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

8th October 2003    #     Issue 132
If you can't see the light at the end of the tunnel,
march down there and turn it on yourself.


Moderator's Comment -
                                                               ~ Gunjan


Losing a dear one
                                           ~ Bette Tolnai
                                          ~  Joseph Harris

Aggressor Who ?
                                           ~ Tom Trottier

Funny Words
                                            ~ Gunjan

Speaking Tip
                                             ~ from Tom Antion


                                           ~ Debbie Gisonni

Light Travel
                                            ~ Gunjan



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Moderator's Comments

Dear LaughMates,

Great to hear from some old friends and some new
ones. Makes life easier for me ;).

Kidding aside, the whole idea of a discussion group
is participation, different ideas, a bit of fighting, some
teasing and group fun.

Hope that second para disguises effectively that your
posts do make things easier for me ! ;)

With no further ado ... as we have a rather full and interesting
issue, so full that we'll be using Scott Simmerman's joke only
next week, which should give him enough time to return from
Dubai and ... Oh Sorry !! Here's I-Laugh 132 -

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===> Losing a dear one


After reading today's laugh letter I wanted to share
the following with you, which I have sent to those
who have lost someone dear to them.


(from Chicken Soup for the Soul)

Life is eternal, and love is immortal, and
death is the only horizon; and a horizon
is nothing save the limit of our sight.
                              Rossiter Worthington Raymond

I am standing upon the seashore.

A ship at my side spreads her white sails to the
morning breeze and starts for the blue ocean.

She is an object of beauty and strength.

I stand and watch her until at length she hangs like a
speck of white cloud on the horizon, just where the
sea and the sky come to mingle with one another.

Then someone at my side says:  "There, she is gone."

"Gone where?"

Gone from my sight.  That is all.

She is just as large in mast and hull and spar as she
was when she left my side, and she is just as able to
bear her load of living freight to her destined port.

Her diminished size is in me, not her.

And just at the moment when someone at my side says,
"There she is gone," there are other eyes watching her coming,

And other voices ready to take up the glad shout:

"Here she comes!"

And that is dying.

~ Anonymous

note: "The Ship" from book You Can Not Die by Margaret M. Stevens

Thanks for keeping me laughing out loud.


Comments or if have you a tip to share -

===> Losing a dear one


Wish the Doc 'Long Life' from me would you? Thanks.

This is a Jewish custom to wish relatives of the deceased
a long life, usually in the seven days of mourning. I don't know
what the origins of it are, and I don't know if, like so many
'unique' customs other religions have a similar way of greeting


Moderator's Note - That's new to me. I didn't find it on
any of the 4-5 sites I had visited after Laughmate Arik's father
had passed away. Should we take the trouble of sending them
a note ?

Comments or if have you a tip to share -

===> Aggressor Who?

Dear Gunjan,

When the Israelis withdraw their settlements from the West Bank
and move their wall to Israeli land, I will believe that they are not


Moderator's Comment - Although very tempted to, I'll reserve
my comments on this issue. My opinion is probably biased
having been deeply influenced by Leon Uris' "The Haj" and
"Exodus". However tOM, if you read your own note with a glint
of sarcasm in your eye ...

"Israeli Land"

"What Israeli Land?"

"Wasn't somebody bent on pushing someone into the sea ?"

...I'm sure you'll see what the really smart guy who created that
joke is trying to get across.

Comments or if have you a tip to share -

===> Funny Words

Here's a list of intrinsically funny words submitted by Michael Bass
to the Laugh Lovers list ... not all of them maybe suitable to
include in your business correspondence. I'll give you a report on
that soon after using them in my business correspondence.

~ Gunjan

pixel; brouhaha; chancre; ugly; non compos mentis;
ipso facto; persona non grata; lob; cuss; banana;
brogans; stupid; cretin; doggerel; Surgeon General;
dog catcher; blessings; whimsy; flimsy; skinny; bop;
lobe; midget; donut; doughnut; dough; pancake;
milk toast; planet; solar system; bucket; lard;
silly; goofy; werewolf; slut; spleen; personage;
prom; reality

Comments  -

===> Speaking Tip

Mental Involvement

One of the best ways to get your message to sink in is to
get the audience thinking. This may sound elementary, but
when you are up there spewing words at the audience,
they may not have time to think. That is one reason pauses
are so effective. They give the audience a chance to catch
up and apply their own thoughts and value systems to what
you are saying.

