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Twenty ways to confuse Santa Claus

1. Instead of milk and cookies, leave him a salad, and a note explaining that you think he could stand to lose a few pounds.

2. While he’s in the house, go find his sleigh and write him a speeding ticket.

3. Leave him a note, explaining that you’ve gone away for the holidays. Ask if he would mind watering your plants.

4. While he’s in the house, replace all his reindeer with exact replicas. Then wait and see what happens when he tries to get them to fly.

5. Keep an angry bull in your living room. If you think a bull goes crazy when he sees a little red cape, wait until he sees that big, red Santa suit!

6. Build an army of mean-looking snowmen on the…

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Sunnyside Yards: NYCFC’s Dream Stadium Location?

Since the franchise was first announced, fans and pundits have speculated on dozens of properties where a soccer-specific stadium for New York City FC could be built. Empire of Soccer listed 10 potential sites in 2013, and analyzed two additional sites in the Bronx and Westchester after that.

As the calendar turns to 2016, the club is—at least publicly—no closer to a soccer-specific stadium than they were when the $100 million expansion fee check cleared in 2013.

However, EoS has learned that city and state agencies are currently investigating the potential of developing a massive piece of land in Sunnyside, Queens — vast enough to fit new city parks, thousands of units of affordable housing, a new convention center, or, perhaps, a soccer-specific stadium.

This piece of land is, in many ways, the “final frontier” of New York City’s real estate boom. In a city with shockingly few stadium-sized parcels of land available to build upon—this could become NYCFC’s last best shot of getting everything they want from a home field.


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Millenials Have Different Words Than We Do

7 Words Millennials Never Understand
These words are used in business but sometimes lead to some serious confusion.

1. Now

Now means now in most office settings. But for Millennials, it usually means when you are ready on your own time or done with a project or task. When we track everything in microseconds, there is no now, right? Well, if you run a company, there is always a now. If you need to meet urgently, make sure people under 34 understand you mean right now.

2. Meeting

If you say “let’s have a meeting” to a Millennial, they might not get it. Do you mean Skype, or instant message, or even Slack? Maybe it’s a phone call? There’s no way you mean in-person because that’s barely a thing anymore. However, the word “meeting” is important because it means you want to communicate about something. You should define “meeting” as important face-to-face communication one on one or in a group.

3. Office

You can’t really ask a Millennial to meet in the office. It doesn’t exist. To a Millennial, an office is where you have a laptop and a cup of coffee. It doesn’t means your place of work. Yet, using the word “office” helps in business because there is a place to work. It’s usually the place where you send the checks for your lease and where everyone else goes to work.

4. Friend

Facebook has ruined the word “friend” forever. It doesn’t have the same meaning to Millennials. It’s more of a social media connection and less of a supportive, caring individual. However, in a work context, encouraging real friendships–not the virtual kind–is a good idea. It might mean being clearer about what you mean by a true friend.

5. Boss

Millennials see the word “boss” as outdated. Are you kidding? A boss? They report to a team leader or to no one in particular-they answer to fellow employees or just to the person in charge of their project for that week. That’s not going to work in most businesses, though. Most companies (Zappos excluded) have an org structure. For clear communication, there needs to be a boss who directs employees.

6. Process

A business process is not a bad thing. It’s an agreement about how to work effectively. Millennials usually balk at the word and view it as a negative. They can’t seem to adjust to the fact that “doing things my way” often goes against the direction of the team. It’s OK to let everyone know that a process is something valuable.

7. Mission

In a startup, a mission is a unifying message that creates value. Millennials view the word as a higher calling that may or may not have anything to do with work. It’s important to define it in the context of business and not let a personal mission interfere.