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February 28, 20047:29 AM 28 deg at
LVIA and 26.1 in the bus stop
a great day this morning even at 28 deg. I
am about to take my
coffee out and enjoy the lovely morning. I availed myself of the glider
again. I uncover just enough to facilitate its use. Gee whiz but it is
sitting up there with my coffee and small table.
for better weather.
at me as he
was on his way to the hospital this morning. He is a good man. The girl
drew my blood yesterday agreed with me, She said he is very
but I am grateful for all
nice folks that send me stuff and
allow me to freely plagiarize it
got this also from Henry Schwartz:
Golden Retriever: The sun is shining, the day is young, we've got our
Dogs Does It Take to Change A Light
lives ahead of us, and you're inside worrying about a stupid
Border Collie: Just one. And then I'll replace any wiring that's not
Dachshund: You know I can't reach that stupid lamp!
Rottweiler: Make me.
Boxer: Who cares? I can still play with my squeaky toys in the dark.
Lab: Oh, me, me!!!!! Pleeeeeze let me change the light bulb! Can I?
I? Huh? Huh? Huh? Can I? Pleeeeeze, please, please, please!
German Shepherd: I'll change it as soon as I've led these people from
dark, check to make sure I haven't missed any, and make just one
perimeter patrol to see that no one has tried to take advantage of
Jack Russell Terrier: I'll just pop it in while I'm bouncing off the
Old English Sheep Dog: Light bulb? I'm sorry, but I don't see a light
Cocker Spaniel: Why change it? I can still pee on the carpet in the
Chihuahua: Yo quiero Taco Bulb.
Pointer: I see it, there it is, there it is, right there ...
Greyhound: It isn't moving. Who cares?
Sheltie: First, I'll put all the light bulbs in a little circle ...
Poodle: I'll just blow in the Border Collie's ear and he'll do it.
the time he finishes re-wiring the house, my nails will be dry.
do not change light bulbs. People change light bulbs. So,
real question is: How long will it be before I can expect some
some dinner, and a massage?"
interviewing a 104 year-old woman:
what do you think is the best thing about being 104?" the
simply replied, "No peer pressure."
nice thing about being senile
is you can hide your own Easter
before the funeral services,
the undertaker came up to the very
widow and asked, "How old
was your husband?"
she replied. "Two years
older than me."
you're 96," the undertaker
responded, "Hardly worth going
home is it?"
sure gotten old. I've had 2
By-pass surgeries. A hip replacement,
knees. Fought prostate cancer,
half blind, can't hear
anything quieter than a jet engine, take 40
medications that make me
dizzy, winded, and subject to
bouts with dementia. Have
poor circulation, hardly feel my hands
feet anymore. Can't remember
if I'm 85 or 92. Have lost all my
still have my Florida
97 year old man goes into his
doctor's office and says, "Doc, I want
sex drive lowered."
replied the doctor, "You're
97. Don't you think your sex
in your head?"
right that it is!" replied
the old man. "That's why I
want senility to help me
forget the people
never liked anyway,
run into the ones I do,
the eyesight to tell the
elderly woman from Brooklyn
decided to prepare her will and make her
requests. She told her rabbi
she had two final requests.
she wanted to be cremated,
and second, she wanted her ashes
exclaimed. "Why Bloomingdales?"
I'll be sure my daughters
visit me twice a week."
This afternoon after
lunch, I went back out to our summer site for my cup of tea. It was
brewed with about four cinnamon sticks in it. That helps to
disguise the cat pee flavor. That stuff needs all the
help it can get. I drink it because it is supposedly good for me, not
As I sat there, neighbor
Mike and his Mom, Jean were leaving on a shopping trip. Mike lamented
was already too warm. I told him my weather is coming and I shall not
to rub it in as he did with the cold. Ha!!
Then I ran the mop
over the kitchen floor for Queen. She got one of those spray and mop
really does a decent job and is a lot easier than getting down on one’s
and knees. Geez, Oh I can do it. Hey, gravity will get you down, but
is something else.
This morning about
10:30 we both went to the “Iron Works.” Queen had some difficulty with
the equipment. She didn’t call to me
for help,so I assumed she was doing all right. It wasn’t anything
a bit uncomfortable for her. A couple of the machines needed adjustment
found that things went very
well for me. In fact, it turned into a good thing. I gradually got my
rate up and then did as I was told, and cooled down. Then I went on to
upper body stuff.
met Betsy Burnhauser there as well as
Campton. They are both
steady customers of their services. On Saturday they close at noon.
