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All you OHSers out there!

~~~~ EMERGENCY!!! ~~~~
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  • The Aegis is in trouble! Paul August, the advisor, needs to raise 6000 dollars to keep the Aegis for this school year. That amounts to NINE issues.

  • Previously, the paper was printed at Folger Graphics in Hayward--Paul now says he thinks he can get a better deal closer to home. He's been at OHS since 1988, advisor to the Aegis all that time, and from '88 to '96 he was the Oaken Bucket advisor as well. The Oak Leaves is still in production as well at about 100 pages. Both the Bucket and the Leaves are self-sustaining. The Aegis is published once a month, EIGHT pages. Journalism no longer satisfies the English requirement for Cal or any of the state u's. It is an elective humanity course only. Even at that, the class is 25 kids. Do you realize that we had close to 300 people at the 2001 Class of 65 reunion, and Oakland High only GRADUATED 265 people last year?? To have 25 kids take AEGIS as a class is a big cut of that number.

  • WE CAN'T LET THE AEGIS DIE! It's been around for over 100 years. Paul August is going to try to hold a benefit concert to raise some of the money. He is part of the band putting on the concert. My friends, I appeal to you to donate what you can to save the Aegis. Perhaps in this next year someone can find a way to keep it funded, but for now, our school needs help from us.

  • Even 5, 10, or 20 dollars would help. It adds up. If ten people gave 20 dollars, it would be 200 less that would have to be raised. I'm not one to campaign for donations, but this is a way to help our school. The Aegis was a constant. We looked forward to every issue. Remember how cool it was to see your name in the paper? Most of us could afford a few dollars to keep our beloved Aegis going.

  • Just yesterday, one OHSer on our newsletter list who prefers to remain anonymous, donated a little over 500 dollars to the Aegis fund. I am going to start sending all the CD yearbook money, (above postage) to the Aegis fund (so keep ordering CD yearbooks!). Most of us could afford a few dollars to keep the Aegis going. Another idea is for upcoming reunions to put out a jar for donations for the Aegis during the reunion. I will also try to send a similar letter out through classmates.com to all of the 7000 people signed up for OHS.

  • This has been looked into and is on the level. We can make out checks to Oakland High School Aegis, and mail them to the school treasurer at 1023 Park Blvd., Oakland 94610. Paul August says the Aegis has a separate account at the school itself. 3 signatures are required, his, the current editor, and the principal. This is necessary to insure the principal doesn't find another needy program to help. Previously, funding was handled by Ken Epstein, director of public info, at the schools admin site--he will not be handling this money.

  • Thank you for any thing you have to offer, including ideas on how else to raise the money.

    Hugs to all,
    Bonnie



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      • OHS Newsletter

        A Summary of Events and Topics of Interest to OHS grads and friends

        November 24, 2003

        Please feel free to forward this newsletter to other alumni

        For those whose email programs do not properly display this newsletter, it is also available online at
        www.geocities.com/ohsnewsletter
        Previous newsletters since September 2002 and links of interest to OHSers are available on the site as well.


        IN THIS ISSUE:


        • Notes

              Happy Thanksgiving!  I know we all have a lot to be thankful for this year!  I'm thankful to have gotten my life back  by having the gastric bypass,  being able to walk and breathe and not have to depend on anyone to take care of me, I'm thankful for my family, my job, and all of you out there!  I wish each and everyone of you a happy, healthy, safe Thanksgiving. 

           

              The newsletter seems to get later and later every month, and I apologize.  I haven't even had time to work on yearbook scanning, and it's backing up!!!!  My resolution for the new year is shorter newsletters and more regularity to getting them out.

