28 January 2012

Two Stories...O'hare

Two Stories - BOTH are true and worth reading!!!!


    Many years ago, Al Capone virtually owned Chicago .  Capone wasn't famous for anything heroic. He was notorious for enmeshing the windy city in everything from bootlegged booze and prostitution to murder.

      Capone had a lawyer nicknamed "Easy Eddie." He was Capone's lawyer for a good reason.  Eddie was very good!  In fact, Eddie's skill at legal maneuvering kept Big Al out of jail for a long time..

    To show his appreciation, Capone paid him very well.  Not only was the money big, but Eddie got special dividends, as well.  For instance, he and his family occupied a fenced-in mansion with live-in help and all of the conveniences of  the day.  The estate was so large that it filled an entire Chicago City block.

     Eddie lived the high life of the Chicago mob and gave little consideration to the atrocity that went on around him.  

     Eddie did have one soft spot, however. He had a son that he loved dearly.  Eddie saw to it that his young son had clothes, cars, and a good education. Nothing was withheld.   Price was no object..

     And, despite his involvement with organized crime, Eddie even tried to teach him right from wrong.  Eddie wanted his son to be a better man than he was.

     Yet, with all his wealth and influence, there were two things he couldn't give his son; he couldn't pass on a good name or a good example.

     One day, Easy Eddie reached a difficult decision. Easy Eddie wanted to rectify wrongs he had done.

     He decided he would go to the authorities and tell the truth about Al "Scarface" Capone, clean up his tarnished name, and offer his son some semblance of integrity.  To do this, he would have to testify against The Mob, and he knew that the cost would be great.  So, he testified.

     Within the year, Easy Eddie's life ended in a blaze of gunfire on a lonely Chicago Street ... But in his eyes, he had given his son the greatest gift he had to offer, at the greatest price he could ever pay.  Police removed from his pockets a rosary, a crucifix, a religious medallion, and a poem clipped from a magazine.

     The poem read:

     "The clock of life is wound but once, and no man has the power to tell just when the hands will stop, at late or early hour.  Now is the only time you own. Live, love, toil with a will. Place no faith in time.  For the clock may soon be still."


     World War II produced many heroes. One such man was Lieutenant Commander Butch O'Hare.

     He was a fighter pilot assigned to the aircraft carrier Lexington in the South Pacific.

     One day his entire squadron was sent on a mission.  After he was airborne, he looked at his fuel gauge and realized that someone had forgotten to top off his fuel tank.

     He would not have enough fuel to complete his mission and get back to his  ship.

     His flight leader told him to return to the carrier.  Reluctantly, he dropped out of formation and headed back to the fleet.

     As he was returning to the mother ship, he saw something that turned his blood cold; a squadron of Japanese aircraft was speeding its way toward the American fleet.

     The American fighters were gone on a sortie, and the fleet was all but defenseless.  He couldn't reach his squadron and bring them back in time to save the fleet.  Nor could he warn the fleet of the approaching danger.  There was only one thing to do.  He must somehow divert them from the  fleet.

     Laying aside all thoughts of personal safety, he dove into the formation of Japanese planes.   Wing-mounted 50 caliber's blazed as he charged in, attacking one surprised enemy plane and then another.  Butch wove in and out of the now broken formation and fired at as many planes as possible until all his ammunition was finally spent.

     Undaunted, he continued the assault.   He dove at the planes, trying to clip a wing or tail in hopes of damaging as many enemy planes as possible, rendering them unfit to fly.

     Finally, the exasperated Japanese squadron took off in another direction

     Deeply relieved, Butch O'Hare and his tattered fighter limped back to the carrier.

      Upon arrival, he reported in and related the event surrounding his return.   The film from the gun-camera mounted on his plane told the tale.  It showed the extent of Butch's daring attempt to protect his fleet.  He had, in fact, destroyed five enemy aircraft  
 This took place on February 20, 1942 , and for that action Butch became the Navy's first Ace of W.W.II, and the first Naval Aviator to win the Medal of Honor.

      A year later Butch was killed in aerial combat at the age of 29.  His home town would not allow the memory of this WW II hero to fade, and today, O'Hare Airport in Chicago is named in tribute to the courage of this great man.

     So, the next time you find yourself at O'Hare International, give some thought to visiting Butch's memorial displaying his statue and his Medal of Honor.  It's located between Terminals 1 and 2.


     Butch O'Hare was "Easy Eddie's" son.

