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The thing about betting NFL football games is that it is a big risk. You will never know for sure what you are going to win or how much you are going to lose. Betting being a game of chance is also the very reason why some people can simply not get enough of it. They just love the excitement of awaiting the outcome, the thought of the possible loot. And if you are into gambling yourself or just starting to get the hang of it, there are some things that you need to learn. The first one is the different types of sports betting system that you can utilize to increase your odds of winning. If you are particularly fond of playing Roulette or Blackjack, you need to learn how to use the Paroli sports betting system.

The Paroli betting is a progressive type of betting. This means you are to lay down an initial bet of say a dollar and during the course of the game, you are given a chance to increase that bet to say, two dollars. This will help you increase the amount you are to take home, in case you win of course. The aim of this type of betting is to increase the lot during a hot streak. You can only raise your bet if you win so you can take advantage of the chance and keep increasing the bet. In the unfortunate event that you lose or in a losing streak, the only thing you will lose is one betting unit at a time and your pride down the drain. But as they say, you win some, you lose some. And that is the beauty of gambling, the wheel keeps spinning.

Taking time to learn how to use the Paroli sports betting system shall pay off when you start raking in your winnings. Gambling may be a game of chance but with careful planning, you may just have luck on your side. And there are certain pointers that you need to know. The first one is to plan your initial bet. Since the initial wager is the base upon which you are to build up on, it important that you strategize. Another factor that you have to decide on before plunging to the game is how many times you will increase the bet. Your winning streak can only go so far. At some point you will run out of luck. It will be tempting to keep increasing the bet if you are thinking positively but you will have to withdraw your winnings before the bomb drops. So plan ahead. Decide firmly on how many increases you will make before withdrawing your loot so your win is guaranteed. Then you can have a clean slate and tart again with your initial wager.

It does not take a rocket scientist to learn how to use the Paroli sports betting system. However, learning the twist and turns of the system is not enough. Ultimately, you should learn how to use it to your advantage and this requires a good strategy.

It is so very interesting that some of the best entrepreneurs have some sports in their background. It makes sense because business is a rather competitive game indeed. Just how much similar is a sporting event or sports to business? Well, pretty similar and many sports exist truly because there is commercial value. Professional Basketball, Baseball, Hockey, Football and Golf all are both a business and a sport. Here are some similarities to both sports and business, which you might find intellectually stimulating and intriguing.

1.) In business you must first learn how to run a business; in sports you must train.

2.) In business you need the most efficient equipment, computers and systems; in sports you need the best bike, shoes, gear or bobsled.

3.) In business you must make sales goals; in sports you must score goals.

4.) In business you must strategize and have proper planning; in sports you must have a game plan and memorize the plays.

5.) In business you are competing against the competition for market share and sales; in sports you must compete against your opponent (s) to win.

6.) In business if you are the best you must defend your brand name; in sports if you win you must defend your title.

7.) In business your brand name is paramount and you must stay on top; in sports if you lose too many games you are forgotten.

Those are just some of the most obvious parallels to business and sports and there are others. I bring you this only to help you see a new perspective in the game of business and help you win market share and increase sales. Business is much about competition and winning. Perhaps you can come up with 3 more similarities between the two; consider all this in 2006.

Have you ever wondered what kind of jewelry an athlete is allowed to wear on the field? Like is a pitcher player allowed to wear a men’s wedding ring on the on the mound? Or is a hockey player allowed to wear a necklace? Here is a brief rundown on what professional athletes are allowed to wear in the four major sports.


Since most of the a players body is covered on the ice (save the neck and face) by their uniform, skates, socks, gloves and helmet, the NHL does not have any rules pertaining to what type of jewelry can be worn during the game. Since it’s a high impact sport, players are apt not to wear any type of earrings or rings during the games. As for necklaces, as long as they don’t appear outside of the jersey they are allowed.


