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gene law on April 2, 2013 3:34 PM
You know, this blog is great, I don't know what you folks are talking bout most of the time but it does not seem to matter, from comic rhyme to serious facts, this place has classic acts, don't stop now, let the literacy flow, even the uneducated gets in on the blow. J.k. there will never be any hard feelings from Geno, I always think I might be as wrong as you are, or you could be as right as I am. Mike I think that is a good idea to charge a processing fee or whatever kind of fee that is, Carl can we put this blog on utube? can we charge? on second thought charging is why I am broke, although my wife says I am broke because I have been cracking all these years. Didn't get to fly my kite in March, April came in and I was out flying my kite, that thing would dive and dip and flip over, my wife yelled out the window, "you need a little piece of tail" I said "that's what I asked for when you told me to go fly a kite".

Mike Murphy on November 19, 2013 12:51 PM
Reading this months Smithsonian Mag wit a story about Pocahontas. Matoaka was her given name by her Father Powhatan. Remember the Powhatan Arrow a Train that passed through Princeton or Bluefield ? VGN or N&W?. Doug could probably clarify.
Pocahontas meant playful child and was used by the English.
Interesting all of the Indian names especially in coal fields and along the New and Kanawha & Ohio rivers.
Would be interested in History Buffs reaction to Pocahontas and listing of town names.
Keep the Faith
Carl on November 19, 2013 1:18 PM
      Murph, Doug could certainly clarify, and probably provide photos, but getting him on the Blog is harder than . . . well, getting me off of it.
   Anyway, the Powhatan Arrow was an N&W passenger train.  It was a beauty, and a pleasure to watch it pass thru Bluefield.  I recall as a kid hearing my uncles and aunts speak glowingly of it.  Three of those uncles lived in Blfd.  One worked for the N&W; the other two for the Railway Express.
   Seems that everytime I went to Blfd. I'd get a cinder in my eye.  Hated it.
   My father was a blacksmith on the Virginian Railroad.  He had been transferred from Pctn. to Roanoke, where I was born.  Many, many wonderful memories of riding the Virginian "local" between Roanoke & Pctn.  I didn't mind that it took 4 hrs. to go 98 miles.  Today, I ride the train when I can, and never tire of the sounds, smells, motions and rhythms.  I highly recommend the ride from Hinton to Charleston [even tho' you do end up in Charleston].n if you do end up in Charlewston   [even if you do end up in Charleston].der rM n   M 
Carl on November 19, 2013 1:21 PM
Also for all train lovers and those who relish a moving, heart-warming piece of nostalgia.  Find the movie "Riding the Rails."  You can't help but like it.  It details about a dozen folks who, in their teens during the Depression, left home and hopped freight trains around the country.  It's an all-time favorite of mine.
Mike Murphy on November 20, 2013 1:08 PM
If you have the chance to spend a week or three in UK or Europe get a Eurorail and or Britrail pass and you can travel when and where you want for one price, on trains that are clean and run on time, Especially enjoyed in Austria and Switzerland where trains ran through tunnels often with breathtaking senery of the Alps. Eurorail is not good in UK but is good in Ireland (not North) and Britrail is good in England Scotland and Wales. The cost used to be (in early 80s) very economical.
Brits did not join the EU so the are still seperate on trains and money but they cannot make the Irish (southern) follow. I have been to the North and South and as green and beautiful as the south is the north is greener and more beautiful. Google the Devils or Giants Causeway (near Londonderry or Derry for you Cathlolics) to view some spectacular and unusual scenery. 
Keep the faith
Thomas Dillon on November 20, 2013 5:02 PM
Carl, my relish is more of a red/brown color. Do you think it is still good?
Pete Stephenson on November 20, 2013 5:32 PM
Pete here,Big mike,I rode the Powhtan Arrow from Blfd to Trenton N.J. in1961 on my way to Germany.What a beautiful train.N/S has on of the 611 in the transportation museum in Roanoke Va,Something to see if you are in Roanoke.Also the train rides in Germany were pretty nice when I was there in the early 60's.Hope all are well,Faith.hope and love.
Carl on November 20, 2013 6:30 PM
Thomas, while I'm no nutritionist, logic tells me that any heart-warming relish would have at least a reddish tint.  So I say, "follow your heart" and relish where it takes you.  [As for the brownish aspect, I can't really comment on that.]

Fredrick Lucas on November 20, 2013 10:57 PM
Speaking of train travel, I was able to ride the train grand vitesse or TGV in France. This train had a speed of 185 mph. So many passengers took the TGV that Air Inter or the planes that served the cities in the interior lost passengers and money.
I was a patient in the Shriner's Hospital in Philadelphia for six months in 1954.We tool the C&O train from Hinton to Washington then  rode the Pennsylvania from Washington to Philadelphia. I enjoyed that run. My last trip was on Amtrak to Clifton Forge. The scenery through the New River Gorge was stunning. Fred Lucas
Cookie on November 21, 2013 10:55 AM
I received a beautiful birthday e-card this morning from PHS60.  What a wonderful surprise.  Our webmaster creates magic.  Many thanks!

Mike on November 22, 2013 12:26 PM
Mike Murphy on November 22, 2013 12:35 PM
This is 3rd try for this post this Noon.
I was coming home from rabbit hunting and met my Mother coming to my Brother's house to baby sit his kids. She told me the President had been assinated and that I should go home and put up my gun.
She and others from the Carr Memorial Methodist Church held a dinner for JFKs campaign at the Glenwood 4H Camp. he personally thanked her and later sent a signed letter which we still have thanking her.
Some say and I agree that his tactic of meeting Protostants up close and personal in WV changed the tide of hatred and mistrust of Catholics and won him the election.
I have often wondered what thing would have been like if he had lived?
Where were you when you heard?
Keep the faith
Carl on November 22, 2013 1:36 PM
Murph, important things first; I was in the Central Grill, Mercer St.; Pctn., WV.  Came from the pool room into the restaurant to learn the news.
Less significant: JFK held a rally at Glenwood Park.  I attended, shook his hand, and left with an autographed campaign poster.  It suffered some damage over the years by not being properly protected, but it's still a treasure.  Printed at the bottom is "WEST VIRGINIANS FOR KENNEDY,  KANAWHA HOTEL,  CHARLESTON, WEST VIRGINIA    SENATOR WARD WYLIE, CHAIRMAN" making it more valuable since it is directly connected with the most pivotal primary election of JFK's campaign.
I plan to donate it to the West Virginia Culture and History Museum.  I communicated with the Director some 8-10 years ago.  If, when I'm ready to part with it, the museum still doesn't have one, I'll proudly deliver mine to them.
Mike Murphy on November 22, 2013 7:10 PM
Carl - Tell me more about the Ralley at Glenwood Park
Carl on November 22, 2013 8:21 PM
Murph, I'm afraid that my tired old mind has told you about all that I recall.  I do remember that there was a gathering in one of the "meeting" halls at the Glenwood Park "facility."  JFK (and, no doubt, others) gave inspirational speeches and the future president hung around to glad-hand and smooze the populous.  Being a young, super exuberant, visionary liberal of the times -- there were legions of us -- I was enthralled, captivated, and . . . I don't know what all. I probably felt a "Chris Mathews tingle" at the tender age of 17 (but I don't recall it).
   Anyway, I certainly felt inadequate and out of place, but my good friend Jim Fariss was the impetus behind our asking for signed campaign posters.  [I wouldn't have presumed to be so bold as to ask on my own behalf.]
   Sooo, I held close to the poster, valuing it as a symbol of the optimism that attended the JFK myth/legacy.  Despite my drift from liberalism in the mid-1980s, I recall with unbridled affection the "ask not . . ." invocation that I continue to respect and embrace to this day.
   50 years; how time flies . . . and how times change.

Fredrick Lucas on November 22, 2013 9:57 PM
When JFK was killed in Dallas Texas, I was a junior at Concord. I remember his idealism in developing the Peace Corps, and asking people not to ask what their country could do for them but what they could do for their country. I remembered photos of little John under the desk of JFK. I remembered his salute as the casket wen t by. I listened as Walter Cronkite described the events that took place. 
Speaking of deaths Micky Belcher or Mike son of Big Jim and class of '59 died on October 1. 2013. Jayne Marshall class of '61 died April 18, 2013. She is survived by two sons and two grandchildren. This information came from the Concord Alumni  Magazine Fall 2013.
Fred Lucas
Cookie on November 22, 2013 10:20 PM
When Kennedy came to Mercer County in the spring of 1960, Miss Gentry took our Journalism class to the Mercer County Court House to see him. As he walked past our group I asked for his autograph and I still have it today.  After half a century I still remember his eyes and the way he looked at you making you feel like you were the most important person in the room.  On the evening of November 22, 1963 I drove my Mamaw Hypes to the First Methodist Church and we attended church services to mourn the death of our president.
I sometimes think that was the day the innocence of our bucolic childhood in the mountains died. 
Carl on November 23, 2013 11:59 AM
   Murph, please ignore the entry above re my whereabouts on 11/22/63.  Some joker must have posted under my name.  Just as all of our generation remember their whereabouts, I do as well.
   I was sitting quietly in the Concord College Library reading Thomas Aquainas's Summa Theologica, (for the 3rd time I believe) so enrapt that I remained blissfully unaware of movement and excited whispers all around me.  Well, not completely unaware, of course, but not sensing the gravity of the scene.  It was only late that evening after yet again being asked to leave the library at closing, and walking back to Princeton, having missed the last bus of the day, arriving home well after midnight, and arising at my usual 4:00 am to resume my studies, did I learn the sad news around 7:00 am with the arrival of the newspaper.  I think I was, true to form, once more the last to know.
   Was your 11/22 rabbit dinner a tasty one?
Mike Murphy on November 23, 2013 3:35 PM
No Rabbits that afternoon. Although I really like roasted rabbit.
As usual I am confused - will the real Carl Please stand up. It is inconcevival that anyone would be bold or silly enough to try to imitate you.
Keep the faith
Carl on November 23, 2013 3:41 PM
Murph, as Rodney Dangerfield probably would have understood, it ain't easy being me.
Carl on November 23, 2013 6:14 PM
Cookie, it took until 1971 for (a) the death of JFK and (2) the death of Buddy Holly to produce the Don McLean classic "American Pie."  Indeed, there were events in our lives, captured by the genious of Don McLean, that awakened and enlightened us.  Blessed are those who retain a capacity for being awakened and enlightened.
Cookie on November 23, 2013 7:06 PM
Well, I went to Annapolis last night with great anticipation that Larry Hogan Jr. would "enlighten" a crowd of 700 but he fell short of the mark.....again.  More energy and enthusiasm than I've seen in 10 years.  Whats with him anyway??????

Fredrick Lucas on November 24, 2013 8:52 AM
When I mentioned the death of Mike Belcher, I forgot to mention that he was the husband of the late Sue Ann Ballard of our class. Mike was an active member of the First Methodist Church and taught Chemistry at Bluefield High School.
Once in Howard Durr's chemistry class, he mentioned that a pupil is one who occupys a seat while a student is one who studies.
I have a new volunteer project. I am a volunteer with the Cincinnati Association for the Blind and Visually impaired. Each week, I go to the home of a blind woman who is a native of West Virginia. She studied at the School for the Blind in Romney and graduated from Vanderbilt. I take her mail for the week and read it to her. Her guide dog Portia is a blck labrador retriver. She is friendly and likes to play.
Fred Lucas

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Thomas Dillon on November 25, 2013 7:38 PM
Ryan, so great to hear from you. We need for you to update the rest of your PHS classmates about the past several years. I think you may have been at the 2nd or 3rd class reunion, but we have lost contact with you. Are you and Ethel still together?
First time reader, first time writer?

Mike Murphy on November 27, 2013 10:04 AM
I am thankful that the President is going to save me $2500 on my Health Insurance, although I am in a quandry as how to spend it. Any suggestions?
Happy Thanksgiving....

Thomas Dillon on November 27, 2013 2:58 PM
Wishing all of you of the PHS Class of 1960 and your families a very Happy Thanksgiving.
Hey Ronald, still hoping to hear from you again. Did your nickname R&R stay with you all these years? You could do about the best impression of Elvis I have ever seen and I have seen some of the impersonators in Vegas.
Is your sister still with us? Lana was a beauty and also had a great personality. Any girl who was going steady in high school was extremely jealous of her. I was always looking for her in the movies after she graduated, but never saw her.
Please update us.

Fredrick, , Lucas on November 27, 2013 5:41 PM
I would like to wish our classmates a happy Thanksgiving and our Jewish classmates a happy Chanukah which occurs at the same time as Thanksgiving. Some of my Jewish friends call this Thanksgivingkah. This event won't occur again for 70000 years.
I will go to the Sherman House Inn in Batesville Indiana for Thanksgiving dinner. I hope that the weather in Mercer County and other parts of West Virginia isn't too challenging.Carl, the Maryland group can always take Amtrak and go to Florida if your weather is too challenging. Visit Mike Farley, Billie Rae, Fran, Scott Reid and Becky.
Fred Lucas

Darla Winfrey Pitzer on November 28, 2013 6:04 AM
Happy Thanksgiving everyone...have a great day!!!!

Mike Murphy on November 30, 2013 11:42 AM
I am anxiously waiting clasmate help on spending my $2500 ACA savings.
Pete have you harvested your Venison for the new year?
Carl- any poems for the Holiday Season?
Geno - words of wisdom?
Keep the Faith
Fredrick Lucas on December 2, 2013 10:37 AM
I am a fan of the poet Robert Frost. I decided to copy his poem The Road Not Taken. "Two roads diverged in a yellow wood, and sorry I could not travel both and be one traveler long I stood and looked down
one as far as I could To where it bent in the undergrowth.
Then took the other, just as fair, And having perhaps the better claim, Because it was grassy and wanted wear; though as for that, the passing there Had worn them really about the same.
And both that morning equally lay In leaves no step had trodden black. Oh I kept the first for another day. Yet knowing how way leads to way, I doubted if I should ever come back.
I shall be telling this with a sigh Somewhere ages and ages hence: Two roads diverged in a wood and I -- I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference."
Hope that you and the others  enjoyed this poem Fred Lucas
Carl on December 2, 2013 10:46 AM
Thanks Fred.  I've always liked that poem.  [So does my sidekick Deeter.]  It reminds me of the related wisdom of another famous Yankee writer, Yogi Berra, who said, "When you come to a fork in the road, take it."
Carl on December 3, 2013 11:30 AM
Murph, I'm pleased to provide a holiday poem:
A mere Thoreauvian walk am I from the District of Columbia isthmus.
From here I wish all you treasured classmates an abundantly Merry Christmas.

Carl on December 2, 2013 2:44 PM
Fran Rice Baker!
Mike Murphy on December 3, 2013 12:34 PM
Tried to send this post earlier and received msg that site was down for repair?
Fred - Thanks for the Poem, also one of my favorites. I need it since i am getting a dearth of response from PHS60 classmates on my request for help in locating and spending my $2500 in ACA savings?
Carl- Are you on the prepisis of the Istmis of our wealth of knowledge at the centroid of magnificant governance and whimsical mystical dalliance of progressive socialism. Unto each as his measure as to each his given?
Merry Christmas
Carl on December 3, 2013 1:23 PM
Murph, I think the answer to your question is (a) "yes" and (b) I couldn't have said it better myself.

Fredrick Lucas on December 3, 2013 8:35 PM
I decided to check the football record of Austin Peay. The team lost all twelve of its games.
Carl Yogi Berra once concerning a ball game. It isn't over until its over.I guess that Austin Peay will have to try harder next year.
The next poem by Robert Frost is short. The Pasture " I'm going out to clean the pasture spring; I'll only stop to take the leaves away{And wait to watch the water clear, I may}:I shan't be gone long--You come too.
I'm going out to fetch the little calf That's standing by the mother. Its so young. It totters when she licks it with her tongue. I shan't be gone long.--You come too." Please note that Frost lived on a farm in Vermont. He died in 1963. Fred Lucas

Darla Winfrey Pitzer on December 4, 2013 7:33 AM
We had a smaller group at Ryan's last night, but we had a very good time.  There were 8 of us, well 9 before the evening was over.  Terry St. Clair came later.  I don't know how we ate anything because we never stopped talking.  I really enjoy our get togethers!!!

Darla Winfrey Pitzer on December 4, 2013 7:49 AM
and laughing!!!!!
Thomas Dillon on December 4, 2013 5:55 PM
Darla, I too often laugh at Terry which isn't nice, but I do love the man.
pete stephenson on December 4, 2013 7:25 PM
pete here,There surely was a good group at ryans last evening.
a lot of laughs from all.Thomas if there is a better man than Terry I don't know him.A true friend for sure for many many years.It was good to see Emma at the gathering.Wish more would attend.There is quite a few 60's people around.Big Mike,i was trying to understand the conversation between you and Carl but got sidetracked rooting for Austin Peay,Goooooooooo Peeeeeeeeeeeeay.merry christmas from mine and Linda's house to all of you classmates.Faith,Hope,and Love to all.

Fredrick Lucas on December 4, 2013 9:38 PM
Hello everyone, 
I was speaking to a friend who heard the Austin Peay students cheer when fly Williams played basketball. " Get the fly open and lets go Peay."
The Administration tried to encourage the students to use another cheer but nothing worked. Fred Lucas
"Cookie" on December 4, 2013 9:52 PM
See, there he goes again boys & girls!  Fredo is still talking about his fly!  Honest to goodness.

Becky Novarro on December 5, 2013 12:49 PM
Fred, my husband, Jim, used to fly with Fly!  He played for a semi-pro team Jim was involved with.  He said he always had to sit at the back of the plane 'cause, when they crash you always see the back sticking up.    Needless to say he didn't say back.
Did anyone see the pictures of Princeton'a Christmas Parade?  Really looks like our time is still keeping some traditions.  So, who marched in a Christmas Parade??  Or froze on a float....and no I didn't, wasn't the Snow Queen....that's for you Cookie.
Becky Novarro on December 5, 2013 12:51 PM
Town!  I need to proofread, once more Miss Lilly taught me better!
"Cookie" on December 5, 2013 3:44 PM
Sorry Queenie: No queens here! If I were it would probably "rain on my parade." Sorry, couldn't help myself.

Mike Murphy on December 5, 2013 5:47 PM
Pete - Time for an accounting of your Deer harvest.
Fred - a Christmas poem please.
Merry Christmas
Deeter on December 5, 2013 9:27 PM
Boy, that Murph seems to like his poetry as much as I do.  Who knew?
Mike Murphy on December 6, 2013 12:12 PM
I like Pose bestess!
pete Stephensom on December 6, 2013 2:02 PM
Pete Here,Mike I hate to face up to the fact that all those bucks in Bath county Va.avoided my 300 mag this season.Maybee after Christmas the hunting will be better.No back straps for now,shucks.Where is Geno by the way?

Carl on December 6, 2013 5:16 PM
WARNING!!!  Just when you may have thought that Carl couldn't get any stupider, all this talk of poetry has led him to pen another lyric, sung to the tune of "Frosty the Snowman":
             Owed to Robert Frost           
All together now: "a-one, a-two, a-one-two-three-four."
Robert the Frosty was a great American poet,
With a sense of time and a rhyme sublime
He could hook you 'fore you'd know it.
Robert the Frosty trod the path that seemed less taken.
He would write of life with its joy and strife
And always bring home the bacon.
He must have heard a better word
Than you'll find in my doggerel,
'Cause when he speaks he reaches peaks
With clarity, not my foggerel.
Robert the Frosty won 4 Pultizers and more.
He distilled the truth as the poets doeth
With an elegance galore.
Robert the Frosty, he could craft a line and how!
And on top of that I must tip my hat
Cause he's also J. Fred's pal.
Robert the Frosty, Robert the Frosty,
Look at what he's writ.
Robert the Frosty, Robert the Frosty,
Can't get enough of it.
Mike Murphy on December 6, 2013 5:39 PM
Carl - What a wounderful Christmas present. Your multitude of talents never seaces to amaze me.
Proud to be your friend and classmate.
Keep the faith
Carl on December 6, 2013 6:17 PM
Murph, I often think that you & I should get a life. But in the meantime, . . .

