Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Happy Holidays to all!

 Andy bars the door

 Paul and Don

 The gang

 Akbar with his stocking cap

 The stocking (caps) were hung

 Another view

 Bill T, Patty, Marcia, and Doug

 The Fosters

Don, Gladys, Bill W. and Pat

 Farewell, Bill, floating on home

Bill W's beautiful car

We were just talking about Johel today, and I wrote to him on Facebook. He wrote back!

Johel Ramirez sueeee ,. i was just checking the blogspot today, nothing new haha , i wish you all merry merry christmas, and i dont know when i will go back, for now i m enjoing time with my family , maybe by the end of winter . (i dont really want to be in the cold

Deck the Halls With Silly Puns Falalalala

1. The fattest knight at King Arthur's round table was Sir Cumference. He acquired his size from too much pi.

2. I thought I saw an eye doctor on an Alaskan island, but it turned out to be an optical Aleutian.
3. She was only a whiskey maker, but he loved her still.

4. A rubber band pistol was confiscated from algebra class, because it was a weapon of math disruption.

5. No matter how much you push the envelope, it'll still be stationery.

6. A dog gave birth to puppies near the road and was cited for littering.
7. A grenade thrown into a kitchen in France would result in Linoleum Blownapart.

8. Two silk worms had a race. They ended up in a tie.

9. A hole has been found in the nudist camp wall. The police are looking into it.

10. Time flies like an arrow. Fruit flies like a banana.

11. Atheism is a non-prophet organization.

12. Two hats were hanging on a hat rack in the hallway. One hat said to the other: 'You stay here; I'll go on a head.'

13. I wondered why the baseball kept getting bigger. Then it hit me.

14. A sign on the lawn at a drug rehab center said: 'Keep off the Grass.'

15. The midget fortune-teller who escaped from prison was a small medium at large.

16. The soldier who survived mustard gas and pepper spray is now a seasoned veteran.

17. A backward poet writes inverse.

18. In a democracy it's your vote that counts. In feudalism it's your count that votes.

19. When cannibals ate a missionary, they got a taste of religion.

20. If you jumped off the bridge in Paris, you'd be in Seine.

21. A vulture boards an airplane, carrying two dead raccoons. The stewardess looks at him and says, 'I'm sorry, sir, only one carrion allowed per passenger.'

22. Two fish swim into a concrete wall. One turns to the other and says 'Dam!'

23. Two Eskimos sitting in a kayak were chilly, so they lit a fire in the craft. Unsurprisingly it sank, proving once again that you can't have your kayak and heat it too.

24. Two hydrogen atoms meet. One says, 'I've lost my electron.' The other says 'Are you sure?' The first replies, 'Yes, I'm positive.'

25. Did you hear about the Buddhist who refused Novocain during a root canal? His goal: transcend dental medication.

26. There was the person who sent ten puns to friends, with the hope that at least one of the puns would make them laugh. No pun in ten did.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Happy Halloween from John and Bosco

Rules for Halloween for Seniors

You know you are too old to Trick or Treat when:

10. You keep knocking on your own front door.
 9. You remove your false teeth to change your appearance. 

8. You ask for soft high fiber candy only.
7. When someone drops a candy bar in your bag, and you lose your balance and fall over.

6. People say: 'Great Boris Karloff Mask,'
And you're not wearing a mask.

 5. When the door opens you yell, 'Trick or...' And you can't remember the rest.

4. By the end of the night, 
you have a bag full of restraining orders.

3. You have to carefully choose a costume that doesn't dislodge your hairpiece.

2. You're the only Power Ranger in theneighborhood with a walker.
And the number one reason Seniors should not go
Trick Or Treating...


1. You keep having to go home to pee.

No matter, have a HAPPY HALLOWEENanyway

Friday, October 14, 2011

Foster's Bingo Tonight!

Come support Luck of the Irish team at their Longaberger Basket bingo tonight, October 14 at The Lodge (2832 Frederick Road, Catonsville MD). Doors open at 6:00 p.m. Bingo starts at 7:00p.m.  You can buy food and drink there, and there are always many great raffles!

The Fosters are regular patrons at Sam's. See you there!

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Sean's the Fishing Champ!

Sean won first place in the fishing contest. Cool trophy, way to go!

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

From John S.

The men from the USS Currier

Married Men
At a wedding party recently someone yelled,
"All the married men please stand next to the one person who has made your life worth living." 

