Friday, December 29, 2006

Nellie Wilson Farlow

In the recent week we have had a number of people die. President Ford and James Brown are but two. But I didn't know either one of them personally so their deaths are but newspaper stories to me. I want to mention someone I did know, who died Christmas Eve. Her name was Nellie Wilson Farlow. She was 88. She was one of the Miller-Hasting clan that has a family reunion every year in August so I always saw her at least once a year. Until the last two years she always attended the reunions, ill health prevented her from doing so those other years. She was a very nice person. My father and her, who were cousins, always enjoyed talking at the reunion about growing up in the area west of Delmar. My mother said when they all rode the school bus in the 1930's, Nellie was the most beautiful one on the bus and all the boys were in love with her. The reunion in 2007 will occur as usual but we will all certainly miss her present.

Flu Time

Well we got thru Christmas but the day after Christmas I became sick with the stomach flu. I have been in bed for about three days and have only started moving around today. Last night, my youngest daughter came home from work early and on entering the house bent over and threw up in a trash can. She has been down in bed all day. Tonight, my wife came down with the same thing. My oldest daughter is thinking of going to visit friends for the next couple of days so she doesn't catch it.

Tuesday, December 26, 2006

Interesting Blog Site - Civil 3D Rocks

I have been reading an interesting blog site called Civil 3d Rocks It is written by Dana Breig Probert from somewhere in Delaware. She is a civil engineer type person. Her husband is an engineer and her parents are engineers, as are his parents. It has a nice nerd appeal with interesting outlooks. Altho most of it is aimed at some software package called Civil 3d it has interesting moments as when she calculated how many cans of Mountain Dew are on a semi-trailer truck and playing with her daughter's legos to build a model of a wastewater treatment plant. We also find when she has family gathering, since they are all engineers, they like to go on tours of local infrastructure, as wastewater treatment plants. It is great that someone has such a passion for their occupation that it consumes a great part of their life.

Turkey Leftovers and Biden

Well it is the day after Christmas and once again we are faced with Turkey leftovers and Senator Joe Biden announcing he will run for president. The leftovers are an annual event and for the first few reheating's and reinventing recipes aren't too hard to stomach again. Joe Biden is another story. Now I will say upfront I don't care that much for Senator Joe Biden. Joe Biden running for President seem to not only be an every four years tradition in Delaware, but more of a Delaware joke that Joe Biden is running for President. In a tradition of being charitable at Christmas time, I will say he can't be much worst than the others who will be running for President and what has been elected.

No Trash Pickup Today

Normally we would put our trash out to the curb for pickup today. The Town Council decided since town hall was closed, trash would be picked up on Wednesday this week. We will see what actually happens.

Monday, December 25, 2006

Jesus is born

Bethlehem, Judea - Authorities were today alerted by a concerned citizen who noticed a family living in a barn. Upon arrival, Family Protective Service personnel, accompanied by police, took into protective care an infant child named Jesus, who had been wrapped in strips of cloth and placed in a feeding trough by his 14-year old mother, Mary of Nazareth.

During the confrontation, a man identified as Joseph, also of Nazareth, attempted to stop the social workers...

Also being held for questioning are three foreigners who allege to be wise men from an eastern country. The INS and Homeland Security officials are seeking information about these who may be in the country illegally. A source with the INS states that they had no passports, but were in possession of gold and other possibly illegal substances...The chemical substances in their possession will be tested.
The United States National Threat Advisory was raised to High Risk (Orange). President Bush was transported by helicopter to an undisclosed safe location.

Sunday, December 24, 2006

Christmas Eve and the Animals Talk

It is Christmas eve, the magic time is here. Now according to legend, Christ's birth occurred at exactly midnight tonight. At that time, the animals in the stable were given the gift of voice and all the animals knelt in their stalls to give praise to God for the birth of the Christ Child. This lasted several minutes until the wise men appeared and the only humans who heard the animals were Mary, Joseph and Jesus. To this day, each Christmas at Midnight the animals are given the gift of speech for a few minutes. Zoo keepers, kennels owners and poultry growers live in fear of this night.

My animals, at midnight do less praise of the Christ child and more bitching and complaining. They want better food, more food, more "off" time, more gadgets and toys to make their life interesting. For the most part they sound like reincarnated government workers. So tonight once again I will hear what they have to say.

As I become older I frankly enjoy Christmas less and less. Between Christmas gift buying, traffic, really rude people, and tacky yard displays I have more of a wish to just sit home and be left alone. But somewhere out there I still truly believe that there is a wonder and awe and magic to this time of year. You and I just have to look a little harder for it. This Christmas I hope is enjoyable for you in whatever ways you enjoy Christmas.

Merry Christmas For 2006!

Saturday, December 23, 2006

Cape Henlopen School District Audit

I recently read where Cape Henlopen School District will be one of several school districts audited in 2007. In the last year Cape Henlopen has been in the news several times concerning expansion, disgruntle school district tax payers etc. I guess George Stone has found a district where he can't just say "if you don't vote for it we will have to consolidate with the Laurel school district" and have everyone fall in line behind him. Maybe Cape Henlopen taxpayers expect something for their money.

Friday, December 22, 2006

Is There A Santa Claus?

The Wicomico County Maryland blogging world has been dealt a horrible blow recently when the Wicomico County Council voted against the TIF for the old mall. The council seem to have done something right. What are we going to harp about? Could it be we were wrong about elected officials and government employees? Is there a Santa Claus? I guess, by the law of averages, it was bound to happen sooner or later, and at Christmas time no less. Well, we will wait and see if this was an abnormality or a new trend. And Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus.

First Day of Winter

Celebrate It is the First Day of Winter

Thursday, December 21, 2006

Snap Out Of It

Snap out of it people, you have four days until Christmas, get out there and shop.

Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Charles C. Habliston Died

Charles Habliston passed away Sunday. He was 78 and he was an accountant. I worked with him went I first started work with Wicomico County. He was a man you could respect. He represented the best in a profession that is going to pot every day.

Monday, December 18, 2006

Monday Council Meeting

The joint councils of Delmar Delaware and Maryland had their December meeting tonight. It lasted from 7 PM to 9 PM. On the Delaware side, Council people Mary Pase and Diane Buckley were missing. Some of the highlights were;

The Town's accounting firm presented a draft copy of last years financial report for the towns of Delaware, Maryland and the Utility Commission. Jason Gidge of Trice, Geary & Myers was the presenter. He spent about five minutes for each of the three entities going thru a 30 page financial statement for each. He than asked if there were any questions. Amazing, why did he think there would be any questions? With that much information in front of them it would impossible to ask a question. The important thing was the accounting firm was giving a clean, unqualified opinion that the reports fairly represent the financial position of the three entities and there were no significant internal control problems. I took a couple of notes regarding the net profit for the year for the three entities, the town of Delmar Maryland made a profit last year of $640,000. The Town of Delmar Delaware made a profit of $25,000. The Utility Commission made a profit of $1,215,119. Now tell me, as I have been harping on this for two years, that the Utility Commission is charging to much in rates to the user and a rate reduction should take place. Somewhere there should be a middle ground of having a reserve to replace aging pipeline and overcharging the customer. Again these are draft financial reports, subject to change, but I doubt there will be any change.

Jeff Clark representing Blackwater Creek development made some comments. Mainly, he had dropped off material describing Blackcreek to the Mayors and councils and wanted to know if there were any questions. He said he wanted to keep the lines of communication open and Blackcreek wants to be a good neighbor.

There was presentation to the town by Maria Andaya of DELDOT and Mike Angelo of McCormick Taylor (a Contractor to DELDOT) about streetscaping for the business section of Delmar Delaware. It mainly consisted of light poles, make believe brick walks, and decorative fencing. The project would cost $400,000 and the town of Delmar Delaware would pay 8% ($32,000). Most questions asked were from the Maryland Council (the ones who won't be paying the bill). The most concern was the lack of change to the present parking on Pennsylvania avenue. The concerns were regarding the parking for the possible apartment dwellers, there didn't seem to any concern over the retail trade. The $32,000 price for Delmar is good, but I just see a repeat of downtown Salisbury where millions have been put in to it and there isn't shit there. Downtown areas are dead and they should be torn down instead of artificially being supported by welfare.

Vance Phillip from the Sussex county Council appeared to wish everyone Merry Christmas and to tell us he had money he could give us if we apply for it.

Ordinance 144 for the Town of Delmar Delaware was read and passed. It rezoned a specific property in the 600 block of North second street from industrial to residential.

Road paving in town and on Connelly Mill road was discussed. The lack of available money was an issue. The Maryland side has a paving project on Walnut street that will cost $1,700,000. On the Delaware side the Jewell Street project between 7th and 8th street will cost $191,000. These costs are not just for paving but also replacing water, sewer and stormdrains.

