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Mike Murphy on April 5, 2014 1:28 PM
Ched- You are right on about the numbers on ACA. Even if you give the prevacators the benefit of the doubt the numbers don't add up - never have! However we can solve it all by putting everyone on Medicare and paying off the insurance companies with our tax dollars. Ruining the health care system with ACA is criminal! Professionally I still think crap is the most descriptive word for ACA.

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

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

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

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

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


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

I vow to be gentler?

Keep the faith

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

Keep the faith

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A troglodyte can be a hermit or a caveman.

Have a good weekend. Fred Lucas

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

PHS60 on April 15, 2014 8:14 AM

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

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

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

And now for the rest of the story?

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

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

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

Happy Easter

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

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

Keep the faith

Fredrick Lucas on April 23, 2014 9:09 PM
I w ould like to wish those in our class who celebrated Passover, a happy Passover. That includes Senator Sanders who is Jewish. Carl, you didn't include that fact.

I mentioned the book by David Agus MD, A Short Guide to a Long Life. He is a faculty member in the College of Medicine at the University of Southern California. His specialty is Cancer. His grandfather was a rabbi.

The book has many good ideas for staying healthy.

On April 27, Jews from around the world will remember Yom HaSosh or the holacaust. In 1996, I visited the camp at Buchenwald.  That was a slave labor camp and included men from every country in Europe and North America. General Patton and the troops liberated the camp. If you put Buchenwald into a search engine you will see a four minute film showing the citizens from the town of Wimar viewing bodies stacked high. General Patton wanted the people of the town to witness the horrors that had taken place. At the entrance to the camp, the words Arbitet macht Frei. In English, Work makes freedom. Have a happy spring. Fred Lucas
Carl on April 23, 2014 10:03 PM
Interesting stuff, J. Fred.
You realize, don't you, that "work makes freedom" is a central point of those American right-wingers with whom you often take issue?  I didn't set out to produce a Bernie Sanders bio, so my failure to identify him as a Jew may have little to do with my entry.  However, I have a wide and treasured group of Jewish friends, and while, with but one exception, all are very liberal, their wrong-headedness doesn't keep us from caring deeply about each other.  Your Buchenwald visit must have been an extremely moving experience.  Kudos to you for going there.  Take care; stay well; keep stirring the pot.

Fredrick Lucas on April 24, 2014 6:50 PM
Carl and others, I decided to reveal myself. I am Jewish. Eight years ago, I learned from my cousin that the family was at one time Jewish. I took classes and studied with the rabbi for a year and decided to convert. I am a member of the Isaac Wise Temple in Cincinnati which is a Reform congregation.

Each year, I will wish my Jewish classmates a happy Passover. Shalom Fred Lucas
Carl on April 24, 2014 7:16 PM
J. Fred,
  I'm pleased to add you to my coterie of Jewish friends.  And while you may well be another of the "liberal persuasion," it makes not a whit of difference in my view of you.  

   I trust that, in addition to your genological history, your growing up in Princeton with such folks as Laufers, Seligs, Tomchins, Barbakows (my, was she ever a cutie), Efrons, et. al., provided you a basis for recognizing "Jewish culture" and such family-centric, close-knit qualities as are often expressed on our blog.
"Shalom" (meaning completeness, wholeness, health, peace, welfare, safety, tranquility, prosperity, perfectness, fullness, rest, harmony, the absence of agitation or discord) to you.  [No wonder you're attracted to KUSC.]
Carl on April 27, 2014 8:18 PM
Well J. Fred, it looks like you've really gone and done it this time.  One simple announcement of your (somewhat) newly embraced Judaism seems to have left our cadre of blogsters speechless.  I'm not sure what to make of this.
gene law on April 28, 2014 3:11 PM
Baruch Haba B'Shem Adonai......Couldn't write in Heberw. I'm certain Fred will know. Please remember to Sha'alu shalom Yerushalayim......Took me a while to catch up on the blog, could not pass up this opportunity to chime in on Fred's announcement, curious to know, with all the world hating the Hebrews why Fred would announce he has chosen the Jewish religion, the Hebrews have contributed more to the world than most people know about, as we live and breathe now, the Hebrews are contributing knowledge to the Californians about drip irrigation to ease their drought plague, they produce more fresh water than any other country through desalizination of sea water. Have furthered the advancement of curing heart disease than any other nation, working for a way to give insulin orally instead of by injection. Truly amazing country, exporting flowers, produce, to other countries. Even as small as she is more news from Israel than any other country in the world. Apple of God's eye, wrote His name on her holy mountains, much to be learned from the Israelites. Culture recorded vividly in the Holy Bible. Don't hear much from Israel on regular news channels, socialists do not have much to do with the Jews, Hitler and all, you know. If you are curious Internet is full wwwIsraelnownews.

Carl on April 28, 2014 3:05 PM
Birthdays A'Comin'
The month of May spells birthday celebrations for:

Gene Fields - May 1
Wayne Alvis - May 7
Doug Neal - May 18
Alice Sue Worrell White - May 25
Sonja Saunders White - May 3
Mike Murphy on April 28, 2014 5:49 PM
Happy Birthday

Interesting article in Charleston Daily Mail about possible the oldest school house in WV. It is on Browning Lambert Mountain and the owner is named Pigg. My friend Larry Moses was dating Judy Pigg who was a cheerleader at Montcalm High School and arranged a blind date for me with another of the Cheerleaders, who later became my first wife. Small world? The one room school is made of Chestnut. I remember seeing old chestnut snags in our woods at Glenwood. Researchers are trying to bring back the American Chestnut by crossing with Japanese etc. I have a chestnut at the conrer of my deck that is about 20ft tall. Usually at this height the bright takes over and they die. 

Folks from the Mercer Historical society are trying to preserve the old school.

Recommended reading. 
Carl please give URL.
Keep the Faith
Carl on April 30, 2014 10:35 AM

The BAD News: Charleston newspapers now charge about $4 to access articles online.
The GOOD News: Bluefield Daily Telegraph provided following (original) article for free:

April 14, 2014
Barn demolition project reveals 19th century log structure
by BILL ARCHER Bluefield Daily Telegraph

MONTCALM – A barn demolition project on Browning Lambert Mountain came to an abrupt halt last week when the owner of the barn uncovered a 19th century log structure at the core of the old barn.
  Brian Pigg removed the siding from the old barn to reveal huge, old hand-hewn timbers – some more than 24-inches in height and more than a foot thick – revealing a structure that was formally known as the old Mullins School, according to Jack Johnson, a native of Browning Lambert Mountain, and a retired history teacher at Montcalm High School.
  "A lady named Mullins owned an appreciable amount of land up here on the mountain," Johnson said. He has done a considerable amount of research on the history of Browning Lambert Mountain, and although he didn’t have his notes with him during a telephone interview, he shared his best recollection that around 1900, Mrs. Mullins gave property to two Browning brothers – Boyd Browning, whose property included the Mullins School structure, and Tom Browning who received the property where another school – the Browning School – was erected.
  "The Browning School House was torn down several years ago," Johnson recalled. He said that another school on the mountain that was known as the Lambert School served students further out the mountain. He said that later, the community built a brick schoolhouse at about the mid-point between the Browning and Lambert schools and named it, Browning Lambert School. "That’s how the community got its name," Johnson said.
  As to the size of the logs in the old Mullins School, Johnson said as a young man he can recall playing in an old Chestnut Tree stump. "It was a huge stump," he said recalling that one of his friends wanted to build a house in the stump. "There was one of these stumps near where the Mullins School is located," he said.
  The American Chestnut trees dominated the hardwood forests of the Appalachian Mountain region until 1900 when a fungus blighted the chestnut forests. Brian Pigg said that he has asked R.D. Dishner to check out the walls of the log structure to see if they were built of pre-blighted chestnut logs.
  Nelson Pigg, Brian’s father, said the deed indicated that Mrs. Mullins owned the property where the school was located in either 1824 or 1844. The earlier date would have had the property located in Tazewell County, Va., because Mercer County was formed from Tazewell County in 1837.
  Andrew J. Mullins, who was born in Tazewell County, Va., in 1857, is the man for whom Mullens, Wyoming County is named. His father served in the Union Army and died in 1865, according to Jim Comstock’s "West Virginia Heritage Encyclopedia." Comstock’s encyclopedia doesn’t include any other Tazewell County Mullins’ family entries.
  "I stored hay in the old barn," Brian Pigg said. "There was an old two-story house up here that I took down earlier." When he discovered the old logs might be chestnut logs, he left the remaining tin on the roof to protect them from the elements until he determines his next step in the project.
  Johnson said the Mullins lady who previously owned the structure is buried in a private cemetery a short distance from the structure on Browning Lambert Mountain Road.

    – Contact Bill Archer at

NOTE: Our very own historian Pat Smith may well know more about this.  Anything to add PattyCakes?


Mike Murphy on May 3, 2014 1:00 PM
Carl - Thanks for posting the story. May you be in heaven 20 years before the devil discovers your passing. Irish Humor

Fred - I visited Dachau in the 80s and was appaled at the treatment of the Jews especially the experiments the Germans performed on them. Was struck by some of the attitudes of the Germans in the 80s while staying at Bertshgaden. One lady at the Bertshgaden Hoff stated that Hitler was not all bad refering to the roads and buildings in that town. Also a group of Hitler sympathizers met periodically at the Goldner Bear resturant/bar in Bertshg at a corner table reserved especially for them.

Carl - Do you remember Jeanny Wolfe, she was Jewish and a doctoral intern at Job Corps. I recently read an article about Michael Rockefeller who was possibly eaten by Cannabals in New Guinia. Jeanny was married to a man who worked for Jay Rockefeller and he and Jeanny were previously stationed in Papau New Guina with the Peace Corps. Since reading the article in Smithsonian I have woundered if these fact were just coincendental or somehow connected? Have often thought that someone should write a history of the Job Corps Internship program, probably would not be as interesting as the White House program?

Fred - I have studied a little about the similarities and differences of the Bible and the Koran and have read parts of the book Jesus the Profit which was given to me by a book publisher in SA. Have not studied the Tora but would be interested on your comparison of the Holy Books.

Keep the faith
gene law on May 3, 2014 4:31 PM
Very interesting, Mike, the Torah, if you read the very first chapter, interestingly is and has been called by the Jewish scholars as "Revelation" I heard a Jewish preacher(completed Jew) as called by some, In the first verse God introduces himself, 2nd verse introduces the Holy Spirit, 3rd verse introduces Jesus, I like that viewpoint, as Revelation is unveiling, or making clear. I have been fascinated by the Jewish teachings and Jewish history will blow your mind, get a chance read a Jewish prospective of the six day war(1967) a Jewish officer gives a fascinating report of what happened to him after he was paralyzed and bed ridden, too lengthy to go into here, but great reading, There's a book "They Thought For Themselves" hard to find, but worth the effort, truly amazing, stories from different Jews in their walk in this world.
Carl on May 3, 2014 4:52 PM
They Thought for Themselves is available at for as little as $4 Used [$0.01 + $3.99 shipping] or $5.69 New [$1.70 + $3.99 shipping].

Also, Amazon recently introduced "Amazon SMILE," a program that donates part of each qualifying sale to a charity of the buyer's choosing.  Everything is the same price, so prices aren't bumped up to cover the contribution.  Costs nothing to join.  What's not to like? 
Fredrick Lucas on May 4, 2014 3:49 PM

I belong to a Reform congregation.All of the positions in the congregation including Rabbi are open to women. The Orthodox do not include women in leadership positions.Regarding Torah, they believe that one lights a fire when driving an auto on Shabbat.Driving to services is forbidden. They are strict with Kosher foods. We aren't strict.

In Cincinnati, confirmation classes from Presbyterian, Evangelical Lutheren, and St.Xavier have visited our services. The rabbi offers them an explaination of what we do,

We have a Jewish Community Center sponsored by the Jewish Federation  that is open to the public. It contains a fitness center. We also have Jewish Family Services. Here licensed social workers help families in crisis. A family doesn't need to be Jewish to receive help.We have an assisted living center which is open to non Jews as well. Finally, Hebrew Union College is a graduate school that trains rabbis.

