Saturday, January 08, 2011
Today Is Elvis's Birthday
To add to the miracle of his birth while digging thru our garage today (spooky) I came across my wife's painting of Elvis on Black Velvet. Here I had thought it had burnt in the fire. It is indeed a miracle.
In tribute to the King here is one of his favorite recipes;
FRIED PEANUT BUTTER AND BANANA SANDWICH
* 2 tablespoons peanut butter (preferably smooth)
* 2 slices white sandwich bread
* 1 small ripe banana, mashed with a fork (about 1/4 cup)
* 2 tablespoons butter
Spread peanut butter evenly on 1 slice of bread, then spread mashed banana on other slice, leaving a 1/4-inch border around edge. Close sandwich, gently pressing bread slices together.
Heat butter in an 8- to 10-inch heavy skillet over moderate heat until foam subsides, then fry sandwich, turning over once, until golden brown, about 2 minutes total.
Eat immediately with a knife and fork.
Friday, January 07, 2011
Another Miscarriage of Justice
DOVER (Jan. 7, 2010) – The Court of Chancery today affirmed the constitutionality of Delaware’s new universal recycling law, which will expand curbside recycling statewide.
Plaintiffs argued that the universal recycling law was passed in an unconstitutional manner by the General Assembly last spring. Chancellor William Chandler dismissed the lawsuit, ruling that the plaintiffs lacked standing to bring their challenge and that the law was constitutional.
“A broad and bipartisan coalition of businesses, community groups and individuals came together to turn the possibility of statewide recycling into a reality. We're pleased with the decision,” said Delaware Governor Jack Markell. “The effort reduces waste, reduces the need for costly landfill expansions in the future and makes recycling easier for most and more available across the state.”
Senator David McBride and Representative Michael Mulrooney were the lead sponsors of the bipartisan legislation that enabled universal recycling for Delaware administered by the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control.
“Recycling is good for our environment and good for the economy,” said DNREC Secretary Collin P. O’Mara. “We are pleased by the Chancellor's ruling and look forward to continuing to expand recycling in Delaware. Through this statewide effort, residents and businesses will save money, reduce pollution, and support the creation of new jobs and industries in the years ahead.”
Bathroom Sex with the President
The Schooner Albert Dailey Goes Down
Thursday, January 06, 2011
The Ted Williams Phenomenon
Harry S. Truman 1947 Diary Jan 6th
Arose at 5:45 A.M.[,] read the papers and at 7:10 walked to the station to meet the family. Took 35 minutes. It was a good walk. Sure is fine to have them back. This great white jail is a hell of a place in which to be alone. While I work from early morning until late at night, it is a ghostly place. The floors pop and crack all night long. Anyone with imagination can see old Jim Buchanan walking up and down worrying about conditions not of his making. Then there's Van Buren who inherited a terrible mess from his predecessor as did poor old James Madison. Of course Andrew Johnson was the worst mistreated of any of them. But they all walk up and down the halls of this place and moan about what they should have done and didn't. So-you see. I've only named a few. The ones who had Boswells and New England historians are too busy trying to control heaven and hell to come back here. So the tortured souls who were and are misrepresented in history are the ones who come back. It's a hell of a place.
Read my annual message. It was good if I do say it myself. Outlines by me to begin with, the cabinet, the little cabinet, Sam Rosenman, the Chief Justice all added criticisms. Clark Clifford did most of the work. He's a nice boy and will go places.
Two things stand out in this diary entry first the description of the white house with it's ghosts and second he talks about walking to the station to meet the family. Can you imagine any President walking anywhere today without closing down every city block in Washington DC? I understand the section of town Biden calls home is shut down anytime he comes home. Why do our elected officials live in fear of the very people who elected them? For the most part I liked Harry Truman, he was straight talking not like the two faced crap we have had in the last 20 years. His diary is more interesting than I had expected (and was handwritten) if you are interested in reading it now would be a good time. Even now there are blanked out restricted parts of the Dairy.
And Another No Big Surprise Item
Under The Heading Of No Big Surprise
Seeking Watermelon Queen for 2011
18 turning 19 before Feb. 2012 & no more than 24 by Feb. 2012. Plus you must be single, never before married, never having had a marriage annulled, never pregnant and without children. You may be material for the 2011 Mar-Del Watermelon Association Queen. In spite of those requirements no where does it say the applicant must be a female.
The watermelon Queen is chosen during the Mar-Del Annual Convention each February, for a reign of service through the following January. If interested please go to Mar-Del watermelon association. Application must be turned in by January 15th.
