Monday, December 31, 2007

Montreal New Years Eve Memory

remember back in the old days ,when on New Years Eve the montreal Canadiens played the Russians,..........................now that was a neat time
 
 
 
a couple of film clips to spark all your memory banks.....................
 
 
       and of course Verdun Connections ,Wishes All of You
              ..a GREAT  '08'          .................Have Fun & Remember Verdun......
 
 
 
            Thanks to everyone for their contributions over the past year,and I hope you all continue to use Verdun Connections to Remember old memories& friends & maybe make some new ones too..........
              and again Always Remember to Have Fun & Remember Verdun
                                              Be Safe Everyone
 
       .best Regards from Canada'a Westcoast ( Les & Teresa,Victoria BC)

Sunday, December 30, 2007

Roots Beneath The Pavement

This book was written by M. Laurel Buck, It is a "memoir" of her growing up on Claude Street in Verdun in the 1930s. She has supplied the following excerpt to be posted here at Verdun Connections: 
from "Lost Home, Lost Child"            
    To the child in transition from farm to city, the hard compression of paved streets and sidewalks, and of people, pressed close in cage-like flats was a contrast, hardly to be borne. But, always, she kept close in her heart the first home she could remember. There, she had claimed the spacious farmhouse, bult over a stream in the Quebec Appalachians of Megantic County, a place of steep spring-filled hills, deep sugar-maple woods and the Bullard brook, meandering through the `flat'.
    Every nook and cranny of the rooms, every road leading to and from the neighbours was imprinted in her memory. Indeed, during the remaining years of her childhood and on into youth, she would mark the passing of Time by her return every summer to the farm.There she was welcomed HOME, as much by the very elements of familiar earth, water, air and fire (in the ever-burning wood-stove) as by her grandparents, her extended family, the neighbours and the animals. At every level she felt known.
                    ...   
    She first experienced the press of people when her family, before they moved to Claude Street beside that fenced field [of the Waterworks], lived briefly in a flat on one of the long, numbered avenues. In a grid of parallel lines, running from the Aquaduct down to the St. Lawrence, on each avenue, up to four  thousand people lived, `cheek by jowl'. "Who are all these people? Where do they all come from?" the child I was pondered gloomily.
 
    The '20s and `30s had forced many of my parents' generation to leave the 160-acre farms of Quebec, incompatible with advanced mechanization. In Verdun they joined others, for example, some from the Maritimes and Newfoundland and some from Europe, seeking to exchange versions of the "dark satanic mills", all of them in need of a second chance. In fact, between 1910 and 1930, the population of Verdun increased five times, from a little over, 11,000 to nearly 55,000, swelling the numbers of newly arrived English-speaking people to equal those of their French-speaking neighbours.
    Rental of Verdun's `cold- water flats' was relatively cheap. While Verdun was not industrialized, access to possible employment in Montreal could be handled by bus and streecar. However, the second chance was soon overwhelmed by the Great Depression, and the ensuing collapse of formerly buoyant industrialized cities, such as Montreal. What followed was the confinement of many to menial labour, at best, and long lines of the unemployed, at worst. Many workers, like my father would walk every day to and from work thereafter, seven days a week, twelve months a year. Ironically, no alleviation of the economy would surface until World War II broke out a decade later.
 
If you are interested in getting a copy of the book, contact me.

Verdun Catholic High School MSN Group

Follow this link to the MSN  Group for Verdun Catholic High School.
 

Saturday, December 29, 2007

MALCOM BOYLE

Hi There, looking for Andrew's younger brother, Malcom?

Looking for Patricia Malcolm

The Malcolm family lived on 2nd ave for many years,Richard,(Butch) Gary,Patricia,Trudy,Ruth ,Bonnie,Carol ann,William,(deceased)(Caroline), as well,Last I knew Patricia,left Lachine, was remarried, Would very much appreciate any info . Many Thanks

anyone know of Bill Halkett

Hi
Looking for my cousin, Bill Halkett
He went to VHS,
Age approx 67
Lost contact when he moved to Toronto
Anyone hav ing heard from him, would love to hear from you
Joan

Friday, December 28, 2007

Pics from VHS Reunion of 1989/1990

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Thursday, December 27, 2007

BOXING DAY SHOPPING

Just wondering if any of you were brave enough to go out today to the malls or St. Catherine St. to do some shopping.  If you did what kind of bargains did you get?

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

First Dance as Man & Wife

Watch these two,.as they have their first dance as Man & Wife,..
 
 
                                 These two are great & will have a great reception,Obviously som fun people...............................                    hf&rv

Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Merry Christmas from South Florida

Hi all, hope you've had a wonderful Xmas. No matter how much decor and such you do for the holiday, it still doesn't quite feel like xmas when it is 80 outside. My kids woke us up at 4:45 am, just like I used to do to my parents. You all know what they say about paybacks. It's been a long but lovely day anyways. Peace and happiness to all.
Wendy

Merry Christmas Everyone

Hope that you all have a blessed Christmas and good times with family and friends.

Yesteryear

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Monday, December 24, 2007

Montrealer Oscar Peterson Dies

Oscar Peterson ,.has died at the age of 82,.......................  see ya Oscar,
                          a Jazz great for sure..................................             hf&rv

Happy Christmas 1957


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Sunday, December 23, 2007

Battle Hymn

To our American brothers and sisters on Verdun Connections.
Merry Christmas.
Bill (Second Avenue)

http://www.trdaniel.com/Battle Hymn/index.htm

Garage Owner

Another I thought about when thinking of Terry..LOL       The fellow that had a Garage on ??   Wow its been so long I forgot. Name was Constantine?? Anyone know who I'm talking about.

Terry Purvis

Looking for Terry Purvis....If he remembers me at all he would probably want to choke me But thats OK. Just curious to how he is doing and to ask if he ever found his car keys??..

fake membership

A guy just joined VC...says he's 18...has a photo up of  the guy in Little People,Big World as his own photo....obviously not a person we want here but I wonder why he even joined? Scarey.....really scarey!

Miscellaneous

http://www.cnn.com/2007/WORLD/europe/12/22/catholic.blair.ap/index.html

Saturday, December 22, 2007

Sugar Bowl




http://www.alumniconnections.com/hawaii/

Lenny Bruce

It was on this day in 1964 that comedian Lenny Bruce (books by this author) was sentenced to four months in jail for obscenity. At the time, Bruce was using profanity in his stand-up routine, and he talked openly about sex and made offensive jokes about race, politics, and religion. During the trial, a police witness described Bruce's performance to the court, and Bruce claimed that the man was trying to steal his act. Dozens of artists came to Bruce's defense, including Woody Allen, Bob Dylan, James Baldwin, and Allen Ginsberg. After the sentence, Lenny Bruce became obsessed with the trial and he gave up performing as a comedian and began reading the court transcripts to his audiences. He died two years later of a heroin overdose, still waiting to hear an appeal of his case. It wasn't until 2003 that Governor George Pataki granted him a posthumous pardon.

