Sunday, October 12, 2014

The Mexican Fisherman & The Wharton MBA

MQTlogoa A Quality Time Story emailed to Joe Todd…Thanks Charlie

An American businessman was at the pier of a small coastal Mexican village when a small boat with just one fisherman docked.


Inside the small boat were several large yellow fin tuna. The American complimented the Mexican on the quality of his fish and asked how long it took to catch them. The Mexican replied, that it only took a little while. The American then asked why didn't he stay out longer and catch more fish. The Mexican said he had enough to support his family's immediate needs.

mexican family
The American then asked, "But what do you do with the rest of your time?"
The Mexican fisherman said, "I sleep late, fish a little, play with my children, take siesta with my wife Maria, stroll into the village each evening where I sip wine and play guitar with my amigos. I have a full and busy life, señor."

The American scoffed. "I am a Wharton MBA and could help you. You should spend more time fishing and with the proceeds, buy a bigger boat. With the proceeds from the bigger boat you could buy several boats. Eventually you would have a fleet of fishing boats. Instead of selling your catch to a middleman you would sell directly to the processor, eventually opening your own cannery.


You would control the product, processing and distribution. You would need to leave this small coastal fishing village and move to Mexico City, then LA and eventually NYC where you will run your expanding enterprise."
The Mexican fisherman asked, "But señor, how long will this all take?"
To which the American replied, "Fifteen or twenty years."
"But what then, señor?"

The American laughed and said, "That's the best part. When the time is right you would announce an IPO and sell your company stock to the public and become very rich, you would make millions."
"Millions, señor? Then what?"
The American said, "Then you would retire. Move to a small coastal fishing village where you would sleep late, fish a little, play with your kids, take siesta with your wife, stroll to the village in the evenings where you could sip wine and play your guitar with your amigos."

JOETODD The small coastal fishing village sounds pretty good I say…… Have a great day

MQTlogoa The Mexican Fisherman & The Wharton MBA at My Quality Time….

Friday, October 10, 2014

The Budweiser Clydesdales at The Fairfield County Fair

MQTlogoa Linda and I spent a wonderful Wednesday afternoon at the Fairfield County Fair and had a great visit with the Budweiser Clydesdales.


”Ten horses, the famous red, white and gold beer wagon and other essential equipment are
transported in three 50-foot tractor-trailers. Cameras in the trailers (with monitors in the cabs)
enable the drivers to keep a watchful eye on their precious cargo during transport. The team stops
each night at local stables so the “gentle giants” can rest. Air-cushion suspension and thick rubber
flooring in the trailers ease the rigors of traveling.” VIDEO: Budweiser Clydesdales: Handling Travel Stress.


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”Farmers living in the 19th century along the banks of the River Clyde in Lanarkshire, Scotland,
bred the Great Flemish Horse, the forerunner of the Clydesdale. These first draft horses pulled
loads of more than 1 ton at a walking speed of five miles per hour. Soon their reputation spread
beyond the Scottish borders.
In the mid-1800s, Canadians of Scottish descent brought the first Clydesdales to the United
States where the draft horses resumed their existence on farms. Today, the Clydesdales are used primarily for breeding and show.”

100_9220 “ THE BUDWEISER CLYDESDALES They were formally introduced to August A. Busch Sr. and Anheuser-Busch on April 7, 1933, to celebrate the repeal of Prohibition. August A. Busch Jr. wanted to commemorate the special day. To his father’s delight, the hitch thundered down Pestalozzi Street carrying the first case of post-Prohibition beer from the St. Louis brewery.”


“Driving the 12 tons of wagon and horses requires quite a bit of strength and skill. The 40 pounds of
reins the driver holds, plus the tension of the reins, equals 75 pounds. All hitch drivers are put
through a rigorous training period before they are given the reins.”

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”Each harness and collar weighs approximately 130 pounds. The harness is handcrafted from brass
and leather. Pure linen thread is used for the stitching. The harness is made to fit any horse, but the collars come in different sizes and must be individually fitted like a suit of clothes.”


