Archive for July, 2011

Want To Be A Walmart Greeter

Thanks to Joelene West for sharing this funy article about Wal-Mart. I am passing it on and hope you enjoy it.

Jennifer, a manager at Wal-Mart, had the task of hiring someone to fill a job opening. After sorting through a stack of 20 resumes she found four people who were equally qualified. Jennifer decided to call the four in and ask them only one question. Their answer would determine which of them would get the job.

The day came and as the four sat around the conference room table, Jennifer asked, ‘What is the fastest thing you know of?’

The first man replied, ‘A THOUGHT.’ It just pops into your head. There’s no warning.
‘That’s very good!’ replied Jennifer.

‘And, now you sir?’, she asked the second man.

‘Hmmm….let me see ‘A blink! It comes and goes and you don’t know that it ever happened.. A BLINK is the fastest thing I know of.’

‘Excellent!’ said Jennifer. ‘The blink of an eye, that’s a very popular cliché for speed.’ She then turned to the third man, who was contemplating his reply.

‘Well, out at my dad’s ranch, you step out of the house and on the wall there’s a light switch.. When you flip that switch, way out across the pasture the light on the barn comes on in less than an instant. ‘Yip, TURNING ON A LIGHT is the fastest thing I can think of’.

Jennifer was very impressed with the third answer and thought she had found her man. ‘It ‘s hard to beat the speed of light,’ she said.

Turning to BUBBA, the fourth and final man, Jennifer posed the same question.

Old Bubba replied, ‘After hearing the previous three answers, it’s obvious to me that the fastest thing known is DIARRHEA.’

‘WHAT!?’ said Jennifer, stunned by the response.

‘Oh sure’, said BUBBA. ‘You see, the other day I wasn’t feeling so good, and I ran for the bathroom, but before I could THINK, BLINK, or TURN ON THE LIGHT, I had already shit my pants.’

BUBBA is now the new greeter at a Wal-Mart near you!

You probably will think of this every time you enter a Wal-Mart from now on.


The New IMAC

I’ve been reading a bit lately about the lastest IMAC. It seems to be getting good reviews. I’m considering an upgrade to the 27 inch version.

The reports say that it is much quicker and has had some rave reviews. They say it has a QUAD processor that is 3 times faster than the version I have. I have no idea what that means, but since mine is pretty speedy that has to be really extra speedy.

The only thing holding me back from an upgrade is I’m waiting for the new operating system so I can upgrade all at ones. They say Lion is coming out sometime in the fall, so I guess that’s when I’ll be upgrading.

I’m very grateful for Apple Computers. They have made my life much easier, and with less headaches. I love simple. If you’ve not tried one yet, I highly recommend you get an Apple. You can thank me later.


My Friend

I lost a wonderful friend today. We’ve been friends for more years than I can count.

We had a surprise call from her husband early this morning. It seems she passed away in the wee hours of the morning. I’m very sad about that. She was my friend all the way back from my school days. Please keep her family in your prayers.

I’m also just OUTRAGED about our horrible medical care in our country. It’s a shame that insurance companies dictate our care. My friend had surgery for her back, last January. The doctors pinched a nerve leaving her left leg and arm to not working properly.

Over the past 6 months they had her in and out of hospitals and rehab centers. She was in Intensive care 2 times, for blood clots and lungs. On June 29, after another month or so in rehab, the center told her she had to go home and made an excuse about her not doing the exercises. The next day they found out it was really because the insurance company said they were not paying any more.

So they had to rent an ambulance to bring her home. There was no way to get her in a car. She could not stand on her own, NOR get in and out of bed, so her husband and son have been taking care of her for the past month.

Yesterday she had a great day and visit with family. After they left, she was tired and wanted to go back to bed from the wheelchair. Her husband and son tried to help her stand and shuffle over to the lift but she couldn’t make it and they had to end up sitting her on the floor and calling 911.

The fireman came and got her back into bed. About midnight they said good night and she want to sleep. Her husband went to bed. He got up about 7:30 AM to find her dead.

I am sharing all this because I think our health care in the USA is absolutely the WORST and it’s time we as people stand up and not take this any more. The insurance companies are dictating your care, not the doctors.

She also was given tests at rehab that they took weeks to get to her doctor and had several infections that were left untreated. If you are on any MANAGED care plan, get off. Managed care means they decide your treatment and what they will allow and disallow. This is so wrong. Let’s take back control and let the doctors make those decisions.

Please help me spread the word. It really is a matter of life and death.


Five Years

Time waits for no one. Where do you plan to be in five years? Have you given that any thought?

I’ve found that time passes quickly, even quicker than you think. What seems like a short time may well be two or three years ago. Five years goes quickly. If you don’t believe me, watch how fast it goes from when you have a new born baby, till he or she enters the school years. BLINK. Time is gone.

It’s the little things you do today, that will determine where you will be in five years. If you are building a business, no matter what happens you must spend time working it and growing it. If you don’t, you will find out it won’t grow.

Building a business means taking action daily! Inch by inch, little by little, day in and day out. If you want your business to be successful in five years, you have to do two things:

1. Stay focused and work consistently, little by little.

2. Be there five years from now.

If you are constantly starting and stopping or switching businesses, you’ll get no place. Stay on track and five years from now you’ll be glad you did.


