Greetings from Seattle, Washington, USA

Monday, December 5, 2016

US Coast Guard Polar Star

Heavy Icebreaker spotted ...

USCGC Polar Star
December 1  2:04 PM
Puget Sound, Washington
"USCGC POLAR STAR (WAGB-10) is a United States Coast Guard Heavy Icebreaker. Commissioned in 1976, the ship was built by Lockheed Shipbuilding and Construction Company of Seattle, Washington along with her sister ship, POLAR SEA (WAGB-11). POLAR STAR is one of the largest ships in the US Coast Guard and one of the world's most powerful non-nuclear ships. The POLAR STAR is home ported in Seattle, Washington." https://www.uscg.mil/pacarea/cgcpolarstar/

Closing thought ...
You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something – your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life.
     Steve Jobs

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Sky Watch - Recent Snaps

A couple of recent snaps for Skywatch Friday ...

Fresh snow on the Olympic Mountains
Nov 28th  8:00 AM
The picture above shows the new look of the Olympic Mountains as seen from our place. At summer's end just about all the snow had disappeared and it is nice to see it back again. The first potential for new snow here in the city of Seattle appears to be in the next few days as some cold air moves in from the north. The picture below doesn't do justice to the majesty of the sky at the moment of the snap. It was predictable, however, with a solid overcast above and a nice clearing along the western horizon. An amazing orange glow reflected from the clouds lasted for just a minute or two.

Overcast sunset.
Nov 30th  4:15 PM
A more recent shot of the first scene, taken this morning ...

Dec 4th  10:00 AM
Note the Harbourmaster's Home at lower right.
The Brothers, Olympic Mountains, in the distance.

Thanks to the hosts of Skywatch: Yogi, Sandy, and Sylvia.  Check out more sky photos here.

Closing thought ...
The truth is more important than the facts.
     Frank Lloyd Wright

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Postcards for the Weekend #14

From John's old postcard collection ...

Today's feature:  Lighthouses

Jamestown, Rhode Island
Beavertail Lighthouse
3rd Oldest in USA
Built in 1749

Back of the unused card.
Published by H B Settle Co., Newport, R. I.

Graves Light House off Boston Harbor, Mass.
This week's theme for Postcards for the Weekend is lighthouses. Check out other postcards at the link up here. Thanks to Maria for hosting!

Back of the unused card.
Made in Germany.
Closing thought ...
Anxiety is the gap between the now and the later.
    Fritz Perls

Friday, December 2, 2016

Largest Circular Saw in the World [1909]

From John's old postcard collection ...

About two years ago, in November, 2014, we posted the image below and called it a Bear of a Log.

Could this be the saw that was used on that log? ...

Card published 1909 for the Seattle Alaska Yukon Exposition
Simonds Mfg Co's Exhibit
Largest Circular Saw in the World

Back of the unused card.
One cent postage!
Closing thought ...
In the end, it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years. 
     Abraham Lincoln

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Your Fortune if Born in December [1910]

From John's old postcard collection ...

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Jewel:     Turquoise
Flower:   Holly

Good disposition, but impulsive in likes and dislikes. Must avoid hasty conclusions. Very fond of travel and amusements. Will marry young and happily and be fortunate.

Lucky months:  July and October
Lucky days:      Wednesday and Saturday

If born in December, please tell us if it's true!

John wishes you a happy December!

Saturday, November 26, 2016

The Cracker Jack Bears -- Part IV [1907]

From John's old postcard collection ...

Numbers 13 - 16 of the 16 Cracker Jack Bears cards from 1907 ...

No. 13
The Cracker Jack Bears  No. 13
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This is the home of “Cracker Jack”
Where business never does grow slack
We work away from morn till night,
To make our sweets and make them

No. 14

The Cracker Jack Bears  No. 14
Here’s where we make our “Cracker Jack.”
In no appointments do we lack,
Our cooks are competent and skilled
And every order’s quickly filled.

No. 15

The Cracker Jack Bears  No. 15
Oh Mr. Teddy drop your gun
For us such business is no fun
So please don’t keep us on the rack
‘Cause we’re the bears with “Cracker Jack.”

No. 16

The Cracker Jack Bears  No. 16
Then next they flew away to Mars,
That lies high up among the stars,
And there they found a great demand
For “Cracker Jack” on every hand.

The back of all 16 cards is the same.  Here is an example ...

