The Carrington Connection
Hurricane Harvey: a story of survival
It is a sad time for many families in Texas right now. In light of this, instead of highlighting one of the families we serve, we wanted to talk about a family that lived through the devastation that just hit Texas. This is a harrowing story of a Port Aransas couple that barely survived.
With a resounding crack around 10 p.m., the two-story beach home shook. A tree tore through the upstairs bedroom. The frames and a wall clock came crashing down, and water surged in, fast, warm and deadly. It was then that Bill Rogers, 61, knew he had a made a mistake by staying home.
"Get the dogs," he shouted. "Move it. We gotta go -- now."
Paulette corralled the two big dogs and the two little dogs -- "toys," Bill calls them -- and the six of them crammed into a red Ford Focus in the garage.
Quickly, the Gulf of Mexico gushed in, reaching the dash.
"I talked to them right before the cellphone went out, and they were in the car, joking about how the winds were so high," their son, Will Rogers, an assistant English professor living in Louisiana, would later say. "This is how they are as people."
The Focus was being submerged, so they transferred to Bill's white Ford F-250 Super Duty.
He tried to maneuver, but the steering wheel wouldn't crank. Something was stuck in the axle.
Water was spilling into the cab. Paulette set the toys, a Chihuahua and a Pomeranian, on the dashboard, the other two holding their own on the back seat.
Bill opened the door to check if he could dislodge the debris. He stepped onto the running board, and his feet instantly slipped under him, his body claimed by the surge rushing back to the harbor 200 yards in the distance. With all he could muster, he held on to the door and his life. Paulette reached out and grabbed him.
"If you're dying today," she remembers saying, "I'm going with you."
A DEA officer stopped to inspect a ranch in Texas. He told the rancher, "I need to inspect your ranch for illegally grown drugs." The rancher said, "Okay, just don't go in the field behind the barn."
The DEA officer exploded, saying, "Mister, I have the authority of the Federal Government with me !" Reaching into his rear pants pocket, he removed his badge and proudly displayed it to the rancher. "See this badge?! This badge means I am allowed to go wherever I wish.... On any land! No questions asked! Do you understand ?!!" The rancher nodded politely, apologized, and went about his chores.
A short time later, the old rancher heard loud screams, looked up, and saw the DEA officer running for his life, being chased by the rancher's big Santa Gertrudis bull.
With every step the bull was gaining ground on the officer, and it seemed likely that he'd sure enough get gored before he reached safety. The officer was clearly terrified. The rancher threw down his tools, ran to the fence and yelled at the top of his lungs... "Your badge, show him your BADGE!!"
How to Win Friends and Influence People
One of the first best-selling self-help books ever published, Dale Carnegie (1888-1955) wrote the book that has sold over 30 million copies world-wide, and went on to be named #19 on Time Magazine's
list of 100 most influential books in 2011. Below is an excerpt from "Techniques in Handling People."
1. Don't criticize, condemn, or complain.Human nature does not like to admit fault. When people are criticized or humiliated, they rarely respond well and will often become defensive and resent
their critic. To handle people well, we must never criticize, condemn or complain because it will never result in the behavior we desire.
2. Give honest and sincere appreciation.Appreciation is one of the most powerful tools in the world. People will rarely work at their maximum potential under criticism, but honest appreciation brings out their best. Appreciation, though, is not simple flattery, it must be sincere, meaningful and with love.
3. Arouse in the other person an eager want. To get what we want from another person, we must forget our own perspective and begin to see things from the point of view of others. When we can combine our desires with their wants, they become eager to work with us and we can mutually achieve our objectives.
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Fun Facts about the
Texas State Fair
The great Texas State Fair starts soon, so here are some interesting facts about one of the largest state fairs in America:
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