Friday, January 28, 2011

Today's Blonde Joke

A woman wants the inside of her house painted and she calls a contractor in to help her. They wander around the house, and she points out the colors she wants. She says, "Now, in the living room, I'd like to have a neutral beige, very soft and warm."

The contractor nods, pulls out his pad of paper and writes on it. Then he goes to the window, leans out and yells, "Green side up!"

The woman is most perplexed but she lets it slide. They wander into the next room. She says, "In the dining room I'd like a light white, not stark, but very bright and airy."

The contractor nods, pulls out his pad of paper and writes on it. Then he goes to the window, leans out, and yells "Green side up"! The woman is even more perplexed but still lets it slide.

They wander further into the next room. She says, "In the bedroom, I'd like blue. Restful, peaceful, cool blue."

The contractor nods, pulls out his pad of paper and writes on it. Then once more he goes to the window, leans out and yells "Green side up"!

This is too much. The woman has to ask. So she says, "Every time I tell you a color, you write it down, but then you yell out the window 'Green side up.' What on earth does that mean?"

The contractor shakes his head and says, "I have four blondes laying sod across the street."

Back-to-Back Nor'easters - 1998

On January 28th in 1998 a Northeaster came in and dropped heavy rains (about 4 inches) on Delmarva. A week later a second Northeaster came in and put the entire town of Chincoteague under water with about 8 inches of rain, slow movement and gale force winds pushing the tide to 7.0 feet above Mean Lower Low Water (MLLW). Flooding is always bad but the 1998 float did not reach the level of the March 1962 flood from a northeaster that caused 10 to 15 foot waves, persisted for five tide cycles, and caused inundation and wave damage for 60 hours.

The "Dirty Jobs" Scrapple Show Is Coming

I read in the News Journal this morning that the TV Show, "Dirty Jobs", will air their scrapple episode on Tuesday, 9 PM on the Discovery Channel. Mike Rowe, back in July, filmed the show at the Hughes Delaware Maid Scrapple plant in Felton.

A Patsy Cline Tribute Show


On February 12the the Seaford Moose Lodge will host a Patsy Cline Tribute Show featuring C. J. Harding. The show will be at 8 p.m. at the Seaford Moose Lodge, tickets are $25.

Now Patsy Cline was one of the great singers, My wife and I still enjoy her music. She, and three other county singers, died in a plane crash in 1963 outside of Camden, Tennessee. What stands out in my mind was the ghoulish reporting and souvenir seekers that were associated with the crash. Over 3,000 people visited the crash site and took everything they could remove for souvenirs. When she was buried at Winchester, Virginia, some 25,000 people lined the 4-mile route to Shenandoah Memorial Park. At the gravesite, souvenir hunters snatched everything except the gold-finished coffin.

From the Nashville Banner.
Camden - The remains of four country music personalities,
including three nationally known Grand Ole Opry stars, were found
this morning in the scattered bits of a private plane which crashed
in rugges woodlands near here. The victims were Patsy Cline,
Cowboy Copas, Hawkshaw Hawkins, and Randy Hughes,
believed to be the pilot of the ill-fated aircraft.
The wreckage was discovered about 6 a.m. after a night-long
search by Highway Patrol, Civil Defense and local officers.
Parts of the yellow plane and bits of human flesh were scattered
over a 60-yard area a mile off Highway 70 about three miles west
of Camden. The wreckage was between the highway and a ranger
tower, which had served as a base of operations for searchers.
Civil Defense official Dean Brewer, asked whether all four bodies
had been located, replied:
"There's not enough to count . . . They're all in small pieces."The
plane left Dyersburg about 6 p.m. Tuesday for a flight to Nashville.
The entertainers had been in Kansas City for a benefit
performance for the late Cactus Jack Call, a disc jockey.
Sam Webb, whose farm is near the dense woodlands said he saw
a plane circling his home about 7 p.m. and that it was "revving up
its motor. . . going fast and then slow, like it was attempting to
climb." Webb said the plane left his sight and then he heard
something "like it struck the top of some trees."
The weather in the area at the time of the accident was termed
"extremely turbulent." Investigators of the Civil Aeronautics Board
were enroute to the crash scene to make a detailed probe of the
wreckage in an effort to learn the cause of the smashup.
Meanwhile in another phase of the investigation, Dr. J.S.
Butterworth, CAB medical examiner, and Dr. A. T. Hix, Benton
County Medical Examiner were examining the remains of the four
victims. The wreckage was located by searchers using field glasses
in the fire tower and almost simultaneously by ground searchers
Lewis and Claude Bradford, brothers who farm near the scene,
and W. J. Hollingsworth of Sandy River Road.
The plane apparently struck a large tree before hitting the ground.
Pieces of the aircraft were hanging in the tree and a three-foot hole
marked the spot where the main part of the fuselage struck the
ground. The terrain in the area is so rugged that some searchers
returning during the night were covered with bruises, scratches and
blood and according to one observer, "looked like they had been in
a bear fight." The wreck scene is about five miles west of the
Tennessee River. After the wreckage was located, about a 100
cars lined Old Stage Road, about 150 yards from the scene.
Benton County Sheriff Loye Furr described the area as "full of
woods, hills, hollows and swamps.

