Covid-19 Chat Line

Since all Sherwood Park Gyro Club meetings have been suspended for the duration of the Covid-19 outbreak, I have been asked by Rikke Dootjes to set up a place on the Club website where members can keep in contact with each other.

All that is required to use this Chat Line is to Login to the site on the right hand side of this page with your Username or Email address and your Password. You can then reply or comment on any posts made to this page.

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50 Responses to Covid-19 Chat Line

  1. Jim Copeland says:

    I hope this will do what your were looking for Rikke.

  2. Rikke Dootjes says:

    Fellow Gyros once again Jim Copeland helped us out on the website.
    I had asked if we can or how to do that setup a chat line since we do not have any meetings I was looking for a platform like a face book bit just for us.
    In discussion with Scott Brisbin and Allan Bleiken whom agreed this to be a good idea I went and called our friend James Copeland. Well Mr. Geneous in less than half an our had it set up, un believable. If someone has done you such a huge favour can one following that shamefully ask for an other one? Well I did and once more Jim is creating a Gyro Hall of Fame Page, where we can list the names of Gyros that win the SP Gyro of the year award. I think at this moment that should be enough, perhaps we can have our Pat awards Gyros listed on an other page if so desired, we need to discuss that first. From the bottom of my heart James Copeland and surely all Gyros a great big thank you for once again helping us out.
    To all other Gyros; Welcome to the SP Gyro Chat Line!
    Rikke Dootjes.

  3. Rikke Dootjes says:

    I must apologize for previous spelling errors l got excited and did not look
    Past awards is one of them and bit means but.
    Thanks for understanding

  4. Jim Copeland says:

    For now, you will find a heading “Gyro of the Year” under the main heading at the top of the page called “More About Us”. This is just an initial attempt at what Rikke asked for and certainly open to discussion and suggestions.

  5. Scott Brisbin says:

    I echo Rikke’s gratitude for Jim’s sharing of his expertise. We invite everything from chatty news to conspiracy to keep us all entertained just like we would be over beverages at the GCCC. A beverage may help you spell better, Rikke.
    The bulletin will be out later today so watch for the announcement e-mail.

  6. Rikke Dootjes says:

    Well let’s start I wrote this to Scott and thought he would print his but we discussed bite size information keep it short! well I am sorry but I blew it
    please reply or tell your own story this chat line will grow.
    Here is my story;

    Hi everyone l hope all of you are well, l thought to update you a little with all that happened, since the last time we saw each other, and since we are not meeting for awhile perhaps a type of chat room is a way to communicate. Perhaps you have a story of your own, but keep it short Scott is getting writers cramp.
    I am not going to talk about the Corona virus because we are inundated by that, but we can not help it that our stories often are indirectly related to this Corona.
    After nearly 3 months in Belize, still keeping in touch with a few, nobody felt sorry for us when we were talking about the bad weather we experienced in Belize, and Edmonton became the coldest place on earth. While in Belize celebrating Xmas, New Years and when yours truly makes over a hundred crepes
    ( Dutch pancakes) on New-years day for our Condo friends. Then Cora and I celebrated our birthdays, 73 and 74, l can’t believe it, was it not last year we celebrated our 60th?
    Well time flies, besides Valentines Day, we also celebrated our 55th wedding anniversary. And shortly thereafter our great granddaughter was born, Brighton, Fallon Flynn.
    Our grandson had a birthday on March 12, so Cora wanted to be in NY but Cora also wanted to see our first new great grand daughter in Halifax and fly on the 15th of March to Halifax.
    Unfortunately, we could not make it due to the Covid 19.
    We left Belize on February 29, to visit our New York family,
    during those few weeks in NY all hell broke lose, kids schools closed, my son in law’s restaurant closed, kids had lice and our flights were canceled. We are home now and under self quarantine, although touching those Nexus screens at the airport in Edmonton that never were wiped once while we were there got us worried!
    This as I am typing is day 7 we had Garry Kleebaum offering to do some groceries that included 2 Cases of wine so we are good for a while. We hope to see you all sooner rather than later.

  7. Keith Bradley says:

    Well you know that I would seldom miss a chance to express my opinion and thoughts so here goes.

