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Zero Tolerance for Zero Tolerance Policies

Dec 29, 2007

OK, I have zero tolerance for zero tolerance policies. 

If you think that this is a contradiction or something, re-read the sentence it is not.  I do not have a zero tolerance policy for zero tolerance polices.  That explanation of the obvious almost explains why I have zero tolerance for zero tolerance policies.

Zero Tolerance policies are only good for organizations that have no courage and are unable to exact a just decision or action on a regular basis when confronted with somewhat similar situations and facts.

I refer as example to a 10 year old girl that was recently arrested and cuffed and taken into custody for cutting her sack lunch steak with a steak knife.  Sure it was stupid and dangerous for the 10 year old girl to take a knife to school.  Yes, she should be punished, but cuffing her and taking her to jail is a bit extreme.

Not to mention there's something wrong about a grade schooler bagging a steak for lunch.  Why can't she eat cake for lunch anyway?

Tonight, I read about Food Lion.  They had a 74 year old man arrested here in North Carolina for stealing a steak. 

People must have steak crimes on the brain.

The man had shoplifted a single steak worth just under $4.  He then came back into the store some days later with the steak tag and offered to pay for the steak he had previously stolen.

The store had him arrested as they have . . .  a zero tolerance policy against shop lifting.

Well fortunately, they also had a few leaders that had some common sense.  The company had the charges dropped eventually.  The man had stolen the steak to make a steak dinner for his son. 

The man's home had burned down a few weeks earlier and he lost everything he owned at the age of 74.  He was staying with his son and wanted to do something nice for his son.

Yes, stealing was wrong and even a misdemeanor.  I'm not advocating shop lifting by any means.  However, by having a zero tolerance policy, food lion ended up wasting a lot of corporate money and tax payer dollars forcing the arrest of this elderly man in a bad situation.

If Food Lion had a more human policy, they could have empowered their store managers to consider an alternative in the situation.  Accepting payment from the man, possibly banning him from the store, might have been more human and saved the store and tax payers a lot of money.

I wonder how much tax payer money was wasted by the school with the zero tolerance policy for steak knives.

Let them buy books instead of paying lawyers next time.

The Hypocrite revealed

OK, so I am a hypocrite.  I have a zero tolerance policy for racists and resleeper beds.  The first is obvious, the second has to do with mattresses that are so uncomfortable that you have to sleep during the day to make up for the sleep you did not get the night before while laying in them.  I currently have a resleeper, but received a new foam mattress pad that seems to make it work.

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Superman in Metropolis

Dec 27, 2007

Not sure if this will work, but if it does you should see my son posing as Superman in the town of Metropolis, IL. There should also be a voice note too!

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Happy New Years! Early

Hi Everyone,  I've been traveling a lot this holiday season, driving about 2,000 miles so far with the family with another 1,000 to go.  I have fended off colds, a flue and a migraine and herds of deer.  I have only done some light or is it lite writing while I have been traveling as Santa did not bring an Air card (santa didn't want to deal with Verizon Wireless during the holidays and for good reason!).

I have also been listening to a great audio book series of which I owe some reviews on Story Addicts.  I have been four wheeling in the woods with my brother and kids and I spent a good deal of time last night getting the rebooting of the LinkyLoveArmy under way for sometime in the new year.  Plus, the work to teach/guru/ guide people forward into the problogging world (and $1,000 articles) is making progress as well and I'm hoping to have that firing on at least 4 cylinders within another week or two.

So in the mean time, I hope you are all doing well, having a happy and safe holiday and looking forward to a great New Year!

A Day with the Van

Dec 20, 2007

So today, I slept from 3:00 am until 7 am got up for 30 minutes with the kids, went back to sleep until 11am.  Got dressed and had breakfast,then went to Jiffy Lube to get the oil changed on the van (also new wipers and a couple other things). 

I was hoping to get a squeaky belt fixed, but they didn't do that.  I did meet a couple people working there that I think will be very interested in getting involved in the blogging movement.  One of them was from West Palm Beach, one of my old hang outs, and he's already involved in marketing in a couple other capacities. 

While I was coming and going, I've been leaving Christmas voice mail greetings to people.  I never can seem to get Christmas cards out, so this was the best I can do.  Plus, seems a little more personal than an email (without the fancy flash animation stuff).

