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Life is About Second Chances

Wednesday, July 30th, 2014

We’ve all had them, whether it’s in your personal or your professional life, everyone has had second chances. A class you flunked out of in college, a lost project, a relationship that didn’t work out or not winning a game that you should have.

The question is:

  • What do you do next?

Some people just forget about it and move forward. Other people evaluate what went wrong, try to be honest and understand what they could have done differently in an effort to learn from the experience and achieve a different outcome in the future. I think the most successful people make the most of second chances, they are able to draw deep within themselves, fight through emotions and ultimately have a different outcome.

For anyone reading this post who has been given a second chance…I say make the most of it!

  • Do you think that most people take advantage of second chances?
  • How do you handle second chances?

PS: I personally always try to make the most out of second chances; I feel that learning from your mistakes is important to personal growth.

I look forward to reading your comments!

What Would You Do if You Had $5,000 to Invest?

Monday, July 28th, 2014

A few weeks ago, I got an email from a friend of mine (R.P.) who wanted to know my opinion on investing $5,000 long term. She and her husband were thinking about investing in a mutual fund that didn’t have big fees and let it sit for 10 years to see what happens.

Based on her answers to a few other questions, I think they are better off investing in a stable stock for a company like Ford or General Electric that we all know will be around for years to come and probably grow 15% on an annual basis.

What advice would you give?

  • Mutual Fund?
  • Individual Stock?
  • Something Else?

I look forward to reading your comments!

WOW! What an NBA Frenzy…but Who Really Got Better?!

Friday, July 25th, 2014

  • LeBron James back to Cleveland
  • Pau Gasol to the Bulls
  • Tim Duncan stays with the NBA champs
  • Chris Bosh decides to be the man and stay in Miami
  • Carmelo Anthony visits everyone and stays with the Knicks
  • Chandler Parsons takes a ton of money and ends up in Dallas
  • Paul Pierce signs with the Washington Bullets

My question is: When the dust settles, who really got better?

The 3 teams I really like are: An obvious one in Cleveland, I believe they face Chicago in the Eastern Conference finals and have a chance to win it all. The real surprise team that I like for this is my hometown team, the Dallas Mavericks. Their roster is really impressive with a starting five of: Dirk, Monte Ellis, Tyson Chandler, Chandler Parsons and Raymond Felton (who I believe could be comeback player of the year) they might just win 55 games. Perhaps I’m crazy, but I don’t think anyone is talking about Rick Carlisle’s team and I think that’s a big mistake.

  • What do you think of my thoughts?
  • Who do you think really got better?
  • Who do you see as a lottery team for 2015?

I look forward to reading your comments!

What’s on Your Bucket List?

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014

A few years ago, I wrote a blog post about my bucket list. At the top of my list was going on a African Safari…which I still haven’t done, but I’ve crossed off a few other items from my bucket list in the past few years:

Going to Lambeau Field with R.H. and experiencing the frozen tundra in December was an amazing experience and something I had wanted to do for a very long time. It snowed the entire game which made it even more fun and the Green Bay fans were the nicest in the country!

The other bucket list item I have checked off was going to all three final four games with A.V.S., S.S., S.S., J.D., B.S. & R.A.. What an amazing experience! The atmosphere walking into the stadium was crazy, there were lots of activities for the fans to do and ultimately we saw great basketball…this wasn’t a game, but rather an event!!

    Your turn!

  • What have you crossed off your bucket list in the past few years?
  • Have you added any items to your list?

I look forward to reading your comments!

What Do All of These Teams Have in Common?

Monday, July 21st, 2014

Have you heard of these teams?:

Austin Aces, Boston Lobsters, Philadelphia Freedoms, San Diego Aviators, Springfield Lasers, Texas Wild & Washington Kastles?

What do they have in common?

Well, all of these teams are part of the


I’m sure many of you are thinking, “What is he talking about? What is the WTT?” The WTT is…the World Team Tennis League! Aside from being in the league together, these seven teams have something else in common…they’re all FUN!!!!

