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My 80 Year Old Uncle Sent me this Funny Email…

Monday, 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?

Random Quiz

Friday, June 27th, 2014

Time to try your luck on a random quiz. Let’s see how many questions you can get right out of 10!

As usual, the quiz will be timed…so no help from your friends or the internet!

Click Here to Take The Quiz.

Thanks for playing!

What is the Secret to Success?

Wednesday, June 25th, 2014

Everyone measures success differently; some people measure it by the money they have, the title they hold, the possessions they own. Other people measure success by happiness. Regardless of how you specifically measure success, what is YOUR secret to achieving success?

For me, no matter what I am trying to accomplish, my secret to success always includes a few things:

  • Passion: No matter what I am trying to accomplish, I need to be passionate about it in order to succeed.
  • Fun: I find that I accomplish much more and achieve at a higher level when I am having fun.
  • Teamwork: I love being part of a team. For me, there is nothing better than setting a goal, working together and celebrating with a team after the goal is reached.

Your turn!

  • What is your secret to success?

I look forward to reading your comments!

How is Your 401K Doing This Year?

Monday, June 23rd, 2014

As you are reading this, 2014 is nearly halfway over. In our office, we have a friendly wager between 5 of us to see how our 401K is performing YTD. My range this year has fluctuated from -5.4 in February to 3.2% in March. Currently, I am at 1.52%. It’s fun to see the progression throughout the year and as of today, R.A. is the leader of our pack!

My question to you is:

  • How is your 401K doing this year?
  • How often do you look at your 401K?
  • How often do you make changes?

I look forward to reading your comments.

Baseball Fans: True or False?

Friday, June 20th, 2014

As you read this post, the baseball season is nearly halfway over. By now, we know who is for real…and who is playing for next year. Time to take a quick ture/false quiz and let me know how you feel about the baseball season!

Click Here to Take The Quiz.

Thanks for playing!

Attention Researchers: I Have a New Show for Everyone!

Wednesday, June 18th, 2014

A few weeks ago, while I was in Greensboro, I was flipping through TV channels and ended up on ESPN Classic, watching “Battle of the Network Stars”. The show brought back some great memories as I remembered watching it with my sisters when I was a kid. For those of you who don’t remember: The show consisted of stars from ABC, NBC and CBS competing in different sports & activities. The show was hosted by THE Howard Cosell (I always loved his voice).

The show aired from 1976-1988 and some of the stars who participated included: Gabe Kaplan, Telly Savalas, Jimmy Walker, Loretta Swift, Ed Asner, Lynda Carter, Farah Fawcett, Scott Baio, Ron Howard & Billy Crystal. Activities included: swimming, tug of war, football and an obstacle course.

As I reminisced about the show, I came up with my own show… “Battle of the Research Stars”! After I came up with this idea, I started to think about who I would recruit for my 6 member team. Age and geographic location doesn’t matter, BUT: the team must be evenly split; 3 males and 3 females

Here is my team:

  1. Merrill Dubrow (If it’s my team, I have to be on it)
  2. Janet Savoie: Great swimmer in fantastic shape, she hates to lose and she’s a lot of fun
  3. Steve Schlesinger: Every team needs someone with a ponytail
  4. Amy Shields: Very athletic, can toss a ball with the best of ’em!
  5. Jason Miller: Looks crazy and intimidating at times…also would give great interviews
  6. Merrill Shugoll: You can never have enough Merrill’s on a team!

Okay, that’s my team!

  • What do you think about my lineup?
  • Who would you draft for your team?
  • Would you be interested in competing in this if we hosted the games at a research conference?

I look forward to reading your comments.

Today’s Lesson: Don’t Wait!

Monday, June 16th, 2014

Last month, I was in Boston presenting at the NEMRA. My cousin (A.L.) came to my presentation and cheered me on. After my presentation, I learned that my father’s identical twin was very sick and in a rehabilitation center. I was only in Boston for 36 hours and quite frankly, I had a packed schedule. I decided to have my cousin email me the address of the facility so I could try to visit my uncle. As I thought about it, I could have easily said “I will call him” or, “I’ll see him next time”. I could have made 100 other excuses to not get in the car and drive the 30 minutes out of my way to see him. Instead, I decided to go see him. Despite the fact that it was a rough visit in terms of the other patients, environment and my uncle’s condition, I am incredibly glad I spent the time and effort to make the visit.

Unfortunately, the sad part of this story is that my uncle passed away 10 days after I visited. Unknowingly, that was my chance to say goodbye.

We have all been in this situation before when we think about calling or visiting an old friend or family member but we don’t do it.

It’s important to remember that life is way too short and none of us know what could be around the corner…so please, don’t wait!

The time is now…

  • To make the call
  • To send the letter
  • To make up with an old friend or family member
  • To text “I miss you” or “I love you” to someone special

I truly hope this post motivates you to reach out to someone in your life.

