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08/12/09 - NNHS Newsletter -
(The Angels Wanna Wear My) Red Shoes

“Funny that a pair of really nice shoes make us feel good
in our heads - at the extreme opposite end of our bodies.”

- Levende Waters

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,
   I had actually planned for several weeks to use Rush's "Red Tide" for today.  Then I couldn't locate a midi, so I thought I'd just go with the Bonus Video.  Then I couldn't even find that!  ARRGGH!  So, sorry, Domi (O'Brien - '64 - of NH), no Rush today. :o(

   So I tried to use another song which I won't mention by name, only to discover that the lyrics were quite obscene.

   So I thought of this - and wouldn't you know, the formerly available midi file is now MIA.  But, hey, there is a great Bonus Video, and my blood pressure deserves a break.

BONUS - - Red Shoes - Elvis Costello



"Costello wrote this in 10 minutes while on the Inter-City train to Liverpool between the Runcorn and Lime Street stations. He thought his lyrics for this song were funny for a 22-year old to write."




"LOS ANGELES (AP) — The annual Perseid meteor shower is expected to put on a dazzling sky show.

Astronomers say up to 100 meteors per hour are expected to streak across the sky during the shower's peak.

In North America, the best time to watch is before dawn Wednesday.

The Perseid shower occurs every summer when the Earth's orbit crosses the path of debris thrown off by Comet Swift-Tuttle." 

     I picked a bad day to sleep late, huh?!?



Tuesday, August 12, 1969 - Violence erupted after the Apprentice Boys of Derry marched in Derry, Northern Ireland, resulting in a 3-day communal riot known as the Battle of the Bogside.



  From My Friend, Judy Bundy Bowermaster (Litchfield HS, IL - '59) of IL - 08/12/09, 5:32 AM:

Well, I'm not crazy or a wimpy baby! I did break my arm it only took a orthopedist and a ct scan to confirm what I already knew. I saw Dr. Pain yesterday and went from a splint to a full cast in a few minutes. I see him again in 2 weeks for an in cast X-ray and if things look good I go back in 2 more weeks to get the cast off and another X-ray. at least it has slowed down hurting so much since the cast keeps it more stable.

Prayers are welcome at any time.


   OH, NOOO!!! I'm so sorry, Judy! We've updated this information on the Prayer Roll, and will keep on praying!



   Happy Birthday today to  Lois Marie King Earwood ('57) AND       Dave Arnold ('65) of VA, AND      Linwood Wright ('65) of VA AND       My Grandson, Joseph Harty of TX, who is six years old today!

   Happy Birthday this week to:

14 -    Tommie Mouser ('60) of VA;

17 - Carole Smith Bennett ('57) AND Eugene Chapman ('57) AND   Ruth Ann Reece Horace ('67) of FL;

18 - Etta L. Baker ('57)  AND   Darlene Willis Marshall (Hampton HS - '68) of VA;

19 -     Former President Bill Clinton of NY AND     Jimmy DeBerry ('64) of VA AND        Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA!

  Many Happy Returns, One and All!



   Hit #87,500 was made sometime in the morning on Wednesday, August 12, 2009 - but I forgot to look until it was too late. 



  Some of you are have been blocked from viewing the site since 07/20/09 out of safety concerns.  Most of y'all are not.  Our server, also hosts many, many other sites.  Six of them are having malware "issues", so to protect the general public from any possible harm, a warning has been placed by some systems.  Here's the latest from Google: 

What is the current listing status for

Site is listed as suspicious - visiting this web site may harm your computer.

Part of this site was listed for suspicious activity 18 time(s) over the past 90 days.

What happened when Google visited this site?

Of the 406 pages we tested on the site over the past 90 days, 86 page(s) resulted in malicious software being downloaded and installed without user consent. The last time Google visited this site was on 2009-08-12, and the last time suspicious content was found on this site was on 2009-07-30.

   Sooo - they checked it today, and it's been nearly two weeks since they found anything harmful.....  Surely this nightmare will end soon.....



   Not a nibble.  You're just not concentrating.....