Another Say It Isn't True
It's being reported that the maker of TastyKakes may be forced to either go under, merge, or sell the company. I can't believe it. Is there no God? Will I be forced to buy a freezer to store TastyKake products if they go out of business. Some people have felt that The Tasty Baking Company have taken for granted their decades-long loyalty to the brand, but surely not this.
Waiting For Verizon
David Kuhn Masonry arrived early this morning to put in sidewalks. There are still a number of things to have done at the house - sidewalks was one. The grading and grass seeding are next but I am waiting to do in March as I don't see putting down seed in January.
On The Subject Of Age
For women Photoshop came up with this technique to have a bigger bust line at least in photos.
Delmarva Model Railroad Club Is Open This Weekend
Today is National Bean Day
Today is National Bean Day. Is it a concidence that National Bean Day occurs on Joan of Arc's birthday and the brand of beans by B&G Foods is known as Joan of Arc beans? A statement from the B&G Foods website says; "Joan of Arc was an amazing woman – she lived and died for her beliefs. We think Joan would have been proud of the beans that bear her name."
So listen to the voices in your head and cook some bean soup today in celebration of National Bean Day.
Who would know more about beans and have more gas than those useless elected officals of our in Washington that have their own restaurants (it exists due to a taxpayers subsidy) to eat at and Bean soup is on the menu in the Senate's restaurant every day, so here is the recipe for;
The Famous Senate Restaurant Bean Soup Recipe
2 pounds dried navy beans
four quarts hot water
1 1/2 pounds smoked ham hocks
1 onion, chopped
2 tablespoons butter
salt and pepper to taste
Wash the navy beans and run hot water through them until they are slightly whitened. Place beans into pot with hot water. Add ham hocks and simmer approximately three hours in a covered pot, stirring occasionally. Remove ham hocks and set aside to cool. Dice meat and return to soup. Lightly brown the onion in butter. Add to soup. Before serving, bring to a boil and season with salt and pepper. Serves 8.
Joan Of Arc Was Born Today
The problem with listening to God is he always gives you the hard route to follow. Today (according to some) in 1412 Medieval French heroine and Roman Catholic saint, Jeanne d'Arc was born at Domremy in Champagne, France. Joan of Arc, at 13, begin hearing the the voices of Saint Catherine, Saint Michael, and Saint Margaret and at 17, overcame dismissal and indifference from French commanders and managed to lead French troops against the English to end the 6-month siege at Orléans in only 9 days. However, within 2 years, at just 19, she was burned at the stake for heresy. As they say No Good Deed Goes Unpunished. We often forget that Joan of Arc was not some made up character but a real person and at 17 did lead an army and at 19 was burnt to death. It becomes more real to me in reading her letters and the Catholic Church interrogation records of her that are on line here.
Say It Isn't True
Wednesday, January 05, 2011
Log Book of Barge Irma Mcilvaine - 1906
Here, from the Log Book of Barge Irma Mcilvaine, are the entries from January 1906. As is typical of ship logs they are brief and to the point.
1/2/06 Arrived at Chesapeake City and locked in at noon
and at 1 PM sailed for St George arrived at 7 PM and
sailed at 7:45 PM arrived at Delaware City at 9 locked
and at 10:30 and sailed at 11:30 PM
1/3 arrived at pier 41 Laurel Street Phila at 8 AM tied
up all day
1/4/06 towed up Coopers Creek and commenced
discharging at 11 am
1/5 Still discharging (pig Iron)
1/6 Still discharging
1/7 Sunday at Camden NJ
LOG BOOK PAGE 37
1/8/06 Finished discharging today at 3:30 PM reported to
1/9 Towed to pier 16 Port Richmond for coal for
Washington DC arrived at pier 9:30 AM no coal today
1/10 Commenced loading coal at 4:10 PM loaded
5 cars and stopped
1/11 Finished loading coal at Port Richmond PA at
6:00 PM and sailed at 9 PM anchored off schuylhill
at 11 PM fogy got under way
1/12 got under way at 11 AM tug L CRAFORD
docked in Delaware City at 8:45 and sailed
St Georges 1 AM
1/13 arrived at Chesapeake City at 2:10 PM
locked out and put on I a sheeting
and layed over
1/14 Sailed at 3 AM with tug CICAL and barge
SHIRON HILL LIGHT, ISABELL at North Pt
waiting for me and sailed at 3:05 PM
1/15 Sailing all day
1/16 Arrived at Washington 12 AM and
reported also to office unloading oil
Barges 52 & 77 ISABELL goes in first
1/17 No work today on ISABELL I am waiting
1/18 ISABELL commenced discharging at 8 AM
1/19 ISABELL still discharging my man quit today
1/20 ISABELL finished discharging at 4:30 PM
1/21 Sunday at Washington DC
1/22 Commenced discharging at 7:30 AM
1/23 Worked until 1:30 and stopped on count
LOG BOOK PAGE 38
1/24 Still discharging coal
1/25 Finished discharging today 4:30 PM and at 8:30
towed to anchor off stone wharf at Washington DC
1/26 Commenced loading stone at Charles G Smith & Son
Washington DC for Carter Creek VA
1/27 Still loading
1/28 Sunday at Washington
1/29 Still loading
1/30 Still loading
1/31 Still loading
2/1/06 Finished loading stone on a draft 9-2 aft 8-4
forward 700 tons gross rip rap stone
706 4/10 cubic yard finished at 3 and sailed
at 3:45 PM at 11:45 PM wind NW a gail
Will Of Solomon Eshun 10 Jan 1778
Contributed by Ronald Sweeney
Worcester Co. MD
Book JW4 1769-83
f372 Solomon Esham, planter 18 Jan 1777 10 Jan 1778
The Last Will and Testament of Solomon Eshun
In the name of god amen. I solomon Eshun of Worcester County
in the Province of Maryland (planter) being week of body but of sound and
disposing memory (blessed be God) do this Eighteenth day of January anno Dom.
