Growing wiser on the wisdom (or stupidity) of others
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Wednesday, February 27, 2002

Trying to Get Noticed

Note: this post is atypical of the content you normally find here.

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Monday, February 25, 2002

"Tonight, when you lay your head on your pillow, forget how far you still have to go. Look instead at how far you've already come." -- Bob Moawad: It is so easy for me to get discouraged sometimes when I think about all that I didn't get done today. What I really need to remind myself of is how much I have done.

"May the road rise up to meet you. May the wind be at your back. May your mission in life feed your passion like no other." -- Unknown: Amen!

"Often intuition will direct you. If it feels right, it's probably right." -- Oprah Winfrey: This one I don't completely agree with because it might feel right, for example, for me to rob a bank. In that case following my intuition is a bad idea. I believe it is better to sound your ideas off others, who can provide objective opinions.

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"Before we can care for others, we must learn to love the self." -- Drew Leder: It seems that I have to learn this lesson over and over, but I can definitely see the truth. How can I give something to you if I don't have anything to give? I need to take care of myself, to love myself, before I can love others as I love myself.

"Let the world know you as you are,
not as you think you should be----because sooner or later,
if you are posing, you will forget the pose and then where are you?"
-- Fanny Brice

Aha! Be as you are and you will never have to try to be anyone else.

If you're never scared or embarrassed or hurt, it means you never take any chances." -- Julie Sorel: Get out of the boat, just like Peter did when he saw Jesus walking on the water. If you never take any chances then you will never have an opportunity to succeed. Live!

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Wednesday, February 20, 2002

Comprehending Engineers - Take Nine

An engineer was crossing a road one day when a frog called out to him and said, "If you kiss me, I'll turn into a beautiful princess."

He bent over, picked up the frog and put it in his pocket.

The frog spoke up again and said, "If you kiss me and turn me back into a beautiful princess, I will stay with you for one week."

The engineer took the frog out of his pocket, smiled at it and returned it to the pocket.

The frog then cried out, "If you kiss me and turn me back into a princess, I'll stay with you and do ANYTHING you want."

Again the engineer took the frog out, smiled at it and put it back into his pocket.

Finally, the frog asked, "What is the matter? I've told you I'm a beautiful princess, that I'll stay with you for a week and do anything you want. Why won't you kiss me?"

The engineer said, "Look I'm an engineer. I don't have time for a girlfriend, but a talking frog......that's cool."

Comprehending Engineers - Take Eight

An architect, an artist and an engineer were discussing whether it was better to spend time with the wife or a mistress. The architect said he enjoyed time with his wife, building a solid foundation for an enduring relationship. The artist said he enjoyed time with his mistress, because the passion and mystery he found there. The engineer said, "I like both."


Engineer: "Yeah. If you have a wife and a mistress, they will each assume you are spending time with the other woman, and you can go to the lab and get some work done."

My wife has become very sensitive to the amount of time I spend on the computer at night.

Comprehending Engineers - Take Seven

"Normal people ... believe that if it ain't broke, don't fix it. Engineers believe that if it ain't broke, it doesn't have enough features yet."

Actually, I once destroyed a 1980 Chevette because of this mentality. I tried to install a flush ' n' fill system, and I couldn't get the hoses back on tight enough. While driving on the expressway sometime later, the engine froze. I later found out that this car, for which I had recently poured over $800 worth of repairs to get it running again, had melted pistons!

Comprehending Engineers - Take Six

Three engineering students were gathered together discussing the possible designers of the human body. One said, "It was a mechanical engineer. Just look at all the joints."

Another said, "No, it was an electrical engineer. The nervous system has many thousands of electrical connections."

The last one said, "Actually it was a civil engineer. Who else would run a toxic waste pipeline through a recreational area?"

Comprehending Engineers - Take Five

The graduate with a Science degree asks, "Why does it work?"

The graduate with an Engineering degree asks, "How does it work?"

The graduate with an Accounting degree asks, "How much will it cost?"

The graduate with an Arts degree asks, "Do you want fries with that?"

Comprehending Engineers - Take Four

What is the difference between Mechanical Engineers and Civil Engineers? Mechanical Engineers build weapons, Civil Engineers build targets.

Comprehending Engineers - Take Three

A pastor, a doctor and an engineer were waiting one morning for a particularly slow group of golfers. The engineer fumed, "What's with these guys? We must have been waiting for 15 minutes!"

The doctor chimed in, "I don't know, but I've never seen such ineptitude!"

The pastor said, "Hey, here comes the greens keeper. Let's have a word with him."

