Assorted Stuff, Plans

The old folks’ home underfoot is more decked out with Hallowe’en junk than some houses with a half-dozen kids in it.  The interest at hand, however, is that possibly a friend has been found that’s involved in Aviation Trail.  The mind herein is not on Hallowe’en, however, perhaps some minds are.

So, what to say?  It’s certainly possible to launch into something about Hallowe’en, especially the fact that the point of the business is not what’s usually visible (such as imitation spider webs or shreds of white sheets), but the day after Hallowe’en night, which is All Saints’ Day and the day after that.

Again, the mind is on Aviation Trail.  It’s also on some personal problems that need resolving and it’s still on getting pictures to publish as they did before without using what was used before (although that’s still not impossible, just highly inconvenient).  Rambling isn’t good, but it’s already happened.

The plans for here in the weeks ahead are:  a few words about each upcoming holiday that comes along as they come along, some more attempts at pictures, the old folks’ home underfoot, possibly some resurrection of “Grandma’s House,” if substantial enough a few current events and  maybe Aviation Trail.

There’s always a chance for more some other time.  🙂


Ellis Island Note

There are notable, even somewhat fantastic places all over the world.  And, new ones seem to keep surfacing.  Collections of “interesting” stuff, for example, may include bits from New Zealand (surprisingly even some aviation).  New Zealand’s some islands so far from what’s considered “civilization” it seems like they’re about to fall off the edge of the Earth.

The “Seven Wonders of the World” (be they ancient, modern, or some specialized kind) have been “added to” many times over with collections of things like those already on the U.N. World Heritage List, and there are things waiting to be added.  There are also mysteries yet to be discovered (or uncovered) in the vast array of existence just on planet Earth.

Some of the “wonder things” are natural, some are man-made, some are a mixture of both.  They often (if not always) affect or have affected life.  Some only affect the lives of the people near them.  Some affect the lives of everyone.  A guideline to importance might be how much do they affect life?  (At least, that’s one way to consider what should be noted.)

While a number of places in the United States can fit in the category of notable, the point here is to bring attention to Ellis Island.  Admittedly, not everyone in the country has (or had) dealings with Ellis Island, but it is a national treasure that could use donations.  It was thought worthwhile to mention it for those with a connection who don’t have it in mind.

There are many good causes.  🙂

Star Trek, Space

The thing never to be forgotten in “modern” times is outer space, and it’s very easy to forget it almost any day that dawns.  The world at hand interferes, not to mention much about everyone’s individual efforts to stay alive.  The thing is, in that unknown “out there” there may be things that further support the life that already exists on the planet that’s underfoot and more.

Star Trek, the series, movies, etc., were fiction based on some possibilities.  That humans can get beyond the earth is certainty.  What all exists out there isn’t certainty.  Although people have already done some living off of planet Earth, it won’t be soon that such life is going to do much about “problems” such as over-population, but space exploration can be a help.

It’s hard to believe that ancient perceptive humans saw birds flying around and did not come to the conclusion that in some way, somehow it was possible to get far beyond the Earth to that still unknown (and very vast area) in the sky without the religious aspect of a heaven up there.  They probably did, but also realized it would be long after their lives were over.

Some places other than schools have astronomy clubs that do more than study the stars.  They have been known to share information with people passing by in public places.  Such are certainly worth the interest of the young if either is somewhere around.  (And, if there isn’t such a thing, it could be a good public spirited idea to start one.)  They can be social, too.

The “final frontier” is still “out there.”  🙂

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.  🙂

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.  😦