Cocoa Crew Review

A Compendium of Cocoa Crew's Congenial Carousing

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

A Party? Lets start October with a B-Day Party!

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Hello CREW… Red rose                                           09-30-12


A Party?    Lets start October with a B-Day  Birthday cake  Party!   

Next HAPPY HOUR CREW event  

         5:30 PM    on   Wednesday    October 3rd 
          Ashley’s    Restaurant
      1609  Highway 1    Rockledge, Fl   636-6430


   October:        5  Ginger Fine   18  Sandee Natowich   20  Allen Scott

      27  Spencer Payne   28  Sarah Policicchio   32  Queequeg of the Pequod

We win!:  Football… It’s All Good!  FSU wins,  Gators idle!    

Bacon Shortage?    An  ‘Aporkalypse’!    lol   Dude!

              You have to be kidding!   Rumor going around

                  that there could be a shortage in 2013!

         The fact is a bacon shortage is no more likely than

    pigs flying.  Theoretically possible, but highly unlikely!

                                B L T  anyone?

Thanks Jerry Fine:   This new rendition is great!

       I think you will like it!  A Navy veteran sings the lead.


Ole Indian say Thanks!    Evil Cold Spirit almost gone!

   The thousands  of cards & happy smoke signals helped! 

  As did the case of magic mystery oil  sent by maiden! 

            Hummm smell like Buffalo Fat… make BTB a HOI!  lol

Progress has little to do with speed,

                              but much to do with direction – Unknown

Sent from my I-teepee while checking map for directions?

Another Installment from Dick Nelson.

Another Installment  from Dick Nelson. Some thoughts to ponder.  Maybe some to debate.  Your remarks are most welcomed!

During the so called “Progressive Era” our Constitution took a beating. Social movements gave us the 16 Amendment that was  ratified February 3, 1913 giving the Congress the power to “lay and collect taxes on incomes”.  A particularly cold and blustery day, some thought that Hell might have actually frozen.

A couple of months later when the election of U.S. Senators was taken away from the various States and given to the “dumb masses” by the ratification of the 17th Amendment on April 8, 1913 the decline of a representative democracy and our freedoms was well underway.

Now every leech and freeloader in the country (ignorant though they may be) has a direct say in the election of member of the upper house of Congress, greatly enabling the work of special interest lobbyists.  Now the Congress could (and has ever since) enacted law after law to give special benefits (called loopholes) to special interest groups.   Congress can (and has) changed the amount of income tax a person or group pays by simply enacting another loophole or readjusting “tax brackets”  in order to fund one project or another.

Rather than present a full page of quotes about  how Income Tax came to be, I refer you to Heritage Guide to the Constitution!/amendments/16/essays/177/income-tax

In my opinion, the 16th amendment should be repealed and the Fair Tax  Bill (HR25/S13) enacted to provide a near equal amount of revenue for the Federal Government, thus eliminating all possibilities of special benefits for special interests.

Every American Citizen and every visitor making a purchase in the US would pay the “Fair Tax”.

Because politicians know the Fair Tax would effectively prevent   kickbacks, political travel junkets and political favors, our elected representatives have not embraced the “Fair Tax”.  They have instead talked about such things as “Flat Tax, “9-9-9” Tax plan, Tax Code reviews, and streamlining the current tax system.  NONE OF THESE SCHEMES ELIMINATE PERSONAL AND BUSINESS INCOME TAXES. THEY SIMPLY ADD ADDITIONAL TAXES.

The “Fair Tax Bill”

  • Eliminates all personal and business income taxes, payroll, estate and capital gains taxes.
  • Creates jobs and restores “Made in America” label by making U.S. products more competitive.
  • Raises real wages over 10% in the first year.
  • Saves Americans $400 billion wasted yearly complying with 72,000 pages of tax regulations.
  • Lowers tax rates for all Americans.
  • Captures taxes from the underground economy.
  • Provides monthly “prebate” payments to all legal American households to offset taxes on necessities.
  • End the sale of tax favors to the rich, politically connected and special interest lobbying groups.
  • Grow the economy by billions of dollars.
  • Add trillions of US and foreign dollars to our economy by making America the place  to invest.
  • Secure funding for Social Security and Medicare with a larger and more stable tax base.
  • Raise the same revenue as the current system.
  • Lower production costs by removing business taxes, compliance and avoidance expenses, now hidden
  • Eliminate the IRS and be collected by the states.

I have contacted my representatives in Congress and ask that they cosponsor and support the passage of the nonpartisan  “Fair Tax” bill (H25/S13) and the repeal of the 16th amendment.  I hope that you will also.

