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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.


Carl on November 9, 2016 2:40 AM
[election night 2016]
Curiouser & curiouser.  Here I am, more or less wide awake at 2:38 a.m.  I expected to be abed 4 hours ago, but events took sway.  Holy cannoli!!!  Who'd a'thought? 
   Murph, I kept thinking of you and your steadfast trumpeting of your political position throughout the evening.  You remind me that American democracy is alive and well, even when some of us lesser believers lose confidence.  "Keep the faith" indeed.  You rule!!!

Tracy French on November 9, 2016 6:00 AM
If you're ever in Washington, well, you better not bribe;
You better not lose your email, you better not lie,
Or the Trump will grab ya and the Wiki leaks will bring you down.
The next thing you know, girl, Oh! You're prison bound.

Let the Trump Special shine a light on me,
Let the Trump Special shine a ever lovin' light on me.

Fred:  I look forward to seeing you at the class dinner.

Mike:  Roll on brother!
ched on November 9, 2016 9:24 AM
Like many of us I stayed up  to watch the  Trump train come into the  station.
Pete Stephenson on November 9, 2016 10:18 AM
Pete,I think it is time for all of us to let by gones be by gones.And come together as brothers and sisters and MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN.It was a hard fought battle on both sides until the end.I think both candidates were gracious in their after election remarks.No gloating on either side.Kinda makes me proud to be American today.Win or loose,I still love all you knuckle heads.Faith Hope love to all of you.
Carl on November 9, 2016 10:23 AM
Nicely put Pete, and useful too for you to remind us that, in the end, we're ALL still knuckleheads -- both the deplorables and the others -- and ALL lovable.

Carl on November 9, 2016 10:34 AM
Murph, you think this is merely a coincidence: I just logged into and the Doobie Brothers singing "Long Train Runnin'" was the first offering.  Hmmm.
Mike Murphy on November 9, 2016 12:34 PM
??I'm leavin on that Trump Train to make America Great Again.

??Congrats to Trump and all the Deplorables and good Day to the Clintons, your consilatory speech is appreciated.

May the road rise up to meet you, may the wind be always at your back and till we meet again may God hold you and all PHS60ers in the palm of his hand!

??Mountani Semper Liberi 

Carl - This calls for one of your POEMS!

Indeed keep the Faith

Tracy French on November 9, 2016 9:09 PM
I did not hear all of Hillary's speech but the part where she spoke to young girls was played on a station I was listening to and I thought it was good. but some of the stuff I read on the internet reminded me of the old joke that went around in 1956 after the schools integrated.  If you have forgotten it, here it is:

A bus driver was having problems with the students on his bus with the whites wanting to sit up front and the blacks wanting to sit in the first available seat.  After listening to the bickering, arguing and fighting for a couple weeks the bus driver pulled over and made everyone get off the bus and stand around him in a semi circle.  He then proceeded to tell the students that integration was here to stay and there would be no more black and no more white.  Everyone on his bus was to consider themselves green and no other color.  After he made sure everyone understood, he told them to get back on the bus.  Dark green to the back, light green to the front.

Carl on November 9, 2016 10:00 PM
Fred, I sure hope the old saying is true that "no news is good news."  I hope that our failure to hear from you on the blog today simply reflects your concentration on packing the car and motoring to Windsor, Ontario, Canada.  It being but a 5-hr drive from Cincinnati, I trust that you've safely arrived and have settled in so far as possible on Day 1 with such short notice.  Being familiar with the area, I suspect that you'll feel right at home in due time.  Please keep in touch.  We want to know that you're OK.
Mike Murphy on November 10, 2016 1:34 PM
??Just read Jim George's blog where he reacts to the election. First of all very good writing and for the most part I agree with his assesment and recommend you read it.  But Jim blaming Hillary's loss on primarilary an Anglo Reaction troubles me greatly. I think Trump is no more Racist than you and I and it is too automatic to blame every loss and even victory in 2012 on white southern males!

??We need to be careful that we don't inflame the Black Lives Matter and MS 20 folks and those professional rioters funded by Sorris and SEIU. They are on the brink of taking us back to the 60s.

??Abc news yesterday did not have a good word for the new President elect and in fact disparaged him in every way. Could they at least give him one day to have a chance to lead this country.

??I was pleased with Hillary's concession speech (although she should have given it at 3AM) and Obamas reaction and pledge to a smooth transition.

??We may disagree but we should give Trump the same chance we gave Obama when he was first elected.

??And Colleges & Us have gone to Hell in a hand basket, with professors letting students of because of the shock of Trump being elected. I hope they and the progressives find a safe place away from us dispeciables.

??Keep the faith and ride the Trump Train - All aboard including our friend Fred.


Carl on November 10, 2016 9:06 PM
Delores, as eloquent a comment as has been made on our blog is yours of election day afternoon when you said, perhaps wistfully, "He gave me a voice."  Turns out he gave millions a voice, enough so as to be elected.
Fredrick Lucas on November 10, 2016 9:29 PM
Carl, I don't plan to move to Canada. Trump monopolized the media by making outrageous statements every day concerning his opponents Republican and Democrat. The media covered them. I had no idea what his programs  were and how they compared to those of his opponrts. He created fear.
Carl on November 11, 2016 10:52 AM
Fred, politics ain't beanbag.
Mike Murphy on November 11, 2016 12:46 PM
Fred - There are none so blind as they who will not see!

??Tracey - You've got to walk that lonsome valley, You've got to walk it by yourself if you don't get on the Trump Train.

Keep the Faith

Tracy French on November 12, 2016 5:01 PM

I'm all in.  The only thing I missed was not buying hees stock the day before the election.

I don't know if I told you or not, in November 2013 I sued the Mercer County Commission and 911 authority over changing my address.  After a 3 year battle with the case going to the WV Supreme Court and back to Mercer County I won the case and they have to pay my attorney fees, cost and change my address back.  Sometimes if you buck the system you win one.

Cookie on November 12, 2016 10:53 PM
And while we are at it lets put Christ back in Christmas
Mike Murphy on November 13, 2016 1:36 PM
??Tracey - good for you this election and your victory shows that the good guys do win once in a while.

??Leon Russel died. he was a great contributor to The Mad Dogs and Englishmen album which I still have but it is worn out. Many great singers writers contributed to that album including Rita Colidge and singer I can't remember his name nothing from noting means nothing, with the lyric "lets the bad guy win every once in a while" I think he was talking about wylie coyote. Up on a tight rope was one he sang and wrote. Becky - do you reacall any who accomponied Joe Cocker (RIP) at Jim's Club? 

Keep the Faith
Carl on November 13, 2016 5:53 PM
Murph, I had the great pleasure to see Leon Russell live at The Birchmere in Alexandria, VA some 20+ years ago.  Then in his early 50s, he approached the stage in a slow, shuffling gait with cane, resembling a 74-year-old -- his age at death -- way back then.  He seemed to labor to climb the 3 steps to the stage.  I wondered, "how will this work out?"  He sat at the piano and began to play with the dexterity of a 20-year-old; his voice strong and even lustrous.  What a special experience.  His composition, "This Masquerade" is, to my mind, one of the great songs of its kind.  R.I.P. Leon.

Ched on November 13, 2016 1:03 PM
I find it  difficult  to believe ther are  those who still think Hillary had a "plan". The  onl on I saw  was " Sronger  together"  whatever  tha means.
Trump had  many: Build  the  wall, repeal and  replace  the ACA, repratriate  trillions of dollars from overseas, simplify the  IRS Tax  code, invest in  energy, invest in  infrastructure, strengthen  the military,  renegotiate  trade deals  to bring back  jobs  to the USA.
 He  spoke  to mainstream America.... not the fringe leftists !!!
Mike Murphy on November 13, 2016 7:39 PM
??Cookie & Ched - How bout we rename Brush Creek The Trump Tributeary?

Can I get an Amen?
??Keep the faith
cookie on November 13, 2016 9:53 PM
Amen and praise the land of the deplorables 
Carl on November 14, 2016 11:09 AM
Cookie, while some may call you deplorable, others of us find you adorable. 
Ched on November 14, 2016 9:59 AM
AMEN and AMEN  !!!!
 I'm a happy  deplorable !!!
Carl on November 14, 2016 11:51 AM
Alright, alright, Ched.  You're adorable too.
Becky Novarro on November 14, 2016 5:12 PM
Mike, Only had Joe Cocker once in Wildwood, NJ.  Can't remember much!  By having, I mean employed.
The older I get the less I remember.
Hey, how about the Boss and the motorcycle rescue?  He really is like that.  Just a Jersey Shore person.

Mike Murphy on November 14, 2016 6:37 PM
??Becky- is it true that a bunch of Trump supporters rescued the Boss?

??How are you and Jim liking living in "cool" Princeton?

??I saw in the news that a lot of the local offices in Mercer County went to Republicans. When I was there, left in 66, if you were not a democrat you didn't have anyone to vote for. What comes around goes around?

??Although I was for Coal, But I think Justice will do a good job. Anyway lets hope so.

??WVU 8-1 Montaini Semper Liberi
Cookie on November 15, 2016 1:42 PM
The Greatest Generation vs. Hissy Fits
Just heard from my grandson...classes at his university are cancelled today because students are protesting Trump on The College Green--it costs $28,000 a year to go there.

A Word to the Snowflakes
Its ok to cry.....
if you fall off the monkey bars and break your arm,
if your hands are blistered and raw from pulling weeds in the garden all day,
if your 1974 Dodge Dart only starts when its 60 degrees and the sun is shining
if there are $400 in new bills in the mailbox and you only have $3 in your checking account,
if you lie awake night after night wondering if your first born in dead or alive on the battlefield of Iraq,
if your loved one was just diagnosed with an incurable disease
if you cradle your parent in your arms and whisper, "its ok to go, we are going to be ok."

