Saturday, October 23, 2010

Furniture Refinishing

We are looking at furniture for the house and one thing we decided to do is to take a few of the older pieces that belonged to my wife's grandmother to a furniture refinisher. There were two pieces in the house at the time of the fire that were damaged from smoke, heat, water and a high pressure fire hose being turned on them and there were a couple of pieces stored in the garage that were just old and needed refinishing. We looked at three refinishers. All did excellent work and we would have gone with any of the three but like the house building contract you can only pick one (we wanted the same finish on each piece of furniture or I guess we could have sent a piece to each refinisher). The ones we looked at were; H&H Furniture Restoration on 5th street in Delmar MD 443-880-3976, Craig's Furniture Refinishing & Caning, 10830 Sharptown Rd Mardela Springs Md 410-883-3033 and Stone Angel Refinishing (Pam Asa) 10824 Concord Road Seaford De 302-628-0133. We also considered the Correctional Facility in Georgetown Delaware. The person we spoke to said you drop the furniture off at the furniture barn at the facility on Tuesday morning and Thursday morning and it is hauled to Smyrna where they will call and give you an estimate. I am told by others that they are cheap (pricewise) and we may use them in the future for some pieces that we value less.

All gave us an estimated price and a time of about 4 to 12 weeks. We decided on Stone Angel Refinishing so now we are waiting to see the results of her work.

In Your Face

The watchdog group Citizens against Government Waste has a new media ad playing and if you have not seen it you can look at it here.

The ad called "Chinese Professor," is set in "Beijing, China 2030 AD." It shows a lecture hall with a professor speaking in Chinese. The students carry futuristic tablets that make the iPad look clunky. The ad contains subtitles and starts with the professor asking, in Chinese, "Why do great nations fail? The Ancient Greeks...the Roman Empire...the British Empire...and the United States of America." Students gaze up at a holographic screen that shows images of the four superpowers. "They all make the same mistakes, turning their back on the principles that made them great," continues the professor. He goes on to say that America tried to "tax and spend" its way out of a recession, including a health-care overhaul -- all of which led to massive debt. "Of course, we owned most of their debt," he says with a laugh, "so now they work for us." Cue audience laughter, but of course we know it is true.

The House Update

Well the exterior work has come to a halt and now they are working on Drywall. Jeff, Wayne and Buck from Trophy Drywall hung drywall last week and this week Jeff is smearing on the compound to cover the seams. Next week I think the painters are scheduled and after that the flooring people.

I am pleased with the building contractor, Vernon Esham, and his subcontractors, however that does not mean we don't have different opinions on the house. I think this is normal in building a house. Certainly I have listened to my share of "You can't do that - CODE requires us to do it this way" and "You want what done? - that an upgrade cost." Well at times you feel like you are in that "Father Of The Bride" (1991 Steve Martin Version) scene where Steve Martin goes to the Supermarket and raises hell over the fact the number of hot dogs don't match the number of hot dog buns.

I'll tell you what I'm doing. I want to buy eight hot dogs and eight hot dog buns to go with them. But no one sells eight hot dog buns. They only sell twelve hot dog buns. So I end up paying for four buns I don't need. So I am removing the superfluous buns. Yeah. And you want to know why? Because some big-shot over at the wiener company got together with some big-shot over at the bun company and decided to rip off the American public. Because they think the American public is a bunch of trusting nit-wits who will pay for everything they don't need rather than make a stink. Well they're not ripping of this nitwit anymore because I'm not paying for one more thing I don't need. George Banks is saying NO!

The most recent Hot Dog/Bun argument has been the size of the molding around the kitchen windows where the kitchen cabinets are. Larry Truitt, Vernon Esham's project manager, wanted to know if I was going to continue with the "wide" molding I had requested thru out the living room/ dinning room or go with "standard" molding" around the kitchen windows. There was question if the kitchen cabinet people had left space for "wide" molding. I called Roy Hopkins at Eastern Shore Kitchen and left a message on the answering machine asking if "wide" molding would fit or did I need to go with "standard" moulding? Next day Roy called called back and said he had talked to Vernon and Larry and he would suggest I go buy a strip of molding and tack it on the window and measure back 36 inches (width of a cabinet) to the corner to see if the wide molding would fit. So I am sitting there thinking I am paying a lot of money to the cabinet people and a lot of money to the house builder and I am being told to go buy a strip of molding and nail it up myself and measure!!!! This is one of those George Banks moment.

