Aragon Class of ‘64
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NEWSLETTER #171                                                                                     JULY 2018

"What's Left of Summer? 

Before we get into the July Newsletter, I have some very sad news, the passing of a classmate; Dave Fredericks passed away on the 29th of March, 2018.  

No other information is available at this time. 
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Frederick’s family and friends.


Military Appreciation Month”   #1   Contributed by Gary Rocklage
(Thanks, Rock, you don’t ever forget!)

Do You Believe In Life After - LOVE?”   #2     Contributed by Cher
(From what you read or looked over last month - well do you?  Do you?  Life after love, your thoughts - just for you, a carryover from June’s Newsletter - Bob)

The Old Guard: Tomb Of The Unknowns”  #3 Contributed by Bruce Ahlvin
(I apologize for not getting this in the June Newsletter...  but, the 4th of July is also a great place to honor our military.)

Aspire To Inspire Before You Expire”  #4   “Here’s To The Heroes: A Military Tribute”
Contributed by Edward Dumke
(We need to be very proud of our military!)

“Words for the Classmates”   #5

What’s Left of Summer?  Plenty of things to do, as long as you are READY - SET- GO!  Now let’s get after it!

Just a few things that you might want to squeeze in prior to the end of Summer, my “Top Ten:”

One more trip or vacation. 

2.     Last minute buy, of a new car (save some money).

3.     Clean up and out your home from all the family and friends, left over debris and their forgot to pack and take home items.

4.     Resupply your home with groceries and other needed items, that seem to have disappeared.

5.     Make sure the car(s) are all filled up with gas.

6.     If you have a boat, that was used a lot of the summer, make sure it is really for the “cooler” times coming up.

7.     Don’t forget the birthday, anniversary, etc. cards for your kids, grand-kids...and just because you have been busy, don’t ever forget your spouse! If you do...your on your own, with that one.

8.     Start looking for cost saving trips in November and December,
Holiday times - now (lots cheaper).

9.     Look ahead to cooler (down right, freezing times, if you live in those areas - never too early to start. At this “age” you know, your time goes fast.

10.                        Finally, you think you’re done, but you’re not! Plan some time for just you and your spouse...the one that helped you plan and take care of everything above #1 through #10. Take some “down time” for both of you...Alone Together...  HAVE FUN!

“What’s left, Summer?”    Now you have some ideas,

                                      H.H.&L, Bob  

Stay’in Alive - Age is Just a Number”  #6  Contributed by Peggy Graham
[I guess I’m the guy in the middle  - I wish!]

Just One More Thing On Obama-Care Repeal”  #7
[Contributed by a lot of Classmates, Family & Friends]

Just one more thing on Obama-Care.
Since only 8 million people have Obama-Care, how will 24 million people die if it is repealed? Will 16 million people be randomly shot?

Just one more thing on Donald Trump.
If Donald Trump deleted all of his emails, wiped his server with Bleach-bit and destroyed all of his phones with a hammer, would the Mainstream Media suddenly lose all interest in the story and declare him innocent?

Just one more thing on equal pay.
If women do the same job for less money, why do companies hire men to do the same job for more money?

Just one more thing on Sanctuary Cities.
If you rob a bank in a Sanctuary City, is it illegal or is it just an Undocumented Withdraw?
Just one more thing on ISIS.
Each ISIS attack now is a reaction to Trump policies, but all ISIS attacks during Obama's term were due to Climate Change and a plea for jobs.
Just one more thing on the London 'Lone Wolf' terror attack.
After the London 'Lone Wolf' terrorist attack government officials have arrested at least eight other 'Lone Wolves' who had conspired with the original 'Lone
Wolf' in planning the 'Lone Wolf' attack.  Even though all involved are Muslims, you can be assured, the 'Lone Wolf; attack has nothing at all to do with Islam, just
like the other 1000 plus 'Lone Wolf' attacks by Muslims, are completely unassociated with Islam.
Just one more thing on Entitlements.
We should stop calling them all 'Entitlements'.
Welfare, Food Stamps, WIC, ad nauseum are “not entitlements. They are taxpayer-funded handouts, and shouldn't be called entitlements at all.”
Social Security and Veterans Benefits are Entitlements because the people receiving them are entitled to them. They were earned and paid for by the recipients.
Just one more thing on the Muslim Refugees.
If Muslims want to run away from a Muslim country, does that mean they're Islamophobic?

