As you may know from previous posts, an MCHS lunch group meets about once a month in the Toronto area.
Our most recent get together was at the Mandarin restaurant on The Queensway in south Etobicoke on April 20, 2018.
In attendance were Rita Witrylak, Scott Munro, Daniel McPhail, Bob Carswell, and Jaan Pill.
Also planning to attend was Heinz Thurner but he ran into car trouble in the morning and had to skip the event this time around.
Several more people are on our email list and we look forward to meeting them as well at a future event.
Our next get together is tentatively set for Friday, May 25, 2018.
Please contact Jaan Pill at email@example.com if you would like to be on the email list for messages about our upcoming luncheon meetings.
We welcome MCHS graduates from all decades from the opening years in the 1960s, to the final years of the school in the 1980s. As graduates of this great high school, we all have a lot to learn from each other.
Newcomers to the group are the guests of honour
We always make it a point to make newcomers to the group the guests of honour, as we much enjoy the wit and wisdom that newcomers bring to a group, such as ours.
Our honoured newcomer guest of honour on April 20, 2018 was Rita Witrylak (MCHS 1968), who shared many great stories with us from her years at Malcolm Campbell High School.
Daniel McPhail (MCHS 1969) and Rita Witrylak also shared many anecdotes, between them, about people that they both knew during the years they were at MCHS. Rita also noted that, from what she can see from the MCHS 1967-68 yearbook, Daniel was among the stars of the MCHS basketball universe.
The rest of the group graduated a few years earlier, but we still had much to share, with the younger group, especially with regard to the many teachers who were at the school from the early into the late 1960s.
Among the things that I learned during our meeting, from Scott Munro, was that there used to be a French Huguenot school in Montreal (Huguenots being Protestants from France).
Bob Carswell shared many interesting stories with Rita related to the experiences of ancestors in England and elsewhere in Europe, before the subsequent events that brought families to Canada after the Second World War.
We talked up a storm, about the weather
At one point, among many other topics, discussion turned to the weather. Several of us noted that, with the recent stormy weather, we were pleased that we had not yet gotten around to removing the snow tires from our cars, as things got pretty wet and slippery a week or so ago, here in Southern Ontario.
There was also talk about Miami beachfront properties in the era of climate change. The news was that Florida real estate agents prefer that people not talk about the erosion of the Florida coastline, as the prices for beachfront properties might be affected, when people talk like that.
Another comment was that climate change is like rust on a car. Little by little, the rust goes about its business, until the day arrives that the car has had its day.
We then moved on to other topics of interest, including the fact that it’s been a while since Vancouver has had an earthquake. The understanding is that, when a major earthquake occurs, the soil will slide into the sea taking condos and houses with it. Southern Ontario, by contrast, is in a good stable area (so it is said).
All you can eat, and then some
We all ate a lot, and we all got a 20 percent seniors discount on the very reasonable price for our meal. Speaking for myself, I will next time have a bit more of a breakfast, before I arrive at the Mandarin for lunch. On this occasion, I went to the buffet many times, until I could barely take another bite.
I ate a small bowlful of beans, beets, corn, and shrimp. Then I ate another small bowlful of the same. On a third occasion as well, I ate another small bowlful. Along with some helpings of cookies and small pieces of cake, I then topped it off with two small bowls of ice cream.
I may, during the course of the day, have gone beyond the 25 grams of sugar that I usually allocate for myself, in accordance with the daily sugar-intake limit recommended by the World Health Organization.
So, for the next luncheon, which is tentatively set for 12:30 pm on May 25, 2018, I will start the day with a big breakfast and will make a real attempt to exercise more discipline, as I walk up to the buffet.
Rita’s vintage MCHS sweater
Along with bringing along her 1967-68 MCHS yearbook, Rita Witrylak also wore her MCHS sweater. I was especially impressed with the design of the three crests that adorned her impressive sweater, that she still likes to wear on suitable occasions, these many years after attending Malcolm Campbell High School.
A March 26, 2018 CBC article, relating to climate change and related topics, is entitled: “Human activity pushing Earth towards ‘sixth mass species extinction,’ report warns.”
As well, Bob Carswell notes that he was in fact offered a higher chair; so it’s good to know that, if the too-low chairs are an issue (they can create discomfort from prolonged sitting, in some cases), then the Mandarin restaurant is readily able to address such a concern.