Monday, June 30, 2008

Today's Animals


Thanks Millie McG.

Gus's Great Vacation Pics




Hi Marty - In keeping with the theme of visits to stately homes and gardens in England, photos from the city of Bath are appended. This town is now a world heritage site, and has been serving as a spa and hot springs resort for Britons since Roman Times. The site is well preserved and the town is full of grand terraced houses for the 18th century.
That's even older than Winston Swinwood.
Best Gus

Thanks Gus R.
I Agree

Another Vote

Marty,

I’m sure I’ve told you this before, but I’m also sure it never hurts to repeat it: While I only get to your blog every few days (or lately every few weeks) I always enjoy it and it always brings a smile to my face.

I just noticed the request to vote for a photo by a daughter of the GFP Farbers (which I did) and I wonder if that’s the Farbers who lived on the corner of Devonshire and Allan? I grew up at 716 Devonshire/Victoria and Allan and remember the Farbers who lived across the street.

Thanks,

Wayne

Wayne Morgan Caverly
President, Caverly Consulting Group

Thanks Wayne

Originals






Thanks Barry & Louise D.

Police Cars






Thanks Bob H.

Sunday, June 29, 2008

Today's Animals


Thanks Barb H.

Willie the Feral Cat Plays as Murphy Watches

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Tread Mill Cats

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Thanks Bob H.

National Trust Properties



Hi Marty - I was pleased to see pics recently of John Riley's trip to France, in particular the fine shot of Mont St Michel. It was only this year that I learned that bot France and England have similar stately structures with the same name. Both are om the coast and can be considered islands when the tide comes in. For years I always thought that when someone referred to Mont St Michel, there was only one - and I could never figure out whether it was English or French. If you think about it, quite a significant dilemma for a native Quebecer - even one who has been away as long as I have. At any rate - the appended photos are of Mount St Micaels, in Cornwall, England and are meant to compliment the pics of Mont St Michel sent by our town's historian. Best Gus

Thanks Gus R.

1962 Apogee from RGHS









HI MARTY,

MORE PAGES OF THE R.G.H.S ANNUAL [[APOGEE 1962]]

THANKS MARTY

PS PLEASE ENCOURAGE OUR SPONDSORS

Thanks Normand

Police Cars






Thanks Bob H.

The Castaway Answer

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You've seen the movie "Castaway", where Tom Hanks was stranded for years on a remote island and talked to a soccer
ball he called " Wilson "..?If so, did you ever wonder what was in that FedEx box?Now, you'll know, the answer is out...... see the attachment



Thanks Win S.

Saturday, June 28, 2008

Today's Animals

Thanks illie McG.

David Feherty Speech

On the 14 years since CBS colleague Gary McCord was banned from the
Masters:

"They don't do comedy at the Masters. The Masters, for me, is like holding onto a really big collection of gas for a week. It's like having my buttocks surgically clenched at Augusta General Hospital on Wednesday, and surgically unclenched on Monday on the way to Hilton Head."

On his decision to give up his playing career in favor of a microphone:

"When CBS came to me and asked me to do on-course commentary, I said, 'You know, I'm only 37, I still have hopes of [playing] a little better.' So they told me what they were going to pay me, and I said, 'You want to buy a set of clubs?' "

On giving up alcohol:

"I didn't quit drinking because I was a bad drunk. I quit because I was a spectacular drunk. It got to be like a video game, where you get to the highest level and it's not even a challenge."

On McCord's recent revelation, at the annual JCC Sports Awards banquet in Vancouver, that Tiger Woods' caddy Steve Williams and Feherty often try to outdo one another on the course in the area of flatulence, Feherty said:

Tiger is no slouch himself: "He can lay 'em down like a crop duster."

On Gary Player's unsubstantiated suggestion last year about use of performance-enhancing drugs in pro golf:

"Gary thinks he invented fitness because he used to do pushups on the airplane. He's just upset because you can't win a major any more with a low, flat hook and a Napoleon complex."

On the poor life advice Michelle Wie's parents have given the teenage
phenom:

"She could be adopted by Britney Spears and be better off. I want my 16-year-old daughter to have an enormous phone bill, a case of the giggles and to be pissed off at me for killing her first three boyfriends. I do not want her out on Tour under that kind of pressure."

