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5 Most Fun Things We’ve Done: Dog Sled Ride

A Point of View

Melissa Pigott, Ph.D.

On August 14, 2018

Category: Business Partnerships, Getting Through Life and Work, Life Outside of Work, Travel, Work-Life

Second in the series of the 5 most fun things David and I have done is riding in a dog sled. There was a period of time when David and I attended ski seminars sponsored by an attorneys organization; I was one of the speakers at these seminars. Because ski seminars are, of course, held […]

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David H. Fauss, M.S.M.

On August 14, 2018

Category: Business Partnerships, Getting Through Life and Work, Life Outside of Work, Travel, Work-Life

Riding a sled was more fun than I anticipated. It was also colder than I could ever have imagined. I got in the snow suit and felt like I was in a space suit and had to get used to moving around in it. Then I had to fit myself into the sled and had […]

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5 Most Fun Things We’ve Done: Mardi Gras 2018

A Point of View

Melissa Pigott, Ph.D.

On August 7, 2018

Category: Business Partnerships, Getting Through Life and Work, Life Outside of Work, Travel, Work-Life

This is the first post in a series of 5 that focus on the 5 most fun things David and I have done since we met in 1986. These 5 activities are varied and, interestingly to us, all of them involve some form of transportation. They are not ranked in terms of their degree of […]

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Another View

David H. Fauss, M.S.M.

On August 7, 2018

Category: Business Partnerships, Getting Through Life and Work, Life Outside of Work, Travel, Work-Life

We started this blog to share our work and life experiences, so it should seem natural to have a series of posts about fun. Anyone who has read our posts knows that finding ways to break up the pressures of work with an interlude of fun has allowed us to keep us keeping on. Riding […]

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Life and Work – Have Fun When You Can

This concept presents itself in many ways. The saying “life is short, eat dessert first” is one way. But, aside from that, building fun into “the plan” is one benefit of operating a small business. While we’ve written things along these lines in the past, recent discussions with family and friends are reminders of the […]

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I can’t begin to count the number of times David’s mother, Carole, said, “Have fun!” when David and I were leaving her house to meet with a prospective client (the opposite of having fun, in my opinion); conducting mock jury research (very stressful and hard work, involving long hours); selecting a jury (the ultimate stressful […]

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Mardi Gras Beads

A Point of View

Melissa Pigott, Ph.D.

On April 24, 2018

Category: Life Outside of Work, Travel

Mardi Gras beads. Why spend time writing a post about Mardi Gras beads? The answer is that Mardi Gras beads are more than just beads. If you have no idea what I’m talking about, then you are among the unfortunate people who have never been to Mardi Gras. David and I have had the pleasure […]

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David H. Fauss, M.S.M.

On April 24, 2018

Category: Life Outside of Work, Travel

Beads, Beads, good for the heart, to borrow a phrase, with apologies to all. But, seriously, having been on the receiving end of thousands of bead throws, it is hard to explain the excitement of catching, or trying to catch them – it gets competitive. Most people know that, in New Orleans at least, there […]

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Chains or Local Restaurants?

On this dimension, I have observed that people fall into 1 of 2 categories. There are people who prefer large, national chain restaurants over local restaurants and those, like me, who prefer local restaurants over chains, for the most part. Perhaps I learned this from my Dad, who was always on the road during his […]

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No offense to the readers of this post who like chain restaurants, however, as a rule, I loathe them. I will go out of my way to avoid eating at a chain restaurant whenever possible. I prefer to patronize local eateries wherever I travel, both for business and pleasure. There are exceptions, of course, including […]

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Jet Lag

Travel for business can be strenuous; so can personal travel, for that matter. And time zone crossing travel just adds to that stress. Having made 3 trips to Australia, I know about time zone crossing. Melissa and I don’t do international trips for work, but crossing even 1 or 2 or 3 time zones across […]

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Believe me: I know all about jet lag.  Early in my career as a trial consultant, I lived in Atlanta, but worked in Boston, for a company based in Los Angeles, where I had to go on a frequent basis.  In any given week, I “commuted” from Atlanta to Boston on Monday, then traveled with […]

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Frequent Flyer Points

When we started our blogging in mid-2013, Melissa and I started writing down a list of topics. The first 150 or so topics came quickly off the top of our heads; this is my #112. As we’ve written the posts over the past few years, topics which seemed timely were added and we have not […]

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Coincidentally, David chose to write this post soon after using hundreds of thousands of frequent flyer points to book flights to and from Greece. The process of using frequent flyer points is an arduous and stressful endeavor: one must begin by finding flights (a long time from the booking date, because frequent flyer points typically […]

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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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Irma Aftermath 4: Critical Comms

A Point of View

David H. Fauss, M.S.M.

On October 12, 2017

Category: Business Frustrations, Business Travel, Getting the Job Done, Small Business Success, Travel, Trial Consulting

The adage “communication is key” could not be more apropos when talking about events such as a hurricane. Irma provided us with several examples of how true this is. Whether it is the absence of communications (comms) when telephones, television, or internet is down, or the overload of comms when some of those devices (think […]

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Another View

Melissa Pigott, Ph.D.

On October 12, 2017

Category: Business Frustrations, Business Travel, Getting the Job Done, Small Business Success, Travel, Trial Consulting

There is a great song by Led Zeppelin called, “Communication Breakdown.” The song’s chorus is: Communication breakdown It’s always the same I’m having a nervous breakdown I’m going insane There is also a famous line from a great movie, “Cool Hand Luke,” “What we have here is a failure to communicate.” I’m thinking of both […]

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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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