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Article #1:TO THOSE of US Born Yrs 1925 - 1970

At the end of this article is a quote of the month by Jay Leno. Please read what he said. It is Very well stated by Mr. Leno.

NOTE: The following article appeared in the Rim Country Garrett Retiress 09/2011 Newsletter.

TO ALL THE KIDS WHO SURVIVED 1930s, ‘40s, ‘50s, ‘60s, and ‘70s!!
First, we survived being born to mothers who may have smoked and/or drank while they were pregnant.
They took aspirin, ate blue cheese dressing, tuna from a can, and didn’t get tested for diabetes.
Then, after that trauma, we were put to sleep on our tummies in baby cribs covered with bright colored lead-based paints.
We had no childproof lids on medicine bottles, locks on doors or cabinets, and when we rode our bikes, we had baseball caps, not helmets, on our heads.
As infants and children, we would ride in cars with no car seats, no booster seats, no belts, no air bags, bald tires and sometimes no brakes.

Riding in the back of a pick-up truck on a warm day was always a special treat.
We drank water from a garden hose and not from a bottle.
We shared one soft drink with four friends from one bottle and no one actually died from this.
We ate cupcakes, white bread, real butter, and bacon.
We drank Kool-Aid made with real white sugar. And we weren’t overweight.
Because we were always outside playing…..That’s Why!

We would leave home in the morning and play all day, as long as we were back when the streetlights came on.
No one was able to reach us all day. And, we were OKAY.
We would spend hours building our go-carts out of scraps and then ride them down the hill; only to find out we forgot the brakes.
After running into the bushes a few times, we learned to solve the problem.
We did not have Play Stations, Nintendo’s and X-boxes.
There were no video games, no 150 channels on cable, no video movies or DVDs, no cell phones, no personal computers, no Internet and chat rooms.

WE HAD FRIENDS and we went outside and found them!
We fell out of trees, got cut, broke bones and teeth, and there were no lawsuits from these accidents.
We would get spankings with wooden spoons, switches, and ping-pong paddles, or just the bare hand.
And no one would call child services to report abuse.
We were given BB guns for our 10th birthday, made up games with sticks and tennis balls.
And although we were told it would happen-we did not put out very many eyes.
The ideal of a parent bailing us out if we broke the law was unheard of.
They actually sided with the law!

IF YOU are one of those born between 1925-1970, CONGRATULATIONS!
(I believe most of us qualify !)

The Quote of the Month by Jay Leno.

“With hurricanes, tornadoes, fires out of control, mud slides, flooding, severe thunderstorms tearing up the country from one end to another,
and with bird flu and terrorist attacks, Are we sure this is a good time to take God out of the Pledge of Allegiance?”


Article #2: Buy American?

I purchased a car last year from perhaps the first, and last, great American car companies – Ford.

How did I come to buy this car? Well, prior to my Ford I had a Chrysler 300M. It was 12 years old and since I am pushing 88 (and I don’t mean miles per hour), I rationalized that I needed a new car that I could depend on to get me to the doctor or hospital if I was in a hurry.

The Chrysler was in reasonably good shape and loaded with amenities: low mileage, comfortable ride, AC, heated seats, lights that go on when it gets dark, go off when you remove the key, a compass, good radio, CD player, sun roof, etc. But still I wondered, in its advanced age, would it get me “there” on a cold winter’s day . . . wherever there might be?

So with that worry in the back of my mind, I started shopping for a new car in early 2010. As a long-time subscriber to Consumer Reports, I checked their recommendations for the best cars on the market. But before I share with you about my decision to buy a Ford, let me give you a bit more background first.

Before the Chrysler, I had a Mercury Sable. And before that, I had a Buick Skylark. And before that, a couple of Plymouth station wagons. Notice anything? All the cars were made by American companies, none of which were ever at the top of Consumer Reports’ recommendations!

Why American Cars? Well, you see, when I was a sophomore at Temple University I decided it was important to join the war effort, so I enlisted in the army and chose to finish my education when the war (WWII) was over.

After basic training in chemical warfare, I spent 6 months training in the signal corps at Camp Crowder as part of a radio-teletype team that was eventually attached as back-up to McArthur’s headquarters in New Guinea. After a year on that island, we followed McArthur to the Philippines, where we prepared for a future assault on Japan. Thankfully, it never happened! Truman ordered The Bomb to be dropped and 6 months later, rather than landing in Japan, I was back at Temple University.

Perhaps now you can see why I only purchase cars from American companies. It has always been hard for me to see beyond my war experiences to care enough about the superiority of Japanese or German engineering.

But was I really buying an American car?

