Thursday, November 30, 2006

Christmas at Disneyland

Thanks Barry & Louise D.

I guess Mickey wasn't Santa

Death Road in Bolivia

Thanks Ivan R.

I wouldn't want to travel this route..

Road Rage..

THE MAN WHO KNOWS HIS MATH He writes: I was riding to work yesterday when I observed a female driver, who cut right in front of a pickup truck, causing the driver to drive onto the shoulder to avoid hitting her.
This evidently angered the driver enough that he hung his arm out is window and gave the woman the finger. " Man, that guy is stupid," I thought to myself. I ALWAYS smile nicely and wave in a sheepish manner whenever a female does anything to me in traffic, and here's why:

I drive 48 miles each way every day to work. That's 96 miles each day. Of these, 16 miles each way is bumper-to-bumper. Most of the bumper-to-bumper is on an 8 lane highway. There are 7 cars every 40 feet for 32 miles.

That works out to 982 cars every mile, or 31,424 cars. Even though the rest of the 32 miles is not bumper-to-bumper, I figure I pass at least another 4000 cars. That brings the number to something like 36,000 cars that I pass every day.

Statistically, females drive half of these.
That's 18,000 women drivers!
In any given group of females, 1 in 28 has PMS.
That's 642. According to Cosmopolitan, 70% describe their love life as dissatisfying or unrewarding.

That's 449. According to the National Institute of Health, 22% of all females have seriously considered suicide or homicide.
That's 98.

And 34% describe men as their biggest problem.
That's 33.

According to the National Rifle Association, 5% of all females carry weapons and this number is increasing.
That means that EVERY SINGLE DAY, I drive past at least one female that has a lousy love life, thinks men are her biggest problem, has seriously considered suicide or homicide, has PMS, and is armed.
Give her the finger?
I don't think so.

Thanks Ellen S.
Good Advice...

Hazardous Work Environments

Thanks Barry & Louise D.
I wouldn't want to be a passenger on that plane.....

Today's Animal

Thanks Sherri T.

Wednesday, November 29, 2006


Check this out for some great lessons on e-mail,
viruses, etc.................

Words To Live By.
A friend who is a computer expert received the
following directly from a system administrator for a corporate system. It is
an excellent message that ABSOLUTELY applies to ALL of us who send
e-mails. Please read the short letter below, even if you're sure you already
follow proper procedures.

Do you really know how to forward e-mails? 50% of us
do; 50% DO NOT.

Do you wonder why you get viruses or junk mail? Do you
hate it? Every time you forward an e-mail there is information left over
from the people who got the message before you, namely their e-mail
addresses and names. As the messages get forwarded along, the list of
addresses builds, and builds, and builds, and all it takes is for some poor
sap to get a virus, and his or her computer can send that virus to every
E-mail address that has come across his computer. Or, someone can take all
of those addresses and sell them or send junk mail to them in the hopes
that you will go to the site and he will make five cents for each hit.
That's right, all of that inconvenience over a nickel! How do you stop it?
Well,there are several easy steps.

Try the following if you haven't done it before:

(1) When you forward an e-mail, DELETE all of the
other addresses that appear in the body of the message (at the top).
That's right, DELETE them. Highlight them and delete them, backspace them,
cut them, whatever it is you know how to do. It only takes a second.
You MUST click the "Forward" button first and then you will have full
editing capabilities against the body and headers of the message. If you
don'tclick on "Forward" first, you won't be able to edit the message at
(2) Whenever you send an e-mail to more than one
person, do NOT use the To: or Cc: fields for adding e-mail addresses. Always
use the BCC:(blind carbon copy) field for listing the e-mail addresses.

This is the way the people you send to will only see their own e-mail
address. If you don't see your BCC: option click on where it says To: and your
address list will appear. Highlight the address and choose BCC: and that's
it, it's that easy. When you send to BCC: your message will
automatically say "Undisclosed Recipients in the "TO:" field of the people who receive it.

(3) Remove any "FW :" in the subject line. You can
re-name the subject if you wish or even fix spelling.

(4) ALWAYS hit your Forward button from the actual
e-mail you are reading. Ever get those e-mails that you have to open 10
pages to read the one page with the information on it? By Forwarding from
the actual page you wish someone to view, you stop them from having to
open many e-mails just to see what you sent.

