Cocoa Crew Review

A Compendium of Cocoa Crew's Congenial Carousing

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

What???? No chocolate CAKE? AND Harbor Freight That’s Great … Coming to MI

Hello CREW…  Emoji                                                         06-30-13

                      July  Birthday   Emoji   Celebration  Time! 

Nope!      There will be NO coconut cake this week!
            With equal time in mind…  something different.
                                  sigh!    I wanted Chocolate Pie!    

Next  HAPPY HOUR CREW  event

              5:30 PM   Wednesday  July 3, 2013
       Ashley’s  Restaurant 
           1609  Highway 1    Rockledge, Fl   636-6430


Darn smoke signals!     Mary Laycock-Bratsen  attended
                                    her  50th  not  5th College Reunion.
                                              Ole Indian is  RED  faced!  Emoji
Where Am I?     This is cool!     Emoji     Type in any address
           and you can view it all!
          Ugh!   Ole teepee needs a paint job! 
Need a tool?     Harbor Freight Tools  is opening a store
                         next to Bizzarro’s Italian on Merritt Island.
Pass the salsa!  Americans use more salsa as a condiment
                         than ketchup, mustard and mayo combined!
Need a job?         Alaska needs 400 new State Troopers!
Hush  you  Muskie’s?        Emoji
I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways
                            that won’t work. – Thomas Alva Edison

Sent from my i-teepee, hoping squaw will fix chocolate pie!

It was “HUGE” ! Norman’s Sports Bar attracted a great CREW turnout last night, and some surprises!

Hello CREW… Emoji                                                     06-27-13

Normans 6-26
Attendees:  15   L – R      Sherri Gentry, Elma Atkinson,
                             Ann Driskill, Clark True, Lois Atkinson,
George & Tom McFarland, Gerri Dutcher, Dan Shoemaker,
Bill Hibbard, Karen Kamin, Jerry Smith, BTB, Bill Weinberg.
    Thanks to:  CREW CAMERA MAN   George Reinhart!  😉
                  Server:  Michael did a very good job.
Surprises?    Bill & Karen…  all the way from Orlando!   

 Taking time away from fishing.  Holy Catfish!  Jerry Smith
           Really nice to have you Classmates attend!
Have a safe trip!     Mary Laycock-Bratsen is attending
                               her College 5th Reunion, also visiting
                             friends & family while…   On The Road!  
On the SEA!       Another  CHS Classmate Cruise  has
          been planned.  Classmates are saying it will have a
            Rock n’ Roll Theme!     For more details contact:
                    Bill Weinberg:
Got – A – Story?   Classmate  Thomas “Tom” McFarland
             is collecting stories, pictures and anecdote’s for
     the next issue of the Mosquito Beaters Memory Book.
          If you have anything you might like to submit ?
      Contact Tom at:  or  321 454-4265
                   btw…   Kudo’s!    He did a terrific job last year!   
Really?         A couple of the  CREW  noted that the
                   notorious   Casey Anthony   is living in an
               Ocean Woods Townhouse in Cape Canaveral?
                                Now that is another surprise!                           
Next event:      Ashley’s  CREW  Birthday Emoji  event.
                                   Visit #50    Last:  June 5th
A bank is a place where they lend you an umbrella
      in fair weather and ask for it back when it
             begins to rain!         – Robert Frost 
Sent from my i-teepee while getting ready to return umbrella!
                             UGH!   Banks are  Indian-Givers! 

Summer time and the living is…. lazy! lol

Hello CREW… Emoji                                              6-23-13

Where it started!  Emoji   Lets re-visit  Home Plate!  lol

Next   HAPPY HOUR CREW event

               5:30 PM   Wednesday   06-26-13

Norman’s Raw Bar & Grille  
             3  Forrest Avenue,  Cocoa  433-0872 

Important Smoke Signal:
     Summer time and the living is….   lazy!     lol
and the CREW emails, shorter!  THAT might be a
relief to some of the classmates!  Emoji   Ole Indian
wants to   TAKE A LITTLE MORE TIME   and enjoy
the summer activities.    If there are 4 seasons of
life then 75-100 are recognized as brrrr WINTER! 
Not there yet, but I keep getting emails from the
           Happy  Hunting  Ground  folks…
i.e.   Need a caregiver?    Need cremation plans?
   Need hearing aids?  Need a squaw?   heh! heh! heh!
    So before it’s over…  LET’S PARTY  HARDY  THIS  SUMMER!
Dropped?   TV Food Network has dropped Paula
                  Dean for making a racial slur.  She says
               it was along time ago but has apologized.
                         Ugh!  Ole Indian need Squaw who can cook!