Surprisingly, when I gave the Chrysler 300M to my daughter and son-in-law, I discovered that it was made in Canada. And just recently, after driving my Ford Fusion sport model for over one year, I stumbled across a parts content information sticker that should have been displayed on the window before purchase. It traitorously stated:

So in today’s every growing global economy I have to ask myself, “Did I buy an American car?” To tell you the truth, I am not sure there is such a thing as an American car anymore.

By Ted Largman

Editor's Note: The above article was prepared by H/AREA Member Ted Largman who is expressing his personal views.

It should be noted that H/AREA makes this information known as a Service to its Home Page Viewers.
H/AREA does not recommend or endorse any of the ideas in this article.


The following Section Humor #1- New Laws,Rules,Axioms,Etc.- was added to Commentary a subset of Other Topics on 11/2011

Article #3: Humor
New Laws, Rules, Axioms, Etc.

Here is a List of the Above.
First, The Most Famous Laws --- Murphy’s!

1.Murphy’s Law #1
   If anything can go wrong it will....At the most inopportune time.

2.Murphy’s Law #2
   If everything seems to be going well, you have obviously overlooked something.
   A hidden flaw never stays hidden long.

3.Murphy’s Law #3
   If there is a possibility of several things going wrong, the one that will cause the
   most damage will be the one to go wrong.

4.Murphy's Law of Thermodynamics
   Things get worse under pressure.

5.The Murphy Philosophy
   Smile ..... Tomorrow will be worse.

6.Anthony’s Law of Force
   Don’t force it.Get a larger hammer.

7.Cann’s Axiom
   When all else fails,READ the Instructions.

8. Clarke’s 3rd Law
   Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.

9. Canada’s Bill Jones’s 1st Motto
   Its morally wrong to allow suckers to keep their money.

10. Canada’s Bill Jones’s 2nd Motto
    A Smith & Wesson will always beat four aces.

11. Sattinger’s Law
    It works much better----- If You Plug It In !

12. John’s Axiom
    When your opponent is down ----- Kick Him !

13. The Johnson- Laird Law
    A toothache tends to start on a Saturday night.

14. Jones’s Law
    A man who can smile when things go wrong has thought of someone
    he can blame it on.

15. Jones’s Motto
    Friends Come and Go; Enemies Accumulate.

16. Dean Martin’s Definition of Drunkenness
    You’re not drunk if you can lie on the floor without holding on.

17. Franklin’s Rule
    Blessed is he who expects nothing: For he shall not be disappointed.

18. Meskimen’s Law
    There never time to do it right. However, there’s always time to do it over.

19. Vonnegut’s Corollary
    Beauty may only be skin deep ---- But Ugliness goes right to the core.

20. Lowery’s Law
    If it jams ----force it. If it breaks, It needed replacing anyway.

21. Ginsberg’s Theorom
    (a) You can’t win.
    (b) You can’t break even
    (c) You can’t even quit the game

22. The Law of Mechanical Repair
    After your hands become coated with grease, your nose will begin to itch –OR –
    You will have to go to the bathroom.

23. The Law of the Workshop
    Any tool, when dropped, will roll to the least accessible corner or table.

24. The Law of Probability
    The probability of being watched is directly proportional to the stupidity of your act.

25. The Variation Law
    If you change traffic lanes while driving, the one you were in will start to move faster
    than the one you are in now.

26. Oliver’s Law
    The closed mouth gathers no feet.

27. Wilson’s Law
    As soon as you find a product that you like and must have, they will stop making it.

28. The Law of Light and Sound
    Light travels faster than sound. This is why some people appear bright until you hear them speak.

29. Definition of Fine
    A Fine is a tax for doing wrong. A tax is a Fine for doing well.

30. Definition of Change
    Change in life is inevitable, except from a vending machine.

31. The Sword and a Gun
    Those who chose to live by the sword get shot by Those that don’t.

32. Definition of the 50-50 Rule
    The 50-50 Rule: Anytime you have a 50-50 chance of getting something right,
    there is a 90% chance of getting it wrong.

33. The Rule of Waiting for Things
    The Things that come to those who wait --- may be the things left by those who got there first.

34. The Rule of Fishing
    Give a man a fish and he will eat for a day. Teach a man to fish and he will sit in a
    boat all day drinking beer.

35. Definition of a Flashlight.
    It is a case for holding dead batteries.

36. Definition of the Shin Bone
    It’s a device for finding furniture in the dark.

37. Definition of a Jury
    When you go to court, you are putting yourself in the hands of 12 people who
    were not smart enough to get out of jury duty.

38. The Law of Close Encounters
    The probability of meeting someone you know increases when you are with someone you don’t want to be seen with.

