When my alma matter Miami University played Marshall, their long time rival, we had t-shirts made that said, “MUCK FARSHALL.”

It quickly became one of my favorite articles of clothing, in addition to a growing campus trend. And when I graduated, I vowed never to throw it away. I would wear it with pride for years to come, even outside of the stadium.

Today, a few years later, I was walking downtown on 5th avenue in Portland. A car screeched and pulled over to the curb in front of me. A man jumped out of the passenger seat, rushed over to the sidewalk and stopped me in my tracks.

“Hey Scott, where did you get that shirt?”

“Oh…uh….well, we made these back in college when Miami University played Marshall in football,” I said.

“No, you don’t understand. I NEED THAT SHIRT. My name is Marshall! I’ll pay you 20 bucks for it! Fifty bucks! Anything!” he begged.

Marshall sure seemed sincere. But I loved my shirt. It reminded me of some great times in college. On the other hand, I had worn it for several years, and maybe now it was time to pass it on to someone who could use it in a new and different way. It was a tough decision. But after some persuasion and deliberation – and after he showed me his driver’s license to validate that his name was Marshall – I took my shirt off and give it to him!

“Here…maybe you need it more than I do,” I offered.

“Can you at least give me a ride home so I don’t have to walk around shirtless?” I asked.

“No problem! You just made my day, Scott!”


Have you ever used an article of clothing as a front porch?

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Scott Ginsberg
Author/Speaker/That guy with the nametag

HELLO, my name is Squirrel Man

Something like this would only happen in New York City.

My folks and I were walking around Battery Park. We noticed a man sitting on a park bench feeding nuts to squirrels. I looked at him, and he looked at my nametag and waved me over, “Hey Scott, come sit down next to me…feed the squirrels. It’s a lot of fun!” I was hesitant at first, but he seemed like a nice old guy…

“Sit down here, and I’ll show you how to do it.” So he puts a nut in my right hand and tells me to hold my left hand palm up and to simply wait, and let the squirrels come to me. Before I knew it, I felt a thud on my back and a squirrel was scurrying across my chest and onto my hand. Oh my god. There’s a freakin’ squirrel on my hand! Don’t squirrels have rabies!?”

“Don’t squirrels have rabies or something,” I asked the man. “No, they’re very tame and friendly. I’ve been doing this for 20 years and I promise they’ll be very nice to everyone! In fact, this squirrel here – his name is Joey.” He went on to tell stories about squirrels from years ago, his life story and great people he had met over the years. He knew everything about the types of squirrels, trends of their eating habits and names of about 50 regulars who always showed up!

“I buy about 4 pounds of nuts a day, and come out here 4-6 days a week.” Wow, that’s a lot of nuts. “My name is Scott,” I said. “Hi, my name is Ira, but everyone knows me as the squirrel man.”

To make yourself more approachable, find a front porch that best manifests your personality so other people feel more comfortable. However, rodents that may potentially transmit rabies should only be used by trained experts.


What types of pets or animals encourage you approach others?

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Scott Ginsberg
Author/Speaker/That guy with the nametag

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