What does one TRILLION dollars look like?

What does one TRILLION dollars look like?

All this talk the past several years about “stimulus packages” and “bailouts”…

A billion dollars…

A hundred billion dollars…

Eight hundred billion dollars…

One TRILLION dollars…

What does that look like? I mean, these various numbers are tossed around like so many doggie treats, so I thought I’d take Google Sketchup out for a test drive and try to get a sense of what exactly a trillion dollars looks like.

We’ll start with a $100 dollar bill. Currently the largest U.S. denomination in general circulation. Most everyone has seen them, slighty fewer have owned them. Guaranteed to make friends wherever they go.


A packet of one hundred $100 bills is less than 1/2″ thick and contains $10,000. Fits in your pocket easily and is more than enough for week or two of shamefully decadent fun.


Believe it or not, this next little pile is $1 million dollars (100 packets of $10,000). You could stuff that into a grocery bag and walk around with it.

$1,000,000 (one million dollars)

While a measly $1 million looked a little unimpressive, $100 million is a little more respectable. It fits neatly on a standard pallet…

$100,000,000 (one hundred million dollars)

And $1 BILLION dollars… now we’re really getting somewhere…

$1,000,000,000 (one billion dollars)

Next we’ll look at ONE TRILLION dollars. This is that number we’ve been hearing so much about. What is a trillion dollars? Well, it’s a million million. It’s a thousand billion. It’s a one followed by 12 zeros.

You ready for this?

It’s pretty surprising.

Go ahead…

Scroll down…

Ladies and gentlemen… I give you $1 trillion dollars

$1,000,000,000,000 (one trillion dollars)

Notice those pallets are double stacked.
…and remember those are $100 bills!

So the next time you hear someone toss around the phrase “trillion dollars”… that’s what they’re talking about.

THIS WEEK’S BAR QUOTES – (from 03-20-09)

I was in a very inspirational mood when I compiled these bar quotes, so naturally I compiled a bunch of inspirational quotations to share with everyone! Enjoy.


Patrick The Poet

THIS WEEK’S BAR QUOTES – (from 03-20-09)

Dost thou love life? Then do not squander time, for that is the stuff life is made of.
–Benjamin Franklin

Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.
–Helen Keller

Life is like a game of cards. The hand that is dealt you represents determinism; the way you play it is free will.
–Jawaharal Nehru

Life is like the dice that, falling, still show a different face. So life, though it remains the same, is always presenting different aspects.

Our life’s a stage, a comedy: either learn to play and take it lightly, or bear its troubles patiently.

Most of the shadows of this life are caused by our standing in our own sunshine.
–Ralph Waldo Emerson

Unrest of spirit is a mark of life; one problem after another presents itself and in the solving of them we can find our greatest pleasure.
–Kal Menninger

Life is short, art long, opportunity fleeting, experience treacherous, judgment difficult.

After the game, the king and the pawn go into the same box.
–Italian Proverb

Life is a tragedy for those who feel, and a comedy for those who think.
–La Bruyere

Life is like a library owned by the author. In it are a few books which he wrote himself,
but most of them were written for him.
–Harry Emerson Fosdick

We make our fortunes, and we call them fate.
–Earl of Beaconsfield

The best way to prepare for life is to begin to live.
–Elbert Hubbard

Life’s a voyage that’s homeward bound.
–Herman Melville

The whole of life is but a moment of time. It is our duty, therefore to use it, not to misuse it.

The boundaries which divide life from death are at best shadowy and vague. Who shall say where one ends, and the other begins?
–Edgar Alan Poe

One way to get the most out of life is to look upon it as an adventure.
–William Feather

There are no classes in life for beginners: right away you are always asked to deal with what is most difficult.
–Rainer Maria Rilke

To live is like to love–all reason is against it, and all healthy instinct for it.
–Samuel Butler

Life is a pure flame, and we live by an invisible sun within us.
–Sir Thomas Brown

As I grow to understand life less and less, I learn to love it more and more.
–Jules Renard


SIMPLE LOVEHere is a simple love poem…for all of you who enjoy simple love poems!

Patrick The Poet


Some people are so easy to love.
It kills you to even do.
And then when you find they love you back,
It can break your heart in two.

They have not one tint of hate in them,
But only kindness to give.
So you wonder when you’re beside them,
Should you even try to live?

For such goodness knows no jealousy;
Only reverence and awe.
And when compared to other angels,
There really should be a law!

So it was with one I came to love
Who held me deep and transfixed.
Such a jewel of beauty and virtue
In one such gem God had mixed.

So it is enough for me to say,
Though I be poor and shallow,
Ah, I once knew love and humbly stood
In the light of its shadow.

Roy Orbison – She’s A Mystery To Me

ROY ORBISONThis song, this music, this voice–the one and only Roy Orbison!  Such sonic beauty.  Could it possibly get any more beautiful than this?  You tell me.

Patrick The Poet

P.S.  When The Beatles went on their first world tour, guess who opened for them at every concert?  Yep, you got it…Roy Orbison.

LINK TO SONG:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rYmIkiaR9oc

LYRICS TO SONG:  http://www.lyricsfire.com/viewlyrics/roy-orbison/mystery-girl-lyrics.htm

Spectacular Pics!

Spectacular pics here.  Just amazing.  Wish I could visit all these places.  If I were a millionaire, I would!  Check them out.

