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Raoul Pascual: Threes

3 Men on a Hike
sent by Eduarda of Washington, D.C.

Three men were hiking through a forest when they came upon a large raging, violent river. Needing to get to the other side, the first man prayed: "God, please give me the strength to cross the river."

Poof! ... God gave him big arms and strong legs and he was able to swim across in about 2 hours, having almost drowned twice.

After witnessing that, the second man prayed: "God, please give me strength and the tools to cross the river."

Poof! ... God gave him a rowboat and strong arms and strong legs and he was able to row across in about an hour after almost capsizing once.

Seeing what happened to the first two men, the third man prayed: "God, please give me the strength, the tools and the intelligence to cross the river "

Poof! He was turned into a woman. She checked the map, hiked one hundred yards up stream and walked across the bridge.

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Lesson: If at first you don't succeed, do it the way your wife told you!


3 Women in Death Row
sent by Wally of Moreno Valley, CA.

Three women go down to Mexico one night, get drunk, and wake up in jail, only to find that they are to be executed in the morning, though none of them can remember what they did the night before.

In the morning, the first one is strapped to an electric chair and is asked if she has any last words.
"I am from Baylor University, and believe in the almighty power of God to intervene on the behalf of the innocent," she said.
They throw the switch and nothing happens. They all immediately prostrate themselves; beg for her forgiveness, and release her.


The second woman is strapped in and gives her last words: "I am a pre-law major at Texas A & M and I believe in the power of justice to intervene on the part of the innocent."


They throw the switch and again, nothing happens. Again, they all immediately prostrate themselves; beg for her forgiveness, and release her.

The last woman is strapped into the chair and says, "Well, I'm from the University of Texas, and just graduated with a degree in Electrical Engineering, and I'll tell you right now, you ain't gonna electrocute nobody if you don't plug this thing in."


3 Beers
sent by Jeff of Arcadia, CA

This cowboy leaves Wyoming and moves to Texas. He goes into a bar, sits at the counter and orders three mugs of beer. He sips out of one, then the other and finally the third. He follows this pattern until he's drank all the beer. He then orders a second round.

The bartender tells the cowboy that if he orders them one at a time they'll each be fresh when he gets them. The cowboy says, "much obliged mister, but when my brothers and me split up, we agreed to drink this way so to remember each other." The bartender nods his approval and sets up another round of three.

The cowboy comes a few days later and orders three more beers. This goes on for months and soon turns into years.

One day he comes in and only orders two beers. A hush falls over the whole bar, as everyone knows what this means. The bartender sets up the two beers and offers his condolences. The cowboys says, "my brothers are just fine. Me and the missus joined the Baptist church and I aint allowed to drink anymore."

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Raoul's mini-blog

R and R for 2009

For the past few weeks, I've been waking up around 3:00 am. I would do a little reflection and then it would be work, work, work. By day I turn into a zombie, grabbing an occassional cat nap only to be awakened by an insensitive phone call. Usually, it comes from the same people --- so if you ever call me during the day and I am asleep, you know that you're one of them!

I'm excited. As I prepare for tomorrow's TGIF, I am also preparing for a much-needed vacation to Big Bear Lake which is about 2 hours away from home. Big Bear is usually associated with great winter activities but, until recently, I did not know it's also a great summer getaway. I will be bringing along the whole kaboodle so this will be big time bonding! We'll be going on a couple of tours via sea ... er ... lake and land, fishing, biking, going up the snow summit on the Scenic Sky Chair, kayaking, and many more. I hope I don't forget anything. To be honest, my youngest isn't too thrilled about this. "I'm a home body, I'd rather stay home ... can I stay home?" I've heard those desperate cries of individuality before but this kid usually mellows out when the fun begins so I'm not worried.

And if you think that isn't enough R&R, next weekend I am also going on our family's first cruise on Carnival Paradise to Baja, Mexico. If you know me, you know I live and breath technology so I insisted on an internet connection. I guess it's my security blanket. What can I say? Hopefully, I'll never need to log on. I feel like a kid again!

I plan to write about both adventures on this blog. So y'all come back now in a week or so. For now, enjoy YOUR own weekend escape! TGIF!

For Austin Deep in the Heart of Austin Texas-

From JRP, Iligan City, Philippines - Hi Raoul! When I was in Austin in 1957 it was a small town. I was even interviewed by a local newspaper & remember telling him our family is in the fishpond business. A Mexican brick layer in the lime plant I observed for a week took me to his houseboat in a lake near Austin & we had steak & beer while we fish. I thought the guy's lifestyle is better than the millionaire I stayed with in Salt Lake city.

For Italian Profiling -

From Pia Hugo, La Crescenta, CA - Hi Raoul! I came here to make reservations for our Sta. Barbara trip and decided to read the Italian jokes because. I have a few from my church. Very funny! Give Mike my thanks! And the illustrations are, as always, very creative! Thanks for the laughs :)


From Dette of Iligan City, Philippines - Always a treat and lift of the spirits whenever I see your cartoons. More power!


