Newsletter #55 (Pg.4)

St. George’s College Old Boys’ Association, ON, Canada                                                                           Newsletter, Issue # 55, June, 2009

Our beloved O'Hare as it was before and as it will be again by September 1st 2009.
Let's make it happen for future generations.
Our beloved O’Hare as it was before and as it will be again by September 1st 2009.
Let’s make it happen for future generations!

Neil Dalhouse

He and I went to St.Theresa School on Deanery Road in Kingston. We were always together. At recess, we were together. Lunch breaks, we were together. We swapped lunches. We played soccer, cricket and “Tag, you are it!” together, and played as partners against the other school mates.

We were the best of friends, even though I almost knocked his right eye out with a stone one day after school, causing him to wear eye glasses for many years. Then we got separated for a couple years as I was sent to Alpha Prep School, and he to some other school. We lost contact with each other.

Regardless, we remained friends after meeting up together again later on at St. George’s College, but our closeness was never the same. The couple years of being apart, took away the inner core of our deep friendship somehow. A sad thing, but in life, this happens a lot to many of us, doesn’t it? Our friendship was more strained when he left StGC and went to JC, as we saw less of each other after he switched schools.

Over the years, I watched Warrick Lyn rise to stardom on the cricket pitches of both schools, on their tennis courts, and especially on their soccer fields, where as a speedy winger, he would make the opposition’s defense men cringe when he touched the ball..

Warrick will be remembered for riding his bicycle from his home in Kingston, more than 15 miles away, to Brooks Pen, Cable Hut or some other remote beach on the way to Yallahs. There he spent many an entire day, lying on the beach, being burnt as black as the Ace of Spades by the sun.

Girls from different schools around Kingston would drool over this dark, physically fit human being when seen at private parties or public events. Warrick was, however, a quiet, humble individual, who had a funny sarcastic laugh, that when heard, would make you wonder if he was laughing at you or what you said.

When the Beatles’ long hair syndrome came in, Warrick was one of the first in our crowd to take on that look. It was more effective on him as his shiny jet black hair, along with his deep bronzed, tanned physique, made him  look like one of the actors in the movie, “Hercules Unchained.” I moved to Canada in ’65, and lost personal touch with him from then on, but kept tabs on his relationship with the music business. I followed his involvement as a music producer for many great artistes, like Boris Gardiner, Ken Parker, Toots & the Maytals, The Melodians, Ras Michael, Sons of Negus, Zap Pow, Inner Circle and Junior Tucker. He never seemed to be flustered by anything, and was always calm, a trait that is absolutely necessary if one wants to be successful in the music business, a trait I am sure his lovely wife Patsy appreciated in him.

Warrick was a great friend, a great human being, and if you didn’t know him, you missed out on knowing one of Jamaica’s finest children. Condolences to Patsy, his wife, his brothers, and the rest of his family.

Here’s a little known fact….The first testicular guard “Cup” was used in Hockey in 1874 and the first hockey helmet was used in 1974. It took 100 years for men to realize that the brain is also important. Law of Biomechanics The severity of the itch is inversely proportional to the reach.

By now, everyone should be aware of the fact that all the wood in the O’Hare building has literally been eaten by termites, and that the building is currently deemed a hazardous entity that has to be completely gutted to the outside walls, and then rebuilt on the inside from the ground up. Old Boys Ray Chang and Carl Chang, realizing the urgent need and limited Government resources, have mobilized fundraising teams.

Termite riddled O’Hare Building, May 2009.
Latest photo update-Termite free O’Hare –restoration in full swing

Carl Chang is the manager of this rebuilding project. He has spent countless hours putting together a team of professional architects, builders, and contractors, (all former students of StGC) to help with the refurbishing of the O’Hare, and also build a new structure to house additional classrooms, —– at very little cost to the school.

These guys are to be congratulated for stepping up to the plate and giving of their time and effort, in helping to build a future for students.

There has been a lot of publicity around this project lately, and it has received a lot of support from past students, but has also received negative comments as well. Both Ray and Carl have been using every opportunity available to them to beg for money to cover the cost of this enormous project.

Let it be known that the Jamaican government does not have the resources to support all the necessary projects, so someone else has to drum up the money needed, if the life of our great institution is to continue into the distant future. Where else is the money to come from if not from past students?