Birthdays For Keith and Robert

Two birthdays in the family today. Robert Dickerson, a nephew, who lives in New Jersey turns 39 today. Keith Dennis, who lives in Salisbury, turns 38 today. Happy Birthday!!

Joint Council Meeting Reminder

As a reminder there is a Delmar Joint Council meeting tonight (Dec 18th) at 7PM and a public works meeting at 6PM. Both are held at Town Hall. The Utility meeting was cancelled.

Saturday, December 16, 2006

Happy Birthday Ramonia and Gerry

A late Happy Birthday to Ramonia and a late Happy Birthday to Gerry. Two people I worked with at the Wicomico County Government. One is very very old and the other one acts old.

Ford Brewington

Although I like to keep my blog orientated to the Delaware side of town, at this time of year you tend to remember people who have passed away. One person was Ford Brewington. Ford was one of the many, many characters of Delmar. He was best known, locally and statewide, for his annual public Christmas dinner. In spite of this, if you ask half the people in Delmar what they thought of Ford Brewington they would tell you he was crazy.

He drove a van that was painted in patriotic colors with the saying “God and children hates divorce”. He always attended the Delaware/Maryland joint council/commissioners meetings. At that time (in the 1980’s) we would smoke during the meetings. Ford use to have a World War I gas mask that he would put on when we started smoking and wear it through the entire meeting. He always had comments at Public Comment time, although his comments were at time muffled due to the gas mask he was wearing. He would pass out photocopies of newspapers articles about irate citizens in other towns who came in and shot their mayor and council over disagreements. It was in that period we started having the police attend the meetings. However he was always interested in helping people. The Maryland side of Delmar Town Government was just as much to blame as Ford was for what later transpired. Ford collected old cars and the Maryland side of Town got their Town attorney to write him a letter saying he was running an unauthorized junk yard. Ed Feeney was a commissioner at that time and was so ticked off about the injustice he got the Town to change their position on that one. Ford also collected license tags and when his estate auctioned them off he had over 25,000 of them. For a view of the 2003 Ford Brewington Estate Auction click here.

Well things just got worst and worst between the town and Ford. It was just a constant pissing contest between Ford and the Maryland side of town government; specifically Karen Horsman, the town manager, and Frank Gully, the Maryland Mayor. At each Joint council meeting I use to thank God that I was the Delmar Delaware Mayor and did not have to get involved in that mess. Karen, I haven’t heard from in years and we know where Frank Gully is. It finally accumulated in Ford painting a sign on the entire side of his house in pink paint and refusing to pay his property taxes. He refused to pay his taxes until the town provided services for the taxes. The town declared it an unauthorized sign and went after Ford with all the force and vengeance they had. Regardless how small a town is, any news item about a town going against a citizen will always be played out as a David versus Goliath scenario. An article, with accompanying photo, of Ford’s house was carried in the Baltimore Sun and local papers. It gave the town a lot of unfavorable publicity, but they deserved it. I think eventually his house was sold for delinquent taxes because he continued to refused to pay them. You may think you own your home but try and not pay taxes and you will find out you are in a no better position than a renter.

Ford started an annual Public Christmas Dinner in his home, than branched out to holding it in the American Legion. He became very well known for this event and other helpful things he did around Town. This resulted in his being awarded the Jefferson Award for Public Service in 1993. This award is statewide and honors individuals for their achievements and contributions through public and community service. It is my understanding the American Legion is not having the dinner this year but will have it next year.

So when it is all over with Ford Brewington is remembered favorably for his annual Christmas Dinner, receiving the Jefferson award for Public service in 1993, and has a charitable trust named after him. Whereas Frank Gully, former Delmar Maryland Mayor, is remembered as a child molester who went to jail. In this case the “strange” person was the one who did the most good and the “normal” person (Frank Gully) was the one who was hiding things.

As a postnote, should you feel a really strong Christmas spirit and want to be charitable toward Frank Gully, you can send him a Christmas Card to this address:

DOC ID Holding Facility 241341
Western Correctional Institution
13800 McMullen Hwy. SW, Cumberland, MD 21502

If a person is in a Maryland State Prison his address can be looked up by going
to inmate locator

“Some people hear their own inner voices with great clearness. And they live by what they hear. Such people become crazy... or they become legend.”Quote Jim Harrison

Ten Reasons To Live In Delmar, Delaware

1) We have a great Fire Department
2) Our Library is one of the best on the Shore.
3) Altho I question the quality of the Middle and High School, we have Lil Red Hen - one of the best preschool and nursery facilities on Delmarva.
4) The VFW is one of the best civic and social organization around, in spite of being located on the wrong side of the street.
5) The Concerned Citizens will be one of the best civic organizations in Delmar.
6) We have Sara Bynum-King as town manager.
7) The Police Department, altho they work in mystical ways, is excellent.
8) We have the Delmarva Model Train Club.
9) Our American Legion will become one of the best on the shore.
10) We don't have Barrie Tilghman as Mayor.

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Clam Chowder and Clam Cakes

I decided today to cook Clam Chowder and Clam Cakes for supper. It did not turn out anywhere near as well as my mother-in-laws. She was born and raised in Rhode Island and when we visited her and my father-in-law in the summer she made the greatest Clam Chowder and Clam cakes. Now in New England, Chowder and Clam Cakes is a summer time meal. It is usually accompanied by corn on the cob, Narragansett beer (Hey give me a Gansett!)and perhaps lobster. I rarely heard of them eating it in the winter, but since I am from the Eastern Shore and don't know any better, we are having it for supper in December. Well both have passed on so I guess I will never get her recipe now. Narragansett was acquired by Falstaff and the mystic never returned to having a gansett. Much like National Bohemia beer and that little one eye guy(Hey give me a Boh!)it is only a memory. One of the hard parts in fixing this was finding a brown paper bag to shake the clam cakes in after frying them (you are rarely given a choice between paper or plastic now days) but they always told me this was a key step.

The Christmas Carol

"Marley was dead: to begin with. There is no doubt whatever about that. The register of his burial was signed by the clergyman, the clerk, the undertaker, and the chief mourner. Scrooge signed it: and Scrooge's name was good upon Change, for anything he chose to put his hand to. Old Marley was as dead as a door-nail."

Today, in 1843, Charles Dickens published "The Christmas Carol" and brought forth that great Christmas word of "Humbug". A word we hear frequently as Christmas gets closer. He gave the accounting profession a new idol in the form of Scrooge. To reread this story click here The Christmas Carol It is different from the movie version - less emphasis on Tiny Tim.

A quote from Charles Dickens "There are books of which the backs and covers are by far the best parts”

Monday, December 11, 2006

Politically Correct

At the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport they have removed the Christmas trees they had put up in the airport. They removed them rather than put up a giant Jewish menorah, in addition, to the trees. The Rabbi that had requested the menorah be put up, when refused, hired a lawyer and threatened to sue.

“We decided to take the trees down because we didn’t want to be exclusive,” said airport spokeswoman Terri-Ann Betancourt. “We’re trying to be thoughtful and respectful, and will review policies after the first of the year.”

For the story go to MS NBC

Sunday, December 10, 2006

Today's Quote

"Any change is resisted because bureaucrats have a vested interest in the chaos in which they exist"
Richard M. Nixon


In today's "Daily Times" there was a cartoon about the Voice Legacy to Wicomico County. It implied that VOICE and the Revenue Cap was the reason why the schools need money, the 911 dispatch salaries are low and Wicomico County has capital needs that are unfulfilled because of VOICE. Let me say VOICE was the greatest thing that ever came to Wicomico County. I worked for Wicomico County for five years and daily I was astonish at the waste that I saw. They could easly cut the budget by 20% and still fulfill the needs of Wicomico County. There are a number of problems with the lack of money in Wicomico County. First, they have too many personnel. Those employees they do have they don't expect to do any work. The County Council does nothing except make sure they get their special projects thru. I have spoke with John Cannon before he was elected and I don't expect anything special from him. Rick Pollitt is a bureaucrat who will do nothing to cut back on spending. The new sheriff, Mike Lewis, won't be any better on controlling spending. The school system is entirely out of control with too many managers at inflated rates of pay. Now I live in Sussex County Delaware which certainly has it's share of problems and incompetence, but I don't think it is anywhere near as bad as Wicomico County. I can speak about Wicomico County because I have property I pay taxes on in Wicomico County. I live on a budget that is based on my income, it is time Wicomico County looks at their budget (which they should have started on at this point) and decide how they can fulfill the needs of the residents of Wicomico County and not the Real Estate developers. The cap was put in place by the majority of voters in Wicomico County. It truly gripes my ass when you hear Wicomico county officials speaking out against it. If they are unhappy they should quit, but I can't imagine them being able to find another easy job like they presently have, which is why they haven't quit. The only official statement they should be making concerning the cap is "it is what the voters of Wicomico County wanted" and than shut the hell up.

