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Never Too Late

This email is late. I thought I had set it to go out at midnight PST but in my weariness, I forgot to schedule it properly. Sorry about that. Especially to you subscribers who live in the other side of the world. So here’s me doing catch up.

Someone recently asked me if I needed a ghost writer for this email blast. She didn’t know I do everything. I do the collecting, the writing, the illustration — everything … and every Friday. I’ve been doing this for almost 20 years now … 17 years!!! It started with a group of former office mates from my old job (after I was laid off due to the recession). Someone sent me a joke and I enhanced it with my illustration. Then they said I should share it to more and then it just grew. At first it was purely jokes. Then, when Youtube came around, I added funny videos. Then I did a little commentary (like this one). Now this email goes around the world in every continent (except Antarctica … at least to my knowledge) and to many religions and other belief systems. I know I share a lot about my faith and I hope people understand that this is just my perspective. I do not claim to know more or be better than anyone. I do invite other perspectives and you may read some when this email is eventually posted in Traveling Boy (which, I believe, is one of the best online Travel blogs run by my dear creative friend Ed Boitano).  Sometimes I do get into more in-depth conversations but, mostly, I do it on the side.

Why do I do it? Because I can. I dunno. Sometimes I ask myself that question too. This is an ongoing experiment which should have stopped years ago. I do spend considerable time to prepare each week. It sounds like a job but it isn’t. I don’t get paid for this. Sometimes I do get job leads but this isn’t the purpose. I do get pleasure knowing that I’ve touched someone who needed to laugh or who was wrestling with some issues. One big reason is because I pray for you guys. I really do. I pray that whoever reads this will be blessed in some way. When people ask for prayers, I really do spend time asking for heavenly intercession. I’ve prayed with a British nurse who was searching for guidance, a soldier in the middle east who missed his family, several who have lost their jobs or were in the middle of a divorce, lots of people in mourning, lots of intellectuals, lots of spiritual leaders but mostly just regular folk.  It’s like touching people’s souls. Most of you I will probably never see in person. Maybe when we all get to heaven, we will come to a TGIF party and share this Friday experience.

This wasn’t my topic last night. I only share this since I have this opportunity. I share this because I want you to do something more with your time during this lockdown. Instead of binge watching and adding the pounds, why not start something you enjoy? Something you’ve always wanted to do but always had work getting in the way. We’ve already seen those creative videos (more below). Start your own experiment. It might grow into something beyond your wildest imagination. Don’t call it a dream … call it a plan.

Let’s keep our distance and keep our sanity and hold on to our faith. TGIF people!


“Clothe yourself with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience.” — Colossians 3: 12

Joke of the Week

Thanks to Don of Kelowna, B.C. for sharing this joke.

Murder at Cosco part 1

Murder at Cosco part 2

Video: Covid-19

Thanks to Naomi of N Hollywood, CA for sending this video made by her personal friend, Paula.

Video: Toilet Paper Domino

Thanks to Don of Kelowna, B.C. for sharing this video. When you’re stuck at home, your creativity goes up a notch.

Video: When the Rolls Are Back in Walmart

Thanks to Don of Kelowna, B.C. for this performance of an old hymn.

Video: Chinese Actor Donates Fortune to Charity

Thanks to JJ of the Philippines for sharing this quick documentary of a famous actor born in poverty and never got accustomed to his riches. Bless his generous spirit.

Parting Shots

Thanks to JJ of the Philippines who sent this puzzle. I know of a kid who solved it in 10 minutes.

Parting Shots: Math Puzzle

Thanks to Mike of New York who shared this picture:

Parting Shots: Italians Fight Coronavirus

Thanks to Rodney of Manitoba, B.C. for this face:

Parting Shots: 25 Days in Containment

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  1. Shaneel from South Africa

    April 24, 2020 at 10:50 am

    Ive been a subscriber for 10 years.
    Im from South Africa



    • Raoul

      April 24, 2020 at 10:51 am

      Hi Shaneel,

      I remember you. It’s been a long time. I’m so glad you’re part of this

      How is the pandemic affecting your area? Is it bad? Are you in lockdown too?

      Blessings to you and your family my friend!

      I’m going back to sleep now. 😉



      • Shaneel from South Africa

        April 24, 2020 at 10:56 am

        Lol going back to sleep.

        It is. South Africa is on lockdown until 30 april from 26th march. It got extended. Economy suffering. People suffering. Here they banned alcohol and cigarettes too. Which opened up a black market with extrodinary prices.

        I’m affected but I’m okay because I’m also a digital marketer. I have my whatsapp groups which I update people on pandemic and stuff also.

        How are things where you are.



        • Raoul

          April 24, 2020 at 10:57 am

          Hi Shaneel,

          I woke up!!! And it’s bright and shiny!

          Sounds just as bad as here in Los Angeles, CA. I think the bigger the country, the harder the problem because one bad seed affects everyone else no matter the size. No problem with food. I can’t believe toilet paper is still in demand. Few cars on the road. Many are getting impatient at home. Many worried their jobs and businesses will disappear. Schools are online. Disneyland, concerts, movie production, sports arenas — they’re all dead.

          I didn’t think of alcohol and cigarettes. Why would they ban those? Are they imported? It would raise the price but no reason to ban it. I suppose you’re into that. I stopped that years and years ago when I realized I was getting hooked. I’m more concerned about food but so far, they’re still in abundance.

          It should be a good thing that you’re into digital marketing because you are not dependent on social gatherings. I hope the internet is reliable.

          Take care and keep in touch.


  2. Heather

    April 24, 2020 at 10:52 am

    Happy Friday. Hope you’re doing okay. I am so tired of this situation, but we all have to ride out the storm.
    Take care,



  3. Jacqueline

    April 24, 2020 at 10:53 am

    Hello Raoul,

    I read your weekly jokes but lately due to Corona, I have time to read
    all your commentaries. They really help specially nowadays.

    Thanks for all your work.

    Take care,



  4. Laer

    April 24, 2020 at 10:53 am


    I cherish this joke because it’s one of the only ones my too-serious elder brothers ever told me. But when he told it, back in the mid-90s, before Costco, Artie choked four for a dollar at Safeway.

    Thank you for your faith, your humor and your stick-to-itivness!



  5. Art

    April 24, 2020 at 10:53 am

    Hi Raoul,

    TGIF!!!…be safe


  6. Connie

    April 28, 2020 at 8:44 am

    Hi Raoul,

    I have been enjoying your email

    The Artie story was really good.

    You mentioned that you do all the
    I have a colleague looking for one to
    do his book. Would you be interested
    to talk to him?

    Let me know



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