Thursday, December 20, 2007

Season's Greetings

Good evening, dear Members,
 
I would like to take this opportunity to wish you and your families,
all those who are near and dear to you, a very Merry Christmas and 
a Happy, Healthy, Prosperous New Year.
 
Jack

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CHRISTMAS EATING TIPS


      
    1.   Avoid carrot sticks.  Anyone who puts carrots on a Holiday buffet table knows nothing of the Christmas spirit.  In fact,  if you see carrots leave immediately.  Go next door, where they're serving rum balls.


      
    2.  Drink as much eggnog as you can.  And quickly.  It's rare.  You can't find it any other time of the year.  So drink up!  Who cares that it has 10,000 calories in every sip?  It's not as if you're going to turn into an eggnog-alcoholic or something.  It's a treat.  Enjoy it.  Have one for me.  Have two.  It's later than you think.  It's Christmas.


      
    3.  If something comes with gravy, use it.  That's the whole point of gravy.  Gravy does not stand alone.  Pour it on.  Make a volcano out of your mashed potatoes.  Fill it with gravy.  Eat the volcano.  Repeat.


      
    4.  As for mashed potatoes, always ask if they're made with skim milk or whole milk.  If it's skim, pass.  Why bother?  It's like buying a sports car with an automatic transmission.


      
    5.  Do not have a snack before going to a party in an effort to control your appetite.  The whole point of going to a Christmas party is to eat other people's food for free.  Lots of it.  Hello?


      
    6.  Under no circumstances should you exercise between now and New Year's.  You can do that in January when you have nothing else to do.  This is the time for long naps, which you'll need after circling the buffet table while carrying a ten pound plate of food and that vat of eggnog.


      
    7.  If you come across something really good at a buffet table, like frosted Christmas cookies in the shape and size of Santa, position yourself near them and don't budge.  Have as many as you can before becoming the center of attention.  They're like a beautiful pair of shoes.  If you leave them behind, you'll never see them again.


      
    8.  Same for pies.  Apple.  Pumpkin.  Mincemeat.  Have a slice of each.  Or if you don't like mincemeat,  have two slices of apple and one of pumpkin.  Always have three.  When else do you get to have more than one dessert?  Labor Day?


      
    9.  Did someone mention fruitcake?  Granted, It's loaded with the mandatory celebratory calories, but avoid it at all cost.  Hey,  Have some standards.


      
    10.  One final tip:  If you don't feel terrible when you leave the party or get up from the table, you haven't been paying attention.  Re-read tips; start over, but hurry.  January is just around the corner.  And remember this motto to live by:


      
           Life should not be a journey to the grave with
           the intention of arriving safely in an attractive
           and well preserved body, but rather to skid in
           sideways, chocolate in one hand, body thoroughly
           used up, totally worn out and screaming "WOO
           HOO what a ride!"

 

 




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Looking for Wayne Carlin

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Does anyone remember

Around this time last year there was a link to pictures of old Montreal, the port, downtown etc all lit up and I think that there may have been music.  Does anyone remember seeing this - I remember I sent it to some friends as it was Montreal at its most breathtaking best.

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Karen Walsh,Sherri Duplessis

HI
 
Would anyone have any info on Karen Walsh (VCHS) lived on Argyle across from the high shool. Sherri Duplessis from the Point who lived on Coleraine..spelling might be wrong..and went to VHS. Around 1970-71..last I heard was living up in Rawdon and the Joliette area. Had numbers but lost them... figures..
 
Thanks
Lad

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

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Norman





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Once again, it is time to wish you and your family the best of the season.

View the e-card below and BC Hydro will donate to the BC

Children's Hospital Foundation EACH time the card is viewed.

  http://www.bchydro.com/holiday2007


 


 


 


 











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Have a couple of questions

Hi everyone; First off, I just added my info. to members information. I didn't know it was there, shows how observant I am. While reading the members info. I noticed the name: Roddy Farrell (deceased). I knew Roddy very well. I dated his brother Stephen off & on. Does anyone know how he died? Also, I married Wayne Stewart in '69. He went to VHS. Does anyone remember him?  By the way, I want to wish everyone A Merry Christmas & Wonderful New year.  Judy

Monday, December 17, 2007

2 cents

A woman stopped by unannounced at her recently married son's house. She rang the doorbell and walked in.

 

She was shocked to see her daughter-in-law lying on the couch, totally naked. Soft music was playing, and the aroma of perfume filled the room.

 

'What are you doing?' she asked.

 

'I'm waiting for my husband to come home from work,' the daughter-in-law answered.

 

'But you're naked!' the mother-in-law exclaimed.

 

'This is my love dress,' the daughter-in-law explained.

 

'Love Dress? But you're naked!' the mother-in-law exclaimed.

 

'My husband loves me to wear this dress,' she explained. 'When he sees it, he instantly becomes romantic.'

 

The mother-in-law left. When she got home, she undressed, showered and put on her best perfume, dimmed the lights, put on a romantic CD and laid on the couch waiting for her husband to arrive.

 

Finally her husband came home. He walked in and saw her laying there so provocatively. 'What are you doing?' he asked.

 

'This is my love dress,' she whispered sensually.

 

'Needs ironing,' he said. 'What's for dinner?'

 


His funeral will be held this coming Thursday ..  closed casket.

 



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Sunday, December 16, 2007

Rose Marie Emard

I would like to get in touch with my cousin Rose Marie Emard. Anybody have her email address? Thanks
Wayne Youngward

Saturday, December 15, 2007

Friday, December 14, 2007

Verdun "Invictous"-sorry,spelling

My cousin was on this team (football) yrs ago-anyone remember this football club" My cousins name was bruce Ridell...Rydell...spelling escapes me now...apparently verdun Invictous-Invictis (?) was a well respected football team from verdun...anyone remember this team,or Bruce? Thanks everyone!

