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Raoul Pascual: Mexican Basketball

Mexican Basketball Riddle
sent by Genesis of South Pasadena, CA
(Genesis is a Mexican American so if this is OK with her, it's OK with me --- Raoul)

Question: How do Mexicans play basketball?

Answer: Juan on Juan

Do You Want to be a Mermaid or a Whale?
sent by Aida of Toronto, Canada

Recently, in a large city in Australia, a poster featuring a young, thin and tan woman appeared in the window of a gym. It said, "This summer, do you want to be a mermaid or a whale?"

A middle-aged woman, whose physical characteristics did not match those of the woman on the poster, responded publicly to the question posed by the gym.




To Whom It May Concern,

Whales are always surrounded by friends (dolphins, sea lions, curious humans.) They have an active sex life, get pregnant and have adorable baby whales. They have a wonderful time with dolphins stuffing themselves with shrimp. They play and swim in the seas, seeing wonderful places like Patagonia, the Bering Sea and the coral reefs of Polynesia.

Whales are wonderful singers and have even recorded CDs. They are incredible creatures and virtually have no predators other than humans...
They are loved, protected and admired by almost everyone in the world.

Mermaids don't exist. If they did exist, they would be lining up outside the offices of Argentinean psychoanalysts due to identity crisis.

Fish or human?

They don't have a sex life because they kill men who get close to them, not to mention how could they have sex? Just look at them ... where is IT? Therefore, they don't have kids either. Not to mention, who wants to get close to a girl who smells like a fish store?

The choice is perfectly clear to me:
I want to be a whale.

P.S. We are in an age when media puts into our heads the idea that only skinny people are beautiful, but I prefer to enjoy an ice cream with my kids, a good dinner with a man who makes me shiver, and a piece of chocolate with my friends.

With time, we gain weight because we accumulate so much information and wisdom in our heads that when there is no more room, it distributes out to the rest of our bodies.
So we aren't heavy, we are enormously cultured, educated and happy.

Beginning today, when I look at my butt in the mirror I will think, ¨Good grief, look how smart I am

sent by Don of Kewlona, B.C.

I recently sent out a group of ten puns to all my friends.

While I realize that many of you claim to despise puns as the lowest form of humor, I had hoped that just maybe one or more of the puns would produce a little laughter, something to lighten the load of your day --- to at least bring a smile to your face.

Sadly, here's what I found out:

No pun in ten did.

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For Austin Deep in the Heart of Austin Texas-

From JRP, Iligan City, Philippines - Hi Raoul! When I was in Austin in 1957 it was a small town. I was even interviewed by a local newspaper & remember telling him our family is in the fishpond business. A Mexican brick layer in the lime plant I observed for a week took me to his houseboat in a lake near Austin & we had steak & beer while we fish. I thought the guy's lifestyle is better than the millionaire I stayed with in Salt Lake city.

For Italian Profiling -

From Pia Hugo, La Crescenta, CA - Hi Raoul! I came here to make reservations for our Sta. Barbara trip and decided to read the Italian jokes because. I have a few from my church. Very funny! Give Mike my thanks! And the illustrations are, as always, very creative! Thanks for the laughs :)

From Dette of Iligan City, Philippines - Always a treat and lift of the spirits whenever I see your cartoons. More power!

From Dette of Iligan City, Philippines - First of all, that cartoon of the lady reindeer and Sta Claus had me laughing loud. You really have imagination, lots. Original too. Congrats. But I really have to thank you for that X'mas story. It touches the heart. May I use the story for my own column in "Mindanao Scoop"? With your name and the "Traveling Boy" properly acknowledged of course. It says below "All Rights Reserved". Does this mean I can't reprint your article even if I acknowledge authorship? Merry Christmas!

From Nina of Quezon City, Philippines - Your Big Bear adventure sure looks cool. Most of my friends in San Diego only go there during winter probably because that's the best place to experience snow in Southern California but I didn't know that summer in Big Bear is a good treat as well.

From Hannah of Monrovia, CA - We've been to Big Bear for several anniversary week-ends and enjoyed kayaking on the lake. But we didn't know the history of the place and we didn't know the owners of the fabulous homes on the lake. Sounds like you had a lot of fun. You make us want to jump in the car and go this weekend.

