J-Dub’s Crush

Way back in 2004, I earned my CPCU designation.  CPCU = Charter Property and Casualty Underwriter.  No big deal.  Hoity Toity. Fru-fru. Choo-choo mama cha-cha. 🙂

My employer gifted me with an all expense paid trip to my conferment in Los Angeles CA.  Woo Hoo! Off I go to celebrate.  B stays home with the kids.

On that trip I caught a crush.  

Do you catch crushes?  No time for this sH!t.  Move along mind. Continue the story you started.

Ben Stein (of Win Ben Stein’s Money fame) was the conferment speaker.  Ben is so much more than his cancelled TV show.  His intelligence was captivating. Hubba, hubba and while he was very good and delivered the goods in his speech, he is NOT my crush.

Strange coincidence, I flew out with Weird Al Yankovich – his wife hails from here and I guess they were going to Hollyweird for some reason or another.  I did not ask him, I only stared at him … until it became obvious … thinking … he sure looks different in “real” life.  You know as opposed to the “fake” life we live.  New material Jilly, stale girl, you’re getting stale.  Continue your thought.  Weird Al looks different except for the hair.  Same curls.  I half expected him to belt out Just Eat It! but alas no.  In case you’re wondering, he too is NOT my crush.

During the 4 days we had the best time.  Sightseeing down Rodeo Drive, on to Grauman’s Chinese Theatre.  Brandon, Kelly, Dylan where are you? lol.  Next to the Viper Room on the hunt for Johnny Depp.  Just about that time, he sold his interest in the club.  The place was full of no-names.  Boo.  No names that could likely buy and sell me but still boo.

There were various working sessions too.  Could not be all play.  For the business piece, we could choose our topics and one of the ones I chose was about strategy and succeeding in business.  The faciliator was one Scott Hunter.  He started his talk with tunes and a hot pink feather boa!  I was hooked I tell ya.  Anything he was laying down, I was picking up and buying.  Hook, line, sinker.

I signed up for his email – Coach for Success, now called Coach’s Corner.  Which means that every two weeks on Wednesdays for the last 13 years, I get a motivational email from my crush.  Makes me realize I have had mad coping skills for a long time, much longer than I thought.  J-Dub, she’s such a bright Pollyana in Debby Downer’s clothing.  I read these emails (and any articles I can get my hands on) until I am saturated.  Then I feel better.  Rinse and repeat.

Today’s email is about thinking of life as winning and learning experiences instead of winning and losing.  Don’t be the victim is a commom theme.   The power of the positive mind.

As always, more to come.


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