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April 1, 2008 at 7:35 pm #619774
with no offense meant to the blondes in the room:
Two sisters, a blonde and a brunette, inherit the family ranch. Unfortunately, after just a few years, they are in financial trouble. In order to keep the bank from repossessing the ranch, they need to purchase a bull so they can breed their own stock.
The brunette balances their checkbook, then decides to take their last $600 dollars out west to another ranch where a man has a prize bull for sale. Upon leaving, she tells her sister, “If I decide to buy the bull, I’ll contact you to drive out after me and haul it home.”
The brunette arrives at the man’s ranch, inspects the bull, and decides she does want to buy it. The man tells her that he can sell it for $599, no less. After paying him, she drives to the nearest town to send her sister a telegram.
She walks into the telegraph office, and says, “I want to send a telegram to my sister telling her that I’ve bought a bull for our ranch. I need her to hitch the trailer to our pick-up truck and drive out here so we can haul it home.”
The telegraph operator explains that he’ll be glad to help her, then adds, “It’s just 99 cents a word.”
Well, with only $1 left after paying for the bull, the brunette realizes that she’ll only be able to send her sister one word. After thinking for a few minutes, she nods, and says, “I want you to send her the word, comfortable.”
The telegraph operator shakes his head. “How is she ever going to know that you want her to hitch the trailer to your pick-up truck and drive out here to haul that bull back to your ranch if you just write, comfortable?”
The brunette explains, “My sister’s a blonde. She’ll read it slowly.”April 1, 2008 at 7:37 pm #619775
OMG!!!!April 1, 2008 at 7:38 pm #619776
JenV – HILARIOUS!April 1, 2008 at 7:44 pm #619777
That is one of the better “blonde” jokes I have haerd in awhile..April 1, 2008 at 7:50 pm #619778
ha ha…thanks for the afternoon laugh Jen…I actually had to read it slowly to get it though…yikes!…some blonde I am…April 1, 2008 at 7:59 pm #619779
That’s a keeper — will pass it on to my blonde sister-in-law.
Without wanting to stir up anything (more), I have wondered about these coffee-buying chains.
It seems to me that the only person who benefits is the grinch at the end who keeps the freebie. And, speculatively, since I’ve never been involved myself, don’t most people toss in an extra $4 or $5 for the next guy, even though most drinks cost less than that. Do the baristas keep the extra change as tips?April 1, 2008 at 8:10 pm #619780
When I was involved in one, the employee at the window told us how much the person’s behind us was, and we just paid their tab. We didn’t toss in extra. Although, I do tip even though my guy doesn’t think I should.April 1, 2008 at 8:11 pm #619781
who cares who breaks the chain…the original “giver” wasn’t interested in the 20th person down the line. Just being nice to the person behind them. And…being one of the older people on here…is that…umm..”mature”?…I am no longer part of the “menses mafia”…yeah…typical man…blame it on PMS…how shallow…now where was I…umm..”paying it on” has been around much longer than the commercials last Christmas for Sbux…Vincent…get over it already…the sun is shining…go out and play in the street for a while :)April 1, 2008 at 8:12 pm #619782
NewRes- why does he think you shouldn’t tip??? Having lived on tips in the past, I find people’s reasons for not tipping interesting. Is it just no tipping at Sbux, or is it in general?April 1, 2008 at 8:15 pm #619783April 1, 2008 at 8:18 pm #619784
Ha – skimming the earlier entries, I thought he’d said “MENSA Mafia” and considered you all geniuses or, sarcastically, idiots. I’m clearly not one of the former.April 1, 2008 at 8:21 pm #619785
Here’s HIS opinion: He thinks that just because someone pours a cup of coffee for you, they don’t deserve a 30-40% tip (’cause I cannot tip less than a dollar – it would seem insulting). My response to him is that, yeah, for him they are “pouring a cup of coffee”, but for me, they are actually making a gourmet drink (I order the fufu stuff). Therefore, they deserve a good tip.
In my job, the general idea is that we should NOT receive tips (and most people believe that we are not allowed to get tips), however, if it is insisted, we can accept. Therefore, I, too, try to tip for ANY service provided to me.
As far as the second question, he does tip and he tips A LOT! He used to wait tables to put himself through school, so he is an extremely good tipper when we are out. I guess he just draws the line at pouring a cup of coffee.April 1, 2008 at 8:24 pm #619786
Back in the old days of the internet, I was involved in BBSs. When we had someone come in “trolling” just to be rude and stir up trouble, we used to have what we called a “troll-b-que” and everyone just posted recipes rather than responding to the trolling. I’m just sayin.April 1, 2008 at 8:27 pm #619787
hmm. having been a barista I would disagree that it is “just a cup of coffee” – would the same idea fly for a cocktail at a bar? not if you want booze in the next one! ;)
cheers, NewRes!April 1, 2008 at 8:29 pm #619788
JenV – I definitely agree and too bad for him that I’m always the one driving, meaning I’m the one doling out the money! LolApril 1, 2008 at 8:32 pm #619789
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This dry rub is loaded up with lots of ground chilies giving it both heat and a very unique flavor.
* 2 dried Ancho peppers, seeds removed
* 8 smoked Habanero chilies include seeds for the brave
* 8 Chipotle seeds optional
* 4 sun dried tomatoes
* 1 tablespoon garlic powder
* 1 tablespoon of kosher salt
* 1 teaspoon black peppercorns
* 1 teaspoon savory
Place everything in blender or grinder and turn into dust.April 1, 2008 at 8:34 pm #619790
Jerald, I prefer what you thought he said.April 1, 2008 at 9:25 pm #619791April 1, 2008 at 9:27 pm #619792
I, personally, think that is more accurate.April 1, 2008 at 9:45 pm #619793
Now we need a secret club identifier for the MM when we’re out in public.April 1, 2008 at 10:08 pm #619794
I so love this group of people.
I’m down with the MM.
Too bad red ribbons are already taken… ;-)
Maybe a red M lapel pin?April 1, 2008 at 11:47 pm #619795
ohhh good call JT…I like the red ‘M’ lapel identifier too Amy…kinda like the a scarlet letter, only for differnt reasons! :)April 2, 2008 at 3:54 am #619796
Vapid? Me? Not likely.
That would imply a lack of substance.. which is definately not a deficiency i suffer from.
you may not appreciate the myriad forms my substance takes… but vapid? not a chance.
I am blond though.. my hair used to be strawberry blond but these days is greying verging on bland.
I understand fully the the difference between charity and generosity…
but i don’t think you do…
you seem to assume that being charitable has nothing to do with generosity.
We are talking about gifts… and it is not necessary for someone to need something for them to deserve a gift.
I can choose to gift anyone.. even people i don’t know… with something they don’t need… as easily as i can choose to gift someone with something they do need.
They can chose to accept it.. or not. Their choice.
The rational for charitable gifts… and gifts just to be nice… is the same.
I have often appreciated the kindness of strangers who did thing for me for no reason at all.. other than they thought i might appreciate it.
Buying a cup of coffee for someone is no different than motioning someone into the line of traffic ahead of you.. or holding a door for someone whose hands are full.. or giving up your seat on a bus… or….
I am nice to people because people are often nice to me.
And just for the record.. tho your mense mob comment was cute.. it was not accurate.
i haven’t had a mense since my twenties.. and certainly would be past them by now anyway…
anyway…. altruism doesn’t appear to be a gender specific trait.
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