Saturday, September 30, 2006

Reunion remarks

Hi Marty - it was good to see you too, and know what? It's because of the blog that everybody was able to come together - what a great time Joan and I had.
I'm really proud of having grown up in GPK - Joan was impressed that everyone was so nice and we're already looking forward to next year's reunion.

We shouldn't regret the past - we can all look back and think we should have done this, we shouldn't have done that, we should have been nicer to people and the list goes on and on. But every event, good and bad, was a link to what we are today. I would never have met met Joan (my soulmate) if any or most of those links in our individual paths hadn't happened. To tell you the truth I was a bit leery about attending this, my first reunion, not knowing what to expect from people I hadn't seen in over 40 years - but I found everyone I talked to appeared to have a maturity and an appreciation for diversity as well as an understanding what was really important in life. Just nice people you like to hang around with - sounds like Pops and the Youth Centre.

We're all starting to smell the roses, an evolution in wisdom and outlook from the wild and crazy days of our youth. I know some of us were wilder and crazier than others but we wouldn't be what we are today without having gone through those learning experiences of the past, good and bad. I'm 62, been through a lot of crap and have all kinds of aches and pains but I'm enjoying life like never before. Thanks for being part of it and helping make this reunion happen.

Thanks Bob,

I felt the same way and I want to share your email that may encourage more to join us at these reunions.

Sandy R and a few were the spark plug to get this going. We are just enjoying their efforts..


More Reunion Pics from Barb H.

Heather Cooper Janet Watson & John Penney standing

Carolyn (Cobb) Dalgard & Fred Knight Looking very serious

Larry Cooper & Al Gibb

Wally Curry left
Dave Walsh Middle
Cheryl Reynard Right

Thanks Barb..

Perscriptions at Costco

I don't know if this applies to Canada......

COSTCO! read this... Let's hear it for Costco!! (This is just mind-boggling!) Make sure you read all the way past the list of the drugs. The woman that signed below is Budget Analyst out of federal Washington , DC offices. Did you ever wonder how much it costs a drug company for the active ingredient in prescription medications? Some people think it must cost a lot, since many drugs sell for more than $2.00 per tablet. We did a search of offshore chemical synthesizers that supply the active ingredients found in drugs approved by the FDA. As we have revealed in past issues of Life Extension, a significant percentage of drugs sold in the United States contain active ingredients made in other countries. In our independent investigation of how much profit drug companies really make, we obtained the actual price of active ingredients used in some of the most popular drugs sold in America The data below speaks for itself. Celebrex: 100 mg Consumer price (100 tablets): $130.27 Cost of general active ingredients: $ 0.60 Percent markup: 21,712% Claritin: 1 0 mg Consumer Price (100 tablets): $215.17 Cost of general active ingredients: $0.71 Percent markup: 30,306% Keflex: 250 mg Consumer Price (100 tablets): $157.39 Cost of general active ingredients: $1.88 Percent markup: 8,372% Lipitor: 20 mg Consumer Price (100 tablets): $272.37 Cost of general active ingredients: $5.80 Percent markup: 4,696% Norvasc: 10 mg Cost of general active ingredients: $0.14 Percent markup: 134,493% Paxil: 20 mg Consumer price (100 tablets): $220.27 Cost of general active ingredients: $7.60 Percent markup: 2,898% Prevacid: 30 mg Consumer price (100 tablets): $44.77 Cost of general active ingredients: $1.01 Percent markup: 34,136% Prilosec: 20 mg Consumer price (100 tablets): $360.97 Cost of general active ingredients $0.52 Percent markup: 69,417% Prozac: 20 mg Consumer price (100 tablets) : $247.47 Cost of general active ingredients: $0.11 Percent markup: 224,973% Tenormin: 50 mg Consumer price (100 tablets): $104.47 Cost of general active ingredients: $0.13 Percent markup: 80,362% Vasotec: 10 mg Consumer price (100 tablets): $102.37 Cost of general active ingredients: $0.20 Percent markup: 51,185% Xanax: 1 mg Consumer price (100 tablets) : $136.79 Cost of general active ingredients: $0.024 Percent markup: 569,958% Zestril: 20 mg Consumer price (100 tablets) $89.89 Cost of general active ingredients $3.20 Percent markup: 2,809 Zithromax: 600 mg Consumer price (100 tablets): $1,482.19 Cost of general active ingredients: $18.78 Percent markup: 7,892% Zocor: /B 40 mg Consumer price (100 tablets): $350.27 Cost of general active ingredients: $8.63 Percent markup: 4,059% Zoloft: 50 mg Consumer price: $206.87 Cost of general active ingredients: $1.75 Percent markup: 11,821% Since the cost of prescription drugs is so outrageous, I thought everyone should know about this. Please read the following and pass it on. It pays to shop around. This helps to solve the mystery as to why they can afford to put a Walgreen's on every corner. On Monday night, Steve Wilson,aninvestigative reporter for Channel 7 News in Detroit , did a story on generic drug price gouging by pharmacies. He found in his investigation, that some of these generic drugs were marked up as much as 3,000% or more. Yes, that's not a typo.....three thousand percent! So often, we blame the drug companies for the high cost of drugs, and usually rightfully so. But in this case, the fault clearly lies with the pharmacies themselves. For example, if you had to buy a prescription drug, and bought the name brand, you might pay $100 for 100 pills. The pharmacist might tell you that if you get the generic equivalent, they would only cost $80, making you think you are "saving" $20. What the pharmacist is not telling you is that those 100 generic pills may have only cost him $10! At the end of the report, one of the anchors asked Mr. Wilson whether or not there were any pharmacies that did not adhere to this practice, and he said that Costco consistently charged little over their cost for the generic drugs. I went to the Costco site, where you can look up any drug, and get its online price. It says that the in-store prices are consistent with the online prices. I was appalled. Just to give you one example from my own experience, I had to use the drug, Compazine, which helps prevent nausea in chemo patients. I used the generic equivalent, which cost $54.99 for 60 pills at CVS. I checked the price at Costco, and I could have bought 100 pills for $19.89. For 145 of my pain pills, I paid $72.57. I could have got 150 at Costco for $28.08. I would like to mention, that although Costco is a "membership" type store, you do NOT have to be a member to buy prescriptions there, as it is a federally regulated substance. You just tell them at the door that you wish to use the pharmacy, and they will let you in. (this is true) I went there this past Thursday and asked them. I am asking each of you to please help me by copying this letter, and passing it into your own e-mail, and send it to everyone you know with an e-mail address. Sharon L. Davis

