Friday, August 31, 2012

Top 10 Blue Moons

A blue moon is a rarity.  A blue moon is so named if there is more then one full moon in a month. Such will happen this month, August 1st and again August 31st tonight.  Science@Nasa.gov explains a true blue moon.



The classic song was written by Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart in 1934 and has been sung by countless artists. I have listed some of my favorite versions.

1.  Blue Moon The Marcels

2.  Blue Moon Nat King Cole

3. Blue Moon Elvis

4. Blue Moon Billie Holiday

5. Blue Moon Ella Fitzgerald

6. Blue Moon Cybil Shepard



7. Blue Moon Bob Dylan

8. Blue Moon Bobby Vinton

9. Blue Moon Rod Stewart

10. Blue Moon Chris Isaak

Will the moon be blue? Probably not, but weather permitting it will cast a special glow into the night.  Take advantage and look outside on a moon lit night or better yet take a stroll.  It doesn't happen every day and it is something special.


How about that moon making a special appearance and paying homage to Neil Armstrong? The first astronaut to walk on the moon July 20th, 1969. Neil Armstrong will be laid to rest during a blue moon.  How often does one get the chance to go Walking on the Moon?


Now that is rare and special indeed.

Check out this NASA link, the videos will give you chills.

Neil Armstrong: I’m at the foot of ladder. The LM footpads are only depressed in the surface about 1 or 2 inches, although the surface appears to be very, very fine grained as you get close to it. It’s almost like a powder. Down there, it’s very fine. I’m going to step off the LM now. That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind. (direct quote found at the National Archives website.)



Full Moon over the ocean at Margate, New Jersey August 31st, 2012, considered a "Blue Moon"



Footprints in the sand, God Bless Neil Armstrong!




Thursday, August 30, 2012

Top 10 Upcoming September Events "Things To Do"

Butterflies and Buggy Buddies Tyler Arboretum, Media, PA, September 2nd, 10am - 2pm.

Pennsylvania Coast Day 2012 sponsored by delawareestuary.org, September 8th, Penns Landing, Philadelphia, PA. Noon to 5.

Devon Fall Classic September 13 - 16 also Dressage at Devon September 25th thru 30th.

Delaware County Literacy Council Open House, September 12th celebrating International Literacy Day, a Philadelphia Union player is scheduled to appear, along with an onsite broadcast of Delcotimes "Live in the Newsroom" as well as members of the Daily Times Community Lab.

Hazardous Waste Collection Rose Tree Park, Thursday, September 13th. Computers, TVs, and Small Electronics (excluding items containing Freon) will also be accepted along with HHW from 9AM - 3PM.

MY FEST 2012 September 15th, Rose Tree Park, Media, PA 12- 5 pm, an annual event planned and produced by Magellan Youth Leaders Inspiring Future Empowerment. Connect on Facebook.

Nether Providence Family Fun Day, September 15th  for residents 1 - 4PM at Strath Haven Middle School, Nether Providence Township.  The Delco Cruisers are scheduled to be in attendance.

Cradle of Birding Heinz Refuge, September 15th, John Heinz National Refuge.

Johnny Appleseed Arts and Music Festival September 15th and 16th 9am -5 pm (raindate September 22-23). Linville Orchards, Media PA.

Covered Bridges of Delaware County September 17th at Lima Estates, Media PA 7:30pm, Middletown Historic Society sponsors a talk with historian Keith Lockhart.

Always check links before attending events for updates and possible date and time changes.


Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Top 10 Photo Tips "Made In America"

Eakins Circle in front of the Art Museum was moving freely on Sunday morning approximately one week before the big show, but there was still a lot going on. The stage was being built for the Labor Day weekend concert "Made in America", Budweiser Music Festival.

 Hospitality tents are beginning to dot the landscape. Jay Z and Pearl Jam are coming to town as the headliners on September 1-2.