Today Is National Boston Cream Pie Day

Today Is National Boston Cream Pie Day!!! At last. Happy National Boston Cream Pie Day!! Yummy!!!!!!

Pie, pie, me oh my, Nothing tastes better, wet, salty and dry. Apple and pumpkin and mince and black bottom, I’ll come to your place every day if you’ve got ‘em. Pie, me oh my, I love piiiiieeeeeee

Okay so technically it isn't a pie it is a round cake that is split and filled with a custard or cream filling and frosted with chocolate. Created by French chef M. Sanzian at Boston's Parker House Hotel, opened in 1855, this pudding/cake combination comprises two layers of sponge cake filled with vanilla custard or crème pâtissière. The cake is topped with a chocolate glaze (such as ganache) and sometimes confectioner's sugar or a cherry. It became the official dessert of Massachusetts in a bill sponsored by Norton High School, defeating Indian Pudding (sorry Indian Pudding but how can you compete with anything with chocolate?) and Toll House cookies.

bake a Boston Cream Pie
and share it with your favorite overweight blogger.

What A Smell Is Back - Sort Of

The Blog What A Smell is back. He is trying to recover from losting his domain several months ago.

Indian Reservation - 1711

Today in 1711 The Maryland Legislature provided for 3,000 acres in North Laurel for an Indian reservation.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Multikulti" Concept Does Not Work in Germany

Last week German Chancellor Angela Merkel told a gathering of young members of her conservative Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party; the "multikulti" concept – where people of different backgrounds would live together happily – does not work in Germany.

Merkel, who was quoted for saying that multiculturalism has weakened Germany and it is time to put an end to it. “At the beginning of the 1960s our country called the foreign workers to come to Germany and now they live in our country,” said Ms. Merkel at a youth gathering in Potsdam, near Berlin. “We kidded ourselves a while. We said: ‘They won’t stay, after some time they will be gone, but this isn’t reality. They stayed by the millions and our efforts to build a happy multicultural society and to live side by side and to enjoy each other… has failed, utterly failed”. She went on to say that if people want to live in this country they should learn German and should respect the ethos of the host country. “We feel tied to Christian values. Those who don’t accept them don’t have a place here,” said the chancellor. “Subsidizing immigrants” isn’t sufficient, Germany has the right to “make demands” on them, she added, such as mastering the language of Goethe and abandoning practices such as forced marriages. The crowd greeted the above remark with a standing ovation. Similar sentiments can now be heard in France, Britain and of course are a major issue here in United States.

Germany has around 4 million Muslims. There is no accurate count of the number of Muslims in the United States, as the U.S. Census Bureau does not collect data on religious identification. Muslim population in the United States is estimated to be from 1.3 million to 7 million - quite a range. In the United States, there are essentially three categories of Muslims: 1) immigrants; 2) American converts/reverts to Islam; and 3) those born to the first two groups as Muslims.

I’m like you, but with bigger tits

For those long time fans of of Cassandra Peterson ( Elvira, Mistress of the Dark) she has returned to you tube to do a parody of the Christine O'Donnell "I'm not a witch" ad. Click here
I’m like you, but with bigger tits

Cassandra Peterson put her children through school with that pushup bra and nightly bottle of Aqua Net.

Booksale Starts At 3 PM today

The Delmar Library Book and Bake Sale Starts Today at 3 PM and continues on Saturday.

1722 Peace Treaty

October 22, 1722 - A Peace Treaty was signed between the Assateague & Pocomoke Indians, & Lord Charles Calvert, Governor of Maryland

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Delmar High School's Veteran's Day Ceremony

The Delmar High School's Veteran's Day Ceremony will be on November 12, 2010 at 10:00. By law, Veterans Day is set aside to honor our nation's military veterans both living and dead, who served in time of war. The ceremony will follow the same format as last year. This year's guest speaker is Major Gen. John M Custer who is currently in command of the United States Army Intelligence Center and Fort Huachuca. He graduated from Woodbridge High as part of the first graduating class from that school and is the brother of our own Dan Custer Special Ed Teacher in the Middle School.