Its not ok to cry, destroy property, shout obscenities, defecate in public and smear it on a campaign poster because you can't think for yourself and have been indoctrinated by liberal professors who couldn't fix a toilet or change a tire if their lives depended upon it.   

While you, the Snowflake is sitting in your advisor's office petting service dogs and trying to color between the lines because of your "trauma" The Greatest Generation, at your age, was spilling their blood in the south Pacific and moisturizing with motor oil so you, the pampered, entitled, undisciplined Snowflake generation would have the right to cry in your Starbucks coffee and progress through a lifetime of "Day Care."  Grow a pair!!!!!!!  If you think this election is your greatest disappointment, you ain't seen nothin' yet!
Mike Murphy on November 15, 2016 2:02 PM
Amen and Amen!
Carl on November 15, 2016 2:16 PM
You tell 'em, lady!
Carl on November 15, 2016 2:33 PM

Dearest Cookie,
What a kind, caring, supportive and helpful nature you have, and what a pleasure to witness. I note that yet again you tried to provide aid and comfort to those in acute distress by advising them to "grow a pair." I have a question which I’m a bit reluctant to even ask since my situation seems no where nearly as dire and unsettling as those to whom you’ve made the suggestion, but I’ll ask anyway, confident that your magnanimity and good heart will understand. For my area of central Virginia, would your recommend the Bartlett, Bosc, Anjou or another variety. My need for this information is not urgent since I will not plant until Spring. But knowing nothing about growing a pair, I’d like to have time for study and procurement. I value your insight and thank you in advance for your guidance.

Ched on November 15, 2016 3:16 PM
 You have  a  gift for puting into words what we all ( hard  workin' beer  drinkin' Brush Creek boaters) know!!
Cookie on November 15, 2016 4:12 PM
Carl:  The problem folks encounter with "growing a pair" stems from  poor, unfertilized soil and over-watered seeds.  And, have you ever noticed what happens to Snowflakes when you put a little heat on um'
These little "cryers" didn't grow up in my house.  Oh!  But what they missed.  The guy running our place "had a pair"  and it wasn't wise to forget it. 
Carl on November 15, 2016 4:30 PM
Cookie, you've engaged my altruistic, volunteer spirit.  I too feel the pain of those seeking a safe place, solace, synergy and solution.  While I lack your talent for practical, step-by-step advice, I offer highmindedness.  Thereto, here are the words of one of the great 20th-century American philosophers, Motown's own Jimmy Ruffin:
As I walk this land of broken dreams
I have visions of many things
But happiness is just an illusion
Filled with sadness and confusion.
What becomes of the broken hearted
Who had love that's now departed?
I know I've got to find
Some kind of peace of mind .  .  .
Mike Murphy on November 15, 2016 7:28 PM
I recommend â??that the cupcakes listen to the Eagles "get over it" a few hundred times.

â??Carl. You might consider Pare Boiling, this works wounders on lamb fries! But like bricking a camel one must watch their little fingers!

â??Now I am confused about which bathroom I should use. Thank goodness all public buildings will be safe from third party latrenes for four years, and always remember the sanitary hand.

Shall we gather at the River?

Keep the Faith

Carl on November 16, 2016 9:15 AM
Murf, do I detect a lilt in your step these days?

Fredrick Lucas on November 15, 2016 8:58 PM
Today, I purchased a Ford Fusion.I am amazed at the many automatic features. I have been learning how the operations are designed.

I was able to obtain a discount and a loan at no interest.Mike you have been concerned that Ford manufactures in other countries. Other countries have a single payer health program. Ford has to pay health insurance of its workers who are members of the UAW.Their wages are negotiated as well. Foreign auto companies in the USA are non union and have no contract like members of the UAW.

Cookie on November 15, 2016 9:09 PM
Sorry!  That dog ain't huntin' no more.
Fredrick Lucas on November 16, 2016 4:51 AM
Cookie what do you want to convey when you say that dog ain't hunting no more.

Fredrick Lucas on November 16, 2016 7:29 AM
I buy food from Krogers which is a union grocer. Fred
Cookie on November 16, 2016 8:32 AM
That dog is on the train and its left the station.
ched on November 16, 2016 11:31 AM
I think  that  the Toyota plant in WV is unionized!
ched on November 16, 2016 11:42 AM
Single payer in the USA(Medicare) is very inefficient and  wrought  with fraud. Also some  Drs  will not accept Medicare patients  as the  reimbursement rate is  too low.  Part of the  answer  to the problem is :
1) make  all qualified insurance  companies  compete nationwide.
2) Initiate  tort  reform to eliminat  frivolous law suits. Legitimate losses  should  be  compensated)
3) Required minimum insurance   for  all.
4) eliminate  the "one size  fits  all" approach of Obamacare. ( Nuns  and older  women  do nt need  BC  pills !!
Socialized Medicine ( single payer) put  the feds in  charge of our health care.  This is  AMERICA!!!
Mike Murphy on November 17, 2016 10:15 AM
??Buffalo Toyota is not Union. They have allowed the Union to distribute materials. I think you will find most of the Japanese and German auto plants here in Usa are non union, They have good wages/benefits and working conditions equal to or better than Union shops. Dupont here in Kanawha Valley have always been non union. Before Last year if the shop was union everyone had to pay dues even if they were not in the union ie closed shop. More communissm?

Keep the faith

Delores on November 17, 2016 1:52 PM
Unions:  Likewise in the State of Maryland.  State government employees pay into AFSME whether they choose to join the union or not.  It is being challenged and is proceeding through the court system as we speak.  
ched on November 17, 2016 1:53 PM
Mike, I stand  corrected. After  the post I looked it up and  found  that it is NOT a  union  shop. Instates  with Right  to Work laws , it  is  optional for  workers  to "join"and pay dues even in a union shop. I agree when companies pay good  competetive wages and benefits, the unions have nothing to offer.
 Is WV now  a  right  to work state ???
Carl on November 17, 2016 2:09 PM
Just to hold up my end of the conversation, I've pretty much spent my life in a right-not-to-work state.  And just look at me now.  [Is this a great country or what?]

Becky Novarro on November 17, 2016 5:06 PM
Mike, don't know if Republicans but they were veteran bikers.

Cookie, I liked the grow a pair.  I cannot understand how people are allowed to be so disrespectful.  Imagine, letting out school so you can do something that will not effect a darned thing.  No pantsuits for Mrs. Trump or family.  No Nehru jackets!
Cookie on November 17, 2016 11:49 PM
My condolences to our classmate Lee Tolliver in the passing of his wife, Jewell.  See Memorial Funeral Home, Princeton.
Mike Murphy on November 18, 2016 10:18 AM
??Ched- Legis in WV passed right to work legis over the veto of the Governor 1 year past but some dumb democrat Judge approved an injunction on it . So it is on hold. The injunction will not stand since WV leg mirrors 28 other states.

??Did you see where ford decided to leave one of their plants in the US. It is Lincoln in Kentucky but I am sure the one for Mich will come next. Also look at the stock market and IPhone is considering moving production to US. Maybe it is time to get on the Trump Train.

Keep the Faith
Mike Murphy on November 18, 2016 12:13 PM
??Heard a woynderful song today - People all over the world join hands get on the Trump Train, Trump Train!

??Sung to the tune of Fredie!

Keep the Faith
Carl on November 18, 2016 1:30 PM
Too popular & problematic:
Raced out to follow your advice Murf.  The mob of mainstream media people rushing to get on the Trump Train nearly trampled me; I escaped by an eyelash -- and I no longer have eyelashes to spare.  I retreated home to my "safe space" where I had a nice, soothing cup of hot chocolate and a Hostess Twinkie, read a bit of
Kahlil Gibran, put on some Himalayan flute music, meditated and then took a nap.  I'm starting to feel like myself again, which ain't all that good, but I'm happy to settle for it.
Fredrick Lucas on November 20, 2016 7:56 AM
The weather here is now in the mid twenties at night abd the low 40's during the day. Thursday, we celebrate Thanksgiving.Many of our classmates will celebrate with family and friends.

Those people who felt that they were victimes in the Trump University case will receive a full refund thanks to the twenty five million dollar settlement. Like Richard Nixon, Trump has denied that he's a crook.

Mike Murphy on November 20, 2016 12:40 PM
??Fred- I hope you and your liberal patriot hating friends find a safe place for Thanksgiving?

Keep the Faith
Carl on November 20, 2016 12:53 PM
Fred, in case you haven't noticed, Hillary too has denied being a crook, despite mountains of evidence over 3+ decades, including that made public this year by James Comey.
Delores on November 20, 2016 2:11 PM
Fred:  The election is over!  Your party has certainly shown its true colors.....booing a Gold Star Family because they were allowed to depart the plane before first class passengers, insulting the duly elected Vice President because he dare attend a Broadway play, defacating in public, destroying property, shouting "bad" words....I can't recall we deplorables ever doing that during the past 8 years.  No, we sucked it up and conducted ourselves with dignity and decorum.  We campaigned, worked hard and respected the democratic process.  
"The true measure of an individual is their conduct in the face of defeat."  Robert E. Lee set the bar very high when he surrendered to Grant.  (I spent last summer reading a great book about my hero.)  But then Lee had character.  
I repeat myself....the election is over....learn from Lee....We won!  You lost!  Shape up!
Fredrick Lucas on November 20, 2016 6:33 PM
Hillary won the popular vote. Wikileaks is being investigated for the release of private E-Mails. I will state what I want when I want to. Carl Comey has not suggested that Hillary be tried for anything.

