05/03/08 - NNHS Newsletter - Please, Mr. Postman
ďI turn on my computer. I wait patiently as it connects. I go online. My
breath catches in my chest until I hear 3 little words,
Friends and Schoolmates,
Today's Newsletter theme was first used here almost exactly three years ago, courtesy of Our Wizard of Wonderment, From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA:
Thanks again, David!
BONUS #1 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GuGgWRyhPsI - The Beatles - Please Mr. Postman
BONUS #2 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KItFpClyqOs - The Carpenters - Please Mr. Postman
BIRTHDAYS - TODAY AND UPCOMING:
Happy Birthday today toPauline Collins Shofner ('65) of VA!
this week to:
04 - Wanda Hodge Underwood ('57);
05 - Jane Penn Clark ('57) AND Tom Jones (Warwick HS - '60) of AL;
06 - Patsy Lewis Hancock ('57);
07 - Judy Abbott Copes ('57);
09 - Patty Andrews Mays ('61) of VA;
10 - Mrs. Helen Hardy Shelton of VA AND Barbara Johnson Hansford ('57)!
Many Happy Returns, One and All!
From Harry Covert ('57) of Northern VA - 05/01/08 - "The Covert Letter":
Gabble, Gumnation and Politics
Posted: 30 Apr 2008 09:24 PM CDT
ONCE UPON A TIME IN A DIFFERENT part of my life, I thought Iíd run for public office. It was hard work. I know full well all politics is local. This was never more evident to me than on one afternoon when I was busy knocking on doors, introducing myself, smiling and being sweet and nice in the neighborhood.
Let me digress for a moment. What a campaigning year weíre having. Itís almost a carnival atmosphere as the gloves seem off in the Democratic race for president. And how the television commentators, analysts, columnists, bloggers and generally good bull-shooters are enjoying the melee.
Unfortunately, so much of the gabble or gumnation as I like to describe it, is about to turn off most of the voters. We have a long way to November. But, I admit, it is fun listening to the in-fighting, out-fighting and nefarious and various predictions.
We canít say the media types are selling newspapers or magazines this time but they are selling lots of air time, even if itís mostly hot air. Itís fun to watch.
All the hoopla weíre enduring reminds me of my effort and what it takes to meet the voters on every street and avenue of cities and towns. Most candidates do this when they're alone, when no reporters of any sort are following. You have to admire the candidates. Letís not forget though, Americans are paying through the nose for the campaigns.
I enjoyed a 10-year period when I loved to umpire baseball games, softball games and to referee high school and college basketball and football games. They were always exciting events. You meet a lot of people.
I can tell you, a person can get accustomed to catcalls, boos, threats and dreadful, even profane, language because thatís what many people do at sporting events. Blame the umps. Itís part of the fun of competition. Sometimes it can be hard to take but game officials do that. Every now and then you can get sweet revenge. You have to be slick and delicate.
There is a similarity between officiating sporting events and campaigning for elective office. From my experience, most people are very nice and make campaigning fun. On occasion, citizens will tell you whatís on their minds and the majority of times it doesnít involve campaign issues.
In my case, I rapped on one door politely, introduced myself and the lady of the house opened the door. She leered. Yes, I said she leered at me. Without missing a beat she sneered, "Whaddaya want?"
"Iíd like your vote," I replied somewhat furtively.
"Well, get off my porch," she squealed. "I know who you are and I ainít voting for you." That was rather definitive, to the point.
I GOT OFF THE PORCH, TRIED TO MAINTAIN a bit of dignity. I made one more attempt to find out just why this woman had little good to say of me.
"What did I ever do to you, madam?" I asked, attempting to be soft and to possibly save the situation. I managed a heavy emphasis on the word madam, probably employing a little sarcasm with a smile.
"You called my son out at home plate and we could have won the game. Youíre a bum."
I swallowed hard. I knew then no amount of explanation or apology would work in this campaign stop. So I smiled again, thanked her and got away as quickly as I could.
What did she know, I thought to myself. So, I rationalized, she was obviously dumb as a stump, definitely pigheaded and didnít know anything about baseball. Certainly, she didnít know anything about politics. --Copyright 2008.
