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Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Pittsburgh Pirates Game - Movie Day

(New Stanton, PA) Hi 89 Lo 74 -- On Sunday I drove about 45 minutes to PNC Park in Pittsburgh to watch the Pittsburgh Pirates take on the Washington Nationals. Attending baseball games has been one of the things I've enjoyed the most during our travels. I have a goal of visiting as many of the major league ball parks as I can while we're on the road.

PNC Park sits on the bank of the Allegheny River on Pittsburgh's north side. I parked downtown and walked across the river on the Roberto Clemente Bridge, seen on the right side of this photo.

When I got to the other side of the river I snapped this shot back toward downtown.

The streets around the ball park take on the feel of a street festival on game day, with lots of vendors and family activities.

PNC Park is the prettiest ball park I've visited so far. The view of the Pittsburgh skyline over the outfield wall is just spectacular! The yellow bridge at the left is the bridge I walked over.

The park also has wonderful amenities and great food. I'm not a fan of the Pirates, being as they're in the same division as my Cardinals, but I respect the team, the city, and their fans. The team was down for many years. But they're now one of the best teams in the league, and nipping at the heels of the Cards. I'm happy their fans are able to enjoy the good times that us Cardinals fans experience just about every year. ;)  The Pirates won the game 3-1, so everyone went home happy (except me).

Today we went to see the movie Ant Man. It was an entertaining summer popcorn movie, and we both enjoyed it. Anyone who has had an ant problem in their home might get a little creeped out in some parts, though. :)

See you in a few days.

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Cambridge Courthouse - Moved to Pennsylvania

(New Stanton PA) Hi 86 Lo 62 - On Tuesday we took a drive around Cambridge, OH, a typical small midwestern town. I love courthouses and the Guernsey County Courthouse in Cambridge is an exceptionally beautiful one. (Click on the pictures to enlarge them.)

Some of the statues and memorials around the courthouse grounds.

There's a working phone booth on a street corner. You don't see many of those anymore.
We love this beautiful church in downtown Cambridge. 

Friday we traveled 122 miles east to New Stanton, PA. Jim is very good at finding nice RV parks and this one is no exception. We arrived at Fox Den Campground around 1:30. The park has over 200 sites spread over many acres of hilly terrain.

Our site.

The office has a store, and a small exhibit of Native American artifacts. There's also a totem pole out front, seen here on the left.

A pavilion.

The hills around us are very pretty.

Nice swimming pool.

The owners have a house in the park up on a hill. The tower on the left has a siren on top and a bell under it. We're thinking it may be to warn of approaching storms, but we're not sure.

The fishing lake.

We're here for 12 days. Jim is going to the Pittsburgh Pirates game tomorrow, another major league ballpark he can mark off his list. We have some other things planned for the next week, so stay tuned.

See you in a few days.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Wright Patterson AFB - Movie - Spring Valley CG

(Cambridge, OH) Hi 77  Lo 64 -- We've been to the Wright Patterson AFB famcamp once before in 2010, but that was a while ago so I took some more pictures for our campground review we like to do just before we leave. The base is huge. It has two major sections (Section A and Section B) and several gates. We needed to use our GPS to find our way around.  (Click on the pictures to enlarge them.)

The main gate.

Our site is a pull thru at the end of the row.

All the sites are paved, with full hookups.

Bath house and laundry.

The clubhouse has big screen TV, refrigerator and pool table. We played a couple games of pool, but the air conditioning was out and it got too hot to stay long.  

The famcamp is part of the Bass Lake Recreation Area. Bass Lake is right next to the park and has a boat ramp and dock.  

We enjoyed our week here. All active duty military, retired military, and retired DoD employees are eligible to use the facility.

On Monday we went to see the movie Trainwreck. It's a hilarious comedy and we give it two thumbs up. However, it's R-rated and definitely not suitable for kids. If you don't like a lot of sexual content and blunt language I'd advise you to skip it. 

Today we left WPAFB and had a great 145-mile trip to Cambridge, OH. It was all on I-70, with very little traffic and (surprisingly) very few construction zones. Great weather and no problems. We arrived at Spring Lake Campground around 1:30. The park is near the highway, but it's a big park and we're far enough toward the back that we don't hear any traffic noise. It's a very nice park, more of a resort, with a pool, and a swimming/canoeing lake with a pier and slide for the kids. There's also a big playground and picnic area. There's several permanent RV's here, but it looks nice. We're here for only two nights so we'll give our review now.

