Saturday, January 25, 2014

What have you seen that surprised or fascinated you.

Once at a Laundromat I saw a lady fold her clothes as she took them out of a washer,  then putting them in the dryer. That struck me as strange.

I saw a girl once wearing her underwear on the outside her clothes, I thought she was maybe protesting the guys wearing they pants on the ground or trying to start a new fad.


I just read this:

We had a power outage last week.

My computer, television and game console immediately shut down.

It was snowing, so I couldn't play golf.

All I could do is talk with my wife for a few hours.

She seems like a nice person.


That may be silly, but I remember when Hugo hit our area. No power! Things were so quiet in the evenings and we did communicate more and made do with what we had.

Now for one of the surprises of my life. Cousin Howard Dewey out in Las Vegas is ‘trying’ to down size. In doing so he is making discoveries. Look at this  depression era photo:


I worked with it for awhile and got it clearer.

Frank_Darnell_&_Oscar_Loyld_4 - Copy

Howard sent this, He said it is dated ‘73 but knows that is wrong, that is a copy date. On the back it says Uncle Frank and Oscar Lloyd. He asked, “Who is Oscar Lloyd?”

I am so pleased, that is my dad on the left and his brother in law, Oscar. No date but it must be the late 1920’s. Two men sitting on a log, whittling.

Wondering what was on their minds. Times like this I want to ask him. This was near the time he left the farm and started looking for work to support the growing family. Dad was close to mama’s family. I loved my Uncle Oscar, he was a born business man.

Uncle Oscar left the farm and had several businesses, in his lifetime. The last was a garage and junk yard. I could sit in one of the junk cars and drive for hours shifting the old floor transmissions.  In my imagination I drove all over the country, jumped ditches and rivers and won a lot of races.Surprised smile

I wonder if this was the time he had looked over at Oscar and said, “Man I wish I had a can of Sardines.”

He said Oscar said quietly,  “And ten boxes of sody (soda) crackers.”

They were hungry, but dad said they both about died laughing!

Now you may not believe it, but I am going to enjoy this old picture for years to come. That is my DAD!

Nite Shipslog


I wonder what treasures are buried that I will never know about. But for me, this one is a gem.



These cars would have been new at the time of the picture of Dad & Uncle Oscar.

‘28 Ford, ‘29 packard & ‘30 Ford.


Anonymous said...

I'll bet they were thinking about having their picture made: I'm sure it was a big deal back then to have one's picture taken.

bonnie k.

shirl72 said...

We had the most wonderful father
in the world. He was real and had
common sense. We also had a Sweet Mother..Dad's knowledge of life and what it took to survive in the world was surprising. He knew how to handle every situation and most important people. I was always amazed. I loved my Dad.

WordsPoeticallyWorth said...

An interesting post that I enjoyed reading.

Thank you. Love love, Andrew. Bye.


What a great old photograph. Wonderful memories, indeed.

Paula said...

Humm I know I've seen a lot of things that surprised me but my mind is blank.

betty said...

How neat to have this picture of your dad, Jack; I'm sure you will treasure it and look at it often!

I remember two years back the whole county lost electricity for about 6-12 hours, depending on where you were living and when it got restored again. I remember people saying how great it was to have the time to play board games, people went outside to escape the heat of the house since it was in summer and no air conditioning was running, and how they started talking with their neighbors and how they all "swore" they would un-plug every so often to just have that closeness again. Makes you wonder if people did.

Have to say, folding clothes to put them in a dryer does sound a bit odd!


I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

That picture is a treasure for sure. They look so happy sitting there. What a wonderful memory for you.

Louis la Vache said...

Your Dad and Oscar can have «Louis'» share of the sardines if they were still here... Never liked the stinky little critters. He would leave the house when his mother made sardine salad - like tuna salad, but made with sardines...

You KNEW ol' «Louis» would like that '29 Packard!