Sunday, March 31, 2013

THE OPTIMIST VS. THE PESSIMIST

The pessimist says "Florida had 3 teams in the final 16 and none of them made it into the final four."

The optimist says "OMG 3 teams made it into the main events from Florida. That is amazing and good, especially when one of them was Florida Gold Coast.

You pick who you B!

 Bye for Now,

bill

Saturday, March 30, 2013

An 87 Year Old College Student



The first day of school our professor introduced himself and challenged us to get to know someone we didn’t already know.
I stood up to look around when a gentle hand touched my shoulder. I turned round to find a wrinkled, little old lady beaming up at me
with a smile that lit up her entire being.
She said, “Hi handsome. My name is Rose. I’m eighty-seven years old. Can I give you a hug?”
I laughed and enthusiastically responded, “Of course you may!” and she gave me a giant squeeze.
“Why are you in college at such a young, innocent age?” I asked.
She jokingly replied, “I’m here to meet a rich husband, get married, and have a couple of kids…”
“No seriously,” I asked. I was curious what may have motivated her to be taking on this challenge at her age.
“I always dreamed of having a college education and now I’m getting one!” she told me.
After class we walked to the student union building and shared a chocolate milkshake. We became instant friends. Every day for the
next three months, we would leave class together and talk nonstop. I was always mesmerized listening to this “time machine”
as she shared her wisdom and experience with me.
Over the course of the year, Rose became a campus icon and she easily made friends wherever she went. She loved to dress up and she reveled in the attention bestowed upon her from the other students. She was living it up.
At the end of the semester we invited Rose to speak at our football banquet. I’ll never forget what she taught us. She was
introduced and stepped up to the podium.
As she began to deliver her prepared speech, she dropped her three by five cards on the floor. Frustrated and a little embarrassed she leaned into the microphone and simply said, “I’m sorry I’m so jittery. I gave up beer for Lent and this whiskey is killing me! I’ll never get my speech back in order so let me just tell
you what I know.”
As we laughed she cleared her throat and began, “We do not stop playing because we are old; we grow old because we stop
playing. There are only four secrets to staying young, being happy, and achieving success. You have to laugh and find humor every day.
You’ve got to have a dream. When you lose your dreams, you die.
We have so many people walking around who are dead and don’t even know it! There is a huge difference between growing
older and growing up.
If you are nineteen years old and lie in bed for one full year and don’t do one productive thing, you will turn twenty years old.
If I am eighty-seven years old and stay in bed for a year and never do anything I will turn eighty-eight.
Anybody can grow older. That doesn’t take any talent or ability. The idea is to grow up by always finding opportunity in change.
Have no regrets.
The elderly usually don’t have regrets for what we did, but rather for things we did not do. The only people who fear death are those
with regrets.”
She concluded her speech by courageously singing “The Rose.”
She challenged each of us to study the lyrics and live them out in our daily lives.
At the year’s end Rose finished the college degree she had begun all those years ago. One week after graduation Rose died
peacefully in her sleep.
Over two thousand college students attended her funeral in tribute to the wonderful woman who taught by example that it’s
never too late to be all you can possibly be.
These words have been passed along in loving memory of ROSE.
REMEMBER, GROWING OLDER IS MANDATORY. GROWING UP IS
OPTIONAL.
We make a Living by what we get, We make a Life by what we give."

Friday, March 29, 2013

HAPPY HOLIDAYS

for the Jewish people for Passover and for the Gentiles for Easter coming day after tomorrow.

May everyone enjoy a peaceful, happy, and family filled celebration.

Whatever your religion, it is all about love, peace of mind, and hope for the future.

Bye for Now,

bill

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

WORDS WORTH READING

Yesterday is a cancelled check: Forget it. Tomorrow is a promisory note: Don't count on it. Today is ready cash. Use it.

—Edwin Bliss


Must be his last name!

Bye for Now,

bill

Saturday, March 23, 2013

A WHILE AGO I SAID

that being in the weeds is when you don't have time to update your "to do" list.

Really being in the weeds is when you don't recall what a "to do" list is.

But all of my weeds are happy and celebratory ones. They just block my "robot' from his list!!

