Friday, February 29, 2008

Duct Tape, etc.

Useful Products
What is the most useful product that has been invented? I don't know for sure... but I have two favorites: WD40 and Duct Tape.

I don't know about you but I wouldn't be without either one. Check out the uses for both products at these links:

Do you have any interesting uses for these products? If so, send me an email. I've used duct tape for lots of different uses: a temporary bandage, to get lint or dog hairs off my clothes, etc.

Did you ever here Duct Tape referred to as Duck Tape. I learned that there is a brand of duct tape called Duck Tape. Check the company out here: Duck Products. It reminded me of a cartoon I saw once. I can't remember if it was Far Side or Close to Home. The cartoon was titled, "The Horrible Secret of Duck Tape". It showed a machine whose output was rolls of duck tape, but at the front end of the machine was a hopper where real ducks were going into the process.

Duck tape is really duct tape, and it has nothing to do with real ducks.

Look at these before and after pictures of a sofa. It was is pretty bad shape, but after covering it with Duct tape it looks pretty good. Ha!

Before and After

Research Report

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Quote of the Day
No one can whistle a symphony.
It takes a whole orchestra to play it.
~ H.E. Luccock

Jokes of the Day

The was a farmer who raised watermelons. He was doing pretty well but he was disturbed by some local kids who would sneak into his watermelon patch at night and eat watermelons. . .

After some careful thought he came up with a clever idea that he thought would scare the kids away for sure. So he made up a sign and posted it in the field. The next day the kids showed up and they saw his sign: "Warning, one of the watermelons in this field has been injected with cyanide."

Well the kids were bright and not about to risk another watermelon. They ran off, made up their own sign and posted it next to the sign that the farmer made.

The next day the farmer showed up to look over the field and he noticed to his delight that no watermelons are missing. He was perplexed, however, by a sign next to his. He drove his tractor up to the sign which read: "Now there are two!"

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Thursday, February 28, 2008

Going Back in Time

I have another old picture today. This one is truly out of the attic. There's a girl, a boy, and a man. The girl is my sister, Mary. The boy is yours truly, and the man is Peter Hunter. The picture was outside our home on Mayflower Road in Knoxville, Tennessee. That's where we used to live. Mr. Peter Hunter was one of our preachers.

Once I was with my Dad, Peter, and some others, they asked me if I knew where I was. We were on some old country road with curves in the middle of nowhere. I was quite a boy, I said, "Yes, I know where we are. We're right here!" (I was bright, huh?)

Another one of our preachers was around our home perhaps a few years prior to this. His name was Eddie Armstrong, a nice Irishman. I was very young, and he bounced me on his knee, and asked me, "Wee Jimmy, are you my little Irishman?"

Everyone else in room exploded with laughter when I said, "No, I'm a good boy." Now I don't remember that, but I have been reminded of it many, many times through the years.

Quote of the Day
A taxpayer voting for a democrat
is like a chicken voting for Col. Sanders
~ Author Unknown

Joke of the Day

A photographer, who was also a confirmed atheist, decided to go into the woods to get photos of the fall foliage.

It was a beautiful day....fall colors, birds chirping, babbling brook, and a gentle breeze rustling the leaves.

While snapping shots, the atheist heard a noise behind him, and whirled around to see a huge bear coming through the bushes. He dropped his camera and ran. And kept running....... and looking behind him, he noticed the bear was gaining on him. He was so scared that tears came to his eyes. He ran faster, but the bear was closing in on him. He ran faster yet, and tripped over a root. Rolling over onto his back, the atheist saw the bear rise to his full height and raise a huge paw...... and the atheist cried out, "Oh, God, no!"

And everything stopped. The birds stopped chirping. The brook stopped babbling. The gentle breeze stopped. And the bear froze with his paw in the air. And the atheist heard a booming voice say, "Young man. For years you doubted my very existence, but now that your life is in peril you call my name to help you. Why should I do so?"

And the atheist thought for a moment, and said, "Yes, you are right. If you are God, then it would be hypocritical of me to become a Christian at this point in my life. But, do you think that you could at least make the bear a Christian for today?" And the booming voice was quiet for a moment and then said, "Done."

