Saturday, August 30, 2008

Irish Blessing

A friend sent me this wonderful link, Traditional Irish Blessing. Click on the link or the picture below to see the Irish Blessing and hear some beautiful music.
When I saw this my thoughts went to Ireland and our dear friends there. A warm and hearty greeting to the Nash family, our dear Rebecca, and all our friends in Ireland.


Tennessee Granddaddy Says:

Replace bad habits with good habits.

Quote of the Day
Death leaves a heartache no one can heal,
love leaves a memory no one can steal.
~From a headstone in Ireland

Jokes of the Day
When we are born, our mothers get the compliments and the flowers.
When we are married, our brides get the presents and the publicity.
When we die, our widows get the life insurance.

What do women want to be liberated from?

The average man's life consists of :
  • Twenty years of having his mother ask him where he is going,
  • Forty years of having his wife ask the same question;
  • And at the end, the mourners wondering too.
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Friday, August 29, 2008


If you have never seen Pilobolus, you will be amazed. if you have seen them before, you will still enjoy. This is Awesome!

Thanks to several of my friends who have shared this with me.


Tennessee Granddaddy Says:

We need forgiveness every day.

Quote of the Day
The foolish man seeks happiness in the distance;
the wise grows it under his feet.
~James Openheim

Joke of the Day
The children were lined up in the cafeteria of a Catholic elementary school for lunch. At the head of the table was a large pile of apples. The nun made a note, and posted on the apple tray: "Take only ONE. God is watching."

Moving further along the lunch line, at the other end of the table was a large pile of chocolate chip cookies. A child had written a note, "Take all you want. God is watching the apples."


The children had all been photographed, and the teacher was trying to persuade them each to buy a copy of the group picture. "Just think how nice it will be to look at it when you are all grown up and say, 'There's Jennifer, she's a lawyer,' or 'That's Michael, He's a doctor.' "

A small voice at the back of the room rang out, "And there's the teacher, she's dead."

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Thursday, August 28, 2008

A Site You Will Enjoy

I stumbled across an interesting web site the other day. I think you will enjoy it, too.

The name of the site is GreatDanePro. Don't let this directory page fool you. Look at the top and you will find pull down menus for a variety of Flash presentations on a variety of subjects.

(See the gray directory boxes at the top,
click on each of them will reveal pull down menus with lots of options.)

One I particularly liked was Western Stars.

Convention GEMS
The "gems" or "crumbs" from the church convention we attended in Freedom, NY are now posted on TG's Convention Gems web page. You can download the file in pdf format. Last years "gems" are also available.

Tennessee Granddaddy Says:

A good laugh is good for you!

Quote of the Day
Happiness is never stopping to think if you are.
~Palmer Sondreal

Jokes of the Day
In this job we need someone who is responsible, " said the employer.

"Then I'm your man," answered the potential employee. "On my last job, every time anything went wrong, they said I was responsible.


"Doctor, doctor, will I be able to play the piano after the operation?"

"Yes, of course...", replied the doctor.

"Great! I never could before!"

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Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Life, Like Software

Mandy sent this to me a few days ago. I thought it was cute. I think you will enjoy the humor.

Dear Tech Support:
Last year I upgraded from Girlfriend 7.0 to Wife 1.0. I soon noticed that the new program began unexpected processing time that took up a lot of space and valuable resources.

In addition, Wife 1.0 installed itself into all other programs and now monitors all other system activity. Applications such as Poker Night 10.3, Football 5.0, Hunting and Fishing 7.5, and Racing 3.6 no longer run, crashing the system whenever selected.

I can't seem to keep Wife 1.0 in the background while attempting to run my favorite applications. I'm thinking abut going back to Girlfriend 7.0, but the uninstall doesn't work on Wife 1.0


A Troubled User

(Keep Reading)


Dear Troubled User:
This is a very common problem that men complain about.

Many people upgrade from Girlfriend 7.0 to Wife 1.0 thinking that it is just a Utilities and Entertainment program. Wife 1.0 is an OPERATING SYSTEM and is designed by its Creator to run EVERYTHING!!!!

It is also impossible to delete Wife 1.0 and to return to Girlfriend 7.0 It is impossible to uninstall, or purge the program files from the system once installed. You cannot go back to Girlfriend 7.0 because Wife 1.0 is designed to not allow this. Look in your Wife 1.0 manual under Warnings-Alimony-Child Support.

