Monday, August 24, 2009


This made me laugh out loud...

A cowboy named Bud was overseeing his herd in a remote mountainous pasture in California when suddenly a brand-new BMW advanced toward him out of a cloud of dust.

The driver, a young man in a Armani suit, Gucci shoes, Ray Ban sunglasses and YSL tie, leaned out the window and asked the cowboy, "If I tell you exactly how many cows and calves you have in your herd, will you give me a calf?"

Bud looks at the man, obviously a yuppie, then looks at his peacefully grazing herd and calmly answers, "Sure, Why not?"

The yuppie parks his car, whips out his Dell notebook computer, connects it to his Cingular RAZR V3 cell phone, and surfs to a NASA page on the Internet, where he calls up a GPS satellite to get an exact fix on his location which he then feeds to another NASA satellite that scans the area in an ultra-high-resolution photo.

The young man then opens the digital photo in Adobe Photoshop and exports it to an image processing facility in Hamburg, Germany.

Within seconds, he receives an email on his Palm Pilot that the image has been processed and the data stored. He then accesses an MS-SQL database through an ODBC connected Excel spreadsheet with email on his Blackberry and, after a few minutes, receives a response.

Finally, he prints out a full-color, 150-page report on his hi-tech, miniaturized HP LaserJet printer, turns to the cowboy and says, "You have exactly 1,586 cows and calves.." "That's right. Well, I guess you can take one of my calves," says Bud. He watches the young man select one of the animals and looks on with amusement as the young man stuffs it into the trunk of his car.

Then Bud says to the young man, "Hey, if I can tell you exactly what your business is, will you give me back my calf?" The young man thinks about it for a second and then says, "Okay, why not?"

"You're a Congressman for the U.S. Government", says Bud.

"Wow! That's correct," says the yuppie, "but how did you guess that?"

"No guessing required." answered the cowboy. "You showed up here even though nobody called you; you want to get paid for an answer I already knew, to a question I never asked. You used millions of dollars worth of equipment trying to show me how much smarter than me you are; and you don't know a thing about how working people make a living - or about cows, for that matter. This is a herd of sheep. ......

Now give me back my Dog.

Saturday, August 15, 2009

You Just Never Know...

...when you're going to meet up with an old friend. Through the technology we enjoy, I was the one who was found by a friend I had when I was a young teenager at our church. She looked up our church website and saw my picture and e-mail on there on the staff page. I was COMPLETELY surprised when I got her e-mail and we started to enjoy occasionally e-mailing back and forth to each other and getting caught up. Now, after two years of attempts at getting together in person, we're finally doing it on the Sunday of Labor Day weekend. We haven't seen each other in about 10 years and it's exciting to reconnect now that we're married and she has two young children.

I hope you find a way to connect with people too. Today we went out with our witnessing team from church and connected with about 20 people, preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Isn't that what Jesus really came to do - connect with people and connect us with God? Thank God for the bridge of the Blood of Jesus, reconnecting me with my Heavenly Father and with my sister in Christ. I'm glad to know you S.L. and I can't wait to finally see you again.