Posts Categorized: People

I’ve committed to stop smiling

The advancement of electronic communication beyond talking on the phone has ultimately led to a new language.  As it evolves, the language becomes increasingly truncated, not only creating new words but crimping existing ones to a single letter or inventing a whole vocabulary simply based on acronyms, usually the first letter of the words in… Read more »

Considering celebrity

One of the staples of these large conventions is the bringing in of guests.  These range from the relatively obscure to the wildly popular.  The basic law of economics operates efficiently in these situations:  The most in demand “stars” charge high prices for either photo ops or autographs; the most in demand artists charge high… Read more »

Excuse me while I whine

Last week, I had to visit the doctor for an ailing foot.  We weren’t able to decide the causality of the problem, but the working theory is that something got into my shoe during tennis and I proceeded to pound it into my foot over the next several hours. Small digression.  It’s good that most… Read more »

We don’t get many like that

I had a doctor’s appointment this Friday that I wanted to reschedule.  I like to wait until mid-morning before I call professional offices to allow them time to get organized and started on the day. The woman on the phone said the next nearest day was two weeks from now, which was fine with me. … Read more »

From dogs to underdogs

Yes, I know last week was “sports week”, but an uncanny situation is developing in sports that demands some special attention.  You may have even heard about it. A few months ago, several of the NBA’s better players (including two often listed in the “top five”) decided to join together on one team in the… Read more »

Reach out and touch someone

Over the course of this blog, you will see me referring to advertising slogans, jingles and campaigns many times.  The peculiar offshoot of my original advertising degree is that I have a Warhol-like memory for ads throughout my lifetime, while suffering a curious lapse in many other areas (I think I mentioned I would do… Read more »

The roaring of the crowd

They flip you off in traffic.  You moan about them in check out lines.  They annoy you.  You aggravate them.  But put them all together in a round bowl with colorful people running around and we’re all closer than our own family. The bonding of all those disparate personalities, some of whom we wouldn’t spend… Read more »

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 »