39. Law of Bio Mechanics
    The severity of the itch is inversely proportional to the reach.

40. Iron Law of Distribution
    Thems that has-GETS!


Article #4: Humor #2

This is a Double Feature: Comments by Golf Caddies and Golf Quotes has been added to Commentary/Humor.

A. Top Ten Funny Comments by Golf Caddies.

#10 -
Golfer: “Think I’m going to drown myself in the lake.”
Caddy: “Think you can keep your head down that long."

#9 –
Golfer: “I’d move heaven and earth to break 100 on this course.”
Caddy: “Try heaven, you’ve already moved most of the earth.”

#8 -
Golfer: “Do you think my game is improving?”
Caddy: “Yes sir, you miss the ball much closer now.”

#7 –
Golfer: “Do you think I can get there with a 5 iron?”
Caddy: “Eventually !

#6 -
Golfer: “You’ve got to be the worst caddy in the world.”
Caddy: “I don’t think so sir. That would be too much of a coincidence."

#5 -
Golfer: “Please stop checking your watch all the time. It’s too much of a distraction.”
Caddy: “It’s not a watch – it’s a compass.”

#4 -
Golfer: “How do you like my game?”
Caddy: “Very good sir, but personally, I prefer golf.”
#3 -
Golfer: “Do you think it’s a sin to play on Sunday?”
Caddy: “The way you play, sir, it’s a sin on any day.”

#2 -
Golfer: “This is the worst course I’ve ever played on.”
Caddy: “This isn’t the golf course. We left that an hour ago.”

And the #1 Caddy Comment is:

Golfer: “That can’t be my ball, it’s too old.”
Caddy: “It’s been a long time since we teed off, sir.”

B. Jeff Vanek's Golf Quotes

Turn on your sound before clicking on the following movie Website.   ENJOY !

Golf Quotes


The following Section was added to Commentary a subset of Other Topics on 03/2012

Article #5: Humor #3

Print Journalism 101

Here's how to keep all that Political 'News' in Perspective.

  1. The Wall Street Journal is read by the people who run the country.

  2. The Washington Post is read by people who think they run the country.

  3. The New York Times is read by people who think they should run the country and who are very good at crossword puzzles.

  4. USA Today is read by people who think they ought to run the country but don't really understand The New York Times.
    They do, however, like their statistics shown in pie charts.

  5. The Los Angeles Times is read by people who wouldn't mind running the country,
    If they could find the time -- and if they didn't have to leave Southern California to do it.

  6. The Boston Globe is read by people whose parents used to run the country and did a poor job of it, thank you very much.

  7. The New York Post is read by people who don't care who is running the country as long as they do something really scandalous,
    preferably while intoxicated.

  8. The Miami Herald is read by people who are running another country, but need the baseball scores.

  9. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch is read by people who want only the score of the Cardinals game.
    They drink Budweiser, Budweiser, and wait a minute -- what was the question?

  10. The San Francisco Chronicle is read by people who aren't sure if there is a country or that anyone is running it;
    But if so, they oppose all that they stand for. There are occasional exceptions if the leaders are
    handicapped minority feminist atheist dwarfs who also happen to be illegal aliens from any other country
    or some galaxy, provided of course, that they are not Republicans.

  11. The National Enquirer is read by people trapped in line at the grocery store.

  12. The Seattle Times is read by people who have recently caught a fish and need something to wrap it in.


The following Section was added to Commentary a subset of Other Topics on 03/2012.

Article #6: Humor #4

At last a Guy has taken the time to write this all down.
Finally, the Guys' side of the story.
We always hear "The Rules " from the Female side.
Now here are the rules from the Male side.

These are Our Rules!

Please note.These are all numbered "1 to 25" !

25 Guy Rules


  2. Learn to work the toilet seat.You're a big girl. If it's up, put it down.
    We need it up, you need it down.
    You don't hear us complaining about you leaving it down

  3. Sunday Sports. It's like the full moon or the changing of the tides. Let it be.

    And no, We are never going to think of it that way.

  5. Crying is blackmail.

  6. Ask for what you want.
    Let us be clear on this one: Strong hints do not work!
    Obvious hints do not work!
    Just say it!

  7. Yes and No are perfectly acceptable answers to almost every question.

  8. Come to us with a problem only If you want help solving it. That's what we do.
    Sympathy is what your girlfriends are for.

  9. A headache that lasts for 17 months is a problem. Please See a Doctor.

  10. Anything we said 6 months ago is inadmissible in an argument. In fact, all comments become null and void after 7 Days.

  11. If you won't dress like the Victoria's Secret Girls, don't Expect us to act like soap opera guys.

  12. If you think you're fat, you probably are.
    Please Don't ask us.

  13. If something we said can be interpreted two ways and one of the ways makes you sad or angry, we meant the other one.

  14. You can either ask us to do something
    Or tell us how you want it done.
    Not both.If you already know best how to do it, just do it yourself.

