Cliff and I had a quiet Christmas. But there were people all over the world whose holiday was a lot less than joyous. And then there are those who stepped in to help the more unfortunate ones. Two examples from yesterday’s paper:
By now most all of you have heard of the horrific gas line explosion and fire that ripped the town of San Bruno some 30 miles north of here. People killed, homes destroyed. But others stepped in to help find places for the newly displaced to sleep, supply food and other necessities. One item in the paper was about the displaced family who thought their home might be repaired by Christmas. But it was not quite ready. Neighbors stepped in and help this family get a few rooms habitable for Christmas eve and Christmas day. Wish fulfilled.
The other story was about a group of low income families, unable to afford much, if anything, for their kids. Nine of the San Francisco 49er’s, under the auspices of The Samaritan House, took some 36 youngsters, fourth, fifth and sixth graders, to a local Target store. Each youngster was given a $250 gift card from VISA, and the Niners took them shopping. From the article: “That is why befuddled holiday shoppers came across Mike Iupati, a 331 pound offensive lineman, picking out girls‘ pajamas.”
What I found intriguing was that the kids chose gifts for their parents and siblings, and not so much for themselves. And if the tab ran over the $250 limit, the Niners paid the difference out of their own pockets.
(The photo is from the newspaper; hence, the poor quality.)
LAWS OF THE NATURAL UNIVERSE
Law of the Alibi:
If you tell the boss you were late for work because you had a flat
tire, the very next morning you will have a flat tire.
If you change lines (or traffic lanes), the one you were in will start
to move faster than the one you are in now (works every time).
Law of Coffee:
As soon as you sit down to a cup of hot coffee, your boss will ask you
to do something which will last until the coffee is cold.