Saturday, December 09, 2006

Ross Mansion

I visited the Ross mansion in Seaford today. They were having their Tenth annual Victorian Christmas.

The entrance to the Ross Mansion.
For Seven dollars you got a tour of the building and Punch and Cookies at the end of the Tour.

This Photograph does not do justice to the decorating in the room. The room was decorated by Bess Buds in Delmar.

Again it was difficult to get a wide angle picture of the rooms, however this room was decorated by Flowers by Hearn in Delmar.

This is a photo of the outside garden.

Today's Quote

"It's a little like wrestling a gorilla. You don't quit when you're tired-you quit when the gorilla is tired."
Robert Strauss

Friday, December 08, 2006

Delmar Christmas Lights

In this week's edition of the "Star" was an editorial on the lack of Christmas Street lights in Delmar. It made Delmar sound as pathetic as it is. Christmas street lights aren't put up because - bulbs burn out and State Street park lights aren't up due to vandalism. To add a little salt to the wound they provide a list of other towns we could ride to and look at Christmas lights - Laurel, Blades, Seaford, Bridgeville, and Greenwood.

Now it seems to me if all the light bulbs were replaced each year and a system of replacement of the light decorations were in place than we would have less of a problem with the bulbs burning out. The problems sounds like a public works problem to me. As for the Vandals, other towns must have vandals and we do have 24 hour police protection plus on the Maryland side of town they have the addition of the empire building Wicomico County Police Department so why do we have more of an uncontrolled problem with vandals than other towns? It sounds like a police department problem.

I think the Christmas street lights are one more sign of the problem Delmar has - it is just a lack of pride. We allow people who have commercial and rental property to let their properties look like dumps. We allow officials, who run for office, to run unopposed and become "elected" officials without ever being elected. We don't go to town meetings. We don't expect our Town employees to do anything. We allow the town to continue to let leaves and debris sit in our streets without any attempt to clean the streets. We allow commercial property, under construction, to have a construction site that looks like a dump and have dangerous drainage ponds that are unfenced on the property. What do the two town enforcement officers do? Are they paid off by the construction companies to ignore problems on construction sites? God known there is another ordinance passed every time I go to the town meeting telling us what we can and can't do in Delmar so why isn't something done about commercial and rental property?

The Lion's club use to be a leader in Delmar pride, but I haven't heard of much they have done in years. The school does nothing in the way of organizing Delmar Town Pride groups. The only thing they can do is ask for more money. A group that I do have great hope for is The Concerned Citizens. I think with a few more members they could be the lead group to improve Delmar. This month they meet at Town Hall on the Thursday the 14th at 8PM.

Thursday, December 07, 2006

"A date which will live in infamy"

Today the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor. As I have grown older it is a day that is celebrated less and less, no doubt because the people who were alive at the time are less and less. Some people today view it as a politically incorrect day as supposedly today the Japanese are our friend. In truth we may have beaten them in World War II but we than helped them rebuilt and today they control us economically so we lost. If they were to ever stop buying our bonds to prop up our useless currency the United States would be on the same level as Brazil. The United States must be one of the few countries in the world who will fight with another country and than spend billions rebuilding that country. Look at Iraq. Never less let us remember for a moment the thousands of people, both military and civilian, that were awaken on a Sunday morning to planes, bombs and gunfire. Moreover let us remember those who last memories were of the attack on Pearl Harbor.

Delaware Day

In 1933 Governor C. Douglass Buck proclaimed this day henceforth as "Delaware Day" in commemoration of the state's adoption of the US Federal Constitution in 1787.

Wednesday, December 06, 2006

The Bank Teller's Ass

I think everyone has had an embarrassing incident with a clothing seam breaking or a zipper unzipped. Well a few days ago, I was in a Pizza place waiting for my pizza and a local bank teller walked in. Since I was sitting and waiting, I was eyeball to ass level with everyone in the ordering line. I happened to notice that the seam in her slacks has split open exposing a couple inches of ass to the world. I wouldn't have noticed but since the crack of her ass was exposed from lack of underwear it was hard to miss. Now I could have been nice and told her "Hey lady you know your ass is hanging out?", but from a previous similar experience I realised I would not get an appreciative "Thank you", so I remained quiet. People always claim they want to be dealt with honestly, but that's actually the direct opposite of what they want. What they really want is to be lied to in the most flattering way possible or just say nothing. For an old man like me, my visit got me a pizza and a cheap thrill. In truth I do get tire of the amount of ass that is displayed now days. The bank teller problem was an accident, but the amount of skin exposed by women who bent over now days is less titillating and more vuglar each time I see it. I am tire of looking at thong tops, butt cracks and tattoos pointing to their ass.

Catchy title for this post wasn't it? I am sure a number of people read it who normally skim over my usual posts.

The blog Kara Babble has an interesting discussion of a similar incident. She entitled the post "Let your underwear be a camouflage for your ass".

Monday, December 04, 2006

Shirley Pryor Passed Away

The older I get the more people I see in the Obituaries that I knew. I guess it is a good thing I am looking at them instead of them looking at me but still you hate to see them go. Shirley Pryor, who was younger than I am, passed away last Thursday. Shirley was one of the many Pryor girls (I guess there was six of them) who lived next to us on Johnson Road in Salisbury back in the 1950's. Her mother Eleanor passed away not so long ago. Her sister works at Bryan and Brittingham in Delmar.

Delmar School Referendum

Tomorrow, December 5th, we get to vote for or against another school referendum. I can't imagine there being many people that are going to vote on this so I expect for it to pass. The larger print in the notice state "This Referendum does not increase the school tax rate", so who is really going to care if it is approved or not. What the advertisement doesn't say is if you vote against this referendum will your taxes go down? The referendum is for approval to sell bonds for the construction of six middle school classrooms and additional cafeteria space. As was stated, construction has already been approved by the state and in a previous referendum - we just have to supply the money.

As everyone knew when the "new" (present) school construction was voted on, it was already too small for Delmar but the school board was determine to shove shit down our throats and build it. As usual the only time the school comes to the tax payers is when they want money, otherwise they send a strong message to stay out of their business. Back when my wife and I use to go to the school board meetings we asked enough questions that George Stone had the meetings changed to a public meeting with out public input. Like I said they just want the money.

Polls open at noon until 9:00PM in the Delmar School District Board of Education
Room. Do your civic duty and vote.

"You Have not converted a man because you have silenced him"
Quote from John Morley

UPDATE: No great surprise - it passed. 86 people voted - 80 for, 6 against. 86 people, out of a possible 1,500 or so eligible people in the Delmar School District, decided the school taxes. I won't be surprised if most of the 80 who voted for it worked for the school.

Sunday, December 03, 2006

Trip To Williamsburg

About every five years or so my wife and I have an urge to go shopping and visit Williamsburg, well Saturday was that day. Now you really only find a few things there that you can't find in Delaware plus you pay sales tax so it is more of an outing for us. It was also a test of my patients for traffic and crowds. Some shopping centers were so crowded you could not find a place to park. Overall tho it was an enjoyable day, even getting lost on the way back and ending up far west of Norfolk made for an interesting drive back to the bridge tunnel. We were concerned when we arrive on the Eastern Shore of Virginia after 8 PM about finding a place to eat but we found the Captain's Deck in Nassawadox stayed open until 10. The food was good and the service was great. What was unusal was to hear the waitress ask if we wanted smoking or nonsmoking tables, haven't heard that for a while. There was a time, 30 years ago, that driving down Route 13 at night, on the Eastern Shore of Virginia, meant you would not find a place to eat or gas up your car. Now they have a large number of fast food places and Gas stations. I also noticed that the cotton is still in the fields. I think it is because they had so much rain. Cotton is a relatively new crop on the Eastern Shore of Virginia. I understand the cotton market and gin they had on the Eastern Shore went under and now they have to ship it across the bay.

Doctor Larmore Passed Away

I read in the obituaries that Doctor Larmore, long time Doctor in Delmar, passed away. Doctor Lamore was an enjoyable Doctor to go to. He certainly didn't charge an arm and leg like Doctors do now days. He would usually give you free sample pills if he had them. I was usually cured of what ailed me.

Doctor Larmore smoked a pipe in his office (would never do now days), he spoke with the pipe in his mouth and he also spoke low and at time mumbled. There were times when he finished examining me and pronounced his finding that I was not sure with the pipe in his mouth and his low voice if he was telling me I was fine or had three days to live.

