Thursday, June 30, 2011

Top 10 What Happened to the Days of Independent Living?

I need to run to the store for milk.

Where is my pocketbook?  It holds.....

1.  Paper money. A few coins in the piggy bank won't buy bread anymore.

2. Plastic money. If your wallet is empty (always best to check before you get in that check out line) you are going to have to stop at the ATM first and always get a little extra, if it is there.

3. Driver's License. If any one suspects you are driving too fast or a little erratic, you will need to prove you are a licensed driver.

4. A brush Maybe it's way too early in the morning and you haven't had your shower yet.  Who wants to run into a neighbor with that look on their face, "what happened to her?"

5. Chapstick Regardless of what the temperature outside is too hot or too cold, the lips can crack.  This is not a commercial some people just have issues.

6. Mints Back to the issues again, certain people just love to hug and kiss as a greeting.  Since you never know who else is lurking out there besides yourself, it's always good to be prepared.

7. GPS I used to have an aversion to these things but ya know they make up road work and detours all the time and lately stores are disappearing over night so it is best to always have a plan B and an alternative route. Okay truth be told, I still hate these things takes me in circles but I have been known to borrow "his" in a pinch.

8. IPOD The radio is just not good enough anymore, they are just too chatty.  You might learn something that you didn't know, like the bridge is out ahead. So you bring your own soothing music for the ride.  You can always shuffle if you get stuck in traffic.

9. Keys You are not going anywhere without those keys so you better make sure they are in the mood to take a ride or you know what they will do...hide out and cost you some precious time scanning the area, retracing your steps.  Where are they?  Where could they have gone? You know they are sitting there "somewhere" just watching you run around looking.  You know the jokes on you, right?  They haven't moved.

10. Cell phone of course every one needs to stay connected 24/7.  You never know who is missing you and needs that instant connect.  "Where are you?" "Can you get me ***?"  Sometimes it is good to be disconnected.

I am sure I forgot something, I always do.  How many of these things stop you for a second or two as you run down the checklist?  All you really needed was a little milk.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Top 10 American Companies Spotted Doing Business Overseas

1. Xerox was founded in 1906 in Rochester, New York as "The Haloid Photographic Company",which originally manufactured photographic paper and equipment. The company subsequently changed its name to "Haloid Xerox" in 1958 and then simply "Xerox" in 1961. The company came to prominence in 1959 with the introduction of the Xerox 914, the first plain paper photocopier using the process of Electro-photography, (later changed to xerography) developed by Chester Carlson.

2. Hard Rock Cafe The first Hard Rock Cafe (HRC) opened its doors to the public on June 14, 1971, in London, England. Founded by Isaac Tigrett and Peter Morton, two enterprising and music-loving Americans.

3. McDonalds In 1954, Ray Kroc discovered a restaurant in San Bernadino, California run by brothers Dick and Mac McDonald, and was stunned by the effectiveness of their operation. They produced a limited menu, concentrating on just a few items—burgers, fries and beverages—which allowed them to focus on quality at every step. Kroc pitched his vision of creating McDonald’s restaurants all over the U.S. to the brothers. In 1955 he founded the McDonald’s Corporation, and 5 years later bought the exclusive rights to the McDonald’s name.  I saw a McDonalds in every country that I visited. I did however, eat local.

5. Burger King often abbreviated as BK, is a global chain of hamburger fast food restaurants headquartered in unincorporated Miami-Dade County, Florida, United States. The company began in 1953 as Insta-Burger King, a Jacksonville, Florida-based restaurant chain. After Insta-Burger King ran into financial difficulties in 1955, its two Miami-based franchisees, David Edgerton and James McLamore, purchased the company and renamed it Burger King.

6. Coca Cola made its debut in 1886 at Jacob's Pharmacy in Atlanta, Georgia. It sold for 5cents a glass. Today they have over 800 beverages.

