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Wednesday, January 19, 2000
A "classic" Jonal entry

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Minor changes were added yesterday on the Nanty Glo High School Class pages for 1948 and 1956.

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And now a "classic" Jonal entry:

It's been a time of transition in my life (and probably for all of us). December 30 was my last day of work in Los Angeles, working on the city's Y2K programs, after 15 months in Southern California, and was guest of honor at a company dinner that night in Marina del Rey, a life-class event. Next day, New Year's eve, I loaded my car with everything accumulated at my LA apartment and drove back to the San Francisco Bay Area (San Jose, specifically) to spend New Years and face the rest of my life.

No need to elaborate how what a non-event Y2K problems were on "the rollover," as we called it in the industry. There were lights out because of Y2K-related failures, nowhere, so far as I heard, not even in Moscow or for that matter even Beijing. No airport had any problems with aircrafts landing because of Y2K problems. There were a few minor problems--specifically the computer system at a video store in upstate New York charging a hundred years of late charges being Exhibit One--but no utilities, water supplies or other failures occured that inconvenienced, much less being disastrous to, the masses.

Wish we could take some credit, and we're sure our effort was part of the solution, but can't be sure the LA water and power and waste disposal depended absolutely on our efforts. And my personal part in that was a tiny percentage of the effort, of course.

I expected a heavy fall into depression after the rollover, regardless of the outcome of Y2K efforts, because of the change of milieus from paradisical Southern California to ho-hum Santa Clara Valley (San Jose and suburbs). I'd probably be idle for weeks to months until I got my act together, got my resume updated, and peddled it until I got another job offer.

None of these have materialized. I've been relieved to back in the bosom of my family (despite its dispersion), found a warm welcome back to my club (a tennis/swim/health/fitness club) that I visit virtually daily when in San Jose). And best of all, I got a job offer before the end of my week back home! I got a call from a recruiter on Tuesday, January 4, went to an interview set up by him on Thursday, January 6, got an offer on Friday (one week the day from my return from SoCal), and began working on Monday, January 17.

To be the icing on the cake, as they used to say in Blacklick Valley, the job is at a company I'd wished to work at for a long period when I used to drive to my previous job...it's one of the easiest commutes in the area, from where I live. The job title is technical writer, but it includes lots of web page work, which I prefer these days. After three days on the job, I'm elated.

I wanted to update you about what I've been doing, as I'd reported about my Los Angeles sojourn from October 1998 to now.

One resolution for 2000 is to get our more of these "classic" Jonal entries, so I hope you'll be hearing from me soon, and often.

—jon


Tuesday, January 11 2000
"Three Bells" chosen first theme for 2000

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As you've noticed if you've visited to the Home Page front page, I've placed "Three Bells" online as the first theme song for the new year. I'd looked for more than an hour to find "Dear Hearts and Gentle People," which was nominated by Wanda, but couldn't find it (in musical file form). Neither have I found anyone on our list who can create music for the computer, though that search continues (as in, any volunteers?). I plan to add other valley songs, "In Down the Valley" and "Red River Valley," if I can find them, when we've had enough of the Three Bells.

Below are the lyrics, for those of you who aren't familiar of this 1959 hit, on both pop and country charts by the Browns (whom I saw on a gospel music show on TV around New Year, incidentally). I think most of you will agree that this seems appropriate for Nanty Glo or, for that matter, Vintondale or Twin Rocks (but not Belsano, as it isn't in a valley so much as on the side of a slope).

There's a village hidden deep in the valley
Among the pine trees half forlorn
And there on a sunny morning
Little Jimmy Brown was born

All the chapel bells were ringing
In the little valley town
And the songs that they were singing
Were for baby Jimmy Brown
Then the little congregation
Prayed for guidance from above
Lead us not into temptation,
Bless this hour of meditation
Guide him with eternal love

There's a village hidden deep in the valley
Beneath the mountains high above
And there, twenty years thereafter
Jimmy was to meet his love

All the chapel bells were ringing,
Was a great day in his life
Cause the songs that they were singing
Were for Jimmy and his wife
Then the little congregation
Prayed for guidance from above
Lead us not into temptation,
Bless oh Lord this celebration
May their lives be filled with love

From the village hidden deep in the valley
One rainy morning dark and gray
A soul winged its way to heaven
Jimmy Brown had passed away

Just a lonely bell was ringing
In the little valley town
Twas farewell that it was singing
To our good old Jimmy Brown
And the little congregation
Prayed for guidance from above
Lead us not into temptation,
May his soul find the salvation
Of thy great eternal love"

—jon


Thursday, January 6 2000
Help us choose theme music

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Today being the feast of Theophany (aka Epiphany), we move beyond the Christmas or Nativity and its music and decorations on the Home Page. (We'll probably drop the final "Happy New Years" around January 20.)

