To those of you with kids/nephews/nieces on FB: I just watched a video on FB security, which said that 400,000 people under 18 have their identities stolen every year. You should talk to kids about the following: -Thieves are clever enough to be able to masquerade as FB friends, so don't trust 100% in your privacy settings. -Safest to not post birthdates at all, but if you must, leave off the year. You don't want thieves to get all 3 pieces of info. Do not talk about upcoming trips. Thieves will know when you will be away from your house. Don't give out your mother's maiden name online (ie- in online quizzes, contests, etc.).
It was great to see everyone at the reunion.
Here is a list of the latest dates that we have booked for the band that I play in.
Saturday September 25th @ the Show & Shine in Ritcher, MB
Saturday November 20th @ the Convention Center
Fund raiser for the Children's Wish Foundation
We'll be one of 3 bands performing
More info to come, re tickets if anyone is interested in attending.
If you spoke with Chris Nickol(ievich) at the reunion's Friday evening event, you may have learned that his son Jayson served with the Canadian military in Afghanistan, where he sustained a disabling battle injury. Saturday's Winnipeg Free Press brings us more of Jayson's story, and his current battle with Veterans Affairs over disability benefits. You can read the article here: www.winnipegfreepress.com/breakingnews/worse-than-the-bullet-102683104.html .
The Ombudsman's charge that recent changes to the disability compensation regime shortchange veterans is supported by this Globe & Mail article:
www.theglobeandmail.com/news/opinions/new-veterans-charter-shortchanges-our-disabled-soldiers/article1682761/?cmpid=rss1 and the Ombudsman himself speaks out on a host of injustices facing veterans here: www.ombudsman-veterans.gc.ca/new-nouvelle/introduction-eng.cfm . (The Ombudsman is an admirable advocate for veterans, by the way, and it is dismaying that his term is not being renewed.)
If you think that Canada's veterans deserve better, you can contact the minister's office here: www.vac-acc.gc.ca/general/sub.cfm?source=department/department-officials/bio-min and write your MP and Senators. (Trusting that, like me, you know who your MP is but not your Senators, I dug up this list, which you can sort by province www.parl.gc.ca/common/senmemb/senate/isenator.asp?Language=E ).
Meanwhile, I wish Jayson and his family the best and urge them to plug into this and their other high school networks; you never know what resources might be available to help on a personal level, or to further the cause generally.
At the reunion, I felt touched when Eleanor (Gaudreau) talked to me about the positive influence that I had on her in high school. Back then, for example, I hinted at the idea that she might consider plucking her not unsubstantial eyebrows. I was eventually forced to take matters into my own hands, sitting on top of her to hold her down, and going to work on her bushy unibrow with my tweezers. Come to think of it, 'touched' may not have been the exact word that Eleanor used to describe her experience; 'tackled' may have been more like it. Anybody else out there who feels the need to unburden their 'guilt' about something they did in HS?
Ed note; Sherril, with friends like you, who needs cosmetologists...
Yo, it's live music time again with John Melnyk and
the boys in the band.
Details are as follows:
Saturday September 11 @ Harley Davidson Winnipeg, 1377 Niakwa Rd. E (kitty corner from The Mint) Hot Rods & Harleys Show & Shine,
starting @10 am, trophy presentations @ 3 p.m.The band will be playing in the parking lot and there will be hot dogs cooking. Come out & vote for your favorite Hot Rod or Motorcycle (the orange one with black & lime green graphics of course!!!). If you have a hot rod or motorcycle bring it out. You never know, you may go home with a trophy.
I am the daughter of Shelley Campbell and believe it or not, she still drowns in a sea of laughter more often then not. Through my eighteen years of life she has taught me about the good and bad people in life, how to overcome hardships, what it looks like to be happily married and working hard. Mom has given me the opportunity to work as a camp counsellor and is allowing me to move to Costa Rica this year to find my own adventures. Here's to a woman well loved! Cheers ma!! xoxox
Ed. note; You are so going to rack up the brownie points for this Sydney! Thank you for taking the time to write this heartfelt love letter to your mom. We just happen to
be crazy about your mom too. In fact, we have never met anyone who wasn't...
Whew, just got thru our dry out month of August..and now back to business. In case we haven't said so....we had an awesome time at the reunion and regret making such a hasty exit on Saturday evening and have decided unequivocally that at the next one we will be shuttin' down the house! Janie ran into Marnie at the E.K. LC recently (go figure!)..and we are looking forward to hooking up at the Dirty Curti..but of course someone else has to organize it cause we just like to party! Denise---heard you had quite a workout on the dance floor Saturday night---very reminiscent of the good old days---and sorry we weren't cutting up some rug with you. Mr Man in Motion--Michael--where the heck is the video--or did you have to edit so much that there is nothing left to show!!!---Janis will be very wounded if you have to edit her portion of the taping completely...sure would like to see Val K's "home grown bounty" preserved for all eternity!..by the way--we rode home with her and let us tell you it was quite the trip (and wouldn't have missed it for anything). It was absolutely fabulous getting re-acquainted with everyone but it went by way too fast. Hey Sherril L.---Janis K connected with Dennis Rondo (grad of '74) who as it happens is her neighbor at Lee River--Dennis indicated he heard something about the reunion but didn't attend--needless to say, Janis assured him he made a huge mistake and she will gladly remind him of the next event. Signing off for now--neeeeeed more sustenance--until next time kids!
