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How Pro Wrestling Captured
If you know me, you know I have an affinity for pro wrestling, namely the WWE. I started watching pro wrestling at a young age — right around 7. Back then, the WWE was the WWF, and its biggest stars, especially Hulk Hogan, had captured my imagination. I learned about pro wrestling from some of the other neighborhood kids. From that very first televised event, I was hooked. Everything about it was so fascinating: the theatrics and larger-than-life characters. Right off the bat, my dad made sure I knew they were, in fact, characters. He let me know it wasn’t real and that it was all prewritten and choreographed. He wanted to make sure I had no preconceived notions about what I was watching. Despite this, I still loved watching it. It still captured my imagination. As I watched, I thought, how could this possibly be fake? The wrestlers were so good. Everything seemed to fall into place so perfectly (chairs included). It didn’t bother me a bit that it wasn’t real. For me, the fun of it was all I cared about. I loved following characters and their various storylines. I knew the choreography was what helped make it look so real, but that was secondary in my mind. The wrestlers weren’t just good at wrestling, they were good at selling their stories. I mentioned in a previous newsletter that I had convinced my babysitter to take me to my first live WWF event. Growing up where I did, an event like this was a big deal. The second I heard that the WWF would be in Davenport, Iowa, not far from where I lived, I knew I needed to go. They performed at Palmer Auditorium, which was part of the Palmer College of Chiropractic. This event was not televised; it was like they were putting on a show just for us. And they put on a show . And Kept Me Hooked
I remember sneaking into the back, where the wrestlers were going in and out of the auditorium. I got to see Hulk Hogan and Ric Flair get inside a
limousine. These two people were supposed to be bitter enemies in the ring, but there they were, getting into a car together as friends. That was mind-blowing for a young kid to see, but it was so much fun. In law school, I bonded with one of my best friends, JeffAdelman, over pro wrestling. Even to this day, we still go to pro wrestling events together, with his boys. For a lot of people, pro wrestling can be polarizing, but it can also bridge generations. Even if you’ve never watched pro wrestling or never had much interest in it, going to a live WWE event can be a lot of fun. I’ve seen people who’ve never really been into it just have a ball. There’s a certain energy at these events, and the wrestlers are experts at playing to the crowd. They know what they’re doing. There’s a reason so many wrestlers go on to have careers in the entertainment industry — people like Hulk Hogan, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, and John Cena. They learn a lot about acting through their work in pro wrestling. While I’m still a fan of the WWE, I don’t follow it nearly as closely as I once did. I was able to go to a WrestleMania event that came to Miami a few years ago, and that was a blast! Admittingly, right now, in my office, I have three autographs from pro wrestlers on my wall (thanks in part to JeffAdelman). Looking at those autographs takes me back — it reminds me of the fun times I’ve had over the years. Pro wrestling might not be for everyone, but it’s meant a great deal to me over the years.
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Fall Family Fun The leaves are turning, the weather is changing, and the holidays are right around the corner, which means it’s time to bring out the fall decor! To make this season especially memorable for your family, create your own decorations with these fun ideas below.
DECORATE YOUR HOUSE WITH YOUR OWN CREATIONS!
Thanksgiving Crafts Thanksgiving is only a month away, and your possibilities for holiday-themed crafts are endless with just a few supplies like paper, scissors, markers, and string. You can make turkey placemats, tissue paper trees, pumpkin garlands, paper pumpkins, or leaf mobiles to hang from the ceiling. Compile a list of ideas and have your kids pick out which craft they want to do first, then get to work together to create as many decorations as you want to display for Turkey Day.
Pine Cone Painting Go on a family walk through the park to pick up a few fallen pine cones or take a quick trip to the store to buy a bag. Once everyone has their own hand-picked pine cone, grab a paintbrush and a few colors and have at it! For extra flair, add some fixings like glitter, beads, sequins, string, and more. Leaf Painting Take a trip outside with the kids to pick out some large, unbroken leaves, then head back inside and get creative! You can pull out the construction paper and paint trees, using handprints and “arm prints” as the trunks and branches. Paint the leaves you found to spruce up your trees or use them as decorations on their own. You can also use them for leaf printing or leaf pressing. Fun Finger Food When you’ve got multiple friends and family members coming over and you need snacks, edible decorations are the way to go. You can get a little creative and make elaborate treats, or you can opt for delicious and easy- to-make finger foods with your kids. A good starting treat for your family is a batch of pumpkin Rice Krispie Treats. Add orange food coloring to the mix and get your kids to shape the treats like pumpkins before using a few pretzel sticks to make sturdy stems. CLIENT SUCCESS STORIES “Best attorney we have ever dealt with; suffice it to say, you cannot do better.” –Dart D. “Best experience I have ever had with an attorney. He is prompt, follows up, and really has your best interest in mind. Highly recommend him!” –Dave H.
With these engaging craft ideas, the whole family will be eager to make their own decorations and show them off for months to come!
