"An empty man is full of himself." -- Edward Abbey

Friday, December 27, 2013

Christmas Wrappings

     Just a few afterthoughts, after Christmas. A friend of mine sent me this joke:

     Mom visits her son, who shares an apartment with a female. The son insists that the young woman is just a roommate, nothing more, but Mom senses that something else is going on. They have dinner and as the evening progresses, Mom's suspicions grow. But reading her thoughts, the son tells her, “I know what you're thinking, but I assure you, we share an apartment to save money, that's it."

     A few days later, his roommate mentions that their silver plate has gone missing, ever since his mother came to visit. "You don't suppose she took it, do you?" she asks.

     "I doubt it," he replies. "But I'll email her, just to be sure." He sits down and writes:  Dear Mom, I'm not saying you ‘did' take the silver plate from my house. I'm not saying you ‘did not' take the silver plate. But the fact remains that it has been missing ever since you were here for dinner. Love, your son.

     He receives an email back: Dear Son, I'm not saying you ‘do' sleep with your roommate, and I'm not saying you ‘do not' sleep with her. But the fact remains that if she was sleeping in her OWN bed, she would have found the silver plate by now, under her pillow… Love, Mom

     And then there's this:

     And, finally, I hope you gave at least one book for Christmas, to a friend or family member ... and maybe received one too. Then we can all become a little more expert in our chosen fields ... and have fun too!


DJan said...

That last one about reading just floored me. Everyone I know reads books, my family and blogging friends for sure. I wonder what those people are doing on their smartphones and laptops everywhere? Surfing the internet? Writing tweets? Now I know I'm certifiably old! :-)

grannyblt said...

So sad about the reading. My late husband came from a family where reading for pleasure was considered indulgent.

Olga said...

I cannot imagine a life without books.

But, gee, I was so amazed to note that Abe Lincoln was able to predict the future, a psychic!

stephen Hayes said...

Wasn't it Winston Churchill who said, "If I want to read a good book I'll write it.: He then went on to write "A History of the English Speaking Peoples."

#1Nana said...

The reading statistics are an eye opener. I can't imagine not reading. In my family we are all readers. Now we carry on the tradition with our granddaughters. Every time we visit, we all go to a bookstore and browse and come home we with a new pile of books.

Meryl Baer said...

One of my favorite places to spend time is a bookstore…Love the Lincoln 'quote'. I wonder how many of those non-book-readers would believe without thinking?

Anonymous said...

The last set of statistics makes me sad. The only reason I was "in" a bookstore during the past five years was to visit the campus bookstore…until I learned how to use the Internet to by text books. Dianne

PS yesterday you wrote it was okay to not finish books I don't like. Dianne

Friko said...

And an expert on jokes too, i take it.

Happy New Year!

Banjo Steve said...

I am a major skeptic when it comes to such "statistics". No stated source whatsoever. Thus, I've come to the conclusion that 92% of all statistics are invalid. :)

Anonymous said...

I'm with Banjo Steve. I'd need to know where those stats came from. In addition, there is no point in finishing a poorly conceived or written book, and the public library is a perfectly acceptable means of getting one's books. I find that many people who amass books read less than those who don't. I, personally, pass books that I own along to others.
Yes, I gave two books to either of my great-grandsons the other day.
Cop Car