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Kids Weigh in on Dads

Kids Weigh in on Dads

This year, I’ve already received an early Father’s Day gift from my daughters: I got to see myself through their eyes. In fact, these portraits represent me. As a treat for fathers everywhere, we were inspired to create a questionnaire for kids entitled: “Matchmaker Logistics Fun Facts About Dad”. You can download it here and have the children in your life fill it out. My kids, Emily (age 11) and Chloe (age 6), were the first to try out our questionnaire. Here’s how they perceive a day in the life of their dad: Both

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Surprise Shark Attack

Surprise Shark Attack

Vegas or bust. The catch phrase is used when people are fully invested in reaching a destination. So much so, they will either succeed or go broke trying. Last weekend, my 9-ball pool league played in the city tournament in Birmingham, Alabama. Our goal? Make it to Vegas, but we were busted by a surprise shark attack. You see, we finished first place at the end of our regular season and then went on to beat two teams in the City Cups Tournament.   We were thrilled to be one of 64 teams competing in

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Avoiding Disney Magic

Avoiding Disney Magic

As you read this, I’m en route to Florida for a vacation with my family. I’m taking my wife and my two daughters on a Disney Cruise.   My girls are both the perfect ages to appreciate Disney Magic, and based on the stellar reviews I’ve heard from anyone who has ever been on one, I’ve been really looking forward to the cruise. I started to have my doubts, though, when I Googled “Disney Cruise for Dads”. Even the most positive articles and blog posts like “4 Ways for Dads to Get the Most of

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Road Rage Rant

Road Rage Rant

Last week, I was in Houston on business. Houston is about 100 times the size of the town where you’ll find my office (Bessemer, Alabama), meaning that the traffic is about one million times more intense. As a visitor on unfamiliar roads, it was even more challenging, merging in and out of lanes at the direction of my annoying know-it-all co-pilot, the female GPS voice. I witnessed many instances of road rage (and may have participated in one or two of them myself!). It seems that road rage is all the rage these days.

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Old-School Presidential Humor

Old-School Presidential Humor

Recently, I received a surprise in the mail, a plaque from the TIA honoring Matchmaker Logistics for 35 years of membership. It shouldn’t have come as a surprise – I know my family started Matchmaker 35 years ago – I was there! As I set the plaque on my desk, next to my cell phone, my keyboard, and my many computer monitors, I thought back to the early days when we conducted business old-school – with just a land line and a fax line. In fact, the first fax machines and the first camcorders

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Meet Frankenstein, or Rather, FrankenMary

Meet Frankenstein, or Rather, FrankenMary

This week, I’m headed to Texas to visit some of our clients. I love business trips to Texas because I also get to see my brother, Scott, who lives in Houston. He’s not just an amazing brother; he’s also an amazing artist. When he was in the military, he took a clean sweep (1st, 2nd, and 3rd prizes) in a nationwide Armed Services art contest. Monsters from classic movies often serve as his inspiration. For years, I begged my brother for a piece of artwork to hang in our family’s game room. Scott drew

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Man Must Grill

Man Must Grill

With Memorial Day behind us and summer on the horizon, grilling season is here. Like many other men, I’ll find myself helping with weekend meals by taking up my station behind the grill. What is it about us men and our love for grilling? Does it tap into our primal prehistoric instincts – Fire! Spears! Danger! – or does it give us a reason to indulge in our favorite things – Meat! Beer! More Meat! Whatever the reason, it’s one of the best parts of summertime meals. There’s nothing like firing up the grill

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Explaining “The Birds and The Bees”

Explaining "The Birds and The Bees"

For my kids, this past Friday marked the last day of school, and they couldn’t be happier! My oldest son, Denver, is content to have his class ring on his hand and his new status of “Rising Junior”. My youngest, Timothy, is over the moon after an awards ceremony where he raked in the honors including: A/B Honor Roll for the entire year, a Social Studies award, a fitness award and an accelerated reader award. His teacher sent a PowerPoint presentation to all of us parents, with photos highlighting field trips, school projects, holidays,

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The Smallest Parade of the Decade

The Smallest Parade of the Decade

Fox Point, Wisconsin, population 6,698, is just 10 miles north of Milwaukee. The village’s Memorial Day parade used to be well attended, but attendance had dwindled to the point where locals weren’t even sure it existed anymore. (It didn’t). But on Memorial Day 2013, a dozen determined Boy Scouts and their two troop leaders decided it was time to revive the village parade. There were no bands, no floats, no elected officials, no local beauty queens. It was just the 12 boys of Troop 391 and their leaders marching ¾ of a mile toward

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Mondays Are for the Birds

Mondays Are for the Birds

In Friday’s Thought for the Weekend, Bob shared a joke that reminded me of the old saying: “Some days you’re the pigeon, and some days you’re the statue.” This got me thinking about pigeons. The birds are almost universally hated, but it’s no wonder! They poop everywhere, they carry diseases, they travel in gangs, and they work as thieves and thugs, swooping in to steal your last French fry or waiting for the perfect moment to use your head as target practice. I mean, let’s face it Angry Birds isn’t nearly as fun when

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