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A Disastrous Vacation

A Disastrous Vacation

I’m writing it from my phone, stuck in an airport. My wife and I had planned to take the week to jet down to Puerto Rico for a getaway celebrating our wedding anniversary, and it’s turned into a nightmare. In my house, I’m the one who makes all the travel plans. It’s my job to book the flights, choose the hotel, and plan the itinerary. Lucky me – when things go right I get all the love. But when they don’t? Well – I’m the fool. My wife took one look at our hotel

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Alabama Rivalry Takes to the Road

Alabama Rivalry Takes to the Road

I was traveling this weekend from Alabama to North Carolina, so I had plenty of time to reflect on Bob’s Thought for the Weekend about vanity plates. Last month, during my trip home from a visit to our Wilmington, NC headquarters, I was rear-ended. I should have had my own vanity license plate: UR2CLOS! The state of Alabama gets a lot of flack from the rest of the nation. And while its residents may be short on some things, we’re certainly rich in love for our sports teams, our families, God, and country (quite

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You’re So Vain (I Bet You Think This License Plate is About You)

You're So Vain (I Bet You Think This License Plate is About You)

As Americans, we can’t get enough of showing our individuality. From customizable covers for our phones, to a sports jersey with our own last name, to monogrammed towels, we’ve always been a nation of individuals. As a business owner, I tip my hat when someone finds a way to make an extra buck off of people’s natural desire to be themselves, so I’ve always been fascinated with the vanity license plate phenomenon. For those unaware, vanity plates are the license plates you see out and about on the road that buck the trend of

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Technology Face Off

Technology Face Off

Good morning, class! Last week, we reviewed ‘selfies’ and ‘photobombing’ as our new vocabulary words, but in today’s world, new terms in technology and social media pop up every day. Did you know, for example, that LOL (Laugh Out Loud) is now considered passe and the hipper way to laugh online is Ha or Haha or even Hahaha? Looks like it’s time for another lesson…. This week, we try and stay ahead of the curve by catching up to a trend that’s still in its early stages – have you heard of face swapping?

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Park It Right There

Park It Right There

Sometimes, parking is a challenge. I guess it’s why this video of a FedEx truck driver went viral, getting over half-a-million views. The truck driver skillfully reversed his big rig into a very narrow loading dock bay in lower Manhattan. Would you have the skills – or the courage – to attempt that parking job? For many people, it seems that parking is a huge challenge. I repeatedly see people struggling just to back into a parking space at the supermarket–even those with the new backup cameras in their cars! Then, there are those

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Photobomb Squad

Photobomb Squad

First, there was the selfie. Although the concept has been around for ages, the term ‘selfie’ didn’t really hit the scene until 2005. By 2012, it was a part of the general lexicon. Time magazine named selfie one of the “top 10 buzzwords” of that year. Then in 2013, the Oxford Dictionary added selfie to its online dictionary. By 2014, the term ‘photobomb’ arrived on the scene, in large part, thanks to an adorable stingray. For those not in the know, it’s a simple enough concept – what’s supposed to be a normal, nice

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Cinderella in Basketball Shoes

Cinderella in Basketball Shoes

We like our sports stories here at Matchmaker Logistics; we’ve made that clear by now. This Sunday, March 13, marks the kickoff of March Madness – by far the best source for great sports stories. For those of you who aren’t sports fans, don’t worry – “March Madness,” isn’t some sort of St. Patrick’s Day-related insanity. It’s the NCAA championships, running from the second week of March through the first week in April. Sixty-eight teams compete in tournament brackets, narrowing it all down to the Final Four, and from there, one champion. The nature

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Cookies for a Cause

Cookies for a Cause

Every March, I get in the spirit for that four-leaf green shape. No, not the St. Patty’s Day shamrock, the other one – the clover symbol for the Girl Scouts of the USA. It’s cookie season, folks, right smack in between “New Year’s Resolutions” and “beach weather.” Has there ever been a stronger test of will and resolve? Thin Mints (or as I call them, ‘Fatty Mints’) are my personal kryptonite. I keep them in the freezer and try in earnest to reserve them for sweet-craving emergencies. The Girl Scouts really have a good

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“Reiding” Up on NC Culture

"Reiding" Up on NC Culture

Although not a North Carolina native, I’ve lived here long enough to know what the people of this state take seriously: pigs, pork and pigskins, for starters. Pig and hog farming are big business in this state, with nearly 2,000 farms employing 13,000 people and selling 34.5 million hogs (2012 statistics). It makes North Carolina the 2nd largest pig producer in the country, after Iowa. It’s no wonder that barbecue (aka BBQ pork) and barbecue sauces are such an important part of the heritage and a hotly contested source of local pride. There’s even

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Bad News on Leap Year Monday

Bad News on Leap Year Monday

If you’re paid by the hour, get ready to gloat. If you’re a salaried employee like me, you should probably be weeping instead of leaping for joy. Nobody likes starting their Monday out with bad news, but I have to break it to you: Since February 29th – better known as Leap Day – only occurs once every four years, it’s usually not factored into yearly salary calculations. So, salaried employees, if you’re sitting at your desk today, you may be working for free! Unless you’re in Anthony, Texas today, in which case, you’re

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