Sunday, December 27, 2015

Keeping Up

Tom Mix and kid

My Tom Mix decoder ring was completely befuddled by I turned to the Internet...and voila...the code was broken....and now I can read my grandkids text messages!
Tom Mix Decoder Ring

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@TEOTDAt the end of the day
143I love you
2G2BTToo good to be true
404I don't know
4EAEForever and ever
A3Anytime, anywhere, anyplace
AAFAs a matter of fact
AAKAsleep at keyboard
AAMOIAs a matter of interest
AAPAlways a pleasure
AARAt any rate
AASAlive and smiling
ADNAny day now
AEAPAs early as possible
AFAIKAs far as I know
AFKAway from keyboard
AFPOEA fresh pair of eyes
AISBAs it should be
AKAAlso known as
ALCONAll concerned
AMLAll my love
AOTAAll of the above
ASAPAs soon as possible
ATAt your terminal
ATMAt the moment
AWOLAway without leaving
AYECAt your earliest convenience
AYORAt your own risk
AYSOSAre you stupid or something
AYTMTBAnd you're telling me this because
B4NBye for now
BAKBack at keyboard
BAUBusiness as usual
BBBe back
BBIAFBe back in a few
BBIAMBe back in a minute
BBIASBe back in a sec
BBLBe back later
BBQBe back quickly
BBSBe back soon
BBTBe back tomorrow
BCNUBe seein' you
BFBest friend
BDNBig damn number
BFNBye for now
BGBig grin
BGWMBe gentle with me
BFGBig  f***ing grin
BIOYNBlow it out your nose
BLNTBetter luck next time
BM&YBetween me and you
BOLBest of luck
BPLMBig person little mind
BRBBe right back
BRTBe right there
BTABut then again
BTDTBeen there, done that
BTWBy the way
CMIIWCorrect me if I'm wrong
CMONCome on
COBClose of business
C/PCross post
CRBCome right back
CRBTCrying really big tears
CUSee you
CUASee you around
CULSee you later
CUL8RSee you later
CWYLChat with you later
CYASee ya
CYOSee you online
DEGTDon't even go there
DIKUDo I know you?
DQMOTDon't quote me on this
DTSDon't think so
EBKACError between keyboard and chair
EGEvil grin
EMAE-mail address
EMFBIExcuse me for butting in
EMSGE-mail message
EODEnd of day
EOMEnd of message
F2FFace to face
F2TFree to talk
FBMFine by me
FCFingers crossed
FICCLFrankly I couldn't care a less
FISHFirst in, still here
FOMCLFalling off my chair laughing
FITBFill in the blank
FRTFor real though
FWIWFor what it's worth
FYEOFor your eyes only
FYIFor your information
G2CUGood to see you
G2GGot to go
G2RGot to run
GAGo ahead
GALGet a life
GBUGod bless you
GDRGrinning, ducking, and running
GD/RGrinning, ducking, and running
GFIGo for it
GGGotta Go or Good Game
GIARGive it a rest
GIGOGarbage in, garbage out
GLGood luck
GL/HFGood luck, have fun
GLNGGood luck next game
GMTAGreat minds think alike
GOIGet over it
GOLGiggling out loud
GR&DGrinning, running and ducking
GTGood try
GTGGot to go
GTRMGoing to read mail
H&KHugs & kisses
H2CUSHope to see you soon
HAGNHave a good night
HAGOHave a good one
HANDHave a nice day
HFHave fun
HHISHead hanging in shame
HOASHold on a second
HRUHow are you?
HTHHope this helps
IACIn any case
IANALI am not a lawyer
IBI'm back
IBI'm back
ICI see
ICBWIt could be worse
IDKI don't know
IDTSI don't think so
IDUNNOI don't know
IG2RI got to run
IIRCIf I remember correctly
ILBL8I'll be late
ILUI love you
ILYI love you
IMInstant message
IMHOIn my humble opinion
IMNSHOIn my not so humble opinion
IMOIn my opinion
IMSI am sorry
INALI'm not a lawyer
IOWIn other words
IRLIn real life
IRMCI rest my case
IUSSIf you say so
IYKWIMIf you know what I mean
IYOIn your opinion
IYSSIf you say so
JACJust a sec
JICJust in case
JJAJust joking around
JKJust kidding
JMOJust my opinion
JPJust playing
KISSKeep it simple, stupid
KITKeep in touch
KOCKiss on cheek
KOTCKiss on the cheek
KOTLKiss on the lips
KNIMKnow what I mean?
l33tLeet, meaning "elite"
LDLater, dude / Long distance
LERKleaving easy reach of keyboard
LMAOLaughing my a** off
LOLLaughing out loud
LTMLaugh to myself
LTNSLong time no see
LYLASLove you like a sis
MFIMad for it
MorFMale or female?
MoSMother over shoulder
MTFMore to follow
MTFBWUMay the force be with you
MUSMMiss you so much
MYOBMind your own business

...and finally...a bit of "text speak" I just made up:



Old People are just young people who have been living a long time.

