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1877 Tall Ship Elissa

Planning for a Second Life by Dale Ware

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s any historian would tell you, to understand where you are, you must know where you came from. This applies to sailing as well. Have you ever wondered how the big square riggers traveled across the Atlantic and from port to port, carrying goods and immigrants to the new world? Or has it ever occurred to you why some sailors wore gold earrings or sported tattoos? The 1877 barque, ELISSA, docked in Galveston at the Texas Seaport Museum, offers a unique program to learn the history of sailing as well as a way to become a part of that history by joining the crew. This year ELISSA celebrates her 125th birthday and is one of only three square riggers in the United States that continues to sail. Launched from Aberdeen, Scotland in 1877 as a cargo ship, ELISSA carried such cargo as bananas and cotton. She called on Galveston’s docks in 1883 and again in 1886 bringing bananas from the Caribbean. Several different owners and almost one hundred years later, she was waiting to be scrapped in Greece when the trained eye of

by Debi Hutchins a marine archaeologist spotted her. After careful inspection it was determined that ELISSA would be worth saving. She became part of the revitalization of Galveston’s Historical Strand district and helps tell the story of one of the busiest port cities in the late 19th century. Owned by the Galveston Historical Foundation, she sails today, each spring, in a series of day sails and at least one overnight sail as a way of preserving the past and for all of us that love the sea. “One by one the few remaining sailing ships are disappearing...With them goes much that is worthy and incalculable. It passes like a high squall sinking beyond the horizon: wind and sea, motion and color, romance and inspiration, a whole range of human endeavor all vanishing to leeward with the tall ships in their midst...” Lincoln Colcord The ongoing restoration is maintained by a committed group of volunteers that work countless hours keeping her seaworthy. This group is made

up of people from all walks of life each bringing a particular talent and skill to the program. Many have sailed other vessels while some have never held a line. “Maintaining the integrity of ELISSA is a team effort and volunteers are the heart and soul of the program,” says Kurt Voss, then Director of the Texas Seaport Museum. These dedicated volunteers also have the opportunity to take the Coast Guard approved sail training course and become part of the crew. The experience of sailing this vessel is like no other and crewmembers have the unique experience of learning what it was like to be a real working sailor and appreciate the hardships they went through. There were no fancy wenches or roller furling or margaritas on the deck while lying around in the sun. However, sailing ELISSA will give you a definite appreciation for those things. Crew members are responsible for knowing approximately 183 lines (about 7 miles), all the commands and practical knowledge for setting and dowsing her 19 sails, knowledge and use of many knots as CONTINUED, PG. 3

Most all of us are going to have a second life or more. Whether it stems from retirement, a “mid-life” crisis or changes in health or financial status, we will likely have a second life. A little planning can help assure that it’s even more exciting than the first. The WDIG March issue cover article “And then it is winter...” inspired me to look up the notes from a seminar I have been teaching for over 20 years on the subject and am going to share with you over the next few months. The first part of your plan is to decide what you would really like to do. What is your dream? Do you have a bucket list of things you’d like to do. Get some paper and write these out. This is an exercise in goalsetting and through the years has proven to be one of the most effective means to accomplish whatever your goals or desires are. Write them down and try to be specific. The more you crystalize them in your mind, the more your mind will strive to help you accomplish them. You will begin to see and hear things in such ways as relates to your goals. I suggest that you do this on a pad in long hand and just keep writing. Do not evaluate or criticise or discard what you write. Just write. Only you will see this list so put down everything you can think of, no matter how silly or seemingly impossible. Remember, these are dreams. We’ll whittle them down later. It is the nature of the mind to relate and you never know what one thought might inspire in another thought. Now you might want to go through this list and prioritize what you would most like to do. Type these out for now and make it a habit to read them morning and evening. You can start judging a little now and eliminate or assign a lower priority to the more difficult dreams. For the next month let your subconscious do the work.


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I don’t know about you but I’m tired of this Global Warming business. It makes it too darn cold. The average temperature in January 2011 was 30.0 F. This was -0.8 F cooler than the 1901-2000 (20th century) average, the 37th coolest January in 117 years. The temperature trend for the period of record (1895 to present) is 0.1 degrees Fahrenheit per decade. Meanwhile the EPA is still trying to regulate the socalled “greenhouse gases” to protect the planet. Makes you kind of suspicious of their motives, doesn’t it? Is it really the planet they care about or is it controlling our lives?

