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Brief thought exercise: why do sales people use the word “closing” if the idea is to build a relationship?

I recently saw this on HubSpot’s blog — it’s essentially snippets of sales advice from professionals that you can then ‘click to tweet.’ (It’s amazing how many people 55 and over think ‘click to tweet’ is ingenious. It really is amazing.) This was one of the ones that immediately jumped out to me:

“You don’t close a sale, you open a relationship if you want to build a long-term, successful enterprise.” – Patricia Fripp

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How to beat the Seattle Seahawks: control possession and use the tight end

As you likely know by now, the San Diego Chargers beat the Seattle Seahawks yesterday. While it simply means both teams are 1-1, it was a semi-stunning result because the Seahawks hadn’t lost for seemingly years (in reality, they lost twice at the end of the 2013 regular season). The central storyline of the game was “Wow, it was hot on the field,” and the other storyline was “Richard Sherman got exposed.” Here was Sherman’s response on that, which is also predictable:  Read more

What happened to Christina Marie Morris, and is Hunter Foster potentially involved?

I write about true crime a lot, but … I’ve never really written about an ongoing case close to where I actually live. Well, until now.

Christina Marie Morris (sometimes spelled in the media as ‘Cristina’) is a Fort Worth resident (so am I, as of eight weeks ago) who went missing on August 30th. She was out in Plano, which is about 50 miles from Fort Worth, and she was walking to her car at 3:57am (which admittedly seems a bit weird) at Shops of Legacy (which, again, is in Plano). She lives with her boyfriend, Hunter Foster, back in Fort Worth — again, 50 miles away. He is not presently a suspect and does appear to be aiding in the search, etc. — but the curious aspect of him is that they lived together and worked together, and despite this happening on August 30th, he didn’t report anything until September 2nd. Now, granted, it was Labor Day Weekend — but we’re talking about a person you spend pretty much 24 hours with, give or take, so why would it take 3-4 days to report?

Additionally: according to various public appearances from her mom (Christina’s mom, that is), she had intended to stay with friends in Plano, but decided to go back to Fort Worth at such a late/early hour because she had just had a fight with her boyfriend and apparently wanted to retrieve her dog.

There’s more on the dynamic between Morris and Foster here.

The other guy in this surveillance video — the friend walking with her in the Shops of Legacy parking garage — is apparently not a suspect either. He seems to have parted ways with her before she got to her car. Her car was found in the exact same spot, but she wasn’t. Her phone is dead.

So, consider this as a broad concept: parking garages are dangerous for women alone, especially late at night. That is true. And Christina Morris is about 5-4, 95 pounds — so, she’s fairly small. But it’s almost hard to believe that it could be a totally random thing, because in such a case, the abductor had tremendous luck. He’s looking to abduct a girl, and voila, at 3:57am, here comes one who’s alone? Do guys sit in parking garages all night waiting for their perfect opportunity? Seems very random. It almost seems like someone knew she might be there at that time — i.e. check the pings on Hunter’s phone, or check the friend more, or think about this:

Morris, who lives in the 4000 block of Lafayette Avenue near Camp Bowie Boulevard, reported a theft from her house March 25.

According to the police report, she let a male friend of eight years stay there between 3 a.m. and 3 p.m. Morris told police that her friend had a “drastic personality change” that came out of nowhere and started calling her “Nick” before asking for a shower.

Because she didn’t have water or electricity, a neighbor let him shower at his or her place, but after starting the shower, he took off down the street, the report says. According to the report, Morris returned home to find her purse stolen and her home ransacked. All her belongings were later recovered behind a frame store on Camp Bowie, with the exception of her Social Security card, the report says.

Again, not sure who this guy is — and not sure he’d know she was at a parking lot at 4am — but it’s one thing to consider.

There are a bunch of links, resources here if you’d like to peruse.

In short, it doesn’t seem random – but of course, it could be.

Drones are involved in the search, as is Tim Miller and Texas EquuSearch, but so far nada:

How about Uber as a networking service, not just a ride-share service?

This weekend, my sister-in-law and her boyfriend were in town. Last night, not wanting to assign any adult responsibility to myself or my wife (things we probably really need), we decided to take a couple of Uber rides to bars/restaurants (and then, obviously, back home). When my wife and I lived in New York (early days of Uber), we never used it — then again, New York has subways and all that. When we lived in Minneapolis, we never used it either; there it was because our neighborhood had a ton of walkability (walk score of 97, I do believe). Here, in the Fort Worth area, we use it all the time. But … last night I stumbled across a new use of it that I had never even considered.

I’ve written about Uber a couple of times on this blog — its financial prospects, what it means for race relations, its place in the social media landscape, and what it might do for urban development — but last night, on our “outbound” Uber (to the bars/restaurants), I came across a whole new idea.  Read more

If you’re going to lead a process, learn the process. Makes sense, right?

Always thought this was interesting: members of Congress will have regular debates (and funding sessions) around public school in America, but most members themselves send their children to private school (well, at least at a rate that’s four times the national average). It’s hard to discuss something — to have any real context on it, honestly — if you, well, don’t have any real context on it. Read more

Stop spending time with people like yourself

It’s a fairly common aspect of life that things are mostly organized into in-groups and out-groups. You see this from the earliest days of the sandbox to hiring practices, business organizations, neighborhoods and communities, and hell — even in families. There are the people you interact with and relate to, and there’s everyone else. Chances are, in a professional and familial context, you probably made the decisions around who was “in” based off like-minded qualities. In sum, most people like to be around others like themselves. Read more

Leslie Gilliams of MasterChef is Melissa Joan Hart’s stepfather, eh?

If you’ve been following MasterChef this season, you know that the final three is now set: Elizabeth, Courtney, and Leslie. That means my prediction of a Courtney vs. Elizabeth final could still come true, and it was teased a little bit in the ‘Final Four’ episode (where Elizabeth must have said six different times that she didn’t want to ultimately face Courtney 1-on-1). It looks like it won’t be a direct 1-on-1 final, per se — the season finale is next week, and while it’s a 2-hour special (so that 1 cook could get eliminated in the first hour), it’s basically a three-way dance in some respects:

If you’ve been watching, you know a big theme has been Leslie’s wealth — to the point that Malibu (his home) essentially became a character (the 23rd chef, if you will). Leslie as a “stay-at-home dad” has been fairly consistently mocked, most notably by Cutter — who Leslie ultimately eliminated (this sounds like a WWE storyline, doesn’t it?). Well, if you were curious as to how Leslie is rich, we have some answers now. You can read this article, or this one (they bought a home in 2010 for $2.6 million), or you can just read this tweet: Read more


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