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NEWSLETTER #165                                                                                           JANUARY 2018

“Happy New Year & Welcome to Resolution - Solution”


 

Classmates,

Here we go with a new day, week, month and year.  This EARLY PART OF A NEW YEAR is always identified as “OUR TIME” to make some resolutions for how we are going to “change our lives” into something different, whatever we believe will make us better.  The question that always arises is: by who’s standards and what does “better really mean?”  Hence the title for January’s Keep Your Fork...’64 Newsletter:

  “HAPPY NEW YEAR & WELCOME TO RESOLUTION - SOLUTION”

During the next few paragraphs you will learn the techniques for assisting you in having solutions to conquer your resolutions.  So, with that being said, let’s get our attitudes in line, for success with our resolutions for 2018...  HAPPY NEW YEAR! 

“Some individuals take their resolutions seriously. Some bid them farewell just after the clock strikes twelve. Some call it a Second Chance to Dream with Eyes Open. New Year Resolution - no one can deny having made some, correct? 

People change with time, so do their aspirations. Seriously taken, a Happy New Year Resolution is an opportunity to gauge our goals. For the adventurous souls, it is the opportunity to tickle a funny bone or to try something bold.

I would like to present to you, some amazing New Year Resolutions ideas for 2018. Some are simple, some are exotic but, each is unique in its own way...there is surely one that will appeal to you!

Look Where You Stand, made loads of resolutions last New Year’s Eve? Accessed how far you have stood by them? If not, it is time you did. Here are three examples, with some thought to go along with the resolution.

    •    Quit an Addiction - It will not take you anywhere good. If it does you no good, why stick to it? If needed, seek help of support groups or professionals. If you have the will, you shall find the way.
    •    Back to School - Learning has no age limit. Pick up where you left off.
    •    Fit in Fitness - Secure a future with fewer trips to the doctor know where you stand with your health. Select a regime you can stick to. A group activity may add the element of fun to the routine. Lose some flab. But don’t set any strict target, for then the chances are you may get demotivated and quit.

New Year Resolutions - A resolution is an opportunity to gauge your goals. Here are a few that might appeal to you: 

•        Soak up New Skills - Learning something new and interesting is always fun and a valued addition.
•        Healthy Hogging - Think before you put any morsel in your mouth. 
•        Lose the Loan - Pay off any debt you may have and feel light at heart.
•        Sack Stress - This sounds easier than it actually is, and there is no magic tip...you have to find your own heaven.
•        Contribute for a Cause - Giving back to the society is the least we can do to make the world a better place to live in.
•        Treasure your Treasures - Splurge is fun, but saving should be the way of living. Plan with your future in mind. Once in a while have a blissful indulgence. 
•        Liven up Your Lifestyle - Professional growth is okay, but your personal life requires attention too...strike up a balance.
•        Organize - This is the key to make life easy, manage time and live stress free...make a proper “To-Do List,” and you are on your 
way.
•        Fun With Family - Bonding with the family will add a treasure trove of memories.
•        Wowed By Wanderlust - If new places interest you, plan to reach out to them. 
•        Adopt a Pet - The devotion, love and loyalty of a pet can never be matched. 
•        Wreck a Record - This does not necessarily have to be a world record. It could be your own set of standards.
•        Relive your childhood - Bring back the simplicity in life, just be carefree.
•        Spice up the Mundane - Bring some sizzle to your daily life.
•        Unleash the Angel in You - Nothing feels better than seeing a smile on someone.
•        Get Struck by Cupid - Falling in love is the most beautiful thing to happen in a New Year.
•        Snooze away to Slumber-Land - Catch up on the sleep you lost and see a beautiful glow back on you face. 
•        Pep up your habitat - Beautifying where you live is the easiest way to beautify your life with a feel good factor.
•        De-clutter the accumulated junk - Life will be more organized with the unnecessary extras gone.
•        Get a Gadget - Has there been a gadget you have been longing for? 
•        Step up or Step Down Social Media Activity - If you have been out of touch with your pals and peers, social media would help you get back in your grove.
•        Tame the Mane - A brand new makeover will be a great way to discover a new you.
•        From Vocation to Profession - When your hobby becomes your profession it not only brings in money but, also makes working a fun experience.
•        Speak Your Mind - Chuck the niceties. It is mandatory to say No at times. However remember, politeness pays too.   
•        Get Pictured at the Wonders of the World - This is for the travel bugs.
 •       Endear a Diary - Letter writing is a dead art. But expressing feelings is not. 
•        Positive approach to life - Vow to always view the glass to be half full. This will help you solve any obstacle you may face in life.
•        Go for a Blind Date - For the adventurous souls, a blind date may be fun. 
•        Wake up to World News - Stay informed.
•        Waste Not, Want Not - If there is something you don’t want -food, extra medicine, etc. - hand it down to those who do.
•        Terminate the Tantrums - Being opinionated is okay. But having your fuse blown off at the slightest pretext is not.
•        Remember the Important Dates: Remembering birthdays, anniversaries etc. will make your loved ones feel special, wanted and cared for. If your memory doesn’t help, take the help of technology!
•        Enrich your vocabulary - Communication is vital in any sphere of life – enrich your vocabulary to master the art of reaching out.
•        Overcome a fear or mental block - This will make you feel liberated - it will free the shackles of your mind.
•        Be sincere about punctuality and commitments - This is a resolution, if followed, would help you succeed in life and be respected too.”