If there is one sport that is hyper critical of what a player wears on the field, it is the NFL (or as some fans have dubbed it the “No Fun League”). Not only can you get penalized for excessive celebration on the field, but also for wearing non- sanctioned socks or shoes. And the rules begin from the time someone hits the field for pre-game practice all the way to the time they leave the stadium. Rules are even enforced during post game interviews! Ironically, though, the NFL does not have excessive rules on what kind of jewelry can be worn on the field. Since hands are primarily used for catching and blocking, rings are generally not worn as they could affect the catching or throwing of a ball. Necklaces and ear rings, on the other hand, are worn, as long as they are within reason. Bracelets, on the other hand, must be covered at all time. Did I mention that officials review the entire game afterwards to make sure (once again) that no one broke uniform rules during the game? Wow.


In the past few years the commissioner’s office has begun to come down hard on NBA players with a new dress code that has limited what a player could wear before and after a game. This is extended to the court where NBA players are not allowed to wear any type of jewelry. This means earrings; bracelets, rings and necklaces are all no-no’s. The only accessories allowed on the court are knee and elbow braces, headbands and, of course, tattoos.


Major League Baseball, on the other hand, seems to have a very liberal policy when it comes to jewelry. Essentially you can wear any type of jewelry unless it’s deemed by an umpire as “distracting” or can interfere with the game. In other words, pitchers can’t wear rings as they might scuff the ball and no giant mirrored necklaces that might distract the batter from the ball (not that anyone is thinking of wearing it, but you get the idea).

Seems most sports don’t allow for jewelry, not even mens wedding rings, so what’s a guy to do? Keep that ring somewhere safe until the game is over!

When rugby players use strength training programs to help improve their game they should approach it with very specific goals in mind. At the same time it should be kept as simple as possible, especially if the player is inexperienced.

Before a program is written the player needs to be assessed. If a good coach or trainer is available this will make the whole process much easier. If not, the player can do something of a self-assessment that can be used to design an appropriate program.

The assessment process starts with questions. These questions identify what the player wants to achieve from the training. The person designing the program needs to consider both the player and the coach when assessing. The players own goals for the game are obviously the primary concern but the coach may have certain qualities they want the player to develop. Because they choose the team it makes sense to include them. The player may wish to make a representative team so it would be wise to get input from the coach or selector of that team if possible as well.

By looking at what the player wants to gain, and looking at what he needs to work on to please the coaches, the designer already has a basic framework to start from. The next step is to look at how the player functions or moves, then how that compares with how they will need to function and move in order perform at their target level. Strengths or weaknesses uncovered in this step will further refine the program towards the players specific needs which will in turn advance them towards their goal. The possible tests for this step are endless, but should also follow a process of refinement.

For example a player may desire more speed over 40 meters. The trainer needs to know how fast the player can run over 40 meters, then examine how he runs, then identify what can be done to improve it. Just because its a training program it does not mean that it should all be about lifting weights or strength training. Its about achieving a goal. It could be that the player is held back over the 40 meters by tight hamstrings plus weak quadriceps. Strength work would obviously apply to training the quads, but mobility rather then weightlifting would be needed for the hamstrings to improve.This approach targets the players specific needs, getting him to his goal efficiently and effectively.

A training program finds, then addresses needs in such a way that it uses every available tool in the most appropriate way. By using those tools in a well directed, focused manner, time is saved, so goals are achieved faster. Generic training programs are a wasted opportunity for people to really work on what they need for improvement.

Good program design will deliver an accurate set of guidelines for the player to follow. This need not be a complicated process but it will require some effort in the early stages to do the assessments, plus get input from strength or athletic performance experts if its needed, however the pay off at the end makes all the attention to detail well worthwhile.

The Euro 2008 or UEFA European Football Championship was organized by the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA), one of the six continental federations of the FIFA (Federation Internationale de Football Association). It’s the 13th in the series of championships that occur every 4 years in Europe. It is, fairly to say, one of the most exciting important football competitions, apart from the World Cup, which all of football fans look forward to see.

UEFA regulates the football associations in Europe. The UEFA European Championship has become a very successful tournament and has become one of the world’s major events in sports. With this popularity sprung the popularity of the Euro 2008 soccer jersey.