Just one more thing on The Women's March.
If Liberals don't believe in biological gender then why did they march for women's rights?
Just one more thing on the Russians hacking the election.
How did the Russians get Debbie Wasserman Schultz and the DNC to steal the Primary from Bernie Sanders? How did Russia get Donna Brazil to leak debate questions to Hillary Clinton in advance of the debates?
Just one more thing on Democrats and the Electoral College.
Why is it that Democrats think Super delegates are fine, but they have a problem with the Electoral College?
Just one more thing on the FBI and elections.
If you don't want the FBI involved in elections, don't nominate someone who's being investigated by the FBI.

Just one more thing on Hillary's speeches.
If Hillary's speeches cost $250,000 an hour, how come no one shows up to her free ones?
Just one more thing on Russia manipulating our election.
The DNC is mad at Russia because they 'think' they are trying to manipulate our election by exposing that the DNC is manipulating our election?

Just one more thing on Trump's 'Locker Room Banter'.
Why is it that Liberals and the Media are upset about the words Trump used 11 years ago but they are all right with Adult men using the Ladies Room with your Wives and Daughters?

•        The Website For The “Fork Home Page” Remains: *  

          *     If that doesn’t work for you, just contact me at my e-mail            address: or phone (702) 656-1696 

•        “Connections And Re-connections” (C/R) - 
Still remains strong and viable connections for Classmates! Nearly every day I hear from Classmates wanting contact information about other Classmates.

•        “Who Said That - Movie Quote Addition” (WST -MQA):

Playing stays HIGH each month.  You have nothing to lose and lots to gain...take a chance, you never know and you can’t win, if you don’t play!

          •        JUNE’S Quote: "She's my daughter!...She's my sister! She's my daughter! My sister, my daughter...She's my sister and my daughter." `
          •        JUNE’s Answer:  “EVELYN CROSS MULWRAY (Faye Dunaway)           AND Jake Gittas (Jack Nicolson) / in Chinatown

          *        JUNE’S WINNER:   GARY ROCKLAGE in with the correct answer on FRIDAY, 1 JUNE 2018 at 7:03 PM.

          • JULY’S QUOTE

                “Hey, don’t knock masturbation.  It’s sex with someone I love.”
Title of Movie and Actor(s) Name(s) required.

•        “The Bucket List (B/L) Challenge:”   We are losing the PATIENT!!  STEP UP PLEASE - IS THERE A DOCTOR OUT THERE?”

          *Going on the road is now a none starter - Sorry, I tried - Bob



The Pilot And The Passenger”  #8 Contributed by Gary Rocklage
(Glad to see that many classmates enjoy Mike Rowe’s stories.)

Best Friends”  #9  Contributed by Bruce Ahlvin  
[The owl and his shepherd!]

Alabama Football Team Prays for President Trump”   #10  Contributed by The Crimson Tide & Gary Rocklage  [I don’t remember any of this in the press!]

Sign Language Made Hard By... #11  Contributed by Kathy Sheffield
[With “left brain”… ]

Funniest Auditions Ever On America’s Got Talent?”     #12  Contributed by Linda (Wanke) Rapp)  [Once again N.J. gets the funnies to the classmates!]

U.S. Military Lingo”    #13  Contributed by Bruce Ahlvin 
[What do you think?  A new guide, that I’m sure many have not heard of before now.   Thanks. Bruce]

“Written By A 90 Year Old”   #14   Contributed by Gary Rocklage
[Enjoy those 70’s]

This is something we should all read at least once a week!!!!! Make sure you read to the end!!!!!!  Written by Regina Brett, 90 years old, of the Plain Dealer, Cleveland, Ohio .

"To celebrate growing older, I once wrote the 45 lessons life taught me. It is the most requested column I've ever written.  My odometer rolled over to 90 in August, so here is the column once more:

Life isn't fair, but it's still good.

2.     When in doubt, just take the next small step.

3.     Life is too short – enjoy it.

4.     Your job won't take care of you when you are sick. Your friends and family will.

5.     Pay off your credit cards every month.

6.     You don't have to win every argument.  Stay true to yourself.

7.     Cry with someone.  It's more healing than crying alone.

8.     It's OK to get angry with God.  He can take it.

9.     Save for retirement starting with your first paycheck.

10.                         When it comes to chocolate, resistance is futile.

11.                         Make peace with your past so it won't screw up the present.

12.                         It's OK to let your children see you cry.

13.                         Don't compare your life to others. You have no idea what their journey is all about.

14.                         If a relationship has to be a secret, you shouldn't be in it.

15.                         Everything can change in the blink of an eye, but don't worry, God never blinks.

16.                         Take a deep breath. It calms the mind.

17.                        Get rid of anything that isn't useful. Clutter weighs you down in many ways.

18.                         Whatever doesn't kill you really does make you stronger.

19.                         It's never too late to be happy. But it’s all up to you and no one else.

20.                         When it comes to going after what you love in life, don't take no for an answer.

21.                         Burn the candles, use the nice sheets, wear the fancy lingerie. Don't save it for a special occasion. Today is special.

