Postcards From The Edge: January 7 1915

This post presents the third in a series we’re publishing called “Postcards From The Edge”. These 100 year old postcards are a from a collection which has been cared for by my in-laws up in Western Montana. Rather than keep these hidden away in a box, we thought it would be fun to share some of these with our community members here on The Senior List. The postcards are circa early 1900′s and are written (mainly) by Francis Clark (1857-1950), my husband’s great grandfather. Frank was a railroad conductor and traveled around the country manning routes for The Northern Pacific Railroad.

Postcards were Frank’s primary means of communication back to his family back in Tekoa Washington, Kellogg Idaho, and Spokane Washington. They are addressed to his wife Clara, but also to other members of his immediate (and extended) family including his children. There are also several postcards in the collection from other members of the extended family to one another. The postcards a turn-of-the-century “time machine”, and take us back to a time time in history when our country was changing ever so rapidly.

Keep in mind back then there were few telephones and very limited communication methods other than by post. I hope you enjoy the series. These postcards are very personal, and we’re happy to share them with you. **Note the 1 cent stamps… The actual postmark/stamp… The addresses on the cards (just a name and city in some cases)… And of course the story that each postcard reveals.

Postmark January 7, 1915 (Adrian Michigan)

1915 DC Steamer postcard front Postcards From The Edge: January 7 1915

1915 DC Steamer postcard back Postcards From The Edge: January 7 1915

This vintage postcard features a photo of the new D & C Steamer “City of Detroit” The Largest Side Wheel Steamer in the World (Detroit, MI). It’s postmarked January 7 1915 and is written by Goldie (sister living in Adrian Michigan) to Frank (in Kellogg Idaho) with news of their mother who is gravely ill.  It reads:

“Dear Brother: Awfully lonesome since you left.  We were up with mother most of the night and the doctor came early and gave her hypodermic injection.  She suffers so and is getting so disconnected.  Love to all from all. Goldie”

Other Stories from the Series: “Postcards from the Edge”:

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Postcards From The Edge: September 30 1909

Today marks the first in a series we’re publishing called “Postcards From The Edge“.  These postcards are a from a collection which has been cared for by my in-laws up in Western Montana.  Rather than keep these hidden away in a box, we thought it would be fun to share some of these with our community members here on The Senior List.  The postcards are circa early 1900’s and are written by Francis Clark (1857-1950), my husband’s great grandfather. Frank was a railroad conductor and traveled around the country manning routes for The Northern Pacific Railroad.

Postcards were Frank’s primary means of communication back to his family back in Tekoa Washington, Kellogg Idaho, and Spokane Washington.  They are addressed to several members of his immediate (and extended) family including his children.  The postcards a turn-of-the-century “time machine”, and take us back to a time time in history when our country was changing ever so rapidly.

Keep in mind back then there were few telephones and very limited communication methods other than by post.  I hope you enjoy the series.  These postcards are very personal, and we’re happy to share them with you.  **Note the 1 cent stamps… The actual postmark itself… The addresses on the cards (just a name and city in some cases)… and of course the story that each postcard reveals.

mt hood postcard ft2 Postcards From The Edge: September 30 1909

mt hood postcard back2 Postcards From The Edge: September 30 1909

In this postcard featuring Mt. Hood (Oregon) Frank writes a personal note to his son Kenneth (my husbands grandfather):

Well Kenneth do you miss me? Very much wish you were here – We would have a fine time seeing the city and going to shows – 9 am enjoying myself very much but it will be nice to be home again.  Be a good boy – love to mama and sister – Love Daddy.” — Frank Clark to his son Kenneth — September 30th, 1909

Random Acts Of Kindness (From Russian Dash Cams)

Russian dash cam image Random Acts Of Kindness (From Russian Dash Cams)Just when you thought all those dash-cam videos were for mayhem, car wrecks or Reese Witherspoon arrest videos… There’s this.  We’re not sure who originally put it together but it is making the rounds (for good reason).  Recently seen on Live Leak and later on Gawker Media’s Jalopnik (thanks to Gawker media for catching our eye with this one- they’re fun) it shows random acts of kindness in beautiful (and cold) Russia.  Set to the tantalizing sounds of The City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra & Evan Jolly, the piece titled Arrival of the Birds / Exodus (From “The Crimson Wing: Mystery of the Flamingos“) immediately pulls on your heartstrings and guarantees goosebumps on 92% of those that hear it (unscientific poll). Enjoy these random acts of kindness!

