Aragon Class of ‘64
“Keep Your Fork” Newsletter


Classmates & Friends of Aragon 1964, Contributors of all Articles
Bonita Beck, Publisher                                         Bob Graham, Editor

January 2015 “Read, Set  -  2015!"   Issue #129



Well, here we go into another New Year!  This will be our eleventh year producing a monthly newsletter for OUR special Classmates from the Aragon Class of 1964 - “Keep Your Fork...’64.”  Who would have thought that we would still be sending out YOUR Newsletter in 2015?

Not much new on the 50th Reunion... but, I will include some of last month’s information for those that may have missed it or still have some questions. THANKS TO ALL OF YOU THE 50TH REUNION WAS A TOTAL SUCCESS!

Now we will return to the “normal” Newsletter with articles from YOU and YOURS with information for your reading pleasure.  With a New Year, I know a few (if not many) will be making New Year’s Resolutions... so, with each article this month, I thought, I would add an admonition for you.  Just something else for your “grey matter” to absorb and do with as you like.  Don’t worry, no extra charge for this service; my New Year’s gift to you.  Keep your SMILE ON!

• “HOME PAGE” of Keep Your Fork...’64 monthly Newsletter:
from this Home Page you can see/read all #129 Newsletters.

• “MEMORY BOOK” from the 50th Class Reunion will be out during the month of February.  You can still order a Memory Book by calling Reunion Photographers: (714) 265-3638.  Each book is $16 including shipping. Tell them you are part of the Aragon Class of 1964 -  50th Reunion. They will want you name, mailing address, and credit card for payment.

You can go to our Shutterfly Website for free!  Just click on videos and watch it.  You will need to create a Shutterfly account if you don't have one already.  Please download any of your own photos taken at The Reunion to that website to share with YOUR Classmates.

• “WHAT’S UP???” 2nd edition is in PDF format and attached on the December Newsletter (#128).

Okay, you are now up to date with the latest information on the 50th Reunion and our move back to the “somewhat normal” monthly Newsletter.  So, with that being said, let’s get into the January 2015 Newsletter.

                                                                                           Hooah, Hugs, &  “Ready Set - 2015!”

First, a Few that missed the December Newsletter….

“A Different Christmas Poem”  Contributed by Mary (Hornung) LaComb
* ”Youth is when you are allowed to stay up late on New Year's Eve.  Middle age is when you are forced to.”

“Patriotic Video & Christmas Light Show  Contributed by Gary Rocklage
* "An optimist stays up until midnight to see the New Year in.  A pessimist stays up to make sure the old year leaves.”

“The Magical Mime”  Contributed by Bruce Ahlvin
* “A New Year's resolution is something that goes in one year and out the other.”

“Honey Badger”  Contributed by Gavin Graham
* “Be at War with your Vices, at Peace with your Neighbors, and let every New-Year find you a better Person.”

“Growing Bolder”  Contributed by Peggy Graham
* “Many people look forward to the new year for a new start on old habits.”

“Year of My Birth”  Contributed by Ted Dumke
The screen is going to fade to black; follow the instructions below. You'll be pleasantly surprised with this one...Type the year only!!  Then click the question (?) mark.  Sit back and enjoy!  THE SCREEN MOVES BY ITSELF. Worth a look - most enjoyable!
* “New Year's Day is every person's birthday.”

“Mini UPS Driver”  Contributed by Gavin Graham
* “Never tell your resolution beforehand, or it's twice as onerous a duty.”

“My Next Car”  Contributed by Gary Rocklage 
* “Year's end is neither an end nor a beginning but a going on, with all the wisdom that experience can instill in us.”

“Pass The Salt”  Contributed by Bruce Ahlvin
* “New Year's eve is like every other night; there is no pause in the march of the universe, no breathless moment of silence among created things that the passage of another twelve months may be noted; and yet no person has quite the same thoughts this evening that come with the coming of darkness on other nights.”

“Hope!”  Contributed by Linda (Wanke) Rapp
* “The Old Year has gone. Let the dead past bury its own dead. The New Year has taken possession of the clock of time. All hail the duties and possibilities of the coming twelve months!”

