Discussion in 'Forum Feedback, Questions & Suggestions' started by rockgor, Feb 26, 2016.

  1. rockgor

    rockgor Well-Known Member

    I remember it used to be possible to search for old messages on the
    board. I'd like to find a poem I posted a couple times, but don't want
    to hunt threw 11,000 posts over the last 11 years.

    We used to be able to search for a user name, the content of a post,
    or a particular title. Is this still possible?

  2. ConfusedInPA

    ConfusedInPA Well-Known Member

    Hey Rock,

    do you remember a couple of words from the poem??

    Maybe I can help???

    You probably posted on ChitChit, or maybe on FM, when the posts were labeled as "OT:..." (off topic).

    Let me know..............

  3. rockgor

    rockgor Well-Known Member

    Hi Diane

    Thank you for your kind offer. Yes, I remember most of the
    poem. Only it's much longer than the short verses I usually
    post, so can't remember it all.

    The opening lines were:
    Happy Birthday, Birthday Boy.
    What would fill your heart with joy?

    Unless I posted it to the counterpart.
    Then the opening lines were:
    Happy Birthday, Birthday Girl.
    What would give your heart a thrill?

    The closing lines were:
    When we reach our journey's end,
    Was life's greatest gift a friend?

    Some years back a member here posted to
    me that she like the verse, and had searched
    for the name of the author. She said she
    found the poem, but always from the same
    source: me.

    I tried searching on both the Prohealth Board
    and the net, but got nowhere.

    I want to add a "last birthday card" to Gordon's
    envelope that I have marked: To be opened when
    I am gone. It has a letter I've written each year for
    several years, old pics, greeting cards, etc.

    I'd like to leave a letter like Sullivan Ballou's, but
    can't quite manage that. (Remember the letter
    and Ashokan Farewell from Ken Burn Civil
    War documentary.) Makes me tear up every time.

  4. ConfusedInPA

    ConfusedInPA Well-Known Member

    Happy Birthday, Birthday girl.
    What would give your heart a thrill?

    Would you like a brand new Lexus?
    You could ride from here to Texas.

    Over roads of dirt or gravel,
    Over highways you could travel.

    Stop and look and let your eyes run
    Till they reach the far horizon.

    Who knows when or how we'll land there?
    Yet in time we all will stand there.

    When we reach our journey's end;
    Was life's greatest gift a friend?


    Is this the poem????

    Hugs, Diane
    Last edited: Feb 29, 2016
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  5. rockgor

    rockgor Well-Known Member

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    Oh, my Gosh! Diane, how did you do that?!
    I am amaziated. Thank you too many as an
    old friend of mine used to say.

    Anydobby who wants to use this is welcome to. It's
    not copyrighted. I see a made a mistake in the
    third line from the end. It should read, "Yet in time
    we all will stand there."

    I make so many mistakes now. Sigh. Or as Mikie
    says, Whine, whine, whine.

    I thought of a new song game which I'm going to post
    sometime today. Hope you are up to posting.

    Last edited: Feb 29, 2016
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  6. ConfusedInPA

    ConfusedInPA Well-Known Member


    I can't tell you, Rock. It's a secret!!!!! LOL LOL

    Actually, since we've gotten this new board format years ago, I think I've clicked on every available button, help tool, etc. I can't help it, I'm curious about computer software. :)

    So I did an "advanced search" for:

    "When we reach our journey's end;
    Was life's greatest gift a friend?"

    I used the quote marks. I said it was posted by Rockgor. And I searched ALL ProHealth forums.

    Did you click on the link I referred you to?? What memories, of those who used to post here.

    In my post to you, here, I edited the third line from the end. So now it reads as you wanted it to read.

    No problem, my friend. Glad I could be of assistance to you!!

    Hugs, Diane :D

    PS: By the way, I love the poem. You are a talented poster/writer/poet, etc.
  7. rockgor

    rockgor Well-Known Member

    Thank you too many for the compliment. I'm pretty talented alright.
    If you want a short verse for a greeting card. But I'm light years from
    our great writers like Ogden Nash, Dorothy Parker, Richard
    Armour, Phyllis McGinley, Gelett Burgess, etc.

    Yes, I went back and looked at the page where you found the verse.
    There were 3 people there I used to be friends with. Sweetie was the
    gal who was one of 3-4 people I was talking with back in the days
    when there was no chit chat board.

    If you wanted to have a conversation not about a disease or a med or a
    symptom, you had to put OT for Off Topic in front of your post. After
    we'd been discussing small towns and people sitting out on the front
    porch and visiting with folks walking by, Sweetie opened the first
    porch thread.

    Sweetie had been a bank manager. Was severely traumatized during a
    holdup. I am not violating a confidence as she posted this and
    discussed it in her profile and various posts.

    And Ken H was from Minnesota. He started the book club. A teacher.
    He was great at leading the discussion and thinking up provocative
    questions about whatever book we were reading.

    And Annie Cromwell was a good friend. My memory is pretty hazy, but
    I think she was the one who said her ancestors came from England and
    settled in Iowa near the little town where I was born. She married a
    fellow from that area. He had polio as a kid; was left w/ a limp. He became
    a High School teacher. Used to take groups of students to Europe.

    They were all wonderful people. And we still have some wonderful
    people today.
    Vous, par exemple.

    Speaking of PS, I just started a new thread that has a song with a PS.

    Merci beaucoup

    PS, my ancestor-genealogy hunting aunt thought our English ancestors
    came from Normandy. The main clue, I guess, was the spelling of names.
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  8. ConfusedInPA

    ConfusedInPA Well-Known Member

    Rock --
    vær så god
    (I hope that says You Are Welcome, in Norwegian!)

    If not, let's try French:
    vous êtes les bienvenus

    If the above makes no sense, blame GOOGLE TRANSLATE!!! LOL :p

    Rock, Barry -- Thank you for the compliments!!
    Hugs, Diane
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  9. Granniluvsu

    Granniluvsu Well-Known Member

    Wow !! You are right JULIE about our PH family being awesome.. THANKS DIANE for5 taking the time to looks this up for ROCK . BTW, also ROCK you are. awesome.. I too remember some of those. people. at that time. Seems like. yesterday... My computer is going crazy..

    Granni :)