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Carl on August 23, 2014 12:01 PM
Friends, it's a gray and rainy day here, not quite dreary but far from uplifting.  Along those same lines, I've grown weary of the news from Ferguson, MO, Iraq/Syria/Afghanistan, Israel/Gaza, Liberia (Ebola), and various other world hot spots, so I'm soothing myself by luxuriating in birthday celebration of Bao Bao [meaning "treasure"], the National Zoo's 1-year-old giant panda.  She's almost as cute and lovable as my classmates' grandchildren.  Life is good afterall.

I'm absolutely
red-faced for having missed Brenda McDonel Persin's August 20 birthday.  (Sorry, Brenda.)  And lo & behold, TODAY is Becky Arney Novarro's b'day.  Happy Birthday, Cuz.
Coming soon: Terry St. Clair -- August 28.

Mike Murphy on August 23, 2014 1:00 PM
Happy Birthday!!

Carl - I have fond memories of the Woodley Park Zoo Metro Exit. Dan Cox and Pete Rell lived nearby and the Lebanese Taverna had great food. Masa (variety) and Shawama were excellent! Also National Theatre with 60 meter wrap screen was great especially for Jurassic Park and Lawrence of Arabia. Are they still operating?

Speaking of messes - Just when I thought things couldn't get worse in Ferguson and Iraq, Obama and Holder go sideways!

Keep the Faith
Carl on August 23, 2014 2:34 PM
Yo Murph,
   National Theater is still going string; Lebanese Taverna at Woodley Park too, last I checked.  They also have restaurants in Bethesda and Tysons. 

Cookie on August 23, 2014 8:46 PM
Dunkirk (Not to be confused with DUNDALK) has a McDonalds.  The menu is limited, service is prompt, presentation seldom varies and the employees often forget to wash their hands.  A wide variety of animals can be seen up close there....particularly after midnight.  
Carl on August 24, 2014 12:31 PM
Say Cooks, do you happen to know if the staff at the DUNDALK McDonald's wash their hands?
And Murph, I've been thinking of you.  I just finished applying toilet bowl cleaner to my algae-infested block wall.  Once well treated, I'll pressure wash it thoroughly to prepare it for parging.  Now just 3 weeks ago, I'd never even heard the term, now "parge" is a big part of my vocabulary.  I'll bet the old vo-tech'er that you are could provide good instruction in proper technique.  Sadly, I'll have to muddle thru without you.  [Uh, you're not nearby are you?]

Cookie on August 24, 2014 1:30 PM
Carl:  I don't know much about the hand washing in DUNDALK as it is not part of my stomping grounds nor is Essex, the Inner Harbor or any burg in the 695 Beltway.  I try not to venture out of Southern Maryland.  There are two groups of people here.....You either came over on the Ark and Dove in 1650 or were transplanted from West Virginia. One group has their noses in the air and the other......well, we just "is" what we "is."
Carl on August 24, 2014 2:51 PM
Thanks Cooks.  I think I understand now.  And best of luck with your new career as McDonald's bathroom inspector for southern MD.
Mike Murphy on August 24, 2014 6:51 PM
Carl - My building design and const is out of date. But Parging is usually used on outside of foundation walls and mastic is applied over to waterproof. This doesn't work well on inside walls that are damp. I used a water based mastic on the foundation walls on the outside. you put it on with roller w long "hair" and it dries in about an hour. sets up like plastic and is water repelent and clean up tools w water. I suggest you research this on line and find a roll on solution. Parging is outdated and difficult. It is similar to stucco and is difficult and will not fix a wet wall.
I have already told you more than I know about this. but if you are trying to make a basement dry for use I suggest you get pros to help. be careful this is a scam infested bunch ie sealing leaking walls. If etreme water you have to cover and channel water at base and out of house. Need to know what you are doing or what you are trying to do tho be of more assistance. 

Keep the faith 
Fredrick Lucas on August 24, 2014 8:27 PM
All of us knew Coach Bus Brown.His wife died. The funeral was held on August 19. The complete obituary is on the Seaver Funeral Service web site. You might want to send a note of condolences to Bus and the family. She was 88 years old. Fred Lucas
Carl on August 24, 2014 9:35 PM
Murph, thanks for your input.  [I knew I was asking the right guy.]  However, I'm sticking with the parging route for 2 important reasons: 1) I'm preparing a house for sale, so the "fix" only has to last for a few weeks 'til the sale is done and 2) I really want to be able to say to my grandkids in about 40 years, "You know, I once parged a wall."
[NOTE: Just joking on  both counts.]

Thomas Dillon on August 27, 2014 1:28 PM
Did some purging also take place?
Carl on August 27, 2014 3:40 PM
Tom, I wasn't going to mention this, but since you brought it up.  When a handyman suggested the repair, I thought he said "purging is the way to fix it."  It seemed a strange approach, but I deferred to his expertise.  I hadn't thought to ask for details, so I didn't know just how much purging would be best.  Thinking it better to err on the high side, I ate two entire boxes of prunes.  [Good thing that I actually like prunes.]  Well anyway, the purging was a runaway success, so to speak, after which I waited for the wall to show results.  Being a patient man, I gave it a full 2 weeks . . . adding a healthy serving each morning.   NOTHING.  So I called him up to tell him what a stupid idea that was.  As soon as he understood what I'd done, he confirmed the stupidity.  Only then did I add the word "parging" to my vocabulary.  I'm about to try Plan B.  I'll let you know how that goes.
Mike Murphy on August 31, 2014 7:20 PM
How Many Orfices were involved?
gene law on August 31, 2014 8:09 PM
Didja hear bout the blonde that cut off her cat's tail with her weed eater? Grabbed the cat up along with the tail took it to Wal-Mart, lady asked her "why in the world, di you bring it here", blond replied, "well aren't yall the largest retailer/"
Fredrick Lucas on September 1, 2014 8:48 AM
College football has begun. Alabama defeated West Virginia. Virginia Tech defeated William and Mary. Marshall defeated Miami of Ohio . Memphis defeated the Austin Peay Governors 63-0. Let's go Peay.Last season Peay was 0-12 in football. What will happen this year?

Fred Lucas
Thomas Dillon on September 1, 2014 2:57 PM

Herr Lucas,
 You didn't mention the National Champions from 2013 and the #1 ranked team in the country today. The Seminoles didn't look too sharp on Saturday night, but a win is a win.
Kay and I are going to the Florida State versus Wake Forest game in Tallahassee next month. It will be the 1st time I have attended a game there since the 1970's.
A great movie for all to see even though the ratings are not that great "When the Team Stands Tall". Our church paid for all the players, coaches, team managers, cheerleaders, and some parents from the two local high schools to attend a special showing. Again, a great movie.

