Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Fake news

I am trying to keep up to date on the building swap. It is very hard. It seems to me that this blog is full of information on the building swap. We even got a letter fom Dorothy Jacks' office clearly explaining the value of both properties.

To these remarks Israel says it is lies, all lies. Fake news.

Can you believe him?

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Here we go again!

Rather than address the concerns raised by Ed Grossman about the proposed building swap, the administration, led by you know who, again embarked on their usual tactics of attacking the character of the person raising some serious questions.

Ever since the initiative to swap these two buildings was raised, the administration and the committee have said that there is no assessment or evaluation registered at the county assessors office. That claim was decidedly put to rest when Ed Grossman produced a letter from the Palm Beach County Property Appraiser's office showing that there is a current assessment for both buildings.  The assessments showed that the building and property proposed to be given in trade for the realty office's quarters is worth a fraction of the value. In other words: The swap is unfavorable as far as the interests of CV is concerned. 
Not having a credible answer to the revelation, David Israel immediately pronounced that Ed Grossman is a liar, and also that the County assessor is in the same category. Israel's posting on his blog before the assembly also smeared the reputation of the objectors, but didn't have an answer about the huge difference in value of the buildings and property. A difference that was ignored by the committee, who maintained that the buildings had no assessments. They either didn't know, because they didn't do their homework, or hid the real truth in their quest to push this initiative forward. 
It's a disgrace that an elected leader and his so called "team "  would resort to tactics like this. It's a shame that the committee would accept the distortion or concealment of the facts without so much as a whimper.   
When another concerned resident spoke up at the assembly. Israel told him to keep quiet or he would bring up some dirt on him. That is a very troubling statement. If there is something about the delegate that is of concern about his character, Israel should reveal it, Not use it to intimidate him into silence.
The assembly turned into a circus when Ed Grossman approached the committee on the stage and was accused of perhaps carrying a gun and suggesting he is plotting an assassination. That is one of the most ridiculous statements ever heard .  Ed Grossman has never threatened anyone. Israel's asinine squealing to call the Sheriff was just a tactic to avoid the questions and evade having to answer why he is not furnishing the residents with the whole story. He didn't answer any concerns about anything. When challenged as to why the Atlantic Broadband contract was altered after the vote, his only reply was to grunt and change the subject. 
We can look forward to the usual finger pointing and accusations of people disrupting the meetings for some vicarious thrill.  We can look forward to not getting any answers to the issues being raised. It's just the way David Israel and his team do business. Israel implied that the objectors are just causing trouble, and trying to shut down the whole initiative to swap buildings, this is another gross misrepresentation of the facts. The real idea behind the objections is to make sure that CV is getting a good deal in the swap. Not just to destroy the whole thing.
Keep in mind that the whole swap is about giving Atlantic Broadband space at $1.00 a square foot, a clause that was illegally entered into the contract after the ratification vote at he Delegates Assembly. 
Keep in mind that Israel attempted to deny the residents a vote on the matter by pushing a motion at the committee to put the decisions in the hands of the UCO officers, leaving the residents out of it. He voted in favor while the rest of the committee turned it down.
Keep in mind that if this piece of property is acquired by WPRF, or whoever it is that the deed will go to, it's gone forever. When the time comes that CV residents want to buy out the Levy family, it's another asset that adds to the value of their holdings. It's another asset that will add a nice increase to their asking price. 
Keep in mind that the construction shack that CV will acquire has a considerable tax bill attached to it, something the realty building does not have attached to it. When Atlantic broadband is done with it, CV is going to be left with .... What ? A building and property that really has not much going for it that will need ongoing maintenance, taxes and utilities. 
Keep in mind that the original deal giving the realty company the use of the building on East Drive, gave the village newspaper free use of space at another facility owned by WPRF. Now that the original deal is compromised due to the building being unfit for occupancy, the newspaper is using space in the clubhouse, space that all residents pay for. That's not the deal ! There's no quid pro quo there. CV realty has a pretty good deal and still gets to use their building pretty much for free, while we are expected to pay for the facilities to use the clubhouse for the paper. That's not the way it works! WPRF agreed to give the paper free space , that is not happening, the terms of the agreement are void, there is no agreement as long as WPRF doesn't hold up their end of the bargain.
It would be better for CV to get a 99 year lease at a dollar a year on the construction shack, just like the deal that the realty company enjoys, do their own renovations, and keep the property on East Drive. 