If you stand on the steps of the Philadelphia Art Museum facing out into the crowd as Jay Z and the rest of the performers will do, you can get one of the most spectacular views of the city of Brotherly Love.  It is no wonder Rocky was so impressed with himself and the view.


This view and the triumphant run up the art museum steps is a great draw to tourist from all over the globe.  You can see smiles and hear conversations in many languages. Not all, but a few and the mighty always attempt the motion picture move of Rocky running up the steps of the Philadelphia Art Museum.


The Rocky statue sits to the left down the stairs from the great movie climb but each time I visit, there is always a Rocky impressionist on the steps and they are fun to watch.

 Best form

 Best Dressed

 Most original look, the Rocky pose or perhaps the Mummers strut.

  Leapin Lizards?

I am not going to call myself an experienced tourist but I have been to quite a few places and it seems to be a common courtesy to offer to take a photograph for the photographer who many times does not get into the picture with the rest of the family and they in turn usually oblige and take your picture.

Two memorable incidents come to mind, one was a well-dressed attractive older women who spoke, (I'm shrugging my shoulders in a foreign language, maybe Italian) and handed me her camera and gestured to the Bellaggio in Vegas behind them on the strip and motioned to include her and I presume her husband in the shot.  I complied, she checked the photo as you can do with the wonderful world of digital and then ask for my camera, in gesture and took our picture. We smiled, made a connection and moved on making the world a better place.



The second was in Florence, Italy.  I was already wide eyed and in my glory, absorbing the beauty of sunset and a gentleman sitting on a bicycle taps me on the shoulder as I passed by and says in English, "Can you take my picture on the Ponte Vecchio?"  It doesn't take much to dazzle me and I was flattered he had asked me. Did he think I was a local? He had an accent.  First, I asked, "Where is the Ponte Vecchio?" That blew my cover.  We were standing on it, and then I asked, where he was from.  He was from Sydney, Australia.  I told him I had a cousin there but he didn't know him. It is big continent but still a very small world and it was a most pleasant exchange and connection. No Aussie picture unfortunately, but I have met quite a few in my travels and find them to be the most friendly and congenial people in the world. If only we could all be Aussie.

Ponte Vecchio, for me one of the most picturesque views in the world, especially around sunset.


I forgot there was one more that I remember.  We were on a tour at a winery in Napa Valley, California and there was a group of late twenty, maybe early thirty something's and one guy offered to take our photograph by the beautiful lake.  He was very orchestrating in telling us precisely where to stand, how to stand, when to smile, it was as if we were on a photo shoot, not a comfortable position for one who always takes the pictures, but I went with it.  Later, as I was reviewing my digital photographs, I found one I did not recall taking.  It was a self portrait of the young man who took our picture with a great big smile.  It made me laugh.



On Sunday, at the steps of the Art Museum, I was approached by a gentleman who offered to take that momentous photograph for us.  It was a kind gesture, even though I am a local, I took the bait.  He actually took 5 shots.  It sometimes takes that many to get a good one of me.  He readily volunteered in a most friendly way, all along chanting "Welcome to Philadelphia",  I know you want this picture. After he was done, he said, I do accept tips folks, I am a photographer.  My husband rolled his eyes at me and reached in his pocket.  This was not the first time I was "made in America".  Elmo got me on the streets of New York; he was hugging people as they passed by.  I couldn't resist but I should have read his pocketbook first and asked. He whispered in my ear, $5.  I try to dress appropriately when I leave the house but somehow I can never conceal my "tourist" sign with the camera draped around my neck.  I should borrow my son's t-shirt.  I AM NOT A TOURIST I LIVE HERE!



Tips:
1.The Rocky view is facing the city.
2. Most people photograph the run up the steps with the Art Museum as the backdrop.
3. At the top of the second landing, there is a bronzed set of footprints facing the city, stand there.
4. If you missed it, on your way back down to the left at the base of the "Rocky Steps", you will find "The Rocky Statue".
 