We are looking for Delmar Alumni that were killed in action in World War I and II. We would like to honor their families at the ceremony. We are also going to honoring the women of these two wars as well. The public is invited.

If you have any questions please contact either Faith Melvin ( or Tommy Nichols (

Now I don't know how many attended Delmar (Md or DE) High School but some that died with a Delmar address were;

Glen Rayne - WWI
John Miller - Korea
Frederick Killmon - Vietnam
J G Cropper - WWII
George Gurdy- WWII
Harold Dutton- WWII
Roland Galusha - WWII
Howard Hastings - WWII
Robert Hayman - WWII
George Kerkesh - WWII
L. Wendell - WWII
Calvert LeCates - WWII
Ralph McCain - WWII
Harry Neil - WWII
Howard Poulson - WWII
Robert Powell - WWII
Paul Tingle - WWII
James Truitt - WWII
Tommy Lee Latham - Iraq

Yes That Time Of The Year Is Approaching


Sat. December 11th @ 2pm (Rain date – Sun. Dec. 12th – same time)



For a parade application: Call the Chamber voicemail at 302-846-3336, pick one up from Delmar Town Hall, or download from the Chamber website at

Application deadline is Dec. 8th !

Theme: “What Christmas Means to Me”

Parade sponsored by: The Greater Delmar Chamber of Commerce

Delmar Planning and Zoning Meets Tonight

On Thursday, October 21, 2010 the Delmar Planning & Zoning Commission will meet at the Delmar Town Hall for their regularly scheduled meeting at 7:00 pm. I looked at the agenda and there was nothing on it so this will be very quick and boring or a last minute secret item will materialize.

In the event P&Z is boring at 7 PM there will be Ed Okonowicz and his "Tales Tombstones Tell" at the Delmar Library.

A Small Observation

It was just a few years back that when China was mentioned it was always prefaced by the word Communist as in Communist China. So what happened? Are they no longer communist or now is there just no difference between the political makeup of China and the United States Of America?

Embezzlement Fugitive Hightails It

Picked Up From WGMD

Delaware State Police are looking for an embezzlement fugitive. This comes after an investigation into an internal theft complaint that occurred at Atlantic Liquors in Rehoboth. Representatives of Atlantic Liquors started to notice inventory discrepancies and went to the police. An extensive search into business transactions showed she had embezzled nearly 15-thousand dollars. State Police now need your help if finding Tamara Geiselman. You’ll find a picture of her at

Today's Quote

"The streets are safe in Philadelphia. It's only the people who make them unsafe."
— Frank Rizzo, ex-police chief & mayor of Philadelphia

Or to Paraphrase
"The streets are safe in Salisbury. It's only the people who make them unsafe."

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Target Iron Man Costume Commercial

I just watched a TV commercial from Target showing a mother who had made an "Iron Man" costume for her son for Halloween. The commercial shows the costume falling apart and than moves into to showing the Chinese-made commercial version of the costume for "Iron Man" that Target sells. This commercial is just insulting and wrong. My interpretation is the mother was trying to live within her means and decided for a one night event a homemade costume would suffice without shelling out $20 for a Chinese made one. I know I may be one of the few people left who thinks Halloween is overdone and merely enriches the Chinese, but it is an insult that Target would make fun of someone in this manner. Others also feel the same way

Laurel High School Marching Band

Picked up from Frank Calio's blog;

Laurel High School’s Marching Band may be small, but they are a powerhouse in the competitive marching band world. Over the course of the 2010 competitive season, Laurel has brought home two 1st place finishes – one from the Appoquinimink High School Competition on October 2nd and one from their most recent competition at Parkside High School on October 16th. Led by Drum Major, Liz Waite, the band’s most recent score was 80.15, five points higher than the week prior.

The marching band staff would like to congratulate the LHS Percussion section for making a two-point jump in their specialty caption, earning Best Percussion for the second week in a row! Also, congratulations to the LHS Guard, led by Captain Jojo Ray, for their 7th consecutive Best Auxiliary honor! They truly are an asset to the overall marching band program.

