Tiny Letters to God

  • Dear GOD,

    Instead of letting people die and having to make new ones, why don't you just keep the ones you have? --Amy

    Dear GOD,

    Maybe Cain and Abel would not kill each other so much if they had their own rooms. It works with my brother. --Larry

    Dear GOD,

    If you watch me in Church Sunday, I'll show You my new shoes. --Mickey

    Dear GOD,

    I bet it is very hard for You to love all of everybody in the whole world. There are only 4 people in our family and I can never do it. --Nan

    Dear GOD,

    In school they told us what You do. Who does it when You are on vacation? --Jane

    Dear GOD,

    I read the Bible. What does "begat" mean? Nobody will tell me. Love, Alison

    Dear GOD,

    Are You really invisible or is it just a trick? --Lucy

    Dear GOD,

    Is it true my father won't get in Heaven if he uses his bowling words in the house? --Anita

    Dear GOD,

    Did You mean for the giraffe to look like that or was it an accident? --Norma

    Dear GOD,

    Who draws the lines around the countries? --Jan

    Dear GOD,

    I went to this wedding and they kissed right in Church. Is that okay? --Neal

    Dear GOD,

    What does it mean, You are a jealous GOD? I thought You had everything. -- Jane

    Dear GOD,

    Did You really mean "do unto others as they do unto you?" because if You did, then I'm going to fix my brother. --Darla

    Dear GOD,

    Thank you for the baby brother, but what I prayed for was a puppy. --Joyce

    Dear GOD,

    It rained for our whole vacation and is my father mad! He said some things about You that people are not supposed to say, but I hope you will not hurt him anyway. Your friend, (But I am not going to tell You who I am.)

    Dear GOD,

    Why is Sunday school on Sunday? I thought it was supposed to be our day of rest. --Tom L.

    Dear GOD,

    Please send me a pony. I never asked for anything before. You can look it up.

    Dear GOD,

    If we come back as something--Please don't let me be Jennifer Horton, because I hate her. --Denise.

    Dear GOD,

    If You give me a genie like Aladdin, I will give You anything You want, except my money or my chess set. --Raphael

    Dear GOD,

    My brother is a rat! You should give him a tail. Ha ha!


    Dear GOD,

    I want to be just like my Daddy when I get big but not with so much hair all over. --Tom

    Dear GOD,

    You don't have to worry about me. I always look both ways. --Dean

    Dear GOD,

    I think the stapler is one of your greatest inventions. --Ruth M.

    Dear GOD,

    I think about You sometimes even when I'm not praying. --Elliott

    Dear GOD,

    Of all the people who work for You I like Noah and David the best. --Rob

    Dear GOD,

    My brother told me about being born but it doesn't sound right. He's just kidding, isn't he? --Marsha

    Dear GOD,

    I would like to live 900 years like the guy in the Bible. -- Love Chris

    Dear GOD,

    We read Thomas Edison made light! But in Sunday school they said You did it. So I bet he stole your idea. --Sincerely, Donna

    Dear GOD,

    The bad people laughed at Noah-, "You made an ark on dry land you fool." But he was smart, he stuck with You. That's what I would do. --Eddie

    Dear GOD,

    I do not think anybody could be a better GOD. Well I just want You to know but I am not just saying that because You are GOD already. --Charles.

    Dear GOD,

    I didn't think orange went with purple until I saw the sunset You made on Tuesday. That was cool. --Eugene

  • New Car

  • A fifteen year-old boy came home with a Porsche and his parents began to scream, "Where did you get that car???!!!"

    He calmly told them, "I bought it today."

    "With what money?" demanded his parents. "We know what a Porsche costs."

    Well," said the boy, "this one cost me fifteen dollars."

    So the parents began to yell even louder. "Who would sell a car like that for fifteen dollars?"

    "It was the lady up the street," said the boy. " I don't know her name--they just moved in. She saw me ride past on my bike and asked me if I wanted to buy a Porsche for fifteen dollars."

    "Dear God," moaned the mother, "she must be a child abuser. Who knows what she will do next? John, you go right up there and see what's going on.

    So the boy's father walked up the street to the house where the lady lived and found her out in the yard calmly planting petunias! He introduced himself as the father of the boy to whom she had sold a Porsche for fifteen dollars and demanded to know why she did it.

    "Well," she said, "this morning I got a phone call from my husband. I thought he was on a business trip, but it seems he has run off to Hawaii with his secretary and doesn't intend to come back. He asked me to sell his new Porsche and send him the money. So I did."

  • Cardiologist’s Funeral

  • A cardiologist died and was given an elaborate funeral, with all his doctor friends in attendance.

    A huge heart-shaped mausoleum, covered in flowers, stood behind the casket during the service. Following the eulogy, the heart opened, and the casket rolled inside. Then the heart closed, sealing the doctor inside forever.

    At that point, one of the mourners burst into laughter. When all eyes stared at him, he said, "I'm sorry. I was just thinking of my own funeral. I'm a gynecologist."

    Two rows back, a proctologist fainted

  • Updated Oldies

  • In case you had not heard, some of the artists from the 60's are re-releasing their hits with new lyrics to accommodate, some of us -- anyway, it might be good news, for those feeling a little older and missing those great old tunes ....

    Herman's Hermits - "Mrs. Brown, You've Got A Lovely Walker"

    The Bee Gees - "How Can You Mend A Broken Hip"

    The Temptations - "Papa's Got A Kidney Stone"

    Ringo Starr - "I Get By With A Little Help From Depends"

    Marvin Gaye - "I Heard It Through The Grape Nuts"

    Procol Harem - "A Whiter Shade Of Hair"

    Johnny Nash - "I Can't See Clearly Now"

    Leo Sayer - "You Make Me Feel Like Napping"

    ABBA - "Denture Queen"

    Paul Simon - "Fifty Ways To Lose Your Liver"

    Roberta Flack - "The First Time I Ever Forgot Your Face"

    Commodores - "Once, Twice, Three Times To The Bathroom"

    Rolling Stones - "You Can't Always Pee When You Want"

    Bobby Darin - "Splish, Splash, I Was Havin' A Flash"

  • USS Constitution

  • The U.S.S. Constitution (Old Ironsides) as a combat vessel carried 48,600 gallons of fresh water for her crew of 475 officers and men. This was sufficient to last six months of sustained operations at sea. She carried no evaporators (fresh water distillers).

    However, let it be noted that according to her log, "On July 27, 1798, the U.S.S. Constitution sailed from Boston with a full complement of 475 officers and men, 48,600 gallons of fresh water, 7,400 cannon shot, 11,600 pounds of black powder and 79,400 gallons of rum."

    Her mission: "To destroy and harass English shipping."

    Making Jamaica on 6 October, she took on 826 pounds of flour and 68,300 gallons of rum.

    Then she headed for the Azores, arriving there 12 November. She provisioned with 550 pounds of beef and 64,300 gallons of Portuguese wine. On 18 November, she set sail for England.

    In the ensuing days she defeated five British men-of-war and captured and scuttled 12 English merchantmen, salvaging only the rum aboard each.

    By 26 January, her powder and shot were exhausted. Nevertheless, and though unarmed, she made a night raid up the Firth of Clyde in Scotland. Her landing party captured a whiskey distillery and transferred 40,000 gallons of single malt Scotch aboard by dawn.

    Then she headed home.

    The U.S.S. Constitution arrived in Boston on 20 February 1799, with no cannon shot, no food, no powder, NO rum, NO wine, NO whiskey and 38,600 gallons of stagnant water.

    GO NAVY!

  • Dedication

  • It was a busy morning, approximately 8:30 am, when an elderly gentleman, in his 80's, arrived to have sutures (stitches) removed from his thumb.

    He stated that he was in a hurry as he had an appointment at 9:00 am. I took his vital signs and had him take a seat, knowing it would be over an hour before someone would to able to see him.

    I saw him looking at his watch and decided, since I was not busy with another patient, I would evaluate his wound. On exam it was well healed, so I talked to one of the doctors, got the needed supplies to remove his sutures and redress his wound.

    While taking care of his wound, we began to engage in conversation. I asked him if he had a doctor's appointment this morning, as he was in such a hurry. The gentleman told me no, that he needed to go to the nursing home to eat breakfast with his wife.

  • The Way It Was

  • The next time you are washing your hands and complain because the water temperature isn't just how you like it, think about how things used to be.

    Here are some facts about the 1500s:

    Most people got married in June because they took their yearly bath in May and still smelled pretty good by June. However, they were starting to smell, so brides carried a bouquet of flowers to hide the body odor. Hence the custom today of carrying a bouquet when getting married.

    Baths consisted of a big tub filled with hot water. The man of the house had the privilege of the nice clean water, then all the other sons and men, then the women and finally the children-last of all the babies. By then the water was so dirty you could actually lose someone in it. Hence the saying, "Don't throw the baby out with the bath water."

    Houses had thatched roofs-thick straw-piled high, with no wood underneath. It was the only place for animals to get warm, so all the dogs, cats and other small animals (mice, bugs) lived in the roof. When it rained it became slippery and sometimes the animals would slip and fall off the roof. Hence the saying "It's raining cats and dogs."

    There was nothing to stop things from falling into the house. That posed a real problem in the bedroom where bugs and other droppings could really mess up your nice clean bed. Hence, a bed with big posts and a sheet hung over the top afforded some protection. That's how canopy beds came into existence.

    The floor was dirt. Only the wealthy had something other than dirt. Hence the saying "dirt poor." (note from Jen - one of Luke's books mentioned that women used to draw pretty patterns in the dirt to fix up the house)

    The wealthy had slate floors that would get slippery in the winter when wet, so they spread thresh (straw) on the floor to help keep their footing.. As the winter wore on, they kept adding more thresh until when you opened the door it would all start slipping outside. A piece of wood was placed in the entranceway. Hence the saying a "thresh hold."

    In those old days, they cooked in the kitchen with a big kettle that always hung over the fire. Every day they lit the fire and added things to the pot. They ate mostly vegetables and did not get much meat. They would eat the stew for dinner, leaving leftovers in the pot to get cold overnight and then start over the next day. Sometimes the stew had food in it that had been there for quite a while. Hence the rhyme, "Peas porridge hot, peas porridge cold, peas porridge in the pot nine days old."

    Sometimes they could obtain pork, which made them feel quite special. When visitors came over, they would hang up their bacon to show off. It was a sign of wealth that a man "could bring home the bacon. "They would cut off a little to share with guests and would all sit around and "chew the fat."

    Those with money had plates made of pewter. Food with high acid content caused some of the lead to leach onto the food, causing lead poisoning and death. This happened most often with tomatoes, so for the next 400 years or so, tomatoes were considered poisonous.

    Bread was divided according to status. Workers got the burnt bottom of the loaf, the family got the middle, and guests got the top, or "upper crust."

