Saturday, June 10, 2006

You Know You're From Delmarva

Your idea of a traffic jam is ten cars waiting to pass a tractor on the highway.

You know several people who have hit a deer.

You've ridden the school bus for an hour each way.

You love the beach but hate the tourists.

You know about pumpkin-chunking and you have your favorite chunker.

You eat scrapple sandwiches and have a favorite brand of scrapple.

You have been to the Chicken Festival and seen the Giant Frying Pan.

You actually know what a "slick" dumpling is.

You see a car running in the parking lot at the store with no one in it no matter what time of the year.

You install security lights on your house and garage and leave both unlocked.

You leave your keys in the car and the next morning it's still there

You carry jumper cables in your car.

You only own 4 spices: salt, pepper, ketchup and Old Bay.

The "State Fair" in the Delaware State Fair.

You pick up all the free stuff at the State Fair.

You knew an extra in the movie "Runaway Bride"

You think the "Apple Scrapple Festival" is perfectly normal, except for all those granola-types running in the 5K race.

There is one hill in a 15 mile radius and you've been sledding on it.

You watch Christmas parades that mainly consist of Volunteer Fire department trucks.

The local paper covers national and international headlines on one page but requires 6 pages for sports.

You talk of Northern Delaware and the entire Eastern Seaboard as "above the canal".

You talk of people on the western shore of Maryland and Virginia as being "across the bay".

You know if another Delmarvian is from southern, middle or northern Delmarva as soon as they open their mouth.

You think everyone from a city has an accent.

Your child only need a GED to become Governor.

Your parents & grandparents refer to the street as "the shell road"

If one yard ornament looks good, then 15 looks even better.

You keep a deer bowhunting target in your yard in the off season as decoration

You don’t catch “Stripers”, you catch “Rock” Fish.

You have a tide chart somewhere

Belonging to AMSA means something...having a low tag number REALLY means something

The U.S. Coast Guard is regarded as the "cream of the crop" of the military

You not only know how to pick crabs but you also know how to catch them, cook them and tell the males from the females.

You have more than three recipes for crabcakes

You know a crab pot is both a trap and a kettle and you own both.

You've eaten muskrat at a church dinner but think it's better the way you fix it.

Your neighbor said his wife cooked "rats" for dinner, you know he is referring to Muskrats. (Good God, what kind of people do you think we are, we wouldn't eat real rats)

You can pronounce and spell "Pocomoke," "Mattaponi," "Accokeek," and "Havre de Grace"

You don't think that Assawoman Bay is a strange name for a body of water

You know perfectly well why Rehoboth is called "Little San Francisco".

You think Salisbury and Dover are big cities.

Your whole family lives within a 30 mile radius of your town

Every other person you meet is a 32nd cousin once removed.

You know where, what and when the Mummers Parade is held.

Your school classes were canceled because of 3 snowflakes.

The whole state panics and uses all of their road salt for those 3 snowflakes.

You load up on milk and bread before a snowstorm.

You can identify all the major types of manure by smell (especially chicken!)

You can tell the difference between the smells of septic and marsh.

If it takes more than an hour to drive to, you're not going.

You know how to do the Eastern Shore Macarena dance ( .. clap mosquito on arms..clap mosquito on legs... clap mosquito on back..)

You know who YouDee is.

When you walk you only lift your feet an eighth of an inch because the ground is so flat.

When you visit hilly areas off Delmarva you find yourself stumbling alot due the only lifting your feet an eighth of inch when you walk.

Someone you know has used a "Birddog and the RoadKings" schedule to plan their wedding date.

You aren't surprised to find rental movies, groceries, ammunition and bait all in the same store.

You know the difference between field corn and sweet corn when they are still on the stalk.

You can eat an ear of corn with no utensils in less than 20 seconds

You believe that the worst tomato on Delmarva is still better than any other tomato, anywhere.

In summer you have home-grown tomatoes with every meal

Speed limits are just suggestions. You don’t have to go that fast.

You believe that using a turn signal is a sign of weakness

Speeding consists of 2 miles over the speed limit.

You know the worst drivers are from new Jersey.

When the Government started telling people to stock up on duck tape, you were waaaaaaaaaay ahead of them.