  15. Whenever possible, Please say whatever you have to say during commercials.

  16. Christopher Columbus did NOT need directions and neither do we.

  17. ALL men see in only 16 colors, like Windows default settings.
    Peach, for example, is a fruit, not! A color.
    Pumpkin is also a fruit.
    We have no idea what Mauve is.

  18. If it itches, it will Be scratched.
    We do that.

  19. If we ask what is wrong and you say "nothing," We will act like nothing's wrong.
    We know you are lying, but it is just not worth the hassle.

  20. If you ask a question you don't want an answer to, Expect an answer you don't want to hear.

  21. When we have to go somewhere, absolutely anything you wear Is fine ..... Really.

  22. Don't ask us what we're thinking about unless you are prepared to discuss such topics as baseball, the shotgun formation, or golf.

  23. You have enough clothes.

  24. You have too many shoes.

  25. I am in Shape. Round Is a Shape!

Thank you for reading this.Yes, I know, I have to sleep on the couch tonight; But did you know men really don't mind that? It's like camping.
Pass this to as many men as you can -to give them a laugh. Pass this to as many women as you can to give them a bigger laugh !


The following Section was added to Commentary a subset of Other Topics on 03/2012

Article #7: Travel Signs

The Website listed below offers You a Choice.

  1. An Opportunity to Share Pictures that You have taken of Signs that have left you Puzzled, Amused, or Perplexed.


  2. A Visit to a Gallery of Selected Pictures of Various Signs -- For Your Viewing Pleasure.

Click on following Link.

Travel Signs


The following Section was added to Commentary a subset of Other Topics on 03/2012

Article #8: M. Romney's Tax Return

FYI: A Study in Tax Planning

The following WSJ Article (Dated 01/28-29/2012) gives a Guided Tour of Presidential Candidate M.Romney's Yr 2010 Tax Return.
Click on the Following Link.



The following Section was added to Commentary a subset of Other Topics on 03/2012

Article #9: The Pearls Are Mine

It Maybe Very Difficult for You to Go Through the Belongings and The Financial Affairs of Your Parents when They Retire or Die.

This NYT's Article - The Pearls Are Mine! - looks at this Situation and provides Suggestions and Methods of How to Cope with Estate Liquidation.
Click on the Following Link.



The following Section was added to Commentary a subset of Other Topics on 03/2012

Article #10: Texting While Walking (TWW)

The NYT provides a Menu of Videos on various Topics at this Website called Opinion Op-Docs.
Scroll Down in the Menu and Click on the Video -- Texting While Walking.
And Turn On Your Sound !





Article #11: Sign of the Times

Image of A Man- S.Jobs-Walking Towards an Apple.The Title of Image: I Came, I Saw, I Conquered

10 Years Ago, the USA had Steve Jobs, Bob Hope, and Johnny Cash !

Now They Have No Jobs, No Hope and No Cash.


The Image Steve Jobs -'iCame,iSaw,iConquered - is by Joe Heller, the Editorial Cartoonist at the Green Bay Press-Gazette .

The Comments Under the Above Image are taken from the Rim Country Garrett Retirees, February 2012 Newsletter.

The Above Section was added to Commentary a subset of Other Topics on 03/2012


The following Section was added to Commentary a subset of Other Topics on 04/2012

Article #12: Humor #5

Questions With NO Answers!

This Will Let You -- The Reader-- Read, Ponder and Wonder......?

Take Care !

  1. Why doesn't Tarzan have a beard?
  2. Why do we press harder on a remote control when we know the batteries are flat?
  3. Why do banks charge a fee on 'insufficient funds' when they know there is not enough?
  4. Why do Kamikaze pilots wear helmets?
  5. Why does someone believe you when you say there are four billion stars, but check when you say the paint is wet?

  6. What is the speed of darkness?
  7. Why is it that people say they 'slept like a baby' when babies wake up every two hours?
  8. Are there specially reserved parking spaces for 'normal' people at the Special Olympics?
  9. If the temperature is zero outside today and it's going to be twice as cold tomorrow, how cold will it be?
  10. Do married people live longer than single ones or does it only seem longer?

  11. How is it that we put man on the moon before we figured out it would be a good idea to put wheels on luggage?
  12. Why do people pay to go up tall buildings and then put money in binoculars to look at things on the ground?
  13. Who was the first person to look at a cow and say, 'I think I'll squeeze these pink dangly things here, and drink whatever comes out?'
  14. Why do toasters always have a setting so high that could burn the toast to a horrible crisp, which no decent human being would eat?
  15. Why is there a light in the fridge and not in the freezer?

