Tuesday, October 1, 2013

2013 October

I wanted to tell you all about my camping vacation in a state park on Cape Cod in July: the scent of the pine woods, the peaceful quiet of the forest, the days sitting in the summer sunshine reading, watching adventurous birds and little creatures up close at our campsite, the occasional walks to the lake for a lazy swim, and the crackle and glow of the campfire at night.
But I couldn’t because we got totally rained out by a horrendous thunderstorm on our very first night: the tent battered by winds and completely soaked through, the sleeping bags a soggy swamp, our dining canopy crushed and blown into the bushes, half our gear washed away. It was like trying to camp under a waterfall. We gave up, packed hurriedly, and retreated home. I read in the back yard. We went out to eat. We saw a couple of movies. It wasn’t the same as what we’d been planning for six months.
That’s why Ellie and I went back to the Cape a couple of weekends ago. We stayed in a hotel with floor, roof, walls, and beds. When we walked out our door, we were right on the beach. The weather was gorgeous, sunny and mild the whole long weekend. The summer crowds were gone, so there were no lines for restaurants. We walked along the beach, drowsed on chaise lounges, and relaxed.
Sometimes you have to persist to get to the happy ending.

So, sorry I missed August and September. Real life intrudes sometimes.

The number of classmates we think we know the whereabouts of has dropped to 671. This happens whenever we have a reunion, because we find out that a lot of the addresses we had were wrong. It’s actually going to get worse than this, because I haven’t gone through all the returned invitations yet. So it goes. As always, if you get any contact info on a classmate, please pass it along.

CHSE science teacher Mr. Martucci died recently. Condolences to friends, family, and students:

Two memorial concerts for Ronnie Stabile were performed at URI at the end of September. I wonder if anyone could report on either of those?

Bill Dube and his wife Eva continue to set speed records for electric vehicles. Here’s a video of Eva doing a couple hundred mph at the Bonneville Salt Flats:

I don’t have a lot of news other than that. A lot of people post news on Facebook – new grandchildren, weddings, and so forth – and I’m realizing that I probably should keep track of those items here for those who aren’t on Facebook.
Which brings up a related question: if you aren’t on Facebook, why not? You can have an absolute minimum private presence there, and still be able to enjoy what goes on. Come on, all the cool kids are doing it! And me, too.

We have lots of ways to keep in touch online, now. For example, we have a web site:
(thanks to Ernie Sutcliffe for starting and maintaining)
and wiki:
(also thanks to Ernie)
and Facebook group:
and a Facebook event for the last Reunion:
Check out one or more of these easy ways to see what people are up to.
And, by the way, I post these updates online at http://chse1971.blogspot.com/.

Let us know what’s going on in your life. I personally am thinking of joining a new rock-climbing gym in my town, so next month I may be able to tell you all about what the emergency room is like.

Go Sox!

Ed DeJesus


  1. Hi, Ed This is Kathy Kilpeck Class of 1971. I am finally catching up with the computer age. I enjoy your blogs about you and other classmates. I would like to be apart of it, and maybe catch up with some old friends.

    1. Cool! Could you please send me your email address? Mine is exdejesus@gmail.com

      And here's our facebook page:

      Good to hear from you!