7. UPS In 1907 there was a great need in America for private messenger and delivery services. To help meet this need, an enterprising 19-year-old, James E. (“Jim”) Casey, borrowed $100 from a friend and established the American Messenger Company in Seattle, Washington

8. Goodyear In midsummer of 1834 a bankrupt hardware merchant from Philadelphia, Charles Goodyear, walked into the New York retail store of the Roxbury India Rubber Co., America's first rubber manufacturer. Neither Goodyear nor his family was ever connected with the company named in his honor, today's billion-dollar Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co., the world's largest rubber business.

9. Mars candies M and M's began in Tacoma, Washington.

10. Kodak Film In April 1880, Eastman leased the third floor of a building on State Street in Rochester, New York and began to manufacture dry plates for sale. One of his first purchases was a second-hand engine priced at $125.

Whether we choose to accept it or not, we are a global economy.  We buy from other countries and they buy from us.

Additional American Companies you may recognize.


Beverage Companies.  Is that Red Bull?

What I believe to be the International language, "Ice Cream".

 More Ice Cream

I have never seen a Nestle's Kit Kat ice cream cone in the United States and I do have to ask why.  It sounds and looks delightful!

With all this global trade going on, I still believe there are hold outs. I am not sure who or what country is supplying the yogurt in Europe but it is so much better then what we get here.  This is something that definitely needs to be looked into.  In my opinion, I would also like to point out, the Italians aren't sharing.  I have never tasted a Roma tomato with such rich taste.  Exporting them to America would be a chore they would have to be doctored with chemicals to preserve them on the long trip, sold rather quickly and take into account all the spoilage but surely amico, you can spare some seeds.  Perhaps the secret is in the soil.  Italy is  certainly a beautiful landscape. The color of the water along the countryside blew me away.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Top 10 Gas Prices Around Europe in Mid-May 2011

To make a fair comparison you first have to do the math.

Average size of a tank is 20 gallons
1 Gallon = 3.78541178 litre
1 Euro = 1.411829 US Dollar this does fluctuate and depends on where you go for the conversion, there is no such thing as an even exchange. It is a business and it's all about the money.

1. Belgium 1.68 euros per liter 1.68 EUR = 2.38 USD (1.68 x 3.78541178 ) = 6.36 per gallon 6.36 EUR = 9.08 USD

2. Florence, Italy, 1.55 euros per liter (1.55 x 3.78541178) =  5.87 a gallon 5.85 Euro = 8.38 USD

3.Luzerne, Switzerland 1.97 franc per liter (1.97x 3.78541178) 7.40 a gallon franc = 8.86 USD

4. Giswil, Switzerland 1.87 franc per liter  (1.87 x 3.78541178) = 7.08 a gallon franc = 8.48 USD

5. Belfort, France 1.64  euro per liter  (1.64 x 3.78541178) =  6.21 a gallon in euros = 8.86 USD

6. Fountain Bleu, France 1.62 euro per liter (1.62 x 3.78541178) = 6.13 a gallon in euros = 8.75 USD

7. Netherlands 1.42 euro per liter (1.42 x 3.78541178) = 5.38 a gallon in euros = 7.68 USD

8. Munich, Germany 1.64 per liter (1.64 x 3.78541178) = 6.21 a gallon in euros = 8.86 USD

9. Acording to the chart at prices seem to be decreasing in the United States.  I am almost afaid to say that too loud.

10. App on your mobile phone can help you find the cheapest gas.

When I first made the observation of the gas prices traveling through Europe, I thought WOW we are being gouged and I soon discovered we are getting a bargain.

I hope my calculatios are correct, if not I am sure some one will correct me.

Monday, June 27, 2011

Top 10 It All Began 50 Years Ago in 1961

1. Life is a breakfast cereal made of whole grain oats, distributed by the Quaker Oats Company. It was introduced in 1961. The cereal's advertisements currently sport the slogan "Life is full of surprises".  Remember Mikey? Also in 1961 General Mills introduced 'Total' breakfast cereal.

2. Pampers were introduced in 1961. They were created by Vic Mills. The name "Pampers" was coined by Alfred Goldman, Creative Director at Benton and Bowles, the first ad agency for the account.  Pampers is a brand of baby products marketed by Procter and Gamble. Pampers was at one time only used as a name for a disposable diaper.

