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The Donald As CEO . . . May 21, 2016

Posted by nrhatch in Humor, Joke.
37 comments

Donald-DuckaUnited Steel Associates (U.S.A.), feeling it was time for a shakeup, hired a new CEO.

Let’s call him . . . The Donald.

The Donald was determined to rid the company of all slackers.

Donald-Duck-BaseballOn a tour of the facilities, Donald noticed a guy leaning against a wall. The room was full of workers and he wanted to let them know that he meant business.

The Donald asked the guy, “How much money do you make a week?”

Surprised, the young man said, “$400 a week. Why?”

Donald said, “Wait right here.”

Donald-Duck-MadThe Donald stormed off to his office, came back in two minutes, and handed the guy $1,600 in cash and said, “Here’s four weeks’ pay. Now GET OUT and don’t come back.  You’re fired!”

Feeling pretty good about himself The Donald looked around the room and asked, “Does anyone want to tell me what that goof-ball did here?”

From across the room a voice said, “Pizza delivery guy from Domino’s.”

Aah . . . that’s better!

Source:  E-mail from unknown author (sent by Joe M.)

Have you ever worked for someone like The Donald . . . who reacted before getting the facts and thinking things through?

The More The Merrier, But . . . May 14, 2016

Posted by nrhatch in Humor, Less IS More, Life Balance, People.
29 comments

The more the merrier, but . . .

The bigger the group, the harder it is to get around and talk to everyone without missing something or someone.

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“Hey, where’s Linda?”

As conversations merge and shift, with incomplete threads whipping about in the wind, edges blur and the end result may be just out of focus.

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That’s why it’s important to take time to recharge your batteries after a gathering of the clan ~ it restores clarity.

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Aah . . . that’s better!

Snooty Snotty Sneering Snobs! May 9, 2016

Posted by nrhatch in Humor, People, Word Play.
34 comments

The-Pink-PantherI don’t care for snooty attitudes.
People like that just seem snotty to me.

“Here! Have a Kleenex!”

Most of the time, I find snotty attitudes more amusing than upsetting.

Donald-Duck-LaughingIf a snooty snotty sneering snob “looks down on me,” I happily retaliate . . .

By laughing my ass off at them.

Especially if I know their snottitude cost them a commission!

If someone gives you a “hard time” or a “bad review,” do you consider the source before allowing their opinion to ruffle your feathers?

Mickey-OKWe cannot control others.

We can control how we choose to view them . . . with anger or compassion, with amused detachment or frustration.

We can choose NOT to be offended.

Aah . . . that’s better!

No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.  ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

Related:  Shopping for Tile: A Tale of Snobbery and Comeuppance (Ally Bean) * How To Thicken Your Skin (RoughWighting)

Sex For Old Time’s Sake May 7, 2016

Posted by nrhatch in Humor, Joke.
35 comments

Mickey-and-Minnie-kissThe husband leans over and asks his wife, “Do you remember the first time we had sex together over fifty years ago? We went behind the village tavern where you leaned against the back fence and I made love to you.”

“Yes, I remember it well.”

“How about taking a stroll back there?  We can do it again for old time’s sake!”

“Oh Jim, you old devil, that’s a crazy idea!”  Then she grins, “OK!  Let’s Do It!”

The couple walks along, leaning on each other for support, aided by walking sticks.  They get to the back of the tavern and make their way to the fence.

As the wife leans against the fence, the old man moves in.

A police officer, overhearing them, rounds the corner to investigate just as the couple erupt into the most furious sex he’s ever seen.

For ten minutes, they are moaning and screaming.  Then they both collapse, panting, on the ground.

After recovering, the old couple struggles to their feet and straightens their clothes.

The amazed officer decides not to arrest them for the P.D.A. (Public Display of Affection).

Donald-DuckInstead, as the couple approaches, he says, “Excuse me, but that was something else! What’s your secret to having such fantastic sex well into your 80’s?”

Still shaking, the old man is barely able to reply.

Finally he whispers, “Fifty years ago that wasn’t an electric fence . . .”

Aah . . . that’s better!

Source:  E-mail from unknown author (sent by Joe M.)

¿Cómo se dice? . . .  May 5, 2016

Posted by nrhatch in Food & Drink, Humor, Travel & Leisure.
38 comments

fotostockchameleonAt the library book sale, I picked up some colorful books on Mexico.

As I flipped through the warm and vibrant photos, I wondered what life might be like in Mexico.

Here, it is easy to fill my days.  I have more than enough to do without juggling languages.

I enjoy being near a supermarket that speaks English (even if I can’t always pronounce all the ingredients).  Shopping for groceries that are yakking at me in French, Spanish, Chinese, or Russian would be a challenge, to say the least.

Food is far too important to our health and well-being to take any chances on mixing up essential ingredients.  Imagine requesting a bar of chocolate and getting stuck with a head of cauliflower.

Quelle Horreur!

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Just in case I get caught on the other side of the looking glass . . .

¿Cómo se dice? . . . chocolate cake?

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¿Cómo se dice? . . . bagels?

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¿Cómo se dice? . . . quesadilla con salsa?

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Oh, right.  Quesadilla con salsa.

Well . . . one out of three ain’t bad.  Good to know I won’t starve, but what about intellectual stimulation?

I enjoy lectures at the library, but if speakers spoke any language other than English, their thoughts would fly right over my head.  I would miss all the lovely nuances.

And, speaking of talking, I enjoy chatting with people I meet on the street, in stores, and around town without peppering every other sentence with ¿Cómo se dice? . . .

IMGP3167bI expect I would feel cut off and disconnected from reality if every conversation around me took place in a language foreign to my ears.

