Memorial Day In The Old Folks’ Home — All Series On Hold

The day was pretty nice – a good temperature in a sunny day.  That made it a nice day  for those heading to the cemetery to pay their respects individually.  Some people had other ideas, like family get togethers and the likes of cookouts.  The old folks’ home is full of people with difficulty in getting around, so all such were in play.  However, over a dozen small size flags were on display along the traffic island in the parking lot in front of the building ringing what landscaping is usually on display there.  Apparently a food event was scheduled in the ground floor community room, but enough residents were other places, like sitting out front, to suggest many were not in a party mood. 

As was fitting somehow, the fire alarm went off in the late afternoon.  Evidently a fire of some sort did exist if the number of firefighters in gear in the main lobby then were an indication.  At least one lady who said she was going to the event was there amid the firefighters, and three pieces of equipment (including the ladder truck) were out in front of the place.  Otherwise, the feeling of the place was more or less like a Sunday, only there was no sense of any church-going in the air.  Such places, naturally, are unique according to the residents.  In the building underfoot a number of the permanent folks are veterans leading to a sense of specialness about the day. 

Personally speaking, it was necessary to be doing a few things in regard to setting up the new apartment acquired this past Tuesday especially since someone to help did not have to go to work.  The usual quiet pause for a little while became secondary in favor of getting the refrigerator restocked as in the moving things were just rather dumped in bags and shoved in the new one in a haste to get out of the old place.  Moving was only from one apartment to another and the building management needed the old place in a hurry for some construction work.  In the beginning the intention had been a two-day move out instead of a one-day move. 

They say good days come eventually. 

Aviation Trail – Part 7

Aviation Trail – Part 2 (below) has mentioned the travel leaflet.  And, also mentioned in various places are two pertinent books and that there are National Landmarks among a lot of all of this matter.  While someone looking into it can find information, it is fitting to include a few lists of things in this little part of the world as well.  It is not all there is, but it’s a possible start for some.  Overall, it can be very confusing.  To begin with, Aviation Trail can provided at least four other leaflets at this time (May 2014).  In addition to that travel leaflet, there’s a guide for a bicycle trail connecting some pertinent sites, a teddy bear project, parachute museum information and a nice historic type item. 

The current places that are local aviation related U. S. National Landmarks (that is, the places under the administration of the U.S. National Park service in the immediate area of Dayton that are related only to aviation, not all the Landmarks in the area and not all of the aviation related historic sites in the area) are the following:  that Wright Brothers’ bicycle shop near Third & Williams, Paul L. Dunbar home, the airplane at Carillon park (not the entire park), Huffman prairie at the air base, all of which are listed in the travel brochure, and Hawthorn Hill, Orville Wright’s home.  Hawthorn Hill is open only under special circumstances and the Dunbar house is not always listed individually.

The travel leaflet (brochure) lists these places as points of possible interest:  1.  Wright-Dunbar Interpretive Center and Aviation Trail Visitor Center (start out)  2.  Aviation Trail Parachute Museum (nearby)  3.  The Wright Cycle Company   4.  Woodland Cemetery and Arboretum  5.  Carillon Historical Park  6.  Wright "B" Flyer  7. Historic WACO Field & WACO Airplane Museum  8.  National Museum of the United States Air Force 9. The  National Aviation Hall of Fame 10. Wright State University (papers) 11. Wright Brothers Memorial  12. Huffman Prairie Flying Field Interpretive Center  13. The Huffman Prairie Flying Field.  They are in different areas of town. 

There are times to look around home.  

Aviation Trail – Part 6

A Dover Wright 1 

While “traditional” pictures of the early flights of the Wright Brothers, like that above, are frequently seen whenever the topic comes under discussion, the rendition of the events into something like a painting (as shown in Part 5) makes it seem to be something apart from the hard and fast reality of everyday existence.  A painting, however, does have a value in that the use of color, etc., can give someone better ideas of what was there.  It is sure that neither can do more than offer some views.  

The activity was in an era when things and ways differed from current times.  Aspects of it leading to an understanding of what they actually accomplished are unfamiliar to most people.  One has to become familiar with life and times as they were then to grasp what was done.  Just imagining the many hours of travel to be going from the Wright home in West Dayton to Huffman Prairie without a car is exhaustive.  While it’s all in what’s more or less considered the same town, that distance is miles.  One bicycle shop salvaged by Aviation Trail does give some perspective.  From there hiking to any key point, even the Dunbar house a few blocks away, can be enlightening, 

The past and present side by side is educational.   

Aviation Trail – Part 5

Aviation Trail does not maintain a vast store of information about either the Wrights or aviation.  There is much information (including pictures and technical diagrams) saved in notable places like the Library of Congress.  A lot has also been deposited at Wright State University near Dayton.  That book previously mentioned is thorough, especially regarding the Wright family and the various counter-claims about who was first in flight and exactly what is meant by that, but there are also other books and records.  This is particularly important if someone wants to explore the matter.  There are still counter-claims around, some rather officially backed due to misconceptions. 

There’s also no imposing modern twenty-story office building directly connected to the workings of Aviation Trail.  (There are connections.)  The usual contact point has long been a simple post office box in a small Dayton suburb.  It is a thoroughly appropriate suburb — the last Wright home, Orville’s home is there.  A post office box likely puts a damper on things for people expecting something approaching the flamboyant; but, as stated, it’s been a grassroots organization — the kind of thing that starts in an obscure corner of existence, like a chat at someone’s desk or over lunch at a small restaurant, and continues just because it’s worthwhile.  It’s been bare bones, like this picture:  

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Artist’s renditions can be helpful.