3. Mattel introduced the Ken doll in 1961 as Barbie's fictional boyfriend.  This year Mattel introduced "Sweet Talkin Ken doll". I will be the first to admit, a little sugar can go a long way. Should we also caution Barbie and her friends that it is best to stay away from a man that is all talk?

4.In  1961, Teflon coated frying pans were introduced.  Have you ever heard that scratched Teflon is not healthy?  I have, so I will direct you to Dupont's website and what they have to say about it.

5. 1961 Unilever introduced Mrs. Butterworth's Syrup.

6. 1961 Green Giant entered the frozen food business with peas, corn, green beans and baby Lima beans in pouches with butter sauce.

7. 1961 Coca-Cola Co. introduced 'Sprite' lemon-lime soft drink to compete with 7-Up.

8. Carnation introduced 'Coffee-Mate' nondairy creamer. Coffeemate now sells twenty varieties of powder creamer and thirty-eighty varieties of liquid creamer, the most common flavors being The Original Coffee Creamer, French Vanilla, and Hazelnut which come in Regular, Fat-Free, and Sugar-Free.[

9. In 1961, LEGO is awarded its US patent for "Toy Building Brick." The design calls for a hollow rectangular brick with studs on top and a round hollow tube on the bottom.

10. In 1961, U.S. television programming is a "vast wasteland," says Milwaukee-born FCC chairman Newton N. (Norman) Minow, 35, in a May 9 address to the National Association of Broadcasters convention at Washington, D.C. "When television is good, nothing — not the theater, not the magazines or newspapers — nothing is better. But when television is bad, nothing is worse. I invite each of you to sit down in front of your television set when your station goes on the air and stay there for a day without a book, without a magazine, without a newspaper, without a profit and loss sheet or a rating book to distract you. Keep your eyes glued to that set until the station signs off. I can assure you that what you will observe is a vast wasteland". While some applauded his "vast wasteland" assault on commercial television as a welcome criticism of excessive violence and frivolity, others criticized it as an elitist, snobbish attack on programming that many viewers enjoyed and as government interference with private enterprise. The S. S. Minnow of the 1964–1967 television show "Gilligan's Island" was sarcastically named for him to express displeasure with his assessment of the quality of television.  As I channel surf on a Saturday evening, I almost agree.  I guess I should upgrade, I only have 160 channels to choose from.

Friday, June 24, 2011

Top 10 Music Going Dutch

Some you may recognize and others are worth the first time listen.

1. Jump Van Halen Lead guitarist of Van Halen and drummer Edward Van Halen and Alex Van Halen are from The Nertherlands.

2. Radar Love Golden Earring

3. Venus Shocking Blue

4. Song of the Marching Children Earth and Fire

5. Shake Baby Shake The Tielman Brothers

6. Saturday Night Herman Brood

7. Hocus Pocus Focus

8. I'm Specialized in You Time Bandits

9. One Way Wind The Cats

10. You've Changed Bettie Serveet

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Top 10 Interesting Museums to Visit In Pennsylvania

1. Philadelphia Art Museum You can go to many countries and many times by visiting this museum.

2. Fallingwater or Kaufmann Residence is a house designed by American architect Frank Lloyd Wright in 1935 in rural southwestern Pennsylvania, 50 miles southeast of Pittsburgh. The home was built partly over a waterfall on Bear Run in the Mill Run section of Stewart Township, Fayette County, Pennsylvania, in the Laurel Highlands of the Allegheny Mountains.

3. James Michner Art Museum, Doylestown, PA

4. Widener University Art Museum, Chester, PA

5. American Revolutionary Center, Valley Forge, PA

6. Wharton Esherick Museum, Paoli, PA

7. Independence Seaport Museum, Philadelphia, PA (Note: The U.S.S. Olympia is currently part of this museum but will not be forever, see it while it is still in Pennsylvania.)

8. Elfreth's Alley Museum, Philadelphia, PA (after your visit stroll over to The Betsy Ross House, she is practically around the corner.