Don't you three have an original thought or must you critique me . Reactionaries critique others. 
Carl on November 20, 2016 6:51 PM
Fred, the blog entries beginning with yours 7:56 a.m. today consist of 1) your provocative "Like Richard Nixon" comment, followed by 2) "reactive" rebuttal, followed by 3) your implied victim status of being "critiqued."
   The blog is, among other things, a marketplace of ideas.  If you choose to express yours, you must expect that others may react -- which I encourage and applaud.  It's how grown-ups [and others] naturally behave.
Fredrick Lucas on November 20, 2016 7:04 PM
Cookie, the Trump University happened long before the national election. I was really surprised Mike when you critiqued my choice of cars which is the Ford Fusion. Ford is the oldest American car company. It was founded in 1903 by Henry Ford and survived the Great Depression and the panic of 2008.I believe that Herbert Hoover and George W. Bush were presidents..

Carl please offer some original ideas. If you want to continue to critique me go ahead.
Cookie on November 20, 2016 6:56 PM
Original thought???????????????????????????  LMAO
Now thats the kettle calling the pot black!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Fredo you have gone so far down the propaganda rabbit hole that I fear you will never be able to find your way out and eat from Mr. McGreggor's cabbage patch again.
Delores on November 20, 2016 7:44 PM
Ever since your progressives captured my family's Democratic Party and became an elitist cult of boring snobs they have thumbed their noses at we, the low information, uninformed, deplorable, uneducated masses of middle America.  Only the latte drinkers of the west coast and the northeast knew best. You are "critiqued" as you call it or as I would call it, "checked" because you continue to "parrot" a line of  propaganda that has been repudiated by a sea of red at the local and state levels across the country.  The unwashed finally called B.S. on it and now you got a WHOLE BUNCH off Mad Dog Matthis' chomping at the bit.

Its pretty easy to predict your posts....I just watch the news feed for a few hours and it comes.  Talk about original debate.    

How about this....................

To solve this "blog impass" I will agree to make your  candidate the "Popus" and get it over with.  She can wear her white pants suit--the benefits and potential are just endless.
Fredrick Lucas on November 21, 2016 6:51 AM
Carl when you Mikie and Delores in the forest critique every utterance that I make, that is what is done in communist and reactionary countries. I have every right to write my perspective. Even poor Tracy got into the act because my religious perspective is different from his perspective then I am wrong and need to be corrected. I don't pay any attention to Reactionary types . In this country, I can state my perspective. You three might not agree. Do I pay attention to your corrections? No.
Carl on November 21, 2016 10:07 AM
Fred, I concede; I give up; I surrender; I cry, "UNCLE!!!"; I relent; I defer;
I shall abstain.
   I'm declaring my self-imposed sabbatical in responding to your social/political comments lest I be judged guilty of that heinous sin of "critiquing."  
   With this fever-pitched election campaign at long last over, I will attempt to divert my comments to other subjects.  Having entered the week of Thanksgiving, I will be giving thanks for my blessed association with all PHS60 classmates.  May you and yours enjoy a Thanksgiving that far exceeds your every expectation.
and Happy Birthday, CookieDel
Fredrick Lucas on November 20, 2016 8:01 PM
Cookie whatever floats your boat. Mrs. Clinton leads the popular vote by 1.5 million votes. Eighty three percent of Americans live in urban metro areas while just 17% of the population live in places like Kenna, Welch, Bluefield ect. The electoral College and Senate give legislators extraordinary power.Think of Robert Byrd, D. WVa.In five of the last six elections Democrats have won the popular vote.

ched on November 20, 2016 9:41 PM
That is  precisely why we have  the  electorial  college. The  founders  wisely wanted  to be  certain that special groups and population centers would not  elect  a President. Clinton only  won the popular vote because of NY  and  California. 
 Thank God  she lost.  Our  country is  saved becaus Trump will put us back on the path of law  and order
CookieDel on November 21, 2016 10:32 AM
Thanks to the Class of 60 for a beautiful, PATRIOTIC e-card I received this morning.  Thanksgiving is upon us and we have much to be thankful for.  The sun is out and I woke up this morning.  
Mike Murphy on November 21, 2016 1:27 PM
??This AM like most I eat my breakfast, two eggs over. Bacon, grilled tomato slices and 1 peice of grilled toast, at "Your Family Resturant and read the Gazette Mail and the Jackson Herald on Tues and Thurs. A Charleston WV Church group is trying to bring 100 Syrian Refugees to town, which libs say bring federal money and workers for jobs. Thousands of miners and associated workers are out of work and the Boone county schools can hardly operate and the state is facing another 2% cut in Wv aid to schools. Yet to salve our great liberal feelings of guilt we want more refugees who might be infused with terriosts and are a direct burden to our welfare system and the schools to CRW. Who do these people think pays for schools and heath care etc.? Sorry for my digression, back to this morning.

??A man who frequents the resturant had an 8 point Buck in the back of his truck and he and his wife who is a waitress were discussing it. I asked if they butchered it or went to a processing place. She said no they always gave it to people who did not hunt and were needy, which made me recall when Aretta and I were Teaching and Counseling about 15 yrs past, needy out of school youth and had a Clay county boy about 18 in class, who said he needed a refrigerator for his family so he could kill a deer and feed his family of four. He worked as a cook in a pizza resturant and didnt make much. Aretta contacted the local welfare office and pleaded his case and they got him a used ref. The 8 point buck made me reflect on that boy and the state of our country, with the libs trying to give away our hard earned money to forgieners while our own go hungry. We need to take care of our own first, kill those who have declared war on us and protect our borders. I am sorry or dismayed that this makes the liberals angry and scared of me but I hope they find a safe place and reflect on what makes this country great and take care of "our" people.

??It is a beautiful day here in peaceful wounderful Kenna and having lived in the suburbs of Washington DC for 5 years I praise the Lord that I am in West By God Virginia where each of the 55 counties voted for the freedom and prospetity of "our" People.
??Mountani Semper Liberi
Keep the Faith & Happy Thanksgiving of which I give Thanks for my wounderful 1960s Friends!
Carl on November 21, 2016 2:23 PM
Murf, does Your Family Restaurant have a pot-bellied stove, a cracker barrel and dominoes for the gentlemen?  Can you still listen to Cincinnati Reds broadcasts on the AM radio station?  Is Mildred still working the lunch counter?  [Inquiring minds want to know.]     MAGFAY
Fredrick Lucas on November 21, 2016 4:12 PM
I would like to wish all of my classmtes a happy Thanksgiving. We certainly have much to be thankful.So far most of us are in good health. 

I must admit that I am really enjoying the Ford Fusion.I listen to   music. The radio identifies the work to which I am listening.I have a back up camera and front mirrors that let me see the blind side.The lights cut on and off automatically. I got the car in the year of our Ford.

Ched, when our country was founded, 95% of the prople lived in a rural area. Today only 17%live where the deer and antelope play.Eighty three percent of us live in large metro areas.Three weeks ago a large buck with antlers went through the yard. Go figure

I will try to come to Princeton for the December meeting. Fred

Mike Murphy on November 22, 2016 1:15 PM
I forgot to mention that the young man from Clay Co. rode to our sessions in the back of a truck 30 min in the rain some days.

??Tough WV that we should be concerned about, not Muslim Refegees who don't really want to be here.

Keep the Faith and America First
FredrickM Lucas on November 22, 2016 7:53 PM
I checked the Seavrt Funeral Service. Betty Moody younger sister of Frances Moody died this week. For many years she was the choir director at the First Methodist Church in Princeton. She became choir director at Princeton High School in 1961 after Frances became choir director at Fairmont State University.

She was born in 1927 and died this week. Funeral Services will be held December 2. The complete obituary is on the Seaver web site. She was 89.

Mike Murphy on November 22, 2016 8:08 PM
??5 hrs past I got two injections of cortozone in my 4th and 5th lower verterbrae. Left leg is still some what num and weak but getting better every hour. I fell about 6 weeks past and with doctor scheduling and insurance approvalsjust now getting treated. I have medicare and Humana advantage, sounds great but the state downgraded my medicare to get a cheaper contract with Humana and I have to have many procedures which do not need approval with mecicare but do thru the Humana contract. Such as MRIs, CT scans and the epidural injections, not only that I have 3 injections scheduled and I must get a doctors inspection each time one week later before he can recommend a further approval to be approved by humana. I feel like Charlie on the NTA. I have called my senator to complain about the state contract but have not heard from him.

??Tracey can you pray for me not to get better but not to shoot PEIA?
??Keep the Faith and enjoy the Trump Train
??Happy Thanksgiving especailly you Vets. We used to invite US servicemen mostly airmen to Thanksgiving and Christlas Dinner when in SA, they were extra happy when they could get a real beer or hot tody to go with their meal and some PIG.
Anomous on November 22, 2016 8:11 PM
I sure miss Carl's Poems, perhaps he could bless us with one for Thanksgiving??
??A Non O Moose

Ched on November 22, 2016 11:30 PM
 I have  a Medicare Advantage policy through Blue Cross Blue  Shield. Some  things  such as MRIs  and  CT  scans require preaurhorization but  thats  about it.  I know of  several floks  who have  gone away from Humana  and Health Spring  for  the  reasons  you point out. Also with many Humana policies  a  referal is  required  to see  a  specialist. Not  so with Blue  Cross. You may want  to see if Blue  Cross is available in WV

Ched on November 23, 2016 5:06 PM
A very Happy Thanksgiving  to all.  We have much to be  thankful for 
Fredrick Lucas on November 23, 2016 8:09 PM
Mike, I hope that as the weeks pass that your physical problem will indeed diminish to the point that you can resume physical activities.Each spring there are games for seniors at Laidly Field in Charleston should you want to participate.

