Saturday, July 10, 2010

Politics, it's everywhere

Two websites I enjoy are Saint Francis de Sales Roman Catholic Church in New York City and John L Allen Jr's blog. Now I am a non-catholic and I would have to say my interest in them is more for the bits of information about the working and politics of one of the largest and oldest organizations in the world. I find the items and issues discussed to frequently be non-religious. The little side bar item called the Priest’s Diary on the Saint Francis website is also interesting. Politics isn't government it is about people deciding who they will follow and who they will allow to make decisions for them and how the person who wants the power of that position will curry favor from those people. Religious organizations are no exception to this.

Kitty Litter Inventor is Born Today in 1920

Kay Draper was at her wit's end. Like many cat owners in 1948 she kept a pile of sand in the yard from which to draw on to fill her cat's litter box. But the winters in her hometown of Cassopolis, Michigan had the disagreeable habit of getting very cold and freezing her pile of sand solid. For awhile she got by with ashes hauled from the fireplace but her house would be peppered from sooty paw prints. She tried sawdust but it wasn't absorbent enough.

Mrs. Draper went to see a neighbor of hers, the Lowes, about her problem. Henry Lowe operated a small business selling industrial absorbents, including sawdust and concrete. Edward Lowe, who had just returned from the United States Navy to join his father's business, suggested she try a product called Fuller's Earth. Fuller's Earth was kiln-dried clay balls that the 27-year old Lowe had been trying to sell unsuccessfully to farmers as a nesting material. Soon Mrs. Draper would use nothing else for her cat's litter box.

Ed Lowe figured that Mrs. Draper was not the only cat lover who would benefit by the absorbent clay balls. He filled ten plain brown paper bags with five pounds each of the clay, scribbled the name 'Kitty Litter' on them and paid a visit to his local pet store. He was met by a cool reception. The store owner couldn't understand why anyone would pay 65 cents for a bag of clay when sand cost virtually nothing. Lowe told him to give the bags away. After using the free sample, cat owners indeed came back with 65 cents in hand.

Ed Lowe hit the road, hauling his Kitty Litter to pet stores and wholesaling companies. He cleaned cat boxes - hundreds of them - at cat shows in exchange for a booth to hawk his Kitty Litter. If need be he sold the Kitty Litter straight from the back of his 1943 Chevy Coupe. He drove tens of thousands of miles across the country to get his business started.

As Ed Lowe built his business, he literally built an industry. He was so successful that his brand of clay, Kitty Litter, became the generic term for his product. His cat litter, with its odor controlling properties and high absorbency, made cats user friendly. No longer did the evening end with the cat being put outside for the night. The cat became an inside animal and today the cat is America's favorite pet, outstripping the dog in popularity.

Inventing a product and kick-starting an industry are not guarantees of success, however. Ed Lowe realized his product was little more than naturally absorbent clay, readily available to any manufacturer. He worked constantly to improve the quality of his Kitty Litter. He added ingredients to stem the growth of odor-causing bacteria. Other innovations reduced the dust in the cat box. Time-release agents controlled odor longer between litter changes. He developed scooping fillers to create moisture-activated clumping action so waste could be isolated and scooped out, leaving only clean litter.

Ed Lowe went a long way from the day in 1948 when he filled a plain brown paper bag with clay pellets and handed them to a distraught neighbor. When he sold his company in 1990, Edward Lowe Industries was selling more than $210 million of cat box filler every year.

Ed Lowe was born July 10, 1920 in St. Paul, Minnesota to Lulu and Henry E. Lowe. His family later moved near Cassopolis, Michigan, where Ed spent his youth before serving in the U.S. Navy from 1941 to 1945.

