Monthly Archives: November 2012

Coach Jimmy Valvano’s Drive Against Cancer

http://espn.go.com/video/clip?id=7291430

One of my Top 20 favorite speeches of all time.

j v

“Don’t give up, don’t ever give up.”

Love – Laugh – Cry  [everyday]

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Inflation of the 12 Days of Christmas Gift Giving This Cyber-Monday ’12

Undoubtedly, it will be next to difficult to find all these gifts at a discount on e-bay this Christmas. Plus you’ll need more than a hundred grand.

If you get all 364 items repeated throughout “The Twelve Days of Christmas” carol, you’ll pay 6.1 percent more this year, according to the so-called Christmas Price Index that PNC Wealth Management updates annually.

That comes to $107,300.

from: KEVIN BEGOS,Associated Press; PITTSBURGH (AP) —

Add seven swans, six geese and five golden rings to the list of Christmas gifts that cost more than they did a year ago.

“The rise is larger than expected considering the modest economic growth we’ve had,” said Jim Dunigan, managing executive of investments for PNC. He noted the government’s Consumer Price Index has risen just 2 percent in the 12 months before September.

Thrifty shoppers may find some reasons for cheer. Six items mentioned in the song haven’t gone up in price: maids-a-milking, ladies dancing, lords-a-leaping, calling birds, turtle doves and the partridge. The eight maids-a-milking still cost just $58 because the minimum wage hasn’t risen.

Twelve drummers drumming ($2,775.50) and eleven pipers piping ($2,562) might also be considered relative bargains compared to seven swans, which will set you back $7,000. Nine ladies dancing will cost you $6,294.03.

Dunigan said the 2011 drought caused the prices of some birds to soar, partly because of corn and other feed costs.

“The geese were up 29.6 percent, and swans were up 11 percent,” Dunigan said, adding that none of the gifts in the song went down in price this year.

The price of a pear tree is $189.99, an 11.8 percent jump from last year’s $169.99. Five gold rings jumped 16.3 percent this year, to $750, and three French hens are now $165, instead of $150.

The $15 partridge is the cheapest item, and swans the most expensive, at $1,000 each.

Last-minute shoppers who turn to the Internet will pay a bit more for the gifts. Buying one set of the core items in each verse costs $24,431 in traditional stores this year, but $40,440 online. Part of that difference is the extra expense of shipping live birds, Dunigan said, adding that Internet costs rose 1.5 percent compared to last year.

PNC Financial Services Group Inc. checks jewelry stores, dance companies, pet stores and other sources to compile the list. Some of its sources this year include the National Aviary in Pittsburgh and the Philadelphia-based Pennsylvania Ballet Company

Holiday Gift Book for All-Ages – Excerpt from Lessons Learned From Dogs

Goldendoodle Lucy Gump

A humorous book entitled, Lessons Learned from Dogs,
may be ordered from booksellers, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or from Outskirts Press.
E-Books are also available from the publisher. www.outskirtspress.com for 10 bucks.
Enjoy your reading, laughter, and gift giving.
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Humans worry too much about past things or thinking about the future.

In many situations, dogs have a better idea of how to act in the present and have a better idea than we so to figure out what to do next.

We need to know not to treat dogs like humans because they are simply different animals than we are. Domestic dogs need closeness, touching, and petting to be content and happy.

Unlike people, affection and love is not what makes dogs happy. A wise master knows how to satisfy their dog’s instincts in order to make the pet happy.

Keep in mind that dogs are pack animals by nature. Wild dogs run around in groups.

You will be amazed how dogs use all their senses.

It is natural that people use the ears first and then their eyes to react to stimuli in the environment and learn from the world.

Instinctually, dogs rely first on their nose. Then they use their sight, hearing, and the universal sense.

People do not have this universal sense ability that “feels” energy and emotions of other animals, including humans, in the area.

Dogs have evolved very keen senses that are used to make decisions. It all starts with understanding the world with the sense of smell.

The human brain may be ten times bigger but the smelling parts inside dog brains are 40 times larger.  People have only about five million scent glands compared to a dog’s 125 to 300 million.

This means that a dog’s sense of smell is 10,000,000 times more sensitive than ours. Think of this next time you smell a fart sitting in the same room as your dog.

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Read another humorous cookbook of family-tested recipes:
Confessions of an Oenophile – An American Family Cookbook through Barnes & Noble or Amazon.com
by David A. Dailey … copyright 2008.

No Reruns

It does not matter that ND is #1 at 11-0. The USC Trojan Horse is likely to have some Irish tricks Saturday. Remember – Southern Cal deflated the footballs they used on offense during this season’s showdown with the previously unbeaten Oregon Ducks?!?

 

Contrary to what is written in The Good Book, the NFL conducts business and works on Sundays.

