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" Santa Claus Rag"


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 November 2003

Dougald Turnbull
of Santa Clara, California

This was the Winner of the Joke of the Month

for September, 1999.


 Engineer Goes to Heaven

A Silicon Valley engineer dies and reports to the pearly gates. St. Peter checks his dossier and says, "Ah, you're an engineer, and from Milpitas---you're in the wrong place."


So the Silicon Valley engineer reports to the gates of hell and is let in. Pretty soon, the engineer gets dissatisfied with the level of comfort in hell, and starts designing and building improvements. After a while, they've got air conditioning and flush toilets and escalators, and the engineer is a pretty popular guy.

One day God calls Satan up on the telephone and says with a sneer, "So, how's it going down there in hell?"


Satan replies, "Hey, things are going great. We've got air conditioning and flush toilets and escalators, internet, e-mail, and there's no telling what this Silicon Valley engineer is going to come up with next."

God replies, "What??? You've got an engineer from Silicon Valley? That's a mistake ? he should never have gotten down there; send him up here."

Satan says,

"No way. I like having an engineer on the staff, and I'm keeping him."

God says, "Send him back up here or I'll sue."


Satan laughs uproariously and answers,

"Yeah, right! And just where are YOU going to get a lawyer?"





"Doohg", as it is pronounced, was born in Toronto.


"I am a Canadian and love my homeland but choose very definitely to live here, still one of the greatest areas in the world to live," he says "I love the climate, the range of choices for activities, the climate, the people, the climate. A lot of residents take this area for granted and that's a shame. I really cannot think of living anywhere else other than Northern California."


His father was a banker and worked for the Bank of Nova Scotia for over 50 years.


A good part of his growing up years were in Montreal where, he almost pursued a career in pro hockey. Later, while working in the steel mills in Hamilton, he decided to pursue a business career. He became a Canadian Chartered Accountant ( similar to  a CPA ).


Most of his career he has been in professional services, working for Arthur Andersen and the Canadian law firm of Stikeman Elliott. He had worked in this area with Andersen earlier and returned as Chief Financial Officer for KBM Office Furniture in San Jose. Since 1999,for the most part, he has been a self-employed consultant for small –medium sized businesses, although one of his clients, RHK, a market research firm focused on telecom, did convince him to be their CFO for a 18 months as they made their way through VC financing and rapid growth.


"I'm fortunate to be married to the only woman I've ever loved, Leatrice," he says. "We just celebrated our 34th anniversary in August. She truly is a 'renaissance woman' who has had to reinvent herself too many times as I've satisfied my wanderlust through Canada and California. She is one of the most creative and energetic individuals I have ever met. “



For several years he has been on the Board of Directors for Silicon Valley Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse, an organization dedicated"... to educating the public about the real cost of frivolous lawsuits that bog down the courts. I think we are making great progress, but it is an ongoing struggle sometimes to help people value the freedoms, and along with that, the responsibilities, that exist in the USA."

Doug is also on the Board of Directors for the Silicon Valley chapter of Financial Executives International.


Doog adds that he loves the San Jose Sharks, but has a difficult time knowing who to cheer for when the Montreal Canadians are in town. He also loves "visiting wineries, walking the beach, especially Aptos- Seascape area, and doing my own gardening. I work out regularly at the Decathlon Club. Most of all, I try to get outdoors as much as possible."


He is also active on the Internet for information and especially enjoys a good joke now and then.


Current year Joke of the Month winners

Chuck Brady,
Saratoga, California

"Man Goes to the Rabbi"
(His prize, a bottle of 2001 Testarossa Sleepy Hollow Vineyard Chardonnay Santa Lucia Highlands.)

John Wold
St. Charles, Illinois

(His award, Godiva Caramel Nouveau Collection plus Nut and Caramel Assortment and Pumpkin Patch Truffles)

Dan Sorkin
Rossmoor, California


(His award, $100 to his organization Stumps R Us)

Dan Sorkin,
Walnut Creek, California
"Sherlock Holmes"

Bob Teichman
Sausalito, California

(His prize: two .375ml 1995 Duckhorn
Merlot, Mt. Howell)

Connie Krehbiel
Vallejo, California

"Lady Goes to the Druggist"
Her prize, "Godiva Signature Ballotin 2 pound"
(67 pieces of chocolate)

Jerry Estruth,
San Jose, California

Walter J. Lunny, III
San Francisco, California
"Lars and Eric"
His prize," some "Johnson" t-shirts from

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

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

Connie Kreibel
Vallejo, California

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

Past Jokes of the Month

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