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WITandWISDOM(tm) - December 1, 2000

~~~~~~~ THOUGHTS:

Maturity is that time when the mirrors in our mind turn to windows and instead of seeing the reflection of ourselves we see others. - Author Unknown

Source: Lychnos icsda@iname.com via http://www.witandwisdom.org


Driving home from her office one summer day, a woman noted that there were four places within two blocks of her home where she could stop and buy a five-cent glass of iced tea. Each little stand had two or three youngsters behind it, all eager to serve any customer who came their way. During the next two weeks, the woman managed to stop at each of the stands to encourage the entrepreneurs. In each case the tea was very good. Small talk revealed that all the youngsters were selling tea made by their mothers, who used tea leaves and real lemons in making the tea.

One day the woman discovered that only one stand was operating. Behind it was the new kid on the block. She stopped and ordered a glass of tea. It was served in a paper cup and it cost 10 cents. Some conversation brought out the fact that the young man's father was a lawyer who specialized in mergers, which had inspired the boy to buy out his competitors, bartering with baseball cards, marbles, and stuff he had laying around in his garage. His first act, he explained, was to raise the price of the iced tea, and cut costs. He was using a powdered tea mix from the supermarket, he said, which eliminated buying real lemons as well as the bother of squeezing them or putting them in the juicer. He didn't have to brew real tea either, he pointed out. He had plans to cut costs further, he said, and with his competitors out of the market, he expected sales to grow. Intrigued, the woman made a half dozen more stops at the stand and became aware that the tea was getting weaker and weaker.

One day the young man confessed that sales were dropping and he attributed this to the fact that he was using less and less of the powdered-tea mix. Then one day he went out of business, as attempts to turn things around failed.

The moral of this story is: Honest tea is the best policy.

Source: Bits & Pieces, July 20, 1995, Copyright (c) Economic Press, Inc., www.epinc.com/ via http://www.witandwisdom.org

~~~~~~~ THIS & THAT:

- Author Unknown

Can we count them with our nose?
Can we count them with our toes?

Should we count them with a band?
Should we count them all by hand?

If I do not like the count,
Should I simply throw them out?

I'll count the ballots one by one
And hold each one up to the sun!

I'll count, recount, and count some more!
You'll grow to hate this little chore

How shall we count this ballot box?
Let's count it standing in our socks!

Shall we count this one in a tree?
And who shall count it, you or me?

We cannot, cannot count enough!
We must not stop, we must be tough!

I'll count the tiles on the floor!
I'll count, and count, and count some more!

And I will not say that I am done!
Until the counting says I've won!

Edited by Richard Wimer

Submitted by Alice Bryan


A Texan is bragging to a Rhode Islander. "In Texas," he drawls, "you can get on a train, ride all day long, and still be in Texas by nightfall."

"Yeah", replies the Yankee, "We have slow trains in Rhode Island too."

Source: Kitty's Daily Mews, Copyright (c) 1997-2000 All rights reserved worldwide, kittysdailymews- subscribe@topica.com via http://www.witandwisdom.org

~~~~~~~ TRIVIA:

The USA has no President elect but it does have . . .

A dead Senator from Missouri going to Congress.

A fake President played on TV by Martin Sheen.

A new Senator from New York who is the wife of the boss of one of the men who want to be President.

A Governor from Florida who is the brother of the man who may be President and son of a man who was.

A senior Senator from South Carolina who, under our current Constitution rules, could be appointed to be President in this standoff despite the fact that he is 98.

- Author Unknown

Submitted by Lynda Walcker

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