And everything started again. The birds chirping, brook babbling, and gentle breeze rustling the leaves. And the bear slowly lowered his paw.

And the bear put his paws together, and bowed his massive head and said, "Dear Lord, please bless this food we are about to eat."

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Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Mystery Man

Here's picture of a man I know very well. I would guess this picture was taken in the late 1960s or early 1970s. As a good friend of mind would say, "He's easy on the eyes." I wonder if you know who he is? If you don't know, you can find out by looking at the end of this blog.


Look at this picture on the left, and tell me if you think anyone is that stupid. I don't think so. I think that was a staged picture. It has to be. Nobody would do what they are doing if they had their right mind.

Quote of the Day
“Tomorrow is the most important thing in life.
Comes into us at midnight very clean.
It's perfect when it arrives and it puts itself in our hands.
It hopes we've learned something from yesterday.”
~ John Wayne

PS- I don't agree with John Wayne on this. I think today is more important than tomorrow.

Jokes of the Day

A guy was sitting quietly reading his paper when his wife walked up behind him and whacked him on the head with a magazine.

"What was that for?" he asked.

"That was for the piece of paper in your pants pocket with the name Mary Lou written on it," she replied.

"Two weeks ago when I went to the races, Mary Lou was the name of one of the horses I bet on," he explained.

"Oh honey, I'm sorry," she said. "I should have known there was a good explanation."

Three days later he was watching a ballgame on TV when she walked up and hit him in the head again, this time with the iron skillet, which knocked him out cold. When he came to, he asked, "What in the world was that for?"

She replied, "Your horse called."

The mystery man is my Dad, Ray F. White. Check him out today on his Tomato Garden Journal. He's a Champ!

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Tuesday, February 26, 2008

A Funny Prank

I came across something else very, very funny. It's called the ugly baby prank. I think you'll get a good laugh or two out of this...

Do you realize the power of punctuation. Just look at this example...

An English professor wrote the words, "A woman without her man is nothing", on the chalkboard and asked his students to punctuate it correctly.

All the males in the class wrote:

"A woman, without her man, is nothing."

All the females in the class wrote:

"A woman: without her, man is nothing."

Punctuation is powerful!

Yes, indeed, punctuation is powerful. It reminds me of the power of voice inflection, or where we put our emphasis when we speak. I'll always remember the sentence used in a Dale Carnegie course to illustrate this. The sentence was:

"I never said she stole money."

It amazing that you can make that sentence have six different meanings by where you place the emphasis.

When we speak, it's not only the words we say, but it's how we say them that are important. And let's not forget the power of body language. May we always communicate with kind words and actions.

Quote of the Day
Blessed are those who can give without remembering,
and take without forgetting.
~ Author Unknown

Jokes of the Day

A woman was shopping at her local supermarket where she had selected the following items: A half-gallon of 2% milk, A half carton of eggs, A quart of orange juice, A small head of romaine lettuce, A 2-pound can of coffee, And a 1-pound package of bacon.

As she was unloading her items on the conveyor belt to check out, a drunk standing behind her watched as she placed the items in front of the cashier.

While the cashier was ringing up her purchases, the drunk calmly stated, "You must be single."

The woman was a bit startled by this proclamation, but she was intrigued by the derelict's intuition, since she was indeed single. She looked at her six items on the belt and saw nothing particularly unusual about her selections that could have tipped off the drunk to her marital status.

Curiosity getting the better of her, she said "Well, you know what, you're absolutely correct. But how on earth did you know that?"

The drunk replied, "'Cause you're ugly."

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Monday, February 25, 2008

Funny Country Music Song

This is one of the funniest songs I have ever heard. I hope you will get some good laughs out of it. The video clip starts out with Aaron Wilburn talking about some real funny country song titles. all leading up to the one he sings in this YouTube video...

