Thursday, May 31, 2012

Top 10 It's Celebrate Strawberry Time



The 2012 Brandywine Health Foundation  Strawberry Festival May 31st -June 3rd.

Linvilla Orchards Strawberry Festival June 2nd, also pick your own.

 Wallingford Presbyterian Church Strawberry Festival  Monday June 7th.

Pick Your Own at Sugartown Strawberries, Malvern, PA.

Strawberry Shortcake poke holes and let the juice soak all the way through. Quickie:  Pound cake, strawberry slices and whipped cream or use the pastry cups. For calorie counters a bowl full of fresh strawberries dancing in fat free milk and or lactose milk. If you are lactose intolerant, strawberries straight up works too.

Strawberry Preserves  with or without the peanut butter.

Strawberry Ice Cream and or Sorbet

Strawberry Pie

Strawberries Dipped in Chocolate

Strawberry Smoothie (Yogurt, strawberries, orange juice and throw in a banana if you like).


It is peak season for strawberries, find a place to celebrate or create you own celebration. Blueberries are up next and then peaches, a summer delight.

Buy Fresh and Buy Local.  It has better taste then food that's been on the road a while, you are supporting your local economy and you are helping to keep local farms in business.

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Top 10 Friends with Benefits in the Garden


1. Worms are free labor.  Where else can you get someone to till your soil and all they want to do is to left alone?

2. Bees are busy.  I found this neat video on Youtube, Bee Pollinators of Southwest Virginia Crops (revised 6 June 2010) .  Check out the buzz if you have the time.



3. Toads do not just show up but if you are lucky, your prince will come along.  I feel blessed warts and all.  Now the challenge to keep him hopping back.



4. Lady Bugs can be purchased by the bag full at your local garden store.  I still live by the rule, if it ain't natural, it ain't right.  I also believe, it is good luck when one lands on you, especially if you are carrying around any unwanted aphids.

5. Lacewings I believe I have seen these bugs around and have swatted them.  I will try and use more self control the next time.

6. Spiders and their webs can do wonders.



7. Birds


Some people call this robin an ordinary bird, au contraire this ordinary bird is a mother to be.



8. Bats are a big contributor in maintaining the mosquito population. You do not have to invite them into your home but treat them with respect. Give them some space as long as it is not your attic.

9. Dragonfly I have yet to catch one of these bad boys with my camera, they are just too fast, but perhaps someday.

10. The Praying Mantis (You can actually buy the eggs and let them hatch in your garden, I saw them on display at the garden store). I myself think it is more fun finding them by surprise in your garden.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Top 10 June Fundraisers Plenty of Ways to Lend Support



1. All Thursday evenings in June support Delaware County Literacy Council by dining at Ruby's Diner in Glenn Mills, PA 4-9PM 20% of your food bill will be donated to the DCLC.  Download your flyer here.

2. June 1st  
Jeremy's Jedi 5K in memory
 Relay for Life Amosland Park, Norwood, PA 3PM


3. June 2nd
12 PM Relay for Life Haverford Reserve, Haverford Township, Haverford, PA
St Dot's Challenge 2012 Drexel Hill, PA
9th Annual Flag Day Yeadon, PA
Dabbs Day 5K Newlin Grist Mill
Run the Lane Media, PA


4. June 3rd
See Chicks Run Fairmout Park,
Run for Freedom  Malvern, PA
Run for Hope, Philadelphia Zoo
Radnor's Conservancy Race for Open Space, Villanova, PA


5. June 9th
10am - 3PM Alex's Original Lemonade Stand Penn Wynne Elementary School, Wynnewood, PA.
Badges of Honor Fairmount Park
Mud Run MS Philly Newtown Square, PA



6. June 10th
5K@ADA Fairmount Park
Delaware County Sheriff's 5K
Dr. Howard Mazer Strides for Stroke


 7. June 15th and 16th
June 15th 
Media 5 Mile Race Media, PA
June 16th
Easter Seals Walk With Me Philadelphia 2012


8. June 17th
Color Me Rad, Philadelphia
Gary Papa Father's Day Run


9. June 22-24th
Philadelphia Insurance Triathlon
June 22
YMCA

10. June 24th
Running for Cover Melanoma, Wells Fargo Center.

Any causes you would like me to add?  Email me at delcotopten@gmail.com

Monday, May 28, 2012

Top 10 Memorials

1. The John Paul Jones Memorial is a monument in West Potomac Park in Washington, D. C. John Paul Jones,  was the father of the United States Navy, Famous quote "I have not yet begun to fight!"



