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WITandWISDOM(tm) - June 13, 2001

~~~~~~~ THOUGHTS:

You can't speak a kind word too soon, for you never know how soon it will be too late.

Source: Thought for Today, http://groups.yahoo.com/group/thoughtfortoday


Part 2 of 2 [Jun 12,13]

Most of us have eaten Quaker Oats at one time or another, but few of us remember who founded the company or the history of its prosperity.

More than 100 years ago Henry P. Crowell contracted tuberculosis and was told he could never achieve his ambition of becoming a preacher. After hearing a sermon by Dwight L. Moody, he prayed, "Lord, I can't be a preacher, but I can be a good businessman. If You will let me make money, I will use it in Your service."

A doctor advised young Crowell to work outdoors. He followed this advice and at the end of seven years had regained his health. He then bought the little run-down Quaker Mill in Ravenna, Ohio. His business prospered, and, true to his promise, he paid a faithful tithe. Within 10 years Quaker Oats was a household name. For the next 40 years Crowell faithfully gave from 60 to 70 percent of his income to God's cause!

By Donald E. and Vesta W. Mansell, "Sure As The Dawn" Copyright (c) 1993

~~~~~~~ THIS & THAT:

Part 1 of 2 [June 13, 14]

Forget the Snap-On Tools truck; it's never there when you need it. Besides, there are only ten things in this world you need to fix any car, any place, any time.

Not just a tool, a veritable Swiss Army knife in stickum and plastic. It's safety wire, body material, radiator hose, upholstery, insulation, tow rope, and more in one easy-to-carry package. Sure, there's a prejudice surrounding duct tape in concourse competitions, but in the real world everything from LeMans - winning Porsches to Atlas rockets - uses it by the yard. The only thing that can get you out of more scrapes is a quarter and a phone booth.

Equally adept as a wrench, hammer, pliers, baling wire twister, breaker-off of frozen bolts, and wiggle-it-till-it -falls off tool. The heavy artillery of your toolbox, Vice Grips are the only tool designed expressly to fix things beyond repair.

A considerably cheaper alternative to new doors, alternators, and other squeaky items. Repeated soakings of WD-40 will allow the main hull bolts of the Andrea Dora to be removed by hand. Strangely enough, an integral part of these sprays is the infamous little red tube that flies out of the nozzle if you look at it cross-eyed, one of the ten worst tools of all time.

If you spend all your time under the hood looking for a frendle pin that caromed off the peedle valve when you knocked both off the air cleaner, it's because you eat butter. Real mechanics consume pounds of tasteless vegetable oil replicas, just so they can use the empty tubs for parts containers afterward. (Some, of course, chuck the butter-colored goo altogether or use it to repack wheel bearings.) Unlike air cleaners and radiator lips, margarine tubs aren't connected by a time/space wormhole to the Parallel Universe of Lost Frendle Pins.

Block up a tire. Smack corroded battery terminals. Pound out a dent. Bop nosy know-it-all types on the noodle. Scientists have yet to develop a hammer that packs the raw banging power of granite or limestone. This is the only tool with which a "made in India" emblem is not synonymous with the user's maiming.

Source: Sermon Fodder, http://www.yahoogroups.com/subscribe.cgi/Sermon_Fodder


Sign in produce department of a grocery store: Notice! Take lettuce from the top of the stack, or heads will roll!

Source: The Funnies, http://groups.yahoo.com/group/andychaps_the- funnies

~~~~~~~ TRIVIA:

Software Outdated?

Five minutes after you install the latest Carrot Top screen saver, a new version gets released. How can anyone expect you to keep up? Luckily, a combination of software and Web-based solutions can help you stay on top of program upgrades, bug fixes, and more.

For instance, http://www.versions.com, is a free update service. There's no software to down-load or install. Just sign up for an account online and use the site's TrakList to monitor any of more than 112,000 Windows, Macintosh, Palm and Linux programs. When an upgrade becomes available, the site will notify you right away by e-mail.

Although CNET:Catchup.com, http://www.catchup.com requires that you download a 770KB program, it's easy to use and more comprehensive than Versions. The service will not only scan your PC for outdated programs but also check for security holes in your software.

Source: Yahoo! Internet Life, Copyright (c) October 2000, http://www.xmediapartners.com

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