(5) Have you ever gotten an email that is a petition?
It states a position and asks you to add your name and address and to
forward it to 10 or 15 people or your entire address book. The email can be
forwarded on and on and can collect thousands of names and email

A FACT: The completed petition is actually worth a couple of bucks
to a professional spammer because of the wealth of valid names and email
addresses contained therein. If you want to support the petition,
send it as your own personal letter to the intended recipient. Your
position may carry more weight as a personal letter than a laundry list of names
and email address on a petition. (Actually, if you think about it, who's
supposed to send the petition in to whatever cause it supports? And
don't believe the ones that say that the email is being traced, it just
ain't so!)

Some of the other emails I hate include:

1. The one that says something like, "Send this email
to 10 people and you'll see something great run across your screen." Or
sometimes they'll just tease you by saying 'something really cute
will happen.' IT AIN'T GONNA HAPPEN!!!!! (Trust me, I'm still seeing
some of the same emails that I waited on 10 years ago!)

2. I don't let the bad luck ones scare me either, they
get trashed. (This could be why I haven't won the lottery......)

3. Before you forward an 'Amber Alert', or a 'Virus
Alert', or some of the other emails floating around nowadays, check them out
before you forward them. Most of them are junk mail that's been circling
the net for YEARS! Just about everything you receive in an email that is in
question can be checked out at Snopes. Just go to
It's really easy to find out if it's real or not. If it's not, please
don't pass it on.

So please, in the future, let's stop the junk mail and
the viruses.

Finally, here's an idea!!! Let's send this to everyone
we know (but strip my address off first, please). This is something
that SHOULD be forwarded, so do it. Amen!

Thanks Margaret W.

I believe we put this one up before but it's a good reminder

Prairie Moments (on hold due to winter)

Hi Marston
Just go back today from a 1200 KM round trip to Stoney PLain , just west of Edmonton. Beautiful country but unbelievably cold. Picture is a freezing sun rise, Temp minus 30 with wind chill to minus 45. Wind blasts the road surface into a sheet of ice. I now remember why we moved away from there in 1972..

It was plus 12 when we left Medicine Hat last tuesday, it is definately winter now. Met up with my two sisters Bev Jeary and Lorna Watkins ( Garrett) in Calgary and had a great reunion. I may wait until a chinook comes in ( promised friday) to take any more " Prairie Moments." though. I'm not going walking in the coolies tomorrow.
For now
Doug G

Thanks for the pics and news Doug.
I don't blame you for staying warm. That cold weather is moving our way by the weekend.

Park Players (Greenfield Park) turns 45 with style

For most of us turning Forty Five is still prime-time; however for a Community group specially one that provides English Language Amateur Theatre in Qu├ębec, hitting 45 is a very ripe old age worthy of celebration. Therefore it was only fitting that Park Players (Greenfield Park) marked their 45th anniversary with a well crafted retrospective of five one act plays performed over three November evenings. By taking the time to look back over the years, Park Players reminded us of their pass glories and let us know they have a bright future. What I found most obvious throughout the evening, be they sharing cast or crew duties it was most obvious how much each Player enjoys what whey do.

The Five play evening open with …. Clara and the Gambler by Jason Milligan and directed by veteran P-P member Pat Geary... This comic tale from the Old West of Love as dealt from winning hand featured the humour of Danielle Jobin Forget as Clara and the dead-pan wit of Brian Stuart as the an added bonus Pat Geary, took to the stage as the Narrator adding a silent picture effect to the whole performance. Next up was the Buddy play 12:21 pm by F J Hartland under the directorship of B.J Grant. Here best man and convincing drunk Kevin (Robert Forget) has to deal with his best and always there for him pal Joel (Robert Kalyniw) getting married and how things will no longer be the same. Poor Joel tries to pull his friend back together, but no amounts of Black Coffee or acid tongue criticisms from Joel’s sister Janet (Pat Wilson) can pull bring Kevin to his senses and in the end everyone loses. We then returned to comedy with Jason Milligan. Money Talks under the direction of Cindy Pownall .. Here we find always looking to save a buck Clark (Henry Viger) meeting Yolanda (Tanya Chernishov) on a blind date. Set in a low budget Manhattan pub, Clark just can’t bring himself to spend more then $10 bucks on dinner for two which leaves Yolande feeling shorted changed.

