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Wednesday Words of Wisdom: Laughter

23 Oct

“Laughter is wine for the soul – laughter soft, or loud and deep, tinged through with seriousness – the hilarious declaration made by man that life is worth living.”
― Seán O’Casey
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Sometimes I just find the most inappropriate things amusing. I was checking my mail and found this advertising postcard in the mail. Normally I just toss these things in the mail, but this was a colorful ad for hanging Christmas lights, landscaping, flower planting, etc. it said, “Call us about any of our services.”

Now, here’s the funny part…I scrolled down and started to laugh. Who ya gonna call…CONTACT: JESUS. Then, there was a phone number. I didn’t know Jesus had a listed phone number, and I can call about any of His services. All kinds of funny comments filtered through my goofy brain. I was well aware that it was just the Spanish name, Jesus, pronounced hay-suse, but I started giggling. Then I thought, wouldn’t it be cool if Jesus did have a phone number. What if He could hang your Christmas lights? Pretty appropriate. Christmas is the celebration of His birthday.

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Sacrilegious or hilarious? Sometimes there is a fine line between the two. If laughter is wine for the soul, then I’ll take a tall glass of Cabernet, thank you very much.

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Wednesday: Words of Wisdom- Aging Gracefully

8 Jan

“You don’t stop laughing when you grow old, you grow old when you stop laughing.”
― George Bernard Shaw
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My mother is always laughing. She will never grow old. Trini is a very young 86 1/2 years old, always smiling, singing, sharing and loving. When you get in your eighties, it’s kinda like when you are 4 1/2 and you add that 1/2 to make sure people know that pretty soon you’ll be 5. In your eighties, every year and every half year is a badge of honor to be worn proudly, mostly because you’re still around and kicking.

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Mom is always learning. She may forget how to do something, but she’ll ask for help and keeps on trying. Mom is an avid surfer. Don’t worry, it’s not the scary ocean surfing activity, but rather, the Internet computer surfing kind. Today, she spent some time checking her e-mail, listening to her niece singing on YouTube, and of course, reading my latest blogs. (Thanks Mom.)

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Mom is my role model, my hero, and the love of my life. I can only aspire to be a little like my talented, beautiful mother.

Friday Fulminations

14 Sep

“I’m not upset that you lied to me, I’m upset that from now on I can’t believe you.”
― Friedrich Nietzsche
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You can turn painful situations around through laughter. If you can find humor in anything, even poverty, you can survive it.
-Bill Cosby
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Ah, another Friday of fulminations. Even a heavy heart can be lightened with a little humor.

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Have a great weekend, and I hope you find some time to laugh a little.

Sunday With Siri

9 Sep

2001:A Space Odyssey
Dave Bowman: Hello, HAL. Do you read me, HAL?
HAL: Affirmative, Dave. I read you.
Dave Bowman: Open the pod bay doors, HAL.
HAL: I’m sorry, Dave. I’m afraid I can’t do that.
Dave Bowman: What’s the problem?
HAL: I think you know what the problem is just as well as I do.
Dave Bowman: What are you talking about, HAL?
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We had a fun art road trip yesterday, and as mentioned in that post, “Siri” was the main source of our entertainment. If you’re familiar with the soft spoken iPhone “personal assistant, you know the complete frustration with trying to get a straight answer out of her. But, she sure is funny!

As we were driving, passenger one, who prefers to remain nameless, (let’s call her Sue) was navigating with Siri. Sue asked directions to Arlington,Texas from McKinney. Siri kept telling us to turn left when there were only right exit ramps on the highway. Then after taking us through several redirects and u-turns, we finally decided to wing it and abandon the diabolical voice activated assistant. But, guess what? Siri refused to stop talking. The muffled voice inside Sue’s purse continued to bark orders, “Turn left 2.2 miles onto Tom Landry Highway.” There was no way to shut her up.

On our way home, we thought we’d give her another chance. Siri went from downright incompetent to ridiculous. So, we decided to give her a hard time. It started out quite innocently, but then Sue asked, who programmed you, Siri?” She sarcastically responded, “It states right on the box, I was programmed by Apple in California, Sue.” Then we proceeded to ask stupid questions, going as far as all singing, “Siri…Do you know the way to San Jose?”

From the back seat someone asked, “Siri, are you on crack or something?” The response was, “I do not understand the question.” Then we asked, “Do you know where we can get some crack, Siri?” Same confused response. We kept taunting the phone app, but, in the meantime, she kept telling us where to turn and exit. I said, “I bet if we threw her in the trunk, Siri would say, “Please let me out of the trunk, Sue!” Then we said, “Wouldn’t it be hilarious if we got pulled over by a cop and a pleading voice screamed from the trunk, “Please let me out of the trunk, Sue! I will tell you where to get the crack.”

Ah, laughter at the expense of an ignorant inanimate programmed personal assistant! Doesn’t get better than that. I tried my iPhone a minute ago. I said, “Siri, what is the capital of Iowa?” She responded, “Now playing…So This is Christmas by John Lennon.” Guess what? I couldn’t figure out how to stop Mr. Lennon from singing. Help!

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Wednesday: Words of Wisdom

25 Apr

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Excellent words to live by. Everyone has special talents and gifts, and they should be used and shared with everyone. Maybe you can’t draw or paint, but perhaps you bake, sew, sing, or write. Your gift might be being able to make someone smile or laugh. There are so many ways to create. You may not believe you are creative, But YOU ARE! Think about it. What are your gifts and how can you share them?

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Wild Whacky Women on Wednesday

17 Jan

What’s crazier than a group of wild whacky women? Answer: A group of wild whacky women artist girlfriends learning to knit after too much caffeine.

Today being Wednesday, I knew it was going to be a whacky day. The TOTS, (Table Of Talent Sisters) were meeting at SNUG on the Square Coffee Shop in downtown McKinney to learn how to knit. Knit? You can’t teach an old dog new tricks, and you can’t teach this old gal how to knit. It was hilarious!

Our good friend, Gail, had knitted some beautiful scarves for all her friends this past Christmas, so we all wanted to learn how to knit scarves. Well, almost all of us. I am dexterously challenged. Today was the day. Today was a joke! But, I must admit, after four hours of poking, tangling, laughing, crying and yanking out mistakes, I believe that I have the most beautiful six inch chain stitch known to man. Well, maybe five inches. It’s like men and fishing, the fish gets longer each time the story is repeated. (We won’t even go there.)

The moral of the story is, you can lead a whacky woman to water, or coffee in this case, but you can’t make her knit.

(These are my girlfriends. They all did a lot better than I did)

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