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Monday, November 30, 2015

Christmas in Tamaqua PA

When I was a kid in the 1950s - the station was already going downhill. In the 1980s it was such a dump - someone set it on fire - it was ready for the wrecking ball. A group of Tamaqua citizens formed SOS - Save oOur Station. They raised some money and got grants from the state. Today it is a beauty mark and a memory of our youth. 

In the 1950s - we used to use the old red phone booth in the lobby. You could call your girl friend for 5 cents. My brother in law - Bill Fritz - used to be a clerk for the Reading Railroad in the office there. 

Now the station houses a very nice bar and restaurant. 

Don Serfass produces some beautiful pictures of our area. This is one of them. 

Saturday, November 28, 2015

After 9 Days Up North - There's No Place Like Home

Fruit and Flowers From Our Yard 
Said - Welcome Home - Coal Crackers

We got home two hours late last night from our 9 day trip up north. Our friend Marge picked us up at the airport - and George and Joel had us over for a Thanksgiving dinner. White camellias were in bloom and we had a few of the last oranges and tangerines on our trees for breakfast. We truly feel like this is our home now. I guess we are no longer carpet baggers from the North. 

Friday, November 27, 2015

New Brunswick NJ -We Missed Our Train Stop At Newark Airport

I guess we were both day dreaming. Anyway - we missed the airport. Ended up at Rutgers!  It is like - It's A Wonderful Life - or Field of Dreams. I think We were so  unconsciously heading home to Tamaqua for the holidays. 

We will catch an eastbound from here - miss our flight - and get home late. 

You must excuse me now. I must find a way to turn this lemon into lemonade.

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Lulu Always Wanted To See The Macy's Parade

At the end of the parade - was Santa. 

Lulu can scratch another off her list of things to do. We just got back to our hotel room after the Macy's Parade. With a little luck - we got VIP passes on the front row of the parade route at 6 Avenue and 57th St. Lulu was pretty desperate because the crowd arrived well before our 7 AM start. It looked like we would be standing in the back of the pack. I saw a nice looking guard at one of the enclaves - I offered him a $20 to let us in. He told me to go into the Wayfarer Restaurant and ask for John. John gave us two free VIP wrist bands. We were early enough to get the front row. I still have the $20. 

The parade started at 9 AM and reached us by 9:30. The weather was good - lower 50s - no wind - but we were in shadows the whole time. We have two tripod stools - a bag of food and drinks - and a hotel blanket. We were set. 

The parade was over by noon - it took us 30 minutes to get back to our hotel - just 4 blocks away. 

Here are the pictures - I had no time to caption them or edit them. 

Macy's Parade - Front Row - VIP - Free - all you have to do is ask the right people - and say you know Lulu

Macy's Parade - Front Row VIP


Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Bus From Washington DC to New York City - Then Watched Them Inflate Balloons For Macy's Parade Tomorrow

Our bus at Dupont Circle in Washington DC
Our day started in Washington DC - when our left Dupont Circle - just a couple of blocks from Keith and Liz's house. We were on our way - for $30 the bus took us non-stop to Time Square in 4 hours flat. The bus had wifi and power outlets - Lulu and I each had a pair of seats to ourselves. On the busiest driving day of the year - we traveled to our Hilton on 6th Avenue - along the Macy's Parade route.

Time Square - In Line For Play Tickets

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Fantastic Christmas Ad By John Lewis Store in London

One of my favorite stores when we visit London is the John Lewis Store right on Oxford Street. It reminds me of big city shopping in my youth. To my surprise - they produced this lovely Christmas ad. Merry Christmas to all my students and friends.

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Cousins Came To Garden To See Lulu


We are at an exciting game in the Garden. 10 minutes to go. Duke up by 4.

Duke Versus Georgetown - At the Big Apple Garden

We are ready for Everhart Bowl IV. Duke and Georgetown are teeing it up at 1 pm in Madison Squate Garden. We are here with Keith and Liz. Cousin RuthAnn came with her family from Allentown. 

We have very nice lower level seats. Jim Valvano once said - you know you've made it when you are playing the second game in the Garden. Since Coach K did not want to get home late - he decided Duke shall play the 1pm game - this we have train tickets to leave at 8 pm - and our game is 1 pm. Nothing like power. 