    Now that in my opinion we may not see Gyro until the Fall we must decide how we maintain our “friendship club”. Emails and the bulletin are always good but it is that personal contact that makes the difference. Since many of us are on mandatory isolation and most others are practicing self isolation, this just leaves the telephone, land or mobile. I plan to phone and speak to many of my friends however even more exciting is receiving a phone call from a “friend”. This received phone call takes on a special importance as it means someone is thinking about you and cares enough to call and say hello and how are you doing. A feel good Feeling.

    Rikke is right in not wanting to talk about Covid 19, but it is not all about Covid. We, as the elderly, certainly seem to be at a higher risk and thus should be exercising strong social distancing. The disease is bad but so is the everyday common cold and/or Flu. Nevertheless, I sincerely hope we all make it thru this virus but I am not sure we are going to be very happy with what our Governments are doing to us. Canada already has a massive debt and still running large annual deficits and now we are going to create a stimulus at another $100B. We cannot pay off our existing debt so how are we going to pay off this new debt? The only way is by strong economic growth, which the Government has now shut down, or taxes. What is left to tax? In my opinion that is Capital Gains and even bigger ESTATE Taxes. Guess what, we the elderly are the ones who will be passing on our hard earned estates in the next coming years and if you though you were leaving some behind for the kids, think again, the Government is much wiser than you are in spending the kids inheritance than your family is?? We the elderly are going to get screwed as if we aren’t already in our CPP cheques! They say that in the next 10 years there will be some 16 Trillion dollars being passed in inheritances so what better place for the Left Leaning Socialist Elite to equalize the wealth among us lower plebs than by taxing our Estates.

    This is probably not what Rikke was thinking in his chat line but I seldom follow the rules. My thoughts and comments are what they are and you do not have to agree.


    My last “chat” will be “Climate Change”. In my opinion we should think Y2K. We spent Billions of dollars on the worry about Y2K and nothing happened. We are now spending billions on Climate issues and again, in my opinion, unless the Sun, the Moon,the Earths Crust,the Earths Core and the Rotation of the Earth become absolutely consistent and constant there is no possible hope of you and I and the rest of the world having any possible impact on the climate. We would be better off spending to update technology than to blow the smoke and money where it is going now.

    • Rikke Dootjes says:

      Than you Keith it is good to see another person’s opinion whether we agree or not not implying l don’t agree, but some might. I totally agree with the phone calls, l think even these texts could also provoke a call but just a hello is warmer and more personable.
      This is only another tool and I thank you for using it.
      Take Care

      • Ray Davis says:

        Just thought I would add my two cents worth to the chat line. The news is always on as we hit day 14 of our self imposed quarantine, not sure if life will change now or not.
        Noted that the real character of people starts to show when put under stress especially for some politicians, think I will leave it at that. But watching the news had me depressed until I started keying in on the good news stories. All the people appreciative of the front line workers, the celebrities giving money to help, the kids singing to their neighbours. The other day a waitress was on she had just lost her job but Taylor swift had just given her a $3000 tip to help her through. I was watching the drone shots of all the large Cities around the world, they were amazingly clear and I realized it was because there was no pollution because there were few vehicles on the road. Is this a desperate Mother Nature cleaning up her world? Maybe our attitude, and gratitude changes and we wind up in a better world!

        • Rikke Dootjes says:

          I was waiting to see if anyone else would reply or comment. There is indeed a lot of negativity going on. Turning this around a bit by shifting your focus towards the positive is a good thing Ray. My 14 days are over as well and tomorrow l am going to the store. A friend of mine heard that simply wearing gloves and a mask is good enough, he then realized you have to wear clothes too 🙂
          Take care

    • Rikke Dootjes says:

      Hi Keith using this chatline as a venting outlet is fine, I imagine us sitting at a table at the GCC and listen to all including you talking about these very topics. This is sort of the same without the table, food and the Face to Face which would have been a much better scenario of course. What concerns me is not the political agenda or your venting on the global situation because that is without a doubt a concern of lots of people. My concern is that you state ” My last Chat” My question then to you, is do you see this chat platform only as a venting outlet and or making political statements, or do you still think this chatline will be used for other topics? Jokes are good, personal stories are fine not to take away from the personal phone calls because those are irreplaceable. I would really hate to see this being your last chat.
      I hope you will use this chat line more often in the future we love to see what is going on with Jan and Keith and your family.


  8. Scott Brisbin says:

    As I look out my window this morning it occurs to me that the “Stay Home” message must be getting through. I haven’t seen a golfer on the Broadmoore course for some time.

