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"Life is lived forward, but understood backward. It is not until we are down the road and we stand on the mountain looking back through the valley that we can appreciate the terrain God has allowed us to scale.” Jill Savage

Monday, August 23, 2010

To Follow Rules or To Not Follow Rules - that is the question.

I'm still having trouble loading pictures! I'm frustrated. 'Primal Scream' - okay now I'm better.

Just got back from Cincinnati - where pigs fly - but didn't see any! I'll blog more this week with pictures if I can.

I received this from my friend Jerry at As The Cracker Head Crumbles. I suspect he knew just what he sent me - because I'm one that kind of likes to break silly rules. I want us to be responsible for ourselves and to check things out ourselves and not just follow what others tell us. I want us to live our own lives.

So this is what he sent and it's perfect!

Rules is Rules'

The Good news:

It was a normal day in Sharon Springs , Kansas , when a Union Pacific crew boarded a loaded coal train for the long trek to Salina .

The Bad news:
Just a few miles into the trip, a wheel-bearing became overheated, and melted, letting a metal support drop down and grind on the rail, creating white hot molten-metal droppings spewing down to the rail.

The Good news:
A very alert crew noticed smoke about halfway back in the train, and immediately stopped the train in compliance with the Union Pacific Safety Rules.

The Bad news:
The train stopped with the hot wheel over a wooden bridge, with creosote ties and trusses.

The crew tried to explain to CEO 'Higher-Ups', but were instructed NOT to move the train !

They were instructed 'The Rules Book' prohibits moving the train when a part is defective !

(So they followed the rules!)


Don't EVER let common sense get in the way of a good disaster !

Kind of says a lot doesn't it?


Happy birthday to Barbara Eden - wikidpedia
Barbara Eden (born Barbara Jean Morehead; August 23, 1934) is an American film and television actress and singer who is best known for her starring role in the sitcom I Dream of Jeannie.

Eden was born Barbara Jean Morehead in Tucson, Arizona, the daughter of Alice Mary and Hubert Henry Morehead. Her parents divorced when she was 3, she and her mother Alice moved to San Francisco where later her mother married Harrison Connor Huffman, a telephone lineman. The Great Depression deeply affected the Huffman family, and as they were unable to afford many luxuries, Barbara's mother entertained the children by singing songs. This musical background left a lasting impression on the actress, who began taking acting classes because she felt it might help her improve her singing.

She graduated from Abraham Lincoln High School in San Francisco in 1949, and was elected Miss San Francisco in 1951. Barbara also entered the Miss California pageant, but did not win.

I Dream of Jeannie:
Eden starred in I Dream of Jeannie as Jeannie, a genie set free from her bottle by astronaut Captain (later Major) Anthony Nelson, played by Larry Hagman. Barbara was initially passed over for the role as she was blonde and of small stature, but Sidney Sheldon called on her when he was unable to find a suitable brunette to play the part. I Dream of Jeannie was a mild success in the ratings, and it ran from 1965 until 1970, and during this time Eden was nominated twice for Golden Globe Awards. She later reprised her Jeannie role in two made-for-TV reunion movies (I Dream of Jeannie: 15 Years Later in 1985 and I Still Dream of Jeannie in 1991), and in the last scene of the theatrical movie A Very Brady Sequel. She also has played Jeannie in many TV commercials (AT&T, Lexus, Old Navy). I Dream of Jeannie has gone on to international syndication.

Eden has been married three times. She met actor Michael Ansara in October 1957, as part of a blind date arranged by her studio and publicist Booker McClay. They married in St Nicholas Church in Hollywood January 17, 1958. Eden had difficulty conceiving and her first pregnancy in 1961 ended in miscarriage. Her son Matthew Ansara was born Sunday, August 29, 1965, shortly after 11 episodes of the first season of I Dream of Jeannie were filmed. To conceal her obvious pregnancy, the directors of the show covered her with veils, and filmed only above her waist. Matthew Ansara died on June 25, 2001, from a drug overdose. Her third pregnancy in 1971 ended in a stillbirth. Ansara and Eden divorced in May 1974.

