Sunday, November 30, 2008

Happy Birthday to Me!

My cousin has been after me to do another post. She was giving me the business the other day after I failed to do my regular Wordless Wednesday offering. I told her I was busy...she didn't buy it. Sooooo, here you go Mikki.

The Camera Totin' Idiot turned 49 yesterday. To celebrate, Goody Two Shoes 'n me went Christmas shopping in Altoona. But being a Camera Totin' Idiot, I had to stop along the way for a few snaps.

Some horses on a back road that runs parallel to I-99.

The Everett Railroad's Santa train getting ready to depart Roaring Spring.

We managed to do some shopping for our grandson, and I even got a few things for Goody Two Shoes. Then it was time for lunch. Since it was my birthday I got to pick. I chose...HOOTERS. Mm-hmm, all the T&A you could want and more legs than a bucket of chicken. Can you tell I had a good time?

A little T-Bird Tea and the Georgia-Georgia Tech game while I wait for my lunch to arrive.

Me and another guy were the birthday boys and we had to get up on chairs, hold menus in each hand and flap our arms like chickens while the Hooters girls sang to us.

21 never felt this good.

Life's been good to me so far. (thank you, Joe Walsh)

And to my son I say this...EAT YOUR HEART OUT SKIPPY!

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Roadtrip Wednesday

For those of you tuning in for my regular Wordless Wednesday post...surprise. Today, Goody Two Shoes and myself took off for Gettysburg for the 145th commencement of President Lincoln's Gettysburg Address...the most stirring words ever written and spoken by any American President.

The cemetery was standing room only...and frigid.

This is about the time Goody Two Shoes was losing feeling in her feet.

I was fine as long as I kept moving.

Robert E. Lee, from his latter days as President of Washington College, came.

Union reinactors.

General Reynolds.

Academy Award nominated documentary film maker, Ken Burns gave the keynote address.

Burns spoke for about twenty minutes, quoting Lincoln many times, as well as his own work on the Civil War.

Ken Burns meets Abraham Lincoln

A few parting shots from the days festivities.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Wordless Wednesday - Sort Of

An infantry helmet of the 29th Division. Sixty four years ago the 29th Division was in the first wave at Omaha Beach. Among those first assault troops to touch French soil was Company A of the 116th Regiment. Company A was made up of young men from Bedford, Virginia. When the sun set on that day of days, 19 of Bedford's best and brightest lay dead.

"They are leaving us every day now, the men and women of these war years; soon we, their children, will be all alone in the world they saved for us."
Bob Greene, in Our Finest Hour

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Sunday, November 9, 2008

Football and Trains...OH YEAH!

It was Homecoming weekend again and I headed up to the stadium to watch Allegany play Fort Hill...HOOOO-RAAAAAH! I didn't go to either school so the hype of the intra-city battle is lost on me. However, I do appreciate a good football game. And this year's game was a good one.

The winning touchdown. It came with 18 seconds left in the game giving Fort Hill a 26-22 win.

Oh yeah, the scenic train ran this weekend and Cumberland is having a ten-day festival to celebrate it's World War Two veterans. Here's a few snaps from the festivities.

Even President Roosevelt can't resist a ride on the Scenic Railroad.