Before I start off with our monthly newsletter, I have some very sad
information I need to pass on. Our Classmate and friend to many, Ron
Santos passed away in October of 2015. We were also just
notified of Greg Edison's passing on March 1st. In respect to
both of them, their families, and their lives, please take some time
to remember them with your thoughts and prayers. Ron loved
motorcycles, was loved by all in his family, and was a military
Veteran. Rest in Peace, Ron and Greg.
Here we are once again at the computer screen...me trying to put some
thoughts through the keyboard to Bonita. She then works her magic;
putting my words into an intelligent form, for your reading pleasure.
Now with that being said, I need to start this assemble-line moving in
the correct direction, for your Newsletter to be on time, as of April
CONNECTIONS AND RECONNECTIONS have been pretty quiet this month, which
just means you are all ready to break through the boundaries, get out
of that boxed in feeling and drop that security blanket. Damn it, we
are members of a great family ... Aragon Class of 1964, and
still going strong! Remember, age is only a number, “although it is
getting larger”- just kidding! Keep your positive attitude going!
Go to your keyboard, pick up that cell phone and call someone, or
better still write a note to a Classmate. We are just getting
THE BUCKET LIST CHALLENGE seems to have slowed down after Maryann’s
Challenge! Was her trip to the Holy Land for Christmas in Bethlehem
too much? It hurt me to mention, my forte into the world of long
distance running - the Pikes Peak Marathon. I know many of you are
just laying low, so I can continue to come up with some of my many
embarrassing events in my life... help me, please!
Outstanding although this Bucket List item is not complete yet, the
plans are being set in motion. Our Classmate and my good friend, Gary
Rocklage, is going to “bail me out on this one.” Just like the old
days, right Rock? Here is “Gary’s Bucket List Item.” knowing Rock the
way I do, it will be accomplished as soon as he has the plans ready to
“I'm not too sure whether
I'll ever get this accomplished, but my largest desire is to ship my
motorcycle to Europe and spend a month to a month and a half going
from port of entry Bremerhaven, Germany to pick up the bike. Then to
ride secondary roads to Amsterdam, board a ferry to Newcastle-on-Tyne,
England. From there ride up to Scotland to continue research on my
family tree. Then South through Cambridge to Dover and go through the
Chunnel. Once in France turn south through Normandy to Spain and cross
the Pyrenees to Gibraltar. From Gibraltar to Florence, Italy over the
Alps back to Germany and spend the rest of the time getting back to
Bremerhaven to ship the bike back home.
I haven't as yet, found another rider with the wander lust that I
have, nor who wants to visit the WWII sites, but I am working on it. I
already have the clearance from Nancy since she has no interest in
going. I fear her motorcycling long distances [rides are] over.
I have the handwritten
birth certificates for my maternal Grandmothers parents from Scotland,
and their wedding bonds. Plus I have my maternal Grandfathers address
in London area to check out. Of course at any time during the trip I
can cut and run back to Bremerhaven to load up the bike, if I am
running out of time in my sojourn.
So there you go. A little over the top I guess, but that is the dream.
Of course, so many things have to happen before I could do this
adventure, but it keeps me going. Going over maps, planning routes,
looking at ferries, and the utube on motorcycling the chunnel. Now it
just means a part time job to put back the cash for the trip. I had
hoped to go this August/September, but no job yet. I wanted to do it
in my 70th year, but it looks like, given I find a job, that 71 will
be when I might accomplish the trip.
I have been to England several times, but never past Calais into
Western Europe. I have heard that the wine fests in Germany are
pretty special and I have no desire to fight the crowds at
Oktoberfest, thus the travel time I have in mind. "Cheers" Rock
P.S. I know it is a bit on the nuts side but I have wanted to do this
one way or another since before College days.”
WHO SAID THAT - MOVIE QUOTE ADDITION---The “March” Winner was Gary
Rocklage! Barbara Costa just missed out by a few hours.
• January Winner - Bruce Ahlvin
• February Winner(s) - Steve Bechtold and Gary Rocklage
• March Winner - Gary Rocklage
• April Winner - ?????
“I’ll have what she’s having.”
*REMEMBER YOU NEED THE NAME OF THE MOVIE AND THE NAME OF THE ACTOR
THAT SAID THE QUOTE. AND SEND YOUR ANSWER TO
UPTOWN FUNK BY BRUNO MARS & THE ARAGON CLASS OF 2016
This brought a lot of our Classmates to e-mail me and make sure it was
part of the March Newsletter. I am happy to say that because of the
following, we made the deadline. Thank You for your assistance.
