If you were in the market for a watch in 1880, would you know where to get one? You would go to a store, right? Well, of course you could do that, but if you wanted one that was cheaper and a bit better than most of the store watches, you went to the train station! Sound a bit funny? Well, for about 500 towns across the northern United States, that's where the best watches were found. 
    Why were the best watches found at the train station? The railroad company wasn't selling the watches, not at all The telegraph operator was. Most of the time the telegraph operator was located in the railroad station because the telegraph lines followed the railroad tracks from town to town. It was usually the shortest distance and the right-of-ways had already been secured for the rail line.
    Most of the station agents were also skilled telegraph operators and that was the primary way that they communicated with the railroad. They would know when trains left the previous station and when they were due at their next station. And it was the telegraph operator who had the watches. As a matter of fact they sold more of them than almost all the stores combined for a period of about 9 years. 
    This was all arranged by "Richard", who was a telegraph operator himself. He was on duty in the North Redwood, Minnesota train station one day when a load of watches arrived from the East. It was a huge crate of pocket watches. No one ever came to claim them.
    So Richard sent a telegram to the manufacturer and asked them what they wanted to do with the watches. The manufacturer didn't want to pay the freight back, so they wired Richard to see if he could sell them. So Richard did. He sent a wire to every agent in the system asking them if they wanted a cheap, but good, pocket watch. He sold the entire case in less than two days and at a handsome profit. 
    That started it all. He ordered more watches from the watch company and encouraged the telegraph operators to set up a display case in the station offering high quality watches for a cheap price to all the travelers. It worked! It didn't take long for the word to spread and, before long, people other than travelers came to the train station to buy watches. 
    Richard became so busy that he had to hire a professional watch maker to help him with the orders. That was Alvah. And the rest is history as they say. 
    The business took off and soon expanded to many other lines of dry goods. 
    Richard and Alvah left the train station and moved their company to Chicago -- and it's still there. 
    YES, IT'S A LITTLE KNOWN FACT that for a while in the 1880's, the biggest watch retailer in the country was at the train station.
    It all started with a telegraph operator: Richard Sears and his partner Alvah Roebuck!


Fw: Does this about sum it up?

Bud the Cowboy

A cowboy named Bud was overseeing his herd in a remote mountainous pasture in Montana when suddenly a brand-new BMW advanced toward him out of a cloud of dust.

The driver, a young man in a Brioni® suit, Gucci® shoes, RayBan® sunglasses and YSL® tie, leaned out the window and asked the cowboy, "If I tell you exactly how many cows and calves you have in your herd, will you give me a calf?"            

Bud looks at the man, who obviously is a yuppie, then looks at his peacefully grazing herd and calmly answers, "Sure, why not?"

The yuppie parks his car, whips out his Dell® notebook computer, connects it to his Cingular RAZR V3® cell phone, and surfs to a NASA page on the Internet, where he calls up a GPS satellite to get an exact fix on his location which he then feeds to another NASA satellite that scans the area in an ultra-high-resolution photo.

The young man then opens the digital photo in Adobe Photoshop® and exports it to an image processing facility in Hamburg, Germany ...

Within seconds, he receives an email on his Palm Pilot® that the image has been processed and the data stored. He then accesses an MS-SQL® database through an ODBC connected Excel® spreadsheet with email on his Blackberry® and, after a few minutes, receives a response.

Finally, he prints out a full-color, 150-page report on his hi-tech, miniaturized HP LaserJet® printer, turns to the cowboy and says, "You have exactly 1,586 cows and calves."

"That's right. Well, I guess you can take one of my calves," says Bud.

He watches the young man select one of the animals and looks on with amusement as the young man
stuffs it into the trunk of his car.

Then Bud says to the young man, "Hey, if I can tell you exactly what your business is, will you give me back my calf?"

The young man thinks about it for a second and then says, "Okay, why not?"
"You're a Congressman for the U.S. Government", says Bud.
"Wow! That's correct," says the yuppie, "but how did you guess that?"

"No guessing required." answered the cowboy. "You showed up here even though nobody called you; you want to get paid for an answer I already knew, to a question I never asked. You used millions of dollars worth of equipment trying to show me how much smarter than me you are; and you don't know a thing about how working people make a living - or about cows, for that matter. This is a herd of sheep."

"Now give me back my dog."




