Friday, August 21, 2009

Life Expectation

I picked up a copy of a 1933 Almanac put out by the "Bulletin" at the flea market last week. The "Bulletin" was the largest circulation newspaper in Philadelphia for 76 years and was once the largest evening newspaper in the United States. It finally went under in 1982. In the Almanac was an 'Average Height and Weight' Table for men and women. The most noticeable thing to me is the age rows ends at age 54. Under it was a life expectancy paragraph that said a male in 1933 could expect to live to 55.3 years of age and a female could live to age 57.5. Today, of course, they expect men to live to age 75 and women to live until they are age 80 (this does vary a lot with what chart you look at). So in a little over 75 years of improvements to medicine we have added 20 years to our life expectancy. The quality of that life in your seventies or eighties or beyond makes you wonder if you want to live to be that old. Some are quite active and alert at that age, others live for the next visit to the Doctor or hospital.

Chicken Thief - 1943

From the August 27th, 1943 Bi-State Weekly


Loot recovered before theft was reported, is on the record of Delmar Police Chief, George Hearn today.

It all happened early Wednesday morning of last week when Chief Hearn was notified that a colored man was going from house to house in the Frogtown section trying to sell chickens. Chief Hearn went to that section and stopped a colored man for questioning, but he denied trying to sell any chickens. While Hearn was talking to the man, several persons gathered around. One colored woman not knowing what the excitement was about strolled up to the suspected one and said: "Did you sell all your chickens?" After Hearn had locked the man up, G. L. Hastings, who lives on a farm near Delmar , called Hearn on the phone and reported the loss of 14 chickens and 3 turkeys. Later a number of the fowl were found in a woods near town and identified as Mr. Hastings chickens.

As the theft occured in Maryland, the man was turned over to the Maryland State police who identified him as William W. Robinson, negro, 210 lake Street, Salisbury, Md. He is now being detained in the Salisbury jail.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

De Braak Inn and Lou Ianire's - 1975 Lewes DE

The De Braak Inn opened in July of 1975. It was a handy place to walk over to after being on the beach.

Lou Ianire's Restaurant and Lounge was a good place to eat

Above is a photo from ViewLiner LTD blog. It is a 1973 shot of Lou Ianire's in Lewes

College Time

Well it has been a couple of days since I posted anything here. I do insist I have a life other than blogging. The current project is getting my youngest daughter ready to go to college. The house has become a staging area for stuff being bought and left in the floor to be packed into a tote. Within a week the only thing that should be left is an abundant of packing material from the purchased stuff.

It is interesting to see the difference between young adults going to college now versus the 1950's and 1960's. If you watch movies from the 1960's, Spencer Mountain is an example, when Clayboy gets on the bus to leave for college he has a suitcase. Move forward to Legally Blonde in 2001 and Elle Woods arrives at Harvard Law with a moving van. Well in real life it is somewhat like that. When my oldest daughter went to the University of Delaware we hauled stuff up there for a month I think. Maybe it is just the difference between boys and girls as too how much stuff they have to have. Maybe we live in a society where we have too much stuff and need to cut back.

For many colleges next Friday and Saturday is "Move In" day. It is usually sheer hell with a zillion parents and students trying to haul their shit into a dorm room in one day. It is ugly to watch and even worst to be part of. I am sure the area around Salisbury University will be closed off to anyone not moving in. We will be out in western Pennsylvania dumping our little darling off along with all her precious stuff.

Have you noticed how all the colleges are now Universities? Nothing changed except the standards are lower, the tuition is higher and now they are called Universities. It like if you can't make a real improvement change the name of the organization. Cheapens the whole concept of a University. Any day now I expect to hear of the Del Tech Community University or Wor-Wic Community University. Hell if Salisbury State Teacher College can call themselves a University then DelTech or Wor-Wic might as well do it.

For a man who does not like to part with money this has been a traumatic week and an even worst week is coming up. I have written more checks with trailing zeros in the amount line then I care to think about. With any luck two more years and we will be done with this.

Monday, August 17, 2009

Lewes Closes Down due to mosquitoes - 1908

Picked Up from "This Day in Delaware History"

August 17, 1908 Mosquitoes were never so bad in Lewes. Businesses closed down Saturday night while residents stayed home with their doors closed.

Today's facts were compiled by historian Roger Martin and brought to you by the Delaware Public Archives

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Camp Barnes - 1961

From the Bi-State Weekly August 25, 1961 - click to enlarge
Connie Baker, Maxine Elliott, Linda Sullivan, Rebecca Hastings

The Great Pocomoke Fair - 1906

How Much To Tip

Brice Stump had an interesting article called Reach Deep Into Those Pockets in which he discuss tipping. His friend tipped heavy because she knew the waiter and he disagrees with that idea. Now does it mean because I know Murf at the Delmar Diner I should tip her more than 5% for more mediocre service, not that she would ever, ever provide that type of service (I have to be semi-nice as she knows where I live and she does have a revengeful attitude)? He also points out about the quality of the food. Now Bruce Stump did crumble and it sounded like he tipped more than 5% for his glass of water. There are so few of us who keep the faith of proper tipping.

Quote From Reservoir Dogs
Nice Guy Eddie: C'mon, throw in a buck!
Mr. Pink: Uh-uh, I don't tip.
Nice Guy Eddie: You don't tip?
Mr. Pink: Nah, I don't believe in it.
Nice Guy Eddie: You don't believe in tipping?
Mr. Blue: You know what these chicks make? They make shit.
Mr. Pink: Don't give me that. She don't make enough money then she can quit.
Nice Guy Eddie: I don't even know a fucking Jew who'd have the balls to say that. Let me get this straight: you don't ever tip?
Mr. Pink: I don't tip because society says I have to. All right, if someone deserves a tip, if they really put forth an effort, I'll give them something a little something extra. But this tipping automatically, it's for the birds. As far as I'm concerned, they're just doing their job.
Mr. Blue: Hey, our girl was nice.
Mr. Pink: She was okay. She wasn't anything special.

[rubbing his thumb and forefinger together]
Mr. Pink: Do you know what this is? It's the world's smallest violin playing just for the waitresses.

My Ten Best Reasons for not going to Church

Church is boring - Would rather listen to elevator music than organ music

Sleeping in a pew gives me a crick in my neck

My mind doesn't function at that hour.

Last time I wore a tie was to a funeral

I don't put much stock in organized religion - I can be spiritual while fishing or gardening.

They are always asking for money - how many building funds do they need?

They always expect something of you

It called freedom of choice, I don’t have to go if I don’t want to

If it is so great why are there so many different churches hating one another?

Self-righteous, hypocritical, stuffed shirts make me postal

A Message From Mt. Pleasant