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Happy New Year
Tuesday, January 1 2002

Happy New Year

Can it be 2002 already? More to the point, do I have to go back to work already tomorrow? This is the first Christmas vacation of more than a long weekend in length since I was in high school, and I remember the period from December 21 through January 1 as a l-o-n-g time. How could that have changed?

This year's "Christmas vacation" was an unpaid one, declared by the company that I'm contracting with as an economizing move, but I'm grateful for it and I hope I'll have the courage to try declaring some "personal time off" at my own expense the next Christmas week that I'm in a job with a company that's working between Christmas and New Year's. I noticed last year—I mean 2000—I worked those days but observed that the freeways were showing strong evidence that a large segment of the population does take the week off.

Though I got almost nothing done in the 10-day vacation, as of December 31 I was caught up here, again, with items sent to the Home Page...things like letters to the Forum, additions and corrections to High School Class pages, and the "Looking for..." page. So, if you sent anything (prior to 4 p.m. on December 31 2001) that you don't find on the website, it may have been lost in the mail or in my files...please bear with us and try, try again.

2002 Calendar I had hoped to have the 2002 Blacklick Valley Calendar ready to introduce today; but it's one of the many things I didn't get to finish on the break. I'm working on it and it will be announced as soon as it's online. Like last year's, it will be in a printable, downloadable format that you can easily print in color or black and white, and use all year with photos of local sites and reminders of the Home Page. This year, unlike last, I'm planning to at least "sign" each page with the title and address of the Home Page.

Best wishes to one and all for a blessed and happy, prosperous, New Year 2002!

Webmaster Jon Kennedy

New Year's toast

A bartender asks a guy sitting at the bar, "What'll you have?"

"A scotch, please." The guy replied.

The bartender gives him the drink and says, "That's five dollars."

"What are you talking about?" the man replies. "I don't owe you anything for this."

The fellow sitting next to him at the bar was a lawyer, who decided to get into the discussion. "You know," he tells the bartender, "he's got you there. In the original offer, constituting a binding contract upon acceptance, there was no stipulation of payment."

The irritated bartender says to the first guy, "Fine. You beat me for a drink. But I don't ever want to see you in here again."

The following day, the very same guy comes back into the bar. The bartender says, "What the heck are you doing in here? I told you not to come back!" The guy replies, "What are you talking about? I've never been in this place before in my life!"

The bartender looks confused. "I'm sorry then, but this is really weird. You must have a double." The man immediately replies, "Thank you very much! Make it a scotch."

—Sent by Mike Harrison

Thought for the day

Between heaven and hell is only this life, which is the most fragile thing in the world.

—Blaise Pascal

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