Top 10: More Interesting American History Facts

top10BSeveral years ago I wrote Top 10: American History Facts. It has been a very popular post the last couple of weeks. Thought I would add a second installment.

#10:  The Red Cross has a Congressional charter even though it isn’t a government agency. It was chartered in 1990 to provide disaster relief and provide assistance to the military families.

#9:   President James Madison was the 1st graduate student at Princeton University.

#8: African-American inventor Elijah McCoy, created a device to keep train wheels oiled while the train was running. There were other similar devices but McCoy’s was the best. Station agents would ask for the “Real McCoy.”

#7: The seven rays on the Statue of Liberty’s crown represent the seven continents.

#6: The Texas Capitol is 15 feet taller than  the U.S. Capitol.

#5:  Hawaii is the only state in the U.S. where coffee is grown.

#4:JFK was a huge James Bond fan.

#3: Alaska has a longer coast line than all other states combined.

#2: The Adelsverin or Society for the Protection of German Immigrants in Texas was created in 1842 to promote a mass immigration movement to the Republic of Texas and create a new German state in America. The society encountered many difficulties and internal conflict but about 7,000 Germans immigrated before  the society folded in 1847. 

#1:  The 50-Star was designed by Robert G. Heft created the design as a class project. He was originally given a grade of B-. After the flag was adopted by Congress his grade was changed to an A.

 

Repost: Top 10 — Stuff I learned from my Dad (and Granddads too)

Originally posted 19 June 2011.

In honor of Father’s Day I am sharing some of the important life lessons I learned from my Dad and my granddad’s.  I was blessed to have a Dad, Granddad, Great-Granddad and several uncles who were positive influences in my life.

#10: It is okay to be a nerd.

#9: To be careful where you park your ride. This was a painful but practical lesson my dad taught me. When I was in 5th or 6th grade I left my bike setting in the middle of the driveway. I had been warned not to do this. After many warnings my dad “impounded” my bike. He chained it to a rail in the garage and charged a small fine. I think the fine was around 25 cents. However, because I couldn’t pay the fine that day I also had to pay interest. By the time I had the money the total was a couple of dollars.

#8: Encouraged my creativity.

#7:  You are never too old to try something new.  This was something my great-granddad modeled.

#6: Actions have consequences, both positive and negative.

#5: Pay attention to the small things. My dad had a  shoe repair shop.  He insisted that all shoes be cleaned/shined. He even insisted on refinishing the soles of every shoe in for repairs. At the time it seemed ridiculous because refinishing the bottoms of the shoe. That had nothing to do with the quality of the repair work.  He said that people judged the quality of the repair job in part based on the way the shoes looked. If they looked as good as new, then customers would be impressed by it. I learned that paying attention to the details is helpful.

#4: The importance of hard work and doing a job right. My dad may have been one of the toughest boss I have ever had.

#3: Family is important. 

#2: To keep trying in spite of obstacles that at times appear insurmountable. My dad always tried to encourage me to keep going when things were tough.

#1: They shared God’s love in both actions and words.

Top 10: Stuff I learned from my Dad (and Granddads too)

In honor of Father’s Day I am sharing some of the important life lessons I learned from my Dad and my granddad’s.  I was blessed to have a Dad, Granddad, Great-Granddad and several uncles who were positive influences in my life.

#10: It is okay to be a nerd.

#9: To be careful where you park your ride. This was a painful but practical lesson my dad taught me. When I was in 5th or 6th grade I left my bike sitting in the middle of the driveway. I had been warned not to do this. After many warnings my dad “impounded” my bike. He chained it to a rail in the garage and charged a small fine. I think the fine was around 25 cents. However, because I couldn’t pay the fine that day I also had to pay interest. By the time I had the money the total was a couple of dollars.

#8: Encouraged my creativity.

#7:  You are never too old to try something new.  This was something my great-granddad modeled.

#6: Actions have consequences, both positive and negative.

#5: Pay attention to the small things. My dad had a  shoe repair shop.  He insisted that all shoes be cleaned/shined. He even insisted on refinishing the soles of every shoe in for repairs. At the time it seemed ridiculous to because refinishing the bottom of the show had nothing to do with the quality of the repair work.  He said that people judged the quality of the repair job in part based on the way the shoes looked. If they looked as good as new, then customers would be impressed by it. I learned that paying attention to the details is helpful.

#4: The importance of hard work and doing a job right. My dad may have been one of the toughest (non-crazy) bosses I have ever had.

#3: Family is important. 

#2: To keep trying in spite of obstacles that at times appear insurmountable. My dad always tried to encourage me to keep going when things were tough.

#1: They shared God’s love in both actions and words.

Top 10: Things I Should Do More Often

The challenge from the Daily Post Blog is to make a Top 10 list of favorite things I haven’t done in over a year. I’m not sure if everything on my list has been over a year but it seems like it.

#10: Sleep until I can’t sleep any more. It has been several months since I’ve really slept in on my day off.

#9: Go to a theme park.

#8: Go on a picnic. Hope to do something about this one soon.

#7: Go to the mountains.

#6: Painting. I haven’t painted in years. Currently, I enjoy digital photography.

#5: Go hiking. It seems like we haven’t been since last spring. We usually hike a lot in the spring and fall. However I broke my ankle in November and that has sidelined me this year.