Fredrick Lucas on September 2, 2014 7:59 PM
Tom, I hope that you and Kay enjoy the Florida State game that you plan to attend. Perhaps you will invite our Florida classmates to attend the game with you and Kay.

Where did she attend college? I will probably go to to Morehead State to see Austin Peay play. They need to be encouraged. It's been a long time since fly Williams played there.

Coach Brown's wife was Margurite. I am thinking about sending a donation to Concord in her memory. Fred Lucas

Fredrick Lucas on September 3, 2014 10:13 PM
Mike two weeks ago WCHS reported that Jim Justice was fined $1.5 million by the Commonwealth of Kentucky. His company mined coal in Kentucky but the company didn't do any reclaimation to the land as required by the Commonwealth. In addition to the fine, the company has to do land reclaimation.. Fred Lucas

Mike Murphy on September 6, 2014 1:13 PM
It is a beatutiful day here in greater downtown Kenna. 
Carl - Have you finished your parging? You may want to pursue as a second Career? 

Perhaps WVU will beat Towson today at least they didn't embarass us against Alabama.

Geno, Pete - are you guys OK?

Keep the Faith
Carl on September 6, 2014 2:59 PM
Hey Murph,
   I haven't finished parging.  (Actually, haven't exactly started.)  I had lots of holes to patch and have finished that, taking about 3 applications in some cases.  Other tasks (organizing, packing, repairing, cleaning, moving to storage, etc., etc.) have interrupted the parging project, but I expect to finish it next week.  Are there many more odious tasks than preparing a house for sale (and one to move)? 
   I've barely kept my head above water these past 6 weeks, but the end is in sight.  [That's my end, not the completion of my arms-length list of chores.]  "All my trials . . . soon be over."  Wish me luck.
   Them Mountaineers acquitted themselves quite well last week.  Hope the Hokies can do even better against THE Ohio State University tonight.  And I understand that the best football team in the Virginias is the Thundering Herd of Marshall.  Go Green!!!
   And Fall is in the air.  Life is good.  Take care; stay well all.

Deeter on September 8, 2014 10:45 AM
Virginia Tech's upset of #8 Ohio State propelled them to #17 in the national rankings.  Anyone who cited Marshall as the best college team in the Virginias sure don't know much about the game.

Carl on September 8, 2014 10:48 AM
Tomorrow, Sept. 9, is Big Mike Murphy's birthday.
Make it a grand one, Mike.

Fredrick Lucas on September 8, 2014 8:40 PM
Today, I went to the monthly luncheon of the Hamilton County Retired Teachers Association where I was nominated for the Board of Directors. Prior to eating, the woman who gave the blessing gave a Catholic, Protestant and Jewish blessing. I would like to see that practice done at the reunion. Brother French usually gives a Protestant blessing and doesn't offer a Catholic or Jewish blessing even though both groups are represented.

Our Association has raised money for scholarships.
Cookie on September 9, 2014 12:29 AM
Mike Murphy on September 9, 2014 10:04 AM
Montaini Semper Liberi?

Carl - thanks for the Birthday alert. Would you post Canada's top ten on the blog as my present?
Keep the Faith
Becky Novarro on September 9, 2014 3:18 PM
Oh Fred!  I know you have just found out you are Jewish but I have been Catholic for over 50 years.  I was told that prayer was prayer.  Why make an issue of that?  I have never heard our other classmates who are Jewish say anything.  I enjoy Brother French's prayers!  In fact, Jim has been ill and people from the First Christian and the Baptist Church have had him on their prayer list.  I am honored.  Why don't you sing a Jewish hymn?
Cookie on September 9, 2014 4:56 PM
Dearest Fredo
Its taken 24 hours but I have found my voice........

I'm going to get scabies, TB and a deadly respiratory virus from illegal school children
I'm going to get bed bugs on the subway train
I'm going to die from Ebola
Hackers are going to steal my identify, empty my savings and publish all my nude "selfies"
Scary men dressed in all black are going to cut my head off because I wear a cross around my nexk (I'm too old, fat and ugly to become their sex slave)
I'm told this morning that Calvert Cliffs Nuclear Plower Plant (20 mailes away) has no security 2 days before 9/11--a little oversite by the Nuclear Regulatory Agency
Albino cobras are running wild in California
An astroid just missed us on Sunday and to top it all off Joan Rivers is dead!!!!
So Fredo in the words of Joan, "What are you wearing and can we talk?"
I suggest you get your train back on the tracks, screw diversity and political correctness and lets all just pray one big ole prayer and maybe the big guy or gal will hear us whatever he or she looks like or is wearing.  
Cheers Baby

Carl on September 9, 2014 5:24 PM
J. Fred, you sure know how to stir the pot.  I like that.
(Did you notice that OSU lost it's game last Saturday?)

Thomas Dillon on September 9, 2014 7:46 PM

Rebecca, I don't think you have any idea what you have done, but first of all, we sincerely hope Jim's illness is not too serious and/or he is getting better. Do you wish to share any details?
Inviting J. Fred to sing at the reunion is something he has been requesting for the past several years. The initial blog discussions which are somewhere in the Cloud contain numerous back and forth, sometime heated, comments about his wanting to sing and desiring less oratory from Doug and me and singing by Arnold. You have perhaps let "un vieil homme" out of the box.

Fredrick Lucas on September 9, 2014 9:28 PM
Prayers from the major religious groups are quite nice. You might enjoy hearing them. Becky, I 've been Jeweish for nine years. Two others are also Jewish. Our teachers organization also recognize the various Jewish and Christian holidays. Jews in Cincinnati number about 25.000. We sponsor Hebrew Union College.

Tom, its not really important that I sing at the reunion. I've sung in Cincinnati, Radford, Chicago and New York City. I can sing in Hebrew as well as Latin.

This weekend I am going to the Scottish Festival in Columbus Indianal where I will listen to the bagpipes.Becky do you listen to bagpipes? Fred Lucas

Fredrick Lucas on September 10, 2014 6:04 AM

Virginia Tech has a good football team.OSU and the other Big Ten teams didn't  win. This week Maryland from the Big Ten will play WVU in Baltimore.

I had no idea that an action taken by the Hamilton County Retired Teachers Association would have such an impact on Becky and Cookie. We've always had blessings before meals in the three faiths because people from those faiths teach in the school systems of Hamilton County.

