True Friendship


I watched Groundhog Day Christmas morning. It's appeal is timeless. To the unfamiliar, it's about Phil, a man who relives the same day over and over. (Spoiler alert! Read no further if you plan to watch the movie.) The circumstances and the people change depending on the nuances of his input but his mind continues to function. It's only after he gets his self-centered juvenile urges out of his system and he develops a genuine compassion for others that he is freed from the shackles of the daily reruns.

I also watched a beautiful film called Saving Mr. Banks. The high-maintenance Mrs. Travers was such a contrast to the congenial Walt Disney. But both individuals shared a very difficult childhood which explains why only they could understand each other. At first you laugh at the stereotypes but later you marvel at the fiber of their human spirit.

Both films play with your emotions and they force you to reflect on your own life and your relationships. 2013 was a Yin Yang year for me --- when something went up, something else went down. I think of the birth of my grandson which was eclipsed by the death of a very close friend. So do we just ride the cycle of life? I hope not. Let's try to understand others more and learn from Phil --- accept the cycle but look for the little nuances which open doors to new possibilities. I so look forward to 2014. Do I hear an Amen?

"There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven." --- Ecclesiastes 3

Wisdom from Tom of Pasadena, CA
Words of Wisdom

Whoever is praying for snow please stop!

Thanks to this week's winners:
Chuck of Whittier, CA; Don of Kelowna, B.C.; Tom of Pasadena, CA; Debbie of Moreno Valley, CA; and Ray of Glendale, CA.

A Testimony to True Friendship
Sent by Tom of Pasadena, CA

A man brings his best buddy home for dinner unannounced at 5:30 after work.

His wife begins screaming at him, while his friend just watches and listens to her.

"My hair and makeup are not done, the house is a mess, the dishes are not done, I'm still in my pajamas and I can't be bothered with cooking tonight! Why the heck did you bring him home?!"

"Because he's thinking of getting married."

Videos of the week: (click on the picture)

Cold Weather in Sunny California
Contributed by Don of Kelowna, B.C.

Cold Weather in CA

It was a balmy 80+ degrees here in California Thursday. Hard to believe it's a winter wonder land in the East coast. Here's a funny video that explains my life here in California.

Christmas Scale
Contributed by Tom of Pasadena, CA

Christmas Scale

This should have been part of last week's email but I'm not waiting until next year to post this on. It's a clever yarn with a surprise ending.

Rembrandt's The Night Watchman
Contributed by Don of Kelowna, B.C.

Night Watchman

The famous Dutch painter's world comes alive in this short clip.

The Best Football Play of the Year
Contributed by Chuck of Whittier, CA

Football Play

A touching video of what sports should be about ... and it isn't about winning or losing.

Dog Driver
Contributed by Tom of Pasadena, CA and Ray of Glendale, CA

Dog Driver

People can't believe their eyes when this dog cruises by them.

Drunk Pilot
Contributed by Debbie of Moreno Valley, CA

Drunk Pilot

Another prank where the joke is in the reaction of the onlookers.

Let's celebrate the end of 2013 and welcome a prosperous New Year! Thank God It's the LAST Friday of the year!


Thank you Raoul for TGIF this week and every week. I loved the dog driving video, and the friend brought home/marriage story:)

Anne S
Adelaide, SA

Thanx! - Again!, Raoul, for some great fun! Hoping you and the family are having a very wonderful holiday season.

Pasadena, CA

Amen to that. Happy New Year, I will have to see that Movie!
Tom of Pasadena

Hi Raoul,

Happy Holidays to you and your family. Looking forward for more TGIF in 2014.

New Jersey

That's right. The last Friday of the year...and you made all those Fridays a smiling and laughing time for many people....not only this year but many, many years.
Dette of Iligan City, Mindanao, Philippines

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