"As a general rule, change is brought about by discontent." quote by Ed Lowe

"Thank You Mr. Lowe." quote from Bumpkins, our cat


A little rain never bothered a fisherman

Nanticoke Riverfest

Under a black sky that spelled pending doom the Riverfest in Seaford started up this morning

Shaw And Son Amusements from Severn, Maryland were there.

and the rain came

I was there to hear the band "13 South" but the outside venue was rained out

While I was out getting a scrapple sandwich They made the move to the Fire Hall

Great Music

Benefit For Wayne Bailey

Friday, July 09, 2010

The Owl Motel - 1973

Muller's Ice Cream in Chincoteague

I am not too happy with Chincoteague at the moment so allow for that when you read my comments on Muller's ice Cream in Chincoteague.

First inside it is a nice looking place with a wide selection of ice cream.

The problem I find and I find it everywhere anymore is it is just to expensive. The average dish of ice cream there is about $6. That is too much. For a family of four on a little trip out for ice cream you will drop over $20. Get real. It is not even a premium grade of ice cream I think it is Hersey's.

Chincoteague use to be a reasonable family place to go but I find more and more it is overpriced with rude people (Muller's was not rude - actually they are friendly - just other places in Chincoteague were)

Family Reunions

Family reunions—love them or hate them, we feel drawn to them.

This is the season for family reunions and they seem to be all over the place. Some family reunions have their origins at the funeral of a loved one and all the sons, daughters, cousins says let’s try and keep in touch more often and before you know it, a family reunion is started up. My next family reunion will be in August. It was started as a party to honor my grandmother on her birthday and she wanted her sisters to attend and before you knew it twenty five years later we are still having these get together. The original people have passed on but we are still here and we honor their memory each year.

Why go to family reunions? Well there are a number of reasons. First you get to know your family. In a world that has moved away from having a family unit of 10 to 12 people today we are made up of smaller immediate family members so it is good to know your cousins. Now I like to say, if you are a native of this area every other native person you meet is likely a 32nd cousin once removed, but still it is good to know that they are a cousin. Some time there are family members we didn't even know we had. For the most part it is a joy and inspiration to me to meet my family members.

Second, you get to pass on social values to the younger members attending the family reunion and some times you just have to remind current family members that the family does have values. The speakers at the reunion and just the general demeanor of the people attending the reunion will serve as role models to younger members. We have a tradition of having the head of each family at the reunion talk about significant highlights that happened to their family in the past year. Since members of family graduating is the most often spoken of item, next to births, it passes on the value the family has on education. I guess the births would reflect the values we have on heterosexual reproduction. When they speak of their elders (here or in the beyond) they show the respect for family and pass that on. Every family seems to have a colorful background, and it is one that instills pride. As one hears the achievements of whomever the family has been able to trace its ancestors to, the stories provide a testimony to the struggles, courage, and the remarkable resilience of native Eastern Shoreman.

Third, there are also more shallow reasons for attending a family reunion; maybe to show off a new car, a new wife, to find out if Cousin Alice really did get knocked up or is just fat like her mother, or to see if Aunt Ethel really did get a boob job. Usually trying to pick up a date is frown on at family reunions.

Regardless of the reason - do attend your family reunion - or start one of your own, simply put family is family, good or bad, you can’t escape them because no matter how far you travel they are who you are, they are your DNA, and had it not been for family, you wouldn’t be who you are today, good, bad, or indifferent. So go ahead and embrace your “roots”, you never know, this may be the last time you get to see that relative, or taste that favorite dish, or hit Uncle Elbert up for a loan.

Good Stuff

Good Stuff at the Mason Dixon auction tonight, starts at 4 PM. Even Delmar High School Year Books

Slow Morning at The Laurel Auction Block

A little sweet corn, some cantaloupes and watermelons

Is It Going To Rain?

Well lots of black clouds but not a drop in Delmar. It poured down pretty good west of Delmar. Hopefully it will come and wet down our gardens

Delmar Historical and Art Society Meeting

The Delmar Historical and Art Society (DHAS) had their monthly meeting last night. Stephanie Elliott from Double Mills Historical Society gave a talk on how the Double Mills Historical Society was formed.

The talk gave us a number of pointers. As you may know DHAS is attempting to reactivate after a number of years of being inactive.

We decided our main project would be to try and produce a DHAS newsletter in time for the Delmar Heritage Days on September 25th.

