Cocoa Crew Review

A Compendium of Cocoa Crew's Congenial Carousing

Cocoa Crew Review - A Compendium of Cocoa Crew's Congenial Carousing

Hello CREW… 8-1-10 … Find out … Are you one who is “On the go?” … or one who is … Full of Woe?”

Hello CREW… 8-1-10

HOT August Already! Time for the CREW Birthday   Celebration!

1st go to this web site and find out what day you were born on!


Next… Check this Nursery Rhyme!
Mondays child is fair of face,
Tuesdays child is full of grace,
Wednesdays child is full of woe,
Thursdays child has far to go,
Fridays child is loving and giving,
Saturdays child works hard for his living, ole B-T-B ???

And the child that is born on the Sabbath day
Is bonny and blithe, and good and gay!

Now wasn’t that fun! Did you fit the description?   Mine is a little suspect!  lol

Our next HAPPY HOUR CREW event will be:

5:30 PM   on   WEDNESDAY   August 4th

Ashley’s   Restaurant

1609  HIGHWAY 1  Rockledge, Fl

Tel. 321.636.6430  ▪  Fax. 321.636.6206

CREW Birthdays in August:  6  Sara  Rufo 10  Barbara Thomas 26  Suzanne Worland

Hummm some late info! The Ginny I mentioned in the previous CREW REVIEW email
is my “Lady Friend”. We travel together, date on Saturday nights, her idea!
Every day is Saturday to me.  Met her after her divorce, we get along very well.
She likes Indians! lol     Born in New Jersey, raised two boys and a dog named  TOBY! Dog face

NO! No wedding announcements at the next event…  at least  NOT MINE! Be right back lol

“The desire for friendship comes quickly. Friendship does not.”
– Aristotle

Hello CREW… 07-29-10 The LaBamba Report

Hello CREW… Red rose 07-29-10

First: Sorry I couldn’t be there for the LaBamba event!   Darn it!   Ginny is still groggy

weak, in some pain…  BUT,  she is cheerful and on the mends!    I think the Doc said

8-10 weeks.   As she progresses, think I will be able to attend the ASHLEYS CREW B-Day

celebration.  Aug 4th.  Winking smile

Second: Got an info email from Clark True       ( Thank you my friend Hot smile )

The food was mexican, the service was good and the crowd was small.
Clark True, David Alexander, Bill Weinberg, Mary and Ralph Bratson,
Dan Shoemaker and Amber Forrest. No vote was taken as next week is
already going to be Ashley's.
                              Hummmm?   No  mention  of  the  SOUP!   lol 
Ok CREW...   short email this week.  
            Devil  Ultra Violet Ray scale is at  10 today (highest is 11)  Steaming mad
Stay Cool, Stay Safe and unless you have to go out...  STAY INDOORS!   Luv ya Red heart  B-T-B 
                   Till it gets dark and then head for JD's and have a cold one for me!  Party smile
        "It's  been  MONDAY...  all  week!"    Rolling on the floor laughing  - Bill Hardy  lol

LaBamba’s … the place to be Wed 28 July

Hello CREW… 07-23-10

Classmates and Friends…    An honest and sincere  THANK YOU! to all who
sent emails, called, sent cards or attended the funeral service for my sister
Betty!  Your caring and condolences were very appreciated by my family!
I/we will always remember your thoughtfulness and kindness!  Love, Bill Hardy

Email from Ms. Gerri Parker informed me that the CREW had voted and…

Are you ready for some  Alimento Mexicano! ole lay!
Mexican Food!

Next    HAPPY HOUR CREW event:

5:30 PM   Wed    July 28th

La Bamba’s Mexican Restaurant
Last visit was Nov 18, 2009!

1172 S.  US 1  Rockledge, Fl   321 637-9607
( about a 1/4 mile north of Ashley’s on the East side of  US 1  )

Check this website for a complete menu!

Hey Ralph! (Mary Laycock’s Husband)      Will we have…?
The Guadalajara Burrito!
Choice of Chile verde or Chile Colorado topped with lettuce,
tomatoes, onions, cotija cheese and guacamole! Ole Lay!

