While I was at my union convention last week, I bought two chances to win an iPad in a fundraising raffle.
Down in Venezuela, they have a little different kind of raffle. Frankly, the numbers reported in that offbeat story from USA Today astounded me.
And you thought politicians in the States were bad.
AN OLDIE BUT A GOODIE
Esther has a heart attack and is taken to hospital. While on the operating table, she has a near-death experience, during which she sees God and asks him if this is the end for her.
God says "no," and goes on to explain that she has another 30-40 productive years of life left in her.
So as soon as she had recovered, Esther thinks that as long as she knows she's got another three or four decades to live, she might as well stay in the hospital and get the face-lift, liposuction, breast augmentation, and tummy tuck she had promised herself for years.
So she did, and she even had her hair dyed to a shade that flattered her more youthful appearance.
But, sadly, as she finally left the hospital some time later, she was struck by a speeding car and killed instantly.
When she comes before the Pearly Gates, she says to God, "I don't understand! You said I had another 30-40 years!"
God replies, "I didn't recognize you!"
[Pastor Tim's Pearly Gates]
WORDS for YOUR WEEK: "Mirrors should think longer before they reflect." (Jean Cocteau)