Beach Erosion


I’m going to start a little beach series from 2007 that I think is pretty good. Otherwise, we’re going to pretend this week never was. All that stuff I talked up last week? It’s still going to happen: next week. Things simply are taking a bit longer than I’d anticipated, and circumstances haven’t been kind, either. As usual, I’m doing most of this personally, and I am prone to being overly optimistic in the early going. However, I am working to make the coming Kickstarter campaign fun and productive. Just give me a few more days, and enjoy the beach.

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65 thoughts on “Beach Erosion”

  1. They are in the process of refurbishing the hotel that I stay at about once a month. The beds were usually pretty good, but the rest of the place was tired and old. They may have even replaced the HVAC as it was not too noisy. There were tornado sirens in the Cincy area, but I slept right through them.

    Unfortunately I will be returning to a house with no A/C. We had a house inspection but they really dropped the ball in regards to the furnace. The A/C unit should be ok but the furnace and fan are shot. I can’t get anyone to even quote it until July 5th. I suppose that I could find someone, but I prefer to go with someone that I trust.

    In the meantime, I am going to fill a styrofoam cooler with ice and run a fan over it. Has anyone ever tried that? Figured that it won’t cost too much. Highs here this weekend are expected to me 90 to 93 with no cool off until next Tuesday. Yeah I know it gets hotter than that in the south, but that is why I don’t live down there! lol

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  2. In the south when I was young we were lucky to have a fan. You put a big block of ice in a dish pan and put the fan behind it. If you could find an ice house.

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  3. Ditto what Jackie said. My dad said that was common in his day (pre-AC), especially in small businesses. And “ice houses” seemed to be pretty ubiquitous in the South until not too far back in the past. The one where I live now has been out of business for some years and appeared to exist primarily to sell cold beer (“Ice Cold”, of course) when it did operate. Now bagged ice is available at every grocery and curb store.

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  4. Clever move on JJ’s part, distract us with the beach while he does his magic behind the screen.

    GR6, the Houston area still has ice houses whose prime function is the sale of beer. Y’all come on by, ya hear?

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  5. The one in town 13 miles from our cotton farm existed until fairly recently processing and storing deer and selling beer.

    Before everyone had home freezers and Walmart Supercenters they sold ice, you had a freezer compartment rented and they’d keep your meat there, beef, pork, deer. I guess anything you wanted frozen that you didn’t can.

    In Texas ice house became synonymous with beer and a style of greasy hamburger, honky tonk atmosphere. When we built the Boat Palace Mike designed it in the barn and she’d style often used in such establishments in Texas so neighbors couldn’t figure out what we were doing. We told them ice house with beer and bar food, bands.

    They were disappointed. It only happened once a year.

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  6. Sand I love real ice houses in Houston. Are there any still of the old ones open? There was one in Heights I loved and a good one just off Nasa Road 1 in Webster.

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  7. Jackie, my Grand dad’s favorite ice house was the “Lil’ Shaver” on South Shaver in Pasadena. I need to see if it’s still there and have one for him. 🙂
    Rusty

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  8. Interesting to read about Southern “Ice Houses” and learn new stuff. Here in New England an ice house was a barn-like structure where blocks of ice were stored, packed in sawdust, to use in iceboxes. The blocks of ice were cut locally from lakes and ponds, in the winter. The “ice harvest” was a source of income, and years ago it was shipped all over the world — not from my home town, but places with better transportation, I guess. I am just old enough to remember going out on the ice, with the other kids, and watching the men sawing the ice and pushing the blocks to a ramp where it would move up to the ice house on the river bank. The river was wide there and slow moving. Pretty soon this whole enterprise became obsolete. I wish I had paid more attention!

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  9. Charlotte, our Ice Houses were actually the plants that manufactured ice for commercial and retail sales. When I was a kid, we had one on the street corner of River Hill and River Road. Pure Process was the name, and you could get ice, dry ice and some of the best ice cream you ever had. It’s long gone, but boy, do I miss that place.