     (Pretty cool, eh)    






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27 January 2012

Not everyone is a morning person

Tough grading 

(but none of the answers were wrong, go figure!)
Q1. In which battle did Napoleon die? 
* his last battle 

Q2. Where was the Declaration of Independence signed? 
* at the bottom of the  page 

Q3. River Ravi flows in which state? 
* liquid 

Q4. What is the main reason for divorce? 
* marriage 

Q5. What is the main reason for failure? 
* exams 

Q6. What can you never eat for breakfast? 
* Lunch & dinner 

Q7. What looks like half an apple? 
The other half 

Q8. If you throw a red stone into the blue sea what it will become? 
* It will simply become wet 

Q9. How can a man go eight days without sleeping ? 
No problem, he sleeps at night. 

Q10. How can you lift an elephant with one hand? 
You will never find an elephant that has only one hand.. 

Q11. If you had three apples and four oranges in one hand and four apples and three oranges in other hand, what would you have ? 
Very large hands 

Q12. If it took eight men ten hours to build a  wall, how long would it take four men to build it? 
* No time at all, the wall is already  built.

Q13. How can u drop a raw egg onto a concrete floor without cracking it? 

*Any way you want, concrete floors are very hard to crack.

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Tribute by Gary Sinise

 Touching tribute from Gary Sinise

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Frozen Waves in Antarctica

  STRIPED ICEBERGS      Icebergs in the Antarctic area sometimes have stripes, formed by layers of snow that react to different conditions.   Blue stripes are often created when a crevice in the ice sheet fills up with melt water and freezes so quickly that no bubbles form.   When an iceberg falls into the sea, a layer of salty seawater can freeze to the underside. If this is rich in algae, it can form a green stripe.   Brown, black and yellow lines are caused by sediment, picked up when the ice sheet grinds downhill towards the sea.  These pictures are available because 2010 has been the coldest winter       

 Antarctica Frozen Wave Pixs - Nature is amazing! The water froze the instant the wave broke through the ice.   That's what it is like in Antarctica where it is the coldest weather in decades.  Water freezes the instant comes in contact with the air.  The temperature of the water is already some degrees below freezing.   Just look at how the wave froze in mid-air!!!         

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Working hard? Remember to breathe

This will make you want to visit.....

Need a 2 minute escape?  Click here: 

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Family Tree for Vincent Gogh


His dizzy aunt ----------------------------------------------- Verti Gogh
The brother who ate prunes------------------------------- Gotta Gogh
The brother who worked at a convenience store ------ Stop N Gogh
The grandfather from Yugoslavia ----------------------------- U Gogh
His magician uncle -------------------------------- Where-diddy Gogh
His Mexican cousin ---------------------------------------- A Mee Gogh
The Mexican cousin's American half-brother ------------ Gring Gogh
The nephew who drove a stage coach --------------- Wells-far Gogh
The constipated uncle ------------------------------------- --Can't Gogh
The ballroom dancing aunt --------------------------------- Tang Gogh
The bird lover uncle --------------------------------------- Flamin Gogh
An aunt who taught positive thinking ------------------ Way-to-Gogh
The little bouncy nephew ------------------------------------ Poe Gogh
A sister who loved disco -------------------------------------- Go Gogh
The brother with low back pain-------------------------Lum Bay Gogh
And his niece who travels the country in an RV --- Winnie Bay Gogh
I saw you smiling . . .. there ya Gogh

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How this TV Talk show host lost his job

HowtoloseyourjobasaTVinterviewer1.wmv Watch on Posterous

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23 January 2012


You Know You Are a Soccer Parent when…..

You know you’re a soccer player’s parent when ...

You keep Icy Hot, Ace bandages and cold packs in the trunk of your car.

Your calendar revolves around P & G (practices and games)

You spend more on cleats than you do on your own shoes.

Your drawers are full of tournament T's.

You know what MCL and ACL stand for.

You can carry a canopy on your back and a lawn chair in each hand.

Your cooler has wheels.

There’s more Gatorade than beer in your refrigerator.

You can’t see an orange without wanting to cut it in quarters.

There’s a soccer ball hanging from your rearview mirror.

You actually know what “offside” means.

You dread the day when your soccer player grows up and leaves you with empty weekends.

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20 January 2012

A Picture is worth a thousand words


Be nice to others because ...time
WILL make a difference!


