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The rules are simple to win: No "xxx" jokes, sorry. Kit Menkin cannot win  (relatives, friends and employees can enter and win). Please note, if in the decision of the judges there is no "best" joke, a previous month may be included, and like in horseshoes, there are no ties. Winners of previous months can also win a second or third time - There is no limit.

Please send me your favorite joke. The first one to send it, not only gets the credit, but a good bottle of wine or a box of chocolates (the winner’s choice).

Winner for April 2003

Winner of the Joke of the Month
Jerry Estruth,
San Jose, California

Larry's Hangover

Larry wakes up at home with a huge hangover. He forces himself to open his eyes, and the first thing he sees is a couple of aspirins and a glass of water on the side table. He sits up and sees his clothing in front of him, all clean and pressed. Larry looks around the room and sees that it is in perfect order, spotless, clean.

So's the rest of the house. He takes the aspirins and notices a note on the table: "Honey, breakfast is on the stove, I left early to go shopping. Love you." So he goes to the kitchen, and sure enough there is a hot breakfast and the morning newspaper. His son is also at the table, eating.

Larry asks, "Son, what happened last night?"

His son says, "Well, you came home after 3 A.M., drunk and delirious, broke some furniture, puked in the hallway, and gave yourself a black eye when you stumbled into the door."

Confused, Larry asks, "So, why is everything in order and so clean, and breakfast is on the table waiting for me?" His son replies, "Oh, that! Mom dragged you to the bedroom, and when she tried to take your pants off, you said, "Lady, leave me alone, I'm married'!"


Jerry's prize, a bottle of . One of the original judges chosen for the joke panel in 1998. An old friend, who I backed financial for US Congress ( unfortunately, he did not win ). He has been trying for years to win the joke contest, and ironically, as a judge on the panel, he did not vote for his own joke. Two-thirds of the panel vote for it, too, the highest of record ( there were also some very good jokes in the contest, as noted by the judges.)

"It is such a thrill to finally win the contest. I really never thought it'd happen," he said.

We asked him for a biography for readers who would not recognize his name.

" I'm attaching a picture of one of my passions and a word.doc with a resume attached. This way I'll avoid a long email. After 34 years with Morgan Stanley, the resume will show what else I've tried to do."


Professional History
Morgan Stanley Dean Witter-Now Morgan Stanley
Account Executive 1969-1977
Senior Account Executive 1977-1980
Associate Vice-President Investments 1980-1986
Vice-President, Investments 1987-1996
Computer Specialist and Lecturer
First Vice-President 1997
Senior Vice-President 1998-Present
Assistant Branch Manager 1988-Present

City of San Jose
Elected Councilmember 1978-1984
Vice-Mayor of San Jose 1980
Sewage Treatment Advisory Board 1979-1984
South Bay Dischargers' Authority 1979-1984
Community Services Committee Horizon 2000
Task Force
Co-Chair Sports Facilities Task Force-Arena and Stadium
Police and Fire Retirement Board 1979-1984
San Jose Redevelopment Agency Member 1979-1984
Vice-Chairman 1980
Member, San Jose Commission on the Internment of Japanese Americans 1983-86
Yes on Arena Campaign, Co-chair 1988
Arenas Build Communities, Co-chair 1987-1988
San Jose Charter Review Committee, 1985-1986

United States Peace Corps
Volunteer, Community Development Colombia 1964-67
Organized a National Professional Teaching Society
Trained New Volunteers in Community Development
Coached the Colombian National Volleyball Team 1965-1967
Regional Director, Colombia 1967-69
Supervised 85 Volunteers in a large area of Colombia

Earth Day Vice-Chair 1980, 1990
Campaign Chair Open Space Campaign 1990

Co-author, Business Pledge of Responsibility

Abraham Lincoln High School, Valedictorian 1960
American Field Service Exchange Student 1959
California Scholarship Federation
Golden Axe Honor Society
Stanford University
History, 1964 Kappa Kappa Psi Music Fraternity
Business Manager, El Capitan Club
Stanford Band 1960-63
Stanford in Germany Exchange 1962

Community Involvement
Founding Member of the Silicon Valley Capital Club
American Cancer Society 1985-1992 President 1988-89
Chair, Yes on 99, the Tobacco Tax
Beyond War Award
Recipient, 1987, Peace Corps
Variety Audio 1985-1990
Planned Parenthood Mar Monte, Board Member and Treasurer 1993-1998
Co-chair Cathedral Covenant Committee 1989-1991
Trinity Cathedral, member, sometimes Vestrymember and President, 1973-1999
Board Member, San Jose Symphony Board 1986
Board Member, San Jose Hospital Association 1986
Treasurer, San Jose Bicentennial Commission 1974-1976
Board Member, San Jose Urban Ministry 1973-1976
Board Member, San Jose Flycasters 1986-1987
Board Member, National Council on Alcoholism 1984-1986
Director, American Freedom Train Ground Support 1975
San Jose JayCees Young Man of the Year 1975
Spanish Reader for the Blind 1974
Boy Scout Troop Advisor 1971-72
Cub Scout Den Leader 1999-2002

Democratic Candidate and Nominee for Congress in December 1995 Special Election
Travel in Europe, Israel, Mexico, South America, New Zealand, Mongolia
Dean Witter Management Training Academy, 1985
Certified Financial Planner, 1986
Wharton Business School Senior Broker Training, Graduate 1998
Founding member and First President of the Santa Clara County Open
Space Authority-1994-1996
Founding member and First President of the Land Trust of Santa Clara
County. 1997-Present
Current President of the Land Trust of Santa Clara County-2001-2003
Co-Chair of the Clean Air Coalition for Metcalf Energy Center run by

Antique Clocks

Wife, Margo
Daughter Jenny, 18
Son Nicholas, 17
Son Thomas, 11

Current year Joke of the Month winners

Connie Kreibel
Vallejo, California

She wins a two pound box of
Schurra's European Chocolate
from Schurra's Candy Factory,
San Jose, California

Jeffrey H. Reynolds, Ph.D.
Bethesda, Maryland

"Dachshund in Africa"
His prize a bottle of 1996 Rombauer Napa Valley Merlot.

Walter J. Lunny, III
San Francisco, Ca.

Lars and Eric

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