2. The World War II Memorial  opened in Washington D.C. in 2004.  I saw it for the first time this year.  It is something to see, especially if you have a relative that served in this war.


3. D.C. War Memorial located in Washington, D. C. was dedicated in 1931 on Armistice Day.


4.  The Jefferson Memorial sits in a prominent position in the Tidal Basin in Washington, D. C.


5. Normandy American Cemetery and Monument is located in Normandy, France.

6. Philadelphia Beirut Bombing Memorial honors the Philadelphia Marines killed. In 1983, 241 Servicemen were killed in a Beirut, Lebanon terrorist attack.


7.   Korean War Memorial Philadelphia is located at Front and Dock Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.


 

8. The Final Farewell, artist Lorann Jacobs, 2007 is also located in Philadelphia at The Korean War Memorial.




9.  Philadelphia Vietnam Memorial is located at Front and Spruce Streets in Philadelphia, PA





10. The National Memorial Arch located at Valley Forge Park, in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania.






Watch the Changing of the Guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.


Delco Top 10 thanks and salutes all military and today, Memorial Day we acknowledge all those who have given their lives for our freedom.

Friday, May 25, 2012

Top 10 May 25th is Towel Day

How many more towels uses can you name?

1. Bath Towel

2. Hand Towel

3. Beach Towel

4. Hair Towel

5. Rally Towel

6. Golf Towel

7. Guest Towels

8. Paper Towels

9. Kitchen Towels

10. Disposable Towel

Towel Day is celebrated on May 25th in honor of Douglas Adams.  Fans around the world carry around a towel in his honor.  Join in, I am sure you have a towel just hanging around just waiting to participate. You can read an excerpt from his book "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" found at wikipedia.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Top 10 Disco Tunes by Donna Summer and the Bee Gees

Disco is just about to make a comeback in Heaven with two of it's favorite stars.
RIP Donna Summer and Robin Gibb of the Bee Gees. 

1. Night Fever Bee Gees

2. Dim the Lights Donna Summer

3. Too Much Heaven Bee Gees

4. Bad Girls Donna Summer (beep beep)

5. Jive Talkin Bee Gees

6. Hot Stuff Donna Summer

7. You Should Be Dancing

8. On the Radio

9. Stayin Alive

10. Last Dance Donna Summer

Both musical artists contributed many more songs to the disco scene.  Anyone remember Pulsations? I was there opening night when part of the ceiling fell and we never knew about it until the next day. I just found a website disco.com "search Pulsations" of course, there is a discussion group.  I wasn't that frequent of an attendee but it my interest someone. I was only intrigued by the Robot.  He always came out at the end of the night as did a lot of different personalities.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Top 10 Lucky Penny Day


1. Today, May 23rd is lucky penny day.  Got a penny?

2. See a penny pick it up, and all the day you'll have good luck. Face up that is.

3.  Do you flip the heads down penny face up so the next person has good luck?  I am not so sure what the rules are if you walk around the block and it is still there.  I say, finders keepers.

4.  Pennies from heaven have to be good right?

5.  I am a penny collector, I have a collection of elongated coins.  Every time I see one of these machines while I am on vacation I have to get one.  It is a cheap souvenir and I consider myself thrifty.



6. According to the U.S.Mint website the cost to produce a penny is .93.  The United States Mint in Philadelphia is currently closed for renovations but plans to have a grand reopening in the summer of 2012.  Keep checking the website for updates.  According to a voice recording when I called, tours will begin again in July.

7.  There have been two bills presented to Congress, the Legal Tender Modernization Act in 2002 and in 2006 the COIN Act to do away with the penny.

8. According to cointrackers.com the 1944 Steel Wheat Penny and the 1943 Copper Wheat Penny is worth $100,000.  I would say they are "lucky pennies".  Look for them.

9. A penny saved is a penny earned, so said who?  Shouldn't we all know that one? Well guess what it is not Benjamin Franklin.  Although, it is often attributed to being one of his sayings.   It is also customary to toss a penny on Ben Franklin's grave located in Philadelphia at the Christ's Church cemetery for good luck.





