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At the Auction House

Raoul’s 2 Cents

No Contest Contest

I didn’t think it was possible. There is a reality TV where the judges are as nice and genteel as can be and still manage to keep the pressure on; where the contestants help each other to do their best even if helping the other person eats up their own time; where there is no prize money and yet the contestants give it all they’ve got for a mere recognition. There is tension. There is drama. There is comedy. And there is clean fun.

I was having this ordinary conversation with Peggy, a classmate in church, and somehow the discussion led to this TV show. Suddenly her eyes sparkled and she got really excited sharing it. Another person overheard our talk and she too joined in with excitement.

Who would have thought that people would be so excited about such a subject? It turns out that more and more people I talked to were also “secretly” watching this show in Netflix. I couldn’t believe it. It actually has a cult following.

So I decided to check out what the fuss was all about. Wouldn’t you know it? I started watching one episode after another. I got hooked! Imagine — a macho man like me, enjoying this “sissy” activity — hard to believe, huh? I rarely bake and I am not familiar with some of the jargon (ie. “over proofed” or “more savory than salty”) — yet, I was glued to the show. I got into the different personalities of the contestants. I was sad when people were cut off from the winning circle. And I love the creativity.

And this is my point: With all the sex, violence, horror, decrepit and shallow drama that Netflix dishes out, this refreshing show gives me hope for Netflix. Here we have congenial personalities and clean witty humor.  What a nice escape. Perhaps a downside to watching this is you get really hungry even though you can’t smell, touch or taste the food. If you’ve got a diet problem, move on. This show may not help.

By now you should know the title of the show, right? Right? Good.

TGIF people!

Bake the World a Better Place

Psssst! …  it’s the Great British Baking Show.

Joke of the Week

Thanks to Peter Paul of S Pasadena, CA for sharing this joke.

TGIF Joke of the Week: Auction House

Rodney’s Puns

Rodney's Puns: Fake Mews

Funny Video

The Future Politician

Shared by Vanessa of Whittier, CA

Parting Shot

Thanks to Naomi of N Hollywood, CA who shared this:

Parting Shot: Argument with Wife


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  1. Chuck

    December 13, 2019 at 9:29 am

    Thank you Brother and Amigo,

    Yes, they mean more to me as time moves on.


    (:>}) – Chuck


  2. Chuck

    December 13, 2019 at 9:30 am

    Happy Friday Raoul,

    Interesting observations. Hollywood has of course – not all
    but most than how Christians see or are supposed to see the world. A while
    back they were showing a series of Comedy movies starting with # 10 and
    working up to what they considered to be the # 1 Comedy movie of all time. I
    love a good comedy. Starting with Laurel and Hardy; very funny and good
    clean comedy that you could take the kids along with you to enjoy. Some new
    ones that I see the humor in even if the language is very vulgar, but not to
    overdone, after all we are living in today’s world. However we are taught
    in – Ephesians 4:29
    No foul language should come out of your mouths, but only such as is good
    for needed edification, that it may impart grace to those who hear. You
    could say my folks were old fashioned, as kids we were raised and taught to
    use the words, urinate instead of Pee or Piss, Bowel movement instead of
    crap or shit; buttock instead of ass or butt; not cock but penis.

    I only once recall my Dad using a questionable term – and that was the last
    day he drank a beer! As far as I can recall before that he wasn’t much of a
    drinker – accept maybe at family parties. I was just a kid and he was
    explaining to me how you could tell the difference between a 6-cylinder
    engine and an 8-cylinder engine. He was working under the hood on our family
    car when we lived in Echo Park area. He said, this is how you can tell the
    difference, if it has 6 sparkplugs it is a 6 cylinder motor. “If someone
    tries to tell you difference he doesn’t know his ass from a hole in the
    ground!” I think it made him feel real uncomfortable that he said that to
    me. Growing up with him was such a blessing, but mainly I learned more from
    his actions and my Mom’s that guide me to this day. I knew that if they said
    or promised something, that they would do everything in their power to keep
    their word. Last week we lost his youngest little brother – Tio Samuel at 90
    years of age. Also a gentle soul. I had two Uncle Sam’s.

    When I see posts with a lot of obscenities, I don’t even bother to open or
    pay attention to them or the purveyor of such. I write them off as Junior
    High School boys trying to impress and not having a sufficient command of
    the “Kings English” as t ‘was said back when I was growing up. Anyway. back
    to the movie list. I was stunned in what they listed as the # 1 all-time
    comedy, a movie I had seen and had a really catchy song attached to it –
    “Hello Mrs. Robinson.” The Graduate. Comedy? Not through my eyes! It was a
    tragedy. The ending was not enough to make it a comedy. Imagine if that was
    your son and your business partners wife? But that is how some in the Movie
    industry saw it. Ugly. Planes, Trains and Automobiles had a few rough scenes
    in it, and not good for small children – but funny. Slap humor and great

    As my friend says, That’s only my opinion; but it should be everybody’s,

    Thank you,

    Brother Chuck


  3. Tom

    December 13, 2019 at 9:30 am

    Good one Raoul, you made me smile and keeping those in fire areas in my prayers Tom


  4. Melanie

    December 13, 2019 at 9:31 am

    Of course, they’re polite, they’re British! (my peeps!)

    Always a fun read, thnx!

    All the best,



  5. Lee

    December 13, 2019 at 9:34 am

    Hi Raoul!

    Greetings my very talented friend! We are looking forward to moving to CA before long. Perhaps we can get together sometime after that. there is so much we have to leave behind that has considerable memories attached, but that is the case for most of us in the latter time of life.

    As we enter this life we often have everything we own in one room and often share it with a sibling. As we leave this life, it is quite common these days to have everything we own in one room! Life has an interesting cycle attached to it! I suspect that heaven will be so great that we will not remember all of those incidentals that made life special while we were here.

    Keep up the good work and good comments at the beginning. I try to read each Friday edition.

    Many blessings to you both!



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