You've broken down on the highway and somebody stops to help you.

At least one member of your family does or has worked in a chicken plant.

You never work for some one, you “help them out".

The highest paid person you know works for the government.

You call people from Baltimore, “Baltimorons’.

You remember the "Oaks drive In”

You have taken a date to the town dump to shoot rats.

Most people you know have a nickname.

You have pee’d in a corn field.

You can relate to more 80% of the Jeff Foxworthy “You might be a redneck if” jokes

Delmar police dept Car auction

The Delmar Police Department auction of abandoned Vehicles, bikes, and misc items took place today. As with any auction some of the prices bid were sky high and some were really cheap. The bikes were good buys. I can remember buying my children bikes at $50 to $100 a piece and than have them grow out of them or have them stolen. Most children bikes went for $5 or less. The only slow up in the auction was when they had to take a break from the auction to spray a wasp nest that was in one of the bikes. We didn't hang around for the vehicles.

Friday, June 09, 2006

Recycled Tires

I made my every other day trip to Lowes and Home Depot today. While there I noticed they are selling some products (mulch, stepping Stones, Etc) made from recycled rubber. Altho I am not a recycler I do believe old tires are a major problem. Anything we can do to encourage reusing these tires in some fashion should be done. Now when I have been in Mexico they use them for retaining walls and the soles of shoes and sandals. In Lowes they were selling a one cubic foot bag of reddish color rubber mulch for $13.97 plus tax. This is about 4 times the price of wood mulch. The bag said to cover a 5' by 10' areas 4 inches deep would take 17 bags or would cost $238. Even allowing for the fact it will last a life time it is still too much to pay. They had 13 inch circle of rubber mat to use as a stepping stone for $4.97. I don't know what the long term life of the product is. Does it retain the color forever or does it fade? I also am not sure about the state charging tax on the product. I would think if they are trying to encourage the use of recycled tires they would not.

The recycled tire and rubber industry seems to be one of those industries that is aimed at government policies instead of producing a product for consumers. I understand the Federal and State government give large grants and incentives to these recycling plants because they want to get rid of the tire. They also encourage their state departments (Parks and Roads come to mind) to buy the recycled product. It is used on playgrounds and highways. I think the last time I purchased a tire I was charged $6.00 to get rid of the old one. I assume the tire company has to pay the recycling plant to take them. As I recall a long time ago when junk dealers use to burn the tires the burnt remains would produce a quantity of steel wire that would be sold, so I guess the recyling plant makes money that way also. So why does the product they produce cost so much?

Delmar Storage has broken ground

Site work has started on Delmar Storage over on Delaware and Pa. ave.

Delmar Police Abandon Car Auction on Saturday

On Saturday at 10 AM the Delmar Police Department will auction off the abandoned bicycles and cars they picked up in Delmar. With the price of scrap metal up I expect even the junkers and wrecked cars will bring a good price.

Delmar public works is on a hot streak

I am amazed not only did Delmar Public works put up warning stakes and tape on the broken storm drain but they have patched the potholes in First Street between State and Grove. What a go Public works.

Not the brightest criminal

In today's "Daily Times" they had an article on David Hamilton of Magnolia, Delaware who killed two men. He borrowed his boss's pickup truck and went drug hunting with the two men. He got into an argument with the two and shot them while they were in the truck with a shotgun. He than returned the pickup truck to his boss with a window shotout and blood spatter in the interior of the truck. His boss called the police and he was arrested.

Now even a dumbass like me would know to clean the truck up some before returning it. What do we think will happen to David Hamilton? With the court system the way it he will probably get ten years and be out in seven.

Tuesday, June 06, 2006

Ghost ship

Here is an interesting article form 'The Guardian",,1785108,00.html
It is a bit old but this is the first I have heard of it. I am currently reading James Michener " Caribbean" so it fits in with the stories of the caribbean. For those who may not remember the trade routes of the first traders to the caribbean region it was from the west side of Africa as the ocean currents flow over to the Caribbean islands and it was easilier sailing.

