03/18/09 - NNHS Newsletter
“I'd like the memory of me to be a happy one, I'd like to leave an afterglow
of smiles when life is done.
Dear Friends and Schoolmates,
Ohhh, why not one more??
BONUS - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N0oTDS9ur_U - Forty Shades of Green - Johnny Cash
From http://www.irishpage.com/songs/forshade.htm - 03/17/09 - "Forty Shades of Green":
"Johnny Cash was so taken in by the Emerald Isle in 1961 that he penned a whole album in celebration of Ireland. The most enduring of Cash's Irish songs is "Forty Shades of Green", including the confession that "most of all I miss a girl in Tipperary town, and most of all I miss her lips as soft as eiderdown". Mention of Dingle, Donaghadee, the Shannon, Skibbereen, Cork and Larne, make this a very all-Irish song, and a celebration of the good old times when "the farmers drain the bogs and spade the turf".
"Never mind that a lot of these farmers might have told Cash to be on his way, preferring some modern comforts themselves. And so, Johnny Cash was responsible for creating the idea of Ireland being " forty shades of green". There is also an Irish language version by Diarmaid Ó Tuama who while taking a few liberties is quite close to the original both in the language, spirit, and in the rhyme. Cash's original was added on by Ireland's seminal rock group "Boomtown Rats", with singer Bob Geldof also mentioning "sixty shades of red" in reference to the "Troubles".
" Eiderdown comes from a large migratory Eider Duck, is
exceptionally soft and has insulating properties superior to any other down.
[Pronounced: eye der down}
 Shalamar is a very pleasant perfume.
 Larne is a large town in Co. Antrim."
Courtesy of Vivian and Jack Hennessey, IrishPage.com Nov, 2007
1. From Judy Phillips Allen ('66) of VA - 03/17/09, 11:26 AM - "UPDATE ON MONTY (Phillips - '62 - of VA)":
2. From the Head Flagtwirler of 1965, Janice McCain Rose of VA - 03/17/09, 10:21 PM - "Please say prayers":
Dear NNHS Family....Fred's recovery is a roller
coaster ride. One step forward in a good direction, then 3 steps back.
He had to have another chest drainage tube inserted today...this time right lung. He is running a fever, oxygen level low, heart rate high. Antibiotics are started again and he is back on oxygen 24/7. Three test results will determine treatment. Two we will have sometime tomorrow...the third will have to "culture" and that takes a couple of days.
Fred was up this am....walked....sat in the chair....and was able to swallow some of his pills that can not be given by IV or in his feeding tube. We thought he did well....however, with the silent aspiration this is questionable...and the doctor has ordered NOTHING NOTHING NOTHING should go in his mouth.
Yesterday he finally got one of those air flotation beds....and he slept well for the first time since surgery. The only problem with this bed, even though it is helping to prevent bed sores, is that it does NOT have an automatic adjustment to keep him above 45 degrees...thus there are more BIG signs in his room that under no circumstance should his bed be lower than 45 degrees.
The doctor would love to have a cat scan...but this is impossible because Fred can never be below 45 degrees...the risk, even though a cat scan does not take that long, is too much to risk.
I talked with his nurse just a bit ago (10:00 pm) and she said he is sleeping off and on (he was so exhausted from panting trying to get oxygen)...and his levels are fine, awake and asleep. If they have to call the doctor in, they will call me next.
My oldest, Bryan, was with me today while Fred was having the procedure...and when we were allowed back to see him, he would NOT rest...even though Bryan and I were not talking to him or to each other, he would not close his eyes. The doctor and we decided that Fred would do better if no one was in the room with him.
Our faithful prayer warriors need to go to work again....the prayers were answered when he was having trouble with his left lung...now we need to pray for healing of his right lung.
This is a critical time again....thank you for being a family...NNHS family to me and our kids......love to all....Janice
3. From the Head Flagtwirler of 1965, Janice McCain Rose of VA - 03/18/09, 6:12 AM - "Fred...Wednesday morning update":
Fred was placed on a respirator this morning...he
called me before the procedure to tell me that he loved me. He will be under
sedation while on the respirator. The doctor told us yesterday that this is not
permanent...it's only to let his body rest and heal and the respirator will
breathe for him.
As soon as the fog lifts, I am going to the hospital...I just want to see how the machine is working.
The nurse said after the procedure that his levels were good.