  9. Scott Brisbin says:

    A suspected Covid-19 male patient is lying in bed in the hospital, wearing an oxygen mask over his mouth and nose. A young student female nurse appears and gives him a partial sponge bath.
    “Nurse,”‘ he mumbles from behind the mask, “are my testicles black?”
    Embarrassed, the young nurse replies, “I don’t know, Sir. I’m only here to wash your upper body and feet.”
    He struggles to ask again, “Nurse, please check for me. Are my testicles black?”
    Concerned that he might elevate his blood pressure and heart rate from worrying about his testicles, she overcomes her embarrassment and
    pulls back the covers.
    She raises his gown, holds his manhood in one hand and his testicles gently in the other.
    She looks very closely and says, “There’s nothing wrong with them, Sir. They look fine.”
    The man slowly pulls off his oxygen mask, smiles at her, and says very slowly,
    “Thank you very much. That was wonderful. Now listen very,
    very, closely:
    “Are – my – test – results – back?” 😂😂😂😂😂

  10. Rikke Dootjes says:

    Thank to Peter Elzinga see below
    Thanks Peter!
    The Year is 1920 One hundred years ago !!!

    The year is 1920,”One hundred years ago.”

    What a difference a century makes!

    Here are some statistics for the Year 1920:

    The average life expectancy for men was 47 years.

    Fuel for cars was sold in drug stores only.

    Only 14 percent of the homes had a bathtub.

    Only 8 percent of the homes had a telephone.

    The maximum speed limit in most cities was 10 mph.

    The tallest structure in the world was the Eiffel Tower.

    The average US wage in 1919 was 22 cents per hour.

    The average US worker made between $200 and $400 per year.

    A competent accountant could expect to earn $2,000 per year.

    A dentist earned $2,500 per year.

    A veterinarian between $1,500 and 4,000 per year.

    And, a mechanical engineer about $5,000 per year.

    More than 95 percent of all births took place at home

    Ninety percent of all Doctors had NO COLLEGE EDUCATION!

    Instead, they attended so-called medical schools, many of which were condemned in the press AND the government as “substandard.”

    Sugar cost four cents a pound.

    Eggs were fourteen cents a dozen.

    Coffee was fifteen cents a pound.

    Most women only washed their hair once a month, And, used Borax or egg yolks for shampoo.

    Canada passed a law that prohibited poor people from entering into their country for any reason.

    The Five leading causes of death were:

    1. Pneumonia and influenza

    2. Tuberculosis

    3. Diarrhea

    4 Heart disease

    5. Stroke

    The American flag had 45 stars …

    The population of Las Vegas , Nevada was only 30.

    Crossword puzzles, canned beer, and iced tea hadn’t been invented yet.

    There was neither a Mother’s Day nor a Father’s Day.

    Two out of every 10 adults couldn’t read or write

    And, only 6 percent of all Americans had graduated from high school.

    Marijuana, heroin, and morphine were all available over the counter at local corner drug stores.

    Back then pharmacists said, “Heroin clears the complexion, gives buoyancy to the mind, regulates the stomach, bowels, and is, in fact, a perfect guardian of health!” (Shocking?)

    Eighteen percent of households had at least one full-time servant or domestic help…

    There were about 230 reported murders in the ENTIRE U.S.A.

    I am now going to forward this to someone else without typing it myself.

    From there, it will be sent to others all over the WORLD all in a matter of seconds!

    It is impossible to imagine what it may be like in another 100 years.

    We’ve come a long way….OR have we?

  11. Keith Bradley says:

    Rikke, I did not think of myself as venting but only as what I believe is a warning to us all. We are in serious trouble!

    Nevertheless the Bradley homes are all practicing isolation and expect to be for some time to come. I am always available for a chat.

  12. Art Merrick says:


    • Rikke Dootjes says:

      Art speak for yourself my hands had more alcohol than my liver, and I am not bored, since we can not get any alcohol wipes in the store I am busy making my own and for now I am using Bombay Gin and I am making face masks from Kleenex and Gin.
      Thay sjey ze alghoole iznt stroongenuff..well to mee it iss…………

  13. Scott Brisbin says:

    I don’t know if booze can taint thoughts bit it sure can cos selling errers.

  14. Don Greig says:

    This weather sucks and I have been here all winter. Hopefully my snow shovel drifts start decreasing soon. Anyway take care my friends and stay safe.