I recommend that you keep Wife 1.0 and work on improving the situation. I suggest installing the background application "Yes Dear" to alleviate software augmentation.

The best course of action is to enter the command C:\APOLOGIZE because ultimately you will have to give the APOLOGIZE command before the system will return to normal anyway.

Wife 1.0 is a great program, but it tends to be very high maintenance. Wife 1.0 comes with several support programs, such as Clean and Sweep 3.0, Cook It 1.5 and Do Bills 4.2. However, be very careful how you use these programs. Improper use will cause the system to launch the program Nag Nag 9.5.

Once this happens, the only way to improve the performance of Wife 1.0 is to purchase additional software. I recommend Flowers 2.1 and Diamonds 5.0!!

WARNING!!! DO NOT, under any circumstances, install Secretary With Short Skirt 3.3. This application is not supported by Wife 1.0 and will cause irreversible damage to the operating system.

Best of Luck,
Tech Support

Tennessee Granddaddy Says:

A smile can really improve how you look,
and it costs nothing!

Quote of the Day
Never be in a hurry;
do everything quietly and in a calm spirit.
Do not lose your inner peace for anything whatsoever,
even if your whole world seems upset.
~St Francis de Sales

Joke of the Day
A lady was walking down the street when I was accosted by a particularly dirty and shabby-looking homeless woman who asked me for a couple of dollar s for dinner.

She took out my wallet, got out ten dollars and asked, 'If I give you this money, will you buy wine with it instead of dinner?'

'No, I had to stop drinking years ago', the homeless woman told her.

'Will you use it to go shopping instead of buying food?' she asked .

'No, I don't waste time shopping,' the homeless woman said. 'I need to spend all my time trying to stay alive.'

'Will you spend this on a beauty salon instead of food?' she asked.

'Are you NUTS!' replied the homeless woman. I haven't had my hair done in 20 years!'

'Well, she said, 'I'm not going to give you the money. Instead, I'm going to take you out for dinner with my husband and me tonight.'

The homeless Woman was shocked. 'Won't your husband be furious with you for doing that? I know I'm dirty, and I probably smell pretty disgusting.'

The lady said, 'That's okay. It's important for him to see what a woman looks like after she has given up shopping, hair appointments, and wine.'

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Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Reagan Quotes

Remembering President Ron Reagan
Someone sent me some of his most interesting quotes sometime back. I enjoyed reading and thinking about them. I thought you might also.
  • 'Here's my strategy on the Cold War: We win, they lose.'- Ronald Reagan

  • 'The most terrifying words in the English language are: I'm from the government and I'm here to help.' - Ronald Reagan

  • 'The trouble with our liberal friends is not that they're ignorant; it's just that they know so much that isn't so.' - Ronald Reagan

  • 'Of the four wars in my lifetime, none came about because the U.S. was too strong.' - Ronald Reagan

  • 'I have wondered at times about what the Ten Commandments would have looked like if Moses had run them through the U.S. Congress.' - Ronald Reagan

  • 'The taxpayer: That's someone who works for the federal government but doesn't have to take the civil service examination.' - Ronald Reagan

  • 'Government is like a baby: An alimentary canal with a big appetite at one end and no sense of responsibility at the other.' - Ronald Reagan

  • 'The nearest thing to eternal life we will ever see on this earth is a government program.' - Ronald Reagan

  • 'It has been said that politics is the second oldest profession. I have learned that it bears a striking resemblance to the first.' - Ronald Reagan

  • 'Government's view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it.' - Ronald Reagan

  • 'Politics is not a bad profession. If you succeed, there are many rewards; if you disgrace yourself, you can always write a book.' - Ronald Reagan

  • 'No arsenal, or no weapon in the arsenals of the world, is as formidable as the will and moral courage of free men and women.'- Ronald Reagan

  • 'If we ever forget that we're one nation under God , then we will be a nation gone under.' - Ronald Reagan

Tennessee Granddaddy Says:

First impressions are often wrong and
don't judge a book by its cover.

Quote of the Day
There's lots of people in this world who spend so much time watching their health that they haven't the time to enjoy it.
~Josh Billings

Joke of the Day
Bubba goes to the revival and listens to the preacher.

After awhile the preacher asks anyone with needs to be prayed over to come forward to the front of the altar.

Bubba gets in line, and when it's his turn the preacher asks: "Bubba, what do you want me to pray about for you?"

Bubba replies: "Preacher, I need you to pray for my hearing."

The preacher puts one finger in Bubba's ear, and he places the other hand on top of Bubba's head and prays and prays.

