Thursday, July 26, 2012

The Rescue

My kids posted this on FB this morning.  It is really sweet!

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Some Info on Mitt Romney

I've read this before, but wanted to share it again.  I think he will do a lot better than what we have now.

Personal Information

His full Name is: Willard Mitt Romney
He was Born: March 12, 1947 and is 65 years old.

His Father: George W. Romney, former Governor of the State of Michigan and former HUD Secretary

He was raised in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan

He is married to Ann Romney since 1969; they have five children


B.A. from Brigham Young University

J.D. and M.B.A. from Harvard University


Mormon - The Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter-Day Saints

Working Background:

After high school, he spent 30 months in France as a Mormon missionary.

After going to both Harvard Business School and Harvard Law School simultaneously, he passed the Michigan bar exam, but never worked as an attorney.

In 1984, he co-founded Bain Capital a private equity investment firm, one of the largest such firms in the United States .

In 1994, he ran for Senator of Massachusetts and lost to Ted Kennedy.

He was President and CEO of the 2002 Winter Olympic Games.

In 2002, he was elected Governor of the State of Massachusetts where he eliminated a 1.5 billion deficit.

Some Interesting Facts about Romney:

Bain Capital, starting with one small office supply store in Massachusetts, turned it into Staples; now over 2,000 stores employing 90,000 people.

Bain Capital also worked to perform the same kinds of business miracles again and again, with companies like Domino's, Sealy, Brookstone, Weather Channel, Burger King, Warner Music Group, Dollarama, Home Depot Supply, and many others.

He was an unpaid volunteer campaign worker for his dad's gubernatorial campaign 1 year.

He was an unpaid intern in his dad's governor's office for eight years.

He was an unpaid bishop and state president of his church for ten years.

He was an unpaid President of the Salt Lake Olympic Committee for three years.

He took no salary and was the unpaid Governor of Massachusetts for four years.

He gave his entire inheritance from his father to charity.

Mitt Romney is one of the wealthiest self-made men in our country but has given more back to its citizens in terms of money, service and time than most men.

In 2011 Mitt Romney gave over $4 million to charity, almost 19% of his income. Just for comparison purposes, Obama gave 1% and Joe Biden gave $300 or .0013%.

Mitt Romney is Trustworthy:

He will show us his birth certificate

He will show us his high school and college transcripts.

He will show us his social security card.

He will show us his law degree.

He will show us his draft notice.

He will show us his medical records.

He will show us his income tax records.

He will show us he has nothing to hide.

Mitt Romney's background, experience and trustworthiness show him to be a great leader and an excellent citizen fully qualified for the office of President of the United States.

You may think that Romney may not be the best representative the Republicans could have selected. At least I know what religion he is, and that he won't desecrate the flag, bow down to foreign powers, or practice fiscal irresponsibility. I know he has the ability to turn this financial debacle that the current regime has gotten us into. We won't like all the things necessary to recover from this debt, but someone with Romney's background can do it. But, on the minus side, He never was a "Community Organizer", never took drugs or smoked pot, never got drunk, did not associate with communists or terrorists, nor did he attend a church whose pastor called for God to damn the US.

Saturday, July 21, 2012

1910 Ford Model R

Show  this to your friends!  This will  boggle your mind, I know it did mine!

The year is 1910 one  hundred years ago.  What a  difference a century makes!

Here  are some statistics for the Year  1910:


The  average life expectancy for men was 47  years.

Fuel for this car was sold in drug stores  only.

Only 14 percent of  the homes had a bathtub.

Only 8  percent of the homes had a  telephone.

There were only 8,000 cars and only 144 miles of paved roads.

The  maximum speed limit in most cities was 10  mph.

The tallest structure in the world was the Eiffel Tower !

The  average US wage in 1910 was 22 cents per  hour.

The average US worker  made between $200 and $400 per  year.

A competent  accountant could expect to earn $2000 per year, A  dentist $2,500 per year,
a  veterinarian between $1,500 and $4,000  per year, and a mechanical engineer  about
$5,000 per year.

More  than 95 percent of all births took place at  HOME.

Ninety percent of all  Doctors had NO COLLEGE  EDUCATION!
Instead, they attended so-called medical schools, many of which were condemned in the press AND the government  as 'substandard.'

Sugar cost four cents a pound.

Eggs were fourteen cents a dozen.

Coffee was fifteen cents a pound.

Most women only washed their hair once a month, and used  Borax or egg yolks for shampoo.

Canada passed a law that prohibited poor people from entering into their country for any reason.

The  Five leading causes of death were:
    1. Pneumonia  and influenza
      2. Tuberculosis
      3. Diarrhea
      4. Heart disease
      5. Stroke

The  American flag had 45 stars.

The  population of Las Vegas , Nevada , was only  30!

Crossword puzzles, canned beer, and iced tea hadn't been invented yet.

There was no Mother's Day or  Father's Day.

Two out of every 10  adults couldn't read or write and only 6 percent of all Americans had
graduated from high school.

Marijuana, heroin, and  morphine were all available over the counter at the  local corner drugstores.