9. Belmont Mansion also home to the Underground Railway Museum at Belmont Mansion.

10. Rodin Museum, Philadelphia, PA

Freebie alert****Historic Philadelphia story telling benches

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Top 10 Adventures in Amsterdam

A weather vane atop Centraal Station

Sex, Drugs and Bicycles and so much more.....

1. What is the first thing you think of when you think of Amsterdam, Holland, the Netherlands?  Windmills and Tulips? or Red Light District and Pot. I did not see one tulip and it was a stretch to see a windmill. Wind turbines are just as popular in Europe as they are in the United States. Windmills played a major role in reclamation of the land from the sea. That would be an extensive blog and if I were an intellectual engineer I would hook you up. Google it or Youtube it there are some fascinating explanations on reclamation.

2. Dutch is the official and foremost language of the Netherlands, a nation of 16.4 million people, of whom 96 percent say Dutch is their mother tongue. Immigrant languages are Indonesian, Turkish, English, Spanish, Berber, Moroccan Arabic, Papiamento, and Sranan.  In New Jersey in the United States, an almost extinct dialect of Dutch, Jersey Dutch, spoken by descendants of 17th century Dutch settlers in Bergen and Passaic counties, was still spoken as late as 1921. Pennsylvania Dutch is something of a misnomer as that language is more closely related to German. Martin Van Buren, former President of the United States, spoke Dutch as his first language and is the only U.S. President to have spoken a language other than English as his first language. Dutch prevailed for many generations as the dominant language in part of New York State along the Hudson River. According to the 2000 United States census, 150,396 people spoke Dutch at home, while according to the 2006 Canadian census, this number reaches 160,000 Dutch-speakers.In Canada, Dutch is the fourth most spoken language by farmers, after English, French and German, and the fifth most spoken non-official language overall (by 0.6% of Canadians).

3. We had a great tour director who coached us on relevant words before we were let loose in each country.  Here is the vocabulary we were prepared with in Amsterdam:
Goedemorgen ("KHOO duh MORE khen") -- Good morning,
 Dank u ("dahnk oo") -- Thank You, --
Alstublieft --("ALST oo bleeft") Please --
koffie--Coffee --
Ja. (YAH) Yes --Nee. (NAY) No --
straat (straht) street --
 thee -- tea --
Hoeveel kost dit? - -How much is this?--
melk - milk --
klein kopje -- small cup --
boter --butter

4. We were let off the bus (30 of us) and given 2 hours to see the town of Amsterdam.  How do you think that went, folks? It is estimated that 1.6 to 1.9 million visitors come to Amsterdam annually. It was an absolutely beautiful spring day, so I am estimating about half that amount showed up on this gorgeous Tuesday afternoon.  The only way to tell a local was they were riding on the bicycles.  We were told where to meet back up and not to wonder off the main streets.  Do not get "lost" in any little back alley ways. We were warned!

5. The main street was packed with people, so we did slither down a side street, and yes it was on the bucket list.  As you may or may not know it is acceptable to smoke marijuana in Amsterdam.  The consensus that I have gathered is, they are not promoting drug use but feel soft drugs (pot, hash and hash oil) if used in moderation, will satisfy a persons desire much like alcohol and cigarettes and will cut down on the use of hard drugs (cocaine, heroin) which are not accepted in the Netherlands at all. You can carry a personal use amount on your person and it is not unusual for someone to smoke in a park but the most acceptable practice, at least for the tourists is to go to a "coffee shop".

