Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Not a joke

What is the difference between 'Scot-Irish and Irish-Scot?


Anyone else unable to see the V.C. images today? all I'm seeing is a
square with a crossed red dot , in the center for every image.


Just read this in the Montreal Gazette:

Ottawa city politicians will begin debate this week on a program to get people to stop using perfume, scented soaps, cleaners and deodorants - and possibly ban them altogether in public places.


Maybe a good investment would be clothespegs (for our noses).  What will Big Brother think of next?

Tuesday, May 30, 2006

We were so happy

Toys , we mde our own out of tin cans , and anything available , imagine , using ciggy  boxes with clothes pins to make noise on the spokes of our bicycle wheels , penny candy , walked everywhere , drank water from the TAP , pin the tail on the Donkey , spin the bottle , sometimes in the dark , whooopeeee , oh what a great childhood , now that I reflect, and basically compared to todays world I had not much , lots of  love , roof over my head and the world to explore , Vive Verdun , what about you ?????

I'm new

Hi all, my name is Albert Hurel and I wonder if there are any folks from my time at VHS, graduated 75? Also, any friends from Verdun in general?

Monday, May 29, 2006

Corner Brault and LaSalle

 Carolyn, is this the Alepin House you were talking about. The picture was taken with my back to the river. Brault is on the left. A lot of new houses are under construction on this intersection. Guy 

Hello Verdun

I heard we had a verdun site, now I found it. I grew up in Verdun and went to VCCHs, class of 80'.
I just missed their reunion, wasn't able to get away. Looking
to find some old friends. Cheers

Sunday, May 28, 2006

Ruelles de Verdun Lanes-Archives SHGV


What Guys and Gals Need To Know...LOL

Very Important information

Brown Boulevard Crowd: early 60's

Lived at 1211 across from the park for a number of years and went to Riverview. Kindergarden to Grade 5.

Would like to know whereabouts of Wendy Verrell, Jimmy Haggerty, Ronald Bateman, Linda Ferguson, Donna King, Alan Ceasar.

I'm now living in Beeton Ontario and married to my lovely bride of 31 years.

Keith Harrison


I hope this will put a smile on some faces.
   Retirees: The Whole Truth, Nothing But... 

 Question: How many days in a week?
 Answer: Seven, of course - 6 Saturdays, and 1 Sunday

Question: When is a retiree's bedtime?
Answer: Three hours after he falls asleep on the couch.
 Question: How many retirees to change a light bulb?
Answer: Only one, but it might take all

 Question: What's the biggest gripe of retirees?
Answer: There is not enough time to get everything done.

Question: Why don't retirees mind being called Seniors?
 Answer: The term comes with a 10% percent discount

Question: Among retirees what is considered formal attire?
 Answer: Tied shoes.
Question: Why do retirees count pennies?
 Answer: They are the only ones who have the time.

 Question: What is the common term for someone who enjoys
work  and refuses to retire?
 Answer: NUTS!

 Question: Why are retirees so slow to clean out the basement, attic or
Answer: They know that as soon as they do, one of their 
adult kids will want to store stuff there.

 Question: What do retirees call a long lunch?
 Answer: Normal.

 Question: What is the best way to describe retirement?
Answer: The never ending Coffee Break.
 Question: What's the biggest advantage of going back to
school  as a retiree?
 Answer: If you cut classes, no one calls your parents.
 Question: How many days in a week?
 Answer: Seven, of course - 6 Saturdays, and 1 Sunday
 Question: When is a retiree's bedtime?
Answer: Three hours after he falls asleep on the couch.
 Question: How many retirees to change a light bulb?
 Answer: Only one, but it might take all day.
 Question: What's the biggest gripe of retirees?
 Answer: There is not enough time to get everything done.

 Question: Why don't retirees mind being called Seniors?
 Answer: The term comes with a 10% percent discount
 Question: Among retirees what is considered formal attire?
 Answer: Tied shoes.
 Question: Why do retirees count pennies?
 Answer: They are the only ones who have the time.

Question: What is the common term for someone who enjoys work
and refuses to retire?
 Answer: NUTS!
Try for at least a chuckle.

Memorial Day Week-end

I don't really think we need a special weekend to remember our loved ones that have passed away, but it is something we can celebrate together. My mother passed away 40 years ago today. I remember it like it was yesterday. BUT, my middle child, our daughter, Michelle, was born 30 years ago today. Winston Allison

when things were simple

Does anyone remember when all people in verdun were down to earth and we all watched out for each other.....I lived in verdun most of my life..and now that i'm moved i miss the people....the places......i may of left verdun but verdun will never leave me.......If the last thing i ever do in this life is walk through verdun i will surly die a rich man

Saturday, May 27, 2006


You have two cows. You keep one and give one to your neighbour.
You have two cows. The government takes them both and provides you with milk
You have two cows: The government takes them both and sells you the milk
You have two cows. The government takes them both, shoots one, milks the other, pays you for the milk, and then pours it down the drain.
Capitalism: You have two cows, you sell one and buy a bull.
You have two cows, you sell one, force the other to produce the milk of four cows, then act surprised when it drops dead.
You have two cows, the government taxes you to the point that you must sell them both in order to support a man in a foreign country that has only one cow which was a gift from your government.

Brooklyn Tony

Brooklyn Tony was sitting on a park bench munching on one candy bar
after another. After the 6th one a man on the bench across from him
said, "Son, you know eating all that candy isn't good for you. It
will give you acne, rot your teeth, and make you fat."

Brooklyn Tony replied, "You know, my grandfather lived to be 107
years old."

The man asked, "Did your grandfather eat 6 candy bars at a time?"

Brooklyn Tony answered, "No, he minded his own f.....g business


Try not to spend all day at this... it is a little addictive:

click below

Friday, May 26, 2006

Psycho Test

Psycho Test

Read this question, come up with an answer and then scroll down to the bottom for the result. This is not a trick question. It is as it reads. No one I know has gotten it right-including me.

A woman, while at the funeral of her own mother, met this guy whom she did not know. She thought this guy was amazing, so much her dream guy she believed him to be just that! She fell in love with him right there, but never asked for his number and could not find him. A few days later she killed her sister. Question: What is her motive in killing her sister? (Give this some thought before you answer). SCROLL DOWN.

Answer: She was hoping that the guy would appear at the funeral again. If you answered this correctly, you think like a psychopath. This was a test by a famous American Psychologist used to test if one has the same mentality as a killer. Many arrested serial killers took part in the test and answered the question correctly. If you didn't answer the question correctly good for you.
If you got the answer correct, please let me know so I can take you off of my email list unless that will tick you off, then I'll just be extra nice to you from now on. Be sure to share the test.