• Rosanne (Cardinalli) Gotelli
• Ted Dumke
• Lenore (Felker) Rounsaville
• Vance Love
• Charlene (Wiper) Swenson
*If you have not seen the Aragon Class of 2016 yet, check out below:
A Preview Of The April Newsletter “Let’s Ponder:”
• Animal Pairs
• What you don’t know about your Electronic Gear
• A real YO YO expert
• How the Government Pays
• A Wild Ride, a few years Ago
• The Black Dot
• Josh Groban and a Young Lady
• Sticks & Chairs
• A Fight or Not, on a Plane
• Some Thoughts to Ponder
• Romantic Duo or Synchronicity
• Home Schooled
• Shirt off their Back
• Counting Bears
• Stayin Alive
• A Love Story
• Thoughts on Employment
• Friends Forever
• So God made a...
These Out” Contributed by
Judy (Fondren) Ahlvin
(you will have a favorite after you look at all 24; how about the look
on the turtle’s face?)
Attack and You’’
Contributed by Bob Graham
(this is well worth the 11 mins. - if you think your electronic items
are secure...think again)
You Ever Play With A YO YO?”
Contributed by Bob Graham
(i know i did, but not like this!)
Employees” Contributed by Ted Dumke
(government - gone wild)
Wild Ride A Few Years Ago”
Contributed by Bruce Ahlvin
(reminds me of my first car)
To Sing With Josh Groban ”
Contributed by Peggy Graham
& Stools” Contributed by Gary Rocklage
(you are really going to like this one)
On A Plane” Contributed by Gary Rocklage
(a little “x” rated, but I’m checking any conversation like this on
any future plane trips)
“SOME GOOD THOUGHTS TO
Contributed by Charlene (Wiper) & Alan Swenson
(some interesting items)
As we grow older,
and hence wiser, we slowly realize that wearing a $300. or $30.00
watch ... both tell the same time.
Whether we carry a $300 or $30.00 wallet/handbag ... the
amount of money inside is the same.
Whether we drink a bottle of $300 or $10 wine ... the hangover
is the same.
Whether the house we live in is 300 or 3000 sq. ft. ...
loneliness is the same.
Whether you fly first or economy class, if the plane goes down ...
you go down with it.
You will realize, your true inner happiness does not come from the
material things of this world.
Therefore...I hope you realize, when you have mates, buddies and old
friends, brothers and sisters, who you chat with, laugh with, talk
with, sing songs with, talk about north-south-east-west or heaven &
earth ... That is true happiness!!
Five Undeniable Facts of Life:
1. Don't educate your children to be rich. Educate them to be Happy.
So when they grow up they will know the value of things not the price.
2. Best awarded words in London ..."Eat your food as your medicines.
Otherwise you have to eat medicines as your food."
3. The One who loves you will never leave you because even if there
are 100 reasons to give up he or she will find one reason to hold on.
4. There is a big difference between a human being and being human.
Only a few really understand it.
5. You are loved when you are born. You will be loved when you die. In
between, You have to manage!
*If you just want to Walk Fast, Walk Alone! But if you want to Walk
Far, Walk Together!
Romantic Duo OR Synchronicity”
Contributed by A Classmate
(Okay, who sent this in? I know Peggy and I gave up dancing like this
Contributed by Ted Dumke
(this is one article that won’t get you DOWN)
I'm sure you will enjoy this. I never knew one word in the English
language that could be a noun, verb, adj, adv, prep.---“UP”
It's easy to understand UP, meaning toward the sky or at the top of
the list, but when we awaken in the morning, why do we wake UP?
At a meeting, why does a topic come UP? Why do we speak UP, and why
are the officers UP for election (if there is a tie, it is a toss UP)
and why is it UP to the secretary to write UP a report? We call UP our
friends, brighten UP a room, polish UP the silver, warm UP the
leftovers and clean UP the kitchen. We lock UP the house and fix UP
the old car.
At other times, this little word has real special meaning. People
stir UP trouble, line UP for tickets, work UP an appetite, and think
To be dressed is one thing but to be dressed UP is special...