February 29, 2004 7:15 AM 27
deg at LVIA
and 23.7 in the bus
It is a beautiful day
this morning. I have been sitting out on the glider hoping to see
far, nothing doing.
This morning my blood
sugar was as I expected, higher at 145 as it always is after salmon.
is still 205. After breakfast, Queen took her shower.
have been waiting to use some pictures that I took last year. After
Mihalik’s husband, Andy’s death, our daughter, and son in law Fritz
from Harrisburg, put on a lovely, quiet
musicale at Pattie’s house after Pattie made a delicious dinner, all of
Queen and I attended.
was a lovely varied selection of music.
was some folk music,
classical, some reels, and I think even some Jewish klezmer music. The
amateur musicians who belong to the Cumberland Valley Harpers out in
Harrisburg area. They meet once a week in
different members homes and as Fritz says, “Jam together”. The Folk
that Belva plays is very well supported by the many and varied
Fritz plays. It creates a magnificent sound. They thoroughly enjoy
together and are really first class musicians.
we had a superb cook
It was a memorable evening
that we all enjoyed very much.
As we were leaving I
help but take this picture of Pattie’s
granddaughter Emmy. Unfortunately I forgot to use my Macro setting and
picture is not too sharp in focus.
morning Queen and I went on our
Up to 1st
Street and down to 5th and back. Golly but it was a wonderful time
to walk with my very best girl. We both enjoyed it. Doc Nicholson
hailed us on
his way to make his rounds. It sure beats that stupid treadmill.
was telling Queen how good I feel these
suspect the Doctor’s
change in medication made a huge difference in everything. I am
Tomorrow I probably will hear about last week’s EKG results.
about 4pm I went up and sat once
outdoors on the glider
before closing it for the night. Any
day I can be outside like this on warm comfortable day like this one,
is a good
day. Life is short. As Tommy’s Dad, Alfie Davies, said,” Nobody is
of this one alive” So enjoy!!!!!
for supper Queen is having breaded
thighs in the oven,
a vegetable melody, and a boil in a bag brown rice. It is another
this old geezer. We eat well here. <Later> Golly, but it
is nothing wrong with a beautiful wife that is also a damn good cook.
have started cooking the ham hock I had
the bus stop and am
going to make probably the last ham and bean soup for the winter. I
on it after it cooks up and I will take it off the bones tomorrow.
cooled, I took it out to the bus stop to keep cool and will work on it
I received a communication
from Dave Engler about the Franklin
that I had in last week’s epistle I am
putting it in here. Thanks, Dave
Bob: Following is a small
portion of an
was put together by students of the Palmerton Area High School several
I had come across it when they still had an Alumni Page on their
before all of their recent belt-tightening. At the time, I
permission to abstract and use portions of it in our (class of 1939)
reunion booklet as it mentioned the father of one of our (deceased)
- Betty Jane Rosenberry. The second paragraph makes reference
Franklin School, a picture of which you have in your latest
Since the H. S. was on the "second floor" of same, I guess we can
assume that the first floor was an elementary school during that period
to 1925. I suppose that information will serve to give you
perspective on the age of the building, since you remarked that "It
from comprehensive article in current Palmerton Area High School Web
Zinc City 2000)
in 1901, the first high school was on the second floor of what is now
Pencor building that is located near Third Street and Franklin Avenue.
Originally it was a two-year high school with only one teacher. The
graduating class had four students.
1912 to 1925 the high school was located on the second floor
the Franklin School (today it is the
Franklin Apartment Complex). From 1912 until 1917, this school offered
education through eleventh grade. Those students who wanted to go to
school for their twelfth grade year had to go to Slatington High
School. In 1917,
it became a four-year high school.
high dropout rate between eighth grade and high school existed since
at the New Jersey Zinc Company in Palmerton was easily attained. As a
this high school offered few social or athletic activities.
1921, Palmerton became an independent school district and named B.
Rosenberry as its first superintendent of schools. Mr. Rosenberry later
resigned to attend medical school and returned to Palmerton as a
the nineteen-twenties the population of the high school grew and it was
to build a new high school. Directors of the New Jersey Zinc Company
contributed a $150,000 gift toward the construction of a new high
1923. Their only request was that the new building would be named after
S. Palmer, one of the founders of the New Jersey Zinc Company and the
for whom this community is named. William H. Lee of
architect. Voters approved an initial $150,000 bond issue and a second
issue for $75,000 to complete the construction. The total cost of this
school was approximately $403,000.
