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Clever, patient Welch sheepherders with lots of sheep, dogs and time 
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        Time is like a river. You cannot touch the water twice, because the flow that       has  passed will never pass again. Enjoy every moment of life.

As a bagpiper, I play many gigs. Recently I was asked by a funeral director to play at a graveside service for a homeless man. He had no family or friends, so the service was to be at a pauper's cemetery in the Nova Scotia back country.
As I was not familiar with the backwoods, I got lost and, being a typical man, I didn't stop for directions.
I finally arrived an hour late and saw the funeral guy had evidently gone and the hearse was nowhere in sight. There were only the diggers and crew left and they were eating lunch. I felt badly and apologized to the men for being late.
I went to the side of the grave and looked down and the vault lid was already in place. I didn't know what else to do, so I started to play.
The workers put down their lunches and began to gather around. I played out my heart and soul for this man with no family and friends. I played like I've never played before for this homeless man.
And as I played "Amazing Grace," the workers began to weep. They wept, I wept, we all wept together. When I finished, I packed up my bagpipes and started for my car. Though my head was hung low, my heart was full.
As I opened the door to my car, I heard one of the workers say, "I never seen anything like that before, and I've been putting in septic tanks for twenty years."

Apparently, I'm still lost.... it's a man thing. 
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Very Interesting:
Who Knew??   All makes sense in the end as you will clearly see
Railroad tracks.
The  US standard railroad gauge (distance between the rails) is 4 feet, 8.5 inches. That's an exceedingly odd number.
Why was that gauge used? Because that's the way they built them in England , and English expatriates designed the  US railroads.
Why did the English build them like that? Because the first rail lines were built by the same people who built the pre-railroad tramways, and that's the gauge they used.
Why did 'they' use that gauge then?
Because the people who built the tramways used the same jigs and tools that they had used for building wagons, which used that wheel spacing.


Why did the wagons have that particular
odd wheel spacing?
Well, if they tried to use any other spacing, the wagon wheels would break on some of the old, long distance roads in   England , because that's the spacing of the wheel ruts.

So who built those old rutted roads?
Imperial   Rome built the first long distance roads in Europe (including   England ) for their legions. Those roads have been used ever since. 
And the ruts in the roads? Roman war chariots formed the initial ruts, which everyone else had to match for fear of destroying their wagon wheels.

Since the chariots were made for Imperial  Rome , they were all alike in the matter of wheel spacing. Therefore, the United States standard railroad gauge of 4 feet, 8.5 inches is derived from the original specifications for an Imperial Roman war chariot.  In other words, bureaucracies live forever.
So the next time you are handed a specification/procedure/process, and wonder, 'What horse's ass came up with this?' , you may be exactly right.
Imperial Roman army chariots were made just wide enough to accommodate the rear ends of two war horses.

Now, the twist to the story:

 When you see a Space Shuttle sitting on its launch pad, you will notice that there are two big booster rockets attached to the sides of the main fuel tank. These are solid rocket boosters, or SRBs. The SRBs are made by Thiokol at their factory in Utah ..

The engineers who designed the SRBs would have preferred to make them a bit larger, but the SRBs had to be shipped by train from the factory to the launch site. The railroad line from the factory happens to run through a tunnel in the mountains, and the SRBs had to fit through that tunnel. The tunnel is slightly wider than the railroad track, and the railroad track, as you now know, is about as wide as two horses' behinds.

