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You Had One Job

You Had One Job

In my last post, I wrote about how this winter, folks all over the Southern United States have been waking up to unexpected snow and ice. I don’t know about you, but I’ve always thought those of us in the South live here in order to avoid those kind of troubles. It’s enough to make you want to pack up and move somewhere tropical, like Hawaii. Though it seems like Hawaii was trying to top the news in ‘unexpectedly bad mornings’. From the It Could Be Worse Files, residents of Hawaii woke up last

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Thoughts on Saying Goodbye to My Mom

Thoughts on Saying Goodbye to My Mom

This past Christmas, we said goodbye to my mother. Eileen Skane Ryder passed away on December 20th at Davis Health Care Center; she was 90 years young. Born in New York, NY, Mom spent most of her life in Connecticut. Despite a difficult childhood, Mom achieved great success in life both personally and professionally. She was a career woman throughout the 70’s – a very successful, award-winning real estate agent.  Then, in 1981, she helped my father found Matchmaker Logistics. In 1990, Mom and Dad moved the family business to Wilmington where they later retired.

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Sn-OMG! and Snow Hyperbole

Sn-OMG! and Snow Hyperbole

It snowed in Alabama on December 8th.  Although we southerners listen to all of the traditional Christmas tunes (Let it Snow!, White Christmas, Winter Wonderland), we don’t expect it to actually happen.  The snow cramped my travel plans as I made my way to the annual Matchmaker Logistics end-of-year retreat and Christmas party.  My flight was delayed and my luggage was delayed even longer (arriving a good seven hours after I did). Then, the first week of the New Year, what comes along? A bomb cyclone.  I didn’t even know this was a thing! Forget blizzards.

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An Ounce of Prevention, a Pound of Infrastructure

An Ounce of Prevention, a Pound of Infrastructure

For many of us, the New Year is a time to make resolutions addressing issues we may have ignored throughout the rest of the year. But because we wait to address these issues until they’ve become problematic (think: weight, bad habits, etc.), fewer than eight percent of us actually achieve our New Year’s goals. It’s an easy trap to fall into – and some say it’s why infrastructure is such a major concern in the United States. Roads, dams, airports and other structures don’t maintain themselves, and we’ve ignored them for too long. TV

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Noel-Themed Nostalgia and Season’s Greetings

Noel-Themed Nostalgia and Season's Greetings

I was only five or six years old, but I’ll never forget that moment. On Christmas morning, Santa brought me the bike of my dreams – purple, with a banana seat. I can still recall how beautiful that bike looked in the glow of the Christmas tree. As an adult, giving is always more exciting than receiving. But, I still enjoyed this list of forty tastemakers, leaders, and business tycoons describing their most magical Christmas memories. So I decided to ask my team- what were the best Christmas gifts they ever got?  And they delivered with some amazing

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Crazy for the Game

Crazy for the Game

You all know I’ve been waiting for this moment all year. More than Black Friday sales, presents on Christmas morning, or a kiss at midnight on New Year’s Eve -The Alabama Crimson Tide are in the playoffs! My love of college football is well-documented around these parts, as is my love of the Tide. And when it comes to competition, well…I can’t help but get a rush from a sense of competition. Getting to see my all-time favorite team in the playoffs this year is just the best holiday gift ever. I thought it

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Santa Drives a (Well-Decorated) Semi

Santa Drives a (Well-Decorated) Semi

To my knowledge, all logistics professionals are big fans of Santa Claus. It’s easy to see why – he’s a jolly, hard-working fellow best known for his ability to get things where they need to go on a seemingly impossible timeline. Over the years, this tireless commitment to getting presents where they need to be on Christmas morning has some people questioning the reality of Mr. Claus’s existence. They insist he can’t be real because no one could get all of those presents to all those homes overnight! But to logistics professionals like us? That’s

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No Fighting for Hot Toys on Cyber Monday

No Fighting for Hot Toys on Cyber Monday

If your Monday ritual involves kicking back at your desk with a cup of coffee and reading your Just Another Mary Monday, I hate to break it to you – you’re missing all the good deals. That’s right, today is Cyber Monday, the name given by online retailers to the first Monday after Thanksgiving. Much like Black Friday at brick-and-mortar shops, Cyber Monday is the biggest online shopping day of the year. Online retailers offer deep discounts, deals, and steals to those willing to wake up early and get clicking. The perks, of course,

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Start a New Workout Routine This Thanksgiving

Start a New Workout Routine This Thanksgiving

With Thanksgiving on the horizon, many of us are looking forward to a bit of a rest. After turkey, pie, and a beer or two, who can resist sprawling out on the couch and dozing off until the big game gets exciting? While building muscle might be the farthest thing from our minds while we’re in a turkey coma, there’s one muscle that we could be working every day, all year round, to improve our lives and the lives of everyone around us. You don’t even have to get off of the couch to

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Dog Eat Dog? Dog Eat Everything!

Dog Eat Dog? Dog Eat Everything!

You may recall that I recently adopted Carly, an 18-month-old Great Dane. Great Danes are known, primarily, for their size. (Think Marmaduke.) Carly is such a sweet girl, but still a puppy, and, as such, she requires a lot of attention. Her favorite time of day is our Matchmaker morning video conference meetings – where she makes a valiant attempt to get into my lap (yes, she thinks she’s a lap dog!). In the past four months, I’ve realized that Carly is a chewer. Crafty Carly found a way to make our loveseat all her own by

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