        • I know what I want for Christmas this year!  One of my favorite movies is The Christmas Story, by Jean Shepherd. (You'll shoot your eye out, kid).  Of course I went out and bought the movie.  I Don' t know if many of you know that I have Scully and Mulder 7 inch action figures from the X-files, to include a gurney with a body in a body bag, and an alien in a pod.  they sit on my desk at Criminal Investigation and everyone loves them.  Well, this year they came out with the 7 inch dad action figure from Christmas Story, to include the lovely(?) major award he won, the Leg Lamp.  That is the only thing I'm asking for this Christmas.  Hopefully I've been good and Santa will bring it!  My favorite line from the whole movie is when the mom "accidentally" breaks the lamp while watering her plants.  The dad, Darren McGavin, in total frustration, yells at her  YOU USED UP ALL THE GLUE ON PURPOSE! as he stomps out of the house to buy glue.  It reminds me of the petty arguments we all have with spouses and family.  If there were camera's on most of us when we argue, we'd probably win America's Funniest Home Videos! 

        •  

               Weight loss update, for those of you  who have asked,  I've now lost 142 lbs.   That is 14  10 pound bags of potatoes.    Think about how heavy ONE bag is, and then think of 14 of them!   Weight loss is slow, but my doctor said that's okay, since I've lost so much in 8 months, my body is still catching up with the weight loss.   I have nothing , nothing that actually fits anymore.  All my pants are so baggy, that if I'm not careful, some one will think I'm a gangbanger!!  All I'd need is the bandana!  Other than that, my tests were all great.  My cholesterol  is down to 150, everything is better than normal for my age, even my heart.   There are a couple of you out there that are getting the surgery soon.  I'm so happy for you guys!  It will make such a difference.   Feel free to write me anytime with questions.  That was the purpose of being so open about the surgery. 

           

               Warm wishes go out to Steve Shuster '65, who is very ill.   We wish you all the best Steve,  and our prayers are with you at this time.

           

                Also, prayers for my brother Tom, Graphicsdoc, The 17th was the one year anniversary of losing his son, TJ.  Investigation into the death continues even a year later.   A memorial service was held by his son's friends over the previous weekend.

           
        •  Miriam Kasdan Zigman '65,   send some interesting news about the Caldecott Tunnel.   Seems there is a whole site dedicated to it and the Posey (Webster St) Tube.   Pretty neat stuff.  They  even hold Caldecott Tunnel tours, for you and up to 30 of your closest friends!   There is even a tunnel museum.  Tours are available Wed, Thur, Fri, or Sat.  The tour takes 2 plus hours.  You can schedule the tour with Ray Mailhot or  Mike Hart at 510-286-0315.    You can find links to some of this stuff at:

          Official:     http://www.caldecott-tunnel.com/

          Pictures:    http://www.wetzoollamb.net/tours/caldecott/caldl.html

          The Caldecott tunnel was built to replace the old Broadway tunnel, which was built in 1903.  Tunnels 1 and 2 were built in 1937, and tunnel 3, as many of us might remember, was built in 1964.   The tunnel was designated a City of Oakland Landmark in 1980, and in 1993, the Art Deco society bestowed a Preservation Award on the tunnel..  Posey, who's name is bestowed on the "tube" between Oakland and Alameda, was also a contributor to the Caldecott Tunnel.   I have heard from many people that while Posey designed the Tube, he never allowed his family to travel through it.    Could be just rumor!  Who knows now?   Any of you out there have any knowledge?  Michael Budd, I know you always know stuff like this!!!  Thanks, Miriam, for this bit of interesting history.   There is much more to be learned.  Contact  the above listed fellows,  Ray Mailhot, or Mike Hart for more info.

           

           

           

               Bev Shulster Beiman is having empty nest syndrome, even though her sons have moved out long ago!  The boys both left Israel for New York and China.   Bev is also waiting to be a grandma, and shared the ultra sound photos with me!  You'll love being a grandma, Bev!!  Bev is off jetsetting again, this time to New York..  You go, girl!  She also sent me a photo of her, circa 1955.  What a cutie!  See below attachments.