After a few minutes, the preacher removes his hands, stands back and asks : "Bubba, how is your hearing now?"

Bubba says, "'I don't know, preacher, it ain't until next Wednesday".

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Monday, August 25, 2008

Beautiful Photos

A New Slide Show
I received a new PowerPoint slide show a few days ago. It shows some absolutely beautiful photography by the famous German photographer Laeon. You can go to My Favorite Slide Shows and download the pps file if your wish. Here are some examples of the photography:


Tennessee Granddaddy Says:

Spend some time with some older folks and soak up some of their wisdom and common sense.

Quote of the Day
The greatest wealth is health.

Joke of the Day
A Blonde Guy Joke!
An Irishman,a Mexican and a Blonde Guy were doing construction work on scaffolding on the 20th floor of a building.

They were eating lunch and the Irishman said, "Corned beef and cabbage! If I get corned beef and cabbage one more time for lunch, I'm going to jump off this building."

The Mexican opened his lunch box and exclaimed, "Burritos again! If I get Burritos one more time I'm going to jump off, too."

The blonde opened his lunch and said, " Bologna again! If I get a bologna sandwich one more time, I'm jumping too."

The next day, the Irishman opened his lunch box, saw corned beef and cabbage, and jumped to his death.

The Mexican opened his lunch, saw a Burrito, and jumped, too.

The blonde guy opened his lunch, saw the bologna and jumped to his death as well.

At the funeral, the Irishman's wife was weeping. She said, "If I'd known how really tired he was of corned beef and cabbage, I never would have given it to him again!"

The Mexican's wife also wept and said, "I could have given him tacos or enchiladas! I didn't realize he hated Burritos so much."

Everyone turned and stared at the blonde's wife. The blonde's wife said, "Don't look at me. He makes his own lunch."

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Saturday, August 23, 2008

Happy Bithday Bethany!

A special post for my daughter
on her Birthday, August 23

Bethany Rieben White

The above picture was taken on August 15, 2008. The waterfalls in the background are in Letchworth State Park in New York.

More pictures from Letchworth State Park.

Scroll on down for my regular post for today.

Common Sense

Some people don't think. Consider the two following examples. They were sent to me in an email with several more examples of stupidity or ignorance:
  1. I live in a semi rural area. We recently had a new neighbor call the local township administrative office to request the removal of the DEER CROSSING sign on our road. The reason: "Too many deer are being hit by cars out here! I don't think this is a good place for them to be crossing anymore." From Kingman, KS

  2. We had to have the garage door repaired. The repairman told us that one of our problems was that we did not have a "large" enough motor on the opener. I thought for a minute, and said that we had the largest one made at that time, a 1/2 horsepower. He shook his head and said, "Lady, you need a 1/4 horsepower." I responded that 1/2 was larger than 1/4. He said, "NO, it's not." Four is larger than two.." We haven't used that repair service since.
It's better to be ignorant that stupid. Ignorance is curable, and stupidity is not. We're all ignorant in some topics or areas. But let's hope we're better off than these two people. (Even if the above is not true, it is funny.)

Tennessee Granddaddy Says:

It is good to have some time alone and have some quietness.

Quote of the Day
Being good is commendable, but only when it is combined with doing good is it useful.
~Author Unknown

Joke of the Day
A retired couple went to breakfast at a restaurant where the 'seniors' special' was two eggs, bacon, hash browns and toast for $1.99.

'Sounds good,' my wife said. 'But I don't want the eggs.'

'Then I'll have to charge you two dollars and forty-nine cents because you're ordering a la carte,' the waitress warned her.

'You mean I'd have to pay for not taking the eggs?' my wife asked incredulously.

'YES!!' stated the waitress.

'I'll take the special then.' my wife said.

'How do you want your eggs?' the waitress asked.

'Raw and in the shell,' my wife replied.

She took the two eggs home.

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Friday, August 22, 2008


The lawsuits I mentioned in my post earlier today never happened.

We live in such a crazy world with weird happenings all the time, I just assumed the were real and true lawsuits. They are not. I should have checked them out. I'm sorry if I misled you.

