An Indiana farm wife called the local phone company to report her telephone failed to ring when her friends called — and that on the few occasions when it did ring, her pet dog always moaned right before the phone rang. The Telephone repairman proceeded to the scene, curious to see this psychic dog or senile elderly lady. He climbed a nearby telephone pole, hooked in his test set, and dialed the subscriber’s house. The phone didn’t ring right away, but then the dog moaned loudly and the telephone began to ring. Climbing down from the pole, the telephone repairman found:

1. The dog was tied to the telephone system’s ground wire via a steel chain and collar.
2. The wire connection to the ground rod was loose.
3. The dog was receiving 90 volts of signaling current when the phone number was called.
4. After a couple of such jolts, the dog would start moaning and then urinate on himself and the ground.
5. The wet ground would complete the circuit, thus causing the phone to


i guess it’s one way to make a little extra income…

This article was on MSNBC today…

Self-published work recounts defendants he has known (excuses included)
Joe Hermosa / AP
Municipal Judge David Colwell sits Monday in his courtroom on South Padre Island, Texas.

SOUTH PADRE ISLAND, Texas – Making out with palm trees. Mistaking police cars for taxicabs. Rolling a stolen restaurant barbecue down the road, flames shooting up from the chicken still cooking on the grill.

Such spring-break high jinks have made Municipal Judge David Colwell’s courtroom one of the best shows in town. Now Colwell has collected some of the memorable anecdotes from the past nine years, in a new self-published book, “Spring Break: A Judge’s View From the Bench,

things i am thankfull for part 1

Someone, somewhere wants your broken toaster. Let’s not ask questions and get into exactaly why they want your broken toaster – let’s just sell it to them, drop if off at the ups store, and collect the cash.
eBay puts people selling things they don’t want in fromt of thousands and thousands of people who actually, for whatever reason, do want those things. Plus, you get to hid behind the anonymity of an eBay username like “hummel_freq” and sell your unwanted coffee mugs to some guy in Boise. Even better, your not haggling with some old lady in your driveway at 8:30am on a saturday morning over the price of your velvet Mardi Gras mask. Your just putting it up there and leteting folks fight over it – getting top dollar in the process.
I’m thankfull that eBay has helped changed the internet from a high-tech pornography distribution system into a layperson’s money-making machine that lets us sleep in on Saturday mornings.


I finally finished a course in Nodes Based Routing. 2 hours tuesday, wednesday and then today along with 2 hours in a lab session.. but it’s finally over. the most boring 8 hours of my life. anyway. now i know how to do abunch of things i will never had to ever do. now back to the real world.


Mildred, the church gossip and self-appointed monitor of the church’s morals, kept sticking her nose into other people’s business. The church members didn’t approve, but they feared her enough to maintain their silence.

She made a mistake, however, when she accused George, a new member, of being an alcoholic after she saw his old pickup truck parked in front of the town’s only bar one afternoon.

She emphatically told George and several others that everyone seeing his truck there would know what he was doing. George, a man of few words, stared at her for a moment and just turned and walked away.

He didn’t explain, defend, or deny. He said nothing.

Later that evening, George quietly parked his truck in front of Mildred’s house, walked home…………and left it there all night!

Don’t ya just love ol’ George???