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Anne Beckman (#47930718)
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Tom "Homer" W.
Hi Anne - sorry it took so long to answer your email message but..... here I am! As you read this I am hoping that you did not come down with a cold and also that the Terminex man did his job well and that you're free of those nasty little bugs that creep around at night... Yes, I have been enjoying the wonderful weather that we've been having this past week. I took a Harley ride up to Fairmount to visit my daughter's grave, twice, and rode many miles on the Hoosier back roads. I passed a lot of motorcycles doing what I was doing, getting in riding time before the cold weather sets in. I also have been hiking a lot taking trails that are more remote in sections of Morgan-Monroe State Forest and to Prather Lake which is a fairly remote and rugged hike going down and coming back up out of the valley to Hatfield Ridge. In my younger years it was an easy day hike but now not so easy but good exercise. I do take plenty of water and packets of healthy food and have an afternoon lunch at the lake. I never see anyone there and have it all to myself though at times I felt that I was being watched... dare I say, Bigfoot? I was hiking Hatfield Ridge today dressed in camouflage packing my Nikon camera which always goes with me to this lake deep in the forest. But Anne, to save the time and gas driving to this forest you can do what I do a lot and that is walk the two and a half mile lake loop at Ft. Harrison. My wife and I do this loop often and it makes for a good workout for the heart and body! I have a Golden Pass (annual senior citizen pass for $18) and I do use it beaucoup mucho and it saves me from paying the daily entry gate fee. The fall colors are spectacular but hurry the trees will be bare soon. I had to wear my camouflaged jacket today with a wool cap as the wind was brisk and cool and the clouds moved in solid in the afternoon and it was kind of creepy getting back to my car...Halloweenish, if you know what I mean? It was dark when I reached my car. I had fun and got good exercise doing it. I love doing solo hikes in the forest but you can do that at Ft. Harrison with the many trails or the blacktop lake loop walk. A doe deer walked across our path right in front of us the other day there. Hang in there, Anne, think "light" when looking at food on the shelf in the grocery store and bottled water using Crystal Light flavors sure is healthier than Coke or Pepsi.... Oh, about Christmas past, two that I remember to this day was my dad got my bro and me Red Ryder BB guns at 8 years of age. I also bought a real Bowie knife at the local dime store and took hikes alone in McFarlan Woods (Cincinnati) and with my BB gun and Bowie knife I wasn't afraid of anything! My bro and I had to share our sister's bike, a girls bike! Bummer! My parents surprised us with our own Western Flyer boys bikes. They hid them in the garage of my cousins and we went there for Christmas supper and my dad said, "hey boys, take a look in the garage" - we were ten years old and my bro and I rode those bikes home that night in bitter cold and I can't remember feeling the cold at all! A two and a half mile ride back home. I still love BB guns (and have two, a 50th Anniversary Red Ryder and a new Model 25 pump BB gun and I still love riding bikes only now mine is a Harley - ha! Take care Anne, every day is precious, God bless America and our men and women in uniform - Tom
Added by Tom "Homer" W. on Oct 30, 2014 12:32 AM
Joe D.
Still thinking of you and praying for you.
Joe D.
Added by Joe D. on Oct 26, 2014 9:09 PM
Tom "Homer" W.
Hi Anne - your Terminex man should be doing his thing for you today and hoping he is packing a pair of large caliber spray guns, he'll need them to nail those little red devils.
I have been told by some that I am not right bright, maybe they might be right? But, even so, I have learned to lose weight and that wasn't easy. I changed my way of thinking and since I have a nagging habit of wanting to eat three meals a day and snacks in between re-charging brain cells to think in a healthier manner connected to anything I stuffed in my mouth has done wonders to my weight loss. I think "green" (as in vegetables) and eat less fatty foods and my snacks are healthy ones and not Milky Ways or Baby Ruth's. After conditioning my way of thinking for a healthier diet, an alarm goes off when I look at anything that shouldn't be in my stomach.... and, of course, it makes me feel much better and breathe much better and the discipline and sacrifices are well worth the effort. My heart likes me better too! I've been told that if you treat your heart nice it won't attack you... I took the load off my heart and feet-ha! Bottom line, it doesn't take a brain surgeon to know the difference between a healthy diet or a bad one and only you are responsible for your weight... The YMCA is a great place to exercise and you and hubby can do it as a team effort and the swimming pool offers a healthy way to exercise without hurting the ankles and knees, good for you and hubby. Wishing the best of everything for you - later alligator, after while crocodile - Tommo on the go...

