I've silently read all your newsletters since
last year, and first of all let me tell you Jim and I are so saddened
about the passing of your beloved brother-in-law, Miles (Nowitzky
- Granby HS - '50). We know Eleanor (Buckley Nowitzky -
'59 - of NC) and your family miss him terribly, but take great
comfort in the fact that God has a new special angel in His Kingdom.
Also, I'm sorry you have been so very sick -
and your computer, as well. I'm glad to hear your are much better now -
and you have a new, shiny, but not yet "born" computer. I can relate,
since my hard drive crashed and I had terrible withdrawal until my
technology specialist friend from the school I retired from came over and
installed a new hard drive and re-installed my programs. However, I lost
all my files and digital pictures. Some I had on disks, but not all.
Lesson well learned:)
When you are able to "birth" your computer,
please put our e-mail address on the list by Jimmy's name:
By the way, I never told you what a beautiful
family you have. I know holidays and visits are a special joy for you and
your husband. We have four grandchildren, and they all live within 25
miles of us, so we consider ourselves blessed to be so close. We see them
often, and attend pageants, cheering competitions, t-ball games and wild
birthday parties;) Being a grandparent is an awesome blessing.
Bless you - take care of yourself.
Melody and Jimmy DeBerry
P.S. Are you going to send out birth
announcements when the computer is "born"?
Ah, Melody - thanks so much! I've missed
you! I so enjoyed meeting you last October! I think I must have known
you before we were born. You seemed so very familiar to me.
I think it's safe to say
that I am now in heavy labor with this new computer. It's now up and
internet connected, and even has PhotoShop installed. I'm beginning to
think I'll have to have a Cesarean this time, though. For its next
complication, my beloved scanner (yea, verily; I have long since come
to love my scanner) won't interface with it, so I'll have to buy a
new one of those too. ARGHHH!!!
Cute Stuff has promised
that he'll have my hard drive backed up on CDs and ready for transfer (as
the first two transfer methods failed) by the time I return from
Virginia. Of course, I did have to bribe him by saying I'd
chaperone Youth Conference in Wilmington on July 14-15. Ah, the prices we
must pay in life.....
See, the thing is, I never
expected this "labor" to last so long. With all my other babies, I
averaged about two hours. I wasn't much good at pregnancy, but I was
really, really good at labor, delivery, and recovery.
(Everybody's gotta be be good at sumpin', right?!?) These long
labors are as Gwen Stefani says, "Bananas - B-A-N-A-N-A-S!"
And another thing -
remember that standardized career test we took in high school? As I
recall, a vast number of y'all were told to find something which would
allow you to work outside, construction, perhaps. Mine said to stay
inside (whew!) and as I had "infinite patience", perhaps I should
consider something tedious - like watchmaking.
Okay, I don't know where
all that patience went, but it seems to have vaporized.........
But yes, Melody, boy
howdy, will I be sending out Birth Announcements!!!
Hit # 36,000 was made sometime on Wednesday, July 6, 2005
when I was being too bratty to look at the computer, much less my stats
("Okay, if you won't play the game the way I want, I'm not gonna play
(Y'all grew up; I chose
to remain being a kid - and a very spoiled bratty one, at that.)
I shudder to think how many
we've missed. I just realized I missed Frank Blechman's ('65 of
Northern VA) for the first time in forty-eleven years 'cause I
was in such a snit. Sorry, Frank (and eva'body else); hope it was
delightful, and that the Tooth Fairy brought you lots of chocolate
bunnies. No, wait a minute, that's not right....
(I'm not even gonna look at
that birthday list right now. It'll just depress me further.....)
Say, ya wanna know
what I have been doing all week?!? Scrapbooking! That's right!
I've spent about 14 hours a day all week making page after page in my
albums. My Creative Memories consultant is delighted with me! I thought
it would be fun to bring Volume IV (September 1963 - June 1965) along with
me to the reunion. Then I realized that most of my Newport News
memorabilia is in Volume II (December 1952 - December 1957) and Volume III
(January 1958 - August 1963). I thought I just might have them organized
by October's reunion. The fact that I decided to try for this one is an
indication of just how far my insanity has progressed.
Well, they're not
ready, of course (primarily due to my insistence on keeping them in
historical perspective with world events), but I'm carting them along
Tonight's the Big Night!!!
CLASS OF 1960:
The 45th Reunion of the Class of 1960 will be held on Saturday, July
9th, 2005 at 6:00 PM
at The Warwick Yacht & Country Club, 400
Maxwell Lane, NN.
This is not
an open reunion, due to size constraints, but Dave Spriggs ('64)
and I were graciously invited to attend as guests of the Class of 1960, so
we're looking forward to seeing many of y'all there tonight! And yes,
CLASS OF 1965:
The 40th Reunion of the Class of 1965 will be held on Friday and
Saturday, October 21 and 22, 2005 at the Point Plaza in NN, and is open to
all NNHS Alumni.
Y'all turn in your
reservations. Have them submitted by September 15, and save yourself some
I hope y'all know how much
fun we're going to have when I really do have everything back up and
running. It'll take me forever and a day, but some of y'all have sent me
some really cool goodies in these last few weeks. The last ones to arrive
were images from that Sock Hop sent by Raoul Weinstein ('57) of FL.
Thanks, Raoul! I'm looking forward to sharing them!
Okay, I really must finish
packing and "git outta Dodge" so y'all have fun, and take care of each
Love to all, Carol