NFL Turkey of the Weak Award

Who will be the NFL Turkey of the Weak?

 

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Sunday, November 25th at 8:20 EST:

The result of Green Bay at NY Giants game is important for home field advantage during the playoffs???

Ike should bet on the Football Championship Giants; this Sunday night’s home field advantage is worth giving up 4.5 points.

 

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Seattle (6 wins – 4 losses) at Miami (4-6)?

The Seahawks are favored by one?

Ike will pass on this opportunity.

Miami needs to win its home games.

 

Atlanta (9-1) at Tampa (6-4)?

The Bucs (+1) could embarrass the team with the best record in the league.

The Falcons made so many miscues (6 turnovers) during last Sunday’s victory over Arizona.

Yes, the Falcon may be eaten as the bird of the weekend.

Baltimore at San Diego?

The Ravens are hot and the Chargers are not. There are plenty of turkeys in Southern California already. Thus, there is no further embarrassment that San Diego could endure with a loss to a good team like Baltimore. Let’s go with the odds’ maker underdog = Baltimore -1.5 pt.

 

St. Louis at Arizona?

The Cardinals by 2 points seems like a safe bet.

Can the Rams force another tie this season?

Arizona is just bad enough to put them up to it.

 

San Francisco at New Orleans (+2.5)?

Go figure that what the Bears did not whack out of QB Alex Smith, the Saints’ defense may have their way. Besides, the Saints’ offense has been hot the last two weekends.

A burnt overcooked 49er would be embarrassing, but an interesting Creole casserole for cannibals.

Good home cooking. Good choice for a home-dog.

 

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Monday, November 26th may be the night to select this week’s annual turkey.

The MNF nationally televised game features two teams with a combined 5 wins and 15 losses.

With no clear choice best draft choice in the coming pro draft, Carolina at Philadelphia (-2.5 fav) may be playing for the top draft pick with their 3-7 and 2-8 records.

 

The game winner will be a loser and the loser wins little to gain thus becomes a loser, again. Who shall be the final turkey is a toss-up.

 

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Vikings of Minnesota at Chicago?

The Vikes (+6) might set some bear traps for their division-leading team.

Regardless, the Bears are favored by two field goals.

 

Denver at KC?

Get the Kansas City BBQ sauce ready for a holiday cookout.

Peyton Manning might not be able to come back after the Chiefs (+7.5) get ahead.

That would make him a chump for the week and the Broncos a bunch of turkeys.

 

Oakland at Cincinnati?

The Bengals (-6) are on a run and Oakland needs to not lose more than 7 games in James’ first head coaching season in Northern California. I bet the Coach wishes he was still working the offense in Denver.

 

Titans at Jacksonville?

Jacks are 0 and 5 at home this year.

You cannot pick two turkeys for one game…. just not fair.

Figure to watch another game instead of this one.

 

Buffalo at Indy.

Indy better win by more than 3.5 points.

The Buffs surprised Miami and must likely win-out to get into this season’ playoffs. Colts are 4 and 1 at home so far this season. Luck is likely on the Colts’ side and time has passed since they were run up for 59 points by the Pats (another AFC East reason to hate Belechek’s New England teams).

 

Pitt at Cleveland?

No (betting) Line. No Play. OK?

 

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Resurrecting Leftovers to a Higher Quality Standard – (Part VI) Dailey Musings

 

What in the world to do with enough turkey to choke an army?

“Oh, no! Not turkey again.”

Meet the challenge, surprise children with a variety of good tastes, and delight Saturday night dinner party guests.

Here are a few ideas from my cookbook

(ISBN = 978-1-4327-2254-8),

 Confessions of An Oenophile *:

 

Gin’s Chinese Turkey Salad

Tiger’s Polenta and Turkey

Uncle Stan’s Turkey Tetrazzini

Cheddar, Bird, and Broccoli Sidedish

Tom Turkey Chili

U. S. Navy Bean and Turkey Soup

BBQ Sloppy Joseph

 

It will take little time finding out how sick your loved ones can get of eating cold turkey sandwiches or how lame it becomes trying to disguise turkey meat with gravy.

As long as the leftovers are stored safely, the meat can be used for days. Varying the spices is the key. Don’t be afraid of experimenting with small batches.

 

* Confessions of An Oenophile – An American Family Cookbook was published in 2008 by Outskirts Press and may be ordered for your kitchen collection and folks on your Christmas gift list from Amazon and Barnes & Noble for $29.95 plus shipping and handling.

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Copyright 2012

Max’s Scout Services & Communications, LLC

[ for musement only ]

Thanksgiving (Part Five) Dailey Muse

Amaze family, friends, and guests with your recall of Thanksgiving trivia.

