Friday, July 31, 2009

Last Day of July, Already!

July 31st
Yes, July is biting the dust today, and tomorrow we move into August. It seems that this year has gone by so fast!
When we get older it seems time goes by faster.

July ended with lots of rain for us here in Upper East Tennessee. On Wednesday night my gauge showed we had gotten 1.1 inches on Tuesday. On Thursday morning my gauge showed another 1.2 inches of rain. And it rained more on Thursday. I measured 0.9 inches more last night. That 3.2 inches of rain since Tuesday evening. That seems sort of unusual for this time of the year.

In God We Still Trust
Listen to Diamond Rio sing In God We Still Trust, and see some beautiful scenes of America in this video.

Tennessee Granddaddy Says:
The probability of someone watching you is proportional to the stupidity of your action.

Quote of the Day
Things will get better despite our efforts
to improve them.
~ Will Rogers

Joke of the Day

A little girl was observed by her pastor standing outside the preschool Sunday School classroom between Sunday School and worship, waiting for her parents to come and pick her up for "big church." The pastor noticed that she clutched a big storybook under her arms with the obvious title, "Jonah and the Whale."

Feeling a little pernicious, he knelt down beside the little girl and began a conversation. "What's that you have in your hand?", he asked.

"This is my storybook about Jonah and the Whale," she answered.

"Tell me something, little girl," he continued, "do you believe that story about Jonah and that whale to be the truth?"

The little girl implored, "Why of course I believe this story to be the truth!"

He inquired further, "You really believe that a man can be swallowed up by a big whale, stay inside him all that time, and come out of there still alive and OK? You really believe all that can be true?"

She declared, "Absolutely, this story is in the Bible and we studied about it in Sunday School today!"

Then the pastor asked, "Well, little girl, can you prove to me that this story is the truth?"

She thought for a moment and then said, "Well, when I get to Heaven, I'll ask Jonah."

The pastor then asked, "Well, what if Jonah's not in Heaven?"

She then put her hands on her little hips and sternly declared, "Then YOU can ask him!"

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Thursday, July 30, 2009

All About Smiles

The Validation Video
The "Validation" video is a fable about the magic of free parking, which has won numerous awards. It has a lot to do with smiles.

I don’t usually post long videos. And this one is long. It last over 16 minutes. Do you have the time? Probably not, but I would encourage you to watch the video to the end so that you may see the impact you can have on others with a smile. Let me know if you enjoy it.

Tennessee Granddaddy Says:
Then there was the fisherman who saw a sign on his way to fish that read, "All the worms you want for $1.00." He stopped his car and ordered $2.00 worth.

Quote of the Day
"Nothing is as easy as it looks.
Everything takes longer than you expect.
And if anything can go wrong--it will
At the worst possible moment."
Murphy's Law

Jokes of the Day

Sign: Illiterate? Write for free help.


Do you think that there is a word that contains all of the vowels? Unquestionably.


A teenager writing away to a pet store was having trouble with the plural of 'mongoose.' After trying 'Please send me two mongooses.' and 'Please send two mongeese,' his final letter read:

Dear Sirs: Please send me one mongoose. And while your at it, why don't you send me another one.

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Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Earth From Space

New Photographs
I am always fascinated by pictures from space. I have found some recent scenes from the International Space Station that are posted on the Boston Globe web site: Here’s an example, Japan’s Mount Fuji.
MountFuji Click on the link above or the above picture to go to the Boston Globe web site and review these pictures.

Fishing Report 
We went to South Holston lake yesterday. We fished for walleye until around 1:00 PM, and did not even get a bite. Then we went after the lake trout, and got lots of hits but only netted 4 nice trout. You’re heard about the one that got away. Well, we had at least 7 nice fish that managed to get away. Anyway we had a wonderful day on the lake and we got home about an hour after the rain started.
Tennessee Granddaddy Says:
You know you’re getting old when you actually look like your drivers license photo.

