Saturday, July 23, 2016


      SUNDAY, JULY 24TH., 2016
      DID YOU HEAR THAT!!! ???

         It was one very impressive
competition! Drivers with some
of the most powerful car audio systems
you've ever seen came to Dupont
Saturday to "sound off!"
         A new business, "Audio
X T C," hosted the event which
attracted drivers from Pennsylvania,
New York, and New Jersey.
        Each driver took his or her
turn pulling their car up to the
garage where microphones linked
to a computer were affixed to the
inside of their windshields. When
they were ready they blasted their
speakers as loud as possible to
determine whose system generated
the most sound!
        The hosts did set a maximum
limit so the reverberation didn't
break any nearby windows!
         These folks are very serious
about their woofers and tweeters!
And to insure the bulk of their
sound stays inside their vehicles
during competition they even
have associates sit on top so most
of the vibrations are contained!
         The cars and trucks look
great and their sound systems
are very elaborate! The drivers
were very happy to see a
competition held locally and
I suspect there will be more!
         I was tempted to pull my
Miata into the line and turn up
my stereo as high as I could.
Then I realized I had little or
no chance. My top was down
so nobody could sit on top
even if I wanted them too.
        Besides, how much
sound could I generate with
my cd of oldies!
        I really enjoyed seeing,
and hearing, these friendly
competitors. Hope this new place
does well and that all your NEWS
is good!


Friday, July 22, 2016


   SATURDAY, JULY 23RD., 2016
              YARD WORK!

    The heat was oppressive. But there
was no doubt about it. Our grass needed
to be cut.
     Who you gonna call?   Ryan! Our
grandson! But this time he called us!
      Realizing it had been awhile since
the last time he aided us with yard work
he called to ask if we might need
      Ironically my wife and I had just
talked about that possibility about an
hour earlier! Great minds do seem to
think alike!
       Ryan has always been willing to
lend a helping hand and my wife is
especially happy to have his hands
help with the yard work!
        I'm sure that part of that feeling
stems from the fact that I, on occasion,
have mowed down things that were
not suppose to be cut. You know.
Flowers, plants, even the electric cord
that powers the lawn mower. And,
No, that was not intentional!
       I am now limited to holding the
cord as Ryan operates the mower.
I'm pretty good at that although I
sometimes balk when I get close
to the part where the electrical tape
covers the spot where the two ends
I snipped are spliced together.
       Anyhow, I didn't have to stay
out for an hour. The grass is neatly cut.
The flowers and plants are intact. And
the cord is still in one piece (unless
you count the splice!)
       Hope you've got a good gardener
like my grandson and that all your
NEWS is good!

Thursday, July 21, 2016


    FRIDAY, JULY 2ND., 2016

     Near as we can tell our new
neighbor first moved in about a
week or so ago. He's already the
talk of our development!
     We haven't met as yet and
I'm not so sure how I'll react
when we do. Not that I'm
prejudiced at all.
     But I might want to say a
thing or two about him coming
through my yard whenever he
feels like it.
      I thought I might confront
him Wednesday evening when
all of us put out our garbage or
pick up the following day. But
he didn't show up.
     I'll know him when I see
him! Another neighbor snapped
his picture on his cellphone and
shared it with me. That way I'm
sure to find the right guy.
    Hope I can find the right words
when we meet....and that all your
NEWS is good!