Which brings up a good point. All of us get a lot of emails with untrue material. It is important to check them out using SNOPES.COM

Crazy Lawsuits

It Does Not Make Any Sense
Consider these lawsuits.
  1. Terrence Dickson, of Bristol, Pennsylvania, was leaving a house he had just burglarized by way of the garage. Unfortunately for Dickson, the automatic garage door opener malfunctioned and he could not get the garage door to open. Worse, he couldn't re-enter the house because the door connecting the garage to the house locked when Dickson pulled it shut. Forced to subsist for eight, count 'em, EIGHT, days on a case of Pepsi and a large bag of dry dog food, he sued the home owner's insurance company claiming undue mental Anguish.

    Amazingly, the jury said the insurance company must pay Dickson $500,000 for his anguish.

  2. Consider Mrs. Merv Grazinski, of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, who purchased a new 32-foot Winnebago motor home. On her first trip home from an OU football game, having driven onto the freeway, she set the cruise control at 70 mph and calmly left the driver's seat to go to the back of the Winnebago to make herself a sandwich. Not surprisingly, the motor home left the freeway, crashed and overturned.

    Also not surprisingly, Mrs. Grazinski sued Winnebago for not putting in the owner's manual that she couldn't actually leave the driver's seat while the cruise control was set.

    The Oklahoma jury awarded her, are you sitting down, $1,750,000 PLUS a new motor home. Winnebago actually changed their manuals as a result of this suit, just in case Mrs. Grazinski has any relatives who might also buy a motor home.
These are two examples that show that our criminal justice system has gone mad. People are no longer responsible for their own actions! Hard to believe, huh?

Here's a web site listing other Crazy Lawsuits.

Tennessee Granddaddy Says:

Sometimes we wish for a lot of things,
but remember, not getting what we wished for,
may turn out to be a blessing.

Quote of the Day
Honesty is the first chapter of the book of wisdom.
~Thomas Jefferson

Joke of the Day
A soldier stationed in Afghanistan recently received a letter from his girlfriend back home. It read as follows:

Dear Ricky,

I can no longer continue our relationship. The distance between us is just too great. I must admit that I have been seeing two other guys, since you've been gone, and it's not fair to either of us. I'm sorry.

Please return the picture of me that I sent to you.

Love, Becky


The soldier, with hurt feelings, asked his fellow soldiers for any snapshots they could spare of their girlfriends, sisters or ex-girlfriends.In addition to the picture of Becky, Ricky included all the other pictures of the pretty gals he had collected from his buddies.

There were 57 photos in that envelope.... along with this note:

Dear Becky,

I'm so sorry, but I can't quite remember who you are. Please take your picture from the file, and send the rest back to me.

Take Care,

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Thursday, August 21, 2008

Unique Love Seat

When we visited the Lamberton Conservatory in Rochester, NY, we saw an interesting seat that had been hewed out of a large log. I guess you could call it a love seat. Here's two pictures. The first shows the seat by itself, and the second shows the seat with two lovers.

Tennessee Granddaddy Says:

When you lose, you can also win,
if you learn the lesson that you were taught.

Quote of the Day
You've gotta have hope.
Without hope life is meaningless.
Without hope life is meaning less and less.
~Author Unknown

Joke of the Day
Ever heard the story of the giant ship engine that failed? The ship's owners tried one expert after another, but none of them could figure but how to fix the engine.

Then they brought in an old man who had been fixing ships since he was a youngster.

He carried a large bag of tools with him, and when he arrived, he immediately went to work. He inspected the engine very carefully, top to bottom.

Two of the ship's owners were there, watching this man, hoping he would know what to do. After looking things over, the old man reached into his bag and pulled out a small hammer.

He gently tapped something. Instantly, the engine lurched into life. He carefully put his hammer away. The engine was fixed! A week later, the owners received a bill from the old man for ten thousand dollars.

"What?!" the owners exclaimed. " He hardly did anything!"

So they wrote the old man a note saying, "Please send us an itemized bill."

The man sent a bill that read:

Tapping with a hammer .............. $ 2.00
Knowing where to tap............ $ 9,998.00


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Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Home Again!

Home Again
We're back home. It's always so good to get back home. Last year when we took a trip like this we had problems: a water leak and a non working heat pump. This year it's much better. We only have a non working heat pump. It's only 80 in the house, but they'll be here in the morning to get things going again. Oh well, that's life. Some days you're the bug, and other days you're the windshield.

Visit to Conservatory
During our travel to Rochester, our daughter took us to see the Lamberton Conservatory. We enjoyed it very much, and I took a lot of pictures of the plants. It quite a range of plants. I hope you enjoy the following slide show:

Tennessee Granddaddy Says:

There's no place like home!

