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Dancing with Isabel

Jim was working as an assistant cruise director. The male staff had to dance with the elderly ladies who were traveling by themselves. Whenever they saw these passengers in one of the lounges, they were required to strike up a conversation and offer to dance with them.

On one particular Saturday night, the ship’s program called for fifteen minutes of music and dancing in the main lounge. Jim looked around and spotted a lady sitting off to the side, her foot stomping away to the beat of a lively Glenn Miller tune. She looked like she was in her seventies, on the petite side, and was wearing a wig that was unevenly pulled to the side.

Jim walked to her, introduced himself and asked her if she wanted to dance. She smiled at him and said, “No, thank you.”

Jim mentioned that he had seen her tapping to the music and knew she was enjoying the Big Band sound. Reaching out his hand and gently placing it in hers, Jim said, “Come on, let’s go have some fun.”

She got up and they made their way to the dance floor. To Jim’s surprise, she was a very good dancer. Her eyes were all lit up, and she was smiling. She showed Jim all kinds of great swing-step moves, and Jim desperately tried to keep up with her. They were the kind of dance steps a professional swing dancer use. She was really phenomenal!

The music ended, Jim walked her back to her seat and knew her name was Isabel. As they sat down, Jim noticed the tears in her eyes. She reached down into her purse, pulled out a tissue and began to cry.

“Have I done something to upset you?” Jim asked. “Was it my poor dancing abilities? I’m sorry.”

She looked up and assured Jim that he had done nothing wrong. “I love to dance,” she said. “My husband and I would go dancing every Saturday night. We never missed an opportunity.”

Isabel tried to compose herself, but her face was overcome with emotion. “My husband and I always dreamed of dancing at sea together. We talked about going on a cruise, and we saved up our money.” Isabel drew a deep breath and continued, “Then on Saturday evening, just as we were getting dressed to go out, he sat down on our bed and said he needed to rest for a few minutes. Well,” she said gently, “he never woke up.”

Jim could see her love for her husband in every wrinkle of her precious face.

“I haven’t danced in twenty-eight years,” she paused and looked at Jim with a smile, “until now.”

Then she gave Jim a hug and whispered, “Thank you for being my partner tonight.”

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A Bridge to Hawaii

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A man was walking along a beach in California was deep in prayer. Suddenly, he said out loud: “God, grant me one wish.”

The sunny sky clouded above his head and in a booming voice, God said: “Because you have tried to be faithful to me in all ways, I will grant you one wish.”

The man said: “Build a bridge to Hawaii, 3000 miles long, so I can drive there any time I want.”

God replied: “Your request is very materialistic. Think of the enormous challenges for that kind of undertaking. The supports and the material required to reach the bottom of the Pacific Ocean. The concrete and steel it would take over thousands of miles. I can do it, but it is hard for me to justify your desire for worldly things. Take a little more time and think of another wish. A wish you think would honor and glorify me.”

The man thought about it for a long time. Finally, he said: “God, I wish I could understand women. I want to know how they feel inside, what they are thinking when they give the silent treatment, why they cry, what they mean when they say nothing, and how I can make a woman truly happy.”

God replied: “You want two or four lanes on that bridge?”

The Autopsy of Jane Doe

The term “Jane Doe” refers to unidentified corpses. When a female “Jane Doe” arrived at the morgue, coroner Tom and his son Austin started working to find the cause of death by the following morning as requested by the sheriff. The corpse had no visible external injuries, as the autopsy proceeded, secrets were revealed from the body. As a storm was approaching, strange things started happening. Tom and Austin then realized that they were actually dealing with evil.

“The Autopsy of Jane Doe” is the type of movie that has only a few characters who got trapped in an enclosed space, it must have a good script and a good director to make the movie works. Director André Øvredal didn’t disappoint the audience. Especially the first 45 minutes, a professional autopsy was demonstrated and the suspense was well built up by evidences found in different body parts. Be prepared yourself if you don’t get used to close up scenes of body organs, they will be disgusting and gross.

The second half of the film turns to a horror movie. There was a tradition in the past to tie a bell to the ankle of a body to avoid any wrong declaration of death. So a scary moment in the film is that the tinkling bell was heard at the far end in the dark morgue – the dead bodies were raised and walking around. At several moments I thought the “Jane Doe” would suddenly come alive, but eventually it didn’t happen – a bit underused of Olwen Kelly (Jane Doe).

Both Brian Cox (Tom) and Emile Hirsc (Austin) gave a convincing performance and made the movie truly effective. However the movie rushed to a normal ghost story ending without much surprise and logic. “The Autopsy of Jane Doe” is a good mix of mystery and horror. Its first half is so well made that we can forgive its disappointing finale.

Being and Non-Being

We join spokes together in a wheel,
but it is the center hole that makes the wagon move.

We shape clay into a pot,
but it is the emptiness inside that holds whatever we want.

We hammer wood for a house,
but it is the inner space that makes it livable.

We work with being,
but non-being is what we use.

