CRYSTAL BALL

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This afternoon the weather was just as good as it has been for the past 5 day’s.  Nice, sunny, warm, and with plenty of blue sky.  It is a total welcome change from all the rain, cold, windy, and cloudy weather we have had.

Anyway, I started admiring just how Blue the sky was and thought I’d try and get my Clear Lens Ball and do some practice with it.  Had to set up my Tripod and place the camera on it and hold the Ball in the other.  Set the camera for a 10 sec. delay, so I had a bit of time to get the right position.  This was my 1st shot.  The Clear Ball is 3 in. in Diameter and a bit heavy to hold with just one hand, and keep it steady!

I took this with my Nikon Coolpix P600.  It is a great little camera that can be used for things like this.  I’m going to be playing with this more and see what else I can come up with.

Thank you.

FIX-IT!

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Hello to my fellow Bloggers, again.

There is something here that I’ve always been wanting to know about.  I have this exact program to keep my Computer Laptop working good.  I have to pay a yearly subscription to keep this for each year.  It cost’s about $14.00 a year to use.  It’s not too bad.  Seems that it works well, but what I want to know does it really do what it say’s?

There are many different types of Software like this out on the market to purchase.   How do you know who is best and who is no good?  In the number of years I’ve had this program I have only had 1 or two problems with this system.  Guess that it’s bound to happen at one time or another.

This program states that it will Optimize your System, get rid of un-wanted files, speed up your Internet, and lot’s of other things that are too many to mention.  I seem to be pleased with what it does, but I’ll always have some doubt.  What do some of you out there have?  Are you happy with it?

Thank you.

COMPUTER CRASH

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About 2 day’s ago I was writing a comment to a friend of mine on Facebook when all of a sudden my Laptop screen went totally blank!!  I sat here thinking “Oh Crap.  What went wrong now?”  I had no idea what happened.  I was dumb founded on what just happened.  I had no clue.

I sat here and thought to try and shut it off and let it re-boot itself.  OK, let’s try that.  I shut it down, waited a few minutes, then turn it back on.  It went thru it’s normal process, but when I signed in my main screen with all the icons never showed!  Now, what!?  In trying to repair this un-expected problem, I thought maybe I should shut it down again and leave it sit for a few hours, then see what happens.  Still thinking what happened and why.  There was no warning.  Nothing to show that something would go bad!

I let my Laptop here sit for about an hour and then started it up again trying to recover my Main Screen.  Ok, this time 1 icon showed up and that was for File Recovery.  Humm . . . . let’s see what this does.  I clicked on it and saw that there was a System Recovery button.  Thought that I’d try this and see what it does.  I clicked on System Recovery and it told me that my System will be recovered, but it will take some time.  That was fine with me.

I had to wait over 1/2 hr. for the System to recover, but everything works just fine now.  Thank goodness for that!!  I was thinking that I might have to take it to the Computer Repair again and pay more money!!  Nope.  Not this time.  I had no idea why it did this.  No clue at all.  Maybe just one of those stupid things Computers do.  I hope that this does not happen again.  Scared the poop out of me.

Feeling a whole lot relieved.

Thank You.

THE OLD STRAND THEATER

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The building that houses the Hamburg Strand Theater was built in 1799, and was one of the first properties to be built when the town was laid out. Located at 6 South and 4th Street, it was a Federal style house, which was later, turned into a restaurant, before being converted to the theater in 1920.  The building to the right of the Strand used to be a place called Trexlers.  It had some great Hot Dogs and Hamburgers that I still remember to this day.  Now, it’s a Pizza place.  Times have changed in Hamburg, but not all that much.  Hamburg, PA is still a very Historic little town that I remember well.

Owners David and Ella Schlear opened the Strand to the public on Christmas Day of 1920 showcasing their large screened theater with 500 seats. The family home was located above the theater; the front section of the building was rented out as a barbershop. The Schlear’s son Ed took over ownership in 1935, and he added a new entryway, ticket booth, marquee, and neon lights as well as Modern projection equipment and an updated interior. Since then the Theatre has ungone many owners and numerous renovations; the barbershop became a video rental store (among other things) and a concession stand and lobby were built. The Strand now holds 200 seats and remains a single screen theater.

Untamed circa 1929The first “talky” at the Strand was “Untamed”, shown in March of 1930. Prior to that, pianists and later records provided music during the silent film era. On Tuesday and Wednesday a “B picture” film was shown; Friday evening was cowboy night; Saturday offered the more publicized films. During popular movies the kids sat in the aisle; otherwise the girls sat on the left and boys on the right.

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This is a Image of the 1931 Movie Projector that was in the Strand Theater on display.  I, as a young boy, have been into the Strand a number of times to see movies and cartoons that were playing for us kids back in the 50’s.  Going back into the Theater for the 1st time in over 60 yrs. brought back some memories for me, but not many.  For some reason my memory has faded me over time of the inside.  Maybe it’s because it has undergone many changes since then.  More than $200,000 has been spent bringing the old Theater back to modern day, so far.

