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Monday, April 30, 2012

Monday's Vehicle

Cruising the Seine River - day trip

We had pre-purchased tickets for the tour boat cruise on the Seine and first did the day cruise. It was both fun and entertaining. It was so much fun that we decided to repeat the experience but at night.

It was certainly chilly but also a good experience.

 We were seated along the rail so that we could have some peace and quiet ..... NOT

A young woman and her son joined us. He was a real sweetheart however a young Hooligan abut the same age, 5 years old, appeared from nowhere. I am sure the little hellion didn't have parents since none showed up to supervise him.

There was however, one very entertaining moment.

The little guy with his mom turned to little Satan and said, " I don't know what you are talking about ... I'm from Arkansas"

 Yes sir guys that is a 60's Amphicar on the rear deck of that boat.

 Approaching the Louvre along the Seine

 People picnic along the banks
At night they set up tables and have wine, cheese and bread

 Even the carrousel is energy efficient

Cruising the Seine River - Night trip

The night was quite cold but we Canucks are a hardy people. Pat and I sat on top of the boat in the open air. In spite of the temperature the trip was fun and entertaining. As we passed people on the shore a group of passengers would cheer and wave while the landlubbers would raise their bottle of wine and acknowlege our presence with a toast.

mom and dad WE'RE PREGNANT!!

Thanks Sylvia

Frightening statistic

25% of women in this country are on medication for mental illness.
That's bloody scary...
It means 75% are running around with no medication at all!

Thanks Norman

R├ęchauffement de la planet//Global Warming

Ten Thoughts to Ponder

Number 10
Life is sexually transmitted.

Number 9
Good health is merely the slowest possible rate at which one can die.

Number 8
Men have two emotions : Hungry and Horny. If you see him without an erection, make him a sandwich .

Number 7
Give a person a fish and you feed them for a day. Teach a person to use the Internet and they won't bother you for weeks, months, maybe years.

Number 6
Health nuts are going to feel stupid someday, lying in the hospitals, dying of nothing.

Number 5
All of us could take a lesson from the weather. It pays no attention to criticism.

Number 4
Why does a slight tax increase cost you $800.00, and a substantial tax cut saves you $30.00?

Number 3
In the 60's, people took acid to make the world weird. Now the world is weird and people take Prozac to make it normal.

Number 2
Life is like a jar of Jalapeno peppers--what you do today, might burn your ass tomorrow.

And The Number 1 Thought
- - - as someone recently said to me:
"Don't worry about old age - it doesn't last that long.

Thanks Heidemarie

Une petite question ...

"What"...Will revive him First???????

Thanks Norman

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Sunday's Vehicle

Edith Piaf - Non, je ne regrette rien (Officiel) [Live Version]

Paris's Hop on Hop off bus tour

Paris has some of the best and easiest public transit that I have ever encountered. They have buses, trams, metro and train services that are punctual and easy to use. The Hop on and Hop off bus is a tourist oriented service allowing one to see the sites and plan ones days at the various points of interest in the city.

Part of the excitement of Paris is watching the death defying driving style of its residents. This spectacle is not limited to cars but scooters, motorcycles, bicycles and buses alike all participate in this daring dance. There is no set format it comes down to he or she who gains position first has the right of way. Motorcycles and scooters alike race between cars nearly scraping their knuckles. It takes nerves of steel and incredible vision and perception on the part of driver and rider ..... but it works for them.

Interestingly they walk the streets and subways in the same manner but, contrary to what you may have heard, they are NOT self centred as a people. Pat and I found them to be very helpful with information and prepared to take time to explain their city. On one occasion we witnessed a blind woman attempting to board a bus, the public transit vehicles have green buttons on the exterior and interior that open the doors and signal the driver not to move, she was unable to locate the button when a stranger appear, pressed the button and assisted her to board, then promptly went on their way.

While on yet another adventure we witnessed a young woman with a carriage and baby attempting to board a crowded bus when a gentleman assisted her to lift the carriage aboard. There wasn't room however crowd pressed further in to make room and they were on their way.

Then there was the disabled African gentleman, dressed in full regalia, who while shuffling to reach the bus fell off the curb at the rear wheels of the bus.... suddenly as if from nowhere came a woman and pressed the button, the doors opened, the bus halted and the man lifted himself from the ground and boarded the bus. The good Samaritan who helped him simply walked off as quickly as she appeared.

Between Pat and I we have taken close to 900 photos of bothe Paris and Sussex County in the southern part of England. Hopefully we won't bore you with the selected few that I will post over the next several days.

Elvis Presley Old Shep


Very Funny! Enjoy!
How to Make a Sandwich
Silent Comedy. as only the British can do.

Thanks Ivan 

I never knew that!

Well ... I do declare ... I never knew that!
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, round zero on the scoreboard looked like an egg and was called 'l'oeuf,' which is French for 'egg.' When tennis was introduced in the US, Americans (mis)pronounced it 'love.'

Q. Why do X's 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 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.' So 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 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: Did you ever wonder why dimes, quarters and half dollars have notches (milling), while pennies and nickels do not?
A: The US Mint began putting notches on the edges of coins containing gold and silver to discourage holders from shaving off small quantities of the precious metals. Dimes, quarters and half dollars are notched because they used to contain silver. Pennies and nickels aren't notched because the metals they contain are not valuable enough to shave.
Q: Why are many coin banks shaped like pigs?
A: Long ago, dishes and cookware in Europe were made of 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! Now you know!

Thanks Norman

Play on words

I don't enjoy computer jokes; not one bit.

I changed my iPod's name to Titanic. It's syncing now.

When chemists die, they barium.

Jokes about German sausage are the wurst.

I stayed up all night to see where the sun went. Then it dawned on me.

This girl said she recognized me from the vegetarian club, but I'd never
met herbivore.

I'm reading a book about anti-gravity. I just can't put it down.

I did a theatrical performance about puns. It was a play on words.

They told me I had type-A blood, but it was a Type-O.

PMS jokes aren't funny, period.

Why were the Indians here first? They had reservations.

We're going on a class trip to the Coca-Cola factory. I hope there's no
pop quiz!

I didn't like my beard at first. Then it grew on me.

Did you hear about the cross-eyed teacher who lost her job? She couldn't
control her pupils.

When you get a bladder infection, urine trouble.

Broken pencils are pointless.

I tried to catch some fog, but I mist.

What do you call a dinosaur with an extensive vocabulary? A thesaurus.

England has no kidney bank, but it does have a Liverpool .

I used to be a banker, but then I lost interest.

I dropped out of communism class because of lousy Marx.

All the toilets in New York 's police stations have been stolen. The
police have nothing to go on.

I got a job at a bakery because I kneaded dough.

Haunted French pancakes give me the crepes.

Velcro - what a rip-off!

A cartoonist was found dead in his home. Details are sketchy.

Venison for dinner again? Oh deer!

The earthquake in Washington obviously was the government's fault.
Thanks Marc

Take a moment and enjoy

Thanks Randy