    Lead cups were used to drink ale or whisky. The combination would sometimes knock them out for a couple of days. Someone walking along the road would take them for dead and prepare them for burial. They were laid out on the kitchen table for a couple of days and the family would gather around and eat and drink and wait and see if they would wake up.

    Hence the custom of holding a "wake."

    England is old and small and the local folks started running out of places to bury people. So they would dig up coffins and would take the bones to a "bone-house" and reuse the grave. When reopening these coffins, 1 out of 25 coffins were found to have scratch marks on the inside and they realized they had been burying people alive. So they thought they would tie a string on the wrist of the corpse, lead it through the coffin and up through the ground and tie it to a bell. Someone would have to sit out in the graveyard all night (the "graveyard shift") to listen for the bell; thus, someone could be "saved by the bell" or was considered a "dead ringer." And that's the truth...

    Now, whoever said that History was boring? Educate someone...

  • Excuses, Excuses

  • Always good for a chuckle, these are excuse notes from parents (with their original spelling) collected by schools from all over the country:

    1) My son is under a doctor's care and should not take P.E. today. Please execute him.

    2) Please excuse Lisa for being absent. She was sick and I had her shot.

    3) Dear School: Please exscuse John being absent on Jan. 28, 29,30, 31, 32, and also 33.

    4) Please excuse Gloria from Jim today. She is administrating.

    5) Please excuse Roland from P.E. for a few days. Yesterday he fell out of a tree and misplaced his hip.

    6) John has been absent because he had two teeth taken out of his face.

    7) Carlos was absent yesterday because he was playing football. He was hurt in the growing part.

    8) Megan could not come to school today because she has been bothered ! by very close veins.

    9) Chris will not be in school cus he has an acre in his side.

    10) Please excuse Ray Friday from school. He has very loose vowels.

    11) Please excuse Pedro from being absent yesterday. He had (diahre) (dyrea) (direathe) the runs. [words in ()'s were crossed out.]

    12) Please excuse Burma, she has been sick and under the doctor.

    13) Irving was absent yesterday because he missed his bust.

    14) Please excuse Jimmy for being. It was his father's fault.

    15) I kept Billie home because she had to go Christmas shopping because I don't know what size she wears.

    16) Please excuse Jennifer for missing school yesterday. We forgot to get the Sunday paper off the porch, and when we found it Monday, we thought it was Sunday.

    17) Sally won't be in school a week from Friday. We have to attend her funeral.

    18) My daughter was absent yesterday because she was tired. She spent a weekend with the Ma! rines.

    19) Please excuse Jason for being absent yesterday. He had a cold and could not breed well.

    20) Please excuse Mary for being absent yesterday. She was in bed with gramps.

    21) Maryann was absent December 11-16, because she had a fever, sore throat, headache and upset stomach. Her sister was also sick, fever and sore throat, her brother had a low grade fever and ached all over. I wasn't the best either, sore throat and fever. There must be something going around, her father even got hot last night.

    22) Please excuse little Jimmy for not being in school yesterday. His father is gone and I could not get him ready because I was in bed with the doctor.

  • Texans in Heaven

  • Gabriel came to the Lord and said, "I have to talk to you. We have some Texans up here in Heaven who are causing problems. They're swinging on the pearly gates, my horn is missing, barbecue sauce is all over their robes, their dogs are riding in the chariots, and they're wearing baseball caps and cowboy hats instead of their halos. They refuse to keep the stairway to Heaven clean. They're leaving watermelon seeds and pig feet bones all over the place. Some of them are walking around with just one wing."

    The Lord said, "I made them special, Gabriel. Heaven is Home to all my children. If you really want to know about real problems, let's call the Devil."

    The Devil answered the phone, "Hello? Damn, hold on a minute."

    The Devil returned to the phone, "O.K., I'm back. What can I do for you?"

    The Lord replied, "I just want to know what kind of problems you're having down there."

    The Devil said, "Hold on again. I need to check on something."

    After about 5 minutes the Devil returned to the phone and said, "I'm back.

    Now what was the question?"

    The Lord said, "What kind of problems are you having down there?"

    The Devil said, "Man, I don't believe this....Hold on, Lord."

    This time the Devil was gone 15 minutes. The Devil returned and said, "I’m sorry Lord, I can't talk right now. Those damn Texans have put out the fires and are trying to install air conditioning."

  • Heroes

  • Quite a few of us grew up with Captain Kangaroo, as you or your children probably did. I knew nothing of his background, only that his show was both entertaining and educational. As kids, we looked forward to it with great anticipation. Captain Kangaroo turned 76 recently, which is odd, because he's never looked a day under 76. (DOB:6/27/27) It reminded me of the following story. I Hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

    Some people have been a bit offended that the actor, Lee Marvin, is buried in a grave alongside 3 and 4 star generals at Arlington National Cemetery. His marker gives his name, rank (PVT) and service (USMC). Nothing else. Here's a guy who was only a famous movie star who served his time, why the heck does he rate burial with these guys? Well, following is the amazing answer:

    I always liked Lee Marvin, but did not know the extent of his Corps experiences. In a time when many Hollywood stars served their country in the armed forces, often in rear-echelon posts where they were carefully protected, only to be trotted out to perform for the cameras in war bond promotions, Lee Marvin was a genuine hero. He won the Navy Cross at Iwo Jima. There is only one higher naval award... the Medal Of Honor.

    If that is a surprising comment on the true character of the man, he credits his sergeant with an even greater show of bravery. Dialog from The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson: His guest was Lee Marvin

    Johnny said, "Lee, I'll bet a lot of people are unaware that you were a Marine in the initial landing at Iwo Jima... and that during the course of that action you earned the Navy Cross and were severely wounded."

    "Yeah, yeah... I got shot square in the ass and they gave me the Cross for securing a hot spot about halfway up Suribachi...bad thing about getting shot up on a mountain is guys gettin' shot hauling you down. But Johnny, at Iwo I served under the bravest man I ever knew... We both got the Cross the same day, but what he did for his Cross made mine look cheap in comparison. The dumb bastard actually stood up on Red beach and directed his troops to move forward and get the hell off the beach. That Sergeant and I have been lifelong friends. When they brought me off Suribachi we passed the Sergeant and he lit a smoke and passed it to me, lying on my belly on the litter and said, 'Where'd they get you Lee?' "Well Bob... if you make it home before me, tell Mom to sell the outhouse!" "Johnny, I'm not lying...Sergeant Keeshan was the bravest man I ever knew..... Bob Keeshan... You and the world know him as Captain Kangaroo."

    On another note, there was this wimpy little man (who just passed away) on PBS, gentle and quiet. Mr. Rogers is another of those you would least suspect of being anything but what he now portrays to our youth. But Mr. Rogers was a U.S. Navy Seal, combat proven in Vietnam with over twenty-five confirmed kills to his name. He wore a long sleeve sweater to cover the many tattoo's on his forearm and biceps. A master in small arms and hand-to-hand combat, able to disarm or kill in a heartbeat. He hid that away and won our hearts with his quiet wit and charm.

    America's real heroes don't flaunt what they did, they quietly go about their day to day lives, doing what they do best. They earned our respect and the freedoms that we all enjoy. Look around and see if you can find one of those heroes in your midst. Often, they are the ones you'd least suspect, but would most like to have on your side if anything ever happened. Just a side note, Mr. Rogers was also an ordained Presbyterian minister.

  • Baptist Dog

  • Baptist preacher and his wife decided to get a new dog. Ever mindful of the congregation, they knew the dog must also be a Baptist. They visited kennel after kennel and explained their needs. Finally, they found a kennel whose owner assured them he had just the dog they wanted. The owner brought the dog to meet the pastor and his wife.

    "Fetch the Bible," he commanded. The dog bounded to the bookshelf, scrutinized the books, located the Bible, and brought it to the owner.

    "Now find Psalm 23," he commanded. The dog dropped the Bible to the floor, and showing marvelous dexterity with his paws, leafed through and finding the correct passage, pointed to it with his paw. The pastor and his wife were very impressed and purchased the dog.

    That evening, a group of church members came to visit. The pastor and his wife began to show off the dog, having him locate several Bible verses. The visitors were very impressed. One man asked, "Can he do regular dog tricks, too?"

    "I haven't tried yet," the pastor replied. He pointed his finger at the dog. "HEEL!" the pastor commanded. The dog immediately jumped on a chair, placed one paw on the pastor's forehead and began to howl. The pastor looked at his wife in shock and said, "Good Lord! He's Pentecostal !"

  • Nobody Believes Old People

  • Nobody Believes Old People. Everyone thinks we are senile. An elderly couple who were childhood sweethearts had married and settled down in their old neighborhood and are celebrating their sixtieth wedding anniversary. They walk down the street to their old school. There, they hold hands as they find the old desk they'd shared and where he had carved "I love you, Sally."

    On their way back home, a bag of money falls out of an armored car practically at their feet. She quickly picks it up, but they don't know what to do with it so they take it home. There, she counts the money, and it's fifty- thousand dollars. The husband says, "We've got to give it back."

    She says, "Finders keepers." And she puts the money back in the bag and hides it up in their attic.

    The next day, two FBI men are going door-to-door in the neighborhood looking for the money and show up at their home. They say, "Pardon me, but did either of you find any money that fell out of an armored car yesterday?"

    She says, "No."

    The husband says, "She's lying. She hid it up in the attic."

    She says, "Don't believe him, he's getting senile."

    But the agents sit the man down and begin to question him. One says, "Tell us the story from the beginning."

    The old man says, "Well, when Sally and I were walking home from school yesterday..."

    The FBI guy looks at his partner and says, "We're outta here...

  • Summer of 1957

  • It's the summer of 1957 and Bobby goes to pick up his date, Peggy Sue. Bobby's a pretty hip guy with his own car and a duck tail hairdo. When he goes to the front door, Peggy Sue's father answers and invites him in. "Peggy Sue's not ready yet, so why don't you have a seat?" He says. "That's cool."

    Peggy Sue's father asks Bobby what they are planning to do. Bobby Replies politely that they will probably just go to the malt shop or to a drive-in-movie. Peggy Sue's father responds, "Why don't you kids go out and screw? I hear all of the kids are doing it." Naturally this comes as quite a surprise to Bobby and he says "Whaaaat?" "Yeah," says Peggy Sue's father, "We know that Peggy Sue really likes to screw; why, she'd screw all night if we let her!" Bobby's eyes light up and smiles from ear to ear. Immediately, he has revised the plans for the evening.

    A few minutes later, Peggy Sue comes downstairs in her little poodle Skirt with her saddle shoes and announces that she's ready to go. Almost breathless with anticipation, Bobby escorts his date out the Front door while Dad is saying, "Have a good! evening kids," with a small wink for Bobby. About 20 minutes later, a thoroughly disheveled Peggy Sue rushes back into the house, slams the door behind her and screams at her father: "Dammit, Daddy! The Twist!!! It's called The Twist!"