           

               I have my own Classmates.com success  story to report.  Over the years, as the family has diminished in size,  I've had the urge to reconnect to those left.  Not having seen our (mine and graphicsdoc) cousins since the 60's,   I had no idea where to find them.  I've searched for years.  In 2000  I was able find our cousin Suzy thanks to my uncle locating a phone number from years ago.  I was able to get together with her during the '65 Reunion in 2001, and we've been in touch ever since.  Our male cousins, however, were more difficult.  I knew they had a band (The L.A.Teens) back in the 60's, and were friends with Gary Usher and the Beach Boys, and even played with the Hondells (Go Little Honda), but after the 60's I had no idea.   Since Classmates started I've been putting messages on Glendora High's message board seeking them.   Nothing.   Then a month ago, I just had a feeling, and put a new message on the board.  I got 3 replies, and BINGO, I was talking to my cousin Ron on the phone.  Sadly, his brother had died in the 80's. but without Classmates.com I would NEVER have found him.  We are working on plans to all reunite next summer.  There are two other cousins, both male, but their whereabouts were already known.  It should be a great reunion.  Our cousin Ron has  no family left but his two kids, on either side of his family, and he was ecstatic to find out we had been searching for  him.  The internet is a wonderful thing!!!  Maybe we can start some new family traditions.

           

               Got a photo from Bob Chan '71, and his telescope.  Aside from scanning yearbooks, Bob is really into astronomy.    Where he gets all his energy between work, astonomy and scanning yearbooks, plus other hobbies is beyond me.   Thanks, Bob, we all appreciate what you do for us and the yearbook scanning.   Attached to this week's email is the photo. 

           

              Speaking of scanning yearbooks,  1962 is almost done!   Look for it soon.   Still working on 66.  Just to keep you updated,  if you want a yearbook on CD,  write me and let me know.  Bhulse47@yahoo.com.

           

           

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        • Recent Events


              
          Welcome to Yolanda Aranda Coria, class of 1976.  She is a recording artist with her husband who is a master guitarist from Argentina.  They have a CD out called "INTIMO", and are very involved with the arts.  Looking to network with old friends and fellow musicians.  Her work email is
          Yolanda@csiberkeley.com  if you'd like to reconnect, or just make a new friend.

                  
        •     A new address for Cameron  Meeker.  He is  in Chicago, and just dug his home computer out of the box after moving back from Germany, where he was a civilian worker.  His new email is cmeekero6@comcast.net.   For those of you who went to Crocker,  that is where you will remember him from. 

           

               News from Warren and Linda  Miller' 76.  Warren writes they've been busy at the Fire Department this year, with over 168 fires started by lightning, alone.   His department sent strike teams down to Southern Cal to help us out, and from the stories he heard when they returned, he's glad he didn't have to go.  They have a new addition to the family, a puppy,  left under their back stairs.   It sounds like a battle as to who might have to train who.....I don't know who is winning, Them or the puppy!   The puppy thinks of them as giant chew toys!   They will be spending Thanksgiving at home, but heading down to the Bay Area for Christmas, if any of you guys would like to hook up with them over the holidays.   calmedical@saber.net .

           

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        REGULAR REUNION BLURBS:

          Class of 1954

            The class of 1954 is looking for "lost" graduates in preparation for the 50th reunion. If you know of someone from '54 who is not listed on Classmates.com, please email Ray Leidich '54, at leidichr@proaxis.com.

          Class of 1962

            Good news for the class of '62. There may be a reunion in the planning stages. Craig Hansen is looking for all alumni from 62, and can be contacted at chobhans@aol.com. If you have any names, addresses or updates for 1962, or you just want more info, please contact him as soon as possible. You may also contact Jeani Golish Mills at shehana@thegrid.net. She has set up a web site for the class of 62. www.ohs62.com. It's really a great site. If you can get out there to check it out, you will enjoy it.