Did you catch all those song titles he mentioned. If not I wrote them down for you here:
  • How can I miss you when you won't go away.
  • If the phone doesn't ring you'll know it's me.
  • When you leave walk out backwards so I'll think you're walkin' in.
  • If I had shot you when I wanted to, I'd be out by now.
  • If you won't leave me alone, I'll find someone who will.
  • I'm so miserable without you, it's almost like having you here.
  • I'm sorry I made you cry but at least your face is cleaner.
  • Take me out to the cornfield honey, and I'll kiss you between the ears.
  • The oil is all in Texas, but the dipsticks are all in DC.
I hope you enjoyed that.

Have a Great Week, and Remember to:

Live simply.
Love generously.
Care deeply.
Speak kindly.
Leave the rest to God!

Quote of the Day
“The clock of life is wound but once,
And no man has the power
To tell just when the hands will stop,
At late or early hour.

Now is the only time you own.
Live, love, toil with a will.
Place no faith in time.
For the clock may soon be still.”

~ Author Unknown

Jokes of the Day

A passenger in a taxi tapped the driver on the shoulder to ask him something. The driver screamed, lost control of the cab, nearly hit a bus, drove up over the curb and stopped just inches from a large plate glass window. For a few moments everything was silent in the cab, then the driver said, "Please, don't ever do that again. You scared the daylights out of me."

The passenger, who was also frightened, apologized and said he didn't realize that a tap on the shoulder could frighten him so much, to which the driver replied, "I'm sorry, it's really not your fault at all. Today is my first day driving a cab, I have been driving a hearse for the last 25 years."

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Saturday, February 23, 2008

Fun with Lego

Kevin, my son, was in Florida last week on a business trip. While there he visited the Lego store and snapped this picture. The people and dogs are all made of the Lego building blocks. Isn't it amazing what they can do with Lego.

Both Kara and Zachary love playing with the Lego building blocks. Here's a picture of Zachary and Beverly playing with the Lego blocks. I think Beverly enjoyed it as much as Zachary. Look at all the interesting things they made.

When I was a boy, we had Lincoln Logs. I don't think plastic had been invented yet. Ha!
I do remember going to town with my Mother. Sometimes she would buy me a toy. I do remember to look closely at the toys and see where they were made. If they said "Made in Japan" I definitely did not let Mom buy it for me, because I knew it was JUNK. But that was in the late 1940's and early 1950's. My how things have changed. Now when we see "Made in Japan" it is a sign of QUALITY!


Quote of the Day

A positive attitude may not solve all your problems,
but it will annoy enough people to make it worth the effort.
~ Herm Albright

Joke of the Day

A couple of Alabama hunters are out in the woods when one of them falls to the ground. He doesn’t seem to be breathing, his eyes are rolled back in his head.

The other guy whips out his cell phone and calls the emergency services. He gasps to the operator: “My friend is dead! What can I do?”

The operator, in a calm, soothing voice, says: “Just take it easy. I can help. First, let’s make sure he’s dead.”

There is a silence, then a shot is heard. The guy’s voice comes back on the line. He says: “Okay, now what?”

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Friday, February 22, 2008

Mona Lisa

It is highly probable that you have Microsoft Paint Program on your computer. Are you aware of the program's capability? Probably not, I sure wasn't... UNTIL I saw the following video. Here you can see in 5 minutes what the artist did in 2 1/2 hours. It's absolutely amazing!

Quote of the Day
The sure way of getting nothing from something.
~ Wilson Mizner

Jokes of the Day

Marriage is a relationship in which one person is always right, and the other is a husband.
A woman came home, screeching her car into the driveway, and ran into the house. She slammed the door and shouted at the top of her lungs, "Honey, pack your bags. I won the lottery!" The husband said, "Oh my Goodness! What should I pack, beach stuff or mountain stuff?" "Doesn't matter," she said. "Just get the heck out."

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Thursday, February 21, 2008

First Kiss

I like a good joke and a hearty laugh. I think it's good for you. My Dad has recently mentioned the following in his Tomato Garden Journal:

You don't stop laughing because you grow old,
You grow old because you stop laughing.

I think there's some truth in that. What do yo think?

I liked this and I thought you would like it too!

It's your First Kiss and several questions might come to mind:
Is it the right time? Is anyone watching? Does your partner even want to? Is your breath fresh? AND,---Should you use some tongue? Then you say . . . 'What the heck!' and Just Go for it!!!