6. We were in the main shopping center of souvenirs, gifts and food etc.  The street we chose ended up with the same destination as the main street, Dam Square.  I saw some pretty scarves and decided to make a purchase.  Scarves, I learned later in my trip are the fashion all over Europe. The Dutch lesson came in handy I said, "dank u" to the salesman, he smiled and replied "your welcome".  I was immediately at ease and got my brave up and asked, where would I find "mellow yellow"?  He looked at me like I was on drugs, and replied, "I don't know what you are talking about".  I was, of course mortified, so in my ridiculous defense, I started to spew out every word I knew for marijuana, hemp, pot, hooch, Mary Jane, get high.  He still had this perplexed look on his face and ended the conversation with, any coffee shop. I later wandered into another souvenir shop ( I collect shot glasses) and saw these 3 small containers labeled chocolate, vanilla and coconut, the price 5 for 10 Euros. A slight smile came across my face, my chaperone only shook his head at me and said, you are on your own. I first had to do the verification.  I asked the sales guy, are these pot? He was much cooler then dank u, he said, "yah".  I looked at the price again and I said, "do they work?"  Oh Yah, he again verified but stated that they are not like the brownies in the coffee shop that will blow you out of your mind.  I only had about another 50 minutes in Amsterdam so I didn't feel like being blown out of my mind. I asked, can I walk down the street and eat these cookies?  Yah again. Can I take these cookies to Germany tomorrow, a little hesitant, he said, not sure. Since I have heard about the prisons in Germany, I decided not to take my chances and I was pretty sure chaperone would have said leave her there.  So goes one item on my bucket list that will probably never be fulfilled. I however have tons more.

7. The National Monument (Dutch: Nationaal Monument or Nationaal Monument op de Dam) is a 1956 World War II monument on Dam Square in Amsterdam. A national Remembrance of the Dead (Dodenherdenking) ceremony is held at the monument every year on 4 May to commemorate the casualties of World War II and subsequent armed conflicts.

8. You can't stroll down the street and not notice The Silver Mirror Restaurant.  First of all, it looks like it is about to fall over as the building leans to the right, to the left.  Is it swaying in the wind?  The building has been around since the 17th century and if you click on the restaurant link you can read it's special history during World War II told by Jeroen Wielaert.  There was no hidden diary like another resident, Anne Frank,  who lived not so far away in Amsterdam at the time. I found this website that may be beneficial if you ever have intentions of going to Amsterdam. I did not take the recommended tour merely because I did not know about it until I returned back to the states.  If anyone plans on going to Amsterdam, this seems like a very worthwhile experience. Read the fascinating story.

The Silver Mirror Restaurant

9. Since we did not have a city map in our possession, I am not 100% sure we were not in the Red Light District, a light bulb did however go off, as Oprah would say it was an "aha" moment.  Perhaps an expression more of disbelief.  I never saw such things and really how do you work with that??
Good luck with that, fascinating though.

The Sex Museum was on our route but not on our "to do" list. It does have a website for those interested but I am not linking to it. Too scary!

10. Amsterdam really is a fascinating place to visit.  You do not have to get high or visit the Red Light District to enjoy your time there. Take a canal cruise, it's a must and there is also a Van Gogh Museum and the Rijks Museum that houses the works of one of their own, Rembrandt. The first thing I would recommend is to purchase a city map.  There is a lot going on in this city and it helps if you know your way around. It is full of charm, unfortunately, I just did not have enough time to see it all.

Bicycles are the main mode of transportation.

I believe there are several different canal cruises. We took the dinner tour. It was quite beautiful at sunset but it would have been helpful to know what historical areas we were passing through.

The meal was interesting, they use a lot of Indonesian spices.  I think I had

Babi Kecap – Pork belly braised in sweet soy sauce
Daging Semur – Stir-fried beef with sauce

KrupukShrimp crackers
LumpiaSpring rolls

Nasi kuning - Indonesian yellow rice
Sambal Kacg - Peanut sauce

Sambal Ulek – Spicy chilli paste
Serundeng - Peanuts with coconut

Sayur Lodeh - Vegetable stew (spicy) in coconut milk
Rendang - Aromatic beef braised in coconut milk

Lemper - Rice rolls with spicy filling
Opor Ayam - chicken coconut curry

I am 100% sure I had Heineken beer, it tasted like home.

The Heineken Brewery is located in Amsterdam and you can tour the facilities.

