Wednesday, June 13, 2007

The Fire.

Post 228 - - - - - - Wednesday, 13th June, 2007.

Hi My Friends ~~ Well it has been a cold day around this state
today - top of only 13 C which is about 54 F and it gets down to a
lot less at night. I hope the weather is nicer wherever you are
and that things are going well for you. I spent a fair bit of time
cooking today - -a chicken casserole and heaps of vegetables.
Also made some soup so all set for a good few days. Today,
the 13th June is my mother's birthday. She died thirty years
ago, but one always remembers and misses one's mother.

Tonight, I have a story called "The Fire" - Author Unknown.
I hope you enjoy it.

A couple, whom we shall call John and Mary, had a nice home
and two lovely children, a boy and a girl. John had a good job
and had just been asked to go on a business trip to another
city and would be gone for several days. It was decided that
Mary needed an outing and would go along too. They hired a
reliable woman to care for the children and made the trip,
returning home a little earlier than they had planned.

As they drove into their home town feeling glad to be back, they
noticed smoke, and went off their usual route to see what it was.
They found a home in flames. Mary said, "Oh well, it isn't our
fire, let's go home."

But John drove closer and exclaimed, "That house belongs to Fred
Jones who works at the plant. He wouldn't be off work yet, maybe
there is something we could do." "It has nothing to do with us,
protested Mary. "You have your good clothes on, let's not get any

But John drove up and stopped and they were both horror stricken
to see the whole house in flames. A woman on the lawn was in
hysterics screaming, " The children ! Get the children !" John
grabbed her by the shoulder saying, "Get a hold of yourself and
tell us where the children are !" "In the basement," sobbed the
woman, "down the hall and to the left."

In spite of Mary's protests John grabbed the water hose and soaked
his clothes, put his wet handkerchief on his head and bolted for the
basement that was full of smoke and scorching hot. He found the
door and grabbed two children, holding one under each arm like the
football player he was. As he left he could hear some more sounds
of whimpering. He delivered the two badly frightened and nearly
suffocated children into waiting arms and filled his lungs with fresh
air and started back asking how many more children were down
there. They told him two more and Mary grabbed his arm and she
screamed, "John ! Don't go back ! It's suicide ! That house will cave
in any second !"

But he shook her off and went back by feeling his way down the smoke
filled hallway and into the room. It seemed an eternity before he found
both children and started back. They were all three coughing and he
stooped low to get what available air he could. As he stumbled up the
endless steps the thought went through his mind that there was
something strangely familiar about the little bodies clinging to him, and
at last when they came into the sunlight and fresh air, he found that he
had just rescued his own children.

The baby=sitter had left them at this home while she did some shopping.

Radio conversation released by the Chief of Naval Operations on
November 10, 1995.

Americans : Please divert your course 15 degrees to the North to
avoid a collision.

Canadians : Recommend you divert YOUR course 15 degrees to
the South to avoid a collision.

Americans : This is the Captain of a US Navy ship. I say again
divert YOUR course.

Canadians : No, I say again, you divert YOUR course.

Americans : This is the Aircraft Carrier USS Lincoln, the
Second Largest Ship in the United States' Atlantic Fleet,
We are Accompanied by Three Destroyers, Three Cruisers,
and Various Support Vessels. I Demand that you Change
Your Course 15 degrees North, That's One Five Degrees
North, or Counter-Measures will be Undertaken to Ensure
the Safety of This Ship.

Canadians : This is a lighthouse. Your call.

An old man on his deathbed wanted badly to take some money
with him. He called his pastor, his doctor and his lawyer to his
bedside. "Here's $30,000 cash to be held by each of you. I
trust you to put this in my coffin when I die, so I can take all
my money with me."

At the funeral, each man put an envelope in the coffin. Riding
away in a limousine, the pastor suddenly broke into tears and
confessed, "I had only put $20,000 into the envelope because
I needed $10,000 for a new baptistery."

"Well, since we're confiding in each other," said the doctor.
"I only put $10,000 in the envelope because we needed a new
machine at the hospital which cost $20,000."

The lawyer was aghast. "I'm ashamed of both of you," he said.
"I want it known that when I put my envelope in that coffin, it
held my personal cheque (check) for the full $30,000."

Funny Insult Jokes - - - -

You forgot to pay your brain bill.
Your sewing machine's run out of thread,
Your antenna doesn't pick up all the channels.
You're missing a few buttons on your remote control,
You haven't got the brains God gave turnips.
You have an intellect only rivalled by garden tools.
You would need to study to become a half-wit.
You have nothing under your hat but hair.
You're not the brightest crayon in the box.
Both your oars are not in the water.
You're one quarter short of a dollar.
Your brain is so small there's an echo in your head when you talk.

A police officer stops a blonde for speeding and asks her very
nicely if he could see her license.

She replied in a huff, "I wish you guys would get your act together.
Just yesterday you take away my license and then today, you
expect me to show it to you !!"

Just a few quotes to finish with - - - - -

We should not let our fears hold us back from pursuing our
hopes. - - - John F. Kennedy.

Imagination is more important than knowledge.
- - - Albert Einstein.

Humor is mankind's greatest blessing. - - Mark Twain.

You never get a second chance to make a good first
impression.- - - Anonymous.

Depend not on another, but lean instead on thyself... True
happiness is born of self-reliance. - -Hindu teaching.

Bye for now my friends. Enjoy the rest of the week.
Love and best wishes to you all. Cheers, Merle.

Post 228 - - - - Wednesday 13th June, 2007.


JunieRose2005 said...

Hi Merle,

I enjoyed your post. Especially liked the story of the fire!

Take care and have a good day/night.



Lady Di Tn said...

LOL about the lawyer. Here is another one for you "He is not the sharpest tool in the shed". Puppy's high school principal was a very DULL TOOL.
We are having 80-60 weather in Tn with very little humidity which is unusual for this time of year. However, we are in desperate need of rain, I was out all morning watering the plants.

Gledwood said...

Hi Merle great post as always

45F/13C is not cold! Believe me!!

Gledwood said...

Sorry 54f but you know what I mean ...

Jim said...

Hi Merle -- We genetally remember our Moms birthdays don't we. Mine was July 13, a month from now.
Our business classes when we got to selling just about discussed the "You never get a second chance to make a good first impression."
I hope you never run out of those blonde jokes. I like them and their jokes.

Granny said...

How about "his elevator doesn't go all the way to the top floor".

Or "your family tree doesn't fork". (Jeff Foxworthy - "You May be a Redneck If")

mreddie said...

We could use a bit of cooler weather here, although it did cool off after our much need rain. Concerning "the fire", we should rescue all the children we can in every way, some might be our own or we might inspire someone else to rescue ours when they won't listen to us. ec

Puss-in-Boots said...

Hi Merle, scary story about the fire...just imagine if he hadn't stopped.

Here's another couple of insults.

You're a sandwich short of a picnic.
You're a few kangaroos short in the top paddock.
If you had another brain it would be lonely...I could go on, but I think you know what I'm getting at...not meant for you personally,!

Been pretty cold here, for us who are used to hot and steamy, probably quite mild for those from colder climes.

Thanks for the laughs, Merle, and it's now time for a glass of wine.

Hugs xoxo

Lee said...

Yes, mothers are special people, Merle. :)

It was warm here last night...I was hot from playing the "State of Origin"! We won, too! Yippee! ;)