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WITandWISDOM(tm) - May 25, 2004
Problems are only opportunities in work clothes. - Henry J. Kaiser
~~~~~~~ SPECIAL THOUGHTS:
Says J. W. Mariott, Jr, chairman and CEO of Marriott International:
"We have countless associates who have demonstrated remarkable personal generosity and kindness toward guests over the years - stuff that no SOP (standard operating policy) can cover." He adds, "If those associates didn't feel terrific about themselves, I don't think they would be able to do some of the things they've done."
Marriott gives these examples: Some have loaned money out of their own pockets to guests who forgot their wallets. Others have played emergency baby- sitter, ordered (and picked up) replacement contact lenses, and put their weekend mechanic skills to work on conked-out cars. Associates have loaned shoes, jewelry, coats, blouses, and other items to guests who didn't pack them.
By Neil Eskelin in Neil Eskelin's Daily Jump Start(tm), Copyright (c) 2004, http://www.neileskelin.com
~~~~~~~ THIS & THAT:
I had the flu and gratefully crawled back into bed one Saturday morning, leaving my husband to tackle household chores and oversee our three active boys. A short time later I was awakened by an argument outside my door. My husband tiptoed in, looked at his watch and after what was apparently a suitable amount of time turned to leave. "What are you doing?" I asked.
"I've just asked your permission to use the dishwasher," he replied in a conspiratorial
whisper. "I've been informed that I may be home today but Mom runs the house."
Contributed to Reader's Digestís "Life In These United States" by Karen L Bonci
Source: DailyInBox: Reader's Digest CyberSmiles, http://dailyinbox.com/rd/
~~~~~~~ KEEP SMILING:
Daniel, age 3, and Jacob, age 2, were watching one of their favorite DVDs in their Uncle Mikeís room. Fearing the unaccustomed quietness Daniel's mother, Elizabeth, peeked into the room to find both boys bent over looking excitedly into the printer of Mike's computer. With his hand on the paper feed button, Daniel said, "Look, Momma! We're making paper." She had to laugh at those two boys standing so proudly in a pile of clean white paper that they were sure they had made on their own with no help from anyone else.
By Shirley Anne Cox, firstname.lastname@example.org
The Internet can make vast libraries accessible to everyone, but only if the books sitting on shelves can be translated into digital form. That process got a lot easier this year with the introduction of the Kirtas APT Bookscan 1200, which automatically digitizes up to 1,200 pages per hour. The $150,000 scanner uses a vacuum arm to lift and turn book pages, so there's no need to take books apart at their bindings, or to have a dedicated operator set up each page for scanning. A tilting mirror system allows the stationary scanner to image both pages from the correct angle.
For pictures of the book scanner visit:
Source: Popular Science, Copyright © December 2003, http://popsci.com