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The older I get, the more I enjoy Saturday mornings. Perhaps it's the
quiet solitude that comes with being the first to rise, or maybe it's
the unbounded joy of not having to be at work. Either way, the first
few hours of a Saturday morning are most enjoyable. A few weeks ago, I
was shuffling toward the basement shack with a steaming cup of coffee
in one hand and the morning paper in the other.

What began as a typical Saturday morning, turned into one of those
lessons that life seems to hand you from time to time. Let me tell you
about it. I turned the dial up into the phone portion of the band on
my ham radio in order to listen to a Saturday morning swap net. Along
the way, I came across an older sounding chap, with a tremendous signal
and a golden voice.

You know the kind; he sounded like he should be in the broadcasting
business. He was telling whomever he was talking with something about
"a thousand marbles." I was intrigued and stopped to listen to what he
had to say. "Well, Tom, it sure sounds like you're busy with your job.

I'm sure they pay you well but it's a shame you have to be away from
home and your family so much. Hard to believe a young fellow should
have to work sixty or seventy hours a week to make ends meet. Too bad
you missed your daughter's dance recital.

He continued, "Let me tell you something Tom, something that has
helped me keep a good perspective on my own priorities."

And that's when he began to explain his theory of a "thousand marbles."

"You see, I sat down one day and did a little arithmetic. The average
person lives about seventy-five years. I know, some live more and some
live less, but on average, folks live about seventy-five years. Now
then, I multiplied 75 times 52 and I came up with 3900, which is the
number of Saturdays that the average person has in their entire
lifetime.

Now, stick with me Tom, I'm getting to the important part."

"It took me until I was fifty-five years old to think about all this
in any detail"; he went on, "and by that time I had lived through over
twenty-eight hundred Saturdays. I got to thinking that if I lived to
be seventy-five, I only had about a thousand of them left to enjoy."

"So I went to a toy store and bought every single marble they had.
I ended up having to visit three toy stores to round up 1000 marbles.
I took them home and put them inside of a large, clear plastic
container right here in the sack next to my gear."

"Every Saturday since then, I have taken one marble out and thrown
it away. I found that by watching the marbles diminish, I focused
more on the really important things in life. There is nothing like
watching your time here on this earth run out to help get your
priorities straight."

"Now let me tell you one last thing before I sign-off with you and
take my lovely wife out for breakfast. This morning, I took the
very last marble out of the container. I figure that if I make it
until next Saturday then I have been given a little extra time.
And the one thing we can all use is a little more time."

It was nice to meet you, Tom, I hope you spend more time with your
family, and I hope to meet you again here on the band. 75 year Old
Man, this is K9NZQ, clear and going QRT, good morning!" You could
have heard a pin drop on the band when this fellow signed off. I
guess he gave us all a lot to think about.

I had planned to work on the antenna that morning, and then I was
going to meet up with a few hams to work on the next club newsletter.
Instead, I went upstairs and woke my wife up with a kiss. "C'mon
honey, I'm taking you and the kids to breakfast." "What brought
this on?" she asked with a smile.

"Oh, nothing special, it's just been a long time since we spent a
Saturday together with the kids. Hey, can we stop at a toy store while
we're out?

I need to buy some marbles....
Stvfox
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<< "Every Saturday since then, I have taken one marble out and thrown
it away. I found that by watching the marbles diminish, I focused
more on the really important things in life. There is nothing like
watching your time here on this earth run out to help get your
priorities straight."
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I've heard that, as you get older, you begin to gradually lose your marbles. Now I know where the expression comes from.


Say, what was it we were talking about?




rex

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That was e-mailed to me by a friend. Of the web sites you listed, I liked http://www.funstun.com/marbles.htm the best because they play background music. :-) Stvfox
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That was e-mailed to me by a friend.

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Now you tell us.
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That was e-mailed to me by a friend.

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Now you tell us.




So what?

It's a good story.

I haven't heard as good a one lately.

Harry
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It just wouldn't have been the same if the story started "I pulled this diddy off the internet. Anyway, can we really believe someone would rather take their family to breakfast when they could be alone tickering in the basement? Afterall, you only have so many Saturdays.

Nobody
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"It just wouldn't have been the same if the story started 'I pulled this diddy off the internet.'"

Then maybe it could have ended that way...
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That was e-mailed to me by a friend.

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Now you tell us.

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Hokieharry sez:

So what?

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Ummmm . . . does the term "intellectual dishonesty" mean anything to you?
It's not nice to completely replicate someone else's work and post it as if you actually wrote it, without crediting it until you're busted.

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Ummmm . . . does the term "intellectual dishonesty" mean anything to you?
It's not nice to completely replicate someone else's work and post it as if you actually wrote it, without crediting it until you're busted.


Can you show me where it was stated who the author was?

While it might have been implied that stvfox wrote the piece, I don't believe he said so. I'm willing to accept the fact that he made a error in not stating beforehand where it came from.

So if you want to be so blinded to the enjoyment in telling it by your charge of intellectual dishonesty, so be it.

By the way, I also said

It's a good story.

I haven't heard as good a one lately.



Do you have some complaint with that also?

Harry





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Why poke a stick into the eye of something nice?
H.
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It's not nice to completely replicate someone else's work and post it as if you actually wrote it, without crediting it until you're busted.

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Hairy sez:
Can you show me where it was stated who the author was?

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Nah. You'd have to look it up yourself. Suffice to say it wasn't written by stvfox, and therefore he shouldn't have tried to imply that it was by signing his name to it.

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Hairy sez:
While it might have been implied that stvfox wrote the piece, I don't believe he said so.

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You have a masterful way of restating the obvious. No one has actually said anything to the contrary.

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Hairy sez:
I'm willing to accept the fact that he made a error in not stating beforehand where it came from.

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Me, too.

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Hairy sez:
So if you want to be so blinded to the enjoyment in telling it by your charge of intellectual dishonesty, so be it.

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I think I can multitask here, Harry. It is a good story. Love the story, dislike the lack of attribution. I just feel so . . . conflicted. :-)

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Hairy sez:
By the way, I also said: It's a good story. I haven't heard as good a one lately. Do you have some complaint with that also?

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Are you just curious? Trying to pick a new issue? The issue I mentioned is not whether the story is a "good one". It's a wonderful story. No one ever said otherwise. Try to stay on topic, Harry. :-)



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I just thought you should have credited where this came from, instead of implying (by signing it) that you had written it.

Get real!

There were 167 sites referenced on the search for this piece. And many said Author unknown. Do you know if the e-mail containing it had a disclaimer as to its author?

These things circulate by the millions on the web. There are 129 Recs on this one alone. Only two people, IMO, felt something had to be said about the authorship of it and make an issue out of who wrote it.

Talk about being mean.

Harry
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It's not nice to completely replicate [etc., etc., etc.]

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Trying to pick a new issue? The issue I mentioned is not whether the story is a "good one". It's a wonderful story. No one ever said otherwise."

Isn't this horse dead yet??

mglf
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Isn't this horse dead yet??

mglf

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The horse indeed has been whipped into a puree.
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It's bad enough that this board is filled with mawkish, "inspirational," forest-gumpy, heart-warming, heart-rending, cliche-ridden, precious-moments-wannabe messages, but when dozens of posts are devoted to squabbling over the authorship of this dreck it takes the concept of spam to new heights. How about creating a new board for this stuff, and leaving this board to its original purpose: talking about stocks and charts?

yours in frustration,

Erik
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