Wednesday, August 31, 2005
Tuesday, August 30, 2005
Courtesy of: www.Cybersalt.org
Most of these are certainly outdated. But it's funny to think they ever were laws.
- In Michigan, a woman isn't allowed to cut her own hair without her husband's permission.
- In New York, it is against the law to throw a ball at someone's head for fun.
- In order for a pickle to officially be considered a pickle in Connecticut, it must bounce.
- To keep any of the incarcerated beasts from picking up bad habits, the town of Manville, NJ decreed that it is illegal to feed whiskey or offer cigarettes to animals at the local zoo.
- If you sell hollow logs in Tennessee, you are breaking the law.
- Compulsive gamblers stay out of Richmond, VA: it is even illegal to flip a coin in a restaurant to see who pays for the coffee.
- Don't bother the butterflies in Pacific Grove, CA unless you have an extra $500 for the offense.
- The same is true for bullfrogs and cottontails in Hayden, AZ. where disturbing them in the city limits is against the law.
- Have it your way, but don't share it in OK. This state forbids a person from taking a bite out of another person's hamburger.
- Need a radio on Sunday? In Spokane, WA, you can buy one on the Sabbath, but forget about purchasing a television!
- In the state of New York, you need a license to use a clothesline outdoors.
- If any retirees from the circus are thinking about settling down and farming in NC, they are forwarned right here and now that it is against the law in this state to use elephants to plow cotton fields!
- It is illegal to take more than 2 baths a month within Boston confines.
- In Calgary there is a by-law that is still on the books that requires businesses within the city to provide rails for tying up horses.
- In the England it is illegal to sell most goods on a Sunday, (this law is mostly ignored), it is however legal to sell a carrot. It is also legal to sell it at any price and to give free gifts with it, such as anything else one might want to buy on a Sunday!
Monday, August 29, 2005
John says; Your Monday Photo Shoot: It's back to school season. Show us a picture of something that represents "Back to School" to you. Kids on their way to school, a stack of new text books, school supplies, parents leaping for joy... oh, wait, maybe not that last one.
Don't be afraid to reach back into the archives for this one; if you've got a great "back to school" photo from 1975, bring it on.
OK John & others....here's one. This was from September 1968, a 7 year old future, AOL Journaler on her way to 1st grade at the Baptist School. Yup that's my girl...Jools of http://journals.aol.com/joolsinwa/randommusingsofmymind
She's probably going to shoot me for this, so this may be my last entry. LOL
Sunday, August 28, 2005
Here is a math trick so unbelievable that it will stump you. (Or at least it stumped me)
Personally I would like to know who came up with this and where they had the time to figure this out. I still don't understand it!
1. Grab a calculator. (You won't be able to do this one in your head)
2. Key in the first three digits of your phone number (NOT the area code)
3. Multiply by 80
4. Add 1
5. Multiply by 250
6. Add the last 4 digits of your phone number
7. Add the last 4 digits of your phone number again.
8. Subtract 250
9. Divide number by 2
Do you recognize the answer?
(Thanks to a special friend for that one)
Saturday, August 27, 2005
Questions from Patrick's Place: http://journals.aol.com/pattboy92/PatricksPlace/entries1266
1. What is your current desktop picture? a picture of my son climbing at Mt Pilchuck, WA What made you select it? because the background behind him is totally awesome !
2. A close friend who you consider to be up to date on fashion suggests that you should update your look and offers to pay for a session with an experienced hairstylist you've never dealt with before. Knowing that it's free, would you go? No way
3. When you do look in a mirror, what is the first thing you usually look at? Who can see the first thing in the morning?
4. Take this quiz: Which Bugs Bunny character are you? wow, I can't remember the characters
5. What label seems to describe you the best as a whole? tired old woman
6. READER'S CHOICE QUESTION #60 from Stacy: Is there a specific person that you credit with your successes? and HOW did they help you? It would have to be my parents, they were the best ever and even tho I messed up from time to time as a teenager & young adult, they never gave up on me.
I heard on the news the other day that the baby Panda is now 7 weeks old. They have been able to examine and determine that he's a boy. (Everybody seems to be having boys this summer) I checked the website of the zoo and there is a lot of new information there about this sweet little black & white baby. You can also vote on his name.
