Yawning? No, no, it’s a…um…stretching exercise

Boy, I had a great idea yesterday for today’s blog and didn’t write it down because I knew I wouldn’t have any problem remembering it this morning; it was that good an idea.  Sh’yeah, right. By the way, those people who like to say “well, it couldn’t have been that important if you can’t remember”… Read more »

Spanking whitey

Golf, or as my friend sometimes calls it, “spanking whitey” (hey I don’t make ‘em up, I just report ‘em), is the ultimate mind-games sport.  It’s terrible and terrific.  Exciting and exasperating.  Frustrating and fun.  And all of that can come on a single hole. Whoever created the concept of hitting a tiny round object… Read more »

world backwards a in live We

Do as I say, not as I do. Shoot first, ask questions later. Hurry up, the light turned yellow! Have you noticed how backward our world is?  Today, I thought we’d gab about one of the things that strikes me as one of the most backwards of all:  insurance. Insurance, in a nutshell, is us… Read more »

But I don’t even like basketball

Yet here I am planning to set aside some toothpicks for the inevitable drooping eyelids as I try to stay awake to watch the Heat tonight in the NBA finals (I’m a morning person, up at 5 am every day, which precludes staying up late, at least without some head nodding and doze-offs). I tried… Read more »

On to the next 50!

Birthday week – the epilogue Bringing birthday week to a close with the second half of our two-part final post.  Let’s set the stage of what has gone before… I had the idea of throwing a big 50th birthday bash for all my friends and family.  I invited dozens of people, a good portion of… Read more »

50 is the new…50?

Birthday week concludes… Phew.  Between extended hours birthday activities and a revisit from the chest cold thingy, I missed posting yesterday; that leads to a rare Sunday post. I’ve noticed that each succeeding birthday post has gotten longer and today’s is no exception.  I’m thinking it might have to be split into two posts.  This… Read more »

Fool me twice…it must be my birthday!

Birthday week continues… One day, I’ll relate to you the odd, head-scratching way I progressed up the ladder in my last company, but for today, let’s just zoom forward to a point roughly in the middle of my “climb”.  This was near the tail-end of my time in Financial Analysis and my boss and I… Read more »

Queen for a day

Birthday week continues… Yesterday, we were reminiscing together about my best friend throwing me a wonderful surprise birthday party for my 40th birthday.  I can only recall one happier birthday. I may have mentioned that she was two years younger than me.  During the party, I already started planning a return of the favor for… Read more »

Friends can surprise you

Birthday week continues… When I started with my last company, I came from years of working in the public world of large national (or international) companies.  Moving to a privately owned regional business was a switch, especially as the company had a defined and unique culture. The changeover left me feeling isolated and I was… Read more »

Never short cake thanks to always shortcake

It’s birthday week here on the JMD blog, which gives me ample opportunity for totally self-indulgent strolls down memory lane on my favorite birthday memories. I’ve mentioned before that I’m not a big cake eater and that when I do partake of cake, it has to be butter cream topping and a white or yellow… Read more »