My fiancée Gaetana and I (for my newest followers, we call her Guy) have a different intellectual perspective about things. In nearly every conversation, I’m the scientist and she’s the theologian.

For example: Yankee games! Guy is an early riser and so doesn’t usually stay up to watch the end of the games with me. When we wake up in the morning she’ll ask me, “Did the Yankees win?”

Remember, she’s the theologian. So yes or no is fine with her; and she’ll spend the day contemplating what that win means.

I’m the scientist….I dig deep into the box score to find my baseball chakra.

But our different baseball sensibilities go beyond the mundane argument of science vs. theology. Guy is from a football family. Imagine a room full of heavily accented Italian immigrants screaming for “America’s Team,” the Cowboys. If you can imagine that…. then you have no need to come to my house on game-day: you’ve already had the experience! Still though, if you ever do get an invite to “Casa Lipton” for some Sunday football, the show is worth the Stamford traffic.

Sorry, we don’t do wings and nachos. How about another bowl of pasta fagioli?

Football fans know: every game matters! Baseball fans are different.: we know not every loss is tragic. There’s a game every night: you CAN’T win them ALL!

And on most mornings between April and October that difference is on display in my bedroom at 5:45 AM.

“DAMN IT! Aaron Boone needs to be fired!” Guy yells after I tell her that the Yankees lost the night before. No matter that they had won 7 straight before that or that they’re in first place by a dozen games! They lost last night… so it’s time for heads to roll!

Take a Break From the Normal

Normally around this part of the blog I would transition into how you can use Guy’s football mentality to increase your sales volume or get you another 1% from your largest vendor.

Not today! All you campers who signed up for swimming are in the wrong place; today we are going hiking instead!

I get a lot of questions about my writing when I meet and speak to dealers. One of the most common is, “How do you come with so many ideas to write about?”

Well…..you asked!

The stories about my family are easy to write. In-fact if you knew my family, you would probably advise me to give up writing and get into stand-up! There’s a lot of material here to choose from!

But there’s more to those “intro’s” than just the cheap laugh. They are actually all written in such a way that allows me to pick ideas from mu