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Thanks so much, Harry! I hope I didn't violate copyright laws six ways from Tuesday by reposting this here, but I enjoyed your essay so much, I thought perhaps others would like to subscribe as well!
From Charlie Snead ('64) of NC - 05/01/08 - "WOW !":
This YouTube post is really worth checking out. Please
listen 'til the end.
Take care, my friend,
WOWZERONI!!! I wish I still had my piano so I could check this "black key / white key" theory right now without having to wait; that's really fascinating! Because I'm quite fond of such tidbits, I already knew the history of the hymn, "Amazing Grace", but it was much more compelling coming from Wintley Phipps. The man has an incredibly powerful voice, too! Be sure to read the commentary to the right of the screen for further understanding.
Thank you so much, Charlie!
From Joyce Lawrence Cahoon ('65) of VA - 05/02/08 - "Redneck Love Poem":
A Redneck Love Poem
SUSIE LEE DONE FELL IN LOVE,
SHE PLANNED TO MARRY JOE.
SHE WAS SO HAPPY 'BOUT IT ALL,
SHE TOLD HER PAPPY SO.
Thanks, Joyce! This is quite - uh - touching!
From the President of the Class of 1965, Joe Wingo of NC - 05/01/08:
As always, I hope this note finds you feeling fit as a fiddle and happy beyond belief.
I wanted to publicly thank Raoul Weinstein ('57 - of FL) for being the ultimate gentleman. While my Aunt and Uncle were unable to attend the Sertoma Club sock-hop, Raoul was kind enough to call my Aunt and make her feel special in the process. Guess itís that old Typhoon charm!
But Raoul deserves special attention for going that extra mile to put a smile on the face of an 80 year old sweetie. Probably just as well my Aunt Frances couldnít make it as she may have hit on you, Raoul!!
Hope the event was a huge success.
Thank you Raoul. I owe you one.
OH, WOW! What a heartwarming note! Thanks so much, Joe - and Raoul!
QUESTIONS - AND POSSIBLE ANSWERS:
1. From Joe Madagan ('57) of FL - 05/02/08, 3:19 PM:
I assume you mean the link didn't work on the email announcement, but that everything was hunky-dory within the site itself...
And yes, I'm pretty sure I know why that happened. Several months ago in an effort to simplify my life, we created an NNHS65@gmail.com account, which after 30 minutes or so, imports all my mail from both my NNHS65@yahoo.com and my NNHS65@nc.rr.com accounts. I can still access mail from both those places whenever the fancy strikes me. The point of that was that gmail not only has unlimited storage (and you know, I never discard correspondence) allows me to mail everything at once, whereas Yahoo made me divide the mailings into batches of 100, separated by an hour each. As you might imagine, this was both tedious and time-consuming.
But even gmail has its rules and regulations.
You will notice that today's announcement said simply "05/03/08 - NNHS - Saturday". That is because Thursday's announcement had said, "04/30 and 05/01/08 - NNHS - All My Tomorrows AND Happy May Day!". While that sounds perfectly innocuous to me, it obviously sent many of the spam blocker systems into high gear, and that mailing was blocked and my email returned. Long ago I had noticed that the word "Newsletter" has the same effect, so I dropped it.
This is but another reason I frequently beg y'all not to wait for the announcement (because who knows what evil may have befallen it ) but to bookmark and check one of these three links for progress reports:
http://www.nnhs65.00freehost.com/SITE-MAP.html - This will alert you to anything new anywhere on the entire site, not just the latest Newsletters.
http://www.nnhs65.00freehost.com/NNHS-Newsletters-2008.html - If it says, "IN PROCESS", there's always hope, so check back later.....
In fact, in truth, my email announcements are almost always entirely superfluous. Everything you need to know is detailed on the site itself.
So anyway, because so many servers had returned Thursday's mailing's, gmail's response was to block me from sending ANYTHING to ANYBODY for 24 hours. As the Newsletter was time-sensitive and couldn't wait the 24 hours, I had no choice but to release it through Yahoo over a period of several hours. And as I hadn't used that system in some time for large mailings, I no doubt failed to properly "link the link" somehow. Sorry!Thanks for this alert, Adonis!
2. From Wayne Stokes ('65) of VA - 05/02/08, 4:24 PM:
WOW! Here's another answer I probably know! Do y'all realize how rare that is?!? I really don't know much at all about computers, and my General Rule is, "DON'T TOUCH ANYTHING!!!"
