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.

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

4/11 - Monoposponsbility

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

The older boys have a rough time with grades at the beginning of
the quarter. If they don’t get high enough, they can’t play
computer or watch TV. At the beginning of the quarter, one late 15
point assignment can really kill their grades. So, both #1 and #2
are down for a few days. Hopefully, the banishment will be short

Now, on the other hand, it’s great that they get off of the
computer and do ~something~. After homework tonight they got out
the old Monopoly game. (That and Risk are my two favorite games in
the entire world.) When I came upstairs tonight, they were yelling
at each other just like young boys should, and the next second
they were all laughing together. They did me proud.

One thing I’ve always tried to teach my boys is, if they get in
trouble and earn a punishment, admit it if they are wrong, and
take the punishment like a man. No whining. My boys do a pretty
good job at it. But, in today’s world, it’s not easy with all of
the poor roll models around. People are such whiners and don’t
take responsibility for their actions. I say, if you’ve done
something wrong, fess up, take your lumps, and learn from it.
You’ll be twice the person for doing so. The people who say, “It’s
not my fault” (when it is) or “I did it because of this, that, or
the other thing,” or “I had a rough life...” really get my goat. I
had an experience today that just made me shake my head. Some
people are just... corrupt. I’ll have to tell you about it

But now, it’s time to watch the last episode of Chad Vader. It’s a
cliff hanger too...

Enjoy Today’s Jokes!

Reader Comments

Hi Marty,
I seldom disagree with you, but don't you think you're being
paranoid about the phone numbers? I went through my address book
and picked out 10 people I know and entered their numbers in
Google and NONE came up with addresses. I did put in my dentist
and it was a hit, but if I have his number I can just call him and
ask for the address. As for children, they are much more likely to
tell a stranger their name than their phone number. Since at least
back to the `30's you could look up names in a thing called a
Phone Book and find an address. With an address you can
look at a thing called a Map and find the house. [In Utah you
seldom need a map with the grid system of numbering] It looks
like computers distort some people's view of reality. Bottom line;
Children should be aware of strangers and information.
Randy in Sacramento

[Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men. Only The .......
knows.] [Who can tell me what radio program THAT was from?
Actually Randy, I tend to agree with you somewhat, but it makes
for good filler don’t it? (grin)]

Marty, I have not been able to figure out how to block my phone #.
I clicked on my # everytime I saw it, to no avail. It's scary to
think that someone could find my house that easily!!
Love your BLOG!
I just started school, too, so I know how hard that can be.

[Sorry, can’t help ya. Randy might know... hehehe]

Cool Pictures from cool places. (Thanks to reader Doug L. for
these gems!)

These pictures are of Ithaa, the unique undersea restaurant that
opened at the Hilton Maldives Resort & Spa Rangali Island in April
2005. Ithaa - a word meaning "pearl" in the local Dhivehi language
- is a tiny restaurant by resort hotel standards (it seats only
12), but it offers diners a "spectacular underwater view of
colorful fish, sharks and other sea life in the surrounding coral
reefs through curved, transparent acrylic walls." Guests begin
their visits with drinks on a deck overhanging the Indian Ocean,
then descend to the restaurant (16 feet underwater) via a spiral
staircase, where they indulge in meals of contemporary Maldivian
fusion cuisine served in four courses. (The cost per person for
dinner ranges from $187 to $220.)


Lots of pictures today, so only one video.
Chad Vader Episode 7 (The last one, for now...)


Becky prepared a pasta dish for a dinner party she was giving. In
her haste, however, she forgot to refrigerate the spaghetti sauce,
and it sat on the counter all day. She was worried about spoilage,
but it was too late to cook up another batch.

She called the local Poison Control Center and voiced her concern.
They advised Becky to just boil the sauce again and it should be

That night, the phone rang during dinner, and one of the guests
volunteered to answer it. Becky's face dropped as the guest called
out, "It's the Poison Control Center. They want to know how the
spaghetti sauce turned out."


You're not a kid anymore when ...

* The only reason you're awake at 4 a.m. is indigestion.

* You are proud of your lawnmower.

* 8 a.m. is your idea of "sleeping in."

* People call you at 8 p.m. and ask: "Did I wake you?"

* Your high school diploma is the color of buttermilk.

* Nobody ever tells you to slow down.

* You've seen Halley's Comet ... twice.

* You have a party and the neighbors don't even realize it.
~Wanda D.


When I was a child, I remember my Mom telling me, "Son, when
you grow up, you can marry any girl you please."

When I became a young man, I learned the sad fact was that I
could not please any of them.

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