This year’s event was hosted by Austria and Switzerland and it ended on June 29th. Greece was the defending champion but Spain won the title over Germany in a score of 1-0 during the finals. There were a total of 16 teams, which made it through the qualifying matches that started in August 2006. The teams that made it to the Euro 2008 are:

– Austria

– Croatia

– Czech Republic

– France

– Germany

– Greece

– Italy

– Netherlands

– Poland

– Portugal

– Romania

– Russia

– Spain

– Sweden

– Switzerland

– Turkey

Each team, of course, has their own soccer jersey to identify them with. There are jerseys for games held at home and there are jerseys for games held away from home. Every single one of these shirts is a true witness to the courage and valor of the players on the field. Fans everywhere root for their favorite players and for the entire team that represents their nation. These fans wear soccer jerseys too, so they can show their support for their country and team.

The soccer jerseys of the participants of the Euro 2008 are now famous since they have been paraded on the fields for the entire world to watch as their wearers flaunt them while doing their moves to win over their opponents. Mostly imprinted with logos of sponsors and the insignias of the teams, the Euro 2008 soccer jersey of a key player of a particular team could be bought from their official stores or online via the Internet shops of these same traditional stores.

For those who want to get their hands on a specific Euro 2008 soccer jersey, they can log on to many of online shops and has a selection of soccer jerseys for several leagues like Bundesliga, Calcio Serie A, Spain League, Premier League, and other national teams. What they are offering now includes the uniforms used by all 16 teams. Just click on the jersey you want and add it to your shopping cart. You can pay in US dollars, GBP, Euro, or AUD via a secured credit card system.

With America’s enthusiasm for wine, it seems only natural that vineyards would be a popular investment, and who better than recognizable names to go on those wine labels. Some of these well-known personalities are naturals to be partnered in the wine industry, and some might surprise you. But make no mistake, from the lush greenery of Napa Valley California to the beautiful rolling hills of Italy and southern France, vineyards can be a fascinating and challenging past-time or a full-blown industry for their owners. Here are just a handful who are participating:

Francis Ford Coppola, successful film director, has taken to the wine business like a true Italian, with the Rubicon Estate Winery in Napa Valley, (renamed Inglenook in 2011), and does some directing up there as well.

Gérard Depardieu, French movie star, has approached his career as vintner with as much enthusiasm as he would a starring cinema role. After purchasing Chateau de Tigne, Anjou, in Loire Valley, France (where else?) he has put his acting career on the back burner as he oversees his beloved vineyards.

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie purchased a vineyard called Chateau Miraval in Provence, France, touting their Brangelina Rose wine; but since their split, who got the vineyard is up for grabs.

Mike Ditka, legendary football coach to the Chicago Bears, for whom it was only fitting that he partner in winemaking to serve at his steak restaurants; located in Mendocino County, California, they specialize in full-bodied red wines to be enjoyed with red meat and pork chops (Mike’s favorites). Like many celebs who simply lend their name (and their money) to vineyards, “Iron Mike” is not out picking or stomping grapes, but he does enjoy input (and tasting) from time to time.

Legendary football player Joe Montana, who partnered with longtime Beringer winemaker Ed Sbragia, created a joint venture called Montagia, (Montana, get it?) located in Napa CA.

Dan Marino, another football great, lends his name to his signature label Vintage 13 Marino Estates, in Washington state along the Columbia River. Turning out award-winning full-bodied reds, the vast vineyard is called Passing Time, and what better way than sipping your own private label after getting beat up for 17 years as the quarterback for the Miami Dolphins.

Martha Stewart announced a collaboration with the American winery Gallo to produce value-marketed wines to be sold at Kmart. Now, Martha herself doesn’t play an active role, but her name has worldwide appeal, and Martha does everything with good taste, including her moderately priced wines.

Dan Aykroyd, actor, comedian and all-around talented guy, owns and operates Dan Aykroyd Vineyards in Canada, his homeland, which produces moderately priced hearty reds and several white varieties, with Aykroyd himself an enthusiastic participant. (Yes, in spite of the climate, Canada turns out some first class wines.)

Mario Batali, celebrity Italian chef, owns a vineyard in Tuscany, Italy (where else?) named La Mozza, where he rolls up his sleeves and approaches winemaking with the same zeal as his cooking in New York City and Las Vegas.

