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02/05/21 09:04 AM #60    

Judi LeLoup

Hi Everyone:)

Glad to hear everyone is getting the vaccine and those who have had Covid are recovered.  Many of my friends, and my son, have had it, and it's no picnic.  But they, thank heaven, are all recovered.

I just got my first shot yesterday.  Pfizer, so 21 days from now I get the second.  Heard all the same stories, second has a kick.  My arm is sore and I was a lilttle tired yesterday.  Other than that, I feel relieved to be on the way to putting this behind us all. 

Barb, keep trying daily, hourly, whenever you can, to get online for an appointment.  My first one was for April 2nd, best I could get, in Albany.  Then I kept trying other areas, and worked my way up from March 28th, March 18th, February 10th, then the 6th!!!, as people juggled appointments, to February 4th!  I was so excited:)  I found people were cancelling appointments early morning or late at night and I just hit it right the day before the 4th.  My appointment was an hour and half away, in Plattsburgh NY.  I would have driven further if I had to.  I even considered driving and staying in a hotel!   There are appointments in Plattsburgh and Potsdam opening up all the time..............might be worth a road trip!!!

Best to everyone and hope to see you all in the summer!



02/06/21 03:00 PM #61    

Ed McElhiney

Hi Judi I am glad it all worked out for you,and that your son and friends recovered from the virus. Hopefully we won't have this much longer. Thanks for your post 

       Take Care, Ed

02/06/21 06:22 PM #62    


Barbara Berger (Turvey)

Judy, thank you for the update - appreciated. Plattsburgh and winter in the same sentence LOL!?! 

Many of us downstate are holding on until things improve on distribution.  Happy to say Yankee stadium is open which will be a relief valve so Westchester County isn't in a constant state of unavailable. Also Walgreens and CVS are in the pipeline. Bottom line, there are just a lot of people here.

In the meantime, EVERYONE, even if you get the vaccine, it is still not clear whether you can be an asymptomatic carrier to your loved ones. Take precautions seriously.

ALL TAKE CARE until we meet again.

02/07/21 10:17 AM #63    

Judi LeLoup

Thanks Ed, for the kind words.

And Barb:)  It's an absolutely beautiful drive to the north country!  Especially with the snow!

I don't buy the asymptomatic BS .....sorry, but if we have the antibodies, we aren't carrying the virus.  There are hundreds of doctors who dispute this theory and I believe it's very much a scare tactic. I refuse to live in fear after my vaccine.  That's the whole point of getting one and getting back to living.  The lockdowns do not work, and I will comply wearing a mask where necessary, but that is as far as it goes. 

Many of my friends who have had Covid have been tested regularly for the antibodies, and those who had it a year ago (March) still have them!  Good news to say the least.

Hope they open up more for you downstate soon.  They are very slow here in NYS!

Be well and best of luck,


02/12/21 12:24 PM #64    

Ed McElhiney

For those of you looking to get vaccinated a friend of my wife gave us info on getting it at Rite Aid and I just got off of the website. We are both signed up to get the shot tomorrow 2 miles from our house. It is their COVID qualifier questionnaire you fill out. If you qualify which all of us do you get to pick your day and time at a choice of Rite Aid stores. Hope that helps.


02/13/21 10:51 AM #65    

Bob Richardson

I have friends that successfully tried a different approach. They would go to their local drugstore that gives the vaccinations at the end of the day and ask if they have any available. It doesn't work every time, but if you get your first vaccint, the schedule you for the second while you wait.

02/14/21 02:15 PM #66    

Rosanne Piazza (Moldvay)

I signed Chuck & I up with our Portage County health dept in mid January.  They emailed Chuck and he went last Saturday (he's 70) and they called me mid week and I went yesterday.  We both got the Moderna vaccine. My arm is a little sore and I have a headache on and off today.  I had tried several other websites and couldn't get through to make an appointment so was very happy when the Health Dept contacted us.  We were told the supply is limited because they started vaccinating the teachers in Ohio.  We're very happy to have gotten in.  I lost my brother and my dad to Covid this past summer and our daughter in law's grandfather in November.





