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9:33 am - Do Not Dump

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Saturday, July 27th, 2013
4:24 pm - On Grandfather Snyder's Death
I called mom tonight to see if she got the box of books I'd mailed to her. As we were talking, I asked her how various family members died, and she responded with a story I'd never heard before.

When her father died, she said he was sitting in a chair and just went to sleep. Across the room sat her elderly grandmother, who was by then almost completely blind from cataracts (long, long before that was a solvable condition...) "Little" grandmother was also asleep.

When the undertaker arrived and was shown into the room, he said, "Which one is it?"


current mood: Laughing

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4:21 pm - Surveillance
My Raleigh sister just spent an enjoyable few days with all her grandchildren there at once. She was full of family stories, of course, and my favorite was Surveillance. She'd told her Indianapolis grands that she'd cook all their favorite meals, which she gave me in great detail, rich, decadent food. Here I am trying to stay on my diet without using the hormone drops because I don't want a conflict with the hormones in my toenail medicine... and she's filling my head with delicious sounding recipe after recipe. I had NOT had my breakfast yet, so was pining away for a sunny side up egg on a 45 calorie slice of honey wheat bread...

One of the favorites was chocolate chip cookies. One granddaughter from each mother loves to cook, and had been "cooking with grandmother" since age 4, so there was quite a lot of merriment in the kitchen, which the boys were either banished from for bad conduct, or were living in a self-imposed exile until it came time to partake of the fruits of the girls' labor.

Soon, Grandfather caught the boys on the ROOF! In the course of the debriefing involved with this senseless and dangerously deviant distraction, the boys claimed to be conducting surveillance.

They'd peer into the kitchen to see when the coast was clear, slip in, and pinch raw chocolate chip cookie dough, then climb back up on the roof to eat it. --SLH

current mood: happy

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Sunday, June 9th, 2013
9:52 am - My Uncle Don
Donal M. Snyder
Biloxi, MS 39530

Awards Criteria

Athletic Competition - Track & Field

2004 - I started running at the age of 83 after a 24 year lay off. I was a high school, Junior college, Senior college football, basketball, softball official and a track meet starter. I weighed 180 pounds and walked and played golf, but not in any shape to run competitively.

I started working out in 2004 and ran in 2 meets, in Louisiana. I won no medals because of hamstring pulls. I ran in 2 meets in Louisiana, in 2005 but won no medals.

I lost weight down to 155 pounds and ran in four meets, in 2006. I won 20 gold medals, 3 silver and 4 bronze for a 27 total. I competed in the 50, 100, 200, 400 and 800 meters, shot put, discus, javelin, long jump and high jump. I qualified for the National Senior Olympics, in Louisville, Kentucky, in 7 events.

In 2007, I won 50 + medals, in 8 meets, including USAT&F(Baton Rouge, Louisiana) Greater New Orleans, St. Tammany, Mississippi State. In the 2007 National Championship, at Louisville, Kentucky, I won a silver in the 800 meters, a bronze, in the

400 meters and ribbons in the shot (8th), discus throw (5th), 5th in the 100 meters and 5th in the 200 meters. I didn’t get to throw the javelin because the field was four blocks away at the same time as the 800 meters. I could have won a medal or a ribbon. In 2008 I entered the greater New Orleans, at Harvey, Louisiana, St Tammany, Louisiana, Alabama State, Greater Baton Rouge, and the National Decathlon, in Joplin, Missouri. I won 30 gold, 3 silver and 3 bronze. I won the 85-89 Decathlon gold medal, in the National Decathlon.

During 2009 I competed in meets as follows: Greater New Orleans - 6 gold; 1 silver; Mississippi Gulf Coast - 6 gold; Mississippi State - 6 gold; Greater Baton Rouge - 5 gold, 2 bronze; USAT&F (Baton Rouge) - 4 gold; Pensacola, Florida - 8 gold; and Louisiana State meet - 3 gold.