We haven’t heard a lot from Al Gore lately though I may have seen an article where he was explaining that the cold and snow was a result of climate change brought about by something or another. If the facts don’t fit, use other facts or just pull them out of your imagination. Hard to believe that genius was a heartbeat away from the Presidency at one time and only a few ballots another. However, the good news from Punxsutawney Phil, the official forecaster on Groundhog Day, was just what we wanted to hear: Spring will come early this year. I can’t wait. I think I’ll take out my golf clubs and have another go at it this year and I know it’s time to dust off the old kayak and go catch some fish. Meanwhile, I recently talked with a friend in Minneapolis and he said that since early this morning, all his wife has done is look through the kitchen window and the snow is nearly waist high. He said that if it got much worse, he may have to let her in... Gene Rutt - Publisher/Editor

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well Elissaas the procedures for emergency drills, mooring and docking, and repairing damage under sail. The sail training course is fifteen Saturdays between October and March with skill assessment and two written exams. ELISSA is one of only a few vessels that allow volunteer crew to climb in the rigging. After passing a simple strength test, those who want to, can be part of the aloft crew, although climbing is not a requirement. The Texas Seaport Museum also sponsors a youth sail training program for kids from 12 to 16 which is a modified version of the adult training. Paired with adult crew, the kids get to sail ELISSA during one of her day sails. Students learn basic seamanship, historical knowledge, practical skills needed to sail the ship, and team building skills. Many of our youth crew remain in the program and become part of the adult crew when they are older. ELISSA does not discriminate against age, gender, race, religion, or the kind of beer you drink. We take any one who wants to work hard. One unique aspect of the volunteer program is the amount of women involved. Nineteenth century women would not have been allowed to crew a tall ship or, in many cases, even let on board, but the ELISSA crew is about 50% women. These women learn all the skills that men do and perform all the same jobs during sailing and in doing maintenance. Many of them have taken on leadership roles including sail instructor, mast captain, quartermaster, and assistant engineer. While on board this special vessel everyone is equal (including cleaning the heads). Other tall ships around the country have a great respect for the ELISSA program and many crew members have been invited to crew other ships. We have had crew on the PRIDE OF BALTIMORE, the VICTORY CHIMES and the AMERICAN EAGLE in Maine, and the NIAGARA on Lake Erie. Many of the captains and mates on these ships graciously command ELISSA when ever she sails, giving the crew the experience of working with and learning from professionals. There is much more to say about this grand lady than there is room for in this article, but coming down to Galveston, Pier 21, will provide an experience that no one could forget. Speaking from personal experience, I can tell you that

ELISSA is spell binding, and gets in your blood and under your skin. She takes you to a place in time and lets you live her history. She acquaints you with an extremely diverse group of people, each with their own story, and leads you to avenues you would have never known before. For more information call Texas Seaport Museum, 409-76331877, or visit our website at elissa@galvestonhistory.org. or just show up on a Saturday morning around 9:00 in old clothes, ready to get dirty.

Debi Hutchins was a personal friend and fan of our band, the Kemah Bums. She crewed on the Elissa for many years. She passed away a few years ago, shortly after this article was originally published in Tropicalattitude Magazine.