5. The days of the concert, you will probably not be able to get near any of these spots.
6. You shouldn't have to pay for a photograph, plenty of people will do it for free, but I will admit, the guy did a nice job with my camera and it was worth the look on my husband's face.  I wish I had my camera ready then. (smile).
7. By all means, you have made the trek, go inside, The Philadelphia Art Museum has visions from all over the world.
8. It is possible you may not only meet the locals but the locals have the opportunity to impress upon someone from a foreign country or state not just what is Made in America but also how great the city is where America was made.
9. Make an effort to know your city.
10. Offer suggestions to tourists, they may look at you funny or they just may take your ideas.  There is so much to see in Philadelphia. We are made of greatness.  Don't believe me?  Ask Rocky.


According to Rolling Stone, producer Brian Grazer and director Ron Howard  are said to be filming a documentary about  Jay Z and the Made in America concert where over 100,000 people are predicted to attend.  I wonder if he will find as many fascinating things behind the scenes. I look forward to seeing the movie.  I don't think I am up for mingling among 100,000 fans.

As the lights go down on the Parkway, 
"Welcome to Philadelphia". 

I hope it is a huge success. 

I think we are fortunate to live in such a historic and diverse city.


One more tip, on the flip side of the Art Museum lies the Fairmount Water Works which became a historic landmark in 1976.  It is a beautiful stroll down along the Schuylkill River and the Water Works restaurant is a great place to dine.  Are you still in touristy mode?  Take the tour of the Water Works, it's free and a fascinating piece of history in Philadelphia.


Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Top 10 Steps to Become a Tutor for Adult Literacy

1. Must be 18 Years Old.

2. Complete a volunteer application.

3. Request a PA Criminal Background Check (requires a $10 fee).

4. Complete the Media Consent Form.

5. Candidates must exhibit patience and be encouraging.

6. Train to Become a Tutor in a 10 hour Tutor Training Class. The training is offered every 8-10 weeks. (see upcoming training).

7. Meet with a Student Twice a Week for 1 1/2 hours at a public place.

8. Each Tutor is asked to make a commitment of a minimum of 6 months with the hopes of staying with the student until the student meets his or her individual goal, which could take longer.

9. Non tutor volunteer positions are also available.  Contact Susan Keller at volunteers@delcoliteracy.org.

10. Enjoy the afterglow of a job well done in making a difference and changing a life.

The Delaware County Literacy Council is holding an Open House on September 12th to celebrate International Literacy. Drop in and personally see what is involved in becoming a student, tutor and also a non-tutoring volunteer.

 Michael Lahoud of the Philadelphia Union soccer team 
is scheduled to appear at DCLC's 
Sept. 12th Open House.

The center offers tutoring in Reading, English as a Second Language or Math, as well as GED preparedness.

Check out their Youtube channel and Facebook page.

Currently there are nearly 50 adult learners waiting for tutors.

Could that be you?

Monday, August 27, 2012

Top 10 Summer Sights at Heinz Refuge

Heinz Refuge has a variety of sites and sounds to witness through the seasons.  Here is what found me on Saturday.

The Green Heron along the banks to the left of Dike Road. He was tolerate of me up to a point and then he flew off.

 A large snapping turtle was revealing it all and then he slipped back into the water.  Mind you I am assuming it was a snapping turtle.  I did not get any closer.


This cicada was one of many creating the backdrop of sounds along with the chirping birds.



A patient fishing egret was bobbing in and out of the water.


After a long period of time, it decided to demonstrated, I can also fly.  It is very graceful in the sky.



 The Glossy Ibis was identified by another birder in the area and they also made note of its limping.  The story goes, a snapping turtle had a hold of him for about an hour last weekend and he did manage to get away.  There are supposed to be photographs out there to prove it. Check out the Friends of Heinz Refuge Facebook page for links.  I did see him limping.