Back then  pharmacists said, 'Heroin clears the complexion,  gives buoyancy to the mind, regulates the stomach  and bowels, and is, in fact, a perfect guardian of  health'

Eighteen  percent of households had at least one full-time  servant or domestic help.

There were  about 230 reported murders in the ENTIRE
U.  S. A. !

I am now going to forward this to someone else without typing it myself.
From there, it will be sent to others all over the WORLD -- all in a matter of  seconds!

Try to imagine what it may be like in another 100  years.

Friday, July 13, 2012

Old Guy And A Bucket Of Shrimp

This is a true story,

Hope you appreciate it and want to pass it along.

It happened every Friday evening, almost without fail, when the sun resembled a giant orange and was starting to dip into the blue ocean.

Old Ed came strolling along the beach to his favorite pier.. Clutched in his bony hand was a bucket of shrimp. Ed walks out to the end of the pier, where it seems he almost has the world to himself. The glow of the sun is a golden bronze now.

Everybody's gone, except for a few joggers on the beach. Standing out on the end of the pier, Ed is alone with his thoughts...and his bucket of shrimp.

Before long, however, he is no longer alone. Up in the sky a thousand white dots come screeching and squawking, winging their way toward that lanky frame standing there on the end of the pier.

Before long, dozens of seagulls have enveloped him, their wings fluttering and flapping wildly. Ed stands there tossing shrimp to the hungry birds. As he does, if you listen closely, you can hear him say with a smile, 'Thank you. Thank you.'

In a few short minutes the bucket is empty. But Ed doesn't leave.

He stands there lost in thought, as though transported to another time and place.

When he finally turns around and begins to walk back toward the beach, a few of the birds hop along the pier with him until he gets to the stairs, and then they, too, fly away. And old Ed quietly makes his way down to the end of the beach and on home.

If you were sitting there on the pier with your fishing line in the water, Ed might seem like 'a funny old duck,' as my dad used to say. Or, 'a guy who's a sandwich shy of a picnic,' as my kids might say. To onlookers, he's just another old codger, lost in his own weird world, feeding the seagulls with a bucket full of shrimp.

To the onlooker, rituals can look either very strange or very empty. They can seem altogether unimportant .... maybe even a lot of nonsense.

Old folks often do strange things,
at least in the eyes of Boomers and Busters.

Most of them would probably write Old Ed off, down there in Florida . That's too bad. They'd do well to know him better.

His full name: Eddie Rickenbacker. He was a famous hero back in World War II. On one of his flying missions across the Pacific, he and his seven-member crew went down. Miraculously, all of the men survived, crawled out of their plane, and climbed into a life raft.

Captain Rickenbacker and his crew floated for days on the rough waters of the Pacific. They fought the sun. They fought sharks. Most of all, they fought hunger. By the eighth day their rations ran out. No food. No water. They were hundreds of miles from land and no one knew where they were.

They needed a miracle. That afternoon they had a simple devotional service and prayed for a miracle. They tried to nap. Eddie leaned back and pulled his military cap over his nose. Time dragged. All he could hear was the slap of the waves against the raft..

Suddenly, Eddie felt something land on the top of his cap.
It was a seagull!

Old Ed would later describe how he sat perfectly still, planning his next move. With a flash of his hand and a squawk from the gull, he managed to grab it and wring its neck.. He tore the feathers off, and he and his starving crew made a meal - a very slight meal for eight men - of it. Then they used the intestines for bait.. With it, they caught fish, which gave them food and more bait.......and the cycle continued. With that simple survival technique, they were able to endure the rigors of the sea until they were found and rescued (after 24 days at sea...).

Eddie Rickenbacker lived many years beyond that ordeal, but he never forgot the sacrifice of that first life-saving seagull... And he never stopped saying, 'Thank you.' That's why almost every Friday night he would walk to the end of the pier with a bucket full of shrimp and a heart full of gratitude.


(Max Lucado, "In The Eye of the Storm",pp..221, 225-226)

PS: Eddie started Eastern Airlines.

As you see I wanted to pass it on.

It was a great story that I didn't know.

You got to be careful with us old guys.

You never know what we have done.

Thank you for your time.

God Bless our Troops.

God Bless America.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Watermelon Cake!

LOVE this idea!
Would you rather have this "cake" or a sugar coma?!
* * * * *
Directions: The "cake" is watermelon. Cut the ends off the watermelon to form the top & bottom of the cake; then cut away the rind from the sides of the cake.
Use cookie cutters to cut cantaloupe flowers and honeydew leaves/ Use toothpicks to attach to cake.
Decorate with additional strawberries, blueberries, apples, grapes, and oranges. Simple & yummy!
Juice on!

Seen on my son's FB page!  He's found lots of uses for watermelon!

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Interesting Observations!


1.  The sport of choice for the urban poor is  BASKETBALL.

2  The sport of choice for maintenance level employees is  BOWLING.

3  The sport of choice for front-line workers is  FOOTBALL.

4  The sport of choice for supervisors is  BASEBALL.

5  The sport of choice for middle management is  TENNIS.


6  The sport of choice for corporate executives and officers is  GOLF.


The  higher you go in the corporate structure, the smaller your balls  become.
There  must be a ton of people in Washington playing  marbles!