'Cu' Primo Trano'
by Albert 1

# 1. 10/19/15 6:32 AM by little john - mount morris
thumbsup.gif I enjoyed the column. The sweet nostalgia of our parents and grandparents is the treasure of memories they have left us, U.S.

After having lost my health both physical and mental back in 2002, I would talk to myself and instead of saying,

"Well, you've always got your health..."

I'd say to myself,

"Well, I've always got my memories, that I treasure more than material things...""

Butt then I lost my mind, figuratively, and partially literally, and I couldn't remember a DAMNED thing, except a few golden memories of my youth and the elders that had mentored me, when I was too stupid to listen to their wisdom...

And then I would recite the Lord's Prayer to myself.

Sometimes that was all I could remember as I walked aimlessly searching for the beautiful mind I had lost, with all those personalities locked down in "compartmentalization" of self defense on traumas too painful too remember...

Now some 13 years later, I can honestly say I have found half the brain I once had, and thank G.O.D. that I have half a mind, to do better things with the rest of my life, however long that may be...

God Bless You and your Grandmother too...

The last train to Clarksville, may be just a train of thought derailed for a time, and then slowly re-tracked, and moving on to the next day...

Editor's Note: One of the greatest natural gifts I can be thankful for is a memory capable of reaching back to when I was about four years old.

Memories of the detailed life I experienced before during and after World War Two I have discovered part of a rare gift of near photographic recall.

Something tells me John that you will recover to a similar level of recall.'

# 2. 10/19/15 7:21 AM by little john - mount morris
thumbsup.gif Thank you for the kind response...

Had a fatiguing day yesterday...7 hours without horizontal decompression...(lying down in the afternoon makes me better?)

I did come up with a new neologism though...

"I am so far behind on the learning curve, it looks like my flat line EKG with an occasional blip peak and then a valley after that..."

"When you are below the line, flat line is good?"

Editor's Note: Your visual concept of such a graph lacks the perspective that uses a very different system of parameters.

You need to first be able to see the entire picture from a displaced perspective (non egocentric)

The added dimension of the area below 'flat line' may infer something you will eventually get a different read on.


# 3. 10/19/15 11:16 AM by Tom Dey - Springwater, NY
All four of my Ukrainian grandparents emigrated when things were going bad "Over There" --- landing Over here as immigrants. They learned our language and culture but retained some ethnic traditions for the holidays. And I MOST remember how HARD they worked with no complaints - only gratitude for the opportunity and (healthy) patriotism. They were always suspicious of politicians ... that also a healthy perspective born of experience, having seen just how BAD things can get when Absolute Power goose-steps into the village. That CAN happen here and it is only The People who can keep the tendency at bay! Tom

Editor's Note: My grandparents in Livonia were legally enemy alians who had to register and carry i.d.

They had five stars in their window standing for the two daughters and three sons who served in the various American military branches, all of which returned unharmed after WWII.

The hard work was cultural.

My father visited me once at AT&T in Rochester and couldn't believe so many guys were sitting around doing nothing while getting paid for it.

# 4. 10/19/15 2:59 PM by 104
Being an immigrant "With-Out-Papers" is not he same as today's "illegals". Donald Trump is right about 9/11 and "porous borders". We want the winners and not the losers like those that executed 9/11. Where George W. Bush came into play in encouraging 9/11 is rightfully questionable. But he had plenty of time to mitigate 9/11 type actions. And they knew that the World Trade Center was a target from previous experience. George H.W. Bush is an architect of China trade and the devastation to American jobs. And both the Cheneys at Halliburton and the Saudis, especially the Bin Ladins were their allies in perpetrating the fraud of high oil and gas prices on all Americans and on the American economy... And the death, destruction, and human loss that was the purported result of the actions in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya et al...

Editor's Note: All true but you missed Bill Clinton's role in worsening the trade imbalance with NAFTA>

# 5. 10/19/15 3:03 PM by 104
"Eh, Siciliano! Yummy, yummy, yummy!"

Editor's Note: MMMM!

# 6. 10/19/15 3:35 PM by Tom Dey - Springwater, NY
Heh! Yes indeed. I remember watching my Grandfather at work as a butcher for the Katz brothers. All these guys swinging knives at the chopping tables, white aprons drenched in blood, band saw naked ripping thru bone, saw dust on the wooden floors - Amazing! And they were uniformly working Fast and Hard! We'd go up front and Mr. Katz would always give the kids a slice of sausage and a smile. The Union or quasi-union shops were different ... carefully-paced not too fast not too slow (else your union buddies would take you aside and read you the Riot Act). Kodak was like that - even though not Union, they enjoyed the same benefits because Geo. Eastman was wise enough to realize happy workers would keep the unions out! And (back then) Kodak was doing So well that he could afford to pamper the employees ... I think some took advantage of him! Tom

Editor's Note: Iv'e heard conflicting opinions on Kodak's non-union advantages.

my wife today has no further widow's benefit's from it where my contracted benefits with the Bell System will last a lifetime.

My own opinions about Unions are a little different as I realize that any large entity develops a consciousness of it's own that has an agenda which often changes from that of it;s creators.

I Am still glad I went that way considering my lifetime contractual benefits.

# 7. 10/19/15 3:57 PM by 104
My grandparents came from the part of Poland that was near Ukrainea. And from the part of Ukraine that was near Poland. But more correctly the part of Poland that was once part of Germany. And when I checked geneology, turns out that my German friends are really Polish. And I have roots that are strongly German. I may sound confused, but my grandmother who was Polish raised me when I was little, and I helped her make homemade kluski, kapusta, pierogie, kielbasa and golumbki. And I do speak fluently my own dialect of Polkaranian. Or maybe Ukarish. And I did once have a couple of tiny dogs called Pomeranians. Which came from the Polish part of Germany known as Pomerania. Or maybe it was the German part of Poland?

Editor's Note: i Am quite familiar with Rochester's Ukeranian culture having attend many weddings and parties in the 40's and 50's.

Love the food.

Also have a special place in my heart for small dogs.

# 8. 10/19/15 5:34 PM by Tom Dey - Springwater, NY
Indeed the Rise and Fall of the Kodak Empire! When I left EK, I consciously decided to lump-sum cash-out, even though it would be less than promised retirement benefits. The handwriting was on the wall by then so the choice was easy - even though many of my friends banked on Kodak's continued health. I just wanted to have no reliance whatsoever on my former employer's health throughout my retirement. I of course rolled it all over into a self-directed IRA (allowed at my age then) and that worked out well. The retirees got badly shafted vs what had been promised ... but in the very fine print included in the separation papers were [the benefits pay-out to retirees will be determined annually at the discretion of the board of directors]. I vividly recall reading those words over and over again ... and deciding "lump-sum." So understandably, and Legally!, the retirees were always at the mercy of the board. Of course EK quite Literally ran out of $$$ - pathetically! Nothing nefarious on the part of management - the cup-Board was Bare - sigh... Tom

Editor's Note: It is sad that EK could have cornered the digital electronic market with some quality products instead of that half hearted rebranding of what it attempted. I guess those who thought film would last forever swung too much power. My own experience with Kodak quality led me to believe they never took it seriously.

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