Thank you,

Dick Nelson


Hello CREW…  Red rose                                              09-27-12

Good fishing:  Fla Seafood served up some great dinners. 
Noteworthy…  Server,  Josh  was a student of

               Gerry Heller-Raines back when she was teaching!

Attendees:     Bill Hibbard & Karen Kamin, Bill Weinberg,

                    George & Lois Reinhart, Bob & Judy Berghult,
                   Nancy Grothe, Jackie Lane, Gerry Heller & Bill,
                         Clark True  and a stuffed up ole Indian.
Sniff! Sneeze! Cough!   The ole Indian got wet in the rain
                during the visit to Bizzarro’s.  Has heap big Cold!
                  Sat by self!   No want to spread plague!  Ugh! 
             Squaws…  no come to teepee for bootie call  this week!  
Door Prize Winners: Party smile Judy Berghult and Nancy Grothe! 
Duck? Goose?  John Dean, Alberta, Canada trying to rustle
   up dinner.  Shotgun, bottle of Scotch, a lucky rabbits foot?
     Am sure he will bag one before he gets into the bag!  lol
          Sybil is hungry John!   Bring home the groceries!
Andy William 84 passed:   WHO COULD FORGET?  1970! 
                       Oliver Barrett IV….  “So your a Good Catholic Girl?”
 Jennifer Cavilleri … “Well I’am Catholic, I’am a Girl… 2 out of 3 ain’t bad!”    

Next Event:    Ashley’s… CREW  birthday  Birthday cake  celebration!
October:    5  Ginger Fine   18  Sandee Natowich   20  Allen Scott

                  27  Spencer Payne   28  Sarah Policicchio   32  Queequeg of the Pequod

The only test of leadership is that somebody follows.
                                                                       – Robert K. Greenleaf

Sent from  i-teepee while sneezing, sniffing, hacking & coughing!

                          Anyone seen my medicine bag?

The “Middle Wife” by an Anonymous 2nd grade teacher.

This story is hilarious!

The “Middle Wife” by an Anonymous 2nd grade teacher.


I’ve been teaching now for about fifteen years. I have two kids myself, but the best birth story I know is the one I saw in my own second grade classroom a few years back. When I was a kid, I loved show-and-tell. So I always have a few sessions with my students. It helps them get over shyness and usually, show-and-tell is pretty tame. Kids bring in pet turtles, model airplanes, pictures of fish they catch, stuff like that. And I never, ever place any boundaries or limitations on them. If they want to lug it in to school and talk about it, they’re welcome.

Well, one day this little girl, Erica, a very bright, very outgoing kid,takes her turn and waddles up to the front of the class with a pillow stuffed under her sweater. She holds up a snapshot of an infant. ‘This is Luke, my baby brother, and I’m going to tell you about his birthday.’ ‘First, Mom and Dad made him as a symbol of their love, and then Dad put a seed in my Mom’s stomach, and Luke grew in there. He ate for nine months through an umbrella cord.’ She’s standing there with her hands on the pillow, and I’m trying not to laugh and wishing I had my camcorder with me. The kids are watching her in amazement.

‘Then, about two Saturdays ago, my Mom starts going, ‘Oh, Oh, Oh, Oh!’ Erica puts a hand behind her back and groans. ‘She walked around the house for, like an hour, ‘Oh, oh, oh!’ (Now this kid is doing a hysterical duck walk and groaning.) ‘My Dad called the middle wife. She delivers babies, but she doesn’t have a sign on the car like the Domino’s man. They got my Mom to lie down in bed like this.’ (Then Erica lies down with her back against the wall.) ‘And then, pop! My Mom had this bag of water she kept in there in case he got thirsty, and it just blew up and spilled all over the bed, like psshhheew!’ (This kid has her legs spread with her little hands miming water flowing away. It was too much!) ‘Then the middle wife starts saying ‘push, push,’ and ‘breathe, breathe. They started counting, but never even got past ten. Then, all of a sudden, out comes my brother. He was covered in yucky stuff that they all said it was from Mom’s play-center, so there must be a lot of toys inside there. When he got out, the middle wife spanked him for crawling up in there in the first place.’

Then Erica stood up, took a big theatrical bow and returned to her seat. I’m sure I applauded the loudest.

Ever since then, when it’s Show-and-tell day, I bring my camcorder, just in case another ‘Middle Wife’ comes along.

