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WITandWISDOM(tm) - January 13, 2004
ISSN 1538-8794

~~~~~~~ THOUGHTS:

"The young do not know enough to be prudent, and therefore they attempt the
impossible - and achieve it, generation after generation." - Pearl S. Buck

Source: Quotes From The Masters, http://mailroom.dailyinbox.com/


A number of years ago I heard a powerful story about motivation. I don't remember where I heard it or even if it is a true story or not, but it perfectly exemplifies the human ability to transcend circumstances.

My memory of it is fuzzy, so here's my version ... with a twist.

A reporter decided to follow up on an incredible human interest story after hearing of two brothers, one a vicious, dangerous criminal to be locked up for the next ten years for his latest crime, and the other a highly respected university professor.

After the arrest of brother number one, he told the police about his brother, his closest living relative.

After the police discovered who brother number two was, a reporter was given the tip that this could be an interesting story.

Upon interviewing both men at length, the reporter learned that their father was a brutal man. He was a hard drinker. And his brand of teaching his boys "right from wrong" involved terrible verbal abuse no matter where they happened to be. When they "got out of line," he hit them with belts, his fists, sticks--whatever was handy.

They both told almost identical stories of extreme cruelty. Neither one was exempt from the old man's anger and drunken rage.

While the boys were 19 and 20 respectively, their father died of a massive heart attack. Shortly afterwards, the brothers had a falling out and never saw each other again - brother number one moved out of state and sort of fell off the face of the earth ... living his life between jail terms.

Brother number two graduated from college and followed a designed path to living a rewarding life of service to his community, his church and his family.

The thing that practically knocked the reporter over was both brothers' identical answer to the same question.

After getting the background on both individuals, the question was, "How did you get here to this point in your life?"

The two answered the question with this same response:
"With a father like mine, how could I be any different."

One used his father as an excuse, while the other used him as motivation - as training on what not to do.

You see, it's not what happens to you in life that dictates where you'll go and who you'll be. It's what you do with it.

From Mike Brescia, Laser Life Lessons, http://www.thinkrightnow.com

Source: Weekend Encounter, by Dick Innes, Copyright 2003, http://www.actsweb.org/subscribe.htm

~~~~~~~ THIS & THAT:

Be sure your sins will find you out . . .

Sene 1

Seems this Wisconsin guy wanted some beer pretty badly. He decided that he'd just throw a cinder block through a liquor store window, grab some booze, and run. So he lifted the cinder block and heaved it over his head at the window. The cinder block bounced back and hit the would-be thief on the head, knocking him unconscious. Seems the liquor store window was made of Plexiglas. The whole event was caught on videotape.

Sene 2

As a female shopper exited a New York convenience store, a man grabbed her purse and ran. The clerk called 911 immediately and the woman was able to give them a detailed description of the snatcher. Within minutes, the police apprehended the snatcher. They put him in the car and drove back to the store. The thief was then taken out of the car and told to stand there for a positive ID. To which he replied, "Yes Officer, that's her. That's the lady I stole the purse from."

Sene 3

Kentucky: Two men tried to pull the front off a cash machine by running a chain from the machine to the bumper of their pickup truck. Instead of pulling the front panel off the machine, though, they pulled the bumper off their truck! Scared, they left the scene and drove home. with the chain still attached to the machine... With their bumper still attached to the chain... With their vehicle's license plate still attached to the bumper. They were quickly arrested.

Source: Quotes of the Day, mailto:rheamo@centurytel.net?subject=Subscribe_Quotes_of_the_Day


"On my income tax 1040 it says 'Check this box if you are blind.' I wanted to put a check mark about three inches away." - Tom Lehrer

Submitted by Sherry Purdy

~~~~~~~ TRIVIA:

Windows Explorer, your way
(For Richard's quick method see end of this tip.)

Question: I run XP Home and use Windows Explorer many times daily to manage files. When I right-click the Start button and click Explorer, Windows Explorer defaults to C:\Documents and Settings\Stan\Start Menu\. I have to navigate to my stuff. Is there a way to make Windows Explorer open on something more useful?

Answer: I hear you, Stan. Windows Explorer started off as the simple and very useful File Manager in Windows 3.X. Over time, it has become more and more confusing.

However, there is a way to do exactly what you want. This trick works in Windows XP, 98 and ME.

Start by creating a shortcut for Windows Explorer. You didn't say what folder you want to open to, so we'll use C:\My Documents. To set up a shortcut, right-click Start. Click Open>File>New>Folder.

Name the folder Explorer Shortcut. Double click the folder to open it. Right-click in the empty area, select New and click Shortcut. In the box, type "explorer.exe /e, c:\my documents" (without the quotation marks). Note that there is a space after "exe." Click Next and name the shortcut My Documents Shortcut. Click Finish.

Click Start-Programs or All Programs to access Explorer Shortcut. When you put the cursor on Explorer Shortcut, the My Documents Shortcut will appear. Right-click My Documents Shortcut, then click Create Shortcut. Again click Start-Programs or All Programs and put the cursor on Explorer Shortcut. You should have a second My Documents Shortcut. This one will have a "[2]" after it.

Left-click My Documents Shortcut [2] and, holding the button down, drag it onto the desktop. Double click My Documents Shortcut [2]. It should open Windows Explorer, and the My Documents folder should be open. You can leave it on your desktop, and double click it any time you want Windows Explorer.

But I prefer to have it in my Quick Launch area. That is to the right of the Start button. If the Quick Launch area isn't visible, right-click Start and select Properties. Select the Taskbar tab. Check the box next to Show Quick Launch.

Click on the My Documents Shortcut [2] and drag it to the Quick Launch area. Now, when you want to open Windows Explorer, click once on that little icon. Windows Explorer will open to the My Documents folder.

See you on the radio this weekend!

Copyright 2003, The Kim Komando Show. All rights reserved.

Source: Kim Komando's Daily Computer / Internet Tip, http://www.komando.com/newsletter.asp

Richard's quick method:
(This may not work for all versions of Windows and does not produce the double pane window version of Explorer.)

Right click on "Start" button. Click "Explorer".

The left pane of this window will show a directory of your system. Double click on the folder or drive you wish to see when you open this short cut to Explorer. You will see a directory of that folder or drive in the right hand pane of this window.

Near the top of the Explorer window there is an "Address" box showing the location of the folder or directory you have selected. At the beginning of the box will be a folder icon. Drag and drop that icon onto your quick launch toolbar.

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