Next stop was Pep boys for the thing that Jiffy Lube couldn't do.  While there, I walked over to wal-mart, picked up lunch and some cash for the road.

Now, I'm back at Pep Boys putting together a DVD (that i started at jiffy lube) for my grandmother, who is in rehab at a nursing home outside of St Louis.

So after all my trips to and fro over the holidays, when I get back, its back to business, back to work (not that I won't work while traveling) and then soon, we'll be listing our house for sale in georgia and looking for some North Carolina land for sale maybe a little homestead by the lake (or the muddy bank of what used to be a lake).

Type Cast as the Pitch Lady for Male Enhancement Sucks

Dec 19, 2007

Do you recognize this woman?


She's kind of cute, has dimples and talks with a cutsie, flirty almost dirty spank me voice on your television every night.

She's the face of male enhancement supplements.  I think its extenze.

Note. I looked up extenze on Google and the site was down because they exceeded their bandwidth, which is ironic somehow.


You know those placebo pills that are supposed to boost your confidence by increasing the size of a man's certain something (hint hint - She is talking about your penis men).

This fine television commercial actress has her face plastered across cable working to convince men that their package is too small, could be bigger, would please women if it were bigger, and tee hee, would make her happy if she only knew that you were ordering her product to make your johnson bigger, that is enhanced.

Example of a Commercial (not her commercial but freaking hillarious but not for work or for kids)

Truthfully, there is no where to go but to go down after you have taken a gig like this.  She should fire her agent as she'll be lucky to get a gig featuring a farm animal as the second main attraction somewhere south of the border.

She's not a bad actress either.  I say this because she almost has me convinced that the enhancement stuff would work or that I might even need it (although I skipped using a remote control for years as I could reach the TV manually).

So anyway, I kind of feel sorry for the poor extenze girl.  Destined to have had her 15 minutes of fame looped in an infomercial word sporting male enhancement products.   With that in mind, I'd like to recommend her for a free car donation

I haven't found a charity out there yet that provides cars or work for down on their luck infomercial babes.  But I did come across car angel that does the opposite.  They accept car donations and use the proceeds to make videos and things for kids and teens.  Maybe if some of those on the fence teens get the right message, they won't get cast on the couch in one of these infomercials.

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Weird Things With Lasagna Cheese

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OK, I'm kind of cleaning out my camera flash card (closet).  I've been meaning to share a couple things, but just never got around to emptying the damn card.  Seems like whenever that happens, I end up just dumping a big file folder of pictures on to my hard drive and never actually share any of them.

So I'm doing that a bit now while I sit on a pair of bar stools that is cutting the circulation off in my legs, kind of a race to see if I can finish this article before my legs go to sleep. 

A pair, what do you have a really big ass?

No, ass on one chair, feet on the other.

First off I have a few pictures of cheese.

burnt cheese

Whoa big deal that!  Stop the presses, be still my beating heart.  Why is this guy taking pictures of cheese?????

Back story on taking pictures of cheese

So we buy these frozen stouffers lasagna's from time to time and they taste about as bland as a waffle with marinara and ricotta cheese.

So I goose them up a bit.

I add a layer of sharp cheese slices on top, then poor some hunts tomato paste, sprinkle some oregano and Italian spices, then mixed grated cheese, then a layer of pepperonis, then more grated cheese and repeat until the top of the lasagna is about to overflow out of the aluminum pan.  (note I make a great home made lasagna but I'm lazy so this is my back up)

Well for some weird reason the sharp cheese on one of these must have exploded like a bunch of little volcanoes.  The cheese hit the aluminum cover and must have then fried in place as it dripped down.  So when I took the cover off, I ended up with this cheese that is hard but sticking up off the upside down aluminum top.  (kind of looks like fire, I like fire, so snap there's a few pictures!)


more burnt cheese

even more burnt cheese 

BTW in case you are wondering the cheese, tasted like . . . . Cheese!

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Need to jog more

Dec 18, 2007

My lack of a chin and recent lack of jogging are bringing out the appearance of a double chin.

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Letting Sleeping Dog Lie

Dec 17, 2007

Rubenz the basett hound

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Christmas Cookies

Dec 16, 2007

My wife and mother in law baked christmas cookies all day to put into tins and give to the kid's teachers for a gift.

