“Where Did All The Love Go?” Now that
we are in the twilight of our time on earth, it seems as though
members of the human race are getting meaner and meaner as the days
I personally don’t remember a time
with so much hate; other than my return from Vietnam...something I
will never forget!
When was it a dangerous event to state
What’s going on when a person in this
country can’t express their opinion, without facing a chance of injury
What about “billionaires” who can pay
“individuals” to riot and destroy buildings, burn vehicles, fight with
police, and destroy
anything and everything, they decide
is not relevant to their ideology?
Why do we allow so few, to say they
express our views and are only representing the major of the
population of our great country?
What’s with the “double standard” and
this “white privilege” crap?” The only thing that has happen with all
of this “poison talk” is a division of this great country, more and
more every day!
I speak for myself. I vote, write my
House and Senate representatives and I don’t need to be told what to
believe at 70 years of age by anyone; especially, “talking heads” of
“media fame” representing, evening news?
A large number of these individuals
know nothing. Their historic background knowledge is seriously
lacking; and they are the ones selected to “translate” what I just
watched and listen to or read about?
I proudly raise the Flag of this Great
Country every day to pay respect to my Brothers and Sisters that gave
the Supreme Sacrifice to allow us to have the Freedoms we have enjoyed
during our lives.
Now that “some” of our fellow citizens
are being “bought” to destroy, (and fight others with a different
ideology), are historic statues, that represent our history (good and
bad). Why are individuals allowed to destroy these statues and other
items with “NO” consequences? Without any “penalties” when will it
stop? Who will stop it?
Let me ask you a question. If you
observed “someone(s)” destroying a part of our history (good or bad),
what would you do?
I found this article by Professor
Joseph Olson. The title of his article is “How Long Do We Have?” I
am sure that many of you are much more versed than me, when it comes
to this topic. I submit it to you, for you to decide what you think,
(no right or wrong).
“The average age of the world’s
greatest civilizations from the beginning of history, has been about
200 years. During those 200 years, those nations always progressed
through the following sequence:
1. From bondage to
2. From spiritual faith to
3. From courage to
4. From liberty to
5. From abundance to
6. From complacency to
7. From apathy to
8. From dependence back to
Where do you think we are at this time?
I also, remembered this paragraph from
George Orwell 1984; for your reflection:
“Every record has been
destroyed or falsified, every book rewritten, every picture has been
repainted, every statue and street building has been renamed,
every date has been altered, and the process is continuing day
by day and minute by minute, history has stopped, nothing exists
except an endless present in which the party is always right.”
In conclusion, my chosen military
career took me away from my Family and my Country for many years
during different tours of duty. Every time I returned, after seeing
how other countries treat their populations and the many numerous
things that they could do, to put people in prison or killed
for...just wanting to be Free!
I came off the aircraft and literally
bent over and kissed the tarmac - to many individual’s shock! I was so
happy to be alive and back to the home of the Free...God Bless the
I would bet that not every Classmate
will agree with what I said above and that is great! I will leave this
segment to the Classmates, with this finally thought. I know many of
you will be spot on the following statement:
“Until you have served or lived in
different countries, you will never understand how really special this
Country is to us and a majority of the rest of the world.” I may not
always agree with the men or women in the House, Senate or even the
White House, but I will always, support, respect and defend this Great
Country, to my death.
Hooah, Hugs & Love,
“Where Did All The Love Go?” Bob
PS: This article came in just before we went to press from one of
our Classmates (I did not show the Classmate’s name, I made that
decision). But, if I did not put this into the Newsletter, I would be
going against everything I stand for in the paragraphs above.
“Best One Sentence
Recent Confederate Statues Reactions.”
“Blacks, who were never slaves are
fighting whites who were never Nazis, over Confederate statues,
erected by Democrats... because Democrats can't stand their own
history anymore... yet somehow, it’s Trumps fault!”
The Website for The “Fork” Home Page Remains:
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“Who Said That - Movie Quote Addition” (WST - MQA):
- this site remains outstanding! Many of you are continuing to send in
the correct answers; but they are just coming in a little 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 each month. They are
cutting their times and challenging any where from #5 to #15 other
• August’s Quote: ”
DON’T YOU UNDERSTAND? WHEN YOU GIVE UP
YOUR DREAM, YOU DIE.”