Michael Chiarello, another celebrity chef and restaurateur in Yountville, CA actually lives on his family vineyard, features his fine wines at his restaurant Bottega, and like a good Italian, is a hands-on vintner; his small winery, Chiarello Family Vineyards, produces five estate wines from the 20-acres which he personally oversees.

Madonna, pop singer, took a different route by purchasing a vineyard in the Leelanau Pennisula of Michigan, where her parents (the Ciccones) operate this small vineyard due north of Traverse City, which bears their name. Not a place you want to live in the winter, but it produces excellent grapes in the albeit short summer months.

Fess Parker, old Davy Crockett himself, left Hollywood in the early 1970s to pursue a career in the wine and hotel business after a successful albeit short career as a raccoon hat-wearing pioneer and did very well for himself. The vineyard, in Los Olivos near Santa Barbara CA, lives on, still maintained by his family (but do they wear coonskin hats?).

Sting (popular British singer and lead vocalist for the rock group Police) spends much of his time at his vineyard Tenuta il Palagio, located in Tuscany, Italy. Sting and his wife Trudie actually make their home on the estate, which was old and deteriorated before Sting lovingly restored it and no doubt serenades those lucky grapes to help them grow. Taking an active role in turning out fine wines, he tells those vines, “I’ll be Watching You,” and no doubt he is.

Of course, no list would be complete without Thomas Jefferson, third president of the U.S. Not only was he America’s first foodie but a major collector and importer of fine French wines. Until the early 1800s, most Colonists were making and drinking hard apple cider but Jefferson was a major contributor to America’s love affair with wine. While Jefferson himself never was actually in the business, he served and oversaw his imports with great care and was certainly a connoisseur of fine wines, preparing America for its wine revolution to come decades later, and we thank him.

So next time you’re in a wine shop, you might want to take a few minutes to peruse the shelves, ferreting out some overlooked celebrity offerings. You just might be pleasantly with surprised new discoveries.

Mougins village has a spectacular setting of the pine forests of Valmasque with panoramic views of the Cote D’Azur and the lower French Alps. With 320 days of sunshine per year and its quality of life, Mougins has been a popular village for the international set for years; Pablo Picaso spent his last twelve years here and Yves Klein, Yves Saint Laurent, Christian Dior, Winston Churchill, and Edith Piaf all owned properties here.

Mougins is also a centre of gastronomy with Roger Vergé and Alain Ducasse having run the restaurant L’Amandier in the heart of the Mougins village and the ‘International Gastronomy Festival being held in Mougins in September. Mougins has it all: great weather, good connections to Nice Airport and Cannes, beautiful surroundings, and also has culture and sport. The Royal Mougins Golf Resort, the Mougins Museum of Classical Art, and the Museum of Photography are all close to the centre of the village. The high technology park of Sophia Antipolis is down the road from Mougins, and this is becoming a major reason why people are starting to re-locate here.

It is no wonder that expats find it comforting to move here. They sell up back home buy a beautiful villa in pleasant surroundings and get to work in Nice, Monaco, or Sophia Antipolis very easily. But where do the kids go to school? One of the major problems with re-location is the children integrating into a new place with a new language. In Mougins, this is not a problem, with the Mougins International School being created in 1987 to look after children of expats moving to Mougins and the surrounding areas.

The Mougins International School enrolls 454 students from 35 nationalities, with all teaching in English. Subjects available include: Art, Biology, Business Studies, Chemistry, Computing, English, French, Geography, German, History, Mathematics, Physical Education, Physics, Spanish and Music. Facilities include: Library, 2 Art Studios, 3 Science Laboratories, Information Technology Centre, Gymnasium, synthetic football pitch, exterior sports court, Music Room, Performing Arts Hall, Examinations Room, Dining Room. Here children can take the AS and A level exams that they would have taken back home in the UK. As the teaching is in English and subjects are the same there is no real reason for problems of re-location when adults are searching for a better quality of life.

Thanks to the Mougins International School Mougins is becoming a sought after place to buy property in the South of France. Local immobilier have said people are actually searching for houses and villas for sale close to the Mougins International School. It is not surprising as families looking to re-locate to the South of France find it much easier in Mougins thanks to the fantastic location, amenities, culture, ease of getting to work, and an English school close by for the kids.