From John the AOL Journal guy;
Weekend Assignment #74: Forget about the things you need -- Tell us about something you want. Preferably something useless and/or expensive. In other words: Toys! Something fun and/or sparkly and/or indulgent that you don't already have but wouldn't mind getting, if someone were offering.
Extra Credit: Do you really think getting that toy would make you happier?
My wish is simple, a winning Lottery ticket. Just one little piece of paper, really, that's all it is....I could help my kids and grandkids, donate to my church and other worthwhile charities. And I could pay off my car and other bills and finally retire after almost 45 years of working. I'd probably buy some "toys", too maybe even get a little newer car and for sure a medium sized motorhome for the traveling I'd like to do after retirement. I'd for sure help my son get a better car. His "nickle & dimes" him frequently. And I'd help him go to school for "worker re-training" like he wants to do. I'd see to it that my daughter and family had a bigger car to accomodate growing teenagers. And also a bigger house to accomodate those same growing teenagers. And then take the grandkids to Disneyland and Sea World & the San Diego Zoo.
Extra Credit: Yes it would make me very happy to retire and help my family and others.
Friday, August 26, 2005
(This all purpose excuse form courtesy of )www.cybersalt.org/cleanlaugh
Here is an all purpose excuse form, designed to get you out of the trouble you've gotten yourself into. Where there's a multiple choice, pick the one that works best for your situation and just go with it. You'll be surprised how effective this form can be if you just let your instincts guide you!
c) love of my life,
d) Assistant Principal,
e) Local Police Chief,
Words cannot begin to express how sorry I am that your
d) espresso maker
e) left arm
was severely damaged by my
d) comically brilliant but nonetheless sadistic
e) woefully under appreciated
prank. How could I have known that the
b) jet ski
c) large helium balloon
d) rodent driven sledge
I was riding in would go so far out of control? And while it is true that I should not have pointed it in the direction of your
c) Cub Scout troop,
d) 1/16th sized replica of the Statue of Liberty, complete with light bulb in the torch,
e) priceless collection of antique knitting needles,
you must understand that it was all meant in fun. The subsequent carnage that I caused is beyond my ability to
e) pay for,
and I must therefore humbly ask your forgiveness. I know that you are perfectly within your rights to
a) hate me,
b) sue me,
c) spank me,
d) take my firstborn,
e) gouge out my eyes with spoons and feed them to the fish in your koi pond,
but I ask you to remember all the good times we've had, joshing around at
d) the bowling alley
e) the municipal jail
and to remember that I am first and foremost your
d) lease co-signer
e) only possible match should you ever need a bone marrow transplant.
I think that counts for more than one prank, especially one that
a) was so stupid.
b) was so silly.
c) would have been funny if it worked.
d) you would have done, if you had thought of it first.
e) I'm going to use again on someone else.
Enter name here (or alias): ________________________
Sunday, August 21, 2005
Saturday, August 20, 2005
My favorite Seattle TV station told us this morning that this is the 8th sunny (non-rain) weekend in a row. Today it's supposed to be in the mid-80's and I have to work all day, so will miss most of it. Oh well, if we can get to 8..maybe next weekend, when I'm off, will be the 9th. Meanwhile, here's a little funny story from Pastor Tim of the Cybersalt website. Check out; www.cybersaltshaker.org
An old man strode in to his doctors office and said, "Doc, my druggist said to tell you to change my prescription and to check the prescription you've been giving to Mrs. Smith."
"Oh, he did, did he?" the doctor shot back. "And since when does a druggist second guess a doctor's orders?"
The old man says, "Since he found out I've been on birth control pills since February."
Thursday, August 18, 2005
From John the AOL Journal Guy:
"This sunday marks the second anniversary of the official beginning ofAOL Journals, and this year has seen some exciting changes, including the addition of the AIM Blogs to our community. To celebrate another year of AOL Journalers doing their thing (along with the other anniversary things planned by AOL-J members themselves), I thought bring the Weekend Assignment into play.
