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A Thought for Today

Count twenty shades of green in April, and you still miss half a hundred.

 

. . . and, stuff it is.

CAUGHT ON VIDEO

Jilly in San Antonio has been playing 'I Spy.'

WHO KNEW?

A jealous husband hired a private detective to check on the movements of his wife. The husband wanted more than a written report; he wanted video of his wife's activities.

A week later, the detective returned with a video. They sat down together to watch it. Although the quality was less than professional, the man saw his wife meeting another man! He saw the two of them laughing in the park. He saw them enjoying themselves at an outdoor cafe. He saw them dancing in a dimly lit nightclub. He saw the man and his wife participate in a dozen activities with utter glee.

"I just can't believe this," the distraught husband said.

The detective replied, "What's not to believe? It's right up there on the screen!"

The husband replied, "I can't believe that my wife could be so much fun!"

LEGO MY EGGO

Our intrepid reporter Andrea Robb came home from a Day Care Center with this report.

THE BREAKFAST CLUB

A 7-year-old and a 4-year-old are upstairs in their bedroom. "You know what?" says the 7 year old, "I think it's about time we started swearing." The 4-year-old nods his head in approval.

"When we go downstairs for breakfast I'm gonna swear first, then you swear after me, OK?"

"OK" the 4-year-old agrees with enthusiasm. The mother walks into the kitchen and asks the 7-year-old what he wants for breakfast.

"Oh shit, Mum, I guess I'll have some Coco Pops" WHACK!! He flew out of his chair, tumbled across the kitchen floor, got up, and ran upstairs crying his eyes out.

She looked at the 4 year old and asked with a stern voice, "And what do YOU want for breakfast, young man?!" 

"I don't know" he blubbers, "but you can bet your ass it won't be Coco Pops!.

SIGN LANGUAGE: PART TWO

Yesterday Nicky flashed a few of her favorites from her collection of International signs. On the theory that every good list deserves a sequel and that these lists taste better in small doses here is part deux.

PARDON ME, BUT YOUR SIGN FELL DOWN

In a Tokyo bar: 
SPECIAL COCKTAILS FOR THE LADIES WITH NUTS.

In a Bangkok temple: 
IT IS FORBIDDEN TO ENTER A WOMAN EVEN A FOREIGNER IF DRESSED AS A MAN.

Hotel room notice, Chiang-Mai, Thailand: 
PLEASE DO NOT BRING SOLICITORS INTO YOUR ROOM

Hotel brochure, Italy: 
THIS HOTEL IS RENOWNED FOR ITS PEACE AND SOLITUDE. IN FACT, CROWDS FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD FLOCK HERE TO ENJOY ITS SOLITUDE.

Hotel lobby, Bucharest: 
THE LIFT IS BEING FIXED FOR THE NEXT DAY. DURING
THAT TIME WE REGRET THAT YOU WILL BE UNBEARABLE.

Hotel elevator, Paris:
PLEASE LEAVE YOUR VALUES AT THE FRONT DESK.

Hotel, Yugoslavia: 
THE FLATTENING OF UNDERWEAR WITH PLEASURE IS THE JOB OF THE CHAMBERMAID

Hotel, Japan:
YOU ARE INVITED TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE CHAMBERMAID.

In the lobby of a Moscow hotel across from a Russian Orthodox monastery:
YOU ARE WELCOME TO VISIT THE CEMETERY WHERE FAMOUS RUSSIAN AND SOVIET COMPOSERS, ARTISTS, AND WRITERS ARE BURIED DAILY EXCEPT THURSDAY.

Hotel catering to skiers, Austria: 
NOT TO PERAMBULATE THE CORRIDORS IN THE HOURS OF REPOSE IN THE BOOTS OF ASCENSION.

Taken from a menu, Poland:
SALAD A FIRM'S OWN MAKE; LIMPID RED BEET SOUP
WITH CHEESY DUMPLINGS IN THE FORM OF A FINGER; ROASTED DUCK LET LOOSE; BEEF RASHERS BEATEN IN THE COUNTRY PEOPLE'S FASHION.

Supermarket, Hong Kong: 
FOR YOUR CONVENIENCE, WE RECOMMEND COURTEOUS, EFFICIENT SELF-SERVICE.

