Male and Female Flies


   I was dominating the boards --- made several rebounds, a lay up, a fade away and a hook shot. It was during my third game when the basketball missed the ring and headed down my defensive perimeter. I sprung to the air and grabbed it with both hands. But I landed at an awkward angle and I heard a snap. My left foot turned into jello and that was it for me. I sprained my foot bone.
   Oh basketball, why do I push myself for you? I can hear the hecklers: "I told you so. You're too old for basketball."
   Maybe they're right. I'm tellin' ya, even though our group is only for mature players, we still get our fair share of accidents. Three weeks ago, one of the guys had a heart attack and had a quadruple bypass. Last week, someone tore his finger and received 4 stitches. This week was my turn. As I limped out the court, a sea of grim faces bade me farewell --- as if to say "it could have been worse ... it could have been me."
   So why tempt death? Simple! I'm a typical stubborn, delusional, idiotic chauvenistic male who will always think he's still a teenager.
    But can you blame me? Ever since I started going to the gym early this year, I've felt healthier than I was 10 years ago. For example, last Tuesday, I played with the 20 year olds and was able to keep up with the pack.
    It's not a major sprain but it's bad enough to limit my mobility. I can't walk. I already shopped around and there are no suitable braces. And of all the times for this to happen it's when I had several meetings lined up. I think God's testing my determination to stick to my favorite sport.
   This Saturday two other aging athletes --- Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao will be center stage in a historic battle. They could really get hurt and, for the losing one, this will probably be his last bout.Like me it will be time for him to move on. But unlike me, he will be $200 million dollars richer. Hmmm ... I think I chose the wrong profession. At least I'm still alive. At least God will still be there to protect me
TGIF people!

Wisdom from Debbie of Moreno Valley, CA
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Newspaper Headline
Contributed by Rey of Simi Valley. CA

A woman walked into the kitchen to find her Husband stalking around with a fly swatter.

"What are you doing?" she asked.

"Hunting Flies," he responded.

"Oh! Killing any?" she asked.

"Yep, 3 males, 2 Females," he replied.

Intrigued, she asked. "How can you tell them apart?"

He responded, "3 were on a beer can, 2 were on the phone."

Algebraic Expressions
Contributed by Vots of Manila, Philippines

Dear Algebra,

Stop asking us to find your X. She's not coming back!

We don't know Y either!

Changing Times
Contributed by Blanche of Singapore

10 years ago the USA had Steve Jobs, Bob Hope and Johnny Cash.

Now they have no Jobs, no Hope and no Cash!

Videos of the week:

Goalkeeper Blocks Ball --- With Face!
Contributed by Bot of Palm Beach, Florida

Soccer: Sterling gets hit in the face

I'm not really a soccer fan so I didn't know what to expect with this video but I have to admit, I was laughing out loud at the incredible defensive "abilities" of this young man. Boy! He's a real trooper! An unlikely hero. What a cruel world.
I must say, soccer needs to change some of its rules.

Special Golfer from Dominican Republic
Contributed by Debbie of Moreno Valley, CA

Golfer: Manuel delos Santos

Don't you hate it when people with much less than you can do so much more? Just kidding! Here's another inspirational video from one of those people. Attitude will get you anywhere.

Landing an Airbus 380 in San Francisco
Contributed by Tom of Pasadena, CA

Landing a  commercial plane in San Francsico

Tom sent this a while back. I'm sharing this in light of some recent air disasters. I know there are a few airplane enthusiasts among you. It's an interesting look at what goes inside the cockpit of a commercial plane. Imagine, this thousand pound flying behemouth is controlled by a few buttons.

Parked: 2015 Winner of the PCC 72 Hour Film Festival
Contributed by Janet of South Pasadena, CA


I'm so proud of my daughter Janet who won first place in the recently concluded 72 hour film challenge at her school. She and her team had to come up with the storyline, the props, the actors, the videography, the music and the editing in just 72 hours. Janet had to pick up where her team mates slacked off. She really worked hard. Please click the LIKE button and leave feedback.

Unbelievably Expensive Car Prices in Singapore
Contributed by Art of Pasadena, CA

Car Prices in Singapore

Did you know that in order to decongest traffic in Singapore, the government jacked the car prices to stratospheric levels? They're about 3 times the price here in the USA. Admittedly, this video is really a movie commercial but I was still fascinated with the shocked reaction of the Hollywood actors.


