Saturday, May 15, 2010

Jessica Watson, Sailor

Jessica Watson, sailed into Sydney today after completing a 23,000 nautical mile voyage, solo, around the world. She left on the journey seven months ago on October 18th. Oh and by the way she is 16 and doesn't have a driver's license yet. Magellan's expedition (1519-1522), credited with being the first to circumnavigate the world, took three years and of the original 237 men, including Magellan, only 18 survived the voyage. Magellan was not one of them.

Community Center Dinner

Mt. Nebo will have dinners for sale on May 22nd. $8 to $10 each. See poster - good stuff - no scrapple

Delmar Library Book and Bake Sale Today

Yes not only books and sweets but scrapple sandwiches. I had one today on white bread wrapped in aluminium foil. Best way to buy them.

Nuts For Sale

No the elected officials are not up for sale. The Delmar New Century Club is selling bags of nuts. Today at the library Book and Bake sale you can find a booth for nuts. Go buy some.

Bill Mauldin cartoon

"Just give me the aspirin. I already got a Purple Heart."

Bill Mauldin, Stars and Stripes (1944)

Candy Cigarettes

They use to be sold everywhere now you only find them in the Nostalgic Candy section (my life is like that now, everything I like is described as nostalgic, classic or retro) and usually they describe them as candy sticks instead of candy cigarettes. Too much political correctness and government direction everywhere you turn.

Armed Forces Day 2010

"Armed Forces Day, above all, honors the dedicated individuals who wear the uniforms of their country. Each serviceman, wherever he may be, whatever his task, contributes directly and importantly to the defense of the nation. The task of each one is the task of all the Armed Forces: to protect the freedoms which underlie the greatness of America."General Earle G. Wheeler, 1967
Former Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff

Today is Armed Forces Day, in 1949 President Harry S. Truman created the day to honor all military service units. The first Armed Forces day was celebrated May 20th 1950. Prior to 1950 each branch had a separate day to celebrate. The single-day celebration stemmed from the unification of the Armed Forces under one department -- the Department of Defense. Armed Forces Day is celebrated annually on the third Saturday of May and events usually start at 11 AM. The 11 AM seems to come from the end of WWI in which cease fire occurred at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month.

Armed Forces Day is one of three different holidays (Armed Forces Day, Memorial Day, and Veteran's Day) celebrating the men and women who serve or have served our country. It is a day to honor those who serve the United States willing no matter the dangers they face. Memorial Day was created to honor those that have died during wars and other military duties defending our country. Veteran’s Day was intended to “honor all soldiers who have put their lives in danger to protect the United States.”

So take a moment and acknowledgment one of the nation's largest and oldest organization - the armed forces.

International Conscientious Objectors Day

During WWII, the Selective Training and Service Act of 1940 dictated the terms by which more than 34 million American men, ages 18 to 44, participated in the war effort. Of the men who registered for the draft, there were 72,354 who applied for conscientious objector status. Of those, 25,000 accepted noncombatant service in the army, agreeing to work for the medical Corps or in anything that did not involve actual combat. Another 27,000 failed the basic physical examination. In the end, 6,086 C.O.s (4,441 of them Jehovah's Witnesses) went to prison for refusing to cooperate with Selective Service. Another 12,000 men entered Civilian Public Service (CPS), a program under civilian direction designed to accommodate C.O.s by having them do "work of national importance", as forestry and soil conservation. Altho not affected by the draft 2,000 women - most of whom were part of Mennonite, Amish, Brethren, or Quaker families with deeply held antiwar belief – volunteered to work at the CPS.

There were 151 Civilian Public Service Camps across the country to inter legal conscientious objectors and they were run jointly by the government and three historic peace churches. Organized to provide alternative service for conscientious objectors, who were assigned "work of national importance” under civilian direction; the historic peace churches (Church of the Brethren, Religious Society of Friends and the Mennonite Church) banded together to form the National Service Board for Religious Objectors (NISBRO) which coordinated the civilian public service (CPS) program; the American Friends Service Committee administered seventeen CPS camps and over thirty special service units which provided an alternative service program for 3400 men between 1941 and 1946. The first camp was opened in Patapsco (MD) on May 15, 1941.

The C.O.s were not paid and their families and churches contributed over 7 million dollars for their support. The Civilian Public Service members worked at a variety of projects, including conservation, forestry, and agricultural, and as government survey teams. Others built sanitary facilities for hook-worm ridden communities, or worked with juvenile delinquents. Some wished to do more risky things (in part, to prove that they were just as courageous as the men going into combat) and volunteered as firefighters, or as human guinea pigs for medical and scientific research in jaundice (infectious hepatitis), typhus, infantile paralysis, pneumonia, influenza, starvation, sea sickness, immersion and frostbite, and fly abatement experiments. Many C.O.s volunteered to work in hospitals for the mentally ill, where their exposé of the appalling conditions that existed in many of the facilities, and their nonviolent treatment and care of the patients, helped to revolutionize the way the hospitals were run.