So, a major Space Shuttle design feature
of what is arguably the world's most advanced transportation system was determined over two thousand years ago by the width of a horse's ass. And you thought being a horse's ass wasn't important?
So, Horse's Asses control almost everything...
....Explains a whole lot of things,
doesn't it?
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I love my job!
 This is even funnier when you realize it's real! Next time you have a  day at work think of this guy.Bob is a commercial saturation diver for Global Divers in Louisiana underwater repairs on offshore drilling rigs.
Below is an E-mail he sent to his sister.  She then sent it to radio station 103 .5 on FM dial in Indiana, who was sponsoring a worst job experience contest. Needless to say, she won.
Read his letter below...~
Hi Sharon,
Just another note from your bottom-dwelling brother.
Last week I had a bad day at the office.  I know you've been feeling down lately at work, so I thought I would share my dilemma with you to make you realise it's not so bad after all.
Before I can tell you what happened to me, I first must bore you with a few technicalities of my job.
As you know, my office lies at the bottom of the sea. I wear a suit to the office. It's a wet suit. This time of year the water is quite cool.So what we do to keep warm is this: We have a diesel powered industrial water heater. This $20,000 piece of equipment sucks the water out of the sea. It heats it to a delightful temperature.It then pumps it down to the diver through a garden hose, which is taped to the air hose.
Now this sounds like a darn good plan, and I've used it several times with no complaints. What I do, when I get to the bottom and start working, is take the hose and stuff it down the back of my wet suit.This floods my whole suit with warm water. It's like working in a Jacuzzi. Everything was going well until all of a sudden, my butt started to itch. So, of course, I scratched it.This only made things worse. Within a few seconds my butt started to burn.I pulled the hose out from my back, but the damage was done.
In agony I realized what had happened.The hot water machine had sucked up a jellyfish and pumped it into my suit. Now, since I don't have any hair on my back, the jellyfish couldn't stick to it, however, the crack of my butt was not as fortunate. When I scratched what I thought was an itch, I was actually grinding the jellyfish into the crack. I informed the dive supervisor of my dilemma over the communicator. His instructions were unclear due to the fact that he, along with five other divers, were all laughing hysterically.
Needless to say, I aborted the dive.I was instructed to make three agonizing in-water decompression stops totalling thirty-five minutes before I could reach the surface to begin my chamber dry decompression. When I arrived at the surface, I was wearing nothing but my brass helmet. As I climbed out of the water, the medic, with tears of laughter running down his face, handed me a tube of cream and told me to rub it on my butt as soon as I got in the chamber. The cream put the fire out, but I couldn't poop for two days because my butthole was swollen shut.
So, next time you're having a bad day at work, think about how much worse it would be if you had a jellyfish shoved up your rear. Now repeat to yourself, 'I love my job, I love my job, I love my job.'....
      With Love, Bob ......
Whenever you have a bad day, ask yourself, is this a jellyfish bad day?
May you NEVER have a jellyfish bad day! !!!! 
Life isn't tied with a bow, but it's still a gift.
Remember, too:  It was also a BAD DAY for the jellyfish!
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How about this response

 The IRS returned the Tax Return to a man in New Jersey after he apparently
answered one of the questions incorrectly.  In response to the question, "Do you
have anyone dependent on you.

The man wrote: "2.1 million illegal immigrants, 1.1 million
crack heads, 4.4 million unemployable scroungers, 80,000 criminals in over 85 prisons plus 650
idiots in Washington and the entire group that call themselves Politicians.

      The IRS wrote him that his response to the question was unacceptable.

      The man's response back was, "Who did I leave out?"
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​I thought this was worthy of sending out, to remind us of the relevancy of "time".​

      THE YEAR IS 1915

       This will boggle your mind!

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       The year is 1915 --- One hundred years ago.

       What a difference a century makes!

       Here are some statistics for the Year 1915:

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       The average life expectancy for men was 47 years.

       Fuel for cars was sold in drug stores only.

       Only 14 percent of the homes had a bathtub.

       Only 8 percent of the homes had a telephone.

       The maximum speed limit in most cities was 10 mph.

       The tallest structure in the world was the Eiffel

       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 neither a Mother's Day nor a
       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 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!" (Shocking?)

       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. !

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       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


       It is impossible to imagine what it may be like

       in another 100 years.




