Friday, October 19, 2007

2 Great Questions

I thought these 2 questions were interesting, but I don't remember now where I read it...

1. What do you live for?
2. What would you die for?

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

"Wittness" by Wittaker Chambers

I'm reading "Witness" by Whittaker Chambers, which was written in 1952 about the Alger Hiss (communist in the US State Department)trial. It's very well written, and very interesting. I thought it was particularly cute, when he was telling about certain rules his mother had with respect to manners:

" A man of 'breeding' is known not so much by what he does as by what he will not do.

1. First and foremost, he never imputes a base motive to anyone else.

2. If someone is rude to him, he assumes that the rudeness is unintentional. If he knows that it is intentional, he acts as if it were not.

3. He never meets anger with anger.

4. He never patronizes anyone because he never assumes that he knows more than anyone else or that uneducated people are unintelligent.

5. He never corrects other people's slips. Always allow people the luxury of being mistaken. They will find out for themselves soon enough. If they don't, they are the kind of people in whom it does not matter.

6. Never, under any circumstances, eat in public in front of people who are not eating."

BTW, Chamber was born in 1901 if that helps :>D

Thursday, October 4, 2007

Bear Rescue

Just got this today in the email. It's pretty cute:

"A bear was walking across Rainbow Bridge (Old Hwy 40 at Donner Summit,
**Truckee**) on Saturday when two cars also crossing the bridge scared
the bear into jumping over the edge of the bridge.

Somehow the bear caught the ledge and was able to pull itself to
safety. At one point the bear tested its ability to climb down by
lowering its feet down the side but decided against that idea and
pulled itself back up!

Authorities decided that nothing could be done to help Saturday night
so they returned Sunday morning to find the bear sound asleep on the

After securing a net under the bridge the bear was tranquilized, fell
into the net, lowered, then woke up and walked out of the net."