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Enya and Snatam

Good morning, Everyone,
 
In the quiet of an empty home, I have a chance to listen to beautiful music while I work.  I thought today would be a good one to share some of it with you.  Both art and music touch us in ways that words cannot, so without further ado, here's one by Snatam Kaur, and the others by Enya:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Regards,
 
Jack
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Horse Drawn Milk Wagon

Les,
One of our members (SHGV) is looking for a photo of a Borden Milk Wagon that delivered milk in the Champlain /Argyle/Champlain region in the early 60s. It had a large yellow flower wich was the Borden trade mark.The wagon had double doors on each side and was presumably the last horse drawn milk wagon in the Montreal region.. This would also be an excellant photo for our Archives.
As a trade off, here is a photo of an horse drawn Supreme bread wagon dated no. 5, 1938.
Guy
 

welcome Margo B!

You are going to love it here-so happy so see you have become a member!Cathy W

Monday, December 10, 2007

A CHRISTMAS TEAR-JERKER MAKES YOU SMILE WHILE CRYING.


IN  THE NAME OF MY LORD & SAVIOUR, JESUS CHRIST OF NAZARETH.......

Norman





Subject: A CHRISTMAS TEAR-JERKER MAKES YOU SMILE WHILE CRYING.
Date: Mon, 10 Dec 2007 09:29:17 -0500
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I read this many years ago and it still makes me cry


In September 1960, I woke up one morning with six hungry babies and Just 75 cents in my pocket. Their father was gone. The boys ranged from three months to seven years; their sister was two. Their Dad had never been much more than a presence they feared. Whenever they heard his tires crunch on the gravel driveway they would Scramble to hide under their beds. He did manage to leave $15 a week to buy groceries. Now that he had decided to leave, there would be no more beatings, but No food either. If there was a welfare system in effect in southern Indiana at that Time, I certainly knew nothing about it. I scrubbed the kids until they looked brand new and then put on my best homemade dress, loaded them into the rusty old 51 Chevy and drove off to find a job. The seven of us went to every factory, store and restaurant in our Small town. No luck. The kids stayed crammed into the car and tried to be quiet while I Tried to convince who ever would listen that I was willing to learn or do anything. I had to have a job. Still no luck. The la St place we went to, just a few miles out of Town was an old Root Beer Barrel drive-in t hat had been converted to a truck Stop. It was called the Big Wheel. An old lady named Granny owned the place and she peeked out of the Window from time to time at all those kids. She needed someone on the graveyard shift, 11 at night until seven in the morning. She paid 65 cents an hour, and I could start that night. I raced home and called the teenager down the street that baby-sat for People. I bargained with her to come and sleep on my sofa for a dollar a Night. She could arrive with her pajamas on and the kids would already be Asleep This seemed like a good arrangement to her, so we made a deal. That night when the little ones and I knelt to say our prayers, we all thanked God for finding Mommy a job. And so I started at the Big Wheel. When I got home in the mornings I woke the baby-sitter up and sent her Home with one dollar of my tip money-- fully half of what I averaged every Night. As the weeks went by, heating bills added a strain to my meagre wage. The tires on the old Chevy had the consistency of penny balloons and Began t o leak. I had to fill them with air on the way to work and again every morning before I could go home. One bleak fall morning, I dragged myself to the car to go home and found four tires in the back seat. New tires! There was no note, no nothing, and just those beautiful brand new tires. Had angels taken up residence in Indiana? I wondered. I made a deal with the local service station. In exchange for his mounting the new tires, I would clean up his Office. I remember it took me a lot longer to scrub his floor than it did for Him to do the tires. I was now working six nights instead of five and it still wasn't enough. Christmas was coming and I knew there would be no money for toys for the kids. I found a can of red paint and started repairing and painting some old Toys. Then I hid them in the basement so there would be something for Santa to deliver on Christmas morning. Clothes were a worry too. I was sewing patches on top of patches on the boys’ pants and soon they would be too far-gone to repair. On Christmas Eve the usual customers were drinking coffee in the Big Wheel.

There were the truckers, Les, Frank, and Jim, and a state trooper Named Joe. A few musicians were hanging around after a gig at the Legion and were dropping nickels in the pinball machine. The regulars all just sat around and talked through the wee hours of the morning and then left to get home before the sun came up. When it was time for me to go home at seven o'clock on Christmas Morning, to my amazement, my old battered Chevy was filled full to the top with Boxes of all shapes and sizes. I quickly opened the driver's side door, crawled inside and kneeled in the front facing the back seat. Reaching back, I pulled off the lid of the top box. Inside was whole case of little blue jeans, sizes 2-10! I looked inside another box: It was full of shirts to go with the jeans. Then I peeked inside some of the other boxes. There was candy and nuts and bananas and bags of groceries. There was an enormous ham for baking, and canned vegetables and potatoes. There was pudding and Jell-O and cookies, pie filling and flour. There was whole bag of laundry supplies and cleaning items. And there were five toy trucks and one beautiful little doll. As I drove back through empty streets as the sun slowly rose on the most amazing Christmas Day of my life, I was sobbing with gratitude. And I will never forget the joy on the faces of my little ones that precious morning. Yes, there were angels in Indiana that long-ago December. And they all hung out at the Big Wheel truck stop.... THE POWER OF PRAYER. I believe that Go d only gives three answers to prayer: 1. "Yes!" 2. "Not yet." 3. "I have something better in mind." God still sits on the throne, the devil is a liar. You maybe going through a tough time right now but God is getting ready to bless you in a way that you cannot imagine. My instructions were to pick four people that I wanted God to bless, and I picked you. Please pass this to at least four people you want to be blessed and a copy back to me. This prayer is powerful, and prayer is one of the best gifts we receive.

There is no cost but a lot of rewards Let's continue to pray for one another. Here is the prayer:.... Father, I ask You to bless my friends, relatives and email buddies reading this right now. Show them a new revelation of Your love and power. Amen.





