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04/03/20 02:33 PM #7121    


David Mitchell

I am able to stay pretty much upbeat these days, but this really brings me to tears.

"Captain Crozier!"

"Captain Crozier!'

(Over 100 cases diagnosed on board so far - yes they are clustered together here - life on board a carrier is always close. But I can't help admiring the outpouring of loyalty)

04/03/20 02:37 PM #7122    


Michael McLeod

me too.

04/03/20 03:47 PM #7123    


Timothy Lavelle


Thank you.

A few people in some high offices are making really dumb decisions...not many, but a few. The decision to remove this warrior is shameful and hopefully the Navy will have a new head soon. 

04/03/20 05:26 PM #7124    


David Mitchell


I know what - Let's start a pool on how many people we think will be standing by, cheering affectionately as Navy Secretary, excuse me, 'Acting Secretary' - (nobody hangs around D.C. very long these days.), Thomas Modly departs at the end of his carreer. Everybody who wants in throws in two cents, and I get first pick. 

Going outside of the chain of command for this unique reason?

Okay, maybe a caution. Maybe even a reprimand. (a reprimand is serious stuff in the military)

But dismissal ?   



Life on a carrier is different (and so with Submarines). Extremely close quarters. Carriers are  affectionatley referred to as  "a small town of about 3,000 of your closest friends, with an airport on the roof". Social distancing is a near impossibility. Some are saying the Captain panicked. I guess they have never been on a carrier. 

04/04/20 12:04 PM #7125    


Michael McLeod

I'll use a pop-culture, movie-buff reference to opine on this issue, Dave.

All I can say is: "We WANT him on that carrier. We NEED him on that carrier."


Now, for an entry in the "random personal occurances that remind me of our shared Catholic upbringing" category:

I remember how useless I thought certain things that we learned at Watterson were. High on that list was Latin.

What an ungrateful little shit I was.

Understanding the Latin roots of so many of the words in the dictionary wasn't just a practical advantage for me as a writer. Having a sense of that cultural heritage is a part of who I am. Was that what they had in mind when they made us learn that language? Was it a religious thing, or an educational thing, or both?

All I know is I'm all the richer for it.

What prompts me to say this now is that I just wrote a story about an exhibit about Pompeii - the city that was buried and uncannily preserved when Vesuvius blew its top - that may or may not turn up in Orlando this summer depending on how things go with the virus. When I did my research I was struck by how sophisticated and modern Pompeii was, two thousand years ago. So I took that angle with the story. Here is a stretch of it:


"The traveling exhibit, on display from June 6 to Sept.7, uses a wide-screen, window-rattling re-creation to dramatize the catastrophe.  But its chief focus is to create a picture of the luxuries, lifestyles, and day-to-day living experiences of its inhabitants.

"Orlando residents have grown accustomed to the sight of construction cranes on their day-to-day freeway commutes.  So did the workaday citizens of Pompeii as they made their way through the crowded, stone-paved thoroughfares of their city. Because of the damage done by an earthquake 17 years prior, many buildings in the thriving port city and bayside resort community were still being rebuilt on the day Vesuvius exploded.  A model of one of the reconstruction cranes, called a calcatoria, is included in the exhibit, along with other examples of ingenious Roman-made devices, tools, and instruments.  

Chances are you stop by a convenience store as part of your nine to five routine. Pompeii’s commuters  patronized snack bars called thermopolia. None of those customers would get the chance to sample  the freshly-baked loaf of bread, shaped like a pizza and pre-sliced in triangular wedges, preserved in the ashes and destined to become an artifact in the exhibit."

Notice the two Latin words? As I wrote them I thought of that poor nun who taught us Latin -- I can't remember her name. Anyway whatever it is, she is obviously in heaven, if there is a heaven. Because surely all nuns get an automatic pass through the turnstyle out front, plus various upgrades.

All I know for sure is that when I thought of her I wished I had been more appreciative, way back when.

So what was her name? I have a vague memory that she was one of the nice ones, but I can't trust anything in my memory banks anymore.


04/04/20 01:59 PM #7126    


James Hamilton, M. D.


Latin may be a dead language but it's progeny live on! Just look through a copy of Dorland's Medical Dictionary and you will find thousands of words derived from Latin (and Greek). A classic example is one every med student uses to remember the five characteristics of inflammation: rubor, dolor, calor, tumor and functio laesa.