“FLASH DANCE and
THE ACTOR IS:
• THE WINNER IS: WILLIAM
TUESDAY, AUGUST 1, 4:14 PM, 2017 - 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
3 William (Bill) Stevens - WON
the third - AUGUST
“LISTEN, PUNK. TO ME YOU’RE NOTHIN’ BUT DOGSHIT, YOU
UNDERSTAND? AND A LOT OF THINGS CAN HAPPEN TO DOGSHIT.”
“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 future...we all need to help keep this one alive.
OK , time to move on to your articles
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“The Way We Were” #1
Contributed by Bob Graham
[Barbara Streisand - continues with
note to classmates above.]
“Memories, light the corners of my mind
Misty water color memories of the way
Scattered pictures of the smiles we
smiles we gave to one another
for the way we were.
Can it be that it was all so simple
or has time rewritten every line?
If we had the chance to do it all
tell me would we? Could we?
Memories, may be beautiful and yet
what's too painful to remember
we simply choose to forget
So it's the laughter we will remember
whenever we remember the way we were.”
Dog Farewell” #2 Contributed by Handler, Jake & Honor
[Story about Cena - semper-fi!]
“Seniors Texting Codes” #3
Contributed by Judy (Fondren) Ahlvin
[Young people have theirs, now Seniors have their own texting codes]:
* ATD- At the Doctor’s
* BFF - Best Friends Funeral
* BTW- Bring the Wheelchair
* BYOT - Bring Your Own Teeth
* CBM- Covered by Medicare
* CUATSC- See You at the Senior Center
* DWI- Driving While Incontinent
* FWIW - Forgot Where I Was
* GGPBL- Gotta Go, Pacemaker Battery
* GHA - Got Heartburn Again
* HGBM - Had Good Bowel Movement
* LMDO- Laughing My Dentures Out
* LOL- Living on Lipitor
* OMSG - Oh My! Sorry, Gas
* TOT- Texting on Toilet
* WAITT - Who Am I Talking To?
Hope these help. GGLKI - Gotta Go,
Laxative Kicking in!
Towing” #4 Contributed by Gary Rocklage
[Taking out the trash!]
This Out...Mind Blower” #5 Contributed by Peggy Graham
[The creation and Europa technologies, #1 for a reason!]
“We Are Awesome! - Our Lives Are
Living Proof!” #6
Contributed by Bruce Ahlvin [To those
of us born - 1925 to 1970.]
No matter what our kids and the
new generation think about us, we are awesome and our lives are living
proof! To those of us born 1925 – 1970; at the end of this is a quote
of the month by Jay Leno. If you don’t read anything else, please read
what he said.
To all the kids who survived the
1930s, ’40s, ’50s, ’60s and ’70s:
First, we survived being born to mothers who may have smoked and/or
drank while they were pregnant. They took aspirin, ate blue cheese
dressing, tuna from a can, and didn’t get tested for diabetes.
Then, after that trauma, we were put
to sleep on our tummies In baby cribs, covered with bright colored
lead-based paints. We had no childproof lids on medicine bottles,
locks on doors or cabinets; and when we rode our bikes, we had
baseball caps, not helmets, on our heads.
As infants and children, we would ride
in cars with no car seats, no booster seats, no seat belts, no air
bags, bald tires and sometimes no brakes! Riding in the back of a
pick- up truck on a warm day was always a special treat. We drank
water from the garden hose and not from a bottle. We shared one soft
drink with four friends, from one bottle, and no one actually died
from this. We ate cupcakes, white bread, real butter, and bacon. We
drank Kool-Aid made with real white sugar and we weren’t overweight.
Because we were always outside
playing…that’s why! We would leave home in the morning and play all
day, as long as we were back when the streetlights came on. No one was
able to reach us all day and we were OKAY.
We would spend hours building our
go-carts out Of scraps and then ride them down the hill, only to find
out we forgot the brakes. After running into the bushes a few times,
we learned To solve the problem.