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When rodeo first began, the concept of clowns developed as a way to entertain spectators in between shows or events and to keep the children in the audience from becoming restless. The clowns’ role has evolved greatly since then, with one clue being that clowns on the rodeo circuit today are known as “bullfighters”. The primary purpose of rodeo clowns has become to protect bull riders from serious injuries or even death. Bullfighters often endanger their own lives to save a rodeo cowboy, working to distract the bull so the rider can escape to the nearest gate or rail. Fiesty, 2,000-pound bulls are very different from horses – while a horse tries to avoid stepping on a downed human, bulls actually go out of their way to attack anything that gets in their path. In addition, bulls used in bullfighting are bred to be smaller, quicker and more agile than those used in bull riding. They can compete for many years, and they learn from their mistakes and change their strategies to gain the upper hand. Three different categories of rodeo clown represent three different jobs. The “bullfighter” is primarily concerned with protecting the cowboy. A “barrelman” remains in a barrel during the cowboy’s ride and emerges to distract the bull if needed. “Comedy clowns” are primarily crowd entertainers. Underneath their silly costumes, rodeo clowns wear special equipment to help protect them from injuries to their chests, ribs, thighs, hips, tailbones, shins and ankles. According to F.J. “Scooter” Culbertson, professional rodeo clown, bullfighter and barrelman for the Cowboys Professional Rodeo Association, “Getting hit by a bull is like getting hit by a car going 20 mph. It’s not if you are going to get hurt. It’s when and how bad.” During 23 years of rodeo, Culbertson reportedly suffered 24 broken bones, three concussions, a dislocated jaw, internal injuries, and a torn-off ear. The first Wranger Jeans ProRodeo Bullfight Tour was held in 1980 to formalize the bullfights and daredevil stunts the clowns were performing at the time. According to the rules, the fighter must remain in the arena with the bull for at least 40 seconds to gain points. An additional 30 seconds is optional. However, he has the option of ending the fight at any time by throwing his hat in the ring. Points are awarded for the way a fighter moves around the bull, how well he controls the action in the ring, how close the bull actually gets to him, and the number of risks he takes during the fight. To ride a bull, a bull rider slips his hand into a split in a rope that fits snugly around and behind the bull’s right shoulder. The cowboy uses his free arm to balance himself, and is disqualified for touching the bull, himself, or the equipment with the free hand. Upper body control, strong legs, and great balance are essential components for bull riders. In rodeo, bullfighting does not resemble the Spanish type of bullfighting in any way. Rodeo bulls always leave the arena alive and unharmed. The same can’t always be said for the riders, but given a choice, they’ll do it again. One rider said, “I’ve been stepped on, swung around like a rag doll and had my face ground into the dirt. It’s all part of the game. I’d still ride in every rodeo if I could.”


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The Daytona 500 kicked off the NASCAR season this past February 20, and was won by Trevor Bayne. The 20-year-old driver was racing in just his second Sprint Cup competition and is now etched in the record books as the youngest driver to win the sports’ biggest race. . This also marked the 10th Anniversary of the death of one of racing’s heros, Dale Earnhardt who was killed in the 2001 race. He was honored during the third lap of the race in an emotional show of his Number 3 by the race fans during the lap. The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) is a family-owned and -operated business venture that sanctions and governs multiple auto racing sports events. It was founded by Bill France Sr. in 1947–48. As of 2009, the CEO for the company is Brian France, grandson of the late Bill France Sr. NASCAR is the largest sanctioning body of stock car racing in the United States. The three largest racing series sanctioned by NASCAR are the Sprint Cup Series, the Nationwide Series, and the Camping World Truck Series. It also oversees NASCAR Local Racing, the Whelen Modified Tour, the Whelen All-American Series, and the NASCAR iRacing.com Series. NASCAR sanctions over 1500 races at over 100 tracks in 39 states, and Canada. NASCAR has presented exhibition races at the Suzuka and Motegi circuits in Japan, Mexico, and Calder Park Raceway in Australia. NASCAR’s headquarters are located in Daytona Beach, Florida, although it also maintains offices in four North Carolina cities: Charlotte, Mooresville, Concord, and Conover. Regional offices are also located in New York City, Los Angeles, Bentonville, Arkansas, and international offices in Mexico City and Toronto. Additionally, owing to its southern roots, all but a handful of NASCAR teams are still based in North Carolina, especially near Charlotte. NASCAR is one of the most viewed professional sports in terms of television ratings in the United States. In fact, professional football is the only sport in the United States to hold more viewers than NASCAR. Internationally, NASCAR races are broadcast in over 150 countries. NASCAR holds 17 of the top 20 attended single-day sporting events in the world, and claims 75 million fans who purchase over $3 billion in annual licensed product sales. Fortune 500 companies sponsor NASCAR more than any other motor sport, although this has been in decline since the early 2000’s. In the 1920s and 1930s, Daytona Beach became known as the place to set world land speed records, supplanting France and Belgium as the preferred location for land speed records, with eight consecutive world records set between 1927 and 1935. After a historic race between Ransom Olds and Alexander Winton in 1903, the beach became a mecca for racing enthusiasts and 15 records were set on what became the Daytona Beach road course between 1905 and 1935. By the time the Bonneville Salt Flats became the premier location for pursuit of land speed records, in 1936, Daytona beach had become synonymous with fast cars. Drivers raced on a 4.1-mile (6.6 km) course, consisting of a 1.5 to 2-mile (3.2 km) stretch of beach as one straightaway, and a narrow blacktop beachfront highway, A1A, as the other. The two straights were connected by 2 tight, deeply rutted and sand covered turns at each end. Stock car racing in the United States has its origins in bootlegging during Prohibition, when drivers ran bootleg whiskey made primarily in the Appalachian region of the United States. Bootleggers needed to distribute their illicit products, and they typically used small, fast vehicles to better evade the police. Many of the drivers would modify their cars for speed and handling, as well as increased cargo capacity, and some of them came to love the fast-paced driving down twisty mountain roads. The repeal of Prohibition in 1933 dried up some of their business, but by then Southerners had developed a taste for moonshine, and a number of the drivers continued “runnin’ shine,” this time evading the “revenuers” who were attempting to tax their operations. The cars continued to improve, and by the late 1940s, races featuring these cars were being run for pride and profit. These races were popular entertainment in the rural Southern United States, and they are most closely associated with the Wilkes County region of North Carolina. Most races in those days were of modified cars. Street vehicles were lightened and reinforced. On March 8, 1936, a collection of drivers gathered at Daytona Beach, Florida. The drivers brought coupes. hardtops, convertibles, and sports cars to compete in an event to determine the fastest cars, and best drivers. Continued on Page 9