Last year after the Christmas music we turned to a former hit by the Backstreet Boys, in honor of the fact that three of the five members of the group were your webmasters' neighbors at the same apartment complex in the edge of Hollywood. But that's last year's news...now I'm back in San Jose...but am not quite ready for "Can You Find the Way for San Jose." After all, it's the Nanty Glo Home Page, not the San Jose page. I refuse to use "Sixteen Tons," as it's one of those songs I've heard, like all the songs by the Beatles', so much I hope to never ever hear it again.... I've tried to find a version of "Working At the Coal Mines" in Internet compatible format, but can't find one.

So let's a contest of it. The prize will be the honor and awe of your peers on this forum, and maybe someone, someday, will even give you a dinner in your honor. Here's all you have to do to "play." Suggest a song for our theme, and give a reason why you think it would be a good one. It doesn't have to be very pertinent...it could be as esoteric as, "it was my prom theme in 1975," or, "I heard it the first time while driving up Pergrim Hill." Your story doesn't even have to be true; I won't check. The judge's decision will be final...at least until we pick another song. And one qualifier: it has to be one I can find on the Internet in a form we can access for the page (but you don't have to research that; send your suggestions and let me to worry about that). So get into it...what do you think?

—jon


Wednesday, December 29 1999
New links to regional, world news sources

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Today I made some improvements in the Home Page's news links. A new page of news links has been added, with local sources and world media.

There's a "button" on the front page, "News," on the right side of the line that has linked you to the Blacklick Township Sesquicentennial, and the High School Class Pages. Check it out and let me know suggestions for improvement for the service, as always.

—jon


Saturday, December 11 1999
Christmas gift: TV listings

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Speaking of Christmas memories...I'm sure I could dredge up a memory or maybe even two of giving gifts to others that will benefit me. Maybe not the obvious little boy giving a toy truck to his Mom...but leaning in that direction.

So right on I'll confess: I admit my Christmas gift for you is one that benefits me. The "gift" is a link right on the top of the Home Page—a link to a national listing TV schedule. Just click the blue cube with the red TV imprint that's located on the right side of the Home Page Logo, between the Guestbook and the mailbox.

In the obvious sense, I'll find it convenient for me to finding out what's on, especially since I have suspended reading newspapers a couple of years ago. But the bigger benefit is—to extent that it's possible in this avocation—is that it's I'm hoping this will enhance the page's value for you as the place you look for whatever you need from the worldwide web. Already there have been interactive links to the best search engine, Alta Vista, and the premiere American dictionary, Merriam-Webster's, just below the photos here on the Home Page, and there are also many other links locally and worldwide through your Home Page. Now, your major entertainment source, television, is enhanced through the Home Page. I hope you'll find it useful, often.

—jon


Saturday, November 27 1999
Share your Christmas memories with Blacklick Valleyans

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What memories come back to you about Christmases in Blacklick Valley? Is there one treat day at school or at the movies, one pageant at church, or one visit from relatives or unexpected company that stands out in your memory? Or maybe it was a holiday dance when you were a teenager, or a Christmas date? Let's help everyone else remember by recalling our best, or perhaps even worst, Christmases in Nanty Glo and the surrounding area. Maybe the memories are of a special shopping experience (trips to Johnstown, Indiana, or elsewhere are also fair game), a visit with Santa, a pop music song, or something seasonal that happened at work? Maybe there's a special gift you received, or gave, that stands out, or even a card or Christmas letter.

If you'd like more "pump priming," check out your webmaster's memories essay from last Christmas. This isn't a competition, but a conversation. Your recollections can be 25 words or less, or several hundred words or more. The memories don't have to be from your childhood or long ago; something that happened last Christmas or even earlier this season can be worth sharing.

Write your memories in an email and send them to webmaster.

—jon


Saturday, October 30 1999
Britrail journey in England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales,
with Nantyglo, Wales, as the central destination

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The entire journal of my recent UK and Ireland vacation, traveling with my brother Tom, is now online, with some concluding thoughts about the option of touring those countries by rail and other observations appended to the last entry.

The table below links to the entire journal. You might also like to start from the home page of our tourism department, by clicking this link.

—jon


Wednesday, September 29 1999

Off to the 'real Nantyglo'

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While waiting for my ride to the airport I managed to put up the latest letter from Nanty Glo native Frank Charney, reminiscences of the Detroit Tigers in 1951 and before.

That will probably be the last change for several weeks, as I'm off to the United Kingdom, taking in highlights of England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland between now and October 12. The main highlight for me will be a planned visit to Nantyglo, Wales, which I haven't seen before, and which shares space with our own Nanty Glo here on the Home Page. (See the link at the left side of this page.)

I will try to write at least a couple of times from Internet cafes, but those letters will go only to members of our eforum list; you'll have to sign up to get them (see directions above; there is no charge).

—jon


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Jon Kennedy, ye olde webmaster

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