Wednesday, July 20, 2016


     THURSDAY, JULY 21ST., 2016

    While my advice is directed towards
men, all are invited to review this list
which is designed to aid the male of
the species when confronted to that
dreaded trip to the grocery store.
      First, whenever possible, go by
      I have found the difference between
solo shopping and shopping with you
spouse to be between 45 minutes and
an hour and a half!
       Going on my own I'm generally
in and out in 15 to 20 minutes. Add
my wife and the time expands
        There are a number of reasons
for this. Here's an example. On
Wednesday my wife forced....that is...
"asked" me to go shopping with her.
She had a list which, I believe, included
about 20 items.
       She said there were a couple of
things she had not included on the list
and volunteered to get those while I
just followed the list.
        When we linked up awhile later
she reviewed my cart then sent me back
with items that were either the right
product but the wrong brand, or the
right brand but the wrong size.
         Meanwhile her cart, with those
other "non list items" was rapidly
approaching the size of mine!
          I picked out a pack of
hamburger buns. She told me there
were too many.So I took them back
and got a smaller package.
         As I returned, however, she
realized there were more hamburgers
in the package she wanted than she
expected. So, of course, I had to go
back and re-switch the package.
         I was proud of my self when
I picked up the packages of iced
tea. Then I realized it was lemonade
she wanted.
         So gentlemen, if you can't go
alone, do come with a lot of patience
and a couple of shopping carts.
        Hope we got everything...and
that all your NEWS is good!

Tuesday, July 19, 2016


    WEDNESDAY, JULY 19TH., 2016
           DO GHOSTS GET HOT?

      Some of us get chills when we hear
a good Ghost story. But my question is,
do ghosts get hot?
       Every now and then our travels
take us by an old house that seems
the perfect setting for a ghost story.
We found one on Tuesday as we
enjoyed a top down ride not far
from "metropolitan Shickshinny."
       If I were searching for a haunted
house this one would definitely be in
the running. A huge old tree nearly
hid the place from a rural road that
passed in front.
       The property was overgrown
with vegetation including moss and
grass that hung off the porch roof.
        But then we noticed the air
conditioner in the center, second
floor window! No moss. No grass.
Could it be a recent addition to this
old place?
        Other than the AC unit there
was no sign anybody "lived" there.
Perhaps just ghost hoping to beat
the heat? Oh well......that's the
        Hope no one's actually
"stone cold" and that all your
NEWS is good!


Monday, July 18, 2016


  TUESDAY, JULY 19TH., 2016
            MOVING ART!

      Art is everywhere! There was
a time when one wanting to enjoy
artwork would have to go to a big
city museum or, perhaps, travel
to places like Florence.
      Then local galleries gained
popularity. And look at places
like downtown Pittston where
huge murals grace several buildings
and an "art walk" brings people to
town on the second Friday of each
      Yes, art can be very moving.
In fact I caught some that was
moving the other day...literally.
It was at a railroad crossing!
      As my wife counted the
cars passing in front of us I
noticed how man of the freight
cars had been turned in murals
on wheels!
      It was amazing. In so many
ways. First there were so few
cars not covered in some kind
of graffiti. Second, some of the
art work was really very good.
And some was so involved
you've got to wonder how in
the world the artist had that much
time to work on a full sized railroad
boxcar undetected!
      So, next time you're feeling
you'd like to take in some fancy
art work...just wait for the gates
to go down and the train to roll
      Hope you enjoy the show
and that all your NEWS is good!

Sunday, July 17, 2016


  MONDAY, JULY 18TH., 2016

     We were at my grand daughter's
soccer game when the plane pulling
the banner flew overhead. It read....
Plane rides-Car Show Today 40
Fort Airport.
       I wasn't really thinking too
much about it. After the game some
of the family gathered at my son and
daughter-in-law's house where my
boy fired up the grill and loaded it
with hamburgers and hit dogs.
       But as I was eating another
plane flew overhead. It was a Bi-
plane. You know. The kind with
one high wing and one low one.
Similar to the ones that shot King
Kong off the Empire State Building
in two movies!
        Since we were just a few blocks
from the airport I thought I'd break
away for a few minutes to get a
closer look. I wasn't disappointed!
         Even though I missed some
of the cars at the show a few of
the classics were still around to
remind me of the days when
Sports cars came mainly from
Britain and could be purchased
for under $3,000!
          As for the planes the
Wyoming Valley Airport boasts
two trainers from World War II
and a third used for training in
the Viet Nam era. Like the
Sports cars, the aircraft are in
fantastic shape!
          I'm pretty sure the Bi-
Plane could still handle Kong
if they make another movie!
I love to see them keeping
the classics going.....partly
because I am one!
         Hope you get a chance
to see them some time and that
all your NEWS is good!