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Smell Plus? FROM THE LAW BLOG
There’s a new/old concept that’s been coming into play since the passage of the hemp bill in Florida. The concept is called SMELL PLUS. In short, this means in order to articulate a search of the vehicle, there needs to be more evidence than just the odor of marijuana emanating from the vehicle to justify the search. Instead, you need the smell of marijuana along with something else to justify the further detention in search of the vehicle. That “something else” has to show some evidence of criminal wrongdoing. An example of a “smell plus” is the smell of marijuana plus paraphernalia in plain view when someone does not have a medical marijuana card. There can be many forms of “plus.” Under Florida Statute Section 581.217, hemp is defined as the plant cannabis sativa L. and any part of the plant, including the seeds thereof and all derivatives, extracts, cannabinoids, isomers, assets, salts that does not exceed 0.3% tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) concentration. Under Florida Stat. Sec. 381.986, medical marijuana is legal in the State of Florida. Further, under the statute, the only difference in legal medical marijuana and illegal marijuana is the percentage of THC and cannabidiol (CBD). Medically legal marijuana is defined under Florida. Stat. sec. 381.986 (1)(e) and (f) as: (e) ‘Low-THC cannabis’ means a plant of the genus Cannabis, the dried flowers of which contain 0.8% or less of THC and more than 10% of CBD weight for weight; the seeds thereof; the resin extracted from any part of such plant; or any compound, manufacture, salt, derivative, mixture, or preparation of such plant or its seeds or resin that is dispensed only from a dispensing organization.
(f) ‘Medical cannabis’ means all parts of any plant of the genus Cannabis, whether growing or not; the seeds thereof; the resin extracted from any part of the plant; and every compound, manufacture, sale, derivative, mixture, or preparation of the plant or its seeds or resin that is dispensed only from a dispensing organization for medical use by an eligible patient as defined in s. 499.0295. Medical marijuana can only be distinguished from other marijuana by testing the potency. Likewise, the determination of hemp versus marijuana containing more than 0.3% THC can only be done through testing. What’s happening now? The state attorney’s office and Broward and Martin Counties have put forth memos on why they will not prosecute unless there is the smell plus evidence of wrongdoing. Most South Florida jurisdictions are following suit. It’s likely in the future that fewer cases will be filed, and pending cases will result a lot quicker. This article comes direct from the blog at Matthewkoneckypa.com/law-blog. Be sure to visit the blog for more insight from Matthew!
SLOWCOOKER PUMPKIN CHIA STEEL CUT OATS Cooking With Ashley
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1 cup steel cut oats
2 1/2 cups water
2 tablespoons chia seeds
2 cups milk (I used unsweetened almond milk) Top with additional maple syrup, toasted pecans, chia seeds, chopped apple or chocolate chips, if desired
2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 cup pumpkin puree 1/4 cup maple syrup
1. Spray your slow cooker generously with cooking spray. Place all ingredients into the slow cooker and cook on low for 8 hours or overnight. Note: to prevent the edges from burning, place a large heat proof dish into the slow cooker and add all ingredients into the dish. Fill the slow cooker with water around the dish until it’s 2 inches from the top of the dish. 2. It’s normal to see chia seeds all over the top of the oats after cooking. Simply stir the oats well before serving, and serve with your choice of toppings. Enjoy!
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The Real Legend of Sleepy Hollow
Halloween Celebrations in Sleepy Hollow
In 1790, a school teacher named Ichabod Crane was riding home alone from a harvest festival in the village of Sleepy Hollow when he encountered a mysterious rider on horseback. Crane, horrified by the horseman’s missing head, turned and ran in the opposite direction. The Headless Horseman gave chase, hurling his own decapitated head at the terrified teacher. Ichabod Crane was never heard from again ... or so goes “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” by Washington Irving. This story, first published in 1820, has become a Halloween favorite. The legend is so beloved that in 1997, the village of North Tarrytown, NewYork, where many events of the story take place, officially changed its name to Sleepy Hollow. Today, the town becomes one big Halloween party during the month of October. Sleepy Hollow is home to many historic landmarks, including the Headless Horseman Bridge and the Sleepy Hollow Cemetery, where Washington Irving himself was laid to rest. Evening lantern tours of the cemetery are a popular attraction, and Irving isn’t the only spooky celebrity buried there. Fans of the Gothic soap opera “Dark Shadows” will be delighted to enter the crypt of famed vampire Barnabas Collins. Another highly anticipated stop for many guests is Sleepy Hollow’s premier annual attraction, Horseman’s Hollow, an experience not for the faint of heart. During the event, the 300-year-old Philipsburg Manor is transformed into a living
nightmare, where vampires, witches, ghouls, and undead soldiers lurk in the shadows. They all serve the dreaded Headless Horseman and are determined to make sure guests don’t leave alive! But it’s not all scares in Sleepy Hollow. There’s plenty of Halloween fun for all ages. Sleepy Hollow boasts relaxing hayrides, tours of Irving’s home, live readings of famous Halloween stories, performances of a brand-new musical based on Irving’s spooky tale, and the Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze, an incredible exhibition of over 7,000 hand-carved pumpkins.
If you want a real Halloween experience, you can’t go wrong in Sleepy Hollow. Just be careful not to lose your head!
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