Quote of the Day
Leave sooner, drive slower, live longer.
~ Author Unknown

Joke of the Day

A wife was making a breakfast of fried eggs for her husband. Suddenly, her husband burst into the kitchen.

"Careful," he said, "CAREFUL! Put in some more butter! Oh my GOODNESS! You're cooking too many at once. TOO MANY! Turn them! TURN THEM NOW! We need more butter. Oh my GOODNESS! WHERE are we going to get MORE BUTTER? They're going to STICK! Careful...CAREFUL! I said be CAREFUL! You NEVER listen to me when you're cooking! Never! Turn them! Hurry up! Are you CRAZY? Have you LOST your mind? Don't forget to salt them. You know you always forget to salt them. Use the salt. USE THE SALT! THE SALT!!! THE SALT!!!"

The wife stared at him. "What in the world is wrong with you? You think I don't know how to fry a couple of eggs?"

The husband calmly replied, "I wanted to show you what it feels like when I'm driving."

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Wednesday, February 20, 2008


My wife came from Kentucky. We met in Lexington in 1960 at one of our church conventions. It was love from the beginning. After we met I made many trips to Kentucky to visit her in Pellville, KY. This picture shows one of the reasons I liked her. What is they say about Kentucky, "Pretty girls and fast horses", or is it "Fast girls and pretty horses"?

This was back in the days before interstate highways, so I took a map and drew a straight line from Knoxville to Pellville. Then on my first trip I took all the roads that were close to the line. I had an interesting trip to be sure. I went through places I never knew existed. One little place I went through was Rugby, Tennessee. Such an interesting place with unique architecture. Later I learned it was a British community founded in the 1800's. If you have an interest you should Google "Rugby, Tennessee" and learn about it. I would like to go back there some day.

I remember on one trip to Kentucky that my car overheated in Glasgow, Kentucky. I needed some radiator work. I had just enough money for gas, and credit cards did not exist in those days (Maybe they did exist, I just didn't know about them). So I worked out a deal, the shop repaired my radiator, and I gave them my wrist watch to hold until the return trip. I borrowed money from Beverly, and repaid the shop when I picked up my watch on the return trip. Life was different in those days!

More About Kentucky
For those of you who don't live in Kentucky, and think Kentuckians are a bunch of uncivilized ruffians, well, It is just not true! In fact, they have ladies groups that meet regularly to discuss current events, and develop needed home-skills. Here is a photo taken at a recent "Just Say NO to Hillary" Ladies group meeting in Nicholasville....

The above was sent to my by a good friend! A good joke!

Tonight-A Lunar Eclipse
You might want to stay up a little later tonight to observe a total lunar eclipse. It will start at 10 PM Eastern time and last 52 minutes. Click here for more information:

Quote of the Day
If you have time to whine and complain about something
then you have the time to do something about it.
~ Anthony J. D'Angelo

Joke of the Day

Ron and Edna were both patients in a mental hospital. One day while they were walking past the hospital swimming pool, Ron suddenly jumped into the deep end. He sank to the bottom of the pool and stayed there.

Edna promptly jumped in to save him. She swam to the bottom and pulled Ron out.

When the Head Nurse Director became aware of Edna's heroic act, she immediately ordered her to be discharged from the hospital, as she now considered her to be mentally stable.

When she went to tell Edna the news she said, 'Edna, I have good news and bad news.

The good news is you're being discharged; since you were able to rationally respond to a crisis by jumping in and saving the life of another patient, I have concluded that your act displays sound mindedness.

The bad news is, Ron, the patient you saved, hung himself in the bathroom with his bathrobe belt right after you saved him.

I am so sorry, but he's dead.'

Edna replied, 'He didn't hang himself, I put him there to dry.

How soon can I go home?'

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Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Yankee or Dixie

You might want to score yourself if you plan on visiting the South to see if you will fit in. I found a website where you can check your dialect and see where you fit. Or, maybe you'll learn that you've crossed over to the the other side. If your score is 0% you are 100% Yankee. If your score is 100% you're pure Dixie. Click on the link below:

I scored 74% Dixie.

Just wondering? Anybody out there ever heard the expression, "Big possum travels late at night."?