N1Nice one
NBDNo big deal
NFMNone for me / Not for me
NIMBYNot in my back yard
NLTNo later than
NMNothing much / Never mind
NMHNot much here
NO1No one
NOYBNone of your business
NPNo problem
NRNNo response/reply necessary
NVMNever mind
NWNo way
NW)No way out
OICOh, I see
OMGOh my God
OMWOn my way
OOOver and out
OOHOut of here
OOTDOne of these days
OPOn phone
OTBOff to bed
OTLOut to lunch
OTOHOn the other hand
OTTOver the top
OTTOMHOff the top of my head
OTWOff to work
PCMPlease call me
PDQPretty darn quick
PLMKPlease let me know
PMPrivate Message
PMFIPardon me for interrupting
PMFJIPardon me for jumping in
POAHFPut on a happy face
POSParent over shoulder
PRWPeople/parents are watching
PTLPraise the Lord
PTMMPlease tell me more
PXTPlease explain that
PUThat stinks!
RLReal life
RPRole play
RMERolling my eyes
ROFLRolling on floor laughing
ROTFLRolling on the floor laughing
ROTFLUTSRolling on the floor laughing unable to speak
RSNReal soon now
RTFMRead the f***ing manual
RUOKAre you okay?
SALSuch a laugh
SCStay cool
SETESmiling Ear-to-Ear
SICNRSorry, I could not resist
SIG2RSorry, I got to run
SISSnickering in silence
SITStay in touch
SLAPSounds like a plan
SMHIDScratching my head in disbelief
SNAFUSituation normal all fouled up
SOSignificant other
SOLSooner or later
SOMYSick of me yet?
SOTMGShort of time, must go
SPSTSame place, same time
SSSo sorry
SSDDSame stuff, different day
SSINFSo stupid it's not funny
STWSearch the Web
SUITMSee you in the morning
SULSee you later
SUPWhat's up?
SYLSee you later
T+Think positive
TAThanks a lot
TAFNThat's all for now
TAMTomorrow a.m.
TBCTo be continued
TBDTo be determined
TBHTo be honest
TCTake care
TGIFThank God it's Friday
TIAThanks in advance
TIADTomorrow is another day
TLK2UL8RTalk to you later
TMBText me back
TMIToo much information
TMOTTrust me on this
TMWFITake my word for it
TNSTAAFLThere's no such thing as a free lunch
TPMTomorrow p.m.
TPTBThe powers that be
TSTBThe sooner, the better
TTFNTa ta for now
TTTTThese things take time
TTYLTalk to you later
TTYSTalk to you soon
TUThank you
TYThank you
TYTTake your time
TYVMThank you very much
UCMUYou crack me up
UGTBKYou've got to be kidding
UKTRYou know that's right
URYour / You're
UVUnpleasant visual
UWYou're welcome
VEGVery evil grin
VFMValue for money
VGCVery good condition
VIPVery important person
VMVoice mail
VSFVery sad face
WAMWait a minute
WAN2TLKWant to talk
WAYFWhere are you from?
W/BWrite back
WBWelcome back
WCWho cares
WCAWho cares anyway
WIBNIWouldn't it be nice if
WDALYICWho died and left you in charge
WDYKWhat do you know
WIIFMWhat's in it for me?
WISPWinning is so pleasurable
WITWWhat in the world
WIUWrap it up
WRTWith regard to
WOMBATWaste of money, brains and time
WRUDWhat are you doing?
WTBWanted to buy
WTFWhat the f**k
WTGWay to go
WTHWhat the heck? or What the hell?
WU?What's up?
WUCIWUGWhat you see is what you get
WUF?Where you from?
WWJDWhat would Jesus do?
WWYCWrite when you can
WYLEIWhen you least expect it
WYSIWYGWhat you see is what you get
YBSYou'll be sorry
YCMUYou crack me up
YGBKMYou've got to be kidding me
YKWYCDYou know what you can do
YMMVYour mileage may vary
YRYeah right
YRYOCCYou're running your own cookoo clock
YSYDYeah sure you do
YWYou're welcome
ZZZZSleeping (or bored)

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Merry Christmas Everyone!

You know you're getting Old if... 

--At the breakfast table you hear snap, crackle, pop and you're not eating cereal.
--Your address book has mostly names that start with Dr. 

--You tell your kids their history book is wrong. You should know. You were there. 

--Getting "lucky" means you found your car in the parking lot. 

--It takes two tries to get up from the couch. 