  • When weeding, the best way to make sure you are removing a weed and not a valuable plant is to pull on it. If it comes out of the ground easily, it is a valuable plant.
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  • The easiest way to find something lost around the house is to buy a replacement.
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  • Never take life seriously. Nobody gets out alive anyway.
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  • There are two kinds of pedestrians -- the quick and the dead.
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  • Life is sexually transmitted.
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  • An unbreakable toy is useful for breaking other toys.
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  • If quitters never win, and winners never quit, then who is the fool who said, "Quit while you're ahead?"
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  • Health is merely the slowest possible rate at which one can die.
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  • The only difference between a rut and a grave is the depth.
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  • Get the last word in: Apologize.
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  • Some people are like Slinkies . . . not really good for anything, but you still can't help but smile when you see one tumble down the stairs.
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  • Health nuts are going to feel stupid someday, lying in hospitals dying of nothing.
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  • Whenever I feel blue, I start breathing again.
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  • All of us could take a lesson from the weather. It pays no attention to criticism.
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  • In the 60's, people took acid to make the world weird. Now the world is weird and people take Prozac to make it normal.
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  • Politics is supposed to be the second oldest profession. I have come to realize that it bears a very close resemblance to the first.
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  • How is it one careless match can start a forest fire, but it takes a whole box to start a campfire?
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  • AND THE # 1 THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: You read about all these terrorists -- most of them came here legally, but they hung around on these expired visas, some for as long as 10 -15 years. Now, compare that to Blockbuster; you are two days late with a video and those people are all over you. Let's put Blockbuster in charge of immigration
  • Computer Woes

    If a packet hits a pocket on a socket on a port, and the bus is interrupted at a very last resort, and the access of the memory makes your floppy disk abort, then the socket packet pocket has an error to report.

    If your cursor finds a menu item followed by a dash, and the double-clicking icon puts your window in the trash, and your data is corrupted cause the index doesn't hash, then your situation's hopeless and your system's gonna crash!

    If the label on the cable on the table at your house, says the network is connected to the button on your mouse, but your packets want to tunnel to another protocol, that's repeatedly rejected by the printer down the hall.

    And your screen is all distorted by the side effects of gauss, so your icons in the window are as wavy as a souse; then you may as well reboot and go out with a bang, 'cuz sure as I'm a poet, the sucker's gonna hang.

    When the copy on your floppy's getting sloppy in the disk, and the macro code instructions is causing unnecessary risk, then you'll ! have to flash the memory and you'll want to RAM your ROM, and then quickly turn off the computer and be sure to tell your Mom!

    Well, that certainly clears things up for me. How about you?


    How many church members does it take to change a light bulb?


    Only one.

    Hands already in the air.



    One to change the bulb, and nine to pray against the spirit of darkness.



    Lights will go on and off at predestined times.

    Roman Catholic:


    Candles only.


    At least fifteen.

    One to change the light bulb, and three committees to approve the change and decide who brings the potato salad and fried chicken.



    One to call the electrician, one to mix the drinks and one to talk about how much better the old one was.



    One man to change the bulb, and four wives to tell him how to do it.


    We choose not to make a statement either in favor of or against the need for a light bulb. However, if in your own journey you have found that light bulbs work for you, that is fine. You are invited to write a poem or compose a modern dance about your light bulb for the next Sunday service, in which we will explore a number of light bulb traditions, including candescent, fluorescent, three- way, long-life and tinted, all of which are equally valid paths to luminescence.



    Whether your light is bright, dull, or completely out, you are loved. You can be a light bulb, turnip bulb, or tulip bulb. Church wide lighting service is planned for Sunday. Bring bulb of your choice and a covered dish.



    One woman to replace the bulb while five men review church lighting policy.



    Lutherans don't believe in change.


    What's a light bulb?

    Give me a sense of humor, Lord,

    Give me the grace to see a joke,

    To get some humor out of life,

    And pass it on to other folk.


    Not A Clue

    While attending a Marriage Seminar dealing with communication, Tom and his wife Peg listened to the instructor, "It is essential that husbands and wives know the things that are important to each other."

    He addressed the men, "Can you describe your wife's favorite flower?"

    Tom leaned over, touched his wife's arm gently and whispered, " It's Pillsbury, isn't it?"

    The rest of the story gets rather ugly so I'll stop right here.


    Holiday Inn

    With the average cost for a Nursing Home per day reaching $188.00, there is a better way when we get old & feeble.

    I have ascertained that I can get a nice room at the Holiday Inn for around $65.00.. that leaves $123.00 a day for beer, food (room service), laundry, gratuities and special TV movies. They have a swimming pool, a workout room, a lounge, washer, dryer, etc. Most have free toothpaste and razors, and all have free shampoo and soap.

    Super 8 is somewhat more economical and they have a free breakfast, though you usually have to walk next door for lunch and dinner.

    There may be a bit of a wait to get that first floor room, but that's OK, it takes months to get into decent nursing homes.

    There is the Senior Bus, the Handicap bus (if you fake a decent limp), a Church bus or van, cabs, and even a regular bus. For a change of lunch take the Airport Bus and eat at one of the fast food cafe's there.

    The Inn has security, and if someone sees you drop over, they will call an ambulance. And should you break a hip, the American way is to sue.

    What more can you ask for?

    As a bonus, they all have AARP and other Senior discounts.

    So: When I reach the Golden age, help me keep my grin..... Just check my old rickety butt into the nearest Holiday Inn!


    Some History

    The following were answers provided by 6th graders during history tests. Watch the spelling! Some of the best humor is in the misspelling.

    1. Ancient Egypt was inhabited by mummies and they all wrote in hydraulics. They lived in the Sarah Dessert. The climate of the Sarah is such that all the inhabitants have to live elsewhere.

    2. Moses led the Hebrew slaves to the Red Sea where they made unleavened bread, which is bread made without any ingredients. Moses went up on Mount Cyanide to get the ten commandments. He died before he ever reached Canada.

    3. Solomon had three hundred wives and seven hundred porcupines.

    4. The Greeks were a highly sculptured people, and without them we wouldn't have history. The Greeks also had myths. A myth is a female moth.

    5. Socrates was a famous Greek teacher who went around giving people advice. They killed him. Socrates died from an overdose of wedlock. After his death, his career suffered a dramatic decline.

    6. Julius Caesar extinguished himself on the battlefields of Gaul. The Ides of March murdered him because they thought he was going to be made king. Dying, he gasped out: "Tee hee, Brutus."

    7. Joan of Arc was burnt to a steak and was canonized by Bernard Shaw.

    8. Queen Elizabeth was the "Virgin Queen." As a queen she was a success. When she exposed herself before her troops they all shouted "hurrah."

    9. It was an age of great inventions and discoveries. Gutenberg invented removable type and the Bible. Another important invention was the circulation of blood. Sir Walter Raleigh is a historical figure because he invented cigarettes and started smoking.

    10. Sir Francis Drake circumcised the world with a 100-foot clipper.

    11. The greatest writer of the Renaissance was William Shakespeare. He was born in the year 1564, supposedly on his birthday. He never made much money and is famous only because of his plays. He wrote tragedies, comedies, and hysterectomies, all in Islamic pentameter. Romeo and Juliet are an example of a heroic couple. Romeo's last wish was to be laid by Juliet.

    12. Writing at the same time as Shakespeare was Miguel Cervantes. He wrote Donkey Hote. The next great author was John Milton. Milton wrote Paradise Lost. Then his wife died and he wrote Paradise Regained.

    13. Delegates from the original 13 states formed the Contented Congress. Thomas Jefferson, a Virgin, and Benjamin Franklin were two singers of the Declaration of Independence. Franklin discovered electricity by rubbing two cats backward and declared, "A horse divided against itself cannot stand." Franklin died in 1790 and is still dead.

    14. Abraham Lincoln became America's greatest Precedent. Lincoln's mother died in infancy, and he was born in a log cabin which he built with his own hands. Abraham Lincoln freed the slaves by signing the Emasculation Proclamation. On the night of April 14, 1865, Lincoln went to the theater and got shot in his seat by one of the actors in a moving picture show. They believe the assinator was John Wilkes Booth, a supposingly insane actor. This ruined Booth's career.

    15. Johann Bach wrote a great many musical compositions and had a large number of children. In between, he practiced on an old spinster which he kept up in his attic. Bach died from 1750 to the present. Bach was the most famous composer in the world and so was Handel. Handel was half German, half Italian, and half English. He was very large.

    16. Beethoven wrote music even though he was deaf. He was so deaf he wrote loud music. He took long walks in the forest even when everyone was calling for him. Beethoven expired in 1827 and later died for this.

    17. The nineteenth century was a time of a great many thoughts and inventions. People stopped reproducing by hand and started reproducing by machine. The invention of the steamboat caused a network of rivers to spring up. Cyrus McCormick invented the McCormick raper, which did the work of a hundred men. Louis Pasteur discovered a cure for rabbits. Charles Darwin was a naturalist who wrote the Organ of the Species. Madman Curie discovered the radio. Karl Marx became one of the Marx Brothers.


    Texas Women

    You gotta love Texas women...

    The owner of a golf course in Texas was confused about paying an invoice, so he decided to ask his secretary for some mathematical help.

    He called her into his office and said, "You graduated from the University of Texas and I need some help.

    If I were to give you $20,000, minus 14%, how much would you take off?"

    The secretary thought a moment, and then replied, "Everything but my earrings."


    Mental Exercise

    This is fun. No cheating.

    Exercise of the brain is as important as exercise of the muscles. As we grow older, it's important that we keep mentally alert. The saying;

    "If you don't use it, you will lose it" also applies to the brain, so..., Below is a very private way to gauge your loss or non-loss of intelligence. So, take the following test presented here and determine if you are losing it or are still "with it." The spaces below are so you don't see the answers until you have made your own.... OK, relax, clear your mind and.... begin.

    1. What do you put in a toaster?

    Answer: "Bread." If you said "toast," then give up now and go do something else. Try not to hurt yourself. If you said, "bread," go to Question 2.

    2. Say "silk" five times, out loud. Now spell "silk." What do cows drink?

    Answer: Cows drink water. If you said "milk," please do not attempt the next question. Your brain is obviously over stressed and may even overheat. It may be that you need to content yourself with reading something more appropriate such as Children's World." If you said, "water" then proceed to question 3.

    3. If a red house is made from red bricks and a blue house is made from blue bricks and a pink house is made from pink bricks and a black house is made from black bricks, what is a greenhouse made from?

    Answer: Greenhouses are made from glass. If you said "green bricks," what the devil are you still doing here reading these questions????? If you said "glass," then go on to Question 4.

