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Tim Swearingen, DTM, PID
Chandler, AZ
You can't change the wind, but you can adjust your sails.
Interests: golf, boston red sox baseball, travel and toastmasters, reading, photography, computers, cigars
Recent Activity
After over three years, I've decided to stop actively posting on this blog. The reality is that I'm a very active micro-blogger and I'm struggling to find time to actively post here. Rather than keep having TypePad charge my credit... Continue reading
Posted Jan 22, 2011 at The World of Tim...
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President Roosevelt referred to this day as a, "date which will live in infamy"... We know now that the surprise was complete. We know now that the attacking planes came in two waves; the first hit its target at 7:53... Continue reading
Posted Dec 7, 2010 at The World of Tim...
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Wine happens to be one of the great mysteries of the world to me. In fact, although I've spent quite a bit of time in Napa and done all the wine appreciation things that one is supposed to do; I... Continue reading
Posted Dec 5, 2010 at The World of Tim...
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I n the United States we are on the eve of yet another 4-day Thanksgiving holiday weekend. At some point, many of us will sit down with family and friends...maybe we'll be prompted to share what we are thankful for... Continue reading
Posted Nov 24, 2010 at The World of Tim...
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Up to 8,000 non-citizens enlist in the U.S. Armed Forces every year and serve alongside American troops. As of May 2010, there were 16,966 non-citizens on active duty (The military does not allow illegal immigrants to enlist). Although born in... Continue reading
Posted Oct 24, 2010 at The World of Tim...
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It has been an interesting week of developments in a First Amendment case that has been wandering through our court system. Larry Flynt, whose nasty taunting of Jerry Falwell a generation ago helped create broad free speech protections for defendants,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 10, 2010 at The World of Tim...
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Every single one of these foods or substances that has been listed below may end up killing you...if you abuse them. Coffee, beer, wine, and other spirits Sugar, butter, and salt Red meat, bacon, chili-dogs, and cheeseburgers Cigars If we... Continue reading
Posted Oct 3, 2010 at The World of Tim...
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On September 24, 1960 the USS Enterprise was launched, becoming the world's first nuclear powered aircraft carrier. The only ship of her class, the "Big E" (as her crew refer to her) is the second-oldest vessel in commission in the... Continue reading
Posted Sep 24, 2010 at The World of Tim...
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From a personal perspective, it would be finding a way to re-invent myself from an engineer to a corporate trainer (thanks Toastmasters).From a world perspective, I'd have to say the aftermath of the events of September 11th have impacted every aspect of the world that I live in.From a sports perspective, it would be the fact that the Boston Red Sox ended their 86 year World Series Championship drought in 2004, going on to win another ring in 2007 (with sweeps in both). Continue reading
Posted Sep 17, 2010 at The World of Tim...
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As much as I deplore snobbery, I know lots of my fellow "disposers" that are guilty of various forms of cigar arrogance from time to time. Some of the most tolerant of cigar enthusiasts is bound to scoff at something... Continue reading
Posted Sep 15, 2010 at The World of Tim...
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I recently converted a co-worker to the fresh & easy "family" by taking her into the store that is near DAC (Ray and Kyrene). She loved it and recently noticed that there is a store location rip-roaring and ready to... Continue reading
Posted Sep 8, 2010 at The World of Tim...
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This morning Google announced a faster version of its search engine called Google Instant that begins displaying results as soon as users type in queries. According to the company, the feature shaves off 2 to 5 seconds from user searches... Continue reading
Posted Sep 8, 2010 at The World of Tim...
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ASSOCIATED PRESS - GAINESVILLE, FL: A Christian minister said Tuesday that he will go ahead with plans to burn copies of the Quran to protest the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks despite warnings from the top U.S. general in Afghanistan and... Continue reading
Posted Sep 7, 2010 at The World of Tim...
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A gunman goes nuts in the headquarters of the Discovery Channel and the news isn't broken by the Associated Press, CNN, or Fox News; it is brought forward by people using their cell phones and "Tweeting" about the event...as it... Continue reading
Posted Sep 6, 2010 at The World of Tim...
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I don't really consider myself a coffee snob but, I have developed a habit of brewing my own coffee and taking it to work in a thermos. Nothing against what I can get here in the DAC store, I just... Continue reading
Posted Sep 3, 2010 at The World of Tim...
I am sharing this not to take sides in any political debate. Rather I share this clip simply to illustrate that even experienced speakers, like our Governor, can benefit from active participation in the Toastmasters International educational program. Regardless of... Continue reading
Posted Sep 2, 2010 at The World of Tim...
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Cheers and tears for comic strip fans as Beetle Bailey turns 60 on Saturday but Cathy, after 34 years, is retiring early next month. Beetle goes back to Korean War days, a creation of cartoonist Mort Walker, who, at 86,... Continue reading
Posted Sep 2, 2010 at The World of Tim...
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Right before the 2008 World Championship of Public Speaker, 2008-2009 District 46 Lt. Governor Marketing (he's gone on to be the 2010-2011 District 46 Governor), Steve Chen stopped me for a quick snapshot. He went his way, I went mine...not... Continue reading
Posted Aug 28, 2010 at The World of Tim...
For Jim... Who was murdered while standing his watch at the Pentagon by some cowards with a plane on 9/11. He was a good friend...I miss him. Continue reading
Posted Aug 28, 2010 at The World of Tim...
To me, Aimee Mann is one of the most under-rated singer/songwriters of our time. Besides a few hits in 'Til Tuesday in the 80s and the Magnolia success, Aimee Mann has never been a huge commercial deal. That's one of... Continue reading
Posted Aug 25, 2010 at The World of Tim...
Tim Swearingen, DTM, PID is now following Rose Beeson
Aug 24, 2010
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Yes, this is a bit of inane trivia but, did you know the 2010 AP Stylebook, a reference followed by much of the media, now shows Web site combined as one word with a lower-case letter w? Confusion has to... Continue reading
Posted Aug 23, 2010 at The World of Tim...
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Yes, I actually laughed when I picked up the package from the store shelf. It reads, "Louisiana Brand (Made in California) Hot Sausage". This is just another example of lawyers running amok in our world (face it, we all know... Continue reading
Posted Aug 22, 2010 at The World of Tim...
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At some point, I'll write your typical, "thoughts-of-a-washed-up-has-been" post. Until that day comes though I feel compelled to reach out and share with you something that makes me very proud to have served on the Toastmasters International Board of Directors... Continue reading
Posted Aug 21, 2010 at The World of Tim...