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Does anyone recognize this fellow? We think that he is a
Classmate somewhere, we just don't know where. Good
and Morning are his pets.
We have finally identified this character. Warning: Be
well-rested because wading through this will take some time and stamina.
This proves for once and for all that we will post anything from any body.
If you have anything to post, just e-mail or mail it to us. We are
not that particular.From: JohnandJerrilyn@aol.com
Sent: Wednesday, February 08, 2006 7:51 AM
Cc: firstname.lastname@example.org; JimFrisky@aol.com
Subject: Re: No names, please.
My secrets out! Shazam! I'm a member of the Green Peace party in
Texas and yes, we're doing a bang-up job. You haven't read about any
Japanese harpooning whales in Texas have you.
Speaking of whales, I;m really disappointed at Moby Dick. Herman
Melville wrote Moby Dick and Moby never wrote him back. Herman is so
Remember the old Gravel Pit across from the old and original high school?
When they closed it, do you remember the sidewalks filled with OUHS students
headed down to Herby's Hot Dog Stand at noon? Those with cars drove to
Tasty's Hamburger drive-in at 5th and Gonzales Road for a $.19 cent
Starched levis and "T" shirts were the accepted dress. Field boots
were in "in" thing for footwear.
I pretty much lost track of all the OUHS students, with the exception of Joe
Kirshaw, Bob (Allen) Kelley, and Richard Stanland. I worked with those
guys on the OXPD. Kershaw left the department some years ago
and became an investigator for the District Attorney's office, Stanland made
it up to Deputy Chief and Kelley made Lieutenant.
Kelley is a survivor of prostate cancer, Stanland has had major heart
problems with his heart being about one-quarter of its normal size, and as
you know, Joe Kershaw has passed on. Stanland moved to Grey, Tennessee
and Kelley still lives in Oxnard and has a mobile home in Havasu, Arizona. I
had a heart attack a couple of years ago and survive on a number of pills
Many people are moving to Texas, many from California, including many
retired OPD cops. While Texas has no state income tax, they make it up
through property tax. I think we pay around $6000 per year in property
tax. However, our $200,000 house would be worth about $800,000 or more
in California. The new Texas residents are slowly pushing the old red
neck old guard into the twilight zone; many are now elected officials and
the old Texas ways are going by the roadside. The realtors tell me,
some being from California, that our part of Texas, which is 35 miles north
of Dallas, is the "Orange County" of Texas, being the Orange County of the
1950s, in terms of growth and potential and of course, residential
When we first moved here a little over three years ago, the city had 48,000
people. Now we have over 110,000 and growing, with the city being
given the title of the fastest growing city in America. I don't like
such growth and the only advantage is the fact that upon reaching 65 years
of age, the county will freeze one's property tax. Aside from that, the cost
of living is lower here and the 93 octane gas I purchase is $2.03 per
While we did like Moorpark, the growth factor ran us out. The small
city and the valley it sets has grown and now is beginning to crawl up the
mountain sides. The smog factor is out of control with the air having
no place to go. We did keep our place there just in case but moving
back to Moorpark appears out of the question.
I enjoyed going to the Ventura Marina for years. That is until traffic
became so congested that the normal 20-30 minute drive is now over an hour
and getting worse. Of course, the same is true of all Southern
California. I usually make it to LA about once a month but try to keep
the time there at a minimum, sometimes having a meeting at the airport over
lunch and flying back the same day if possible.
Fortunately, our airport, DFW, is the third busiest airport in the world and
many domestic and international flights make the area very convenient for
travel, which provides a very attractive environment for businesses to
relocate to this area.
The Golden State California is losing its attractiveness for a great number
of people. Aside from the fires, earthquakes, ever changing weather,
rains and the resulting flooding, and especially the fact that Bill Helf
still lives there, many from the state are relocating to Texas. We
certainly have a large number of such people moving here.
However, if one isn't fully supportive of the Dallas Cowboys, one is as good
as dead and is an immediate outcast.
I heard from Sam, who seems very happy and quite secure at his "old Kentucky
home." Jim Frisk, however, seems to be running scared that this
mystery guy is going to cause him some hurt over this rigged contest thing.
And of course he's right! Poor Sam thinks he's safe and secure at his
mountain, country estate. He doesn't know how good I am at getting
even! Realistically, the three of you must accept the fact that truth
and justice always prevails over evil deeds and y'all are certainly going to
get yours. Remember in Texas, the harder you squeeze the trigger, the
further the bullet goes. It's even worse for participants of illegal
contests as the words "get a rope" can be heard throughout the state.