Back of the Cracker Jack Bears postcards
One cent postage!
Published 1907
Rueckheim Bros. & Eckstein, Chicago, U.S.A.
The card that got us started on collecting the Cracker Jack Bears was number 15 which shows U. S. President Teddy Roosevelt and the bears near Yellowstone National Park. We were collecting Yellowstone memorabilia when the card showed up on eBay. This is our favorite of the 16 cards. The top bear says, "Oh! Don't shoot Mr. President. We're the Cracker Jack Bears." The other bear says, "Yes, we met you at the White House in Washington. Don't you remember?" A sign below the bears says "30 Miles to Yellowstone Park."

Please check our archive for the earlier posts showing the full set of Cracker Jack Bears postcards and giving the full background.

Linking up with Eileen's Saturday's Critters. Thanks, Eileen, for hosting my Cracker Jack Bears again! Lots of excellent critter photos at the link!

Other Stuff from John's Island ...

A Postcard for the Weekend ... 

We've been linking up with Maria's new Postcards for the Weekend. Each weekend there is a different theme ... this week's is Museum/university/library. Once again, we had little in the collection to choose from and hope we aren't stretching the envelope too much with the card below. :-)

Antique Auto Musem
of Arizona

Back of the unused card.
Photo by Jim Sexton.
Here is the description on the back of the card ...

One of the West's most outstanding collections of antique and classic automobiles is located on South Scottsdale Road in Scottsdale, Arizona. The whole family will enjoy a tour through this unique museum.

If you enjoy postcards be sure and check out Maria's Postcards for the Weekend.  OK, Maria, how about that for a Museum? :-)

Still more stuff from John's Island ...

We wonder if anyone might be looking for easy and safe snow removal?  We hear there is a lot of new snow piling up in the Eastern USA.

The Snow Burner
A New Scheme for Clearing Snow from Sidewalks

The Burner uses Calcium Carbide
What do you think about The Snow Burner?

Device distraction ...

We are concerned with the current trend toward distracted driving due to texting, how about you? In that regard, we happened to see the following picture on line that kind of sums up device distraction ... look what you might be missing! In this case it's something pretty big ...

Are you concerned about device distraction?

How about some music ...

Ever heard of a gayageum?   Wiki says: "The gayageum is a traditional Korean zither-like string instrument, with 12 strings, though some more recent variants have 21 or other number of strings. It is probably the best known traditional Korean musical instrument."  An email from digg.com sent us the following video we thought worth sharing. It is Luna playing Pink Floyd's 'Another Brick in the Wall' ... tell us what you think!

Many of the blogs we follow feature some links to music. We thought we would throw in a couple ourselves with the full realization that music appreciation is very subjective. We hope you enjoy.

According to an article at Inc.com, neuroscience says listening to the one song below can reduce anxiety by up to 65%.  Will it work for you?

Lastly, a variety of recent snaps ...

Rainbow over Elliott Bay Marina
Nov 22nd  7:37 AM
Linking up with Skywatch Friday. Thanks to Yogi, Sandy, and Sylvia for hosting. Lots of excellent sky photos at the link!

Looking across at Bainbridge Island
Nov 21st  9:20 AM
Rare sub sighting!
Nov 25th  3:24 PM

Fresh snow on the Olympic Mountains.
Looking over the neighborhood to the west.
Nov 23rd  7:44 AM
Another look at fresh snow on the mountains.
Plus a little bit of rainbow.
Nov 25th  9:04 AM

A NOAA research vessel near Pier 90
Nov 22nd  9:02 AM

Rough water but the ferry rolls on.
Nov 19th  7:22 AM

The yacht club as seen from our place.
Nov 21st  8:41 AM

Traffic on the Sound.
Nov 19th  1:29 PM

Contrail at sunset.
Nov 21st  4:21 PM

Closing thought ...

Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated.

Thursday, November 24, 2016

A Warm Thanksgiving Greeting

A special postcard for you from our collection ...

A Warm Thanksgiving Greeting
Design by John Winson, 1912

Back of the unused card.
You can see the embossing on the card.
One cent postage!
Happy Thanksgiving from John's Island! And, if you are not celebrating Thanksgiving Day, anywhere, all around the world ... Have a great day!

Closing thought ...
Do one thing every day that helps someone else.
     Kareem Abdul Jabbar