As the only competitive marching band in Sussex County, the LHS Marching Band is preparing to compete this coming Saturday, October 23rd at Broadneck High School in Annapolis, MD in the Tournament of Bands (TOB) Chapter 9 Championships. Currently, they are ranked first in their chapter in group 1A and have aspirations of representing their chapter, school district, and county in All Chapter Championships (ACC’s) held in Hershey, PA this year. ACC’s is an honor and a privilege to be a part of and is considered the “Super Bowl” or “World Series” of competitive Marching Bands in the area.

For more information about the Laurel High School Marching Band please contact Mr. Brian Cass, Director of Bands at (302) 875-6120 or via e-mail at

Good Show Laurel and best of luck in Annapolis this coming Saturday.

Sports Schadenfreude

I noticed the sign over at the Tiger mart in Delmar. Wow!! a lost of 13 to 38 to Lakeforest. Now back to my Sports Schadenfreude, (pleasure derived from the misfortunes of others), as you all know I could care less about most sports, so come the day of the last game my wife was dressing up in her blue and orange clothing and gathering up her ya-yas to go with her to the game at Lakeforest and she made the comment;

"I wonder why they would want to play us on their homecoming day. On homecoming day a school will usually pick another school they can beat (reason why Delmar likes to play Laurel) so they will win their homecoming day game."

Well Ramona now you know why they played us --- 13 to 38.

Delmar Library Book and Bake Sale

Milano's - Chicken and Dumplings Tomorrow

Delmar Library Director Moves On

Cathay Crosby, Director of the Delmar Library,
since June
has decided to move on. She said her final day is Friday, October 22nd. She has added a number of things to the library since she started here and I wish her the best wherever she is going.

In her October 5th post on her blog Librarian in Cyberspace she mentioned some of her problems.

Delmar Citizen Of The Year

I understand the 2010 Delmar Citizen of the year is Pam Schell, a Delmar library employee. The Director of the library, Cathay Crosby, put out this announcement.

"It is with great pleasure to let you know Pam Schell is this year's recipient of the Delmar Citizen of the Year! This award is presented/sponsored by the Bank of Delmarva. Lisa Ellis, who coordinates the voting and award, came to announce this honor just a little while ago.

While representing the library at a New Century Club luncheon meeting, Pam unexpectedly listened to Lisa's announcement, and when she heard her name, Pam was astounded! I wish I had a camera for that moment; she just could not believe it. Pam's work as the Youth Services Librarian has touched many children and families for years; recognition for her achievement, devotion, and positive effect has been long overdue! As I told her earlier today, she makes the work of a children's librarian look easy, when in fact it is quite demanding and often complicated.

Pam will be given a banquet in her honor in November. The Bank of Delmarva organizes the banquet and tickets will go on sale soon. I hope that each of you will be able to attend as we show our appreciation to Pam for her heart-felt contribution to the Delmar community."

Underground Delmar

As we all can see the gas company is laying pipe on Bi-State boulevard in Delmar.

Tom sent me a couple photos of the trench dug for the pipe. It exposes some of the subterranean infrastructure Delmar had years back. An old water meter, brick foundations, etc.

Where the gas company is digging use to have houses in Bi-State Blvd until the Delmar "S" curve was removed.

As you can see (click on photo to enlarge) from the below map of about 1911, when the "S" curve existed.

This area had houses and the usual utilities serving them in that time period.

City Dogs

I was taking my morning stroll, about 7:30, around Pond's Edge today and heard gun shots. I assumed someone was hunting. Now at Pond's Edge between 6 AM to 8 AM is prime walk your apartment dog on a leash time so when these dogs heard the shotgun going off they all hauled ass for their apartments dragging their masters behind them. I can imagine their masters must have been a little excite hearing gun shots in the morning also. It shows how urban the area is becoming when the sound of someone hunting is an exception to normal life.

Lost In Pond's Edge Apartments Area

Sunday, October 17, 2010

GE Wall Refrigerator

click to enlarge

Delmar Wesleyan Church Barbecue

Last chance for tickets See Ed Ferro

Tales Tombstones Tell

On Oct 21 at 7 PM there will be Ed Okonowicz and his "Tales Tomstones Tell" at the Delmar Library

On Oct 22nd and 23rd there is a book sale

Ads From an American Rifleman Magazine Feb 1967

Found a beat up and battered copy of American Rifleman that had gone thru the fire.

