Monday, September 28, 2009

Bullet Art - this is cool

The Jar of Rocks

This was sent to me and it fits with life fairly well.

A philosophy professor stood before his class and had some items in front of him. When the class began, wordlessly he picked up a large empty mayonnaise jar and proceeded to fill it with rocks, rocks about 2" in diameter. He then asked the students if the jar was full? They agreed that it was.
So the professor then picked up a box of pebbles and poured them into the jar. He shook the jar lightly. The pebbles, of course, rolled into the open areas between the rocks. He then asked the students again if the jar was full. They agreed it was.
The professor picked up a box of sand and poured it into the jar. Of course, the sand filled up everything else. "Now," said the professor, "I want you to recognize that this is your life. The rocks are the important things - your family, your partner, your health, your children - things that if everything else was lost and only they remained, your life would still be full. The pebbles are the other things that matter like your job, your house, your car. The sand is everything else. The small stuff."
"If you put the sand into the jar first, there is no room for the pebbles or the rocks. The same goes for your life. If you spend all your time and energy on the small stuff, you will never have room for the things that are important to you. Pay attention to the things that are critical to your happiness. Play with your children. Take time to get medical checkups. Take your partner out dancing. There will always be time to go to work, clean the house, give a dinner party and fix the disposal."
"Take care of the rocks first - the things that really matter. Set your priorities. The rest is just sand."
But then... an engineering student then took the jar which the other students and the professor agreed was full, and proceeded to pour in a glass of beer. Of course the beer filled the remaining spaces within the jar making the jar truly full.
The moral of this tale is: no matter how full your life is, there is always room for BEER.

Friday, September 25, 2009

Water Water

Did you see Glen Beck Wednesday and Thursday?? Hmmm wonder where the “Boiling Frog” came from. I guess great minds think alike.

There are so many juicy stories in the news lately I find it hard to absorb them all. Between ACORN, the UN, NEA, Obamacare and all the Czars I think we ought to throw them all into a pot and boil them all.

What I want to talk about today is more of a local California issue that impacts the whole country if not the world. I listened to a local radio station last night and then re-listened tonight, to the pod cast of the Alan Autry show. Alan, you might remember him as Buba, has threatened to jump the fence at the pumping station that sends water to the farmers on the west side of Fresno county. Right now I understand that the pumps are on but come January they go off again. Senator Jim Demint from South Carolina introduced a bill to the Senate and Dianne Feinstien nixed it before it had a chance to be voted on. An environmental law protecting the Delta Smelt is the problem. I love to fish almost as much as anyone. Hey fish are important. BUT… The Striped Bass that live in the canals and sloughs on the west side are in danger of dying too if they run out of water that is being fed south out of the delta. The water that hasn’t dried up yet is turning brackish and soon all you will be able to catch out there on the west side will be Carp, Craw fish and frogs.

As of last week the unemployment rate for Mendota California was 36%. The rate was higher but some of the people have moved out to find employment in other cities.

George Radonovich was on the radio show with Damint and Autry and has said he would jump the fence with Autry, or did he say he would be there when Autry jumped the fence; Hmmm. Alan Autry did call this a “grass roots rebellion”.