#4: Scrap-booking. I used to scrapbook regularly.

#3: Go to a concert. I enjoy going to concerts but just don’t get to that much any more.

#2: Go to the beach. Last time I was at the beach was in June or July.

#1:  Spend time with our families. It has only been about 6 months on this one but it seems longer. Living a long away from our family makes it hard to visit our families more than once a year.

Top 10: Reasons I’m not a Southerner

Since moving to North Central Florida from Texas I have come to realize that I’m not a southerner. While Texas is the in the southern part of the United States it is culturally different from much of the South. Personally, I consider Texas part of the Southwest.  Now you may be thinking wait a minute Florida isn’t really Southern either, that is partially true. North Central and North Florida are essentially Southern Georgia.

#10: I don’t like grits.

#9: I rarely, if ever use the phrases Ya’ll or All ya’ll.

#8: I don’t care about NASCAR and don’t really think it is a sport.

#7: I do not think everything should be dripping in butter and deep-fried. Oh and I rarely cook with salt.

#6: I think just about anything can be wrapped in a tortilla. Ok, so  it didn’t work so well with PBJ or hot dogs but it does with most things.

#5: While I like sweet tea I don’t make tea so sweet it could double as pancake syrup. I think tea should have more tea than sugar.

#4: I put salsa on just about anything that is savory. I know the difference between hot sauce, salsa and pico de gallo. Salsa even makes grits edible.

#3: Dr Pepper is my favorite beverage. Don’t try to serve me one of those undereducated impostors, you know the one that starts with Mr.  BTW, is Dr Pepper not Dr. Pepper. Dr Pepper is not Pepsi product.  Grab a bottle of A&W or 7-up and see who the makes it. It will probably say Dr Pepper bottling company.

#2: I know the difference between Mexican food and Tex-Mex. I find it oddly amusing to go into a place claiming to be authentic Mexican food that serves cheese sauce and not queso.

#1: Barbecue is not pork and should never be pulled. In my not so humble opinion barbecue should be thick sliced brisket and served hot. If you cook the meat right  only one sauce is needed and it better be served warm.

Top 10: Odd Laws

Top 10I need to come up with more lists. It is just hard to get inspired sometimes. This one came to me when I was supposed to be doing something else.

#10: In Alabama, you may not have an ice cream cone in your back pocket at any time. This is the law that sparked the list. The speaker mentioned it in a training I was attending last week.

#9: In North Andover, Massachusetts carrying “space guns” is prohibited. So, if Phasers are banned I wonder if Light Sabers are legal?

#8:  It is illegal to use a lasso to catch a fish in Tennessee. Now, that is something I would like to see.

#7: Did you know in Vermont it is illegal to whistle underwater. That is one I would like to see.

#6: In Oklahoma it’s forbidden to take a bite out of another person’s hamburger. Hmm… I wish I had known about that one years ago.

#5: Hawaii has a statue against placing coins in one’s ears. Guess this must be rough on the preschool scene.

#4: In Florida if you tie an elephant to a parking meter, you must pay the same parking fee as you would for a vehicle. I guess this is good news for those looking to alternate forms of transportation due to rising gas prices. Wonder if elephants are easy to parallel park.

#3: No matter how much Rover or Fluffy beg  it is against Illinois law to allow pets to light up an after dinner cigar.  I guess cigarettes and pipes are permissible.

#2: In Ohio it is illegal to ride on the roof of a taxi cab. You have to wonder why this law was even needed. Did someone actually try to ride on the roof?

#1:  In Alaska it is legal to wake sleeping bear for a photo shoot. I think it also probably dangerous to do so.

Top 10: Technology

Top 10I’m taking an instructional technology class this semester so I’ve been thinking about techy stuff this week.  Oh, the Big Guy is taking the same class so things are more nerdy around our house than usual. In the process I begin thinking of my favorite practical applications of technology.

#10:  Cruise Control – This may sound silly but as much as I drive I really have come to appreciate the cruise control.

#9: DVR – I like being able to decide when I watch a program and not being stuck to a schedule.

#8: DVDs — I enjoy movies but really prefer to watch them at home rather than go to a theater.

#7: Espresso machines – Ok, technically it is a form of technology. It is a machine that makes life easier.

#6: The microwave — Do I really need to say more.

#5:  Cellphones – It is especially helpful for someone like me who gets lost a lot.

#4:  The Internet – If the internet didn’t exist you wouldn’t be reading this version of The Dee Zone or the older GeoCities version of it either.

#3: iPod – I have always preferred listening to my own music selection than a radio. Even as a young child I had my own portable tape player. It was a hand-me-down from my dad and it was probably one of my favorite “toys”. When the stop button was pushed the play button would fly off. Yes, I was easily amused. I enjoyed being able to lug a handful of tapes around and still like having my own selection of tunes.

#2: Digital Camera – I rarely go anywhere without my camera and not just the one on my phone. Photography has been my favorite hobby for several years now.

#1: Laptops and other portable computing devices.  Besides being a nerd and enjoy finding new uses (i.e. playing with my computer) the computer is also a survival tool.  I am severely dysgraphic, to the point that handwritten communication is a tedious and painful task.  I’m half the time I can’t read my own writing.  Due my writing problems I have been labeled stupid, humiliated and belittled. For me a computer levels the playing field.