Aragon Class of ‘64
“Keep Your Fork” Newsletter

Classmates & Friends of Aragon 1964, Contributors of all Articles
Bonita Beck, Publisher                                         Bob Graham, Editor

October 2015
   "Gone to the Dogs!"     Issue #138


WOW!  I’m sticking with the “supper charged flux capacitor” that we had success with last month - ask and I received!  I guess after hearing about our Classmates Ted, Kathy, Charlene, Sandi, Bruce and Judy, the urge to get involved hit a home run - sorry, wrong season - TOUCHDOWN 49’ers!  Whatever... don’t stop now!  Put that smile on your face and let’s have some fun!

Our benefactor for the website, Steve Hanleigh, put a challenge out to me on his “bucket list.” Steve’s bucket list has to do with travel and other countries.  If you are interested in this, Steve sent this site for all you world travelers: .  Steve has been to #61 countries and left for Russia (#62) just a couple of weeks ago.  Since I have only been to about a dozen countries, I had to come up with somewhat of a different challenge “path.”  So, this was my challenge answer…

Steve, here are my "top 11" Russian phases I used during my time in "west/east" Germany in the early #70s:

1. HELLO (pree vee et)
2. GOOD MORNING (dohb roy ah oo cheh)
3. GOOD NIGHT (spoh koy nee noh cheh)
4. THANK YOU (spah see boh)
5. DO YOU SPEAK ENGLISH? (vwee goh vah reetzyah pah ang less kyah)
6. BATHROOM (tyanet)
7. I DON'T UNDERSTAND (ya nee ponimayu)
8. HOW ARE YOU? (kak dela?)
9. EVERY THING IS FINE (vsyo horosho)
10. NICE TO MEET YOU (pryatno poznakomitsya)
11. WHAT ARE YOU DOING? (chto delaesh?)

*  I checked these out, to make sure I was in the "ball park"...  they are still pretty good, I think?  I guess I will find out if the challenge was good enough by how he did in conversation with the Russian people he “attempted to talk with.”  Good Luck Steve!@#$? ==========================================================
Congratulations to Maryann (Maskevich) Flanagan who correctly identified “Who said that Quote?”  The answer: Tom Bodett.  Not only was she correct, but she was the fastest one back to me with the answer.

With only three (Oct., Nov., & Dec.) more chances to win in 2015, you need speed and accuracy... so, for October’s “Who said that Quote” we will be going to the movies for the following quote:


• What is the movie title?
• What is the character’s real name?
• What is the character’s name, played in the movie?

Fire-up Classmates!  Many had the correct answer last month, just get it to me faster!  E-mail address is

OK, now that we have some blood flowing, send in those “bucket list” challenges, who you have been “connecting and reconnecting with,” some of those great “success stories” about YOU!  Rekindle that FIRE-UP SPIRIT OF A YEAR AGO!  If you didn’t make it to the Reunion, so what?  You are still a Classmate of a very Special Class - let’s hear from you all!  Take a chance, what have you got to lose?  Use snail mail, e-mail, phone  -  I will get YOU back with YOUR FAMILY OF CLASSMATES - ASAP!

The Newsletter for October is titled “GONE TO THE DOGS.” There will be articles running the gambit from: ABUSE, THE REAL HOPE, THE BOOM, A TREE CALLED THE PRESIDENT, ALS, SPOPHIA’S CHOICE, A LOVE STORY, EXTREME CLIMATE CHANGES IN THE USA, WHO IS REALLY RICH, A FUN AD; TO DOGS, DOGS, DOGS, DOGS, & MORE DOGS!  I didn’t realize how many DOG lovers we had out there! Two “Woofs Up” from Jake and Honor Graham.

So, settle back, let the stress of the day dissipate, have a cold or hot drink, maybe a snack... just relax for a few minutes and enjoy some articles from your Classmates, families and friends of the Aragon Class of 1964, OK? - OK!  

Take care, Hooah, Hugs, & We Will Get Together Again in  November,                                                           
                                                     Your Classmate, Bob

PS:  Keep the Articles, Bucket Lists, Connections, Reconnections, and YOUR Life SUCCESSES Coming This Way!  THANK YOU!


Contributed by Bob & Peggy Graham
[A story that needs to be told.]

“#41 Will Inspire You”
Contributed by All Dog and Cat Lovers
[If you are a cat person, scroll down to #37 great cat photos too!]

“One of The Very Best: The Real Hope”
Contributed by Gary Rocklage
[The one, the only HOPE]

“Linda - Listen”
Contributed by Ted Dumke
[Woof - I love you!]


“Three GREAT Questions”
Contributed by Bruce Ahlvin
[Does this make sense to you?]

Three short sentences that are pretty profound and are worthy of being passed on.

