Saturday, January 07, 2012

Rare Look At A Nuclear Sub



This showed up in an email as a PDF file..Click on link to go to Posterous Post then use Full Screen and scroll. Thanks to whoever put this together..

Joe Todd

Thursday, January 05, 2012

Northern Indiana Skies For SkyWatch Friday


SPENT SOME TIME IN INDIANA Wish I could get outside to see the skies but I robbed to many banks. Who am I ?…. Hint: I spent  a lot of time in Indiana and Illinois a few years back.


Look closely…


Don Quixote: Dost not see? A monstrous giant of infamous repute whom I intend to encounter.
Sancho Panza: It's a windmill.
Don Quixote: A giant. Canst thou not see the four great arms whirling at his back?
Sancho Panza: A giant?
Don Quixote: Exactly.

JOETODDSAYS210 Thanks for stopping by and make sure to visit SkyWatch Friday. More on the monstrous giant of infamous repute in a future post. (Bank robber in first photo)

Monday, December 26, 2011




Tips for a Great Life

Someone has written these beautiful words.

1] Prayer is not a "spare wheel" that you pull out when in trouble, but it is a "steering wheel" that directs the right path throughout.

2] So why is a Car's WINDSHIELD so large and the Rear view Mirror is so small? Because our PAST is not as important as our FUTURE. So, Look Ahead and Move on.

3] Friendship is like a BOOK. It takes few seconds to burn, but it takes years to write.

4] All things in life are temporary. If going well, enjoy it, they will not last forever. If going wrong, don't worry, they can't last long either.

5] Old Friends are Gold! New Friends are Diamond! If you get a Diamond, don't forget the Gold! Because to hold a Diamond, you always need a Base of Gold!

6] Often when we lose hope and think this is the end, GOD smiles from above and says, "Relax, sweetheart, it's just a bend, not the end!"

7] When GOD solves your problems, you have faith in HIS abilities; when GOD doesn't solve your problems HE has faith in your abilities.

8] A blind person asked St. Anthony: "Can there be anything worse than losing eye sight?" He replied: "Yes, losing your vision!"

9] When you pray for others, God listens to you and blesses them, and sometimes, when you are safe and happy, remember that someone has prayed for you.

10] WORRYING does not take away tomorrow's TROUBLES, it takes away today's PEACE.



Sometimes we forget the really important things in life.

Last week, I took my grand-children to a restaurant. My six-year-old grand-son asked if he could say grace.

As we bowed our heads he said, "God is good, God is great. Thank you for the food, and I would even thank you more if Grandpa gets us ice cream for dessert. And liberty and justice for all! Amen!"

Along with the laughter from the other customers nearby, I heard a woman remark, "That's what's wrong with this country. Kids today don't even know how to pray. Asking God for ice cream! Why, I never!"

Hearing this, my grand-son burst into tears and asked me, "Did I do it wrong? Is God mad at me?"

As I held him and assured him that he had done a terrific job, and God was certainly not mad at him, an elderly gentleman approached the table. He winked at my grand-son and said, "I happen to know that God thought that was a great prayer."

"Really?" my grand-son asked.

"Cross my heart," the man replied.

Then, in a theatrical whisper, he added (indicating the woman whose remark had started this whole thing), "Too bad she never asks God for ice cream. A little ice cream is good for the soul sometimes."

Naturally, I bought my grand-children ice cream at the end of the meal. My grand-son stared at his for a moment, and then did something I will remember the rest of my life.

He picked up his sundae and, without a word, walked over and placed it in front of the woman. With a big smile he told her, "Here, this is for you. Shove it up your ass you grouchy old bitch! "

Didn’t mean to offend anyone. These showed up in my email today plus one other that I really better not post LOL.

Hope everyone has a great day..Joe Todd


City of Lancaster, Ohio as seen from Mount Pleasant this past fall…

Friday, November 18, 2011

Blue Sky In Ohio For SkyWatch Friday





 Been a long time since I’ve posted and I wasn’t sure I’d remember how. Have been having a lot of health issues:: On Sept 8th 2011 I had a stroke and spent 3 days in the hospital. While in the hospital I was told that I had a tennis ball size mass in my Rt. lung. Almost all the stroke symptoms are gone. I still have a minor problem with equilibrium when walking. As far as the mass in the lung:: Initial biopsy shows no cancer, Pet scan shows a few minor abnormalities. Went to hospital this past Wednesday for needle biopsy and should get the results next week. The needle biopsy went well but then I had what is called an acute vasovagal attack. No pulse or blood pressure..Code blue was called and CPR was administered for 2-3 minutes. I then spent a day and a half in I.C.U.  Linda (my wife) and I got home yesterday and I’m just taking it easy a day at a time..

