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12/31/17 01:46 PM #2465    


Jim Cejka

Musings on a New Year


Can't believe another one is coming.


In only about 12 hours, I'm going to have to remember a different year when I write a check.


Not even any football to worth watching. Sorry, but all this college bowl series stuff hype doesn't do anything for me. I'm old school. Growing up in Wisconsin, football meant winning the Big Ten and going to the Rose Bowl. Nobody carried about the other conferences, "national championship," or any of that stuff. If you were in the Big Ten, the Rose Bowl meant everything. In the Southwest, it was the Cotton Bowl, the Southeast, the Orange Bowl, and the Northeast never had any good teams anyway. There's no tradition to the bowls anymore. And, there's now a hundred of them, and such fun names - Famous Idaho Potato Bowl, Cheribundi Tart Cherry Boca Raton Bowl, and of course, the Bad Boy Mowers Gasparilla Bowl. C'mon.


The Badgers are done (Congrats) and Packers aren't playing into the new year.


Like Garry said, dry December. Here we go drought again? We haven't even put this round of fires out yet.


A new year means watching the grandgirls grow.


Stay up, go to bed early? There's no big thrill to greet the new year anymore. There's no sense in going to bed early either. Around here, WWIII erupts for just about any celebration day. There's enough fireworks, bangs, and booms, to make a John Wayne movie sound quiet.


And, where will we be next year, this time? Son's due to be transferred. To follow or not to follow, that is the question.


Anyway, hope everyone has their own Happy New Year.

01/03/18 11:00 PM #2466    


Barbara Blair (Brenzel)

Happy New Year from frigid Milwaukee.  I know how an icicle feels!

01/07/18 08:44 PM #2467    


Garry Sellers

I can sympathize with you who are suffering through a brutal weather spell.  Hardly made it into the 60's here in Northern California today.  Chilly!  Wonder how long you folks back in the Midwest and East will have to leave your Christmas lights up?  My sister in Conover, north of Eagle River, is even complaining.  She's sitting by the wood burning stove looking at the Spring seed catalogs and dreaming!  How's living up nord now working out for you Ray?

01/08/18 06:30 AM #2468    


Ray Thompson

Well Garry actually it is a beautiful day up Nort in the woods today. 71 and sunny. Course the 71 degrees is in front of my fire place with the fan on.

01/16/18 12:33 PM #2469    


Jim Cejka

I'm getting too old for this - just finished taking Driver's Ed again. I'm a grandpa, so why can't I be 'grandfathered  in.' 

Maybe they found out I never took it at Custer. 

Actually, it was driver's ed for geezers. In CA, and other places I guess, if you take their course it means: a) you can still see good enough to read, b) you can remember long enough to take the test at the end, c) if you pass, you get a nice discount on your auto insurance, d) all of the above. 

Oh well. . .

01/17/18 01:01 PM #2470    


Melody Jones (Parker)

Hi all y'all-

This will give you a chuckle!  We woke up to 1 inch of snow this morning...and...they CLOSED THE SCHOOLS!!!   LMAO!!!

I clearly remember walking in knee high snow from 50th and Congress to Custer (1 mile) and NEVER was school closed!!!

That's one of our dogs, sniffing the snowman.  Notice the cap on the snowman!  This is part of our back yard here in North Carolina. 

This is a picture of my car covered in snow in the front yard.


01/17/18 05:21 PM #2471    


Jim Cejka

Miss California yet?

BTW, your Custer page says you're still hiding out in Woodland.

01/18/18 09:01 AM #2472    


Melody Jones (Parker)

Jim, I tried to "update profile" and it did not allow me to make changes to "residing in"...???

Garry, can you help me change from CA to NC?

01/21/18 06:58 PM #2473    


Jim Cejka

Yeah, Melody, I couldn't change some things in mine either. I'm trying to come up with some kind of conspiracy theory to blame Garry, but the football games are disconcerting and distracting me. I'm sure there's some reason.