Carl on December 10, 2013 5:11 PM
Had a chat with Ched Yearout today.  He seemed to be healthy and in good spirits -- until he finished talking to me anyway.
He inquired about several PHS60ers, and wished us all happy holidays.  It's reassuring to me when I hear from classmates -- blog, email, phone call or incantation [e.g., Geno].  So let me add my happy holiday wishes to Ched's.  Take care y'all; stay well.

Fredrick Lucas on December 10, 2013 10:14 PM
I would like to wish Ched and my other classmates happy holidays. Robert Frost wrote a poem that I want to quote"Carpe Diem" "

Age saw two quiet children
Go loving by at twilight,
He knew not whether homeward
Or outward from the village,
Or [chimes were ringing] churchward.
He waited [they were strangers]
Till they were out of hearing
To bid them both be happy.
"Be happy, happy, happy,
and seize the day of pleasure."
The age-long theme is Age's.
Twas age imposed on poems
Their gather-roses burden
To warn against the danger
That overtaken lovers
From being overflooded
With happiness should have it.
And yet not know they have it.
But bid life seize the present?
It lives less in the present
Than in the future always,
And less in both together
Than in the past. The present
Is too much for the senses,
Too crowding, too confusing--
Too present to imagine.

Mike this poem is for you and all other fans of  Robert Frost.
Carpe Diem Fred Lucas
Mike Murphy on December 11, 2013 9:37 AM
Fred - Thank you very much for the Poem. It is caring, kind people like you and other PHS60 classmates that make the world a better place.
A special healthy happy and Merry Christmas to All!
Keep the Faith
PS - Santa I want an SEL Mercedes
Carl on December 11, 2013 10:44 AM
Hmmm, I always took you for the SEL Tesla type.

Ched on December 11, 2013 12:26 PM
I wish a very Merry Christmas and  a Healthy and Happy New  Year  to all of my  PHS classmates.
A lttle up-date on my activities. As many may know I retired (officially) March 1,2012 but  enterend into a  consulting  contract with my previous  employer, Bridgestone, to assist  with  the construction of a new giant  tire plant in SouthCarolina.  That work is now  complete so I guess I now  retired  for  real.
Last  spring. Janice and I bought a log cabin in Pigeon Forge TN which we  enjoy.
 I have been "off  the blog" for  some  time now ..... my apologies
Mike Murphy on December 12, 2013 1:04 PM
Ched - good to hear from you - how are you going to spend your $2500 savings from ACA?  Carl and his progressive friends want me to apply mine to a Tesla (Obama Motors) green machine!!
Your consulting on setting up plant sounds interesting - Please elaborate.
Merry Christmas
Keep the Faith
Carl on December 12, 2013 3:34 PM
  Ched, that log cabin in Pigeon Forge sounds mighty good.  As someone might have said, "You can take the boy out of the mountains, but you can't take the mountains out of the boy."  Atta boy!
  Tell Dolly I still love her.

Fredrick, , Lucas on December 15, 2013 11:00 AM
Perhaps some of you have thought about Fly Williams and asked  what happened to him. As a youth, he was well known as a street ball player. At Austin Peay, he averaged 29 points during each of the two years that he played. He didn't excel at Austin Peay or professional ball because he couldn't adjust to team play which is essential for anyone who plays basketball. Today he is retired and mentors disadvantaged youth.
Cookie, I don't think that he is involved in fly fishing. Fred Lucas
Cookie on December 15, 2013 12:40 PM
Well gosh darn it Fredo, it just seemed that the frequency of your discussions regarding "The Fly" confused the ole girl here. Not being too knowledgeable about basketball I suppose my point of reference was somewhat limited. Any further comments with regard to this "delicate" subject will have to wait until after the first of the year as I have donned my Madonna hat and I am deep into the spirit of the holidays as it was intended. That is in spite of the billboards in Times Square and my lame attempt in protest against the bastards.
FredrickI Lucas on December 16, 2013 4:17 PM
Hi Cookie and other classmates.
I would like to wish you happy holidays with family and friends.You are probably like the rest of us Cookie.I believe that the country has become rather secular and merchants are hawking their wares during this season. Being kind, compassionate and enjoying kinship ties are certainly part of the season.Listening to carols and singing them with members of religious communities are also part of the season. Finally doing something to help those who are disadvantaged is part of the seson. Fred Lucas
Carl on December 16, 2013 5:46 PM
Talk about your small worlds.  Fred, I was at a "social gathering" in DC on Fri. and met a really likeable man from SC, a veterinarian.  He played football at Univ. of Tennessee - Martin.  He mentioned that UT-M played, among other schools, Austin Peay.   Wellllll, you can just imagine what I had to add to the conversation. 
   There were more degrees in the room than on an outdoor thermometer, and the crowd really enjoyed your "Fly's open..." anecdote.
   BTW: I just checked Austin Peay's website to learn that the football team went 0-12 this year, and was outscored by their opponents 476-91.  Ouch!  But get this, the big banner across the top of their Athletics webpage reads "Let's Go Peay."  Looks like the legend lives on.
Cookie on December 18, 2013 12:26 AM
Hanging out on the Hill or Upper Northwest again Webmaster???...high cotton baby.

Mike Murphy on December 15, 2013 1:26 PM
While working on my brother's estate the past several months I have the following observations and recommendations:
Plillip Ball, Lawyer
Jim Mayberry, Realtor
Cole Motors
Gina Sivley, ANPAC Insurance
Salvation Army
County Clerks Office
And special recognition:
George and Betty Harman
John Pucket and Charles Kassay (PHS60) and the Kee Street Methodist Church, they were wounderful!
Not so much:
First Century Bank
Federal Life Insurance Postal Workers
Vetrans Affairs Federal - Local was great
Special thanks to Doug Neal for his help and guidance during this difficult time.
Merry Christmas

Carl on December 17, 2013 7:09 PM
Wow!!!  And WOW again!
  For my liberal friends, I'm sorry that you probably missed WV Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin on tonight's Fox News "Special Report."  (I'm also sorry for any conservative friends who missed it.)  What a splendid display!
  For anyone, anywhere who has sought some common-sensical, bi-partisan members of Congress, look no further. West Virginia has reason to stand tall, proud of its representation in the US Congress by this man.  [Could be he's a Republican in time.]
  Anyway, I'm pleased that he's one of "my people."

Mike Murphy on December 17, 2013 8:05 PM
Peter Otoole past yesterday. He was great in Laurence of Arabia. In one scene they blow up a train on the Turkish line between Yemen and Turkey. On my way back from Mecca to Riyadh some Saudis and I went through that area and saw the Train. Since the humidity is less than 2% in the desert it had not rusted. People had scavaged any smalll parts including the spikes for souviners. We also went through Median Sala which has religious monuments like those at Petra carved in the soft rock. There are many  Ottoman lookout towers still standing in SA each was within sight distance for communication and security. The Veil came about because the Turks would steal the good looking Saudi women and therefore they were veiled to protect them. The Koran does not mention the veil only that women be modestly dressed and cover their hair.
Peter Otoole RIP
Keep the Faith
Mike Murphy on December 18, 2013 12:02 PM
Corection. I was traveling from Medina not Mecca. Both cities are forbidden to non Muslims, but I had a special Visa to visit Medina.
Carl on December 18, 2013 12:49 PM
Murph, O'Toole was a favorite of mine.  Of his many top-notch films, "The Lion In Winter" is my favorite.  And my favorite scene is one in which O'Toole (King Henry II) is lamenting what his life has come to: he's getting old, has consigned his Queen (Katherine Hepburn as Eleanor) to imprisonment (except at Christmas) for trying to overthrow him, was threatening to disown all 3 of his sons who were variously conspiring to kill him, or each other, in some cases with the aid of the Queen, and Henry was distressed that his sons were variously weak, sniveling, simpering, disloyal, dangerous, self-indulgent, etc., all of which he described painfully to Hepburn who quite calmly relies, "Well, what family doesn't have its ups and downs?"
  I can still play the scene in my mind's eye, and chuckle. 
Pete Stephenson on December 18, 2013 4:17 PM
Pete here Hey Murph,did you in your travels get to Ankara or Istambul Turkey? I had a football game in Ankara in 63.Really an interesting country.Especially the tomb of Attaturk there in Ankara.Everyone have a very Merry Christmas and a healthy and happy new year.FAITH.HOPE@LOVE
Mike Murphy on December 18, 2013 6:06 PM
I was in Istanbul in 84 on R&R and Ankara & Iskashier in 99 working. Liked the locals very much. They are like Mountaineers either like you or distrust fortunately we connected. My wife Aretta had a way of smiling that made them want to be our friend. Especially remember drinking Uzo (I think they called it arak) with the Piano player at the Pera Palace in Istanbul.
Are you living in Princeton now?
Merry Christmas &
Keep the faith

Carl on December 21, 2013 10:29 AM
I think I let these same birthdays go unacknowledged in a timely manner last year.  (This holiday season jumbles my mind, but that's no excuse.)
Pat Smith - December 18
Harry Covey - December 19
Barbara Calfee Fields - December 22
Pete Stephenson on December 21, 2013 9:03 PM
Pete here,Yes Mike I am living back in Princeton.Linda and I decided to live here instead of Vinton.I have longed to return to Princeton for some time now.Merry Christmas to you and yours from me and mine.Faith,Hope and Love to all of you.
Mike Murphy on December 22, 2013 4:08 PM
Pete - a special thanks to you and other Vetrans who gave everyone the freedom to say Merry Christmas and allow for misguided outrage against folks that like Ducks.
Keep the faith
Barbara Fields on January 30, 2014 8:44 PM
Thank you for the Birthday wish, I don't feel older than 16!!!!! I know this is about 30 days + old but just started reading the blog. Harry and I are one of the gang at Ryan's and we have a great time, if any of you are in Princeton the 1st Tuesday of each month please come and join us.

Carl on December 22, 2013 5:11 PM
for all you old 50s-60s music lovers, my cousin Hope Kelly Duke sent me the following link:
It's full of wonderful old video footage of musicians performing live (although a few are just recordings accompanied by graphics).
Anyway, I think you'll like it.  [Thanks Hope.]
Carl on December 22, 2013 5:16 PM
And for all of you of a particular persuasion, I strongly recommend Ray Charles's "America The Beautiful."

Becky Novarro on December 23, 2013 4:08 PM
Well, it's official!  Hope Ellen is my cousin too.  It's true, I don't know how we are related but I am glad that, as cute as you are Carl, I didn't date you.  It is soooo
West Virginian! ha
Merry Christmas to all!  I hope you are healthy, happy and that you share this wonderful season with someone special.

Tom Dillon on December 24, 2013 1:09 PM
Wishing you and yours a Christ filled Christmas and a very happy and prosperous New Year.
Kay and I are hopefully leaving early on Thursday morning and driving to Bradenton, Florida. Kay's two sisters live there and her recently retired brother has rented a condo for 3 months. We plan to stay there definitely through January and possibly for another month. We will not be staying with family! Have you heard the saying about how fish and family are similar in that they both start stinking after a few days?
Don't know our schedule beyond that. We will take I 65 down to avoid the mountains and potential for ice/snow. Perhaps we can come back through Atlanta and up through Princeton on the flip side and make the March dinner at Ryan's.
Love all of you.

Darla Winfrey Pitzer on December 26, 2013 1:19 PM
My thoughts and prayers are with Doug Neal and his family today. His wife passed away Saturday. The viewing is tonight and the funeral is tomorrow. You can look at Memorial Funeral Home and/or the Bluefield Daily Telegraph for all the information.
Carl on December 27, 2013 12:41 PM
What terribly sad news. My sympathies to the Neal family.

Fredrick, , Lucas on December 28, 2013 12:27 PM
I would like to offer condolences to Doug Neal and his family and friends. Fred Lucas
Cookie on December 28, 2013 3:40 PM
Sending condolences to our classmate Doug and his family during this difficult time.

Carl on December 31, 2013 10:07 AM
I've been thinking.  As we prepare to ring in 2014, do you suppose that our friend Ched and his family are about to celebrate the Yearout?
Fredrick, , Lucas on January 4, 2014 7:32 PM
Carl, when I think of Ched's last name, I think of a runner from third base trying to get home after a single into left field. The runner slides and the catcher tags him. The umpire yells your out. I think of Ched.
Ched you and Charles Goins are cousins aren't you.? I would like to invite him to the mini reunion next year at the home of Pat Smith. How can we contact Charles?
Fred Lucas

Mike Murphy on December 31, 2013 12:32 PM
Happy New Year
Cookie on January 2, 2014 8:29 PM
"Going Down Memory Lane" I read on line yesterday that Marsha Bowling (PHS Class of 59) passed away in Rock Hill, SC. During 7th grade at Mercer School Marsha was the captain of the cheerleading squad. She was a year ahead of us and representing the 7th grade was Sarah Evans, Carol Blevins, Trish Gary and me. I still have the school letter, black jumper, red turtle neck sweater and 'rock n roll' shoes we wore. Interesting thing about Mercer School was that my parents met there in the 3rd grade and G.G. Auvil was principal even back then. "Duck" Neal was also one of their teachers. I can call her "Duck"....she was married to my dad's uncle Hugh. She told my mother to leave that Hill boy alone....he was no good. My grandmother was not amused at her sister-in-law.
Darla Winfrey Pitzer on January 3, 2014 7:02 PM
I understand that Marsha had taken her dog for a walk. When she came in the house she sat down because she was very tired. She had a massive heart attack.
Cookie on January 3, 2014 9:27 PM
Darla: I did not know what happened to Marsha. I have not seen her since high school days but always remembered our days together at Mercer. I hope you and your family are doing well and staying warm. Its the coldest here that its been in years.

Fredrick, , Lucas on January 3, 2014 8:14 PM
According to Seavers Funeral Service, Bill Akers Class of '62 who was known as tank on the football team died on December 28, 2013. The obituary is on the Seaver web site
Bill was a lawyer in Princeton. His Dad owned and operated the Blue Flash gas station.
Fred Lucas
Darla Winfrey Pitzer on January 3, 2014 9:25 PM
Bill had cancer.
Mike Murphy on January 5, 2014 9:54 AM
I remember Bill at the Blue Flash showing how to do the Twist.
He said act like you have a towel around your rear and start drying off and he demonstrated. Probably 1961
Here hoping this year will be the "best of times"
Keep the faith

Carl on January 5, 2014 10:49 AM
Only 2 known  PHS60 birthdays in January:
Edward Tomchin - Jan. 8
    (Elvis, same date)
Lee Tolliver - Jan. 26
Happy Birthday to both.
Cookie on January 6, 2014 9:15 AM
Haven't time to post too much today, busy cutting grass.
Carl on January 6, 2014 11:22 AM
Reminds me of a joke from my youth.  [You bring out the adolescent in me, Cookie.]
Q. What is French for "cut the grass"?
A.  mow de lawn
[Yeah, that's probably pre-adolescent.]
Dillon, nothing to say about tonight's NCAA football championship game?
Pete Stephenson on January 6, 2014 2:28 PM
Pete Here,Doug,soo sorry to hear about Anna.I was in Atlanta at that time and just found out this morn.If there is anything at all that you need.Please let me know.So sorry for your loss.

Ched on January 6, 2014 4:17 PM
Dear  Friends, 
Sorry  for  the late response. I am an "ocassional" visitor to the blog. First my most sincere condolences to Doug and his family. I just learned of this today.
Yes hear lots of appropriate connections to my name and the end of the year.
My cousin is Charles Gowen and lives in Roanoke Rapids, NC.
His  contact information I have is by  cell # only. He recently suffered  the loss of his son.
I am still  waiting on my $2500 to be credited to my account but not banking on it!!!!! My consulting gig  with Bridgestone resulted  from their construction of a "giant" tire plant in Aiken county SC. "Giant"  tires are those used in mining and  similar  applications. Some  approach 15 feet in diameter.I had  significant  experience  with some of  the  equipment involved  an functiond as  the project manager  for procurement installation and  startup of one of the processing lines which males the  steel reiforced  fabric used in manufacture.
All  the best  & Happy New  year

Carl on January 7, 2014 9:10 AM
ooo wee!  Pctn. temp. at -6 with wind chill of -26.  Makes Bethesda's current temp of 8 (earlier +5) seem downright balmy.  Y'all stay warm now, and hold a happy thought.
Cookie on January 7, 2014 10:05 AM
Its confirmed! We have become a nation of wimps!!! I remember my nose freezing shut waiting for Frank Price's school bus. My sister said yesterday that if the bus came you went to school and the roads would be so slick you had to jump out of Frank's way as the bus slid to a stop. When the big storms came my daddy would be gone for a week climbing power poles restoring electricity. He never took a day's sick leave in 38 years with AEP....even the day he got his finger cut off while on the job.....went back to work the next day. THAT'S WHAT REAL MEN DID! WOO! HOO! Has anyone heard from GORE?????
Tom Dillon on January 8, 2014 9:52 AM
I agree wholeheartedly with my warm-blooded friend Cookie. It is supposed to get up to 66 degrees here today and in the low 80's by the weekend. Do you hear me complaining? I remind myself of Karnes who was in a short sleeve shirt at every PHS football game regardless of the temperature.
Carl, saw the 1st half of the BCS championship game at a bar as our landlord didn't advertise that he did not have ESPN. We left at half time as there were a couple of loud and obnoxious men -- one of whom was an Auburn fan- and I didn't have Geehole Goins there to help Kay and me if we started a fight. Ergo, we went back to our rental, unsucessfully tried to get the game on the radio, and finally went to bed. I was asleep for the big come back.
Carl on January 8, 2014 10:07 AM
Tom, I can only imagine your joy upon getting the results of the game Tues. morning.  It was an exciting affair, and things weren't looking good for FSU late in the game.  [I could almost hear you saying "dadgummit!"]  Sorry that you missed the 2nd-half telecast, although the excitement might have kept you up well into the a.m., and a man your age really needs his rest.  Anyway, enjoy your alma mater's nat'l. title.
Ched on January 8, 2014 4:01 PM
We Hokies had to root for our  conference (ACC).  Congrats to FSU  !!!!

Carl on January 9, 2014 9:54 AM
  "Appalachian Outlaws" premiers tonight at 10:00 on the History Channel.  The show's creator is Chris Brewster, (a) the son of Marianne Brewster (of Bluefield) who is (b) the wife of Jerry Laufer [PHS64] who is (c) the brother of Edward Laufer [PHS60] who is (d) an esteemed classmate -- as if you didn't know that part. 
  The series revolves around the ginseng wars in West Virginia today.  The preview looks pretty good.

Fredrick Lucas on January 10, 2014 8:10 PM
Mike Maloney,
Are you oneof the 300000 residents who cannot use water from the Elk River? How are you able to cope? Fred Lucas
Mike Murphy on January 11, 2014 12:05 PM
Hi Fredrica
We get our water from a different source than the Elk River and are therefore Ok. Had a relative come to our home last eve to shower and my son is staying with a friend in Hurricane. It is a mess for those affected and probably unwarrented. Chemical in question is mostly unknown in terms of hazard, therefore officials are overly cautious.
Our wounderful legal industry has already leaped into action with many suits including class action.
Geno - where are you?
Darla - did you attend monthly dinner and was Geno there, I  bet the temperature hindered attendance?
Keep the Faith
Carl on January 11, 2014 12:21 PM
   Murph, you make me envious.  I have relatives who will come to my house to eat, to drink, to just pass the time, to escape carping and nagging, to avoid being served with papers, to borrow money, to borrow my truck, to borrow tools (which they never return) and so forth and so on.  But come over for a shower?  Are you kiddin'? 
   People sure are different, aren't they?
Cookie on January 11, 2014 4:49 PM
The word here in the Land of Pleasant Living is that Carl has lost his pet frog. I understand he has offered a SIZABLE reward.
Carl on January 11, 2014 5:40 PM
Well, if you consider a full, 5-liter plastic bag inside a cardboard box "sizable" . . .
Darla Winfrey Pitzer on January 11, 2014 5:40 PM
I did not attend the get together Tuesday. It was so cold. I think there were 9 in attendance.