I go to the fitness center five days each week.So far, I am doing well.
Tom Dillon on November 24, 2016 11:33 AM
Thinking of all of you today. Be safe. Enjoy your family and friends. And as my brother Bobby (who has been in hospitals, rehab centers, and nursing homes consecutively for the past three months) just told me over the phone,"Take care of yourself. Take care of yourself. Again, take care of yourself. You can't help others if you are in the greater need of help".
Fredrick Lucas on November 24, 2016 12:11 PM
I would like to wish everyone a happy safe and healthy Thanksgiving.This morning I went to Fernbank Park which is a psrk along the Ohio River. There is a walking track 1.2 miles long. I spent an hour walking the track. There was no barge or rail traffic.

 I enjoyed the crisp air and  the other walkers many of whom were walking their dogs. Carl  wasn't there an old song called walking the dog? ?
Fredrick Lucas on November 24, 2016 12:11 PM
I would like to wish everyone a happy safe and healthy Thanksgiving.This morning I went to Fernbank Park which is a psrk along the Ohio River. There is a walking track 1.2 miles long. I spent an hour walking the track. There was no barge or rail traffic.

 I enjoyed the crisp air and  the other walkers many of whom were walking their dogs. Carl  wasn't there an old song called walking the dog? ?
Fredrick Lucas on November 24, 2016 12:11 PM
I would like to wish everyone a happy safe and healthy Thanksgiving.This morning I went to Fernbank Park which is a psrk along the Ohio River. There is a walking track 1.2 miles long. I spent an hour walking the track. There was no barge or rail traffic.

 I enjoyed the crisp air and  the other walkers many of whom were walking their dogs. Carl  wasn't there an old song called walking the dog? ?
Fredrick Lucas on November 24, 2016 1:10 PM
Carl, Rufus Thomas wrote the song Walking the Dog in 1965.
Mike Murphy on November 24, 2016 6:41 PM
??Ched - Thanks for your recommendations on insurance. I guess I am stuck with Humanna, because I get a break on the costs as part of my retirement with the State of WV. But it was ironic I was arguing with Humana about my situation and had to get off the phone to call 911 because Aretta was having a heart attack. She had a stint put into her heart and is back home and recovering. ie getting better each day. At home one week today. We kid that she may have had the attack because of excitement of riding the Trump Train, And it probably did contribute.

??We have much to be thankful for although we wore out our bodies prematurely, but I wouldn't change a thing.

??Carol - Are you and family OK?

Fredrick Lucas on November 25, 2016 8:23 AM
Mike it's never too late to join a fitness center. You and Aretta can still get Fit. You don't need to buy a Honda Fit.
Ched on November 25, 2016 10:01 AM
Mike , Im  glad  that  Aretta is now OK. Hopefullly  this "wake up"call will be  the beginning of  a new and healthy lifestyle.
 Fred is  right in that it is never  too late to start improving  physical fittness. Fittness makes our quality of life better no matter how much we have left. I have been a gym rat  for  years  and I'm  convinced it helps. My  Medicare Advantage plan provides  free  gym membership  through the "Silver Sneakers" program.
 The  Trump Train is looking good!!!
Mike Murphy on November 26, 2016 1:43 PM
It's begining to look a lot like Christmas every wher you go! and time for a Christmas poem from Cookie and Carl a little competition rematch?

Keep the Faith

Carl on November 26, 2016 7:03 PM
Murf, a modest, topical semi-Christmas poem:
In the spirit of Christmas
This vulgar, crude election year
has tested kith and kinship.
What say we bury hatchets and
reclaim our blessed friendships?
Becky Novarro on November 26, 2016 1:50 PM
Mike, really glad to hear Aretta is okay.  All the comments about gyms and insurance reminded me that the Princeton Fitness Center costs $70 a month.  Those who have Silver Sneakers have that included.  
Tommy, please give Bobby my prayers.  Each day is a gift which we need to be grateful for.
Today Linda Basham's husband passed away.  He had been quite ill.  I am sure she will appreciate our thoughts.
And Fred, my granddaughter loves her red Ford Focus.
Cookie on November 26, 2016 3:12 PM
My condolences to Linda Basham in the passing of her husband.  May she find peace in the days and weeks to come.  
Ched on November 26, 2016 6:31 PM
So sorry  to learn of Linda's husband.
 Prayers  for her !
Fredrick Lucas on November 26, 2016 8:07 PM
Carl, I liked your poem and I agess that we can put aside our different perspectives snd think sbout bring kind to ourselves and our family,friends and classmates.

You never did give me your view of the song Walking The Dog.May Linda and the Moody family find peace.
Carl on November 26, 2016 10:04 PM
Fred, "Walkin' the Dog" is one of my very favorites.  Rufus was a great personality.  I'm also mighty fond of "Gee Whiz" by his daughter -- and
my namesake
-- Carla Thomas.  Pretty good blood lines there.
Fredrick Lucas on November 27, 2016 9:20 AM
Carl, I remember a tune that was sung by Bobby Bare called Drop Kick Me Through The Goal Posts of Life Sweet Jesus. Have you or Tracy ever heard that song?
Carl on November 27, 2016 10:48 AM
J. Fred, what's all this talk about Rufus Thomas & Bobby Bare?  I thought you listened to classical music on some West Coast NPR station.
Fredrick Lucas on November 27, 2016 3:08 PM
Carl often I listen to classical music but from time to time I listen to country music.Sometimes country musicians would take a Scottish or Irish tune and  add different lyrics

Today, I returned to Fernbank Park.The weather is sunny and the temperature is 48F.Barges have returned to the river. I still  pass dogs on a leash. There are no cats that are walked by the owners.

Tracy French on November 27, 2016 8:57 PM

I didn't recall that song at first but I googled it on youtube and listened to it.  It was familiar after I heard it.  According to some stuff on the internet Bobby Bare done the song in 1976, same year he done "The Winner", one of my favorites by him along with "Running Bear".

I heard through the PHS60 grapevine that you were a cousin of Jimmy Moeller's.  What ever happened to him?
Fredrick Lucas on November 28, 2016 8:28 AM
I forgot to tell Tom Dillon that I hope that his brothrt Bob will be returning to good health. Sometimes that goal takes time and effort to achieve.

Tracy, Jim and I are second cousins. He and his family live in eastern Ohio across the Ohio River from New Martinsville WV. Our family came to Princeton from Giles County Virginia.
Tom Dillon on November 29, 2016 8:48 AM
Ched, heard about the fires in the mountains of Tenn. Is your cabin safe?
Ched on November 29, 2016 2:48 PM
Thanks  Tom for the inquiry about our  cabin.  Yes it is fine. Our  cabin is in the Pigeon forge  area . This area  was largely spared. Most of  the catastrophic  structural  fires  were  in  the  Gatlinburg  area  and  the mountains nearby. The 70 MPH winds  early last night really took a  toll but  rains moved in about  11: PM  which helped  a lot. We  are not  there now so details  are  sketchy but  we  do know  that our property is OK !!!
Fredrick Lucas on December 1, 2016 7:30 AM
Recently, I spoke about exercise.Some of you remember Beryl Crockett Santonwho was a teacher at Mercer School and later at Concord.She married Jacob Santon who excercises daily at the Princeton Fitness Center. Beryl died with Alzheimers at age 85.

There is another component to the challenge of survival.That is diet.Those who aren't sure of what to eat can work with a dietician. Weight Watchers can help.

Mike Murphy on December 1, 2016 12:43 PM
??Read today in local paper that USS WV was hit and sunk in Pearl Harbor 75 yrs past and was also reading an article in Smithsonian that said WV was hit with 6 torpedos but was repaired and was at the surrender of Japan at end of war. I had always thought that WV was sunk and was still at bottom of Hawii Harbor? What is the real story Historians?
Keep the Faith

Carl on December 1, 2016 1:07 PM
Murf, I've learned of the USS West Virginia's website where all your questions are answered.  See
Mike Murphy on December 2, 2016 11:00 PM
Your Mama's to skinny and your dady's to fat - Get over it whining Liberals - Get on the Trump Train!

Carl on December 3, 2016 11:58 AM
Sir, has anyone ever called you "Mad Dog"?
Carol on December 3, 2016 3:26 PM
I checked the blog today, and Mike I appreciate you asking about us. We are fine and grateful that our country has taken a sharp detour from the cliff we were fast approaching. I am also grateful that your wife had doctors who were able to extend her life. What do your hear from WVIT? Ched, so thankful you were not caught in those awful fires. There were several days that we could smell smoke from the mountain fires at Lake Lure. Also, we are anticipating a great ACC Champion-ship game tonight. Of course, we will be wearing orange... The following poem was sent to me by a dear friend recently. Maybe I am in a sentimental mood, but wanted to share it...... ------------------------------- At birth we boarded the train and met our parents and we believe they will always travel on our side. However, at some station our parents will step down from the train, leaving us on this journey alone. As time goes by, other people will board the train; and they will be significant; i.e., our siblings, friends, children, and even the love of your life. Many will step down and leave a permanent vacuum. Others will go so unnoticed that we don't realize they vacated their seats. This train will be full of joy, sorrow, fantasy, expectations, hellos, goodbyes, and farewells. Success consists of having a good relationship with all passengers, requiring that we give the best of ourselves. The mystery to everyone is: We do not know at which station we ourselves will step down. So, we must live in the best way, love, forgive, and offer the best of who we are. It is important to do this because when the time comes for us to step down and leave our seat empty, we should leave behind beautiful memories for those who will continue to travel on the train of life. I wish you a joyful journey on the train of life. Reap success and give lots of love. More importantly, thank God for the journey. Lastly, I thank you for being passengers on my train.
Carol on December 3, 2016 3:29 PM
My paragraphs are rarely recognized...
Carl on December 3, 2016 5:26 PM
Carol, I've learned over the 6+ years of the PHS60 Blog that a number of classmates visit the Blog, and seem to appreciate it, but never post a comment.  The more loquacious, adventurous or simply foolish [e.g., me] chime in.  Please know that I for one welcome your comments even if I don't reply.  Keep 'em comin' darlin'.  
Go Hokies!!!
Mike Murphy on December 3, 2016 8:02 PM
??Carol- Thanks for your kinf thoughts on Aretta and the inspirational poem. Also how about that Trump Train, but it caused a fatal case of whining amonst the Libs!! Long Train Running!