Asking questions of the audience is a great way to force them
into the think mode. Has anyone ever been to Cleveland? A
simple question like this zooms an individual audience member's
mind to Cleveland if that person has been to Cleveland. If that
person has not been to Cleveland, he or she will be tuned in
mentally to see what you have to say about Cleveland. Have
you ever had your keys in your hand one minute and the next
minute they were gone? This question is the
Has-this-ever-happened-to-you? variety. To corral the most
audience members with a question like this, all you have to do
is use a question that you know (from your pre-program
research) will relate to most of the audience.
Johnny Carson before he retired, Jay Leno, and David
Letterman all use questions about current news to grab their
audiences mentally. They ask Did you read today or did you
hear today about . . .? Johnny, Jay, and Dave know that
if the audience has heard about the current event they will
feel a common bond and if they haven't heard about it, they
will listen more carefully. To make sure these talented and
funny talk show hosts reach the largest portion of their
respective audiences, they almost always explain or recap
the news item before they make the joke. This gives those
audience members that haven't heard about the current
event a chance to get the humor.

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===> Introduction

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My name is Debbie Gisonni.  I joined the group a while ago, but
haven't had a chance to submit anything yet.  I'm an author and
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Comments  -

===> Light Travel

In the latest issue of "Anywhere But the Kitchen" ezine
Mari Bontrager mentioned ...

"my perspective about possessions has done a One-Eighty
since we've been on the road!"

...which reminded me of a passage I'd read which had
(while seated at home) deeply influenced my perspective
on possessions. Like it or not - Here it comes...

The first list we made out had to be discarded. It was clear that
the upper reaches of the Thames would not allow of the navigation
of a boat sufficiently large to take the things we had set down as
indispensable; so we tore the list up, and looked at one another!

George said:

"You know we are on a wrong track altogether. We must not
think of the things we could do with, but only of the things that
we can't do without."

George comes out really quite sensible at times. You'd be
surprised. I call that downright wisdom, not merely as regards
the present case, but with reference to our trip up the river of
life, generally. How many people, on that voyage, load up the
boat till it is ever in danger of swamping with a store of foolish
things which they think essential to the pleasure and comfort
of the trip, but which are really only useless lumber.

How they pile the poor little craft mast-high with fine clothes
and big houses; with useless servants, and a host of swell friends
that do not care twopence for them, and that they do not care
three ha'pence for; with expensive entertainments that nobody
enjoys, with formalities and fashions, with pretence and
ostentation, and with - oh, heaviest, maddest lumber of all! -
the dread of what will my neighbour think, with luxuries that
only cloy, with pleasures that bore, with empty show that,
like the criminal's iron crown of yore, makes to bleed and
swoon the aching head that wears it!

It is lumber, man - all lumber! Throw it overboard. It makes
the boat so heavy to pull, you nearly faint at the oars. It makes
it so cumbersome and dangerous to manage, you never know
a moment's freedom from anxiety and care, never gain a moment's
rest for dreamy laziness - no time to watch the windy shadows
skimming lightly o'er the shallows, or the glittering sunbeams
flitting in and out among the ripples, or the great trees by the
margin looking down at their own image, or the woods all green
and golden, or the lilies white and yellow, or the sombre-waving
rushes, or the sedges, or the orchids, or the blue forget-me-nots.

Throw the lumber over, man! Let your boat of life be light,
packed with only what you need - a homely home and simple
pleasures, one or two friends, worth the name, someone to love
and someone to love you, a cat, a dog, and a pipe or two,
enough to eat and enough to wear, and a little more than enough
to drink; for thirst is a dangerous thing.

You will find the boat easier to pull then, and it will not be so
liable to upset, and it will not matter so much if it does upset;
good, plain merchandise will stand water. You will have time
to think as well as to work. Time to drink in life's sunshine -
time to listen to the Æolian music that the wind of God draws
from the human heart-strings around us - time to ...

[From Jerome K Jerome's
Three Men in a Boat
(To Say Nothing of the Dog)]

That IS a part of the Title ... it's not my addition !

Best Wishes,

~ Gunjan

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

Following Instructions to the Letter.

During my training as a medical-group receptionist, I was
told never to recommend one of our doctors over another,
but simply state who had available appointments.
One day, a woman came in and looked at me conspiratorially.
"I'm a nurse," she whispered, "and I know the staff always
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