Happy SUNday! – Classic Cars

A couple of classic cars taken in June 1958 somewhere in Connecticut (maybe Hartford).

My wife’s Uncle Bill’s car – a Ford? Reader Jim Grey says it’s a Dodge and I agree. Maybe a 1958 Royal Lancer? The paint scheme is pretty gaudy – a “saddle” two-tone, which had the roof and all of the body below the belt-line trim as one color and the body above the belt-line trim as another.
My father-in-law’s Frank’s car – a Chevy Impala.

They built them big and heavy back then and to think they were considered coupes (two doors). Dual antennas too! Have a great day!

Comments are always welcomed as I’ve learned quite a bit from reader feedback. As always, thanks for stopping by and while you’re at it, feel free to visit my camera shop at http://www.ccstudio2380.com (CC Design Studios hosted by Etsy). – Chris Whelan

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Buy Me A Coffee

Disney Stuff

From the Whispering Canyon Cafe in the Wilderness Lodge Resort at Walt Disney World… a menu.

One of our favorite places to eat while staying at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge Resort. The kids (and us) always had a great time while there. Lots of great food and a fun “floor show” put on by the servers and guests.

A little fuzzy.

Comments are always welcomed as I’ve learned quite a bit from reader feedback. As always, thanks for stopping by and while you’re at it, feel free to visit my camera shop at http://www.ccstudio2380.com (CC Design Studios hosted by Etsy). – Chris Whelan

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German Beer Stein – help!

This beautiful stein has been in my family for well over 70 years – growing up in New York it was just always there in our house and later in my room (I think I kept coins in it for a while). I don’t know the how and why we had it other than my grandmother was of German descent and my mom was Slovakian with her parents born in Austria-Hungry in the late 1800s.

Is it pre-war (doubtful) or post-war (likely)? What I can tell. It appears to have “Germany” in a circle on the bottom along with “1/2 L” and the number “10”. On the side of the stein opposite the inside part of the handle it has “2021” which I’ll assume is the mold or cast number (kind of ironic that it’s the current year too).

“2021” – a mold or cast number?

Any help would be greatly appreciated such as the maker and the region it was made in. – Chris

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America, oh America you are so lost…

America, oh America how did it all go so wrong? Again and again simple tasks of living turn deadly – a trip to the grocery store, an afternoon at the spa, a trip to the gas station. Schools – all grades – teachers and students, houses of worship, bars, nightclubs, streets, parks, and almost anyplace you go to work. Newsrooms, airports, concerts, and theaters. Dallas, Orlando, Atlanta, Boulder, Parkland, Newtown, Santa Fe, Annapolis, Las Vegas, Pittsburgh, Miami, Thousand Oaks, Virginia Beach, Gilroy, El Paso, Dayton, Midland, Odessa, Springfield, Charleston, San Bernardino, Aurora, Sutherland Springs, and Ft. Lauderdale-Hollywood. These are only the most recent mass shootings in the last decade… if you go back twenty years the list gets depressingly longer and touches almost every state, city, and town – it will make your head spin and your heart break.

Nothing really changes except the names and locations – nothing gets done. The dead are buried and the families will be left to grieve and search for answers. New, yet unknown names wait to be added to the list – new people, upcoming events, at schools, workplaces, venues, states, cities, and God knows where else. Maybe my next trip to Starbucks will be my last, or maybe someone in my family, one of my friends, a distant relative, or a former co-worker will be in the wrong place at the wrong time – getting some ice cream, a burger, maybe dinner with the family or stopping for gas – just going about living life and then it ends in the flash of a second, the second it takes for someone with a gun to destroy a family, a community, a team, a school, a nation.

Stop. Just stop it. Stop all of this senseless murdering. Stop allowing the few to dictate to the rest of us when and how we will die just so they can own any weapon they want. We have a right to live with our families in peace and without fear.

It can’t be this hard, can it? The Founding Fathers only knew of single shot muskets and pistols when they wrote that Amendment that holds us hostage to this day. Could they ever have imagined a future with machine guns, high-capacity magazines, and an unchecked populace dying to buy them? And yet the debate continues tonight as it will a thousand tonight’s from now about whether or not we should ban war weapons from the hands of the unstable, the mean, the evil amongst us.

Peace and much love to you all as we once again grieve here in America.

Saturday Smiles – Blue’s Clues!

My son Timothy was crazy about the TV show ‘Blue’s Clues’ – we had Blue’s Clues cups, plates, spoons, toys, games, and just about anything Blue’s Clues and her pals. Fun memories.

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Happy SUNday! – Air Force Basic Training

My father-in-law (circled) Frank Tifft went through basic training at Sampson Air Force Base in upstate New York back in May 1953. Frank recently passed away at age 88 and while going through some pictures that we hadn’t seen before found this gem. After the Air Force Frank worked at Pratt & Whitney Aircraft for over 35 years as a jet and rocket engine welder – one of only a few that regularly worked on the SR-71’s otherworldly engines. We miss him greatly. January 2, 1933 to February 10, 2021.

Have a beautiful day and thanks for stopping by! – Chris and Carol

Found Foto – 1970s Bowling Team

Frank Tifft (far right).

I recently found this photo of my father-in-law’s (dad) Pratt & Whitney Aircraft (West Palm Beach, Florida) bowling team from the early to mid-1970s. My dad is the handsome gent on the far right. These guys won many championships and trophies during their heyday. My wife’s dad just passed away at 88 years old – we will miss his smile, companionship, and love.

BTW, these guys were true “rocket scientists” as they designed and built some of America’s biggest and best jet and rocket engines. My dad was responsible for making critical welds on the engines for the SR-71 and NASA’s Space Shuttle booster rockets. He was only one of a few that were certified on such technical and difficult welds. He was also an Air Force veteran from the Korean War stationed in the Tokyo, Japan area during the war.

Thanks for stopping by and remember to hug your loved ones as often as you can. – Chris

Happy SUNday! – last day in the Navy

Remembering back to that March day in 1997 when I retired from twenty-two years of service in the United States Navy. Aerographer’s Mate Senior Chief Petty Officer (meteorology).

Carol and Chris – 1997

This was the last time I wore the uniform. Carol traveled around the world with me for the entire 22 years that I was in and we were able to be together when I was stationed in Japan and Puerto Rico. Of course, there was plenty of stateside duty too. Three ships – USS Midway (CV-41) Japan, USS Forrestal (CV-59) Florida, USS John F. Kennedy (CV-67) Florida.

Retirement ceremony onboard the USS John F. Kennedy (CV-67).

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day! – Chris

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