I do not recall the name of the sister who taught Freshman Latin.


04/04/20 04:40 PM #7127    


David Mitchell

Gee whizz Jim,

I think that Laesa family grew up down the street from me. Rubor used to come over and shoot hoops with us in my driveway.  And all this time I thought his name was Robert.


Are you guys thinking of Sister Cecily?  The cutie hiding out in a nun's habit that I did NOT get to have for Latin. 


04/04/20 05:42 PM #7128    

Mary Clare Hummer (Bauer)

No. Jim's thinking of Sr. Francesca, Homeroom 111. I believe she was between 75-80 years old when we had her. As I recall, she lived to be 100. You may not know this bit of trivia but thanks to (or in spite of) her tutelage (from the Latin, tueri!), our very own John Jackson placed first in the state of Ohio in the State Scholarship Test in Latin I. 
Manus tuam lava!  Remanē domi!  ❤️ 


04/04/20 05:57 PM #7129    


David Mitchell

Really Clare?

You give all that credit to John and completely failed to mention the fact that I taught him everyting he knows.

p.s. - very clever, girl ! 



I know you are all bored to tears by now, and you've probably all heard these (about 6 or 8 versions now). But I couldn't resist palying this for the few who haven't.

04/04/20 07:32 PM #7130    


Michael McLeod

I'm impressed John.

Belated congrats.

I didn't know that about winning but I did know you were smart.

Thinking back now I'm pretty sure I used to look over your shoulder and copy your answers when we took tests. 

I didn't feel guilty then. 

Now that I've grown into a man I still don't.

04/04/20 08:29 PM #7131    


John Jackson

Dave, why’d you have to spill the beans about our Latin “arrangement”?  I’ve had it with you – say one more thing to undermine me and you’re out of the stamp club.

04/04/20 08:38 PM #7132    


James Hamilton, M. D.


I was in Sr. Francesca's Homeroom 111 - I think you were also - and, indeed, she was one of two freshman Latin teachers, but not the one who conducted my Latin class. Maybe one of our other classmates will remember the other one.  Any takers?


04/04/20 10:05 PM #7133    


David Mitchell

Sorry John

But I just couldn't let Clare get away with that.  


Does this mean I get some of my club dues refunded ?  I think my back dues come to about $4.98 

( Before I am officailly expelled - Was that really Fremont on the Rockies? ) 



I do think we do have to give her credtit for her memory of the language - smart girls always made me nervous.  


04/05/20 01:13 PM #7134    


David Barbour


It was poor Sr. Cecily.

04/05/20 01:16 PM #7135    


David Barbour

Sr.Cecily was low nun on the totem pole.  I was in a class with Royer and Jesse Watson.

And passed the  class at Linden McKinley.

04/05/20 01:45 PM #7136    


Jeanine Eilers (Decker)

I was in Homeroom 111, too, but don't think Sr. Francesca taught me Latin.  I don't think Sr. Cecily did either.  Can anyone think of another nun who might have had the honor?

04/05/20 03:28 PM #7137    


Mary Margaret Clark (Schultheis)

I still have a few of my grade cards from school, so I found my freshman year grade card and discovered that Sister Estelle Marie was my Latin teacher and that I had Sister Stephanie for Latin my sophomore year.  My quite shaky memory is that I was in Sister Stephanie's class when we received word of President Kennedy's assasination.  

04/05/20 04:11 PM #7138    


John Maxwell

Anybody gone shopping lately? Ive gone twice, and it was bazaar. No pun. I felt like I was amid the Zombie Apocalypse. Completely unnerving. I kept repeating to myself that line from Night of the Living Dead, "you gotta shoot em in the head." Perhaps the lack of humor, and the tear in my rubber gloves set me on edge.

Dave, Pompeii always got all the press, however the small resort town of Herculaneum also fell victim to The fury of Vesuvius. When I first visited Los Angeles back in '77, I stumbled upon the Getty Art Museum in Malibu. The art was astounding. Michelangelo, DaVinci, Raphael, Titian, Greek and Roman statuary. I was awed! That such things existed in this country. But it was the building that took my immagination for a ride. An exact replica of a villa unearthed in Italy at the site of the Herculaneum ruins. Atop the cliffs overlooking the Pacific Ocean. The gardens and reflecting pools, and the tiled roofs and arcades were spectacular. To my knowledge the museum fell victim to erosion and was condemned in the nineties. The art was transferred to another facility further inland and the villa was destroyed I believe. Brought a tear to my eye.

