Wednesday, September 28, 2016

How Accidents Can Happen

Let's start at the very beginning, I was headed to Texas to visit my daughter, a new grad student and I got an email from Groupon, advertising a huge discount to the Great Wolf Lodge in Grapevine, Texas.


My eyes lit up, I have a friend that lives near Fort Worth who took me there to see it before.  It is beautiful! The price was only $150 a night. I accidentally booked the wrong place, The Great Wolf  Lodge is not the Gaylord Texan but I still wanted to visit the Gaylord again.


 The ducks that were possibly crossing were floating but they were not moving. Something was wrong. When I typically photograph ducks, they do just that, duck their heads into the water. They were perfect...decoys.


The inside was beautiful as well.  One wall was patterned after the Alamo in San Antonio, Texas and...


,,,,further along the path, you can visit a replica of the famous River Walk in San Antonio. River Walk was not very crowded ...but I had all those steps to record on my Human app. I didn't mind cruising around


The sports bar was filled. Why you ask on a Sunday afternoon?  The Dallas Cowboys were playing on the big screens. The Dallas Cowboys in Texas are synonymous with the Philadelphia Eagles in Wentzylvania, if they are playing, the game is on. I did not watch, I know better as a Philadelphia fan.


Five years ago when I visited the Gaylord, I remember at least one other train set up, one that the track was shaped in the outline of a guitar. I might be able to find that in my archives.



Here is another look at the center courtyard.  It must be stunning at night with those lights.


 and the Lone Star glowing above.


I was surprised no one was in the pool at 3 p.m in the afternoon.  It was 103 degrees outside that day. Maybe it was only 96, I can't confirm but it was hot and humid. I can confirm that.


One couple was in the outdoor pool. If I have been a guest there maybe I would go to the outdoor pool.


As a visitor, all I was really entitled to was the steering contest....


and I lost.



The next venture, as Bob Dylan so eloquent sings was  "a simple twist of fate".  The words fit so perfectly. This sidewalk does look a little shady.


Looking closer, millions of people probably walk past here on their way to the parking lot.  I happened to be that million in one that caught the uneven pavement just right or more descriptive just wrong in the broken chunk. My foot twisted and down I went.

 I was pretty sure I broke my foot but was in denial for several hours. I could not put any pressure on my right foot and as I tried to stand I describe the sensation as woozy. Everything goes black and white and you see in a tunnel vision fashion. I could feel my left leg was also bruised and I thought perhaps I was bleeding to death. It was just a brush burn. It was least of my troubles. My husband claims I passed out as I tried to get up and he was calling me Hillary for a brief time. I get her fall now. I reported the incident the next day since my initial thought was to get into a comfortable spot and I could be on their security cameras.  Thank goodness CNN won't get that footage and play it a million times over. All I wanted to do was rest and it would get better.

Later that evening, I got my first experience with an urgent care facility. I delayed treatment because I was still in denial. I was out of town and the thought of having a broken foot seemed just unrealistic to deal with.

Tomorrow: Reality sets in

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Election Selection 2016

You have seen or heard about the debate ( I am not talking about all the fighting on Facebook)

The candidates for President of the United States

Hillary Clinton Democratic Candidate

Donald Trump Republican Candidate

Gary Johnson Libertarian

Dr. Jill Stein Green Party

Other Third Party Candidates

October 11 is the last day to register to vote for the November 8th Election.

Absentee info at this link for PA residents.

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Monday, September 26, 2016

Upcoming Events September 26

September 26 Get out the popcorn or ice cream, you can have both this time for the first of the "Great Debates 2016 Watch Party" 9 - 10:30 p.m. with Lester Holt, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.

September 27 Tea at Versailles a Tea Party Fundraiser 1 - 3 p.m. for the Middletown Free Library at the Sage Farmhouse. 


September 27 The 1696 Thomas Massey House Marple Historical Society presents “The Ghosts of Duffy's Cut” by Dr. William E. Watson: The Irish who died building America's most dangerous stretch of Railroad 7:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at Marple Christian Church, 475 Lawrence Road, Broomall, PA 19008 Refreshments to follow.