And this UP is confusing: A drain must be opened UP because it is
We open UP a store in the morning but we close it UP at night. We
seem to be pretty mixed UP about UP!
To be knowledgeable about the proper uses of UP, look UP the word UP
in the dictionary. In a desk-sized dictionary, it takes UP almost 1/4
of the page and can add UP to about thirty definitions.
If you are UP to it, you might try building UP a list of the many ways
UP is used. It will take UP a lot of your time, but if you don't give
UP, you may wind UP with (UP to) a hundred or more.
When it threatens to rain, we say it is clouding UP. When the sun
comes out, we say it is clearing UP. When it rains, it soaks UP the
earth. When it does not rain for awhile, things dry UP. One could go
on and on, but I'll wrap it UP, for now . . . My time is UP!
Oh. . . One more thing: What is the first thing you do in the morning
and the last thing you do at night?
Did that one crack you UP?
Don't screw UP. Send this on to everyone you look UP in your address
book . . . Or not. . . it’s UP to you. Now I’ll shut UP!
Contributed by Gary Rocklage
(Rock, i think we were “home schooled by most of the adults in our
neighborhoods” and then really got “home schooled” when we got
Most of our generation of 60+ were HOME SCHOOLED in many ways :
1. My mother taught me TO APPRECIATE A JOB WELL DONE.
"If you're going to kill each other, do it outside. I just
2. My mother taught me RELIGION.
"You better pray that will come out of the carpet."
3. My father taught me about TIME TRAVEL.
"If you don't straighten up, I'm going to knock you into the
middle of next week!"
4. My father taught me LOGIC.
"Because I said so, that's why."
5. My mother taught me MORE LOGIC .
"If you fall out of that swing and break your neck, you're
not going to the store with me."
6. My mother taught me FORESIGHT.
"Make sure you wear clean underwear, in case you're in an
7. My father taught me IRONY.
"Keep crying and I'll give you something to cry about."
8. My mother taught me about the science of OSMOSIS.
"Shut your mouth and eat your supper."
9. My mother taught me about CONTORTIONISM.
"Just you look at that dirt on the back of your neck!"
10. My mother taught me about STAMINA.
"You'll sit there until all that spinach is gone."
11. My mother taught me about WEATHER.
"This room of yours looks as if a tornado went through it."
12. My mother taught me about HYPOCRISY.
"If I told you once, I've told you a million times, don't
13. My father taught me the CIRCLE OF LIFE.
"I brought you into this world, and I can take you out..."
14. My mother taught me about BEHAVIOR MODIFICATION.
"Stop acting like your father!"
15. My mother taught me about ENVY.
"There are millions of less fortunate children in this world
who don't have wonderful parents like you do."
16. My mother taught me about ANTICIPATION.
"Just wait until we get home."
17. My mother taught me about RECEIVING.
"You are going to get it from your father when you get
18. My mother taught me MEDICAL SCIENCE.
"If you don't stop crossing your eyes, they are going to get
stuck that way."
19. My mother taught me ESP.
"Put your sweater on; don't you think I know when you are
20. My father taught me HUMOR.
"When that lawn mower cuts off your toes, don't come running
21. My mother taught me HOW TO BECOME AN ADULT.
"If you don't eat your vegetables, you'll never grow up."
22. My mother taught me GENETICS.
"You're just like your father."
23. My mother taught me about my ROOTS.
"Shut that door behind you. Do you think you were born in a
24. My mother taught me WISDOM.
"When you get to be my age, you'll understand.
25. My father taught me about JUSTICE.
"One day you'll have kids, and I hope they turn out just
This should only be sent to the over 60+ crowd because the younger
ones would not believe we truly were told these "EXACT" words by our
Lite Will Give You The Shirts Off Their Back”
Contributed by Bruce Ahlvin
(no clydesdales needed for this one)
Counting In Canada”
Contributed by Stevie Graham
(No Stevie, this is not on my bucket list. Dad)
Alive” Contributed by Maggie (Tubia) Horwitz
(100 compressions every minute)
“Modern Love Story...”
Contributed by Bruce Ahlvin
(sure, you are all thinking it was me...I’m not talking)
An elderly couple had just learned how to send text messages on their
mobile phones. The wife was a romantic type and the husband was more
of a no-nonsense guy. One afternoon the wife went out to meet a friend
for coffee. She decided to send her husband a romantic text message
and she wrote:
"If you are sleeping, send me your dreams. If you are laughing, send
me your smile. If you are eating, send me a bite. If you are drinking,
send me a sip. If you are crying, send me your tears. I love you."
