Month: December 2014

Game show contestants botch bidding, celebration

One of my all-time favorite television game shows is the “The Price is Right”, which has been on air for more than 42 years now. Contestants get to guess the price of prizes and play games to win more of them.

The most entertaining part of the show was, is, and always will be the jubilant celebration from the participants on the show. Whether they’ve just won a “Showcase Showdown” or the spin of the big wheel stops on $1.00 (earning them a quick $1,000) — or even as simple as being called from the audience to be a contestant on the show — the celebrations are hilarious.

Nobody wants to be remembered for those “oops” moments of celebration. There have been quite a few of them (just do a quick YouTube search), but here’s one of the latest:

P.S. A bonus laugh is given for those who don’t quite know how the bidding goes. The contestant who bid $499 messed up. Instead of bidding $1 over the previous contestant’s bid, she went $1 under, which means she would have had to guess the price exactly right to win, because you cannot bid over the actual price.

Dad surprises daughter with concert, plane tickets … delivered by a cop

I enjoy a feel-good story, particularly if it’s one that involves someone who is down on her luck being lifted up emotionally by a bit of a good news.

According to a Yahoo! story, in Saukville, Wisc., a 17-year-old girl was on her way to school when she was pulled over by a traffic cop. The girl, who had spent more than 60 days in a hospital last year while recovering from a rare disease, thought she was being pulled over for running a stop sign, or so the cop initially informed her.

Little did she expect to receive two tickets from him — a plane ticket to New York and a concert ticket to see her favorite band on tour. Nor did she expect her dad to arrange the little surprise to help boost her spirits.

Things to do for New Year’s Eve

What are you doing New Years … New Years Eve? Those aren’t just the lyrics of a popular song, they’re actually an annual question most people find themselves asking. Do I dine out? Do I eat in? Do I travel? Do I stay home? Do I play games? Do I explore the city?

Deciding what to do isn’t always easy and often requires deciding what best fits your personality. I know a night of hitting the bars and partying isn’t necessarily for me. I prefer a bit more quality time spent ringing in the new year with those I love.

Here are a few ideas for those seeking some help filling their schedule.

  • Plan a getaway

    Do you enjoy traveling? Do you have a list of places you’d like to visit in your lifetime? Do you just “wanna get away” from the hassles of drunkards on New Year’s Eve? Then maybe planning a getaway is the New Year’s activity for you. Ring in the new year from a different city or state every year and make a tradition out of it.

  • Host a dinner party

    Do you have a close group of friends with whom you’d prefer to celebrate the new year? Spice up your celebration by having a dinner party at your house. It can be something classy with candles, music and fancy attire, or something more relaxed with a potluck buffet. Be sure to serve these wings if you choose the latter!

  • Have a romantic dinner

    Are you a romantic at heart? Does the idea of fruit, wine and cheese by the fireplace appeal to you? Do you have a special someone who means more to you than any New Year’s party ever could? Turn down the lights, get the ambient glow going, and pick from hundreds of rom coms to set the mood.

  • Attend a sporting event or concert

    Maybe the idea of celebrating the new year has little to no effect on you at all. Perhaps you’d rather enjoy the ambiance of a professional sporting event or a rock concert. Instead of cheering the turn of the calendar year you can root for a big play by your favorite team or the awesome lyrics from your favorite band.

  • Host a game night

    If you enjoy playing board games, card games, video games, party games, drinking games, or even computer games, then spending New Year’s Eve locked into battles with friends, either casually or competitively, might be the activity for you.

  • Watch a movie marathon

    If you’re a movie buff like me, you might be more interested in watching some of those new movies you got for Christmas, or old classics that bring back good memories, rather than the New Year’s countdown on network TV. It might be a good opportunity to invite the friends over and watch a good, epic movie saga.

  • Have a support group meeting

    Have you had a rough year? Do you feel you might need a little reboot of the system before you start a brand new year? Call up members of your church community, a support group you might be in, or otherwise close friends whom you can confide in, and spend the evening sharing your thoughts and feelings and helping each other brainstorm ideas for having the best new year of your life.

