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02/16/13 - NNHS Newsletter -
Stupid Cupid

I don't understand why Cupid was chosen to represent Valentine's Day.
When I think about romance, the last thing on my mind
is a short, chubby toddler coming at me with a weapon.”

- Author Unknown
 

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

   Today's Newsletter theme has become a new annual event for us on this day:

BONUS #1 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OHzufJhIpbw - Stupid Cupid - Neil Sedaka

BONUS #2 - http://www.addictinggames.com/angelico.html - Stupid Cupid Arcade Game


From http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stupid_Cupid:    

"Stupid Cupid" is a song written by Howard Greenfield and Neil Sedaka which became a hit for Connie Francis in 1958.

In the spring of 1958 Francis had hit #4 with her breakout hit, a rock ballad version of the standard "Who's Sorry Now?". The similarly-styled follow-up"I'm Sorry I Made You Cry" had barely reached the Top 40 and Francis recalls: "I knew I had to come up with a hit on the third record. It was crucial. I listened to every publisher's song in New York, but nothing was hitting me."[1] Eventually Don Kirshner of Aldon Music had Greenfield and Sedaka, who were staff writers for Aldon, visit Francis at her home to pitch their songs; after listening to a number of ballads—which both Francis and her visitor Bobby Darin felt were too sophisticated to appeal to the teen market—Francis asked if the songwriters had "something a little more lively" and Greenfield asked Sedaka to play "Stupid Cupid", an uptempo number intended for the Shepherd Sisters. Sedaka objected that Francis, a "classy lady", would be insulted to be pitched such a puerile song; but Greenfield dismissed Sedaka's objection, saying, "What have we got to lose, she hates everything we wrote, doesn't she? Play it already!" After hearing only a few lines Francis recalls: "I started jumping up and down and I said, 'That's it! You guys got my next record!'"[2]

Francis cut "Stupid Cupid" on 18 June 1958 at Metropolitan Studio (NYC); LeRoy Holmes conducted the orchestra while Morty Kraft produced the session. Noteworthy in the recording is the uncredited bass guitar work; a complex and energetic riff that has survived the decades and has proven to be one of early rock and roll's best recorded bass guitar sessions. A version of "Carolina Moon" recorded at Metropolitan Studio that 9 June with Kraft producing and Joe Lipman conducting was utilized as the B-side. "Stupid Cupid" provided a reasonably strong comeback vehicle for Francis reaching the Top 15 that August with a Billboard Hot 100 peak of #14. Francis would have to wait until 1959 to make her return to the Top 10 via "My Happiness"...


THIS WEEK'S BIRTHDAYS:

     Happy Birthday this week to:

18 - The late     Bill Sawyer ('57) (deceased 05/16/06) AND    Brooks Bloxom ('64) of NC;

19 -     Bobby Norris ('62) of VA AND      Linda Lane Lane ('64) of VA AND     Jamey Douglas Bacon ('66) of VA!

20 -    Bobby Callis ('64) of WV;

22 - Ronald Bass ('57) AND Curt Lauterbach ('65) of VA AND Billy Reece ('68) of ID;

23 - Richard Prince ('57)!

   Many Happy Returns to You All!

http://www.nnhs65.com/Happy-Birthday.html 


THIS DAY IN WWII:

February 16, 1940 - Altmark Incident: The German tanker Altmark was boarded by sailors from the British destroyer HMS Cossack. 299 British prisoners were freed. 

February 16, 1943 - Red Army troops re-entered Kharkov.

February 16, 1943 - Insertion of Operation Gunnerside, Norway.

February 16, 1945 - American forces landed on Corregidor Island in the Philippines.


THIS DAY IN 1963:

Saturday, February 16, 1963 - Swimmer Dano Halsall was born in Geneva, Switzerland.


   From Jamey Douglas Bacon ('66) of VA - 02/15/13:

...On a sadder note I had to have my best friend my dog Maggie put to sleep.   Polly (Norris Davis - '65) and    Malcolm (Davis - '65) stayed with her while she went to sleep. They have been so good to me as have the many Typhoons that helped me with my utilities a few months ago.

Thanks for all you do. God loves you and so do I.

Jamey

    Oh, Jamey, I'm so very, very sorry to hear this; I know how close you and Maggie were!

