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Raoul’s Two Cents: June 30, 2023

Old Man

“So it’s you again. I have a lot of questions about life that I hope you can answer.”

“Sure, I’d be happy to share whatever I can,” said the old man.

I stared at the wrinkles in his face. Age spots have replaced the teenage pimples on his cheeks. His full jet black hair has turned sparse like naked tree branches in a wintry landscape; and there’s a growing acre of a bald spot at the top of his head which is inching its way closer to meet the receding hairline on his forehead. His bright eyes aren’t so bright anymore. He said he needs new prescription glasses. The tinnitus drowns half of the sound that registers in his ears. The biceps in his arms and legs now dangle from his bones like jello.

I bet this man’s body may be fading but his mind is still as sharp as a pencil and he has probably gained so much wisdom from the many episodes in his life. “Old man, is there anything profound you could share with the readers of this TGIF Joke email? I mean, what occupies your mind nowadays?” I asked.

“What occupies my mind? Well, I’m at the age where my mind still thinks I can jump tall buildings, my mischief and my humor suggests I’m 12, while my body mostly keeps wondering why I’m not dead yet.”

And that was the end of the interview with the man in the mirror.

TGIF people!

Raoul

“By the time you’re eighty years old you’ve learned everything. You only have to remember it.” — George Burns

“At age 20, we worry about what others think of us. At age 40, we don’t care what they think of us. At age 60, we discover they haven’t been thinking of us at all.” — Ann Landers

JOKE OF THE WEEK

Thanks to Tom of Pasadena, CA

Original art by Raoul Pascual.

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Thanks to Bob of Placentia, CA

Thanks to Art of Sierra Madre, CA

Thanks to Maling of New Manila, Philippines

Thanks to Tom of Pasadena, CA

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6 Comments

  1. Hilda

    June 30, 2023 at 6:21 pm

    Very funny Friday!

    Reply

  2. John

    June 30, 2023 at 6:21 pm

    👍🤣

    Reply

  3. Tom

    June 30, 2023 at 6:22 pm

    Thanks Raoul, Great Art and humor. There will be fireworks tonight in Altadena at the Country Club around 9:30 PM. They shoot them off at the Golf Course and can be seen for blocks around the place. They are fun to watch against an almost full moon.
    Take Care. Tom

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  4. Larry

    June 30, 2023 at 6:24 pm

    You know I look forward to your TGIF emails.

    You didn’t mention it was your birthday, but you talked about yourself.

    1. Bald spot. Receding hairline. OK. There’s a reason I shave my head. If I didn’t, there would only be wisps of hair. Get over it. Wear your gray hair and lack of it as a sign of strength. Vanity leave my friend alone.

    2. Glasses. I have been wearing glasses since 1967. Back then we only had one choice of frames. What were called safety glasses. Wire rims and all that came out in the 1970’s. Kids wore safety glasses. Vanity leave my friend alone.

    3. Droopy biceps. Look at me. I have a gut that hangs over my belt. This belly is getting out of control. I’m going to have to do something about it. You are quite slender. Vanity leave my friend alone.

    4. Tinnitus. OK, a real problem. Something I don’t have. You are a musician. More than anything I can muster. Not being able to hear well is a problem. However, you are not at the point of hearing aids. I won’t say anything else.

    5. Wisdom.

    Glad you recognize that. Yes, we are so much better for all our life experiences. As Christians and humans. We are grateful for all we have received, which is so great compared to so many others. The poverty in places like Rwanda that we know about is so bad compared to all we have. No joking about this. Thank You Lord for all we have received in your name and your grace. In Jesus name. Amen.

    Mind says you are 12, but body says you why not dead? Come on. Except for some creaky bones and bad ears, you are a healthy man. My friend, my brother in Christ. So grateful that God blessed me to meet you.

    Man in the mirror. Elvis Costello has a song called. Deep Dark Truthful Mirror. The mirror doesn’t lie.

    Last night, Kay and I went to Power Worship at our church.

    Mostly a gospel song night, with a sermon mixed in. We have it once every two months. Different musicians come and we had a great time. There’s one Korean song entitled Grace that I love. I will sing it for you someday. More uptempo songs saying Hallelujah are there. Koreans use the English word Hallelujah a lot and the pronunciation is about the same as English.

    Wow, I am long winded tonight. When you wake up to this you will wonder what your friend Larry is doing.

    Necessary, I believe, because I count you as a friend and my brother in Christ, so Larry speaks his mind and heart to you.

    Your Bible passages for today

    Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the Lord delivers him out of them all. He keeps all his bones; not one of them is broken.

    Psalm 34:19-20

    We preach Christ crucified….Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God.

    1 Corinthians 1:23-24

    Hope your birthday went well and hope you aren’t as busy today. Someday, when you have time, we should share a meal and talk more in-depth about things.

    Many blessings.

    Your brother in Christ
    Larry

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  5. Oscar

    June 30, 2023 at 6:24 pm

    Good morning Raoul , or should I say old man ( TGIF 😂) I would always hang out with younger people, and they would always tell me I’m a cool old man 🤷‍♂️😂 I felt young but I was older. SO I’ll tell you not to worry Raoul because you’re Really a cool old man . I mean you’re like a Rockstar buddy. And the cool thing is that I would’ve never suspected you can Jam with music and also an artist. Cool Blessings brother 🙏🙏🙏

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  6. Noel

    June 30, 2023 at 6:25 pm

    Hahahaha..so it is your Bday old man?

    Reply

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