      Fw: Origin of Left and Right

        A little bible study on the difference between left and right...
        Origin of Left and Right...
        I have often wondered why it is that Conservatives are called the "right" and Liberals are called the "left".
        By chance I stumbled upon this verse in the Bible:
        "The heart of the wise inclines to the right, but the heart of the fool to the left." Ecclesiastes 10:2 (NIV)
        Thus sayeth the Lord. Hallelujah and a big Amen.
        Can't get any simpler than that.
        Now For A Spelling Lesson
        The last four letters in American.......... I Can
        The last four letters in Republican....... I Can
        The last four letters in Democrats........Rats
        End of lesson. Test to follow in November, 2014
        Remember, November is to be set aside as rodent removal month.



      Fw: Origin of "God Bless America"

        This is an old clip, but the patriotism is still there loud and clear. I am old enough to remember Kate Smith and her amazing voice. Some of you may not. You should enjoy this either way. Kate Smith was a "staunch, conservative Republican" who received two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. She was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Reagan in 1982. This is a feel good experience if you love our country. Read the story/introduction to the video and turn up your speakers. Enjoy!  

          In God We Trust! <///><  "Life without God is like an unsharpened pencil - it has no point."

            Do you remember Kate Smith?
            Frank Sinatra considered Kate Smith the best singer of her time, and said that when he and a million other guys first heard her sing "God Bless America" on the radio, they all pretended to have dust in their eyes as they wiped away a tear or two.
            Here are the facts...
            The link at the bottom will take you to a video showing the very first public singing of "GOD BLESS AMERICA".  But before you watch it, you should also know the story behind the first public showing of the song.
            The time was 1940. America was still in a terrible economic depression. Hitler was taking over Europe and Americans were afraid we'd have to go to war. It was a time of hardship and worry for most Americans.

            This was the era just before TV, when radio shows were hugely popular.  American families sat around their radios in the evenings, listening to their favorite entertainers, and no entertainer of that era was bigger than Kate Smith.  Kate was also physically large; plus size, as we now say, and the popular phrase still used today is in deference to her, "It ain't over till the fat lady sings."  Kate Smith might not have made it big in the age of TV, but with her voice coming over the radio, she was the biggest star of her time.

            Kate was also patriotic.  It hurt her to see Americans so depressed and afraid of what the next day would bring. She had hope for America, and faith in her fellow Americans. She wanted to do something to cheer them up, so she went to the famous American song-writer, Irving Berlin (who also wrote "White Christmas") and asked him to write a song that would make Americans feel good again about their country.  When she described what she was looking for, he said he had just the song for her.  He went to his files and found a song that he had written, but never published, 22 years before - way back in 1917. He gave it to and she worked on it with her studio orchestra.  She and Irving Berlin were not sure how the song would be received by the public, but both agreed they would not take any profits from God Bless America. Any profits would go to the Boy Scouts of America. Over the years, the Boy Scouts have received millions of dollars in royalties from this song.

            This video starts out with Kate Smith coming into the radio studio with the orchestra and an audience. She introduces the new song for the very first time, and starts singing. After the first couple verses, with her voice in the background still singing, scenes are shown from the 1940 movie, "You're In The Army Now."  At the 4:20 mark of the video you see a young actor in the movie, sitting in an office, reading a paper; it's Ronald Reagan.

            To this day, God Bless America stirs our patriotic feelings and pride in our country.  Back in 1940, when Kate Smith went looking for a song to raise the spirits of her fellow Americans, I doubt whether she realized just how successful the results would be for her fellow Americans during those years of hardship and worry..... and for many generations of Americans to follow.  Now that you know the story of the song, I hope you'll enjoy it and treasure it even more.
            Many people don't know there's a lead in to the song, since it usually starts with "God Bless America....." So here's the entire song as originally sung.
            Click here: YouTube#%21


      Fw: Finally, we get to meet Maxine’s husband. He’s even funnier!

      Finally, we get to meet Maxine's husband. He's even funnier!


      Fw: Practical Math from Chicago Schools - offensive street talk

        Practical  Math from Chicago Schools:

        Chicago  schools are finally teaching practical math that local youngsters
        can  use in their real-world environment. A sample test follows.

        GANG/CREW  NAME______________

        1.  Lajames has an AK-47 with a 200-round clip. He usually misses 9 of
        every 10  shots and he uses 13 rounds per drive-by shooting. How many mofos
        Lajames ice on a drive-by before he gotta reload?

