And can the liberties of a nation be thought secure when we have removed their only firm basis, a conviction in the minds of the people that these liberties are the gift of God? That they are not to be violated but with His wrath? Indeed I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just: that His justice cannot sleep for ever.
- Thomas Jefferson, Notes on the State of Virginia, 1781

In the beginning of the contest with Britain, when we were sensible of danger, we had daily prayers in this room for the divine protection. Our prayers, sir, were heard and they were graciously answered.…Have we now forgotten this powerful Friend? Do we imagine that we no longer need His assistance? I have lived a long time, and the longer I live the more convincing proof I see of this truth, that God governs in the affairs of men.…We have been assured, sir, that 'except the Lord builds the house, they labor in vain that build it,' and without His concurring aid, we shall succeed in this political building no better than the builders of Babel.
- Benjamin Franklin, at the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia, 1787

A general dissolution of principles and manners will more surely overthrow the liberties of America than the whole force of the common enemy. While the people are virtuous they cannot be subdued; but when once they lose their virtue then will be ready to surrender their liberties to the first external or internal invader. - Samuel Adams, letter to James Warren, February 12, 1779

Get your facts first, then you can distort them as you please. - Mark Twain

It ain't what you don't know that gets you into trouble. It's what you know for sure that just ain't so. - Mark Twain

All you need in this life is ignorance and confidence, and then success is sure. - Mark Twain

Always do right, this will gratify some and astonish the rest. - Mark Twain

A banker is a fellow who lends you his umbrella when the sun is shining and wants it back the minute it begins to rain. - Mark Twain

Don't go around saying the world owes you a living. The world owes you nothing. It was here first. - Mark Twain

Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering. - Yoda

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Sunday, March 8, 2009

Money Talks - LOL!

Back in the early 1990's, I worked at a Four Star/Four Diamond Hotel in the Southwest Virginia area. I was working at the front desk one night when a male guest checked into the bridal suite. His registration listed a Mercedes as his vehicle and he was paying with cash. Here is a brief exchange of our conversation as I remember it.
The guest asked, "Does that suite have a mini bar?"
I answered, "Yes, sir, it does."
"May I have the key to the mini bar?"
"Sir, we can only give that key out if we have a credit card from the guest."
He responded, "I don't have a credit card."
"You don't have a credit card?", as I glanced back at his registration and made a mental note of the vehicle on the registration!
"Son, I do not have a credit card and why do you need a credit card anyway?"
Sticking to the rules, I apologetically replied, "I can't give you that key without a credit card. The reason we need the credit card, is we will not know what you used from the mini bar until after you check out. Therefore, we use the credit card to add a charge separate from your room bill for anything consumed from the mini bar."
The guest insisted, "I really don't have a credit card. How about I give you $100 for that key?"
I asked with a little confusion, "You want to put an additional $100 in cash on the room to cover any items you consume from the mini bar?"
"I can do that, but I was thinking that I would give you $100, personally, to give me that key!"
Asking with a slight laugh, "You are going to give me $100 dollars just to give you the key to the mini bar?"
The guest confirmed, "Yes. I will give you $100 to give me that key."
Replying with a bigger laugh, "Yeah, right! You're going to give me $100 for that key?"
The guest quickly pulled a wad of cash out and laid a $100 bill on the desk and said, "That's your money if you give me that key!"
I snatched up the $100 bill, gave him the key to the mini bar, and happily replied, "Here's your key!"

Saturday, March 7, 2009

Your children are watching!

When my daughter was between two and three years old, she and I were out riding around. We were sitting at a red light. When it changed to green, she said, "Green! Green! Green! Go!" I thought to myself, wow, she knows green means go.
I asked her, "What does the red light mean?" She replied, "Stop."
"What does green mean?" She replied, "Go."
I said, "Good job! What does yellow mean?" She said, "Go faster!"

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