Last year, our congregation fed 1780 people in the soup kitchen. We also sheltered 36 families in our homeless shelter. Our members volunteer time to 30 agencies in greater Cincinnati. I volunteer time with the Cincinnati Association for the Blind. During the year, we give food to the local food bank.

One of our rabbis teaches a class on Judiasm at Xavier University. Some of our members volunteer with Catholic social service organizations.

Our temple, the Isaac Wise Temple does video streaming live each Friday at 6;15 pm. on the web site. We think that positive actions or good deeds speak louder than words.

We have 900 congregations in the United States. There are about 5.5 million Jews in the United States and Canada. There are 14.5 million world wide. These include Conservative and Orthodox congregations.

The basic credo of all Jews is Hear, O Israel, the Lord is our God, the Lord is One.

Its true that some people don't like Jews. In Kansas recently, a man killed three people at the Jewish Community Center and at the assisted living center. All three were Christian. Some people don't like Christians while others don't like Moslems.

Rabbi Hillel was asked whether he could summerize the Jewish faith in one sentence. Whatever is hateful to you, don't do to others. In Christianity do unto others as would have them do unto you. Fred Lucas
Carl on May 4, 2014 5:33 PM
J. Fred, I sure prefer the Rabbi Hillel sentence and the Golden Rule to "Death to the infidel!!!"

Carl on May 5, 2014 10:34 AM
WOWZER!  Spring is struttin' its stuff in Bethesda.  Winter's aches seem lessened.  Life is good.  Here's a "musical interlude" appropriate to the times, by a little group that got its start in Paw Paw, WV:
    [just click on the link]
Have a good day.

Carl on May 6, 2014 3:20 PM
Yo!  You Ryano's!
I haven't seen a group photo of the Ryan's dinner gang for months. 
Sure would appreciate one.  Thanks.

Fredrick Lucas on May 7, 2014 4:22 PM
This is a remembrance for those of us who are baseball fans. Yogi Berra is still living in New Jersey. He is 88 years old and will turn 89. He was the catcher for the New York Yankees. He once said that the ball game isn't over until it is over. He also said that it is deja vu all over again.

Ken Kendrick PHS '61 opened his check book and gave the College of Business and Economics five million dollars . He is a general partner with the Arizona Diamondbacks baseball team.

Regards, Fred Lucas
Carl on May 7, 2014 4:53 PM
J. Fred, I assume you mean $5M to the WVU College of Business & Economics, what with Ken being a WVU grad.
Fredrick Lucas on May 8, 2014 5:47 PM

You are correct. The gift was to WVU. Fred

Carl on May 9, 2014 7:51 PM
Hmmm, I wonder if anyone showed up for Tuesday's PHS60 dinner at Ryan's.
Fredrick Lucas on May 10, 2014 9:11 PM
This is for those who remember former Ohio State football coach, Jim Tressel. Last week he was named President of Youngstown State University. 

West Virginia University was notified by the state that there would be a funding cut. Students will see an increase of 5% in tuition charges. Full time students will pay $3045 per semester for the 2024-2015 school year. Fred Lucas
Carl on May 11, 2014 2:59 PM
J. Fred, of course it was over a half-century ago, but I remember tuition & fees at Concord College being $104 / semester.  Seems that it's come quite a long way to become a university, now $3,211 / semester.

Ched on May 11, 2014 11:58 PM
I have been in contact with  several of my  musition friends  at Va  Tech. They  remember (with fondness)  Arnold Palmer  who we  asked  to play with us on several occasions. He was GREAT!!!!
Sadly Larry Watkins is no  longer  with us........
Mike Murphy on May 12, 2014 12:20 PM
Ched- Were you one of the guys that did the pantomine to baby slow down at one of the assemblies? I remember some were dressed in black shirts and white ties and white bucks.  I have one of Arnold's CDs he is very talented.

Carl - I rember my tuition and fees at BSC for 1960 first semester were $64.00. Quite a bargain.  Those WV HS Grads who maintain at least a B average and score high enough on the SAT are elegible for thr promise scholarship program.  

Pete - are you OK - your silence is deafining?
Keep the faith
Darla on May 12, 2014 3:03 PM
Carol Wyrick Martin's brother, Jimmy, passed away. The viewing is tonight at Seaver's. My prayers are with the family.
Ched on May 15, 2014 10:14 AM
,No I dont   think I  did  the pantomine tha I remember. The  goofy stunt I remember  was Tom Dillon several others and I dressed as  cheerleaders and generally made fools of ourselves on the  stage.... but it  was  fun !!!

Carl on May 13, 2014 10:21 AM
Doug Neal - May 18
Alice Sue Worrell White - May 25
Sonja Saunders White - May 31

Sarah Evans Allen - June 3
Edward Laufer - June 4
I hope that they're all happy ones.

Mike Murphy on May 13, 2014 12:31 PM
Carol - Sorry about your brother's passing.

Darla & Geno - Saw in paper today that first of season mad racoon was killed at Green Valley - be careful

Happy Birthday to listed

keep the faith
gene law on May 13, 2014 4:22 PM
Mike it ain't the coons its the snakes, got on one yesterday while trimming round a big ol' Jack pine, thing was hiding beside a root just waiting to ambush me, well when he raised up he succeeded in scaring me half to death but my weed eater cut him in half, thank God for the man that invented weed eaters. Hate snakes, if I haven't messed up on the count that was no. 57 since I moved here. Happy birthday to all you May youngins. Condolences Carol.
Cookie on May 13, 2014 5:48 PM
Bet his name was "Heinz"

Mike Murphy on May 14, 2014 12:09 PM
Bernie Saunders and Harry Reid have identified the source of all ills in politics, the Koch Brothers and conservatives. Horray for Socialism!

Keep the faith

PS - Geno did you know St Michael ran all the snakes out of Ireland or was it that he was so mean the snakes could't stand him?
Cookie on May 14, 2014 2:03 PM
Geno:  He is pulling your leg.  It was St. Patrick.  
gene law on May 14, 2014 3:36 PM
I thought I felt a tug on the toe, Socialism is a coming whether you like it or not, check out Hillary's speech, and remember "you cannot let a crises pass, you must take every advantage of it" Obama and Harry Reid said amen, oh well this is the pathway to one world govt. And it is almost upon us. In fact that red horse in Rev. chapter 6 I believe is the spirit of socialism, absolutely amazing how many prophecies of the Bible is being fulfilled in such a short time. Better read up folks it's gonna get worse.
Carl on May 14, 2014 5:03 PM
Geno, if I read you right, you just aren't a "Happy Days Are Here Again" kinda guy.
mike murphy on May 14, 2014 5:09 PM
Haven't you heard of Pat and Mike jokes?


Ched on May 15, 2014 10:08 AM
Happy Birthday:
, Alice, Sonja, Sarah And Eddie  !!!! and many more
gene law on May 15, 2014 3:21 PM
I have become a pessimist, "Happy days are gone never to return again, things are bad things are sad, never be happy days again" Where oh where have my tax dollars gone, busted and broke ain't no joke feelin' down and blue ain't no hope my friend it'll soon happen to you. Tell me a Pat and Mike joke. Heard about the two nuns, their car ran out of gas, all they had to get some gas in was a bed pan, guy seen them filling their tank from that bed pan, said "if that thing starts I'm joining the church."
Fredrick Lucas on May 16, 2014 7:32 AM
Last week two good men were killed at the Brody mine number 1 in Boone County. The mine was owned by the Patriot Coal Company of St. Louis. According to WOWK TV, the United States Mine Safety and Health Administration cited the company with 253 significant and substantial violations ending in August of 2013.

I will be interested to learn what the forthcoming investigations will find.
Tom Dillon on May 17, 2014 7:51 AM
Carl, I cannot read the blog as roughly 1/2 of the entries have a blue background and unless some writes in red, black, or another color. Did I mess up my cookies? Sorry, D. I have been changing passwords and running 2 antivirus programs to avoid hackers.
The infamous cheerleader pantomine included Stephenson, Yearout, Goins, Brohard, T. Dillon, and J.Dillon. I think I have a picture somewhere. St.Clair has all such history.

Carl on May 17, 2014 8:25 AM
Tom, good to hear from you.  Sorry about your "blues."  (Truth is, there's not been much worth reading since you stopped posting several months ago.) 
  There seems to be trouble with our site this morning: very slow; unresponsive buttons; blue backgrounds.  I'll try to look into it, but won't have time 'til later.
Carl on May 17, 2014 8:46 AM
TD, things on the Blog may be a bit better.  On a hunch, I scraped off 2 or 3 months of plaque from the top.  It now seems more responsive on my PC, and faster.  Hope this helps you.
Carl on May 17, 2014 5:50 PM
Tom, I tried a bit more and think that I may have eliminated the blue emanation.  How's it looking on your end?   [I don't mean literally on your end, and would prefer not knowing that.  Let me put it differently: do you still have the blues?]
Thomas Dillon on May 18, 2014 7:44 AM
Carl, all the blue is gone. Thanks, were you an gastroenterologists in another life? The blue emanation was causing significant optical problems.
Delores, I thought I was being funny with my reference to cookies. That's what I get for thinking.

Carl on May 18, 2014 11:20 AM
Tom, my life's #1 pursuit has been to chase away the blues . . . particularly my own.
Mike Murphy on May 18, 2014 7:48 PM
Carl - you grabbed the bull by the tail and looked the situation straight in the eye??

Love the Blues
Darla on May 19, 2014 6:55 AM
I love all the color...just wish I had the choice. I can't choose color or size of font. Carl, can you help!!!
Carl on May 19, 2014 11:48 AM
Darla, there are times when the color & font options seem "dead" to me too.  I sometimes can work around it by using a different browser (e.g., Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome).  I generally use Internet Explorer as my browser, but sometimes I have various problems that Firefox (my favorite back-up) overcomes.  Sometimes the "access" problem just goes away.  Sounds like maybe not so much for you. 
Firefox is FREE.  Go to -- a safe site -- and search for Mozilla Firefox.
Good luck.  Thanks for staying in touch.
Tom Dillon on May 19, 2014 4:42 PM
Darla, I think that it is a male thing. We learned to font our colors from the birds.
gene law on May 20, 2014 10:21 AM
Tom that's good insight, seems like I only have hindsight, went all winter without a sniffle now I've been knocked down by an overwhelming full blown wordwide expansion full blown knock em down kickem in the teeth nose running cough never ending chill blaines fever sweatin cold, aaaggggg I am about to go stir crazy been laid up 4days now or is it 5 can't remember. Was Brooklyn in Dodgers or Dodgers in Brooklyn? Can't remember that either. Need some nonsense only thing that makes sense any more I need to laugh Cookie wherefore art thou, hear about the blonde that died from the hiccups? some one told her to hold her breath for 10 seconds, poor thing set her timer for ten minutes. come to think about it that might have been a bald man, can't remember, I had a boil once doctor told me I had to prick it, good thing I came to myself just as the water started to boil. Can't remember can cause lots of problems. I think that's a syndrome or is it a synonym, can't remember that either, oh well to embark on a fliver of faith and fly away to a magical shore of never feel bad, sad or lonely. To be washed in a smile of heavenly lotion, the warmth of a sweethearts kiss and bathed in motherly love, That's what this old man needs for this uncaring hateful despicable fun chasing ,blues bringing walking the floor miserable chill blaines up the backbone going to the legbone blues.
Carl on May 20, 2014 10:49 AM
I think from now on I'm gonna call him "Muddy" Law.  Or "T-Bone."

Ched on May 20, 2014 11:28 AM
 My experts say that you should have only  one  antivirus  and  firewall program installed on your  computor. T have more  than one  causes "problems"  !!!

