Entries for March, 2011 in J.Q. Tomanek of Victoria

  • Jared

    “The town of Victoria is a pretty place...”

    By Jared in J.Q. Tomanek of Victoria

    were the first words that many people read in “Life” magazine in 1942 heard about our small city. This was the way Victoria was described before my parents were even born. At this point in our history, one of the ...

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    We are going to party like it is 200 or 201

    By Jared in J.Q. Tomanek of Victoria

    Way back months ago (June 7, 2010 to be precise), I decided to give something a try. I was determined to create and continue a blog on “My interests...culture, economics, politics.” My goal was to try as hard as possible ...

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    If your eye causes you to sin, pluck it out.

    By Jared in J.Q. Tomanek of Victoria

    As mentioned before in some prior post, Peter Senge is the modern master of sorts on systems thinking. Of course, he is considering systems thinking within organizations but it also applies outside of organizations. It applies to our person which ...

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    I was in no curry

    By Jared in J.Q. Tomanek of Victoria

    So over the weekend, our family was invited over for dinner. It was a treat for my wife and I as well as our children. Our older kids were able to take part in some video games because for that ...

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    Friday Swift Notes, eat beef.

    By Jared in J.Q. Tomanek of Victoria

    Law abiding Catholic Typically on Friday’s, Catholics abstain from meat. However, there are special days of the liturgical year called solemnities that trump penitential Fridays. This is one such day as we celebrate the Solemnity of the Annunciation! “The Angel ...

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    When a prom queen becomes a nun

    By Jared in J.Q. Tomanek of Victoria

    I still remember Sr. Emilie correcting me when I would say “St. Joe.” Between her and Sister Perpetua, she is one of two of the gentlest people I have met. Our first encounter was the yearly Our Lady of Victory ...

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    Stuck in the Amazon

    By Jared in J.Q. Tomanek of Victoria

    I just love those emails that ask me to send money because they are stuck in some part of the world. There is always some long list of reasons: passport missing, credit card stolen, computer lifted, in jail, on bond, ...

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    Presentations that rock

    By Jared in J.Q. Tomanek of Victoria

    I have seen tons of power point presentations over my years through college, teaching, etc. I mean just that, “seen.” It is typical that a power point presentation puts me in “Zzzzz” land because they are almost always done in ...

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    EI, EI, O

    By Jared in J.Q. Tomanek of Victoria

    A friend that is moving down visited this past week. So there I was, one guy surrounded by four wonderful women. Two are moving down to Victoria and the other two, including my wife, took the opportunity to join them ...

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    Friday Swift Notes

    By Jared in J.Q. Tomanek of Victoria

    Abstaining Wow, Lent is cruising. Second Friday of Lent is upon us. Adios meat, hello pescado. I was catching up on some blogs I follow and found this guy who gave up all food for Lent. He went with a ...

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    The best things in life are invaluable

    By Jared in J.Q. Tomanek of Victoria

    "Pedo mellon a minno." "Speak, friend, and enter." Those were the words that riddled the entrance of one of the scariest places in the world, Moria. In the midst of fear and trembling, the word was uttered to gain acceptance. ...

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    Organic Economics

    By Jared in J.Q. Tomanek of Victoria

    I have been considering planting a garden for a couple of years. One of my co-workers always has fresh produce that tastes de-lic-ious! Those homemade pickles would never stay on the shelf if he were to sell them. Sometimes economic ...

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    The 7th Inning stretch is next, but not yet.

    By Jared in J.Q. Tomanek of Victoria

    I bumped into an acquaintance this morning at the VEDC partnership meeting. She tells me that she is related to a great pitcher that carried the mid-nineties Flyers to its best record (up to that point) in history. In my ...

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    Peacock Crossing

    By Jared in J.Q. Tomanek of Victoria

    Spring break begins, so I thought traffic would be less this morning. I knew the school crossing zones would be off and hoped for a quicker trip to work. I passed the fire station number 4 on Salem and my ...

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    Friday Abbreviations

    By Jared in J.Q. Tomanek of Victoria

    I Heard it through the grapevine “You are not the mother” was the statement I heard as I brought my children into Dr. Heard’s office. I was kind of glad to hear that I cannot be mistaken for my wife, ...

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    Economic Fatherhood

    By Jared in J.Q. Tomanek of Victoria

    Time is scarce. Tick-tock, tick-tock, tick-tock. As you read this blog post, something is spent. No, it is not money, except for the cost of the internet access. In a sense, it is not free. Something of value is lost ...

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    Alligator wrestling and Swimming with the Dolphins

    By Jared in J.Q. Tomanek of Victoria

    Big news brewed yesterday. You may think it was the announcement of Texas A&M being desired for Victoria. Yes, that may have been big news. Or you may think it was discussions on budget or realignment. Sure, those are big ...

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    “Victoria Days” Tomorrow

    By Jared in J.Q. Tomanek of Victoria

    Tomorrow is Victoria Day in Austin. The bus leaves at 6:30 a.m. from Victoria and a crowd of Victoria citizens will be on the “Fast Road to Austin” to visit with state officials. This will be my first excursion on ...

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    Friday Abbreviations

    By Jared in J.Q. Tomanek of Victoria

    E-library With the advent of the Kindle and iPad, do you find it easier to read compared to books? What are your preferences between these two methods? I have some books on my iPhone, but I still prefer the ability ...

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    If it is too good to be true...

    By Jared in J.Q. Tomanek of Victoria

    This was wise advice I received from my mother growing up. My descendents were Czech immigrants that came from overseas to provide for their family. They were not scared of hard work and believed that hard work paid off. I ...

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    Women get paid less

    By Jared in J.Q. Tomanek of Victoria

    During graduate school, a topic that always got heated was “Why do women get paid less than men?” A recent release of data by the Bureau of Labor Statistics as shown in this article showed on average that men make ...

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    Mani and Pedi for the princess

    By Jared in J.Q. Tomanek of Victoria

    My little princess turns six this month. I think everyone that walks into her presence will know this fact by the 14th. Those once of year celebrations, the remembrance of the initial face-to-face encounter with the child that had been ...