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Away…It’s Retirement Time

My friend Dean sent me this wonderful story.


From The London Times:
A Well-Planned Retirement

Outside England ‘s Bristol Zoo there is a parking lot for 150 cars and 8 buses. For 25 years, its parking fees were managed by a very pleasant attendant. The fees were 1 pound for cars ($1.40), 5 pounds for busses (about $7).

Then, one day, after 25 solid years of never missing a day of work, he just didn’t show up; so the Zoo Management called the City Council and asked it to send them another parking agent.

The Council did some research and replied that the parking lot was the Zoo’s own responsibility. The Zoo advised the Council that the attendant was a City employee. The City Council responded that the lot attendant had never been on the City payroll.

Meanwhile, sitting in his villa somewhere on the coast of Spain (or some such scenario), is a man who’d apparently had a ticket machine installed completely on his own; and then had simply begun to show up every day, commencing to collect and keep the parking fees, estimated at about $560 per day — for 25 years.
Assuming 7 days a week, this amounts to just over $7 million dollars! …..

And no one even knows his name……

Smiling, I advance the moral in this story: Find a need and fill it. You’ll make a good living.

Something else occurs to me; was he dishonest?

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An old saw goes something like “Every crow thinks hers is the blackest” referring I suppose to the understanding that most parents see their offspring as exceptional; beautiful and intelligent. Truth be known, most children are average. Has to be that way, doesn’t it, given the definition of average. It’s just that as parents we are sure ours are the exceptional ones, our children leaving the average in the dust. Come around then to asking grandparents about their little gaggle, and scores burst off the charts.

Enter Karina Oakley, 2 years old, who lives near London and who along with professor Stephen Hawking and Microsoft founder Bill Gates has an IQ of 160. Not just according to her mother, who had noted her daughter’s exceptional language and Newsmemory skills, but determined by a 45-minute IQ test in which she was challenged in verbal ability, memory, handling a pencil and numbers and shapes.

At the end, the professor found that she had a special bias towards words, with a ‘wonderful imagination’.

‘Karina is a lovely, responsive and friendly little girl,’ said Professor Freeman. ‘She is more than very bright and capable, she is gifted.’

The professor noted that Karina gave imaginative responses to questions. For instance when asked, ‘What do you use your eyes for?’ she answered, ‘You close them when you go to sleep’ and then also said, ‘You put your contact lenses in them’.

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Source: Mail Online

I’m curious today about your thoughts concerning IQ. How important do you consider a person’s intelligence? Does a brilliant person make for a “better” person? Do they accomplish more? Are they more dependable? How about character and integrity? In your opinion, is there any correlation? Are such people happier than us average ones? Less happy?

I’ve confessed before to my enjoyment of working with bright youngsters; those with keen eyes, an awareness of their surroundings, full of questions (so that you’re driven nearly batty, at times), an ability to understand nuance and abstract thought. I love that. On the other hand, I’ve known Down’s Syndrome children who are loving, who make me laugh, and who are exceptionally musical. And I’ve known scores of average children.

Children grow up, giving us then low IQ adults, average ones, and those with superior IQs. Does it make a lot of difference? Are adults with superior IQs happier and more productive? Which group makes the best neighbors, friends and co-workers?