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On Sept. 1, 2023, we lost a legend who’s done so much not only for me in my youth but also for music as a whole — Jimmy Buffett.

what Jimmy stood for, I don’t know what is! He lived by this notion and encouraged his family and fans to do the same.

Jimmy was a huge part of my college life. My roommate and I wore out each one of his albums. We played every vinyl we had until the grooves on the records were non-playable. Some of my favorite college memories include Jimmy Buffett, and I would be here all day explaining the stories and watershed moments he was a part of. I’m sure you have similar feelings toward this legendary musician — his music was always there for us no matter what we were going through. As he went on to create a massive empire that included merchandise, cafes, and restaurants, he always kept a specific notion at the forefront of his mind — enjoying life and following his passions. No matter what came Jimmy’s way, he always had a smile on his face and continued to push forward. Despite the challenging times life threw at him, he chose to look at the positives. This was especially true when he was diagnosed with skin cancer. Even with the life-altering and heartbreaking news of Merkel cell carcinoma, Jimmy continued to live his life to the fullest — he never let his diagnosis bring him down and kept smiling. While going through treatment, he continued to play shows and spend time with his fans. He never mentioned his cancer diagnosis when on stage or during interviews; he wanted to encourage his listeners to continue living life to the fullest. And he did just that up until the very end.

When I reflect on Jimmy’s life, I’ve realized he has inspired me in more ways than one. In many ways, I see myself in Jimmy as he continued to look at the positives even with his cancer diagnosis. In college, I suffered an injury due to a gunshot, which disrupted my lifestyle. To this day, I still experience pain and discomfort because of it. However, I had a choice on whether or not I would let this incident hinder my fulfillment in life. I could’ve locked myself in my room and reminisced on what could have been, or I could look at the positives and everything life still offers me — I decided to go with the latter. I’m very grateful for my life today and the amazing opportunities I’ve been given. I’m thankful for my health and how I can still achieve everything I want to do — it’s been amazing to watch my daughter grow. I look forward to seeing her develop into a beautiful young lady. Working alongside my team and helping you with all your legal needs has also been a pleasure. Thank you for trusting me during some of your life’s most challenging times. I understand how nerve-wracking it is to have your life flipped upside down; dealing with legal matters can be very stressful. But I assure you there is a light at the end of the tunnel — keep pushing forward and focus on the positive aspects of your life. If there is anything I can do to help you, please don’t hesitate to reach out. – Gary L. Medlin, Esq.

An iconic quote Jimmy shared was that, “It takes no more time to see the good side of life than the bad.” If this isn’t a testament to | Pg. 1

You Could Get Arrested for What?! 3 BIZARRE LAWS THAT STILL EXIST Since the beginning of time, cities, states, countries, and other groups have developed laws to provide structure for their citizens. Many laws of the past are now completely outdated, but they’re still technically legitimate laws! Here are three of the oddest laws still on the books today. You must have a permit to set up a lemonade stand. At least once in your life, you’ve either seen or operated a lemonade stand. This longstanding rite of passage teaches kids the value of working hard to earn their own money, so how could this simple tradition be considered illegal?

Forks and knives are prohibited! In 1961, Gainesville, Georgia, passed a law that made eating fried chicken with anything other than your hands illegal. The ordinance was a publicity stunt to advertise Gainesville as the poultry capital of the world. Although the rule isn’t taken literally and is hardly enforced, 91-year-old Ginny Dietrick received a citation for eating fried chicken with a fork and knife in 2009. The practical joke made everyone in the restaurant, including Ginny, laugh and play along. Ginny’s punishment for breaking the law was that she could not leave her table until she mastered the proper way of eating Southern fried chicken.

In many cities nationwide, lemonade stands are treated like any other small business — if your child is making money by selling food or beverages, they must abide by food safety regulations and have a business permit or license. Only 14 states don’t require permits for kids to set up lemonade stands! Fortunetelling is only allowed in health care and religious facilities. Many cities worldwide have small businesses that provide services in fortunetelling, astrology, palm readings, tarot cards, evil spirit removal, and other New Age practices.

In New Orleans, however, it’s illegal for a business to provide these kinds of services unless you’re in a health care profession or a place of religious worship. Remember, laws are still laws, no matter how silly they are, so do some research online to see if your city has any bizarre mandates you could be breaking right now!

Fight for Your Chance to Stay HOW DO IMMIGRATION BONDS WORK?

How do you ask for a bond hearing? You can request a hearing in two ways. First, you could tell the judge at your first hearing you’d like a bond hearing at the court’s earliest convenience. In your Notice of Custody Determination document, you must also check the box that says, “I do request an immigration judge to review this custody determination.” Alternatively, you could write the judge a bond hearing request letter. What do you need to bring to a bond hearing? The most important document you need is a sponsor letter. Your sponsor must write a letter that includes how they know you, what legal immigration status the sponsor has, an address where you and the sponsor will live, and how the sponsor will support you if you’re released. Other documents you should bring include proof of financial support, relatives who have legal status in the U.S., evidence of community involvement, and reasons you want to stay in the U.S. For all your immigration needs, please allow Medlin Law to assist you. We can help you request a hearing, collect evidence, and speak on your behalf in court. Please call us today to get started.

