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dallas mavericks 2011 nba champions

June 13, 2011

I had to find a way to incorporate the victory of my  favorite sport’s team of all time into a blog post related to elephants. I can honestly say last night was one of the best nights of my life and its because the Dallas Mavericks won the NBA Championship for the first time in franchise history. Here are 3 reasons why the Dallas Mavericks team reminds me of a herd of elephants:

1) Elephants are known for their social cohesiveness, loyalty to one another, and teamwork.

These qualities  are the reason why the 2011 Dallas Mavericks team will go down in history. They proved to us that basketball will and always will be a team sport. Remember that old quote from Aristotle “The whole is greater than the sum of its part”. That is what the Mavericks showed us last night, reminding us of an important fact of life. I think Mark Cuban (Mavs owner) summed it up well… “I learned chemistry matters, that it’s a team game. That you have to have players that believe in each other and trust each other and trust your coach.” I think we all re-learned that last night.

2) The matriarch is the leader of the elephant herd and is well-respected.

Dirk is the matriarch of the Dallas Mavericks. He led his team to victory and never looked back. He always looked forward. In Game 2 when Mavericks had came back from a 15 point deficit in the 3 and Jason Terry let Chalmers hit a 3 from the corner, Dirk told Terry “I got you”. And he did. He came back with the lefty-layup to win the game. That’s a leader.  Jason Terry also said “What set him apart from all those other years, he made his teammates better”. He was able to do that because he had complete respect from all of the players surrounding him.

3) Elephants never forget.

The Dallas Mavericks embarrassingly lost to the Miami Heat in 2006. It is something that Dirk, Terry, and the rest of Mavs nation will never forget. The Dallas Mavericks, specifically Dirk and Terry, were not gonna let that happen again. In Game 6 when Dirk made 1 of 12 shots in the first half Jason Terry told Dirk to “remember 06”. That obviously did something to Dirk because he came back in the second half with a vengeance. Now, the Dallas Mavericks have a new memory, and we ain’t ever gonna forget it!

 

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picnic with an elephant

May 17, 2011

The weather has been great here in Atlanta. It cooled down a bit the last couple of days but its warming right back up. I would say if you’re planning to go on a picnic, go before the end of May. After that it may just be too hot, especially if you live in the South. What’s a picnic without the perfect basket to put all of your goodies in? Jess, a medical school friend of mine, found this beautiful elephant picnic basket online:

Royal Plantation Elephant Basket, $325, kate spade

Not only could it be used for a picnic basket, just as easily you can use it as a unique purse! You wouldn’t be able to walk down the street without someone noticing! There’s just one problem… It costs $325. So for now I will just have to dream about carrying it around in my dreams while hoping somebody feels extra generous on my birthday coming up in June… hint hint :)

If you’re interested it can be found on kate spade’s website here.

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happy birthday twitter

March 21, 2011

Today is the social networking site Twitter’s fifth birthday! Happy Birthday Twitter! Co-founder Jack Dorsey sent the first tweet that read “just setting up my twttr”. Twitter is now valued at more than $10 billion dollar and more than 1 billion tweets are sent per day.

In honor of Twitter’s fifth year, I wanted to highlight some elephant lovers that I follow….

@SacredElephants – She writes an amazingly wonderful blog about elephants that I would highly recommend.

@Elephant_Parade – The twitter page for the elephant parade in London that I talked about here.

@ELEPHANTSdotCOM – Ran by the Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee, is the nation’s largest natural habitat refuge developed for endangered elephants.

@1luckyelephant – This is the twitter site for the movie One Lucky Elephant. It is the story about a circus owner who works to try to find a home for his elephant. I wrote about it here in 2010.

@elephantlovers– For elephant lovers! Interesting facts, articles, and information.

Lastly, you can follow me @ceceisha. The links to all of my posts show are tweeted as soon as I publish!

 

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elephants love snow?

January 10, 2011

Even if you don’t like snow, there is always one good thing that can come from it: a snow day. We all live for snow days. No school, no work, snowball fights, snowmen, snow angels…. these are the things that make snow days so special.

In Atlanta, there had been predictions of 3-6 inches of snow beginning Sunday night through Monday. Sunday afternoon I predicted that school would be canceled on Monday. Sunday night Emory University sent out notification that the university would be closed. However, all of the medical students received an email saying that class would not be canceled. Later that night, we received an email that class would begin at 9am. Still no snow day.