  15. Rikke Dootjes says:

    Today April 8 it is Peter Elzinga’s Birthday “HAPPY BIRTHDAY PETER”
    I do not have all Gyros birthdays in my calendar but in case you need an opportunity to use this chat line now is one example what it can also be used for.TOMORROW April 9 on Vimy Ridge Day it is
    Scott Brisbin’s birthday!
    “HAPPY BIRTDAY SCOTT” and here are the Lyrics of the three happy birthday verses:
    Happy Birthday to you From good friends and true,
    Happy Birthday to you From old friends and new, How old are you now?
    Happy Birthday dear (Gyros) May good luck go with you, How old are you now?
    Happy Birthday to you. And happiness too. How old, How old
    How old are you now?

  16. Rikke Dootjes says:

    Well I have to change my Calendar Peter’s birthday was Monday Apr 6 do you can say Happy belated! 🙂

  17. Scott Brisbin says:

    Also belated birthday Yahoos to Jeff Malott (4th) and Les Bellan (5th). The bulletin is a few days away from getting out so you heard it first on the Chat Line.

  18. Rikke Dootjes says:

    Ok I have forwarded tons of Covid 19 jokes but at least this way we get some Gyros.

    Half of us are going to come out of this quarantine as amazing cooks. The other half will come out with a drinking problem.
    · I used to spin that toilet paper like I was on Wheel of Fortune. Now I turn it like I’m cracking a safe.
    · I need to practice social-distancing from the refrigerator.
    · Still haven’t decided where to go for Easter —– The Living Room or The Bedroom
    · PS: every few days try your jeans on just to make sure they fit. Pajamas will have you believe all is well in the kingdom.
    · Homeschooling is going well. 2 students suspended for fighting and 1 teacher fired for drinking on the job.
    · I don’t think anyone expected that when we changed the clocks we’d go from Standard Time to the Twilight Zone
    · This morning I saw a neighbor talking to her cat. It was obvious she thought her cat understood her. I came into my house, told my dog….. we laughed.
    · So, after this quarantine…..will the producers of My 600 Pound Life just find me or do I find them?
    · Quarantine Day 5: Went to this restaurant called THE KITCHEN. You have to gather all the ingredients and make your own meal. I have no clue how this place is still in business.
    · My body has absorbed so much soap and disinfectant lately that when I pee it cleans the toilet.
    · Day 5 of Homeschooling: One of these little monsters called in a bomb threat
    · I’m so excited — it’s time to take out the garbage. What should I wear?
    · I hope the weather is good tomorrow for my trip to Puerto Backyarda. I’m getting tired of Los Livingroom.
    · Classified Ad: Single man with toilet paper seeks woman with hand sanitizer for good clean fun.
    · Day 6 of Homeschooling: My child just said “I hope I don’t have the same teacher next year”…. I’m offended.
    · Better 6 feet apart than 6 feet under

  19. Gary Kleebaum says:

    Over the past few days I have called the majority of the Gyros on our roster and have had some very interesting discussions with many of them. Most are supportive of the measures that are being taken and feel we have to help others in these difficult times and that not doing so would in all likelihood lead to a more rapid spread of the virus.
    Over the years we have had numerous stock market corrections, some larger than others, but the market has always come back and increased to new highs but because of the age of some of us we may not realize the full benefit of the recovery. As someone commented “I have never seen a Brinks truck following a hearse in a funeral procession anyway.”
    Members of the club generally still had a positive attitude about the future and felt Canada was still one of the best countries in the world to live in.
    For the record Lawrence holds the record for the longest conversation to date. He must have taken lessons from a politician at some point.

  20. Rikke Dootjes says:

    Don Greig and Gary Kleebaum have taken chatting to the next level, as Keith said; “Emails and the bulletin are always good but it is that personal contact that makes the difference. Since many of us are on mandatory isolation and most others are practicing self isolation, this just leaves the telephone, land or mobile.”
    Garry and Don have phoned from what I understand pretty well everyone on the list, bless their hearts. My attempt came with a self inflicted stumbling block. I tried to make a few calls and asked Gary for some phone numbers from Ken and Earl, I did not have, I know I can get them from the International Gyro website, so what… I am lazy! but here it comes, Mr Pea brain here phoning Ken first and small talk begins, until I asked how is Carol? He said “Lee” OMG I was talking to Earl for more than a minute, I pretended I made a faux pas, remember the joke “pickets to titsburg honey pass me the sugar? “Anyway we had a nice conversation but here too I learned there is a fear factor of how to open ta website with passwords or opening this chatline exists, so we’l ask Scott to publish a step by step instructions, it is really not difficult.
    In the mean time Happy Easter every one!
    Rikke & Cora