I would be remiss if I did not mention that the government of the Netherlands is working on passing a law called "weed pass"  that will make the sale of marijuana legal only to Dutch residents over 18.  Many believe this will be tourist suicide. The last I heard it would be voted on in July. This may be an interesting story to follow.

The canal scene


Playground on the water

 Skinny Bridge


Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Top 10 National Parks are Free Today

1. June 21st, the first day of summer is one of the Free Entrance Days in National Parks.

Bass Harbor Head Lighthouse, Acadia National Park, Maine, USA
Photographer M  A Fiebert

2. Check this link for a park in your area listed by state.

Arches National Park, Moab, Utah, USA
Photographer David Marcus Fiebert

3. A national park is a reserve of natural or semi-natural land, declared or owned by a government, that is restricted from most development and is set aside for human recreation and environmental protection.

Canyonlands National Park, Moab, Utah
Photographer David Marcus Fiebert

4.  In 1969 the IUCN (International Union for the Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources) declared a national park to be a relatively large area with particular defining characteristics.  A national park was deemed to be a place.
  • with one or several ecosystems not materially altered by human exploitation and occupation, where plant and animal species, geomorphological sites and habitats are of special scientific, educative and recreative interest or which contain a natural landscape of great beauty.
  • the highest competent authority of the country has taken steps to prevent or eliminate exploitation or occupation as soon as possible in the whole area and to effectively enforce the respect of ecological, geomorphological, or aesthetic features which have led to its establishment.
  • visitors are allowed to enter, under special conditions, for inspirational, educative, cultural, and recreative purposes.
Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona, USA
Photographer M A Fiebert

5. The first effort by any government to set aside such protected lands was in the United States, on April 20, 1832, when President Andrew Jackson signed legislation to set aside four sections of land around what is now Hot Springs, Arkansas to protect the natural, thermal springs and adjoining mountainsides for the future disposal of the US government. It was known as the Hot Springs Reservation. However no legal authority was established and federal control of the area was not clearly established until 1877.

Grand Tetons and Jackson Lake Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming, USA
Photographer Randall Wise

6. The next effort by any government to set aside such protected lands was, again, in the United States, when President Abraham Lincoln signed an Act of Congress on June 30, 1864, ceding the Yosemite Valley and the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias (later becoming the Yosemite National Park) to the state of California.

Yosemite National Park, California, USA
Photographer M A Fiebert

7. "The said State shall accept this grant upon the express conditions that the premises shall be held for public use, resort, and recreation; shall be inalienable for all time." — U.S. Congress, 1864.

Muir Woods National Monument, California, USA
Photographer M A Fiebert

8. In 1872, Yellowstone National Park was established as the world's first truly national park. When news of the natural wonders of the Yellowstone were first promulgated, the land was part of a federally governed territory.

Upper Yellowstone Falls of Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, USA
Photographer Randall Wise

9. The "dean of western writers", American Pulitzer prize-winning author Wallace Stegner, has written that national parks are 'America's best idea,'—a departure from the royal preserves that Old World sovereigns enjoyed for themselves—inherently democratic, open to all, "they reflect us at our best, not our worst".

Thermal Pool in Norris Geyser Basin, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, USA
Photographer Randall Wise

10.  I couldn't agree with Wallace Stegner more. See his quote above at #9. We live in a beautifully landscaped country but at times it is difficult to see the forest for the trees. Turn off the television and get your kids out in nature to appreciate all the magnificence our country has to offer.

Randy Wise and his mom Cheryl Wise at Mud Volcano, Yellowstone National Park.
Photographer Randall Wise

The grand canyon of the Yellowstone River.
Photographer Randall Wise

Monday, June 20, 2011

Top 10 Upcoming Run/Walks and Fundraisers in the area

July 1st 2011 Swarthmore Lions Independence Eve 8K and 2 1/2 mile walk. On-Site Registration Opens at 5:30 PM Race Starts at 7:00 PM.

July 2nd 2011 Pickle in the Villa Linvilla Orchards 137 West Knowlton Road Media, PA 19063-5499. On-Site Registration Opens at 8:00 AM.  Race Starts at 8:30 AM.  Cost of this Pickle is $18.00. They will be collecting t-shirts and old running shoes for St Vincent de Pauls.