It is a game we can't lose.

Georgetown is up 47-42 at the half.

Duke won by 2 - Hoyas had a shot a buzzer but missed.

Hoya Rally in NYC


Allegiance - Starring George Takei

Last night we saw Allegiance with George Takei. It is a sad story about the Japanese American Interment Camps of World War II. George Takei as a child spent time there. 

George later starred in Star Trek. He is also a frequent guest on the Howard Stern Show. 

The play is appropriate for the currently news in America - the anti-immigrant movement. In this case - America simply rounded up American Citizen for "walking while yellow."

I doubt that the play will last long - it has virtually no sexual content. Also - America loves to forget her mistakes.

Saturday in NYC - The Play Allegiance - World Trade Center

The new train station at the World Trade Center
We were lucky to have a very nice weather day in New York City yesterday - 50s - 60s - sunny. It started out with a cab ride from our hotel on 52nd St down to the tip of Manhattan to see the World Trade Center. The new building is 1776 feet tall - and they have build a park and museum to memorialize the Sept 11 Attack. 

After that - we shopped for play tickets. I wanted to see the play Allegiance - featuring George Takei.  We were able to get discounted tickets for $80 each - in the 10th row. Then we took the subway back to our hotel. We had lunch at another Irish Pub - then settled in to watch the FSU football game. 

The game ended in time to walk to the Highacre Theatre on 48th St to see the play. 

Today - we will watch Georgetown and Duke play in Madison Square Garden. Our sons and daughters in law went to those schools - and it is the first time they are playing each other in the Garden and NYC. After the game - we will catch the train from Penn Station - right next to the arena - and go to Washington DC. We will spend a few days there - and return here for the Macy's Thanksgiving Parade. Then home. 
This is the replacement World
Trade Center - 1776 feet tall
Steel beams left over from our trade center

Remnants of World Trade Center
Beams Contract
Damaged fire truck
Great seats for the Allegiance play
On the way home at 11 PM -
I think Lulu wants this tree

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Allegiance - the George Takei Play About His Life in the Interment Camp in WW2

World Trade Center -entering memorial museum

Friday In The Big Apple

One of the neatest things about NYC is all the specialty stores. This one sold nothing but Spandex - I was not even sure what Spandex was.

Thursday night we spent at the Wyndham on 35th St. We had enough points for a free night - ironically we got those points from a free night Lulu spent at Charlotte Airport. The Wyndham is 18 stories tall - each story has only 6 rooms - we were in 1702. It is a tiny hotel by New York standards.

 Stores are busy decorating - this was a construction tunnel in front of Lord and Taylor.

I was startled to see the outside of St Patrick's Cathedral so clean and white. It must have cost millions to clean it up. It used to be so shabby covered with soot.

At 5PM - we had supper with Keith and Liz. Then we went to two basketball games at the Madison Square Garden. Keith had great tickets - Georgetown won the first game - Duke the second. We will see the winners play each other Sunday - then take the train to Washington.

Today - Saturday - we will fill time with shows and shopping. From 1994 to 2004 - Lulu was a professor at St John's University in NYC. She became quite familiar with the city. At the time we used to own a motor home - and she would drive it from Tamaqua to New York City. She would stay in the camper right on campus a couple nights - and then head home for 5 day weekends.

Friday, November 20, 2015

Who will be in the finals?

Georgetown and Duke won tonight in the Garden. They play Sunday - we will be there. Some Everharts will win.

At the Garden - Hoyas won - Now the Dukies turn


Our View in the Garden

Back in 1979 - I saw the NCAA national championship here. I was in my green bus with the Tamaqua High School state champion team featuring Cindy Miller.

At The Everhart Bowl - Madison Square Garden

Lord and Taylor


Homecoming With The Boys At Doak Campbell Stadium

Watch that lefty throw. Lulu got a great parking place - and the kids got to throw the football in the same place they did - back in 1988 - this time there were 3 sons.

We were able to get 7 seats together for this view of a touchdown. Noles won 34-17. We had a blast.

Up North For the Macy's Thanksgiving Parade

Macy's is getting ready for the parade

The truth be told - Lulu is a holiday nut - but she hates spending one without family. When son Keith invited us north to see a basketball tournament in NYC - we were off to the races. We had some FF miles to spend - and now we had a reason to go north. 

