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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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Trucked by an Angel

Trucked by an Angel

A few weeks ago, I shared information presented at the TIA conference about the serious driver shortage we’ll be facing in coming years.  How will we recruit a new generation of great drivers?  One solution is to focus on female truckers.  Recently, a local news channel highlighted increased enrollment by women in the truck driver training program at the community college. The story comes on the heels of a National Public Radio report: To Reverse Driver Shortage, Trucking Industry Steers Women To Jobs. Currently females comprise around 5% of the professional truck driving population, which is

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Sticking It to Stick Figure Families

Sticking It to Stick Figure Families

Mother’s Day is a time to reflect on family. When people think of the word ‘family’ do they still conjure up scenes from Leave it Beaver, where June Cleaver cleaned the house wearing a dress and pearls? Ward never had to work late and always made it home on time for June’s home cooked family dinners, which the entire family enjoyed while conversing civilly at the dinner table. If you look at the back of minivans and SUVs, you might think this is still the norm. Those perfect little stick figure families are everywhere! At

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Incredible Mom, Incredible Wife, Incredible Life

Incredible Mom, Incredible Wife, Incredible Life

Brad Bird may not be a household name, but you know his work. Touted by some as “the modern-day Walt Disney” and considered to be one of the smartest people in Hollywood, he is the creative force behind Ratatouille, The Simpsons, and The Incredibles. He is married with three children. In fact, Bird based the story of The Incredibles on his own experiences trying to balance a career with family. Ranking #40 on the Top 100 Grossing Movies of All Time ($261,437,578), it was the first Pixar film to feature a nuclear family (mother,

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Shipping Away the Other Man in My Life

Shipping Away the Other Man in My Life

There I was sitting at a red light, with a 6-foot Power Ranger mannequin stuffed into my four-door Dodge Stratus sedan. His feet were touching the back window, his head butted against the front windshield, and his groin sat nearly parallel to my head. Some people are lucky. Generally speaking, I’m not one of them. You see, whereas others win free trips to exotic countries, $500 from scratch-off lottery tickets, or even dinners for two at fancy restaurants, I managed to win a 6-foot Power Ranger. Back in 2001, Toys R Us sponsored a

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