Thursday, April 23, 2009

The Giant

The Giant

After dinner, the children turned to Jacob and asked if he
would tell them a story.

"A story about what?" asked Jacob.

"About a giant," squealed the children.

Jacob smiled, leaned against the warm stones at the side of the
fireplace, and his voice turned softly inward.

"Once there was a boy who asked his father to take him to see
the great parade that passed through the village. The father,
remembering the parade from when he was a boy, quickly agreed,
and the next morning the boy and his father set out together.

"As they approached the parade route, people started to push in
from all sides, and the crowd grew thick. When the people along
the way became almost a wall; the father lifted his son and
placed him on his shoulders.

"Soon the parade began and as it passed, the boy kept telling
his father how wonderful it was and how spectacular were the
colors and images. The boy, in fact, grew so prideful of what
he saw that he mocked those who saw less saying, even to his
'If only you could see what I see.'"

"But," said Jacob staring straight in the faces of the
children, "what the boy did not look at was why he could see.
What the boy forgot was that once his father, too, could see."

Then as if he had finished the story, Jacob stopped speaking.

"Is that it?" said a disappointed girl. "We thought you were
going to tell us a story about a giant."

"But I did," said Jacob. "I told you a story about a boy who
could have been a giant."

"How?" squealed the children.

"A giant," said Jacob, "is anyone who remembers we are all
sitting on someone else's shoulders."

"And what does it make us if we don't remember?" asked the boy.

"A burden," answered Jacob.

~Author Unknown~

Monday, April 13, 2009

Important Facts

Here is a little bit of humor that I just couldn't resist.

It takes your food seven seconds to get from your mouth to your stomach.

One human hair can support 3 kg (6.6 lb).

The average man's penis is three times the length of his thumb.

Human thighbones are stronger than concrete.

A woman's heart beats faster than a man's.

There are about one trillion bacteria on each of your feet.

Women blink twice as often as men.

The average person's skin weighs twice as much as the brain.

Your body uses 300 muscles to balance itself when
you are standing still.

If saliva cannot dissolve something, you cannot taste it.

Women reading this will be finished now.

Men are still busy checking their thumbs.

Thursday, April 09, 2009

Comerica Park, Home of the Detroit Tigers

You will all note that I changed my profile picture to depict Comerica Park's fountain, which only goes off when one of the Detroit Tigers hit a home run. General Motors has bought and paid for this advertisement area of the stadium since the stadium opened.

Sadly, this year GM informed them that they would be unable to renew/pay for the contract this year.

Gladly, the decision was made to keep the fountain with GM along with adding Ford Motor Co., and Chrysler -- gratis (free of charge).

What would Detroit be without the three auto makers? And can you just imagine it being taken over by KIA, Toyota, or the like and the Tigers home runs would illuminate them? That would be just wrong.

KUDOS to Mike Ilitch, the Tigers owner, for this generous dedication to the Big Three and Michigan!!!