In the 2010 season I missed 4 meets because of injuries. I still ran in the Greater New Orleans, Gulf Coast, Mississippi State and Greater Baton Rouge. I won 24 gold, 2 silver and 2 bronze.

Starting the 2011 season I developed left knee trouble. I plan to have it repaired in late June or early July. I did run in 5 meets, including USA Track & Field, in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and won 6 gold. March 12th, at the Greater New Orleans, I won 8 gold. April 15, at the Mississippi Gulf Coast won 7 gold.

May 12-13, 2011, at Mississippi State, I won 8 gold and finished the season at the Greater Baton Rouge, Louisiana. I won 5 gold and 3 silver. Bad knee and all.

I hope to recover to run in the October Louisiana State meet. I may have to wait until the 2012 season.

I have lost track of some medals that are on display in the Donal M. Snyder Center in Biloxi. However I can account for over 200 plus medals, mostly gold.

My college, Military, High School and various other meets total over 300 medals, trophies, plaques, ribbons and cups.

One of my pride and joys is a sports cartoon of me. It was drawn by a New York Sports Cartoonist and was printed in papers across the Nation.

I am the father of 7 children, 13 grandchildren, 4 great grandchildren and my wife and I have been married for 66 years. We lost my wife May 4, of this year.

I have three college degrees. I graduated from the Merchant Marine Academy, in 1945, with a B. E. degree. I also had a B. E. degree and a Masters from Indiana University. I have coached and taught school in Indiana and Mississippi. I graduated from Ocean Springs, Mississippi High School, in 1940. I served as a Merchant Marine Cadet and as an Engineer Officer, in the Navy, in World War Two. My highest rank was as a Navy Lieutenant.

I have a back ground in Jr. College, Merchant Marine Academy and Indiana University in track. I have competed in several major track meets to include the Border Olympics, Texas Relays, Big Ten/Pacific Coast All Star, at Berkeley, California, Michigan, Illinois, Ohio State, Purdue, Madison Square Garden and many other big Meets. I coached at Bloomington, Indiana 1 year, Attica, Indiana 2 years and Biloxi High School 5 years and helped revive track on the Gulf Coast. I served as Biloxi, Mississippi Recreation Director for 20 years and 19 years as Keesler Air Force Base Recreation Assistant Director and Director. I have a 450 million dollar recreation building named after me. I was also Mississippi Amateur Softball State Commissioner for 40 years and am now ASA Emeritus Commissioner. I am also the oldest member in years service and in age.

I belong to three Halls of Fame -- Amateur Softball Association Hall of Fame, The National Football Foundation Hall of Fame, Biloxi, Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame and National ASA Umpires Indicator Hall of Fame.

During my Senior Olympic career I have had seven ham string injuries, a hernia operation, a knee operation and suffered two bad falls to cause bad arm, knee and arm tears requiring stitches.

I keep running because I enjoy competing and like to let other old men know that they too could do what I do or make an effort.

I have diabetes, a bad knee, a bad hip and some arthritis. I also have a triple bi Pass and my doctor’s approval.

My total events in Senior Olympics is in the 50, 100, 200, 400 and 800 meters. The decathlon requires low hurdles and the pole vault. I also high jump, long jump, throw the discus, the javelin and put the shot.

My best achievements is a silver medal, in the 800 meters, a bronze medal in the 400 meters and ribbons in the 100 meters, 200 meters, the shot put and discus. All in the 2007 National Championship. I also won the 2008 National Decathlon in the 85-89 group.

The only meets I missed between 2006 - 2011 were because of injuries. I have never been able to run in all the meets I wanted to run because of injuries or operations.

Don Snyder

Donal M. Snyder
Dob: April 12, 1922

current mood: accomplished

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Sunday, June 3rd, 2012
6:29 pm - Bible Belt Cheer

When my mother was 87, she confessed to a cheer with words banned in the Bible Belt.

