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  • #1735425
    supergold
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    supergold

    WHAT GOES AROUND COMES AROUND………..

    One day a man saw an old lady, stranded on the side of the road, but even in the dim light of day, he could see she needed help. So he pulled up in front of her Mercedes and got out. His Pinto was still sputtering when he approached her .

    Even with the smile on his face, she was worried. No one had stopped to help for the last hour or so. Was he going to hurt her? He didn’t look safe,he looked poor and hungry.

    He could see that she was frightened, standing out there in the cold He knew how she felt. It was that chill which only fear can put in you.

    He said, ‘I’m here to help you, ma’am. Why don’t you wait in the car where it’s warm? By the way, my name is Bryan Anderson.’

    Well, all she had was a flat tire, but for an old lady, that was bad enough. Bryan crawled under the car looking for a place to put the jack, skinning his knuckles a time or two. Soon he was able to change the tire. But he had to get dirty and his hands hurt.

    As he was tightening up the lug nuts, she rolled down the window and began to talk to him. She told him that she was from St..Louis and was only just passing through. She couldn’t thank him enough for coming to her aid.

    Bryan just smiled as he closed her trunk. The lady asked how much she owed him. Any amount would have been all right with her She already imagined all the awful things that could have happened had he not stopped.

    Bryan never thought twice about being paid. This was not a job to him. This was helping someone in need, and God knows there were plenty, who had given him a hand in the past. He had lived his whole life that way, and it never occurred to him to act any other way

    He told her that if she really wanted to pay him back, the next time she saw someone who needed help, she could give that person the assistance they needed, and Bryan added, ‘And think of me..’

    He waited until she started her car and drove off. It had been a cold and depressing day, but he felt good as he headed for home, disappearing into the twilight..

    A few miles down the road the lady saw a small cafe. She went in to grab a bite to eat, and take the chill off before she made the last leg of her trip home. It was a dingy looking restaurant. Outside were two old gas pumps. The whole scene was unfamiliar to her. The waitress came over and brought a clean towel to wipe her wet hair. She had a sweet smile, one that even being on her feet for the whole day couldn’t erase. The lady noticed the waitress was nearly eight months pregnant, but she never let the strain and aches change her attitude. The old lady wondered how someone who had so little could be so giving to a stranger. Then she remembered Bryan .

    After the lady finished her meal, she paid with a hundred dollar bill. The waitress quickly went to get change for her hundred dollar bill, but the old lady had slipped right out the door. She was gone by the time the waitress came back. The waitress wondered where the lady could be. Then she noticed something written on the napkin.

    There were tears in her eyes when she read what the lady wrote: ‘You don’t owe me anything. I have been there too. Somebody once helped me out, the way I’m helping you. If you really want to pay me back, here is what you do: Do not let this chain of love end with you.’

    Under the napkin were four more $100 bills.

    Well, there were tables to clear, sugar bowls to fill, and people to serve, but the waitress made it through another day. That night when she got home from work and climbed into bed, she was thinking about the money and what the lady had written. How could the lady have known how much she and her husband needed it? With the baby due next month, it was going to be hard.

    She knew how worried her husband was, and as he lay sleeping next to her, she gave him a soft kiss and whispered soft and low, ‘Everything’s going to be all right. I love you, Bryan Anderson.’

    There is an old saying…….’What goes around comes around.’ Today I sent you this story, and I’m asking you to pass it on. Let this light shine.

    Supergold-Wainuiomata (Wellington)

    #1737408
    Hero42
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    Hero42

    Here is an interesting article on people who live a long time.

    https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/lifestyle/2019/11/how-some-people-live-to-be-110-despite-smoking-and-drinking-their-way-through-life.html

    Seems it is more down to chance with our DNA rather than our life style.

    New research in Japan has found such a genetic link. Researchers analysed the immune systems of a small number of super-centenarians – people older than 110 – and found that compared to the average person, they have an unusually lethal defence against infections and cancers.

    Cheers 🙂

    #1737428
    supergold
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    supergold

    Very interesting link. Thank you Hero42

    Supergold-Wainuiomata (Wellington)

    #1739394
    supergold
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    supergold

    Do you know this?

    Q: Why do men’s clothes have buttons on the right while women’s clothes have buttons on the left?
    A: When buttons were invented they were very expensive and worn primarily by the rich. Since most people are right-handed, it is easier to push buttons on the right through holes on the left. Because wealthy women were dressed by maids dressmakers put the buttons on the maid’s right! And that’s where women’s buttons have remained since.

    Q: Why do ships and aircraft use ‘mayday’ as their call for help?
    A: This comes from the French word m’aidez – meaning ‘help me’ — and is pronounced, approximately, ‘mayday.’

    Q: Why are zero scores in tennis called ‘love’?
    A: In France, where tennis became popular, the round zero on the scoreboard looked like an egg and was called ‘l’oeuf,’ which is French for ‘the egg.’ When tennis was introduced in the US Americans (mis)pronounced it ‘love.’

    Q. Why do Xs at the end of a letter signify kisses?
    A: In the Middle Ages, when many people were unable to read or write, documents were often signed using an X. Kissing the X represented an oath to fulfill obligations specified in the document. The X and the kiss eventually became synonymous.