  21. Art Merrick says:

    I don’t feel so bad about out weather – relatives on Vancouver Island are complaining about having to cut the grass and clean up the yard! My neighbors have heard about my PMR and sore shoulder – so every time it snows one of them cleans our driveway and sidewalk before I get up in the A,M. When I tried to leave a bottle of wine at their door, we had a bit of an argument, which I won! Jeeze! What we don’t do to create a little action!

  22. Scott Brisbin says:

    Would they come and do my driveway if I promised not to give them any wine?

  23. Sid Slade says:

    Gentlemen of Gyro. Trying to stay sane since returning home on March 22nd, so far, moved from upstairs to downstairs, cleaned out my desk drawers and cupboards, threw out what has been accumulating since 89. Talk to the kids and grand children several times a week, miss their hugs and visitations and just silly talk and general observations of the world and country. Try not to get to politically as my views are much different than most, I am more right than right, I guess. I always see good in everything, but this shut down of the world really p——–s me off. Really miss our Saturday A&W breakfasts and chit chatting with friends.
    I guess you never know how friends are so important in life until we are met face to face with a disaster such as the one we are currently trying to cope with.
    Just blowing off steam seems to help as I have been shopping twice which took up a whole hour and a couple of trips to drive thru’s and trying to repay our debt’s to our kids who have been ever so helpful since coming home.
    To one and all, take care of the one’s you love, stay home, stay healthy.

    Hi from Sid & Sharon

    • Art Merrick says:


    • Rikke Dootjes says:

      thank you Sid for using the chat line I appreciate you sharing some thoughts. I am about to send step by step instructions again for I know some Gyros are not so computer savvy but there are also a few that don’t know what to say unless you sit in front of them. they will come around give them some time, I will be persistent! I will not say thank you every time one writes but you gave a great example
      Thank you

  24. Ray Davis says:

    This world has changed my whole perspective on life and happiness. The realization of what a clear calendar does to one, the lack of contact and hugs of grandchildren has it’s affects on the daily routine. It is now exciting to go out and sweep the garage or go for groceries. I’m even looking forward to our condo board meeting tomorrow via zoom. Get to be up close and personal with Lloyd and Milt, how exciting.
    Can’t believe what’s happened in Nova Scotia, my heart goes out to all families affected by the rage of the killer and to the RCMP who have to deal with that sort of thing. Make you appreciate our Police Force. My prayers are going out to all those people this disaster has touched.

    Cheers Ray

    • Rikke Dootjes says:

      I could not agree with you more Ray it is hard on all of us, each one of us is afraid in different ways and suffer in various degrees. Those that fear loss of income, loss of jobs, making end meet, loosing family, or loosing business. I think it is ok to express ones feelings, we need friends we can call or chat too. we are beginning to visit some friends, garage visits are very popular and it still keeps proper distance.Talking about it, I feel helps.
      Two little stories the Kleebaums came by and gave us a home made face mask. how nice! Cora was peddling flour, because I had bought a 10kg bag
      not too many takers, but someone suggested Lauraine Syvenky, I called Lauraine and she said yes. when I dropped of the flower I stepped of the front step after I had called to say I have dropped of the flour on your step.
      Lauraine said don’t go away I have something for you I she gave me a doz home made some delicious dinner rolls, we talked by the door, not long enough. They are also people I wish they were still Gyros.

  25. Al Gordon says:

    Good evening gentlemen. Jan & I were in Arizona when all the shit hit the fan, cancelled flights, quarantine, long lines and airport waits all the while trying to maintain distance. We managed to get a return flight through Seattle all went well. I have to admit it was the quickest I have ever come through customs, I would dare say no longer than 30 min. from landing to clearance, luggage and out the door. Since we have been home did our two weeks quarantined and now into self-isolating as well as social distancing. Received the calls from Don and Gary good to hear from others. We have become ZOOM users, meeting with my winter coffee friends and playing dice games with the Wests, Caddey’s Greig’s and Hunts all the while having a few libations and snacks. Jan and I have decided to try and do our little part on staying sane. We have been spreading little goody packages, baked goods Jan doing the baking guys I have no hand in that other than to deliver and we will get to all over a period of time. This past Sunday I made 18 stops, had a great chat with those who were home. Our granddaughter Zoey is baking as well she has a small cup cake business and has been receiving orders for her amazing cup cakes. Stay tuned guys you never know when I will show up at you door to deposit a little package, I will leave it to your imagination on what it will be. Be well and stay safe.

