Saturday, April 18, 2015

A New Garden In Delmar

The Catholics made a garden today - over top the remains of the tree they cut down.It is interesting that the only person down on the ground grubbing away is Mayor Houlihan. Well somebody has to supervise him.

  The garden turned out nice - not as nice as the tree that was there , but only God can make a tree.

Self Help For Cats

So when Do we get to the part about killing a Mockingbird?

The History of Pocomoke River State Park

Pocomoke River State Park: A Glimpse from the Past

The Lower Delmarva Genealogical Society is proud to present

Dr. Lisa M. Dennis

Travel back in time as we look at the history of Pocomoke River State Park. Learn about significant historical perspectives that developed the Park into the magnificent natural wonder it is today

Dr. Lisa M Dennis currently serves as Lead Park Ranger at Pocomoke River State Park. Prior to working at the park she was employed by the University of Maryland Extension as a Youth Development Specialist from 1995-2014. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education, a Masters Degree in Educational Administration, and a PhD in Organizational Leadership.

This event is open to the public and is free.


Wednesday at 2 PM April 22th at the Edward H. Nabb Research Center for Delmarva History and Culture at Salisbury University - Wayne and Power Street Unit #190

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Sussex County Genealogical Society Meets Saturday

The Sussex County Genealogical Society will meet from 10:30 a.m. to noon,  Saturday, April 18, at the Rehoboth Beach Public Library. The guest speaker will be Debbie Hooper, who will discuss tax lists. While many researchers concentrate on census records and other online lists to find their ancestors, many overlook the valuable information provided by tax records.

These records are often not online, so they may only be viewed at a government agency. As the old saying goes, “Nothing is sure except death and taxes.” Since everyone's ancestors have paid taxes since they first arrived in America, these records can be used to follow them through their travels in America.

The Sussex County Genealogical Society is an organization dedicated to promoting genealogy and education to encourage and instruct in genealogical research. The scope of interests reaches far beyond Sussex County and members concentrate on providing good and useful information to those researching their ancestry.

SCGS has monthly membership meetings from September to May with informative and helpful presentations. The Education Committee holds multi-week spring and fall discussion groups. A special-interest online research group has grown from members’ suggestions. For up-to-date meetings and times, go to www.scgsdelawar

The Advantages Of Being Retired

Looking for Pansies

I rode around this morning looking for some winter pansies to plant until the warmer weather arrives.  I was surprised how many greenhouses in the Delmar area were not open, out of business or not selling retail.   Bess Buds is not selling retail anymore, Adams greenhouse out on RT54 was not open  and  Panichella farms on Pepperbox road has closed

I finally purchased a flat of pansies at lakeside Greenhouse in Laurel Delaware run by Craig and Jill Rice.

The Website For Second Chance Baby Boutique

I see Second Chance Baby Boutique has their own website out at

Actually, as far website design goes, it is pretty good for second hand baby clothes.

It is in the old Stainglass bridal store on bi-State Blvd.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Being Politically Correct in the Aftermath of the Sinking of the Titanic

This is to certify that I, Harold Godfrey Lowe.. fifth officer of the late steamship Titanic, in my testimony at the Senate of the United States stated that I fired shots to prevent Italian immigrants from jumping into my lifeboat.  I do hereby cancel the word "Italian" and substitute the words "immigrants belonging to Latin races."  In fact, I did not mean to infer that they were especially Italians, because I could only judge from their general appearance and complexion, and therefore I only meant to imply that they were of the types of the Latin races.  In any case I did not intend to cast any reflection on the Italian nation. 

From "The Titanic Disaster Hearings"
 Edited by Tom Kuntz

The Morning Walk

It was a nice enough day I decided to walk the railroad tracks
I encounter Nr 7619 heading north

I dilly dally around so long on my walk before I got back 7619 was returning
with a string of hopper cars

walking pass the little league grounds I saw a couple of these batting cages

I think it is interesting that the little league can afford this, with netting, and Wood Creek golf course says they can't afford to put netting up to stop the golf balls from going onto Bi-State Blvd and hitting vehicles or landing in people's yards.

