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03/24/23 12:44 PM #10354    


David Long

Thought for the Day - 3/24/2023


This is a quote from Harry S. Truman:


Never Kick a Fresh Turd on a Hot Day!

03/24/23 01:52 PM #10355    

Linda Bristow (Elias)

David Long:

As one who's father had many, many horses at one time.............I completely agree with HST's quote!


03/25/23 12:16 PM #10356    


David Long

Thought for the Day:  Saturday, March 25, 2003


For all you Bears fans, this is a quote from Mike Ditka:


You really never lose until you stop trying.



03/25/23 08:10 PM #10357    


Wendy Stephens (Cullen)

That is the worst moving story I have ever heard and I have heard a few.  Only one to top it, in a completely different way, was this.  Some friends of ours from our time living in Hong Kong had all of their worldly goods packed in a shipping container to be returned to the United States.  The container went overboard in heavy seas.  They had nothing.  Not sure how that got settled.  The man worked for the shipping company.

03/26/23 09:37 AM #10358    


David Long



Wishing everyone a great start to the new week.


There are 23 days left before the tax filing deadline.




This quote is from Voltaire.  It's one I've always tried to live by:


To Succeed in the World, it is not enough to be stupid, you must also be well mannered.

03/26/23 10:00 AM #10359    


David Long

The following is from a fellow Marine.  Having been to Beijing and having a wonderful Chinese college student stay with us for a few months, I know how difficut it is to translate between languages, but the following is too funny not to share.


Enjoy your visit to Beijing:



He went to Beijing recently and was given this brochure by the hotel. It is precious.
He keeps it and reads it whenever he feels depressed.
Obviously, it has been translated directly word for word, from Mandarin to English:
Getting There:
Our representative will make you wait at the airport. The bus to the hotel runs along the lake shore. Soon you will feel pleasure in passing water. You will know that you are getting near the hotel, because you will go round the bend. The manager will await you in the entrance hall. He always tries to have intercourse with all new guests.
The Hotel:
This is a family hotel, so children are very welcome. We of course are always pleased to accept adultery. Highly skilled nurses are available in the evenings to put down your children. Guests are invited to conjugate in the bar and expose themselves to others. But please note that ladies are not allowed to have babies in the bar. We organize social games, so no guest is ever left alone to play with them self.
The Restaurant:
Our menus have been carefully chosen to be ordinary and unexciting. At dinner, our quartet will circulate from table to table, and fiddle with you.
Your Room:
Every room has excellent facilities for your private parts. In winter, every room is in heat. Each room has a balcony offering views of outstanding obscenity! .. You will not be disturbed by traffic noise, since the road between the hotel and the lake is used only by pederasts.
Your bed has been made in accordance with local tradition. If you have any other ideas please ring for the chambermaid. Please take advantage of her. She will be very pleased to squash your shirts, blouses and underwear. If asked, she will also squeeze your trousers.
Above All:
When you leave us at the end of your holiday, you will have no hope. You will struggle to forget it...

03/26/23 02:02 PM #10360    

Linda Bristow (Elias)

David:  I love that.  However, a similar reaction to a different language happens right here every day with people trying to handle Spanish.  Thank you so much!


03/26/23 06:48 PM #10361    

David Brock

Anybody that has translated for a foreign language class can sympathize with the translation--I have seen 1 or 2 and even translateda few things that were really awkward.

03/28/23 09:04 AM #10362    


David Long

Y'all are being much kinder than the guys I hung out with back in Kansas - They've been asking if I had intercourse with the hotel manager or took advantage of the chambermaid?




Today's advice comes from Richard Cumberland, a 16th century British Bishop and Philosopher:


It's Better to Wear Out than to Rust Out.

03/28/23 09:52 PM #10363    


Ann Bailen

So saddened and surprised to hear that Allida Altimus just died. Love and prayers to Jim and family.

03/28/23 10:49 PM #10364    


Melvin (Mel) Theobald

Annie, I just saw your post about Allida and am in shock. My heart aches for Jim and their family.

