Aragon Class of ‘64
“Keep Your Fork” Newsletter


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

June 2015 "Let Summer In  Issue #134


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I don’t know if it is just me, but I’m glad that Summer is finally here; although I’m sure I will be complaining, in a month or two because of the HEAT!  For all of you that have been through Snow, Low Temperatures, Rain, Floods, Hail, Tornadoes, Hurricanes, just plan nasty weather - it is now your time to “Let Summer In.”

Come on now, is there anyone out there that feels the need to put the jackets, hats, long johns/ “johnets,” thermal socks and boots away for a few months?  It is time to break out the sun glasses, tank tops, shorts, flip flops; and let’s not forget the sun tan lotion, so we can spread that oil around and not get sun burned! 

It is time to break loose and get outside...go walking, ride a bike, hiking, camping out, boat time - water skiing, skates, go to the beach, etc.  We are only as old as we think we are; and my brain fluctuates enough that I really don’t worry about the age thing, remember it is only a number.  Your body will tell you when it has had enough stimulation.  Bring the generations of your Families together and enjoy each other, while you still can.  Now let’s open up that “preverbal brain door” and go out and have some fun and make some lasting Family Memories this summer.  Your Family is EVERYTHING and it comes with unconditional support.

Time to get Newsletter #134, June 2015 - “Let Summer In,” in the computer.  Once again the articles contributed by You, Family, and Friends of Aragon Class of 1964 will run the gamut of subjects. 

I received an article from an Army Buddy of mine on Memorial Day - too late for the May Newsletter.  I feel it says a lot and I have placed it as the first article for June’s Newsletter... Thank You.

                                                            Hooah, Hugs, & “Let Summer In,”


PS:  Have a Great Family Summer, Do Something That You Usually Don’t Do, No Need To Wait - Just Do It. 


New Meaning Of Boots On The Ground

Contributed by Bob Graham
(An Army brother sent this to me on Memorial Day)

Just A Simple Card Trick

Contributed by Gary Rocklage
(One of the best I have ever seen!)


Wisconsin Cows And Their Music

Contributed by Ted Dumke
(I think they are trying to sing along.)


Just Play The Black Notes

Contributed by Bonita Beck
(Wow, I didn’t know this!)

“A Blind Cowboy”
Contributed by Charlene (Wiper) Swenson
(Just another blond joke – a pretty good one!)

An old blind cowboy wanders into an all-girl biker bar by mistake.
He finds his way to a bar stool and orders a shot of Jack Daniels.  After sitting there for a while, he yells to the bartender, 'Hey, you wanna hear a blonde joke?'
The bar immediately falls absolutely silent.  In a very deep, husky voice, the woman next to him says, 'Before you tell that joke, Cowboy, I think it is only fair, given that  you are blind, that you should know five things:
1.  The bartender is a blonde girl with a baseball bat.
2.  The bouncer is a blonde girl.
3.  I'm a 6-foot tall, 175-pound blonde woman with a black belt in karate.
4.  The woman sitting next to me is blonde and a professional weightlifter.
5.  The lady to your right is blonde and a professional wrestler.
Now, think about it seriously, Cowboy.  Do you still wanna tell that blonde joke?'
The blind cowboy thinks for a second, shakes his head and mutters,  'No...  not if I'm gonna have to explain it five times.'

“Why Golf”
Contributed by Linda (Wanke) Rapp
(I have no problems with the “windmill” what about you Rock?)

In My Hand I Hold A Ball,
White And Dimpled, And Rather Small
Oh, How Bland It Does Appear,
This Harmless Looking Little Sphere.

By Its Size I Could Not Guess
The Awesome Strength It Does Possess.
But Since I Fell Beneath Its Spell,
I've Wandered Through The Fires Of Hell.

My Life Has Not Been Quite The Same
Since I Chose To Play This Stupid Game.
It Rules My Mind For Hours On End;
A Fortune It Has Made Me Spend.

It Has Made Me Curse And Made Me Cry,
And Hate Myself And Want To Die.
It Promises Me A Thing Called Par,
If I Hit It Straight And Far.

To Master Such A Tiny Ball,
Should Not Be Very Hard At All.
But My Desires The Ball Refuses,
And Does Exactly As It Chooses.

