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Got to Know Your Limitations Print E-mail
Written by Marshall Cobb
Tuesday, 01 April 2014 14:22

The ski lift slowly makes its way to the top of the mountain. After the brief surge of nervous adrenalin that accompanies any attempt to disembark from a ski lift, I coast to a stop at a sign that marks the various trail options with brightly painted arms pointing to the left and right.

My six-year-old immediately chimes in. "Blue, Daddy. We need to go on the blue."

I admire...

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This Much is True-Up Print E-mail
Written by Marshall Cobb
Saturday, 01 March 2014 00:00

Although I have never written a song worthy even of contempt, I feel it fair to proactively declare that Spandau Ballet's "True" is perhaps one of the worst songs ever inflicted upon us as a people. A strong statement to be sure, but I feel it justified not only by the

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Your Results May Vary Print E-mail
Written by Marshall Cobb
Saturday, 01 February 2014 00:00

Fuel economy has always been an important attribute of a vehicle. With a gallon of gasoline now in excess of $3, those making a lengthy commute use estimated miles per gallon as a primary driver in the car shopping experience.

Unfortunately, the actual fuel efficiency estimate emblazoned on the large sticker of that new vehicle very often does not live up to its billing. There are a...

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Because Print E-mail
Written by Marshall Cobb
Wednesday, 01 January 2014 00:00

I recently had my kids in tow as I undertook a variety of errands. Along the way, I noticed I was low on gas. I announced that we'd be stopping to fill up, which generally causes excitement from those in the back seat who like to participate by using the window cleaners provided at either end of the pumps to scrub the headlights, bumpers and whatever else they can reach.

On alert now...

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State of Confusion Print E-mail
Written by Marshall Cobb
Sunday, 01 December 2013 00:00

I have had the privilege of spending some portion of my adult life in four different states. Lest your curiosity run away with you, these moves were inspired solely by work – not higher education, the arts, or the avoidance of law enforcement.

My perception of each of these states was firmly in place long before any of them became a permanent residence. I had traveled to each...

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I Can Remember... Print E-mail
Written by Marshall Cobb
Friday, 01 November 2013 00:00

More years ago than I care to admit, my pursuit of my college degree (pursuit should not be taken to imply great care or speed) was put on hold one afternoon by the need to generate cash. I don't recall what I needed to buy, probably something critical like peanut butter, or beer. I do know I represented the opposite of skilled labor.

Combing through the ads in a free local paper, I...

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Death: In 20 Seconds or Less Print E-mail
Written by Marshall Cobb
Tuesday, 01 October 2013 00:00

I recently looked at the Social Security website and, for some reason or another, got side-tracked by their life expectancy calculator. I've undergone a fair amount of poking and prodding over the years, primarily for insurance underwriting, and I have a good grasp on the pros and cons of my current body...

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Should I Stay or Should I Go? Print E-mail
Written by Marshall Cobb
Sunday, 01 September 2013 00:00

Once upon a time, over 20 years ago, my bride foolishly agreed to marry me. To say that I brought little to the table financially would be an understatement, as I was in the infancy of my career within the financial industry and had significantly more debt than assets. Truth be told, I had no assets, other than my version of what Oscar Wilde would claim at a border crossing.

My bride...

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That's Gonna Have To Come Off Print E-mail
Written by Marshall Cobb
Thursday, 01 August 2013 00:00

We are very fortunate to have a friend and neighbor who is a plastic surgeon. In addition to being an all-around nice guy (good with kids and kind to small animals) he has agreed to a role of first responder for all of the accidents that inevitably befall the kids in the area.

He's helped my family on a number of occasions. Although I always feel a little bit guilty about it, he is...

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The Extinguisher That Didn't Print E-mail
Written by Marshall Cobb
Monday, 01 July 2013 08:22

I had passed the fire extinguisher hanging just inside the garage for years. Much like the broom, the rake, and the other debris that clogs up the corners of a garage, it was part of the scenery. Deep down, I knew that the fire extinguisher had a more important function than a rake, but its mere presence allayed any potential concerns about its ability to serve its purpose.

This hubris...

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Teach Your Children Well Print E-mail
Written by Marshall Cobb
Friday, 31 May 2013 07:25

My wife and I, in conjunction with a family down the street, decided to use the Memorial Day holiday as a way to teach all of our children about honoring those that have served. Our lesson came in the form of a lemonade stand and bake sale with all proceeds donated to a veterans' group.

Much of Sunday was spent gathering the needed items and baking cookies. All of the kids were very...

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Suggestion Box Print E-mail
Written by Marshall Cobb
Wednesday, 01 May 2013 00:00

Question: What do you call 1,000 lawyers at the bottom of the ocean? Answer: a good start.

I can't turn on the radio or watch late night TV without being subjected to an advertisement for a lawyer who claims to be able to solve the world's problems. Divorce, DWI, job-related-injury: I'm just one phone call away from a solution and, potentially, a large bag of money.

Jokes are...

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