Tuesday, October 2, 2007

Beautiful East Tennessee

We are fortunate to live so close to the Great Smoky Mountains. The picture I posted today is one I took maybe 15-20 years ago, long before digital cameras. (Click on the picture for a larger view.) It was taken from the trail leading up to Clingman's Dome. The lake you see is beautiful Fontana Lake, which is part of TVA reservoir system. Some interesting links are listed below:

Quote of the Day
"It is not a lack of love,
but a lack of friendship that makes unhappy marriages."

~Friedrich Nietzsche

Joke of the Day
A local charity realized that it had never received a donation from the town's most successful lawyer. The volunteer in charge of contributions called him to persuade him to contribute. "Our research shows that out of a yearly income of more than $600,000 you give not a penny to charity. Wouldn't you like to give back to the community in some way?"

The lawyer mulled this over for a moment and replied, "First, Did your research also show that my mother is dying after a long illness, and has medical bills that are several times her annual income?"

Embarrassed, the volunteer mumbled, "Um... No."

"Second, that my brother, a disabled veteran, is blind and confined to a wheelchair?"

The stricken volunteer began to stammer out an apology but was cut off.

"Third, that my sister's husband died in a traffic accident," the lawyer's voice rising in indignation, "Leaving her penniless with three children!"

The volunteer, completely beaten, said simply, "I had no idea..."

On a roll, the lawyer cut him off once again, "...And I don't give any money to them, so why should I give any to you?"

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