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Ray’s Daily

November 30, 2021


“Respect yourself and others will respect you.”


I think the thing I appreciate the most are the people I have met, those I have worked with and my talented family. Even today as I live a somewhat isolated life I am surroned by good people I respect. My appreciation is not limited to the famous or recognized folks that I have met along the way. While I appreciate the performers, statesmen and those who are recognized for there public accomplishments I have equal respect for those who folks who are good at living unrecognized meaningful lives. I find that what I appreciate most is the goodness displayed by so many.

Here is a piece by Marc Chernoff that he wrote many years ago that is worth us remembering.

What makes a person respect someone else?

Why do we respect certain people?  How do we earn the respect of others?  These are interesting questions.  There are a million different scenarios that could directly lead to one person gaining the respect of another, but each one of these scenarios probably has one of a few underlying characteristics.  First, allow me to define what I mean by “respect for someone else”.  I define this respect as a feeling of social approval and high regard for another individual.

Without being excessively long winded on a topic that could cross numerous boundaries of personal opinion and debate, I’m going to keep it simple and just state why I believe that I respect certain people. 

The distribution of respect is probably more of an art than it is a science.  It depends on the individual persona of each character involved.  Here are five general qualities a person can hold that I believe motivates an increase in other people’s feelings of respect toward them:

  • Confidence and pride in oneself while simultaneously being considerate of others
  • Aiding someone in need without expectation of reward
  • Honesty at all times, but especially in a moment of tension
  • Achieving a goal or holding a societal status that the individual desires
  • Holding the respect of a third party that the individual admires


“Respect is a two-way street, if you want to get it, you’ve got to give it.”

R.G. Risch


She said:
You say I’m a bitch like it’s a bad thing.
Chaos, panic & disorder – my work here is done.
Everyone thinks I’m psychotic, except for my friends deep inside the earth.
Earth is full. Go home.
Is it time for your medication or mine?
Aw, did I step on your poor little itty bitty ego?
How do I set a laser printer to stun.
I’m not tense, just terribly, terribly alert.
When I want your opinion, I’ll give it to you.
Your village called, their idiot is missing.


A man never discloses his character so clearly as when he describes another’s.


A lady came to the hospital to visit a friend. She had not been in a hospital for several years and felt uneasy, not knowing about all the new technology. A technician followed her onto the elevator, wheeling a large, intimidating looking machine with tubes and wires and dials. 

“Boy, would I hate to be hooked up to that thing,” she said. 

“So would I,” replied the technician. “It’s a floor-cleaning machine.” 


I’m the person your mother warned you about.


Lisa was babysitting Cory and Cody. Finding Cody making faces at Cory, Lisa stopped to warn the child.

Smiling Lisa said, “Cody, when I was a child, I was told if I made ugly faces I would stay like that.” 

Cody looked up and replied, “Well you can’t say you weren’t warned.”


A fanatic is one who can’t change his mind and won’t change the subject.


Q: Should I have a baby after 35?
A: No, 35 children is enough.
Q: I’m two months pregnant now. When will my baby move?
A: With any luck, right after he finishes college.
Q: How will I know if my vomiting is morning sickness or the flu?
A: If it’s the flu, you’ll get better.
Q: The more pregnant I get, the more often strangers smile at me. Why?
A: ‘Cause you’re fatter than they are.
Q: What’s the difference between a nine-month pregnant woman and a supermodel?
A: Nothing (if the pregnant woman’s husband knows what’s good for him).
Q: My childbirth instructor says it’s not pain I’ll feel during labor, but pressure. Is she right?
A: Yes, in the same way that a tornado might be called an air current.
Q: Is there anything I should avoid while recovering from childbirth?
A: Yes, pregnancy.
Q: Do I have to have a baby shower?
A: Not if you change the baby’s diaper very quickly.
Q: Our baby was born last week. When will my wife begin to feel and act normal again?
A: When the kid is in college.


You have a death wish if you say to your pregnant wife: “I finished the Oreos.”


He Said:

·   Women don’t understand the appeal of sports. Men seek entertainment that allows them to escape reality. Women seek entertainment that reminds them of how horrible things *could* be.

·   If a man goes on a seven-day trip, he’ll pack five days worth of clothes and will wear some things twice; if a woman goes on a seven-day trip she’ll pack 21 outfits because she doesn’t know what she’ll feel like wearing each day.

·   Women brush their hair before bed.

·   Women do not know anything about cars. “Oil-stick, oil doesn’t stick?”

·   Women have better restrooms. Ladies receive the royal treatment in the ladies room. Gents just get a large bowl to share.

·   The average number of items in a typical woman’s bathroom is 437. A man would not be able to identify most of these items.

·   Women love to talk on the phone. A woman can visit her girlfriend for two weeks, and upon returning home, she will call the same friend and they will talk for three hours.

·   A woman will dress up to go shopping, water the plants, empty the garbage, answer the phone, read a book, or get the mail.

·   Women will drive miles out of their way to avoid the possibility of getting lost using a shortcut.

·   Women do NOT want an honest answer to the question, ‘How do I look?’

·   PMS stands for: Permissible Man-Slaughter.


Everybody lies, but it doesn’t matter, since nobody listens.


A city slicker stopped his large, expensive car on a country road and looked about in confusion. He noticed a young farm hand leaning on a fence and called to him, “Hey, you know how far it is to Shrewsbury?”

The farm hand thought about it and said, “Don’t know.”

“Well then, do you know the best way to get there?”

Again, the farm hand thought a bit and said, “Don’t know.”

“Look, can you just tell me where the nearest gas station is so I can pick up a map?”

“‘Fraid I don’t know that either.”

Frustrated, the man in the car snapped, “You don’t know much do you?”

To which the farm hand replied, “I’m not lost.”


Life is cheap. It’s the accessories that kill you.


Harry had just reached his 175th birthday last week. Surrounded by reporters, he was asked, “Excuse me, sir, but how did you come to live to be 175?”

Harry answered, “It was easy.  I just never argue with anyone.”

The reporter shot back, “That’s crazy.  It had to be something else –diet, meditation, or *something*.  Just not arguing won’t keep you alive for 175 years!”

The old fella stared hard at the reporter for several seconds.

Then he shrugged.  “Hmmm.  Maybe you’re right.”


“It may be important to great thinkers to examine the world, to explain and despise it. But I think it is only important to love the world, not to despise it, not for us to hate each other, but to be able to regard the world and ourselves and all beings with love, admiration, and respect.”

Hermann Hesse


Management is not responsible for duplicates from previous dailies. The editor is somewhat senile.

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