Thursday, May 25, 2006


Any Diehard Baseball fans?

'A Game of Shadows' by Mark Fainaru and Lance Williams (San Francisco
Chronicle reporters) broke the steroid scandal in 2004.

2003 photo taken before the steroid scandal hit the news stands of
Victor Conte (BALCO steroid laboratory supplier), Barry Bonds and
Greg Anderson (Bonds' trainer).

A photo of people Conte supplied steroids to including Marion Jones
the Olympic sprinter.

I'm sure we'll have better role models for our young in the future.
Batter up!

Funny for you

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Dark In Here

A woman takes a lover home during the day while her husband is at work. Her 9-year-old son comes home early, sees them, and hides in the bedroom closet to watch.

Then the woman's husband unexpectedly comes home. She hides her lover in the closet, not realizing that the little boy is in there already.

The little boy says, "Dark in here."
The man says, "Yes, it is."
Boy: "I have a baseball."

Man: "That's nice."

Boy: "Want to buy it?"

Man: "No, thanks."
Boy: "My dad's outside."
Man: "OK, how much?"

Boy: "$250"

In the next few weeks, it happens again that the little boy and the lover are in the closet together.

Boy: "Dark in here."
Man: "Yes, it is."
Boy: "I have a baseball glove."

The man, remembering the last time, asks the boy, "How much?"
Boy: "$750"
Man: "Sold."

A few days later, the father says to the boy, "Grab your glove, let's go outside, and have a game of catch The boy says, "I can't, I sold my baseball and my glove." The father asks, "How much did you sell them for?"


Boy: "$1,000."

The father says, "That's terrible to overcharge your friends like that. That is way more than those two things cost. I'm going to take you to church and make you confess." They go to the church and the father makes the little boy sit in the confession booth and he closes the door.


The boy says, "Dark in here."
The priest says, "Don't start that again, you're in my closet now."







betty shewan of 6th ave. has finally been found

well, Les, came back and said betty sechuean, I KNEW HER ,SHE WAS HOT.

A hockey joke

A hockey joke that only a Canadian could appreciate

Two boys are playing hockey on a pond in a park in
Toronto, when one is attacked by a rabid Rottweiler.
Thinking quickly, the other boy takes his stick, wedges it
down the dogs collar and twists, breaking the dog's neck...

A reporter strolling by sees the incident, and rushes over
to interview the boy.

"Young Leafs Fan Saves Friend from Vicious Animal," he
starts writing in his notebook.

"But I'm not a Leafs fan," the little hero replied.

"Sorry, since we are in Toronto, I just assumed you were"
said the reporter and starts again.
"Little Jays Fan Rescues Friend from Horrific Attack," he
continued writing in his notebook.

"I'm not a Jays fan either," the boy said.

"I assumed everyone in Toronto was either a Leafs or Jays

What team do you root for?" the reporter asked.

"I'm a Montreal Canadiens fan." the child said.

The reporter starts a new sheet in his notebook and
"Little French Bastard from Montreal Kills Beloved Family Pet."

Wednesday, May 24, 2006

I thought you would enjoy this- sickos

This from our oldest daughter. I guess she really really knows us. I think I will get a cd with church bells on it, What do you think?????


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I will never hear church bells ringing again without smiling... Upon hearing that her elderly grandfather had just passed away, Katie went straight to her grandparent's house to visit her 95-year old grandmother and comfort her. When she asked how her grandfather had died, her grandmother replied, He ha d a heart attack while we were making love on Sunday morning."

Horrified, Katie told her grandmother that 2 people nearly 100 years old having sex would surely be asking for trouble.

"Oh no, my dear," replied granny. "Many years ago, realizing our advanced age, we figured out the best time to do it was when the church bells would start to ring. It was just the right rhythm. Nice and slow and even. Nothing too strenuous, simply in on the Ding and
out on the Dong."

She paused to wipe away a tear, and continued, "He'd still be alive if the ice cream truck hadn't come along.

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We were so poor

We were so poor we had to buy used paint. Ed
Who's next.

Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Rain in Montreal

In response to the message from Edbro about how much it has been raining in Montreal lately, I attach a report from my brother who it visiting Verdun at the moment.  He seems to have found a silver lining to all the rain (and has thrown in a few eatery reviews in his message to me as well).  I thought other might need to know where to get the "best food"...

I'm at Picadello's and planning to head out to the Capri for an entrecote and gros Mols in a bit, but it is raining pretty hard outside and doesn't look like it will be very comfortable to ride the bike right now.

Anyway, found this great Thai restaurant in the food court on the second/third floor of the complex at the corner of Guy and Ste. Catherine where I caught some lunch earlier--cheap, fresh, filling, and really tasty; there were actually people lining up there around noon (I got there a bit earlier as I had no breakfast). Also an interesting club sandwich/smoked meat place not far away in the same food court--don't know what the food tastes like there, but the prices looked really competitive. By the way, found the best (i.e., cheapest) place for the Trio #1: it is called Lafleur's (but doesn't seem to be part of the Lafleur franchise) at the corner of Wellington and, I think, Regina (the street just before Lasalle intersects with Wellington)--only $3.25 (tax inclus) for the 2 steamers (all dressed), fries, and Pepsi, which is about .25 cheaper than Bingo's. I also like the fries there (the Lafleur's that isn't really part of the chain) because they tend to be quite greasy and very doree (golden brown), much greaser than Bingo's and closer to the Rex. Their hot dogs and smoked meat (they also have a smoked meat platter for around $5.25) are provided by Lester's.

I had to come downtown today to do some banking, etc., but I'm sort of stuck here now for a bit because of the rain. It has been raining for the past week and more since I got here, so no chance to the mow the lawn or do anything outside, but perfect for napping (and eating and drinking beer). Picked up a number of interesting if eclectic books at the large book barn in the Guy/Ste. Catherine complex (at the west end) where they have a really great selection of remaindered books on sale at 50% and more off the list price--very conducive to napping.

Montreal Trams

I received a great pps with a collection of old streetcars (Trams) at various locations around Montreal dating as far back as the early 1900's.  I've tried to "Attach a File" but I can't.  At 2.39 mg its too large for the maximum 1.0 mg.  Does anyone have any hints or suggestions on how to post it???  Thanks
Mac      HF & RV

Pride of Hawaii

Looking for a vacation getaway.