          Class of 1964

            For all of those interested in helping with the 1964 reunion, Call or write Mun Wah (Gary Lee) at home, 2311 8th Street, Berkeley; call him at 510 704-1986; or email him at Munwah@aol.com.

          Class of 1967

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        • Lost and Found


            Time is running out.   If the class of 1964 wants a reunion anytime soon, Mun Wah ( Gary Lee) needs your help!!!   His number is listed below in the reunion section.   Get up with him as soon as possible.  We aren't getting any younger, people, and we have to live every minute we can.    What better way to spend a weekend than with old friends (no pun intended!).  Get off your butts and volunteer.  Reunions don't happen by themselves. 

           

           

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      • Memorials

      Just as the last newsletter went out we were informed that Dick Randall, Class of 1952, passed away on October 9, 2003; Susie Knigge, Class of 1966 died of cancer on October 18; and John Aho, Class of 1970, on October 30. In November the OHS family lost Cassie Castedo, Class of 1946 on Nov 8; on Nov 9 Jeff Ehorn, Class of 1969 passed; Jim Spinelli, Class of 1962 on Nov 13; and Ray Mahlstedt, Class of 1938 died on Nov 16.

      We send our condolences to the families and friends of these classmates.
      Names added to the Memorial Pages since the last Newsletter:

        Happy Thanksgiving!  I know we all have a lot to be thankful for this year!  I'm thankful to have gotten my life back  by having the gastric bypass,  being able to walk and breathe and not have to depend on anyone to take care of me, I'm thankful for my family, my job, and all of you out there! 

        The newsletter seems to get later and later every month, and I apologize.  I haven't even had time to work on yearbook scanning, and it's backing up!!!!  My resolution for the new year is shorter newsletters and more regularity to getting them out.

         Weight loss update, for those of you  who have asked,  I've now lost 142 lbs.   That is 14  10 pound bags of potatoes.    Think about how heavy ONE bag is, and then think of 14 of them!   Weight loss is slow, but my doctor said that's okay, since I've lost so much in 8 months, my body is still catching up with the weight loss.   I have nothing , nothing that actually fits anymore.  All my pants are so baggy, that if I'm not careful, some one will think I'm a gangbanger!!  All I'd need is the bandana!  Other than that, my tests were all great.  My cholesterol  is down to 150, everything is better than normal for my age, even my heart.   There are a couple of you out there that are getting the surgery soon.  I'm so happy for you guys!  It will make such a difference.   Feel free to write me anytime with questions.  That was the purpose of being so open about the surgery. 

         Warm wishes go out to Steve Shuster '65, who is very ill.   We wish you all the best Steve,  and our prayers are with you at this time.

          Also, prayers for my brother Tom, Graphicsdoc, The 17th was the one year anniversary of losing his son, TJ.  Investigation into the death continues even a year later.   A memorial service was held by his son's friends over the previous weekend.

        Welcome to Yolanda Aranda Coria, class of 1976.  She is a recording artist with her husband who is a master guitarist from Argentina.  They have a CD out called "INTIMO", and are very involved with the arts.  Looking to network with old friends and fellow musicians.  Her work email is Yolanda@csiberkeley.com <mailto:Yolanda@csiberkeley.com>  if you'd like to reconnect, or just make a new friend.

        A new address for Cameron  Meeker.  He is still in Chicago, and just dug his home computer out of the box after moving back from Germany, where he was a civilian worker.  His new email is cmeekero6@comcast.net <mailto:cmeekero6@comcast.net>.   For those of you who went to Crocker,  that is where you will remember him from. 

         News from Warren and Linda  Miller' 76 Warren writes they've been busy at the Fire Department this year, with over 168 fires started by lightning, alone.   His department sent strike teams down to Southern Cal to help us out, and from the stories he heard when they returned, he's glad he didn't have to go.  They have a new addition to the family, a puppy,  left under their back stairs.   It sounds like a battle as to who might have to train who.....I don't know who is winning, Them or the puppy!   The puppy thinks of them as giant chew toys!   They will be spending Thanksgiving at home, but heading down to the Bay Area for Christmas, if any of you guys would like to hook up with them over the holidays.   calmedical@saber.net <mailto:calmedical@saber.net> .

