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Posts from ‘July, 2012’

What’s the Problem?


Living in a time of this world's history with lots of tough problems, people are looking for someone who can solve those problems. What is becoming increasingly clear is that the people on whom we're counting to provide answers don't even recognize what the real problems are. It's maddening to listen to people discuss ways to solve various problems when it's obvious that their solutions show their total lack of understanding of the root problems. They offer Band-aids for one part of the body when major surgery on another part of the body is what's actually needed.

Today's iv is several jokes that illustrate different aspects of not fully understanding the problem at hand.

When a customer left his cell phone in my store, I scrolled through his saved numbers, stopped at "Mom," and pushed send. When his mother answered, I explained to her what happened.

"Thank you, young man. Don't worry," she said, "I'll take care of it."

A few minutes later, the cell phone rang. It was "Mom."

"Martin," she said, "you left your cell phone at the convenience store."

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How’s Your Summer To-Do List Going?


With only four weeks remaining until our faculty in-service begins, I'm looking hard at my summer to-do list. I've already accomplished a lot this summer! There are many visible fruits of my labor in our yard and garden, and I have some indoor projects yet to be accomplished. However, much of what I've been doing won't be visible until the fall semester. My students should profit greatly from the PowerPoints I've been working on.

Earlier this summer one of my students put a picture out on his Facebook of a summer to-do list. I thought you might enjoy seeing the 12 items on this list. Some are more fun as mental images than as something people should actually ever consider doing! 🙂

Summer To-Do List

Make vanilla pudding. Put in mayo jar. Eat in public

Wear shirt that says "Life". Hand out lemons on street corner.

Hire two private investigators. Get them to follow each other.
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Smart Phoning


I don't know about you, but when I first heard the expression "smartphone," the image that popped into my mind was that of Maxwell Smart talking into his shoe phone. That corny show was a favorite of mine in my impressionable youth. At that time, some of what we're currently living was still sci-fi ... back when they told us that some day people would be able to see each other as they talked on the phone. Skype anyone? FaceTime anyone? It seems that nowadays, if you can imagine it, someone has already invented it!

I'm not really interested in getting a smartphone and all that goes with it. I mean, which one would I even choose?! Here are just a few of the choices:

Our daughter Nora has a friend who attended a wedding in Guam shortly after getting a smartphone. What she didn't know was that, when the phone was on, it would be updating once a minute for the entire week she was there. She sent about 10 texts and made two 5-minute phone calls, limiting her usage, knowing the rates would be undoubtedly be much higher from there. But still, when she got back home and saw her next bill, she was in total shock. It was for more than $37,000! When she pleaded her case with her service provide and could get nowhere with them, she contacted a local TV station — 7 On Your Side — for help. By putting the spotlight on the craziness of her situation, the folks at channel 7 WSPA were able to get her cell phone service provider to eliminate all those roaming charges from while she was in Guam.
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