Pu Pu Platter @David Chu’s

Celebrated Mother’s Day today @David Chu’s in Baltimore. 


In addition to my favorite, Sesame Chicken, Dossy ordered the Pu Pu Platter. 


2 BBQ Ribs

2 Teriyaki Beef

2 Spring Rolls

2 Frieds Won Tons

2 Chicken Toast


(Thankfully, there was no poo in the pu pu!)


All this Kosher Chinese food, had me craving a Coca Cola afterwards like it always does. 


Then we stopped at Market Maven, which replaced Seasons that went bankrupted last year. 


Overall, a nice family day that I am so grateful for to Hashem!  😉


(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Mother’s Day Trump Mug

Mother’s Day appreciation mug for my wife. 


I knew she would love it. 


– She’s a great mom, terrific, beautiful, fantastic. 


– Other moms, total disasters, everyone agrees. 


Trump says it best.  


Happy Mother’s Day! 😉


(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

(Maybe) Stop Complaining

So this past Shabbat, there was a wonderful guest speaker at Aish, Rav Gav(riel) Friedman. 


He was a very lively speaker and with a lot of worthy teachings for his lucky audience. 


One thing he said that really stuck with me is about people that complain. 


People have hard lives!


As he said, “I don’t know what each of you has been through.”


But one thing that can help us cope with our challenges is our perspective.  


And then he said the following:

We need to be glad that we have something to complain about!


Huh, what does that mean?


Well, think about it…


– If you complain about your spouse, thank G-d that you are married (and have a life partner) to complain about. 


– If you complain about your job, thank G-d that you have a job (and income) that you can complain about. 


– If you complain about your food, thank G-d that you have food to eat (and sustenance for your body) to complain about.


And so on and so forth. 


Whatever we complain about, think about what you actually have (the big picture) and what you are complaining about (usually the little picture). 


Really, we have so much to be grateful for that we can easily just forget or take for granted. 


So next time your complaining, THINK ABOUT WHAT YOU HAVE that you are complaining about–you might stop yourself from complaining.  😉


(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

An Alarm Clock – My Gag Gift

So we had our holiday party today, and guess what I got?


Yes, a Sharp Twin Bell Alarm Clock!


Of course, with each gag gift came a mini-speech by some of the managers as why they choose this gift for you.


So of course, I am consistently the first one in every morning and the person who opens up for everyone else–reliable, dependable, and hard-working Andy! 🙂


Some of my other colleagues got a hula hoop, a toy toolkit, a mini teapot, a little school bus, coffee mugs with funny sayings, a rock and roll trophy, mini boxing gloves, stuffed pillows with smileys, and more. 


Each came with its own unique story.


Pizza, beer, and bowling were part of the festivities. 


It’s nice when people appreciate each other and can have some fun. 


Thanks for the holiday party and the alarm clock.  😉


(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Don’t Take Away The Breadcrumbs

So today it was announced that they want to cancel the meager cost of living adjustment (COLA) increase that federal workers were slated to get for 2019. 


A mere 2.1% increase in federal pay (compared with a more than 4% projected increase in private sector pay for 2018) is basically just enough to cover inflation for 2018 forecast at 1.9%.


In effect, without the cost of living adjustment, about 2 million federal employees end up with a net decrease of 2% in their standard of living because of inflation and no pay increase to offset. 


This is on top of the fiscal year 2011 and 2012 federal pay freeze that President Obama prior enacted. 


Why are we picking on the federal workforce when:


1) The U.S. economy is booming at an annual 4.1% increase

2) Of the $10 trillion tax cuts, 20% is being showered on the wealthiest 1%.


Le’s just call a spade a spade–the pay freeze (i.e. cut after inflation) is really being driven to downsize government by driving employees out


Many of these are good people, hardworking people, and those that not only serve their nation but also sacrifice for it. 


With midterms around the corner and another Presidental election coming in a couple of years, why would you want to alienate 2 million workers instead of getting respect and even greater dedication?


As was written on this simple pair of blue jeans:

“Don’t beat your croutons, you’ll get breadcrumbs.”  

In this case, don’t beat up your federal workforce by taking their meager breadcrumbs, to begin with. 


Instead, let’s show our appreciation for federal employees service to their country. 😉


(Full disclosure: I am a federal employee and am proud to serve.)


(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

What’s It’s Like To Be A Bag

It’s funny, like most of us, my daughter stuffs the shopping bags in the draw or into another “bag of bags” to reuse. 


My son-in-law joked about feeling bad for the bags all crinkled up and thrown in with all the others like that. 


He drew this little sign on a paper towel, and put it on the fridge:


Bag’s life


This is what a crying creased up bag looks like. 


Maybe even inanimate objects have feelings too. 


As human beings, we can learn to treat everything in the world kindly and with appreciation. 


Bye bye baggy. 😉


(Source Drawing: Itzchak Ochayon)

Feeding Frenzy

A colleague told me something really great. 


Once a month she helps others in the office that are less fortunate. 


She told me that the cleaning people have various disabilities, and they are underappreciated for the difficult work they do. 


So once a month she treats them for breakfast!


As I got on the elevator with her, some of the cleaning people were calling to her in a frenzy asking when they were doing the next one. 


She told them the date, and they seemed so happy and valued. 


I thought to myself, WOW!–what an amazing gesture of compassion, kindness, and charity for others.  


It’s not necessarily the money itself, but rather making a habit out of doing something good for others. 


I imagined G-d looking down from Heaven at this lady and that she would never be hungry because she makes sure to feed breakfast and gratitude to others. 😉


(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)