Eden was married to her second husband, Chicago Sun-Times executive Charles Donald Fegert, from September 1977 to 1983. She married her third and current husband, Los Angeles real estate developer Jon Trusdale Eicholtz, on January 5, 1991, at the Grace Cathedral Church in San Francisco.

I remember I Dream of Genie - I just loved that show - did you?


Jane said...

Ah, a good dose of common sense wins out almost every time!


A Hopeful Heart said...

I can hear it now..."I don't know how this could have happened....we were following the rules." I'll take common sense, please.

I used to like I Dream of Jeannie, and, for me, Barbara Eden will always bring that show to mind.

Have a lovely day,

Nancy's Notes said...

Oh Sandie, I heard that primal scream from here! Great post today, you can't beat good old common sense!

I loved watching I dream of Jeannie!

Have a great week!


Debbie said...

Love the "rules" post!!

I can also relate to the primal scream of picture uploading. That was me last week one day. At one point, I was so frustrated that I bounced up and down in my chair.

Just a head's up: That didn't help.

Happy birthday to Barbara Eden. In my head, I resemble her during her "Jeannie" years. Funny, no one else seems to think so.


Dogmom Diva said...

Hi Sandie, wow well those train guys can't say the werent following the rules sheesh
I always loved Barbara Eden, classy lady!


That corgi :) said...

can't wait to hear about your trip to Cincinnati, Sandie; I know it was fun and I know you enjoyed time with your son/DIL :)

loved I Dream of Jeanie. I always thought it would be fun to have the room she did in that bottle :)


Stella said...

Wish I could have heard what the bosses said after telling them to follow the rules. Loved watching I Dream of Jeannie.

Monica said...

Welcome back, and I'm sorry you won't have a picture of a flying pig to post for Show & Tail Tuesday!!!

Jenny said...

Love this post!!!!

Who cares about common sense when the rules are clearly written :-)

Jenny said...

Oh and good luck with the pictures - Computers can be so frustrating so I am letting out a sympathy "primal scream" ;-)

Linda @ A La Carte said...

How crazy as Rules are meant to be broken!! Oh and I love Barbara Eden as Jeannie!!

Doris Sturm said...

Obviously it wasn't a passenger train and nobody got hurt while the bridge burned?

(what morons)

I hope you had a good time on your visit!

I missed you,

Susan said...

Yikes! Talk about a disaster. Bet the train higher-ups were scratching their heads over this one! I kind of figured you might be away, Sandie. Hope you had a wonderful time in Cincinnati! Susan

Angela said...

Oh my! I hope that the next time something like that might happen that someone with common sense will step up and take the reign!

Loved I dream of Jeannie! She was in West Virginia for the Greenbrier Casino Opening.


JeanMac said...

I think I read somewhere that rules are made to be broken, esp in this case:)

Life is good! said...

rules is rules, stupid people are and always will be just that, stupid! i loved i dream of jeanie!

Tweedles -- that's me said...

Pugs hate rules

Rose said...


FishHawk said...

Thank you so very much for such an honorable mention! Even as much as I hate to do it, for he is truly a cranky old Scot, I feel compelled to admit that I got that from Adullamite. Hey, with you being a chatty crone, you just might like his cranky old stuff? His main blog is at:

HOOTIN' ANNI said...

Dang....but that's, in a way, scary AND comical all the same. Hope nobody was hurt...and I hope the only trees in the state of Kansas was saved in the scorcher...otherwise they'd have to import lumber from Nebraska! ]kidding[

Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

It is a shame that common sense isn't more common.

I loved I Dream of Jeannie!

Linda O'Connell said...

I have the same primal scream when trying to link! Love this post. I know a lot of people with high degrees and no temperature! This photo says it all.

Gaston Studio said...

Oh yes, don't let common sense stand in the way of rule following... why, someone could get hurt!

MOLLYE said...

Hi Girlie, Good post and yep I loved I Dream of Jeanie.

Melanie said...

Hope you've gotten some rest from your trip!
That story is pretty crazy! Common sense goes a long way.
I didn't know much about Barbara Eden. It was interesting to read her bio.
Take care. :)