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The Mask is Off There have been a couple of interesting stories in the news recently about some bank robberies. One was committed by a black man whose security picture was identified by no less than his own mother. Currently there is an older man known as the “Geezer Bandit” terrorizing the banks in the LA area. It turns out that the black man was actually a white man wearing a “hyper-realistic” mask from SPFX company in Van Nuys, CA. These masks are expensive and fit like skin. You can see from the accom- like a 10-hour makeup job in panying phonographs how re- 10 seconds.” alistic they are. He experimented until he found the right recipe for silicone that would seem like skin. A key discovery was that if the inside of the mask is smooth ­ even if the outside is bumpy with pores, a nose and other features ­ it will stretch over most faces and move with facial muscles.

It is not known if the socalled “Geezer Bandit” is really an old geezer or wearing a realistic mask. One of the recent masks added to the inventory is called “The Elder” and it looks like an old Geezer to me. (It takes one to know one.) In October, a 20-year-old Chinese man who wanted asylum in Canada used one of the same company’s masks to transform himself into an elderly white man and slip past airport security in Hong Kong. News coverage of the incidents has pumped up demand for the masks, which run from $600 to $1,200, according to company owner Rusty Slusser. But he says he’s not happy about it. Slusser opened SPFXMasks in 2003. His six-person crew uses silicone that looks and feels like flesh, down to the pores. Each strand of hair­ and it’s human hair ­is sewn on individually. Artists methodically paint the masks to create realistic skin tones. “I wanted to make something that looks so real that when you go out for Halloween no one can tell,” Slusser said. “It’s like ‘Mission: Impossible’ ­you pull it over your head one time and that’s it. It’s

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INFLATION AND MORTGAGE RATES What does it mean for homebuyers? Inflation is a rise in the general level of prices of goods and services in an economy over a period of time. When the general price level rises, each unit of currency buys fewer goods and services. Economists generally agree that high rates of inflation and hyperinflation are caused by an excessive growth of the money supply which we have been experiencing the last few years to support our deficit spending and increasing national debt level. Just about everyone is aware that the average flat rates on a thirty-year mortgage crossed over the five percent mark this past week. What some may not be aware of is that both the rate of inflation and consumer concerns about inflation are partly to blame for the highest single week-on-week increase in over a year. The fact is that even as the economy improves, prices are increasing on a number of goods and services, which in turn is causing mortgage rates to increase. Why So Early In The Year? Many financial analysts

anticipated that mortgage rates would be up this year, and predicted that they would surpass five percent before the end of 2011. However, a number of analysts projected that the rates would remain below five percent at least until the summer. The reason for the unanticipated shift is that inflation is growing faster than originally predicted, which in turn is creating the circumstances that drive up average interest rates on mortgages. For consumers who are not sure what this means for later in the year, now may be a good time to start evaluating their options for buying a home. There is not any real hope that inflation is going to change direction any time soon, and that means mortgage rates are likely to continue moving upwards. If you can qualify for a mortgage and have found a property that you would like to call home, making the arrangements now rather than delaying for a few months could be the right decision.

