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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 January 2004

Ted Parker
Arcadia, CA
"Lesbian Bar"

He receives a bottle of 1996 Sterling Vineyard Napa Valley Merlot
( This is also a great winery to visit when you go to Calistoga in the
wine country.)

"Lesbian Bar"

----A blind man enters a lesbian bar by mistake. He finds his way
to a bar stool and orders a drink. After sitting there for
awhile, he yells to the bartender, "Hey, you wanna hear a
blonde joke?"

The bar immediately falls absolutely quiet. In a very deep,
husky voice, the woman next to him says, "Before you tell that
joke, sir, I think it's fair - given that you are blind - that
you know five things:
#1 - The bartender is a blonde girl.
#2 - The bouncer is a blonde girl.
#3 - I'm a 6 feet tall, 220 lb. blonde woman with a black belt
     in karate.
#4 - The woman sitting next to me is blonde and is a
     professional weight lifter.

#5 - The lady to your right is a blonde and is a professional
     Now think about it seriously, Mister. Do you still wanna
     tell that joke?"

The blind man thinks for a second, shakes his head, and
declares, "Nah, not if I'm gonna have to explain it five

Ted Parker is a long time friend, and he sends in some very good jokes. I am glad he is finally recognized. I asked him for a biography:

I grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio and after serving a mandatory two year stint in the Army, graduated from the University of Cincinnati, ready to take on the world.

My first job after college was in the trust department of one of the local banks.  Cincinnati is conservative enough but add to that a bank and the trust department and you are talking about the slow lane.  I left the bank and entered the world of equipment finance and leasing with a subsidiary of McGraw-Edison, a NYSE company.  My new employer was, among other things, involved in franchising (One Hour Martinizing, Econo-Wash, etc.) and allowed us to finance other franchise operations.  We became involved in leasing as we began to finance leases for a local leasing company.

After being transferred to Los Angeles, I really got hooked on leasing and felt it was where the future was in equipment finance.  I joined a local, third-party lessor and from there eventually ended up with positions in equipment leasing with two of the world's largest banks. As I traveled the leasing highway, I became convinced that the industry needed a training/reference guide and wrote and published "Marketing the Equipment Lease".

When my last bank employer called it quits, so did I.  I started my own leasing company and developed and published "Guidebook of Leasing Documentation and Forms" and "Winning Leases with TValue5" that are among a number of leasing related products on our website, .

I'm still active in leasing, doing both commercial and government leases. I'm divorced (ex forgot to give 90 days notice of intent to renew) with two grown sons and four grandchildren.

My hobbies are fly-fishing and fly tying and I have been fortunate to be able to fish most of the quality waters in the western U.S.

Still looking down on the grass!

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Past Jokes of the Month

Year 2003

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