12/30/2012 (1682)


No Blog tomorrow.
With Tomorrow being NYE,  I will not be posting a blog.
Several months back I initiated a group gathering for NYE at the Marco Polo Hotel here in Cebu with our group of expat friends. With Bernadette’s condition I was not able to follow through with postings to get the ball rolling. I made reservations for Forty folks of which I think we could have filled too. Several days ago the Marco Polo requested for the return of our untaken seats, because they had a full house and wanted to fill the ones we did not use. When I informed them that Bernadette and I would not be going and the reason why, I got a reply from the hotel manger letting me know that he had booked a room for us at the hotel for NYE and also for the NYE festivities with their buffet and unlimited beverages, beer and wine. He said when Bernadette got tired she could just go to the room. He said they would take care of her special needs in the hotel and also take care our helper that we would have along to assist with Bernadette. He said “this is all on us too”. Bernadette, with her condition has opted not to go and I totally understand. She told me that I could go if I wanted, so I have decided to go for a few hours to take in the Buffet with our friends. I need to be back home by no later that 10:30 to be with Bernadette.
When Bernadette got up this morning she needed assistance to walk. She could not go it on her own. Later on in the day she was able to move about some without assistance. She is always very fatigued too. I don’t dare leave her by herself at all, so I have now hired folks dedicated to be with her at all times from 6:00 am until 10:00 pm. That allows me to come and go more freely too, knowing someone is with her. Her voice has become very soft and low too. Her mind is still good though.
Deb. Wenstad Slyter (’72) not well
Reply from Lynn Halvorson Otto (’75):  Boonton, NJ

To the Slyter/Wenstad families:  Our prayers go out to Deb for a speedy recovery.
Lynn Havorson Otto
Face book posting from Art Hagen (’72)
Cebu, Philippines
Our good friend Sharon stopped by last Friday to visit us.
The office of the president of the United States
Mark and Joanne Millang Bernstein (’70)
Joke of the day
Posted by Dick Johnson (’68):  Dunseith, ND

The 100 MPH Goat


Two Texas rednecks are out hunting, and as they are walking along they come upon a huge hole in the ground. They approach it and are amazed by the size of it.

The first hunter says, “Wow, that’s some hole; I can’t even see the bottom. I wonder how deep it is.”

The second hunter says,” I don’t know, let’s throw something down and listen and see how long it takes to hit bottom.”

The first hunter says, “There’s this old automobile transmission here, give me a hand and we’ll throw it in and see”. So they pick it up and carry it over, and count one, and two and three, and throw it in the hole.


They are standing there listening and looking over the edge and they hear a rustling in the brush behind them. As they turn around they see a goat come crashing through the brush, run up to the hole and with no hesitation, jump in head first.


While they are standing there looking at each other, looking in the hole and trying to figure out what that was all about, an old farmer walks up. “Say there,” says the farmer, “you fellers didn’t happen to see my goat around here anywhere, did you?”


The first hunter says, ” Funny you should ask, but we were just standing here a minute ago and a goat came running out of the bushes doin’ about a hunert miles an hour and jumped headfirst into this hole here!”


The old farmer said, “That’s impossible. I had him chained to a transmission!”