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12/25/18 05:24 PM #4514    

Timothy Lavelle

Your roving reporter sending in the following. QUOTE: We have travelled to Northern Cal to be with the lovely's fam. Yesterday, Christmas eve, we drove through their hometown of Paradise to their "home" there. It was pouring rain.

You drive up Skyway to travel between Chico and Paradise. You rise from the valley up into "the buttes" passing a long narrow but very scenic canyon that the road skirts as you ascend. Just before you get to P'dise you glance to the left to see, appearing out of the gloom of rain and fog, 86 tiny wooden crosses on a lot near the road. A memorial to those who did not make it out. No bucket of cold water could have a greater effect.

It was a mountain vilage/town with tall pines everywhere and a glorious spot to move to for retirement. Small...maybe 30 thousand people living in all economic situations, hidden on tiny winding heavily treed streets or lanes.

With no discernable rhyme or reason, maybe 5 percent, one in every twenty structures, survived. Lot after lot, business after business is a pile of ashes with maybe a chimney sticking up. The house next to my in-laws survived but the rest of the entire neighborhood went up in flames. Everyone I've ever met in 30 plus years of going to Paradise lost their home or business; many, both. We had dinner with about 40 plus evacuees in Chico last night and never heard a single whine. Incredible resiliance.

So, take a walk outside and imagine your house and everything within eyesight gone..all those tiny or great memories. I find myself very thankful today. 

Merry Christmas from Lake Almanor, Ca.

 


12/25/18 07:35 PM #4515    

 

David Mitchell

Counting my blessings.


12/28/18 11:42 PM #4516    

 

Joseph D. McCarthy

Well Dave you've done it again; Broken the Message Forum.  And all I wanted was  a small lie in your book acknowledging my "Editorial" help in pointing out your oversight.  Boy If you had this bad a sense of direction it's a wonder you didn't spend a lot of your time in Thailand or at least Cambodia.


12/28/18 11:47 PM #4517    

 

Joseph D. McCarthy

Happy New Year to one and all.

And may the new year allow you to be one year older.

 


12/29/18 12:26 PM #4518    

 

David Mitchell

Joe,

Of course I would never have made it this far wthout your kind and generous advice.

 

And, as there was no dashed black line between a green country and a blue country (as our 6th grade geography books had led me to believe), but only hundreds of square miles of un-interrupted elephant grass, we managed to spend just about all the time in Cambodia that one could ask for - by accident - thank you very much.

Many times an "engagement" would draw us up to, and across the border before we realized it, and we would have to break off contact and turn around. This was long before Dandy Dick made it official. 

Where I should have spent more time was Hong Kong and Sidney, but I had to "bum" a ride with some other type of pilots to get there. Those "fixed-wing" guys actually knew how to read a compass. 

Both were frightening experiences! Twice in Hong Kong, I had to stay in "western" style hotels with a private bathroom and hot (running) water, go to Ameican movies, shop in enticing stores (including the "China Fleet Store" - where I bought a wedding diamond), found a taylor who made gorgoeous suits for about $24.00, and eat out every night at a really good restaurant.

Sydney was even worse! The first night I had to go to a USO sponsored "pig party", where I met a girl so cute I spent that night and the last three nights with, wrote to, and almost went back for. All sandwiched around three days down at Threadbow (in July), snow skiing through the "gum gum" trees, and being wined and dined buy an older Aussie couple who loved American soldiers. I tell ya, it was simply awful!  Almost more than one man could endure. I did it all for my country doncha know? 

 

Threadbow Resort - in the "Snowy Range" of Australia - July 1969     (yes, out of focus)


12/30/18 04:50 PM #4519    

 

James Hamilton, M. D.

As 2018 draws to a close I thought I would take a quick look at what has been discussed on this Forum in the past year. This post is the 2081st one since 1 January 2018.

We have addressed many topics and issues: music, poetry, theater, movies, politics, religion, sports, Woody, algebra, neighborhoods, ravines, wars, life in the military, fires, floods, hurricanes, surgeries, illnesses, liver flukes, deaths, moms, dads, marijuana, travels, adventures, writing, Appalachia, grade schools, humor and, of course, fawns. Wow, and actually, that is just to name a few.