Here is my daughter staring at 'pretty' cookies that she refuses to eat because she is finicky about candied cherries.

All in all its been a productive Sunday and a productive weekend. I managed to finish the build on another website, write a dozen or so blog articles, including a almost decent article about why I do not like Mitt Romney. My writing mojo is not fully back up to speed yet, but its getting there. I need to hit CompUSA (which is going out of business). I need some nimh batteries for one of my laptops and I also need to get some DVD-ram mini discs for the camcorder.

Tonight, I'm hoping to maybe knock out another website while I relax just a bit watching a movie. I also need to process some bills and make some payments to people.
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Scrambling to Get a Grip on Projects before Christmas

Dec 14, 2007

I have been racing to wrap up some medium sized projects that have to be completed before I can begin some of the really big projects that a number of people are very excited for me to begin.

The thing is Christmas is about a week away (leaving town on the 21st).  So between now and this time next week I have to do about a months worth of work.  :)

Business as Usual

Yesterday, I began a lite reboot of a website called the Book of Medicine.  It was attacked (on one of its directories) by Google and I'm working to salvage the domain through the primary domain name and establish other domains.

I'm using some of those other directories to field a brand new project (a quick little beta) for some much bigger projects on many other topics with the LLA.  This is kind of a proof of concept there, as we work to deliver new money making options for bloggers in a post Googappocaliptic blogosphere.

I finished one of those last night, and tonight I'm hoping to finish another and then 4 more tomorrow.

Meanwhile, my wife and I can't figure out what to get the kids for Christmas, let alone what to get each other, although I think I'm going to maybe get some software

Pinnacle 11 video editing software maybe

or Camtasia

I've had my eye on both for some time, but hadn't until tonight had more than a half second to express the thought out loud.

I might have to get a new faster spinning hard drive for my laptop too.  I have plenty of RAM, but a faster spinning hard drive can do wonders for laptop performance.  That's a trick I learned from a friend of mine that works as a Baltimore car accident attorney.

If you follow my twitter (sidebar) you know that my writing has been a little weak today, hoping to be back on track tomorrow after a full night of sleep, but when I do a lot of programming, it is sometimes hard for me to switch gears and get creative with words without the assistance of 2-3 beers to enable a clean transition.

I tried to have a little fun today on Viral Grape Vine with

Document Shows 15 Other Questions the Clinton Camp Would Have Used to Attack Barack Obama

But truthfully it just didn't quite feel right.  Felt a little too mean to me and not half as funny as it should have been.  I guess without the mediocre or the bad the good stuff isn't half as much fun to find and create.

Christmas Town USA

Dec 13, 2007

I'm used to the Festival of Lights in East Peoria. Maybe I'm biased but this doesn't really stack up.


Merry Xmas

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Do You Utterz While Driving?

sent in while stopped at a stop light

guy behind me honking because the light is green :)

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Merry Shopping Christmas

Dec 12, 2007

Just wanted to wish everyone a safe shopping experience as you fight the cold ice and snow. It is almost 80 degrees here today. That may sound good but we will be out of water in 6 months if we don't get some of your 'bad' weather.

Plus no water means no power plants and no electricity next summer.

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Michael Vick Going to Jail and I am Leaving the Pop Up Protest Site Business

Dec 10, 2007

Michael Vick was sentenced to 23 months in prison today.  Since July I have been running a site called the Campaign to Sack Michael Vick.  I did not profit from the site financially that was not my intent.  Back in July it looked like Michael Vick would escape justice entirely.  A great deal has happened since then and it appears that justice has caught up with Michael Vick.

I have been looking forward to the day when this project might come to an end.  I felt very strongly about this particular situation and took the step to get involved.  Along the way, getting involved meant working with some very negative topics from the torture and killing of dogs to the murder of a man involved in the dog fighting ring who happens to live a few dozen miles from where I live today.

As I have covered Michael Vick and this case for the last 6 months, I have been looking forward to the day when this case would be over.  Unfortunately, even though Vick was sentenced today, the case still drags on in Virginia state court and in the murder investigation which was held up by the feds.

