Life is back to normal. No more jetlag. I know when to wake up ... when to sleep. It doesn't mean I sleep regular hours but that has never been a luxury for me. I'm not complaining though. I like my moments of concentration.

   It's funny how I bump into people who know so much about me: "So how was your trip, Mr. World Traveler?" Not that I mind sharing ... it's just that I'm surprised people actually read my emails. I'm flattered, actually.

    A lot of people come from the opposite end and are super private. That brings up a good question: how private is private? True, in this day and age of ID theft, one needs to be cautious. But I think it is also important to be vulnerable. It's OK to show our imperfections ... at leat to a point.

    When human beings go down to the common denominator of vulnerability, magic happens. Instant bonds between strangers happens.

    When I was in Nigeria ... among total strangers ... a smile, a gentle touch, a respectful bow, a tear, a "praise the Lord" --- they reminded me that we share this planet. We may have different life paths but our paths do cross in several places. I think that's pretty cool. Don't you? C'mon! Be human. Be vulnerable!

Wisdom from Rodney of Manitoba, BC
Words of Wisdom

I believe that heroes are the people
who do what has to be done
when it needs to be done,
regardless of the consequences.

Thanks to this week's winners:
Tom and Julie of Pasadena; Charlie of New Jersey; John of Rancho Palos Verdes, Russ of Monrovia; and Rodney of Manitoba.

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Cow Match
Sent in by Bernie of Virginia

The only cow in a small town in Northern Italy stopped giving milk. Then the town folk found they could buy a cow in Sicily quite cheaply. So, they brought the cow over from Sicily. It was absolutely wonderful. It produced lots of milk every day and everyone was happy.

They bought a bull to mate with the cow to get more cows, so they'd never have to worry about their milk supply again.

They put the bull in the pasture with the cow, but whenever the bull tried to mount the cow, the cow would move away.

No matter what approach the bull tried, the cow would move away from the bull, and he was never able to do the deed.

The people were very upset and decided to go to the local veterinarian, Dr. Santucchi, who was very wise, telling him what was happening and asking his advice.

"Whenever the bull tries to mount our cow, she moves away. If he approaches from the back, she moves forward. When he approaches her from the front, she backs off. If he attempts it from the one side, she walks away to the other side."

The veterinarian rubbed his chin thoughtfully and pondered this before asking, "Did you by chance buy this cow in Sicily?"

The people were dumbfounded, since no one had ever mentioned that they had brought the cow over from Sicily.

"You are truly a wise veterinarian," they said. "How did you know we got the cow from Sicily?"

The Vet replied with a distant look in his eyes:
"My wife is from Sicily!"

Sent in by Russ of Monrovia, CA

One night, Tim was walking home when, all of a sudden, a thief jumped on him.

Tim and the thief got tangled up and began to wrestle. They rolled about on the ground and Tim put up a tremendous fight. However, the thief managed to get the better of him and pinned him to the ground.

The thief then went through Tim's pockets and searched him. All the thief could find on Tim was 25 cents.

The thief was so surprised at this that he asked Tim why he had bothered to fight so hard for 25 cents.

"Was that all you wanted?" Tim replied. "I thought you were after the five hundred dollars I've got in my shoe!"

Videos of the week:

At the Auction
Julie of Pasadena, CA


I might have shared this before. Reminds me of a bad nightmare.

Woman Translator
Tom of Pasadena, CA

Fly Geyser Nevada

Attention men!
This new invention may save your relationship. But wait! Call now! Operators are now standing by.

Digital World
John of Rancho Palos Verdes, CA

Amazing Hologram

Technology has changed movie making. No need to make expensive location shootings. Even problematic period pieces with elaborate props are a piece of cake ... a piece of cake IF you can afford digital manipulators. Go watch!

Interview With God
Kristin of Pasadena, CA

Interview with God

Just watch this video if you have time. The less I say about it, the better.

Italian President from Jersey
Charlie of New Jersey

Italian President from Jersey

This is an old one but I thought this was still funny especially since this is election year.
Did you know that this is the year that the Phiilippines and America are choosing their next presidents? Interesting coincidence, huh? TGIF People!

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