From J.B. of Virginia - Nice [Big Bear Lake article] ... isn't [the pleasure of taking a vacation] why we are fighting wars, sacrificing, staying up long hours, suffering?.Isn't it for our freedom of self determination ... for our right to live our lives the way we want to and for the ones we care about?

From Tom of Pasadena, CA - Great Big Bear story Raoul. You definitely caught the essence of the place and remind me when my Mom and Dad and 5 brothers and sisters went there to camp in a 14 foot trailer and fish from a 10 foot boat with a 5 horse power Johnson Motor on it.One Summer I caught a 6 pound trout and got my picture in the paper. I was stoked as an 11 year old kid.Many happy memories came flooding back into my cranium regarding the great times enjoyed at Big Bear Lake.Thanks for your sharing them with me.

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So glad you enjoyed the article Tom. Your childhood must have been fun. A 6 pound trout? Wow!! That must have been delicious. --- Raoul

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It was delicious but the fame of catching it was tough to take with all the paparazzi hanging around. Ha! You have a real gift for writing, I thought I was right there with you in that article. --- Tom

From Mike & Trish Marzell of Lucky Bear Fishing Charters, Big Bear Lake, CA - Hi Raoul, You wrote such a wonderful article on summer in Big Bear! Nice website. Thank you for coming out fishing with us - we had so much fun with Josh, you and Dan. We're thinking up good legends and "UFO" is priceless! Please tell us whenever you come up the mountain; we would love to take you and your family out again. You are a great writer (kept us interested). We are going to read your other articles. Thank you again.

Some responses from my Lake Tahoe Adventure

From RV of Covina, CA - I enjoyed reading your Lake Tahoe blog. It brings back memories when I brought my mom & dad to Tahoe in 1999. My dad loved the place so much that when my brother arrived two weeks later, we drove up to Tahoe again. I'm sure you had a wonderful time with Danny, Edwin and their families. Those are golden moments, including the snow chain malfunction, which you won't get tired of re-telling over and over again.

From Hannah of Monrovia, CA - Thanks for your story about the blizzard. It made our day to see how God protected you guys. Otto remembered your bear story--same result; exciting adventure and no one got hurt; but now you have another marvelous God adventure to share!

From Kathleen of Massachusetts- Just read your mini-blog and let me tell you, you guys are very blessed. I won't say, lucky, I'll say blessed. Those slippery ice/snow scenarios are really dangerous. Glad God sent you the snow plow!

We don't get that much snow where we live, but in blizzards, we don't go out. It's too scary. One time we were retrieving our daughter Mercy from Providence, a 25 minute trip in regular weather. It took us 3 hours to get home, driving on the highway in blinding snow. Blinding. We couldn't see a foot in front of us, and if we pulled over there was a chance of getting plowed in to. Never again.

That stuff is pretty, but it's deadly on the highway and for hikers.

From Cindi of Connecticut - A great story and your family has an everlasting memory. There is nothing like home, especially when home is in So CA!

From Terry os Santa Monica, CA - Wow, what a compelling story about snowy Lake Tahoe and the tire chains!

I remember driving my van up to Mammoth to go skiing in my much younger days and having similar episodes with chains. One time a rear chain came loose and wrapped itself completely around the axle. It took two of us, on our backs in the icy slush, in the dark, without wire cutters, hours to untangle that dang chain. It still seems like yesterday. So I empathize with your plight, and glory in your release.

Welcome home.

From Ding of Vancouver, BC- Wow, brave souls, glad you got home safely ;-) Thanks for the TGIF, as always!

From Maria of San Antonio, CA (the email that my article was based on) - Only nuts and daredevils went to Lake Tahoe last weekend. The lat time we went up to the mountains in spite of the blizzard warning, we got snowed in. We just stayed home and watched our own leaks.

