Friday, December 31, 2010

Column #47 - Toodle-oo to 2010

So long, 2010, 2011 is upon us. Back in 1985, I could not even conceive of still being around in 2011, but here we almost are.

Sitting here trying to think up something cool to say for the New Year is coming close to leaving me fingerless (which is the same thing as ‘speechless’, if I were a radio talk show host). I know we were in the middle of talking about Industrial Planers but Christmas, and then New Years, only comes around once a year. So, here I sit.

One thing I would like to know for next year is: What do YOU need to know about? I really have no idea how many people may be reading these columns, but whoever you may be, on my best day this column is for you.
Do you have tools? Is there something wrong that you may be wondering about? Ask Me. It’s what I did for over 25 years and I’m doggone good at it.

I’m also pretty good at making people laugh, so I thought I’d close out the year with a short story: A man is flying in a hot air balloon and realizes he is lost. He reduces height and spots a man down below. He lowers the balloon further and shouts: "Excuse me, can you help me? I promised my friend I would meet him half an hour ago, but I don't know where I am." The man below says: "Yes. You are in a hot air balloon, hovering approximately 30 feet above this field. You are between 40 and 42 degrees N. latitude, and between 58 and 60 degrees W. longitude." "You must be an engineer," says the balloonist. "I am," replies the man. "How did you know?" "Well," says the balloonist, "everything you have told me is technically correct, but I have no idea what to make of your information, and the fact is I am still lost."
The man below says "You must be a manager."
"I am," replies the balloonist, "but how did you know?"
"Well," says the man, "you don't know where you are, or where you are going. You have made a promise which you have no idea how to keep, and you expect me to solve your problem. The fact is you are in the exact same position you were in before we met, but now it is somehow my fault."

Enjoy the New Years holiday weekend, may Our Lord Jesus Bless you all - send me your comments - and we’ll see you next year.

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