Pride of Hawai
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Hawai'i, the largest and most expensive U.S.-flagged cruise ship in

Pride of Hawai'i features 10 restaurants, three swimming pools,
family- friendly accommodations, a state-of-the-art spa and dynamic
public rooms. The ship features a new style of accommodations -- 10
Courtyard Villas -- which along with the ship's two Garden Villas --
make up the largest, grandest, most luxurious, most innovative suite
complex in Hawai'i. The suite complex boasts a private courtyard and
sundeck and both Courtyard and Garden Villa guests have a concierge
lounge available to them. Additionally, Pride of Hawai'i features
"Bar Central," a martini bar, a champagne and wine bar, and a beer
and whisky pub all connected, with three distinct personalities, plus
nine other bars and lounges for passengers to enjoy. Pride of Hawai'i
will sail seven-day, inter-island itineraries out of Honolulu year
round beginning June 5, offering 100 hours in port. Ports of call
include Hilo, Hawai'i; an overnight in Kahului, Maui; Kona, Hawai'i;
and an overnight Nawiliwili, Kaua'i.

Monday, May 22, 2006

our four legged friends

  The difference between a cat and dog. A dog thinks to itself about its owner: This person pets me, feeds me, plays with me, brushes me, and loves me. Takes complete care of me. He (she) must be a god!!!!!! A cat thinks: This person pets me, feeds me, plays with me, brushes me, and loves me. Takes complete care of me. I must be a god!!!!


Enjoy our animals, and hope they enjoy us. While friends and family sometimes find fault with us at times, and maybe we don't get along with them anymore. Our animals, both dogs and cats, accept us for who we are. They see us thru the rough times and THEY KNOW when we may be down. And when we are down, they surely can lift our spirits. Who among us has not had a pet, and cried when something happed to that pet? To this day, when I think of my precious dog Toby, or someone mentions him, I have a lot of trouble not tearing up. Wnston Allison

four legged friends!!!!!!!

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A funny for your Monday.
                                                   Where do pets come from?


~A newly discovered chapter in the Book of Genesis has provided the answer to "Where do pets come from?"
~Adam and Eve said, "Lord, when we were in the garden, you walked with us every day. Now we do not see you any more. We are lonesome here, and it is difficult for us to remember how much you love us."
~And God said, I will create a companion for you that will be with you and who will be a reflection of my love for you, so that you will love me even
when you cannot see me. Regardless of how selfish or childish or unlovable you may be, this new companion will acce pt you as you are and will love you as I do, in spite of yourselves."
~And God created a new animal to be a companion for Adam and Eve.
~And it was a good animal.
~And God was pleased.

~And the new animal was pleased to be with Adam and Eve and he wagged his tail.
~And Adam said, "Lord, I have already named all the animals in the Kingdom and I cannot think of a name for this new animal."
~And God said, " I have created this new animal to be a reflection of my love for you, his name will be a reflection of my own name, and you will call him DOG."
~And Dog lived with Adam and Eve and was a companion to them and loved them.
~And they were comforted.
~And God was pleased.
~And Dog was content and wagged his tail.
~After a while, it came to pass that an angel came to the Lord and said, "Lord, Adam and Eve have become filled with pride. They strut and preen like
peacocks and they believe they are worthy of adoration. Dog has indeed taught them that they are
loved, but perhaps too well."
~And God said, I will create for them a companion who will be with them and who will see them as they are. The companion will remind them of their limitations, so they will know that they are not always worthy of adoration."
~And God created CAT to be a companion to Adam and Eve.
~And Cat would not obey them. And when Adam and Eve gazed into Cat's eyes, they were reminded that they were not the supreme beings.
~And Adam and Eve learned humility.
~And they were greatly improved.

~And God was pleased
~And Dog was happy.
~And Cat didn't give a shit one way or the other.

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Sunday, May 21, 2006

Possum Pie, anyone? haha

Just wanted to share a pic of a local critter who decided to eat the cat food on our back stoop last night. I have shared pics before of the wildlife around here but this one was special - my daughter and I were actually able to sit right behind the screen door a mere foot away from this possum! After watching her a few minutes, we discovered why...look at her belly, folks. Alli and I watched this possums babies moving around in her pouch! It was really neat! Poor thing was really hungry cuz she was feeding young uns too. sad.gif

Just FYI: Possums are the ONLY marsupial in all of North America, and I for one, think it is awesome! A lot of people think these critters are ugly but I think theyre kinda cute. yes.gif And actually, you really WANT to have possums around your home. They are the equivalent of land vultures, they eat all kinds of carrion and garbage etc and eat rodents around your house. good.gif
Our friendly neighborhood


Hi i'm new here, i'm living lachine and it was so great to find a group so close, hope i can make some new friend.

Missing Child

Subject: Please help...this girl is from the Philadelphia


Date: May 10, 2006 12:58 PM


please look at the picture, read what her mother says, then forward his message on.



Maybe if everyone passes this on, someone will see this child.
That is how the girl from Stevens Point

was found by circulation
of her picture on tv. The internet circulates even overseas,
South America, and Canada etc. Thanks


Please pass this to everyone in your address book.


We have a Deli manager (Acme Markets) from Philadelphia, Pa

who has a 13 year old daughter who has been missing
for 2 weeks.
Keep the picture moving on.
With luck on her side she will be found.


"I am asking you all, begging you to please
forward this email on to anyone and everyone
you know, PLEASE.
My 13 year old girl, Ashley Flores, is missing.
She has been missing for now two weeks.


It is still not too late. Please help us. If anyone any
where knows anything, please contact me at:
I am including a picture of her.
All prayers are appreciated!! "


It only takes 2 seconds
to forward this.


If it was your child, you would want all the help you could get

Words To Live by

Everyone should keep this list.


                           LOVE YOUR ONE OF YOUR OLDER ONES

Saturday, May 20, 2006

new gandma

To Whom It May Concern. I won't put any names down, just in case someone does not want anyone to know she is a new GRANDMA. BUT, you can tell us about it, and if you want to, you can put those pictures on Verdun Connections. You know who you are. Now you can share with everyone on VC....Of course if you want to. Winston

This One's For Molson Connoisseurs

I thought this was funny and hope ya'll do too....I know it's early in the morning...but what the heck!

Friday, May 19, 2006

Seniors groups.

Does anyone out there know of any Canadian senior group
that communicate nationaly? Ed

Don Dougall has passed away May 18, 2006

Don Dougall passed away Thursday May 18th, 2006 at 6:00PM in Toronto.  Don was 66 years old and grew up on Melrose Avenue.  His house was right across the street from the Boys Gate of Woodland School.
Don spent most of his careeer working for IBM in Montreal, Vancouver and finally Toronto.
He was married twice,  both good women, and had 3 children from his first marriage and two from his second.
The Melrose gang and all of Don's many friends will miss him dearly.