Note: For those of you who don’t know  RALPH!  He is one really
COOL DUDE! Born in Cuba, a well traveled & talented man!
Keeps us informed on the  GOOD FOOD SELECTIONS!
Although he is not a Classmate, he is a welcome, respected
and very much appreciated friend!   We luv ya Ralph!  :-))

After this event the next one will be the CREW B-Day
celebration for all our classmates born in August!
So far there are two listed.  Haven’t sent me the
Month/Day of YOUR BIRTHDAY? NO CAKE  4  U!  lol

As always, it is a pleasure to be a Cocoa High Alumni and meet
with the HAPPY HOUR CREW folks at these weekly events!
Chairperson Corinne Bowley and her assistant invite all to continue
to enjoy the good times and comradery we share!  luv ya, B-T-B

Hummm?  Comradery or comaraderie?  Where is Mr. Eschbach when you need him?
CREW… any comments or corrections?  lol

“The most manifest sign of wisdom is a continual cheerfulness.”
– Michel de Montaigne

OMG!  Our  HAPPY HOUR CREW is overflowing with wisdom! lol

Hello CREW… On 07-23-10 the Gang Met At Lea’s

Hello CREW… 07-23-10

Sorry the Review is a little late…
Some of you have heard but just in case…   my sister, Betty Hardy-Keith
died Tuesday night after a four year battle with cancer.       More info at:

A sincere THANKS to all who have called & written with their condolences!
luv ya all,   Bill HARDY

Missed the CREW event this week at Lea’s Bistro but,
Classmate, Friend  Mrs. Gerri Parker :-)) sent me this info!

Lee & Lynn Roll
Barbara Thomas
Ralph & Mary
Gerry & Bill
Clark True
Dan Shoemaker
David Alexander
Dick & Pat Nelson
Joyce Spell
Sara (Policcio sp?) & Ed Jones
Sandee Natowich
Brent & Gerri Parker

Food & service were excellent – notably the food and company! As usual the conversation revolved around “whatever happened to” classmates…. It was noted that B-T-B was sorely missed and the CHS classmates send their sincere condolences to Billy and his family.

Lea (owner and host of her Bistro)  is a PIP!
Hummm Per Lea… the CREW ate all the soup! No Soup for you, B-T-B!

I am pretty sure I have used this thought before but,  I LIKE IT!  ;-))

The true joy of life is the trip!
The destination is only a dream!

Enjoy your GOLDEN YEARS! (everyday!)  luv ya! B-T-B

Leah’s Bistro on 7-18-2010 C’ya There!

Hello CREW… 07-18-10

Is it possible after last week’s event that it could be better this week???

Ah Yes!  Suggestions voted on at the last event!
Cocoa: Leah’s Bistro
Merritt Island: Dogs-R-Us, Steak n Shake, Longhorn Steakhouse,
and the winner, by majority vote!   yummmmm!

Next HAPPY HOUR CREW event :

5:30 PM   Wednesday   July 21, 2010

Soups & Stews by Lea is now Lea’s Bistro

313 Delannoy Avenue,  Cocoa, Fl
Ph:  321-504-4004   Fax: 504-4005

Info & Directions Visit:
Check out the homemade soup list!  :-)))))

This for your consideration:
We women are like cell phones.  We like to be held and talked to,
But push the wrong button and you will be DISCONNECTED!  Yikes!

Classmates!   Theme song for the CREW? Celine Dion – I’m (We’re) Alive!
( I can’t wait for the rest of my life!!! )
take 3 minutes, 40 seconds listen to the words of this great song!
( go full screen and turn up the volume! )
IF YOU have someone who makes you feel this way?      Pause!    
……………………………………………………..  YOU ARE BLESSED!  sigh!

CREW the weather is toooo   H O T ! In the TODAY NP P. 22a  saw that the

ULTRAVIOLET INDEX for today is at the very high end of the scale  11+

UV Index Number Exposure Level
2 or less Low
3 to 5 Moderate
6 to 8 High
8 to 10 Very High
11+ Extreme

Stay safe, Stay COOL and  Stay in Touch! luv ya,  B-T-B

“People are just as happy as they make up their minds to be.”
– Abraham Lincoln

P.S.  add this…   Stay Happy! 

How a fellow Old Fart, Harold Schlumberg, Makes a Difference With His Engineering Degree

As we get older we sometimes begin to doubt our ability to “make a difference” in the world.  It is at these times that our hopes are boosted by the remarkable achievements of other “seniors” who have found the courage to take on challenges that would make many of us wither.  Harold Schlumberg is such a person.

I’ve often been asked, ‘What do you old folks do now that you’re retired’? Well…I’m fortunate to have a chemical engineering background, and one of the things I enjoy most is turning beer, wine, Scotch, and margaritas into urine.

Harold should be an inspiration to all of us.