From the "Soviet Weekly":
THERE WILL BE A MOSCOW EXHIBITION OF ARTS BY
15,000 SOVIET REPUBLIC PAINTERS AND SCULPTORS. THESE WERE EXECUTED OVER THE PAST TWO YEARS.

In an East African newspaper: 
A NEW SWIMMING POOL IS RAPIDLY TAKING SHAPE SINCE THE CONTRACTORS HAVE THROWN IN THE BULK OF THEIR WORKERS.

Hotel, Vienna: 
IN CASE OF FIRE, DO YOUR UTMOST TO ALARM THE HOTEL PORTER.

A sign posted in Germany's Black Forest:
IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN ON OUR BLACK FOREST CAMPING SITE THAT PEOPLE OF DIFFERENT SEX, FOR INSTANCE, MEN AND WOMEN, LIVE TOGETHER IN ONE TENT UNLESS THEY ARE MARRIED WITH EACH OTHER FOR THIS PURPOSE.

Hotel, Zurich: 
BECAUSE OF THE IMPROPRIETY OF ENTERTAINING GUESTS OF THE OPPOSITE SEX IN THE BEDROOM, IT IS SUGGESTED THAT THE LOBBY BE USED FOR THIS PURPOSE.

An advertisement by a Hong Kong dentist: 
TEETH EXTRACTED BY THE LATEST METHODISTS.

Tourist agency, Czechoslovakia: 
TAKE ONE OF OUR HORSE-DRIVEN CITY TOURS. WE GUARANTEE NO MISCARRIAGES.

Advertisement for donkey rides, Thailand:
WOULD YOU LIKE TO RIDE ON YOUR OWN ASS?

In the window on a Swedish furrier: 
FUR COATS MADE FOR LADIES FROM THEIR OWN SKIN.

The box of a clockwork toy made in Hong Kong: 
GUARANTEED TO WORK THROUGHOUT ITS USEFUL LIFE.

In a Swiss mountain inn: 
SPECIAL TODAY - NO ICE-CREAM.

Airline ticket office, Copenhagen: 
WE TAKE YOUR BAGS AND SEND THEM IN ALL DIRECTIONS.

On the door of a Moscow hotel room:
IF THIS IS YOUR FIRST VISIT TO THE USSR, YOU ARE WELCOME TO IT.

A laundry in Rome: 
LADIES, LEAVE YOUR CLOTHES HERE AND SPEND THE AFTERNOON HAVING A GOOD TIME.


DAFY-NITIONS

Ever the guardian of the English Language, Boris Little attempts to redefine certain words and expressions.

LANGUAGE LESSONS

ADULT: A person who has stopped growing at both ends and is now growing in the middle. 

BEAUTY PARLOR: A place where women curl up and dye. 

CANNIBAL: Someone who is fed up with people. 

CHICKENS: The only creatures you eat before they are born and after they are dead. 

COMMITTEE: A body that keeps minutes and wastes hours. 

DUST: Mud with the juice squeezed out. 

EGOTIST: Someone who is usually me-deep in conversation. 

GOSSIP: A person who will never tell a lie if the truth will do more damage.

HANDKERCHIEF: Cold Storage. 

INFLATION: Cutting money in half without damaging the paper. 

MOSQUITO: An insect that makes you like flies better. 

RAISIN: Grape with a sunburn. 

SECRET: Something you tell to one person at a time.

TOOTHACHE: The pain that drives you to extraction. 

TOMORROW: One of the greatest labor saving devices of today. 

YAWN: An honest Opinion openly expressed. 

WRINKLES: Something other people have. You have character lines.


ONE DAY THE DOG DIED

Even though St. Patrick's Day has come and gone, Hugs and Molly can't resist a good joke about the old sod.

OH! THAT'S DIFFERENT

Muldoon lived alone in the Irish countryside with only a pet dog for company. One day the dog died, and Muldoon went to the parish priest and asked, "Father, my dog is dead. Could ya' be sayin' a mass for the poor creature?" 

Father Patrick replied, "I'm afraid not; we cannot have services for an animal in the church. But there is a new denomination down the lane, and maybe they'll do something for the creature." 

Muldoon said, "I'll go right away Father. Do ya' think $5,000 is enough to donate for the service?"