At one period of time he was on me about having to high of cholesterol and he gave me three options to reduce it. First, he said I could exercise - well that went over like a lead balloon. Second, he said I could take niacin but it would have side effects, so I asked what the third option was. He said to drink a shot of liquor each day. Well I thought that was the greatest bit of advise a Doctor ever gave me and have kept it up to this day. I think I still have high cholesterol but I feel good.

He will be missed.

Foreign Workers

Each year Ocean City and the Beach towns have a number of foreign workers/students that come to work the summer, or longer. A high number of them are from Eastern Europe ( Poland, Romania, Russia etc). Most people in the area welcome them because they are young and white. They work at the restaurants like Phillips Seafood for that $6.41 an hour. As with any group there is a percentage that will break laws. It seem to me that there is a higher percentage of Eastern Europeans that break our laws - mainly shop lifting. Life is easy and security is relaxed in the United States, compared to the countries that they come from, and I would say 70 to 80% shop lift. Most get away with it, but a number do not and you see them in the Worcester County and Wicomico County Jail. When I worked at the Wicomico County Jail they stood out from the normal scum that we got in. They were relatively clean cut white high school and college age kids. So when you see your tax dollars going up for more police protection and prices of retail stores going up to cover the loss from stealing thank the businesses in Ocean City for paying a low wage scale that Americans won't work for so they can bring in the foreign criminals.

For a real line of bullshit read Blog at the beach This gives the official comment on foreign workers.

Thursday, November 30, 2006

DelTech Property Tax

Kilroys Delaware has an excellent viewpoint on the discussed property tax to support Del Tech.

Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Fog, Fog, and more Fog

I don't know about the rest of you but I am tire of the fog in the morning and evening. Yesterday I went to Newport News. I left in the fog in the morning and about 8 o'clock last night when I was returning, when I hit the Eastern Shore of Virginia, I encountered fog all the way home. The only people who weren't bother by the fog was the Perdue chicken trucks who about ran me over.

Sunday, November 26, 2006

An Early Birthday wish for Peggy

An early happy birthday wish for Peggy. I think her birthday is the 30th but I will be out of town that day so Happy Birthday Peggy. Peggy is one of the few Wicomico County employees I have respect for, so a special birthday wish for her.

There is no joy in Mudville

"Oh, somewhere in this favoured land the sun is shining bright,
The band is playing somewhere, and somewhere hearts are light;
And somewhere men are laughing, and somewhere children shout,
But there is no joy in Mudville—mighty Casey has struck out."
Excerpt from "Casey at the bat" by Ernest Lawrence Thayer.

Well as most people know this morning the Delmar football team lost to Caravel last night 41 to 15. Caravel will go on to play Concord for the Division II championship. My wife and daughter, and quite a few from Delmar, drove to Bear Delaware last night to watch the game. It was a gloomy heartbroken pair that enter my house late last night after the game. Delmar finished up at 10 wins 1 lost. Well there is always next year.

Saturday, November 25, 2006

Yukio Mishima Died in 1970

Yukio Mishima (Kimitake Hiraoka) committed hara kiri today in 1970. He was a Japanese novelist who wrote fiction about postwar Japan. He wrote 40 novels, 18 plays, 20 books of short stories and 20 books of of essays.

The translated novels I have read by him are; The Sailor Who Fell from Grace with the Sea, and his four volume series called the The Sea of Fertility consisting of Spring Snow, Runaway Horses, The Temple of Dawn, and the Decay of the Angel. They are interesting works, if they were not I would have never made it thru the four book tetralogy of the Sea of Fertility.

His suicide seems by Western Standards to be gruesome. Besides the hara kiri tradition of sticking a knife in your belly it calls for having a second person present to witness it and to decapitate you. Masakatsu Koga was to performed the capitation but failed to complete it so Hiroyasu Koga had to complete the task. Now if you are laying there with a knife in your belly I would think the least thing you would want is for someone to screw up the final part that actually kills you. There is a poorly written article call I cut off the head of Yukio Mishima some may be interested in.

Friday, November 24, 2006

Phillips Seaford Restaurants

In the job want ads section of the "Daily Times" was an ad looking for 35 cook's helpers to work from March to November in Ocean City at Phillips Seafood Restaurants. The rate of pay was $6.41 an hour. It frankly makes me sick to think that a restaurant that charges the prices Phillips does for a meal would advertise a rate of pay such as this. It isn't even year round employment and benefits aren't mentioned. Does this just scream we are looking for foreign workers. Not only, in this age and time, is $6.41 and hour a poverty wage but anyone who has worked in Ocean City knows the additional expense of housing and transportation to work there. I guess I am not surprise Phillips would do that, they are the same company that trades on their name to sell you cans of foreign crab meat at the supermarkets. It makes Wal-Mart a premium employer compared to crap companies like this. Maryland state and local politicians spend their time sucking up to companies like this and highlight them as a local success. At the same time they continue to raise taxes. $6.41 an hour for 35 hours of work a week - think how you can survive on those wages. If that wage rate sounds fair to you, you probably have a job as a government worker or school teacher. Government jobs I view to be as virtually all welfare jobs and they are the highest paying jobs on the Delmarva.

Anyone who has read this blog knows I feel the minimum wage should be $10.00 an hour in Maryland, Delaware, and Virginia. See my post of 1/19/06 - Maryland Minimum Wage.

Lee Harvey Oswald

As the saying goes "Dead Men tell no tales", on November 24th 1963 Lee Harvey Oswald, assassin of President Kennedy, was shot by Jack Ruby.

Thursday, November 23, 2006

Phillipsburg, NJ vs Easton PA

My neice, Erika, goes to Phillipsburg High School (The Stateliners) in New Jersey. Phillipsburg has an annual football game with Easton High School (The Red Rovers)in Pennsylvania. They have had this annual football game for the last 100 years. Phillipsburg and Easton are separated by the Delaware River and this year they had the game on the Pennsylvania side on Fisher Field at Lafayette College. This year their football game was broadcast on ESPN2 so we got to watch it. Phillipsburg lost 21 to 7, but when you have been playing one hundred years it is just another year and next year may go their way. Needless to say both communities are excite each year over this game.

Houses for sale in Delmar

This house opposite the State Street Park at 507 East Grove Street is a 3 bedroom, 1 bath house for sale at $209,900. Contact Patti Moore at Rinnier Development at 410-546-8066. The buyer should be prepared to rake leaves as Grove Street around State Street Park is buried in leaves.

This house in the 400 block of North Second Street is on sale for $279,000. It has 4 bedrooms and 2 baths. Contact Layton Associates at 302-577-5599.

This blue house in the 600 block of North Second Street is on sale for $119,000. It has 4 bedrooms and 2 baths. Layton Associates at 302-577-5599 are the ones to contact.

Happy Birthday Rosalind

The 23rd was Rosalind's birthday, Happy Birthday Ros.

Wednesday, November 22, 2006

The French just don't get any respect

1- Go to Google

2- Type in "french military victories", without the quotes

3- Instead of hitting "Search" hit "I'm feeling Lucky"

4- Tell your friends before the people at Google fix it

Gift Giving

There was an interesting Associated Press article in today's News Journal. It was about a church in Memphis that donated a house to a Katrina victim couple. After receiving the house they sold it and moved back to New Orleans. Church members felt their generosity was abused. The couple said "Take it up with God".

Now this brings up the whole subject of gift giving. I feel when you give a gift for whatever purpose you give it away and give up any say in what is done with the gift. If you give money to someone and they blow it on alcohol, it is not for you to complain or whine about it - it was gift. If the Christmas present you took weeks selecting is stored in the attic of the gift receiver or you see it in that person's next yard sale - well it is the gift receiver possession, for him to do with however he wants. Go off in a corner and sulk and remember it was a gift. You can of course reconsider ever giving that person another damn thing but the gift was a gift.

JFK was shot today

On November 22 1963 President John Fitzgerald Kennedy was shot and killed in Dallas Texas. A popular thought is most people who were alive at that time can remember where they were that day and what they were doing at the time the announcement came thru he had been shot. It is easy for me to remember. I was in the military at the time and the military went to the highest defense status it had. I was restricted, for the upcoming week, to the small radar site outside of Ajo Arizona that I was stationed at. We were in a lock down situation where no one came in or left the radar station. No doubt waiting for the over throw of the United States government, as no one knew what was going on.

Today President Kennedy is portrayed as a popular President loved by the people. It wasn't so. The simple fact that he was shot should prove that point. As I recall when it was announced he was shot a classroom of teenagers in Texas applauded the announcement. Because of his youth he was popular with people in their 30's, however the people younger than 30 and the people older than 40 had different thoughts. I don't recall being impressed by him altho he did have good speech writers and to this day the quote of "Ask not what your country can do for you. Ask what you can do for your country" is one of my favorites. As history has proved out he was a whore chaser and who can believe or trust anyone who can't maintain the trust of a marriage commitment. I view President Clinton in this same light.

