July, August, September 2007
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CALIFORNIA IN 1850!!!!!
California became a state. The State had no electricity. The State had no money. Almost everyone spoke Spanish. There were gunfights in the streets. Basically, it was just like California today, except - - women had real boobs and the men didn’t hold hands.
OK. . I admit it . . this is just mean . . . but I still laughed. Four women were driving across the country. Each one was from a different state: Idaho, Nebraska, Florida and New York. Shortly after the trip began, the woman from Idaho started pulling potatoes from her bag and throwing them out the window. “What the heck are you doing?” demanded the Nebraskan. “We have so many of these darn things in Idaho, I am Just sick of looking at them!” A moment later, the gal from Nebraska began pulling ears of corn from her bag and tossing them from the window. “What are you doing that for?” asked the gal from Florida. “We have so many of these things in Nebraska, I am just sick of looking at them!” Inspired, the gal from Florida opened the car door and pushed the New Yorker out.
A SWEET LESSON IN HUMANITY
Years ago, a 10-year old boy approached the counter of a soda shop and climbed on the stool. “What does an ice cream sundae cost?” he asked the waitress. “Fifty cents,” she answered. The youngster reached deep in his pockets and pulled out an assortment of change, counting it carefully as the waitress grew impatient. She had “bigger” customers to wait on. “Well, how much would just plain ice cream be?” the boy asked. The waitress responded with noticeable irritation in her voice, “Thirty-five cents.” Again, the boy slowly counted his money. “May I have some plain ice cream in a dish then, please?” He gave the waitress the correct amount, and she brought him the ice cream. Later, the waitress returned to clear the boy’s dish and when she picked it up, she felt a lump in her throat. There on the counter the boy had left two nickels and five pennies. She realized that he had had enough money for the sundae, but sacrificed it so that he could leave a tip.
The moral: Before passing judgment, first treat others with courtesy, dignity, and respect.
QUOTES. . . . . .
Education is when you read the fine print. Experience is what you get if you don’t. Pete Seeger Singer and Composer I have never seen a monument erected to a pessimist. Paul Harvey Radio Commentator If all I’m remembered for is being a good basketball player, then I’ve done a bad job with the rest of my life. Isiah Thomas Professional Basketball Player Success isn’t permanent, and failure isn’t fatal. Mike Ditka Professional Football Coach
Several men are in the locker room of a golf club. A cell phone on a bench rings and a man engages the hands-free speaker-function and begins to talk. Everyone in the room stops to listen. Man: “Hello.” Woman: “Honey it’s me. Are you at the club?’ Man: “Yes” Women: “I’m at the mall now and found this beautiful leather coat. It’s only $1,000. Is it OK if I buy it?” Man: “Sure, go ahead if you like it that much.” Woman: “I also stopped by the Mercedes dealership and saw the new 2007 models. I saw one I really liked.” Man: “How much?” Woman: “$65,000.” Man: “OK, but for that price I want it with all the options.” Woman: “Great, and one more thing. The house we wanted last year is back on the market. They’re asking $950,000.” Man: “Well go ahead and give then an offer, but start at $900,000. Women: “OK, I’ll see you later. I love you!” Man: Bye, I love you, too.” The man hangs up. The other men in the locker room are looking at him in astonishment. Then he smiles and asks: “Anyone know whose cell phone this is?”
Why is bubble gum pink?
If you’re the kind of person who ponders the great questions in life, (Who am I? Where did I come from? What am I doing here? And why is bubble gum pink?) You’ll enjoy chomping into some gum trivia. Here are some fun facts about chewing gum provided by the National Association of Chewing Gum Manufacturers: The first patent for chewing gum was issued to a Vernon, Ohio dentist named William F. Semple. William Wrigley Jr. was a pioneer in branding and promoting goods through advertising in the early 1900s. His spearmint gum became a best seller. U.S. military personnel popularized chewing gum during World War II by giving it away as gifts in Europe. Cinnamon, spearmint and peppermint are some of the most popular flavors of gum today. Bubble gum cards were first issued in the 1930’s Pictures varied widely, from war heroes, figures of the Wild West and professional athletes. The Topps Company became famous for offering baseball cards in packs of gum and sponsoring bubble-blowing contests for players. The largest bubble-gum bubble ever blown was 23 inches in diameter. It was blown in 1994 by Susan Montgomery Williams in Fresno, Calif. You can remove gum that is stuck in hair using peanut butter. It helps disperse the gum from the strands of hair. Kids in North America spend about half a billion dollars every year on chewing gum. And, finally, bubble gum is pink because it was the only color the inventor had left at the time of invention. The color was accepted or “stuck,” if you will, and today bubble gum is still traditionally pink.
