True Salesman

I stepped into a time capsule last Wednesday. The Camera Shop was littered with antiquated accordion cameras and fading Kodak posters. Half barren film shelves, photo sensitive papers and chemicals collected dust. Enlargers and projectors cluttered the floor. This is the Kodak Black Hole the final destination of the remnants of the golden era of film. The 50+ year old owner said his father opened this camera business sometime in the 1940s and he was the remaining brother tasked to continue the legacy --- "I'm tripping on boxes of old technology." It's gotten so bad, he's had to refuse many camera donations from hobbyists who held on to these amazing contraptions. I remembered Toy Story where the toys struggled to find relevance. Like Kodak, the owner refused to accept the warning signs of being obsolete. Someone definitely "moved his cheese." Why didn't he diversify? Why didn't he learn new tricks? In some degree all of us want to live in our comfort zone --- but that's an excuse. Is he still relevant? Is he too old to change? No one is too old to do anything! I think of Colonel Sanders who started Kentucky Fried Chicken at 65 years old. I think of Steve Jobs. I think of 80 year old Moses delivering 3 Million Hebrews out of Egypt. Instead of fading away these "Losers" ventured where no one else dared and changed our world. The time capsule is real ... but we don't need to live in it.

Genesis 4:13
But Moses said, "O Lord, please send someone else to do it."

Sent by Naomi of N Hollywood, CA
Words of Wisdom

It's not
about age.
It's about attitude.


Thanks to this week's winners:

Naomi of North Hollywood, Carlos of New York, Don of Kelowna, Tom of Pasadena, Art of Pasadena and Ernie of New York.

Contributed by Don of Kelowna, B.C.

When I am sad I just sing ...

And then I realize my voice is worse than my problems!

True Salesman
Contributed by Tom of Pasadena, CA

Two airmen, Jones and Davis, were assigned to the induction center, where they advised new recruits about their government benefits, especially their GI insurance. Airman Davis went right to it with an enthusiastic pitch.

"Could I have everyone from row three to row one stand up please?" he projected through the center. The men stood up.

"Men ... the boys upstairs are sayin' one out of every five of us won't make it back home outside a wooden crate that's everyone standing up in this room." There was silence.

"Do you have kids? A wife?

"You wanna go out there... into the fray, knowing if something happens to you, they'll have nothin'?

"Men, it's your duty GI insurance will give you the peace of mind to go out there and get the job done right."

Capt. Smith, the supervisor, was impressed. The men were signing up... some of them were white as a bleached sheet. Airman Davis' success rate was 40%! The goal had been 30%.

But Capt. Smith couldn't help by glance over at Airman Jones. He noticed Jones was having a staggeringly high success rate, selling insurance to nearly 100% of the recruits he advised.

Rather than ask Jones about it, the captain stood in the back of the room and listened to his sales pitch. Jones explained the basics of the GI insurance to the new recruits, and then said:

"Guys, look If you have GI insurance and go into battle and are killed, the government has to pay $200,000 to your beneficiaries. If you don't have GI insurance and you go into battle and get killed, the government has to pay only $6,000.

"Now," he concluded, "which group do you think they are going to send into battle first?"

Videos of the week: (click on the picture)

Human Kindness
Contributed by Carlos of New York

Human Kindness

Here's a Jay Leno "behind the scenes" video. Short and funny.

Rush Hour in Bangladesh
Contributed by Don of Kelowna, B.C.

Rush Hour in INdia

Never compare your rush hour with this one.

If you ever get stuck in traffic, just think of this video from Bangladesh. You will never complain again.

God Save the Queen
Contributed by Ernie of New York

God Save the Queen

Musicians ... start your engines!

Flash Mob in an Italian Grocery Store
Contributed by Tom of Pasadena, CA

Italian Flash Mob

Now here's a REAL Italian grocery store!

Blue Eyed Chinese Boy Who Sees in the Dark
Contributed by Carlos of New York

Chinese Sees in Dark

Here's a baffling ability to see in complete darkness.

The night infantry can use this guy.

Bad Start
Contributed by Art of Pasadena, CA

Bad Start

Talk about getting up from a fall. Her inexperience rattled her nerves but see what determination can do. Bless the judges' heart for being kind and supportive.

A Life in 5 Minutes
Contributed by Carlos of New York

Life in 5 Minutes

We end this edition with yet another reminder of our mortality. Here is a video of a baby who ages into a grandmother in 5 minutes. No, it's not the same person but members of the same family with similar bone structures. A remarkable painstaking example of video editing. TGIF people!

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