The Blue Angels

I attended a recent Marine Corps Air Station Air Show at Cherry Point, North Carolina. A terrific display of piloting skills by the civilian stunt pilots, the marine pilots, and the Navy’s Blue Angels. These folks complete unbelievable maneuvers at hundreds of miles per hour and in very close proximity to one another. Truly impressive. And I couldn’t imagine the complex communications that must take place between the pilots as they perform.

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Winter Olympic Events

Let’s tackle the hard question. Of all the events going on in the Winter Olympics in South Korea, how many do any of us really relate to? I say few to none. For example, what about the many varieties of ski jumping where the participants are flying through the air, twisting around like corkscrews, and landing on a crazy downhill slope so steep they could never walk up it? Or skeleton racing where competitors lie on sleds so small their heads stick out in front, hurling down an ice-packed track at ninety miles-an-hour. Or cross-country skiing where contestants frequently collapse at the end due to complete exhaustion. Nobody I know identifies with any of these. So why don’t Olympic leaders start migrating toward activities we all understand, and millions actually participate in each winter?

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Airline Retail Sales

Last week I was sitting with my wife in coach on a flight to Florida. As I was trying to read my copy of the National Enquirer cover article on Brad’s sixteenth remarriage proposal to Angelina, a flight attendant announced over the PA system, in great detail, the benefits of a new bank credit card the airline was promoting. Then, in order to book a ton of sales, she walked down the aisle with applications in hand, screeching out the same offer at every seat row. 

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Fall

The obvious question is, what’s there to like about the third season of the year? Let’s see, it’s getting noticeably darker earlier and earlier each afternoon. The temperature is declining each week. And winter is just around the corner. Oh yeah, those are all negatives. Wait, there is a positive. The color of leaves is changing. It’s so pretty as you look across the countryside and see the leaves migrating from light greens to yellows, to various reds, and all of it ending in brown.

 

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Thoughts to Live By

Sometimes it’s important to take the advice of people who possess greater insight and depth of thought than we do. To help us ordinary folks figure out how to resolve an important problem or determine what to do next. Here are some gems from a few terrific human beings. Whatever your issue, something here is bound to be helpful.

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Pet Medical Cones

You’ve seen them. Those plastic radar cones around the necks of dogs and cats. Vets recommend them to prevent animals from licking or biting an area on their body that is supposed to be healing. If you don’t have a dog or cat, or have never been told to use one, when you do see a cone you probably think, “How cute and funny looking. I bet Fido or Mittens is having a grand old time with that strung around its neck.”

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