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This is Our World

How our world looks on a Monday:

–All that stuff about there’s no “I” in team? You can’t mention that to this girl, who just happened to win a team title by herself.

–Priorities, priorities. Is it more important that you protect your beer or your child when you’re driving around?

–Enjoy shoes? You might be better off barefoot.

–A list of reality TV’s top 10 most memorable Christians — if you’re from Owensboro, you might know someone on this list. I actually checked this out to see if he was listed. And he is. Which number?

–A late Mother’s Day tip of the hat to moms — if you were paid what you’re worth in today’s job market, your annual salary would be almost $803,000. Here’s how your one job — mom — breaks down into 17 separate jobs, along with the average salary of each. Nice work, moms. Sorry we can’t pay you what you’re worth. (But, hey, you get to look at our hunky physiques every day, so that’s gotta count for something.)

a. Animal Caretaker  $29,920
b. Chef    $37,880
c. Computer Systems Analyst  $72,230
d. Financial Manager $101,450
e. Food/Beverage Service Worker  $19,360
f. General Office Clerk  $25,200
g. Registered Nurse  $59,730
h. Management Analyst  $77,270
i. Child Care Worker  $18,820
j. Housekeeper  $18,700
k. Psychologist  $66,110
l. Bus Driver  $33,050
m. Elementary School Principal  $79,200
n. Dietitian/Nutritionist  $47,890
o. Property Manager  $52,290
p. Social Worker  $40,640
q. Recreation Worker  $22,950
  TOTAL $802,690

–For both parents, here’s a P.J. O’Rourke quote to use when your kids complain about something not being fair:

I have a 10 year old at home, and she is always saying, “That’s not fair.” When she says that, I say, “Honey, you’re cute; that’s not fair. Your family is pretty well off; that’s not fair. You were born in America; that’s not fair. Honey, you had better pray to God that things don’t start getting fair for you.”

And then occasionally take it a couple of steps further — as sinners, every day we’re not in hell is a day that isn’t fair. Christ dying on the cross isn’t fair either.

(HT: Joe Carter)

 –Great story by Joe Posnanski about covering the 2000 Olympics and the unknown American wrestler who defeated a Russian juggernaut. Funny, inspiring, excellent writing. It’s long, but you’ll be glad you read it. He calls it his greatest day in sportswriting.

If you happen to be a writer, you’ll appreciate this gem of a quote about writer’s block:

People often ask me how I handle writer’s block — well knock on wood, thank my lucky stars, I’ve never had it. My thought about writer’s block is basically that my Dad worked in a factory almost his whole life, and he never had “factory block.” Sometimes the words don’t come as easily as others, but you do what you have to do.




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