Seventeen hundred and seventy seven make publish and declare this my last will
and testament in manor and form following (to wit) First I give will and
bequeath unto my son Daniel Eshun all my lands with the appurtances there
unto belonging provided nevertheless he the said Daniel Eshun or his heirs
paying the sum of ten pound common passing money of this province to my son
Joseph Eshun and his heirs at or upon or in the year of our lord seventeen
hundred and seventy eight to him the said Daniel Eshun my said lands with my
right and title to the same I give to my son Daniel his heirs and assignes
forever. Item I give will and bequeath unto my son Jonathan Eshun my shooting
gun or muskitt to him the said Jonathon Eshun his heirs and assigns.
Item I give will and bequeath unto my son Solomon Eshun my sword and pistols to
him the said Solomon Eshon his heirs and assigns forever. Item I give will and
bequeath unto my Daughter Jane Eshun one learge Iron pott and Trammell and one
heifer to her the said Jane Eshun her heirs and assigns forever. Item I give my
Daughter Betty Ruark One Shilling Sterling and no more. Item I give my Daughter
Rachell Ruark one Shilling Sterling and no more. Item I give will and bequeath
unto my Daughter Tamer Eshom all my remainder Estate that is not above willed
after my just debts are discharged to her my Daughter Tamer Eshun and her heirs
and assigns forever. And my will is that my two sons Daniel Eshun and Solomon
Eshun shall be my trustees of this my will and testment without an administrator
and all my children are near at age to take their several portions and do here
by revoke and Disanul all former wills by me made ratifying and certifying this
only my last will and testament In witness wereof I the said Solomon Eshun have
set my hand and Seal the Day and year first above written. Signed sealed
published and delivered to be the said Solomon Eshun's last will and testament
in the presence of us who were present
William Selby Jun.
Jan'y 10th 1778 Then came Daniel Esham and made oath on the holy Evangels of
almighty god that the within instrument of writing is the true will and
testament of Solomon Esham late of Worcester County deceased that has come into
his hand or possesion and that he doth not know of any other. Certified before
me Wm Morris Reg. Wills for Worcester Co.
Feb'y 10th 177? Then came james Busells, Sarah Busells and William Selby the
then subscribing witnesses to the within last will and testament of Solomon
Eshom late of Worcester County deceased and severally made oaths on the Holy
Evangels of Almighty God that they did see the testator therein sign and seal
this will and that they heard him publish pronounce and declare the same to be
his last will and testament and at the time of his sodoing he was to the best of
their apprehensions of sound disposing mind memory and understanding and that
they respectively subscribed their names as witnesses to this will in the
presence and at the request of the testator and in the presence of each other.
Before Me Wm Morris Reg. Wills for W. county
I was looking for some V8 juice and saw this six pack called a "Weekly Pack" - so not only are the individuals cans containing less in ounces, but now the V8 people have cut a week back to six days. No doubt someone with a fancy title and MBA degree thought that one up.
