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Sep 11

You Look Comfortable!

Posted on Monday, September 11, 2017 in Uncategorized

With a warm smile, that’s what a new client said to me today, “You look comfortable!”

Yes it was another sunny September day in scenic Lancaster County, 10 am, first appointment of the week and I was well rested and ready to go. However I think it had more to do with the contentment and joy in doing what I do. Perhaps some of it is being completely confident in what I do. I meet over 500 NEW people each year. I’ve met with THOUSANDS of people about Medicare insurance. The basics are the same, the presentation is the same, but the people are all different. Each person is an individual, so each time it feels brand new, and it’s fun!


Oct 31

Ephrata Girls U12 Soccer G-Force!

Posted on Saturday, October 31, 2009 in Uncategorized

Another season of soccer has come and gone.  The “G Force” was 2-5 with a 3rd place finish in the Season ending festival.   In a show of team solidarity they all sprayed their hair with purple and gold paint and sparkles, then added some face paint with Gold E’s and their jersey number on their cheeks.  Earlier this week we had fun at our last practice by dressing up and being silly.

Ephrata Girls U12 Fall 09

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Ephrata Girls U12 Funny Face
Ephrata Girls U12 Halloween Practice

Ephrata Girls U12 Halloween Practice

Aug 23

Kate Gosselin Meets Brother Weems

Posted on Sunday, August 23, 2009 in Uncategorized

Thursday I was at Park City, looking to park near the outdoor fountain shops (which is always next to impossible), and i spotted 3 cars in a row, as if lined up ready to pull into parking spaces.  Out of the front vehicle was a blonde with severely sloped hair and oversized superstar sunglasses. 

As I pulled down the next row I saw a dude with a camera and bazooka sized telephoto lens.  Quickly surmising the situation, i rolled down my window and hollered, “Is that HER?”  (meaning Kate Gosselin of course!)  He said, “Yes!”

I drove back around, only to see her in her black Toyota SUV pulling out.  I called Lori and said, “I’ll give you one guess of who I just saw.”  She guessed it right away.

So, thinking the adventure was over, I parked by Penney’s and walked in the mall to go to Wachovia.  As I came out of the bank, who should walk right past, but Kate Gosselin.  I was confused, as I clearly saw her leave, but what the heck I followed her.  I got Lori on the line and start to give the play-by-play.  I readied my Flip video camera for anything that might be worth recording.

I don’t know why I expected her to have an entourage, but she didn’t.  She walked into the Hallmark store and I stayed out on one of the benches.  As she left I was back in pursuit.  She stopped to greet a fan before going out the Fountain Shoppes exit.  I went out and she was just hanging out by the shrubs near Williams Sonoma.  Another fan approached, so I figured what the heck, why not say hi!

“My wife and daughter watch your show ALL the time!”  I bellowed.

“Shhh!” She shushed me, “I’m trying to go unnoticed…I want to go over to Ann Taylor without causing a commotion.”

Just then another young girl came up and asked for an autograph.  KG pulled out an already signed publicity photo from her purse and gave it to the gushing fan.  I said, “You got any more of those?  My daughter’s name is Kate too, and she’d love one.”  She obliged, I thanked her and left her alone.

After this exchange, I called Lori, who was shopping at WalMart in Ephrata, and she immediately headed for Park City to see if she and our Kate could be part of the action.  They made it in there in record time and even went into Ann Taylor, but did not see her.

As I was headed back to my car, I stopped to talked to the paparazzi dude.  He’s from NYC and follows whoever in demand.  Security rolled up to tell him and his buddy to move along, just she was on her way to her car.

I had seen enough, but Lori & Kate actually followed the photo stalkers on the road as they trailed KG.  They tagged along all the way to Berks County before hanging it up.

We felt kind of “dirty” chasing her around, but it was irresistable.  It’s a national soap opera playing out on our stage, Lancaaster and Berks Counties, and since the opportunity was there, we played along.

Aug 16

MMMMMMMMMM Popeye’s!!!

Posted on Sunday, August 16, 2009 in Uncategorized

My favorite fast food chicken!

My favorite fast food chicken!

It was a sad, sad day when the Popeye’s in Lancaster closed.  No more spicy chicken and rice and beans and GRAPE soda ON TAP!  Plus blaring blues music while you gorge.

It’s been a few years since I’ve been to a Popeye’s.  There’s a few a long RT. 81 in VA and MD, and I made a pit stop last week while travelling to Smith Mountain Lake with the kids.  The food was every bit as good as I remembered it.  Ditto for the other travelers, as we shared our love of the brand. 

No grape soda though, and only Phil Collins on the radio, bummers both.

Aug 16

Amish Mass Transit? Bikepooling?