Becky Novarro on May 20, 2014 11:51 AM
Hello from "hot" Florida.  I just wanted to see if my sending worked!  When you guys talk about computer stuff, I feel really dumb.  I now have an iPad and my HP doesn't like it much.  Haven't gotten a joke or picture from anyone in weeks.  Thanks Geno for the laugh.  Hope you get well soon.  See you soon, I hope.   Becky
Fredrick Lucas on May 20, 2014 4:46 PM
You have often seen me mention Austin Peay University and their well known cheer, Let's go Peay. This time the school and the football team have a real challenge. A forty foot sink hole opened up in the end zone and they are trying to determine the depth of the hole and how to fix the problem before the season starts. A good golfer could get a hole in one.

Fred Lucas
Darla on May 20, 2014 6:57 PM
Thanks Carl and Tom, but still no color. I do have Google Chrome. I can live with it!!!
Darla on May 20, 2014 7:13 PM
Carl on May 21, 2014 7:33 AM
Wow.  Looks like Darla has more rosiness in her cheeks than usual.
gene law on May 21, 2014 12:44 PM
Fred!!! They took their cheer to heart and washed the end zone away, shows what will happen when everyone goes together. Today is brighter I can now move both legs, ain't coughing my head off, I maybe can look for a brighter weekend, went for a walk had some pain but not so bad as it has been, while walking I had visions of days gone past when I ran jumped hopped turned flips, don't ever remember having any pain, took for granted, now am grateful to move, strange how things change, oh well I guess things happen that way, kinda like the old fella stopped in the local bar to have a drink one turned into two then that turned into more fell right off his barstool, a waitress helped him up said "boy you've had it" he said "I Have? How much I owe you?"
Dookie on May 21, 2014 2:53 PM
Fredo: About that sink hole at Austen Peay...wasn't that where your famous "Fly" went. Maybe they could just find a giant zipper and close it up.
Cookie on May 21, 2014 2:55 PM
No "Dookie" jokes please.  I'm not in the mood.  "Geno Mood" is catching.  
Tom Dillon on May 22, 2014 7:51 AM
Carl, I see blue again.
Carl on May 22, 2014 8:46 AM
Tom, about all that I can offer at this point is:
Brush off the clouds and cheer up,
     Put on a happy face.

2.  Try a different web browser.  Darla mentioned success with Google Chrome.  I've had good luck with Mozilla Firefox.
Thomas Dillon on May 22, 2014 8:20 PM
Carl, you are the man
Mike Murphy on May 23, 2014 12:12 PM

Bernie and Jay are looking out for us!!

Keep the Faith
Deeter on May 23, 2014 1:12 PM
Murph, did anyone ever tell you you're beautiful when you use such colorful language?
Mike Murphy on May 23, 2014 7:39 PM
Not recently

Be colorful
Delores on May 24, 2014 10:53 AM
To My Father~~My War Hero
The bombs had fallen on Pearl Harbour and Hitler and the Japanese had declared war against our nation!  So, a young 22 year old kissed his young wife and new baby daughter farewell and boarded a train in Bluefield for an uncertain and fearful future.  For three long years he sailed the seas of the South Pacific fighting for his country and doing his part to save our liberties and freedoms.  For 13 months of those three long years he never saw land.  He only saw smoke, heard the whine of Japanese planes dive bombing his ship and listened to the cries of his dying shipmates. Only by the grace of God did he safely return to his beloved mountains to build a home, raise a family, and each morning take the walk to the back yard to raise and salute Old Glory.  On this Memorial Day weekend I salute my father and say thank you Daddy for the sacrifices you made.  God bless our nation and god bless ALL our veterans.  May those who remember never forget.  May those who don't know learn from the past.
Mike Murphy on May 24, 2014 11:55 AM
Cookie-Now that is being colorful!

My brother who past, 7/12/2014, also was in the Pacific and won the Bronze Star in the Phillipines and my Nephew Sam who was a sniper in Vietnam won the bronze star. I did not serve but salute those who did especially my relatives and your Dad Cookie. Having lived several years in a war zone makes me appreciate our Vetrans.

Carl, Pete, Tracey and other Vets from PHS 60 your service is most appreciated especially this weekend!

Keep the Faith and Support the Troops!
Carl on May 24, 2014 12:03 PM
Thanks Murph. 
Here's at least a partial list of PHS60 veterans:

Wayne Alvis - Marines
Cecil Blevins - Air Force
Doug Damewood - Army
Kenny Ellis - Air Force
Carlton Evans - Air Force
Tracy French - Army
Jakie Huneycutt - Air Force
Douglas Johnston - Navy
Raymond Kidwell - Army
Billy King - Army
Douglas Lee - Navy

Joe McKenzie - Air Force
Fitzhugh Mills - Air Force
Arnold Palmer - Air Force
Tim Read - Army
Scott Reid - Air Force
Calvin Roland - Navy
John Smith - Air Force

Pete Stephenson - Air Force
Carl Thomason - Army
Edward Tomchin - Army Reserve 

Darla on May 24, 2014 2:23 PM
Thanks to all our classmates who served.  I am so thankful for our freedom.
Mike Murphy on May 24, 2014 7:38 PM
Billy King was in the Army I think. He was stationed in Germany.
Also Doug Lee was in the Navy.

This seems like a high percentage? does amyone know if it is above average?
keep the faith
Fredrick Lucas on May 25, 2014 7:17 AM
I would like to thank all the veterans in our class who served. I would like to remember my Dad who served in World War 2. He was stationed in Hawaii and repaired battleships.I would also like to remember my relatives who fought in World War 1, the United States Civil War to preserve the Union, the War of 1812, and the Revolutionary War.

Incidentally, if you go to the Austin Peay web page, you can see photos of the sink hole

Fred Lucas

Ched on May 29, 2014 3:36 PM
beautifully written tribute to one of " the greatest generation". Garland Hill a great American!!!!

Carl on May 25, 2014 9:14 AM
HELP!!!  Timmy's fallen down the well!
OK, OK, it's not really that bad, but I still need help.

Above, in my May 24 entry, I've listed PHS60 veterans.  Almost surely the list is incomplete.  Thanks to anyone who can add to it: name & branch of service if known. 
gene law on May 26, 2014 2:04 PM
Cookie, good write up, enjoyed, a big thankyou to all you who served, and have a good day.

Carl on May 26, 2014 4:08 PM
Good news: Pete's precinct reported in.
Curiously, however, I got my usual email notification but his comment hasn't appeared on our Blog.  So here it is:

Pete Stephenson on May 26, 2014 3:00 pm

Hi All!! Computer crash about 2 mo ago, just got back on today. Glad to report all is well here! Ched..thanks for info on Lake, so sorry to hear of his passing. John Smith was in the Air Force. Heard he was killed in an auto accident in Germany in early 60s. Really good guy, good friend at PHS. Have missed the blog, but I"M BACK!!!!! Anyone in Wild and Wonderful, give Linda and Me a holler, would love to see all of you!!! Hope, Faith and Love, Pete

Carl on May 27, 2014 4:58 PM
I'm hoping to make it to Pctn. for next Tuesday's PHS60 dinner meeting at Ryan's.  Looking forward to seeing whoever can be there. 
Darla on May 28, 2014 5:53 PM
Looking forward to seeing you!!!!!!
Pete Stephenson on May 29, 2014 12:17 PM
Pete here, It looks as though the blog has been active since my pc burn up. Good to hear that you will be in Princeton this coming week Carl. Looking forward for your return.Geno how are you? Let me know how you are. Becky are you on the return to Princeton? I hope all of you are doing ok, Faith hope and love.

Mike Murphy on May 29, 2014 12:55 PM
Attn Vets and family - I thought that all vets were elegible for burial benefits - not necessarily. The funeral home applied for burial benefits for my brother and indicated that they did not know what would be available but that VA would be in touch later. I called VA in November 2013 to check on app and they said it could take up to a year for processing. Received letter 2 days past from VA dated May 22, 2014, 9 months after app stating "We cannot pay your claim for the nonservice burial allowance because:
(1) The vetran was not in receipt of nor entitled to disability compensation or pension on the date of death; or

(2) The vetran did not have a claim pending on the date of death which would have resulted in entitlement to disability compensation or pension; or

(3) at the time of death, the vetran was not hospitalized by VA nor traveling under proper authority and at VA expense for the purpose of examination, treatment or care."

If you are interested/affected I suggest that you Google Vetrans Burial Benefits. I found it hard to understand and convoluted. Something happened in 2011 which changed elegibility significantly?

Perhaps Vets should use VA treatment if they want burial benefits, which could be up to $3000+. But with current service being offered by VA and under investigation it may not be worth it? It is a shame the treatment Vets are receiving at VA. Just another example of government run programs!

My experience with by brothers estate has opened my eyes to the completity of laws and problems concerning settlement of estates. You must file notice of estates over $100,000 in local paper for 90 days and you cannot settle estate for 1 year to pend clearance of all debts.  

If you do not have a will get one immediatly, they generally only cost $200 for husband and wife and must be seperate in WV.  Do not put will in safe deposit box unless someone else in family has access, copies are no good and banks require death certificates and letter and administration before they will let you access safe deposit boxes. Store will in fireproof gun safe etc.

Sorry for the rambling, but being fore warned is being fore armed.

Keep the faith
and again thanks to all you Vetrans
Cookie on May 29, 2014 1:24 PM
NOTICE DOUG NEAL:  You may need to prepare for dignitaries at the next dinner meeting.  Appears you are expecting a guest from Bethesda, MD--just voted the RICHEST SMALL TOWN IN AMERICA and the home of none other than Wolf Blitzer.   Dang!  Our resident poet "done good!"
Carl on May 29, 2014 2:22 PM
Cookie, if you regard "Rich Bethesda" as good news, it'll probably just get better.  Odds are high that I will move from there within the next year -- probably to Virginia -- which will further increase the average wealth level of the Bethesda citizenry.
Cookie on May 29, 2014 3:09 PM
AHA!  Another Marylander taking his retirement dollars and fleeing the land of O'Madly/Brown.  Those 43 tax increases start to hurt after awhile don't they. Blacksburg is looking better all the time.  You go fellow!  Travel safely and say hello for me.  
Carl on May 29, 2014 9:32 PM
Cooks, Virginia's a big and welcoming state.  Come on over.
gene law on May 30, 2014 1:13 PM
WOW!!! the blog hAS COME alive, miss one or two days looking, it takes some reading to catch up, Carl you really going to be a Virginian? Pete good to hear from you, I'm coming along ain't up to riding any horses yet, but I can get out a little and move slowly about, having trouble getting rid of this nagging cough and the !@#$%^&()%$#@#$% blanketity blank blank stuff I don't have words to describe, but all in all, you going to be at the dinner? I may try to make this one be good to see all the dignitaries that might be there. Dillon, where are ya? Mike that is good advice guess we all should take heed since we seem to be moving more and more into the inevitable, Cookie, you folks really have 43 tax increases? Well the beauty of socialism is in reality 100% tax, and in turn the govt. takes care of everything, don't have to worry about owning anything, what a relief huh? Oh well chutzpa to all of it.Cannot shake these lowdown feeling bad blues. Times like this I remember why I started drinking, right now I can't remember why I quit. Lapse of memory comes in handy once in a while, Pete you living in Pctn. now? As usual I've ran on and on, type like I talk, get started can't quit, whoever invented words may not have done us a good thing, miss the good ol' days, I go there and visit once in a while, sometimes stay for an hour or two, been thinking about hibernating there. I don't think that's too healthy, but I sure enjoy it. Reminds me of the old boy got pulled over by the state trooper, "I hit my lights and blew the siren, why did you take off running?" He told the trooper, "my wife ran off with a state trooper, I thought you were bringing her back." Have a good day.

Carl on June 1, 2014 10:31 AM
Leavin' in 10 minutes for Mercer/Tazewell Counties.
Hope to see you Tues. nite at Ryan's.

