Friday, October 27, 2006

Ocean Liner SS United States

While flying into Philly Wednesday I was able to snap this aerial shot of the SS United States in her berth. You'll have to double click on the picture to see her better.
She awaits either a complete refit and return to the oceans of the world or to become a museum to her grand past.

Look Who was Napping TOO!

Look who was napping in the other chair, lol!!!

Aren't rainy days off the greatest??

Rainy Afternoon Off In Georgia!

Hoverin' by my suitcase, tryin' to find a warm place to spend the nightHeavy rain fallin', seems I hear your voice callin' "It's all right."A rainy night in Georgia, a rainy night in GeorgiaIt seems like it's rainin' all over the worldI feel like it's rainin' all over the world

Neon signs a-flashin', taxi cabs and buses passin' through the nightA distant moanin' of a train seems to play a sad refrain to the nightA rainy night in Georgia, such a rainy night in GeorgiaLord, I believe it's rainin' all over the worldI feel like it's rainin' all over the world

How many times I wonderedIt still comes out the sameNo matter how you look at it or think of itIt's life and you just got to play the game

I find me a place in a box car, so I take my guitar to pass some timeLate at night when it's hard to rest I hold your picture to my chest and I feel fine(minor scat) But it's a rainy night in Georgia, baby, it's a rainy night in Georgia Ifeel it's rainin' all over the world, kinda lonely now And it's rainin' all over the world

Saturday, October 21, 2006

New Bedford, MA

Wednesday evening found me over nighting in New Bedford, MA. This was the view form my hotel window at sunset.

The history of New Bedford as recorded by the English began four centuries ago and pre-dates the Pilgrims of Plymouth by 18 years. English explorer Bartholomew Gosnold investigated New Bedford's harbor on May 31, 1602 (Julian Calendar). Gosnold's expedition set out from Falmouth, England, and was financed in part by the Earl of Southampton, a patron of Shakespeare. Gosnold named Cape Cod for the abundance of fish he observed there; he named Martha's Vineyard for his beloved daughter, Martha, and named the Elizabeth Islands for his queen, Elizabeth I. Some historians place Gosnold's landing on New Bedford's mainland shore at "Smoking Rocks," a rocky outcropping that once existed approximately west-northwest of Palmer's Island. The site is now part of the South Terminal.

In the full glory of the days of whaling prosperity New Bedford sent out more whale ships than all other American ports combined. In 1857, when the population was about 22,000 the peak was reached, with 329 vessels engaged, representing an investment of $20 million and a yearly catch of $10 million. At this zenith, New Bedford was the richest city per capita in the world. However, from that year onward the industry steadily declined. The fleet had succeeded in hunting the leviathan to every corner of the globe, almost to the point of oblivion. In addition, the price of whale oil dropped steadily after petroleum was discovered in Pennsylvania in 1859.

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Friday, October 20, 2006

Don’t Stick Your Tongues Out At Me!

Evidentially tired of having their pictures taken Louise and Janie show their distaste!!!

Connecticut Fall

This week’s travels took me to CVS stores in Connecticut and Massachusetts.
The weather was cool and rainy and as you can see the fall season was in full color.
This picture was taken at a scenic viewing area just outside and above New Milford, CT where we’re building a new CVS.

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Destroyer Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr

Also located in the cove is the Destroyer Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr., known by her crew as the "Joey P," was laid down April 2, 1945, by the Bethlehem Steel Company at the Fore River Shipyard in Quincy, MA. Launched on July 26, 1945, and commissioned on December 15, 1945, she was completed in only 8 months, reflective of the fast pace of shipbuilding during the last year of WWII.
Homeported in nearby Newport, RI, Kennedy spent the next 27 years performing countless duties. Following commissioning, she spent the rest of the decade conducting training exercises in the Atlantic and Caribbean, and executed peacekeeping duties as a member of the Sixth Fleet in the Mediterranean. On February 3, 1951, she joined the carrier task force attacking North Korean positions. In May of that year she stood off Wonsan, North Korea, using her 5" guns for nearly a month of continuous bombardment duty. Kennedy left the war zone and arrived back in the States in August 1951, and for the next several years she completed several Sixth Fleet tours of duty, midshipmen cruises, and joint NATO maneuvers.
In early 1961 she operated in the Caribbean, assisting with the first Mercury space flights. She arrived at New York Naval Shipyard in July for renovation under the FRAM I (Fleet Rehabilitation and Modernization) program. This conversion afforded her new anti-submarine gear, a helicopter hangar and flight deck, and other improvements designed to extend her useful life. Following a post-refit shakedown cruise, she returned to Newport in September 1962 to embark President John F. Kennedy for his observation of that year's America's Cup Races.
In October Kennedy was dispatched to the Caribbean to participate in the naval blockade of Cuba. It was here on October 26 that Kennedy stopped and boarded the Greek freighter Marucla, suspected of ferrying missile components to Cuba.
From the early 1960s until her decommissioning in 1973, Kennedy again performed innumerable duties, including her role as a recovery vessel during the Gemini space program. She was stricken from the Naval Register of Ships in 1973 and acquired by Battleship Cove in 1974. In Spring 2000, Kennedy was towed to Rhode Island sound to portray herself and her sister ship John R. Pierce (DD753) in the Kevin Costner film entitled Thirteen Days, which recreated the events surrounding the Cuban Missile Crisis.
A National Historic Landmark, USS Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr. is home to the Admiral Arleigh Burke National Destroyermen's Museum and serves as the official memorial to Bay State citizens who gave their lives during the Korean and Vietnam Wars.

Battleship Massachusetts

While visiting a CVS store in Fall River, MA I happened on the Battleship Cove and the Battleship Massachusetts. The USS Massachusetts was built in Quincy, Massachusetts at the Fore River Shipyard of the Bethlehem Steel Corporation. The ship was launched on September 23, 1941 and holds the record as the heaviest ship ever launched in Quincy. "Big Mamie", as her crew knew her, was delivered to the Boston Navy Yard in April 1942 and commissioned the following month.
Following her shakedown period Battleship Massachusetts went into action on November 8, 1942 as part of Operation Torch, the invasion of North Africa. While cruising off the city of Casablanca, Morocco, the Battleship engaged in a gun duel with the unfinished French battleship Jean Bart, moored at a Casablanca pier. In this battle, Massachusetts fired the first American 16" projectile in anger of World War II. Five hits from Big Mamie silenced the enemy battleship, and other 16" shells from Battleship Massachusetts helped sink two destroyers, two merchant ships, a floating dry-dock, and heavily damaged buildings and docks in Casablanca.
For the complete, printer-friendly history of USS Massachusetts, follow this link.