    These days, I think some of the ice machines you see actually make their own ice. They are much larger than the old types that just dispensed a bag-full. These sell by the bag or cooler quantity and also sell filtered drinking water by the biiig bottle.

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  10. Me too. There was an icehouse across the rd. from Green Mt. Lake on GML Farms nr Pawling, NY, where I visited Aunt Edna in the ’30s and early ’40s. Since the ‘Farms’ was fully electrified, I doubt it was still used. GML is a 32 acre lake behind a small dam, maybe 10′ high. GMLF = boyhood heaven.

    This photo art was advertised next to the clothes=stealing kites article above. Model is nicely proportioned. Artist is American but not sure the projected photo is of an American city. ‘Moral Mrs. Grundy on her face would wear a frown.’

    http://www.saatchiart.com/art/Photography-Dream-Life-Of-Angels-Monotype/311229/2618308/view?utm_source=auctions&utm_medium=www.barnebys.co.uk&utm_content=saatchi-art&utm_campaign=barnebys

    Am guessing Barneby’s is comparable to Hammacher Schlemmer [sp.?].

    Peace,

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  11. Sweet Charlotte, interesting that you mentioned the ice harvest. I believe I’ve told this before, about the last time my two grandmothers were together. Some years ago, while they were visiting my parents, I took them to see an antebellum mansion that was undergoing restoration. The owner pointed out a sunken area in the ground behind the house and explained it was the remains of an ice cellar that had held large blocks of ice, packed in sawdust and shipped to the Deep South from the Great Lakes, at, I’m sure, no small expense.

    I’d never thought about ice being a cash crop.

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  12. emb, looks more like Sotheby’s.

    On the page you linked, click artworks next to the artist’s name. It’s in blue above the photo. There are around 500 more works by him there. Some are very interesting landscapes, and there are more of the series combining nude photos with other objects.

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  13. Gee, it’s great to learn so many new things. I didn’t suspect that your Southern ice houses were places that made ice. Or that they stored ice that was shipped from Up North — but they would have needed a place to keep it, of course, so that figures. Thanks to Ghost and to Mark, and to emb.

    Dear Debbe, troubles keep coming your way and won’t leave — but you stay cheerful and joke about it. Bless you and all the Miss Prissies. That heat better go away.

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  14. Had a wonderful afternoon and night visiting Lora and laughing g. Laughing and smiling is one of the most wonderful things to do together. We have so much in common, love of orchids, flowers, birds, music, collect some of the same types of things. Love old small towns and old houses, cottage styles, vegetables, food choices, art, pottery. It was so much fun just getting to know her in real time.

    Made me want to meet more of you in person. You all are probably even better in color and 3 D.

    First thing I did was stop and visit the Boots Motel. Got to meet the remarkable man doing the restoration of the Route 66 property and see the room Clark Gable slept in. Better than George Washington. He stayed there twice and the second room is dog friendly. It is so authentic, all beds are double, furniture is period, chenille spreads, no TV but a period radio. Carports alongside.

    How did we sleep in those small beds and they are so short!

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  15. Have figured out how to get the Adventure Dog up to my cardiologists office on 8th floor tomorrow. Too big for handbag but he will fit in shopping bag from Tractor Supply.

    Right now Adventure Dog is asleep on my pajamas. He really liked Llee. He loves all my friends until you load him back into truck when he goes bipolar and turns into Cujo. He thinks he has to guard it. But I noticed him guarding Llees house from invasion by people outside window.

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  16. Welcome hbslots

    GM Debbe
    10/82
    A lg = .49 (not bad if you are getting .67 – or is that for cracks)
    A med = .34
    A sm = .10
    B & C =.16

    4/83
    A lg =.49 328 doz
    A med = .38 19 doz
    B & C =.12 34 & 70 doz
    loss 40 doz

    5/85
    A lg = .34
    A med .26
    B = .14
    C = .12
    $120.00 for half week – out of that came electricity. feed. interest (16%), Mortgauge
    bird cost (tell that tomorrow) and everything else

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  17. Good morning Villagers…

    My dear Miss Charlotte, thank you for your kind words…..I learned a long time ago to get right back up after getting knocked down….one has to be ready for the next ’round’.