Only 2 Hots?    Army used to offer 4 (including mid-rats)
             Hots (meals) and a Cot!   Now in order to save
          money, it’s  3…    NO!   only 2 Hots and a Cot!
               My NAVY…   4 and an air-conditioned bunk!  Emoji
Girl Code!   Holy Honesty!   Watched an MTV show
      the other night, it was brutally honest but funny!
          4-5 women discuss everything you might want
        to know about being girls?  So enlightening! Emoji
Visit!    Go to  for recent and
                   history information about the CREW!
                      Maintained by Conrad Koch, Class of 59

You are never too old to set another goal
                   or to dream a new dream.” – C.S. Lewis

Sent from my i-teepee thinking, Me Happy w/1 HOT & a teepee! 

Roberto’s Cuban! … This one will definitely be one of the TOP 5!

Hello CREW…  Emoji                                               06-20-13

Roberto’s Cuban! CHS Classmates we have had some

       really awesome EVENTS in the past.  This one will
      definitely be one of the TOP 5!   The company, the
   food and service were  EXTRAORDINARY!  Everyone
    was TOTALLY PLEASED!   Wish YOU had been there.
       As Reviews go…   Roberto’s gets FIVE STARS!
             BTW…  We All  rec’d a free Cuban Dessert
         of our choice:   Flan or Tres Leche!   Both were delicious!
As a SPECIAL THANK YOU…  I am sending a copy of
      the  HAPPY HOUR CREW email to,    Roberto’s!
         Their email address is:  in case 
                   you might want to add  YOUR  compliment! 
 Robertos 6-19
Attendees:  L to R.    
Gerri Dutcher, Dan Shoemaker,
                    Bill Raines & Gerry Heller, Bill Weinberg,
              Harvey & Sandy Baker, Myrna Swindell, BTB,
          Lois Atkinson, Sherry Gentry.  Emoji Geo Reinhart,
       took picture!    SERVER:   ZOE is also in the TOP 5!
June 21st:       This Friday is the First Day of Summer!
    Ahhhh the memories…  Emoji Blanket, beer &  WAPE,
        so much fun riding in Ronnie Likon’s  Woodie!
               Remember?   W A P E   Jacksonville, Florida Radio Station   “The Big Ape” !    
Cronuts  Anyone?        New Yorkers are crazy for half
      croissant dough, half doughnut — a pastry hybrid.
        Selling for $5 a piece, not yet at BK’s or McD’s.
               Hey!  Tom Newbern  (Mr. BK)   What’cha Think?
What next?  Emoji Medicine Man thinks ole Indian has
                              Parthenophobia – Fear of virgins
                              Ugh!   Am searching the Web for a cure!
Next event:     Norman’s Raw Bar & Grille Cocoa    
             Birth place of the  Happy Hour Crew  in 2007
Visit:  # 7     Last:  4-10-13
If I’d known I was going to live this long, I would
        have taken better care of myself! – Eubie Blake
Sent from i-teepee while searching WEB,  after ordering Cronut! 

I AGREE! The CREW has spoken and they approved! Cuban Cuisine Wednesday?

Hello CREW…                                                     06-16-13




                    Cuban  Cuisine  Wednesday?
I  AGREE!   The CREW has spoken and they approved!


5:30 PM   Wednesday   June 19, 2013

 Roberto’s Little Havana Restaurant

          26 North Orlando Ave  Cocoa Beach, Fl.

                               866 339-7042

       Across the street from the Heidelberg German Restaurant

                                     one of Conrad’s favorites!   😉   (see coupon!)


Have rec’d your email responses, your votes were

reviewed for CHAD!   Then promptly shredded!

However,  You did approve of a new place to try.

It will be our 1st CREW visit!

Hope you will join us for this inaugural experience!

BYOC!   Bring your own cigars!

Al Ballenger:     Email from Al’s Daughter, Brooke.

Al Suffered a mild stroke Friday.  Speech is fine just

Problems with left hand and leg.  In Room 340 at

Wuesthoff Hospital!  321 636-2211 You guys always

Cheer him up.  He could use that right now.