Mystic Sea Port

A legendary maritime destination – for over 300 years.Long before Mystic Seaport’s ships, shops and shipyard, the banks of the Mystic River were filled with...ships, shops and shipyards. Since the 1600s, this historic area has been a center of shipbuilding. Between 1784 and 1919 – the golden age of American maritime enterprise – more than 600 vessels were constructed along the Mystic River. But with the advent of steam power and the decline of wooden shipbuilding after the Civil War, textile manufacturing became Mystic’s dominant industry.
Big dreams during the Great Depression.As the great Age of Sail gave way to steamships and railroads, wooden ships and boats were turned into firewood and the nation’s seafaring traditions began to disappear, three Mystic residents decided to work together to keep the past alive.
On December 29, 1929, Edward E. Bradley, an industrialist, Carl C. Cutler, a lawyer, and Dr. Charles K. Stillman, a physician, signed the papers incorporating the Marine Historical Association, today known as Mystic Seaport. Their dream: create a dynamic, educational institution to preserve America’s maritime culture – and turn the achievements of a past era into an inspirational force for the future.
Time to get growing.Despite the economic conditions of the Great Depression, Mystic Seaport grew rapidly. Donations of log books, photography, ships plans and other maritime artifacts poured into the one-building museum. In 1941, Mystic Seaport acquired the Charles W. Morgan, the country’s last wooden whaleship from the once-great Yankee fleet. Historic buildings from across New England were also moved in to complement the Morgan – and the authentic coastal village area of Mystic Seaport was born.
Over the next 50 years, Mystic Seaport experienced explosive growth, amassing the world’s largest collections of maritime photography (over 1 million images) and boats (nearly 500), as well as collecting two million other maritime artifacts. And the 1970s saw the creation of the Henry B. duPont Preservation Shipyard, additional exhibition buildings and several new accredited educational programs.
Mystic Seaport reaches its goals. Then, sets new ones.By the 1990s, Mystic Seaport was widely recognized as the nation’s leading maritime museum. In 1996, Mystic Seaport underscored its mission to create a broad public understanding of the relationship of America and the sea with a six-week seminar entitled America and the Sea, which encouraged college professors from around the country to incorporate maritime history into their teachings.
In 1998, Mystic Seaport began construction of the freedom schooner Amistad – marking a major educational program centered on the re-creation of an historic vessel from the keel up. In 2000, the Museum published its 70th publication, America and the Sea: A Maritime History, described by Kirkus Reviews as “the definitive work on the subject.” And in the summer of 2000, the dramatic exhibit Voyages: Stories of America and the Sea opened to national acclaim.
Bringing hundreds of years of history into the future.Now, Mystic Seaport is making the history of America’s relationship with the sea even more accessible to all-new audiences. As part of a $35 million renovation that includes new exhibit halls and reception areas, the Museum’s new, state-of-the-art Collections Research Center provides easy and convenient ways for scholars and researchers from around the world to access Mystic Seaport’s renowned archives, via the Internet and integrated databases. It’s just one of many ways this showcase of the past two centuries is preparing for the next one.

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Mystic Pizza!

I stayed at the Mystic Sea Port Holiday Inn while visiting stores last week and had dinner at the famous Mystic Pizza!

Mystic Pizza® (the restaurant) caught the eye of Los Angeles based screenwriter Amy Jones, who was summering in the area. Ms. Jones chose Mystic Pizza® as the focus and setting for her story of the lives and loves of three young waitresses. "Mystic Pizza" was filmed on location in Mystic and neighboring towns. A set was built for the indoor scenes, as the actual Mystic Pizza® restaurant was too small and could not close for months of filming. The movie was released in 1988.

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Friday, October 13, 2006

Fall In Georgia

Fall is my favorite time of year in Georgia. As you can see our leaves are beginning to change in the backyard.
The days are beautiful, the nights cool and its time for the Georgia Apple Festival on the second and third weekend of October in Ellijay, GA.
Producing 600,000 bushels of apples each fall, Ellijay/Gilmer County is Georgia's Apple Capital, so it's only natural that the second and third weekends of October each year, people from all over the nation come to Ellijay to celebrate the apple. Handmade arts and crafts, homegrown entertainment, and plain old fun, combine with every apple product imaginable to make the weekends a family adventure.
Throw in the colorful fall leaves, crisp mountain air, sky-blue days, and star-studded nights and you'll want to visit again and again. Sponsored by the Gilmer County Chamber of Commerce and the Ellijay Lions Club, the festivities include a car show and a parade. For more visit:

13 Stairs!

Twice in the past ten years since moving into our new home in Georgia I've painted the front stairs. As you can see there are 13 stairs up to our front door as our home sits on a hill.
I would kindly suggest to all you new home buyers out there that you consider buying a home that sits flat on the ground or better yet become a millionare and pay someone to paint your front stairs!!!!

Devil Dog Attacks Louise!!!

A Red Eyed Devil dog attacked our beloved Louise this morning while she lay sleeping.
The attack was well planned and the Red Eyed Devil Dog pounced on her back from behind. The attack was so vicious that Louise fell fast asleep during it!!!
That Red Eyed Devil Dog has been seen before around our house during October!!!

Washington National Cathedral

I was thrilled yesterday to be able to stop at the Washington National Cathedral. Still under some constructions it's a beautiful site. The stain glass is amazing!