Michael Vick received 23 months and will have to serve at least 85% of that or about 18 months.  This means he will not play in the NFL next year.  After that he could go back to the NFL, which in my humble opinion is largely responsible for what Michael Vick did.

Now, I have to figure out what to do with the blog that I started.  When you make a blog, it is a bit of a creative endeavor.  You are building something and often times if you do a good job you can take pride in your work.

In this situation however, the blog covered a topic that was very negative and personal for Michael Vick.  In that regards, from my own creative perspective, I felt that I could not take pride in my work.  I could work to ensure that something closer to justice came about, but I could not right the wrongs.  At the end of the day, the total experience was draining.  I do feel it was necessary and important at some level, but I took no pleasure in the work.

I almost never sell or close down websites that I start.  They are a part of me, something I have built and I do not let go.  In this case, I think I will try and find some way to end this site.  I do not know how I will do that just yet.  I may donate some of the proceeds or I may not(I did spend quite a bit of money on the site over the last 6 months). 

I'm not sure if I should take some money back to pay myself for the costs or even my work, or if I should donate any proceeds.  If I donate them, I do not know who I will donate the proceeds to.  In this case, I was in a strange alignment with PETA, but I do not normally agree with PETA on many many issues.

I don't know.  As a person that creates things, I realize that in not selling my creations I am missing part of the steps that an artist normally goes through.  I do not sell my work typically, but fund parts of it with advertising. 

This makes the creation free to consume on the internet for my readers, but it also makes it easier for me to share because I do not have to give anything up.  I may force myself to sell this site, for the primary reason of gaining the experience and cleansing myself a bit from the nefarious world of Michael Vick that I wrote on for so many months.

Bird Caught in Our Bird Feeder

Dec 8, 2007

I mentioned this the other day on Twitter,  This finch crawled into the inside of this bird feeder and couldn't get out.  Not sure if the finch wanted more food, or wanted to commit suicide by bird seed or if the finches are remaking the gluttony scene from the movie Seven.

I suppose comparatively speaking this wouldn't be so bad for a finch (if you ignore the lack of water).  I've stayed in discount hotels Las Vegas with smaller rooms and less food to eat.  Come to think of it, I think those same hotels might have tried to feed me a finch or two. . . .

Lest you worry yourself about the fait of the finch, the finch was released into the wild where it will have to commit suicide in some one else's bird feeder.

Avoid Gentlemen's Clubs!

Dec 4, 2007

Sim offered up the Topic of the Day and asked how people avoid stress while traveling.

I'd like to simply suggest that people should avoid Gentlemen's Clubs while traveling. Going to strange strippers and strip clubs can be very stressful. Odds are you are not familiar with the rules (touch, don't touch, drool, don't drool, tip with your finger, or your mouth, jump around on stage, don't jump around on stage, eat the food, don't eat the food, get a hair cut at the naked barber shop or don't, drink rot gut or beer etc.)

Plus, the fee structure is likely to be different than what you are used to paying. This can definitely result in problems if after 8 glasses of rot gut, a half dozen lap dances, and a freaky freddy kruger, you decide to venture into the champagne room and don't TRULY understand how much you are paying by the minute, dance, hour etc.

Before you know it, you have to sign up for the financing plan at the strip club and those are always rough (second only to payday loans).

*One other tip, never buy stripper bucks in Chicago! Always use the real thing. Stripper bucks are worthless, and don't freak out when you see the girls there. They do not have deformed breasts, they just have these things taped to their nipples to keep them covered up. Its a windy city thing I guess . . .

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Fixed my feed links for YOU!

Dec 3, 2007

I have never worried too much about my feed subscription rates here.  This blog was originally started as a lark, and it eventually turned into one of my favorite blogs.  Since then I have rebooted it (lightly) a couple times, and somewhere along the way my feed subscription buttons got a little goofy.

SOOOOoooo, I finally got around to fixing them this evening.  Fixing the counter, made my subscription rate jump from 1 to 11,   Whooopy!


Seriously the numbers are not correct.  There are some readers that I know are subscribing and reading that do not show up in the feedblitz and feedburner results.  Based on the readers that come into my blog via rss, feeds, and email subscriptions, I also know that the number is a lot more than 11.