Wisdom Before you speak, listen. Before you write, think. Before you spend, earn. Before you invest, investigate Before you criticize, wait. Before you pray, forgive. Before you quit, try. Before you retire, save. Before you die, give
William Arthur Ward
Happiness The U. S. Constitution doesn’t guarantee happiness, only the pursuit of it. You have to catch up with it yourself.
Worry How much pain they have cost us, the evils which have never happened?
SECRET SERVICE CODENAMES
Presidents and First Ladies Dwight Eisenhower – Scorecard John F. Kennedy – Lancer Jackie was Lace Lyndon Johnson – Volunteer Lady Bird was Victoria Richard Nixon – Searchlight Gerald Ford – Pass Key Betty was Pinafore Jimmy Carter – Deacon Rosalynn was Dancer Ronald Reagan – Rawhide Nancy was Rainbow George Bush – Timberwolf Barbara was Tranquility Bill Clinton – Eagle Hillary was Evergreen George W. Bush – Trailblazer Presidential Candidates Al Gore, Jr. – Sundance John Kerry – Minuteman Barack Obama – Renegade Other Individuals Queen Elizabeth II – Kittyhawk Prince Charles – Unicorn Frank Sinatra – Napoleon Henry Kissinger – Woodcutter Pope John Paul II – Halo Fictional From the West Wing President Jed Bartlet – Eagle/Liberty Zoey Bartlet – Bookbag C. J. Cregg – Flamingo Sam Seaborn – Princeton Gus Westin – Tonka
Odds & Ends
You never see a fish on the wall with its mouth shut!!!!!!! Never go to doctor whose office plants have died!!!!! Our fathers teach us what we should become; our mothers teach us what we are.
Some people are so busy learning the tricks of the trade, they never learn the trade.
Children really brighten up the household. They never turn the lights off.
The quieter you become, the more you can hear. The famous detective, Sherlock Holmes and his friend, Dr. Watson, once went on a camping trip. They pitched a tent, went fishing, ate their dinner and prepared for bed. As they lay down for the night Holmes said: “Watson, look up into the sky and tell me what you see.” Watson replied, “I see millions and millions of stars.” “And what does that tell you?” Watson, knowing his friend’s amazing power of observation and deduction, thought carefully before answering. “Astronomically, it tells me that there are millions of galaxies and potentially billions of planets,” he said “Theologically, it tells me that god is great and we are small. Meteorologically, it tells me that we will have a beautiful day tomorrow. What does it tell you, Holmes?” Holmes answered calmly, “Watson, old friend, it tells me that somebody has stolen our tent.”
FOURTH OF JULY FACTS
On this day in 1776, the Declaration of Independence was approved by the continental Congress, starting the 13 colonies on the road to freedom as a sovereign nation. As always, this most American of holidays will be marked by parades, fireworks and backyard barbecues across the country. In July 1776 the number of people living in the colonies. (1776 population from Historical Statistics of the United States) 2.5 Million On this July 4th, the population milestone our nation soon will be closing in on 300 Million Number of Hot Dogs (all varieties) expected to be consumed on Fourth of July Cookouts. 150 Million Number of Americans who said they have taken part in a barbecue during the previous year. 68 Million The value of fireworks imported from China 201.9 Million Number of U.S. flags flown over the U.S. Capitol last year at the request of House and Senate members. On July 4 alone, 1,200 were flown at our nation’s capitol. 125,000