22.                         Over prepare, then go with the flow.

23.                         Be eccentric now. Don't wait for old age to wear purple.

24.                         The most important sex organ is the brain.

25.                         No one is in charge of your happiness but you.

26.                         Frame every so-called disaster with these words 'In five years, will this matter?'

27.                         Always choose life.

28.                         Forgive

29.                         What other people think of you is none of your business.

30.                         Time heals almost everything. Give time time.

31.                         However good or bad a situation is, it will change.

32.                         Don't take yourself so seriously. No one else does.

33.                         Believe in miracles.

34.                         God loves you because of who God is, not because of anything you did or didn't do.

35.                         Don't audit life. Show up and make the most of it now.

36.                         Growing old beats the alternative of dying young.

37.                         Your children get only one childhood.

38.                         All that truly matters in the end is that you loved.

39.                         Get outside every day. Miracles are waiting everywhere.

40.                         If we all threw our problems in a pile and saw everyone else's, we'd grab ours back.

41.                         Envy is a waste of time. Accept what you already have, not what you need.

42.                         The best is yet to come...

43.                         No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.

44.                         Yield.

45.                         Life isn't tied with a bow, but it's still a gift."

*Share with a friend!  Friends are the family that we choose.

 “Cars Hidden On A Ranch In Colorado”   #15  Contributed by Charlene (Wiper) Swenson  [Alan, Alan, Alan and me need to take a trip to CO.]

“Heaven Or Hell?”  #16 
Contributed by Bruce Ahlvin [My choice... Heaven!]

[And it does not matter which country you are a resident in!]

While walking down the street one day a Politician is tragically hit by a truck and dies.
His soul arrives in heaven and is met by St. Peter at the entrance.
 'Welcome to heaven,' says St. Peter. 'Before you settle in, it seems there is a problem. We seldom see a high official around these parts, you see, so we're not sure what to do with you.’
'No problem, just let me in,' says the man. 'Well, I'd like to, but I have orders from higher up. What we'll do is have you spend one day in hell and one in heaven. Then you can choose where to spend eternity.’
'Really, I've made up my mind. I want to be in heaven,' says the MP.  'I'm sorry, but we have our rules.’  And with that, St. Peter escorts him to the elevator and he goes down, down, down to hell. The doors open and he finds himself in the middle of a green golf course.  In the distance is a clubhouse and standing in front of it are all his friends and other politicians who had worked with him.
Everyone is very happy and in evening dress.  They run to greet him, shake his hand, and reminisce about the good times they had while getting rich at the expense of the people.

They play a friendly game of golf and then dine on lobster, caviar and champagne.

Also present is the devil, who really is a very friendly & nice guy who has a good time dancing and telling jokes.  They are having such a good time that before he realizes it, it is time to go.
Everyone gives him a hearty farewell and waves while the elevator rises…. 
The elevator goes up, up, up and the door reopens on heaven where St. Peter is waiting for him.  'Now it's time to visit heaven.’
So, 24 hours pass with the MP joining a group of contented souls moving from cloud to cloud, playing the harp and singing.  They have a good time and, before he realizes it, the 24 hours have gone by and St. Peter returns.

'Well, then, you've spent a day in hell and another in heaven.  Now choose your eternity.’

The MP reflects for a minute, then he answers: 'Well, I would never have said it before, I mean heaven has been delightful, but I think I would be better off in hell.’
So St. Peter escorts him to the elevator and he goes down, down, down to hell.

Now the doors of the elevator open and he's in the middle of a barren land covered with waste and garbage.
He sees all his friends, dressed in rags, picking up the trash and putting it in black bags as more trash falls from above.
The devil comes over to him and puts his arm around his shoulder.  ' I don't understand,' stammers the MP.

'Yesterday I was here and there was a golf course and clubhouse, and we ate lobster and caviar, drank champagne, and danced and had a great time.  Now there's just a wasteland full of garbage and my friends look miserable.  What happened?’

The devil looks at him, smiles and says, ' Yesterday we were campaigning... Today you voted.’

Alabama Football Team Prays for President Trump #17  Contributed by Gary Rocklage  [Now how come this never got to the national media???]

“You know, Time Has A Way Of Moving Quickly  And Catching You Unaware Of The Passing Years" #18
Contributed by Edward Dumke
[Some more to think about.]