I pray that this will allow my darling to heal.
YOWZERS!!! Thanks for these updates, Judy and Janice! We're still praying!
THIS WEEK'S BIRTHDAYS:
Happy Birthday today to our Three-Fer - Johnny Mitchell ('57) of VA AND Kay Knight Midkiff Evans ('59) of VA AND Wade Scott ('66) of MO!
Happy Birthday tomorrow to Cheryl Mays Howard ('66) of VA!
Happy Birthday this week to:
20 - My Cousin, Stuart Atkinson (Warsaw HS - '63) of VA AND Sid Melton ('64) of NY AND Terri McAfee Artman ('66) of VA AND My Nephew, Kevin Dick (Weber HS, UT - '82) of NC;
21 - Bob Morgan ('56) of MA AND My #4 Son, Joshua Harty (Hillsboro HS, IL - '95) of IL;
22 - Cookie Phillips Tyndall ('64) of VA;
23 - Richard Marshall ('66) of VA;
24 - Olivia House Brickey ('65) of VA;
25 - the late Billy Williams ('57) (d. 21 May 2007) AND Joan McKenna Ward ('60) of VA AND Bill Hobbs ('66) of Northern VA!
Many Happy Returns to You All!
From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 03/17/09 - "Good Information!":
This is worth printing and sending to all. It's packed with loads of good to know info.
Through a Rapist's Eyes (No Joke)
When this was sent to me, I was told to forward it to my lady friends, but I forwarded it to most everyone in my address book. My men friends have female friends and this Information is too important to miss someone.
Please pass it along and share it with your children.
A group of rapists and date rapists in prison were interviewed on what they look for in a potential victim and here are some interesting facts:
1) The first thing men look for in a potential victim is hairstyle. They are most likely to go after a woman with a ponytail, bun, braid or other hairstyle that can easily be grabbed. They are also likely to go after a woman with long hair. Women with short hair are not common targets.
2) The second thing men look for is clothing. They will look for women who's clothing is easy to remove quickly. Many of them carry scissors around specifically to cut clothing.
3) They also look for women on their cell phone, searching through their purse, or doing other activities while walking because they are off-guard and can be easily overpowered.
4) Men are most likely to attack & rape in the early morning, between 5: 00a.m. and 8:30a.m.
5) The number one place women are abducted from/attacked is grocery store parking lots. The number two: office parking lots/garages. Number three: public restrooms.
6) The thing about these men is that they are looking to grab a woman and quickly move her to another location where they don't have to worry about getting caught.
7) Only 2% said they carried weapons because rape carries a 3-5 year sentence but rape with a weapon is 15-20 years.
8) If you put up any kind of a fight at all, they get discouraged because it only takes a minute or two for them to realize that going after you isn't worth it because it will be time-consuming.
9) These men said they would not pick on women who have umbrellas, or other similar objects that can be used from a distance, in their hands.
Keys are NOT a deterrent because you have to get really close to the attacker to use them as a weapon. So, the idea is to convince these guys you're not worth it.
10) Several defense mechanisms he taught us are: If someone is following behind you on a street or in a garage or with you in an elevator or stairwell, look them in the face and ask them a question, like what time is it?, or make general small talk: 'I can't believe it is so cold out here,' 'We're in for a bad winter.' Now you've seen their face and could identify them in a line-up; you lose appeal as a target.
11) If someone is coming toward you, hold out your hands in front of you and yell STOP! or STAY BACK! Most of the rapists this man talked to said they'd leave a woman alone if she yelled or showed that she would not be afraid to fight back. Again, they are looking for an EASY target.
12) If you carry pepper spray (this instructor was a huge advocate of it and carries it with him wherever he goes), yell, "I HAVE PEPPER SPRAY!" and holding it out will be a deterrent.
13) If someone grabs you, you can't beat them with strength but you can by outsmarting them. If you are grabbed around the waist from behind, pinch the attacker either under the Arm (between the elbow and armpit) OR in the upper inner thigh VERY, VERY HARD. One woman in a class this guy taught told him she used the underarm pinch on a guy who was trying to date rape her and was so upset she broke through the skin and tore out muscle strands - the guy needed stitches. Try pinching yourself in those places as hard as you can stand it - it hurts.
