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Comment by MarilynLou Fraser on April 14, 2012 at 4:07pm

I remember The Grand National from Elizabeth Taylor's first movie - National Velvet.

Comment by alexander Mollison on April 14, 2012 at 4:04pm

 two were killed.


Comment by MarilynLou Fraser on April 14, 2012 at 3:55pm

Took the bus to CTC on Main St., again in a roundabout way. The buses never seem to go where I want to go! Ended up on the wrong st. and had to take a Delaware bus back to where I wanted to get off and then walk two blocks. Coming home, learned (the hard way) the King 1 bus only goes as far as J.Square,

Okay, get out there and did some shopping for food at the Market - namely some British meat pie for supper and a couple of nice looking tomatoes. Also got a small sole fillet and some smelts for quick cooking. I'll have the pie tonight. Too tired from trekking around to make a supper. His meat pies are good.

I did get the 2 lb. dumbells at CTC. I phoned first before making the trek. Glad the weather was warm, if a bit overcast. Figure I got my workout just getting the dumbells!

Comment by MarilynLou Fraser on April 14, 2012 at 10:51am

Working in the gym is getting harder! Seems every day Opal, the therapist, increases the weights. I always try to do one or two more than she says; but the pulleys are getting to be REALLY hard work and my poor right arm is hurting from it. Have to limber it up with lighter exercises home here today and tomorrow. Gotta be ready for Monday!

Plan on going to CTC for some 2 lb. dumbells. Sport store in J.Square doesn't have them... only 5 lb.!

Comment by MarilynLou Fraser on April 14, 2012 at 10:41am

Gary - Spectator Letters:

Beware the Internet - it's a menace, by Ian Alexander

I do not know anyone whose life has improved noticeably due to the Internet. Presumably, social media improved Donna Marie Antoniadis' life because she makes money from it. She's an expert; she's a salesperson. Experts have objectivity. If you predicted in 1945 that in the near future people would voluntarily log their personal information onto a worldwide tracking system so corporations, strangers (and perhaps police) could "follow" their every move, you would be called mad.

April 7/12

My response:

I am 80 and the Internet is invaluable to me

I would like to say to the letter writer that my life has improved due to the Internet.

I am 80 years old and new to Hamilton so don't know many people here yet. My family is scattered across North America - a daughter in Newfoundland, one in B.C., and one in Nevada. My sister is in Florida and brother is in New Brunswick. The Internet with email is invaluable for communicating with them, as well as the friends I left behind when moving to Hamilton.

I can read my daughter's blog from Newfoundland and know how her family is doing. Before the Internet this would not have been possible.

I am not so foolish as to put my personal information such as address and phone number on any Internet site.

Yes, the Internet has proved invaluable to me and improved my life with communication.

April 10/12

Comment by barbara craven on April 14, 2012 at 6:10am

Actually we were finished with what we wanted to do by noon, so we escaped down through Queen Street, stopping fr our usual sushi and then taking Kingston Road for a while and then up north.  The one thing about living where we do is that you can take any road west and south coming down and any road east and north going home.. We didn't travel the 401 at all.  A few years back I decided to see how many doifferent ways I could go to get home.  and I haven't traveled on all of them yet. .

Comment by barbara craven on April 14, 2012 at 6:05am

I've never heard the virus theory Gary.  I know it's hereditary.  Also the best way to avoid it is to keep using your brain as much as possible..  Sometimes it's hard to distinguish between that and other forms of senility. because both change the personality and one of the first symptoms is loss of short term memory.. 

Comment by barbara craven on April 13, 2012 at 9:52pm

My mother had TIAs and was diagnosed with  Alzheimers when she was my age, but she finally died from a brain tumour. My late husband had it for 10 years before he finally died from lung cancer.  That's probably why I like to live life to the fullest now.  Especially after having that pulmonary embolism in January.

 Which is all leading up to saying, yes, Alexander, Annette and I had a ball today.  In fact we just got home.

Comment by MarilynLou Fraser on April 13, 2012 at 8:00pm

With my aunt, my mother's sister, she was the only one that I know of with Alzheimers in my family.

I think a lot of her problem was being very much alone after my uncle died. She lived in a posh condo in Ottawa and very few dropped in to see her or communicate with her. I wish I could have gone and lived with her.

Someone in the condo told the postman she had died! So he quit delivering her mail! Damned fool. When I visited her I confronted him as to why she wasn't getting any mail, important letters from her bank, etc. He said he'd been told she'd died.

I wrote to the postoffice head at the time and with apologies they said they would retrain the man and other carriers.

Comment by MarilynLou Fraser on April 13, 2012 at 7:56pm

My D-I-L plans on doing a lot of research on the Internet and contacting the Alzheimer's society. She hopes to find a group they can join. She is very good at this type of thing.


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