Saturday, January 31, 2009

Flora's KOKO Cake

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Flora and her KOKO Birthday Cake

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Miss Flora 3rd Birthday Jan. 14, 2009

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Thursday, January 29, 2009

A quick memory of a story Dad told me

After blogging the CCC deal-I remembered Dad always told me a story about laying railroad ties in the EXTREME heat. He said they would work all day and there was NO SHADE for miles. He said they would crawl under the railroad cars to cool off. At the end of one of these days after working for 8 hours, Dad said the water boy though it would be FUNNY if he dumped the bucket of water on Dad. Dad said when he did this it was such a schock to his body that his immediate reaction was to punch the guy right in the face which he did and knocked him out! I think this started Dad's extreme desire to be physically fit at ALL TIMES!

The Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) was a work relief program for young men from unemployed families, established on March 21, 1933

As a tribute to Dad today, Jan. 29th 2008 the day Moore Few decided he was "out of control" physically?? and shipped him off to Freeman "Serenity" (new word for physi·at·ric") Center in Joplin Mo. Moore Few's admitting reason for an "Altered Mental Status Medical Screening Exam" This was so SUDDEN for all of us, we did not have time to think! Little did any of us know that Dad had SERIOUS PHYSICAL ISSUES THAT WERE NEVER ADDRESSED AT MOORE FEW.

Moore Few told us he needed to go and let them do the evaluation and then go visit him?? Dad was driven to Joplin by Allison, the Social Worker at Moore Few. I am blogging some of things I discovered about Dad ONLY AFTER we admitted him to Moore Few just so he could have the bed next to Mom. We DID NOT admit Dad for any serious medical problems we knew about at that time Dec. 7th, 2007.

While the nurse was checking Dad medically to be admitted to Moore Few, she asked Dad about any problems with him feet, he said just Gout,
(Gout is a kind of arthritis. It can cause an attack of sudden burning pain, stiffness, and swelling in a joint, usually a big toe. These attacks can happen over and over unless gout is treated. Over time, they can harm your joints, tendons, and other tissues. Gout is most common in men)
from went I was in the CCC and got frost bite on my feet, I immediately said "What is the CCC" sounded like a clan or something"???? and YOU NEVER TOLD ME THIS!!! How AWFUL shipping a teenager in an empty railroad car in the winter! I CAN'T EVEN IMAGINE!
He said "you know the Civilian Corp during WWII"???

I said "what was that"? He said when he was 14 or 15 during WWII, President Roosevelt started the CCC for young men?? (how about male children!)" because his Dad had died and Grandma Brittingham was an unemployed widow with 5 children, he qualified to joined the CCC. He earned $30.00 per month, which most was sent back home to Grandma Brittinghm. He said they shipped him off in a empty railroad car up North. I think he said Michigan? Anyway somewhere that was freezing cold! He said his job was lying railroad tracks.

Civilian Conservation Corps (1933 - 1942)
CCC MuseumTed Kurlinski5636 River View DriveRhinelander, WI 54501(715) 369-4597
The Civilian Conservation Corps Museum (CCC) is dedicated to preserving and telling the CCC story. The museum was opened September 21, 1983 by Wisconsin Chapter 23 of the National Association of CCC Alumni, who were joined in this commemorative effort by all Wisconsin NACCCA chapters.
CCC alumni from all parts of the country contributed cherished mementos of life in the Wisconsin camps to the museum project.
The museum provides a fascinating glimpse of the CCC work camp experience. Through photographs, personal memorabilia, uniforms, work tools, emblems, jewelry, papers, and an actual barracks replica, visitors to the museum gain an understanding of the history and accomplishments of the Civilian Conservation Corps.
Since its dedication in 1983, the Wisconsin CCC museum has been operated and maintained by an enthusiastic and loyal group of volunteers - CCC alumni, their spouses, interested friends, and faithful supporters. The museum was recently donated to the City of Rhinelander with the intention of keeping it open to the public for many years to come.

