Why Can’t The English Be More English

Brexit

The people of the United Kingdom voted in referendum yesterday for Brexit (British exit) or independence from the European Union (EU). 


Unity is a wonderful thing when values and vision is widely shared and the burden and benefits are more or less evenly distributed. 


But in the case of the UK in the EU, the vote for independence was anchored in the unsettling issues of mass immigration from the Arab Spring, the debt crisis of many of the poorer Southern EU states (e.g. Greece, Spain, Portugal, etc.), the decision of the UK to maintain their own currency (not accepting the Euro), and culturally (and language-wise), even though they all interact with each other, the UK has more in common with the US and Australia, then they ever had with Germany, France, and the rest of Europe. 


It is really very understandable that the UK doesn’t want to lose their identity and sovereignty and just be another EU state–rather than be a unique, independent, and dominant entity of it’s own, charting their own course and driving their own fate. 


While it’s great to a part of something bigger, sometimes being yourself is more important, and you can still interact with the rest. 

No people should be forced to become a shadow of themselves, and if the call is for independence, then that is noble call even if it is inconvenient for those who would rather call themselves the EU. 


Unity may best be by alliance rather than strict integration…one for all and all for each and every one. 😉


(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Emphasis On The Eyes

Vogue Paris.jpeg

Really liked this picture that my daughter, Rebecca, showed me in Vogue Paris.


The lady has this amazing tattoo around her eyes.


The way the lines come out and around, flowing from the ends of her eyes, is so awesome.


The dark and exotic swirling emphasis around the blue eyes makes her look deep, mysterious, and undeniably sexy.


Mike Tyson and his facial tattoo has nothing on this model.


Also, reminds me of when Rebecca, as a kid, asked me joking around, “What does Y-E-S spell?”


Okay, how easy is that, “YES.”


Then she said “What does E-Y-E-S spell?”


And not thinking, I fall for it and blurt out E-YES.


Man, you don’t know how to spell EYES–stupid, stupid, stupid! 😉


(Source Photo: Rebecca Blumenthal)

Hippie Bus Menorah

Hippie Bus Menorah
I took this photo today of a Menorah made on the top of a VW Bus. 



Inside, the bus still had the seats, and outside it had these cute Hippie flower pedals. 



It was unique, fun, colorful, nostalgic and it rolls. 



Plus you can fulfill the commandment (mitzvah) of lighting candles at Chanukah time. 



What a novel piece of Judaica–love it! 😉



(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

The Lights Never Really Go Off

Light Switch

It was interesting at work recently, when a colleague was contemplating what to do about some key person being out of the office and unavailable…



And they go: “Next man or women up–last one flips off the light.”



In other words as they say, the show must go on!



So hurry up and let’s get the person’s deputy, “second,” or the next one on the ladder read in and working on this. 



When it comes to work, we can’t stop because someone is “out of pocket”–the job presuposes any particular person or persons.



While many peope think (or wish) they are irreplaceable, the truth is that with the exception of your closest family and friends, we are all just shy of, “Okay, whose up next?”



I remember a friend who told me many years ago that he believed that the whole world revolved around him (yes really), and that everyone else was “just a figment of my imagination.”



Ha, I’m pretty sure that a lot of people have had a similar thought or sentiment about themselves. 



But the truth is that while everyone is unique and invaluable–there are over 7 billion of us out there and growing–so there is always someone else waiting in the wings to jump on an opportunity to fill someone else’s shoes (no matter how big). 



It is a harsh world and reality–but we are here as long as we are here, and then there are others who come after. 



In a sense, this is a good thing, because as mere mortals, we don’t want everything to depend on us–we are frail, we get sick, we die–but by having others who can step in and carry the flag forward, our efforts do not end with us. 🙂



(Source Photo: here with attribution to Niklas Morberg)

Diamonds and Opals

Ring
I just wanted to share this photo of a beautiful ring I found in Santa Fe. 