Tommy Dill Pickle, my voice teacher, Cicely Nall, a Metropolitan Opera finalist who is a teacher at the University of Tennessee will give a recital in Cincinnati. She has sung in opera in Germany and with companies in the United States. She is on you tube. Did you block me from singing because you had football concussions that impair your judgement? You are indeed strange Dill Pickle. Fred Lucas
Cookie on September 10, 2014 8:14 AM
Good morning Fredo
I suppose ole Cookie here is just fed up to her eyeballs with all her beliefs and traditions being destroyed in the name of political correctness and "diversity."  Her previous post was an attempt to humorously outline the position our great country finds itself in due to liberal doctrine.  With my very limited intellectual capabilities I figured this out a long time ago.  I can't sing, don't attend operas nor do I speak more than one language and I speak that with great difficulty.  I am not a great world traveler either.  I think folks should do whatever they want so long as it doesn't break a law and doesn't infringe on someone's else rights.  It does appear you can dish it out but you can't take it.
I still love you but man..............................................I don't know about Dill Pickle being strange but I believe his elevator is still going to the top floor.
Thomas Dillon on September 10, 2014 9:10 AM

Come on guys, he red-flagged this one for response. Queenie, is your several-year secret out?
Fred, you missed your calling. You should have been a member of a comedy team.

Thomas Dillon on September 10, 2014 9:21 AM
In reference to above, is your secret that you do
listen to bagpipes?
Carl on September 10, 2014 9:37 AM
Never thought I'd say this, but I'm for letting anyone and everyone sing at the reunion.  You see, about 10 years ago I discovered that, thanks to the Sat. night bands year after year, I had lost most of my hearing.  [Ehh?  What's that you say?]  So lift up each voice and sing!!!  (And pay no notice that I have my mp3 earphone in place -- mostly Chuck Berry tunes.  Now that guy can sing; I consider him the original divo of operatic rock 'n roll).

Becky Novarro on September 10, 2014 10:35 AM
Oh Classmates, I lived in NJ just long enough to learn how to piss people off.  I love stiring the pot.  I can't sing or even dance very well these days and God bless all of you who can.  At our age, we really should be trying to make peace but actually, that isn't always fun.
Fred, I hope you come to the 55th and are in good health.  I also wish the same for myself.  However, I do also hope that Brother French prays for us.  Love ya.

Mike Murphy on September 10, 2014 1:24 PM
Becky - I second Tracy praying if he is willing. - God Knows I need it!  All major religions believe in god (even radical Muslims) so maby the Lords prayer is safe (PC)?

Carl where are you moving, if it is any of my business and there are houses for sale and rent in our development and 2 lots to build on. I will vouch for you not ruining the neighborhood? Seriously would love to have you as a neighbor. Also I think we should have a classical song sing along for Fred, I suggest "Roll over Bethoven" by your favorite artist. During my rowdy days a bunch of us guys would drink Tequila on monday nights and sing amoung other wounderful songs "Mommas not dead only sleeping". I think I am a wounderful singer when about half sloshed, therefore the need for Tracy to intervein in my behalf.

Tom and Doug - I think it was Winston Churchill's wife who when a person sitting with her at speakers table complemented WCs speech to her, said "yes but he had several good places where he could have stopped and didn't" I have never heard a really bad short speech. Recommend continued blockage of all singing unless pre- approved by the Earl of Music (Carl).

Cookie - rave on sister I am in your corner!!

Fred - get a life?
Keep the faith
Dr. Troglodite

Carl on September 11, 2014 10:34 AM
Murph, sometime in Oct., Joan & I will be proud residents of an "Active Seniors" community in Fredericksburg, VA.  I don't know just how "active" I'll be, but I can "senior" with the best of them.  [Don't mean to brag.] 
  I'm looking forward to getting acquainted with Fredericksburg; it seems like a nice town.  Sorta
 Goldilocks-like: not too big; not too small; just right  --  and 45 minutes closer to Princeton . . . not to mention, 45 minutes farther from DC.
Mike Murphy on September 11, 2014 12:37 PM
Carl-       Hope you and Joan are even happier in Frednecksberg. Seriously - seems like a wounderful place. What ever happened to the Heritage park that Disney was once planning for that area? Always hated moving,hope you have many friends in the area. 
Looking forward to the Mini
Hopefully we will survive many 9/11s. I am worried about us going into another skirmish when it should be all out war. Admin is in a Malaze. 
Keep the faith
Mike Murphy on September 13, 2014 6:41 PM
Watched WVU squeak out win over Maryland and Marshall Thump Ohio U, Also Kevin Harvick won NASCAR Nationwide race, all in all a good day for me.

I thought State Dept was bad when i was overseas, but this state dept can't find their butt with both hands. The whole admin is a bunch of amatures. It is like they are all community organizer america haters? We were told by career overseas american workers to get our info from the Brits and go to the French Embassy in an emergency. American embassy always said we are here to work with the host country, so don't come to us if you get in trouble.

Keep the faith Mike

Becky Novarro on September 14, 2014 3:40 PM
Football talk, anyone?  The new uniforms for Notre Dame looked like something out of Star Wars!  Of course I am being female and talking about the clothes!
We didn't get the WVU game and had to get updates from Morgantown.  I am just glad they won.  Concord did also.  Oh and yes, Princeton got their behinds whipped.  Gotta love the weekend.  Next is the Packers vs Jets!  Get to see Geno Smith.  Ought to be a good game.  Let's hope.

Mike Murphy on September 15, 2014 9:13 AM
Becky -   It was a good game unfortunately Geno didn't win. Cato from Marshall is considered as Heisman Candidate, probably to small of a school to win?

Tom - With your background, I would be interested in your thoughts on the NFL and domestic violence, especially disiplining of children.

Keep the faith
Thomas Dillon on September 15, 2014 9:31 AM
Queenie, the Dillon clan thoroughly agrees. We took the family out for dinner and then came back to the house and watched the first half together on Saturday night.
Can you imagine Rudy having to paint those helmets each week? Star Wars, yes, but we think there were cob webs on the sides akin to Spider Man.
We also think that the Mother Seamstress took some  of the material from the mesh panty hoses discarded  by the Sisters (runs are not allowed) and sewed this into the jerseys.
Thomas Dillon on September 15, 2014 9:46 AM
Bottom line is that my Dad would have be in prison as he used a belt on our buttocks and called our punishment time "A party".
Also Coach Dalton, Coach Ayers, Bob (history teacher at Mercer), and the Coach at Knob would have join him as they used fraternity paddles and would actually lift you off the ground with the force of the blow -- not just one, but several. Even my 5th grade female teacher used a ping pong paddle.
Mom tried to use a broom, but could never catch us. So, she delegated to Dad for "Party Time" as soon as he came home from work.
Didn't Ben Franklin or someone say something about "Spare the rod and spoil the child"? The book of Proverbs is full of sayings about raising children and using physical punishment as appropriate.
Carl on September 15, 2014 9:48 AM
Recent research indicates a strong, shared interest among several classmates (e.g., Becky & Tom).  Ever attempting to be responsive to collegial concerns, I'm in the process of developing a separate PHS60 web page devoted exclusively to Style & Fashion - focusing on, but not limited to, sports uniforms  Stay tuned.
Cookie on September 16, 2014 1:08 AM
I got spanked last Thursday.  Wow!
Mike Murphy on September 16, 2014 9:48 AM
Tom - I had a similar experience as a youngster.Perhaps not as harsh as my Mother was the disiplinarian. The next door neighbor was visiting one day and ask my mother "Willie what is wrong with this Pussy Willow Bush. Mom Said OH that is where I have broke off switches for Mike!

