Cocoa Crew Review

A Compendium of Cocoa Crew's Congenial Carousing

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

SPAM is Spiced Ham … not Shoulder Pork and Ham … not Specially Processed Artificial Meat … not Something Posing As Meat


Hello CREW…                                                          10-25-12
Rats!  Storm cloud  It rained again!  Only for a little while, the CREW
                  still attended and it was another fun evening!
Attendees:  Corinne Bowley, Bill Weinberg, Gerry Heller & Bill,
                        Myrna Swindell, Clark True, Lynn & Lee Rolle
             Ann Driskill, &  ole BTB.  Server:  Tina was awesome!
Door Prize:  Gift with a bow  Won by Lee Rolle! A surprised and happy guy! 
Spam?                  Stands for Shoulder Pork and Ham.


                       I didn't know that!   How does it get into my email?  Annoyed   
Jury Duty:    BillyTwoBeers has been called to serve as Juror
                            in a court trial.  Chief of Tribe say…
                         "Don't trust white-eyes, it might be an ambush!" 
Imagine that!   N.Y. courts have ruled that Pole dancing and
                       Lap dancing are not art forms!   So the owner's
                      of those businesses don't qualify for a tax break!
                            Squaws in Tribe very disappointed!  So is Chief! 
New CREW:         Bobby & Dorothy Clanton  Class of 1961 
                                     Welcome Aboard… see you at an event soon?
Next Week:    Halloween!  But we voted to continue with the
                        event anyway!  Ya Gotta Eat!  lol   By majority
               vote we will be going to Kelsey's Italian, in Rockledge.
                    You will be happier than a Witch in a Broom Factory!
                                                Quote from a TV commercial!


Pay attention to your enemies,
     for they are the first to discover your mistakes. – Antisthenes
                               ( always use your  spell checker!  lol )

Sent from my i-teepee while pondering Jury Duty!   
                                                                                 Chief say's:   Scalp the paleface! 

Bob Roth says thanks to all who wished him well with cards and such!

Hello CREW… Red rose                                          10-21-12   
It's time!          JD's Sports Bar               Visit #16   Last visit  8-8-12 
Next   HAPPY HOUR CREW event

               5:30 PM   Wednesday    10-24-12
    JD's Sports Bar and Grill
                              (the  old  Boarshead  Lounge) 
                    1644 Fiske Blvd  Rockledge, FL 32955
                       634-1811� – Bar     634-1841� – Fax
My Friend!   Happy Birthday to Allen Scott  Birthday cake  (Oct 20)
                        Good ole Allen helped me keep my
               CHS  GPA below 3.0!   He would call and say…   
                     Hey Hardy!   Lets go to ______ today!  
                I would say…  Allen I have to study for a test!
                Then he would say…  Hardy your a wimp!
                       a brief pause…   I don't know smile    So  off  we  went! 
                  Thanks Allen…  "I  could have been a brain surgeon or a
                            rocket scientist  or an   INDIAN CHIEF!"  😉
                    Did I mention Allen had the highest CHS GRE scores?
\               In Bangkok, Thailand
                                     Wish him a Happy Birthday! 
Hummm?    Next event day is  OCT 31st  Halloween.
                  Should we go trick or treating  or continue
                  with a regular CREW event? AND if we do,
                   where do you want to go?   Let me know! 
Doin fine!    Email from Dan Shoemaker tells us he is
             doing well and we will see him at a future event!
Sadly!  The Tastee Freeze at 5 Points has been torn down!
             Was one of the hangouts  for CHS Classmates in the 50's/60's !
                             What next?  Build a  7-11  at  #9?  lol
Bob Roth…      Says  THANKS  to all who sent cards/notes to him.
                     He recently flew to Washington, DC as part of an event
                      honoring WWII Vets.  Bob was a B-17 Instructor Pilot!
Quick thoughts from women:
A  Gentleman is a patient WOLF!  heh! heh! heh!  
–  Henriett Tiarks,
I like to wake up in the morning feeling a new man – Jean Harlow

I feel like a million in the morning… but one at a time –  Mae West

Men make love more intensely at 20 but make better love after 60!
                                                                       – Catherine II of Russia
                                                  Maybe she learned that in the 50 Shades book?
                                                                                               luv ya Cathy!   lol 
Sent from my i-teepee….  reviewing my  CHS  grades!    Sadl
       Didn't see Allen while at FSU, kept my 3.0 there!  😉 



 Yea, yea,  I know…  pictures of

    So just a couple of the trip to Montego Bay, Jamaica.
Hummmm   you might recognize one or two of these folks!   Winking smile 

Ole Indian and Ginny

BTB, Ginny,   "Daddy Stone",   Sandals very 1st employee
and  Dawn Smith, one of  Sandals  Resort  Managers!
     The picture was taken at the Returnee's Dinner,  Daddy Stone
         had just presented Ginny her GOLD SANDALS CHARM!
                        You receive them after several visits.
                             Ginny is a Happy Woman!  😉 
  The ole Indian is also Happy…  after a couple of  Rum n Cokes!
  Next visit!    April, 2013   lol

Grandfather or not, ya gotta love this one!