02/15/21 08:56 PM #67    

Ed McElhiney

Rosanne very sorry for the loss of your loved ones. I am glad that you and your husband got your shots the more people that get vaccinated the sooner this terrible virus will be over. My wife and I also got the Moderna vaccine on Saturday she had light headedness and muscle aches, for me nothing not even a sore arm kind of wierd. Again my condolences to you and your family stay safe.


02/16/21 10:38 AM #68    

Judi LeLoup


I am so very sorry to hear of the loss of your brother, father and daughter in law's grandfather.  My deepest sympathies.  It's never ever easy to lose a loved one.

Bless you,


02/16/21 11:44 AM #69    


Heidi Wolske (Dugger)

Dear Rosanne,

So very sorry for your losses. I cannot fathom the amount of grief these encompass. Having lost my father-in-law and both parents in the last few years, I can somewhat imagine, but still, so sorry Co-vid took so many of your loved ones! Stay safe, and hope we can all get vaccine as soon as possible. Sending prayers of peace your way! 
Love & blessings,


02/16/21 04:56 PM #70    


Sandy Shaia (Shimshock)

oh Dear Rosanne, I just saw this!  How devasting for you to endure all these losses.  im so so sorry.  i wish i could turn the clock back, hearing so much sad news it seems, like a nightmare.  Praying for peace .

love ♥ sandy

02/16/21 05:01 PM #71    


Sandy Shaia (Shimshock)

As far as the Vac, i am waiting on Cleveland Clinic, they said they will notify me thru 'My Chart'.  Due to other body complications, (lol, yes kinda got old)  i want to be at Hillcrest when given my shot.  Anyway, Dale got his first one at the Veterans Hosp in Parma.  His arm was sore (typically) for 2 days, however the second nite he got chills, headache and feverish.  he is ok now and glad that is over with, cant wait for his second shot! He got the pfizer.


02/17/21 10:16 AM #72    

Bob Richardson

Roseanne, so sorry for your losses.

05/02/21 03:52 PM #73    


Jeff Miller

Its been averaging over 90 since late April. I'm about burned up and melted. I just bought a new Fiat, my fourth,they have great air conditioning.  My wife Karin, who  has been in Bellagio, off Lake Como recently says it doesn't matter. The whole  TOMATO over here is HOT Too!  All I can say is we gotta change this here climate ting'   I've hah four surgeries year. I'd like to golf this year yet ,if I can walk or see,  i will try to be at Punderson. Just an old 69er !    (I got Chris Bobby's putter to break in, after all)

05/03/21 07:45 AM #74    

Bob Richardson

Nice to hear from you, Jeff. But I think I'm missing the context for your comment.

Hope all is well!

08/08/21 09:57 PM #75    

Jane Horner (Quilter)

Hope at this point that everyone who wants the vaccine has received it.

Wishing all of you a chance to escape it.  Our 20-yr.-old granddaughter  (unvaccinated)  had it and had some serious complications several weeks later- irregular heartbeat, suspected blood clot in lung, but her mom, who is a nurse, got her straight to emergency..  She is okay now. But her Nana is still uneasy about being in crowds, especially with the surge of delta, so I will not be at the dinner following the golf outing this year.  Will miss you all and please let me know in whose memory this year's golf outing is.  


09/11/21 02:19 PM #76    


Jeff Miller

I've been working on getting my legs back under me.  Starting to throw down the my cane more often.  Walking around the neighborhood  with  my 120lb. lab "brighty." She is afraid  of about everything.  Since Karin got back from  Italy, we have been  trying to see more of  Virginia.  We even found 'corned beef", good pizza, and good seafood down here in this mid-atlantic "food desert".  Hopefully. We  will  find more than 100 degree days, Walmart, and and Anti- Vaccers, down here too.  Makes you look forward  to the noise all the low flying  helicopters make looking for empty houses to rent to  the Afghanis'.   Enjoy the rest of summer. we can still get get into the 90ties in October!  Enjoy Ohio, while you can!

09/12/21 11:03 AM #77    

Bob Richardson

Hey, Jeff, I've got a couple spare legs if that would help LOL.

