Thursday, May 26, 2016

Tallahassee Bus Boycott - 60th Anniversary

Fred Lee - It's Been A Long Time Coming

It seems like it was just yesterday in the news - students being arrested for NOT sitting in the back of the bus. 60 years ago today - two girls from Florida A&M University refused to go to the back of the bus. They were arrested. This started a massive boycott that put the bus line out of business. Today - 90% of the bus drivers are black - and you can sit wherever you want. 

Monday, May 23, 2016

I Am Selling A 2015 Honda Fit - With Only 2900 Miles On It

2015 Honda Fit - 2900 Miles
My 85 year old friend and neighbor died - his wife asked me to sell his car. It is a wonderful 2015 Honda Fit LX with only 2900 miles on it. Yes - under 3000 miles. This car went right from the showroom to my friend's carport. He did not get to drive it much. This car is nicely equipped with a 130 horsepower engine that sips gasoline. The CVT automatic transmission helps deliver 41 miles per gallon. It is white with a black cloth interior. The rear seats folds flat to make a sleepable rear cargo area. The hatchback opens wide to take big cargo items. Some of the features are - power steering - theft system - 2 stage airbags - ABS brakes - brake assist - AM/FM/CD/MP3 radio - 5 inch color rear camera screen - bluetooth audio and telephone - air conditioning - power windows - power door locks - remote keys - cruise control - tile and telescoping wheel - power outlet - 15 inch wheels - all season tires - auto off headlights - LED brake lights - remote entry security system - hitch receiver - side curtain airbags. You will not find a nicer newer Honda Fit on Craigslist. They are very popular and very durable. Priced below NADA retail value. Call Harry at 766-1105. Asking $15,900. Come on over and take a test drive - you will be impressed.

Black Cloth Interior

5 Door Hatchback

Coal Region Ghost Towns

Winter in Tamaqua PA

An Action WNEP-16 investigation finds some communities in our region are fast becoming virtual ghost towns.

The proof comes from the 2010 U.S. Census which found in three area communities more than 25 percent of the homes and businesses sit vacant.
The three communities are in the heart of the coal region. All experienced population and employment losses in recent years that left hundreds of vacant houses and storefronts.
In Mahanoy City, Schuykill County, according to the U.S. Census, 26.3 percent of its homes sit vacant.

Sunday, May 22, 2016

We Saw The Fleetwood Mac Tribute Band Last Night At The Moon

The Moon was once and A&P Food Store.
We walk to events there
Lulu carries very few music CDs in her car - but you can usually find Rumours - one of the best selling albums of all time. Fleetwood Mac released it in 1978 and it has sold over 40 millions copies. We have one.

We like to walk up Seminole Drive past The Moon - a local night club. When the digital marquee outside blinked Rumours coming soon - Lulu marched up to the box office and bought 4 seats to the show. The tickets were $20 each and for that we got 2 hours of non-stop Fleetwood Mac music. We had a reserved elevated table so us old folks did not have to stand to see the action. It was a lot of fun - a pretty old crowd. Here are a couple videos I took of the action -

Josh and Melissa Gross are old music junkies too. We had supper at our house - and then drove our new van the half mile to The Moon. After the show it was easy to beat the Jazzy and walker crowd to the exit.

Friday, May 20, 2016

Fountainhead Motel - Miami Beach - Our Honeymoon

In June it will be 45 years since we spent our honeymoon at this motel in Miami Beach FL. It was right on the sand and it cost $8 a night.  We spent almost a month there until we decided to come back home and resume our lives. Today - it is torn down and a Trump Hotel is there. 

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

We Bought A New Honda Van

Our new 2016 Honda Odyssey EX-L Navi

Lulu loves convertibles 
It has been 20 years since we walked into Reading Honda and plunked down our money to buy a new 1997 Honda CRV and a 1997 Honda Del Sol. Our son just traded that CRV in on another CRV. For the last 20 years I have been buying and selling used cars on Craigslist. 

Yesterday we bought a 2016 Honda Odyssey EX-L Navi at Proctor Honda here in Tallahassee. We can't even remember the last time we traded a car in on a new car. 

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Disappointing Results On My DNA Test

Ever since I was little - my parents told me that most of my ancestors came from Germany and Wales. With names like Quick - Snyder - Everhart - Brouse- Shoemaker - Neifert in my background - it was pretty obvious that I was 75% German and 25% Welsh. but I always wanted to know for sure. 

My parents told me that all my ancestors came from Europe in the middle of the 1800s. This was easy to prove because all 4 of my grandparents were born in the USA - Pennsylvania - West Penn Township- and Mahanoy Township. They were all farmers - carpenters - or miners. 

For Christmas - Lulu gave me the DNA Test Kit. For $99 - you spit into a test tube and they analyze your DNA. After waiting a couple months - they finally posted my results to my online account. 

There were no surprises. Over 99% of my ancestors came from Europe. The disappointing thing is I expected a more details background - a country by country breakdown. You can see by the map above - it is pretty vague. 

I have not zeroed in on it yet - but if you wish - they will post your DNA on their network - and you have a chance to be connected to other people who have the same results - and indeed are related to you. 

Friday, May 13, 2016

A Very Nice Honda Van

Lulu and I have purchased the van just outside the door. I will write a more detailed story when we bring it home. It is a brand new 2016 Honda Odyssey EX-L Navi. We plan to use it for long distance traveling. Proctor Honda in Tallahassee has a reputation for great deals and excellent service. It is about 4 miles from our home. Yes - we know the 2017 Honda van will look somewhat different.