Jim’s WebLetter for 5/23/09

Hi-ya friends and neighbors!

It’s Memorial Day weekend and I can’t believe the number of stories I have read this week with people asking, “why do we recognize Memorial Day anyway”? Maybe this isn’t being taught in public school anymore, I dunno, but as a Vietnam veteran, let me remind anyone reading this who doesn’t know why. Originally called Decoration Day when it was offically proclaimed in 1868, it was designed to pay tribute to the Union and Confederate soldiers who died during the Civil War. It was amended later as a day of remembrance for all Americans who have died in war in our nation’s service. Today there isn’t a family living in our country who hasn’t been affected in some way by the loss of someone who died in war. The Bible records in John 15:13, “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.” We want to remember because freedom doesn’t come free. It comes with a price. The greatest sacrifice. The willingness to place oneself in front of the fire, so that you don’t have to. Whatever you do, don’t take that for granted. Remember. It’s the least we can do.

This weekend is car hunting weekend for me as my old Chevy S-10 finally gave out this week. I’m just looking for a second car that will be used pretty much for traveling around the island to and from work, so I don’t want to pay a lot for something … and I don’t want a gas guzzler and I’m not into motorcycles or scooters. So if you see me out, you’ll know why.

Ever wanted to know how much something costs? We don’t always have the time or patience to try and research cost for things like an Alaskan cruise, or a new pair of shoes, but did you know there is a Web site that can do that research for you? This site has laid out everything in a simple way. The home page features some of their most asked questions, and you can also browse through different topics on the left side of the screen. Whether you are looking to be entertained or are purely trying to make a make a decision about money, this site can help you do just that. http://whatitcosts.com/

Speaking of costs, the Euro is about a dollar forty cents and the British Pound is about a buck sixty now, so European travel is out this year. But with summer almost here and gas prices a couple of bucks lower than last year, you want to travel somewhere, right? What better way to get the most out this season than to plan a nice getaway for yourself, your family or even just a few friends here in the States? Discover America aims to help Americans get out of their comfort zone to explore the sites and attractions around the U.S. You’ll find interactive maps along with featured destinations, photos and personal stories. http://www.discoveramerica.com/ca

When the economy was dropping, I heard so much about how technology becomes more creative in troubled times. I mentioned in a previous WebLetter that I expected us to see better technology grow out of this. Well, it’s happening and the place to see examples of ingenuity in action is Makezine. This online magazine includes podcasts, videos projects and blogs demonstrating the latest inventions in the tech, as well as how to make your own state of the art devices. http://makezine.com/

Classic gaming is just as popular, if not more popular, than even the newest releases. So, if you want to take a step back into the past check out this site. It’s basically an entire list of links that let you download nostalgic PC computer games. From “Where in the World is Carmen San Diego” to “Mortal Kombat” this site has all the classics. http://xtcabandonware.com/

Finally, you know we’ve had a lot of rain here in Florida this week … this is called “Swimming Home” … http://pixdaus.com/single.php?id=158602&f=rs


During a visit to a military medical clinic, I was sent to the lab to have blood drawn.
The technician there was friendly and mentioned that his mood improved every day because he was due to leave the service in two months.
As he applied the tourniquet on my arm, he told me that taking the blood wouldn’t hurt much. Then, noticing my Air Force T-shirt he asked me what my husband did.
When I replied that he was a recruiter, the technician smiled slyly and said, “This might hurt a little more than I thought.”
(thanks, Brenda)
“Well,” snarled the tough old drill sergeant to the bewildered private. “I suppose after you get discharged from the Army, you’ll just be waiting for me to die so you can come and spit on my grave.”
“Not me, Sarge!” the private replied. “Once I get out of the Army, I’m never going to stand in line again!”
(thanks, John)
1. Weigh yourself with clothes on, after dinner … as well as in the morning, without clothes, before breakfast, because it’s nice to see how much weight you’ve lost overnight.
2. Never weigh yourself with wet hair.
3. When weighing, remove everything, including glasses. In this case, blurred vision is an asset. Don’t forget the earrings, these things can weigh at least a pound.
4. Use cheap scales only, never the medical kind, because they are always five pounds off … to your advantage.
5. Always go to the bathroom first.
6. Stand with arms raised, making pressure on the scale lighter.
7. Don’t eat or drink in the morning until AFTER you’ve weighed in, completely naked, of course.
8. Weigh yourself after a haircut, this is good for at least half a pound of hair (hopefully).
9. Exhale with all your might BEFORE stepping onto the scale (air has to weigh something, right?).
10. Start out with just one foot on the scale, then holding onto the towel rack in front of you, slowly edge your other foot on and slowly let off of the rack. Admittedly, this takes time, but it’s worth it. You will weigh at least two pounds less than if you’d stepped on normally.
(thanks, Vicki)
“Last Sunday I found a wallet packed with money down by the church.”
“Did you give it back?”
“Not yet. I’m still trying to decide if it’s a temptation from the devil or the answer to a prayer.”
(thanks, Victor)
And that’s this week’s look at the Web, my friends. Have a great weekend, watch to make sure those burgers don’t get too burned, and I’ll have something for you next weekend. Til then, and as always, may God continue to bless you and keep you safe.

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