Quote of the Day
You really never lose until you stop trying.
— Mike Ditka

Joke of the Day

"Melfamie was a professional baseball player. During one game that he was sure he would not play he began to drink beer in the dugout. He had probably had a case.

Then he was asked to come into the game... bottom of the ninth, his team up by three runs no outs, and 1 man on first. Melfamie went into the game. He pitched. He walked the first batter, the second batter. Now the bases were loaded. He walked the next two batters and the score was tied. Then he walked the next batter so that the opposing team won the game.

As the players were leaving the playing field, the opposing team saw all of the beer that Melfamie had been drinking. One of the players turned to the others and said, 'Look, there's the beer that made Melfamie walk us.'

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Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Fishing Today

Beautiful South Holston Lake
I hope to be on the lake again this morning, maybe when you’re reading this. We’re going to fish for walleye for the first few hours, and then switch over to fishing for trout (lake trout and rainbow trout).

Here’s a few pictures we’ve taken this year while on South Holston’s waters.

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I hope all is well in your neck of the woods. Best wishes for a wonderful day. I hope you enjoy it to the fullest.

Shrubbery Trimming
Yesterday I got all my shrubbery trimmed and a few low limbs taken off some of the trees in my yard. I had a fine young man and his helper do the work and I am very pleased. This yard & shrubbery man is the head basketball coach at a local high school in our area. He has a licensed business he operates during the summer and outside of school hours. I plan to let him start mowing my yard every week, too.

I got tired yesterday from just watching them work. Whew! That’s hard work.

Tennessee Granddaddy Says:
Have you noticed? Anybody going slower
than you is an lazy bum, and anyone going faster
than you is a crazy idiot.

Quote of the Day
Publicity is like poison:
it doesn't hurt unless you swallow it.
— Joe Paterno

Joke of the Day

Two friends were getting ready to tee of on the first hole of a posh golf resort course. The first fellow steps up to the tee box, places his ball, steps back to line up his shot, waggles his driver for several moments, then steps back to take several practice swings.

His partner getting tired of all this asked him why he was taking so long to make his drive.

To this the first player replies, "My wife is at the club house watching and I want to get this shot just right".

"Don't bother", his partner retorts, "you'll never hit her from here.”

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Monday, July 27, 2009

Kuroshio Sea

Aquarium – 2nd Largest in the World
Here’s something I thought you might enjoy. This video shows one of  the largest aquariums in the world, so large it has been named the Kuroshio Sea. It is located in the Churaumi Aquarium in Okinawa, Japan. Just watch this video to get a feel for the size and beauty of this aquarium.

July is Almost Gone
It’s hard to realize that this month is almost over. Counting today there are only 5 days of July left in 2009. This year is zooming by or sure.

Knee Report
Last Wednesday I had a cortisone shot in each of my knees. i did not think it would make a difference. BUT I have been surprised with the way my knees are doing since Saturday. If this lasts, I may be able to postpone knee surgery for a while.

It is also interesting that the orthopedic doctor gave specific instructions to only use the exercise bicycles for cardio exercise. He said it the only safe exercise for my knees and it builds up the right muscles to help the knees.

Tennessee Granddaddy Says:
The trouble with most self-made men is that they worship their creator.

Quote of the Day
It's what you learn after you know it all that counts.
~ John Wooden

Joke of the Day

John was driving his brand new Ferrari into town on a very windy day. He came upon a big hill and saw a man riding his bike along the highway. The man was huffing and puffing to get up the steep hill and John felt sorry for him so he pulled over and asked him, "Do you need a ride into town?"

"That would be mighty kind of you mister" the man said. "But where can we put my bike?"

John said, "Well, I know it won't fit in my trunk and I don't want to put it on top because it might scratch my car. But I got a rope in my trunk and we could tie it from my bumper to your bike and if I start going too fast, you just ring that little bell on your bike."

"Well that sounds like a good idea," the man said. So they headed off into town and came upon a stoplight.