We flew from Tallahassee to Charlotte - then Charlotte to Newark - yesterday. A $9 train got us from the airport to Penn Station on 34th St. Our Wyndham Hotel is on 35th Street - just one block north. We got this hotel for free. On Lulu's last trip to Kuwait - she was delayed in Charlotte a night. The hotel had no heat all night - she complained - they comped her points - enough for this room. The rack rate here is $279 - so we are ahead. It reminds me of that guy who 4 years ago said "winning!" - when he hid from the world that he had AIDS. 

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Noles Versus Nichols State

Just put the boys on the jet home. We landed two court side seats for first basketball game. They retired Coach Hamilton's jersey.

FSU won 109 - 52!

We bought two great sets outside for $10 each - second row across from team bench.

The Seminole have scored 109 or better in each of the first 3 games. 

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Seminole Wins 34-17 - We Had A Great Tailgate Spot and Party

Lulu - Me - and the 3 Sons
We left the house at 10:30 with George and Joel in their van. Lulu landed the most fabulous parking spot - right next to the stadium. Slot number 99. We had a tailgate party with a menu of fried chicken - slaw - and beans.

Like old times - we tossed a football. This time grandson Jack was the star. We shopped for tickets - there were plenty. We paid $20 each for 6 - I got one free for myself. We could have paid less but we wanted seats together. 

The score was tied 17-17 at the half - but then FSU shut out the Wolfpack in the second half. It was a sunny day - luckily our seats were in a shady area.  The Seminoles are now 8-2 - hoping for a decent bowl game. They still must play Chattanooga and the Gators in the Swamp.

After the game - we zoomed right home. 

The Clydesdales delivered beer
Beer horses

Bobby Bowden got an award
We ended up all sitting together

Friday, November 13, 2015

My 3 Sons Are Here - Homecoming in Tallahassee

Amy Schumer - Lulu and Keith's seats
Jack and Drew flew from Richmond to Charlotte to Tallahassee. They got here at 5:30. Keith flew from Washington to Jacksonville - and took a rental car here - he got here around 7:30. We had supper together.

Then Keith and Lulu went to the Pow Wow to see Amy Schumer. Drew - Jack - and I first went to the volleyball game where FSU beat Notre Dame 3-0. Then we walked to the soccer game where FSU advanced to the NCAA second round by beating the University of Evanston - 3-0. 

After that we enjoyed the hot tub and had some of Lulu's homemade chocolate pie. 

Weather is in the 60s and no rain. It looks like a perfect day for the homecoming game versus North Carolina State tomorrow at 12:30. You can look for us on TV. 

Lulu landed a wonderful parking space - number 99. We did not buy game tickets yet. Does anyone have 7 seats together in section 33  :-)

Lulu Landed A Golden Chiefs Parking Pass

Our 3 sons are flying in for Homecoming today. We will all be attending the North Carolina State at FSU football game. We do not have game tickets yet - but that does not stop Lulu from landing one of the best tailgating spots on the planet. We will be parked right next to the stadium in the Golden Chiefs parking lot. To park here - one must normally pay a $25,000 contribution to the boosters - but there are ways around that. Game tickets are the easy part - a nice place to have our party - is the hard part. Lulu has taken care of that. My job is to get 6 tickets - the 5 Everharts - and the 2 Dawsons are depending on it.

Lulu also got some tickets to see the Amy Schumer Show at the Pow Wow tonight at the Civic Center

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Jimbo Fisher Call-In Show At Four Points Hotel

Every Wednesday night at 7 PM - FSU football coach Jimbo Fisher has a call-in television show. For an hour he answer questions over the telephone and also from folks that come to watch. I am guessing there were 300 people there tonight. during the commercial break Jimbo poses for pictures and also signs anything you have.

During the last two season - the Seminoles have been undefeated in the regular season. In 2013 - they were national champions. This year their record is currently 7 - 2. This weekend they play North Carolina State for Homecoming. My 3 sons are coming to town for the game.

I am home now and it is 8:15. Just 30 minutes ago - Jimbo posed for this picture with us.