Carl on January 13, 2014 12:18 PM
I hate hearing all this disturbing news about the chemical leak into the Charleston water supply.  I’m sure glad that nobody’s been seriously injured by it, and hope that it’s cleared up real soon.
Deeter dropped by this morning; he & I were talking about the leak.  As such things often do, it reminded Deeter of a story.  I liked it, so I'll try to relate it in his words (as best I remember them):
You know, what I can’t understand is why anybody would locate a chemical storage works just upriver from the city’s water supply intake.  If there’s one thing that I learned from my Granpappy Perkins it was to situate your “plant” near the creek, but real careful just where.  I always laughed somethin' crazy when Granpappy'd tell the story about how his Uncle Rupert – dumb as a rag, lazy as a slug on a warm rock and stubborn as a rusty nail – once set up shop up the creek just above the house, and one morning discovered that a new batch of recipe had spilt into the creek, part of which he’d diverted right thru the hog lot so as not to have to fill the water trough. All the hogs were squeelin’ and flounderin’ around and fallin’ over, . . . and over each other, the result of sippin' from a stream that was sufferin' from a "chemical leak."  Now ole Uncle Rupert never moved his operation, but he sure enlarged and reinforced the holdin’ tank.  (He could never bring himself to fault them hogs for overdoin' it -- just like a hog, I guess he figured.)  I don’t believe those ole boys at Freedom Industries are much smarter than Uncle Rupert was -- and he quit 5th grade the day he turned 16.
Mike Murphy on January 13, 2014 4:02 PM
Carl - Deter  reminded  me about one of my favorite movies "The Man Who Would be King"  Where one of the "Stans"  told Michael Cane and Sean Connery "enemies all around, go up stream and piss in our water."  
By the way Al Jazerri was in hear covering the story, wonder what they had in mind??  They were out of Nashville, thanks a lot Al Gore!
Fred - I might need some help on my next months water bill.
Keep the faith
Keep the faith
Carl on January 14, 2014 1:51 PM
Say Murph, was Fly Williams in "The Man Who Would Be King"? Fred, do you know?
Mike Murphy on January 15, 2014 3:43 PM
No Fly - But Billy Fish a Gurka was one of my favorites, I watched the video while in SA with my good friend Hari Marhata who was Nepalize  and understood Billy while speaking Hindi. Also another good friend of mine in SA was Nepalize Kirti Tamang, he was working for UNESCO for the wildlife restoration in the Azeers. He also worked for National Geographic as a Tiger expert. I have a video of him talking about Tigers.
He told us about when he was in the Jungle of Nepal having driven 50 miles by land rover and 10 miles on Elephants. He was tracking a female Tiger which had an electronic collar. He was in a tree about 20 feet of the ground with a receiver and felt he was safe, but he didn't know the tiger had a cub and when she saw Kirti she bounded toward the tree and lept at Kirti. He said he stuck the antenna into her mouth, but she got him by the thigh and they tumbled to the ground. The Tiger then ran away and Kirti had a broken back. The Mahoot helped Kirti onto the Elephant and they retraced their journey back to the Hospital in Katmandu. Kirti showed me his scars, they looked bad but he said all of the nurses kept coming to see him thinking that he was a "tiger man" which he enjoyed.
He started life in a Monkerie and was due to be a Budda, but one day changed his mind and headed to college, he said he became dissinterested?
Kirti gave me and engraved Gurka Knife when I finally received my Doctorate at 42, which is one of my most prized possesions 
Keep the faith
Carl on January 15, 2014 5:35 PM
good story . . . even without Fly Wms.

Mike Murphy on January 23, 2014 12:31 PM
Is this thing working?
Has anyone heard anything about Geno?
Keep the faith
Carl on January 23, 2014 12:33 PM
Holy moley!!! Murph has the Blog working already. The folks at told me it would take THEM several days. Atta boy, Mikey.
Mike Murphy on January 24, 2014 12:16 PM
Are you sure it is working? Still havent heard from or about Geno??
I am from the govment and I am hear to hep you?
Keep the faith
Carl on January 24, 2014 3:09 PM
Mike, I wish I had more info on Geno, but the last I heard, he told me -- about a week before Thanksgiving if memory serves -- that he was going online to the Patient Protection and Affordable Healthcare website and was determined to stay until he was fully enrolled.  No word since.
Cookie on January 24, 2014 5:49 PM
.....did he ever return
no he never returned
and his fate is still unlearned
he may ride forever on the "website express"
he's the man who never returned.
Fredrick Lucas on January 25, 2014 5:31 PM
This comment is for Mike Murphy. Mike after the toxic water problem, I think that I understand your frustration with West Virginia officials.
When I came to Cincinnati, for my interview, I took Piedmont. I saw hundreds of acres of land that had been strip mined. No reclaimation was evident. About a year later, the Buffalo Creek disaster took place . Then the Silver Bridge collapsed. Later, I learned from my cousin's husband who practiced in Fairmont, that raw sewage was sent into the Monongelia River. Then seven years ago, people in Mingo County went on the Bill Moyers Show to explain that their wells were polluted by mountain top removal. Eventually they were able to get water from Williamson. Then the mining disaster occurred. 
I'm happy that I left WV. Hope that you are doing well. Fred Lucas
Carl on January 25, 2014 10:56 PM
Fred, West Virginia was never the same without you, but I'm glad that you found happiness across the border and that you keep in touch and keep coming back.
Mike Murphy on January 26, 2014 1:44 PM
Fred - sorry to hear of your disdane for WV. I hope that my displeasure about politicians and extremists including tree huggers has led you and others to believe that I don't like WV, I love it.
Many things have changed since you took that Peidmont flight. Surface Mining is now one of the most environmentally sound ways to extract coal and reclaim land. Welch High School is a prime example. Having worked in all of the southern coal field counties the one thing that is scarce and retarding development is flat land. The rivers in these counties are much cleaner due to reclamation efforts many of which are the drinking water source for the citizens. Underground mining has been and remains dangerous, but disasters are fewer now although sensationalized more by 24hr TV. Everytime I turn on my lights I thank a coal miner. never worked in a mine but worked at many Cleaning Plants (Tipples).
The Obama administration at the behest of the tree huggers is killing the coal industry. Next will be the natural gas industry, with the falsities about "fracking", which has been practiced safely for 50+ years past. Next will be the Oil industry which can be part of the salvation of our economy.
The key to more jobs is to increase manufacturing, which is dependant on low cost energy. Also we could get out of oil producing countries in the middle east and become self sufficient with an all inclusive energy policy, bringing gasoline down to $2.00 per gallon and exporting our excess abroad at $5.00. A simple quick fix is approving the Keystone pipeline and 10 new refineries. Instead we are shutting down power plants and not approving any new ones which would reduce polution. By the way we should light all the forests so they will not produce CO2 at night. Where is Al Gore.
So much for my rant,but I wanted to set the record straight that although I have critized politicians, democrat and republican and have visited over 60 countries, I am proud to be a Mountaineer. Mountani Semper Liberi!
Keep the faith
Carl on January 26, 2014 6:28 PM
Murph, thanks for again fixing the Blog. [I've put your number on speed dial now that I've learned first-hand of your ability to put it back in service. I know you'll happily provide 24/7 tech support.]
Mike Murphy on January 26, 2014 7:59 PM
If it can be fixed with a ballpeen hammer and a stilson wrench sign me up. If it aint broke break it!
Hand-e m@n
Carl on January 27, 2014 11:37 AM
Thanks Murph.  I knew that I could count on you.

Ched on January 26, 2014 11:41 PM
I think Mike  and I resonate at  the  same  frequency
Fredrick, , Lucas on January 27, 2014 7:56 AM
Mike, I read your long letter. I want to offer a few thoughts about a chemical spill that happened in September 2013.Maria Gunoe who lives in Bob White in Boone County reported that 2400 gallons of the chemical DT-50-D leaked into the local river turning it white. The chemical leaked from the Eastern Associated Coal Prep Plant. This leak has caused concern among the residents. Do they drink and bathe in the water?
A couple of other facts about West Virginia. Forty seven percent of children live in low income families. Eighteen percent of people live in poverty. However in Boone County 20.4 percent live in poverty. West Virginia is the second poorest state in the nation
Two years ago I spoke with a faculty member at Virginia Tech who had previously worked at Concord. I asked him how salaries at Concord compared  to other areas.  He said that the salaries compare favorably to those of Mississippi which is considered the poorest state.
Mike there appears to be trouble in the paradise you call West Virginia. Ched define what you mean. Fred Lucas
Delores on January 27, 2014 12:57 PM
Dearest Fredo:  Often sorry I left West Virginia where common sense was rampant and pride for family and country was infectious.  Try living in the Socialist Republic of Maryland where 47 different taxes were raised by possibly your next President (a long shot), I am taxed on the amount of rain that falls on my driveway and if I sell my house I will need to convert my septic system to a nitrogen free system to the tune of $25,000 - $30,000.  Thats just the beginning of what happens when true huggers and those drug damaged leftovers from Woodstock are running your institutions.  Oh, and now they want to legalize POT in the land of pleasant living to go along with their welcome to illegals.  Its ok to murder a baby in Maryland but if I cut down a tree without a permit I get fined and its MY damn tree.  Last summer I toured the Ohio River aboard the Mississippi Queen.  Folks need to travel that route and see all the closed power plants and shuttered factories.  Its plain scary.   I still love you Fredo but I'll take the mountains any day. 
Mike Murphy on January 27, 2014 1:22 PM
Good news:
I got an email from Geno he is doing fine. he has a new computer and can read the blog but not post.
Carl -can you help him, I miss Geno.
Fred - There are a lot of problems in Paridise WV as well as in Ohio or Kentucky (not sure which Cincinatti you reside). Bye the way did you know that Ohio does not own an inch of the Ohio River?  Our residents are poor but proud and independant, although during the last 5 years more have gone on the Obama dole. I have been to many Ohio towns and suburbs and rural areas and find them good, but still like the rugged individualism and self sufficency of my mountaineer breathern. Perhaps you have a case of Optical Rectitis only currable by some WV moonshine.
Ched - lets bring back manufacturing to the USA. What is the cost of energy and Oil in the making of tires?
Keep the faith
Keep the faith 
Carl on January 27, 2014 1:48 PM
J. Fred, I like people who "stir the pot."  [You might have noticed that I do it myself on occasion.]  And I guess you qualify.  Anyway, I know from your allegiance to Concord College -- oops, make that University -- the town of Princeton, and your involvement with PHS60 (reunions, blog, classmate health news, etc.) that you haven't forsaken your roots.  And I share some of your concerns re factors that make life for many West Virginians less healthy and happy than we'd wish.  Thank the fates that we're a crusty old bunch who can roll with the punches.  As my good friend and blog co-maintenance man Murph is wont to say, "Keep the faith."
Pete Stephenson on January 27, 2014 5:21 PM
Pete here.Big Mike,I agree with you 100% about the Wild and wonderful.I haven't been in 60 countries but I have been in my share.All of the states except Alaska and hiwaii.One thing for sure is when you have seen them all as I have it is nice to see the sign WELCOME TO WILD WONDERFUL WEST VIRGINIA.As for me I think the prettiest ride in this whole BEAUTIFUL COUNTRY of ours is from Wytheville Va.north on I77 into west Virginia.I for one am glad to be back home here in the wonderful mtns of WEST VIRGINIA.Glad to know that Geno is ok.Lin and I hope to see as many of you as possible next week at the monthly dinner.Faith.Hope @ Love to all.
gene law on January 27, 2014 7:35 PM
wow, this is the first time I got this far on bloggin' you might say this is a virgin journey, this might be a journey by a virgin, well you can say anything you want to say, anyway if this goes through I will be saying a lot, I am losing my eye tooth, I have had that tooth since I was 4 or 5 yrs. old I just can't see it being gone, oh well, I guess things happen that way, this is the worst computer I have ever used, used you say, not getting much use from it, I miss my old computer, when I yelled at it it responded, I yell at this thing, it just sits like a congressman with a blank look on it's face, maybe this is a govt. computer, huh, something to think about. I been reading the blog, all true WV's still love the mts. of West Virginia, I call them wrinkles, I heard a long time ago West Virginia was the largest state in the union, last one made, too big to fit the map, had to be wrinkled up so it could be set in. That just might be true, then again it might be folk lore. oh well, as usual I have ran off on the keyboard catch ya later stay warm, after all I heard a man on CBS news say global warming was the cause of all these unusual cold spells, I yelled out "tell me more" but I don't think he could hear me. Or maybe he was just ignoring me, Anyway glad to see so many bloggin', still miss the BIG B. geno

Ched on January 27, 2014 8:24 PM
To answer your  questions re tire manufacturing:Tire manufacturing is  very energy intensive, Huge motors -4000 HP  for  example  are  required  for rubber mixing and vulcanization requires imense energy in the form of  steam, Also many of the raw materials are Petrochemicals.
Bridgestone has expanded heavily in the USA. The passenger tire plant in Aiken SC has been recently expanded  from 25K tires per day to 37.5K tires per day. They have also constructed new giant (earth mover} tire plant  also in Aiken (different  site).  SC is now the tire manufacturing capital of the USA. SC is a right to work state with a good supply of capable labor. Bridgstone has also expanded production in other plants as well.
My comment of "resonating at  the  same  frequency" is a somewhat  technical way of agreement !!!!
Best  to all !!!!
Carl on January 27, 2014 10:18 PM
Now I'm having trouble making blog comments, but maybe I'm now in.  And I sure hope so, 'cause I got somethin' important to say:
Most of you probably know that 15 minutes can save you 15% or more on car insurance, but did you know that Bugsy turned to Shifty and he said "nix nix"?
Mike Murphy on January 28, 2014 10:06 AM
He's Alive!
I found Elvis on the Blog. I thought he was an Earl but is the KING!
Well thank you, thank you!
A Fan
Fredrick Lucas on January 28, 2014 10:38 AM
Mike you have a favorable perspective oh mountain top coal removal where I see many problems. I mentioned the water problems that the people in Mingo County experienced. They were on the Bill Moyers program. Are you aware that Selenium and other toxic metals are leached into the water when this removal technique is used. Are you aware that 2000 streams in Appalachia have been buried creating problems for wildlife.Finally in a study done of 1.8 million live births in Central Appalachia from 1996 to 2003, by the Journal of Environmental Research, birth defects were higher in areas where Mountain Top Removal took place. There were higher rates of circulatory problems, respiratory problems, nervous system problems, gastrointestinal problems, muscular problems and urogenial problems. 
There are web sites that photos of mountain top removal. There are also photos of open pit removal of minerals . I saw an open pit mine near Salt Lake City. There was less impact on the environment.
Pete, there many mountain areas that are beautiful. I enjoy visiting Hardy, Pendelton, Pocahantas, Greenbrier Monroe and Mercer Counties.
Cookie if you feel that you want to live in the mountains, then by all means do so.
Carl, you are right, I'm concerned about the plight of those who live in areas where their health and well being are at stake. Fred Lucas
Mike Murphy on January 28, 2014 1:03 PM
Fred - Seek and you will find especially on the internet. As an example the crime and murder rate of Cincinatti.
Are the health problems of Applachia because of surface mining or where people live or their consumption of illegal drugs? By the way Applachia goes from New York to Alabama and includes much of Ohio.
How many of the 2000 streams were seasonal? probably 95+ %.
Also there are more deer, turkey. bear, racoon, rabbit and other small game animals in WV than ever before. Just like with Al Gore saying that global warming was killing the Polar Bears, when the population is growing. However snail darters are still on the endangered list and enviornmentalists would bring back whooly mammoths and saber tooth tigers because of their misplaced compassion, with you and I paying the costs.
Like most conservatives I am concerned about the plight of those who have worked hard to provide for their family and country and do not trust the government to run my life outside of the provisions of the constitution. I value man above animals and plants, good jobs above speculative regulations and am blessed with a sense of humor and positive outlook on life.
Geno - good to hear from you, you always brighten my day!
Pete - you are remiss in not controlling the deer population. Hope you didn't use any of those strip mining roads to hunt Grouse?
Darla- How are George and Betty Harman? They were most helpful in my brothers passing and seem like wounderful people. Please tell them thanks and hello.
Carl- Thank You, Thank you very much
Keep the Faith 
Carl on January 28, 2014 5:27 PM
Murph, you're a . . . a . . . a CONSERVATIVE? When, pray tell, did this happen? And how?

Ched on January 28, 2014 1:27 PM
I also have difficulty posting  a  comment. The only way I can get to the comment text box is to click on "hide comments". "add a new comment" does not  work.
The USA  can (and  should) gain energy independance while creating high paying jobs by the  thousands, Natural gas ( fracking), coal (yes it  can be burned  clean) and oil (Keystone pipeline  and ANWAR drilling). Governmental regulations  are  crippling  the nation.

Ched on January 28, 2014 1:47 PM
Janice and I are  at our cabin in Pigeon Forge,TN.  There is 4" of  snow on the  ground and  still coming down. A beautiful  and  relaxing  sight !!!
Carl on January 28, 2014 1:57 PM
The Blog problems appear to persist.  This is my 1st successful effort after multiple failures.  Thanks Ched for discovering the strange entry thru the "Hide comments" link.  I've spoken to tech support this a.m., and will alert them to this latest phenomenon
Ched, I nearly envy you being in the mountains/woods with fresh snow aground.  I'm enjoying ours, but it's not quite Currier & Ives.  Being trapped at home due to the long siege of cold weather, I've tried to stay positive by reminding myself of all the things I have to be thankful for.  For example, I'm really thankful that I resisted the strong temptation at a yard sale this past Fall to buy that brass monkey.
Fredrick :ucas on January 28, 2014 6:29 PM
I clicked the reply designation twice and was able to enter. I liked the discussions about the concerns in Appalachia because we have different perspectives. Life would be dull if we had the same perspectives on issues or we supported the same professional baseball team. I am still interested in Cincinnati Symphony concerts, studying German which I couldn't do at PHS, visiting Nashville IN which is just past Gnaw Bone. and cheering the Cincinnati Reds. Even though the Arizona Diamondbacks are owned in part by Ken Kendricks, I can't support them. Cookie Princeton has socialism. The  Police, and Fire Departments are supported by taxes. So are the Mercer County Public Schools. The weather will break soon and we can enjoy the great outdoors. Fred Lucas
Cookie on January 28, 2014 7:06 PM
I give up trying to debate a bunch of old men!
Carl on January 28, 2014 8:42 PM
Who the h*** you callin' old?
Cookie on January 28, 2014 9:06 PM
I thought that would 'git' you up from in front of the fireplace.

carl on January 29, 2014 12:25 PM

Carl on January 29, 2014 12:39 PM
Curiouser and curiouser! I got in the "conventional way" for this comment. I've again discussed our problem with the myevent folks, and they agree that the trouble is in their new program. I'm confident that they'll get it fixed expeditiously. In the meantime, keep trying (1) different comment buttons (Reply; Add a new comment; Hide comments) and/or different browsers. [I find Internet Explorer more susceptible to these issues than other browsers.]

