Monday, July 28, 2014

CARS!


   Disney  made a lot of money with
those two animated features about little
talking cars.
   We stopped by the American Legion
in Mountaintop yesterday to see some
real cars. They didn't talk. But, oh, if they
only could!
    They certainly have a lot of us,
especially the guys, talking to themselves!
"I had one like that! Why did I ever get
rid of it?"
     I've had those thoughts many times!
     I think back to some of the vehicles
I've owned. A 1956 two tone Ford.  A
1963 Austin Healey Sprite. A 1961
Corvette. And a 1962 Chevy Impala.
     They were all convertibles!
     There were many other cars over the
years. But I was never in a position to
preserve them for the future! I had to
use them to go to work.
     Ironically, now that I don't have to
go to work I can't afford those cars
anymore.
     I bought the Corvette for under
$4,000. I saw a virtually identical one
a few years back. It was worth $30,000
then! I understand "inflation".....but,
come on!
    Those old cars had some unique
features! My Dad had a Plymouth
Fury with swivel seats. The seats swung
out for easy access. It also had push
button shifting! 
    My Corvette had a gas gauge you
could actually see move. It was always
moving! Down! And rapidly!
    Well at least I get to look at the cars
again. There are numerous Car Shows
in our area pretty much every week.
Most of them are free and that's a good
deal in any one's book.
     There's usually music from the 50's
and 60's era playing in the background.
That takes me back to the days too,
especially since I used to play most of
those songs when I was a DJ.
     And since I can't afford to pick up
one of those Classic Cars I guess I'll
just try to hold on to what I have. Maybe
it will become one......if I can live long
enough!
     Hope I do.....and that all your NEWS
is good!





Sunday, July 27, 2014

Bringing Down The House!


  There was no shortage of entertainment
during our vacation trip to Wildwood last
week. There was music everywhere. On
the beach, the boardwalk, in the shops, even
a live entertainer at the Water Park.
   But it was the artists we heard when we
got back home that raised the roof and
brought down the house!
   We left the shore late Friday night in an
effort to avoid traffic and finally got home
and into bed sometime between 3 and 4am.
   We were first heard the duo at about 8 in
the morning. Their instruments echoed
through the morning air.
    But they aren't Rock stars! They are
WRECK stars!
    These two guys are in our park to tear down
several old, abandoned, and generally
dilapidated mobile homes so the lots can be
landscaped and new units can be moved in.
   Yesterday morning they took on the one
right behind us!
   While the sound of cracking wood, and
bending metal was a little loud given our
brief rest it was, never the less, most welcome!
 At least for us.
    Their work will beautify the area and,
hopefully, attract some nice neighbors.
    Of course they have left a mess of cats
and, probably, a skunk or two very unhappy
since they'll be losing their hiding places.
    If only we could have stayed away one
more day. We could have returned, rested,
and enjoyed the fruits of their labor...without
the sound!
     Hope it's a quiet Sunday and that all of
your NEWS is good!




             

Friday, July 25, 2014

What A Blast !


       SATURDAY, JULY 26TH

   All of you regular readers have spent
the fast week with my family and me in
Wildwood, New Jersey!
   I hope you got some sense as to just how
great a week it was!
   The weather was great! One day started
out dark and threatening and, by mid
afternoon, turned into another sunny and
enjoyable day!
   So, how do you finish a week like that?
   In our case we started with Sticky Buns!
My son-in-law sought them out (he's become
very good at that) and surprise everyone
with two boxes for breakfast! Given the
size of our crew the buns, as cut, would not
have divided evenly. In order to avoid any
conflict I sacrificed myself and ate two.
    Next we paid our last visit to the
Atlantic for the season (At least on this
side. We're due in Ireland in August).
     While no icebergs were seen our
initial im
mersion suggested there are
still some out there somewhere!
      After just a few minutes we became
used to the water temperature and
enjoyed some time in the water. You
don't really "swim" in the ocean. You
just take on the waves and hope to stay
on top of them.
     We did get some actual swimming in
too. But that was done in the pool at our
apartment complex. It's a small pool. But
when the others tenants saw our group
come they gradually got out and went
away. Sometimes its good to have loud
kids around!
     Some of us took a final walk along
the Boardwalk where the kids bought
some shirts. They tell me they negotiated
and got "bargain" prices. I hope they're
right.
      My main purpose, other than bidding
farewell to the two and a half mile stretch
of T Shirt outlets, ice cream stands,
amusement rides, and games of chance
(little chance at hat), was to indulge in
a container of Curley Fries! Maybe it's
the Boardwalk, or the salt air, but no other
French fries can satisfy me quite as much
as these over priced fried potatoes!
     The week, enjoyed by our whole
family, really was a blast. And so, to
cap it off we stayed in town long enough to
see the Friday night Fireworks show!
      Hope you've enjoyed the week with
us, through the Blog, and that all your
NEWS is good!


  




 
   

All Before Sun Down!


