A funny thing happened to me on the way out of the mall the other day. I was headed for the door possibly a bit sideways as I was putting on my gloves, when a woman and a man came up behind me and sort of cut my path to the door. I waited as the older woman went through the door first, and then proceeded through the door and on my way. I have to admit to being somewhat distracted by my own thoughts and feelings at the time, Christmas always manages to do that to me. I did not thank the man as I went out the door, as I usually do, but did smile as I passed through.
As I am walking away I hear a "You're welcome" from behind me, and a question from the woman that sounded like...."didn't she say thank you?" And more conversation about the fact that I didn't say thank you, and how some people are just impolite, and how he should no longer hold the door for a lady if he doesn't get a thank you! I could have turned and made a remark at that point, but by then I was a bit ticked off, and instead I just walked on muttering to myself about how impolite it was to talk about people such as they were. I am sure they were aware I could hear them as I was only a couple of feet in front, though I didn't say anything loud enough for them to hear.
Now I am not usually distracted and I usually thank someone. I also hold the door for people because I think it is polite.....not because I need, want or expect the person to thank me for this small deed. It just isn't a necessary part of my life.
My question to you is, "Do you need, want and expect people to thank you for every small deed that you do?" "Is it that important in the scheme of things to receive a thank you every time you hold a door open, or make some other polite gesture towards another person?"
I watched a video today on you tube and I don't do that often, but, something made me look. It was a girl in the equivalent of America's Got Talent in the Ukraine version of the show. This girl won the 75,000 prize......she creates living art from sand in her depiction of the Patriotic War where milllions were killed. It is moving and completely awesome for those who would like to watch. The video is about 8 minutes, but, extremely well worth it........
So....today I cleaned up my inbox on MM of all the winks I have received from men who matched Britt's Scammer profiles. Out of the 150 winks I received since signing on, minus the ones I deleted out of hand because I was paying attention at the time.....there are 15 left that are from what I think are real men, although I have not talked to any of them so I can't really make that distinction....LOL! Most of them have nothing in common with me so I really have not replied, to any of the winks really because of their nature. I like e-mails! If you are not a member, sorry....if you are serious, you would pay the price of admission.....
Being an accountant I worked the numbers and that is a 90% Scammer rate.....
This really makes me wonder about using this site for anything other than blogging. Spinning yarns about past life experiences, and offering people some insight based on those experiences, and hoping that at least one person will be inspired or motivated by something I've said. I too have had a lot of good support from various people and will be forever grateful to call them friends.
In the end, as I look at it, I have not lost hope.....somewhere, someday, somehow.....I will experience my own "Epic connection" as Lisa says......."Never Give Up" - Winston Churchill.
A koala was sitting in a gum tree smoking a joint when a little lizard walked past, looked up and said, 'Hey Koala! What are you doing?'
The koala said, 'Smoking a joint, come up and have some.'?
So the little lizard climbed up and sat next to the koala where they enjoyed a few joints. After a while the little lizard said that his mouth was 'dry' and that he was going to get a drink from the river.
The little lizard was so stoned that he leaned over too far and fell into the river. A crocodile saw this and swam over to the little lizard and helped him to the side. Then he asked the little lizard, 'What's the matter with you?'
The little lizard explained to the crocodile that he had been sitting with the koala in the tree, smoking a joint, but got too stoned and fell into the river while taking a drink..
The crocodile said that he had to check this out and walked into the rain forest, found the tree where the koala was sitting finishing a joint. The crocodile looked up and said, 'Hey you!'
So the koala looked down at him and said,
'F****#####&&&&k!!!! dude...!!!!! How much water did you drink!?'
This was sent to me the other day.....the names have been changed to protect the innocent....LMAO!
A photographer on vacation was inside a church taking photographs when he noticed a golden telephone mounted on the wall with a sign that read '$10,000 per call'.
The man, being intrigued, asked a priest who was strolling by what the telephone was used for.
The priest replied that it was a direct line to heaven and that for $10,000 you could talk to God.
The man thanked the priest and went along his way.