??Most of WVIT is now at Beckley. Too bad Leonard Nelson is not at some of these wimpy colleges?

Keep the Faith

Fredrick Lucas on December 3, 2016 10:40 PM
I thought that I would discuss what has happened at the Ford transmission plant in Sharronville. Jerry Russell who worked there for more than thirty years mentioned that when he began his career, 6700 people were employed there. At the time personnel were used to set up and run various machine tools such as engIn earlier years, ine and turret lathes. Now there are computer driven lathes. That means that the current work force of 1500 does the same amount of work that 6700 people did in years past.

During the early years when the model A and model T were in production, a customer could buy a car that was painted black. Now there are many colors. Mike you might ask what is the point. Like the coal industry which needs fewer workers to mine coal than thirty five years ago the Ford Motor Corp has reduced the number of workers that are needed to build a car
Mike Murphy on December 4, 2016 9:45 AM
??OH Great Swami tell me more. I have forgotten more about economic development than you have ever known. Quoting these little factoids does not change the war on coal. Perhaps it would salve your liberal soul if the 1500 personell in Sharonville would move to Mexico and pay those unfortunate people? I am sure Jerry Russell doesn't think so.

??Get on the Trump Train or be left in the liberal progressive dust.
Carl on December 4, 2016 11:07 AM
J. Fred, Henry Ford famously said regarding the Model T that a buyer could have "any color that he wants so long as it is black." 
[I couldn't have put it better myself.]
Fredrick Lucas on December 4, 2016 2:20 PM
I will be unable to attend the PHS alumni dinner. Tis the season to be jolly. I have choir practice for a concert on December 11. I hope that everyone has a good time.

Mike if you check the record, every major auto manufacturer in the world has manufacturing facilities in Mexico. Some of the cars are sent to other latin american countries while others are sent to Europe. The majority of manufacturing, especially parts are sent to the US.
Fredrick Lucas on December 4, 2016 2:27 PM
Mike the source is the International Business Times 12-4-16. They explain why major auto companies have manufacturing facilities in Mexico.
Mike Murphy on December 4, 2016 2:49 PM
Delores on December 4, 2016 4:26 PM
Did the Interenational Business Times tell you the reason major auto companies have facilities in Mexico was because of unfriendly business practices in the United States, i.e., regulations, corporate tax structure, union demands, etc. etc. etc.????????
I'm happy as a peach Fredo,  hope you are as well.  
Ched on December 5, 2016 9:50 AM
 Thank you for  a very insightful perspective on life. and I appreciate  your  comments  about our  cabin. We know of  several who lost everything. Dolly Parton's  foundation will provide $1000/ month for 6 months  to each fire  victim.
 We made  a  contribution to that  foundation. She is from  that  area and has real love  for  the people  there.
My Hokies lost to Clemson Saturday night but we almost pulled it off. Clemson is  a great  team and I hope  they win out in the playoffs. Go ACC !!!!!

Carl on December 4, 2016 10:42 PM
My oh my, I thought the election might move us to greater "unity."  Not any sorta kumbaya state, but to a focus on life's lighter -- and weightier -- concerns, the weightier being simple pleasures and community treasures [family, friends, and countless blessings accorded to all who inhabit the incomparable U.S. of A.]
   For me, I'm focusing on Christmas: peace on earth, good will toward all; may your days be merry and bright; and my favorite, fa la la la la,
la la la la.
             MAGFAY, my friends
Fredrick Lucas on December 5, 2016 9:08 PM
I would like to wish everyone a happy holiday . This holiday season I will buy pajams, underwear,socks, tooth brush, toothpaste, book and give the Bedtime Bundle to the Temple Sisterhood who will give it to the YWCA battered women's shelter. Last year we donated 125 bundles to the shelter .

Carl, Tis the Season to be jolly.
Carl on December 5, 2016 9:13 PM
fa la la la la, la la la la
Cookie on December 5, 2016 9:27 PM
Happy to see you are in the holiday spirit.  I am as well.  My organization participates in the Shoebox Drive for the troops and I Just dropped off my donation....they request white tube socks, toothbrushes, toothpaste, sunscreen, hand sanitizers, lip balm, body lotion, crossword puzzels, hard candy, pens, notepads, etc. Any personal items that will fit in an adult shoebox.    They particularly like and always request the white socks.  Most American Legions will accept your donation.
fa la la la la la la la la
Fredrick Lucas on December 7, 2016 6:44 AM
Monday, I went to the luncheon of the Hamilton County Teachers Association. We had the girl's choir from the School For the Creative and Performing Arts. They performed songs for the season . All of them had very high heeled shoes. They are teenagers..  
Lacy Jones and his wife Carolyn were there.He is from Kenna WV and is a graduate of WVU. He received the MS. in Math from Penn State.He taught math courses at Riply High School for six years. He movrd to Sharronville Ohio where he finished his teaching career at Princeton High School.The mascot is the Viking.

Ford and General Electric Aircraft Engines have plants there.

Pete Stephenson on December 8, 2016 1:13 PM
I want to say Merry Christmas to all.I have never been one to say that I was political correct.It is hard for me to say happy holidays when it is the birth of Christ that we are celebrating.I know those of you that are liberals have a hard time saying Merrry Christmas,thats ok with me.Every one has that right under the 1st amendment to say whatever they want.Here in our little town of Princeton.I find that more say Merry Christmas.I guess that is the way most of us here were raised.It was good to see Carl at our dinner tuesday night.I believe we had about16 there.Once again I want to wish each and every one of you a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.Faith Hope and Love to all.MERRY CHRISTMAS.

Mike Murphy on December 8, 2016 1:59 PM
??Carl - Are you going to attend the Trump inegural Ball? I attended Rockefellers in WV saw the Charlie Daniels Band and the Atlanta Light Orchestra and went to Bill Clintons WV section Ball in DC can't remember much about it except Bill coming in and playing the Sax. Yes it's true I was once a Democrat, but at the time it seemed OK? Boy how things have changed.

??Special Merry Christmas to our Vets and other PHS60ers even the Saudi Kids liked Christmas and Trick or Treat and the adults liked our Christmas parties so Pete praise be unto you for Merry Christmas!!

Keep the Faith
Mike Murphy on December 9, 2016 11:21 AM
Correction - That should have been the Atlanta Rythm Section - I am getting Old?

??Carl have you recovered from your Princeton Trip, I hope you didn't let the sun set on you there!

Keep the Faith
Carl on December 9, 2016 4:27 PM
Just returned from my Pctn. trip; spent 2 days afterward to see my sister Thelma & husband Beaman Johnston.  Beaman's sister Anne/Ann -- PHS Class of 196? -- died last week.  Had a pair of 1st-rate slaw dogs at the DQ in downtown Bluefield, VA.
   Thoroughly enjoyed seeing Pctn.-area classmates at the PHS60 Ryan's dinner.  They're a mighty upbeat bunch for their age.  Fred, your name was among several that came up.  Know that your classmates care about you.
   Murf, I kinda figured you were a reformed liberal.  I think you have to have lived the life to so strongly oppose what today's liberalism has become.
ched on December 9, 2016 8:34 PM
 Glad  you enjoyed  you trip  so much and sometimes  wish I was  closser so I  could  visit with some of  "the best".
  A very Merry Christmas  to  each of  you and looking  forward  to a " Trumping" New Year !!!
Fredrick Lucas on December 10, 2016 2:33 PM
Keeping with the themes of the holiday season, people have been donating items of children's clothing to give to the YWCA battered women's shelter.On December 26th there is a young Jewish couple who will have a matrimonial celebration.
Carl on December 10, 2016 4:08 PM
Fredo, thanks for spurring a special memory.  My first "matrimonial celebration" was at a motel near Lexington, VA, about 6 hours after "making an honest woman" of Wife #1.  Are you expecting anything like this on Dec. 26?  Has the happy couple invited you to attend?
Fredrick Lucas on December 10, 2016 8:14 PM
Carl, I will be attending along with my friend Connie Goldman. Just to let you know how times have changed, we sent RSVP via response to an E-Mail from the father.

I hope that everyone is having a happy holiday season.

Carl on December 11, 2016 12:04 PM
Embarrassed AGAIN
Overlooked the December 2 birthday of Fran Rice Baker.
So sorry Fran.  Hope it was a happy one.
Upcoming December birthdays:

Pat Smith - December 18
Harry Covey - December 19
Barbara Calfee Fields - December 22

Happy Birthday to the 3 of you [and any other PHS60 December babies].
Fredrick Lucas on December 11, 2016 3:19 PM
The following is for the December birthdays. Alles Gute Zum Geburstag, Frohe Weihnachten, Frohes Neues Jahr. Translation "Happy Birthday, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

Several of my ancestors were from Germany. Alas the German language was never offered to us when were students at PHS. 