2012 Delmar Teacher of the Year Nominees

The Delmar School District is looking for nominees for Delmar 2012 Teacher of the Year award. Nomination forms are available at the Middle and High School and the town library. The forms must be submitted by Feb 11th to Charity Phillips. If you know of a teacher you would like to nominate do so now. Non-teachers are not eligible, nor those who had been recognized as Teacher of the year in the past.

Spearfish S.D. and The Chinook - 1943


Altho not related to Delmarva History this weather condition is interesting. It occurred on January 22nd 1943. At 7:30 AM in Spearfish, S.D. a temperature of -4 degrees was recorded, a Chinook wind blew in and in two minutes the temperature went to 45 degrees. By 9 AM the temperature had risen to 54 degrees and then in the next 27 minutes it dropped back to - 4 degrees. Wind gust of 40-50 mph were whipping through the region and plate glass windows cracked from the temperature change.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

The Delmar January Planning and Zoning Commission Meeting

That Consummate Public Servant, Keeper of the Conscience of Delmar and Leader of the Planning and Zoning Commission, Carl Anderton, got a working over tonight. Only one member of the commission was missing tonight, Joe Dixon.

William Boyan was recognized for his volunteer work to the Planning and Zoning Commission

Towers Signs was given approval for a sign for Atlantic Financial and Atlantic Pawn shop in the State Plaza.

First State Signs was given approval for a sign for Cash Pointe Title Loans (out by the the new Dollar General).


Thomas and Laura Sapovits wants to extend their driveway in Woodcreek so they can park two cars on the pad. They had approval letters from the neighbors. They have been to the Police Commission meeting to discuss this. The P&Z commission gave approval and now they have to go to the Wood Creek Housing Association for additional approval.

An item on the agenda was Demetrius Davis wanting to grandfather in a duplex at 100 W. State Street. He did not show up and the item was tabled.


Margaret Garraway came before the commission for approval to rent 807 Maryland Ave out as a day care. It is not zoned for a day care, currently it is zoned light industrial. A heated discussion followed on Margaret Garraway part. She is disturbed at the town. Commissioner Ferro explained to her that if she didn't settle down they would table the discussion. Eventually a favorable recommendation was given for the day care exception in a light industrial zone. She now has to go before the Maryland Board of adjustments.


Ryder Trucks came before the commission to see if there was any problem with selling used Ryder trucks off Bi State Blvd by Stage Road at 8693 Bi-State. This property has once again been sold (was Stage Road LLC) I believe Phil Parker owns it but with groups of people at the podium it becomes difficult to get names. They will not do repair work there and they will not rent truck. This is about six acres of the 17 acres project. Approval for selling truck was given but not for any site plans.


The second to last group on the agenda was Bradley Gillis, real estate broker, representing Green Street Housing. Green Street would like to build 96 rental properties (mix of 24 town homes and 68 apartments plus community center) in the empty space off BiState Blvd in Delmar, Delaware north of Skywatch and south of Golden Meadows. They are looking at rent of $750 a month and aiming at people with less than $42,000 a year - Affordable And Low Income Housing. Green Street Housing built the Holly Brooks apartments (Section 8 Low Income Housing) in Laurel and they have two other apartment complexes in Seaford. The commission generally were opposed to it citing traffic problems, density issues, fear of being a Pemberton Manor etc. Green Street has not yet done a market analysis and expect to do so in 30 days. Long story short after beating them up the commission said to come back next month with more data.

