Memorial Day … And ATI

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In a week it’s Memorial Day.  The point is to remember the people who died defending the nation.  Presumably none did that because they really couldn’t find anything else to do had they really tried.  Family, friends, unknowns and even enemies benefited.  It’s only fitting that there’s a pause annually (at least) to recall and honor what they did. 

By extension others, too, are often remembered.  Perhaps a person never wore a uniform and only supported a community with a few minor things, but that, too, is of value to the common good.  It really isn’t disrespectful to also recall briefly all who have died who have somehow made a positive contribution to the rest of humanity even if a little. 

Anyone who ever lived with the air force nearby and easily overhead knows the sense of safety that surely exists on a battlefield if an air power is there.  So, perhaps it is a fitting time for adding just a note to remember the Wright Brothers who found the means for there to be air power; it exists for good in different branches of the military. 

The little bicycle shop in western Dayton (like the one in Michigan) is there and maintained for all to appreciate at some time that extra-ordinary simplicity from which flight developed.  The whole notion is still awe-inspiring if one really thinks about it.  The whole “trail” has value to an individual trying to put things into some perspective. 

A peaceful and happy Memorial Day to all.Coffee cup 

Dayton Areas … Aviation Trail Reference

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Like many towns, Dayton was founded on a riverbank.  Three rivers and a creek met there.  Eventually for many reasons the city was spread out over both sides of all.  And, also for many reasons the different parts of town were known by different names at different times.  Reference (directions and the like) can be confused depending on who’s asked. 

At present “Five Points” is the name of the most important neighborhood in this matter since that’s where the bicycle shop is, as well as other notable stuff.  An old-timer may say, “Edgemont.”  While that was a name for the area, it’s not what’s on maps now.  Directions to Edgemont might help someone find something, but many will likely need more. 

A lulu in this matter is the term “West Side.”  That’s not only a widely used generalization, it is an old name for a neighborhood across the street from Five Points and has an historic aspect of it’s own.  “Wolf Creek” is the name for that area today; said creek is the northern boundary.  The name change is due partly to the generalizations today. 

Those changes are far from the only new designations, many with historic elements.  There’s room to mention that much right now, the two most important.  If someone were to ask randomly about the Wright Brothers the answer could easily amount to:  “Oh, that stuff’s over on the West Side.”  The statement is correct, but hardly informative or useful. 

Bits and pieces can add up to a lot.Auto 

Birthplace Of Aviation … They Have Said

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“Birthplace of Aviation” isn’t an especially catchy way to say, “The airplane was invented here.”  It definitely does not compare well with the likes of “First in Flight.”  The City of Dayton used the expression as a slogan for a time, however, the town had had the identity “The Gem City” many years.  Respectable businesses and more were so named. 

After the city decided another slogan might be a good idea the state took the slogan, and for some reason it sounds a little better as a state slogan gracing car license plates (among other things) than it did as a city slogan.  That’s opinion, of course.  There may be someone out there of the opinion that it’s great.  Regardless, it exists as is. 

To at least this native, it seems that when elsewhere on a visit or whatever the mere mention of the city brought the inventing to mind with other people.  There was no need to say anything.  That was back in time when air travel was a little rare for everyday living.  Today people aren’t awed over the concept.  Maybe a reminder would be in order. 

It’s been more than a century since humans only dreamed of getting off the ground with their own power, flying like a bird.  This is not something to be taken for granted.  Man has existed for millions of years “attached” to the ground apart from an occasional swim.  What the Wrights (Wilbur?) figured out may in time change the course of creation. 

Dimensions beyond the third are also possible.Airplane 

Aviation Trail Sites — A Few Pertinent Words

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It’s not possible to say much (at least at one time) about the various sites along the Aviation Trail in a space this small as there are just too many places.  Then there’s the matter of there being no “complete list” as new places are (and have been) slowly added as possible.  Different stuff holds up fitting additions.  (More can be said later.)

It is possible to list the current Landmarks at some given time since there aren’t many of those (yet), but Landmarks aren’t the only historic designation, and there are things that currently carry no historic designation although they might qualify.  When people spend a lifetime somewhere, it can be a sizable collection of things somehow related. 