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Drainage ponds

Drainage Pond for Delmar Storage

In Delmar if you have a swimming pool you have to have a 4 foot fence surrounding it. Yet this pond has been in Delmar about 6 months and there is no requirement or no concern to have any kind of fence other than the black plastic strip for environmental concerns. Why is that? Aren't you just as dead if you drown in a swimming pool as you are if you drown in a drainage pond?

Thanks for the Haymans

I found on my front porch yesterday a bag of Hayman's Sweet Potatoes. I don't know who left them but Thanks. I guess this was in answer to my post about searching for Haymans sweet potatoes. Since this worked for Haymans let me also say that I am searching for money.

Today's birthday and Quote

Today on Nov 21, 1922 Able Lemons, Oklahoma basketball coach, was born. Two particularly good quotes from him I like are;

"I hope they notice the mistletoe tied to my coattail as I leave town"

"Finish last in your leaque and they call you an idiot. Finish last in Medical school and they call you Doctor."

Monday, November 20, 2006

Happy Birthday

As I think everyone knows,the song "Happy Birthday" is copyrighted. You can't sing the song in public without permission and you have to pay a royality. Otherwise it is copyright enfringement. The song was copyrighted in 1935 by Jessica Hill. Over the years the rights have been sold and today seem to reside with Times Warner Company. Their copyright is good until 2030. It is interesting when the song is sung in a movie, there at the end is the credits for: "Happy Birthday"

For a more detail discussion go to Snopes music

Another website that will allow you to rat out public singers of Happy birthday is Unhappy birthday

Sunday, November 19, 2006

203 East Jewell Street

This 3 bedroom, 2 bath home is for sale thru Exit reality, Dan Sander,(302-644-8748). It is listed for $214,900. It is next to the library and close to the high school.

Friday, November 17, 2006

Sara Bynum-King - Cover Girl

Photo stolen from Maryland African American Pride Magazine web site

The winter edition of the Delmar Town Newsletter is out. In the news letter it mentioned Sara Bynum-King was on the cover of "Maryland African American Pride Magazine". It is not a magazine I am familar with but the link is here MAAPM
I found the on line article by going to the top and click recent articles and than go to the bottom and clicking on "Past News article Sept-Oct 2006". Sara was recognized as the first Black Town Manager of Delmar. Congratulations Sara on not only being an exceptional town manager but now on being a cover girl!!

Delmar Bakery

The Delmar Bakery at 500 North BiState

The Delmar Bakery was built in 1939 and opened for business in December 1939. The building cost $50,000 to build. It took the place of the old bakery building at North Second and Grove street where the bakery had been operating for over 25 years. The new building had a storage room capable of holding 12 carloads of flour, an office, a makeup room, a boiler room, a loading platform and an apartment on the second floor. It could bake 1,800 loafs of bread an hour. The bakery was acquired by G. D. Rugeriis of Philadelphia from Carroll Elliott of Delmar. The bakery later was acquired by the William Freihofer Baking company. It ceased operations I believe in the 1960's.

Today it is the home of Skywatch Electronics and AutoWorld. It is owned by John Theofiles of Seaford. John was honored as "Business Person of the Year" in Laurel recently. The building is one of the better kept up buildings in Delmar.

Newspapers, Priests and the FBI

I receive two daily papers, one is "The Daily Times" out of Salisbury, Maryland and the other is "The News Journal" out of Wilmington Delaware. Both are Gannett papers. By far, the "News Journal" is the better of the two papers. Today is a typical example of the reporting of both papers. In the "Daily Times", back on page B4, is a short article that said the Catholic Diocese of Wilmington has released the names of 20 priests accused of sexual abuse. The "News Journal" however had this information on the front page with photographs of the priests and a detail followup on them on pages A12 and A13. Now it can be said that the "News Journal" would give this more attention because it is out of Wilmington. In looking at the assignments the accused priests served at, out of the 20 listed, 9 had served at Saint Francis de Sales in Salisbury Maryland. Certainly this information would have been of interest to Salisbury area residents but the "Daily Times" elected not to print that information.

Taken from the "News Journal" those priests that served at Saint Francis de Sales and the year they served are;
Francis P. Cornely - 1949
William E. Irwin - 1976
John A. Lind - 1960
Leonard J. Mackiewicz - 1970
Walter D. Power - 1952
Francis G. Deluca - 1958
Edward F. Dudzinski - 1983
Joseph A. McGovern - 1978
Charles W. Wiggins - 1987

Another article that caught my eye was about four Boston men who were wrongly convicted and sentenced to life in jail. It turns out the FBI was protecting two mob informants and let those four men go to jail even thro they knew they were innocent. Two died in jail and the other two have served jail time since 1968. It is always disgusting when the people you paid to represent and protect you, screw you over. I am sure if any of the FBI men are still alive nothing will be done to them (like send them to jail) as even when wrong the Federal Government will do nothing against their own people. People that do such things should be given life in jail.

Thursday, November 16, 2006

Autumn Leaves

I rode by Short's Funeral Home last evening and saw Amy running her lawn mower over the leaves in her backyard. This morning there are so many leaves in her back yard you can't tell she made any attempt at all on them. I went out this morning and tried to rake up some of my leaves and finally gave up as the wind whipped those I had raked up right back into my yard. The streets Including Delmar Manor has quite a few leaves in them and I guess since the town elected not to buy a street sweeper they will sit there until they decompose. I notice Holly Oak Mobile Home Park is going for the natural look as they have leaves about three to six inches deep in the "old" section.

Some time ago the State of Delaware decided we could not burn leaves in Delaware (Foolish). They would however accept leaves at the landfill so we had a way of getting rid of them. Now they won't accept leaves. Decreased service should result in decreased land fill dumping fees, have we seen that? Typical government service, first they make laws prohibiting the property owner from disposing of leaves by burning them, then they do away with the alternative method (landfill) they want you to use. They say the homeowner can make a mulch pile in his backyard and turn the leaves into compost. Anyone who has tried this knows it takes more than piling the leaves up and waiting for nature to take it course. You are lucky if by spring they have rotted away.

Have you noticed over the years as the state pass laws about what they won't take at the landfill (without paying extra) the number of those items dumped in ditches in the more isolated areas around Delmar. The road alongside the railroad track is always a popular place for this.

Campers at Best Buy

I rode by Best Buys in Salisbury this morning and saw about ten tents sit up along side the store. I guess they are waiting for the new Play Station 3's due out Friday. If what I read is right they care less about playing the game as reselling it at twice what they they paid for it. Greed is good and so American.

The Price of Bread

As we all know the price of a loaf of bread has increased from 25 to 50 percent over the last 5 months. I think I was buying Walmart bread at 58 cents a loaf five months ago and am now paying 78 cents. The main reason being given is the cost of flour. Hard red winter wheat flour, the type of flour commonly used in bread is up in price by 25% this year. This type of wheat is planted in the fall and harvested in early summer, and the harvest this spring was poor. The predictions are that we may continue to see the price of flour increase as the wheat crops never really recovered from the flooding that occurred in 1993. Farmers have planted less wheat, moving to corn and soybeans. At $5.00 a bushel no doubt more farmers will switch back to wheat.

From what I can determine some very rough guidelines on the output of loafs of bread to bushels of wheat would be; It takes four bushels of wheat to produce 100 pounds of flour that will produce 150 loafs of bread. So at $5 a bushel for wheat the bread maker cost for flour would be about 13 cents a loaf. Naturally, or unnaturally, a loaf of bread has other ingredients besides flour. From the wrapper of my Great Values bread I see there is corn syrup, yeast, soybean oil, salt, soy protein, sodium stearoyl lactylate, monoglycerides. enzymes, calcium propionate, calcium iodate, vinegar, iron, vitimins a b, b1, and b2. I assume the rest of the price of a loaf of bread is baking, labor, distribution and profit. Strange how a five cent increase in flour results in a 20 cent increase in a loaf of bread. Perhaps my loafs to bushel calculation is wrong or it is the price of sodium stearoyl lactylate, whatever the hell that is.

Wheat futures are not showing any kind of decrease in flour. Back a year ago the price of a bushel of wheat on a 5,000 bushel contract in the futures market was $3.7375. Now it is about $4.805. The forecast from December thru March is over $5.00 a bushel. A look at the future markets at the Minneapolis Grain exchange is here.
An earlier news report from Bloomberg talks about $7.50 a bushel wheat.

The price of flour affects not only my costs at the supermarket but also in investments. Lance, the snack food people, has always been a good stock for us. We purchased it several years ago and it has been a consistent performer. It is down now. It dropped from $24.85 per share back in May to $19.16 per share now. One of the reasons they gave is the price of flour is decreasing their profits. This would only have an effect on us if we were going to sell the stock.