”Each hitch horse will consume as much as 20 to 25 quarts of whole grains, minerals and
vitamins, 50 to 60 pounds of hay and 30 gallons of water per day.”


”Turn-of-the-century beer wagons have been meticulously restored and are kept in excellent
repair. The wagons are equipped with two braking systems: a hydraulic pedal device that
slows the vehicle for turns and descents down hills, and a hand brake that locks the rear
wheels when the wagon is at a halt.”


100_9235 "It's quite an accomplishment for Fairfield County," fair manager David Benson said. "They don't appear at many county fairs — it's a lot of state fairs. They do a lot of national (events). READ MORE


”Dalmatians have traveled with the Clydesdale hitch since the 1950s. The Dalmatian breed
long has been associated with horses and valued for their speed, endurance and dependable
nature. Dalmatians were known as coach dogs, because they ran between the wheels of
coaches or carriages and were companions to the horses. Today, the Dalmatians are perched
atop the wagon, seated next to the driver.”




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“Many of the Clydesdales owned by Anheuser-Busch are raised at Grant's Farm near St. Louis. The Budweiser Clydesdale Stables at Grant's Farm house approximately 35 mares, stallions and foals, with an average of 15 foals produced each year. Anheuser-Busch owns a total of about 250 Clydesdales, kept at various locations throughout the United States, one of the largest herds of Clydesdale horses in the world.” READ MORE

MQTlogoa Quality time Clydesdale facts provided courtesy of (Anheuser-Busch Co.)

collagefair2014Then it was time for lunch…So::  “Best Double-Cheeseburger” Chef Carrie is one of the last of a dying breed...a short order chef who genuinely cares about her food  Her daughter Rachel (shown in the above photo) is also a good friend of ours.

JTLF Linda and I are glad you stopped by and we hope you enjoyed the post. One last thought::: What happened to Lady Godiva's horse when he saw she had no clothes on? It made him shy!

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Sunday, October 05, 2014

I’m Just Saying..Just Sayin’

MQTlogoa Seems like I have been hearing this phrase very frequently as of late, and have taken to using it myself. I’m not sure that is a good thing… so I’m Just Saying…..



SERIOUSLY NOW:::: “Defending Against ‘I’m Just Saying’ and Other Verbal Annoyances”

Empowering comebacks to: “I’m just saying:”

  • “I know – and I’m ‘just responding’ to what feels like an insult.”
  • “I know – but the fact that you are ‘just saying’ something offensive doesn’t make it less offensive.”
  • “I know – and what you’re ‘just saying’ is offensive Hey, I’m just saying.”
  • “I know – and I’m not sure you recognize that what you’re ‘just saying’ comes across as critical, hurts my feelings, is insulting, etc.”
  • “I’ve thought this through and I’m comfortable with what I’m doing. I’m not seeking input on this.”
  • “Thanks for your input, I’ll take it under advisement.”
  • “Thanks for your input. I’ll let you know if I need any additional opinions on this.”



cupchaucer Have a great day.. and Thanks for stopping by….

MQTlogoa I’m Just Saying

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Friday, October 03, 2014

It’s October.. Celebrate

MQTlogoa Have a “QUALITY TIME” October…

First: Happy Birthday Dad.. Joseph B.  Fraker (1916 - 1998).. Born on October 3, 1916


Second: Janis Joplin’s Mercedes Benz.. Oct. 1, 1970 at the Sunset Sound recording studio in Los Angeles. Janis Joplin asks producer Paul Rothchild to roll tape. She has a song she’d like to sing. Read More


When I sing, I feel like when you're first in love. It's more than sex. It's that point two people can get to they call love, when you really touch someone for the first time, but it's gigantic, multiplied by the whole audience. I feel chills. Janis Joplin…….

rs Robert Service my favorite poet.

