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Saturday, October 27, 2012

It was September of 1983 and for the 11th time in my life, school was starting again.

Most of my classes were the typical ones. There was trigonometry, U.S. History, physics among them and then there was English Literature. We sat at our desks and in came Mr. John Harkins with what I soon learned was his standard "Toot-toot" or "Whoop-yay." Shortly, we had these thick English Literature books in our hands and we were about to begin learning the history of the literature of the land from which America was sired.

Saturday, October 20, 2012

I learned about doing makeup using two things, a makeup kit I bought when I was on vacation to my aunt and uncle's house one summer and a book on monster makeups I purchased that described how to do professional level makeups with mostly household effects.

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Today most of us buy costumes for Halloween for ourselves and our children off the store shelf or via mail order without giving it much thought.

I think it is a general change in our direction as a society from self-reliance to convenience in a way or maybe it is a sign of the times that we put more value in the type of costume we wear. There are those who still make their own costumes but for the most part I think that may be few and far between.

Saturday, October 6, 2012

It's once again the start of one of my favorite months of the year, October. October over the years has had a lot of meaning for me. I closed on my house in October several years ago. I became engaged to my wife Katie on Halloween and we were married nine years ago on October first. Our daughter was born on the fifteenth of the month. Last but not least, most of the jobs I have ever been offered were in October.

Saturday, September 29, 2012

On September 11, 2012, the 11th anniversary of the worst attack on American soil that eventually prompted a swift response by the United States government, terrorists emboldened by the lackadaisical, minimalist approach of our government toward the threats to our security attacked and murdered the Libyan Ambassador Chris Stevens and three of his staff including two former Navy SEALs.

Saturday, September 15, 2012

We were through four fish and we still had a snail and a fifth neon tetra remaining after the fourth fish succumbed in our little tank. At that point we decided we were going to retire the small tank in favor of a larger one. That Friday we returned to Dan's shop, Jim Thorpe Pet Supply to purchase a larger tank along with a heater, filter and light. He provided a backdrop to us and gave us some instructions as to how to set everything up.

Saturday, September 8, 2012

It was a day after we replaced the first fish which died that Katie first noticed the ick on the fish. Ick is a parasite that looks like spores which attach to the fish. While not initially mortal to the fish if left unchecked the environment will breed the spores and eventually the ick spores will kill their marine hosts. Initially only one fish had the spores, but that did not last too long.

Saturday, September 1, 2012

I have had pets most of my life. Granted the early part of my life we really shared family pets, but we considered them ours as well. When I moved out on my own, there was a brief period of time I had no pets. When I got married the first time I ended up with a dog and two cats and for a time there was a bird, a newt and some other assorted wildlife in the house at one time or another. So I have had experience with most types of pets, but the successful care of one type of animal has eluded me.

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Well the world didn't end two weeks ago during a late night tsunami. California is still in one piece as is Australia which just goes to show that even psychics make mistakes.

Of course, the back pedaling began even before last Saturday when the initial prediction was hedged by claiming that the actual prediction was that there would be a 104 hour warning of the actual tsunami and that the warning never started so the psychic was not exactly wrong. That is a new twist on making a prediction.

Saturday, August 18, 2012

"I'm going to write a book about Summit Hill and put in it photographs of the old days so people can see where we came from," or words to that effect greeted me when I walked into the Summit Hill Historical Society one day in 2008 to see my cousin Lee Mantz in one of his favorite places studying the photographs and cataloging them in the museum's collection. Within a year he successfully published this volume which is still available in the museum, and he completed his goal of cataloging and providing stories with the historical photos he loved.