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The Haircut

The Haircut.

The Haircut

Another little gem from my buddy, Hector!
One day a florist went to a barber for a haircut.  After the cut, he asked about his bill, and the barber replied, ‘I cant accept money from you, I’m doing community service this week.’  The florist was pleased and left the shop.
When the barber went to open his shop the next morning, there
was a
thank you’ card and a dozen roses waiting for him at his door.
Later, a cop comes in for a haircut, and when he tries to pay his
bill, the barber again replied, ‘I cannot accept money from
you , I’m
doing community service this week.’ The cop was happy and
left the shop.
The next morning when the barber went to open up, there was a
you’ card and a dozen donuts waiting for him at his door.
Then a Congressman came in for a haircut, and when he went to
pay his
bill, the barber again replied, ‘I can not accept money from you.
I’m doing community service this week.’

The Congressman was very happy and left the shop.The next morning, when the barber went to open up, there were
a dozen Congressmen lined up waiting for a free haircut.

And that, my friends, illustrates the fundamental difference
between the citizens of our country and the politicians who run it.




Gotta Watch Em Like A Hawk!

cheap_gas1.jpgIt took awhile but we are finally catching a break on gas prices.

So I heard about this gas station here in paradise that had regular for $2.95.  I know gas is going down but that’s a damn good price for Central Florida!  Being curious and cheap I dropped by to check it out this past Thursday after work. I figured there had to be a catch since no other nearby stations had anything cheaper than $3.09 a gallon.  Maybe it was cash price only but there had to be a catch.

I pulled up to the pump and it was cash/credit same price so I used a credit card, pushed what I thought was the regular button and filled it up.  But when I looked at the total it was obviously much more than $2.95.  I always get a receipt so I took it into the cashier and he checked his machine and laughed and told me I had selected premium at $3.58!!  Sure enough my receipt confirmed premium but folks, that is not the kind of mistake I would ever make!  I know what button I pushed and though I couldn’t prove it, I smelled a skunk.

So I went back the following day after work loaded for bear.  This time I would take a video of the transaction.

But guess what? Their price had jumped back to $3.09!!

Probably just a coincidence but what do you think?!


#CheapGas #ISmellASkunk

Never Forget


On the 911 anniversary, my brother will spend the day in the nation’s capital.  He is part of a group sponsoring World War 2 veterans on an Honor Flight from Phoenix to Washington DC to see the war memorials.  What a great opportunity!  Not only is Honor Flight a tribute to the vets of the Greatest Generation who sacrificed to make the world a better place, but its also an inspirational, life changing experience for everybody involved. And the fact that this Honor Flight will be in the nation’s capital on the 911 anniversary makes it a once in a lifetime event.  I’ll be honest, I’m a little concerned about a family member being in potential harms way on the anniversary of one of our nation’s darkest moments.  I mean, if they’re gonna hit us again, this would be a good time.  Recent developments have made this years remembrance even more troubling but we must be vigilant. 

My brother is committed and that’s enough for me

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Our dad served in World War 2 and he would be proud.

As for the 911 anniversary, once again tomorrow morning I’ll do what I always do on that day—I will watch in disbelief the replay of the news coverage of that terrible day.  And I will hang my head and pray.

In 2001 I saw the events unfold as they happened with my older son as he prepared for classes at Conway Middle School.  Again this year I will share my thoughts with my younger son as we watch and look back on where we were when those towers came down.
Those awful memories will be forever imbedded in America’s psyche.  It reminds us of the fragility of humanity, of how the world is more intertwined and more complicated than ever. It speaks volumes about how critical it is for all of us to communicate with each other, to understand each other and to look past all the propaganda and misguided agendas.  We need the courage to seek the real truth—not the clouded vision of political and religious rhetoric.
It’s important not to dwell on the past, but look to the future.  What can we do, in memory of those who gave their lives, to move forward?  Better yet, what can we do to Pay It Forward?
In the aftermath of Sept. 11, we came together as a country to show that we are there for each other.  Service can be a healing experience, and it’s an honor that so many Americans are dedicating this day through service with organizations like Habitat for Humanity, the USO, the Red Cross, Pledge4Patriots and many more. Through volunteering, we can make a difference in the lives of families and transform communities, not just on the National Day of Service and Remembrance but every day.
So my friends, what can you do today to Pay It Forward?  There is so much good work we can do so in the famous words of Flight 93 hijack victim, Todd Beamer, “LET’S ROLL”!!!
And God bless the United States of America!!!!!
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Keep An Open Mind, There Is Always Another Way To Look At Things

Open Mind Color

It has been awhile since I’ve posted due to all the usual suspects—my real job, my volunteer work, a much needed garage sale, a bunch of family and friends birthdays—blah, blah, blah.  But a buddy of mine ran across this little ditty and he shared it with me and so I’m passing it on to you.  The beauty of this is its simplicity.  It takes a commonly held belief and turns it around so you see the other side of the story—you see things from another angle.  And maybe you change your mind or maybe you come away with a different mind set.