    4. Twenty years ago, a plane is flying at 20,000 feet over Germany. If you will recall, Germany at that time, was politically divided into West Germany and East Germany. Anyway, during the flight, two of the three engines fail. The pilot, realizing that the last remaining engine is also failing, decides on a crash landing procedure. Unfortunately, the remaining engine fails, before he has time to react, and the plane fatally crashes smack in the middle of "no man's land", a small area of land located between East Germany and West Germany. Where would you bury the survivors? East Germany, West Germany, or in "no man's land"?

    Answer: None of those places! You don't bury survivors. If you said ANYTHING else, you are a real dunce and you must NEVER try to rescue anyone from a plane crash. Your efforts would not be appreciated.

    However, if you answered, "You don't bury survivors", then proceed to the next question.

    5. If the hour hand on a clock moves 1/60 of a degree every minute then how many degrees will the hour hand move in one hour?

    Answer: One degree. If you answered, "60 degrees, 360 degrees" or anything else besides "one degree," you are to be congratulated on getting this far, but, now you must turn your pencil in and exit the room.

    Everyone else proceed to the final question.

    6. (Answer this question, without using a calculator). You are driving an empty bus, from London to Milford Haven in Wales. In London, 17 people get on the bus. In Reading, six people get off the bus and nine people get on. In Swindon, two people get off, and four get on. In Cardiff, 11 people get off and 16 people get on. In Swansea, three people get off and five people get on. In Carmathen, six people get off, and three people get on. You arrive at your destination of Milford Haven. What is the bus drivers name?

    Answer: Oh, for crying out loud! Don't you remember? It is YOUR name. YOU, are the bus driver !! Now pass this along to all your "friends" and hope they do better then you did!


    Summer Camp

    Dear Mom and Dad,

    Our Scoutmaster told us to write to our parents in case you saw the flood on TV and are worried. We are okay. Only one of our tents and 2 sleeping bags got washed away. Luckily, none of us got drowned because we were all up on the mountain looking for Chad when it happened.

    Oh yes, please call Chad's mother and tell her he is okay. He can't write because of the cast. I got to ride one of the search and rescue jeeps. It was neat. We never would have found Chad in the dark if it hadn't been for the lightning.

    Scoutmaster Don got mad at Chad for going on a hike alone without telling anyone. Chad said he did tell him but it was during the fire so he probably didn't hear him.

    Did you know that if you put gas on a fire, the gas will blow up? The wet wood didn't burn, but one of the tents did and also some of our clothes. David is going to look weird until his hair grows back.

    We will be home on Saturday if Scoutmaster Don gets the car fixed. It wasn't his fault about the wreck. The brakes worked okay when we left. Scoutmaster Don said that with a car that old you have to expect something to break down; that's probably why he can't get insurance. We think it's a neat car. He doesn't care if we get it dirty, and if it's hot, sometimes he lets us ride on the fenders. It gets pretty hot with 10 people in the car. He let us take turns riding in the trailer until the highway patrol man stopped and talked to us. Scoutmaster Don is a neat guy. Don't worry, he is a good driver. In fact, he is teaching Terry how to drive on the mountain roads where there isn't any traffic. All we ever see up there are logging trucks.

    This morning all of the guys were diving off the rocks and swimming out in the lake. Scoutmaster Don wouldn't let me because I can't swim, and Chad was afraid he would sink because of his cast, so he let us take the canoe across the lake. It was great! You can still see some of the trees under the water from the flood.

    Scoutmaster Don isn't crabby like some scoutmasters. He didn't even get mad about the lifejackets. He has spent a lot of time working on the car so we are trying not to cause him any trouble.

    Guess what? We have all passed our first aid merit badges. When Dave dived into the lake and cut his arm, we got to see how a tourniquet works. Wade and I threw up, but Scoutmaster Don said it probably was just food poisoning from the leftover chicken. He said they got sick that way with food they ate in prison. I'm so glad he got out and became our scoutmaster. He said he sure figured out how to get things done better while he was doing his time. Biy the way, what is a pedal-file? I have to go now. We are going to town to mail our letters and buy some more beer.

    Don't worry about anything, we are fine.

    Love, Timothy


    I Can't Believe We Made It!

    According to today's regulators and bureaucrats, those of us who were kids in the 30's, 40's, 50's, 60's, 70's or even the early 80's, probably shouldn't have survived.

    Our baby cribs were covered with bright colored lead-based paint.

    We had no childproof lids or locks on medicine bottles, doors, or

    cabinets, and when we rode our bikes, we had no helmets.

    Not to mention the risks we took hitchhiking ...

    As children, we would ride in cars with no seat belts or air bags.

    Riding in the back of a pickup truck on a warm day was always a special treat.

    We drank water from the garden hose and not from a bottle. Horrors!

    We ate cupcakes, bread and butter, and drank soda pop with sugar in it, but we were never overweight because we were always outside playing.

    We shared one soft drink with four friends, from one bottle, and no one actually died from this.

    We would spend hours building our go-carts out of scraps and then rode down the hill, only to find out we forgot the brakes. After running into the bushes a few times, we learned to solve the problem.


    We would leave home in the morning and play all day , as long as we were back when the street lights came on. No one was able to reach us all day. No cell phones. Unthinkable!

    We did not have Playstations, Nintendo 64, X-Boxes, no video games at all, no 99 channels on cable, video tape movies, surround sound, personal cell phones, personal computers, or Internet chat rooms.

    We had friends! We went outside and found them.

    We played dodge ball, and sometimes, the ball would really hurt.

    We fell out of trees, got cut and broke bones and teeth, and there were no lawsuits from these accidents . They were accidents. No one was to blame but us. Remember accidents?

    We had fights and punched each other and got black and blue and learned to get over it.

    We made up games with sticks and tennis balls and, although we were told it would happen, we did not put out any eyes.

    We rode bikes or walked to a friend's home and knocked on the door, or rang the bell or just walked in and talked to them.

    Little League had tryouts and not everyone made the team . Those who didn't had to learn to deal with disappointment.

    Some students weren't as smart as others, so they failed a grade and were held back to repeat the same grade. Horrors! Tests were not adjusted for any reason.

    Our actions were our own. Consequences were expected.

    The idea of parents bailing us out if we got in trouble in school or broke a law was unheard of. They actually sided with the school or the law. Imagine that!

    This generation has produced some of the best risk-takers, problem solvers, and inventors, ever.



    Kids Comments about Mom

    The following are different answers given by elementary school age children to each of the given questions:


    Why did God make mothers?

    1. She's the only one who knows where the scotch tape is.

    2. Think about it, it was the best way to get more people.

    3. Mostly to clean the house.

    4. To help us out of there when we were getting born.

    How did God make mothers?

    1. He used dirt, just like for the rest of us.

    2. Magic plus super powers and a lot of stirring.

    3. God made my mom just the same like he made me. He just used bigger parts.

    Why did God give you your mother and not some other mom?

    1. We're related.

    2. God knew she likes me a lot more than other people's moms like me

    What ingredients are mothers made of?

    1. God makes mothers out of clouds and angel hair and everything nice in the world and one dab of mean.

    2. They had to get their start from men's bones. Then they mostly use string. I think.

    What kind of little girl was your mom?

    2. My mom has always been my mom and none of that other stuff.
    4. I don't know because I wasn't there, but my guess would be pretty bossy.

    3. They say she used to be nice.

    How did your mom meet your dad?

    1. Mom was working in a store and dad was shoplifting.

    What did mom need to know about dad before she married him?

    2. His last name.
    4. She had to know his background. Like is he a crook? Does he get drunk on beer? Does he make at least $800 a year? Did he say NO to drugs and YES to chores.


    Why did your mom marry your dad?

    2. My dad makes the best spaghetti in the world. And my mom eats a lot.
    4. She got too old to do anything else with him.
    6. My grandma says that mom didn't have her thinking cap on.

    What makes a real woman?

    1. It means you have to be really bossy without looking bossy.

    Who's the boss at your house?

    2. Mom doesn't want to be boss, but she has to because dad's such a goofball
    4. Mom. You can tell by room inspection. She sees the stuff under the bed.
    6. I guess Mom is, but only because she has a lot more to do than dad.

    What's the difference between moms and dads?

    2. Moms work at work and work at home, and dads just got to work at work.
    4. Moms know how to talk to teachers without scaring them.
    6. Dads are taller and stronger, but moms have all the real power 'cause that's who you gotta ask if you want to sleep over at your friend's.

    What does your mom do in her spare time?

    1. Mothers don't do spare time.

    2. To hear her tell it, she pays bills all day long.

    What's the difference between moms and grandmas?

    1. About 30 years.

    2. You can always count on grandmothers for candy. Sometimes moms don't even have bread on them!

    Describe the world's greatest mom?

    1. She would make broccoli taste like ice cream!

    2. The greatest mom in the world wouldn't make me kiss my fat aunts!

    3. She'd always be smiling and keep her opinions to herself.

    Is anything about your mom perfect?

    2. Her teeth are perfect, but she bought them from the dentist.
    4. Her casserole recipes. But we hate them.
    6. Just her children.

    What would it take to make your mom perfect?

    1. On the inside she's already perfect. Outside, I think some kind of plastic surgery.

    2. Diet. You know, her hair. I'd dye-it, maybe blue.

    If you could change one thing about your mom, what would it be?

    1. She has this weird thing about me keeping my room clean. I'd get rid of that.


    Some Answers

    These are (allegedly) real answers given by children.

    Q: Name the four seasons.

    A: Salt, pepper, mustard and vinegar.

    Q: Explain one of the processes by which water can be made safe to drink.

    A: Flirtation makes water safe to drink because it removes large pollutants like grit, sand, dead sheep and canoeists.

    Q: How is dew formed?

    A: The sun shines down on the leaves and makes them perspire.

    Q: How can you delay milk turning sour?

    A: Keep it in the cow.

    Q: What causes the tides in the oceans?

    A: The tides are a fight between the Earth and the Moon. All water tends to flow towards the moon, because there is no water on the moon, and nature hates a vacuum. I forget where the sun joins in this fight.

    Q: What are steroids?

    A: Things for keeping carpets still on the stairs.

    Q: What happens to your body as you age?

    A: When you get old, so do your bowels and you get intercontinental.

    Q What happens to a boy when he reaches puberty?

    A: He says good-bye to his boyhood and looks forward to his adultery.

    Q: Name a major disease associated with cigarettes.

    A: Premature death.

    Q: What is artificial insemination?

    A: When the farmer does it to the bull instead of the cow.

    Q: How are the main parts of the body categorized? (e.g., abdomen).

    A: The body is consisted into three parts -- the brainium, the borax and the abdominal cavity. The brainium contains the brain; the borax contains the heart and lungs, and the abdominal cavity contains the five bowels, A, E, I, O, and U.

    Q: What is the fibula?

    A: A small lie.

    Q: What does "varicose" mean?

    A: Nearby.

    Q: Give the meaning of the term "Caesarian Section"

    A: The Caesarian Section is a district in Rome.

    Q: What does the word "benign" mean?

    A: Benign is what you will be after you are eight.


    This was written by an 83 year old... The last line says it all.