Quote of the Day
Peace - that was the other name for home.
~Kathleen Norris

Joke of the Day
A man was driving down the highway in his pick-up truck and there was this lone monkey just sitting along the side of the road.

Confused, the man stopped the truck and opened the door. "You need a lift?" he asked. The monkey just stared back at him and scratched his ear. Eventually the man got out, picked the monkey up, put it in his front seat and started down the road again.

At this time there was a state trooper cruising down in the opposite direction. The policeman happened to see the man pick up the monkey. Knowing that it was not only illegal to pick up hitch hikers, but also illegal to have a monkey, he pulled the man over a few miles down the road. The policeman chewed the man out for picking up the monkey and told him to take it to the zoo immediately. The man agreed and was off.

The next day the policeman saw the man driving down the highway with the monkey again. So he pulled the man over and said, "I thought I told you to take that monkey to the zoo."

"I did," replied the man, "and we had so much fun that today we're going to Sea World!"

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Tuesday, August 19, 2008


Traveling South
We'll be on the road most of today. Heading toward HOME. There's no place like home. We enjoy our travels, but the best part of any trip is coming home.

While traveling on the highways, you will find lots of farmers have a roadside stand. We've seen many of them with fresh corn, cabbage, bell peppers, and squash. Here's a picture of one we stopped at a few days ago before we got to Bethany's. We bought 9 ears of corn, and let me tell you, it was delicious. You can't beat fresh corn on the cob!

Tennessee Granddaddy Says:

You cannot unsay a cruel word

Quote of the Day
Our house is clean enough to be healthy,
and dirty enough to be happy.
~Author Unknown

Joke of the Day
The boss was complaining in our staff meeting the other day that he wasn't getting any respect. The next day, he brought a small sign that read:

"I'm the Boss!"

He then taped it to his office door.

Later that day when he returned from lunch, he found that someone had taped a note to the sign that said: -

"Your wife called, she wants her sign back!"

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Monday, August 18, 2008

Leaving Rochester

Moving On
This morning we're heading south. We plan to travel to Newark Valley, NY. That's where Celia has been for the last several days. After we get her baggage loaded up we'll head south toward Tennessee. But it's a long trip, so we'll likely be stopping somewhere along the way. Then we plan to finish our journey on to Kingsport on Tuesday.

Here's a picture of a flower that I took last week when we visited the Dart family. They live in Oakfield, New York. They are a lovely family that lives on a farm.

One of their daughters, Abby, has a blog that I found very enjoyable. Click on the link below to visit the Dart's blog:

Tennessee Granddaddy Says:

It does not pay to interfere with something
that isn't any of your business.

Quote of the Day
A hug is a handshake from the heart.
~Author Unknown

You can't give a hug without getting a hug.
~Author Unknown

Joke of the Day
A teacher was giving a lesson on the circulation of the blood.

Trying to make the matter clearer, she said, "Now, class, if I stood on my head, the blood, as you know, would run into it, and I would turn red in the face."

"Yes," the class said.

"Then why is it that while I am standing upright in the ordinary position the blood doesn't run into my feet?"

A little fellow shouted, "Cause your feet ain't empty."

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Saturday, August 16, 2008

Letchworth State Park

We had a wonderful day yesterday at Letchworth State Park. Here's an album of some of pictures we took.

It is truly the Grand Canyon of the East!

Tennessee Granddaddy Says:

A good night's sleep is a marvelous thing.

Quote of the Day
A man wrapped up in himself makes a very small bundle.
~Benjamin Franklin

Joke of the Day
A young boy enters a barber shop and the barber whispers to his customer, "This is the dumbest kid in the world. Watch while I prove it to you."

The barber puts a dollar bill in one hand and two quarters in the other, then calls the boy over and asks, " Which do you want, son?" The boy takes the quarters and leaves.

"What did I tell you?" said the barber. "That kid never learns!"

Later, when the customer leaves, he sees the same young boy coming out of the ice cream store.

"Hey, son! May I ask you a question? Why did you take the quarters instead of the dollar bill?"

The boy licked his cone and replied, "Because the day I take the dollar, the game's over!"

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Friday, August 15, 2008

One Year Ago Today

My First Entry
I made my
First Entry on August 15, 2007. That was one year ago today. So today is my first year anniversary for being a blogger.

