The Bledsoe Firm - July 2019

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Stay Safe During Summer Travel Summer travel season is in full swing, and many of us are well into making vacation plans or just heading out the door for a week off. Whether you’re traveling locally, regionally, or abroad, it’s important to take a few extra steps to ensure you stay safe and secure. Being prepared can mean the difference between a good time and a very bad time. Here are three things to keep in mind. Share your travel plans. Before heading off, let friends and family know where you’ll be traveling. Make a copy of your complete itinerary as well as your list of things you plan to do at your destination. You should even make copies of your passport and credit cards and give them to trusted individuals back home. Don’t be flashy. Skip the fancy jewelry and watches, especially if traveling abroad. When going out, carry a wallet in your front pocket or travel belt, which can be tucked away under your clothing. There are many destinations, both domestic and international, where pickpockets are on constant patrol for marks. Wallets tucked in the back pocket and purses slung directly over the shoulder are tempting targets (always wear purses and bags across your body). Stay focused. Don’t do anything that draws attention to yourself. Whenever possible, always travel with a companion. Having an extra pair of eyes never hurts. If you encounter large crowds and it isn’t clear why they are gathered, keep your distance. Pay attention to your surroundings and keep your head up and your eyes open. And, for a few more words of wisdom, when traveling abroad, consult the U.S. Department of State website for travel alerts and warnings ( content/passports/english/alertswarnings.html ). It’s always important to know what is going on wherever you may be traveling. When you’re prepared, it’s easier to stay safe, have fun, and return home with amazing memories.

He also told the teen to act with intention: “You've got to keep control of your time, and you can't unless you say no. You can't let people set your agenda in life.” This is something I’ve brought up in the past, and Buffett knows that the greatest commodity of all is time. He has mastered the art of setting boundaries for himself and made it a habit to say no. It may be his greatest habit. And that is what it all comes down to. The secret to success is managing one’s self. Its spending time with good people, having integrity, and realizing that time is precious. We don’t know what’s going to happen tomorrow, so we must live for today. There are countless lessons we can learn from Warren Buffett, but at the end of it all, that is the most important one.

—John Bledsoe

Austrian Potato Salad

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Whether or not your friends are vegan, we’re willing to bet they’ll enjoy this mayo-free version of potato salad much more than the standard variety.


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2 lbs. small potatoes 1 medium white onion 1/2 cup pickled gherkins 3 tsp whole grain mustard

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3 tsp extra-virgin olive oil 1/2 tsp garlic powder Salt and pepper, to taste


1. Bring a medium stockpot of salted water to a boil. 2. Boil potatoes until fork tender, about 20–30 minutes. 3. In the meantime, finely chop onion and gherkins. 4. When potatoes are done cooking, strain and place in large salad bowl with onion and gherkins. 5. For dressing, whisk together mustard, olive oil, garlic powder, salt, and pepper. It’s best to add oil gradually at the end. 6. Dress salad and let sit for 15 minutes to absorb flavor before serving.

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