June 24, 2014

Dead Duck

A woman brought a very limp duck into a veterinary office. As she lay her pet on the table, the vet pulled out his stethoscope & listened to the bird's chest. After a moment or two, the vet shook his head sadly & said, "I'm so sorry, your duck has passed away."

"Are you sure?" the distressed owner wailed. "Yes, I am sure the duck is dead" he replied. "How can you be so sure, I mean you haven't done any testing on him or anything. He might just be in a coma or something." The vet rolled his eyes, turned around & left the room, & returned a few moments later with a black Labrador Retriever.

As the duck's owner looked on in amazement, the dog stood on his hind legs, put his front paws on the examination table & sniffed the duck from top to bottom. He then looked at the vet with sad eyes & shook his head. The vet patted the dog & took it out, & returned a few moments later with a cat.

The cat jumped up on the table & also sniffed delicately at the bird. The cat sat back on its haunches, shook its head, meowed softly & strolled out of the room. The vet looked at the woman & said, "I'm sorry, but as I said, this is most definitely, 100% certifiably, a dead duck."

The vet turned to his computer terminal, hit a few keys & produced a bill which he handed to the woman. The duck's owner, still in shock, took the bill. "$850!" she cried. "$850 just to tell me my duck is dead?"

The vet shrugged. "I'm sorry, if you'd taken my word for it, the bill would have been $20, but with the Lab Report & the Cat Scan it's now "$850!"

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May 26, 2014

Memorial Day 2014!

Memorial Day is extra-special for me this year as my home in Key West was originally naval housing & I daily enjoy the stream of planes overhead from Naval Air Station Key West which is a state of the art training facility for air-to-air combat fighter aircraft of all military services.

"It is the Soldier" by Dennis Edward O'Brien 

It is the Soldier,
not the reporter,
who has given us freedom of press.

It is the Soldier,
not the poet,
who has given us freedom of speech.

It is the Soldier,
not the campus organizer,
who gives us freedom to demonstrate.

It is the Soldier who salutes the flag,
who serves beneath the flag,
and whose coffin is draped by the flag,
who allows the protester to burn the flag. 


Thank you Dennis Edward O'Brien!

After that, all I can say is that if a picture is worth a thousand words, then enjoy my Fifty Thousand word photo essay!

FYI: As you scroll through my 50,000 word photo essay which = a grand total of 50 photos, click on this link for "Brothers In Arms" by Dire Straits & enjoy their original video or better yet come back to this page while listening to the song to see the 50 photos I have chosen for my special salute to all soldiers past, present, & those who will serve in the future!

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