Police and forensic experts inspect a boat in Bridgetown, Barbados, where 11 bodies were found in the cabin of the unnamed 20-foot boat. Photograph: Chris Brandis/AP

The white ghost ship rolled in the Atlantic swell as the rescue boats approached it 70 nautical miles off Ragged Point, one of the most easterly places on the Caribbean island of Barbados.
The yacht was unmarked, 6 metres (20ft) long, and when Barbadian coastguard officers boarded it, they made a gruesome find. The boat's phantom crew was made up of the desiccated corpses of 11 young men, huddled in two separate piles in the small cabin. Dressed in shorts and colourful jerseys, they had been partially petrified by the salt water, sun and sea breezes of the Atlantic Ocean. They appeared to have come from far away.

The sea-battered yacht, identified by one local ship's captain as of French design, was towed into the port at Willoughy Fort, Bridgetown, and the bodies, by now wrapped in plastic bags, were heaved on to the quay.
In a part of the world where legends and myths have often been furnished by the sea, the mystery of the dead men soon provoked curious speculation.
An air ticket from Senegal Airlines and a tragic note written by one of the men as he was preparing to die have, however, helped investigators from several countries set about unravelling the mystery.
For, although the floating coffin appeared off the coast of the Americas, those on board had set off four months earlier from the Cape Verde islands, off the African coast, and had been heading for the European soil of the Canary Islands.
The evidence reportedly points to them having been cut adrift in the Atlantic and left to drift off to a slow, painful end. Barbados police have said the cause of the deaths was starvation and dehydration.
'Please excuse me'
"I would like to send to my family in Bassada [a town in the interior of Senegal] a sum of money. Please excuse me and goodbye. This is the end of my life in this big Moroccan sea," the note said, according to a Barbados paper, the Daily Nation. Relatives of those aboard have been contacting the Barbadian authorities from as far afield as Senegal, Spain and Portugal. They have added pieces to the puzzle - based on telephone calls with relatives before they boarded, and with people who stayed in contact with the boat during the first stage of the voyage.
The story of the 11 dead and some 40 other would-be immigrants from Guinea Bissau, Senegal and Gambia starts on Christmas Day last year at Praia, a port in the former Portuguese colony of Cape Verde. There, for €1,300 (£890) each, they were promised a trip to the Canary Islands by a mysterious Spaniard.
Their boat was to be a motorised yacht, recently repaired but bearing no name and no flag. They paid to make the voyage, assuming that the Spaniard - a mechanic based in the Canaries - would be skippering the boat. At the last moment, however, a Senegalese man took over and the Spaniard disappeared. Several then refused to make the journey. One, according to the El Pais newspaper yesterday, jumped from the yacht as it set sail. It is by no means clear what happened next.
Somewhere near the Mauritanian port of Nouadhibou the yacht ran into trouble. Another boat was sent to its aid, apparently after the skipper had contacted the Spaniard. The yacht was towed but, at some stage, the line was severed. El Pais reported that it had been hacked with a machete. With no fuel left and food and water running out, the migrants' fate was left in the hands of the sea, the weather, and luck. The latter soon ran out.
The yacht drifted into the stormy Atlantic and, it is assumed, people were tossed or washed overboard as they died.
The 11 last survivors, huddled together against the elements, were reported to have died by the end of January. At that stage their yacht became a ghost ship, battered by storms or winds until it appeared, 2,800 miles away, on the other side of the Atlantic. A Barbados fishing boat was the first to sight it on April 29, 135 days after it had set sail. The coastguard vessel HMBS Trident was sent to discover its awful secrets.
Anxious phone calls from relatives to the Daily Nation have turned up some of the names of those on the boat. They include a Gambian, Bouba Cisse, whose cousin Abdou Karime, now in Portugal, saw the case reported on TV. "We've been watching it [the story of the 11 bodies found] on Spanish TV and a lot of family members I know would have wished for the bodies discovered to be returned to our country," he told the newspaper.
Immigrant route
The 11 bodies now in a Barbados morgue, along with those presumed dead, add to a growing death toll on the newest immigrant route into Europe from Africa.
This route, from the west African coast to Cape Verde, opened up late last year. By March Spanish authorities claimed more than 1,000 had drowned.
That has not stopped the flow. Three vessels carrying 188 African migrants reached Tenerife yesterday. The number of immigrants to have reached the Canaries this year is close to 7,000.
Interpol, meanwhile, has asked police around the world to locate the mysterious Spaniard who took some €50,000 from the immigrants before they sailed to their death.
Last letter
I am from Senegal but have been living in Cape Verde for a year. Things are bad. I don't think I will come out of this alive. I need whoever finds me to send this money to my family. Please telephone my friend Ibrahima Drame.
Signed Diaw Sounkar Diemi.
El Pais's account of note found on boat

