Well, here comes another new year and -- surprise, surprise -- postal rates are going
up again. What makes it even more painful, if you mail much more than the occasional
letter, even the Post Office doesn't seem to know what all the new rates are. Wait in
line over there, and chances are, you will be told that the new charts are not in yet.
Save yourself the aggravation by going on-line to visit Pitney Bowes at
and look in the middle of the homepage for their "2006 Postal
Rate Charts." You can download two optional PDF's and print out your own 8.5x11 chart
or a wallet-size card. The Pitney Bowes chart is easier to understand than the Post
Office model, too...if it ever shows up.
Did you know that Africa is 28% wilderness, while North America is 38% wilderness?
Next time you're putting leftovers away, remember that honey is the only food that doesn't spoil.
Did you know that entertainer Danny Kaye (1913-1987) was a painter at heart?
He once said, "Life is a great big canvas; throw all the paint on it you can!"
People may react better to your ideas if you tell them Ben Franklin said it first.
CISCO, the Illinois Prevailing Wage Council, and the Foundation for Fair Contracting are
co-hosting a Midwest Prevailing Wage Conference planned to be held at the Crowne Plaza
Chicago O'Hare in Rosemont on February 22-24, 2006. Registration costs $225.00 but is
free to architects and public sector representatives (such as municipal employees).
Workshops will cover responsible bidder ordinances in local municipalities and using
web sites to track prevailing wage projects. You may register on-line at www.cisco.org or
call 630/472-9411 and speak to John Freitag for more information.
Disaster news made up a great deal of all we heard last year...enough to make you jittery,
just wondering when it would be our turn. Rather than just sitting tight, wondering and
worrying, you can spring into action for 2006 by calling 800/878-3256 (M-F, 7 to 7) to
request an excellent little publication entitled "Preparing Makes Sense...Get Ready Now!"
from the Department of Homeland Security. The booklet will explain the best way to (a)
assemble an emergency supply kit, and (b) develop a family plan for emergencies. Or, you
to order the publication on-line. While there, browse
for other interesting free government publications!
"I once had a rose named after me, and I was very flattered, said Eleanor Roosevelt.
"But I was not pleased to read it described in the catalogue as no good in a bed,
but fine against a wall."
Mark Twain was known for a quick wit and strongly-held views. Once he was asked what
men would be without women, to which he acidly responded, "Scarce, sir...mighty scarce."
On the philosophical side, Socrates once counciled, "By all means, marry. If you get a good
wife, you'll become happy; if you get a bad one, you'll become a philosopher."
If you put a buzzard in a pen that is 6 feet by 8 feet and entirely open at the top,
the bird, in spite of its ability to fly, will be a prisoner. The reason is that a buzzard
always begins a flight from the ground with a run of 10 to 12 feet. If it has no space to
run, as is its habit, it will not even attempt to fly, remaining a prisoner for life in a
small jail with no top. Similarly, the ordinary bat can fly around at night easily.
A remarkably nimble creature in the air, it cannot take off from a level place.
Placed on the floor or flat ground, all it can do is shuffle about helplessly, and,
no doubt, painfully, until it reaches some slight elevation from which it can throw itself
into the air. Then, at once, it takes off like a flash. Finally, a bumblebee, if dropped
into an open tumbler, will be there until it dies unless it is taken out. It never sees
the means of escape at the top, but persists in trying to find some way out through the
sides near the bottom. It will seek a way where none exists, until it completely destroys
itself. Sometime, aren't people like the buzzard, the bat, and the bumblebee? Struggling
with all their problems and frustrations, never taking time to relax, look around, or realize
that the answer might be right there "above" them....
We'll wind up with the thoughts of Will Rogers, sage of Oklahoma, who died in a plane
crash with his pilot, Wylie Post, back in 1935. 1. Never slap a man who is chewing tobacco.
2. If you find yourself in a hole, then stop digging. 3. Do not kick cow chips on hot days.
4. Never miss a good chance to shut up. 5. Always drink upstream from the herd. 6. Good
judgment comes from experience...and a lot of that comes from bad judgment.