         Miriam Kasdan Zigman '65,   send some interesting news about the Caldecott Tunnel.   Seems there is a whole site dedicated to it and the Posey (Webster St) Tube.   Pretty neat stuff.  They  even hold Caldecott Tunnel tours, for you and up to 30 of your closest friends!   There is even a tunnel museum.  Tours are available Wed, Thur, Fri, or Sat.  The tour takes 2 plus hours.  You can schedule the tour with Ray Mailhot or  Mike Hart at 510-286-0315.    You can find links to some of this stuff at:

    Official:     <http://www.caldecott-tunnel.com/>
    Pictures:    <http://www.wetzoollamb.net/tours/caldecott/caldl.html>
    The Caldecott tunnel was built to replace the old Broadway tunnel, which was built in 1903.  Tunnels 1 and 2 were built in 1937, and tunnel 3, as many of us might remember, was built in 1964.   The tunnel was designated a City of Oakland Landmark in 1980, and in 1993, the Art Deco society bestowed a Preservation Award on the tunnel..  Posey, who's name is bestowed on the "tube" between Oakland and Alameda, was also a contributor to the Caldecott Tunnel.   I have heard from many people that while Posey designed the Tube, he never allowed his family to travel through it.    Could be just rumor!  Who knows now?   Any of you out there have any knowledge?  Michael Budd, I know you always know stuff like this!!!  Thanks, Miriam, for this bit of interesting history.   There is much more to be learned.  Contact  the above listed fellows,  Ray Mailhot, or Mike Hart for more info.



     

         Bev Shulster Beiman is having empty nest syndrome, even though her sons have moved out long ago!  The boys both left Israel for New York and China.   Bev is also waiting to be a grandma, and shared the ultra sound photos with me!  You'll love being a grandma, Bev!!  Bev is off jetsetting again, this time to New York..  You go, girl!  She also sent me a photo of her, circa 1955.  What a cutie!  See below attachments.

         I have my own Classmates.com success  story to report.  Over the years, as the family has diminished in size,  I've had the urge to reconnect to those left.  Not having seen our (mine and graphicsdoc) cousins since the 60's,   I had no idea where to find them.  I've searched for years.  In 2000  I was able find our cousin Suzy thanks to my uncle locating a phone number from years ago.  I was able to get together with her during the '65 Reunion in 2001, and we've been in touch ever since.  Our male cousins, however, were more difficult.  I knew they had a band (The L.A.Teens) back in the 60's, and were friends with Gary Usher and the Beach Boys, and even played with the Hondells (Go Little Honda), but after the 60's I had no idea.   Since Classmates started I've been putting messages on Glendora High's message board seeking them.   Nothing.   Then a month ago, I just had a feeling, and put a new message on the board.  I got 3 replies, and BINGO, I was talking to my cousin Ron on the phone.  Sadly, his brother had died in the 80's. but without Classmates.com I would NEVER have found him.  We are working on plans to all reunite next summer.  There are two other cousins, both male, but their whereabouts were already known.  It should be a great reunion.  Our cousin Ron has  no family left but his two kids, on either side of his family, and he was ecstatic to find out we had been searching for  him.  The internet is a wonderful thing!!!  Maybe we can start some new family traditions.

         Got a photo from Bob Chan '71, and his telescope.  Aside from scanning yearbooks, Bob is really into astronomy.    Where he gets all his energy between work, astonomy and scanning yearbooks, plus other hobbies is beyond me.   Thanks, Bob, we all appreciate what you do for us and the yearbook scanning.   Attached to this week's email is the photo. 

