Wednesday, December 31, 2008

The Cereal Box

My neighbor was showing me the cereal box he bought at the auction recently. It features a photo of the 1996 Delmar Football team on the front and on the back are the team players names.

Hometown Stars is a cereal put out by Carlisle Cereal Co. They do these type of promotional things. I have no ideal how good the cereal is but that really isn't the point of it is it? Carlisle seems to have gone to a 6 ounce cereal box now as opposed to the 18 ounce cereal box of twelve years ago.

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

1961 Bank of Delmar Expansion

1959 Ad - The Avenue - Bill Culver

Concetta Tomei and China Beach

Today in 1945 Concetta Tomei was born. She is one of those actresses who has been on a slew of TV shows and in movies. I first noticed her when she played Maj. Lila Garreau in the TV series "China Beach." She has an odd smile that is sort of crooked. She is another actress who mostly falls into supporting roles instead of leads. As I said since "China Beach" she has had a number of roles, with "Providence" being the TV show she had the most reoccurring role in. "China Beach" was a watchable show as it looked at Vietnam from a nurses view. The series ran for four seasons from 1989 to 1991.

Other main actresses and actors were Dana Delany, Marg Helgenberger, Robert Picardos, and Michael Boatman all had leads in "China Beach" and they went on to play in a number of TV shows from Desperate Housewives, CSI, ER, Stargate etc, but the actors I usually am interested in are the second tier actors. Those "character" actors that you see in what seem like every TV show you look at but never have a leading role. In "China Beach" the one that comes to mind is Troy Evans where he played Sgt. Pepper and today he is on ER as Frank Martin and in between he has been in a ton of shows and movies.

Monday, December 29, 2008

Finally Eastern Shore is Recognized as a Language

Computers are a pain in the ass and I really hate this Compaq Presario with Vista that I have. I started to load an owner's manual on the computer today and noticed that the languages it had were EN, ES, FR. I assume EN stood for English and FR stands for French, but I was overjoyed to see they had ES which I assumed stood for Eastern Shore. Well, no, it didn't stand for Eastern Shore but instead it was Spanish (what dumb shit would spell Spanish ESpanol?) In thinking about it however I have decided maybe in today's time the Spanish language is the Eastern Shore language.

Pete Ross Accident - 1962

From the Bi-State Weekly December 28, 1962


Eugene Ross, 34, a serviceman for the Frank Bonsall Vending Machine Co., was seriously injured last Friday shortly after noon when the pickup truck he was driving collided with a train at the Bacons Switch Crossing about 3 miles north of Delmar.

Ross received cuts of the scalp face and legs and was taken to the Peninsula General Hospital in the Delmar ambulance. He was released Monday.

Ice and snow was blamed for the accident. The truck was a total loss.

State Street In the 1950's

One of my readers sent me this reference to a photo of Delmar in the 1950's. It came from the Delaware Historical Society.

Sunday, December 28, 2008

Still Sick and Helen Chappell's Books

The cold continues and I have spent my day sleeping in the recliner, reading books and watching TV. My wife says she sees little difference from my normal Modus operandi. You don't get much sympathy around this house when you are sick. She insists she would have open the aspirin bottle for me if I had asked and there was no reason to cut the neck off the bottle. I can see with this crew I could be dead a while before they would get around to checking on me. Even my loyal pets are of no help. One of the differences between having cats and dogs as pets is if you fell on the floor seriously ill a dog would call 911 or go for help (God knows how many times Lassie saved Timmy after he fell into that well). Cats on the other hand will wait until your body stops moving than eat you. We are down to just cats in the house and a rabbit and I don't see much help coming from them particularly after the Santa Claus Hat incident.

While enduring this cold I have read and reread some of Helen Chappell's books. She is an Eastern Shore writer who at one time wrote for the Baltimore Sun. Two of her books "Oysterback Tales" and "Oysterback Spoken Here" are an accumulation of articles I believe she wrote for the Baltimore Sun. She creates a mythical bayside Eastern Shore of Maryland town called Oysterback and she writes about the characters that live there. Most of the short stories are about three pages long so they are good to read if you are taking a crap or sick with a cold and can't concentrate that close on the plot of the story. She uses a lot of Eastern Shore phases so I enjoy the stories. The mystery novel I read was called "Ghost of a Chance". Again it takes place in a mythical Eastern Shore town. The story starts with a true incident that occurred ten or so years back when they pulled that car out of the Nanticoke River at the Seaford Bridge and builds on that. There are a few ghosts that wander in and out of the story, which normally would be a turn off, but I endured them in "A Hundred Years of Solitude" and they do okay in her book. I picked up a great bit of trivial information on the ornamental hermit from the novel as told by the ghost of Edgar Allen Poe (since she also works in Baltimore what other ghost writer would she use?). Now some mystery novels I have read that take place on the Eastern Shore just aren't very good. So I was pleased that she is a good enough writer to pull it off. I wouldn't rate it as a super mystery novel but it certainly is readable and will command your attention. Based on these three books I would recommend Helen Chappell to all of you.