Brauns Law February 2018


Defining Support Where Would I Be Without You?

I will be the first to admit that, when it comes to dating, I have no game. But to be fair, I met my wife, Kaori, during our first semester of college. We met during halftime at a Clemson football game (Go, Tigers!) when we were both 18. Slowly, I managed to win her over and we started dating. However, like most 18-year-olds, I still had a little growing up to do. We broke up the same year. It wasn’t until we rekindled our romance at the end of our junior year that I realized she was the woman I wanted to marry. After college, we moved in together and have been side by side ever since. The first place we lived was this rundown little apartment with dust and light streaming through the cracks in the door. It wasn’t the nicest place, and we knew we needed

to work hard, but as long as we had each other, we knew we could make it. When we tied the knot, we were so poor we couldn’t afford a wedding. Instead, we were married outside, next to a waterfall, by a justice of the peace.

“When people talk about a ‘life partner,’ I fully believe they are describing what Kaori and I have built.”

spend too much time at the office. Kaori knows that what I do supports my clients and our family, and she knows being an attorney is both my passion and my hobby. It’s what I love to do, and she’s given me endless support, enabling me to keep doing what I love. When people talk about a “life partner,” I fully believe they are describing what Kaori and I have built. We grew up together, and we know we’ll have each other’s backs no matter what happens. Life never fails to bring unexpected challenges, but when you face them with someone who supports you and makes you a stronger, better person, then there’s nothing you can’t accomplish together. Happy Valentine’s Day to the love of my life. We’ve achieved so much together, and I cannot wait to see what we we’ll do in the future. -David Brauns

Early in our respective careers, I was inspired by what Kaori could accomplish. She was on the fast-track to leadership at BellSouth. Over the course of her career, she managed successful DSL channels, analyzed and implemented marketing data, and traveled all over the world meeting with vendors. Kaori is a strong advocate for empowering other women in the corporate space and helping them rise together. I learned a lot from watching her, like how to manage people in an office setting. In the last year, she’s come on as the firm’s chief operating officer, and I am thrilled to have her expertise and support.

Being married to a lawyer isn’t easy, but she’s always supported me. I’ve never come home and heard I work too much or that I


EDUCATION IN THE KITCHEN What Your Child Can Learn FromBaking

With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, you’re probably wracking your brain for the perfect recipe to bake for your loved one. There’s nothing wrong with store-bought chocolate, but there’s no topping the personal touch of some homemade baked goods. If you have kids, baking alongside them can be just as rewarding as enjoying the fruits of your labor. As an added bonus, baking is a hands-on opportunity where your child can learn all sorts of important concepts. Here is a short list of some of the educational lessons hiding in your kitchen. Math Baking is a numbers game. Just take a look at any recipe, and you’ll recognize the importance of math in building a beautiful cake. Having children measure out ingredients helps them learn about fractions and ratios. You can also test your kids by doubling or halving a recipe for multiplication and division practice. With older kids, practice unit conversions by asking, for example, how many pints are in half a gallon. Following Directions Not unlike computer science, baking requires a strict order of operations. The wet and dry ingredients often need to be mixed separately and then folded together. It only takes one deviation from the instructions for a pastry to go from delicious to disgusting. Spending time in the kitchen, then, is a great way for kids to learn the importance of reading directions carefully and comprehending what they’ve just read.

Cultural Understanding Cuisine is a fundamental part of every culture. Introducing your child to dishes from around the world will expand their horizons. Want your child to be a less picky eater? Involving them in the cooking process is the surest way to get them excited about trying new flavors and ingredients. Nutrition Now, you might not think that baking cookies will encourage greater nutritional awareness, but hear us out. Sugar is often buried within packaged foods. When you bake something at home, a child gets to see, firsthand, just how much sugar goes into certain sweets. Meanwhile, cooking savory dishes also allows them to learn what constitutes a balanced, healthy diet.



“Awesome team ... Instant replies to my phone calls or emails! Mr. Brauns and his team were professionals in every way! And most importantly, they achieved good results! I would definitely recommend Brauns Law, PC!” –Marshalle S. “I have been recommending this firm to every last one of my friends and family who have been in accidents lately. They worked hard on my case and strived for excellence. Thanks, y’all, for the help.” –Caitlin L.

“They are so respectful. I felt like family. Every time I would call they made me feel special.

