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Thursday,  May 1, 2008

The best years of your life are the ones in which you decide your problems are your own. You do not blame them on your mother, the ecology, or the president. You realize that you control your own destiny. --- Albert Ellis The only way to discover the limits of the possible is to go beyond them into the impossible. --- Arthur C. Clarke
Here is the promised report of of this year's desert run. You can see the pictures at I took the $99 WestJet red-eye flight to Las Vegas and quite enjoyed seeing the sparkly island appear in the dark desert. If you have a choice, fly there at night! My dad arrived from Austria that evening and the next morning we headed South. First stop was Tommy's in Henderson, the only Tommy's hamburger shack outside of California. If you ar not familiar with Tommy's, they are verydelicious but with their scoop of chili as the second last layer, textremely sloppy. Bib definitely recommended! So we sat by the window near the drive-through and while we enjoyed ours, busted a gut laughing about the newbies who thought they cold eat a Tommy's burger in their car. Next stop was Hoover Dam to marvel at the construction of the new bridge. They are just starting the form work for the arch across the canyon. It is going to be awesome! Then, heading down towards Phoenix, Arizona, about 100 miles past Wikiup we took Highway 97 to Bagdad. Highway 97 is one of the worlds most delightful roller-coaster roads. Check out Bagdad with Google Earth. It has one of the largest copper mines in the word and the huge bluish and greenish mine tailings are awesome! We didn't go to the mine, though. A bit north of it is an area where we had found some extremely rare cacti that we wanted to take more pictures of. After that, we took Highay 96 to Prescott. Curvy at times, but fast and fun. From Prescott we headed northeast to Flagstaff, Tuba City and Kayenta. Kayenta is just before the highly overrated Monument Valley, and quite expensive. Next morning we headed north to Green River, Utah. Once past Monumnet Valley the scenery got exciting and quite colorful. Lots of stops for pictures! For Green River I had made the mistake of booking a room at the Ramada. Green River will be a drive-trough-without-stopping type town from now on. Back to Kayenta the next day, this time via Moab and Monticello. In Kayenta I realized that I had forgotten the charger for the laptop in Green River, Utah. When I called the Ramada hotel there, they were unhelpful and actively hostile enough, to put all Ramada hotels on my personal blacklist. I did manage to get the newsletters out and answer most of the emails before the battery expired. Nearest town with a chance of a computer for sale was Page, Arizona, so that's where we headed the next morning. OK, enough for today. More tomorrow.
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Thanks to Angela for bringing back this classic: My Mother taught me... 1. My mother taught me TO APPRECIATE A JOB WELL DONE. "If you're going to kill each other, do it outside. I just finished cleaning." 2. My mother taught me RELIGION. "You better pray that will come out of the carpet." 3 My mother taught me about TIME TRAVEL. "If you don't straighten up, I'm going to knock you into the middle of next week!" 4. My mother taught me LOGIC. " Because I said so, that's why." 5 My mother taught me MORE LOGIC. "If you fall out of that swing and break your neck, you're not going to the store with me." 6. My mother taught me FORESIGHT. "Make sure you wear clean underwear, in case you're in an accident." 7. My mother taught me IRONY. "Keep crying, and I'll give you something to cry about." 8. My mother taught me about the science of OSMOSIS. "Shut your mouth and eat your supper." 9. My mother taught me about CONTORTIONISM. "Will you look at that dirt on the back of your neck!" 10. My mother taught me about STAMINA. "You'll sit there until all that spinach is gone." 11. My mother taught me about WEATHER. "This room of yours looks as if a tornado went through it." 12. My mother taught me about HYPOCRISY. "If I told you once, I've told you a million times. Don't exaggerate!" 13. My mother taught me the CIRCLE OF LIFE. "I brought you into this world, and I can take you out." 14. My mother taught me about BEHAVIOUR MODIFICATION. "Stop acting like your father!" 15. My mother taught me about ENVY. "There are millions of less fortunate children in this world who don't have wonderful parents like you do." 16. My mother taught me about ANTICIPATION. "Just wait until we get home." 17. My mother taught me about RECEIVING. "You are going to get it when you get home!" 18. My mother taught me MEDICAL SCIENCE. "If you don't stop crossing your eyes, they are going to get stuck that way." 19. My mother taught me ESP. "Put your sweater on; don't you think I know when you are cold?" 20. My mother taught me HUMOUR. "When that lawn mower cuts off your toes, don't come running to me." 21. My mother taught me HOW TO BECOME AN ADULT. "If you don't eat your vegetables, you'll never grow up." 22. My mother taught me GENETICS. "You're just like your father." 23. My mother taught me about my ROOTS. "Shut that door behind you. Do you think you were born in a barn?" 24. My mother taught me WISDOM "When you get to be my age, you'll understand." 25. And my favourite: My mother taught me about JUSTICE. "One day you'll have kids, and I hope they turn out just like you
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Thanks to Deeli's Bonehead reports: An INTERNATIONAL BONEHEAD AWARD goes to the Internal Revenue Service and Social Security Administration 55 Years later ... A case of government wheels moving slowly April 14, 2008 - Bellevue, Washington - UPI A Bellevue, Wash., man whose jet was shot down over Korea in 1953 says he still has trouble persuading the U.S. government he is alive. Edwin "Nick" Nixon, 79, who spent six months in North Korean prisoner of war camps after his plane was shot down during the war, said the Internal Revenue Service and Social Security Administration send him letters from time to time questioning whether he is still alive. "Now I've got the name and phone number of a woman at Social Security who fixes it," Nixon said. "I used to have to write letters and go to the local office to prove I was alive." Nixon was declared dead after his jet was shot down March 1, 1953, and his name remains on a list of those killed-in-action at the Garden of Remembrance in Seattle. The former pilot recently authored a book about his experiences, titled "Killed in Action -- Dead Wrong!" Copyright 2008 by United Press International
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Thanks toScorpio for this story: Reverend Ole was the pastor of the local Norwegian Lutheran Church, and Pastor Sven was the minister of the Swedish Covenant Church across the road. They had just pounded a sign into the ground, that reads: "The end is near! Turn yourself around now! Before it's too late!" As a car sped past them, the driver leaned out his window giving the finger and yelling, "Get lost you religious fruit cakes!" From the curve ahead there then followed the horrendous screeching of tires and the sickening thud of a vehicle landing in an abyss. Rev. Ole turns to Pastor Sven and asks, "Do ya tink maybe da sign should just say 'Bridge Out'?"
From the Tech Support Pits: From: Eddie Re: CD reader for DVDs Dear Webby Is there is software out there that will play DVD Movies on a CD Burner? Eddie Dear Eddie No, there isn't. CD is a different format, like a different spur line railroad. Just like rail cars from European rail lines, that are based on the width of two horses asses, don't fit onto American rails, which are based on the width of three asses' butts, CD and DVD don't match. There are some DVD's that have a short version in CD format on their back side. You can play the CD side in a CD player, and don't need any special software for that. Have FUN! DearWebby

