Colette,It is so nice to hear from you again. It has been awhile.Sounds like you had a ND blizzard in New Mexico. Must be the affects of Global warming.Gary
milestone of 35 years together and on the other, my sadness on Bernadette’s medical challenges which cause discomfort. After seeing
you both in Bottineau this past summer and witnessing the energy and
interest you generated by your very presence, it is difficult to imagine
the limitations you now experience. Prayers and hopes are with you both.
Thank you Bill for the kind words. Bernadette has her ups and downs. Today she is better than yesterday so that is a plus. She is a fighter and does the best she can to live a normal life with her condition. She is extremely hurt when she is unable to perform some routine tasks. Some tasks that she can not perform one day, the next day she can and the cycle continues. She seems to have leveled out lately. Hopefully this will continue.Gary
I will try to get a quick update typed as we wait for a briefing from the Secretary of the Dept of Health (Philippines) and WHO officials. It might be very brief as I hear helicopter blades…
The team in Guiuan is wrapping up our stint here. Tomorrow we will transition in a much smaller group of replacement volunteers from Oregon. I think I can speak for the group in saying it has been a very busy but overwhelming stint. We have been caring for patients with a mixed range of acuity. There is still ongoing wound management from the typhoon. We see a consistent string of acute infections, but the majority of benefit we provide currently is supporting the daily flow of patients (increased about three fold from baseline) at the Regional Health Units (RHU). This has provided the local staff the opportunity to recover and re-group. The discussions regarding formally handing back all care to local staff are actively in process. After that, I see the main project is protecting against and monitoring clusters of disease outbreaks. Along this line, one of our nightly chores includes compiling surveillance statistics for the Department of Health.
Now the important officials have arrived so I should join the briefing.
We have definitely benefited from the outpouring of support, and think of our friends and families at Stanford often.
Folks are healthy, invigorated, and tired. Additionally, the team effort warms my heart daily.
All the best,
Joke of the day:
Paddy and Mick were walking along a street in London.
Paddy looked in one of the shop windows and saw a sign that caught his eye.
The sign read, “Suits £5.00 each, Shirts £2.00 each, Trousers £2.50 per pair”.
Paddy said to his pal, “Mick look at the prices! We could buy a whole lot of those and when we get back to Ireland we could make a fortune. Now when we go in you stay quiet, okay? Let me do all da talking ’cause if they hear our accents, they might think we’re thicko’s from Ireland and try to screw us. I’ll put on me best English accent.”
“Roight y’are Paddy, I’ll keep me mouth shut, so I will. You do all da business” said Mick.
They go in and Paddy said in a posh voice, “Hello my good man. I’ll take 50 suits at £5.00 each, 100 shirts at £2..00 each, and 50 pairs of trousers at £2.50 each. I’ll back up me truck ready to load ’em on, so I will.”
The owner of the shop said quietly, “You’re from Ireland, aren’t you?”
“Well yes,” said a surprised Paddy. “What gave it away?”
The owner replied, “This is a dry-cleaners.”
Yes, I remember the Deerheart Lodge well. I’ve got two pics of it. One is the same one you posted and one of the castle. I think my Mother has some, will look in her albums. In 75 or 76 when I went to Dunseith, went looking for the Lodge but couldn’t find it. I sure hope some museum has it all. I loved that place. Will send the pics I find.
On that trip also went to the Butte of St. Paul. There wasn’t even a trail to go in or up the Butte. What’s with that??
Tim I remember the bakery well. During school and lunch time 5 or 6 of us girls would run to the bakery and get 3 raised doughnuts or Bismarck’s for a dime, then race to Shelver’s Drug to grab the only booth. Order cherry cokes. Eat our healthy lunches, then race back to classes. Those were the best doughnuts!
Sorry I missed all the excitement over the Thunderbirds. Collette didn’t Janet go the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs to Bill’s graduation and all the festivities??
Cecile Gouin Craig ’61
Thank you for all the Emails. However, I have not had time to
read them. I still work for Customs but since we are now
Department of Homeland Security and have become Customs and
Border Protection (Immigration, Customs, and Agriculture) there
is always something new to learn. Or something to teach all
the new employees who have no institutional memory. I recently
moved to Portland, Oregon, so I do not plan to retire in the
near future. I would just go back to work anyway.Bremerton is a beautiful place. I have enjoyed taking the
Seattle-Bremerton Ferry to Seattle. The trip provides a
relaxing and interesting view of Seattle when compared with a
trip on I-5 at 75 miles per hour. I have spent an afternoon in
“The Pour House Pub”. A friend’s from Wilton, ND cousin, Carol
and Dave, own the Pub.
If you can provide names of interesting places to see other
than the usual tourist stops I would appreciate it. I have
seen the original Starbucks and purchased some coffee there.
Watched the fish fly from the Ice to the counters, K.C. Sine,
could have used this method to sell more candy to school kids.
I am happy to see you taking such an interest in our roots and
our routes. With the death the fall of 06 of a good friend and
CBP colleague, Clark Parrill (DHS 70), I often wonder where all
of our lives have taken people from Dunseith.
A couple of notes in my travels for work, if you are from North
Dakota, the 6 degrees of separation is really on 4 degrees.
People from North Dakota are everywhere and know everyone
around the world. Since we are from a small rural town and
have Scandinavian heritage we down play our connections. But I
am sure if my life depended on it I could get an autograph of
anyone in the USA and probably the world.
And . . . North Dakota is a Great place to be FROM . . . so
many of us have left the state in search of employment.