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Treasure From The Future & The Daily Prompt

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Daily Prompt: Back on the Chain Gang

We all have jobs, tasks, and chores that we dislike doing. Tell us all about the least favorite job/task/chore that you get stuck doing routinely. What is it about this duty that you can’t stand?

Years ago when first starting to work in a factory I had dull monotonous routine job. I knew if I didn’t find a way to like it the job would become more than miserable. I focused on the people that I enjoyed seeing at work, the financial benefits and security it brought to my family, and I turned my work into a personal challenge of quality and productivity. This took the focus from me. Often times it is not the task that is the problem, it is the person performing it.

Here is my short story for the day. Hope you enjoy it.

Treasure From The Future

Bulldog drove to Charley’s house to pick him up so they could do a night of bar hopping. Bulldog burst into Charley’s place as excited as a puppy in a new home.

“Charley you ain’t gonna believe this. Charley, I swear to god I went into the future,” Bulldog said. “And I saw some wonderful things.”

“No such thing,” Charley said. “Remember when you said you sat down and ate with Big Foot?”

“That was Big Betty Summers,” Bulldog said. “Drunk or sober it’s hard to tell the difference.”

“Was you drunk, then?” Charley said.

“No,” Bulldog said. “For real.”

“Just give me one ounce of proof,” Charley said.

“Like what?” Bulldog said.

Charley turned on the TV. “It’s time for the news. Now if you went into the future tell me what the lead story will be on tonight’s news.”

“I didn’t pay any attention,” Bulldog said.

“You expect me to believe you?” Charley said. “Now, let me listen to the news and don’t bother me with your stupid fairytales.”

The newscaster said, “Tonight’s lead story is a local man, Meriwether “Bulldog” McKenzie, is the winner of the $3 hundred million dollar super mega lottery.”

Charley looked perplexed at Bulldog.

“I was in the future only long enough the get the winning lottery numbers,” Bulldog said.

“Your name is Meriwether?” Charley said.

“That does sound like a rich guys name,” Bulldog said. “I should have known all along I‘d be rich someday.”

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Are Professional Sports Fair?

Formerly Cowboy Stadium now AT&T Stadium cost $1.3 billion to construct.

Formerly Cowboy Stadium now AT&T Stadium cost $1.3 billion to construct.

Daily Prompt: No Fair

Tell us about something you think is terribly unfair — and explain how you would rectify it.

The basic concept behind the word “sport” is fair. Are sports fair? Sure, they have rules and referees to make certain the rules are followed, but what I mean are professional sports fair to the community?

Let me state that I like sports. I follow it, but by no means do I think it is fair.

Communities are often asked to finance the construction of huge stadiums and arenas that cost hundred of millions  dollars. In those same communities schools and hospitals are in disrepair and perform badly. Community and municipal services are scant, understaffed or missing completely. Policeman, fireman, and first-responders can’t meet the demands of their communities.

The argument is that the events, such as football, generates revenue for businesses and, as an example, stadium workers.

Payton Manning is paid $15 million a year. The entire payroll for Mile High Stadium in Denver doesn’t come to that much. Is that fair?

Professional teams’ payrolls may exceed $100 million a year. A few community service commercials and swinging a hammer at Habitat for Humanity site is hardly giving back to the community. How is that fair?

All the money that is spent on attending a game will likely in some way stay in the community. If there is no professional sports, all is not lost. It just won’t go to athletes, executives, agents, advertisers, and owners.

Without droning on, you get the point.

Sure, we live in a free market economy and professional venues and salaries are regulated by what ever the market will bear, but that doesn’t make it fair.

In nearly every facet of economics competition drives the price of a commodity down.

Sports, especially on a professional level, is not based so much on fair competition as it is community pride.

“Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall.” (Prov. 16:18, NIV.)

The solution; just be sportsman-like.

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A Pocket Full Of Money Or A Heart Full Of Joy

I don't see a happy person here, perhaps insanity.

I don’t see a happy person here, perhaps insanity.

Daily Prompt: Moved to Tears

Describe the last time you were moved to tears by something beautiful.

The older I become the more prone to tears.

Last night my son sent a photo of him and his wife. My son and his wife are private people otherwise I would post it.

My son is teaching a class that he is really excited about. He loves teaching and the interaction he has with students.

Whenever you see someone taking delight in something meaningful it is a beautiful thing, it is perhaps the best thing. There is nothing more heartwarming and satisfying than to open hearts and minds and to brace and support the spirit of students who want to succeed.

What is most enriching is that he does it for free.

I am convinced there is a purity about teaching that money sullies. Isn’t it really true that the best advice ever received is given for free and the worst advice is what is paid for?

So when I hear that expression “You get what you pay for” it was probably first said by some shyster trying to sell something that can be had for free.

