Thursday, September 21, 2017

FALL IN!


  FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 22ND., 2017
                   FALL IN!

    Labor Day is the unofficial end of
Summer. For kids and parents the
first day of school is often viewed as
Summer's end.
     Today, however, is the official
end of the Summer season so..........
Fall in because as of today Fall is
in!
      The Autumn equinox  is the point
where there is exactly 12 hours of
daylight and 12 hours of darkness at
the equator.
       Of course seasons and weather
can be two different things! Around
here, for instance, we begin Fall with
sunny days and temperatures in the
80's. If that's "Fall", I'll take it!
       A better sign of changing
seasons for many of us will come on
Sunday, November 5th. That's the
day we "fall back" as Daylight
Savings Time comes to an end.
       We do, of course, get to enjoy
an extra hour of sleep. At least on
that first day.
        So, now that we're here, enjoy
yourselves, Watch as the leaves
change color and the sun peeks
down a little earlier each day!
         Hope the season and all
your NEWS is good!


Wednesday, September 20, 2017

IN THE HEAT OF THE NIGHT!


      THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 21ST., 2017
         IN THE HEAT OF THE NIGHT!

     80 degrees in September! Ain't it great?
     My wife and I have been trying to get
some time in my Miata while the getting is
good. Nothing like a top down drive when
the sun is beaming gown on trees just
beginning to show off their Fall colors.
      So I wonder how many of you would
have been surprised to find me with the
top and windows up and the heater going
full blast on Tuesday night!
       It's a task I face all too often at this
time of the year.
       Once the sun goes down those
balmy afternoon temperatures quickly
descend to a cool but comfortable 60 or
so.
       Of course if you're returning from a
drive the same "wind chill factor" that
makes 32 degrees seem like 25 in the
winter makes that 60 degrees seem
colder too!
        Problem is the fabric in my
convertible top stretches pretty well
when it's warm but shrinks a bit as
it cools off. You can raise the top but
you can't quite latch it, leaving it
partially open to the elements!
         So it is I return from a drive,
raise the top as far as I can, then
fire up that heater in an attempt to
create a Sauna inside.
         After ten minutes or so the
fabric thinks it's still 80 degrees
and I'm able to close the latches!
          It's like dual benefits. A
pleasant ride and a visit to a Spa!
          Hope I can do it through
October and that all your NEWS
is good!



















Tuesday, September 19, 2017

OUR DATE..IN THE JUNK YARD!


  WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 20TH., 2017
      OUR DATE..IN THE JUNK YARD!

    I took my wife out Tuesday morning....to
the Junk Yard. Look, I was going anyway
and she said she wanted to come.
    I'm having a problem with one small
part in my little Mazda Miata and a friend
of the family runs a scrap yard. I knew he
had a smashed Miata on the property and
he invited me to take whatever I needed.
     On course when I first saw the
damaged car it was in front of his garage.
Since then it's been hauled to the scrap
yard itself.
       As we walked up the hill to that yard
we suddenly realized  finding a tiny
sports car among the pickups and large
sedans was not going to be an easy task!
        There were also piles of Junkers
with cars stacked on top of one another!
The thought of finding "our car" sandwiched
between an SUV and a minivan was a bit
disconcerting but just as we thought we
had seen everything, there it was!
         My wife is far too intelligent to
allow me to use tools so she tackled the
task of removing the latch we were
looking for. (We actually wanted two
but the little car refused to surrender
both!)  Still we felt we were ahead of the
game with our find.
         Better than a date for breakfast..
right?
           It was kind of melancholy
seeing all the once bright, new vehicles now
rusting away in a dusty yard far away
from the eyes of those who once
coveted them. Kind of secluded and
a neat place for a date!
          Hope we go back sometime
and that all your NEWS is good!






















Monday, September 18, 2017

AHOY THERE!


TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 19TH., 2017
            AHOY THERE!