September 27 Free Teleclass: How to Handle Criticism Like a Pro 1 - 1:30 p.m. ET.

September 28 Family Fun Night hosted by Delaware County Transportation Management Service at Crozer-Keystone 30 Lawrence Road, Broomall, PA 4-7 p.m.

September 28 One last chance to enjoy, Dining Under the Stars in downtown Media.

September 28 Fundraiser for Rose Valley Museum and Historical Society “Angel Street at Hedgerow Theatre”. Tickets $25 all proceeds go to Rose Valley Museum and Historical Society. Call the Hedgerow box office 610-565-4211 for tickets until noon September 28, cash, check or credit card at the door. If you cannot attend and wish to make a donation or purchase a ticket for a local college student call 610-627-1210. Play & Exhibit: Angel Street, Stage production of the movie Gaslight & Exhibit of Art by Rose Valley Artists, preview of some of the collection to be auctioned at Thunderbird Lodge Masquerade October 29, 2016. 
 
September 29 Blues and Brews Beer Tasting at Tyler Arboretum. 6 - 8 p.m.

September 30 Tyler After Dark member only event at Tyler Arboretum.Pre-registration is required.

October 1 Haverford Township Day and 5K Run-Walk.

Friday, September 23, 2016

Upcoming Events This Weekend September 24

September 24 National Public Lands Day. The closest event to Delaware County is Valley Forge National Park. National Parks that charge an entrance fee are FREE today. 

September 24 Delaware County Master Gardners' Annual Fall Fest 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. at Smedley Park registration deadline September 21.
Info:delawareMG@psu.edu.

September 24 Community Arts Center Fine Arts and Craft Festival 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. on Park Avenue in Swarthmore.

September 24 Philly car-free fest 10 miles of closed streets to enjoy South Street from Front Street to the Schuylkill River Trail, then Martin Luther King Drive to the Falls Bridge.

September 24 The History and Mystery Event is back for the 7th year at the 1799 Lazaretto The day begins at 10 a.m. in the Community Room of the Tinicum Township Fire Station with Pete Williams, author of Philadelphia: The World War One Years. The author will discuss war time life and events in the Delaware Valley. Following Mr. Williams, at 11 AM, will be a ceremony recognizing the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Philadelphia School of Aviation, now called the Philadelphia Seaplane Base. A walking tour of the outside of the 1799 Lazaretto grounds will take place at 11:30 a.m. If you missed them in 2015, the public is invited to observe Monmouth University’s Department of History and Anthropology team of archaeologists as they dig at the Lazaretto from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. They will also be displaying artifacts from past digs at the Lazaretto’s. For more information contact Prof. Richard Veit, rveit@monmouth.edu.Think you have a picture of a ghost? Throughout the day you can bring the digital image to professional photographer Paul Michael Kane, and Geeks and Ghosts Guru Kenny Biddle for examination. The findings will be presented at 3 p.m. Hear the story of the 1799 Lazaretto’s “Unquiet Dead” from researcher and archivist Megan Harris as they traveled from the Lazaretto graveyard to their final destination at Arlington Cemetery and learn more about the L.I.S.I.P. The acclaimed Geeks and Ghosts Web TV show will be onsite throughout the day doing interviews, and they are bringing with them their famous Remote Viewing Challenge where you can take a chance at guessing what is inside a sealed box. The Public is invited to participate in the flag folding display of a 20 foot by 30 foot American flag, which is traveling around the world, at 5:30 p.m. At 7 PM in the community room join in on a round table discussion of everything history and mystery, with researchers who spent many hours inside the 1799 Lazaretto, professional photographer Paul Michael Kane who took hundreds of photos inside the Lazaretto, and Geeks and Ghosts Guru Kenny Biddle. The day wraps up at 8 p.m. with the popular Candlelight Mystery Walk where Lazaretto Lady Barbara Selletti will regale you with stories of the haunted history of the 1799 Lazaretto and Tinicum Island. In addition to the talks, there will be living historians onsite throughout the day. This is a rain or shine event, supported by our participant volunteers, Tinicum Township, the Historical Society of Tinicum Township, and organized by The Friends of the 1799 Lazaretto Interpretive Museum. The programing, event, and parking are free. All presentations will be at the Community Room of the Tinicum Township Fire Station or the campus of the 1799 Lazaretto. 99 Wanamaker Avenue, Essington, PA. For more information info@1799lazaretto.org For complete schedule of events, check out Website: 1799lazaretto.com.
 

