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REPRODUCED WITH(OUT) PERMISSION[1]   RE:         The Wall Street Journal Tuesday, November 28, 2000[2]                 No. 5 | In a Series on Unique Brand Challenges                 Jim McDowell, Vice President, Marketing, BMW of North America   The Ultimate Brand?   On beginnings. I went to Colorado College and then studied public policy at Harvard. So it’s not the typical resume for a ‘car guy.’ I am more of an experimental ‘car guy,’ a…
[Note: Bob originally posted this Justice Smiles’ article at BoundaryDisputeLaw.com on December 23, 2018.] At Church this morning, the pastor indicated that his folks have property in Maryland’s Appalachia where the Amish also reside. He then spoke to the fact that a draft horse had the ability to individually pull 8,000 lbs. His question was then what is the amount that two draft horses together can pull. The answer is not the additive of 16,000…
Pro-Life v. Pro-Choice, the battle lines are again being drawn subsequent the legislative ban on abortion in Alabama. Elizabeth Warren is seeking to have the battle litigated in the political arena. Trump has weighed in after the fact in his often chosen manner by tweeting … As most people know, and for those who would like to know, I am strongly Pro-Life, with the three exceptions – Rape, Incest and protecting the Life of the…
For over a year I have been seeking to envision Boundary Breakthroughs. But at a deeper level, I have been working on this for much longer. It took a very short period of time for me to realize that when neighbors hire attorneys to sort out their issues with the neighbor there is something really odd happening. I intend to keep up appearances in the exploration of those oddities and how to resolve them generally…
Whether you are currently involved in a boundary dispute with your neighbor or in that period of despondency following the conclusion of your matter, you almost certainly feel had. Why didn’t your legal counsel tell you at the beginning that you would feel like a spent cartridge laying around at a crime scene after all was said and done? Not a hard question to answer, either your counsel knew what was going to happen and…
This year I concluded my real property boundary dispute law practice. The misery of neighbors engaging attorneys as mercenaries to fight at “Try-All” has been an absurdity throughout that full run. But for many people, land issues can trigger ‘animal spirits.’ And just as the case with big cats on the savannah, neither the victor nor the vanquished ends unmauled. What a waste! Why did I stay in this environment for so long? Well, in addition…
Fill or Kill. Yes, it’s the lore of James Dean in Rebel without a Cause.  But, it’s really onto only what I call endpoint thinking … it’s deadpoint thinking. Consider a game of chicken in which two drivers barrelling down on eachother finds one, or possibly both, yanking out the driver’s wheel and throwing it out the window so the other driver will sway or yield course. But then what? The car(s) without a driving…
Will is a powerful mental faculty. The ability to focus to the exclusion of other distractions for extended periods of time generates phenomenal results when called forward for necessary assignment. Yet must we be resigned to the allotment of will power each assigned to us at birth or can we actually do something to increase it? First this question begs some correction. Our “allotment” of will power was “assigned” to us at birth only in…
It’s Maundy Thursday 2019. On Easter Morning, it will have been exactly 6 months since I retreated from my neighbor law practice of 10 years. It has not been a pleasant practice area. Fortunately, I never witnessed outright violence. But, I did take on the emotional violence associated with stepping into the trenches to break up land fights between my clients and their adjoining neighbors. Was this a bad trade? Looking at the time, emotion,…
I received a note from Derek G. Graham OLS OLIP alerting me that I had goofed on the titling of my previous blog post – linked [HERE]. In this post I’m going to own that error more fully than I think even I expect by just letting my fingers serve as the extension of my stream of consciousness. Obviously, the later representation of the two forms here titled is grammatically proper. I should probably acknowledge that,…