12/07/22 01:37 PM #78    


Jeff Miller

Happy Birthday to the baby of the class of 1969.  You aren't the only one legged "alum",I lost my "left" to diabetes in April. Kinda sucks.          Jeff  M.

12/22/22 04:45 PM #79    


Chris Heston

Dear Friends,

So, here’s an odd way to start,

I spent a little time recently watching a few movies I hadn’t seen in a spell. The one I’m gonna talk about now is “Tombstone." Have y'all seen it? Might’ve been one of the best westerns ever, prolly was Val Kilmer’s best flick and that’s saying something. Spoiler alert: towards the end and right before the last actual gunfight, Wyatt Earp (Kurt Russell) was having a bedside conversation with his ailing and in reality gravely ill friend Doc Holliday (Val Kilmer) This is roughly how the script went when they were speaking about one of the main antagonists:

Wyatt Earp: What makes a man like Ringo, Doc? What makes him do the things he does?Doc Holliday: A man like Ringo's got a great empty hole right through the middle of him. He can never kill enough or steal enough or inflict enough pain to ever fill it.

WE: What does he need?

DH: Revenge.

WE: Revenge for what?

DH: For bein’ born.

Speaking of not so nice guise,...

It’s about this dude from Tarsus, which from a map standpoint is a pretty furr distance from Germany. And this guy may not have had a whole lot of money either ‘cause I guess he couldn’t afford a hoss or even a beat up Volkswagen, so he had to roll around on a donkey. So! Anywhich dude was on his way to Damascus and wouldn’t you know it, a lightning bolt or something came right out of the sky, which at once knocked him off his aß which caused him to land on, well, his aß. Leastwise that’s how I heard it. As this story of Saul goes, to say he wadn’t a nice guy is an understatement, amongst other things he sat idly by whilst an innocent man was executed, and he had some other folks put in jail simply for going to church.

Annnnd this is as far as I…….

Got when I first started this a day or two ago. Then a really bizarre thing happened- I’m having some really weird network issues. Literally every device I have connected to my fiber world got root kitted or something, and every Apple anything I own is bricked. About the only thing I’ve got working right now is this old laptop that I loaded with Ubuntu and even it acts like it’s on safe mode, and on an air card with lousy reception. I’m not complaining about that part since right now it’s about my only link left to civilization. I’m pretty sure this isn’t supposed to be even possible but here I am trying to sort it out. Funny thing is, I thought I was relatively computer savvy, but these days? I’m like a grandpa with a VHS. I know I’ll suss it all out sooner or later but I have a feeling a visit to the Apple store is in my future, which should be a real fun place to be just ahead of Christmas.

Right after Thanksgiving this year…

K says to me we gots to overdo it with Christmas glitter and lights in the yard. Like err'body else, she's seen that Clark Griswald movie and on toppa that she knows I’m a sucker for extremes so I’m thinking well OK kewl, err, wait, your crazy cousin isn’t planning to show up, right? What she really meant was she wanted me to go to on a safari to Home Depot and score every light in the place whilst she sipped a latte on the couch and hogged all the big pillows. After I got back from the big orange box place, yeah buddy we gots lots of decorations and this is gonna be oh so, so lit and I’m all over it. So! I’m climbing up and down this ladder, stringing lights and I start out feeling skippy. In front of my house I noticed there were a few chirren going up and down the street in this little battery powered car, I remember thinking at the time ‘Gee that would’ve been a been a lot of fun when I was a kid!’  Well, maybe not quite as cool as one of those go-karts we weren’t allowed to have for the longest time but hey. After awhile though, I’m startin' ta get tired, this ain’t going up as quick as I thought it would, and wouldn’t you know it I stepped in a big pile of fire ants - which means I need to change clothes pronto and pour vinegar all over myself. Next thing you know I’m back at it outside trying to untangle all these lights, there’s knotted up wires and dropped extension cords everywhere, confound it why ain’t some of these silly things working? Fumbling around with those little plastic clips that go on the gutters but you need 3 hands while balancing on the top step. Not only that but this ladder I’m climbing up and down and jockeying six feet at a time for some reason is an awful lot heavier than it was last year. If that ain’t enough, at the time we were in the middle of a hot spell and it was even worse in the sun. Now it's getting a little late in the day, I’m nowhere near as good at this as I used to be, I’m tired from schlepping this ladder, hot, sweaty, with ant bites all over me, not feeling’ the love and It was right about then two of the children playing outside, couldn’t have been more than 4 or 5, walked a few steps up my driveway, looked at me and with absolutely the sweetest and most sincere voice said “Can we do anything to help you?” Talk about melt your heart! Remind me to be a little more generous with the Halloween candy next year. 