Lion Fish:   Although venomous they are good to eat!
    That’s what the paper said?   Do U believe that Jerry Smith?


At an Indian wedding reception the Chief yelled…
“Would all married braves please stand next to the
   one person who has made your life worth living!”
The bartender was almost crushed to death.

Garlic:   A species in the onion genus, which include

the onion, shallot, leek, and chive. Humans have used

it for 7,000 years and is native to Central Asia.   China

produced 13.6 million tons in 2010.   Can help prevent

heart disease, atherosclerosis, high cholesterol,

high blood pressure and cancer!


Best of all… has been used to ward off vampires!

Fair winds and following seas and long may
                    your big jib draw!   – Naval Sailing Blessing

Sent from my i-teepee getting ready to canoe on the Indian River!

What is More Painful

I mowed the lawn today, and after doing so I sat down and had a cold Rum.

The day was really quite beautiful, and the drink facilitated some deep thinking on various topics.

Finally I thought about an age old question: Is giving birth more painful than getting kicked in the nuts?

Women always maintain that giving birth is way more painful than a guy getting kicked in the nuts.  Well, after another Rum and some heavy deductive thinking I have come up with the answer to that question.

Getting kicked in the nuts is more painful than having a baby and here is the reason for my conclusion:  A year or so after giving birth, a woman will often say, “It might be nice to have another child.”  On the other hand, you never hear a guy say, “You know, I think I would like another kick in the nuts.”

I rest my case….time for another Rum!


Well now Pilgrim’s! Have ya ever had a better steak? Longhorn’s gets my vote! So says the “Duke”

Hello CREW…   Emoji                                             06-13-13Well now Pilgrim’s!  Have ya ever had a better steak?
       Longhorn’s gets my vote!   So says the “Duke”                 

Longhorns 6-12-13
Attendees: R to L 
Clark True, Ann Driskill, Gerri Parker,
              Lois Atkinson,  George Reinhart taking picture!
 Bill Weinberg, Elma Atkinson,   David Alexander, came
 too late for pic.  & ole BTB.  Server:  Courtney…  funny!
Gator Tail…    Price goes up!    Athletic Dept at U of F
                           given a 100 Million Dollar budget!
  Sound like a lot?   Naaaaa  School Budget = 4 Billion! 
A Warning!     This info rec’d from CHS Classmate
                     Rene LeRoy.   After viewing this video…
seriously consider what info you place on the internet!
Mesquite:  an extremely hardy, drought-tolerant plant.
           Flour  used in breads, pancakes, muffins, cakes,
                       cookies or used to make jelly and wine.
     Wood  used roasting or grilling to add smoke-flavor
       to steaks, chicken, pork, and fish.  High in calcium,
magnesium, potassium, iron, zinc, & amino acid lysine.
CREW to visit a Cuban restaurant!    YEP!
                          As of Today, 6-13-13
              9  approve,   1  disapprove  (too bland!)
Next event:    Roberto’s Cuban Restaurant  @ C.B.
      (see coupon!)   
      After your email responses, it seems that this is an
     approved place to try.  It will be our 1st CREW visit!
          Hope you will join us for this NEW experience!
                            BYOC!   Bring your own cigars!  Blessed are the young,
            for they shall inherit the national debt.
                                                        – Herbert HooverSent from my i-teepee while enjoying a mesquite burger!  


“You’re gonna need more ammo!”

Hello CREW…  Emoji                                               06-09-13


       5:30 PM   Wednesday   June 12, 2013

 770 East Merritt Island Causeway
Merritt island, FL 32952  (321) 456-5559

More celebrations:  Jim & Brenda Ward  Emoji  together
          for their 50th wedding anniversary on June 15th.
Ole Indian need more ammo?
Walked into JD’s last night, waving my 6 shooter and yelled,

   “Who in here has been messing around with my squaw?”
from the back of the bar yelled out,
           “You’re gonna need more ammo!”
               UGH!  Can’t trust the white-eyes!  Emoji
CREW to visit a Cuban restaurant?  Your  thoughts?
                          As of Today, 6-9-13
                    6  approve,   disapprove.   (see coupon!)
Cilantro:    Native to regions of southern Europe and
     North Africa to southwestern Asia.  Also known as
 Coriander.  Used in chutneys, salads, Chinese dishes,
 and in Mexican cooking,   i.e. salsa & guacamole as a
 garnish/,  Like many spices, contains antioxidants and
 aids digestion.   Used in brewing Belgian wheat beers.  
I love sleep.  My life has the tendency to
       fall apart when I’m awake!   – Ernest Hemingway
                          Naps are good!  BTB
Sent from my i-teepee while, U guessed it!  Getting ready for a nap! 