Such lynching remains the choice for family entertainment.
Y'all have a great day and watch your backs as "that day will come."
Have you guessed who this fellow is? It's none other than "serious"
John Henry McCurley, Class of 1956, OUHS.
If you have an
overwhelming compulsion to contact John, try:
Caution: A simple question may bring you page after page of incessant
blather. Welcome to our little thing, John.
Sent: Saturday, February 11, 2006 12:03 PM
Subject: McKinney, Texas..
This is an interesting city. When we moved here a little over three
years ago, there was less than 50,000 people. Now there's about
Like many Southern cities, the old and new section is divided by a major
highway, here it's the 75, which runs North/South. The old section is
very old, the new section is very new.
This is the city where Jesse and Frank James's cousin lived and where the
boys would hide out. Of course they really didn't "hide" as they were
considered heroes. A couple of miles north is where Quantrail and his
raiders camped a lot between raids, especially during the time Frank & Jesse
rode with him.
In the old historic part of town, the old prison remain intact, cells and
all. Frank James spent some time in that prison. It has been a
restaurant, a tea shop, a gift store, and is now vacant awaiting a new
business venture. Folks say it's haunted.
One of the largest cotton gin operations in the country operated here for
years, supplying cotton material all over the world. They provided 90%
of the cotton for the military uniforms during WW 11. After the war
and with the introduction of polyester, things slowed down and eventually
closed. However, the building and some of the machinery remains
Legend has it that this is really the town in which Bonnie lived and where
Clyde picked her up here and the started their reign of terror. One
old man told me that the banker that they shot, which was in the movie, was
his Grandfather and that killing/robbery took place in McKinney, not Dallas.
The hero of Collin county is of course, Audie Murphy. Farmersville and
Greenville, both small towns about ten minutes from McKinney, claim Audie
lived in their respective cities. Both have museums and statues and
streets named after him. Another old man told me that it was his
grandfather who hired Audie to work on his farm and helped get him into the
army by personally driving him to the recruiting station in Dallas.
We have several old cemeteries with both Confederate and Yankee soldiers
buried, including two former Senators and two former Governors buried here
as well. One Confederate General lived here and his house has been
turned into a bed & breakfast hotel.
A small town, Melissa, is about ten minutes north of here and claims the
birthplace of Dwight Eisenhower with several statues here and there,
including the small house in which he was born. Further west about
twenty minutes is Denton, where Eisenhower lived as a teenager.
The first train robbery recorded took place about five minutes south of here
between the cities of Richardson and Allen. Supposedly, the Texas
Rangers had an office here and had many shootouts with the bad guys and
according to legend, John Wesley Hardin hung around here for a few years
prior to moving to El Paso. Supposedly, he shot and killed two men
here within two days, prompting his move to El Paso.
Our historic court house, now being turned into a cultural arts center, is
supposed to be the oldest in North Texas and some claim it's haunted, with
over two hundred reports over the years of seeing a ghost on the fourth
floor. While going through the old basement, they found a rest room
with "For Coloreds" faded sign painted over the door.
I understand the KKK was very strong here but died out after WWll.
This was posted with John's approval. In this case, Sam, in a
friendly gesture said, "How's it going?" It appears to be going
quite well. Next question?
Sent: Tuesday, February 14, 2006 7:33 AM
Cc: email@example.com; JimFrisky@aol.com; firstname.lastname@example.org
Subject: Re: Decisions
Retirement and relocation, a decision we all share. When that time came, I
did a great deal of research.
Quite frankly, Texas wasn't our first choice. Our oldest son took a
good job in the Dallas area, got married and had a baby. The baby was
born with major medical problems and they needed all the family type help
they could get. Ironically, some California cities, in conjunction
with our retirement system (PERS) was offering a golden handshake so I took
advantage and retired and we relocated to Texas. While Texas has many
strong points, as with anywhere, there is the downside.
The growth factor plays a major role in Texas, Thinking we could live
in a small community and still have the advantage of fine hospitals and
medical care, not to far from an international airport, a somewhat lower
cost of living, etc., played a role in our decision. However as the
growth skyrockets, the farm fields have given way to shopping centers and
new residential development while the building of roads is slow. There
is a great deal of traffic that surrounds McKinney. The bottom line is
I would be open to relocating but I don't know where.
A retirement complex is out as the old people within the complex would seem
to pull one down, aging faster. We need to be around the young as
Admittedly, we chose a development of mixed ages, including children,
thinking it would be nice to see kids out on their bikes, etc.