Looking at the photos of Petersons boy, it appears that he went to far, large whelps bruses and cuts.

The thing that bothers me is we are turning all sports into the social police. Let the law handle the wrong doings and play ball!  spare the rod and spoil the game?

Cookie - Sounds like you had it coming?

Wow the weather is wounderful here in wild west by God!

The Okies are coming - we will see if WVU is for real.

Keep the Faith
Fredrick Lucas on September 19, 2014 6:33 PM
When I contacted the group about prayer, I didn't give the experience of the Elks Clubs.The clubs have members from a variety of faiths. They begin with God and end with Amen.I am a member of the Cincinnati chapter.

Being alumni of a public high school,I think that we should consider what the Elks Chubs do.

I will be going to the Smith home.. I was stunned by the high volume of noise pollution when the music was played. Decible levels were too high. Others such as Billie Rae and Jerry Wizon had similar concerns.

Tom I am not an old senile man. My physician last week gave me a clean bill of health.

I will spend more time going to meetings with the WVU Foundation. Its a saner situation.

I got the idea Tom that you, Doug and Myron were trying to recreate a teenage party environment. That's why you didn't want me to sing.Trying to get something done with you three is like trying to nail jello to a wall. Fred Lucas
Carl on September 19, 2014 9:52 PM
   J. Fred, I can't address most of your points, but I'm pleased to share my limited knowledge of one area.
   re: nailing Jello to a wall.  Over years of experimentation, I've discovered that it's best to reduce the amount of water in the Jello mix by half.  After allowing it to set up, place it in the freezer for an hour or more.  Then, apply it by using extra-long roofing nails, taking care not to break the frozen pieces by over-zealous hammering.  This has worked really well for me.  I trust that you'll find it an acceptable technique too.

Cookie on September 19, 2014 10:27 PM
Dearest Fredo
"Can we talk?"

Life is more fun if you refuse to grow up. Rock on!

I'm going to the beach in a few weeks with 18 of my closest friends--all in one house! Ages 58 - 84.  We have some Methodists, a Jew, a gay guy, two widows, a widower, some married couples and some living in sin (they appear to be the happiest) and some who bring their rosary beads and some who believe in nothing. Some are conservative, some are liberal and some think FDR is still president.  The debates often become brutal.  Teeth, hair and eyes all over the place.   Follows is our agenda for the week:
Sunday--Halloween party - can't attend if you are in street clothes
Monday--Rock n' Roll night with DJ round the pool - loud as hell.  Cops came last year and we were so entertaining they stayed for awhile and ate a barbeque.  
Tuesday -- Hired a belly dancer -- Bagpiper from Newport News and a Palm Reader (honest)
Wednesday -- White elephant party
Thursday -- Blue Grass band around the pool -- "Rocky Top" Baby -- can't wait --equally loud -- the neighbors usually join us.  We put a sign out front inviting anyone on the street.
Friday -- A hike to Jockey's Ridge followed by dinner in a biker bar.
Saturday -- Clean up the house and come home if you survive otherwise you get left there.  

We do it every year and its wonderful.  Best part is all the "planning" parties.  Been having them since March.
You should join us.  That dirt nap just goes on forever you know. This is not a rehersal.   
Love you

Carl on September 19, 2014 10:53 PM
Damn you Cookie!  You sure know how to make Jello nailing seem lifeless.                                                                                          MAGFAY
Cookie on September 19, 2014 11:30 PM
You could always try jello shooters instead of nailing it to the wall.  
Thomas Dillon on September 20, 2014 8:03 AM
Fred, I am a Christ follower and as such would never purposefully intend to harm another. I apologize if you think I have suggested anything regarding the state of your mental health.
You give me too much credit -- As most presidents, I do very little.  For the past almost 55 years, I have shown up at the reuninon at the designated time and place, said a few words of welcome, and then thoroughly enjoyed the fellowship of all. The program is developed by numerous classmates (more than Doug and Myron) who constitute the local reunion committee and they have done a magnificent job over the years.
Fredrick Lucas on September 20, 2014 10:29 AM
As I grow older, I enjoy ballads, J.S. Bach, Mozart, and the Seekers.I'm really fond of a good party but not one with a high level of noise pollution . The Scottish Festival in Columbus Indiana was fun. The Southern Indiana Bagpipe Band entertained during the Caliegh which was a catered dinner. Colin Grant Adans, a well known Scottish folk singer sang a number of ballads one of which was the Gypsy Rover made famous by the Highway Men. The caber toss was good . A young woman managed to do it correctly. The pole has to go one complete revolution.

Tom if you say that you didn't convey the message that you think that I'm a senile old man, I'll go alomg with that but in your message to Becky about me gave me that impression.

Given the high decible rate and noise pollution that I have experienced over the years, I will probably confine my gatherings with Pat Smith. I'll continue  to sing where my music is  appreciated.

Why did I use the jello analogy? In Nashville Indiana, there is a sign that working with teenagers  is like trying to nail jello to the wall. Myron and Doug appear to want a teenage party environment.I did have the opportunity to view the fiftieth class reunion in Columbus Indiana. They met at a local restaurant . There was a tent outside where the ckass gathered to talk.

  fred Lucas

I did have an opportunity to view a fiftieth .

Carl on September 20, 2014 12:04 PM
J. Fred, that restaurant-and-tent arrangement sounds swell to me, but I just don't think we can attract many classmates to Columbus, Indiana -- except the Dillons, of course.   MAGFAY
Mike Murphy on September 20, 2014 1:24 PM
Carl - What is this MAGFAY is this from NISA? Also is Jello a code word like peanut butter from ISIS or ISIL or LOL?

Cookie - Did you guys clear that party with the EPA and the PC Police?

Again thanks to Myron, Patty, Doug, Carl, Tom, Darla et al for their exemplary work on the Reunions and to Patty Smith for her School House Mini. Remember if you try to please everyone you lose your "donkey"!
Keep the faith
Cookie on September 20, 2014 5:10 PM
I can't help being old.  But, acting old is a choice.  My high school and college age grandchildren say "Its fun to do stuff with Mamaw."  I try! And, they call often!
Fredrick Lucas on September 20, 2014 7:39 PM
I took a few minutes to offer suggestions to  to Brother French and Doug. I will abide by whatever the local group decides.

