Women Are Unique


Did you hear? Ladies Home Journal is closing it's doors. Another publishing icon bites the dust. Sad. It brings back memories. After college, I knocked at the HR doors of McCall's magazine. Amidst piles of cluttered fashion sheets, they made me do a layout test and the impressed Art Director came out of his office to see who I was and I think they offered me a job. But I was too stupid to realize it at that time. "Do you want the job?" the curly-haired interviewer with a cigarette in her hand asked. "Yes, but just make sure you really want me ... call me" was my unusual response. Of course, they never did. They must have seen an ego problem when in reality I was just nervous and was trying to look cool and accomodating.

I've always wondered what life would have been like if I had taken that first career job. I also wondered what it would have been like if I studied in California instead of Washington DC. I wanted to learn animation with Disney but there were no courses like that in DC. When I watch the stories of the Pixar group, I imagine where I could have been. We all encounter forks in the pathways of our lives. And there's always this voice of regret that whispers "I could have..." and "I should have.."

But before we allow regrets to sink in, may I suggest we realize the blessings that are present in our lives. We take many of them for granted. For me, I think of my wife, my kids, grand kids and I see how God has blessed me more than I deserve. The path we take may not have the glamour we've imagined on the other side but consider the messed up lives of the celebrities in the tabloids. If they could, many would want to trade with our simple lives. Who needs glamour when you've got happiness and contentment?

"I have learned how to get along happily whether I have much or little. I know how to live on almost nothing or with everything.”
--- Philippians 4:11-12

Wisdom from Norm of Arcadia, CA
Words of Wisdom

Don't get all weird about getting older! Our age is merely the number of years the world has been enjoying us!
-- Maxine

Thanks to this week's winners:
Tom and Art of Pasadena; Charlie and Mike of New York
; Norm of Arcadia; Naomi or N Hollywood; Don of Kelowna; Cheryll of Arcadia.

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Women are Unique
Contributed by Tom of Pasadena, CA

Honey, a car has hit me near the office. Paula brought me to the hospital. They have been making tests and taking X-rays. The blow to my head was very strong; fortunately it seems that did not cause any serious injury, but I do have three broken ribs, a compound fracture in the left leg, and they may have to amputate the right foot.


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The World is Mine
A TGIF Special
Contributed by Naomi of North Hollywood, CA

Today, upon a bus, I saw a very beautiful woman and wished I were as beautiful.
When suddenly she rose to leave, I saw her hobble down the aisle.
She had one leg and used a crutch. But as she passed, she passed a smile.
Oh, God, forgive me when I whine. I have two legs; the world is mine.

I stopped to buy some candy. The lad who sold it had such charm.
I talked with him, he seemed so glad. If I were late, it'd do no harm.
And as I left, he said to me, "I thank you, you've been so kind.
It's nice to talk with folks like you. You see," he said, “I'm blind."

Oh, God, forgive me when I whine. I have two eyes; the world is mine.

Later while walking down the street, I saw a child I knew.
He stood and watched the others play, but he did not know what to do.
I stopped a moment and then I said, "Why don't you join them dear?"
He looked ahead without a word. I forgot, he couldn't hear.
Oh, God, forgive me when I whine. I have two ears; the world is mine.

With feet to take me where I'd go..
With eyes to see the sunset's glow.
With ears to hear what I'd know.
Oh, God, forgive me when I whine. I've been blessed indeed, the world is mine.

Videos of the week: (click on the picture)

The No Frills Airline
Contributed by Tom of Pasadena, CA

Carol Burnett - No Frills Airline

An old flick from the favorite comedy team of Carol Burnet. This is especially funny if you are a frequent traveler.

Close Calls
Contributed by Don of Kelowna, B.C.

Close Calls - Near Death videos

Some people don't realize how close they were to death. If you don't believe in angels you should watch this collection of "close calls." What a contrast from another video a friend sent me of the worst motorcycle accidents. Split second decisions can make a world of difference. Be careful out there!

Two Classics: A Lady and Her Car
Contributed by Cheryll of Arcadia, CA

Classic Car and Lady

Car lovers, this is for you. Women are not usually associated with their love of cars but this elderly lady is a major exception. I wonder who she will leave the car with when she passes away.

Singing Priest Surprise
Contributed by Tom of Pasadena, CA and Charlie of New York

SInging Priest Surprise Something tells me this priest missed his calling. I love the look of shock in the faces of the crowd --- totally unexpected!

Meet Japan's Most Popular Ad Family
Contributed by Mike of New York

Japan Ad Family

If you live in Japan you must be familiar with this family. Read the article before watching the video and you'll "get the joke." This is a good lesson for understanding the Japanese psyche.
The next video is similar ... only it is about the Singaporean psyche.

Kelly Lim -- Me, Myself and Isaac
Contributed by Art of Pasadena, CA

Kelly Lim - Me, myself and Isaac

Gone are the days of 2 minute videos on Youtube. Today full length movies are available. Here's one from Singapore courtesy of Art. It's a "tele-novela" (aka. TV drama) so watch this only if you have the time. What I found interesting is their Westernized culture. You can see how powerful America's influence is over the rest of the world --- you see it in fashion, music, food and lifestyle.

5 Year Old Genius Arden Hayes
Contributed by John of Rancho Palos Verdes, CA

5 year old genius

This kid makes the rest of us look stupid. This boy knows more about geography than I'll ever care to know. But notice how he doesn't understand the concept of value yet. I guess that comes only from experience.

History in 2 Minutes Leaves You Breathless
Contributed by Mike of New York

History in 2 minutes

This is amazing. Seventeen year old Joe Bush got a high school assignment to make a video reproduction. He chose history as a theme and tucked it all into two minutes. Take pictures from the internet, add the track Mind Heist by Zack Hemsey (from the movie Interception) and then you get something like this. Wow!


I like your take on regrets and Philippians. I do have thoughts of regrets, specially in the wee hours of the morning when I am awake, but c'est la vie. Like you said, "count your blessings' and for me just thinking of you kids, grandkids, great grand. is enough to make me look forward and be thankful for this life.

--- Dette of Mindanao, Philippines

Thanks Raoul. You exhibit an uncommon but wonderful generous amount of common sense and true Spirituality. Your Philosophical view of life is wonderful .
--- Tom of Pasadena

Yes, the world is mine!
Thank you, sir! :)

--- Betty, Australia

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