I look forward to hearing your stories about reaching out to someone in your life

What Do You Say To An Industry You Love? For Starters…THANK YOU!

Friday, June 13th, 2014

Last week, I received the Meritorious Service to Marketing Research Award from the Marketing Research Association at their annual conference in Chicago. The purpose of the Meritorious Service to Marketing Research is to recognize an individual who has, over the span of their career, demonstrated tremendous leadership, dedication, and whose commitment has led to remarkable contributions the marketing research industry.

I must say, I was surprised when I found out and now, a week later, I am still on cloud nine. This has been a fantastic journey that has spanned over 30 years. I started in the Market Research industry as an interviewer and actually did door-to-door interviewing…that’s how old I am!!

Although I stood on the stage alone to receive the award, my presence also represented the many people who have helped me along the way. Marianne Schafer, John Boni, Sandy Schwartz & Jim Fredrickson were all great teachers. Each of them offered a different contribution to my success, each provided tools that they knew I would need, they brought the best out of me and pushed me when I needed it the most! My respect for each of them is second to none!

My parents are huge supporters of mine; they taught my two sisters and me an amazing amount and they allowed us to make mistakes (plenty in my case) along the way and learn from each and every one of them.

For over 3 decades, I have had the privilege of associating with and learning from some of the smartest, most talented, creative, passionate researchers and business leaders that this industry has to offer. That list includes (but, of course, is not limited to)

  • Amy Shields
  • Colleen Moore Mezler
  • Craig Stevens
  • Debbie Schlesinger
  • Ed Sugar
  • Elisa Galloway
  • Jane Cook
  • Janet Savoie
  • Ken Roberts
  • Larry Gulledge
  • Lori Young
  • Merrill Shugoll
  • Michael Halberstam
  • Michael Mermelstein
  • Mimi Nichols
  • Steve Schlesinger


Some of the words that Jill Donahue used to describe me (thank you for all the very kind words) were that I am “always there to help, being a mentor to many and always giving back”. To me, it is always very easy to give back to an industry that has given me so much! I love the Market Research industry and I want to thank each of you for making it my home for the past 30+ years and please know there is no other industry or place I would rather be!

Arm Sleeves in Sports….What’s the Point?

Wednesday, June 11th, 2014

Yes, I watch a lot of sports. Yes, I pay attention to what the athletes wear. Yes, I notice logos, sneakers, arm guards, goggles and…yes, arm sleeves!

Many NBA & college basketball players wear arm sleeves. My question at first is why do they wear them? What’s the point? What does it do? Well, I googled that exact question and here is what I learned:

“Allen Iverson first started wearing the now famous arm sleeve in the 2000-2001 NBA season after elbow surgery. The compression from the arm sleeve kept the muscles in Iverson’s elbow and arm warm and flexible, lessening the chance for further injury.”

Growing up at Fenway Park, I always saw (and still do see) pitchers wearing warm up jackets or with a towel on their pitching arm to keep to keep it warm. Why don’t baseball players wear a sleeve on their arm and call it a pitching sleeve?! Perhaps something like this exists and I’m just not aware of it. Also, what about tennis players who constantly are moving but rest between games during sets and court changes? Why not a tennis sleeve?

Am I missing something?

  • Is the real purpose of an arm sleeve to actually keep the arm warm or is it really just for fashion?
  • Why don’t pro tennis and baseball players wear a sleeve?
  • Do you wear a sleeve when you play sports?
  • If you do wear a sleeve, do you notice a difference in your performance or is it just for aesthetic value?

Does Your Work Space Represent Who You Are?

Monday, June 9th, 2014

Recently, a buddy of mine ask me if I had sports memorabilia in my office. Before I answered him, I asked why he had asked me. He said, “I know how much you love sports, attending games and memorabilia so I assume you had some in your office.”

His comment made me think and I looked around my office and asked myself these questions:

  • Does my office represent who I am?
  • If someone didn’t know me personally, what would they know about me after being in my office?

    For those of you who haven’t been in my office, below are a few pictures:

    When I had the pictures taken, my office was “as-is”, nothing had be moved or staged, it was just as it is when I use it. As I look at the pictures of my office, this is what it represents to me:

    • I am clean/very organized
    • I love sports
    • Family and friends are very important to me
    • I have a connection to Hofstra University
    • Stylistically, I like somewhat trendy, clean-looking furniture
    • Collecting is a hobby of mine, there are several bobble heads and mini football helmets
    • Based on my hat display, either I’m a St. Louis Rams fan or a New England Patriots fan

      Now it’s your turn!

      • What do you think my office says about me?
      • Does your office/work space represent who you are?!
      • If someone didn’t know you personally, what might they know about you after being in your office/work space?

        I look forward to reading your comments.