Two Naughty Boys

Saturday didn't start out right. Seemed like some demonic force was out to press my "buttons." First, my daughter felt sick and she didn't feel like leaving the house but when I told her how much the James Taylor concert tickets were, she changed her mind. Of course it took us a while to leave the house. Along a certain stretch the traffic was bad but I managed to weave through. My main concern was for a couple who were joining us and had already arrived at our destination. Instead of parking at the concert area, we decided to park a few miles away and take a shuttle bus. Of all the buses in the world, ours had to be the dilapidated bus that wheezed out of breath as we chugged along at 25 miles an hour. Oh the pain! The pain! At the ticket booth I was told I should have had my tickets printed at home. My puppy eyes charmed the ticket guy and he wrote me a temporary pass. We brought soda and wine but we found out that they started a new regulation and only bottled water was allowed inside. That explained why a lot of people were "picnicing" outside. We dumped all our drinks. Oh the pain! The pain! Despite that, the picnic dinner was great. Cooled me down a bit. Later, my daughter discovered she lost her cell phone. I wanted to share my pain and end her misery right there (just kidding!) but thank God for a good Samaritan who brought it to the Lost and Found. Finding our seat was the final nightmare. JT was already playing some of my favorites but the squiggly pass that the ticket guy gave me confused the ushers and it took forever to find our seats in the packed outdoor auditorium. After an eternity, we finally sat down during the 4th song. And then ... and then ... we soaked in the magic of James Taylor and it was awesome!
Amazing how one man and his talents dissipated all my worries. The company was fun. The music was great. The weather was perfect. I'm glad I made a conscious effort to be patient and a positive attitude turned disaster into a highlight in my memory book. Can you relate?

Wisdom from Mike of New York
Words of Wisdom

When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down "happy." They told me I didn't understand the assignment and I told them they didn't understand life.
--- John Lennon

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Two Naughty Boys
Contributed by Pete of Virginia

Two little boys, ages 3 and 5, are excessively mischievous. They are always getting into trouble and their parents know if any mischief occurs in their town, the two boys are probably involved. The boys' mother heard that a preacher in town had been successful in disciplining children, so she asked if he would speak with her boys. The preacher agreed, but he asked to see them individually.

The mother sent the 3 year old in the morning, with the older boy to see the preacher in the afternoon.

The preacher, a huge man with a deep booming voice, sat the younger boy down and asked him sternly, "Do you know where God is, son?"

The boy's mouth dropped open, but he made no response, sitting there wide-eyed with his mouth hanging open.

So the preacher repeated the question in an even sterner tone, "Where is God?"

Again, the boy made no attempt to answer.

The preacher raised his voice even more and shook his finger in the boy's face and bellowed, "WHERE IS GOD?"

The boy screamed & bolted from the room, ran directly home & dove into his closet, slamming the door behind him.

When his older brother found him in the closet, he asked, "What happened?"

The younger brother, gasping for breath, replied, "We are in BIG trouble this time!"

"GOD is missing, and they think WE did it!"

Videos of the week: (click on the picture)

All By Himself
Contributed by Tom of Pasadena, CA

All by myself

Stuck in an airport all by his lonesome self, this guy decides to create a music video. See what a little creativity and a whole lot of time can do. Hilarious!

Unusual Art Form
Contributed by Mike of New York

Sliced Paper Art

This is one video that's hard to explain. Just watch. An amazing concept and more amazing is that the artist was able to make it happen.

Lesson in a Movie Theater
Contributed by Charlie of New York and Debbie of Moreno Valley, CA

Thai movie about happiness

This video is going viral. A creative way to hit an important message home. I confess I need this lesson for myself.

Race Car Pit Stops: Then and Now
Contributed by Mike of New York

Pit Stop

It took 57 seconds for a racer in the 50's to change tires. Guess how long it takes today?

D-Day Photos: Then and Now
Contributed by Mike of New York

Mr. G and Jelybean

70 years makes a lot of difference in the landscape of a war zone. This isn't a video but a link to a fascinating transformation. As you read this email, look around. Doesn't it make you wonder what the terrain was like 2 generations ago? Oh, the things we take for granted.

Contributed by Charlie of New York

Thank you for your support

We end today's edition with a touching scene inside a diner where we find an ex-soldier sipping his coffee. Thank you for your service, sir!

TGIF people!

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