--It takes twice as long - to look half as good. 

--You give up all your bad habits and still don't feel good. 

--You have too much room in the house and not enough room in the medicine cabinet. 

--When happy hour is a nap. 

-From the internet.

Friday, December 18, 2015

Boffo Performance


Possibly the best Community Choir in Virginia, the Wytheville musicians continued thrilling audiences Tuesday evening at their annual Christmas Concert.

One of the reviews of the event stated that:

"I am still glowing from such a wonderful concert. I've never had goosebumps pull on my arms like they did on Glory, Glory.  It was a night to remember!"

Look closely at the photo above and you will see CHS 54's own Don Nance.

Congratulations to Don and the entire Wytheville Community 


Thursday, December 17, 2015

Blue Screen of Death

Blue Screen of Death
That's perhaps the most unwelcome "message" that those of us who have come to depend so much on our computers ever want to see.

But, it happens to us all sooner or later.

My turn came last week.  

Without going into detail, and admitting my own temporary (I hope) lack of, make that stupidity... or, at best, lapse of caution....was  responsible. 

However, in my defense, it was the "Perfect Storm."


In my case, I happened to be working with my Internet provider, VERIZON, trying to solve a previous "problem."  (I pay extra for technical help when needed by allowing their tech "geeks" to access my computer, and they work on the problem remotely.,)  I've had to ask for help a number of  times recently.)

And, on the specific "Day of Infamy"..I had been working with them not more than an hour before...when I got the Blue Screen of Death....with the message to call my provider immediately to solve the problem.

Without bothering to search for my friendly Geek's phone number..the Blue Screen  (conveniently) had their number (or what I assumed was Verizon's number) on the screen......which I called.


By the time I realized I had NOT connected with my one of my friendly Geeks, but the SCAM DEVIL himself, was too late. 

My computer was TOAST! 


Not sure what new desktop computers cost these days, but I'm about to find out.


(This post was written on my old woodburning computer purchased, I believe from Toys are Us....back when the Internet was called, Arpanet....or maybe it was called "The Worldwide Web,"..whatever....)

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Sylvia Reese Plyler Passes

We were very sad to learn that our classmate, Sylvia Reese Plyler recently passed away.

This is her obiturary that appeared in the Charlotte Observer

Sylvia Plyler


Sylvia Reese Plyler CHARLOTTE - Sylvia Reese Plyler, age 79, of Charlotte, went to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ earlyMonday morning, December 7, 2015. Mrs. Plyler was born in Greenville, SC, June 13, 1936. She was the baby of eight children of the late James Talmadge Reese and Lona Daniel Reese. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband Douglas Walter Plyler, who passed away August 22, 2015. Also preceding her were her precious brothers and sisters, Grace Bridges, Margaret Penland, Helen Case, Cecile Helms, Doris Bess, Jimmy Reese and L. C. Reese, whom she loved dearly. Sylvia met the love of her life on a blind date, and they were married 57 years on March 1, 2015. She graduated from "Old Central High School" now known as Central Piedmont Community College. Sylvia started work at Met Life straight out of high school as a temporary secretary for summer vacations; they liked her so much they made a position for her. She excelled in all she did for the company and retired as the Branch Manager after 42 years. Sylvia loved her Lord, and strived to be with Him one day. She was a selfless person always putting others before herself. She was a member of Durham Memorial Baptist Church for 37 years. She was a member of the Joy Sunday School Class. She served her church in numerous ways over the years and always enjoyed it. She was a true and gracious giver. Surviving to cherish her memory and love is her daughter Rhonda (Jimmy) Keistler of Belmont, NC; two granddaughters, Jaime (Charles) McSwain of Gastonia, NC and Casey (Alex) Morris of Gastonia, NC and her great-granddaughter Addison (Addie) Reese McSwain. Also surviving are sisters-in-law, Frances Plyler of Charlotte and Audrey Plyler of San Antonio, TX and numerous nieces and nephews. Visitation will be Wednesday, December 9th, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Forest Lawn West Funeral and Cremation Service. Services will be held in the Paul Helton Chapel on Thursday, December 10th, at 11:00 a.m. with Rev. Gene Boatwright officiating. Interment will be in Forest Lawn West Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Durham Memorial Baptist Church, 1601 Toddville Road, Charlotte, NC 28214 or to Hospice & Palliative Care Charlotte Region, 1420 East Seventh Street, Charlotte, NC 28204. Condolences may be made to Sylvia's family through
Published in Charlotte Observer on Dec. 8, 2015

Wednesday, December 02, 2015


Yep..Time flies...when you having fun.  And if you are not having your share of fun these bleak early December days, then you need a dose of "LDL." the next best thing to come along since Hadacol!