We did not Have Play Stations,
Nintendos and X-boxes. There were NO video games, NO 150 channels on
cable, NO video movies or DVDs, NO surround-sound or CDs, NO cell
phones, NO personal computers, NO Internet and NO chat rooms...WE HAD
FRIENDS and we went outside and found them!
We fell out of trees, got cut, broke
bones and teeth, and there were NO lawsuits from those accidents. We
would get spankings with wooden spoons, switches, ping-pong paddles,
or just a bare hand and no one would call child services to report
We ate worms and mud pies made from
dirt, and the worms did not live in us forever. We were given BB guns
for our 10th birthdays, 22 rifles for our 12th. We rode horses, made
up games with sticks and tennis balls, and although we were told it
would happen, we did not put out very many eyes.
We rode bikes or walked to a friend’s
house and knocked on the door or rang the bell, or just walked in and
talked to them. Little League had tryouts and not everyone made the
team. Those who didn’t had to learn to deal with disappointment.
Imagine that! The idea of a parent bailing us out if we broke the law
was unheard of. They actually sided with the law!
These generations have produced some
of the best risk-takers, problem solvers, and inventors. The past 50
To 85 years have seen an explosion of innovation and new ideas...we
had freedom, failure, success and responsibility, and we learned how
to deal with it all.
If you are one of those born between
You might want to share this with
others who have had the luck to grow up as kids before the lawyers and
the government regulated so much of our lives for our own good. While
you are at it, forward it to your kids, so they will know how brave
and lucky their parents were. Kind of makes you want to run through
the house with scissors, doesn’t it?
*THE QUOTE OF THE MONTH, BY JAY LENO”
“With hurricanes, tornados, fires out
of control, mud slides, flooding, severe thunderstorms tearing up the
country from one end to another and with the threat of bird flu and
terrorist attacks; are we sure this is a good time to take God out of
the Pledge of Allegiance?”
*For those that prefer to think God is
not in control go ahead and [ignore] this. For the rest of
us...please pass this on.
St. Helens - 1980” #8 Contributed by Charlene (Wiper)
Swenson [Check this out!]
“The Most Armed Man In America” * 1
#9 Contributed by Gary
[This is a great collection & should be in a national museum!]
Math Junkies” #10 Contributed Ted Dumke
[This will blow your mind - take the time to do #1 or #2! ]
Beetle” #11 Contributed by Michael Graham
[How many have had a “bug” in their life?]
“Employment Observation” #12
Contributed by Gary Rocklage
1. The sport of choice for the urban
poor is BASKETBALL.
2. The sport of choice for maintenance
level employees is BOWLING.
3. The sport of choice for front-line
workers is FOOTBALL.
4. The sport of choice for supervisors
5. The sport of choice for middle
management is TENNIS. And...
6. The sport of choice for corporate
executives and officers is GOLF.
The amazing fact is, the higher you go
in the corporate structure, the smaller the balls become.
*There must be a boat load of people
in Washington playing MARBLES.
“12 Riddles For You To Figure Out”
by Ted Dumke
[AKA the riddler - this will make you a big hit with your friends!]
Prejudge Older Men” #14 Contributed by Bob Graham
[Gotta keep them in a note book!]
Blow Up Some Things!” #15 Contributed by Gary Rocklage
[How is this for some fireworks?]
“Laurel & Hardy Dancing & More?”
Contributed by Bob Graham
[Enjoy dance & song - listen & be happy!]
Dancing At the Movies
The Best Movie Dance Scenes Scent
Of A Women
Top #10 Dance Scenes in Dance Movies
The Best Movie Dance Scenes (2)
Top 10 Unexpected Dance Scenes - Non-Dance
A Word Was Spoken” #17 Contributed by Peggy Graham
[Gotta love these photos!]
“Never Lose Your Grandson” #18
Contributed by Alan Swenson
[I haven’t lost one yet]
My small grandson got lost at the
shopping mall.....He approached a uniformed security guard and said,
“I’ve lost my grandpa!” The guard asked, “What’s his name?” “Grandpa.”