Weekend Assignment #73: From your own AOL Journal or AIM Blog, pick your own favorite entry from the last year (from 8/21/04 onward). Link to it in the comment thread below, so we can all see what it was. You can alternately, of course, create a new entry where you link to your favorite entry, but that seems a bit overly complicated. Linking directly to your favorite entry will be fine. If you want to include any thoughts on the entry in your comment, well, that would be great, too."
Since I just started with AOL Journals this last spring I don't have a lot of entries to choose from. But without a doubt my favorite entry has to be the tribute to my dad during the Father's Day weekend. "My Tribute to Bill Smith, My Dad"
Tuesday, August 16, 2005
1) The bandage was wound around the wound.2) The farm was used to produce produce. 3) The dump was so full that it had to refuse more refuse. 4) We must polish the Polish furniture. 5) He could lead if he would get the lead out. 6) The soldier decided to desert his dessert in the desert.
7) Since there is no time like the present, he thought it was time to present the present.8) A bass was painted on the head of the bass drum.
9) When shot at, the dove dove into the bushes.10) I did not object to the object. 11) The insurance was invalid for the invalid. 12) There was a row among the oarsmen about how to row.
13) They were too close to the door to close it.14) The buck does funny things when the does are present.
15) A seamstress and a sewer fell down into a sewer line.
16) To help with planting, the farmer taught his sow to sow.17) The wind was too strong to wind the sail. 18) After a number of injections my jaw got number. 19) Upon seeing the tear in the painting I shed a tear.
20) I had to subject the subject to a series of tests.21) How can I intimate this to my most intimate friend? Let's face it - English is a crazy language. There is no egg in eggplant nor ham in hamburger; neither apple nor pine in pineapple. English muffins weren't invented in England or French fries in France. Sweetmeats are candies while sweetbreads, which aren't sweet, are meat. We take English for granted. But if we explore its paradoxes, we find that quicksand can work slowly, boxing rings are square and a guinea pig is neither from Guinea nor is it a pig. And why is it that writers write but fingers don't fing, grocers don't groce and hammers don't ham? If the plural of tooth is teeth, why isn't the plural of booth beeth? One goose, 2 geese. So one moose, 2 meese? One index, 2 indices?
Doesn't it seem crazy that you can make amends but not one amend. If you have a bunch of odds and ends and get rid of all but one of them, what do you call it?If teachers taught, why didn't preachers praught? If a vegetarian eats vegetables, what does a humanitarian eat? Sometimes I think all the English speakers should be committed to an asylum for the verbally insane. In what language do people:
Recite at a play and play at a recital?Ship by truck and send cargo by ship? Have noses that run and feet that smell? How can a slim chance and a fat chance be the same, while a wise man and a wise guy are opposites? You have to marvel at the unique lunacy of a language in which your house can burn up as it burns down, in which you fill in a form by filling it out and in which, an alarm goes off by going on. English was invented by people, not computers, and it reflects the creativity of the human race, which, of course, is not a race at all. That is why, when the stars are out, they are visible, but when the lights are out, they are invisible.
PS: Why doesn't "buick" rhyme with "quick"?
Monday, August 15, 2005
Sunday evening I delivered my son's birthday gifts and dinner. His left foot is pretty sore and since he's on his feet during his entire work shift, I'm sure he'll miss work for a few days until his foot becomes less tender.
Today was another day on jury duty. I came so close again today, they called people for two jury's and then after lunch there was going to be another call for District Court and one for Superior Court. The lady said there's not many of you left, so you will all get called today. She called 15 people for the District Court and took them to their court room. When she came back, she came out and said "well, the rest of you are free to go..the defendant just pleaded guilty." This was at 2:30pm so I went up to the office and did my time card and then went home. My group is not called for Tuesday, so will be at the office all day. Tuesday after 4pm I will call in and see if I go into the jury room on Wednesday. At least I got a good start on a new book today. I'm now reading book one of a series of four by Terri Blackstock, this one is called "Cape Refuge."
Sunday, August 14, 2005
Friday, August 12, 2005
Thursday, August 11, 2005
Thanks to my former husband for this one. It's so true...our son is going sky diving this coming Saturday for his 34th birthday. I will worry.....
