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Sunday, July 8 2001

Webmaster's visit

On Monday of this past week, my wife and I were privileged to have Jon visit us for several hours. He joined us for a meal and we had a lot of good conversation. Although Jon and I had never met in the past, we had a lot of friends and acquaintances in common. Our conversation covered many years and many subjects. Jon is a very good listener. Pat and I probably took advantage of this skill and talked too much.

All too quickly the evening ended and I didn't express the reason we had invited him to our home. On behalf of the past and present residents of Nanty Glo and the Blacklick Valley, I wanted to thank him for the work he does daily in preparing the Nanty Glo Page. For him this is a labor of love with no compensation. The service he provides takes a lot of his time, energy and even some of his money. That is why when he offered to take us out to lunch, we felt it our duty to compensate him in a small way with a home-cooked meal and a short time of rest and relaxation. We only hope he enjoyed the evening as much as we did.

Before leaving, Jon witnessed something that doesn't happen too often. Pat has a plant called, Queen of the Night, which blooms rarely, and only at night. It opened one of its white fragrant flowers just as Jon was getting ready to leave. I believe the blooming of the Queen of the Night plant was a good omen of our continued friendship and Jon's work with the Nanty Glo Page.

Webmaster's note: The pleasure and honor of making new friends was all mine, David. And your remark about the expense involved in maintaining the Home Page gives me an entry to respond to a question raised during my visit by an old acquaintance. Someone had said to him he was sure it must be costing me large amounts of money for the web hosting service for the Blacklick Valley pages (of which there are now over 1250 individual pages, incidentally). I've mentioned it before, but will reiterate: there is no cost involved in that aspect of this avocation. I do buy some computer applications to make the tasks (editing photos, creating pages and such) easier, but the "cyberspace" on which the pages reside are a contribution to me and by extension to the community provided by a friend.

He offered this initially to help me during an unemployed period to gain experience in honing my web skills to enhance my resume. He was then hoping to make the Internet service provider business profitable (as thousands of others were in that period, in competition with AOL, MSN, and other giants). That didn't happen and he, like me, works for a large high tech company now. But he keeps the web service for the sake of many churches, missions, ministries, and some friends like myself. If we got thousands of "hits" every day it might become prohibitive, as the phone lines involved would have to be increased. But at an average of under 100 hits per day, it's manageable and he says that, as the most "successful" site on his equipment, he's glad to have it. —Jon Kennedy

Blind/blonde joke

A blind guy on a bar stool shouts to the bartender, "Wanna hear a blonde joke?"

In a hushed voice, the guy next to him says, "Before you tell that joke, you should know something. Our bartender is blond, the bouncer is blond. I'm a 6' tall, 200-lb blackbelt and blonde. The guy sitting next to me is 6'2, weighs 225 and he's a rugby player and blonde. The fella to your right is 6'5", pushing 300 and he's a wrestler and blonde. Think about it, Mister. You still wanna tell that joke?"

The blind guy says, "Nah, not if I'm gonna have to explain it five times."

Sent by David Caldwell

Why fast

Abba John the Short said: "If a king wanted to take possession of his enemy's city, he would begin by cutting off the water and the food and so his enemies, dying of hunger, would submit to him. It is the same with the passions of the flesh: if a man goes about fasting and hungry the enemies of his soul grow weak."

Sent by Christopher Haas

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