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12/4/18 Success

Tuesday, December 04, 2018

"Success is going from failure to failure without losing your enthusiasm." Winston Churchill

"I say this'll blow over. Let's scalp our tickets."

A rabbit one day managed to break free from the laboratory where he had been born and brought up. As he scurried away from the fencing of the compound, he felt grass under his little feet and saw the dawn breaking for the first time in his life.

“Wow, this is great,” he thought. It wasn’t long before he came to a hedge and after squeezing under it he saw a wonderful sight – lots of other bunny rabbits, all free and nibbling at the lush grass.

“Hey,” he called. “I’m a rabbit from the laboratory and I’ve just escaped. Are you wild rabbits?”

“Yes. Come and join us,” they cried. Our friend hopped over to them and started eating the grass. It tasted so good. “What else do you wild rabbits do?” he asked.

“Well,” one of them said. “You see that field there? It’s got carrots growing in it. We dig them up and eat them.” This, he couldn’t resist and he spent the next hour eating the most succulent carrots. They were wonderful. Later, he asked them again, “What else do you do?”

“You see that field there? It’s got lettuce growing in it. We eat that as well.” The lettuce tasted just as good and he returned a while later completely full.

“It’s fantastic out here in the world” he told them.

“So are you going to live with us then?” one of them asked.

“I’m sorry, I had a great time but I can’t.” The wild rabbits all stared at him, a bit

surprised. “Why? We thought you liked it here.”

“I do,” the rabbit replied. “But I must get back to the lab. I’m dying for a cigarette.”

It's Cookie Day! Cookie comes from the Dutch word "koekje" which means "little cake". The Dutch bakers would bake drops of a cake batter to test the heat of the oven rather than risk the entire cake. It didn't take long for it to be discovered those drops of cake were still delicious. It's World Wildlife Conservation Day! Supported by the World Wildlife non-profit, today raises awareness of several species endangered due to poaching and other criminal acts. Though a world-wide effort, there are several things we can do locally to aid all animals. It's Cabernet Franc Day (a salute to a particular type of wine), Extraordinary Work Team Recognition Day (no special event marked by this day; started as a marketing ploy to encourage recognizing high standards of work), Dice Day (those tiny gizmos that hurt our feet when we step on them but we are lost without them; many a board game has been ruined due to the missing dice), Wear Brown Shoes Day (apparently, brown shoes are second-class citizens compared to the dress standard of black shoes; today is to be a rebel and wear brown shoes when others would wear black), Santa's List Day (a day to remember Santa is making a list and we should reflect if we deserve to be on his "nice" list; also a good day to write letters to Santa to plead your case), Sock Day (not just all socks but those socks, that through some miracle, have stayed paired with their mates; celebrate the ones the washer didn't eat), Trick Shot Day (started by the Harlem Globetrotters to encourage all, especially the young, to showcase their impressive shots), and Cheetah Day (honors the fastest land mammal).
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