Just then another man pulled up next to John in a Ferrari. The other man looked over and said to John, "Hey, you wanna race?"

John, forgetting all about the man on his bike, said, "You bet!"

The light turned green and they tore off out of town. They were still neck and neck when they went speeding past a state trooper. The state trooper clocked them doing 95 miles an hour.

The trooper, thinking he was seeing things, called up his partner back at the station and said, "Hey Tom, you won't believe what I just saw. I clocked two Ferrari's doing 95 miles an hour outside of town, and a man on his bike, ringing his bell trying to pass them!"

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Saturday, July 25, 2009

Political Spins

Making Bad Look Good
We all know that in the political world a lot effort goes in to making bad news look good. The following has been sent my way of couple of times, and I can’t guarantee it’s true, but in any case this spin is a masterpiece! Read on…

Judy Wallman, a professional genealogy researcher in southern California, was doing some personal work on her own family tree. She discovered that  Harry (senator (D) from  Nevada ) Reid's great-great uncle, Remus Reid, was hanged for horse stealing and train robbery in  Montana in 1889.  Both Judy and Harry Reid share this common ancestor.

pic05249 The only known photograph of Remus shows him standing on the gallows in Montana  territory. On the back of the picture Judy obtained during her research is this inscription: 'Remus Reid, horse thief, sent to  Montana Territorial Prison 1885, escaped 1887, robbed the  Montana Flyer six  times. Caught by Pinkerton detectives, convicted and hanged in 1889.'

So Judy recently e-mailed Senator Harry Reid for information about their mutual great-great uncle. Believe it or not, Harry Reid's staff sent back the following biographical sketch for her genealogy research: 'Remus Reid was a famous cowboy in the  Montana  Territory . His business empire grew to include  acquisition of valuable equestrian assets and intimate dealings with the Montana railroad. Beginning in 1883, he devoted several years of his life to government service, finally taking leave to resume his dealings with the  railroad. In 1887, he was a key player in a vital  investigation run by the renowned Pinkerton Detective Agency. In 1889, Remus passed away during an important civic function held in his honor when the platform upon which he was standing collapsed.'

How’s that for a spin?

Tennessee Granddaddy Says:
It’s those little insignificant things that happen every day that make life so wonderful.

Quote of the Day
We speak little if not egged on by vanity.
~François de la Rochefoucauld

Joke of the Day

Mr. Goldfarb couldn't resist temptation. He got into a dice game one night. As everyone watched, the loser turned into a winner. His luck kept holding, and he was up by three thousand dollars. He decided to make one last bet—and lost everything.

The shock was so great he had a heart attack and dropped dead. The other men around the table had to figure out how to tell Mrs. Goldfarb the news.

One of them went to tell Mrs. Goldfarb. He knocked on the door and said, "Mrs. Goldfarb, your husband was shooting dice with me and my friends tonight."

"That bum!" she said. "I told him never to gamble!"

"Well, he did—and he won three thousand dollars."

"My goodness!"

"Then he bet it all on the next roll of the dice and he lost."

"What? He lost all the money?"

"That's right!"

"That bum! He should drop dead!"

"He did."

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Friday, July 24, 2009

Nobody’s Perfect

Embracing Imperfection
I received the following in an email a few days ago from my good friend, Jay, in Knoxville. It made me think about how I deal with imperfection. The following is a good story; albeit true or false, it teaches a good lesson for us all. Read on…

When I was a little boy, my mom liked to make breakfast food for dinner every now and then. And I remember one night in particular when she had made breakfast after a long, hard day at work. On that evening so long ago, my mom placed a plate of eggs, sausage, and extremely burned toast in front of my dad.

burnt_toastI remember waiting to see if anyone noticed! Yet all my dad did was reach for his toast, smile at my mom, and ask me how my day was at school. I don't remember what I told him that night, but I do remember watching him smear butter and jelly on that toast and eat every bite!

When I got up from the table that evening, I remember hearing my mom apologize to my dad for burning the toast. And I'll never forget what he said. 'Baby, I love burned toast.'