  From My #2 Daughter-in-Law, Bethany Winona Harty (Siuslaw HS, OR - '94) of TX - 08/11/09 - "pics":

here - Shots of Cowboys Ben (Joe's best friend) and Joe

Bethany Harty

Wednesday, July 29, 2009 - Cowboys Ben and Joe at Pea Ridge

  Thank you, Bethany! Those are shore 'nuff a couple of mighty tough Texas hombres!

  Please distribute all the hugs and kisses for me!    


       From George Helliesen ('61) of MI - 08/11/09 - "WOW!":

Miss Carol,

That was a great picture of you and        Paul (Harty - Bardolph HS, IL - '61 - of IL) in Monday's newsletter

   Sunday, August 10, 1969 - This is actually Paul and me in Norfolk, VA, five days before our wedding in Salt Lake City, UT. Lights! Cameras!! ACTION!!!

Thank you for sharing one of your moments of tenderness with your readers from long ago.  I felt so happy for the two of you that I choked up a little for a short time.  How many years has it been now?  I know we all wish we could go back in time to some of those moments even if for only a few seconds.

Again, thanks for the great picture.

You and Paul take care.

George Helliesen, 61

   Thank you so much, George! That's always been one of our favorite snapshots - and even the damaged film seemed to add to the fun.  I'm glad you enjoyed it !


       From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 08/11/09 - "Test Your Connectivity":

Here is a very nifty web site. It came to me across Facebook from a cousin.

Load the web page, then select a server site. Begin with one near you. Then watch as your system response time is tested, then your download and upload speeds. The you can compare your results to a number of geographic averages.

   Thanks, David! This does look interesting!


   From the Head Cheerleader of 1958, Evelyn Fryer Fish of TX - 08/11/09 - "Great tip - may be a valuable website for the home repair challenged":

Something Down the Drain? Retrieve it Without a Wrench - Family Hack 

   Thanks, Evelyn! For some reason, I (and apparently a few other people as well) could not access the video, but while i was scouting around for it, I did find these handy tips:

How To Remove Stickers

by Michael Davis in Household

Problem: Kids put sticker everywhere and they can be difficult to remove.

Solution: Get out the hair-dryer … apply heat to the sticker … after heating up the sticker — it will then easily pull off (without leaving much residue). The remaining residue can be removed by using a touch of lighter fluid on a rag.

Warning: Once the culprit realizes his/her sticker is gone, they will seize the opportunity to put a new sticker in its’ place. If this happens — repeat the ’solution’ (you may find yourself hopelessly in an endless loop). Consider yourself plugged Greg.

Simple Non-Toxic Microwave Cleaning

by Michael Davis in Household

Place a large coffee mug that is 1/2 full of water in your dirty microwave oven. Bring to a rolling boil, then let it sit in the closed microwave for 10-15 minutes. Wipe clean with a paper towel.

UPDATE: Some readers have warned of the possibility that microwaves can overheat water which can explode and cause burns. Here’s what has to say on the matter:

Yes, water can “explode” in the fashion described above. However, it takes near perfect conditions to bring this about, thus “exploding water” is not something the average hot beverage drinker who would otherwise now be eyeing his microwave with trepidation need fear. Odds are, you’ll go through life without ever viewing this phenomenon first-hand, and if you’re one of the rare few who does get to see it, you will likely not be harmed by the experience (that would take your standing right over the cup at the instant it happened, and the liquid’s bolting up and hitting your skin).

Nuff said.


  From Cookie Phillips Tyndall ('64) of VA - 08/11/09 - "Love It!":

  A little boy was waiting for his mother to come out of the grocery store. As he waited, he was approached by a man who asked, "Son, can you tell me where the Post Office is?"
The little boy replied, "Sure! Just go straight down this street a couple of blocks and turn to your right."
The man thanked the boy kindly and said, "I'm the new pastor in town. I'd like for you to come to church on Sunday. I'll show you how to get to Heaven."
The little boy replied with a chuckle. "Awww, come on... You don't even know the way to the Post Office."

