Archive for January, 2008


January 27, 2008


Our one and only Sipper, appearing to be in an upbeat moment in the midst of an U.P. winter…..taken today (1-25-08).                  


From Smoller for your beer edification

January 27, 2008

Welcome to the THIS DAY IN HISTORY newsletter from THE HISTORY CHANNEL
January 24, 1935 : First canned beer goes on sale

Canned beer makes its debut on this day in 1935. In partnership with the American Can Company, the Gottfried Krueger Brewing Company delivered 2,000 cans of Krueger’s Finest Beer and Krueger’s Cream Ale to faithful Krueger drinkers in Richmond, Virginia. Ninety-one percent of the drinkers approved of the canned beer, driving Krueger to give the green light to further production.

By the late 19th century, cans were instrumental in the mass distribution of foodstuffs, but it wasn’t until 1909 that the American Can Company made its first attempt to can beer. This was unsuccessful, and the American Can Company would have to wait for the end of Prohibition in the United States before it tried again. Finally in 1933, after two years of research, American Can developed a can that was pressurized and had a special coating to prevent the fizzy beer from chemically reacting with the tin. (more…)

Abuku’s latest news

January 15, 2008

Hi Dee,
Abuku here. Just a quick note to let the BALTAns know that Muni and I are relocating from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, to Jakarta, Indonesia, this weekend, More details when we are settled in Jakarta.

Latest news from the Dunns

January 14, 2008

Hi Dee & Pat,

Hope your Mom is doing well, Dee. I think we missed the latest update on the blog, for various reasons. It has been a crazy few weeks.

Right before Christmas, we discovered that the macular hole Bill had surgery for when we first moved here had re-opened. He struggled with whether to go thru that all again, but finally decided that it needed to be done if he was to not lose sight in that eye. So last week he had the surgery, and is now recovering “face down” again. Not much fun, but his attitude is good. It is not terminal, after all, and a few weeks of this will pass —

He is using the time to catch up on books on tape, the history channel, and college basketball! Bryan rigged up a flat screen TV on the floor below his chair (like a massage chair), so he can watch TV or DVD’s to pass the time.

You are welcome to post this news if you would like. Our greetings to all of you out there in blogland!

Bill & Dottie

Reunion 2008-style

January 13, 2008

Hey Dee.

We didn’t make Gulf Shores in November. Our friends where out of town, and the song festival has really gotten out of hand. It now runs for three weeks and the events are held All over Orange Beach and Gulf Shores. We are going down in two weeks to look for a couple of houses.

I am going to move the date to second week of Sept. 8th-14. Need to know if this date is good for everyone, and how many of you bums will show up. Will mean the difference between a house trailer or a house. Picture follows of a couple of places we might get.

Larry & Brigitte.

Have a look at this.