Friday, June 27, 2014

SENIOR CITIZEN NO.1

A Florida senior citizen drove his brand new Corvette convertible out of the dealership. Taking off down the road, he pushed it to 80 mph, enjoying the wind blowing through what little hair he had left.
"Amazing," he thought as he flew down I-95, pushing the pedal even more.
Looking in his rear view mirror, he saw a Florida State Trooper, blue lights flashing and siren blaring. He floored it to 100 mph, then 110, then 120. Suddenly he thought, "What am I doing? I'm too old for this!" and pulled over to await the trooper's arrival.
Pulling in behind him, the trooper got out of his vehicle and walked up to the Corvette. He looked at his watch, then said, "Sir, my shift ends in 30 minutes. Today is Friday. If you can give me a new reason for speeding - a reason I've never before heard - I'll let you go.."
The old gentleman paused then said, "Three years ago, my wife ran off with a Florida State Trooper. I thought you were bringing her back."
"Have a good day, Sir," replied the trooper.

Monday, June 23, 2014

GROWING OLDER

As I've aged, I've become kinder to myself, and less critical of myself. I've become my own friend.
I have seen too many dear friends leave this world, too soon; before they understood the great freedom that comes with aging.


Whose business is it, if I choose to read, or play, on the computer, until 4 AM, or sleep until noon? I will dance with myself to those wonderful tunes of the 50, 60 &70 's, and if I, at the same time, wish to weep over a lost love, I will.
I will walk the beach, in a swim suit that is stretched over a bulging body, and will dive into the waves, with abandon, if I choose to, despite the pitying glances from the jet set. They, too, will get old.
I know I am sometimes forgetful. But there again, some of life is just as well forgotten. And, I eventually remember the important things.
Sure, over the years, my heart has been broken. How can your heart not break, when you lose a loved one, or when a child suffers, or even when somebody 's beloved pet gets hit by a car? But, broken hearts are what give us strength, and understanding, and compassion. A heart never broken, is pristine, and sterile, and will never know the joy of being imperfect.

I am so blessed to have lived long enough to have my hair turning gray, and to have my youthful laughs be forever etched into deep grooves on my face. So many have never laughed, and so many have died before their hair could turn silver. As you get older, it is easier to be positive. You care less about what other people think. I don 't question myself anymore. I've even earned the right to be wrong. So, to answer your question, I like being old. It has set me free. I like the person I have become. I am not going to live forever, but while I am still here, I will not waste time lamenting what could have been, or worrying about what will be. And I shall eat dessert every single day (if I feel like it). 

MAY OUR FRIENDSHIP NEVER COME APART, ESPECIALLY WHEN IT 'S STRAIGHT FROM THE HEART!



Forward this to at least 7 people, and see what happens on your screen. You will laugh your head off!!!!!!!!!!!
  

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

INTERESTING FACTS

It takes glass one million years to decompose, which means it never wears out and can be recycled an infinite amount of times!
 
Gold is the only metal that doesn't rust, even if it's buried in the ground for thousands of years.
 
Your tongue is the only muscle in your body that is attached at only one end.
 
If you stop getting thirsty, you need to drink more water.
 
When a human body is dehydrated, its thirst mechanism shuts off.

 
Each year 2,000,000 smokers either quit smoking or die of tobacco-related diseases.
 
Zero is the only number that cannot be represented by Roman numerals.
 
Kites were used in the American Civil War to deliver letters and newspapers.
 
The song, Auld Lang Syne, is sung at the stroke of midnight in almost every English-speaking country in the world to bring in the New Year.
 
Drinking water after eating reduces the acid in your mouth by 61 percent. 
 
Peanut oil is used for cooking in submarines because it doesn't smoke unless it's heated above 450F.
 
The roar that we hear when we place a seashell next to our ear is not the ocean but rather the sound of blood surging through the  blood vessels in the ear.

Nine out of every 10 living things live in the ocean.

The banana cannot reproduce itself. It can be propagated only by the hand of man.
 
Airports at higher altitudes require a longer airstrip due to lower air density.
 
The University of Alaska spans four time zones.
 
The tooth is the only part of the human body that cannot heal itself.
 
In ancient Greece, tossing an apple to a girl was a traditional proposal of marriage. Catching it meant she accepted.
 
Warner Communications paid $28 million for the copyright to the song "Happy Birthday".
 
Intelligent people have more zinc and copper in their hair.
 
A comet's tail always points away from the sun.
 
The Swine Flu vaccine in 1976 caused more death and illness than the disease it was intended to prevent.
 
Caffeine increases the power of aspirin and other painkillers, that is why it is found in some medicines.
 
The military salute is a motion that evolved from medieval times when knights in armor raised their visors to reveal their identity.
 
If you get into the bottom of a well or a tall chimney and look up, you can see stars, even in the middle of the day.
 
When a person dies, hearing is the last sense to end. The first sense lost is sight.
 