LBHH suggested explaining thusly:
From one who was living in the heart of the Bible Belt;
From a family that was not allowed to go to the movies, play cards, or use coarse language because they'd literally go to Hell -
comes a high school cheer I've never been anywhere that would be okay to use:

Rickety, Rackety, Rust,
We're not allowed to cuss,
But, dammit to Hell,
We're gonna yell
For Ocean Springs or bust!

Nowadays, those daring to mouth that cheer would probably earn the team a technical.

current mood: shocked

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Sunday, February 26th, 2012
7:43 pm - Travels with Kin

While returning from Rochester, Minnesota, some years ago, a foursome of Mississippi relatives had rented a motel room with two beds in Missouri, just before crossing the Mississippi River into Tennessee.

Mom, my aunt MEA, next youngest after mom, and the youngest sister of the trio, aunt CAR, and her husband uncle CR, didn't see any problem with the set up. My married aunt and uncle planned to use one bed, and the two widows, the other.

Sometime in the middle of the night, MEA got up to go to the bathroom in the dark, but when she came back, she bypassed mom's bed, pulling back the covers and trying to get into bed with Uncle CR instead.

I've had this story sitting around needing to enter it. Now that we've lost MEA, it seems fitting to post a remembrance of a light-hearted moment that all laughed over.

current mood: amused

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7:34 pm - Sharing

I'm not sure when or where these next two happened. Obviously, my mother and my uncle CR, who is married to my mother's youngest sister, CAR, were all together. This has happened numerous times when traveling, and mom is now living with them, so???

Mom went to the middle bathroom, closed the door all but an inch, noticed the shower door was closed, so she reached over to pull it open. UCR held it shut. He had just gotten into the shower when she entered.

current mood: amused

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7:20 pm - Biker Crash

Dated Tuesday, August 28, 2001, 13:58:41
Mom asked me to post something she found "pre computer", a note from the Denver niece, who was rollerblading.

Mom had sent her Psalms 91:11-13: For He will give His angels charge concerning you, to guard you in all your ways.

CLW replied, "HOME ALONE
"The other evening I was rollerblading on a nice trail in a nice part of town. A biker was coming toward me, swerved, and hit me with his hand in the thigh (I have no idea if it was intentional, or not.) He almost fell off his bike. I, on the other hand, despite the fact that I'm not a highly skilled rollerblader, was rock steady. It scared me, but I didn't even falter. I knew angels were with me, keeping me balanced and safe.

"I've never seen that biker again. Don't worry; I'm safe.

"Love to you,

current mood: cheerful

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Wednesday, February 15th, 2012
12:59 pm - Note from Carol
Nothing exciting going on here unless you want to know about how Cousin GS, Doris, her neighbor, Butch and other friends have all taken turns with vomiting and s___ (your Mother doesn't know how to spell the other word).(diarrhea -- ed) All some better.

CAR speaks educated southern, ClR speaks redneck and your mother speaks a cross between southern & northern. Good old American language.

We love you, can't come see you, but traveling is too hard for ESHR.

current mood: jovial

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Sunday, May 8th, 2011
9:35 pm - Talking to Frank The Goat
Frank requested info on people who had May birthdays.. I turned 87 May 3, but for the life of me, I don't see how to tell Frank.

current mood: frustrated

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Wednesday, May 4th, 2011
7:42 pm - Audrey Mercedes Lund Snyder Passes

Mom called with the news that my Aunt Audrey, who has been doing poorly for quite a while, passed on around noon.

Uncle Don called with the news. She says their children are gathering... Our sincere prayers to all.
Born Sept. 6, 1924, she married Donal McClain Snyder 66 years ago.
Donal M Snyder, Jr.
Susan M Richardson

Obituary from the paper:

Audrey Mercedes Lund Snyder, 87, went to be with the Lord May 4, 2011, with her loving husband and children at her side. Audrey spent most of her life in Biloxi and served her family and community as a loving wife, dedicated mother, devoted churchgoer, and civic volunteer. She attended Sacred Heart Catholic School through the eighth grade then went to Biloxi High School where she graduated in 1940.