This is for all Grandfathers Out There

Last week I took my grandchildren to  a restaurant.  My six-year-old grand-son asked if he could say grace.  As we bowed our heads he said, "God is good, God is great. Thank you for the food, and I would even thank you more if Grandpa gets us ice cream for dessert. And liberty and justice for all! Amen!"  Along with the laughter from the other customers nearby, I heard a woman remark, "That's what's wrong with this country. Kids today don't even know how to pray. Asking God for ice cream! Why, I never!"  Hearing this, my grand-son burst into tears and asked me, "Did I do it wrong? Is God mad at me?"As I held him and assured him that he had done a terrific job, and God was certainly not mad at him, an elderly gentleman approached the table.  He winked at my grand-son and said, "I happen to know that God thought that was a great prayer."  "Really?" my grand-son asked. "Cross my heart," the man replied.  Then, in a theatrical whisper, he added (indicating the woman whose remark had started this whole thing), "Too bad she never asks God for ice cream. A little ice cream is good for the soul sometimes."  

Naturally, I bought my grand-children ice cream at the end of the meal. My grand-son stared at his for a moment, and then did something I will remember the rest of my life.  He picked up his sundae and, without a word, walked over and placed it in front of the woman.  With a big smile he told her, Here, this is for you. Shove it up your ass you grouchy old bitch!



It rained again; but, event at Beef O Brady’s M.I. was good


Hello CREW…  Red rose                                              10-18-12  

It rained Lightning again!  Event at Beef O Brady's M.I. was good   but we got wet getting there!  lol  
Attendees:  Clark True, Carole Saxe,   Bill Weinberg, David Alexander,
                    Lois Atkinson, Ole Indian, George Reinhart took the picture!
                           Server: Danielle… a little slow but cute! lol   
He's back!     Welcome back Ed Murphy!  Somehow  Disappointed smile
                    He was dropped from the CREW email list? 
Remember?  Winnie Barnes Red rose  1st girl I ever dated!  😉
                       Poor girl…   I was such a rookie! lol
            Found her via the internet!  Welcome to the CREW!
Wow!    If you have not visited
          lately…  your missing out!   Conrad has added some
          of the best music to his website!  Really Cool Songs!
                           Thanks for all you do Conrad!

Yippee!       Social Security to increase by 1.7% in 2013.
                              That's about a 20 dollar raise! 
                                    Dinner for one at Longhorns!  lol   
R U One 2 ?   U.S.A. is the No. 1 country for millionaires.
                          11 million Americans have more than
      $1 million in wealth, that's about 4% of population.
          Average wealth for people over 65…  $232,000.
                   Hummm is that Gross or Net  (after taxes?)        
I don't know the key to success,
   but the key to failure is trying to please everybody. – Bill Cosby
Sent from my i-teepee while reviewing my 401K! 
My broker say's I have enough money for my retirement…  provide I die next Friday! 


No Pumpkin Soup left on the Island

Hello CREW… Red rose                                                10-16-12 


Note:  Got home late last night. Trying to catch up!  107 emails… lol 
                      So this will be an abbreviated version.     
next   HAPPY  HOUR  CREW event:


           5:30 PM    Wednesday   Oct 17, 2012  at 
          Beef  O'  Brady's  
  1450 N Courtenay Pkwy  M. I.   32953  455-6665 
  North on Courtenay Pkwy, take 1st right after Merritt Island High School.

Catch up!   Back from Jamaica,  Island with palm tree  Had an IRIE MON  time!

           Don't worry there are millions of gallons of  RUM  left!  
            However…  No Pumpkin Soup   left on the Island,
                                    I  ate  it  all!  Smile with tongue  lol
  Drank a few? GREEN  Cocktail GOBLINS!   Rum and ????   Yikes!
BTW!  Ole Indian re-claimed the Mo-Bay Billiard Championship!


                                    Beat 6 others for 1st place! lol   

Last event:     10-10-12   Longhorns Steak House M.I.
         Attendees:  Ann Driskill, Gerry Trammell, Bill Weinberg,
           Lois & George Reinhart, David Alexander, Clark True.
        Per Lois…  all enjoyed the food and classmate company!  

A thought!   
  Vacations are fun but it is always good to come home!  



