Saturday, March 28, 2009

Reports of My Death - Exaggerated!

Mark Twain and I have something in common.  Both he and I can say that the report of my death was an exaggeration.   And now for the story behind the lead in...

"Pastor Kochsmeier, this is Pastor Kochsmeier", reported the recorded message on my cell phone voicemail.  Continuing on, the unfamiliar voice of my second cousin, Bruce, stated that he had received a fax which might be of interest to me.  I returned his call, much to the bewilderment of his church secretary, who more than likely had never heard a strange voice pronounce "Kochsmeier" with such a native flair.

The facts of the fax indicated that Bruce was being contacted by a lawyer from Spain on behalf of late (as in dead, not simply tardy) Mr. David Kochsmeier.  Bruce supposedly was the next of kin.  Better than the report of my demise, was the amount of money I had deposited in a Spanish bank just before my death.  It was a whopping $15,500,000.00!  I had supposed the economic downturn had affected even my off-shore accounts and I was nowhere close to that anymore:)

Lessons to be learned from the facts of the fax:
1) Don't be so stiff, people, especially lawyers, will think your dead.  
2) Take a deep breath every so often, just to keep them, especially lawyers, guessing.
3) Don't believe everything you read, especially if written by a lawyer.

The most important lesson, seriously is: Spread your wealth around by investing in people and ministries that help other people with basic needs for life.  You can't take euros, pesos or greenbacks with you when you really do die.  As my dad used to say, "You never see a hearse pulling a U-haul".

Bonus lesson: 
If you are reading this, find someone who is breathing and hug them tightly for a moment.  You never know when the report of your death won't be exaggerated!!

Thursday, March 26, 2009

And We're Off

Someone once said that a person should be at least forty-five years old to author a book.  That way they were old enough to have had the life experiences to be credible and still young enough to act passionately about what they wrote.  Perhaps, the advice from the old sage applies to blogging as well.  I might be a late bloomer since I waited to the last night of my 45th year to commit to writing my Points and Ponderings.  But better late than never! 

In future postings, I will share my wit and wisdom on the items and issues which stir my mind. If you know my mind, you know it can be all over the place.  What I lack in focus, I make up for in opinion.  Fasten your seatbelt, hold on tight and we're off!