Carl on January 29, 2014 12:43 PM
Happy Birthday on Feb. 2 to Mike Herring.
Looks like it will be Super Sunday for more than one reason.
Mike Murphy on January 30, 2014 1:14 PM
Hi Guys - hope this posts
Carl  - I should say that I am a Fiscal Conservate and a moderate to liberal social conservative.
Fred - Princeton does not have a socialist government. The city or does notcounty or state or fed gov does not own and control private industry.  Any more news about the crime rate in Cincinatti? By the way the Boone county spill was considered non Toxic.
Ched - Rave on Brother
Keep the faith
Keep the faith
Fredrick Lucas on January 30, 2014 5:49 PM
Hi Again, 
Mike I have several questions for you. How did you conclude that West Virginia has 60 counties when the actual count is 55? Where did you get your information that the spill in Boone County was non toxic? Mercer County does not have to have a public school system. They chose that route. 
If you go online and look at the photograph of the mountaintop removal near cabin creek, you will see that the stream is red. A book is usually read. A stream is not red. Middle Appalachia refers to Tennessee, Kentucky, Virginia, and West Virginia. Those states permit mountain top removal. The health study that I cited was done by faculty in Rural Medicine at WVU. There were also concerns about health because heart and cancer issues are greater in areas of mountain top removal. Many citizens in those states have tried to have mountain top removal stopped until the health concerns could be studied.
Let us go to black lung. When I lived in Princeton I knew men who had breathing problems from black lung. Two of my uncles had that problem. 
Finally, let us turn to Massey Energy.Their negligence led to the deaths of 29 good men.E. Gordon Gee who was President of Ohio State resigned from the Board of Directors.
Several years ago, there were coal mines in Montgomery County Virginia where Blacksburg is located. The mines are closed now because there were several explosions and the men quit. The company could not get other men to work for them.
Cincinnati owns a railroad fromwhich it receives revenue. A collective decision was made to purchace the railroad . Ched can't you add some comments? We need a good discussion. Fred Lucas
Fredrick Lucas on January 30, 2014 8:16 PM
What I'm doing here is trying to continue a conversation about health and environmental concerns in West Virginia which involves corporate interests and the lack of regulations.
Mike, I have not gone into crime in Cincinnati or anywhere.Ched I know that you and Pete played football and have cheered Mike. This isn't a contest. It is a conversation. Enlightenment is a goal. Fred Lucas

Darla Winfrey Pitzer on January 30, 2014 9:00 PM
Mike - Betty and George are doing good. Betty said to tell you that they really miss your brother. They are good people and good friends. Hope you get down soon.
Mike Murphy on January 31, 2014 9:44 AM
Thanks Darla - The Harmans are from Glenwood. They Owned a farm which bordered on the Golf Course and our land. Harmans Hill was a place for great sleding. about 1/2 mile long under 2 barbed wire fences if you could stay on or if your runners didn't collapse under you. Great fun!!
Cookie - I am with you about the old men, especially when they want to selectively critize and then whine when confronted.
Keep the faith

Mike Murphy on January 31, 2014 12:14 PM
Fred - I do realize there are 55 counties in WV and I have been in all of them. Please reread my comment I said 60+ Countries. Also I have been in all of Obama's 59 (sic) states except for North and South Dakota and Montana. 
In a news article the WVDEP declared DT-50-D as a non toxic chemical sprayed on coal for transport to keep down dust.
Pete and Ched - I take your comments as your own without regard to me or anyone else. 
Look on the bright side or turn on a coal driven light.

Mike Murphy on January 31, 2014 12:31 PM
Carl - this blog is acting up again! when I hit add comment you have to go to top of blog to find sign in.
Just listen to your cowboy songs, was particulary intreaged by "The Sky Above and the Mud Below" I had never heard it, but I think it could be released today and be a hit. Lyrics are great.
Keep up the good work ie require a VISA for Marylander Politicians to visit WV.  Do you know why WV & KY prohibit Ohioans from swiming in their river?
Keep the faith
Fredrick Lucas on January 31, 2014 5:59 PM
In my previous comments, I mentioned that two uncles and a neighbor had to cope bith black lung. Watching them try to catch a breath was really sad,
I mentioned the red stream. That was metal rich runoff poolsbelow the mine site at the Kayford Mountain.
In 2009, Michael Hendryx MD and Melissa Ahern MD wrote an article titled Mortality in Appalachian Coal Mining Regions. The Value of Statistical Life Lost. People had diabetes, heart disease, and cancer from 1979 to 2005. The highest mortality rates are in the areas with the highest levels of mining.The EPAnotes that iron and manganese concentrations surpass drinking water guidelines by 40% of wells in the Appalachian plateau and in about 70% of wellsnear reclaimed surface coal mines.
Kevin Thompson of Williamson brought a lawsuit on behalf of local residents in Mingo County WV. He was able to get five million dollarsfor a medical monitoring program led by physicians from the Rural Medicine Department at WVU and p physician from the Marshall Medical School.
In Sylvester which means New Years Eve in German,A large processing plant was built and the air quality went through the basement according to Hendryx who is at WVU. Local residents had to wipe coal dust off of the furniture every day.
As several of you know, a number of these mines were owned by Massey Energy.
Mike this concludes my thoughts about Mountain Top Removal Fred Lucas

Mike Muerphy on February 1, 2014 12:38 PM
Still have to cursor to top to sign in!!
Carl - Perhaps you could recommend to the web developers the ACA contractor or Nancy Pelosi might have some good suggestions??
Keep the Faith
Delores on February 1, 2014 3:08 PM
Carl:  Tell Murph you were only in charge of the concept not the implementation.
P.S.  Aren't health issues SOMETIMES the result of life style choices and lack of education as opposed to environmental?
Cookie on February 1, 2014 7:15 PM
WMAL Radio in D.C. reported the results of one of their surveys today.
Women voted men who drove black pick up trucks as the most sexy.
Why:  Women said they could probably fix stuff.
Women voted the least sexy men as those who drove hybrids.
Men voted women who drove red sports cars as the most sexy.
Men voted women who drove green mini-vans as the least sexy.
They gave no reason.
Wonder how they would rank an elderly woman who drives an F150??
I know, "forget it."
pete Stephenson on February 3, 2014 11:23 AM
Pete here,Cookie,women who drive f150 are HOT
Cookie on February 3, 2014 11:57 AM
Hells Bells Pete:  Last time I was hot it was called a......................................................................"Flash"
gene law on February 4, 2014 2:20 PM
AAH Cookie you are funny woman,Pete only smart funny hot women drive F-150's, remember the song "mamas don't let your babies grow up to drive chevy's" geno

Mike Murphy on February 4, 2014 9:41 AM
Carol -Where are you?
How about Orielly picking on Obama?
Keep the faith
Fredrick Lucas on February 5, 2014 9:30 AM
Yesterday I spoke with a staff member of the Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition in Huntington. She mentioned that in areas where coal is produced there are a number of wells that have been polluted. The residents of Sylvester won a judgement against Massey Energy because breathing coal dust can result in black lung problems.  Cookie I have a friend named Kitty who worked in Los Angeles with the Veterans A dministration . She rented an apartment for $800 per month but ten years later the rent was $1700 per month. She left the area because her income did not match her costs.  If your costs exceed your income you might consider other options. Fred Lucas
Cookie on February 5, 2014 12:53 PM
Good Morning Fredo:
Regarding environmental health hazards I am reminded of PCBs.  Today if a transformer explodes they bring in hazmat, close off the street, and evaculate the neighborhoods.  My father worked in PCBs up to his elbows for 25 years at AEP and died at 84 from a heart attack.  He climbed power poles before bucket trucks and hard hats.  Threw a "hissy fit" when women were hired for the line crew....they had to help them up the pole. 
Now on to my residence and cost of living.  Actually I am living quite well and at little cost since I entered the Little Sisters of Grace Convent.  Which may explain why am not so "hot" any more. Love my habit.....they require few under garments.
Fredrick Lucas on February 6, 2014 5:01 PM
Hi Cookie, 
Leaving the problems in the coal fields, I thought that I would mention that we have had 37 inches of total snowfall in the Cincinnati area. That means for our friends in Florida that many insects will die and we won't have concerns about air quality during the snow period. In addition we have our pick of various ski slopes. The nearest one is the Perfect North Ski Slopes owned by the Perfect family. 
Speaking of the Habit. I am in the habit of working out at the fitness center. Have you ever kissed the blarney stone? Fred
Cookie on February 6, 2014 5:07 PM
Dearest Fredo
No I can't say I've ever kissed the blarney stone but being a nature lover I have kissed a bunch of frogs and more jackasses than I'd care to mention. 
Carl on February 7, 2014 12:56 PM
My great friend asked that I post this:
A Cookie admission would warn she
Had comported with more than one donkey.
Ahh, how affairs of the heart
warmly impart
More than merely a wee bit of blarney.
[Deeter says it's as "rhymeful" as he could do.]

Cookie's Clone on February 10, 2014 2:25 PM
Deeter, I got something to say to you:
Just don’t know about blarney inspiring
Whether ‘mongst those estranged or admiring,
But I know for a fact
That your poem’s exactly
Akin to a circuit’s mis-wiring.
Fredrick Lucas on February 9, 2014 5:02 PM
Hi Cookie, 
I watched the electrical workers from several states and Canada  trying to get power restored in Maryland and Pennsylvania. If your Dad were alive I'm certain that he would be there cutting trees and restoring power lines. Did you and our other classmates in the Maryland and Pennsylvania area lose power?
Last week, I had to get a new car battery from AAA when the temperature went to -5. I went inside , ate a chocolate chip cookie and thought of you .
Fred Lucas
Carl on February 9, 2014 8:55 PM
J. Fred, I'm envious. I've belonged to the MD AAA for years, and they've never provided me with a chocolate chip cookie. Or any other kind.

Carl on February 9, 2014 4:57 PM
A Laggard's Lament
I knew it was true when Jimmy Carter (CAH tuh) said it some 30+ years ago.
I’ve never doubted it any day since.
And today it’s more patently obvious than ever:
“Life isn’t always fair” (FAI uh).
  1968: I had finally gotten out of college, out of the army, and out of town.
I had a professional job that paid too little, but, truth to tell, I would have hated it at 3-times the salary.  You see, as they might have described me where I grew up, I wasn’t very “work brittle.”  So maybe just about any job would have disappointed and trapped me.  I say “trapped” because I lacked the ambition and motivation to “move on up.”  That held true for the ensuing 40 years.  (And I crossed paths with many, many more just like me.)
  Now, having “paid my dues,” endured the slings and arrows, toughed it out, kept a stiff upper lip and all that, I can spend countless splendid hours devoted to doing nothing . . . and I’m not even close to finishing.
  So imagine my wonder, to see the federal government poised to free people from workaday trappings so that they can pursue higher pleasures, replete with financial benefits and health-coverage subsidies.  And without having to do anything, except stop doing anything . . . job-wise.  You know I don’t like to brag, but I can do nothing with the best of ‘em, and better’n most.  I believe that my track record well demonstrates not only my talent for it, but an uncommon dedication to it, and that was way before it was government-sanctioned.  Why, a man of my simple and thrifty tastes would have absolutely flourished under such a system during those unenlightened decades of the latter 20th century and early 2000's.  [And all previous human history.]  I guess I was just ahead of my time.  I gotta admit tho’, the prospect sure intrigues me.  But, at this stage of life, what’s the point in playing “what if”?  I’m blessed with a retirement that doesn’t require work, that frees me to spend endless hours surfing, blogging, shopping, etc., and all from my office easy chair.  Who could ask for anything less?
  Even so, I can’t help but dwell on how much more nothin’ I coulda done if only I hadn’t been born 40 years too soon.  [Dare I dream that, with better timing, I might have been among the first inductees into the Do-nothing Hall of Fame?]  Oh well, I know this kinda thinking is just a waste of time, and I’ve got better nothings to do.  No need to cry over spilt milk.  After all, if there’s one thing that I’m sure of, it’s that “life isn’t always fai uh.”
54 on February 9, 2014 7:38 PM
Now that is what I am talking about.

Quit hating on the President for making life better for progressive folks.


Mike Murphy on February 10, 2014 1:08 PM
Carl- Having worked with you several years, I can testify that you are not a laggard! Perhaps you have been lost in the ACA WWW and or the WWRA and become dissolussioned about working so hard only to have laggards usurp your good work.

Worker bees like you should beware of the drowns that fly amongst us even as US citizens. Have you paid your NISA dues?

Having worked most of my life to assist in training people to get good jobs, one of the most important aspect to the strength of the economy and our civilization, it is disconcerting to me for the Government to promote part time work (or no work) styles to suit their political agenda.

Keep up the good work


Carl on February 13, 2014 3:22 PM
Well now, I don't quite know what to make of this.
A foot of snow in Mercer County must be keeping a lot of PHS60 folks close to home, yet not a single Blog comment?
Geno, no report of hot chocolate and warm cookies?
Pete no report of anything?
I know they say that no news is good news, but I get concerned about you when I don't hear/see anything?
Fredrick Lucas on February 14, 2014 7:51 AM
Hello ,
I see where the snow has arrived in the northeast. Carl are you and Cookie shoveling snow as the folks are doing in Mercer County? We're expecting three more inches in the Cincinnati area this afternoon.
I noticed that the actor Ralph Waite died. He was 85. He played John Walton on the television series. Shirley Temple Black also died. She was 85. Finally Sid Caesar died. He was 91. 
Governor Earl Ray, has hired a company to test the water in the homes of Charleston area residents to determine whether any serious problems exist. 
Finally, a young man from Lawrenceburg IN won a bronze metal .He has been on the ski slopes at the Perfect North Ski Slopes. Be Safe Fred Lucas
Carl on February 14, 2014 9:08 AM
Hey Fred, We got 18" of snow at my house, but it was easy shoveling yesterday. Icy and a different story this a.m., but sunshine and 40-degree temps should help a lot. Like you, I sometimes wondered if Sid Caesar would ever die. His comedy will live on. [Mine, not so much.] Don't know 'bout you, but I sure prefer women's curling to men's.
gene law on February 14, 2014 10:41 AM
Call me dug out geno here, got 14 inches of snow, I think it might have snowed another 1 or 2 inches more, I measured before shoveling off the deck, I shoveled it again this morning didn't measure, didn't care just shoveled till it was all gone. haven't been RTV'n Sandra doesn't trust my wild antics any more, says I'm getting too old for such foolishness, I suppose she is probably right, can't get in the mood to go solo, don't seem like much fun after having a hysterical co-pilot all these years. Oh well, looking up through the woods this morning, the wind is blowing here, at times it looks like a blizzard with all the snow blowing off the trees, but praise the Lord the sun is shining, and it is beautiful here in green vally, white valley today. take care stay warm.
A Love Story on February 14, 2014 12:21 PM
They were married 72 years ago today.  Every year for 72 years he gave her a heart shaped box of candy on Valentine's Day with the exception of those three war-torn years in the South Pacific.  When they were no more all the heart shaped boxes were found neatly packed away in the attic along with dolls, baby cribs, bowling balls and trophies, fishing gear, ice skates, roller skates, school jackets, prom dresses, hunting gear and one ragged old mounted squirrel converted into a lamp.  In their decline he would hobble into the kitchen on his cane and greet her at the sink with a peck on the cheek, a pat on the behind and would say, "Good morning honey!  How are you this morning?"  They loved family and country and fought for the survival of both.  Their greatest gift to their daughters was that in good times and bad they stayed the course and never stopped loving each other. 
Carl on February 14, 2014 12:54 PM
Very nice story.  And married on Valentine's Day; nice touch.  Wish I'd known 'em.
Mike Murphy on February 14, 2014 12:59 PM
in 1976 Aretta and I were Skiing in Colorado and were at a resturant/bar in Denver called the Lift on Valentines Day. The lift which had a 3 person lift chair hanging from the ceiling was offering a special "Marriage" package which included a "certificate", loan of wedding dress and Tux, plus ceremony and 2 glasses of Champaign. Aretta looked lovely but my tucks were high waters, fortunately I was wearing cowboy boots. We did the ceremony and were best man and Brides Maid for several other weddings since bm and bm also got a glass of champaign. Those were great times and in 1982 we made it official.

Happy Valentines Day
Mike & Aretta
Carl on February 14, 2014 1:26 PM
Well that's a lovely story too.  But brother, what some folks will do do for a free glass of champagne.   [Me too.]
Pete Stephenson on February 14, 2014 7:16 PM
Pete here,I hope everyone has a very good and nice valentines day.I along with a lot of Mercer countians have finally dug out from 17 inches here at our place in Sunny Meadows just off the Athens road.Geno hit it pretty much on the accumulations.Those were some incredible love stories that was shared.Mike I know you didn't get married for a bottle of champaigne.You lady is to good looking for you not to have been madly in love with.Happy anniversary to all that were married on this day.Stay safe and warm my friends.Faith,Hope and love to you all.
gene law on February 15, 2014 11:18 AM
Well touching valentines day lovers, always knew the 60 class had heart, more than any other I know, got more snow this morning, wind blowing, snow falling, got to rely on memories for sunshine and green grass, but looking forward to brighter days melting snow, black top driveways, mowing new grass, cutting weeds, plowing up ground hoeing corn, weeding flowers, ohhh wait a minute, what am I thinking, change of thought, lying in the sun basking beside a cool pool of water, drinking lemonade, going bare foot in tall grass, there that's better. take care don't ge bogged down, let your mind ponder on good things, be kind to other folks and don't let your faith falter.
Fredrick Lucas on February 15, 2014 5:00 PM
Hello and happy Valentine's Day to everyone. I was happy to learn that team USA defeated team Russia in the Ice Hocky Game. I'm a fan of ice hocky.
We had four more inches of snow in the Cincinnati area. The total for the season is 40 inches.Usually we get 22 inches.for the entire season. Speaking of the benefits of cold weather, there is a woman at the fitness center who has several allergies in the spring and summer.With the winter cold, she can breathe without any difficulty.Haven't heard from our classmates in Florida. Do they miss the winter weather?
Spring training has started for the Reds.Pitchers and catchers have already reported.Dusty Baker is no longer manager. Two years ago he suffered a stroke. Last year he didn't know whether he could make it through the season. His doctor told himto slow down. Now the Reds have a new manager.Cookie the Reds are the oldest professional team in baseball. They were founded in 1869. Fred Lucas
Cookie on February 15, 2014 10:37 PM
Dearest Fredo
Before we get to baseball lets go back to the cholocate chip cookie you ate the other day and thought of me.  Had it been a "sugar" cookie I might have understood.  Baffled!!!!!
Fredrick Lucas on February 16, 2014 10:18 AM
Hi Cookie, 
Everyone enjoys chocolate including me.Unlike sugar chocolate is good for people. You are good for the class. You give us comic relief. I just can't imagine you as a nun.
Cookie on February 16, 2014 10:37 AM
Well Fredo....reminds me of the man who went to the doctor and asked how  he could live to be 100.  The doctor asked, "Do you smoke?"  No!
"Do you drink?"  No!  "Do you drive fast sports cars?"  No!  "Do you have an active sex live?"  No!  "Do you play golf or tennis?"  No!  "Do you stay out late and party?"  No!
"Well then" said the doctor.  "Why the hell would you want to live to be 100?"
So there you go!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  Go get yourself some good sugar cookies.
Fredrick Lucas on February 17, 2014 6:09 AM
At this time in life, I think that I should try to stay healthy. I have enjoyed what I have done. I 've visited a number of places, gone to a number of festivals, religious services, and helped Kitty a blind woman from where else, West Virginia. I read her mail for her and take her to the fitness canter.
For those who are interested, the Massey Energy settlement was finalized. The company must pay two hundred six million dollars in fines and one million dollars to the families of the 29 good men who were killed in the upper big branch mine. Don Blankenship is no longer associated with the company.
The water contamination in the Charleston area remains a continuing problem. More than 700 people have gone to the emergency rooms of area hospitals. Senator Rockerfeller says that he won't drink the water. There is still trouble in paradise Mike. Fred Lucas
Cookie on February 17, 2014 6:57 AM
Dear Fredo
You are a very good person!  I am a very bad person!

Carl on February 17, 2014 10:11 AM
Peggy Charolene Fields Glenn - February 24
Joyce Lytton Mash - February 24
Kerby Smith - February 25
Ched Yearout - February 25
Pete Stephenson - February 27
Barbara Stepp Rumburg - February 27
gene law on February 17, 2014 10:50 AM
Happy birthday to all you sixtonians, Cookie you ain't bad, you funny woman. You can all rejoice John Kerry is in Indonesia teeling them how to stop this global warming, is this a great country or what? A man and woman ona road trip got lost, the woman being disgusted that her husband wouldn't ask for directions, started a heated argument, went on for several minutes, finally both had enough, and a cold silence ensued for several minutes, the husband saw a mule in a field said "look, isn't that one of your relatives?" "Yes" she replied, "by marriage"

Becky Novarro on February 17, 2014 1:15 PM

Greetings from Naples, FL.  Most people up north don't want to hear about our Florida weather, however, here goes.  We are supposed to be in the 80's most of the week.  We actually wore long pants several days ago as it was "chilly."  I do not miss the snow.  I think it looks pretty on TV.  Don't forget to make a pot of potato soup!  Stay warm.