Later that night, I went to kiss Daddy good night, and I asked him if he really liked his toast burned. He wrapped me in his arms and said, 'Little Buddy, your Momma put in a hard day at work today and she's real tired. And besides-a little burnt toast never hurt anyone!’

You know, life is full of imperfect things...and imperfect people. What I've learned over the years is that learning to accept each other's faults - and choosing to celebrate each other's differences - is the one of the most important keys to creating a healthy, growing, and lasting relationship.

Don't put the key to your happiness in someone else's pocket - but into your own.

People will always forget what you do, and they will always forget what you say, but they will never, ever forget the way you make them feel.

Tennessee Granddaddy Says:
Never say no to a gift from a child. I once had a poor Mexican child give me a white ceramic unicorn. I accepted it with love. She had bought me something that she liked. I value that gift.

Quote of the Day
We would frequently be ashamed of our good deeds if people saw all of the motives that produced them. 
~La Rochefoucauld

Joke of the Day

A man goes on a business trip and leaves his cat with a neighbor. When he calls in to check on the pet the friend says 'Your cat died.'

The man is heartbroken, and asks 'Couldn't you have broken it to me gently? The first time I called you could have said 'The cat is on the roof' and later, 'The cat fell off the roof, and it doesn't look good'', etc, etc.

Well, he gets a new cat, and next time he goes away he leaves the new animal with the same neighbor.

A week later he calls him up and says 'How's my cat?' The neighbor replies, 'Your cat's fine, but your mother is on the roof.'

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Thursday, July 23, 2009

Unusual Best Friends

An 800 Pound Grizzly Bear
The following is 3.5 minute National Geographic video that tells about Casey Anderson and his special friend, Brutus. It’s an interesting friendship that shows how close man and animal can become.

A friend is one of the nicest things you can have,
and one of the best things you can be. 
~Douglas Pagels

The friend is the man who knows all about you,
and still likes you. 
~Elbert Hubbard

Oreo Comes Today 
I’m going to be puppy sitting. Kevin’s bringing Oreo over sometime this morning. I look forward to playing with him the next couple of days.

The Knees
The orthopedic doctor looked at my knee x-rays yesterday, and said I had “crappy” knees. He that was an orthopedic term they used to describe knees. Ha!

The doctor gave me a cortisone shot in each knee. He’s hoping that may give me some pain relief. He said if that doesn’t help that we probably be planning for knee replacement surgery down the road.  

Tennessee Granddaddy Says:
Someone said that being kind is more important than proving yourself right. I believe that.

Quote of the Day
Don't knock the weather;
nine-tenths of the people couldn't start a
conversation if it didn't change once in a while.
~Kin Hubbard

Joke of the Day

A man passed away and went to heaven. Arriving at the pearly gates, St. Peter said, "come on in. I'll show you around. You'll like it here." Walking through the gates, the man noticed clocks everywhere. There were grandfather clocks, wall clock, watches, and clocks in every corner. It appeared that heaven was nothing more than a giant clock warehouse.

Surprised at how heaven looked, the man asked, "St. Peter, what's the deal? Why are all these clocks here in heaven?" St. Peter replied, "The clocks keep track of things on earth. There is one clock for each person. Every time the person on earth tells a lie, his clock moves one minute.""For instance, this clock is for Sam, the used car salesman. If you watch it closely, it will move." "Click." The minute hand on Sam's clock moved one minute. "Click." It moved another minute. "Sam must be into closing a customer right now," said St. Peter. "The minute hand on his clock moves all day."

The man and St. Peter continued walking. Soon, they came to a clock with cobwebs on the minute hand. "Whose clock is this?" asked the man. "That clock belongs to the widow Mary. She is one of the finest, God-fearing, people on earth. I bet her clock hasn't moved in a year or two."

