Thursday, May 03, 2012

Thelma & Louise

Super Moon Saturday

On May 5th at 11:34 pm Eastern Daylight Time when the Moon reaches perigee the Moon will line up with Earth and the sun to become brilliantly full.   Full Moons vary in size because of the oval shape of the Moon's orbit. The Moon follows an elliptical path around Earth with one side ("perigee") about 50,000 km closer than the other ("apogee"). Full Moons that occur on the perigee side of the Moon's orbit seem extra big and bright.

Super perigee Moons are actually fairly common. The Moon becomes full within a few hours of its closest approach to Earth about once a year on average. The last such coincidence occurred on March 19th, 2011, producing a full Moon that was almost 400 km closer than this one. 

The moon will swing in 221,802 miles (356,955 kilometers) from our planet, offering skywatchers a spectacular view of an extra-big, extra-bright moon.




May 1, 2012

Motorists urged to watch out for slow-moving farm equipment

DOVER – With planting season getting under way, Delaware agriculture officials are urging drivers to be on the lookout for slow-moving farm equipment along the state’s roads.

Tractors, combines and planters often travel along the state’s highways this time of the year, moving from field to field or barn to field.

“This is a busy and active time of the year for Delaware farmers,” Secretary of Agriculture Ed Kee said. “Farmers are extremely cautious and careful on the roads, and I urge motorists to do the same by driving carefully and being on alert.”

Farmers are strongly encouraged to display a slow-moving vehicle emblem, and are required to turn off the road when it is safe when five or more vehicles are behind their equipment. They are advised to use escort vehicles when using oversized equipment or when vision is blocked and turns are frequent. Most tractors travel at speeds under 25 mph.

Motorists can take safety steps that include paying attention to the road, passing with caution, allowing extra room when following slow-moving equipment, and being patient if a farmer can’t immediately pull over.

“Motorists should also be aware that if you can’t see a farmer, the farmer can’t see you,” Kee said. “Large equipment can sometimes shield their view, so please slow down and give them space.”

3rd Wave Brewing Co. May Be Coming To Delmar

Over at the EVO Brewing Co building a sign in the window says the 3rd Wave Brewing Company is coming soon.  Their web page gives little information about them other than a Clayton Delaware  address.

Survivor One World - Voting Kat Off

Those who read my blog know my wife and I are fans of Survivor.  Normally we don't have that strong of an opinion about those who are voted off as your impression of the people on Survivor are formed by the way they edit the video.  However tonight when they voted Kat off I was happy.  The woman acted like a child thru out the shows.  I like to say at 22 she is typical of the adults our society in the United States keep as children until they are in their 30's.  Grow Up   Anyway it was a good blindside for this little whinny ass.  I think the entire Tikiano tribe voted to remove her. The tearful unintelligible comments at the end of the show by her were laughable as she seem to be asking Jeff to allow her back on the show.

Alcoholics Anonymous

Some time back I purchased an Alcoholics Anonymous book at a thrift store.  It wasn't that interesting to read but what appealed to me was page after page of "Good Luck" notes written by fellow Alcoholic Anonymous people.  I don't know how well "John" made out back in the "real" world but at the time he was leaving whereever he was at he had a number of supporters and I thought I would share just a few pages of the book with you.  I have taped over  the phone numbers that were given. As usual click on the photo to enlarge.  Besides the 12 step Alcoholics Anonymous program, I also have a twelve step clean up program for Delmar Maryland that I will be posting coming up - God that side of town needs help.  

The Apartment Move

Recently my oldest daughter received a promotion that called for her to move from Germantown, Maryland to Ellicott City, Maryland.  My wife and I went over Tuesday to help her move.  The new apartment is on the third floor so I found out very quickly I was of no help moving furniture and boxes up three flights of stairs.  I did the old man thing of keeping out of the way of those who could tote stuff and I supervised. 
Two things I noticed about the apartment complex.  First, the apartment complex is about 70% Indian and Pakistani.    Second, there is a high number of satellite dishes around the apartments. The Comcast installer was telling us it is because the Indians like to receive news and television from their home country and the satellite dish allows them to do that.

We had an excellent meal at the  Shanty Grill  in Ellicott City.  Going in to it we noticed the marquee outside of it said "Voted The Best Crab Cakes In Howard County"  sort of made us snicker, like Howard County is known for crab cakes.  Well it was the best food we have had in a while.  I had the Crab Cake Cordon Bleu  (Jumbo lump crab cake, ham and swiss cheese baked in a puff pastry shell. Served with sweet honey mustard glaze) it was excellent.  I am not a crab cake fan but with the addition of ham and cheese and the pasty shell it made the crab cake.  My wife had the Fried Oysters  and she said they were done correctly and not over cooked.  My daughter had the  Chesapeake Seafood Steamer  (Mussels, Jonah crab claws, clams, shrimp, spinach & potatoes in a lemon garlic broth) also done well.  They know how to cook seafood.  I enjoyed the food too much to do my usual thing of going back to the kitchen and asking if the seafood came from the United States or China.

Handicap Sidewalk Corners

Recently an ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) curb ramp was installed on the corner of First and Jewell.  It is part of the street renovation work being done.  An interesting effect has shown itself with the recent rains.  As the water backs up in the street now not only is the street flooded but  the sidewalk is now flooded over.  We didn't have that problem before, when ADA was not a part of my life.  Another government improvement that is lowering the quality of my life.

Sirman And Co. Ad - 1874

Wednesday, May 02, 2012

Post-It-Notes The Sucker Scam For Used Books Sales

I picked this cook book up last week at a thrift store.  The main reason for buying it was I am a sucker for buying books with post-it-notes stuck to them.  Sticking a post-it-note to a used book at a yard sale or a flea market is an old scam.  You write on the post-it-note "This is a really great book" or maybe "high action adventure and intrigue" or in the case of cook books you just write "great recipe" and maybe draw a couple of red stars as tho the recipes are really special.  Yes I am like a moth drawn to a flame when it comes to books.

Congratulations to Samantha K. Parsons

Five students will receive the Horatio Alger Delaware Scholarship, a $5,000 award from the Rollins Family Foundation, the foundation announced April 23.

The following high school seniors were chosen for the scholarship:

—Rebecca J. Carroll of Indian River High School, Frankford
—Katie Daniels of Polytech High School Kent County, Smyrna
—Marissa C. Leslie of Sussex Technical High School, Millsboro
Samantha K. Parsons of Delmar High School, Delmar
—Sara R. Remmell of Cab Calloway School of the Arts, Newark

Each student will receive a $5,000 scholarship, assistance preparing for and choosing a college, and access to the foundation's website in order to manage the scholarship.

The students were chosen because of their service to the community and for overcoming obstacles to reach academic success.

For more information, visit