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  1. (snip)


    Sort of an aside, but I wonder if some university has a curriculum on road history and development, not the civil engineering variety but the road travel variety.




    Keep the Show on the Road!






    I think your aside is the most interesting part of this question. You want Anthropological study, rather than the aforementioned Engineering Department. I for one, enjoy the Library of Congress' collection of hand-drawn Panoramic maps. But that's me.


    I often Google the text ... "library.edu" ... then after a few days, I come up for air with a big grin on my face and a few extra creases in the old gray matter. Good times! ... Perhaps you want to try "maps library edu" and then contact your favorites from those results?



    "This might seem, to the uninitiated, a close approximation to work."

    ... Chris

  2. A Castle in Every Heart: The Arto Monaco Story PBS - 1 hr - Biography

    The life and work of Arto Monaco, the theme park pioneer and Adirondack legend behind the creation of Santa's Workshop and The Land of Make Believe.




    I just saw the end of this program on PBS and will have to catch the repeat.

    There are a couple clips I found here ...



    ... Chris




  3. Chris


    I caught the last 15 minutes of painting, with a mitt instead of a brush. Some view!


    Changing cable lights was even better! Don't look down!!!!


    I bet if the design engineer had to change the bulbs, he would have designed a socket with 10 back up lamps such that a new one would be activated when one burned out.




    Keep the show on the Road!





    Hi Dave,


    The marker lights should be CFL's or LED's these days. Not that giant fish-bowl!


    Mike used a big paint brush when he had to climb down through a series of man-holes to paint the inside and very bottom of one of the towers .... guess what color!


    Tough gig!

  4. Dirty Jobs

    TDC-HD - Tue, 11/10, 7:00 PM 1 hr

    (check your local listings)


    "Bridge Painter"Repeat, 8/07/2007, Reality, Documentary


    Mike and the crew stop at the 5-mile-long Mackinac Bridge in Michigan to film the refurbishing project to prepare the bridge for its 50th birthday. The crew dons hard hats to paint the bridge's cables, which are more than 500 feet above the water.


    Anyone know "Stan the Man"?


    ... Chris



  5. Indeed!

    I hope to dig into those lost WPA files for more. That stuff always piques my interest.




    ... Chris







    I'll listen in the morning, since it's time to hit the sack, but the topic sounds interesting. I have often thought we have traded adventure and variety for a safe and familiar menu. The same applies to accommodations.


    I look forward to listening, and perhaps reading the book.


    Thanks for the tip!




    Keep the Show on the Road!

  6. Here's a story from the lost WPA files, that mixes two of my favorite things – Anthropology and food, … another choice interview by WHYY's Radio Times' Marty Moss-Coane.


    Thursday 5/14/2009 – Hour Two

    Author MARK KURLANSKY takes us back to the days before we relied on a highway system, chain restaurants and refrigeration to get and prepare our food. His new book "The Food of a Younger Land," relies on writings from the Federal Writer's Project of the 1930's to describe the nation's food when it was seasonal, regional and traditional.





  7. Great stuff as usual Dave,


    Do you by chance subscribe to the "V Line" e-newsletter? Within it, or on the web site http://www.vscc.co.uk/vsccweb/ are some terrific event poster images for download. You might print those miniature posters for decoration around a certain miniature race course we know of.


    I collect those images and the free previews from AllPosters.com, then print and attach them to the magnets that they sell at the big red box office supply store for use on business cards. They make terrific refrigerator art.



    Drive on ...

    Chris Moore

  8. Punkin Chunkin 2008


    Thu, Nov 27, 9:00 PM (EST) Run Time: 60 min.


    Genre: Science


    Teams gather in Delaware for the annual pumpkin-launching competition.



    This is one of my favorite TV programs all year!!!

    Well worth a road trip someday.

    ... Chris

  9. Eyerobic,


    If family road trips are a thing of the past, I don't think it was gas prices that did them in. When Mom and Dad can drive from San Francisco to Los Angeles at 75 miles an hour, and only stop for gas at exits spaced 10 miles apart, what is the point of the road…other than to get you from A to B? . . . . (snip)


    Bah, Humbug! Everything was better in the old days. :D Ma…..where did I leave my spectacles? :blink:


    Keep the Show on the Road!





    During the call-in portion of the show, I noticed people reminisced about taking trips in everything from a brand new 59 Buick wagon, to a late model Ford Exploder. So no, family road trips are not dead. Just snuffed out a bit, with the current gas prices. My vacation plans were altered quite a bit this season.


    Who'da thunk I would ever be excited by gas at $3.58/gal here in Joisey!