      Thanks, Cookie!


      From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 08/11/09 - "Tuesday":
Oh, no.
How to know if you should get married. -- For those dating, or dating again.
Coldplay - God put a smile on my face (Chris Martin's Mix)
Reminds me of Scotland Good techno.
Coldplay - God Put A Smile Upon My face-Regular Version


"Friendship isn't about
Whom you have known the longest,
But about who came
And never left your side"


History Facts You May Not Know

The first motto that appeared on US coins was not, 'In God We Trust,' - it was 'Mind Your Business.' These copper cents were authorized on April 21, 1787.

In 1989, George Herbert Walker Bush was the first vice president elected to the office of the presidency since Martin Van Buren in 1836.

In 1908, the grandnephew of Napoleon Bonaparte, Charles Joseph Bonaparte, created the Bureau of Investigation, which would later become known as the FBI.

Abner Doubleday had nothing to do with the invention of baseball. The rumor that baseball was created by this Civil War general was started by the Major League to promote the legend that baseball is an American sport.

Betsy Ross didn't design or sew the first American flag. That rumor was started by her grandson, William Canby, at a meeting of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania in March 1870 - 30 years after Betsy Ross had died.

The first President to be born a citizen of the United States was the eighth President, Martin Van Buren. He was born on December 5, 1782, six years after the signing of the Declaration of Independence. Since all previous Presidents had been born before the American Revolution they were actually British subjects.


A woman was at home with her children when the telephone rang. In going to answer it, she tripped on a rug, grabbed for something to hold on to and seized the telephone table. It fell over with a crash, jarring the receiver off the hook.

As it fell, it hit the family dog, which leaped up, howling and barking. The woman's three-year-old son, startled by this noise, broke into loud screams. The woman mumbled some colorful words. She finally managed to pick up the receiver and lift it to her ear, just in time to hear her husband's voice on the other end say, "Nobody's said hello yet, but it certainly sounds as if I have the right number."


Annoying Ways to Order a Pizza

* Make up a charge-card name. Ask if they accept it.

* End the call with, "Remember, we never had this conversation."

* Give them your address, exclaim "Oh, just surprise me!" and hang up.

* Tell them to put the crust on top this time.

* Do not name the toppings you want. Rather, spell them out.

* Put an extra edge in your voice when you say "crazy bread."

* Ask for a deal available somewhere else. (e.g. If phoning Domino's, ask for a Cheeser! Cheeser!)

* If they repeat the order to make sure they have it right, say "OK. That'll be $10.99; please pull up to the first window."

* Ask if you get to keep the pizza box. When they say yes, heave a sigh of relief.

* Ask to see a menu.

* Ask what their phone number is. Hang up, call them, and ask again.

* Ask for the guy who took your order last time.

* Start the conversation with "My Call to (Pizza Place), Take 1, and... action!"

* Make the first topping you order mushrooms. Make the last thing you say "No mushrooms, please." Hang up before they have a chance to respond.


By Ton Pascal

Am I making the right choice? Should I change directions and line of work, or should I look for another job? When things are not what you used to know, and difficult times surround you at every turn, it is normal that you start questioning yourself and your motivation. BUT it is then that you need to see YOU for who you really are.

First of all, you need to believe in yourself 100%. You will also need a good dose of strong motivation, lots of positive thinking and positive attitude. Simple no? Yes, very much so, if you have, or are willing to learn how to put the above prerequisites to work.

This task can be very intimidating for people who are not very organized or detail oriented. If this is your case, talk to your friends and family about your situation. They can be a positive support. Or, it may be time to think about bringing in a life coach. Your fear and resistance will try to push you back and a strong supporter will make a huge difference in achieving your goals. This much talk about spiritual evolution didn't start for nothing. Like it or not, we do live in a very physical, ordinary and dirty world.

If we look at statistics from the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill, Ca., 37,000 Americans die by their own hand each year, one every 16 minutes. Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the U.S.A. and the third ranking killer of young people. People aged 65 and older accounted for 16% of suicide deaths in 2004 alone. Of nearly 16,000 violent deaths occurring in 16 states, 56% were suicides.

