Thursday, August 20, 2015

The Potomac Snail

Yesterday we made a trip to Mt. Vernon.  It was perhaps a mistake at this time of year as the heat and humidity kicked our ass.  On the way to and from Mt. Vernon is the George Washington Memorial parkway, a park maintained by the National Park Service.  It has great places to picnic along side the Potomac River.  It also has a very active biking and walking path.

If you are from the Eastern Shore a walk along the Potomac river at these picnic areas are great because the shore line has rocks and river pebbles to examine.

We also found these fresh water snail shells.  The river bank was covered in them.  They are about three to four inches large. 

It turns out the snails are a recent inhabitant of the river.  They are called a Mystery Snail and were bought from Asia in the 1890's first to California and by the 1960's they finally made it to the Potomac.  The shell is not very colorful as it is a dull olive color.  Asians consider them a food source but I saw no one trying to harvest them yesterday.  They are considered an invasive species.

Waiting On Norfolk Southern

My wife and I went across the bay yesterday and did not get back to Delmar until 10:30.  Actually on returning we got as far as the VFW and stopped in a traffic backup on West State Street.  My first thought was the Chris Mills building had finally collapsed and was blocking State Street, but no it turned out it was Norfolk Southern forming a train.  So we sit in the car as the train went back and forth shuttling freight cars from, I assume, the sidetrack by Mason Dixon park.  Vehicles in our backup were in a panic and tried to cut down side streets to get around the train but I had assumed the other crossing were blocked also.  Finally at 10:50 the trains moved on.  Now we had been there for twenty minutes and I am sure for the backup to be at the VFW when we arrived the train must have been shuttling cars for five or ten minutes before that.  It is more than an annoyance when this goes on for more than ten minutes.  If there had been an emergency the emergency would have had to have been handled by a service on the west side of Delmar as I don't think our town services (all on the East side of the Track) could have found a way around the blocked intersections.  At least it was at night and not during the day time when there would have been more traffic.

It still is not as bad as in Harrington.  The rail line splits the town in half in that town and if you go to lunch on the opposite side of the tracks from where you work you may be late getting back to work.  I have sit in backed up traffic for almost an hour as Norfolk Southern shuttled cars back and forth at Lunch time.


Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Making Delmar Proud

A Delmar, Delaware man has been charged, after he apparently tried to rob a pizza delivery person in Worcester County.
Ocean City Police say early Sunday morning, around 3:30 AM, Officers responded to report of a man with a shotgun near 4th Street and Washington Avenue. Police say once on scene, they located 28-year-old Lemarvis Trotter, who matched the description of the suspect, and took him into custody without incident.
While on scene, Police say a man who was delivering pizza, met with them, saying that he had been assaulted by Trotter. The victim reportedly told Police that Trotter had put the shotgun into a trash can, before walking up to him, then trying to pick-pocket and assault him.
Police say they searched the area, and found the shotgun, a Remington 870 20-gauge, in a nearby dumpster.
OCPD say they have charged Trotter with attempted robbery, second degree assault, possession of a concealed weapon, disorderly, and possession of drug paraphernalia. He is now being held at the Worcester County Detention Center on a $100,000 bond.

Picked up from WMDT - 47

The Tuesday Morning Walk

I took my morning walk about 6 AM and no I did not see anything that looked like the above or I would still be walking.  Delmar is dead at 6 AM.  Nothing to talk about from the walk so I will just have to make a rambling post out of this.

I have received both my Sussex county Tax bill and my Town of Delmar tax bill
The Town of Delmar tax bill increased of course due to the tax rate increasing which was in part due to the town elected people deciding they would make a donation to the Fire department and the Library.  Since I have no choice but to pay the taxes it amounts to an involuntary donation on my part.

The Sussex county tax bill even after the 50% school tax reduction old people receive in Sussex County was still 84% school tax.  Ridiculous, it really is.  The non-taxpayer supporter people in Sussex county have got to get off their ass and stop these school tax increases by voting against the referendums the tax payers supporter people are putting thru. .
There is some construction going on opposite town hall today.  I think they have more flaggers out then people working on the curb construction. 
Even in the summer time those first rays of sunshine in the morning is the greatest thing for a cat .