  • Visit a local pub

    Do you prefer to cut loose, surround yourself with loud music and merry company while ringing in the new year with an alcoholic beverage in hand? If shouting until your voice is hoarse and there is a ringing in your ears sounds appealing to you, then this might be the choice of activity for you.

  • Plan a wine tasting party

    Are you a wine enthusiast? Do you enjoy your reds and whites, sweets and drys? There are countless wines in the world and not enough time to try them all. Call up your friends and family and have everybody bring a bottle of wine they’ve never had nor heard of before, plus as many shot glasses as they can round up. Pour a sampling of each wine and enjoy the tasting with some cheese and chocolates.

  • Organize a cookie exchange and sampling

    Are you a baker? Do you enjoy testing your mettle in the kitchen? Or, perhaps you just have leftover Christmas cookies that you want to get rid of. Have all your baker friends bring a batch of cookies and spend the evening tasting the sugar rush while ringing in the new year.

  • Have a post-Christmas White Elephant gift exchange

    Did you get a gift for Christmas that just isn’t going to make the cut? A t-shirt that’s too small? An ugly pair of socks? Yet another new tie? A movie you already own? A gift card to a restaurant you don’t like? A book you don’t intend to read? Well, wrap that sucker back up and bring it to a party with friends and family — just make sure the person you received your gift from isn’t there! Play the white elephant gift exchange and take home an overtime Christmas gift.

  • Do something artistic or crafty

    Do you have a hobby simmering somewhere below the surface? Have you been hoping to start one but just haven’t found the time? Maybe your upcoming New Year’s resolution is to build something creative? Why wait for the calendar page to turn? Why not start your hobby a little early instead?

  • Go to, or have a costume party

    Who says costumes have to be for Halloween alone? Do you enjoy dressing up and showing off your intelligent costume ideas? Perhaps you wanted to attend a party back in October but couldn’t make it for one reason or another. Here’s your second chance.

  • Decorate for a staycation

    Maybe you’d like to take a getaway or even a full-blown vacation for New Year’s, but you just don’t have the money to do so right now. Why not decorate your house and make it as close to the real thing as possible? Wanna go to Mexico? Make a fiesta out of New Year’s. Feeling Italian? Play some Italian music and break out the pasta dinner. Have a sausage and beer for Oktoberfest. Break out the beads and costumes for Mardi Gras. Wear a lei and have a luau in your Hawaiian home. Let your imagination run wild have a ball.

  • Cross an item off your bucket list

    Do you keep a bucket list? Are you hoping to accomplish as much as you can in life? You should have the attitude that you’re not going to put things off another day. Scan your bucket list and pick one item (or more) that you’d like to accomplish this calendar year. Do something adventurous, learn something new, taste something different, alter your appearance, have a little fun! You can make a tradition out of crossing off one thing every New Year’s Eve.

Whatever you decide to do for New Year’s, make it a safe, fun and memorable evening!

Your time may be valuable to you, but it can be even more valuable to others

Giving your time to someone else is one of the most valuable gifts you can give.

Ryan Glab (12.30.14)

As someone who is most happy when around other people, I know the value of personal attention. And as someone who often has so much to do with so little time to do it, I also know the value of time. With that said, I can’t think of too many more precious gifts in life than to give your time to others. Spending time with family and friends is obviously one way to accomplish this gift of time, but volunteering is infinitely more fulfilling.

With the new year just around the corner, I hope to make one of my resolutions to offer more of my time — that which isn’t already being given to others. Who knows? It just might make someone’s day a tad brighter.

Albert Einstein, on success and value

Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value.

Albert Einstein, physicist and philosopher

We as humans have an ingrained sense of desire to achieve some level of success in our lives. Even as impressionable kids, we’re taught by our parents, teachers and other elders to always work hard and dream big, and that we can “be anything we want to be” in life.

