Friday, July 06, 2007


Post 250 - - - - - Friday, 6th July, 2007.

Hi Everyone ~~ I hope all is well with you, as it is with me. Another cold
wet day of 8 C, but it is Winter. I am enjoying posting photos, so hope I
don't bore you with them. I try for a bit of variety, so here's hoping !!

Tonight's story is about "Discrimination" which is deplorable. Hope you
enjoy the story though. I liked it.

On a British Airways flight from Johannesburg, a middle aged well off
white South African lady found herself sitting next to a black man.

She called the cabin crew attendant over to complain about her seating.
"What seems to be the problem Madam?" asked the attendant.

"Can't you see ?" she said. "You've sat me next to a kaffir. I can't
possibly sit next to this disgusting human being. Find me another seat !"

"Please calm down Madam," the stewardess replied. "The flight is very
full today, but I'll tell you what I'll do -- I'll go and check if we have any
seats available in club or first class.."

The woman adopts a snooty look at the outraged black man beside her
(not to mention many of the surrounding passengers). A few minutes later
the stewardess returns with the good news, which she delivers to the lady,
who cannot help but look at the people around her with a smug and self-
satisfied grin.

"Madam, unfortunately, as I suspected, economy is full. I've spoken to
the cabin services director, and club is also full. However, we do have one
seat in first class."

Before the lady has a chance to answer, the stewardess continues . . . .

"It is most extraordinary to make this kind of upgrade, however, and I have
had to get special permission from the captain. But given the circumstances,
the captain felt that it was outrageous that someone be forced to sit next to
such an obnoxious person."

With which, she turned to the black man sitting next to the woman, and said,
"So if you'd like to get your things, sir, I have your seat ready for you."

At which point, apparently, the surrounding passengers stood and gave a
standing ovation, while the black man walks up to the front of the plane.

Remember, -- people will forget what you said . . .
people ill forget what you did . . . . .
but people will never forget how you made them feel.

Author Unknown. I don't know if this is a true story, but it's a good one !!

Here are a few more cows, in front of our City Council Chambers.

This is an early photo of Peter, 2 and myself 4. Note the old loo in the back.

This was taken the same day -Me, Mum, Peter and our half brother Jack
who would be 13 here. He died at age 15 from TB. This was where we lived
at Dixons Creek, near Yarra Glen nearer to Melbourne. Peter and I both
consider it THE place where we began to grow up. We left when he was 9
and I was 11. We loved it a lot.

This is a photo of my son Geoff's home on the outskirts of Melbourne. It is just
as beautiful inside as he and Jo have decorated it beautifully. Sunbury is about
2 hours south of Shepparton. Unfortunately, I can no longer get up and down
the stairs. Without suffering for a week afterwards !!

Getting back to Shepp's cows - they are sort of a tourist attraction and are
scattered around town, a few in front of some shops. They put them inside at
night because of vandalism. There has been at least one cow who was dumped
into the Goulburn River. (Drowned Cow) It was rescued and repaired.

Most of them have names, - there is a crossword cow, with an actual crossword
on it side, there is a footballer cow, a cow jumping over the moon, and a plain
brown one that is named "How Now?" I like that one. Can't think of any more.

These jokes were sent to me by my son John. Thanks John.

A sale's rep, an administration clerk and the manager are walking to lunch, when
they find an antique oil lamp. They rub it and a Genie comes out. The Genie says,
"I'll give each of you just one wish."

"Me first ! Me first !" says the admin clerk, "I want to be in the Bahamas, driving
a speedboat, without a care in the world." Puff !! She's gone.

"Me next ! Me next !" says the sales rep. "I want to be in Hawaii, relaxing on
the beach with my personal masseuse, an endless supply of Pin Coladas and
the love of my life," Puff !! He's gone.

"OK, you're up," the Genie says to the manager. The manager says, "I want
those two back in the office, after lunch."

Moral of this story : Always let your boss have the first say.

An eagle was sitting on a tree resting, doing nothing. A small rabbit saw
the eagle and asked him, "Can I also sit like you and do nothing ?" The
eagle answered, "Sure, why not."

So the rabbit sat on the ground below the eagle and rested. All of a
sudden, a fox appeared, jumped on the rabbit and ate it.

Moral of this story : To be sitting and doing nothing, you must be sitting
very, very high up.

A turkey was chatting with a bull. "I would love to be able to get to the
top of that tree," sighed the turkey, "but I haven't got the energy."

"Well why don't you nibble on some of my droppings?" replied the bull.
The turkey pecked at a lump of dung, and found it actually gave him
enough strength to reach the lowest branch of the tree. The next day,
after eating more dung, he reached the second branch.