Stephen S. Palmer Junior-Senior High School was opened on April 14,
1925, and was
dedicated in May 1925. The original building, which held grades seven
twelve, as well as an ungraded high class, was in the shape of a
featured a 718-person auditorium and a 44-by-64 foot gymnasium with
capacity of 500. An annex was later added to the South side of the
been working on this letter
I wanted to ask Pattie’s permission to use these pictures seen above in
my web page. So, I e-mailed that portion of it to her. I forgot that
she has a Mac
and can’t open my word documents. I finally resolved it by temporally
it on my web site using a special name, sent her an e-mail to look
then after her approval, removed it from the web site. That certainly
easiest way to do it. I got her OK.
March 01, 2004 7:14 AM
32 deg at LVIA
and 29 deg in the bus stop
It is a great looking day out there
this morning. As soon as the coffee
is ready, Mutt and I will be going out.
blood glucose this morning was 143 but
weight is 203. At least I am happier with that reading.
Golly, just as Butternut and I went
out the back door, I heard a lot of
squawking. I knew geese were close by, so I got the camera and tried to
shot of geese flying directly overhead. However, I missed the best
the camera warmed up. <Sigh>
morning I think Queen will go with me to the Iron Works. The wash can
Ha. We went downtown and I stopped at the Dr’s office to get the
results of my
EKG I was told I have to go back this Friday for another. They need a
one for comparison purposes. That is no problem.
We stopped at the
“Iron Works” only to
the place was packed with people. So we called it off. Later
this afternoon we went for our regular
walk. On the way back home, we saw another gaggle of geese. I
discovered that we do have another
We have moles in the yard. Big, long, tunnels about the upper part of
This is one of many.
took a series of these pictures to show to Bernie Shea and he made the
diagnosis. He suggested a poison to get rid if them but with beagle
very excellent nose, that often gets him in trouble, and penchant for
anything. We are reluctant to use methods like that. I understand that
are traps that are effective. This will take some more research.
March 02, 2004 7:11 AM 41 deg. At
LVIA and 39.7 in the bus stop
There is great news on the
medical front this morning. My weight was
the first time in what seems like 100 years,
below 200. It is 199 to be exact, with my blood sugar at 136. That
the old geezer happy. I am well aware that it will not stay at that
it is the first time in a long, long, time that it has dipped below 200.
It is a damp day today. It must
have rained overnight and everything is
wet outdoors. It looks as though it is clearing and I shall be heading
see for myself.
This morning Queen and I went
to the “Ironworks.” Today there was no
crowd at all. We had our choice of machines. Queen worked out the “arm
machine, treadmill, and stationary bike. This time I made sure all of
machines were set properly.
I worked on the treadmill to get my
heart rate up, then cooled down, and
went to all my favorite upper body machines.
We had a good session. Our
Takas, was there as well. In fact, Queen had a great time talking with
folks she didn’t even know. I met an old former Good Shepherd
Mrs. Miller, that I used to meet at the
Franklin Avenue Ironworks. She is from the Trachsville area. Then I
bills and we headed home.
got home, the sun was out and while it is cloudy, it is warm. I
uncovered the glider after lunch and sat there, drinking my cat
I got this from Henry Schwartz. It is damn
next time you hear a politician use the
words "billion" casually,
about whether you want that politician spending your tax money. A
is a difficult number to comprehend, but one
agency did a good job of putting that figure into
in one of its releases:
billion seconds ago, it was 1959.
billion minutes ago, Jesus was alive.
billion hours ago, our ancestors were living in the Stone Age.
billion dollars ago was only 8 hours and 20 minutes, at the rate
afternoon I finished making the ham and bean soup. Yes, I thoroughly
washed the beans. They are simmering now and after it cools, I shall
down in the basement fridge. I can no longer trust the bus stop to be
for supper, Queen made a new recipe using the rest of the thawed
but uncooked chicken. It was a sort of a casserole with peas and
of chicken soup, and a layer of a Bisquick mixture that formed a very
crust on top. She baked it in the oven. Then she had fresh spinach,
cheese, and a special treat of a small dish of ice cream with cherries
Then of course, Fresh coffee. I don’t expect to weigh less than 200 lbs
tomorrow morning. Ha!!
March 03, 2004 7:22 AM 41
LVIA and 35.6 in the bus stop
like a beautiful day this morning. As soon as I start this
mornings post Butternut and I will be heading
out to see for our selves. The blood glucose was 138 and the weight
morning’s geese picture.