The difficult times we are facing in our world right now require a more spiritual approach to our everyday lives, I cannot emphasize it enough. More then ever, we need to assert ourselves and find our inner peace. When some people tell you "don't be a cry baby, life is good," what you really want to do is to slap them. You have a mortgage, or a payment due, taxes, the wife's card, kid's school, and God knows what, and there is no money in the bank. And life is good? It sucks!!!

"There are three ingredients in the good life: learning, earning and yearning," said Christopher Morley. Being a spiritual self help advocate doesn't mean I disagree with you. We are on the same reality page.

Here are a few easy and practical things I suggest you can do to make it through these difficult times:

1- Gratitude. Use this simple formula of Positive Attitude and gratitude. You know what it means, this positive thinking and attitude jargon. You are not a moron, but what we often forget is to give thanks for all that we have in life. Don't resist changes and situations, it only brings anxiety and pain. Each time you are thankful, you transform that moment into positive energy, which then will transform your life.

2- Positive Affirmations. Use positive affirmations as much as possible. Do them from getting up to when you go to bed. It will imprint in your brain a new 'positive attitude route' to follow. You may encounter resistance from your old self to this new path, but don't resist, and be thankful that you have these choices, and it is you who designs and creates your own reality. Make a selection of positive affirmations and paste them around your house. I have a list of them on my blog, Dream Your Life Positively, feel free to copy it. You can start with these: I am good, I am beautiful and I am successful. I am grateful for my life. I am grateful for myself. I accept only what is good and positive.

3- Visualize. Visualize your life and everything you want in a perfect state of completion. Sounds, smells, tastes, bring all these sensations into your dream. The richer and more vivid your visualizations, the sooner you will experience them in your real life. Breathe deeply and rhythmically when doing your visualizations. Deep breathing is like a deep inner cleansing. It purifies your body and your mind of all negative thoughts and feelings.

4- Meditate. In a state of relaxation, slowly bring up your problems. Learn how to look into them as a spectator. Again, don't resist. Let them come and go without being emotionally involved with them. Don't judge the scenarios and action playing in your mind. They are neither good nor bad. Observe them, you don't want to control what is happening. They are situations and different options that make life interesting as it is. Your mortgage, your overdue bills, family problems will be there tomorrow, but you are now able to look at them from a different angle. Your newly learned unemotional focus allows your mind to be clear of despairing thoughts and emotions.

The above exercises have the power to move things around and these desperate challenges become positive opportunities for learning. You now welcome and give thanks for this new opening in your life. It may seem a little simplistic, the above steps, but your challenge is to do it time after time and every day of your life. There are no easy answers or quick fixes for difficult situations, but with this understanding you are a step closer to inner peace.

You were created with wonderful qualities. You are star stuff, pure energy, and a divine creation. Open yourself up and let this positive energy flow free.

Have a great journey,
Ton Pascal

   Thanks so much, Shari!



1.   From Jane Chambers of VA - 07/01/09 - "CNC BOOK BROCHURE & AD":

   Contact Dr. Chambers at

   Thanks, Jane!

2.        From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 07/02/09 - "NNHS 64/45 REUNION PAGE UPDATES":


You may print out the forms, fill them in, and mail them to us WITH YOUR CHECK.

We look forward to seeing you at the Newport News Marriott City Center on October 9th and 10th … and at The Chamberlin for Sunday brunch.

Best wishes from your Class of 1964 45-Year Reunion Committee.

   Thank you, Captain!



From ArcaMax - 08/11/09:

The Blonde Kidnapper

Jodi, a blonde, was down on her luck. In order to raise some money, she decided to kidnap a kid and hold him for ransom.

She went to the playground, grabbed a kid, took him behind a tree, and told him, "I've kidnapped you."

She then wrote a note saying, "I've kidnapped your kid. Tomorrow morning, put $10,000 in a paper bag and put it under the pecan tree next to the slide on the north side of the playground. Signed, Jodi -- the Blonde."