Letchworth State Park

Today we're going south of Rochester to the Letchworth State Park. Check on these links to learn more about this park, which some have called the
Grand Canyon of the East.
  1. NY State Parks
  2. History and Photos
  3. Photos and Maps
Are You an Old Crow?
A few days ago we were in Medina, NY, and we met a very nice family. Two of the sons in this family makes things to sell. This picture shows one of the items. Anyone interested in buying a sign like this to put in your yard? I think Beverly has already placed her order.

Tennessee Granddaddy Says:

Keeping cool means more than lowering the temperature.

Quote of the Day

The idle man does not know what it is to enjoy rest,
for he has not earned it.
~John Lubbock

Joke of the Day
A young lawyer was defending a wealthy businessman in a complicated lawsuit. Unfortunately, the evidence was against his client, and he feared the worst. So the lawyer asked the senior partner of the law firm if it would be appropriate to send the judge a box of Havana cigars.

The partner was horrified. "The judge is an honorable man," the partner exclaimed. "If you do that, I can guarantee you will lose the case!"

Weeks later the judge ruled in favor of the lawyer's client. The partner took him to lunch to congratulate him. "Aren't you glad you didn't send those cigars to the judge?" the partner asked.

"But I did send them, "Replied the lawyer, "I just enclosed the complainant's lawyer's business card!"

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Thursday, August 14, 2008

At Bethany's

We're in Rochester, NY. We had a wonderful drive yesterday from Ithaca to Rochester. We saw many beautiful sights including the finger lakes, the vineyards, a state park, many farms and fields with corn, soybeans, cabbage, and sunflowers.

We're happy to be with our daughter. We'll certainly enjoy our days together with her here in Rochester.

Here's picture of Beverly and I at the Taughannock Falls taken yesterday. A view of the falls is in the background.

I just love nature and the beautiful scenic sights we have all across our wonderful nation. No matter where you go in the USA you can find beautiful and well preserved state and national parks.

Tennessee Granddaddy Says:

We don't have to do great things in life.
What's important is that we do little things in kindness and love.

Quote of the Day
True friendship comes when silence between two people is comfortable.
~Dave Tyson Gentry

Joke of the Day
Chris and Mona are flying to Australia for a two-week vacation to celebrate their 40th anniversary.

Suddenly, over the public address system, the Captain announces, " Ladies and Gentlemen, I am afraid I have some very bad news. Our engines have ceased functioning and we will attempt an emergency landing. Luckily, I see an uncharted island below us and we should be able to land on the beach. However, the odds are that we may never be rescued and will have to live on the island for the rest of our lives!"

Thanks to the skill of the flight crew, the plane lands safely on the island.

An hour later Chris turns to his wife and asks, "Mona, did we make this month's mortgage payment to Bank?"

" No, sweetheart," she responds.

Chris, still shaken from the crash landing, then asks, "Mona, did we pay our Bank Master card yet?"

"Oh no! I'm sorry. I forgot to send the check," she says.

"One last thing, Mona. Did you remember to send a check for the auto loan to them too this month?" he asks.

"Oh, forgive me, Chris," begged Mona. "I didn't send that one, either."

Chris grabs her and gives her the biggest hug in 40 years. Mona pulls away and asks him, "So, why did you hug me?"

Chris answers, "They'll find us!!!!"

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Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Moving On

Good Morning!

We're heading to Rochester today. We're really looking forward to our time with our daughter, Bethany!

Here's a picture I took yesterday around Medina, NY. New York is a beautiful state.

Tennessee Granddaddy Says:

It doesn't pay to get angry.
It's even worse to show your anger to others.

Quote of the Day
Today I bent the truth to be kind, and I have no regret, for I am far surer of what is kind than I am of what is true.
~Robert Brault

Joke of the Day
The strong young man at the construction site was bragging he could outdo anyone in a feat of strength. He made a special case of making fun of Morris, one of the older workmen.

After several minutes, Morris had enough. "Why don't you put your money where your mouth is?" he said. "I will bet a week's wages that I can haul something in a wheelbarrow over to that outbuilding that you won't be able to wheel back."

"You're on, old man," the braggart replied. "It's a bet! Let's see what you got."

Morris reached out and grabbed the wheelbarrow by the handles. Then, nodding to the young man, he said, "All right. Get in."

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Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Greetings from Ithaca, NY

Beverly and I are in Ithaca, NY tonight. We left Celia today with some family and friends. We plan to pick her up on our return trip next Monday.