Enough Candles? Fun CREW birthday party at Ashley’s!

Hello CREW…  Emoji                                                         06-06-13

Enough Candles?    Fun CREW birthday party at Ashley’s!
                                       And plenty of  Emoji  cake for all!
   Corinne gave B-Day cards to Carole, Myrna and Billy W.
    You were lucky this time Billy W.  Ole Indian didn’t eat your cake!
                            Carole said she would deliver it to you!   
Attendees:     Ann Driskill, Corinne Bowley, Myrna Swindell,
                  Carole Saxe, Clark & Marilyn True, Lois Atkinson,
                  George Reinhart, Ruth Bryant & Frank & ole BTB.
                       Server:  Christie was….  well the best ever!     
Tropical Storm Andrea, who invited her?  She gets No cake!
Honeymoon continues!  Congratulations Dexter & Linda Beck
               celebrating 50  Emoji  years of wedded bliss June 15th.
                   Ole Indian still a bachelor, probably will never catch up!
CREW to visit a Cuban restaurant?        Your  thoughts?
            So far:  3 email comments approve, and  0  disapprove.
        (see coupon!)
Turmeric:    Used as a spice in curries.  South Asian & Middle
                 Eastern cuisine.  Gives the yellow color to mustard.
Has an earthy, slightly bitter, slightly hot peppery flavor.   Has
medicinal value fights: cancer, alzheimer’s, arthritis, diabetes.
CHS Tigers remembered: Emoji Gwen Asher 7 years ago, June 7th
                                      and EmojiBilly Fine  4 years ago, June 29th.
Next event:    Longhorn Steakhouse M.I.    Visit: 17   Last: 3-27
If you can make people laugh,
                         you get all the love you want. – Art Buchwald
Sent from my i-teepee while looking for new indian jokes! 

June 5th: National Gingerbread Day!

Hello CREW…   Emoji                                                        06-02-13

CREW  Birthday  Emoji Celebration time!

Next  HAPPY HOUR CREW  event

           5:30 PM     Wednesday     June 5, 2013

   Ashley’s    Restaurant 
          1609  Highway 1    Rockledge, Fl   636-6430


June:     3   Corinne Bowley   5   Bobby  Likon   8    Jerry  Smith

                    9   John Manuel   12   Myrna  Swindell   14   Judy Scherer              

                     15    Bill Weinberg   17   Carole  Saxe   21   Charles Ward

                         24  June Cox   30    Dick  Bankhead   30   John Estes

                                                     31   Gravel Gertie

   June already?    Darn!  It’s the start of hurricane season!

   13 to 20 named storms, 7 to 11 could become hurricanes

 3 to 6 forecasted as major hurricanes of Category 3, 4 or 5.

                          Don’t wait…  get prepared now!

           Ugh!   Have plenty firewater, hot wings and

                         a squaw who knows how to cook! 

 2013      Andrea, Barry, Chantal, Dorian, Erin, Fernand,

              Gabrielle, Humberto, Ingrid, Jerry Smith, Karen,

                     Lorenzo, Melissa, Nestor, Olga, Pablo,

                   Rebekah, Sebastien, Tanya, Van, Wendy.


June 5th:   National Gingerbread Day!   Pretty Spicy Stuff!

   Ginger produces a hot, fragrant kitchen spice.   Roots are

  juicy with a very mild taste.  Spice can be made into candy,

   tea, ginger beer or wine, mainly used in sweet foods such

  as ginger ale, gingerbread, ginger snaps and ginger biscuits.

       AND  Ginger has medicinal values!  Used to prevent

  motion and morning sickness.  Ginger water used to avoid

  heat cramps.   What a Spice!   Get out there and try some! 

                Next week:  Turmeric, then Cilantro! 


You know what charm is: a way of getting the answer YES

  without having asked any clear question.  – Albert Camus 

Sent from my i-teepee while looking for ginger spice in medicine bag!