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12/02/18 10:36 AM #216    

Marvin Williams

Thanks for the Birthday shout out Manuel, as for hoisting a few libations I am on the injured reserve list. I had open heart triple bypass surgery on Nov 1st, all went well and I'm recovering nicely, it's just going to take awhile to get back all my strength and stamina. There is a lesson for all of us from this. I had zero chest pains, my previous EKG and echo cardiograms had all been normal on my yearly cardiologist visits. I was extremely tired with zero energy and couldn't make it through the day without a nap. My boys and wife ganged up on me and begged me to let them take me to the ER, I finally agreed with the comment of "if this what it takes for you to get off my back I'll go, but it's a waste of time." Long story short, get admitted, have an angiogram and find out there is an 80% blockage in the left main artery and 70% blockage in 2 other arteries, open heart surgery the next day. Listen to your body, don't be stubborn.

 

Hope everyone has a great Christmas with family and friends.


01/01/19 09:10 AM #217    

 

Manuel Avila

Happy New Year to all of you! At this stage of our lives I am more prone to shout Happy New Day! We should have had a class in school or some mentor in our early lives, translate to younger age, to instruct us on how to enjoy each day. To teach us to concentrate on trying to spread joy and optimism. OK, I am done with my sermon.  Marvin, glad you are doing well and listened to your body and family in getting checked out. In the old days, again younger age, we were able to work through the aches and pains and moved on. Those aches and pains have accumulated over the years so we now have to take notice. Right John? Take care of yourself my friend.  Now, a Happy BDay to classmates Mary Herrera (Burns) and Dae Lantz with many more to come. Manuel


01/02/19 07:10 PM #218    

Rick Davis

Happy New Year indeed!

Finally retired & can't wait to meet up again! Everyone be good.


01/03/19 02:02 PM #219    

John Davies

Another year on this planet has been completed by us!!!!!  Congratulations to everyone!!!  Marvin, glad to hear you are on the mend......just another bump in the road, huh???!!  Rick, congratulations on your retirement....lots of good things will come your way....have fun!!  Manuel, thanks again for the birthday acknowledgements and for making the subsequent celebrations possible!!!  At our age, imbibing is only for celebratory or medicinal purposes, right??  Don't tell Doc, OK!  Thanks for the entire class of '70 keeping us all company, knowing everyone is there (even though some have remained silent!!!).  Please feel free to drop in a note every now and then, especially if something is happening, or if you have medical advice for some of us "medical lab experiments" as we attempt to successfully "slog" our way through each day.                                    Just a short quick story....Beth Anthony, Firechief Tony Anthony's wife, made me a hand-crafted ceramic chess set for Christmas 1970.  They were like second parents to me.  She had torn strips of newspaper from the Bakersfield Californian newspaper and hand-wrapped each of the 32 chessmen.  I had opened the gift in 1970 and unwrapped the newspaper scrap from a couple of the chessmen.  Then I closed the box.  Somehow I never opened it up for all these years until last month.  The chessmen were all in mint condition,  But the amazing thing was the newspaper scraps all still had little snippets of articles from Dec 24, 1970.  I pieced them together and taped them together, recreating several pages of the newspaper.  My wife then laminated each page.  I have had so much fun reading that newspaper.....everything from Nixon, Ann Landers, several famous op-ed columnists, no-smoking ads being banned, etc., to a summary of the December Holiday basketball tournament with Desert beating out Trona and Mojave and Rosamond and several other DIL teams....still recognized some of the player's names on those teams!!!  It brought back many great memories....including all the 1970 classmates from Tehachapi.  I'll never forget anyone from our class!!  Happy New Year to all!!  (Sorry this was long....I am old and can't control myself these days!!)


01/04/19 10:18 AM #220    

Rick Davis

No need to apologize John-word is out -we all love your posts! Let's all have a great year -until next we meet-be good.,


03/01/19 09:27 AM #221    

 

Manuel Avila

It is the beginning of March but I had no BDay's to celebrate for Jan. John took up the slack with his informative post. Here are the BDay's for Feb. Jim Wright, Peggy Melton (Selby) and Debbie Munguia (Knowles). A toast to them all with many more to come.


