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Laugh Lines

In Comedy, Communication, Networking, News, Qui Audio Byte on March 31, 2017 at 2:52 pm

Life can be serious and often, not so kind,
so when I can, I gracefully yield to making new Laugh Lines:

Two elderly women were out for a Sunday drive in a large car and both could barely see over the dashboard. As they were cruising along, they came to an intersection. The stoplight was red but they just went on through. The woman in the passenger seat thought to herself “I must be losing it, I could have sworn we just went through a red light”. After a few more minutes they came to another intersection and the light was red again, and again they went right through. This time the woman in the passenger seat was almost sure that the light had been red but was really concerned that she was losing it. She was getting nervous and decided to pay very close attention to the road and the next intersection to see what was going on. At the next intersection, sure enough, the light was definitely red and they went right through, and she turned to the other woman and said, “Mildred! Did you know we just ran through three red lights in a row? You could have killed us!” Mildred turned to her and said “Oh, am I driving?”

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Flying like Harrison Ford
harrison-fordAn airplane pilot had had a particularly difficult flight and a rough landing. The airline had a policy which required the first officer to stand at the door while the passengers exited, smile and give them a “Thanks for riding Royal Airlines.” But, in light of his bad landing, the pilot had a hard time looking the passengers in the eye, thinking that someone would have a smart comment. Finally, everyone had gotten off except for this little old lady walking with a cane. She said, “Sonny, mind if I ask you a question?” “Why no, Ma’am,” replied the pilot,” “what is it?” The little old lady said, “Did we land or were we shot down?” 🙂
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Never mind satellite news today – tomorrow it will ramp up more.
For now, dowse out “suspicion” with this next J/K score:

no-firesA lady was complaining to her husband about remodeling her kitchen. “You have been telling me you were going to get me new cabinets for ten years!” said the wife. “They are a luxury and the ones we have are fine.” the husband replied. The next day the wife goes to visit her mother for two weeks. When she returns she is overjoyed to see a brand new kitchen waiting for her. She was so thrilled that every night when the husband got home she would have his favorite meal on the table and after dinner she would rub his feet as he read the paper in the recliner. A couple of weeks later a neighbor came by for a visit. After admiring the new cabinets she says, “All of us were so glad that the fire your husband had while you were gone was confined to the Kitchen.”

The last joke has so many “issues with it,” that I don’t know where to begin…crazy-smileyface
Let’s just say I’m glad the husband scored and no other square footage was singed.

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Aw. It’s okay to laugh every now and again… actually, as much as you can, Boo.
I’m Qui
Hello to thee:
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Waking Up to Timothy Snyder

In Book, Communication, Griot, Networking, News, Self Improvement, TV Shows, Video on March 29, 2017 at 7:05 am

waking-up-is-keyI’ve been with my guy for more than two decades, (since high school), so waking up to Timothy Snyder was something new to me. Good thing my guy isn’t the jealous type, because Timothy has a book that has caught my attention and demands ‘curl-up-in-the-bed’ time, so I’ve been ‘curled-up.’

How did I meet Timothy? Bill Maher introduced me to him last Friday night (I’m quick! 🤗) – he was a panel guest. Did you see the show? It was enlightening and heavy all at the same time. And by “heavy” I mean in yielding brain lobe capacity. You know THAT works for me. Oui! Meet Timothy:

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I met Timothy on REAL TIME with Bill Maher on Friday
He was discussing historical tyranny; education always equals a high day.

I kept the channel locked. Here is where I wanted to play,
it was pretty good stuff. Here’s a 5-min vid of Tim’s informative say:

Heyyyy! That’s whats up. Did you get that?
Aw, you know me. I’m a knowledge hungry she,
and yes — I definitely dug that.

It was so good, so proven and so deep…
I think I’ll transcribe the conversation for “readers on ‘the creep.'”

But that will take a little bit of time.
Peep YouTube – now, before they kill the line.

Me? On this Wednesday morning, I’m feeling fine.
I’ve got a few hours pending before tackling my grind.

I’m hitting you up, because you’ve been on my mind.
Good morning baby. I’m on my lobe-lift grind.

The day is early and knowledge is a good serve anytime!
I’m Qui
Good morning to thee, I’m content with spooning this book of mine.

I’m imploring you to expand your mind and to read a book today
Protect yourself, health and wealth from the tyrannical methods of yesterday!
DO Be wary of it creeping up again; Resist “the tyranny sway.”