You don’t have to be a raging sports fanatic to appreciate a great film on the subject. The truth is, this genre can encompass pretty much everything you could want to see in a movie: action, suspense, heroism, comedy and even romance. These movies entertain us, inspire us and even make us want to get off the couch and get on the field or court. They make us cry, cheer and then cry some more. So what’s not to love?

Some of the greatest movies of all time are sports film, and whether viewed in high definition or on an old VHS recording, you’re sure to be enthralled when you pop one in. If you haven’t taken the chance to explore the genre, or if it has been awhile since your last viewing, now is the time to revisit some old classics and new additions.

Don’t have an extensive movie collection at home? Consider investing in satellite TV, which offers a broader selection of viewing options and allows you to watch your favorite sports flicks with just a click of the remote.

So get your buddies together, grab a cold beer, flip on the HD television and make a night out of a sports movie marathon. To help you get inspired, here are some of the best films in the genre:

Caddyshack (1980) – This classic golf comedy starring Bill Murray, Chevy Chase and Rodney Dangerfield is sure to keep you laughing all night. Detailing the antics at your crazier-than-average golf club, this film is one of the greats.

Bull Durham (1988) – A baseball film for the ages. Kevin Costner and Susan Sarandon star in this sexy and funny film about a baseball groupie and the men she becomes entangled with.

Field of Dreams (1989) – Another classic baseball film starring Kevin Costner, Field of Dreams tells the story of a corn farmer from Iowa who hears voices that tell him to build a baseball field on his farm. Inspiring, uplifting and heartwarming.

Jerry Maguire (1996) – One of Tom Cruise’s greatest roles, starring as sports agent Jerry Maguire. The film chronicle’s Maguire’s struggles with his career, love life and his one unruly client, played by the memorable Cuba Gooding Jr.

Varsity Blues (1999) – James Van Der Beek was a long way from Dawson’s Creek in this high school football film. This movie has it all: Texas teenager antics, hot girls and of course…football, football, football.

A League of their Own (1992) – The only movie on the list that features an almost all female cast, A League of their Own can stand up to just about any sports film. Based on the true story of the World War II-era female baseball league, this classic packs a whole lot of girl power.

Friday Night Lights (2004) – Easily one of the greatest sports movie to come out in the last ten years, this film also tells the true story of a Texas high school football team over one memorable season. It is often heartbreaking, but in the end, will surely inspire viewers.

I never used to get scared when I was young, single, and living in an apartment complex overlooking the projects where even the sound of gunfire didn’t keep us from opening a ground floor window to catch a breeze. I felt safe surrounded by my family of strangers who made window art out of beer cans, whose cars vibrated to the beat of their own drum, and who were prone to pack up and move in the middle of the night. I slept soundly to the pulse of the blue light blinking through my bedroom window. But somewhere between marriage, motherhood, and moving into a quiet house in a nothing-out-of-the-ordinary neighborhood, I became a chicken. Suddenly I’m convinced that it has become the American burglar’s dream to get his hands on our dusty VCR, hand-me-down televisions, wallet with three dollars and a handful of Chuck-E-Cheese tokens, and a collection of Beanie Babies that I am convinced will get us through retirement – or even worse, to have his way with me, which even I have to admit makes for a pretty desperate burglar.

I considered an alarm system but decided that I would rather be taken by surprise and killed rather than hear an electronic voice whisper from my bedroom wall that an intruder is coming up the stairs. In fact, I would probably take myself out to spare myself the agony of suspense. And with my luck, I would get the electronic alarm voice with the bitter just-left-my-husband attitude. “See, I told you he was breaking in, you fool. Next time maybe you’ll listen to me. I’m thinking you asked for that one. You should never have gotten married; this fool here isn’t going to protect you. That’s a man for you.” No, I don’t need an alarm system. I married an ex-football playing power lifter who is convinced that he can kill someone with his bare hands – despite the fact that our living room bookshelf collapsed in the middle of the night last week and he didn’t even wake up. I’ve pretty much resigned myself to the fact that if the burglar wants to come in, there’s nothing that can stop him. I think the makers of alarm systems need to talk to the makers of toy packaging. If burglars had to work as hard getting into a house as parents have to work to open a new toy – the hard plastic, those twist ties, all those tiny screws – that boogey man will not stay the course. I’m just saying.