Here’s hoping this video inspires you and yours to pay-it-forward. Enjoy!

Safety Tips For Your Cruise

Costa Concordia Safety Tips For Your CruiseBeau Prichard (from USA Today.com) published a list of safety tips for beginners that are preparing for an upcoming cruise.  In the wake of the overturned Costa Concordia, and the crap-covered Carnival Triumph it’s important to pay closer attention to emergency measures AND general safety precautions when getting ready for your “vacation aboard”.  Remember these safety tips for your cruise and have smoother sailing on your next vacation!

Here are Beau’s 7 safety steps for cruising:

  1. Pay close attention to your safety briefing” – We’ve reached a point when you can’t take anything for granted anymore.  You are responsible for you (and your family)… Pay close attention!
  2. Take care of your health” – Beau warns against using public restrooms, but if you wash your hands and practice good hygiene protocols this shouldn’t be a problem.  We recommend that you try to get some exercise in during your cruise.  At least an hour per day should keep you feeling more alert, help with your sleep, and allow you guilt-free indulging.
  3. Wear appropriate shoes” – This one is obvious, but worth noting.  Ladies don’t need to haul around 4 pairs of high-heals.  Get comfortable, and find yourself a quality pair of sandals, and be sure to bring some tennis shoes (or some quality walking/running shoes).
  4. Leave valuables at home” – Love this one… and frankly, it’s a good rule-of-thumb for any travel (abroad or otherwise).  Unless you feel the need to show off (and it’s OK if you do) leave the jewels at home in the safe.  Thieves and schemers love to prey on the naive and on the wealthy.  When they spot both (in one person) they know they’ve hit the mother-load!  IF you can afford to lose it, no big deal… but if you can’t, better safe than sorry.  Just leave it at home.
  5. Keep your money out of sight” – See above (same applies).
  6. Do not travel alone” – There is safety in numbers.  Enough said.
  7. Drink in moderation” – This is a tough one, because some folks want to cut loose when on a cruise.  Once you’ve reached the point where you can’t drink responsibly you’re at your limit, and it’s best to back off.

There are so many more to mention that we’ll be doing more of these lists in the future.  (Here’s a preview… “Make sure you use that sunscreen!”)  If you have tips you’d like to share, please do so in the comments below.

Happy cruising-

Tim

FBI Raids The Scooter Store

150 Law Enforcement Agents Converge On The Scooter Store

150 law enforcement agents executed a search warrant on The Scooter Store earlier today.  Critics believe “government fraud” may be leveled as officials pull evidence from The Scooter Store headquarters in New Braunfels, Texas.  The Scooter Store is notorious for it’s advertisements claiming that; “We’re experts at getting you the power chair or scooter you need.  In fact if we qualify you for medicare reimbursement, and medicare denies your claim, we’ll give you your power chair or scooter… free.”

Ironically, The Scooter Store claims on it’s website that “In 2010, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced the company was selected as one of their legitimate quality suppliers to provide medical equipment and supplies to beneficiaries in Round One of the Medicare competitive bidding program at competitive bidding prices. The company subsequently announced that it accepted contracts to provide multiple products and related services in Round One bidding areas as a “contracted supplier”.”

I’m sure there will be a lot coming out over the next few weeks and months, so we’ll all have to take a wait and see attitude as this unfolds.  I’m going on the record with a prediction that Scooter Store sales of power chairs and scooters will decline over the course of the next few months, but they’ll bounce back one way or another.  The only question left to answer at this point is… What the heck are they going to do with all those free lighted magnifiers now???

Top 10 Pet Peeves On Airplanes

Boeing1 Top 10 Pet Peeves On AirplanesOne of our co-founders travels a great deal for work.  In any given week he can be on the East Coast, West Coast, north or south… Some weeks his schedule is plain hard to keep track of!  One thing we get a kick-out-of are his stories of fellow passengers, and the things that frequent travelers deal with on a regular basis.  We asked Chris to give us his top 10 list of things NOT to do while traveling by air.  *Note- Some of these suggestions are from fellow passengers that Chris interacts with while he hops across the country… We hope you enjoy!