M-1 Garands at $129.95, M-1 Carbines $77.78, 7MM Model 95 Mauser Cavalry Carbine $29.88

Calio's Lakeside Housekeeping Cottages

A second postcard I picked up was Calio's Lakeside Housekeeping Cottages on Laurel Lake, a tradition in family recreation on beautiful Laurel Lake for nearly 50 years; open April through October; excellent fishing, swimming beach, boats, congenial atmosphere for relaxation, convenient to village; for moderate weekly or daily rates and reservations write;
Calio Cottages
104 Lansing Ave.
Laurel Del, 19956

Don't know the date of it but since a zip code was given it must have been after 1963

Camp Otonka

I picked this postcard up today. It is Camp Otonka on the Indian River, Dagsboro Delaware.

Addessed to Mrs. Marion J. Stewart, Milford Delaware and postmarked July 4, 1941
The message on the back reads;
I am here and I don't like it at all and I am sick too.
Love Dolley

Sounds like the 1963 Allan Sherman song based on letters of complaint Allan Sherman received from his son Robert while attending Camp Champlain in Westport, New York.

Hello Mudda, Hello Fadda
Here I am at Camp Granada
Camp is very entertaining
And they say we'll have some fun if it stops raining

I went hiking with Joe Spivey
He developed poison ivy
You remember Leonard Skinner
He got ptomaine poisoning last night after dinner

All the counselors, hate the waiters
And the lake has alligators
And the head coach, wants no sissys
So he reads to us from something called Ullyses

Now I don't want this should scare ya
But my bunkmate has malaria
You remember, Jeffrey Hardy
They're about to organize a searching party

Take me home, oh Mudda Fadda
Take me home, I hate Granada
Don't leave me out in the forest where
I might get eaten by a bear

Take me home, I promise I will not make noise
Or mess the house with other boys
Oh please don't make me stay
I've been here one whole day

Dearest Fadda, darling Mudda
How's my precious, little brudda
Let me come home, if you miss me
I would even let Aunt Bertha hug and kiss me

Wait a minute, it stopped hailing
Guys are swimming, guys are sailing
Playing baseball, gee that's betta
Mudda, fadda, kindly disregard this letta

Bible Speak

I was driving on RT13 yesterday and came across a man in the median holding a sign up with a religious quote on it. With the wind it was a difficult task. He may have been part of the group that goes to the beach boardwalks and walk up and down preaching the bible. With today's outlook on religion it takes a brave person to do so. Homosexuals and politicians have more rights in free speech in public places than a religious person, they can preach their opinions even at schools and the students are forced to listen to it and if the students object they are chastised for not being opened minded, try preaching the bible at a public school.

Salisbury Burns 1886

October 17, 1886 - A large portion of Salisbury, Maryland, burned to the ground

From waymarkings
In October of 1886 Salisbury would be faced with their greatest disaster by fire. A fire, which had been discovered in a stable on Dock Street, was fanned by brisk south winds causing it to spread to the adjoining dwellings. The pleasant call of the church bell was quickly changed to the dreaded clangor of the fire alarm. Bystanders, who would normally have attempted to fight the stable fire, now waited for the fire departments steamer to arrive. When the steamer arrived there was no black smoke coming from its boiler stack? The L.P Almond failed to function and did not get into action until the fire was out. The bystanders stood and watched in terror as the fire raced up Main Street with such ferocity residents were forced from the homes leaving their belongings behind. Dwellings, stores, post office, St. Peters Church and the town hall burned. A 22-acre area was burned, from the Camden Bridge to the residence of Mrs. Margaret Parsons on North Division Street. Wilmington, Pocomoke and Crisfield all sent personnel and equipment to help fight the fire. A fire loss of almost one million dollars was sustained to the city.

W C Fields

A little Slip of The Fault

A major earthquake struck the San Francisco Bay Area of California on October 17, 1989, at 5:04 p.m. local time. Caused by a slip along the San Andreas Fault, the quake lasted 10–15 seconds and measured 6.9 on the moment magnitude scale. The quake killed 63 people throughout northern California, injured 3,757 and left some 3,000-12,000 people homeless and even worst cancelled the 3rd game of the 86th worlds series.

The scene most remembered by myself and others is the collapse of the two-level Cypress street Viaduct of Interstate 880 in West Oakland. It killed 42 and injured many.