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Assisted By : Gunjan Saraf   mailto:gunjan@workinghumor.com

26th February  2003    #     Issue 100
If you live to the age of a hundred you have it made because
very few people die past the age of a hundred.
~ George Burns


Moderator's Comment -
                                                     ~ Gunjan

The Other Moderator's Comment
                                                      ~ Eva


Death of a Machine.....
                                ~ Gunjan

Raison d'être
                                ~ Uncle Joe Harris

Ideas to ponder over .... and Discuss
                             ~ Gunjan

Speaking Tip
                             ~ from Tom Antion


What me worry ?
                              ~ Gunjan

To worry or not to worry, that's not the question!
                              ~ The Doc



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Moderator's Comments

Dear Laughmates,

"    ............. On this very special night, I'd like to thank
our sponsors ... (sniff, sniff) ..... Clara and Phil .... who
manage to remember to send us our money every month
before we manage to remind them ... (attempted smile, sniff,)
  ... our other sponsor Joel ... and our 3rd sponsor (who we
hope to rope in with all this circus)."

"I have so many people to thank, and so little time to thank them
in, (oh no, don't press that buzzer just yet) that I have to waste
half the time I have, in this idle chatter... (diminishing sniff) "

"I'd like to thank Eva, who always manages to stick her nose
through sTAX of work and throws out a couple of PUNches
of her own. For this tax season her advise is 'Beware of small,
sharp nails on the road. If you try to drive around them you can
be held for TACKS EVASION' "

"Next I'd like to thank .... Hey .... What are you doing...
you can't carry me off in mid-sentence...(SEE YA

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The Other Moderator's Comment

Dear LaughMates,

Well, after reading Gunjan's comments, I am seriously tempted
to PUNish him for his TACKy remarks.

But, being of good jeer, I'll let him buy.

Funny about how people seem to be of one mind. When I opened
this massive missive from Gunjan, I was thinking that I wanted to
make a point of thanking Phil and Clara for being so good about
their long-term sponsorship. They've been with us, unbidden, since
the beginning. And I can't tell you how much that means. Besides, I
like ordering from them. (Secret: We usually call their toll-free number
1-888-231-3426, rather than order anonymously from the site...) But,
Gunjan has already done that, so forget it.

Yesterday, I went to have lunch with one of my HelpMates, who
happens to live within walking distance. (I drove the distance - it's
1.6 miles between our homes.) The whole purpose, of course, was
to give me an incentive to take a walk. Naturally, the deities conspired
against me - and brought lovely, refreshing rain. So, I was free to drive.

Getting there a bit early, I was stopped in my tracks (literally), by the
crush of people at the entrance to the restaurant. Pushing my way past
of all of these people who seemed to be simply milling about, crowded
closely together, I asked the waitress what all that was about.

She replied that it was the monthly meeting of the local Chamber of
Commerce. I politely corrected her. It can't be that, they hardly have
anyone show up. It must be the adjacent town's Chamber meeting. No,
she was pretty sure. (Smugly, quietly, I knew she was wrong. After all,
hadn't I resigned from the Board of Directors because they were being
so ineffectual and the whole organization seemed to be floundering? Hey,
I knew better!)

Well, while Virginia and I were lunching, I could hear them being really
lively over in the other side of the restaurant - meeting business,
networking, etc. Hmm...

On our way out, their meeting was ending. And look at that! The Chamber
president was right there. We got to hug and catch up. On our way to the
parking lot, we ran into the executive director. It turns out that after he
gently dumped the directors he that were holding up progress, the exec
managed to double the membership, hire staff and start providing real
services to the members. So, now, their monthly meetings attracted over
60 people each time (used to be about 20-30), and they have classes
and mixers and have breathed life into the organization.

See what happens when I leave a group? It thrives!

I've been invited to return....who knows. Maybe I will.

Meanwhile, I may have snagged a new client for my friend. Seems
they no longer have a webmaster - and Virginia's perfect for the job.

Your Comic Guide,

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===> Death of a Machine...

Hi Eva,

Your mention of your old dying Xerox reminded me of my old Mac 7200.
It's now been 6-7 years since it died but I still haven't overcome the shock
of the way it died. I guess it hurt so much because it died due to a total
apathy for it by it's Maker.


