Ray's musings and humor

Keep Going!!

Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.

T.S. Eliot


Yesterday I suggested that perseverance was often the key to overcoming obstacles and solving problems. From the problem solving standpoint I am still persevering in search of an answer for my computer problems.

At a meeting this morning with a friend and organizational leader we discussed what folks can do after they retire. Many find they are not ready to drop out and they stay active in numerous ways. In fact for more than twenty years I have spent time with people who used the retirement opportunity for dream fulfillment, frequently including a second career. They did not let rejection or naysayers stand in their way they were tenacious in pursuit of their dreams.

Thinking about it later it reminded me of Colonel Sanders and what it took for him to make his dream come true. Here is his story.

Keep on knocking

When Colonel Harland Sanders retired at the age of 65, he had little to show for himself, except an old Caddie roadster, a $105 monthly pension check, and a recipe for chicken.  

Knowing he couldn’t live on his pension, he took his chicken recipe in hand, got behind the wheel of his van, and set out to make his fortune. His first plan was to sell his chicken recipe to restaurant owners, who would in turn give him a residual for every piece of chicken they sold–5 cents per chicken. The first restaurateur he called on turned him down.   So did the second.   So did the third.  In fact, the first 1008 sales calls Colonel Sanders made ended in rejection. Still, he continued to call on owners as he traveled across the USA, sleeping in his car to save money. Prospect number 1009 gave him his first “yes.”  

After two years of making daily sales he had signed up a total of five restaurants. Still the Colonel pressed on, knowing that he had a great chicken recipe and that someday the idea would catch on.  

Of course, you know how the story ends. The idea DID catch on. By 1963 the Colonel had 600 restaurants across the country selling his secret recipe of Kentucky Fried Chicken (with 11 herbs and spices).   In 1964 he was bought out by future Kentucky governor John Brown. Even though the sale made him a multi-millionaire, he continued to represent and promote KFC until his death in 1990.  

Colonel Sanders’ story teaches an important lesson: its never too late to decide to never give up.  

Earlier in his life the Colonel was involved in other business ventures–but they weren’t successful. He had a gas station in the 30’s, a restaurant in the 40’s, and he gave up on both of them. At the age of 65, however, Harland Sanders decided his chicken idea was the right idea, and he refused to give up, even in spite of repeated rejection.  


Though no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending.

Carl Bard


Letters to the Pastor:

Dear Pastor, My father says I should learn the Ten Commandments. But I don’t think I want to because we have enough rules already in my house. Joshua. Age 10, South Pasadena

Dear Pastor, Are there any devils on earth? I think there may be one in my class. Carla. Age 10, Salina

Dear Pastor, How does God know the good people from the bad people? Do you tell Him or does He read about it in the newspapers?  Sincerely, Marie. Age 9, Lewiston


If aliens are smart enough to travel through space, why do they keep abducting the dumbest people on Earth?


A man walked in to Joe’s Barber Shop for his regular haircut. As Joe snips away, Joe asks, “what’s up?”

The man explains he’s taking a vacation to Rome.

“ROME?!” Joe says, “Why would you want to go there?  It’s a crowded dirty city! You’d be crazy to go to Rome. So how ya getting there?”

“We’re taking Delta,” the man replies.  “Delta?!” yells Joe.  “They’re a terrible airline.  Their planes are old, the food is terrible and they’re always late!  So where you staying in Rome?”

The man says, “We’ll be at the downtown International Marriott.””That dump?” says Joe.  “That’s the worst hotel in the city! The rooms are small, the service is surly and slow and they’re overpriced! So whatcha doing when you get there?”

The man says “We’re going to go see the Vatican and hope to see the Pope.” “Ha! That’s rich!” laughs Joe.  “You and a million other people trying to see him.  He’ll look the size of an ant.  Boy, good luck on THIS trip. You’re going to need it!”

A month later, the man comes in for his regular haircut.  Joe says, “Well, how did that trip to Rome turn out?  Betcha Delta gave you the worst flight of your life!” “No, quite the opposite” explained the man.  “Not only were we on time in one of their brand-new planes, but it was full and they bumped us up to first class.”

“Hmmm,” Joe says, “Well, I bet the hotel was just like I described.” “No, quite the opposite!  They’d just finished a $25 million remodeling. It’s the finest hotel in Rome, now.  They were overbooked, so they apologized and gave us the Presidential suite for no extra charge!”

“Well,” Joe mumbles, “I KNOW you didn’t get to see the Pope!” “Actually, we were quite lucky. As we toured the Vatican, a Swiss guard tapped me on the shoulder and explained the Pope likes to personally meet some of the visitors, and if I’d be so kind as to step into this private room and wait, the Pope would personally greet me.  Sure enough, after 5 minutes the Pope walked through the door and shook my hand.  I knelt down as he spoke a few words to me.”

Impressed, Joe asks, “Tell me, please! What’d he say?”

“Oh, not much really. Just ‘Where’d you get that awful haircut?'”


Miller’s Law of Insurance: Insurance covers everything except what happens.


A doctor examined a woman, took the husband aside, and said, “I don’t like the looks of your wife at all.”

“Me neither doc.” said the husband. “But she’s a great cook and really good with the kids.”


” She is intolerable, but that is her only fault.



A little old man was escorted into the witness box. After being sworn in, the lawyer asked him to explain what happened. After a lengthy discussion of the events leading up to the incident, he finally got around to the meat of the case.  “and then she hit me with a maple leaf.”

“Surely that couldn’t have caused you any serious injury?” said the lawyer.

“Are you kidding?” exclaimed the old man. “It was the leaf from the center of our dining room table.”


It is never too late to be who you might have been.

George Eliot


Stay well, do good work, and have fun.

Ray Mitchell

Indianapolis, Indiana

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