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Shaq Says Tim Duncan Not a Big Man

Former NBA champion and large, opinionated podcaster, Shaquille O’Neal, took the occasion of the recent retirement of five-time NBA champion, Tim Duncan, to opine that perhaps the 6’ 11” and 256 pound San Antonio Spur should not be classified as a “big man.” Standing 7’ 1” and weighing north of 300 pounds during his own playing days makes Shaq one of the few men on the planet able to lob this silly charge.

The rub comes down to whether Duncan was primarily a back-to-the-basket power dunk on the low block or a face-the-basket player who could dribble and create his own shot. Since Duncan did both with equal finesse and strength, plus was a tenacious rebounder and shot blocker (all of these things Shaq well knows), there’s a good chance the really big guy decided to open his mouth just to stir a little controversy.

The bottom line is it doesn’t really matter if one of the biggest, most powerful men in NBA history decides to christen Mr. Duncan with the “big man” blessing or not. Duncan played 19 seasons and found himself hoisting the championship trophy aloft five times, was named league MVP twice, and NBA Finals MVP three times.

With a double-double career average of 19.0 points and almost 11 rebounds per game, it’s doubtful Duncan loses much sleep over whether or not Shaq thinks he’s big enough. He’s big enough for you, old man.

Goettl Air Conditioning Does A Major Update

Goettl air conditioning was purchased in 2012 by Ken Goodrich the company literally had no direction. This was more than apparent because the company only earned $11 million dollars in sales that year and this was in of all places Phoenix Arizona, one of the hottest cities in America. Something was definitely wrong. The company lacked any vision, the employees lacked confidence and competitors were threatening legal action against them. After careful consideration of the underlying problems that the company was having and after implementing sweeping changes Ken had his new company on track to earn over $20 million dollars in 2014. This is not the first HVAC company the Ken has owned, in fact, he’s rejuvenated and sold over 20 HVAC companies in his career but Goettl’s problems were a little different it was more about the attitude of the employees rather than the company’s business fundamentals.

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One of the big problems that he addressed was that the Arizona state attorney general accused Goettl of deceptive marketing and sales tactics. This was resolved but before it was cleaned up it led to the departure of over 40 employees, which comprised about one-third of the company’s workforce. After that there were a few additional firings and Ken built a new management team. This led to the termination of Goettl’s President, general manager, service manager, and operations manager along 17 of their accomplices.

He also completely changed and beefed up the company’s customer service and installations. One of the first things he did after taking over operations was to have the installation crews return to more than 300 recently installed units and perform quality control checks. This initially cost the company several hundred thousand dollars but was more than worth it because of the customer loyalty it built along with the satisfied customer advertising it created.

The installation procedures and follow ups are definitely making a difference for the company Ken says. The quality control process now includes that the installers take pictures of each installation and send them to their manager. Ken then personally examines and puts his stamp of approval on every job before it is marked as complete. The new installation changes has completely changed the morale of the installation technicians. Installations that were at one time just OK are now deemed second-to-none. Goettl has also completely overhauled its back end too. They have updated the company’s IT department, human resources, the fleet, and accounting while documenting and revising systems by installing new hardware and software and reestablishing best practices and processes.

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Spread Goodness by Taking Notice

We often hear about people that are lazy. People trying to get ahead without putting in the time and effort it takes to be successful. Recently, a woman noticed that the same man that served her morning coffee was also working at the convenience store on her way home. She posted on Facebook when she learned that walked a total 16 miles to get to work and travel between his two jobs. A local car dealership saw the post and donated a car to the man so that he would have transportation to work.

While this is a story of good will, people noticing a need and reaching out to help, it is also a story about someone willing to work hard to meet their responsibilities. This man took on two jobs, sometimes working 20 hour days, to pay his bills and meet his family obligations. His work ethic and determination are to be applauded.

His hard work was rewarded because someone noticed him. A woman took the time to care and a car dealership stepped forward to help. We could do better at making the best of our situation and meeting our responsibilities without complaint.

Perhaps there is also a lesson to be learned about taking notice of those around us. Would you have realized that the coffee guy was also ringing up your chips in the evening? Taking the time to notice the world and the people in it, like this woman, opens the door to the goodness that lies in human nature.