Is there a magic cutoff period when
offspring become accountable for their own
actions? Is there a wonderful moment when
parents can become detached spectators in
the lives of their children and shrug, "It's
their life," and feel nothing?
When I was in my twenties, I stood in a hospital
corridor waiting for doctors to put a few
stitches in my son's head. I asked, "When do
you stop worrying?" The nurse said,
"When they get out of the accident stage." My
mother just smiled faintly and said nothing.
When I was in my thirties, I sat on a little
chair in a classroom and heard how one of my
children talked incessantly, disrupted the class,
and was headed for a career making
license plates. As if to read my mind, a teacher
said, "Don't worry, they all go through
this stage and then you can sit back, relax and
enjoy them." My mother just smiled
faintly and said nothing.
When I was in my forties, I spent a lifetime
waiting for the phone to ring, the cars to come
home, the front door to open. A friend said,
"They're trying to find themselves. Don't
worry, in a few years, you can stop worrying.
They'll be adults." My mother just smiled
faintly and said nothing.
By the time I was 50, I was sick & tired of being
vulnerable. I was still worrying over my
children, but there was a new wrinkle there
was nothing I could do about it. My
mother just smiled faintly and said nothing. I
continued to anguish over their failures, be
tormented by their frustrations and absorbed in
My friends said that when my kids got married I
could stop worrying and lead my own
life. I wanted to believe that, but I was
haunted by my mother's warm smile and her
occasional, "You look pale. Are you all right?
Call me the minute you get home. Are
you depressed about something?"
Can it be that parents are sentenced to a
lifetime of worry? Is concern for one another
handed down like a torch to blaze the trail of
human frailties and the fears of the
unknown? Is concern a curse or is it a virtue
that elevates us to the highest form of life?
One of my children became quite irritable
recently, saying to me, "Where were you? I've
been calling for 3 days, and no one answered.
I was worried." I smiled a warm smile.
The torch has been passed.
Oh my gosh...what a dilemma ???? John, I think this is almost impossible. Let's see what I come up with.
1. angel food w/choc frosting 1. lemon meringue
2. Costco's carrot cake 2. pecan
3. Costco's chocolate w/choc 3. apple
frosting & bavarian cream filling
4. white cake w/white sour cream 4. strawberry/rhubarb
frosting w/coconut topping
5. 5. chocolate cream
6. 6. banana/butterscotch
Gee, I guess my favorite is pie. So.....for my favorite type of cake, I choose #3 Costco's chocolate cake with chocolate frosting and a bavarian cream filling (Yum !!)
Tuesday, August 9, 2005
When I called the special number this afternoon, they asked groups 8-25 to report Wednesday morning. So it looks like I get another chance to be on a jury. At least I have a good book to read while I wait.
I'm presently reading "The Shop on Blossom Street" by author Debbie Macomber. Very light reading but also enjoyable. Debbie lives just about 20 miles from where I live and most of her books take place in this general area. This particular book takes place on a fictitious street in Seattle. I guess that's one reason I really enjoy her books.
I need to get out in my yard and get some sprinklers going. These warm, sunny days really dry everything out. Until next time.................Linda
Monday, August 8, 2005
This one came from a former co-worker friend, Debra. Since it's the time of year that everyone is Bar-b-queing I thought I'd pass it along.
DEFINITION OF A BARBECUE
It's the only type of cooking a real man will do. When a man volunteers to do the BBQ the following chain of events are put into motion:
1) The woman buys the food.
2) The woman makes the salad, vegetables, and dessert.
3) The woman prepares the meat for cooking, places it on tray along with the necessary cooking utensils and sauces, and takes it to the man who is lounging beside the grill -- beer in hand.
( The wife proceeds to tell him, how she wants it done, when she wants it done, not to burn it, and she hasn't ever grilled a piece of meat in her life. But, by golly there ain't anything she don't know.)
4) The man places the meat on the grill.
5) The woman goes inside to organize the plates and cutlery.
6) The woman comes out to tell the man that the meat is burning. He thanks her and asks if she will bring another beer while he deals with the situation.
7) The man takes the meat off the grill and hands it to the woman.
8) The woman prepares the plates, salad, bread, utensils, napkins, sauces, and brings them to the table.
9) After eating, the woman clears the table and does the dishes.