The latest is that this was put on delay to be taken cared of at a  later date. - Gary

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Forbidden.

I have been forbidden from writing and answering on Dave's blog. If you read his current post you will see that he is attacking the malcontents for having an opinion on the status of his real estate swap. An opinion which is wrong and is bordering on lies.

Let's get it straight. Israel can react to anything he wants on 'My Village Blogger' but I am not allowed to post on his blog.

His opinions are allowed on My Village Blogger, but my thoughts are not allowed on his very private blog.

So David Israel is allowed to state his opinions on My Blog, but my opinions are not allowed on his.

This is typical of the way the Dictator thinks and acts.

Wrong and Sad.


Wednesday, August 2, 2017

More info on Dave's give away



Give away CV Property




Here's a letter from the Property Appraisers office in West Palm Beach,
Not trusting the word of the executive in this matter The messenger Club investigated the values and received this letter in response. It shows a huge disparity in value between the two buildings. .The building UCO proposes to  trade is worth three times the building UCO will be getting in return.Not only that. The building the realty company is getting is tax free, while the building that UCO is getting paid $3713.00 in taxes last year. 
This is not the " great deal" that the administration is proclaiming. The executives at UCO are either under a delusion about the values or they simply lied when they informed the committee that the buildings are of equal value. 
This initiative should not be permitted to go forward. 
The proposal is being put to the delegates at the end of the week for a vote. Anyone having an ounce of common sense would turn this deal down.Ask yourself: If I owned the building on East Drive would I consider an even swap for a building that is about one third of the value? This is exactly what "Team Dave" is trying to do. Watch the committee meeting where David Israel voted against bringing the decision to the delegates for a vote. Fortunately the committee decided to bring it to the assembly after they were informed by a member of the Messenger Club that a clause under Florida Statute  617 clearly says that property transfers must be voted on by the board of directors.
UCO made a deal with the owners to allow the realty company the use of the building on East Drive for the use of  facilities at the Camden pool in exchange, Now that the paper can't use that facility, that deal is broken.It should break the lease on the realty building as UCO is not getting what the terms of the agreement promised. What should happen is that WPRF should permit the newspaper to use the utility  building for free. It's not acceptable to  use the clubhouse to produce the paper. We pay for the clubhouse, that means we are paying WPRF for space that is intended for recreational purposes only.  Putting the newspaper in the clubhouse means we are paying for space  that we should be getting for free under the terms of the original deal. Handing over the realty building and the property that goes with it is not in your best interest.despite the comments from committee members that it's a great deal.
The answer is;  Vote this proposal down and send "Team Dave" back to negotiate a better way. 

Sunday, July 30, 2017

A tempest in a teapot



The Messenger Club is under attack for purportedly throwing Barbara Cornish out of a meeting , this came about because she and her husband refused to sign in despite repeated requests to do so. 

What is not being said is why they refused to sign the guest sheet in the first place. Is it such a big deal ? Besides The club didn't throw anyone out. They were politely asked to either sign in or leave, when they refused to do either. Ed Grossman talked to Eva Rachesky and a few minutes later they left.

Now the Reporter is publishing a letter giving her side of the story and Eva Rachesky is doing the same. Under all the hyperbole is the underlying issue where Barbara Cornish started a disruption for no good reason, then carried on complaining and continues to do so, evidenced by her letter published in the paper.

What's the big deal? Why not just sign in like they were asked? Is it just another attempt to get rid of The messenger Club as they are seen as a thorn in the side of the people who run the village?

Eva Rachesky claims that there were others in attendance who didn't sign in either, as though that's got anything to do with anything. Everyone was asked repeatedly to make sure they signed in, if anyone managed to avoid putting their name on the guest list it's unfortunate but not intentional, and really it's no big deal.

The messengers have frequently  been accused of causing disruption at meetings. Whether that's true or not is beside the point. The point is that we have a member of the executive causing a disturbance for no good reason, and we have the village newspaper supporting her action by publishing her side of the story in the paper under a letter entitled " Shame on the Messenger club" It should be entitled " Shame on Barbara Cornish" for creating a tempest in the teapot in the first place.

Barbara Cornish is welcome to come to any of the club meetings, but she should sign in , that would be the right thing to do.