    Dear Bertha,

    I'm reading more and dusting less. I'm sitting in the yard and admiring the view without fussing about the weeds in the garden. I'm spending more time with my family and friends and less time working. Whenever possible, life should be a pattern of experiences to savor, not to endure. I'm trying to recognize these moments now and cherish them. I'm not "saving" anything; we use our good china and crystal for every special event such as losing a pound, getting the sink unstopped, or the first Amaryllis blossom. I wear my good blazer to the market. My theory is if I look prosperous, I can shell out $28.49 for one small bag of groceries.

    I'm not saving my good perfume for special parties, but wearing it for clerks in the hardware store and tellers at the bank.

    Someday" and "one of these days" are losing their grip on my vocabulary; if it's worth seeing or hearing or doing, I want to see and hear and do it now.

    I'm not sure what others would've done had they known they wouldn't be here for the tomorrow that we all take for granted. I think they would have called family members and a few close friends. They might have called a few former friends to apologize and mend fences for past squabbles.

    I like to think they would have gone out for a Chinese dinner or for whatever their favorite food was.

    I'm guessing; I'll never know.

    It's those little things left undone that would make me angry if I knew my hours were limited. Angry because I hadn't written certain letters that I intended to write one of these days. Angry and sorry that I didn't tell my husband and parents often enough how much I truly love them. I'm trying very hard not to put off, hold back, or save anything that would add laughter and luster to our lives.

    And every morning when I open my eyes,! tell myself that it is special. Every day, every minute, every breath truly is a gift. If you received this, it is because someone cares for you.

    If you're too busy to take the few minutes that it takes right now to forward this, would it be the first time you didn't do the little thing that would make a difference in your relationships? I can tell you it certainly won't be the last.

    Take a few minutes to send this to a few people you care about, just to let them know that you're thinking of them.

    "People say true friends must always hold hands, but true friends don't need to hold hands because they know the other hand will always be there."

    Life may not be the party we hoped for, but while we are here we might as well dance.


    How Can You Live Without Knowing These Things?

    The first couple to be shown in bed together on prime time TV were Fred and Wilma Flintstone.


    Every day more money is printed for Monopoly than the US Treasury.


    Men can read smaller print than women can; women can hear better.


    Coca-Cola was originally green.


    It is impossible to lick your elbow.


    The state with the highest percentage of people who walk to work: Alaska


    The percentage of Africa that is wilderness: 28% ( now get this...) The percentage of North America that is wilderness: 38%


    The cost of raising a medium-size dog to the age of eleven: $6,400


    The average number of people airborne over the US any given hour: 61,000


    Intelligent people have more zinc and copper in their hair.


    The world's youngest parents were 8 and 9 and lived in China in 1910.


    The youngest pope was 11 years old.


    The first novel ever written on a typewriter: Tom Sawyer.


    Those San Francisco Cable cars are the only mobile National Monuments.


    Each king in a deck of playing cards represents a great king from history:

    Spades - King David,

    Hearts - Charlemagne,

    Clubs -Alexander, the Great

    Diamonds - Julius Caesar


    111,111,111 x 111,111,111 = 12,345,678,987,654,321


    If a statue in the park of a person on a horse has both front legs in the air, the person died in battle.

    If the horse has one front leg in the air, the person died as a result of wounds received in battle.

    If the horse has all four legs on the ground, the person died of natural causes.


    Only two people signed the Declaration of Independence on July 4th, John Hancock and Charles Thomson. Most of the rest signed on August 2, but the last signature wasn't added until 5 years later.


    "I am." is the shortest complete sentence in the English language.


    Hershey's Kisses are called that because the machine that makes them looks like it's kissing the conveyor belt.


    Q. What occurs more often in December than any other month?

    A. Conception.


    Q. Half of all Americans live within 50 miles of what?

    A. Their birthplace


    Q. Most boat owners name their boats. What is the most popular boat name requested?

    A. Obsession


    Q. If you were to spell out numbers, how far would you have to go until you would find the letter "A"?

    A. One thousand


    Q. What do bullet-proof vests, fire escapes, windshield wipers, and laser printers all have in common?

    A. All invented by women.


    Q. What is the only food that doesn't spoil?

    A. Honey


    Q. There are more collect calls on this day than any other day of the year?

    A. Father's Day


    Q. What trivia fact about Mel Blanc (voice of Bugs Bunny) is the most ironic?

    A. He was allergic to carrots.


    Q. What is an activity performed by 40% of all people at a party?

    A. Snoop in your medicine cabinet.


    In Shakespeare's time, mattresses were secured on bed frames by ropes. When you pulled on the ropes the mattress tightened, making the bed more firm to sleep on. Hence the phrase "goodnight, sleep tight".


    *It was the accepted practice in Babylon 4,000 years ago that for a month after the wedding, the bride's father would supply his son-in-law with all the mead he could drink. Mead is a honey beer and because their calendar was lunar based, this period was called the honey month we know today as the honeymoon.



    In English pubs, ale is ordered by pints and quarts. So in old England, when customers got unruly, the bartender would yell at them "mind their own pints and quarts and settle down." It's where we get the phrase "mind your P's and Q's"


    Many years ago in England, pub frequenters had a whistle baked into the rim or handle of their ceramic cups. When they needed a refill, they used the whistle to get some service. "Wet your whistle" is the phrase inspired by this practice.


    In Scotland, a new game was invented. It was entitled "Gentlemen Only Ladies Forbidden".... and thus the word GOLF entered into the English language.

    ~~~~~~~~~~~AND FINALLY~~~~~~~~~~~~

    At least 75% of people who read this will try to lick their elbow.



    Once upon a time, God was missing for six days. Eventually, Michael the archangel found him, resting on the seventh day. He inquired of God. "Where have you been?"

    God sighed a deep sigh of satisfaction, and proudly pointed downwards through the clouds, " Look, Michael. Look what I've made."

    Archangel Michael looked puzzled, and said, "What is it?"

    It's a planet," replied God, "and I've put Life on it. I'm going to call it Earth and it's going to be a great place of balance."

    "Balance?" Inquired Michael, still confused.

    God explained, pointing to different parts of earth . . .

    "For example, northern Europe will be a place of great opportunity and wealth, while southern Europe is going to be poor -

    "Over there I've placed a continent of white people, and over there is a continent of black people," God continued, pointing to different countries...

    "This one will be extremely hot, while this one will be very cold and covered in ice."

    The Archangel, impressed by God's work, then pointed to a land mass and said, "What's that one?"

    Ah," said God.. "That's America, the most glorious place on earth. There are beautiful streams, hills, and forests ... The people from America are going to be handsome, modest, intelligent and humorous, and they are going to be found traveling the world. They will be extremely sociable, hardworking, and high-achieving, and they will be known throughout the world - as diplomats, and carriers of peace...."

    Michael gasped in wonder and admiration, but then proclaimed, "What about balance, God? You said there would be balance!"

    God smiled, "Wait until you see the idiots I put in Washington D.C ."



    Kids Say the Darnest Things


    I was driving with my three young children one warm summer evening when a woman in the convertible ahead of us stood up and waved. She was stark naked! As I was reeling from the shock, I heard my 5-year-old shout from the back seat, "Mom! That lady isn't wearing a seat belt!"


    My son Zachary, 4, came screaming out of the bathroom to tell me he'd dropped his toothbrush in the toilet. So I fished it out and threw it in the garbage. Zachary stood there thinking for a moment, then ran to my bathroom and came out with my toothbrush. He held it up and said with a charming little smile, "We better throw this one out too then, 'cause it fell in the toilet a few days ago."


    On the first day of school, a first-grader handed his teacher a note from his mother. The note read, "The opinions expressed by this child are not necessarily those of his parents."


    A woman was trying hard to get the ketchup to come out of the jar. During her struggle the phone rang so she asked her 4-year-old daughter to answer the phone. "It's the minister, Mommy," the child said to her mother. Then she added, "Mommy can't come to the phone to talk to you right now. She's hitting the bottle."


    A little boy got lost at the YMCA and found himself in the women's locker room. When he was spotted, the room burst into shrieks, with ladies grabbing towels and running for cover. The little boy watched in amazement and then asked, "What's the matter haven't you ever seen a little boy before?"

    POLICE # 1

    While taking a routine vandalism report at an elementary school, I was interrupted by a little girl about 6 years old. Looking up and down at my uniform, she asked, "Are you a cop?" "Yes," I answered and continued writing the report. "My mother said if I ever needed help I should ask the police. Is that right?" "Yes, that's right," I told her. "Well, then," she said as she extended her foot toward me, "would you please tie my shoe?"

    POLICE # 2

    It was the end of the day when I parked my police van in front of the station. As I gathered my equipment, my K-9 partner, Jake, was barking, and I saw a little boy staring in at me. "Is that a dog you got back there?" he asked. "It sure is," I replied. Puzzled, the boy looked at me and then towards the back of the van. Finally he said, "What did he do?"


    While working for an organization that delivers lunches to elderly shut-ins, used to take my 4-year-old daughter on my afternoon rounds. She was unfailingly intrigued by the various appliances of old age, particularly the canes, walkers and wheelchairs. One day I found her staring at a pair of false teeth soaking in a glass. As I braced myself for the inevitable barrage of questions, she merely turned and whispered, "The tooth fairy will never believe this!"


    A little girl was watching her parents dress for a party. When she saw her dad donning his tuxedo, she warned, "Daddy, you shouldn't wear that suit." "And why not, darling?" "You know that it always gives you a headache the next morning."


    While walking along the sidewalk in front of his church, our minister heard the intoning of a prayer that nearly made his collar wilt. Apparently, his 5-year-old son and his playmates had found a dead robin. Feeling that proper burial should be performed, they had secured a small box and cotton batting, then dug a hole and made ready for the disposal of the deceased. The minister's son was chosen to say the appropriate prayers and with sonorous dignity intoned his version of what he thought his father always said: "Glory be unto the Faaaather, and unto the Sonnn ..... and into the hole he gooooes."


    A little girl had just finished her first week of school. "I'm just wasting my time," she said to her mother. "I can't read, I can't write and they won't let me talk!"


    A little boy opened the big family Bible. He was fascinated as he fingered through the old pages. Suddenly, something fell out of the Bible. He picked up the object and looked at it. What he saw was an old leaf that had been pressed in between the pages. "Mama, look what I found", the boy called out." What have you got there, dear?" With astonishment in the young boy's voice, he answered, "I think it's Adam's



    What Religion Is Your Bra?

    A man walked into the ladies department of a Macy's and shyly walked up to the woman behind the counter and said, "I'd like to buy a bra for my wife."

    "What type of bra?" asked the clerk. "Type?" inquires the man, "There is more than one type?"