It Hooks And Slices, Dribbles And Dies,
And Disappears Before My Eyes.
Often It Will Have A Whim,
To Hit A Tree Or Take A Swim.

With Miles Of Grass On Which To Land,
It Finds A Tiny Patch Of Sand.
Then Has Me Offering Up My Soul,
If Only It Would Find The Hole.

It's Made Me Whimper Like A Pup,
And Swear That I Will Give It Up.
And Take To Drink To Ease My Sorrow,
But The Ball Knows...I'll Be Back Tomorrow.

Stand proud you noble swingers of clubs
And losers of GOLF balls!

A recent study found that the average golfer
Walks about 900 miles a year.

Another study found that golfers drink, on
Average, 22 gallons of alcohol a year.

This means that, on average, golfers get about
41 miles to the gallon!

Kind of makes you proud.  Almost makes you
Feel like a hybrid. 


“Facts To Remember As You Get Older”
Contributed By Gary Rocklage
(I guess we are old enough to remember...remember what?)

# 9 - Death is the number 1 killer in the world.

# 8 - Life is sexually transmitted.

# 7 - Good health is merely the slowest possible rate at which one can die.

# 6 - Men have two emotions: hungry and horny, and they can't tell them apart.  If you see a gleam in his eyes, make him a sandwich.

# 5 - Give a person a fish and you feed them for a day.  Teach a person to use the Internet and they won't bother you for weeks, months, maybe years.

# 4 - Health nuts are going to feel stupid someday, lying in the hospital, dying of nothing.

# 3 - All of us could take a lesson from the weather.  It pays no attention to criticism.

# 2 - In the 60's, people took acid to make the world weird.   Now the world is weird, and people take Prozac to make it normal.

# 1 - Life is like a jar of jalapeno peppers.  What you do today might burn your ass tomorrow...and as someone recently said to me: Don't worry about old age; it doesn't last that long.


Project Vigil - June 2014 - 70th Year Anniversary

Contributed Bob Graham
(71st anniversary - 2015, what a great young man!)

Hug Of The Century

Contributed by Ted Dumke
(Sorry to say, it was not me giving or
receiving the hug!)

“The Whole Nine Yards”
Contributed by Ted Dumke
(now we know a little more trivia - interesting)
In the old west a .45 cartridge for a six-gun cost 12 cents, so did a shot glass of whiskey.   If a cowhand was low on cash he would often give the bartender a cartridge in exchange for a drink.   This became known as a "shot" of whiskey.
American fighter planes in WW2 had machine guns that were fed by a belt of cartridges.   The average plane held belts that were 27 feet (9 yards) long.  If the pilot used up all his ammo he was said to have given it the whole nine yards.
This is synonymous with dying.  During WW1 soldiers were given life insurance policies worth $5,000.   This was about the price of an average farm so if you died you "bought the farm" for your survivors.
This came about from the ironclad ships of the Civil War.  It meant something so strong it could not be broken.
Most men in the early west carried a jack knife made by the Buck knife company.  When playing poker it was common to place one of these Buck Knives in front of the dealer so that everyone knew who he was.  When it was time for a new dealer the deck of cards and the knife were given to the new dealer.   If this person didn't want to deal he would "pass the buck" to the next player.   If that player accepted then "the buck stopped there".
The Mississippi River was the main way of traveling from north to south.  Riverboats carried passengers and freight but they were expensive so most people used rafts.  Everything had the right of way over rafts which were considered cheap.  The steering oar on the rafts was called a "riff" and this transposed into riff-raff, meaning low class.
The Old English word for "spider" was "cob".
Traveling by steamboat was considered the height of comfort.  Passenger cabins on the boats were not numbered.  Instead they were named after states.  To this day cabins on ships are called staterooms.
Early beds were made with a wooden frame.  Ropes were tied across the frame in a crisscross pattern.  A straw mattress was then put on top of the ropes.  Over time the ropes stretched, causing the bed to sag.  The owner would then have to tighten the ropes to get a better night's sleep.
These were floating theaters built on a barge that was pushed by a steamboat.  These played small towns along the Mississippi River.  Unlike the boat shown in the movie "Showboat" these did not have an engine.  They were gaudy and attention grabbing which is why we say someone who is being the life of the party is "showboating".
In the days before CPR a drowning victim would be placed face down over a barrel and the barrel would be rolled back and forth in an effort to empty the lungs of water.   It was rarely effective.   If you are over a barrel you are in deep trouble.
Heavy freight was moved along the Mississippi in large barges pushed by steamboats.  These were hard to control and would sometimes swing into piers or other boats.   People would say they "barged in".
Steamboats carried both people and animals.  Since pigs smelled so bad they would be washed before being put on board.   The mud and other filth that was washed off were considered useless "hog wash".
The word "curfew" comes from the French phrase "couvre-feu", which means "cover the fire".   It was used to describe the time of blowing out all lamps and candles.   It was later adopted into Middle English as "curfeu", which later became the modern curfew".   In the early American colonies homes had no real fireplaces so a fire was built in the center of the room.   In order to
make sure a fire did not get out of control during the night it was required that, by an agreed upon time, all fires would be covered with a clay pot called-a "curfew".
When the first oil wells were drilled they had made no provision for storing the liquid so they used water barrels.   That is why, to this day, we speak of barrels of oil rather than gallons.
As the paper goes through the rotary printing press friction causes it to heat up.  Therefore, if you grab the paper right off the press it was hot.  The expression means to get immediate information.  Now we know!


