Explanation Of Topic Wanderings….

The day’s topic (i.e., this week’s topic) started out to be Aviation Trail, Inc.  Not only is there stuff like some new approaches to communications there, a little review of what some dedicated “grassroots” people can do is always worthwhile.  Surprisingly, there are people who should know about ATI but, even after the more than 35 years of the organization’s existence, they don’t.

“Plant a tree for Earth day” came up somewhere in recent ATI/National Park Service information (exactly where is now lost in the mists).  The activity was scheduled for April 25 at the Wright Memorial (WPAFB).  It was a “collaborative” activity hosted by a (local) part of the air force that actually made it to somewhere in the local media news reports. That can happen but often doesn’t.

While discussing ATI made sense, incoming notifications said last week’s topic, some rather random comments about life in the old folks’ home underfoot, was still finding interested people as of Saturday.  If that truly interests people, it should be a frequent topic.  It is a somewhat “different” way of living, as is living in a monastery, dormitory, mountain cabin or at a battlefront.

The “House In The City,” the forerunner of this literary masterpiece, was literally an ordinary six room, two story house (actually turn of the 20th century mail order house) built like a big squarish cube in an ordinary, average income area of an average-sized city.  The matter came into existence because by then nearly half the area’s population was growing up in suburban areas.

Some things can be done any time.  🙂

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Government Shut Down

Contrary to a lot of evidence, the “big news” recently was the partial government shut down.  It’s hard to believe some sources don’t think that’s particularly important.  While admittedly not all of the government was included, common sense says that since the government is funded by citizens’ tax money, whatever there is of it should be a real need.  If it’s possible to just shut it down, it isn’t too needed.

That point mentioned, at least one place in the area immediately underfoot was part of the shut down, reportedly.  It should not have the economic impact on the surrounding community that some other places might have, as (reportedly) that office will be closed permanently next year.  Nonetheless, for the moment businesses that provide services for government employees should expect much less business.

The fact that places like the Statue of Liberty have been affected is, of course, notable in general; but, the main interest here is how will the shut down (regarding the national parks) affect the places and things of concern to Aviation Trail?  The air force museum, which is an allied site, did close; but, what of the ATI related Landmark sites is, was and will be closed isn’t clear from what information could be found.

Someone can, say, go look at the outside of the bicycle shop and the surrounding area any time, but going inside and hearing a presentation from a park ranger is more truly exploring the matter.  Something like Woodland cemetery should be operating on their regular hours, so paying one’s respects at the Wrights’ grave sites should be possible; but, that’s not getting much of an idea about inventing airplanes.

How long something lasts can be important.  🙂

ATI Newsletter: A Different Christmas Event

It seems things have changed with the Aviation Trail news.  It used to be that every so often (like quarterly) a four page report came.  Now one page comes once a week.  This week’s was read.  There’s a Christmas-y thing in it.  Just incidentally, the newsletter has quite a bit in it, but it’s just not the same.  One sheet is not like opening a magazine even if it’s only four pages and not slick.

One big news of the week is, of course, the wreath-laying ceremony come this Friday to commemorate the December 17, 1903, flight at Kittyhawk by the Wrights.  A fly-over is planned and refreshments are to be had (time:  10:10 – 10:35 a.m.).  It’s open to the public and hosted by Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park.  It’s called The First Flight Ceremony and is a regular event.

In addition, a dinner is planned for December 16, the annual First Flight Dinner, to honor the Wrights, and it’s also a commemoration for the 100th anniversary of McCook Field.  McCook Field was in operation from 1917 to 1927 and had that rather famous and clever big hangar sign saying, “This field is small – use it all.”  It was named for Civil War General Alexander McDowell McCook.

The dinner is the time of the annual Trailblazer Award, which this year goes to what eventually came into being (these days) from McCook Field.  The dinner features a “re-enactment” (if one wants to call it that) of the 1903 Wrights Christmas dinner, including turkey and stuffing, whipped potatoes, green beans, cranberry sauce, spice cake and other goodies as well as coffee and tea.

Christmas events can be many things.  🙂

Hallowe’en — Call It Upheaval Time

All Hallows Eve, of course, is at hand, to be followed very soon by the switch to Standard Time.  Once people are sort of reorganized the nicest American holiday, Thanksgiving, is on the scene with it’s re-scheduling of work hours.  Given recovery from that, it’s time to rush around for Christmas and New Year’s, then it’ll be a switch again to Daylight hours.