It seems just yesterday that I was young, and embarking on my new life. Yet in a way, it seems like eons ago, and I wonder where all the years went. I know that I lived them all. I have glimpses of how it was back then and of all my hopes and dreams. But, here it is... the winter of my life and it catches me by surprise...How did I get here so fast? Where did the years go and where did my youth go?

I remember well seeing older people through the years and thinking that those older people were years away from me and that winter was so far off that I could not fathom it or imagine fully what it would be like. But, here it friends are retired and getting gray...they move slower and I see an older person now. Some are in better and some worse shape than me...but, I see the great change...Not like the ones that I remember who were young and vibrant...but, like me, their age is beginning to show and we are now those older folks that we used to see and never thought we'd be.

Each day now, I find that just getting a shower is a real target for the day! And taking a nap is not a treat anymore... it's mandatory!  Cause if I don't on my own free will... I just fall asleep where I sit! And I enter into this new season of my life unprepared for all the aches and pains and the loss of strength and ability to go and do things that I wish I had done but never did.
But, at least I know, that though the winter has come, and I'm not sure how long it will last...this I know, that when it's over on this's NOT over. A new adventure will begin! Yes, I have regrets. There are things I wish I hadn't done...things I should have done, but indeed, there are many things I'm happy to have done. It's all in a lifetime.

So, if you're not in your winter yet...let me remind you, that it will be here faster than you think. So, whatever you would like to accomplish in your life please do it quickly! Don't put things off too long!

Life goes by quickly. So, do what you can today, as you can never be sure whether this is your winter or not! You have no promise that you will see all the seasons of your, live for today and say all the things that you want your loved ones to remember...and hope that they appreciate and love you for all the things that you have done for them in all the years past!

"Life" is a gift to you. The way you live your life is your gift to those who come after. Make it a fantastic one. 

"It is health that is real wealth and not pieces of gold and silver. 


Your kids are becoming you...
Going out is good... Coming home is better! 
You forget names... But it's OK because other people forgot they even knew you!!! 
You realize you're never going to be really good at anything... especially golf. 
The things you used to care to do, you no longer care to do, but you really do care that you don't care to do them anymore. 
You sleep better on a lounge chair with the TV blaring than in bed. It's called "pre-sleep". 
You miss the days when everything worked with just an "ON" and "OFF" switch. 
You tend to use more 4 letter words ... "what?".."when?"... "what?" . ??? 
Now that you can afford expensive jewelry, it's not safe to wear it anywhere. 
You notice everything they sell in stores is "sleeveless"?
What used to be freckles are now liver spots. 
Everybody whispers. 
You have 3 sizes of clothes in your closet... 2 of which you will never wear. 
But Old is good in some things: Old Songs, Old movies, and best of all, OLD FRIENDS!

Stay well, "OLD FRIEND.  Send this on to other "Old Friends!" and let them laugh in AGREEMENT!!!

It's Not What You Gather, But What You Scatter That Tells the whole story.

Take A Knee - My Ass”   #19   Contributed by Edward Dumke
[Thank you, Ted – Bob]

Quote Of The Month”  #20  Contributed by Judy (Fondren) Ahlvin
[Read the following and you won’t feel much better!]

If anyone is having a bad day/month.  Remember  that today in 1976 Ronald Wayne sold his 10% stake in “APPLE” for $800.00.  Now it’s worth $58,065,210.00




1.  International Chicken Wing Day. 
2.  I Forgot Day.   
3.  Compliment Your Mirror Day.  

4.  Independence Day. 
5.  National Country Music Day. 
6.  National Bikini Day. 
7.  Chocolate Day. 
8.  Body Painting Day.  
9.   National Sugar Cookie Day. 
10. Teddy Bear Picnic Day.  
11.  World Population Day. 
12.  Different Colored Eyes Day.  

13.  Friday the 13th.  
14.  Shark Awareness Day.  
15.   National Ice Cream Day.  
16.  Global Hug Your Kids DaY.   
17.  World Emoji Day.

18.  National Hot Dog Day.    
19.  National Daiquiri Day.  
20.  Ugly Truck Day- it's a "guy" thing.    
21.  National Junk Food Day.  
22.  Hammock Day.  
23.  Vanilla Ice Cream Day.  
24.  Tell an Old Joke Day.

25.  Threading the Needle Day.    
26.  All or Nothing Day.  
27.  System Administrator Appreciation Day.  
28.  National Day of the Cowboy.   
29.  International Tiger Day.  

30.  Father-in-Law Day.  
31.   Mutt's Day.







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