Following a 20 minute Intermission, We move to a more upscale restaurant where Cindy Pownall directs RESERVATION for Two… by Lori Goodman. This time we find the very I’m in charge and flashy spender Jim (Michael Finch) plotting his conquest of hapless romantic Anne (Wendy Atona) only to have the tables turned on him as the evening progresses. … When Jim calls for the cheque, before dessert we all know who the real winner is in this age old battle of the sexes and the frustration it brings.
The Final play of the night was a excerpt from Neil Simon’s classic California Suite … The scene opens with a hung-over Marvin (Marc Pigeon) waking up in his hotel with little memory of the night before and a girl in his bed .. Adding to his terror is the arrival of his wife Mille(Tanya Chernishov) who few in from Philadelphia and just wants to lay down and rest Pigeon give a strong performance of the hapless Marvin who tries to cover up and latter explain who lies in the next room .. However Mille discoveries his unexplained guest and we are left to wonder, will Love or revenge endure the day.

On Behalf of Park Players many community supporters over the years, The SSCPN offers our thanks for providing us with so many laughs and tears during the last Forty-Five years. We look forward to much more to come, we truly do hope you break a leg … Bravo !

Final Reminder should you have any notices for our December email newsletter ..then please forward them ASAP
Thanks Shirley C.


Check out this link to see this illusion!

Thanks Barb H.

A hundred years ago...

Hello--Hello !!
We hope that you are keeping well !!

The Times ,,They Are A-Changing !!
!00 years ago,,,all our relatives had horses and wagons,,they lived on farms,,grew
Their own food,,built their own homes,,,and basically survived on their own,,
What did your Grandfather have ?? Look around the house,,inside and outside !!
What did your Grandmother have ?? Look around the kitchen !!
It really is a time to be great-full for all that we have !!,,,,,,,It's Like Thanksgiving Every Day !!
It's a Wonderful Life !!,,,, ( the movie comes on every year ,,about this time ! )
Happy-Days to you and your family !! j.g.

This will boggle your mind!
The year is 1906. One hundred years ago. What a difference a century makes! Here are some of the U.S. statistics for the Year 1906 : ************************************
The average life expectancy in the U.S. was 47 years old.
Only 14 percent of the homes in the U.S. had a bathtub.
Only 8 percent of the homes had a telephone.
A three-minute call from Denver to New York City
cost eleven dollars.
There were only 8,000 cars in the U.S., and only 144 miles of paved roads.
The maximum speed limit in most cities was 10 mph.
Alabama, Mississippi, Iowa, and Tennessee were each more
heavily populated than California.
With a mere 1.4 million people, California was only the 21st
most populous state in the Union .
The tallest structure in the world was the Eiffel Tower!
The average wage in the U.S. was 22 Cents per hour.
The average U.S. worker made between $200 and $400 per year .
A competent accountant could expect to earn $2000 per year, a dentist made $2,500 per year,
a veterinarian $1,500 per year,
and a mechanical engineer about $5,000 per year.
More than 95 percent of all births in the U.S. took place at HOME .
Ninety percent of all U.S. doctors had
Instead, they attended so-called medical schools, many of which
were condemned in the press AND the government as "substandard."
Sugar cost four cents a pound.
Eggs were fourteen cents a dozen.
Coffee was fifteen cents a pound.
Most women only washed their hair once a month , and used
borax or egg yolks for shampoo.
Canada passed a law that prohibited poor people from
entering into their country for any reason.
Five leading causes of death in the U.S. were:
1. Pneumonia and influenza 2. Tuberculosis 3. Diarrhea 4. Heart disease 5. Stroke
The American flag had 45 stars. Arizona, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Hawaii, and
hadn't been admitted to the Union yet.
The population of Las Vegas, Nevada, was only 30!!!!
Crossword puzzles, canned beer, and ice tea
hadn't been invented yet.
There was no Mother's Day or Father's Day.
Two out of every 10 U.S. adults couldn't read or write.

Only 6 percent of all Americans had graduated from high school.
Marijuana, heroin, and morphine were all available over
the counter at the local corner drugstores . Back then pharmacists
said, "Heroin clears the complexion, gives buoyancy to the mind,
regulates the stomach and bowels, and is, in fact, a perfect guardian
of health." ( Shocking? DUH! )

Now I forwarded this from someone else without typing
it myself, and sent it to you and others all over the United States,
possibly the world, in a matter of just Seconds !!!!!!!!!
Just Try to imagine.....
what it may be like
in another 100 years !!!!!!!


We've had this one up before but it is a good reminder of days gone by.

Thanks John G.

When it is OK to use a four letter word...

Thanks Barb H.
Back when we were kids, we wouldn't have been able to sit down for a couple of days after doing something like this..

Home pics from around the Park


1909 571 White Crescent. This was the Jackson family home.