Darla on June 1, 2014 1:37 PM
Cookie on June 1, 2014 3:40 PM
Cookie on June 1, 2014 3:46 PM
(Hit enter too soon)  On this beautiful Sunday afternoon here in the Land of Pleasant Living it suddenly occurred to me why our Webmaster is vacating the riches city in the U.S.  Its the FAMOUS BATHROOM BILL isn't it.  Not too hasty there dear friend, there is a petition floating around to get in on the ballot for voter referendum June 24.  I'll let you explain at the dinner.  Should make interesting conversation.  
Pete Stephenson on June 3, 2014 10:38 AM
Pete here Linda and I are looking forward to the get together this evening at Ryans.For those that are interested I have a new email address.

Seems as though when something happens like a pc crash that everything has to be changed. A real pain in the bud so to speak. Yes Geno I am back in Princeton, Living here in Sunny Meadows just down the road from where you were raised and worked, I hope you are doing better now that the weather is warmer.Big Mike I hope all is well with you.Hope you make it down this evening also. Joe Holden was in the last meeting. He has a summer home down below athens. A nice place to get away from the hustle and bustle of New Jersey where he lives. He went home last week and said he wan't be back to late July. I pray that all of you have a safe and enjoyable summer,Cookie are you going to SML this summer? I have my place at Vinton,finally on the market. Faith,Hope and love to all
Pete Stephenson on June 3, 2014 10:56 AM
Pete again For those of you in the class that remember Carol Wyrick Martins brother Jimmy Wyrick class of 59 I believe"just wanted to let you know that Jimmy passed away a couple weeks back,I send my condolences to Carol and Jeff and all of Jimmys family and hope you do too.I always appreciated the friendship that Jim and I had.

Ched on June 3, 2014 8:38 PM
Ive bee off  for  a  while. Just  spent a  week at  the beach ( just  south of Myrtle Beach )   Weather  was  great!!!!
To any thinking of  relocating  south, Tennessee has no state income  tax and overall taxes  are pretty low. TN does have  a  tax on dividends  and intrest from investments but  there are plans  to phase  that out.
Pete,  glad  you are back !!!
Best  to  all !!!!
PS:  Political  comments later when I get over my anger  for freeing  5 Taliban fighters  from Gitmo !!!!!!
Fredrick Lucas on June 3, 2014 10:31 PM
Thought that I would report trouble in the coal fields. US Attorney Booth Goodwin reported that several employees of the Arch Coal Company's Mountain Laurel Complex in Logan County had a kick back scheme with suppliers who had contracts with Arch Coal. The kickbacks amounted to two million dollars. The company asked for the investigation. The source is ABC News.

Why must some people be so greedy? The mine had 2.9 million tons in sales last year. Fred /lucas

Mike Murphy on June 4, 2014 12:55 PM
Ched - Sounds like rocky top is the place to be. WV keeps nickel and dimeing us to death. I usually owe about as much state income tax as federal, Can't itemize deductions on WV state tax. With new EPA regs expect state tax and utilities to double in next few years.

Concerning trading  high level terrorists for a deserter, what a bunch of incompetent dangerous arrogrant bumblers, or are they using their supposed incompetence to acheive their liberal anti military goals?  I am glad I don't have to travel internationally any more. The door has been opened for Americans to be kidnapped for exchange of prisioners and other ransom. I thought we didn't negotiate with terriorists. Makes me long for Jimmie & Billy Carter??

Keep the faith
Pete Stephenson on June 4, 2014 12:58 PM
Pete here, What a good time we all enjoyed last evening at Ryans, It was good to see Curly, Carl, Jeff and Edward there along with all the locals that attend often. I think I counted around 20. Thought Becky and Jim would been there but guess they are running late for their W,Va.visit. What about it queenie. Miss you. Linda and Rob. are you going to make it up this summer? Geno, missed you and Sandy, Also thought that you would make it big Mike. Thanks Ched come to see us. Faith Hope,and Love to all.

Pete here Stephenson on June 4, 2014 1:06 PM
Pete here again, I agree with you and Ched Mike. I also didn't think we dealt with terrorist. Am I wrong in thinking that the exchange was 5 Al Quedas for one american deserter. Feel free to correct me if I"m wrong. Our leadership has failed in every way, possible.
Carl on June 5, 2014 1:52 PM
Pete, I sure hope you're not underestimating this administration with that last sentence.   {: )
Cookie on June 5, 2014 3:16 PM
That Webmaster!  What a guy!  He has been most kind and patience since my "Blog" went haywire.  Maybe for the best since (I have cooled down a little) I had some things I wanted to get off my chest...that is an increasing large chest as is the rest of my body.  At the rate I'm going only the Kardashians have me beat except my fat is real.  On a side note I did notice Bruce walked her down the isle..........A-G-A-I-N.  Hopefully he had time to have "The Talk" with her regarding wedding night expectations and hopefully Kanye was "gentle" and "patient." 

Now to the Bitch Fest...............................

Dearest Fredo:  I note your source for the devilish, greedy and un-American activities of the coal industry was none other than ABC.  Could you check and see how much time they have allotted to (1) a dead Ambassador and three brave men who tried to save him  (2) children streaming across our border by the tens of thousands and being dumped by bus in towns all over the country that we can now feed, house, cloth and educate so they can forever change the demographics of the country and increase certain voter registration rolls, (3) Fast & Furious, (4) trading a treasonous soilder for five murders who are now emboldened to kidnap and hold hostage Americans abroad (5) IRS intrusion and harrassment of Tea Party groups along with perjury, (6) paying millions in bonus money to VA administrators while the therapy pools are drained because they don't have the money to fill them with water, (7) Veterans who served with honor and placed their lives on the line who now must wait a year to see a doctor and then they  cut off the wrong leg, (8) Any Rose Garden recogniton for those families whose sons and daughters died and were wounded trying to recover that worthles piece of excrement, (9) coverage and explanation of the real meaning of the Arabic used by the father in the Rose Garden...I personally have trouble with English so I'm not sure what the Hell he said but I'm sure those present understood perfectly, (10)  Cooking the books on ACA and unemployment numbers and most importantly, (11) Shredding of the constitution while our impotent elected officials sit with their ......will you know.  
I could go on and on but I'll give my classmates a break and shut up.  I'm going out to wash and wax my 1999 F150 Lariat--78,000 miles, the one I just put $1500 in for the first time in years, new flloor mates, new emergency road kit, full tank of gas.....its going to my grandson who just got his first job as a cashier at Harris Teeter.....honor roll------3.5 GPA and he wants to go into politics because even at the age of 16 he has it figured out.   I think a nice pitcher of lemonade with a dash of something or another will assist greatly.  

I still love you Fredo but sweetheart keep your eye on the target, not the diversion.

Webmaster:  Now aren't you sorry you fixed my access to the blog?????? 
Carl on June 5, 2014 5:36 PM
Always happy to help -- no matter what "spillover" may ensue. 
   [whatta guy; WHATTA GUY!]
Cookie on June 5, 2014 7:28 PM
The Webmaster's verbage always seems to seek out the essence of every converation.
Still laughing.  
Pete Stephenson on June 10, 2014 4:11 PM
Pete here,Regarding my comments on this administration,from my point of view I can"t see where the Obama administration has done anything good for America.This last week with the swap out of 5 captured terriost for one army deserter doesn' make sense to me.I tthought anything like that had to go through congress and approved by the house and senate.Carl, I don't think I have understemated this administration in any way.

Ched on June 5, 2014 10:12 PM
Well said..... You  said it  all  !!!!  The  sheer incompetence in the  administration is truly "mindboggeling" !!!
cookie on June 6, 2014 12:44 AM
But I disagree neighbor.  This is truly the most successful administration in the history of the country.  
54 on June 6, 2014 10:14 AM
It depends on what is is?
Cookie on June 6, 2014 10:39 AM
For crying out loud 54--Grow a Pair!
Carl on June 6, 2014 10:50 AM
Cookie, I think I've heard you use that "grow a pair" expression before.  What does that mean?
Cookie on June 6, 2014 11:12 AM
I heard it on Frank Price's school bus one time and just thought it sounded good.  Beyond that I haven't a clue.  
Carl on June 6, 2014 11:41 AM
Do you recall if Mike Murphy was on that bus?
Cookie on June 6, 2014 11:51 AM
What difference does it make at this point--scream!  scream!
Mike Murphy on June 6, 2014 1:02 PM
Carl - Cookie and I didn't ride the same bus. I think my driver was the guy who was an auto mechanic on the old road between willow brooke and prnctn. He put a 4 barrell carb and a straight trans in my 51 Olds. 

Cookie and I didn't ride together but seem to be on the same wave length. Those long bus rides must contribute to common sense and knowing what IS is!  I wounder are these supposed blunders are a part of the Messiahs scheme to fundamentally change america not out of ignoragnce but misguided arrogance. as an example the use of "tricky language."  An Opinion article in todays Charleston Daily Mail by Tom Harris, Ex Director, of Canada-based International Climate Science Coalition, States "the term carbon pollution is like calling water vapor hydrogen pollution" . If one remembers Biology and Chemistry carbon dixoide is essential to photo senthesis as well as our breathing cycle.  I suggest reading this article which sheds some light on the war on coal and the dishonest language of "climate change" . Carl - perhaps you could provide the link? appologies for always imposing on your good graces!

Cookie couldn't be more right on her assertions of misguided policy and actions by the administration, but I am also in agreement all of this cannot be because of incompetence!  By the way I liked much of what America represented before this administration wanted to fundamentally transform it. Especially self reliance and economicaly sound principles, like not spending more than is coming in!  and rewarding sucess rather than holding it in disdain, much as is being done to our Military. You cannot name one country where our relationship has improved over the last 5 years. It is like we have a bunch of professors trying to run our country?

Keep Growing the Faith
Cookie on June 6, 2014 1:50 PM
Mike:  Was your driver Harold (or Grover) Elmore?   Shop on the left side going into town just past the shale banks.  My mom grew up in the little house on the hill above them.  
Cookie on June 6, 2014 2:21 PM
"Howard" comes to mind now. 
Carl on June 6, 2014 2:49 PM
Imposing on my "good graces"?  Good gracious!  What are you talkin' about Murph?
Here's the link to the Charleston Daily Mail opinion piece:
NOTE: I think they leave these items online for free for only a day or so, so readers might want to get there promptly.
Mike Murphy on June 6, 2014 5:22 PM
Cookie - I think you are right. It was Elmore for sure. An unfortunate event in his bus driving was a young departing passenger ran under his bus and was killed on new hope road.

Carl- Thanks so much.
Keep the faith
Mike Murphy on June 6, 2014 8:02 PM
Cookie - My brother Freeman who past last July said that your Mom was a beautiful woman!! 

Keep the Faith
Cookie on June 6, 2014 11:30 PM
Thanks Mike.  I sure thought she was.  She reminded you of the old 1940s Hollywood starlets.  I miss her so very much.  She was my best friend in the whole world.  
Carl on June 7, 2014 11:40 AM
Cookie (and Delores), I always enjoy your comments about your mom and dad.  I'll bet others do too.
Cookie on June 7, 2014 12:13 PM
Mike Murphy on June 8, 2014 1:19 PM
Cookie - I want to second Carls' comment on your writings. The last monthly dinner I attended, Tracey French et al were commenting on how well you wrote and how much they enjoyed your good passonite writings. 

Jeff Shumaker - wish you would elaborate on your work in South Africa and Russia. 

Ed Thomchin - wish you would tell us about your travel bussiness and your numerous travels - still envy your travel in Russia. My son went to Moscow on a field trip but we never got there. We had a trip planned and then Chernoble happened included Sharabo but we thought better. Also had trip planned to Spain but 2 couples of our project were robbed there. At the time they would target American rental cars. Drive up on each side with Motor Bikes and break out windows and steel purses wallets and jewelery. Ain't never been to Spain, but been to Oklahoma! where I had Chock Beer and Lamb Fries!!  Always prided myself at being able to drink and party till 3 AM and get up at 7 AM to go to work but didn't make the 8 AM meeting that morning!

Keep the Faith
Fredrick Lucas on June 8, 2014 10:38 PM
Over the years, I have travelled to France, Germany, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, Canada and Salt Lake City. No one ever bothered me in any of these places. In Salt Lake City a man asked for money.