They continued walking and touring heaven. The man enjoyed watching the clocks of all his friends. When the tour was finished, the man said, "I've seen everyone's clock but President Clinton's. Where is his clock?" Saint Peter smiled, "Just look up. We use his clock for a ceiling fan."

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Wednesday, July 22, 2009

One of My Rights Is To

Change My Mind
When you get old, there is one thing you have the right to do. And that’s to change your mind about something.

Yes, I have changed my mind about seeing an orthopedic specialist about my knees. You may recall that last week I saw my arthritis doctor who x-rayed my knees and said I needed knee replacements. At that time I thought I might wait until next year to see a specialist. I decided it might be best to go ahead and see the specialist now as there might be some interim treatment that might delay knee replacement surgery. I have a 2:00 PM appointment today.

(And with the government planning to take over our health care, I thought it might be good to get with a specialist now. The government may decide that I am too old and not deserving of knee replacements, and I might need to act fast.)

Fishing Report
P1060048-1Ralph and I were on South Holston lake yesterday,  trolling some spoons & plugs, and drowning a few night crawlers. We had a great day! We brought home 11 fish: 6 walleye, 4 lake trout, and 1 rainbow trout. The 6 walleye weighed a total of 28 pounds, and the largest was a little over 7 pounds. All the fish together weighed a little over 40 pounds.

Tennessee Granddaddy Says:
When was the last time you had a child fall asleep in your arms? Now that is peaceful!

Quote of the Day
The years teach much which the days never knew.
~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Joke of the Day

Three strings walk into a bar. The first string walks up to the bartender and says, "Gimme a drink."

The bartender replies, "Sorry, we don't serve strings here."

The second string thinks if he asks nice, he will get a drink, so he goes up to the bartender and says, "Please, Sir, if it is not too much trouble may I have a drink?"

The bartender replies, "Can't you hear? We don't serve strings!"

The third string goes into the bathroom and pulls himself into a loop and messes up his hair. He goes up to the bartender.

The bartender says, "Are you a string?"

"Sorry, Sir, I am a frayed knot."

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Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Mexico Bridge Collapse

Just last Friday a bridge collapsed in Mexico on the border between the states of Veracruz and Tabasco. The bridge was over the Tonala River outside the city of Agua Dulce. I’ve seen varying reports on the number of fatalities from 3-8.

Hearing about that brought back memories of the few years Beverly and I lived in Mexico. We went to our Sunday Morning Church meeting in Agua Dulce. While we didn’t pass over the bridge on our trips to Agua Dulce, we did go over it about one a month when we would take a 2 plus hour trip to Villahermosa, Tabasco. The purpose of of monthly trip was to visit a Sam’s Club so we could stock up on grocery items we could not find locally.

Here’s a few pictures of the bridge that collapsed.


Beverly and I feel fortunate to have lived in Mexico for nearly 3 years and not have experienced a bad accident or serious health issue while there. It is my opinion that life has more risk associated with in in Mexico.

Fishing Today 
I hope to be on the lake today. Ralph and I are going to float the boat in South Holston again and try for some of those trout. walleyeWe may start by fishing for walleye (see picture). It would sure be nice to learn how to catch the walleye by trolling in South Holston. Unfortunately Doug cannot go with us today, so unless someone shows up while we are loading up this morning, it will just be the two of us.

Tennessee Granddaddy Says:
Always take the time to be kind,
whether it be to an old person or a young child.
Or any living creature.

Quote of the Day
Never miss an opportunity to make others happy, even if you have to leave them alone in order to do it. 
~Author Unknown

Joke of the Day

Writing Advice:

  • Avoid alliteration. Always.
  • Prepositions are not words to end sentences with.
  • Avoid clichés like the plague. (They're old hat.)
  • Parenthetical remarks (however relevant) are unnecessary.
  • Contractions aren't necessary.
  • Foreign words and phrases are not apropos.
  • One should never generalize.
  • Comparisons are as bad as clichés.
  • Don't be redundant; don't use more words than necessary; it's highly superfluous.
  • Be more or less specific.
  • One-word sentences? Eliminate.
  • Analogies in writing are like feathers on a snake.
  • Go around the barn at high noon to avoid colloquialisms.
  • Even if a mixed metaphor sings, it should be derailed.
  • Who needs rhetorical questions?
  • Exaggeration is a billion times worse than understatement.