I wake up in the morning to a beautiful snowy day still wishfully thinking that class would be canceled. I even thought about just not going. However, I get up and get ready. Then my roommate tells me the shuttles are not running. How are we supposed to get to school?! I’m definitely not driving in this weather and I don’t even have a parking pass. I text some people and see what they are doing and they are not going. At this point, I’m ready to give up. Obviously, it wasn’t meant for me to go to school. I decide to check my email one last time and low and behold we have a SNOW DAY!!!!!!!!  I then tell my friends I’m always right and they should trust me :)

As much as humans love our snow days, elephants seem to love them even more! Berlin received lots of snow over the holidays, and the elephants at the Berlin Zoo seemed to enjoy playing in it. Below are some pictures of elephants frolicking in the snow…

washing himself with snow?

 

nice snow ball!

 

throwing snow on top of eachother

 

yummm

 

abominable snow elephant

 

To all the folks in the South with a snow day, enjoy it!!

(All photos are from Getty/AFP)

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happy new year

January 1, 2011

HAPPY NEW YEAR!! I just wanted to wish you all a healthy, prosperous and enjoyable 2011! I’m excited for what this year has to bring and I hope you are too!

I started this blog in 2010 and it has been a wonderful experience. I would say my New Year’s Resolution is to update more often but that would probably end up with me updating even less. Haha.

However, what I will say is this blog was an important part of my life in 2010, and it will continue to be in 2011. I won’t make any promises on how often I will update, but I will be around! I promise!

 

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white elephant

December 25, 2010

I wanted to post this yesterday, but the activities of the day made that impossible. I was shopping and preparing for my family’s Christmas Eve party. Christmas Eve is probably my favorite day of the holiday season. Every year my family has a Christmas Eve party and it is so much fun. There’s good food, laughing, games and gifts. Each year a different family has the party at their house. The most anticipated part of the night is by far the white elephant gift exchange.

white elephant party invite

I’m sure most of you know what a white elephant gift exchange is, but if you don’t here’s how it works:

At a holiday party, each individual invited must bring a wrapped gift that’s usually less than $10. At the start of the game party member pulls a number. The number is the order in which you will choose a gift. All the gifts go in a pile in the middle. The person who pulled number one is the first to choose a gift from the pile. He unwraps it so everyone can see what he got. The second person can either choose a gift from the pile or steal the gift the first person chose. The cycle continues until everyone has a gift. A gift can only be stolen twice. After the gift is safe and no one else can steal it. The best thing about the game is that you can get a good gift or you can get a gag gift. My family likes the gag gifts too much, so there have been some funny times. It has even got to the point where we will save bad gifts for a whole year and bring them back to the next Christmas Eve party white elephant exchange.

That’s a lot of background, but I wanted this post to be an explanation of the term white elephant and how it started. From wikipedia a white elephant is  “a valuable possession of which its owner cannot dispose and whose cost (particularly cost of upkeep) is out of proportion to its usefulness or worth”. So basically it’s a gift that is more trouble than it’s worth.

In ancient times in Thailand and other countries in Southeast Asia, albino elephants, which are white-ish in color, were considered sacred. Often an emperor would give an aristocrat he did not like a white elephant as a gift. Since white elephants were holy the recipient could not give it away or use it for labor. He would have to take care of it, expending all of his funds to keep the elephant alive. This would usually leave the aristocrat in a dire financial state.

worshiping the white elephant

worshiping the white elephant

The first recorded use of the term in the United States was in 1892 by G.E. Jewbury in Letters. He wrote:

“His services are like so many white elephants, of which nobody can make use, and yet that drain one’s gratitude, if indeed one does not feel bankrupt.”

albino (white) elephant

Next time you use the the term “white elephant” think back to its origins. You should even inform your friends about the history of the expression. It’ll make you seem knowledgeable! :)

Did you receive any white elephant gifts this Christmas season?

 

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merry christmas!

December 25, 2010

Merry Christmas! I hope you had a wonderful Christmas and enjoyed the day with friends and family!

If you want to get a head start and use this image on Christmas cards next year, go here!