   Polly and Malcolm are absolute jewels; I'm delighted they joined us online this year! Thanks for checking in!


  From Joyce Lawrence Cahoon ('65) of VA - 02/15/13 - "Annual Dementia Test":

Our Yearly Dementia Test-- only 4 questions

It's that time of year for us to take our annual senior citizen test. Exercise of the brain is as important as exercise of the muscles. As we grow older, it's important to keep mentally alert. If you don't use it, you lose it!

Below is a very private way to gauge how your memory compares to the last test. Some may think it is too easy but the ones with memory problems may have difficulty.

Take the test presented here to determine if you're losing it or not. The spaces below are so you don't see the answers until you've made your answer.

OK, relax, clear your mind and begin.

 

1. What do you put in a toaster?







Answer: 'bread.' If you said 'toast' give up now and do something else.
Try not to hurt yourself.

If you said, bread, go to Question 2.


2. Say 'silk' five times. Now spell 'silk.' What do cows drink?







Answer: Cows drink water. If you said 'milk,' don't attempt the next question. Your brain is over-stressed and may even overheat. Content yourself with reading more appropriate literature such as Auto World.

However, if you said 'water', proceed to question 3.



3. If a red house is made from red bricks and a blue house is made from blue bricks and a pink house is made from pink bricks and a black house is made from black bricks, what is a green house made from?
 

 



Answer: Greenhouses are made from glass. If you said 'green bricks,' why are you still reading these???

If you said 'glass,' go on to Question 4.



4. Without using a calculator –

You are driving a bus from London to Milford Haven in Wales.

In London, 17 people get on the bus.

In Reading, 6 people get off the bus and 9 people get on.
In Swindon, 2 people get off and 4 get on.
In Cardiff, 11 people get off and 16 people get on.
In Swansea, 3 people get off and 5 people get on.
In Carmarthen, 6 people get off and 3 get on.
You then arrive at Milford Haven.

Without scrolling back to review, how old is the bus driver?






Answer: Oh, for crying out loud!
Don't you remember your own age?
It was YOU driving the bus!!

If you pass this along to your friends, pray they do better than you.

PS: 95% of people fail most of the questions!! 
 

   WILD GIGGLES! Thanks, Joyce! In the weeniest of circumstances, I somehow answered all four questions correctly! WHODATHUNKIT?!?


   From Bill Hobbs ('66) of Northern VA - 02/15/13 - "Blond Men Jokes":


Blond
MEN Jokes

A friend told the blond man: "Christmas is on a Friday this year."
The blond man then said, "Let's hope it's not the 13th."
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Two blond men find three grenades, and they decide to take them to a police station.
One asked: "What if one explodes before we get there?"
The other says: "We'll lie and say we only found two."

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A woman phoned her blond neighbor man and said: "Close your curtains the next time you and your wife are having sex. The whole street was watching and laughing at you yesterday."
To which the blond man replied: "Well the joke's on all of you because I wasn't even at home yesterday."

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A blond man is in the bathroom and his wife shouts: "Did you find the shampoo?"
He answers, "Yes, but I'm not sure what to do... it's for dry hair, and I've just wet mine."

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A blond man goes to the vet with his goldfish.
"I think it's got epilepsy," he tells the vet.
The vet takes a look and says, "It seems calm enough to me."
The blond man says, "Wait, I haven't taken it out of the bowl yet."

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A blond man spies a letter lying on his doormat.
It says on the envelope "DO NOT BEND".
He spends the next 2 hours trying to figure out how to pick it up.

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A blond man shouts frantically into the phone, "My wife is pregnant and her contractions are only two minutes apart!"
"Is this her first child?" asks the doctor.
"No!" he shouts, "this is her husband!"

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A blond man was driving home, drunk as a skunk. Suddenly he has to swerve to avoid a tree, then another, then another.
A cop car pulls him over, so he tells the cop about all the trees in the road.
The cop says, "That's your air freshener swinging about!"

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A blond man's dog goes missing and he is frantic. His wife says, "Why don't you put an ad in the paper?"
He does, but two weeks later the dog is still missing.
"What did you put in the paper?" his wife asks.
"Here boy!" he replies.

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A blond man is in jail. The guard looks in his cell and sees him hanging by his feet.
"Just WHAT are you doing?" he asks.
"Hanging myself," the blond replies.
"The rope should be around your neck" says the guard.
"I tried that," he replies, "but then I couldn't breathe."

