Friday, May 2, 2008

Don't forget, spaghetti dinner at St. John's Sunday night, May 4 (see earlier post)
This beautiful photo was taken yesterday in Tokyo. The fields are planted with different colored phlox as far as the eye can see.
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Here's your Sam's public service announcement. Maybe one of us could save a life, it could happen!

Remember the 1st Three Letters.... S.T.R.

During a BBQ, a friend stumbled and took a little
fall - she assured everyone that she was fine (they offered to call
paramedics) .....she said she had just tripped over a brick because of her new shoes.They got her cleaned up and got her a new plate of
food. While she appeared a bit shaken up, Ingrid went about enjoying
herself the rest of the evening. Ingrid's husband called later telling everyone that his wife had been taken to the hospital - (at 6:00 pm Ingrid passed
away.) She had suffered a stroke at the BBQ. Had they known how to identify the signs of a stroke,perhaps Ingrid would be with us today. Some don't die.... they end up in a helpless, hopeless condition instead.

It only takes a minute to read this.
A neurologist says that if he can get to a stroke
victim within 3 hours he can totally reverse the effects of a stroke...
totally . He said the trick was getting a stroke recognized,
diagnosed, and then getting the patient medically cared for within 3 hours,
which is tough.

Thank God for the sense to remember the "3" steps,
STR . Read and Learn!
Sometimes symptoms of a stroke are difficult to
identify. Unfortunately,the lack of awareness spells disaster. The stroke
victim may suffer severe brain damage when people nearby fail to
recognize the symptoms of a stroke. Now doctors say a bystander can recognize a stroke
by asking three simple questions,

S * Ask the individual to SMILE.

T * Ask the person to TALK and SPEAK A SIMPLE SENTENCE (Coherently)
(i.e. It is sunny out today)

R * Ask him or her to RAISE BOTH ARMS.

New Sign of a Stroke -------- Stick out Your Tongue NOTE: Another 'sign' of a stroke is this: Ask the
person to 'stick' out his tongue.. If the tongue is 'crooked', if it goes
to one side or the other , that is also an indication of a stroke.

If he or she has trouble with ANY ONE of these tasks,
call 999/911 immediately and describe the symptoms to the dispatcher.

Thursday, May 1, 2008

Monday, April 28, 2008

Birthdays and Caches

Happy Birthday to Harold's Mom, Ann, on the 29th and our Las Vegas friend, Tom, on May 1!
A joyful Doug celebrates with a treat from Andrea. April 30th is the big day! So far, gift suggestions have included a pair of pants, a compact mirror, shoes, a ten-pack of reading glasses, a new wallet, a pocket knife, and a rocking chair.

Found this MICRO cache in the Patapsco Valley State Park on Sunday.

OK, folks, it there is good weather on Saturday morning, please join me for some local geocaching after breakfast. It shouldn't take too long.There are three caches hidden within a few blocks of Sam's. Wear comfortable shoes; all of these are close to the road. Now I found the tiny container above after hiking 1 1/2 miles into the woods......but the one hidden by Friendly's eludes me. So Max and Zack, I need your expert help!

Sunday, April 27, 2008

If the Chairs Are Rocking, Don't Come Knocking

  • Doug came in and we sang an early happy birthday to him. He had a surprise party last night at Nick's Seafood. One of his gifts was a book called "Sex After Fifty"; Doug said all of its pages were blank.

  • When Jack heard the word sex, he looked up and said "What?". Gladys said that at their age, now they sit in their rocking chairs on the front porch and just reminisce about sex. Don said now that he knows this, he'll check to see how fast they are rocking when he drives by their house. Bill decided that he needs to go buy some rocking chairs for his house. Jack offered his chairs to anyone who wishes to come and rock with them! Jean remarked that Don's legs were bouncing too close to her throughout this conversation......Don said all the talk about rocking chair sex had him excited. Sue thought that maybe Gladys should put out rocking chairs on the parade route this year instead of folding chairs. Gladys reported that she always sits with Phil Schubert at the parade, not Jack! We all decided that we will never look at rocking chairs in the same way.

  • Glenn heard about the silent auction for the services for four men for four hours. Said he would like to get in touch with his feminine side, so he plans to bid on this item too.