Finger Painting
Check out the following video to see how this guy paints his hand(s) to look like animal and birds. It's quite amazing and the eyes are always so realistic.

Quote of the Day
The purpose of life is a life of purpose.
~ Robert Byrne

Joke of the Day

George W. Bush was visiting an elementary school, and the 4th grade class he sat through began a discussion related to words and their meanings.

The teacher asked the President if he would like to lead the class in a discussion of the word “tragedy.” So, George W. asked the class for an example of a tragedy.

One boy stood up and said, “If my best friend who lives next door is playing in the street and a car comes along and runs him over, that would be a tragedy.”

“No,” said Bush, “that would be an accident.”

A girl raised her hand and said, “If a school bus carrying 50 children drove off a cliff, killing everyone on board, that would be a tragedy.”

“I’m afraid not,” the President said. “That’s what we would call a Great Loss.”

The room went silent. No other children volunteered. President Bush searched the room and asked, “Isn’t there someone here who can give me an example of a tragedy?”

Finally, way in the back of the room, Johnny raised his hand, and in a quiet voice, he said, “If Air Force One, carrying Mr. and Mrs. Bush, was struck by a missile and blown up to smithereens, THAT would be a tragedy.”

“That’s right! And can you tell me WHY that would be a tragedy?” asked the President.

“Well,” Johnny said, “because it wouldn’t be an accident and it sure as heck wouldn’t be a Great Loss…”

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Monday, February 18, 2008

President's Day

As you know, today is President's Day. A good time for us to be thankful for all those presidents that we have had that helped our nation survive and become strong. We appreciate the service of those that have put our nation above personal ambition, and did what was right for the USA. If you want to learn more about President's Day, check out the following links:

Zachary's Basketball Game
Zachary had another good basketball game on Saturday. I put this little movie together to show part of the game. It's only lasts about 2 minutes.

Quotes of the Day
George Washington is one of the beacons
placed at intervals along the highroad of history.
~ Orestes Ferrara

Abraham Lincoln needs no marble shaft to perpetuate his name;
his words are the most enduring monument,
and will forever live in the hearts of the people.
~ Osborn H. Oldroyd

Joke of the Day

A blonde and a lawyer are seated next to each other on a flight from LA to NY. The lawyer asks if she would like to play a fun game? The blonde, tired, just wants to take a nap, politely declines and rolls over to the window to catch a few winks. The lawyer persists and explains that the game is easy and a lot of fun. He explains, "I ask you a question, and if you don't know the answer, you pay me $5.00, and vise versa."

Again, she declines and tries to get some sleep.

The lawyer, now agitated, says, "Okay, if you don't know the answer you pay me $5.00, and if I don't know the answer, I will pay you $500.00."

This catches the blonde's attention and, figuring there will be no end to this torment unless she plays, agrees to the game.

The lawyer asks the first question. "What's the distance from the earth to the moon?"

The blonde doesn't say a word, reaches into her purse, pulls out a $5.00 bill and hands it to the lawyer. "Okay," says the lawyer, "your turn".

She asks the lawyer, "What goes up a hill with three legs and comes down with four legs?"

The lawyer, puzzled, takes out his laptop computer and searches all his references, no answer. He taps into the air phone with his modem and searches the net and the library of congress, no answer. Frustrated, he sends e-mail to all his friends and coworkers, to no avail. After an hour, he wakes the blonde, and hands her $500.00.

The blonde says, "Thank you," and turns back to get some more sleep.

The lawyer, who is more than a little miffed, wakes the blonde and asks, "Well, what's the answer?"

Without a word, the blonde reaches into her purse, hands the lawyer $5.00, and goes back to sleep.

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Saturday, February 16, 2008

Tech Support From Afar

A good friend sent me the following about technical support the other day. I thought you would like to see it too. We've all had nightmare experiences with tech support from India or somewhere. You have a hard time understanding them, and they can't understand you. You have a problem, and you're very frustrated. I think you and I both were talking to Mujibar! Read on...
Mujibar was trying to get a job in India.

The Personnel Manager said, "Mujibar, you have passed all the tests, except one. Unless you pass it, you cannot qualify for this job."