If you have taken the time to look over the approximate #40 Resolutions and Solutions above, YOU are well on your way to making yourself a “Better” individual - in your own ability to be successful at your own - “Resolution/Solution.” 

                              CONGRATULATIONS!  

                                       H. H. & L, Bob


•        The Website For The “Fork” Home Page Remains: 
 
 
http://www.rizon.biz/Aragon/AragonHomePage.htm   

          *if that doesn’t work for you, just contact me at my e-mail address: 
ddlvr55@gmail.com or phone (702) 656-1696 

•        The “Connections And Re-connections” (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). Still continues to grow, over #19 looking for information during December...many wanting to know addresses, so they could send out their Christmas Cards.

•        “Who Said That - Movie Quote Addition” (WST - MQA):  this site is OUTSTANDING! Many of you are continuing to send in the correct answers; just a little to late. The first week of a new month is the time to strike...get your answer(s) to me - ASAP! We had #19 Classmates challenging to be first last month. 

          • December’s Quote: “Igor, would you give me a hand with the bags?” Certainly. You take the blonde and I’ll take the one in the turban.”

          • December’s Answer: “YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN” & THE ACTORS ARE GENE WILDER & MARTY FEILDMAN :

          • The Winner For The Year Is “GARY ROCKLAGE”

The Final Standings Are As Follows: 

          1. William (Bill) Stevens - WON the first - JUNE 
          2. Renee’ (Leroy) Otte - WON the second - JULY
          3.  William (Bill) Stevens - WON the third - AUGUST
          4. Gary Rocklage - WON the fourth - SEPTEMBER
          5. Gary Rocklage - WON the fifth - OCTOBER
          6. Gary Rocklage - WON the sixth - NOVEMBER 
          7. Gary Rocklage - WON the seventh - DECEMBER

          *        William (Bill) Stevens was in first with the correct Title Name, but did not get the name(s) of the Actors Correct.  Time In:  8:47 AM, 4 December

          *        Gary Rocklage was in first with the Correct Title Name and Correct Actor(s) Names  Time In:  4:49  AM, 5 December

We will continue with the “Movie Quote...Who Said That Addition?” in February 2018 (we will be taking a one month break). THANK YOU ALL WHO PLAYED IN 2017!

•        “The Bucket List (B/L) Challenge:”  The B/L - needs to stay alive & healthy...”as the Bucket List Goes, So We Go.”  I know that many of the classmates have had some GREAT experiences... how about sharing?  I, along with other Classmates,  need your support!