10) Everyone praises the man and thanks him for his cooking efforts.
11) The man asks the woman how she enjoyed "her night off."
And, upon seeing her annoyed reaction, concludes that there's just no pleasing some women.
Well, I reported for jury duty as requested this morning. There were so many people they had to use two big rooms to do the orientation. They reason given...there's a lot of cases coming up.
Shortly after they finished the orientation, the clerk came out with the 1st jury call for 35 people. My name was not called. Then about 30 mins later she came out again and called another 35 people but not me. And then just before the lunch break, she called another 35 people and told the rest of us we could go for the day, and to call the special phone number after 4:30 this afternoon. So it was off to work for me. A lot of companies just pay their employees two weeks pay when they are called up, and they consider them off doing their civic duty for that time period. But, the health care system I work for expects you to come in to work if you are released, during the day. When I called in this afternoon, the recording only said groups 1-7 have to report in Tuesday morning and the rest of the groups call the recorded line after 4:30pm Tuesday. I'm in group 8, so that means I will be at work Tuesday all day.
It was another beautiful day in here in the great Pacific Northwest. It is truly a beautiful place to live in the summer (well I like it all year round actually). However, some people complain about the gloomy days in the winter and the rain...I just tell them that's why it's called Washington.
Until next time.....Linda
Sunday, August 7, 2005
In just a little of an hour I have to call a special phone number to see if I'm to report for jury duty tomorrow. After church today I did some ironing, finishing up just as the sun burned thru a little fog we had this morning. Now, it's sunny and breezy out there, after I get thru here I'm going to write up the Avon orders that I have, post the debits from my checking account to my checkbook roster and relax for the rest of the day. Monday will be a long day, if I'm not required to report in, I'll be going to work and then tomorrow evening I have to check people in at a Back Pain Seminar the hospital is having, so won't be getting home until about 9pm. That's why I decided to relax this afternoon & evening. I'm looking forward to writing a very special journal entry, possibly Tuesday evening. It will be about an event that I'm sure took place either this last Friday or Saturday. I just have to get all the details together first. Hope the weekend has been good for you....until next time,
Saturday, August 6, 2005
Thursday, August 4, 2005
It's 12:55pm and my living room is already 84*. I'm off work today, getting things done around here. My 45th class reunion is this Saturday and I decided to take a big potato salad, so this morning I've cooked the big bag of potatoes and hard boiled the dozen eggs. I'll let them set in the fridge until I get home from work Friday afternoon and at that time I'll mix the salad together and refrigerate until Saturday morning. We are just having a pot-luck picnic at a large park in the vicinity of our high school. We did the same thing 5 years ago and it was so much fun and very succesful. There were only 215 graduates in our class, sadly some have passed away (actually we have lost 11 in the last 5 years) so those of us that come together really have a wonderful time. And a lot of us have remained close all these years.
Yesterday evening I was invited to a friend's house that lives on a large lake close by. We had a wonderful boat ride on the lake and I had my camera along so took some pictures of our beautiful Mt Rainier. I've included one of those pictures for you today.
Next Monday (August 8th) I start two weeks of jury duty. I haven't been called since May of 1990 so am kind of looking forward to the experience again. I have several unread books, so I'm sure I will get some reading in while waiting & the Jury Room is nicely air-conditioned and across the street from the "Golden Arches." In 1990 I was on two juries, one was a Domestic Violence (she finally admitted he didn't do it, she was just mad that he broke up with her) and a Malpractice suit (we found the doctor..not guilty. Later we found out the lady had a long history of lawsuits against doctors, dentists, you name it.) In 1990 you served for 30 days and then could be on call for another couple weeks to the surrounding little communities' District Courts. Now, my summons says "for two weeks or until released." So we'll see....I'd like to get on a good case (nothing violent) that lasts most of the two weeks and then call it good.
Until next time, stay cool..........
P.S. I keep forgetting that I wanted to publically thank my son-in-law and grandkids for all the help they gave me the weekend of my car port sale. The kids helped so much and were able to have some fun, too. And my son-in-law was a life saver, especially when it came to taking down the tables and putting the unsold stuff away. Thanks again to H, H & M