When you’re convicted of a crime, you can endure a lot of stress as you determine the right avenue to take. Immigrants deal with an extra layer of concern because of the fear of being deported. However, you can request an immigration bond hearing to be released from detention. Here’s what you need to know. What is an immigration bond? When you ask for a bond, you’re promising that because you’re being released, you will attend all the necessary court hearings and abide by the judge’s orders. If you fail to appear in court and miss any of your hearings, you could be deported without the opportunity to plead your case in front of the judge. Remember: Even if you get out of detention on bond, your deportation case is not finished. Are you eligible for an immigration bond? Once you prove you’re not a danger to the community and not a flight risk, you’re eligible for an immigration bond. However, if you have a history of serious convictions or were deported in the past, you will not be eligible for bond. | Pg. 2

directions, one shopper emerged victorious. To commemorate their victory (and get away from the angry customers), they rode out on the bike and exited the store — without paying. All this for towels?! A Target employee once had a couple wait in line outside for 14 hours in the cold. This isn’t out of the ordinary — tons of people decided to wait outside of a store for hours on end so they could be one of the first few people inside, but this is typically to get their hands on TVs, new toys, and other devices. This couple, however, waited in line just so they could load their cart full of $2 towels. Wait … Am I in the right line? Another Walmart employee mentioned how one gentleman waited outside the store for three nights. He brought coolers, a tent, a generator, and anything he needed to camp from Tuesday night until Friday morning. The man was so excited because he was the first person in line at the front entrance and didn’t have to worry about all the TVs being taken. The line wrapped around the front of the building, with thousands of people waiting to go inside. Once the doors finally opened, the man rushed to the technology section and noticed all the TVs were gone. He then realized the Garden Center entrance had opened a few minutes before the front entrance, and all 15 plasma TVs were already gone.

Black Friday Frenzy 3 Unforgettable Anecdotes About Diehard Shoppers The day after Thanksgiving is always chaotic. Millions nationwide get up before dawn to line up in front of their favorite stores as they wait to rush inside to take advantage of the Black Friday deals. We’ve all seen videos and pictures of the sea of people flooding these stores and heard stories about Black Friday experiences. Today, we wanted to share some of our favorites. Hey! Joy rides aren’t free! One college student recalls while working at Walmart, a fight broke out over a kid’s bike. As people circled the bike and pulled it in all

Do you have any Black Friday stories? Are you planning on fighting the crowd this year? We would love to hear from you!

No need to make rolls from scratch this season. Instead, dress up store-bought rolls with delicious everything bagel seasoning! Everything- Seasoned Dinner Rolls


• Cooking spray • 20 frozen dinner rolls • 2 tbsp unsalted butter

• 1 tbsp honey • 2 tbsp everything bagel seasoning


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1. Coat a 13x9-inch baking pan with cooking spray and arrange frozen rolls in the pan to thaw according to package instructions. 2. Preheat oven to 350 F. Then, melt butter and honey together in the microwave or on the stove. Once the rolls thaw, brush butter mixture over the rolls and sprinkle seasoning on top. Bake for 15–20 minutes, or until golden, and serve these tasty rolls straight out of the oven!

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A Tribute to Jimmy Buffett


You Need a Permit for a Lemonade Stand?

Are You at Risk of Being Deported?


Extreme Lengths People Go for Black Friday Deals

Everything-Seasoned Dinner Rolls

4. Pack These Secret Weapons for the Best In-Flight Experience


Noise-Canceling Headphones Flights can be noisy. You can never predict crying babies, loud talkers, or hyper kids traveling alongside you. Noise-canceling headphones can provide a peaceful oasis amidst the hustle and bustle of the airplane. They block out ambient noise and allow you to relax, listen to music, or enjoy in-flight entertainment without any distractions. Compression Socks Wearing compression socks on an airplane is crucial for maintaining healthy circulation during long flights. Prolonged periods of sitting can lead to blood pooling in your legs, causing swelling, poor circulation, and even deep vein thrombosis (DVT). Compression socks apply gentle pressure to your legs, reducing discomfort and circulation complications.

When preparing for your flight, it’s essential to pack the basics, such as clothing, medications, toiletries, and your travel documents. However, there are some surprising and often overlooked items that can greatly enhance your flying experience. These unexpected additions in your carry-on can make your air travel experience more comfortable, enjoyable, and stress-free. Electrolytes Flying is dehydrating! Because airplane cabins are kept at a lower humidity level, your body dehydrates quicker than normal. To help keep your body hydrated without a dozen trips to the bathroom over the course of your flight, pack some electrolyte packets to mix into your water. Speaking of water, pack an empty water bottle with you, and after passing through security, you can fill it up at a water fountain!

Portable Charger While you may have remembered to pack your plug-in phone charger, bringing along a portable charger and power bank is a lifesaver! Sometimes, finding an available charging station in a crowded airport can be tricky. But having a backup power source on the plane makes it possible to keep your devices charged throughout your journey! When packing for your next flight, don’t forget to include these trip-saving items in your carry-on for a more pleasant travel experience — you’ll be glad you did! | Pg. 4

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