Seeing the Glossy Ibis in flight, had I not been educated with this name, I would have said, vulture maybe. He was pretty harmless looking, innocently going about his day.


  The Boardwalk is a photographer's haven. The birds don't exactly flock to you but it is a great vantage point to catch a glimpse of some birds. All the elevated platforms offer unique views. We came across two cyclists who had just seen a bird of prey swoon into the trees near the double observation deck.  With the help of the high powered binoculars provided there, I was able to find it and identify it as the bald eagle.

 The Blue Heron is trying to attract the attention of the Egrets. It looks like one of them is acknowledging his presence.

Lesser Yellowleg was also identified by passing- by birders.  The experts are a friendly and informative bunch and they can spot a "newbie" a mile away. That is people and birds.

Here is the Lesser Yellowleg flapping his wings.



 This is a common sight from the boardwalk, yet it never ceases to be a magnificent one.  Egrets in the forefront and blue herons in the background.


Shorebirds are the big drawn right now due to the drought and low tide.  The rain and hurricane season that is upon us will make this a sight only to remember.  The birds will move on.  The plover is present at the refuge, but I did not see one. Something always eludes me.  It just keeps me coming back for more.

 How or why this skeleton of a turtle's head was sitting on a log along side one of the trails is anyone's guess but it was spotted by the boy scout with me. He has an eagle eye.


 Canadian geese also made an appearance.  During August, one would think they are flying south. Their direction on this day was due east, the beach perhaps for one last summer hurrah.



Just reflecting

"Cradle of Birding" Wildlife and Conservation Festival
Saturday, September 15th, 7 AM - 3 PM.

John Heinz National Refuge Center

It is a great introduction if you have never been to the refuge. 

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Top 10 Ways to Celebrate August 23rd Ride the Wind Day



1.  Drying clothes on the line or balcony like those pictured in Venice, Italy.




2.  Seeds can be sown.



3. Soaring and flying in an airplane


4. Birds float and soar in the air.



5. Hang gliding in Golden, Colorado.



6. A parachute opens up and catches the wind and glides you to the ground.

7. Kites If you happen to be in Washington State, they are having an International Kite Festival August 20-26th. You can also catch a glimpse of kite flying on the beach just before sundown.  It is a popular pastime.



8. Sailing on the bay, in a lake, on a river, or in the ocean. These sails were riding the wind in Newport, Rhode Island.



9. A windmill pumps water with the power of the wind in Amsterdam.



10. Wind turbines on a wind farm in the state of California.



If none of this suggestions fit your locale skim, float, whirl, hop, wing it
The answer is blowing in the wind.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Top 10 Horrors of Summer

1. Overdone by the sun. Bronze is not so beautiful anymore it is healthier to stay shady.  Are you hearing more and more people with skin cancer?  I know I am.

2.  Jellyfish and sharks are one way to keep me out of the water and now we have to worry about trash closing the beaches.  It is one thing for man to barge into the fish's home without an invite but do we have to trash the joint? No wonder they want to sting and bite us.

3. For me nothing ruins a perfect day at the beach more then horse flies.  You can't even catch the dang things and they have no mercy.  They are just plain evil in my beach book.

4. Traffic on the way to Cape May or any shore point.  It starts at the top of the Blue Route and doesn't let up until you are over the bridge in your perspective town and even then, I swear we get every red light.

5. Crowded beaches.  My better judgement has me going to the beach later in the afternoon but just once I would love to have the place to myself.  Perhaps that is why I prefer the fall. every year It is a perfect time of year at the beach.

6. Blistering Heat.  Some like it hot and I prefer it to frost bitten fingers but the stifling heat is just too much.

7.  High utility bills (air conditioning, can't live with it, can't live without it). 

8. Mosquitoes.  Perhaps I should have run after the DDT trucks in my youth and I would be immune.  Instead the mosquitoes seek me out and run after me, this year has been brutal.  It looks like I have chicken pox.