14) After the initial hit, always GO for the GROIN. I know from a particularly unfortunate experience that if you slap a guy's parts it is extremely painful. You might think that you'll anger the guy and make him want to hurt you more, but the thing these rapists told our instructor is that they want a woman who will not cause a lot of trouble. Start causing trouble and he's out of there.
15) When the guy puts his hands up to you, grab his first two fingers and bend them back as far as possible with as much pressure pushing down on them as possible. The instructor did it to me without using much pressure, and I ended up on my knees and both knuckles cracked audibly.
16) Of course the things we always hear still apply. Always be aware of your surroundings, take someone with you if you can and if you see any odd behavior, don't dismiss it, go with your instincts!!!
You may feel a little silly at the time, but you'd feel much worse if the guy really was trouble.
1. Tip from Tae Kwon Do : The elbow is the strongest point on your body. If you are close enough to use it, do!
2. Learned this from a tourist guide in New Orleans: if a robber asks for your wallet and/or purse, DO NOT HAND IT TO HIM. Toss it away from you....chances are that he is more interested in your wallet and/or purse than you, and he will go for the wallet/purse. RUN LIKE MAD IN THE OTHER DIRECTION!
3. If you are ever thrown into the trunk of a car, kick out the back tail lights and stick your arm out the hole and start waving like crazy. The driver won't see you, but everybody else will. This has saved lives.
4. Women have a tendency to get into their cars after shopping, eating, working, etc, and just sit (doing their checkbook, or making a list, etc.) DON'T DO THIS! The predator will be watching you, and this is the perfect opportunity for him to get in on the passenger side, put a gun to your head, and tell you where to go. AS SOON AS YOU GET INTO YOUR CAR, LOCK THE DOORS AND LEAVE.
a. If someone is in the car with a gun to your head DO NOT DRIVE OFF, repeat: DO NOT DRIVE OFF! Instead gun the engine and speed into anything, wrecking the car. Your Air Bag will save you. If the person is in the back seat they will get the worst of it. As soon as the car crashes bail out and run. It is better than having them find your body in a remote location.
5 A few notes about getting into your car in a parking lot or parking garage:
A.) Be aware: look around you, look into your car, at the passenger side floor, and in the back seat.
B.) If you are parked next to a big van, enter your car from the passenger door. Most serial killers attack their victims by pulling them into their vans while the women are attempting to get into their cars.
C.) Look at the car parked on the driver's side of your vehicle, and the passenger side. If a male is sitting alone in the seat nearest your car, you may want to walk back into the mall, or work, and get a guard/policeman to walk you back out.
IT IS ALWAYS BETTER TO BE SAFE THAN SORRY. (And better paranoid than dead.)
6. ALWAYS take the elevator instead of the stairs. (Stairwells are horrible places to be alone and the perfect crime spot. This is especially true at NIGHT!)
7. If the predator has a gun and you are not under his control, ALWAYS RUN! The predator will only hit you (a running target) 4 in 100 times. And even then, it most likely WILL NOT be a vital organ. RUN, preferably in a zigzag pattern!
8. As women, we are always trying to be sympathetic: STOP! It may get you raped or killed. Ted Bundy, the serial killer, was a good-looking, well-educated man, who ALWAYS played on the sympathies of unsuspecting women. He walked with a cane, or a limp, and often asked 'for help' into his vehicle or with his vehicle, which is when he abducted his next victim.
9. Another Safety Point: Someone just told me that her friend heard a crying baby on her porch the night before last, and she called the police because it was late and she thought it was weird. The police told her 'Whatever you do, DO NOT open the door.'
The lady then said that it sounded like the baby had crawled near a window, and she was worried that it would crawl to the street and get run over. The policeman said, 'We already have a unit on the way, whatever you do, DO NOT open the door.' He told her that they think a serial killer has a baby's cry recorded and uses it to coax women out of their homes thinking that someone dropped off a baby. He said they have not verified it, but have had several calls by women saying that they hear baby's cries outside their doors when they're home alone at night.
Please pass this on and DO NOT open the door for a crying baby --- This should be taken seriously because the Crying Baby theory was mentioned on America's Most Wanted this past Saturday when they profiled the serial killer in Louisiana ..
I'd like you to forward this to all the women you know. It may save a life. A candle is not dimmed by lighting another candle. I was going to send this to the ladies only, but guys, if you love your mothers, wives, sisters, daughters, etc., you may want to pass it onto them, as well.
Thank you so much, Shari, this is very valuable information!
