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Expecting the Unexpected

Raoul’s Two Cents: February 24, 2023

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I’m getting that same uneasy feeling. I feel I’m being pulled out of my comfort zone again. Today, I’ll just be sharing what’s “coming down the pike.”

Two weeks ago (the Rotoplast division of) the Rotary invited me to go to Columbia to join a medical mission to: provide free reconstructive surgery and ancillary treatments for cleft lips, palates, burn scaring and other deformities. I was to go as the team historian/reporter to chronicle the whole event. So much to do in so short a time (it requires as much as 12 hours per day for 2 weeks.) That would mean being on my feet during the day time and working late at night typing and sending out the report. I seriously considered it — I thought of all the kids whose lives would change because of a single medical procedure (thought of all the faces I could sketch too) but after weighing all the logistics (and upon advice by family and friends), I turned it down.

I thought the pressure was off but … this week, I volunteered to be the web master for a mission organization in Rwanda, Africa. No traveling (this time) but still a lot of work enhancing their website. A good friend told me I have a hard time saying “no.” He’s right. Blame it on my flawed philosophy: if my god-given talents can help someone, why not? Are you WIRED like that? Are you WEIRD like that? Can we be weird together? I have a “weird” lawyer friend who I dragged into this Rwanda project … and he’s lovin’ it.

Last week of April, my wife will be attending a conference in Nashville and I will be tagging along. While she attends the classes, I will be meeting up with an old missionary Buddy who lives in the area. A month or so later, I’ll also be joining my wife in a company retreat in Escondido (?) San Diego so If any of you live in those areas, maybe we can meet up?.

Some of you have asked about my mission plans I talked about weeks ago. Thanks for all your suggestions. And because of your feedback, I’m leaning towards going to the East coast for a while and then replanting myself in Southern Philippines but I’m still praying about it. Rest assured that whatever I decide, I plan to continue sending you my TGIF email … unless of course, I run into technical issues — like tonight!

Yup! As I prepare for this TGIF edition, I notice my email program (Mailchimp) suddenly changed my settings. I lost half of my subscribers! This is the 2nd time this happened. If you are reading this, it means you are one of my “lucky” subscribers. Remember, if you ever NOT get my Friday email, you can always go to www.travelingboy.com and read my emails there. If you are reading this on the Travelingboy.com website, you can always resubscribe.

I guess I’ll need to repair this email program before midnight. Maybe I’ll use another mail program for the next TGIF Joke edition so prepare for a new look. Kinda sad because I was with Mailchimp almost from the time it started. Now they’ve been acquired by the Quickbooks businessmen (one of those companies that forces you to upgrade every 3 years).

I’m dead tired but I’m happy that once again, I am able to gather all these jokes to make you smile. Enjoy your Friday. TGIF people!


Joke of the Week

Thanks to James from La Habra, CA

Original art by Raoul Pascual.

Original art by Raoul Pascual

Video of the Week

Thanks to Eucliff of Los Angeles, CA for this collection of Burt Bacharach’s music.
Burt is a legend in the music industry. RIP, you will be missed.

Parting Shots

Thanks to Art of Sierra Madre, CA.

Thanks to Maling of New Manila, Philippines

I found these

My good friend (and jokester) Terry and I came up with these.

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  1. Heather

    February 27, 2023 at 2:30 pm

    You have a lot on your plate! See you Monday if you’re available.


  2. Oscar

    February 27, 2023 at 2:31 pm

    Good Morning Raoul, I’m happy you’re feeling happy 🙂 About TGIF , take care of yourself that way you will be able to help people for a longer time in this world. I know you push yourself but sometimes rest is good, I hate resting but Jesus knew I needed it . I still don’t want you to move but do what’s best for you and your family, I’ll take care ( well me and Jesus 😂) of crazy democrats in California with the Love of Jesus LOL. I’m praying🙏.


  3. Hilda

    February 27, 2023 at 2:31 pm

    Thanks and good luck with your plans!


  4. Tom

    February 27, 2023 at 2:32 pm

    Thanks Raoul, great collection and nice to know I was a lucky one. I was conversing with a woman the other day and She was complaining that Her Husband did not know how to say NO. I asked if he was A Rotarian and She said yes. I told. Her She was fortunate in having Married Him. Carry on and do what can be done without overdoing. Tom


  5. Noel

    February 27, 2023 at 2:33 pm

    hahahah…that picture of a sandwich maker and the minions below that pic..plus the KFC dig..funny man


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