Patience is also “Hot” … in the Mud

Hello CREW… Red rose                                               09-23-12

Lets go fish!                 Visit: #10         Last:  July 25
     Next    HAPPY HOUR CREW event:               5:30 PM   on  WEDNESDAY    September 26, 2012      FLORIDA  SEAFOOD  BAR  &  GRILLE
                                   Luv their Rock Shrimp!  😉

                          480 West Cocoa Beach Causeway
Cocoa Beach, Florida  32931  784-0892
B 4 I 4 get!  David Alexander won the door prize last week! 
Did you notice?  Saturday 9-22 was the 1st day of Fall!  School  
Flu shot time:   Don’t Forget to ask your Doc if you should
                          get two others; pneumonia and shingles. 
      Symptoms!   You might have Swine Flu  if you have:
headaches, fever, body aches/pains, and an
                         unexplainable desire to screw in the mud! 
Don’t be offended, this is only a government health warning!
                                          Oink!  Oink!   

Florida Football:   Seminoles and the Gators continued on
                                 their winning streaks this week! 
Nothing BAD!              No news is good news…
                       All our Classmates must be doing well?  🙂
 Patience is the ability to idle your motor
                                when you feel like ripping through your gears!
Sent from my i-teepee while reviewing, 50 Shades of Rock Shrimp!

Take a look at what people are saying on the “Politics” page.

Dick Nelson and I have been exchanging emails concerning various aspects of politics. I think we all agree that there are some serious ills that our nation faces.  As years pass, each seems to be getting worse, not better.

I thought it might be a good idea to have folks from the “Crew” participate by reading the  posts commenting on the posts and even writing thoughtful arguments and articles.

Dick has recently shared a thought concerning the 17th amendment suggesting that we might be better off had it not been ratified and implemented.  Take a look and please comment.


For Mature Adult Audience Only

Hello CREW… Red rose                                                                   09-20-12
      Author’ Note!    This email contains Mature Adult Information!   heh! heh! heh!
Attendees:  It was a dark stormy night, the lightning  Lightning  flashed,
                 the wind howled and the rain  Storm cloud  came down in torrents.
               Only a HARDY-soul  Eye-rolling smile  and three of his classmates dared
                          brave the long treacherous road to Bizzarro’s!
             One from north M.I. (David Alexander)  struggling with allergies,
     one from Rockledge(Billy Weinberg) who dared to cross the dangerously
            high, fast flowing river and one from south Brevard (Carole Saxe)
              who paddled furiously up river against the raging currents to
         attend the CREW celebration!    Well Done classmates and friends!
         However…   when Server, Anna brought out Pasta Fagolli  Bowl 
         and awesome Pizza, the Sun Sun  came out and  ALL WAS GOOD!  Avast Ye Matey’s!  Ahoy CREW it’s Pirates Week!  Hoist the Jolly Roger!

  Weigh anchor, join Capt? BillyTwoBeers at  JD’s  for a flagon of  “Grog”!
              Picaroon’s of buxom wenches eager to serve Bumboo,
       Rumfustian, and Salmagundi!      All for a pittance of Doubloon’s!
                       Shiver me timbers!   The Golden Years  are here! 
    Over the side… ravage, pillage and plunder all the “bootie” ye can find!
          Some Pirate Pick-Up lines:  (for the youngsters! lol)
                             Avast, me proud beauty!  Wanna know why my Roger is so Jolly?
Have ya ever met a man with a real yardarm?
                              Yes, that is a hornpipe in my pocket and I am happy to see you.
I’d love to drop anchor in your lagoon.
Pardon me, but would ya mind if I fired me cannon through your porthole?
                              How’d you like to scrape the barnacles off of me rudder?
Wanna shiver me timbers?
For the Ladies:   Send a kiss  Come, let me show ye where to bury yer treasure, lad! 

Honor Mr. Roth:   Send card/letter by 9-24.  Put his name on back! 
             Space Coast Honor Flight   P.O. Box  560975  Rockledge, Fl 32956Next event:   Florida Seafood, C.B.     Visit #10    Last: 7-25-12   

“A person without a sense of humor is like a wagon without springs.
             It’s jolted by every pebble on the road.”     – Henry Ward Beecher

Sent from my  i-teepee while reading the “Italian of 50 shades of pasta”!         