John was a salesman's delight when it came to any kind of unusual gimmick. His wife Marsha had long ago given up trying to get him to change. One day, John came home with another one of his unusual purchases. It was a robot that John claimed was actually a lie detector. It was just about 5:30 that afternoon when Tommy, their 11 year old son returned home from school. Tommy was over 2 hours late. 'Where have you been? Why are you over 2 hours late getting home?', they asked. 'Several of us went to the library to work on an extra credit project' said Tommy. The Robot then walked around the table and slapped Tommy, knocking him completely out of his chair. 'Son, this robot is a lie detector, now tell us where you went after school.' 'We went to Bobby's house and watched a movie.' 'What did you watch?' asked Marsha. 'The Ten Commandments.' answered Tommy. The Robot went around to Tommy and once again slapped him, knocking him off his chair. With lip quivering, Tommy got up, sat down and said, 'I am sorry I lied. We really watched a tape called Sex Queen.' 'I'm ashamed of you Son,' said John. 'When I was your age, I never lied to my parents.' The robot then walked around to John and delivered a roundhouse right that nearly knocked him out of his chair. Marsha was bent double laughing, almost in tears. 'Boy, did you ever ask for that one! And you can't be too mad with Tommy. After all, he is your son!' The Robot immediately walked around to Marsha, and slapped her...

Deeli's Kudos April 27, 2008 - Burlington, Iowa - WFTV A pooch in Burlington, Iowa, is taking care of nine kittens that lost their own mother. "She does everything momma cat would do," said Angie Beard, a worker at the Des Moines County Humane Society. "She's excellent." Lilly Lou, as shelter workers call her, is nursing nine kittens, he results of three litters that all lost their mothers. Beard initially gave Lilly two kittens, hoping she would take to them while the rest were bottle fed. Shelter workers were hopeful that Lilly would accept more kittens as their chances for survival being bottle fed weren't very high. Lilly, who recently had six puppies of her own and is expecting another litter, immediately took to her new charges, which Beard and other shelter workers have dubbed "pittens," or puppy kittens. "If one of them crawls out of bed, she'll follow it around the room, toss it up in the air and then take it back to the bed," Beard said. "She cleans them just like her own puppies; she feeds them just like her own puppies." The kittens are three and four weeks old now and will stay with Lilly until they are six weeks old.

Thank to Sandie for this story: The father of a teenage daughter was concerned with the amount of time she spent on the telephone. Not so much for the time she wasted (he had given up on that long ago), but because nobody else could use the phone. So, as a happy solution, he had a telephone installed for her with her own private number and directory listing. Two or three days after her telephone had been installed, he came home to find her stretched out on the floor with her feet on the living room couch and chatting away on the family telephone. Her own telephone was resting silently on her dresser. "Why are you using our telephone?" he yelled. "Why aren't you talking on your own telephone?" "I can't," she said. "I'm expecting an important call on my phone."
Thanks to Dave for this story: During the Air Force Academy's basic cadet training, the new cadets, known as doolies, go through a ten-day encampment outdoors. Prior to being served in the chow tent, they are required to do pullups and then get in line to answer questions about the academy. If they answer correctly, they are allowed to proceed inside. If not, they are sent to the back of the line. One doolie had been sent back a number of times because he didn't reel off the answers. When the poor cadet came up again, a sympathetic upperclassman asked him, "What does the abbreviation S. I. D. N. K. stand for?" The doolie bowed his head and replied, "Sir, I do not know." "Right!" the upperclassman said. "Go on in there and get some chow!"

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There was this world famous painter. In the prime of her career, she started losing her eyesight. Fearful that she might lose her life as a painter, she went to see the best eye surgeon in the world. After several weeks of delicate surgery and therapy, her eyesight was restored. The painter was so grateful that she decided to show her gratitude by repainting the doctor's office. Part of her work included painting a gigantic eye on one wall. When she had finished her work, she held a press conference to unveil her latest work of art: the doctor's office. During the press conference, one reporter noticed the eye on the wall, and asked the doctor, "What was your first reaction upon seeing your newly painted office, especially that large eye on the wall?" To this, the eye doctor responded, "I said to myself 'Thank God I'm not a gynecologist.'

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