But here's my thought, and I'd really like to hear back from the rest of y'all, whether you do or do not have a similar problem.
The thing is, whenever I include an image of any sort on a page, whether a Newsletter or any page within the site, I "keep" it. I create a folder in my files, capture and save the image, resize, compress, and rename it where necessary, and then place it in the file with similar images. - and then upload them all individually to the internet - which usually takes waaaaay longer than it should.
Thus the title and divider line and Janice's animated laughter clip art on this page are in the HUGE "NNHS-Newsletters" file, the yearbook portraits are (usually) in the "CORRESP" file, the age progression photos are (usually) in the "Alumni List" file, Joyce's "Don't Do This" Series images are in her own "JLC" file, and so forth.
One day, quite by accident, I noticed that sometimes images from an email would appear on an uploaded Newsletter just through a "Copy and Paste" action, without my having to do a thing! Well, you can imagine my joy at this discovery! Can you imagine the countless hours this saves me?!? No, probably not, but trust me, it's the images which require all the time and space - and make it more difficult for dial-up users to even open a Newsletter.
This was such happy news it was almost unbelievable, so I checked on both our computers, and asked a couple of people, and it all seemed to be true.
For instance, Norris Perry's graphic holocaust images on yesterday's Newsletter, and well as Joyce's animated dancing redneck attached to her poem above were affixed in this very manner. So the question for today is - who found what on their Newsletters???
Thanks for the alert, Wayne Honey!
From Jerry ('65) and Judy Phillips ('66) Allen of VA - 05/02/08 - "Warriors":
God bless them! Please watch this.
Okay, Sweetie-Pies, I think I cried throughout that entire trailer... Thank you so much!
PRAYER ROLL (arranged alphabetically, but not necessarily complete):
1. Jerry Allen ('65) of VA - began radiation for cancer last week of February; it was delayed when he was diagnosed with pneumonia on 02/20/08; update of 03/11/08: recovered from pneumonia, is in his third week of radiation, and seems to be doing well. He is back at work and comes home tired, but overall, he is in pretty good shape; update of 03/24/08: last radiation treatment was Friday; "looking good and feeling pretty good except for very irritated skin and fatigue"; update of 04/05/08: "getting better each day"; update of 04/14/08: "now dealing with a blood clot in his pic line; receiving daily injections in the abdomen and taking antibiotics and blood thinners; feels pretty good in spite of everything and his ATTITUDE is great---as usual"; update of update of 04/24/08: "no longer taking daily abdominal injections for blood clot that developed a few weeks ago; everything is looking pretty good. The PET scan will be in the next few weeks. We are expecting good results."
2. Connie Bloxom Thompson ('66) of MD - multiple heath and financial issues; needing cataract surgery to prevent inevitable blindness ASAP; update of 03/11/08: "SO FAR, 1/2 FUNDS FOR 1 EYE PROCEDURE"; update of 03/28/08: re-hospitalized; $1475.00 received so far; still short of $2000.00 goal; update of 04/28/08 - SEE ABOVE
3.My Friend Judy of IL - shoulder replacement surgery - 04/22/08
4. Clyde Bryant ('58) of PA - heart replacement surgery - 12/13/07
5. Me ('65) of NC - recent (late January) development of congestive heart failure plus the usual financial woes; update of 03/28/08: not as well as I'd hoped to be by now; more downs than ups..... ; update of 04/18/08 - SEE: 04/18/08
6. Emily (daughter of My Niece Shari) of VA - advancing scoliosis; surgery 03/11/08; update of 03/12/08: surgery went well, running slight fever; update of 03/18/08: had some ups and lows, but is home again; update of 04/14/08 - still in pain, running a fever; update of 04/18/08 - SEE: 04/18/08
7. Karen Hampton (Hampton HS - '64) of VA - knee surgery on 03/13/08; update of 03/22/08: recovering nicely
8. Frances Heath Scott ('62) of VA - inflammation of nerves; due to have been released from hospital on 02/27/08; update of 04/14/08 -"at home recuperating"