Father Patrick exclaimed, "Sweet Mary, Mother of Jesus! Why didn't ya' tell me the dog was Catholic?"


MORE KID STUFF

Nicky Williams has been hanging out in the schoolyard again so she's got all the latest recess gossip.

HOW DO YOU DECIDE WHO TO MARRY?

You got to find somebody who likes the same stuff. Like, if you like sports, she should like it that you like sports, and she should keep the chips and dip coming. - Alan, age 10

No person really decides before they grow up who they're going to marry. God decides it all way before, and you get to find out later who you're stuck with. - Kirsten, age 10

WHAT IS THE RIGHT AGE TO GET MARRIED?
Twenty-three is the best age because you know the person FOREVER by then. - Camille, age 10

No age is good to get married at. You got to be a fool to get married. (you go Freddie) - Freddie, age 6

HOW CAN A STRANGER TELL IF TWO PEOPLE ARE MARRIED?
You might have to guess, based on whether they seem to be yelling at the same kids. - Derrick, age 8

WHAT DO YOU THINK YOUR MOM AND DAD HAVE IN COMMON?
Both don't want any more kids. - Lori, age 8

WHAT DO MOST PEOPLE DO ON A DATE?
Dates are for having fun, and people should use them to get to know each other. Even boys have something to say if you listen long enough. - Lynnette, age 8

On the first date, they just tell each other lies, and that usually gets them interested enough to go for a second date.
- Martin, age 10

WHAT WOULD YOU DO ON A FIRST DATE THAT WAS TURNING SOUR?
I'd run home and play dead. The next day I would call all the newspapers and make sure they wrote about me in all the dead columns. - Craig, age 9

WHEN IS IT OKAY TO KISS SOMEONE?
When they're rich. - Pam, age 7

The law says you have to be eighteen, so I wouldn't want to mess with that. - Curt, age 7

The rule goes like this: If you kiss someone, then you should marry them and have kids with them. It's the right thing to do.
- Howard, age 8

IS IT BETTER TO BE SINGLE OR MARRIED?
It's better for girls to be single but not for boys. Boys need someone to clean up after them. - Anita, age 9

HOW WOULD THE WORLD BE DIFFERENT IF PEOPLE DIDN'T GET MARRIED?
There sure would be a lot of kids to explain, wouldn't there?
-Kelvin, age 8

HOW WOULD YOU MAKE A MARRIAGE WORK?
Tell your wife that she looks pretty even if she looks like a truck.
- Ricky, age 10


THE FINAL WORD

Today it belongs to Joe of Joe's Blues who reminds us ...

THE CASE FOR UNIVERSAL TESTING

"You teach a child to read and he or her will be able to pass a literacy test." President Bush, reported widely in the media on Feb. 21 and in The New Republic, March 5, 2001 edition.

DEEP PHILOSOPHY: President Bush on his first visit to Crawford, TX since the anointing: "Home is important. It's important to have a home." Gosh, I just never thought of that before myself. The New York Times, February 19.


Tomorrow a salute to my old friend and collaborator Jacques Brel. Sleep warm.

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In every country, the native of the land is the least appreciated.

KRYSTYNA

She went back to apple trees
and life beyond the midnight hour,
to rows of predictable houses
on the roads to predictable towns,
to friendly girls of her own age
and all their collective giggles,
to young men courting
                        and the radio,
to mama and brothers and sisters -
home to the Poland
                    she cared about,
away from California traffic.
Home to Warsaw
where she would once again know freedom.

Yes, she knew that Solidarity
had been tied and kicked
                          to death;
she heard about it in America
while cleaning a house in Beverly Hills.
But that was somebody else's Poland
                 and anyway home is home
and she went back to be free.
You can't have freedom so far away
where nobody speaks your language
or writes your name down right,
where always, wherever you work,
the dust is inventoried by Madame
three or four steps behind you.

Freedom's the bed you sleep in best,
the pillow you fluff for your own head.
And sorrow's not sorrow when it's shared,
only when done in the dark alone.
And Krystyna went home.

                          
- From "Valentines," 1986
1970, 1986, 2001 by Stanyan Music Group & Rod McKuen. All Rights Reserved
Birthday research by Wade Alexander o Poetry from the collection of Jay Hagan o Coordinated by Melinda Smith
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