My comments are; Delmar has been a rental town for a long time. Mostly old two story homes converted to apartments and they are dieing out. There is a need for rental property in the price range Green Street in talking. The question is if Green Street can control the residents and keep the place respectable. In that area are already two apartment complexes and there seems to be no trouble with them.


The last item on the agenda was approval of new home styles in Yorkshire Estates. Two sales ladies from the development came before the commission for approval of these new home designs I think their names were Debbie and Kelly. Now previously the commission had worked over the four men from the Green Street Housing project. But watching these woman handle the six old men on the board was remarkable. Six old men smiling and talking to the ladies, reminded me of the NPR radio show "car talk" where the two guys gives short advice to the men that call in and spend 15 minutes with any female that sound young over the phone. Now the commission insist they were just happy things were going well at Yorkshire Estate and someone was doing something. They have sold 14 existing homes since August at Yorkshire. They sold for $119K for the townhouses to $179K for the single units. The new home designs tend toward ranchers with everything on one floor in the 1350 sq ft range selling in the $130K range. Needless to say approval was given.

Commission Meeting Over about 8:45 PM

Legal Medical Marijuana, the time to do it is now

In Delaware, the Senate is considering Bill 17 which would make it legal for patients to possess up to 6 ounces of marijuana for medicinal purposes.
Senator Robert L. Venables Sr.(D)Laurel Legislative District:21
is one of the sponsors. Let me say that I am in favor of this bill. I can't think of any more harm it could do to some one in chronic pain, than the prescription drugs they are already on. Some people say it make those users try other drugs but I figure marijuana is just another alternative pain killer.

146th General Assembly
Senate Bill # 17

AN ACT TO AMEND TITLE 16 OF THE DELAWARE CODE CREATING THE DELAWARE MEDICAL MARIJUANA ACT.

Synopsis: This legislation is based on the Marijuana Policy Project’s model medical marijuana legislation. The Bill creates an exception to a state’s criminal laws to permit the doctor-recommended medical use of marijuana by patients with serious medical conditions. A patient would only be protected from arrest of controlled substance laws if his or her physician certifies, in writing, that the patient has a specified debilitating medical condition and that the patient would receive therapeutic benefit from medical marijuana. The patient would send a copy of the written certification to the state Department of Health and Social Services and the Department would issue an ID card after verifying the information. Police officers could verify an ID card’s validity with the Department. As long as the patient is in compliance with the law, there would be no arrest.
Patients would be allowed to possess up to 6 ounces for their medical use. Six ounces is less than the federal government has determined is a one-month supply for patients in the Compassionate Investigational New Drug Program.
The legislation allows them to designate a caregiver who would also receive an ID card. Each caregiver may assist no more than five qualifying patients.
The legislation would allow for the state-regulated, non-profit distribution of medical marijuana. The Department of Health and Social Services would issue registration certificates to qualified applicants, who would have to abide by the rules on security, recordkeeping, and oversight provided for by the model medical marijuana legislation, in addition to any additional rules that the Department may develop. All dispensaries would be subject to random inspection and all of their staff would have to register with the Department of health. It is important that the law provide for both caregivers and dispensaries, since patients in rural areas are unlikely to have access to dispensaries, and because many low-income patients will not be able to afford medical marijuana at dispensaries. In addition, very ill patients would need a caregiver to pick up their medicine for them.
The Bill maintains commonsense restrictions on the medical use of marijuana, including prohibitions on public use of marijuana and driving under the influence of marijuana. Employers are not required to allow patients to be impaired at work or to allow the possession of marijuana at a workplace. Insurance providers would not have to cover medical marijuana.

Things That Piss You Off In Delaware

From the News Journal On Line;
The Delaware Senate passed a resolution Wednesday posthumously making the 9-year-old girl killed in Saturday's shooting rampage in Arizona an honorary member of the chamber

Christina Taylor Green was among six people who were shot and killed at a constituent event sponsored by U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, who remains in critical condition after being shot in the head.