Thursday, May 18, 2006

Baby Got Book!

Copy/paste/send this URL to your search engine. Click on the
'forward' arrow.
Let me know if it opens for you if you do not mind.
Second Avenue.

Dry Heat

I live in Saskatchewan, and we often get what Alberta sends our way in terms of weather.  Regarding the high temperatures that Sabby is experiencing, don't forget that it usually is a "dry heat" out on the prairies.  Eastern Canadian heat is usually accompanied by mugginess.  I remember when I visited Verdun in July about 5 years ago - I got off the plane and found it exceedingly stuffy and humid.  Even though I had grown up with those kinds of summers, living on the prairies spoiled me with the dry heat - much more easy to take.

Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Laurentians CN/CP

Many Verdunites summered in the Laurentians, usually travelling by train. The CN line left from Central Station with an electric engine going through the tunnel to Mount Royal. The Mount Royal station has been preserved and of course the tunnel is still there being used for the train to Two Mountains for example. The electric engine was swapped for a (sometimes 2 or 3) steam engine. The train ran through little towns that today are all part of Laval to St.Jerome where people hopped off to get steamies. It trundled along through Shawbridge, Newago and Montfort (highest point). Right through the middle of Camp Chapleau and on through St.Sauveur; Morin Heights, Sixteen Island Lake, Weir. Arundel, Grey Vallee to the Air Base, the name of which escapes me at the moment. Upon arrival, the air was a high by itself. We remember the fields, the lakes and the cottages. Who needed TV when you had all that. Ed

(Montreal) Museums free on May 28

I picked this out of the Gazette this morning. If you will be in the area on May 28th you might plan your day! 

Museums, art galleries and other sites participating in the 20th annual edition of Montreal Museums Day will waive admission fees on May 28. Free buses will be available on that Sunday to carry visitors to 35 participating locations, including the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, the Chateau Ramezay and the McCord Museum. For more information, visit the website

Monday, May 15, 2006

Ave Moffat AVe

L'avenue Moffat a été nommée en l'honneur de James Moffat, un rentier qui demeura dans sa belle résidence à l'angle de cette avenue et du boul LaSalle.
Moffat avenue was named in honnor of James Moffat, à retiree who lived in a beuatiful residence on that avenue and LaSalle Boulevard.
L'avenue Manning  fut nommée en l'honneur de feu Charles Manning, Maire de la Cité de Verdun 1915-1917
Manning Avenue was named in honor of deceased Charles Manning, Mayor of the City of Verdun 1915-1917.

Horses in Berdun

Where were the horses kept on Verdun. For example Strachan's Bakery, horses kept on Gordon near Bannantyne. Langevin's bakery on Egan at 1001. Horse troughs corner Bannantyne and Woodland, beside Farmer's drugstore. Any others?  Any horse stories?    Ed

Sunday, May 14, 2006

Photos from Angel's in Orangeville

Attached are the photos from last Sunday. Unfortunately, I did not take any of myself.
Gord Gibbons
Attachment: Brendan.jpg

Cheyne Cartage

Someone mentioned Cheyne Cartage recently that was on Hickson. I found in the Lovell's directory, a Milton Cheyne, Chauffeur for the Cheyne's Cartage Co., who lived at 1097 Egan. It was mentioned that Cheyne Cartage was on Hickson but it is not listed. Is there any connection with George Brown Cartage who was at 1100 Hickson. George Brown was a councillor for the City of Verdun. I got this information at the SHGV yesterday.

Brian Fantie

Brian Fantie,
You may recall our correspondence regarding your father David who is now deceased. I was checking the Lovell's directory yesterday at the SHGV and found a Joe Fantie who lived at 867 Galt in the early 1940's. I lived at 857 Galt at that period and new your dad . If I recall correctly, you said that your dad lived near 4th ave and Bannantyne. What relation is Joe Fantie to you.

Toronto fan----Oxymoron

I need some help. I was traumatized yesterday by what I thought was a myth. I will tell my strory. I was at my son's house yesterday for my granddaughter's 1st birthday. We were watching the hockey game, and my daughter-in-laws stepmother asked what we were watching. When I told her hockey and that Buffalo and Ottawa were playing. She said; No thanks. If Toronto was playing I would watch." Oh my gosh. A Toronto fan. I was immediately traumatized and have finally seen what I thought previosly was just a myth. Something like Bigfoot. It was scary and not a very pretty sight. I have probably been scarred for life. I had bad dreams all through the night. What do I do now. Winston Allison

Happy Mother's Day to all Moms

Wishing all moms a Happy Mother's Day tomorrow.


Where did we see the words "Alas my poor brother?"   Ed

Saturday, May 13, 2006


Do you remember the comics being called...the slippery section?

Friday, May 12, 2006


I spoke to Laurette she was also a crusader and she would like to know who you are so please tell me your name so I can pass it on

The Difference Between Rich People and Poor People

This from my niece in Calgary

The Difference Between Rich/Poor People

One day, the father of a very wealthy family took his son on a trip to the country with the express purpose of showing him how poor people live.  They spent a couple of days and nights on the farm of what would be considered a very poor family.

On the return from their trip, the father asked his son, "How was the trip?"

"It was great, Dad."

"Did you see how poor people live?" the father asked.

"Oh yeah," said the son.

"So, tell me, what did you learn from the trip?" asked the father.

The son answered: "I saw that we have one dog and they had four.  We have a pool that reaches to the middle of our garden and they have a creek that has no end.  We have imported lanterns in our garden and they have the stars at night.  Our patio reaches to the front yard and they have the whole horizon. We have a small piece of land to live on and they have fields that go beyond our sight.  We have servants who serve us, but they serve others.  We buy our food, but they grow theirs.  We have walls around our property to protect us; they have friends to protect them."

The boy's father was speechless.

Then his son added, "Thanks, Dad, for showing me how poor we are."

Isn't perspective a wonderful thing? Makes you wonder what would happen if we all gave thanks for everything we have, instead of worrying about what we don't have.

Appreciate every single thing you have, especially your friends!

Pass this on to friends and acquaintances and help them refresh their perspective and appreciation.

"Life is too short and friends are too few.

Thursday, May 11, 2006

Plywood prices

How much does 'Lumber Core', White Oak, 3/4 "plywood cost per 4' X 8'
sheet in Canada? Is this difficult to find out? If so don't worry
about it. I apologize for too many posts - I'll cool it for awhile.
Much aloha,
Second Avenue.

