Monday, January 04, 2016

Coming to Eldersburg - Super Discount Grocery Store Lidl

As if Eldersburg didn't have enough grocery stores, the German super discount chain Lidl's announced they want to build a store similar to Aldi's right in our back yard.

You can read about it right here:

At present, we have Food Lion, Super Wal-Mart, Shopper's, Safeway, and Martin's.  I think per capital, we may already have the highest grocery store to person rate.

The addition of another store that targets the low-income crowd will certainly make times even more difficult for stores in Eldersburg.  Why would the Carroll County Zoning Commission want to perpetuate urban sprawl and create unfavorable economic conditions for existing businesses?

And why do we need a Lidl's in Eldersburg?  This type of store certainly does not meet the economic demographcis of Eldersburg's upwardly mobile, commuting, two-income families.  I suspect they wanted to put this store in Randallstown, but couldn't find a place suitable for them.

Eldersburg - the next Randallstown.  That just doesn't sound like a selling point to me.

Martin O'Malley - Ohio Eludes You

Friday, January 01, 2016

O'Malley Ineligible for Ohio

Sorry it's been so long since I've written.  Life.  It happens.

Martin O'Malley has been trudging around Iowa and New Hampshire for the past year or so speaking to dozens of people at a time.  Meanwhile, Grandma Hillary Clinton and Crazy Hair Bernie Sanders are speaking to thousands of followers.  I'm not sure how O'Malley is even still in the race.  I'm sure he has hundreds of dollars left in the bank to finance his campaign.

The former Maryland governor's anti-fans got the best news yesterday.  Martin O'Malley failed to qualify to be on the ballot for the primary in Ohio.  Ohio law requires the submission of 1,000 signatures to be included.  O'Malley submitted 1,175 signatures, but the Buckeyes rejected 403 of those signatures, leaving him with 772, far too few to be on the ballot.

O'Malley's spokesperson is saying that they are exploring their options.  In political speak this usually means that they are trying to how to bow out of the race with dignity, but I suspect that is a trait that eludes our former tyrant.

As most people are saying, at this point, Martin O'Malley isn't really running for President.  He's running a public awareness campaign, perhaps for a cabinet post.  He certainly won't be selected for a running mate for Vice President.  What would that accomplish?  The Democrats would carry Maryland?  The Democrats would carry Maryland with a bigot like Rahm Emanuel on the ticket.

The good new, for O'Malley at least, is that he has already qualified to be on the ballot for 18 or 19 other states.  I'd say that's bad news for us, but he's not going to be president, so it will be nice to see him squirm for the second half of the year.

Here's to another year of Martin O'Malley not being in office!

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Thursday, June 04, 2015

If You're Going to Steal.....

I came across an article on the Baltimore Sun mentioning the large white oak tree in Eldersburg that fell in the storm on Sunday.  Then I realized something amazing - the photos used by Sun reporter Michel Elben are actually MY PHOTOS!!!!

Here is the article on The Sun with MY photos:

I looked at the caption and someone else was credited with submitting them.  Look - if you're going to use my pictures, at least give me credit.

I know that if I was to use The Sun's photos without attribution, they'd come after me.  We all know it's not a level playing field.  I demand justice be served!  And by justice, I want them to post a link to my blog and a bag of Doritos!

Monday, June 01, 2015

Eldersburg White Oak Felled

If you live in Eldersburg, you may have seen the large white oak tree on Stafford Court off of Ridge Road.  The tree was HUGE!  We once looked at a house for sale on this street when we were looking to move to Eldersburg.  I remember commenting about how large the tree was.

Last night we heard an amazing storm.  It was like a strobe-light session with a entourage of howitzers having a competition.  Flashes of lighting and chest-thumping cracks of thunder woke me around 11:45.  The wind was whipping the trees sideways and the rain was smacking the side of our house.  It was one of those top ten storms of the year kind of storms.  I knew that the next morning would uncover some damage around the neighborhood.

I was almost disappointed when I didn't see much damage on my way to work this morning, but once I checked Facebook I saw posts of some big trees down all over the metro Eldersburg megalopolis area.  The one that caught my eye was the big white oak tree on Stafford Court.

Tonight was a running night, so I decided to make Stafford Court part of my route.  My quick 8:45/mile pace came to a jolting stop as I turned onto Stafford Court from Ridge Road.  The massive tree lay on its side aiming across the road.  The trunk stood taller than a man.  Trees on the other side of the street were not spared.  Large limbs littered the cul-de-sac, areas far enough away from the old wooden ghost that you would have though they would have been safe over there.

The property owner was outside, so I fired up a conversation with him.  He said the previous owner of the house had heard that it was about 285 years old.  In fact, the original owner, well, previous-previous owner, would occasionally come around and collect the fallen acorns to plant elsewhere.  Another neighbor joined the conversation and said that she once read that it was estimated that the tree was the 4th oldest tree in Carroll County.

285 years?  Let's put this in perspective.  That means the tree started growing in 1730.  Benjamin Franklin was in his 20's.  Britain ruled the colonies.  The tree was already 59 years old when George Washington became President of the United States.  This tree was already 100 years old when Andrew Jackson was President.  That was an old tree.

The tree across the street suffered the wrath of mother nature and the Earth's gravity during the storm when the massive white oak tree sheered the tree nearly in half.

Carroll County sent trucks at 2am to clear the street of the tree so that emergency vehicles could get through the mess.  It almost looks as if the old legend's limbs shattered from the core when it hit the ground.

Friday, April 10, 2015

Firetruck Friday

Not a firetruck, but I thought you would appreciate this nonetheless.  This, I believe, is a 1971 Ford 500 Maryland State Police car.  Note that this was the olive and black color scheme that the Maryland State Police ended, but then returned to later.

I took this picture at the 2007 4th of July Parade in Kingsville, Maryland.

Monday, April 06, 2015

Hiking - Liberty Dam

This is mostly a picture post.  I've lived in Carroll County almost 16 years and this was the first time I've ever been to Liberty Dam.

As you can see here, the government is going a great job of protecting us from the environment.

This is the reservoir behind the 160' dam.  The water was barely trickling over the dam, but that's a million times more water than all of California has.  Way to go, L.A.!

Here is the dam from the front.  I would have had to hike for miles to get down to the bottom.  There were people down there.  Maybe I'll do that on another day.  Technically this is the Baltimore County side of the dam and the other side is Carroll County.

Friday, April 03, 2015

Firetruck Friday

Here's a gem that I forgot I had.  It's a 1963 Mack from Baltimore City.  Note that the cab is open in the back.  That must have sucked when they were working on a fire on a cold wet January day.  Where did they get warm?

The more I look at this picture, the more I love it!

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