Oops

My friend Sara wrote me an email last night and said that she was cold. The heat was out in her house. She is there alone with her 14 year old and can’t find someone to come fix it. I wrote her back and asked if she wanted some room heaters since we have a couple extras sitting around.  She never answered. Well, Sara is like that.

I know her number by heart, but it is not stored in my phone. I called her all day, both from my cell and my house phone. No answer. She apparently called me back when I was gone at 7 pm and didn’t leave a message, but there was a little talking in the background I couldn’t make out.

I called her back at 8 and a male answered. Too old for her son, it had to be her boyfriend that she just broke up with. Maybe he was helping her with the heat? But I knew he had a temper.

“Hi. This is Debbie. Is this Calvin?”

“Uh huh?”

“Sara said her heat wasn’t working. Is it fixed? Do you have heat?”

“Uh”

“Can I talk to Sara?”

“Be quick”

“Okay”  I wait for about 20 seconds. “Do you need my heaters?”

“uh huh”

“Oooo – kkaaayyyy. I will be there in fifteen minutes.”

So I load two space heaters in the car and take off for Sara’s. I am embarrassed to tell the hubby what is happening, so I call D in Florida and give her the details in case they have to look for my dead body.

I pull up behind Sara’s. Every light in the house is on. But nobody comes to the door. I call the number again, no answer. No doorbell. Finally, I see a face peeking out of the kitchen door. It’s Sara. I smile and wave and call her name.

She perks up and comes out. But she didn’t know I was coming. Calvin hadn’t been there and didn’t have her phone. Oops. I had the wrong phone number the whole time. In fact, in retrospect, I probably interrupted someone’s pot smoking party.

Now the question is, do I have more fun with this? Call and tell them to run, the police are coming? Or that if they use nail polish to make a red X on their forehead they aren’t legally allowed to be charged if they are caught smoking pot because they are part of a legitimate research project at the nearest university? Or that I just found out they batch they are using is contaminated and will make their privates fall off?

Let me know if you’d like the number!

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This is a webpage of me. I live in a small town with more cows than people. I raised four kids. They all grew up, spread their wings, and moved far away. Now I diddle around, helping people with computers, running websites for nonprofits, sewing, photography, playing recorders, eating chocolate, cooking, raising herbs, volunteering, and generally trying to pay back the world for all the goodness I have in my life.

Favorite Quotations

He who takes offense when no offense was intended is a fool. He who takes offense when offense WAS intended, is also most probably a fool. -Confucious et al.

Those who can’t make a point without lying or exaggerating, don’t really have a point.

Any virtue, when taken to an extreme, becomes a vice.

“How many observe Christ’s birthday; how few His precepts! Oh, ’tis easier to keep Holidays than Commandments.”
–from “Poor Richard’s Almanack”

Once you complain enough about little things, others will ignore all of your complaints, even the big things. So save your complaining points for things that really matter. It takes at least seven compliments to gain one complaining point. Get to work on compliments!

The third-rate mind is only happy when it is thinking with the majority. The second-rate mind is only happy when it is thinking with the minority. The first-rate mind is only happy when it is thinking. – A. A. Milne

Once you can accept the universe as matter expanding into nothing that is something, wearing stripes with plaid comes easy. ~Albert Einstein

In 1794, when Congress appropriated $15,000 to assist some French refugees, James Madison, the father of our Constitution, stood on the floor of the House to object, saying, “I cannot undertake to lay my finger on that article of the Constitution which granted a right to Congress of expending, on objects of benevolence, the money of their constituents.”

I consider the foundation of the Constitution as laid on this ground that “all powers not delegated to the United States, by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the states, are reserved to the states or to the people.” To take a single step beyond the boundaries thus specially drawn around the powers of Congress, is to take possession of a boundless field of power, not longer susceptible of any definition. – Thomas Jefferson

The only way for Congress to give one American one dollar is to first, through the tax code, take that dollar from some other American. It must forcibly use one American to serve another American. Forcibly using one person to serve another is one way to describe slavery. – Walter E Williams

If we could get the corrupt and incompetent people out of positions of power, be they in politics or business, unions or religion, the rest of the people could make headway in solving problems. – Debbie Fordham

Don’t ask yourself what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive and go do that because what the world needs is people who have come alive. – Howard Thurman

“It cannot be emphasized too strongly or too often that this great nation was founded, not by religionists, but by Christians; not on religions, but on the Gospel of Jesus Christ. For this very reason peoples of other faith have been afforded asylum, prosperity, and freedom of worshippers.” Patrick Henry – 1736-1799

You’re offended? You’re a Fool! – David R. Fordham

Any problem that you can throw money at to solve really isn’t a problem. So live you life within your means so that you have the money to throw at potential problems before they become problems. — Arline Bliss

‘When nothing seems to help, I go and look at a stonecutter hammering away at his rock perhaps a hundred times without as much as a crack showing in it. Yet at the hundred and first blow it will split in two, and I know it was not that blow that did it, but all that had gone before.’
— Jacob Riis (1849 – 1914)

You’d better want the consequences of what you want — Neil A Maxwell

From Thomas Sowell:
1. People who enjoy meetings should not be in charge of anything.

2. If you have always believed that everyone should play by the same rules and be judged by the same standards, that would have gotten you labeled a radical 60 years ago, a liberal 30 years ago and a racist today.

3. Immigration laws are the only laws that are discussed in terms of how to help people who break them.

4. Socialism in general has a record of failure so blatant that only an intellectual could ignore or evade it.

5. The next time some academics tell you how important diversity is, ask how many Republicans there are in their sociology department.

6. The most basic question is not what is best, but who shall decide what is best.

7. The biggest and most deadly ‘tax’ rate on the poor comes from a loss of various welfare state benefits – food stamps, housing subsidies and the like – if their income goes up.

8. The real minimum wage is zero.

9. What ‘multiculturalism’ boils down to is that you can praise any culture in the world except Western culture – and you cannot blame any culture in the world except Western culture.

10. In liberal logic, if life is unfair then the answer is to turn more tax money over to politicians, to spend in ways that will increase their chances of getting reelected.