Finally after a fourth night proudly perched at the top of the tree. He
was promptly spotted by a farmer, who shot him out of the tree.

Moral of this story : Bulls** t might get you to the top, but it won't keep
you there.

A little bird was flying south for the winter. It was so cold the bird froze
and fell to the ground into a large field.

While he was lying there, a cow came by and dropped some dung on him.
As the frozen bird lay there in the pile of cow dung, he began to realize
how warm he was. The dung was
actually thawing him out !! He lay
there all warm and happy, and soon began to sing a song for joy. A
passing cat heard the bird singing and came to investigate. Following
the sound, the cat discovered the bird under the pi;e of cow dung, and
promptly dug him out and ate him.

Moral of this story : Not everyone who s**ts on you is your enemy.
Not everyone who gets you out of s**t is your friend.
And when you are in deep s**t, it's best to keep your mouth shut !!

A fisherman lost his dentures over the side of the boat in rough weather.
His prankster friend removed his own dentures, tied them on his line
and pretended he had caught the missing gnashers.

Unhooking the teeth, his grateful mate tried to put them in his mouth,
then hurled them into the sea with the disgusted remark : They're
not mine -- they don't fit."

A few quotes - - - - - blogger chooses the colors tonight !!

To disagree, one doesn't have to be disagreeable.
- - - - - Barry M. Goldwater.

The thing to do with good advice is to pass it on. It is never any
good to oneself. - - - Oscar Wilde.

The darkest hour has only 60 minutes. - - -Morris Mandel.

The surprising thing about young fools is how many survive to
become old fools. - - - -Doug Larson.

Anyone can make a mistake. A fool insists on repeating it.
- - - - Robertine Maynard.

Time to stop for tonight. Stay well and happy my friends.
And have a wonderful weekend when it gets here.
Love and Best Wishes, Merle.

Post 250 - - - - Friday, 6th July, 2007.


Lady Di Tn said...

Just read the last two post. Discrimination is a sad thing. I in my country innocence did not really know discrimination of color just of circumstance until I stated to work in the city.
Visiting day was a good story. I may copy it and send it on to my email list.
The pictures are grand, More please. You were a cute little tike. Geoff home is beautiful. I bet is as pretty inside as out.
I loved the Moooving art. We had Catfish a few years back on different places in honor of the Cumberland River and now we have Guitars to honor Music City.
Keep warm and when I need a laugh all I have to do is read those jokes you post.
love kitty

PEA said...

Dear Merle:

Hello my friend! You could never bore us with your photos, in fact it's such a treat to be able to see some:-) I so love the old pictures of you as a very precious! Wow, your son certainly does have a gorgeous house!!!

I LOVED the Discrimination story...I would have been the first one standing to give the pilot, crew and black man an ovation! Would be wonderful if that story were true!!! So enjoyed the rest of your jokes and quotes also:-)

Have a wonderful weekend my friend and stay warm!! xoxo

Sometimes Saintly Nick said...

An excellent story, Merle. I shall add it to my sermon repertoire.

And, thanks for sharing the photos.

JunieRose2005 said...

Hi Merle,

I liked the story and I really loved seeing the old pictures .

Your cows are interesting,too!


UKBob said...

Hi Merle, I love to see your pics, I like the cows, I always have been fond of cows though. When I first found out how old Peter is I was amazed now I've seen him as a youngster and can recognise him from the picture I'm even more amazed, I think he must know where the fountain of youth is! Bob.

Gina said...

Hi Merle, I found your blog via Jerry's (Lazy Blogger). I love your stories. The first one is priceless. Love the cows! My mom and dad's town has done the same thing. I wonder if they're by the same artist?

Lee said...

Nice post, Merle...great pics, good memories and sad.

That sure is an impressive could never call it a "house"! There must be a lot of history behind it.

Philip. said...

Discrimination is disgraceful.

As a disabled person, I know all about it!

Escellent blog by the way :-)

Puss-in-Boots said...

I'd love that discrimination story to be true...actually it wouldn't surprise me if it was...there are some really ignorant people around, even in this day and age.

Love the jokes with the morals to them.

As for Geoff's, unbelievable. I bet it took some time to do up.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend, Merle. xoxo

Anonymous said...

I enjoyed the photos. Thanks for posting them.

audrey` said...

Hi Merle
You enjoy posting pics.
I enjoy looking at the pics.
Thank you =)

smilnsigh said...

I love old photos! Love all photos! Don't stop.

Oh but later I see that Blogger is giving you troubles too. -sigh- And you couldn't post photos. -repeat sigh-


Val said...

That story was great, Merle.

And the photos of you and Peter - so cute!