The cost to refurbish the O’Hare building is about $30 million Jamaican dollars, or over some $400,000 Cdn. If these two guys don’t do it, then who else would want to take on this job? Instead of balking at their project, those who see this project in a negative light should be praying for their success and wishing them well with it.

Over the past 45 years there have been 6,000 plus graduates from the college. If every one of us donated a small amount, this amount would more than cover the costs required for the job. And yes, it’s no secret that one person has generously donated hefty sums of money over the years, to the school, but we can’t keep drawing from this well forever. There has to be other sources of income support for #2 North Street.

The social and academic skills that were taught to us is greatly responsible for the decent lifestyle many of us are experiencing today, and in My View, we should all be contributing something towards the future existence of the institution, so that others can have the same experience.

Law of Close Encounters – The probability of meeting someone you know increases dramatically when you are with someone you don’t want to be seen with.

If you remember the Original Hollywood Squares and its comics. Responses were spontaneous, clever, not scripted and never dull. Peter Marshall was the host asking the questions:

Q. Do female frogs croak?
A. Paul Lynde: If you hold their little heads under water long enough.
Q. True or False, a pea can last as long as 5,000 years.
A. George Gobel: Boy, it sure seems that way sometimes
Q. As you grow older, do you tend to gesture more or less with your hands while talking?
A. Rose Marie: You ask me one more growing old question Peter, and I’ll give you a gesture you’ll never
Q. When you pat a dog on its head, he will wag his tail. What will a goose do?
A. Paul Lynde: Make him bark?

Boy…! Those shows still crack me up.

Some perks of being over 60: 1) You get into heated arguments about pension plans. 2). You sing along with elevator music. 3) You can live without sex, but not your glasses or chocolate. 4) Your secrets are safe with friends, because they can’t remember them either.

Words women use:

1). Five Minutes: If she is getting dressed, this means a half hour. Five minutes really means five minutes, if you have been given five minutes to watch the game before helping around the house.

2). Fine: Women use this word when they are right, and you need to shut up quickly.

3). Nothing: This is the calm before the storm. This means something is going to happen to you for sure, and you should be on your toes when you hear this word. Arguments that begin with “nothing” usually end in “fine.”

4). Don’t worry
about it, I’ve got it! Another dangerous statement, meaning this is something a woman has told a man to do several times, but is now doing it herself. This will later result in the man asking “What’s wrong?” with the woman responding, “Nothing!”

Heartiest congratulations to the StGC 4 x 200 relay team that did so well at Champs this year. The entire Track team as well should be congratulated, as they were awarded $100,000 Ja. for being the most improved team for 2009. This is a great sign for what’s to come from them in the future.

The Summer Ball is coming in a couple weeks. Go to the StGC website for more info on the event. Buy your tickets early, and secure your seats in a centered position in the ball room. Those who buy tickets a few days from the event will get seats off to the sides of the room.

There are many Old Boys whose health has deteriorated recently, and are not doing so well. Some, you know of, others, you don’t. Please take a moment after reading this article, and say a prayer for them!!

A Gannneeee!!!

Neil Dalhouse

Looking up the word GOLF in one location on the net indicated that the word might be an acronym for “Gentlemen Only, Ladies Forbidden.” And in a Robin Williams skit, he said that the game is a crazy, silly, Scottish one where a man would take a stick, try to hit a small ball down a tiny little hole, and try to do this 9 or 10 times before being successful, not once, but 18 times in a game. What a silly game he says.

Well, the Ontario Chapter of the St.GC Old Boy’s Association has been having a tournament of this silly game, for quite a few years now, and another one will be held at Lake Ridge (South)Golf & Country Club this year, Friday 4th., September 2009at a cost of $80 per person. The round of golf costs $46, Food afterwards at Rudy Chin’s home $14, and $20 cash per person towards the prizes = $80. Those interested in playing call Rudy at 905-470-7690. or Fen Chang at 905-475-5380. Come out for the fun, the camaraderie, the great food afterwards, and the prizes.

You probably will regret your score but not the day!!. “Golf is not just an exercise; it’s an adventure, a romance… a Shakespeare play in which disaster and comedy are intertwined.”

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