    "Look around," said the saleslady! As she showed a sea of bras in every shape, size, color and material imaginable. "Actually, even with all of this variety, there are really only four types of bras to choose from." Relieved, the man asked about the types. The saleslady replied "There are the Catholic, the Salvation Army, the Presbyterian, and the Baptist types. Which one would you prefer?"

    Now befuddled, the man asked about the differences between them.

    The saleslady responded, "It is all really quite simple...

    The Catholic type supports the masses.

    The Salvation Army type lifts the fallen,

    The Presbyterian type keeps them staunch and upright,

    and the Baptist makes mountains out of mole hills."


    Senior Moments II

    Two elderly ladies had been friends for many decades. Over the years they had shared all kinds of activities and adventures. Lately, their activities had been limited to meeting a few times a week to play cards. One day they were playing cards when one looked at the other and said, "Now don't get mad at me.....I know we've been friends for a long time....but I just can't think of your name! I've thought and thought, but I can't remember it. Please tell me what your name is." Her friend glared at her. For at least three minutes she just stared and glared at her. Finally she said, "How soon do you need to know?



    Two elderly women were out driving in a large car - both could barely see over the dashboard. As they were cruising along, they came to an intersection. The stoplight was red, but they just went on through. The woman in the passenger seat thought to herself "I must be losing it. I could have sworn we just went through a red light". After a few more minutes, they came to another intersection and the light was red again. Again, they went right through. The woman in the passenger seat was almost sure that the light had been red but was really concerned that she was losing it. She was getting nervous and decided to pay very close attention to the road and the next intersection. At the next intersection, sure enough, the light was red and they went on through. So, she turned to the other woman and said, "Mildred, did you know that we just ran through three red lights in a row? You could have killed us both!" Mildred turned to her and said, "Oh, am I driving?"



    A little old lady was running up and down the halls in a nursing home. As she walked, she would flip up the hem of her nightgown and say Supersex. She walked up to an elderly man in a wheelchair. Flipping her gown at him, she said, "Supersex." He sat silently for a moment or two and finally answered, "I'll take the soup."


    God is Watching

    In the cafeteria of a Catholic school, the children were lined up for lunch...

    At the head of the line was a large pile of apples. The nun made a note and she had placed it in front of the apples. The note read: "Take only one, God is watching."

    Further down the cafeteria line was a large pile of chocolate chip cookies. One of the boys had written a note of his own. The note he placed in front of the cookies read: "Take all you want, God is watching the apples."




    AT&T fired President John Walter after nine months, saying he lacked intellectual leadership. He received a $26 million severance package. Perhaps it's not Walter who's lacking intelligence.



    Police in Oakland, California spent two hours attempting to subdue a gunman who had barricaded himself inside his home. After firing ten tear gas canisters, officers discovered that the man was standing beside them in the police line, shouting, "Please come out and give yourself up."


    3. WHAT WAS PLAN B???

    An Illinois man, pretending to have a gun, kidnapped a motorist and forced him to drive to two different automated teller machines, wherein the kidnapper proceeded to withdraw money from his own bank accounts.



    A man walked into a Topeka, Kansas Kwik Stop, and asked for all the money in the cash drawer. Apparently, the take was too small, so he tied up the store clerk and worked the counter himself for three hours until police showed up and grabbed him.


    5. DID I SAY THAT???

    Police in Los Angeles had good luck with a robbery suspect who just couldn't control himself during a lineup. When detectives asked each man in the lineup to repeat the words: "Give me all your money or I'll shoot," the man shouted, "That's not what I said!"



    A man spoke frantically into the phone, "My wife is pregnant and her contractions are only two minutes apart!" "Is this her first child?" the doctor asked. "No!" the man shouted, "This is her husband!"


    In Modesto, California, Steven Richard King was arrested for trying to hold up a Bank of America branch without a weapon. King used a thumb and a finger to simulate a gun, but unfortunately, he failed to keep his hand in his pocket. (hellllllooooooo?!)



    Last summer, down on Lake Isabella, located in the high desert, an hour east of Bakersfield, California, some folks, new to boating, were having a problem. No matter how hard they tried, they couldn't get their brand new 22 ft. boat going. It was very sluggish in almost every maneuver, no matter how much power was applied. After about an hour of trying to make it go, they putted to a nearby marina, thinking someone there could tell them what was wrong. A thorough topside check revealed everything in perfect working condition. The engine ran fine, the out drive went up and down, and the prop was the correct size and pitch. So, one of the marina guys jumped in the water to check underneath. He came up choking on water, he was laughing so hard. NOW REMEMBER... THIS IS TRUE! Under the boat, still strapped securely in place, was the trailer.


    Husband Shopping Centre

    A Husband Shopping Centre has opened where a woman can go to choose a husband from among many men. It is laid out in five floors, and the men increase in positive attributes as the shopper ascends the flights.

    There is, however, a catch. As you open the door to any floor you may choose a man from that floor, but if you go up a floor, you cannot go back down, except to exit the building.

    So, a woman goes to the shopping centre to find a husband. On the first floor the sign on the door says:

    Floor 1: These men have jobs and love kids.

    The woman reads the sign: "Well that's better than not having jobs, or not loving kids, but I wonder what's further up?"

    So up she goes.

    The second floor sign says:

    Floor 2: These men have high paying jobs, love kids, and are extremely good looking.

    "Hmmm, better." says the woman. "But, I wonder what's further up?"

    The third floor sign reads:

    Floor 3: These men have high paying jobs, love kids, are extremely good looking, and help with the housework.

    "Wow," says the woman, "very tempting. BUT, there's must be more further up!"

    And, again, she goes up.

    On the fourth floor the sign reads:

    Floor 4: These men have high paying jobs, love kids, are extremely good looking, help with the housework, and have a strong romantic streak.


    "Oh, mercy me! But just think...what must be awaiting me further on? So up to the fifth floor she goes.

    The sign on that door says:

    Floor 5: This floor is just to prove that women are impossible to please. Thank you for shopping and have a nice day.


    Literary Taunts & Insults by Experts


    "I feel so miserable without you, it's almost like having you here."-Stephen Bishop

    "He is a self-made man & worships his creator." - John Bright

    "He has all the virtues I dislike and none of the vices I admire." -Winston Churchill

    "A modest little person, with much to be modest about." - WinstonChurchill

    "I've just learned about his illness. Let's hope it's nothing trivial."- Irvin S. Cobb

    "I have never killed a man, but I have read many obituaries with great pleasure." - Clarence Darrow

    "He has never been known to use a word that might send a reader to the dictionary." - William Faulkner (about Ernest Hemingway)

    "Poor Faulkner. Does he really think big emotions come from big words?"- Ernest Hemingway (about William Faulkner)

    "Thank you for sending me a copy of your book; I'll waste no time reading it." - Moses Hadas

    "His ears made him look like a taxicab with both doors open." - Howard Hughes (about Clark Gable)

    "He is not only dull himself, he is the cause of dullness in others." -Samuel Johnson

    "He is simply a shiver looking for a spine to run up."- Paul Keating

    "He had delusions of adequacy." - Walter Kerr

    "There's nothing wrong with you that reincarnation won't cure." -Jack E. Leonard

    "He can compress the most words into the smallest idea of any man I know." - Abraham Lincoln

    "I've had a perfectly wonderful evening. But this wasn't it." – Groucho Marx

    "He has the attention span of a lightning bolt." - Robert Redford

    "They never open their mouths without subtracting from the sum of human knowledge." - Thomas Brackett Reed

    "He inherited some good instincts from his Quaker forebears, but by diligent hard work, he overcame them." - James Reston (about Richard Nixon)

    "In order to avoid being called a flirt, she always yielded easily." -Charles, Count Talleyrand

    "He loves nature in spite of what it did to him." - Forrest Tucker

    "Why do you sit there looking like an envelope without any address on it?" - Mark Twain

    "I didn't attend the funeral, but I sent a nice letter saying I approved of it." - Mark Twain

    "His mother should have thrown him away and kept the stork." - Mae West"

    Some cause happiness wherever they go; others whenever they go." –Oscar Wilde

    "He has no enemies, but is intensely disliked by his friends." – Oscar Wilde

    "He uses statistics as a drunken man uses lamp-posts... for support rather than illumination." - Andrew Lang (1844-1912)

    "He has Van Gogh's ear for music." - Billy Wilder


    A Texas Cowboy, more likely

    A cowboy at a bar in Gallup, NM orders three mugs of Bud and sits in the back room, drinking a sip out of each one in TURN.

    When he finishes them, he comes back to the bar and orders three more.

    The bartender tells him, "You know, a mug goes flat after I draw it. It would taste better if you bought one at a TIME."

    The cowboy replies, "I have two brothers. One is in Flagstaff, the other in Farmington. I'm in Gallup. When we left home, we promised that we'd drink this way to remember the days we drank together. I drink one for each of my brothers and one for myself."

    The bartender tells him it is a nice custom. The cowboy becomes a regular, and always orders three mugs and drinks them in turn.

    One day he comes in and orders two mugs. All the regulars take notice and fall silent. When he comes back to the bar for the second round, the bartender says, "We don't want to intrude on your grief, but we wanted to offer our condolences on your loss."

    The cowboy looks quite puzzled for a moment, then a light dawns and he laughs. "Oh, no, everybody's just fine," he explains. "It's just that my wife and I joined that Baptist Church and I had to quit drinking. Hasn't affected my brothers though."


    Joys of Aging



    An older Jewish gentleman was on the operating table awaiting surgery and he insisted that his son, a renowned surgeon, perform the operation. As he was about to get the anesthesia he asked to speak to his son. "Yes Dad, what is it?" "Don't be nervous, son; do your best and just remember, if it doesn't go well, if something happens to me ... your mother is going to come and live with you and your wife...."


    Aging: Eventually you will reach a point when you stop lying about your age and start bragging about it.


    The older we get, the fewer things seem worth waiting in line for.


    Some people try to turn back their odometers. Not me, I want people to know "why" I look this way. I've traveled a long way and some of the roads weren't paved.


    How old would you be if you didn't know how old you are?


    When you are dissatisfied and would like to go back to youth, think of Algebra.


    You know you are getting old when everything either dries up or leaks.


    I don't know how I got over the hill without getting to the top.


    One of the many things no one tells you about aging is that it is such a nice change from being young.


    Ah, being young is beautiful, but being old is comfortable.


    Old age is when former classmates are so gray and wrinkled and bald, they don't recognize you.


    If you don't learn to laugh at trouble, you won't have anything to laugh at when you are old.


    First you forget names, then you forget faces. Then you forget to pull up your zipper. It's worse when you forget to pull it down.


    Long ago when men cursed and beat the ground with sticks, it was called witchcraft. Today, it's called golf


    Would a man REALLY do this?

    An old farmer had owned a large farm for years. He had a large pond in the back, fixed up nice; picnic tables, horseshoe courts, basketball court, etc. The pond was properly shaped and fixed up for swimming when it was built.