    ... Chris

  10. Really good NPR "Radio Times" program I heard yesterday, via Podcast.



    "With record-high gas prices the family road trip may be a relic from the past. We take a trip down memory lane and look at the history of the middle-class family summer vacation when the parents and kids piled into the car and traveled along the hiways and byways of a post-WWII America. Our guest is SUSAN SESSIONS RUGH author of "Are We There Yet? The Golden Age of American Family Vacations." . . . "


    Listen to this show via Real Audio

  11. Eyerobic - That Statesman was there last year too, I believe. The smooth lines of these cars had such a beautiful simplicity.




    I agree with you on the simplicity. Not too disimilar from other cars of the late 40's and early 50's. I'm fond of the late 30's myself. Specifically 1937 for some reason. . . . but I'll save that topic for another day.


    I can share 3 more pictures of that Nash, from a gallery I made a few years ago.

    The massive scale of this thing is what impressed me the most. Also the paint scheme and general condition are terrific!


    Thanks again,

    ... Chris

  12. Well, the weekend is over. I posted a few of my hundreds of Awkscht Fescht photos on-line.

    . . . . Lots of different cars to have driven on the American Road...





    Thanks for those, I enjoy seeing them.


    The photo labeled "Bathtub", is a 1951 Nash Statesman. The owner has brought it to our local cruise night a couple times. I think it is a beautiful thing. And a very rare piece, IF you've got the garage to hold it. That car is just HUGE!!! . . . I once helped guide him as he backed into a tight parking space. There is just no seeing out the back of that car!

  13. Got that right Dave,

    I know exactly where it is. Used to drive up or down Rt 100 from Exton to Upper Macungie, to visit customers for work. That show has been on my to-do list for a couple years now. A dream "Guys night out" with by pal Bill. He & I go to Car Shows and Stockcar Races together, (when our wives let us out). I could easily handle "Double Duty". Macungie all day Saturday and Grandview Saturday night for some Dirt Track fun!


    ... Chris


  14. Hi Hutch....sorry you missed us! Since it was short notice, it was a small crowd and wrapped up fairly early. I took the note down after it was over. Next time I'll try to give at least 30 minutes advance notice. ;)



    Pat, can you pick a day and time in more advance?

    Say, next Sunday, same Bat Time, same Bat channel?


    But something tells me you will be away from home for the weekend ....


    (Zoom Zoom)

  15. I think I may have seen this in process yesterday when I followed an Airstream RV down 7th Avenue. The article says the trip starts on Long Island and, even though there may be thousands of other reasons for driving an RV through Manhattan, I can't think of any. I mentioned my drive in the Lincoln Highway sub-forum (the LH is why I was there) but here's a link to the Airstream panel .


    eyerobic: I had no concept of where you were but if that Exit 7 is from the NJ TP, I'm probably about 20 miles from you right now.




    Got that right!

    The article points out a "road scene" is being filmed on SR-68, which leads SE from Tpk Exit 7 and becomes the Fort Dix Access Road that takes you right onto the Army Base, (with proper credentials of course). I tend to call Exit 7-A home, (we live near the legendary Anthrax US Post Office). I only drive "The Great Wall of NJ" if I'm heading north out of the Trenton area. We will be experiencing the NJ-Tpk (I-95) this weekend with a trip up to Nantucket, for business.



    Careful of the amateurs this Holiday weekend!


    ... Chris

  16. Familiar pit stops for Fonda road flick

    Movie scenes will be shot around Burlington County

    Tuesday, July 01, 2008



    "Easy Rider" star Peter Fonda is keeping his motor running and getting out on the highway for a new movie filming locally this week.


    But unlike his character in the iconic 1969 movie that made him a counterculture star, he won't be straddling a motorcycle or heading to New Orleans. Instead, the 68-year-old actor will be sitting behind the wheel of an RV and the roads will be in Burlington County when the cameras begin rolling.



    The film is a road-trip drama with music called "The Perfect Age of Rock 'n' Roll" that follows a rock star (Kevin Zegers) with a failing career on a cross-country trip in an Airstream recreational vehicle from Long Island, N.Y., to Los Angeles. He makes the trip with a father-figure buddy (Fonda). Directed and written by Scott D. Rosenbaum, the movie is set in 1991, co-stars Jason Ritter (son of deceased "Three's Company" actor John Rit ter) and lists Spike Lee as executive producer.



  17. Heck no,

    I just wanted to make some folks aware of an establishment for sale, that looks like a giant coffee cup!




    Found it!!!



    "continue A Pottstown Tradition..local Landmark ""the Cup"" Restaurant Is Located On A Large Corner Lot Next To Heavily Traveled Rte 663 Which Leads Into The Center Of Pottstown. The Current Owner Has Made Many Interior Improvements To The Dining Area As Well As Upgrades And Renovations To The Kitchen. Highly Desired Parking Accommodates 35 Cars. 50 Seat Dining Room, 10 Seat Counter Area And Central Air. All Equipment And Inventory Remains."





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