I've also gone to Boston New York, Philadelphia , WashingtonDC Richmond, Charleston SC, Savannah, and Jacksonville. In the midwest,I've visited Chicago, Indianapolis, Columbus
Louisville. and Lexington. In the west I've seen Denver San Antonio and Houston.

One of my favorite destinations is Floyd Virginia. Had no trouble anywhere. Fred /lucas

gene law on June 9, 2014 10:39 AM
Fred you are blessed, I have trouble in my back yard, just day before yesterday, I was weed eating minding my own business stepped on a fierce mean looking snake, heart started pounding feet started pouncing up and down fiercely on that ominous looking stretched out denizen of the woods, must have stomped 10 12 times, figured I got him, since he wasn't moving, so I picked up that thoroughly stomped dead black hose some one threw away and put it in the garbage where it would scare no one else, looked around to see if any one saw what I did, had a small inward laugh of relief and resumed weed eating with eyes scanning every inch of ground. Have a good day
Carl on June 9, 2014 1:12 PM
Murph, lil ole provencial me had never heard of chock beer or lamb fries.  A Google search identified lamb fries.  Now I did "savor" Rocky Mountain Oysters at a rodeo in Greeley, Colorado.  And pig's tail, pig's ear and chicken feet on a recent trip.
   Google didn't help me with "chock beer."  What is that? 


Ched on June 9, 2014 1:42 PM
My travels do not measure up to some of the more prolific world beaters. but I have managed  a few locations. The most interesting  was a 3 year residency in Nairobi Kenya.  I abosulutely loved it and  the game  viewing is beyond  description. Also the Indian ocean at Mombasa is  christal clear.  Also  been to Uganda ( not  so nice),  Tanzania, England, Italy, Denmark, Japan ( 4 times on business), Costa Rica & Mexico (too many trips  to  recall). So now Im retired and I go to my cabin in Pigeon Forge TN !!!!

Hmm !!!  5 Taliban commanders  for one US  Soldier of questionable service.....  I havent  figured out  the math yet.  I ll try  calculus to see if it  computes.
Cookie on June 9, 2014 2:14 PM
I have traveled by personal coach to Safeway, 7-11, J.C. Penney, the post office, the Shell station, a hostile parent-teacher conference in Silver Spring, MD, a divorce lawyer's office on Connecticut Avenue in DC whose receptionist was exceptionally pleased with herself, a bar in Myrtle Beach and a quick trip to Shawnee Lake chasing boys.  Oh!  Once I did go to Hinton for a boat ride with people of questionable character and made another trip on a snowy turnpike to see Fats Domino in Charleston.   Don't hide, you remember it as well as I do.  
:-)  Was great wasn't it!!!!!!!

Becky Novarro on June 9, 2014 2:55 PM
Can't believe how many great travelers we have in our wonderful classmates.  I learned to "jitterbug" at Shawnee Lake!  Ain't tellin you what year!  Big deal, like you all aren't as old as dirt like me.  I missed the Tuesday dinner but am saving my coupons for July....Good Lord willing.
Pete, thanks for missing us.  We are in Princeton and enjoying the good old mountain air.  Even had a Mooney's BBQ sandwich last night. Be it ever so humble.  Hope to see all soon.  Love ya, Becky
Cookie on June 9, 2014 4:55 PM
The Queen has returned!  "Long live the Queen!"  :-)  Is Mrs. Mooney still making the hot dog chili?  Yummy!
Thomas Dillon on June 9, 2014 7:42 PM
I've been to:
Reno, Chicago, Fargo, Minnesota,
Buffalo, Toronto, Winslow, Sarasota,
Wichita, Tulsa, Ottawa, Oklahoma,
Tampa, Panama, Mattawa, La Paloma,
Bangor, Baltimore, Salvador, Amarillo,
Tocapillo, Baranquilla, and Perdilla. and
I've been to:
Boston, Charleston, Dayton, Louisiana,
Washington, Houston, Kingston, Texarkana,
Monterey, Faraday, Santa Fe, Tallapoosa,
Glen Rock, Black Rock, Little Rock, Oskaloosa,
Tennessee to Tennesse Chicopee, Spirit Lake,
Grand Lake, Devils Lake, Crater Lake. and
I've been to:
Louisville, Nashville, Knoxville, Ombabika,
Schefferville, Jacksonville, Waterville, Costa Rica,
Pittsfield, Springfield, Bakersfield, Shreveport,
Hackensack, Cadillac, Fond du Lac, Davenport,
Idaho, Jellico, Argentina, Diamantina,
Pasadena, Catalina. and
I've been to:
Pittsburgh, Parkersburg, Gravelbourg, Colorado,
Ellensburg, Rexburg, Vicksburg, Eldorado,
Larimore, Atmore, Haverstraw, Chatanika,
Chaska, Nebraska, Alaska, Opelika,
Baraboo, Waterloo, Kalamazoo, Kansas City,
Sioux City, Cedar City, Dodge City. And
Princeton , West Virginia.

I've been everywhere

And Queenie, so you think you can dance? You learned your moves in front of the TV cameras on Saturday mornings on the Bluefield dance show.
Mike Murphy on June 9, 2014 8:34 PM
Carl- The Oklahoma meeting was for the State Directors Of Vocational and was somewhere near Tulsa on a State Park. It was beautiful and had great golf but was in a dry county! However the resoursful Okies took us to a Choctau reservation which had a resturant that made their own beer and wine. They brought the beer out of the basement of the resturant in gallon jigs some were Fleecy White Bottles with about a 1/4" of yeast still on the bottom. To say it was green was an understatement, but after about 1/2 gal it got to tasting good, especially with the deep fried sheep testicles and a steak that took an extra sharp knife.

Worst thing I ever had was a soup in China which had what looked like a mushroom of a tree and a sweet yellow liquid.

Worst drink was a Bull Shot at Salem Va. Vodka and beef boulion. Like Nancy Pelosi I had to try it to see what was in it?

Keep th Faith
Carl on June 9, 2014 8:49 PM
TD, Deeter says that's one fine rhyme scheme you got going there.  But it seems that you've never been to Kegley.  You must check it out.
Cookie on June 9, 2014 9:53 PM
OH NO Webmaster:  Everyone has been to Kegley and to the Duce Inn althought they won't admit it.  
Mike Murphy on June 10, 2014 12:21 PM
Cookie - Was never in the Duce Inn but frequented the Fab Crossroads Grill.
Keep the Faith
Cookie on June 10, 2014 1:31 PM
Mike:  Aha!  Crossroads Grill.  I know some people who would have liked to burn it down.  
Just an observation:  On Sunday I was visiting an outlet mall on Maryland's Eastern Shore.  Was sitting outside on a shady park bench waiting for my traveling companions to finish their bargain hunting.  The usual shopping mall music was blaring.  After each song they made announcements which I assume were promoting various store bargains and promotions.  I'm not sure because they were .................are you ready........................In Japanese and Spanish.  Don't ask.  I haven't a clue except I said a dirty word....REAL, REAL LOUD.  Felt good too!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Becky Novarro on June 10, 2014 4:01 PM
Well Miss Cookie, I have sat in the parking lot at the Crossroad Grill waiting for a patron but I am a lot prouder of having been to Duce's.....spelling, anyone?  I can't remember their even being a sign outside!  First time Jim and I went out together was a pickup there.  Egads!  I don't tell that story to my Grandchildren!

Pete Stephenson at 4:11 pm

Carl on June 10, 2014 5:03 PM
Cuz, was Jim easy for you to pickup?  Did he play hard-to-get?
Carl on June 10, 2014 5:19 PM
Becky, just ignore my stupid question.  I quickly realized that a Jersey guy playing hard-to-get is rarer than a liberal posting to our Blog. 
(Thank heavens for J. Fred.).
Cookie on June 10, 2014 5:50 PM
Jim is cool!  He hypmotized her with his charm.  Plus he had that pretty blue Chevy.  

Pete:  Mark Levine very aptly called it like it is yesterday during one of his radio rants...................from now on he is Mr. President :I'm Gonna Do It.  Now!  Catch me if You Can."

Today he suggested that all the people who voted for this nonsense be required to adopt, house, feed, cloth and education 10 "children" coming across the border.   Especially those with beards and tatoos.  Crickets! Crickets!


Carl on June 14, 2014 12:24 AM
Just had a joyful evening at a John Prine concert.  Any of his fans out there?  Besides hearing a host of wonderful songs, he's a really engaging personality.  Some of his tunes took me back to our mountain roots.
Cookie on June 14, 2014 10:41 AM
June 14
Flag Day and Kay Hendrick Gammon's birthday.
Carl on June 14, 2014 11:02 AM
Happy Birthday Kay.
Keep smilin'.

Fredrick Lucas on June 15, 2014 9:52 PM
The Sierra Club of which I am a member won a lawsuit against the City of Cincinnati. The city gave permission to companies to build high rise buildings downtown. Unfortunately many of the sewers were at least 100 years old. Sewers would overflow creating a stench. Now workers are going through the city replacing sewers.

Mike you asked about drug problems. In 2012, 159 people died in Hamilton County from heroin over doses. In Northern Kentucky 85 people died. There were 680 deaths in Ohio that year.There were 1272 fatal drug overdoses from all sources. Ohio has11.5 million people. Source, Cincinnati Enquirer

I am a proud member of AARP. I have benefitted from their articles on health and well being. Fred Lucas

Carl on June 16, 2014 12:19 PM
J. Fred, you've again added evidence of the magnificence of the USA:
(evil?) big business developer starts a series of events that 1) engages a non-governmental "public interest" organization that 2) pressures city government to attend to long-neglected, deteriorating infrastructure that 3) produces a much needed public works project that 4) adds to the vibrancy and well-being of the community.  And ALL because of capitalistic greed.  Is this a great country or what?
Cookie on June 16, 2014 4:37 PM
Sounds like a "crappy" project to me.  

Carl on June 16, 2014 4:26 PM
I believe the saying is "better late than never."
I've posted a photo -- thanks Doug Neal -- from the June 3, 2014 PHS60 dinner meeting on the "BREAKING NEWS" page of our website (see tab above).
Looks like all the good looking people got to the chairs first.


Carl on June 17, 2014 3:34 PM
Spent a good while today rummaging thru old boxes of stored items.  Came across a funny looking pair of scissors.  Studied and studied, wondering what they were and how the got in with my "personal care" items.  Joan appeared and explained that they are thinning shears.  Hmmm.  I can't recall why I would ever have needed such a thing.
Fredrick Lucas on June 18, 2014 8:23 AM
Several years ago the Cincinnati Rotary Club gave some unique definitions to medical terms. Barium-What you do when CPR fails. Cesarean Section-A District in Rome.Dilate-live longer. G.I Series-Baseball Games between soldiers. Hangnail-A coat hook. Medical Staff-A Doctor's cane. Minor operation-coal digging. Morbid-A higher offer.Nitrate-Lower than the day rate.Node-Was aware of.Organic-Church musician.Outpatient-A person who has fainted. Protein-one who favors teenagers.Secretion-Hiding anything. Tablet- A small table.Tumor -An extra pair. Urine-opposite of you're out.Benign-What you are after you be eight. 

Hope that you have fun with these definitions. Fred

Carl on June 18, 2014 9:16 AM
J. Fred, I strongly suspect that the Cincy Rotarians stole that "node" def. from the WV Cultural History book.
Secondly, did you know that according to the Alphabet Redefinition Manual, "Fredo" is the 
scared  letter that immediately precedes that for which the popular cheer "Let's Go P!" was invented?  [Betcha didn't. . . . I think I've had too much coffee this morning.]

