Now That’s Sick

first_imgIt’s hard to judge how soon after being sick one can take back to the bike. I guess it depends on what kind of sick it is, and what part of the body had it the worst.I, for instance, was paralyzed in my bed on Sunday with an impromptu colon cleanse. I would like to add that Sunday is my day to ride all day if I want. The one day that I am free from the chains of sticky popsicle hands, dead worms, and mopping yet another pool of pee off of the kitchen floor from…whomever.Imagine my surprise at 4 a.m. when I awoke nauseous and cramped into fetal position. The first thought is, “No! If I hold very still it will go away!” That lasted about two fragile breaths before lurching to the bathroom door in a very unquiet fashion. It’s important in my bedroom to be very quiet when navigating across the floor of Legos, sleeping puppies and laundry piles. SOME PEOPLE become very angry when such a trip becomes eventful.Well it was eventful. I even had the audacity to flush.I had just gotten back to about ten days of good running and riding with sporty new Hi-Tec trail shoes and a regular Tuesday night babysitter for rides when the shit literally hit the fan.I spent hours depleting my body of every drip of fluid before collapsing into a crumpled heap. My body ached with desire to sweat, but there was nothing left. The fan carried the smell of frying bacon into my bed, heaving me back to the bathroom…again and again.I fumbled for my phone to text for the delivery – from two rooms away – of a recovery drink that I had imagined I would be sipping at this very same hour, yet next to a cool stream with mud-splattered legs.I texted again when I couldn’t stand long enough in the window light to read the Tylenol PM bottle instructions, only to learn that I was home alone as everyone was out hiking the Mountains to Sea trail. Children born to unmarried parents are called what? I guessed the dose, which resulted in my first two hours of blissful sleep, followed by a brave foray to the deck. All of this excitement resulted in a complete 12 hours of sleep.I awoke feeling absolutely fine – just in time for a full day’s work. I couldn’t decide whether I was relieved by the timing due to the recent work schedule, or barmy. 1 2last_img read more

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In Memoriam

first_img In Memoriam David Edgar Bembry, Jasper Admitted 1973; Died March 28, 2004 Richard Antonio Bianco, Tampa Admitted 1951; Died August 10, 2003 Francis J. Christie, Coral Gables Admitted 1950; Died May 3, 2004 Robert Earl Collins, Wauchula Admitted 1963; Died November 9, 2003 Robert J. Compton, Ft. Pierce Admitted 1975; Died May 2, 2004 Daniel M. Dwyer, Daytona Beach Admitted 1973; Died May 3, 2004 Lloyd B. Fortner, Deland Admitted 1949; Died December 1, 2002 Monroe Gelb, Gainesville Admitted 1946; Died May 13, 2004 George Spencer Gray, Jacksonville Admitted 1987; Died May 12, 2004 Richard J. Hays, Plantation Admitted 1950; Died May 2, 2004 Mallory H. Horton, Miami Admitted 1936; Died February 20, 2004 Brooks Pettingill Hoyt, Tampa Admitted 1955; Died March 20, 2004 Ned Kirsch, South Orange, NJ Admitted 1975; Died January 13, 2004 Prentice Henry Marshall, Sr., Daytona Beach Admitted 1992; Died May 24, 2004 John Michael Mischel, Miami Admitted 1998; Died March 4, 2004 Charles M. Moon, Atlanta, GA Admitted 1950; Died November 19, 2003 Jay Mueller, Orlando Admitted 1972; Died April 2, 2004 James Norman O’Connor, Ocala Admitted 1984; Died April 26, 2004 Donald S. Reisman, Palm City Admitted 1960; Died January 27, 2003 Paul Jules Robinson, North Miami Beach Admitted 1987; Died October 11, 2003 In Memoriam July 1, 2004 In Memoriamlast_img read more

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Let data drive strategy

first_img continue reading » Either by design or default, all financial services companies have a strategy. Some organizations spend considerable time, money and resources analyzing opportunities, assessing competitive position and developing comprehensive strategic plans. Others have no formal process, relying on an institutional understanding of what the company is and focusing exclusively on managing day-to-day results against established budgets.Although process does not determine strategic excellence, the degree to which there is alignment between strategy and execution does impact performance. At the end of the day, a company’s strategy is determined by the sum total of the decisions made and actions taken by management on a daily basis. Providing guidance and a framework for the entire organization to use to make decisions is one of the great accomplishments of a successful strategic planning effort. Strong performers make decisions consistently within a solid framework. Weak performers lack this discipline, making decisions randomly and, certainly, independently of any overriding strategic principles. The result is often a hodgepodge of marginal offerings, disparate market positions, inefficient operating environments, internal conflict, higher risk profiles and a lack of any real competitive differentiation.The definition of a good strategy is one that is appropriate for a particular institution’s market position, financial structure, risk parameters and, most importantly, ability to execute against key strategic principles and imperatives. In our view, successful strategic planning has four critical components: ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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2018 WCQ: Andre Ayew recovers, fit for Tuesday’s Comoros battle

first_imgGhana have received a boost with the news that Andre Ayew will start against Comoros on Tuesday.Reports from the Stars camp indicate that despite widely felt fears about a knee problem, the Swansea star is in good health. This has been accentuated by his participation in the team’s training session on Monday.The Black Stars need a win against their island visitors who held them to a 0-0 draw on Friday, in a game where Ayew was a clear standout.Despite having ice on his knee on Saturday in the recovery training at the Accra Sports Stadium after returning from Comoros, team news indicates that Ghana’s talisman will be fine.Swansea are watching keenly, considering how key he has been for the English Premier League club this season – and they’d want him ready for their game with Bournemouth on Saturday.For Ghana, he may be the key to getting a place in the group stages of 2018 World Cup qualifying locked down. –Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @Joy997FM. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more

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