Dear Webby: Windows defrag won't finish 

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The secret of the demagogue is to make himself as stupid as his audience so they believe they are as clever as he is. --- Karl Kraus There is nothing so easy but that it becomes difficult when you do it reluctantly. --- Terance
Bill walked into a sports bar around 10 P.M. He sat down next to Tammy at the bar and looked up at the TV. The 10:00 PM news was on. The news crew was covering a story of a man on a ledge of a large building preparing to jump. Tammy looked at Bill and said, 'Do you think he'll jump?' Bill said, 'You know, I bet he'll jump.' Tammy replied, 'Well, I bet he won't.' Bill placed a $20 bill on the bar and said, 'You're on!' Just as Tammy placed her money on the bar, the guy on the ledge did a swan dive off the building, falling to his death. Tammy was very upset, but willingly handed her $20 to Bill, saying, 'Fair's fair. Here's your money.' Bill replied, 'I can't take your money, I saw this earlier on the 5 PM news and so I knew he would jump.' Tammy replied, 'I did too. That really must have hurt! I didn 't think he'd do it again.' Bill took the money.
A husband, proving to his wife that women talk more than men, showed her a study which indicated that men use, on the average, only 15,000 words a day, whereas women use 30,000 words a day. She thought about this for a while and then told her husband that women use twice as many words as men because they have to repeat everything they say. He said, "What?"
Thanks to Walter, the StoneCarver for this pictrue: Walter is just back from a marble buying trip to Italy. While there, he took a ton of pictures at the cemetery at Staglieno, the REAL "THE Marble Orchard". He put the pictures and descriptions and his comments pointing out interesting features together into a coffee table book, that will be published later this month. Walter has been a subscriber for about 15 years and promised to arrange a bit of a discount for all subscribers. I'll let you know when I get the details about that. Walter showed me a bit of a preview of the book, and I will definitely buy one, maybe a few extras for Christmas presents. Have FUN! DearWebby
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An INTERNATIONAL BONEHEAD AWARD goes to David Anthony Perticone, 46, of Severn, MD Yard sale with burglared stuff SEVERN -- Police said Tuesday that a woman came across a yard sale that included some familiar items -- her own. Officers responded to the woman's house last week in the 800 block of Reece Road. The woman, whose name wasn't released, told Anne Arundel County police that her home and shed had been burglarized and that a "significant amount" of property had been stolen. Two days later, she noticed the yard sale taking place just a few houses away and observed that items being sold had been stolen from her during the burglary, police said. Detectives obtained a search warrant and recovered about $25,000 worth of the victim's property, which was returned to her. David Anthony Perticone, 46, was charged with first-degree burglary, fourth-degree burglary and theft, police said.
From the Tech Support Pits: From: Harriet Re: Defrag not finishing Dear Webby; my Windows defrag never finishes. I know it quits when the screen saver comes on, but even when I sit there and stare at it like an idiot and move the mouse an inch every few mintes to keep the screen saver rom starting, it always quits some time before finishing. What am I doing wrong, or is there a fix fr that? Harriet Dear Harriet That is pretty normal for the Windows defrag. Especially if you have less than 20% of free space, it usually does not complete the job. You need a good third party disk management program like DisKeeper. I have used it for about 10 years, and never lost a hard drive since I started using it. Before that, I used to loose about one a year. yeah, I know, machines here get used a lot harder than at your place, but the loss of a drive can be just as devastating anywhere. Considering that a drive recovery costs well over $1000, if your data is worth more than $30 to you, get DisKeeper. They are an excellent company, and they even buy me a coffee for every friend I drag in from the rain. The 2009 Home edition costs just under $30 and comes with full Satisfaction Guaranteed Money back warranty. Have FUN! DearWebby
The newly-married husband came home from the office to find his young wife in floods of tears. "Darling, whatever is the matter?" he asked. "Sweetheart," she sobbed, "the most terrible thing has happened! I cooked my very first Beef Bourguignon for you, and I got it out of the oven to season it, and the phone rang. When I came back from answering the phone," she sobbed again. "I found that the cat had eaten it!" "Don't worry, darling," said her husband. "Don't cry. We can get a new cat tomorrow."
Daily tip from Getting Kids To Reuse Towels Everyone that has kids, has lots of laundry! I've got four myself. The kids never wanted to pick up their towels and re-use them. I had to get tricky. I now take the towels they use and hang them over other laundry baskets to dry (only takes a day and I usually layer them), then I fold them up and put them back in the closet, like they've just been laundered! Yep, I have to use the laundromat, so it saves me lots and towels make big loads. They still haven't caught on. Source: Source is from one tired mom with lots of laundry! By Christie from Turlock, CA Did you know that a foot square microfiber cloth absorbs a cup of water? I use one as a face cloth / wash-rag in the shower, wring it out and then use it for a quick wipe-down to catch all the drops of water on me, before I step out of the shower. After that, the real towel is mostly for invigorating the skin, and barely gets a bit damp. An hour later, just hanging on the towel rod, that towel is perfectly dry again, and a snappy shake fluffs it quite nicely. Have FUN! DearWebby Check out ThriftyFun's Blog at also has a newsletter. If you want more than just one tip per day, or if you want to share your tips, then you can subscribe to it here:ThriftyFun Highly recommended! If you like the list, you can vote for it here:

A Congressman was once asked about his attitude toward whiskey. "If you mean the demon drink that poisons the mind, pollutes the body, desecrates family life, and inflames sinners, then I'm against it. But, if you mean the elixir of Christmas cheer, the shield against winter chill, the taxable potion that puts needed funds into public coffers to comfort little crippled children, then I'm for it. This is my position, and I will not compromise."
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"Sir," she inquired, "Why doesn't this cow have any horns?" The farmer cocked his head for a moment, then began in a patient tone, "Well, ma'am, cattle can do a powerful lot of damage with horns. Sometimes we keep'em trimmed down with a hacksaw. Other times we can fix up the young 'uns by puttin' a couple drops of acid where their horns would grow in, and that stops 'em cold. Still, there are some breeds of cattle that never grow horns. But the reason this here cow don't have no horns, ma'am, is 'cause it's a horse."
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