The Election


Why are we even bothering to hold an election? On one side, you have a bitch who is a lawyer, married to a lawyer running against a lawyer who is married to a bitch who is a lawyer. On the other side, you have a war hero married to a good looking woman with big boobs who owns a beer distributorship. Is there even a contest here America?

Barbara Sue Daniel (Barbie) Fojtasek


BARBARA SUE (BARBIE) DANIEL FOJTASEK, age 43, of the Woodlands, Texas, passed away March 19, 2008 in San Pedro Sula, Honduras as a result of injuries incurred while on a Spring Break Cruise with her husband and two children. Barbie was born September 1, 1964 in Wharton, Texas. She graduated from Klein High School and Texas A&M University. Barbie was Treasurer of Daniel Resource Development where she worked with her two brothers, Bruce Daniel and William B. Daniel, IV and her father, William B. Daniel III. Barbie gave tirelessly of her time to her church, was an active parent and supporter of The John Cooper School, served as a counselor and camp director for The Pioneer and Discovery Conferences of The Hus Encampment and was an avid fan and faithful supporter of the Texas A&M family. The role Barbie loved and excelled at above all was that of Mother and Wife, constantly being involved with her children's activities and enrichment. It was uplifting just to see her enjoying her children! This rare, sweet person, in her too short time, brought joy and happiness to the many lives she touched. Barbie leaves to mourn her passing her devoted husband Glenn L. Fojtasek, and loving children, Zachary and Pamela. She is also survived by her parents William and Barbara Lee Daniel, her brother William and his children Robyn, William V, Alex, Sean and Rayne; brother Bruce, his wife Shonnie and their children Benjamin, Katie and Mitchell; sister Lee Ann McComas, her husband Wayne; and Natasha Lee Daniel. She was predeceased by her grandparents, Mr. And Mrs. William R. Miller and Mr. and Mrs. William B. Daniel, Jr. "She was the sunshine that brightened our lives!" Friends are cordially invited to a visitation from five until eight o'clock in the evening on Friday, March 28, 2008 in the chapel of Forest Park-The Woodlands, 18000 I45 South, The Woodlands, Texas. A celebration of Barbie's life will be held at eleven o'clock in the morning on Saturday, March 29, 2008 at Faith Bible Church, 5505 Research Forest Drive, The Woodlands, Texas. Barbie will be laid to rest in Forest Park The Woodlands Cemetery with a reception to follow at the church. In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorial donations to The John Cooper School, One John Cooper Drive, The Woodlands, Texas 77381 or The Barbie Memorial at The Hus Encampment of The Unity of The Brethren c/o Marvin Chlapek, 11026 Elm Ridge Court, Houston, TX 77065-3226. 281-469-7630. If you wish to leave a tribute in memory of Barbie, please visit www.mem.com. As seen on http://www.legacy.com/houstonchronicle/DeathNotices.asp?Page=Lifestory&PersonId=106417457

20th Wedding Anniversary


Wow!

I have been married to Linda for 20 years. It seems like only yesterday...

She surprised me the weekend before we took vacation. She was leaving to run some errands while I was cutting the yard. A few minutes after she left she pulled back in the driveway and said for me to hurry up and get in. I thought something must be wrong until she started her little whisper laugh "he he he he" over and over. A minute later we pulled up to the marquee in the front of our subdivision and there it was...

Health Q & A


HEALTH QUESTION & ANSWER SESSION

Q: I've heard that cardiovascular exercise can prolong life; is this true?

A: Your heart is only good for so many beats, and that's it.. don't waste
them on exercise. Everything wears out eventually Speeding up your heart
will not make you live longer; that's like saying you can extend the life
of your car by driving it faster. Want to live longer? Take a nap.
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Q: Should I cut down on meat and eat more fruits and vegetables?

A: You must grasp logistical efficiencies. What does a cow eat? Hay and
corn. And what are these? Vegetables. So a steak is nothing more than an
efficient mechanism of delivering vegetables to your system. Need grain?
Eat chicken. Beef is also a good source of field grass (green leafy
vegetable). And a pork chop can give you 100% of your recommended daily
allowance of vegetable products.
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Q: Should I reduce my alcohol intake?

A: No, not at all. Wine is made from fruit. Brandy is distilled wine, that
means they take the water out of the fruity bit so you get even more of the
goodness that way. Beer is also made out of grain. Bottoms up!
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Q: How can I calculate my body/fat ratio?

A: Well, if you have a body and you have fat, your ratio is one to one. If
you have two bodies, your ratio is two to one, etc.
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Q: What are some of the advantages of participating in a regular exercise
program?

A: Can't think of a single one, sorry. My philosophy is: No Pain...Good!
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Q: Aren't fried foods bad for you?

A: YOU'RE NOT LISTENING!!!... Foods are fried these days in vegetable oil.
In fact, they're permeated in it. How could getting more vegetables be bad
for you?
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Q: Will sit-ups help prevent me from getting a little soft around the middle?

A: Definitely not! When you exercise a muscle, it gets bigger. You should
only be doing sit-ups if you want a bigger stomach.
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Q: Is chocolate bad for me?

