A plea­sure to see old postcards

Record Observer - - Opinion -

1912 POST­CARD Here is the sec­ond old post­card that was given to me by an un­known reader-friend re­cently. The first, re­pro­duced last week, was from 1911, and showed Cen­tre­ville’s Com­merce Street North still un­paved. This one shows Chester­field Av­enue, fac­ing north, also un­paved, and was mailed on Jan­uary 23, 1912 to Miss Mary Sparks, Queen­stown.

We used to live on Chester­field Av­enue back when I was a young­ster, and the big three-story house on the left looks like the one we lived in at the time. But that would have been in the late ‘30s and early ‘40s, and the street had been paved at that time.

I hope to hear from my friend with the postcards so I can thank him/ her. It is al­ways a plea­sure to see th­ese old postcards.

••• SUN­DAY IN THE BACKYARD Sun­day was a per­fect day to en­joy our Backyard Bo­nanza — that is, watch­ing the birds, those pesky squir­rels and an oc­ca­sional rab­bit. I don’t be­lieve I ever re­mem­ber see­ing the rab­bits eat the bird seed that dropped on the ground un­der the small bird feeder.

Any­way, it is fun to watch all the spar­rows, car­di­nals, black birds and oth­ers feed­ing on the two feed­ers hang­ing some 25 feet apart, and then go­ing back to the bird bath for a drink and some­times, a quick splash. There are also a cou­ple doves that come in af­ter most of the birds have left, and they stick around a long time feed­ing on the ground. The lit­tle squir­rels like the sun­flower seeds that are stored in the larger bird feeder, so I try to chase him/her WRITER’S NOTE­BOOK away when I see them so they don’t eat it all and let the birds come back.

We also have been en­joy­ing those nice red toma­toes com­ing out on the four tomato plants in the rose gar­den near the larger feeder. Man, are they ever de­li­cious; es­pe­cially with a nice big ol’ ear of East­ern Shore sweet corn — that is good eatin’.

••• UNCOURTEOUS DRIV­ERS I will keep talk­ing about it as long as I keep see­ing it!

That is those driv­ers who come up the main in­ter­sec­tion in town and pull right over the pedes­trian walk­way to wait for the light to change. I am in town nearly ev­ery day and go through the in­ter­sec­tion on my way to the post of­fice, so I see it prac­ti­cally ev­ery day or most days.

I don’t un­der­stand if those driv­ers can­not read the signs right by them on the side­walk show­ing where to stop or they are just too busy with that cell phone in the ear or tex­ting. Ei­ther way, it is very an­noy­ing to see that we have driv­ers who do not un­der­stand or don’t care to ad­here to our pedes­trian walk­ways and keep them clear.

••• BALLPLAY­ERS AND BEARDS Why is it that th­ese 25- to 30-year-old ma­jor league base­ball play­ers like to grow full beards?

I am glad the Bal­ti­more Ori­oles do not have any of those play­ers, but nearly ev­ery team I have seen on TV lately, other than the Ori­oles, have play­ers with full beards.

And speak­ing of base­ball, I agree that eat­ing a hot dog is au­to­matic when go­ing to a game, but never re­al­ized just how many we con­sume na­tion­wide dur­ing the sea­son.

Ac­cord­ing to the Na­tional Hot Dog and Sausage Coun­cil, there were 19.4 mil­lion hot dogs eaten at ma­jor league parks last sea­son. Ac­cord­ing to a cou­ple other sta­tis­tics, the Los An­ge­les Dodger fans are said to eat more than any other big league park in the na­tion.

••• JUST ASK­ING! Why is it that all, or most, of th­ese TV com­mer­cials show­ing new cars have them speed­ing down the high­way?

Can’t they just show the new car mov­ing slowly down the street or park­ing eas­ily with­out speed­ing?

Post­card from 1912.

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