It’s when hubby goes out of town that I struggle. I’m not scared at the thought of him going, and certainly not scared enough that I can’t plan an enjoyable evening of scallion chicken, chocolate, scented candles, Gray’s Anatomy, three episodes of Law and Order, and a Lifetime movie about a woman being stalked by her lover’s ex-girlfriend’s crazy roommate, starring Valerie Bertinelli. For some weird reason I’m not scared earlier that afternoon, or at dinner, or at 9pm, or at 10pm, or even at 11pm. But at 11:01 my eyes start to shift and campy horror music tracks start running through my head. In my mind, that’s when the boogey man clocks in and starts creeping slowly down the street in his rusty old Dodge Dart and trunk full of duct tape and hefty bags. I am not scared until I put on my flannel nightgown (just so he won’t be tempted), fuzzy socks, and crawl under the covers. That’s when I hear the noise. Never fails. Every time. I hear a noise. I do a quick run through of all the explainable noises – ice maker, cat, air conditioner, leaky faucet, sound of the whistle inside my own nose. None of these. I am convinced that this is a noise only the boogey man can make.

I try to be logical – what are the odds that this guy would choose my house – which doesn’t make me feel any better because it’s the same logic I used when I convinced myself nobody would see me if I ran out to the mailbox in my bathrobe. That story didn’t end well. There are still children in therapy over that one. In fact, odds were good that he was going to pick my house because I had just mopped the floors and wouldn’t that just be a kicker, to go out after having spent hours cleaning your floors – like washing your car and it rains – those are my kind of odds. Okay, so I didn’t actually mop them, I swept them. Okay, okay, so I just used the dust buster in the corners – what are you, the clean police? I considered making the boogey man’s job easier by going ahead and putting all my belongings on the front porch so he wouldn’t have to come in. But my lazy side convinced my fearful side that was a bad idea. Besides, last time I left piles of stuff on the curb, even the bums rejected it. I considered sleeping in a different room to surprise him but that would mean having to wash the sheets in the guest bedroom.

I imagine the boogey man looking through my car trying to remove the expensive electronic equipment that’s not there – it’s a ten-year-old Hyundai for gosh sakes – and I can actually hear him swear as his fingers wrap around a petrified french fry and the chewed-up nugget remains that have grown hair in between the seats. I see his lips curl up in disgust as he flips through my CD collection. If he were a smart burglar, he’d go for the bag of diet bars in the back seat that cost more than my car is now worth. Shoot, if he were smart, he’d pick a different house. Take the CD’s, by golly, but those diet bars cost me a fortune. Only in America does it cost more money to eat less. Great, now he’s mad and he’s coming inside. I know this because I can hear him picking the lock downstairs -so what if I can’t hear my husband when he gets locked out and bangs for thirty minutes on that downstairs door – now I am sure I can hear that boogey man breathing and breaking into the house in slow motion – because that’s what they do you know, move in slow motion while looking both ways like kids about to cross the street. So much for the big dog house that’s supposed to scare him away. I’m convinced that he’s been casing the house long enough to know that the scary big dog went to the vet and didn’t come home whereupon the burglar gossip line went crazy – “Dog gone at the Swanson’s, I repeat, dog gone at the Swanson’s.”

That’s when I realize I don’t have the phone – dummy – any fool knows that you won’t have time to get the phone if it’s across the room. But now I’m worried. Do I have time to get to the phone before he reaches the top of the stairs? Should this time be spent finding a hiding place? And would I still fit on the top shelf of my closet like I imagined when I was smaller? Should this time be spent trying to get out of the bathroom window – oops – the same window that won’t open anymore because I painted over it by mistake? Great. I can hear my husband now leaning over my dead body saying, “Well, you might have gotten away if you had listened to my advice. That’s what you get when you do a rush job.” I decided to make a run for the phone. I’m still here, so obviously it was a good call. Excuse the pun. Even when I’m scared, I’ve still got it.

