Friday, August 13, 2010

Brooklyn


Today's picture shows a ship docked in Brooklyn New York. The picture was taken in the late 1800's. It shows lots of detail of the city and people. You can see the Brooklyn Bridge in the background.

I enjoyed all the interesting comments yesterday. Justin apparently is an internet detective and did some research on me . . . to the point of finding my house on Google Earth. From the Satellite image, he noted that I had a security fence, and a gated entrance, and was curious why that was necessary. OK, I will explain. When we were first building the house, we planted a lot of trees. Well, the deer came in and scraped the trees and killed them all. When deer are losing the velvet on their antlers, which happens every year, I guess it itches, and they find trees to scrape their antlers on. This kills the trees. In addition, the deer were eating all our other landscaping. So, we realized that if we were ever to have any luck growing things, we would need to keep the deer out. The second issue is that we wanted to have chickens and peacocks. There are a lot of varmints like raccoons, fox, skunks, and bobcats in the area, so we needed to keep them out as well. The third reason was that I was concerned that being a school teacher, students sometimes will play pranks on teachers with petty vandalism. So, the combination of these issues led to get a security fence built. It is an 8 foot, no-climb fence, with barbed wire on the top. This keeps both the deer and the varmints out. In order to make it easy to get in and out, the gate is automatic, and activated by a little remote control in our cars. It also has a combination keypad on the outside. So, the real reason for the system is to protect the landscaping, and Chickie Town.

25 comments:

  1. The front ship looks like a steamer with sails .

    I don't know, it looks like more and more people are thinking that The Evil Nate Maas doesn't exist. I still think a Boston Cream Pie duel at 5 pace with photos is going to be the only way people will accept that there is really an Evil Nate Maas. But then the conspiracy people still won't believe it.

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  2. I will take PJM's word and assume that he and Nate are two different people. If I'm wrong it will be just one more small rip in the fabric of my sense of trust. Some times, things are JUST as they seem.

    Al

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  3. Could the fence also be to keep out the Evil Nate ? (sorry Nate)

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  4. I with you Al.
    I think PJM has more things to do than create a whole new person.

    I mean, look at how many victory breakfasts the Evel Nate Maas has taken away from PJM.

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  5. No super sluthing here, as you can read the name of the British steamer, "Antilia." A little extra information on the 929 ton vessel - built at the Grangmouth Shipyard (in Scotland) in 1893, at the time of the picture it was registered to the Port of Nassau in the Bahamas and mastered by Capt. C. F. Montell.

    A couple highly curious things about this ship are:

    1) It's name, the "Antilia." Antilia was a mythical island lying somewhere in the Atlantic. Early explorers were always on the lookout for this large rectangular island. Much like Atlantis it was never found, but it's where we get our modern name for the Antilles.

    2) The call sign for the Antilia is NCLB. I kid you not.

    So our Super Villain who moonlights as a school teacher prominently features ship named for an imaginary island with the call sign NCLB? What kind of mischief is this?!? As we know all Super Villains place elaborate clues in their plans at the good guys later use to defeat them - oh the pride of the Super Villain, it's always their undoing.

    And for those who are interested, the poll on my blog has PJM existing by only 66%, a much smaller margin than the poll on this blog that doubts my existence.

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  6. I find it interesting that the web site

    http://www.natemaas.com/

    requires a login to view. Something quite nefarious going on here, I fear. One wonders if a real person would require a longin to their web site.

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  7. I was going to look at your site, but it says a log in required yet

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  8. Suspicious indeed.

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  9. I found it. It's not at that address ENM's blog is at:

    http://natemaas.blogspot.com/

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  10. Hmmm . . . checked out Nate's blog, and I see he has his own poll going, trying to erase me. Well, I notice that 80% of you on his poll believe I exist, while on my pole, only 70% believe he exists. Looks like his little ploy is backfiring, as it shows I am erasing him faster than he is erasing me.