Comments  -

[The Other Moderator: Well, it's been about a week now. And the new
machine is thriving in its new home. This baby is quieter, smaller, and we
can store more boxes next to it.  Very important for a clutterer like me.]

===> Raison d'être


I always thought  raison d'etre was dried fruit ready washed
for a snack and came in those little red packets.

Uncle Joe

Comments  -

===> Ideas to ponder over .... and Discuss

Last week's extract was written by Douglas Adams.
I found it in the book the 'Salmon of Doubt' which has
been put together by Adams' publisher and his friends
after Adams' death.

I was floored by this extract not just because of the
style of writing, but the fact that this guy was writing
letters to the editor at the age of 12. Have you ever
written a letter to an editor. At what age did you
write your first ? (I must have written my first when
I was around 25. It makes me feel retarded)


~ Gunjan

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=== > Speaking Tip


Did you ever sit in a meeting where people where paradigming and
core compentencying you to death? A game has developed out of
these trite words that you could easily have your audience play
when you are the presenter. The nice name for it is "Buzzword
Bingo." The "real" name for it is "BS Bingo" and you know what
that stands for.

The people in the audience have bingo cards that you make up with
all kinds of the stupid words corporate folks like to bandy
around to make themselves feel smart and important. The game is
"supposed" to be played without the presenters knowing that
people are listening for these words in an attempt to complete
their bingo card. You turn that around as a fun learning
experience by using words that you gleaned from your pre-program
research that mean something to them. Every time you say one,
they can mark their cards while listening for the words. The one
who gets five in a row yells out something and wins a prize. You
could make what they yell out and the prize funny or non-
sensical. It doesn't really matter.

WARNING: If you are an outsider, some of the other presenters or
their own corporate people may be totally guilty of using all
these fancy words. If you bring it to light either before or
after they present you could embarrass someone, so make sure this
is cleared with several people before you do it.

Here are a couple sites that will get your started:


Click on "Mission/Vision" for rules and playing instructions.

from Tom Antion's Great Speaking Newsletter

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=========== NEW DISCUSSIONS ===========

===> What me worry ?

Out here in India, we were always worried about the various things
that the US kept sending to Pakistan. Now it seems the bigger worry
is what Pakistan  seems to have passed on to the US - Totalitarian

The first step for anyone or any Govt thinking on Totalitarian terms is
to start spreading fear and panic and the US Govt seems to be doing
such a terrific job at it that it IS frightening. (Oh hell, it's working !!)

As I visited a particular US Govt. site recently (no I will not give
you the url), seated here far away in India, I felt a twinge of fear
and immediately my hand reached out for 'my bible' (Catch 22).

In less than 10 minutes I had found a particularly 'soothing'
passage that told me my fears were totally rational. But it
also added lots more rational fears to worry about, till
the whole thing became irrational...

"Yossarian also worried about Ewing's tumor and melanoma.
Catastrophes were lurking everywhere, too numerous to count.
When he contemplated the many diseases and potential accidents
threatening him, he was positively astounded that he had managed
to survive in good health for as long as he had. It was miraculous.
Each day he faced another dangerous mission against mortality.
And he had been surviving them for twenty-eight years."

The fears that the Govt. is telling Americans about are not unreal.
They are real, but they've been around for years. Just as the fears
that must trouble Arik in Israel or all of us in India and Pakistan
(as we seem to keep making more and more dangerous missiles
and put stupider and stupider people in charge of them.)

But we have survived them without Duct Tape before and we will do
so again. Unless we let 'them' exaggerate the fears to the extent where
the fears themselves cripple us. (and remember the enemy is anyone
who wants to get you killed ... no matter which side he is on! ;-)

~ Gunjan

Comments  -

===> To worry or not to worry is not the question !


Statistically, you are more likely to be killed by a
champagne cork than a poisonous spider.

I think it's important that we don't spend too much time
worrying about the wrong things, don't you?

~ The Doc
Jest in Literature (A) - lit-subscribe@topica.com

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===========  This week's Humor ==============


After a lengthy conference with the estranged husband, the lawyer
reported to his client: "Jill, I have succeeded in making a settlement
with your husband that is eminently fair to both of you."

"Fair to both!?!" exploded Jill. "I could have done that myself.
Why do you think I hired a lawyer?"

(From Jo-Lene's Daily Humor)

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