Here we go, moving “steady on” into
August. Two thirds of the Summer is done and over. But, let’s not
forget August. Many of our Classmates have been putting up with
weather running the gambit from: WIND, RAIN, HAIL, TORNADOES,
HURRICANES, FLOODS, DROUGHTS, HEAT AND SUN, SUN, SUN OVER MANY OF OUR
Hopefully, many of you have enjoyed
your Vacations, Grand Kids, Kids, Weddings, Sandy Beaches, Mountains,
Retirements and doing whatever you want, etc.
Well, we’ve gone from: “LET THE SUN
SHINE IN!” to “LIFE IS A FULL SUMMER!” to “I’M WALKING ON SUNSHINE!”
So now with only August left in our “trifecta” of summer, September
is waiting around the corner to promote: schools back in session,
summer weddings complete and now engaged in their own families,
packing up the summer gear and moving the sweats, coats, boots, etc.
to the front of the closet, retuning to our jobs or staying with and
enjoying Retirement. What are you going to be doing?
With all of the above being said, we
now need to move into the August Newsletter, which will show you a
transition phase from the Summer to Fall, and the “Changes” that might
confront you. So, let’s get into the “mindset” that we have some
“changes” coming our way.
Hooah, Hugs, Love & “I’M WALKING ON
PS: We set another new record, for
number of days with temperatures over 100 degrees... we now have had
29 days of HOT - HOT - HOT! Can’t expect anything else...it is a
• The Website for the “Fork”
Home Page is: http://www.rizon.biz/Aragon/AragonHomePage.htm
(If that doesn’t work for you, just
contact me at: e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or
• The “Connections and
Reconnections” (C/R) Section: Connected or Reconnected with a
Classmate or just want to contact a Classmate, but don’t have any
contact information? Let me know (see above). This still remains
very active, each and every month.
• “Who Said That - Movie Quote
Addition” (WST - MQA): - this site is outstanding! Many of you are
getting the correct answers, but they are just coming in too late! The
first week of a new month is the time for you to scan your monthly
Newsletter and get your answer(s) to me - ASAP! Stay on top of this
one. We have new Classmates, making the move to try, each month!
JULY’S QUOTE: “NOBODY PUTS BABY IN THE CORNER”
JULY’S ANSWER: “DIRTY DANCING” and the actor is: “PATRICK SWAYZE”
THE WINNER IS: RENEE’ (LEROY) OTTE!
CONGRATULATIONS RENEE! (Sunday, July
2, 6:03 PM - Time In)
* We have started the next
“semi annual” contest with the June Newsletter and it will run through
November 2017. Now is the time for you to jump in and claim the
winning prize, in December 2017.
1. William (Bill) Stevens - WON the
first - JUNE
2. Renee’ (Leroy) Otte - WON the
second - JULY
• AUGUST’S QUOTE:
”DON’T YOU UNDERSTAND?
WHEN YOU GIVE UP YOUR DREAM, YOU DIE.”
• “The Bucket List (B/L) Challenge:” - The “life support
plug” was pulled in June! But, now the B/L is on “Cryo-Therapy” -
hoping that we will be able to “bring it back to life in the near
In August, I will be contacting a Classmate to see if she or he could
assist me in completing a “Bucket List Item.” Standby, you may be the
one receiving the CALL? I look forward to talking with you.
Now, let’s get to your articles and
see what August brings us, for your reading pleasure
Thunder” #1 Contributed by Gary Rocklage
(30 years. 500,000 riders. 1 reason:
“A SALUTE TO OUR HEROES”)
“It Only Looks Old” #2 A
Contributed by Bruce Hellman
(Check what is popular now, you may
have an oldie and a winner.)
School 1957 VS 2017” #3 Contributed by Bob Graham
(lots of changes in the last #60
“Best Ever Senior Joke” #4
Contributed by Charlene (Wiper)
(Oh no! I have the same portraits hanging in my living room!@#$?)
A little silver-haired lady calls her neighbor and says, "Please come
over here and help me. I have a killer jigsaw puzzle, and I can't
figure out how to get started." Her neighbor asks, "What is it
supposed to be when it's finished?"
The little silver haired lady says,
"According to the picture on the box, it's a rooster." Her neighbor
decides to go over and help with the puzzle. She lets him in and shows
him where she has the puzzle spread all over the table. He studies the
pieces for a moment, then looks at the box, then turns to her and
"First of all, no matter what we do,
we're not going to be able to assemble these pieces into anything
resembling a rooster."