Locally, a Civilian Public Service Camp (Camp #52) was in Powellville, Maryland. The camp started life as Camp Pocomoke, a former Civilian Conservation Corps camp, and the Friends operated it as a Civilian Public Service camp in 1942-44. In the latter year the Mennonites took charge of this soil conservation project and continued the work of building a 14-mile drainage canal. By the autumn of 1946, the labor expended had already lowered the water table of the surrounding farms sufficiently to improve 34,000 acres of farm land and to make arable 37,000 additional acres that were formerly unproductive. Camp No. 52 was closed in March 1947.

Men did all sorts of work in CPS,
here fixing a sink at Camp #52

Friday, May 14, 2010

Armed Forces Day In Ocean City

Ocean City area veteran services organizations will hold a program in observance of Armed Forces Day at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 15, at the Military Flag Plaza at Northside Park on 125th Street in Ocean City.

Veterans and guests are invited to join the observance that will recognize all branches of the military services. The Color Guard of the American Legion Post 166, Ocean City, will present the colors, followed by a welcome from Mayor Rick Meehan. There will be a presentation of the flags of all veteran service organizations and the laying of wreaths at the plaza.

The public is invited to attend.

Field Day

It is a great day for a field day at Delmar Elementary School

Manners For Young Ladies - 1859

"A lady ought to adopt a modest and measured gait; too great hurry injures the grace which ought to characterize her. She should not turn her head on one side and on the other, especially in large towns or cities, where this bad habit seems to be an invitation to the impertinent. A lady should not present herself alone in a library, or a museum, unless she goes there to study, or work as an artist.

Gentlemen's attendance. - After twilight, a young lady would not be conducting herself in a becoming manner, by walking alone; and if she passes the evening with any one, she ought, beforehand, to provide some one to come for her at a stated hour; but if this is not practicable, she should politely ask of the person whom she is visiting, to permit a servant to accompany her."

"Good Manners for Young Ladies, 1859," EyeWitness to History, (2010).

Amy Phillips Memorial Garden

Business took me to the Grace United Methodist Church in Georgetown yesterday where I found the Amy P. Phillips Memorial Garden, a quiet place for mediation

5 AM Trash Truck

Pond's Edge is normally a quiet place, except when the Allied Waste trash truck decides to pickup trash at 5 AM. Now you know those people know there is a town noise ordinance that says trash trucks do not pick up before 7 AM in Delmar.

The Shanty - 1984

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Keep Holding On

Tonight the Delmar High School Chorus gave a performance of "Keep Holding On"

Conducting the Chorus was Iris Stuart, with choreography by Rachel Schrider. Controlling Sounds and Lights were Ryan Prettyman, John Sparrow and Ben Gifford. The Backstage crew were Bianca Johnson and Chris Bireley

It was another evening of great entertainment at a great admission cost (free). The Delmar High Chool Chorus started the night with "We Will Rock You" and

"Neighbor's Chorus". I felt "Neighbors" was one of the best numbers of the evening.

Other songs in the first half were; "Till the Stars fall from the sky", "Cantar", "Benedictus", "Saul", "I carry Your Heart", "Pie Jesu (Merciful Jesus)"

Now to be honest I am not a great fan of Requiem Mass, canticle music and the Song "Saul" by Egil Hovland was built up by Mrs. Stuart as a great thing and I think it totally missed it mark so this part of tonights performance was frankly - boring for me.

The A Cappella Men did "Duke of Earl"

and "The Lion Sleeps Tonight". After an Intermission (the show was about two hours) The A Cappella group did "Mission Impossible" which I am sure they enjoyed.

"Hopelessly Devoted To You" was another number that turned out well.

Subrina Shockley and Josh Wilder and the chorus did a great version of "Keep Holding On". The two of them are terrific singers and this along with "Hopelessly Devoted To You" were perhaps the highlight number of the evening.

The end number was "Seize the Day" which turned out quite well.

Tonight another good performance of the chorus was given. I will say it was not their best performance of the year. I tend to find any performing arts concert tends to lack when it is put on in May or even worst June. I think the students have too many other things going on in their life such as finals, looking ahead to the summer job, college, military and particularly seniors who are the big frog in a small pond who are about to be thrown into an ocean of real life. Do not take me wrong they put on a good show tonight I just didn't think it was their very best.

A number of awards were given to seniors tonight.

Emily Ellis, Josh Smith, Rhiannon Smith and Leah wilson made Delaware All-state Chorus 2010

Rhiannon Smith, Josh Wilder and Leah Wilson performed with the honors chorus at the ACDA Eastern Conference in Philadelphia.

