Monday, May 27, 2013

Ron and Lar in Rehoboth Beach 2012



Coming up on another year when I treat my longtime friend Lar to a lunch and old time photo in Rehoboth Beach.  


When Lar and I met, 3rd grade 1951 - Larry is in the third row in the back, second from the left (right in front of our teacher Miss Ezrah) - I am in the third row in the back far right next to Margaret West, the tall girl with the braided hair
Larry met me in third grade after he called me out to our teacher Miss Ezrah on plagiarizing a book report from a Scrooge McDuck comic book story.  What did I know?  After class he saw me on the playground and thought I was going to poke him in the nose.  Instead I said "You have comic books to trade?"  I don't remember this incident but it sounds like me, the Opportunist.


Larry and I with our third grade teacher in 2004 - she was 98 years old and still remembered us!

  Lar made this iMovie of a video we both took last year celebrating his 70th birthday.  


Larry (far left), his date Pam and me (far right) 1959 - this was when I was at my heaviest 200 lbs

By the way, you'll notice that I'm trying to agitate Lar.  After 60 plus years, he is immune to my agitating.  I keep trying though.  


Larry and I at the Purple Parrot in Rehoboth Beach 2011


22 comments:

  1. it's a wonder larry has put up with you this long! ;-b

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    1. Anne Marie,

      Believe me, Larry is a VERY patient man to put up with me.

      Ron

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  2. As always, I enjoyed the photos and stories. I can't think of anything more rewarding than having lifelong friends with whom you can share a treasurehouse of memories. My favorite photo is the one of you, Larry, and your 98 yr. old teacher who still remembered you guys after all those years.

    I and some of my friends still keep in touch with our high school journalism teacher who, incidenally, is still teaching at the same high school. He's now nearly 80.

    Ron, one unrelated note. I am no longer on Facebook because they won't let me access my account. For some incredible reason unbeknownst to me, they still think my account is "fictitious". I've been going through shit with them for the past three days. I finally lost my temper and got really nasty with them - which might be the reason I'm blacklisted.
    I told them that Facebook is worse than the KGB. And a few other things......

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    1. Jon,

      I found out by accident that our third grade school was still alive. I was visiting a friend's mother in a care facility and he told me that Miss Ezrah also lived there. Her health and mind were find. She never married and never learned how to drive a car. The care facility was only one block from the school where she taught all those years. I was surprised she was still alive. I told my friend (who was also my classmate in the same 3rd grade class) "Miss Ezrah was OLD when we went to school and she's still alive?" Actually she was only in her early 40's but you know ten year old kids, forty is OLD. Well, we had a delightful meeting. Miss Ezra died last year at 103. Bless her heart.

      Ron

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  3. I'm sorry for being perpetually annoying (hey, it's my trademark) but I just noticed that my latest blog post didn't show up on your sidebar blogger list. The angry blog post that I wrote about Facebook was deleted several days ago.

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    1. Jon,

      I didn't change anything. I don't know why your latest blog post doesn't show on my blog roll. By the way, you're never annoying, at least to me. I like you. Not THAT way, but as a friend. You are one of my favorite bloggers.

      Ron

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  4. Ron,

    The year was 1950 that I met you in Third Grade. It was early that year. I had gone to West Whiteland for the first half of third grade and moved back to Downingtown during Christmas break of 1949, then started at East Ward in January 1950.

    Lar

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    1. Lar,

      I knew you would know the date. It was a great time to be alive wasn't it? I have nothing but good memories of those times.

      Ron

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  5. Good times!

    Peace <3
    Jay

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    1. Always good times with me Jay, always. :) I'm a fun guy.

      Ron

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  6. Ron,

    You two are blessed to have a friendship that's lasted this long.

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    1. Sean,

      And it is odd because we are about as different as two men can be. Larry is straight, I am gay. Larry is very conservative, I am very liberal. Larry is an introvert, I am an extrovert (most of the time). However, we had similar upbringings. Both our father's were truck drivers. Both were distant from us. We were both told by our parents that they could not afford to send us to college. Both of us had banking careers (we didn't plan it that way). Now we're growing old together. Our friendship began by trading comic books.

      Ron

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    2. It just works. Sounds like you two were meant to be friends.

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    3. Sean,

      We're a lot different but we are good friends. A good friend accepts you as you are, the good and the bad and the in between. Most "friends" I've had since my school days turned out not to be friends in the real sense because once they found something they didn't like in me, they dropped me. By the way, this sounds like a good idea for a blog posting.

      Thanks!

      Ron

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    4. I'm glad to be of assistance!

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  7. Jolly good fun !

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    1. I'm a fun guy Dr. Spo. :) You know that.

      Ron

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  8. Do you and Larry live close enough to get together regularly?

    I met Barry in the second or third grade -- not exactly sure which. We were best friends until the eleventh grade, when his family moved away. Lost track of him until four years ago. Found him again through a mutual friend on facebook, who we also ran around with all those school years.

    David

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    1. David,

      Larry and I were BF's from 3rd grade until 9th grade. His family moved to a different school district in that year but we still kept in touch, including the years I was in the Army. However, after I got out of the Army and came out to everyone, including Larry and his family we became estranged. We weren't in touch for almost 40 years until right after 9/11. Larry had lost his job the day before 9/11 and was pretty down. HIs Mother contacted me and asked me to contact Larry to help him through his difficult period. That's when we renewed our friendship. We are now friends like we were before back in the day, except we don't trade comic books now.

      Ron

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    2. Another great friendship story!

      David

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    3. David,

      Family and friendships are what life is about!

      Ron

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