04/05/20 04:58 PM #7139    


Janie Albright (Blank)

MM, I think that's who I had as well. I have been trying to think of her name. I actually really liked Latin. I had Sr Miguel sophomore year. I actually was thinking of a Sr. Eymard or something like that. I'm thinking we had a switch of teachers mid freshman year. But that might have been English. Anyone have a memory of this? 


04/05/20 05:29 PM #7140    


James Hamilton, M. D.


Thanks, it was, I believe, Sr. Estelle Marie who was my Freshman Latin teacher.


Instead of a Sr. Eymard are you perhaps thinking of Fr. Ehwald, one of many prists who taught religion? I just Binged his name and discovered an interesting fact - he died on Good Friday, 2019. How appropriate for a priest!


04/05/20 06:33 PM #7141    


John Jackson

For the life of me, I can’t remember who taught me freshman Latin, but I know it was not Sister Francesca.  Maybe it was Sister Estelle Marie… 

But one of my indelible memories from Homeroom 111 is Sister Francesca, God bless her, watering her artificial flowers (on the windowsill facing Cooke Rd.) every morning during Msgr. Spiers' prayers/announcements.

04/05/20 06:48 PM #7142    


Janie Albright (Blank)

Jim, I don't think so. I do remember his name. Who were the freshman English teachers?

04/05/20 07:21 PM #7143    


James Hamilton, M. D.


Hmmm.. Freshman English. Was Sr. Emile one of them? I also think there was perhaps a female lay teacher, or am I getting confused 🤔?


04/05/20 09:07 PM #7144    


Mary Margaret Clark (Schultheis)

Janie and JIm,  Mrs Campbell was my freshman year English teacher and she did leave mid-year as she was expecting her first child.  Ms. Mary Burke was hired to teach the 2nd semester.  Her family lived across the street from my family on Oakland Pk..  She eventually left Watterson when she got married, moved away and had four daughters.  She subsequently divorced and moved back into her parents home and was rehired by Watterson where she taught English and was in charge of the yearbook until she retired five years or so ago.  She lives in that same house to this day.  I also have this vague memory that at some point during that freshman year English class, there was a change in which our class was divided and merged with another class due to some disciplinary issues? of Mr. Shevlin's class perhaps?  As I said, this memory is very vague.  I also have this other very vague memory that during this particular English class we were allowed to move our desks together while doing diagramming of sentences. It is curious to me that some memories from long ago are as clear as if they happened yesterday, and others seem as though they came straight from dreamland!smiley       

04/06/20 12:01 AM #7145    


David Mitchell


Jack,  I think you meant Mike M., refferrng to Pompeii. 



Mr. Shevlin's name stirs an uncomfortable memory in me. I think he was the the somewhat oddball guy in whose class we behaved terribly!  He was certainly not a very strong authority figure and we pounced on that like little wolves. Why were we so insensitive? A bit of that Damon Frison guilt churns in my stomach.



Watching the local restaurant busisinesses getting clobbered is all around us here, as it probably is for all of you. One of our many popular local high end dining rooms is making a hell of an effort. We went from 2 to 15 restaurants in this tiny little downtown - built over the last 8 years. Over time he accumulated a long list customer's emails. He is now sending notices out to all of us each week, reminding us that they will be selling tomales ($4.00 ea.) at the door every Saturday starting at 11:30 - with all the proceeds going to his employees. And he added a vegetable and fruit stand in the parking lot. It's been a hit!  

Yesterday the lines were already forming in the parking lot at 11:30. Charlie runs a very high end little spot and normally cooks every dish himself. But this also keeps the staff busy. I love Charlie's concern for his employees and his inventiveness.  

(* Mary Ann, you and Jeff should put May River Grill on you list when this is over. Kind'a small, kind'a plain, kind'a loud - - and kind'a terriffic!)

I am mindful of restaurant people struggling all over. We have at least two chefs in our children's ranks - Tim's  son (Seattle), and John Schaeufele's son (Charleston) - maybe others. I know it isn't much, but why don't we all go buy a pickup meal this week from a local establishement.       

(Cooking has been one of my joys in life. Had our three kids in the kitchen with us since they were tiny. They all love to cook now and I have two grandkids who love to help in the kitchen. I eat better when I visit my kids than I do for myself.)

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