For instance, remember the prime number 37: Places and townships in the United States named Plymouth, as in Plymouth Rock, the landing site of the first Pilgrims. Plymouth, Minn., is the most populous, with 71,561 residents in 2011; Plymouth, Mass., had 56,767.

64,380 *

The number of grocery stores in the United States in 2010. These establishments are expected to be extremely busy around Thanksgiving, as people prepare for their delightful meals.

4,030

The number of baked goods stores in the United States in 2010 — a potential place to visit to purchase refreshing desserts.

$12.1 million

The value of U.S. imports of live turkeys from January through July of 2012, with 99.8 percent of them coming from Canada. When it comes to sweet potatoes, the Dominican Republic was the source of 45.3 percent (2.5 million) of total imports ($5.6 million). The United States ran a $9.1 million trade deficit in live turkeys during the period but had a surplus of $40.6 million in sweet potatoes.

768 million pounds

The forecast for U.S. cranberry production in 2012. Wisconsin is estimated to lead all states in the production of cranberries, with 450 million pounds, followed by Massachusetts (estimated at 210 million).

New Jersey, Oregon and Washington are also estimated to have substantial production, ranging from 14 to 54 million pounds.

2.7 billion pounds

The total weight of sweet potatoes — another popular Thanksgiving side dish — produced by major sweet potato producing states in 2011. North Carolina (1.3 billion pounds) produced more sweet potatoes than any other state.

1.1 billion pounds

Total production of pumpkins in the major pumpkin-producing states in 2011. Illinois led the country by producing an estimated 520 million pounds of the vined orange gourd.

2.27 billion bushels

The forecasted total volume of wheat — the essential ingredient of bread, rolls and pie crust — produced in the United States in 2012. Kansas, Montana and North Dakota accounted for an estimated 40 percent of the nation’s wheat production.

672,370 tons

The 2012 contracted production of snap (green) beans in the United States. Of this total, Wisconsin led all states (309,010 tons).

254 million

The number of turkeys expected to be raised in the United States in 2012. That is up 2 percent from the number raised during 2011.

46 million

The estimate of turkeys Minnesota expects to raise in 2012.

The Gopher State was tops in turkey production, followed by North Carolina (36 million), Arkansas (29 million), Missouri (18 million), Virginia (17 million) and Indiana (17 million). These six states together account for about two-thirds of U.S. turkeys produced in 2012.

*[Note: Fact checking not by Romney-Ryan but by Yahoo! and the Associated Press]

Thanksgiving Chuckles, Giggles, and Laughs (Part IV in a Series of Dailey Muses)

Thanksgiving is a uniquely American (more accurately, USA) holiday.

The Canadians have a Thanksgiving Day, but it ain’t the real thing.

Enjoy this holiday with humor, grace, and joy!

Prep for Thanksgiving (part three in a series of dailey muses) – Getting Into The Spirit

Check out this Thanksgiving comedy episode with characters from Petticoat Junction, The Beverly Hillbillies, and Green Acres:

http://www.tv.com/shows/the-beverly-hillbillies/the-thanksgiving-spirit-72441/

Imagine spending the holidays in Hooterville ;<)

Particularly if you will be among the same group of contentious family members for more than a few hours, think of alternative activities. This week I have run into several people who cannot get into the football game and parade watching spirit.

Just Days Away “Black Friday Specials” on Soap-On-A-Rope

May God bless you and those you spend this Thanksgiving Week among!

May God continue to bless America!

Who Shall Earn the Distinction as the NFL 2012 Thanksgiving Turkey of the Weak(end)

NFL Turkey of the Weak Team?

2012 Turkey Award

 

Two home-dogs to watch: Buccaneers and Saints.

 

It does not matter that ND is #1 at 11-0. The USC Trojan Horse is likely to have some Irish tricks Saturday. Remember – Southern Cal deflated the footballs they used on offense during this season’s showdown with the previously unbeaten Oregon Ducks?!?

 

Contrary to what is written in The Good Book, the NFL conducts business and works on Sundays. This Thanksgiving Thursday matches are for our entertainment value only.

 

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Sunday, November 25th at 8:20 EST:

The result of Green Bay at NY Giants game is important for home field advantage during the playoffs???  Ike should bet on the Football Championship Giants; this Sunday night’s home field advantage is worth giving up 4.5 points.

 

= = =

 

Seattle (6 wins – 4 losses) at Miami (4-6)?

The Seahawks are favored by one?

Ike will pass on this opportunity.

Miami needs to win its home games.

 

Atlanta (9-1) at Tampa (6-4)?

The Bucs (+1) could embarrass the team with the best record in the league.

The Falcons made so many miscues (6 turnovers) during last Sunday’s victory over Arizona.

Yes, the Falcon may be eaten as the bird of the weekend.

Baltimore at San Diego?