Patrick The Poet


Some Really Great pictures from around the world. 


54-story twisting tower in Malmo, Sweden.
The Breathtaking Melissani Cave in Greece.
A Room With A View  “Jade Mountain Resort”   St Lucia

Circle of Life

The Crooked Forest

Komodo Island  Indonesia

A Room With a View

Piano and Violin Building  China

Firework Long Exposure Shot
Mountain-side farming in the province of Bolzano (Bozen) in Italy.

Tree House

Lavender Field  France

The pink and lovely…”Hiller Lake” (Western Australia)
Its startling colour remains a mystery and while scientists have proven it’s not due to the presence of algae, unlike the other salt lakes down under, they still can’t explain why it’s pink.

The gap between Europe and the United States is widening – by one inch a year. This photograph shows the vast gap between the two tectonic plates, as seen by a British scuba diver. Alex Mustard, 36, dived 80 feet into the crevice between North America and Eurasia to reveal the stunning landscape.The area – near Iceland – is riddled with faults, valleys, volcanoes and hot springs, caused by the plates pulling apart at about 1 inch per year.

~Big Island, Hawaii

Snowy Night, Moscow, Russia.

An onlooker of the annular solar eclipse witnesses the celestial event on May 20, 2012 .Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA

‘Natural Architecture’ of Italy

To Sua Ocean Trench – Upolu, Western Samoa

The Fly Geyser – Wonder of Nature.
Nevada, US.

The Fish House    Singapore

World’s biggest cave found in Vietnam

Meteora   Greece

Cuban  land snail

Frozen waterfall  Slovenia

Lenticular Clouds above South Georgia Island.

Gardening Apartment,Thailand…

Beautiful hanging lounger,

A room with a view

Colorful Desserts

Freedom Park Charlotte, NC.

Vermillion Cliffs National Monument, Arizona.

Christmas Lights, Selangor, Malaysia.

“Niagara waterfall – The edge”

Grotta Palazzese, a restaurant located inside an ancient cave facing the Adriatic Sea.

Best Wishes………
 Live every moment with Joy and Peace~
  Who knows what will come to us at the next moment.


THIS WEEK’S BAR QUOTES – (from 03-27-09)

These ought to knock someone’s socks off!

Patrick The Poet

THIS WEEK’S BAR QUOTES – (from 03-27-09)

I am enough of an artist to draw freely upon my imagination. Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.
–Albert Einstein

There is nothing like returning to a place that remains unchanged to find the ways in which you yourself have altered.
–Nelson Mandela

Civilized man cannot exist without cooks.
–James Beard

There is no sincerer love than the love of food.
–George Bernard Shaw

If there are no dogs in Heaven, then when I die I want to go where they went.
–Will Rogers

Neither a lofty degree of intelligence nor imagination nor both together go to the making of genius. Love, love, love, that is the soul of genius.
–Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

May we never let the things we can’t have, or don’t have, or shouldn’t have, spoil our enjoyment of the things we do have and can have. As we value our happiness let us not forget it, for one of the greatest lessons in life is learning to be happy without the things we cannot or should not have.
–Richard L. Evans

An idealist believes the short run doesn’t count. A cynic believes the long run doesn’t matter. A realist believes that what is done or left undone in the short run determines the long run.
–Syndey J. Harris

There are no mistakes.
The events we bring upon ourselves,
no matter how unpleasant,
are necessary in order to learn
what we need to learn;
whatever steps we take,
they’re necessary to reach
the places we’ve chosen to go.
–Richard Bach

Every now and then go away…for when you come back to your work your judgment will be surer.
–Leonardo da Vinci

Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.
–Pablo Picasso

Heaven never helps the man who will not act.

The future is an unknown, but a somewhat predictable unknown. To look to the future we must first look back upon the past. That is where the seeds of the future were planted. I never think of the future. It comes soon enough.
–Albert Einstein


LEGACY OF FLOWERSSomeone I loved had been a gardener, and she had quite the green thumb.  She planted seasonal flowers all around our home–roses, tulips and daffodils–and every year they came to bloom right on schedule.  Even the years after she died and I lived in the home alone.  Every year her legacy of flowers and beauty greeted me in a sad yet hopeful way.  This is a poem about her and her legacy of flowers and the things some of us leave behind to remind others that life in some small way lives on.

Patrick The Poet




This infinite day has been lonely for far too long,
And somewhere I see you where the past never settles.
In granules of beauty which time cannot turn out wrong–
Nor days when I kissed your lips as soft as rose petals.
But somewhere in time days turned into years long gone,
In this place where we lived amidst sown valleys and hills.
In vast, vivid colors was my heart nurtured and drawn,
Come every spring in roses, tulips and daffodils!
Ah, they grow there now as they did long before I left;
As spring turns to summer and growth comes to every tree.
Still, your heart unfolds there, though my own has grown bereft–
Years ago that seem like days when death stole you from me.
No matter this, I know that somewhere beyond the grave,
Life lives, and my heart is a legacy of flowers.
Brimming amidst all the love we ever shared and gave,
Beyond this time on earth that unfolds like mere hours!
I still live among roses, tulips and daffodils–
The alchemy of gold and other precious metals.
For soon, someday, I shall dwell among valleys and hills,
In a garden…kissing lips as soft as rose petals!


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