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Missing Ex-Wife

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Heroes Among Us

Last week, 60 Minutes featured an American who responded to an unsolicited email from a “Liberian scammer.” What started as a mischievous game by the American to outwit the scammer, turned into a real friendship and a start of a business that benefited a poor Liberian village. It turned a Zero into a Hero.

Great story, huh? But you know what’s even better? Knowing that there are many more stories like that that never make it to prime time news. I am actually surrounded by many friends whose generosity and good deeds go unnoticed.  I see it in church, in the streets, in restaurants, business establishments … I see it a lot in non-profit organizations. Most (if not all) of them do it out of genuine concern for others. It’s the HUMBLE ones who are the really GREAT ones. A few of my generous friends passed away early this year. In their lifetime, they wouldn’t want to be honored but I feel I should thank them for their legacy just the same.

I think of Ray Carlson (I mentioned him a few months ago in this TGIF forum) who dedicated his life to promoting entrepreneurship for decades. When I heard he was gone, the picture that flashed in my mind was Ray dancing with Joy, his lifetime sweetheart, who departed 5 years earlier. I miss him pestering me to create flyers and arrange meetings for his entrepreneur program.

I think of Ambassador Vic Lecaros of the Philippines. I always remembered Vic taking leadership positions since College. I have not seen him for decades … only hearing about his good deeds. He was the anti-politician who was a man of integrity. He never enriched himself through his position. When I met the current Philippine Consul a few months ago, I asked if he knew Vic. The Consul looked at me in bewilderment and asked me a question in return — “You mean, Vic, my BOSS?”

I remember Bob Caparas, one of College chums (who I also  talked about in one of my TGIF emails in the beginning of the year). He was a gentle spirit and I knew he had a lofty position at the VA Department of Transportation but I only realized how respected he was when the State of Virginia flew their flags half mast in his honor when he passed away. Bob never bragged about what he did.

In each of their deaths, a feeling of loss overcame me. The world somehow feels incomplete without them. I’m sure you can share similar stories about your own friends … especially the silent heroes.

Thank God for the heroes among us. While we still are able, wouldn’t it be nice if we send them a note of appreciation? (Hint! Hint!) Our words of encouragement may be just the little push they need to keep their spirits going.

“It is not the honor that you take with you, but the heritage you leave behind.
— Branch Rickey

TGIF people!

Missing Ex-Wife

Shared by Tom of Pasadena, CA

The day after his ex-wife disappeared in a kayaking accident, Mr. Frykenberg answered his door to find two grim-faced State Troopers.

Mr. Frykenberg and State Troopers

We’re sorry Mr. Frykenberg, but we have some information about your ex-wife,” said one of the officers.

Tell me! Did you find her?!” Frykenberg asked.

The troopers looked at each other.

One said, “We have some bad news, some good news, and some REALLY GREAT news. Which would you like to hear first?

Fearing the worst, Mr. Frykenberg said, “Give me the bad news first.”

The Trooper said, “I’m sorry to tell you, sir, but this morning we found your ex-wife’s body in the bay.”

State Troopers deliver bad news

Noooo!! Why?! Why?!!” exclaimed Frykenberg. Swallowing hard, he asked, “What could possibly be the good news?

The officer continued, “When we pulled her up, she had 12 of the best looking Atlantic lobsters that you have ever seen clinging to her. Haven’t seen lobsters like that since the 1960’s, and we feel you are entitled to a share in the catch.”

Stunned, Mr. Frykenberg demanded, “If that’s the good news, then what’s the GREAT NEWS?

The Trooper replied, “We’re gonna pull her up again tomorrow.”

great news from State Troopers

funny video

Exploding Purse Prank
Sent by Rodney of Manitoba, B.C.

What would you do if someone left her purse? Would you give it back? Watch!

WATCH VIDEO

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What Cats Do for Whiskey
Sent by Sent by Charlie of New Jersey

Cute guy doing the impossible just to get his liquor.

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Don’s Puns

Don from Kelowna, B.C. has consistently been sending me puns so I think he deserves his own section.

Don's Puns

Parting Shot

Thanks to Mel of Washington DC who shared this photo

insane dog

 

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7 Comments

  1. TGIF Reader

    May 1, 2018 at 11:05 am

    Dear Raoul,

    Hilarious!!

    The prank was brilliant and I loved the Missing Ex-Wife joke. Lol!!
    You are incredibly unique in your execution!

    Reggie

    Reply

  2. TGIF Reader

    May 1, 2018 at 11:07 am

    thank you

    Marilyn Z

    Reply

  3. TGIF Reader

    May 1, 2018 at 11:15 am

    I see first hand how much you care about and support the people you value. It’s the best thing on your menu, not to mention all your others attributes. I’m still laughing about the drunken cat. That must have been computer-generated. If not that cats an alcoholic.

    Heather

    Reply

  4. TGIF Reader

    May 1, 2018 at 11:16 am

    Very funny Raoul! 🙂

    Mr. Frykenberg

    Reply

  5. TGIF Reader

    May 1, 2018 at 11:16 am

    Great Characters enhanced the ex wife story and your intro was very thought provoking.

    Thanks Tom

    Reply

  6. TGIF Reader

    May 1, 2018 at 11:22 am

    Hi, Raoul. Darn, I recall having a Bob Caparas in one of my freshman classes at UP. Sure enough, I was able to confirm that it was him when I clicked on the links. I’ve forgotten the course, but we were at opposing teams in a debating session the subject of which was: Jose Rizal or Andres Bonifacio: who should be the Philippine National hero? He was on the Rizal side, and I, on the Bonifacio side. The debate was very spirited. One of the quotes he made: “Filipinos are Spanish in names, but American in dreams”, stuck with me forever— i don’t know why! I think it ended up a tie because we ran out of time; there were 3 members in each team.

    He was a tall guy, if I recall right. And he used to wear sandals. And he was a Kapampangan [ie. came from a province named Pampanga].

    Anyway, I just want to share this with you. It also brought back fond memories of college. For me, the time I spent with YSAC, was perhaps the most life affirming social experience that essentially formed my philosophy of life.

    Take care and best regards.

    Arnel

    Reply

  7. TGIF Reader

    May 1, 2018 at 11:53 am

    The missing ex wife story comes from an old “Bert and I” routine.

    Bert and I is a Maine institution as much as Prairie Home Companion in MN.

    Here’s a clip of a classic, but I could’t find a clip of the “Set ‘er again” story.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rrwTHKjgQ9M

    My best to your family.

    Best regards,

    David L

    Reply

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