Cookie on June 18, 2014 9:39 AM
NO!  NO!  NO! Webmaster
Fredo was the smart one who got shot in the boat.  
Carl on June 18, 2014 7:57 PM
Cookie, your comment reminds me of a story that I was told about a girl named Freda [almost Fredo].  She was named Miss Lincoln High because all the guys took a shot at her in the balcony.  (:-)
Cookie on June 18, 2014 8:21 PM
I would conclude therefore that Miss Lincoln High "played" around.  1 can just hear her now as her voice resonated from the balcony, :"Play..Bill."
Pete Stephenson on June 19, 2014 4:09 PM
Pete Here,Carl Freda on the balcony,reminds me of a  New orleans.Seems as though 3 sailors on shore leave one weekend were walking in the red light district in the bayou city.They walked under one balcony and a young lady hollered at one of the sailors,"Hey big boy come on up here and I will give you something you have never had.The 3 sailors kep on walking,A couple hours later they returned to the balcony area and the young lady said come on up here and I will give you something you never had before,They sailor looked at his other 2 buddies and said:What in the hell does she have?Leprosy LOL Faith hopp and love to all.
Carl on June 19, 2014 4:25 PM
My humble regrets, gentle readers.  I'm afraid I've created a monster here.
Mike on June 19, 2014 4:28 PM
hi guys and gals
comp crashed trying I phone 
hoping to be back in the saddle soon
my son is loading up lap top w w8 and ms office
mayb this wknd
keep t faith
Carl on June 19, 2014 4:36 PM
Good luck Murph.  About a year ago I bought a new laptop for very occasional (i.e., travel) use.  It came with Windows 8 which, like lots of others, I hated.  Eventually I learned of a way to have it run as Windows 7 or Windows XP.  This really helped me since I don't use the laptop daily and therefore don't retain my "fine electronic edge" for different operating systems.  I think if you Google "run Windows 8 in Windows 7 mode" (or Windows XP mode) you'll find instructions for doing so. 

Ched on June 20, 2014 12:31 PM
Sorry about computor problems. Was your data backed up??? I hope so because the IRS will not give you a "pass".  They do expect us to give them a "pass" on lost e-mails on Lois Lerner's computor though. What kind of idiots does the government think we are? Lets try to correct this fiasco in November and again in 2016 !!!!
 (Im trying to keep the faith)
Mike on June 20, 2014 1:47 PM
Ched what a mess  I suppose we should have known that 20 yrs in a hate america church would lead to this

my computer problem was caused by some malware I dummy downloaded to be able to view a video on replacing  a fog light. I ask my son for help and he said it would be easier and best to put on my new lap top w windows 8.  He is loading my old files onto lap top  unlike Lerner and other admin  crooks the dog didn't eat my homework  time for impeachment
carl my son says that 8.1 will run a desk top app which will be similar to wp 2000
keep the faith
ive always been crazy but it kept me from going insane

Carl on June 20, 2014 3:39 PM
Cookie, I don’t understand how I got copied onto your email from the Dept. of Defense and Homeland Security -- could have been my having Lois Lerner in my Contacts folder and as a facebook friend -- but I’m pleased to hear the good news and proud as punch of you.  I see that yours was one of the first suggestions accepted for providing the Iraqi government and military with new guidance and support to stabilize the country from the growing threat of terrorist factions.  Even if your recommendation was only one of several that were accepted, I’ll bet it’s the best of the bunch.  “Tell the Iraqi military to grow a pair” is so typically you: practical, concise and eloquent.  Thanks for doing your part in the War on Terror.
Cookie on June 20, 2014 10:29 PM
Dear Webmaster:  From my bunker to yours:

I just feel so damn bad for Lois' dog having eaten her homework and all.

 Heard Trey Gowdy last night at the state party meeting.  Ho! Hum!
I did indeed send out an e-mail blast to the congressional leadership and the Iraqi military telling them to all to "grow a pair" knowing Ched would appreciate the term's authenticity.  I also fired off a like recommendation to Rockefeller, Rayhall and Manchin for being a no show when the West Virginia coal miners met on capital hill this week regarding the attack on coal.  FOR SHAME!  West Virginians who care please remember this on election day. Numerous elected officials met with them but this delegation was absent.   

 If you want to know whats going on follow and join the Weat Virginia chapter of the Cooperhead Re-enactors.  Their website is great!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

P.S. Webmaster:  Thanks to your meddling there are black helicopters over my house as we speak.  They must be turned on by elderly women.
Carl on June 21, 2014 9:31 AM
You're welcome.  [I know how drawn you are to men in uniform.  Just try not to scare the horses when those copters return.]

Becky Novarro on June 21, 2014 11:40 AM
Happy Birthday Tommy!  aka Dr. Dillon. 
Carl on June 21, 2014 11:57 AM
Well blush my mouth!  It really is Tom's birthday, and I failed to alert folks.

Darla on June 21, 2014 2:19 PM
Happy Birthday Tom!!!!
Fredrick Lucas on June 21, 2014 2:22 PM
Now that we are enjoying summer, I am thinking of activities. I plan to continue to go to the fitness center to enjoy walking working with weights and swimming in the pool.I will go to the Golden Lamb Inn for food and spirits.The Golden Lamb was founded in 1803 and is the oldest inn in Ohio. I always enjoy a visit to Miami University. This university was founded in 1809. Beethovan was a composer. Napoleon was Emperor of France and Florida was a colony of Spain.

The WVU Alumni Association, Cincinnati will have its annual dinner.We have given out 13 one thousand dollar scholarships to students from soutwest Ohio who are attending  WVU.

For our friends in the dry state of California, Cincinnati has had 23 inches of rain this year. General Electric is bringing 1400 jobs to the area.

Have fun all Fred Lucas
Carl on June 21, 2014 3:42 PM
J. Fred, do you suppose that Spain might consider taking Florida back?
Delores on June 21, 2014 4:36 PM
Why not.  Mexico has already taken back Southern California, Texas, Arizona and the Eastern Shore of Maryland.  

Ched on June 22, 2014 1:52 PM
Oops ...... 
 Happy Birthday Thomas!!!
Thomas Dillon on June 23, 2014 1:38 PM
Thanks Ched, I didn't wish to follow Fred with his plethora of knowledge and command of current events.
Have you ever had one of thoses days that suggests you should go back to bed, sleep for a few minutes, and then get up again and start the day over? I was trying to fix a plate/saucer bird feeder that our granddaughter-in-law gave to us for Christmas -- I don't know if the feeder is fixed, but I did succeed in getting super glue over all my fingers -- Goo Begone, nor finger polish remover does not work. I then decided to ice my chronic sore back for 20 minutes before taking our morning walk. I use an old travel manuel as additonal backing to ensure that the ice bag hits the correct spot. When I got up my back felt like the backing on the book had come off and was attached to my back -- I knew better before I got this old, but this time had not wrapped the ice bag in a cover -- slight ice burn and back feels like shoe leather.

Carl on June 23, 2014 2:33 PM
Tom please, PLEASE, avoid sharp objects for the rest of the day.
Fredrick Lucas on June 24, 2014 8:28 PM
Happy Birthday Tom. I hope that you will find happiness, peace and joy as you continue on your journey through life. I hope that you might listen to the Ninth Symphony by Beethovan. He wrote it when he was deaf.

Perhaps you will remember two Hoosier industries. Hill Rom, 

and Batesville Casket. Hill Rom has you coming. They make hospital birthing beds and Batesville Casket Compand gets you going. Fred
Carl on June 24, 2014 9:24 PM
J. Fred, as TV detective "Baretta" [Robert Blake] often said, "And that's the name of that tune."
Ched on June 25, 2014 10:21 AM
Super glue is pretty unfogiving but  acetone  will disolve it (or  finger nail polish remover if it  contains  acetone). But  the  real nasty  stuff is  Gorilla Glue. It  does not stick your fingers  together but it  does "permanantly"  stain  skin a nasty looking  brown. The  stain cannot be washed off... just must  wear off over a  few  days!!!....  Then there is  your back no remedy  suggested  !!!!
Thomas Dillon on June 25, 2014 8:11 PM
The super glue has worn off. It was pretty cool, however, to be able to exfoliate my face with just my finger tips for a couple of days.
Still can't wear my speedo yet because of the ice burn.
Mike on June 26, 2014 8:42 PM
Im Back!

Mike Murphy on June 27, 2014 1:06 PM
my son finally got my system up and running. He used 8.1 which opens as a desk top icon system like XP. If I hit the micro Soft key on keyboard it shifts to 8.1 screen. Added new Office suite at $67/year w includes 27 G cloud for back up. It automatically updates cloud on at time basis. Well worth it since cost for suite is $350 and yearly includes updates ie 8.2 etc. Still getting use to changed screens and icons, but it runs much like XP. No need for back up drive for files all of which my son saved from old desk top, which he cleaned and disposed. I am very proud of him to say the least. 
Tom - I suspect you knew that supper glue was invented to close wounds in Viet Nam war? Hope your back is better nothing worse than a nagging back that will not let you relax or sleep. Are you doing a rehab exercise routine?

Ched - count me in on throwing out the bums this fall!

Geno - health OK? what is the score on snakes?

Pete - Do you do any Ground Hog Hunting?

Cookie - WV has a Maryland carpet bagger running for US congress this fall and new State Superintendant was hired from St Maries? MD school district.  How many years did you ride the Bus? I walked to school for nine years about a mile.

Carol - haven't heard from you lately - still brewing

Darla - how are you and John

Carl how is Deter doing?

Keep the Faith 
Darla on June 27, 2014 2:18 PM
We are doing fine. Good to see you back on the blog!!!
Cookie on June 29, 2014 4:50 PM
First grade rode the Street Car (that will take you back)
For a few years rode the Tri City Traction until they got school buses.  
Guess I was lucky.  Only had to walk to the end of the sidewalk and waited with my sister and Chuck Lohr.  
Ched on June 29, 2014 9:00 PM
i also remember the street car rides and then the tri City Traction bus service. Times long since past!!!!

Cookie on June 29, 2014 10:37 PM
Lessons Learned
So Ched:
Times long since past but I learned something from that dedicated bus driver that has sustained me throughout life.  The bus always arrived at 7:50 in front of our house.  I would roll out of bed at 7:30 and he would usually sit in front of the house until I made it up the steps.  On a particularly cold morning I came out of the door....late.....he saw me and drove off.  I chased the bus through each of his stops but he kept going....past the Hendrick, McCabe and Dr. Markalls homes and up Willowbrook to the last stop at Buddy Belcher's house and then back down to the Old Bluefield Road.  I was waiting for him.  He opened the door and said, :"Good morning.!"  I was 50 years old before it dawned on me that he had a rear view mirror.  Lesson on time.  The driver was a wonderful gentlemen I never forgot, Frank Price.  He gave us a candy bar every Christmas.  

Carl on June 29, 2014 9:00 PM
   Whoa, whoa!!!  Don't panic folks.  And don't pay the ransom. I'm fine, safe and rather content.
   Left Bethesda Thur. a.m. to seek heat relief in Maine again this summer.  Arrived beautiful Belfast yesterday -- mid-coast Maine.  What a wonderful world -- almost as nice as summer in Princeton with moderate days and cool nights, but lacking, so far as I can determine, the cultural amusement that folks like Curly Eskew provide.  Pretty damn special all the same.
   With a wife who has contracted a debilitating flu-like impairment and a dog that ingested something similarly debilitating, I'm condemned to my own company.  [A fate worse than . . .] 
   Got me to thinking: I'm sitting here this summer Sat. night on what's supposed to be a relaxing retreat far removed from the heat, humidity and hustle of the dreaded DC summer -- and its distressing culture -- far from home and lacking the family support that routinely sustains me, so what, in the whole scheme of things, does this mean?
   The answer was swift, clear and indisputable.  My life -- not just this week or this summer -- has been a mind-boggling construction that, even on a "BAD DAY" would be the envy of 99+% of humanity throughout human history.  And I've done nothing whatsoever to achieve that.  EXPLAIN THAT if you can.
   [That challenge includes you, J. Fred.] Mike, thanks for asking: Deeter's fine and seems to be enjoying my leaving the area for 5 weeks.

Mike Murphy on June 30, 2014 10:07 AM
Carl -Hit the dumb pink instead of Tiger Blue! I call your situation Karma. You Work hard live a good life and enjoy the great USA you have helped to create. Watch out for the RRRRs.