Added by Tom "Homer" W. on Oct 18, 2014 11:23 AM
Tom "Homer" W.
Hi Anne - well this has been a crazy year with the weather and I have not been riding nearly as much as I would normally do because of the weather. I did make it to Cincinnati a couple of times on Harley rides and up north in Indiana but no long rides and for me the riding season is coming to a close. I am a warm weather Harley dude and the winter riding is for the tough guys (I'm a cream puff) and frozen fingers and shivering is no fun at all. I have been hiking a lot, however, and took several hikes to Prather Lake in Morgan Monroe State Forest which is a rather remote lake where there have been many reports made of "Bigfoot" sightings! I haven't seen anything unusual there and I have been to this lake many times over the years but I can certainly see that it is a perfect place for Bigfoot to hang out.... Anne, about my diet, I dropped from 212 down to 170 which is the perfect weight for my age and height and I haven't gain and have been maintaining 170 ... It takes will power and sacrifice, no Halloween candy, no Little Debbies, 1% milk, no Cokes/Pepsi, no Big Macs or Quarter Pounders - all the things I loved to feed my face with. But the results have been worth the sacrifice, I can make it to Prather Lake, a rough hike, can breathe again going up the steep hill out of the valley without gasping for air, and I feel so much better. Anne, there are tricks to losing weight, besides exercise, I use Stevia in my coffee or tea, no sugar on my Wheaties, I use Crystal Light to add flavor to bottled water and I stopped drinking all soft drinks... I eat a lot of fruit and for snacks I open a can of green beans or carrots and I can eat all the vegetables I want to fill in my hunger gaps. That's how I lost the weight and how I maintain it... You have to change your eating habits and the amount of food you eat. I am SO picky when I grocery shop because I know the foods that are bad for me. I get the items that have the word, "LIGHT" or "NO SUGAR ADDED" on the labels and look at the calories of each item. My meals consist a lot of TV dinners and I can buy a good tasting, 240 calorie TV dinner and I eat low fat everything but some of it is actually tasty and healthful and I have learned which foods are good for me and which foods aren't good for me. It has paid off and believe me grocery stores sell a lot of very unhealthy food and it's up to you to pick the good stuff off the shelf. The routine becomes automatic after awhile and you will be surprised how fast and easy it is to lose weight once you know the drill and practice it. Look at the labels, be picky, you don't have to starve yourself and do what I do, when I get hungry I pop open a can of green beans or carrots or a jar of beats (no sugar added) and I can eat all I want of them, dig?
About your problem with bed bugs - bummer! When I first came to this town I rented a furnished apartment on South East Street and after a couple of nights I woke up with red dots/sores all over my body! What the hell! I found these tiny bugs in my bed, under my bed, in the mattress and I confronted the land lord and the creep told me they were "fruit bugs" - sure they were! I took a few in a plastic bag downtown to the Marion County Health Department and they immediately identified the bugs as "bed bugs" and told me what to do and for me to get out of that apartment ASAP and I packed up my clothes in my AF duffel bag, went to a laundry mat and washed everything I had and dried them all twice! I then washed my duffel bag! I never went back to that apartment (which was a good thing because I wanted to hurt that lying land lord) and I have never seen another bed bug since then and that was back in the low 60's... it will definitely take professionals to get rid of them if, in fact, they can get rid of them completely because they can migrate from one apartment to another and it will be an on-going battle. New York City has an epidemic of bed bugs which is just one of about twenty reasons I don't live in New York City - ha!
Yes, I have been to NYC and was stationed there for a sort time before being shipped out overseas. I know you have been through a lot with your cancer treatments and I am sorry that you had to go through what you have been through and have to continue dealing with it. Hang in there and try to forget the chocolates and remember, Halloween candy is for the kids... Dare I say it, Anne... later alligator, after while crocodile - Tom