From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 03/17/09 - "An Airflight Of Ireland":
OH, WOW!!! Thanks again, Shari!
From Jerry ('65) and Judy Phillips ('66) Allen of VA - 03/17/09 - "On the bright side":
On the bright side
HAPPY PATTY'S DAY!
Thanks again, Dearest Judy!
From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 03/17/09 - "NNHS 64/45 Planning to Attend":
Terry Davenport of VA
Thank you, David!
From Joyce Lawrence Cahoon ('65) of VA - 03/17/09 - "PET DANGER":
Thank you, Joyce!
From Butch Ragland ('63) of CO - 03/12/09 - "Have a Giggle (#5 in a series of 13)":
After hearing me complain about my doctor getting on me about losing another 10 pounds my wife sent me the attached email for future excuses I can give him!
Have to admit I never thought of these and may use them next visit, when I know I will have probably gained another 10 pounds.
In case you need some newsletter filler sometime, I included the "Herman" comic attachments also!
Hope you enjoy them, and thanks again for keeping us in touch with our glory days.
GIGGLES!!! These are great, Butch - thanks!
From Me ('65) of IL - 03/18/09:
We still have a number of exciting items to come from quite a few of y'all, but as they are rather time-consuming for me to process, I'm holding them in reserve for next week when I won't be playing with "my babies" with quite such an intensity!
ALSO, our family is celebrating this holiday week as we do all others - with grand and glorious illness. This week's special is a nasty stomach virus. Late yesterday afternoon it quite unexpectedly became MY turn. I was told I was positively GREEN. Well, it was St. Patrick's Day, after all. I'll be back when I'm not quite so ill.....
DATES TO REMEMBER:
1. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, April 23, 24, and 25, 2009 - The Class of 1954 will hold its 55-Year Reunion. For details, contact Dr. Harry Simpson at 804-694-0346 or email him at email@example.com - CLASS OF 19542. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, May 15, 16, and 17, 2009 - The Hampton High School Class of 1964 will hold its 45-Year Reunion at the Crowne Plaza Hotel. For details, see: www.hamptonhigh1964.com - HAMPTON HIGH SCHOOL - CLASS OF 1964
3. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, September 4, 5 and 6 (Labor Day Weekend), 2009 -The Class of 1969 will hold its 40-Year Reunion at the Point Plaza Hotel, Newport News, VA. For details, see: http://www.nnhs65.00freehost.com/reunion2009-69.html and contact Jean Baker Howell at firstname.lastname@example.org - OPEN TO ALL NNHS ALUMNI
4. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, September 18, 19, and 20, 2009 - The Warwick High School Class of 1959 will hold its 50-Year Reunion at the Marriott Newport News at City Center, Newport News, VA. For details, contact WHSREUNION1959@aol.com.
5.Friday and Saturday, October 10 and 11, 2009 - The Class of 1964 will hold its 45-Year Reunion at the Newport News Marriott at City Center, 740 Town Center Drive, Newport News, VA 23606: For details, see: http://www.nnhs65.00freehost.com/reunion2009-64.html - CLASS OF 1964
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Y'all take care of each other! TYPHOONS FOREVER! We'll Always Have Buckroe!
Love to all, Carol
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Forty Shades of Green midi, lyrics, background, and homework courtesy of http://www.irishpage.com/songs/forshade.htm - 03/17/09
Adrian Reilly's "Forty Shades of Green" Image (16 May 2006) courtesy of http://www.pbase.com/mescaleroman/image/60249553 - 03/17/09
Small Shamrock Divider Line clip art courtesy of http://www.wtv-zone.com/nevr2l82/bars6.html - 03/10/09
Animated Tiny Birthday Cake clip art
Sarah Puckett Kressaty ('65) of
VA - 08/31/05
Thanks, Sarah Sugah!
Navy Seal clip art courtesy of http://www.onemileup.com/miniSeals.asp - 05/29/06
Hillsboro High School's Topper (Band
Version) clip art courtesy of
Animated Cheering Smiley clip art courtesy of Al Farber ('64) of GA - 08/18/05
Small Shamrock Button plucked from Small Shamrock Divider Line clip art courtesy of http://www.wtv-zone.com/nevr2l82/bars6.html - 03/10/09
Large Shamrock Divider Line clip art courtesy of http://www.wtv-zone.com/nevr2l82/bars4.html - 03/10/09