WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE NUMBER BETWEEN 1 AND 10. Topic #258: Step 1: Pick a number from 1 to 10. Step 2: Now think of something interesting in your life, or that you’d like to have in your life, related to that number. For example, if you picked 6, tell me about your favorite kind of beer (which come in packs of 6). Okay, I picked 10. I am a fan of Letterman’sTop Ten Lists. He apparently started them in 1985. Here is how he looked about then:
And for your entertainment here is one of his lists from the year he started them. 1987
Top 10 Way to Reduce the Federal Deficit
10. Eliminate throw pillows from the cockpit of the B-1 bomber
9. Make national park rangers provide their own hats
8. Start charging for tours of U. S. Embassy in Moscow
7. Step up taxation of rich – except for strategically important talk show
6. Sell ad space on president’s forehead during State of the Union Address
5. Use tremendous military strength to “shake down” Norway for a couple of
4. Charge a buck to take a poke at a condemned criminal
3. Print up a single jillion-dollar bill; use it to buy candy bar; pocket
2. Don’t send so many cakes to the Ayatollah
1. Let Ed Meese take a billion dollars to Vegas and try out his blackjack
Then a few nights ago this was his list: “Top Ten Highlights Of Barack Obama’s Deficit Plan”
10. Pay everything off with a giant bake sale on the White House lawn
9. New 10,000 percent tax on waffles — no way people are giving up their waffles!
8. Congressional Super Committee now reports to even more powerful Super Duper Committee
7. Medicare no longer covers butt X-rays
6. From now on, quarters are worth 26 cents
5. Change the definition of the word ‘deficit’
4. Seniors must wait until they’re 112 before they can collect Social Security
3. Open more post offices — those places are money machines!
2. Congressmen must pay hookers in cash
1. Jets giving three and a half in Cincy — it’s like found money
Staying Strong Tip: Another way I use 10 is as a way of rating things. When stress comes calling, rating things on a Remember What Matters Scale usually calms you. Ten is a matter of life and death; one is a broken finger nail, gray hair, wrinkle and so forth.
Anything can be rated. So I am rating the above lists. Ten had me laughing so much I couldn’t breathe and wet my pants. One is tears filled my eyes. Think both the above lists hit a three. Of course they do better on tv when the audience laughs and starts your brain thinking something funny is going on.
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