                                      THANK YOU,
                                                H. H. & L, Bob 



Now Let’s Get To Your January’s Articles

 

Standing Tall and Singing Loud”        #1  Contributed by Bob Graham
(check out each of the teams standing and singing along)

Chinese Acrobats”        #2       Contributed by Stevie & Scott
(Stunning show at the youth Olympic Games - once you get to the link above, scroll down to start the YouTube video and start the “experience”.)

“33 Rare Photos Of Hippie Life Of The 1969’s & the 1970’s”     #3
Contributed by a Classmate

(There is some nudity in these photo arrays - a real blast from the past! )

I Won’t Take A Knee”      #4    Contributed by Mike Graham 
(For all those that protect us and our Freedoms 24-7-365)

Millennial Job Interview”      #5    Contributed by Ted Dumke
(time to wake up...)

Magic that Will Blow You Away”      #6  Contributed by Judy (Fondren) Ahlvin
(this young man has a real future with magic)

Don’t Go To Vegas Without A Baptist”        #7
Contributed by Jeanne Robertson via Kathy (Lanstyak) Sheffield
(She is sooo funny – enjoy!)



“Men Are Just Happier People”            #8
Contributed by Ted Dumke
(Ladies if you have any problems with this one, refer to Ted!)

What do you expect from such simple creatures?  Your last name stays put.  The garage is all yours.  Wedding plans take care of themselves.  Chocolate is just another snack.  You can never be pregnant.  You can wear a white T-shirt to a water park.  You can wear NO shirt to a water park.

Car mechanics tell you the truth.  The world is your urinal.  You never have to drive to another gas station restroom because this one is just too icky.  You don't have to stop and think of which way to turn a nut on a bolt.    Wrinkles add character.  Wedding dress $5000.  Tux rental-$100.  People never stare at your chest when you're talking to them.  New shoes don't cut, blister, or mangle your feet.  One mood all the time.  Phone conversations are over in 30 seconds flat.  You know stuff about tanks.

A five-day vacation requires only one suitcase.  You can open all your own jars.  You get extra credit for the slightest act of thoughtfulness.  If someone forgets to invite you, he or she can still be your friend.  Your underwear is $8.95 for a three-pack.  Two pairs of shoes are more than enough.  You almost never have strap problems in public.  You are unable to see wrinkles in your clothes.  Everything on your face stays its original color.  The same hairstyle lasts for years, maybe decades.  You only have to shave your face and neck.

You can play with toys all your life.  One wallet and one pair of shoes - one color for all seasons.  You can wear shorts no matter how your legs look.  You can 'do' your nails with a pocket knife.  You have freedom of choice concerning growing a mustache.  You can do Christmas shopping for 25 relatives on December 24 in 25 minutes.  No wonder men are happier.

NICKNAMES:

If Laura, Kate and Sarah go out for lunch, they will call each other Laura, Kate and Sarah.

If Mike, Dave and John go out, they will affectionately refer to each other as Fat Boy, Bubba and Wildman.

EATING OUT:

When the bill arrives, Mike, Dave and John will each throw in $20, even though it's only for $32.50.  None of them will have anything smaller and none will actually admit they want change back.
When the girls get their bill, out come the pocket calculators.

MONEY:

A man will pay $2 for a $1 item he needs.
A woman will pay $1 for a $2 item that she doesn't need but it's on sale.

BATHROOMS:

A man has six items in his bathroom: toothbrush and toothpaste, shaving cream, razor, a bar of soap, and a towel.

The average number of items in the typical woman's bathroom is 337.  A man would not be able to identify more than 20 of these items.

ARGUMENTS:

A woman has the last word in any argument.
Anything a man says after that is the beginning of a new argument.

FUTURE:

A woman worries about the future until she gets a husband.
A man never worries about the future until he gets a wife.

MARRIAGE:

A woman marries a man expecting he will change, but he doesn't.
A man marries a woman expecting that she won't change, but she does.