Fredrick Lucas on December 11, 2016 6:38 PM
The following is for those celebrating December birthdays.Feliz cumpleanos, feliz navidad y pruspero ano nuevo. Thanslated from Spanish. Happy birthday. Merry Christmas and a happy new year. Several of our classmates either live in Florida or have lived there. There are a number of Hispanics who live in Florida.
Carl on December 11, 2016 11:03 PM
Fredo, again you demonstrate why you are my demographer par excellence.  [That's French, I think.] 
   [Hispanics in Florida?  Who knew?]
Fredrick Lucas on December 12, 2016 9:26 PM
I would like to wish our Jewish friends and those who appreciate the Jewish contribution to civilization a happy Chanukah.
Fredrick Lucas on December 13, 2016 10:04 AM
One would say Joyeux Noel  in French for merry Christmas. In Hebrew the greesing for Chanukah is Chayvrim Sameach which means happy Festival of Lights.

I included the French greeting because Tracy 's last name is French.
Carl on December 13, 2016 2:48 PM
Fredo, help me out.  I've often wondered: when reading French aloud, where do all the "X's" go?
Fredrick Lucas on December 13, 2016 7:58 PM
Carl, in this instance, Noel is a masculine noun. Joyoux is a masculine adjective. However, one does not pronounce the final consonat which is x. Let me use another illustration. The car company is spelled Renault. When speaking one does not pronounce the lt. you say Renau.In Spanish one says ballet and pronounces all letters. The French drop the t and say balle with the accent on the e.Are you confused?

This year the Nutcraker Suite Ballet is featured in many cities

Carl on December 14, 2016 9:35 AM
OK kids; it's time for Mr. Carl's pop quiz.
CATEGORY:  What is it?
   [Fred, I bet you know this.
       Mike Herring too.]

"There is one particular thing that is nothin' whatsoever in any way, shape or form like any other."
What is it?
TOM DILLON on December 14, 2016 4:14 PM
Dame you, Carl, there is no one like you. Bet you wish that you had never goggled Fredipedia. I have recently learned more German than I did in three years in college and a refesher course in grad school.
Fredrick Lucas on December 14, 2016 6:00 PM
Carl, there is another French word that puts an x at the end yet doesn't pronounce the letter. Les Oiseaux. The birds. Birds is a masculine noun. The singular is l'oiseau.
Carl on December 14, 2016 7:06 PM
Gotta hand it to ya, Fred.  You sure know your x's & u's. 
   Tom, as for Fredipedia, remember always that, like all his creatures, Fred is a gift from God.  Why he was sent to PHS60, God only knows.  [That's a JOKE Fredo.]  And we're blessed to have him among us.

Dillon, I never suspected you of Broadway musical expertise. 
   WELL DONE, LAD.  You didn't call Cousin Mike & ask him, did you?
Yep, the Pop Quiz clue is from the great South Pacific song "There is Nothing Like a Dame."
   Kudos to TD.  A gold star will be added to your portfolio.

Carol on December 15, 2016 6:07 AM
Connections:   Alan Thicke's recent death has been in the news.  One of his wives is from this area and she was a former "Miss World."   I know Gina's mom--we have a mutual friend.  She attractive and very tall!
Fredrick Lucas on December 15, 2016 8:35 AM
Carl when French men think of women they will say viva la difference or long live the difference.I certainly agree.

Tracy isn't communicating French . 
geno on December 15, 2016 11:00 AM
There is a book out "The American Miracle" you will not believe the history in this book, an amazing read. For years I have been criticized for maintaining that America is prophesied in the Bible,and only God could have put on America's birthday , chapter 7 verse 4, (America's birthday 7:4 , book of Daniel. The lion has always been a symbol of England, the eagles's wings plucked from the back of the lion, the heart of a man, Uncle Sam when we needed this stalwart gentleman in our darkest hour, and Admiral Nimitz, when he saw Pearl Harbor, "Thank God it was a Sunday morning, casualities would be enormously greater on any other day of the week and thank God not one plane flew to the ammunition dump." Miracles or coincidiences? I understand the out look depends on the mindset of the individual, as for me I see the miracles.
Fredrick Lucas on December 15, 2016 9:54 PM
  1. Several of you have grandchildren. In German the words for grandmother and grandfather are grossmutter und grossvater. Since toddlers can't say those long words, they can say Oma und Opa.
      From 12/18-12/25,the Temple will host several homeless families. They will sleep at the Temple and eat breakfast and dinner there. During the day, they work with social workers who help them find homes. We do this five times each year. I will play with the children.In the past, I helped the children with their homework.

Tracy French on December 16, 2016 8:52 PM
Fred:  I have struggled so muchwith the English language that I never got into the French.  I have been asked many times in my life if I am French or if I speak French.  And the answer to that is "who wants to know and what is the occasion?"

Happy Hanukkah to you and my Jewish friends and classmates or as the British would say ... "Happy Chanukah or Happy Chanukkah".

To my fellow Christians and those who are not there yet;  "have a Merry Christmas and a happy new year, may God Bless you and keep you in His eternal love".

We have lost another classmate, Lee Tolliver passed away the 15th of this month, a month after his wife Jewell passed away.  Both obituaries are in todays BDT.
Carl on December 17, 2016 8:49 AM
Sorry to learn of Lee Tolliver's passing.  I couldn't access an obit on the BDT website, but found one on the Mem. Funeral Home site as follows:
It has been added to our "In Memory of . . ." page; click tab at top of this page.

ched on December 17, 2016 10:29 AM
I want  to wish all of our PHS 60 classmates a very Merry Christmas and a New Year  of  well being, happiness  and good health !!!
Carl on December 17, 2016 10:53 AM
and back atcha, Ched.  Thanks.
Pete Stephenson on December 17, 2016 1:33 PM
Pete.Linda and I wan't to wish each and every one of you a very Merry Christmas and happy New Year.I pray that every one has a holiday season filled with happiness,prosperity,and good health.May the good Lord touch each of you and give you peace,faith,hope and love.Merry Christmas from the wild and wonderful.
Mike Murphy on December 18, 2016 12:29 PM
Merry Christmas
Keep the Faith
Carl on December 18, 2016 12:56 PM
Murf, it's been a week since your last comment and today your message doesn't have your signature graphic:  â??
Is something wrong?  A
re you OK? 
Mike murphy on December 18, 2016 6:16 PM
Just living the dream, riding the Trump Train and listening to the Liberals WHINE!!

??And a Happy New Year
Carl on December 18, 2016 8:59 PM
Just as I feared, you appear to have an advanced case of schadenfreude.  I'm not sure that there's a treatment for it, nor if you even want to be cured.
Ched on December 19, 2016 9:25 AM
For  those  whining  about  the  electorial  college:
 Without  the  electorial  college,  Democrats  would hava major  advantage in  elections.  HRC  got 2.865 million more  votes  than Trump but  the votes  came  from two democratic population centers  NY  and  California.  The popular  vote  WITHOUT  those  two states gives  Trump a popular  vote  advantage of 3.138 million votes.  The electorial  college gives  the  smaller  states  a voice!.  Without  the   electorial college,  the presidency would  be  determined by  the  coastal population centers. !!!!!
Carl on December 19, 2016 9:38 AM
Ched, do you think we could just give NY & CA their independence?  Or at least CA.  Each is big enough to be its own country and the USA might well be better off without them.  Just thinking.   ;-)
Delores on December 19, 2016 1:06 PM
If you have not seen it the Princeton Chamber of Commerce Christmas Ornament this year is...................Mooney's Drive Inn.  I just received mine in the mail....Thanks to sister Paulette.  Its already on the tree.  
Merry Christmas & 
may each of you have a Happy, Healthy and Blessed New Year!
Carl on December 19, 2016 4:24 PM
WOW!  Great news Cookie.  Guess my Christmas ornament from Paulette is delayed in the mail.  I'll sure be looking forward to it.
Fredrick Lucas on December 19, 2016 4:30 PM
As I thought of our classmate Lee Tolliver who died from melanoma, I thought of the late Jim Agnew '59 who also had melanoma. Whenever we are in the sun, we need to be protected with sun screen and protective clothing. I enjoy walks at Fernbank Park. I always wear sun screen, dark glasses and protective clothes especially summer time. 

I wear a hat as well. T remember when Terry St. Clair didn't wear a hat. He got skin cancer and had to drive to thr UVA Medical Center for treatment.
ched on December 21, 2016 10:23 AM
Melanoma is   the  worse of  the  skin cancers  as it  can  spread  to organs  and result in a very bad outcome. I have  had  a  few  basil cell skin cancers  and ALWAYS  wear  sunscreen and protective  clothing. I also visit  the dermatologist  annually  for a  full body inspection. Melanom ( like most  cancers) is very treatable if  caught  early. Learn the  A, B, C, Ds of melanoma.
  A:  Asymetry, B:  Borders ( irregular), C: Color (usually brown or blackish but not  always),  D: Diameter<1/4"

Carl on December 19, 2016 6:05 PM
Well, Trump has just cleared the electoral college barrier, so it's time to move on . . . to the next tactic.  Help me you legal/constitutional scholars.  Is there some way for members of the citizenry [i.e, NOT Congress] to "impeach" Trump before he's inaugurated?  Please explain in detail.  Some inquiring minds want to know.  After all, desperate times call for desperate measures.
Mike Murphy on December 19, 2016 7:52 PM
Carl- Have Monica lowinski apply for an internship.

Riding on the trump Train Livin tha Dream!