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So, with all that, Eileen and I went and stepped back into History to see a Elvis impersonator, named Jeff Krick.  He was putting on a show at the Strand for 2 hrs.  We had bought tickets for the 1st 10 rows of seats from the stage.  We got to sit in the 4th row!

“Elvis” was very, very good to see perform. He was well worth the money we paid.  He had all the moves that Elvis had and sang most of his songs from when Elvis was alive.  His voice sounded just like him!  He performed for just under 2 hours.  We bought a Medium bag of buttered Popcorn for $5.50.  Guess that the day’s of getting Popcorn for 25 cents are long gone!

Thank you.

WE’RE IN FOR A BLOW, BOYS!

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Yesterday morning it dawned rather humid.  The weather forecasters were calling for Severe Storms in the afternoon.  I didn’t pay much attention, and just too it as another “cry wolf” as has happened before.  This time I was wrong!

Around 4:45 pm my Phone Alert went off telling me that I severe storm was heading our way.  Humm .  .  .  now this made me take a look.  Went outside and saw dark clouds coming in from the West, as they always do when bad weather is coming.  Oh Crap!  This does not look good at all!  On top of that the phone alert came on again saying that we were under a Tornado Warning!  Not good!  When ever I hear this, it will concern me.

I went outside, because I have a habit of liking to watch Storms as they come rolling thru.  The wind started picking up and I could hear Thunder in the distance.  The sky got much darker and then a blast of heavy wind came in almost knocking me off my feet.  It was getting very windy with some slight rain.  I’m watching the sky and listening for a “freight train” sound and hoping I don’t see a funnel cloud.  Thank goodness I didn’t.  No Tornado, but it did blow rather hard and had some heavy rain.  It lasted about 10 min. and then slowed down, with the wind diminishing.  I’m always concerned with heavy wind, because of the large Pin Oak Tree out in the front yard.  This Storm was one of the heavy hitters!  No damage to the house.  Just alot of leaves and twigs to pick up after.

I’ve been in some heavy weather during my time in the US Navy.  I’ve been in and seen heavy wind at sea and a Typhoon!  That one scared me.  The ship was heaving up & down, side to side with waves crashing over the 02 Level.

CHILDHOOD PLACES

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Hello there everyone!  Having a good time?  Hope you are all well.

Thought that I’d do some places that I remember so well during my Childhood day’s in Hamburg, PA.  The above Image is one of the Hamburg Park that I used to spend so very much time in.  It has changed somewhat over the passing years, and I think the change has made it a bit better.

Back when I was 8-10 yrs. young, my Mother had to work during the day, so she would drop me off here and was told to “Stay here until I come to get you”.  I did what I was told to do or suffer the wrath of my angry Mother.  The plastic play set you see in the foreground was not there at the time.  It was just a big empty grass space.  The was no covered open Patio on the extreme left.  However, the larger building to the right of it was there as long as I can remember.  This place had crafts to make for us kids most every day.  There was always something there to do.

Off to the right corner of my Image used to be a large sandbox that had a roof over it.  There also was a very tall sliding board that we had to climb up a long ladder to get up to the top.  It was so much fun to slide down that thing.  We would “wax” the sliding surface with wax paper to make us slide faster!  It’s now gone, but for what reason I don’t know.  Maybe because too many got hurt because it was a big one!  The sandbox is long gone and I think it was because all the “critters” would poop or pee in the sand.  Didn’t bother me!  I didn’t care.

The Swimming Pool has changed a bit also.  There are no longer a “High Dive or Low Dive” that we could run down and dive into the water on the deep end of the pool.  I think that this was taken away because of Insurance reasons.  I used to spend many, many sunny warm days here.  So much that I would get a Sun burn most every Summer.  At the very top corner of the Image used to be a small “Children’s Pool” that I learned to swim in.  It, too, is long gone.

I more than realize that the Image above does not mean that much to you, but to me, my “minds eye” can still picture what was once there and all the great times I had.

GLITTER PENS

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Hello there to my Followers.  Hope everyone is doing well.

During these long Winter months, I spend some of my time doing coloring with Glitter Pens.  I happen to notice these Pens on Amazon that would color, but with an added extra to them.  They color with a bit of Glitter to them.

I’ve been looking all over the Internet for Coloring pages that you can down-load for free, print them out, and use them to color with.  There is so, so much out there!  I tend to go for pages that are Nautical, Flowers, Owls, or something else that may get my attention.  It is said that doing coloring is very relaxing to do, but not sure of that so far.  I ordered a pack of these Pens that have over 100 different colors to use.  All you have to have is a knowledge of color and what color goes with what.  Or you can just color what looks nice to you.  I like bright colors!

The above page is an anchor that I’m coloring right now.  It takes time to do this, but I work on it here and there.  No hurry if you want it to be right.

So, if you need something fun to do, give this a try.  Sorry, the Image is a bit blurry.