The bartender was almost crushed to death.

And speaking of married men, I sent my parents flowers for their 57th wedding anniversary. They had forgotten it was their special day, and wondered why the hell they had received flowers!  So we had a good laugh. Next year I'll send a reminder postcard, like my dentist sends me.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Greetings from Michigan

Bavarian Belle in Frankenmuth, MI

Mom, Dad, and I are enjoying seeing old friends at the Navy reunion. We have learned that 

3 people over the age of 50 should not share 2 pitchers of high-test German beer at the

Oktoberfest. That's all I am saying about that!

From Glenn:

Every Wednesday from 4 til ?, Chef Paolino's now has a raw bar with oysters and clams.

All this week, buy one, get one free covered strawberries at Edible Arrangements in 

Catonsville (near Sam's).

Sunday, September 11, 2011

September 11, 2011

My friend, Mary, sent this to me.


You say you will never forget where you were when
you heard the news On September 11, 2001.
Neither will I.

I was on the 110th floor in a smoke filled room
with a man who called his wife to say 'Good-Bye.' I
held his fingers steady as he dialed. I gave him the
peace to say, 'Honey, I am not going to make it, but it
is OK..I am ready to go.'

I was with his wife when he called as she fed
breakfast to their children. I held her up as she
tried to understand his words and as she realized
he wasn't coming home that night.

I was in the stairwell of the 23rd floor when a
woman cried out to Me for help. 'I have been
knocking on the door of your heart for 50 years!' I said.
'Of course I will show you the way home - only
believe in Me now.'

I was at the base of the building with the Priest
ministering to the injured and devastated souls.
I took him home to tend to his Flock in Heaven. He
heard my voice and answered.

I was on all four of those planes, in every seat,
with every prayer. I was with the crew as they
were overtaken. I was in the very hearts of the
believers there, comforting and assuring them that their
faith has saved them.

I was in Texas , Virginia , California , Michigan , Afghanistan .
I was standing next to you when you heard the terrible news.
Did you sense Me?

I want you to know that I saw every face. I knew
every name - though not all know Me. Some met Me
for the first time on the 86th floor.

Some sought Me with their last breath.
Some couldn't hear Me calling to them through the
smoke and flames; 'Come to Me... this way... take
my hand.' Some chose, for the final time, to ignore Me.
But, I was there.

I did not place you in the Tower that day. You
may not know why, but I do.. However, if you were
there in that explosive moment in time, would you have
reached for Me?

Sept. 11, 2001, was not the end of the journey
for you . But someday your journey will end. And I
will be there for you as well. Seek Me now while I may
be found. Then, at any moment, you know you are
'ready to go.'

I will be in the stairwell of your final moments.


Thursday, September 8, 2011

Maryland Flood Photos 9/7/11

 Main Street, Ellicott City

 Main Street, Ellicott City

 Parking lot in Ellicott City 

Snyder's Restaurant in Linthicum

Main Street, Ellicott City

Back yard in Ellicott City

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Political Analysis by John S.

The political flow  chart: 
When  top level guys look down, they see only shitheads;
When  bottom level guys look up, they see only  assholes.

Never  seen a Flow Chart described so  clearly.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Short Story from John S.

Congratulations to John and Bosco for becoming a therapy dog team!

A college class was asked to write a shot story in as few words as possible. It had to contain three elements:

1. Religion
2. Sexuality
3. Mystery

The only A+ in the class went to this entry:

"Dear God, I am pregnant. I wonder who did it?"

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Thank You, Bagel Bunch!

Thanks so much for the lovely card and book. So here are some serious and amusing quotes on friendship, as the book had no quotes about bagels!

A friend is never known until he's needed.

I am wealthy in my friends.

The only way to have a friend is to be one.

It's not so much our friends' help that helps us as the confident knowledge that they will help us.

It's important to our friends to believe that we are unreservedly frank with them, and important to friendship that we are not.

Thanks again, and yes, Doug, I'm sucking it up!

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Bosco News!