On Phil Mickelson:

"Phil is brilliant, but he's nuts. There's something not quite right about that boy.
Phil is watching a movie that only Phil can see.
His mother told me, "Phil was so clumsy as a little boy, we had to put a football helmet on him until he was four because he kept bumping into things.' I told her, 'Mary, Mary, I'm a writer, you can't keep handing me material like this.' So the next time I saw Phil I said, 'You didn't really wear a football helmet in the house until you were four, did you?' He said, 'It was more like five.' "

On Tiger Woods:

The first time he ever watched Woods play, Feherty examined the lie Tiger had in the trees, where he'd hit the ball into deep rough alongside a large root, and said on-air that the only available play was to wedge out sideways. Tiger promptly hit a towering 200-plus-yard, sweeping slice with a 2-iron that rolled to within 12 feet of the flag. "I just stood there watching him walk past," Feherty said, "and thinking, 'I don't know what that is, but I know there weren't two of them on Noah's Ark."

Thanks Alan H.

MIRACLE ON 34 TH STREET EXCUSE ME ON CHURCHILL


HI MARTY,

MIRACLE ON 34 TH STREET EXCUSE ME ON CHURCHILL????. THURSDAY AFTERNOON WALKING ON CHURCHILL WITH OUR G.PK. PRES. B. CONSTANTINI.I SHOW HIM CORNER OF PARENT AND CHURCHILL A SEWER COVER IN REALLY BAD CONDITION,THE WHOLE MANHOLE WAS ON A VERY BAD SLANT. NOT AN EASY JOB. WELL BERNIE SAID THIS IS VERY DANGEROUS. I PASS IN THE EARLY MORNING THE NEXT DAY ON FRIDAY. MARTY EVERYTHING WAS FIXED.TRUE STORY.

THANKS MARTY AND OUR G.PK. PRESIDENT B.CONSTANTINI

NORMAND SIMARD

PS I ADMIT I HAD A LITTLE TROUBLE ON CHURCHILL WHEN I WANTED TO GO UNDERCOVER, IT IS PERFECT NOW. OH BOY THANKS MISTER PRESIDENT

Thanks Normand

Memories of the old house on Fairfield Ave.


HI MARTY,

HERE IS A LITTLE UPDATE OF A.HOULE OLD ABODE. 171 FAIRFIELD. I MET THE OWNER YOU SEE ON PIC 1. M.DUCHESNE HIS FATHER HAD BOUGHT THE HOUSE CA 1954 -56. FROM PE ROBICHAUD. THERE WAS NO FIRE HE IS JUST DEMOLISHING IT HE ALSO IS THE OWNER OF THE HOUSE BESIDES 165 FAIRFIELD SEE PIC 3. HE TOLD ME HE FOUND OLD NEWSPAPER AS INSULATION DATING 1912.

PEOPLE LIVING THERE IN 1958. 171 A. HOULE 173 ROBERT BAVERSTOCK 165 ARCHIE DOHERTY.

THANKS MARTY


NORMAND SIMARD

Thanks Normand

The 1962 Apogee






HI MARTY,

WELL HERE ARE A FEW PAGES OF THE R.G.H.S APOGEE OF 1962 VERY INTERRESTING STUFF IN IT.

THANKS MARTY


NORMAND SIMARD


Thanks Normand

A Stranger in the Home

A few years after I was born, my dad met a stranger who was new to our small town. From the beginning, Dad was fascinated with this enchanting newcomer and soon invited him to live with our family. The stranger was quickly accepted and was around from then on.

As I grew up, I never questioned his place in my family. In my young mind, he had a special niche. My parents were complementary instructors: Mum taught me good from evil, and Dad taught me to obey. But the stranger..... he was our storyteller. He would keep us spellbound for hours on end with adventures, mysteries, and comedies. If I wanted to know anything about politics, history or science, he always knew the answers about the past, understood the present and even seemed able to predict the future!

He took my family to the football and cricket. He made me laugh, and he made me cry. The stranger never stopped talking, but Dad didn't seem to mind.

Sometimes, Mum would get up quietly while the rest of us were shushing each other to listen to what he had to say, and she would go to the kitchen for peace and quiet. (I wonder now if she ever prayed for the stranger to leave.)

Dad ruled our household with certain moral convictions, but the stranger never felt obligated to honour them. Profanity, for example, was not allowed in our home ... not from us, our friends or any visitors. Our long-time visitor, however, got away with four-letter words that burned my ears and made my dad squirm and my mother blush.

My dad didn't permit the liberal use of alcohol. But the stranger encouraged us to try it on a regular basis. He made cigarettes look cool, cigars manly, and pipes distinguished. He talked freely (much too freely) about sex. His comments were sometimes blatant, sometimes suggestive, and generally embarrassing.

I now know that my early concepts about relationships were influenced strongly by the stranger. Time after time, he opposed the values of my parents, yet he was seldom rebuked ... And NEVER asked to leave.

