Monthly Archives: March 2015

 

Grandpa Bob

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Take my Son…..

A wealthy man and his son loved to collect rare works of art. They had everything in their collection, from Picasso to Raphael. They would often sit together and admire the great works of art..

When the Vietnam conflict broke out, the son went to war. He was very courageous and died in battle while rescuing another soldier. The father was notified and grieved deeply for his only son.

About a month later, just before Christmas,

There was a knock at the door. A young man stood at the door with a large package in his hands..

He said, ‘Sir, you don’t know me, but I am the soldier for whom your son gave his life. He saved many lives that day, and he was carrying me to safety when a bullet struck him in the heart and he died instantly… He often talked about you, and your love for art.’ The young man held out this package. ‘I know this isn’t much. I’m not really a great artist, but I think your son would have wanted you to have this.’

The father opened the package. It was a portrait of his son, painted by the young man. He stared in awe at the way the soldier had captured the personality of his son in the painting. The father was so drawn to the eyes that his own eyes welled up with tears. He thanked the young man and offered to pay him for the picture.. ‘Oh, no sir, I could never repay what your son did for me. It’s a gift.’

The father hung the portrait over his mantle. Every time visitors came to his home he took them to see the portrait of his son before he showed them any of the other great works he had collected.

The man died a few months later. There was to be a great auction of his paintings. Many influential people gathered, excited over seeing the great paintings and having an opportunity to purchase one for their collection.

On the platform sat the painting of the son. The auctioneer pounded his gavel. ‘We will start the bidding with this picture of the son. Who will bid for this picture?’

There was silence…

Then a voice in the back of the room shouted, ‘We want to see the famous paintings. Skip this one.’

But the auctioneer persisted. ‘Will somebody bid for this painting? Who will start the bidding? $100, $200?’

Another voice angrily. ‘We didn’t come to see this painting. We came to see the Van Gogh’s, the Rembrandts. Get on with the Real bids!’

But still the auctioneer continued. ‘The son! The son! Who’ll take the son?’

Finally, a voice came from the very back of the room. It was the long-time gardener of the man and his son. ‘I’ll give $10 for the painting…’ Being a poor man, it was all he could afford.

‘We have $10, who will bid $20?’

‘Give it to him for $10. Let’s see the masters.’

The crowd was becoming angry. They didn’t want the picture of the son.

They wanted the more worthy investments for their collections.

The auctioneer pounded the gavel.. ‘Going once, twice, SOLD for $10!’

A man sitting on the second row shouted, ‘Now let’s get on with the collection!’

The auctioneer laid down his gavel. ‘I’m sorry, the auction is over.’

‘What about the paintings?’

‘I am sorry. When I was called to conduct this auction, I was told of a secret stipulation in the will… I was not allowed to reveal that stipulation until this time. Only the painting of the son would be auctioned. Whoever bought that painting would inherit the entire estate, including the paintings.

The man who took the son gets everything!’

i2-GBob “Thoughts” as related by Grandpa Bob

 


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New Word: *Ineptocracy*

Could not find it in my old Webster’s. Googled it and discovered it is a recently “coined” new word found on a T shirt on eBay. Getting really close to the bone! Read this one over slowly and absorb the facts that totally are within this sentence!

I love this word and believe that it will become a recognized English word. Finally, a word to describe our current political and economic situation.

Ineptocracy (in-ep-toc’-ra-cy) – a system of government where the least capable to lead are elected by the least capable of producing, and where the members of society least likely to sustain themselves or succeed, are rewarded with goods and services paid for by the confiscated wealth of a diminishing number of producers.


i2-GBob
“Thoughts” as related by Grandpa Bob

Johanna & Cecil Camp – 1946

Grandpa Z’s Weekly Puzzle –

Contest period – March 16 through March 20


Level of Difficulty: 4 of 10

Stamps

 How many 48 cent stamps are there in a dozen?


 

 

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Answer:

 How many 48 cent stamps are there in a dozen?  12

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The correct answer may be viewed on Saturday & Sunday!

This Week’s Puzzle Results: Attempts: 8; Correct: 7;

Persons with the correct answer for this week’s puzzle

Who got it right??

 

1.) Dean B. in Sandusky, Ohio

2.) Paul H. in Louisville, Ohio

3.) Alphons O. in Oberöwisheim, Germany

4.) Carl F. in Halsey, Oregon

5.) Marlene J. near Greenwich, Ohio

 6.) Gayle B. in Greenwich, Ohio

7.) Richard H. in Springboro, Ohio






The Best Record Ever:

Mind Boggler 2 –

31 on February 9, 2007

The Worst Record: Zero (0)

August 11, 2014 – Triad based on tonic of G Major

 


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A fine is a tax for doing wrong. A tax is a fine for doing well.

i2-GBob

“Thoughts” as related by Grandpa Bob

 


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The things that come to those who wait will be the scraggly junk left by those who got there first.

i2-GBob

“Thoughts” as related by Grandpa Bob

Daylight Saving Time

starts at 2:00 AM on

Sunday, March 8th

“Spring Forward”

set your clocks forward one hour

This is a PSA by Grandpa Z

 


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The 50-50-90 rule: Anytime you have a 50-50 chance of getting something right, there’s a 90% probability you’ll get it wrong.

i2-GBob

“Thoughts” as related by Grandpa Bob