        Speaking of scanning yearbooks,  1962 is almost done!   Look for it soon.   Still working on 66.  Just to keep you updated,  if you want a yearbook on CD,  write me and let me know.  Bhulse47@yahoo.com <mailto:Bhulse47@yahoo.com>.


     

    BIG QUIZ THIS WEEK!!!!  Biff Gudmundsen,  Skyline '65, and OHS adoptee,  is offering to the favorite charity of anyone who gets all 20 right.    This is a quiz where you get a line from a song and must tell which song it came from.   Here it is!  Good luck.  Send your answers to either me, or Biff at biff13@charter.net <mailto:biff13@charter.net> .   Remember, 

    20 right means sent to your favorite charity!!!!!  .

    Music Trivia Challenge

    20 out of 20 wins to your favorite charity

    Name the title of each song

      20.     "............how long must I dream?"

      19.     "............listen, please listen, that's the way it should be"

      18.     "...........when will we share precious moments?"

      17.     ".............with one burning thought"

      16.     "........will you stand above me?"

      15.     ".........I paid the price, I paid the price"

      14.     "...........my own beliefs are in my song"

      13.     ".......well you know they got a heluva band"

      12.     "...............the world cannot be wrong, if in this world......"

      11.     ".........I held you, held you tight"

      10.     "......in just a matter of a few days"

      9.      ".....I'm all dressed up for the dance"

      8.      ".....stop playing with my heart, finish what you start"

      7.      ".....Holly came from Miami, F-L-A"

      6.      ".......she stepped out of the rainbow"

      5.      "........we got chicken in the barn"

      4.      "......the river is deep and the river is wide"

      3.      "......don't be a drag, participate....clams on the half shell and roller skates,

      2.      "..........and many will die, mothers and fathers back home they will cry"

      1.      "..............reach the stars, fly a fantasy..........dream a dream"

            
    And more stuff for the weird: 

         With the approach of Thanksgiving,  we all know Christmas isn't far away.   Mike is already planning how to decorate the mobile home.  In fact he's been planning his Christmas layout since summer, but since we've moved, he has to do some reconfiguring..  If you recall in previous stories I might have mentioned his, uh, addiction to collecting stuff. 

          Collecting also includes his "party porch".   So far he has only collected one or two new neighbors for his porch, but many of the old "groupies" still come and gather.  It's much larger, so he can host a bigger audience now.    Like clockwork, they all seem to show up on the weekends, and they still bring their kids and dogs.  I'm just waiting for him to appoint a royal scribe to take down his Mikie-isms for posterity.   "Thou shall have no other Porch God before me".  You know, stuff like that.    I'm not sure, but I suspect his subjects now have to bow and ask permission to entry the party porch chamber.  I'm tempted to set up a surveillance camera out there!   I've already taken phone calls from 3 people asking "permission" to come over this evening.  They actually made an appointment for 9PM.  Am I missing something here?  Tell me this happens to other people besides us.........I don't think I can stand another rendition of his "Parable of the Hair of the Dog,"  or listen to these people sing "Oh Mikie Dear, Oh Mikie Dear" to the tune of O Tannebaum.  It's like their national anthem or club theme song.   He sits in a large Coleman chair, a table next to him, and the other chairs all facing his as if he was holding court.  AM I blind, deaf and dumb?  I just don't get it!   Maybe it's because I'm the one who sees the dirty underwear and smelly socks,  but for the life of me, I just don't get it.  I never realized I married a God.............

