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WITandWISDOM(tm) - June 10, 2003
The way to gain a good reputation is to endeavor to be what you desire to appear. - Socrates
Source: DailyInBox: Proverbs Plus, http://mailroom.dailyinbox.com/pplus/
~~~~~~~ SPECIAL THOUGHTS:
~~~~~~~ THIS & THAT:
John, a neighbor of mine, was annoyed because he had to search for his newspaper each morning after the paperboy tossed it. Often he would find it, covered with dirt, under the car in the gravel driveway.
Then one day the paperboy's mother mentioned that her son's ambition was to play professional basketball.
John had an idea. When he got home, he attached a basketball hoop to a post on the front porch. Sure enough, the next morning there was a resounding "plunk" as the newspaper sailed through the hoop and landed by the door.
John never had to search for his paper again.
Source: Absolute Humor, http://absoluterobeo.com
~~~~~~~ KEEP SMILING:
I purchased a telephone-answering machine with a prerecorded message that used a male voice. When Mother returned from vacation, I forgot to mention it to her.
The next Saturday I was listening to my phone messages. On the first message, there was just a pause and the caller hung up. The second message had the same result. The third message included a voice recording, "This is your mother, I think, If I am, please call me."
Source: Marty's Joke of the Day, mailto:email@example.com
Puddy and DA were both from the same litter, although they were very different. They were the sons of a stray cat, and they decided to adopt us. As kittens, they were best of friends. At puberty, things changed. They fought badly enough to leave permanent scars on each other - torn ears, scratches, bites. Even after being desexed they still fought. After they decided on territories (back door cat and front door cat), things improved. But we still couldn't leave them in the same room together.
As they got older, they became semi-friendly. On cracker night (fireworks night), they would share the same bed, taking comfort from each other, although at daylight they were enemies again, snarling and growling when they met.
As time went on their bond grew, and they started to look out for each other. They were seen together more often. Both cats would sit together, and one would put his mouth to the other one's ear. Then both would get up at the same time to do whatever they had planned.
Then Puddy developed some serious health problems, including a form of stroke. He could no longer walk in a straight line, and developed a form of dementia, or memory loss. It was very similar to the human condition - he seemed to forget things. He didn't know where he was at times, and stopped using the litter tray.
At this point Puddy and his brother again became close friends. When called for dinner, DA would nudge Puddy in the right direction, and remind him where the door was.
Puddy developed kidney failure and had to be put to sleep. DA, the healthier of the two, disappeared for three days, and when he did return he was in a bad way. His heart problem, which had caused no problems until now, started to affect him. He was thin, dehydrated, and disinterested in the world. The vet tried to save him, but to no avail. He became unconscious, and I made the decision to have him put to sleep, 19 days after his brother. I still believe he died of a broken heart.
By Kim Brown, mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org a>