I have big news about my 4 legged kid, Bosco.  He successfully passed the tests required to become a Therapy Dog.  I had all the confidence in the world that he would but I also had to pass and that was some real pressure but I squeaked through.  Only 2 out of 12 passed so we feel pretty good about ourselves.  As soon as his certificate comes in the mail we will be going to various nursing homes,  retirement homes etc. to help cheer up some folks as well as elementary schools where kids can read to him.  I am looking forward to spreading his happiness to others.-------------John

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Relay for Life from Glenn


Also, Doug S.'s Mom is having emergency bypass surgery, and Bill W. is in St. Agnes Hospital.
Please keep them in your prayers.

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Luna Moth Sighting

Came home from Sam's this morning to find a rare Luna Moth on my front porch. This is a male, with a 4-5 inch wing span. These moths only live for a week, and don't  have mouths so they can't eat. They mate in the dark and then die, so I was really lucky to see one in the daylight.  He is probably either newly hatched from a green caterpillar, or at the end of his short life.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

From Alicia

Hi guys,
   I was going to join this walking/running training class until I broke my foot. Three of our Sam's members did join: Dorothy, Alicia and Marcia. If you want to support the cause for women's health and Sam's girls, see the link below.

Hey I was thinking if you want it might be cool to put a link to the fundraising for the 5K on the blog. I in no way want to pressure folks to donate but hey if anyone does they should do it in our groups honor.
All the money goes towards womens health initiatives.

PS Dr. Mike, where are you? People want to know that you are OK.

A Cup of Tea

From our friend John S.

~A Cup of Tea ~
One day my mother was out, and my dad was in charge of me.
I was maybe 2 1/2 years old. Someone had given me a little 'tea set' as a gift, and it was one of my favorite toys.
Daddy was in the living room engrossed in the evening news when I brought him a little cup of 'tea', which was just water. After several cups of tea and lots of praise for such yummy tea, my mom came home.
My dad made her wait in the living room to watch me bring him a cup of tea, because it was 'just the cutest thing!'  Mom waited, and sure enough, here I came down the hall with a cup of tea for Daddy; and she watched him drink it up.

Then she said, (as only a mother would know), "'Did it ever occur to you that the only place she can reach to get water is the toilet?"

Monday, May 16, 2011

News from Rusty Nichols

New WWII Veterans Video

I'm sending this to everyone that I know. I only ask that
you consider sending it on to your mailing list.  It’s pretty
powerful, and will be emotional. 
Please watch this two-minute video about a documentary that's coming
in Novernber.

They are looking to get 50,000 hits by Memorial Day.

Monday, May 9, 2011

News from Johel

Subject: happy mothers day!!!!!
hello sue this message is just to wish you a happy dia de la madre. i really hope you have a wonderful day today . and i send you a big hug from south america. i know i should be back by now , but i dont want to go . to be a volunteer is so amazing and if someone ever wants to volunteer in a school i recomend this place .
give a big hug to your mom from me . and to the otherones on sams bagels . i miss everybody so much and i hope everyone is having a good summer, now i am illigally in ecuador , because they allow me 90 days only and it is been more than that and i hope averything is gonna be ok . againg

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Short Letters

Sue's Broken Foot Story
Imagine you are lying home alone with your broken foot propped up as you were told. You are even being sending emails to the office while you are home recuperating. Suddenly, you hear a commotion from the dining room out of sight. And then Lucy the Cat chases a mouse out of the dining room.....into the kitchen......batting it with her paws. The mouse is literally hopping up and down, as Lucy skillfully herds it.....UNDER YOUR ARMCHAIR. I haven't seen it since. And Lucy is still waiting next to me for it to reappear. I am probably still trapped here in this chair when you read this. Help!!!!

Lucy waits patiently.....

Short Letters:
Thanks to Dusty (Dorothy's husband) for these! Turns out everything is amusing when you're home with a broken foot!

Dear Ugly People, 

You're welcome. 

Sincerely, Alcohol 

Dear Noah, 

We could have sworn you said the ark wasn't leaving till 5. 



Dear Icebergs, 

Sorry to hear about the global warming. 

Karma's a bitch. 


The Titanic 

Dear America, 

You produced Miley Cyrus. Bieber is your punishment. 



Dear Yahoo, 

I've never heard anyone say, "I don't know, let's Yahoo! it..." just 



Dear 2010, 

So I hear the best rapper is white and the president is black? WTF 



Dear Windshield Wipers, 

Can't touch this. 


That Little Triangle 

Dear girls who have been dumped, 

There are plenty of fish in the sea... Just kidding! They're all dead. 



Dear Fox News, 

So far, no news about foxes. 