What I think is going on is that on any given day 11 of all of my subscribers on average access the blog that way.  I suspect that many people that are subscribed are actually coming by directly and not through their subscription feed.

Now, I could care less if anyone is subscribed or stops by the blog by the web address.  However, if you are taking the time to stop by, I do want it to be as easy as possible for you to get here.  That's why I fixed the buttons and hopefully that will make things easier for everyone.  If it helps, you great.  I don't need a cup of coffee for my efforts nor a Patek Philippe watch, just your pleasant company.

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Blogging About Something Negative ~ Not My Bag Baby

Dec 2, 2007

austin_powers_Swedish_Penis_Pump Since about July, I have been running a site named the Campaign to Sack Michael Vick at .  It started as an effort to thwart cruelty and the lack of justice and over the course of this blog, justice has slowly started to roll around, even though there are still many things that have not been settled, including a murder investigation and the potential for Michael Vick to return to the NFL next year.

Regardless of all that, I have learned that I do not like working a blog that focuses on something that has a negative topical focus. 

I also do not like coffee regardless of whether its Starbucks or Saeco.

I do not work to write negative attacks against Michael Vick.  I do cover what is going on and that is more often negative rather than positive.  Plus, I find myself defending the sites goal and my goal to see Michael Vick stay out of the NFL.  If you want to see why I feel he should stay out, visit the site, but let me summarize by saying that I do not feel he should stay out as a punishment for his past acts. 

This December 10th, he will be sentenced by a Federal Judge.  I am looking forward to possibly being done with this website.  There is a lot of other thing going on including a state trial next April and an open murder investigation.  (One of Vick's partners was murdered a few days after the Feds raided Michael Vick's home and made the dog torture and killings public.

I have not figured out how to end my involvement with this site yet.  I have never sold a website before, and I'm not sure if I plan to start with this one.  I may just let it fade away, or park it or something.  I don't know, but I do not want to continue covering the train wreck that is Michael Vick any more.  Its a bummer and that has helped me realize that I prefer to cover positive things in the world.  Covering negative events or issues is important, but its not something that I am probably the best candidate to do . . .

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Kids yelling into Some Tubing

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My Daughter is doing well after Surgery

Nov 28, 2007

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My Daughter Has Her Tonsils Out in the Morning

My daughter will have her tonsils removed tomorrow along with her adnoids.  I'm a bit nervous for her as it is a surgery after all, even though its somewhat common.

I am also not looking forward to the next few days of recovery that she will have to experience.

Anyway, we are as stocked up as we can be with jello, popcicles, ice cream and soup.

I'll be offline most of the day tomorrow and hope she does well. 

My grandmother has also been in the hospital since the day after Thanksgiving as well, and I hope that her test results come in tomorrow so that we can determine what is ailing her so that we can help her proceed down a path of recovery.

Jail Bird Photo Generating lots of Email

Nov 27, 2007

So last summer I entered a photo contest.  I'm no photographer but the photo continues to generate lots of email for me.

The original contest gave me a couple of awards (awards are cheap on the internet).


Now the contest is cranked up again, and collecting votes.

Before it was an editors choice award, now they are taking votes on my picture from anyone.


So if you get a chance click over and vote for my photo.  There's no buying or sign ups or oathes of fealty or group sessions where you sit down and listen to a speech about time shares or Pigeon Forge cabins or anything like that, just click on a rating and hit the submit button and you are done.

note the prizes are no longer millions of dollars but ipods ;(

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Holiday Recovery my Verizon Phone Was Tortured in New York

Nov 26, 2007

I hope everyone had a good holiday weekend.  My family and I drove up to upstate New York for Thanksgiving.  It was a long drive up, and a short drive back.  Both times we drove at night, and I did most of the driving since I tend to stay up most of the night.

While I was there, I did a lot of work catching up on things and a little bit of studying learning how to graphically design websites with Photoshop, cut them in Fireworks and move on from there to Dreamweaver where I am very comfortable.  Next up I have to find the CSS step in that equation.

While I was in upstate New York, my Verizon phone about had a melt down.  Those goofy Verizon network guys apparently have not made it to upstate New York because the connection there was TERRIBLE!