Mujibar said, "I am ready."

The manager said, "Make a sentence using the words Yellow, Pink and Green."

Mujibar thought for a few minutes and said, "Mister manager, I am ready"

The manager said, "Go ahead."

Mujibar said, "The telephone goes green, green, and I pink it up, and say, 'Yellow ', this is Mujibar."

Mujibar now works at a call center.

No doubt you have spoken to him. I know I have.

Here's his picture. I think the bicycle generates power for the laptop.

Quote of the Day
Nothing makes a fish bigger than almost being caught.
~Author Unknown

Joke of the Day

When Fishermen Meet
Such an interesting conversation!


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Friday, February 15, 2008

Scoreboard Info

I'm changing my exercise points on my scoreboard. I'm giving 1 point each 30 minutes of cardio exercise and and 1 point for each session with the weights. At the present time, here's my weekly routine:

  • Monday, Wednesday, Friday: Weight Session & 30 Minutes Cardio = 2 points/day = 6 points/week
  • Tuesday, Thursday: 1 hour cardio = 2 points/day = 4 points/week
  • Weekly Goal = 10 points Week

Here's a look a my weight chart which I do in Excel. It looks pretty good so far, but it will get tougher. I hope I don't go over the line!
As of 2/15/2008 I'm finishing my sixth week of my New Year's Resolution.
I've lost 16 pounds.
I have done all the exercise I had planned: 60 Points.
I'm Happy.

How to Hang Wallpaper

Wallpaper used to be something you pasted on the walls inside your house. Now when you say wallpaper, it has another meaning. And that is what I am talking about here--the wallpaper that is the background on you computer.

I like pretty wallpaper for my computer. Just a few days ago I found a site where you can get wallpaper for FREE from

According to the site, "The HDR wallpaper images are created by taking multiple shots exposed for the highlights, mid-tones and shadows separately and then merged into a single image. This process results in incredibly vivid images." The two pictures shown today should give you an idea of color and quality their wallpaper. Click on the pictures for a larger view.

How Can You Make Wallpaper From the Pictures in PowerPoint Slide Shows?
You may have some beautiful pictures that you would like to use for wallpaper in some of your slide shows. Most PowerPoint slide shows have the "pps" suffix (that means it is a PowerPoint Show file). These files run automatically and do not give the opportunity to edit or make changes to the file.

If you have the PowerPoint program on your computer you can open a "pps" file, make changes, and save all (or some) of the slides as "jpg" files. The "jpg" files you generate can be used as wallpaper. If you don't have the PowerPoint program, you'll have to get someone to help you who has the program.

You do this by starting the PowerPoint program. Then you open the "pps" file. After it is open in PowerPoint you can browse each slide and edit if you wish. When you find a slide you want to convert to "jpg", go to the "Save As" command and select "JPEG File ...". Then you will be given an option to save the "Current Slide Only" or "Every Slide". After you click, the "jpg" file(s) will be generated on your computer in the location you selected.

You can put your "jpg" wallpaper is a folder, then go to the control panels to change your wallpaper.

Try it, it's easy. If you need help, just contact me.

You can find some beautiful slides to convert to wallpaper by downloading some of the slide shows from My Favorite Slideshows.
Here's an interesting picture a friend sent me.I get dizzy looking at it. Ha!

Quote of the Day
Real knowledge is to know the extent of one's ignorance.

Joke of the Day

The devil visited a lawyer's office and made him an offer. "I can arrange some things for you, " the devil said. "I'll increase your income five-fold. Your partners will love you; your clients will respect you; you'll have four months of vacation each year and live to be a hundred. All I require in return is that your wife's soul, your children's souls, and their children's souls rot in hell for eternity."

The lawyer thought for a moment. "What's the catch?" he asked.

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Thursday, February 14, 2008

Happy Valentine's Day

According to Wilipedia, "Valentine's Day is a holiday celebrated on February 14. It is the traditional day on which lovers express their love for each other; sending Valentine's cards, or offering candy. It is very common to present flowers on Valentine's Day. The holiday is named after two among the numerous Early Christian martyrs named Valentine. The day became associated with romantic love in the circle of Geoffrey Chaucer in High Middle Ages, when the tradition of courtly love flourished."