When you vote for an incumbent, you are perpetuating our government as it is now. Nothing will change. Below are three short sentences, you may find interesting. 
1. We are advised not to judge ALL Muslims by the actions of a few lunatics, but we are encouraged to judge ALL Gun Owners
by the actions of a few lunatics. Funny how that works! And here’s another one worth considering.

2. Seems we constantly hear about how Social Security is going to run out of money. How come we never hear about welfare or food stamps running out of money? What’s interesting is the first group “worked for” their money, but the second didn’t.

Think about it...Last but not least:   

3. Why are we cutting benefits for our Veterans, no pay raises for our Military and cutting our Army to a level lower than before
WW ll, but we are not stopping payments to illegal aliens, such as monthly payments for each child, money for housing, food stamps, free education including college and also the right to vote?
Am I the only one missing something?  


“The Boom”
Contributed by Charlene (Wiper) & Alan Swenson

They Call This Tree - President”  
Contributed by Peggy Graham
[Look at the size of the people at the top & bottom!]

Some Dogs With Some Unique Coats
Contributed by God
[Some real God like work!]

Don’s Voice
Contributed by Gavin Graham
[Not an impossible task!]

Sophia’s Choice
Contributed by
The Hospital Staff
[You have to believe!]

Chico - Dog Down
Contributed by Dr. Jeff
[Chico -  rip - thank you,
Dr. Jeff]

A Love Story - Maria and Dominic
Contributed by Dominic
[Love conquers all!]

Extreme Climate Changes In The USA
Contributed by Ted Dumke
[I don’t know whether to sweat or have goose bumps!]

Great Dane VS. Cockatiel
Contributed by Jake & Honor Graham
[I’ll just talk to the Dane!]


“Who Is Really - Rich?”
Contributed by A “Blessed Person”
[Who educated who?]

In the anecdote, a father is trying to educate his son what it means to be poor. The dad thinks his son shares his perspective on what life is all about. Instead, he is the one that takes away the lesson!

The anecdote reads:

One day a very wealthy father took his son on a trip to the country for the sole purpose of showing his son how it was to be poor. They spent a few days and nights on the farm of what would be considered a very poor family.

After their return from the trip, the father asked his son how he liked the trip. “It was great, Dad,” the son replied. “Did you see how poor people can be?” the father asked. “Oh Yeah,” said the son.

“So what did you learn from the trip?” asked the father. The son answered, “I saw that we have one dog and they had four. We have a pool that reaches to the middle of our garden and they have a creek that has no end. We have imported lanterns in our garden and they have the stars at night. Our patio reaches to the front yard and they have the whole horizon.

“We have a small piece of land to live on and they have fields that go beyond our sight. We have servants who serve us, but they serve others.”

“We buy our food, but they grow theirs. We have walls around our property to protect us, they have friends to protect them.” The boy’s father was speechless. Then his son added, “It showed me just how poor we really are.”

Too many times we forget what we have and concentrate on what we don’t have. What is one person’s worthless object is another’s prize possession. It is all based on one’s perspective.

Sometimes it takes the perspective of a child to remind us what’s important.


Ten Years Later - Just A Little Grayer
Contributed by Paris
[I’m finally home!]

Remember This Ad - Have Some Fun
Contributed For A Tough Day
[I don’t know if I could dance like that, what do you think?]

On The 9th Day - God Made A Dog
Contributed by God, For Us
[Thank you God!]

“I Have Dogs In My Heart”

Contributed by Bob Graham
[I’ve loved you all: Funny Face, Face, Lightfoot, Sugar, Spice, Honor & Jake]

There is a never-ending list of things that we can learn about life from our dogs: naps are important, approach everyday like it is going to be the best day ever, and never stay mad too long.  But there is another lesson that every human who has had the pleasure of living with a dog needs to learn: what to do when our friends say goodbye for the last time.

While I am sure this is not something that anyone wants to imagine, or even think about imagining, such is life.  As with most things, perspective is key when coping with that seemingly endless pit in your stomach. Luckily for us, Self.baww on  explains the entire phenomenon of what really happens when our dogs leave us, and how perspective can change the entire experience.  So, read what Self.baww thinks about losing a dog, and next time you are sad, thinking you have lost a friend forever, just remember this…

Dogs Never Die!

"Some of you, particularly those who think they have recently lost a dog to “death,” don’t really understand this.  I’ve had no desire to explain, but won’t be around forever and must.

Dogs never die.  They don’t know how to.  They get tired, and very old, and their bones hurt.  Of course they don’t die. If they did they would not want to always go for a walk, even long after their old bones say: “No, no, not a good idea. Let’s not go for a walk.”  Nope, dogs always want to go for a walk.  They might get one step before their aging tendons collapse them into a heap on the floor, but that’s what dogs do.  They walk.

It’s not that they dislike your company.  On the contrary, a walk with you is all there is. Their boss, and the cacophonic symphony of odor that the world is.  Cat  poop, another dog’s mark, a rotting chicken bone (exultation), and you.  That’s what makes their world perfect, and in a perfect world death has no place.