03/14/19 01:15 PM #222    

John Davies

it's good to hear of birthday wishes from Manuel for the month of February.  I don't even want to think about all of us getting into the 67 club!!  I had a dream a week or two ago about being in 3rd grade....Mrs. McElrath's class at the old Catholic school on Mill Street.  There was a kid in the class named Gary Chauncey.  He was born with only one leg.  He had a wooden leg (truly made of wood in those days!).  But he could do or attempted to do everything all the other kids did.  He ran races, played tetherball (big in those days), caught and threw footballs, etc.  He had a great attitude and did not think of himself as being handicapped.  As I think back about it, he was a great role model for all of us.  He moved away after 3rd grade and we lost track of him.  I hope he has lived a full and happy life, still living and enjoying all that comes his way.  It just reminds me of how lucky and blessed we all have been to know some really awesome people in our lives.......including ALL the people in the class of '70!!!!  Does anyone remember Gary....or any other person who we crossed paths with during our lives that had an impact in our life??  Anyway, another episode of me wandering back in time.  It's good because I can't remember what I did yesterday.....funny how the mind works (or doesn't work!)!!  I hope everyone is well and enjoying life.  Marvin, how about a health update.....Rick, how's retirement?  Please everyone chime in and entertain or educate us about all the good stuff we might be missing.  Take care all!!!


03/15/19 01:56 PM #223    

Frank Bachara

Was at my sister Teri's funeral yesterday and was telling my wife Michelle about going to school; 3rd grade, there. I thought maybe they were still using it cause I saw a group of kids going to the hall where the bathrooms are. Lots of old memories there and that was before the new church.

As far as Gary, I remember the name but that's about it. One of the big things there was racing the clouds across the field. Anybody else have some memories of that school?

By the way, thank you all for the prayers for Teri and for you who were able to make it to the funeral.

God Bless you all and hope to see you soon.


03/20/19 11:49 AM #224    

John Davies

Frank, sorry to hear of Teri's passing.  I think she was a year behind us in school.  I remember her as quiet and kind.  I'm sure she made her mark on this world.  God Bless her and prayers to your entire family.....John


04/02/19 09:59 AM #225    

 

Manuel Avila

I am a tad late but it is time again for classmate BDay salutations. A toast to DeAnnaGassaway (Brooks), Dave Edmiston, John Marin and Sally Warfield. I will also add upcoming salutations to Shirley McCain (Nelson) and Frank Bachara. Hope this email finds you all in good health and fine spirits. I add my condolences to Frank and his Family for the passing of Teri. Like John, I have fond memories of her. Till next time, you all be good and take care of yourselves.  Manuel


04/02/19 02:44 PM #226    

Debbie Munguia (Knowles)

Hello Everyone!  I hope all is well and you're all in good health.  Marvin, I hope you're on the mend and doing well.

I finally posted the pictures from our "Just Because" Party...sorry it took so long to get around to it.  Life threw me a bit of a curve ball. The day after our party, my mother who was 96 years old and in a nursing home was taken to the ER and passed away two weeks later.  After dealing with funeral arrangements, my brother, sister and I had the daunting task of cleaning out her house with 60 plus years of "stuff" to go through.  Our goal was to have the house cleaned out by the 1st week in November and on the market before Thanksgiving.  We met our goal after hiring a lady who has an Estate Sale business.  We put the house on the market the week before Thanksgiving and it closed escrow 6 weeks later.  Now I have to figure out where to put the stuff I brought home from her house.  Dan and I finally emptied out the boxes in the garage from our move, now I've added more.  I'll get to it someday. 

I hope to see all of you at our 50th reunion next year!  Can't believe it's been 50 years!  We can't be that old...crying 

 


05/02/19 10:19 AM #227    

 

Manuel Avila

Happy BDay to Susan Willard (Whitton/McPhee), Janette Sanders (Ashworth) and Kathy Bermudez (Forcum). May they have many more. John, be sure you are sitting down when you imbibe the libations, would not want you to fail down with the sudden influx of alcohol! Janette and Kathy are old neighbors from the Acacia Court neighborhood when the Avila Family first moved into Tehachapi. I say first because Dad moved the family away our Junior year of high school and moved back later. We lived in a total of five houses in Tehachapi, twice on Acacia Court. Dad sure liked to move. Everybody take care.  Manuel


05/16/19 07:00 AM #228    

John Davies

Thanks for the pictures Debbie....they are great....reminds me of some other "kids" I know!!!  And thanks Manuel for staying on top of BD's....you are like a finely-tuned machine, man!!!  It gives me reason to have a celebratory beer (or two), which also helps to wash down all those prescription pills!  I don't know if I need the pills, but someone has to pay so the doctors can make their Mercedes payments!!!!  It's hard to believe summer is almost here again....reminds me of the olden days finishing up another school year.  I still remember Mrs. Spacke, my fourth grade teacher.  She always carried a yard stick with her when we went to PE or recess outside.  She would get everyone lined up for a foot race and at the count of three she would yell "Go!" and hit the end of her yard stick on the ground, sometimes breaking the stick.  Her yard sticks always had repair tape on them!!  She was a great teacher, one of the best!!  Why do I remember old stuff like this, but sometimes can't remember what day it is???  Well anyway, I hope everyone is doing well.....take care.  I look forward to hearing some old memories from the rest of the gang.....John