Bye for now,
Bill

Friday, March 22, 2013

WORDS WORTH LOL ABOUT


TO ERR IS HUMAN, BUT TO REALLY FOUL THINGS UP REQUIRES A COMPUTER.


THE GREATEST DANGER IN MODERN TECHNOLOGY ISN'T THAT MACHINES WILL BEGIN TO THINK LIKE PEOPLE, BUT THAT PEOPLE WILL BEGIN TO THINK LIKE MACHINES.

—John Manning

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

FINALLY SOMEONE LISTENED TO MY BLOG

I believe it was after the movie theater shootings that I suggested that the perps shoot themselves first NOT last!

The dude at UCF plotting murders of mass destruction with guns and bombs did exactly that. Don't get me wrong. I do feel sad for his family and friends. But at least he spared so many other innocent people from a needless tragedy.

When in doubt get help. When help doesn't work shoot yourself first, if you must shoot at all!

I go to a memorial service on Thursday for a woman whose husband never read my blog. He shot her first and him second. I kid you not. Wrong order. She was a very good woman and will be missed by many. He, on the other hand, will not be missed by any.

Bye for Now,

bill

Sunday, March 17, 2013

FROM THE SAME BOOK AND AUTHOR

"All trust has limits. And it has to be constantly earned."

TRUTH!

Bye for Now,

bill

LINE FROM ONE OF MY FAVORITE AUTHORS

"Actually you will come to see that D.C. is just one big conspiracy."

 —David Baldacci
     "Hell's Corner"

And here I thought it was just one big happy family working together for the good of us all! LIFE TRULY IS STRANGER THAN FICTION!

BYE FOR NOW,

BILL

Saturday, March 16, 2013

HOPE YOU HAVE

a pleasant, peaceful, fulfilling weekend doing things you enjoy.

Hope I do too!

Bye for Now,

Bill

Friday, March 15, 2013

DID YOU EVER NOTICE

that when the outside of an envelope says VERY IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT....... it rarely is?

And I also notice that I rarely get anything important via snail mail. Technology has destroyed or seriously weakened so many long standing entities—the post office, travel agencies, book stores, the yellow pages just to name a few.

The advances that have been made in my lifetime amaze me, BUT don't get me wrong. I am still pissed about the traffic ticket I got via technology, for being on the yellow side of a traffic light.


Bye For Now,
Bill

Thursday, March 14, 2013

WORDS WORTH READING

Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don't mind it doesn't matter.

—Mark Twain

Saturday, March 9, 2013

HEADING AWAY FROM CYBER SPACE AGAIN

Laughter is an instant vacation.

—Milton Berle

If you remember Uncle Milty, not to mention the men from Texaco, raise your hand! If you do, this means you are older than you ever cared to be!!

Bye for Now,

Bill

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

THEY LET ME BACK INTO CYBERSPACE FOR A BRIEF VISIT

Fascinating article in Time Magazine special report called "Why Medical Bills are Killing Us."

A few of the facts:

Nonprofit hospitals make significant profits

Hospital CEOs of 10 hospitals earn from 2.1 million to 5.9 million a year

The price of an appendectomy in US averages $13k. In Europe $2-3k. Argentina $1000

If i need one, I am going to Argentina. I would save $12 grand and be able to drink their great wines.

Check out the article as it is worth the read.

Bye for Now,

Bill

Sunday, March 3, 2013

WISE WORDS

When something bad happens you have 3 choices. You can either let it define you, let it destroy you, or let it strengthen you.

I vote for door #3!!

Bye for Now,

Bill

ps  May be in a no wifi zone this week. Only have my phone access. No worries if you don't hear the sound of my keys typing or see any further updates.


Friday, March 1, 2013

NOT A BIGGIE

But does anyone know why General Schwarzkopf died 12/27/12 and was buried 2/28/13? Seems like a very long wake.

Bye For Now,

Bill

ON BEING IN THE WEEDS

You kinda know you are in the weeds when you don't even have time to put things on your "to do" list!

These days, that is where I am. Hope to get back to balance real soon. You too!

Bye for Now,

Bill