  16. Why does your Obstetrician, Gynaecologist leave the room when you get undressed if they are going to look up there anyway?
  17. Why does Goofy stand erect while Pluto remains on all fours? They're both dogs !
  18. If quizzes are quizzical, what are Tests?
  19. If corn oil is made from corn, and vegetable oil is made from vegetables, then what is baby oil made from?
  20. If electricity comes from electrons, does morality come from morons?

  21. Why do the Alphabet song and Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star have the same tune?
  22. Stop singing and read on.......
  23. Do illiterate people get the full effect of Alphabet Soup?
  24. Did you ever notice that when you blow in a dog's face, he gets mad at you, but when you take him on a car ride, he sticks his head out the window?
  25. Does pushing the elevator button more than once make it arrive faster?


The following Section was added to Commentary a subset of Other Topics on 04/2012

Video #2: I Wish I Were 18 Again


This a Video Presentation. Please Turn on Your Sound and then Click on Program Link below.

I Wish I Were 18 Again/


The following Section was added to Commentary a subset of Other Topics on 05/2012

Article #13: Humor #6


  1. Never, under any circumstances, take a sleeping pill and a laxative on the same night.

  2. Don't worry about what people think, they don't do it very often.

  3. Going to church doesn't make you a Christian anymore than standing in a garage makes you a car.

  4. Artificial intelligence is no match for natural stupidity.

  5. If you must choose between two evils, pick the one you've never tried before.

  6. My idea of housework is to sweep the room with a glance.

  7. Not one shred of evidence supports the notion that life is serious.

  8. A person, who is nice to you, but rude to the waiter, is not a nice person.

  9. For every action, there is an equal and opposite government program.

  10. If you look like your passport picture, you probably need the trip.

  11. Bills travel through the mail at twice the speed of checks.

  12. A conscience is what hurts when all of your other parts feel so good.

  13. Eat well, stay fit, die anyway.

  14. Men are from earth. Women are from earth. Deal with it.

  15. No man has ever been shot while doing the dishes.

  16. A balanced diet is a cookie in each hand.

  17. Middle age is when broadness of the mind and narrowness of the waist change places.

  18. Opportunities always look bigger going than coming.

  19. Junk is something you've kept for years and throw away three weeks before you need it.

  20. There is always one more imbecile than you counted on.

  21. Experience is a wonderful thing. It enables you to recognize a mistake when you make it again.

  22. By the time you can make ends meet, they move the ends.

  23. Thou shalt not weigh more than thy refrigerator.

  24. Someone who thinks logically provides a nice contrast to the real world.

  25. It ain't the jeans that make your butt look fat.

  26. If you had to identify, in 1 word, the reason why the human race has not achieved, & never will achieve, its full potential, that word would be "meetings."

  27. There is a very fine line between "hobby" and "mental illness."

  28. People who want to share their religious views with you almost never want you to share yours with them.

  29. You should not confuse your career with your life.

  30. Nobody cares if you can't dance well. Just get up and dance.

  31. Never lick a steak knife.

  32. The most destructive force in the universe is gossip.

  33. You will never find anybody who can give you a clear and compelling reason why we observe daylight savings time.

  34. There comes a time when you should stop expecting other people to make a big deal about your birthday. That time is age eleven.

  35. The one thing that unites all human beings, regardless of age, gender, religion, economic status or ethnic background, is that,
    deep down inside, we ALL believe that we are above average drivers.

  36. Your friends love you anyway.

  37. Thought for the day: Never be afraid to try something new.

  38. Always remember that a lone amateur built the Ark. A large group of professionals built the Titanic.


The following Section was added to Commentary a subset of Other Topics on 05/2012.

Article #14

Geothermal Tongue Twisters (GTT'S)

Here are some GTT's for You to Pronounce.

Reference:Week in Words: The Wall Street Journal. April 27, 2012

  1. "Popo," as the [Popocatépetl] volcano is affectionately known in Mexico, came back to
    life in Year 1994 after decades of relative quiet and regularly emits puffs of ash and vapor.
    In fact, the volcano's name in Mexico's indigenous Nahuatl language means "smoking mountain."

  2. Here sre Some Other Examples of GTT’s are:
    1. Eyjafjallajökull in Iceland (pronounced roughly ay-uh-fyat-luh-yoe-kootl,"island mountain glacier").
    2. Llullaillaco in Chile (yul-ya-yaco, "dirty water").
    3. Tungurahua in Ecuador (pronounced tung-gur-a-waa, "throat of fire").

The following Section was added to Commentary a subset of Other Topics on 08/2012.

Article #15


Remembering Mom’s Clothesline

There is one thing that’s left out.
We had long wooden poles (clothes pole) that were used to push the clothesline up so thatlonger items (sheets/pants/etc) didn’t brush the ground and get dirty.
You have to be a “certain age "to appreciate this.