A: Are you crazy? HELLO Cocoa beans! Another vegetable!!! It's the best
feel-good food around!
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Q: Is swimming good for your figure?

A: If swimming is good for your figure, explain whales to me.
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Q: Is getting in-shape important for my lifestyle?

A: Hey! 'Round' is a shape!
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Well, I hope this has cleared up any misconceptions you may have had about
food and diets.

And remember:
"Life should NOT be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving
safely in an attractive and well preserved body, but rather to skid in
sideways - Chardonnay in one hand - chocolate in the other - body
thoroughly used up, totally worn out and screaming "WOO HOO, What a Ride!!!


Ex FERA Party


Greg Gillis and Joe Carter say, let's get this party started!

It is time to get together and chat, drink, or whatever makes you happy.

(Just a take off from Marvin Zindler)

We will be meeting at:

Baker Street Pub in the Willowbrook area

Saturday 9/30/06 @ 6:00

As you will see from these links, they have libations and food to appease everyone.

http://www.bakerstreetpub.com/wbrook.shtm

http://www.bakerstreetpub.com/photos.shtm

A favor of an RSVP would be great so we can be aware of who and how many will be there. Please send me an email.

Linda Gillis

Click here to send an Email -> http://www.sillig.com/profiles.php?uid=10

MS Awareness Week


The National MS Society has designated March 13-17, 2006 MS Awareness Week. This particular week was chosen to coincide with the founding of the society in March 1946. The week will become an annual event that will recognize people with MS, their caregivers, as well as those who work on their behalf.

MS150 - 2006


Hello all,

On Saturday and Sunday, April 22 - 23, 2006, I will be joining 13,000 other cyclists riding 180 miles from Houston to Austin in the annual BP MS 150 Bike Tour. The tour is a charity fundraising event supporting the National MS Society's fight against multiple sclerosis.

As many of you already know my wife Linda has MS so this cause is near and dear to me. I am calling on you and all of my friends, family and co-workers and neighbors to contribute on my behalf to the National MS Society. By making a pledge, you are supporting MS research, programs and education. You are also helping me achieve my fundraising goal of at least $2500.00 this year!

The National Multiple Sclerosis Society is an IRS recognized 501(c)3 organization and your donation is tax-deductible. Instead of going to the trouble of mailing a check, you can use the following link to donate online in my name. Clicking on the link below will take you to the BP MS 150 site, where donating is fast, easy and secure. At the website you will be able to choose an amount to donate and make the donation immediately with a credit card. I will be notified via email as soon as you make your pledge.

http://ms150.org/edon.cfm?id=172540

If you prefer to write a check please make it out to National MS Society and mail them to me at
6818 Peace River
Spring, TX 77379
Feel free to email me at with any questions.

Thank you!

Sincerely,
Greg Gillis

About multiple sclerosis:
MS is a chronic, often disabling disease of the central nervous system. The symptoms include blurred or double vision, numbness or tingling in the limbs and can become as severe as paralysis and total loss of vision. Diagnosis usually occurs between the ages of 20 and 50, but the unpredictable physical and emotional effects can be life-long. The progress, severity and specific symptoms of MS in any one person cannot yet be predicted, but advances in research and treatment are giving hope to those affected by the disease. I appreciate your support of the National MS Society and the BP MS 150 Bike Tour. The funds raised on the BP MS 150 Bike Tour provide equipment, financial assistance, self-help groups, counseling, information and resources, as well as education for people with MS and their families. Your support truly makes a difference in the lives of people with multiple sclerosis.