No Fishing
I was unable to go fishing on Monday. The lake was too rough for it to be safe. I still happy. I did get to visit Poor Richard's Bait and Tackle store and stock up on some needed items. I got some spoons and "Deeper Divers"... but the big item(s) was two new trolling rods (10 feet) and two new Okuma line counter reels. Now if I can just get home without breaking those rods (they are 2 piece rods).

Erie Canal
We got a good look at the Erie Canal today. The picture that looks like a ordinary tunnel is more that what it appears to be. It is a tunnel that goes under the Erie Canal. See the sign posted beside the tunnel.


Tennessee Granddaddy Says:
It is good to be joyful and of good cheer.
No one likes a grouch.

Quote of the Day
We have two ears and one mouth so that we can listen
twice as much as we speak.

Joke of the Day
Two hunters were dragging their dead deer back to their truck.

Another hunter approached pulling his along too. "Hey, I don't want to tell you how to do something... but I can tell you that it's much easier if you drag the deer in the other direction. Then the antlers won't dig into the ground."

After the third hunter left, the two decided to try it.

A little while later one hunter said to the other, "You know, that guy was right. This is a lot easier!"

"Yeah," the other added, "but we're getting farther away from the truck...."

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Saturday, August 9, 2008

Last Day

Tomorrow is the last day of our convention. These days here have been very good for me. If I can put the things I have heard into practice , it will make me a better person.

Here's a little thought from today:

"A good conscience makes a soft pillow."

Lake Erie
Tomorrow we will leave Freedom and go to Erie, PA. I am schedule to fish with Captain Matt on Monday. Hope to catch some Walleye Pike. Fishing in Lake Erie depends on the weather. Or more specifically the wind. I hope it works out. Even if I don't catch some fish, I will learn something to help me in my future fishing.

Tennessee Granddaddy Says:

Listen up!
You don't learn much when you're talking.

Quote of the Day
Wherever you go, no matter what the weather,
always bring your own sunshine.
~Anthony J. D'Angelo

Joke of the Day
Tom was in his early 50s, retired and started a second career.

However, he just couldn't seem to get to work on time. Every day, he was five, 10, 15 minutes late.

But, he was a good worker and real sharp, so the boss was in a quandary about how to deal with it. Finally, one day he called Tom into his office for a talk.

"Tom, I have to tell you, I like your work ethic. You do a bang- up job, but your being late so often is quite bothersome."

"Yes, I know boss and I am working on it."

"Well good, you are a team player. That's what I like to hear. It's odd though, your coming in late. I know you're retired from the Air Force. What did they say if you came in late there?"

"They said, 'Good morning, General."

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Friday, August 8, 2008

Freedom, NY

Celia, Beverly and I have enjoyed two wonderful days of our church convention. We have a lot workers and friends here from Canada. Both flags wave over the beautiful grounds. Celia is our dear friend from Kingsport who used to live in NY. We're enjoying convention together, and later she will be visiting her son while we go visit our daughter.

A little food for thought from today:

Wrong is wrong if everyone is doing it.
Right is right if no one is doing it.


Tennessee Granddaddy Says:

Be kind to those that are unkind.
They need kindness more than anyone.
Quote of the Day
We cannot hold a torch to light another's path
without brightening our own.
~Ben Sweetland

Joke of the Day
When a grandmother was in her late eighties, she decided to move to another town. As part of the preparations, she went to see her doctor and get all her charts.

The doctor asked her how she was doing, so she gave him a litany of complaints -- this hurts, that's stiff, I'm tired and slower, etc.

He responded, "Mrs. Siegel, you have to expect things to start deteriorating. After all, who wants to live to 100?"

The grandmother looked him straight in the eye and replied,
"Anyone who's 99, that's who!"

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Thursday, August 7, 2008

New York!

Hello everybody!, We're in New York, in a little town called Freedom. That's a nice name. It reminds me of the wonderful freedom we have in the wonderful USA.

We had a wonderful day today at our church convention. We had three helpful meetings. When I have time, I will review my notes and put together some "gems" from the meetings. Not just for today, but for all the meetings through Sunday. You could say these are Jim's Gems when I pull them together.

Rain, rain and more rain. Boy is it wet up here. The ground is very soggy and we had hard rains today and more rain is expected every day through the weekend. Sure wish we had some of this rain down in Tennessee.

That's all for now. Hope to post more later, but it will depend on my free time, which is very limited.

Tennessee Granddaddy Says:

Be careful what you say, because it could cause you heartache for a long time


Quote of the Day
Wisdom is the reward you get for a lifetime of listening
when you'd have preferred to talk.
~Doug Larson

Joke of the Day
A lady lost her handbag during a day of shopping. It was found by an honest little boy and returned to her.