Don’t you wish you could show this to your English teacher?

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Monday, July 20, 2009

More Oliver Meddaugh Photos

New Pictures Added July 5, 2009
New pictures were added to Oliver Meddaugh, Nature Photographer, website. I never met Oliver Meddaugh (1918-1999), but I know his wife, Celia,  very well. She lives here in Kingsport and goes to church meetings with us. She is a wonderful lady that is full of interesting stories who has a zest for life.

Here’s one of the pictures from the nature website.


Young owlets out of the next (above).
One of the pictures taken by Oliver Meddaugh.
Click on the photo to go to the website.

The Second American Revolution 
Every American should watch the following. It takes less than 7 short minutes and it may help you understand the state of the union.

Think About This…
When someone asks you, "A penny for your thoughts," and you put your two cents in, what happens to the other penny?

"I am." is reportedly the shortest sentence in the English language. Could it be that "I Do." is the longest sentence?

Do you know what there are so many “Smiths” in the phone book? Answer: They all have phones.

Farmer’s Market
We went to the local farmer’s market in Kingsport last Saturday. We ended up buying corn on the cob, potatoes, onions, cucumbers, squash, green peppers, jalapeno peppers, and blackberries. Beverly made me blackberry cobbler. It was delicious!
Tennessee Granddaddy Says:
The best classroom in the world is
at the feet of an elderly person.

Quote of the Day
If things go wrong, don't go with them.
~Roger Babson

Joke of the Day

A nursery school teacher was delivering a station wagon full of kids home one day when a fire truck zoomed past. Sitting in the front seat of the fire truck was a Dalmatian dog.

The children fell to discussing the dog's duties.

"They use him to keep crowds back," said one youngster.

"No," said another, "he's just for good luck."

A third child brought the argument to a close. "They use the dogs," she said firmly, "to find the fire hydrant."

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Saturday, July 18, 2009

Red Green

Ever Heard of the Red Green Show?
No, not me. But I ran across this comedian handyman the other day. He had a comedy show that ran in Canada. They say it ran for about 300 episodes. After you look at some of the clips you’ll understand… because he’s funny!

Here’s one episode. You can go to YouTube and find many more.


Tennessee Granddaddy Says: 
Don’t ever worry about what other people think of you. It’s their own business.

Quote of the Day
It's easy to make a buck. 
It's a lot tougher to make a difference.
~Tom Brokaw

Joke of the Day

An elderly woman decided to have her portrait painted.

She told the artist: "Paint me with diamond ear-rings, a diamond necklace, emerald bracelets, a ruby broach and a gold Rolex."

The confused artist said: "But you're not wearing any of those things."

"I know," she said. "But if I die before my husband, I'm sure my husband will remarry. And I want his new wife to go crazy looking for the jewelry."

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Friday, July 17, 2009

The Old Clothesline

Back in Style?
Just a few days ago my Dad was mentioned in his blog about old time wash days. It was his entry #1777.

Mand's ClotheslineThen a few days ago my Granddaughter, Mandy, told in her blog about putting up a retractable clothesline. Read about her Green Weekend. Picture is Mandy’s clothesline from her post.