This is the right message, of course. We want to instill positivity, desire and hard work into our youth so that they can prosper and live well.

On the other hand, there’s a fine line we don’t want to cross and that’s the line of selfish desire over greater good. It’s fine to have personal goals, but it’s imperative not to “step over others” to try to get what we want.

With that said, this is why I love this quote from Einstein. It puts the focus more on what you can do for others than for yourself. Instead of striving to be a success for the fulfillment of your own wants and desires, fight to be a source of value. If you are someone of value, that means you offer something to others.

That alone makes you a success.

The birth of The Lord is great reason to celebrate

For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

Isaiah 9:6 (NIV)

The joy of Christmas Day is the comfort in knowing our God came down to earth in human form to become one of us and live and dwell as we do. That one day he would pay the penalty for our sins so that through him and in him we may have everlasting life.

Rejoice, for He is born!

Walk a mile in another man’s shoes … but don’t expect to see his perspective

Can you walk a mile in another man’s shoes? Maybe a better question is if it’s worth your while to walk that mile in the first place.

There’s an old proverb, slightly altered depending on where you hear it, that goes something like this:

You cannot judge a man until you’ve walked a mile in his shoes.

While I understand the intent behind the quote — essentially, that you should not judge someone because you cannot fully comprehend what he goes through in life and how he deals with it — I cannot fully agree with its premise.

I’ll take it a step further and say you should not judge someone at all because you will never gain his perspective.

Here’s my take:

A journey in another man’s shoes does not give you his perspective. It gives you a different angle from your own perspective.

Ryan Glab (12.21.14)

What is perspective? defines it as so: “the state of one’s ideas, the facts known to one, etc., in having a meaningful interrelationship.” By this definition, no one can ever have the same perspective as another because everybody’s life experiences, the facts and knowledge and ideas they’ve accumulated over the years, are 100% unique to them.

So, if we were to quite literally walk a mile in another person’s shoes, we might have a different pain tolerance for that person’s shoes. We might walk at a different rate. We might encounter different people or objects or events based on our rate of speed. We might think different thoughts than that person does. Our senses may react differently. We might stop to adjust the tightness of our shoelaces. We might have different weather than that person does.

The list of subtle variations can go on endlessly, but I think you get the point.

Bottom line: its best not to judge a person at all because you’ll never have full empathy for what he is going through. Rather, trust in the Lord’s way and view others as He would … well, using his stated principles but from your own perspective, that is. For His are shoes that truly cannot be filled.

Deer hits cyclist

How’s this for a wake-up call? A California cyclist was peddling down a hill at speeds of almost 30 mph when a deer jumped out in front of him at the perfect, but most unfortunate time.

Ouch! And you thought you had a “hard day.” Maybe this is good proof for wearing a bicycle helmet, at least, if you’re riding at high speeds outside of your neighborhood.

“More” by Matthew West

I woke up this morning with this song stuck in my head. I’m not sure why, either, seeing as how I haven’t heard it in a long time since my radio has been tuned into nothing but Christmas music the past month. But, I thought I’d share it so that it can be stuck in your head, too.

Remember the purpose for and meaning behind the gifts that you give

A gift is a selfless act, something given without expectations of a return.

Ryan Glab (12.18.14)

As we near Christmas and many of us are still caught in the whirlwind of last-minute shopping, I couldn’t help but remember the true meaning of gift giving. So often we get caught up in the commercialism of Christmas, where we habitually buy our loved ones presents without really paying mind to why we’re doing it, that the meaning behind the gifts we’re buying becomes fuzzy or obstructed.

True gifts are the ones that are given without any thought of return. Receiving gifts in exchange for the ones we give to others should neither be expected nor desired, nor should we be upset if the recipient of our gifts neglects to offer thanks. It’s common courtesy to thank others, of course, and I would feel bad if I personally didn’t give thanks for what I had received. But we shouldn’t be purchasing gifts as if we are some kind of hero and savior, rather, do it simply as an act of generosity showing our intended recipients that they are loved and appreciated.