MY MOM SAID THAT IT TOOK her 30 years to realize the meaning of the saying, “you are only as strong as your weakest link.” And although we may understand it, life’s actual experiences give it an even deeper meaning.
The topic came up when my mom and I were in the car and had to merge into one lane on the Parkway due to road work.
I noticed after going around a bend that the first car in the line was moving extremely slow and therefore was causing the rest of the line to go the same speed.
It was quite frustrating, especially because it was during morning rush hour and we had to be somewhere on time.
But we could only go as fast as the cars in front of us. I turned to my mom and said, “It’s so true that in life we are only as strong as our weakest link.” We hear that a lot in work settings and it makes sense, but until you have lived life and realize all the ramifications of that saying, you’ll see it rings true in so many different ways.
In life we can be hindered and held back when we surround ourselves by people who don’t follow through with what they are supposed to. It can sometimes be subtle or very apparent, but either way, it’s important to make sure we use our time effectively and efficiently. Not just for yourself but for the people around you. Remember that your actions affect others and people count on you to be on time, keep your word and essentially be the best you can be.
Now for the radar: This week a few key things are on my radar, especially tonight — Thursday, March 31. Make sure to tune into the Fox network at 9pm (after American Idol) for the new show Mobbed with host Howie Mandel. Galloway native, master choreographer, and the daughter of “The Gondola Lady,” Cynthia Cortopassi— Tabitha Dumo and her husband Napoleon — choreographed this unforgettable episode.
The awesome thing about this show is that it puts a hidden-camera spin on the “flash mob” concept, which I think is too cool. I can’t wait to see it!
This weekend, April 1-2, the sixth annual Atlantic City Beer Festival (see page 21) will be take place at the Atlantic City Convention Center and tickets are selling out.
The event will not only have plenty of beer selections to sample, but you’ll hear live entertainment, guest speakers and fabulous food will be on tap.
Also at the beer festival, catch special beer-related demos with local suds expert Gary Monterosso, specifically on “Artisian Beers,” and former White House chef Sam Morgante cooking with beer.
It’s sure to be a really fun event. As an added bonus, if you rock a proper mustache, you will be admitted to the exclusive Mustache Lounge, located 10 feet above the show floor. But only attendees sporting a ’stache will be admitted. (They’ll have fake ones you can wear to get in, too.)
Have fun with that, and just remember to make sure you drink responsibly and know your limits. See you there!
Finally, on Sunday, April 3, from 4-7pm join me and my friends at Maynard’s Cafe in Margate for a Beef & Beer fundraiser.
My girlfriend Tara Anne Rothberg is hosting this benefit for her mother, Theresa Rothberg, in her fight against double breast cancer.
She has been battling it for three years and recently had surgery, and they’re raising money for her care and maintenance.
Just for coming out and supporting her you’ll get to enjoy some yummy food and cold beer, win great prizes, partake in karaoke and light up the dance floor. Everyone is welcome to attend. Rothberg says she hopes one day we can all say, “No more cancer!”
Please help her with this cause. Tickets are $20 and you can pay in advance or at the door. If you can’t make it but would still like to help, call 609-816-6165.
As a freelance writer, Whitney's columns were published in multiple press outlets including: GoJaneNews.com The Atlantic City Weekly New Jersey Lifestyle Magazine & The Boardwalk Journal just to name a few.
She is the former host of the Entertainment Minute which aired on the NBC40 News and was featured twice on FOX's Chasing New Jersey.