¿Cómo se dice? . . . mad as a hatter?

Even flipping through channels to find something to watch on TV would be far different.

Of course, watching TV is one way to learn a foreign language.

A contestant on Jeopardy this season moved to the U.S. from Russia as a child.  He learned impeccable English watching MacGyver.

He also learned how to make a bomb out of vinegar, baking soda, and duct tape.

Aah . . . that’s better!

 

Hey! Get Off Of My Dock! April 30, 2016

Posted by nrhatch in Animals, Humor, Nature.
28 comments

On a gorgeous “winter” day, we headed next door to Neal Preserve.

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As we walked down the dock, two Ibis gave us a watchful eye.

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And then the more vocal of the two bellowed “Get Off My Dock.”

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As soon as we stopped our approach, he stopped his squawking.

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Aah . . . that’s better!

Green Is The New Black April 27, 2016

Posted by nrhatch in Art & Photography, Humor, Sustainable Living.
34 comments

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Decor Direct (in Sarasota) jumped on the eco-friendly repurposing bandwagon long before it was cool!

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As a result, it acquired lots and lots of wagon wheels . . . which it transformed into terrific table tops.

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Don’t need a table?  How ’bout a wagon wheel bench?

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Not a fan of wagon wheels?  No problem . . . use shutters.

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No room for a double-wide bench?  Consider a throne.

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Sunburn woes?  No worries, mon . . . dis Tiki Hut’s got ya covered!

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Aah . . . that’s Green!

OUCH!!! April 23, 2016

Posted by nrhatch in Humor, Joke, Less IS More.
35 comments

Woodstock-&-Snoopy3A man wakes up in the hospital bandaged from head to foot.  The doctor comes in and says, “Ah, I see you’ve regained consciousness. Now you probably won’t remember, but you were in a huge pile-up on the freeway. You’re going to be OK, you’ll walk again and everything, but your penis was severed in the accident and we couldn’t find it.”

The man groans, but the doctor goes on, “You have $9000 in insurance compensation coming and we now have the technology to build a new penis. They work great but they don’t come cheap. It’s roughly $1000 an inch.”

IMGP1786b“So,” the doctor says, “You must decide how many inches you want.”

The man perks up as he begins to imagine the possibilities.

The doctor continues, “Since you’ve been married for over 40 years, this is something you should discuss with your wife.  If you had a five-incher before and get a nine-incher now she might be a bit put out. If you had a nine-incher before and you decide to only invest in a five-incher now, she might be disappointed. It’s important that she plays a role in helping you make a decision.”

The man agrees to talk it over with his wife.

Mickey-and-Minnie-kissThe doctor comes back the next day, “So, have you spoken with your wife?”

“Yes I have,” says the man.

“And has she helped you make a decision?”

“Yes she has,” says the man.

“What is your decision?” asks the doctor.

“We’re getting granite counter tops.”

Aah . . . that’s better!

Source:  E-mail from unknown author (sent by Joe M.)

Don’t Be Loopy! April 21, 2016

Posted by nrhatch in Humor, People.
46 comments

Donald-DuckaWhen people expect me to listen, I want them to have a point . . . and reach it.

I’ve been in conversations with folks who set out in one direction, veer off into another, take a detour, drop into a digression . . .

All without EVER circling back to the initial point.

Donald-Duck-BaseballEven when I remind them of their starting point (because I was paying attention to what they were saying even if they weren’t), they still can’t complete the loop.

They’re just LOOPY!!!!

The worst off-topic rambler I know calls on the phone and chats non-stop for an hour or so.

She meanders this way and that without ever culminating a thread.Donald-Duck-Lazy

She’s definitely more focused on the “journey” than the destination.

I used to try and steer her back to topics of interest, but that just prolonged the call without unearthing any morals to her stories.

Now I just let her go (like the Energizer Bunny) while I recline on the bed, close my eyes, and R~E~L~A~X.

Donald-DirectorSince there is NO PRESSURE to respond or come up with interesting tidbits for discussion, it’s almost like meditating and watching the “clouds” float by.

Aah . . . that’s better!

Related:  The Art of Timely Communication (Coffee Kat)

The Power of Virtual Reality April 19, 2016

Posted by nrhatch in Happiness, Health & Wellness, Humor, Mindfulness.
50 comments

Happiness can be boosted merely by the thoughts we think.

Especially if we imagine riding around town with a smiling monkey in a naval uniform on the back of our bright red motorcycle!

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Or visualize playing catch with a friendly frog!

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Or . . . insert your favorite daydream here.

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Research in the field of neuroscience demonstrates that we can expand our happiness through visualization, virtual reality, and daydreams:

Research in the field of neuroscience has shown that the part of the brain responsible for feeling pleasure – the mesolimbic dopamine system – can be activated when merely thinking about something pleasurable, such as drinking a favorite brand of beer or driving a favorite type of sports car. In fact, this research shows that people sometimes enjoy anticipating an activity more than actually doing it.

For example, reading guidebooks in advance of a big vacation and anticipating the food you’ll eat and the activities you’ll do while there could actually give you more pleasure than the vacation itself. In short, research suggests that we can be just as well – if not sometimes better – off if we imagine experiences without having them.  

So to increase happiness, spend plenty of time happily daydreaming.

If Money Doesn’t Make You Happy, Consider Time (Stanford Business)

You read that right.

Research suggests that enjoying a virtual vacation can make us happier than going on an actual vacation (with all the attendant hassles).

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Great news for armchair travelers with limited budgets!

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Aah . . . that’s better!

Related:  Neural Pathways & Success (Find Your Middle Ground)

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