Cookie, next weekend I will go to Madison Indiana for a regional Arts and Crafts Festival. The following week, I will go to Octoberfest. I will take off my kilts for Liederhosen.One of the groups in Columbus at the Scottish Festival was the Society for Creative Anachronisms. That was fun.

For those who are interested, Judaism has no problems with the Lords Prayer and the Beatitudes.  Fred Lucas
Cookie on September 20, 2014 9:29 PM
Dearest Fredo
Its good to see you out and about and enjoying yourself.  Now tell me more about those kilts.  And I don't mean that they come in a variety of colors.  

Ched on September 21, 2014 5:22 PM
you have  a real gift of expression !!!!  I agree  with  you  on almost  everything... especially  the  " choice" of  whether  to act and  feel old or  to remain a kid  at  heart.  I prefer  the latter!!!

Mike & Tom,
 My dad would use a belt to keep me in line when needed. I now love him for it.
Pete Stephenson on September 21, 2014 8:55 PM
Pete here.Cokie you go girl,Peel the top on your rag top and let her rip,We did the same today on the vette.Acted like two teenie boppers going down 460 listening to Elvis and having a ball,Like Ched pretty much said,"If you can"t run with the big dogs stay on the porch and listen to soothing lullabies"As far as the debate on spanking,Had my share with the ole wild cherry switch.Wish I could feel those licks one more time by them.

Carl on September 22, 2014 3:13 PM
Dang, they just keep coming:

Sam Goodall - September 28
Carl Thomason - September 28
Linda Phlegar Mills - September 30


Becky Novarro on September 23, 2014 3:40 PM
Anyone remember being spanked in school, besides me?  I was paddled by Mrs. Cooke in 6th grade.  How humiliating.  BTW, it was Blake Calfees fault...I was too nice to cause such a thing.  (At least in 6th grade, maybe?)

Carl on September 24, 2014 12:57 PM
I know; I know.  Everyone reading the Blog has been thinking, I sure miss Carl's poems.  So this one's for y'all

No doubt a nip is in the air
As we approach this autumn.
I've found my woolen underwear.
I sure am glad I bought 'em.

Thomas Dillon on September 26, 2014 8:47 AM
I remember getting "spanked" at least 4 times by staff at Knob -- by the teacher on the 1st and again on the 2nd day of 5th grade, by the coach/teacher when Geehole and I were acting up and pushing one another while in line awaiting our turn to tumble in gym class, and then by the principal (no Pal) who had issued a prohibition against even making much less throwing snow balls (literally dozens of students were invited to the party in his office that morning after a significant snowfall).
Am not sure that I got paddled at Mercer, but teacher/coach Bob Bishop applied the paddle often. His sister-in-law came into our class periodically to teach the bible. We boys thought that this gave us license to act upand show off. Milfred Cordell was a very frequent receiver as well as Curly. Buddy Belcher? I want to say that a female student (Judy Burgess?) got paddled which resulted  in Carol Blevins, Sara Evans, and Becky towing the line.
We are at the beach in Seminole Country for the next few weeks. Cookie, I only brought one friend (Kay) thinking my chances of getting lucky might be better. 
Go Florida State!

Carl on September 27, 2014 4:35 PM
J. Fred, the comment that follows, follows your lead.
   Just returned from a wonderful overnight trip to Roanoke, VA (my birthplace), having driven down to attend a performance at the Jefferson Center, a performance arts, art exhibits and cultural education enterprise – and a beautiful restoration of Jefferson High School, a pre-WWII structure.  Took advantage of this rare occasion to see the Wood Brothers, a gifted group of wonderful musicianship, performance aplomb, and crowd engagement [if, of course, you like their stuff].  Fred, they probably haven’t appeared on KUSC; and possibly not on NPR.  But what a special experience: folks from (apparently) age 22 - 72, all seeming to enjoy the event in peaceful coexistence.
   Earlier had enjoyed a nice, simple dinner at Table 50, a restaurant in the Roanoke marketplace – always good to visit the old railroad neighborhood with its childhood memories (i.e., boarding the train before daybreak, as a 5-year-old, for the 4 hr. trip to Princeton – the “Eggleston” stop was my favorite because I liked the way the name glanced off my ear; I still do).
  Then, today, on the drive back, a quick diversion in Harrisonburg to Sam's Hot Dog Stand where I savored the best damn slaw dogs I’ve had in 40 years, washed down by a
Dr Pepper (Estd. 1885).  Weather was beautiful, traffic was light, and reds and golds had started to appear in the foliage.
   All of this was to celebrate my 72nd birthday [not counting my original birth day at age 0].  It was all worth the wait; life is good.                             
Fredrick Lucas on September 28, 2014 1:07 PM
Saturday, I drove to Madison Indiana for the annual Arts and Crafts Festival. There were 255 exibitors from around the nation.Some of them were potters. Others made beads especially designed for women. Still others made soap products.  There were photographers and oil and water color painters. A number were food vendors. There was even a band playing music from the swing era. I bought a jar of honey, a CD of American Indian flute music that is very relaxing and a woolen sweater made in Mexico. As I looked at the Ohio River, I thought of the many families who used the river as a gateway to the west. Going home, I watched the barge traffic . The whole experience was very enjoyable.

My final festival for the year will be an October Fest next weekend. The one in Munich is in its secone week. I plan to return to Princeton for an afternoon at the Smith Restaurant. The /Lord Willing and the creek don't rise. I've enjoyed life. Fred Lucas
Mike Murphy on September 28, 2014 6:32 PM
Greetingd Tigers
Interesting article in todays Gazette Mail about some folks in Bluewell riding horses to Lindas Drive in. Wimmer was family name. Went to Glenwood with some Wimmers. Not sure where Lindas is located but they had to cross 52 to get there. Geno how about an investiative report? or anyone else in the know?

Keep the faith
Carl on September 29, 2014 1:41 PM
Murph, are you by chance referring to Lynn's Drive-In?
Googlemaps shows Lynn's just south of the Dollar General.
Mike Murphy on September 30, 2014 12:28 PM
Carl - as usual you are right, At least I got the first Letter of the name correct. How is senior living gowing? wish i was old enough to qualify. Patriots got creamed by Chiefs last eve, hopefully WVU will do better this wknd.
On ye Tigers
Carl on October 2, 2014 4:23 PM
Murph, I recall you asking a while back about my parging, but I don't recall answering.  Yep, I finished my "patching and parging" project and think it turned out fairly well . . . for a jackleg.  Maybe it emboldened me because today I set my first-ever fence post: dug the hole by hand, braced the post to ensure plumbness and proper positioning, cemented that sucker down and stood back and admired it.  I tell you, I've discovered at age 72 a way to generate a Chris Mathews-type leg tingle.  Who says that demeaning thing about teaching old dogs?  Life is good.                        MAGFAY
Mike Murphy on October 2, 2014 7:03 PM
A society that praises philosophy because it it held in high esteem and looks down on plumbers as lowely, will have both Philosophy and Pipes that will not hold water.
Please come to my house and I will give you many tasks to be proud oF?