Contributed by Bruce Ahlvin

1. The Post Office
Get ready to imagine a world without the post office. They are so deeply in financial trouble that there is probably no way to sustain it long term.  Email, Fed Ex, and UPS have just about wiped out the minimum revenue needed to keep the post office alive.  Most of your mail every day is junk mail and bills.

2. The Check

Britain is already laying the groundwork to do away with the check by 2018.  It costs the financial system billions of dollars a year to process checks.  Plastic cards and online transactions will lead to the eventual demise of the check.  This plays right into the death of the post office.  If you never paid your bills by mail and never received them by mail, the post office would absolutely go out of business.

3. The Newspaper
The younger generation simply doesn't read the newspaper.  They certainly don't subscribe to a daily delivered print edition.  That may go the way of the milkman and the laundry man.  As for reading the paper online, get ready to pay for it.  The rise in mobile Internet devices and e-readers has caused all the newspaper and magazine publishers to form an alliance.  They have met with Apple, Amazon, and the major cell phone companies to develop a model for paid subscription services.

4. The Book
You say you will never give up the physical book that you hold in your hand and turn the literal pages  I said the same thing about downloading music from iTunes.  I wanted my hard copy CD.  But I quickly changed my mind when I discovered that I could get albums for half the price without ever leaving home to get the latest music. The same thing will happen with books.  You can browse a bookstore online and even read a preview chapter before you buy.  And the price is less than half that of a real book.  And think of the convenience!  Once you start flicking your fingers on the screen instead of the book, you find that you are lost in the story, can't wait to see what happens next, and you forget that you're holding a gadget instead of a book.

5. The Land Line Telephone
Unless you have a large family and make a lot of local calls, you don't need it anymore.  Most people keep it simply because they've always had it.  But you are paying double charges for that extra service.  All the cell phone companies will let you call customers using the same cell provider for no charge against your minutes.

6. Music
This is one of the saddest parts of the change story.  The music industry is dying a slow death.  Not just because of illegal downloading.  It's the lack of innovative new music being given a chance to get to the people who would like to hear it.  Greed and corruption is the problem.  The record labels and the radio conglomerates are simply self-destructing.  Over 40% of the music purchased today is "catalogue items," meaning traditional music that the public is familiar with older established artists. This is also true on the live concert circuit.  To explore this fascinating and disturbing topic further, check out the book, "Appetite for Self-Destruction" by Steve Knopper, and the video documentary, "Before the Music Dies."

7. Television Revenues
To the networks are down dramatically.  Not just because of the economy.  People are watching TV and movies streamed from their computers.  And they're playing games and doing lots of
other things that take up the time that used to be spent watching TV.  Prime time shows have degenerated down to lower than the lowest common denominator.  Cable rates are skyrocketing and commercials run about every 4 minutes and 30 seconds.  I say good riddance to most of it.  It's time for the cable companies to be put out of our misery.  Let the people choose what they want to watch online and through Netflix.

8. The "Things" That You Own
Many of the very possessions that we used to own are still in our lives, but we may not actually own them in the future.  They may simply reside in "the cloud."  Today your computer has a hard drive and you store your pictures, music, movies, and documents.  Your software is on a CD or DVD, and you can always re-install it if need be.  But all of that is changing.  Apple,
Microsoft, and Google are all finishing up their latest "cloud services."  That means that when you turn on a computer, the Internet will be built into the operating system.  So, Windows, Google, and the Mac OS will be tied straight into the Internet.  If you click an icon, it will open something in the Internet cloud.  If you save something, it will be saved to the cloud.  And you may pay a monthly subscription fee to the cloud provider.  In this virtual world, you can access your music or your books, or your whatever from any laptop or handheld device.  That's the good news.  But, will you actually own any of this "stuff" or will it all be able to disappear at any moment in a big "Poof?"  Will most of the things in our lives be disposable and whimsical?  It makes you want to run to the closet and pull out that photo album, grab a book from the shelf, or open up a CD case and pull out the insert.