One aspect that can be done here is to clarify some of the “historic designation” stuff.  A few places and things are officially, meaning government backed, “historical.”  They are maintained (and funded) by the U.S. government through the national park service.  Things and places can carry an historical designation otherwise but not the same way. 

If the national park service actually operates sites (like buildings) then they are called “Landmarks.”  The Wright’s bicycle shop is just one little store-front type of place, and it’s a U.S. National Landmark, a most important one in the Trail sites even though they operated there in earlier days.  (As some know there’s a shop in Michigan, too.)

Sometimes it’s only scraps that can be saved.Airplane 

Aviation Trail, Inc. Notes

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The ATI newsletters only come every so often, so there’s a difficulty in maintaining a continuous re-report of what’s going on generally speaking.  One big deal more or less on the scene currently is the fact that Wilbur Wright’s 150th birthday was this year.  It is the topic of the lead story put in the spring newsletter, and it’s worth a mention. 

Since the actual date given is April 16, 1867, this note’s over a week late just on that point.  The activity planned was set for April 8, which, of course, is also past.  It’s the angle here to just acknowledge the 150th birthday.  It seems like a long time ago at first, but a little thinking will bring up the fact that people live to be over 100. 

The newsletter’s only three pages and doesn’t include many items that some might consider of interest.  Obviously, if just three pages often with a picture or two, there is not room for much.  One aspect’s just keeping members informed of dates, speakers and the like.  An ongoing report’s been about saving the Wright’s factory, what is still there. 

Doing something about the “remains” of the factory will be discussed for some time yet in all likelihood.  It is also the subject of media stories; there’s much involved.  When things are done, it is hoped it’ll be another park service site.  The plans include a public library building on part of the property.  Things are still with “fund-raising.” 

Big dreams can take much time.Airplane 

Point Of View … (“Rust Belt”)

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Where someone is “coming from” is important with anything, and as a rule little of that is ever known.  It’s possible estimations of a few things can be established, but little can be sure.  Wherever someone is “coming from” is his/her “point of view,” of course.  It seems reasonable to recall that one point of view here is being in the “Rust Belt.” 

There are four American towns and two European ones listed that are “filing” places.  The two European towns are just ancestry and not too pertinent.  Those four American ones, however, are a life and are highly pertinent to everything published.  They’re in three states, all essentially “Rust Belt” and “old first territory.”  None are huge or tiny. 

The biggest town is Cincinnati, Ohio, and more or less the big regional center.  Only if the entire region is counted would it be something like two million people.  The city’s not near so populous.  The current location’s Covington, a few blocks away in Kentucky.  Dayton, Ohio, is city “long-lived.”  Terre Haute, Indiana, is city of long visiting. 

All four towns have a few things in common, e.g., all four can be considered “river towns.”  There is no seacoast and little navy.  Nautical terminology’s a foreign language at this desk even though the rivers are used for some boating purposes.  Some things are very different amid them.  And, this has been written for those interested in viewpoint.

Circumstances help make people what they are.Airplane 

What’s So Special About A Resurrection?

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Perhaps not everywhere in the world, but certainly in many places the plant kingdom has its own form of resurrection, namely when the trees and such seem to come back to life a few months after appearing to have died in autumn.  It’s a regular happening.  Scientific explanations exist now, but it’s doubtful they existed in early prehistoric times. 

More important, perhaps, is the fact that the life gathers itself up and lays low until the world around is more life supporting.  (That’s today’s explanation.)  If plants have that power, and some animals have a similar power (as with hibernation) commonly, human resurrection is not a stretch for an imagination by a lot, although apparently rare. 

Apart from that, why couldn’t God (at least some aspect of God) take on human form?  (That is probably the most valid argument for there to have been a miraculous resurrection, which is the basis of the “Christian High Holiday” that is being commemorated this coming Sunday.)  There is no sound reason an almighty God could not take on a human form. 

If there were actual followers, the spirit of Jesus Christ meaning ideas and attitudes was not dead even if an actual resurrection didn’t happen.  So, even if one does not have the associated Christian beliefs of Easter, it really does some good to get in the spirit of the holiday, at least in the fun stuff like Easter bunny and colored egg items. 

May everyone have a marvelous Easter!Bunny