Merry Happy
Fredrick Lucas on December 20, 2016 5:34 PM
Staying with the theme of kindness for the holidays, random acts of kindness happen. Last week, I was eating at a restaurant . I had finished my meal and asked for the check. The waiter told me that I was free to go, my check was paid. Last holiday season, I was at the Cracker Barrel Restaurant when one of my gym friends picked up the tab. This happens to others in my area as well. Do any of you do random acts of kindness during this season?
Carl on December 20, 2016 10:16 PM
Fredo, I do believe that your message inspired me.  After reading it I decided to start with an act of "selective" kindness, going to the fridge to fetch myself a PBR.  But once I got there and saw the cheesecake, I more-or-less randomly changed my mind and treated myself to a slice instead.  You're absolutely right, it sure feels good doing that random act stuff. 
   If you come into Denny's next year when I'm there, lunch is on me. 
   Have an exceedingly Merry Christmas.  You deserve it.
FredrickI Lucas on December 22, 2016 6:32 AM
I want to mention one act of kindness rhat I did several years ago and another done by a friend.

I was in downtown Cincinnati when I heard a woman ask for help. I looked across the street and there was a woman in a wheelchair which was about to tip over.I ran across the street and got her chair upright. I picked up her shoe and she was on her way.My friend was in McDonalds A mother with five children who wanted McNuggets. She could not afford them so he picked up her tab and the children got their McNuggets

Turning to the Ford Transmission plant in Sharronville,there are 1628 employees who make transmissions for the Ford F 150 truck. Ford is negotiating with the UAW to spend 900 million dollars to upgrade the facility.
Fredrick Lucas on December 22, 2016 6:28 PM
I am a bit behind regarding news of the Ford Transmission Plant. The UAW went along with management and approved the upgrade. Ford is moving out the old equipment and will be installing new equipment.
Carl on December 23, 2016 4:25 PM
Fredo, your submission re the transmission transition shows a vision of precision & concision.  Good decision. 

Tracy French on December 24, 2016 4:37 PM
Merry Christmas to everyone.
THOMAS DILLON on December 24, 2016 5:11 PM
DITT0 --

Carl on December 24, 2016 9:08 PM
. . . and to all a "good night."  I'm retiring now, knowing that I was at times quite naughty this year and, therefore, am expecting very little under my tree.  Blessedly, I don't need much.  I'm simply asking for peace and justice for all mankind.  A respect for truth and fair-mindedness will propel us in leaps and bounds toward that. 
Merry Christmas to all, and Seasons Greetings to all others, my dear and cherished friends.
geno on December 25, 2016 8:58 PM
Well Christmas is gone, I got a lump of coal and a slice of coconut cream pie, I would share it with you but I planted the lump of coal in hopes of growing a coal mine, and I ate the pie. aaah sweet moments to be cherished over a hot cup of cocoa,,,,,

Tracy French on December 26, 2016 10:17 AM

Good luck on your coal mine.  I never did try to grow a coal mine because I was told at avery young age that 1 thing I didn't want to be was a coal miner.  But I have grown a few coal plants back when you could get a lump of coal the size of a football or basketball (if you could carry it) and put some salt, water, bluing, ammonia and mercurochrome or food coloring  on it.  I remember growing 1 one time and my mother got really mad because I used a dish that came from China.
geno on December 26, 2016 2:22 PM
   ??I remember those days, I planted a whole row of sawdust, thought I could grow some 2x4's.
Fredrick Lucas on December 26, 2016 9:49 PM
This evening I went to the wedding of a young Jewish couple. The couple met on several occasions with the rabbi who helped them understand the joys and sometimes sorrows of marriage.The rabbi is married with two children. I really enjoyed the ceremony. Each participant wrote their vows. Connie was with me. She shed a few tears as many women did.
Mike Murphy on December 28, 2016 9:46 AM
Geno - Be careful you will reap what you sow?

??A farmerette is a gal who sows here wild oats on Saturday and prays for crop failure on Sunday?

Fred - what this I hear about Ohio limiting Abortion?

??Charleston group of churches is welcoming (sponsoring) 100 Syrian refugees while people are still living in tents from the June flood and on the banks of the Kanawha in CRW, plus schools are closing and we are bringing more people on the welfare rolls who are haters of us infidels???

??Keep the faith
Carl on December 28, 2016 10:14 AM
Murf, I read some immigration news yesterday that I'll bet meets with your approval.  Something like 20 elk are moving into the Mountain State for the first time in nearly a century, having been relocated from KY.  [West Virginia's newest Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks Lodge.]  How's that suit you?
mike murphy on December 28, 2016 11:55 AM
??Carl- I did see the relocation of the Elk. They are moving them to Boone County on strip mined land which makes for good grazing. Also Iheard they had re-opened two tipples in mercer co. Tracy any truth to the rumor?

Keep the faith
Fredrick Lucas on December 28, 2016 9:00 PM
Sadly, the actress Carrie Fisher died after she experienced a heart attack while in flight. Her parents were the late Eddie Fisher the popular singer when we were in high school and Debbie Reynolds. the popular actress who made the pop song Tammy popular. Her son announced that she had a stroke this week. She is 84.

It is my fond hope that the reunion committee will play pop ballads as sung by Debbie Doris Day and Andy Williamsto name a few.
Fredrick Lucas on December 28, 2016 9:40 PM
Sadly, mother Debbie Reynolds also died today.Carrie had bipolar problems like her Dad Eddie Fisher. As a result she was a champion for people with mental illnesses.

You might remember Eddie left Carrie and her mom to marry Elizabeth Taylor
Cookie on December 28, 2016 11:30 PM
You mean Elizabeth Taylor Hilton Wilding Todd Fisher Burton Burton Fortensky? That Elizabeth Taylor?  I can't remember where I parked my car but I'll never forget that.  
Delores on December 29, 2016 6:24 AM
This is not a good sign.  She left out Warner. 
Carl on December 30, 2016 11:47 AM
Yeah Delores, I tried to "warn 'er" but, as you know, it's sometimes hard to keep Cookie's attention.    ;-)

How 'bout them Hokies, Ched [and others]?  Now turning my attn. to supporting Clemson.  [Not optimistic.]

Ched on December 30, 2016 11:25 AM
Last night I watched my VT Hokies come back and  win  their bowl game after a first half  deficit of 24 points by Arkansas. Final score was  35-24 VT. This  was  the largest  "comeback" win in the  schools history.   GO  HOKIES  !!!
Fredrick Lucas on December 30, 2016 8:25 PM
WVU played Miami of Florida and lost 31-14. Miami of Ohio lost to Mississippi State 17-16.

Yesterday the residents of southern West Virginia had snow.The ski areas of eastern West Virginia had the most snow. Mike do you ski, swim, walk, run, or lift weights?

Tracy French on December 31, 2016 6:51 PM
Happy New Year to everyone!

Anyone staying up to see the new year in or going to any parties?
Ched on January 1, 2017 1:14 PM
Quiet  evening  at home> Watched Clemson rout  OSU ( GO ACC!!!) went to bed about 11:30  cental time  after  watching   NY  celebration.
  Church  this  AM  !!

 Happy New  Year  to all !!!
TOM DILLON on January 1, 2017 5:13 PM
Had planned to leave for warmer pastures this morning before it gets as cold as a witch's broom without a heated seat. Woke up with a sore throat the day after Christmas. Thought it may have been my son's family cat that I was allergic to as we had spent the day at his house with family Sunday afternoon. Finally went to the Doc on Wednesday, obtained a script for penicillin but it has had no effect -- must be a virus.
So we delayed departure by another day. The great thing that I was not aware of was that the new year's holiday will be celebrated by banks, Feds, etc. tomorrow so traffic should be light.
Fredrick Lucas on January 2, 2017 7:35 PM
The head coach for Clemson has the name of Dabo. His given name is William.Such a name as Dabo is a southern trait just as Jimbo Fisher of Florida State has a similar good ole boy handle.

I will cheer for Nick Sabin and the team from Alabama.
Fredrick Lucas on January 2, 2017 7:55 PM
Dabo's last name is Sweeney whick is a good Irish name.I bought my Ford from Walt Sweeney Automotive. The dealership is 100 years old.

Fredrick Lucas on January 3, 2017 6:22 PM
I made an error. Sweeney is incorrect The correct spelling is Swinney for Dabo's last name.

This week has been something else for me. I began coughing Sunday. I went to my primary care physician who prescribed cough medicine and Claritan. Then I was given a pneaumonia shot. Thursday, I see a physician for a difficulty with bowel problems.Getting old is not for the feint hearted.
Carl on January 4, 2017 2:00 PM
Fred, I'm surprised to learn that you were not already inoculated against pneumonia.
especially those of you over the age of 65:
    1. get the
pneumonia vaccine; it's probably available at pharmacies, including Wal Mart.
    2. get the
shingles vaccine; it may also be avail. at pharmacies.
I believe that Medicare covers these at no cost.

Ched on January 3, 2017 9:51 PM
Sorry Fred  that  you are feeling poorly.  
I am  supporting  Clemson ( coached by Dabo) for 3 reasons
1) Clemson is in the ACC. That is my  conference ( Va Tech)
2) Alabama has had  enough recognition... time  for a new  champ
3) Dabo Swinney is a man of  exceptional  character. (Read up on his early life  struggles)
 Go  Clemson beat Bama and  bring  the national title  to the ACC !!!!
Tom Dillon on January 5, 2017 6:50 PM
??Hunker down this weekend  my friends and stay warm. High of 47 and a low of 28 degrees forecasted for Saturday here at the beach -- but no snow.
Ditto with Go Clemson!
Fredrick Lucas on January 6, 2017 10:23 AM
In Cincinnati, we have the first snowfall of the year.There are four inches on the ground. The temperature is 10F.A number of folks are ready to take in the ski season in Colorado, West Virginia, and the Perfect North Ski Slope in Lawrenceburg IN.