Click here for more Valentine's Day Info. Here's my greeting to you!

I dedicate this blog today to all the girls that I love. Life would not be worth living without having you all in my life. Thanks, to

  • Beverly, my dear wife who is the most wonderful person in the world.
  • Bethany, my daughter, so brilliant, who grew up way too fast.
  • Mary, my sweet and loving sister, who's caring ways remind me of my Mom.
  • Mandy, my married granddaughter, who brings cheer where ever she goes.
  • Kara, my other granddaughter, who is full of fun and lights my life.
  • Sylvia, my daughter-in-law and Mandy's Mom, who raised a wonderful daughter.
  • Leslie, my daughter-in-law and Kara's Mom, who is a wonderful mother.
  • And I couldn't forget my Aunts, Cousins and many dear friends throughout the world.
  • Nor could I forget the newest girl in my life, Jade, who has been living with us the past 7 months.
I want each of you to
Be My Valentine


Quote of the Day
Anyone can catch your eye,
but it takes someone special to catch your heart.
~Author Unknown

Love is a symbol of eternity.
It wipes out all sense of time,
destroying all memory of a beginning
and all fear of an end.
~Author Unknown

Joke of the Day

A tourist wanders into a back-alley antique shop in San Francisco's Chinatown. Picking through the objects on display he discovers a detailed, life-sized bronze sculpture of a rat. The sculpture is so interesting and unique that he picks it up and asks the shop owner what it costs.

"Twelve dollars for the rat, sir," says the shop owner, "and a thousand dollars more for the story behind it."

"You can keep the story, old man," he replies, "but I'll take the rat."

The transaction complete, the tourist leaves the store with the bronze rat under his arm. As he crosses the street in front of the store, two live rats emerge from a sewer drain and fall into step behind him. Nervously looking over his shoulder, he begins to walk faster, but every time he passes another sewer drain, more rats come out and follow him. By the time he's walked two blocks, at least a hundred rats are at his heels, and people begin to point and shout. He walks even faster, and soon breaks into a trot as multitudes of rats swarm from sewers, basements, vacant lots, and abandoned cars. Rats by the thousands are at his heels, and as he sees the waterfront at the bottom of the hill, he panics and starts to run full tilt.

No matter how fast he runs, the rats keep up, squealing hideously, now not just thousands but millions, so that by the time he comes rushing up to the water's edge a trail of rats twelve city blocks long is behind him. Making a mighty leap, he jumps up onto a light post, grasping it with one arm while he hurls the bronze rat into San Francisco Bay with the other, as far as he can heave it. Pulling his legs up and clinging to the light post, he watches in amazement as the seething tide of rats surges over the breakwater into the sea, where they drown.

Shaken and mumbling, he makes his way back to the antique shop.

"Ah, so you've come back for the rest of the story," says the owner.

"No," says the tourist, "I was wondering if you have a bronze lawyer."

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Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Foul Shots

Last Saturday Zachary had another basketball game. Once when he was shooting he got fouled. So he went to the line to shoot two shots. Tennessee Granddaddy got it captured on his Canon PowerShot S1IS. Zachary did great! He hit both of his shots. If you like you can watch it here:

It's A Hoot, Maybe?
The other night while playing some games with some of our friends, we heard some "hoots". Is it possible that we have a hoot owl as a new neighbor? Anyone have any advice for how we can learn about our new friend?


Quote of the Day
Politics, it seems to me, for years, or all too long,
has been concerned with right or left instead of right or wrong.
~Richard Armour

Joke of the Day

A lawyer and an engineer were fishing in the Caribbean. The lawyer said, "I am here because my house burned down and everything I owned was burned. The insurance company paid for everything."

"That is quite a coincidence," said the engineer, "I am here because my house and all my belongings were destroyed by a flood, and my insurance company also paid for everything."

The lawyer looked somewhat confused and asked, "how do you start a flood?"

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Tuesday, February 12, 2008

New Slide Shows

I've added 3 new slide shows to
My Favorite Slide Show Web Page
Today I'm showing a sample picture from each of the three slide shows.