Christina was the granddaughter of former Phillies manager Dallas Green, a Newport native who in 1980 coached the baseball team to its first World Series victory.
Sen. Karen Peterson, D-Stanton, said she sponsored the resolution because the girl had taken an early interest in public service.



DELAWARE STATE SENATE
146th GENERAL ASSEMBLY
SENATE RESOLUTION NO. 8

RESOLVING THAT CHRISTINA TAYLOR GREEN BE NAMED AS AN HONORARY MEMBER OF THE DELAWARE STATE SENATE, POSTHUMOUSLY.

WHEREAS, Christina Taylor Green (“Christina”) was born September 11, 2001, the day of the World Trade Center attacks; and

WHEREAS, Christina died January 8, 2011 during an assassination attempt on Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords; and

WHEREAS, Christina was a third-grade student at Mesa Verde Elementary School in Tucson, Arizona, where she was recently elected to the student council; and

WHEREAS, Christina is connected to the Delaware community through her grandfather, Newport native Dallas Green; and

WHEREAS, according to Christina’s mother, Roxana Green, Christina went with neighbors to meet Congresswoman Giffords on January 8, 2011 “to ask questions about how she could help and to learn more about politics in our country;” and

WHEREAS, Christina, young as she was, “talked about getting all the Parties to come together so we could live in a better country;” and

WHEREAS, Christina might have someday been elected to public office and been given the chance to make this a better country.

BE IT RESOLVED that since Christina Taylor Green’s life was taken before she had the opportunity to fully realize her potential in the political arena that the Senate of the State of Delaware hereby honor and name Christina Taylor Green as an Honorary Senator for the 146th General Assembly.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that a copy of this Resolution be forwarded to Christina’s parents, Roxana and John Green, so they may know that their little girl is remembered in the hearts and minds of the members of the Delaware Senate, where she one day might have served.

SYNOPSIS

This Resolution resolves that Christina Taylor Green be posthumously named an Honorary Member of the State Senate. Christina demonstrated an exceptional, positive interest in government at a very young age before her life was senselessly and violently taken. The Senate honors her life and spirit with this Resolution naming her an Honorary Member of the Delaware Senate.


Now this was back on January 13th and I have thought about rather or not I would post anything on it, but frankly it does piss me off. It is indeed a shame that Christina Taylor Green, as young as she was, died from a mad man. I do object to Delaware making her an Honorary Member of the State Senate. It would seem the main connection Christina had with Delaware was by way of her grandfather, former Phillies manager Dallas Green, a Newport native (I don't think he lives in Delaware now) who in 1980 coached the baseball team to its first World Series victory. It would also appear Sen. Karen Peterson is an ass sucker in the first degree.

If the Delaware Senate can do this for a child in Arizona they should have no problem doing it for every Delaware resident who has died. I suggest if you had a love one die recently who was a Delaware resident you contact Sen. Karen Peterson and have her put forth a resolution to make them an honorary member of the chamber.

The UD Piano and Guitar Sale

The Rockley Foundation loans new pianos to the University of Delaware each year and sell them to the public, at a discount, at the end of the next year. This Sunday noon to 5 they will be sold at the Roselle Center for the Arts on Orchard Road in Newark. I don't know how good the price will be - they are saying 20 to 40% off which doesn't sound that great to me. About 100 pianos and 200 guitars will be available. A selection of grands, baby grands, digital player grands, vertical pianos, digital pianos, keyboards, orchestral string instruments, acoustic and electric guitars will be available from such famous makers as Yamaha, Pramberger, Baldwin, Bechstein, Seiler, Roland, Gibson, Breedlove, Ibanez Peavey, with a discrete selection of used Steinway & Sons, and many others.

Most instruments are less than one-year old, include a new factory warranty, are tuned, and ready to go.

The Families of San Domingo

Well as Black History Month approaches we have a number of historical events happening. One that actually may be interesting is the Nabb Center in Salisbury is hsving a talk on "The Families of San Domingo, Wicomico County", a Panel Discussion, Nabb Center Gallery on Thursday, February 3, 7 p.m.

Rudolph Stanley and Newell Quinton, both with family ties to San Domingo, discuss that rural community, founded by free blacks in the early 1800s, and its families.