1910 602 White Crescent. This still is the home of the Abbott family.

Thanks John R.

Home #1870 Story

Hi Marston !!
Hope that you had a Great Thanksgiving !!!

Boy,,,John R. Is sure has a wealth of information !!

Re,,picture # 1870,,,,house at 716 Eva Street,,
It surely was the Tedd Family home,,in the 60's and 70's
Les and Joan Tedd, with their daughters Linda and Sheila,,
Leslie Tedd (Royal Navy) Worked at P&W,,,Past Pres. Of Br.94 ( d.1978 )
Joan (Jones) Tedd,,is doing well and living in Saint Lambert.(Super Mother-in-law )
Linda is married to Richard Wallace ( GR. Pk.) and they live in Beausejour, Ma.
Sheila Tedd G. can be seen zipping around Gr.Pk. In her Toyota 4x4 almost anytime,
Or out walking her 100lb. Dog Teddy, nightly,,,,(who's walking who?)

p.s. Terry Tedd,,was Sheila's cousin,,his Dad and Mom ,,Percy and Doreen still
Live in Gr.Pk.,,His wife,,Mary Forbes Tedd does also !

Thanks Marston !! Bye-for-now !! j.g.

Thanks John G.
Good to hear from you...

Today's Animal

Thanks Bob A.

Gentile Pooch

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

A Christmas Warm up

Double click on the arrow and enjoy...

Home pics from around the Park (Correction)


1868 728 Eva St. The home of the Coull family. I believe Cynthia Coull lived here. Because of her figure skating prowess our present arena is named in her honor.
Could you please put a correction for the house I said was Cynthia Coull's. A Coull family lived in the house, but they were no relation of Cynthia. Sorry about the error.

1869 720 Eva. Formerly the home of Alderman Guy Henri, one of the leading organizers of the effort to keep Greenfield Park separate from Longueuil.

Thanks John R.

Home pics from around the Park


1870 716 Eva. The Tedd family home in the 1960s. I believe this was the home of Sheila Tedd, John Geraghty's wife.

1908 559 White Crescent. This was formerly the home of Police Chief Adrien Poulin.

Thanks John R.

More Sleigh Pics from GPK


0025 0017

Hi again,

Well here are three other style's of sleighs for winter fun.

Scan0020: The year 1947, a old Campbell's Soup box, my brother and me
coasting down a hill my dad made in our back yard on John Street.

Scan0025: 1940....A wonderful old wooden sleigh my dad is pushing, me
At 10 months old with my sister Shirley.

Scan0017: My brother and me on a toboggan on the hill in the back yard,
in the back ground you can see the home of
Carol Page and Homer's home on Hines Street.

(The month is wrong on the picture as my mom had them
developed in the summer.)


Thanks Bev V.

Winter Stories of Old days in GPK

Hi Marston,
Well, looking at the sleighs on the blog today brought back a winter
memory about a toboggan and some wood to me. We lived closer to Devonshire
Road than to the Taschereau end.

There was a man who sold firewood near Taschereau and since we had no car (my Mother didn't drive) and my Father had died a few years previously, my older brother, Steve and I went down to pick it up by toboggan (a long toboggan). I guess I would have been about 9 years old or so. We piled it up really high since we didn't want to make too many extra trips.

I was to walk along beside and hold it as best I could as he pulled it down King Edward. Well, we were doing OK until we had to cross the road. We were about two houses from home and of course it all fell over.

It was at night and it seemed like it took forever picking it
all up and getting it finally into the basement. This was one of many future
trips. Never thought anything of this kind of work. It was just
something you had to do if you were part of the family. We were just happy to
have wood so we wouldn't freeze! Freezing also brings many other stories to


Thanks Margaret W.
Great memories…

Home Pic# 1869

The picture # 1869 728 Eva
The Coull familly that lived there on the corner of Eva and Sexton were Bill & Eleen Coull. Sons Gerry (Port Stanley) & Dave (Prince George) lived there as well.
Circa 1964 Gerry had a custom blue Ford coupe in the driveway.
Gerry’s daughters Sheri & Wendy are my step daughters now and were both born while in the Park on Cummings.
As far as I know, Cynthia is not related.

Dave Walsh

Thanks Dave

Montreal is getting warm weather...!

Hi Marty, I was just looking at the blog and seeing the snow in Victoria. Great !

