Friday, December 12, 2014
It sounds like ancient history now to speak of AOL Chat rooms. I have not been on AOL since losing the cheap $3.00 a month dial up connection which was a company benefit. That was about 10 years ago.
Morning Kawfee was a favourite AOL room of mine to visit. It was not a pick up sex room as most of those old AOL rooms were. Instead, it was older guys dishing and communicating in the pre-facebook/twitter era. The chats that transpired back in the day.
It was in the late 1990’s; Jon from the room sent me this hysterical XMAS vanity letter. I’ve sent this to more friends over the years. I had to change a date or two, but it really is timeless.
What a wonderful year we have had! Bob was named Vice President of the bank, so we celebrated by buying a MERCEDES and taking a trip to the ORIENT. In addition to his Boy Scout work, Bob served as Chairman of the
Fund Drive. He is still on the hospital board and
President of Kiwanis. Just for kicks, he
played the lead in the Little Theater production last June, and everyone said
he was better than the star that did it on Broadway. His first love however is still conservation,
and he continues to work hard as Chairman of the committee to Fight Dutch Elm
After completing my term as Junior League President, I swore I would take life easy, but it seems I am more involved than ever. I accepted the Vice Presidency of the Garden Club and am still very active in the DAR. Our church organist became ill and they asked me to substitute, so I accepted. I ran the rummage sale again this year and managed to take a course in flower arranging and cake decorating.
Little Latwanda was elected class president and won letters in volleyball and basketball. She is on the all-state debate team and placed second in the National Oratory contest last May. She has already been accepted by Harvard. She has sure grown the last few years and has turned out to be a gorgeous young lady. We are very proud of her and her dedication for work with the Homeless Shelter at the same time tutoring young people and attending finishing school. Of course for Christmas she has asked for a new Corvette but we are hesitant to give her everything she wants so we bought her a 2012.
In early October we lost Bob's mother. For the last 5 days of her life I set with her never leaving her side and controlling her visitors and working closely getting her affairs in order. Being appointed her Power of Attorney is sure a Godsend and makes things so much easier. Well after 5 days she passed away and boy did Bob get a surprise when her will was read. We got EVERYTHING but I did give my sister in law a real nice cabinet that sits above the toilet and that nice set of Melmac which did include the sugar and creamer. I thought that was fair enough. You know me; I like to keep harmony in the family. I had to laugh, Bob said we should just invest all the money we inherited and just live on the interest.
Well I hope you all have a wonderful
Holiday and a great 2015. We leave in January for a 6 week well earned
vacation in Europe.
Again, MERRY CHRISTMAS
PS - Crazy me. I forgot to ask how your year went. Keep in touch but don't call until we return from
Europe because I am sure I will
have lots of stories to relate to you since you have never traveled abroad.
Saturday, December 6, 2014
It will pretty much take a journal entry to explain this picture. This photo was taken at my Lockport house Christmas Eve 1995.
The “postcards” we are all holding have a picture of a man and woman dressed in harlequin outfits.
This picture was taken at the 1995 annual meeting of the Musical Box Society. The meeting favor that year was a musical photo album. Pictures were taken as you entered the banquet. They were quickly developed to be available after the banquet and entertainment.
As fate would have it, my good friend Leroy was seated behind this couple when the entertainment commenced after the banquet. Leroy kindly asked this lady to remove her headpiece so he and the people behind would view the stage. This woman got very irate and told Leroy that she thought it would be best if he moved!
I have never seen Leroy so mad. Billy had to use the restroom. He had a grin as he returned. The pictures had been arranged on a table to be picked up as you exited the banquet room. He took one of the two photos of the offending couple to sneak into Leroy’s photo album, which we were able to do.
I admit that when it was time to get the pictures I slid the other picture of this couple between the table and wall so it was out of sight. When no one was looking, it left with me.
Now a bit of background on Leroy: Leroy’s family ran the most prestigious clothing store and was a respected businessman in his town. Over the years he had been the recipient of many postcards from billy and I when we would be on road trips to phonograph shows.
It is a known fact postcards are widely read in the post offices. My good friend Karen had an aunt who worked in the post office. She would relate with glee how much the sorting staff enjoyed the cards I used to send her!! One year for XMAS Karen’s mother gave me a box of envelopes!
Now I have to Segway to Judy. He was the first of my friends to be on the cutting edge of computers. Judy had one of the first scanners. It is hard to imagine only some 20 years ago something as mundane as a computer scanner could be considered exotic.
Judy scanned this picture so it could be printed on heavy card stock with the picture on the front and Leroy’s store address printed on the back.
I would stamp these cards and pass them out to friends so they could drop Leroy a note!
If you look closely at the picture, you can just barely make out printing…. This is advertising for Leroy’s clothing store!
We had more fun writing notes to Leroy. Poor Leroy would run to intercept the mail before his brother at the store could find these! The mailman told Leroy, “You sure have interesting friends!”
We all sent Leroy postcards that XMAS Eve.
