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A Not-So-Modest Proposal

A Not-So-Modest Proposal

With just two days until Valentine’s Day, this is your official warning to make plans for your sweetheart! Romantic gestures require planning, especially if you’re one of the approximately six million Americans who will pop the big question this Valentine’s Day. For example, twenty years ago when I proposed to my wife on Christmas Day, I didn’t just pull a ring box out of my pocket on Christmas morning. I wrapped a large box in gold paper and put it under the tree as soon as it went up. All month long, she picked

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Monday Morning Quarterback

Monday Morning Quarterback

What a game, right? Or at least, I hope it was. Don’t worry- if you’ve somehow recorded the game, stayed far away from Facebook, and moved under a rock to avoid hearing who won, I won’t be spoiling it for you. I couldn’t if I wanted to! As you’re reading this on Monday morning, I’m quite certainly in bed, antacids at hand, recovering from a night of hot wings and loud cheering. Regular readers will know by now that I like to take time off for special holidays. And this Super Bowl certainly qualified.

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Gettin’ Ziggy With It

Gettin' Ziggy With It

With a full month of the New Year behind us, I’m proud to say the entire Matchmaker Logistics team has succeeded in implementing some new habits in 2016: For years, we have started every work day with a virtual team huddle. Our entire team has a 5-10 minute check-in call via video conference to discuss our goals and top priorities for the day. This year, we decided to add one more quick “minute” to our daily routine – The Motivational Minute. Legendary author, salesman, and motivational speaker Zig Ziglar said: “People often say that motivation

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An Inside Job

An Inside Job

The word ‘Surprise!’ always does funny things to my guts. Sometimes ‘Surprise!’ can be a wonderful thing, like when I recently drove from Alabama to North Carolina to see my mom for her birthday. And sometimes, surprise can be a terrible thing, like when I was waiting for her at the restaurant and discovered my debit card had been charged $174.03 without my knowing! I immediately went into logistics mode, making calls to determine where and when these charges were made. The charges had been made that very same day! When I should have

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Snowed Out by a 7-Year-Old

Snowed Out by a 7-Year-Old

Remember when we were kids, how we used to wish for snow? For children, snow days are magical and exciting. Sure, your parents might make you do a little shoveling, but who cares? School’s out, you get to break out your sleds and snowsuits, and it’s a free day devoted to fun and play. Winter storm Jonas reminded us that once we’re adults, the magic of snow kind of wears off. Even if your workplace shuts down, just like the snow, the work doesn’t stop piling up. In fact, inclement weather creates its own

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Almost a Billionaire

Almost a Billionaire

It’s Monday, and I’m in the office. You can safely assume that this means I did not, despite my best efforts, win the record $1.6 billion dollar Powerball jackpot a couple of weeks ago. To paraphrase one of my favorite comedians, James Gregory, you’d know if I won – you’d never see me again! I know it’s silly to feel a sense of ownership over the lottery money, but no sooner did Dale and I buy our tickets than we started planning out what we’d do with the money – when we won, of

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Check (and Double-Check!) Your Baggage

Check (and Double-Check!) Your Baggage

Today, I’m flying home from some business meetings in Texas. Which means I’m spending my Friday in the least relaxing place imaginable – the airport. The TSA has certainly stepped up its game in recent years, what with our changing world and the need to be vigilant. But I have a hard time thinking of anything more awkward and uncomfortable than the TSA line at the airport. I don’t know about you, but I don’t like checking bags – it’s costly and a hassle – so I arrive at the airport wearing and carrying

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Dream Big, Dream Kind

Dream Big, Dream Kind

Today, I won’t try and paraphrase the great Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr., even if it is tempting. The man’s life and message (particularly his “I Have a Dream” speech) was so much bigger than this little email devoted to my Monday morning musings. Instead, I wanted to share with you a message of kindness, and why I think that’s one way to act on Reverend King’s message, on this day and every day. Each one of us, despite the differences we may see, and think, and feel, is an individual. Even within the

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A Smooth Criminal

A Smooth Criminal

Maybe it’s because I think those ‘dumb criminal’ news stories are hilarious, but I sometimes forget that all criminals aren’t that dumb. According to the FBI, small businesses lost $1.2 billion in scams in 2014! Since most of the small business owners I know are pretty sharp, it must take some smooth criminals to trick them. So smooth, in fact, that they almost got me. That’s right, friends, Yours Truly almost got taken in by one of these tricksters. It wasn’t anything as obvious as a Nigerian prince wanting me to send him money

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Why I’m Taking the Day Off Tomorrow

Why I'm Taking the Day Off Tomorrow

You’re all well-aware that I’m a die-hard sports fan by now, right? That’s why today is one of my favorite Mondays of the year – it’s the day that a new NCAA College will be awarded the title of NCAA Football National Champion. It might not be a national holiday, but I’m all for it, and I feel like the state of Alabama would agree! Two years ago, the NCAA implemented a four-team playoff for the National Title. This year’s four teams (in case you’re just getting caught up now) were: Alabama, Clemson, Michigan

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