9. Eighty degree water in June and sixty degree water in August.  I  guess it is better than rain.

10. The worst part is, especially if you already took your vacation is. .... it's over.  Sigh! I take it all back.  Can't we start all over again.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Top 10 Golf Terms for Duffers

1. Ace is a hole in one.  



2. Birdie a hole played in one stroke under par. 

3. Turkey Three consecutive birdies during one round of golf. 

4. Eagle A hole played in two strokes under par.

5. Double eagle A hole played three strokes under par. Also called an Albatross. 

6. Condor a four-under par shot; for example, a hole-in-one on a par 5. Might also be called "a triple eagle".

7. Duck-hook A severe low hook that barely gets airborne.

8. Ostrich The single hole score of -5, or five under par. The only way this can occur is with a hole-in-one on a par 6, or two on a par 7. This score has never been achieved and it is unlikely that it ever will considering the dramatic length and rarity of holes over par 5.

9. Bogey a hole played one stroke over par.

10. Buzzard can sometimes represent a double bogey or two over par

Fore A warning shout that a ball is coming your way, LOOK OUT!  I am told there is other colorful language used when a shot just doesn't go your way but you can't print everything.

G O L F does NOT refer to Gentleman Only Ladies Forbidden. If I have made any mistakes, I beg for a mulligan, one stroke that does not count. You get one per game....  This is common in the casual game but it does not fly in tournaments.

Terms referenced at Glossary of Golf, wikipedia and  golf.about.com
August is National Golf Month

Monday, August 20, 2012

THE TOP 10 HIGH AND LOW POINTS OF THE PHILLY FOLK FEST

The 51st Philadelphia Folk Festival descended on Old Pool Farm in Schwenksville, PA, this past Friday, Saturday and Sunday (August 17-19). Guest top-ten writer Susan Keller of East Lansdowne has been attending the festival since 2001, and--with apologies to longer-time "festers"--offers these top and bottom tens of the Philly Folk Fest. 

THE TOP TEN BEST THINGS ABOUT PHILLY FOLK FEST
1. THE MUSIC, first, foremost, and forever. The variety, amount, and quality of music is amazing. There are six stages, five of which have acts playing simultaneously during the daytime, starting at 11 am. The main stage hosts big-name acts, as well as an eclectic mix of world music and specific genres such as Celtic, Gospel, Western, Bluegrass, Zydeco, Blues, etc., and potent mixes thereof! This year's headliners include Little Feat, Lucinda Williams, Trombone Shorty, Steve Earle, and John Hiatt. And the cost is eminently reasonable for all the music (and all the other good things) you get for the price!

2. Tradition of 50+ years (made richer by Old Pool Farm and reuniting with friends). This is the 51st festival; the first one was held in Malvern PA, I believe. The vibe, interaction, beautiful surroundings, and historical importance of the fest is built into the experience. It is a living, breathing, singing, playing, and dancing tradition! Folks have been coming for years and years to this particular place, battling sometimes harrowing conditions (see "Bottom 10" later in this blog), to laugh, share, and enjoy. My first year I came for one evening concert only. The next seven years I camped with four friends and made many new friends that I now know by name and look forward to seeing this weekend only! (I'm now a daytime commuter/night time at the Holiday Inn festival goer...don't tell the diehards!) 

3. Creative and Crazy Camping Experience. To fully experience the Philadelphia Folk Festival, you must join the campers. Camping starts on Thursday, with a special for-campers-only concert Thursday evening, so campers get a four-day festival! But, more importantly, the campground is full of humorous, innovative, and friendly encampments with creative names like Pod People, Flamigos (not misspelled--it's a bunch of amigos who like to decorate with pink lawn flamingos), Havoc Headquarters, and Bob's Country Bunker. Both RV and tent camping are available, and there's a special instrument check (like a coat check for guitars, banjos, mandolins, french horns, and ????) on the campgrounds. The Philadelphia Jug Band are regular campers and share much music-making at their site. Even though I stay at a hotel, I purchase a camping ticket to be part of the fun!

