Monday, October 28, 2019

Monday Musings - October 28, 2019

1. Welcome to the last Monday of October. Friday begins November and Daylight Saving Time ends next Sunday morning at 2 AM. It is going to be a busy week. There are 64 days remaining in 2019.

2. It is a tough Sunday when all four of the family NFL teams are not playing. The Cowboys and the Ravens were on a bye, the Redskins played Thursday, and the Steelers play tonight. 

3. What an interesting World Series, the home team has yet to win a game. Wow. The Astros, with three wins,  are one win away from a the championship, but the series now returns to Houston. They will need to win a home game to win the series. The 1996 World Series between the Yankees and Braves was the last that saw the home team lose the first five games. The Yankees won that series by winning game 6 at home. 

4. Sadly the rains yesterday morning meant the GORC Wildcats 12U baseball team did not get to play the third game of the Field of Screams baseball tournament in Hershey. They really needed the experience. 

5. Driving long distance in an intense rainstorm is really exhausting. 

Me, Mike, Jim
Watching the World Series
Hummelstown, PA
October 25, 2019
6. What do you do on a Friday night in Hummelstown, PA? Go out to the local watering hole and watch the World Series, of course. 

7. Once the rain stopped about noon, yesterday became an idyllic autumn day. Bright blue sky highlighted the trees adorned in the autumn finery.

8. Family NFL Results:

    Cowboys had a Bye
    Ravens had a Bye
    Redskins lost to Vikings 9-19
    Steelers play Dolphins tonight

9. Today is National Chocolate Day--which is great since I was just un Hershey, PA. 

St Louis Gateway Arch
10. Today in History. On October 28, 1965, construction is completed on the Gateway Arch, a spectacular 630-foot-high parabola of stainless steel marking the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial on the waterfront of St. Louis, Missouri.
The Gateway Arch, designed by Finnish-born, American-educated architect Eero Saarinen, was erected to commemorate President Thomas Jefferson’s Louisiana Purchase of 1803 and to celebrate St. Louis’ central role in the rapid westward expansion that followed. As the market and supply point for fur traders and explorers—including the famous Meriwether Lewis and William Clark—the town of St. Louis grew exponentially after the War of 1812, when great numbers of people began to travel by wagon train to seek their fortunes west of the Mississippi River. In 1947-48, Saarinen won a nationwide competition to design a monument honoring the spirit of the western pioneers. In a sad twist of fate, the architect died of a brain tumor in 1961 and did not live to see the construction of his now-famous arch, which began in February 1963. 


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Ronald Reagan Quote for the Week

Two of our Founding Fathers, a Boston lawyer named Adams and a Virginia planter named Jefferson, members of that remarkable group who met in Independence Hall and dared to think they could start the world over again, left us an important lesson. They had become, in the years then in government, bitter political rivals in the Presidential election of 1800. Then, years later, when both were retired and age had softened their anger, they began to speak to each other again through letters. A bond was reestablished between those two who had helped create this government of ours.
In 1826, the 50th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence, they both died. They died on the same day, within a few hours of each other, and that day was the Fourth of July.
In one of those letters exchanged in the sunset of their lives, Jefferson wrote: ``It carries me back to the times when, beset with difficulties and dangers, we were fellow laborers in the same cause, struggling for what is most valuable to man, his right of self-government. Laboring always at the same oar, with some wave ever ahead threatening to overwhelm us, and yet passing harmless . . . we rode through the storm with heart and hand.''
Well, with heart and hand let us stand as one today -- one people under God, determined that our future shall be worthy of our past. As we do, we must not repeat the well-intentioned errors of our past. We must never again abuse the trust of working men and women by sending their earnings on a futile chase after the spiraling demands of a bloated Federal Establishment. You elected us in 1980 to end this prescription for disaster, and I don't believe you reelected us in 1984 to reverse course.
  -- Inaugural Address, January 21, 1985

-- Bob Doan, Elkridge, MD

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