The husband texted back to her: "I'm on the toilet. Please advise.
“Random Thoughts For Your Enjoyment”
Contributed by Gary Rocklage
(these are really good)
I changed my car horn to gunshot sounds. People get out of the way
much faster now.
Gone are the days when girls used to cook like their mothers. Now they
drink like their fathers.
You know that tingly little feeling you get when you really like
someone? That's common sense leaving your body.
I didn't make it to the gym today. That makes five years in a row.
I decided to change calling the bathroom the John and renamed it the
Jim. I feel so much better saying I went to the Jim this morning.
Old age is coming at a really bad time.
When I was a child I thought "Nap Time" was a punishment. Now, as a
grownup, it feels like a small vacation.
The biggest lie I tell myself is..."I don't need to write that down,
I'll remember it."
Teach your daughter how to shoot, because a restraining order is just
a piece of paper.
Last year I joined a support group for procrastinators. We haven't met
Why do I have to press one for English when you're just going to
transfer me to someone I can't understand anyway?
Of course I talk to myself; sometimes I need expert advice.
At my age "Getting lucky" means walking into a room and remembering
what I came in there for.
Friends Are Forever”
Contributed by Alex Peros (Sharon Freitos Husband)
(yes they are!)
Contributed by Ted Dumke
(this man, is second to none)
God Make A...Dog” Contributed by Bob Graham
(if you have or had a dog, in your life, you understand)
HAPPY BIRTHDAY AND ANNIVERSARY TO ALL APRIL CLASSMATES
APRIL (National Humor Month) - DATES TO REMEMBER:
1 - April Fool's Day - International Fun at Work Day -
International Tatting Day - National Walk to Work Day.
2 - Children's Book Day - National Peanut Butter and Jelly
Day - Reconciliation Day.
3 - Don't Go to Work Unless it's Fun Day - Tweed Day - World
4 - Hug a Newsman Day - Walk Around Things Day - School
Librarian Day - Tell a Lie Day.
5 - Go for Broke Day.
6 - National Tartan Day - Plan Your Epitaph Day - Sorry
7 - Caramel Popcorn Day - National Beer Day - No Housework
Day - World Health Day.
8 - All is Ours Day - Draw a Picture of a Bird Day.
9 - Name Yourself Day - Winston Churchill Day.
10 - Golfer's Day - National Siblings Day.
11 - Eight Track Tape Day - Barbershop Quartet Day - National
13 - Scrabble Day.
14 - Ex Spouse Day - International Moment of Laughter Day -
Look up at the Sky Day - National Pecan Day - Reach as High as You Can
15 - Rubber Eraser Day - Titanic Remembrance Day.
16 - National Eggs Benedict Day - National Librarian Day -
National Stress Awareness Day.
17 - Bat Appreciation Day - Blah, Blah, Blah Day - National
Cheeseball Day - Pet Owners Independence Day.
18 - International Juggler's Day - Newspaper Columnists Day -
19 - National Garlic Day.
20 - Look Alike Day - Volunteer Recognition Day.
21 - Kindergarten Day - National High Five Day.
22 - Earth Day - Passover begins at sundown - Girl Scout
Leader Day - National Jelly Bean Day.
23 - Lover's Day - National Zucchini Bread Day - Take a
Chance Day - World Laboratory Day.
24 - Pig in a Blanket Day.
25 - East meets West Day - World Penguin Day .
26 - Hug an Australian Day - National Pretzel Day - Richter
27 - Administrative Professionals Day (Executive Admin's Day,
Secretary's Day), date varies - Babe Ruth Day - National Prime Rib
Day - Tell a Story Day.
28 - International Astronomy Day - Great Poetry Reading Day -
Kiss Your Mate Day - Take Your Daughter to Work.
29 - Arbor Day - Greenery Day - National Shrimp Scampi Day.
30 - Hairstyle Appreciation Day - National Honesty Day.
PS: Once again, Thank You All - Classmates, Family, and Friends
(CF& F) for Contributing and Assisting in making this Newsletter a
reality. Classmates have sent written accounts of things that they
have observed, heard, done, investigated or just wanted to know about.
Without that support we could have never reached #144 monthly
information reports, over a #12 year period. THANK YOU!