Dear Nickleback, 

That's enough. 

Sincerely, The World 

Dear Skin-Colored Band Aids, 

Please make one for every skin color. 

Sincerely, Black people 

Dear Osama Bin Laden, 


Sincerely, United States 

Dear Batman, 

What was your power again? 

Sincerely, Superman 

Dear Customers, 

Yes, we ARE making fun of you in Vietnamese. 

Sincerely, Nail Salon Ladies 

Dear Mr. Gump 

WTF are you talking about? 
There's a little diagram on the lid that tells you EXACTLY what you're
gonna get....

Sincerely, Jenny 

Dear World, 

Please stop freaking out about 2012. Our calendars ends there because 
some Spanish d-bags invaded our country and we got a little busy OK?


The Mayans 

Dear White People, 

Don't you just hate immigrants? 


Native Americans 

Dear iPhone, 

Please stop spellchecking all of my rude words into nice words. You 
piece of shut.


Every iPhone User 

Dear Trash, 

At least you get picked up... 


The Girls of Jersey Shore 

Dear Man, 

It's cute, but can you pick up peanuts with it? 



The Marshmallow Tree

Congratulations to Mile and Scott for the photos and article
 about their baseball team in the Catonsville Times,

Here's Bill with the very rare Marshmallow Tree. You can see it at Sam's, we are waiting for it to ripen!

Friday, April 15, 2011

Play Fun Trivia With Me!

Daily FunTrivia for Apr 15 11:

1.    Asian Countries - Other: Brunei - The Green Heart of Borneo -- What is the currency that is used in Brunei? This currency has the same value as the Singapore dollar.

2.  Who Am I?: Laughing All the Way to the Bank -- This bad boy of boxing became World Heavyweight Champion (WBC version) at the age of just 20. Who is he?

3. Social History: Shoes, Glorious Shoes! -- The 1970s were a decade of "anything goes", but disco is forever remembered as the time when this shoe style reached its zenith. What shoe style is this?

4. Mixed Literature: Very Easy Literature Questions -- Who was the main character in J.D. Salinger's, "Catcher in the Rye?"

5. Toy Dogs: Cavalier King Charles Spaniels -- Alfie is going out for the weekend, he is leaving late on Saturday night, and coming back on Sunday morning.  What should Alfie NOT do with Scampi his Cavalier?

6. Players - Easy: Movie Links -- Who starred in all three of these films: 'Gangs Of New York', 'Titanic', 'Catch Me If You Can'?

7. Track & Field: Track & Cross Country -- What is the name of the stick that is passed in most relays?

8.   Mixed USA: American Christmas -- Out of the following, which is put on top of a Christmas tree most by American people?

9. Mixed Food and Drink: Who Wants Creme Brulee? -- What do meringues, macaroons, souffles, and angelfood cakes have in common?

10.    Presidential Trivia: U.S. Presidents -- Which U.S. president resigned from office and was succeeded by his vice-president?

*** Submit your answers now & compare scores:

Saturday, April 2, 2011

News from Johel in Ecuador

Here is the school where Johel is volunteering for two months:

volcan tungurahua,,, activo

Who Made This Mess?

From John, Bosco's and Sugar's Dad

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Welcome Home From China, John!