Commodore Stephen Decatur Was Born Today
Commodore Stephen Decatur, Jr. (5 January 1779 – 22 March 1820) was an American naval officer notable for his heroism in the Barbary Wars and in the War of 1812. He was the youngest man to reach the rank of captain in the history of the United States Navy, and the first American celebrated as a national military hero who had not played a role in the American Revolution
He died at 41 fighting a duel at Bladensburg Duelling Field in Bladensburg, Maryland (now in Colmar Manor, Maryland), on 22 March 1820. Stephen Decatur's funeral was attended by Washington's elite, including President James Monroe and the justices of the Supreme Court, as well as most of Congress. Over 10,000 citizens of Washington attended to pay their last respects to a national hero.
His remains are in Philadelphia, where they were interred at St. Peter's Church.
Stephen Decatur died childless. Though he left his widow $75,000, a fortune at the time, she died penniless in 1860.
Five U.S. Navy ships have been named USS Decatur in his honor
Decatur uttered an after-dinner toast that would become famous: "Our Country! In her intercourse with foreign nations may she always be in the right; but right or wrong, our country!"
Tuesday, January 04, 2011
Can't Believe We wore These Clothes
Yes the 1970's; bad hair, bad clothing, the baby boomer generation going downhill. This is the Dave Bunker Band playing Las Vegas. Just because John Travolta had a white suit didn't mean it looked good on all of us. Maybe the hair is from Dolly Parton and the Beatles
Now Dave Bunker sells guitars at this site
Dave Bunker Today
Photos picked up from Retrospace
Delmar Domino's Pizza Closed
Next Day Blinds
82 Year Old Stops Theft
As to be expected the police frisked him took his gun and pocketknife and he spend more than an hour in the back of a police car. No doubt by the time the hour was up the thieves were back on the street.
Good Job Joe Harper - more people need to do this and stopped waiting for the police to show up long after the crime is committed.
J & T Cleaning
You Have Got To laugh at This Man's Titles
Miyoko Racks Up Another Year
Henry Norwood - 1650
Henry Norwood, a Colonel in the Royalist forces of King Charles, wrote of his adventures in his "A Voyage to Virginia". He was a second son of an English land owner and related to the Berkeley family and Governor of Virginia.
He was a soldier, probably from an early age, and sworn to the service of King Charles II, the uncrowned ruler exiled during England's Civil War. He followed the young king to France and, carrying letters for the king, embarked on a ship to Jamestown in the young colony of Virginia.
The first written record of Assateague Island was by Colonel Henry Norwood who,after a storm in 1650, landed on the barrier island in search of food and fresh water. A group of travelers was marooned there on the island but helped by local Indians.
Drug Arrest In Delmar
30-year-old Jeremy Ross of Portsmouth, Virginia is behind bars this morning at the Wicomico County Detention Center in Salisbury following a traffic stop in Delmar yesterday.
Delmar Police say they stopped Ross for speeding on Ocean Highway. A Delmar K-9 officer subsequently responded to conduct a search of the vehicle. That search turned up suspected heroin, marijuana and numerous controlled prescription drugs. $7,000.00 in cash was also found.
Ross is being held on $200,000.00 bail.
Sunday, January 02, 2011
Today In 1975 the winter home of the monarch Butterfly was found
Kenneth C. Brugger, 80, Dies; Unlocked a Butterfly Mystery
By ROBERT McG. THOMAS Jr.
Kenneth C. Brugger, a self-effacing amateur naturalist who made an unforgettable discovery, died on Nov. 25 at his home in Austin, Tex. He was 80.
If the Purepecha Indians of central Mexico had been a shade less sophisticated, they might have regarded him as a god, and not because the man from Kenosha, Wis., who appeared in their remote mountaintop villages in 1975 was a brilliant textile engineer whose proudest achievement was his work in perfecting the unshrinkable undershirt.
It was because he solved an ancient mystery.
Mr. Brugger had long been lionized by lepidopterists in the United States and Canada as the discoverer of the wooded mountain slopes in Mexico where hundreds of millions of North American monarch butterflies spend the winter.
But to the Indians, who already knew that, Mr. Brugger was the man who brought the news of where their beloved monarchs fly off to in the spring: virtually the entire eastern United States and the eastern regions of southern Canada.
From either perspective, Mr. Brugger's was a transforming discovery, one that settled an issue that had been puzzling scientists for generations, that touched off a stampede of butterfly lovers and that transformed the Indian culture. Their mountain homeland, 80 miles southwest of Mexico City, was turned into a tourist attraction. And this created a campaign to protect the monarchs' sanctuaries from loggers and other modern encroachments.
For Mr. Brugger, a modest man who talked little about his achievements, the discovery of the monarch butterfly's winter home was a satisfying twist to a life of intellectual adventure.