However, Texas folks tend to stay indoors with their blinds closed due to
the weather and the cost of heating/cooling. Sometimes our
neighborhood is like a ghost town. Seems most Texans eat out all the time
and going to any restaurant results in a 30 minute wait for a table.
After months of researching possible locations, one could always find
numerous negative things about each location that one has to place in the
equation. Another frustration is looking at the national growth, legal
and illegal, and the way the government is going whereby everything is
liberal and political to the point many of our laws aren't enforced and the
striving of politicians to be "politically correct" presents a negative
impact in a variety of areas that either will or does affect the retiree.
With such giveaway programs, we know our taxes in all areas will continue to
climb to the point we may end up destitute as with so many people who
retired some years back which at the time, had an adequate income.
For a long time, Europe offered numerous financial benefits for the retiree.
However with the introduction of the Euro and the strong economy Europe now
enjoys, retirees on a fixed income simply can't afford Europe. Five
years ago a nice house in Ireland sold for 70,000 pounds and that same house
now sells for 500,000 Euros ($650,000). Many Americans that did retire
in Europe are being forced to return to the US.
I looked into Mexico, restricting that search to ocean front property.
Such property is now a 99 year lease situation. While the term "deed"
is used for such property, the bottom line is that a Mexican bank will hold
that deed, thus the disguised lease.
Belize probably offers the best retirement program which will stop when the
number of retirees that seek has been met. In Belize, if a retiree
agrees not to seek local employment, they can live without paying property
tax, capitol gain tax, no income tax, and can operate a business not based
in Belize. However, when one lives in a no income state or foreign
country, one must pay not only Federal income tax but as in our case,
California state income tax. Regardless if one lives in a country that
does have income tax, usually there is an agreement with the US whereby the
taxes are split between the two. As far as Belize, I would only
consider Ambergris Caye and not the mainland due to the high crime rate.
Some countries has such strict immigration laws, such as Australia where a
comparable US lifestyle exists, basically prohibit relocating. In
countries where the cost of living is low and the US dollar rules, real
estate costs are prohibitive.
Should relocation be in the future for us again, I'm thinking of Northern
California, some area in or north of Santa Barbara. However, my first
choice would be Catalina. I've been going to the island for over 60
years and the idea of not being able to have a car yet being so close to the
mainland is attractive. The problem there is my wife fears she would
get island fever and thus reluctant to live there year 'round.
I have enjoyed moving around and living in different areas for in the past
and such movement has given us insight to various areas and various life
The bottom line for me is I miss the ocean and the life style associated
with living on or near the ocean. That always comes into play when
thinking of a location in which to relocate.
Just some thoughts....
This was all posted with John McCurley's express permission. The
above all started when Sam said, "Good Morning, John." Sam is a
great guy, but a slow learner.
Sent: Tuesday, February 14, 2006 8:31 AM
Cc: email@example.com; JimFrisky@aol.com; firstname.lastname@example.org
Subject: Fwd: February Belize Tidbits ML 27
Attachments: February Belize Tidbits ML 27 (2.15 KB)
Sam, I don't know if you are seriously considering relocating or not.
You had mentioned you enjoyed your stay in Mexico so you may want to
check out Belize. You can go to their web site for full
information. I'm forwarding a newsletter I get from time to time.
Our favorite place is Ambergris Caye, which is a caye/island/atoll about
a twenty minute flight from the mainland. The main and only city
there is San Pedro, which is quite old and still with only dirt streets.
The people speak both Spanish and English and their government is of the
British Commonwealth, a democracy. The exchange rate is two Belize
dollars equals one US dollar and in San Pedro, the menus are in both
Belize dollars and US dollars. Their food is absolutely great, a
combination of Spanish and Cajun. The big thing is they love
Belize is just over a two hour plane ride from Dallas, nonstop to the
City of Belize. If memory serves, Can Cun is about a three or four
hour drive from Belize so you are in the Caribbean with the aqua colored
ocean. A quarter of a mile from Ambergris Caye is the second
largest reef in the world, over 150 miles long. Also they have the
tropical jungles as well and Mayan ruins, which are interesting.
You can still buy a buildable lot in Belize on the river fairly cheap,
the least to say as a good investment as Belize is becoming the "in"
place and real estate is climbing in price. As the newsletter
lists some river front property starting around $24,000.
don't know how serious you are but just in case.....
Posted with full approval of John McCurley. Looks like
Sam has started something that may never end.
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