    When I left hen house at 1ish, it was 91 degrees. My mortality rate is slowly going up due to the heat. Even my Golden Boy is showing the stress of the heat. Some relief is coming in on Tuesday….Amen.

    Old Bear…..our eggs are not grade A….they go straight to the ‘crack’ room (I could make ‘crack’ jokes here but I’d get thrown in moderation.) They use the eggs in Sarah Lee and such products…..gee, I wonder what company the consumer will be from for that upcoming inspection…..I’ve even seen a Milky Way eighteen wheeler coming from the direction of Dubois where the Corp is at.

    OK, I give, why do they pack blocks of ice in sawdust??

    gotta go, another round of clothes in dryer….only run dryer early in morning.

    ….and it’s PAYDAY

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  18. Debbe, insulation before they had created all the modern types. And they had plenty of it, since most structures were made of wood. Have a pleasant day, and stay cool as you can.

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  19. Cute. Hannah could noodle…well, never mind.

    Jackie, your comment about the small, short beds reminded me of this from, I believe, Johnny Carson: “Remember when ‘safe sex’ meant being careful not to bump your head into the headboard?”

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  20. When my Dad was in high school in Gainesville Ga (once the chicken capitol of the South!) in the late ’30s he worked for an ice company. He rode on the delivery truck and would bring the blocks of ice into houses and stores and put them into the ice boxes so people could store their perishable foods. When he graduated from high school he quit that job and began a 20 year career in the Army.

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  21. Ok, it hasn’t been that long since I slept in a full size bed with a man but said man was only about six inches or less taller than me. I looked at that bed with the pristine white chenille spread sitting out in open on wood floors and tried to visualize Clark Gable.

    Didn’t work. All I could visualize was someone way over six feet and wondering if they’d have to sleep diagonally on the mattress or hang their feet and legs off the end.

    And it would definitely be cozy. Even Dickens and I sleep in king size beds.

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  22. On ice boxes, my daughter in Quincy, IL lives in one of most historic homes in town. Mostly as built long ago. But previous owners before her removed the ice door off back porch where the blocks of ice were placed for the servants to take into kitchen or house for cooling. She regrets this loss.

    House still has servants bells, speaking tubes, dumb waiters, butlers warming stations, warming stations for cook in kitchen that still work.

    Some of you might enjoy her home. It isn’t on tour, just lives in it.

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  23. Jackie, for me it sounds like a nice motel to visit, but I couldn’t stay there. There would be too much of me hanging over the edge for comfort, and not enough length for diagonal position.

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  24. My guide to the restoration turned out to be a naturist as well as I. Yes, how do I end up learning things like this from people I just met? I suggested he visit Oklahoma, a leader in the movement and progressive, so low key I never heard of it in 20 years? Had to find out from someone on far side of the world.

    Anyway, my La Quinta always has a king size suite for Dickens and Me but I need to get out of said bed!

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  25. I just finished reading the book about Rt 66 and it mentioned the motel where Gable went on his honeymoon. It reminds me of when I sat on FDR’s bed, the one that he died in. Question-can you order cawfee in a crow bar?

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  26. Jerry I love Route 66 and drove it’s length in the famous red Ford Sunliner. Visions of Marty and _________ in Route 66 TV show. It was 1961 and 1962 and it was the real deal, the Mother Road.

    I met the red and white Corvette with the gorgeous guy in the red convertible. We chased each other all the way across Mississippi in the night but it wasn’t on Route 66. I was the Convertible and he the Corvette. That period motel in Louisiana is still there and I think about him whenever I pass it. It was a great weekend.

    But I still look in my rear view mirror when I drive a convertible.

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