  1. You had to hang the socks by the toes…NOT the top.
  2. You hung the pants by the BOTTOM/cuffs: NOT the waistbands.
  3. You had to WASH the clothesline(s) before hanging any clothes-walk the entire length of each line with a damp cloth around the lines.
  4. You had to hang the clothes in a certain order, and always hang “whites” with “whites” and hang them first.
  5. You NEVER hung a shirt by the shoulders-always by the tail! What would the neighbors think?
  6. Wash day was on a Monday! NEVER hang clothes on the weekend, or on Sunday, for HEAVENS SAKE !
  7. Hang the sheets and towels on the OUTSIDE lines so you can hide your “unmentionables” in the middle (busybodies y’know!)
  8. It didn’t matter if it was sub-zero weather-- clothes would “freeze-dry".
  9. ALWAYS gather the clothes pins when taking down the dry clothes! Pins left on the line were “tacky”!
  10. If you were efficient, you would line the clothes up so that each item did not need two clothes pins,but shared one of the clothes pins with the next washed item.
  11. Clothes off the line before dinner time, neatly folded in the clothes basket, and ready to be ironed.
  12. IRONED????!! Well that is a whole OTHER subject!

A clothes line was a news forecast, to neighbors passing by.
There were no secrets you could keep, when clothes were hung to dry.
It also was a friendly link, for neighbors always knew if company had stopped by,to spend a night or two.
For then you’d see the “fancy sheets”, and towels upon the line; you’d see the “company table cloths”,
with intricate designs.
The line announced a baby’s birth, from folks who lived inside, as brand new infant clothes were hung, so carefully with pride!
The ages of the children could, so readily be known by watching how the sizes changed; you’d know how much they’d grown!
It also told when illness struck, as extra sheets were hung; then nightclothes, and bathrobes too, haphazardly were strung.
It also said “On Vacation Now”, when the lines hung limp and bare.
It told “We’re Back!” when the full lines sagged, with not an inch to spare!
New folks in town were scorned upon, If their wash was dingy and gray.
But clotheslines now are of the past, for dryers make work less.
Now what goes on inside a home is anybody’s guess!

I really miss that way of life. It was a friendly sign when neighbors knew each other best--- By What was Hung.

Note: The ClothesLine was taken from the Rim Country Garrett Retirees, April 2012 Newsletter.

The following Section was added to Commentary a subset of Other Topics on 02/2013.

Article #16 -The Hindenburg Disaster

There are 34 Photos in this Presentation.

Click on Program Link below.

Hindenburg Disaster

At the End of the above Photo Presentation, There are 3 Links about Airships that the Viewer may wish to visit.

Another Web Source provides the reader some Surprising Facts about this Disaster.

9 Facts About the HD

The following Section was added to Commentary as a subset of Other Topics on 05/2013.


  1. Where there's a will, I want to be in it.
  2. The last thing I want to do is hurt you, but it's still on my list.
  3. Since light travels faster than sound, some people appear bright until you hear them speak.
  4. If I agreed with you, we'd both be wrong.
  5. We never really grow up, we only learn how to act in public.
  6. War does not determine who is right - only who is left.
  7. Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit. Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.
  8. They begin the evening news with 'Good Evening,' then proceed to tell you why it isn't.
  9. To steal ideas from one person is plagiarism. To steal from many is research.
  10. Buses stop in bus stations. Trains stop in train stations. On my desk is a work station .
  11. I thought I wanted a career. Turns out I just wanted pay cheques .
  12. In filling out an application, where it says, 'In case of emergency, notify:' I put 'DOCTOR."
  13. I didn't say it was your fault, I said I was blaming you.
  14. Women will never be equal to men until they can walk down the street with a bald head and a beer gut, and still think they are sexy.
  15. Behind every successful man is his woman. Behind the fall of a successful man is usually another woman.
  16. A clear conscience is the sign of a fuzzy memory.
  17. You do not need a parachute to skydive. You only need a parachute to skydive twice.
  18. Money can't buy happiness, but it sure makes misery easier to live with.
  19. There's a fine line between cuddling and holding someone down so they can't get away.
  20. I used to be indecisive. Now I'm not so sure.
  21. You're never too old to learn something stupid.
  22. To be sure of hitting the target, shoot first and call whatever you hit the target.
  23. Nostalgia isn't what it used to be.
  24. Change is inevitable, except from a vending machine.
  25. Going to church doesn't make you a Christian any more than standing in a garage makes youa car.
  26. Where there's a will, there are relatives.
  27. I'm supposed to respect my elders, but its getting harder and harder for me to find one now.