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Aqueduct

Les,
Can you tell me the year of this picture wich you posted recently of the Aqueduct. I am no doubt wrong in my first estimate of  1856  as notice the Electric wire poles and buildings in the background. Someone suggested that the year is probably turn of the century (1900?) I do know that the first construction ended in 1856 . The low water level threw me off but notice the grass has grown on the banks. The aqueduct was widened in 1870, 1905, 1907 and 1913.
Guy
 

Sunday, December 9, 2007

ITS CHRISTMAS DAY - ALL IS SECURE




Norman





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ITS CHRISTMAS DAY ALL IS SECURE
 
IT WAS THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS
HE LIVED ALL ALONE
IN A ONE BEDROOM HOUSE MADE OF PLASTER AND STONE
I HAD COME DOWN THE CHIMNEY WITH PRESENTS TO GIVE
AND TO SEE JUST WHO IN THIS HOME DID LIVE
 
I LOOKED ALL ABOUT A STRANGE SIGHT I DID SEE
NO TINSEL NO PRESENTS NOT EVEN A TREE
NO STOCKING BY THE MANTLE JUST BOOTS FILLED WITH SAND
ON THE WALL HUNG PICTURES OF FAR DISTANT LANDS
WITH MEDALS AND BADGES AWARDS OF ALL KINDS
A SOBER THOUGHT CAME THROUGH MY MIND
 
FOR THIS HOUSE WAS DIFFERENT IT WAS DARK AND DREARY
I FOUND THE HOME OF A SOLDIER ONCE I COULD SEE CLEARLY
THE SOLDIER LAY SLEEPING SILENT ALONE
CURLED UP ON THE FLOOR IN THIS ONE BEDROOM HOME
 
THE FACE WAS SO GENTLE THE ROOM IN SUCH DISORDER
NOT HOW I PICTURED A LONE BRITISH SOLDIER
WAS THIS THE HERO OF WHOM I'D JUST READ
CURLED UP ON A PONCHO THE FLOOR FOR A BED
 
I REALISED THE FAMILIES THAT I SAW THIS NIGHT
OWED THEIR LIVES TO THESE SOLDIERS WHO WERE WILLING TO FIGHT
SOON ROUND THE WORLD THE CHILDREN WOULD PLAY
AND GROWNUPS WOULD CELEBRATE A BRIGHT CHRISTMAS DAY
 
THEY ALL ENJOY FREEDOM EACH MONTH OF THE YEAR
BECAUSE OF THE SOLDIERS LIKE THE ONE LYING HERE
I COULDN'T HELP WONDER HOW MANY ALONE
ON A COLD CHRISTMAS EVE IN A LAND FAR FROM HOME
 
THE VERY THOUGH BROUGHT A TEAR TO MY EYE
I DROPPED TO MY KNEES AND STARTED TO CRY
THE SOLDIER AWAKENED AND I HEARD A ROUGH VOICE
'SANTA DON'T CRY THIS LIFE IS MY CHOICE
I FIGHT FOR FREEDOM I DON'T ASK FOR MORE
MY LIFE IS MY GOD, MY COUNTRY. MY CORPS'
 
THE SOLDIER ROLLED OVER AND DRIFTED TO SLEEP
I COULDN'T CONTROL IT I CONTINUED TO WEEP
 
I KEPT WATCH FOR HOURS SO SILENT AND STILL
AND WE BOTH SAT AND SHIVERED FROM THE COLD NIGHTS CHILL
I DIDN'T WANT TO LEAVE ON THAT COLD DARK NIGHT
THIS GUARDIAN OF HONOUR SO WILLING TO FIGHT
 
THEN THE SOLDIER ROLLED OVER WITH A VOICE SOFT AND PURE
WHISPERED 'CARRY ON SANTA ITS CHRISTMAS DAY ALL IS SECURE'
ONE LOOK AT MY WATCH AND I KNEW HE WAS RIGHT
'MERRY CHRISTMAS MY FRIEND AND TO ALL A GOOD NIGHT'
 
THIS POEM WAS WRITTEN BY A PEACE KEEPING SOLDIER STATIONED OVERSEAS
THE FOLLOWING IS HIS REQUEST I THINK IT IS REASONABLE.
 
PLEASE WOULD YOU DO ME THE KIND FAVOUR OF SENDING THIS TO AS MANY PEOPLE AS YOU CAN
 
CHRISTMAS WILL BE COMING SOON AND SOME CREDIT IS DUE TO OUR BRITISH SERVICE MEN AND WOMEN FOR OUR BEING ABLE TO CELEBRATE THESE FESTIVITIES.
LETS TRY IN THIS SMALL WAY TO PAY A TINY BIT BACK OF WHAT WE OWE!
 



 


 






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Remember Verdun

Is Les out there

Saturday, December 8, 2007

Just saying hi

I lost my internet account for not been on for over a year.So I had to rejoin VC again with a new e-mail.


Steve

Do you like books about Montreal

A fellow from the Point has just been published you can read about his book from the point site link
 
I always enjoyed books like Mordecai Richler wrote because you knew the areas he wrote about.

Friday, December 7, 2007

Favorite Holiday Movies

Hey there, just saw " It's a Wonderful Life" for the hundreth time. Still love it. Also I remember a Chrismas Carol was on xmas eve every year when I was a kid, and I always fell asleep before the end. I was about 25 before I saw the entire movie. There's 2 that I've seen, one with Alistar Sims and the other one I can't remember who played Scrooge. Yes and also the Bill Murray one, was different but loved it too. Can't forget  a Christmas Story that they play for 24hrs xmas day down here. The Bishop's Wife with Cary Grant and David Nivin, can't remember the womens name. Oh well, remember," No Man is a failure, who has friends." Quoted from Clarence
Wendy

Verdun Lite Up

Hi All
It's that time of the year when I used to love walking around the streets of Verdun to see all the xmas lights.....hearing the hard crunch of the snow underfoot ...sometimes slush..... but anyways it was always a wonderful time of year. Used to go caroling with Lynn Yetman and donate the money to Father Dan(most of the time)
Wendy
 

Wednesday, December 5, 2007

A garage in Verdun

Good morning !

I’m sure some persons will remember this spot in Verdun

 

JM

christmas photos poste

hi all,
i think photos of christmases past in verdun, would be great, so poste your stuff and we can ponder on days gone by,
enjoy the season and make a snow angel for me,
carolyn bennett  florida

Tuesday, December 4, 2007

Bob Davies (Singer/Songwriter)

On the front page of the Sport's section of today's Gazette:

Mr. Hockey broke lots of records - and inspired one

Verdun singer-songwriter had '60s hit with Gordie Howe (Is the Greatest of Them All)

DAVE STUBBS, The Gazette

Published: 7 hours ago

Whether Detroit Red Wings Hall of Famer Gordie Howe was the greatest of them all, regardless of the record book, might forever be debated by hockey fans.

But in the spring of 1963, when Howe was celebrated in a hit song by Verdun's Bob Davies, there was no doubt.

To read the complete article click on : http://www.canada.com/montrealgazette/news/sports/story.html?id=d90da5cd-4f7e-4831-8589-e1bc5f5e08b4

Thankyou Dave P for alerting me to the story.

Pat Daly, VCH 1962

Hi all,
Just heard about this site and it looks like fun.  I graduated VCH in 1962 and hung out at Dawson's during high school when Gordie Martineau was our dance DJ.  Grew up on Manning Avenue with Joyce McCallum, Margaret Ann Moore and Vivian Mallin - still friends since we were 6.  I've lived in B.C. for 35 years, married with 1 son and 4 step children.  My husband and I are both retired. 
 