Ed Boitano's travel blog/review
Eugene Chaplin Introduces Chaplin's World Museum in Vevey, Switzerland

Charlie Chaplin and the Chaplin Museum
Lake Geneva/ Matterhorn Region and Switzerland Tourism recently blew into Los Angeles with the most esteemed guest, Eugene Chaplin. A man of remarkable lineage, he is the fifth child of Oona O'Neill and Sir Charles Spencer "Charlie" Chaplin, the grandson of playwright Eugene O'Neill, the brother of Geraldine Chaplin and father of actress/model Kiera Chaplin.

Go There

Tom Weber's travel blog/review
Treasures of Ireland: The Burren (Dispatch #14)

a dolmen at The Burren

The Palladian Traveler ventures back to the days of fearless Celtic warriors to search for some "stones to take you home" as he files his latest dispatch from the monochromatic moonscape known as The Burren.

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John Clayton's travel blog/review
Buckingham Palace – It's THE Most Popular Tour in Great Britain (Part 2 of a 2-Part Series)

Buckingham Palace exit
Is it more momentous for a Brit to do the Buckingham Palace tour than say an American or indeed any other nationality? Yes, I know that's an odd question, but if you grow up – as I did – in London back in the 1950s, getting inside Buckingham Palace was the stuff of dreams. Hence my surprise at touring BP in 2005.

Ringo Boitano's travel blog/review
Paradise on Earth: The Romance of Tahiti and Her Islands

aurora borealis lights up the night sky near Fairbanks
The first thing you notice is the fragrance. The intoxicating perfume of the tiare flower announces to your senses that you are in a magical place, overflowing with tropical vegetation and soothing trade winds. It is the same fragrance that the English seamen on the HMS Bounty also first encountered; but they came, not for flowers, but for breadfruit, intended as a new food staple for their slaves in the West Indies.

Eric Anderson's travel blog/review
Provence: As Much a Mood, a Spirit as a Destination

Christmas card
"On a Clear Day You Can See Forever" goes the song. Robert Goulet sang it and Barbra Streisand and Johnny Mathis, too, and it surely comes to mind when you stand on a bluff in the Luberon of Provence and stare across at the little hill village of Gordes. The view is the best part; the village's interior itself is not dramatic and stands as a warning of what contemporary popularity can do to the simple homes of 12th century working people.

go there

Fyllis Hockman's travel blog/review
Exploring Venice: Lost and Found. And Special Finds. Repeat.

Venice street musicians
Walking home to our apartment in Venice, we share a wave through the window with the owner of Baba, our local osteria. Leaving for a day of sightseeing, a cup of my favorite pistachio gelato awaits me despite the early hour. At the Bar Dugole, we relax after a day of sightseeing and order the regular: vodka for my husband and Amaretto for me.

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Greg Aragon's travel blog/review
Traveling with Beautiful Boots and a Bison Backpack

Bison Redwood Backpack

People often asked about my favorite travel apparel and gear. This happened to me at the airport recently. One question came as I was putting back on my clothes after going through the TSA checkpoint striptease. Before leaving the area, I heard a soft voice say, "hey, I really like your boots. Where did you get them?" Looking up, I found a uniformed employee staring at my feet.

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Bev Cohn's travel blog
Film Review: "My Hero Brother" – A Tribute to the Human Spirit

a scene from the documentary 'My Hero Brother'

I just spent five days attending the Santa Barbara Film Festival and for the most part, the features, animated shorts, and documentaries were quite professional and compelling. That said, "My Hero Brother," a documentary that was particularly outstanding, told the remarkable and inspiring story about a group of Down syndrome young men and women who go on a two-week trek through the Himalayas with their non-Down syndrome siblings.

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Deb Roskamp's travel photo blog
La Paz, Baja California Sur

The Sea of Cortez, Baja California Sur

Photographer Deb Roskamp focuses her camera on La Paz, Baja California Sur. The resort property is CostaBaja, and the boat tours, which include snorkeling at the UNESCO protected site, Isla Espiritu Santo, were conducted by Fun Baja. The photographs are intended to speak for themselves.

Raoul Pascual's travel blog
Leviticus 20:13
Sent by Tom of Pasadena, CA

It all makes sense now. Gay marriage and marijuana was legalized in the last election. Leviticus 20:13 states
"If a man lays with another man, he should be stoned..." We've been interpreting it wrong all these years!