 10. Be a penny pincher.  It is so vogue until nickel stocks make their debut.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Top 10 the Original Three Stooges

1. The names Moe, Larry and Curly were memorized even before the alphabet for most baby boomers.  The Three Stooges were our Sesame Street.  It was classic tv. Sorry kids, perhaps that is what is wrong with us today. That show and Bugs Bunny were the best in entertainment but we did know better then to try it at home because our mothers would knock our block's off.  What ever that means.  It sounded scary.

2. I would have gotten this wrong on a Stooges trivia question, Shemp was the first odd man out in the group not Curly. The original group was Moe Howard, Larry Fine and Shemp Howard.  The trio name was Ted Healy and the Southern Gentlemen. Ted Healy was the creator of the Three Stooges. Moe Howard initially joined his friend's vaudeville act and their first movie "Soup to Nuts" put the stooges in the spotlight.

3. Through the course of the famed group there were six stooges, Moe, Larry, Shemp, Curley, Joe and Curley Joe.

4. Moe was the first to break into the business and the last of the surviving original group.  Moe was, can I say this with a straight face, the stable one.

5. Moe, Shemp ( I can see the resemblance) and Curley were all natural blood brothers an grew up in Brooklyn, New York. The Horwitz brother took the name Howard as their stage name.  I can hear it now over the speaker in the hospital when they posed as doctors, Dr. Howard, Dr. Howard, Dr. Fine.

6.  Larry Fine, real name Larry Fineburg an accomplished violin player and boxer was born and raised in South Philly. Joe DeRita, real name Joseph Wardell also was born and raised in Philadelphia. Joe Besser was born in St. Louis Missouri.


7. Why I Oughta and Pick Two, were the famous lines I remember the most.  Moe always said pick three and I remember Curly being so brilliant on the pick three to place his strategically as to block his eyes getting poked out of course was the brilliant one and always outsmarted Curly.  There was a little ear pulling too if I recall correctly.

8. The Three Stooges were in 220 films with 190 of them being short films and I believe the short films are the ones I watched on Saturday morning.  I would swear I saw them all but can only recall one film on the big screen I saw them in. It was a cameo appearance and they played firemen in It's a Mad, Mad, Mad World.  Anyone remember that one with Jimmy Durante always kicking the bucket? It is a great film.


9. The Stooge's is the first and only museum of Three Stooges memorabilia at it is located right here in Ambler, Pennsylvania with limited operating hours.  I myself have to date not been to the museum but I have heard from other knuckleheads that it is great.  Check their website link, stoogeum.com for times they are opened, according to the website, they are open approximately once a month, May 26th is the next date.

10.The Farrelly Brothers are bringing the boys humor back to the screen.  I haven't seen the new Three Stooges film yet but I am sure it is filled with a lot of Nyuk, Nyuk, Nyuk and Why You Oughta go see it.


Have you ever met anyone who said their parents would not let them watch the Three Stooges because it was too violent?  I have and they are messed up, real knuckleheads.

Monday, May 21, 2012

Top 10 Things We Forget

1. Where we left our keys. Have you ever run up and down the stairs looking for misplaced keys and forgotten why you are up there?  I think it is common.

2. Mistakes happen, just try not to be repetitive and forget about it.

3. We are only human. Give yourself a break.

4. Did I unplug the curling iron, straightener, turn off the oven, remove the boiling pot on the stove?  All very dangerous memory lapses.  Set timers and carry it with you, nowadays set the alarm on your phone.  There is an app for that.

5. To tell someone you love them as they walk out the door. When they walk in isn't a bad practice either.

6. Taking car of the car, get gas, get the oil changed. This memory lapse could come back to bite you.

7. Getting all caught up in what you are doing and missing an appointment.  That was at 2pm!!!

8. To save for a rainy day. Clouds can form any day and you never know when a downpour will occur.

9. Things that make us angry in a flash. Anger does dissipate and if we remember what made us so angry, we oft times see how silly it seems. Removing your self from the situation helps. It helps me anyway and anyone in my path : ).

10. Who is responsible for you? Just a reminder...it is You.

I am sure there are more but these are the ones I remember.

Life is short.  Don't forget your people. No one comes with a guarantee.