Top 10 Pet Peeves on Airplanes:

  1. Don’t take your shoes off-  I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been on a plane and had a passenger beside me slide their shoes off because “ohhhh these dogs are barking”.  First, if “those” dogs are barking, I sure has heck don’t want see or hear them (let alone smell them).  This one is just plain disgusting (fellow travelers will back me up here) and it happens more often than you think.
  2. Don’t have more than 2 (alcoholic) drinks-  OK 1 drink I get… 2 if you’ve had a stressful day… Fine… But anything over 2 is a head-scratch-er for most of us sitting around you.  Also, after a few drinks you get too chatty and frankly, we could care less what your batting average was in high school, or how many pounds you gained after your first-born.
  3. If you’re going to chew gum, chew with your mouth closed-  Didn’t your mother teach you any manners?  This isn’t just younger kids mind you, but it can be full fledged corporate types.  Maybe it’s lower oxygen levels or the altitude, but for some reason passengers lose their mind  the minute they pass 10,000 feet.  None of us want to hear your gum snapping while you type on your overly-priced MacBook… (PS: You sound like a 16 year old girl.)
  4. Don’t Be A Loud-Talker-  OK, this one is a little less offensive depending on the nature of the conversation.  Frankly, it can be quite entertaining.  IF you don’t know if you’re a loud-talker (or not)… you might be one.  Most frequent travelers keep their voices down as a courtesy to those around them, but some folks just have a loud voices in general (even when they whisper).  Just make sure you know that you’re sharing your son’s sexual escapades with 6-10 of your closest seat mates when discussing “Nicky”…
  5. If you snore… Try not to fall asleep-  This one is a funny one for about 2 minutes, then it gets old real quick.  The last thing any of us wants to do is give mouth-to-mouth to the guy with sleep apnea in row 22… Once this nuisance starts, it’s tough to get it to stop.  A few loud coughs is what we try (maybe even a shoulder nudge) but after that it’s up to the (noise cancelling) headphones to do their job.  Yes that $300 I spent on those Bose headphones was worth it!
  6. Don’t blast your music-  Clearly some folks don’t care that they are causing themselves permanent hearing loss by blasting their iPods directly into their tympanic membrane.  I know you’re a big fan of Rick Astley… but trust me when I tell you, it sounds awful to the rest of us.  Please turn down the volume…
  7. If your carry-on is too big to fit in the overhead bin… Check it!  This one kills us frequent travelers.  I don’t know how some folks get past the first 2 gate keepers (security and the gate crew) but it happens all the time.  Someone gets to their seat only to find out their “carry-on” is stuffed so full it won’t fit in the overhead bin.  When this issue occurs it’s painful because the guilty party will try smashing it in there for at least 2 minutes while everyone waits in the aisle.  Finally, if they haven’t torn their bag, or broken the overhead latch, the bag has to make it’s way back to the front of the plane to be checked.  Ever driven the wrong way on a one way street?
  8. Don’t emphatically recline your seat without checking behind you- This is another one that happens too often.  If someone behind you has a laptop open and your seat suddenly lurches back, that laptop is at grave risk!  Not to mention when you recline, you’re almost laying in the other person’s lap.  If you must… look behind you and let the person know you’re coming back.  Then do it slowly.
  9. Don’t lather on the perfume (or cologne) we don’t care- You’re traveling on a plane with a hundred strangers that don’t care that you’re wearing Sex Panther cologne.  Leave it at home or in the bag… We really don’t want to taste it.
  10. Your kid isn’t Pele, don’t let him kick the seats-  For the record we love kids, and travel with them a lot.  One thing we don’t allow is kicking the back of the seats.  It’s so annoying for others, and we’ve seen folks come unglued because of it.  If you can’t keep your kids from leaving boot marks on the tray-table, request a bulkhead.
  11. (BONUS Pet Peeve) Lighten up… You were a kid once too!  One of our biggest pet peeves is the uptight traveler that immediately gives the traveling mom (with toddler) a dirty look, and then sighs deeply at every chance they get… Lighten up Francis!  Or better yet, lend a helping hand!

Well that’s it for now folks!  What are your top pet peeves while traveling?