Thursday, October 31, 2013

WORDS WORTH READING


Growing old is like being increasingly penalized for a crime you haven't committed.

—Anthony Powell

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

I DIDN'T KNOW THAT TODAY

was National Mental Health Day, but someone emailed that it was.

What's more, I didn't know that this nation had any mental health whatsoever, today or any day!

If we did, we would do more, much more, to help people obtain mental health support, which includes congress and politicians everywhere, as well as everyman, woman and child.

It feels that this great nation, which evokes much pride and spirit, especially at the start of the bottom of the 7th inning of the World Series, has lost its way and we who see that are pretty powerless to be of any help at all.

Much as I try to stay positive and encourage the same, in some zones, I feel we have been defeated. I'm reminded of that cartoon that says, "I have found the enemy and it is us!"


Bye for Now,

bill

Saturday, October 26, 2013

INTERESTING FACTS FROM OP GAZETTE



Newborn kangaroos are so small they can fit on a teaspoon.

The word "verb" is actually a noun.

In 1898, 14 years before the titanic sank, Morgan Robertson wrote a book about a ship called the "Titan" that crashed into an iceberg and sank. The book is "The Wreck of the Titan."
Other bizarre similarities include: both ships were 800 feet long, both were know as unsinkable, both sank in the North Atlantic, both didn't have enough lifeboats and both had 3000 passengers.

My favorite:
Alcoholic beverages contain all of the minerals necessary to sustain human life.

Bye for Now,

Bill

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

ON AN EVEN LIGHTER NOTE

FROM ORANGE PEEL GAZETTE:

An older retired couple were looking into the future. The husband asked his wife, "If I die first what will u do? After some thought she said, "I'd look for a house-sharing situation with three other single or widowed women who were a little younger than me." What will you do if I die first," she asked?"
"Probably the same thing," he replied.

Two elderly friends were having breakfast in a restaurant one morning. Ethel looked puzzled and said, "Mabel did you know you've got a suppository in your ear?" Mabel answered, "I have? "A suppository?" She pulled it out and then stared at it. Then she said,
I'm glad you noticed this thing. Now i think I know where my hearing aid is!"

Monday, October 21, 2013

ON A LIGHTER NOTE


In an old Time Magazine article the following statement was made:

"The problem with liking everything is that it becomes meaningless to like anything."

I LIKE that!

Bye for Now,

Bill

Friday, October 18, 2013

YESTERDAY I TOLD A NICE STORY

so today a not so nice one. 5000 miles ago I brought my car to Jiffy Lube for a simple oil change. I told the guy I was in a hurry and he said, "No problem. I can get it in a bay right now." Fifty + minutes later I went back to him and asked, "How come this is taking so long."Well sir, as part of our service we do a total car assessment—free.""But I didn't want that—I need to get out of here."

He produced a computer print out that showed numerous problems. I reiterated that I was in a hurry, but so was he. He was in a rush to get me to spend more money. "But sir, he said, "all of your filters are worn and dirty. Look at your air filter. This is what you and your kids are breathing in!" The air filter was truly corroded with everything from leaves to what looked like dog doo and all else in between. "My kids don't drive with me so please give me the bill for the oil change,"was  my now annoyed response. Annoyed  himself by his failure, he finally proceeded to check me out—well over one hour since I had arrived.What happened to the Jiffy, I wondered?

Fast forward 5000 miles. I brought my SUV into my friends at J.M. Lexus. Conrad, my service rep rocks! The place is state of the art and attends to every detail. That was Jim Moran—the courtesy man's way. In addition, to getting my brakes sorted out, I told him to have all the filters changed based on the feedback from Jiffy Lube.

When I returned to pick up the car he said, "Only the oil filter was needing replacement Dr. Penzer." I said, "Great that saves me money."

The light bulb in my head didn't illuminate till I was a few blocks away."Wait a minute." I said to myself. "The air filter didn't clean itself. If anything it got dirtier. Son of a bitch. That wasn't my air filter. That was one they show to seal the deal with car-ignorant people. Or they messed mine up and had to clean it up when I didn't bite the bait. Either way, that's more disgusting than the dirty filter they showed me."

This proves my statement of 10+ years ago, "It's not paranoid to be paranoid these days!" If you find this as repugnant as I do, please send this to Jiffy Lube HQ. I don't know if it is a corporate wide marketing gimic or a franchisee's idea of a self-serving sales plan. Either way WT you know what!

Bye for Now,

Bill

Thursday, October 17, 2013

LIKE THE GOVERNMENT

I too am back in business as usual mode—at least until January. But, like the government I have very little to say.

But here is a nice story.At West Orange High  In Winter Garden, Bubba Hunter and Semone Adkins were crowned homecoming King and Queen, elected by their 3800 classmates. Both students were born with Down Syndrome.

We have truly come a long way—baby. May our government mature, grow, and find their way too.

Bye for Now,

Bill

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

A TEMPORARY RELIEF FROM THE SHUTDOWN

Couldn't help but lol at this joke from Jimmy Fallon:

The whole mess with the shutdown isn't making anyone happy. In fact, a new survey found that nine percent of Americans have considered giving up their U.S. citizenship because of the constant arguing in Washington. It's not good- today even Obama was like 'Are you sure I wasn't born in Kenya?'

Cute!

Bye for Now,

Bill

STILL SHUT DOWN!

They think we are idiots. Let's show them in the next elections we have brains, we understand, and we don't support incompetent and self-serving government officials.

Unfortunately, that leaves no one to vote for, sad to say.


Bye for Now,

Bill

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

I COULDN'T HAVE SAID IT BETTER MYSELF

Biz executives typically shy away from political footballs, but the CEO of Auto Nation, Mike Jackson, has shown he can sell cars as well as smell foul politics. He scored a touchdown with me when he said:

"It's really stupid, incompetent, irresponsible," referring to what he termed was Washington as dysfunctional. Though he blamed both sides he gave a larger share to House Republicans despite being a Republican himself. He went on to say "It'll be bad for the economy...It'll be bad for the American people,"and he hopes for an epiphany so we pull back from the brink.

All this in a news conference related to not texting while driving. I want to be like MIKE! Keep the rhetoric coming Mike, but only at red lights!

Bye for Now,

Bill

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

SINCE OUR GOVERNMENT CAN SHUT DOWN

so can I. Not much to say. Life is good except when I look beyond. What a freak'in mess we have made. I say "we" but neither you nor i did anything.

Then again, hope springs eternal, unless you happen to party with tea. I never liked tea anyway. Never had a cup and never will!

Bye for now,

bill