Kemah PanJam 2011 Kemah, Tx

March 26 (10 am - 10 pm) & 27 (10am - 6pm) ENTERTAINMENT: Freddy Harris III Mustafa Alexander Hannah’s Reef U of H Pantagonist Tall & Short of it San Jacinto Steel Drum Band College Steel Drum Band Outriggers Texas Caribbean

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Lots of ice-cold beverages and festival foods available from the booths in the Kemah parking lot. There are many Craft Vendors, and “Sonny the birdman” and his exotic birds performing for the kids. Admission is free! Plus a big raffle at the end of the day and you do not have to be present to win!


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Dickinson - Commercial property on high traffic road FM1266. 1.9 acres. 8,600 sq. ft steel building with store front. Warehouse with 3 bay doors, lots of office space, security fence. Area for parking 70 + cars. 3/2 house next door included. $549,000.

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Seabrook waterfront - 1.32 acres on Pine Gully. Fully updated in style, gourmet kitchen custom, cabinets, S/S appliances, double convection ovens, sub-zero refrigerator, handscraped maple floors. Beautiful views throughout. (Surf Oaks) $299,000.

Dickinson Darling - Nice 2/1/1 for investment or live-in. Open family room and dining area, recently updated kitchen. Fenced, Central Heat and AC. Nice sized backyard. Good buy! $63,000

Galveston - Wonderful water views of the beach and the bay, 2/2/2 plus a full efficiency apartment, 20,000 sq. ft lot on Galveston’s west end. 2 huge balconies, open island kitchen, living and dining area, woodburning f/p, large bedrooms, lots of windows to view the water. $189,000

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League City Waterfront Condo, beautiful views. elevator - 2/1 , Open, high ceilings, Gorgeous bamboo floors, all appliances included, pool, workout room. 50 ft Boat Slip included (Davis Rd) $89,000.

Pearland Silverlake - Perry Home, 3/2 plus gameroom,. Split floorplan, Stnless steel appliances, lg walk-in closets.. Formal Dining. Ready for immediate move-in, Big backyard. $159,900.

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The Rock of Gibraltar is the most famous rock in the world. It is the “rock” featured in the Prudential Insurance ads. It is something I normally have just taken for granted but was reminded about after reading the Stieg Larsson trilogy about the ‘Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.” The last book ended up in Gibraltar talking about the famous apes that reside there. I’d never heard of the apes of Gibraltar so I decided to look them up. Gibraltar is located in a strategic position at the southern end of the Iberian Peninsula. It overlooks the Straits of Gibraltar and is linked to Spain by a narrow isthmus. It is imposing but small. It measures less than six square kilometres in total. It is inhabited by around 30,000 people made up of Gibraltarians, British, Moroccans, Indians and Spanish. Gibraltar is a British self-governing colony. It has a Governor, Sir Robert Fulton (changing soon), who is the Queen’s representative on the Rock and Commander-in Chief of the British Forces stationed there. Britain is responsible for Gibraltar’s foreign affairs, defence and the political stability of the colony. However, the Rock has its own Chief Minister, Peter Caruana, plus a House of Parliament and a government, which oversees the day-to-day affairs of the Rock. Gibraltar is a member of the European Union by virtue of Britain’s membership. However, Gibraltar is outside the Customs Union so travellers from EU member states can still enjoy duty free purchases now banned to travellers within the EU. When people think of the history of Gibraltar they often think in terms of the bloody 18th century sieges when Spain tried to regain the Rock from the British. However, the history of Gibraltar very much reflects that of the Mediterranean and it could indeed be argued that it reflects that of man himself. When man first lived in Gibraltar he dwelt in the numerous caves that make up the Rock. In 1848 an ancient skull, now housed in the British Museum in London, was discovered in Forbes’ Quarry which is at the foot of the Rock’s steep North face. It was a woman’s skull. Eight years later an identical skull was discovered in the Neander Valley near Dusseldorf in Germany. This skull came to be known to us as that of Neanderthal Man but it could be strongly argued that Neanderthal Man should in fact be Gibraltar Woman. The ancient Greeks applied the name Calpe to the Rock of Gibraltar. It means “hollowed out”. They gave the same name Continued on Page 10


Aft-ter Thoughts:

by Captain B. G. Willie

I Can’t look that old.....

