Friday, June 01, 2012
Now one of the things that stand out in these spelling bees are how many Indians-Americans are in the finals - usually about half are Indian-American. It turns out there is a Indian organization called the North South Foundation (NSF) that runs spelling bees (and other educational events) for Indian/Americans preparing them for the National Spelling Bee. The North South Foundation circuit consists of 75 chapters run by close to 1,000 volunteers. Not only do they produce winners but they go out and make sure there is a sponsor in their area for their children to go to the spelling bee as it is not just a matter of being a great speller you have to live in a school district with a sponsoring newspaper or community organization. So they go out and convince local newspapers to be sponsors.
An article that talks about this process is at http://www.slate.com/articles/arts/culturebox/2010/06/why_are_indian_kids_so_good_at_spelling.html
It reminds me of Black exhortors that go to Ocean City and walk the boardwalk speaking the bible
Delmar Day in the Park is this Saturday from 10 a.m to 6 p.m. The Rain date is Saturday, June 16 and by the looks of it that date may be used, but lets be positive and say tomorrow it is going to happen. There will be many craft, food and informational vendors, along with several other vendors from businesses, churches, food, raffles, kiddie train ride, games, other attractions, live entertainment and more.
Thursday, May 31, 2012
Site of town was originally part of tract known as “Bachelor’s Delight.” From 1711 to 1768 it was included in Nanticoke Indian Reservation, comprising 3,000 acres, authorized by Act of Maryland Assembly. A village known as “Laurel” was in existence as early as 1799. Birthplace of Governor William H.H. Rose (elected 1850), and home to Governors Nathaniel Mitchell (elected 1804), William B. Cooper (elected 1840), Joshua H. Marvil (elected 1894), and Elbert N. Carvel (elected 1948 and 1960). The town’s central district was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1988.
I recently read an article by John Fitzhugh Millar
in which he writes about pirates having a ship called the "Bachelor's Delight" (a corvette of 14 main guns) The pirates went on their plundering spreed in the 1680's and after a while decided to stop being pirates and took their ship to Philadelphia where it was sold. The crewmen made their way down the Chesapeake dropping off three crewmen in Sussex County Delaware. The plantation those three created with their ill-gotten gains was called "Bachelor’s Delight", named after their ship and was located where the village of Laurel now stands.
Eventually the other crewmen of the "Bachelor's Delight" ended up having to forfeit part of their loot and that money went to create the College of William and Mary.
Certainly it would explain some of the thieving actions of certain people in Laurel - it's in their blood being descended from Pirates.
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Tuesday, May 29, 2012
Scott Thompson was recently fired as CEO of Yahoo after four months on the job. He had asserted he had two degrees; one in accounting and another in computer science. His degree was actually in accounting only.
Elizabeth Warren, the Oklahoma Senate candidate and Harvard professor who cites "family lore" that she is 1/32nd Cherokee, and used that "fact" to claim minority status. Harvard Law School and the University of Pennsylvania listed her as a minority faculty member when she taught there. It would appear she is not any part Cherokee.
Now as I said, I encourage embellishment if you actually have something to embellish. In the two cases above they simply lied and you should never lie on your resume and even more so, never lie on an employment application.
When I first started in accounting in the 1970's, companies took your word you had a college degree. About 1978 I was working for NCR Corporation in Millsboro and the company decided those who said they college degrees should produce them or have their college transcription sent to the personnel department. The head of the purchasing department who had said he had a master degree and a couple of other degrees decided to seek employment elsewhere within a week of that announcement.
Always make sure there is that grain of truth in anything you put down on a resume or employment application.
"The World Below" by Sue Miller is one of those books I have given up on. It is about the life of a grandmother and a granddaughter. The grandmother has died and the granddaughter is going thru some personal readjustment so she moves into her grandmother's house. The book is published by Ballantine Books and is about 275 pages long so maybe the remaining 225 pages are totally exciting but I will never know.
Monday, May 28, 2012
Sunday, May 27, 2012
A number of comments about land deals in Sussex County Delaware. A taste of it is like this;
Twenty and thirty years ago thousands of people bought in to the “live on a farm and make a fortune” dream of owning a chicken house, home and acreage in Sussex County Delaware — the chicken capital on the world — exactly where there are quite a few million chickens for each individual who lives here. To get a short although it was feasible to take the “contract” from a chicken plant for the bank and with only that as collateral, get a loan for about ten acres, a home and no less than 1 chicken house. Several people soon found that the so referred to as contract had fine print and clauses that had been all in favor on the chicken plant and none in favor on the chicken grower. Soon most chicken growers had been operating complete time to help assistance the chicken business enterprise they had bought, along with it is mortgage of $200,000 or more, often substantially more.
Now when I appraise a chicken farm with house and acreage I appraise the operating chicken farm at zero — and that is genuinely also high a worth in some circumstances. You’ll find a great deal of a lot easier, superior smelling and cleaner jobs you are able to acquire with $200,000 or so. If you would like to produce a living developing chickens you must prepare to invest no less than a million dollars, you are able to finance it needless to say, and get quite a few chicken houses built around your home on 15 to 20 acres, in the event you do not mind the smell, and after that the ideal bet is to lease the business enterprise to someone who is running 20 or thirty chicken houses no less than.