Hello and welcome back to the wonderful world of the Dogpound. I was in the grocery store the other day and I noticed that...

Hello and welcome back to the wonderful world of the Dogpound. I was in the grocery store the other day and I noticed that the freezer aisle was dark. There were no lights in the freezers..which normally means that things are not getting cold..except for one freezer that had a fluorescent light blinking on and off, like the one you see in a horror movie. However, as I walked down the aisle, each freezer section sprang to life….the lights came on one at a time …like magic… then I noticed the motion detector. We have the same thing in our warehouse, where the overhead lights turn off when no one is in the area and pop back on when the sensor notices motion. This saves a lot of energy. The warehouse runs 16 to 20 hours a day, and large parts of it are void of human activity. Same goes for a grocery store; stores operate long hours, and there are many times when there is no one in the freezer aisle getting that late-night ice cream run. Now, there are a few times that those timers are not the best thing to have. At one plant I worked at, they installed these motion detectors in the bathroom, and the reset timer was set a little short. I was in the stall one time and the lights went out before I finished my business…and do you know that when the lights go out in the bathroom it is as dark as a cave inside? I kid you not!

“Beware of the little expenses; a small leak will sink a big ship.” Benjamin Franklin

A blonde and a lawyer are seated next to each other on a flight from LA to NY. The lawyer asks if she would like to play a fun game? The blonde, tired, just wants to take a nap, politely declines and rolls over to the window to catch a few winks. The lawyer persists and explains that the game is easy and a lot of fun.

He explains, I ask you a question, and if you don’t know the answer, you pay me $5, and vice versa. Again, she declines and tries to get some sleep. The lawyer, now agitated, says, “Okay, if you don’t know the answer you pay me $5, and, if I don’t know the answer, I will pay you $500.” This catches the blonde’s attention and, figuring there will be no end to this torment unless she plays, agrees to the game. The lawyer asks the first question.

“What’s the distance from the earth to the moon?”

The blonde doesn’t say a word, reaches into her purse, pulls out a five-dollar bill and hands it to the lawyer. OK says the lawyer, your turn. She asks the lawyer, “What goes up a hill with three legs and comes down with four legs?”

The lawyer, puzzled, takes out his laptop computer and searches all his references, no answer. He taps into the air phone with his modem and searches the Net and the Library of Congress, no answer. Frustrated, he sends e-mails to all his friends and coworkers, to no avail. After an hour, he wakes the blonde, and hands her $500.

The blonde says, “Thank you,” and turns back to get some more sleep. The lawyer, who is more than a little miffed, wakes the blonde and asks, “Well, what’s the answer?

“Without a word, the blonde reaches into her purse, hands the lawyer $5, and goes back to sleep.

That is all I have for today ..so lights out! As always, be good, do good, play safe and remember: a penny saved is a penny earned.