More than fifty years have passed since the stranger moved in with our family. He has blended right in and is not nearly as fascinating as he was at first. If you could walk into my parents' den today, you would still find him sitting over in his corner, waiting for someone to listen to him talk and watch him draw his pictures.

His name?


We just call him, 'TV.'


* *Note: This should be a required reading for every household!!

He has a wife now ... We call her, 'Computer'.

Thanks Bob A.

Get Out The Kleenex

too Busy for a Friend...
One day a teacher asked her students to list the names of the other students in the room on two sheets of paper, leaving a space between each name. Then she told them to think of the nicest thing they could say about each of their classmates and write it down.It took the remainder of the class period to finish their assignment, and as the students left the room, each one handed in the papers.

That Saturday, the teacher wrote down the name of each student on a separate sheet of paper, and li sted what everyone else had said about that individual.On Monday she gave each student his or her list. Before long, the entire class was smiling.

'Really?' she heard whispered. 'I never knew that I meant anything to anyone!' and, 'I didn't know others liked me so much,' were most of the comments.No one ever mentioned those papers in class again.

She never knew if they discussed them after class or with their parents, but it didn't matter. The exercise had accomplished its purpose. The students were happy with themselves and one another.

That group of students moved on.Several years later, one of the students was killed inVietNam and his teacher attended the funeral of that special student. She had never seen a serviceman in a military coffin before.

He looked so handsome, so mature.The church was packed with his friends. One by one those who loved him took a last walk by the coffin. The teacher was the last one to bless the coffin.As she stood there, one of the soldiers who acted as pallbearer came up to her. 'Were you Mark's math teacher?' he asked. She nodded: 'yes.' Then he said: 'Mark talked about you a lot.'

After the funeral, most of Mark's former classmates went together to a luncheon. Mark's m othe r and father were there, obviously waiting to speak with his teacher.'We want to show you something,' his father said, taking a wallet out of his pocket 'They found this on Mark when he was killed. We thought you might recognize it.

'Opening the billfold, he carefully removed two worn pieces of notebook paper that had obviously been taped, folded and refolded many times. The teacher knew without looking that the papers were the ones on which she had listed all the good things each of Mark's classmates had said about him.'Thank you so much for doing that,' Mark's mother said. 'As you can see, Mark treasured it.'All of Mark's former classmates started to gather around. Charlie smiled rather sheepishly and said, 'I still have my list.

It's in the top drawer of my desk at home.'Chuck's wife said, 'Chuck asked me to put his in our wedding album.''I have mine too,' Marilyn said. 'It's in my diary'Then Vicki, another classmate, reached into her pocketbook, took out her wallet and showed her worn and frazzled list to the group. 'I carry this with me at all times,' Vicki said and without batting an eyelash, she continued:

'I think we all saved our lists'That's when the teacher finally sat down and cried. She cried for Mark and for all his friends who would never see him again.The density of people in society is so thick that we forget that life will end one day And we don't know when that one day will be.So please, tell the people you love and care for, that they are special and important. Tell them, before it is too late.And One Way To Accomplish This Is: Forward this message on.

If you do not send it, you will have, once again passed up the wonderful opportunity to do something nice and beautiful.If you've received this, it is because someone cares for you and it means there is probably at least someone for whom you care.If you're 'too busy' to take those few minutes right now to forward this message on, would this be the VERY first time you didn't do that little thing that would make a difference in your relationships?

The more people that you send this to, the better you'll be at reaching out to those you care about.Remember, you reap what you sow. What you put into the lives of others comes back into your own.May Your Day Be Blessed As Special As You

Thanks Norma K.

Friday, June 27, 2008

Today's Animals


Thanks Barb H.

Police Cars





Thanks Bob H.

French Wine

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Thanks Bob H.

Unless you own the restaurant you don't own the chair...!!!

HI MARTY,

WELL THIS AFTERNOON I WENT WHERE SOME PARKERS HANG OUT IN THE MORNING TUESDAY TO FRIDAY, AT A COFFEE PLACE ON DEVONSHIRE BESIDES THE NEW MISS ITALIA,CLIFF WALKER, JIM BIRD, ALFRED DAVIS, TOM MONGEAU, JIM McGOWAN, RICHARD SANTO AND DON RIDEWOOD ARE REGULARS THERE.

WHAT I DID MARTY I SAT IN DON RIDEWOOD PERSONAL CHAIR HE ALWAYS SITS ON THE SAME CHAIR NOBODY ELSE DARE SIT IN HIS CHAIR. THAT IS WHY I WENT IN THE AFTERNOON NOT A WORD TO HIM PLEASE.