She is preceded in death by her parents, William Edward Lund and Mary Antonia Rerecich Lund, and by her siblings, Mary Lund Landry, William Lund, Jr., and James Lund and by her daughter, Patricia Diane Snyder.

Audrey is survived by Donal Snyder, Sr., her adoring husband of 66 years, and by her seven children, Donal, Jr. and wife, Pam, Susan and husband, Samuel, Chris and wife, Susan, Father Mike Snyder, David and wife, Jan, Judy and husband, Michael, William and wife, Wendy. She is also survived by her sister, Irma Lund White and husband, Robert and by her brother, Eugene Lund and wife, Virgie. Audrey is also survived by 13 grandchildren; Donal Snyder III, Joey Snyder, Tommy Snyder, Bill Richardson, Beth Richardson, Rose Snyder, Cecilia Snyder, Susannah Snyder, Danielle Snyder, Adam Kavanagh, Kathryn Kavanagh, Colin Snyder and Caroline Snyder and four great-grandchildren, Amy Snyder, Ian Snyder, Jackson Sukunik and Elizabeth Richardson.

A Mass of Christian burial will be on Saturday, May 7, 2011 at 1:00 p.m. at Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church. Friends may visit from 11:30 a.m. until mass time. Entombment will follow in Biloxi City Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers the family prefers donations to: Nativity Cathedral Window Restoration Fund, 870 Howard Ave., Biloxi, MS 39530.

Read more: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/sunherald/obituary.aspx?n=audrey-mercedes-lund-snyder&pid=150835974&fhid=4019#ixzz1LcKxYtVA

current mood: somber

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Tuesday, May 3rd, 2011
7:43 pm - Birthday
Mother Emily has achieved another milestone. She's now 87.

Pandemo/Blondbomb had a card for her, but didn't get it mailed until the day...

A yellow tiger cat was busy with its claws, happily rolling a huge pile of toilet paper onto the floor. For each sheet, another flambouyant adjective flies onto the top of the card... inside, it reads, "Don't stop me now - I'm on a roll."
Dedicated to Mother Emily by

One Dot
Four on the Floor
and the four as yet unnamed 2011 kittens, whose eyes are not yet open...three yellow tiger and whites, one tortoiseshell, but the black is the wild tiger color instead. More orange in her than the two like that born last year to outside (wild) mothers.

In keeping with the theme, pandemo called to sing her happy birthday, and meowed the entire song, to much laughter.

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Monday, April 19th, 2010
2:56 pm - Russell Wikoff Hugus

from the Lancaster Eagle Gazette, Lancaster, OH, Obituaries
APRIL 19, 2010

RUSHVILLE: Russell Wikoff Hugus, 89, of Hugus Fruit Farm, passed away Saturday, April 17, 2010, at home.

He was born November 15, 1920, in Findlay, Ohio, to the late Ray and Berenice (Wikoff) Hugus. He served in the Navy during World War II, after which he returned to the family farm, near Rushville, Ohio. In early years, he kept a herd of registered Jersey dairy cattle; in recent years, he grew an orchard of apples and peaches for our community. He was a member of the Rushville United Methodist Church, Farm Bureau Council 33, and served as a volunteer firefighter for many years.

Russell is survived by his wife of 57 years, Joan Hugus; children, Ralph (Nancy) Hugus, Carl (Jill) Hugus, Aileen (Jeff) Jacobs and Nancy Ackerman; seven grandchildren; his brother, Harold Hugus of Riverton, Wyoming; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and two older brothers.