Keep the faith
Carl on October 2, 2014 7:32 PM
Murph, knowing what sometimes went into those Job Corps training curricula guides [of which I was a participant], I decided just to keep the task close to my simple mind.  I reasoned thru it, took multiple measurements, and plodded forward.  Heck, I think I coulda been a caveman.  [Don't mean to brag.]                       MAGFAY
Cookie on October 2, 2014 8:11 PM
AHA!  Job Corps curricula.  Now it all makes sense.  
A Career Education Disciple
Carl on October 2, 2014 8:15 PM
Did Murph and I just commit indecent exposure . . . again?                                                    MAGFAY
Cookie on October 2, 2014 11:18 PM
Darn I miss everything!  Maybe it was just a cold day!
Tom Dillon on October 4, 2014 9:54 AM
Cold?, 68 degrees here now. Game time is at 3:30 PM ESDT. Temp projected to be 79 degrees at kick-off.
Hope my Seminoles have learned to tackle better. Guys, do you remember the one-on-one drills -- they were brutal. Fred, perhaps I do have some residual problems due to concussions. Is there any one or group with big bucks that we can sue? 
Mike Murphy on October 4, 2014 12:40 PM
Supposed to get down to 39 here tonight w possible snow in Randolph Co.

Tom - I suggest the Seirra Club for your suit!

Worries me that WVU is 27 point favorite over Iowa, but hope springs eternal.
Keep the faith
Fredrick Lucas on October 5, 2014 4:16 PM

Soon we'll travel to the Smith Restaurant in the small city of Princeton where we can have an enjoyable meal. If you go online, her restaurant was reviewed  by the patrons who dined there. Most gave her rave reviews. However, a few gave negative comments. At the time, the restaurant was located on Straley Avenue. To find the web site go to restaurants in Princeton WV. There you will see the reviews.

I want to remind those who are coming to Princeton to be careful of the deer. This is mating season and bucks are driven to mate. Early in the morning and at sundown are times to watch. When I was a student at WVU a deer struck my right fender and I received a dent in my 64 VW beetle.

I probably won't attend the 2015 reunion. The Callaway Family Association is holding a reunion at Callaway Gardens in Georgia. That will occur in October and the gardens are beautiful. Fred Lucas

Carl on October 5, 2014 5:06 PM
Say it ain't so, Fredo.  I know how the Irish love a good family gathering and extended party, but they're not reuniting for the entire month of October, are they?  And Pipestem's practically on the way from Cincy to Georgia; a little detour would do us all good.
   A PHS60 5-year reunion ain't quite the same without you.  Who know's, we might add karaoke night to the festivities.  As Perry Como would say, "Sing along with me, . . ."
Thomas Dillon on October 12, 2014 10:54 AM
Another great week at the beach in Seminole country and my team has two more under their belts -- FSU plays Notre Dame next Saturday which should be a great game.
I am no longer a turtle virgin times 2. In all the years I had lived in Florida, I had never seen a turtle in the wild. A few years ago our family was at Hilton Head and our two sons were on the beach late at night when a turtle came in to lay her eggs -- they did not come back to the house to wake me. I protested loudly the next day and have been the recipient of numerous ceramic turtles for birthdays and Christmas's since then. Have seen my loggerhead twice now swimming in a canal.
Herr Lucas, we have had our reservation for Pipestem for the reunion next year for several weeks. I know you don't like to stay there/nor like the facilities in general, but you need to be in attendance at the reunion -- if not for yourself, for your classmates.
Mike Murphy on October 12, 2014 3:40 PM
Today's Gazette Mail Sports page Headlines - Palmer shines, Princeton thumps St Albans 67-32. Jay Palmer quarterback scored on 85 yd punt return and TD runs of 85, 60 and 47 yds plus a touchdown throw of 60 yds.Is this a relative of Arnold's? I bet it is!

WVU Beat Red Raiders by a Field Goal of 55 yds in last sweconds!
Keep the Faith
Carol Martin on October 13, 2014 9:43 PM
I didn't realize that a trip to the Ford dealership could be so refreshing. Recently, we received a letter that the transmission on my Focus needed to be checked. It would be covered by warranty. Neil had planned to take it, but something came up, so I took my newspaper and ipad and the morning turned out to be fun, not at all as I had anticipated. I thought I would have to listen to some loud person talking on her cell phone or some other unpleasant activity. There were four men and one woman in the waiting room, all were nicely dressed, clean and polite. Two of the men were elderly, the younger two men were probably in their 30's. One of the younger men was talking about coal mining and said that his dad had been a coal miner. I asked if he was from West Va and he said he was from Braxton County. He said that there was nothing for him there and he moved here to find employment. He works at the BMW plant. We talked awhile, he had married a local girl and has a son. The other young man with the "Gamecock" cap, said that he has three daughters and that he most important person in his life is Jesus Christ. The younger two men and I talked about family, faith and country. When the time came for me to be taken home, the lady was dropped off at work and I chatted with the driver who was very nice. He had played football in high school. I told him that my son used to play football with Anthony Simmons at recess in elementary school. (Anthony played for Clemson and later played for the NFL}. He said that Anthony busted his knee in practice and ended his hopes for a college scholarship. I have asked to be the designated one to take cars to the dealership now. Sometimes mundane things can be interesting.
Fredrick Lucas on October 14, 2014 8:25 PM

At this time, I don't know whether the reunion will be in October which I prefer because motel rates and gasoline prices tend to be less because the winter blend is in effect. Also, temperatures are lower than in August. 

The reason that I stay at the private sector motel is that it is cheaper than Pipestem and I get a breakfast as part of the motel fee. I will be staying at the Comfort Suite Inn when I come to the mini reunion. Since I am a member of the WVU Alumni Association, I get a 10%discount on the rate, 

I will probably come to the reunion but I will also go to Callaway Gardens in October 2015, Fred Lucas

Carl on October 16, 2014 9:37 PM
To ALL inquisitive bloggers (and blog viewers):
The 2015 PHS60 Reunion is SET for Oct. 2-3.
Sorry for any confusion that discussions, negotiations, and various preferences have caused.

Soooo, J. Fred (et. al.), plan to be there at a time of lodging and fuel savings . . . plus foliage coloration, moderate temperatures, and gentle, loving spirits.

Mike Murphy on October 17, 2014 10:12 AM
Good news on the timing. Thanks to those who made the changes.

Carol - Are you guys going to sac Harry Reed?

Look for ward to seeing everyone tomorrow at Pat's.

