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Escape from the office – enjoy TV

19 Jul

Over the years everyone is looking for some balance (thank you Mr. Miyagi). For some people  it’s the gym, sports, cooking classes or just plain walking around the neighborhood. I think I have done all the above except cooking classes just to try to have an escape from the office and the day-to-day of the work week. One of my favorite things has always been watching a good movie or a TV Show. I think this comes from my dad, For the longest time I was addicted to “Lost” and since that TV Show has gone away, my new favorite TV show is “How I Met Your Mother”. In my opinion it’s just a really well done TV show that is well told with a great cast of characters and awesome acting. The best part it’s really really funny.

 This week’s blog is dedicated to one of my favorite people to watch on this TV show – Barney Stinson. Barney you have come a long way since Doogie Howser. Here are some of Barney’s best quotes:

 10. Barney: “Plus, here’s the mini-cherry on top of the regular cherry on top of the sundae of awesomeness that is my life”

 9. First explaining to Marshall about his unique qualities: “Think of me like Yoda, but instead of being little and green I wear suits and I’m awesome. I’m your bro—I’m Broda!”

 8. Describing the simplicity of running a marathon: “Step one, you start running. There is no step two.”

 7. Barney, reacting to Ted’s new car: “Shotgun for eternity!” 
Robin: “You can’t call shotgun for eternity.” 
Barney: “I call that I can call things.”

 6. Giving his new friend advice on meeting women: “Now remember my three beginner’s tips for picking up chicks: address her by name, isolate her from her friends, subtly put her down.

 5. Justifying his smoking habit: “I am not a smoker. I only smoke in certain situations: post-coital, when I’m with Germans (sometimes those two overlap), coital, birthdays, to annoy my mom, pre-coital, on a sailboat, the day the Mets are mathematically eliminated every year, and, of course—wait for it—’cause Lord knows I have—pregnancy scares.”

 4. When I’m sad, I stop being sad and start being awesome instead.

 3. In my body where the shame gland should be, there is a second AWESOME GLAND!

 2. It’s gonna be legen………wait for it [falls asleep]….[awakes]…..DARY!!

and #1. Barney: My life rocks! Money, suits, and sex? These are tears of joy! I could be cooped up in an apartment, changing some brat’s poopy diaper but instead I’m out in the world being awesome 24/7/365! You let me dodge a bullet, big guy. (kisses fingers & raises them in the air)

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Change is Good

25 May

This week was marked by CHANGE.

Usually my clients tell me they are looking for a “CHANGE MANAGER”  someone who can CHANGE the culture, or CHANGE the systems or in some cases CHANGE the whole company and turn it around.

This week CHANGE for me was in the death of a friend. My friends Mom was diagnosed with a Brain Tumor that quickly and sadly resulted in finding cancer. In about 30 days she sadly passed away back up in my hometown of Buffalo, NY.  While back in Buffalo I spent a lot of time with friends and family, but I was still trying to keep up with my work.  What I realized during this visit is how much people CHANGE.  

Let me start by saying my Dad is my favorite person in the world.   With the current event that lead to my visit he and I got into some deep discussions.   During our talks I learned details about his childhood, and his views.   Some of the stories he told me were out right shocking. I also learned that my Mom and Dad made a very important decision and sacrifice for me when I was younger. Their decision to work more and spend money on a private high school education was the start of preparing me to be successful and start interacting with different people.  For me this was a time to start changing. Their commitment to me and believing in me sparked CHANGES that I am just learning now and truly starting to see. The CHANGE of having to make new friends, or CHANGE my study habits all CHANGED who I would become and want to be.

It was interesting to me to see how my friends from childhood have CHANGED. Remember the brainiac that everyone thought was going to go on to do great things?  Well he isn’t so interested in that anymore, instead he prefers to leave work 3 hours early and spend time with his new family everyday. He does just enough to get by.

 The change for a Teenager is different than the change a Corporation is trying to go thru. However, the lesson I learned is that the end result of the change might have a lasting and life long affect on your everyday life.