pay $4.00 since I knew it was wrong so I said “I don’t believe that is correct, I owe you $8.00 plus tax.”

The rest is history.

Not much else to do until I decided to write this post.

  • In today’s generation it just appears that people in general, not just cashiers, don’t have the same feeling for numbers as they used too?
  • Have you noticed this as well?
  • Is it because they are always on their electronics – most of which have calculators?
  • Shouldn’t people be able to do an easy calculation like that?
  • I look forward to reading your comments.