“Where’s Waldo” Makes Hospital Stay Enjoyable For Kids of All Ages in South Bend

Jason Haney knows what it feels like to have a child hospitalized. His daughter Taylor had been hospitalized when she was 3 years old. Construction of a new wing at Memorial Hospital near the pediatric units gave him the idea of dressing the plywood up with seasonal characters. The snowman he created was an instant hit with many people complimenting him.

Hanley discussed the reaction to his fellow construction workers. One of his electricians came up with the idea of “Where’s Waldo” as a way to help the kids cope with their hospital stay. Hanley got to work with the help of his daughter to create the plywood character. The kids enjoyed picking out and trying to find Waldo.

Even kids that are confined to their beds can share in the fun of finding Waldo. Hanley describes the feeling he receives when the children notify that they found Waldo as very enjoyable. The hospital staff appreciates Hanley’s and the other construction workers time and effort to make the children’s hospital stay better. Hanley’s support has energized the whole Memorial staff to participate in the search for Waldo.

Hanley plans to include Mininons to the construction site soon as another fun distraction from the pain and worry that usually accompanies a hospital stay. Construction of the new wing expansion is set to be completed in early 2017.

Elk Gives Kisses To Firefighters

An orphaned elk decided to give firefighters a few kisses while they were fighting a wildfire in Washington. The firefighters were trying to keep the fire contained when the animal walked right up to them. It looks like the elk just wanted to show its appreciation for keeping its home safe as well. Those who live in the area have started calling the elk Buttons. It has also made a home with some of the cows and goats that live in the area.

Members of the fire department were working when the elk headed to the command post. It gently laid its head on the shoulders of some of the workers. The elk didn’t seem bothered by the people who were there. At times, animals that live in the wild don’t take to humans in such a gentle manner. If they don’t run and hide, they often try to become defensive, protecting their surroundings. Several pictures of Buttons were taken with the firefighters. They have been displayed on social media sites in the hopes that those who are hunting in the area will stay clear of the elk and its family. This is an animal that hasn’t caused any trouble and has tried to make the day of the firefighters a little better. It’s a sweet picture that is not often seen in the middle of the woods.

Pokemon Go Helps Sick Children Feel Better

Pokemon Go has been sweeping the nation as a new kind of video game. As an “augmented reality” game, it uses your phone to get you out into the real world. An innovative Children’s Hospital in Ann Arbor, MI, is using it to get sick children moving around and socializing.

Many of the children at the C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital have been there for weeks, and nurses report that it is an ongoing challenge to encourage the children to move around since this can significantly improve their moods and illnesses. Now that Pokemon Go has swept the hospital this has ceased to be a problem.

Pokemon Go uses a phone’s GPS system and camera to require players to actually move around in the “real world” to search for Pokemon creatures, collect valuable tools and loot, and virtually battle other nearby players for control over territories in the area.

For children with debilitating illnesses, lengthy stays in the hospital can be depressing. Staff and parents at C.S. Mott have noticed a definite upsurge in morale, and children are helping each other, socializing, and taking pictures with the Pokemon in the lobby that can only be seen on the users phone. As a precautionary measure, and to avoid some problems that other hospitals have reported, C.S. Mott staff put up signs identifying okay areas to play in and included a sign in the lobby to encourage players not to snap photos of others in the area.

The Tiny House Movement

The tiny house movement is underway. Several families across the United States are forsaking their large homes with plenty of space for much smaller homes, some with less than 1,000 sq ft. There are television shows about tiny houses and manufacturers who offer incentives with purchases. An advantage of the smaller home is that you don’t have to spend a lot of money buying it, and it doesn’t take very long to clean the inside. However, you have to get rid of many of your possessions, especially your furniture, because there’s just not a lot of room to put anything.