 A Delmar police auction is coming up this weekend
Delmar Police Department Surplus Equipment AuctionApril 18, 2015
400 S Pennsylvania Avenue Delmar, MD 21875
PUBLIC AUCTION Delmar Police Department Auction of Surplus & Seized Property TRUCKS-FRONT END LOADER-POLARIS RANGER ATV's-HD SCISSORS LIFT-GENERATORS-EQUIPMENT Saturday April 18, 2015 at 10 AM Old Delmar PD 400 S. Pennsylvania Ave. Delmar, MD VEHICLES/LOADER: 2001 GMC C7500 4X4 with Caterpillar engine 23,000 miles, 2008 Freightliner truck tractor 2,300 miles, (2) 1988 Navistar International dump trucks 10,300 and 11,000 miles, (3) stake bed trucks including a 1992 International 4900 22,000 miles, 1987 Navistar International F1954 6,000 miles, 1988 Navistar International 5,600 miles, 1984 Case scoop type loader, (3) Polaris ATV's, (4) 2008 Mag International Tmag utility trucks, 2004 & 05 Keystone camper trailers, (2) Silver Eagle trailers, trailer mounted generators and more. EQUIPMENT: HD aerial work platform (scissors lift), Tilt a Lift S15A, 100 KW generator, (2) Crown mortar mixers w/ Yanmar diesel, Quincy PLT15 compressor, Wallace Products trestle crane, (2) trailer mounted message boards, Miller Syncrowave 250 welder, 1-1 ½ inch centrifugal pumps, Wisconsin 4 cylinder engines model V465D, diesel engines sealed in crate, Yanmar diesel generator, (2) Honda EX4500 generators, Continental commercial refrigerator, fuel transfer pump, (2) Hamilton HD safes, cargo hooks, water dispensing reel & hose assembly, hand tools, load binders, tarps, tents, cots, and much more. Much of the equipment is in new condition and has never been used. This is a partial list. Vehicle Inspection: By appointment or 8:00 am day of sale. Terms: Cash, credit card or check approved by auctioneer on day of sale. 10% buyer's premium with credit card usage. All items sold "AS IS". Vehicles must be removed day of sale. Call auctioneer for information. EAStern SHORE AUCTIONS Auction Hotline 443-235-5717 or 410-548-3137

some of the items are parked on the roadside opposite the old police station
makes you wonder why in the hell the Delmar police department has this type of equipment.
These are cute, I guess they are the (4) 2008 Mag International Tmag utility trucks
Don't know where they are made but they look like they would be good on a chicken farm etc.

and finally today it is not only tax day but my brother's birthday, so Happy Birthday Alan.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

RMS Titanic Hits iceberg Today

This evening the RMS Titanic in 1912 will hit an iceberg and on April 15th will sink.

Maj. Arthur Peuchen, first class passenger: Sunday evening I dined with my friends, Markelham Molson, Mr. Allison and Mrs. Allison; and their daughter was there for a short time.  The dinner was an exceptionally good dinner.  It seemed to be a better bill of fare than usual, although they are all good.  After dinner my friends and I went to the sitting-out room and had some coffee...I then went to the smoking room and joined Mr. Beatty, Mr. McCaffery and another English gentleman who was going to Canada.  We sat chatting and smoking there until probably twenty minutes after 11, or it may have been a little later than that.  I then bid them a good night ... I had only reached my room and was starting to undress when I felt as though a heavy wave has struck our ship ... Knowing that it was calm night and that it was an unusual thing to occur on a calm night, I immediately put my overcoat on and went up on deck.  As I started to go through the grand stairway I met a friend who said "Why, we have struck an iceberg..."

From "The Titanic Disaster Hearing: the official transcripts of the 1912 Senate Investigation" Edited by Tom Kuntz


My wife has me on a "Don't buy anymore damn books as there is no place to put them" regime.  So I was at a thrift store in Seaford last week where they had so many used books they had put several shopping carts of books out in the store with a sign saying "free".   So technically I didn't BUY anymore books.  


I'd never stand in line again

Below is parts of one of those things you get in your email that is passed around to everyone.  No ideal if any of it is true but since bloggers don't care if information is true I am posting it. 

Supposedly it is from the book of Ronald Kessler "In the President's Secret Service - Behind the scenes with agents in the line of fire and the Presidents they protect"  Below are just snippets of comments supposedly from the book.  Most you have heard before but some are surprising.

*A philanderer of the highest order.*

*She ordered the kitchen help to save all the left-over wine from State dinners, mixed it with fresh wine and served again during the next White House occasion.*  
*Another philanderer of the highest order. In addition, LBJ was as crude as the day is long. Both JFK and LBJ kept a lot of women in the White House for
extramarital affairs and both had set up early warning systems to  alert them if/when their wives were nearby. Both were promiscuous and oversexed men.*
*She was either naive or just pretended to not know about her husband's many liaisons.*  
*A "moral" man but very odd, weird, paranoid. He had a horrible relationship with his family and was almost a recluse.*
*She was quiet most of  the time.*
*Nice, decent man. Everyone in the Secret Service was surprised by his downfall.*
*A true gentlemen who treated the Secret Service with respect and dignity. He had a great sense of humor. 
*She drank a lot!  
and went into Rehab!
*A complete phony who would  portray one picture of himself to public and very different in private e.g. would be shown carrying his own luggage but the suitcases were always empty. He kept empty ones just for photo ops. He wanted people to see him as pious and a non-drinker but he and his family drank alcohol a lot!
He had disdain for the Secret Service and was very irresponsible with the "football" with nuclear codes. He didn't think it was a big deal and would keep military aides at a great distance. Often did not acknowledge the presence of Secret Service personnel assigned to serve him.*
*She mostly did her own thing.