He takes her hand and says, "Secondly,
I want you to relax. Let's have a nice cup of tea, and then," he said
with a deep sigh..."Let's put all the Corn Flakes back in the box!"
& Laughing Horses” #5 Contributed by Kathy (Sheffield) Lanstyak
(VW did an outstanding job with this video!)
Dog Breeds” #6 Contributed by Jake & Honor Graham (Just a few of
our friends...woof – woof!)
The Best You Can Be” #7 Contributed by Bob Graham
(Some good ideas to keep you healthy,
into the future years; and no I have not tried this. I am still doing
research and learning. Any doctors or nutritionists in the class with
Did Start The Fire?”
#8 Contributed by Peggy Graham
(It is an oldie and been around
before; an interesting look into the song.)
About A Mini Horse?” #9 Contributed by Linda (Wanke) Rapp (I
never knew they could be so small!)
“Confucius Did Not Say” #10
Contributed by Gary Rocklage
(You will enjoy this these words of
Man who wants pretty nurse must be patient.
Passionate kiss, like spider web,
leads to undoing of fly.
Lady who goes camping with man must
beware of evil intent.
Man who leaps off cliff jumps to
Man who runs in front of car gets
tired, but man who runs behind car gets exhausted.
Man who eats many prunes get good run
War does not determine who is right;
it determines who is left.
Man who fights with wife all day get
no piece at night.
It takes many nails to build a crib,
but only one screw to fill it.
Man who drives like hell is bound to
Man who stands on toilet is high on
Wise man does not keep sledge hammer
and slow computer in same room.
Man who lives in glass house should
change clothes in basement.
“A Wee Bit Of Historical Knowledge For You” #11
Contributed by Bruce Ahlvin
(‘Bet you didn’t know many of the
facts discussed below?)
• Early aircraft throttles had a ball on the end of it, in order to
go full throttle the pilot had to push the throttle all the way
forward into the wall of the instrument panel. Hence "balls to the
wall" for going very fast. And now you know the rest of the story.
• During WWII, U.S. Airplanes were
armed with belts of bullets which they would shoot during dogfights
and on strafing runs. These belts were folded into the wing
compartments that fed their machine guns. These belts measure 27 feet
and contained hundreds of rounds of bullets. Often times, the pilots
would return from their missions having expended all of their bullets
on various targets. They would say, I gave them the whole nine yards,
meaning they used up all of their ammunition.
• Did you know the saying "God willing
and the creek don't rise" was in reference to the Creek Indians and
not a body of water? It was written by Benjamin Hawkins in the late
18th century. He was a politician and Indian diplomat. While in the
south, Hawkins was requested by the President of the U.S. to return to
Washington. In his response, he was said to write, "God willing and
the Creek don't rise." Because he capitalized the word "Creek", he was
referring to the Creek Indian tribe and not a body of water.
• In George Washington's days, there
were no cameras. One's image was either sculpted or painted. Some
paintings of George Washington showed him standing behind a desk with
one arm behind his back while others showed both legs and both arms.
Prices charged by painters were not based on how many people were to
be painted, but by how many limbs were to be painted. Arms and legs
are 'limbs,' therefore painting them would cost the buyer more. Hence
the expression, 'Okay, but it'll cost you an arm and a leg.' (Artists
know hands and arms are more difficult to paint.)
As incredible as it sounds, men and
women took baths only twice a year (May and October). Women kept their
hair covered, while men shaved their heads (because of lice and bugs)
and wore wigs. Wealthy men could afford good wigs made from wool.
They couldn't wash the wigs, so to clean them they would carve out a
loaf of bread, put the wig in the shell, and bake it for 30 minutes.
The heat would make the wig big and fluffy, hence the term 'big wig'.
Today we often use the term 'here comes the Big Wig' because someone
appears to be or is powerful and wealthy.
In the late 1700's, many houses
consisted of a large room with only one chair. Commonly, a long wide
board folded down from the wall, and was used for dining. The 'head of
the household' always sat in the chair while everyone else ate sitting
on the floor. Occasionally a guest, who was usually a man, would be
invited to sit in this chair during a meal. To sit in the chair meant
you were important and in charge. They called the one sitting in the
chair the 'chair man.' Today in business, we use the expression or
title 'Chairman' or 'Chairman of the Board.'