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(This last one actually makes sense.)

An Italian tourist asks a blonde man: "Why do scuba divers always fall backwards off their boats?" To which the blonde man replies: "If they fell forward, they'd still be in the boat."

     Thanks, Billy!


From My Friend, Cheryl, of NC - 02/15/13 - "Romans 8:31 Absolutely Beautiful":

  My Valentine's gift to you:
 
 
1. Pray 
2. Go to bed on time.
3. Get up on time so you can start the day unrushed. 
4. Say No to projects that won't fit into your time schedule, or that will compromise your mental health.
5. Delegate tasks to capable others.
6. Simplify and un-clutter your life.
7. Less is more. (Although one is often not enough, two are often too many.)
8. Allow extra time to do things and to get to places.
9. Pace yourself. Spread out big changes and difficult projects over time; don't lump the hard things all together.
10. Take one day at a time.
11. Separate worries from concerns. If a situation is a concern, find out what God would have you do and let go of the anxiety . If you can't do anything about a situation, forget it.
12. Live within your budget; don't use credit cards for ordinary purchases.
13. Have backups; an extra car key in your wallet, an extra house key buried in the garden, extra stamps, etc.
14. K.M.S. (Keep Mouth Shut).
This single piece of advice can prevent an enormous amount of trouble.
15. Do something for the Kid in You everyday.
16. Carry your scriptures with you to read while waiting in line.
17. Get enough rest.
18. Eat right.
19 Get organized so everything has its place.
20. Listen to a tape while driving that can help improve your quality of life.
21. Write down thoughts and inspirations.
22. Every day, find time to be alone.
REPEAT...every day, FIND time to be alone.
23. Having problems? Talk to God on the spot. Try to nip small problems in the bud. Don't wait until it's time to go to bed to try and pray.
24. Make friends with Godly people.
25. Keep a folder of favorite scriptures on hand.
26. Remember that the shortest bridge between despair and hope is often a good 'Thank you Jesus .'
27. Laugh.
28. Laugh some more!
29. Take your work seriously, but not yourself at all.
30. Develop a forgiving attitude (most people are doing the best they can).
31. Be kind to unkind people (they probably need it the most).
32. Sit on your ego.
33 Talk less; listen more.
34. Slow down.
35. Remind yourself that you are not the general manager of the universe.
36. Every night before bed, think of one thing you're grateful for that you've never been grateful for before. GOD HAS A WAY OF TURNING THINGS AROUND FOR YOU.


"If God be for us, who can be against us?"

(
Romans 8: 31)

   Thank you so much, Cheryl!


     From Me ('65) of NC - 02/15/13:

 
 
 


 
BONUS CUPID CROCHET PATTERN:

http://www.etsy.com/listing/66843471/lovely-cupid-pdf-crochet-pattern - Lovely Cupid - "If you don't know what or how to give to your love this year. Let this cupid deliver it for you. These colorful amigurumi dolls are originally created by me. It is approximately 6 inches or 15 cm. tall (size of doll depends on your tension and the yarn you use). This pattern includes instructions to make cupid, short pants and heart. Pant is removable. You can change its pant every day with different colors." - Not free, but $7.00... Also, this is not what I had in mind.  I was looking for a vintage filet crochet pattern, and a free one at that.  I personally would call this "cute", not "lovely", but maybe it's just me...


BONUS CUPID RECIPES:

http://www.rd.com/food/recipes-cooking/valentines-day-appetizer-recipe-cupids-breadsticks/ - Cupid’s Breadsticks - "This easy dish sends a playful message to your sweetie."

http://spoonful.com/recipes/cupcakes-cupid - Cupcakes for Cupid - "Cupid's arrow hits the mark with these heart-shaped treats. To create the heart shape, place a small marble or a 1/2-inch ball of aluminum foil between each liner and one side of the tin (a great job for kids). This will push the paper into the batter to form the notch in the heart."

http://www.bakerella.com/cupids-arrow-cupcakes/ - Cupid’s Arrow Cupcakes - "I was in the mood to make some red velvet cupcakes this weekend. Red velvet cake is so pretty on it’s own, you really don’t need to do much to decorate it. A luscious cream cheese frosting works just fine most of the time."


