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WITandWISDOM(tm) - July 13, 2006
Gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder. - G. K. Chesterton
Source: Inspire, http://www.inspirelist.com/
~~~~~~~ SPECIAL THOUGHTS:
A small child waits with impatience the arrival home of a parent. She wishes to relate some sandbox experience. She is excited to share the thrill that she has known that day. The time comes; the parent arrives. Beaten down by the stresses of the workplace the parent often replies: 'Not now, honey, I'm busy, go watch television.' The most often spoken words in the American household today are the words: go watch television. If not now, when? Later. But later never comes for many and the parent fails to communicate at the very earliest of ages. We give her designer clothes and computer toys, but we do not give her what she wants the most, which is our time.
Now, she is fifteen and has a glassy look in her eyes.
Honey, do we need to sit down and talk? Too late. Love has passed by.
Attributed to Robert Keeshan, better known to America as Captain Kangaroo
Source: Weekend Encounter, by Dick Innes, Copyright (c) ACTS International, 2004, http://www.actsweb.org/subscribe.php
~~~~~~~ THIS & THAT:
Part 2 of 2 [July 3, 13]
The cost of living hasn't affected its popularity.
How can there be self-help "groups"?
Is there another word for synonym?
Where do forest rangers go to "get away from it all"?
The speed of time is one-second per second.
Is it possible to be totally partial?
What's another word for thesaurus?
Is Marx's tomb a communist plot?
If swimming is so good for your figure, how do you explain whales?
Show me a man with both feet firmly on the ground and I'll show you a man who can't get his pants off.
It's not an optical illusion. It just looks like one.
Is it my imagination or do buffalo wings taste like chicken?
My weight is perfect for my height -- which varies.
I used to be indecisive. Now I'm not sure.
Submitted by R. P. Cly
~~~~~~~ KEEP SMILING:
I had just pulled into a parking spot at the home improvement store
when smoke and flames began pouring from under my hood.
Frantic, I bolted into the store and ran up to the first clerk I saw.
As luck would have it, he was standing behind the Customer Service counter.
"Please help," I gasped. "My car's on fire! I need a fire extinguisher!"
Without even looking up, he replied, "Aisle 12."
Source: Clean Hewmor, mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org
Forty-two years ago, the Ford Motor Company rolled out a vehicle that broke new ground, the breathtaking Mustang sports coupe. While initially based on the mechanics of the Ford Falcon, it quickly became a winner with young Americans. While this was due it part to dynamic styling, its bargain base price of only $2368 (an excellent deal even in 1964, equal to around $15,000 today) certainly didn't hurt matters.
Was the first Mustang a mistake? More or less, as it was shipped too early -- The very first Mustang, a white convertible, was built on March 9th, 1964 and was shipped to a dealer in Newfoundland where it was purchased by an airline pilot. Realizing their misdeed after the fact, Ford traded him a 1965 model. That very same car is now on display at the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Michigan.
Was the car an instant success? Absolutely -- The very first day it was for sale, most dealerships only had a single Mustang which customers clamored over, debating who was going to be the lucky one to drive it home. Ford took 22,000 orders for the Mustang on that initial day.
What made it such a bargain? Simply put, it was well-equipped for such an affordable ticket price. Standard were bucket seats, carpeting, full wheel covers and front seat belts (although you could skip the seat belts and save $11 as they were optional in 1964). White walls would set you back an additional $33.90. A push-button AM radio was a staggering $57.51. While an upgrade to a V-8 engine was only $75. The average selling price was around $3000.
Source: ArcaMax - Trivia, http://tinyurl.com/9kf44