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WITandWISDOM(tm) - July 25, 2001
No man who is in a hurry is quite civilized. - Will Durant
Source: Reader's Digest, Copyright (c) April 1999, http://www.readersdigest.com
~~~~~~~ SPECIAL THOUGHTS:
To close each day's activities in summer and on holidays in the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World at Lake Buena Vista, Fla., a huge fireworks display lights up the sky.
One night I noticed a small boy about three years old perched on his father's shoulder. The child sat mesmerized, aware only of what was exploding in the heavens. When the fireworks were over, the little boy looked up into the sky again and said, "Thank you, God."
Submitted by Susan Giovannoni, Ron Watterly
~~~~~~~ THIS & THAT:
EASY WAYS TO SAY NO
Part 2 of 3 [Jul 20, 25, 30]
I'd love to, but...
I'm taking punk totem pole carving.
I have to fluff my shower cap.
I'm converting my calendar watch from Julian to Gregorian.
I've come down with a really horrible case of something or other.
I made an appointment with a cuticle specialist.
my plot to take over the world is thickening.
I have to fulfill my potential.
I don't want to leave my comfort zone.
I have some real hard words to look up in the dictionary.
my subconscious says no.
I'm giving nuisance lessons at a convenience store.
I've got a Friends of Rutabaga meeting.
I have to answer all of my "occupant" letters.
none of my socks match.
I have to be on the next train to Bermuda.
I changed the lock on my door and now I can't get out.
I'm making a home movie called "The Thing That Grew in My Refrigerator."
I'm attending a perfume convention as guest sniffer.
my yucca plant is feeling yucky.
I'm touring China with a wok band.
my chocolate-appreciation class meets that night.
I never go out on days that end in "Y."
my mother would never let me hear the end of it.
I just picked up a book called "Glue in Many Lands" and I can't put it down.
~~~~~~~ KEEP SMILING:
I have never had premonitions, but I think one day I might. - Lawrence
Source: The Funnies, http://groups.yahoo.com/group/andychaps_the- funnies
Why do people clink their glasses in response to a toast?
Well I suppose it's a very sociable way to mix your drink, assuming you like it shaken, not stirred. And in truth I'm cynical enough to think also that maybe the glass manufacturers started the custom, hoping that a certain number of glasses would get cracked that way and have to be replaced.
But no, it turns out to be a very old custom, perhaps as old as the handshake, which evolved out of the same attitudes that gave us glass-clinking. Holding out your empty hand to shake was once a way of showing that you did not carry a weapon. Similarly, to show a guest that you weren't about to poison him, you held out your glass so he could pour some of his drink into it. Then you both drank the same liquid. The guest, in turn, could show he trusted his host by merely clinking glasses instead of sharing his drink. Cheers.
From: EVER WONDER WHY? By Douglas B. Smith, Published by Fawcett, Copyright (c) November 1991, ISBN: 0449147460, http://isbn.nu/0449147460/price
Source: MailBits.com Trivia, Copyright (c) 1998-2001. All rights reserved. http://MailBits.com/