|Having lived over
a half century in America has afforded my wife and I the opportunity to visit,
learn and document some interesting places. Here we offer a glimpse of life away
from the keyboard.|
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a little history about the generation that raised us. With only a few veterans
remaining, from the ship my grandfather served aboard in WWII, I was fortunate
to learn about the people and places, of his world, during that time in his life.
The USS Mizar page documents
one of the thousands of ships that played a role in the Pacific War.
the war, my grandfather returned to his job as a brakeman for the historic Pennsylvania
Railroad. On our PRR page you can
read about the rise and fall of a town founded by the railroad and how it has
Altoona is a smaller, quieter community. The railroad shops are closed, the famous
Logan House hotel is long gone and the once bustling downtown area is now much
quieter. In recent years, highway improvements have brought Minor League Baseball
back to town. The Altoona Curve
have a great stadium and major league players often play there while recovering
dad lived in the Cleveland Ohio
area for many years and that's where I met my wonderful wife Sue. She grew up
in a small farm community just south of the sprawling suburbs. We were married
in the town square in Medina. Although we were married in the summer, the
gazebo is quite
picturesque covered in snow and decorated for Christmas.
have lived in Texas for over 30 years, most of it in the same house. A few years
ago I gave the kitchen a face
lift, adding a seating area in the corner and installing new countertops and flooring.
With the addition of retro signs it has a more retro look.
Sue and I managed to get away for a long weekend. One of the great destinations
in Texas is Corpus Christi. Located
on the Gulf Coast, it has a number of interesting attractions as well as the beach.
our hotel room in Corpus Christi we could look down on the deck of the aircraft
carrier, USS Lexington, now
a floating museum.
far from the Aquarium and Lexington is the Discovery
Museum. The displays cover Texas history from it's very earliest days.
a second trip a few years later, we visited the historic battleship USS
Texas, located near the San Jacinto Monument. An appropriate site, since
the war for Texas independence was won there.
in Galveston Texas, we unexpectedly came across the Lone
Star Flight Museum. This unassuming building housed dozens of vintage
have been in love with cars, especially hot rods, ever since I can remember, beginning
with the first car I knew as a child. The back seat of our 1949 Mercury felt big
enough to get lost in when I was 5. Whenever possible, I take my grandsons to
see the hot rods, street rods and race
cars at nearby events.
Being around hot rods has brought some interesting projects my way. I purchased a complete chassis and fiberglass body for a 41 Willys ride on GoKart. With help from some of my hot rod buddys, the parts turned into a fun ride that sold for $600.
With only the raw fiberglass body to start with, I completed and sold a baby stroller styled after early 1950's Mercurys.
Late in 2013 Sue obtained a 1970's pedal car that wasn't much more than a rusted body and running gear. I've completed the restoration and you can see the finished product.
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