Beijing Opera performance


My brothers wife Sandy Phan-Gillis helped to bring the Beijing Opera to town for a Chinese New Years Eve performance. Linda and I were invited to attend and although much of the time we couldn't understand the language we found that some of the performace didn't need words. Below is an exerpt of the article in the Houston Chronicle. Jan. 23, 2006, 5:22AM Chinese, Vietnamese greet new year with celebrations Fort Bend, Houston host holiday events By ZEN T. C. ZHENG Copyright 2006 Houston Chronicle It is the Year of the Dog, but Monkey King doesn't want the celebratory fun to belong just to the canine family. As cymbals, gongs, wooden clappers and a variety of traditional Chinese instruments are sounded at the Stafford Centre Jan. 28, the primate will jump on the stage in a role as a rebel to make quite a scene, his unique way to send out New Year cheers to Houston. The classic Beijing opera, The Adventure of the Monkey King, features artists from China and is billed as a production filled with acrobatic and musical excitement. "Traditional opera performance has always been a big part of the Lunar New Year celebration in Asia. This is the first time ever that a professional Beijing opera troupe is in Houston to join the local Asian-American community to mark this most important time of the year," said Sandy Phan-Gillis, president of the U.S.-China Federal Association of Business Councils, which is sponsoring the cultural night with several other local Chinese-American organizations. In addition to Beijing operas, also known as Peking operas, the event also features Chinese traditional instrumental music and dances and a number of local talents. The Beijing Opera Night will begin at 7 p.m. Jan. 28 at the Stafford Centre, 10505 Cash Road in Stafford. For tickets, call 713-988-1181 or 281-498-4310. The occasion is marked by the Vietnamese, who call it Tet. Other ethnic groups, including the Thais, Cambodians, Laotians and Burmese, celebrate Lunar New Year in April. On the lunar calendar, each year is named after an animal or a mystical beast, as a zodiac sign, with 12 animals, or 12 years, completing a cycle. This year, the Year of the Dog starts on Jan. 29 for the Chinese and Vietnamese. While many Asian-American organizations, churches and temples throughout Houston hold celebrations for their members, several main events are being planned to draw large crowds of participants of both the Asian and non-Asian communities. In addition to showcasing the Monkey King opera, the Stafford Centre also will feature Chinese artists performing excerpts from several Beijing operatic standards based on historical stories or folk legends. Calling Beijing opera a "national treasure" of China, Phan-Gillis said Chinese New Year events promote the traditional culture, and it's fitting to highlight it with this unique art. With a 200-year history, Beijing opera is regarded as the highest expression of the traditional Chinese culture, according to Phan-Gillis. It features face-painting, stylized moves and melodies, literary monologues and dialogues, acrobatic display and mime. Alief resident Y.S. Tay said he missed the tradition of going to a Beijing opera during the Lunar New Year in Houston and is looking forward to the performance. "It's very rare to see an authentic Beijing opera performance in Houston, especially during the New Year," said the 72-year-old, self-described Beijing opera buff. "I'm excited to know that authentic, professional-class Chinese national operas are coming to town." Another Chinese New Year performance also is set for the Stafford Centre stage at 8:30 p.m. Feb. 19. For tickets, call 713-569-6543 or 713-777-3359. The "Myths and Legends" show will present traditional and contemporary cultural performances organized by the New Tang Dynasty Television, a New York-based organization which is opening a market in Houston.

Nana turns 90


Linda and I went down to Corpus Christi this weekend to celebrate my Grandmothers (Nana) birthday. Below is a blurb my mother wrote for the newspaper.

LOCAL WOMAN CELEBRATES 90TH BIRTHDAY WITH FAMILY

Ina Eugenia Harrison ( Keefer) was born on December 12, 1915, in Hico, Texas, to Winnie Broadway Harrison and Julius Caesar Harrison. She was the eldest of her siblings: Barbara Harrison Hiser, Martel Wayne Harrison, Myrtle Lee Harrison, and Gloria Harrison McNaughton. Only she and her younger sister, Gloria, remain.

During her youth, the family lived in several Texas cities (El Campo, Dallas, Waco, Bryan, San Antonio) as her father was an Electrical Engineer on various jobs, which was to their good fortune during The Depression. As a young woman, Ina moved to Corpus Christi in the mid-1930's, when Water Street was just that - water. She lived on a farm with her uncle A.C. Watson and his family, until she went to work at Merchant's Credit, then she moved into the city. That horse farm was considered to be way out in the country. Today, it is called South Alameda.

In 1937 she met and married Ferrell Keefer, son of local residents Pauline and Harry Keefer, and sister to Adelaide Keefer McAdams. In 1938, they had their only child, Peggy Pauline Keefer (Gillis). In 1944, Ina and her daughter moved to San Francisco, California, while Mr. Keefer served in the Army in Honolulu, Hawaii. Ina worked in one of the grocery stores owned by Pauline and Harry Keefer who had recently located there.

After World War II ended, Ina, Ferrell and Peggy returned to Corpus Christi. In the early 1950's they moved back to San Francisco for another year and a half before permanently making their home in Corpus.

After Peggy left for college, Ina became very busy with church work. In 1957, the First Christian Church was located on Upper Broadway, and just down the street from the local library. As an avid reader, she spent a lot of time at both locations. She is a Past President of the United Church Women, and also a Life member of the National Federation of Music, and the Oso Chapter of Eastern Star.

During the 1960's, grandchildren were added to Ina's family tree. First there was Jeffrey, then Gregory, Shelley and Kimberley. Ina spent lots of time with the children in the 1960's and 1970's, as she was their welcomed sitter when Peggy and Jim were off on company trips.

In 1986, Ina took over her husband's business (Bell Finance Service), when he passed away. In 1998, she sold the company, and she retired from the business world, but not from life. She continued to travel nationally and internationally for several years.

To celebrate her 90th birthday, her daughter, Peggy, hosted a dinner at the Vietnam Restaurant on December 10th, and a luncheon at Crystal's Restaurant on December 11, 2005. Those attending were grandchildren, their spouses and great-grandchildren who had arrived for the weekend from Houston and the Metropolitan area. They are Dr. Jeffrey Gillis (Sandy), Gregory Gillis (Linda), Shelley Gillis DeLuna (Louis), Kimberley Gillis Minchich (Matt). The great- grandchildren, are Nicholas (7) and Michael Minchich (1

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"A tyrant must put on the appearance of uncommon devotion to religion. Subjects are less apprehensive of illegal treatment from a ruler whom they consider god-fearing and pious. On the other hand, they do less easily move against him, believing that he has the gods on his side."

Aristotle

Submitted by: gtgillis / 2004-11-03
Category: Miscellany

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