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Van Morrison, Stephen Hawking and a Goat!

Posted on March 17, 2018 by Bruce MacNaughton

May your troubles be less, and your blessings be more, and nothing but happiness come through your door.

Today is St. Patrick's Day. While I won't be partaking in any green beer (I prefer green tea, thanks!) I will be listening to my favourite Irish singer-songwriter, Van Morrison. 

Wednesday (3/14) was International Pi Day. Any excuse to eat a slice of pie is excellent by me. The Preserve Company has become famous for our raspberry pie. If you've ever tried it, you know why. I love homemade pie! 

This summer we hope to offer a wider variety. We are also building a separate bakery in the building just for gluten-free products.  Take home and restaurant service. More about this as time goes on. 

The world-renowned physicist, with an amazing mind Dr. Stephen Hawking, passed away this past week, interestingly enough on International Pi Day. He had a limitless mind which impacted the course of modern physics. One of his quotes truly resonates with me.

"Look up at the stars and not down at your feet. Try to make sense of what you see, and wonder about what makes the universe exist. Be curious."

Here is a song and video with Van Morrison and Sir Cliff Richards performing, Whenever God Shines His Light. 

I think curiosity is one of the best qualities a person can have. How dull would life be if we weren't curious? 

Keeping with the Irish sense of curiosity, here is one for Saturdays Silly. 

Murphy and O'Brien go out into the woods, they come to a clearing and see an abandoned well.

Murphy said 'I wonder how deep that well is?'

O'Brien said, 'There's one way we could figure it out'.

Murphy says, 'What's that?' 

O'Brien says, 'We drop something down it, we time how long it takes to hit the bottom, you multiply that time 32 feet per second squared, the rate at which objects fall in a vacuum, subtract a little for wind resistance and we've got the depth of the well'.

Murphy says, ' What are you going to drop down it?'  Then O'Brien looked all around and he saw this big heavy log lying on the ground. 

Next he squats down by the log and, using his legs correctly, he gets it up onto his shoulders and staggers over to the edge of the well, tips it up, drops it into the well and they start to count, 'One hippopotamus, two hippopotamus, three ..........

SPLASH!!!!

Murphy said, 'Three seconds!'

O'Brien said, 'Quick, multiply that time 32 feet per second squared!'
'288 feet!', Murphy said. 'Subtract a little for wind resistance, let's say 18 feet. The depth of that well is 270 feet deep'.

As he finished the calculation Murphy shouts, 'LOOK OUT!!' and he pushed O'Brien backwards and a goat ran between them and jumped head first down the well.

Murphy said, 'My God, I've never seen anything like that'.

Just then a farmer walks into the clearing and said, 'What's going on here boys?'

O'Brien says, 'We just figured out the depth of this well to be about 270 feet deep and then the strangest thing happened. A goat ran between the two of us and jumped headfirst down into the well.'

The farmer says, 'Thank heaven it wasn't one of my goats.'

Murphy says, 'How do you know it wasn't?'

And the farmer says, 'Because all of my goats are tethered to big heavy logs.'

Ok, I thought it was funny. 

I write this sitting in the Montreal Airport on my way to see our daughter in Vancouver. This song just seems to speak to me when I think of our dear Lauren. Another one by Van Morrison. 

Moving along, again I'm thinking about pie, and I am curious… what's your favourite pie? Do you have a pie story to share?

Have a great week ahead and all the best to you. 

With love from Prince Edward Island.

Sincerely,

Bruce

It Is All in How You Hear It

Posted on March 03, 2018 by Bruce MacNaughton

Sam heard all about the great service in the “Sleep Fine Hotel,” so after dropping his stuff in his room, he excitedly headed down to the hotel lounge.

He was only there for a few minutes when a very professional looking server came over to him.

“Would you like something to drink?” she asked.

Sam took in a deep breath, looked around at the beautiful lobby and asked “what are my choices?”

The woman’s gave Sam a strange look, and responded in an extra loud and slow voice, “yeees or noooo.”