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Our mother’s Christmas in Dachau in 1944

Monday, December 21st, 2009

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 “Merry Christmas”

Sixty Five years ago our mother was part of a group of political prisoners in a concentration camp annex of Dachau.

They managed somehow to have a Christmas Celebration. I would like to share this story with you at :

I have a separate web page under item 9) ,or, of a number of stories and facts of this period.

Sunday December 20

Monday, December 21st, 2009

First of all I wanted to share with the SKYPE users that I just received a chat message with part of the following text:


Impact of Vulnerability: Remote Code Execution / Virus Infection /
Unexpected shutdowns

Microsoft Windows Vista
Microsoft Windows XP
Microsoft Windows 2000
Microsoft Windows Server 2003

Impact of Vulnerability: Remote Code Execution / Virus Infection /
Unexpected shutdowns

Recommendation: Users running vulnerable version should install a repair utility immediately

Your system IS affected, download the patch from the address below !
Failure to do so may result in severe computer malfunction.


This is a SPAM. I checked it out and it is apparently harmless. But best not to download anything. Anyway I thought that I share and warn you. I know that many of you use SKYPE.

On  Monday, the fourtheenth, I was Roger Rue’s guest at the quarterly meeting of the Cruising Club of America (CCA). The meeting was held at the Seattle YC. Roger was in charge of the meeting program and had a US Coast Guard representive scheduled to speak. He had an accident on the icy roads that morning. I substituted, impromptu. It was fun. Great bunch of sailors.

Last Wednesday I had a couple pre-cancerous spots removed from my nose. From now on I will wear a wide brimmed hat and use sun screen, in the sun. This Wednesday my right foot will go under the knife to remove arthritis built up on my toe bone. This will make it more pain less to walk. I’ll be doing lots of walking travelling through Indo China in the next three months. Yesterday I came back from a three day trip to Bellingham and Vancouver to see a number of  friends. This morning Rose Marie, daughter #2, and her family unwrapped Christmas gifts. I attended 8.45 mass at St. Therese. Practiced with the St. Nicholas choir in the afternoon. It will make my Christmas eve special, a fine group of singers and great program. Then Jim O’Donnely, the Sinterklaas/Santa Claus on my previous posting, invited me over for a gathering at his house. Jim is married to a comtemporary Amsterdammer. There were a couple more Dutch couples from Gig Harbor who I had never met before.  

The below picture was taken in the train coming back from Portland. This is the old, so called “Galloping Gerdie” which collapsed in the 2nd WW due to a design error and the additional bridge that was readied in 2006. It connects Gig Harbor with the east shore of the Puget Sound.