“I love them so much and still do. I would recommend them to everyone who needs a wonderful lawyer. The Brauns family are very loving people. They let me know they really were concerned about my health, and they work with you with love and understanding. They find you the best doctors. Yes, they are very loving people. I love y’all. David and my team, thank you so much for everything.” –Cynthia F.

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BURNING RUBBER 3 Rules for Tire Maintenance

When it comes to tires, many drivers are of the mentality, “If I don’t have to think about them, then they’re doing the job.” While this is true to an extent, it can lead to drivers never thinking about their tires until there is a problem. Blowouts and car accidents are often the result of poor tire maintenance. Tires give plenty of warning signs before these problems arise, which is why tire maintenance needs to be top of mind for all drivers. Here are three easy ways to keep your tires in fine form. Check the Tire Pressure Even if you have an automatic tire pressure system, it is important to check your tires manually in case the sensors stop working. Refer to your owner’s manual or look at the label on your car door to determine what your tire pressure should be. Then use a pressure gauge to check that your tires match. You can find step-by-step instructions to master this at Test Your Treads If your treads are too worn, driving on wet, slick roads or stopping quickly can be dangerous. Take a look at your treads regularly, like when you stop for gas. If you don’t have a tread depth gauge, use BACON-WRAPPED TATER TOT BOMBS Sure, your showoff pal can wrap a tater tot with a piece of bacon and call it “The Daniel,” but you can take it a step further. Prepare a couple batches of these savory snacks for your Super Bowl party or the next family get-together. Snag a few for yourself before they disappear!

the quarter test. Insert a quarter into the tread groove with the top of George Washington’s head facing down. If you can see the top of Washington’s head, you have less than 4/32” of tread and you need to start shopping for new tires. Pay Attention While Driving You should always listen for strange sounds or vibrations while driving your car. A thumping noise could indicate an out-of-balance tire and should be addressed by a mechanic right away. If your car drifts to the side while moving at a steady speed, this may also be an indication of tire trouble. There are usually warning signs before tire problems become severe, so it’s important to pay attention. Tire maintenance is a necessary, yet often overlooked responsibility for drivers. Before you get stranded on the side of the road, or suffer a car accident due to tire trouble, make these safety habits part of your routine.


Directions 1. Heat oven to 400 F. Line a Ingredients • 2 cups frozen tater tots, defrosted • 1 ounce sharp cheddar, cut into 1/4-inch squares baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside. 2. Press a cheese square into each tot, then wrap with a

• 4 slices bacon, quartered • 1/4 cup brown sugar • 1 tablespoon chopped parsley




3. Place tots seam side down on baking sheet. Bake for 20–25 minutes, using metal tongs to turn halfway through. 4. Garnish with parsley, if desired, and serve immediately


piece of bacon. Dredge each tot in brown sugar.

(Recipe inspired by




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February’s Quirks Explained

Why Is February So Short?

weeks between December and the spring equinox were just, well, nothing.

Eventually, the calendar was updated to more accurately reflect the lunar cycle. January and February were added, and the year was extended to 355 days. At the time, people believed that even numbers were unlucky, and the Roman ruler of that era, King Pompilius, was hesitant to create any more even-numbered months. But, to get everything to add up to 355, he had to leave one month stuck with unlucky number 28. And the rest is history. Over the centuries, days were added here and there, the leap year was eventually instituted by Julius Caesar, and we came to the 365-day calendar we know today. But this year, as we let Valentine’s Day pass in the dark, think back to the legacy of King Pompilius and his one unlucky month.

And Why Is There No Full Moon This Month?

If you were planning a romantic, moonlit stroll sometime this month, you’d better reschedule for March. But, on the bright side, if you’re terrified of werewolves, you can rest easy for the entire month of February. Every 20 years or so, because of its 28-day length, February lands between the zeniths of the lunar cycle. February passes without a full moon, while January and March get to double up. Astrologists call this event a “black moon,” and it’s happening this year for the first time since 1999. There’s a certain irony that comes with the full moon skipping the most romantic month of the year. In fact, a black moon February ensures that the new moon will always land right around Valentine’s Day. There’s no chance of even a waxing crescent for couples on that special night. But, how did this come to pass? February used to not exist at all. The calendar used by the ancient Romans would, at a glance, look very familiar to us. Its months had 30 and 31 days, and the year ended in December. But both January and February were missing. This is because the Romans, as an agricultural society, didn’t feel the need to track winter months. The days and

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