Keep the faith
Tom Dillon on October 17, 2014 10:36 AM
Carl, I had reservations for 10/14-10/16. What's up? Do I need to change to the weekend of 10/2-10/3?
Carl on October 17, 2014 10:27 PM
  Tom, methinks your jetset lifestyle had you on the road and out of touch when a summer groundswell for a move to October arose.  I suggest that you make a reservation for our Oct. 2-3 reunion -- so that you'll have a reliable audience for your oration -- but why not keep your August reservation also, and go down and spread around some of that Indiana wealth during the marvelous WV summer?  Then return in autumn to truly experience "four seasons country" with your loving classmates.
   To Tom and all:
2015 PHS60 reunion is Oct. 2-3 at Pipestem.
  "Be there or be, uh, elsewhere, I guess."


Carl on October 17, 2014 10:35 PM
Was looking forward to the 3rd annual mini-reunion at Pat Smith's tomorrow, but moving has me bound in Bethesda until the truck leaves on Monday.  Have a great get-together all who make it there. 
You're aces, every man jack (and jill)!!!
Thomas Dillon on October 18, 2014 4:52 PM
Just watched our Mountaineers knock off Baylor. If my Noles can do their thing tonight, then my football day will have been made.
Hope everyone had a great visit at Pat's today. Wish I could have been there. Carl, I have sent a request to Pipestem to change my reservations. If that doesn't work, then I am sure Fred will let us bunk with him.
Thirteen-year-old granddaughter arrives on Monday to spend another week at the beach with us. I hope I can keep up with her.

Mike Murphy on October 19, 2014 1:28 PM
Great get together at Pat's Italian Bakery & Resturant. Soft buttery flaky Crousants with wonderfully fresh Chicken Salad and Meat Balls extrodianare, excellent potato salad and a peanut butter fudge choclate cake to kill for.

Horray for Patty the most energetic 60's Tiger. Seriously the get together couldn't have been better. Great Fellowship including a great blessing by Tracy and a great atmosphere.

Thanks Patty
Keep the Faith
Carl on October 19, 2014 4:15 PM
Sounds great.  So how 'bout telling us unfortunates who attended?
Fredrick Lucas on October 19, 2014 9:47 PM
I went to the reunion and really enjoyed being there with "that old gang of mine". Pat did a great job preparing the food and I had a good time talking with everyone. Pat spent time giving us a synopsis of the renaissance project that is designed to transform Mercer Street.Many of the old buildings are now occupied by budding entrepreneurs. Paintings are being done on the sides of buildings.The old Community Bank Building is now the New River Community College. Mercer School has playground equipment. There is a new community garden on Mercer Street.

I went to Pipestem State Park and took the tram ride to the Lodge on the Bluestone River.The tram was made in Switzerland. I ate supper in the Bluestone restaurant and really enjoyed the autumn foliage and the rugged mountains.

Coming through the park, I saw about twenty deer almost all females grazing near the road. I used caution. Fortunately, no deer came toward my car.O dear.

The winter rates go into effect November 1-March 31. The low rare is $69 per night.

Tomorrow I will leave for home.
Carl on October 20, 2014 4:50 AM
J. Fred, you set a fine example of an involved, dedicated classmate.  Thanks for all of your efforts.  See you next Oct. at Pipestem for PHS60's 55-year reunion.
Pete stephenson on October 20, 2014 12:04 PM
Pete here,Ditto to all mike said about the get together.I really enjoyed getting together with all the mates from our class.Thanks Pat for the hospitality and the updates on the happenings around town.A good time was had by all.I think I heard Linda say there was 34 present,I have really enjoyed reconnecting with the local and visiting mates,since my return to the area.Good job to all involved.Faith"Hope and Love to all.
Fredrick Lucas on October 20, 2014 5:41 PM
At the meeting, I spoke with John Pitzer who recently had a case of the shingles. That was painful for himfor a long period of time. If any of you haven't received a shingles shot, please get one. You don't want to be miserable for six months or more. 

Pat also discussed the problem of drug dealers and prostitutes on Mercer Street.One idea was to publish the names of those who solicit prostitutes. On Sunday, I spoke with two ladies who are in their 80's who don't do anything on Mercer Street because they have concerns about their safety.I hope that the community will find solutions to these problems.

It was reported that our classmate Charles Keatley has dementia. I am now in Cincinnati am a bit tired. Fred Lucas
Pete stephenson on October 20, 2014 6:36 PM
Pete here....Speking of Charles Keatley, Linda & I had lunch with he and wife,Winnie, today.  Ended up behind them in line, ended up sitting together and thoroughly enjoyed catching up and reliving old times.  Happy to report that Charles was having a good day..he knew me immediately after not seeing each other for 50+ years.  Plan to stay in touch with them, hopefully Tommy Goins will join us and we can find out why Keat nicknamed him "Ghee Hole"!!!!!!   Faith, Hope and Love


Becky Novarro on October 21, 2014 12:25 PM
Hey Classmates, Sorry I didn't make the mini.  I just love being with my friends and was sorry I couldn't make it.
Jim and I are leaving for sunny Florida tomorrow.  I hope to see all of you in the spring.  Please take good care of yourselves.  Remember, we are all GOLDEN!
Love ya, Becky aka Queenie 

Thomas Dillon on October 21, 2014 5:16 PM
Come on down. It was over 80 degrees today.
Well, played Marco Polo and a made-up game of keepaway-takeaway swimming noodles in the pool with my granddaughter today and am I suffering big time. Don't want to tell Kay how bad I feel so as not to hear the"I told you so" response. 13 years old versus 49 years old will always win.
Queenie, Jim is feeling better? Does anyone ever hear from Brenda Mc? So sorry to hear about Charles.

As Sir Carl, would appreciate a listing of attendees at Pat's the other day.
Tom Dillon on October 24, 2014 11:36 AM
Thanks Darla for the e-mail with info on who attended mini.
Carl on October 24, 2014 2:21 PM
If anyone has photos from the mini-reunion that they're willing to share (, I'll happily post them to our website.  Thanks.          MAGFAY

Carl on October 25, 2014 7:03 PM
I'm red-faced, having overlooked the birthday yesterday of Wil Wilhelm.  Sorry Wil.  Sure hope it was a happy one.
facebook advises me that Johnny Pitzer celebrated his birthday on Oct. 20 (I think).  A belated Happy Birthday to you too, Johnny.


Ched on October 26, 2014 3:34 PM
I'm sorryI didn't make it  to the mini reunion. I saw Gene's pictures on Facebook  and it  seems  as though everyone  was enjoying  the affair. I'll not miss  the next one !!! 
On another  subject, (with Carl's help) I located Bob Lambert and had a nice long  phone "visit" with him.  He has  relocated  from northern Virginia  to a costal  resort  area in N. Carolina. ( Grandy, NC).