The next meeting will be at the Delmar High School on August 12th at 7 PM.

Delmar Police Press Release


Incident: Rape

Location: 500 block, E. Chestnut St., Delmar, MD

Date: 07-05-10

Arrested: Quamaine Huggins, black male, 18 Y.O.A., Delmar, DE

On 07-05-10 an officer of the Delmar Police Department responded to Peninsula Regional Medical Center for a report of an alleged rape that occurred in Delmar, MD. Further investigation revealed that on the evening of July 5, 2010 Huggins allegedly sexually assaulted the victim. The officer applied for and received a warrant for Huggins and Huggins was subsequently located and arrested on 07-08-10. Huggins is being held at the Wicomico County Detention Center without bond.

Rape 2nd Degree
Assault 2nd Degree
Reckless Endangerment
False Imprisonment

Thursday, July 08, 2010

Furniture Store For Rent

I see the furniture store downtown is moving out and the place is up for rent

The Delmar Diner

The July Pinup Girl For the Delmar Diner

I stopped by the Delmar Diner for breakfast this morning. You know the place - just south of the MD/DE stateline. I had a very good breakfast served up by Murf. Now as you may know Murf is a frequent commenter to this blog and I have put up with her known her for a number of years. Since she reads my blog she knows my 5% tip policy. So my meal came to $6.20 and at 5% that would be 31 cents, but there are adjustments to it for a number of factors. Let's face it Murf is not the young thing anymore that flirts with old men to get larger tips so deduct 3%, deduct another 3% for the grief she and some other people in the diner gave me - wow - she is going to owe me - add 4% because she is an experience professional server who got my food out to me on time. Now at this point I am at a 3% tip but Murf has a secret tip getter. She comes out with the hot coffee pot and stands next to you under the pretense of re-filling your cup as you leave your tip. Now I have enough age spots on my face as it is, I don't need the age spots connected with 3rd degree burns from hot coffee so I jacked the tip up another 13% and left her a dollar tip. Wow - a 16% tip from me and I didn't even get a senior citizen discount.

Cor Cordium - Have the Heart of Percy Bysshe Shelley

Today in 1822 British romantic poet, rebel, drug addict, adulterer, atheistic, lover of 16 year olds Percy Bysshe Shelley drowned.

I met a traveller from an antique land
Who said: "Two vast and trunkless legs of stone
Stand in the desert. Near them on the sand,
Half sunk, a shattered visage lies, whose frown
And wrinkled lip and sneer of cold command
Tell that its sculptor well those passions read
Which yet survive, stamped on these lifeless things,
The hand that mocked them and the heart that fed.
And on the pedestal these words appear:
`My name is Ozymandias, King of Kings:
Look on my works, ye mighty, and despair!'
Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare,
The lone and level sands stretch far away.

“Ozymandias” published in 1818.

His body washed ashore in Italy near Via Reggio and in keeping with quarantine regulations, was cremated on the beach. Surrounded by three of his closest friends Edward Trelawny, Leigh Hunt and Lord Byron, his heart refused to burn, Trewlany snatched it from the pyre and gave it to Mary Shelley, his wife, (of Frankenstein fame) who kept it for the rest of her life.

Shelley's ashes were stored for several months in the British Consul's wine cellar in Rome before eventually being buried in the Protestant Cemetery there. When Mary Shelley died in 1851 her husband's heart was found amongst her belongings, it was apparently wrapped in one of the sheets of Adonais - Shelley's famous elegy to Keats. His heart now lies in St Peter's Churchyard, Bournemouth, England, near to the former Shelley family country home at Boscombe Manor. Mary Shelley's body is buried there as well and the remains of Mary's parents, William Godwin and Mary Wollstonecraft, were brought over from Old St. Pancras Churchyard, London and rest in the same grave. There is a monument to Percy Bysshe Shelley in nearby Christchurch Priory.

The day after the news of his death reached England the Tory newspaper The Courier gloated: "Shelley, the writer of some infidel poetry, has been drowned, now he knows whether there is a God or not."