Sent from my i-teepee while recovering from   ALL THAT FUN!   😉  





The Pastor’s Cat Compliments of Ronnie Wegelin






Dwight Nelson recently told a true story about the pastor of his church. He had a kitten that climbed up a tree in his backyard and then was afraid to come down. The pastor coaxed, offered warm milk, etc.

The kitty would not come down. The tree was not sturdy enough to climb, so the pastor decided that if he tied a rope to his car and pulled it until the tree bent down, he could then reach up and get the kitten.

That's what he did, all the while checking his progress in the car. He then figured if he went just a little bit further, the tree would be bent sufficiently for him to reach the kitten. But as he moved the car a little further forward, the rope broke.

The tree went 'boing!' and the kitten instantly sailed through the air – out of sight.

The pastor felt terrible. He walked all over the neighborhood asking people if they'd seen a little kitten. No. Nobody had seen a stray kitten. So he prayed, 'Lord, I just commit this kitten to your keeping,' and went on about his business.

A few days later he was at the grocery store, and met one of his church members. He happened to look into her shopping cart and was amazed to see cat food. This woman was a cat hater and everyone knew it, so he asked her, Why are you buying cat food when you hate cats so much?' She replied, 'You won't believe this,' and then told him how her little girl had been begging her for a cat, but she kept refusing. Then a few days before, the child had begged again, so the Mom finally told her little girl, 'Well, if God gives you a cat, I'll let you keep it.' She told the pastor, 'I watched my child go out in the yard, get on her knees, and ask God for a cat. And really, Pastor, you won't believe this, but I saw it wit my own eyes. A kitten suddenly came flying out of the blue sky, with its paws outspread, and landed right in front of her.'

Spence Payne Points Out That People are Fundamentally Good … Read one account from the 9/11 tragedy


Delta Flight 15 on 9/11

I always wondered what happened to all those other airplanes on 9/11…

Most of us have never heard this story….just amazing…..this is unity and compassion.

Here is an amazing story from a flight attendant on Delta Flight 15, written following 9-11-2001:

On the morning of Tuesday, September 11, we were about 5 hours out of� Frankfurt, flying over the North Atlantic. All of a sudden the curtains parted and I was told to go to the cockpit, immediately, to see the captain.

As soon as I got there I noticed that the crew had that "All Business" look on their faces. The captain handed me a printed message. It was from Delta's main office in Atlanta and simply read, "All airways over the Continental United States are closed to commercial air traffic. Land ASAP at the nearest airport. Advise your destination."

No one said a word about what this could mean. We knew it was a serious situation and we needed to find terra firma quickly. The captain determined that the nearest airport was 400 miles behind us in Gander, New Foundland. He requested approval for a route change from the Canadian traffic controller and approval was granted immediately–no questions asked.

We found out later, of course, why there was no hesitation in approving our request.� "While the flight crew prepared the airplane for landing, another message arrived from Atlanta telling us about some terrorist activity in the New York area.� A few minutes later word came in about the hijackings.

We decided to LIE to the passengers while we were still in the air. We told them the plane had a simple instrument problem and that we needed to land at the nearest airport in Gander, New Foundland, to have it checked out.

We promised to give more information after landing in Gander. There was much grumbling among the passengers, but that's nothing new! Forty minutes later, we landed in Gander . Local time at Gander was 12:30 PM! …. that's 11:00 AM EST.

There were already about 20 other airplanes on the ground from all over the world that had taken this detour on their way to the U.S. After we parked on the ramp, the captain made the following announcement: "Ladies and gentlemen, you must be wondering if all these airplanes around us have the same instrument problem as we have. The reality is that we are here for another reason." Then he went on to explain the little bit we knew about the situation in the U.S. There were loud gasps and stares of disbelief. The captain informed passengers that Ground control in Gander told us to stay put.

The Canadian Government was in charge of our situation and no one was allowed to get off the aircraft. No one on the ground was allowed to come near any of the aircraft. Only airport police would come around
periodically, look us over and go on to the next airplane. In the next hour or so more planes landed and Gander ended up with 53 airplanes from all over the world, 27 of which were U.S. commercial jets.

Meanwhile, bits of news started to come in over the aircraft radio and for he first time we learned that airplanes were flown into the World Trade Center in New York and into the Pentagon in DC. People were trying to use their cell phones, but were unable to connect due to a different cell system in Canada . Some did get through, but were only able to get to the Canadian operator who would tell them that the lines to the U.S. were either blocked or jammed.

Sometime in the evening the news filtered to us that the World Trade Center buildings had collapsed and that a fourth hijacking had resulted in a crash. By now the passengers were emotionally and physically exhausted, not to mention frightened, but everyone stayed amazingly calm. We� had only to look out the window at the 52 other stranded aircraft to realize that we were not the only ones in this predicament.

