Law Offices of Elliott Kanter APC - August/September 2019

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August/September 2019

AVOIDING THE ORDINARY ‘THE TAO OF BILL MURRAY’

Most of us probably know at least one person who has met a celebrity in their lives. If you’re like me, the first question you ask your star-crossed friend is “What are they like in real life?” This is especially true of Hollywood actors, I think. We want to know if they really are as kind/goofy/sinister/unflappable as the characters they play on the big screen. One movie star in particular has become legendary for living up to his movie personas: Bill Murray. The master of deadpan humor and spontaneity has built up quite a reputation for being just as serene in his private life as he is in “Ghostbusters” and “The Life Aquatic.” Many stories have surfaced about Murray drifting into wedding parties, joining impromptu piano performances, and “photobombing” tourists. Several years ago, Rolling Stone contributing editor Gavin Edwards began collecting these tales, piecing them together to build a picture of the enigmatic star’s philosophy. The result is “The Tao of Bill Murray.”

With the subtitle “Real- Life Stories of Joy, Enlightenment, and Party Crashing,” this book is part amusing anthology and part lifestyle guide. This makes “Tao” what may be the strangest, most fun personal development book ever written. The author even breaks Murray’s way of life into 10 “Principles of Bill,” using stories of Murray’s surreal encounters to illustrate each.

college kids, he instead went to the kitchen and did the dishes. Whether he’s giving relationship advice or just pitching in with household chores, the man always seems to be on the lookout for small ways he can brighten people’s day. Taken together, these “Principles of Bill” boil down to finding and sharing

For example, principle six, “Drop a Coin on the World,” is all about regifting your good fortune to others, often to total strangers. In this chapter, we hear from a bank teller working the drive-thru window on a cold January day. Sure enough, Murray drives up and places two bottles of luxury champagne in the snowbank just outside the window. The SNL star wishes the teller a happy new year, and drives away. That goes a step beyond “paying it forward.” The final principle, “When the Earth Spins, Make Yourself Useful,” tells the story of Murray joining a group of foreign-exchange students at a house party. But, rather than going round for round drinking with these

joy. Sure, not all of us can get away with commandeering a streetcleaner in the middle of a pub crawl, but we can all bring a little more fun into our day-to-day lives. Walking the path of Bill Murray means learning to not take the world too seriously. Whether you’re a Bill Murray fan or simply interested in exploring a new outlook on life, this book is for you. Much like the man it chronicles, “Tao” manages to be deeply funny and incredibly thought provoking. This is the “feel good” read of the summer.

“WALKING THE PATH OF BILL MURRAY MEANS LEARNING TO NOT TAKE THE WORLD TOO SERIOUSLY.”

-Elliott Kanter

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STAYING ‘COOL’ WITH YOUR CANINE ENJOY THE WEATHER WHILE KEEPING YOUR PUP COMFORTABLE

TIME IS OF THE ESSENCE

With all this late-summer sunshine, it’s the perfect time to take your dog out for some fun. And while spending time basking in nature’s beauty can be a great source of fun and exercise for you and your pets, it’s important to keep a careful watch on your dog’s core temperature to prevent heat exhaustion. There are several detectable signs of heat exhaustion that you can watch for, including abnormal lethargy, vomiting, or a brightly colored blue or red tongue. Here are some tips to keep your canine cool this summer.

If you are going on an adventure, consider bringing a collapsible water bowl. If you are doing some backyard chilling, consider filling up a small wading pool with water for your pooch to splash or lounge in.

While fun water toys and helpful cooling inventions are great, the best thing you can do to keep your dog cool is be careful about when you decide to go outside. Taking your pup out in the early morning or later in the evening, when the sun isn’t at its highest point in the sky, will help keep them cooler in the long run. Additionally, keep in mind that some breeds deal with the heat better than others. If you’re unsure, do a little research to determine your dog’s susceptibility to heat exhaustion. Just because the heat is sizzling doesn’t mean your dog should be! Keep these tips in mind before taking your canine out in the summer sun. They will thank you for it!

SOME INVALUABLE INVENTIONS

There are many contraptions to help you keep your canine cool in the summer heat. Booties to insulate their toes and protect their paw pads from the hot asphalt, cooling vests that reflect sunlight off darker fur, and pressure-activated cooling pads are just a few of the gizmos you can purchase to stave off those scorching temps. The Dog People, a website powered by Rover.com, also recommends making frozen “pupsicles,” a yogurt-based frozen treat that can satisfy doggy cravings while keeping them cool.

WATER IN ALL ITS FORMS

While certain dog breeds thrive in hotter climates, all pups need a little extra care when it comes to staying hydrated during the summer. For starters, always make sure they have ready access to drinkable water.

DID YOU SHOPLIFT AS A TEEN? THIS CRIME MAY STILL AFFECT YOU Shoplifting is one of the most common crimes committed by young people. According to the National Association for Shoplifting Prevention (NASP), 1 in 11 people will shoplift at some point in their lives, more than half of which will do so while they’re underage. If you were rebellious as a teenager, or simply hung out with the wrong group of people, you should know that a past shoplifting offense may still be on your record. DID YOU GET ARRESTED? In the case of underage thieves, it’s not unheard of for shop owners to call your parents and ban you from the premises. While this can be mortifying at the time, the owner really is letting you off easy. They are well within their right to press criminal charges after you’ve been caught trying to steal merchandise, regardless of your age. If you were turned over to your parents, the incident would not make its way onto your criminal record. If you were taken away by the police, however, this incident may still affect you. DID THE CASE GO TO COURT? If you were arrested, then it’s likely your case went to trial. Under California Law, you could have been facing time in a juvenile detention

facility, and/or a fine up to $1,000. If you had a good lawyer, it’s likely they negotiated these harsher sentences down to a probation period. If you completed this, your record should have been expunged. Otherwise, your arrest is likely still on file, which can affect many aspects of your life, including your ability to get a job or maintain custody of your children. AVOIDING CRIMINAL CHARGES FROM SHOPLIFTING This is why it’s important to have an experienced criminal defense attorney in your corner, even for “small” crimes like shoplifting. A legal professional like Elliott Kanter will work to defend your rights and reduce or eliminate the penalties you face. Beyond this, he’ll keep your future in mind and do everything he can to protect your record.

