A glimpse of life a century ago
Take a good look at the photo with this week’s column — you will not see that work being done just like that on today’s farm.
My old friend over at Queen Anne, Bob Barton, sent me the picture saying that it was taken in 1916 on his grandfather’s farm in Talbot County as the men were threshing wheat. Bob said it was his mother’s father, Kilby Calaway’s farm outside Easton at the time.
What a great way to start off a column — especially since I really do not have much in my notes and clippings on the desk this week.
••• FINAL REMINDER Oh, yes, must give my reader-friends a final reminder of the big festival at our 4-H Park this Saturday from 2 to 9 p.m. Yes, it is the 36th annual Bay Music Festival, the Centreville Lions Club’s biggest fundraiser and great family entertainment we enjoy putting on each June.
We are hoping the weather will be perfect, so come on out. At just $5 each, you can’t beat the price to hear 12, yes, 12, bands on two stages.
And be sure to come by my table to buy raffle tickets on one of Paul Reed Smith’s nationally renown guitars you can look over here. It will be given away at the end of the program Saturday.
••• WALKING MAGGIE I try to walk little Maggie each morning around the block and most of the time things are quiet; but some days Maggie gets to clear out her lungs barking at a few other dogs.
There are two at the end of the block that race each other up and down the wire fence barking their heads off. We can’t see ‘em too well as bushes line the entire fencerow. But Maggie wants to get to the two as they bark and we move along quickly.
Then at the other end of the block, we will see a larger dog in the back yard sometimes, but he can’t get out due to the wooden fence. He has a great time jumping up on the fence to bark at Maggie.
Sometimes we see Jimmy Ward walking his two smaller dogs and if they see Maggie, it will be just the time to see how much noise all three of them can make.
Finally, there is Bernie, the Boston Terrier in the house just down the street who comes to the front window some mornings and will greet Maggie with a few barks.
No, we don’t have all the barking everyday, but we sure enjoy our morning walks.
••• I HATE ROBO-CALLS Noticed a piece in the paper the other day about all the complaints the Federal Communications Commission is receiving on the number of robocalls being made in the nation.
It said roughly 2.4 billion robo-calls are being placed ever y month, making them the top consumer complaint the agency receives.
We get our share; so we now let the phone right at least four times before answering, as we have found that by that time if it is a robo-call, they will have hung up and gone to their next number most of the time.
••• SPEAKING OF NUMBERS Do you like to check on a lot of numbers?
I just happened to pull out hte page called Sweepstakes Facts in one of those many envelopes we receive from Publishers Clearning House the other day. It talked about the prize money and the odds on winning.
To win the one million dollar top prize you have one chance in 3,476,000,000!
Yes, look again. That’s one in three billion, four hundred and seventy-eight million!
Heck, if you want to win the “little” prize of $500, you only have one chance in a half-million! Not ver y good percentages for the average person, is it?
Threshing wheat, 1916.