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« on: April 08, 2009, 04:31:52 PM »

     I was a Special Education Aide at John O. Tynes
Elementary School in my Senior Year at EDHS (1986) and
I would like to get the yearbooks of those that I had
worked with at that time.

     I was an ROP student at that time and took both
Special Ed Aide at John O. Tynes 5 days a week.  At
lunchtime I would drive over there, then be there from
their lunch until the end of the day.  I also took the
EMT-1A course from NOCROP, but ended up running a business
until I retired in 1988, after I had a heart attack.

     Also, if you remember me from there, I would like
to get in touch with you.  I was honored to work with
you and want to know what has happened in your lives and
stay in contact with you.

     I can pay via PayPal, or a check from my online
bill-pay service.

Thank you very much,

John
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« Reply #1 on: April 09, 2009, 12:18:06 PM »

John,

I just found a bunch of EDHS yearbooks on ebay including some from the 90's.  Check it out!  They're usually $24.95 for the buy-it-now price. 
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« Reply #2 on: June 19, 2009, 05:32:28 PM »

Hi Judy, I wonder how John did in his quest for yearbooks.  How funny that they actually sell them on ebay.
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« Reply #3 on: June 20, 2009, 03:03:24 AM »

Just wanted to give you an update everyone. 

     I found a seller on eBay who lives in
Fullerton, and gets EDHS yearbooks quite often.
He contacts me whenever he gets any new ones
in stock.  Then he gives me the "choice of first
refusal", before he puts them up on eBay.

      I can not believe that people would give
up their yearbooks.  I have my two from Bernardo
Yorba, my one from Esperanza (I was there for
about a month or so before someone pulled a knife
on me), as well as my four EDHS yearbooks.  I have
tried to "fill in" those of my friends (those who
were older than I am (Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors
when I was a Freshman... and Freshman, Sophomores,
and Juniors when I was a Senior).

      I was also a Special Ed Aide at John O. Tynes
Elementary School, and most of the people in Special
Ed, would be there until they were "eighth grade"
and would then "graduate" to El Dorado (easier to keep
them in the same classroom for 8 years, then transfer
them to one school, leave out the "Junior High" transfer).
So I have wanted their yearbooks as well, so that would go
from 1987 to 1995, for the most part).  I am not sure if
I have all the yearbooks yet, but I have a lot of them due
to that one dealer.

      Again, I can not BELIEVE that people would actually
get rid of their yearbooks, mine to me mean so much.  Just
looking back and the memories at times.  Even my
roommate/landlord bought a copy of the 1986 edition from the
same seller to get to be able to "rummage through" it at his
leasure instead of possibly damaging mine (due to his having
Cerebral Palsy, he is afraid he may tear the pages of mine).

      Being "semi-retired" (on Social Security Disability since
February 1989), I just do volunteer work as a Chaplain for hospitals,
nursing homes, and hospices.  When my Roommate/Landlord's sister
passed away after turning 59, in the month of May 2009.  Helped
him with the funeral arrangements and to get her cremains back here
to Mansfield, Ohio.  I also do Pastoral Counseling (over the phone,
email, instant messenger, whatever), at no cost.

     I am looking to find a building anyplace in the US (would be
nice to return to California, but not necessary), something with
a parsonage or to live within the church building itself.  If I
can find someone to donate such a building (on my $700 a month in
Social Security [it just went up, because I applied recently for
additional benefits on my late mother's record]... I can not afford
to buy one).  Perhaps put half my income toward monthly payments,
with no money down, as another option.  A place to live, that I could
own, and where I could do the Lord's work.  A place that is wheelchair
accessable (easier to find a church or industrial building, than a
house that would meet such needs on a single floor).  I am a bit sick
of the winters here.  But I will go wherever the Lord sends me.  Even
a rural area like Fresno, California would be fine.

     I qualify for Medicaid Home Care Waiver Assistance (if anyone
who is reading this, went to the Class of 1986 20th Reunion, he was
the gentleman that was with me, who is also my Landlord/Roommate),
and perhaps In Home Supportive Services (IHSS) if I were to move back
to California).  So I would have a job for someone who would want to
help with such things after I make my move to wherever the door opens
to.  I am even willing to go "totally green" (because it is CHEAPER,
sun and wind power, solar hot water, a water well, a LARGE septic tank,
et cetera)... not because I am a major "environmentalist", but because
being on Disability, I am CHEAP. 

     This year on the 22nd of July, I will be 41.  Back when I had my
first heart attack at age 20 in 1988.  The doctors at Hoag thought I
would be lucky to live to be 30.  But I am still here.  Doing whatever
I need to do, the Lord has me here for some reason.

     I was happy to be able to help my Roommate/Landlord, Daniel Martin
Cheuka, as both a friend and as a Chaplain (my badge gets me though most
things such as "visitor hour limits" in places such as hospitals, and gets
me discounts.

God Bless You All,

John

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« Reply #4 on: June 22, 2009, 08:18:31 PM »

John, it sounds like you found a good source for the yearbooks.  I can't imagine anyone getting rid of theirs either, but we all have different memories.  My husband and I love "torturing" our kids and grandkids by looking through the pages and reminiscing.  LOL 

I'll keep you in my prayers, that something comes up for you.  When you least expect it, your prayers may be answered. Smiley

You may want to post in the prayer thread.  We've got a pretty good group that posts there.
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« Reply #5 on: June 23, 2009, 12:57:52 PM »

Lynne,

     I want to thank you very much for your thoughts
and prayers.  I really appreciate them with all of my
heart.  Things are the same as my last message, and
feel free to share my prayer needs with others.  I will
join you over there ASAP.  I just have been a bit sick
over the last few days, but I wanted to reply to your
message as soon as I got it.

God Bless,

John
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