Stay warm all who are snow birds.
Carl on January 6, 2017 12:21 PM
Fred, why do you suppose we often refer to having n-inches of snow "on the ground"?  Isn't that the understood default as opposed to, say, "in the basement"?  or  "covering the patio"?   or  "down my britches"?
Fredrick Lucas on January 6, 2017 4:33 PM

There have been times when the snow didn't reach the ground. I wanted all concerned to know that the snow reached the ground. 
Cookie on January 6, 2017 5:07 PM
Is it appropriate for the webmaster to discuss his britches or contents thereof.
Mike Murphy on January 6, 2017 5:59 PM
??Dennis Davis a very good friend and former associate was appointed by Governor Justice to head the WV Veterans Affairs Office. Congrats to Dennis and if any of you PHS60 Vets need anything I will put in a good word.

15 degrees her this AM with 2 inches of snow.

??Looking forward to Jan 20th 2017 and hoping that the snowflakes are not to frightened by TRUMPMANIA!
Keep the Faith
Pete Stephenson on January 7, 2017 1:14 PM
For all you snowbirds or cupcakes out there,it is -1 with the chill index here on the hill in our beloved Princeton.On my deck out back snow measures 6 inches.Good day to stay in and watch the birds trying to scratch out a living.I hope all had a good Christmas and a Happy New Year.I pray that 2017 will be a banner year for all of us,and our beloved USA.Faith,Hope and Love to all.Stay safe and warm.

Carl on January 9, 2017 2:33 PM
"Well Susie baby looks like [I] goofed again."
Ed Tomchin's birthday yesterday.  Sorry Ed.
Hope it was a happy one.
Mike Murphy on January 9, 2017 6:56 PM
??The snow reminds me of the great sleigh rides we would have on Harmens and Carters Hills. When everything was right we could sleigh around a mile, under two fences but it was soo fast you had to drag your feet or you would careen of the trail. what wounderfull days we would put our frozen hands in cold water to slowly warm them up or they would hurt like crazy!
??Made a batch of vegitarian chili to celebrate.

Keep the Faith
Carol on January 10, 2017 6:44 AM
In ten days a new president, a new governor in South Carolina, and today, a new national championship team!! This has been a great season for the ACC and CLEMSON!! We are thankful for so many blessings!
Carl on January 10, 2017 11:08 AM
Carol, it sounds like you've been laboring to make South Carolina great again.  Bask in the warm glow.
Mike Murphy on January 12, 2017 3:28 PM
??Darla- Haven't heard from you lately - you OK?

??Keep the faith
Fredrick Lucas on January 13, 2017 7:39 PM
There will be those of us who will be looking for something to do this spring and summer.There is a beautiful inn in Shepherdstown WV.This inn is a four diamond inn with 72 rooms and  suites.The restaurant offers fine German and continental cuisine.Rathskeller. New Infinity pool and Pool Bar with River Views. It is known as the Bavarian Inn.

Reservations are taken online at or by phone at 304-876-2551.Shepherd University in located in the community.Maryland which is near this community.

Our classmate Stan Hill lives nearby in Maryland.
Ched on January 13, 2017 8:00 PM
My Brother Bill lives in Martinsburg WV very near  to Shepherdstown
Mike Murphy on January 13, 2017 8:20 PM
Used to stay at the Bavarian Inn when I lived in Maryland. Rooms are very good but pricey and the food is good. The Yellow Brick Bank Restaurant in Shepardstown was very good haven't been there for 10 yrs.
Keep the Faith
Carl on January 13, 2017 9:36 PM
If you're in the area, you might want to know that Stan's door is always open . . . and he's too cheap to invest in a security system.
Darla on January 14, 2017 8:24 AM
I read the Blog and enjoy it.  I broke the fibula in my right leg.  First broken bone I have had.  We are healthy and happy...just enjoying this winter.  It has been warmer here.  Thanks for asking Mike!!!!!  
Novarro Becky on January 14, 2017 6:47 PM
My daughter graduated from Shepherd. Loved the Bavarian...good apples and hot tubs. Great buckwheat cakes, too. Also liked the Yellow Brick, it was one of Nancy Reagan's haunts. Darla, try to take care of yourself. It's going to be a long winter.
Fredrick Lucas on January 15, 2017 8:09 AM
Darla, take careof yourself.In time your break should heal and you will be back at the Princeton Fitness Center.By the way are you related to the late Bill Winfrey who was a lawyer? Give John my regards.
Mike Murphy on January 15, 2017 2:25 PM
Darla -Get well soon! Are you in show Biz?

??Love to hear Hollywood WHINEEE

Keep the Faith
Darla on January 15, 2017 4:09 PM
Thanks Fred....I can't wait to get back to the Fitness Center.  Yes, Bill was a distant cousin!!!

Carl on January 16, 2017 2:21 PM
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Mike Murphy on January 18, 2017 2:35 PM
??Hi PHS60ers
??I recently changed my email address for speed and to get rid of as many as 50 spam emails on mondays and would end up with 1000 per wk before purging. I will not put my new address on the Blog for obvious reasons and hope you have received it thru Dougs List Serve. But would remind you to change it in case you would ever like to contact me. Also our web master was so kind as to send me a reply message to confirm, he is the best!!!
Keep the Faith
Fredrick Lucas on January 18, 2017 8:24 PM
Yesterday, I went for a walk in Fernbank Park. The temperature was 63F. I walked two miles. As I watched the river, I noticed there were two tow boats tied together pushing their cargo north toward Cincinnati. We've had much rain and the current was moving fast.I was reminded of trains whose engines were interlocked to get the loaded coal cars up an incline.

Fredrick Lucas on January 19, 2017 11:59 AM
Karen Lilly, PHS 46 died last week.Her twin sister Tish is married to our classmate Ron Coleman. The complete obituary is on the Seaver web page.

Her Dad Scott was my dentist when I lived in Princceton.
Fredrick Lucas on January 19, 2017 12:32 PM
I made an error about Karen Lilly. She was born in '46.She probably was PHS 62 or63. She was 70 years old.

Carl on January 20, 2017 12:30 PM
News Update!!!
Mr. Trump now president for 30 minutes;
so far, so good
Carl on January 20, 2017 1:38 PM
now up to 97 minutes;
geno on January 20, 2017 3:36 PM
Whaaat, we have a new President????????? why didn't someone tell me.
Carl on January 20, 2017 4:02 PM
4 hrs; SFSG
Carl on January 20, 2017 4:12 PM
Yeah Geno.  Some guy named Trump.  Appears to be in real estate.  I even hear that he's a Republican, but I could be misinformed in this age of fake news.
Mike Murphy on January 20, 2017 6:27 PM
??I hear the Trump Train rollin its coming around the bend with so much sunshine and greatness again!

Keep the Faith

Tracy French on January 20, 2017 10:49 PM
This is a great day for America!
Carl on January 20, 2017 10:51 PM
Approaching 11 hours in office.  SFSG.
Carl on January 21, 2017 12:02 PM
1. noted sunset at 5:19 yesterday evening;
2. noted moonrise later in evening;
3. noted sunrise at 7:22 this morning;
4. noted that Prez has been in office one entire day,
      24 hours, a complete circadian cycle

geno on January 21, 2017 2:17 PM
Mike I thought it was I hear the train a comin, it's rollin round the bend ,ain't had a six pack since I don;t know when
Mike Murphy on January 22, 2017 8:32 PM
Train arivian sixteen coaches long, well it took my six pack and I will never see it again.

Geno - who sings this?

??I rode the Cass scenic railroad but would like to ride the new river steam classic and the western maryland fall foilage run. Has anyone rode either of these. Perhaps Doug has since he is a great Train enthuasist!

??Pat Smith what are you doing we haven't heard from you in eons?

Keep the Faith
Carl on January 22, 2017 10:16 PM
Mike (et. al.), I rode the Western Maryland excursion train some 20 years or so ago, in the Fall.  It's a short run (Cumberland to/from Frostburg) but a lovely one. 
   Also the Potomac Eagle in/out of Romney about 4-5 years back.  It's a pretty route and includes a meal option onboard which adds a nice touch.
   The Cass is still on my to-do list.  Hope to get to it soon.
   Lots of wonderful excursion trains, foremost among them [in my view] is the Durango-Silverton narrow-gauge route in Colorado -- more than merely spectacular.
   Anyway, for old "rail dogs" like Doug & me, any train ride is a good one.  Relatedly, there's a wonderful documentary film titled "Riding The Rails" about teenagers who hopped freights during the Great Depression.  Check it out.  If you don't love it, check yourself for a pulse.  Here's a YouTube link to a 30-minute excerpt of the 1:12 minute program:
   I own the video, have watched it probably 10 times -- choked up every time.  Look forward to my next viewing.  The full version is much better than the shorter version whose link I have provided.
Fredrick Lucas on January 22, 2017 10:21 PM
An organization called Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Govermment will introduce a lawsuit on Monday against Donald Trump. According to Noah Bookbinder, Executive Director, Trump is in violation of the emolument clause of the Constitution. He needs to put his entire holdings into a blind trust. Turning the business over to his sons isn't enough. After all Jimmy Carter put his peanut business into a blind trust. 

I will be interested in the final ruling on this matter.
Carl on January 22, 2017 10:44 PM
Now Fred, there you go again.  Are you going to spend the next 8 years fretting over every Trump controversy, real or confected?

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