Looking in her purse, she commented, "Hmmm.... That's funny. When I lost my bag there was a $20 bill in it. Now there are twenty singles."

The boy replied, "That's right, lady. The last time I found a lady's purse, she didn't have change for a reward."

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Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Heading North

New York
Beginning today we are heading north to New York State. We'll be heading to Freedom, NY for a four day church convention. After that I hope to get a little fishing done in Lake Erie with my guide and friend, Captain Matt. Next on the schedule we'll visit Bethany, our daughter, in Rochester for several days. Hey Bethany, we're on our way, girl! Can't wait to see you!

I can't promise I'll be posting a blog entry every day, as it will depend on my free time and access to the Internet. But I am hoping to get a little written telling you about our travels and sharing a few pictures along the way.

Here's a picture taken by my son and his wife (Kevin & Lesley) last Saturday. They had two beautiful fawns visit the play are in the side yard by the swings. It looks like they are enjoying the green grass.

Tennessee Granddaddy Says:

The words that make a difference are spoken in love and kindness.

Quote of the Day
Don't let yesterday use up too much of today.
~Cherokee Indian Proverb

Joke of the Day
Young Chuck, moved to Montana and bought a Donkey from a farmer for $100.00. The farmer agreed to deliver the Donkey the next day. The next day he drove up and said, 'Sorry son, but I have some bad news, the donkey died.'

Chuck replied, 'Well, then just give me my money back.'

The farmer said, 'Can't do that. I went and spent it already.'

Chuck said, 'OK, then, just bring me the dead donkey.'

The farmer asked, 'What ya gonna do with him?

Chuck said, 'I'm going to raffle him off.'

The farmer said, 'You can't raffle off a dead donkey!'

Chuck said, 'Sure I can Watch me.. I just won't tell anybody he's dead.'

A month later, the farmer met up with Chuck and asked, 'What happened with that dead donkey?'

Chuck said, 'I raffled him off. I sold 500 tickets at two dollars a piece and made a profit of $898.00.'

The farmer said, 'Didn't anyone complain?'

Chuck said, 'Just the guy who won. So I gave him his two dollars back.'

Chuck now works for the government.

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Monday, August 4, 2008

Something Useful and FREE

Just in case you didn't know about this, it is something you need to know. You can dial this number: 1-800-466-4411 for free 411 service for businesses.

It works like this. You dial the number. You are asked for city and state. Then you are asked for the business type. After that you will be given choices and after you select the right choice, it will dial the number for you.

I added this number to my cell phone contacts. It is especially handy when you are away from home and a convenient phone book. Once we were driving to Bristol to check on a new appliance. While on the road, I got concerned that the store we were visiting might not be open. So, I dialed 800-466-4411 and after telling them Bristol, Tennessee. Then gave appliances as the type of business, they gave me the name of the store and dialed the number for me. I learned easily that the store was open and we could continue our travels.

Click here for the Google information page and an example of using the 411 number. Click on the number below:


Some Food for Thought...

  • John McCain 26 Years in Congress
  • John McCain 22 Years in Military
  • Barrack Obama 143 days in Congress
  • Barrack Obama 0 days in Military

Tennessee Granddaddy Says:

Worry is like a rocking chair, it keeps one busy,
but no progress is made.

Quote of the Day
Don't let the past steal your present.
~Cherralea Morgen

Joke of the Day
A cowboy, who is visiting Wyoming from Texas, walks into a bar and orders three mugs of Bud. He sits in the back of the 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 approaches and tells the cowboy, "You know, a mug goes flat after I draw it. It would taste better if you bought one at a time."

The cowboy replies, "Well, you see, I have two brothers. One is in Arizona, the other is in Colorado. When we all left our home in Texas, we promised that we'd drink this way to remember the days when we drank together. So I'm drinking one beer for each of my brothers and one for myself."

The bartender admits that this is a nice custom, and leaves it there.

The cowboy becomes a regular in the bar, and always drinks the same way. He orders three mugs and drinks them in turn.

One day, he comes in and only 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, "I don't want to intrude on your grief, but I wanted to offer my condolences on your loss."

The cowboy looks quite puzzled for a moment, then a light dawns in his eyes and he laughs.

"Oh, no, everybody's just fine," he explains. "It's just that my wife and I joined the Baptist Church and I had to quit drinking."

"Hasn't affected my brothers though."

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