Leaf CleanUp

waiting for the leaves to be picked up.

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

The Texas Fishman

A redneck was stopped by a game warden in Texas recently with two ice chests of fish. He was leaving a cove well known for its fishing. The game warden asked the man, "Do you have a license to catch those fish? "Naw, sir, I ain't got none of them there licenses, no. You must understand these here are my pet fish. "Pet fish?" said the game warden. "Ya. Every night I take these here fish down to da lake and let them swim 'round for a while. Then I whistle and they jump rat back into this here ice chest and I take them home. "That's a bunch of hooey! Fish can't do that!" says the warden. The redneck looked at the game warden for a moment and then said, "It's the truth Mr. Government man. I'll show you it really works. "Okay," said the game warden, "I've GOT to see this! "The redneck poured the fish into the lake and stood and waited. After several minutes, the game warden turned to him and said, "Well? "Well, what?" said the redneck. The warden said, "When are you going to call them back? "The redneck said, "Call who back? "The FISH!" replied the warden. "What fish?" answered the redneck. Some in Texas may not be as smart as some city slickers, but they aren't as dumb as most government employees.

Where to House Transsexual Criminals

In today's News Journal was an article about a transsexual - Tanya Bowie who was sentenced to jail for passing over 350 bad checks (netting him over $90,000). In 1999 Anthony Bowie (AKA Tanya Bowie) under went half of a sex change operation. Bowie still retains his male genitalia and was classified on being jailed as a male. When placed with the male population in Young Correctional Institution he created problems by him being there. Bowie was moved to a federal facility in Philadelphia and kept in solitary confinement. Bowie feels the two year sentence was given him because he was transsexual and the solitary confinement was inappropriate.

Well that is an interesting dilemma. Where should this person be put? I think due to the transsexual problem this person has gotten away with a great deal from the court system before finally being sentenced, because the courts were afraid to put him in jail.

I think Tanya Bowie is where he belongs. I worked briefly at a jail and queers when jailed were put him with the general male population. Any problems that may be created by that person being in jail is a reflection on the jail. If the inmates are observed at all times no harm should come to some one in jail. The problems comes when there is a shortage of guards or the guards are doing a half ass job or when the guards would like to see some harm come to someone. No doubt this person will be released early due to the problems he is creating. The people you hire to protect you and see to it that these type people are kept off the streets are the very ones who don't want to get their hands dirty by handling a case that may make the news.

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Congratulations John

John McDonnell was nominated and honored as Citizen of the year for 2006. John was the prior Mayor of Delmar Delaware for a number of years. He was elected when Sam Bynum did not seek a second term as mayor. I can't think of a better choice for citizen of the year than John.

Saturday, November 11, 2006

Orphan Pumpkins

These are unwanted and unsold pumpkins along side Route 13. Unlike their siblings who were ghoulishly cutup for halloween, shot into the air at Pumpkin Chunkin, or eaten by cows these pumpkins will simply rot or wait for a tractor to disc them under.

Veterans Day 2006

Glen Rayne American Legion Post Memorial

Thursday, November 09, 2006

Laundromat problem

My wife and I came home about 9PM tonight and found firetrucks all over the place. State Street was closed. There was a smell coming from the laundromat so the Fire Department was checking it out.

Return Day 2006

The Delmar High School Band. Hurrah Hurrah

Delmar Beauty Queens. A whole lot of hand waving going on in this parade.

Jan Ting and the other candidate for U. S. Senator. This carriage came right after the police car and police escort that heads the parade. I think it is odd as usually that spot is reserved for an honor guard with the American Flag. I guess politicians come before the flag. In this parade you can usually tell the winner because he is the one jumping up and down and waving wildly.

Ferris Wharton and Joe Biden III. At least in Sussex County Ferris Wharton won (29,604 to Biden's 26,596)

The proud father that got a novice person in as AG in Delaware.

Ex Georgetown Mayor W. Layton Johnson would read the election results.

The Hatchet

Indian River Band. They has actual Baton twirlers in their band. I haven't seen Baton twirlers in ages. They have that certain Kitsch appeal. I enjoyed it. Bands should have more of them.

Beauty Queen. A lot of hand waving.

Beauty Queen. More hand waving.

Beauty queen. Wave

More Beauty queens than I have seen in awhile. You would think Rehoboth Beach would put a drag queen or two in the parade.

ToDay's thought

If you lend someone $20 and never see that person again, it was probably worth it.

Sunday, November 05, 2006

Hayman Sweet Potatoes

As Thanksgiving approaches once again I am searching for Hayman sweet potatoes. Thanksgiving is about tradition and in our family Hayman sweet potatoes are part of the traditional Thanksgiving dinner. Much like my Sister in Law, who is from Baltimore, insists that having sauerkraut with turkey is traditional, we have Haymans. Haymans appear in small quantities in stores that range from Super Giant in Salisbury to small produce stands along side the road. I asked the produceman today in Walmart if he had any and he just chuckled. I assume you won't see Haymans in Walmart. You have to be careful in buying Haymans as they will try and pass any white sweet potato off on you and call it a Hayman. The scarcity of Haymans seem to increase each year. Unlike the red sweet potato that you can bake when you buy it, Haymans have to be cured for a couple of weeks for the starch/sugar to form. If you are looking for Haymans for Thanksgiving now is the time to buy them. With the Supermarket sales on the price of Turkeys, frequently the Hayman Sweet potatoes cost more than the Turkey.

I understand this year was a bad year for Haymans. The availability of them may be to the point where, like Elaine on Seinfield deciding who is spongeworthy, we may have to decide who is Hayman worthy at our Thanksgiving dinner. For those of you who may have moved here from elsewhere and don't know what a Hayman is, it is a white sweet potato but not just any white sweet potato it is the King of white sweet potatoes on Delmarva. They are prized so much that I have read the Devil wouldn't offer a Hayman to Eve, he would have eaten it himself. Like myself the Hayman is homely and unlike myself a Hayman is rarely fat. One of the signs of telling real Haymans is they are un-uniform in size and shape. The Hayman will usually only be palm size. I don't know how anyone can cull Haymans. Compared to a "normal" red sweet potato 95% of Haymans are culls. Some years our luck in finding Haymans was so bad they have looked liked slightly swollen roots instead of sweet potatoes, but they still taste good. Haymans are difficult to grow and a farmer is lucky if they get half the yield in Haymans compared to other sweet potatoes.

My wife bakes Haymans the same as any other sweet potato. First wash them (they always look dirty even after washing), Grease them, bake at 350/375 for an hour and a half to two hours, when soft to the touch they are done. The flesh of a Hayman when raw is white and when cooked the flesh turns a slight green color with brown juices. There are other recipes with Hayman in them but Haymans are scarce enough I have never wanted to waste one in trying other recipes. One that I have been tempted to try is Hash

Saturday, November 04, 2006

Bonanza Restaurant Sold

Well I had this post on earlier and when I went to update it last night I lost the whole thing. Another computer mystery.

Bonanza Restaurants in Delmar, Pocomoke, Milford and Millsboro supposely are being sold. They are suppose to be sold to a group of Koreans? The name is Young Chan Lee (YCL). I don't know if that is one person or several. The sales was to take place last Thursday. The "Management" has not officially said anything to the employees so rumors are running like wildfire. It is assumed since Bonanza is a national franchise it will remain a Bonanza unless the new group decides to turn it into something along the Chinatown Buffets concept. Since there are few non-Asians in the Chinatown buffets the present employees have concerns.

Maybe they will do like the group that brought the Denny's in Fruitland and painted over the "D" and called the new Asian restaurant Benny's. They could do some painting and change "Bonanza" to "Bonsai", as in a small tree or "Banzai" as in Hurrah. Of course both words are Japanese and this whole comment was no doubt politically incorrect.

Thursday, November 02, 2006

Pink Flamingo Crisis

Say it isn't so. The company that makes Pink Flamingos has gone out of business. See Flamingos

Those of us who have several Pink Flamingos in their yard know only to well the fade factor of these beloved yard ornaments. They are only good for about two years before you have to replace them or spray them pink again. Where will we find replacements?

Skull found in New Jersey

In today's Wilmington Journal was an article about a human skull that washed up on a sandbar on a North Wildwood beach. Speculation was perhaps it was Anne Marie Fahey skull. She was killed by Tom Capano in 1996 and dumped in the ocean. The attorneys from the Capano case interviewed, including Ferris Wharton, doubted it would be her skull.

Let me say I will vote for Ferris Wharton, but you have to ask yourself would an article referring to Anne Marie Fahey be written if it was not an election year? It was a case in which Ferris Wharton received a lot of attention. I don't think body parts washing up on the New Jersey shoreline is that unusual so any body part would do in an election year but a skull at Halloween time is of particular interest. The article also feed the interest Delaware has on anything concerning Capano and Fahey.