MaggieMcK , answer to a question about a picture you posted

You had asked if anyone knew where the picture of a back lane was taken. I wasn't sure if you were joking or not. But if you wern't, then I will tell you.   It's the lane way between 4th ave and 5th ave,  and between verdun ave and bannantyne ave.  The person taking the picture, was standing with thier back to bannantyne.  The back of the church, is the church on verdun ave, between 4th and 5th.    hehehe, well I guess you already got that part. hehehe.  anyways, take care and have a good day.  Bonnie

Fwd: Things I Learned From My Mom

From: "john allison"
Subject: FW: Fwd: Things I Learned From My Mom
Date: Wed, 10 May 2006 15:34:24 -0700

>>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, Diet Coke in the
>>  other, body thoroughly used up, totally worn out and  screaming
>>...."WOO HOO what a ride!"
>>I Owe My Mother
>>1. My mother taught me TO APPRECIATE A JOB WELL DONE.
>>"If you're going to kill each other, do it outside. I just finished
>>  cleaning."
>>2. My mother taught me RELIGION.
>>"You better pray that will come out of the carpet."
>>3. My mother taught me about TIME TRAVEL.  **That was more Dad than

>>  Mom**
>>"If you don't straighten up, I'm going to knock you into the middle
>>  of next week!"
>>4. My mother taught me LOGIC.
>>" Because I said so, that's why."
>>5. My mother taught me MORE LOGIC.
>>"If you fall out of that swing and break your neck, you're not  
>>going to the store with me."
>>6. My mother taught me FORESIGHT.
>>"Make sure you wear clean underwear, in case you're in an
>>7. My mother taught me IRONY.   **Again, Dad**
>>"Keep crying, and I'll give you something to cry about."
>>8. My mother taught me about the science of OSMOSIS.
>>"Shut your mouth and eat your supper."
>>9. My mother taught me
>>"Will you look at that dirt on the back of your neck!"
>>10. My mother taught me about STAMINA.
>>"You'll sit there until all that spinach is gone."
>>11 My mother taught me about WEATHER.
>>"This room of yours looks as if a tornado went through it."
>>12. My mother taught me about HYPOCRISY.
>>"If I told you once, I've told you a million times. Don't
>>13. My mother taught me the CIRCLE OF LIFE.
>>"I brought you into this world, and I can take you out."
>>14. My mother taught me about BEHAVIOR MODIFICATION.
>>"Stop acting like your father!"
>>15. My mother taught me about ENVY.
>>"There are millions of less fortunate children in this world
>>don't have wonderful parents like you do."
>>16. My mother taught me about ANTICIPATION
>>"Just wait until we get home."
>>17. My mother taught me about RECEIVING
>>"You are going to get it when you get home!"
>>18. My mother taught me MEDICAL SCIENCE.
>>"If you don't stop crossing your eyes, they are going to get stuck  
>>that way."
>>19. My mother taught me ESP.
>>"Put your sweater on; don't you think I know when you are cold?"
>>20. My mother taught me HUMOR.
>>"When that lawn mower cuts off your toes, don't come running to me"
>>21. My mother taught me HOW TO BECOME AN ADULT.
>>"If you don't eat your vegetables, you'll never grow up."
My mother taught me GENETICS.
>>"You're just like your father."
>>23. My mother taught me about my ROOTS.
>>"Shut that door behind you. Do you think you were born in a barn?"
>>24. My mother taught me about WISDOM.
>>"When you get to be my age, you'll understand."
>>And my favorite:
>>25. My mother taught me about JUSTICE.
>>"One day you'll have kids, and I hope they turn out just like you

Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Something positive

Thanks, Canada

David Meadows April 27, 2006

On April 22, 2006 four Canadian soldiers were killed in Afghanistan
by a roadside bomb.
Respects and heartfelt sadness go to the families of those heroes
who stand alongside the U.S. in the Long War half a world away. While
we focus on the war in Iraq, the fighting continues in Afghanistan
where side-by-side the U.S. and one of its most loyal allies, Canada,
engage the re-emergence of the Taliban.

Canada is like a close uncle who constantly argues, badgers, and
complains about what you are doing, but when help is truly needed,
you can't keep him away: he's right there alongside you. We have a
unique relationship with Canada. We have different political
positions on many
issues, but our unique friendship has weathered world wars, global
crises, and the
ever-so-often neighborhood disagreement.

Canada has been with us since the beginning of the Global War on
Terrorism. In February 2006, without fanfare Canada, leading a
multinational force combating growing Taliban insurgency, increased
troop strength in Afghanistan to 2,300. With the American military
stretched thin against rising instability in both Iraq and
Afghanistan, an ally that increases its troop strength is inspiring
and deserves our respect.

Katrina was another example of our close family-like relationship.
Katrina struck the Gulf
Coast on August 29, 2005. Two days later, the Vancouver Urban
Search and Rescue Team rushed from British Columbia, Canada to Saint
Bernard Parish, Louisiana. In this Parish of 68,000 Americans, the
first responders were Canadians. Overall, within the devastated Gulf
Coast area, it appears Canada was the first responder outside of
local efforts. They worked 18-hour days, going door-to-door alongside
Louisiana State Troopers, rescuing 119 Americans.

While FEMA ramped up to surge into the catastrophe; while the
administration and Louisiana
fought for the politically correct way to respond; Canadian aid was
already at work.

The Canadian Forces Joint Task Group 306 consisting of the warships
HMCS Athabaskan, HMCS Toronto, NSMC Ville de Quebec, and CCGC William
Alexander sailed to the Gulf Coast to deliver humanitarian supplies.
They stayed, working alongside U.S. Navy and Mexican warships, to
provide aid to Katrina victims.

Katrina was not an anomaly of our close relationship. When
Hurricane Ivan devastated Pensacola, Florida in October 2004 Canadian
humanitarian help was there also. Canadian power trucks roamed the
streets and countryside helping restore electricity where Americans
had a unique experience of running into workmen who only spoke French.

Canada took a lot of undeserved flak for failing to leap into
Operation Iraqi Freedom when our
administration sent us galloping across the desert. But Canada
remains one of our staunchest
allies in the war. When United States military forces were fighting
up the highways in
Operation Iraqi Freedom, Canada quietly increased troop numbers in
Afghanistan and continued Naval operations with U.S. warships in the
Persian Gulf.

