Saturday, November 30, 2013


After being married for thirty years, the wife asked her husband to describe her.

He looked at her for a while, then said, "You're an alphabet wife ... A,B,C,D,E,F,G,H,I,J,K."

She asked, "What does that mean?

He said "Adorable, beautiful, cute, delightful, elegant, foxy, gorgeous, and hot."

She smiled happily and said, "Oh, that's so lovely ... but what about I, J, K?"

"I'm just kidding!"

Thursday, November 28, 2013

My Rules Of Living: Morality

This is a delicate one to comment on as not all things are right or wrong, and there are so many individual opinions on the subject. So while some things such as murder are wrong to everyone, for everything else it comes down to your own take on it. In some cases if you can get away with it, then why not - even if you know you shouldn't.

Where do we get values? We have an inbuilt law called a conscience that is the basis of morality. That in turn is shaped by our personality, family, community, religious beliefs and our own inherent flaws. Our conscience can be molded or even desensitised, but it always remains in some form. So how do I see morality?

1) Morality must be based on a something reliable and trustworthy. If you need an accurate measurement, you use something accurately marked. The result could be a failure if we just guessed a measurement. Many today - especially the young - lack a standard they can trust to put them on the right course.

2) It takes determination to stick to what you know is right. Being with others who have differing standards to yours is a challenge. It is so easy to go with the majority, even if it makes you uncomfortable doing so. Never ignore your standards and back off if others insist on continuing. Better still, associate only with those who either have similar standards or will respect your decision.

3) The majority can be wrong. We cannot adopt the herd mentality. Society's morality is in virtual freefall at the moment. Accepting it's falling values will hurt us.

4) Be honest in assessing morality. Our heart's desire can let us down badly. What seems right now can feel anything but later on. Once we know something is the correct, move quickly to reinforce that. Don't give our heart - or others - time to change our mind.

5) The best standard I have found is in an ancient book. The most circulated book in the world by far has the answers. Unfortunately its message is twisted to suit - or not consulted at all - by too many. An honest appraisal of its standards gives us help now and a happy future. Find publications or genuine readers of that book to help us get the most out of it.

We need morality. It shields us and gives us dignity. Society is glued together with it, and the planet is protected by it. We turn our backs on it at our peril.

Monday, November 25, 2013

My Rules Of Living: Tidiness

I used to make and install customised wardrobes (US: closet). When I would arrive at the house, I was shown the rooms I would be installing them in. When coming to the rooms youths slept in, sometimes the existing wardrobe was empty and the floor was piled high with clothes. I wondered if my handiwork would ever be used.

I cannot understand why parents would allow such slovenliness in their home. Permissive parenting isn't something I respect. If you love your children, give them boundaries and insist on standards. They will squeal and protest now, but will thank you one day.

My parents insisted on standards for me to live by, and I still hold to them many years later. So what are some of them? Tidiness is one:

1) I always make my bed before leaving home. I get up, let it air as I do necessary things, then make it before going out. When I come home, the bedroom is tidy and I feel good.

2) All clothing is put in it's proper place. Clean clothes are put hung up or put on shelves. Dirty laundry goes to the basket. I can take pride in my bedroom environment.

3) Dishes are either put in the dishwasher or cleaned immediately. I don't get up in the morning to a pile of dishes. They are also easier to clean if not left. All kitchen items are in cupboards in their rightful place, not scattered across the bench tops.

4) The lounge is always tidy. If guests pop in anytime, I can show them into the lounge without apologising for catching me out. No, I don't believe people either when they say "We're not normally like this".

5) Keep the car clean, inside and out. Having a rubbish bag hooked over a headrest stops junk hitting the car floor. I have got into some cars where I didn't know where to put my feet, there was so much rubbish in the foot well.
It doesn't take long with a hose and soapy water to clean the outside. A wipe down with a chamois afterwards if you want a better finish. An occasional polish and wax if you want a wow factor.