Cookie - The street car barn was across the road from our house. There was a dirt road that paralled the track to about 400yds south and then a foot log across the creek across Ben Honakers bottom. Then onto the Old Blfd Princeton road in front of JoAnn Hutchinson's house (haven,t seen or heard from her since grad). another 1000 yds and turn right at Carr Memorial Church. 

The street cars were great and the operators would usually let us ride to the highway free about 2000yds. After the Pepsi plant took over the car barn we gathered scrap metal and sold it to get at least 15 cents to go to theatre in Princeton on Saturday, 5c each way on bus and Movie was 5c if you arrived by 10:00 AM. Richest and Happiest kids cheering for Johhny Mack Brown!! Do kids ever cheer at movies anymore?

Happy 4th to the greatest classmates ever!!
Keep the Faith
Cookie on June 30, 2014 10:53 AM
The street car tracks ran through our front yard.  Daddy built the house after the war and we moved in January, 1947 in a big snow storm.  Almost the only spanking I can remember was for hiding Easter Eggs in the tracks that spring.  I broke the rule...."Dont go near those tracks."  
I keep telling you, everything I know I learned on the Old Bluefield Road.
Happy 4th.  Fly the flag with pride.  
Ched on July 1, 2014 9:07 AM
Happy 4th to you all. We are at our cabin this week. The flag is now proudly flying from our  porch. Cookie, I do remember your dad quite well. He always kept your home so neat and manicured. He worked for the Power Company as did my dad.
Cookie on July 1, 2014 9:51 AM
Ched:  He always spoke so well of Charlie.  Sadly the Old Bluefield Road is not as it once was and it saddens me when I make that drive from what was The Green Tree to the ball field.  He did indeed  take great pride in his little piece of heaven.  Thanks for your kind comments.  

Carl on July 1, 2014 10:45 AM
My "word-a-day" word for today is "mossback": A very old-fashioned person or one holding extremely conservative views.  Don't know why, but something urged me to share it with my PHS60 peers.
Cookie on July 1, 2014 11:07 AM
Surely you aren't suggesting.......................................................
Thomas Dillon on July 1, 2014 11:10 AM
Carl, sometimes you wax poetically and at other times you Waylon the blues.

A great 4th to all of you.
Carl on July 1, 2014 4:33 PM
Tom, as Elmer Fudd might say, "I'd wadder wax poetic dan watch it wane."
       Whether waxing poetic or Waylon the blues,
        .May  4th of July  excite each one of youse.

Chedi on July 2, 2014 2:31 PM
I may qualify as a "mossback " ....... At least from the standpoint of conservatism!!!!!
Fredrick Lucas on July 2, 2014 6:00 PM
During July I began my celebration on July 1 which is Canada Day. Our manager, Jaclynn Madill is from Montreal and speaks fluent French. She is a good manager who speaks French with me.

I will celebrate July 4 in Lebanon Ohio at the Golden Lamb Inn. Years ago, the owner had an artist paint a lamb . This was done because a number of stage drivers could not read. The Inn was founded in 1803.

Finally, I will celebrate July 14 with my French friends. Bastille Day was when the revolution started.I will celebrate in Montgomery Ohio where I will eat escargot and crepes. I will remember my visit to the University Hospital in Poitiers.

I want to wish my classmates a happy July 4 Independence Day. Fred
Cookie on July 3, 2014 9:46 AM
Mossback!  Hum!  Suppose I am!  I'm so fed up with stupidity that if I could find a car that cranks in the front I would probably buy it and live in the common sense era of the 1900s.  But again who is the stupid food, free housing, free birth control (don't say it), free medical care, free bus fare, free phones, free heating fuel, free diapers, free baby formula and this morning I read that if you live in California and can't afford medical pot a law has been passed that they must provide it FREE.  Enjoy the 4th.
Old Mossback
Mike Murphy on July 3, 2014 10:02 AM
Cookie - a rolling stone will break your back?

Carl - Hunker down Albert is heading your way!

Who is the worst President since WW2?

Keep the faith esp on the 4th
Cookie on July 3, 2014 10:18 AM
Well I keep rolling so that may disqualify me.
Don't know who is the worse but most successful is our current.   Nuf said!

Mike Murphy on July 3, 2014 6:54 PM
Good balanced article in Charleston Daily Mail Opinion Page  today about Jim Justice and the Greenbriar. They conclude that he has done much to promote southern WV and jobs.

Happy 4th
Carl on July 3, 2014 8:08 PM
Sounds like Justice was served. 
HAPPY 4th all o' y'all.
Ched on July 4, 2014 8:54 AM
Cookie The current president "won" the poll as the worst since WWll. Jimmy Carter gets a reprieve. Thumbs up on the SCOTUS two recent decisions related to Obama Care and home health care workers. 
HAPPY 4th. Fly the colors proudly!!!!!

Carl on July 6, 2014 9:31 PM
Congrats to Angel Cabrero, 2014 Greenbrier Classic champ, a player whose game I enjoy: one quick practice swing, a brief 2d look, then hit the ball.  Doesn't look like an athlete, doesn't walk like one, and looks like an "old schooler" a la Julius Boros.
   And what a wonderful sight was the course and landscape around White Sulphur Springs. 
Almost heaven. 
Thanks CBS. 
   J. Fred, did you know that Sam Snead had 27 holes-in-one at Greenbrier?  [Yeah, so what.  He played about 2 million rounds there, didn't he?]  But did you know that he holed his last one at age 83?  That's even older than you, right?
Mike Murphy on July 7, 2014 7:28 PM
Jim Justice gave out $100 bills to the gallery for someone in the tornument making a hole in one! How's that for prompt payment?

Greenbriar is famous for it's Silver bowl of fresh Peaches and accompening Silver Bowl of whipped cream.

Stayed there twice once on an EPDA seminar that I honchowed and Aretta's and My Honeymoon!

Keep the faith

Becky Novarro on July 8, 2014 9:56 AM
Sincere sympathy to Darla and family for the loss of Peggy Winfrey, Darla's sister.  Peggy was in the class of '58.  Prayers for her journey into heaven. 
Mike Murphy on July 8, 2014 10:12 AM
Darla - Sorry for your loss.
Fredrick Lucas on July 8, 2014 9:04 PM
Carl, one of my friends told me several years ago that a friend of his went from Cincinnati to the Greenbtier before I-64 was completed. He was having a day at the links when he spotted Snead. He asked for advise about his golf swing. When he and his wife checked out, he noticed a $25 fee for professional services. It was from Sam Snead.

The Greater Cincinnati Dayton Chapter of the WVU Alumni Association has raised enough money to endow a scholarship. I mentioned that we have given 14 scholarships worth $1000 each to students from southwest Ohio who are attending WVU. Now the program will continue in perpetuity.

Have an enjoyable week. Darla my sincere condolences to you and your family on the death of your sister Peggy. Fred
Carl on July 8, 2014 9:57 PM
Fredo (aka J. Fred) kudos to you and other members of the Greater Cincy . . . WVU Alumni Assn. -- for now and 'til perpetuity.  I know that you've done an admirable job of "giving back" to Concord and WVU.  You set a darned fine example of a good ole, down-to-earth, caring and generous Princetonian, like many of your PHS60 peers, who stick to your principles and unselfishly work to make the world a better place.  You're aces in my book.
Mike Murphy on July 9, 2014 8:30 PM
Charleston daily Mail today - Democrats no longer have the majority in WV 49.9%. Rise in independants which is encouraging. At least WV  majority was not fooled by Obama in last election. Worst President ever? Maybe some hope for sanity in future??
Keep the faith
Carl on July 10, 2014 10:13 AM
Well Murph, count me as one who isn't hoping for sanity.  You see, it's taken me 7 decades to adjust to my madness, so I damn sure don't want to face an equal challenge, say, as the Warden (Strother Martin) in "Cool Hand Luke" put it, to "get [my] mind right."

[Wait! What's that sound? . . . It's somebody singing; sounds like Paul Simon . . . what's that? . . . "Still crazy after all these years."  Hmm, I like that.]

Tracy on July 10, 2014 9:35 PM
French here.  I'm doing my quarterly reading of the blog to see if I've missed anything.  Youall keep it interesting.  Thanks for the compliments to veterans and add Moke Crawford and Don Lawrence to the US Army Veterans list.  Have a great day!  Tracy
Mike Murphy on July 11, 2014 10:22 AM
Hi Tracy - good to hear from you, hope you are praying for us! some of us need it desperatly?

Carl - don't give up, most of the problems can be solved by common sense, if there is any left?
Keep the faith
Mike Murphy on July 11, 2014 8:09 PM
Tracy - you mentioned Don Lawrence. He was one of my best friends in Jr High. Haven't heard from him in eons. Any one know about him?


Tracy on July 11, 2014 9:34 PM
Mike - I have not heard from Don for so long that I no longer remember the last time I heard from him.  Like many others from our class I would love to know some of of their stories since high school.  I feel most fortunate to still live in Princeton and see many classmates often.

Mike Murphy on July 12, 2014 5:48 PM
Admin is going to pay for 90,000 central american "refugees at $74.000 /head and fire 70,000 military HOW DOES THIS MAKE ANY SENSE??  is this Obama's way of balancing budget?

Keep the faith and vote the bums out
Carl on July 12, 2014 9:23 PM
Murph, as a good friend, I hate to questions your blog posts, but you've pushed me on this one.  You really must a) get your facts straight and b) maintain a logical perspective.  With that as backdrop, what could possibly give you reason to believe that the number of Central American refugees will be limited to 90,000?
Cookie on July 12, 2014 10:00 PM
Thinking of you Darla at this difficult time.  
Mike Murphy on July 13, 2014 11:58 AM
Duke Carl et al -We neeed to be careful what we put in our blog posts because the congress may supena? The dog ate my hard drive, what is your defense? Please be PC!

Keep the faith
Darla on July 13, 2014 6:52 PM
Thank you for your thoughts and prayers during this time.
Mike Murphy on July 14, 2014 12:29 PM
Darla -
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 yours in the palm of his hand.
Keep the faith
Darla on July 15, 2014 7:44 PM
Thanks Mike!!!

Tom Dillon on July 15, 2014 4:39 PM
I have always called sweatpants "wooly buggers" or something akin -- sounds like, but spelling may be wrong. Kay, nor anyone in Indiana has ever heard that term. I tried to research via Goggle for synonyms for sweatpants, but none were found.
Can anyone help? 
Fredrick Lucas on July 15, 2014 10:13 PM
Harry Finkelman died. His funeral was July 11. He was 91. In addition to his work as a faculty member in the Business Department at Concord for 33 years, he was also a certified public accountant in private practice in Princeton. In addition he and his wife were volunteers at the Princeton Community Hospital . He was a native of New York and a World War 2 vet.The complete obituary is on the Seaver Funeral Home web site. Fred /lucas
gene law on July 16, 2014 1:40 PM
Hey Tom, we all went around calling different things "wooly buggers", dumb as I am I always thought it was any thing you couldn't politely talk about just any where, never thought it was sweat pants though, but what do I know? Any way did you hear about the woman who called up an artist, told him she wanted her portrait painted, said she, "Please paint a diamond pendant around my neck, on a wide gold chain, paint an emerald bracelet on my right hand, make it 3 inches wide with giant emeralds all around it, on my left hand paint a like bracelet but with giant rubies on it, and on my left hand paint a beautiful gold ring wit a huge diamond setting." The artist said "but you aren't wearing any of that jewelry." "I know," she said "but if I should die first and my husband would remarry, I want his new wife to go crazy trying to find all this jewelry." Now that might be a "wooly bugger"

Ched on July 16, 2014 5:13 PM
Yep, I remember  the  "wooly buggers".  I never heard of "sweat pants" until much later. I think "wooly buggers" was a name "invented" by  coach Dalton at Mercer. So Tom,  I cannot offer any  other  research !!!
Mike Murphy on July 16, 2014 5:30 PM
Geno- Did you hear about the woman that wanted an artist to paint her in the nude and he said he couldn't because he would have no where to put his brushes!!
Thomas Dillon on July 17, 2014 6:36 AM
Thanks Ched. I thought you might be a primary source to remember. "Chick" Frank Dalton was a great coach. He also "taught" geography in the 7th grade at Mercer -- still remember that George Edgar's horse rode a pony home yesterday. Dalton once saidin class that if it were late at night and you hadn't read your geography lesson, that it was better to go on and go to sleep as that would be more important in later life than memorizing the major exports of some South American country.
Geno, "wooly buggers"per Goggle also refer to flies that fishermen use.
2-a-days start in about a month fellows. Have you begun using "tough skin"/
Carl on July 17, 2014 7:53 AM
Tom, we poor souls who were at Knob School in 7th grade had to get by without a slick device for learning to spell gehraphy.  It's a wonder that we made it this far.
Thomas Dillon on July 17, 2014 9:08 AM
Carl, too early in the AM. George's horse rode a pony? It should have read "George Edgar's oldest girl rode a pony home yesterday". 
I have wooly buggers of the brain.