Added by Tom "Homer" W. on Oct 16, 2014 10:58 PM
Bennett Turk
Thank you very much.
Dear Ms. Beckman,
Thank you very much for the kind words you wrote about me. They were a joy to read. I really enjoyed them. That was very kind of you.
The messages you leave are also wonderful to read. They are very uplifting. I wish you the best in each and everything that you do. All the best to you and your loved ones, Anne.
Added by Bennett Turk on Oct 08, 2014 2:01 PM
Tom "Homer" W.
Hi Anne - I wrote a message to you, Anne but clicked on the wrong name, I guess? Anyway, my message went to Kick, below, so just click on her name and my message is on her site if she hasn't deleted it? I will get back to you later, alligator - Tom
Added by Tom "Homer" W. on Sep 04, 2014 10:58 PM
RE: Your Messsage to Kathleen kennedy Cavendish
Hello Anne! I'm sorry for replying so late. It's been a very busy month for me.

I have never met anyone who shows so much admiration for Kathleen besides me.. so glad I met you! Kathleen truly was wonderful, and it makes me happy that there are others who agree with that! Of course the other Kennedy women were spectacular too, but I can never stop being fascinated by Kathleen!

In the biography, "Kathleen Kennedy: Her Life and Times", I've learned so much about her. She was so different from her family. There are also some crazy stories as well; if you want me to tell you them, just ask :)

Did you say you MET Kathleen in real life?

I was reading some of Kathleen's letters and she really did seem very shaken up over Billy's death. Poor Kathleen. Only spent a short amount of time with him.. do you think she truly loved him? She said in one of her letters after his death: "Please dont worry about me... I certainly am well taken care of and Billy always seems quite near." I love that quote!

Yes, it's really awful how Joe Sr. was the only one to attend the funeral. I know her brother Jack wanted to go but apparently he was far too upset to attend.. not sure about the other siblings. It'd sad how Rose only forgave Kathleen AFTER she died. I wonder how Kathleen felt in her last moments. Upset? Angry? Scared?

I was so happy to find her on findagrave as well, for I really wish I could tell her how much I admire her. Have you ever been to her grave? It's my dream to see it in person. It'll be like I'm meeting her. I also want to see Billy's grave.

Oh yes, the three of us (you, her and I!) will have so much fun dancing with her and having picnics with her in Heaven. It will be great fun.