THANKS MARTY

NORMAND SIMARD

PS THE SERVER THERE KNOWS DON VERY WELL, HE GAVE ME A FEW HINTS AND I TRIED A FEW IMITATIONS OF DON LOL. PLEASE NOT A WORD TO DON OR HE MAY PUT ME ON THE BLACK LIST OF THE COFFEE SHOP, HE IS PROBABLY THEIR BEST CUSTOMER.

Thanks Normand
Good for you Normand..

Churchill Blvd Fine Dining


HI MARTY,

WELL YESTERDAY WALKING DOWN CHURCHILL WITH OUR PRESIDENT B.CONSTANTINI , WE STOPPED AT 57 CHURCHILL WHERE ALAN J. FOLEY, S.TRAHAN. AND R.HARDY ONCE LIVED. IT IS NOW A FINE RESTAURANT. AND THE DIVISIONS OF THE RESTAURANT ARE ABOUT THE SAME AS BEFORE.
THE TERRACE IN THE BACK IS BEAUTIFUL, WORTH THE DETOUR.

THANKS MARTY

NORMAND SIMARD

PS. OUR G.PK. PRESIDENT B. CONSTANTINI WAS A LITTLE INSECURE AND NERVOUS,WHILE THE PICS WHERE TAKEN HIS BODY GUARD WAS NOT CLOSE ENOUGH AROUND HIM, HE WAS TAKEN THE PICS. OF COURSE THE PASSING OF P.M HARPER IN G.PK. WITH ALL HIS BODY GUARDS CLOSE TO HIM. WAS SOMETHING TO SEE ON JUNE 24 TH VERY VERY TIGHT SECURITY OH BOY.

Thanks Normand

Bernie C Meets with Long Time Resident of GPK



HI MARTY,

WELL I TOOK A PIC YESTERDAY OF OUR PRESIDENT B.CONSTANTINI ON CHURCHILL WITH J. SHRIMPTON OF 285 EMPIRE.HE IS IN THE PARK SINCE HE WAS 1 YEAR OLD, HE CAME TO THE PARK CA 1936. A GREAT PARKER. VERY NICE TO TALK TO.

THANKS MARTY

NORMAND SIMARD

Thanks Normand

WHY?

Why do we press harder on a remote control when we know the batteries are getting dead?
Why do banks charge a fee on 'insufficient funds' when they know there is not enough money?
Why does someone believe you when you say there are four billion stars, but check when you say the paint is wet?

Why do they use sterilized needles for death by lethal injection?Why doesn't Tarzan have a beard?
Why does Superman stop bullets with his chest, but ducks when you throw a revolver at him?
Why do Kamikaze pilots wear helmets?
Whose idea was it to put an 'S' in the word 'lisp'?
If people evolved from apes,
why are there still apes?
Why is it that no matter what color bubble bath you use the bubbles are always white?
Is there ever a day that mattresses
are not on sale?
Why do people constantly return to the refrigerator with hopes that something new to eat will have materialized?
Why do people keep running over a string a dozen times with their vacuum cleaner, then reach down, pick it up, examine it, then put it down to give the vacuum one more chance?
Why is it that no plastic bag will open from the end on your first try?How do those dead bugs get into those enclosed light fixtures?
Why is it that whenever you attempt to catch something that's falling off the table you always manage to knock something else over?
In winter why do we try to keep the house as warm as it was in summer when we complained about the heat?
How come you never hear father-in-law jokes?
And my FAVORITE......The statistics on sanity is that one out of every four persons are suffering from some sort of mental illness. Think of your three best friends -- if they're okay, then it's you.

Thanks Jim E.

Only Men Care This Much...

It's the little things we do for you that show you how much we Care

Thanks Ellen S. ...


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Thanks Ellen S.

Very Few Survivors

I almost cried when I saw this picture. It is absolutely gut wrenching. It shows the importance of being properly strapped in.

A friend sent this photo of a horrible highway accident in Germany . The picture may be kind of hard to take for some of you.

If you look closely you can see what appear to be some survivors of the accident still in thewreckage. Although the picture is quite graphic, it makes you realize how quickly our loved ones can be taken from us.

My friend stayed on the scene to help and even though he performed mouth to mouth on quite a few of them, none apparently survived.





Thanks Ralph B.

WW II Memories






6431 A perfect gift for Normand. A man coming out of a sewer.

6435 Market Square in Bruges with buildings from the 17th and 18th centuries.

6454 Doreen and I on a bridge beside the Lake of Love in Bruges.

6518 Stained glass windows in the truly impressive Royal Chapel of the French kings - Saint Chapelle - in Paris.

6553 Eiffel Tour.


Thanks John Riley