My phone (a palm treo 700) was continually attempting to connect and then giving a mournful beep of dispair when it lost a connection after clinging to it for a second or two.  This happened so often that it kept draining my battery within a couple hours and drove everyone nuts with the beeping sounds of cellular death and agony that my phone kept emitting.

So long story short, I didn't do a lot of video blogging over the holidays and that is the reason for the break in connection.  I did have a good dsl connection, but lately I have gotten so used to mobile blogging that I am sort of out of the habit here about actually writing something from a computer!

Thanksgiving Road Trip

Nov 20, 2007

I will be heading out on a road trip later this afternoon. Thanksgiving will not really be a vacation for me as I will be working online a good portion of the holiday, but I'll be with family and friends while I do that work!

In the meantime, I'll be growing one of those things on my face . . .

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Sunday Recap with Twipples

Nov 18, 2007

Just catching up a little bit this Sunday for the Utterz Crowd.

Had a fun time with the Twitter logo, kind of a Utterz meets Twitter logo, but really more focus on the twipples.

Plus, its been a week and I still haven't shaved, but I'm not as sick as I was either, so maybe soon.

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Viral Grape Vine Offers Up Twipples for Twitter Users

Nov 17, 2007

If you are a Twitter user, then you have to take a moment to visit Viral Grape Vine and squeeze these twipples.

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Yahoo Messenger Spammers Taste The Viral Grape Vine

I do not even recall why, but the other day I turned Yahoo Messenger back on.  I had un-installed it a few months back when it took a crap on me and never put it back on, relying on Skype.

I've had it up for a week or two now and I get lots and lots of spammers pinging me left and right.  So I've decided to follow some advice (completely out of context) from a friend of mine that I met in Vegas.

His advice is to 'smack them on the ass and send them on their way.'

Now, I'm not the type of person that would do that with a real person, but with a spammer on the internet, it seems like the perfect tactic.

So when I get pinged, I just drop them a reply with a crazy article from Viral Grape Vine.  Who knows maybe they'll even steal my content or something and circulate it around the internet for me . . .


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Unshaven Mug

Nov 15, 2007

Haven't shaved all week, while I've been fighting a cold. Slightly on the mend today, but my breathing is still a little goofy. Thought I'd play with a new quick way to put together a message. . . .

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Tonights Sun Set and a Japanese Maple

Nov 14, 2007

I'm not really the photo a day type.  Just not that good of a photographer and my camera is in its declining years as well.

But I picked up these shots tonight and liked them well enough.



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Meet Rubenz The Duck Defender

One of our dogs, Rubenz, the Bassett Hound.

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Can You Work Productively When You Are Sick?

Nov 13, 2007

I used to get sick a lot more often than I am today.  A decade a go, I could bring my A Game to work when I was sick.  I was used to it, I could almost thrive on it, and I was not only good when I was sick, sometimes I was better.

Not today.  For the last 7-10 years, I have been going through a very healthy stage of my life.  I have been much more productive overall since I have been more healthy.  However, I have not been able to practice, play or be sick as much and my sick game is dwindling.

Some old Michael Jordan fans might remember MJ, playing against Utah with a nasty flu and playing great. That was me years ago, I could play great sick.  Going to work dosed up on Actifed or Sudafed was almost the norm.  I'd get in the zone and just plow through tasks, assignments, projects and missions.

Today, I might get sick a couple times a year.  Now, I'm doing good to keep myself awake when I'm sick.  I do not think it has anything to do with the colds being worse, I think its just lack of practice.

You have to go to work with the body you have, healthy or sick.  To perform well, you need practice with the body that you have and not the one you would like to have.

This week has started off for me with work being performed by my sick self.  I was on my game last week as I came down with this cold, but once it hit with force on Sunday, I have been hard pressed to do anything more than flutter my eyes open.

Each paragraph I write here, requires a 30 second break in between.  Each sentence makes me want to stop writing, kick back, close my eyes and sleep off this cold.  I've slept more in the last 3 days than I have in the previous 7 days.  If someone were to write a 360 degree evaluation on myself, I would write, "Strategic, Incisive, good speaker, brings the highest level of effort, except when sick. Needs to practice work when sick to make up for this deficiency."

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Scooby Doo is Baby sitting My Daughter

Nov 12, 2007

Well maybe keeping her occupied or mesmerized is a better description.

