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Personal Space…How Close is “Too Close”?

Monday, September 29th, 2014

In speaking with a friend of mine at a recent conference, he said, “Wow, that person is a close talker, he tends to invade my personal space” Of course, this got me wondering…“how close is too close”?

When I asked him what he considered to be “too close”, he said that he thinks 2-3 feet is too close. I thought about his answer and to me, that seems right…I guess…but I really want to know what other people think!

So I ask you today:

  • How close is someone to you when they are invading your personal space?
  • How much does your answer change if the person is a good friend or a family member?

    I look forward to reading your comments!

Minivan….Really? Maybe!

Wednesday, September 24th, 2014

Last month, I was sitting in a restaurant with a buddy of mine (E.S.) when a women walked in and asked if I was the owner of a Ford Explorer in the parking lot. After a short pause and a skeptical “yes” response from me, she proceeded to tell me that she was very sorry for hitting my PARKED car. I must admit, I was really impressed that she came in to let me know because I am not sure how many people would have done that. This post actually isn’t about that…it’s actually about the car that I was given while mine was in the shop being repaired.

My friends at Enterprise Rent A Car didn’t have a lot of choices available for rental, so it was either a very small car or a minivan. Well, since my kids tend to get irritated with each other within a millisecond of being in a small car…I took the minivan. I have to say: It had a ton of room, was very easy to get in and out of and it had a little bit of pep to it!

My questions today are:

  • Have you ever had a minivan?
  • Did you like the experience?
  • Do you have a minivan right now?
  • Would you own a minivan in the future?

    I look forward to reading your comments!

Time for a Quick Quiz About a House….? Yes! Actually, the White House!

Monday, September 22nd, 2014

If you are like me, once in a while you have wondered about the White House. The important house, you know, where the President of the United States lives with his family.

Well, it’s time to see how many of these 11 questions about the White House you can answer correctly. As always, no need to ask or look for help because the quick will be timed.

Click Here to Take The Quiz.

I Never Thought That….

Monday, September 8th, 2014

Life has so many twists and turns; just when you think you have something figured out, something happens and you go back to the drawing board. Recently, I was thinking about my life and about some of the twists and turns that have happened. This led me to fill in the blank for this statement:

I never thought that _________

  • I never thought that I would live in Texas!
  • I never thought that I would have worked in the Research industry for over 30 years!
  • I never thought that I would work out 5 times per week consistently for 10 years!

    Okay, now it’s your turn!

Okay, Am I the Only Person Who Loses or Breaks Sunglasses?

Wednesday, August 20th, 2014

Its sunny out, of course I put on my sunglasses! The problem I have more often than not is: “Where are they?” I tend to be an organized person but for some reason I always seem to misplace my sunglasses…or worse, I have them in my briefcase, which usually means they get broken. Yes, I have had some expensive sunglasses in the past. Ray-Ban? Check. Maui Jim? Check. Oakley? Check. Guess what? I have broken each and every pair. Clearly there is something wrong with me that I continue to lose or break my sunglasses. Now some of them aren’t 100% my fault…I have broken a few pairs playing sports like sand volleyball or softball but I think my strategy has now changed.

Moving forward I am going to buy inexpensive sunglasses! Sunglasses that are $10 so that I don’t really feel any pain if I lose or break them.

  • What kind of sunglasses do you have?
  • Do you ever lose or break them?
  • Do you have the same strategy that I have?

    I look forward to reading your comments!

Remember the Days When Penny Candy…Actually Cost a Penny?

Monday, August 18th, 2014

Last month, I was having a blast with my kids in Cape Cod. As part of our fun I needed to go to a candy store…yes, partly for the kids but also for myself because I have a sweet tooth as well.

I must admit I chuckled a little bit when I saw the sign that said “Penny Candy $7.99 a Pound”. I can still close my eyes and remember the days when I would take a short bike ride with my sisters or friends to a buffalo farm that had a general store where Fire Balls, Bazooka gum, Lemon Drops and Root Beer Barrels were actually sold for a penny!

I miss those days!

Let’s go back a decade, or two, or three

  • Did you like penny candy?
  • If you do, what was your favorite?
  • Do you still have a sweet tooth?
  • What is your favorite candy today?

    I look forward to reading your comments!

Are You Kidding Me? Please, PLEASE Turn on the Air Conditioning!

Wednesday, August 13th, 2014

So, there I am in Cape Cod at my parent’s house. Enjoying the beach, clam chowder, swimming, eating fudge and taking in all of the beauty that the cape has to offer during the day. At night…well, that’s another story, especially at bed time. “Why?” you ask? Well, because my parents refuse to turn on the air conditioning; they love the house to be 95 degrees at night.

Ugh! I can’t sleep! I’m sweating up a storm and I’m so uncomfortable, tossing and turning through the entire night!

  • Am I alone in this problem?
  • Do you have similar problems when you stay at your relatives houses?
  • Do you have any suggestions/best practices that can help me sleep in the heat?

    I look forward to reading your comments!

A Look Back to August 1, 2006

Friday, August 1st, 2014

August 1, 2006…what a day!

Here’s a quick recap of some things that were happening:

  • The Dow Jones was 11,240.35
  • The Boston Red Sox were 62-42 and in first place
  • George W. Bush was President of the United States
  • Gas was $3.00/gallon

…AND The Merrill Dubrow Blog was launched

Here are some blog stats:

  • 291,342 hits
  • 1,188 posts
  • 2,333 different people have commented

Our initial strategy was to be industry-relevant, have some fun, post three times a week and offer a platform for people to share their opinions. I hope we have accomplished that in the past 8 years!

Thank you for reading, commenting and learning!

Hope to hear from you soon!

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.

Time to Talk About Butter…Yes, Butter!

Monday, July 7th, 2014

A few weeks ago, during dinner with my parents and sisters, I was telling a story (probably funnier to me than it was to anyone else) and while I was talking, I noticed my sister (S.C.) struggling to spread butter on a piece of bread. Her struggle actually continued for what seemed like upwards of 2 minutes! When I asked her what took her so long she stressed that the butter was so cold it was almost frozen and therefore, extremely hard to spread.

This, of course, led to a discussion about how we each like to have our butter served: cold vs. room temperature. The consensus from our table of 5 was that we absolutely prefer room temperature butter.

But I wanted to ask you:

  • Do you like your butter cold?
  • Room temperature?

Most restaurants seem to serve butter at room temperatures but I’ve found that steakhouses seem to serve the butter cold.

  • Have you noticed the same trend?

I look forward to reading your comments!