    One evening the old farmer decided to go down to the pond, as he hadn't been there for a while, and look it over. As he neared the pond, he heard voices shouting and laughing with glee. As he came closer he saw it was a bunch of young women skinny dipping in his pond.

    He made the women aware of his presence, and they all went to the deep end of the pond. One of the women shouted to him, "We're not coming out until you leave!"

    The old man replied, "I didn't come down here to watch you ladies swim or make you get out of the pond naked. I only came to feed the alligator".

    MORAL: Old age and experience triumph over youth


    It's Great To Be A Man:

    Your ass is never a factor in a job interview.

    Your last name stays put.

    Hot wax never comes near your pubic area.

    The garage is all yours.

    Wedding plans take care of themselves.

    Chocolate is just another snack.

    You can be president.

    You can wear a white T-shirt to a water park.

    Car mechanics tell you the truth.

    You don't give a rats ass if someone notices your new haircut.

    If you retain water, it's in a canteen.

    You can open all your own jars.

    You never have to drive to another gas station because this one's just "too icky."

    Same work...more pay.

    Wrinkles add character.

    Wedding Dress $5,000; Tux rental $100.

    People never stare at your chest when you're talking to them.

    New shoes don't cut, blister, or mangle your feet.

    One mood, ALL the damn time.

    Phone conversations are over in 30 seconds flat.

    A five-day vacation requires only one suitcase.

    You can leave the motel bed unmade.

    You can kill your own food.

    You get extra credit for the slightest act of thoughtfulness.

    If someone forgets to invite you to something, he or she can still be your friend.

    Your underwear is $8.95 for a three-pack.

    You can quietly enjoy a car ride from the passenger seat.

    Three pairs of shoes are more than enough.

    You can quietly watch a game with your buddy for hours without ever thinking: "He must be mad at me."

    You can drop by to see a friend without having to bring a little gift. If another guy shows up at the party in the same outfit, you just might become lifelong friends.

    You are not expected to know the names of more than five colors.

    You don't have to stop and think of which way to turn a nut on a bolt. You almost never have strap problems in public.

    You are unable to see wrinkles in your clothes.

    The same hairstyle lasts for years, maybe decades.

    You don't have to shave below your neck.

    One wallet and one pair of shoes, one color, all seasons.

    You can do your nails with a pocketknife.

    You have freedom of choice concerning growing a mustache.

    Christmas shopping can be accomplished for 25 relatives, December 24th, in 45 minutes.

    The world is your urinal.


    Good question ...

    I recently picked a new primary care physician.

    After two visits and exhaustive lab tests, he said I was doing "fairly well" for my age. A little concerned about that comment, I couldn't resist asking him, "Do you think I'll live to be 80?"

    He asked, Well, do you smoke tobacco or drink beer?" "Oh no," I replied, "I've never done either."

    Then he asked, "Do you eat rib-eye steaks and bar-b-qued ribs?" I said, "No, I've heard that all red meat is very unhealthy!"

    "Do you spend a lot of time in the sun, like playing golf?" he asked. "No, I don't" I said.

    He said, "Do you gamble, drive fast cars, or fool around with sexy women?" "No," I said, "I've never done any of those things."

    He looked at me and said, "Then why in hell do you want to live to be 80?"


    Best of Hollywood Squares


    Those of us old enough to remember the original Hollywood Squares Game will appreciate these. These are from the old Hollywood Squares show in the 70s when responses were truly spontaneous.

    Q: If you're going to make a parachute jump, you should be at least how high?

    A: Charley Weaver: Three days of steady drinking should do it.

    Q: True or false...a pea can last as long as 5,000 years.

    A: George Gobel: Boy it sure seems that way sometimes...

    Q: You've been having trouble going to sleep. Are you probably a man or a woman?

    A: Don Knotts: That's what's been keeping me awake.

    Q: According to Cosmo, if you meet a stranger at a party and you think he's really attractive, is it okay to come out directly and ask him if he's married?

    A: Rose Marie: No, wait until morning.

    Q: Which of your five senses tends to diminish as you get older?

    A: Charley Weaver: My sense of decency.

    Q: In Hawaiian, does it take more than three words to say "I love you"?

    A: Vincent Price: No, you can say it with a pineapple and a twenty.

    Q: As you grow older, do you tend to gesture more or less with your hands while you are talking?

    A: Rose Marie: You ask me one more growing older question, Peter...and I'll give you a gesture you'll never forget!

    Q: Paul, why do Hell's Angels wear leather?

    A: Paul Lynde: Because chiffon wrinkles too easily.

    Q: Charley, you've just decided to grow strawberries. Are you going to get any during your first year?

    A: Charley Weaver: Of course not, Peter. I'm too busy growing strawberries!

    Q: In bowling, what's a perfect score?

    A: Rose Marie: Ralph, the pin boy.

    Q: It is considered in bad taste to discuss two subjects at nudist camps. One is politics. What is the other?

    A: Paul Lynde: Tape measures.

    Q: Can boys join the Camp Fire Girls?

    A: Marty Allen: Only after lights out.

    Q: When you pat a dog on its head he will usually wag his tail. What will a goose do?

    A: Paul Lynde: Make him bark

    Q: If you were pregnant for two years, what would you give birth to?

    A: Paul Lynde: Whatever it is, it would never be afraid of the dark.

    Q: According to Ann Landers, is their anything wrong with getting into the habit of kissing a lot of people?

    A: Charley Weaver: It got me out of the army!

    Q: It is the most abused and neglected part of your body - what is it?

    A: Paul Lynde: Mine may be abused but it certainly isn't neglected!

    Q: Charley, what do you call a pig that weighs more than 150 pounds?

    A: Charley Weaver: A divorcee.

    Q: Back in the old days, when Great Grandpa put horseradish on his head, what was he trying to do?

    A: George Gobel: Get it in his mouth.

    Q: Who stays pregnant for a longer period of time, your wife or your elephant?

    A: Paul Lynde: Who told you about my elephant?

    Q: When a couple have a baby, who is responsible for it's sex?

    A: Charley Weaver: I'll lend him the car. The rest is up to him.

    Q: Jackie Gleason recently revealed that he firmly believes in them and has actually seen them on at least two occasions. What are they?

    A: Charley Weaver: His feet.

    Q: Do female frogs croak?

    A: Paul Lynde: If you hold their little heads under water long enough.

    Q: Imagine you are a child in your mother's womb, can you detect light?

    A: Paul Lynde: Only during ballet practice


    I've learned....

    That the best classroom in the world is at the feet of an elderly person.

    I've learned....

    That when you're in love, it shows.

    I've learned....

    That just one person saying to me, "You've made my day!" makes my day.

    I've learned....

    That having a child fall asleep in your arms is one of the most peaceful feelings in the world.

    I've learned....

    That being kind is more important than being right.

    I've learned....

    That you should never say "no" to a gift from a child.

    I've learned....

    That I can always pray for someone when I don't have the strength to help him in some other way.

    I've learned....

    That no matter how serious your life requires you to be, everyone needs a friend to act goofy with.

    I've learned....

    That sometimes all a person needs is a hand to hold and a heart to understand.

    I've learned....

    That simple walks with my father around the block on summer nights when I was a child did wonders for me as an adult.

    I've learned....

    That life is like a roll of toilet paper. The closer it gets to the end, the faster it goes.

    I've learned....

    That we should be glad God doesn't give us everything we ask for.

    I've learned....

    That money doesn't buy class.

    I've learned....

    That it's those small daily happenings that make life so spectacular.

    I've learned...

    That under everyone's hard shell is someone who wants to be appreciated and loved.

    I've learned....

    That the Lord didn't do it all in one day. What makes me think I can?

    I've learned....

    That to ignore the facts does not change the facts.

    I've learned....

    That when you plan to get even with someone, you are only letting that person continue to hurt you.

    I've learned....

    That love, not time, heals all wounds.

    I've learned....

    That the easiest way for me to grow as a person is to surround myself with people smarter than I am.

    I've learned....

    That everyone you meet deserves to be greeted with a smile.

    I've learned....

    That there's nothing sweeter than sleeping with your babies and feeling their breath on your cheeks.

    I've learned....

    That no one is perfect until you fall in love with them.

    I've learned....

    That life is tough, but I'm tougher.

    I've learned....

    That opportunities are never lost; someone will take the ones you miss.

    I've learned....

    That when you harbor bitterness, happiness will dock elsewhere.

    I've learned....

    That I wish I could have told my Dad that I love him one more time before he passed away.

    I've learned....

    That one should keep his words both soft and tender, because tomorrow he may have to eat them.

    I've learned....

    That a smile is an inexpensive way to improve your looks.

    I've learned....

    That I can't choose how I feel, but I can choose what I do about it.

    I've learned....

    That when your newly born child holds your little finger in his little fist, that you're hooked for life.

    I've learned....

    That everyone wants to live on top of the mountain, but all the happiness and growth occurs while you're climbing it.

    I've learned ...

    That it is best to give advice in only two circumstances; when it is requested and when it is a life threatening situation.

    I've learned....

    That the less time I have to work with, the more things I get done.


    Every Woman Should Have...

    ...one old love she can imagine going back to... and one who reminds her how far she has come...

    ...enough money within her control to move out and rent a place of her own... even if she never wants to and needs to...

    ...something perfect to wear if the employer or date of her dreams wants to see her in an hour...

    ...a youth she's content to leave behind...

    ...a past juicy enough that she's looking forward to retelling it in her old age...

    ...the realization that she is actually going to have an old age and some money set aside to fund it...

    ...a set of screwdrivers, a cordless drill, and a black lace bra...

    ...one friend who always makes her laugh... and one who lets her cry...

    ...a good piece of furniture not previously owned by anyone else in her family...

    ...eight matching plates, wine glasses with stems, and a recipe for a meal that will make her guests feel honored...

    ...a resume that is not even the slightest bit padded...

    ...a feeling of control over her destiny...


    Every Woman Should Know...

    ..how to fall in love without losing herself...

    ...how to quit a job, break up with a lover, and confront a friend without ruining the friendship...

    ...when to try harder... and when to walk away...

    ...how to have a good time at a party she'd never choose to attend...

    ...how to ask for what she wants in a way that makes it most likely she'll get it...

    ...that she can't change the length of her calves, the width of her hips, or the nature of her parents...

    ...that her childhood may not have been perfect... but its over...

    ...what she would and wouldn't do for love or more...

    ...how to live alone... even if she doesn't like it...

    ...whom she can trust, whom she can't, and why she shouldn't take it personally...

    ...where to go... be it to her best friend's kitchen table... or a charming inn in the woods... when her soul needs soothing...

    ...what she can and can't accomplish in a day... a month... and a year...



    Instructions For Life

    1. Take into account that great love and great achievements involve great risk.

    2. When you lose, don't lose the lesson.

    3. Follow the three Rs:

    Respect for self

    Respect for others and

    Responsibility for all your actions.

    4. Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a wonderful stroke of luck.

