Saturday, April 20, 2013
Iíve been working in television news for nearly 30 years, and I donít think I have ever had a busier, sadder, more stressful week. Between the tragedies in Boston and Texas, then local news stories like the family who died of carbon monoxide poisoning or the college freshman who fell to her death at a rooftop party, or the two little kids found living in a storage unit, or the 113 animals taken out of a womanís home, the bad news just seemed to never stop this week. Come to find out this week has historically been a really bad week.
April 14th (1912) The Titanic hits an iceberg. More than 1,500 people die when the unsinkable ship sinks.
April 15th (2013) The Boston Marathon bombing.
April 16th (2007) 32 people shot and killed by a student on the campus of Virginia Tech, who later takes his own life.
April 17th (2013) A fertilizer plant explodes in West, Texas. Hundreds of homes are destroyed and at least 14 people are killed, most of whom were first responders.
April 18th (1906) Thousands die in the Great San Francisco earthquake.
April 19th (1993) 76 people die in the siege of a religious compound in Waco Texas. Two years later, the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in downtown Oklahoma City is bombed. 168 people die, including 19 children in a day care facility.
April 20th (1999) Two students go on a shooting rampage at Columbine High School, leaving 13 dead, and over 20 injured. The same date in 2010 marked the Deepwater Horizon explosion, killing 11, making it the worst oil spill in US history.
Forget about the Ides of March. Maybe we should be worried about the Ides of April.
Monday, March 04, 2013
This year, I celebrated my 15th year of being involved in the Philadelphia flower Show. The theme this year was "Brilliant!" and the focus was on the horticulture of the UK
There was lots of great music, food, and of course flora of the British Isles
There was fashion as well. In addition to a room where you could create and build your own fascinator, there were outfits made entirely out of plants (not that they looked very comfortable!)
The colors and sights were truly amazing!
There was a Yellow Submarine, and references to literature like Mary Poppins and Harry Potter.
As always, if you can find a way to make it to Philly this year, I promise the sights, sounds and smells will be brilliant!
Wednesday, October 31, 2012
Quick update on storm recovery. The eye of Sandy made landfall about 90 miles from us. We were without power for several days, and still have no internet/phone/cable. (I'm posting from work.)
Everyone is ok. Once the power came back on, we could at least have heat and hot water, which was great news. We lost tow trees (making the total number of trees lost this year 6, thanks to the straight line winds that smashed us this spring.) A chunk of fence came down, and we had siding and roofing pulled up. We spent Monday night sleeping in one of the small guest rooms, because it has only one window, and I was concerned about glass breaking. Three people and three pets made for a snug sleeping situation :)
There is still no school tomorrow, 'cause most of town is without power, and much to our daughter's dismay, Halloween is postponed until at least Saturday so they can get the street lights on.
Everyone is fine tho. No one we know is hurt, and my parents (who live close to the beach) have lots of power thanks to the generator they got a few years ago.
I won't be able to post much this week, but should be back soon.
The view from near my Parent's house before the storm hit. The docks are already under water, and today there are several boats resting on the railroad bridge.
The view about 15 miles from my parent's house. The boardwalk washed away.
Sunday, October 21, 2012
We just got back from a wonderful week long trip to Disney World. One of the reasons we went was to visit the Disney Halloween party. My wife and I decided to go as undead versions of Disney characters, and our daughter wanted to go as a vampire Queen. The costumes were a huge success, and not only did lots of people take pictures of us at the party, but regular, real Disney characters commented on us all night.
I've had several requests to post pictures, so here they are. The Ghost Belle and Zombie Gaston!
We had lots of fun :)
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