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Ya Think They Grow Apples Here?

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We were driving northbound on Interstate 81 in Virginia when I spotted this water tank in Mount Jackson. I could be wrong, but something tells me that the locals here take great pride in growing apples.



New Orleans Delight

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There are certain things that you need to do when in New Orleans in order to get the full French Quarter experience.

Some are quite expensive, such as eating at such famous restaurants as Brennan’s, Commander’s Palace or Antoine’s.

The website Eater New Orleans says the city has hundreds of “must try” eating establishments, but it describes 25 of them as classics that everyone ought to try.

For the frugal traveler, there is Café du Monde, which is a coffee shop that ranks No. 3 on the list and is best known for its beignets.

A beignet is a piece of square-shaped dough fried in vegetable oil and covered in powdered sugar.

The cafe’s website says that beignets were brought to Louisiana by the Acadians and are sometimes filled with fruit.

At Café du Monde the beignets come in an order of three and can be quite messy to eat. But like so many things that aren’t necessarily healthy, they sure are good tasting.

And they cost around $3, which is affordable for any traveler.



Written by csanders429

February 23, 2018 at 5:05 am

Akron Library to Show Film About Pullman Porters

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A documentary film about the history of Pullman porters will be shown at the Akron Public Library at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 24.

The event is being held in cooperation with the Akron Railroad Club. ARRC President Craig Sanders will introduce the film by presenting an overview of the history of railroad sleeping cars and the trains that served Akron that carried them.

That presentation will include historical and contemporary images of sleepers.

The documentary is based on the book Rising From The Rails: Pullman Porters and the Making of the Black Middle Class by Larry Tye.

The book describes how George M. Pullman came to use almost exclusively black men to serve passengers riding his sleeping cars.

The job was arduous, yet many men saw it as preferable to working in the fields or factories. For several decades, being a Pullman porter was one of the best-paying jobs an African-American man would have.

Most of the film is built around interviews with Tye and former porters and members of their families.

They tell poignant tales of how they persevered in the face over racism and fought for years to organize a union to  bargain for better wages and working conditions.

The event is free and will be held in the auditorium of the main library at 60 S. High Street in downtown Akron. Free parking is available in the adjacent parking garage on High Street.


We Have Something in Common

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I took my car to a local garage to have the oil changed and to have a couple of others things looked at. The shop owner said he had something I might enjoy seeing.

He led me to the work area where there sat a 1953 Buick Roadmaster station wagon.

Right away I felt a connection to this automobile because it was built the same year that I was born.

Information I found online indicated that the Roadmaster was first built in 1936 and production continued through 1958.

I was amazed at how long this vehicle was. The wood on its body reminded me of all those songs by the Beach Boys talking about their “woodie,” particularly in the ditty Surfer Girl.

The Roadmaster was the last mass-produced wood-bodied station mass produced in the United States.

Auto manufacturers continued to simulate wood on the sides of vehicles as a style touch using other materials.I felt the wood on this vehicle and it was, indeed, genuine.

I’m not into cars, let along antique ones. I like to photograph the latter here and there, but know little about them.

The shop owner said he’ll have this “woodie” back on the road soon. I can’t wait to see it cruising down the street some day.


Written by csanders429

February 20, 2018 at 5:33 am

Not in Kansas

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The state of Kansas is known The Sunflower State and the plant is featured on the state flag. The sunflower is the state flower of Kansas.

It has been that way since 1903 although Kansans didn’t always admire sunflowers. Less than a decade earlier, some called for eradicating what they termed a noxious weed.

But the beauty of the sunflower with its bright yellow pedals and brown center won out and the legislature adopted the wild sunflower as the state’s official floral emblem.

Sunflowers are not limited to Kansas, though. I found this particular plant in downtown Vermilion, Ohio, growing by the side of a building. I don’t think that it was growing wild, though.


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January 12, 2018 at 6:38 am

Stay Away

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Whoever owns this property wants to leave no doubt in anyone’s mind that he really doesn’t want you coming in here. There are numerous “no trespassing” signs near this one. This road branches off the Portage Hike and Bike trail near Brady Lake, Ohio.


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December 21, 2017 at 8:12 am

North Pole

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It is not literally the North Pole, just a recreation of it for the benefit of passengers riding the Polar Express trains of the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad. This North Pole is in Peninsula, Ohio, between Cleveland and Akron.


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December 18, 2017 at 8:09 am