The real deal, moral, honest, respectful and dignified. They treated Secret Service and everyone else with respect and honor, thanked everyone all the time.
He took the time to know everyone on a personal level. One favorite story was early in  his Presidency when he came out of his room with a pistol tucked on his hip.
The agent in charge asked: "Why the pistol, Mr. President?" He replied, "In case you boys can't get the job done, I can help." It was common for him to carry a pistol,”
 When he met with Gorbachev, he had a pistol in his briefcase.
*She was very nice but very protective of the President and the Secret Service was often caught in the middle. She tried hard to control what he ate.
He would say to the agent, "Come on, you gotta help me out." The Reagan's drank wine during State dinners and special occasions only otherwise they shunned alcohol.
The Secret Service could count on one hand the times they were served wine during family dinner. For all the fake bluster of the Carters, the [Reagans] were the ones
who lived life as genuinely moral people.*  
*Extremely kind and considerate, always  respectful. Took great care in making sure the agents' comforts were taken care of. They even brought them meals.
One time she brought warm clothes to agents standing outside at Kennebunkport. One was given a warm hat and, when he tried to say "no thanks" even though he was obviously freezing, the President said "Son, don't argue with the First Lady. Put the hat on." He was the most prompt of the Presidents. He ran the White House
like a well-oiled machine.*
*She ruled the house and spoke her mind.*
*Presidency was one giant party. Not trustworthy. He was nice mainly because he wanted everyone to like him but to him life is just one big game and party.
Everyone knows about his sexuality.*
*She is another phony. Her personality would change the instant cameras were near. She hated, with open disdain the military and Secret Service.
She was another who felt people were there to serve her. She was always trying to keep tabs on Bill Clinton.
*An egotistical ass who was once overheard by his Secret Service detail lecturing his son that he needed to do better in school or he would end up like these guys, pointing to the agents
*The Secret Service loved him and Laura Bush. He was also the most physically in shape who had a very strict workout regimen. The Bushes made sure their entire
administrative and household staff understood that they were to respect and be considerate of the Secret Service.*
*She was one of the nicest First Ladies, if not the nicest. She never had any harsh word to say about anyone.
*Clinton all over again - hates the military and looks down on the Secret Service. He is egotistical and cunning. He looks you in the eye and appears to agree with you but turns around and does the opposite. He has temper tantrums.*
*She is a complete bitch who basically hates anybody who is not black, hates the military and looks at the Secret Service as servants.*
A TRUE STORY ABOUT General McChrystal's resignation in Obama's office from General McChrystal's book!
Some men carry and handle their diplomacy better than  others. When former U.S. Military commander in Afghanistan, General McChrystal,
was called into the Oval Office by Barack Obama, he knew things weren't going to go well when the President accused him of not supporting
him in his political role as President.
"It's not my job to support you as a politician, Mr. President, it's my job to support you as Commander-in-Chief," McChrystal replied, and he handed
Obama his resignation. Not satisfied with accepting McChrystal's resignation, the President made a cheap parting shot. "I bet when I die  you'll be
happy to pee on my grave."
The General saluted and said, "Mr. President, I always told myself after leaving the Army I'd never stand in line again."



Monday, April 13, 2015

Train Trivia - Train Burnout

Train burnout occurs when the train is using multiple locomotives.  Usually there are only people in one locomotive and the other locomotives are controlled by remote control.  So the train stops and one locomotive doesn't get the word to stop so it continues to run only the rest of the train which is stopped holds it in place and the wheels just spin away wearing the track down under the wheels.
Once a divot is made in the track, the surface area of the wheel-track contact goes up and makes the whole situation even worse. Trains actually use sand to increase friction on the top of the rail while providing a barrier so the wheels in high torque, low speed situations don't melt the rails.

There are other reasons why it happens like the locomotive can't get a grip on the track and just sits there spinning.  You may recall seeing trains start up and the wheels spin until they grab traction on the  track and begin to move. Basically the engines have so much torque they if they rev too quickly the wheels just spin under the engine, grinding away at the track - with enough friction to even start melting it a bit. The load they carry has way too much mass to be pulled that quickly

Okinawa April 13, 1945 a beachhead