I would think this concept can be applied in many other situations—but only if you keep an open mind!!


Open Mind-pi openmind

A mechanic was removing a cylinder-head from a Harley motorcycle when he spotted a well-known cardiologist in his shop.
The cardiologist was there waiting for the
service manager to come and take a look at his bike when the
mechanic shouted across the Garage, ‘Hey Doc,
want to take a look at this?’ The cardiologist, a bit
surprised, walked over to where the mechanic was working on
the motorcycle.

The mechanic then asked, “So Doc, look at this engine. I open
its heart, take the valves out, repair any damage, and then put them
back in, and when I finish, it works just like new.
So how come I make $39,675 a year and you get the
really big bucks ($1,695,759) when you and I are doing basically
the same work?”

The cardiologist paused, smiled and leaned over, then whispered to the mechanic,

“Try doing it with the engine running.”


Open Mind Carl Sagan(Thanks to my pal, Hector Segui for this bit of brilliance)

Tinker Field Lives On…For Now

Tinker Field Lives On…For Now.

Tinker Field Lives On…For Now

Why is it that governments on all levels seem to think

that they don’t need to be transparent?  Is it a sense of

entitlement? Do they believe that they know better

what’s best for the people, rather than asking the

public first?  Parts of Tinker Field date back to 1914!!

I think that deserves way more than a plaque.

(Thanks to my fellow Orlando blogger Mike Cantone

whose blog is called, I Like Mike, for providing insight)

Check out his blog at:


STF 1Tinker Field, the most historic of all the Orlando Venues, survived another attempt by Mayor Buddy Dyer and the Community Venues to destroy and redevelop the site. Mayor Dyer soon saw the writing on the wall. Dyer knew he was losing and would not have the votes when he was forced to pull the item from the agenda and move on.

The major rejection of Mayor Dyer’s plans is another setback against his agenda. Commissioners railed against the proposal to build a memorial for Tinker Field as an astroturf monstrosity. It was a heated meeting mixed with some drama between Commissioners and the Mayor.

Commissioner Patty Sheehan and Commissioner Sam Ings were very forceful throughout the morning workshop. Sheehan blasted the process by the Mayor and Community Venues, which isn’t the first time she has raised concerns about the “tyrannical” process.  Sheehan repeated she was “deeply distressed” about the morning presentation and called it “ridiculous.” Sheehan was combative about the interpretation of the Municipal Planning Board minutes, and she was concerned there was no member of the Historic Preservation Board included in the presentation. Sheehan called the proposed memorial a “weird baseball astroturf thing in the corner.”

“It’s a process I feel has been very much influenced inappropriately,” she said.

Commissioner Ings declared “malfeasance” on behalf of the City and Venues department, saying “for the past 15 years we have done nothing to improve Tinker Field.” Public records confirm Mayor Dyer’s administration is responsible for the deterioration of the historic site, validating Ings’ malfeasance claims. Ings went on saying the City is “totally neglecting our history” under the Venues’ proposal.

“What’s been presented to us by the City and the Venues department clearly states ‘we don’t care what the people say. We don’t care what the people have to say,’” Commissioner Ings said. “We’re only kidding ourselves, and obviously the Venues department has put up this dog and pony show to show we need to tear down the stadium and the grandstands. And I think it’s wrong.”

Commissioner Ings also questioned the City, “what is the problem in investing $10 million in the black community?” to applause from the chambers. Ings like Sheehan championed the Historic Preservation Board and forcefully stated their support of Tinker Field on the record.

It became clear that Commissioners Sheehan, Ings, Regina Hill and Tony Ortiz were ready to vote to save Tinker Field. Commissioner Hill also hopes to gather more public input.

Commissioner Robert Stuart, who earlier advocated to pave Tinker Field for a VIP parking lot for the Citrus Bowl, asked if the Venues will destroy Tinker Field or the grandstands if no decision was made by the City Council. Mayor Dyer responded that no action will be taken on Tinker Field until a City Council vote. See Dyer’s statement here. Commissioner Stuart stated he preferred to defer any action until a later time.

So now, the decision on the demolition of Tinker Field and the grandstands is delayed once again.


I Like Mike,

Mick Dolan Sez



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