9. Bobby Hedrick ('58) of VA - recently diagnosed with pancreatic cancer; update of 03/22/08: "doing very well, no pain, just some soreness"
10. Deloris Jackson Morgan ('66) of VA - recovering from surgery on her ankle; update of 04/05/08: "has had a cast reapplied and then replaced in the past 2 weeks, and will have to have the pin in her ankle replaced on April 22nd. She is in good spirits and gets around on a little scooter. She can't use crutches because of back surgery fairly recently. She has a lot of pain and discomfort with that, too"; update of 04/14/08: "doing better and sounded great (on 04/12)"; update of 04/24/08 - "did pretty well on her surgery Tuesday to replace that pin in her ankle. She will be going with (the Allens) to OBX this weekend to celebrate";
11.Jesse Kersey ('58) of VA: update of 04/14/08 - "remains hospitalized, continues to undergo tests, and doctors suspect the problem may be thyroid related"; update of 04/18/08 - SEE 04/18/08; update of 04/29/08 - home now..... will be attending his 50-Year Reunion and Bucky Keller's Hall of Fame Induction
12. John London (Warwick HS - '57) of VA - lumbar surgery to fix a spinal stenosis [ laminectomy]; will also involve fusion of vertebrae - 02/05/08
13. Pam Pennington Cherry ('58) of VA - congestive heart failure; cardiac ablation procedure - 02/06/08; second surgery on 02/20/08 for aneurysm; update of 03/17/08 - still experiencing difficulty with heart racing, breathing and pressure in her chest; pray that cardiac ablation procedure will not have to be repeated, and that Pam can learn to REST!
14. Tommy Scott ('61) of VA - update of 04/14/08 - "at home recuperating"
15. All of Us
DATES TO REMEMBER:
1. Friday and Saturday, May 16 - 17, 2008 - NNHS CLASS OF 1958:
http://www.nnhs65.00freehost.com/reunion-class-of-1958.html - 03/18/08
2. Sunday, May 18, 2008 -OPEN TO THE PUBLIC:
The Athletic Hall of Fame of the Virginia Peninsula Is Inducting Bucky Keller ('58), 6:30PM at the Hampton Coliseum:
4. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, September 26 - 28, 2008 - NNHS CLASS OF 1968:
http://www.nnhs65.00freehost.com/reunion-class-of-1968.html - 03/31/08
5. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, October 17 - 19, 2008- NNHS CLASS OF 1963:
http://www.nnhs65.00freehost.com/reunion-class-of-1963.html - 03/26/08
From Joyce Lawrence Cahoon ('65) of VA - 03/31/08 - "Don't do this" (#21 in a Series of 23):
I hope you get all the pictures!!! Also notice that most all the pictures have men in them!! And they say women are dumb!!! These guys don't even have the "blonde" excuse.
These are very good examples of things that we should NOT do at home, work, or any where else for that matter.
YOWZERONI-RINI!!! Thanks, Joyce!
|All I wanna know is, HOW?|
Y'all take care of each other! TYPHOONS FOREVER! We'll Always Have Buckroe!
Love to all, Carol
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at the suggestion o Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 03/08/05
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also at the suggestion o Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 03/08/05
Thanks again, Dave!
Animated Heart to Heart clip art courtesy of http://webclipart.about.com/gi/dynamic/offsite.htm?zi=1/XJ&sdn=webclipart&zu=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.millan.net%2Fanims%2Fgiffar.html - 04/30/05
Navy Seal clip art courtesy of http://www.onemileup.com/miniSeals.asp - 05/29/06
Letters Divider Line clip art courtesy of http://www.wtv-zone.com/nevr2l82/bars40.html - 04/02/05
Birthday Cake clip art courtesy of
Sarah Puckett Kressaty ('65) of
VA - 08/31/05
Thanks, Sarah Sugah!
Laughter clip art courtesy of
McCain Rose ('65) of VA - 01/24/06
Marine Corps Seal clip art
courtesy of the late
Herbert Hice of MI
- one of my
who served in the South Pacific
Thanks again, Herbie!
Army Seal clip art courtesy of Al Farber ('64) of GA - 05/24/06
Hampton High School's Crab clip art courtesy of http://www.geocities.com/agent99bm/ - 10/02/05
Air Force Seal clip art courtesy of http://www1.va.gov/opa/feature/celebrate/milsongs.htm - 07/07/06
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