Crack Shot

Room For Error

A recent article in the Daily Times spoke of a bill in the Maryland State House and Senate that would allow farmers to exceed vehicle weight limits by 5%. It is referred to as the "Room For Error" bill. The excuse, the farm representative uses for wanting an exception (don't we all want an exception) from the weight limits is the weight of corn etc varies greatly and can not accurately be estimated in the field, and it comes as a surprise that they are overloaded when they get to the scale.

Now farmers, like volunteer fireman, are a hard group for any elected official from this area to not cater to. I, for one, am against it. Once again the only reason given is that farmers want an exception, the same as they get an exception on tags, vehicle safety inspection and vehicle insurance by slapping that farm use tag on the back of a vehicle.

Let them do the same as commercial vehicles do - go to a commercial truck scale before running across the state weight scale. Or maybe just don't push the limit everytime.

Actually this bill reminds me of when I was ordering printed material from commercial printers. They always had a clause in their purchase order that said they could exceed the amount ordered by ten percent due to order size and paper size. You would invariably receive ten percent more than what you ordered and of course a bill reflecting the ten percent increase. If this State bill passes I am sure we will see all farm trucks overloaded by at least 5%.

In Maryland the 428th Session began January 12, 2011 and adjourns April 11, 2011

The Year Without A Summer

More Snow, damn if I don't hate it. A Constant deal of putting boots on, pulling boots off and snow melting on your floor. Spent a few minutes shoveling sidewalks this morning - it does get the heart and the breathing racing along. This snow appears to be just a winter event what I would like to briefly write about is the year 1815 and the effect of a volcanic eruption on the world's climate.

The first explosions were heard on this Island in the evening of 5 April, they were noticed in every quarter, and continued at intervals until the following day. The noise was, in the first instance, almost universally attributed to distant cannon; so much so, that a detachment of troops were marched from Djocjocarta, in the expectation that a neighbouring post was attacked, and along the coast boats were in two instances dispatched in quest of a supposed ship in distress.

—Sir Stamford Raffles' memoir
.

On 5 April 1815, an eruption occurred, on Sumbawa Island, in the Indonesian archipelago. It was Mount Tambora. The eruption was measured as a scale of seven on the Volcanic Explosivity Index and the ash and dust that arose from the eruption blacken the Sky's of the known world at that time. The volcanic dust hung in the air and drifted around the world's atmosphere. The coarser ash particles fell 1 to 2 weeks after the eruptions, but the finer ash particles stayed in the atmosphere from a few months up to a few years at an altitude of 33,000–98,000 ft.

It took almost a year for the sulphur-rich gases to drift over to America and Europe. It created a giant sun filter in the northern hemisphere that caused the spring and summer of 1816 to be extremely cold across Europe and North America. Snowfalls and frost occurred in June, July and August and all but the hardiest grains were destroyed. The snows were tinted brown, red and blue from the ash. Destruction of the corn crop caused farmers to slaughter their livestock. Sea ice formed in the Atlantic shipping lanes and glaciers advanced down mountain slopes to exceptionally low levels. Farmers repeatedly tried to get a crop in the ground, but each time a killer frost withered the roots. Corn and grain prices shot up to $5 and $10 per bushel and oats that had been 12 cents a bushel rose to 92 cents. Delmarva farmers complained about the price of corn for their hogs. This was on the heels of the end of the War Of 1812 and the United States and Delmarva was trying to recover from that.

From a religious view, the cold and related starvation, created new sects and attendance in church was at an all time high. The artist were able to capture spectacular sunsets caused by the volcanic ash in the air.

At present, today - matter of fact, once again an Indonesian volcano (Mount Bromo) is spewing towering clouds of ash, forcing several international airlines to cancel flights to the the island of island of Bali.

I had written a short time ago about ratification in Maryland contributing to the problems with the ratification of the Treaty of Paris was the severe winter of 1783-1784 (now known to be a consequence of the volcanic eruption of Laki in Iceland) only delegates from seven of the thirteen states were present in Congress. According to the Articles of Confederation, nine states were required to enter into a treaty. One faction believed that seven states could ratify the treaty; arguing that they were merely ratifying and not entering into a treaty. Furthermore, it was unlikely that the required delegates could reach Annapolis before the ratification deadline. Well any way it worked out Okay and the treaty was approved.

So thru out our local history we have been influenced by events far away.