Another Unneeded Law

Delaware Governor(One Eyed) Jack Markell signed into law a bill that would prohibit cell phone use when driving. Now I certainly think something should be done about people who use the cell phone while driving. I think we have all been put in harms way by some woman talking on a cell phone, trying to put on makeup and trying to make a right hand turn all at the same time. But another law? Don't we have an inattentive driving law, that should cover cell phone use and all kinds of other issues? I hope the cell phone law works when it is put into effect in January but I think it is just one more charge that can be bought against you when you are pulled over by the "Law". Have you notice in the newspaper court columns a person will be charged with 15 different things and they remove 14 of them and go with one charge? It means 14 charges were a waste of paper work and judicial/law enforcement time. This is another example of it. For a change enforce the laws that are on the books don't add additional ones.

Delmar Historical and Art Society Meeting

The Delmar Historical and Art Society (DHAS) will meet tonight at the Delmar Library at 7 PM. The meeting is open to the public and all who are interested in history and/or the arts in Delmar and the surrounding area.

Wednesday, July 07, 2010

A Discourteous Custom

I was down in Salisbury last Sunday and I stopped at a small Royal Farms Convenience store to get gas for the lawnmower. All four gas pumps had a van in front of them, but no people. No one pumping gas. I thought perhaps it was a protest against the type of gas they sell, but all four vans were construction vehicles, so you know what was going on. For some reason some construction type people like to park their van in front of the pumps, than go inside. Once inside they are like 13 year old girls and in their peregrination around the store have to talk to all the other construction/tradesman type people, pick up coffee and a snack, make a few off comments to the women behind the counters and eventually they will wander back to their van and pump their gas, usually standing with a cup of coffee in one hand and the gas pump hose in the other. Long story short, after five minutes of waiting and still no one pumping gas I left and found a store with out construction vans in front of the pump. Now I am sure the people parked at the Royal Farms were "Regulars" and perhaps that is the reason why the manager was not interested in more turnover on the gas pumps, after all there is more profit in a snack cake than gas. Still I have a low opinion of that Royal Farms and will not use it again.

1906 Seabrease Ad and Daytons

You know how one thing leads to another. I was looking at this 1906 ad for Seabrease Bros. in Mardela Springs Maryland and it mentioned Carriages, Buggies, and Daytons. Now I had assumed these were all horsedrawn wagons of some type but the Dayton threw me. Now I know out there somewhere someone knows exactly what a Dayton was. In a brief search on line search (everything you would ever want to know and more is out there on the world wide web) for a Dayton.

I think it was a buggy like the one above made by the Dayton Wagon Works. Like Studebaker carriages, Dayton also made a car under the company name of
Reliable Dayton.

As you can see the car looks a lot like a buggy with a motor in it. I think however the Seabrease ad refers to a horse drawn buggy instead of a motor car.

Clyde Twilley Cucumbers

Tuesday, July 06, 2010

1975 ad Tareyton

Some July 6th Events

Today is "National Fried Chicken Day" Mmmm. I can't imagine frying chicken today as hot as it is.

It is also NATIONAL REFUSE JUNK MAIL DAY. Mark "REFUSED" on unopened junk mail, & return it to the Post Office (i.e., put it back in your mailbox for return

Today in 1932 1st class postage went up to 3 cents from 2 cents

Today in 1944 the Ringling Brothers Circus "Big Top" fire happened, killing 160 spectators & injuring over 480 when the tent collapsed on them in Hartford Conn

Today in 1958 Alaska becomes the 49th state

On this day in 1535, Sir Thomas More was beheaded, his punishment for refusing to swear an oath making Henry VIII head of the Church of England, and husband of as many as he pleased. For his learning, wit and good government, More has become the portrait of Humanism.