I remember a lot of the things people have mentioned in their postings but haven't noticed any mention of Frankie's.  When we were in grades 8 to 10 we used to stop there (Bannantyne and Woodland) on the way home from St. Willi's for fries with gravy and a coke.  No calorie counting in those days!  VCH opened for our last year of high school but before that it was that long walk from Willibrord home to Manning, lugging 15 pounds of books in our arms.  We'd save our bus money to spend at Frankie's.  Last time I was by there it was changed to a hardware store (I think).  Doesn't matter though, I still remember it as Frankie's.
 
Pat 

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Monday, December 3, 2007

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Norman





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I'm afraid I have to agree Merry Christmas



finally someone is doing it right.......AMEN
This is great! It may become the #1 Christmas song this year
These guys have really got it together....good song...
click here

 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IAckfn8yiAQ





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things i eat when i go back to montreal.

Lafleurs ..deux chien chaude toute garne, pepsi,chip
LaBelle Bar-B-Q
Mikes Subs
Real Bagel in Westmount
Schwartz's deli
STILLWELLS!!!!!

Kinsmen&#39;s club

I used to go to the Kinsmen's club around 1951-52.  Does anyone remember its location?-  somewhere near Verdun Avenue, I think.  And the leader at that time was a very talented pianist who was great at entertaining.  Can't recall his name.

looking for-John Adams and the crew

Last I hard John was in TO-saw him about 12 yrs ago....and Pat Coakley?Anyone in touch? What about Costa Joachimedes or  Brian Pike? Alfie Davis? Gordie Leyland? Dave Simpkins? Thanks everyone!    Cathy W

Sunday, December 2, 2007

things that make ya go &quot;oh yeah&quot;

the cow bridge between stevens and crawford park (i think)
 
taking an old hockey sock and tying a knot in the end and wearing it as a long toque
 
relieviers!!
 
going up and down all those stairs on halloween night
 
skating at brown park just after the "pop" flooded it.. that ice was perfect!!
 
hailing cabs and running the other way
 
sneaking in to the old Savoy theater on wellington street
 
St Thomas Moore Church Bazar's!! Roulette wheel..having a sandwich on the stage..fudge!!..
 
Torchy warf !!
 
jumping off sheds in the winter to the snow below and praying that old mister clouseau did not leave something in the back yard!!
 
playing street hockey... "CAR"
 
not having cell phones, blackberry, pagers, but always knowing where your friend were
 
extension cords that ran from the porch lights to the block heaters for your dad's car
 
sleeping on the upstairs gallery when it was really hot in the summer
 
everyone on Beaty between bannantyne and champlain was rich
 
everyone in Crawford Park was rich
 
 
 
 

Saturday, December 1, 2007

VCHS

Girls on one side of the school and boys on the other... Barbed wire and sister teresa in between!!
 
gotta luv it..
 
jd
 
 

Norman Dawe Memorial hockey (outdoors)

Remember playing hockey for the Normy Dawe??
 
Playing at brown park or melrose or way down at willibroad.. The snow was piled up so high beside the boards that our parents were standing at board height looking down on us!!! At the end of the season as the snow melted you would find a dozen pucks a day in the melting snow...
 
gotta luv it..
 
jd
 

Wellingstreet stags

Remember seeing some poor sap strapped to a cross in the back of a pickup truck being paraded down Wellington street on a friday night before he gets hitched the next day... Poor sucker was blastered and you could throw eggs and molasses at him.. gone are the good ole days.
 
gotta luv it
 
jd
 

hopping busses

how many rememebr those cold snowy winters and waiting for a bus to come so you could hop on the back and take a free ride down verdun or bannantyne. If there was enough snow or ice on the road you could hold on to the bumber of the bus and slide all the way down wellington street!!
 
gotta luv ut
 
jd
 

Curries...

i am on a roll!!..
 
remember curries and proudfoot's at the corner of manning and bannantyne??? I remember all the dad's who took the bus to work and got off at moffat and walked by curries, went inside to the back and had a quick quart before heading home!!
 
gotta luv it
 
jd
 

&quot;Guy on the bike&quot;

how about another thing i only seen in Verdun...
 
Infamous "guy on the bike".. The guy who used to deliver beer on the bike with the basket in the front and the kick stand that flopped down when he got off it. I remember seeing those guys delivering from Curries on the corner of manning and bannantyne. They used to pile 6-7 cases in that thing and could hardled see over the top... Cold beer delivered right to your house...
 
gotta love it..

Sad News

Dear V. C.
 
   Sadly, Jimmy Brown of 3rd Ave. passed away on Nov. 28 -07
 
I have no further news of arrangements yet, will keep you up-dated.
 
June Broniszewski     3rd Ave.

Abe connecting 1st time

Allan Brown here from 3rd ave. A friend mentioned this site and I visited a couple of times, saw several names from the past. I thought it would be nice to re-connect. Some might remember my younger brothers Jimmy, David, Peter & Paul.  I'm retired from education, and shuttling between the Nunavik area of Quebec and Eastern townships.  Dave is in Canmore Alta.  Peter and Paul are in Verdun. Sadly, Jim succumbed to brain cancer this past Nov 28th.

I ran into Phil Sheen who mentioned that Paul Burton was asking for news on my whereabouts.  Saw a post from June B who had some contacts with Jimmy.  Didn't recognize any of the other nicknames who posted replies.

Will try to visit Verdun Connections regularly and hopefully connect with friends from past.

looking for Margo Blome

My great friend from VHS 1971-last I  heard she was working at the Douglas and bought a house in Crawford...has anyone been in contact with Margo Blome?

Eastern Townships

way back in the dinosaur era of the early 70's many Verdunites had camping spots or visited their parents cottages around Knowlton,Brome Lake,Bondville...sometimes I'd hitch hike with one or two friends and we'd end up there....The Thirsty Boot and Lakeview (snakeview)Plaza...GREAT party spots and many great times spent there-seems like a lot of the Verduners remember the Laurentions-what about the Townships?

Friday, November 30, 2007

taking &quot;orders&quot; at steinbergs

hi.
 
anyone remember going down to Steinbergs on Verdun and richard street on a friday night or saturday morning and walking around the store asking the ladies if you could "take their order"???. This meant that you would carry or cart their groceries back to their house and lug them up a couple of flights of stairs in the middle of winter ....FOR A DIME!!!!!
 
jd..

