Today’s post comes from tim.

i have been raising fish for about 20 years.

i don’t know a lot but i know what i know. cichlids are my favorite because they are colorful and tend to be more on the active side rather than the docile and the tank thus has movement

people complain about koy being dirty fish but i really like them my koi tank has only two koy left in it along with 3 tetra’s. it is a boring tank. it at its peak this go round had 5 koy and 6 tetras and the action was pretty good

when you have cichlids you need to have have male only and they need to be one per species or the alpha hormones kick in and fighting to the death is guaranteed.

last week i had a koi acting odd and then he went and lid down on his side in the back of the tank and breathed with great difficulty and couldn’t get his balance to swim. the other big koy (the sick one was the biggest and the leader ) went down and offered comfort and never left the sick ones side. instead of dying the next day as i expected the others brought him food and hovered right above his head for the week and the healthy fish even went so far as to rub its own scales off in a nervous reaction to losing his friend.

my dogs are unbelievable companions. they follow me around and offer nothing but love. never anger or frustration. on occasion they let me know they need a little more but usually they are appreciative and loving in the best ways they know how.

people do have natures like cichlids koi or mutts, is it genetic or environmental? a little of both. i believe some breeds of dogs are good natured and some aggressive to a fault. fish the same way, no one has a problem making broad generalizations about animal breeds.but with people it is stereotyping. bob newhardt when asked by johnny carson what was his nationality said he was a german irish…. he said i am a meticulous drunk.

got any good generalizations that can be expressed in light bulb joke form?

how many irshmen di=oes it take to change a lightbulb? none they just lay down and let the room spin

13 thoughts on “Compassion”

  1. That’s fascinating about your cichlids, tim. I do believe that until society gets a hold on our young minds, we are innately compassionate and empathic creatures. Then most of us can be programmed to believe whatever our caretakers believe, and there starts the downward slope in many cases.

    How many Jewish grandmothers does it take to change a light bulb? No no, never mind, I’ll just sit here in the dark.

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  2. Very interesting comments on fish tim. I used to have a goldfish in the bowl and I remember hating to clean it, but also how nice it looked when done. And the smell and feel of the slimy rocks. Interesting.

    How many stage mangers does it take to change — Done.

    How many mosquitoes does it take to screw in a light bulb?
    Just two but they can’t figure out how they got in there.

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  3. Oh gosh! I don’t have any jokes other than the one about how many psychologists does it take to change a light bulb (one) dependent on the motivation of the lightbulb.

    OT-the Lessons and Carols yesterday went well except I lost all capacity to count during our bell numbers.

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  4. Boy, light attendance today… I guess it IS the week before you-know-what.

    tim – when you said “they need to be one per species or the alpha hormones kick in “, do you mean there are multiple species of cichlids? (Males behaving badly again?)


  5. It’s like everyone else was called into a meeting and we’re left wandering the halls….

    How long does it take a performance artist to change a lightbulb?
    I don’t know, I left after the first hour and a half.

    How many guitarists does it take to change a light bulb?
    One to do it, and 6 to stand around saying “psh, I could do that.”

    How many folk musicians does it take to change a lightbulb?
    One to change the lightbulb, and four to write songs about how much better the old bulb was.

    How many surrealists does it take to change a lightbulb?
    A fish.

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  6. I cheated and looked some up:
    Q: How many hipsters does it take to change a light bulb?
    A: It’s a very obscure number, you probably won’t have heard of it.

    Q: How many politicians does it take to change a lightbulb?
    A: Two. One to change it, and another one to change it back again.

    Q: How many jugglers does it take to change a light bulb?
    A: One, but it takes at least three light bulbs.

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  7. When I was a kid we had a fish tank disaster when all the angelfish went after the neon tetras and ate them. You have to be careful not to put the predators and the prey in the same tank.

    Light bulb jokes:

    How many Germans does it take to screw in a light bulb?
    Ve are asking ze qvestions here!

    How many librarians does it take to screw in a light bulb?
    I don’t know, but I can look it up for you.

    How many teamsters does it take to screw in a light bulb?
    Eighteen, you got a problem with that?

    (I looked them up too.)

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