  Another one of those "Big Days" is here! It's one of
those "holidays" most people don't know about. And
they're missing all the fun!
   September 19th is "International Talk Like A Pirate
Day!" I kid you not!
   It's the brainchild of two guys,  John Baur and Mark Summers.
   Neither is a Pirate or, as far as I know, even a fan of
Pittsburgh's Baseball team.
   They were playing racquetball one day when they
suddenly had an inspiration to....well.....you know.....talk like
a pirate! It's probably happened to you at one time or another.
   Anyhow they had so much fun they decided the world
needed a new holiday and "Talk Like A Pirate Day" was
born.
    They picked September 19th because it was Summers'
ex-wife's birthday and because they couldn't think of any
other date that wasn't already being used for some other
observance!
     Through another friend the duo got an email address for
nationally syndicated columnist and Pulitzer Prize winning writer
Dave Barry who published a column about the day. And that's
all it took! Response began coming on from all over the
world (hence the idea that's it's an "International Day!)
      I've been a bit of a Pirate myself from time to time.
      I have my own vessel....although it is just an 8-foot-
rowboat.
      I even buried a "treasure" on a small island many years ago.  It was a small tin containing a few coins. I'm wondering if any of them were old enough to be valuable.
      I'd like to check. But I'm not exactly sure where I buried
them! Guess I should have made a neat map with a big X to mark the spot!
      Maybe I did.......but I can't remember. I should probably make myself walk the plank!
      I've provided all this background information so......
after you've walked around your place of business using terms
like...."Arr" or "me hearties" or "shiver me timbers"......they
won't try to take you away in a white jacket that ties in the back!
      Hope you're Jolly (Roger) and that all of your NEWS is
good!



Sunday, September 17, 2017

RESPECT!


    MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 18TH., 2017
                         RESPECT!

      This unusual holiday seems especially
appropriate since I just celebrated my
Birthday yesterday!
       September 18th is "Respect For The
Aged Day."
       We're always been told to respect our
elders and that's exactly what you're suppose
to do today.
        Now it's a little easier for me than many
of you. Since I just turned 75 I don't have
near as many "elders" as you do.
        On the other hand, at 75 I should expect
all you "kids: would want to show your
respect to me to celebrate the day!
        Oh. Wait a minute. This is only a
holiday in Japan!!!!! Ah heck!
        Maybe they'll start a similar
holiday here. Hope they do while I'm
still around to enjoy it......and that all
your NEWS is good!

Saturday, September 16, 2017

WHERE DID THE TIME GO?


   SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 17TH., 2017
        WERE DID THE TIME GO?

      A funny thing just happened to me!
I got a year older!
       On September 17th., 1942 I
showed up at my home on James Street
in Hazleton. No hospital for me. I was
born healthy and didn't need one.
       But now I find myself asking the
same question I hear from so many
other people. "Where did the time go?
       According to my buddy,who I've
known since 1st grade, turning 75
means I have lived for 27,414 days!
Of course given an average of 6 to 8
hours of sleep per day, I've actually
missed a lot of that time! Maybe I
should have stayed awake more!
A lot of my teachers used to say that.
        Still, I have enjoyed many of
those days. Especially the ones that
came on weekends or vacation!
         I actually remember a few
of those 27,414 days. And there are
a few I'm happy to forget.
         Still, I've been blessed with a
wonderful family and a lot of very
good friends so it would seem the
bulk of those days haven't been
wasted.
         Hope I get a few more and
that all your NEWS is good!


       

Friday, September 15, 2017

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO US!


   SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 16TH., 2017
          HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO US!

    Our Hazleton High School Class of 1960
has held a reunion every 5 years since our
graduation. Following that logic our next
gathering should have been in 2020.
     On Friday, however, our Reunion
Committee hosted a special get together
to celebrate the fact that this year, into
early next year, all of us turn 75-years-
old!
     I was especially pleased to attend and
to point out that my birthday comes this
Sunday. That makes me one of the "kids
in the class!"
     We had a pretty decent turnout and
given the fact this wasn't one of our
"regular reunions" and was schedule
on a Friday rather then near a holiday
we were all very pleased!
      There was also a special effort to
stage this gathering as a casual event.
The guys are always happy when they
can leave the ties at home!
        There was a "picnic-like
atmosphere" and plenty of time for
old friends to chat and talk over
old times! Of course at, or near, 75
we have plenty of old times to
remember!
        It would be nice to come up
with another excuse to meet,
Otherwise hope to see you
classmates again in 2020 and
that all their, and your, NEWS is
good!