Personal hygiene left much room for
improvement. As a result, many women and men had developed acne scars
by adulthood. The women would spread bee's wax over their facial skin
to smooth out their complexions. When they were speaking to each
other, if a woman began to stare at another woman's face she was told,
'mind your own bee's wax.' Should the woman smile, the wax would
crack, hence the term 'crack a smile'. In addition, when they sat too
close to the fire, the wax would melt. Therefore, the expression
Ladies wore corsets, which would lace
up in the front. A proper and dignified woman, as in 'straight laced'
wore a tightly tied lace.
Common entertainment included playing
cards. However, there was a tax levied when purchasing playing cards
but only applicable to the 'Ace of Spades.' To avoid paying the tax,
people would purchase 51 cards instead. Yet, since most games require
52 cards, these people were thought to be stupid or dumb because they
weren't 'playing with a full deck.'
Early politicians required feedback
from the public to determine what the people considered important.
Since there were no telephones, TV's or radios, the politicians sent
their assistants to local taverns, pubs, and bars. They were told to
'go sip some Ale and listen to people's conversations and
political concerns. Many assistants were dispatched at
different times. 'You go sip here' and 'You go sip there.' The two
words 'go sip' were eventually combined when referring to the local
opinion and, thus we have the term 'gossip.'
At local taverns, pubs, and bars,
people drank from pint and quart-sized containers. A bar maid's job
was to keep an eye on the customers and keep the drinks coming. She
had to pay close attention and remember who was drinking in 'pints'
and who was drinking in 'quarts,' hence the phrase 'minding your 'P's
One more: bet you didn't know this!
In the heyday of sailing ships, all war ships and many freighters
carried iron cannons. Those cannons fired round iron cannon balls.
It was necessary to keep a good supply near the cannon. However, how
to prevent them from rolling about the deck? The best storage method
devised was a square-based pyramid with one ball on top, resting on
four resting on nine, which rested on sixteen. Thus, a supply of 30
cannon balls could be stacked in a small area right next to the
cannon. There was only one problem... how to prevent the bottom layer
from sliding or rolling from under the others. The solution was a
metal plate called a 'Monkey' with 16 round indentations. However, if
this plate were made of iron, the iron balls would quickly rust to it.
The solution to the rusting problem was to make 'Brass Monkeys.' Few
landlubbers realize that brass contracts greater and much faster than
iron when it's chilled. Consequently, when the temperature dropped
too far, the brass indentations would shrink so much that the iron
cannonballs would roll right off the monkey; thus, it was quite
literally, 'Cold enough to freeze the balls off a brass monkey.'
A Common Soldier” #12
Bruce Ahlvin (Once
a soldier always a soldier!)
Pictures Only Baby Boomers Will Understand” #13
Contributed by Maggie (Tubia) Horwitz
(Your memory will bring it all
back to you.)
First Day At Work” #14 Contributed by Baby Boomers (Look
what’s coming up - how would you like to manage a bunch of these, in
the real world?)
Things That Will Be Obsolete By 2020” #15 Contributed by Ted
Dumke (The times, they are a changing – only 3 years away!)
“The Magic Bank
Contributed by Judy (Fondren) Ahlvin
(Very interesting...I hope you enjoy
this as much as I did.)
*The author is not known. It was found in the billfold of coach Paul
“Bear” Bryant, Alabama, after he died in 1982.
Imagine that you had won the Following
*PRIZE* in a contest:
Each morning your bank would deposit
$86,400 In your private account for your use. However, this prize has
1. Everything that you didn't spend
during each day would be taken away from you.
2. You may not simply transfer money
into some other account.
3. You may only spend It.
4. Each morning upon awakening, The
bank opens your account with another $86,400 for that Day.
5. The bank can end the game without
warning; at any time, it can say, Game Over!" It can close the account
and you will not receive a new one.
*What would you personally do?
You would buy anything and everything
you wanted right? Not only for yourself, but for all the people you
love and care for. Even for people you don't know, because you
couldn't possibly spend it all on yourself, right?
You would try to spend every penny,
and use it all, because you knew it would be replenished in the
Actually, this game is real...Shocked
? - YES!
Each of us is already a winner Of this
“PRIZE!” We just can't seem to see it. The prize is “TIME!”
1. Each morning we awaken to Receive
86,400 seconds as a gift of life.
2. And when we go to sleep at night,
any remaining time is not credited to us.
3. What we haven't used up that day is
4. Yesterday is forever gone.
5. Each morning the account is
refilled, but the bank can dissolve your account at any time without
warning...so, what will you do with your 86,400 seconds?
Those seconds are worth so much more
than the same amount in dollars. Think about it and remember to enjoy
every second of your life, because time races by so much quicker than
So take care of yourself, be happy,
hug and love deeply and enjoy life! Here's wishing you a wonderful and
beautiful day. Start spending.
