300th Post  

Linds1957 60F
14777 posts
9/10/2006 7:14 am

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9/12/2006 7:19 am

300th Post

woo hoooo... This is my 300th post...

And I don't know what to write about..

Congratulations to me!!! I never thought I'd still be writing in this blog for this long. I enjoy puttng my thoughts down in written form and I guess I'll keep on doing it.

Today we're going boating. I'm a land lubber, and scared of water. I don't know how to swim. Maybe I'll stay on the beach, and dip my toes in the water. The temperature even went down for me, to 24 degrees celcius.

My parents brought me up minimalist style..We had nothing, and we did nothing except go to church, and we were actually quite happy. We lived in a tiny town and the nearest church was 20 miles away. We almost didn't have money for gas, so we drove everywhere we had to go extremely slowly. This is why I never learned to swim, or ice skate until I taught myself much later in my life. Playing chess tournaments with the little girl next door was my entire fun for a summer one year. We played chess every afternoon, all afternoon. She grew up to be a court judge. That must be why she won nearly every game we played..lol

In this decadent age of wanting everything to be perfect, I know there are still very poor people out there who have nearly nothing. I feel sorry that the very rich and the extremely poor exist. Im not a communist, but I believe that those that have million dollar homes could share some more of their wealth with the less fortunate than they're doing now...

I do have a very nice life style now for which I'm very grateful and to be honest, kind of amazed at. I share what I have by giving donations to a very good organization that I researched and believe in. I share my things with the salvation Army...I could do more, I know, but my family comes first, and then the world around me.

Have a happy Sunday, everyone. I do appreciate, you, my friends..Thankyou for reading my humble blog and thankyou for your comments. I read them and I try to answer them...

rm_blue061245 72M
331 posts
9/10/2006 8:17 am


Most of us have considerably more than we really
NEED, and most of us could share our relative good fortune with others.

Knowing where and how to do this is a real problem. There are lots of organizations (like the Salvation Army) that are dedicated to helping the distressed and less fortunate. When they are small, they do a lot of good work. Alas, when they grow, too mnay of them become bloated and inefficient, with levels of bureaucracy to make sure that funds are allocated fairky (and without discrimination ... etc etc) with the net result that too much of what is donated gets squandered.

Worry that our donations might be wasted, or fall into the hands of foreign despots, is not a valid reason not to donate. It means that we need to do a bit more than siomply write a cheque - we need to think about what we are doing and how our actions (and our donations) impact on the lives of others.

For example, there are many who decry the importation of running shoes made in Indonesia. The workers who actually make the shoes receive far less than Michael Jordan does for simply telling us that the shoes are good. Some groups have called for a boycott. Yet what good would that really do? Michael Jordan would receive a bit less, but then how about the workers who become unemployed?

Other activists would like to see a requirement that the Indonesian workers be paid according to North American standards. That would probably result in massive layoffs, and would certainly disrupt the economy, causing more pain than would be alleviated.

Whether we like it or not, the "sweatshops" in the third world are actually enabling workers to provide for their families. The fact that they exist exerts an upward pressure on local wages, and, over time, tend to promote parity with the developed world. Indonesia (and other countries) are now going through the evolutionary process that Canada, the US, and western Europe experienced 100 years ago. If the developing countries are lucky and if we do not interfere too much, they will eveolve more quickly by learning from our successes and failures.

We should direct our aid in such a way that it helps the recipients become self-sufficient, and not an encouragement or reward for doing nothing. We need to provide starting blocks, not hammocks. In the long run, we need to help create competitors who will bring out the best both in themselves and in us. - And that applies locally as well as internationally.

Sermon over!

rm_RingOtaku 35M
241 posts
9/10/2006 9:01 am

I don't have the energy for a sermon. While I was raised in an upper-middle class family, which I know is a flexible defintion but that is what my parents say, I was also taught to appreciate everything I own and every dollar I earn and spend. I don't have to have the best car. I just want one that works. I don't need a huge tv. Just one that is big enough my imparied vision can see it clearly while I lay in bed on the other side of the bedroom. So while I got lots of stuff I love it all and don't buy just to buy. That's just not something I think about and I do give old clothes to charity. We have GoodWill here instead of Salvation Army but same basic idea.

Ultimately it is impossible to help everyone in need Linds. As long as you are doing something then rest assured it is plenty.

Of course if you really want to help someone in need I could use some loving Heck I'm charitable I'll give right back to you. We can both donate our bodies to each other.

300 posts? My poor blog is only up to 40. Oh well I always aim low anyway so if I can hit 50 I'll be proud.

kyplowboy22 62M

9/10/2006 9:35 am

Congrats on your 300th. Hope to see you around for many more.


chas4037 69M
4119 posts
9/10/2006 10:01 am

Congratulations to you, Linds, on 300! You write well, and you write from the heart, which is what makes you one fo my favorites on here. I hope that you do go out on the boat, and enjoy it.

My best to you

Linds1957 60F

9/11/2006 4:39 am

Thanks Blue

RingO..lol...thankyou for the chuckles...

Kp, Chas,and Moz...thanks again...

I stayed on the shore and watched the boats of Chin Coulee Lake. Wow that's a nice little park. It has really been improved. The trees are nice and tall, the grass is green, and there's lots of picnic tables and firepits. There was even a park hostess in a trailer like the big parks have. I was quite impressed and had a very nice time...

Linds1957 60F

9/12/2006 7:16 am

Sweet. thanks for your comment.. I don't know how movie stars can stand themselves, living their wealthy lifestyle.
I know I'd feel guilty....

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