Carl on February 17, 2014 1:44 PM
HELP ME.  Blogger Assistance Needed!!!
Are any of you still having problems posting either "New Comment" or "Reply" on our Blog?
Murph noted a problem about a month ago.  Ched & Fred also were having problems.  I was advised by that it was a temporary inconvenience until they re-programmed their anti-spam software.
I continue to have problems using either the "Reply" function or the "Add a new comment" function.  Am I now the only one?
Mike Murphy on February 18, 2014 9:51 AM
Carl - worked fine for me this time even appeared at the bottom. In past I had to cursor to top to enter post

It is climate change!!! Kerry said it is the worst WMD we have for the future and that he and Obama are of like minds! What about Biden Pelosi and Reed? I would classify the whole bunch as WMDs!

Yes Fred the weather is changing by .002% according to reliable sources.

Keep the faith

gene law on February 18, 2014 4:12 PM
Depends on the resource: Russian scientists repiort that the Polar cap has increased and waters are cooler (ocean tides) colder climates world wide. American resources say just the opposite. is this a cold war on global warming? Whom shall be believed? What is truth and what is fiction? Shall we care or not care? Tune in to this same station for more questions, and remember........only the shadow knows..............
Carl on February 18, 2014 9:33 PM
   Ahh, you guys are helpful beyond measure.  I'm so very indebted.
   I've been troubled for over a year now, overwhelmed with concern, devoid of understanding, and further confused by your comments, and those of countless others.  So much information out there, yet oftentimes, so very little that clarifies.  I've wondered, what happened?  How have things changed so, and how did I fail to see and understand it? 
   So, spurred by all this climate change talk on the blog, I determined to investigate more closely, looking everywhere.  And I do mean everywhere.  And just when I'd nearly given up hope, and where I least expected discovery, today, at the supermarket, checking the "sell by" date in the dairy section, THERE IT WAS!  Plain as day, unmistakable.  There, on all the half-gallon milk cartons: the face of GLOBAL WARMING.  Suddenly it was crystal clear why for so many months now, I'd heard only of climate change.  Ahh, what sweet relief is discovery (even with so many important questions left unanswered). 
   I've missed global warming, and am more than merely concerned about its whereabouts.  Thank goodness for the dairy industry's involvement in this search-and-rescue effort.  May it be found safe after all, or may it rest in peace.
   I'll close now. I think I've milked this for as much as it's worth.  [More, actually.]  
Mike Murphy on February 19, 2014 10:00 AM
Yes the climate does change!

By .006% according to reliable sources!

Keep the Climate
Carl on February 19, 2014 10:06 AM
Around 8:55 this morning, we had a THUNDERSTORM here in Bethesda, MD. Now there's food for thought for all you climate buffs.
Mike Murphy on February 19, 2014 12:41 PM
And Obama Care cut Medicare Home Health Care, now that is real climate change!

Keep the faith
gene law on February 19, 2014 3:22 PM
I have a question, has anybody ever seen things so much like as they are right now? Once I saw things like they were then, but they didn't seem like they were at the time, but as I look back on it it might have seemed to be then as it is right now, however it seems to me it might not seem to be like I think it seems to be, but then again it might not seem to be like it seems to be to me, how bout you, whadda ya think?
Carl on February 19, 2014 4:01 PM
Geno, as usual, it seems clear that you weave thought-provoking narratives -- as I see 'em anyway -- and taut, with strong seams, just as you were taught, or so it seems.  [Seems I must go: I taught I taw a puddy tat.]  I trust that this was helpful.  [BTW: I'd rather be demented than cemented.] 
gene law on February 21, 2014 7:47 AM
WOW raining in Green Valley, got a good creek coming off the mountain, water water everywhere, don't know whether to build an ark or go fishing, fishing is easier. Rain falling snow floating water rolling lights blinking, guess i'll just go back to bed.
Mike Murphy on February 22, 2014 10:04 AM
The climate today are a changing?

Geno are there any crazy golfers out there?

Keep the faith

Carl on February 24, 2014 11:23 AM
Peggy Charolene Fields Glenn
Joyce Lytton Mash
Kerby Smith
Ched Yearout
Pete Stephenson
Barbara Stepp Rumburg
Mike Murphy on February 25, 2014 1:57 PM
Happy Birthday to you folks - wow you are getting old!

keep the Faith
Carl on February 25, 2014 2:01 PM
You know, I used to worry about getting old.
Now I just concern myself with staying old.
gene law on February 25, 2014 4:21 PM
Talk about old, I found my old old pocket knife, had that thing for years, forgot about it, still cuts, got to reminising about other old things, sat down in front of my old records, flipped through them, there is some good music, I mean some good good music, maybe its better,rather than just old, maybe its sweeter rather than just old, hey maybe we are better, rather than just old, I know I'm sweeter, got diabetes don't ya know, that makes you sweeter, doesm't it? Sweeter rather than old? Brings up that old question "to be or not to be" to be older one must continue, so is not older better, of course it is I rest my case, I shall give up being a detective, I shall now be a lawyer, got a slogan find justice with Law. awww on second thought I'm goinna make some cinnamon rolls and cover them with hot chocolate syrup, now there's an old make ya feel good remedy, older is better.
Cookie on February 25, 2014 9:13 PM
I love being old!
There is no more peer pressure.  As someone said, they are all either
demented or cemented. 
Fredrick Lucas on February 25, 2014 9:57 PM
Going back onto memory lane, I thought that I would give you some geography facts. The northern most inhabited point in the United States is Point Barrow Alaska. The southern most inhabited point in the United States is South Cape Hawaii. The eastern most point is West Quaddy Head Maine. The western most point is Cape Wrangell Alaska. 

The highest point in the United States is Mt. McKinley in Alaska or Mt. Denali as the natives call it. The lowest point is Death Valley California.

On getting old, the oldest concentration camp survivor died last week . She was 110. Earl a World War two vet is 93 and still active at the fitness center. I find that diet and exercise help. I recently bought a book by David B. Agus MD called A Short Guide to a Long Life. He is a cancer specialist at the University of Southern California. He has a few excellent ideas. Fred Lucas
Cookie on February 25, 2014 11:06 PM
Dear Fredo
The oldest concentration survivor who passed away recently was Alice Herz Sommer.  I read her book last year and it was one of my marathon reads.  Couldn't put it down.  A film entitled "The lady in #6: Music Saved My Life" is nominated for an Academy Award.  After she moved to London to be near her son she would open the windows to her flat at a designated time each day and play her classical pieces at the piano.  Each day the street would fill with people coming to hear her private concerts.  A new tenant moved into the building and complained to the building superintendent stating that the music and the attending crowd  was a disruption.  The tenants voted to evict the new neighbor and she was immediately kicked out.  If you enjoy history I highly recommend the book.  Alice was an inspiration when one thinks life gets a little "testy."
Fondly--Signed:  the old lady on the hill with no peer pressure. 
Carl on February 26, 2014 10:46 AM
Cookie, I want to point out what has been obvious for quite a while: you're PEERLESS.
J. Fred, that goes for you too.
gene law on February 26, 2014 11:23 AM
We talk about old, I guess I am old, but I don't feel old, I think of myself as a little boy filled with wonder everytime I see a sky filled with stars, when I see the crocus pop up through the snow when I hear a bird chirp out a complete song, if you listen he will not miss a note, who taught him, where did he learn that, it has to come from his heart. There are so many wonders, and I have not been around long enough to learn of them, aww I know what most people say that's nature, I still am in awe when nature displays her majesty, wheter in the flowers, the trees, the sky, the wind, gentle at times ferocious at other times, the rolling thunder that rattles the windows, the long streaks of lightning that fills the skies, the wonder of a full moon that seems to insire me to yell at the top of my lungs, hey I guess that's howling to us humans, are there any new rocks? do rocks grow? how old is this planet? does this universe end? is there a beginning of the universe? a middle? so many questions, so little time to find the answers. I wonder.........
Carl on February 26, 2014 11:30 AM
Nicely stated Geno.  I'm reminded of one of the things that I miss: not too many years ago, when such sentiments were expressed, you could rely on Mike Farley to add a well selected quotation.  Anyone know whatever happened to "Ole Mike"?

Mike Murphy on February 28, 2014 1:15 PM
Ol Grand Web Master
This site is acting up again. I told you not to trust those ACA contractors.
Seriously I cannot load site from Explorer but can with Google Chrome although very slow and entry blanks appear at top of blog instead of bottom? 
This may be retrubition from the spirits for calling classmates old. especially green valley spirits with which Geno seems to be in touch?
Pete - I need you to surgically remove 1/2 or more of the deer population around my house. With constant snow ground cover they have desimated my shrubs. they will eat anything that lives when pressed! 
Keep doing Gods good work
Carl on February 28, 2014 1:57 PM
Murph & other bloggers, in recent weeks/months I've accessed our blog thru 1) Internet Explorer, 2) Google Chrome & 3) Mozilla Firefox (web browsers).  I've had most success with Mozilla Firefox.  IT'S FREE and not laden with pop-up ads, etc.
Here's a link where you can download it:
This is a link thru, so you can access and download with confidence.  The "Comment" and "Reply" boxes may appear at the top of the window -- although usually not on my PC -- but you should find a fully functional program (font, size, color, etc.).
Good luck.
Within the next 8-9 months I hope to research other options for our website.  While I've been generally happy with, it's a bit pricey, plus we've had service/performance problems of late which have not been fully corrected.  I'm open to any ideas re web hosting sites, web builder programs, etc. that would allow us to move our site elsewhere at less expense and perhaps fewer hassles.  INPUT  APPRECIATED!

I'm no web builder, so I'd welcome help from anyone with some expertise in this area.  We have our setup, so I'm mostly interested in replicating it -- more or less -- elsewhere.  We MUST have more proficient website creators than ole Carl.  Lemme hear from you.  [Deeter's no help.]
Mike Murph on February 28, 2014 3:46 PM
Worked this time with exployer and reply with box at bottom???

I have faith in you carl - what about our classmate AKA George Clooney?

Keep the faith
Fredrick Lucas on March 1, 2014 5:30 PM
Using Google Chrome, I pressed the reply button and was able to enter on the very first try.

The Cincinnati area is expecting five to seven inches of snow by Monday morning. I spent the afternoon with my tax advisor and sent everything via computer to the IRS.

Last evening, I had dinner with members of the Alliance Francaise enjoying good French conversation. Take care. Fred Lucas
Carl on March 1, 2014 5:40 PM
J. Fred, have you taken French language lessons from Alliance Francaise? My wife, Joan, did about 4 years ago and really, really liked their operation. She had the privilege of spending 2 quarters of her sophomore college year in France and was brushing up on her language skills for our visit there. I think it helped a trifle. Do you think "trifle" is a French word. Sounds kinda like it to my ear. Maybe I'm thinking of truffle.  Bon appétit
Fredrick Lucas on March 1, 2014 8:26 PM
Hi Carl,

I studied French at Concord. In Cincinnati, I read several French magazines, and joined the Alliance Francaise. I have visited France and Quebec. While in France, I spent several days with the Lotoux family in St. Brieuc. They introduced me to Escargot. Mike, Jean Paul Lotoux is a Socialits who supported Mitterand. We passed the home of Valery Giscard de Staing, the Conservative. He didn't support Valery. He is a civil engineer. His wife teaches English as a second language.

I don't have Escargot or snails as part of my diet. Fred

You are probably thinking of Truffles
Mike Murphy on March 2, 2014 12:51 PM
Carl - A trifle to French for me, I prefer a Scotish Trifle w/whipped cream and Brandy. By the way I am not complaining about the webmaster, only constructive critism about my event. Keep up the great work I appreciate it!!
Fred - what is your great interest in Socialism? Like most foods if you add enough butter to them they taste good ie snails and Carp & sweet breads.
hunkering down for ice storm. Glad Aretta made me install generator.
Keep the faith
Carl on March 2, 2014 2:59 PM
Murph, I certainly wouldn't take criticism of website problems as criticism of the old webster -- especially if they were my fault [my heavens, you sure seem awfully sensitive for a Republican]; moreover, I welcome such feedback.  Only by making the website user friendly can we hope to attract and retain participation. 
Sure hope you don't need that generator. 
Take care; stay well; "hey" to Aretta.
Fredrick Lucas on March 3, 2014 9:28 AM

I mentioned the Socialists in France . The French have many different ways than we do. They don't have a sales tax on goods. They have a value added tax. When I flew into Orley Airport, I noticed that there were six airlines from the USA and one from France. They have Air France.Their public school system is under the direction of the Ministry of Education. There is no local control. Everyone is covered through their national health plan. They have one railroad the SNCF. The SNCF has a high speed passenger service called the TGV. The train speed is 185 mph.

We have a different system in the United States.I could inquire about your political preference, but I won't because this blog should not be used to promote a particular political program. Fred Lucas
Carl on March 3, 2014 10:20 AM
Fred, where on earth did you get such an idea re political views and the blog?
I say, give me a government where anarchy reigns!  No power to the people!  No functional central government!  
[Just look how riled up I've gotten; I'm using multiple exclamation points!!!]
Oh, you're right.  That is what we have now.
Never mind. 
Mike Murphy on March 3, 2014 12:19 PM
Socialism is great until the government runs out of your money. 
The last great socialist country USSR now looking for a comeback?
Socialism - Government control of industry, health and speach - oh lets not talk about politics or ineffective policies and government!
I say Mountani Semper Liberi 
Keep the faith and self reliance and free speech, even if you are wrong Fred?
Cookie on March 3, 2014 3:41 PM
I just cooked Punksatony Phil for dinner.  Felt kind of bad about it until I went on line and found out he was a socialist.  Soon as I finish shoveling out my car AGAIN I'm gonna eat that little sucker....with my cornbread and beans.  The socialists took the rest of my food. 
Cookie on March 3, 2014 3:43 PM
P.S.  I've invited Al Gore down to join me for the feast.  He is downtown speaking at a Global Warming Conference. 
Carl on March 3, 2014 5:31 PM
Friends, it just now occurred to me for the first time: has anyone ever seen Cookie & Mike Murphy together?  I sometimes suspect that they're the same person.  Am I missing something?  [Uh, on second thought, disregard that last question.]
Cookie on March 3, 2014 5:56 PM
They rode the big yellow bus.  Makes all the difference!
Mike Murphy on March 3, 2014 6:06 PM
Rave on sister!
At least it wasn't the short bus.
Had some Saudis visit me last summer, got a call from Lehore, Last Fall and wrote about socialism, so I am surely on the NSA watch list.
Keep the faith
Fredrick Lucas on March 3, 2014 8:34 PM
Mike, you saw something that wasn't there. I reported that I spent several days in France with a family who favor the Socialist perspective. I reported that I saw differences between the French wasy of doing things and our ways.

I did not report whether I favor or do not favor what they are doing. That train ride on the TGV at 185 mph was quite exciting. One of my friends who worked in France with Smecna had a heart attack. He was treated at the French hospital and recovered . There was no copay
. Rose Lotoux had a skiing accident. The physical therapist came to her home. The doctor even made house calls.

A train similar to the TGV is being planned for the corridor between San Francisco and Los Angeles. A single payer system probably would not work in the USA. Fred
Carl on March 3, 2014 9:25 PM
Fred, I've had the good fortune to ride the TGV and the regular trains a couple of times.  The TGV is certainly a technological marvel, but I much prefer the "locals" that allow a nice, leisurely view of the countryside and villages.  Guess I'm a "slow boat to China" kinda guy. 
Anyway, comparisons of world-class countries like the U.S. and France easily display a number of advantages and disadvantages.  Lots of what's "better" is in the eye of the beholder.  Blessed are those of us who get to experience them firsthand.
Fredrick Lucas on March 4, 2014 11:31 AM
Hi Carl, I wasn't trying to make a case for what is done in France, Germany, Austria , Switzerland the United Kingdom, and Canada and apply those activities to the United States.

Our readers might be interested to know that the metric system which was a development in France is used in many sectors of our country. House numbers which were a development during the Napolenic era have been adopted throughout the world.The free state of McDowell County is at last having street names and house numbers.

Carl those of us who have experienced other countries are blessed. Fred Lucas

Carl on March 4, 2014 11:39 AM
Fred, I've been really fortunate in the past 20 years to travel abroad, a couple of times for extended periods. I've very much enjoyed every experience and, without fail, was simply thrilled to come home. Ain't no place like the good ole U S of A.
Mike Murphy on March 4, 2014 3:17 PM
Fred - Thanks for the random tid bits of information, not sure what your point is? Noticed that you couldn't help dising McDowell Co. Did you know that the population of McDowell County at one time was larger than Florida?
My first train trip in France was from Calias to Paris, rode the ferry from Dover after visiting Canterbury Catheridal, looked for the Miller ( my favorite from Canterbury Tales) but not found. Later rode the TGVs in Italy Rome - Florence - Vienna & return paid extra for first class for AC but it was broken and train was never on time, not like in Germany. Last train trip was from Paris to London thru the Chunnel train slowed thru tunnel and was boring. traveled thru France to Cannes & Monte Carlo via auto. Pete - 280 SE Mercedes got it up to 220 K on the Autobaun while Aretta was asleep. 
Like most European countries France is a nice place to visit, but is going broke with its lazai faire government. They have a terrible Musilm problem. My son used the socialist medical system in Italy for an operation while in school in Rome, although my insurance paid for it as an expat, If I had it to do over again I would have flown him to US. Treatment was barely adequate. He was in a ward that overlooked the Vatican, with 7 other priests mostly from Africa. He was near the door and each time one of the priests would pass they would bless him. He said Dad I won't have to ever go to church again. 
Carl - I agree we do not know how great the US is till we visit other countries.
Fredrick Lucas on March 4, 2014 6:38 PM
Mike if you had followed the news about McDowell County, you would know that UPS had difficulty delivering packages because there were no names for roads and no house numbers. County and state officials realized the problem and began naming roads and giving house numbers. That was in the newspaper. 

There was an article in the Gazette about the water problems in Bud a community in Wyoming County. Until four years ago the town water system was owned by an individual. That man died and no one bought the water plant. The people have been unable to have tap water for four years.

The City of Cincinnati owns the water and sewage treatment plants. The plant supplies water to the citizens of Hamilton County and Covington Kentucky. We'  always have tap water.

Mike read the news before you say that I am dising a county. Thanks. Fred

Cookie on March 4, 2014 8:11 PM
Now-now boys!  Don't get your panties in a knot over water.  You could live in Maryland where the State Senate voted today on "The Bathroom Bill."  In essense it doesn't matter whether you are an "inzy" or an "outzy" you can choose which bathroom you would like to use based upon your "feelings".  Can't wait until a 6 foot 4 "Tonya" shows up in the stall next to me.  Guess I may be forced to pull out some  "Whop-Ass Mountain Wisdom." Something tells me not to hit "Submit Comment" but my cabin fever and oil bill have rendered me incapable of reason. 

Carl on March 4, 2014 9:44 PM
WOWZER!!!  We may have set a new website record for replies.
Sooo, I'm "starting over" before we overrun the right margin.
   Thanks to all who "care enough to send the very best" in the way of PHS60 Blog comments.  Alices, you're the greatest!
gene law on March 5, 2014 10:03 AM
You folks don't know a thing about trouble there is trouble on the forefront with 2 capital T's, some kid went to school pointed his fingwer like a gun, got suspended, heavens, we must now pass a law children will no longer be allowed to take fingers to school, what shall we do? even Lassie can' help with this, will we have to disarm them, I guess that's too drastic, after all it was fingers that did the dirty deed, so dis finger them? how will they hold a pencil, I'm in a tizzy what to do? what to do? oh me, all this for nothing I don't have to do any thing, our elected officials will figure this out. everyone will probably have to wear mittens. Oh for the good ol' days when cool heads were in charge.

