It just doesn't feel like Hump Day. With all the hullabaloo about tropical storm Fay, the rains, and the constant dark, windy skies, I've sort of lost my sense of social timing. It's sort of like when the bi-yearly hourly changes occur. It's light when you think it should be dark and vice-versa. It's too early to make a final decision, but I'm not overly enthused about taking the trip to AREA 51 tonight. Then again, with the right call from the right young lady........
Las Vegas Churches accept gambling chips. There are more churches, especially Catholic churches, than there are casinos. I learned this fact because brother Kirt just returned from a stay at Caesar's Palace. While he was there, his wife asked him to go to church with her and rather than fight, he decided discretion was the better part of valor and agreed.
He was quite taken aback to see members of the congregation actually putting casino chips in the offering basket. After the services, he asked one of the church elders about it and he was told since quite a few people are from out of town, the church decided to accept the casino chips.
They receive many chips from many different casinos and the collected chips are sent to a nearby Franciscan monastery for counting. Then, the chips are taken to each casino of origin to be cashed in. This is done by the chip monks.
On a sour note, I'd like to nominate the street monkey pictured below for the CAT Award. This asshole attacked 85 year old Lillian France in a New York City elevator, choked her until she was unconscious, took $900 and her cane from her.
Lillian France was hospitalized after the robbery for minor injuries. This is a picture of Ms. France in happier times.
The Pictures: Elvis may indeed still be alive. I was sent these photographs from sources I cannot disclose. See for yourself...is it Elvis?
As a public service, I like to keep abreast (or two) of the newest in cell phone technology so that I may advise you of equipment coming to the market place. Here are the three new things on the market for your review and comments.
This Date In History: 1794; At the Battle of Fallen Timbers on the Ohio frontier, General Anthony Wayne shatters an army of recalcitrant Native Americans, thereby clearing the way for the settlement of the Old Northwest. 1940; Exiled Soviet revolutionary Leon Trotsky is assassinated in Mexico city by a Spanish Communists under the order of Soviet leader Joseph Stalin.
1977; The United States launches the Voyager 2 spacecraft, which will explore the outer planets before leaving the solar system, carrying with it a phonograph record of human civilization. 1980; Austrian Reinhold Messner becomes the first solo climber to reach the summit of Mount Everest. 1988; Iran and Iraq agree to a United Nations-sponsored cease-fire, ending their eight-year war.
Birthdays: Benjamin Harrison, 23rd president of the United States (1833), Eero Saarinen, Finnish-American architect who designed the Gateway Arch in St. Louis and Dulles Airport in Virginia (1910), George Mitchell, politician (1933), Rajiv Gandhi, Indian prime minister (1944), Robert Plant, rock singer (1948).
The Hits Just Keep On Coming:
Two Middle East mothers are sitting in a cafe chatting over a plate of tabouli and a pint of goat's milk. The older of the mothers pulls a bag out of her purse and starts flipping through photos. And they start reminiscing.
The mother says, "This is my oldest son Mohammed. He would be 24 years old now.'" Her friend says, "Yes, I remember him as a baby." The mother says, "He's a martyr now though." The friend replies, "That's so sad, dear."
The mother continues, "And this is my second son Kalid. He would be 21" The friend smiles and says, "Oh, I remember him, me had such curly hair when he was born." The mother says, "He's a martyr too."
The friend says, "I remember your beautiful third son, Ahmed." The mother says, "He was so beautiful. He's a martyr as well." The friend says, "Yes, I remember when he first started school."
After a pause and a deep sigh, the friend looks wistfully at the photographs and says, "They blow up so fast, don't they?"
Stay Tuned !