20 Facts You May Not Know About

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  1. There are three things the human brain cannot resist noticing – Food, attractive people and danger.
  2. If you sit for more than 11 hours a day, there’s a 50% chance you’ll die within the next 3 years.
  3. You can survive without eating for weeks, but you will only live 11 days without sleeping.
  4. Sleeping without a pillow reduces back pain and keeps your spine stronger.
  5. A person’s height is determined by their father, and their weight is determined by their mother.
  6. A human brain has a capacity to store 5 times as much information as Wikipedia.
  7. Your shoes are the first thing people subconsciously notice about you. Wear nice shoes.
  8. Right-handed people tend to chew food on their right side.
  9. Putting dry tea bags in gym bags or smelly shoes will absorb the unpleasant odor.
  10. According to Albert Einstein, if honey bees were to disappear from earth, humans would be dead within 4 years.
  11. There are so many kind of apples, that if you ate one new kind everyday, it would take over 20 years to try them all.
  12. There are at least 6 people in the world who look exactly like you. There’s a 9% chance that you’ll meet one of them in your lifetime.
  13. Stomach acid is strong enough to dissolve razor blades.
  14. Laziness and inactivity kills just as many people as smoking.
  15. If a part of your body “falls asleep”, you can almost always “wake it up” by shaking your head.
  16. Our brain uses same amount power as 10-watt light bulb.
  17. Our body gives enough heat in 30 minutes to boil 1.5 liters of water.
  18. The Ovum egg is the largest cell and the sperm is the smallest cell.
  19. People who laugh a lot are healthier than those who don’t.
  20. Smile. It is the ultimate antidepressant.

A Call from Daddy

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The phone was ringing and the little girl answered.

“Hello?”

“Hi, honey. This is Daddy. Is Mommy near the phone?”

“No, Daddy. She’s upstairs in the bedroom with Uncle Paul.”

After a brief pause, Daddy said, “But honey, you don’t have an Uncle Paul.”

“Oh yes I do, and he’s upstairs in the bedroom with Mommy right now.”

Brief pause. “Uh, okay then, this is what I want you to do. I want you to put the phone down, run upstairs and knock on the door and shout to Mommy that Daddy’s car just pulled up.”

“Okay Daddy, just a minute.”

A few minutes later, the little girl came back to the phone.

“I did it, Daddy.”

“And what happened, honey?”

“Well, Mommy got scared, jumped out of bed naked and ran around screaming. Then she tripped on the rug, hit her head on the dresser and now she isn’t moving at all.”

“Oh my God! What about your Uncle Paul?”

“He jumped out of the back window into the pool. But I guess he didn’t know you took out the water last week to clean it. He hit the bottom of the pool and I think he’s dead!”

Really long pause.

Then Daddy said, “Swimming pool? Is this 486-5732?”

How Much Can You Love?

After married for more than 50 years, my parents keep arguing every day. It seems like just the voice from one of them can simply lead to a heated argument. I wonder they may divorce one day in their seventies. Looking at them, marriage is like a process that turns a person that you once loved most to the one you eventually hate most. People would think marriage can last for a life time before, now people wonder how long their marriages can last. New definition about relationship such as one-night stand and speed dating are surfaced. How much can you love another person? How long can you share your life with your other half without feeling bored?

True love may only be found in movies and dramas nowadays. For example, even Jack knew that there was no arrangement for him to get off the Titanic, he still persuaded Rose to board the lifeboat. They looked at each other when Rose’s lifeboat was lowered down to the sea. Rose then realized that she could not leave Jack and jumped back onto the lower deck and reunited with him.

In the “Twilight” movies, Bella did not want to grow old while her vampire boyfriend Edward stopped aging at 17. Oddly enough, she asked Edward to transform her to a vampire. However, Edward did not want her to sacrifice her life for him and suppressed the temptation to suck her blood. Realizing the danger that he and his family posed to Bella, Edward ended their relationship and left with his family.

And in the Japanese drama “Proposal Daisakusen”, Ken was stuck in the situation to provide a speech in the wedding as the best friend of the bride Rei, who he loved for a long time. However, Rei was going to marry someone else. After a formal start, Ken could not control his emotion and confessed his love to Rei. Below is part of his touching speech.

“For 14 years, during happy times, difficult times, times of suffering, the one who always spent time with Rei, the one who would be able to make her happy, I seriously thought that I am the only one who could do that. The one who knows her best is me.

But in the end, these are just thoughts inside my heart, because not once have I been able to become honest about it in front of her. Though I always have been near her, the words I thought I would say someday, I haven’t been able to say it after all.

That one thing … never did I say it. I … I was in love with Rei. Honestly, if I say so, even now, I am still in love with Rei … But, she is getting married to someone today. Though it’s excruciating for me, she will get married. Because her place in my heart is so vast, the struggle for me to arrive at these words has taken an extreme amount of time.

Rei. Congratulations on your wedding. Please be happy. If you don’t … I really won’t forgive you.”

Even if it hurts and the ending is not perfect, you have to let the one you love be happy.