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Next thing you know… it’s Sentencing time

In Communication, Griot, News on March 28, 2017 at 1:05 pm
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Steps to healing the loss of Frances Johnston

Frances Johnston is the neighbor that I will never forget, she’s also the neighbor that I never met. On January 15, 2015 while sitting upright in my bed watching a show called RESURRECTION I heard a ‘thud’ in my backyard. My backyard at the time backed up to a major street, Dobson Road and on the other side of the street is the semiconductor giant Intel. The nights in the Ocotillo Lake subdivision were usually exceptionally pleasant and quiet for me until Thursday night, that’s when Wanda House hit and killed Frances Johnson as she walked in the bike lane one evening around 8:30-9pm. Read the story here.  I was jarred that evening by what I thought was a thud or a gutted breath sound. Investigating the situation further I went outside and saw 911 responders tending to a body in the bike lane. They worked on the body as they passed me and my neighbors and put the body into the rear of the ambulance. That body was Frances Johnston’s.

Screen Shot 2015-01-14 at 10.12.07 PMI had the pleasure of meeting Sarah Stewart, Frances’ sister, online. She contacted me on Facebook, not too long after the incident to inquire of any additional information that I might be able to share with her; she was doing her own investigation and rightfully so. Other than my published blogged recollections, I had none. Sarah was relentless in staying on top of her sisters case and not long after  she forwarded me information on the hit and run suspect who was being charged with her sisters death. The woman that was driving that Thursday night in the bike lane was Wanda House. I encouraged Sarah to be strong and to keep me in the loop of this case.

Sarah would remain connected to me via Facebook. I used to frequent Facebook daily and her efforts invoked me to produce a story update when the hit and run suspect was arrested. Sarah sent me a cell phone snapshot of the suspect: Wanda House. I titled the piece “Next thing you know… There’s Closure,” when in fact, this case was just getting started. There was surely a trial coming and more sustained pains for the family. I knew Sarah would keep me in the loop via Facebook when the time came. Unfortunately our Facebook connection ended about a year ago when my career schedule picked up. I found myself knee deep in script copy writes, shoot dates and edits that I had very little time to socialize on the book of faces — like I used to.

This morning I woke up to check my morning blog administration notes and saw that the archived write-up on Frances’ hit and run had been accessed. It made me think of Frances, so I began to Google information to bring me current on her case and you wouldn’t believe I found.

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The Sentencing…

I found an article dated for yesterday 3/27/17 — Wanda House was sentenced to 3-years in prison and 3-years probation. It’s not clear if she will lose her real estate license or whether she’ll be able to reclaim it in the future.

Sarah Stewart and Frances McMillian (Frances Johnston’s daughter) will still be missing their loved one. Their sentence is for life.

My heart and prayers go out to Frances’ family. Every now and again when I visit the Ocotillo Intel plant I am sure to wave at Fran’s memorial that is so lovingly cared for at S. Dobson Road and Canyon Way. I didn’t know Fran personally, but she totally touched my life. The memory of her will always be ‘in my backyard.’ I won’t be forgetting Frances anytime soon nor will I forget Sarah. I’m certain Sarah was willing me the vibe to research and reveal todays judicial resolve.

Life is short. Love is forever.
Get busy doing it!

blue_diamond dividerFrances was just walking one night, trying to remain fit
When Wanda, leaving the bar, drifted in the bike lane and did hit

something with her car, though she didn’t know WHAT it could be
so she pulled over, got out and concluded there was nothing there to see.

She continued on her route home, likely still operating under a bar buzz phase
and didn’t realize the fatal harm that she caused until seeing the news the next day.

She went into a fit and her family members felt the need to call the police and a doctor.
Wanda was no doubt beside herself with grief and nothing could stop her.

Coppers showed up to “cop” her and started an investigation into Frances’ exit jeers.
She died in January 2015 via the bike lane scene now Wanda’s sentenced to 3-years.

3-years? Is that all that a 47-year old life is worth these days?
I realize Sarah Stewart and her family remain in the mourning phase.

I no longer reside in Ocotillo Lakes, and have taken away some pretty found memories,
though they do not overshadow the love of Frances Johnston by her beloved family.

I feel it.
And of the wound, I pray time will heal it.

One minute you’re alive, going for a walk to think on ‘thangs,
next thing you know your introspection leads you into the bike lane…

Next thing we learn is that in Arizona it is against the law to walk in the bike lane,
but there were no sidewalks along that side of the road nor signs to inform the same.

There was indeed a sidewalk on the opposite side of the street
at the same block where Wanda and Frances did meet
therefore Wanda will only reap

3-years jail time plus the same in probation
Still it won’t erase the Johnston’s pain. No comparable relation.

I’m glad justice did not forget Frances and that her case did come to light
I’m Qui
God bless
Sarah and Frances daughter. I pray healing in their family’s life.