Friday, December 16, 2016

It's My Birthday

Make the world go away

Where did the time go? I started this blog ten years ago with a posting about New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson's appearance in New Hampshire, two years prior to the presidential primary. What was my motivation to start a blog? Why spend time on something like this?

I was looking for an online way to share photos, letters and other artifacts with my extended family. I maintained an email distribution list, sending out photos on folks birthdays. Not everyone was happy with so much spam, and it proved difficult to maintain. I moved on after that to a Google Group forum which proved popular until the 2000 election which got quite heated. I felt I had created a monster. Later I settled on this blog as the principal means of sharing family news. It was passive, no email lists, no fighting in the streets. Folks could read it or ignore it. 

I was able to share photos and scanned documents, even the lyrics to Hupaj Siupaj. I included some family history such as a slideshow of the Rockland Hotel. I threw in other tidb
its too, such as our experience with a roasted mouse and the famous sign controversy of 2007.

Facebook, Instagram and other social media sites have taken over the role of folks sharing photos and experiences but I see no need to stop doing this. I have a number of recurring themes which seem to be popular such as Look What I Saw at the Green Center.  This would be nothing if I didn't have folks that take the time to read it and in some cases povide comments. Thank you for your readership and the 170,457 page views.

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

NBHS - 5th Annual Holiday Party

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The New Boston Historical Society held their 5th annual Holiday party on Dec 11, 2016. These are a few photos from the event.

Early Toys exhibit
- Terrie, Sue, Debbie and Lisa, all in red. 
      Terrie Wallace and Debbie Harpe are NBHS volunteers; Sue Carr is my sister.

- and the special toy exhibit.

John got right into the toy barn with his camera. 
The barn was made by Willard Williams for his sister Betsy Moody when her daughter Sarah was little.
Dick Moody says it is an accurate model of the Moodys' barn, right down to the posts and beams and horses' names written over the stalls (not visible in photos

Betsy Whitman lead  us in sing-a-long of Christmas Carols

Mom and Susan

A very nice selection of Christmas goodies served next to the fireplace

More treats

Patty Grosso and Betty Poltrack on either side of Frances and Howard Towne. 
      Howard received the Boston Post cane given to NB's oldest citizen.

Jim Dane
Rubber molded figures

The barn was made by Willard Williams for his sister Betsy Moody when her daughter Sarah was little.
Dick Moody says it is an accurate model of the Moodys' barn, right down to the posts and beams and horses' names written over the stalls (not visible in photos).
Farmer and chickens in the barn
Even a dog
MILLIONS play it!

Radio Car

China doll with multiple wigs
A fire added to the festive atmosphere

The honeymoon express

No plastic in those days

Buddy L truck from the 1920s

Watching the late afternoon sun

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Cyber Monday

No one has ever died clicking on my Amazon Link on Cyber Monday. The same cannot be stated for the customers on Black Friday.

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Missing Photos and Dead Links

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Nine years ago my cousin Dave Poltrack was quoted in the Sacramento Bee:

"One of the things that's probably overstated by the press is how many people are visiting online blogs," Poltrack said in a presentation to TV critics. "I think you all blog each other, but I'm not sure the rest of the world is joining in the process that much."In a conversation later, Poltrack said he would guess the majority of people who do read blogs are bloggers themselves."That does not leave a whole lot of real people who spend their time with blogs," he said.

What’s the story here? (LOC)
Photo from LOC - Why not include it?

In December 2016 I will reach a minor milestone.  At that point I've been doing "this" for 10 years. By "this" I mean blogging, i.e. posting  photos and commentary on family affairs, politics, nature, science, the arts and anything else that captures my imagination. For me it is therapeutic and a bit of an ego boost since I can see that folks actually read this thing.

However I must apologize for some shortcomings. I test software for a profession and when I look at websites I am keenly aware of broken links and missing images. Ironically my site is full of these. My feeble excuse is that is not all my fault. Linked sites are taken down and the reader sees the classic 404 - Not Found Message.

At some point Google dropped support for their Picasa product and my links to photos broke. The broken images appear as a triangle with an exclamation point in the center. It is ugly and embarassing and I delete these when I find them.