I was at the Pentagon on 9/11, stationed on the Joint Staff. During
the early hours after the
attack, the United States closed its air space and ordered every
aircraft within our borders to
land immediately at the nearest airfield. Canada immediately stood
up an Operations Support

With civil aviation grounded, aircraft destined for the United
States were forced elsewhere.
Most landed in Canada. Re-routed travelers and flight crews were
hosted at Canadian Forces
facilities in Goose Bay, Gander, and Stephenville, Newfoundland;
Halifax, Shearwater, and
Aldershot, Novia Scotia; Winnipeg, Manitoba; and, Yellowknife,
Northwest Territories.

Canada rapidly mobilized its forces. Within hours, the Canadian
Navy was on alert with ships
preparing to cast off immediately for any U.S. port to help victims
of the 9/11 attacks.
Canada's Disaster Assistance Response Team prepared to deploy from
Trenton, Ontario. Canada dispersed CF-18 fighter aircraft to
strategic locations throughout Canada. No politics. No negotiating.
No questions. They were just there. Canada would have fought any
adversary that approached the United States that day.

Canada has been such an integral partner with the United States in
the Global War on Terrorism that on December 7, 2004 when President
Bush awarded the Presidential Unit Citation to Commander Joint Force
South for combat success in Afghanistan, he was also recognizing the
secretive Canadian Joint Task Force 2 commando counter-terrorism unit.

The U.S. Department of Defense has awarded 30 Bronze Star medals
for heroism in combat to Canadian Forces personnel. Some of those 30
died in action. Many of the others were wounded. These Canadians
earned this American medal for heroism fighting alongside Americans.
When we recall our own dead heroes, we must remember that these
warriors gave their lives not only for Canada, but also for the
United States.

Canada is more than a neighbor. It is a close family member with
the gumption to disagree with its brother to the south but always
there when disaster strikes and America needs help. For that, I
salute you, Canada, and extend my respect for the sacrifices given by
members of the Canadian Forces.

Eggs and Gas

A man eats two eggs each morning for breakfast. When he goes to the
grocery store he pays .60 cents a dozen. Since a dozen eggs won't
last a week he normally buys two dozens at a time.

One day while buying eggs he notices that the price has risen to 72
cents. The next time he buys groceries, eggs are .76 cents a dozen.
When asked to explain the price of eggs the store owner says, "the
price has gone up and I have to raise my price accordingly".

This store buys 100 dozen eggs a day. I checked around for a better
price and all the distributors have raised their prices. The
distributors have begun to buy from the huge egg farms. The small egg
farms have been driven out of business.

The huge egg farms sells 100,000 dozen eggs a day to distributors.
With no competition, they can set the price as they see fit. The
distributors then have to raise their prices to the grocery stores.
And on and on and on. As the man kept buying eggs the price kept
going up. He saw the big egg trucks delivering 100 dozen eggs each
day. Nothing changed there.

He checked out the huge egg farms and found they were selling 100,000
dozen eggs to the distributors daily. Nothing had changed but the
price of eggs.

Then week before Thanksgiving the price of eggs shot up to $1.00 a
dozen. Again he asked the grocery owner why and was told, "cakes and
baking for the holiday". The huge egg farmers know there will be a
lot of baking going on and more eggs will be used. Hence, the price
of eggs goes up. Expect the same thing at Christmas and other times
when family cooking, baking, etc. happen.

This pattern continues until the price of eggs is 2.00 a dozen. The
man says, "there must be something we can do about the price of eggs".

He starts talking to all the people in his town and they decide to
stop buying eggs. This didn't work because everyone needed eggs.
Finally, the man suggested only buying what you need.

He ate 2 eggs a day. On the way home from work he would stop at the
grocery and buy two eggs. Everyone in town started buying 2 or 3 eggs
a day.

The grocery store owner began complaining that he had too many eggs
in his cooler. He told the distributor that he didn't need any eggs.
Maybe wouldn't need any all week.

The distributor had eggs piling up at his warehouse. He told the huge
egg farms that he didn't have any room for eggs would not need any
for at least two weeks.

At the egg farm, the chickens just kept on laying eggs. To relieve
the pressure, the huge egg farm told the distributor that they could
buy the eggs at a lower price. The distributor said, " I don't have
the room for the %$&^*&% eggs even if they were free".
The distributor told the grocery store owner that he would lower the
price of the eggs if the store would start buying again. The grocery
store owner said, "I don't have room for more eggs. The customers are
only buy 2 or 3 eggs at a time". "Now if you were to drop the price
of eggs back down to the original price, the customers would start
buying by the dozen again".

The distributors sent that proposal to the huge egg farmers. They
liked the price they were getting for their eggs but, them chickens
just kept on laying. Finally, the egg farmers lowered the price of
their eggs. But only a few cents. The customers still bought 2 or 3
eggs at a time. They said, "when the price of eggs gets down to where
it was before, we will start buying by the dozen."

Slowly the price of eggs started dropping. The distributors had to
slash their prices to make room for the eggs coming from the egg
farmers. The egg farmers cut their prices because the distributors
wouldn't buy at a higher price than they were selling eggs for.

Anyway, they had full warehouses and wouldn't need eggs for quite a

And them chickens kept on laying.

Eventually, the egg farmers cut their prices because they were
throwing away eggs they couldn't sell. The distributors started
buying again because the eggs were priced to where the stores could
afford to sell them at the lower price.

And the customers starting buying by the dozen again.

Now, transpose this analogy to the gasoline industry.

What if everyone only bought $10.00 worth of gas each time they
pulled to the pump. The dealers tanks would stay semi full all the
time. The dealers wouldn't have room for the gas coming from the huge
tank farms. The tank farms wouldn't have room for the gas coming from
the refining plants. And the refining plants wouldn't have room for
the oil being off loaded from the huge tankers coming from the Middle
East .

Just $10.00 each time you buy gas. Don't fill it up. You may have to
stop for gas twice a week but, the price should come down.

Think about it.

As an added note...When I buy $10.00 worth of gas, that leaves my
tank a little under half full. The way prices are jumping around, you
can buy gas for $2.65 a gallon and then the next morning it can be
$2.15. If you have your tank full of $2.65 gas you don't have room
for the $2.15 gas. You might not understand the economics of only
buying two eggs at a time but, you can't buy cheaper gas if your tank
is full of the high priced stuff.

Also, don't buy anything else at the gas station, don't give them any
more of your hard earned money than what you spend on gas, until the
prices come down..

Montreal Photo

Thanks Maggie for the Jpeg formatted picture. I think the wet street
at night scenes are much more dramatic in city center, at least they
are to me. This one is a keeper.
Second Avenue.

Tuesday, May 9, 2006

Photos in the DLL format

The posted DLL photo of the wet streets of Montreal fascinates me,
but I cannot save it, my computer does not recognizes the DLL format.
Is it possible to resend it in a jpeg
Second Avenue.