Next stop was in Atlanta . There, at a very large cathedral, he saw the same golden telephone with the same sign under it.
He wondered if this was the same kind of telephone he saw in Orlando and he asked a nearby nun what its purpose was.
She told him that it was a direct line to heaven and that for $10,000 he could talk to God.
'O.K., thank you,' he said.
He then traveled to Indianapolis , Washington , Philadelphia , Boston , and New York .
In every church he saw the same golden telephone with the same '$10,000 per call' sign under it.
Upon leaving Vermont decided to travel up to Canada to see if Canadians had the same phone.
He arrived in Canada , and again, in the first church he entered, there was the same golden telephone, but this time the sign under it read '50 cents per call.'
He was surprised so he asked the priest about the sign. 'Father, I've traveled all over America and I've seen this same golden telephone in many churches. I'm told that it is a direct line to heaven, but in the US the price was $10,000 per call. Why is it so cheap here?'
The priest smiled and answered, 'You're in Canada now, son ... it's a local call.'
I read an article today in the Globe and Mail about "Chronic Loneliness." The article is based on a book written by Emily White, "Lonely: Learning to Live with Solitude." The writer basically states that loneliness can be classed as a syndrome that is not easily diagnosed.
The book writer basically states that during a period of her life until she was in her early to mid thirties that she felt overcome by a feeling of grave disconnection, one that kept her from forming new friendships and intimate relationships and made social interaction of even the most trivial nature a daunting task. Not to be confused with depression, her loneliness is described by her as something ¿real and purposeful,¿ a ¿sweeping realization¿ that the thing she longed for most ¿ meaningful human contact ¿ slipped painfully beyond her grasp.
The article writer says that after a week of sitting in a room alone working that she too avoided social contacts and withdraws from even the most simple things, like having coffee with a friend. It's a wariness of the connection followed by an intense longing for the very same thing.
I have felt this same type of disconnect at various times. Strange to find that this is now the "Affliction Du Jour."
I would love it if there was an Olympic medal for bravery....my vote.....Joannie Rochette....who in the face of the tragic loss of her mother.....has skated the short program, came in 3rd and now will skate her long program tonite. There wasn't a dry eye in Canada on Tuesday, and it will probably be the same tonite.....
If good wishes, thoughts, and prayers can help win medals, she will surely take one home tonite.....for her mom!
What are some of the excuses you have used to not follow your passion, or live your life the way you want to live it? Are you aware that you use them, do you pay any attention to them? Do you know how to change your thoughts to get rid of the excuses?
I didn't really want to hi-jack this blog as they say but the other one is gi-normous and I hesitated to post on there. My daughter found this for me in this urban dictionary and it says:
Deborah: A truly beautiful and charming person who is intelligent and and the most fantastic lover. The name Deborah is of Hebrew Origin and means Queen bee and the beholder of beauty. Her intelligence might overwhelm you at first but you'll soon be reeled in by her sophistication and charm. The name Deborah is generally given to those who sustain beauty throughout their lives and live life passionately.
Just thought I'd let you all know I liked this one best, and who wouldn't?.....LMAO! I wonder if they check the accuracy of these.....
Could someone from MM please get rid of the striped wallpaper that shows everytime I hit my blog comments. Also the first page of NLG's "I have a question for the women" is all nicely striped as well, but I'd rather read the comments. Thanks for listening......or not!
Just before the funeral services, the undertaker came up to the very elderly widow and asked, "How old was your husband?"
"98," she replied, "Two years older than me."
"So you're 96," the undertaker commented.
She responded, "Hardly worth going home, is it?"
Reporter interviewing a 104-year-old woman: "And what do you think is the best thing about being 104?" the reporter asked.
She simply replied, "No peer pressure."
The nice thing about being senile is you can hide your own Easter eggs.
I've sure gotten old! I've had a hip replacement, new knees, half blind, an't hear anything quieter than a jet engine.
Take medications that Make me dizzy and subject to blackouts.
Hardly feel my hands and feet anymore.
But, thank God, I still have my driver's license.