Joe and Jury Duty

I read earlier this week that Vice President Joe Biden answered his Jury Duty call and on Monday appeared in court to await jury selection. Now I can think of no better way to get out of jury duty than to be in the jury pool with him. You know the court system is going to try and think up some way to dismiss ALL the potential jurors so it won't look like they are doing it just for him. Sure enough by noon the pool was informed that all the jury cases that had been set to go to trial were resolved or rescheduled and they were dismissed. Who would want the Vice President and Father of the Delaware Attorney General on their jury? It was nice that news was given to doing your duty when selected for jury duty but still can you imagine the disruption in the court and general area of the court with him being there?

The Apache Dance - Parisian style


Another rarely seen subject(a victim of Political Correctness)of my childhood is Apache dancing(Parisian style). I think besides the internet, the last routine performance of this type of dance I saw was on the Ed Sullivan show in the 1950's.

The Apache Dance has no relationship to the dances by that Indian Tribe. It refers to a group of underworld characters in France in the early 1900's who due to their ferocity reminded the French of the savage Apache Indians in battle. The general dance routine is the Apache asks his woman for money she refuses and he slaps her around for a while, between slaps they do a waltz or tango dance. Frowned upon today, as it is too close to real life, it reminded me of Pro wrestling when it was watched as a theater performance.

One You Tube example is here

Planning & Zoning Commission Meeting Tonight

On Thursday, January 27, 2011 the Delmar Planning & Zoning Commission will meet at the Delmar Town Hall for their regularly scheduled meeting at 7:00 pm. The following Agenda is scheduled:
7:00 P.M. CALL TO ORDER
7:05 P.M. CHAIRMAN’S COMMENTS
7:10 P.M. APPROVAL OF MINUTES
7:15 P.M. OLD BUSINESS
7:30 P.M. NEW BUSINESS
• Ryder Truck Rental, Inc. - Used Car Sales at 8693 Bi-State Blvd.
• Demetrius Davis- 100 W. State Street- Grandfather Duplex
• Margaret Garraway- 807 Maryland Ave.- Possible location for a
Daycare- Zoned Light Industrial
• Bradley Gillis- Green Street Housing-Concept site plan with request
for Special Exception for Apartments
• Towers Signs- Sign permit for Atlantic Financial and Atlantic Pawn
• First State Signs- Sign permit for Cash Pointe Title Loans
• Thomas and Laura Sapovits- Request to expand parking pad at
9550 Wedge Way
• Yorkshire Estates- New floor plans for new home styles
8:00 P.M. PUBLIC COMMENTS
8:30 P.M. ADJOURN

Was Your Forefather a Tory?

We would all like to believe that our forefathers were Revolutionary war heroes and patriots but there is a high likelihood they supported the King. After all if you had land and material possessions why would you want to upset the status quo? A recent article in the "Shore Line" Magazine (from the Nabb Research Center) reminded me of this fact. The article is called "Zachariah Campbell: The Patriot Who Saved Salisbury" by David Ranzan.

The part that interested me (since it refers to a location next to Delmar) was the letter written on February 1, 1777 by Zachariah Campbell, in Vienna, Md. at the time, to his brother James Campbell, Captain of the eight gun schooner Enterpise.

The Tories in Sussex, Somerset and Worcester Counties have been assembling for some days. They have 250 men collected at Parker's Mill (situated on present day Leonard's Pond) about nine miles from Salisbury and 'tis reported they have three field pieces, which they received from the Roebuck (44-gun British Frigate) with some men, with intention to seize the Magazine and destroy the property of the Whiggs, Coll. (George) Dashiell is now at Salisbury with what Whiggs he could collect about 130 and is to be reinforced on Monday by eight companies from this county

On February 19th help arrived in the form of General Smallwood and about a thousand men and order was restored. The Tory leaders were arrested, They were Angelo Atkinson, Josephus Beall, Rev. John Bowie, Hamilton Callalo, Dr. andrew Francis Cheney, Jesse Gray, Dr. John Odell Hart, Levi Lankford, Stoughton Maddox, Thomas Malcom, Thomas Moore, Thomas Pollett Jr, William pollett, and Whittington Turpin.