Third:: This year's National Poetry Day Thursday 2 October.  National Poetry Day is a British campaign to promote poetry, including public performances.  National Poetry Day was founded in 1994 by William Sieghart. It takes place annually in the UK and Ireland on the first Thursday of October. Since its inception, it has engaged millions of people across the country with live events, classroom activities and broadcasts. Read More ( Thank You U.K. )

The Men that Don't Fit In
by: Robert W. Service

There's A race of men that don't fit in,
A race that can't stay still;
So they break the hearts of kith and kin,
And they roam the world at will.
They range the field and they rove the flood,
And they climb the mountain's crest;
Theirs is the curse of the gypsy blood,
And they don't know how to rest.
If they just went straight they might go far,
They are strong and brave and true;
But they're always tired of the things that are,
And they want the strange and new.
They say: "Could I find my proper groove,
What a deep mark I would make!"
So they chop and change, and each fresh move
Is only a fresh mistake.
And each forgets, as he strips and runs
With a brilliant, fitful pace,
It's the steady, quiet, plodding ones
Who win in the lifelong race.
And each forgets that his youth has fled,
Forgets that his prime is past,
Till he stands one day, with a hope that's dead,
In the glare of the truth at last.
He has failed, he has failed; he has missed his chance;
He has just done things by half.
Life's been a jolly good joke on him,
And now is the time to laugh.
Ha, ha! He is one of the Legion Lost;
He was never meant to win;
He's a rolling stone, and it's bred in the bone;
He's a man who won't fit in.  READ MORE

AND::: I will leave you with this thought from a much younger Joe Todd…


JOETODD Thanks for stopping by… I guess I’m still “out there” a wandering……

MQTlogoa Have a “QUALITY TIME” October…

PUMPKIN1 How do you fix a jack-o-lantern?
With a pumpkin patch.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

TRUISMS..Thoughts on Love,Violence,and Power

MQTlogoa  I almost didn’t do this post but I am really glad I did. In doing  research for the post I had a chance to learn a little more about Jenny Holzer and her art… Interesting and thought provoking are the words I would use in regards to Jenny Holzer .. Thank You Jenny….

MAPQUALITY TIME visit to the Kennedy Museum of Art at the Ohio University.


Let’s go inside::::


and head up stairs to check out “Truisms”

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“Jenny Holzer was born July 29, 1950, in Gallipolis, Ohio.  She completed her undergraduate degree at Ohio University in Athens after attending Duke University and the University of Chicago.” READ MORE 


Inflammatory Essays // Jenny Holzer.. CHECK THIS OUT… REALLY SOMETHING CLICK ( I wish I had photos of these essays)


DSC_0002 Another interesting exhibit is; Kim Abeles “frugalworld”  Say Hi to Paper Person….



“The Ridges, formerly called the Athens Lunatic Asylum, was a mental hospital operated in Athens, Ohio from 1874 until 1993. During its operation, the hospital provided services to a variety of patients including Civil War veterans, children, and violent criminals suffering from various mental disabilities. Today, the Ridges are a part of Ohio University and house the Kennedy Museum of Art, an auditorium and many offices, classrooms, and storage facilities.” You might enjoy:: Haunting Skies at the “Ridges” in Athens,Ohio ( Note.. The old haunted TB hospital has been demolished)


Don’t miss this post:: SKIES OVER THE ASYLUM.. “Asylum”: Inside the Closed World of State Mental Hospitals Photography exhibition by Chris Payne ( These are my photos of his photos) August 27, 2010 – December 30, 2010  and yes this is Haunting.. A previous visit to the “Ridges”



jam7 Thanks for stopping by, Linda and I hope you have a great day.. Wonder where this guy came from? Check out::  GETTING aHEAD AT THE COLUMBUS MUSEUM OF ART

MQTlogoa You also might enjoy::

1. Columbus Museum Of Art for “Museum Monday”

2. Motts Military Museum & America’s Military Heritage

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