The first one shows the The Thousand Islands which are a chain of islands that straddle the U.S-Canada border in the Saint Lawrence River as it emerges from the northeast corner of Lake Ontario. The islands stretch for about 50 miles downstream from Kingston, Ontario.

The second one shows some absolutely beautiful night time photographs of some of the most beautiful cities in the world.

And last but not least, is a slide show presenting the 2007 Award for the Best Pictures on the Internet. In the process of looking at this slide show led me to learn about a web site that contains some beautiful photography: This is a site you'll want to check out.

Quote of the Day
Remember, if you’re headed in the wrong direction,
God allows U-turns!
~Allison Gappa Bottke

Joke of the Day

Bubba's sister is pregnant and is in a bad car accident.

She falls into a deep coma. After nearly six months, she awakens and sees that she is no longer pregnant. Frantically, she asks the doctor about her baby.

The doctor replies, "Ma'am, you had twins - a boy and a girl. The babies are fine. Your brother came in and named them."

The woman thinks to herself, "Oh, no! Not Bubba; he's an idiot!"
Expecting the worst, she asks the doctor, "Well, what's the girl's name?"

"Denise," the doctor answers.

The new mother says, "Wow! That's a beautiful name! I guess I was wrong about my brother. I really like the name Denise."

Then she asks the doctor, "What's the boy's name?"

The doctor replies, "Denephew."

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Monday, February 11, 2008

The Gratitude Campaign

Last, week, a couple of my friends sent me information about the Gratitude Campaign. Very simply it's a way we can show our gratitude to our armed services personnel for their service. The sign just says, "Thank You".

Learn about it here: The Gratitude Campaign.

And I hope you will use this sign to say thank you. Here's a short video about the Gratitude Campaign:

I have also added a link to this web site on my
Support Our Troops web page

Quote of the Day
When a man retires, his wife gets twice the husband but only half the income.
~Chi Chi Rodriguez

Joke of the Day

Dan was a single guy living at home with his father and working in the family business.

When he found out he was going to inherit a fortune when his sickly father died, he decided he need a wife with whom to share his fortunes.

One evening at an investment meeting he spotted the most beautiful woman he had ever seen.

Her natural beauty took his breath away. "I may look like an ordinary man," he told her, "but in just a few years, my father will die, and I'll inherit 20 million dollars."

Impressed, the woman obtained his business card, and three days later, she became his stepmother.

Women are so much better at estate planning than men.

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Saturday, February 9, 2008

Yacht Your Step

Yacht Takes a Dip
Take a look at this 65' custom-built motor yacht complete with staterooms, a state-of-the-art galley, GPS. system and radar for navigation, twin supercharged diesel engines, etc. Its cost is about $2.5 million. This first picture shows it about to be launched.

Oops! Something broke and the yacht takes a nose dive into the water. Splash!

And this last picture shows the yacht upside down in the water, with two corporate representatives in the water. How terrible to watch your dreamboat nose dive into the harbor,

Quote of the Day
Laziness is nothing more than the
habit of resting before you get tired.
~Jules Renard

Joke of the Day

A bum, who obviously has seen more than his share of hard times, approaches a well dressed gentleman on the street. "Hey, Buddy, can you spare two dollars?" The well-dressed gentleman responds, "You are not going to spend in on liquor are you?"

"No, sir, I don't drink," retorts the bum.

"You are not going to throw it away in some crap game, are you?" asks the gentleman.

"No way, I don't gamble," answers the bum.

"You wouldn't waste the money at a golf course for greens fees, would you?" asks the man.

"Never," says the bum, "I don't play golf."

"You wouldn't waste the money on fishing bait, would you?" asks the man.

"No, no," says the bum, "I don't like to fish."

The man asks the bum if he would like to come home with him for a home cooked meal. The bum accepts eagerly. While they are heading for the man's house, the bum's curiosity gets the better of him. "Isn't your wife going to be angry when she sees a guy like me at your table?"

"Probably," says the man, "but it will be worth it. I want her to see what happens to a guy who doesn't drink, gamble, play golf or fish."

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