It is my belief that we have barely scratched the surface of what our lives have encountered and what our thoughts, philosophies and feelings have been both before and after graduation from BWHS back in '66.

I look forward to what will be revealed on the Forum in 2019. I doubt there are many classes that have bonded like ours, after a half-century, in this type of format and we are so fortunate to live in an era where we can communicate in this way.

To all of you and all of yours I wish a very Happy New Year and best wishes for 2019!

Jim

 


12/31/18 12:12 AM #4520    

 

David Mitchell

Jim,

You forgot the casting ponds. 


12/31/18 01:28 PM #4521    

 

Mark Schweickart

Jim mentioned "writing" as one of our post topics, and with that in mind, let me offer this nugget. As you may recall, one of the hobby-horses I like to climb aboard each year is the NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) challenge to knock out a rough draft of a novel in the month of November. I am happy to say that I was able to do that again this year, continuing the story I had written last year, which I was happy with, but felt it was rather short for a novel. I have used December to polish things a bit. So here I am, ready to ask if any of you would like to immerse yourself in a historical novel (made up of this year's and last year's effort) that follows my heroine, Verna, a 19 year old white girl from Ohio, as she makes her way to Detroit during WWII  to work in the defense plant industry, only to get caught up in the infamous (actually, it is not at all famous, that is why I chose to write about it) race riot of 1943. Then flash forward to follow her as a 37 year old single-mother of a slightly autistic child, who finds herself compelled to put her life on hold, and journey through the South with the Freedom Riders of 1961 (another only-vaguely-known portion fo the Civil Rights struggle). 

If that sounds at all interesting, I'd be happy to send you a PDF. I could certainly use some feedback. What are friends for if not to be targets for one to impose upon? Actually, I would hope it not an imposition, but rather an entertainment that takes one into the fictional world of my main character, while also providing a good deal of little known (and I would hope, quite interesting) historical detail.

If you are wondering about the length, it is still rather short as novels go, coming in at 231 pages. If interested, send me a note at my email address: sparto@ca.rr.com

As I type this, I can just hear your reaction –- "Good grief, it is hard enough getting through this guy's posts. Can you imagine 231 pages. Yikes!"

P.S.  Happy New Year, one and all.


01/01/19 12:18 AM #4522    

 

David Mitchell

 

"We'll take a cup o' kindness yet for days of Auld Lange Syne"

Thanks to Robert Burns and his buddy, Guy Lombardo



Author: Robert Burns 1788

Should Auld Acquaintance be forgot
and never brought to mind
Should Auld Acquaintance be forgot
and days of Auld Lang Syne

For Auld Lang Syne my dear
For Auld Lang Syne
We'll take a cup of kindness yet
for days of Auld Lang Syne

We two have run about the braes
and pu'd the gowned fine
but we've wandered a many weary fit
since days of Auld Lang Syne

We two have piddl'd in the burn
frae morning' sun 'til dine
but seas between us brae her roared
since days of Auld Lang Syne

For Auld Lang Syne my dear
For Auld Lang Syne
We'll take a cup of kindness yet
for days of Auld Lang Syne

And surely you'll be yer pint Stowp
And surely I'll be mine
And We'll take a cup of kindness yet
for days of Auld Lang Syne

And there's a hand my trusty fiere
and gives a hand o' thine
And we'll take right gude willie waught
for Auld Lang Syne

For Auld Lang Syne my dear
For Auld Lang Syne
We'll take a cup of kindness yet
for days of Auld Lang Syne

 


01/01/19 12:11 PM #4523    

 

Mark Schweickart

For those of us a bit rusty with our Scottish, here's a little cheat sheet. Literally Auld Lange Syne means Old Long Since, but that doesn't communicate a meaning that is very helpful, so here's a translation from the internet.

Good old times

Versions: #1#2#3
Should old acquaintance be forgot,
and never brought to mind?
Should old acquaintance be forgot,
and good old times?
 
[Chorus:]
For old times since, my dear,
for good old times,
we'll drink a cup of kindness yet,
for good old times.
 
And surely you’ll have your pint cup!
and surely I’ll have mine!
And we'll drink a cup o’ kindness yet,
for good old times.
 
(Chorus)
 
We two have run about the slopes,
and picked the daisies fine;
But we’ve wandered many a weary foot,
since good old times.
 
