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Good Morning, ! Thursday, Nov 22, 2007 Happy Thanksgiving Day, if you are in the US!
The best way to predict the future is to invent it. --- Alan Kay To predict the behavior of ordinary people in advance, you only have to assume that they will always try to escape a disagreeable situation with the smallest possible expenditure of intelligence. --- Friedrich Nietzsche
After booking my 80-year-old mother on a flight from Florida to Nevada, I called the airline to go over her needs. The representative listened patiently as I requested a wheelchair and an attendant for my mother because of her arthritis and impaired vision. My apprehension lightened a bit when the woman assured me that everything would be taken care of. I thanked her profusely. "Oh, you're welcome," she replied. I was about to hang up when she cheerfully asked, "And will your mother need a rental car?"
Thanks to Millie for this story: As a new grandmother, I am very protective of my daughter Meredith's baby girl. One cool afternoon I dropped by to see my grandchild. Meredith and a friend had taken little Allison for a walk in her stroller and were just coming up the street. As soon as they reached me, I bent down to admire Allison and, in my fussiest voice, remarked, "Your little head is cold. You should have a hat on." My daughter looked knowingly at her friend and said, "You owe me ten bucks."

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Swine Flu ALERT! Everyone should be aware that there is a possibility of another outbreak of swine flu during the next few months. Please be conscious of the indications that you or members of your family may have contracted the Swine Flu Virus. The symptoms associated with this disease are: 1.) Sore throat. 2.) Slight headache. 3.) Moderate to high temperature. 4.) Nausea or upset stomach. 5.) Uncontrollable urge to roll around in the mud. Thanks to Deeli's Bonehead reports: An INTERNATIONAL BONEHEAD AWARD goes to GPS addicted driver in Sweden Bumpy Road November 19, 2007 - Vanersborg, Sweden - UPI A Swedish driver who trusted his onboard GPS navigation system more than his eyes wound up driving on railroad tracks in a snow storm. The driver followed the directions he got from his GPS system and steered his car onto the rail tracks Friday. The gadget told him there was a turn in the road, but the reality is there was no turn there. "It was a Norwegian GPS, but there have been several of these kinds of accidents where drivers have trusted their GPS more than the road," said police spokesman Stefan Gustafsson. There was almost 4 inches of fresh snow on the ground when the driver made his wrong turn, the newspaper said. Officials halted all rail traffic when the driver alerted authorities he was stuck. It wasn't clear how far he had traveled along the tracks until he realized that the road should not be quite that bumpy.
Thanks to my Cookie for sending this picture"
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From the Tech Support Pits: From: Bob Re: Alternatives to Norton Dear Webby what do you recommend instead of Norton??? I have norton along with my DSL from AT&T bob Dear Bob I use McAfee VirusScan and FireWall. The rest of their stuff is not so hot. For spam control I use MailWasher, and against malware I use Spybot-Search&Destroy. Have FUN! DearWebby

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Nurse: "Doctor, Doctor the man you've just treated collapsed on the front step what should I do?" Doctor: "Turn him around so it looks like he was just arriving!"

Deeli's Kudos November 20, 2007 - Orange County, Florida - WFTV A bad guy trying to rob a convenience store had a knife, but the two men who helped stop him had a baseball bat and a machete. Orange County sheriff's investigators are looking for the men who helped stop the robbery at the Citgo at John Young Parkway and Oakridge Road. They said the store's surveillance video is so grainy, they can't identify the two helpful eyewitnesses. Around 2:00am Tuesday, Orange County sheriff's detectives said Rule walked into the Citgo like he was going to buy something, but he didn't have any money. The clerk said the suspect, identified as 39-year-old Bryon Rule, threw a Little Debbie Zebra Cake at him and then rushed toward him with a knife. They struggled a little bit, but the clerk was able to close the door on him. That's when Rule walked around to the front window, pushed the computer on the clerk and quickly grabbed the register. Two customers happened to pull up as Rule tried to leave the store, but they held the door shut so he couldn't get out. He found his way out through the back door. Investigators said Rule went after the two men with his knife, but investigators said the men fought back with a machete and a baseball bat. "I saw him on the floor and I said, 'Stay on the floor until the police come,' and I give the phone to someone else, call the police," Rahal said. When police showed up, the two Good Samaritans were gone. Now investigators are desperate to find them. "They're obviously Good Samaritans, but they're not here and we need to talk to them because they're witnesses," explained Det. Jason Sams. Rule was rushed him to Orlando Regional Medical Center with severe cuts on his hands. Detectives said the two men aren't in any trouble.

In the office where I work, there is a constant battle between our technical-support director and customer-service personnel over the room temperature, which is usually too low. The frustrated director, trying to get us to understand his position, announced one afternoon, "We need to keep the temperature below seventy-five degrees or the computers will overheat." Thinking that this was just another excuse, one of my shivering colleagues retorted, "Yeah right. So how did they keep the computers from overheating before there was air conditioning."

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A guy goes to the doctor due to a hangnail. He walks in, tells the nurse what is wrong and she immediately tells him: "Go into the cubicle on the left and take off all your clothes. The doctor will be with you shortly." Wondering why this problem would require one to undress, he nontheless complies. After a few minutes, he becomes aware someone is in the cubicle next to his, separated only by a curtain. He peeks and there is another guy standing there undressed. He attracts the man's attention, then asks "Why do you suppose that nurse told me to take off all my clothes? I only have a hangnail?" The other man replied, "No idea, I'm just the UPS man trying to deliver a package."

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Well, , that's all for today. have FUN ! Dear Webby

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