Storm drain Flagged

After months of complaining about the broken curbing next to the storm drain behind the post office, public works has put up a flag to let people know of the hazard. Our cat, "Killer", is checking out the hole. A child could easy have his or her foot slip into the hole while walking down the sidewalk. Since it is in the middle of a side street there are no street lights that shine on it at night making it even more dangerous.

Outraged Richard

I found today there is another Delmar delaware blog called "Outraged Richard". The address is

It is worth a look, altho his blog is aimed at other issues than Delmar. The Mayor and council can breath a sigh of relief.

D Day

Today, in 1944 the allies invaded Normandy, France. We will see if it is mentioned today on the news. I saw no mention of it in "The Daily Times" today. Much like Pearl Harbor day there is less attention given to it each year. Let's get out our tapes of "The Longest Day" and "Saving Private Ryan" and relive that day. If I were to ever visit Europe I think Normandy would be high on my list of places to see. Carl Pollitt of Delmar went there a few years ago and was telling me how great it is to see the place.

Whitley Graduated Elementary school

Whitley graduated Elementary School yesterday. Congratulations Whitley!!

Monday, June 05, 2006

Walgreen's buys Happy Harry's

Delmar has under construction a new Happy Harry's Drugstore. Matter of fact on their website they are advertising for Manager Trainees for the store. Today, it was announced that Walgreen Company is buying the Happy Harry's drugstore chain for an undisclosed amount and subject to regulatory approval. Walgreen has 5,251 stores and Happy Harry's has 76 stores.

Potholes on First Street

First street between State street and Grove Street, altho not on the capital improvement list for this upcoming year, is if not the worst street for potholes is certainly in the top five. I don't know how the Town selected the streets to be repaved but they certainly overlooked this street.

Delmar Summer Newsletter

The Town of Delmar summer newsletter arrived last week. This one had less threats in it than the previous ones. There was only a mention of Town Ordinances that will fine the residents if their grass is not cut and they don't make themselves street sweepers to clean the street in front of their homes. Again I insist that cleaning the guttering and streets is the Town's responsibility and is part of the services we pay for thru our taxes. Instead of giving pay raises maybe it is time to do some street work or lay off employees if it isn't done. There was some attempt to justify the lack of work done by Jay Latchum, Director of Public Works. If it was his first year as Director of Public works it would be one thing but the honeymoon period is over and it is time for him to produce.

Sunday, June 04, 2006

Kilroy's Delaware

From Kilroy's Delaware Blog
An interesting blog regarding Delaware schools is kilroy's Delaware at

An example of her posting is below and the accompaning photo to the post is to the left;

"I cannot reveal my sources; I can only tell you that the attached photo will be DOE’s new logo! I’m not sure which legislator modeled for this logo. I have my suspicion as to who, however it wouldn’t be fair for me to say. With so many heads up asses in Dover , I wouldn't want to bring attention to the wrong ass."

Ferris Wharton vs Joseph Biden III

Joseph R. (Beau) Biden III has announced that he will run for Delaware Attorney General. Mr Biden has four years of experience as a lawyer. He is the son of Senator Biden. He is running against Ferris Wharton, who has been a member of the Delaware Bar for 27 years. Mr Ferris served in the Delaware Attorney General's Office from 1980 to 2003. He served as an Assistant U. S. Attorney in the U. S. Department of Justice from 2003 to 2006. Unless some bit of believable crap comes up about Ferris in the election I will back him for Attorney General.

Delaware is one of those States where once you are elected to office you have a job for life, as the incumbent is nearly always reelected year after year. Biff Lee is someone I would like to see go. I have always felt that Delaware, being a small state, could elect third party candidate but they never do. It would be refreshing to see another party in office as both the democrats and the Republicans are so similar they might as well be one party.