I returned last week from a great trip to China which could only have been better if Eileen could have gone also, but she could not because of Sjogren's disease .  I went there to visit my son, Dtr. in law, and two grandsons who live in Shanghai. It included  a side trip to Bejing to see  and climb the Great Wall, (for which I received a Chairman Mao cap, an official tee shirt and a plaque, at a small cost)  and visit Tienemen Square and  many other things of interest. Every day was an adventure and it was a perfect vacation
Some observations:
Traffic is "controlled chaos"  Not only cars, trucks and buses, but mopeds, motorcycles, scooters, bicycles, and even carts with two large wheels that looked like they were from the 16th century piled 12-15 feet high with who knows what. These were usually being pulled by a woman while the husband sat in the driver seat. As the old cart went down the street it would be passed by a $500,000 Lamborgini. I also observed a 3 wheel vehicle that was a taxi and could hold a driver  and one passenger.  It made the Smart car look like a large SUV.
I heard more vehicle horns blown in my time in China than I have heard in my entire life in the US. My life was saved numerous times by my son and dtr. in law as I started to walk when I saw the "Walk" sign start flashing.  Pedestrians do not have the right of way and by the end of my trip I was getting pretty good at crossing the street with my head going in every direction at the same time.
The Chinese people are extremely friendly and like Americans.  They like the American lifestyle and are quickly grasping it.
Of the thousands of Chinese people I saw in my time there, I doubt if  more than 10 of them were overweight. Everyone is active and even the elderly are walking and exercising. The average longevity of the Chinese population in Shanghai is 82.
Most of the foreigners are Asian and European. I met a few Americans but not many.
Shanghai and Bejing seem to have as many Starbucks as there are in Balto. and I saw a few McDonalds and Burger Kings and even a Kenny Rogers ( must be the last one on the planet).
The only beggars I saw were legit.  Either double amputees or in very bad shape
My son said the only crime he has observed in his six years there are pick pockets. When someone does commit a crime and is caught he says you usually don't see them again.
My grandson, Harry is six and in the first grade at a private school that teaches Chinese and English. When ,I helped him with his homework it seemed like it was stuff I was learning in the 3rd or 4th grade many years ago.  They take education very seriously over there
Something funny---------------My dtr. in law, Thanh, is Vietnamese but she also speaks English and Chinese.  One day while my son was at work Thanh and I took off so she could buy Eileen some jade ear rings.  We went to many stores before she decided to try another day to find the perfect pair.  As we were walking down the street she said,  "Papa John, you see these people all stare at us?"  Being completely oblivious I said I hadn't noticed. She continued,  "They see young girl with old man and they think you my Daddy Sugar" in her Vietnamese accent.  Obviously I got a kick out that and when I told my son later he started calling me "Daddy Sugar"
It was a great vacation and I want to especially thank HK, Thanh, Harry & Eddie for being such great hosts. 
PS--------I have over 800 pictures in my camera, most of which were taken by my son and as soon as I get them out of the camera and into the computer I will forward some of the best ones.   
  PPS----I would have sent this sooner but after being up for 30 straight hours on my return trip to Balto.  I caught a horrendous cold and was at the doctor's office the next day. I am finally feeling back to normal, whatever that is..

Thursday, March 10, 2011

News from Johel

hello sue and averybody from sams bagels i hope everybody is doing great.
i cant believe you post my last email .
i left peru two weeks ago . and i came back to ecuador .
but this time i am in a diferent area.
they call it" THE AVENUE OF THE VOLCANOS" and is because there are several active volcanos 
around this little town named salasaca , and is where i am now .
salasaca , is a small town . 4 hours south from quito
and is sorrunded by more than 6 volcanos the most active named TUNGURAHUA
and i am going to be living in this lil town for 2 months .
and i hope i get to see TUNGURAHUA spiting fire , 
well i signed up for a volunteer program that allows me to be here , and teach english and math 
to kids , between 5 and 11 is like middle school. and i am really happy doing it .
i am also going to use my skills and experience in construccion to help doing some retaining walls .
and some other things in and outdoor.
kids here are really loving . and is so amazing to be able to work with them . 
unfortunately ecuador allows me to be here only for 3 months . so i will have to go out by may
but i would like to stay longer.
and since i am doing this i dont know how long more is going to take me to go back to the us ,
but one thing is for sure ,
i really wish you people could see this here . 
but since you can t i am going to do it for you . i will climb volcano chimborazo wich is 6310 m o s l
and from the center of the planet is the highst point of the planet .
i will take pictures and send them to you .
now i have to say good bye ,
because i have to work . hahahaha bye bye

Monday, February 14, 2011

Johel: Lake Titicaca

from Johel:

thanks for asking, my trip is awesome . and i hope it never ends .
i do miss my ppl in the us ,
seeing you all avery morning , luis , my big boss bruz, and even andy. jajajaj tell him i said that
but when i came here i thougt it was just machu picchu but not , there are so many atraccions here , and every day i discover new things that i can do .
i was in the lil rome of america , it is in peru .
titicaca lake , floating islands, sun island (wich is the most elevated island of the planet .
i am in laguna huacachina (it s and oasis in the middle of the dessert) and i went sandboarding today , its so diferent than snowboarding, and more fun .
and tomorrow i am going to the wine cellars.
people say , this city makes the best wine of the world and i am going to see how they make it . and try some . it s free. hahahaha and that s the report . i hope you guys are ok .