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The following was sent to me.
A Manufacturing Parable
A Japanese company (Toyota) and an American company (General Motors) decided to have a canoe race on the Missouri River. Both teams practiced long and diligently to reach their maximum performance before the race.
On the big day, the Japanese won by a mile.
The Americans, very discouraged and depressed, decided to investigate the reason for the crushing defeat. A management team made up of senior management was formed to investigate and recommend appropriate action.
Their conclusion was the Japanese had
8 people rowing and 1 person steering, while the American team had 8 people steering and 1 person rowing.
Feeling a deeper study was in order, American management hired a consulting company
and paid them a large amount of money for a second opinion.
They advised, of course, that too many people were steering the boat, while not enough people were rowing.
Not sure of how to utilize that information, but wanting to prevent another loss to the Japanese, the rowing team's management structure was totally reorganized to 4 steering supervisors, 3 area steering superintendents, and 1 assistant superintendent steering manager. They also implemented a new performance system that would give the 1 person rowing the boat greater incentive to work harder. It was called the 'Rowing Team Quality First Program,' with meetings, dinners and free pens and a certificate of completion for the rower. There was discussion of getting new paddles, canoes and other equipment, extra vacation days for practices, and bonuses.
The next year, the Japanese won by two miles.
Humiliated, the American management laid off the rower (a reduction in workforce) for poor performance, halted development of a new canoe, sold the paddles, and canceled all capital investments for new equipment. The money saved was distributed to the Senior Executives as bonuses, and the next year's racing team was "outsourced" to I n d i a... Sadly, the End.
However, sad, but oh so true! Here's something else to think about:
Ford has spent the last thirty years moving all its factories out of the US, claiming they can't make money paying American wages. Toyota has spent the last thirty years building more than a dozen plants inside the US.
The last quarter's results:
Toyota made 4 billion in profits while Ford racked up 9 billion in losses. Ford folks are still scratching their heads.
IF THIS WASN'T SO SAD IT MIGHT BE FUNNY!
Spam Filter Update
I had a hard time posting this. At first I thought phrases like "long and hard", "peak performance" or "laid off" were giving me the naughty word feedback but in the end it was the country the work was outsourced to. This place is creating more problems than we realize.
Labels: music: Along Came Jones
This morning, P/T 2.6 That is good.
love the cool, caching weather.
Labels: music: Along Came Jones
Growing up in Georgia with childhood friends like Bubba, we know anybody from Boston is a yankee even if they are geocachers.
One of these cachers had heard about what find caches are hidden in our mountains. He told one of his buddies that had a vacation
coming up and his friend made his plans to come down to Georgia geocaching.
This Yankee from Massachusetts was hiking through the mountains of northern Georgia when he came upon the tiniest cabin he had ever seen in his life. Intrigued, he went up and knocked on the door. "Anybody home?" he asked. "Yep," came a kid's voice through the door. "Is your father there?" asked the geocacher.
"Pa? Nope, he left afore Ma came in," said the kid. "Well, is your mother there?" persisted the cacher.
"Ma? Nope, she left just afore I got here," said the kid. "But," protested the Yankee, "are you never together as a family?"
"Sure, but not here," said the kid through the door. "This is the outhouse!"
Labels: music: What'd I Say
Why men don't write advice to the lovelorn columns:
I hope you can help me here. The other day I set off for work leaving my husband in the house watching the TV as usual. I hadn't gone more than a few hundred yards down the road when my engine conked out and the car shuddered to a halt. I walked back home to get my husband's help.
When I got home I couldn't believe my eyes. He was parading in front of the wardrobe mirror dressed in my underwear and high-heel shoes, and he was wearing my make up. I am 32, my husband is 34 and we have been married for twelve years. When I confronted him, he tried to make out that he had dressed in my lingerie because he couldn't find his own underwear. But when I asked him about the make up, he broke down and admitted that he'd been wearing my clothes for six months. I told him to stop or I would leave him.
He was let go from his job six months ago and he says he has been feeling increasingly depressed and worthless. I love him very much, but ever since I gave him the ultimatum he has become increasingly distant. I don't feel I can get through to him anymore. Can you please help?