Have you ever been guilty of looking at others your own age and thinking, surely I can’t look that old....?

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PET OF THE MONTH

My aunt’s name is Alice , and she told me about sitting in the waiting room for my her first appointment with a new dentist. She said she noticed his DDS diploma on the wall, which bore his full name. Suddenly, she remembered a tall, handsome, dark-haired boy with the same name had been in her high school class some 40-odd years ago. Could he be the same guy that she had a secret crush on, way back then?

Bella is a two-year old Chihuahua mix that really This balding, gray-haired man with the deeply lined face was way too old to have been her classmate. likes to ride in the car. She walks well on a leash and After he examined her teeth, she asked him if he had attended South Park High School .. with encouragement she ‘Yes. Yes, I did. I’m a Cougar,’ he gleamed with pride. really gets that tail up high. She is currently being crate When did you graduate?’ she asked. trained by her foster and has He answered, ‘in 1975.. Why do you ask?’ become more comfortable sleeping there all night – no You were in my class!’, she exclaimed. accidents! She recently had He looked at her closely. 3 beautiful puppies and is ready for her forever home. Then, that ugly, She is a little shy at first and Old, has a very gentle spirit, but once she trusts you, she will Balding, jump into your lap and lick Wrinkled faced, your face. She weighs about Beer-bellied, 10 lbs. and is a soft fawn color. She would make a Gray-haired, loving addition to any family. Decrepit Second Chance Pet’s annual garage sale will have a Son-of-a-gun Mardi Gras theme this year! Asked, “Really? What did you teach???” The sale is Sat. and Sun. March 5 & 6 from 9 am to 4 Well, no doubt it hurt her feelings. I remember attending a class reunion a short time ago and my pm. Everything will be halfclassmates had become so old, gray and wrinkled that they didn’t recognize me. price on Sunday. The address Throughout the race, the heavier cars got bogged down in the sand, while the lightweight Fords is 1217 Mystic Village Ln., navigated the ruts of the course, eventually claiming the top 6 finishes for the race. Of the 27 cars that Seabrook. started the event, only 10 managed to survive the ordeal, Upon seeing him, however, she quickly discarded any such thought.

as officials halted the event 10 miles short of the scheduled 250 mile distance. Driver Milt Marion was declared the winner, and a young Bill France placed 5th at the end of the day. By early 1947 Bill France saw the potential for a unified series of racing competitors. France announced the foundation of the “National Championship Stock Car Series”, otherwise known as NCSSC. France approached the American Automobile Association, or AAA, in hopes of obtaining financial backing for the venture. When the AAA declined support of the venture, France proceeded to announce a set of rules and awards for the NCSSC. France declared that the winner of the 1947 NCSSC season would receive $1000.00, and a trophy. The season would begin in January 1947 at the Daytona Beach track, and conclude in Jacksonville the following December. Nearly 40 events were logged during the season, and attendance often exceeded the venue’s capacity. The competitors were paid as promised, and by the end of the season, driver Fonty Flock was declared the season champion after winning 7 events of the 24 that he entered. Bill France delivered the $1000 and 4 foot high trophy to Flock at the end of the season, along with $3000 in prize money to other drivers who competed throughout the season. NASCAR was founded by William France, Sr., on February 21, 1948 with the help of several other drivers of the time. The points system was written on a bar room napkin. The original plans for NASCAR included three distinct divisions: Modified, Roadster, and Strictly Stock. The Modified and Roadster classes were seen as more attractive to fans. It turned out that NASCAR fans wanted nothing to do with the roadsters, which fans perceived as a Northeast or Midwest series. The roadster division was quickly abandoned, while the modified division now operates as the Whelen Modified Tour. The Strictly Stock division was put on hold as American automobile manufacturers were unable to produce family sedans quickly enough to keep up with post-World War II demand. The 1948 schedule featured 52 Modified dirt track races. The sanctioning body hosted its first event at Daytona Beach on February 15, 1948. Red Byron beat Marshall Teague in the Modified division race. Byron won the 1948 national championship. Things had changed dramatically by 1949, and the Strictly Stock division was able to debut with a 20-mile exhibition in February near Miami. Richard Petty’s 1970 426 C.I. Plymouth Superbird on display.The first NASCAR competition held outside of the U.S. was in Canada, where on July 1, 1952, Buddy Shuman won a 200-lap race on a half-mile dirt track in Stamford Park, Ontario, near Niagara Falls.

