Archive for April, 2007

Grand Banana Tour – Spring ’07

April 29, 2007

Dear Family and Friends-

Because of some scheduling problems our normal Grand Banana Tour – Spring ’07 had to be cancelled at the last minute – I know that some of you are saying, “Thank God – we won’t have to endure the endless drivel that we have been subjected to the last  several years as the Hannans whirl across the country in that big yellow van freeloading and “working” at Hannan’s hobby/job.” (some have called Roseanna [banana vana] Hannan’s “short bus” and others have even said that I should be a passenger in the “short bus” rather than at it’s controls).  For those in that frame of mind, I hate to disappoint you because here I am.  For those of you who look forward with vicarious envy (or simple pity) at the ever unfolding adventures of one the world’s great Gypsies; the ongoing saga continues.



April 28, 2007

Yep, still sucking air.  NSTR… just checking in.

Oh Dee and all you other Baltan Harrisburgers, I’m going to be in your neck of the woods tomorrow.  World’s largest Porsche only swap meet in Hershey…yippee!  If you’re in the immediate area, give me a call and we can suck down a cool one.

In the meantime, turn up your speakers and enjoy Tom Rush.  Don’t take it too personally. 



Sorry, Bill….I’m still sick with bad cold, and we have a sick dog as well that has to go to the veterinarian today.  I was up half the night with her, so this is a dim day for me.  Hey, enjoy some ChocolateWorld for us while you’re there.  Enjoy the cars.  Next time, bud….    dee

This just in from Smoller

April 28, 2007

FINALLY, after going through a virus attack, losing a hard drive, fighting off hackers, upgrading all my software, installing fire-walls, being threatened with being cut-off by my email provider, and a host of other problems…

I have fixed my computer… and NOW it works exactly the way I want it to!

So, John, do you have a different email address after all of that??  dee 

What’s up with everybody??

April 22, 2007

It’s way quiet out there in the blogosphere.  Time to wake up from the winter blahs and write to your fellow Baltans here!

I’m just surfacing from a way bad earache and throat infection thingie that has kept me at home for the past week.  Doc has fixed me up with good meds, and I’m getting all better. Mr. Pat took excellent care of me also.

For want of anything better to write about, I decided to post my other sites under the Blogroll.  Yes, I am a busy webgeek.  I maintain a web page of journalism references for the newsroom called Librarians’ Links as well as a reference blog called Informationista.  I write about ‘Desperate Housewives’ on The Patriot-News TV blog.   

Hey, if you’ve put off reserving a spot for yourself at this year’s Balta reunion, let spring motivate you to make a decision and ACT! 

Write me and I’ll post it here.  Just tell me it’s for the blog, so I have your permission. 

Come on, slug-a-beds….what’s in your future??


Gaines ’06 Reunion Photos

April 13, 2007

Mad Dog’s Road    Here are some Gaines photos sent in by Mad Dog and Carolyn.  Enjoy!                             kathy, ed, dee, heidi, pat

                                       Brian and DougShea and his car plus ?Dan HaydenDan Cotler        Dee and Brigitte 

Beer Day from Smoller

April 5, 2007


Here’s a shameless plug for an upcoming show on A&E network.

It could be of interest to no one other than myself, then again, maybe some others.


Beer Day Cometh 

On Saturday, April 7, let’s all raise a pint to celebrate the day (3.2 percent) beer became legal in 1933.

74 years ago, on April 7, 1933, beer once again became legal. But even so, Prohibition hadn’t been repealed.The 18th Amendment, ratified on January 16, 1919, had prohibited the manufacture and sale of “intoxicating liquors…for beverage purposes”. The wording left it up to Congress to define “intoxicating”, which Congress did later that year, in the Volstead Act, as any alcoholic beverage greater than 0.5%.But on April 7, 1933, Congress, upon the urging of newly-elected Democratic president FDR, passed legislation which defined 3.2% alcoholic beverages as non-intoxicating (!) and thus legal under the 18th Amendment. In celebration, 1.6 million barrels of beer were consumed in a 24 hour period. If that were all in beer cans, which it wasn’t, the happy folk would have consumed more than 529 Million cans of beer in one day. Now that’s what I call a party!

It wasn’t until December 5, 1933, that the 21st Amendment was ratified, thus repealing the 18th Amendment. At that point, beers stronger than 3.2% (and wines and spirits) were allowed to be produced and sold … but only if they were allowed by a state or municipality.

Saturday April 7, 2007
8pm M, 9pm C, 10pm E&P American Brew (A&E network)

Sunday, April 8, 2007

12am M, 1am C, 2am E&P American Brew (A&E network)