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: Keeping your boss in the loop

Dear Boss,
I have enjoyed working here these past several years.
You have paid me very well, given me benefits beyond belief.
I have 3-4 months off per year and a pension plan that will pay my salary till the day I die and a health plan that most people can only dream about.
I plan to take the next 12-18 months to find a new position. During 
 this time I will show up for work when it is convenient. In addition, I 
fully expect to draw my full salary and all the other perks associated with my current job.
Oh yeah, if my search for this new job proves fruitless, I will be 
back with no loss in pay or status.
Before you say anything, remember that you have no choice in the matter.
I can and will do this.
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The U. S. S. Constitution (Old Ironsides), as a combat vessel, carried 48,600 gallons of fresh water for her crew of 475 officers and men. This was sufficient to last six months of sustained operations at sea. She carried no evaporators (i.e. fresh water distillers).
However, let it be noted that according to her ship's log, "On July 27, 1798, the U.S.S. Constitution sailed from Boston with a full complement of 475 officers and men, 48,600 gallons of fresh water, 7,400 cannon shot, 11,600 pounds of black powder and 79,400 gallons of rum."
Her mission: "To destroy and harass English shipping."

Making Jamaica on 6 October, she took on 826 pounds of flour and 68,300 gallons of rum.
Then she headed for the Azores, arriving there 12 November. She provisioned with 550 pounds of beef and 64,300 gallons of Portuguese wine.
On 18 November, she set sail for England.  In the ensuing days she defeated five British men-of-war and captured and scuttled 12 English merchant ships, salvaging only the rum aboard each.
By 26 January, her powder and shot were exhausted. Nevertheless, although unarmed she made a night raid up the Firth of Clyde in Scotland.  Her landing party captured a whisky distillery and transferred 40,000 gallons of single malt Scotch aboard by dawn. Then she headed home.
The U. S. S. Constitution arrived in Boston on 20 February 1799, with no cannon shot, no food, no powder, no rum, no wine, no whisky, and 38,600 gallons of water..

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20 years from now, I will be in Heaven --bye !!
This was written by a woman born in Egypt as a Muslim.. Make sure you read the paragraph (in red)towards the end.  

Joys of Muslim Women
By Nonie Darwish

In the Muslim faith a Muslim man can marry a child as young as 1 year old and have sexual intimacy with this child. Consummating the marriage by 9.  

The dowry is given to the family in exchange for the woman (who becomes his slave) and for the purchase of the private parts of the woman, to use her as a toy.

Even though a woman is abused she cannot obtain a divorce.  

To prove rape, the woman must have (4) male witnesses.
Often after a woman has been raped, she is returned to her family and the family must return the dowry. The family has the right to execute her (an honor killing) to restore the honor of the family. Husbands can beat their wives 'at will' and he does not have to say why he has beaten her

The husband is permitted to have (4 wives) and a temporary wife for an hour (prostitute) at his discretion.

The Sharia Muslim law controls the private as well as the public life of the woman.

In the Western World ( Canada, Australia, United States and Britain ) Muslim men are starting to demand Sharia Law so the wife cannot obtain a divorce and he can have full and complete control of her. It is amazing and alarming how many of our sisters and daughters attending American, Canadian, Universities and British Universities are now marrying Muslim men and submitting themselves and their children unsuspectingly to the Sharia law.

By passing this on, enlightened Canadian, Australians, American and British women may avoid becoming a slave under Sharia Law.  

Ripping the West in Two.
Author and lecturer Nonie Darwish says the goal of radical Islamists is to impose Sharia law on the world, ripping Western law and liberty in two.

She recently authored the book, Cruel and Usual Punishment: The Terrifying Global Implications of Islamic Law. Darwish was born in Cairo and spent her childhood in Egypt and Gaza before immigrating to America in 1978, when she was eight years old. Her father died while leading covert attacks on Israel . He was a high-ranking Egyptian military officer stationed with his family in Gaza .....

When he died, he was considered a "shahid," a martyr for jihad. His posthumous status earned Nonie and her family an elevated position in Muslim society..

But Darwish developed a skeptical eye at an early age. She questioned her own Muslim culture and upbringing.. She converted to Christianity after hearing a Christian preacher on television.  

In her latest book, Darwish warns about creeping sharia law - what it is, what it means, and how it is manifested in Islamic countries.

For the West, she says radical Islamists are working to impose sharia on the world. If that happens, Western civilization will be destroyed. Westerners generally assume all religions encourage a respect for the dignity of each individual.. Islamic law (Sharia) teaches that non-Muslims should be subjugated or killed in this world.