Carl on July 17, 2014 9:26 AM
Nah, I like the image of the horse riding the pony better.  I say, let
George's daughter walk.  Just like the rest of us had to: 3 miles to school; uphill both ways, sometimes with snow up to your wooly . . . [oh, never mind].

gene law on July 17, 2014 2:03 PM
Dirty 'ol man, lying about going uphill both ways, I ran with a different bunch I reckon, probably more hill billish than youse guys, words meant different things, I've noticed your upbringing and the way you're brought up has a bearing on what words mean, how life should be lived, how you perceive different things and education, now most of the time I read the blog two three maybe four times, I don't have a clue what you folks talk about, some one wrote on there they didn't know what I was talking about, you can be from the same school same city, but a different neighbor hood, separates like race does in some places, funny in one way sad in another, how in the world did I get on that? no wonder people don't understand me I don't understand myself, but to get back on the subject, what was we talking about, oh well if the flip flops I'll catch you on that side.
Thomas Dillon on July 17, 2014 5:09 PM
Carl, I would have always described you as partrician not equestrian. Horses over humans? And do you like cats more than you like dogs?
George's daughter could have also taken the bus with Cookie and Murph.
Geno, still trying to understand the entry below.
Carl on July 17, 2014 5:51 PM
  Thomas, to my knowledge, no one has EVER called me a patrician before, and with good reason.  Similar, except in pseudo-cultural ways, to my modest-means country cousins -- you know who you are -- I grew up over Mercer St. retail shops, self-conscious for no good reason (I now know) with patrician dreams but plebian destiny.  
  On the equestrian front, I'm proud to note that as an adult, I've enjoyed several vacations on dude ranches (euphemistically called "guest ranches") and availed myself of trail rides whenever possible -- clearly more equestrian than patrician.  ["The outside of a horse is good for the inside of a man."]  And only a $2 bettor at the track, witnessing the magnificence that is "sport in the flesh."
   I'm proud to have come by an American equestrian mindset in adulthood -- more Junior Bonner than Jeff Bridges [whom I also admire].  DAMN!  I just used "whom"!  Maybe I'm a patrician after all.  [Pray say is ain't so]
   No doubt that's why I derive exquisite enjoyment from reconnecting with PHS60 folks via reunions, emails and the blog.  I'm living proof that life can be a joyful wonder for pedestrians.  Let the patricians find joy where they can.  I wish them well.
   Geno, I trust that this is perfectly clear to you.


Becky Novarro on July 17, 2014 6:10 PM
Well, when I was in Dalton's class he not only taught Geography (aka George Elliot's.....) but also taught handwriting.  Imagine!  Also, didn't he chew tobacco and spit while teaching?  And kept his feet in a drawer open as a footstool.  What a character.  Carl, I am so sorry you missed such fun!
Thomas Dillon on July 18, 2014 1:15 PM
Coach Dalton would also frequently be smoking a cigar while also chewing tobacco when he was outside of the classroom.
Did he remain at Mercer and not transition to the new jr. high? Were we there for both the 7th & 8th grades and then went to the jr. high near Askews home in the 9th after the new high school was built?

gene law on July 18, 2014 2:05 PM
Carl, all I understood was pedestrian....I asked coach Dalton "is smoking better than chewing" he didn't hesitate his answer "depends on whether you want lung cancer or stomach cancer" the he spit tobacco Juice on the side walk. quite a character. Carl it's good to hear you ride horses, I miss those days myself, used to ride every day, a source of relaxation and working out riding will tone up every muscle in you body, what don't get toned up gets bruised. Good for the disposition, source of contention for the wife I think she hated my horses. Of course she hated my drinking may have been the drinking while riding spent all day doing both, may have been the time I spent doing it, any way that was another time another place a long long time ago, like rock and roll of the 50's and 60's, seems like yesterday. This blog sure does bring back a flood of memories. Sometimes I think I spend too much time in my memories, forget what I was doing, actually I think I forgot why I blogged on to the blog, oh well catch ya later.
Carl on July 18, 2014 8:11 PM
Geno, if you've lived to our age and have good memories, I think you've had a good life.  Ain't that aces?
gene law on July 19, 2014 2:32 PM
ACES AND SPADES..................AMEN
Mike Murphy on July 20, 2014 9:51 AM
What is aces and eights called?
Carl on July 20, 2014 2:46 PM
I believe either 9 or 19.  Does that sound right?
gene law on July 20, 2014 3:13 PM
If you're playing 21 or black jack, but if you're playing Spades it's sure money.
gene law on July 20, 2014 3:17 PM
Sorry bout that Mike reread that aces and eights is commonly called deadman's hand, reference being that that was the hand Wild Bill Hickok was holding when he got ventilated.
Mike Murphy on July 20, 2014 6:41 PM
Geno - You won and if you can guess how many possums I have in this sack I will give you bofum?
Carl on July 20, 2014 7:42 PM
  Don't you just know that some folks know such things.  The reference is usually "aces and 8s" as Murph cited.  Legend has it that Wild Bill Hickok was holding two pairs: aces and 8s, all black (clubs and spades) when he was murdered.  
  One of my favorite songwriters, Eric Taylor, in his marvelous offering "Hemingway's Shotgun" reverses the order with the line, "Heard about the card games in these backroom places; fold 'em gently when it's 8s and aces."  Great song.
Fredrick Lucas on July 20, 2014 10:13 PM
On Sunday August 10 from 2pm-5pm, the Athens Concord Town Social will be held on the Concord grounds. This will be a good opportunity to meet old friends and greet new people. There are bands and food available.Politicians will probably be there seeking your vote. When I was there I had to explain that I live in the Buckeye State and can't vote for them. The late Jean Beasley started the social. Fred


Carl on July 22, 2014 6:10 AM
Birthdays A'comin'
Ginger Goings Clower - July 25
Scott Reid - August 3

Have a happy one, each of you.
Carl on July 24, 2014 4:29 PM
Living Large!!!
According to a Washington Post piece, my town, Bethesda, MD, ranks #2 among the
Snobbiest Small Cities in America, trailing only Palo Alto, Calif. for the “perfect place for the snooty to live, love and play their way.”  I'm so proud I could just bust!
   How do you like them apples, Herr Lucas?

Cookie on July 24, 2014 8:16 PM
There "aint" much clogging going on up in Bethesda.  Just sushi, limo riding liberals and one webmaster hiding out in his basement bunker.  
Mike Murphy on July 24, 2014 8:45 PM
Was in Princeton Monday - Things have changed the new blfd prin road is now courthouse road and a salad and iced tea cost $12.00. Time for impeachment?

Keep the faith
Fredrick Lucas on July 24, 2014 10:05 PM
Hi Carl, 

I don't ever recall visiting your city. I picked up an article in Forbes which listed West Virginia as the 49th laziest state in our nation. That means that people aren't going to fitness centers, or taking advantage of the fine parks and other facilities such as golf courses. Meanwhile the Buckeye State ranks 42nd. Mississippi ranked 50th.

Among the cities, Charleston ranks 99th out of 100 cities while Cincinnati ranks 46th and Cleveland which landed the Republican National Convention ranks 47th out of 100 cities surveyed. Fred
Carl on July 25, 2014 6:28 AM
J. Fred, the way those selfish, cold-hearted, women-hating, evil-doing, etc., etc., etc. Republicans are able to energize progressives/liberals/Democrats with any sort of political activity is sure to significantly raise the (physical and psychological) exercise level of Cleveland's overall population.  I foresee Cleveland becoming something like "exercise Queen for a Week" when that dastardly bunch hits town. 
Fredrick Lucas on July 25, 2014 9:21 AM

I should have been more specific. States that are number one are the most active while states ranked 49th and 50th are the least active.What can we do? We can follow what the alumni of Oak Hills High School in Green Township do. They participate in a golf tournament for men and women. Participants pay an entrance fee of $100. All funds go to the high school.Pipestem has a fine golf course.PHS alumni could participate with the funds going to the high school . Fred
Mike Murphy on July 25, 2014 10:19 AM
Carl- and you question my numbers? The first shall be last and the last shall be first. "At this point what difference does it make!" I thought you would have learned you lesson by now, Does Montgomery co still have its 10% of state tax tax? Also Rockville had an additional pop tax when I lived there. It is a wounderful place for progressives and DWOs.

What does FROTUS stand for?
 Keep the faith
Carl on July 25, 2014 6:10 PM
Murph, I'm amazed and exhilerated by your mention of FROTUS.  By the most amazing coincidence, I wrote a paper on this little-known and often-denounced subject in graduate school.  If your use of capitalization suggests that FROTUS is an acronym, I think it likely that it was inspired by the (lower-case) root word "frotus.  I am pleased to share my learning on this matter, since you asked (sorta).

frotus [from cl. Greek for fruithead], pl. froti

Frotus is a collection of microscopic, fragmentary, air-borne, invisible but scientifically detectable algae-like spores that can infect the human mind, resulting in symptoms ranging from occasional lapses of logic to persistent and severe irrationality.  It appears to thrive on university campuses, almost exclusively in the arts, social science and education colleges, but can be found elsewhere, particularly in non-medical social service environments throughout the Western world.  Remarkably, when detected in science classrooms and laboratories, it is only for fleeting periods, having a seeming half-life measurable in seconds, virtually the polar opposite of its virulence in social-awareness studies classrooms.  Frotus-mind, as it is commonly known, is thought to impair perception and analytic capability, often producing a disturbing combination of smug, self-satisfied, self-assurance coupled with theories, hypotheses and action plans devoid of foundation or fruitfulness, but fraught with emotion and rose-colored optimism.  In its extreme, it manifests a vehement dislike, distrust and disingenuousness toward opposing viewpoints, often resulting in dismissal and demonization of those who hold them.  The frotus-minded have multiplied and regenerated at an alarming, super-accelerated rate in recent decades (roughly since the mid-1960s).  Like exotic viruses for which modern antibiotics are becoming increasingly ineffective, some believe that frotus threatens the existence of humanity as was known, respected and exalted in pre-frotus eras.  Alas, its has proven impervious to all rational efforts to contain or even curtail it, much less produce a cure.
   Murph, that's about all I know on the subject.

Mike Murphy on July 25, 2014 7:09 PM
Seems as you got your FRs crossed and are more definitely describing our POTUS?

How about erecting $

Your keen intelect never ceases to amaze!
Keep the faith
Cookie on July 25, 2014 7:50 PM
Well that explains known cure, no antibiotics, hum!  It is rampant in Annapolis as evidenced by the "tax on mileage" as just one example of this rapidly expanding epidemic.  Should we all just bend over??????????????
Carl on July 25, 2014 8:09 PM
Well Cooks, as they say at Folsom, "A man's gotta do what a man's gotta do."
Mike Murphy on July 26, 2014 11:48 AM
Great article(s) in todays CRW GazetteMail about the Greenbrier hosting the New Orleans Saints. Great that people are driving up to 9 hrs to see them and the Resort. Perhaps other teams will use in future.

Ched - did you ever go om Safari while in Kenya?
Keep the faith

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