Sunday, November 26, 2006

Close Up Of The Star

Here's a closeup of Chris's new star.

Inside the tree.

An interesting view up the center of the tree.
The 40' pole is supported by 8 aircraft cable guide wires. One set located at the top and the other half way down the telescoping pole.
You can also see all the sets of lights installed atop their pulleys.

Test Lighting of the Star.

The first testing of the new star.
Designed and constucted by Chris it shines bright atop the tree.

The New Star!

Now 40' tall with its new star installed this years Christmas tree is almost ready for its offical lighting tomorrow evening!

Working on the lights.

Once the tree is raised and guide wires secured it's time to install the upper and lower light strands.
Here's Chris working through the web of lights!

Team Viagra

It's that time of year again when Team Viagra meets to raise Chris's 40' lighted Christmas tree in his backyard.
The tree now a neighborhood drive by attraction has several new features this year including a newly designed star and grounded mounting bracket which made the raising of the treee much easier.
Here's Chris, Joe, Emery and myself.

Friday, November 24, 2006

Movie Making!

Joesph and Cabe work on the production of their Thanksgiving movie!
I think the title was going to be "Super Gabe Saves The Earth From Alien Space Invaders Stealing Thanksgiving Turkey's!!!"
So watch for it at a local theater near you, lol!

Thanksgiving 2006

I cleaned my plate!

Margret's famous Cradberrys!

Papa Judd helps himself.

Joesph and Beth

Budd and Margret

Saturday, November 18, 2006

Allentown, PA

While visiting a CVS store in Bethlehem, PA I stayed at the Crown Plaza in Allentown, PA!

Allentown was originally named Northamptontown by its founder, Chief Justice of Colonial Pennsylvania's Supreme Court, William Allen. Allen, also a former Mayor of Philadelphia and successful businessman, drew up plans for the rural village in 1762. Despite its formal name, from the beginning, nearly everyone called it "Allen's town". Allen hoped Northamptontown would turn into a commercial center because of its location along the Lehigh River. The low water level most of the year, however, made river trade impractical. Sometime in the early 1770s, William Allen apparently gave the property to his son, James, who built a country home called Trout Hall after his father's hunting and fishing lodge. Even by the time of the American Revolution, Allentown remained little more than a small village of Pennsylvania Dutch, more properly German, farmers and tradesmen, but continued its development as a center of marketing for local farmers from the post revolutionary years into the 1920s. The U.S. Census of 1810 placed it at the heart of the largest grain producing regions in the country.

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Thursday, November 16, 2006

Crown Plaza Allentown, PA.

Great place to stay while in Allentown, PA.

Welcome to the Crowne Plaza Allentown, Pennsylvania
Come and indulge in personalized, exemplary service in a soothing environment. After a long day, escape to our spacious guestrooms and deluxe suites-the largest in Lehigh Valley. Special touches like pillow-top mattresses and high speed internet access make it easy to work and relax.
Feast on mouth-watering dining options at GEO Spirits and Cuisine, our onsite restaurant and lounge, offering casual American cuisine and your favorite cocktails.
Are you visiting for a business retreat or family reunion? We boast 10,000 square feet of spacious event space.
Experience all of the comforts of home at this full-serviceAllentown Pennsylvania hotel, including: newly renovated guestrooms and suites, free high speed internet access, 24 hour business center,room service airport and local shuttle service and more
. This Allentown Pennsylvania hotel is only minutes from Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom, Lehigh Valley Hospital, and Mulhenberg College. Come visit the Lehigh Valley where you will have every reason to visit every season. Whether on business or pleasure, the Crowne Plaza Allentown is the perfect place to stay.

Worst Departure Airport In The US!

I'm leaving from Philly today and the storm that hit the south yesterday in due to hit here this evening!!! I'm trying for an early afternoon flight!

Airports for 11/01-11/02, Departures category:

Philadelphia 94.2%
Denver: 93%
Pittsburgh: 92.7%
St. Louis: 92.6%
Houston: 92.2%
Washington Dulles: 92.1%
Washington Reagan National: 91.4%
Salt Lake City: 91.2%
Orlando: 90.9%
Minneapolis: 90.7%
Charlotte: 90.7%

Saturday, November 11, 2006

Sucking Air!

I took this great picture Tuesday morning while flying to Boston.
Air Tran has a new fleet of Boeing 737-700's that are just beautiful airplanes.
AirTran Airways is one of America's largest low-fare airlines - employing more than 7,500 friendly, professional Crew Members and operating almost 700 flights a day to 50 destinations.
The airline's hub is at Hartsfield - Jackson Atlanta International Airport, the world's busiest airport by passenger volume, where it is the second largest carrier.
AirTran Airways, a subsidiary of AirTran Holdings (NYSE: AAI), is the world's largest operator of the Boeing 717 and has America's youngest all-Boeing fleet. The airline recently added the Boeing 737-700 aircraft, one of the most fuel efficient and environmentally friendly aircraft flying today, to its fleet.

Rainy Day In Boston

Wednesday morning was a rainy gray day in Boston.
This picture was taken as we taxied from Logan International Airport on our way to Philly.

Club Diner Runnemede NJ

One of my favorite spots to eat while visiting the Philly area ia the Club Diner in Runnemede NJ. They have the best open face hot turkey sandwich I have ever had!
Located in downtown Runnemede the diner is a favorite haunt for locals and always promises interesting conversation.

Saturday, November 04, 2006


My poor wife fell Thursday while at work.
We visited the Doctor yesterday and after X-rays it was determined that she had a class two sprain and a possible fracture of her little toe. The Doctor bandaged her foot, suggested Motrin for pain and ordered her to stay off her foot for 48 hours!
I brought her home, made her a steak dinner and we watched her favorite movie "8 Mile"!
She was much better this morning.

Central of Georgia Railroad

Sitting next to the CVS in Summerville, GA was this display caboose from the long disbanded Central of Georgia Railrod.

Chartered in 1883 as Georgia Railroad, became Georgia Railroad & Banking Co. in 1836. Leased jointly to Louisville & Nashville and Central of Georgia in 1881; CofG interest later passed to L&N, which assigned it to Atlantic Coast Line. In 1983 the new Seaboard System Railroad bought the Georgia Railroad from the banking firm and merged the operation.