The following Section was added to Commentary as a subset of Other Topics on 10/2013.

Article #18 - OLD FUEL STOPS

This will bring back alot of Memories from a Time when gasoline was 19.9 cents a gallon.

Click the Link - old fuel stops - and enjoy the photo ride back into time to another era of autos and the fuel stops that made them go.

old fuel stops

The Following Sections were added to Commentary as a subset of Other Topics on 11/2013.

Article #19 - Walk Down A Forgotten Memory Lane

Click the Link and Scroll Thru the Pics for there are many. Enjoy the Walk!


Article #20 - Peak Fall Foliage in 48 States

Click the Link and Scroll Thru the Pics for There are Many. Enjoy Mother nature's Fall Show !
Please Give It Some Time to DownLoad !

Peak Foliage-48 States

Article #21 - 1945 Japanese Surrender

This film is believed to have never been seen before, only photos of the surrender were known.

If You are a history buff, You will enjoy old history-making B-W film clip that took place on 09/02/1945 in Toyko Bay. Click on the Link and Please Turn on your sound !

Japanese Surrender

Article #22 - Magic


Click on the Link and Please Turn on your sound !


Article #23 - God Bless America

This was done beautifully on 10/26/2013 at the World Series btwn the St. Louis Cardinal & Boston Red Sox.

Click on the Link and Please Turn on Your sound ! Pardon the Commercials that appear with this Video !

God Bless America

Article #24 -Starry Starry Night

This is a very impressive,meaningful video.

Click on the Link and Please Turn on your sound !

Starry Starry Nite

Article #25 -Statue of Liberty.pps

These are Great Pics of Lady Liberty from its very Beginning to the Present.

The Statue of Liberty Enlightening the World was a gift of friendship from the people of France to the United States.
It is a universal symbol of freedom and democracy.
The Statue of Liberty was dedicated on October 28, 1886, designated as a National Monument in 1924 and restored for her centennial on July 4, 1986.

Click on the Link and Please Turn on your sound for There is Music !


Statue of Liberty.pps

The Following Article #26 was added to Commentary as a subset of Other Topics on 01/2014

This article is about the replacement of 'Soon to-be Obsolete' incandescent light bulbs with new, more efficient types.

Click on the following Link for the Full Story.

Out With Old Bulbs,In with New Bulbs

The Following Article #27 was added to Commentary as a subset of Other Topics 04/2014

Please Turn on Your Sound for any of these Three Musical Performances (MP3) before Clicking on the Link.

  1. MP1: MY WAY

    Paul Anka wrote this for Frank Sinatra, and only a violin can make this sound as beautiful as it truly is.

    Andre Rieu, a renowned Dutch violinist, conductor and composer, and his formal orchestra did a tribute to Frank Sinatra
    with MY WAY at Radio City Music Hall New York in May 2012.

    MY WAY

  2. MP#2: Il Silenzio - The Silence

    This performance is a Trumpet Solo played by Melissa Venema with Andre Rieu and his orchestra at the 'Vrijthof' in Maastricht NE in July 2008.

    Trumpet Solo

  3. MP#3: WT Overture

    The Lone Ranger Theme Song was the William Tell Overture.This is a ONE-MAN Performance by Buddy Greene - On a Harmonica - before a
    NYC Carnegie Hall audience.
    U Gotta Love This One ! The Audience DID- with a Standing Ovation !


The Following Article #28 was added to Commentary as a subset of Other Topics 10/2014

Here are Some Facts about the 1500's !

Most people got married in June because they took their yearly bath in May.
And they still smelled pretty good by June.

However,Since they were starting to smell,
Brides carried a bouquet of flowers to hide the body odor.

Hence the Custom of Today, Is carrying a Bouquet when getting married.

Baths consisted of a big tub filled with hot water.
The man of the house had the privilege of the nice clean water.
Then all the other sons and men, then the women and finally the children.

Last of all was the babies.
By then the water was so dirty you could actually lose someone in it.

Hence the saying,"Don't throw the baby out with the bath water!"

Houses had thatched roofs-thick straw-piled high, with no wood underneath.
It was the only place for animals to get warm, so all the cats and other small animals (mice, bugs) lived in the roof.

When it rained it became slippery and sometimes the animals would slip and fall off the roof.

Hence the saying, "It's raining cats and dogs!"
There was nothing to stop things from falling into the house.

This posed a real problem in the bedroom where bugs and other droppings Could mess up your nice clean bed.

Hence,a bed with big posts and a sheet hung over the top afforded some protection.

That's how canopy beds came into existence.

The floor was dirt. Only the wealthy had something other than dirt.

Hence,the saying, "Dirt poor."

