Monday, June 27, 2016

Changes and Choices | Our Aging Parents (6/27/16, part 12)

I blame the hospital because they let her go back home, after I'd waited a year and a half for something major that would help medical professionals SEE that she's not okay. I've TRIED to make appointments and take her and she's shut me out of everything for the last few years....THIS was the chance for them to notice and they didn't.

I blame the lawsuit-happy freaks who created walls and barriers and obstacles which halt my efforts to help my mother. All the hospital staff and administrators care about is the damn "privacy concerns" and are happy to over and over, block my access to the doctors in the same of protecting themselves I guess.

Sunshine, Seniors and Smiles | Visit to an Assisted Living Facility, part II

We returned to an assisted living facility to visit with residents on Saturday. Some are veterans, a few are shy and not so receptive to coming outside and meeting with us and others loved the motorcycles and even got their pictures taken with them. You can read the post about our previous visit here.

First there's the "ride in", where the bikes gather at a nearby location and then all arrive together at the destination. Of course I am the one on the ground, taking photos as they come down the street.

Friday, June 24, 2016

National Night Out 2016 is Tuesday, August 2nd across Delmarva

From coast to coast each August gatherings of local residents and neighborhood police departments meet and mingle with the goal of getting to know one another and building connections. Tuesday, August 2nd is National Night Out, an event taking place all across the country to encourage you to get out and participate in interactions with your community. Listed below are a few of the scheduled activities being held here in the Delmarva area.

From the official website: "National Night Out is an annual community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make our neighborhoods safer, better places to live." For more information visit them on Facebook. NOTE: All events listed below are being held on the traditional date of Tuesday, August 2nd unless otherwise noted. Any events with OTHER dates can be found at the end of this post.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Odd and Unusual: the McQuay-Norris Streamliner Vans of the 1930's

Somehow, for some reason, I came across this on Facebook one day. A person by the name of Luis Cesar had posted these photos and I was instantly mesmerized by the unusual style of these vehicles. You can view the entire album on his Facebook page by clicking here. I had to know more. Here is some basic information on these uniquely-shaped automobiles and their history.

McQuay-Norris Streamliner- 1934
This vehicle was created as a promotional vehicle for the Mcquay-Norris Company of St. Louis, Missouri, which manufactured replacement pistons, rings, bearings, and other automotive parts used to rebuild an engine or chassis. Six cars were built for promotional purposes but more importantly they were used as test cars. As such, they were equipped with a multitude of gauges mounted on the dash to monitor the performance of various components. The highly advanced, streamlined body design was constructed of steel and aluminum over a wood framework. The curved plexiglass windshield offers a panoramic view–except to the rear. These vehicles traveled extensively across the U.S. and Canada from 1934 to 1940. The driver sits in the middle of the body, and there is room behind the seats for a suitcase and blowby meter (used to measure how well the piston rings and valves are sealing).

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Vintage Delmarva: Memories of Ocean City, Maryland (part 1)

"Memories of Ocean City, Maryland" ~ Postcards, memorabilia and advertising featuring local landmarks from Maryland's favorite beach towns. These images which feature travel brochures, motel advertisements and depictions of the famous boardwalk, offer a fascinating glimpse into life in our towns from years ago.

64th street Shopping Center

Surfside Motel on 8th Street

Reverse of above

Aerial view of the boardwalk and downtown area

Reverse of above

Vintage Maryland Motel & Cottages

"New Amusements and Board Walk, Ocean City, MD"

Coast Guard station (1960's)

Coast Guard Lookout Tower

Reverse of above

English's Diner and Restaurant - it says
21st street but the only downtown location
I've seen is the 15th street one

Reverse of above

Ocean City Quality Inn on the Boardwalk

The Lagoon Restaurant

The "Miami Court", noted as the largest motel in Ocean City

Another image of the Miami Courts, year unknown

The inlet parking lot (back when we parked diagonally!)

Atlantic Wharf, Sinapuxent Bay Ocean City

Vintage bathers in the surf

Hotel Atlantic, Ocean City, Md

Early image of the Atlantic and Seaside Hotels

Reverse of above

"The Railroad Entrance to Ocean City, Md" via Flickr

Pricing for the Majestic Hotel at 7th Street

Ocean City inlet in 1965, courtesy Trimper's Amusements

Black & white photo of houses on the boardwalk

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Sunday, June 19, 2016

It Takes a Special Man to be a Great Father


Just being a father doesn't make you a great role model or a good dad. It's more than just buying your kids "stuff", it's being part of their lives, days, inspiring them with your actions.

To all the amazing men out there who are dedicated parents, leaders and mentors, thank you. Today we celebrate all that you do.

"Life on Delmarva" • #delmarvausa