Why the title?

"Pioneers take the arrows"

Oh, wait. I should be upbeat and taking arrows doesn't sound like an upbeat thing to say.

So, let me amend that statement.

It was courage and vision that led the pioneers to leave behind a comfortable, settled life and trek West to begin a new life in a new place. Many of those from the East that went West found a strength within themselves that they didn't see while they were in their old life. Instead of being one of those that just kind of went along with the others in the old life, they became leaders and visionaries in their new lives.

The sentiments of that last paragraph come from a favorite author, Louis L'Amour, in many of his books. So, I can't really say that it is an original thought from me. However, what he said is truthful.

Welcome to being a pioneer. Look ahead and ignore the "barking dogs" that give you negative opinions and comments. Louis L'Amour also spoke of the barking dogs.

In some of his stories, it was usually a father or older man telling a young boy how it was that when the Westward bound Conestoga wagons rolled through towns, the dogs came out to bark at them. His character then told the young listener that the barking didn't stop the wagons from going on to their destinations.

Following the advice of the Louis L'Amour characters, may we all forge ahead with our plans, after carefully considering all consequences and leave the "barkers" behind.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Kind of a Downer Week

Last Friday, we got an e-mail from the young lady who put a contingency contract on our house.  She told us that she had a “medical emergency” and was scheduled for an appointment with an oncologist on the 9th (yesterday) and that she had another appointment with someone else on the 29th.  Anyway, she wanted to let us know that she may have to put a lot of stuff in her life on hold, including buying our house.

There is earnest money involved with this contingency contract, so that would come to us if she does cancel.  However, if she truly has a serious medical condition like cancer, there isn’t anyway that Jo and I would feel right with keeping that money.  Besides, her health is more important to us than money, or for that matter, getting our house sold.  Those of you that pray, please say a few for her and her daughter.  They have to be miserable.

Life has a way of turning out in ways that one doesn’t expect.  Things are going along pretty well and then you hit a snag.  The first two homes that Jo and I bought brought us a profit when we sold.  This one may end up costing us money.  But, getting out from under the payment would still be a relief for us.  That would help us get debt free and pay off the pickup and Mobile Suites.

In spite of our ages, we are in good health.  One of Jo’s sisters has had bypass surgery and her other sister just had a hip replaced.  Shoot!!!  We want to get on the road and get away from these unhealthy people.  (Seriously, we love them all dearly.)  Her oldest sister (the heart one) and her husband will be down this weekend to visit.  And last weekend, we went to see the “hip” sister.  We were glad for that since she had disassociated herself from us at one time.

Anyway, while some things are down, others are really up.  Trying to find humor (which really isn’t that hard for me), I’ve got another funny to share.  Or, is it?  (Read each line carefully.  Oh, and I had to remove one…..wasn’t’ really appropriate for “mixed company”.  Now, you’ll be wondering.)

Times Are Getting Tough

Times are getting tough. The recession is hitting everybody!!!

I got a pre-declined credit card in the mail.

CEO's are now playing miniature golf.

Exxon-Mobil laid off 25 Congressmen.

A stripper was killed when her audience showered her with rolls of pennies while she danced.

I saw a Mormon polygamist with only one wife.

If the bank returns your check marked "Insufficient Funds," you call them and ask if they meant you or them.

McDonald's is selling the 1/4 ouncer.

Angelina Jolie adopted a child from America.

Parents in Beverly Hills fired their nannies and learned their children's names.

My cousin had an exorcism, but couldn't afford to pay for it, and they re-possessed her!

A picture is now only worth 200 words.

When Bill and Hillary travel together, they now have to share a room.

The Treasure Island casino in Las Vegas is now managed by Somali pirates.

Congress says they are looking into this Bernard Madoff scandal. Oh Great! The guy who made $50 Billion disappear is being investigated by the people who made $1.5 Trillion disappear!

And, finally...

I was so depressed last night thinking about the economy, wars, jobs, my savings, Social Security, retirement funds, etc., I called the Suicide Hotline. I got a call center in Pakistan, and when I told them I was suicidal, they got all excited, and asked if I could drive a truck.


(That last one isn’t too funny.  I was stationed in Pakistan back in the ‘60’s.  That place is depressing enough they shouldn’t need any “imported” suicidal folks.  There should be an unending supply of locals for that one.)


Yeah, I know that I’m hopeless.

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