A car stalling after being driven a short distance can be caused by a variety of faults with the engine. Start by checking that there is no debris in the fuel line. If it is clear, check the jubilee clips holding the vacuum pipes onto the inlet manifold. If none of these approaches solves the problem, it could be that the fuel pump itself is faulty, causing low delivery pressure to the injector chamber.
Labels: Music: Only You
JAMES LEO HOUSTON A friend of Fifty years passed Monday:
James Leo Houston, 82, of Marietta, died Monday, October 15, 2007. Service will be 2:00 p.m. Thursday at Mayes Ward-Dobbins Funeral Home and Crematory chapel with Dr. Nelson Price officiating. Interment will be in Kennesaw Memorial Park. James was born in Hogansville on December 12, 1924 and moved to Marietta in 1926. He was a member of Roswell Street Baptist Church and was baptized March 26, 1961. James grew up on Roswell Street and his first job was at the age of 10 as delivery boy for the Marietta Daily Journal. He worked at his father's and uncle's garage on Church Street sweeping the floors and repairing trucks for the City of Marietta. Once he received his driver's license, he was promoted to wrecker driver at the small family garage. James volunteered in an office above the old Atherton's Drug Store for World War II to avoid being drafted. He operated a wrecker during World War II with the 838 ordinance which was attached to Patton's 3rd Army. James earned the rank of Sgt. After returning from WWII, he purchased Crain Wrecker Service from his uncle R.S. Crain. He operated out of a building just off the Marietta Square 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. James sold surplus WWII trucks. He moved the business to Highway 41 after purchasing a piece of property there in 1949. He operated on the same piece of property until his death. There he operated the wrecker service along with an automotive paint and body shop, garage, parts department and scrap yard. Additionally, he owned and operated an automotive paint and body shop on Atlanta Street. In 1952, James opened Crain M&M Sales, an ambulance and funeral car dealership. The business grew to cover eight southeastern states. He owned and operated the dealership until the sale of the business in 1989. Then in 1995, he founded Houston Brothers, Inc., also a funeral car dealership. James received many awards over the years, being named funeral car dealer of the year. In 1956 he bought the Bell Motel on Highway 41, which operated until 1975. James was a Shriner, a member of the Georgia Funeral Directors Association, served a term as president of the Georgia Funeral Supply Salesman Association and has been a member of various Funeral Director Associations across the Southeast. He was inducted into the American Towman Hall of Fame 1991. James received "The Simple Act of Bravery" award from The American Towman Association for his work in and around Marietta and Cobb County during the time he operated Crain Wrecker Service, more specifically for his work in clearing debris from the Atherton Drug Store explosion.Mr. Houston is survived by his wife, Janice Moss Houston of Marietta; two sons and daughters-in-law, James R. "Jimmy" and Koni Houston of Acworth, Charles A. "Chuck" and Dawn Houston of Marietta; sister and brother-in-law, Gloria and Charles Edwards of Marietta; step-brother and sister-in-law, Jack and Margie Houston of Marietta; five grandchildren, Charlie Houston, Erik Houston, Miranda Houston, Valerie Houston, Madeline Houston; nephew, Mike Spence of Marietta. Mr. Houston was preceded in death by his granddaughter, Lindsay Houston.The family will receive friends Wednesday from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the funeral home.
I made my muscadine run yesterday, (Thur.) I got some Muscadine Jelly, no sugar added, nothing but fruit.
I was at the farm in Delano, Tn. I also got some real Sorghun, not a blend like that in the stores around here.
It was grown and cooked there on the farm. Some other things I got was a yellow meated watermelon, and a few taters.
Next stop was at the nearby winery. I picked up a case of Muscadine wine and a bottle of black berry wine.
SOW has the only wine that I have found that taste like the old timers made at home. Hmmmmm good.
Then back to Georgia and turn in the the north Georgia hills. Headed to a big creek to eat lunch. The creek
was mosty dry. The hunters had move in with their camps, that cause me to just hog in to a big rock to eat
lunch. Next was a ride up to the high ground, I have to go up in them hills from time to time. I climb up and around
a waterfall to work off the lunch. At an overlook I seen something new to me. There was streaks of brown zig zaging
through the hills. While I was looking at this, i seen a cloud of dust moving along as a car was following the brown
dusted trees in the distance. I could not see the road or the car, just the dust cloud moving. I have seen that in movies
about the old west, but never in Georgia.