Tell 'em about it Jerry:

This month's "LDL" (Let's do lunch) will be held on
Tuesday, December 8, 2015, 11:30 AM
at "Jimmies" Restaurant in Mint Hill.
We'd like to see you.  Help us spread the word! Invite other classmates to come! Even better, bring someone with you! Just be sure YOU, come!

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Wilson Snell

Wilson Snell 1958
With sadness we learn of anoher of our classmates passing.  Wilson Snell passed away Wednesday, November 18th at Sentara RMH Medical Center in Harrisonburg, VA.

Wilson Snell May 7, 1936 - November 18, 2015

Wilson M. Snell, 79, of Harrisonburg, passed away Wednesday, November 18, 2015 at Sentara RMH Medical Center.
Wilson was born in Charlotte, NC, on May 7, 1936, and was a son of the late Maude (Propst) and Wilson Cates Snell.
He retired from Dunham Bush in 2002 where he worked as a sales manager. He was a graduate of Belmont Abby College and had served in the National Guard during Vietnam.

On September 5, 1981, he was united in marriage to Pamela E. (Riefe) Snell, who survives.
Wilson is also survived by two daughters, Virginia Page Barth, Journie Cifelli and husband Rob; a son, Gordon Snell; three grandchildren, Jonathan Morgan Barth, Christopher and Anna Cates Cifelli.
A memorial service will be conducted 2PM Saturday, November 21, 2015 at Johnson Funeral Service in Bridgewater, with Pastor Tom Holden officiating. The family will receive friends following the service at the family home.

In lieu of flowers please donate to a charity of choice.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at

Condolences may be made to his widow:
Mrs. Pamela Snell
1371 South Dogwood Dr.
Harrisonburg, VA 22801

By Ed Myers

Wilson's Boyhood Home
"get off and on" point for hobos visiting Charlotte because the trains regularly stopped there for whatever reason. It was a great spot for little boys to get a close up look at trains.

I use that word, "Study" very loosely. I've written here before how we "studied."  We spent all afternoon one day trying to discover the meaning of  "reasonable facsimile," so we could make a couple of a Ralston Cereal Box Tops to send in for a TOM MIX decoder ring. It took the entire afternoon, but I guess we finally made one or two, because a few weeks later we received the rings.

We both agreed to tally that up to 3 hours of "study." 

Wilson was always to first to be picked for our sandlot football games because he was the biggest kid in our neighborhood.  He was also chosen as our gang's boxing champion. I think he won most of his matches, but he would have won them all if we had been able to ever get him "mad" at his opponent.

But he never did.  I don't remember his ever "getting mad" at anyone.

By the time we got to Central, most of "our gang" had caught up, size wise, with Wilson so you probably don't remember him as being particularly "big."

But those of us who knew him well also knew of his "big heart."

Rest in Peace, Wilson.


Sunday, November 22, 2015

The Freedom Breakfast

By Obie Oakley

At the 20th annual Carolinas Freedom Foundation’s Freedom Breakfast, the
organization paid special tribute to the veterans of the Vietnam Era.  In partnership with
the Department of Defense, a ceremony was conducted over the Veterans Day weekend to present 50th Vietnam Anniversary Commemorative lapel pins to
those who served in
the military on active duty during that decade and to receive a heartfelt “Thank You”
from a grateful Nation.

The event was attended by over 500 community leaders and
elected officials from the Charlotte Area including NC Governor Pat McCrory.

Obie Oakley
The DoD realized that these men and women were never accorded the proper respect for their service to the Nation.  In fact, they were reviled and sometimes ridiculed but certainly never received the welcome home they so richly deserved.  To help make amends for this lack of sensitivity, a program was established to form partnerships throughout the country to extend this long overdue recognition.

As the Executive Director, Osborne (Obie) Oakley called to all in audience to all
who served in the military between 1955 and 1975 to come up to be recognized.  To the
amazement of everyone, over 70 veterans walked forward and filled not only the area in
front of the stage but the stage itself.  Foundation board members walked among those assembled to make individual presentations.

Oakley then extended on behalf of a grateful Nation its sincere
Gov. McCrory and Obie
Thank You.

Needless to say, it was an emotional moment that came 50 years later than it should


And a big salute from CHS54 goes out to Obie for all the work he does for our men in uniform!
Obie said that the Freedom Breakfast was not the only event in a very emotonal morning.....

"... we also honored an 8 year old kid from Ohio who found $20 in a Cracker Barrel parking lot and gave it away to a man in uniform to help other Gold Star kids.  The story went viral (Steve Hartman CBS on the road) and resulted in the collecting of over $250,000.  We also honored the local chapter of Purple Heart veterans.. Downside of the weekend...had to cancel the Salute to Veterans Parade.  Very heavy rains.  Too bad for we always have around 2,000 marchers participating."