The pool area is out our back window. 

Our site, a nice long pull thru.

It's a large park. This is the view from the lake looking back toward the park.

The lake has a slide and pier.

Picnic area and playground.

Tomorrow we'll take a drive around Cambridge. On Friday we're moving to the Pittsburgh, PA area. Jim will be going to a Pirates baseball game and we'll be meeting up with some of our friends who spend the winter with us at Adelaide Shores, our winter home in Florida.

See you in a couple days.

Sunday, July 19, 2015

The Early Television Museum

(Wright-Patterson AFB, Dayton, OH) Hi 89 Lo 75 -- Yesterday (Saturday) we drove about an hour east of us to visit the Early Television Museum. It's located in an unassuming white warehouse-looking building in the small town of Hilliard, on the western edge of Columbus. (Click on the photos to enlarge them.)

The museum doesn't do much advertising and we heard about it from a ham radio friend who visited it several years ago. If you're at all interested in the history of television and want to see hundreds of original TVs from the 1930's through the 1950's, this is your place. Admission is free, but the gentleman at the counter emphasized there is a "recommended" donation of $5.00 per person, which was reasonable to us.

There were about 10 rooms full of TVs and equipment, with good signage explaining what we were looking at, along with a lot of historical information about the early work to develop the current television system. Here are some of the rooms.

There was one whole room dedicated to the history of TV broadcast cameras, including an example of an early broadcast production truck.

Most of the developmental work on televisions was done in the 1930's. Pilo T. Farnsworth is generally credited with inventing television, and this info sign tells about him. (If you click on it you can read it.)

Here's a short history of the BBC in England, which started broadcasting in the 1930's, making it the first broadcasting company. The part at the end explaining how they came back from the "interruption" caused by WWII is priceless.

Many of the early sets in England had a unique way of displaying the picture. The picture tubes in those days were so long they couldn't mount them in the cabinet horizontally because the set would stick out from the wall too far. So they mounted them vertically and projected the image on a mirror. Kind of like a primitive version of the big projection sets we remember from 10 or so years ago.

Speaking of projection sets, how about this 1940's version from Bell and Howell.

The first TV sold to the public in the U.S. was a Dumont in 1938. It had a 14-inch screen.

Dumont even developed the first working remote control unit in the early 50's.

Many of the old TVs even worked! The dim pictures on them really made us appreciate how far we've come with our modern HDTVs.

Every room was crowded with TVs and TV-related equipment.

I liked these early "portable" TVs.

How about these ultra-modern portable sets made of new space age plastic. Quite a big deal in the late 50's, I'm sure.

Dee's dad was a TV repairman, so she was very familiar with a lot of the equipment of the mid to late 50's. Color TV was developed during that time, and most of us of a certain age remember the splotchy pictures on the early color TVs. This working model of a 1954 Westinghouse showing a scene from The Wizard of Oz brings back a lot of memories.

Speaking of the 1954 Westinghouse, it was the first model that was offered for sale to the public in the US. According to the info sign, they didn't sell even one.

A month later RCA entered the market with the first color TV that actually "sold" in the US. But they sold very few of them due to the $1,000 price, an amazing amount of money in 1954. When they reduced the price to just under $500 sales finally picked up.

But the first color TV to finally take off in sales was this RCA model introduced in 1956. This is the set I remember seeing in neighbors homes in my youth. (We didn't have a color TV until the early 60's.)

The first time I saw a color TV was when my friend invited me over to watch Bonanza. I'll never forget my amazement in seeing that NBC peacock for the first time in "living color." I also remember my friend's dad getting up from his chair every few minutes to tweak the "tint" knob. It seemed like every time a scene changed, or he changed the channel, he had to tweak the tint. :)

Remember seeing magazine ads for those magnifying lenses you could put in front of your TV to make it a "big screen"?

I think all of us remember the "consoles" that had a TV, radio, and record player in one cabinet. Here's a very early example from England.

This huge model sold in 1948 for over $3,000!

One room had some TVs manufactured by other European countries.

Here's a closer look at that wild looking thing on the back wall, a German Kuba Komet.

I hope you enjoyed this little tour of the Early Television Museum. This is only a fraction of everything on display. We thoroughly enjoyed our time spent there, and highly recommend it.

See you in a few days.