Next two stops in Ellijay for a visit at the new geocaches there.
Now I could have went home but I headed to a 4 wheel road. After all it was dry, wrong it had rains cats a dogs around that part of the state. The dried up ponds were full, and the creeks were rolling.
And the mud holes were full. Well so what, I can go with Abner anyway. First mud hole no problem.
Next mud hole, was looking the same, full of water, but the big wheel 4 wheelers had dug it out and the water
was up to my head lights. My front bumper was pushing the mud from between the ruts. With the new tires
I had enough traction to plow though that one too. I think it would be a good place for a cache, grin!
Next I came to a ford at a creek that was over waist deep. I turn around because there was no cell coverage.
The return trip was as much fun as going in was. Stopped at the last creek crossing and wash the truck off.
Back in Ellijay and eat supper. 250 miles for the day and two smily's.
Labels: Music: Peggy Sue
Labels: Music: Endlessly
Tomorrow is another doctor day. I got to visit my heart doctor for my 6 month checkup.
Then Wednesday I'm going to made a Muscadine run.
Muscadines contain very high levels of antioxidants, which make them also very healthy.
They are high in vitamin C and vitamin B, and contain potassium and trace minerals. They are low in sodium, and are fat and cholesterol free. The puree from this fruit contains more dietary fiber than rice or oat bran. They are naturally a great health food. If you haven't had any in a while, try them again and bring back memories.
I found a place that does all the work for you. They stomp them to remove the skins,
remove the seeds and add the pulp back to the skin, add some sugar, let set and work.
They will put them in bottles so you can transport without worry about spoilage.
oink oink, SOW Savannah Oaks Winery...
Labels: Music: Kissin' Time
A geo-event for an outting at Diggerland in Boaz, by Bubba's cousin Emmy Lou, was turned down by the approver.
Emmy Lou reported that her and some of her friends had a ball at Diggerland. She was sorry that her caching friends were left out. She still hopes to have a geoevent, and maybe find a geocache some day.
Labels: Music: Only You
How can anyone ever find that?
I don't hate all puzzle geocaches, just the ones I can't solve! No No No!
Let me turn that around. I like puzzles that I can solve. I can just let the others go.
The last cache I found was a puzzle. it was a month ago on Sept. 10.
I found "Robbing the Nancy Hanks II"
This is a great puzzle if you are into puzzles. It is fun, but a hair puller at the same time.
Sometime back I got all dishearten about the geocoins. I decided to just set on mine for awhile.
People was following my logs, and going behind to caches even if they had already found.
They were hunting my coins. Nothing wrong with that, unless you already had a handful of them.
Anyway I had not put out any in a while, and my friend LZ had make a very long hike and found
one of my coins. He had heard I had a few Limit Edition coins, and ask for one.
He said he knew I didn't like to just hand them out, so he said he would go to any cache that I
picked out, to get one. I knew about a puzzle cache that had not been found in a few years, and just
had one or two finders. With help from Slay we made the trip to, and after about three hours we
found "Pocket full of Change".
I challenge LZ to find it for a pocket full of geocoins. He make a few trips and a lot of time, but after
a lot of me laughing at him from me he found it.
End of background:
When the puzzle "Robbing the Nancy Hanks II" was born I would just ignore it, but it had my picture on it.
A challenge if I ever seen one. I ask Owl the great puzzle solver for help. He put hours and hours plus miles
and miles to the area to check out leads. Me and him went together and made a lot of water hauls.
I couldn't let it die. I only solve it after many hours and putting pieces together from the page and comments
made by the owner, LZ. Then me and owl made a very rewarding last trip to the Nancy.
If you are into geo-puzzles, give this one a look.
Labels: Music: Patchs
Why Men Can't Win
If you work too hard, there is never any time for her. If you don't work enough, you're a good-for-nothing bum.
If she has a boring repetitive job with low pay, it's exploitation. If you have a boring repetitive job with low pay, you should get off your ass and find something better.
If you get a promotion ahead of her, it's favoritism. If she gets a job ahead of you, it's equal opportunity.