July 4th Firecracker 5K Broomall, PA On-Site Registration Opens at 8:00 AM Race Starts at 9:25 AM The Broomall Rotary’s Firecracker 5K will precede the Marple Newtown 4th of July Parade. The parade and race day is Monday, July 4, 2011. The race proceeds fund Broomall Rotary’s local charitable service projects.  * Rain Date: Rain date for the parade and 5K race is Saturday, July 9, 2011 - check on race morning.

July 9 - September 24th, Saturdays 10 AM - noon Linville Orchards is participating in the Philabundance Share The Harvest Program you can drop off your extra fruits and veggies from your garden.

July 13th Christmas in July 5K Warminster Community Park, Warminster, PA On-Site Registration Opens at 5:45 PM Race Starts at 7:00 PM.

July 14th Midsummer Night 5K South Ardmore Park, Wynnewood, PA On-Site Registration Opens at 6:00 PM Race Starts at 7:00 PM Race proceeds will benefit Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and Merion Fire Company.

July 16th and 17th The 4th Annual Stroehmann Back on My Feet 20in24 Relay Challenge starts at 10 AM on Saturday, July 16th, 2011 in front of Lloyd Hall (One Boat House Row) and ends at 10 AM on Sunday, July 17th.

July 20th  Christmas in July McFadden's Citizens Bank Park On-Site Registration Opens at 5:30 PM.  Race Starts at 7:00 PM Toys For Tots toy drive, please consider bringing an unwrapped new toy

July 28 Downtown West Chester Triple Threat On-Site Registration Opens at 5:30 PM Race Starts at 6:30 PM

July 30 Rainbow Ridge 5K Run and Walk  Philadelphia Zoo On-Site Registration Opens at 7:30 AM. Race Starts at 8:15 A.M.

Going on now

Alex's Lemonade several locations and dates click on link for more info. Also Rita's Water Ice partners with Alex's Lemonade.  You can donate $1 thru June 30th to help fight cancer at a Rita's location near you.

American Heart Association is sponsoring a donation and awareness campaign called Staying Alive.  Click on the link to donate and find invaluable information for staying alive and saving a life.

    Thursday, June 16, 2011

    Top 10 Most Stereotypical Graduation Songs

    I received an email in May from and they wanted to share this list with my readers.  It's a pretty good list.

    The photographs are of graduates of Top 10's 2011 friends and family.  Anyone wishing to have their pride and joy added send a photo to  I will gladly post. You did good kids! I am referring to the parents. The funniest comment on Facebook was "Well tonight is the culmination of 12 yrs of "did you do your homework, take your test, turn in your report, do your project"......  If you have kids you can certainly relate to that. It made me chuckle Harry.

    You can check out more of blogs at

    As cool as high school seniors think they are, graduation season is the perfect excuse for waxing nostalgia on days that haven’t even ended yet. From the pop kids to the hipsters to the band geeks, stereotypical songs aren’t just allowed, they’re celebrated and played on repeat all month long. Here are 10 that’ll make you burst with pride and make you weep as you hang up your cap and gown in anticipation of graduation day.
    Katey Lewis, Ridley High School

    Pomp and Circumstance: We’d be surprised if any high school — or college — graduate in the United States didn’t march into the auditorium or onto the field to this song, either blasted by a two-bit stereo system or played by the school band. Composed by Sir Edward Elgar but named for a verse in Othello, March No. 1 in D minor is the typically American version. "The Graduation March" is the Trio section of the song, originally called "Land of Hope and Glory," first played at a graduation at Yale in 1905, the year Elgar received an honorary Doctorate of Music from that school.

    Samantha Stevenson (Kutztown University) and sister  Victoria (Garnet Valley High School)

    "It’s the End of the World as We Know It:" R.E.M’.s "It’s the End of the World As We Know It" is both a rational nod to moving on to college (or whatever comes after high school) and also a raucous ballad for teens who are still convinced their world can’t get any better than their high school friends have made it. Released on R.E.M.’s 1987 album Document, the song has been used to comment on various pop culture moments, including the final outcome of the 2004 presidential election.

