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Put a label on it

Though I’ve previously written about a similar topic with a post which appeared on December 10, 2015 “Organize & Label the Equipment,” recent experiences lead me to revisit the topic from a different angle. That post was about our efforts to label our equipment as ours such that it doesn’t get confused with that owned […]

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David’s fondness for labels, checklists, and written protocols is well known by those of us at Magnus. It seems, at least to me, that we have written documentation of almost everything we do, thus, it came as a surprise to me that, in our haste to make hurricane preparations, we overlooked anything, including the important […]

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That old dude in the suit went to Woodstock….

This has happened to me several times and it is worth writing about in this post. Sometimes, things, and sometimes, people, are not what they seem. When I am working for attorneys, I conduct myself in an entirely different manner, while wearing entirely different attire, than when I am in the presence of friends. Almost […]

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Some of our clients are people who will relate to the line from a song “get a real hair cut and get a real job,” because they did.  In a business suit, with that real hair cut, and probably a neck tie, it is sometimes difficult to imagine them in any way other than as  […]

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If all else fails…

I remember that I first heard “If all else fails, read the directions” from my Dad, decades ago. He really didn’t operate that way, but the point was, if you can’t figure it out on your own, the directions might help. (Not always – I wonder who writes some of them!) Anyway, this year has […]

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It is strange to consider that, for an increasing number of attorneys, obtaining advice from a trial consultant is done only as a last resort. Thinking within this narrow frame of reference is harmful to the attorney, not to mention his or her client, for a variety of reasons: (1) last minute research is usually […]

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Venice and Asa

A Point of View

Melissa Pigott, Ph.D.

On October 24, 2017

Category: Life Outside of Work, Magnus, Magnus Insights, Magnus Research, Work-Life

I am writing this post on the birthday of my late cousin, Venice. Venice was my dad’s first cousin. She lived her entire life of 88 years in Ivan, near Crawfordville, Florida. Ivan and Crawfordville are located in Wakulla County, near Tallahassee, Florida. My dad was born in Medart, also in Wakulla County, a few […]

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Another View

David H. Fauss, M.S.M.

On October 24, 2017

Category: Life Outside of Work, Magnus, Magnus Insights, Magnus Research, Work-Life

I heard about Venice and Asa for quite a while prior to meeting them. But, Melissa took me to Crawfordville to meet them not too long after I met her. Talk about off the grid -they lived out in the country for sure! But, what a cool part of Florida and, as someone who enjoys […]

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Irma Aftermath 5: Disasters bring out the Good and the Bad in people

There have been plenty of examples of how storms and the other disasters like Irma bring out the worst in people, e.g., those fighting over bottled water. (Hey, people – fill up bottles from your taps!) Or they bring out the worst people – like the home invaders or looters who end up in the […]

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I believe there are more good people than bad people, however, it is often the bad people who receive the most attention.  The news media focus on all the negativity in the world because “it’s news,” while sometimes ignoring the positivity that surrounds us.  David’s and my friend who offered to use his airboat to […]

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Chicken Salad

A Point of View

Melissa Pigott, Ph.D.

On October 17, 2017

Category: Life Outside of Work, Magnus, Magnus Insights, Magnus Research, Work-Life

David’s mother, Carole, is not only my mother-in-law; she is my friend. Carole and I have been friends since the day I met her. There are many wonderful things I could, and do, say about Carole, including we went to a Stevie Wonder concert together (how cool is that?), and she is smart, pretty, and […]

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Another View

David H. Fauss, M.S.M.

On October 17, 2017

Category: Life Outside of Work, Magnus, Magnus Insights, Magnus Research, Work-Life

The realization that we had eaten Mom’s chicken salad for the last time hit us months after it happened. It had just always been there, as part of lunch, whenever we visited from out of town (given that we left Jacksonville in 1989). And, it had been a part of my life throughout high school […]

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Things We Can’t Charge to Clients

David’s mother, my dear mother-in-law, is such a nice, kind, compassionate person that the worst thing I have ever heard her say about someone or a situation is that he/she/it, it is “interesting.” When I say something or someone is “interesting,” I am using the word as it is typically used, to imply someone or […]

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Lest any client read this and think they have been charged for items #1 to 7, rest assured that, when compiling a bill, the charges are reviewed by me. I am pretty sure I’ve caught it when employees have attempted to slide something by in this regard. But, it has amazed me that these employees […]

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Irma Aftermath 3: Get Ready/Have a Plan

Maybe it is because I was a Boy Scout whose motto of “Be Prepared” has stuck with me that I have plans and have made preparations for hurricanes, the number 1 threat we face in Florida. We don’t get snowstorms, earthquakes (well, not often), or mountain slides, but as a Florida native, I know hurricanes […]

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David is as prepared for a hurricane as anyone I know.  The only way he could be more prepared is if he had an airboat loaded onto a trailer and ready to pull behind a big truck if needed.  (David, I sure would love to have an airboat, but for fun outings, not hurricanes!)  The […]

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Value diversity

In a song called, “Nobody Told Me,” written by John Lennon, part of the chorus is: Nobody told me there’d be days like these Strange days indeed Most peculiar, Mama Although the song was released posthumously in 1984, its lyrics ring just as true today as when they were written. These are, indeed, strange days. […]

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I’m a middle aged white guy, from a pretty conservative, Baptist, upbringing and part of the world. So, my perspective on diversity might be suspect to some. But, living outside of the USA gave me a perspective that was eye opening. I was the outsider, even in a country where people spoke the same language, […]

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Irma Aftermath 2: Meaning of “Mandatory”

“Mandatory” is defined as compulsory. “Mandatory” is also synonymous with obligatory, binding, required, requisite, necessary, essential and imperative. “Mandatory” means “you gotta’ do it.” In the case of a hurricane, “mandatory” evacuations are often ordered, but because no one is likely to be arrested and jailed for not abiding by such an order, there are […]

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Mandatory means mandatory.  Some people I know evidently believe mandatory means voluntarily, or “I will if I feel like it,” or a variety of things that imply a choice.  When someone lives in a low lying area, for example, near the Atlantic Ocean or the Gulf of Mexico, he/she should expect to be among the […]

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