The idea for a national cathedral is as old as Washington itself. In 1791, when Congress selected the site to be the capital of the United States, President George Washington commissioned Major Pierre l’Enfant to design an overall plan for the future seat of government.
Included in l’Enfant’s plan was a church, “intended for national purposes, such as public prayer, thanksgiving, funeral orations, etc., and assigned to the special use of no particular Sect or denomination, but equally open to all.”
Largely through the efforts of Washington community leaders such as Riggs Bank President Charles C. Glover, plans for building Washington National Cathedral gained momentum. On January 6, 1893, Congress granted a charter to the Protestant Episcopal Cathedral Foundation of the District of Columbia, allowing it to establish a cathedral and institutions of higher learning. Signed by President Benjamin Harrison, this charter was the birth certificate of Washington National Cathedral.
After his consecration in 1896, the Rev. Dr. Henry Yates Satterlee, the first bishop of Washington, managed to secure land on Mount Saint Alban — the most commanding spot in the entire Washington area.
On September 29, 1907, the foundation stone was laid. President Theodore Roosevelt and the Bishop of London spoke to the crowd of ten thousand. The stone itself came from a field near Bethlehem and was inset into a larger piece of American granite. On it was the inscription: “The Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us” (John 1:14). With the laying of the cathedral foundation stone, the grassy, tree — shaded Close became home to the longest — running construction site in the nation’s capital.
In 1912, Bethlehem Chapel opened for services which have continued daily ever since. In October 1928, President Calvin Coolidge came to open the General Convention of the Episcopal Church at the Cathedral.
The Cathedral quickly became a place for services of national focus. When the United States entered World War II in 1941, monthly services “On behalf of a united people in a time of emergency” began. Holy Spirit Chapel served as a War Shrine and community memorial services were held.
As construction continued, Washington National Cathedral continued to take its place in history. President Woodrow Wilson’s tomb was dedicated in 1956 (Wilson is the only US president buried within the boundaries of the District of Columbia.) The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., preached his last Sunday sermon from the Canterbury Pulpit in 1968. Thousands gathered for President Dwight D. Eisenhower’s funeral in 1969.
In 1976, the Cathedral’s nave and west rose window were completed and dedicated in the presence of Queen Elizabeth II and president Gerald Ford. It was also the place the nation gave thanks when the American hostages in Iran were freed.
The Pilgrim Observation Gallery was completed and opened to the public in 1982. In 1983 the final phase of construction began with the setting of the first stone for the west towers.
The completion of the west towers in September 1990 marked the end of eighty-three years of construction.
The Cathedral continues to be a place of national focus. It was the site of President George W. Bush’s Inaugural Prayer Service and later the National Prayer and Remembrance service on September 14, 2001. On December 25, 2002, the Cathedral broadcast its fiftieth national Christmas service.
Since the first services were held in Bethlehem Chapel, Washington National Cathedral has opened its doors to people of all faiths as they have gathered to worship and pray, to mourn the passing of world leaders, and to confront the pressing moral and social issues of the day.

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Saturday, October 07, 2006

10 Years!

Beth and I celebrated our 10th wedding anniversary on Sept 27th! How time flies when you're with the one you love!
Here we are accompanied by Beth's parents June and Judd celebrating last even at the Longhorn for dinner. Chris and Molly Maher joined us for a fun evening.

Tuesday, October 03, 2006

New Heart Section at CVS.

CVS has added a new Heart section to it's product mix. You'll see this new expanded section soon in most stores.
They have come up with a great product mix to support most heart patient needs.
Stop bye your local CVS and visit this new section.

Baby Food Theft!

Want to guess what the biggest theft item is at CVS?
I bet you didn't guess Baby Food!!!!
Home Land Security suspects that the funds made by the resale of stolen Baby Food nation wide may be funneling into terrorist activities world wide!
Who would have thought!

Back In New York

What a day!!! I landed in Washington DC this morning at 8:40 AM, picked up may rental car and drove 7 1/2 hours to arrive in Norton MA at 5:45 PM! I stopped somewhere in NJ during the trip to have breakfast at Bob's Big Boy.
I took this picture while waiting to pay a toll at the New York Thruway.