Ahhhhh yes… the pasta n’ bean soup! yummmmm

Hello CREW… Red rose                                              09-16-12

Time for….     Visit: #19      Last: June 20
next   HAPPY  HOUR  CREW event               5:30   Wednesday    September 19th  

  Pizza    ( Italian )  

             325 E Merritt Island Cswy  M.I.      321 453-2610 

      Ahhhhh yes… the pasta n’ bean soup!   Bowl  yummmmm
      One cannot luv well unless you have dined well!     — 50 Shades of Pasta!  
Ugh!       Typo – error!    Bob Roth is 92     (not 82)
                             Squaw?  messed up smoke signal?
                    Aware Squaws   Wink are hard to find nowadays! heh! heh! heh!
Crying face       Space Shuttle Endeavour OV-105 final flight will 
       leave the Space Coast  7AM Monday  17th, heading
           to Los Angeles after a fly-bye at Cocoa Beach!
What else?   Hummm  would like to report what YOU
                  have been doing but you didn’t tell me! lol
Everybody Wins!      Noles  52        Wake Forrest  0
                                Gators 37        Tenn  20
                           small storm 38   Bethune Cookman 10
Imagination is more important than knowledge.
                                                       – Albert Einstein
Sent from my i-teepee while carefully reading about the pasta!  Excited

ahhhhh the Shepherd’s Pie at Dog’s

Hello CREW… Red rose Yep!  The Roses are back!  lol   Red rose                09-13-12

Dog’s R Us Dog face  ahhhhh the Shepherd’s Pie,  a good reason
                                  sit, speak, rollover & beg! lol
                      Clark True won the 1st ever  CREW  door prize! 
                           This NEW feature has been added to the CREW events!  

Attendees:  Billy Weinberg, Gerry Heller & Husband Bill Raines,

          Corinne Bowley, Clark True, Al Ballenger, & an ole Indian.
              Server:  Chelsea was… good, cute, & pregnant! 
Happy News:  Al Ballenger recovering well after 2 heart attacks
                 and a bout with pneumonia!  He is a tough ole Tiger!
                                          Great to see ya Al!
Mini-Crew event:    Held @ Woodstock Inn, New Hampshire
               Classmates; the Reinharts, Blacks, McLean’s & Fischers.
                 See picture attached.    Server:  Ginny was great! 
While shopping:  At Merritt Square Mall, BTB met Mary Laycock
                        and her friend Evelyn?  Mary will be leaving soon 
                                 for a visit to St Thomas Island.
He Tried!      Classmate Conrad Koch lost his bid for House of
                   Representatives in New Hampshire.  The CREW says
                “Kudos”   for stepping up and making an effort in the
                 political world.  We are all proud  to see you tried!  Smile

Next event:   Bizzarros Italian M.I.   Visit: #19    Last: June 20th

Learn to say NO!     
 It will be of more use to you than to be able to read Latin.
                                                                – Charles Spurgeon

Sent from my  i-teepee thinking about what the Doc said…

           perfer et obdura; dolor hic tibi proderit olim

Be patient and tough; some day this pain will be useful to you!  Confused What?


Post # 372 Let’s meet and eat at the Dog’s 12 Sept 2012

With a big smile on my face!  
  At the specific request of one of our CHS  “Youngsters!”   Nerd smile
 CREW emails ( in most cases ) will be using a #12  font size!
 If you have any thoughts on this matter…     let me know! 
                      I have been sworn to secrecy! lol                 
Hello CREW…   Party smile                                                       09-09-12

Let’s meet and eat at the Dog’s:   Visit: #12    Last:  June 27
            Ya know any tricks?  Sit! Roll-over! Speak! Fetch!  Good Dog!  
     Next    HAPPY HOUR CREW   event

5:30 PM   Wednesday    Sept 12, 2012

Dog’s Family Sports Bar and Grille!                

                1580 E. Merritt Island Causeway,   
In front of the  Wal-Mart  on Merritt Isl.   S.E. corner.  

                      They serve  Shepherd’s  Pie!   yummm! 

Anyone have email address for Mary Ann Rector-Hammer
                       Was told she wants to join the CREW!  😉

Travelers!    Mickey & Judy Parker returning from visit to see their
         grand children had a meal at The Lady & Sons.  Paula Dean’s
 restaurant in Savannah, Ga. “Highly recommend it to anyone loving
   country cookin, worth a stop in if you’re passing by.”   Mick & Judy
Tomato Fight?    The annual tomato food fight in Valencia Spain
was a held last month!  ‘World’s Biggest Food Fight’
                   where more than one hundred metric tons of over-ripe
                       tomatoes are thrown in the streets.  What a mess! 
                          Not to mention what a waste… don’t they know
tomatoes are selling at over $1.69 a pound.
Hummmm makes you wonder if the prices in the
U.S. are manipulated by the growers or markets? Duh! 
Speaking of tomatoes…       Fried Green Tomatoes!!
                                   Yummm! Breakfast this morning at Gaskins
                                           (the old Ranch House in Cocoa) included a
                                           side order of  FGT’s   AWESOME! 
Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed
         in overalls and looks like work.     – Thomas Edison
Sent from my  i-teepee  while trying to read my email!  lol