I'm  happy for  the  Mountaineers  football success and yes Tom the  Seminoles ( especially when they play ND. I'm not  at all happy  with my Hokies though. After a stunning performance ;winning at Ohio State  they seem to have  fallen appart!!!!!!  UGH !!!

Keep  the  faith All.....

Becky Novarro on October 26, 2014 4:57 PM
Tom, thanks for asking about Jim.  He sees his doctor this week and we will find out exactly how he is.  Thanks to all for caring about my Yankee.
I thought you were corresponding with Brenda Mc.  Never hear anything.
Ched, I talked to Bob Lambert the other day.  As usual, he has plans for the next reunion!  I have decided he has to have gotten fat and that is why he doesn't come!
I lived behind people with a pool and children and heard Marco Polo so much I forbade (sp?) anyone to play that game when I got a pool.  It is almost as annoying as the FSU chant!
For football fans...Concord is doing really well.  Actually rated.   AND, how about those clown costumes the Steelers have on today!  Good grief.  Halloween already.
When we left WV it was 43 degrees.  It's hot here!  Hey, that's why people come to sunny Florida.  Stay healthy my friends.  Good to see postings.
Mike Murphy on October 28, 2014 12:45 PM
It is great that WVU and Marshall are ranked in the top 25, would have been good if they played each other this year. Partial to both since I went to both and taught at Marshall, but lean toward WVU in sports. Geno got benched and Vick is slated to start next game.
Beckey - hope that Jim is feeling better - Missed you guys at the Mini - How about that Pat? Yea

Doug Neal said that Jay Palmer QB for PHS was indeed relative of Arnold.

Keep the faith

Carl on October 28, 2014 12:43 PM
Friends, our website ( of nearly 5 years is approaching the end of its subscription.  I would welcome your input re interest in continuing.  While our “Blog” page is far and away the most active element, the site also includes:
* our “Senior” photos and individual info from our 1960 Yearbook
* lots of other photos from the 1960 Yearbook
* profiles and contact info for classmates
* group photos for our 5-year reunions since 1970
* an assortment of photos from other events
* a “breaking news” page for announcing events
* a list of classmate birthdays
* an “In Memory of . . .” page with available obituaries
Since I have no way of knowing to what extent the website is visited and how much it is valued – aside from the comments posted on the Blog – I cannot assess its usefulness and worth, but would like to continue it if there is sufficient support.
A 5-year renewal with will cost $449.  While a cheaper replacement site could be an option, I lack the expertise to manage such a change (but would gladly assist a volunteer).  Of course, simply discontinuing the site is a 3rd option.
Please let me know your thoughts on this.  A decision will need to be made within the next 90 days.  Thanks.
Mike Murphy on October 28, 2014 12:53 PM
Carl- Would vote to continue web site and will contribute monetarilary if needed to do so.

Hopefully you can continue as webmaster as you have done a wounderful job both technically and as a moderator of this rowdy bunch. You are aces!!!!

Keep the Faith and WWW.PHS60
Thomas Dillon on October 28, 2014 2:20 PM
Ditto, I will support with continued verbal imput and bucks as needed. I don't do Facebook, so must participate in something within the new social environment to remain young.
Also, I think as we age over the next five years, we will be in greater need of the web site for emotional support and communication.
Thomas Dillon on October 28, 2014 5:57 PM
Verbal imput? Can you hear me now? Too much something has fried my brain.
Carl on October 29, 2014 11:25 AM
   Thanks to a number of classmates who promptly responded with interest in supporting the continuation of our current website, I think we have a plan.  [I feel like I'm heading a pledge drive for PBS.  Sorry that I have no CDs, coffee mugs or apparel to offer.]
   Anyway, I'm kicking off the "passing of the offerings plate" with a contribution of the oddball $49, leaving a remaining goal of $400.  Any amount that folks would care to contribute will be appreciated and carefully accounted for.  Should we exceed the $449 overall goal, I will provide pro-rated rebates to all.
   As a frame of reference, a $20 contribution works out to 1.1
¢ per day, over the 5-yr period.  Where else can you access such brilliant insight, commentary, anecdotal amusement, information sharing & political venting . . . plus the occasional, wide-ranging, down-home doggerel by Deeter?
   I'll keep folks posted of contributory progress on the Blog (and probably thru email).  Thank you for your support.
   My address is now  46 Battery Point Dr.
                          Fredericksburg, VA 22406.
Tracy French on October 30, 2014 12:08 AM
I gave at the office but it's a worthy cause and i will be happy to give again.
Check's in the mail...  or I'll bring your bottles back or something of that nature.

Have a good one, Tracy
Carl on October 30, 2014 9:03 AM

Them PHS60 webloggers,

both silent types and pettifoggers,

have rallied around

a cause as profound

as funding another half-decade of PHS60 website content and all the good things – and other things too sometimes – that it augers.

[Just this quickly, I’ve received pledges from 9 classmates; hoping for a total of 20. We’re approximately 46% of the way to our goal, and the sun ain’t set on Day 2. Thanks y’all.]

Mike Murphy on October 30, 2014 10:17 AM
$20 on the way
Keep the faith
Tom Dillon on October 30, 2014 10:48 AM
$20 here. Final week in Florida. 75 degrees here today, possible snow showers  at home tomorrow. It is actually cheaper to stay here during the off season rather than go home and turn the water and furnace on, and start the paper delivery and cable service again.
Carl on October 30, 2014 12:24 PM
Holy moly!!!  The wires are red-hot with pledges.  We appear to be at 49% of goal (after only 25 hours).  Darla's idea of twenty people contributing $20 each has taken off.  I'd say she has 20-20 foresight.
Fredrick Lucas on October 30, 2014 7:45 PM
Since I had a number of debates with Mike which I enjoyed. and since I laughed at the stories Cookie told and since I found Carl's laconic wit stimulating, I vote to keep the site going.

The beginning level is $20. I will donate $35 for the sustaining level.To whom do I send check, credit card number, or money order?

Fred Lucas
Carl on October 30, 2014 8:33 PM
   J. Fred, I applaud your support.  While I wish that I had higher level rewards for those of you "sustaining level" supporters, I regret to announce that "premium level" contributions garner the same absentee level rewards as all others.  And since an ole country boy like me has no infrastructure for Visa, MasterCard, Discovery, American Express, Diners Club, Deeter Dollars, or debit card processing, you may remit check or cash to me at:
   Carl Thomason
   46 Battery Point Dr.
   Fredericksburg, VA  22406.
Since I now reside in your namesake, I'll process any contribution in a respectful Lucasian fashion.
   Thanks for your ongoing support.
Cookie on October 30, 2014 8:46 PM
Check in the mail today!  Thanks Webmaster!

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