    The Evil Nate Maas will learn it is best not to toy with me.
    PJM

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  11. As a school teacher myself I fully support the notion of a barbed wire fence. Perhaps electric? :-)

    Love your blog. Keep the pictures coming. If you like vernacular snap shots you might visit mine, which has pictures of people in front of their cars, an odd phenomenon that seems to span cultures and ages.

    Regards from
    Thom
    peopleandtheircars.com

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  12. OUTRAGE!!!!

    Friends, I ask you to look above at the anonymous posting from 12:07 PM. I looked at the blog log, and saw that "Anonymous" posting came from San Lois Obispo, IP address: 75.15.120.27. Looking up this IP address, I find that it also made a comment post at 9:35 AM. Look at the comments and see who posted at 9:35 AM. What it looks like is the EVIL NATE MAAS is posting sometimes under his real name, and sometimes under aliases, including ANONYMOUS. Note that in the ANONYMOUS post, he is spamming, in a feeble attempt to get people to visit his blog.

    Is there no limit to what this evil man will do to try and destroy me.

    He has crossed the line this time. I will not take any more of this insolence and insubordination. This ends now. Game on.

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  13. All right, The war is on, Boston Cream Pies at 5paces.

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  14. No anonymous postings. We in San Luis Obispo have been in the computer age for a couple years now, so I assume that our town has more than my laptop and I further suspect that three young boys in my own house (who are also regular admirers of OPOD) are welcome to post on their own without identifying themselves.

    I see PJM has anonymously posted on my own blog as well as criticizing my color choices of gray and white. While I may not be as fond of Yankee blue as he, I will admit criticism even from Super Villains and rethink my blog design.

    Now back to the last of my summer jobs, repainting our shutters...

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  15. No, Nate, it was not me anonymously posting on your blog. However, as I looked at it, I noticed some of the regulars here at OPOD were posting.

    This is no small concern for me, as I fear you will use your well honed manipulative skill to lure readers from here to your blog. Perhaps I should organize a boycott and nip this little blog right in the bud.

    I have not yet finalized my retaliation, but I am seriously considering throwing down the gauntlet.
    PJM

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  16. A Super Villan who moonlights as a teacher posts a picture of a ship with the call letters: NCLB. The "No Child Left Behind" act of 2001? Is this some Super Villan clue as to his next science target: the Texas Education system?

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  17. Astrocrabpuff, if that is your real name, I note that you posted a comment on Nate's blog!?! How could you? Traitor, I say. You have gone over to the dark side. The dark side indeed.
    PJM

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  18. But I only suggested he detail how he solves the Mystery Person contests when he does solve them - isn't that for the greater good of humanity? Right? Wrong?

    ...this PJM-Evil Nate Maas nemesis business sure is confusing over here in the peanut gallery.

    *whimper*

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  19. Astrocrabpuff,
    I guess all can be forgiven. I understand that his sinister ways can easily suck in the innocent, as apparently happened in your case. I suggest staying as far away from him as you can. He has just about ruined my life, and he can do the same to you. He is indeed evil.
    PJM

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  20. I've noticed that a few people have commented over on Nate Maas's blog, PJM included!

    I'm not longer sure that there is only one Super Villan here - could there be a League of Super Villans?

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  21. Super Villains who may or may not actually exist aside, today's photo is wonderful. Thank you,PJM, for an outstanding week of pictures. Today's was especially interesting to me, as I just finished a huge historical novel about New York, and this scene looks like one right out of the book.
    I'll admit that my curiousity is piqued, but so far I've resisted the temptation to go over to the dark side to check out ENM's blogsite.

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  22. Lady Kildew,
    You have chosen wisely.
    PJM

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  23. Look in the bottom right of the picture and you'll see the date as 1901. This is much later than I guessed as I would have expected to see a few motor vehicles around by that time.

    I like to try to guess the year of a picture by the technology on view. It changed do rapidly after 1800 that you can usually get the decade OK.

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  24. This is brilliant. I am going to New York for the first time next July (I am from the UK) and all of your New York related posts have me now even more excited that I first was

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