Alumni Sandstorm ~ 08/19/17
5 Bombers sent stuff and memorial INFO today: 
Mike CLOWES ('54), Floyd MELTON ('57)
Jim ARMSTRONG ('63), Dennis HAMMER ('64)
Shirley COLLINGS ('66)
BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Marci REW ('68)

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>>From: Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54)

Regardless of their almost "Greyhound" driver uniforms (the
air corps is closer), the Coast Guard does a fine job along
the Oregon and Washington coasts. Just as long as those in
charge realize that the stations and helicopters are really
needed here and not being transferred to some fool errand.

Not the point, of this missive, however. There is another of
the younger Bomber Babes on recent acquaintance. Funny how it
is, that they keep popping up. At any rate this one is
deserving of our attention.

A tip of the ol' propeller beanie and a "Happy Birthday!" goes
to Lois WEYERTS ('56). Soon she will be of age to legally
enter adult watering holes. I just hope Larry ('56), her
current husband, doesn't take her to some seedy dive in

-Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) ~ Mount Angel, OR where 
    the eclipse is almost upon us and local gas stations 
    are running low on gas.
>>From: Floyd MELTON ('57)

Re: A little levity

You may not want to post this but I thought a little smiling 
wouldn't hurt the Sandstorm.

   "A different perspective?

   I changed my car horn to gunshot sounds. People get out
   of the way much faster now. Gone are the days when
   girls used to cook like their mothers. Now they drink
   like their fathers. You know that tingly little feeling
   you get when you really like someone? That's common
   sense leaving your body. I didn't make it to the gym
   today. That makes five years in a row. I decided to
   stop calling the bathroom the "John" and renamed it the
   "Jim". I feel so much better saying I went to the Jim
   this morning.

   Old age is coming at a really bad time. When I was a
   child I thought "Nap Time" was a punishment. Now, as a
   grownup, it feels like a small vacation. The biggest
   lie I tell myself is... "I don't need to write that down,
   I'll remember it." I don't have gray hair; I have
   "wisdom highlights." I'm just very wise. Teach your
   daughter how to shoot, because a restraining order is
   just a piece of paper. If God wanted me to touch my
   toes, He would've put them on my knees. Last year I
   joined a support group for procrastinators. We haven't
   met yet. Why do I have to press one for English when
   you're just going to transfer me to someone I can't
   understand anyway?

   Of course I talk to myself; sometimes I need expert
   advice. At my age "Getting lucky" means walking into a
   room and remembering what I came in there for. I am a
   Seenager. (Senior teenager) I have everything that I
   wanted as a teenager, only 60 years later. I don't have
   to go to school or work. I get an allowance every
   month. I have my own pad. I don't have a curfew. I have
   a driver's license and my own car. I have ID that gets
   me into bars and the whisky store. The people I hang
   around with are not scared of getting pregnant. And I
   don't have acne."

I'm sending this now because I have to go to the Jim.

-Floyd MELTON ('57)
>>From: Jim "Pitts" ARMSTRONG ('63)

Re: Lee Blvd.

Isn't Lee Blvd in Richland named after that excellent military 
engineer of the U.S.Army, Robert E. Lee?

	[It sure is! See all Richland street names

	Lee Blvd: political correctness gone awry!

	What's next? Bombers? -Maren]

-Jim ARMSTRONG ('63 - 19 not 18)
>>From: Dennis HAMMER ('64)

Re: Uniforms

I did have an "IKE" jacket of sorts when I was in probably 
6th or 7th grade. I believe my mother made it for me, it was
corduroy and had the two flapped pockets in front, button
cuffs, and a button waistband. It did not have the epaulets 
(I think that is what they are officially called, but to me 
if they don't have tassels, they are not truly an epaulet). 
If they were not included in the pattern maybe my mother left
them off; probably a good idea the way kids horse around they
may have been ripped. It was made of red material and had
seems like little blue diamonds laid out in a grid. I am
thinking now the material was more suited for a girl, but I
really liked that coat. I know I liked it because until late
1961 it is the only coat even I remember. That is when I got
the jacket I wore to the 1962 Seattle World's Fair--no--I did
not see Elvis there. I was not aware of the connection to
Eisenhower although he was President at the time. I probably
saw pictures of him wearing one, but it just did not resonate
with me until years later.
Boot camp we were issued six pair of sox, three we wore and
three we were to never wear. Those were our "inspection sox."
Home on leave after boot camp and I was not going to wear
those cheap crummy thin sox, so I got me some good sox. I
never wore, or even unrolled those inspection sox, but I kept
them and they have not been unrolled since 1968, this pair is
close at hand in my left top desk drawer. I found a few
uniform items a couple years ago, but most of my uniform stuff
went to the Sea Scouts.

Re: National Parks Sr. Pass

Got my Senior Pass a few days ago. Made two trips to McNary
Dam,,, got there just minutes too late the first time. Week
later went back and was told they did not have them contrary
to info on the internet. Was told that a lot of places were
running out, but one place he did mention was Hood Park in
Burbank, WA. If you live in Tri-City area go to the enterance
of the campground part to a little building where you pay your
fees. All I had to show was driver's license.

-Dennis HAMMER ('64) ~ Got my solar glasses and am ready to
      see my second solar eclipse. Hope I get to see the
	Northern Lights again.
[Dennis, please tell us more about your solar glasses... a 
google search for "solar Eclipse Glasses" and every one on 
Amazon is "currently not available. I found  this site and
another site - News warning  -Maren]
>>From: Shirley COLLINGS Haskins ('66)

Re: Little League World Series ~ 8/18/17 
Unfortunately Walla Walla (Northwest team) lost to Santa
Margarita, CA (West team) by a score of 0-9 on Friday. Walla
Walla will play again on Saturday at 5pm PDT on ESPN against
Sioux Falls (Midwest team).

Go, Walla Walla!!!

-Shirley COLLINGS Haskins ('66) ~ Richland  
**********************  MEMORIAL INFO  **********************
not a memorial - only INFO today

>>Todd WILSON ('84-RIP) ~ 8/23/66 - 8/9/17

 SERVICE: TOMORROW, Saturday, August 19, 2017 at 11am
   Einan's in Richland
   In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the
   Chaplaincy Hospice House in Kennewick. Two accounts for
   the children's continuing education have been established.
   US Bank - Todd Wilson Memorial Account or
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