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Saturday, 31 October 2015

31 October 2015. Matushka Lila Ann Regan… Memory Eternal!

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Lila Ann Regan died on Tuesday, 27 October 2015, after suffering two years with multiple myeloma, a form of bone marrow cancer.

She was born in Hollywood CA in May 1946, but she lived her early years in nearby Pasadena. Then, she met her husband of 39 years, Michael, at the then-new St John Chrysostom mission in Pasadena CA. The couple married in 1976, promptly going for three years to St Vladimir Seminary in Yonkers NY. She worked for Pacific Bell for over ten years, then, transferred to New York Bell for three years. After that, for many years, she was an elementary school secretary at Fairmont Elementary School in Vacaville School District, from which she retired in 2012. At the same time, as an Orthodox priest’s wife (‘matushka’ [Russian for “Little Mother”]), first at St Herman in Oxnard CA (1979-83), and then at St Michael, now in Concord CA, for 32 years, ever-faithful in her service as the “sunshine lady” and friendly voice for everyone.

She is survived by her husband, Archpriest Michael, and three children, Thomas, Nicholas, and Kristia, and by her three sisters, Doris Holmes, Bernice Shaheen, Linda Rafeedie, her brother George Rafeedie, and many extended family members. Services for Matushka Lila will be Saturday, 7 November, with the funeral beginning at 11.00 at St Michael Orthodox Church, 2425 Olivera Road, Concord CA., with interment following at Oakmont Cemetery in Lafayette CA.

Please make donations in Lila’s name to St Michael’s Orthodox Church in lieu of flowers.

The parish website is here. Contact them with all enquiries.


Friday, 14 August 2015

14 August 2015. Nine Million Hits and Still Goin’ Strong…

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You guys are why I’m here… oh, I know that not everyone who hits my blog agrees with me. Some are only looking for images… some are asshat righties looking for things to criticise on their lamebrain fora. Some of the former like what they see and stay… as for the latter bunch, kiss my ass, and be gone! Don’t argue with idiots. It does them no good and you even less. Nonetheless, few of my loudmouth critics have nine million hits… they want to sit back and criticise, but they’re lazy and bone-idle, they do no creative work of their own. They don’t do any real effort of their own… but boy, do they have TONS to say about those of us who do labour in the vineyard. Kids… don’t argue with such asshats. They’re not worth your time. COME HERE. I’m the original Little RED Hen of the OrthoNet (“ORTHOdox InterNET)… I’m not afraid of the kitchen when it gets hot and I’m there to get it out there to youse guys in a timely way.

To all of you… THANK YOU. As I always say, “LOVE rules this house”… keep that in mind, dear ones… you won’t go wrong. By the way, love doesn’t mean that you become a spineless jellyfish… trust me… I still hand out the AKs, machetes, axe handles, and coshes out back… how many do you need? Pass the jug and SMILE… that truly riles ’em…


Thursday, 13 August 2015

13 August 2015. Eine Kleine Windows 10 Träumerei…

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Yes, I’m mixing metaphors from Schumann and Mozart… “A Little Windows 10 Dreaming”… I’ve been busy installing Win10 manually with tweaks that my geekly friends suggested to keep things confidential and kosher. It’s going to take me a bit longer… then, I’ll be back with my usual mixture of Russian news and culture, krazy kats, and scripture/religion/Fathers. Be good… the cat will be back shortly.


Wednesday, 10 December 2014

10 December 2014. My Geek Told Me… Windows 8 Has MORE Quirks Than You Thought Of…

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Just when you thought that you were out of the woods… ANOTHER quirk in Windows 8 surfaces. Apparently, it likes to stick on “shutting down”… if that happens, my geek said to reset the machine by taking the battery in and putting it back in (I know that it sounds stupid, but that’s what they said… what about these things makes sense?), if you can, for in some machines, it’s welded to the motherboard. Another thing that you can do is to hold down the “power” switch for at least 30 seconds (yes, I tried it, it works). Also, sometimes, Eight will screw you up by repeating lines of text. I had this happen yesterday… yowza, one of the Cabinet told me about it. Yes, my geek warned me of that, too. By the way, you can disable that pesky “mousepad” on your machine by hitting “F9”. There sure isn’t a boring time with Windows 8! Have you noticed that INORDINATE number of upgrades to it lately? God willing, they’ll put it to rights… pass the jug, that’s all that you can do!


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