(Chorus)
 
We two have paddled in the stream,
from morning sun till dine;
But seas between us broad have roared
since good old times.
 
(Chorus)
 
And there’s a hand my trusty friend!
And give us a hand o’ thine!
And we’ll take a right good-will draught,
for good old times.
https://lyricstranslate.com/en/auld-lang-syne-good-old-times.html-0
 
Should old acquaintance be forgot,
and never brought to mind?
Should old acquaintance be forgot,
and good old times?
 
[Chorus:]
For old times since, my dear,
for good old times,
we'll drink a cup of kindness yet,
for good old times.
 
And surely you’ll have your pint cup!
and surely I’ll have mine!
And we'll drink a cup o’ kindness yet,
for good old times.
 
(Chorus)
 
We two have run about the slopes,
and picked the daisies fine;
But we’ve wandered many a weary foot,
since good old times.
 
(Chorus)
 
We two have paddled in the stream,
from morning sun till dine;
But seas between us broad have roared
since good old times.
 
(Chorus)
 
And there’s a hand my trusty friend!
And give us a hand o’ thine!
And we’ll take a right good-will draught,
for good old times

01/01/19 02:46 PM #4524    

 

David Mitchell

Thanks for adding that Mark. The song has quite an interesting history. 

Actualy, I don't think Sir Robert Burns actually "authored" the song. He claimed he copied it down after hearing an old Scottsman sing it for him in 1788. But it seems to have been an old folk song of that culture for some time before Burns copied it down and took it to his publisher - with the promise that the odd mixture of "Scotts" words and English words would not be changed to all English.

And there are other songs and poems from early days that use the same phrase - Auld Lang Syne

This is a pure "Scotts" version

Shid ald akwentans bee firgot, 
an nivir brocht ti mynd? 
Shid ald akwentans bee firgot, 
an ald lang syn*?

CHORUS:
Fir ald lang syn, ma jo, 
fir ald lang syn, 
wil tak a cup o kyndnes yet, 
fir ald lang syn.

An sheerly yil bee yur pynt-staup! 
an sheerly al bee myn! 
An will tak a cup o kyndnes yet, 
fir ald lang syn.

CHORUS

We twa hay rin aboot the braes, 
an pood the gowans fyn; 
But weev wandert monae a weery fet, 
sin ald lang syn.

CHORUS

We twa hay pedilt in the burn, 
fray mornin sun til dyn; 
But seas between us bred hay roard 
sin ald lang syn.

CHORUS

An thers a han, my trustee feer! 
an gees a han o thyn! 
And we'll tak a richt gude-willie-waucht
fir ald lang syn.

 

And then there's this;

Happy New Year! Initially, "Aegukga" was sung to the tune of the Scottish folk song "Auld Lang Syne", introduced to Korea by Western missionaries. The Provisional Korean Government (1919–1945) in Shanghai, China adopted it as their (Korean) national anthem. At a ceremony celebrating the founding of South Korea on 15 August 1948, the Scottish tune was finally replaced by the Finale of "Korea Fantasia", which Ahn Eak-tai had composed in 1935. The new "Aegukga" was later adopted by the Presidential Decree of 1948 by the then South Korean President Syngman Rhee (or Lee Seungman). 


01/01/19 02:53 PM #4525    

 

David Mitchell

Actually, I think the real meaning of the phrase is -

"Holy crap, December is over and that means no more heath insurance robo-calls!"

 

-------------

 

Speaking of Scottland - for those of you not into football today, go see "Mary Queen of Scotts" - dark and sinister and brilliant!


01/01/19 04:04 PM #4526    

 

David Mitchell

Today would be one more of my string of 50th anniversary stories.

But I already told the story last year at this time. So if you get really bored (I mean like bored to tears), skip back to page 98 and read post #2440.

Where else could you find a heartwarming story that combines a great OSU Rose Bowl game while having the S - - - scared out of me by rats. 

 

 


01/02/19 02:32 PM #4527    

 

John Maxwell

Mark & Dave M. Great treatise on Auld Lang...sorry fell asleep.

01/02/19 09:27 PM #4528    

 

David Mitchell

Jack,

me too.


