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Saturday, May 29, 2010

Garrett, Indiana

I have called a couple of places home but right now, I call Garrett, Indiana home. I have for over 10 years now. It is a sleepy little town and I like it that way. You know it is a quiet place when you can hear them announcing the high school football games from across town. The loudest consistent noise is the railroad. The website for Garrett is HERE.

Friday, May 28, 2010

Fuss over something or nothing

Some people are getting all buggy eyed and pissed off since President Obama in not going to be in Washington for memorial Weekend. I found a good article HERE that point out that President Regan and both of the bushes also missed on the Memorial Day Ceremonies in Washington. I am wondering how many of these people were equal outraged with the other presidents for doing the exact same thing. Do not get me wrong. I am not a fan of the present administration and would have rather seen just about anyone else get in than the current president. My big objection is let us get down to the issues of the nation instead about worrying about ceremonies that more than the current president have missed. HAVING SAID THIS, i THINK MR OBAMA WAS WRONG WITH HIS HEALTH CARE REFORMS. IT IS ABOUT THE JOBS AND ECONOMY STUPID! I also disagree with his use of the stimulus money that only rewarded those who got us into trouble in the first place. (Bush was wrong for starting it) It is time for business not as usual and it becoming about the people instead of Washington taking care of the needs of the nation. Please, for the love of God, will the federal government stay out of my life and pockets and let the people take care of themselves. I am not saying the American People are perfect but they know what is need on the local level far better than some far off politicians.

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Summer is coming

Wow! It feels like July already. Normally it is a crap shoot if the pool will be warm enough to use as well if the weather alone is going to cooperate. It has turned HOT, HOT, HOT. I have to admit I am a wuss when it comes to heat but at least the spring this year was glorious. It was mostly dry except for the last little while and pretty mild. Summer is coming on strong now and it is not even close to th solstice yet. I hope this is not a sign of how the summer will go. I do not like the snow and deep freeze of winter but I can at least put more clothes on. In summer, once it gets so hot, I can not take anymore clothes off. (Yes that is a scary thought) The good news is that the pool is ready for the holiday and I am hoping for good times with friends around the grill and pool.

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Book marking on waymarking

I think it pretty obvious that I like waymarking and local history. I hae mentioned both enough. I have com across the waymarking category called there is a book about it! The one I have done so far in this category is HERE. I like this category a lot since it deals with books (avid reader here), a waymarker, and these books tend towards local history or at least local flavor.

Friday, May 21, 2010

Auburn War Museum

There is a local history msueum that is really cool. Their website is HERE. Check it out.

Monday, May 17, 2010

The Komets WIN!!!!!!

The Komets won the Turner cup for the Third year in a row. Wow!!! It was definitely not because the Flint Generals has given up. they were giving the Komets grief until the end of the last game. The series ended up 4-1 in the Komets favor but the way flint was playing and if some plays went just a tiny bit in the other way, Flint could have just as easy taken it. I will give both teams their due and say it was the best sports I have seen in a while. Amazing that I got in with my wife to see the game for $22 for two tickets plus $4 for parking. A cheap night by my books and it was a hell of a show for twice that. I beleive in paying people their due by I am also cheap as heck and the IHL and the Komets deliver on entertainment. I know that is just one person's opinion but take it as you will. Minor sports has some big advantages over major sports and I am willing to take advantage of that. The only real downside is that I will not have hockey to follow until next fall. (Not like I do not collect other hobbies that suffer fro neglect so I can not complain much) It will be interesting to see what the fall will bring for fort Wayne Hockey. One problem with minor league sports is that the leagues do not have deep pockets and are subject to flux. With the economy being the way it is, it has not helped the situation and the IHL may be in flux again. we shall see what the future brings. Until then, I will enjoy the glow of the win and be ready to cheer for the next season.

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Statue of Jack Miner

Jck Miner was a conservationist who started a bird sanctuary in Kingsville, Ontario. He has a wikipedia article HERE. when i was in Kingsville, i was able to get the information for a waymark. (Here) There are a couple of waymarks relating to him out at the sanctuary itself. Check out the sanctuary waymark (HERE) and then look at closest waymarks to.

Saturday, May 15, 2010

ACD Museum

One of my favorite museums around home is the ACD museum. It is all about old cars and especially Auburns, Cords and Dusenberg. these cars are truly works of art and of a totally different era. Check out their website HERE.

Friday, May 14, 2010

Garrett Museum of Art

I did a waymark a while back on the Garrett Museum of Art. (HERE) It is in the original building for the garret State Bank. they have a history fo the bank and the building (HERE). It focuses on local artists and was surprisingly nice for a small town museum. I am glad it is here and putting an old building to good use. The building still has the vault from the days it was a bank. Kinda cool. It is worth the time to go into by you are in the area. You can get in free but they do appreciate donations. One of those places where it makes for a nice time out on the cheap

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Pelee Island Winery

I Know I have done Pelee Island winery as a weekly webness but I was finally able to do it as a waymark. (HERE) the first time I tried it was raining and the pictures were less than stellar to put it mildly and totally unusable. Fortunately, that has been fixed. they have really yummy and great wines so if you get in the area and like wine, it is a place to stop in at.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Bicentennial Woods

One place I have been going lately to enjoy myself and get some hiking in is bicentennial woods. There is a waymark for it HERE. It is close to home so it does not take a lot of gas to get there and there is no admission fee so it is a perfect way to go out for a nice without spending a whole lot of dough. sounds like a deal to me. It is also one ofr the nicer places to hike around here and you can get far enough into the woods that you can not see anything civilized other than the path and the noises of civilization are reduced. to get into a total quiet zone is rather hard and near impossible. It is a fabu place to walk and enjoy for a while and the price is more than right.

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Allen County Park System

I have said this more than once that I like to go hiking. Another park system in my neck of the woods is the Allen County Park System. They also have a website. It is HERE. Check it out.

Friday, May 7, 2010

Garrett State Bank Building

One of the categories on is converted bank buildings. There is one of these in Garrett and that is the old Garrett state bank building. I did a waymark for it Here. the Garrett State Bank is still in town and just have moved to a new location. Their website has a history of the bank and the building HERE. The Garrett Museum of Art now occupies the building and their website is HERE. Just a little more flavor of my little corner of the world.

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Custer Grain and Google Earth

I love to waymark. I come across some neat things once in a while. I did a waymark on Custer Grain which is one of the local businesses around her. (LINK) One thing I do when I am submit a waymark is to check Google Earth to make sure I have good coordinates. My GPSr is good but you would not believe how many times I fat finger those numbers and come up entirely wrong in placing the waymark. When I checked it out for Custer Grain, I found out that the satellite photo of the grain elevator was really cool. Check it out HERE. Make sure you zoom in to see it really good.

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Acres Land Trust

One of my favorite activities is going hiking in the woods. It was one of the reasons i did my other hobbies of geocaching,waymarking and benchmark hunting. I enjoy getting in the outdoors. Acres is a organization which helps preserve land for natural settings. Although I do not always agree with their policies, I do appreciate theirs parks. Check out their website HERE.