Monday, March 30, 2015

BEST LAWYER / INSURANCE STORY OF THE YEAR

 
This actually took place in Charlotte, North Carolina.
A lawyer purchased a box of very rare and expensive cigars, then insured them against, among other things fire.
Within a month, having smoked his entire stockpile of these great cigars, the lawyer filed a claim against the  insurance company.In his claim, the lawyer stated the cigars were lost 'in a series of small fires.' The insurance company refused to pay, citing the obvious reason, that the man had consumed the cigars in the   normal fashion.
The lawyer sued and WON!
(Stay with me.)
Delivering the ruling, the judge agreed with the insurance company that the claim was frivolous.  The judge stated nevertheless, that the lawyer held a policy from the company, in which it had warranted that the cigars were insurable and also  guaranteed that it would insure them against fire, without defining what is considered to be unacceptable 'fire' and was obligated to pay the claim.
Rather than endure lengthy and costly appeal process, the insurance company accepted the ruling and paid $15,000 to the lawyer for his loss of the cigars that perished in the 'fires'.
NOW FOR THE BEST PART...
After the lawyer cashed the check, the insurance company had him arrested on 24 counts of ARSON!!!  With his own insurance claim and testimony from the previous case being used against him, the lawyer was convicted of intentionally burning his insured property and was sentenced to 24 months in jail and a $24,000 fine.
This true story won First Place in last year's Criminal Lawyers Award contest.
ONLY IN AMERICA . . . NO WONDER THE      REST OF THE WORLD THINKS WE'RE NUTS. WE ARE!
                          

Friday, March 20, 2015

THIS TRAIN RIDE CALLED LIFE

Life is like a journey on a train...with  its stations...with changes of  
routes...and with accidents!  
  
At birth we boarded the train and met our parents, and we believe they will
always travel on our side.  
  
However, at some station our parents will step down from the train, leaving
us on this journey alone.  
  
As time goes by, other people will board the train; and they will be
significant i.e. our siblings, friends, children, and even the love of our
life.  
  
Many will step down and leave a permanent vacuum.  Others will go so
unnoticed that we don't realize that they vacated their seats! 
  
This train ride will be full of joy, sorrow, fantasy, expectations, hellos,
goodbyes, and  farewells. 
  
Success consists of having a good relationship with all
passengers...requiring that we give the best of ourselves. 
  
The mystery to everyone is:  We do  not know at which station we ourselves
will step down.  So, we must  live in the best way - love, forgive, and
offer the best of who we  are.  
  
It is important to do this because when the time comes for us to step down
and leave our seat empty -- we should leave behind beautiful memories for
those  who will continue to travel on the train of  life. 
  
I wish you a joyful journey for the up coming years on the train of life.
Gather success and give lots of  love. 
  
More importantly, thank God for the journey!  
  
Lastly, I thank you  for being one of the passengers on my train!  

Saturday, March 14, 2015

A QUICK JOKE

A man was walking down the street when he was accosted by a particularly dirty and shabby-looking homeless man who asked him for a couple of dollars for dinner.

The man took out his wallet, extracted ten dollars and asked, "If I give you this money, will you buy some beer with it instead of dinner?"
"No, I had to stop drinking years ago," the homeless man replied.
"Will you spend this on green fees at a golf course instead of food?" the man asked.
"Are you NUTS!" replied the homeless man. "I haven't played golf in 20 years!"
"Well," said the man, "I'm not going to give you money. Instead, I'm going to take you home for a shower and a terrific dinner cooked by my wife."
The homeless man was astounded. "Won't your wife be furious with you for doing that?”
The man replied, "That's okay. It's important for her to see what a man looks like after he has given up drinking and golf."
 

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

The definition of the word Conundrum is: something that is puzzling or confusing.

Here are six Conundrums of Socialism in the United States of America today :  
   
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 are told they are victims by their representatives - 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 govern-
ment 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
from the Democrats.  But we never hear about welfare or food stamps (EBT) 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 pay-
ments or benefits to illegal aliens.  
   
Am I the only one missing something?
 
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."  
 
 

Sunday, March 8, 2015

THE BEST SERMONS ARE LIVED

  1.  Today, I interviewed my grandmother for part of a research paper I'm working on for my Psychology class.  When I asked her to define success in her own words, she said, "Success is when you look back at your life and the memories make you smile."
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  2. Today, I asked my mentor - a very successful business man in his 70s- what his top 3 tips are for success.  He smiled and said, "Read something no one else is reading, think something no one else is thinking, and do something no one else is doing."
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  3.   Today, after a 72 hour shift at the fire station, a woman ran up to me at the grocery store and
  gave me a hug.   When I tensed up, she realized I didn't recognize her. She let go with tears of joy in her eyes and the most sincere smile and said, "On 9-11-2001, you carried me out of the World trade Center."
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   4.  Today, after I watched my dog get run over by a car, I sat on the side of the road holding him and crying.  And just before he died, he licked the tears off my face.   
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   5.  Today at 7AM, I woke up feeling ill, but decided I needed the money, so I went into work. 
At 3PM I got laid off. On my drive home I got a flat tire. When I went into the trunk for the spare, it was flat too.   A man in a BMW pulled over, gave me a ride, we chatted, and then he offered me a job. I start tomorrow.
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   6.  Today, as my father, three brothers, and two sisters stood around my mother's hospital bed, my mother uttered her last coherent words before she died. She simply said, "I feel so loved right now. We should have gotten together like this more often."
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  7. Today, I kissed my dad on the forehead as he passed away in a small hospital bed.   About 5
 seconds after he passed, I realized it was the first time I had given him a kiss since I was a little boy.
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   8. Today, in the cutest voice, my 8-year-old daughter asked me to start recycling.  I chuckled and asked, "Why?" She replied, "So you can help me save the planet."   I chuckled again and asked,
"And why do you want to save the planet?"  Because that's where I keep all my stuff," she said.
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  9. Today, when I witnessed a 27-year-old breast cancer patient laughing hysterically at her 2-year-old daughter's antics,  I suddenly realized that I need to stop complaining about my life and start celebrating it again.
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  10. Today, a boy in a wheelchair  saw me desperately struggling on crutches with my broken leg and offered to carry my backpack and books for me. He helped me all the  way across campus to my class and as he was leaving he said, "I hope you feel better soon."
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   11.  Today, I was feeling down because the results of a biopsy came back malignant.  When I got
 home, I opened an e-mail that said, "Thinking of you today.  If you need me, I'm a phone call
 away."  It was from a high school friend I hadn't seen in 10 years.
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   12. Today, I was traveling in Kenya and I met a refugee from Zimbabwe. He said he hadn't eaten anything in over 3 days and looked extremely skinny and unhealthy.  Then my friend offered him the rest of the sandwich he was eating. The first thing the man said was, "We can share it.