There was only one gaggle of them
this morning while I was out there.
it was a magnificent sight. Once again I missed the best shot when
directly overhead with the sight of the sun glistening on their white
contrasting with the black on their bodies. They were low enough to
We were downtown and back. Queen wanted to mail a package ands get some
stamps. Then we went for a walk. We shopped at Country Harvest and got
pretzels and salad mix. It still beats the treadmill by a long shot.
morning’s e mail is the same item about dogs changing a light
bulb, from Barbara Shepherd. I do appreciate all the stuff folks send
Golly, I just discovered a big help in the preparation of my Income
I am getting everything ready to take to my preparer. In the process, I
to know exactly how much I am credited with the state of
I used Google, asked for Pa Department of Revenue, and then
up an electronic
account. That was easily established and soon had a copy of all my
that I printed up to place with the rest of the papers she will need.
one of the user-friendliest sites I have ever seen, particularly for a
government entity. Sheez!!
I almost forgot. One day this week, we got a letter from Dr. Howard Cyr
Florida. In it he is up to his usual form. Apparently, his southern
the Cyr construction business has more than it can handle before its
ends in April. In
it he said they had the Reverend Doris Bray as a guest who stopped by
short visit. He had, as usual, much good advise for George Ashman’s
well being. <Hrmph>
evening we had to go out to take my tax information to my
tax preparer. She is located above the area of
the former Aquashicola dump. This afforded a magnificent view of the
ski area. Unfortunately, this camera is not good enough
for really good night pictures. Nonetheless, I gave it a try. It is not
in spite of holding the camera on top of the car roof. I did try it,
just wasn’t good enough to use. Oh, well!!
March 04, 2004 7:52
AM 41 deg at
LVIA and 41.9 in the bus stop
is a rainy damp day this morning. This morning my blood glucose is 148
weight is 200. At least one of the readings is good.
morning we plan to do our shopping. It isn’t raining hard, but it isn’t
a beautiful day in which I would wish to sit out.
Anyone interested in
checking on the latest government product
go to http://www.recalls.gov/
Bob Green sent me
this picture with this question,”
Anyone's guess as to whom this
bridge very well.
get a lot of good stuff that I like to share with all and sundry. Bob
me this one. It is too good to pass up.
Pardoned by Clinton
Pleads Guilty to Tax Evasion
The Associated Press
ANGELES (AP) - A businessman once
pardoned by President Clinton pleaded guilty Tuesday to federal tax
Braswell admitted his Marina del Rey-based mail-order vitamin business
pay $4.5 million in federal income taxes. He agreed to pay the full
the Internal Revenue Service within three weeks. Braswell also must pay
$6 million in penalties and interest.
18 months in federal prison under his plea agreement. A sentencing
scheduled for Sept. 13.
has been jailed without bail since his January 2003 arrest in Miami.
granted 177 pardons and clemencies just before leaving office in 2001.
was pardoned of convictions for fraud and other crimes stemming from
claims in 1983 about a baldness treatment.
became one of the most criticized after it was learned that the
brother-in-law, Hugh Rodham, had been paid $200,000 to work on the
later returned the money.
he seemed to have had pretty good
connections. Funny the press doesn’t say much about this!! Ha!!
evening Tommy stopped by for a quick
visit. He is doing very well with his computer. He learns fast. He
voluminous notes on paper about computer processes to which he
refers. I showed him how to create a file and keep it in his desktop
reference. I also have one on my desktop, as does Queen.
now admits that he is getting
like his Dad, Alfie. He catches himself yelling at the TV when he
with something he sees on it. Ha!! He also made mention of something I
known for a long time, getting older is learning to make concessions.
that!!! He said I might just as well let the moles alone. Since we
don’t have a
perfectly manicured lawn, forget it. The moles are beneficial in that
a lot of grubs and other undesirables, so I will leave them alone.
are back from our shopping trip. In
it went very well. The stores were not at all crowded this morning.
not too well stocked today but we were able to acquire what we wanted.
Wal-Mart today. However, we did go to Big Lots. That place is amazing.
in for batteries and came out with a lot of other stuff that was
From there, we went to Giant. There the grazing was excellent today.
we finished at IGA here in town.
morning after we got back I found a very pleasant surprise in my
e-mail. It is
from an old friend. She worked here in town at the Acme when they were
lives in the slate belt area not far from here. She was always a joy to
with. We called her Donna Happy and she
refers to us as, Sun & Shine! We have kept in E Mail contact
years. She is a very intelligent young lady whom I both
and admire. I am including a portion of her letter.