Then a few days ago my friends Faye and Charlie from Kentucky sent me the following about the old time clotheslines. You’ll find it interesting…


  1. You had to wash the clothes line before hanging any clothes -walk the entire lengths of each line with a damp cloth around the lines.
  2. You had to hang the clothes in a certain order, and always hang "whites" with "whites," and hang them first.
  3. You never hung a shirt by the shoulders - always by the tail!. What would the neighbors think?
  4. Wash day on a Monday! . .. . Never hang clothes on the weekend, or Sunday, for Heaven's sake!
  5. Hang the sheets and towels on the outside lines so you could hide your "unmentionables" in the middle (perverts & busybodies, y'know!)
  6. It didn't matter if it was sub zero weather . . ....Clothes would "freeze-dry.."
  7. Always gather the clothes pins when taking down dry clothes! Pins left on the lines were "tacky!"
  8. If you were efficient, you would line the clothes up so that each item did not need two clothes pins, but shared one of the clothes pins with the next washed item..
  9. Clothes off of the line before dinner time, neatly folded in the clothes basket, and ready to be ironed.
  10. IRONED?! Well, that's a whole other subject!


A clothesline was a news forecast
To neighbors passing by,
There were no secrets you could keep
When clothes were hung to dry.

It also was a friendly link
For neighbors always knew
If company had stopped on by
To spend a night or two.

For then you'd see the "fancy sheets"
And towels upon the line;
You'd see the "company table cloths"
With intricate designs.

The line announced a baby's birth
From folks who lived inside -
As brand new infant clothes were hung,
So carefully with pride!

The ages of the children could
So readily be known
By watching how the sizes changed,
You'd know how much they'd grown!

It also told when illness struck,
As extra sheets were hung;
Then nightclothes, and a bathrobe, too,
Haphazardly were strung.

It also said, "Gone on vacation now"
When lines hung limp and bare.
It told, "We're back!" when full lines sagged
With not an inch to spare!

New folks in town were scorned upon
If wash was dingy and gray,
As neighbors carefully raised their brows,
And looked the other way . .

But clotheslines now are of the past,
For dryers make work much less.
Now what goes on inside a home
Is anybody's guess!

I really miss that way of life.
It was a friendly sign
When neighbors knew each other best
By what hung on the line.

Tennessee Granddaddy Says:
There are times when we need to clean house. Someone said to get
rid of anything that isn't useful, beautiful or joyful.

Quote of the Day
God made time, but man made haste.
~Irish Proverb

Joke of the Day

When the store manager returned from lunch, he noticed his clerk's hand was bandaged, but before he could ask about the bandage, the clerk said he had some very good news for him.

"Guess what, sir?" the clerk said. "I finally sold that terrible, ugly suit we've had so long!"

"Do you mean that repulsive pink-and-blue double-breasted thing?" the manager asked.

"That's the one!"

"That's great!" the manager cried, "I thought we'd never get rid of that monstrosity! That had to be the ugliest suit we've ever had! But tell me. Why is your hand bandaged?"

"Oh," the clerk replied, "after I sold the guy that suit, his guide dog bit me."

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Thursday, July 16, 2009

Some WWII History

Recently Unclassified
My Cousin Johnny from West Tennessee recently me the following that I thought was very interesting. I thought you might enjoy this little bit of WWII history.

Starting in 1941, an increasing number of British Airmen found themselves as the involuntary guests of the Third Reich, and the Crown was casting about for ways and means to facilitate their escape. Now obviously, one of the most helpful aids to that end is a useful and accurate map, one showing not only where stuff was, but also showing the locations of 'safe houses' where a POW on-the-lam could go for food and shelter.

Paper maps had some real drawbacks -- they make a lot of noise when you open and fold them, they wear out rapidly, and if they get wet, they turn into mush. 

Someone  in MI-5 (similar to America's OSS ) got the idea of  printing escape maps on silk. It's durable, can be  scrunched-up into tiny wads, unfolded as many  times as needed, and makes no noise whatsoever.
At that time, there was only one manufacturer in Great Britain that had perfected the technology of printing on silk, and that was John Waddington, Ltd.  When approached by the government, the firm was only too happy to do its bit for the war effort.