• "DON'T COMPLAIN ABOUT GROWING OLD!"
• “SOME PEOPLE DON'T GET THE
Forward this to everyone you care
about! I just did...To Family, Friends and The Aragon Class of 1964!
“Do You Like Getting Older?” #17
Contributed by Bruce Ahlvin
(Send thoughts back to email@example.com.
I will get them to Bruce.)
I can hit the softball any way I can and laugh if it goes foul.
Them's the breaks. I'm just happy I
can still hit that damn softball.
As I've aged, I've become kinder to
myself, and less critical of myself. I've become my own friend.
I have seen too many dear friends
leave this world, too soon; before they understood the great freedom
that comes with aging.
Whose business is it, if I choose to
read, or play, on the computer, until 4 AM or
sleep until noon? I will dance with myself
to those wonderful tunes of the 50, 60 & 70's, and if I, at the same
time, wish to weep over a lost love, I will.
I will walk the beach, in a swim suit
that is stretched over a bulging body, and will dive into the waves,
with abandon, if I choose to, despite the pitying glances from the
jet set. They too, will get old.
I know I am sometimes forgetful. But
there again, some of life is just as well forgotten. And, I eventually
remember the important things.
Sure, over the years, my heart has
been broken. How can your heart not break, when you lose a loved one,
or when a child suffers, or even when somebody's beloved pet gets hit
by a car? But, broken hearts are what give us strength, and
understanding, and compassion. A heart never broken, is pristine, and
sterile, and will never know the joy of being imperfect.
I am so blessed to have lived long
enough to have my hair turning gray, and to have my youthful laughs be
forever etched into deep grooves on my face.
So many have never laughed, and so
many have died before their hair could turn silver.
As you get older, it is easier to be
positive. You care less about what other people think. I don't
question myself anymore. I've even earned the right to be wrong.
So, to answer your question, I like
being old. It has set me free. I like the person I have become. I
am not going to live forever, but while I am still here, I will not
waste time lamenting what could have been, or worrying about what will
be. And I shall eat dessert every single day, (if I feel like it).
MAY OUR FRIENDSHIP NEVER COME APART,
ESPECIALLY WHEN IT'S STRAIGHT FROM THE HEART!
“What Would I
Contributed by Bob Graham
(Just one look? Nothing is more
constant than change!)
“I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: If today
were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do
today? And whenever the answer has been “NO” for too many days in a
row, I know I need to change something.”
- Steve Jobs
HAPPY BIRTHDAY AND ANNIVERSARY
TO ALL “AUGUST” CLASSMATES!
AUGUST 2017 -
“FAMILY FUN & ROMANCE AWARENESS MONTH”
DATES TO REMEMBER:
1. National Girlfriends Day - National
Mountain Climbing Day - National Raspberry Cream Pie Day.
2. National Ice Cream Sandwich Day.
3. National Watermelon Day.
4. National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day
- U.S. Coast Guard Day.
5. National Clown Day - National
Mustard Day - National Underwear Day - Work Like a Dog Day.
6. Friendship Day - Sisters Day -
Wiggle Your Toes Day.
7. International Forgiveness Day -
National Lighthouse Day.
8. Sneak Some Zucchini onto Your
Neighbor's Porch Day.
9. Book Lover's Day.
10. Lazy Day - National S'mores Day.
11. Presidential Joke Day - Son and
12. Middle Child's Day.
13. Left Hander's Day.
14. 14/15 V-J Day - National
15. Relaxation Day .
16. National Tell a Joke Day.
17. National Thrift shop Day.
18. Bad Poetry Day.
19. Aviation Day - National Honey Bee
Awareness Day - National Potato Day.
20. National Radio Day.
21. Senior Citizen's Day - National
22. Be an Angel Day - National Tooth
23. Ride the Wind Day.
24. Vesuvius Day.
25. Kiss and Make Up Day.
26. National Dog Day - Women's
27. Global Forgiveness Day - Just
28. Chinese Valentine's Day/Daughter's
Day - Race Your Mouse Day.
29. More Herbs, Less Salt Day.
30. Frankenstein Day - Toasted
31. National Eat Outside Day -
National Trail Mix Day.
Classmates, “keep the article lifeline
coming!” It stays strong, month in and out. Thank You to the Family,
Friends and the Aragon Class of 1964! We will talk again in
September. Hopefully, Fall will start early!
Hooah, Hugs & Love (H.H.& L.)
- Your Classmate Bob