You guys out there miss it. You can have it.
Saturday I was watching the "Vanier Cup" from Saskatoon and saw the temperature out there
at -20. Great !
I guess that's why we haven't seen any "Prairie Moments" for a while. Here this morning on the way to work in Montreal from the country it is a balmy +5 with showers. Thursday they are forcasting +14. Great ! I guess we'll end up paying it all back sometime in December. But for now GREAT!

Thanks Ivan R.
It's been 10 - 15 degrees F warmer than normal around here as well, but cold weather is on it's way.
Marty N.

Today's Animal

Again Again...

Thanks Bob H.

Backup blogsite

Hi Folks,

You are missing some great pics if you don't visit the backup blogsite.

Just click on my name under Links in the left side bar.


Christmas Stories Update

Hello Folks,

I have about eight Xmas stories saved and will start posting them Dec. 1st. Some are long and detailed and some are short memories of the days gone by in the Park. I also have a few fun Xmas pics to add a little humor.

If you can find the time to write me with a current or past Xmas story, our visiters would surely enjoy them.

Marty N.

Monday, November 27, 2006

Barb H's Brother-in-Law Condition

Hi Marty:

Thought I would tell you we went to see him tonite and seems to be
Doing much better.
Was able to walk around a bit and have a good conversation with us. If
everything goes okay after a week he will be okay.

He will probably go home tomorrow but has to
take it very slowly.


Thanks Barb H. for the update and it’s good to hear he is doing well.

Mr. Hawkins enters my name...

I've taken the liberty of putting your name into the drawing for a Seven
Night Cruise Around the Bay of Islands , on the 'Gypsy Queen' Cruise
Liner. All airfares, transfers, food and drinks inclusive; with dinner at
the captain's table as his personal guest.

Good luck, I hope you win!

Here is a picture from the brochure........

Nothing is too good for family and friends...

Thanks Bob H.

Hey Ralph did you give this pic of my RV to Bob H.???

Unexpected Snow in Victoria B.C.

Hi Marty!

This is not trick photography (I’m not that talented with a camera or software).

This is the scene from our house in Victoria, B. C. at 11:30 Sunday morning. What started as lumpy rain just before 9 has, as you can see, turned into more than wet slop. For some of us displaced Montrealers/Parkers who still miss having a real winter, finally the Snow Gods have answered! Unfortunately, we’ll have to keep our excitement in check and remain a silent minority as most Victorians are not amused! Many still haven’t recovered from the blizzard in ’96.

Cheers to all!

Ingrid Ashcroft (Jaunich)
(CRHS ’73)

Thanks Ingrid

We'll celebrate with you and thanks for thinking of us Parkers scattered all over the place..

Neat Shopping Bags

Winter Memories

While helping my daughter today decorating her home for Christmas....out came my wonderful old book I had passed on to her. This wonderful book I had purchased and had enjoyed for many years. On each page the author wrote about the sleighs side by side in English and French. Carlo was born in 1920 on a street in Old Montreal. What a wonderful read,

Scan 0013 is a sample.

I bought the book in 1974 when it first came out.

When I was a young girl I remember some of these sleigh's, the milk
sleigh, the bread sleigh. I also remember my mom buying blocks of ice
for the ice box in the forties, and eating the frozen milk on top of
the milk bottle.
Oh! for the good old days.

(In Montreal in the 1920s and 1930, was the sleigh center of the world.
No other place had such a variety of commercial sleighs.)

I thought you may want to show some of these sleighs on the blog.


Scan0014...The Fruit Peddler.
Scan0015...The milk Sleigh.
Scan0017...The Nuns.
Scan0018...The Royal Mail Sleigh.
Scan0019...The chip wagon.
Scan0021...The Baked Bean Sleigh.
Scan0022...The Knife Sharpener.
Scan0024...The Grocery Sleigh.
Scan0026...The Brewery Sleigh....the horses are well-groomed Percherons
originated in France.
Scan0028...The Ragman....(I remember the ragman going up and down the
streets calling rags, rags do you have any rags.)
Scan0030...The Snow Removal sleigh.
Scan0032...The Coal Man....(I remember coal being delivered to my home
on John Street.)
Scan0034...The Montreal Star Sleigh, The Spice Sleigh, City of Montreal
Inspector, The Bread Sleigh.
Scan0036...The Montreal Fire-Hose Sleigh.
Scan0040...The Farmer's Sleigh.
Scan0042...The Freight Sleigh.
Scan0044...The Epicure Sleigh....was like the Rolls Royce of sleighs.
Scan0046...The Sightseeing Sleigh.
Scan0050...The Movers Sleigh.

Thanks Bev V.

Great Memories and pics