Thanks Ralph B.
I save a small fortune at Costco
I get three perscriptons for less than my monthly copay with no charge to my insurance..

Cleaning Poem

I asked the Lord to tell me Why my house is such a mess. He asked if I'd been 'computering', And I had to answer, "yes."

He told me to get off my fanny And tidy up the house. And so I started cleaning up... The smudges off my mouse. I wiped and shined the topside. That really did the trick... I was just admiring my work... I didn't mean to 'click.' But click, I did, and oops I found A real absorbing site That I got SO way into... I was into it all night.<<Sigh>> Nothing's changed except my mouse It's very, very shiny. I guess my house will stay a mess... While I sit here on my hiney.

Thanks Bev V.

More reunion pics from Margaret W.

Marston, here are a few pictures that I took.
I won't put everyone's names but the first picture is
#1 Beth and Rod Freeman

Had a really fun time Sat. and was so glad to have been able to spend
some time with your wife, Louisa. The time went too fast and didn't get a
chance to mingle with all there. Next time!

Thanks Margaret,

It was sure good to see you again after so many years I hope we can get together annually from now on.

Marty N.

This is a follow up

This is a follow up to your Miller email.....

Beer contains female hormones! Last month, National University of
Lesotho scientists released the results of a recent analysis that revealed the presence of female Hormones in beer.

Men should take a concerned look at their beer consumption. The theory
Is that beer contains female hormones (hops contain Phytoestrogens) and
that by drinking enough beer, men turn into Women.

To test the theory, 100 men drank 8 pints of beer each within a 1
Hour period. It was then observed that 100% of the test subjects:

1) argued over nothing.
2) Refused to apologize when obviously wrong.
3) Gained weight.
4) Talked excessively without making sense.
5) Became overly emotional.
6) Couldn't drive.
7) Failed to think rationally
8) Had to sit down while urinating.

No further testing was considered necessary.

Thanks Richard,
I’m switching to wine

Heather Cooper Doug

Heather Cooper, Doug Menary Harry Cobb Carolyn (Cobb) Dalgard & Ken

Thanks Barb H.

Today's Animal

Thanks John G.

Friday, September 29, 2006

Sat. Night Dinner Bill

David Walsh Winston Ann Joan & Bob Allain checking to see if they
Have enough money
Thanks Barb H.