Mike Murphy on March 5, 2014 10:04 AM
Fred - Don't worry be happy. You are right I did miss the news about McDowell, because I only read the Charleston Daily Mail, Monday thru Friday, Charleston Gazette Mail on Saturday and Sunday and the Local Jackson Herald on Tuesday and Thursday & to much local and national tv news daily also get NEWSMAX each morn on computer. I appologize for pointing out your negativity about my "paradise"  I should do more research and be more tolerant?
Cookie & Carl - I left Maryland and don't regret it until I come back and get in one of your traffic jams behind a left lane DWO.
 Question- How many Trout Streams are in Ohio?
Keep the faith
Carl on March 5, 2014 12:26 PM
Whoa Boy.  Now Murph, don't you go raggin' on my MD neighbors, virtually all of whom know full well that the streets belong to all: choose any lane; drive at any speed; forgo turn signals; prepare to yield to all pedestrians because most will challenge you.  "Play within yourself," meaning ignore that self-absorbed cocoon that you inhabit and reject the silly notion that public space is to be shared. 
  Please take a kinder, gentler view of us: with only rare exceptions, we've all been educated beyond our intelligence.  [Yep, it takes one to know one.]  We can't help ourselves.
Mike Murphy on March 5, 2014 4:42 PM
I take the 5th and will lead from behind!  (Criminal amature hour)
Riding the Metro was all that saved my life and sanity from 87 to 94.
The sun is shining and it is 54 F here with clean air, water and a back up generator!  But I had to come back home and get the all wheel drive this am because I cound't get up the first hill from my abode w front drive.  
I once had a DWO give me the finger!!!  Don't let your road rage get the best of you. Read some Zen or do Yoga or speak French.
All I know in French and German and Italian are the Bad words!
Keep th Faith
Fredrick Lucas on March 5, 2014 5:27 PM
Murphy, lighten up. St Patricks Day will soon be here and you might consider dancing at a pub and drinking green beer. At least that is what the Irish do here.

Perhaps you might send a six pack to those poor folks in Bud. Do you think that they would enjoy a Bud Light? Fred
Carl on March 5, 2014 5:37 PM
A DWO in Montgomery County gave you the finger?  Did you get a good look at him?  Did he bear any resemblance to me?  With all the bad-driving horn honkers here, I've been known to extend the digital salute.  And I was around here during those years.  You never know . . .
Fredrick Lucas on March 5, 2014 5:54 PM
Mr. Murphy, the article pertaining to the roads in the Free State of McDowell came from the Atlantic Magazine January-February 2013. The title is Where the Streets Have No Name by Deirdre Mask .The article was submitted 1/2/13. The article is on line.



Carl on March 5, 2014 6:35 PM
Friends, I'm about to be "out of pocket" for 2 weeks.  Not to worry, it's vacation.  But I will have limited access to internet, so you may be deprived of my wondrous witticisms and warm wisdom.  [And my usual stuff as well.] 
  Please keep the fires burning and, if you sense an uneasy lack of silliness, think of me.
Fredrick Lucas on March 5, 2014 7:56 PM
Hi Murphy, 

If you want to read the article online put The Atlantic Magazine Where the Streets Have No Names. into a search engine. The author Deirdre Mask teaches creative writing at Harvard University.Fred
Mike Murphy on March 6, 2014 9:57 AM
Fred- I am reminded of the little boy who asked his dad about sex. He said go ask your mother and the kid said I didn't want to know that much about it!
Carl - be safe on your journeys. May the road rise up to meet you, may the wind be always at your back, and till we meet again, may God keep you and yours in the palm of his hand.
I don't remember Carl ever saluting me!!
Keep the faith 
Fredrick Lucas on March 6, 2014 7:16 PM
I received the news today that Alpha Natural Resources which purchased Massey Energy was fined $27.5 million for pollution of water from coal mining in Kentucky, Pennsylvania and West Virginia. The money will be divided between these states. West Virginia will receive $8.9 million. This concludes the presentation about problems in the coal fields.

For those who are WVU fans, E.Gordon Gee has been recommended by the Board of Governors as the next President of WVU. The ladies basketball team shares the number one slot in the Big 12. The guys are 8-8 in the Big 12 which contains 10 teams. Don't forget the Irish holiday on March 17. Ireland and West Virginia are about the same size. Fred
Fredrick Lucas on March 9, 2014 9:13 AM
Once again, the Gallup Health Survey was taken and residents of Hawaii were ranked number two in happiness. Residents of West Virginia were ranked the most miserable for the fith year in a row. Ohio ranked 45th. Over all life expectancy is 78 years in the Buckeye State while life expectancy in the mountain state of West Virginia is 75.6 years which is the lowest  of the 50 states. Fred

Mike Murphy on March 9, 2014 12:33 PM
Watched Dallas Buyers Club on Direct TV Pay for view. Powerful movie with great acting. 
Keep the Faith

Carl on March 9, 2014 7:56 PM

Good morning (which it is here, not there -- i.e., the U S of A).  Greetings from aboard a boat on the Yangtze River.  What a pleasure it is to catch a "piece of home" via that mind-boggling thing known as the internet  --  thanks Al  --  and PHS60.myevent.
  Fred, and all other train lovers, yesterday I watched the MAGLEV (magnetic levitation train) flash by at about 300 mph (faster even than the TGV).  I thought of you.  Didn't have time to experience the 19-miles-in-7-minutes trip from Shanghai center to airport.  Would've liked to.
   Anyway, it's good to maintain contact with PHS60'ers while in a trulyforeign country.  Take care; stay well; each of you.

Fredrick Lucas on March 10, 2014 8:35 AM
I watched the WVU basketball team beat Kansas. The women's team defeated Texas in the semi finl tournament. That was a good win.

The West Virginia Legislature voted to give teachers a $1000 raise next year.

Ched we don't hear from you. Fred

Mike Murphy on March 10, 2014 12:35 PM
Carl - Hope you are enjoying your trip and are flying Cathay Pacific. Malasia Air is not a good choice!  
It has been over 20 yrs since I was in China proper, do you still have to buy tourist money and do the guides still sing country roads? I have seen pictures of fabulous rock formations on tourist promos. are you on that tour? send us some pictures.
Be safe and happy and don't eat to much Coushon Delie.
Seia Seia
Fredrick Lucas on March 10, 2014 4:58 PM

I hope that you are enjoying your tour of China. Do you plan to visit the great wall? I hope that you enjoy your visit.

I spent six weeks in France and enjoyed every minute of my visit. I especially enjoyed my visit to the hospital in Poitiers. It is the teaching hospital of the university and has done some good work. The centralized medical system is not without problems but it does some good work.

For our readers, the City of Cincinnati owns a railroad,Lunken Airport, Music Hall, the water treatment and sewage treatment facilities, the Reds and Bengals stadiums.Mike old bean, in Cincinnati as well as in France, the voters through their elected officials decided to own facilities that the private sector could own and in France, the voters decided to centralize functions through their representatives. 

The City of Cincinnati   founded the University of Cincinnati in 1819 as a municipal facility. When the financial burden became to great , the voters decided to let the state take it over. I was one of those voters. That is the Representative form of government. Fred
Carl on March 10, 2014 5:09 PM

Murph, I'm sorry to report no sightings of country music-singing Chinese guides.  And Joshua -- our group guide -- better not start.  We cruise thru the first (i.e., easternmost) of the Three Gorges today, then are lifted thru the 5-stage lock system.  Now several hundred miles out of Shanghai, we still have lots of haze.  It's not yet daybreak, so I'm hoping for clearer skies soon.  Otherwise, the grandeur of the surrounding mountains will no doubt be diminished.  Hoping for good pix, but who knows?
  I hear that it's warmed up back your way.  I know that's welcomed.  Take care; stay well; everyone.
Say Dillon!  Haven't heard from you for awhile.  Met a guy onboard the cruise ship named Steve Barrett who says he played football at FSU in the early 70s.

Mike Murphy on March 12, 2014 4:55 PM
Carl - Have you seen any low flying 777s going up the Yantze?
Did you fly to Shanghi? Hows the view?
Vicarious visitor
Carl on March 12, 2014 10:52 PM
Murph, we flew into Shanghai; had 1.5 days there.   Sunshine and no smog on 2nd day.  I wanted a nighttime photo of the famous skyline.  Got there, Saturday night, just after 11:00 pm; all lights had been turned off.  Not quite the "Manhattan of the East" that it's portrayed as.
   No chance of spotting those low-flying 777s over the Yangtze thanks to fog and smog.  It's a bit of a science lesson, by watching and waiting 'til you reckon that the fog has burned off, what is left must be smog. Funny thing is, it hardly looks different at all.
   Cruised the major (and lesser) gorges yesterday.  I'm sure that they're spectacular in clear weather, but don't think they've had any of that for years.  I guess I should have done better homework.
   Added some climatological diversity this morning: rain.  Today's agenda was a walking tour from the ship to a 16th-century pagoda and back.
   Looks like yet another trip that I'll treasure and, in my usual fashion, relish my return to the States.  [I need a great big ole cheeseburger!  And a beer with some body.]
Mike Murphy on March 13, 2014 8:13 PM
Carl- Sorry you are having trouble. Hope things improve.
I can remember being at the Wall and there was a steam engine belching out smoke, also we were to fly around the wall in Helicopter but military was using it!  Also had flight scheduled for mount everest that was cancelled because of weather - Bummer. Also had tour of the Taj Mahal cancelled because Secretary Schultz was to visit next day and was later delayed taking off from Deli because AF 1 with schultz was taking off. Not my favorite sec of state - right next to Hillary?  It seemed like every place we visited for several years was having record heat! That was before Al discovered global warming!!
Good Luck 
Keep the Faith

Fredrick Lucas on March 16, 2014 5:48 PM
I went online to read about the various health plans. For example, I put the French Health Care System into a search engine and was able to learn about how that system operates. Last year, Senator Bernie Sanders asked a health care professor from the University of Toronto, how long people in Canada waited for procedures. She replied that 45000 people in the United States died waiting for procedures because they didn't have health insurance.

In Canada, life expectancy is about 80 years according to the data in the articles. They spend 10% of GNP on health care. Every citizen is covered. When I visited Montreal, my hotel was next to an orthopedic hospital. I asked a man who had knee replacement surgery whether he was satisfied with the care that he received. He was quite pleased. A woman who had her leg amputated was also pleased.

I want the readers to feel free to explore the sites that explain the systems in the various countries. Mike remember that life expectancy in the Mounhtaineer state is only 75.6 years compared to 80 years in O Canada. Fred
Mike Murphy on March 17, 2014 10:39 AM
Fred - So?

Carl - Need progress report on your most magnificent adventure. By the way, saw where Pee Wee Hermans bike sold for $35,000?

keep the Faith

Mike Murphy on March 17, 2014 6:31 PM
Erin go Braugh
Happy St Patricks Day
Michael Malone Murphy
Cookie on March 18, 2014 4:46 PM
Dearest Fredo:  So, Bernie Sanders, the Independent (left leaning) politician from Vermont who has been in Washington for 23 years asked a professor from Canada how long people wait for treatment.  The answer was, "45,000 people in the U.S. die each year because they can't receive treatment." ?????  Can you say "liberal playbook?"  That wasn't the question professor.   Isn't it against the law to turn anyone away from a hospital ER whether they can pay or not?  This prof reminds me of the 89 year old Canadian female  I spent two weeks with on a 14 passenger bus during an Eco tour of Costa Rica.  Each evening meal became a "bashing U.S.A" event.  She informed me George Bush took down the Twin Towers.  She also took two Cabela dresses with her which she washed each night and was the first to catapult across the trees in the rain forest.  I was taught to respect my elders but soon developed an extreme dislike for all folks north of Niagra Falls.  Our friendship ended on the final evening in San Jose when I told her, "with all due respect you have your head up your ass and if it weren't for my daddy you and all the European liberals would be "goose stepping" today.  She told me I was a typical American--disrespectful.  So, I finished the last of my cheap dinner wine and stood for a loud rendition of "Country Roads" which, all the Americans joined in after two weeks of silence.  Now back to Bernie.  Bernie is like 90% of those "panty wastes." on the Hill, he has been there for 23 years.  Shouldn't he know the answer?  Why did he have to go across the border to ask the professor.  Fredo, I love you but where the hell are going with this?   Lastly, aren't you suspect of ANYONE who has their leg cut off and is still "happy?"
With Love
The Cookie Monster
Mike Murphy on March 18, 2014 7:00 PM
Rave on sister long bus rider, I couldn't begin to say it better!
Keep the Faith
cookie on March 18, 2014 7:39 PM
Lovin' the long bus baby.  Amazing what you can learn sharing a seat with a bunch of smelly kids on their way home to milk the cows, bale hay and "slop" the hogs.
Peace out!  "I think thats how my grandson says it."  :-) 
Carl on March 18, 2014 10:33 PM
   Woohoo!!!  Leaving Beijing in 8 hours.  Hopefully, China's pervasive air pollution will soon be a memory.  Murph, many of our experiences have been similar to those that you describe.
   I think I'm right in citing that far more Canadians come to the U.S. for medical care than do Americans going to Canada.  To my simple mind, that says something.
Fredrick Lucas on March 19, 2014 7:33 PM
The statement made by the professor from the University of Toronto probably came from a study in 2009 led by the Department of Medicine at Harvard and published in the American Journal of Public Health  in 2009. The study was led by Dr. Stoffie Woolhandler. They concluded that 45,000 Americans died because they lacked insurance. Mike, Carl, Cookie, where are the studies that support your positions cancerning health care in other countries? I have a friend in Radford, Meg Weddle whose sister is a physician in Vancover BC. While they have problems , she is satisfied to practice medicine there.

Mike, I read that Jim Justice owner of the Greenbriar Hotel, thinks that people in WV should not be negative. Don't think about polluted water, mountaintop removal, and other problems. Instead, support the golf tournament at the Greenbriar. Watch the Saints practice.

I laughed Monday. A friend and his wife went to a dance at the Shriners Club in Wheeling. They were stunned when two elderly women were fist fighting. The women were separated and the husbands who were about 80 started a fist fight.  Accorging to my friend the punches were in slow motion. Mike can you imagine that. Fred
Mike Murphy on March 19, 2014 8:33 PM
Fred - I saw a band of Indians walking in a straight line - Therefore?

Bernie Sanders is a self described Communist!!

By the way I had two operations in Frankfurt with the US Army Hospital. Was satisfactory but not enough for me to travel there. Also used US military in Saudi. All of the Major Hospitals in SA used American doctors, the best money could buy. Also Rich Saudi's with major health problems came to the USA. 

If you are trying to support the ACA, why not say so?

Also Greenbriar and new owner Jim Justice are winners in my book, why are you dising them? I am sure you have better in Cincinatti, Canada or France. Perhaps you should move to Canada with Robert Redford!

Professionally and from my vast research, Obamacare (ACA) is the biggest peice of crap perpetrated on the USA by the liberal congress and administration!

Carl - Hope you have arrived back in the Good ole Paradise of USA. You always have your health if not insurance?

Keep the faith
Carl on March 19, 2014 9:51 PM
Now boys, no need to get peevish. Although it sounds like that how those Wheeling couples, and others, got.  God, how I'd loved to have seen that.  [I'm imagining it in my mind's eye.]  Now Fred, you're right that that's the kind of cultural display that you just can't find anywhere: a basic, primitive, open-and-honest, no-holds-barred disagreement.  Since you didn't report serious injury, it strikes me that it was harmless fun, however lacking in sophistication.  Man, I hope I'm able to fight at that age. 
   Got home about half an hour ago.  Anyone seeking fun in a place where you can see the air but can't breathe it, can't drink the water, and the sun has less work ethic than Dobie Gillis, China is the place.  What an abject contrast to the USA.  Reassurance surfaced once I was back at Dulles airport.  China's large cities and Washington, DC share a strong commonality: self-absorption.  I think I like Wheeling better.

Cookie on March 19, 2014 10:08 PM
Well now Carl: Your experiences should be a testament to the fallacy of "Cap & Trade."  Supports my contention that if there is nary an ounce of pollution from Maine to California it won't make a twit of difference since China & India aren't about to reduce their emissions.  Last summer I had that argument with a lovely elderly gentleman who leans to the left of Lenin.  His answer to my argument was that China "is" cleaning up their pollution because..........are you ready........"the people are demanding it."  Want to come have a talk with him?????????????????
Carl on March 19, 2014 10:39 PM
Cookie, you know how I hate to take a contrary viewpoint, but I think that "gentleman" had a valid point.  That the people's demand takes the form a mass coughing jag that drowns out the decibel level of the propaganda machine means that the gov't must hear them.  Kidding aside, the gov't is trying to address the problem, but it's so much in conflict with its master plan to become a full-fledged modern nation/economic force in the most hurry-up mode that it's highly questionable that they can do both.  According to news reports that I saw while there, the scale of the "de-pollution" effort is modest at best.  With 1.3 billion population, what's a few hundred million here or there lost to China's equivalent of black lung.
   But give progress its due.  In the Beijing airport, I was saturated with shops for Givenchy, Gucci, Bally, Gant, Lacoste, Estee Lauder, Ferragamo, and many other like stores, but couldn't buy cough drops (go figure, with a market like that).  It's a schizophrenic country to my untrained eye.

cookie on March 19, 2014 11:18 PM
Poor Carl.  How many purchases did you make at the airport?  Don't you know they are all "knock-offs?"  I can get you a bunch of those out of a car trunk in Landover Hills.  Glad you are home.  Is it true they have "the plane" hidden in a great big hanger?  Did you see it?
Fredrick Lucas on March 20, 2014 6:54 AM
There are two studies regarding the Canadian Health Care that I would like to cite.Aaron Carroll MD. in an article titled five myths regarding the Canadian Health Care System  published by AARPS on 4/16/12 states that 99.39 % of Canadians do not come to the USA seeking treatment. The doctors in that system decide who receives treatment and when they will receive treatment. In 2005 , 122 doctors left Canada to practice in the USA.

Rhonda Hackett in an article in the Denver Post  on 6/7/09 made comments similar to  Dr. Carroll. The article was titled Debunking Canadian Health Care Myths.

The article concerning Jim Justice was in the Huff Post. Mike you seem to follow the Republican idea that which governs best governs least. The Republicans have no alternative to the Affordable Health Care. Fred

Mike Murphy on March 20, 2014 1:56 PM
Fred - On a personal note I do believe in self reliance and directon, making my own way and providing for those who can't ( not won't) provide for themselves. I do not prescribe to either party and always split my ticket, although currently registered Republican. 

The Congress of USA has presented at least 5 bills on alternatives to ACA and they are languishing in the Senate. You did not give a source of your misinformation?From the begining most discerning people could figure in their head that ACA was not fiscally feasible and was welfare in discuise. It has not made health care more affordable or available or better quality and in fact has done the oposite. The CBO has indicated that ACA will cost 3 trillion over the next 10 yrs over three times the cost quoted to pass this peice of crap and even if fully implemented would still leave 30 million uninsured. 

The Huffington Post? next you will be quoting wikipedia which incidently generally more accurate and not slanted than the Huffington Post. Jim Justice is a rich man and has done much to revitalize the Greenbriar but it is OK for the liberals to bash him because he is rich & probably conservative. 

As for your other articles they lack substance and are hard to extrapulate toward support of socailized medicine. Also I detect a disdane for all things West Virginian, which I hope is not true?  The AARP has turned into a liberal shill for the administration with a monitary motive. They spend more time hawking their supplemental insurance than representing the elderly. Where are they defending against the cuts in Medicare through the ACA?

Send us some more random numbers and stastics, hopefully some will show WV In a good light.

Carl - Good to have you home.

I have always been crazy but it kept me from going insane - Waylon Jennings RIP 2002

Geno, Pete, Tom, Ched, Darla, Carol etal where are you??

Keep the faith

Ched on March 20, 2014 2:15 PM
Ched has  come out of the  woods! I've  enjoyed reading the  "spirited" comments on the blog. I prefer not  to get  to political on this type of format HOWEVER:
You  are " right on" and  an excellent expressive writer. I enjoy reading  your  stuff  !!!
  I  completely  agree with you  ESPECIALLY  the ACA  debacle.
cookie on March 20, 2014 4:23 PM
Just for the record I support a strong military, fiscal responsibility and self determination.  I have a few moderate to liberal social views.  For example, I don't care who you sleep with just keep it to yourself--who cares.  If you want to sit on the back porch and puff a few--who cares--just stay off the road.  I really don't know what that makes me except I know a minute of common sense is worth more than a year at Ohio State.  And, I'm fed up with liberal hyprocrites and their snobbery. 
I"d like for someone to check that portion of the ACA (Why are we still calling this affordable) which states that at age 76 you can no longer receive cancer treatments.  Good way to get that deleted is to let Bernie get prostate cancer.  He will fix that in a hurry. And while I'm at it....if Bernie had to stick it in a mammogram machine he would immediately pass a bill making those suckers more user friendly.  (Just a little editorial liberty there.) 
Thanks for your comment Ched.  You just like it because I use dirty words sometimes.  That happens when you ride the long bus with the smelly country kids.  Now thats a story for another day!
Fredrick Lucas on March 20, 2014 7:58 PM
Mike, I didn't diss Jim Justice. From June 2013 through November 2013, Justice was being sued by coal employees and suppliers of goods for non payment. In November 2013 he said that all but four of the lawsuits were settled according to the Gazette.

