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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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Pardon the cheesiness but this stuff makes me happy.

On Friday night I made the trek out to the beautiful Hendersonville, TN in order to watch the new Clint Eastwood flick, Gran Torino. Excellent movie but I am not here to give a movie review….

Despite all of my preconceived notions about what genre the movie would fall under the movie, surprisingly, was more of a comedy than anything. I think everyone in the theater was caught off guard. But as I sat in our sold out theater room I began to notice something beautiful. At times in the movie the entire theater would erupt in laughter. I looked around at the old white man behind me, the black guy three rows down, the Mexican a few rows over, the young couple, the seemingly poor family, and it hit me. Laughter is capable of bringing anybody together. Laughter does not distinguish between races, or social class. It has the ability to grab hold of ALL of us and for that second in time distract our minds and thoughts from all the hate, bigotry, worry, struggle, and all the other negative thoughts that are so capable of taking over our minds.

We all need more laughter in our life. I encourage you, and myself, to go out and find what makes you laugh. Whether it be an old Archie Bunker comic or a good Steve Martin movie. Let us all take over the world with our laughter.

Ross is laughing Hoss

On a completely unrelated note the Preachers microphone went out this morning and there was something beautiful about watching and hearing him yell out the words of Jesus to such a large room. If I ever started a church I would probably leave the technology at the door. NOW WATCH THIS VIDEO!!!!!

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