Sorry this ended up bein’ so breezy….

Have I mentioned it’s my favorite time of year? Very many times? No doubt like everyone else, maybe the best Christmases were either as a child, or spending it with children either your own or grand children, altho sharing time with inlaws these days complicates that calculus. Strangers are nicer to each other. Even cranky people have less edge to ‘em and manage to crack a smile ever onced in awhile. Time to get the honey out and put the vinegar away. Maybe too it’s like Thanksgiving, cause it’s one of those odd things that make you feel good without the super secret high falootin elixirs. It's a reminder for me at least that literally anything is possible in God’s world. That feller Saul? Ended up changing his name to Paul, and with God’s help he became one of the most well-known and respected men and greatest writers in all of history. A few years ago I wrote a little diddy about ‘One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.’ Thing is, sometimes it's like all you hear is one war after another, all the discontent, seems like there’s no shortage of Mildred Ratcheds in life, Lawd help us all if you run into the next Johnny Ringo. Best I can do is stay in my own lane and away from the negativity and try to look be grateful for lifes’ blessings. Because you never know, at any given time God will send a couple of little angels to help you with your lights and cheer you up when you’re feeling a bit discouraged, I just need to pay attention. If you’ve made it this far reading I really appreciate it, it’s been fun doing these over the years and I’m so honored that I can still call y’all friends after all this time. Err’body hunker down, by the sounds of things it’s gonna get nasty cold, even this far south. Oh, one more thing, if you hear that somebody in south Texas melted the power grid in some power surge lithium fire, it really wadn’t my fault!  :)  Merry Christmas, happy celebrating another lap around the sun, and as always May God Bless,


12/23/22 09:55 AM #80    

Bob Richardson

Thanks for another great story/message/note, Tex. I enjoy and really appreciate them and I'm sure the rest of the Great and Fine Class of '69 does as well.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all!

~ (Birthday) Bob

12/24/22 04:00 PM #81    


Barbara Berger (Turvey)

This Christmas more than ever, the world needs the kindness and gentle hearts of those 4 or 5 year olds. Thanks Chris for writing and sharing. Merry Christmas Cuz to You, Kathy and Family.

AND, Merry Christmas Dear Class of '69!

03/23/23 11:42 AM #82    


Sandy Shaia (Shimshock)

Hey yall.... we have no 2023 chatter yet, so let me start by saying Happy 2023 to everyone and how is everyone doing??   Im ok minus a few aches and pains i am not gonna complain! Im walking, Im talking and best of all i can still go SHOPPING... LOL.... we had a trip planned for AZ but at the last minute before leaving for the airport our flight got cancelled.  What a fiasco getting our $ returned for everything EXcept the flight home .  American Airlines just gave us a credit to use within a year, thanks bunches Frontier Airlines for ruining our trip, they could have least cancelled before our suitcases were packed and in the car ready to go!  ha!

Wishing everyone good heath.............

love yooz 


04/02/23 12:46 AM #83    


Chris Heston

So! A few days ago I'm at home and someone was blowing up my phone using a number I didn’t recognize. Anyone else get tired of those? I’m usually not dumb enough to answer calls like those but this was one of those “Oh well why not moments" so I picked up. Some feller with broken English mumbled around a bit and finally said “Do you need help with dealing with Medicare and dealing with pain?" I answered, 'the biggest pain I have is dealing with unwanted calls like this one.’ Next thing I heard was CLICK.


Sorry y’all , that’s the best “April Fools” joke I could come up with on short notice this year. :)

04/02/23 11:14 PM #84    

Howard Rhoad

Funny stuff, Chris 

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