Monday, April 28, 2014

AS I SAID LAST YEAR

We returned on a red eye from the Stupid Cancer conference for young adults WITH RED EYES!

Prayers,

Bye for now,

Bill

Thursday, April 24, 2014

APPROPO OF YESTERDAY'S POST

I subsequently learned that 22 of 29 crew members survived, while Asian children taught to obey their elders and be respectful perished, as they did not leave their cabins. There is something wrong with this picture.

Just so sad for them and their families. Just so mad at so many self-serving crew members.

If this was an isolated incident it would be one thing. Sorry to say it has become a metaphor for life in 2014. Too many examples to share.

Prayers!

Bye for Now,

Bill

I TRY HARD NOT TO BE JUDGEMENTAL

I was relieved just slightly to learn that 11 crew members of the ill-fated South Korean ferry were arrested, until I asked myself WTF happened that allowed them to survive and the 100's of children not to?

This story and tragedy is not only about too heavy a load, and too many added passenger cabins, or even a turn taken too quickly by an inexperienced third mate—it is about the people in charge abandoning their responsibilities to save themselves.No punishment will be sufficient, except perhaps the shame with which they will have to live.

They should all be forced to have a tattoo of the letter C placed on their foreheads—cowards to the core!

So much for not being judgmental!

Bye for Now,
Bill

Monday, April 21, 2014

EVERY ONCE IN A RARE MOMENT

I find a meaningful statement on social media. Yesterday's was one and so is todays:

Strength shows not only in the ability to persist, but the ability to start over.

—Unknown

I have always believed that we need to reinvent ourselves in many ways across our lives.


Bye for now,

Bill

Sunday, April 20, 2014

HAPPY EASTER

Here is a worthy quote for our times:

"The biggest communication problem is we do not listen to understand. We listen to reply."

—Unknown


Friday, April 18, 2014

OK SO I'M A DINASAUR

IN MY DAY, THE CAPTAIN WENT DOWN WITH THE SHIP. In today's world, the captain is first off on the first lifeboat. Disgraceful.

IN MY DAY, FRAT/SORORITY HAZING WAS PRETTY MODERATE. In today's world, it has become amongst other things, forcing pledges to drink way too much alcohol—borderline overdose levels—and then leaving them stranded—drunk out of their mind. Disgraceful.

Hats off to UCF for suspending Chi Omega Sorority for doing that.

Perhaps living in "prehistoric" (aka as honorable) times wasn't such a bad thing.

Prayers for those children and adults killed tragically on the ferry. Sad about the school principal, but at least he was honorable to "fall on his sword."

Bye for Now,

Bill

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

WORDS WORTH HEARING AND REPEATING




The past is a source of knowledge, and the future is a source of hope. Love of the past implies faith in the future.

—Stephen Ambrose

Bye for Now,

bill

OM GOODNESS

Just realized I have fallen terribly behind on late night humor. Here are a few to tickle your funny bone:

Conan O'Brien

A man got a tattoo saying that Kentucky won the NCAA tournament even though they lost this year. It's right above his tattoo congratulating President Mitt Romney.

Jimmy Fallon on the same topic:

George W. Bush and Bill Clinton sat next to each other at the big game. Clinton congratulated UConn on its big win, while Bush gave Kentucky a "Mission Accomplished" banner.

Fallon once again:

Authorities in NY recently arrested a man at JFK airport with 7 pounds of cocaine hidden inside goat meat. Or as Toronto Mayor Rob Ford calls that an "hors d'oeuvre."

More yokes to come. As I often say, "If we don't laugh a little we risk crying a lot.

Bye for now,

Bill


Tuesday, April 15, 2014

A HAPPY PASSOVER AND EASTER TO ALL

So interesting how the two religions dovetail each other. Xmas and Chanukah, Easter and Passover. Not to mention skullcaps.

Bye for Now,

 Bill

Thursday, April 10, 2014

I WISH YOU ALL

 a happy conclusion to your week and a peaceful, relaxing and pleasant weekend.

Bye for Now,

bill

Monday, April 7, 2014

WELL

maybe u should have called your bookie! Go UConn.

Bye for Now,

Bill

MY MONEY

is on UConn, but then again what do I know about college basketball? Please don't call your bookie on my account.

Bye for Now,

bill

Sunday, April 6, 2014

LET'S LAUGH A LOT

 Here is my vote for recent late night jokes:

Seth Meyers

The Kremlin announced today that Valdimir Putin and his wife have officially divorced. She'll get the house and the car and he'll get Crimea, Ukraine and Belarus.

and another for him

A new poll has found that 75% of Americans think marijuana eventually will be legal, while the other 25% said, "What, it's illegal?

and yet another

Tiger Woods announced he won't play in the Masters because he is recovering from back surgery. His doctors have told him to avoid swinging—and also golfing.

and one more

To celebrate Shakespeare's 450th birthday, the Globe Theater has plans to perform Hamlet in every country of the world including North Korea. Said one N. Korean official, "Do you need a skull? Because we can get you a skull!"

Guess Seth wins big time this week. Way to go.

Bye for now,

bill

Friday, April 4, 2014

DAY AFTER DAY I TOIL AT THESE BLOGS NOT!

Here is a good quote from a good man and great leader:

"The dictionary is the only place that success comes before work. Work is the key to success, and hard work can help you accomplish anything."

—Vince Lombardi


INTERESTING IDEA IN OUR TEXT/ EMAIL ERA



"We can learn so much about the people around us—even about the people we already know—just by taking the time to have a conversation."

Dave Isay founder of Story Corps

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

WAY TO GO

There was a sweet and touching story a few weeks back about a couple married 45 years. He had a heart attack. On the way to see him at the ER she had a heart attack and died. They died separately 15 minutes apart in the same hospital neither knowing the other had died. Lovely loving planning. Where can one sign up for that togetherness exit?

Bye for now,

Bill

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

AFTER YESTERDAY'S BLOG NOW THE QUESTION IS

What should GM say?

It is sad really when you learn that a company of that stature and history took 10 years to own and address flaws they knew about. Reminds me of the tobacco companies who turned a blind eye to the hazards of smoking when they knew darn well those hazards that were well documented years ago.

I hope GM doesn't try to use their bankruptcy to beat out the victim's families or the millions they save will cost them billions in bad press and bad will. While they may not have a technical responsibility, they have a moral one. Let's hope they own up to that.

And let's hope other bigger than life companies learn from these less than well managed tragedies.

Bye for Now,

Bill

I THINK WE HAVE ALL OVERTHOUGHT FLIGHT 370

For me, it is a matter of having traveled the world safely. Along comes total confusion. Almost everything they have said has been contradicted or reversed. Yesterday's potential treasure or evidence becomes today's flotsam and debris. This is not a time for environmentalists to pitch their cause.

In retrospect, the airlines needed to say:

After 1000's or more of hours, millions of dollars if not billions, the cooperation of 11 countries, more fuel than we can measure, the data analysis of the most sophisticated centers in the world WE HAVE NOT A CLUE what happened to your loved ones. We, like you,  pray, wonder, and hope for a happier and safer ending.

We are sad that this has happened under our watch.We pride ourselves on safety first. We are perplexed by so many different theories and ideas that confuse rather than resolve. We feel your pain and anguish. We are trying everything we know and then some.

We will continue for as long as we can to try to clarify this unfathomable situation. If, at the end, it turns out to be our responsibility, we will take full responsibility. We assure you of that. Time will tell—we hope.

Bye for now,

Bill