DRESSING UP:

A woman will dress up to go shopping, water the plants, empty the trash, answer the phone, read a book, and get the mail.
A man will dress up for weddings and funerals.

NATURAL:

Men wake up as good-looking as they went to bed.
Women somehow deteriorate during the night.

OFFSPRING:

Ah, children.  A woman knows all about her children.  She knows about dentist appointments and romances, best friends, favorite foods, secret fears and hopes and dreams.
A man is vaguely aware of some short people living in the house.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: A married man should forget his mistakes. There's no use in two people remembering the same thing!

SO, send this to the women who has a sense of humor...and to the men who will enjoy reading.

*”MAY YOU ALWAYS HAVE LOVE TO SHARE, HEALTH TO SPARE
AND FRIENDS THAT CARE.”

“Physics Is A State Of Mind”    #9
Contributed by Gary Rocklage
(Are we there already?)

Physics is a state of mind, but the mind is a terrible thing to waste. Today's riddle for seniors...here is the situation:
 
You are on a horse, galloping at a constant speed.
 
On your right side is a sharp drop-off.
On your left side is an elephant traveling at the same speed as you.
Directly in front of you is a galloping kangaroo and your horse is unable to overtake it.
Behind you is a lion running at the same speed as you and the kangaroo.
What must you do to get out of this highly dangerous situation?
 
Answer below:

“Get off the merry-go-round and go home;   You've had enough excitement for one day!”

The Dancing Traffic Light”    #10   Contributed by  Maggie (Tubia) Horwitz
(Try this the next time you are at a pedestrian stop light)

Check Out these Marines”      #11  Contributed by Susan (Pezzola) & Glenn McKeever
(Treat sound effects, or are they? ooorah!)

“The Revised Alphabet”            #12
Contributed by Bruce Ahlvin
(For adults only)

A is for apple, and B is for boat, That used to be right, but now it won't float! Age before beauty is what we once said. But let's be a bit more realistic instead. Now The Alphabet: 
 
A's for arthritis; B's the bad back, C's the chest pains,perhaps car-di-ac? 
D is for dental decay and decline, E is for eyesight, can't read that top line! F is for farting and fluid retention, G is for gut droop, which I'd rather not mention. 
H high blood pressure--I'd rather it low; I for incisions with scars you can show.
J is for joints, out of socket, won't mend, K is for knees that crack when they bend.
L's for libido, what happened to sex? M is for memory, I forget what comes next.
N is neuralgia, in nerves way down low; O is for osteo, bones that don't grow! 
P for prescriptions, I have quite a few, just give me a pill and I'll be good as new!
Q is for queasy, is it fatal or flu? R is for reflux, one meal turns to two. 
S is for sleepless nights, counting my fears, T is for Tinnitus; bells in my ears!
U is for urinary; troubles with flow; V for vertigo, that's 'dizzy,' you know. 
W for worry, now what's going 'round? X is for X-ray, and what might be found. Y for another year I'm left here behind, Z is for zest I still have - in my mind! 
 
I've survived all the symptoms, my body's deployed, and I'm keeping twenty-six doctors fully employed! 
HAVE A GREAT DAY!   

“The Department of Veterans Affairs”        #13 
Contributed by Department of Veterans Affairs, White House, VA Hotline Now Fully Staffed and Operational Around the Clock to Serve Nation's Veterans. 
(Thank you, Mr. President)

WASHINGTON — Today the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced that the White House VA Hotline, first launched in June as part of President Donald J. Trump’s commitment to reforming VA, is now fully staffed with live agents working to serve Veterans 24-hours a day, 365 days a year.

The hotline, which became 24-hour operational in mid-October, is now staffed by a team consisting of 90 percent Veterans or employees who have a Veteran family member, and is in response to Veterans’ requests to talk to agents who could relate to their experiences.

“The White House VA Hotline provides our nation’s Veterans with a direct, dedicated contact line that allows them to interact with highly trained, live agents to answer their needs and concerns,” said VA Secretary David J. Shulkin.