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TEACHER: Glenn, how do you spell ‘crocodile?’ GLENN:

K-R-O-K-O-D-I-A-L’

TEACHER: No, that’s wrong GLENN: Maybe it is wrong, but you asked me how I spell it.


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CLEAR LAKE TEA PARTY “No Time for the Summer Patriot” Town Hall Meeting Speakers Include: John Colyandro - Texas Conservative Coalition “Blueprint for a Balanced Budget (Texas)” Natalie Arceneaux - Host of the Civil Right Saturdays 10-11AM on Talk 650AM Location: Kemah Community Center FM146 & FM2094, Kemah Date: Tuesday, March 22, 2011 Time: 6:30PM E-Mail: Info@clearlaketeaparty.com Web: www.clearlaketeaparty.com We’re also on Facebook

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Back on February 4th, the government issued a travel warning due to the cold weather. They suggested that anyone traveling in the current icy conditions should make sure they have the following:

Shovel Blankets or sleeping bag Extra clothing including hat and gloves 24 hours worth of food De-Icer Rock Salt Flashlight with spare batteries Road Flares or Reflective Triangles Full spare gas Can First Aid Kit Booster cables

I sure looked like an idiot on the bus that morning...

to a rock, which is very similar to Gibraltar at Ifach in Spain on the Costa Blanca plus other in the Med. Ledesma Miranda, in his book ‘Gibraltar, La Roca de Calpe’ suggests that the Scylla and Charybdis of the Odyssey were like to have been the Pillars of Hercules - the Rock of Gibraltar on one side and Mont Abyla in Morocco on the other. Apart from the Greeks, the Phoenicians, Visigoths and Romans all passed this way. The Muslim invasion of Europe started across the Strait of Gibraltar when the Berber chief Tarik Ibn Zeyad invaded Tarifa. He later moved on to take Mons Calpe which he promptly renamed Jebel Tarik - the rock of Tarik. It is from Jebel Tarik that Gibraltar gets its name. Gibraltar remained under Moorish domination for seven centuries. It didn’t come under Spanish rule till the early 14th century and then for just 24 years. Then in 1462 the Spaniards finally recaptured the Rock and held it until the beginning of the 18th century. The apes of Gibraltar which attracted my attention are world famous, and perhaps Gibraltar’s most important tourist attraction. The Barbary Apes, Macaca Sylvanus, are actually tail-less monkeys and they are the only free-roaming monkeys in Europe. Natives of North Africa, their presence in Gibraltar probably dates from the early days of the British garrison when it is presumed that they were imported as pets or even game, inevitably finding the rough limestone cliffs and scrub vegetation a congenial habitat. In fact, many legends have grown up around them. One is that they travelled from their native Morocco via a subterranean tunnel starting at St Michael’s Cave leading down underneath the strait. The fact is that the apes are firmly established on the Rock. Another legend claims that should the apes ever disappear, the British will leave Gibraltar. During the last war, natural causes diminished the ape numbers alarmingly, and they were in danger of extinction on the Rock. Fortunately, Sir Winston Churchill took a personal interest and additional animals were imported from Morocco. About a year ago, a family needed hospital treatment after a pack of the Gibraltar apes savagely attacked them. The parents were forced to protect their sons as the animals pounced on them, biting and scratching with their sharp claws. The animals are famed as a tourist attraction and, although wild, they are used to tourists, who are warned not to feed them. The family said they were aware of all the advice about not to goad or feed the monkeys and the ones we had seen earlier were fine. ‘We were just walking past this group, being quiet, not paying them any attention when one of them launched itself to the attack on steep steps near the top of the Rock. Today, in addition to the pack resident at Apes Den, there are five other packs living wild on the steep slopes of the Rock. The welfare of the Barbary Apes is now in the hands of the Gibraltar Ornithological and Natural History Society and the R.S.P.C.A.