01/02/19 10:15 PM #4529    

 

Mary Margaret Clark (Schultheis)

Mary Anne McMahon Herbst asked that I share the obituary for Patty Fagan Motil's mother who passed away on December 30th. 

Eternal rest grant unto her, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon her.  May her soul and the souls of all of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.  Amen.

https://www.legacy.com/obituaries/dispatch/obituary.aspx?n=mary-marcella-fagan&pid=191137809&fhid=8699 

 


01/04/19 10:40 PM #4530    

 

David Mitchell

Okay, the silence is deafening.

       (and were these guys just about the best of our high school years?) 

 

released in October of 1964 - this recording was about 1982 from the Concert at Cental Park




01/04/19 11:45 PM #4531    

 

James Hamilton, M. D.

Silence is golden (who sang that one?).

Somehow I knew Dave would break it.

I would have done it but I can't - I have laryngitis. 😞

Jim

01/04/19 11:54 PM #4532    

 

David Mitchell

Jim,

Dang it man, I waited for you!   (actually, I knew you knew I would do it)

Was't it the Tremellos? I love that song!  (Tremeloes)


01/06/19 12:08 PM #4533    

 

Michael McLeod

When I was home for Christmas somebody told me there is a high-end White Castle -- well, high end for a White Castle, I guess I should say -- in short north, where you can not only get those glorious guilty-pleasure delicacies but other things. Not sure what the "other things" are. Beer would work. I could see having a Manhattan with a bag of White Castles, which would pretty much put me in Nirvana mode. I did not have time to check the place out and at this point for all I know I dreamed it. Does such a place really exist? Could it be true?  And if so, have any of you Columbus-ites been there?

And if not -- WHY THE HELL NOT????? It's your BIRTHRIGHT!

 


01/06/19 02:12 PM #4534    

 

David Mitchell

MIke,

I believe the "Casa Blanco" you are asking about is now incorporated into a condo project at the same location it had alwasy been in Short North. You will see the photo I posted back on page 168 (#4174).

I always visit the "Castle" when I am home - usually the one up on Kenny Rd. near Henderson, but my favorite (other than the old Acadia and High location) was that one down at West 3rd and High in the Short North. I had been there just a year or so ago in it's old format and went looking for it this past fall. I was shocked to find it inside a larger condo bulding with the drive through (pictured) on the 3rd Ave. side. I did not go inside to see if this "gourmet" atmosphere you speak of prevailed, but at least I can confirm that "the holes are still free".

After driving by several times, I was almost undone at the new appearance.  

Is nothing sacred anmore?


01/06/19 02:19 PM #4535    

 

Mark Schweickart

Mike – as with Lin-Manuel Miranda, your writing is "highly over-rated."

(For the rest of you,I am sure Mike wiii get my joke above. Read his excellent article to get the reference.)


01/06/19 10:44 PM #4536    

 

Michael McLeod

Speaking of Lin-Manuel Miranda, here is my latest labor of love. The show is coming to Orlando and to Columbus - it's here this month and I think you get it next. I was fascinated with its success, culturally and creatively, and the way it connects the past with the present, and I tried to lay out how that all came about. If you are going to see the show I think it's good to do a little background reading to "prep" for it - that way you'll enjoy the nuance and history and personalities all the more. Then again you can just sit back and enjoy the spectacle and the music and the dancing. I haven't seen the touring production but everything about this show has been handled so well that I can't help but think it's a great production.

 

http://www.orlandomagazine.com/Orlando-Magazine/January-2019/Spotlight-Hamilton-on-the-Bill/

 

And Dave I am just now putting two and two together - now I remember you posting that White Castle photo.

I so remember swimming with my family at the osu "natatorium" on weeknights -- and getting White Castles on the way home. For us as kids that was, indeed, fine dining.

 

 

 


01/07/19 04:20 AM #4537    

 

Jeanine Eilers (Decker)

Dave—Lance and I are in Laos and took an afternoon cruise up the Mekong River.  Lance thought of his Army service the whole time and I thought of you.  Thank you for reminding us of military conflicts and for your willingness to serve.


01/07/19 10:07 AM #4538    

 

Sheila McCarthy (Gardner)

Mike -- Great piece on Hamilton. Very educational. Thank you!


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