Neil Moore

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Bits and Pieces, again

So what has happened at the last meeting of the Messenger Club. This meeting is opened to everyone, with the only requirement being that attendees sign in. Simple. But wait, the Cornish's arrived and refused to sign in. We do not know why. They were asked to leave and they did. They immediately wena t upstairs and complained to the Club House manager, Eva. But Eva was on Grossman's side for change. She agreed they should leave.

50 minutes or more were spent on the last Advisory Committee meeting discussing how a negative Vote by the DA should be handle. Eventually they decided that the if a vote by the DA is negative, that is turned down, the process should be returned to the Committee for evaluation forthwith. So what is it about this decision that takes almost a hour to decide.

Has anybody noticed that the lake's water height is down a couple of feet. What is going on with that? I thought the water were controlled by the State and they were looking out for us.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

More Bits and Pieces

So, if you follow what is going on with legal requests for info and the Israel administration you will see denials to everyone and everything that Israel is against. For instance:

Take the freedom of information rules. Although I am not sure if Israel has to follow the freedom of info rules or not, what is wrong with him doing the right thing. Both Myron and Ed Grossman have made applications for info from UCO, and so far have been ignored.

The lakes are being ignored, again!. There is an Algae bloom going on in the entrance lake and nobody is concerned. For the record Algae is unhealthy.

The wellington Pools are locked. keys are unavailable. The powers that be are tired of throwing money away on new locks. So why not leave the gates unlocked? Worried about unauthorized  entrances, who exactly?

As far as these pools are concerned I still think we could save a bunch of monies by using solar Panels to heat the pools. The old excuse that we tried it and it don't work, is 10 years old. Today Solar panels are the way to go.



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Friday, June 30, 2017

Bits and Pieces



So first off let's talk about the new deal we have with Atlantic Broadband, As you should be aware the Contract was signed amid some fanfare but it appears as if nobody read it. I see that there were discussions about what happens if Atlantic does not meet its contractual obligations. In other words, there is nothing in the written contract that says Atlantic must pick up the additional cost for being late. So is this an oversite or is it a lie? Either way, we, CV, suffer. Sad.

Secondly, UCO (read D.Israel) has decided to rent space to Atlantic, so they could run their business. The rent is $1.00, I repeat the rent is $1.00

Thirdly, there is no Penalty for not performing as promised, when promised.

All of these were discussed and questioned and answered in the affirmative at the DA meeting, more than once! But the Contract does not reflect it. SO, it is not part of the package.

To get more info check out the Messenger club blog.








Saturday, June 24, 2017

Advisory letter and Esignatures

 We got a letter (actually an Eletter or Email) from the chair of the Advisory Committee notifying us that they wouldn't accept electronic signatures on petitions to amend the bylaws. There's no good reason for their  refusal, the signatures are all verifiable, complete with phone numbers and addresses. Their reaction is not unexpected as we know that any attempt to change things for the better of the residents to the perceived detriment of the administration is going to be met with unreasonable and obstinate obstructionism. 
Here's the letter and our response below

From: "Anita Buchanan" 
To: "olga wolkenstein" , 
To "MARILYN" (Pomerantz) 
(email addresses removed for privacy considerations)
Sent: Monday, June 19, 2017 9:41:34 AM
Subject: Electronic Signatures
Marilyn and Olga,
Sorry, but the Advisory Committee isn't yet ready to accept electronic signatures on petitions. Under the law (see below) all parties have to choose to use electronic signatures), meaning that we'd have to include acceptance of e-signatures in the bylaws so all sides -- party petitioning and party receiving (UCO) -- would be in agreement. Electronic signatures are an idea whose time has come, but we're just a bit ahead of ourselves. We need a bylaw change and can address this at the July 11 meeting.
Here's the explanation: The ESIGN Act is a federal law passed in 2000. It grants legal recognition to electronic signatures and records if all parties to a contract choose to use electronic documents and to sign them electronically. ... No contract, signature, or record shall be denied legal effect solely because it is in electronic form.
Attorney language supporting this: "The current electronic petition by the 'Justice for Residents' does not meet the requirements of the Bylaws because the petition must be “signed” by at least 25 members. This means a hand written signature. The Bylaws do not provide for electronic voting or electronic signatures. Ch 718 has provisions for electronic voting but as we know UCO is not a condominium association and thus not subject to Ch 718. "
We want to let you know before you work on other proposals and you might want to redo the one you just submitted for one-vote. Thanks,
Anita Buchanan