I’m looking at my son and his wife and wonder, how different their smiles would be if their pockets were full of money rather than their hearts full of joy.

I don’t think my son would be happy doing anything else. And frankly, although I would be proud of anything he chose to do with his life, his mother and I can’t be any prouder than what we are with what he is doing now.

People are reluctant to share money, but joy has to be shared.

Is there any doubt to the veracity to the statement at 1st Timothy 6:10, “For the love of money is a root of all sorts of injurious things…”

Yeah, when you see joy, you have to give way to tears.

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The Secret To Giving

One could argue, at least I know where my money was being spent.

One could argue, at least I know where my money was being spent.

Daily Prompt: Charitable

You’ve inherited $5 million, with instructions that you must give it all away — but you can choose any organizations you like to be the beneficiaries. Where does the money go?

Such a decision is private.

Yet, I know exactly where the money would go. It would go to an organization that never publicizes it’s charitable works nor exploits those to whom their work benefits. As an example of how they work:

During Hurricane Katrina a person’s home was badly damaged. The home was completely restored in a week – free. If the person had insurance they could reimburse when the claim was settled.

They organize thousands of volunteers when such catastrophes strike no matter where they occur around the globe.

You can not volunteer to do work with them, pick up a hammer, have a picture taken, and leave. You must work. If you give money to support their work, it’s appreciated and not publicized.

Many charitable organizations operate on the basis of celebrities lending their name or giving a celebrity a title of honorary chairman. In my view both actions are fraudulent.

Many celebrities are charitable for no other reason than to pad their résumé. It gives them something besides themselves to talk about on the talk-show circuit; which ultimately it is all about them and not the charity.

Celebrity charitable giving is nothing more than good public relations. Being identified with a good charitable organization can cover affairs, DUIs, rehabs, drunken tirades, bad behavior, and bad reviews.

When I hear the phrase, “all profits go to…” immediately I think that means after all the bills are paid and the celebrity receives an endorsement or appearance fee. Certainly some celebrities endorse or perform for free and that is laudable.

It has been widely reported that many charitable organizations spend 90% of its donations on administration and fund-raising expenses. That’s not good.

So I suppose before doling out my $5,000,000 a 90% administration fee would come off the top. I can’t be expected to donate for nothing.

Seriously; my charitable giving is based on Jesus’ words found at Matthew 6:3,4, “But you, when making gifts of mercy, do not let your left hand know what your right is doing, that your gifts of mercy may be in secret; then your Father who is looking on in secret will repay you.”

When a person gives in such a manner no questions are asked, no strings are attached, and the motive is pure.

Charitable Bloggers:

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  15. Charitable mind | Spunky Wayfarer

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THINK!

Nobdy knows it all so nobody can teach it all. Nobody can learn it all, but you can learn how to think.

Nobdy knows it all so nobody can teach it all. Nobody can learn it all, but you can learn how to think.

Daily Prompt: Alma Mater

You’ve been asked to speak at your high school alma mater — about the path of life. (Whoa.) Draft the speech.

If you want advice ask the oldest person in your family, presumably that will be a grandparent. Next in line will be your parents, aunts, and uncles. Never ask advice from a peer. Perhaps you there is a trusted friend of the family. NEVER DO WHAT YOUR HEART TELLS YOU. If some one gives you advice to do what is in your heart they are only looking for a way not to accept blame later. Smile politely and move on as if you never ask them anything, no matter who gives you that advice.

Don’t judge people just learn to size them up: Select friends and associates with the same caution you might buy a car or house. Do some research. Check the maintenance schedule. Take it to an expert. Have the foundation checked. Make sure the wiring is up to code.

Don’t acquire dept: If you owe a person or company money they become your master. Treat your assets like prized possessions. Think in terms that everybody wants to own you and take your money. Don’t become a miser, be generous where generosity is warranted, but don’t throw your money away. Never buy the advertised price.

Read good books: What ever you choose to feed your mind is the condition it will be in. The stuff you may think is crap may really be manure. Ask good people what they read. Ask them what they liked about what they read. Don’t read books written by or about celebrities or politicians. Don’t take any of their advice.

Don’t watch TV: I know a family who had no TV. The kids were the brightest in their school. They were informed, quick-witted, reliable, industrious, friendly, honest, well-liked, popular, and focused. One person in the community asked me if I could bring a sample of water from their well so he could have it tested; there had to be something in the water.

Remember as much as you can about what you are taught in school. Even the things that are not true. Years after graduating from school I met up with my old biology teacher. At first he didn’t remember me. He invited me inside to his den and found his grade book from that year. “You were not one of my better students were you?” It jogged his memory and before long he was telling me things about myself. We discussed the Bible and evolution. I recall in my school years he prefaced nearly all discussions with “this” or “that” evolved into “this” or “that.” Now I challenged him. “If this were so the species would have died off. This had to be present from the beginning.” “A cell became sensitive to light and eventually the eye. That is far-fetched.” “Organs and sensory devices seem to be strategically positioned in the body in all creatures, how is that possible without a designer?” “How did the owl evolve so differently from a seagull?” My questions went on and on as he added details of his own curiosity. Somewhere near the end of our conversation he said he was happy to see that I didn’t except what he was teaching. I was dumfounded. “Why did you teach it?” I asked. “Because that is what was in the book,” he said.