Impersonalization of 21st Century Businesses

Subject: A banking lesson

An 86-year old Lady’s Letter to Bank

Shown below, is an actual letter that was sent to a bank by an 86 year old woman.

The bank manager thought it amusing enough to have it published in the New York Times.

Dear  Sir:

I am writing to thank you for bouncing my check with which I endeavored to pay my plumber last month.

By my calculations, three nanoseconds must have elapsed between his presenting the check and the arrival in my account of the funds needed to honor it.   I refer, of course, to the automatic monthly deposit of my entire pension, an arrangement which, I admit, has been in place for only eight years. You are to be commended for seizing that brief window of opportunity, and also for debiting my account $30 by way of penalty for the inconvenience caused to your bank.

My thankfulness springs from the manner in which this incident has caused me to rethink my errant financial ways.  I noticed that whereas I personally answer your telephone calls and letters, — when I try to contact you, I am confronted by the impersonal, overcharging, pre-recorded, faceless entity which your bank has become.

From now on, I, like you, choose only to deal with a flesh-and-blood person. My mortgage and loan repayments will therefore and hereafter no longer be automatic, but will arrive at your bank, by check, addressed personally and confidentially to an employee at your bank whom you must nominate. B e aware that it is an offense under the Postal Act for any other person to open such an envelope. Please find attached an Application Contact which I require your chosen employee to complete. I am sorry it runs to eight pages, but in order that I know as much about him or her as your bank knows about me, there is no alternative.

Please  note that all copies of his or her medical history must be countersigned by a Notary Public, and the mandatory details of his/her financial situation (income, debts, assets and liabilities) must be accompanied by documented proof.

In due course, at MY convenience, I will issue your employee with a PIN number which he/she must quote in dealings with me. I regret that it cannot be shorter than 28 digits but, again, I have modeled it on the number of button presses required of me to access my account balance on your phone bank service.

As they say, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.

Let me level the playing field even further.

When you call me, press buttons as follows:


#1. To make an appointment to see  me

#2. To query a missing payment.

#3. To transfer the call to my living room in case I am there.

#4  To transfer the call to my bedroom in case I am sleeping

#5. To transfer the call to my toilet in case I am attending to nature.

#6. To transfer the call to my mobile phone  if I am not at home

#7. To leave a message on my computer, a password to access my computer is required.      Password will be communicated to you at a later date to that Authorized Contact              mentioned earlier.

#8. To return to the main menu and to listen to options 1 through 7.

#9. To make a general complaint or inquiry. The contact will then be put on hold,  pending the attention of my automated answering  service.

#10. This is a second reminder to press* for English.

While this may, on occasion, involve a lengthy wait, uplifting music will play for the duration of the call.

Regrettably, but again following your example, I must also levy an establishment fee to cover the setting up of this new arrangement.

May I wish you a happy, if ever so slightly less prosperous New  Year?

Your Humble Client

And remember: Don’t make old People mad.
We don’t like being old in the first place, so it doesn’t take much to piss us off.

WE Sexy Senior Citizens Gonna Go, on 14 July, To Bizzaro’s

Hello CREW… 07-11-10

Hey Classmates!  Have you noticed how fast the days, weeks, months are flying past?

A big part of it is    WE, as Sexy Senior Citizens and Grads of CHS, are taking the

time to enjoy…  THE GOLDEN YEARS! The CREW events, the weekly activities

and keeping in touch with Classmates all contribute to the fun!  Yes!  Yes!  I know we

have lost some of our good friends,  others are in and out of tough times but overall…

I  / WE? Definitely should count our blessings and be happy to enjoy them!

While staring down the barrel of a  BIG  70 next year, I find my self reflecting on how

thrilling it is to have made it this far!  Kids!  70  used to be OLD!    But NOT now!

If you don’t believe it?       Just attend one of our CREW events and watch the KIDS!

Heck! Some of our KIDS just got married!  Others just want a honeymoon?  lmao!

Gee!  Hope your not  BTD, bored to death!  Ole B-T-B sometimes gets a little WINDY!

By a vote of  5-4:  (This voting system is working out Great!)

Our next HAPPY  HOUR  CREW event will be:

5:30   Wednesday   July 14th  at

Bizzarro’s  Pizza    (Italian)

325 E Merritt Island Cswy  M.I. Fl 32952    321 453-2610
(last visit 7 weeks ago!  5-26-10)

Ahhh  Yes!  Have  fond  memories  of  ANNA’s  Pasta  Faggioli  Soup
( as if you didn’t know, lol )

“For every minute you are angry,
you lose sixty seconds of happiness.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
Stay  Happy   CREW! luv  ya!   B-T-B

cc:   Mark Tersey, Chairman of the HOT WINGS CREW! Yes, that “OTHER” CREW! LOL

Congrats Mr. & Mrs. Brent and Gerri Parker

Hello CREW… 07-08-10

Wow!  What started out to be a birthday celebration turned into a BIG SURPRISE!