Calling hours will be Tuesday, April 20, 2010, from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at the Morgan Funeral Home, 124 Fort Street, Bremen, Ohio. A funeral service will be held Wednesday, April 21, 2010 at 11 a.m. in the Rushville United Methodist Church with Pastor Paul Wymer officiating. Burial will follow at the Rushville-Pleasant Hill Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Rushville-Pleasant Hill Cemetery Association, 5274 Wilson Lane, Rushville, Ohio 43150 or Richland Township Fire Department, PO Box 130, Rushville, Ohio 43150.

current mood: mournful

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Tuesday, February 10th, 2009
5:06 pm - Enjoyable Book

Mom said she enjoyed A Bride for Adam by Muriel Jensen. She has the book now. I'm not sure if I sent it to her after reading it, or if she plans to send it to me. I rarely remember generic titles, even if I did like the book.

current mood: nostalgic

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Saturday, February 7th, 2009
6:04 pm - January, 1942 -- Ocean Springs weekly paper

From the Ocean Springs weekly paper. Jan. 1942

W. T. Broome is the proud owner of a handsome new bike. He rode the bus to Biloxi Monday morning but rode his bike home!

SNYDER'S Laundry had an S.O.S from a customer this week, who wanted to know if they had found a CAT in a bundle. They hadn't HEARD a thing, so imagine their surprise next morning when they unpacked the bundles --there was THE CAT, tied up inside, sound asleep and none the worse for the experience!

Mrs. Francesca Spencer took a group of English pupils to Perkingston Junior College Tuesday evening to see Macbeth produced by a New York company. We hear that everyone enjoyed the play, even BILLY HOLMES, who snatched FORTY WINKS durning the third act.

Mother added this note:

Spencer was my English Literature teacher, a very good one. I did not go on the excursion.

current mood: nostalgic

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Saturday, September 6th, 2008
9:09 pm - Raising Children

Emily knows very few young childhood stories of her first husband, Dale, but Bernice told her one that was from early childhood in connection with child-rearing advice. Her topic was "Do as I say, not as I do." Obviously, children NEVER follow that advice, and evidently learn not to quite young.

Dale came in from outside, and instead of hanging his chore jacket out in the mud room, ran into the dining room (the room the mud room opened into) and tossed his less than pristine jacket on one of the ladder back chairs as he passed through to the stair well in the far corner.

"Hang up your coat, Dale. You know better than to bring it in here."

"I do as Daddy do," the imp replied, continuing toward his goal.

current mood: devious

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9:03 pm - Who, Who

While we were living in Chicago before Emily's son Ray was born, her mother Louise T. came to visit. One night, Emily woke up to hear strange hooting sounds coming from the living room. Wandering out, there sat her mother, who frequently got a creative urge at night, hooting and hooting, then writing furiously.

"What are you doing, Mom?"

"Writing a poem about owls."

current mood: amused

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Wednesday, August 13th, 2008
10:34 pm - Children


Jessilin -- 3-19-96

Cole Michael -- June 16-98

Jaida Jolie -- 9-29-01

Cade Austin -- 3-2-02

and the new one..

Or two...

current mood: accomplished

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9:32 pm - Ancient History

Years ago, when I was living with Clyde and Carol (before my marriage to George, which lasted 20 years) Louise made a goose named Gus from an old coat. Carol had one exactly like it, made from that same coat, named Gertrude. For years, letters between the two lovers would fly back and forth. I'll have to ask Lou if she's found Gus again since their move.

(Did I mis-remember something? Did the two geese get made in Rochester, when Carol lived up there, and get carried down to Mississippi, when she married Clyde?)

current mood: clever

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8:59 pm - Spotted

On this day, 8-13-o8, I opend my front door, steped off the porch, and to my right sat my first turtle since 2005. "Wait a minute," I told him. I went into the kitchen, opened my loaf, and took out a slice of fresh bread. As I went to the mail box, I tore bits of bread and threw down for him. He was really brave and did not even hide his head. When I returned with the mail, he was eating it.

I promptly named him "George", and asked Clyde when he called if he'd let Myrtle, the Turtle, a turtle-shaped doorstop made by Clay's mother or grandmother, date George.

"Well, I'll have to think about that!" he said.

Carol and Clyde used to have turtles in their back yard, but nobody knows where they are now. Clyde would call and string me along, quoting from Myrtle, the Turtle, and I thought she was real for several months. Carol didn't even tell me!

current mood: happy

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