One day you will no longer be the big dog... 
just the old dog…and it's nice to be
surrounded by friends.

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18 January 2012

Amazing Paths

   SF featuring at 1 & 4...Lombard Street!

Amazing Paths...
































May the path your life takes in the next year lead you to fun and adventure, love and peace.
Have a Safe, Healthy and Happy New Year!


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Love this Doctor!


Love this Doctor!


Q: Doctor, I've heard that cardiovascular exercise can prolong life. Is this true? 
A: Heart only good for so many beats, and that it... Don't waste on exercise. Everything wear out eventually. Speeding up heart not make you live longer; it like saying you extend life of car by driving faster. Want to live longer? Take nap. 

Q: Should I reduce my alcohol intake?
A: Oh no. Wine made from fruit. Brandy distilled wine, that mean they take water out of fruity bit so you get even more of goodness that way. Beer also made of grain. Bottom up! 

Q: How can I calculate my body/fat ratio? 
A: Well, if you have body and you have fat, your ratio one to one. If you have two body, your ratio two to one. 

Q: What are some of the advantages of participating in a regular exercise program? 
A: Can't think of single one, sorry. My philosophy: No pain...good!

Q: Aren't fried foods bad for you?
A: YOU NOT LISTENING! Food fried in vegetable oil. How getting more vegetable be bad? 

 : Will sit-ups help prevent me from getting a little soft around the middle? 
A: Oh no! When you exercise muscle, it get bigger. You should only be doing sit-up if you want bigger stomach. 

Q: Is chocolate bad for me? 
A: You crazy?!? HEL-LO-O!! Cocoa bean! Another vegetable! It best feel-good food around! 

Q: Is swimming good for your figure? 
A: If swimming good for figure, explain whale to me.

Q: Is getting in shape important for my lifestyle? 
A: Hey! 'Round' is shape! 

Well... I hope this has cleared up any misconceptions you may have had about food and diets. 

And remember:
Life should NOT be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in an attractive and well-preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways - Chardonnay in one hand - chocolate in the other - body thoroughly used up, totally worn out and screaming "WOO-HOO, what a ride!!"


For those of you who watch what you eat, here's the final word on nutrition and health. It's a relief to know the truth after all those conflicting nutritional studies. 

1. The Japanese eat very little fat and suffer fewer heart attacks than Americans. 

2. The Mexicans eat a lot of fat and suffer fewer heart attacks than Americans. 

3. The Chinese drink very little red wine and suffer fewer heart attacks than Americans. 

4. The Italians drink a lot of red wine and suffer fewer heart attacks than Americans... 

5. The Germans drink a lot of beer and eat lots of sausages and fats and suffer fewer heart attacks than Americans.

CONCLUSION:Eat and drink what you like. Speaking English is apparently what kills you.



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The "Darwins" are out!

