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Old Friends


picture of 100th anniversary of Boy Scouts

I heard on the news the other evening that the Boy Scouts of America will soon be celebrating its 100th anniversary. I looked online to find out the exact anniversary date and learned that the BSA was founded February 8, 1910, by Chicago publisher William D. Boyce after discovering scouting during a visit to England the previous year. If you are interested in learning about scouting, there is a lot of information on Wikipedia. There I found this neat old poster done for the 50th anniversary of the BSA:

picture of Smokey with two scouts

Ideas for my blog posts are frequently the result of the collision of several ideas in my head. Today's is one of those. Last week I received a joke that made me laugh out loud and I knew I wanted to share it soon. Also last week I was "friended" on Facebook by a guy I was close to in junior high school. We both sang alto in the school choir and enjoyed camping. His family moved away at the end of junior high, we did not keep in touch, and this is the first I've heard from him in almost 40 years. Thoughts of a bunch of old scouts celebrating the anniversary of BSA, reconnecting with John on Facebook, and the joke I received made me think of the theme of old friends. Here's the joke I received:

A group of 40-year-old buddies get together and discuss where they should meet for dinner. Finally it is agreed that they should meet at the Gasthof zum Löwen restaurant because the waitresses there are beautiful.

Ten years later, at 50 years of age, the group meets again, and once again they discuss where they should meet. Finally it is agreed that they should meet at the Gasthof zum Löwen because the food there is very excellent.

Ten years later, at 60 years of age, the group meets again, and once again they discuss where they should meet. Finally it is agreed that they should meet at the Gasthof zum Löwen because they can eat there in peace and quiet, and the restaurant is smoke-free.

Ten years later, at 70 years of age, the group meets again, and once again they discuss where they should meet. Finally it is agreed that they should meet at the Gasthof zum Löwen because the restaurant is wheelchair accessible and they have an elevator.

Ten years later, at 80 years of age, the group meets again, and once again they discuss where they should meet. Finally it is agreed that they should meet at the Gasthof zum Löwen because they have never been there before.

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Here are several more jokes along the same lines.

While on a road trip, an older couple stopped at a roadside restaurant for lunch. After finishing their meal, they left the restaurant and resumed their trip. When leaving the restaurant, the woman unknowingly left her glasses on the table and didn't miss them until they had been driving about twenty minutes.

By then, only to add to the frustration, they had to travel quite a distance before they could find a place to turn around in order to return to the restaurant to retrieve her glasses.

All the way back, the husband became the classic grouchy old man. He fussed and complained and scolded his wife relentlessly during the entire return drive.

The more he chided her, the more agitated he became. He just wouldn't let up one minute.

To her relief, they finally arrived at the restaurant. As the woman got out of the car and hurried inside to retrieve her glasses, the old man yelled to her, "While you're in there, could you get my hat?"

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Senior pick-up line...

A well dressed gentleman in his mid-eighties enters a local diner. When he spots an immaculately groomed lady in her mid-seventies seated at the lunch counter, he goes directly to the counter and sits down on the stool beside her. He looks at her slyly and says, "Say, do I come here often?"

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Ray had just reached his 150th birthday. Surrounded by reporters, he was asked, "Excuse me, sir, but how did you live to be 150?"

Ray answered, "It was easy. I just never argue with anyone."

The reporter shot back, "That's crazy. It had to be something else — diet, exercise, or something. Just not arguing won't keep you alive for 150 years!"

The old fella stared hard at the reporter for several seconds. Then he shrugged and said, "Hmmm. Maybe you're right."

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Several women, each trying to one-up the other, appeared in court, each accusing the others of causing the trouble they were having in the apartment building where they lived.

The judge, with Solomon-like wisdom, decreed, "Okay, I'm ready to hear the evidence. I'll hear the oldest first."

The case was dismissed for lack of testimony.

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This is ivman man again ... I always wanted to be a scout, but there was never money in the family budget for that. I attended some meetings and even a campout with friends, but I was never officially a Boy Scout. Do you have great memories from scouting or are your kids scouts? Have you reconnected with old friends lately? We'd enjoy hearing about your experiences.

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"To lengthen thy life, lessen thy meals." - Benjamin Franklin

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Rob

You do not grow old — you become old by not growing.


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3 Comments on “Old Friends”

  1. #1 Julie Rich
    on Feb 1st, 2010 at 11:08 am

    I was a Girl Scout in elementary school. I remember going to GS Camp for a week in the summer. We learned how to pitch a tent, build a fire, and make a sit-upon (among other things). But, one of the fondest memories I have is cooking breakfast over an open fire and singing our GS songs. We made eggs and bacon in a paper bag and doughboys-tube biscuits cooked over the fire like hotdogs. When the biscuit was done and taken off the stick, we put butter and jam in the hole created by the stick. Ahhh…such fun memories! 😉

  2. #2 Ron
    on Feb 1st, 2010 at 12:56 pm

    Scouting Team Work
    The loaded van pulled in to the only remaining campsite. Eight Boy Scouts leaped from the vehicle and began feverishly unloading gear and setting up the tents.

    Some of the boys rushed to gather firewood, while the others set up the camp stove and cooking utensils.
    A nearby camper marveled to the Scoutmaster, “That, sir, is some display of teamwork!”
    The Scoutmaster replied, “I have a system; no one goes to the bathroom until the camp is set up.”

  3. #3 Rob
    on Feb 2nd, 2010 at 10:21 am

    @Julie – Sounds like fun memories indeed. Thanks for sharing them.

    @Ron – I would call that an experienced Scoutmaster! 😀