I hope it is Anne Fahey skull. At least the family would have something to bury and reach some closure in this matter.

Fred Harris had a birthday

Fred Harris, noted Purchasing Director for Wicomico County, had another birthday yesterday. One more gray hair on a head rapidly turning gray since he became Purchasing Director.

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Trick or Treaters/ All Hallow's Eve/ Halloween

Again this year I had a hoard of children beggin for candy. The night was warm so there were more of them then last year. The most popular costume was pirates and fairy princesses. Instead of trick or treat I got a lot of pirate lingo of Arrr! and Arrgh! which seems to mean Trick or Treat or I will burn your house down. Halloween started with the Celtic Druids around 700BC. It was believed that on the last day of the Celtic year (October 31) evil spirits and the dead roamed the earth and worked mischief among the living. If the living dressed up as a someone else than they could live safely thru the night. Now I can't imagine the Irish in 700 BC having enough clothes to dress up as someone else. Irish Catholics fleeing from the potato famine in the 1840s introduced the Halloween observance to the United States, including the Jack O Lantern which was used to frighten the spirits and protect the household. So tonight we had candy for bribes and our Jack O Lanterns were carved and I awaited for the evil dwarfs that appeared at our door.

My oldest daughter who graduated last Spring from the University of Delaware is going thru withdrawal tonight. Halloween at a college campus is one big party with preparations for it going on for a month before it arrives. So for four years it was big time. It's hell entering adulthood.

I understand the High School was open tonight for Trick or Treat. I have never walked thru the High School on Trick or Treat night as the distribution of duties on Halloween has always been I stay home and pass out candy and my wife takes the kids Trick or Treating.

Back in the 1950's and 1960's Delmar would have a large Halloween party uptown. It would attract between a thousand to three thousand people. I suppose the High School event has taken the place of this party.

I had 106 trick or treaters tonight from 6PM to 8PM. The number I have each year varies depending on the weather and if the High School is having a Trick or Treat night. I actually get more on the nights the High School has their candy night. I suppose the closer you are to the HIgh School the more visitors you get. Some Trick or Treat numbers from past years are;
2005 75
2004 62
2003 67
2002 43
2001 89
2000 118
1999 127
1998 61
1997 77
1996 44
1995 34
1994 112
1993 103
1993 89

Monday, October 30, 2006

Fall Day on Records Pond

Fall Day in Delmar

Comments on October Joint Council Meeting

Let me say, before I begin on my comments regarding the Joint Council Meeting, I have the beginnings of a cold so for the most part the Joint Council meeting was just a large droning headache. I am afraid I did not capture much of the subdue nuances going on.

The meeting started out with Bonnie Luna and Rick Pollitt, Maryland political candidates, giving a brief speech on their positions in their race for office. Nothing outstanding came from either one. Maryland Mayor Niblett did ask Rick Pollitt his position on double taxation. He said he was in favor of giving the town a rebate on over lapping services and if elected would try to put it on the agenda of Wicomico County. The question of double taxation is like a race bias question, it depends on where you are sitting as to your view of it. The idea is; citizens of incorporated towns pay for many of the services already provided by the County, yet they receive a lower benefit from County services than citizens of other areas paying the same level of taxes because city services have displaced the need for county services. The Town should receive a rebate on County Taxes paid as they are paying for the same services twice. Actually the taxpayer should receive the rebate but I am sure it will if it ever comes to past, it will be returned to the Towns and not individual taxpayers. I think the whole idea is foolish as once you leave the town limits you are in the County and as such you are using County services. It is also the same argument people who home school make in regards to paying school taxes.

Delaware Mayor Outten said he had been working thru informal meetings with the Blackwater Creek Developer and when the next Sussex County Council meeting addresses Blackwater Creek again he plans to attend. As you know Blackwater Creek is a proposed development that will consist of 1,179 homes and be built west of town around the intersection of Route 54 and Road 504. It will not be in the town limits, but will have an impact on facilities in town from the Post Office to the school.

Comment: A number of years back Sussex County went thru a big ass deal of renaming roads in Sussex County. Prior to the renaming the roads, the roads were given county road numbers. Now they all have names instead of numbers. It was an expense to Sussex County for road signs and to individual homeowners for an address sign. Yet, when ever a location is given for a development at the Sussex County Council it will be referred to by the "old" road number and not the "new" Road name. So what the hell gives with this?

Mike Kapper appeared to ask for some concession on his taxes. Mike Kapper and Doris Williams own the buildings(s) the Drugstore and laundrymat is in. He is behind on paying his taxes (over $6,500), plus he has a Water bill outstanding of over $3,000. He had a payment arrangement with the town to pay $600 a month on the old taxes. He also has a payment arrangement with Sussex County for old taxes. He has had in the past payment arrangements with the Utility Commission for old water/sewer bills, which he paid. He said he was unable to make the $600 a month payment on his town taxes because he spent the money to improve the building the drugstore is in. He wanted to change his payment arrangement to $300 a month. This problem has been going on for about 5 years. Over an hour was spent discussing it. In the end the town gave in and made a payment arrangement with him of $400 a month. On the Delaware side of town Delinquent taxes do not have a speedy resolution. On the Maryland side of town there is an automatic system of collection of taxes or be sold out for delinquent taxes. It works much better than the Delaware system. Elected officials rarely want to be "bad" guys, but that is what they occasionally have to do. On the Maryland side of town elected officials just throw up their hands and say there is nothing they can do as Wicomico County has taken it over - they don't have to be "bad" guys, they pass the buck. By not enforcing ordinances and financial policies it encourage other people to not pay taxes or to let the building they own fall to pieces. If the taxes are not paid budgeted items are not done do to the lack of cash. In turn taxes are raised to compensate for this and we all pay the delinquent taxpayer's bill. We need elected officials with balls and so for the only one with a pair seems to be Diane Buckley.

The Delmar Diner Annexation was semi-approved, pending approval of Wicomico County Planning and Zoning.

The first reading of the Delmar Zoning Code was discussed tonight. You can obtain a draft copy of it from Delmar Town Hall. It is about 107 pages long. The main discussion was from a developer who wanted smaller yard sizes.

There is a small park on East East Street on the Maryland side of town that needs to be improved. Mrs Hearn, the art teacher at Delmar High School, has been asked to have her art student submit plans on how they would like to see the park. It is to be a viewing park not a sitting in, or playing in park. On November 17th a design will be picked.

The old 7-11 building on the Maryland side of town will be turned into a used car lot.

The fine for parking in a no parking zone has been increased. A grant has been received in the amount of $25,000 for the Police department. A new police car will be purchased with the money.

There are three houses on the Maryland side of town that have had sections of the houses burnt. Arrangements were made to correct those problems.

A street sweeper will not be purchased for the town, instead a pickup truck will be purchased.

In the new developments residents were allowed to hire their own private garbage collectors. Unlike in the old part of town where collection was handled by the town, by way of a contract to a private collector. Due to confusion the town has decided to not allow the new developments to continue to select their garbage collectors. They will have to go with the Town.

About this time my headache got the best of me and I had to leave. I missed the Public comments which is usually the best part of the meeting. Possibly they will mentioned in the approved minutes, which at times is a rewrite of history.

October 30 Utility Meeting Comments

Tonight the Utility Commission had their monthly meeting. All members were present. We have had a vacant spot on the Utility Commission for six months or more. The vacant spot is for a Maryland Town resident. We are still waiting on Maryland Mayor Niblett to make up his mind and appoint someone to it. There is a disadvantage with an even number of Utility Commission members as there is a risk of not having a majority vote on a question. In the summer and during holiday seasons there is a risk of two members being out and than there would not be a quorum to decide any business questions.

The agreement with Tidewater Utilities to service the East side of Route 13 is still in the works.

We had Mildred Bosies from 200 Spruce Street, with her neighbors, come in to tell us about brown water problems she has had since January. The section of Spruce where the problem occurs is on a dead end water line that is not looped back into the distribution system. The line is also the older cast Iron Pipe. We requested Jay Latchum, Public Works Director, to obtain prices on what would fix the problem. She has reported this problem a number of times to Town Hall and attempts by Public Works to fix the problem were not successful.

Another resident complained of brown water on Grove street out by the State Street Park. It is my understanding this problem had not been reported to Town Hall prior to being addressed at tonight's meeting. Public Works is to look into it.