Jodi then pinned the note to the kid's shirt and sent him home to show it to his parents.

The next morning the blonde checked, and sure enough, a paper bag was sitting beneath the pecan tree. Jodi opened the bag and found the $10,000 with a note that said, "How could you do this to a fellow blonde?"



1. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, September 4, 5 and 6 (Labor Day Weekend), 2009 - The Class of 1969 will hold its 40-Year Reunion at the Point Plaza Hotel, Newport News, VA. For details, see: and contact Jean Baker Howell at - OPEN TO ALL NNHS ALUMNI

2. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, September 18, 19, and 20, 2009 - The Warwick High School Class of 1959 will hold its 50-Year Reunion at the Marriott Newport News at City Center, Newport News, VA. For details, contact - WHS CLASS OF 1959
3. Friday and Saturday, October 9 and 10, 2009 - The Class of 1964 will hold its 45-Year Reunion
- For details, see: - CLASS OF 1964

4. Friday and Saturday, August 6 and 7, 2010 - The NNHS Class of 1970 will hold its 40-Year Reunion. Friday night they will all meet at RJ's; Saturday night will be at the Kiln Creek Golf & Country Club. For details, contact Carol Comer Cutler at - CLASS OF 1970


PRAYER ROLL: - updated 08/12/09

BLOG: - updated 08/04/09


  Y'all take good care of each other!  TYPHOONS FOREVER!  We'll Always Have Buckroe!

                          Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty

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 (The Angels Wanna Wear My) Red Shoes

- Elvis Costello, 1977
(b. 25 Aug 1954)

Oh I used to be disgusted
and now I try to be amused.
But since their wings have got rusted,
you know, the angels wanna wear my red shoes.
But when they told me 'bout their side of the bargain,
that's when I knew that I could not refuse.
And I won't get any older, now the angels wanna wear my red shoes.

I was watching while you're dancing away.
Our love got fractured in the echo and sway.
How come everybody wants to be your friend?
You know that it still hurts me just to say it.

Oh, I know that she's disgusted (oh why's that)
Cause she's feeling so abused. (oh that's too bad)
She gets tired of the lust, (oh I'm so sad)
but it's so hard to refuse.
How can you say that I'm too old,
when the angels have stolen my red shoes.

Oh, I said "I'm so happy, I could die."
She said "Drop dead," then left with another guy.
That's what you get if you go chasing after vengeance.
Ever since you got me punctured this has been my sentence.
Oh I used to be disgusted
and now I try to be amused.
But since their wings have got rusted,
you know, the angels wanna wear my red shoes.
Red shoes, the angels wanna wear my red shoes.


"(The Angels Wanna Wear My) Red Shoes" lyrics courtesy of - 08/12/09

Image of "The Red Shoes" courtesy of - 08/12/09

Animated Tantrum Smiley clip art courtesy of - 03/05/09

Rosie Piter's Illustration of Red Shoes clip art used to form Divider Lines courtesy of - 08/12/09

Animated OOPS! Smiley Face clip art courtesy of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 02/27/09
Thanks, Dave!

Litchfield High School's Purple Panther Paw Print courtesy of - 06/23/07

Animated Tiny Birthday Cake clip art courtesy of Sarah Puckett Kressaty ('65) of VA - 08/31/05
Thanks, Sarah Sugah!

Air Force Seal clip art courtesy of - 07/07/06

Hampton High School's Crab clip art courtesy of - 10/02/05
Replaced courtesy of - 02/17/09

Siuslaw High School's Viking Logo clip art courtesy of - 12/27/07

Animated Big Hugs Smiley clip art courtesy of Sarah Puckett Kressaty ('65) of VA - 06/19/09
Thanks, Sarah Sugah!

Animated Kissing Smiley clip art courtesy of my friend, Judy, of IL - 09/19/08
Thanks, Judy!

Navy Seal clip art courtesy of - 05/29/06

Animated "Happy Little Rabbits We Are" clip art courtesy of - 04/25/09

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