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Happy Father’s Day…!

Father's Day at the Clifford'sFather’s Day just past, I asked myself what should I be expecting on Father’s Day at this point in my life…? Seriously: A $100 gift certificate to take mom out to dinner…? A book, say, Killing Patton…? A loving phone call…? Ok, a loving Father’s Day card: “Dad, you are my hero. The greatest dad in the whole world…!” Etc.

Truth? All of the above reasonable scenarios, yes?

Not so fast. When that child so lovingly raised turns out to be a smart-ass… Maybe the expectations should be lowered somewhat. Whaddya’ think…? (Click image to enlarge.)

Father’s Day Karma, anyone…? :-)

Georgetown School Days…Who Knew…?

[Yearbook] Virginia MorehouseRummaging around in her self-described pack rat attic, Ginny came across some photos of 7th-grade classmates. Not from a Wilton school, but from the Gilbert & Bennett School in Georgetown where kids went in 7th grade after graduation from the Wilton Center (elementary) School. Who knew…!? Full story here.

[Ed. Great stuff, Ginny…! Any more pix, please forward.]

Why Men Shouldn’t Write Advice Columns

This advice column recently appeared in a Charlotte, NC, newspaper:

Dear John,
I hope you can help me. The other day I set off for work leaving my husband in the house watching TV. My car stalled and then it broke down about a mile down the road. I had to walk back to get help from my husband. When I got home I couldn’t believe my eyes. He was in our bedroom with the neighbor’s daughter…!!!

I am 32 and my husband is 34. We have been married ten years. The neighbor’s daughter is 19. When I confronted him he broke down and admitted they’d been having an affair for the past six months. He won’t go to counseling and I’m a wreck. I need advice urgently. Can you please help…!?

Sincerely,
Sheila

Dear Sheila,
A car stalling after being driven a short distance can be caused by a variety of engine faults. Start by checking there is no debris in the fuel line. If clear, check the vacuum pipes and hoses on the intake manifold. Also check all grounding wires. If none of this solves the problem, it could be that the fuel pump, itself, is faulty, causing low delivery pressure to the injectors. I hope this helps.

All the best,
John

[Ed. I’m tempted to ask why this strikes people as funny… :-)]

National Security Under Test in NC

Canine Gender ConfusionRome may indeed be burning: Mid-East in flames. Iran nuking up. Russia and China flexing muscles. Muslims taking over Europe. 93 million Americans out of work. 47 million on food stamps. $19 trillion in debt. Bridges, tunnels, highways in disrepair. Three-hour wait to board out of O’Hare. But don’t you worry, our federal government is ON THE JOB here in North Carolina! The U.S. potty police are protecting us from the real national threat: alleged abuse of bathroom gender customs…!

Federal education funding blackmail already in play. Nationwide parental backlash likely. And likely to be enormous.

—Cliff
Hendersonville, NC

DO rest in peace, “dear girl”…!

[06880] Remembering V. Louise Higgins“A life well done, Miss Higgins. Now DO rest in peace…!” There are some who, by virtue of their talent and brains and desire, are just born to teach. Sadly, there are others… Well, not so much. Miss Higgins, as we knew her, passed away Monday, March 28, at the grand old age of 92. Truly one of the best teachers I have ever had. Maybe the best. Nice writeup on Dan Woog’s 06880 blog here. Wrote my one recollection of this remarkable high school teacher here. WestportNow.com obit here.

[Forwarded by Bruce Kent. Thanks, Bruce…]

Fund Drive Update

Dollar SignResults of drive to date… Not sure how long a class blog “fund drive” should last, but it’s now been two months and results have been heartwarming, to say the least. We are now only about $250 away from my “breakeven” goal of Contributions as against Expenses. We can easily make that up next year, although I will track and report any contributions I receive moving forward (hate that phrase…).

89% of goal
26-Apr-2016

Once again, heartfelt thanks to the 13 classmates who’ve contributed to date! Methinks I am going to consolidate fund drive updates on a new “Founders” page.

Oops…!

Comedy and TragedyBy now none of us should be surprised over hearing about some risk associated with a new technology. Example:

About the time that texting became a popular method of smart phone communication, an article appeared in a southern newspaper reporting the following incident between two local farmers:

[Text to a neighbor] “Joe, I’m sorry. I’ve been riddled with guilt and I have to confess: I’ve been helping myself to your wife when you’re not around, probably more than you. I know it’s no excuse, but I don’t get it at home. I can’t live with the guilt any longer! I hope you’ll accept my sincerest apology. It won’t happen again.”

Feeling outraged and betrayed, Joe grabs his gun, goes into the bedroom and—without a word—shoots his wife.

Moments later Joe gets a followup text from his neighbor: “Really should start using Spell Check! That should have said ‘wifi’…

[Ed. Hat tip to Bruce Kent for this little gem.]

Recollections: Rites of Passage (Like No Other…)

[Yearbook] Dave RuckertOf all the yearbook portraits, this is my favorite. Reason: Dave’s polite but forced expression portends an imminent collision of the photographer’s smiley face and Dave’s (hidden) clenched fist…

In this rarely confessed (yet embarrassingly familiar) recounting of a few of his high school misadventures, Dave will have you in stitches! Read on… :-)

Remember Her…?

[Yearbook] Virginia Morehouse“Demure” is one of the descriptors from her Yearbook profile. To some of us, Ginny seems demure to the point of disappearing…! Nevertheless she has remained a true class supporter all these years, feeding me news from time to time about our Wilton classmates. In this update she sends a photo of some of them back in fourth or fifth grade. Want to see what we looked like back then? Click here. “Thanks, Ginny. Your “presence” out there is strongly felt regardless of your “demureness”. ( “Demurity”…?)

A Quiet Retirement in Tampa

[Yearbook] Jacee McCluckie Tampa Bay, FL Hi Jacee… Great to hear from you and Frank again! You’re not the only ones who’ve given up rock climbing and sold the Harley! A pretty fair number of us have likewise settled down to a less strenuous daily routine. Maybe we’ll swing by for a visit one of these days on our way to see Deanna and Mike. Not that far from Asheville, NC. And heartfelt thanks, again, for your generous contribution to our class blog.

Read Jacee’s 2016 update on her Classmate Update page.