9. Joined Handwriting (Cursive Writing)
Already gone in some schools who no longer teach "joined handwriting" because nearly everything is done now on computers or keyboards of some type (pun not intended).

10. Privacy
If there ever was a concept that we can look back on nostalgically, it would be privacy.  That's gone.  It's been gone for a long time anyway.  There are cameras on the street, in most of the buildings, and even built into your computer and cell phone. But you can be sure that 24/7, "They" know who you are and where you are, right down to the GPS coordinates, and the Google Street View.  If you buy something, your habit is put into a zillion profiles, and your ads will change to reflect those habits. "They" will try to get you to buy something else.  Again and
again and again. All we will have left is that which can't be changed...OUR “MEMORIES".

* “Approach the New Year with resolve to find the opportunities hidden in each new day.”

Contributed by Bob Graham

A group of softball players, all in their 40's, discussed where they should meet for lunch. Finally it was agreed that they would meet at Hooters because the waitresses were young, good looking, had big breasts and wore short-shorts.

Ten years later, at age 50, the softball buddies once again discussed where they should meet for lunch. Finally it was agreed that they would meet at Hooters because the food and service was good, they had many televisions to watch the games on, and the beer selection was excellent.

Ten years later, at age 60, the team again discussed where they should meet for lunch. Finally it was agreed that they would meet at Hooters because there was plenty of parking, they could dine in peace, and it was good value for the money.

Ten years later, at age 70, they discussed where they should meet for lunch. Finally it was agreed that they would meet at Hooters because the restaurant was wheelchair accessible and had a toilet for the disabled.

Ten years later, at age 80, the friends discussed where they should meet for lunch. Finally it was agreed that they would meet at Hooters because they had never been there before.

* “We will open the book. Its pages are blank. We are going to put words on them ourselves. The book is called Opportunity and its first chapter is New Year's Day.”


Don’t Forget:

Happy Birthday and Anniversary
to All January Classmates

January Dates to Remember:

1 – New Year's Day.
2 – Run up the Flagpole and See if Anyone Salutes Day.
3 – Festival of Sleep Day - Fruitcake Toss Day - Humiliation Day.
4 – Trivia Day.
5 – National Bird Day.
6 – Bean Day - Cuddle Up Day.
7 – Old Rock Day.
8 – Bubble Bath Day - Male Watcher's Day.
9 – Play God Day.
10 – Houseplant Appreciation Day - Peculiar People Day.
11 – Step in a Puddle and Splash Your Friend's Day.
12 – Feast of Fabulous Wild Men Day - National Pharmacist Day.
13 – International Skeptics Day - Make Your Dream Come True Day.
14 – Dress Up Your Pet Day.
15 – National Hat Day.
16 – Appreciate a Dragon Day - National Nothing Day.
17 – Ditch New Years Resolutions Day.
18 – Thesaurus Day - Winnie the Pooh Day .
19 – Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday - National Popcorn Day.
20 – National Buttercrunch Day - Penguin Awareness Day.
21 – National Hugging Day - Squirrel Appreciation Day.
22 – National Blonde Brownie Day.
23 – National Pie Day - National Handwriting Day - Measure Your Feet Day.
24 – Beer Can Appreciation Day - Compliment Day.
25 – Opposite Day.
26 – Spouse's Day.
27 – Chocolate Cake Day - Punch the Clock Day.
28 – Fun at Work Day - National Kazoo Day.
29 – National Puzzle Day - National Cornchip Day.
30 – National Inane Answering Message Day.
31 –  Backward Day - Inspire Your Heart with Art Day.

Keep Your Fork...’64, Bob Graham

PS:    My wish for you all in 2015 - Good Health - Enjoy Life to The Fullest - and Stay Connected! This Aragon Class of 1964 is a Great Family that needs to stay together. How about contacting one Classmate a Month? I will guarantee it will put a smile on your face, memories in your mind and love in your heart!

Thank you to all that continue to contribute to our Newsletter each month.  Anything you want to discuss, bring it to our attention – I’m sure one of our Classmates has experience in your subject matter. HAPPY NEW YEAR!



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