Aragon Class of ‘64
“Keep Your Fork” Newsletter

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

April 2016
 "Let’s Ponder"  
Issue #144



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 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 Fools’ Day.

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 started!

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 go!

“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  WETSU
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.”



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:    OR


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
•      “UP”
•      Home Schooled
•      Shirt off their Back
•      Counting Bears
•      Stayin Alive
•      A Love Story
•      Thoughts on Employment
•      Friends Forever
•      Chito
•      So God made a...


Check 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?)

Hack Attack and You’’  Contributed by Bob Graham
(this is well worth the 11 mins. - if you think your electronic items are secure...think again)

Did You Ever Play With A YO YO?” Contributed by Bob Graham
(i know i did, but not like this!)

Government Employees”  Contributed by Ted Dumke
(government - gone wild)

A Wild Ride A Few Years Ago”  Contributed by Bruce Ahlvin
(reminds me of my first car)

Picked To Sing With Josh Groban ”  Contributed by Peggy Graham
(great voice)

Sticks & Stools”  Contributed by Gary Rocklage
(you are really going to like this one)

Fight On A Plane”  Contributed by Gary Rocklage
(a little “x” rated, but I’m checking any conversation like this on any future plane trips)

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!



The Romantic Duo OR Synchronicity
Contributed by A Classmate
(Okay, who sent this in? I know Peggy and I gave up dancing like this years ago!)

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 UP excuses.

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 blocked UP.

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!


“Home Schooled”
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 home!@#$%?)

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 finished cleaning."
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 accident."
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 exaggerate!"
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 home!"
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 cold?"
20. My father taught me HUMOR.
          "When that lawn mower cuts off your toes, don't come running to me."
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 barn?"
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 like you!"

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 parents!


Bud Lite Will Give You The Shirts Off Their Back”  Contributed by Bruce Ahlvin
(no clydesdales needed for this one)

Bear Counting In Canada”  Contributed by Stevie Graham
(No Stevie, this is not on my bucket list.  Dad)

Stayin’ 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 yet.

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.


True Friends Are Forever”  Contributed by Alex Peros (Sharon Freitos Husband)
(yes they are!)

Chito”  Contributed by Ted Dumke 
(this man, is second to none)

So God Make A...Dog”  Contributed by Bob Graham
(if you have or had a dog, in your life, you understand)




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 Party Day.
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 Charlie Day.
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 Submarine Day.
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 Day.
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 - Patriot's 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 Scale Day.
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!



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