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!

Thursday, April 02, 2015

Throwback Thursday in Eldersburg

Remember the Verizon Store in Peddler's Square?  It is now a Liberty Tax store.  At the time we had 2 Verizon stores in Eldersburg.  Probably more than we need.  If you take a good look, this is also an example of Jackass Parking.  See the white Ford Explorer occupying 2 parking spots.

Wednesday, April 01, 2015

March - A Month in Review

There's an old expression that March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb.  In Congress, a lion showed up, but a bunch of chickens ran around and acted like a bunch of jackasses.  Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gave a speech to the Congress, but only because President Obama (a lion, a chicken, or a jackass?) refused to see him at the White House.  Cowards such as Maryland Congresswoman Donna Edwards shamefully boycotted the speech.  Apparently, the spineless left believes that soft negotiating with Iran over nuclear weapons is a better approach than the hammer approach, which will allow the survival of Isreal.

University of California Irvine students decided that they no longer want to be Americans, but rather communists from a repressive country like Russia and China.  They showed their unity when they supported a ban on the United States flag in the lobby of public buildings because it might make illegal aliens feel bad.  In unrelated news, Pampers announced that they will be marketing adult-sized diapers and will target Irvine, California as a test market.

French reality television began filming a new show in Argentina that involves throwing Olympians from a helicopter and then crashing the helicopter.  To their surprise, they all died, and the show was quietly cancelled.

Maryland Congresswoman Donna Edwards announced her candidacy for the seat being vacated by Senator Barbara Mikulski.  Her campaign logo included the Virginia portion of the Delmarva peninsula leading to speculation that by the grace of God Almighty, Maryland and her allies from Delaware plan to attack and rightly conquer this portion of the King's Dominion.

A German discount airline crashed into the Alps after the copilot locked the pilot out of the cockpit and intentionally crashing the plane.  This proves once again that terrorists should not be left alone in the cockpit of an airplane.

Washington, D.C. Congresswoman proves time and time again why she is an arrogant senile piece of shit.  This home video catches her scraping another car and she wantonly parks in a diagonal parking spot in wrong direction.

In the NCAA tournament, West Virginia head Coach Bob Huggin's daughters sent out racist and bigoted messages over Twitter about Maryland players, calling one a rapist.  I guess what they say about people in West Virginia is true, guh-huck.  Well, Karma is a bitch and she doesn't like rednecks like Jenna Leigh Huggins.  Kentucky DESTROYED West Virginia in the Sweet 16 78-39.  Blahahahahaha!!!!

Legendary 98 Rock personality Sarah Fleisher announced her retirement.  The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member has been on the air at 98 Rock since its inception.  You'll recognize her by her raspy smokers' voice.  We wish her a happy retirement.
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