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Let’s Ban Bias And Prejudice

Several weeks ago, I had the honor of delivering a Keynote Speech at a Human Resources conference in Huntsville, Alabama, somewhere I had never been.   Prior to the event, I interacted with several of the other speakers for the event.  Sadly, two of them began making fun of us going to rural Alabama, claiming that we would be meeting and presenting to “a bunch of rednecks and hillbillies.”  I found this prejudgment incredibly unfair and unjust.  The rest of this story is both highly ironic and full of Karma. Upon arriving in Huntsville, banner signs ...

Illinois Meets Florida: Discovering A New Hobson’s Choice

Definition of Hobson's choice 1: an apparently free choice when there is no real alternative 2: the necessity of accepting one of two or more equally objectionable alternatives   Since moving to Florida, I quickly learned that parking your car under a tree helps prevent unbearable heat in the car since the tree provides natural shade.  Unfortunately, most of these Florida trees are full of birds that drop you-know-what on your car.  This presents a true Hobson’s Choice:  do I accept a much hotter car interior or bird crap on my car?   The origin for this interesting ...

Illinois Meets Florida

I am still adjusting to my new environment here in Florida.  As such, something very funny happened the other day, illuminating the fact that I am still acclimating to my new place and climate. Every day, I go for walks around the lagoon my place looks out on.  On any given walk, I see 40-50 little lizards that scurry across the sidewalk in front of me.  One day, when returning to my air-conditioned townhome, I saw one of these creatures race across my living room floor.  Moving to my hands and knees, I cluelessly tried to ...