The “Darwins” are out!
Yes, it's that magical time of year again when the Darwin Awards are bestowed, honoring the least evolved among us.
Here is the glorious winner:
  1. When his 38 caliber revolver failed to fire at his intended victim during a hold-up in Long Beach, California would-be robber James Elliot did something that can only inspire wonder. He peered down the barrel and tried the trigger again. This time it worked.
  And now, the honorable mentions:
  2. The chef at a hotel in Switzerland lost a finger in a meat cutting machine and after a little shopping around, submitted a claim to his insurance company. The company expecting negligence sent out one of its men to have a look for himself. He tried the machine and he also lost a finger... The chef's claim was approved.
  3. A man who shoveled snow for an hour to clear a space for his car during a blizzard in Chicago returned with his vehicle to find a woman had taken the space. Understandably, he shot her.
  4. After stopping for drinks at an illegal bar, a Zimbabwean bus driver found that the 20 mental patients he was supposed to be transporting from Harare to Bulawayo had escaped. Not wanting to admit his incompetence, the driver went to a nearby bus stop and offered everyone waiting there a free ride. He then delivered the passengers to the mental hospital, telling the staff that the patients were very excitable and prone to bizarre fantasies... The deception wasn't discovered for 3 days.
  5. An American teenager was in the hospital recovering from serious head wounds received from an oncoming train. When asked how he received the injuries, the lad told police that he was simply trying to see how close he could get his head to a moving train before he was hit.
  6. A man walked into a Louisiana Circle-K, put a $20 bill on the counter, and asked for change. When the clerk opened the cash drawer, the man pulled a gun and asked for all the cash in the register, which the clerk promptly provided. The man took the cash from the clerk and fled, leaving the $20 bill on the counter. The total amount of cash he got from the drawer... $15. [If someone points a gun at you and gives you money, is a crime committed?]
  7. Seems an Arkansas guy wanted some beer pretty badly.. He decided that he'd just throw a cinder block through a liquor store window, grab some booze, and run. So he lifted the cinder block and heaved it over his head at the window. The cinder block bounced back and hit the would-be thief on the head, knocking him unconscious. The liquor store window was made of Plexiglas. The whole event was caught on videotape...
  8. As a female shopper exited a New York convenience store, a man grabbed her purse and ran. The clerk called 911 immediately, and the woman was able to give them a detailed description of the snatcher.
Within minutes, the police apprehended the snatcher. They put him in the car and drove back to the store. The thief was then taken out of the car and told to stand there for a positive ID. To which he replied, "Yes, officer, that's her. That's the lady I stole the purse from."
  9.. The Ann Arbor News crime column reported that a man walked into a Burger King in Ypsilanti , Michigan at 5 A.M., flashed a gun, and demanded cash. The clerk turned him down because he said he couldn't open the cash register without a food order. When the man ordered onion rings, the clerk said they weren't available for breakfast... The man, frustrated, walked away.. [*A 5-STAR STUPIDITY AWARD WINNER]
  10. When a man attempted to siphon gasoline from a motor home parked on a Seattle street by sucking on a hose, he got much more than he bargained for.. Police arrived at the scene to find a very sick man curled up next to a motor home near spilled sewage. A police spokesman said that the man admitted to trying to steal gasoline, but he plugged his siphon hose into the motor home's sewage tank by mistake. The owner of the vehicle declined to press charges saying that it was the best laugh he'd ever had.
  In the interest of bettering mankind, please share these with friends and family....unless of course one of these individuals by chance is a distant relative or long lost friend. In that case, be glad they are distant and hope they remain lost.
  *** Remember.... They walk among us, they can reproduce...and vote!

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Dad's reply

Oh to be that quick witted....



I took my dad to the mall the other day to buy some new shoes (he is 76). 

We decided to grab a bite at the food court.

I noticed he was watching a teenager sitting next to him.

The teenager had spiked hair in all different colors - 
green, red,
Orange, and blue. 

My dad kept staring at her.

The teenager kept looking and would find my dad staring every time..

When the teenager had had enough, she sarcastically asked:
"What's the matter old man, never done anything wild in your life?" 

Knowing my Dad, I quickly swallowed my food so that I would not
Choke on his response;    I knew he would have a good one! 

In classic style he responded without batting an eyelid ....

"Got stoned once and had sex with a parrot. I was just wondering if
You might be my kid."

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Can of Worms

4 Worms In Church
Four worms and a lesson to be learned !!!!

A minister decided that a visual demonstration would add emphasis to his Sunday sermon. Four worms were placed into four separate jars. 

The first worm was put into a container of alcohol. 
The second worm was put into a container of cigarette smoke. 
The third worm was put into a container of chocolate syrup. 
The fourth worm was put into a container of good clean soil.

At the conclusion of the sermon, the Minister reported the following results : 

The first worm in alcohol ... Dead 

The second worm in cigarette smoke ... Dead 

Third worm in chocolate syrup ... Dead 

Fourth worm in good clean soil ... Alive.

So the Minister asked the congregation, "What did you learn from this demonstration?" 

Maxine was sitting in the back, quickly raised her hand and saidas long as you drink, smoke and eat chocolate, you won't have worms!"

That pretty much ended the service!

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Join the Groundswell against #PIPA and #SOPA

oppose #SOPA/#PIPA - Join me! http://tinyurl.com/7vq4o8g #wikipediablackout

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15 January 2012

Interesting Photos from Days Gone Bye (in the US)

Pictures-Of-Interest-From-The-Past.pps Download this file

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Bob Hope's Christmas Visits

First US jet Plane

This is a video of the first US jet aircraft a-way back in Oct 1942; it's a classic piece of film.
Very few people knew that America had a jet plane that early in the war; just 10 months after Pearl Harbor!

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Find everyone of your neighbors details

Don't know if this works outside of the US....

Go to the website and put in your address and you will get EVERYONE'S name and address around your neighborhood. Kind of neat!
White Pages - for your neighborhood   
(You can run but you can't hide! Never heard of this one before)
Go to website:   http://neighbors.whitepages.com
Enter your address, and up comes a map of your area...and a list of all neighbors and their phone numbers!