The point here is that even among the young and able-bodied all that to-do wrecks attempts at a dependable routine for getting things done.  It’s much more so among the slow and forgetful elderly.  A new ATI newsletter came in the mail again for reading (and reporting, maybe follow-up), but it has barely been scanned to note proposed events.

The trees in view at the old folks’ home are in different stages.  One’s lost all it’s leaves.  A beautiful one will not lose any as it is an evergreen.  It is beautiful enough to be an official holiday tree, but it isn’t.  Several have leaves turning red, orange and yellow, but as of yet that’s not a big percentage.  Most are green waiting for frost to change things.

It IS autumn, and it is a sad beauty, but beauty nonetheless.  Why it’s to be disturbed with assorted turmoil has yet to be explained.  All due respect to Christmas, Thanksgiving’s justified.  An old folks’ home is not meant to house children, but someone had an idea for a kids’ Hallowe’en “trick or treat.”  Well, it WAS different from fire department EMT visits.

If the world ends, it may not be as expected.  😦

Dear Readers….

Thank you for stopping by. Readers are the reason for all this stuff. The whole point is to offer things, possibly information, maybe a bit of entertainment or just whatever to or for anyone who might be interested in a line of thought or even some everyday living in this given little place on earth (or some recollections of a couple of other places).

There is much around to discuss, from the autumn-like weather that has happened hereabouts and the holiday today to the Aviation Trail news that has arrived but has yet to be read. Things are happening at the old folks’ home, too, and the world beyond.  (The world beyond can’t get too much space as that tends to become editorializing.)

The situation in this little part of the world has improved some, but with a whole slew of newish and revamped equipment it’s slow going. Learning to use new things (or even adjusted things) take a while. Be assured, it’s being worked on….  Unfortunately, some medical concerns also came into the picture to make things even slower.

Personal stuff has interfered with ordinary essay offerings.  Not only was there a need to head for the hospital emergency room recently (and home care nursing and the like is still in play — indeed, still being organized) ordinary services like food have been disrupted for reasons like people quitting and the holiday.  The medical may take time.

May your week be good.

 

Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park Ohio

       A Dover Wright 5 - Copy

“Dayton Aviation Heritage National Park” is a bit of wordy description to identify the handful of places related some way to the Wright Brothers under the direction of the U.S. National Park Service.  While that does rather say it all, recently it’s such a few places that it probably should be noted that the superintendent also covered another park. 

The superintendent made local news this past week as he is retiring.  Given the plans afoot to include the factory of the Wrights, he seemed to see a bright and growing future, but whether that might soon include purely local authority rather than one also covering a place on the other side of the state wasn’t clear (or else no one bothered to ask). 

At present, since the government authority could cover two parks, Dayton Aviation Heritage stuff is obviously a small part of the U.S. government’s interests.  For that matter, it’s not even a big part of Dayton’s interests for many of the people.  But, it’s important for understanding of what the Wrights actually did.  It’s a good piece of history. 

Decades have passed since this “salvage operation” started out, and not only are some of the promoters old, some have died off already (as has been mentioned).  Materially that bright and growing future won’t be seen by some; and, it’s quite possible it won’t develop as expected.  Nonetheless, diehards will likely continue because it’s good history. 

Doing something worthwhile uplifts the spirit. Thumbs up 

Editorial Gripe — Today’s Aviation, ATI Note

      A Dover Wright 1a

This little space was never meant to be a bunch of endless rambling of personal opinion, but a comment (now and then) should be okay.  This was meant to be a place where people found informative and interesting stuff about a few things around the immediate area of the “author.”  Personal stuff now limits physical roaming but the principle is valid. 

The humble (?) city of Dayton, the birthplace of aviation, the “place” of Aviation Trail and a sometimes reference in this little place, tries to have an annual air show.  That may not be the biggest or the finest in the country (or in the world), but it could be considered a very special show even if it is at the “barely a port” municipal airport. 

The Dayton air show should be nearly perfect.  This year’s show was again marred by an accident.  Luckily, no one was killed, but it was a “Thunderbirds’ accident” and canceled two days of that headline act.  It’s not guaranteed that a show will include either the Navy’s Blue Angels or the Air Force Thunderbirds with precision flight demonstration. 

While accidents can happen anywhere, in some places it’s a foregone conclusion having an accident there’s worse.  The Dayton air show is one such place as it can be expected to have more knowledge about such things, and the same is the case for precision teams.  The gift of flight was given to humanity and it needs the utmost respect from everyone. 

Reaching the stars was once only a dream. Airplane