FINALLY:

From http://www.ajokeaday.com  - 02/15/13:

People say that there is no difference between ‘finished’ and ‘complete’.

I say there is.....

Marry the right person, and you’re ‘complete’;

Marry the wrong person, and you’re ‘finished’.
 


DATES TO REMEMBER:

1. Thursday, March 7, 2013 - The NNHS Class of 1955 holds Lunch Bunch gatherings on the first Thursday of every month at Steve & John's Steak House on Jefferson Avenue just above Denbigh Boulevard in Newport News at 11:00 AM. The luncheon is not limited to just the Class of '55; if you have friends in that year, go visit with them.

2. Wednesday, April 10, 2013 - The NNHS Class of June 1942 meets at noon on the second Wednesday of every other month for a Dutch treat lunch at the James River Country Club, 1500 Country Club Road. PLEASE JOIN THEM. Give or take a few years makes no difference. Good conversation, food and atmosphere. For details, call Jennings Bryan at 803-7701 for reservations.

3. Friday and Saturday, October 4 and 5, 2013 - The NNHS Class of 1963 will hold their 50-Year Reunion at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Hampton on the Water. SEE: The website which has been set up for their class at www.nnhs1963.com; CONTACT: Frank Gibson, frankgibson@cox.net, Joyce Williams Nettles, joywnet@cox.net, or Susie Overton Jones, tnsjones@charter.net


PRAYER ROLL:

http://www.nnhs65.com/requests-prayers.html - updated 02/04/13

BLOG:

http://nnhs.wordpress.com/ - updated 03/13/11



  
Y'all take care of each other!  TYPHOONS FOREVER!  We'll Always Have Buckroe!

                                 Love to all, Carol

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Carol Buckley Harty
7020 Lure Court
Fayetteville, NC 28311-9309
915-780-3048
 


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Stupid Cupid

Written by Howard Greenfield (15 Mar 1936 – 04 Mar 1986) and Neil Sedaka (b. 13 Mar 1939)

Recorded by Connie Francis, 1958
(b.12 Dec 1938)
 

Stupid Cupid, you're a real mean guy
I'd like to clip your wings so you can't fly
I'm in love and it's a crying shame
And I know that you're the one to blame
Hey hey, set me free
Stupid Cupid, stop picking on me

I can't do my homework and I can't think straight
I meet him every morning 'bout half past eight
I'm acting like a lovesick fool
You've even got me carrying his books to school
Hey hey, set me free
Stupid Cupid, stop picking on me

You mixed me up for good right from the very start
Hey now, go play Robin Hood with somebody else's heart

You got me jumping like a crazy clown
And I don't feature what you're putting down
Well, since I kissed his loving lips of wine
The thing that bothers me is that I like it fine
Hey hey, set me free
Stupid Cupid, stop picking on me

You got me jumping like a crazy clown
And I don't feature what you're putting down
Well, since I kissed his loving lips of wine
The thing that bothers me is that I like it fine
Hey hey, set me free
Stupid Cupid, stop picking on me

Hey hey, set me free
Stupid Cupid, stop picking on me


"Stupid Cupid" midi courtesy of http://www.garyrog.50megs.com/ at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 02/13/10
Thanks, Dave!

"Stupid Cupid" lyrics courtesy of http://www.stlyrics.com/songs/c/conniefrancis5974/stupidcupid505749.html - 02/16/10

Anti-Valentine Day title clip art courtesy of My Niece, Shari, of VA - 02/14/10
GIGGLES! Thanks, Shari!

Rose Cupids Divider Line clip art courtesy of - well, I don't know, but it's been in my files since 03/29/05

Animated Tiny Birthday Cake clip art courtesy of
Sarah Puckett Kressaty ('65) of VA - 08/31/05
Thanks, Sarah Sugah!

Animated USMC Flag clip art courtesy of http://www.angelfire.com/ny4/KevsGifsGalore/Patriotic.html - 06/18/03

Navy Seal clip art courtesy of http://www.onemileup.com/miniSeals.asp - 05/29/06

Animated Laughing Frog courtesy of Wayne Stokes ('65) of VA - 07/16/08
Thanks, Wayne!

Animated Laughing Cat courtesy of Joyce Lawrence Cahoon of VA - 07/29/08
Thanks, Joyce!

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