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In The Limo with Izea Venetian to the Hard Rock

Nov 11, 2007

We just left the Tao and now heading to the Hard Rock for a rest.

Thanks Ted & Brit

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Top Earners at PPP Talking at Postiecon

Nov 10, 2007

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Beer Ping Pong Tables in Vegas

Nov 9, 2007

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New York New York

Out With the Utterz Team

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Blogger Meet Up at the Belagio

Nov 8, 2007

So the bar that used to be next to the fountain is now Circo, so instead lets meet at Caramel in the Bellagio (Possible back up at the Fixx in the Belagio.)

Time:  Start accumulating for drinks around 6:30 on Friday of blogworld

Picture time: Say around 7:30

Here's a couple images of the bars banners.  Caramel is in through the Bellagio main intrance and then hook a right in the lobby (maybe 25 meters in).  Head down about 100 meters and its on the left.  Fix is further down and to the right a bit.  (Caramel is usually easier to deal with.)

call or email me if you need directions



If you need to identify me, watch some of the videos in the older posts below.  I don't look much like a real estate agent imho.

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Looking at the Lions at MGM

Nov 7, 2007

This is cool and bizarre. A pair of Lions in a casino.

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BlogWorld First Peek Inside!

I'm just leaving the blogworl expo center after picking up my badge. (orange badge gives you access to the Hard Rock party)

You enter the South Hall, turn left, go up the escalator and hook around the balcony to the main entrance.

Registration is on your right.

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Heading to convention center (on foot) to get my

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Resting Before Socializing

I feel more exhausted than I look. I sense a nap in my future .....

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Lots of Leg Room

The leg room fairy put me in an exit door aisle with no wall. I have literally about three feet of leg room going from Cleveland to Vegas.:-D

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First Stop Cleveland

Crammed into a chilly little Continental sardine can. Hope its warmer in Vegas

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To Vegas on the Butt Crack of Dawn Express

It's the butt crack of down and I am typing this message on the way to the Charlotte airport. I have a stop in Cleveland and then its off to Las Vegas for BlogWorld.

Tonight I'm going initially to an event at the MGM Grand. Then tomorrow, a breakfast and then the keynote and sessions.

I got about 5 hours of sleep last night and looking forward to sleeping again next Sunday night. You can expect more video updates all week.

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Bags Packed, Tickets Printed, Parties Planned, BlogWorld Here I come!

Nov 6, 2007

I'm heading out to BlogWorld in Las Vegas in about 8 hours and getting into Vegas later tomorrow afternoon.  For anyone heading to the show, other bloggers, companies, advertisers, writers, video folks, podcasters, whatever.  I'm looking forward to catching up with you and having a great time.  This is going to be a fun show and there are a lot of dinners and parties planned so I'm looking forward to putting a lot of faces to names that I have met over the last couple years working in this crazy upstart industry!

In the meantime, hope every one has a safe trip.  My own term life insurance is paid and up todate.  ;)

See you soon!

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Learned a New Personal Limitation Today

Nov 2, 2007

Today, I had the unfortunate experience of discovering a personal limitation that I was not previously aware of.  I feel that it is important to understand your limits and welcome these types of discoveries.  Unfortunately, these discoveries typically come paired up with failure.

That was the case today.  A project I was working on earlier this month failed.  I work with several different businesses, customers and websites.  This failure directly impacted one of my customers and that made the failure much more painful for my customer and myself.  It is one thing to make a mistake or fail when it only impacts yourself, and quite another to impact your customer or partners.

I always work to test things for myself where the risk of failure is minimized, fine tune the process and test again many times before I roll it out to someone else.  This time I had tested the process and the product and everything was fine there, but I had not accepted this type of order from a customer before.  There was a good deal of custom work involved and as this custom work began interfaced with my tested process a number of process problems and more importantly delays ensued.

This was compounded a small imperfect storm of blogosphere related fires that happened as planned (by Murphy the writer of Murhpy's Law).  The blogosphere storms were directly related as this project was to take place on the blogosphere.  So I could not dismiss the fires and focus on the bigger priority.  I had to deal with the small issues before I could proceed with the bigger custom project and that ultimately resulted in gridlock and a major slow down.