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DOG DAYS AREN’T OVER

As we enter “the dog days of summer,” our firm wanted to call attention to a particular area of personal injury law: dog bites. While we all would like to think Man’s Best Friend can do no wrong, the numbers don’t lie. Nearly 2% of the population needs emergency treatment for dog bites every year. These attacks commonly leave victims with puncture wounds, lacerations, and in some cases, crushed limbs. If you are the victim of such an attack, it’s important to do the following in the immediate aftermath. IDENTIFY THE OWNER Finding whoever owns the dog is important for two reasons. You need to know who to hold accountable in the event of a civil suit and get their contact information including name, insurance company, address, and phone number. But in these immediate moments after the attack, there’s an even more important reason to identify this person. You need to know the dog’s immunization history. Rabies shots are extremely painful and have horrible side effects, including hallucinations. However, if a doctor doesn’t know whether a dog is up to date on vaccinations, they may have no choice but to give it to you. The alternative could mean contracting the deadly illness. Even if a dog was vaccinated, you should still seek medical attention quickly. Plastic surgery done in the immediate aftermath of the bite may save you from lasting scars. CONTACT A DOG BITE LAWYER Reaching out to a personal injury attorney with experience in dog bite cases will help ensure your right to compensation is defended. With their help, you can reach a settlement that covers your medical expenses, pain, and suffering. Dogs are normally friendly, loyal pets, but they still have the jaws and predatory capabilities of their wolf ancestors. Under the wrong circumstances, they can lash out and cause real damage. If this has happened to you, please give us a call today. LEARN THE DOG’S VACCINATION HISTORY, THEN GO TO THE DOCTOR

SUMMERTIME GAZPACHO

Inspired by Bon Appétit Magazine

Gazpacho, an Andalusian soup made of blended vegetables and traditionally served cold, is the perfect refresher on a warm summer day.

INGREDIENTS

2 1/2 lbs ripe tomatoes; cored, seeded, and cut into 1-inch chunks 1 small cucumber; peeled, seeded, and cut into 1-inch chunks 1 red bell pepper; cored, seeded, and sliced into ribbons

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1/4 cup basil leaves 1 clove garlic, peeled

1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil

2 tbsp sherry vinegar

Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

1 small Vidalia onion, peeled and cubed

DIRECTIONS

1. Place a blender and medium mixing bowl on your workstation. 2. Divide the tomato chunks, cucumber pieces, and bell pepper slices evenly between blender and bowl. Place entire onion in blender. 3. Add basil, garlic, olive oil, vinegar, salt, and pepper to blender. Blend on low, gradually raising speed to high until smooth, about 2 minutes. 4. Add blender contents to bowl and mix until just broken up, about 10–20 seconds. 5. Let mixture sit in fridge for a minimum of 2 hours. Transfer to bowls and serve.

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WHAT WE CAN LEARN FROM BILL MURRAY STAYING ‘COOL’ WITH YOUR CANINE THIS SUMMER CRIMES FROM HIGH SCHOOL MAY STILL BE ON YOUR RECORD SUMMERTIME GAZPACHO ARE DOG BITES THAT SERIOUS? NOT YOUR AVERAGE VACATION LODGINGS

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AMERICA’S WEIRDEST AIRBNBS

When Airbnb was founded a little over a decade ago, the developers hoped to provide an alternative to traditional travel accommodations. Today, with annual revenue in the billions, the service is an industry unto itself. While most people use Airbnb to “live like a local” while traveling, you can find some truly wacky lodging options if you spend some time searching the platform. Here are just a few of the many contenders for the title of “Weirdest Airbnb in the U.S.” For ease of searching, the listings here have the same titles as they do on Airbnb.

like a crashing wave with a living space in its undertow, combines the rustic charm of truly getting away from it all with modern amenities like Wi-Fi and in-home laundry. It’s a truly unique living space surrounded by pristine nature and not far from the historic Taos Pueblo.

featuring eclectic aviation. Memorabilia lines the walls with a bar front and center, and the bed is in a loft high above the ground.

DOG BARK PARK INN B&B COTTONWOOD, IDAHO

As you approach the Dog Bark Park Inn, you won’t have to guess if you’re in the right place. After all, how many buildings are shaped like beagles? When describing the space on Airbnb, the hosts make no bones about who this rental is aimed for. “Stay in a giant dog!” they say. In addition to being inside a massive wooden dog, you’ll find canine-themed games, books, and more. Talk about ruffing it.

MANCAVE APARTMENT/AIRPLANE HANGAR GENEVA, FLORIDA

BRAND NEW STUDIO EARTHSHIP TAOS, NEW MEXICO

Airbnb super hosts Dan and Deborah have no shortage of quirky properties for rent — including yurts and treehouses — but their apartment fashioned out of an airplane hangar surely takes the cake. You’d be forgiven for thinking it was a theme restaurant

Earthships, houses run by clean energy and featuring reused materials, are a fixture of the Taos area. This one, which looks almost

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