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Tuna Fish Friday

This is a little story hanging on the walls at Jimmie Johns on the strip. Midnight Mike brought it to my attention. I love it. Let this story carry you on into your wonderful weekend. I love you.

“An American tourist was at the pier of a small coastal Mexican village when a small boat with just one fisherman docked.

Inside the small boat were several large yellowfin tuna. The tourist complimented the Mexican on the quality of his fish and asked how long it took to catch them.

The Mexican replied, “Only a little while.”

The tourist then asked, “Why didn’t you stay out longer and catch more fish?”

The Mexican said, “With this I have more than enough to support my family’s needs.”

The tourist then asked, “But what do you do with the rest of your time?”

The Mexican fisherman said, “I sleep late, fish a little, play with my children, take siesta with my wife, Maria, stroll into the village each evening where I sip wine and play guitar with my amigos, I have a full and busy life.”

The tourist scoffed, ” I can help you. You should spend more time fishing; and with the proceeds, buy a bigger boat: With the proceeds from the bigger boat you could buy several boats. Eventually you would have a fleet of fishing boats. Instead of selling your catch to a middleman you would sell directly to the processor; eventually opening your own cannery. You would control the product, processing and distribution. You could leave this small coastal fishing village and move to Mexico City, then Los Angeles and eventually New York where you could run your ever-expanding enterprise.”

The Mexican fisherman asked, “But, how long will this all take?”

The tourist replied, “15 to 20 years.”

“But what then?” asked the Mexican.

The tourist laughed and said, “That’s the best part. When the time is right you would sell your company stock to the public and become very rich, you would make millions.”

“Millions?…Then what?”

The American said, “Then you would retire. Move to a small coastal fishing village where you would sleep late, fish a little, play with your kids, take siesta with your wife, stroll to the village in the evenings where you could sip wine and play your guitar with your amigos.”

-Ross Hoss

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My Friends

As I was going to bed the other night I realized a thing or two.

1. I do indeed have a bed time routine. I have fought this idea for a long time. I used to think that if I ever developed a bedtime routine it would be the first sign of old age. It would signify that I have given up on all spontaneity and now all there is left for me to do is die. Well, I have a routine and strangely I just feel wiser and just more acclimated to living on Earth. Having a bedtime routine is nothing to fight my friends.

2. I am not the only one I have to put to bed at night. I carry four objects around in my pocket at all times. My phone, my ipod, my wallet, and my keys. My phone and ipod I have decided are basically a few arms and legs away from being actual human beings. I have to put them to sleep in order so that when the sun rises they will be recharged and ready to take on another day. Wait, this is exactly what I do. I set my phone on its little charger and plug my ipod in. I then nestle in under my covers and I too begin the recharging process. One time I even tried telling my phone and ipod goodnight. I just felt funny. Needless to say that was just a one time thing.

3. Showering is a lost art that I feel more need to appreciate. For this very reason. So let me explain. Please. Let me… It hit me while I was laying in bed the other night that shower time is the only no technology time I have in the day. I do not watch t.v. in the shower. I do not use my phone, ipod, coffee maker, etc… I do not have to worry about impressing anyone. I do not have to worry about running into anyone I know. The shower, friends. Is a beautiful time in your day. You are alone with your thoughts and no outside distractions. I encourage you to begin to use your shower time to plan out your life. Kids could think about what they wanted to be when they grow up. Adults can think about starting a business or their relationship with Jesus or any of the other important things in life.

Hope all is well with everybody. I am going to try to start blogging again. I miss it.

Ross Hoss

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