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Two days after the event, the city of Armstrong is still in shock... How could a murder happen in our little town? But happen it did on the night of Halloween. The victim, an 18 year old girl on her way to meet her friends a little after 7:30 in the evening. Her body was found at 8:45 p.m., battered to death in the brush alongside the railroad tracks that run through town... I did not know the girl personally, but in this community if you don't know someone, then it is unlikely that you don't know someone who does... As the crow flies, the murder happened about 250 yards away from my home, and I did, on reflection see the ambulance, lights flashing, sirens howling, in the distance, leaving the scene at around 9:10 p.m. while out with Shylo for his last walk of the evening... The police are not releasing many details at the moment, only that the girl died in the hospital from her injuries... There is to be an autopsy tomorrow... Thursday... after which, some more information may be released. - As New York and the world remembers 9/11, I'm sure the residents of Armstrong will remember the Nightmare that was Halloween, 2011... Murder just does not happen here... Or, it didn't until Monday evening... Please pray with me, to whichever God you believe in, that the police resolve this terrible crime and bring the evil killer to justice and allow the family of the young, innocent victim a chance at closure even though they will live with the pain of loss for the rest of their lives.
Hugs In Friendship.
Christmas is and always was a time of joy
I still remember when I was a boy
A sock filled with nuts and fruits
Jigsaw puzzles, books and football boots
Toys that were made of tin and wood
And silver joey's in the Christmas pud'
The paper chains were all hand-made
But to us they still made the grade
Chestnuts roasting under the open fire
All the happiness our hearts could desire
© Jayseahawk '97
Back in the days when I could still put two lines together, I risked the wrath of the Galley with the following little ode. Fortunately for me the cooks on board did have a sense of humour... And did turn out some great meals... and I didn't wind up with powdered glass or silver polish as an added garnish to my crew meals after this had been posted on the crew bulletin board. I hope you enjoy!
ODE TO JUST ANOTHER CREW MEAL
IN THE COOK'S CABIN SOMETHING STIRRED
ARE THEY AWAKE? --- NO THAT'S ABSURD!
BUT MAYBE THEY ARE HAVING A DEBATE
ABOUT WHAT CREW MEAL, TODAY THEY'LL CREATE
FOR SOUP, PERHAPS FRENCH ONION AND PASTA
THAT SHOULD GET THEM ON TO THE MAIN COURSE FASTER
ALTERNATIVELY WE'LL GIVE 'EM TOASTY GRILLS
THEN WATCH AS THEY POP THE HEARTBURN PILLS
NOW FOR THE MAIN COURSE LET'S WORK UP SOME IDEAS
THAT WILL LEAVE THEM EMPTY AND CLOSE TO TEARS
THERE'S THAT PARCEL OF GRISTLE THE BUTCHER SENT
MAYBE A PIE, WITH PASTRY MADE LIKE WET CEMENT
THEN WE OUGHT TO DO SOMETHING EXOTIC
THAT'S USUALLY GUARANTEED TO MAKE 'EM SICK
YEAH!! CHINESE, THAT COULD BE THE THING
IF WE COOK THE NOODLES LIKE SOGGY STRING
NOW WE'RE REALLY GETTING THERE
SO WHAT WILL IT BE FOR VEGETARIAN FARE?
WE COULD DO SWEET 'n' SOUR MARROW WITH RICE
THE RICE DONE ALL CLAGGY, -- VERY NICE!!
FOR DESSERT WE NEED SOMETHING EASY AND COOL
SO WHAT ABOUT A PRUNE, MELON AND RHUBARB FOOL?
SURE, THAT SHOULD LEAVE 'EM ALL FEELING QUEAZY
AND BEST OF ALL, IT'S NICE AND EASY
THEN WE CAN DO STYROFOAM AND HARDBOARD PIE
THAT SHOULD BRING A TEAR TO MORE THAN ONE EYE
MERINGUE WITH THE CONSISTENCY OF CEILING TILING
WITH PASTRY SO HARD THAT THEIR TEETH WILL NEED FILING
THAT'S GOT IT SORTED, ANOTHER GASTRONOMIC DELIGHT
THE CREW WILL REALLY ENJOY THIS LOT TONIGHT
OF COURSE SOME WILL MOAN, THEY ALWAYS DO
BUT WHAT THE 'ECK THEY'RE ONLY CREW
NOW WHAT ARE YOU GONNA HAVE FOR YOUR TEA?