Today in 1998 Roy Rogers (Born Leonard Slye) died, may not be up there with Sir Thomas More but at least Roy lived in my own life time.

and today's lyrics are;
The Preacher & the Slave by JOE HILL

Long haired preachers come out ev'ry night,
Try to tell you what's wrong and what's right;
But when asked, how 'bout something to eat, (Let us eat)
They will answer with voices so sweet; (Oh so sweet)
You will eat, (You will eat)
Bye and bye, (Bye and bye) in that glorious land above the sky;
(way up high)
work and pray, (work and pray) live on hay, (Live on hay)
you'll get pie in the sky when you die. (That's a lie)

And the starvation army they play,
And they sing and they clap and they pray.
Till they get all your coin on the drum,
Then they'll tell you when you're on the bum:


Holy Rollers and Jumpers come out,
And they holler, they jump and they shout
"Give your money to Jesus," they say,
"He will cure all diseases today."


If you fight hard for children and wife-
Try to get something good in this life-
You're a sinner and bad man, they tell,
When you die you will sure go to hell.


Workingmen of all countries unite,
Side by side we for freedom will fight!
When the world and its wealth we have gained,
To the grafters we'll sing this refrain:

-Final Chorus-

You will eat, bye and bye,
When you've learned how to cook and to fry.
Chop some wood, 'twill do you good,
And you'll eat in the sweet bye and bye.

"The Preacher and the Slave" was written by Joe Hill


A little thing going around the web;


A new political party, not Democrat, not Republican, not Independent.

It is called the "PISSED OFF PARTY" (or POP).

This party is dedicated to vote every incumbent out of office in the November elections.

If you are Democrat, vote Democrat. Just do not vote for any incumbent.

If you are Republican, vote Republican. Just do not vote for any incumbent.

If you are Independent, vote Independent. Just do not vote for any incumbent.
We need to send a message to all politicians, that we are tired of their B.S.

By voting out all the incumbents, the new incoming politicians will get the message or we'll replace them too.

It is pretty simple. Nobody needs to change parties, and let's face it, there is plenty of blame to spread around.

A few good politicians will lose their job, but they have much better retirement and insurance then 95% of the American public. Most of us have had to struggle for the last 9 years. Some of you have lost your job, and may be working in some other sector just to feed your family. None of the current crop of politicians has suffered like this country has.

If you are fed up, and think this is a good idea, then pass this E-mail on to others. If you really think this has legs, then please help setup a website and a blog to get the word out. Also please read the following:

The following should be read and understood by all Americans, Democrats, Independents, Republicans, EVERYONE!

To All 535 voting members of the Legislature, you are ALL corrupt morons that only think of yourself.

THE U.S. POSTAL SERVICE was established in 1775. You have had 234 years to get it right, and it is broke.

SOCIAL SECURITY was established in 1935. You have had 74 years to get it right, and it is broke.

FANNIE MAE was established in 1938. You have had 71 years to get it right, and it is broke.

WAR ON POVERTY started in 1964. You have had 45 years to get it right, and $1 trillion dollars of our money is confiscated each year and transferred to "the poor", and they only want more.

MEDICAID were established in 1965. You have had 44 years to get it right, and it is broke.

FREDDIE MAC was established in 1970. You have had 39 years to get it right, and it is broke.

THE DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY was created in 1977 to lessen our dependence on foreign oil. It has ballooned to 16,000 employees with a budget of $24 billion a year, and we import more oil than ever before. You have had 32 years to get it right, and it is an abysmal failure, with these Do-Nothings getting more of our money each year.

You have FAILED in every "government service" you have shoved down our throats while overspending our tax dollars.


Folks, keep this circulating. Maybe it will end up in the e-mails of some of our duly elected and their staff which may clue them in on how Americans feel.

How to field dress a whale

Over at Alan Henney Rehoboth Beach weekend site he has a piece on a 45-foot long male right whale the Coast Guard, NOAA and a commercial towing firm dragged a shore from 46 miles off Cape May. Why they had to drag it in is beyond me - but that's our government in action. Anyway I am impressed with Alan Henney site. He has good photos and interesting topics. An interesting story is on him at the Cape Gazette. He expresses interesting views about "spot" news that can be applied to blogging also.