Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Fast Forward from Ralph 19

Saying for the Day: Words from a friend are always welcome.

It’s Wednesday and I share with you one of the E-mails that my friend Ralph forwarded to me.

This time:

Story with a Moral

! In 1923, Who Was:

1. President of the largest steel company?

2. President of the largest gas company?

3. President of the New York Stock Exchange?

4. Greatest wheat speculator?

5. President of the Bank of International Settlement?

6. Great Bear of Wall Street?


These men
Were considered some of the worlds most successful
Of their days.

Now,
80 years later,
The history book asks us,
If we know
What ultimately became of them.

The Answers:

1. The president of the largest steel company.
Charles Schwab,
Died a pauper.

2. The president of the largest gas company,
Edward Hopson,
Went insane.

3. The president of the NYSE,
Richard Whitney,
Was released from prison
To die at home.

4. The greatest wheat speculator,
Arthur Cooger,
Died abroad, penniless.

5. The president of
The Bank of International Settlement,
Shot himself.

6. The Great Bear of Wall Street,
Cosabee Livermore,
Also committed suicide.

However:
In that same year,
1923,
The PGA Champion
And
The winner of
The
Most important golf tournament,
The US Open,
Was
Gene Sarazen.
What became of him?

He played golf until he was 92,
Died in 1999 at the age of 95.
He was financially secure
At the time of his death.

The Moral:

Screw work.
Play golf.

@@@@ News from Pigeon Falls– The little town in my garage where the trains still run, dragons fly, and kids still take music lessons.– Herman Periwinkle , son of the Periwinkle that runs Pigeon Falls only gas station, is taking accordion lessons. It’s not something he wants to do but something his father said he had to do. Herman wanted to learn to play the guitar but for some reason the elder Periwinkle frowns on guitar playing ( he frowns on a lot of other things too). So every night for an entire hour poor Herman has to practice. While he practices he dreams of fishing or climbing trees or even guitar playing. He hates the accordion . He has begged his mother to talk to his father but she says if he works hard and does a good job his father might let him take guitar lessons. Besides everything he is learning about music will transfer to the guitar. So he tries. But he has a problem. He can’t get his right hand and his left hand to play together. One hand plays keys and the other hand plays buttons. His hand on the buttons keeps getting lost. His teacher, Jack’s wife ( who is also the organist at Last Lutheran) is trying to get him ready for a recital in three weeks. So far all he can play is “ Home Sweet Home” and that doesn’t sound to sweet. Sometimes you can almost see the relief on her face when his half hour lesson is over. But Mr. Periwinkle thinks he is doing great. Herman’s grandfather, Percival Periwinkle played the accordion so the talent must run in the family. Herman keeps wondering if he could turn his father in to Social Services because making him practice constitutes child abuse. Instead he has gone to his good friend Tommy UK and together they have hatched a plan to end the lessons once and for all.
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Today's link-Twaddle Every Day Rubbish- A mother's tribute to one of her sons with pictures. If you can make it to the end leave a tribute from Dr. John in the comment.
It was not the best of days or the worst of days. Mylongs were about as good as they get so I only needed one small bottle of oxygen so that was good. We got another shelf up so that was good, We went through six more boxes so that was good. The plumber said he could do it all today but he couldn't that was bad. The man doing the digging for the pool decided he needed a different tool so that was bad. The grass cutter wouldn't start so that was bad. The weed whacker malfunctioned and wouldn't whack weeds so that was bad. Pennie took Betty and the boys to the movies that was good. I stayed home and dog sat and Pete's dog barked and I mean barked the entire time the boys were gone. That was bad. I redid my link list and added three new links. That was good. So now I need a breathing treatment ( neither good nor bad just necessary.)
God Bless You All

13 Comments:

Blogger Janvangogh said...

Such misfortune that befalls the residents of Pigeon Falls -- having to tolerate the accordian. I wonder if Herman would prefer to go back to worrying about the blue plague.

Is not Eino going after Petrovich's renter? Has no one tried to examine the remains of the "box"?

5:21 AM  
Blogger geosmythe said...

Hi there!

Dr. John, try a spin to www.Unspun.Amazon.com- you would love it, I think>

6:03 AM  
Anonymous quilly said...

If anybody can get Herman out of accordian lessons, it would be Tommy UK.

7:59 AM  
Blogger goldennib said...

I'm heading for the links.

8:10 AM  
Blogger Cindy said...

Not long ago we had a former member of Johnny Cash's band in our church. He told us that once he had everything. Money, fame, material things...And then he told us that not a bit of it mattered, it could not, none of it could, get him the one thing he wanted now more than anything-his health, so that he could live for God.

8:37 AM  
Blogger Jill said...

Someone needs to tell Herman that Barry Manilow started with the accordian! And I would love to play golf all the time especially if I could get paid!

9:02 AM  
Anonymous stacy said...

That was funny! I wasn't expecting that.

1:49 PM  
Blogger MarmiteToasty said...

Hi Dr Johm - good grief :) - I didnt even know you read me blob, let alone link me as a 'Todays Link' :) fanks matie.... Im mega chufted......

I found your blob via stacy leaving a post of my blob... please feel free to comment if and when you visit...... scroll back and see how insane me life is LOL....

Ok, Im off to play golf now..... x

2:29 PM  
Blogger Margaret said...

Ralph really finds some winners. Thanks for sharing them.

3:12 PM  
Blogger Josie said...

Dr. John, that's wonderful. And so true, isn't it?

Stop... and smell the roses.

Hope you are well.

Cheers,
Josie

6:51 PM  
Blogger Catch said...

I so agree with your post today! lol...Id rather be a golfer than the owner of a company! Hey! you are getting a pool put in???? that is great news! you will love it!

10:39 PM  
Blogger Nea said...

I have always felt it is all backwards, we should retire and enjoy life while we are young, and then work if we have to when we are old and won't be able to remember how much we hate working........

Can't play a game where they make me whisper......

1:54 AM  
Blogger Alpha Dude 1.5 said...

Good advice.

Time to dust off the old golf clubs.

2:11 PM  

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