I like the big diamond in the middle surrounded/lined on both sides by more diamonds.



What seemed really special was that it was inlaid in a setting of beautiful blue, green, and red opal gemstones. 



I asked the jeweler how much this ring was…



Couldn’t believe the price tag for this was $35,000!



Probably a little steep for most people, and not exactly traditional, but in my mind, it was definitely a stand out. 😉

Cool Cat

Cat
So yesterday I was coming home from the fitness center/pool.



I was wearing shorts and pool shoes even though it was only in the 30’s-40’s temperature out. 



This large man with a Texas accent stops me to ask how I can dress like that around Winter time.



And it’s particularly funny, because there is another man overhearing this conversation next to us wrapped up in no less than 2 coats/layers.



So I say in a lighthearted way “I guess that I just have warm blood, so the temperature doesn’t really bother me.”



He says, “Uh, in Florida, when it goes into the 60’s, people start shivering and bundling up down there.”



I smile, and say “Well maybe we’re just different people.”



Then he goes, “I like that–I like people that think different! You know why, [and he pauses and repeats again] you know why?”



I look at him sort of eyes wide open at this point waiting to hear his explanation to the build up. 



And he says, “Because it means they don’t give a sh*t what other people think!”



At that point we both started nodding and laughing. 



Maybe you had to be there, but I think you can probably envision this sort of nutty scene.  😉



(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Lucky Earrings

Lucky Earrings
My daughter found these lucky European earrings today from France.

 
– Queen of diamond playing cards
 
– Roll of the dice take your chance
 
– Lucky in love hearts
 
– Spicy green lucky charm hot peppers
 
Reminds me of something a colleague told me the other day about when your ears ring…it’s right for love, and left for spite. 
 
Anyway, thought this was pretty good luck just finding these special earrings. 😉

Are They Anything Without Him?

Sometimes, one person can be so instrumental to the success of an organization that they really are, for all intensive purposes, irreplaceable.

Leadership classes and anecdotes about great leaders tell us that one of leaders primary duties is a good succession plan.

But what happens, when a visionary place like Apple, loses their very special talent–someone that is truly their “secret sauce”–someone like a Steve Jobs–who you can’t just replicate or replace (easily or maybe at all)?

While Apple still makes great products, the jury is still out on whether they can truly innovate without Job’s vision, exacting attention to detail, and bigger than life persona.

Hence, the question, are they anything without him?

Perhaps, Apple can find the next Steve Jobs–who will bring new energy and talents and keep them a great organization–or perhaps not.

This new movie about Jobs–played by Ashton Kutcher will remind us of the magic that a truly special leader can bring to an organization.

If only there was a pill to swallow to make talented leaders–now that would be a job for Jobs. 😉

Parking Lot Crazy Car

Parking Lot Crazy Car

One man’s trash is another man’s treasure–funny, interesting, weird, how does it make you feel?

This car, aside from the missing fender, window, and masking tape and cord holding it together, has got a crown of mementos on its hood and roof (aside from the stuff piled in the side and rear seat).

A collage, mosaic–artsy self expression–this car is someone’s jewel.

Almost can’t believe that it still runs, but it got to this shopping mall parking lot somehow–and it manages to get its share of attention.

Wondering–is this a hoarder’s mentality and does the person’s home also look like this too or is this someone’s big statement about their values and beliefs?

Definitely unique, an eye catcher, and a whole different way to think of a Honda. 😉

(Source photo: me)

Finding Chicken Little


I was taken aback today to see this young lady walking her dog with a rubber chicken hanging off the back of her pants.

The chicken was hanging by one leg and swinging back and forth–twisting and turning.

I imagined that if this chicken was alive, it would be begging for mercy tied to the back like that.

Anyway, I’m not sure if this is a joke or a play toy for the dog, but it just seemed like a unique photo.

How would you caption this picture (and please keep it politically correct)?