Can't wait to hear from you,

Added by Kick on Sep 02, 2014 5:00 PM
Tom "Homer" W.
Hi Anne - thanks for your latest message. I hope you and your hubby had a fun time at the state fair and didn't fall out of any of those dangerous rides! I haven't been to a state fair (anywhere) for a long time. My kids are are grown and now I avoid the crowds all I can and I can have a dangerous ride anytime I want.... on my Harley-ha! I now hang out at haunted cemeteries which is enough excitement and fun for me and less expensive than going to the state fair. Ghosts do not charge parking fees and they scare you for free. I was just at one on a Harley ride to Hays Cemetery in Hancock County.... No crowds, no noise, just peace and quiet among the ghosts only they must have gone to the fair because I didn't see any? Oh well, maybe next time? Yes, like cigarettes, food is an addiction when over-eating is concerned. it takes some real understanding of what is good or bad for you when picking the food to eat. I have learned to always look at the labels and consider the contents of what I eat. I have been told that cigarette smoking isn't an addiction, just a psychological habit - SURE - just try quitting and then you will know it is definitely an addiction and that goes for stopping the junk food and sugar coated goodies we all love but is killing us.... So, I am proud of you for facing up to your demons and doing something about it, good for you, Anne. keep up the good fight and the sacrifices will be worth the effort not only for your bodily health but for your self esteem and I speak from experience ... I haven't smoked a cigarette in over 30 years quitting a 3-pack a day addiction to cigarettes (with God's help) and I am now back to a normal weight for my height and age and that keeps my diabetes in check along with walking a lot. Keep up the good work, you're going to make it, you'll see... be kind to yourself in the meantime, it takes time and won't happen over night so hang in there - Tommo on the go- later alligator....
Added by Tom "Homer" W. on Aug 13, 2014 2:12 PM
Tom "Homer" W.
Hi Anne - I knew you would do good at the OA meeting, good for you! Keep going back because the group knows very well and understands what it is to deal with being over weight and they understand and care more than anyone else. I never had to deal with a weight problem until the last few years and allowed myself to eventually gain around 32 pounds over what my normal weight should be for my height and age.... I knew I had to lose the weight and wanted to lose the extra weight which was from eating all the wrong foods and snacking on Little Debbies, jelly doughnuts, Chicken McNuggets and all that junk food I loved to feed my face with. I decided to go on a diet and Jenny Craig helped me with learning how to eat the right foods, the correct proportions and since then I have gone on my own and haven't gain one pound, I stick to the right foods and that's the trick of losing weight, it takes sacrifice and will-power but you don't have to starve yourself to death to lose weight, trust me. I eat smaller amounts and more fruits and vegetables and absolutely no sugar junk stuff, no Cokes or Pepsi and instead I drink a lot of water using lemon and raspberry "Crystal Light" which makes the water taste good without the calories of soft drinks and water is so much better for you. I can eat all the vegetables that I want and vegetables are like a safety net when I feel hungry, I open a small can of green beans, carrots, or open a jar of beats (sugarless) and that makes for my snacks instead of the Little Debbies that I used to wolf down, no more, I have totally divorced Little Debbie, she was killing me! Read the calories on the cans, packages, and I never buy food from China, never! I hike and walk a lot, I do not jog to save damage to my knees and walking is good for you. I made my weight loss a mission and I am back to my normal weight and can breathe better, mowing the yard, front and back, without gasping for air and taking breaks and now can mow all my yard in one effort, that is a good feeling to be able to breathe normally again and my heart thanks me for it. Like all addictions (food can be addictive) it takes first #1 - you must want to lose weight and two #2 - you must be willing to hang in there and deal with it and that's not easy but this is what I do, I ask God for the strength. Back in the low 1980's I was smoking 3 packs a day - yes - 3 packs a day!!! It was killing me and I knew it and I had to quit smoking, not an easy thing to do. I quit once for a whole year and went back to sucking on those coffin nails, I quit for four months once and went back but the third time I quit smoking I prayed to God, in the name of Jesus, to help me quit smoking and I went cold turkey and never lit up another cigarette! Praise God. I knew that I had to have something bigger than myself to help me stop smoking (I tried twice before and failed) so I asked God to let me suffer what I had to suffer to quit and that I was willing to go through that suffering only I asked God to give me the endurance to get through it so I give God the credit because I am weak and God gave me the endurance and I never smoked another cigarette and no, it wasn't easy but I really, really, wanted to quit and God did give me the endurance and strength to quit even with a guy at work blowing smoke in my face! I do the same with food, going by a McDonald's smells so good but hey, no, I quit McDonald's and Arby's and DQ, just like I quit smoking 30 some years ago - with God's help so if I can do that, anyone can do that which includes you my dear Anne. Have a great Lord's Day Sunday - Tom
Added by Tom "Homer" W. on Aug 10, 2014 10:05 AM
Ruby Red
OMG!! Wrong person!!
My cousin,who I joke around with all time, just informed me that I didn't have my glasses on when I wrote the two previous messages!! I thought your bio name said, BACHMAN!! Please forgive my intrusion! I guess you thought, "what?" :o) I'm very sorry!! Have a nice day!!
Added by Ruby Red on Aug 09, 2014 12:50 PM
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