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One Letter Can Make a Difference

As my BlackBerry buzzed early this morning to the text of, “What’s your email? We want you to join our Clog team,” I knew instantly I was in for an interesting Friday. Of my many work assignments, clogging is not one. I immediately recalled the horror of years growing up, being forced as a teen to attend the clogging competitions of my younger sister, Kelly. (Living in the suburbs of Atlanta means pretending on the weekends to be either urban or country, while returning to the rest of the week maintaining the suburbia bourgeois.) And while Kelly loved to clog, to me it was tantamount to watching hillbillies tap dance.

CORRECTION: Kyle now writes it’s the CYL Blog team, not the CYL Clog team, that he wants me to join…

…which makes me think how much difference one letter can make. So here’s a little exercise: In each scenario, use the letter in parenthesis to replace a letter within the last word of each sentence.

A dealer in Biloxi: “Wow, aren’t you just full of luck!” (s)
A mechanic at the oil change place: “Umm, yea, about your car… I just put in a new vent.” (d)
At a bar: “Hey, you wanna go play darts?” (f)
A CYL holiday greeting: “Christmas Wishes!” (F)
A waiter to another waiter: “Wow, that lady just gave me a huge tip.” (t)

For better or worse, my shoes are polished, and I’m ecstatic to be on the CYL Clog (B) team!

Mike Turner

Mike is a ><((“> friend of Catch Your Limit, a management and marketing firm with offices in Tallahassee, Florida and Richmond, Virginia. To learn more, visit

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