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Thursday, May 23, 2019

It Appears My Web Site Is Good In China

There have been no recent hits on my page from China

The Internet is heavily censored in China. They call it the "The Great Firewall."

You can go to this page -

- and check to see if content is censored.

Facebook - Youtube - Google - are blocks. But not -

So I am guessing I will be able to post stuff to my web page. We will see. is blocked. is not blocked.

Monday, May 20, 2019

Dr. Nancy Everhart Awarded Fulbright Scholarship To Study In China

This week Nancy found out she is going to China
The Fulbright Scholarship  will cover 5 months

The Department of State announced that Dr. Nancy Everhart has been chosen as a Fulbright Scholar to study in China.  The award will extend from September to February.

Everhart has been a professor of library and information science at Florida State University in Tallahassee for the past 15 years. Before that - she was a professor at St. John's University in New York City for 10 years. She started her career as a school librarian in the Tamaqua public schools in Pennsylvania.

She graduated from Tamaqua Area High School in 1972. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Library Science from Kutztown Univeristy in 1975. This was followed by a Masters in Educational Media at the University of Central Florida in 1981. She completed her education with a PhD in Library Science at Florida State University in 1990.

She married Harry Everhart in 1971. They lived in Tamaqua, PA for 30 years where they were both public school teachers. In 2004 - they moved to Tallahassee where Nancy continued as a professor. They have 2 sons - Drew lives with his family in Richmond, VA and Keith lives with his family in Washington, DC. They have 4 grandkids.

Everhart is the author of five books and over 100 articles in the field of library science.   She has been awarded over $2 million in federal grants for her research in establishing model school libraries while building exemplary school leaders. She has made presentations on all the continents except Antarctica. She teaches a summer course in London at the FSU Study Centre. She has taught summer courses for the University of Hawaii - the University of North Carolina - Indiana University - the University of Arizona - and the University of Georgia. Recently Germany awarded her a DAAD Fellowship to study at Humboldt University in Berlin for 3 months.

Through her studies - she recently visited her 50th state - Montana. She has made presentations in the countries of England - Scotland - Ireland - Sweden - Germany - France - the Netherlands - Greece - Dubai - Canada - Kuwait - Brazil - Hong Kong - and Australia.

She visited the China Pavilion in Disneyworld
last weekend
The East and West meet in friendship -
I carry her bags

Monday, May 13, 2019

We Saw Mamma Mia On Mothers Day

Sandals - breakfast in bed - and a day at the theater

February Valentines Day - May Mothers Day - June Anniversary - July Birthday - December Christmas - I call them the big 5. They are my turns for showing appreciation for all the lovely things Lulu does for me. 

The day started out with a pair of blue plastic Birkenstock sandals followed by a breakfast in bed. My scrambled eggs are nothing to write home about. My original plan called for taking the camper to Panama City Beach and supper at Hofbrau House - but the weather report showed terrible storms the entire day there. 

With some quick thinking - I found some 6th row seats for a Mothers' Day final show of Mamma Mia at the Quincy Music Theater. Qunicy is about 20 miles west of Tallahassee and on the road to the beach. The weather was already festering - so I grabbed our umbrella and away we went. 

Quincy is the county seat of Gadsden County. They have an old town square right along US Highway 90 that holds the county court house. The theatre almost fronts on that square. Our friends own a restaurant on the square called Delfino's. They make great farm to table meals. It has become a landmark. They were not opened Sunday. 

We paid $17 a seat - senior citizen price - and the theatre was full. There was also a full orchestra pit - you could tell the band enjoyed rocking All the music was original and scratch. The cast was made of mostly housewives - with college and high school students. Many have a long history in theatre. Everybody did a great job. It is nice going to a show where you know the story and the music. The songs were from the 1970s group - ABBA. We saw this story in the movies. We went to the show in London and on Broadway before. 

It is fun seeing today's kids sing the old songs and do the dance steps we were brought up on. They really did the routines well and seemed to be having more fun than I ever had on a dance floor. I shot a short video of the show's title tune - Mamma Mia. I particularly liked the dancing style of one of the cast - a little blonde in blue and white. I would have told her how much I liked her performance in the lobby - but I would have felt like a stalker - she was about 17 - and I am 71. She reminded me of someone I knew at 17 :-)

The show started at 2:30 and at 5:00 we were out the door. You could tell it rained quite a bit - but it was dry then. Our car was parked right out front and we headed home. 