Lessons Learned

I always attempt to take away lessons from these experiences and apply them directly.  Here are some of the things that I learned:

  • Keep Custom Work Simple
  • Continue to speed up and improve existing processes to enable more time or slack to deal with Murphy's law fires
  • Put in place more sensors so that I can keep my customer in touch with the ongoing status of a project so that any slack, backlog or slippage of milestones can be telegraphed and where possible mitigated by the customer
  • Don't Prepare to Fail, but be Prepared to help customers as a result of failures that I am responsible for

That last point is probably the newest and most difficult lesson for me.  I do not prepare to fail.  I do not expect to fail.  I do mitigate risk both in plan as well as in practice.  In this case, however I had nothing in my bag of tricks to deal with actual failure.

I offered the customer a refund, paid the refund and offered to do the work anyway paying for it out of my own pocket (even thought the work would come in late).  That is definitely not enough, but it is the best I could think of at the time.

Picking Up the Pieces

So as I head into the weekend, I need to pick up the pieces.  I'm doing this in part by going back to basics and getting back to some of my writing.  I am not leaving any of my business ventures, just getting back in touch with my inner voice.  I have fallen behind on my writing and that in part tends to leave me feeling a little out of balance.

I have a large backlog of writing material to cover from the Presidential election to some unique perspectives on the scandal around ticket prices for the Hannah Montana tour to some great satire, movie reviews, book reviews and fiction too.

What has been your experience for dealing with Failure?

If you have had experience with failure and specifically how to deal with that failure, plan for it, avoid it, heal from it, or help others impacted by it, please consider dropping me a line or a link to your perspectives.

Charlotte North Carolina Social Media Connections

I received an interesting inquiry this week from a firm looking for a social media manager in Charlotte North Carolina.  An internet finance company was looking for a social media manager.  The social media aspect of the position was right up my ally, but the finance aspect covered areas that I have moved out of, actually moved out of about 6-7 years ago.

I think the position is interesting however, and so as I venture to BlogWorld next week, I intend to keep my eyes, ears, comments and email open for people that might be interested in a local job in Charlotte.  I have a feeling that there may not be too many people specifically fitting the bill for this particular job in Charlotte itself yet, as Social Media marketing is relatively a new field.  However, for people that have some of the capabilities or requirements, there might still be an opportunity if the company in question decides to possibly contract out elements of the work, and bring in an overall jack of all trades super blogger, software developer, sales person and finance expert later on down the road.

Not trying to toot my own horn, but I am most of those things.  I don't know too many others like that, however, I doubt that I am completely unique, so if you have those skills or even some combination of them let me know and we can look at getting you in contact with the right people for this salaried position or possibly some of the sub contract work that might come out of it later.

Stranger things happen, my mother once tried to find nursing jobs through a local hospital and ended up working as a librarian for a hospital.  Sometimes interesting opportunities come in packages that you do not exactly expect to find.

Seriously about the Contact Info

You can reach me via a comment, or if you prefer something a little more private drop me a line through Softduit or reach out to me via LinkedIn.  I'm pretty easy to contact for a reason!

Trick or Treating with the Kids and My 14th Wedding Anniversary

Nov 1, 2007

Yesterday (Halloween) was my 14th wedding anniversary.  My wife and I were married on Halloween in Savannah, Georgia.  Halloween is a high holiday in Savannah beneath St Patrick's day, but above Christmas.  Getting married on Halloween was one of the smartest things I ever did because it is virtually impossible for me to ever forget our anniversary!

These days my wife and I refer to it as our standing yearly date, and we of course spend it taking the kids trick or treating.

The kids had a great time of course.  We went to a Halloween party, they were in a costume contest, and then we walked them from house to house for a couple hours and let them go to bed late.

Somewhere in there, we ate dinner, and the kids went on a hay bail ride too. 

For those of you curious about what I dressed up as for Halloween . . .

The answer is I'm weird enough to go as myself, but I have known that for a long time.  In fact it only surprises other people that I am already aware of this.  The kids on the other hand dressed up as a ghoul, a fairy princess and a lady bug.

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Christmas Cookies in October!?

Oct 25, 2007

Is that too early?
I saw it tonight....

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Blogging By the Bonfire

Oct 20, 2007

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Ducks on The Roof

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