    Genevieve Moore (Penncrest High School)

    "Time of Your Life:" While the official name of the song is "Good Riddance," this Green Day classic is a melancholy ode to leaving friends and classmates behind as time marches on and life becomes more and more "unpredictable."

    Nick Acree, Texas Tech

    "Here’s to the Night:" Eve 6′s 2000 single "Here’s to the Night" is the ultimate graduation night and prom night song, giving high schoolers the perfect Carpe Diem courage for last-chance hook-ups, toasts and reconciliations. With an opener like "So denied so I lied are you the now or never kind//In a day and a day love I’m gonna be gone for good again/Are you willing to be had are you cool with just tonight/Here’s a toast to all those who hear me all too well," how can you not raise a Solo cup to your awesome 6th period art history class?

    Trish Fitzpatrick and Tiffany Adams. Tiffany Adams, ’11, Christ the King Preparatory School, Newark. Tiffany is a member of the first graduating class of New Jersey’s only Cristo Rey school. These are schools where the students self-fund their education by working one day a week in a corporate setting. Tiffany is #1 in the class and will attend University of Richmond where she has earned a full academic scholarship.

    "I’ll Be There For You:" For any former teen who grew up during the Friends era, The Rembrandts’ "I’ll Be There For You" probably inspired photo and video montages of their own best friends moments, played at Sweet 16s, sports banquets, and of course, graduation parties. It’s the ultimate "we may be going our different ways, but I’ll always love you" song that’s so irresistible around graduation time.

    Saint Peter’s Prep’s 133rd Commencement. Pictured, l. to r., Kevin Cunningham, George Aquila, Tyler Schaeffer, Graham Wyville. 

    "We are the Champions:" Graduating high school seniors are on top of the world — and they know it. They love it. Which is why Queen’s "We are the Champions" is the perfect ego booster for an already high group of teenagers just waiting for another excuse to celebrate how awesome they’ve been for the past four years — and how much cooler they’re going to get during the next phase of their lives.
    Mara Pantano and Maggie Fitzpatrick, graduates of Mount Saint Mary Academy, ’11. Both are Westville, NJ residents.

    "The Graduation Song:" Pop group Vitamin C came out with this song the year that the class of 2000 graduated high school. Local radio stations invited groups of seniors into their studios to record their favorite high school memories and interjected them into the song — cheesy but brilliant for building an instant fan base. Even the video for the song is all about high school — football players "winning" during practice, paper airplane flights in class, and cheerleaders toe-touching in the hallways. The most bubble-gum pick on our list, "The Graduation Song" is admittedly kind of cute.

    Tom Fitzpatrick and Colin Callahan, Saint Peter’s Prep, ’07 and Fairfield University, ’11. Both are Westfield residents.

    "School’s Out:" If you’re into something a little harder, Alice Cooper’s "School’s Out" single from 1972 is a good choice, though its lyrics are still pretty tame: the "school’s been blown to pieces," but kids sing "No more pencils/No more books/No more teacher’s dirty looks." A perfect anthem for graduates skipping college for other work, travel or military pursuits, especially.

    "Graduation Day:" The Beach Boys recorded this song in 1964, and it was played at numerous graduations and ceremonies in the decades after. "At the senior prom/We danced till three/and there you gave your heart to me" are sugary lyrics for today’s seniors, but it was clearly a favorite back in the day — just listen to those screams as the song wraps on YouTube.

    "Time of My Life:" Memorizing Dirty Dancing should still be a rite of passage for preteen girls everywhere, if only to culminate in a high school prom or graduation party dance-off (and sing-along) to Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes’s "(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life." It’s got a light romantic connotation, but "I’ve had the time of my life/No I never felt this way before/Yes I swear, it’s the truth/And I owe it all to you" is also a sweet expression of thanks to teachers, parents, friends and mentors. This song even got those two old ladies dancing at the end