01/21/18 09:27 PM #2474    


Garry Sellers

Do to the use of the phrase "All y'all" Melody is in danger of being removed from the class list.  It is perfectly okay for a member of the Custer Alumni to move to the South but they are not allowed to use the word "y'all" at least publicly ... unless they want to declare themselves as a true redneck!  You don't hear any of us transplanted Cheeseheads here in California saying "Like Wow Dude!", do you?  I rest my case.

01/21/18 11:57 PM #2475    


Jim Cejka

Right on man. Gnarly. But, everything is copacetic.

01/22/18 09:37 AM #2476    


Melody Jones (Parker)

OK you guys, I give up.  You caught me "red handed" so to speak.  No. California did not "rub off" on me.  Yes, North Carolina did.  So, I am publically declaring to "all y'all" that I am officially a gun toting member of the south!...and proud of it!  "Yehaw!"

01/22/18 09:23 PM #2477    


Jim Cejka

Melody - we may cut you some slack, IF you promise to stay a Packer cheesehead, in absentia. You can adopt the funny talk, but have to keep your allegiances to the Green and Gold, instead of those panther guys.

01/22/18 11:30 PM #2478    


Garry Sellers

In case anybody has noticed, our "In Memory" YouTube video has been deleted by one of the music labels.  I understand their rights but you sure would think they have better things to do with their time than take down a video honoring our deceased classmates.  If anybody wants a copy of it I think Fred and I have one around here someplace.

01/23/18 09:06 AM #2479    


Melody Jones (Parker)

Jim, I promise to wear my Packer hat and regularly cheer for the Pack whenever they are televised over here!  After all, once a Packer backer - always a Packer backer!!!



My son's Packer wall in his "man cave"


02/10/18 01:43 PM #2480    


Jim Cejka

So, it's veg in front of the Olympics time again. 

Somehow, zipping on my sled down the hill at Smith Park, or somebody's tobaggan (once we had access to a car) on the big slide at Currie Park, don't seem up to luge or bobsled. But, the scenery is great, it's a nice relief from anything else on TV, and a good mental exercise trying to figure out how some of those events got to be a "sport," let alone in the Olympics.

02/19/18 11:01 AM #2481    


Jim Cejka

Favorite Olympic event so far. So glad he made it back for these Olympics.

02/24/18 11:45 AM #2482    


Melody Jones (Parker)

So, it was 79 degrees yesterday and the trees have buds all over, some white dogwoods are in bloom; but not in our front yard where an oak tree lives.  Two baby rose bushes are newly planted and so there is hope for flowers in the future.  Rain scheduled for Sun and Mon will help them get settled in the ground.  No, I do not do any gardening, much too disabled for that...the work is all done by my daughter-in-law.  However, I still do some cooking and with this beautiful kitchen, it would be a shame not to cook!smiley

Sorry to see the olympics close on Sunday.  I disagree with the gold in the ladies figure skate.  The two Russians were both equally wonderful in their execution but I think the silver skater had an better artistic program than the gold.  A lot of people on social media have the same opinion.  Have a good weekend, y'all!




04/06/18 09:30 PM #2483    


Jim Cejka

2001: A Space Odyssey, is now 50 yrs old. That means I've had that long to think about it, and I still don't understand it.

04/07/18 01:17 PM #2484    


Melody Jones (Parker)

Got this in my email about WW2 and thought y'all would appreciate it.