Few Depression-era work programs matched the success of the Civilian Conservation Corps. As all volunteer corps of three million young men, the CCC contributed to the preservation, improvement of fish and wildlife habitats, as well as the reforestation of thousands of county, state, and national forests, parks and campgrounds.
Know popularly as "Roosevelt's Tree Army," the decade-long CCC program contributed to the rebirth of our forests in Wisconsin following the wide-spread fires which devastated the upper half of the state just after the turn of the century.
In addition to its undeniable environmental impact, the CCC had an important social legacy, for it shaped the lives of an entire generation of young men. Due to Depression-era restrictions requiring that the few available jobs go to "heads of families," for many young men the CCC was their first experience working with others. A stint in the CCC taught the boys how to live in harmony with others, to follow orders on the job, to operate heavy equipment such as trucks and bulldozers, and to take care of their communal living quarters.
In return for their efforts, the young men received $30 a month - $25 sent home to their families, a $5 allowance - and their camp accommodations.
As a nation, we owe a debt of gratitude to the young men of the CCC, whose personal growth and development in the difficult Depression years found positive expression their work.
Within four months after America entered World Was II, 90% of CCC men joined the Armed Services and continued their contribution to their country.
From 1933 through 1942, the CCC assigned nearly 165,000 men to 128 camps throughout Wisconsin, planting nearly three billion trees, some 265 million of them in Wisconsin.
The memorial is open from the last week in May through the first week in September.
The Museum encourages tours, and will open its doors by appointment for tour groups outside normal operating hours. Write or call the number above.
We are the young men who made up the Civilian Conservation Corps from 1933 to 1942.
We are the men who mended the scarred land, smoothed the erodes fields, cleared the muddled waters of the creeks and streams, and refreshed the depleted woodlands of our country.
We replanted forests from Maine to California. We built fire trails through the new and old forests to provide protection and care. We cleaned out the diseased deadwood to protect healthy trees and new growth. And we fought floods and forest fires.
We built lodges and campsites in our National Parks to encourage people to enjoy our beautiful country and to make the parks accessible to all. We built roads and trails.
We worked the quarries to produce building stone for the dams we erected in State and National Parks. Those dams created lakes that have welcomed campers, fishermen, and family groups for more than 50 years. From the quarries also came rock crushed into limestone and spread on farmlands to sweeten the overworked earth, and building stone from the quarries went into masonry dams and flumes to control rapidly eroding soil.
We did our work all over this country. It stands today as a monument to the youth of the 1930's and what we accomplished with our minds, bodies, and hands. We were the craftsmen with pick, shovel, and hoe; with maul, drill, and wheel-barrow.
We gained education, seized job opportunities, and achieved honor, respect, and purpose in life. We put a mark on this land that will show for many years to come.
As a generation, we are proud to have earned a place in history. We will always be grateful for that, and for the chance to share that pride with the generations that follow.

Administrative roles
The Labor Department's role was to enroll unemployed civilians (mainly men) as participants in the famed program; the actual camps were operated by the U.S. Army, using 3,000 reserve officers who became camp directors. Each camp had a federal sponsor, usually the Departments of Interior, Agriculture or Army Corps of Engineers, including the subordinate agencies: National Park Service, Bureau of Forestry, Soil Conservation Service, General Land Office, Office of Indian Affairs, Bureau of Reclamation, the Grazing Service, and the Bureau of Biological Survey. The sponsor provided the project supervisor and hired the trained foremen necessary, called "LEMs" (Local Experienced Men), who in turn trained CCC apprentices. Each camp had an educational advisor provided by the Office of Education.The Army provided chaplains and contracted locally for groceries, fuel, and equipment and for medical services. The Army gained valuable experience in handling large numbers of young men, but there was no obvious military drill or training in the camps until 1940, and the work projects were primarily civilian in nature.

Each enrollee earned at least $30 per month—with the requirement that $25 of that be sent home to family—and by 1935 the CCC was promoting about 13% of enrollees to act as leaders (at $36-45 per month). The program cost about $1,000 per year per full-time enrollee. Total expenditures reached $3 billion during the life of the program. Peak numbers came in August 1935 with 505,000 enrollees in 2,650 camps. Over 4,000 camps were established in all 48 states and in the Hawaii and Alaska territories, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands. The first camp was at George Washington National Forest in Virginia.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

I Remember The Last Time I Shopped There

Bannister Mall demolition -- oh the memories!

It was August 3rd 1988, Andrew was going on 4 and I went shopping for an anniversary gift for Dave. I remember getting the lastest electronic device, a VCR. At the same time Dave was at the Mall unbeknowance to me shopping for a gift for me. It was a beautiful mall built in a curve so people would not notice how far it was between the stores.