Every year at Christmas I like to do something that gives back to the community where I live so that those less fortunate can enjoy the holidays too. Though this year I did nothing that even comes close to last year (long story), this year we lit the courtyard where I live and had a small party. The request was only that everyone bring a food donation, which they all did. The place where I work is a drop off centre for the Food Bank donations that will hopefully fill an entire semi-trailer with food, so I was able to take it all there. My friend who lives in my building and I have also volunteered to work at one of the local soup kitchens 1 or 2 times a month during 2010.
Is there anything special that you do at this time of year, or all year round that gives you that warm, fuzzy feeling inside? How is your Christmas Spirit?
I signed on tonite, and yes it is late, no I have not been drinking.¿ The blog titles are all screwed up and some of the comments are missing completely.¿ Is it just my computer or is everyone having this problem?
In the absence of Sophia, I've finally found a joke worth telling.....enjoy!¿ Although it will probably be wrought with question marks....LOL!
Q: Doctor,¿I've heard that¿cardiovascular exercise can prolong life.¿Is this true? A: Your¿heart is only good for so many¿beats, and that's it...¿ don't waste them on exercise. Everything wears out¿ eventually.¿Speeding up your heart will¿not make you live longer; that's like saying you can extend¿ the life of¿your car by¿driving it faster.¿Want to live longer?¿Take a¿ nap.¿
Q: Should¿ I cut¿down on meat and¿ eat more fruits and¿ vegetables? A: You¿ must grasp¿ logistical efficiencies. What does a cow eat?¿¿ Hay and corn.¿And what are these?¿ Vegetables.¿ So a steak¿is nothing more¿than an efficient mechanism of¿ delivering vegetables to your¿system.¿¿ Need grain?¿¿Eat¿chicken.¿Beef is also a good source¿of field grass¿(green leafy vegetable).¿¿And a pork chop can¿ give you¿ 100% of your recommended daily allowance of¿ vegetable¿ products.
Q: Should¿ I reduce my¿ alcohol intake?¿ A:¿ No,¿ not at all.¿ Wine is made from¿ fruit.¿Brandy is¿ distilled wine,¿ that means they take the water out of¿ the fruity bit so you¿ get even more of the goodness that¿ way. Beer is also made out¿ of grain.¿ Bottoms¿¿ up!
Q: How¿ can I calculate my body/fat¿ratio? A: Well,¿ if you have a body and you have¿fat, your ratio is one¿ to one.¿If you have two bodies, your¿ratio is two to¿ one, etc.
Q: What¿ are some of¿ the advantages of participating in a regular¿ exercise¿ program? A: Can't¿ think of a single one, sorry.¿My¿ philosophy is: No¿ Pain...Good!Q:¿ Aren't¿ fried¿ foods bad for you?¿ A:¿ YOU'RE¿ NOT¿ LISTENING!!! .....¿ Foods are fried these days in¿vegetable oil.¿ In fact,¿ they're permeated in it.¿ How could¿ getting more¿ vegetables be bad for¿ you?¿
Q:¿ Will¿ sit-ups¿ help prevent me from getting a little soft¿ around¿ the middle? A: Definitely¿ not! When¿ you exercise a muscle, it gets bigger. You¿should only be¿doing sit-ups if you want a bigger¿stomach.¿
Q:¿ Is¿chocolate bad for me?¿ A:¿ Are¿¿you crazy? HELLO¿¿Cocoa¿ beans ! Another vegetable!!! It's the best feel-good¿¿ food around!
Q:¿ Is¿¿swimming good for your figure?¿ A:¿ If¿¿swimming is good for¿ your figure,¿¿ explain whales to¿me.
Q:¿ Is getting¿¿in-shape important for my¿¿ lifestyle?¿ A:¿ Hey!¿ 'Round' is¿ a 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 beers 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.....................
I have just seen Tony Bennett in concert.... one of the most rewarding concerts I have ever been to.¿ He is 83 years old and doesn't look a day over 60....LOL!¿ His voice is as great as it ever was.¿ I recommend everyone go if you get the chance....not sure where he is next but well worth the ticket price!