We had been told earlier that they would be allowing people off the planes one plane at a time. At 6 PM, Gander airport told us that our turn to deplane would be 11 am the next morning.

Passengers were not happy, but they simply resigned themselves to this news without much noise and started to prepare themselves to spend the night on the airplane.

Gander had promised us medical attention, if needed, water, and lavatory servicing. And they were true to their word. Fortunately we had no medical situations to worry about. We did have a young lady who was 33 weeks into her pregnancy. We took REALLY good care of her. The night passed without incident despite the uncomfortable sleeping arrangements.

About 10:30 on the morning of the 12th a convoy of school buses showed up. We got off the plane and were taken to the terminal where we went through Immigration and Customs and then had to register with the Red Cross.

After that we (the crew) were separated from the passengers and were taken in vans to a small hotel. We had no idea where our passengers were going.

We� learned from the Red Cross that the town of Gander has a population of 10,400 people and they had about 10,500 passengers to take care of from all the airplanes that were forced into Gander! We were told to just relax at the hotel and we would be contacted when the U.S. airports opened again, but not to expect that call for a while.

We found out the total scope of the terror back home only after getting to our hotel and turning on the TV, 24 hours after it all started.

Meanwhile, we had lots of time on our hands and found that the people of Gander were extremely friendly. They started calling us the "plane people."

We enjoyed their hospitality, explored the town of Gander and ended up having a pretty good time.

Two days later, we got that call and were taken back to the Gander airport.� Back on the plane, we were reunited with the passengers and found out what they had been doing for the past two days. What we found out was incredible.

Gander and all the surrounding communities (within about a 75 Kilometer radius) had closed all high schools, meeting halls, lodges, and any other large gathering places. They converted all these facilities to mass lodging areas for all the stranded travelers. Some had cots set up, some had mats with sleeping bags and pillows set up.

ALL the high school students were required to volunteer their time to take care of the "guests."� Our 218 passengers ended up in a town called Lewisporte, about 45 kilometers from Gander where they were put up in a high school. If any women wanted to be in a women-only facility, that was arranged. Families were kept together. All the elderly passengers were taken to private homes.

Remember that young pregnant lady? She was put up in a private home right across the street from a 24-hour Urgent Care facility. There was a dentist on call and both male and female nurses remained with the crowd for the duration.

Phone calls and e-mails to the U.S. and around the world were available to everyone once a day. During the day, passengers were offered "Excursion" trips.

Some people went on boat cruises of the lakes and harbors. Some went for hikes in the local forests. Local bakeries stayed open to make fresh bread for the guests. Food was prepared by all the residents and brought to the schools. People were driven to restaurants of their choice and offered wonderful meals. Everyone was given tokens for local laundry mats to wash their clothes, since luggage was still on the aircraft. In other words, every single need was met for those stranded travelers.

Passengers were crying while telling us these stories. Finally, when they were told that U.S. airports had reopened, they were delivered to the airport right on time and without a single passenger missing or late. The local Red Cross had all the information about the whereabouts of each and every passenger and knew which plane they needed to be on and when all the planes were leaving. They coordinated everything beautifully. It was absolutely incredible.

When passengers came on board, it was like they had been on a cruise. Everyone knew each other by name. They were swapping stories of their stay, impressing each other with who had the better time.

Our flight back to Atlanta looked like a chartered party flight. The crew just stayed out of their way. It was mind-boggling. Passengers had totally bonded and were calling each other by their first names, exchanging
phone numbers, addresses, and email addresses.

And then a very unusual thing happened. One of our passengers approached me and asked if he could make an announcement over the PA system. We never, ever allow that. But this time was different. I said "of course" and handed him the mike. He picked up the PA and reminded everyone about what they had just gone through in the last few days. He reminded them of the hospitality they had received at the hands of total strangers. He continued by saying that he would like to do something in return for the good folks of Lewisporte.

He said he was going to set up a Trust Fund under the name of DELTA 15 (our flight number). The purpose of the trust fund is to provide college scholarships for the high school students of Lewisporte. He asked for donations of any amount from his fellow travelers. When the paper with donations got back to us with the amounts, names, phone numbers and addresses, the total was for more than $14,000!

The gentleman, a MD from Virginia, promised to match the donations and to start the administrative work on the scholarship. He also said that he would forward this proposal to Delta Corporate and ask them to donate as well. As I write this account, the trust fund is at more than $1.5 million and has assisted 134 students in college education.

"I just wanted to share this story because we need good stories right now. It gives me a little bit of hope to know that some people in a far away place were kind to some strangers who literally dropped in on them. It reminds me how much good there is in the world."

In spite of all the rotten things we see going on in today�s world this story confirms that there are still a lot of good and Godly people in the world and when things get bad, they will come forward.