Friday, May 21, 2010


For many, many years there has been a data base on my computer of all the residents in this mobile home park. The purpose is twofold: First, it provides the information for the annual park directory; it also serves as the source of information from which the monthly birthday greeting page is made for the park magazine.

The other day I was glancing down the list, and realized just how diverse a community we have. Have a look: from O’Donnell (Irish) to Winkler (English) to Rezendes (Portuguese), Medeiros (Spanish), Gao, Wang and Lee (Chinese), Tamada and Yamaji (Japanese), Kaelemakule (Pacific Islander, I think), Swartz (Danish, he told me), a Peterson and a Petersen, Hopkins, and Chandler. And let’s not forget Sokolvskaya (I don’t think she’s Cuban).

Mrs. Morinaud (English) married a Frenchman. Rood really isn’t. Spear is pretty sharp, and Winner probably is. Oh, and certainly “common” names: we do have a Smith and a Jones.

Friction among residents is extremely rare. Of course this is a senior park -- 55 and over -- so perhaps we are a bit more tolerant than younger folks.

Humor --

…which may or may not be true but ARE funny…

~ Police in Los Angeles had good luck with a robbery suspect who just couldn't control himself during a lineup. When detectives asked each man in the lineup to repeat the words: "Give me all your money or I'll shoot", the man shouted, "that's not what I said!"

~ A man spoke frantically into the phone: "My wife is pregnant and her contractions are only two minutes apart." "Is this her first child?" the doctor asked "No!" the man shouted, "This is her husband!"

~ In Modesto, CA, Steven Richard King was arrested for trying to hold up a Bank of America branch without a weapon. King used a thumb and a finger to simulate a gun. Unfortunately, he failed to keep his hand in his pocket.

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