However, dogs get very very sleepy.  That’s the thing, you see.  They don’t teach you that at the fancy university where they explain about quarks, gluons, and Keynesian economics.  They know so much they forget that dogs never die.  It’s a shame, really.  Dogs have so much to offer and people just talk a lot.

When you think your dog has died, it has just fallen asleep in your heart.  And by the way, it is wagging its tail madly, you see, and that’s why your chest hurts so much and you cry all the time.  Who would not cry with a happy dog wagging its tail in their chest?  Ouch!  Wap wap wap wap wap, that hurts.  But they only wag when they wake up.  That’s when they say: “Thanks Boss!  Thanks for a warm place to sleep and always next to your heart, the best place.”

When they first fall asleep, they wake up all the time, and that’s why, of course, you cry all the time.  Wap, wap, wap.  After a while they sleep more.  (Remember, a dog "while" is not a human "while."  You take your dog for walk, it’s a day full of adventure in an hour.  Then you come home and it’s a week, well one of your days, but a week, really, before the dog gets another walk.  No WONDER they love walks.)

Anyway, like I was saying, they fall asleep in your heart, and when they wake up, they wag their tail.  After a few dog years, they sleep for longer naps, and you would too.  They were a GOOD DOG all their life, and you both know it.  It gets tiring being a good dog all the time, particularly when you get old and your bones hurt and you fall on your face and don’t want to go outside to pee when it is raining, but do anyway, because you are a good dog.  So understand, after they have been sleeping in your heart, they will sleep longer and longer.

But don’t get fooled.  They are not “dead.”  There’s no such thing, really.  They are sleeping in your heart, and they will wake up, usually when you’re not expecting it. It’s just who they are.

I feel sorry for people who don’t have dogs sleeping in their heart.  You’ve missed so much."

Excuse me, I have to go cry now... Bob


Don’t Forget:

Happy Birthday
and Anniversary to all
October Classmates!

October Dates to Remember:

1  ̶  World Vegetarian Day.

2  ̶  National Custodial Worker Day - Name Your Car Day - World Smile Day.
3  ̶  International Frugal Fun Day - Techies Day - Virus Appreciation Day.
4  ̶  National Golf Day - National Frappe Day - Oktoberfest in Germany ends, date varies.
5  ̶  Do Something Nice Day - World Teacher's Day.
6  ̶  Come and Take it Day - Mad Hatter Day - Physician Assistant Day.

7  ̶  Bald and Free Day.
8  ̶  American Touch Tag Day.
9  ̶  Curious Events Day - Fire Prevention Day - Leif Erikson Day -
Moldy Cheese Day - World Egg Day.
10  ̶  National Angel Food Cake Day - WHERE WERE YOU, THIS DATE IN 2014? 50th REUNION! STAY FIRED UP!
11  ̶  It's My Party Day - Take Your Teddy Bear to Work Day.

12  ̶  Columbus Day - Cookbook Launch Day - Old Farmer's Day -
 Moment of Frustration Day.
13  ̶  International Skeptics Day.
14  ̶  Be Bald and Free Day - Emergency Nurses Day - National Dessert Day.
15  ̶  White Cane Safety Day - International Newspaper Carrier Day.
16  ̶  Bosses Day - Dictionary Day.

17  ̶  Sweetest Day - Wear Something Gaudy Day.
18  ̶  No Beard Day.
19  ̶  Evaluate Your Life Day.
20  ̶  Brandied Fruit Day.    
21  ̶  Babbling Day - Count Your Buttons Day - National Pumpkin Cheesecake Day.

22  ̶  National Nut Day.
23  ̶  National Mole Day - TV Talk Show Host Day.
24  ̶  Make a Difference Day - National Bologna Day - United Nations Day.  
25  ̶  Mother-In-Law Day - Punk for a Day Day - World Pasta Day.
26  ̶  National Mincemeat Day.

27  ̶  Navy Day - National Tell a Story Day, in Scotland and the U.K.
28  ̶  Plush Animal Lover's Day.    
29  ̶  Hermit Day - National Frankenstein Day.
30  ̶  National Candy Corn Day - Mischief Night.
31  ̶  Halloween - Carve a Pumpkin Day - Increase Your Psychic Powers Day.

                                      “Once A Don, Always A Don,”
                                                Your Classmate, Bob

PS:  Thank you to all Classmates, families & friends, who sent articles for October and more months to follow.

Let’s stay connected for as long as we can... you know, we aren’t #21 or even #39 anymore.  Stay healthy and safe, and we will talk more in November.  Until then, ENJOY every day you have... stay active!

Las Vegas is cooling down for the Fall nicely.  If you make it here, just contact me, it would be great to see and talk with you.

“Once A Don, Always A Don,”
Your Classmate, Bob



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