Friday, May 18, 2012

Top 10 Songs About Dreams

1. In Dreams Fleetood Mac

2. Trouble with Dreams Eels

3.  Impossible Dream Jim Nabors

4. Dreamweaver Gary Wright

5. Dream On Aerosmith

6. Dream a Little Dream of Me California Dreamin Mammas and Pappas

7. Gemini Dream Moody Blues

8. In Your Wildest Dreams Tina Turner and Bary White

9. River of Dreams Billy Joel

10. Sweet Dreams Eurythmics

 Have any songs that help you dream?

Or are you still Working on a Dream Bruce Springsteen.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Top 10 Recalling Dreams

1.  Everybody dreams and everybody has a dream. It could be something they want to accomplish and it can be as simple as making it through another tough week at work or as extreme as climbing Mt. Everest.

2. Dreams can wake you up in the middle of the night.  They can frighten the eebie jeebies outta you with profuse sweating and a racing heart.  Typically this happens, after experiencing a frightening event in a dream, someone is maybe chasing you or cornering you? Perhaps they are threatening harm to someone you care about.

3. Dreaming of someone that has died can help resolve emotions you never got to share with that person.  A simple smile or even a nod knowing that they are okay can be comforting.


4. Flying dreams where you are actually the one flying is one of my favorite dreams it is interpreted in several different ways.  I stay with the way it make me feel and that is free.

5. Naked dreams are said to be common ones people have but I do not ever recall having one but if I had I know who I would be dreaming about, just saying.

6. Chewing on glass is one of the most unpleasant dreams I have ever had and I apologize for the graphic but in my dream, I keep spitting the glass out.  Anyone ever have that one? Luckily this has not happened to me in a while.

7.  Crying dreams, again I think they are an attempt at a resolution to something you have repressed and your subconscious is being forced to deal with it.  This is just my theory and not a scientific conclusion.

8. Deja Vu is actually what prompted this list.  It does not happen to me often but it is a distinct feeling when it does occur.  It is as if time just stops for one instant to me and I feel like I have stood the same exact distance from the person sharing the experience with me and the same words were said.  It just happened to me on Monday.

9. Daydreams are different I guess, but I am a bit of a drifter at times. I mean no disrespect to those who actually have a condition call A.D.D. (Attention Deficient Disorder) but I think we are all a little prone to drifting off under two conditions, if a topic does not hold your attention and if a topic or even a person seems to be overtaking your thoughts.  I would consider this daydreaming.


10. I have had dreams that I could call premonitions but not to the extent you could put me on the boardwalk with my own booth.  I did dream the night before the Phillies won the World Series in 1980 that they would win and I was confident watching the entire game but I was not 100 percent sure dreams come true until Tug McGraw threw the last pitch, and strike 3.  I happened to just google this moment and found something else instead.  On Youtube, someone named Dave recorded Tug McGraw talking about that moment in history and the funny thing about this Youtube video, I am in the audience along with fellow employees of MAB at the time, June 18, 1991.  I worked at MAB Paints for 27 years.  It was a dream job.  Great to see Tug McGraw again but what a flashback for me to see people I spent many years working with.  I can't be seen in the video but if you ever worked for MAB you will appreciate seeing Mr. Bruder, Tom, Nick, Jim, Marty, Sarah, Candy, Carol, Cass, Lil, George and a few others, all superstars at MAB.  Who knew this video was out there?  Phillies fans can appreciate it because Tugger tells such a great story but so can so many people that worked together and were there for this video.  I have many still pictures of this night.  Great moments at MAB, a rain delay!  MAB Managers Night was an Annual event when the store managers and the office staff went to a fun filled evening at the Phillies game and we had some of the best guest speakers.  All I gotta say is sometimes you are livin the dream and you may not even know it.

No predictions yet on this current season but I will keep dreaming and I suggest you do the same.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Top 10 Mural Arts of Philadelphia


You see them everywhere in the city but did you know you can take a tour and learn about them.

Who painted them?  Why are they they?  What is their association to the neighborhood?
This is just a small sampling of what you can see on a tour. They are all magnificent!

Mural Arts Philadelphia


Theater of Life located at 507 S.Broad St.