[Fwd: Golden Compass]




Norman

> Date: Fri, 30 Nov 2007 09:03:31 -0500
> Subject: [Fwd: Golden Compass]
> From: jaynorman@mountaincable.net
> To: jaynorman66@hotmail.com
>
> ---------------------------- Original Message ----------------------------
> Subject: Golden Compass
> From: "IreneGarcia"
> Date: Thu, November 29, 2007 11:23 pm
> To: "Irene Garcia"
> --------------------------------------------------------------------------
>
> There will be a new children's movie out in December called "The Golden
> Compass". The movie has been described as "atheism for kids" and is based
> on the first book of a trilogy entitled "His Dark Materials" that was
> written by Phillip Pullman. Pullman is a militant atheist and secular
> humanist who despises C. S. Lewis and the "Chronicles of Narnia". His
> motivation for writing this trilogy was specifically to counteract Lewis'
> symbolisms of Christ that are portrayed in the Narnia series.
>
> Clearly, Pullman 's main objective is to bash Christianity and promote
> atheism. Pullman left little doubt about his intentions when he said in a
> 2003 interview that "my books are about killing God." He has even stated
> that he wants to "kill God in the minds of children". It has been said of
> Pullman that he is "the writer the atheists would be praying for, if
> atheists prayed."
>
> While "The Golden Compass" movie itself may seem mild and innocent, the
> books are a much different story. In the trilogy, a young streetwise girl
> becomes enmeshed in an epic struggle to ultimately defeat the oppressive
> forces of a senile God. Another character, an ex-nun, describes
> Christianity as "a very powerful and convincing mistake." In the final
> book, characters representing Adam and Eve eventually kill God, who at
> times is called YAHWEH. Each book in the trilogy gets progressively worse
> regarding Pullman's hatred of Jesus Christ.
>
> "The Golden Compass" is set to premier on December 7, during the Christmas
> season (and starring Nicole Kidman), and will probably be heavily
> advertised. Promoters hope that unsuspecting parents will take their
> children to see the movie, that they will enjoy the movie, and that the
> children will want the books for Christmas.
>
> Please consider a boycott of the movie and the books. Also, pass this
> information along to everyone you know (including church leaders). This
> will help to educate parents, so that they will know the agenda of the
> movie. I am sending this to those of you who have kids or friends with
> kids, grandkids or have influence with kids. So many things today are
> darkness concealed in what appears to be innocent. FYI.
>
> Don't let kids see "The Golden Compass"!
>
> For anyone with kids, grandkids other relatives or friends who this may
> concern, I have checked it out at
> http://www.snopes.com/politics/religion/compass.asp and it is true. Read
> the info in the link.


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Thursday, November 29, 2007

Just joined a few days ago

Just wanted to say hi & tell you a bit about myself. I left a message on the "looking for" Giblins of Valiquette that bahama865 put up. That person didn't reply, so I guess he or she isn't around anymore.  I grew up on Valiquette St. As a child, I played with Loraine Giblin, Lynn Lean, AnnMarie Daoust, Carol Starzinski & the Salway Brothers & later Steve & Roddy Farrell & Debbie Humpfries.  As I grew older, I hung around Kostas too. Around 1964 & onward. Kostas then was owned by two Greek brothers named Johnnie & Denny. There was Dorothy Meenie, Melton Biffin, Brian  Spence; Johnnie Spascik, Pat Rodrigue, Jimmy Ramsey, Claude Maassen, Harry Daly & his girlfriend Lorraine Deshane(spelling?) & so many others. We all went to the VCH dances every second Saturday, the legion dances on Fridays, & the Point boys & girls club dances on alternate Saturdays. The only person I've kept in touch with was my best friend since I was 10, her name is Brenda Kenny. We talk at least twice a month, she now lives in LaSalle & I moved to Edmonton in  1976. Do these names ring any bells for anyone?

Verdun Population

The currant population of Verdun is 64,069 compared to a peek of 91,109 in 1970.
 
Guy

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

douglas hospital!!

how many of you took a dare to walk from bannentyne to champlain through the "dougie" (no disrespect intended to the Douglass Hospital) at midnight??? we used to do that and would sit up in the tree's waiting for some unsuspecting sap to walk through and we would jump out and scare the bee-gee-bers out of them..
 
jd
 

john daly VCHS class of &#39;70

hi..
just found this site.. looks like fun.. i am still married to Janice Lawlor (class of '71). we have 2 boys, adam 28 school teacher and matthew 30 computer consultant. Matthew is married to a lovely gal named Andrea and they are expecting in may/08

Ethel Street, Before and After

The top photo was recently posted but the lower photo is recent so you can compare the progress over a hunndred year period. That Church Street at the end of Ethel Street.
Guy
 

Carol Salmena

Carol,
Check the "I am from Verdun Section", you will find your VHS photo.
Guy

Apple - iPhone - A Guided Tour

Has anyone purchased on of these puppies? I'm almost there.
Bill

http://www.apple.com/iphone/gettingstarted/guidedtour.html

Free On line Classes.


http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-podclass24nov24,0,7889823,full.story?coll=la-home-center?sr=hotnews

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

requesting membership

tonguelashes50, MSN Nicknamecordage2, MSN Nicknamesnerdley, MSN Nicknamewendie64, younglovers7,
 
Thank-you for visiting Verdun Connections. Your membership request was missing required information.  Please forward your first and last names along with your member ID within the next 7 days or your membersip request will be denied.
 
Maggie.

Queen in Concert

Hi
 
Anyone out there see Queen at the Forum in 1981? I just got the DVD of the concert...
 
Lad

An Unbreakable Surfboard.


http://kgmb9.com/main/content/view/2070/127/

Sunday, November 25, 2007

De L&#39;Église (Church) Bridge

Here is a photo of the De L'Église (Church) street bridge wich I took last May from the Galt street bridge looking north towards the Montreal skyscrapers on the right background as well as the Mount Royal mountain. I posted this photo before but I thought it wortth reproducing. Did you know that there are 10 bridges over the Aqueduc.
Guy
 
 

Madeleine McCann film


http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2007/nov/25/bbc?gusrc=rss&feed=media

When you retire would you move back to Verdun?

Wondering-I miss Verdun a lot-rent is still cheaper than Ontario-when you retire would anyone decide to spend their last (fun) years in Verdun?

Saturday, November 24, 2007

College Football

UH Warriors are WAC Champions, 11 and 0. Undefeated all season!
Bill

http://kgmb9.com/main/content/view/2015/43/

Stop the emails!

