3-May-2005
A cute story about living life today. The first day of school our professor introduced himself and challenged us to get to know someone we didn't already know. I stood up to look around when a gentle hand touched my shoulder. I turned around to find a wrinkled, little old lady beaming up at me with a smile that lit up her entire being. She said, "Hi handsome. My name is Rose. I'm eighty-seven years old. Can I give you a hug?" I laughed and enthusiastically responded, "Of course you may!" and she gave me a giant squeeze!. "Why are you in college at such a young, innocent age?" I asked. She jokingly replied, "I'm here to meet a rich husband, get married, and have a couple of kids..." "No seriously," I asked. I was curious what may have motivated her to be taking on this challenge at her age. "I always dreamed of having a college education and now I'm getting one!" she told me. After class we walked to the student union building and shared a chocolate milk shake. We became instant friends. Every day for the next three months we would leave class together and talk nonstop. I was always mesmerized listening to this "time machine" as she shared her wisdom and experience with me. Over the course of the year, Rose became a campus icon and she easily made friends wherever she went. She loved to dress up and she reveled in the attention bestowed upon her from the other students. She was living it up. At! the end o f the semester we invited Rose to speak at our football banquet. I'll never forget what she taught us. She was introduced and stepped up to the podium. As she began to deliver her prepared speech, she dropped her three by five cards on the floor. Frustrated and a little embarrassed she leaned into the microphone and simply said, "I'm sorry I'm so jittery. I gave up beer for Lent and this whiskey is killing me! I'll never get my speech back in order so let me just tell you what I know." As we laughed she cleared her throat and began, "We do not stop playing because we are old; we grow old because we stop playing. There are only four secrets to staying young, being happy, and achieving success. You have to laugh and find humor every day. You've got to have a dream. When you lose your dreams, you die. We have so many people walking around who are dead and don't even know it! There is a huge difference! between growing older and growing up. If you are nineteen years old and lie in bed for one full year and don't do one productive thing, you will turn twenty years old. If I am eighty-seven years old and stay in bed for a year and never do anything I will turn eighty-eight. Anybody can grow older. That doesn't take any talent or ability. The idea is to grow up by always finding opportunity in change. Have no regrets. The elderly usually don't have regrets for what we did, but rather for things we did not do. The only people who fear death are those with regrets." She concluded her speech by courageously singing "The Rose." She challenged each of us to study the lyrics and live them out in our daily lives. At the year's end Rose finished the college degree she had begun all those years ago. One week after graduation Rose died peacefully in her sleep. Over two thousand college students attended her funeral in tribute to the wonderful woman who taught by example that it's never too late to be all you can possibly be. We make a Living by what we get, We make a Life by what we give. God promises a safe landing, not a calm passage. If God brings you to it, He will bring you through it. "Good friends are like stars.........You don't always see them, but you know they are always there."
25-Apr-2005
Our new-for-us popup camper I finally found a popup camper and traveled to Devol, Oklahoma to get it. It is a Viking 230, has 2 pullout king size beds and the table converts to a queen bed. It has AC, refridgerator, stove, sink, water tank, nice interior and floor. The canvas is in good shape, no leaks. Everything works on 3-way (gas, battery, or electric) It sleeps 6 adults easy, more like 2 families. I will put more pictures up as soon as they are available, this will be a link to the pics once the pics are out here.
25-Mar-2005
Wedding Photograpy Looking for a wedding photographer, check out my buddies photography site, tell him Gary sent ya and you want a great deal on your wedding photos.
26-Mar-2005
eBay pallets Do you want to ban an "ebayer"? You can buy pallets from this place and sell the individual items on ebay, the pallets are sold at great prices and you can pick what kind of products you want to purchase. Remember to tell them Gary sent you and ask for Buck!
27-Mar-2005
Online Benefits Tell your employer about American Fidelity eDirect. We do online benefit systems, you can do all your benefit enrollment and elections online, it saves your company money, it saves you time and it gives everyone the flexibility they deserve when dealing with benefits. American Fidelity provides employers with a comprehensive online employee benefit enrollment package, designed to eliminate cumbersome paper process and offer an economical and efficient method for enrolling, processing, and managing benefit information. Call 1-800-654-8489 x5080 and remember to tell them Gary sent you, ask for Elisabeth!
27-Mar-2005
OU Sports Looking for something about the Oklahoma Sooners sports, like footbal, basketball, etc... Check out the OU Insiders website and stay up to date on the latest and news and information on the OU Sooners.