Our trip downey ocean
The family made its annual jaunt downey ocean last week for the Firemen’s Convention, and we were treated to nice weather with the exception of the violent storm that hit late Tuesday afternoon, but cleared for the big parade on Wednesday.
We arrived at the ocean in time to see most of the Thunerbirds air show that they put on once a year or at least sometimes, at the resort. When those planes fly overhead, the sound barrier is almost broken. It is ear-shattering. I was amazed at the pilot of one plane who went straight up, then turned and came straight down almost to the edge of the water before leveling off and zipping along the top of the waves.
It was only Butch Kaufman and I representing Goodwill Fire Company at the convention hall meetings, but I was glad to say hello to a number of firefighters around the state I only get to see once a year. As usual, the joint memorial service Sunday evening was an impressive ceremony, and if you get a kick out of seeing and hearing bagpipes and drums, the opening ceremony on Monday is the place to be.
I was happy to see several other Goodwill fellows show up Tuesday morning as our own Ralph Starkey, a longtime member, was honored by induction into the state association’s hall of fame. It was a well-deserved tribute to Ralph; hopefully you will see a photo I snapped later. I could not get a decent shot when he was up on stage.
And before I forget it, we saw something late Tuesday afternoon that you will not see often; an empty oceanfront beach. The storm was approaching and the lifeguards asked everyone on the beach to leave because of the threat of lightning and storm. It was a very odd view to look out from our balcony at the hotel to see the beach empty. However, the storm did not stop a few folks from walking the boardwalk with umbrellas or ponchos. ••• OUR BATHING BIRDS I have a chore that happens three or four times a day during the summer. It is filling the bird bath that sits back by the rose garden. Our feathered friends really and we try to contribute when we can to those we know about.
But I just have to wonder about the request letter from the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center that came in the other day. It was in a large envelope, and enclosed with the “please send money” letter, was a very nice-looking tote bag as a FREE gift. Now I don’t know what it costs to have those bags made, but if they send out several thousand letters with those tote bags, you have wonder how much it costs in advance. And you know darn well, everyone who gets one of their letters does not return it with a fat check.
••• A GOOD DEAL Speaking of asking for money, you may have received a letter from theGoodwill Fire Company EMS division recently concerning the annual ambulance drive. Yes, we need the money to keep two emergency ambulances on the go as we ran 1,310 ambulance calls last year; or about three a day. If you join the ambulance plan, we bill your insurance company, and any unpaid balance the insurance people do not pay, the ambulance plan covers you and family members. It may be used as many times as necessary for the next year. If you wish, you may call the firehouse at 410758-1422 and leave a message. Someone will get back to you with any information you need.