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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.
  20. HAVE I SENT THIS MESSAGE TO YOU BEFORE????

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?

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!

Out With the Old, In With the New! Which Do You Like Better?!

Friday, May 30th, 2014

How important is a logo? Most people think logos are very important and either “make” or “break” a brand. Well, time to take a quick look at a few brands that have changed their logos this year and tell me what you think about their branding decision.

Click Here to See the Logos.

I look forward to your feedback!

Are You a Buffet Person or Not?

Monday, May 12th, 2014

As many of you know, I love to eat (thanks Mom) and I pride myself on knowing where to go for food in many cities. Just because I “know where to go” doesn’t necessarily mean it’s a fancy restaurant…in fact, often, I love to go to a burger joint that some people might consider a “dive”. From time to time, these places include a buffet. Sometimes I go because I like the food, other times I’m after the quickness or variety of a buffet. When I started thinking about a buffet I came up with some interesting tidbits and thoughts I have about them.

  • I only go to a breakfast buffet if I’m traveling. Most of the time don’t eat much for breakfast (mostly oatmeal)…unless I’m on vacation
  • Sometimes, I’ll do a lunch buffet but it seems to always be Chinese food. I’d go to an Italian buffet but haven’t really found one in my travels. I was having a lot of business meetings at the Four Seasons because they had a great lunch buffet but a few weeks ago, the new management of the property eliminated their lunch buffet.
  • Rarely do I ever go to a dinner buffet, in fact, the only time I can remember recently going to one is when I was visiting my parents and we ate at their country club.
  • I have never gone to any of the buffets in Las Vegas.

    So those are my thoughts on buffets, Now it’s your turn!

It’s Almost Summer…Time to Answer These Quick Questions!

Friday, May 9th, 2014

I hope you’re having a great day! Time to take a break from your busy day and answer these five questions regarding your summer and travel.

Click Here to Answer!

Thanks for Participating!

Nap? Or No Nap? That is the Question!

Wednesday, April 30th, 2014

When I was younger, I would chuckle when my Grandmother or others would say, “I am going to take a nap.” I was young, had a ton of energy and always thought that sleeping was for night-time, not when the sun was shining outside! Well, as I get older, things have changed a little bit; I still have a ton of energy, but do get tired more easily than I once did. A number of people close to me like A.V.S and S.S. nap during the day; they will plan on it, go take a little rest and an hour later they feel much better and ready to take on the rest of the day.

I’m not sure I’m quite to that point yet…yes, I am old and getting older everyday but the only time I will take a nap is if I’m not feeling well or if I have been traveling a lot and have gotten little to no sleep.

So, I ask you:

  • Are you a nap or a no-nap person?
  • Is there a particular time that you like to always take a nap?
  • At what age do you think naps come into play in one’s life?

Time to Make Brushing Your Teeth a Little More Enjoyable!

Monday, April 28th, 2014

Convincing kids to brush their teeth is a notoriously tricky task. If your kids have a sweet tooth like my kids do, this toothpaste might be worth a try. According to an article I read a few weeks ago, there’s actually a chocolate-flavored flavored toothpaste out there that will turn brushing into somewhat of a treat.

Theodent uses rennou to help clean teeth. Rennou is made from the cacao plant and thus, tastes like chocolate! The toothpaste is fluoride free, instead, it uses theobromine, calcium, and phosphate.

Sound tasty? Well, there’s a little bit of a catch: A tube of Theodent 300 (which is the extra strength) costs $99.99. Although they also sell a regular strength Theodent, priced at $10.

So, I ask you:

  • Do your kids need to be reminded to brush their teeth?
  • Do you think this chocolate toothpaste could help?
  • Have you tried Theodent?

      I look forward to reading your comments.

Salt? As a Dental Tool?

Wednesday, April 9th, 2014

Last month, I had my teeth cleaned. Before we started that fun process the hygienist had to take X-rays (6 to be exact). She tried a number of times with the same outcome: For whatever reason, I physically couldn’t do it, something about the process was making me gag. I can’t recall ever having this issue before but on that day, I couldn’t overcome it. She decided to clean my teeth and try the X-rays after she was finished.

At the end of the cleaning, she called in reinforcements (presumably to pin me down and get me to be more cooperative). Another hygienist came in and said that she was going to try something that’s a little different but always successful in solving the problem. She actually took a packet of salt and put a little of it on my tongue. Apparently doing this tricks a number of your senses to detect taste and draws attention away from the other heightened senses, which solves the X-ray problem! I must admit I wasn’t sure if it would work but, low and behold, she was 100% right. She got the X-rays and I was out of there (thankfully) a minute later!

  • Have you ever heard about this salt trick?
  • Do you have trouble with X-rays at the dentist?
  • Does your hygienist help to make them easier for you?

    I look forward to reading your comments.

Hello, Spring!…Goodbye, Snow!

Monday, April 7th, 2014

I wish I were this creative! Now that Spring has officially arrived, can we officially say “Goodbye” to the snow?!

Which one of these do you think is the most creative?

I look forward to reading your comments.

For Me, It’s All About Names!

Friday, March 28th, 2014

Over an 8 hour period of time, I met Corey serving food at the beach restaurant, Nicole training the sea lions, Luiz who checked us in at the hotel, and Adam at the local restaurant. All strangers whose names I remembered.

That night, my son, who tends to be very inquisitive, asked me an interesting question. He said, “Dad, why do you call everyone by their first name? I noticed you always do this and that lots of people don’t do that”. My first response was “Thanks for noticing and asking” (His observance, in my mind, is two good signs from someone I am trying to help navigate thru life.) My next few comments were the explanation of why I do that:

  • It’s a sign of respect
  • Most people like to be called by their first name, it’s a feel-good for many people

    Those reasons are very important…but there is a another reason, a bonus as to why I call people by their first names, which is: Because I have been in sales for so long, I tend to go to meetings and meet lots of new people very often. By calling everyone I meet by their first name, it helps me remember names of prospects/clients. This a strategy that I have been using for decades!

    So, one of my secrets is out of the bag!

    • Do you tend to call servers, retail, hotel staff etc…by their first name?
    • Do you ever find yourself sitting in a meeting with six people but can only remember the names of three of them?
    • Do you have any helpful hints or strategies to share related to remembering people’s names?

      I look forward to reading your comments.