I can not remove anyone from the mailing list. You have to change your own settings. Please take these steps to stop the notices:
1) Open the welcome page of Verdun Connections and make sure you are "signed in"
2) at the far right of the page there is a box titled Member Tools, Click on "My Email Settings" (it should bring you to a page with your information on it)
3) Scroll down and make sure you click on the boxes....
        Messages- On the Web
        Group Reports - Never
        Message Delivery by discussion - If any are listed, change them.
 
I hope this helps you. Please continue to read the messages here at Verdun Connections and contribute any time!
-maggie

400eme de Quebec

Thursday, November 22, 2007

Lunch in Brampton

Hi Margo:
 
Good to see that you are back on line. Our move went off great in the end. We are living in Rosedale Village (Dixie and Sandalwood - northwest quadrant).
I think that a Saturday or Sunday lunch would be a great idea.
Carole / Willie / anyone else - let us know your interest.
 
Gord Gibbons
Brampton, Ontario

Terry DiMonte leaving town.......

Hi
 
Saw on CH 12 last night that morning man Terry DiMonte is leaving CHOM this Friday and is moving to Calgary..he said he was not signed and took a chance when it came along..He took over for George Balcan once before when he left CHOM. Then moved back..Whenever I go back always tune him in...always feel good about being back and they make you laugh...another sign of the times I guess.
Montreal's loss and Calgary's gain..
This is one Verduner who made it big.
 
Lad
 

Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving to fellow Verdunites living in the U.S
Hope you all have lots to be thankful for. Have a great day!
Wendy

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Winter&#39;s Coming

Hi
 
Just heard that four letter word Sxxx is on the way..depends where you are. GTA not sure of how much maybe 5-10 tonite and again tomorrow. West of GTA could be 5-10 or so..guess it depends on how cold it gets..but hey remember it was worse back home...always like to watch the people panic here when it snows..like you never seen it before.
 
Lad

VERDUN REUNION IN TO

Bim,

I hope all is well? Just a reminder that the Verdun Reunion is coming up the first Friday night in December downtown Toronto at The Strathcona Hotel!!! You will know a ton of guy’s as it is run by The Boyle brothers and the Hurley’s show up as well as a cast of others!



Regards, Mike



Mike Butler

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

http://oldfortyfives.com/TakeMeBackToTheFifties.htm

If  you grew  up  in  the fifties  you  might  enjoy  this  internet  link .  Hope  it  works  .

Monday, November 19, 2007

Cambridge, Ontario

I seem to recall some members stating that they lived in Cambridge. Karen and I went to Southfork last Sunday.
The city has done a fantastic job in preserving the historic downtown core, I believe it was previously known as Galt. It must have been a pretty wealthy town at one time.
It also appears that Hespeler has been incorporated into Cambridge. I used to always buy Hespeler hockey sticks at Mackesey's for about $1.29.
 
Gord Gibbons
Brampton, Ontario

old friends

I am a newcomer to the group, who left Verdun in 1969. As usual with the passing of time, I lost touch with my friends. I wonder if anyone has knowledge of the following people-Lennie Savage, Bobbie Lawson,Doreen Benenati, Craig Mills, Ann Gray, Brenda Valley, Ralph Stopps. Thank you forany information

Mike McGraw and Bobby McGraw

Has anyone been in touch with Mike McGraw from Verdun-I was until several years ago....thanks!

real names

Is there ANY way that people (newbies and long-time members) can have their real names  posted....it's just awful that we don't really know who we are talking to,when it could be a great past  friend from Verdun High for example...I have posted a few times but find it frustrating that I don't know who I am writing to....I love it here but I feel like I am always "guessing" who I am responding to about the wonderful old days in Verdun! My name is Cathy Wilkins....and  I just wish that everyone here would be straight up and give us your names...imagine how nice it would be to re-connect with buddies from Verdun and know who we are talking to! Thanks,just my opinion....Cathy

Sunday, November 18, 2007

Verdun Avenue

Are there any photos of Verdun Avenue from the early 1900s or late 1800s?
Bill

Santa&#39;s coming to Town

As a mattr of fact,.he arrived in Montreal yesterday ,Remember the Santa Claus parade,when we were kids,.well seems they have the parade in Montreal again,..............that's kind of neat,.( they stopped it for awhile didn't they?)..............

Season's first sighting of P챔re No챘l brings out huge crowd

Santa blows kisses and ho-ho-hos his way through downtown on chilly, snowless day

ANNE SUTHERLAND, The Gazette

Published: 15 hours ago

Santa Claus ruled the downtown streets of Montreal yesterday as the annual holiday parade shut Ste. Catherine St. for several hours.

There were marching bands, clowns, Shriners in funny little cars, floats depicting elves making Christmas lists, a Christmas fairy and rapturous children clamouring for views of all of the above.

The crowd brought camp chairs, all manner of strollers, blankets to sit on and wagons to pull the overwrought children after the big event.

Organizers estimate more than 300,000 people witnessed yesterday's spectacle.

Entrepreneurs selling felt-covered and bell-bedecked reindeer antler headbands were doing a brisk business: $3 apiece, two for $5.

An a capella quartet in 1940s clothing serenaded the crowd behind the barricades on Drummond St. and some teenagers played street hockey on the deserted thoroughfare before the first marching band arrived.

Spectator Ashley Charette, who will be 2 on Dec. 19, was cozy warm in a fluffy leopard-print snowsuit as she sat on the sidewalk with her brother Kyle and her mother, Cynthia.

"She's having fun, although I don't know how much she understands," Charette said as stiff-legged toy soldiers marched by.

Ioan Bojdanas, 31/2, was a perpetual motion machine, waving his bare hands, both of them, at every float and cartoon character that passed.

Dancing snowmen with brooms, perambulating Christmas trees and a penguin lip-synching the Bing Crosby version of Let it Snow wowed the crowd, which in some places was six deep from the curb. Whoever did the facial make-up on the various elves, soldiers and fairies is to be commended; it was worthy of the Cirque du Soleil.

Elizabeth Garcia, age 3, and her mother, Stephanie, arrived 30 minutes before the parade began at 11 a.m. and got choice seats at the edge of the sidewalk near Bishop St.

"She understands the getting part (of Christmas) but I don't know if she gets the giving part," Garcia said of her daughter's comprehension of what was going on.

Alessandro Nielsen, 10, was at his second Santa Claus parade with his father, Bentley. They arrived on the commuter train from Kirkland to spend the day downtown, taking in the parade and just walking around.