Then I can hear the sound of his pick ax brushing the wall going up the stairs. It’s weird how your heart can be throbbing through your chest, your life can be flashing before your eyes, you can be picking out thirty-seven escape routes and hiding places, and still wonder if this is the night gown you should be caught dead in, picturing your blue-haired relatives leaning over the casket saying, “What a shame. So young. You think she could have picked a better gown. I didn’t realize she had put on that much weight.”

These are the times when I always wish I had taken a self-defense class. I try to remember everything my husband told me to do when you’re getting attacked. Shove him up the nose. No, too gross. Poke him in the eyes. Eeeewwww, even worse. No way. Knee him in the groin – maybe, but last time I tried to hike my knee up in aerobics I fell down. Beat him until he doesn’t get up, my husband tells me – over and over. He obviously didn’t see me when I cried in kickboxing class because my knuckles got scraped. He obviously hasn’t seen my bruises from trying to get my three-year-old dressed. My husband has this image of me that doesn’t exist, perhaps never did. He didn’t know me the time I ran into the cement pole in front on Big Lots because I was looking down at my shoes to see if they made my feet look big. He didn’t see me wave and smile at the swaying drunk guy who was pee’ing on the dumpster outside the Circle K because I didn’t want him to think I was rude. The idea of me overwhelming my attacker is about realistic as the idea of me passing a Krispy Kreme without stopping.

It is for these reasons that I consider myself a pacifist, but sometimes the mind does crazy things and I decide that in order to protect myself and my sleeping child, it’s time to get the gun. Yes, I said it. We have a gun. Not my idea. My husband brought guns into the marriage. I do not like guns and the idea of giving one to me is like giving a knife to someone with seizures – you don’t know what will happen but you can bet it won’t be good. But drastic times call for drastic measures and the gun is closer than the knives in the kitchen and I can somehow imagine myself shooting someone from a distance easier than trying to knife him the same way I poke a potato. I am sweating just thinking about the gun which is hidden in the top shelf of a closet in the next room. There are no bullets in it, so the best I can hope for is to throw it at him. But sitting there wide-eyed in my granny nightgown at three am – well, I’m not thinking clearly. I go for the gun. I practice pointing and saying, “Make my day. This is going to hurt me worse than it hurts you. I have a gun and I’m not afraid to use it. Give me all your aces.” Okay, so at least I was entertained and momentarily forgot my fear. Until I had to pee.

Everybody knows that there are two moments when the traditional boogey man will strike – when you’re in the shower and when you’re squatting – both very vulnerable positions. Not as vulnerable though as if it were the middle of your annual exam. That would never happen though because the boogey man would take one look at the stirrups and syringes and run. Or tell him the stick turned pink and that’ll get rid of him. I should sleep at the doctor’s office when hubby is out of town – kind of like hunkering down in a safe bunker – or whatever the expression is. Anyway, the movies never show you how to handle the whole having to pee situation. But now I really have to go. Surely I can’t put the gun down or he’ll grab it and turn it on me – or rather throw it at me as the case may be. There is only one choice. I have to pee and stay armed at the same time. I once drove three miles, in the rain, with broken wipers, while applying lipstick and changing a diaper. I can do this. And I do. And with great skill and manual dexterity might I add. I complete my business and never once take my finger off the trigger. Annie Oakley, you got nothing on me.

Now I’m back in the bed, eyes wide, brandishing the gun wildly around the room and realize that my child is sleeping across the hall and what if the boogey man goes there first? Although there are days when I am convinced that if my wild-eyed toddler ever got abducted, they would certainly bring him back, I just don’t want to take any chances. And it’s usually at this point that I run into his room and grab him and bring his snoring body back to my bed where I am fully prepared to throw myself over him and yell, “Take me! Take me!” But now I’ve got the sleeping kid and the gun and I don’t want him to wake up and see the gun – bullets or not. And what if my husband comes home early for some reason and can’t reach me on the phone that is lying on my stomach because the battery has suddenly gone dead and so I don’t know he’s coming and he sneaks in and I don’t hear him and I shoot him by mistake – and I know there are no bullets in there, but good grief, how can you be sure? I’m certainly not going to open it to find out.

