We are the champions

More than once on this blog you’ve read me going on about how lucky a life I’ve had.  This is not intended as bragging or one-upmanship and I certainly don’t want to bore you with endless repetition of a theme.  But I am deeply appreciative of what I have; living in a country of great… Read more »

Be true to your school

The penultimate day of “sports week” here at the JMD blog is all about the ultimate party:  college sports.  What better time to discuss this amazing phenomenon than in a month famous for college sports, the NCAA basketball tourney commonly referred to as “March Madness”? While the presumption that college sports is only a mania… 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 »

Egghead

As President’s Day weekend passes (and I’m sure all of you put on powdered wigs or top hats all weekend), so also passes an annual festival down in a snappy area of South Florida known as the Coconut Grove Arts Festival. For many years, I would try to gather a gaggle of people and head… 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 »