We would like for all residents of the town to report any brown water problems to Town Hall. This way we can map out areas where we need to direct our budget to correcting the problems. To Email Town Hall about problems click Here

Concessions to the Owners of the Old Movie Theater

I did not attend last month's Utility Commission meeting, nor did I attend September's Joint Council meeting. While reading thru the unapproved minutes of the Utility commission I was surprised by the request of Karin and Chris Walter who represents Terra Development, the owners of the old movie theater building. They requested from the Utility Meetings concessions because they are working on that piece of shit they own called the Avenue Building. They requested first, that WATER IMPACT FEES be determined using LAST YEAR RATES. Second, to WAIVE the requirement to pay IMPACT FEES at time of the issuance of the building permits. Third, REDUCE ALL WATER AND SEWER RATES by 50% to all developers in the downtown area. Fourth, REDUCE ALL WATER AND SEWER RATES BY AN ADDITIONAL 20% TO TERRA DEVELOPMENT.

Believe it or not, based on the unapproved minutes, Council Member Buckley made a motion to approve the first two concessions and Council Member Pase and Commissioner Tisinger voted to approve them. As opposed to telling Karin and Chris Walter to clean up that mess or tear it down they have continued to give concessions to the owners of this building. Happily they did not reduce water and sewer rates to the building.

I have not seen the Joint Council Minutes from September so I don't know if they requested TAX Concessions also.

What gets me is the "normal" taxpayer in Delmar continues to pay his/her taxes and only receive part of the services they should receive, but our councilmembers turns around and give some one with a run down property incentives. I guess this is to be expected when no one runs against the incumbent office holders. It is incentive for the hogs to start feeding again.

Council Meeting Tonight

As a reminder the Delmar joint council meeting is tonight at 7PM. In addition the Public Works Meeting is at 6PM and the Utility Commission Meeting is at 6:30PM.

Sunday, October 29, 2006

Actors Supporting Politicians

Down in lower Delaware (Can't get any lower) we have been hit with TV Spots from actors, John Walsh and Michael Fox, supporting Delaware politicians and wannabe politicians. Why would a Delaware voter consider the comments made by someone from out of state? In the case of Michael J Fox he isn't even American. Why even more so would someone gave credibility to an actor? These people live in a pampered ass kissing world of make believe not much different from the politicians they support. I just don't know why a voter would give any consideration to an out of state actor and a foreign actor supporting a Delaware candidate.


Halloween is approaching, so I guess once again we will hear the cries of outrage when white college students dress in blackface and hold ghetto parties. Blackface has been around for a long time and it will continue to be around. It doesn’t matter if it is insensitive or politically incorrect. There is always a faction who will use it for the outrage value. I tend to think someone born about 1987 (should be college age now) does blackface for the attention it gets them. They were no doubt the same ones in high school who had the loud flashy cars with the expensive music systems. Lets face it none of them have ever attended the blackface minstrel show, which were popular prior to 1960. Other than seeing blackface on older movies (Bing Crosby in "Holiday Inn" comes to mind) none really know anything about it. Some people like to say the people involved in blackface are really rejecting the colleges politically correct codes of conduct. After they have spent so much time with harassment policies, sensitivity workshops, and diversity requirements they are ready to rebel against all of it. Myself, I think it is the same as a 19 year old black youth singing hip hop rap or whatever about killing cops, bitches, whores and feeling his balls as he sing, they simply want attention.

As most people know there is a double standard in the United States today in regards to race bias, discrimination, and hate crimes. The view of the double standard is really quite different depending on if you are black or white. Blackface is considered politically incorrect and a possible race crime but than you have Eddie Murphy who can make himself up as a Caucasian and perform a series of exaggerated "white" stereotypes, and it's not racist, it's comedy. What if the movie “White Chicks” was reversed from paleface to blackface? No doubt there would be very few movie theaters showing it. Blackface Minstrel shows were considered comedy and if today are considered offensive than paleface comedy renditions should be looked at in the same light.

In Delmar, up until the beginning of the 1960’s, the High School band put on a blackface Minstrel show. The VFW also use to hold Minstrel shows at the Delmar High School. They were well attended and individuals in town were known for the characters they played . The Delmar Library at one time had in their “History” room photo albums of the different high school bands in blackface. At Linda's Railroad Cafe is a photograph of the "Cotton Pickers", the High School Band that was part Blackface.

Much to the outrage of tourist and the British government, blackface does continue in Wales and England. Among the groups that do blackface are various Welsh Border Morris Dancers Silurian Morris and a town called Padstow in Cornwall has their Darkie Days on New Year Days and Boxing day. Outsiders and the government may dislike it but the local people seem happy with it.

Friday, October 27, 2006

The Bottle Tree - a work in progress

The Bottle Tree is up. There is still work to be done on it. I had wanted to put it in the front yard, but the wife threaten to put knots on my head if I did, so it had to go in the backyard. I may have to upgrade my selection of wine as those Arbor Mist and Richardson Wild Irish Rose winebottles, when empty, are not a very interesting color.

Tuesday, October 24, 2006

How Squirrels Came To Delmar

In 1940, the Delmar Lions Club purchased six squirrels from Virginia and set them free in what was then called the "Delmar Park" (today's State Street Park or as some people refer to it - Dr Bastian's front lawn). The Mayor of Delmar Delaware, Leroy Lockerman, had signs made notifying motorists on Grove and State Street to be careful in driving to avoid killing the squirrels. The squirrels were productive and today we have them everywhere.

The Lions Club purchased "Delmar Park" plus additional land in 1941 to be used as a park for the citizens of Delmar. In 1947 they deeded the park over to both towns. The park was part of the Elihu Hastings land and had never been built upon. It had been used as a park since the town inception in 1859. When the Lions Club purchased the land it was owned by Mrs Minnie Melson, who was a descendent of Elihu Hastings.

Monday, October 23, 2006

October Rose

There are a few roses in my yard that are still blooming this time of year.

Sunday, October 22, 2006

Olde Princess Anne Days

We went to this year's "Olde Princess Days" today. I enjoyed it as I have enjoyed the previous trips to it. This year they had about 15 houses and churches open for the tour. Since Sunday is only a half day for the tour it is a struggle to see all of the building and have time to watch some of the entertainment. I thought the best house on the tour was the Harrington Plantation, built about 1750. It is a modest house, compared to others, but since it is small it seems to more livable as a home.

The enjoyment of walking and riding to the old homes was heighten by the fall foliage that is just beginning. It didn't rain doing the time we were in Princess Anne and the gusts of wind and the bit of coolness simply enforced the fact Fall is here.

Downtown Princess Anne is spruced up for 'Olde Princess Anne days" but it is a nice looking downtown any time. Thirty years ago it was in as bad a shape as Delmar. Now the buildings are painted and kept up. I am sure being a county seat helped them to do that. There was no doubt much County, State and Federal money put in the town by way of government offices. The downtown however does have a wide range of business that occupy it, a much wider range than I remembered. Richard Lundy from Delmar had a "Letter to the Editor" in today's "Daily Times" expressing his opinion on the "old" mall, the centre and downtown Salisbury. I agree with him that too much money has been diddled away on committees and studies to revitalize the downtown Salisbury area. The same seem to be occurring in Delmar. Nothing will improve Delmar's downtown area until the slum lords that own the property are forced to improve it or sell it to someone who can improve it.

Princess Anne has never accepted the fact that there is, for the Eastern shore, a major college in their town. On the other hand UMES has never tried to be part of the town. "Olde Princess Anne" days is an event that the University with their facilities and money could have tied in with and created better community ties. It is my opinion that Black Americans have very little interest in history. In Dorchester County you can look at the poor turnout for Harriet Tubman history. When you visit a museum look around at the number of black visitors, they are rare indeed. I have heard the usual crap about being slaves they had no history etc, but that was a long time ago and if you believe "Black History" month they are suppose to have a history. Anyway "Olde Princess Anne days" was the time for UMES to jump on board and show whatever black aspect of history they would want to. They didn't.

We stopped by McDonalds in Princess Anne for a snack before returning to Delmar. The Princess Anne McDonalds is as screwed up as the McDonalds in Salisbury. The employees spent more time talking to one another then waiting on us. The order was wrong when we got it and we waited forever before it was filled. Ever since Ray Kroc died, the McDonalds chain has gone downhill in service and quality of food.

It's Annette Funicello's Birthday

Annette Funicello turns 64 today. One of the original "Mouseketeers" on the Walt Disney show. In the fifties she was the heartthrob of teenage boys.

Saturday, October 21, 2006

Delmar Homecoming Parade

Waiting for the parade

Delmar finest leads the parade

The Delmar High School Band

The Mayors of both Towns

Kids grabbing Candy

This child is amazed by the number of Firetrucks. Waited until he is older and realize a Delmarva parade is 60% firetrucks.

Public works cleaning up the mess after the parade.

It seems like it was a short parade but a lot of candy was thrown out for the children. I watched the parade at St Stephen's and at the end of the parade the kids in front of me hopped on their bikes to go meet the parade farther along the route for more candy. You have to admire greed.