Greeting Cards

A few Weeks ago, I decided to sort thru the thousands of greeting cards, I’ve accumulated over the past 6 years. I didn’t realize I had quite so many. I decided to take a count and see how many there really were.

When I got them all together in one place, it was a big overwhelming. It took me about 3 hours. It really brought back lots of memories, though seeing the amazing card and photos of families and how they have changed over the years.

I decided to save all my favorites and also all those that had photos. I also found I had 1,587 (yes I counted them) from the OLDEN days of Send Out Cards. In the beginning times, we had cards without any type coating so I was easily able to identify those from the 2004 -2005 time frame.

I put the UNCOATED cards into the recycle bin. It’s great that Send Out Cards using recycled paper. After doing that, I found I have another 2500 PLUS worth of beautiful cards what were coated. I put these into a BIG box and plan to share them with my local distributors to use for samples.

After that, I was left with another 5,000-6,000 beautiful greeting cards with photos of families. I plan to keep those forever. It was really nostolgic going thru all the cards and reading messages from the past. It’s amazing how these cards accumulate, and they are great to keep forever.

Prior to Send Out Cards, I used to buy many cards at the store. It really was a hassle as I had to plan ahead, then when the event came, it was the wrong card, so back to the store I went. Also, Sometimes I bought cards, but didn’t mail them because I was out of stamps or I forgot. Today, I just push send and out the door they go.

Before I knew it, 3 hours had passed. I guess time flies when you’re having fun. I counted all the cards, and then counted others I had in other rooms, that I used for samples. I then took 6 years and divided the year by the cards, and was blows away to see that I have received on average about 1,800 cards per year. A lot come at the holidays, and I enjoy each and every one of them.


Niagra Falls, NY Trivia

Happy 4th of July.

I thought Niagra Falls would be a great place to be on the 4th. With the beautiful falls, I thought they might have Fireworks over the Falls. I did some searches online and found an article about the falls. I found some of the Trivia facts quite interesting.

Here is the article I found:

You’ve probably heard of Niagara Falls but how much do you really know about it? You will learn about twenty trivia facts about the Falls. You will discover the answers to these questions and more – How tall is it? How deep is it? How high is it? What does it comprise of? Who owns it? How much does it erode? How much water flows over it? Where is it? What’s gone over it?

Here are some interesting facts about Niagara Falls, mostly taken from Metromap Publication’s Street Map Guide to the Regional Municipality of Niagara:

1. The Falls at Niagara cannot claim to be the highest or the widest in the world, or even to have the greatest flow of water. The Iguazu Falls on the Paraguay-Brazil-Argentina borders surpass Niagara Falls on all three counts. But Niagara’s are the world’s most popular.

2. From the water level to the crest, the American Falls are 182 feet high, the Horseshoe 176 feet high.

3. Ten percent of the water flows over the American and Luna Falls, 90% over the Horseshoe Falls.

4. There are actually three Falls: American (Rainbow), Luna (Bridal Veil) and Horseshoe.

5. The U.S. owns all, or part, of all three, while most of the Horseshoe Falls belong to Canada. Niagara Falls is located 23 miles northwest of Buffalo, New York and 79 miles southeast of Toronto, Ontario.

6. Today 50% of the Niagara River never makes it to the Falls: it is diverted for power. This percentage increases to 75% at night and in the winter months.

7. The Falls have eroded an average of 3.78 feet/year since 1842. Since the beginning there has always been a large spread of water on the approach to the Falls.

8. The Niagara River is not a river it is a strait.

9. One and a half million gallons of water flow through the Niagara River every second, or one cubic mile every week.

10. The Falls have taken 12,000 years to erode the seven miles from Queenston Heights, where they began, to their present position. But the Falls separated around Goat Island only 600 years ago.

11. The Niagara River drains 255,000 square miles of mid-continental North America.

12. With power requirements and anti-erosion measures, erosion has been reduced to less than one foot a year.

13. The whirlpool is 126 feet deep at the water level. The water spins around in a counterclockwise direction.

14. The water depth of the lower rapids is 45 – 60 feet, with currents of up to 30 m.p.h.

15. The drop from Lake Erie to Lake Ontario is 330 feet depending on seasonal water levels.

16. Seven people have gone of the Horseshoe Falls in a barrel. Four lived, three died.

17. Only two living things have been seen to go over the Falls safely without special protection – a dog over the American Falls in the 1800’s and a boy over the Horseshoe Falls in 1960.

18. Five large boats and innumerable small ones have gone over the Falls, many with people in them.

19. A free swimmer has never conquered the lower rapids.

20. Before his death in 1942, the famous Red Hill saved 28 people from death over the Falls and salvaged 149 bodies of those that didn’t make it. He accumulated more lifesaving medals than anyone else in the world.

As you can see, many facts have been compiled about Niagara Falls over the years but at least you probably now know considerably more than you did before about this amazing spectacle. You can either tell others that are planning to visit the Falls what you have learned, or you can plan to see it yourself now that you are an expert on the subject!

About The Author

Keith Valentine has been traveling throughout the UK, Europe and North America for years.

Unfortunately I was unable to track down the author. The link he had on his article was a dead link from 2006. I will be checking out the Falls myself and will let you know more about what I find out.

Hope you have an Amazing 4th of July celebration!