Posted on Sunday, August 16, 2009 in Uncategorized

I was out and about going to Open Houses in and around Ephrata on Sunday and I found myself behind this group.  It’s like 6 Amish women on some sort of bicycle built for as many.  It looks like they could generate a pretty decent amount of speed.  Keep in mind, it’s about 2 pm, 90 degrees and super humid, I’m sweatin in shorts and a golf shirt.  Maybe the secret to keeping cool is wearing an all cotton apron dress!

Jul 28

Missing Person in Ephrata!!!

Posted on Tuesday, July 28, 2009 in Uncategorized

Ephrata McDonalds

IT’S ME!!!

See the post below about my doctor visit.  I haven’t been to Mickey D’s in 4 weeks!

Jul 17

My Golf Career Is Over!!!

Posted on Friday, July 17, 2009 in Uncategorized

138.  I shot 138 yesterday at Iron Valley.  Last year at the same course I shot 97.

Over 30 strokes in penalties did me in.  But ultimately it was my lack of playing that all but guaranteed a horrible round.  It was only my 2nd round of the year.  And that round was a 110 at the short and easy Manor Golf Course.

This is so hard to stomach, but it makes sense.  I started playing at 13, played in high school, and from the age of 24 to the age of 36 I played a lot of golf, like twice a week from the first thaw in March to the first snowflakes in late November.   Once Kate was born, and  my career path changed,  I no longer had the time or passion for the game.

This is not a game you can expect to play well without repetition.  Some years I’ve played less than 5 times.  It is hard to do something you once were pretty darn good at.  What can you think of that you no longer perform as well?

138.  79 on the front nine!  That barely beats my score the first time I ever played 9 holes of real golf, 34 years ago, when I had an 81.

Better stick to team sports and share the misery of ineptitude!

Jun 29

QVC the Place For Me?

Posted on Monday, June 29, 2009 in Uncategorized

I’m blogging from the “cyber cafe” inside the QVC campus in West Chester, PA.

A few months ago, my high school pal Trina asked if I’d be interested in helping her husband, Jeff,  sell their coiled garden hose product on QVC.  Brother Weems and coiled garden hose, a match made in heaven, right?

Since they live in Oregon and it’s a plane ride and atleast a one night stay overnight to do a 5 minute show here, why not send someone else, namely me, who lives an hour away.

So after weeks of intensive training in hose technology and QVC sales philosophy, I’m here awaiting “showtime”, at about 4:30 today.  Hopefully it’s just the first of many successful visits!

(Don’t expect me to be Billy Mays, RIP, it’s not that kind of presentation.  Nor will I be ShamWeems, like the ShamWow guy.  The host runs the show, I’m to be like a guest in their house)

…several hours later…

Sure was bright outside…they could’ve told me we’d be out in bright sunlight!

Apr 20

Boomchakalakas Undefeated!

Posted on Monday, April 20, 2009 in Family, Uncategorized

That’s the name of the Ephrata U-10 girls soccer team I coach.   The name was selected after the girls couldn’t agree on another name, so I gave them 20 suggestions, and this one won by virtue of being the silliest.

After coaching Nathan 3x and Kate twice I was looking forward to a season off from the sidelines, but it was not to be.  Luckily I have a group with talent and brains that play together, and despite the rainy weather limiting us to just 3 practices, we are 3-0.

Kate scored 2 of our 4 goals against a feisty Pequea Valley team yesterday.  She was sleep deprived from a birthday party sleepover, and had a belly full of pizza from lunch, but played her best game ever.  Go Figure.  She has even been stong in goal, where once she was a nightmare.  Unless your kid LIKES to play goalie, watching it happen is often painful.

Yeh, I know it’s not supposed to be about wins and losses, but let me tell you, even at age 5 they know who wins and who loses.   At age 10, they definitely have more fun winning than losing, as does their coach!  Boomchakalaka, Boomchakalaka, Boomchakalaka!

Apr 19

The Green Dragon & Islamic Terrorists?

Posted on Sunday, April 19, 2009 in Uncategorized

Gee what a shocker…people selling counrefeit merchandise at the Green Dragon Flea Market in Ephrata!  I’m sure  the vast mjority of goods sold are legit, but how can some bogus stuff ever be kept out?  But that’s not the headline.

We have become conditioned  to be fearful of anyone with a Middle Eastern surname, so when the published names of the 10 or so arrested for selling knock-off Nikes and illegitmate designer goods, the dots were connected and the notion was raised that the profits made could be funding terrorists home and abroad.  Whattya think? 

It’s possible.  At Wachovia we were force fed course after course on due diligence, and this was a common topic of suspicious activity, that a pattern of deposits from any individual or business could actually be a trickle leading to a stream of funding a group with more than just commerce on their minds.