Posts Categorized: People

Walk a mile in his shoes

Now that we’ve determined that all of sports is populated by greedy, selfish, immoral people without the ability to moderate their insatiable appetites for drugs, alcohol and more lurid pursuits, what’s left?  Is there anything redeeming about this squabbling group of millionaires and billionaires?    Is there anything we can do to bring back those grand… Read more »

Moneyball

It’s sports week here at the JMD blog in honor of the calendar turning to March and the huge schedule of events that occurs beginning that month.  Usually, there is no particular order in my ramblings, but, as a special this week only, I’ll start with the bad and end with the good. If you’re… Read more »

Really?

As a word lover, I’m always interested how new words get added to the lexicon or how a word suddenly “catches fire” and ends up being used (and overused) by everyone.  Driven either by popular entertainment or cultural blending, the words or phrases become almost a self-parody by the people ultimately using them. Examples of… Read more »

Matchmaker, Matchmaker

I’m a marked man. No, I’ve not done anything important enough to warrant a contract out on me.  I’ve not run over any pets, jinxed any sports teams or otherwise engaged the wrath of townsfolk to light fires under a straw effigy of me.  In fact, as I’ve represented myself fairly consistently through this blog,… Read more »

I’m not smart…

…I’m quick. Many times (especially in “Corporate America”), I have been “accused” of being smart.  The statement is usually something like this:  “Jeff, you’re smart” or “You’re smart, Jeff”.  Leaves very little ambiguity, huh? I have always vigorously denied the statement.  It’s not false modesty or humility.  It’s acute self-awareness.  There are plenty of things… Read more »

Let’s do lunch

One of the more bemusing conventions of modern society is the tendency to arrange many social engagements around food. I think I’ve got it figured out (not that it’s that difficult).  I mean, we don’t have to see family, friends and co-workers (well, maybe them, but only for a little bit), but we do have… Read more »

The terrible suffering of the lawful and orderly

It’s perplexing to me the traits people choose to make fun of in others.  We’ve discussed previously the awful prejudice visited upon me simply due to my gender (for those who missed it, check out the “But you’re a man…” post).  That is tough enough, but at least I shared that pain with all men. … Read more »

Thinking big

Enveloped momentarily by a serendipitous occurrence of lassitude, I was ruminating regarding antecedent proclivities engendered toward loquacious verbiage. I’ve mentioned before how my quest to stop getting whipped by my Grandma in Scrabble led me to devouring reference books like the dictionary and encyclopedias.  Combine a love for words and a competitive nature and you… Read more »

“Waddya mean by ‘hi’?”

Publishing a blog created an interesting question for me:  Was I still allowed to voice an opinion?  Stay with me, it’s not as obvious an answer as it appears. Even the youngest of you reading this have noticed the extreme sensitivity everyone has these days to, well, just about anything.  In my lifetime…let me digress… Read more »