"I used to write to Santa when I was younger," Alessandro said. "Now I just like the parade." With a mixture of sun and cloud and a temperature of zero degrees Celsius, the only snow at this parade was the artificial stuff the F챗te des Neiges characters were pitching into the crowd.

Crowd-pleasing stilt-walkers preceded the youngsters dressed up in pajamas, who urged the the spectators to chant ''P챔re No챘l, P챔re No챘l'' as if they weren't excited enough already.

And there he was, bringing up the rear, Santa himself, ringing a hand-bell, blowing kisses and ho-ho-ho-ing his way down Ste. Catherine from Fort St. to St. Urbain St.

An army of street-cleaning machines and their crew followed Santa at a respectful distance, vacuuming up the discarded cups, streamers and wrappers.

Ten minutes after Santa passed by, there was no evidence at all of a parade on the now-pristine street.

Except in the hearts of the youngsters who were there.

asutherland@ thegazette.canwest.com On the Web:

See the Santa Claus parade slideshow, only at montrealgazette.com

............................................Christmas not far off now............YIKES !!!

                                                                                                                  HF&RV

Hydro Power Dam in LaSalle

Someone recently was enquiring about the old power dam that was in LaSalle. Here is a picture that I had posted  on the 30th of July 2005 and wich I am reproducing. The picture is dated 1910. All that was left of the structure in the 40s and 50s when I lived in Verdun was the cement foundation and we crossed it at our risk. The foundation was replaced by an earth mound.
Translation:
in the autumn of  1895, about 20 rich Canadians and a rich Chicago businessman joined to form the LACHINE RAPIDS HYDRAULIC AND LAND CO. Their objective was to exploit the energetic resources of the Lachine rapids by uinvesting in the construction of AN electric energy.
A few months later, it is estimated that 400 workers were involved in the construction of the dam. It is to be noted that the invasion of these workers resulted in the construction of boarding houses in the Bronx district.
This hydro project, installed at the extremity of Bishop Power boulevard, was the most powerfull in America after the construction of the American side of the Niagara falls.
The official inauguration was held on the 25th of September 1897. During many years, this hydraulic project produced for the region. In 1931, the project discontinued its activities. At the time it was owned by the MONTREAL LIGHT HEAT AND POWER.
 
 

Saturday, November 17, 2007

Where We Used to Live

Hi, Everybody,
 
I thought this would be an interesting thread to start—where we used to live.
 
I lived with my foster parents at 1032 Melrose Avenue, between Bannantyne and Champlain, until I married at 25, in 1967, the year of Expo.
 
Some of the senior members here in VC might remember my older foster brothers and sisters—Fred Penny; and the Attanasoff family: Nick, Jeanne, Mary, and Mona.
 
Melrose was a terrific street to live on.  Woodland Public School was down at one end and Verdun High School at the other.  I had a great bunch of childhood friends; and the neighbours were warm and friendly, often looking out for each other but without interfering.
 
Below, here is where I used to call home, on the flat above the bicycle.
 
Fond memories, indeed . . .
 
Jack
 
 

i am from verdun

i am so glad to have found this site...a friend told me about it...my maiden name is Davy...i now live in Camrose Alberta...i use to hang around the pit...every night.i would show up with tina cloutier...i spoke with her last night about this...later...karen

The Magic Gopher

This will drive you nuts.  Go to the site below and follow the simple instructions.  The Magic Gopher will astound you!
 
 
Maybe somebody will be able to figure out how he does it.
 
Jack

Fall Classes for Men at the Local Junior College

Fall Classes for Men at

THE
ADULT LEARNING CENTER


REGISTRATION MUST BE COMPLETED
by Monday, November 10,
2007

NOTE: DUE TO THE COMPLEXITY AND DIFFICULTY LEVEL
OF THEIR CONTENTS, CLASS SIZES WILL BE LIMITED TO 8 PARTICIPANTS MAXIMUM



Class 1

How To Fill Up The Ice Cube Trays--Step by Step, with Slide Presentation.

Meets 4 weeks, Monday and Wednesday for 2 hours beginning at 7:00 PM.


Class 2

The Toilet Paper Roll--Does It Change Itself?
Round Table Discussion.

Meets 2 weeks, Saturday 12:00 for 2 hours.


Class 3

Is It Possible To Urinate Using The Technique Of Lifting The Seat and Avoiding The Floor, Walls and Nearby Bathtub? (Marking your territory!)--Group Practice.

Meets 4 weeks, Saturday 10:00 PM for 2 hours.


Class 4

Fundamental Differences Between The Laundry Hamper and The Floor--Pictures and Explanatory Graphics.

Meets Saturdays at 2:00 PM for 3 weeks.


Class 5

Dinner Dishes--Can They Levitate and Fly Into The Kitchen Sink?
Examples on Video.

Meets 4 weeks, Tuesday and Thursday for 2 hours beginning
at 7:00 PM


Class 6

Loss Of Identity--Losing The Remote To Your Significant Other.
Help Line Support and Support Groups.

Meets 4 Weeks, Friday and Sunday 7:00 PM


Class 7

Learning How To Find Things--Starting With Looking In The Right Places And Not Turning The House Upside Down While Screaming.
Open Forum

Monday at 8:00 PM, 2 hours.


Class 8

Health Watch--Bringing Her Flowers Is Not Harmful To Your Health.
Graphics and Audio Tapes.

Three nights; Monday, Wednesday, Friday at 7:00 PM for 2 hours.


Class 9

Real Men Ask For Directions When Lost--Real Life Testimonials.

T uesdays at 6:00 PM Location to be determined.

Class 10

Is It Genetically Impossible To Sit Quietly While She Parallel Parks?
Driving Simulations.

4 weeks, Saturday's noon, 2 hours.


Class 11

Learning to Live--Basic Differences Between Mother and Wife.
Online Classes and role-playing

Tuesdays at 7:00 PM, location to be determined


Class 12

How to be the Ideal Shopping Companion
Relaxation Exercises, Meditation and Breathing Techniques.

Meets 4 weeks, Tuesday and Thursday for 2 hours beginning at 7:00 PM.

Class 13

How to Fight Cerebral Atrophy--Remembering Birthdays, Anniversaries and Other Important Dates and Calling When You're Going To Be Late.

Cerebral Shock Therapy Sessions and Full Lobotomies Offered.
Three nights; Monday, Wednesday, Friday at 7:00 PM for 2 hours.


Class 14

The Stove/Oven--What It Is and How It Is Used.
Live Demonstration.

Tuesdays at 6:00 PM, location to be determined.


Upon completion of any of the above courses, diplomas will be issued to the survivors.