    5. Learn the rules so you know how to break them properly.

    6. Don't let a little dispute injure a great friendship.

    7. When you realize you've made a mistake, take immediate steps to correct it.

    8. Spend some time alone every day.

    9. Open your arms to change, but don't let go of your values.

    10. Remember that silence is sometimes the best answer.

    11. Live a good, honorable life. Then when you get older and think back, you'll be able to enjoy it a second time.

    12. A loving atmosphere in your home is the foundation for your life.

    13. In disagreements with loved ones, deal only with the current situation. Don't bring up the past.

    14. Share your knowledge. It's a way to achieve immortality.

    15. Be gentle with the earth.

    16. Once a year, go someplace you've never been before.

    17. Remember that the best relationship is one in which your love for each other exceeds your need for each other.

    18. Judge your success by what you had to give up in order to get it.

    19. Approach love and cooking with reckless abandon.


    Who you are makes a difference!

    A teacher in New York decided to honor each of her seniors in high school by telling them the difference they each made. She called each student to the front of the class, one at a time. First she told each of them how they had made a difference to her and the class. Then she presented each of them with a blue ribbon imprinted with gold letters which read, "Who I Am Makes a Difference." Afterwards the teacher decided to do a class project to see what kind of impact recognition would have on a community. She gave each of the students three more ribbons and instructed them to go out and spread this acknowledgment ceremony. Then they were to follow up on the results, see who honored whom and report back to the class in about a week.

    One of the boys in the class went to a junior executive in a nearby company and honored him for helping him with his career planning. He gave him a blue ribbon and put it on his shirt. Then he gave him two extra ribbons and said, "We're doing a class project on recognition, and we'd like you to go out, find somebody to honor, give them a blue ribbon, then give them the extra blue ribbon so they can acknowledge a third person to keep this acknowledgment ceremony going. Then please report back to me and tell me what happened."

    Later that day the junior executive went in to see his boss, who had been noted, by the way, as being kind of a grouchy fellow. He sat his boss down and he told him that he deeply admired him for being a creative genius. The boss seemed very surprised. The junior executive asked him if he would accept the gift of the blue ribbon and would he give him permission to put it on him. His surprised boss said, "Well, sure." The junior executive took the blue ribbon and placed it right on his boss's jacket above his heart. As he gave him the last extra ribbon, he said, "Would you do me a favor? Would you take this extra ribbon and pass it on by honoring somebody else? The young boy who first gave me the ribbons is doing a project in school and we want to keep this recognition ceremony going and find out how it affects people."

    That night the boss came home to his 14-year-old son and sat him down. He said, "The most incredible thing happened to me today. I was in my office and one of the junior executives came in and told me he admired me and gave me a blue ribbon for being a creative genius. Imagine. He thinks I'm a creative genius. Then he put this blue ribbon that says 'Who I Am Makes A Difference' on my jacket above my heart. He gave me an extra ribbon and asked me to find somebody else to honor. As I was driving home tonight, I started thinking about whom I would honor with this ribbon and I thought about you. I want to honor you. My days are really hectic and when I come home I don't pay a lot of attention to you. Sometimes I scream at you for not getting good enough grades in school and for your bedroom being a mess, but somehow tonight, I just wanted to sit here and, well, just let you know that you do make a difference to me. Besides your mother, you are the most important person in my life. You're a great kid and I love you!" The startled boy started to sob and sob, and he couldn't stop crying. His whole body shook. He looked up at his father and said through his tears, "I was planning on committing suicide tomorrow, Dad, because I didn't think you loved me. Now I know you care. This is the happiest day I’ve known." The boss went back to work a changed man. He was no longer a grouch but made sure to let all his employees know that they made a difference. The junior executive helped several other young people with career planning and never forgot to let them know that they made a difference in his life...one being the boss' son. And the young boy and his classmates learned a valuable lesson.


    On Monday

    This made me think how you need to enjoy every day, you don't know what tomorrow will bring.

    On Monday there were people fighting against praying in schools

    On Tuesday you would have been hard pressed to find a school where someone was not praying

    On Monday there were people were trying to separate each other by race, sex, color and creed

    On Tuesday they were all holding hands

    On Monday we thought that we were secure

    On Tuesday we learned better

    On Monday we were talking about heroes as being athletes

    On Tuesday we relearned what hero meant

    On Monday people went to work at the world trade centers as usual

    On Tuesday they died

    On Monday people were fighting the 10 commandments on government property

    On Tuesday the same people said 'God help us all' while thinking 'Thou shall not kill'

    On Monday people argued with their kids about picking up their room

    On Tuesday the same people could not get home fast enough to hug their kids

    On Monday people picked up McDonalds for dinner

    On Tuesday they stayed home

    On Monday people were upset that their dry cleaning was not ready on time

    On Tuesday they were lining up to give blood for the dying

    On Monday politicians argued about budget surpluses

    On Tuesday grief stricken they sang 'God Bless America'

    On Monday we worried about the traffic and getting to work late

    On Tuesday we worried about a plane crashing into your house or place of business

    On Monday we were irritated that our rebate checks had not arrived

    On Tuesday we saw people celebrating people dying in the USA

    On Monday some children had solid families

    On Tuesday they were orphans

    On Monday the president was going to Florida to read to children

    On Tuesday he returned to Washington to protect our children

    On Monday we emailed jokes

    On Tuesday we did not

    It is sadly ironic how it takes horrific events to place things into perspective, but it has. The lessons learned this week, the things we have taken for granted, the things that have been forgotten or overlooked, hopefully will never be forgotten again.


    Flight Attendants' Announcements


    All too rarely, airline attendants make an effort to make the in-flight "safety lecture" and their other announcements a bit more entertaining. Here are some real examples that have been heard or reported:

    [Thank God for Southwest. They make flying pleasant ALL the time.]


    From a Southwest Airlines employee: "Welcome aboard Southwest Flight XXX to YYY. To operate your seat belt, insert the metal tab into the buckle, and pull tight. It works just like every other seat belt; and, if you don't know how to operate one, you probably shouldn't be allowed out in public unsupervised."


    In the event of a sudden loss of cabin pressure, masks will descend from the ceiling. Stop screaming, grab the mask, and pull it over your face. If you have a small child traveling with you, secure your mask before assisting with theirs. If you are traveling with more than one small child, pick your favorite.


    Weather at our destination is 50 degrees with some broken clouds, but we'll try to have them fixed before we arrive. Thank you, and remember, nobody loves you, or your money, more than Southwest Airlines


    "Your seat cushions can be used for flotation; and, in the event of an emergency water landing, please paddle to shore and take them with our compliments."


    "Should the cabin lose pressure, oxygen masks will descend from the overhead area. Please place the bag over your own mouth and nose before assisting children ..... or other adults acting like children."


    "As you exit the plane, make sure to gather all of your belongings. Anything left behind will be distributed evenly among the flight attendants. Please do not leave children or spouses."


    And from the pilot during his welcome message: "Delta airlines is pleased to have some of the best flight attendants in the industry. Unfortunately, none of them are on this flight!"


    Heard on Southwest Airlines just after a very hard landing in Salt Lake City:

    The flight attendant came on the intercom and said, "That was quite a bump, and I know what y'all are thinking. I'm here to tell you it wasn't the airline's fault, it wasn't the pilot's fault, it wasn't the flight attendant's fault...it was ....... the asphalt!"


    On a Continental Flight with a very "senior" flight attendant crew, the pilot said, "Ladies and gentlemen, we've reached cruising altitude and will be turning down the cabin lights. This is for your comfort and to enhance the appearance of your flight attendants."


    On landing the stewardess said, "Please be sure to take all your belongings. If you're going to leave anything, please make sure it's something we'd like to have."


    "There may be 50 ways to leave your lover, but there are only 4 ways out of this airplane."


    "Thank you for flying Delta Business Express. We hope you enjoyed giving us the business as much as we enjoyed taking you for a ride."


    As the plane landed and was coming to a stop at Washington National, a lone voice came over the loudspeaker: "Whoa, big fella. WHOA!"


    After a particularly rough landing during thunderstorms in Memphis, a flight attendant on a Northwest flight announced, "Please take care when opening the overhead compartments because, after a landing like that, sure as hell, everything has shifted."


    Overheard on an American Airlines flight into Amarillo, Texas, on a particularly windy and bumpy day: During the final approach, the Captain was really having to fight it. After an extremely hard landing, the Flight Attendant said, "Ladies and Gentlemen, welcome to Amarillo. Please remain in your seats with your seat belts fastened while the Captain taxis what's left of our airplane to the gate"


    Another flight attendant's comment on a less than perfect landing:

    "We ask you to please remain seated as Captain Kangaroo bounces us to the terminal."


    An airline pilot wrote that on a particular flight, he had hammered his ship into the runway really hard. The airline has a policy which requires the first officer to stand at the door while the passengers exit, smile, and tell each one "Thanks for flying Southwest Airlines." In light of his bad landing, he had a hard time looking the passengers in the eye, thinking that someone would have a smart comment. Finally everyone had gotten off except for a elderly lady walking with a cane. She said, "Sonny, mind if I ask you a question?" "Why no Ma'am," said the pilot. "What is it?" The little old lady said, "Did we land or were we shot down?"


    After a real crusher of a landing in Phoenix, the Flight Attendant came on with, "Ladies and Gentlemen, please remain in your seats until Capt. Crash and the Crew have brought the aircraft to a screeching halt against the gate. And, once the tire smoke has cleared and the warning bells are silenced, we'll open the door and you can pick your way through the wreckage to the terminal."


    Part of a flight attendant's arrival announcement: "We'd like to thank you folks for flying with us today. And, the next time you get the insane urge to go blasting through the skies in a pressurized metal tube, we hope you'll think of US Airways."


    A plane was taking off from Kennedy Airport. After it reached a comfortable cruising altitude, the captain made an announcement over the intercom, "Ladies and gentlemen, this is your captain speaking. Welcome to Flight Number 293, nonstop from New York to Los Angeles. The weather ahead is good and, therefore, we should have a smooth and uneventful flight. Now sit back and relax.... OH, MY GOD!"

    Silence followed and after a few minutes, the captain came back on the intercom and said, "Ladies and Gentlemen, I am so sorry if I scared you earlier; but, while I was talking, the flight attendant brought me a cup of coffee and spilled the hot coffee in my lap. You should see the front of my pants!"

    A passenger in Coach yelled back, "That's nothing. You should see the back of mine!"


    On a Rope


    Eleven people were hanging on a rope under a helicopter, ten men and one woman. The rope was not strong enough to carry them all, so they decided that one has to drop off. Otherwise they were all going to fall. They were not able to choose that person, but then the woman made a very touching speech. She said that she would voluntarily let go of the rope, because as a woman she was used to giving up everything for her husband and kids, and for men in general, without ever getting anything in return. As soon as she finished her speech, all the men started clapping their hands...