    Q: Why is shifting responsibility to someone else called ‘passing the buck’?
    A: In card games it was once customary to pass an item, called a buck, from player to player to indicate whose turn it was to deal. If a player did not wish to assume the responsibility of dealing he would ‘pass the buck’ to the next player.

    Q: Why do people clink their glasses before drinking a toast?
    A: It used to be common for someone to try to kill an enemy by offering him a poisoned drink. To prove to a guest that a drink was safe it became customary for a guest to pour a small amount of his drink into the glass of the host. Both men would drink it simultaneously. When a guest trusted his host he would only touch or clink the host’s glass with his own.

    Q: Why are people in the public eye said to be ‘in the limelight’?
    A: Invented in 1825 limelight was used in lighthouses and theatres by burning a cylinder of lime which produced a brilliant light. In the theatre, a performer ‘in the limelight’ was the centre of attention.

    Q: Why is someone who is feeling great ‘on cloud nine’?
    A: Types of clouds are numbered according to the altitudes they attain, with nine being the highest cloud. If someone is said to be on cloud nine that person is floating well above worldly cares.

    Q: In golf, where did the term ‘Caddie’ come from?
    A. When Mary Queen of Scots went to France as a young girl Louis, King of France, learned that she loved the Scots game ‘golf.’ He had the first course outside of Scotland built for her enjoyment. To make sure she was properly chaperoned (and guarded) while she played Louis hired cadets from a military school to accompany her. Mary liked this a lot and when returned to Scotland (not a very good idea in the long run) she took the practice with her. In French, the word cadet is pronounced ‘ca-day’ and the Scots changed it into ‘caddie.’

    Q: Why are many coin banks shaped like pigs?
    A: Long ago dishes and cookware in Europe were made of a dense orange clay called ‘pygg’. When people saved coins in jars made of this clay the jars became known as ‘pygg banks.’ When an English potter misunderstood the word he made a container that resembled a pig. And it caught on.

    So there you are! Now you know!

    Supergold-Wainuiomata (Wellington)

    #1741536
    jens
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    jens

    How  comes, that  our  numerous  grownups  who regret the  exclusion of politics  for  discussion,  show  no interest at all in discussing economics ?

    Has it  not something  like  this been  said,  that economics  is a most influential factor in political success ?

    Those who  cannot  find  an “Economics”  forum, please note, that numerous  economics  threads  are on the  “Money and Life Plans”  forum.

    #1741545
    kaiapoiken
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    kaiapoiken

    You better hop on one of them Jens. Just in case you miss a chance to push your barrow AGAIN. Just a thought Supergold, I wonder where the saying “pushing ones barrow” comes from?

    #1741548
    jens
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    jens

    kaiapoiken  –   why do you want to evade   (or perhaps even have it eliminated  from here?) discussion  on economics ?

    I cannot imagine you having  nothing  to think of or to say on it?

     

    #1741549
    gabyone
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    gabyone

    Only wish to hear same old stuff once or twice Jen’s not across every thread. We are grownups & have a right not to want lectures on a topic that most of lived through & come out the other end  ok, due to our economic skills.

    Gabyone Auckland region

    #1741552
    paulinem
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    paulinem

    Jens you constantly want to talk about Kiwisaver in any economic discussion . Jens we are grownups ie into our retirement years and are not interested in saving schemes. In fact I have nothing saved for mine or my husbands funeral. In  reality  when you rely on the super as your income  you cannot  afford much savings. As far as  paying for our funerals I see this as my kids problem as they get our house on our death  which when sold will more than reimburse them for the cost of our funerals etc.

    Economy in general as I have told you if I could I would change it back to Keynesian economy from the liberal/private king  economy of today. In fact if I win lotto I would give thousands to Social Credit to publicize this for the election this year, as I feel so strongly to change our economy and thus make more home ownership less expensive and thus available to so many of our homeless.

    But Jens dont panic as we both know yeah me winning lotto is a sad joke to me as far to many times with the lotto  ticket I buy comes out sorry not a winning ticket 🙁

    #1741570
    jens
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    jens

    But  gabyone –  haven’t you realized  that  my  arguments  about KiwiSaver, NZ Super sustainability and widening  wealth ownership  creation  does not  concern  our (“I’m all  right, Jack”)  seniors’ (like you and  paulinem) welfare  at all –

    but  reflects  concern  about  those of  our  descendants, who unlike  yours, do not receive  economic  encouragement,  support nor education  by example of a  modest and prudent  life-style  from their parents –

    and have ended,  and will end up as have-nots increasingly in need  of  welfare support,as  already  is happening  again,  according to the  latest statistics  ?

    Our  generation,  gabyone and paulinem – has  failed  to achieve  preventive  measures to arrest  and reverse that trend, and  is your  conscience  not  concerned  about that?

    If you  have never  thought  about that, please take  note   now.

    And paulinem, if you think  debt  free  Social Credit is the  answer, then please  explain the economics  of it again, e.g. how  you can create  or  consume wealth through   “monetary  trickery” whichever  way (?).

    Would  that not  be interesting,  entertaining and illuminating, especially  if there is  wide  participation with a  wide  range of  opinions and evidence in the  discussion  ?

     

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