Regarding Canadian and the French Health  Care, , I really don't see much of a problem. They decided what they wanted and it seems to work for them. You just don't like single payer plans for whatever reason.

You say that the Republicans have an alternate plan , I've never seen such a plan.Prove it.

You call Senator Sanders a Communist, prove it. Prove that the data in the Denver Post and the AARP are incorrect. Prove it. You don't believe in supplying data do you?
Carl on March 20, 2014 8:59 PM
Fred, I don't presume to speak for Mike Murphy, but I don't recall him saying -- as you claim -- that the Republicans have a better health reform plan than ACA.  But even if he did, as others have, it's immaterial.  It should be pointed out that despite Democrat insistence on such nonsense, it is not the responsibility of the critic of a proposal to provide a better proposal.  For example, believing that "if it ain't broke, don't fix it" means that "my" alternative is to do nothing.  A corollary to this would be something like "avoid the Law of Unintended Consequences" (i.e., be sure that you know what's most likely to result before you proceed).  This was clearly, blatantly and arrogantly ignored by the "we have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it" approach -- as stupid and dangerous an attitude for legislating as I can imagine.  
  The repeated challenge by Democrats to produce a better alternative (or shut up) is merely a cheap, dishonest, diversion employed for pure political ends.  It is unbecoming of serious legislators and shameful for any House Majority Leader, in short a disgraceful display of political arrogance.
   May we all have the insight to reject the lies, deceptions and distortions of big-league politics, especially those that support our prejudices and, in so doing, enlist our complicity in perpetuating the lie.  
  Beauty is truth; truth beauty.

  Oh yeah, I believe that "that government is best which governs least" was espoused by Thomas Jefferson, a pretty bright guy, I'm told.

Cookie on March 20, 2014 10:02 PM
I love it when the boys get their panties in a knot!  In fact I'm down right excited but not in a bibical sort of way. 
Mike Murphy on March 21, 2014 1:45 PM
Fred - Todays Charleston Daily Mail has a front page article about the Greenbriar and the Saints, mostly high praise for Jim Justice although you could cherry pick that tax incentive given to build sport - medical complex took the money away from fixing pot holes. You said you did not diss Jim Justice and in the next sentence quoted from the Gazette (liberal rag) excerpts meant to imply that he was guilty of worker abuse. I quess as long as it is in print you can quote it to meet your purposes? I do plan to go see the Saints Practice. By the way the Greenbriar was going under before Jim Justice took over. Talked to Mack Parks (PHS 60) former coach of
Greenbrier West about Jim at last mini reunion he had good things to say. Jim is the volunteer coach of the girls basketball team and has contributed much to greenbriar schools also he was big contributor to the Boy Scouts national Jamboree locating in Fayette County. But, he is a Billionaire so he deserves dissing by liberals, I recommend he wear it as a badge of honor.

You will never find any "facts" about conservative proposals on the huffington post and other lib news outlets. Try listening to Fox News for fair and balanced news. More specifically go to Politifact nov. 26/2014 and and Jan 27, 2014 and for your requested proof of republican health proposals.

Saying you see nothing much wrong with Canada's and France' Health systems when I have read testimonials of up to 6 months waiting on treatment for major medical needs like cancer does not make me want to see this peice of crap called Obamacare implemented. It is much worse than what we had, even though what we had could be improved greatly by health savings accounts, high risk pools, tort reform, buying across state lines an many other proposals which keep the individual in the decision making and not the government!  What is it that makes you support the ACA? or like the "dog in the manger" who doesn't want to eat the hay but will not let the cows, syndrome prevails?

You got me I Cannot remember when Bernie Saunders described himself as a communist so I can't prove it, Can you prove he isn't?  
I dont dispute your cherry picked quotes but find them hard to relate to support your arguement. By the way what is your argument? and why are you so negative about WV? Lord knows it has lots of faults but you seem to go out of the way of the subject to present negative quotes. so? therefore?

Carl - Loved your quote by Jefferson but you know our founding fathers are not "cool"  according to the Libs.

Fred - I hope I have answered your questions but if I havent, I suggest that you listen to Fox News and Rush Limbaugh (i put him in the league with Huffington). 

Cookie - hope this doesn't overly excite you seriously  I admire your views and sense of humor.

Ched - hope you are enjoying cabin - I envy

Geno, Tom, Pete , Darla et al where are you, don't expect you to chime in on this "crap"  but would be good to hear from you. How does it feel being 70s young?

The Lord invented Whiskey so the Irish wouldn't rule the world!
Keep the Faith
Carl on March 21, 2014 1:51 PM
By golly Murph, I think you covered it.  [Sure hope it didn't dangerously excite Cookie.]
Cookie on March 21, 2014 2:06 PM
Tonight's the night we're gonna make it happen......
I'm so excited and I just can't hide it....
I'm about to lose control and I think I like it....
I'm so excited and I just can't hide it....
I know, I know, I know, I know I WANT YOU......
Carl on March 21, 2014 2:19 PM
just as I feared
Fredrick Lucas on March 21, 2014 10:07 PM
Gentle Readers, 

Jim Justice was sued for non payment of wages. To me it is sad that  coal miners have to hire lawyers to get the billionaire to pay the wages that he owes them.Suppliers also had to hire lawyers to sue the billionaire for payment. Mike, the torah teaches that when a man hires another, he cannot delay payment of wages.

Regarding the ACA, I have spoken with several physicians who consider the act to be a disaster. First, they were not brought into the decision making process. While the front end of the registration process was alright, the back end leaves much to be desired. Did the patient actually pay Aetna for his/her premium for example. The records in this area are very poor. Since physicians weren't brought into the decision making process, the Obama Administration dictated what they were to do. Some had to spend $50,000 to bring their computers in line with what the Administration wanted. Some had to give up solo practice and join a large group practice. Medicaid reimbursements are so low that many physicians won't treat those patients. The Administration has given grants of $44000 to help with the computer changes. Golly gee. Mike doesn't this explaination provide more detail that the word crap?

One physician told me that he forsees the day when health care will be similar to the European systems that have single payer plans.Medicare is a single payer plan. Fred

Cookie on March 22, 2014 12:01 AM
Dearrest Fredo
I continue to be a "Gentle Reader" and a "pissed off" American.  But the question is...............
"Will you still love me tomorrow?"

Mike Murphy on March 22, 2014 9:38 AM
Carl - You should have gone to China with Michelle.

I had a colleage, our comptroller in SA and a former US Marshall and Paratrooper who said " it is a good wall not a great wall"

Fredrick Lucas on March 22, 2014 10:31 AM
Gentle Readers, 

Yes Cookie I still adore you.Mike I don't listen to Rush because I listen to KUSC, the classical radio station of the University of Southern California. 

Now that we have spring, I won't be on the blog, I will be enjoying outside activities. I hope that the elderly couples in Wheeling have solved their problems and will no longer resort to fist fighting.
Ched please return to the blog, I enjoy your tacituen comments. Fred
Carl on March 22, 2014 11:01 AM

Fred, the thought of your shifting to warm-weather mode and classical music inspired the following:

Like robin, I too signal Spring
Relaxed here on the village green.
My bright mien says "Don’t know when
I’ll join you bloglodytes again."

For now its time to lounge sublime
Enrapt by Bach and Rubenstein,
With troubles nowhere close to me,
Just nature and KUSC.


Carl on March 22, 2014 11:27 AM
coming soon to a venue near you
Pam Spangler Sullivan
Thursday, March 27
James Kennedy George Monday, March 31
Cookie on March 22, 2014 12:22 PM
I hate to burst your bubbles boys but a Nor'Eastern is due here on Wednesday.

Mike Murphy on March 22, 2014 2:29 PM
Fred - Hopefully you will be able to answer my questions since I answered most of yours before you join the Birds of spring. 

Sorry if I offended you by calling the ACA crap but my vocabulary is dominated by words which are explanatory. I quess to much rock and roll and good whiskey and good humor have influenced  my intercourse.

Bye the way Jim Justice has feed many thousands of WV families with the jobs he has provided. Not sure what the Tora, Koran, Budda  or the Bible says about that. As I read the article it did not say he was guilty, but it is ok for libs to diss him because he is rich?

Please respond soonest!

Carl- more poems please about rock and roll, blues, NO Jazz and good times if you please. I went to the most famous opera house in Vienna to hear Figaro, got so bored I left after intermission with Champagne. You can take the boy out of the country but ---

Happy Spring to all

I ask again Murph.  Is there nothing you won't do for champagne?
Carl on March 22, 2014 8:25 PM

Murph seems not to prefer my poem
‘bout those who, classical, perform
their music heard near blossomed tree.
Give him some blues and KFC.

Mike Murphy on March 23, 2014 12:47 PM
Very poetic and concise. You missed your calling! although I still think you should be a Duke of  Earl. 

Keep the faith


Carl on March 24, 2014 8:26 AM
Pam Spangler Sullivan's birthday is Thur.
I'd send an e-card from the class if I had an email addr for her.
Can anyone help?


Carl on March 24, 2014 10:03 AM
BLOG ALERT!!!   A Break from Politics.
Announcing a new blog feature, seeking broader inclusivity [as we're wont to say in DC].  I'm launching an "Everybody knows, but . . ." series.  Hope you'll join in the fun.  Here's goes:
(Thanks to a recent, highly successful series of TV commercials)
Everybody knows that 15 minutes can save you 15% or more on car insurance. . .) but [here goes]

Did you know that
the day they laid poor Pancho low, Lefty split for Ohio?

If not, or if so, let me know what you know.

Darla on March 25, 2014 6:38 AM
"The Federales say They could've had him any day."
Carl on March 25, 2014 7:49 AM
Yeah, them Federales talked a good game.
Mike Murphy on March 26, 2014 12:06 PM
"Afordable, afordable, afordable, afordable, Afordable"

You can pay for it with your $2500.00 Savings!

Keep the faith
Carl on March 26, 2014 12:43 PM
Well yeah, but did you know that 15 minutes can save you 15% . . .?
Mike Murph on March 26, 2014 7:24 PM
Weeeeeee!!! - Maxwell

Carl on March 28, 2014 9:12 AM
Yo!!!  Mountain State sports fans.
Tomorrow (Sat., 3/29) at 3 pm on CBS:

NCAA Div. II National Championship Final:
West Liberty Hilltoppers  vs.  Central Missouri Mules

We recently learned how "scrappy" those Wheeling-area folks can get.  Let's hope that the nearby Hilltoppers can smack those Mules (figuratively, of course, since I'm an old mule lover).
Also, go you Univ. of Virginia Wahoos tonight!


Becky Novarro on March 28, 2014 11:05 AM
Oh my!  Finally something about March madness!  If I lived up north I would be mad with all the snow.  Anyone see FGCU??  If your Grands want to get out of the cold and wear flipflops, enroll them.  Got to be proud of Virginia.  Rooting for Florida and Dayton.   Stay warm and let's get back on chatting before our 55th.
Cookie on March 28, 2014 11:56 AM
I must be on the short yellow bus this week or the medication isn't working.  This thread has thrown me for a loop.  What are you all talking about?  The only thing I've understood all week was from "Queenie." 
Carl on March 28, 2014 12:13 PM
Cooks, if the string you refer to is the "15 minutes can save ..." it's a series of GEICO commercials. 
Becky Novarro on March 28, 2014 3:44 PM

Cookie, Nice hearing from you.  So Carl, what is the game you are playing??  I can't understand either.  Love the games!!  Anyone??

BTW, had no problem posting but easier if hitting Reply.

Carl on March 28, 2014 5:04 PM
Oh, it's just more of Carl being stupid.  GEICO has been running a series of TV commercials that are very silly and often funny.
Click on the youtube link 2 entries above to view one of them.
I've just added my own nonsense to the mix to add a little variety to the discussion.  If you're so inclined, add yours.
   Did anyone else (besides Darla) recognize my lyric quote from "Pancho and Lefty," the great Townes Van Zandt tune that has been a mainstay for Willie Nelson and pals for a number of years now?
   Here's a link to it:
Mike Murphy on March 28, 2014 8:27 PM
If you like your 15% you can keep it?
Carol on March 29, 2014 10:26 PM
Hello all.  We survived one five inch snowfall in Feb., three days later folks were playing tennis outside.  We did have had our share of wind and cold weather though.  Azaleas are blooming now.

In October, I woke up with sciatica (caused by raking leaves I am sure).  Two epidurals have helped immensely.  I am back playing tennis and line dancing.   My doctors don't recommend surgery, just pain management.

A couple of months ago we went to see a live performance of "The Buddy Holly Story."  Guess who was sitting two rows behind us - Sarah!   Sarah, was that you I saw dancing in the aisle?  
Carl on March 30, 2014 10:51 AM
Carol, it's good to hear from you.  [I'd feared that you didn't love us anymore.]  Sorry about your injury and pain.  Glad you're back in the swing, and that you folks survived your brutal winter.  ( :<)

PHS60 on March 31, 2014 10:26 AM
Fredrick Lucas on March 31, 2014 7:21 PM
Mike, I need to discuss Jim Justice, coal operator. The other day, I spoke with   a friend who bought chemical supplies from Union Carbide for Proctor and Gamble. They paid for the supplies within 30 days.P&G is a wealthy company.

Appalachian voices reported that Premier Coal company owned by Juustice was fined $50,000 by the Tennessee Department of Environmental Conservation because the company allowed 1.4 million gallons of black water sludge enter the New River. The company didn't report the spill. Neighbors did.

According to the Huffington Post, Mark Doss of Doss Fuelco in Baxter Kentuckyreported that Justice settled the debt. It took two years for Doss to receive his money.

According to WSLS TV, Lee Kersey of M&D Electric Supply in Hazard Kentucky was owed $240,000 for work that he had done in January 2012. After a suit he was paid. Herbie Deskin, a lawyer from Pike County sued  for South East Drilling Supplies  for $25,000. After the suit, the company was paid according to USA Today.

Finally, Mark Miracle of Dynatech Electronics was owed  $150,000 for work done one year ago. After a lawsuit was filed, Miracle was filed.

The workers in Wise County Virginia had to sue. The company decided to close some mines there. According to the laws on the books, the company is required to give miners  a 60 day notification and pay the men for 60 days. The company tried to ignore the law and the men filed a lawsuit.

Once again Mike I      stand by what I said, payments to workers and suppliers shouldn't be delayed. If P&G can pay within 30 days, Justice can learn how to budget his money and do the same.

This series began when you said that few problems exist in the coal fields. I don't plan to say anything more on the subject. Our readers can draw their own conclusions/. Fred

Mike Murphy on March 31, 2014 8:48 PM
Fred - I have never said that few problems exist in the coal fields, however with your disdain with Coal, West Virginia and rich businessmen you should stop using electricity as a protest. Keep reading the Huffington Post and researching to find fault and you will continue to find same and have a sour outlook on conservatives and favor socialism. 

I still contend that Jim Justice is a Patriot and a great West Virginian and that the good he has done far outweighs any business dealings his companies have had for which you have not presented both sides of the story.

I would hope that you would answer my questions to you in my last Email especially what it your point, or due you plan to go silent having lost the arguement by presenting random negative stastics without a point?  

I recommend to all and especially you,  reading "Coal: It's Dangerous, It's Dirty and It's the Future of Clean Energy" by Charles C. Mann in the April edition of WIRED Magazine for a balanced read on coal and energy.

Come back to WV and we will go see the Saints practice this summer. It is not paradise but it is "Almost Heaven". 

Carl- Some folks get their exercise by running other people down!

Keep the faith 

Carl on March 31, 2014 8:56 PM
Murph, I get mine mostly from just exercising poor judgment.  But America allows me to thrive just the same.
Cookie on March 31, 2014 11:14 PM
Dearest Fredo:
Since Murph has turned off your electricity, would you be interested in the Coleman lanturn I found when I cleaned out the basement on the Old Bluefield Road.  I also have a railroad lanturn I'd  be glad to send along.  That should provide sufficient light for reading those liberal rags but it won't keep you warm.   HUM!  Let me think about that one for awhile. 
With Love
Your Friend
The Cookie Monster
rocter & Lucas on April 1, 2014 8:06 AM
Hi Gang, 

On April 19, I will be going to Keenland in Lexington, Kentucky with retired firefighters. This race track is one of the premier tracks in the Commonwealth.

Mike I was only discussing the sloppy business practices of Jim Justice. I contrasted his payment practices with those of Procter and Gamble. Terms like liberal , reactionary,socialist don't apply to what I said about the business practices of Jim Justice or Procter and Gamble. Fred

Ched on April 1, 2014 1:37 PM
Well  March 31 has  come  and  gone and 7 Million plus or minus have signed up for  Obamacare !!! But  the very basic arithmetic ( no calculus or higher math required) goes like  this:  
The objective of Obamacare was to get 41 million uninsured  to become insured.
6 million lost their insurance due to Obamacare non compliance.
7 Million have  signed up.
 Assuming  that  the numbers  above  are close  and  the 7 million new enrolees have  actually paid, that yeilds a net gain of 1 million !!!! Success?????? not in my book !!! 
 ACA Is  a fiasco.
keep smilin'
Carl on April 1, 2014 5:00 PM
And that's no April foolin'.

Mike Murphy on April 2, 2014 5:02 PM
I enjoyed the monthly PHS60 dinner last eve. Delightful bunch of gals and chaps. Especially enjoyed talking to Tracy French. Carl I didn't know that you and he were drafted together and went to boot camp together. Also Jeff Shumaker related his experiences in running companies in Russia.

It is great to be associated with such great people. Tracy and Emma Davis commented about how much they thought of Cookie's frankness and writing ability. Sent some pics to Carl -hope he can post.

Fred - you win I can't compete with a quote from a man that worked for Proctor and Gamble?
Keep the Faith
cookie on April 2, 2014 9:38 PM
Dear Murph
Unfortunately, some of my acquaintances here in the Land of Pleasant Living, where I am definately in the minority, find my frankness a genuine sign of lacking "enlightenment" and somewhat back-woods in nature.  They also think my continued West Virginia accent shows a real sign of lacking in "edumacation."  Of course, these are the same folks who think West Virginia is really just Western Virginia and that all mountain state homes have a path and a Sears Catalog.  Should I tell them that an any informed person knows its a bucket full of corncobs? They obviously don't know how tough we are.   Gonna go, the path is calling. 
Darla on April 3, 2014 7:20 AM
Mike, it is always good to see you. It was also good to see Paul Baker at the PHS60 dinner Tuesday.
Mike Murphy on April 3, 2014 12:25 PM
Darla - Always good to see you. You are still in the running for the youthful look award for PHS60. Hope Johnny is feeling better.

Dillon - Thanks for the message through Terry StClair, sounds like you and Carl had similar results on your vacations. Good to hear you are still healthy even though aggravated. We could start a club PHS60 aggravates!

Geno, Pete - Where are you!

Keep the Faith, especially appreciate the prayers from Tracy French.