A man whose mechanical aptitude and mathematical brilliance surfaced early in his life, Mr. Brugger, who never obtained a college degree, worked as a mechanic in his father's garage until World War II. Then the Army saw his test scores and assigned him to the Signal Corps at Fort Monmouth, N.J., where he worked in cryptology and developed a lifelong interest in homing pigeons; at his death he had 13 birds.
Returning to Kenosha after the war, Mr. Brugger went to work as a junior supervisor for Jockey International. By the time a divorce led him to pull up stakes in 1965 and start a new life as a textile consultant in Mexico City, he had risen to chief engineer for Jockey's worldwide knitting operations, designing, installing and tinkering with innovative textile machines. Among them was the compactor, which compresses cotton fibers so much that when they spring back in the wash it compensates for the inevitable shrinkage.
Mr. Brugger's achievements may have been limited to underwear if he had not picked up a Mexican newspaper one day in 1973 and seen an advertisement placed by Fred A. Urquhart, a University of Toronto scientist who was seeking volunteers to help him track the annual migration of monarchs.
Since 1940, when he began the project, Dr. Urquhart had enlisted 3,000 volunteers who had systematically tagged thousands of butterflies, faithfully reported sightings of their annual flights south, and learned much about the world's only insect migration -- one that is especially remarkable since the monarchs that swarm out of Mexico in the spring are not the ones who return in the fall.
Because of a sustained and unparalleled sexual frenzy, monarchs mate themselves into oblivion in a matter of weeks, and it is generally their great-grandchildren or great-great-grandchildren, hatched out on milkweed leaves from Texas to Canada, that make the return trip for what turns out to be a lazy, celibate winter, an abstinence that allows them to live long enough to begin the flight back north the next spring.
The one thing Dr. Urquhart had not learned is exactly where the monarchs spend the winter.
Recalling that he had once driven through a sudden storm of monarch butterflies during a trip through the volcanic mountains west of Mexico City, Mr. Brugger wrote to Dr. Urquhart and was persuaded to return to the area to search for them.
And that is how it happened that on Jan. 2, 1975, a date that lepidopterists hold dear, Mr. Brugger and his wife, Catalina, made their way through a forest of Oyamel firs until they reached the 10,000-foot level and suddenly realized that the trees were covered with monarchs, as many as four million an acre, according to later estimates.
As thousands of ecstatic tourists have since discovered, the massed orange and black monarchs make a breathtakingly beautiful sight.
It was a beauty that was largely lost on Mr. Brugger, who is survived by three children, Carl, of Racine, Wis., Katharine Carroll of Kenosha, and Kenneth Jr., of Austin; a brother, Robert, of Kenosha; three grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.
A man who once came home with a new sports jacket with an orange stripe he thought was green, Mr. Brugger was totally colorblind -- he saw the monarchs as shades of gray
Today Is National Cream Puff Day
Let's hear it for Cream Puffs Hurrah, Hurrah, Yea!! Forget that New Years resolution - go for the cream puffs
above bridal outfit made of 1,500 cream puffs and weighing 20 pounds that should provide a night of eating.
Still Beating A Dead Horse
An article on capegazette.com explains that there are three propositions for gambling venues in Sussex County: Del Pointe Resort and Racino in Millsboro, the old Georgetown harness track off Route 9 and Delmar International Speedway off Route 13 in Delmar. Each venue would have to submit a proposal and compete for approval. The decision would be based on size of the project and its impact on the local economy.
Schwartzkopf was cited as saying that he is working with an attorney to perfect the language of the bill, which was amended more than 10 times in the last session.
The legislative session is scheduled to begin Tuesday, January 11.
Welcome To The Delmar Dustpan for 2011
Delmar Delaware/Maryland, isn’t much different today. Still thriving – Delmar is a true piece of Americana. There is an pharmacy, a thrift store, a good pizza joint/ coffee shop, lots of gossip, a liquor store, a bar, a couple of barbers, a hair dresser, all within walking distance from each other.
They are not all of the businesses in Delmar, of course, there are many in the strip shopping center on RT 13, but the charm of this small town and the ability to know as many of the residents as you want to is one of the reasons for moving to Delmar in the first place.
Certainly the reason for remaining in Delmar after the fire, as opposed to moving elsewhere, is our neighbors. They are incredibly friendly and since moving back in the house there has been a constant stream of them stopping by.
So a new year is beginning for the Delmar Dustpan, you may not agree with everything I post but, I think I post a wide enough variety that you will find something of interest thru out the week. I usually have no plan as to what type of subjects I will post on any given day and I will continue with that format this year. At the moment I am trying to have Comcast hook up a line to the house so posting will be limited until that happens. This morning I am operating from the McDonalds.
Welcome aboard for another year of the Delmar Dustpan!!!