She is an avid gardener, as well as active in educational activities in
area. She is a good kid. We come from different political backgrounds
both respect each other’s opinions.
Sun & Shine!
epistle is always a source of joy. I find it very interesting
mention the old days. I also enjoy the present day
not with you politically but that's ok too. I must say that I
when you get your little political digs in but I love you
have told you many times you are chronicling the times of a little town
quote Martha Stewart) that's a good thing. You have the
bridging the times past and present. Not everyone can do
older we dislike the aches and pains but we sure learn a lot as we age
we? Your skill with the computer amazes
me. Your photos are wonderful. I especially enjoyed
scenes. I'm a winter lover. The old photos are
if the scenes are not familiar to me. More young folks should
the activities of you and Ruth. You are both more active than
your age. “
I have been thinking about her remarks about our activities. I know
several people my age that are far more active in Palmerton’s affairs
of it’s day to day activities than I. George
Ashman and Howard Cry come readily to mind. I suppose it is a matter of
how each of us handles it. All my working days I had to pay attention
needs of others, paid for though they were, nonetheless I was not free
my time as I may have wished. Now I am doing it as the Frank Sinatra’s
goes,” Do it my way” and I have loved every
minute of it. Yes, even with all the manifest frustrations, blue smoke,
from my ears, and all! I really do love
always look forward to reading the
of my readers. They are a source of great joy. One thing for
any problem filling out a day. I watch damn little television. I guess
I am amazed that they actually pay folks to do this. Geez!!!
agree with Tommy. He says he watches about four channels. So much of
is junk. We must watch the pap they shove at us. Not me!!
Oh, I realize that there is a lot of junk here on line also, but I can
choose my junk. I have never in my life found a better medium of
that is both fun and so very instructive. all at the same time. Most
fear computers are fearful because it intimidates them. However, it is
other learning experience, the more you do, the more you can
This is why I admire the grit of my Queen at
soon to be 87, as well as brother in-law Walter Guyer who is almost 90.
my hat to both them . Believe me, whatever level of expertise I may
all came the hard way. I am a slow learner but once learned, it is not
March 05, 2004 7:17 AM
46 deg. At
LVIA and 44.6 in the bus stop
morning the blood glucose was 138 and
weight 202.The lower
blood sugar surprises me with the salmon we had last night. I belong to
diabetes support group with whom I often go to for answers about the
Generally, they are very helpful. The person who responded to my query
salmon raising my blood sugar admonished me to not eat too much of it
of the contamination of the fish. I responded debunking the statement
science and quoted the same article I had in this letter several weeks
about the fallacy of all that bunk. She was happy to hear that news and
further documentation of it. I replied with the full article. I am
of scare information from any group with any of the words scientific
studies in their name. Usually they have a big ax to grind; of course,
press picks it up right away as gospel. Always check. If you wonder
their name into Google and ask about it. You will often be damn
is a cloudy day so far this
morning. I must go to the hospital for my follow up EKG this morning.
AM> Well, I am back. That doesn’t take long. This morning I hope
Queen said she will go with
me to the Iron Works this morning
too. That will be good to have her along.
Here is a picture of our
Connie and Bob Reinhardt, when they were chronicling and photographing
graves in the cemetery in near our back yard last year.
certainly isn’t a beautiful day, today.
didn’t even bother to try
to sit out on the park bench this morning.
AM> We are back from
trip downtown. I had to
stop at Uncle Ed’s heart medicine store and Queen had to mail a package
Post Office. Then we went to the “Ironworks” for our exercise. It went
well. Queen decided to cut back a bit from last time. She had overdone
bit. The problem is that it is a delayed reaction and by the time you
you have overdone, it is too late. I
take Fritz’s advice and use lower settings but do more reputations.
watching me swim knows that it is like watching paint dry. I am slow,
on to my rhythm of it, can go for quite awhile. Oh not like the old
days, but I
can still do it, so far. I love the water and being “chubby” [a tubbo],
no penalty in the water. Unless you swim competitively, the water is
I think it is time to
end this. All 5,402 words
love one another Mom and Bob [Queen
has one really effective weapon, and that is laughter."
to cheer yourself up is to try to cheer somebody else up."
lie can travel halfway around the world
while the truth is putting on its shoes.
is more important than