You're Weird


   August is the month when many here in America take off for vacation. My son and his girlfriend are in South East Asia in the middle of a monsoon. My grandkids are in New Mexico in the middle of a blazing summer. (Of course I'm worried sick about their safety --- silly me!). My assistant is going on a long trip. Some of the regulars in my business meetings are absent (most probably escaping the doldrums of work). My neighbor is leaving for the Philippines tonight. Me? I'm stuck here in good ol' Southern California. Should I complain?

   I guess when we start comparing our vacation time with others we can get easily disenchanted with our station in life.

    I remember when I go on vacation, I would just walk for hours. (I think you soak in the culture of the area more by mingling with the locals.) I remember passing through the whole of Kyoto in one day on foot --- woke up real early and went back to the hotel dead tired and real late. I did the same through Italy, England, Austin, Chicago, San Antonio, San Francisco, etc. --- just walked for miles.

   None of that would have been possible if I were confined in a wheelchair. How terrible it would be to lose my hands ... to lose my voice sight ... to lose my mind. Yet this week alone I've been approached by a few people coming from or going to an operation where they may loose these very things that we often take for granted. I am praying for someone who lost her voice, someone who needs a kidney transplant, someone whose father has cancer, another father and 2 mothers who are lost in dementia, someone who had 4 stents placed near her heart ... and the list goes on.

   Can we still complain that we don't have a vacation? How about a vacation away from the hospital?

   When we count God's gift of health we actually are having a wonderful vacation just where we are. We just need to pinch ourselves to know it.

Wisdom from Don of Kelowna, B.C.
Words of Wisdom

There are three kinds of men: The ones that learn by reading. The few who learn by observation. The rest of them have to pee on the electric fence and find out for themselves.
--- Will Rogers

Thanks to this week's winners:
Dr. Al, Tom and Art of Pasadena; Mike of New York; Charlie of New Jersey; Don of Kelowna; Dean of Vancouver; John of Torrance, and Rodney of Manitoba.

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My health may fail, and my spirit may grow weak, but God remains the strength of my heart; he is mine forever.
---Psalm 73:26

Gandhi Trivia
Contributed by Dean of Vancouver, B.C.

Mahatma Gandhi, as you know, walked barefoot most of the time, which produced an impressive set of calluses on his feet.

He also ate very little, which made him rather frail and, with his odd diet, he suffered from bad breath.

This made him (oh man, this is so bad) ...

A super calloused fragile mystic hexed by halitosis.

You're Weird
An original joke/poem by Dr. Al of Pasadena, CA

People say that you're weird,
if you talk to yourself.
They're wrong!

They say you're weird,
if you talk to yourself
and you answer yourself.
They're wrong!
They say that you're weird
if you argue with yourself,
They're wrong!

They say you're weird,
if you argue with yourself
and you lose the argument.
They're wrong!

You ARE weird,
if you talk to yourself,
and you have to repeat it


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Classified Ad: Printer Toner for Beer
Not a joke. Tom2 of Pasadena sent this ad. If you are interested, I will give you his contact information --- Raoul.

Tom bought the wrong toner cartridge for my new laser printer, and didn’t realize it until he opened the package and he can’t return it anymore.
It is for an old Brother laser printer. The part number is TN-360 and it is high yield. Retail: $49.00+

Tom will exchange it to the first one who will give him a case of good beer.

Tom2 of Pasadena, CA

Videos of the week:
Adorable Animal Thieves

Contributed by Don of Kelowna, B.C.

Animal Thieves

Cute critters here ... thieving critters, that is. No explanation needed.

Backwards Bike
Contributed by Rodney of Manitboa, B.C.

Backwards Bike

Fascinating theory about how our mind works. All of this emanating from a simple contraption.

Oldest Footage of New York
Contributed by Mike of New York

Oldest Footage of New york

New Yorkers, this should be extra interesting for you. See what your metropolis looked like before the real estate prices really went skyrocketing.

The Bridge at Q'eswachaka
Contributed by Tom of Pasadena, CA

The Bridge at Q'eswachaka

This is an annual ritual where villagers gather to rebuild a bridge. I'm sure modern technology could save these guys a lot of work but somehow this bridge isn't really about connecting two cliffs but connecting people. Modern technology is not needed here.

A Real Hoverboard
Contributed by Charlie of New Jersey

Lexus Hoverboard

There's an interesting commercial that's going viral. It shows a hoverboard --- yup! like the one that was used in the "Back to the Future " movie --- a real hoverboard actually floating over land and water. This website explains the science (well some of it) behind it.

Golf Tricks by Rory McIlroy

Contributed by Charlie of New Jersey
McIlroy Golf Training

According to Charlie, this Rory McIlroy is the "top dog" in golf today. Here he is doing some interesting golf moves.
Makes me want to start learning the game.

State of the Art Surveilance Camera
Contributed by John of Torrance, CA


John reminds us of the incredible technology that is being deployed by the US government.

25 common American customs that are considered offensive in other countries
Contributed by Art of Pasadena, CA

25 American Offensive Habits

Since this week's theme is about traveling, let's end our set of videos with an interesting website. Let's create friends and not enemies.

You guys have a good weekend! TGIF people!


Hi Raoul!

I was in Juneau, Alaska two weeks ago with a friend's Mum (who has Alzheimer's), her husband James, and the two of us. Since Mum is now using a cane to slowly walk, I suggested we get on a city bus for $2 each and see where it would take us. We ended up having the most interesting conversations with the locals for the next two hours.

Your walking story reminded me of this. You know Raoul, since we saw my friend's Mum last year she has forgotten ALL who caused her harm. It's really a beautiful side effect of a devastating disease. She's living her transition days peacefully. That is a true blessing.



Hi Denise,

Ah! another tourist "walker." Good for you. Yes, isn't it better to meet the people rather than take snap shots of buildings and paintings? Well ... at least in some situations. And it's a lot cheaper too.

I didn't think of Alzheimer's that way. You're right. It is the people who take care of them who worry --- not them. That's a fascinating viewpoint. I need to change the way I look at this disease from now on.


Thanks Bro for the TGIF. I am glad I am not the only one that worries so much when my kids are traveling or starting a new adventure.

Thanks again and have a good weekend.


Yup! We'll always be parents.

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