School should not teach you what to think, but how to think: THINK!

More advice from blogging alma maters:

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A Fool And His Money…

If I found $10,000 on my dresser in the morning, I would question where I spent the night and how I spent the night.

If I found $10,000 on my dresser in the morning, I would question where I spent the night and how I spent the night.

Daily Prompt: Seven Days

You wake up tomorrow morning to find all your plans have been cancelled for the next seven days and $10,000 on your dresser. Tell us about your week.

A number of years ago my family and I were backing out our drive. We noticed something laying in the street. Something that looked as though it did not belong there. You know, it didn’t look like a food wrapper, glove, or tennis shoe.

It was a check book.

We jotted down the name, address, and phone number on the front of the first check. We called the number. There was no answer. It was about six in the morning and we were planning on going out of town for the weekend.

We called our local police department and told them what we found. We agreed to leave the check book at the police station on our way out of town.

I suggested to my wife that no matter how honest we think the police are it would be well if we inventory the contents. There were twelve one hundred dollar bills behind the checks.

We asked the policeman for a receipt. Which he kindly arranged.

After we returned home a few days later we asked the police department if the check book and money had been claimed. The said it had. We verified it with the person whose name was on the check.

This Daily Prompt reminds me of that morning, perhaps thirty years ago.

If I found $10,000 on my dresser and no plans my reaction would be much the same. It is not my money. Somebody broke in. Obviously it was an intent to surprise someone. We have some very nice neighbors, up in age. Perhaps it was for them. I’d check with them. I’d check with the neighbors on the other side. I’d call my kids to make sure they hadn’t arranged a surprise. Once I would have exhausted all personal efforts inform the police.

Then with my week not being planned and nothing to do. I’d say ‘Forget the Daily Prompt; I got plenty to write about for the next seven days.”

Here are my posts:

1. What I just wrote.

2. The search for owner (hope it ain’t drug money).

3. How deserving I am of the money (Haha).

4. Plan on how to hide it from the IRS.

5. How I was going to spend the money.

6. How I would have actually spent the money.

7. How $10,000 doesn’t go as far as it used to.

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  3. A trip to the old world… | Q the Adult
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  5. A Fool And His Money… | The Jittery Goat
  6. Daily Prompt: Seven Days | Write it Real
  7. Career Change? « Sorta-Ginger
  8. Seven Days | thelissachronicles
  9. Daily Prompt: Seven Days | likereadingontrains
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  17. Temporary Insanity | F. scribbles
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  20. Oh, the places I’d go | thematticuskingdom
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  23. 10 4 7 | theloneshewolf
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  25. Seven Days and a Fistful of Dollars | Miss Pelican’s Perch
  26. On the run | Paul Scribbles
  27. The Week I Used $10,000 to Buy My Dreams | Life, Love, and the Pursuit of Happiness
  28. Tomorrow When I Wake | SarahLee RegisteredNurse
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There’s Money To Be Made; Going Back To Paper In A Paperless Crazed World

What was the world thinking when they decided to go paperless?

There is a crisis and where there is crises there is opportunity.

The world is going paperless. Ebooks are replacing hardbacks and paperbacks. Newsweek stopped its printed edition in favor of going online. Newspaper subscriptions are down. Banking is being done online. Bills are paid the same way. Which leads me to wonder what if the toilet paper industry goes paperless? I don’t even want to think about it.

We used to do all sorts of things with the discarded paper. A newspaper could be rolled up and used swat flies. Paper could be used for painting projects to prevent damage from spills and splatters. They make an excellent blanket for drunks who sleep it off on park benches or bus stops.

The best use was to line the bottom of the bird-cage. Sure going paperless is good for the environment, but what about my bird poop!

Currently I’m looking for some forward-looking and aggressive investors to invest in my company called, Dirty Birdie Cage Page, the finer liner. (that‘s only a working title). I’m negotiating a contract with NPR to reprint all their useless information on paper. I then package it and sell it as bird-cage liner. I have an immediate audience. NPR listeners have proportionally more pet birds than the general population. There are fifteen listeners nationwide and ten of them have birds.

NPR is happy to see the extra revenue, because of shrinking public support and less government funding. After I take my greedy cut the rest goes to the forward-looking and aggressive investors.

Just send five one hundred-dollar bills. Remember cash only (I‘m not paperless). Think of it as stimulus money for the faltering paper industry.

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