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WITandWISDOM(tm) - October 19, 2001
Treat the world well. It was not given to you by your parents. It was willed to you by your children. - Kenyan Proverb
Source: DailyInBox: Proverbs Plus, http://mailroom.dailyinbox.com/pplus/
~~~~~~~ SPECIAL THOUGHTS:
Paul Harvey tells the following story:
It was a terrible winter in Chicago. Many of the rooftops were overloaded with snow. Robert McGrath watched his wife go out into the backyard garage to fetch some boxes. Seconds later he heard a crash. Looking out, he saw that the roof of the garage had caved in.
Without even stopping for his hat or coat, Mr. McGrath ran from the house, grabbed a snow shovel and called out for his neighbors to come and help. Yelling and digging with his sweat freezing on his face, frantically throwing snow and pulling away boards, he dug at the rubble until he was nearly exhausted. Then, finally, he heard his wife's voice. Minutes later, he saw her hand. He kept working until his wife was safely in his arms and asked if she was all right. She was.
Now for the rest of the story:
It seems that a neighbor witnessed the whole event and told everyone later what really happened. Apparently Mrs. McGrath had gone into the garage through one door, and left through another! She was safely back in the house when she looked out and saw what had happened. There, by the collapsed garage was her husband – furiously digging and shouting orders and throwing lumber as he desperately tried to rescue her. He was the picture of love poured out! In that moment, she decided that she could not let that loving man down. So, she put on her coat, went out into the garage by way of the back door and crawled under some boards. Then, she let her husband Bob find her.
Paul Harvey finishes the story by saying that sometimes, the most loving thing you can do is to let someone else be your hero!
Source: "From Bondage To Freedom," http://www.tellicochurch.org/Year%20C%20Sermons/010701.html
~~~~~~~ THIS & THAT:
A little boy went into a drug store, reached for a soda carton and pulled it over to the telephone. He climbed onto the carton so that he could reach the buttons on the phone, and proceeded to punch in seven digits. I listened to the following conversation.
He said, "Lady, I want to cut your lawn."
The woman replied, "I already have someone to cut my lawn."
"Lady, I'll cut your lawn for half the price of the person who cuts your lawn now."
The woman responded that she was very satisfied with the person who was presently cutting her lawn.
The little boy found yet more perseverance and offered, "Lady, I'll even sweep your curb and your sidewalk, so on Sunday you will have the prettiest lawn in all of North Palm Beach, Florida."
Again, the woman answered in the negative.
With a smile on his face, the little boy replaced the receiver. The druggist walked over to the boy and said, "Son, I would like to offer you a job."
The little boy replied, "No thanks. I was just checking on the job I already have."
Source: Funny Pages Mailing List
~~~~~~~ KEEP SMILING:
The policeman arrived at the scene of an accident to find that a car had struck a telephone pole. Searching for witnesses, he discovered a pale, nervous young man in work clothes who claimed he was an eyewitness.
"Exactly where were you at the time of the accident?" inquired the officer.
"Mister," exclaimed the telephone lineman, "I was at the top of the pole!"
Source: Good, Clean Funnies, http://www.slonet.org/~tellswor
AP, a software program being developed by IBM, is designed to make driving solo safer and more fun. The software-cum-companion functions as an "intelligent presence," according to one of its developers. Once AP learns your likes and dislikes, it uses the information to keep you entertained and alert by chatting, telling jokes and asking questions like, "Who was the first person you dated?" Using speech recognition technology, a dashboard microphone monitors your speech pattern while a tiny camera reads your lips for increased accuracy. Quick, clear replies signal alertness. That, in turn, keeps the questions and jokes coming. Slow responses and a flat affect are interpreted as signs of fatigue, which will then trigger the system to open a window and sound a buzzer. AP's biggest problem may be its joke repertoire. Sample humor: "The stock market just fell 500 points! Oh, I'm sorry. I was joking!" Jay Leno, call IBM.
Source: Family Circle, November 1, 2001, http://www.familycircle.com