September 16, 2022
Keep your eyes on the stars and your feet on the ground.
I have some medical procedures today so here is a reprint of Ray’s Daily from September 16, 2004
I am not sure that I need too many reminders as to how fast time flies. I was shocked to learn that today is Lauren Bacall’s 80th birthday.
She was born Betty Joan Perske in the Bronx. She studied dancing and acting and later worked as an usher in Broadway theaters. Eventually, she began winning small roles in Broadway plays. It was her work as a model, however, that launched her film career. She appeared on the cover of Harper’s Bazaar and caught the attention of director Howard Hawks’ wife. A month later, Hawks signed Bacall. She became a star with her very first movie, To Have or Have Not (1944), opposite Humphrey Bogart. She turned 20 while making the movie. During the film, the two fell in love. In 1945, they married. They continued to co-star in hit movies, including The Big Sleep (1946), Dark Passage (1947), and Key Largo (1948).
These movies continue to be favorites of mine. To me her performances were so vivid that I don’t care what they tell us; to me she is still in her twenties and always will be.
Whether sixty or sixteen, there is in every human being’s heart the lure of wonder, the unfailing child-like appetite of what’s next, and the joy of the game of living. In the center of your heart and my heart there is a wireless station; so long as it receives messages of beauty, hope, cheer, courage and power from men and from the infinite, so long are you young.
An Irish friend of mine went to play golf some time ago; when he arrived he met a group of Hassidic Jews who invited him to play with them.
He joins the group and tees off. His shot is about 200 yards out and off to the right rough. Reb Moshe tees off 300 yards straight out into the middle of the fairway. Reb Yitzchak’s shot is about 290 and Reb Yaacov’s is 300, but slightly off center. O’Brian has trouble with getting out of the rough and four-putts, while the rabbis’ approach shots are right on the pin, they two-putt for par.
The rest of the round is the same, with the rabbi’s scores either par or under par, while O’Brian has a 95. He says to them, “You guys must play and practice all the time.”
Reb Yitzchak says, “No, we study all the time and only play once a week. But, on our Sabbath, while we are in shul, we say a prayer asking God to give us one good round of golf each week.”
O’Brian is so impressed that he goes home and tells his wife that they are converting. They study, convert, join a shul, and go to services every Shabbat.
About a year later, O’Brian runs into the threesome of rabbis at the same course and they invite him to play with them. The game is exactly like last year’s. O’Brian is doing nothing right, and the three are perfect. At the end, O’Brian says to the rabbis, “I don’t understand it.
I converted, I joined a shul, pray every week.”
Rabbi Moshe says, “You joined a shul? Which one?”
O’Brian says, “Beth Shalom.”
Rabbi Moshe says, “No, no, no! Beth Shalom is for TENNIS!”
“You see things, and you say, ‘Why?’ But I dream things that never were, and say, ‘Why not?'”
George Bernard Shaw
Wendy has ridden out two hurricanes in the last few weeks. This is what she learned and forwarded to us.
Top Ten Reasons Hurricane Season is Like Christmas
10. Decorating the house (boarding up windows)
9. Dragging out boxes that haven’t been used since last season (camping gear, flashlights)
8. Last minute shopping in crowded stores
7. Regular TV shows pre-empted for “specials”
6. Family coming to stay with you
5. Family and friends from out-of-state calling
4. Buying food you don’t normally buy … and in large quantities
3. Days off from work
And the number one reason Hurricane Season is like Christmas …
1. At some point you know you’re going to have a tree in your house!
Never regret. If it’s good, it’s wonderful. If it’s bad, it’s experience.
A recent medical survey reported on the causes of short term work illnesses, they results are listed below:
1. The Macy’s One Day Sale Flu.
2. The Drivers License Renewal Appointment 24-Hour Virus.
3. The Friday-Afternoon-Start-The-Weekend-Early Sudden Unbearable Stomach Pains.
4. The I’m Looking for a New Job and I Don’t Know How Long It’s Going to Take, but I Want To Stay On The Payroll Until Then Mysterious Infection.
5. The My Boyfriend’s Got the Week Off So Suddenly I’m Too Contagious To Come In To The Office Disease.
6. The I Need a Hair Cut and My Stylist Doesn’t Make Evening Appointments Bout of Influenza.
7. The There’s No Federal Holidays for Two Months and I Want a Day Off Sickness.
8. The It’s Spring Break and I Want To Pretend I’m a Teenager Again General Ailment.
9. The I’ve Messed Up Royally and I Won’t Come In To Face the Music Terminal Illness.
10. The I Really Am Sick and I’ve Got the Doctor’s Bills and the Completed Medical Expense Reimbursement Forms to Prove It Infirmity.
If love is blind, why is lingerie so popular?
I read the consultants report and this is the plan:
Put around 100 bricks in some particular order in a closed room with an open window. Send 2-3 candidates into the room and close it from outside. Leave them alone and come back after 6 hours, and then analyze the situation:
If they are counting and recounting the number of bricks – PUT THEM IN THE ACCOUNTS DEPT.
If they have messed up the whole place with the bricks – PUT THEM IN THE ENGG. DEPT
If they are arranging the bricks in some other order – PUT THEM IN PLANNING
If they are throwing the bricks at each other PUT THEM IN OPERATIONS
If they are sleeping PUT THEM IN SECURITY
If they have broken the bricks into pieces PUT THEM IN INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
If they are staring out of the window PUT THEM IN THE EXPORT CELL.
If they are sitting idle PUT THEM IN HRD
If they have thrown the bricks out of the window PUT THEM IN THE MATERIALS DEPT.
If they are clinging onto the bricks PUT THEM IN TREASURY
If they are talking to each other and not a brick has moved PUT THEM IN TOP MANAGEMENT CELL.
If they say they have tried different combinations, yet not a brick has moved PUT THEM IN SALES
If they have already left for the day PUT THEM IN MARKETING
“Clothes make the man. Naked people have little or no influence on society.”
I’d had a pretty hectic day with my four-year-old. When bed- time finally came, I laid down the law: “We’re putting on your p.j.s, brushing your teeth, and reading ONE book. Then it’s lights out!”
Her arms went around my neck in a gentle embrace, and she said, “We learned in Sunday school about little boys and girls who don’t have mommies and daddies.”
Even after I’d been such a grouch, I thought, she was still grateful to have me. I felt tears begin to well up in my eyes, and then she whispered, “Maybe you could go be THEIR mom?”
How far you go in life depends on your being tender with the young,
compassionate with the aged,
sympathetic with the striving,
and tolerant of the weak and strong.
Because someday in your life you will have been all of these.
George Washington Carver
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