Dynamically Linked Library format. A library which is linked to
application programs when they are loaded or run rather than as the
final phase of compilation.

maureen shanaghan,s passing

  maureen and karen shanaghan lived on brown blvd.
any one remembering them can post.
maureen passed away on mothers day in tampa fl.
after a lengthy illness,


Hi all,
I seem to remember that someone (maybe it was Popdog) mentioned that Ian Clyde was running a boxing club these days.  Anyone have any info on that?  Address or phone number would be good.  One of my sons is a boxer, and if we visit his grandmother in Verdun, I mentioned that he could go work out at the gym everyday if he wanted to. 
Ian and I (and Popdog) were in the same grades in St. Thomas Moore, so it would be great to see Ian again. 
Information on other boxing gyms either in Verdun (or close, i.e., LaSalle, The Point, Cote St. Paul, St. Henri) that folks might know about and recommend would be great.
Thanks in advance.


A handsome, middle-aged man walked quietly into the cafe and sat down.  Before he ordered, he couldn't help but notice a group of younger men at the table next to him.  It was obvious they were making fun of something about him, and it wasn't until he remembered he was wearing a small pink ribbon on the lapel of his suit that he became aware of what the joke was all about.  The man brushed off the reaction as ignorance, but the smirks began to get to him.  He looked one of the rude men square in the eye, placed his hand beneath the ribbon and asked, quizzically, "This?"


With that the men all began to laugh out loud.  The man he addressed said, as he fought back laughter, "Hey, sorry man, but we were just commenting on how pretty your pink ribbon looks against your blue jacket!" 

The middle aged man calmly motioned for the joker to come over to the table, and invited him to sit down.  As uncomfortable as he was, the guy obliged, not really sure why.  In a soft voice, the middle-aged man said, "I wear this ribbon to bring awareness about breast cancer.  I wear it in my mother's honor." Oh, sorry dude.  She died of breast cancer?" "No, she didn't.  She's alive and well.  But her breasts nourished me as an infant, and were a soft resting place for my head when I was scared or lonely as a little boy.  I'm very grateful for my mother's breasts, and her health "
"Umm," the stranger replied, "yeah."

"And I wear this ribbon to honor my wife," the middle-aged man went on.  And she's okay, too?", the other guy asked.  "Oh, yes.  She's fine. 

Her breasts have been a great source of loving pleasure for both of us, and with them she nurtured and nourished our beautiful daughter 23 years ago.  I am grateful for my wife's breasts, and for her health." Uh huh.  And I guess you wear it to honor your daughter, also?" 

"No.  It's too late to honor my daughter by wearing it now.
My daughter died of breast cancer one month ago.  She thought she was too young to have breast cancer, so when she accidentally noticed a small lump, she ignored it.  She thought that since it wasn't painful, it must not be anything to worry about."

Shaken and ashamed, the now sober stranger said, "Oh, man, I m so sorry mister." 

"So, in my daughter's memory, too, I proudly wear this little ribbon, which allows me the opportunity to enlighten others.  Now, go home and talk to your wife and your daughters, your mother and your friends." 

"And here," the middle-aged man reached in his pocket and handed the other man a little pink ribbon. 

The guy looked at it, slowly raised his head and asked, "Can Ya help me put it on?"
This is breast cancer awareness month.  Do regular breast self-exams and have annual mammograms if you are a woman over the age of 40.
And encourage those women you love to do the same.

Please send this on to anyone you would like to remind of the importance of breast cancer awareness.



PLEASE KEEP THIS CANDLE GOING!!!  This one I do ask that you send on..

Awake at dawn with a winged heart and give thanks for another day of loving


""Cheers" my eldest son. was here this past weekend with fantastic news"
 HE IS ENGAGED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Monday, May 8, 2006


I'm sure that is the Carol Daoust I am taking about my name is Carol Turgeon she wrote me at and I wrote her back but lost contact after that tell her I said hi and to send me a note through verdun connections thanks


I did not graduate in 1961 because my father died a few years before and I had to leave school and help out the family but if I had stayed in school I would have graduated in 1961 biggest regret of my life I loved school

remember when?

I found this page, Check it out at,

Remember when? Turn up the sound

Sunday, May 7, 2006

drugs an our children

ever notice that there are more drugs in verdun ?im not that old but i rember when i was with my friends we only smoked pot and the older we got we all i see kids doing coke and smoking cigaretts at the age of 10 .we need to think about this .

Arlene here


I don't know how I ended up here, but I'm glad I did.

Anyhow, I went by the name Arlene Peters. I've seen quite a few names that look familiar.

To anyone I knew, hi.

Montreal is the best.


Took this pic this afternoon, thought you might like to see it hehehe.
Keeping in mind of course, that as most of you know, I live in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia now....
This is actually what "Verdun" is here:
Still thought it was neat. Made me miss home all over again tho. We're headed back to Mtl. for 10 days on June 24th tho! Renting a cottage up north for a week then staying in a hotel downtown for 2 nights so I can share the whole "Canada Day at the Old Port and fireworks" experience with my American hubby!  I won't have been back in a YEAR...I'm counting the daysssssssssss...
Sharon *

Friday, May 5, 2006

Recipe Exchange

Does anyone plan to use the "Recipe Files"? If they are not of interest, I will be deleting them. There is a lot of stuff to explore at Verdun Connections and empty recipe files just take up time.

St. Willibrord Church

Here are some photos of the church during and after it was built.

Wednesday, May 3, 2006


Does anyone have an idea about how old some of the trees in Verdun are?

Tuesday, May 2, 2006


If anyone knows people from the class of 76 at VCHS please contact me at

Check out our web site

JOKES or Truisms

Ramblings of a Retired Mind - some thoughts.

I was thinking about how a status symbol of today is those cell
phones that everyone has clipped onto their belt or purse. I can't
afford one. So, I'm wearing my garage door opener.

You know, I spent a fortune on deodorant before I realized that
people didn't like me anyway.

I was thinking that women should put pictures of missing husbands on
beer cans!

I was thinking about old age and decided that old age is 'when you
still have something on the ball, but you are just too tired to
bounce it.'

I thought about making a fitness movie, for folks my age, and call it
"Pumping Rust."

I have gotten that dreaded furniture disease. That's when your chest
is falling into your drawers!

I know, when people see a cat's litter box, they always say, "Oh,
have you got a cat?" Just once I want to say, "No, it's for company!"

Employment application blanks always ask 'who is to be notified in
case of an emergency.' I think you should write, "A Good Doctor!"