© 2002 City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program / Meg Saligman
Sponsored by Independence Foundation


1. The Mural Arts Program began in 1984 as a component of the Philadelphia Anti-Graffiti Network, an effort spearheaded by then Mayor Wilson Goode to eradicate the graffiti crisis plaguing the city. The Anti-Graffiti Network hired muralist Jane Golden to reach out to graffiti writers and to redirect their energies from destructive graffiti writing to constructive mural painting.
Legacy is located at 707 Chestnut Street




© 2006 City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program / Josh Sarantitis
Sponsored by Lincoln Financial Foundation

2. In 1996, Mayor Ed Rendell announced that the Anti-Graffiti Network would be reorganized into the Mural Arts Program, with Golden as the director. At the same time, Golden established a nonprofit organization, the Philadelphia Mural Arts Advocates, to raise funds and provide other support to the nationally-recognized program. Today, Mural Arts is an innovative and successful public/private partnership that encompasses both the city agency and the nonprofit.


A People's Progression Toward Equality located at 8th and Ramstead Streets






© 2007 City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program / Jared Bader





Sponsored by Lincoln Financial Foundation

3. The murals can be found throughout the city, some are hidden and enhance their neighborhood with pride.

Taste of Summer located at 1312 Spruce Street






© 2009 City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program / Ann Northrup
Sponsored by Walnut Street Capital and the City of Philadelphia

4. The city of Philadelphia has the largest collection of outside art through this program.

Pride and Progress located at 1315 Spruce Street






© 2003 City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program / Ann Northrup
Sponsored by the William Way Community Center and individual donors

5.  Since the program's inception, Mural Arts has created over 3500 indoor & outdoor murals throughout the city of Philadelphia, earning it international acclaim as "The City of Murals."


Women of Progress located at 1307 Locust Street





© 2001 City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program / Cesar Viveros & Larissa Preston
Sponsored by Independence Foundation

6. It was in 1991 when the program received a milestone; not only in breaking the 1,000 mark for obtained amnesty pledges, but for also earning the 1991 Innovations in American Government Award for the city of Philadelphia for the manner in which PAGN is run.

Philadelphia Muses located 1235 Locust Street





© 1999 City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program / Meg Saligman
Sponsored by Independence Foundation

7.  How Philly Moves, at the Philadelphia International Airport, is a nearly 85,000-square-foot mural incorporating the photographic work and design of artist Jacques-Jean “JJ” Tiziou. The mural celebrates Philadelphia and transforms the airport’s parking garage into a welcoming and memorable gateway to the region for travelers and visitors from all over the world. Across the top decks of the garage, luminous dancing figures swirl, unified in a rich field of black, giving viewers a first taste of the liveliness that awaits them in the City of Brotherly Love. From I-95, at 55 miles per hour, the energy of their movements will be unmistakable.


Garden of Delight located at 230 S. Sartin Street






© 2010 City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program / David Guinn
Sponsored by the City of Philadelphia

8.  Mural Arts is currently one of Philadelphia's largest employers of artists, employing over 300 artists a year as muralists, assistants, and teaching artists. Mural Arts’ award-winning art education programs annually serve 1,500 youth at neighborhood sites throughout the city. Mural Arts’ programs are offered free and are targeted to at-risk youth.


Building the City is located at 20th and Moravian Streets





© 1992 Michael Webb





Private Commission by James E. Beasley, Sr.

9. Take the 'Official Tour of the Mural Capital of the World' year-round with one of the Mural Arts Program's expert guides! Tickets can be bought online, over the phone (215-925-3633), or from where the tours hub at The Gallery Market East Level 2, 9th & Market Streets. All proceeds benefit Mural Arts Program initiatives.

Mural at Dirty Franks located at 345 S. 13th Street (all characters pictured are Franks)





© 2001 City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program / David McShane





Sponsored by Marc Ginsberg and the Washington Square West Civic Association

10. Wall Ball is a fundraiser for the Mural Ars Program.  It will be held on May 31st, this year they will honor The Roots.  A mural expected to be completed by October 2012 at 600 South Street in the neighborhood where the Roots were founded.  Ticket and sponsor info for the Wall Ball.
Gimme Shelter located at 1236 Lombard Street








© 2004 City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program / David Guinn





Sponsored by the City of Philadelphia, Morris Animal Refuge, and individual donors

Crystal Snowscape located at 629 S. 10th Street







© 1999 City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program / David Guinn