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Stuff you didn't know you didn't know

Stuff you didn't know you didn't know
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Men can read smaller 
print than women can; women can hear better. 

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Coca-Cola was 
originally green.

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It is impossible to lick 
your elbow. 

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The State with the 
highest percentage of people who walk to work: 


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The percentage of 
Africa that is wilderness: 28% 
(now get this...) 

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The percentage of 
North America that is wilderness: 38% 

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The cost of raising 
a medium-size dog to the age of eleven: 

$ 16,400

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The average number 
of people airborne over the U.S. in any given 

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Intelligent people 
have more zinc and copper in their hair.. 

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The first novel ever 
written on a typewriter, Tom Sawyer. 

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The San Francisco    
Cable cars are the only mobile National 
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Each king in a deck 
of playing cards represents a great king from history: 

Spades - King David 

Hearts - Charlemagne 

Clubs -Alexander, 
the Great 

Diamonds - Julius 

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111,111,111 x 
111,111,111 = 12,345,678,987, 654,321 

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If a statue in the park of a person on a horse 
has both front legs in the air, the person died in battle. 
If the horse has one front leg in the air, 
the person died because of wounds received in battle. 
If the horse

has all four legs on the ground, the person died 
of natural causes 

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Only two people 
signed the Declaration of Independence on July 4, John Hancock 
and Charles Thomson. Most of the rest signed on August 2, but 
the last signature wasn't added until 5 years later. 

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Q. Half of all 
Americans live within 50 miles of what? 

A. Their birthplace 

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Q. Most boat owners 
name their boats. What is the most popular boat name 


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Q.. If you were to 
spell out numbers, how far would you have to go until you

would find the letter 'A'? 

A. One thousand 
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Q. What do 
bulletproof vests, fire escapes, windshield wipers and laser 
printers have in common? 

A. All were invented 
by women. 

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Q. What is the only 
food that doesn't spoil? 

A. Honey 

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Q. Which day are 
there more collect calls than any other day of the 

A. Father's Day 

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In Shakespeare's 
time, mattresses were secured on bed frames by ropes. 
When you pulled on the ropes, the mattress tightened, 
making the bed firmer to sleep on. Hence the 
phrase...'Goodnight , sleep tight' 

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It was the accepted 
practice in Babylon 4,000 years ago that for a month after the 
wedding, the bride's father would supply his son-in-law with 
all the mead he could drink. Mead is a honey beer and because 
their calendar was lunar based, this period was called the 
honey month, which we know today as the honeymoon. 

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In English pubs, ale 
is ordered by pints and quarts... So in old England , when 
customers got unruly, the bartender would yell at them 'Mind 
your pints and quarts, and settle down.' 
It's where we get 
the phrase 'mind your P's and Q's'

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Many years ago in 
England , pub frequenters had a whistle baked into the rim, or 
handle, of their ceramic
cups. When they needed a refill , 
they used the whistle to get some service. 'Wet your whistle' 
is the phrase inspired by this practice. 
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At least 75% of 
people who read this will try to lick their 

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1. You accidentally 
enter your PIN on the microwave.

2. You haven't 
played solitaire with real cards in years. 

3. You have a list 
of 15 phone numbers to reach your family of three. 

4. You e-mail the 
person who works at the desk next to you. 

5. Your reason for 
not staying in touch with friends and family is that they 
don't have e-mail addresses. 

6. You pull up in 
your own driveway and use your cell phone to see if anyone is 
home to help you carry in the

7. Every commercial 
on television has a web site at the bot tom of the screen 

8. Leaving the house 
without your cell phone, which you didn't even have the first 
20 or 30 (or 60) years of your life, is now a cause for panic 
and you turn around to go and get it 

10. You get up in 
the morning and go on line before getting your 

11. You start 
tilting your head sideways to smile. : ) 

12 You're reading 
this and nodding and laughing. 

13. Even worse, you 
know exactly to whom you are going to forward this 

14. You are too busy 
to notice there was no #9 on this list. 

15. You actually 
scrolled back up to check that there wasn't a #9 on this 

FINALLY~~~~~ ~~~~~~~ 

NOW you are LAUGHING at 

" Blessed are they who can laugh at themselves, for they shall never cease to be amused!" (Unknown Author)


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