     The photos above were taken last week in Clear Creek Metro Park..If you would like to see some great skies from around the world please visit SkyWatch Friday

Saturday, September 03, 2011

Cape Cod Maritime Museum & Festival

The weather was sure different in Cape Cod as compared to Lancaster,Ohio.. A SCENIC SUNDAY, OUR WORLD, & WATERY WEDNESDAY post

I’m not a sea lawyer but I will say when Linda and I visited Cape Cod in early June of 2011 the temperature was ”chilly”. On arriving in Yarmouth Mass. after checking into our motel we headed out to buy a couple hooded sweatshirts. To our surprise we discovered The Cape Cod Maritime Museum and Festival (on the Hyannis waterfront June 11th and 12th 2011.. 10th annual)


The Cape Cod Maritime Museum is a nonprofit organization based in Hyannis, Massachusetts, Cape Cod's first museum dedicated to the maritime culture of the area. READ MORE… LOCATION,LOCATION,LOCATION


The museum is in the heart of Hyannis, within walking distance of Main Street and ferries to Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket. Just about ready to step inside but first a quick look outside.


Rudder:A board:shaped swinging vane, controlled by a tiller or wheel, and attached to the rudderpost or stern for steering and maneuvering a vessel.Oh did I mention it was Chilly,Raining,and Breezy.


Due to its large natural harbor, Hyannis is the largest recreational boating and second largest commercial fishing port on Cape Cod. As we step inside we are greeted by:


I’ve heard it said, “ It wasn't unusual to see Ted Kennedy walking down the dock at the Hyannis Port Yacht Club with his Portuguese water dogs Sunny and Splash by his side on the way to sail his beloved 50-foot wooden schooner, Mya.” LINK to YouTube sailing video


My “rudder in life” Linda standing beside the “Swee’Pea”..Notice the hooded Cape Cod sweatshirt



Timbers:On wooden vessels, the frames or ribs of a ship, connected to the keel, which give shape and strength to the ship's hull.


Did you know: Tidy:The word is derived from the tide hence the meaning of being well arranged and methodical as associated with tides


18’ rowing skiff


A new term for me: Slob: Loose and broken ice in bays, or along exposed edges of floes.


Check out the Life Saving Ladder. I’ll be the ladder got more use aiding swimmers back aboard after an intentional dive from the deck.. Now, time to head downstairs where they actually build boats and give lessons.


In the Boat Shop I had the chance to meet Jim and see the men at work.



Introduction to Boat Building: This is an entry-level course on boatbuilding, which explores basic lofting, layout and terminology that goes with the construction of a ten-foot skiff. READ MOREAs I said the Maritime Festival was going on but the weather was not cooperating. A few photos from the Festival.




FYI: Sirens: Mythical sea nymphs who charmed men with their melodious voices. Enchanted, the men would stop all work to listen and they would ultimately die of starvation because of their inability to sail any further. I had to get Linda away from the hard working men in the boat shop. LOL…


Slush fund:The practice of the ship's cook putting the fat from the bottom of the food barrel into a "slush fund" where it was stored until they reached the port where it would be sold to tanneries or candle makers.. and now you know…


Clean:Referring to the lines of a vessel's hull when they give a a fine and unobstructed run from bow to stern so that she moves through the water smoothly…and yes they are.  Well now I’m getting hungry so off we go:

captn Their clam chowder is out of this world. Actually they are the Triple Crown Chowder Champions. Thanks for stopping by and have a great week…. Ok one more I couldn’t resist:::

Son of a Gun:
(1) Born aboard a warship. Derived from the days when women were allowed to live in naval ships. The ‘son-of-a-gun’ was one born on a warship, often in the greater space near the midship gun, behind a canvas screen. If paternity was uncertain, the child was entered in the ship’s log as a “Son-of-a-gun.”
(2) This expression comes from the term for children conceived on the gun decks of a ship. When in port, women were often brought on board. Since the sailors had no private quarters, they would sling hammocks between the guns or cannons for their liaasons.