We stopped at Steak and Shake and had steaks and shakes. It reminded me of a date I had about 50 years ago. Lulu and I had our first date - 50 years ago. It followed a date we almost had. In August of 1969 - I had a new brand new Volkswagen - and asked Lulu's Mom if I could take Lulu to Woodstock. In honor of Mother's Day - Lulu's mother would not allow it - so I went without her. On the way home - our sons called to wish Lulu a Happy Mothers Day. Lulu called her Mom and did the same.

Tuesday, May 07, 2019

Replacing Mattress In A 2004 Roadtrek Popular 190 with High Density Foam

Our 2004 Dodge Roadtrek

We have owned this 2004 Roadtrek 190 for two years. We have slept in it 25 nights. When we camp - we like to keep the rear bed made up. Normally the rear bed is made of 6 cushions. They are about 4 inches thick and in good shape. But we do not like sleeping on the cracks. So we figured we would get a custom mattress for the back. The rear bed is 72" x 72" x 6 " - certainly an odd size for a mattress. Nobody has them that size on the shelf. If we wanted a custom made one - they wanted $600 to $1200. That was too steep for us. 

We found a place called the Foam Factory. They offered a California King Mattress of HD35 Foam - not the soft memory foam - but a pretty dense block of material. It was 84" x 72" x 6" - for $175.00. We had ordered one before of Memory Foam. We did not like the softness and sent it back. We do like this HD35 Foam. 

What is interesting is that they send these foam mattresses - stuffed into small boxes. What they do is put the mattress in a bag and suck the air out. When we had to send the Memory Foam back it was really hard getting it back in the box. 

Foam Factory said it is easy to cut with any serrated knife. I started with an electric knife but half way thru it got really hot. My wife then took a normal serrated knife and easily finished the 6 foot long cut. 

We carried it out to the van and enjoyed the perfect fit. We have a friend who is good with a sewing machine. She is making a new set of curtains for us. I will try to get her to make a nice mattress cover or fitted sheet of the same curtain material or color.

The original mattress is made of 6 cushions.

You can make it into a dinette - but we eat at the front table.

Normal dinette setting

Here is the platform for the mattress.

This was cutting with an electric knife.

Cutting with a bread knife was easy.

This is a super sharp serrated bread knife.

The cut was not bad.

Mattress in place. I left the bag on it until we get a cover.


Mattress covered with a quilt until we can get a cover made.

Monday, May 06, 2019

HELENA - Montana's State Capital

 The Cathedral of St Helena.

The Montana State Capitol.

We enjoyed spending two nights in Helena. It is the capital of the state - but it was one time the richest per capita city in the world. Helena has about 20,000 people and is one of the smallest capital cities in the USA. A gold rush brought people to Helena. Out of the mines under this small city came $6 billion worth of gold. Gold is still being found there. 

When Montana became a state in 1892 - Helena was chosen because it was so rich. They built a lavish capitol and cathedral. The cathedral rivals some of the best in Europe. It certainly has the most stained glass I have ever seen.  It is still in perfect condition. The door was open - we walked in - we had it to ourselves. 

Wednesday, May 01, 2019

Lulu and I Revisited Yellowstone Park - 42 Years Later

We got to see lots of buffalo - near and far - yes -
I took this picture from the driver side - stopped.

We stayed at Old Faithful Lodge - parts are not open

The Grand Canyon of Yellowstone - most impressive to me
Old Faithful shoots 300 feet up every hour

The hotel is build around the geyser

This camper is like the camper we brought here in 1977

Lulu Visited Custer's Last Stand To See Her Great Grandfather's Name On The Monument

Lulu at Custer's Last Stand
W H Heath - on the monument at Custers Last Stand

We are in Montana for 10 days - Lulu has been doing a presentation at Montana State University in Bozeman. After that - we have been exploring one of the last two states on my to do list. Custer's Last Stand has a special interest to our family.

