Monthly Archives: July 2012

Thank You Card Etiquette

Ok, I can’t take it anymore. I have to get clarity on some thank you card etiquette. I must have clarity. I asked my wife and she disagreed with my thoughts. Thus, to the blog we go. What say you, Internet world? What is right and what is wrong?
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Problem Solved: Sperry Stink

So, my boy @fairchildXA started a problem solving blog the other day. You can catch it here. This inspired me to solve one of the problems that I blogged about a while back and have actually had pretty consistent traffic on. This leads me to believe that everyone needs this problem solved.

How do we keep the Sperry Stink away??

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Question of the Day

Ok, here’s my question of the day:

Why do mirrors fog up?

Before you go and send me a wiki article condensation or this ehow article, that’s not exactly what I’m asking. I understand all that. My question is bigger than that.

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Daddy, I Have Money?

Ahh yes, the phrase I always knew was coming. “Daddy, I have money?” as my beautiful little girl looks up at me with both her hands out and ready to receive. I knew the question was coming, I just didn’t know it would happen before she turned two. I knew the question was coming, I just didn’t know it was coming everywhere we went. It’s like if I have pockets, she knows there is money. And she knows the money can be used either at a candy machine, video game (she prefers the unwinnable claw games) or just to be thrown around in a game that she calls “play money.”

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Same Day Delivery

Well, I just finished reading an article that said that Amazon is putting money behind the idea of same day delivery and they’re building two distribution centers in Virginia! This is crucial and may help me get to my eventual goal of never going to a store.

I’ve been wondering what has been up at Amazon lately. I’m a prime member and have been getting most of my items a day before they were supposed to arrive. I say a day before because I often take the promotional mp3 credit and just do standard shipping because I’m in no rush. I shop online because it’s cheaper and easier not because I’m necessarily in a rush.

I hate shopping. I really do. I don’t like crowds of people and generally don’t enjoy the retail experience. I have other things that I’d rather do.

I do hate what this may do to small business. I do. But, I don’t hate it enough not to take full advantage of same day shipping.

In the interest of full disclosure, I am part of the Amazon Associates program. So, if you click through on one of my Amazon links I get a small advertising fee. This isn’t influencing my love of Amazon, it’s more of a byproduct.

So, is this the end of small business? Probably not yet.

What say you? Are you excited about this? Going to upgrade to prime? Stop shopping online at all?

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Anniversary Giveaway

As you may know, today is my and Katie’s anniversary. Crazy that it’s been three years! It’s pretty easy to remember when you go out and get your Slurpee because it’s Free Slurpee Day.

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To celebrate our anniversary, I’d like to give a way a book! You may have noticed I’m pretty into books, so why not give one away every now and then.

Today’s giveaway is a copy of Gabe Lyons book The Next Christians. I’ve profiled this book before on my old blog and haven’t changed that over here yet. So, you can go searching for the old blog or you can check out my Amazon page for a review.

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All you have to do is leave a comment here or on Facebook to be entered to win! I will take entries until Friday at 5pm!

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Book Review: Robert E. Lee

I’m back from vacation!

Thought I would get a short review up of my vacation book Robert E. Lee: Lessons in Leadership  which is part of the Great Generals series. I picked this book up at a used bookstore on the way back from INCITE and was pretty excited to read it. I consider myself to be a fan of history and Robert E. Lee has always been a character that has intrigued me. I read my first biography of him in middle school and studied the Civil War in college. Because of this, I wasn’t really expecting to learn a lot from the read, it would rather be an interesting and enjoyable read.

I was wrong.

Somewhere along the way my view of the Civil War has been morphing. I grew up with the idea that it was the “war of northern aggression” but came to the realization in college that slavery was the main issue. How can I admire a man that led Confederate forces that were, in essence, fighting for the right to enslave people? This has been a question I’ve been dealing with in my own mind for several years now.

Because of this realization and this struggle, I was able to approach the book with more of an open mind and a clean slate than my previous reads on Lee and the Civil War.

I found Lee to still be an admirable character. And there were some definite lessons in leadership that were learned throughout the book (though admittedly, they were few and farther between than the book’s title leads you to believe). Lee had already freed the slaves he inherited before the Emancipation Proclamation and saw his fight as one for Virginia, not one for the Confederate States of America. He bowed out of the fight gracefully and honorably and even applied for US citizenship right after the war. (It turns out his paperwork was misplaced and he wasn’t granted citizenship until 1975).

While it seems that my view on the Civil War has been morphing, my view of Lee as Virginia’s finest gentleman has not. I would encourage anyone interested in the Civil War or Lee to take a look at this book.

I plan on reading a Stonewall Jackson biography next, know of any good ones?

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