Friday, December 22, 2006

John W. Scherer Video Professor Blog Dec. 22, 2006

Happy Holidays from the Video Professor!
I want to take a moment to wish you and yours a very happy and safe holiday season. Thank you for taking the time to read this blog every week. Hopefully you’ve enjoyed it and have been able to stay up to speed on some of the prominent issues in this technology-driven world. Video Professor has been helping people with all of their computer learning needs for almost 20 years now, and I hope you get some value from reading these posts each week. Have a great holiday. We’ll chat again after the New Year!

Are you a “re-gifter?”
Like most of us, you probably expect to receive one or two gifts this holiday season that you have no use for. What will you do with them? According to a recent survey released by eBay®, sixty-nine percent of respondents think there is nothing wrong with re-gifting an item. Well, so much for finding that perfect gift. What I don’t understand is why people would re-gift a present. Heck, why don’t they put the unwanted gifts up for auction on eBay? If they don’t know how to do that, Video Professor offers a tutorial teaching people everything they need to know about buying and selling on eBay. I think we stumbled onto the hottest business idea of 2007: Open an entire eBay store where people can buy discounted “re-gifts.”
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Off topic:
Digging out!

I want to send my very best wishes to all of the Coloradans who spent the majority of Wednesday and Thursday digging out from that huge blizzard. Talk about unfortunate timing. A major storm crippled the city a few days before one of the busiest travel weekends of the year. I especially feel bad for all of the travelers who got stranded at Denver International Airport because it was closed from Wednesday night until Friday afternoon. Good luck to everyone gearing up for some holiday travel. Please get there safely!

Picks o’ the week!
That’s the last time I pick the New York Giants. Just when you think you have that team figured out, they get knocked down a peg. I’m taking nothing away from what the Eagles were able to accomplish, but New York could have won that game. Do credit Philadelphia, however. A couple weeks ago when Donovan McNabb went down, everyone thought their season was over. Now, heading into this week’s game against Dallas, they can control the outcome of their season. If Philadelphia wins, they seize control of the NFC East with only one regular season week to go. Now that I have that off my chest, I can focus on this week’s picks. I still finished 2-1 last week, improving my overall record to 24-21 with two weeks remaining. Here are my picks for Week 16.

Jacksonville over New England: The Patriots have control of the AFC East, so this game is not as vital to them as it is to Jacksonville. Sitting at 8-6, the Jaguars are right in the hunt for one of the two AFC wild cards. Because they are at home and because they’ve been running the ball very well of late, I see Jacksonville pulling out a close one.

San Diego over Seattle: Here is the “no brainer” statement of the week: There is no better team in the NFL than San Diego. Philip Rivers is playing great, the defense is outstanding and oh yeah, did I mention LaDainian Tomlinson’s play? Last week he set an NFL record for most points scored in a single season, and he still has two more games to go. The Bolts travel to Seattle this week, and shouldn’t have a problem getting one step closer to securing home field advantage throughout the playoffs.

Denver over Cincinnati: This is one of the best games on the NFL docket this week. The Bengals and the Broncos both sit at 8-6 in a logjam for a wild card spot. The winner of this game will have a leg up on the rest of the crowded pack heading into the final week of the season. Last week Denver bounced back from a four-game losing streak and looked impressive against Arizona. Rookie quarterback Jay Cutler enjoyed his finest day as a pro so far, and I look for Denver to carry over that momentum and squeak out a victory at home.

Once again, let me wish you a wonderful holiday season, and I hope you remain healthy and happy! We’ll see you again after New Year’s! Take care.

John W. Scherer
CEO and Founder