Peace and prosperity for one's children is not as important as assuring that Islamic law rules everywhere in the Middle East and eventually in the world.

While Westerners tend to think that all religions encourage some form of the golden rule, Sharia teaches two systems of ethics - one for Muslims and another for non-Muslims. Building on tribal practices of the seventh century, Sharia encourages the side of humanity that wants to take from and subjugate others..

While Westerners tend to think in terms of religious people developing a personal understanding of and relationship with God, Sharia advocates executing people who ask difficult questions that could be interpreted as criticism

It's hard to imagine, that in this day and age, Islamic scholars agree that those who criticize Islam or choose to stop being Muslim should be executed. Sadly, while talk of an Islamic reformation is common and even assumed by many in the West, such murmurings in the Middle East are silenced through intimidation.

While Westerners are accustomed to an increase in religious tolerance over time, Darwish explains how petro dollars are being used to grow an extremely intolerant form of political Islam in her native Egypt and elsewhere.

(In twenty years there will be enough Muslim voters in Canada, Australia, the U.S. And Britain To elect the heads of Government by themselves! Rest assured they will do so.. You can look at how they have taken over several towns in the USA .. Dearborn Mich. Is one and there are others....) ( Britain has several cities now totally controlled by Muslims)

I think everyone in Canada, Australia, the U.S. And Great Britain Should be required to read this, but with the ACLU, there is no way this will be widely publicized, unless each of us sends it on!

It is too bad that so many are disillusioned with life and Christianity to accept Muslims as peaceful.. Some may be but they have an army that is willing to shed blood in the name of Islam.. The peaceful support the warriors with their finances and own kind of patriotism to their religion. While Canada, Australia, the U.S.A. and Britain are getting rid of Christianity from all public sites and erasing God from the lives of children the Muslims are planning a great jihad on North America, Australia and Britain ......

This is your chance to make a difference...! Pass it on to your email list or at least those you think will listen..

Some of those I'm sending it to WILL NOT! Put your head back under the covers AND DO NOTHING!
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The definition of the word Conundrum is: something that is puzzling or confusing. 

"Free people are not equal. Equal people are not free."

"A gun is like a parachute. If you need one, and don't have one, you'll probably never need one again."
Here are six Conundrums of socialism in the United States of America:
1. America is capitalist and greedy - yet half of the population is subsidized.

2. Half of the population is subsidized - yet they think they are victims.
3. They think they are victims - yet their representatives run the government.
4. Their representatives run the government - yet the poor keep getting poorer.
5. The poor keep getting poorer - yet they have things that people in other countries only dream about.
6. They have things that people in other countries only dream about - yet they want America to be more like those other countries.
Think about it! And that, my friends, pretty much sums up the USA in the 21st Century. Makes you wonder who is doing the math.
These three, short sentences tell you a lot about the direction of our current government and cultural environment:
1. We are advised to NOT judge ALL Muslims by the actions of a few lunatics, but we are encouraged to judge ALL gun owners by the actions of a few lunatics.
Funny how that works. And here's another one worth considering…
2. Seems we constantly hear about how Social Security is going to run out of money. But we never hear about welfare or food stamps running out of money ! What's interesting is the first group "worked for" their money, but the second didn't.
Think about it.....and Last but not least :
3. Why are we cutting benefits for our veterans, no pay raises for our military and cutting our army to a level lower than before WWII, but we are not stopping the payments or benefits to illegal aliens.
"If you do not take an interest in the affairs of your government, then you are doomed to live under the rule of fools." – Plato
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You know. . . time has a way of moving quickly and catching you unaware of the passing years. 

It seems just yesterday that I was young, just married and embarking on my new life with my mate. Yet in a way, it seems like eons ago, and I wonder where all the years went. I know that I lived them all. I have glimpses of how it was back then and of all my hopes and dreams. But, here it is... the winter of my life and it catches me by surprise...How did I get here so fast? Where did the years go and where did my youth go? 