By pure coincidence, Waddington was also the U.K.  Licensee for the popular American board game, Monopoly. As it happened, 'games and pastimes' was a  category of item qualified for insertion into 'CARE  packages', dispatched by the International Red Cross  to prisoners of war.

monopoly_boardUnder  the strictest of secrecy, in a securely guarded and inaccessible old workshop on the grounds of  Waddington's, a group of sworn-to-secrecy employees  began mass-producing escape maps, keyed to each  region of Germany or Italy where Allied POW camps  were located. When processed, these maps could be folded into such tiny dots that they would actually fit inside a Monopoly playing piece.  As  long as they were at it, the clever workmen at  Waddington's also managed to add:

1. A playing  token, containing a small magnetic compass
2. A  two-part metal file that could easily be screwed  together
3. Useful amounts of genuine  high-denomination German, Italian, and French  currency, hidden within the piles of Monopoly money!

British  and American air crews were advised, before taking  off on their first mission, how to identify a  'rigged' Monopoly set -- by means of a tiny red dot,  one cleverly rigged to look like an ordinary printing glitch, located in the corner of the Free Parking square.

Of the estimated 35,000 Allied POWS who successfully  escaped, an estimated one-third were aided in their  flight by the rigged Monopoly sets.. Everyone who  did so was sworn to secrecy indefinitely, since the  British Government might want to use this highly  successful ruse in still another, future war. The story wasn't declassified until 2007, when the  surviving craftsmen from Waddington's, as well as  the firm itself, were finally honored in a public  ceremony.

It's always nice when you can play that  'Get Out of Jail' Free' card! I  realize some of you are (probably) too young to have  any personal connection to WWII (Dec. '41 to Aug. '45), but this is still interesting.

Story  verification: Wall Street Journal Article

Tennessee Granddaddy Says:
Don’t judge others. Instead apply judgment to yourself based on the life & teachings of Jesus.

Quote of the Day
If only we'd stop trying to be happy
we could have a pretty good time.
~Edith Wharton

Joke of the Day

Among the speakers at a large seminar for ministers-in-training were many well known motivational speakers. One of them boldly approached the pulpit and, gathering the entire crowd's attention, said, "The best years of my life were spent in the arms of a woman that wasn't my wife!" The crowd was shocked!

He followed up by saying, "And that woman was my mother!"

The crowd burst into laughter and he gave his speech which, went over well. About a week later one of the ministers who had attended the seminar decided to use that joke in his sermon.

As he shyly approached the pulpit one Sunday, he tried to rehearse the joke in his head. It seemed a bit foggy to him this morning. Getting to the microphone he said loudly, "The greatest years of my life were spent in the arms of another woman that was not my wife!"

His congregation sat shocked. After standing there for almost 10 seconds trying to recall the second half of the joke, the pastor finally blurted out "...and I can't remember who she was!"

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Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Senior Bumper Stickers

More Bumper Stickers
Here’s the last set of those bumper stickers for seniors:


Fishing Yesterday
We had another good day on the lake. We got our limit in Lake Trout but only caught 1 rainbow trout. Here’s a few pictures from yesterday and a few from last week.

The lake was beautiful yesterday, 7/14/2009. P1060012
Here the stringer from 7/14/2009. P1060025
Paul Cassel took this picture and the next two pictures on 7/7/2009. Here I am bringing in a Lake Trout. 20090707_6
This shows me netting a trout for one of the other guys. 20090707_12
This is an example of some of the nice Lake Trout we have been catching. 20090707_14


Tennessee Granddaddy Says:
Be careful and be prepared, for our whole life can change in the blink of an eye.

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

Joke of the Day

A young man asked an old rich man how he made his money.

The old guy fingered his worsted wool vest and said, "Well, son, it was 1932. The depth of the Great Depression. I was down to my last nickel. I invested that nickel in an apple. I spent the entire day polishing the apple and, at the end of the day, I sold the apple for ten cents. The next morning, I invested those ten cents in two apples. I spent the entire day polishing them and sold them at 5:00 p.m. for 20 cents. I continued this system for a month, by the end of which I'd accumulated a fortune of $1.37. Then my wife's father died and left us two million dollars."

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