P.S. Michael, Michael--what the heck's up with the "..being held for moderation awaiting approval"...that is too much grown up talk for us! Moderation is for wimps....and thank goodness you are ours!
-J and J-
Ed. note; Ladies, it is indeed a pleasure to have you back sharing your thoughts. While some people are very adept at speaking "off-the-cuff" , it appears you two do your best work off-the-wagon...
Wow, another story about body parts. Well now I realize that I fit right in here. I thought the class of ’74 was made up of a bunch of cerebral matter connected by an intense thirst for intellectual information and discovering the true meaning of our existence in the universe. Turns out, you’re all just a bunch of voyeurs and exhibitionists……..horny ones at that. You have no idea how much better I feel knowing that there’s more to you guys than Mensa. I actually took an IQ test once….I failed. They didn’t even give me a score….just an “F”. I said to the scorer of the test, “Doesn’t everyone get an IQ score?” He responded, “Until now”. Enough about that.
So I realized early in life I wasn’t going to win the Nobel prize in physics…no big deal I thought, I’ll try really hard to be a jock. So every day I practiced hitting a volleyball in my basement. To this day I still haven’t got all of the ceiling splinters out of my head. Oh wait a second now, I hope you don’t think I was so dumb that I kept doing this to my poor head. Of course not, I started to wear a hockey helmet on practice days……..which actually helped prepare me for my days working for Volvo.
Girls. Damn it I wish I had dated every one of you. And I don’t mean having sex. I hate sex. It makes me sweat. I wish my wife would have an affair just to take the pressure off me.
On a serious note, nice website Kath! (www.foodmusings.ca). My wife is quite the cook so I’ll steer her in your direction. I personally like to bake now that I realize when the recipe calls for three whole eggs, it doesn’t mean shells included. Why don’t they just say, three eggs without the shells? As far as I’m concerned, an egg isn’t “whole” without the shell.
Sorry to cut this short but I’m almost out of room on this page and I haven’t figured out how to write on the back. What a waste of paper!
Stay thirsty my friends!
Ed. note; Mr. Hinds, our apologies for waking you from your slumber. We had no idea that words like "abreast" and "wardrobe malfunction" would have such an effect on you. We shall endeavor to use them in all blog posts from here on in.
Corey (Shanks) just reminded me that the top of my halter dress flipped completely down at our high school grad dance. You can be sure I had it back up in a split-second, but since neither of us can remember who I was dancing with at the time, we are wondering if there is some Miles Mac grad out there who is still walking around traumatized?
Ed. note; Apparently, Sherril, Ms. Janet Jackson has copped your move. Concerning the wardrobe malfunction in question, is there an emotionally scarred individual willing to come forth and lay bare the details? We'll keep you abreast...
Born In ‘74!
Melanie Jane Chisholm, Sporty Spice of the Spice Girls
Kevin Duran, Canadian Actor
Kate Moss, Model (Calvin Klein)
Steve Nash, Canadian born basketball star for NBA's Phoenix Suns
Kimbo Slice, mixed martial artist
Jenna Jameson, porn star
Victoria Beckham, Spice Girl Posh
Penelope Cruz, actress
Ahmet Rodan Zappa, son of Frank Zappa, rocker
Steve-O, TV personality, Jackass star
Hilary Swank, actress
Beckie Scott, Canadian cross-country skier and Olympic gold medalist
Natasha Henstridge, Canadian actress
Bryan Chiu, CFL defensive tackle (Montreal Alouettes)
Ryan Phillippe, actor
Caroline Aigle, First female French fighter pilot
Jimmy Fallon, actor and comedian
Chris Pronger, NHL defenceman (Team Canada Oly-1998)
Dale Earnhardt Jr, NASCAR Sprint Cup series driver
Joaquin Leaf Phoenix, actor (Russkies, Space Camp)
Saku Koivu, NHL left wing (Montreal Canadiens, Oly-B-98)
Meg White, drummer (The White Stripes)
Ryan Seacrest, television host
It Happened In '74
Inflation continued to spiral out of control around the world, reaching 11.3% in the USA and 12.6% in Canada, as the global recession deepened. The famous skeleton of "Lucy", who lived between 3 and 3.9 million years ago is discovered in Ethiopia . More and more smaller digital based consumer products appear in stores and the earliest forms of Word Processors appear which resemble a typewriter more than a computer. After the findings of the Watergate Scandal Richard Nixon becomes the first US president forced to resign from office.