I remember well seeing older people through the years and thinking that 
those older people were years away from me and that winter was so far off 
that I could not fathom it or imagine fully what it would be like. But, here 
it friends are retired and getting grey...they move slower and I see 
an older person now. Some are in better and some worse shape than me...but,I see the great change....Not like the ones that I remember who were young and vibrant...but, like me, their age is beginning to show and we are now those older folks that we used to see and never thought we'd be. 

Each day now, I find that just getting a shower is a real target for the 
day! And taking a nap is not a treat anymore... it's mandatory!  Cause if I 
don't on my own free will... I just fall asleep where I sit! 

And I enter into this new season of my life unprepared for all the 
aches and pains and the loss of strength and ability to go and do things 
that I wish I had done but never did! 

But, at least I know, that though the winter has come, and I'm not sure howlong it will last...this I know, that when it's over on this's 
NOT over. A new adventure will begin! 

Yes, I have regrets. There are things I wish I hadn't done...things I should 
have done, but indeed, there are many things I'm happy to have done. It's 
all in a lifetime. 

So, if you're not in your winter yet...let me remind you, that it will be 
here faster than you think. So, whatever you would like to accomplish in 
your life please do it quickly! Don't put things off too long! 

Life goes by quickly. So, do what you can today, as you can never be sure 
whether this is your winter or not! You have no promise that you will see 
all the seasons of your, live for today and say all the things 
that you want your loved ones to remember...and hope that they appreciate 
and love you for all the things that you have done for them in all the years 

"Life" is a gift to you. The way you live your life is your gift to those 
who come after. Make it a fantastic one. 

"It is health that is real wealth and not pieces of gold and silver. 

~Your kids are becoming you....... 
~Going out is good.. Coming home is better! 
~You forget names.... But it's OK because other people forgot they even knew you!!! 
~You realize you're never going to be really good at anything
~The things you used to care to do, you no longer care to do, but you really do care that you don't care to do them anymore. 
~You sleep better on a lounge chair with the TV blaring than in bed. It's 
called "pre-sleep". 
~You miss the days when everything worked with just an "ON" and "OFF" 
~You tend to use more 4 letter words ... "what?"..."when?"... "what?" . ??? 
~Now that you can afford expensive jewelry, it's not safe to wear it 
~You notice everything they sell in stores is "sleeveless"?!!! 
~What used to be freckles are now liver spots. 
~Everybody whispers. 
~You have 3 sizes of clothes in your closet.... 2 of which you will never 
~But Old is good in some things: Old Songs, Old movies, and best of all, OLD FRIENDS!! 

Stay well, "OLD FRIEND!" Send this on to other "Old Friends!" and let them laugh in AGREEMENT!!! 
It's Not What You Gather, But What You Scatter That Tells What Kind Of Life You Have Lived. 
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Was out looking for place near ocean for good piece of fish. Stumbled on this place &"plain" atmosphere made it seem welcoming. Unfortunately landed on day when a friend of owner showed up w/ his significant other. Felt pretty much ignored. Fish & chips were nice. Owner acted like I should thank God for this particular piece of fish they had gotten up at 4:00 a.m. to have. Fries were prepared as requested. Cole slaw tasted homemade. Could have been more. Would have been if they had skipped lettuce bed serving no purpose. Same w/ fish. Still portions ok. Price VERY unreasonable. No senior discount. Don't take credit cards but have independent ATM. So they won't pay for card fee but they'll let you pay. All in all very disappointing. Guess it's a place for the owner's pals who like loud place that makes them feel they're at Mel's Diner. I won't be back.
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Root canal/crown. Expensive but not unreasonable (I suppose). Aloof dentist. Thought it would last longer. Not certain that it was the best work. Certainly not as good as others I've had. Returned for assistance and thought effort would be made to assist. Very little. Never saw dentist, just assistant. Minimal "correction" done. Was expected to pay for minor work to correct their work of just a few years earlier. Owner's wife (?) was upset that I got dental hygiene treatment at senior discount public health facility. Would not recommend this office at all. Too cold.Very nice when one agrees with them. Not when one objects at all.
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