        2.  Willie has 2 ounces of cocaine. If he sells an 8 ball to Antonio for
        $320  and 2 grams to Juan for $85 per gram, what be the street value of the
        rest  of his shit ?

        3.  Dwayne pimps 3 hos. If the price is $85 per trick, how many tricks per
        day  must each ho turn to support Dwayne's $800 per day crack habit?

        4.  Raul wants to cut the pound of cocaine he bought for $40,000 to make a
        20%  profit. How many ounce bags will he need to make to gets the 20%

        5.  Ray-Ray gets $2000 for a stolen BMW, $1500 for stealing a Corvette, and
        $1000 for a 4 x 4. If he steals 1 BMW, 2 Corvettes and 3 4x4's, how many
        more Corvettes must he steal to make the 10k for his brother's bail?

        6.  Pedro got 6 years for murder. He also got $10,000 for the hit. If his
        common-law wife spends $100 of his hit money per month, how much money will
        be left when he gets out?

        7.  If an average can of spray paint covers 22 square feet and the average
        letter is 3 square feet, how many letters can be sprayed with three 8 oz.
        cans of spray paint with 20% paint left over?

        8.  Tyrone knocked up 4 girls in the gang. There be 20 girls in his gang.
        What  be the percentage of bitches Tyrone knocked up?

        9.  Lafawnda is a lookout for the gang. Lafawnda also has a Boa Constrictor
        that  eats 5 rats per week at a cost of $5 per rat. If Lafawnda makes $700
        a week  as a lookout, how many weeks can she feed her snake with one week's

        10.  Marvin steals Juan's skateboard. As Marvin skates away at 15mph, Juan
        loads  his 357 Magnum. If it takes Juan 20 seconds to load his piece, how
        far away  will Marvin be when he gets whacked?

      Fw: Normandy Beach

        This past weekend British artists Jamie Wardley and Andy Moss accompanied by numerous volunteers, took to the beaches of Normandy with rakes and stencils in hand to etch 9,000 silhouettes representing fallen people into the sand. Titled The Fallen 9000, the piece is meant as a stark visual reminder of the civilians, Germans and allied forces who died during the D-Day beach landings at Arromanches on June 6th, 1944 during WWII. The original team consisted of 60 volunteers, but as word spread nearly 500 additional local residents arrived to help with the temporary installation that lasted only a few hours before being washed away by the tide.
        9,000 Fallen Soldiers Etched into the Sand on Normandy Beach to Commemorate Peace Day on September 25, 2013



      Fw: Why old men don't get hired....

        Job Interview:
        Human Resources Manager: "What is your greatest weakness?"
        Old Man : "Honesty."
        Human Resources Manager: "I don't think honesty is a weakness."
        Old Man : "I don't really give a shit what you think."


      Fw: All I ask is that you pass this on!

                   WHEN A SOLDIER COMES  HOME
        This email is being circulated around the world~~~please  keep it going

        When a soldier comes home, he finds it  hard......to listen to his son whine about being bored.  

        ....to keep a straight  face when people complain about potholes.

        To be tolerant of people  who complain about the hassle of getting ready for work.  

        ...to be understanding  when a co-worker complains about a bad night's sleep.  

        ..to be silent when  people pray to God for a new car.

        ....to control his panic  when his wife tells him he needs to drive slower.  

        ..to be compassionate  when a businessman expresses a fear of flying.  

        ....to keep from laughing  when anxious parents say they're afraid to send their kids off  to summer camp.

        ....to keep from  ridiculing someone who complains about hot weather.  

        ....to control his  frustration when a colleague gripes about his coffee being cold.  

        ....to remain calm when  his daughter complains about having to walk the dog.  

        .....to be civil to  people who complain about their jobs.  

        .....to just walk away  when someone says they only get two weeks of vacation a year.  

        ....to be forgiving when someone says how hard it is to have a new baby in the house.

        The only thing harder than being a Soldier...  

        Is loving one.  

        I was asked to pass this on and I will gladly do  so!! Will you???

        No one has been able to  explain to me why young men and women serve in the
        U.S.  Military for 20 years, risking their lives protecting freedom,  and only get
        50% of their pay on retirement. While  Politicians hold their political positions
        In the safe  confines of the capital, protected by these same men and women,  and
        Receive full-pay retirement after serving one term. It  just does not make any sense.