    Al g

  26. Scott Brisbin says:

    Just had a great visit from Al Gordon, gearing cookies. I understand he walks about eight k a day. I’m only doing two, which explains why he is looking so much more fit and trim than I am. Thanks a heap to Jan, the cookie maker, and the Al, the delivery guy. Out pledge to eat just one a day evaporated right after the first one which was consumed as Al drove out the driveway. I gather their ten-year-old granddaughter has a thriving cupcake business – more evidence to support the conspiracy theory that the Gordon family is part of a plot to expand waistlines in there special times. THANKS JAN AND AL. Your thoughtfulness was just what we needed.

  27. Rikke Dootjes says:

    I wanted to echo what you wrote Scott but for some reason I could not log in ad reply about the nice thing Al and Jan Gordon did showing the spirit of this Gyro club and visiting friends to brink cookies. Just absolutely great!
    Anyway after you and I have told how to participate and sending step by step instructions how too, I found myself stuck. it took several days but I am not going anywhere so I contacted Ray and because he did not respond I contacted Jin Copeland Low and be hold Ray had some troubles of his own but he solved my problem. In the mean time I spoke to Jim and he told me a thing or two what might have gone wrong. WHEN YOU ARE DONE LOG OUT. MAKING MULTIPLE ATTEMPTS COULD ALSO LOCK YOU OUT TEMPORARELY. But I tell you these two gentlemen bless their soul, thanks Ray and Jim good to know we can count on people like you. So now I will be waiting who will be next on the Chat line maybe any of our illustrious directors or perhaps our president? No pressure fellows.
    Stay Safe

  28. Al Gordon says:

    Good morning all, just a little note that I can hear the baking pans rattling so there must be another batch of goodies about to be made. My task is the check the remaining addresses of those still left to visit. Still at the walking but not today to windy could not carry enough kleenex to keep the eyes dry as they run like Niagara Falls when the wind blows. Perhaps we will chat later in the week on your door step, stay tuned.
    Al g

  29. Ray Davis says:

    I’m sitting here waiting on my car insurance company (on hold), thought I would take the insurance off one vehicle as we don’t seem to be going anywhere but together. Once I get to talk to them it will be decision time. Do we lock up my car or Lynn’s? But it’s a good time to sit at go on the Gyro web site, listening to the elevator music my insurance broker plays while I wait. Like Al G I find this wind a pain in the butt. Went for a bike ride the other day and it seemed to be blowing in my face no matter which direction I was heading. Thought I was in Lethbridge!

    Cheers Ray

  30. Rikke Dootjes says:

    I felt the same, a good thing l had elastic in my socks. It is a good thought to cancel the insurance on one car shopping is preferred to be by singles rather than couples
    And if we travel together it is usually in one car anyway. In my case l have a motor bike also, thanks Ray 😊 for the suggestion.

  31. Art Merrick says:


  32. Ray Davis says:

    Golf courses opening up, are we ready for this? Just read an article on ventilators and we just talked neither one of us wants to be put on a ventilator so if it gets to that point no thanks. Crazy world we live in hope we start seeing improvements real soon.

    cheers Ray

  33. Sid Slade says:

    Gentlemen and the other better half (HAPPY MOTHER”S DAY). Such a lousy weather day and were stuck indoors and unable to celebrate one of the best days of the year.
    Our family got together yesterday to celebrate Mother’s Day and our two grand children’s 11th birthdays (how they get so big during this home isolation) is beyond me. Certainly is difficult to have personal distance with 8 people in the house, however we managed to make it work. Hard not to hug your kids when you greet and say good bye.
    Glad to hear the golf courses are opening up and looking forward to more fresh air (I hope) and some much needed exercise and at least seeing someone other than your wife for a change (I”m not complaining) just making an observation.
    Thought I would drop a line to see what our fellow Gyro’s are doing and glad to see that everyone is coping as best as possible given the circumstances.
    Until next time, stay healthy – Stay Safe.