Phish, a band in the tradition of the Grateful Dead, played at Merriweather post pavilion Sunday night.  As is usual with this band the Phish heads/phans were arrested in mass due to drugs.  Various people were arrested for selling balloons of nitrous oxide to inhale and get high on.  When ever the local law enforcement groups hear this band is coming they add on officers etc.  My daughter works in Howard county as a Maryland Judicial District Commissioner and she was saying how many people they added for the night and still was not enough to handle all of those arrested. These bands may bring in money but the tax payers still have to pay for all the problems they create.

Most of the arrested people are from New York and New England.  Obviously they must follow the band plying their drug trade.  In Maryland they have a court appointed attorney that is available at the District Court bail hearing should you want or need one.  I understand all the out of state people arrested made use of the court appointed attorney. Again adding to the cost that will be billed to the Maryland tax payer.  Since Maryland has a law in which drug possession below a certain quantity limit is just a citation instead of an arrest you can assume there was a whole lot more drug activity that doesn't show up in the newspapers.

Over at the blog/website The Chesapeake Today
They discuss the number of Black slave Owners in this modern world.  since a few of them were from Delmar and Princess Anne the towns are mentioned a lot. 

and scientist still have not figured out the obvious answer is aliens

Monday, August 17, 2015


During WWII, soldiers were known to take precious family photos and put them under clear grips on their 1911 pistols. They were called Sweetheart Grips.

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Some Sunday Comments

Well actually they mostly have to do with Saturday.  When my daughter came home from work in Ocean City about 6:30 on Saturday morning she told me there was a dead body with a sheet over it on RT13 and State street.  Starts the day. 

Second Chance Baby Boutique appears to have moved from Bi-State Blvd to Laurel Junction Flea market.

I was breaking some boxes down from Amazon on Thursday for the recycle bin.  At times I think my daughter is a major customer of them as we must received at least two packages a week from them.  I think perhaps whereas Walmart has enough plastic shopping bags to cover the world now amazon is doing the same thing in cardboard boxes.  Certainly any ride thru an apartment complex will show them piled up around the dumpster.
I returned to the Wicomico County fair.  Promised I would not but I did.
I tell people who don't like what I post on this blog that no one forces them to look at it.  I should take my advice and apply it to the Wicomico Fair.
it has farm animals which is nice
it has a number of things for kids and adults to do.
but what drives me up the wall is class K adult art - I will be nice about it and say the best thing this year was there was not as many exhibits as in previous years, so you didn't have to look at the low quality for very long.

One item I am usually impressed with was the scrapbook display.  I usually like to look at them because there are usually one or two that are family trees.  This year was a scrapbook (didn't win a ribbon) devoted to a serviceman named William J. Daubert who died in Vietnam in 1969 entered by Wendy Lea Daubert.  It was a number of newspaper clipping etc, one item was the letter from President Nixon expressing sorrow about Daubert's death. 

As someone from that era my mind has wandered back to that time when 58,000 service people gave their lives for what? 

It is no better today - you know Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan and the whole middle east isn't going to change with us being there.  if anything we just piss off those people even more. 
and of course the politicians were there or at least their signs.
Politicians and war nothing changes.

The house being built across the street is coming along.  They did stone work on the front and around the porch this weekend.  I am waiting to see what the front steps will look like. 

The ice cream truck was in the neighborhood yesterday one of their songs played is "Waltzing Matilda " no doubt the national anthem of Australia.  Again, if you are of my age it makes you think of a 1959 film called "On the Beach" No, not a beach movie of the 1960's with Frankie Avalon and Annette Funicello  time period, nor even Foster's beer, but after a couple of those oil cans size beers I have sang "Waltzing Matilda" followed by "Elvira".

This is based on the book  by Nevil Shute, depicting a nuclear war and it's aftermath.

Nevil Shute has written many, many books and a few of then I have read and I find them to be enjoyable.  They do reflect the outlook of the time so today they are not Politically Correct.  Another book called "A Town like Alice " also good and was made into a 1981 BBC mini-series on PBS masterpiece theater.  Like most movies the books have more in them then the movies so watching and reading both gives you an interesting comparison. 

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