I don't enjoy cleaning, and it would be easy to let things slip. However, I was taught the satisfaction of keeping things nice. Living in a pleasant environment builds self respect too. So thank you mum and dad for insisting on standards. I grumbled at times, but you persisted. It shows to me that you cared and that I need to care about my surroundings.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

The Art Of Rock Balancing

Probably all of us have balanced rocks on top of each other. For some it is an art form. They certainly fascinate me. The pictures below are not random rock formations. Interestingly rocks don't stack themselves, it needs intelligent input. That simple logic says to me there must be a Creator.

Monday, November 18, 2013

Transmission Tower Maintenance Video

These men do not use safety equipment while climbing. This video could be hard to watch for those with a fear of heights. Be patient with the cartoon introduction. It soon passes. You can enlarge the video by clicking on the expand button bottom right.

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Young Women Need To Be Sensible

In NZ, there are young men who brag about having sex with drunk, underage girls. They call themselves "Roast Busters". Some radio broadcasters have recently said things that had them accused of blaming the female victims. They have since apologised.

It does raise a question about how some men view women who dress immodestly and drink excessively. Do they think such a woman is 'fair game?' Do they think she is in effect 'asking for it?' Unfortunately some men seem to think that way. They need educating to respect a woman.

It comes down to something else too. I live in a smallish town, which you would feel was safe. However, if I walked around town in the early hours of the morning, I would be risking being attacked by groups of young thugs. I know of two men who were out - one not even that late - that received such severe bashings, that one will be on social assistance for the rest of his life and the other will not be able to fully work again.

Now I could say I have a right to go out late if I wish and should be safe, but that would not be sensible. Some young ladies think they can dress immodestly and get drunk, being able to do so without anyone taking advantage of them. That is not a sensible opinion. Sure, if I got beaten up or a girl is taken advantage of in some way, we would be victims. Naive victims.

Some Role Models For Young Women Are Anything But
It is sobering to see a generation of youths behaving in the way they are. Young ladies with little sense, and young men with neither respect for women nor for men who decide to take a late night walk. While this society slides into such low standards, it is imperative that parents teach their children right from wrong. Don't be so permissive that you fail to stand up for what you know to be right. It is also important to be good role models for your children. The sensible thing is to protect yourself and your loved ones.

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Enjoy Your Job? (Part 2)

A recruitment agency in Germany ( says you should. It used a series of life sized photos on machines showing people not enjoying their job:

Coffee Vending
Juke Box Musician

Petrol Pump Dispenser

Cigarette Dispenser
Laundromat Washer

Friday, November 8, 2013

Enjoy Your Job? (Part 1)

A recruitment agency in Germany ( says you should. It used a series of life sized photos on machines showing people not enjoying their job:

Ice Cream Vending

ATM Dispenser

Kiddies Ride Attendant

Airport Security Attendant

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

The Spoon

At a new restaurant, the waiter who took our order carried a spoon in his shirt pocket. It seemed a little strange. When another waiter brought our water and utensils, I observed that he also had a spoon in his shirt pocket. Then I looked around and saw that all the staff had spoons in their pockets. 

When the waiter came back to serve our soup I enquired, 'Why the spoon?'

'Well, 'he explained, 'the restaurant's owner hired a consulting firm to revamp all of our processes. After several months of analysis, they concluded that the spoon was the most frequently dropped utensil. It represents a drop frequency of approximately 3 spoons per table per hour. If our personnel are better prepared, we can reduce the number of trips back to the kitchen and save 15 man-hours per shift.'

As luck would have it, I dropped my spoon and he replaced it with his spare. 'I'll get another spoon next time I go to the kitchen instead of making an extra trip to get it right now.'   

I was impressed. I also noticed that there was a string hanging out of the waiter's fly. Looking around, I saw that all of the waiters had the same string hanging from their flies. So, before he walked off, I asked the waiter, 'Excuse me, but can you tell me why you have that string right there?'

‘Oh, certainly!' Then he lowered his voice. 'Not everyone is so observant. That consulting firm I mentioned also learned that we can save time in the restroom by tying this string to the tip of our you-know-what, we can pull it out without touching it and eliminate the need to wash our hands, shortening the time spent in the restroom by 76.39%.’

I asked quietly, 'After you get it out, how do you put it back?'

'Well,' he whispered, 'I don't know about the others, but I use the spoon.'