Why do they put pictures of criminals up in the Post Office? What
are we supposed to do -- write to these men? Why don't they just put
their pictures on the postage stamps so the mailmen could look for
them while they deliver the mail? Or better yet, arrest them while
they are taking their pictures!

I was thinking about how people seem to read the Bible a whole lot
more as they get older. Then, it dawned on me, they were cramming
for their finals. As for me, I'm just hoping God grades on the curve.

"Enjoy Your Days-----Love Your Life"
"Life is a journey to be savored."


"A Woman"

To my friends at VC. Winston Allison

Subject: "A Woman"




"A Woman"

"Be very careful if you make a woman cry, because God counts her tears.
The woman came out of a man's rib.
Not from his feet to be walked on.
Not from his head to be superior, but from the side to be equal.
Under the arm to be protected and next to the heart to be loved."
Pass this on to all exceptional women that you know and to men
so they can be reminded of the value of a woman.


 Cassie Al-Baz 

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Ode: Incarnations of Immortality from Recollections of Early Childhood

There was a time when meadow, grove, and stream,
The earth, and every common sight
To me did seem
Apparell'd in celestial light,
The glory and the freshness of a dream.
It is not now as it has been of yore;—
Turn wheresoe'er I may,
By night or day,
The things which I have seen I now can see no more!
The rainbow comes and goes,
And lovely is the rose;
The moon doth with delight
Look round her when the heavens are bare;
Waters on a starry night
Are beautiful and fair;
The sunshine is a glorious birth;
But yet I know, where'er I go,
That there hath pass'd away a glory from the earth.

What time is it?

It's 9:37 pm in Melfort, Sask.
What time is it?

Sweet Tatares

Monday, May 1, 2006

frendly poker games

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I wake up in the morning,
And can hardly wait to see
If I've received a mailing,
addressed from you to me.

I get my puter running
And much to my delight,
Your poems, jokes and other things
Come quickly into sight.

Please keep those emails coming,
They are so enjoyable you see
Funny things, friendly

Those things you mail to me.

But most of all the fun of it,
Is knowing that they came.
From you my friend,
The one I need not name.

This is a test of the Emergency Friendship System

forward it (and to me too I hope)

....a Friend does most or all of these...

(A)ccepts you as you are
(B)elieves in "you"
(C)alls you just to say "HI"
(D)oesn't give up ! ! on you

(E)nvisions the
whole of you (even the unfinished parts)
(F)orgives your mistakes
(G)ives unconditionally
(H)elps you

(I)nvites you over

(J)ust "be" with you
(K)eeps you close at heart
(L)oves you for who you are
(M)akes a difference
in your life

(N)ever Judges
(O)ffer support
(P)icks you up
(Q)uiets your fears
(R)aises your spirits

(S)ays nice things about you
(T)ells you the truth when you need to hear it
(U)nderstands you

(W)alks beside you
(X)-plains thing you don't understand
(Y)ells when you won't listen and
(Z)aps you back to reality






You might not ever guess.....

This is a very good example of "Never Judge a Book by it's Cover".  I came across this recently, and though I'd share.



Captain  Kangaroo passed away on January 23, 2004 as age 76 ,  which is odd, because he always looked  to be 76. (DOB: 6/27/27) His death reminded me of the following  story.

Some people have been a bit  offended that the actor, Lee Marvin, is buried in a grave alongside 3 and  4 star generals at Arlington National Cemetery. His marker gives his  name, rank (PVT) and service  (USMC). Nothing else. Here's  a guy who was only a famous movie star who served his time, why the heck  does he rate burial with these guys? Well, following is the amazing answer:
I always liked Lee Marvin, but didn't know the extent of  his Corps experiences. 

In a time  when many Hollywood stars served their country in the armed forces often in rear echelon posts where they were carefully protected, only to  be trotted out to perform for the cameras in war bond promotions, Lee Marvin was a genuine hero.  He won the Navy Cross at Iwo  Jima. There is only one higher Naval award...  the Medal Of  Honor.

If that is a surprising comment on  the true character of the man, he credits his sergeant with an even  greater show of bravery.
Dialog from "The  Tonight Show with Johnny Carson": His guest was Lee Marvin.  Johnny said, "Lee, I'll bet a lot of people are  unaware that you were a Marine in the initial landing at Iwo  Jima...and that during the course of that  action you earned the Navy Cross and were severely wounded."

"Yeah, yeah... I got shot  square in the bottom and they gave me the Cross for securing a hot spot  about halfway up Suribachi. Bad thing about getting shot up on a mountain is guys getting' shot hauling you down. But,Johnny, at Iwo  I served under the bravest man I ever knew... We both got  the cross the same day, but what he did for his Cross made mine look cheap in comparison. That dumb guy actually stood up on Red beach and directed his troops to move forward and get the hell off the beach.  Bullets flying by, with mortar rounds landing everywhere and he stood  there as the main target of gunfire so that he could get his men to safety. He did thison more than one occasion because his men's safety  was more important than his own life.
That Sergeant and I have been  lifelong friends. When they brought me off Suribachi we passed the Sergeant and he lit a smoke and passed it to me, lying on my belly on the litter and said, where'd they get you Lee?' Well Bob... if you make it  home be fore me, tell  Mom to sell the  outhouse!"
Johnny, I'm not lying,  Sergeant Keeshan was the bravest man I ever knew.
The Sergeant's name is  Bob Keeshan. You and the world know him as Captain Kangaroo."

On another  note, there was this wimpy little man (who just passed away) on PBS,  gentle and quiet. Mr. Rogers is another of those you would least suspect  of being anything but what he now portrays to our youth. But Mr. Rogers was a U.S. Navy Seal, combat-proven in Vietnam with over twenty-five confirmed  kills to his name.  He wore a long-sleeved sweater on TV, to cover the many tattoos on his forearm and biceps.  He was a  master in small arms and hand-to-hand combat, able to disarm or kill in a  heartbeat.

After the war Mr. Rogers  became an ordained Presbyterian minister and therefore a pacifist. Vowing  to never harm another human and also dedicating the rest of his life to trying to help lead children on the right path in life. He hid away the tattoos and his past life and won our hearts with his quiet wit and  charm.
America's real heroes don't flaunt what they did; they quietly go about their day-to-day lives, doing what they do best.  They earned our respect and the freedoms that we all  enjoy.
Look around and see if you can  find one of those heroes in your midst.
Often, they are the ones you'd  least suspect, but would most like to have on your side if anything ever  happened.
Take the time to thank anyone  that has fought for our freedom. With encouragement they could be the  next Captain Kangaroo or Mr.Rogers