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Hello Metro readers. Thank you for reading and supporting the McCarty Metro with your articles and submissions this month. We will be back again in October for our Halloween edition, with a special pumpkin carving challenge, and we want to see all those little trick-or-treaters in their costumes. Wait... Halloween??? What happened to this summer??? It seemed to just fly by so fast...

There were some great trips that took place over the summer. Larry and Gina had a great vacation in Hawaii just before the hurricane. Steve was doing some recon in Vegas and hit big. Margaret and I traveled to visit her brother and sister-in-law and subscribers Chris and Bev in Maryland where we got to get our first look at Gettysburg, and got to see a lot of sites in and around Washington DC. Margaret also took at trip to Mackinac Island with her sister and stayed at the luxurious Grand Hotel.

September in the Metro also means the return of the 9th year of the McCarty Metro NFL Pigskin Pickem Tournament. Make sure you try to stop by weekly to the Metro and make your picks. It is a fun season, and the playoffs and Super Bowl are a blast.

September 7 also marks Margaret's and my 34th wedding anniversary. I am looking forward to celebrating one of the happiest days of my life with the lady of my dreams. Our love and our family keeps growing every year.

The final thought I leave you with this issue was sent to me by my brother Jerry. It tells a story about what is really important in life. Not fame or fortune, but reveals the true meaning of success and contentment. Enjoy! 

THE FISHERMAN AND THE BUSINESSMAN

A vacationing American businessman standing on the pier of a quaint coastal fishing village in southern Mexico watched as a small boat with just one young Mexican fisherman pulled into the dock. Inside the small boat were several large yellow-fin tuna. Enjoying the warmth of the early afternoon sun, the American complimented the Mexican on the quality of his fish. "How long did it take you to catch them?" the American casually asked.

"Oh, a few hours," the Mexican fisherman replied. "Why don't you stay out longer and catch more fish?" the American businessman then asked.

The Mexican warmly replied, "With this I have more than enough to support my family's needs." The businessman then became serious, "But what do you do with the rest of your time?"

Responding with a smile, the Mexican fisherman answered, "I sleep late, play with my children, watch ballgames, and take siesta with my wife. Sometimes in the evenings I take a stroll into the village to see my friends, play the guitar, sing a few songs..."

The American businessman impatiently interrupted, "Look, I have an MBA from Harvard, and I can help you to be more profitable. You can start by fishing several hours longer every day. You can then sell the extra fish you catch. With the extra money, you can buy a bigger boat. With the additional income that larger boat will bring, before long you can buy a second boat, then a third one, and so on, until you have an entire fleet of fishing boats."

Proud of his own sharp thinking, he excitedly elaborated a grand scheme which could bring even bigger profits.

Having never thought of such things, the Mexican fisherman asked, "But how long will all this take?"

After a rapid mental calculation, the Harvard MBA pronounced, "Probably about 15-20 years, maybe less if you work really hard."

"And then what?" asked the fisherman.

"Why, that's the best part!" answered the businessman with a laugh. "When the time is right, you would sell your company stock to the public and become very rich. You would make millions."

"Millions? Really? What would I do with it all?" asked the young fisherman in disbelief.

"Then you could happily retire with all the money you've made. You could move to a quaint coastal fishing village where you could sleep late, play with your grandchildren, watch ballgames, and take siesta with your wife. You could stroll to the village in the evenings where you could play the guitar and sing with your friends all you want."

The moral of the story is: Know what really matters in life, and you may find that it is already much closer than you think.

Here's to knowing what's important... God, family, and friends, and loving who you are... Cheers!

 

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