IT'LL BE A CANNED MEAT AND CHEESE SANDWICH FOR ME
I THINK I MIGHT NOW GO BACK TO BED
THIS MENU PLANNING HAS GIVEN ME A PAIN IN THE HEAD
Thanks to TC and EB I know a little more these days. Hope this brings a smile when things get frustrating.
ODE TO THE TECHNO-TURKEY
GET A COMPUTER, I HAD HEARD THEM SAY
ALL YOU WANT AND THEY'RE CHILD'S PLAY
SO WITH A RUSH OF BLOOD TO THE HEAD
MEGA BUCKS I WENT OUT AND SHED
THE MAN PUT IT TOGETHER, SAYING THERE YOU GO
YOU'LL GET THE HANG OF IT BEFORE YOU KNOW
HE LEFT ME A VIDEO AND A BOOK TO READ
THEY'LL SHOW YOU ALL THAT YOU NEED
THE VIDEO I WATCHED, AND THOUGHT I SAW
THEN FOR HOURS OVER THE BOOK DID I PORE
THERE'S NOTHING TO IT, THE MAN HAD SAID
PERHAPS I'VE GOT SOMETHING LOOSE IN ME 'EAD
ALONG WITH THIS SO CALLED USER FRIENDLY DEVICE
CAME ROMS AND RAMS AND EVEN A MICE
WHAT COULD POSSIBLY LURK THERE OUT OF SIGHT
JUST WAITING TO GIVE ME A KILLER BYTE
GOING TO BED, RACKED WITH FATIGUE
THE KIDS TODAY SURE PLAY IN A DIFFERENT LEAGUE
AS DAYS WENT BY AND I BEGAN TO GET TO GRIPS
I COULD NOW TELL PENTIUM FROM OVEN CHIPS
BY TRIAL AND ERROR IT BEGAN TO MAKE SENSE
MAYBE I REALLY WASN'T ALL THAT DENSE
THEN JUST AS I THOUGHT I WAS GETTING AHEAD
AFTER HAVING HALF OF A LIBRARY READ
I KEPT HEARING THE INTERNET WAS THE PLACE TO BE
SO WITH A FREE TRIAL I THOUGHT I'D GO HAVE A LOOK-SEE
NOW B.T ARE RUBBING THEIR HANDS WITH GLEE
COS UNLIKE THE TRIAL, THE PHONE CALLS AIN'T FREE
E-MAILS, SUPPOSED TO BE EASY TO RECEIVE AND SEND
WERE BEGINNING TO DRIVE ME ROUND THE BEND
AT TIMES AFTER COMING AWFULLY CLOSE TO CRYING
I MANAGED AFTER ONLY SIX DAYS OF TRYING
THEN ENTERING IN TO THE WEB OF WONDER
ALL OF MANS KNOWLEDGE, THERE TO PLUNDER
MY BUILT IN MODEM WAS EVER SO SLOW
SO I INVESTED IN A NEW FAST ONE, DON'T YOU KNOW?
THE BLURB SAID IT WAS SO EASY TO INSTALL
THE darn THING'S NOW DRIVING ME UP THE WALL
FIVE TIMES I'VE TRIED AND STILL IT DON'T WORK
ONCE AGAIN, I'M LEFT FEELING A BIT OF A BERK
BUT AS I CONTINUE TO STRIVE AND OFT TIMES CUSS
WILL I EVER MANAGE TO CATCH UP WITH THE HI-TECH BUS
OR WILL THIS THUNDER TURKEY FINALLY BLOW HIS MIND
AS THIS KIDS STUFF GETS EVER MORE REFINED