The guard smiled, then asked, “What’s he like?” The little tyke
hesitated for a moment and then replied, “Crown Royal Whiskey and
Women with Big Boobs.”
“Semper Fi - Marine” #19
Contributed by Linda (Wanke) Rapp
[To the guy who tried to mug a Marine,
in downtown Savannah!]
I was the guy wearing the black Burberry jacket that you demanded that
I hand over, shortly after you pulled the knife on me and my
girlfriend, threatening our lives. You also asked for my girlfriend's
purse and earrings. I can only hope that you somehow come across this
rather important message.
First, I'd like to apologize for your
embarrassment; I didn't expect you to actually crap in your pants when
I drew my pistol after you took my jacket. The evening was not that
cold, and I was wearing the jacket for a reason. My girlfriend was
happy that I just returned safely from my 2nd tour as a
Combat Marine in Afghanistan. She had just bought me that Kimber
Custom Model 1911 .45 ACP pistol for my birthday, and we had picked up
a shoulder holster for it that very evening. Obviously you agree that
it is a very intimidating weapon when pointed at your head... isn't
I know it probably wasn't fun walking
back to wherever you'd come from with crap in your pants. I'm sure it
was even worse walking bare-footed since I made you leave your shoes,
cell phone, and wallet with me. (That prevented you from calling or
running to your buddies to come help mug us again.)
After I called your mother or "Momma"
as you had her listed in your cell, I explained the entire episode of
what you'd done. Then I went and filled up my gas tank as well as
those of four other people in the gas station, - on your credit card.
The guy with the big motor home took 153 gallons and was extremely
grateful! I gave your shoes to a homeless guy outside Vinnie Van Go
Go's, along with all the cash in your wallet. That made his day!
I then threw your wallet into the big
pink "pimp mobile" that was parked at the curb... after I broke the
windshield and side window and keyed the entire driver's side of the
Earlier, I managed to get in two
threatening phone calls to the DA's office and one to the FBI, while
mentioning President Trump as my possible target. The FBI guy seemed
really intense and we had a nice long chat, (I guess while he traced
your number etc.). In a way, perhaps, I should apologize for not
killing you... but I feel this type of retribution is a far more
appropriate punishment for your threatened crime. I wish you well as
you try to sort through some of these rather immediate pressing
issues, and can only hope that you have the opportunity to reflect
upon, and perhaps reconsider, the career path you've chosen to pursue
Remember, next time you might not be
so lucky. Have a good day!
Thoughtfully yours, Semper fi, Alex
Dog” #20 Contributed Ted Dumke
[KLM and left behind items on their
AND ANNIVERSARY TO ALL “SEPTEMBER”
SEPTEMBER 2017 - “SELF IMPROVEMENT ”AWARENESS MONTH” - DATES TO
1. Emma M. Nutt Day, the first
woman telephone operator.
2. VJ Day, WWII.
3. Skyscraper Day.
4. Labor Day, First Monday of
5. Be Late for Something Day.
6. Read a Book Day.
7. National Salami Day.
8. International Literacy Day.
9. Teddy Bear Day.
10. Grandparent's Day - first Sunday after
Labor Day .
11. 911 Remembrance.
12. Chocolate Milk Shake Day.
13. Positive Thinking Day.
14. National Cream-Filled Donut
15. POW/MIA Recognition Day.
16. American Legion Day.
17. Wife Appreciation Day.
18. National Cheeseburger Day.
19. International Talk Like A
20. National Pepperoni Pizza Day.
21. International Peace Day.
22. Autumn Equinox - Fall begins!
23. Oktoberfest begins in
24. National Cherries Jubilee Day.
25. National Comic Book Day.
26. Johnny Appleseed Day.
27. Crush a Can Day.
28. Ask a Stupid Question Day.
29. Confucius Day.
30. National Mud Pack Day.
Classmates, lots of great articles from Family and Friends of our
Classmates. Keep them coming in! They are appreciated and they
definitely give us some issues to think about. Until next time, have
an outstanding September and we will get together again in October.
H. H. & L. - Bob