I decide that I would rather be shot than accidentally shoot my family and I put the gun under the bed. Nope, not a good idea, because undoubtedly Junior will pull it out covered in dust bunnies the size of a small dog – he finds everything – and he’ll start playing with it and put it in his backpack (despite the fact that he still can’t work the zipper) take it to school and he’ll get expelled from preschool and I’ll get arrested and they’ll say this is why the world is in the state it’s in – and makes sense – she was the mom who sent chocolate bars for snack instead of carrots. And I’ll go to jail and end up rooming with a boogey man or boogey lady, as the case may be, and find out that it was her cousin who broke into my house and caught me on the john and still has the mental scars to prove it. Better to put it back on the top shelf of the closet and resort to plan B where I tell the criminal to please hold a minute while I run and grab my unloaded gun.

It is 4:30am and I’m wide awake with one arm on the phone, fingers gripping my new razor in the hopes of nicking him to death, and the other arm on my Bible, having decide my best chance at scaring him off would be to witness to him – he would either run or be saved, either of which would work in my favor – while my son snores loudly beside me. And then somehow – as I’m praying that if this is my night to die, to please make sure that my husband does not find anyone else skinnier, and if there could be chocolate in heaven I would be really happy – by some wonderful miracle, I fall asleep and wake up at that magical hour of 6am where I am no longer afraid because the sun is now coming up and everybody knows that the boogey man gets off work at 6am – just like he gets snow days and Christmas eve off. And I drift back to sleep and all is right with the world and there is peace. I have had my brush with death and lived to write about it. Little do I know that there is another fear just lurking around the corner – when I would mistakenly think that with just a little bit of spandex I could fit my size fourteen body into a size ten pair of jeans. I still have the bruises to show for it.

P.S. Did you know the average burglar only makes 4,000 a year? What if that’s based on just one good hit? That’s not bad if you average it. I think he’s making more than I am.

Organizations begin with goals. People form into groups or organizations for a purpose. This formation may take place because one individual, an entrepreneur, has a vision of a new product or service to bring to the market and she recruits others to help her accomplish that goal. Or the organization may be based on the congruence of desires or interest of a number of individuals who band together to achieve their goal. Whatever the stimulus, the core of the organization is its goal.

Organizations are simply social inventions for accomplishing tasks or goals. Everyone is familiar with organizations because we live in them from the day we are born. Common examples are families, schools, churches, and clubs. People create organizations because they realize that they can magnify their own abilities by working with others towards common objectives. Once people come together in groups, tasks must be differentiated and labor divided. Specialization and division of labor has two benefits; it permits the optimal use of group members’ abilities thus playing to their strengths; and it avoids redundancy of labor by clearly delineating who does what. The resulting structure, however, requires coordination of effort. It also becomes clear that results are more likely to be achieved if someone is in charge of keeping the group moving towards its goal. Then the essence of management is born. Today’s most complex organizations reflect these essential building blocks.

The primacy of goals to organizations is clear; we hear them espouse goals every day. Pro football teams strive to win the Super Bowl and baseball teams the World Series. A political party in power has the goal of remaining there, while the minority party has the goal of claiming power for itself. NASA accomplished its goal of putting an American astronaut on the moon, and Lee Iacocca reached his goal of turning Chrysler Corporation around.

Goals are a person’s or an organization’s desired state of affairs; they are wishes people and organizations have about where or what they want to be at some future time. Goals have traditionally been closely linked to organizational effectiveness; the degree to which an organization attains its goals is, in the judgment of many analysts, a measure of its effectiveness.

Goals possess four general functions:

1. They provide direction to the activities of individuals and groups;

2. They shape how organizations plan and organize their activities;

3. They are used to motivate people to perform at high levels;

4. They form the basis for evaluating and controlling organizational activities.

It is precisely because of their multiple uses, and the different activities they lead to, that the subject of goals constitutes one of the most complex and controversial topics in management. Given the variety of uses of goals, consensus about an organization’s goal is highly important to that organization. But such consensus rarely exists. This lack of agreement constitutes just one of the problems involved in grappling with organizational goals. Some of the shortcomings of the goals approach have lead researchers to devise alternative approaches to the study of organizations.

Source: http://en.articlesgratuits.com/formation-of-organizations-id1446.php