- #1702700bunnyhop November 18, 2018 at 8:49 pm
Good evening everyone. Hope you’ve all had a lovely week. Been lovely weather, but certainly changed now. Pleased we’ve still got some wood. The woodburner will be going.
Tomorrow our coffe group is at McDonald’s.then the following Monday is over at the cafe at the Preston’s road new block of shops. Gordon was going to do the booking. C u tomorrow. Keep warm. 🙋♀️🙋♀️🙋♀️#1702757SivamMemberMember since: September 20, 2006
Replies: 1793Sivam November 19, 2018 at 2:09 pm
Well good morning. Hope you enjoyed your coffee morning. The weather here is still fine and no rain so far but still need to wrap up as temp is low.
I have had a bit of an upset tum so missed out on a bar be cue yesterday as I couldn’t face any more Korean food. I tum is not that strong yet and probably will have to be careful what I eat for the next few days. I will arrive back in Christchurch on Sunday afternoon after about total of 19 hours travel including stop over in Auckland. Korean air does not flybdirect to Christchurch.
Well I hope all your cold wet weather will be gone as I am looking forward to to some nice warm days.
See you all soon
Sivam#1702838bunnyhop November 19, 2018 at 8:03 pm
Hi everyone. Lovely to see everyone this morning. Great seeing Judy so good after her surgery.
There were 13 of us there today. Judy, graham, Bessi, wogs, Rosie Posie, jamface, Vonda, desi, Audrey. Flash Gordon,Izzy, Robert, and myself.
Talked about the Xmas luncheon. All good. We are shaving our last coffee group for this year on December 17th at McDonald’s starting up again on January 7th. If some of you would like to met in between maybe some can organise it.
Have a good week and keep warm. Cheers. 🙋♀️🙋♀️🙋♀️#1702839bunnyhop November 19, 2018 at 8:04 pm
Having our last#1702841nossib1MemberMember since: June 24, 2017
Replies: 54nossib1 November 19, 2018 at 8:28 pm
The ballet was lovely but, although we had great seats in the Dress Circle, we all thought they could have made more leg room in the refurbishing…and had recesses in arm rests for our wine, which had to be transferred to a rather dusty tumbler ( just didn’t taste right then)
Loved our supper of coffee & duck fat chips at the OGB though.
Do hope your stomach is more settled for your journey home, Sivam Take care.
Now, has anyone had an email in their inbox from our Grownups, advertising fraudulent bank notes! I don’t know who we should report it to…. do you remember Desi, last year there were a couple of other random ones and your dear husband was dealing with them.
Looks another few days of erratic weather, stay warm, stay safe everyone. 🙂#1702859DesiMemberMember since: October 28, 2006
Replies: 1404Desi November 20, 2018 at 9:55 am
No, Nossib1, I haven’t had anything about bank notes in my emails. A lot of advertising rubbish, I suppose I must have subscribed to them at some stage. It was seven months yesterday since Doc died, he is much missed. My dear old mother gets very tearful, he was so good to her. It has been a long hard winter.#1703034FlashGordonMemberMember since: August 11, 2007
Replies: 960FlashGordon November 21, 2018 at 10:41 pm
The True Story of Rudolph
A man named Bob May, depressed and brokenhearted, stared out his drafty apartment window into the chilling December night. His 4-year-old daughter Barbara sat on his lap quietly sobbing. Bob’s wife, Evelyn, was dying of cancer. Little Barbara couldn’t understand why her mommy could never come home. Barbara looked up into her dad’s eyes and asked, “Why isn’t Mommy just like everybody else’s Mommy?” Bob’s jaw tightened and his eyes welled with tears. Her question brought waves of grief, but also of anger. It had been the story of Bob’s life. Life always had to be different for Bob.
Small when he was a kid, Bob was often bullied by other boys. He was too little at the time to compete in sports. He was often called names he’d rather not remember. From childhood, Bob was different and never seemed to fit in. Bob did complete college, married his loving wife and was grateful to get his job as a copywriter at Montgomery Ward during the Great Depression. Then he was blessed with his little girl. But it was all short-lived. Evelyn’s bout with cancer stripped them of all their savings and now Bob and his daughter were forced to live in a two-room apartment in the Chicago slums. Evelyn died just days before Christmas in 1938.
Bob struggled to give hope to his child, for whom he couldn’t even afford to buy a Christmas gift. But if he couldn’t buy a gift, he was determined to make one – a storybook! Bob had created an animal character in his own mind and told the animal’s story to little Barbara to give her comfort and hope.
Again and again Bob told the story, embellishing it more with each telling. Who was the character? What was the story all about? The story Bob May created was his own autobiography in fable form. The character he created was a misfit outcast like he was. The name of the character?
A little reindeer named Rudolph, with a big shiny nose. Bob finished the book just in time to give it to his little girl on Christmas Day.
But the story doesn’t end there.
The general manager of Montgomery Ward caught wind of the little storybook and offered Bob May a nominal fee to purchase the rights to print the book. Wards went on to print, “Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer” and distribute it to children visiting Santa Claus in their stores. By 1946 Wards had printed and distributed more than six million copies of Rudolph. That same year, a major publisher wanted to purchase the rights from Wards to print an updated version of the book.
In an unprecedented gesture of kindness, the CEO of Wards returned all rights back to Bob May. The book became a best seller. Many toy and marketing deals followed and Bob May, now remarried with a growing family, became wealthy from the story he created to comfort his grieving daughter.
But the story doesn’t end there either.
Bob’s brother-in-law, Johnny Marks, made a song adaptation to Rudolph. Though the song was turned down by such popular vocalists as Bing Crosby and DinahShore , it was recorded by the singing cowboy, Gene Autry. “Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer” was released in 1949 and became a phenomenal success, selling more records than any other Christmas song, with the exception of “White Christmas.”
The gift of love that Bob May created for his daughter so long ago kept on returning back to bless him again and again. And Bob May learned the lesson, just like his dear friend Rudolph, that being different isn’t so bad. In fact, being different can be a blessing.
MERRY CHRISTMAS#1703035SivamMemberMember since: September 20, 2006
Replies: 1793Sivam November 22, 2018 at 2:13 am
Thanks Flash. Nevver heard the story bbefore. A lovely story.#1703037nossib1MemberMember since: June 24, 2017
Replies: 54nossib1 November 22, 2018 at 6:53 am
What a lovely story for us in this, The Christmas Season, Flash and one I hadn’t heard before, either. Thank you for sharing it with us.
It’s hard to believe that Christmas is suddenly here again and it’s a hard time for those of us who have lost those so special to us. I know, I always find it a hard time of the year.
Blessings to you all,
Susan, xx#1703203FlashGordonMemberMember since: August 11, 2007
Replies: 960FlashGordon November 24, 2018 at 1:27 pm
Coffee at The Rowdy Kitchen tomorrow. If we have 10 or more, we can have scones with jam and cream for $12. Some of us are then going to Sumner to see the Edinburgh Tattoo at the Hollywood.After we get our tickets, we will get a bit of lunch. The show starts at 1:30 Anyone can join us for a good afternoon.
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