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Tuesday, June 28, 2011

The Simple Things

The guests at this party probably thought I was the one with some sort of medical problem.

“Did he just go to the restroom again?” they must have been thinking.  “Something must be wrong with him.”

Something was wrong with me.  I had to keep going to the restroom, not to use the facilities, but to dry my eyes and compose myself every time I became overwhelmed – which seemed like every ten minutes.  I’ve never left a party where I had to pull my sunglasses over my eyes in order to hide the fact that I was bawling crying as I pulled out of the parking lot.  Let’s just say it was one of the most difficult celebrations I had ever been a part of, and it was a tough, tough day.

Friday, June 3, 2011

Crocs & Other Drugs

Some things are just so damn inappropriate.

Being in medical sales, I am in a doctor's office 10 times a day, 5 days a week.  I'm in a waiting room for the better part of many of my days.  I love hearing patients complain about how much they have to wait to see the doctor, and why it's the "damn drug rep's fault."  I take the blame, of course, since the 46 seconds I spend talking the top of a doctor's head as he or she furiously scribbles on a chart while not paying attention is obviously the deciding factor in why they have to wait so long.  These social butterflies also happen to be the ones to parade out with 6 months of the free samples.  I guess it's a love-hate relationship with these curmudgeons:  They hate me being there, but they love greedily snatching up every free sample they can get.  Apparently I'm the bad guy - and I'm OK with it.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

He said WHAT????

“In my opinion, he’s (Dirk Nowitski) a top 10 player in NBA history because of the uniqueness of his game and how he’s carried this franchise on his back for over a decade.”
-          Mavs Coach Rick Carlisle

“Michael Jordan is probably the greatest scorer to ever play the game. I may go so far as saying LeBron James may be the greatest player to ever play the game.”
"Jordan?  SmH"

-          Former Bulls’ great Scottie Pippen  

“Kobe Bryant could probably beat Jordan, Magic, Bird, Kareem, and Jesus Christ by himself.  SmH!”

-          My friend, Casey Butler

All of these spectacular claims brought two thoughts to my mind.  First of all, have Scottie Pippen, Rick Carlisle, and Casey Butler all gone absolutely crazy? 

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Why So Serious?

Those people who really know me well are well aware that I am a diehard sports fan. I am passionate about my teams, whether it is the Saints, Hornets, Colonels or Tigers and I will support them win, lose or draw. I have been known to celebrate wildly in victory and not to take defeat very well. One of the most interesting dynamics in sports is not necessarily the rivalry between sports teams, but the rivalry between their fans.

Japanese Earthquake hits Close to Home

They look like scenes from a James Cameron movie: Devastating earthquakes and tsunamis, uncontrollable fires, thousands of dead bodies washing up on shore, villages washed away forever and even nuclear fallout.

The earthquake in Japan was an epic event. To give you an idea of the scope of this tragedy, an earthquake of this magnitude has not hit the plate boundary of Japan in an estimated 1,200 years. The 9.0 earthquake, the fifth strongest one on record, shook for almost five minutes straight, was followed by over 400 aftershocks and was felt 1,242 miles from the epicenter, approximately the distance between New Orleans and Minneapolis, MN. The death count is “at least 10,000” according to Japanese officials. The ensuing tsunami was a 33 foot wall of water that washed more than a mile onto the Japanese coast, washing entire towns completely off of the map. Five hundred thousand people were evacuated, 117,000 buildings were damaged and 15,000 of those were completely destroyed. The estimated cost is believed to be 248 billion American dollars.

Words to Live By

Succeed at home FIRST...
Seek and utilize divine help.
Never compromise honesty.
Remember there are others involved.
Hear all views before judging.
Obtain counsel from others.
Defend those who aren't there.
Be sincere, yet decisive.
Develop one new proficiency a year.
Plan tomorrows work TODAY.
Hustle while you wait.
Attitude is 93% of everything you do - stay POSITIVE.
Keep your sense of humor
Make Mistakes - however, be sure to make the effort
to react to them with creative, constructive,
and corrective responses.
Facilitate the success of others.
LISTEN twice as much as you speak.


"Times are not good here (New Orleans). The city is crumbling into ashes. It has been buried under taxes and frauds and maladministration so that it has become a study for archaeologists...but​ it is better to live here in sackcloth and ashes than to own the whole state of Ohio."

— Lafcadio Hearn, 1888
I should leave this place...

It's the perfect time for me to leave this place.