Saturday, January 06, 2007

Town Hall Events the week of January 8th

This week at Town Hall; there will be the quarterly Police Commission meeting on January 8th (Monday) at 6:30 PM. This is a good opportunity to ask about crime in Delmar.

A little Leaque Meeting is scheduled at Town Hall at 8:00 PM on the 9th (Tuesday).

The Concerned Citizens will meet on the 11th (Thursday) at 7:00 PM in Town Hall.

The Delmarva Model Train club will have open house at Saint Stephens meeting hall on Saturday and Sunday (the 13th and 14th).

Friday, January 05, 2007

Chickens taking a ride

A truck load of Chickens taking that final ride.

King Juan Carlos

Today is the birthday of Juan Alfonso Carlos Victor Maria de Borbon y Borbon-Dos Sicilias, Reigning King of Spain.

I Purchased a Shotgun

Well it has finally gotten to the point where I don't feel that safe in Delmar. I don't know if it is my age or what, but I keep hearing from my neighbors of a lot of break-ins in town and I haven't heard anything or read anything on the Delmar Police website that counteracts the rumors or confirms them. It would be nice to have some kind of public police report on-line or at least published in the papers, that way you could decide for yourself if there was crime wave. Anyway, I went out today and purchased a shotgun. It is not a very aggressive looking shotgun, the purchasing was sort of like looking at cars, you start with the flashy sporty convertibles and then practicality sits in and you buy a mini van. I settled on a Mossberg Model 500 20 gauge shotgun. I guess it would be like a low end minivan of the shotgun world. Now all I have to do is figure out how to get the shells in it.

Seaford Water Tower

In Seaford, where the new Lowes is being built, there is a water tower going into the shopping center that will be next to it. It is interesting watching it go up. Last week it looked like a rocket with just the tube part installed. This morning I drove by it and a quarter of the saucer shape that will be the tank was installed. By noon the entire lower section was installed. It must be an awful lot of weight on the center tube when just a quarter section is put on.

Thursday, January 04, 2007

A sign of the Times

It is a poor sign of the times when they have to post "English is spoken here". The sign is from a store over in Georgetown.

Miyoko Birthday

Happy Birthday Miyoko Yagi. Miyoko was originally from Okinawa so birthdays are brutal when you get older as they consider you one year old at the time of your birth. So Miyoko did you turn 62 or 63 today?

Tuesday, January 02, 2007

Cher Ami

I was downtown earlier today and I noticed the number of pigeons flying in and out of the derelict buildings we seem to encourage there. It reminded me of a more noteworthy pigeon named Cher Ami.

In World War I there was an American military unit called the 77th "Liberty" Division. On October 2nd, 1918, it was fighting in the Argonne Forest in France. This unit was surrounded by the Germans and continued to fight over the next 6 days. Of the over 600 men first trapped, only around 200 walked out. The unit became known as the "Lost Battalion".

The commander, Major Whittlesey, sent out several pigeons to tell his commanders where he was, and how much trouble he was in. On October 4th the American artillery tried to provided protection by firing into the area where they hoped the Germans were. It ended up they missed the Germans and were dumping the shells on the 77th division (friendly fire, how often we hear of it). The unit was down to their last carrier pigeon, Cher Ami (Dear Friend). Cher Ami had flown 11 other flights prior to this action but he was also the weakling of the pigeons so he ended up being the last one to be used. He was also the last pigeon they had.

Major Whittlesey wrote a note that read:
"We are along the road parallel to 276.4.
"Our own artillery is dropping a barrage directly on us.
"For heaven's sake, stop it."

The note was put in the canister on Cher Ami's left leg and Cher Ami was released. Under intense fire the pigeon flew to deliver his message. He arrived covered in blood, with an eye missing, a leg missing and a breastbone broken with a gaping hole in the breast, but the message was safe and the artillery shelling stopped. Medics saved Cher Ami life and the men of the 77th division had a wooden leg carved for him.

Cher Ami received the French Croix de Guerre with Palms, and was inducted into the Racing Pigeon Hall of Fame in 1931 and received a gold medal from the Organized Bodies of American Racing Pigeon Fanciers in recognition of his extraordinary service during World War I.

Cher Ami died of his multiple war wounds on June 13, 1919. A taxidermist preserved the small pigeon for future generations, and today he can be seen in National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.

I suppose we can say Cher Ami was a government worker who did his job. Birds and animals are still used today in the Gulf war. Dogs comes to mind quickly for guard duty but dolphins and sea lions are used in the Iraq war to clear harbors of mines and other dangers.

Monday, January 01, 2007


1) I will be nice to Government workers. God knows I can understand how, since the county, state and school board hire two for every job needed, they are underutilized and have to sit around all day thinking about new gadgets to buy to make their job interesting or put in for another seminar on the west coast, and at the same time increase my taxes. This one may be difficult for me.

2) I will reevaluate my “buy high, sell low” strategy on the stock market.

3) I will switch a higher percentage of my investment portfolio over to lottery tickets.

4) I will stop betting on three legged race horses.

5) I will actually do some home repairs instead of thinking about doing them.

6) I will clean out the garage and actually have room to park a car in it.

7) I will stop being a butler and a banker to my two daughters.

8) I will ignore the so called "professionals" who think they know more about my body, lifestyle and how to spend my money than I do.

9) I will lose 200 pounds.

10) I will expand on my bottle tree, God knows Delmar needs more art work.

11) I will increase the number of Freedom of Information Act Requests by a hundredfold and post the results on this blog.

12) I will try to find out why Delmar, Sussex county and Delaware State government are so damn secretive and keep items that should be made public, private.