Lulu's great grandfather fought at the Battle of the Little Bighorn. It has been duly documented in books and government files. William Heath was born in England. He enlisted in the army and served under Custer in Montana. He was a farrier - his job was to care for the horses.

Custer was sent into Montana to force the Indians onto the reservation. Gold was discovered in the area and the government wanted it open for prospecting. The Sioux refused to leave the area. They had a camp of 4000 people along the Little Bighorn River. Custer attacked the village with about 300 men. The battle raged for 2 days. In the end - Custer built a small fort made of about 40 horse bodies on top of a small hill. They desperately killed their own horses to use as protection. The Indians attacked and killed every one of the soldiers - supposedly.

William Heath somehow survived. He supposedly was nursed back to health by a women named Lavina. After he recovered he returned to Girardville and eventually Tamaqua. There - he married Mary Swansbury - and raised a family of 7 kids. One of those 7 kids was Ruth Heath - Lulu's grandmother - and mother of John Cox - Lulu's Dad. He named one of his daughters - Lavina.

Heath lived - worked - and died in Tamaqua as a miner. He is buried in the Veteran's Circle at Odd Fellows Cemetery in Tamaqua PA. He never claimed a military pension. He died at age 40.

The battlefield is located along highway Interstate 90. A monument was placed there a few years after the battle in 1876. Today - there is a full national cemetery there for soldiers of other wars.

The curator at the monument produced a book listing all the people that died there. They list William Heath as a farrier and that he definitely died there. Everything in their background of Heath matches the family records up until the battle.

This is personal to me. I am proud that Lulu's great grandfather fought for his country. But I do not think he died here. It is a government mistake. He returned to Tamaqua and started a big family - Lulu included. They are all proud of his history. It is politically correct for the government to say the Indians massacred them all.

If any other member's of Lulu's family would like their name listed in this story - send me an email. If you have any other information - please include it.

I am glad William Heath survived and returned to Tamaqua PA - because if he died - my Lulu would never have been born.

Saturday, April 27, 2019

Leaving Our Hotel In Bozeman

For the last 4 days we have been staying at The Element Hotel by Westin in Downtown Bozeman. While Lulu taught at Montana State University a few blocks away - I toured around town. The hotel has been outstanding. For $95 a night and $5 parking - they offer cute little suites - with kitchens. In the lobby they have a free extensive breakfast every day. Some days - I extended it to include lunch :-)  From 5 PM to 8 PM - they have happy hour - with free beer and wine - plus entres. It is right downtown a block off Main Street. I am trying to not be racist when I say it was certainly different being served by white young people. In many of the hotels we stay - they exist on immigrant workers. 

For the next 8 days we are on our own. We have a black Chevy Malibu - and will be touring all over the area - Montanta - Wyoming - Idaho. Canada is like 7 hours away. Distances are big up here and the speed limit is 80 MPH on the "autobahn."

It is sunny - 41 degrees - and clear blue skies. There was a little ice on our car this morning. 

We visited a museum yesterday during the rain. On campus - there is a fantastic Computer Museum - one of the nicest free museums I have seen.

This is Univac - the computer we used to power the mission to the moon. It had 32k memory and weighed 1100 pounds. The little musical chip in a birthday card has more memory now.

In 1984 - the first Mac Computer - we had one.

That plywood box is the Apple I computer. It sold as a computer board you assembled.

The Apple II - with disk drives - we had that too.

The famous Nazi ENIGMA coder and decoder. Little did they know Alan Turing broke the code and we could read all their messages.

This was a Merchant Marine Recruitment poster from Philadelphia. My grandfather - Roy Everhart - probably saw this and went to his death in 1942 on a Merchant Marine ship.

Here a Nazi soldier is using ENIGMA to decode a message.

Alan Turing was the father of modern computers. He devised the machine to break the ENIGMA code. Later - England prosecuted him for being gay. He committed suicide when they castrated him. Yep - we really did that stuff.

Montana Hall. This was the first building on the 1890 Montana State Campus. It is still the president's office.

About a block away from our hotel is Ted Turner's Montana Grill. We have one in Tallahasee and love ot eat there. Wholesome American. Buffalo - Trout - mashed potatoes - etc.