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Collected from months past and in no specific order

From Annie - I thought Andrew's ingenuity was really funny! ... I love improv street perfomances!! O, yes, and to the family of Sir Robert Howard... we are grateful and proud of his exceptional valour, character, and his selfless service to this nation. We salute him!

From Tami (who included my TGIF edition to the website of the local cable station in Pasadena, CA) - Here's your writeup on the CCN Blog and your jokes for this week.

From Catherine - What a great way to start the New Year! Thanks again, Raoul.

From Rick - I enjoyed the TGIF joke, and I'm glad you kept it short due to your very busy schedule. Please say hello to your family for me. Take care and stay dry.

From Rene and Lorna - Thanks for the weekly jokes and laughter. We love it. Happy 2010 and more blessings to you and family.

From Bryan - Raoul Pascual, Happy New year! I just spent 5 days in vegas to celebrate my son's 5th birthday. Everything went well and we both had a lot of fun! I hope you enjoy my latest pun below and hope everyone had a good day Monday celebrating the honoring of a great man Martin Luther King! Hopefully we can get every American to set goals and be that inspiring and life-changing!
Bryan's original pun - This is the first time an American PRESIDENT said, "Long live the KING!" unpublished C, Copyright 2010 Bryan Lee Schooley

From Judy - Good Morning my friend and happy new years to you thanks for that burnt biscuit this morning may god bless you and your family in 2010 with health strength peace prosperity and just keep doing what you do best because you are and angel and God sent you here for a reason and a purpose and he is using you in so many ways because you have touched my life in so many ways that you don’t realize and I love you for that. GOD BLESS! Always love your friend in Christ. Please pray for me and my family and I’ll continue to pray for you and yours. Bye for now --- Judy

From Ernie - Thanks for this week's TGIF. Hope you are having a good one. i haven't yet clicked on any of the links since i'm at work, but i really liked the burnt biscuits ponderism. With your permission, i'd like to attach a link to the web version of this week's TGIF on my Facebook page and draw attention to the biscuits. Is that OK? Thanks.

From Sylvia - Oh dear! I was trying hard not to laugh out loud ... didn't want to get caught fooling around here in the office .. didn't want to get reprimanded.

From Jacqueline - I receive a few sets of jokes on Fridays. Sometimes I just forward them. I understand your position [about needing to censor some jokes]. You are doing a great job of making us laugh on Fridays.

From Ernie - Thanks! The Panoramic Eiffel Tour was Great!....Video gives other sites....touring Paris in the comfort of your computer. So why get stressed on air travel security. McDonald's plea drew a lot of feedback! Hope he got his precious camera back.

From Lorna - Raoul, many thanks for your entertainment. We need this here at the east coast, the winter had been bitter! Yikes!

From Roel - Wishing you & your family a Happy New Year!

From Mel - Happy New Year Raoul. Peace,Love, Laughter and Fun.

From Christof - Today is my first day back to work after a long holiday weekend. As such, I am only just seeing the TGIF circular. However, I wanted to take a minute to wish you and your family all the best this Holiday Season! I will save the Happy New Year remarks for this coming Friday! Take care my friend.

From Dee - Awwwh, Happy Holidays to you and your family, take care J

From Ernie - @%*! ;-) You just brought tears to my eyes after reading the Wally story. Thank you, bro. May we open our hearts up to those less fortunate just as Wally "the innkeeper" opened his room - and his heart - for Mary and Joseph. Merry Christmas. (sorry for being such a sap...)

From Ernie - A very Merry Christmas to you and yours, Raoul. The Chin Puppet Christmas was hilarious. Did you try typing in fa la la la la? Joking aside, let us all remember the reason for the season. Gaudete, omnes. Christus natus est. Peace.

From Jeff - That's about the greatest joke you've ever had on your site! Keep 'em coming!

From Tweekie - Happy Holidays Raoul. My friends and I thank you for sending us such amusing jokes, videos and drawings. We feel you are truly doing the Lord's work just by adding some mirth/happiness into the lives of others. I hope you and your loved ones have a wonderful 2010.