03/29/23 01:56 AM #10365    


Karen Sue (Suzi) Denton (Merritt)

I saw on Facebook about Allida and I couldn't believe it.  She was such a beautiful and sweet lady.  You will be missed. 
I'm sending prayers.  🙏🙏🙏


03/29/23 11:01 AM #10366    


Marvin Theobald

My heartfelt sympathy to Jim and his family at the loss of Allida.

What can one say when someone you have known for 71 years passes? Allida was a member of the Oakland School kindergarten class in 1951-52 that included Betsy Ahlenius, Chuck Massie, Cathy Quiett and Bob Bower all of whom we have sadly now lost. It was always a treat to get time with Allida when she and Jim would join us at the mini-reunions. They were the last to leave at our last meeting in December. Allida was always so happy to connect with her old friends at these events. She will be deeply missed.

03/29/23 11:38 AM #10367    


Marvin Theobald

This winter has flown by and I have been extremely negligent regarding participation in the class website. Judy and I made what has become our annual winter excursion to the middle Florida Keys and I somehow could never seem to get myself to post anything on the website. The most regrettable of my negligence was the failure to update the IN MEMORY section on the website at the loss of Cheri Wombacher Welch whom was also at Oakland School from about fourth grade. This failure will be corrected in the next few minutes. These losses hit pretty hard when you gradually lose people you grew up with. It feels as if a little bit of you dies with each one of them. Memories of them and our experiences in our youth through our school years are so vivid in my mind. These loses make this website and our reunions all the more special in maintaining friendships with those we knew in those impressionable years.

03/29/23 03:30 PM #10368    


David Long

I'm also offering my sympathies to Jim and his family for their pain on Allidia's passing.

03/29/23 06:39 PM #10369    

Linda Bristow (Elias)

Jim Altus and family:

My deepest sympathy to you all upon the loss of your wonderful Allida.  May she rest in Heavenly Peace!

Linda Bristow Elias

03/29/23 07:37 PM #10370    

David Brock

Jim--Prayers and ondolenes to you and the family on losing Allida

03/29/23 07:54 PM #10371    

Linda Bristow (Elias)

It seems that my typing got ahead of me and I missed the i and the m in Altimus.  So sorry!


03/30/23 01:08 AM #10372    


Melvin (Mel) Theobald

For those who care about such things, it is Altemus. Any time you make a typo, you can always go back and edit your original message without adding an additional post. Just trying to help. The rest of us understand, because we all make mistakes.

03/30/23 09:58 AM #10373    


Ray Bledsoe


My heart goes out to you and your family.  The only interaction I had with Allida was in Homeroom.  Our paths simply did not cross.  I can't imagine what it would be like without my wife of 56 years.  Bless you.

03/30/23 11:04 AM #10374    


David Long

Today's Thought comes from a quote by Walter Hagen.  

Those of us that follow professional golf know that Hagen was a golf pro and was exceptionally good in the first have of the 20th century, especially in the early 1960's.  He won 11 major tournaments and is currently third behind Nicklaus and Woods in major titles.  He died six months after I returned from Nam.  During an interview he said something that has stuck with me:


You're here only for a short visit.  Don't hurry and don't worry and be sure to smell the flowers along the way.


03/30/23 12:08 PM #10375    

Linda Bristow (Elias)


Love the quote.  I smelled the roses and was allergic to them!  Seriously!


03/30/23 12:25 PM #10376    

Julie Hart

So sorry to hear about Allida.  Like Marv I'd known her since kindergarten. And she lived down the street from me on Jackson. Always a sweet person.

03/31/23 11:05 AM #10377    


David Long

I found something in a book I have that I'd like to share.  It's from a conversation a long time ago:


If you're going to plagiarize, go way back.


This is advice given to Senator Joseph Biden from Senator Barry Goldwater

04/01/23 10:12 AM #10378    


David Long

Happy April Fool's Day



Today's witticism comes from Sydney Biddle Burrows, you may remember her as the "Mayflower Madam", but in this day of modern telecommunications is even more true:


Never say anything on the phone that you wouldn't want your mother to hear at your trial.

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