Keeping The Loot



This month A French Climber found a metal box filled with precious Gems as he scaled Mont Blanc.  As improbable as the story sounds to us, finding buried articles in the French Alps is not uncommon.

Mont Blanc rises from the earth under the well-travelled airspace between France and India, and there were several plane crashes in the region during the early years of commercial air travel.

Due to the extreme cold, climbers routinely come across the curiously well-preserved wreckage and bodies from these disasters.

It’s a hazard of the sport.

There in the wild, alone and at altitude, the climber came across what is now estimated to be $332,000 dollars worth of stones and jewelry… some of it marked “Made in India”.

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The “S” Word


There are two things that can happen when you use a bad word in front of a child.  The first is the worst: the child hears this new word, and then goes around using it as much as they can, especially in the checkout line of the grocery store…

or when grandparents come over to visit.

The second thing that can happen is that the child recognizes that you’ve used the word and they decide to tell on you.  Unfortunately this doesn’t usually happen right when you say it.  The kid usually brings it up about 4 days later, when you’ve forgotten that you said it.

Last Christmas I used the “s-word” in front of my niece.

She’s almost 4.

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Take It or Leave It


For the majority of children “Trick or Treating” is an opportunity to get their hands on a large quantity of a severely limited resource.

If your family was like mine, candy was both a metered and an elective provision. The fact that my parents didn’t grow up eating candy whenever they wanted strongly influenced their decision to raise me the same way.

These kind of things tend to run in the family.

It’s my experience that the typical kid gets about 1 hour per year to get their hands on as much candy as they can.

This is probably why they don’t spend much time at your door.

From the knock, to the “Trick or treat”, to the possible “Thank you”, the average kid is on my doorstep for less than 30 seconds.

Kids, for the most part, also do not have a discriminating palate when it comes to candy. If they are told that something is candy, they eat it. I’ve seen a kid put a Bit-O-Honey into their mouth, say “yuck” and then finish it off.

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