Here's our response;
In re: The letter from Anita Buchanan, the chair of the UCO Advisory Committee rejecting E ( electronic) signatures as a legitimate way to propose amendments to the UCO bylaws.
Anita refers to the Esign Act as a basis for denying the use of E signatures as a vehicle for petitioning the UCO administration.
The assertion that the Esign Act prohibits the use of electronic signatures in this instance  is invalid .The Electronic Signatures in Global and National Commerce Act (ESIGN, Pub.L. 106–229, 114 Stat. 464, enacted June 30, 2000, 15 U.S.C. ch. 96) is a United States federal law passed by the U.S. Congress to facilitate the use of electronic records and electronic signatures in interstate and foreign commerce by ensuring the validity and legal effect of contracts entered into electronically. . Unilaterally generated electronic records and signatures which are not part of a transaction also are not covered by this Act.
The general intent of the ESIGN Act is spelled out in the very first section(101.a), that a contract or signature “may not be denied legal effect, validity, or enforcability solely because it is in electronic form”. This simple statement provides that electronic signatures and records are just as good as their paper equivalents, and therefore subject to the same legal scrutiny of authenticity that applies to paper documents.
The Scope of this Act is inherently limited by the fact that it only applies to transactions related to business, commercial (including consumer) and governmental matters. Consequently, transactions with no relation to business, commercial or governmental transactions would not be subject to this Act.The proposing of an amendment to the bylaws of UCO does not fall into the framework covered by the act. The Esign Act is intended to be used as a tool for consumer protection in contracts and transactions and to facilitate commerce. Our petition is a request, not a contract or transaction. 
The further assertion that electronic signatures are not permitted under UCO bylaws is also challenged on the basis that the UCO bylaws do not specifically or in general prohibit Esignatures. The bylaw simply says "signatures" No reference is made in the bylaws to the nature of the signatures other than they must be verifiable.
We challenge the statement that "attorney language" supports the position of the committee. we question the existence of such an opinion and would like to respond to the attorney who stated it, if such an attorney exists,  so that we can challenge his opinion and defend our position. 
For the above stated reasons we respectfully request that the committee reconsider their position on this matter and do the right thing in accepting E signatures as a valid means to make proposals and present petitions to the administration  of Century Village

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Do we need a good, practicing Accountant?

Of course, we do!

To read the latest issue of the CVMessenger - Click here

So what is wrong with D.Israel? He has a practicing, licensed, in Florida and New York Accountant  Can you guess why he will not take advantage of this free volunteer?

It is easy, he, David Israel considers anybody that objects to him as an enemy and is not to be allowed on any committee.

This in line with the Presidents actions. Where he cannot fill the multitude of available jobs.

I think this is flat-out stupid. I don't think this type of action represents the good of the Village.

I don't think this type of attitude should be allowed to fester!

Monday, June 12, 2017

How can you argue against this?