4. Rousing Entrance.The evening concerts on the Main Stage (one each, Friday, Saturday and Sunday) are kicked off by a traditional bagpiper (Dennis Hangey) in traditional dress who emerges at the top of the hill (where the audience is getting settled on their lawn blankets and the like) and proceeds onto the stage. It's a halcyon call that reverberates to the tips of your toes and sets the tone for the entire festival!

5. Gene Shay. WXPN disc jockey and folk aficionado helped found the folk festival and has hosted for all 50 years. His knowledge and love of the music, along with his velvety voice and corny jokes, is the perfect accompaniment to the evenings' main concerts! 

6. Volunteers Run the Show. The folk fest requires an orchestration of efforts in terms of setting up, getting everyone parked, keeping everyone safe, and a host of other tasks. According to the folk fest web site (www.folkfest.org), more than 2,000 volunteers pitch in every year. These volunteers pay a membership fee, but attend the festival free (usually arriving early to accomplish their duties), eat for free during the festival, and get the true inside story of what makes the festival tick! It's part of the tradition and helps make the folk fest truly unique.

7. The Extras: Craft Area, Guitar Raffle, and CD Signings. These are just some of the extra activities that make folk festival an event rather than just a series of concerts. 

8. Active Participation. Campers bring their instruments and voices to share their talents on the campground. The Lobby Stage often includes dancing lessons and audience participation, and some of the daytime concerts include insights and advice for budding musicians.

9. People Watching. A seat on a lawn blanket is a great perch from which to watch the world go by. From the colorful clothing to the variety of age groups, to the t-shirt slogans, to the variety of styles (it's not all latter-day hippie fashion, and the under-12 set make wearing glo-sticks positively trendy!) and humor, you're sure to be surprised and entertained.
 
10. Memorable Moments. Attending folk festival through the "aughts" (2001-2010 and beyond), has allowed me to witness a little bit of history, musical and otherwise. In 2002, Tracey Grammer and the Kennedys bravely performed a little over a month after her singing partner Dave Carter (who had planned to be performing too) passed away suddenly. In 2005, Marcia Ball worried on stage about what that "evil woman" Katrina might be doing to her beloved city. Little did she know... And seeing Odetta a few years before she passed away was a revelation.

THE BOTTOM TEN LEAST ENJOYABLE THINGS ABOUT PHILLY FOLK FESTIVAL
1-4. THE WEATHER.
Face it--August in the Delaware Valley does not produce ideal conditions for an outdoor event lasting 3 days or more! I'm breaking it down this way:

(1)
Sun and Heat, Heat and Sun. The unrelenting heat and sun make it almost impossible to fully enjoy the daytime concerts. There are no canopies or shade on the hill facing the main stage, nor on the two adjacent stages. And then there's all that sunscreen, and sweating, leading to sheer exhaustion just in time for the evening concerts!

(2) Rain.
A little rain, even a little thunder--as long as it's clear of the concerts' electrical setups--is no problem to the outdoorsy types who attend the folk fest, but heavy rains require manipulation (a pushing up so as to get the water to roll off and not weigh too heavily) of all canopies and tents in the campground and a general sogginess in one's clothes and belongings that, in the words of the sixties, is a big bummer!

(3) Mud. In two of the last three years, weeks of rain right before the fest led to unforgiving mud. My car's been stuck, my feet have been stuck, and I've seen (but elected not to sleep in) sinking tents--what a mess!

(4) Wind and Dust. One year heavy winds lifted several tents off their moorings, creating a Wizard of Oz-like effect in the campgrounds, with tents spinning in the sky! And if there is no rain or if the summer has been extra-dry, like this year, plan to return from folk fest covered in dust--from your car to your nostrils, to the space between our toes--you can't escape it!

