De' fliengde Vuogtlänn'r

Observations, rants, etc. from a guy who really gets around.



One of my Linkster friends (Deb? Dori?) was telling us a couple of years ago about a trip to a restaurant where she tried to order a glass of water instead of the proffered iced tea. Quoth the waitress: "I don't think we have any....." Of course, her reaction was predictable: "How do they make iced tea with no water???"

Anyway, today I decided to treat myself at one of my favorite Chinese restaurants. Great food, but fluency in English is obviously not a requirement to work there. In typical German fashion, I asked for "A glass of water. Not ice water, just plain water."

Yeah, right.

I hit the buffet and got back to my table to find... a glass of ice water.


When the waitress came by again, I pointed out the mistake and asked for a "glass of water. Not ice water, just plain water.". She stood there looking pensive and slowly said "No......"

"No"?! What the frell do you mean, "no"? What? Does the water come out of the faucet with the ice already in it?

After a bit, the manager came by and I finally got my glass of just plain water.

Good help is so hard to find.


The Duck and the Devil (I'm in the 93%)

Interesting little item I got from one of my on-line friends:

There was a little boy visiting his grandparents on their farm.

He was given a slingshot to play with out in the woods.

He practiced in the woods; but he could never hit the target.

Getting a little discouraged, he headed back for dinner.

As he was walking back, he saw Grandma's pet duck.

Just out of impulse, he let fly with the slingshot, hit the duck square in the head and killed it. He was shocked and grieved!

In a panic, he hid the dead duck in the woodpile only to see his sister watching! Sally had seen it all, but she said nothing.

After lunch the next day, Grandma said 'Sally, let's wash the dishes'.

But Sally said, 'Grandma, Johnny told me he wanted to help in the kitchen.'

Then she whispered to him, 'Remember the duck?'

So Johnny did the dishes.

Later that day, Grandpa asked if the children wanted to go fishing and Grandma said, 'I'm sorry, but I need Sally to help make supper.'

Sally just smiled and said, 'Well that's all right, because Johnny told me he wanted to help'.

She whispered again, 'Remember the duck?' So Sally went fishing and Johnny stayed to help.

After several days of Johnny doing both his chores and Sally's, he finally couldn't stand it any longer.

He came to Grandma and confessed that he had killed the duck.

Grandma knelt down, gave him a hug and said, 'Sweetheart, I know. You see, I was standing at the window and I saw the whole thing, but because I love you, I forgave you. I was just wondering how long you would let Sally make a slave of you.'

Thought for the day and every day thereafter:

Whatever is in your past, whatever you have done... And the devil keeps throwing it up in your face (lying, cheating, debt, fear, bad habits, hatred, anger, bitterness, etc.)... whatever it is... You need to know that God was standing at the window and He saw the whole thing.

He has seen your whole life. He wants you to know that He loves you and that you are forgiven. He's just wondering how long you will let the devil make a slave of you.

The great thing about God is that when you ask for forgiveness, He not only forgives you, but He forgets.

It is by God's grace and mercy that we are saved.

Go ahead and make the difference in someone's life today.

Share this with a friend and always remember:

God is at the window!

When Jesus died on the cross, he was thinking of you!

If you are one of the 93% who will stand up for him, forward this with the title, 'I'm in the 93%'.

Would you believe 7% of people won't forward this?