Vitamin E? … A Tribute, Legacy, Memory….

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Her legal name was Marceile, but she was called Sally, she once said.  The relationship probably started out with her husband using his “after office hours” sign painting skill for parental needs.  In short, it wasn’t direct initially, just relative and relative.  That lasted some years and of course extended beyond business since it be after hours. 

Being in the same church and somewhat shopping in the same shops contributed to the development of things, as did the living in the same general neighborhood for decades.  What really got things going was years later after both husband and one parent had died.  That was mutual employment in an office where the two jobs were an aisle from each other. 

While the job arrangement didn’t really last long, she was good enough to stay loosely in touch and at critical times was around for at least some good advice.  Amid the advice (and other bits of help) was an insistence on the value of vitamin E, without really saying what it was.  Another was bottled water (city’s was amid the best in the country). 

Sally died many years ago.  The bottled drinking water had reason for use soon after the insistence, as a factory was in a fire and chemicals leaked into the aquifer.  Water in the apartment building is full of crud.  Distilled water’s what’s used.  A bottle of vitamin E sits on a shelf.  It’s breakfast “enhancement” for whatever that might provide. 

Lives of others can be helped in many ways. Plate 

Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park Ohio

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“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 

Montgomery County Fair – End Of An Era

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Since food’s essential to life, by definition agricultural “fairs” are important events.  Improvements resulting from those competitions are meaningful.  Fairs, however, aren’t big everywhere.  Possibly the best place for such would be mid-sized cities surrounded by rural areas.  Regionally, a farmer doesn’t have much market if a whole area’s rural. 

It made sense to set fairgrounds near towns.  In time some places, such as Dayton, Ohio, towns grew around fair sites until the fairgrounds were almost in the downtown area, an ever-present concrete reminder of life’s fundamentals.  It was easy to go to the fair, and it was a big fair bringing some people from more distant areas to the competitions. 

For some, for many decades, Labor Day weekend was a county fair time in Dayton (Montgomery county).  And, it was also the second competition for some after a more localized one where they lived.  After 165 years the land will have some other uses, like education and medicine, and the fair will be at the outskirts of town again, a loss to city folks. 

The last fair near downtown was held already, although the holiday is nearly two months away.  And those people going downtown to the fair for decades will be gone as well soon enough.  Once that happens it will decidedly be the end of that era in that area, a world of the past beyond even the memories of the people.  Maybe it will be a better time. 

Cemeteries and books have many old tales. School 

Editorial Gripe — Today’s Aviation, ATI Note

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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 

Aviation Trail Began….

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As stated May 29, there’s a “creation” called the Aviation Heritage Area.  It includes the Air and Space Museum.  The initial intent of Aviation Trail was to “save” what things could be “saved” that were in Dayton relative to inventing the airplane.  Although space exploration is a logical end result of that, it isn’t a primary concern of the Trail. 

The Trail’s starting point was what was “in Dayton.”  That Air and Space Museum is upstate.  Not even Huffman Prairie was (or is) actually “in Dayton,” but it’s at least in the immediate area and, of course, very relative to the Wright Brothers themselves.  Places like Kitty Hawk are important to the story, but they are not “in Dayton” or even near. 

It was mistakenly believed by many for many years that all things of any importance relative to the invention were in fact distributed to museums, etc.  Additionally, locally a “negative reputation” descended on the area which persists even today even though the Park Service has been there for decades and in spite of things like names being changed. 

Eventually it was learned by some younger private citizens with the means to start something that there were valuable things that were still “in Dayton.”  Some have died by now but they did what they could to salvage what was there.  A book exists that lists more than what is presented in what travel leaflets there are.  And, that’s story in itself.

Hopefully everyone’s Father’s Day was nice.Rainbow 

Notes On Aviation Trail National Landmarks

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As stated earlier, not everything on the Aviation Trail is considered a National Landmark.  Indeed, very little of it falls into that classification.  At the last “look around” only five of the Trail sites were Landmarks, with hopes of some others.  (Further there are Landmarks in the area not related to aviation, like the Native American SunWatch.) 

The bicycle shop, of course, is the #1 Landmark; saving it started the deal decades ago.  If someone has limited time and can’t see even all of the Landmarks, while interesting and certainly notable, places like the Wright Oakwood home might be (logically) skipped in preference to the “spot on the ground” (Huffman Prairie) and the Wright’s airplane.

The airplane and the spot on the ground are the reasons to visit.  Given the physical locations of those and the shop (all three) that’s about a two-day leisurely visit for any person with the idea of utilizing a long weekend or people with a wish to spend part of a vacation somewhere else.  A school project is another matter.  One day isn’t enough. 

It’s not the intention here to tell anyone where to go.  A little suggesting, however, is not that out of line.  From the viewpoint of a native to the area, although flight’s a mechanical thing, the idea is rather awesome.  There are a number of good lessons in the story of the Wrights and any merit more exploring, but flight was the earth changing.

Some inventions are profound.Coffee cup 

Old Folks’ Home “Views” … (Why ATI)

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The place underfoot supposedly has a “view” (something the residents are supposed to enjoy seeing).  If one stands in front of the place, straight ahead is the top parts of the string of old houses across the street.  To the right some more houses sit with backside there for viewing.  They are not “lovely homes” although not what’s classed “trashy.” 

Then there’s the side to the left.  (That’s supposed to be the view.)  It’s a fairly big river that is always a muddy brown with ripples that show that it’s flowing.  In what’s sort of the left front corner of the view is a bridge that the government plans to tear down, and it does look rather beat up.  There’s constant traffic, often trucks, on it. 

Due left (across the river) there’s a coal yard (a barge’s usually there, too) and often a freight train goes snaking past the area a bit more distant.  It’s all to be ignored, since what one is supposed to enjoy is the side of a ridge that’s to the right and covered with (distant) trees and a shiny skyline (above the left) that is Cincinnati, Ohio.

While some of this has been said before now, it merits the repeat to explain that nothing in sight suggests uplifting viewing nor what some call worthwhile activities.  Elderly means still alive, and while some are happy to just exist, life isn’t much without doing something worthwhile.  Enter some kind of volunteering (like support Aviation Trail). 

Seems like life should have a purpose.Coffee cup