From Jeff (who was waiting for midnight to receive his TGIF edition) - You know, I'm waiting up to see if I made it this week or if I have to sit tight and wait to see it in print in the future!

From Bryan - Raoul, its hard to believe another year is almost over! I hope you and your family have a great Christmas, Holiday Season and a great, prosperous New Year in 2010! Bryan

From Judy - Loved the newsletter today, especially the one about the Chinese New Year! Too funny.

From Jody - Thank you for including this video in the TGIF Joke. My mother is a breast cancer survivor and 2010 will be my third year on the planning committee of Relay For Life of Griffith Park Communities. Part of the mission of Relay is to spread awareness, I'm so impressed at the joyful way these folks found to do that - in Relay parlance it's a Fight Back!

From Rick - Thanks for the TGIF! I enjoyed the "Chinese Calendar" and "Powerful Verse". Thanks for sharing and all you put into this weekly addiction.

From Levon - I just caught up on 2 weeks of TGIF at one sitting, and the T-Day videos are fab, but I must say you description of Ennio Marchetto and his Paper Costume, is way off - he is absolutely brilliant and I think his work is at a very high level. I was pleasntly surprised after reading your comments. Hey the Microtalen was also completely amazing, thanks for an A++ video week. I't a tough act to follow.

From Debbie - Loved the Videos this week! Always good to see Simon's
reaction, he seem so cynical. How many hours those girls must rehearse each week to do a 7 1/2 minute routine. They have to be very dedicated. And the audience just loved it too! No one left there seats after they started. Amazing Half-time show!

From Jeff - I save [all the TGIF Jokes]. I have a libray in my inbox and in my deleted folder. They don't get deleted from my deleted folder. Yeah, I'm going to open it now and hopefully it will be good enough that I'll want to keep my subscription!

From Jeff - I am sitting by my computer wondering whether I should stay up all night waiting and watching for the funniest jokes.

From Lilibeth - Congratulations to you and your wife and the newlyweds, of course! May you have many grandchildren dancing to Beyonce's Single Ladies :) The Help Desk video was so funny because I have encountered it many times too (I just couldn't stop laughing all throughout the video) and "How I Learned My Own Business" was very funny too. Thank you for always making our days less stressful with all your funny jokes!

From Tom - I had three of my daughter all get married within 6 months, it was tough to come back from but energizing for sure.

From Marilyn - nice column this week-thanks!

From Debbie - Congratulations on your daughter's wedding. I believe I crashed about 5 days after the wedding. We had family from Florida and had gone to S.F. & Lake Tahoe 2 days after the wedding. I went to bed one night at 7:00pm, I could not keep my eyes open at dinner that night. I had to go back to work on the following Monday just to rest!

From Rachel - Congratulations on your daughter’s wedding!!!!

From Rafael - I wasn't feeling well and I'm spending time with my computer. Took Thursday and Friday off. Been waiting for TGIF to arrive. Congratulations - on the wedding of your daughter. The first one is really special - and it happens so fast - so just enjoy it. Also don't fight it, the tears I mean ... you suddenly feel it. And you feel so PROUD just looking at her.

From Mike - All The Best To You And Your Daughter! A big wedding? When Deb and I got married we only had 50 people. Only my brother & mother, everyone else FRIENDS. Like a party!

From Dading - we are excited for you. we agree they need time for each other first.

From Ernie - Congratulations on the forth coming wedding in the family. You describe the emotions vividly. A new benchmark in your life!

From Monica - No i am not french. My parents are from Haiti so I speak creole which is broken french.

From Bev - Dear Raoul, I write a note from Shropshire England. It is 16th Oct 2009 and I am unclear as to wether or not this whole web site is still being managed by yourself. I have had a hectic week as a mum and part time nurse ... I love a really good joke and giggle...and like to share them with my friends and family ... and your site has impressed me.Your comments about God have especially touched me as i have questioned my Christian beliefs for a good few years now ... but something about your comments are niggling away at me...not sure what or why.I hope that you are OK and that you may one day be posting a fresh joke for Fridays as folk the world over breathe a sigh and look forward to winding down ... and having a laugh.

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