Josh Smith and Amelia Mitchell were selected as the most outstanding Chorus members and I totally agree on the selection.

The Delmar Chorus Boosters are looking for members and officers

Lost Dog

Black and White Boston Terrier. Answers to the name of Lucy. Lost near the Little League Field in Delmar on May 12, 2010. She did not have her collar on. She needs special food or she will get sick. Please help find her, my son is missing his dog.

Please call 443-366-3435

The Decastro Sisters - 1950's

Peggy DeCastro, Cherie DeCastro, and Babette DeCastro - all dead now but you have to love the hair and eyebrows.

National Apple Pie Day

May 13 is National Apple Pie Day, no not Pi Day - that is March 14 but PIE - altho we could calculate the circumference of the apple PIE (assuming a round pie) with the calculation of = PI * diameter, but what could be more American than apple pie?

The phrase “as American as apple pie” actually comes from the World War II era where servicemen and women were instructed to answer reporters that they were fighting for “mom and apple pie.” Did you notice National Apple Pie Day is in the same month and very close to - Mother's Day?

While it is uncertain to why today was selected for National Apple Pie Day - maybe it was started in a year in which May 13th was mother's day, it is well known that apple pies are an important part of the American culture with sayings like "as American as apple pie". Meaning that apples are not originally from the United States, like many of its people, but they adapted into Americans.

Apple pies have also been involved in a big patriotic ad by General Motors that started in 1974, with their slogan “Baseball, hot dogs, apple pie and Chevrolet.”

So have a slice of apple pie today - plain, or with a slice of cheddar, or ice cream, or scrapple, it is always good. Mmmmm Apple Pie

Census Taker Joke

The census taker knocked on Donna's door. She answered all his questions except one. She refused to tell him her age.

"But everyone tells their age to the census taker," he said.

"Did Miss Maisy Hill, and Miss Daisy Hill tell you their ages?" she asked.

"Certainly," he replied "Well, I'm the same age as they are," she snapped.

"As old as the Hills," he wrote on his form.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Census Taker Joke

An elderly man was sitting on his porch, when a young man walked up with a pad and pencil in his hand.

"What are you selling young man," he asked.

"I'm not selling anything," the young man said. I'm a census taker."

"A what?" the elder man asked.

"A census taker. We are trying to find out how many people are in the United States."

"Well," the man answered. "You're wasting your time with me, I have no idea.

Teflon Inventor Dies in 1994

Roy J. Plunkett died today in 1994. In 1938 he was the accidental inventor of Teflon (Polytetrafluoroethylene). The first nonstick cookware using Teflon was sold in 1960.
Teflon is the DuPont brand name. He was inducted to the Plastics Hall of Fame in 1973 and the Inventors Hall of Fame in 1985. Plunkett died on May 12, 1994 at the age of 83.

French engineer Marc Grégoire created the first pan coated with Teflon non-stick resin under the brand name of Tefal after his wife urged him to try the material he had been using on fishing tackle on her cooking pans.

The word gained a certain pop-culture notoriety in the 1980s when the media began referring to Ronald Reagan as the Teflon president, a reference to his infuriating ability to avoid being tarnished by the various scandals plaguing his administration

A look at Ehow on Teflon will tell you more than you may want to know about Telfon.

Delmar School Board Election 2010

In spite of my feelings that who ever wins in this election the people of the Delmar School District would be the losers I did go vote.

Life on the school board returns to it's samo-samo status with the re-election of David Burton to his third five year term. Burton unofficially received 396 votes and Thompson unofficially received 75 votes.

For the non ex-military samo-samo equates to same old same old.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