Just Change The Words Around
Contributed by Gary Rocklage
(Good the 1st time, better this time!)


A Deck Of Cards
Contributed by Bruce Ahlvin
(How did he do that?)


Talk About Some Balance
Contributed by Kathy
(Lanstyak) Sheffield
(I could hold the feather, after that -
I’m done!)


How Great Is This?”
Contributed by Ted Dumke
(It’s great!)


Flash Mob - Prodigies
Contributed by Bruce Ahlvin

Don’t Forget!

Happy Birthday and Anniversary
 To All June Classmates

June Dates to Remember:

1 - Dare Day - Flip a Coin Day.
2 - National Bubba Day - National Rocky Road Day.
3 - Repeat Day (I said "Repeat Day").
4 - Applesauce Cake Day - Hug Your Cat Day - Old Maid's Day.
5 - National Doughnut Day - World Environment Day. 

6 - National Gardening Exercise Day - National Trails Day - National Yo-Yo Day.
7 - National Chocolate Ice Cream Day.
8 - Best Friends Day - Name Your Poison Day.
9 - Donald Duck Day.

10 - June 10th 1964, Aragon Graduation (51 years ago and we are just getting fired up!)
Iced Tea Day.
11 - National Corn on the Cob Day.

12 - Red Rose Day.
13 - Sewing Machine Day.
14 - Flag Day: Let Them Fly With Pride. 
15 - Smile Power Day.
16 - Fresh Veggies Day.
TBD - Nursing Assistants Day.
17 - Eat Your Vegetables Day.

18 - Go Fishing Day - International Panic Day - International Picnic Day - National Splurge Day. 
19 - World Sauntering Day.
20 - Ice Cream Soda Day - National Hollerin' Contest Day - World Juggler's Day.
21 - Father's Day - Go Skate Day - Finally Summer Day, Summer Solstice.  
22 - National Chocolate Éclair Day.
23 - National Columnists Day - National Pink Day.

24 - Swim a Lap Day.
25 - Log Cabin Day - National Catfish Day.
26 - Beautician's Day - Forgiveness Day - Take Your Dog to Work Day.
27 - Sun Glasses Day.
28 - Insurance Awareness Day - Paul Bunyan Day. 
29 -  Camera Day - Hug Holiday (My day with BIG HUGS to all) - Waffle Iron Day.

30 - Meteor Day.

Keep Your Fork...’64,
              Bob Graham

PS:   Let Summer In!  Get out and enjoy your Family and Friends!  Reconnect with some Classmates; they are located all over.  I’m sure a cup of coffee won’t be too much for anyone to handle.  Keep that SMILE On and have some fun.  Give me a call if your travels brings you to Las Vegas.  Thank You to all the June contributors for the articles you sent in.  

Don’t forget my e-mail address has changed from:  TO !

                                    Hooah, Hugs, & Stay Connected or Reconnect, Bob



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