From Dette of Iligan City, Philippines - First of all, that cartoon of the lady reindeer and Sta Claus had me laughing loud. You really have imagination, lots. Original too. Congrats. But I really have to thank you for that X'mas story. It touches the heart. May I use the story for my own column in "Mindanao Scoop"? With your name and the "Traveling Boy" properly acknowledged of course. It says below "All Rights Reserved". Does this mean I can't reprint your article even if I acknowledge authorship? Merry Christmas!


From Nina of Quezon City, Philippines - Your Big Bear adventure sure looks cool. Most of my friends in San Diego only go there during winter probably because that's the best place to experience snow in Southern California but I didn't know that summer in Big Bear is a good treat as well.


From Hannah of Monrovia, CA - We've been to Big Bear for several anniversary week-ends and enjoyed kayaking on the lake. But we didn't know the history of the place and we didn't know the owners of the fabulous homes on the lake. Sounds like you had a lot of fun. You make us want to jump in the car and go this weekend.

From J.B. of Virginia - Nice [Big Bear Lake article] ... isn't [the pleasure of taking a vacation] why we are fighting wars, sacrificing, staying up long hours, suffering?.Isn't it for our freedom of self determination ... for our right to live our lives the way we want to and for the ones we care about?

From Tom of Pasadena, CA - Great Big Bear story Raoul. You definitely caught the essence of the place and remind me when my Mom and Dad and 5 brothers and sisters went there to camp in a 14 foot trailer and fish from a 10 foot boat with a 5 horse power Johnson Motor on it.One Summer I caught a 6 pound trout and got my picture in the paper. I was stoked as an 11 year old kid.Many happy memories came flooding back into my cranium regarding the great times enjoyed at Big Bear Lake.Thanks for your sharing them with me.

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So glad you enjoyed the article Tom. Your childhood must have been fun. A 6 pound trout? Wow!! That must have been delicious. --- Raoul

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It was delicious but the fame of catching it was tough to take with all the paparazzi hanging around. Ha! You have a real gift for writing, I thought I was right there with you in that article. --- Tom

From Mike & Trish Marzell of Lucky Bear Fishing Charters, Big Bear Lake, CA - Hi Raoul, You wrote such a wonderful article on summer in Big Bear! Nice website. Thank you for coming out fishing with us - we had so much fun with Josh, you and Dan. We're thinking up good legends and "UFO" is priceless! Please tell us whenever you come up the mountain; we would love to take you and your family out again. You are a great writer (kept us interested). We are going to read your other articles. Thank you again.

Some responses from my Lake Tahoe Adventure

From RV of Covina, CA - I enjoyed reading your Lake Tahoe blog. It brings back memories when I brought my mom & dad to Tahoe in 1999. My dad loved the place so much that when my brother arrived two weeks later, we drove up to Tahoe again. I'm sure you had a wonderful time with Danny, Edwin and their families. Those are golden moments, including the snow chain malfunction, which you won't get tired of re-telling over and over again.

From Hannah of Monrovia, CA - Thanks for your story about the blizzard. It made our day to see how God protected you guys. Otto remembered your bear story--same result; exciting adventure and no one got hurt; but now you have another marvelous God adventure to share!

From Kathleen of Massachusetts- Just read your mini-blog and let me tell you, you guys are very blessed. I won't say, lucky, I'll say blessed. Those slippery ice/snow scenarios are really dangerous. Glad God sent you the snow plow!

We don't get that much snow where we live, but in blizzards, we don't go out. It's too scary. One time we were retrieving our daughter Mercy from Providence, a 25 minute trip in regular weather. It took us 3 hours to get home, driving on the highway in blinding snow. Blinding. We couldn't see a foot in front of us, and if we pulled over there was a chance of getting plowed in to. Never again.

That stuff is pretty, but it's deadly on the highway and for hikers.

From Cindi of Connecticut - A great story and your family has an everlasting memory. There is nothing like home, especially when home is in So CA!

From Terry os Santa Monica, CA - Wow, what a compelling story about snowy Lake Tahoe and the tire chains!

I remember driving my van up to Mammoth to go skiing in my much younger days and having similar episodes with chains. One time a rear chain came loose and wrapped itself completely around the axle. It took two of us, on our backs in the icy slush, in the dark, without wire cutters, hours to untangle that dang chain. It still seems like yesterday. So I empathize with your plight, and glory in your release.

Welcome home.

From Ding of Vancouver, BC- Wow, brave souls, glad you got home safely ;-) Thanks for the TGIF, as always!

From Maria of San Antonio, CA (the email that my article was based on) - Only nuts and daredevils went to Lake Tahoe last weekend. The lat time we went up to the mountains in spite of the blizzard warning, we got snowed in. We just stayed home and watched our own leaks.


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