“Since the initial launch of the hotline in June, we listened to our Veterans, who indicated that they prefer speaking with other Veterans and Veteran family members, and we adjusted our hiring based on that feedback,” added Shulkin. 

“We’re proud that the hotline is now staffed 24/7 by a team of mostly Veterans or Veteran family members who have direct knowledge of their particular concerns and can use their experience to address them in the best way possible with the resources of the VA.  This represents a true win-win for Veterans and their loved ones.”

Since 24/7 coverage began in October, the hotline has served more than 10,000 callers.

Hotline agents answer inquiries, provide directory assistance, document concerns about VA care, benefits and services, and expedite the referral and resolution of those concerns. Agents undergo regular updates and training on VA services based on hotline trends and are assisted by newly implemented tracking software to help VA capture and improve its response, referral and resolution processes to best support Veterans. 

The hotline can be accessed at 
855-948-2311 and is VA’s first non-clinical, non-emergency around-the-clock call center. It provides Veterans a supplemental option to report issues if they are not being addressed through VA’s normal customer service channels.

The hotline’s agents are located at a VA facility in Shepherds town, West Virginia. Agents have access to a multitude of resources and contact information to help Veterans. The hotline also generates real-time reports to VA experts who can help address the specific issues of Veterans as well as make better-informed decisions on where program improvements are needed.

“Merry Christmas...Thank You For Your Service”      #14
Contributed by Bonita Beck
(For all those who have & are protecting our freedoms in this GREAT  LAND!)
 

A NEW CHRISTMAS POEM

T'WAS THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS, HE LIVED ALL ALONE, IN A ONE BEDROOM HOUSE MADE OF PLASTER AND STONE.

I HAD COME DOWN THE CHIMNEY WITH PRESENTS TO GIVE, AND TO SEE JUST WHO IN THIS HOME DID LIVE.

I LOOKED ALL ABOUT, A STRANGE SIGHT I DID SEE, NO TINSEL, NO PRESENTS, NOT EVEN A TREE.

NO STOCKING BY MANTLE, JUST BOOTS FILLED WITH SAND, ON THE WALL HUNG PICTURES OF FAR DISTANT LANDS.

WITH MEDALS AND BADGES, AWARDS OF ALL KINDS, A SOBER THOUGHT CAME THROUGH MY MIND.

FOR THIS HOUSE WAS DIFFERENT, IT WAS DARK AND DREARY,
I FOUND THE HOME OF A SOLDIER, ONCE I COULD SEE CLEARLY.

THE SOLDIER LAY SLEEPING, SILENT, ALONE, CURLED UP ON THE FLOOR IN THIS ONE BEDROOM HOME.

THE FACE WAS SO GENTLE,THE ROOM IN SUCH DISORDER, NOT HOW I PICTURED A UNITED STATES SOLDIER.

WAS THIS THE HERO OF WHOM I'D JUST READ? CURLED UP ON A PONCHO, THE FLOOR FOR A BED?

I REALIZED THE FAMILIES THAT I SAW THIS NIGHT OWED THEIR LIVES TO THESE SOLDIERS WHO WERE WILLING TO FIGHT.

SOON ROUND THE WORLD,THE CHILDREN WOULD PLAY, AND GROWNUPS WOULD CELEBRATE A BRIGHT CHRISTMAS DAY.

THEY ALL ENJOYED FREEDOM EACH MONTH OF THE YEAR,
BECAUSE OF THE SOLDIERS, LIKE THE ONE LYING HERE.

I COULDN'T HELP WONDER HOW MANY LAY ALONE, ON A COLD CHRISTMAS EVE IN A LAND FAR FROM HOME.

THE VERY THOUGHT BROUGHT A TEAR TO MY EYE, I DROPPED TO MY KNEES AND STARTED TO CRY.