Some people want to live in the middle of nowhere, and they can’t do this by living in a large home. The tiny house can be placed almost anywhere as long as there is enough space for a septic system. These homes are adorable, and you can easily customize them in any way that you want the home to look. There are also several designs on the outside that you can choose from, such as siding or brick. You can have just about everything in the tiny house that you would in a larger home, but it’s on a smaller scale, such as a bed in a loft area that doubles as your living quarters. The kitchen might be just beside the washing machine and dryer. Bigger doesn’t always mean better in the world of houses.

Pokemon Go Moves Patients at Children’s Hospital

There has been a lot in the news about the recent meteoric rise of the new Pokemon Go game. You can read all about people who love it, people who hate it, problems it is causing and friendships it is starting. Whether you are an avid Pokemon Go player who wants to catch them all or you wish people would just stop talking about the new app, this story is sure to warm your heart.

C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital in Ann Arbor is using Pokemon Go to give sick patients a reason to get up and socialize. This children’s hospital is full of “Pokestops” where players can try to catch in-game characters and items alongside family, friends, staff members and fellow patients. A statue of Big Bird is a special stop in the world of the game. The lovable yellow statue marks the spot of a Pokemon gym where patients play together and take pictures.

“It’s a fun way to encourage patients to be mobile. This app is getting patients out of beds and moving around,” said Bouchard, the digital media manager and a certified child life specialist at the hospital.

Some hospitals around the country have had problems with people coming to the hospital specifically for the game, but that has not been a problem at C.S. Mott. They are still encouraging kids and parents to be active, outgoing and enjoy the fun.

The Unsolved Mystery of Margot Robbie

If you follow contemporary film at all, you’ve probably seen Margot Robbie. The Australian actress has been making waves in Hollywood since her performance opposite of Leonardo DiCaprio in Martin Scorsese’s Wolf of Wall Street.

If you follow Vanity Fair at all, you’ve probably seen Rich Cohen’s write up on Margot Robbie. You have probably also seen the general public’s reaction to his unenlightening, overly wordy, purely physical descriptions of the actress.

Emma Gray, writer for Huffington Post, is just one of many voices to critique the faulty article. But she hits the nail right on the head when she says, “these pieces are meant to give us some insight into who these famous humans actually are beyond the glamorous Instagrams and publicity-driven soundbites.” Of course the general public wants to get a glimpse at the person behind the persona, “(b)ut what does a writer’s lust for an actress’ ‘painfully blue eyes’ really tell us about that actress?” It tells audiences nothing that they can’t see for themselves, because, “(t)he thing is, we know what Margot Robbie looks like! She stars in movies! She is photographed frequently! Those photographs appear on the covers of magazines ― like Vanity Fair!”

While we the masses may still be just as mystified as by Robbie as Cohen is, it’s certainly made some entertaining reactions around the internet. Who knows, maybe if those single men out there take notes, they’ll find a winning pick up line or two. Every truly good connection should end in an awkward silence after asking about the details of an onscreen sex scene.

Terrier Takes Epic Journey in Garbage Truck

A doggie distaster was narrowly averted this Saturday when Cerb, the little white terrier, took a wild three-hour ride in a garbage truck between Livingston and Great Falls, Montana.

The driver reported seeing an anxious dog through an observation window in his trailer while hauling trash from the Livingston Transfer Station to a dump in Great Falls. Soon, a leash was discovered as well. The dog had survived about 180 miles’ worth of rancid road-trip. The load was scheduled to be compacted when it arrived at its destination. Cerb had a close call with compression and underground disposal.

The putrid-smelling-but-otherwise-healthy pet was taken to an animal shelter in Great Falls. A microchip scan revealed his name to be Ceberus: a reference to the hell-hound of Greek mythology.

Cerb had been reported missing two days before. Apparently, the lovely aromas of the nearby garbage collection site in Livingston were too much for his acute sense of smell, luring him away from home. Somehow, he ended up getting loaded into a tractor-trailer transferring refuse to the landfill in the big city.

The Great Falls shelter contacted Cerb’s owners in Livingston. The concerned dog-parents were unable to make the journey from Livingston to pick up their crusty canine. Officials at the animal shelter made a few phone calls and found a volunteer willing to help Cerb reunite with his owners.

Cerb is now happily returned to his point of origin, where a few baths and perhaps a long soak are in order.