Better to be Lucky than Good

While sitting here at the library a friend of mine just sent me a text and informed me that I won another $125 in the OSU football pool. She said it must be nice to be so lucky as it’s the third time I’ve won already this year.

Being in the football pool is always a fun thing to do because it adds some excitement to what can often be a boring football game. It’s interesting because you start with an empty grid as shown above and participants choose squares without knowing what their numbers are going to be.

Most participants have a particular “technique” or an “art” to picking their squares. While some will only choose squares in a particular area or squares that run along the outer portion of the grid, others will choose three to four squares in a diagonal line.

Once all the squares are filled with names the numbers are picked from 0 to 9 and matched with the corresponding rows and for each square a set of two numbers are revealed. Typically one hopes to get good numbers like 7 and 0, 4 and 0 or 4 and 7, however sometimes you end up with a 5 or a 2 which means you need one of the teams to get a safety or miss an extra point or two.

Even it you get some good numbers its always pure luck if you win. I guess I won with 7 for OSU and 0 for Minnesota at half time. I’m told that OSU was driving for more points right before half-time and Terrell threw an interception to end the drive. Way to go Terrell, I love you man ! I’m on the winning end this time around and someone else is drowning their sorrows while thinking about what might have been.

As my grandfather always used to say “its better to be lucky than good” and how true that statement is !

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“86”

Well I have to admit I’m glad I kept my Friday night hosting job at Windward Passage because I always seem to learn something new and last night was no different.

Back in the kitchen we have a board that’s called the “86” board. This board is your typical marker board and it is used when we run out of items, especially our fresh fish or daily specials during the lunch or evening sitting. The kitchen staff writes any and all items up on the board so the wait staff can see it and quickly spread the word to the rest of the wait staff including the hosts. Our kitchen staff at Windward is very creative and they have taken the significance of the board a step further by listing celebrities on the board when they pass on because they are considered “gone” and are “out”.

At the end of the night when we gathered in the bar to enjoy our shift drink I asked the question where did the “86” phrase come from ? Most of the staff working last night were younger and have been in the restuarant business for all of their working lifes so there was a wide variety of answers.

With the internet at my disposal I thought I would do alittle research to see if I could find out where the term came from. Here is an interesting article that mentions most all of the responses I received last night and I also checked out the definition of “86” on Wikipedia. Very interesting !

Calling For Christmas Cookie Recipes

Every year for the past few years I have baked Christmas cookies for my clients.  Most of my clients have corporate policies that prevent them from accepting any kind of purchased gift, so an attractive box or container of handmade Christmas cookies that can be placed at the office coffee station is a good way to express appreciation for the client’s business while at the same time avoiding any violation of corporate policies.  Plus, I like baking while I listen to Christmas music — but more on that later, as the holidays grow closer.

Every year I try to add a new recipe to the mix.  Do any Webnerhouse readers or fellow WordPress bloggers have any suggestions?

Click here to see a listing of the recipes that have been posted

Buckeye State Bulls-Eye

Unlike Virginia and New Jersey, which are electing governors this November, Ohio doesn’t have off-year elections for statewide offices.  Our election in November will include a few state-wide ballot issues (like Issue 3, the gambling initiative), but most of the ballot will be devoted to local elections for school boards, city council, and township trustee positions.

That won’t keep the national media from targeting Ohio for attention and considering what the 2010 state-wide elections might look like, and here is the first article I have seen along those lines.  There will be a full slate of significant races.  Every state-wide office, from Governor to Auditor, will be up for grabs, as well as the U.S. Senate seat that will be vacated by Senator George Voinovich and every congressional seat.  The politicking for the races is already underway.  Our firm has been visited by candidates, and I regularly get e-mails and mailings from the various candidates looking for contributions.

Still, I think it is very early to say much of anything meaningful about what might happen in Ohio in 2010.  A year is a very long time in politics — just ask Marc Dann — and the election no doubt will be influenced, as every Ohio election seems to be, by the state of the economy, unemployment figures, and scandals that have not yet hit the front pages.  I think most people like Governor Strickland and think he has been a good, moderating influence on Ohio politics, but that perception could change if, say, the state’s unemployment rate continues to climb and the Governor and the General Assembly continue to have to deal with budget shortfalls by considering politically unpopular actions like tax increases.  Any predictions now about what might happen in the Buckeye State in November 2010 would be pure speculation, and almost certain to be wrong.