The wealthy had slate floors that would get slippery In the winter when wet,
so they spread thresh (straw) on the floor to help keep their footing.
As the winter wore on, they added more thresh until, when you opened the door, it would all start slipping outside.
A piece of wood was placed in the entrance-way.

Hence:A thresh hold.

In those old days, they cooked in the kitchen with a big kettle that always hung over the fire.

Every day they lit the fire and added things to the pot. They ate mostly vegetables and did not get much meat.
They would eat the stew for dinner, leaving leftovers in the pot to get cold overnight and then start over the next day.
Sometimes the stew had food in it that had been there for quite a while.

Hence the rhyme:
"Peas porridge hot, peas porridge cold, peas porridge in the pot nine days old."

Sometimes they could obtain pork, which made them feel quite special.

When visitors came over, they would hang up their bacon to show off.

It was a sign of wealth that a man could "Bring home the bacon."

They would cut off a little to share with guests and would all sit around and chew the fat.

Those with money had plates made of pewter.

Food with high acid content caused some of the lead to leach onto the food, causing lead poisoning death.

This happened most often with tomatoes, so for the next 400 years or so, tomatoes were considered poisonous.

Bread was divided according to status.

Workers got the burnt bottom of the loaf, the family got the middle,

And guests got the top, or the upper crust.

Lead cups were used to drink ale or whisky.
The combination would sometimes knock the imbibers out for a couple of days.
Someone walking along the road would take them for dead and prepare them for burial.
They were laid out on the kitchen table for a couple of days and the family would gather around and eat and drink and wait and see if they would wake up.

Hence:the custom: “holding a wake."

England is old and small and the local folks started running out of places to bury people.

So they would dig up coffins and would take the bones to a bone-house, and reuse the grave.

When reopening these coffins, 1 out of 25 coffins were found to have scratch marks on the inside and they realized they had been burying people alive.
So they would tie a string on the wrist of the corpse, lead it through the coffin and up through the ground and tie it to a bell.

Someone would have to sit out in the graveyard all night (The Graveyard Shift) to listen for the bell !

Thus,Someone could be:

Hence:“Saved by the Bell" or was "Considered a Dead Ringer."

Where did the expression "piss poor" come from ?

They used to use urine to tan animal skins, so families used to all pee in a pot.
And then once it was full it was taken and sold to the tannery.

If you had to do this to survive you were "Piss Poor".
But worse than that were the really poor folk who couldn't even afford to buy a pot.

They "Didn't have a pot to piss in" and were the "Lowest of the Low".

The next time you are washing your hands and complain because the water temperature isn't just how you like it, think about how things used to be.

And That's the Truth.

Now, Whoever said History was Boring!!!

The Following Article #29 was added to Commentary as a subset of Other Topics 10/2014

Weather.com features The Ten Worst Hurricanes in American History.

They are:
  1. Katrina-Yr2005, Pics-21
  2. Galveston-Yr1900, Pics-8
  3. Miami-Yr1926, Pics-1
  4. Andrew-Yr1992, Pics-3
  5. Camille-Yr1969, Pics-1
  6. SE Fla-Yr1928, Pics-9
  7. Labor Day,Fla-Yr1935, Pics-1
  8. SuperStorm Sandy-Yr2012, Pics-323
  9. NE USA- Yr1938, Pics-6
  10. Charley-Yr2004, Video/Snd

Hurricane Sandy

Hurricane Sandy made Its appearance in the Eastern USA in late October 2012. It's Weather even brought Snow to certain areas.

Photos are available for the other eight (8) listed Hurricanes at this Website.

Turn on Your Sound. Item #10 is a Video with Sound.

The Listed Hurricanes on this Website can be Viewed by Clicking either Prev or Next which is located at the Top-RightSide of the Pic.

Click on the following website for Super Storm Sandy,2012.This Site has 323 photos that tells the Wrath of Sandy.

It maybe necessary to Refresh this Site for Viewing at Its very beginning by clicking the 'X' in the Upper RH Corner of the ADD that Appears.

WC 10 Worst USA Hurricanes

Here are Aerial Photos of Hurricane Sandy Damage from NOAA's National Geodetic Survey.

Go to this site to see “Before” and “After” Pics of the coastal damage in NJ & NY. Roll you curser over each Pic to see the difference of these satellite images. Amazing ! !

H.Sandy Coastal Damage in NJ & NY 1112

Go to this site and See Hurricane Sandy after Landfall.

This site shows the Wrath of Sandy in the areas such as NYC,NY,NJ,DEL,MA,OH.

Sandy After Landfall

The following CNN website provides Fast Facts on Hurricane Sandy.The Timeline for Info is from 10/22/12 to 02/12/13.

Hurricane Sandy Fast Facts

Comments, corrections and/or suggestions are invited and always welcome.