A brief review for those who may have forgotten;
Loyalists/Tories-Loyalists were British North American colonists who remained loyal subjects of the British crown during the American Revolution. They were also called Tories, King's Men, or Royalists.

Patriots/Whigs- supported the Revolution, were called Patriots, Whigs, Rebels, Congress Men

An excellent history of Parker's Mill and Leonard's Mill Pond is located here.

Monday, January 24, 2011

Motivation Monday

Badges? We ain't got no badges

Today January 24, 1948 one of Howard's top ten movies was released - The Treasure of the Sierra Madre. Starring Humphrey Bogart (Dobbs), Walter Huston (Howard), Tim Holt (Curtin)and Alfonso Bedoya ( Gold Hat).

I know you must have seen this classic. The storyline is Fred C. Dobbs and Bob Curtin, both down on their luck in Tampico, Mexico in 1925, meet up with a grizzled prospector named Howard and decide to join with him in search of gold in the wilds of central Mexico.

It has that classical quote from Gold Hat;
"Badges? We ain't got no badges. We don't need no badges. I don't have to show you any stinking badges."

and "This is the country where the nuggets of gold are just crying out for you to take them out of the ground and make 'em shine in coins on the fingers and necks of swell dames."

I think it falls more into the area of a man's movie as the only love story in it is the love for gold.

The movie was taken from the book of the same name by one of the more unique writers. B. Traven (February, 1882? – March 26, 1969?) was the pen name of a German novelist, whose real name, nationality, date and place of birth and details of biography are all subject to dispute. Traven's novels have been translated into more than 30 languages, sold more than 25 million copies, and they are required reading in Mexican schools. He is a writer I have not read but he is on my list of "too read".

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Sam's Club Christmas Party

As you may know retail operations have "Christmas" Parties after the holidays. Tonight Sam's Club in Salisbury had their's and since my wife works there I also attended - hey free food - you know I wouldn't miss it. It was a very nice event. The reason I decided to mention it at all is the Cactus Club in Salisbury prepared the food and the food was excellent. Frank and his crew did an outstanding job. So you may want to keep them in mind when thinking of a caterer.

It Is National Pie Day

Pie - Me Oh My - what could be better than pie


Alligator pie by David Lee ( Canadian so allow for it)

Alligator pie, alligator pie,
If I don't get some I think I'm gonna die.
Give away the green grass, give away the sky,
But don't give away my alligator pie.

Alligator stew, alligator stew,
If I don't get some I don't know what I'll do.
Give away my furry hat, give away my shoe,
But don't give away my alligator stew.

Alligator soup, alligator soup,
If I don't get some I think I'm gonna droop.
Give away my hockey stick, give away my hoop,
But don't give away my alligator soup.

Ask A Free Mason

As you may have noticed on TV the Ancient Free and Accepted Masons are advertising for you to join them. Many Fraternal organizations in general have suffered a loss of members in recent years. The members are simply getting older and dieing off, plus with modern technology there is soo much more to keep us entertained. Younger people are not so keen on becoming a member of organizations they view as joke. Certainly when the members of some organizations dress up in odd costumes and gave themselves grand titles you have to wonder about them. However these organizations should not be overlooked and casted aside. In a world in which the old buzz word of networking is thrown around to every unemployment seminar perhaps you are overlooking the more obvious networking organizations which turns out to be church and Fraternal organizations. If you really thing your "friends" on facebook are going to substitute for real people you are pretty much wrong.

Nevertheless I am once again drifting off subject, which was the Freemasons. The local lodge (#201) in Delmar Maryland would certainly be interested in talking to you. As I had said before membership is decreasing in fraternal organizations and the Delmar Lodge of ancient Free and Accepted Masons of Maryland is no exception. The lodge has been around since the late 1800's. It was mostly railroad men and now it is mostly old men. There is great opportunity there. Altho I stressed the networking their aim is to promote Friendship, Morality, and Brotherly Love among its members, plus it should be pointed out their petition says; "Freemasonry is not to be entered in the hope of personal gain or advancement." So contact a Delmar Mason and listen to what he says about the organization, it is not as secret as you may think and is not all that Hollywood makes it out to be. Men only are eligible — women can join auxiliary organizations.

It's Cold

I went out to get the newspapers this morning and damn, I think we could use some of that Global warming they keep talking about.