Sponsored by KPMG
Restored 2005; Restoration sponsored by the Ford Foundation
Spring located at 1315 Pine Street








© 2000 City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program / David Guinn





Sponsored by KPMG
Restored 2008 by Phillip Adams; Restoration sponsored by The Glenmede Trust Company
and Montgomery, McCracken, Walker & Rhoads LLP
Autumn located at 629 S. 9th Street








© 2001 City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program / David Guinn





Sponsored by the City of Philadelphia

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Top 10 Super Things

1. A Super Moon occurred on May 5th, learn what you missed from NASA.  I was happy to learn just because I am fascinated by the moon it does not mean I'm loony.  If you missed the super moon on May 5th, as I did due to the cloudy sky, you will have another opportunity in 2016.  Don't discount the other day and night goings on in the sky.  It may not seem so supercalifragilisticexpialidocious but it is outta this world. The next event to look out for is the Transit of Venus on June 5th or 6th, 2012, depending on your location. It is a rare event and caution should be used for observation. You never know with modern science and all but the next one is scheduled for 2117, we may not be able to catch that one.

No this is not the "Super Moon"  it is the following evening around 9:30PM looking through the trees.  I tried for an original but it was super cloudy. It is the same moon, however.

This is how it appeared through a telescopic camera lens directly above around midnight on that same evening.


2. Supernova is a stellar explosion that ...not to be confused with Superstar, which usually refers to the best player on a team and a big time Hollywood movie star bigger would be a Mega Star.

3. Superbowl is the annual NFL championship football game.  Next year's game will be played in New Orleans, Louisiana. I predict that if the Philadelphia Eagles have a good season they could very well be a contender.

4.  Supersize is a very large portion of fast food. McDonald's was the first to coin the phrase, "Would you like to Supersize that?"  The campaign is no longer used.

5. Supernatural is that which is above and beyond the laws of nature.

6. Superman is the most super of the super heroes. Or was he just first?  Even heroes have bouts of regular guy.

7. Super Model and Super Star could be the best player on the team or runway or just the one making the big bucks.  They have given the impression that they have earned the title.  This can also include actors, actresses and musicians, they bring in the crowds.

8. Super Tuesday typically refers to primary voting day.  It is held in either February or March and includes the selection of delegates that are sent to the national conventions to choose a candidate for their parties presidential choice.

9. Super Mario has his own wiki if you want to read further about him.  I knew him when....he was the talented Mario from Donkey Kong, jumping all those barrels and obstacles.  He earned his reputation and fame.

10. Supermarket is a term that refers to a place where we shop for food.  I am not sure when the grocery store became so super.  Maybe super means really high shelves stocked with 10,000 choices of thousand island dressing?



When you stop and think about it there are a bunch of super things created by some one or some thing and it can happen any day of the week. It is Tuesday so why not make it Super! I bet it can work tomorrow too just in case today is a little overcast.

Monday, May 14, 2012

Top 10 PBS Johnny Carson on American Masters Tonight

1. PBS will air Johnny Carson: King of Late Night at 9PM eastern (check your local listing).

2.  It marks 50 years since Johnny Carson took over the host spot from Jack Parr.

3. Twenty Years since he retired.  Twenty years?  I still remember his shows well.

4. His psychic fortune telling act, as the Magnificent Carnac, is one that sticks in my mind. He would give the answer and then read the question.  Since he was on so late, I would at least try and catch the opening of the show when something happened in the news and hear what Carson had to say about it.

5. Johnny Carson got his big break while working as a writer on the Red Skelton show. Skelton was injured backstage and Carson did the monologue.

6.  Who didn't want Ed McMahon's job? All he had to do was sit there and laugh at Carson? Not so tough, he was a funny guy. On his last show, Carson remarked that he and McMahon had been true friends that went out for dinner and drinks together.  Ed McMahon wrote two memoir books, one was titled  "Here's Johnny!: My Memories of Johnny Carson, The Tonight Show and, 46 Years of Friendship"

7. Search Youtube for "Johnny Carson singing with Frank, Sammy and Dean", classic stuff.  It has been said that Johnny Carson was shy in social situations.  Who would ever think that?

8. Johnny Carson passed away January 23rd, 2005 from complications from emphysema.

9. Johnny Carson has a website johnnycarson.com on the bottom right hand corner you can find the social media links, Facebook, Twitter and Youtube. His memory lives on.