 


05/24/19 05:24 AM #229    

John Davies

Time marches on.  Doris Day's passing last week reminds me of 7th grade.  The LA Lakers had given tickets to Tehachapi Junior High School basketball teams in 1965.  Several coaches offered to drive us to the Sports Arena in Los Angeles to watch the game between the Lakers and Chicago Bulls.  Mr. O'Donnell was one of the drivers.  While the game was being played, Mr. O pointed out a lady sitting near the Laker players' bench.  He said "That is Doris Day.  She comes to all the Laker home games."  Being the out-of-touch person I was back then (and still am to this day!), I asked "Who is Doris Day?"  Everyone proceeded to tell me she was a famous actress, etc., etc.  When we got back home after the game, I immediately did an internet search......oh wait a minute, the internet hadn't been invented yet!!!  Well, maybe I read a magazine article or something.  Anyway, I got up-to-date on who she was.  It seems we are losing many of our childhood icons nowadays....time is definitely marching on!!  We ate lunch at McDonald's that day, my first visit to a McDonalds.  Hamburgers were 15 cents, fries were 10 cents, and sodas were 10 cents.....quite a deal!!  Well, anyway, just a memory from 50+ years ago....hope someone else remembers this event or other similar things that happened.  Be well everyone....John

 

 


06/02/19 08:44 AM #230    

 

Manuel Avila

My post this month is a little late but you probably did not notice or do not care. Had a thunderstorm here yesterday and the power was knocked out for several hours. Anyway, Happy BDay to Mary Ursua, Russ Ary and Dennis Yearton. John, I will wash down the meds with you on this celebration of life. Had I known Russ was in town last week or so I would have celebrated with him. John, thanks for all the memories you have shared with us. When you do it helps to knocks some of my old brain cells loose and remember also. Keep it up.  Manuel


06/06/19 12:40 PM #231    

John Davies

Manuel, as always, we all look forward to your birthday wishes and classmate updates and bits of wisdom each month!!  Being retired, I desperately await any communications from fellow humans.  The dog and cat are tired of me talking to them, and grandkids think of me as a dinosaur...they even ask if I saw some dinosaurs when I was a kid.  It is possible I suppose, but my memory is failing and I do not recall!  Remembering today as WWII D-Day and the great sacrifices and accomplishments made by a generation of amazing men and women, both in the actual war, and also the amazing people who stayed home in this country and made all possible sacrifices to achieve the ultimate victory that saved the entire world.  Our parents and grandparents were all participants and made it happen.  What an amazing TEAM they all were!!  I remember Manuel Casares and Robert Cote and the times I was able to run my finger over their names on the Vietnam Wall.  I am sure there are so many other individuals that are unknown to all of us, but BIG SALUTES to them all!  And big thanks to the class of '70 for being an the outstanding team and for being such great human beings.....John

 


06/07/19 09:34 AM #232    

Rick Davis

Very nice John and as always right on point.


06/30/19 09:20 AM #233    

 

Manuel Avila

John, very nice tribute to a generation of people who gave much to sustain a way of life and freedoms for which most now take for granted. Now it is time for the BDay salutations for the month. Happy BDay to fellow writer John Davies and old (as in time wise not age) neighbors Yolanda Vasquez (Gum) and Rick Davis. I see these names and a lot of memories briefly pop into mind. Actually, all the names I see when I open this site will bring back a memory or more. It makes me happy to remember and even more so that I CAN remember! You all take care. Manuel


07/04/19 07:06 PM #234    

John Davies

Manuel, thanks for the birthday remembrances as always.  You are like a human computer!!  I understand all the Tehachapi people felt a little "rumble" today from the earthquake out near Ridgecrest.  I hope everyone and everything is OK.  The rest of the world thinks California constantly rocks-and-rolls from earthquakes, but I honestly only remember maybe three all the time I lived there.  Hopefully they are done for another 50 years or so for all of our '70 classmates and friends and families.  It's hard to believe it has almost been a year since our last get-together...looking forward to next year.  Everyone please take care and let's slow down on these birthdays!!  I am so old that I still remember Jack Benny's 39th birthday.  Oh wait a minute, we are all still 39....well maybe for the 27th or 28th time!!!  But, well, anyway......take care all.....John

 


08/02/19 12:21 PM #235    

 

Manuel Avila

John, time to rinse off the dust of your favorite drinking utensil. We have to celebrate the BDay of the legendary Larry Morphis! There are many stories to be told about the man. Most of them true! Some of them may surface this weekend at the Old Timer's Reunion. The class of 69 is having their 50th Reunion, man are they old of what, this same weekend. I have heard from Mike Douglas and Randy Redelsperger(?) will also be in town. I look forward to seeing those who attend the Old Timer's at the City Park. Hope all are doing well.  Manuel  By the way, do not believe anything Larry might say about me. It will just be the celebratory alcohol speaking!