A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to go to a match with a few co-workers a few miles from our office. The scoring is a little different, the stands aren’t as crowded as other sports and the rules are: Essentially anything goes in terms of yelling/screaming during points and dancing in the aisles with the upbeat music between points. All you can see in the stadium is fans having a blast! Smiling, enjoying and cheering on their team.

I say, if you have a free night and there is a WTT match being played near you….go to it! I guarantee you will have a blast!

  • Have you been to a match?
  • If you have, did you enjoy the experience?
  • If you haven’t been to a match, do you think you would be interested in attending?

I look forward to reading your comments.

Thumbs Up or Thumbs Down? You Tell Me!!

Friday, July 18th, 2014

There’s nothing like a fun, mindless quiz on a Friday to pass a little time. Let me know if you’re “Thumbs Up” or “Thumbs Down” on these things!

Click Here to Take The Quiz.

Thanks for playing!

Are You Ready to Take this Challenge? I am NOT!!

Wednesday, July 16th, 2014

The Verrückt, the world’s tallest water slide, has finally started testing and should be open very soon.
This monster ride, located at the Schlitterbahn water park in Kansas City, is over 168 feet tall. To put that height into perspective: it is taller than Niagara falls. For those people who like to walk, it is 264 steps to get to the top of the ride and will travel up to 65 miles per hour!

Please watch the 90 second video and let me know if you would go on this ride!

In case you’re curious: I’m a “no-go” on this!

    • Would you ride Verruckt?
    • What’s the scariest ride you’ve ever ridden in your life?
    • Are you glad you rode it?
    • Would you ride it again?

I look forward to reading your comments.

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I Don’t Usually Find Humor In Cabs…but this Made Me Chuckle

Monday, July 14th, 2014

Last month, I was in Chicago and took a cab from the airport to downtown. I am not a big cab guy because of all of the starting and stopping that most cabs tend to do…but this trip brought a smile to my face. Due to my boredom, I started to read the rules, regulations and fare description for the cab.

Most of it was pretty standard…except for one charge. This charge was a little different and clearly not ordinary (or at least not ordinary to me). That was the $50 charge for vomit clean up. Yes, I am serious. I had never seen a charge like that in a cab before and can imagine it could/should exist in Las Vegas, NYC and definitely New Orleans…but Chicago?!

But I wanted to ask you:

  • What is the funniest or oddest charge you have seen in a cab?
  • Are you surprised this charge was found in a Chicago cab?
  • What other cities do you think should have this charge?
  • What is the funniest cab story you have?

I look forward to reading your comments!

How Well Do You Know the Big Apple?

Friday, July 11th, 2014

Most of us have been to New York City – the Big Apple! Well here’s a quick quiz to see how much you know about this great city!

Remember! You’ll be timed so no need to get a little help from the internet!

Click Here to Take The Quiz.

Trust Me, Keep an Eye on your Credit Card Statements

Wednesday, July 9th, 2014

It was supposed to be a normal Saturday morning; I would get up early, water the plants and do a little landscaping. After responding to a few emails, I decided to review my American Express Account online. As I was reviewing my charges I noticed that according to my online transaction record, I had eaten at Subway and a Chinese restaurant and filled up my gas tank earlier that week…nothing out of the ordinary, really….except that I had done all of those things in Florida. Since I am not a magician, nor can I appear in multiple states at the same time, this wasn’t possible because I had been in Dallas all week (which my other charges on that card from the week could easily prove).

This was quickly resolved by a quick call to American Express (who couldn’t have been nicer or more helpful) and I quickly received a new card. Strangely, this is the second time this has happened to me in the past year.

I have heard many stories that are a lot worse than this one, but with identity and credit theft on the rise we all need to be paying more attention.

  • Do you have any best practices that can prevent this from happening?
  • Have you had your credit card stolen in the past year?
  • Was the situation resolved quickly?

I look forward to reading your comments!