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day March 17 The person who was to become St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland, was born in Wales about AD 385. His given name was Maewyn, and he almost didn’t get the job of bishop of Ireland because he lacked the required scholarship. Far from being a saint, until he was 16, he considered himself a pagan. At that age, he was sold into slavery by a group of Irish marauders that raided his village. During his captivity, he became closer to God. He escaped from slavery after six years and went to Gaul where he studied in the monastery under St. Germain, bishop of Auxerre for a period of twelve years. During his training he became aware that his calling was to convert the pagans to Christianity. His wishes were to return to Ireland, to convert the native pagans to Christianity. But his superiors instead appointed St. Palladius. But two years later, Palladius transferred to Scotland. Patrick, having adopted that Christian name earlier, was then appointed as second bishop to Ireland. Patrick was quite successful at winning converts. And this fact upset the Celtic Druids. Patrick was arrested several times, but escaped each time. He traveled throughout Ireland, establishing monasteries across the country. He also set up schools and churches which would aid him in his conversion of the Irish country to Christianity. His mission in Ireland lasted for thirty years. After that time, Patrick retired to County Down. He died on March 17 in AD 461. That day has been commemorated as St. Patrick’s Day ever since. Much Irish folklore surrounds St. Patrick’s Day. Not much of it is actually substantiated. Some of this lore includes the belief that Patrick raised people from the dead. He also is said to have given a sermon from a hilltop that drove all the snakes from Ireland. Of course, no snakes were ever native to Ireland, and some people think this is a metaphor for the conversion of the pagans. Though originally a Catholic holy day, St. Patrick’s Day has evolved into more of a secular holiday. One traditional icon of the day is the shamrock. And this stems from a more bona fide Irish tale that tells how Patrick used the three-leafed shamrock to explain the Trinity. He used it in his sermons to represent how the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit could all exist as separate elements of the same entity. His followers adopted the custom of wearing a shamrock on his feast day. The St. Patrick’s Day custom came to America in 1737. That was the first year St. Patrick’s Day was publicly celebrated in this country, in Boston. Today, people celebrate the day with parades, wearing of the green, and drinking beer. One reason St. Patrick’s Day might have become so popular is that it takes place just a few days before the first day of spring. One might say it has become the first green of spring. Source: wilstar.com

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Brick 3-2-2, nice large kitchen and no back neighbors. New siding in the front, new glass door on the front, new garage doors & roof ~ 2008 $119,500

4902 Green Willow Ln 3/2

Dickinson Bayou Chantilly Recent remodel, everything new. Landscape. Pool. Shed. Fireplace $155,000

2201 Carriage Ln

4917 25th St - Dickinson 3/2/2 Many updates. Decorator colors. Wrought iron security. Wood floors living & dining room. Updated baths. $99,900

LaMarque

5/3.5/2 Well maintained. Quiet. Matures trees on corner lot. Sun room, study, fireplace and much more. $139,500

629 Crystal Lane - San Leon

418 Quail Ridge 4/3.5 Lakes of Bay Area Dickinson on 1.29 acres,fireplace, den, granite counters plus office $430,000

Woodburning fpl,wet bar,island kit.,Indoor utility,lg.Bedrooms,2 living areas,master suite includes a huge bedroom,w/ separate study,spa like bath & huge walk-in closet! A/C new in 2009 no water in Ike! $110,000

Island kitchen/stainless range top, built-in double oven, den/ bookshelves galore, fireplace, wet bar. Master is down. Landscaped. $205,500

3728 Meadows St Alvin Country beauty on acre. Large bedrooms & closets. Covered patio, 2 storage sheds,A/C heat and roof new in 2010 $145,000

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Condos/Townhomes Texas City--Gatsby Condo’s-$42,500 Galveston-27030 Estuary- $150,955 Seabrook-4011 Nasa rd one-$79,900 League City - 643 Davis - $133,000

Dickinson-2127 Casa Rio-$99k League City- 793 Davis- $89k Clear Lake-2323 Fairwind-$59,900

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