However currently there are 792 postings and I have to decide whether to go back and fix the old ones or move forward.

Thank you for staying with this for so many years

I hate when this happens, a broken image link!

Look What I Saw at the Green Center

Good Morning,
Hope you enjoyed our unseasonably warm weather on Saturday. The Green Center was busy on this weekend before Thanksgiving. All the Christmas decorations are out on display and the Center will be open on December 3rd, 10th and 17th for your shopping convenience.

A very nice Nativity Set arrived on Saturday

We are overloaded with children car seats, boosters and baby carriers. If you need these items please take a look.

These are good quality items

The wheelchair is still available

A traditional cookie jar

This ornament will definitely be on our tree

A partridge in a pear tree for Christmas

Creepy ceramic of the week

Not too late to mug for this blog with a Halloween donation 

When I posed for the photo, one of the partrons told the photographer to take a shot of me from behind, I had no idea why she said that. I didn't realize that someone (ETHEL FRATES) had secretly pinned a tail on me. At least it wasn't a KICK ME sign. I wore this thing for over an hour.

I always enjoy chatting with the regulars

This elegant silver plated planter showed up

Blessings from the Green Center

Saturday, November 12, 2016

I Hate Ticks

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There are some that say that these horrible things have a purpose, I disagree. Two days ago I noticed that I had what appeared to be a skin tag on my stomach. It was sore and the surrounding skin was red. I planned to see the doctor to have it looked at and removed. After a closer inspection I saw the LEGS! This has been a very dry summer and ticks have no been an issue, but we've been getting some rain and they are making up for lost time.

Ticks are blind, they cannot jump. They wait on grass blades with legs outstretched waiting for a host. This is called "questing". I keep thinking how this thing must have grabbed onto my foot and spent the day CRAWLING UP MY LEGS until it reached my belly. They CEMENT themselves to their hosts. I really had to tug to get this abomination off my body.

I'm waiting for a rash, or a fever or some awful Lyme Disease syndrome to appear.  This does not appear to be a deer tick, but frankly that does not make me feel any better.

I pulled this creature off my belly AFTER it had attached itself! Ugh!

Friday, November 11, 2016

Happy Veterans Day 2016

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Happy Veterans Day, I have a few photos to share from my Navy Days aboard the USS Bon Homme Richard. I was a Aviation Electronics Technician with HC-1, the "Fleet Angels". We were stationed at a Helicopter Base at the Ream Field Naval Air Station in Imperial Beach, California. We left for Yankee Station in 1970.

Home away from home, anchored in Hong Kong Harbor
I know I look about 15, but I was an old man at 24 when this photo was taken

We crossed the equator during the deployment and were promoted from lowly Polliwogs to Shellbacks as part of a Navy Tradition. It involved being baptized in a disgusting mix of salad dressing and kissing King Neptunes Belly. These were our Helo Pilots who dressed for the part.
King Neptune himself

Chief Hunter also dressed for the ceremony. He was assigned to one of the Fighter Suadrons and I enjoyed chatting with him. In my duties I delivered supplies to all the different squadrons and met some very interesting people.

Sadly I don't remember the names of the men I served with, It would be so easy today with Facebook and Smart Phones.

The HC-1 Crew

HC-1 Crew

Inside our Ready Room

Our Ready Room was just below the flight deck, 

Tuesday, November 08, 2016

Your Vote Matters

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One year ago our community was fighting a corporation that attempting to take over land by eminent domain and construct a natural gas compressor station next to an elementary school. There were people that fought that politically. I intend to vote for them and for all the candidates that support the environment and social justice. I do not want to see an Attorney General Rudy Giulani, a Secretary of State Newt Gingrich  or a President Donald Trump.

Milford Labor Day Parade 2015

Laura Lynch and Mike Mansfield at Pipeline Resistance Rally - 2015
Lisa Beaudoin and Laura Lynch for State Representative (Vote for Both)

I was a Bernie supporter who will have no problem voting for Hillary
Dan Weeks

Lee Nyquist for State Senate

NOTE: Lee's political opponent has been lying about Lee's opposition to the pipeline with a number of lawn signs. Read the details at this Facebook Posting.

Peggy Gilmour

Learn about Trump's Picks for Scotus