Saturday, September 22, 2012

Here we go, again.

Blueberry barren in Washington County, dressed for fall. - click
  I know it's in the air, because the air is cooler.  I am now wearing my fleece jacket to walk in the morning more days than not.  The leaves are turning, it's really noticeable.  I'm watching closely for moving deer while I drive - the chase is on, or deer romance.
  Major League Baseball teams have played over 150 games now, there are only a few left before the playoffs and finally the World Series.  No, the Red Sox will be on golf courses some where off the field.
The old cemetery in Carmel, Maine. - click to enlarge
Photo by Linda Grant
  I have used a couple of these photos before, they're good ones and I like 'em so you may even see them again.  But, Wait!, It's about a year in between showing them so how many will notice?
On the Bog Road, Hermon, Maine - click
Photo by Linda Grant

Friday, September 21, 2012

Autumn is at our heels

Dixmont Bog 2 Western Avenue - click to enlarge
Photo by Linda Grant

Oh, beautiful for autumn leaves,
and forests deep with pine,
the rocky coast I love the most,
Maine is the State that's mine

Ocean breezes, salty air, frosty mornings too,
and first light on morning bright, In the fresh snow glare,
and warming springs the flowers bring,
the cycle starts anew.

a little thoughtful verse from the geezer.
Belfast old mill stream and dam - click to enlarge
Photo by the geezer hisself
Winterport - click to enlarge
Photo by Linda Grant

Thursday, September 20, 2012

The Big Dogs are taking over

The Big Dog doesn't always win
Photo by Victoria Stillwell
While the Big Dogs are busy scrapping,
some are out of the running for first place;
and some got caught napping,
while some never joined in the race.

The Red Sox of Boston are gone,
near the bottom which they're trying to reach,
sometimes it doesn't take long,
to get to an irreversible breach.

The fight for the bottom is tough,
Toronto keeps reaching there too;
so the Sox might just have to get rough,
and give the Blue Jays the shoe.

It takes good luck and hard work to get there,
and bottoms a place that's deserved,
so the Jays have to quit splitting hair,
the Sox have last place reserved.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

It's Independence Day somewhere today

Capitol City of Basseterre on Saint Kitts - click to enlarge
National Flag of Saint Kitts and Nevis
  On September 19, 1983 Saint Kitts and Nevis became an independent country, it's the newest country in the Americas.  Located in the Leeward Islands between Puerto Rico and Venezuela.  The weather is warm and tropical.  The major sources of income are; tourism and agriculture.
  The Country is still a member of the British Commonwealth (like Canada), but is run by it's own government.  The two islands Saint Kitts, and Nevis make up the country.
  It might be a good place to visit.
St. Marys Church in Cayon, Nevis Island - click to enlarge

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Just a girl from Maine

Margaret Chase Smith photo
  She was born and grew up in Skowhegan, Maine, was an excellent student and a hard worker.  After high school graduation she taught at a one room school for a brief time.  Several unsatisfying jobs led to one she really liked as a reporter for the Independent Reporter, a local paper owned by Clyde Smith, her future husband.
  She was appointed to the U S House of Representatives in June 1940 after her husband, Clyde, died of a heart attack.  She served in the House until 1949.  On September 18, 1949 she became the very first woman elected to serve in the U S Senate.  She served in the Senate until January of 1973.
  In 1964 she announced as a candidate for President, she said "I have no illusions, and little money, but I'm staying til the finish, when people tell you you can't do something, you have to try".
  She became the first woman in US History to be nominated to run for President, Mr. Goldwater eventually got the nod.
  She may be most famous for her  Declaration of Conscience speech that brought the work of Senator Joseph McCarthy and his infamous hunt for communists.  It was her speech that caused others to join her in that effort.
Margaret Chase Smith home and Library in Skowhegan, Maine. - click to enlarge photo
A Campaign button for Smith photo

Monday, September 17, 2012

An Igloo for Mario

Pittsburgh Civic Auditorium and Mellon Arena - click to enlarge photo
  The National Hockey League was in a growth spurt in the early sixties, and one player for the Pittsburgh Penguins, Mario Lemieux, was the "big man".  So many fans wanted to see him play that Pittsburgh needed a new arena.
  The "Igloo" was built at 66 Lemieux Place, constructed of good old Pittsburgh steel, and topped with a retractable roof mad of stainless steel it opened on September 17, 1961.  Now 16,760 fans could fill the seats for hockey.
  It was the very first arena with a retractable roof, but it was never opened due to some mechanical failures.
  The building was demolished in September 2001 after 50 years of service.  The stainless steel having been removed before the final blast.
  Mario played until 2006, mostly for the Penguins.  He won 3 Olympic Gold Medals for Canada too.
Open for hockey. click to enlarge photo

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Was it Haloid? Why yes it was.

Xerox 914
  On September 16, 1959 Haloid-Xerox introduced the Xerox 914 copier.  It was done in Times Square, New York City, on live television (to a limited audience).
  It weighed in at 648 pounds and you could ask for 20 copies at the same time. What a difference a few years made back then!
  Oh! By the way, this machine became so popular that the company became known as, and changed it's name to Xerox Corporation.
  Wilbur and I can remember the Thermo-Fax made by Haloid, with its yellowish copies that curled up and faded in a couple of days.  And back then "Fax" or facsimile just meant copy, nothing like the use of the word now.  This machine, the Xerox 914, as bulky and slow as it was, was a huge improvement.
  Why pretty soon you wouldn't even have to use carbon paper!  Remember those little bits of torn paper you used when erasing a mistake?  How could you forget?  Then came "carbon sets"; sheets of pastel colored paper, each with its very own carbon paper already attached.  Of course if you made a mistake you had to separate the carbon to erase.  Those were the good ol' days alright.