"Hi George. say, what's with that group ahead of us? They're rather slow, aren't they?"

The greens keeper replied, "Oh, yes, that's a group of blind firefighters. They lost their sight saving our clubhouse from a fire last year, so we always let them play for free anytime."

The group was silent for a moment. The pastor said, "That's so sad. I think I will say a special prayer for them tonight."

The doctor said, "Good idea. And I'm going to contact my ophthalmologist buddy and see if there's anything he can do for them."

The engineer said, "Why can't these guys play at night?"

Comprehending Engineers - Take Two

To the optimist, the glass is half full.
To the pessimist, the glass is half empty.
To the engineer, the glass is twice as big as it needs to be.

Note: I have a Civil Engineering degree from the University of Cincinnati, so I find these very funny. Or maybe it's because I'm a computer programmer now...

Comprehending Engineers - Take One

Two engineering students were walking across campus when one said, "Where did you get such a great bike?"

The second engineer replied, "Well, I was walking along yesterday minding my own business when a beautiful woman rode up on this bike. She threw the bike to the ground, took off all her clothes and said, "Take what you want."

The second engineer nodded approvingly, "Good choice; the clothes probably wouldn't have fit."

Tuesday, February 19, 2002

Some Less Famous Proverbs......

1. He who laughs last, thinks slowest.

2. Everyone has a photographic memory. Some don't have film.

3. A day without sunshine is like ... night.

4. On the other hand, you have different fingers.

5. Change is inevitable, except from a vending machine.

6. I just got lost in thought. It was unfamiliar territory.

7. When the chips are down, the buffalo is empty.

8. Seen it all, done it all, can't remember most of it.

9. Those who live by the sword get shot by those who don't.

10. I feel like I'm diagonally parked in a parallel universe.

11. You have the right to remain silent. Anything you say will be misquoted
...then used against you.

12. I wonder how much deeper the ocean would be without sponges.

13. Honk if you love peace & quiet.

14. Despite the cost of living, have you noticed how it remains so popular?

15. Nothing is foolproof to a sufficiently talented fool.

16. It is hard to understand how a cemetery raised its burial cost and
blamed it on the cost of living.

17. The 50-50-90 rule: Anytime you have a 50-50 chance of getting something
right, there's a 90% probability you'll get it wrong.

18. It is said that if you line up all the cars in the world end to end,
someone would be stupid enough to try and pass them.

19. You can't have everything, where would you put it?

20. Latest survey shows that 3 out of 4 people make up 75% of the world's

21. The things that come to those who wait are usually the things left by
those who got there first.

22. A fine is a tax for doing wrong. A tax is a fine for doing well.

23. It was recently discovered that research causes cancer in rats.

24. I wished the buck stopped here, as I could use a few.

25. I started out with nothing, and I still have most of it.

26. Light travels faster than sound. This is why some people appear bright
until you hear them speak.

27. 4 out of 3 people have trouble with fractions.

Friday, February 15, 2002


"A ship in a harbor is safe, but that is not what ships are for." - William Shedd: DO something with your life! Make yourself useful. God has given each of us talents to be used to build. How tragic to just sit there and do nothing.

"Do not fear mistakes, there are none." - Miles Davis: The legendary jazz trumpeter had something. He was not afraid to reinvent himself. With this idea in perspective, how can we go wrong? Everything, even a "mistake", can be something valuable.

"The purpose of man is in action, not thought." - Thomas Carlyle: We were born into this world for a reason. It is good to think, but eventually we need to act. Our lives are meant to be lived in motion, not in stagnancy.

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Thursday, February 14, 2002

Proverbs 24:11, NIV

"Rescue those being led away to death; hold back those staggering toward slaughter."

Sometime I'll have to share about how someone reached out to me, which eventually resulted in my being rescued from being led away to my "spiritual" death. Until then, it's important to realize that we're not alone - the world does not revolve around me. We must consider others' needs, among them being their spiritual condition.

Balance, Plans, Decisions, Priorities

"Balance isn't either/or; it's and." - Stephen R. Covey: I cannot be so focused on one particular aspect of my life and say that I'm a balanced individual. I need to fulfill all my responsibilities not only to God, but also to my family, job, etc. I have, however, prioritized these aspects so that, during crunch time, I know what is most important.

"Keep in mind always the present you are constructing. It should be the future that you want" - Alice Walker: In other words, I must consistently evaluate whether what I'm doing is going to get me where I want to go.

"Decisiveness is the art of timely cruelty." - Henry Becque: It sometimes hurts to make decisions because someone is not going to get what they want when you don't decide their way.