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Too Much

picture of too many choices

We live at a time where we have too many possible choices. One of the reasons I like shopping at Aldi is that the choices are so simple — there's only one brand of most items! In life, no one person can have all the good things or do all the good activities available to him. And it's so hard to say "no" to the great opportunities that are presented to us. As a result, life is a series of points of re-prioritizing. I've just hit one of those points myself. I'll explain more about that at the end of this post.

In the past I have posted pictures of several different years when chickadees nested in our bird house. Here's a link to one of the posts about the first nesting. Last week our bird house was visited by chickadees again, and so we thought we would get to see the process again. Then later this week a pair of bluebirds visited our bird house and even began to put grass and leaves inside. The past several days when the bluebirds aren't there, nuthatches have begun to put nesting materials inside also. We never knew we had such prime real estate in our back yard! Here's a picture of the female bluebird on top of the bird house yesterday afternoon.

picture of female bluebird

They can't all have a nest in there simultaneously. That would obviously be too much! I'll let you know who actually ends up nesting in our bird house, if anyone. They may all go away in disgust.

Here are several jokes I've received recently, both of which deal with some facet of too much.
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Suddenly I Don’t Feel So Dumb

It's been a long time since I've seen Family Feud on TV, but I understand it's back on the air. Life presents us so many opportunities to feel dumb that it's especially bad when millions are able to witness our stupidity. The contestants on the Family Feud are asked questions that have been presented to and answered by a survey audience of 100 people. The goal is to see which family can come up with the most matches to the answers given by the surveyed audience. Some of the answers given by contestants are amazingly wrong and off-target.

Today's post is a short list of some of the worst answers on Family Feud, followed by some pictures that should make most of us feel really smart.

Worst answers to questions on Family Feud:

Name a song with moon in the title: Blue Suede Moon

Besides San Francisco, name a city that begins with the word San: Seattle

Name an occupation where you need a torch: a burglar

Name a famous brother and sister: Bonnie and Clyde

Name an item of clothing worn by the Three Musketeers: a horse

Name something you wear on the beach: a deck chair

Name something red: my cardigan

Name a classical music composer everyone knows: Julio Inglesias

Name the worst kind of shoe to run a marathon in: scuba flippers

Name a number you have to memorize: 7
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Ambiguous Signs

picture of Ziggy cartoon

In previous posts I've highlighted some of the problems caused by unclear signs. On the one hand, a sign might not give you a clear message of what you're supposed to do, and so you do the wrong thing or nothing when you actually should. On the other hand, you can get so amused at the sign that you risk being in an accident. I hope are reading this in a place where you can think about what the sign wants you to do and can safely be amused at today's signs.

This sign has several issues — the crazy math and the ambiguity of "some stuff."

picture of funny sign

Any specificity at all would definitely be helpful with this next sign — like anyone would have the signs memorized from previous visits?!
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Famous Last Words

We have no idea when we will die and what the last words from our mouths will be. That's one reason that I often tell the people that I love, "I love you." That may be the last thing they will ever hear me say. That's one way in which I would like to be remembered.

My dad died at the young age of 42. Shortly before my last visit to my parents' home before Dad's death, I had broken up with a young lady named Becka. The last thing I remember my dad saying during that weekend visit was, "You know I have never commented on any of the girls you have dated, but I think breaking up with Becka was a mistake." How right he was! I wish he knew how precious his last words have been to me through the years. Becka and I eventually got back together after my father had passed away. I know he would have blessed our marriage if he had lived to see it.

I recently received a list of funny famous last words that someone has probably uttered ... or could have uttered, depending on the circumstances. With that list in mind, I did some searching to find the last words of some well-known people. Some of their last words were prophetic and some were ironic and humorous. After these real last words, I'll share the list of funny ones you could almost hear someone saying.

"A dying man can do nothing easy." — Benjamin Franklin, statesman, April 17, 1790

"It is well, I die hard, but I am not afraid to go." — George Washington, first US President, December 14, 1799

"Is it the Fourth?" — Thomas Jefferson, US President, July 4, 1826

"Thomas Jefferson ... still survives...." — John Adams, US President, July 4, 1826 (Actually, Mr. Adams didn't know Jeffereson had died earlier that same day.)

"Lord help my poor soul." — Edgar Allan Poe, writer, October 7, 1849

"They couldn't hit an elephant at this distance." — General John Sedgwick, Union Commander, uttered right before he was shot, May 9, 1864
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It’s About Time

picture of springing forward

This next weekend is on my extremely short list of my least favorite weekends of the year. Why? We will be switching to Daylight Savings Time. It seems as though losing an hour happens when I'm tired enough already. Oh well, we'll get that hour back in November, right? :-) I'm going to confess something to you in this public forum and I beg you not to turn me in to the authorities — I do not get up in the middle of the night to change my clocks. (Gasp!) For a day or two afterwards, I keep finding clocks that I didn't think of on various appliances, etc. I basically loathe the whole process.

Time has been on my mind lately already as I try to grasp the reality that our grandson Drew is turning four this Wednesday. My long-time readers will probably find that as hard to believe as we do! It doesn't seem like four years since he was born six and a half weeks early. Our second grandchild is due in about a month, and at least for Grandma and Poppie, the time has just flown since we first heard the news. (Although it may not have seemed that way for Mark and Katie, especially for Katie....) The same is true of how fast Nora and Topher's wedding is coming up — in less than four weeks!

Today's blog post is a mixture of cartoons and jokes about time,.

Many people have a fairly fluid sense of time, as seen in the following chat exchange.

picture of a chat

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