“I do not want the peace which passeth understanding,
I want the understanding which bringeth peace.”
Today is my heart doc day. They will be checking my Pacemaker and doing other stuff. I then move on to a day away so what do you say, a daily from another yesterday, OK. So here is what I wrote on September 22, 2004, sadly our problems have not subsided.
I know that we do our best to keep the daily light and upbeat. However every once in awhile it provides a vehicle to help us remember something from the past that has influenced the problems of today. One such event was the start of the Iran-Iraq War on this day in 1980.
Long-standing border disputes and political turmoil in Iran prompted Iraqi President Saddam Hussein to launch an invasion of Iran’s oil-producing province of Khuzestan. After initial advances, the Iraqi offense was repulsed. In 1982, Iraq voluntarily withdrew and sought a peace agreement, but the Ayatollah Khomeini renewed fighting. Stalemates and the deaths of thousands of young Iranian conscripts in Iraq followed. Population centers in both countries were bombed, and Iraq employed chemical weapons. In the Persian Gulf, a "tanker war" curtailed shipping and increased oil prices. In 1988, Iran agreed to a cease-fire.
What is important to remember is that we viewed Iran as an enemy of the US for their overthrow of the Shaw of Iran and the taking of American hostages. We provided support to Hussein’s efforts against the Iranians; in fact Donald Rumsfeld visited with Saddam in a show of support. At the time we viewed it in our best interests to ignore the methods used by Saddam to terrorize his enemies and his people. Many scholars today view the US support of both the Shaw of Iran and Iraq’s aggression as being major contributors to the animosity so many Arabs have for the US. I, like you, hope the day will come when we all can put the past behind us and live in peace. It will take a lot of effort on all of our parts to rise above history in order to build friendships that can lead us out of the ever growing threat to humanity. It won’t be easy but I think you will agree that it is worth the effort by Arabs, Persians, and the people of the West.
Few will have the greatness to bend history itself; but each of us can work to change a small portion of events, and in the total; of all those acts will be written the history of this generation.
~ Robert F. Kennedy ~
Wendy has more hurricane tips for us.
* Coffee and frozen pizzas can be made on a BBQ grill.
* No matter how many times you flick the switch, lights don’t work without electricity.
* Kids can survive 4 days or longer without a video game controller in their hand.
* Cats are even more irritating without power.
* He who has the biggest generator wins.
* Women can actually survive without doing their hair–you just wish they weren’t around you.
* A new method of non-lethal torture-showers without hot water.
* There are a lot more stars in the sky than most people thought.
* TV is an addiction and the withdrawal symptoms are painful. One day at a time, brother.
* A 7 lb bag of ice will chill 6-12 oz Budweiser’s to a drinkable temperature in 11 minutes, and still keep a 14-pound turkey frozen for 8 more hours.
* There are a lot of trees around here.
* Flood plan drawings on some mortgage documents were seriously wrong.
* Contrary to most Florida natives’ beliefs, speed limit on roads without traffic lights does not increase.
* Aluminum siding, while aesthetically pleasing, is definitely not required.
* Just because you’re 35 doesn’t mean you can stay out as late as you want. At least that’s what the cops told me during a curfew stop.
* Crickets can increase their volume to overcome the sound of 14 generators.
* People will get into a line that has already formed without having any idea what the line is for.
* When required, a Lincoln Continental will float–doesn’t steer well, but floats just the same.
* Some things do keep the mailman from his appointed rounds.
* Tele-marketers function no matter what the weather is doing.
* Cell phones work when land lines are down, but only as long as the battery remains charged.
* 27 of your neighbors are fed electricity from a different transformer than you, and they are quick to point that out!
* Laundry hampers were not made to contain such a volume.
* If my store sold only ice, chainsaws, gas, and generators…I’d be rich.
* The price of a bag of ice rises 200% after a hurricane.
* Your water front property can quickly become someone else’s fishing hole.
* Tree service companies are under appreciated.
* I learned what happens when you make fun of another state’s blackout.
* MATH 101: 30 days in month, minus 6 days without power equals 30% higher electric bill ?????
* Drywall is a compound word, take away the "dry" part and it’s worthless.
* I can walk a lot farther than I thought.
An optimist laughs to forget.. pessimist forgets to laugh.
A new convert to Catholicism decided to go to confession to deal with his transgression. In the confessional, he told the priest that he had sinned. "What was your sin, my son?" asked the priest. "I stole some lumber, Father," replied the man. "How much lumber did you steal?" asked the priest. "Father, I built my German Shepherd dog a nice new doghouse." The priest replied, "Well, that’s not so bad." The man continued, "Father, I also built myself a 4-car garage." "Well, now, that’s a little more serious." "Father, there’s more. In addition to the doghouse, the 4-car garage, I also built a 5 bedroom, 4 bath house!"
With a pause, the priest finally spoke. "That is a little more serious.
I’m afraid you’ll have to make a novena."
"Father, I’m not sure what a ‘novena’ is, but if you’ve got the blueprints, I’ve got the lumber!"
"Why is it that all of the instruments seeking intelligent life in the universe are pointed away from Earth?"
This guy called up his lawyer to tell him he was filing for divorce, and the lawyer inquired as to the grounds for the suit.
"I’ve got grounds, all right," sputtered the irate husband. "Can you believe my wife told me I’m a lousy lover?"
"That’s why you’re suing?" pursued his lawyer.
"Of course not. I’m suing because she knows the difference."
Cherish all your happy moments; they make a fine cushion for old age.
During a practical exercise at a military police base, the instructor was giving the class instruction in unarmed self-defense. After he presented a number of different situations in which they might find themselves, he asked a student, "What steps would you take if someone were coming at you with a big, sharp knife?"
The student replied. "BIG ones."
The foolish man seeks happiness in the distance; the wise grows it under his feet.
Congratulating a friend after her son and daughter got married within a month of each other, a woman asked, "What kind of boy did your daughter marry?"
"Oh, he’s wonderful," gushed the mother. "He lets her sleep late, wants her to go to the beauty parlor regularly, and insists on taking her out to dinner every night."
"That’s nice," said the woman. "What about your son?"
"I’m not so happy about that," the mother sighed. "His wife sleeps late, spends all her time in the beauty parlor, and makes them eat take-out meals!"
"And none will hear the postman’s knock,
Without a quickening of the heart,
For who can bear to feel himself forgotten?"
~~ W. H. Auden ~~
Stay well, do good work, and have fun.
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