Starting in 1940, an increasing number of British & Canadian Airmen found themselves as the involuntary guests of the Third Reich, and the Crown was casting about for ways and means to facilitate their escape...Now obviously, one of the most helpful aids to that end is a useful and accurate map, one showing not only where stuff was, but also showing the locations of 'safe houses' where a POW on-the-lam could go for food and shelter.
 Paper maps had some real drawbacks -- they make a lot of noise when you open and fold them, they wear out rapidly, and if they get wet, they turn into mush.
 Someone in MI-5 (similar to America 's OSS ) got the idea of
printing escape maps on silk. It's durable, can be scrunched-up into tiny wads, and unfolded as many times as needed, and makes no noise whatsoever.
 At that time, there was only one manufacturer in Great Britain that had perfected the technology of printing on silk, and that was John Waddington Ltd.  When approached by the government, the firm was only too happy to do its bit for the war effort.
 By pure coincidence, Waddington was also the U.K. Licensee for the popular American board game Monopoly.  As it happened, 'games and pastimes' was a category of item qualified for insertion into ?CARE packages', dispatched by the International Red Cross to prisoners of war.
 Under the strictest of secrecy, in a securely guarded and inaccessible oldworkshop on the grounds of Waddington's, a group of sworn-to-secrecy employees began mass-producing escape maps, keyed to each region of Germany, Italy , France or where ever Allied POW camps were located.
When processed, these maps could be folded into such tiny dots that they would actually fit inside a Monopoly playing piece.
 As long as they were at it, the clever workmen at Waddington's
also managed to add:
 1.    A playing token, containing a small magnetic compass
   2.    A two-part metal file that could easily be screwed together
 3.    Useful amounts of genuine high-denomination German, Italian, and French currency, hidden within the piles of Monopoly money!
British and American air crews were advised, before taking off on their first  mission, how to identify a 'rigged' Monopoly set ? by means of atiny red dot, one cleverly rigged to look like an ordinary printing glitch,  located in the corner of the Free Parking square.
 Of the estimated 35,000 Allied POWS who successfully escaped, an estimated one-third were aided in their flight by the rigged Monopoly sets.  Everyonewho did so was sworn to secrecy indefinitely, since the British Government might want to use this highly successful ruse in still another, future war.
 The story wasn't declassified until 2007, when the surviving
craftsmen from Waddington's, as well as the firm itself, were finally honoured in a public ceremony.
 It's always nice when you can play that 'Get Out of Jail' Free' card!

04/07/18 01:17 PM #2485    


Terri Levenhagen (Hoornstra)

It's been a while since I visited the Home Page, and I just wanted to say how much I enjoyed the pictures from our time. Amazing how many things are gone. When I was teaching, I used to keep a set of ball and jacks in my classroom, and on rainy days taught those interested a "new" alternative to a screen game. Jim, just to underscore the 50 years since 2001 was released, the Century 21 theater where I saw the movie when it opened in 1967, a futuristic-looking dome, has now been demolished. There were actually 4-5 of those domes in San Jose, and I believe they saved one to convert to a store/restaurant.

04/09/18 07:34 PM #2486    


Jim Cejka

Terri, Melody - welcome back. It's nice to see something posted here by someone other than that Cejka guy.

04/10/18 09:25 AM #2487    


Melody Jones (Parker)

Yes Jim, I think everyone else went into winter hibernation and since the warmer weather isn't here yet, they don't realize it is spring and they can come out now!  Wake up y'all!

04/11/18 10:12 PM #2488    


Jim Cejka

Another bubble burst – 

Remember growing up and Mom telling us to eat lots of carrots because it would be good for our eyes and help us see better in the dark?  Bummer, not really sorta so.

Yes, carrots are good for the eyes because they are loaded with vitamin A, which is good for healthy eyes. Help see better? Not really, my glasses did that. See better in the dark – a WWII secret trick.

Turns out that during WWII Battle of Britain, the Luftwaffe was doing most of its bombing of England at night. By 1940, the RAF had developed a type of radar to help locate and shoot down the German bombers in the dark. They proved to be quite successful. To keep the radar secret, the British told the world that their ability to shoot down the night bombers was because their pilots ate lots of carrots, enabling them to see the enemy planes in the dark. Seems everybody believed that, including our moms. 

04/16/18 12:03 AM #2489    


Jim Cejka

R.I.P Gunny.

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