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Posts from November 2012


Why I Took The Long Way to Work This Morning
This morning I took the long way to work.  You wouldn’t think a person who gets up in the middle of the night would want to waste any time getting to the office, but I did today. 
 
The reason was simple.  I was saying goodbye to my car.  I don’t know if everyone has a bond with their mode of transportation, but I’ve always felt connected to my cars.  I’ve never gone as far as naming any of them, but I’ve definitely felt my cars were more than a mass of metal, glass and plastic.

I’ve always kept my cars very clean.  You won’t find any fast food bags inside or piles of clothes waiting to go to the cleaners.  My car looks pretty much the same as when I picked it up three years ago.  I lease these days so I go through cars every three years.

A lot can happen in that time.  This car saw me get married, buy a house and have a child.  I know the car isn’t alive, but I can’t help but feel it was a part of the action.  On the day I got married, I drove to the ceremony myself in this car.  When my wife and I took our newborn son, Joshua home from the hospital, we did it in this car.  Just a few weeks ago, this car served as a crib.  One night Josh wouldn’t get to sleep so I took him for an hour car ride around Madison at 2 a.m. to calm him down.

Today when the car gets traded in for a new one, I’ll give it a quick pat on the hood for a job well done.  
 
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Powerball Dreams
Everyone around my office is talking about the Powerball jackpot and the chance to walk away with more than 300 million dollars after taxes.  It’s really hard to imagine what you would do with all that money.  I’ve asked a few people what they would really do if they won.

I keep getting the same answer.

Most people don’t know.

There would be the obligatory trips around the world, fancy cars, new home and maybe a giant party for all your friends, but after that what would you do?

Do you want to move away from all your friends and live on a tropical island?  That might be fun for a few months or even years, but then what?

It’s almost too scary to think about.  There are endless stories of people winning the lottery and then their lives going to hell because they can’t handle the change.
I’d like to attempt to handle that major change.  It won't happen.  I’ll be back here tomorrow wondering what IT could have been, even if I don’t know what I would want IT to be.
 
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Smile Santa!
Every Thanksgiving break I head to the mall with my two good friends Keith and Larry.  We usually end up there on Black Friday.  We're not there for the great deals.  We go each year for one reason: Santa.

I'm not sure why three Jewish guys feel the need to visit Santa each year, but we always do.  We've been taking pictures with our friend from the North Pole since our high school days.

You would think we would have outgrown this tradition, but as time goes on we're more and more into it.

 
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Dog v Cat
It's Cyber Monday so you're already wasting a ton of time on the computer.  Waste another 2 minutes and 30 seconds with this video.  These guys have come up with a great way to illustrate the difference between cats and dogs.

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Thanksgiving Etiquette
Here's a quick refresher on how to act at the Thanksgiving meal.  Enjoy!
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Pardon the Interruption
Have you ever been giving a presentation and someone says something to throw you off your game?  It happens to the best of us, but this reporter in Austin Texas was nails when she ran into a challenge during her live report.

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Cutest Ways to Die?
You don't really think of the words cute and die in the same sentence, but it works in this video.
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Oh no! No more Ho Ho?!
Sad news from the crappy food department as Hostess is going out of business!  I know those snacks have absolutely no nutritional value, but they do have sentimental value.   As a kid, I would have a cupcake and peel off the frosting and eat it last.  My mom would pack a HoHo in my lunch on Fridays.
 
About four years ago, I had a cupcake.  It seemed a lot smaller than I remember.  It also didn’t taste as good as I remember.

Thankfully my palette has become more sophisticated, but I have to admit I’m a little sad this junk food is going away.
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Move Over Skyfall
Skyfall is the new James Bond flick and it's awesome. However, I think I might like this proposed version even better.
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