Marty's Joke of the Day

Marty's Joke of the day is an internet column that I've written for more than 5 years.
I tell humorous stories about my "sweet wife" and raising our 4 young sons, named #1, #2, #3, and #4.
After 5 years of story telling, in August of 2005, doctors found a brain tumor in son #4.
Our focus here has changed little as we still try to find humor in our lives.

Tuesday, September 21, 2004

Smile and Buck up!

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Monday, September 20, 2004

Ok, we're getting the PC back to somewhat normal. After I submitted
and re-read Thursday's issue, then read Justin's joke about `Things
I've Learned Since Hurricane Charley' (see joke #3) I thought,
Marty, what a whiner you sound like. Lost a little hard drive. Oh
boy. So what. So today I'm feeling grateful. I didn't lose a house
to flooding in the hurricane. I didn't die yesterday, so I can
teach my sons one more day not to pick their noses in public. I've
got a roof over my head and a bit of food stored up for a rainy
day. Things are so bad...

It's all how you look at things that count. Today as soon as I got
to work, logged in, and sat down, the phone started ringing. They
were the usual Monday morning calls with passwords, rebooting
problems, etc. But, as the morning went on, the calls didn't slow
down, they came even faster. Over the weekend, they did a huge
computer upgrade on some AS/400 servers, and apparently it didn't
go too well. I normally have between 40 and 50 calls a day. Today,
because of the upgrade problems, I took 90 calls.

I thought, there are two ways to look at this. I could say, "Gee,
those AS/400 folks really stink and don't know which end is up, and
because of them I was twice as busy as normal." Or, I could say,
"Wow, I really kept busy today. When it was almost time to go, I
thought, Whoa. Where did this day go?"

So, I thought happy, grateful thoughts today.

You should do the same. You are more affluent than 85-90% of anyone
in the world right now, and better off than 99% of anyone who lived
before you were even born.

Smile and buck up!


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