In ancient times strangers shook hands to show that they were unarmed.
 
Strawberries are the only fruits whose seeds grow on the outside.
 
Avocados have the highest calories of any fruit at 167 calories per hundred grams.
 
The moon moves about two inches away from the Earth each year.
 
The Earth gets 100 tons heavier every day due to falling space dust.
 
Due to earth's gravity it is impossible for mountains to be higher than 15,000 meters.
 
Mickey Mouse is known as "Topolino" in Italy.
 
Soldiers do not march in step when going across bridges because they could set up a vibration which could be sufficient to knock the bridge down.
 
Everything weighs one percent less at the equator.
 
For every extra kilogram carried on a space flight, 530 kg of excess fuel are needed at lift-off.
 
The letter J does not appear anywhere on the periodic table of the elements.
 
And last but not least:
This is called 'Money Bags.' So send this on to 5 and money will arrive in 5 days. Based on Chinese Feng Shui, the one who does not pass this on will have money troubles for the rest of the year.
 
Superstitious or not, please pass this along because it is interesting information.
 

Monday, June 9, 2014

OLD ED

 It happened every Friday evening, almost without fail,  when the sun
resembled a Giant Orange and was starting to dip into the blue
ocean.................

Old Ed came strolling along the beach to his favorite pier. Clutched in his
bony hand was a bucket of shrimp.   Ed walks out to the end of the pier,
where it seems he almost has the world to himself. The glow of the sun is a
golden bronze now.

Everybody's gone, except for a few joggers on the beach. Standing out on
the end of the pier, Ed is alone with his thoughts...and his bucket of
shrimp.

Before long, however, he is no longer alone. Up in the sky a thousand white
dots come screeching and squawking,

Winging their way toward that lanky frame standing there on the end of the
pier.

Before long, dozens of seagulls have enveloped him, their wings fluttering
and flapping wildly.   Ed stands there tossing shrimp to the hungry birds.
As he does, if you listen closely, You can hear him say with a smile,
'Thank you. Thank you.'

In a few short minutes the bucket is empty. But Ed doesn't leave.

He stands there lost in thought, as though transported to another time and
place.

When he finally turns around and begins to walk back toward the beach, A
few of the birds hop along the pier with him until he gets to the stairs,
and then they, too, fly away. And old Ed quietly makes his way down to the
end of the beach and on home.


If you were sitting there on the pier with your fishing line in the water,
Ed might seem like 'a funny old duck,' as my dad used to say.   Or, to
onlookers, he's just another Old codger, lost in his own weird world,
feeding the seagulls with a bucket full of shrimp.


To the onlooker, rituals can look either very strange or very empty. They
can seem altogether unimportant ... maybe even a lot of nonsense.


Old folks often do strange things, at least in the eyes of Boomers and
Busters.   Most of them would probably write Old Ed off, down there in
Florida . That's too bad. They'd do well to know him better.

His full name: Eddie Rickenbacker. He was a famous hero in World War I, And
then he was in WWII.  On one of his flying missions across the Pacific, He
and his seven-member crew went down. Miraculously, all of the men survived,
Crawled out of their plane, and climbed into a life raft.

Captain Rickenbacker and his crew floated for days on the rough waters of
the Pacific.

They fought the sun. They fought sharks. Most of all, they fought hunger
and thirst.

By the eighth day their rations ran out. No food. No water. They were
hundreds of miles from land and no one knew where they were or even if they
were alive. Every day across America millions wondered and prayed that
Eddie Rickenbacker might somehow be found alive.

The men adrift needed a miracle. That afternoon they had a simple
devotional service and prayed for a miracle. They tried to nap. Eddie
leaned back and pulled his Military cap over his nose. Time dragged on.
All he could hear was the slap of the waves against the raft...

Suddenly, Eddie felt something land on the top of his cap.  It was a
seagull!  Old Ed would later describe how he sat perfectly still, planning
his next move.  With a flash of his hand and a squawk from the gull, he
managed to grab it and wring its neck. He tore the feathers off, and he and
his starving crew made a meal of it - a very slight meal for eight men.
Then they used the intestines for bait. With it, they caught fish, which
gave them food and more bait . . . and the cycle continued. With that
simple survival technique, they were able to endure the rigors of the sea
until they were found and rescued after 24 days at sea.

Eddie Rickenbacker lived many years beyond that ordeal, but he never forgot
the sacrifice of that first life-saving seagull... And he never stopped
saying, 'Thank you.' That's why almost every Friday night he would walk to
the end of the pier with a bucket full of shrimp and a heart full of
gratitude.



PS: Eddie Rickenbacker was the founder of Eastern Airlines. Before WWI he
was race car driver. In WWI he was a pilot and became America 's first
ace.  In WWII he was an instructor and military adviser, and he flew
missions with the combat pilots.  Eddie Rickenbacker is a true American
hero.  And now you know another story about the trials and sacrifices that
brave men have endured for your freedom.