The Ravens are hot and the Chargers are not. There are plenty of turkeys in Southern California already. Thus, there is no further embarrassment that San Diego could endure with a loss to a good team like Baltimore. Let’s go with the odds’ maker underdog = Baltimore -1.5 pt.

 

 St. Louis at Arizona?

The Cardinals by 2 points seems like a safe bet.

Can the Rams force another tie this season?

Arizona is just bad enough to put them up to it.

 

San Francisco at New Orleans (+2.5)?

Go figure that what the Bears did not whack out of QB Alex Smith, the Saints’ defense may have their way. Besides, the Saints’ offense has been hot the last two weekends.

A burnt overcooked 49er would be embarrassing, but an interesting Creole casserole for cannibals.

Good home cooking. Good choice for a home-dog.

 

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Monday, November 26th  may be the night to select this week’s annual turkey.

The MNF nationally televised game features two teams with a combined 5 wins and 15 losses.

With no clear choice best draft choice in the coming pro draft, Carolina at Philadelphia (-2.5 fav) may be playing for the top draft pick with their 3-7 and 2-8 records.

 

The game winner will be a loser and the loser wins little to gain thus becomes a loser, again. Who shall be the final turkey is a toss-up.

 

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Vikings of Minnesota at Chicago?

The Vikes (+6) might set some bear traps for their division-leading team.

Regardless, the Bears are favored by two field goals.

 

Denver at KC?

Get the Kansas City BBQ sauce ready for a holiday cookout.

Peyton Manning might not be able to come back after the Chiefs (+7.5) get ahead.

That would make him a chump for the week and the Broncos a bunch of turkeys.

 

Oakland at Cincinnati?

The Bengals (-6) are on a run and Oakland needs to not lose more than 7 games in James’ first head coaching season in Northern California. I bet the Coach wishes he was still working the offense in Denver.

 

Titans at Jacksonville?

Jacks are 0 and 5 at home this year.

You cannot pick two turkeys for one game…. just not fair.

Figure to watch another game instead of this one.

 

Buffalo at Indy.

Indy better win by more than 3.5 points.

The Buffs surprised Miami and must likely win-out to get into this season’ playoffs. Colts are 4 and 1 at home so far this season. Luck is likely on the Colts’ side and time has passed since they were run up for 59 points by the Pats (another AFC East reason to hate Belechek’s New England teams).

 

Pitt at Cleveland?

No (betting) Line. No Play. OK?

 

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For Amusement Only:

 

NY Jets* (4-6) host the NE  Pats (7-3) (who are the 7 pt. fav) on Thanksgiving night. If fans fall asleep after eating too much and having too much fun, so be it.

 

First game is Houston (8-1) (3 pt. fav) vs. Detroit Lions* (4-5) at 12:30 EST on CBS.

 

Washington District of Columbia Redskins* (4.5 pt. underdog) vs. Cowboys at 4:15 p.m. EST on FOX, at Dallas – in the heart of Texas.

 

* FYI, for musement only: We Americans will root for the underdogs on Turkey Day.

 

 

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Copyright MMXII

Max’s Scout Services & Communications, LLC

[ for musement only ]

Prep for Thanksgiving (part one) – Making Winning Wine Buys

Dateline: Thanksgiving 2012

 

Some folk make lists of all the things we are thankful for; some calculate and others plan and write detailed shopping lists.

Don’t forget to add:

WINE PAIRINGS

to both lists

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Author of the cookbook, “Confessions of An Oenophile”

Whether you’re a vegetarian or traditional turkey-ist, you’ll need a wine with enough fruit and acidity to pair with your protein as well as the variety of sweet and savory fixings, from candied yams and cranberry sauce to green bean casserole.

Epicurious suggests that vegetarians who slice into this blend of soy and wheat un-turkey need a wine to brighten and cleanse the palate. A California sparkling wine,“Va de Vi” non-vintage (Sonoma County, California) $20, with its bright Meyer lemon and ripe peach flavors, is perfect, and will delight everyone at the table.

Fish: The pilgrims probably didn’t poach salmon, but doesn’t mean you can’t. We suggest enjoying it with a rich chardonnay. Chardonnay 2010(Central Coast, CA )$14,which has layers of butter, citrus, and cream.

Turkey: Most wine experts agree that the fruitiness and low-to-moderate tannins in pinot noir make it the ideal pairing for roast turkey. Get lucky and find a Pinot Noir 2011 (Oregon), for about $20, that has juicy red berry flavors, mineral overtones, and a delightfully long finish. You may spend upwards to $40 for a Pinot that is not so green.

Beef:  Are y’all busting out the brisket this Thanksgiving? Nothing pairs more beautifully with a braised meat than rich cabernet sauvignon. Plan on spending more than $20 per bottle for a vintage from Napa County.