The most momentous political news of the past week? For my money, it wasn’t James Comey’s Senate testimony, riveting as it was. It was the Kansas Legislature’s decision to defy the governor and raise income taxes — a move that could well be the first step in a transformation of American politics much more far-reaching than anything that could come from Russiagate.
Hear me out. Kansas, under Gov. Sam Brownback, has come as close as we’ve ever gotten in the United States to conducting a perfect experiment in supply-side economics. The conservative governor, working with a conservative State Legislature, in the home state of the conservative Koch brothers, took office in 2011 vowing sharp cuts in taxes and state spending, except for education — and promising that those policies would unleash boundless growth.
The taxes were cut, and by a lot. The cumulative cut was forecast to be $3.9 billion by 2019. A fellow at a right-leaning Missouri think tank said in 2015 that Mr. Brownback’s cuts were “the biggest tax cut of any state, relative to the size of its economy, in recent history.”
The cuts came. But the growth never did. As the rest of the country was growing at rates of just above 2 percent, Kansas grew at considerably slower rates, finally hitting just 0.2 percent in 2016. Revenues crashed. Spending was slashed, even on education: In March, the State Supreme Court ruled that state-level school spending was unconstitutionally low. The court is ideologically mixed, but its ruling was unanimous.
Continue reading the main story
The experiment has been a disaster. Mr. Brownback is widely disliked. If he has anything to be grateful for, it’s the existence of Gov. Chris Christie, Republican of New Jersey, who recently swiped from him the title of the nation’s most unpopular governor, which Mr. Brownback had held for the better part of three years.
Finally, even the Republican Kansas Legislature faced reality. Earlier this year it passed tax increases, which the governor vetoed. Last Tuesday, the legislators overrode the veto.
Not only is it a tax increase — it’s even a progressive tax increase! A married couple filing jointly and earning $30,000 will pay an additional $120, which is 0.4 percent of total income, while the same couple earning $100,000 will fork over $755, or 0.755 percent. More than half of the Republicans in both houses voted for the increases.
There’s the background. Now, why is this a big deal?
Because Republicans are not supposed to raise taxes, ever. In Washington or in the states. This goes back to President George H. W. Bush’s agreeing to a bipartisan tax increase in 1990 after famously saying in his 1988 campaign, “Read my lips: no new taxes.” Afterward, the conservative group Americans for Tax Reform, led by Grover Norquist, started making Republican candidates for Congress and state houses sign a no-tax pledge.
Ever since, with scattered exceptions, no Republican member of the House or Senate has voted for a tax increase. For 27 years. If you wonder why problems arise and Congress never does anything about them, the tax pledge is usually the answer, or at least an answer.
Think we need to build bridges and roads and lay freight rail lines? Of course we do. But we can’t. It would require a tax. Think rural Americans need better access to broadband? You bet they do. But doing it right would need a tax. Think we ought to be spending far, far more than we are currently on this hideous opioid crisis, with drug overdoses now being the leading cause of death for Americans under 50? We most surely ought to be. But no — gotta pass those tax cuts.
The Republican no-tax position even bears a share of the blame for our current polarization. Republicans once recognized the principle that public purposes sometimes justified the raising of additional revenue. They might have balked at the specific number the Democrats proposed, but they accepted that taxes were negotiable.
This made compromise possible. The agreement between President Ronald Reagan and Speaker Tip O’Neill in 1983 to save Social Security? It’s a famous deal, among insiders, who point to it often as they lament the lost art of the horse trade. It involved benefits cuts — an increase in future retirement ages — and increases in the payroll tax.
Why can’t they make those kinds of deals today, you ask, for any number of issues? It’s not because there’s something in the water. It’s not because of cable news, or social media or even the corrupting influence of big money in politics. It’s because Republicans won’t agree to a penny in tax increases of any kind — income taxes, payroll taxes, the gasoline tax, anything.
So here’s hoping that Kansas represents a breakthrough moment. The effects of our failure to invest in ourselves are all around us. Change won’t come fast — for one thing, very few Americans know the above, because no one talks about it (hello, Democrats). But at least for now we can say, for the first time in a long time, that something finally isn’t the matter with Kansas.

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Petition

Thanks for your help !

Thanks for helping defeat mandatory Wifi and the increased fees that go with it. We appreciate your signing our  " Just Say No to WIFI" petition . Thankfully the initiative was defeated due to your help and our persistent opposition,


Now we need your help in a new initiative to give each and every unit owner a vote in the election of UCO officers. 
We are presenting a petition to the Advisory Committee to amend the bylaws so that you and all your friends and neighbors in the village have a vote and a say in who represents us.
Though we only need 25 signatures on the petition we would like to present a petition with a lot more names as we feel that it will have a more profound effect on the committee
To add your name to the growing list of residents who agree click on this link and fill out a simple form.


We are also proposing that a new system be adopted that facilitates voting over the internet. though this is not part of our petition we believe it's an idea who's time has come. Becker and Poliakoff, a prominent law firm specializing in HOA and Condominium law is offering an approved system allowing electronic voting over the internet.  Another idea who's time has come !



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Thursday, June 8, 2017

SELLING US DOWN THE RIVER

We talk about President Donald Trump every day and it's not very nice
the things we say, read and hear, and perhaps the bloody truth.  Some
people might even say, for instance, that he could screw up a two-car
funeral, even if there was one car.  And, even others might say that he
couldn't find his own rear end with two hands and a GPS.  But, I think
that one thing he is trying to do is clean up the Washington Old Buddy's
Club.  It's all about money, money and money, -- and power, power and
more power, with egos built in.

