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Windshield Woes

Windshield Woes

A bird poops on your head, a cup of hot coffee spills on your lap, a mischievous Great Dane destroys your favorite refrigerator magnets… While totally out of our control, such random, unforeseen events can still put a damper on your day. Take the other Sunday. I was driving my beautiful new Ford truck on the way to play pool (my favorite pastime, as you know), when a small rock struck my windshield. That little rock left a big, bullet-sized dent. While this may sound like just another small frustration, I’ve got a long history with

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Sick As A Dog

Sick As A Dog

There’s nothing worse than being sick. Actually, maybe there is – being sick and having no medicine. I know all about this, thanks to a series of respiratory illnesses and my beloved Great Dane, Carly. As you may remember from Mondays past, Carly has an affinity for eating odd household items – like comforters, pillows, loveseat cushions, and…refrigerator magnets. My allergies have been worse than ever this year, and after I crawled out of bed to get some sweet over-the-counter relief, I found the remains of Carly’s latest treat: an empty box of Allegra.

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Hurricane Helpers

Hurricane Helpers

In times of trouble, you can’t go wrong with a healthy dose of Mr. Rogers. If anyone can find a silver lining in a hurricane, it’s a friendly, red cardigan-wearing puppeteer who can calmly explain divorce to children. So, in the wake of Hurricane Florence, I turned to our friendly neighbor for some much-needed advice. As he said, “When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, “Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.”” So I went looking. And, as

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Hungry For Success

Hungry For Success

I’ve been starting my Mondays off at Matchmaker Logistics for the past seventeen years – that’s eight hundred and eighty-seven Mondays for those keeping score at home. I’m lucky to spend my Monday mornings doing something I love. But not everyone is as lucky as I’ve been. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average American switches jobs every 4.2 years. And while the prospect of the grass being greener in another position is often tempting, the job search itself can be exhausting. In the age of the Internet, job searches aren’t limited to the locals

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Who Is This Kiki, Anyhow?

Who Is This Kiki, Anyhow?

Whoever she is, she’s about to get a challenge of her own! Like Bob (and the rest of the internet), I’ve been following the Kiki challenge. Admittedly, I wasn’t into it at first. I don’t listen to a lot of Drake, and I generally try and stay away from anything that lands people in the hospital or gets them hit by passing cars. But what can I say? Something (or, ahem…someone) got me interested. (It was this Dancing Dentist.) Dr. Rich Constantine of Constantine Dental is currently my #1 crush. I know Drake gets

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Monogrammed Madness

Monogrammed Madness

I’m not complaining, but Summertime in the South can require a lot of gear. Coolers for picnics, drink cups and koozies for sporting events, and towels for a day at the beach. Fortunately, we’ve developed a method of keeping track of whose goodies are whose – and that’s monogramming everything. The desire to put our initials all over everything is nothing new. Humans have been monogramming things for thousands of years. Ancient Greek city-states were branding coins with their initials as far back as 350 BC. In the Middle Ages, monograms were reserved for royalty or

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Stay Until The Cake Is Served

Stay Until The Cake Is Served

June is over, which means many of us have attended our first (or second…or fourth) wedding of the season. And while every wedding is a special, beautiful affair, the ritual of finding something to wear, choosing a nice card, and wrapping a lovely gift…well…it can get tiring. But all of that hard work does come with sweet, sweet rewards – specifically in the form of wedding cake. Cake is arguably the best thing about wedding season, so I was excited to see Wedding Cake Championship on Food Network. If you’re not familiar, it’s the latest

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School’s Out for Summer

School's Out for Summer

Last week marked the official First Day of Summer. Finally, as the days reach their longest, it seems that even the very latest schools are out for the season. I’ve written before about the pros and cons of summer vacation. Free time for the kids means long hours for parents at home, but after nine long months, that final day of school always feels like a celebration. In Matchmaker Logistics’ home state of North Carolina, some end-of-school celebrations have been less about pomp and circumstance and more about song and dance. Take this high school receptionist, for

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In Awe of the French Spider-Man

In Awe of the French Spider-Man

From the Not-All-Heroes-Wear-Capes files (some of our favorite files, here at Matchmaker Logistics,) I bring you all the recent story of Mamoudou Gassama, “The French Spider-Man,” and last week’s real-life superhero. It was a normal day in Paris when the 22-year-old saw an alarming sight – a baby dangling off of a fourth-story building facing the street. So, he did what any of us would do – scaled four stories of an apartment complex, bare-handed, to save a child. It sounds completely unbelievable, and I might not believe it myself, if it weren’t for

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Tiny Superhero Feeds The Homeless

Tiny Superhero Feeds The Homeless

The internet’s newest superhero might not have a movie about him like Captain America, or Batman. He doesn’t have magical gadgets or a billion-dollar supercar. In fact, he doesn’t even have his driver’s license. He does, however, have a great big heart, a cool hashtag (#ShowLove), and a super supportive dad. Austin Perrine of Birmingham, AL, or President Austin, as he styles himself, would swim in Spider-Man’s glove and boots. And, his legs are too short to reach the pedals on the Batmobile. After all, Austin is only four years old. He was called to the

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