The Census-Taker by Robert Frost

The Census-Taker by Robert Frost

I came an errand one cloud-blowing evening
To a slab-built, black-paper-covered house
Of one room and one window and one door,
The only dwelling in a waste cut over
A hundred square miles round it in the mountains:
And that not dwelt in now by men or women.
(It never had been dwelt in, though, by women,
So what is this I make a sorrow of?)
I came as census-taker to the waste
To count the people in it and found none,
None in the hundred miles, none in the house,
Where I came last with some hope, but not much,
After hours' overlooking from the cliffs
An emptiness flayed to the very stone.
I found no people that dared show themselves,
None not in hiding from the outward eye.
The time was autumn, but how anyone
could tell the time of year when every tree
That could have dropped a leaf was down itself
And nothing but the stump of it was left
Now bringing out its rings in sugar of pitch;
And every tree up stood a rotting trunk
Without a single leaf to spend on autumn,
Or branch to whistle after what was spent.
Perhaps the wind the more without the help
Of breathing trees said something of the time
Of year or day the way it swung a door
Forever off the latch, as if rude men
Passed in and slammed it shut each one behind him
For the next one to open for himself.
I counted nine I had no right to count
(But this was dreamy unofficial counting)
Before I made the tenth across the threshold.
Where was my supper? Where was anyone's?
No lamp was lit. Nothing was on the table.
The stove was cold—the stove was off the chimney—
And down by one side where it lacked a leg.
The people that had loudly passed the door
Were people to the ear but not the eye.
They were not on the table with their elbows.
They were not sleeping in the shelves of bunks.
I saw no men there and no bones of men there.
I armed myself against such bones as might be
With the pitch-blackened stub of an ax-handle
I picked up off the straw-dust-covered floor.
Not bones, but the ill-fitted window rattled.
The door was still because I held it shut
While I thought what to do that could be done—
About the house—about the people not there.
This house in one year fallen to decay
Filled me with no less sorrow than the houses
Fallen to ruin in ten thousand years
Where Asia wedges Africa from Europe.
Nothing was left to do that I could see
Unless to find that there was no one there
And declare to the cliffs too far for echo,
"The place is desert, and let whoso lurks
In silence, if in this he is aggrieved,
Break silence now or be forever silent.
Let him say why it should not be declared so."
The melancholy of having to count souls
Where they grow fewer and fewer every year
Is extreme where they shrink to none at all.
It must be I want life to go on living.

Black Drum Fishing Tournament May 14th

May 14, 2010 - 4th Annual Black Drum World Championship Fishing Tournament
Runs Through: May 15, 2010 Time: 6:00PM - 10:00PM
Location: Bay Creek Marina - Cape Charles, Virginia

Fish Friday evening through Saturday afternoon. Banquet Saturday evening with cash prizes awarded.

Contact Information: 757-787-2460 Website: To register online, visit

Armed Forces Day is Saturday May 15th

The American Legion Race Team will be honoring all veterans on Armed Forces Day weekend (May 14-16, 2010) at Dover International Speedway in Dover.

Newark will have their 75th annual armed forces day parade staring at 1 PM on Sunday

Nur Temple Gun Show Saturday and Sunday

May 15-16 DE Wilmington, Nur Temple seven miles south of Wilmington, Delaware. Northbound Rt13 just north of Rt 40. South of Hooters restaurant, Saturday 9am-5pm, Sunday 9am-3pm. For more information email at, call Bob at (410)438-3938 or check out the online flyer at: Gun Show Flyer

Guard on Duty 24 Hours -- Admission -- $5.00 --Refreshments Available on Premises

Proceeds from this Gun Show benefit Legion Operations ONLY
Proceeds DO NOT benefit Shriner's Hospital for Children

Delmar Public Library Book and Bake Sale Friday and Saturday

The Delmar Public Library will hold a Book and Bake sale on Friday (4 to 7 P.M.) and Saturday (8A.M. to 1 P.M.). The Kiwanis will supply food at the book sale - maybe Scrapple sandwiches!!!

Delmar High School Chorus Show Thursday

The High School Chorus Spring Concert will be performed on Thursday, May 13th at 7 p.m. in the school auditorium.

Delmar School Board Election Today

In spite of my opinion of the two people running, today is election day, so do your American duty Delmar and go vote. You can vote at the High School today between 10 AM to 8 PM.

Monday, May 10, 2010

Today's Census Taker Quote

"A census taker once tried to test me. I ate his liver with some fava beans and a nice Chianti."

Hannibal Lecter

Sunday, May 09, 2010

The Delmar School Board Election May 11th

I see the Wilmington News Journal had a very brief article on the two candidates running for the school board position. I certainly didn't get much information from the article other than the fact I didn't care for either one of them. David Burton is running for a third term, after two terms he is so part of the system he won't have any new ideals other than rubber stamp what ever he is given. Phillip Thompson wants to give the the Delmar, Maryland parents the right to vote for members of the Delmar Delaware school board, thus giving Maryland parents the chance to set the tax rate for Delmar Delaware tax payers without paying any taxes themselves - he is so for out of reality I certainly wouldn't vote for him. Indeed, once again this year, it is a pathetic choice for school board candidates.

Although the job description is daunting and the pay nonexistent, I would have hoped someone who had fresh ideals would have come forth to run for one of the very important nonpartisan elected position in this town.

I will certainly say our school board does a better job than the Laurel school board who I have decide is in cahoots with Bill Hitch as he is still out of jail and roaming free. If I lived in Laurel I would have the Laurel school board ass over that one. Why Laurel bloggers aren't on top of this miserable excuse for a school board is beyond me. Why does a Delmar Blogger have to write about?

I am not sure I am even going to vote in the school election - it such a waste.

Education Matters. Money Matters. Community Matters. I have to wonder if this school board election matters

How Do We Get Oil?

Picked up from Fake Science