    Sid & Sharon

  34. Scott Brisbin says:

    I was lucky enough to catch the last few hours of very cheap gas a week or so ago. My tank was finally getting pretty low and I was planning on filling up. When I saw the prices jump 20 cents overnight I rushed to Costco to see if they had changed theirs yet. They had not. I filled my Kia Sorrento for just under $30. Since Oil prices were still bottoming out, I naively thought that prices would go back down but they seem to have stabilized at around 77 to 78 cents. While I am torn between hab=ving empathy for the gas stations who have no doubt seen a drastic drop in sales due to nobody driving except to the store (and even parking one of their two cars), I sort of smiled every time I passed a station with a sign indicating gas was about 54 cents a litre. I am also very aware that we would all be way better off if the price of Alberta Crude was to return to its glory days of high prices and high demand. But Why can’t we Albertans be special and have the best of both worlds?

  35. Rikke Dootjes says:

    I don’t know when the Golf courses open up but I thought it was on Mothers day.
    Weather wise a miserable day, Cora received a lot of Face Time calls which is for us the only way to communicate anyway, the Corona has not changed that part for us. Grand children in NY, Halifax, Daughters in Medicine Hat, and NY and one in Edmonton. the rest of my family in the Netherlands and now we can’t travel and see them in person either. Everyone is guessing what our new normal will be like, maybe we can all buy space suits and sit next to each other again to watch hockey or football.
    I am happy again to see dome of you using the chatline, but it was also nice of Al Gordon to come by with cookies, and send a film clip to Allan Bleiken to have forwarded via E mail to all Gyros, a nice clip and good of Al Bleiken to find the time to send it he had told me he gets 75 e mails a day, no wonder he has no time for the chat line. but we thank you for all your Email Mr. Bleiken. Soon there will be more people using this line Remember; “Build it and they will come”
    I like to use this moment to congratulate our new Vice President Peter Elzinga to take on the Job well don Peter! Also Art an Bruce for being the directors and for their continued contributions. A warm felt thank you fellows from me and surely the rest of us Gyros.

  36. Rikke Dootjes says:

    Yesterday was Pat and Peter Elzinga’s 55th wedding anniversary congratulations this is a milestone, l know because we had ours in February. Carol Kleebaum also had something to celebrate.. her Birthday, and with a red face I forgot Jim and Rita’s aniversary the day before.
    Although it doesn’t seem that the chatline is used too much so I’ll use it to say congratulations 🎈🎉🎊🍾 and happy birthday Carol.
    Some of you already knew this but now all of you know this.

  37. Rikke Dootjes says:

    Congratulations Allan and Peter for this great Zoom meeting, we got to see and heard every one with a few exceptions. some people could not get on and some could her us but not speak. These are no negative comments but observations.
    Earl was unfortunately no where and neither was Bill Carter, Garry must have been frustrated since he got kicked out he could not get back in.
    I still believe the chat line is an option to say a few things in regards to Gyro or even something more personal. I am disappointed to realize that even those that are more computer savvy are not using this chat line. This is for now my last comment on this sad as it is for me. I will resign myself that most of you don’t see this as an opportunity to talk a bit. I hope to see all of you sometime again.

  38. Rikke Dootjes says:

    If it is not a personal story perhaps somone else’s will do.
    The difference between grandfathers and grandmothers!

    Have you ever wondered what the difference is between Grandmothers and Grandfathers?

    Well, here it is:

    There was this loving grandfather who always made a special effort to spend time with his son’s family on weekends. Every Saturday morning he would take his 5-year-old granddaughter out for a drive in the car for some quality time — pancakes, ice cream, candy– just him and his

    One particular Saturday, however, he had a terrible cold and could not getout of bed. He knew his granddaughter always looked forward to their drives and would be very disappointed. Luckily, his wife came to the rescue and said that she would take their granddaughter for her weekly drive and

    When they returned, the little girl anxiously ran upstairs to see her grandfather who was still in bed. “Well, did you enjoy your ride with grandma?” he asked.

    Not really, PaPa, it was boring. We didn’t see a single asshole, queer, piece of shit, horse’s ass, right wing Trump lover, blind bastard, dip shit, Muslim camel humper or son of a bitch anywhere we went!” We just drove around and Grandma smiled at everyone she saw. I really didn’t have any fun.

    Almost brings a tear to your eye, doesn’t it?


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