Monday, July 20, 2009

A tour of PoltrackNet

Every so often I’d like to explain what I have created with the myriad blogs and web locations. There is a method to my madness. All of this was came into existence in part as a reaction to mass email messages with lots of “reply to all”. It seemed more efficient to just post messages on a virtual bulletin board and let folks add their comments. Here is the “tour” (Web site with links to all the rest of the sites) (PUBLIC family blog) (PUBLIC blog for political and other hot topics) (PUBLIC family audio recordings, I needed this because I couldn’t figure how to embed audio into blog) (New site, happenings in and around the Monadnock region, and my home town of New Ipswich) (MEMBERS ONLY, family discussions, files, links and pictures). Updates are provided via email but the members can modify the frequency of the updates or opt out if it becomes burdensome.

In addition there are several photo sites. The majority of these sites are not publically accessible. Links to these pictures are provided via the private forum site or through direct email invitations. An example of this are the birthday mailings that family members receive.

Of course there is more, the social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter, but they follow their own rules.

Thursday, July 02, 2009

North Carolina Wildlife

I always thought North Carolina might be a nice place to spend the retirement years. But apparently it is also attractive to other exotic life forms. If you visit it may be good idea to avoid storm drains and sewers. With all our rain it’s just a matter time till this “thing” migrates up to New Hampshire.

This weather is for the birds!


The only bright spot during this dreadful weather pattern is the constant appearance of hummingbirds around the feeders. The rain seems to have dampened the flowering of their native food sources so the feeders are quite attractive to them. It’s great being a teleworker, I can work while listening to Hank Williams and watching hummingbirds. Now if it would only … please… STOP RAINING!

Wednesday, July 01, 2009

823rd Bomb Squad - “The Terrible Tigers”

Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea

Ed Poltrack's Squadron

You just never know what you will learn about on the internet. I posted a blog entry for Memorial Day that featured some WWII photos of my father, aunt and uncles. A reader contacted me and told me that he knew of my uncle. The reader (Jeremy) maintains a website “The Heroes of WWII” which features a collection of WWII artifacts and archival material.
I’m learning some interesting stories about my uncle from the links that were provided on Jeremy’s site. One harrowing one was an account of Mission #48 that occurred on April 16, 1944. It is referred to as “Black Sunday” and may be found here. I find it amusing that they refer to Ed Poltrack as “Polecat”, a moniker that has been handed down to all of us with that last name.
My generation was born after the war and it is true that our fathers, uncles and aunts did not talk about the war. It is only in these times as we lose our “greatest generation” that we can take a look back and learn about the sacrifices and dangers of that time.
Ed is still with us and lives in North Carolina. Hopefully we can contact other members of the 823rd via this blog posting.