Thursday, December 4, 2014
Wednesday was “Waffle Day”. It has been a while since I’ve indulged in this treat. The batter was made up and left to rest for ½ hour to rise. Then the 1930 Edicraft waffle baker was turned on. This appliance was sheer luxury in the depths of the depression. This sold for some $30.00 back then. I believe this line went out of production in 1933. Because of this, they rarely turn up. This waffle baker was a lucky E-Bay purchase foe me when I lived in
This is so well built and engineered; it will still be in use long after I’m
gone. When the silver dot is centered you are ready to pour the batter.
Centered silver dot:
Finished “Art Deco” waffle:
I ate two of these glorious waffles slathered in real butter and drown in real warmed up maple syrup. What a way to start the day!
You have to be able to laugh at yourself. Wednesday I posted a plea to my Facebook friends for a source of a “Charlie Brown XMAS Tree” in
. I need such a scraggly tree to
allow me to use my candles to light the tree, a practice I’ve done since my
first tree in 1976. For the first time in a decade I’m contemplating putting a
tree up. Tuscaloosa County
That simple posting went crazy! The comments left were hysterical and still have me laughing!
First my good friend David from Watchmaking school posted:
Fine, just don't use real candles unless you check your fire extinguisher and make it your best friend. Careful Brew.
To which Ray posted:
Don't worry... it's not his first time at the 1890 rodeo
I posted back:
Ray... I've been laughing since scanning that old picture. There is a tape loop of Ron's voice playing in my head, "That damn Jimmy, he has those god damn gas lights going and now he's lighting the candles on the tree... his house is going to burn down and the insurance will not pay it off and all he does is laugh!!"
My old partner from work, Mel does not hold back. He posted:
Ron was right put those Fucking candles back in the box in the back of your thought less mind. Not for your safety but for Stumpies safety. If there's a fire smoke alarms go off stumpy will run under the bed. Stumpy gets hurt you know Ron will wait and then you will pay
My great friend Karen came to my assistance with:
He's been doing his tree light this for over 30 years!!! I think he knows what he is doing, it's not like he leaves the tree lit unattended or for hours. You go Lash
Mel came back with the classic comment on the thread which has had me giggling since reading it:
Yes but thirty years ago he was younger. Now he collects SS belongs to AARP falls asleep in his chair forgets what he's making for supper and stands by the bus sign in his yard waiting for the bus to buffalo and can't understand way the train does not blow its whistle when it goes through his back yard pass the whistle sign.
This is the type interaction I’m so thankful for on the internets. Being able to instantly interact with my friends and family all over the globe is still such a miracle to me.
I sent my sister friend Ray a copy of my last journal entry in which I contemplated transcribing my paper journals from the 80’s and 90’s. He replied with the most beautiful note: As you create this public journal, you will relive the happy times, but also, unfortunately, the most painful. Just like your love of rowing….. It’s an exercise, looking backwards, facing your friends. Painful in the process, but with the rewards of both accomplishment and a stronger heart….. I love you too
It is these friends who helped to get me out of my depression from World AIDS Day.
We have been enjoying a string of warm days which has allowed me to pretty much finish up the outside painting on the eastern side of the house. The inside of the house has been a disaster as I’ve been concentrating my energies to the much needed outside work. Hopefully I’ll have the open projects wrapped up in a few days.
Stumpy has been the biggest help. Don’t report my scaffolding to OSHA!!!!
The Concept 2 Holiday Challenge is on again. Between Thanksgiving and XMAS the meters you erg count for charity and a pin! My poor butt. I’ve erged every day since Friday and have accumulated 60,000+ meters. Once I break the 100,000 mark I earn money for my chosen charity to the tune of .02¢ per kilometer!
I “crew out” with a virtual team which keeps track of my meters. I drive them crazy with the different numbers I end up with. Now I’m up to my 4’s meaning I will erg 11,444 meters today. Tomorrow it will be 5’s, and so on. After I get to 9’s I will do a ½ marathon row which is 21,075 meters. It is madness, but I enjoy it!!!
Once I break the 200,000 mark the amount per kilometer doubles and I qualify for a pin! I’m going for pin #6 this season!
Last night was one of those magic nights. The moon was almost full, way high in the sky. It was warm enough to be comfortable outside in just sweats. I lit the torches in the back yard, brought out the laptop which was playing my favourite Pandora station, and settled in the deck chair with a glass of wine. It did not take long for my Stumpy to join me.
In the past it was Dagney claimed my lap while Stumpy was actively on the prowl for bugs and shadows. Now Stump has discovered the comfort of curling up with me.
The deep sleep of a cat is such magic. Stumpy’s purring faded out as he was transported into his deep sleep. Then the twitches started as he chased birds and mice in his dreams. It has been a long time since I’ve felt such happiness and contentment as last evening on the back patio.
Once I post this I’ll head to the “Y” for my erging so to not break up the afternoon. The other day I read a great comment on line where by a doctor told a rower he only had five minutes to left to live. The rower replied, “Great, I’ll just go on the Concept 2 …. That machine stretches out the minutes into days!”
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- Retired auto worker who can now spend too much time restoring his 1922 Bungalow Home. I'm involved in a number of varied activities from collecting bricks to rowing with a masters rowing group. This blog is to share different aspects of my life on my Facebook page. I've kept an on-line journal for eight years.