Dear Raul,

I must say Janet's video was sensitive, graphic and sad that such a think can happen to young people. I think the LA teen age culture is foreign to me. For Janet to be familiar enough and have this done in 72 hrs. is impressive. Congratulations for the hard work Janet.

Janet has skill and, talent. I pray and wish her success in her starting endeavors. This is only the beginning of a creative life for her.


Janet is a true artist.


At my age I still ride a motorcycle and all tell me I should not! Now I Know Why!

Tom of Pasadena

We men should stick together. We'll go down with a fight!!!




Good idea. I used to be a champion in that "sport".



Having injured my ankle a couple of times in various sports, I do not understand your “I shopped around and found no suitable braces”.

Ever think of seeing a doctor or going to an urgent care center?

Thanks to those injuries, I have three different braces based on the damage. Their similarity: they were provided by health care professionals.

Take care of it now or you will suffer more later.

Tom L of Pasadena

Thanks Tom.

The last time I sprained my ankle was almost 20 years ago. I forgot how restricting it is not to be able to move around. I'm learning to appreciate feet.

As for the unsuitable braces, what I meant was I was looking for a brace that would give enough support to my shin area so my weight wouldn't go to my foot. But there are no braces like that. I think what I really need for that would be the braces that polio victims use where the weight goes all the way to the thigh area. As far as insurance, the guy in the store told me times have changed and it's a complex maze of different payments from medicare to the manufacturer --- whatever he said meant he preferred cash. Of course he would.

But the bottom line was he said I just needed to rest my foot. That was good advice. Instead of purchasing something expensive that I would need for just a few days, I just stayed in bed ... worked in bed. 2 days after the accident I am now able to put a little weight on the heel of my foot. Nature is doing it's just well ... even at my age.

I was able to borrow a walker from a friend and that helped a lot initially. But I can see myself moving without it in a few days.

But your suggestions are still good. I actually considered going to a doctor the 1st day but after going to the store, I realized I didn't really need to after talking to the man in the store who seemed to know his stuff.

One thing I learned about doctors --- they don't know everything. And some are better in some areas than others. For example many MDs here in the US aren't familiar with alternatives in Eastern medications. When I was getting symptoms of metacarpal tunnel syndrome from using the mouse too often, a nurse suggested I buy a hand brace and take Motrin. Her solution was to help tolerate the pain. A doctor would have suggested an operation. But a few days later, I bumped into a chiropractor friend of mine who asked me about my hand brace. He practically scolded me for wearing it. As he was talking, he took off the brace, then he massaged my arm a bit, testing its range of motion. He did it for less than 5 minutes. It hurt but it was bearable. After he was done he said never to put that brace back on. After a day or two the problem was gone. It has never returned.

Even among Western medical professionals, there is a misunderstanding of who is more knowledgeable. Did you know that Pharmacists know medications more than doctors? Why? They understand the chemistry behind the medicine while the doctors only know what works. Big difference. That's why they call medicine a "practice." It's trial and error for the doctor.

I learned this when a was stung by a hornet. I called a client Pharmacist of mine first before going to a doctor and she told me on the phone what ointment to buy. I followed her instruction and the pain subsided dramatically after the first day. A few days later my finger was back to normal. The reason we need doctors is because they can give prescriptions. Pharmacists need to those prescriptions before they can sell them to you.

Of course, I am speaking in generalities. But my point is, a piece of paper (a diploma) does not mean that person is the ultimate authority in the industry.

As always, it's a pleasure to exchange ideas with you.

Go Pacquiao!!!!

As for alternative medicine, I just got back from the gym, here I suggested acupuncture for a sore shoulder due to golf, to one the women.

I trust you are writing this from your suite at the MGM Grand.

I’ll look for you ringside when I see the photos in the news.

I’m calling it Pacman in a close decision.

Hey, raoul.
Don't take this the wrong way, but we're happy you sprained your ankle while living an active life.
May God bless you with speedy healing! Thank God, He spared your hands and fingers so you can still work. Thank God, it was your left foot, so you can still drive with your right foot.

Otto & Hannah

Thanks. No offense taken. I appreciate it actually.

Very perceptive knowing I can still drive and I can still work. Thank God indeed.

Sprain's feeling so much better. I can already put some weight on the foot.
Pleasantly surprised.

Excellent! Narration script and voice, acting, video Framing, Editing, Well done!

Ray of Altadena, CA

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