Carl on April 3, 2014 3:41 PM
PHS60 aggravates, Murph???  It's possible that that's exactly how Fred has viewed you and Cookie for some time.  (: <}
Cookie on April 4, 2014 5:47 PM
Are you getting these or is it just me?
8:00 a.m.  Got up
8:10 a.m.  "Hello, because of your excellent credit rating you can now receive....blab, blab, blab."  Hung up
9:00 a.m.  Got in the shower.  Phone rang...expecting an important call from Edward Jones regarding the $57.19 I still have in my 401K.  Got out of the shower "Hello:  As a senior citizen you qualify for free diabetes testing....blab, blab, blab."  Hung up!
11:00 a.m.  Phone rang.  "Hello:  As a senior citizen you qualify for a free medic alert system"  Help!  I've fallen and I can't get up kind of thing.  Hung up!
1:00 p.m.  Phone rang.  It's that lady from Pakistan with the dot between her eyes. "Hel...looooo!  I am calling please madame regarding the virus we have detected on your MicroSoft system."  "Look Dot!  You call me every month and my MicroSoft is just fine."  Hung up.
3:30 p.m.  Phone rang.  Again, reduced rates on my credit card bill.  Hung up.
5:30 p.m.  Phone rang.  "Good Evening Madam!  I am calling from the Maryland Sheriff's Association and we are ......."  "Wait a minute Barney Fife, as a widow of a retired law enforcement officer and a member of the Association of Retired Police I happen to know>>>>"  He hung up.
6:15 p.m.  Phone rang.  "Hi Delores!  You recently attended the home show at blab, blab, blab and I am pleased to inform you that you have won an all expense cruise to......."  "Look Home Show Lady, this is the 4th time in 5 weeks you have called to tell me this and four times previously I told you I wasn't interested.  Now, unless you delete me from your list I'm gonna put that ship where the light of day will never see it again."  She hung up.
7:00 p.m.  I unplugged the phone and poured a glass of vino.
I am on a Do Not Call List
So Carl, does this qualify me for the "Aggravated Club?"
I "ain't" aggravated, I'm just waiting with anticipation for the next call because I'm gonna answer it this way:  "Oh!  I'm so sorry to tell you but she died this morning.  She was up on the roof screaming something about "I'm Mad as Hell and I'm Not Gonna Take It Any More" and she and fell off the roof.  Poor thing!  May I take a message?"
Mike Murphy on April 4, 2014 7:18 PM
Cookie - it is ironic that I invited my nephew Sam Murphy to the PHS Dinner Tues. He was telling me about the calls and said that he loved getting them. He leads them on and says to send him as much as they can to an fake address. He like most Murphys' have a warped sense of humor. I don't have the patience to engage them. Consumer reports last month said to answer and then hang up. Ihave tried that but 2-3 hrs later they call back!  Perhaps we should be the aggravated effulent! With the slogan "it is better to be aggravated effluent off than be aggravated effluent on!"

Carl - we (aggravates) should get our web address before the Idiots give away Al Gore's most famous invention. Can you beleive that - what the hell are they thinking?? 

Keep the faith
Carl on April 4, 2014 7:33 PM
   Cookie, I'm gonna level with you, feelings be damned.  [How's that for aggravating?]
   Your petty whines about all of your phone calls remind me of the popular girls in high school: they may not have welcomed EVERY call -- and I don't mean just those from me -- but the sheer volume of calls reflected their wide popularity, which they seemed happy to have reflected.
   Do I get such calls, you ask?  Hell no.  I'm so pathetically boring that not even the automated-dial systems can stand talking to me.  So I sit quietly, forlornly, in my basement scrutinizing every PHS60 Blog comment and listening to old Gene Autry recordings.
   So don't look to me for empathy sister.  You made yourself popular, so live with the results.  [You might have noticed that I never call.  Then again, maybe not.]


Carl on April 5, 2014 8:22 AM
5 known PHS60 birthdays this month:

Becki Smith Canterberry - April 7
Carol Wyrick Martin - April 12
Darla Winfrey Pitzer - April 15
Brenda Martin Sword - April 25
Michael Farley - April 29

Looking over this list I realize what a fine group of people they are.

Fredrick Lucas on April 5, 2014 12:41 PM
Hello Gentle Readers, 

Mike as I recall, you mentioned that the mountaintop removal of coal was a safe and effective way to remove coal. You had worked in all 55 counties and from your perspective there weren't problems.I asked myself, is this guy a troglodyte?

Regarding prompt payments to suppliers, I learned that the General Electric Corp. pays suppliers within 60 days. My grandfather owned and operated the local Piggly Wiggly store and several others with a business partner. He paid his suppliers within 30 days.

Mike, if you have studied business or worked for a business, you will know that responsible companies don't delay payments to suppliers because they want their suppliers to replenish their inventoies. Some of the suppliers to the Justice group had trouble replenishing their inventories since Justice delayed payments for one to two years.

Recently, I spoke with Ben Crawford, a retired faculty member at Virginia Tech who taught in the Business AdministrationDepartment. His daughter lives in Greenbrier County. He said that Justice has the reputation for slow payments. Fred Lucas
Mike Murphy on April 5, 2014 1:28 PM
Ched- You are right on about the numbers on ACA. Even if you give the prevacators the benefit of the doubt the numbers don't add up - never have! However we can solve it all by putting everyone on Medicare and paying off the insurance companies with our tax dollars. Ruining the health care system with ACA is criminal! Professionally I still think crap is the most descriptive word for ACA.

Fred - You are getting boring and tiresome. Perhaps some mineral oil might help your Optical Rectitus. Sorry my intellect 
(Troglodyte) is not up to your liberal socailist views that prompt you to attack great men like Jim Justice, whom I admire.  I am aware of what net 30 days means having run a sucessful International Consulting Business for several years. Bye

Geno, Tom, Pete  - where are you - noticed that email to Mike Farley was returned undeliverable, Did you folks in Florida enjoy my levity??

Keep the Faith
Deeter on April 5, 2014 4:18 PM

Miss Manners says Dear Gentle Reader,
Call on her whenever you need her,
But please be polite,
Don’t cry troglodyte,
Nor Optical Rectitus neither.

[Actually Miss Manners would never be associated with such awkward sentence structure and crude rhyming, but it's the best Miss Manners that I can channel.  Sorry.]


Cookie on April 5, 2014 5:37 PM
And the webmaster accuses me of "whining."  Geez!  I ain't "whining" and I ain't bitching.  I'm just telling the truth!
Carl on April 5, 2014 6:59 PM
Clarification: the webmaster is happy to tolerate whining, as long as it's his own.
Mike Murphy on April 6, 2014 4:13 PM
How can you tell if a British Airways jet has landed. The whining continues after the engines have shut down.

I vow to be gentler?

Keep the faith

Mike Murphy on April 7, 2014 12:04 PM
Here's hoping UK puts it on UC tonight. Spent 2 wks at seminar at UK in 68. 

Keep the faith

Carl on April 7, 2014 12:10 PM
Murph, it looks like one of us will be pleased with tonight's outcome.

    signed: Badgered husband of UConn graduate
Mike Murphy on April 8, 2014 10:11 AM
Carl - Guess I owe you ein bier?

Happy Easter
Carl on April 8, 2014 10:49 AM
Now Murph, that's a fine thought under any circumstance.
To my eye, neither team looked like the nation's best last night (but UConn fans will relish the title).

As Damon Runyon said, paraphrasing Ecclesiastes,
"the race is not always to the swift, nor the battle to the strong - but that's the way to bet."
Both teams seemed swift, and Kentucky certainly looked strong, but . . .

Now it's time for (a) major league baseball and (b) the soon-to-arrive NFL draft/OTAs/training camp
Mike Murphy on April 8, 2014 3:51 PM
No wonder UCON won they starved their players?? According to Shabaaz Napier he did not have enough money to buy dinner on some sunday nights due to his measily scollarship. I guess he couldn't eat on campus and wanted Lobster like the guy in California who was on food stamps featured on Stossel. He was refering to Northwestern players wanting to unionize.

Cookie - what the hell are we coming to with this entitlement society? The kid has probably a $100,000 per year scolarship and still feels put upon by the man!  What ever happened to riding the yellow bus and working to pay your way in society. 

Am I the only one pissed about this or should I be dissing Millionaires & Billionaires because they have to be at fault?  So much for being gentler!

Keep the faith
Cookie on April 8, 2014 4:08 PM
"Just when I thought I was out they pulleddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddd me back in!"

Mike Murphy on April 10, 2014 9:55 PM
Another WV gal makes it big. Sylvia Matthews daughter of Cleo Matthews a Business Ed teacher from Hinton and State BOE President has been nominated to be HHS Secretary. Sylvia is a Harvard grad and currently OMB Director.

I don't envie her Job trying to straighten out ACA.

Keep the Faith
Carl on April 11, 2014 10:09 AM
How 'bout them apples?  Enough to make an ole homeboy proud.
She's identified in press reports as
Sylvia Mathews Burwell.

Carl on April 11, 2014 10:38 AM
JUST POSTED on "BREAKING NEWS!" page (see tab at top of Blog),
a photo including 6 PHS grads (4 PHS60ers; 1959, 1961) at an April 1 luncheon near Baltimore arranged by Edward Laufer.
Fredrick Lucas on April 11, 2014 9:40 PM
Hello Gentle Readers, 

Today I sent my donation to the Nature Conservancy. The group is in every state. They purchase land that they find has an interest to the broader society. In Mercer County they purchased Brush Creek Falls and the land that goes from there to the Bluestone River. They also purchased Dolly Sods as well as the mineral rights there. There are several tracts of land in Pendleton County that they purchased. Their Web page outlines the various tracts of land that they purchased in West Virginia should anyone want to visit those areas.

I spoke with a man at my gym who recently had eye surgery in Vancover BC. He was referred by physicians in Cincinnati because Canada had a laser technique that was not yet approved by the FDA. I asked him what he thought of his physician in Canada. He thought that the physican was good and he thought that the surgery went well.

Mike you don't define your terms. You said that the AARP is a liberal group. What do you mean? You say that I am a socialist .Why? You call Senator Sanders a Communist. What do you mean? Anyone who has a graduate degree is taught that he needs to define his terms. 

A troglodyte can be a hermit or a caveman.

Have a good weekend. Fred Lucas

Carl on April 11, 2014 10:20 PM
Fred, I believe you've revealed -- wittingly or otherwise -- another of the elements that make the USA an exceptional nation: here a troglodyte can grow up to be anything he wants to be: in addition to, as you point out, a hermit or a caveman, he can be a puppet, a pauper, a pirate, a poet, a pawn and a king, he can be up and down and over and out, but I know one thing: he can be it here better than nearly anywhere else.  [Canada ain't too bad, either.  After all, it's pretty much "America Lite."]  Hail to the USA.  Oh, Canada?  You're alright too.
Cookie on April 12, 2014 1:04 AM
Now you've done it!  I just spit my cheap wine all over my computer screen.  Excuse me while I go find a rag to clean up this mess!
Carl on April 12, 2014 3:51 PM
Fred, I don't put too much truck in political labels and characterizations, but they're unavoidable in today's climate.  So allow me to briefly address a couple of your challenges, admitting up front that my evidence is inconclusive.  However, it is evidence that is often encountered throughout our multiple media forms and outlets.
1. Bernie Sanders. per Wikipedia:
Sanders is a self-described democratic socialist. . . Democratic socialism is a political ideology advocating a democratic political system alongside a socialist economic systemAs you probably know, the terms "communist" and "socialist" get used inter-changeably, so charges of Sanders being a communist are probably based on more accurate charges of his being a socialist (deservedly or not). 
2. AARP.  Google "AARP liberalism" and you'll be deluged with charges from a wide array of sources re AARP's movement from its former more even-handed advocacy for the age 55+ crowd's issues to activities clearly more closely aligned to liberal advocacy groups and movements.
   Again, my points prove nothing -- nor disprove anything -- but they provide clear evidence, as you rightly request, of reasons for Bernie Sanders drawing far-left characterizations, and AARP being accused of having become an advocate for liberal policies.  You may, with intellectual integrity, choose to refute such claims, but not merely dismiss them with an equivalent charge that someone is a troglodyte.  I hope this is useful. 
   [BTW, "troglodyte" has long been a favorite term of mine.  What a marvelous word.  (Takes one to know one, Carl.  I know that, Deeter.)]


Ched on April 12, 2014 11:00 AM
 A bit  of news  about Larry Watkins.  I have been sitting on this information for  several months before  sharing.  In December while doing an internet  search for a telephone number  for Larry I was  shocked  to  see "deceased" following his name.
 I searched but  found no obituary. On legacy  there is  a link to the Social Security Death Index.  There I found a Larry A. Watkins of Annandale VA . DOB 8/01/1942-- DOD 5/24/2010..  This  sure  seems to be my friend, college  roomate and band mate. Larry had no family I know of except  for  a cousin in WV and an aunt in Va. Neither of these  relatives  knew of Larry's  wherabouts nor had heard  from him for years.
The rest of  the  story goes like  this: After a lot of  work I got an address fro Larry in Annandale VA  and  wrote to him in the  fall of 2009, Larry  responded  with a nice letter about a month later. Several subsequent letteres from me  went unanswered.  I have not been able to obtain additional confirmation and Larry's two relatives  were not  aware of his situation.
Mike Murphy on April 12, 2014 1:27 PM
Ched - Sorry to hear about your friend Larry. It seems that someone from PHS60 is passing every month. We need to continue to be a close knit group and thanks to Carl & Doug for their kind assistance.

Fred - A highly educated friend of mine who used to coach George Washington High School basketball indicated that Jim Justice was not only a great bussiness man but an honorable West Virginian, If you listened in graduate school you would note his testimony (and the many you have quoted) as anecdotal, which in research terms is not worth much. A fact the Greenbriar has 1500+ employees who are paid promptly.  I feel sure that you think you are right and can find negative bits of information to support your "views" . I and I bet other gentle readers have had enough of this so I concede victory to you. This is done put a fork in it! oh by the way did you know PG had been accused of Satanism?

Carl - oranges, wine and spital sound good in rhymes?
Keep the faith
Fredrick Lucas on April 12, 2014 7:49 PM
Carl, thanks for your note. When I think of Bernie Sanders, I think of the study by Harvard Medical School in which 45000 people died because they couldn't pay for treatments. Also people across the nation have had to file for bankrupcy because they couldn't pay for the high costs of medical treatments. Some friends and I donated $25,000 to a family whose child was struck by lightning and was treated at Cincinnati Children's Hospital. Their medical bills were quite high.Only in America

There is an article in the New Yorker Magazine by Evan Osnos. It is called Chemical Valley .It outlines a history of the development of the chemical industry in the valley. The premise seems to be that for a number of years, the budget of the WVEPA was cut and no attempt was made by politicians to fine companies for violations.This article is on line. Gentle Readers please draw your own conclusions.

Evan Osnos got his first newspaper job in Clarksburg.Brooke Baldwin of CNN worked at WBOY TV, Clarksburg for two years. Both have an interest in the state.

A story was related to me by a man who works at the local hospital. He works at the information desk. One day a woman who weighed about 300 lbs asked where the physicians offices were located. He took her to the elevator and gave her the office number. Her reply was that she didn't do elevators so he took her to the steps. She told him that he would have to carry her to the fourth floor. He told her that she had two choices, the steps or the elevator and walked away. Mike this story is for you. Fred
Mike Murphy on April 12, 2014 8:14 PM
Fred - It's a shame you were not there to carry her up the stairs. What did you expect the guy to do?  Fortunately for you the cure for optical rectitus is on the ground floor?

Don't worry be happy
Carl on April 12, 2014 9:13 PM
Fred, the world is frought with anecdotal evidence of human misfortune.  Sadly, that is destined to be the case throughout eternity.  As moving and depressing as such stories are, they simply don't lead us to practical public policy stances that mean much. But I do admire your concern, involvement, and defense of your views.  Keep fighting for your values, my friend.
Ched on April 13, 2014 10:30 PM
Well said  Carl !!!!

Mike Murphy on April 14, 2014 1:04 PM
Help - what are we users of windows XP and outlook to do? Any suggestions other than buying a new computer with windows 8 (suck). This may be part of ACA?

Keep the faith
Chedi on April 14, 2014 10:52 PM
I guess the options are to keep using XP. Just be sure you are using good third party antivirus software I use AVG (free) and  a powerful firewall (Zonealarm also free). Be sure  you have only one antivirus and firewall installed. The second option is to install  Windows 7 or 8.2  if your computor  has enough Horsepower to run these operating systems. The  third option is a new machine!!!
Cookie on April 14, 2014 11:20 PM
Dear Ched
Or, better still, you could just go out on the porch and yell across the field.  "Supper's ready."  We did and it worked for years. 

PHS60 on April 15, 2014 8:14 AM

Chedhapyh on April 15, 2014 9:47 AM
Happy Happy  Happy Birthday Darla. Hope you have a great day!!!!
Mike Murphy on April 15, 2014 10:18 AM
Happy Birthday Cousin Darla!!!!!

Ched - I use avast which is rated high by consumers report, but use microsoft as firewall. Should I change?  Also I have 20 years of files on Micro Soft Office. I used in 90% of time in conducting business. Also have a lot of xl spread sheets that I might want to reference?  I added 2 G ram to this monster but my son tells me it will not run newer MS programs. Maybe the hackers will leave us old codgers alone?

Keep the faith
Ched on April 15, 2014 11:53 AM
 The MS firewall is  sufficient on later versions  ( Vista, MS 7 etc)  However I woud not  rely on it running  XL  especially since MS  will no longer  support XL.  There  are  several free fiewalls out  there.  Zone alarm is powerful and  free but can be  a aggravating  since it  will  require  you to  "allow" web  searches until it "rembers  your sites. Your  MS Office  files  will be available on MS7 or 8 provided  the office  software is installed. Most programs are backwards  compatable which will read  earlier  versions.
Carl on April 15, 2014 12:05 PM
One other small thought Murph.  If you have really old files that are especially important, you might consider opening them and saving them as "newer" versions of the software if that's an option with the software versions that you now run.  (And keep them flash drive/CD backup files cranking.)
Darla on April 16, 2014 7:11 AM
Ched on April 16, 2014 1:31 PM
Darla , I agree. We were born at a time when life was less complicated and hurried --when the virtues of hard work were  respected and rewarded. The government "dole" was to be avoided at  all cost and we had real leaders and statesmen in government !!!!
Cookie on April 16, 2014 4:16 PM
I think we need more "cowboys!"
Cookie on April 16, 2014 4:17 PM
God bless them! 
Darla on April 16, 2014 8:09 PM
Mike Murphy on April 18, 2014 7:46 PM
Ched - I rembered the other day that you and Chuck Lohr were settling a dispute at the edge of PHS property. I was getting on the bus at noon to go to the Voc School. I remember it as being kind of weird, mostly wrestling in the mud. I got the impression that neither of you had the intent of serious harm to each other and that time may have worn off the anger?

And now for the rest of the story?

Keep the faith
Chednnn on April 18, 2014 9:11 PM
The mud wrestling match was not with Chuck but was with Larry Watkins. After that we became the best of friends. That's the rest of the story!!!! Our first venture into music was a little group (Roadrunners) comprised of Larry, Sonny Goodwin, Ron(Sleep) Lively and me. I'm the only one left!!! Kinda puts life into perspect doesn't it ???
Tom Dillon on April 19, 2014 7:43 AM
That's what tomorrow is all about. Happy Easter to all of you.

Ched on April 19, 2014 9:38 AM
Happy Easter to all !!!!!
Mike Murphy on April 19, 2014 12:31 PM
Ched - Thanks for clarifying at least I got part of it right. perhaps I could hide my own Easter Eggs? I had most of my fights with Billy King (RIP) who beat me up regurally till I was about five and he was about to do it again until my brother Jim (RIP) made me fight him against my mother's (RIP) insistance, after that I kind of dominated our fights.  Billy would have killed for me and I miss him dearly. Have lost Two brothers and a Sister in the last 3 years. As Bonnie Rate song goes "life is much more precious when there is less of it to lose"

Tom - Good to see you have arizen and at a most appropriate time. St Clair filled me in on your vacation. We (I) have missed your sage comments on the blog. Welcome back. 

Happy Easter

Mike Murphy on April 21, 2014 1:10 PM
My son ( IT professional) installed ZoneAlarm as my firewall and virus software. This AM I had to unscribe to about 20 sites as a result of adding new software, naturaly had to remove old software which took about 20 min. Every thing seems to be fine. My son warned that the new software might be "chatty" for a while, but so far so good.

Saw where the Feds are paying Micrisoft for a years support. You would think MC could give to public as part of the deal?

Keep the faith


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