10. David Letterman received the Johnny Carson Award at the First Annual Comedy Awards in 2011.  This year Don Rickels was the recipient. According to an article found on the web, at redorbit.com.  David Letterman in his opening monologue the night he paid tribute to Carson after his death,  used jokes that had been sent to him by Carson.  It can be found on Youtube in a series of clips .  He says he owes everything in his professional career to Johnny Carson.

I just thought Johnny Carson was a funny guy. These are just a few things I have learned about, probably America's favorite talk show host, ever.  I am sure the special tonight will reveal a lot more surprises.


Sources: WHYY Connection May/June 2012, Redordbit.com/February 2005, Wikipedia/Johnny Carson. Wikipedia/Ed McMahon.

Friday, May 11, 2012

Top 10 the B side of last week May list, Maybe links

1. Maybe I Five for Fighting

2. Maybe I Know Lesley Gore

3. Maybe Angels Sheryl Crow

4. Maybe Dave Mason

5. Maybe Baby Buddy Holly

6. Maybe Emma Bunton

7. Maybe The Chantals

8. Maybe Enrique Iglesias

9. Maybe I'm Amazed Paul McCartney

10. May Be  A Price to Pay Alan Parsons Project

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Top 10 Bike Tips May is National Bike Month

1. Wear a Helmet.  People who wear a helmet lower their risk to brain injury by 88 percent.



2. Do a safety check before you get on the road. Check your tires and the chain.



3. Look both ways for traffic. No one owns the road.  It is a shared responsibility.


4. Follow the rules of traffic.  Use hand signals, not gestures.



5. Ride with traffic.



6. Keep a copy of your bikes registration and serial number.

7.  Lock Your Bike.  If you are counting on a ride home.

8. VisitPA.com to find bike trails in Pennsylvania or try searching bike trails in other states.

9. Bike riding is great exercise, not everyone needs to ride fast.



10. Riding a bike is a skill that is once learned it is never forgotten.  Just pace yourself.

Happy Spinning!  I recommend both hands, especially if you are over 10.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Top 10 Views of Volunteering at Hear We Go 5K at Nemours, A. I. Dupont Hospital

1. May is observed as Better Hearing and Speech Month by Audiologist and Speech Language Pathologists.  Neumours, A. I. Dupont has been holding an annual fundraiser since May 2009, this year was a great success.




2.  There were 590 participants in the walk and the race.



3.  It was announced that $13,000 was raised from participants and private donors.



4.  Volunteers supplied the musical background to give the day a festive feel. Upon My Plate, Delcastle Culinary Arts served the well deserving crowd of walkers, runners, volunteers and family after the race.  Bagels, Pizza, Fruit Cocktail, Water, Tastycake Protein Bars, Water ice and CAKE!!!  All I believe were donated to the cause.


5. Professional dancers entertained the crowd, unfortunately I did not get the dance troupe name.  I believe they also walked in the race and still had the energy to put on a great show.



6. Ribbons were awarded to runners in categories by age. A woman won in the 60-99 age bracket and a 13 year old young man won the race in the category age 1-14.

7. Children's craft tables were set up, that was my assignment to be taught origami.  I can make a fish on my own but the tougher ones I needed instruction.  I found this link on the Internet at The Unbroken Chain Foundation.  Here are the instructions on "How to Make An Origami Crane".  I hope to be invited back along with my husband next year and I will have the crane making instructions down pat for all those who ask.




8.  The Lebano Group had the most members on a team they were all dressed in yellow shirts.  You could spot a yellow shirt roaming around everywhere that day and when they were together there was a sea of them.



9. The Team of Brennan's  Buddies raised the most money per team.



10.  Of course none of this would have been made possible without the man., Alfred I. Dupont who donated the land and left money in trust for the care and healing of crippled children.  There is a fascinating building on the grounds, well there are several but this one I was able to track down by these words engraved in stone, "Rectitudine Sto".  It is the burial spot of A. I. Dupont, his wife Jessie Ball Dupont and her brother Ed Ball.  It is quite a magnificent building towering over and looking out for the children in the hospital as A. I. Dupont did in his will. Since 1935, the trust has distributed over 2 billion to the Neumours Foundation helping sick children.


"Rectitudine Sto", means "Upright I Stand".