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31st March 2004    #     Issue 154
If man were immortal, do you realize what his meat bills would be?
~ Woody Allen in 'Getting Even'

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Moderator's Comment
                                            ~ Gunjan


                                ~ Tom Trottier

Speaking Tip
                               ~ from Tom Antion

Foot-in-mouth disease
                                  ~ Guess Who

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Dear LaughMates,

You thought The Phoenix, just because it was
back from the dead would be young and troublefree?

Well, that's not the way it works ! But who's
complaining ... even if there are recurring problems !

Did you know that adding a DVD drive to your
system may affect the power supply in such a way
that it can't handle the system even if you remove
the offending drive ? (No it wasn't a blown fuse)

One learns a new thing everyday! Check if you
can learn anything from I-Laugh # 154


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===> Back Issues / Ambition

The Back Issues of I-Laugh are at

Recently tOM seems to have been going through them,
(or maybe he is a little behind in his correspondence too)
as he sent me comments related to I-Laugh #139 now.
Since at I-Laugh when we say Continuing Discussions
we mean Continuing Discussions, so let's see what he has
to say...

Issue 139 had this quote from Jerome K Jerome

> > Wrong to be ambitious, forsooth!  The men wrong who, with bent
> > back and sweating brow, cut the smooth road over which humanity
> > marches forward from generation to generation! Men wrong for
> > using the talents that their Master has intrusted to them--for toiling
> > while others play!

But if we were all ambitious all the time, we would no doubt
have killed each other off already...

 tOM Trottier
Abacurial Information Architecture

Moderator's Comment -

Hi tOM,

I agree with you completely. In fact in earlier issues
40, 45, 47 for example and in a review that I'd written
on I-Helpdesk for a site called richerthanbillgates.com
(yes, it's mentioned in IL-40, but I don't think the link
works any longer) I had harped so much on the problems
with unbridled ambition that I felt all Laughmates knew my
stance on the matter. (I didn't realise till I checked just now ...
that all that discussion was so far back).

In my opinion JKJ too seems to have an 'amused by ambition'
outlook rather than an 'obsessed by ambition' approach.
That was why, JKJ suddenly switching gears and tongue-lashing
the non-ambitious amused (and impressed) me so much.

I would love to develop his talent of being able to present
anything from various view points so convincingly.

P.S - Thanks. It was fun playing around the archives.

Comments -

===> Speaking Tip


No, you don't have to go on-stage in a gorilla suit, although
you could if you wanted to. A costume can be anything from
a flashy tie, to a feathered hat, to a full blown shiny Marca Polina
outfit (the feminine Marco Polo) complete with an illuminated
magic wand, that my friend Sally Walton wears when she talks
about the magic art of "Communicating Across Cultures."
Costumes add a flare and excitement to your presentations
and certainly help to make them more memorable.
If you don't like to wear costumes, get the audience members
to wear them. Better yet, get the "big shots" to wear them and
you will probably be the hit of the meeting. I was doing a customer
service talk for a pizza franchise and I had one of the senior managers
march into the meeting wearing a filthy, doctor's lab coat with ketchup
all over it (fake blood). I had another senior manager come in
with a crisp, new lab coat. I asked a simple question, Which manager
would you like operating on you? Of course, all the junior managers
yelled out that they wouldn't let either one of these people operate
on them. Everyone was laughing and joking around, but the point
was made. They must keep their employees looking clean and neat
because nice customers won't want to be served by grungy food
service workers.

Costume characters can be hired to hand out fliers at your event,
entertain, and generally create an air of fun and excitement. The
local heart association has a "blood drop" costume they use when
they are soliciting funds. There are literally hundreds of costumes
available through costume shops or mail order. Just make sure, as
always, the theme of the costume matches the theme of your
presentation or event.

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===> Foot in the Mouth Disease

"...going into a subject that, over the years, has created
all kinds of trouble for me. I guess it could be called a nervous
compulsion, an automatic reflex or just a basic perverseness.
But whatever it is, it has caused me many uncomfortable
moments. Perhaps an analyst would describe it as
Foot-in-Mouth Disease. I'll cite a few examples just
to show you how easy it is to talk yourself, or write
yourself, into trouble, once you fall into the habit.

A few years ago I was invited to visit Mexico on a good-will
tour. Since the whole trip was to be "on the cuff" and since I
have always been one of freeloading's staunchest disciples,
I quickly accepted.

It was a movie festival honoring famous actors and actresses
from all over the world. The first day in Mexico City, we were
all herded into a large assembly room where a representative
of the government was explaining in endless detail where and
what our activities were to be for the entire week. He rattled
on rapidly in Spanish, but luckily he paused every few minutes
to allow his aide to translate his remaks into French, German,
Portugese and English.

At one point he said, "I am deeply honored to inform you
that at four o'clock tommorrow afternoon you are all
invited to meet the President at the palace."

I raised my hand. The translator noticed me and said,
"Yes, what is it, Mr. XXXX?"

I said, "What assurance have I got that he'll still be
President by four o'clock tommorrow afternoon?"

Hi Friends,

Can you guess who this famous person with the
Foot-in-Mouth disease is ? Of course, to differing
levels I'm sure we all have this disease, don't we ?
Any other fun examples that have happenned to you,
or you've come across ?

I wait eagerly for your replies ...


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

A woman was found guilty in traffic court and when asked for
her occupation she said she was a schoolteacher. The judge
rose from the bench.

"Madam, I have waited years for a schoolteacher to appear before
this court." He smiled with delight. "Now sit down at that table and
write, 'I will not run a red light' five hundred times."

(Thanks tOM)

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