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Everything But the Squeal- Labor Day

Everything But the Squeal- Labor Day

Here’s a question for Labor Day weekend – ever wonder how many jobs you will hold in your career? Between 1978 and 2008, the Bureau of Labor Statistics conducted a study to determine the answer to this very question. The findings showed that during this 30-year span, Americans, ages 18-44, held, on average, 11 different jobs. It seems that job hopping is the new normal, with the average American staying in his or her job for just 4.4 years. For Millennials, those (born between 1977-1997), it’s less than three years. With change a constant

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Jack the Ripper and Me

Jack the Ripper and Me

Y’all know that I have good Mondays and bad, but August 31st is, historically, a rough day for Mary’s. On this date in 1888, the body of Mary Ann Nichols was discovered in London, kicking off a late-summer crime wave for the history books. Mary was the first victim of the mysterious serial killer who came to be known as Jack the Ripper. The legend of Jack the Ripper has fascinated casual crime enthusiasts, horror fans, and forensic scientists for nearly 150 years. For several hot months, the Whitechapel neighborhood of London was gripped

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Truck-Driving Superhero

Truck-Driving Superhero

By now, many of you have received a copy of our first-edition Matchmaker Logistics comic. The way we see it, trucking and logistics professionals are real-life superheroes, so a comic book was a logical connection. We felt pretty clever, but apparently our connection wasn’t as original as we thought. We’ve just learned about a trucker superhero created by Marvel Comics back in 1983. I wish I could say the origins of U.S. 1, Marvel Comics’ first truck-driving superhero were as pure as our own, but it wouldn’t be true. Rather than being inspired by

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Don’t Get Smart with Me, Smartphone

Don't Get Smart with Me, Smartphone

Things happen – getting a flat tire, waking up with a mystery rash, dropping your cell phone and shattering the screen. That’s pretty much what ‘A Day in the Life of Mary’ looked like earlier this month. Which one was the biggest emergency? Take a guess…. I don’t consider myself to be a cell phone junkie – I use my phone to check email on the go and keep in touch with my kids. And, yes, I confess, I also obsessively refresh ESPN.com when I need vital sports scores. In other words, I needed

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Remembering a Hero

Remembering a Hero

Regular readers of our blog will remember our recent post about the Lamborghini Batman. Known to close friends and family by his alter-ego, Lenny Robinson, he became an internet sensation after police footage of him getting pulled over in his Batmobile went viral. The story just got bigger and better after online sleuths revealed the Lamborghini Batman’s mission of choice – visiting area hospitals in costume to cheer up sick kids. The world lost a true hero earlier this week with the passing of Lenny Robinson. A tragic highway accident claimed his life on

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Back-to-School Mary-Syle

Back-to-School Mary-Syle

In some parts of the country, Back-to-School doesn’t happen until September, but not so in the South. My kids went back to school last week as 11th- and 3rd-graders – how is this even possible? I’ve written before about how much I love that special day – for more reasons than one. I make a big breakfast and we celebrate a bright new scholastic year and the return of Mommy’s sanity. It’s a great day, right up there with Christmas morning. But, much like Christmas, before the big day arrives, there are weeks of

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The Power of Chuck Norris

The Power of Chuck Norris

A recent Thought for the Weekend about Jean-Claude Van Damme was one of the most popular posts we’ve ever done! At first, I couldn’t figure out why everyone loved that post so much. Yes, that epic stunt of Van Damme doing the splits was cool, but was it that cool? Then it hit me. As though it had back-flipped off of my desk and round-kicked me in the face. The post also featured the ultimate tough guy, Chuck Norris. A legend in the martial arts scene, Chuck has starred in nearly thirty films, and

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The Iron Clothes Make the Iron Woman

The Iron Clothes Make the Iron Woman

I don’t always like to toot my own horn, but I have to say I’m looking fabulous lately. I mean, have you seen my new superhero avatar? It’s alright – I know it might have been a little awkward for you to bring up because I’m smokin’ hot (which is why I’m happy to do it!). Iron Man looks okay in his movies, but check me out in that armor! I make metal look good. The best part? I didn’t have to cut back on my carbs or even go running for those nice

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How to Be an Agent of Awesomeness

How to Be an Agent of Awesomeness

Last week, the Lamborghini Batman reminded us how important real-life superheroes are. There are all sorts of superheroes out there in the world doing good, but only some of them wear brightly-colored spandex biking shorts. Meet cyclist and extended Matchmaker family member, Facility Manager “Cap’n’ Pete Staylor”. Some of you might remember Pete – we’ve introduced him once before in a Thought for the Weekend. Pete has taken his love of cycling and done something amazing with it, turning his stamina and speed on the bike into money raised for great causes. Pete’s dealt

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Batman’s Source of Transportation

Batman's Source of Transportation

There’s something about the look that’s key when it comes to being a superhero. Diving off rooftops and chasing down bad guys in your plainclothes is likely to raise eyebrows and alarm, but there’s something about a superhero costume that inspires respect. We can’t get enough of superhero style at the Matchmaker HQ lately, so we got artist Ramie Buena – whose work you may recognize from the Matchmaker Logistics comic book – to draw us some super suits of our very own (that’s mine on the right!). We’ll be using these avatars as

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