Introducing:  Mr. & Mrs. Brent and Gerri Parker! AWESOME!

Brent Parker & Gerri Dutcher got married Wednesday! The wonderful news caught

everyone by surprise!    Gee!  Some folks have all the luck!   Way to go you two!

The Bride had  THAT LOOK OF HAPPINESS IN HER EYES and Brent was

obviously a very HAPPY and PROUD MAN! The CREW toasted the newlyweds

and expressed best wishes for their new life together!    luv ya both  B-T-B

ATTENDEES: Susan Ellinor, Billy Weinberg, Gerry Raines & husband Bill,
Carole Saxe, Mary Laycock and husband Ralph, Clark and Marilyn True,
Myrna Swindell, David Alexander, Barbara Thomas, new visitor Judy Shearer,
Server Sondra & of course newlyweds!  Mr. & Mrs.  Brent and Gerri Parker
Chairperson Corinne Bowley came by for a few minutes to deliver the…
Coconut Birthday Cake which did DOUBLE DUTY as a WEDDING CAKE!  yummm 

In case you didn’t know: Yesterday was a  Bonza Bottler Day!
It is an excuse for a party when ever the month and day numbers are the same!
7-7-10,  8-8-10  etc.  Invented by Harvey Baker??? on his birthday… 7-7!  lol
Like we need an excuse to party!!!  ha  lol

Well I’ll be darn!
The U.S. Senate unanimously passed Senate Resolution 513 last month,
officially designating  Friday July 9, 2010 as Collector Car Appreciation Day!

And this is HOT! Friday July 9th is National Blonde Day!!! OMG!  Need details?

WGH?    (wanna get hip)
Checkout: Cobra’s, cougar’s, kitten’s and more!
Conrad Koch and I were discussing all the new  (to us)  acronyms and the
website above has them all:    BTW,  TTYL,  TTTT,  LOL,  LMAO etc..
So if you get one you don’t understand… TAH (take a hike)  and check it out!  lol

Good grief!!   B-T-B isn’t there but  BTD (bored to death) is! lmao

SOME SAD NEWS: Email from Sara Crockett,  Iris Yates-Cox,  Class of 1958
and the wife of Bobby Cox has passed.  No other details.

“A true friend is someone who thinks that you are a good egg
even though she knows that you are slightly cracked.” ~ Bernard Meltzer

Can I get an  “Amen”?   B-T-B   sigh!

Ashley’s it is on 7 July … C’ya there

Hello CREW… 07-04-10

Hope you are having a SAFE and FUN  4th of JULY! On that note PLEASE view
this video sent to me by Billy Weinberg…    IT  HAS  A  STRONG  MESSAGE!

===> And definitely pass it along to others!

Our next     HAPPY HOUR CREW event:
5:30 PM    WEDNESDAY     July  7th

Ashley’s   of   Rockledge
1609  HIGHWAY 1  Rockledge, Fl

our 17th vist… yummmm!

Tel. 321.636.6430  ▪  Fax. 321.636.6206

It’s July and we will be celebrating some CREW    birthdays at this event! :-))

July: 7   Harvey  Baker      9   Prisilla  Firkins-Southworth         18  Diane  Likon

Hummmm are we missing YOUR birthday?  Let me know!

Good news! The Rockledge road work is almost finished!   Finally!

It has been a while since I took time to say   THANK YOU! for all the nice compliments,

rec’d about the CREW emails!  I think all of us enjoy keeping up with our Classmates and

Friends!   Can honestly tell you that what I do is not work!  I really enjoy hearing from you

and passing along any,  Good, Bad, and sometimes Ugly information.  Hope some of my

Indian ramblings aren’t too boring!  Ha-Na-Ta-Chee! (go away evil spirits!) In the future

I will try to keep it a little less personal and a little more factual!   luv ya    B-T-B

Don’t forget: Conrad Koch’s website for more CREW info:

“I have found that if you love life, life will love you back.” – Arthur Rubinstein

And this, to cute (and true?)  not to include…

“Behind every great man there is a surprised woman!”    Maryon Pearson

WHO? Wife of Lester Bowles Pearson, the 14th Prime Minister of Canada.