Let's just throw out one true story of how the Old Buddy's Club works,
and because of money and power, nobody dares talk about it.  How the
Iranians got their nuclear deal.  Very interesting......did you ever wonder
how the Iranians got their nuclear deal from Obama via Secretary of
State John Kerry?  Well, look who is married to John Kerry's daughter.
Who knew?  Surprise!  Did you see anything in the news media regarding
this?  In 2009, the daughter of Secretary of State John Kerry (Dr. Vanessa
Bradford Kerry), married an Iranian physician named Dr. Brian Vale Nahed.
No mainstream media reported this.  Guess who was the best man at the
wedding?  None other than Mohammed Javad Zarif.  Who is Zarif?  He
is current minister of foreign affairs for Iran.  He was Kerry's chief
counterpart in the nuclear deal negotiations.  So, Kerry was dealing with
his daughter's father-in-law.  Cozy 'eh?

Can you say "conflict of interest" and "breach of national security" and
"aiding and abetting" one of our principal National Enemies?

Please share this, while noting how the media seems to have withheld
this rather significant news from the American people.  Try this on, ----
keep the story, but switch the Kerry/Trump names and you'd have every-
one in Washington wanting to take trump out back and set him afire, and
the media would have enough hot news for the next couple of years.

Trump is too incompetent to understand his own incompetence, but he is
sure shaking the tree pretty hard to try and get the politicians with umpteen
millions and power to listen to the American people.  Interestingly enough,
Obama knew about Kerry and so did Clinton......members of the Washington
Old Buddy's Club, with secrecy fences higher than the one Trump wants to
build.  450 billion dollars down the tubes and false promises.

Poor Trump, -- if he wasn't so ill-informed about his own policies, and if he
didn't trample on his own talking points, he might turn out to be just a skosh
better than corrupt Nixon.  But, Trump is not a member of the Washington
Old Buddy's Club; he's a self-appointed President of the Big Business
Authoritarian Club.

Now, just think if Senator John Kerry was successful in his run for President.
The Iranians would have everyone here speaking Farsi and all men with
their heads on the floor sniffing like hound dogs and praying three times a
day to Allah.  And, if Hillary Clinton was elected President,.....I don't even
want to go there..... it's too shameful.

If Trump could kick the person in the pants responsible for most of his
troubles, he wouldn't sit for a week.  He needs to join the Club of which
Kerry belonged where everybody with money and power protect everyone
else with money and power no matter what.  And, if a politician talks about
it with evil intent,  --  he is forever shunned.

So, simply put, Kerry becomes family to Iran and sells us down the river,
and Obama (a Club member), has to agree with Kerry for moronic reasons,
but that scenario becomes complex because the Kerry/Obama/Iran picture
cannot include Israel.  Thus, Obama's stance toward Israel is devastating.

Don't you just love America?

EDWARD J.ROSS



Tuesday, June 6, 2017

A bridge to Hawaii

Sadness, sadness, it appears, seems to be everywhere these days.
Everybody has varying degrees of sadness, from the bombings in
London to who is really the leader of this country, to wondering if 
if global warming is going to put CV under water,  even to what a
mean dictator has  done to this one-time very happy place to retire
knowing that your modest social security check would suffice.
Well, look in the mirror tomorrow morning and if your image smiles
back at you, then you know this day is going to be a good one.  Let's
see if this innocent little funny can show a bunch of your teeth,
real or false.

   A man was walking along a Californian beach and stumbled
   across an old lamp.  He picked it up and rubbed it and out
   popped a genie.

   The genie said "OK, OK.  You released me from the lamp,
   blah blah blah.  This is the fourth time this month and I'm
   getting a little sick of these wishes so you can forget about three
.  You only get one wish!"

   The man sat and thought about it for a while and said, I've always                
   wanted to go to Hawaii but I'm scared to fly and I get very
   seasick.  Could you build me a bridge to Hawaii so I can
   drive over there to visit?"  

   The genie laughed and said, "That's impossible.  Think of
   the logistics of that!  How would the supports ever reach
   bottom of the Pacific?  Think of how much concrete...how
   much steel!!   No - think of another wish."

   The man agreed and tried to think of a really good wish.
   Finally, he said,  "I've been married and divorced four times.
   My wives always said that I don't care that I'm insensitive.
   So, I wish that I could understand women....know how they
   feel inside and what they're thinking when they give me the
   silent treatment....know why they're crying, know what they
   really want when they say 'nothing'....know how to make
   them truly happy...."

   The genie said,  "YOU WANT THAT BRIDGE TO BE
   TWO  LANES OR FOUR?"

   ED ROSS