THE SOLDIER AWAKENED AND I HEARD A ROUGH VOICE "SANTA DON'T CRY,THIS LIFE IS MY CHOICE; I FIGHT FOR FREEDOM, I DON'T ASK FOR MORE, MY LIFE IS MY GOD, MY COUNTRY, MY CORPS."

THE SOLDIER ROLLED OVER AND DRIFTED TO SLEEP, I COULDN'T CONTROL IT, I CONTINUED TO WEEP.

I KEPT WATCH FOR HOURS, SO SILENT AND STILL AND WE BOTH SHIVERED FROM THE COLD NIGHT'S CHILL.

I DIDN'T WANT TO LEAVE ON THAT COLD, DARK, NIGHT, THIS GUARDIAN OF HONOR SO WILLING TO FIGHT.

THEN THE SOLDIER ROLLED OVER, WITH A VOICE SOFT AND PURE, WHISPERED, "CARRY ON SANTA, IT'S CHRISTMAS DAY, ALL IS SECURE."

ONE LOOK AT MY WATCH, AND I KNEW HE WAS RIGHT. "MERRY CHRISTMAS MY FRIEND, AND TO ALL A GOOD NIGHT."

*This poem was written by a Marine. The following is his request. I think it is reasonable...PLEASE. Would you do me the kind favor of sending this to as many people as you can? Christmas will be coming soon, and some credit is due to our U.S. service men and women for our being able to celebrate these festivities. Let’s try in this small way to pay a tiny bit of what we owe. Make people stop and think of our heroes, living and dead, who sacrificed themselves for us. Please, do your small part to plant this small seed.

“May God Bless You and Have a Great Holiday Season”

“The Cat In The Hat...On Aging”   #15    Contributed by Ted Dumke
(The golden years can kiss my a**)


DON’T FORGET:

HAPPY BIRTHDAY AND ANNIVERSARY TO ALL “JANUARY” CLASSMATES! 



JANUARY 2018 - “NATIONAL BLOOD DONOR MONTH” 
DATES TO REMEMBER: 

1. New Year's Day - National Hangover Day.
2. Run up the Flagpole and See if Anyone Salutes Day.
3. Festival of Sleep Day - Fruitcake Toss Day - Humiliation Day.
4. National Spaghetti Day - Trivia Day.

5. National Bird Day. 
6. Cuddle Up Day - Bean Day.
7. Old Rock Day.
8. Bubble Bath Day - Male Watcher's Day.
9. Play God Day.

10. Bittersweet Chocolate Day - National Take the Stairs Day.
11. Step in a Puddle and Splash Your Friend's Day.
12. Feast of Fabulous Wild Men Day.
13. Make Your Dream Come True Day.
14. Dress Up Your Pet Day.

15. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Birthday, celebrated on the third Monday. 
16. Appreciate a Dragon Day - National Nothing Day.
17. Ditch New Year’s Resolutions Day. 
18. Thesaurus Day - Winnie the Pooh Day.
19. National Popcorn Day - National Tin Can Day.

20. National Cheese Lover Day - Penguin Awareness Day.
21. National Hugging Day - Squirrel Appreciation Day.
22. National Blonde Brownie Day.
23. National Pie Day - Measure Your Feet Day - we only ask...."why!?!" 
24. Beer Can Appreciation Day - Compliment Day.

25. Opposite’s Day.
26. Spouse's Day - Australia Day.
27. Chocolate Cake Day - Punch the Clock Day.
28. Fun at Work Day - National Kazoo Day.
29. National Puzzle Day - National Corn chip Day.

30. National Inane Answering Message Day.
31. Backward Day - Inspire Your Heart with Art Day.


Classmates, 

You really did it again for January...one more time; your Family, Friends and Classmates came through - THANK YOU!   Have a Happy New Year & a great January!  We will get back together in February 2018.  Our thoughts & prayers remain with all of our Classmates, Family & Friends who have suffered from all of the fires in California.

I hope you gained some knowledge in the way you are approaching your New Year's Resolutions?

                                                          H.H.&L,      Bob
 

 

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