If you mention how nice she looks, it's sexual harassment. If you keep quiet, it's male indifference.
If you cry, you're a wimp. If you don't, you're insensitive.
If you make a decision without consulting her, you're a chauvinist pig, you bastard. If she makes a decision without consulting you, she's a liberated woman.
If you ask her to do something she doesn't enjoy, that's domination.
If she asks you, it's a favor.
If you try to keep yourself in shape, you're vain. If you don't, you're a slob.
If you buy her flowers, you're after something. If you don't, you're not thoughtful.
If you're proud of your achievements, you're an egotist. If you're not, you're not ambitious.
If she has a headache, she's tired. If you have a headache, you don't love her anymore, and you must be sleeping around.
Labels: Music: Blowin' In The Wind
in the middle of the night. Booom !! asleep and boom wakes me up. But the sound was while I
was asleep. Wide awake, I asked was it a dream or did I hear something. Well my wife jumping
out of bed let me know it was not a dream. What was it I ask, and she said something hit the house.
She turn on all the flood lights. Being fully awake now I said to myself it sounded like a basket ball
hitting a hollow door. When she came back from looking out all the windows, I said it was in this room,
(the bedroom). WHAT? Yelp in here. We looked for fallen pictures, any think in the floor, found nothing.
Back to bed, and back to sleep after a while.
This morning she started the search all over, outside and all around the house, nothing.
When she went to make up the bed, she said something in here smells. The search was on again.
In the back corner of the closet was, What a mess!! She said. I had put a bag of repair products for
a future project, to repair the ceiling from a leak before the new roof. It had a can of texture paint that was in
a carton like can biscuits. It had blow up and got on everything in that end of the closet.
What a mess was right!!!
Labels: Music: Donna
about fifty years ago, I told black jokes, and I soon learned that was in bad taste.
Times were changing. So then the polish jokes came in. A lot of them. Well that was soon
not appropriate. There has been jokes told about more different peoples and groups then I could ever name here.
Remember the blond jokes.
I have been dishing out redneck joke here by the truck load. I am a redneck, but a lot of my buddies are too.
Does it offend them? I guess it could. So I have to back off of the redneck jokes, We have feelings too.
Labels: Music: Splish Spash
1. You Know You're in a Redneck Church if...
The finance committee refuses to provide funds for the purchase of a chandelier because none of the members knows how to play one
2 You Know You're in a Redneck Church if...
People ask, when they learn that Jesus fed the 5000, whether the two fish were bass or catfish, and what bait was used to catch 'em.
3. You Know You're in a Redneck Church if...
When the pastor says, "I'd like to ask Bubba to help take up the offering," five guys and two women stand up.
4. You Know You're in a Redneck Church if...
Opening day of deer season is recognized as an official church holiday.
5. You Know You're in a Redneck Church if...
A member of the church requests to be buried in his 4-wheel-drive truck because "It ain't never been in a hole it couldn't get out of" (Love it!)
6. You Know You're in a Redneck Church if...
The choir is known as the "OK Chorale".
7. You Know You're in a Redneck Church if...
In a congregation of 500 members, there are only seven last names in the church directory.
8. You Know You're in a Redneck Church if...
People think "rapture" is what you get when you lift something too heavy.
9. You Know You're in a Redneck Church if...
The baptismal pool is a #2 galvanized " Wheeling " washtub.
10. You Know You're in a Redneck Church if...
The choir robes were donated by (and embroidered with the logo from) Billy Bob's Barbecue.
11. You Know You're in a Redneck Church if...
The collection plates are really hubcaps from a '56 Chevy.
12. You Know You're in a Redneck Church if...
Instead of a bell you are called to service by a duck call.
13. You Know You're in a Redneck Church if...
The minister and his wife drive matching pickup trucks.
14. You Know You're in a Redneck Church if...
The communion wine is Boone's Farm "Tickled Pink".
15. You Know You're in a Redneck Church if...
"Thou shall not covet" applies to huntin' dogs, too.
16. You know You're in a Redneck Church if...
The final words of the benediction are, "Y'all come back now, Ya hear".
God Bless and don't fergit ta say yer prayers
Labels: Music: Ask Your Heart