  We had a busy day on vacation yesterday
and ended it with our annual trip to Sunset
Beach just off Cape May.
   The folks there have a moving ceremony
at day's end. They lower a U.S. Flag as the
National Anthem and Taps are played, then
present it to the family members of a service
man or woman in honor of the service.
   It's worth the trip.
   But it's not the only reason to some to
Sunset Beach.
   I enjoy viewing the remains of a concrete
ship that got loose in a storm many years
ago and beached itself here. It doesn't look
like a ship anymore. Time and tides have
taken their toll.
    But it's kind of neat to see the wreckage.
    Think of it! A ship made out of cement!
It's the kind of idea I would have come up
with! They actually floated! But they
couldn't outrun a snail, much less a torpedo!
     We had a brief run in with JAWS while
we were there! A man fishing in the surf
just out a bit from where kids (including my
grandson) stick their feet in the water, pulled
in a shark!
      Well, it wasn't exactly JAWS. But it was
a shark! A Sand shark. Nobody called for a
"bigger boat" this time and a little kid tossed
it back into the waves. I'm just hoping the
fisherman took a moment to tell the kid those
tiny teeth are just a sharp as the ones in the
"big guy" in the movie!
      Sunset Beach is also know by some people
as "Diamond Beach." The stones, rather than
sand, that make up the shore line here are round
and smooth from the constant massage they get
in the rolling surf! And some take the form of
tiny diamonds which are treasured by many
visitors. I find it handy to keep my sneakers
on so the rocks don't hurt my feet!
     Of course the biggest treasure here is the
Sun set itself! The beach faces due west and
the view is fantastic. Sort of the day's last
chance at a good sun burn!
     Hope you've got a good spot like that and
that all your NEWS is good!





Thursday, July 24, 2014

La Famiglia


   You can't use a GPS to find the
coordinates for heaven. But, last night,
we found a little bit of heaven right
here in Wildwood!
    Our family trips, and I stress the
word family, began here in the 1940's.
    Back then it was my Dad, my Mom,
my brother and I.
    When my brother went away to
college I was allowed to bring a friend.
So the "family group" remained at 4.
     My wife and I joined my Mom and
Dad in Wildwood after our first daughter
was born. We were up to five!
     After my Mom passed away we
wanted to give my Dad something to
look forward to and suggested renewing
our family trips to the shore. My brother
and his family joined me and mine and,
within a few years, "the family vacation"
had grown to include at least a dozen
people if you include a sister-in-law,,
nieces or a friend here or there.
     Time and busy schedules changed
all that although I, and my growing
family, kept coming year after year.
      This year one of my brother's
daughters and her family happen to
scheduled their Wildwood visit the
same week as me.
       Last night all the gang got together
and it was like old times!!
       We gave the Pizza guy the biggest
order he's had in a while and enjoyed
each other's company and family
stories!
       The kids got to renew relationships
with cousins they see all too infrequently.
And my son got to entertain the young
ones my lifting them into the air with
his hands. He declined, however, to try
the feet with me. I can only assume he
had counted the number of pizza slices
I had consumed.
      The conversation and laughter
probably echoed through the neighborhood
not to mention our building. We did become
slightly concerned it would wake our
youngest family member (soon to be 4).
      But when we found her asleep under
a table in the middle of the commotion we
realized there was no need for alarm.
     A GPS will not guide you to heaven.
     But all of us are convinced my late
Dad , Mom, and Brother were in our
midst as we celebrated life, tradition, and
"La Famiglia"(the family).
     Hope you're making memories with
yours so that all of your NEWS will be
good!     




Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Listen My Children and You Shall Hear!


   There are a million sounds to be heard
along the visit the famous Boardwalk in
North Wildwood and Wildwood, New Jersey.
   You may or may not pay attention to
the vendors trying to lure you to their
water gun games or dinner specials.
   You will almost certainly be annoyed
by the constant repetition of the Mister
Softy jingle.  But only as you pass the
two stands located on the Boardwalk.
   But you can bet your lucky dollar
you will hear Floss Stingel when her
voice calls out to you!
   Who is Floss Stingel you may ask?
   Well, she's the local resident who
recorded the line "Watch The Tram Car
Please!" It's been replayed thousands of
times each day since 1971!
     I don't know what they did without
her? The Tram Cars have been driving
the Boardwalk and dodging preoccupied
tourists since 1949!
    You wouldn't want to get bumped by
this yellow and blue beauty! The
trackless train runs on 36 volt DC battery
that weighs 2,000 pounds!
    It hasn't changed much through the
years. Although the original price of a
dime a ride has crawled up to three bucks
these days.
    I was actually thinking of home when
I rode it this week. I heard the attendant
push a buzzer every time a passenger
got on board and, sure enough, there was
one passenger for each buzz! No "Ghost
riders" here at the shore!
     Hope you get to take a ride, know when
to step aside, and that all of your NEWS is
good!


        FLOSS STINGEL








 




 
  

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Golden Oldies!


   Cleveland Ohio hosts the Rock & Roll
Hall of Fame. There are a lot of reasons
why I believe it should be located here in
Wildwood, New Jersey!
    This popular resort has all the history
to qualify for the honor.
    Unfortunately, most people probably
don't even realize its here!
     Pacific Avenue is just two blocks away
from the Boardwalk and beach. But while
some people drive on it, very few people
walk along this musically historical
street these days. Many of the old
nightclubs that featured live artists "back
in the day" are gone now. But the street
should be a Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame!
     There's a plaque on the side of one
building marking the place where Chubby
Checker first did "The Twist!
     The Wildwoods (North Wildwood,
Wildwood, and Wildwood Crest) try to
capitalize on their ties to the 50's. But
my walk along Pacific Avenue yesterday
had me humming "The Day The Music Died!"
     If you look at the sidewalk, instead of
the empty store fronts, you'll see a string
of blocks dedicated to various stars from
the heart of the rock era.
     Dion, The Beach Boys, The Grass Roots,
The Duprees, The Crystals, and each of
"The Monkeys" just to name a few!
     It's like the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
     But it looks like somebody forgot it's
here!
     If they can't revitalize the street they
should consider moving the tribute blocks
to the Boardwalk and, perhaps, add some
informational plaques here and there as
well.
     The music's till playing from several
Oldie stations in the area. And the people,
a lot of them anyway (me included) are
still tuning in. Heck, I played these oldies
when they were new!
     "Wild, Wild, Wildwood Days" is heard
more here than the National Anthem!
     Hope they find a way to show off their
history and hope all of your NEWS is good.