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Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Heaven and Hell

A friend of mine sent this story about heaven and hell.
HEAVEN  AND HELL

While walking down the street one day a Corrupt  Senator was tragically hit by a car and died.

His soul arrives  in heaven and is met by St. Peter at the entrance.

"Welcome to  heaven," says St. Peter. "Before you settle in, it seems there is a  problem. We seldom see a high official around these parts, you see, so  we're not sure what to do with you."

"No problem, just let me  in," says the Senator..

"Well, I'd like to, but I have orders  from the higher ups. What we'll do is have you spend one day in hell  and one in heaven. Then you can choose where to spend  eternity."

"Really?, I've made up my mind. I want to be in  heaven," says the Senator.

"I'm sorry, but we have our  rules."

And with that, St. Peter escorts him to the elevator  and he goes down, down, down to hell.

The doors open and he  finds himself in the middle of a green golf course. In the distance is  a clubhouse and standing in front of it are all his friends and other  politicians who had worked with him.

Everyone is very happy and  in evening dress. They run to greet him, shake his hand, and reminisce  about the good times they had while getting rich at the expense of the  people.

They  played a friendly game of golf and then dine on lobster, caviar and  the finest champagne.

Also present is the devil, who really is  a very friendly guy who is having a good time dancing and telling  jokes.

They are all having such a good time that before the  Senator realizes it, it is time to go.

Everyone gives him a  hearty farewell and waves while the elevator rises...

The  elevator goes up, up, up and the door reopens in heaven where St.  Peter is waiting for him, "Now it's time to visit heaven.."

So,  24 hours passed with the Senator joining a group of contented souls  moving from cloud to cloud, playing the harp and singing.
They have  a good time and, before he realizes it, the 24 hours have gone
by and St.  Peter returns.

"Well, then, you've spent a day in hell and  another in heaven. Now choose your eternity."

The Senator  reflects for a minute, then he answers: "Well, I would never have said  it before, I mean heaven has been delightful, but I think I would be  better off in hell."

So St. Peter escorts him to the elevator  and he goes down, down, down to hell..

Now the doors of the  elevator open and he's in the middle of a barren land covered with  waste and garbage. He sees all his friends, dressed in rags, picking  up the trash and putting it in black bags as more trash falls from  above.

The devil comes over to him and puts his arm around his  shoulders.

"I don't understand," stammers the Senator.  Yesterday I was here and there was a golf course and clubhouse, and we  ate lobster and caviar, drank champagne, and danced and had a great  time. Now there's just a wasteland full of garbage and my friends look  miserable. What happened?"

The devil smiles at him and  says,


"Yesterday  we were campaigning ...

 Today,  you voted.."


 Vote wisely

on November 2, 2010

Thursday, October 07, 2010

Erwin @ Joshua Tree National Park


As a kid, my Dad always brought home Winnebago catalogues for the day we could settle down and actually own one. We poured over every picture of families eating and camping against a sunset landscape next to their Winnebago and a camp fire. Or the ubiquitous father sitting up front at the wheel, while mother cooks at the kitchenette and the perfect children playing a board game at the dinette.

Well, we never experienced that as children. Until now.

Introducing Erwin! 2007 Forest River Forester 26.5

Our maiden voyage: Joshua Tree National Park, CA

Comment: One of the most unbelievably nerve wrecking and exhilarating experiences. It makes camping in nature a total necessity in life.