Wind power generators

We saw these on the way home off the 10. Wow they are sure are big
When you see Them up close. That's all my pictures That are worth showing.
Barb (Williams) Hamilton

Thanks Barb

Campground in a Corn Field

The first two pics show the dirt road through a corn field to get to the Campground
There are 22 RV Sites
The spring fed pond is about 2 acres and fourteen feet deep..
This the view from the top of the hill. We are surrounded by corn fields and it is a little valley of beautiful grass and groomed trees of all types. You can just see a part of the pavillion on the right that we use to party..

I thought you might like to see where we stay in the summer months..

Marty & Lou

More Reunion Pics from Louisa N.

I must be a dating fool, first with Mrs. Blain now with Carolyn D.
Galleanne & Bruno (Richard W is in the back left)
Dorthy & John P.
Norma, ? and Beth I think.. Sorry If I can't remember all the names
Al & Alvoy
Heather G. Sandy R. & Larry C.

Better Butter

I can't remember who at last weekend's reunion asked for this recipe so I am sending it to anyone who I think may have. It was suggested to me as a heart-healthy alternative to Margarine; no matter which kind you may choose it is basically one molecule away from being plastic and that can't be good for you...

1 Part Unsalted Butter (Soft) and 1 part Oil** Blend together with a beater or whatever and place in a sealable container and refridgerate until you want to use it. If you don't refrigerate it gets a little too soupy.....
** I was told Cold first press extra-virgin Olive oil was the best but Cannola Oil can be used as well.
I've been on it ( Olive Oil Version) for about 3 years ( both eating and cooking with it) and I still like it.

Thanks Ralph B..

Reunion Pics From David Rye

Thanks Dave.. R.

A mom was concerned

A mom was concerned about her kindergarten son walking to school. He didn't want his mother to walk with him. She wanted to give him the feeling that he had some independence but yet know that he was safe. So she had an idea of how to handle it. She asked a neighbor, Mrs. Goodnest, if she would please follow him to school in the mornings, staying at a distance, so he probably wouldn't notice her.

Mrs. Goodnest said that since she was up early with her toddler anyway, it would be a good way for them to get some exercise as well, so she agreed. The next school day, Mrs. Goodnest and her little girl, Marcy, set out following behind Timmy as he walked to school with another neighbor boy he knew. She did this for the whole week. As the boys walked and chatted, kicking stones and twigs, Timmy's little friend noticed the same lady was following them as she seemed to do every day all week. Finally he said to Timmy, "Have you noticed that lady following us to school all week? Do you know her?"

Timmy nonchalantly replied, "Yeah, I know who she is".

The friend said, "Well, who is she"? "That's just Shirley Goodnest", Timmy replied, "and her daughter Marcy". "Shirley Goodnest? Who the heck is she and why is she following us"?

"Well", Timmy explained, "every night my Mom makes me say the 23rd Psalm with my prayers, 'cuz she worries about me so much. And in the Psalm, it says, 'Shirley Goodnest and Marcy shall follow me all the days of my life', so I guess I'll just have to get used to it

Thanks Bob H.

Today's Animal

Hey wheres mine...?

Thanks for the great pics Sherri T.

Thursday, September 28, 2006

Salad anyone?

Thanks Margaret W.

A few more reunion pics Some may be repeats

Ralph & Win & ?
Mr & Mrs Hamilton & ??
David, Denise, Donnie & Janet
Me, Margaret & Richard
Denise & Louisa
Harry & Ken

Cow Or A Bull (Answer)



Thanks Richard W.

Hi there,Of course everyone knows that this just has to be a cow - look, she's wearing earrings! And crimped bangs in between such pretty horns. Now, if it had just one earring, then that would be another story.

Margaret W.

More reunion pics from Ivan Rhoades

Brian R. having a conversation with Richard Warenchuk Hemingway
Sat. Picnic
Richard Henmingway, Louisa, Me
Bruno, Galeann, & Janet W

Hello Marston,
We finally got home after some 1950Km of travel to Port Elgin and back.
We had a great time and Odette, like Lou, didn't know anyone but also felt right at home with all the people she met. It was good to see so many familiar faces after such a long time. I hope you didn't show Bob H the other pictures of the girls serving us on Saturday night. I wouldn't want him to get to jealous. A big thanks to Heather and Larry for putting up with us all. It was a blast.

Ivan + Odette

Pictures attached

Use the ones you want. The real waitress is in there.

Regards Marston , and it was a pleasure meeting you and Lou

Thanks Ivan,
I picked the best ones