5. Potty Queens. Yes, this is upper Montgomery County's euphemism for porta-johns. They are a necessary evil for an outdoor event this size, and they are power-cleaned and emptied daily, but ...for three days... no thank you!

6. All-Night Parties in the Campground. I'm probably in the fuddy-duddy minority here, but all the live singing and playing, blaring of recorded music, and general whoop-hollering till 4:30 on Saturday and Sunday mornings is tough on the recharging process. In other words, it's not for those who need their sleep!

7. Having to Choose Among Several Good Acts Playing at the Same Time. This
is a happy but frustrating problem that arises during the daytime concerts, which are held on five different stages and often involve surprising collaborations among several artists. 
 
8. Getting into and out of Shuttle and Camping Parking Lots. This can go smoothly, but beware of mud and of the last concert of the evening. Both can make this mundane process extra-long and extra-frustrating.

9. Poison Ivy in Dulcimer Grove. Dulcimer Grove is reserved for family-friendly entertainment and contains lots of shade trees and hammocks. It's the one place that's fully shaded and 10 degrees cooler than the rest of the festival grounds, but it's infested with Poison Ivy! That's irony for you!

10. Missing Music While Breaking Down the Camp Site on Sunday Afternoon. This bugaboo can be avoided if the chores are handled before 11 am or after 11 pm. Some years, campers are permitted to leave Monday morning. Ah, there's never enough time!

Friday, August 17, 2012

Top 10 Songs From the Sharks Perspective

Shark Week 2012 began on August 12th.  Will it soon be safe to go back in the water?

Are you following the "Sharks" on Discovery Channel or are you at the beach joining them?


Another One Bites the Dust Queen

I'll Get You The Beatles

Girl Watcher O'Kaysion's

Surfer Girl Beach Boys

Mack the Knife Bobby Darin

Something The Beatles

Season of the Shark Yo La Tengo

Hungry Like A Wolf Duran Duran

Draggin the Line Tommy James and the Shondells

Itsy Bitsy Teeny Weeny Yellow Dot Bikini Brian Hyland



Thursday, August 16, 2012

Top 10 Shark Tales

1. There are over 400 species or more of sharks.  How many sharks can you name?

2. Great White, Bull Nose, Hammerhead, Sand, Blue, is my limit,Whale Shark is the largest shark according to seaworld.org.

3. Pool Sharks,Card Sharks, and Political Sharks are my least favorites.  Stick to the facts and forget about the attacks.

4. Did you know the "Jaws" novel  written by Peter Benchley was inspired by shark attacks along the Jersey coast in 1916? Beach Haven was the site of the first attack.

5. Sharks have been around approximately 409 million years.

6. Attacks on people have increased since the 1900's and the theory behind that is there are more people swimming with the fishes.

7. Check out the State of the Shark map at this Discovery link.

8. Discovery has a very complete website for Shark Week August 12th thru  August 19th as well as a full line up of television specials.

9. The Shark Cam will be live until the end of the month.

10. Truth be told, I bet it is beautiful but I have never scuba dived nor snorkeled.  The closest I have ever been to a shark, to my knowledge was at the Garden State Aquarium, Disney World had them in a tank and the Golden Nugget Casino in Vegas has an acrylic water slide the travels through a tank that contains sharks.  I was on the outside glass.

I personally am more a fan of Flipper, a bottle-nosed dolphin for you young bucks, but I would still probably head the other way if we happened to meet in the ocean.  I do venture in and enjoy the ocean and can dismiss my inhibitions for the most part, however, if I step on something sharp, seaweed touches me unexpectedly or a jellyfish comes within 200 miles of me I am out of the pool.....fast.  I'm booking.  I know I am merely a guest in some one else's home.



Other links to check out
nature.org
dsc.discovery.com
aqua.org
sharkwater.com
montereybayaquarium.org download a seafood watch list by area. Also recommendations on your IPod and IPhone touch.