08/08/19 07:13 AM #236    

John Davies

Manuel, thanks again for your reminders of our march toward oldness....we are not anywhere near it yet, but it will occur someday!!  Yes, my glass has become a little dusty which is bad news for someone such as me who has cenosilicaphobia (I've been waiting to use that word for a long time now!!!).  And yes, Larry is a long-time legend who continues to lead the pack of superstars in our lives.  Happy BD Larry...I still remember 5th grade in Mr. Johnston's class....how about you??  Wish I could be there to see some of the oldtimers this weekend....hope you all have a great time!!!  I see that school is about ready to start again.....what grade are we in this year?  Oh yeah, 12th grade plus 50!!!!!  Man that's a big number!  I hope everyone continues to be happy and healthy!!!  Take care great class of '70......John

 


09/01/19 08:49 AM #237    

 

Manuel Avila

John, this month has quite a few BDays to celebrate. You can celebrate them one at a time or use a large single container. Happy BDay to Patricia McCain (Crawford), Paul Moore, Steve Helms, my neighbor Roger Longcrier, Tom Thompson, Carolyn Kirkendoll (Johnson), Glenda Killingsworth (Ursua), Ray Koehler and Bob Warner. I do not remember having so many BDays to celebrate last year but then I do not remember much of last week either! Hope all is going well with everyone.


09/03/19 12:16 PM #238    

John Davies

Manuel, I didn't realize there were so many birthdays from our '70 gang in August, and that they are all younger than me.  But why should I be surprized, because nowadays, almost EVERYONE is younger than me!!!  Yes, I will go slowly with the toasts, mostly because my body cannot tolerate too much "celebration" at one time any more.  Did anyone run into any of our old-time school mates at the Tehachapi downtown celebration last month?  Do they have any gray hair yet????  I can only imagine all the stories every one of them could tell us.  Being in Florida, I often miss the opportunity to be able to run into old friends from yesteryear....some of it seems so long ago now, but some of it seems like it happened yesterday.  Does anyone remember the old lumber sawmill out on Highline Road near where Curry Street intersects?  It was not too far from the junior high school we attended in 7th grade.  Recently I met a guy who not only knew where Tehachapi is, but also knew about the old sawmill where apparently he had an uncle or someone who worked there back in the 50's.  It is truly a small world sometimes!!  Well, enough of my prehistoric ramblings.  I'll go back to the "rocker" for another month or so.  Until then, everyone be well and happy....John

 


11/02/19 08:20 AM #239    

 

Manuel Avila

You probably did not notice there were no BDay greeting for Sept. or Oct. or you did notice and decided to be quiet about it. However, I am back from the mountains and ready to celebrate the BDay's of Sheila McTyre (Williams) and Susan Gilliland (Close). Lift them high John! About the saw mill. I was not here early enough for that but would have liked to have known its location. With the City being run by mostly new to towners, Tehachapi is rapidly changing to a small booming metropolis. We have our own super Walmart. You can see it from the freeway! Progress? I am too old for change even if I am a relative newcomer. My best to all. Manuel


11/04/19 06:35 AM #240    

John Davies

Manuel, it is good to see you are "back in town".  I assumed you were on your annual "mountain man" trek, but you were gone so long that I was thinking you had been attacked by a herd of rabid raccoons or something!!  Welcome back to the exciting world we have all been guarding while you were out in the boonies!  I see you brought the birthdays back up to date....I was becoming dehydrated!!  The Washington Nationals won the World Series, with neither team winning a home game.....so much for that "home field advantage" we always talked about back in our high school days, huh??!!  Now that I am retired, I was going through some old boxes and found a library book from THS.  I assume it is probably overdue to be checked back in.  I am afraid to notify anyone because I might owe, like, $72,000 in fines for not returning it!!  Should I just keep the book and not tell anyone??  Any suggestions from anyone would be appreciated.  Can anyone believe it is NOVEMBER already???  Another year almost in the books....hard to imagine where and how it goes so fast.  Hopefully everyone is happy and healthy and life is good.  Please take care and and someone drop a note here on the site when you can.....John

 


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