Greetings From The Everhart Florida Citrus Fruit Orchards Inc

Lulu came into the main offices here at EFCFO at lunch with two tangerines that had fallen from our tree. We had not picked any tangerines yet because they were not a bright orange color. We tried them out for lunching - here is the results. The oranges and tangerines are ours. The blueberries and bananas are Public. 

My three sons are coming on Friday for Homecoming. We will see FSU play North Carolina State. Also Lulu has some tickets for the Pow Wow - where Amy Schumer is headlining. 

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

40 Years Ago Today - The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald

The Edmund Fitzgerald
The Edmund Fitzgerald was built to be just one foot shorter than the length of a ship allowed to go through the Saint Lawrence Seaway - 729 feet. It was the largest ship ever sunk by the weather in the Great Lakes. The ship was made famous by the song by Canadian - Gordon Lightfoot. In the song he describes the "Witch of November" - the formidable storms of the fall that can produce 65 miles per hour winds and up to 50 foot high waves.

The ship was hauling 26000 tons of iron ore pellets from Wisconsin to Detroit. 40% of all Great Lakes' shipwrecks occur in November.

The ship is lying on the bottom - broken into two large pieces with a pile of iron ore pellets between the pieces - covered by 500 feet of water. 

At that time in 1975 - depth finding was still done by throwing a rope over the side with a sinker on it - and then counting the number of knots on the rope - one knot for each 6 feet of depth - a fathom. 

The insurance company paid off a claim of $26 million for the wreck. 29 crew members all died. 

In 1913 - a hurricane sunk 19 ships in Lake Huron - killing 254  persons. No one wrote a song about that. 

Friday, November 06, 2015

Go Buckeyes! Goodbye Columbus!

Lulu is in Columbus OH for a 5 day convention of the AASL - American Association of School Librarians. She has a suite in a nice hotel downtown next to the Capitol. I told her that OSU is just a couple miles away. She got an Uber cab - and was wisked off to the campus and Ohio Stadium.

Lulu said the students are very nice there - she really likes it. I think the Buckeyes have a home game tomorrow. 

Go Buckeyes!

Camry Sold For $4995

Today the 2002 Camry sold. The owner just drove it away. I listed it for friends on Craigslist. Within a couple hours of the listing - the person who ended up buying it came and took it for a ride. They went home to think about it. The car has 96000 miles on it. It is a one owner car.

Then another young man came along to drive it. He took it to a service garage and they gave the car a clean bill of health. Then he tried to get a discount from me. I told him if it did not sell in a couple weeks - I would probably discount it a little.  He walked. 

Next the first guy came back with his wife. He took it to another service garage and they said the car was good too. They said they would buy it for the full price - it would take a couple days to get the money together - but they put down a deposit.

Two days later - the second buyer decided he wanted it for the full price. I had to tell him that someone else put a deposit down on it. He groaned. I told him if the deal fell through I would call him. 

Today - we finished the deal. While signing all the papers - the buyer noticed the name of the owner on the title. It turns out the seller is the professor of the buyer. What a small world Craigslist is!

Both the buyer and the seller are happy. 

Monday, November 02, 2015

Big Brother Saw Us At The Seminoles Game

Who wears a blue shirt to a Seminoles game?

Peel Potato Easy

Sunday, November 01, 2015

Life Among The Citrus Trees in Florida

A year ago these two trees were just little sprigs at Lowes. Now they are producing some beautiful fruit. This is the second batch of oranges we have gotten from the orange tree. There are about 25 fruit - they are sweet and juicy.

This is the first crop of tangerines - again about 25 - they need a bit more sun but they are turning color now. With Florida sunshine - everyone has a green thumb.

At the same time we also planted a lemon tree and a "cocktail" tree - a tree that is supposed to produce 4 different kinds of fruit. Both of those trees are plenty green - but still have no hint of blossoms or fruit.

The trees are planted on the site of a former metal pole building garage. They get plenty of sunshine - because we removed some giant old pine trees that were damaged by lightning.

Some people are surprised to find citrus fruit going this far north in Florida. Our neighbor Bill Gwynn has many different fruit trees in his yard. One lemon tree next to his home produces thousands of giant lemons - you would mistake them for grapefruit.