Friday, April 26, 2019

Lulu At Work - Montana State University - Bozeman

She had a great day at Montana State today speaking to three different groups about serving college students on the autism spectrum in libraries. Beautiful campus and scenery.

Montana has 1 million people - Bozeman had 45,000 residents - and Montana State has 17,000 students. 

Regardless the low numbers - Montana has 2 US Senators - like Florida - like Pennsylvania - like New York - like California. 

Bozeman Montana - It Is A Very Different Isolated Place

Football field - downtown - the Rockies.

On Main Street - Lewis and Clark passed thru here.
 Boseman is ranked as the 6th nicest college town in America. It is as different as it is nice. Having been here for 3 days now - I know just a little more about the place as you would know by googling - "bozeman montana wikipedia." The town has grown from 35,000 to 45,000 people in 10 years. I have found out from supper with a few faculty members is that the growth is from a budding tech industry - but the growth is largely from people having second and third homes here. It is a different more vigorious life style. 

We experienced two days of balmy weather reaching 60 degrees. Shirt sleeves and shorts were the order of the day under the giant dark blue sky. There is still plenty of snow on the mountains - one boasted to us that she has skied somewhere locally in each of the last 20 months. Sometimes she had to hike up 7 miles to the snow and then walk back. Downhill skiing - snow shoeing - and cross country skiing are ways of life. Lulu did not see a tie on campus all day and warned me that I would be overdressed with my one formal piece of packed luggage. Lulu also wore the only skirt. 

Starting today the highs will drop to 40 degrees and the overcast ceiling stretches all the way to the far horizon. 

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Our Weekend in Washington - and A $600 Bump on the Way Home

We had a wonderful weekend in Washington with the kids and grandkids.  Lulu just can't stand holidays away from the kids. So we had a two for one coupon with Delta and used it to fly north. Due to the weather we ended up flying on Saturday instead of Friday - but the Saturday flight was on time. It took from 6 AM to 10 AM to get here because we had to stop in Atlanta. Our two for one flights cost a total of $400. 

We stayed at the Hilton across the street from my son's house. Lulu is a VIP member and she got us a very nice room at a discount. The room was a little over $200 for the weekend.

We had three days of touring - playgrounds - parks - kids - Easter Egg Hunts - and cooking. 

I met a former student and her husband by the White House - Regina Butrie Kromer and her husband Leroy. We all gabbed for an hour or so. Just the perfect touch for the weekend.

On the way home - our flight left a very busy Washington Reagan Airport at 5 PM. The sky was clear and I got some nice pictures as we cruised over the monuments. We had a short layover in Atlanta - and went quickly to the gate for Tallahassee. It was very busy - and I asked the gate agent if he needed volunteers. He said maybe one or two. We volunteered. I bid $400 - and the agent said okay. They only needed one seat - so Lulu was happy to go home. She wanted to get home and to bed because she had a class to teach Tuesday morning. So it was a school night for her but I stayed. 

After the plane left - the agent said because I was such a patient volunteer - he would give me $600! I would fly 2 hours later. I got to Tallahassee two hours after Lulu. I got a cab and told him my story. He was happy about my joy - and I just had to pass if forward a bit. The cab was $20 - and I gave him a $20 tip! Too bad Lulu was not there to verify it. 

The $600 will easily cover our plane tickets and the Hilton Hotel. Monday morning my grandson came over to the hotel to have breakfast with us. That was a hoot. A perfect Monday morning.  

Wednesday morning - we fly to Montana. Lulu has a presentation there - we will extend it to a 10 day vagabond tour. We have a car booked - but no hotels after the conference. Three flights to Montana - three flights on the way back. Six chances to get a bump!

Monday, April 22, 2019

Easter Weekend in Washington - From the Air

We had a beautiful weekend in Washington with the kids. We just took off and on the way out I got some pictures.

This is the new air and space museum at Dulles airport. 

This is the national cathedral. 

The White House where Easter egg roll was today. 

The national mall - Washington Monument. 

The USA Capitol. 

I am sending this post with free T-Mobile from our flight to Atlanta. We will sleep at home tonight.