            Did I mention that we also moved all of his jungle over here, too.  He is slowly deciding where to put each individual plant.  Each royal plant will have a royal spot to bloom in.  He's already put several out in the front.  Funny, now that they aren't all concentrated  in a small 8X10 porch, they don't seem nearly as overwhelming.  That's because it's winter now.  By summer,  maybe even spring,  I expect him to have it looking like a jungle again.   Even his noisemaking animals don't seem as irritating anymore.  His frog "died" during the move.   The poor thing's croaking when from Ribit to just Rib, and finally he died altogether.  I fear he will be replaced by something larger and louder.  Already the mailperson and the FedEx guy avoid the porch.  If it doesn't fit in the mailbox, they just sort of throw it out of the truck as they speed by..........The first week we lived there,  the next door neighbor actually came out with a shotgun after hearing all the racket from the porch animals.  Ttey are now spread out over the front and back yard too, so if nothing else,  they scare away prowlers.   Cheap burglar alarms! 

    He has now subscribed to several garden catalogs, and I dread it when they come.  He gets out his little pad and pencil and starts ordering more plants and more garden accessories, i.e. ANIMALS and BIRDS! 

         But, back to Christmas decorating. 
           
          He's obtained an 8 foot tall inflatable lighted Polar Bear dressed in a blue sweater and cap that will no doubt adorn our rooftop.  He already had the 8 foot inflatable tree, and the 8 foot inflatable snowman.  He's also purchased a hanging Santa.   These, in addition to a storage unit FULL of candy canes, lights, lighted animals, angels, Santa's, trees, and stars.   There must be a 2000 feet of garland.  We are making a trip to storage to dig it all out today.  He wants it decorated by Thanksgiving so all the kids can see it.   

        You may recall my little ceramic village he started for me.   The one that took over the living room in the apartment.    It has already made it's way into the living room of the mobile home.   In fact,  there have been five new additions to the town.  Guess who bought them?   What a silly question!   I now have so many houses and businesses they won't all fit in one spot.   I've had to find a place to start a neighboring village. 

        One village will be named Oakland, as the clock tower is similar to the Oakland Tribune Tower.   The other will be named Barstow, and will carry signs of local businesses over the existing names.   I'm afraid to tell Mike I'm short on people since there are two towns.  Last time I said that, if you recall, he bought so many ceramic people we had to open a ceramic soup kitchen for the homeless. The ceramic homeless were sleeping in the ceramic park.   Very sad situation....... 

         I have to admit I've seen some really cool stuff out this year.  If I had a couple hundred extra lying around I might find MYSELF buying more village stuff.  Luckily for me, I'm independently poor!   Ha!  Another reason I stay off Ebay!  I'd hate to be on a first name basis with the bankruptcy court!

         Last night when I got home Mike gave me clues and made me search the entire house for the five new ceramic village pieces.  Can you believe the Toy Store was in the refrigerator and I MISSED it??  Holy Crap!  It took up the whole shelf, too.   Thank you old age for leaving me blind as a bat.  The granddaughters are coming over this weekend to help set up the villages. (Note to my brother Tom.  Do you remember when we'd always fight as kids about which one of us was going to be mayor of the town after Mom put the Christmas village up?   Some Christmas traditions go on and on.)

         The neighbors probably think Mike is suffering some kind of mental disease because he often stands in the middle of the street talking to himself.......he's actually "designing" his Christmas layout.  We will probably be the only people to decorate.  Everyone else is over 90.  Some nights I hear him talking to himself as he sits at this desk, arguing AND answering.  I turn over, go back to sleep, and remember to drop an extra Prozac in his coffee in the morning! 

    (Holy CRAP!  The UPS guy just came in here at noon to tell me he left a crapload of boxes at my house..........he's certain they are all Christmas decorations.......maybe I should just move to a hotel until after Christmas!)

    I will post Bonnies newsletter
    as soon as I receive it
    (most likely Friday or Saturday )
    So you can be up to date on
    current happenings
    as soon as possible

    "




     

    <---------@ UGLY DUDE , HUH?
    Would you buy a USED Harley from this man?

    YES, .............. IT'S GRAPHICSDOC ,
    HALLOWEEN ON OR ABOUT 68 , ..............
    OFF TO ROB A 7-11 OR SOME SUCH THING! ................
    JUST KIDDIN' FOLKS!





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