 

September 24 The 4th Annual Paoli Battlefield Heritage Day 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Paoli Memorial Grounds, Monument Avenue and Wayne Avenue, Malvern, PA. Fun for the whole family! Kids games, food, crafts, demonstrations, table displays & much more!. For more information: RememberPaoli.org
 
September 24 Brookhaven 30th Annual Family Day noon to 4 p.m. on the grounds of the Municipal Center. To attend you must sign up for tickets.


September 24 Sierra Club Hike at The Willows, 490 Darby-Paoli Rd.,  Radnor Twp., Delaware County 1:15 p.m. 3 miles. The Willows is on the west side of Darby-Paoli Rd between Newtown and Brook Rds. Park in the Mansion lot. Note this hike is on Saturday not Sunday, the usual hiking day.


September 24 Cape May Dragon Boat Festival in Cape May Harbor

September 24 March Creek in Chester County Star Party  7 p.m. - 11 p.m. 

September 24 and 25 South Jersey Wine and Food Festival Lake Lenape Park East in Mays Landing, N.J.
 
September 25 The Desmond Tumor Research Running for Answers 5K and Fun Run at the Please Touch Museum. Registration 7 - 8 a.m.

September 25 Puerto Rican Day Parade 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 16th and the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. elconcillo.net

September 25 Back in Time at Tyler Arboretum 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

September 25 Brazilian Day in Philadelphia at Penn's Landing Great Plaza Noon - 6 p.m.


September 25 Concord Township Historical Society Museum Open! 1:00 p.m.to 4:00 p.m. at Virginia Merion DeNenno History and Educational Center, 659 Smithbridge Road, Glen Mills, PA
Featuring:
* A Beaver Valley Exhibit
* Historic Maps
* Antique Farm Implements
* Early Schools in Concord
* Colonial Cooking Implements
* The Pierce- Willis Story
* When the Railroad Came to Concord
Contact www.concordhist.org regarding private tours for 6 or more.


September 25 The Amazing Kreskin at the Prince Theater's Rrazz Room 5 p.m. 

September 25 Parents of Murdered Children Remembrance 6 p.m. at the Delaware County Chapter of Parents of Murdered Children's Living Memorial Gardens, Fuery Road and Chichester Avenue. Sunday is National Day of Remembrance. Open to the public.
 
September 25 Friends of the Rachel Kohl Library Bingo Fundraiser 6 - 8 p.m.

Last weekend for Spruce Street Harbor Park down by the Delaware River in Philadelphia.

September 21 - 25 Saint Luke Greek Orthodox Church Malin Road 2016 Greek Affair Friday 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m. to midnight and Sunday noon to 9 p.m.

Plan ahead:

Tea at Versailles a Tea Party Fundraiser 1 - 3 p.m. for the Middletown Free Library at the Sage Farmhouse. Get Tickets for September 27.


September 28 Fundraiser for Rose Valley Museum and Historical Society “Angel Street atHedgerow Theatre”. Tickets $25 all proceeds go to Rose Valley Museum and Historical Society. Call the Hedgerow box office 610-565-4211 for tickets until noon September 28, cash, check or credit card at the door. If you cannot attend and wish to make a donation or purchase a ticket for a local college student call 610-627-1210. Play & Exhibit: Angel Street, Stage production of the movie Gaslight and Exhibit of Art by Rose Valley Artists, preview of some of the collection to be auctioned at Thunderbird Lodge Masquerade October 29, 2016.