The redevelopment of Bannister Mall got off the drawing board and into the demolition stage today.
Excavators started taking down the former Jones Store and will begin moving south over the next year, tearing down the mall to make way for a $949 million mixed-used center called The Trails.
The 467-acre development would be anchored by an 18,500 seat professional soccer stadium that would house The Wizards, Kansas City’s major league soccer team.
Eventually it would add a 12-field tournament soccer complex for local, regional and national tournaments, a 250-room hotel, up to 1.1 million square feet of retail and up to 1.7 million square feet of office space.
Area residents who showed up at the Bannister Mall site Wednesday were thrilled.
Standing in the parking lot with the demolition crew, well, I had a flashback to 1980.
I was with the electrical crew then. I had just moved to the city to attend UMKC and my big brother knew a worker who gave us a sneak peak of the spanking new center at Interstate 435 and Bannister Road.
Its sheer size - more than double, maybe triple my hometown mall - the skylights, the sculptures, the landscaping, the big name stores set to open - this was going to be life in the big city.
And when it opened in August of that year it was the place to be for many in the city.
Area high school students considered it 'their' mall and many still do. As young parents they shopped there as families.
After I became retail reporter for the Star most of my excursions there were to cover openings, and then more and more often closings.
The big names left, then the small locally owned stores.
Guard towers were constructed to make people feel safer. It didn't work.
But the only time I was actually worried was when I realized I was in a whole wing of the mall that was empty of people and stores.
Since Bannister Mall closed in late May 2007 vandals had moved in to 'help' with the demolition by breaking out all the windows and taking everything not nailed down - and then some.
So it was sort of bittersweet to see that once beautiful mall become rubbish (rubbish that will be recycled).
But here's hoping the developers can pull this project off and give south Kansas City residents another awe inspiring gathering place they can be proud of and call their own.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

August 1999

Tomorrow I am going for a Heart Stress Test. My Doctor suggested that I do this test last April. Thinking it was just a waste of time and money, I put it off. Recently just climbing a few steps, I am out of breathe. So before I start doing jumping jacks to improve my health my "Gut" feeling said to get the Stress Test first.

I also remember the Friday evening in Aug. 1999 when Mom called me (I had never gotten a long distance phone call from Mom, it was unheard of for her to do this! Dad always made the long distance calls) I answered the phone and she said "Kaye, your Daddy had a heart test today and it's really bad" I said what, Dad is so healthy? She ask me if I would come down and take Dad to Joplin to see the Heart Doctor the next Tuesday morning, (that's when they worked him in for an appointment!) Amazing! If I had known how bad his heart was I would have took him to the emergency room at the Joplin Hospital immediately! So, I said sure I would come down Monday evening, spend the night and take him to Joplin the next morning.

We headed to Joplin that hot Tuesday morning and all the way Dad said "There's nothing wrong with my heart, I excercise 2 hours a day and have all my adult life." He said they would probably do a Balloon Shunt if he had a blocked artery and we would head back home that afternoon.

WELL, by the time they got Dad in and they did a dye test all his artries were blocked except about a 1/4" in one! The heart Doctor came out to talk to me and Mom. He had the XRay and showed us Dad's heart and the blocked artries. He said if they did not operate immediately, Dad would have a massive heart attack! WOW! this was devasting! He said they would put a surigical team together immediately and do Bypass heart surgery. He told us they had Dad prepped for surgery in the pre-op room and we could go talk him, he said to say "Goodbye" for he might not make it through the surgery. This is when both Mom and I lost it! Mom started crying, I went hysterical, and it was chaos. We went in to see Dad, he was crying, he told me he loved me and to take care of Mom. The rest is history.

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Just Google "Brittingham"

My next blogs entries will be "Just Brittingham's" Clay Beshore is our Dad's sister, Opal's son. Opal married Galen Beshore. Uncle Galen passed away last Dec. 2007.
Clay A. Beshore DDS 785-841-5590
Visit website 4900 Legends Drive, Lawrence, KS 66049 Opens Tuesday at 8 a.m.

Dr. Clay Beshore is a native Kansan and has lived in Kansas most of his life. His wife, Stephanie, of 28 years is a registered dental hygienist and is part of the Legends Drive Dental Center Team. They have enjoyed many years of working together in the dental profession. Clay and Stephanie are proud and challenged to be parents of three children, Chelsea, Allegra and Isaac. Chelsea graduated from KU in May 08. Allegra attends the University of Kansas. Isaac attends Lawrence Free State High School.
Dr. Beshore graduated from Wichita State University in 1981, with a major in biology and a minor in chemistry. He continued his education at the University of Missouri-Kansas City Dental School, graduating in 1985. He received the senior award for excellence in periodontics and prosthodontics. Following dental school, Dr. Beshore completed the United States Air Force General Practice Residency program. This program provided one year of advanced training in each dental specialty. As a Captain in the Air Force Dental Corp, Dr. Beshore and family appreciated three years of living and sightseeing in Europe. In 1989, Dr. Beshore began private practice in Larned, Kansas. After practicing in Larned for several years he had the opportunity to move back to his hometown of Iola, Kansas. He was able to continue the dental practice of his own childhood dentist and also live close to family. In 2006, Dr. Beshore joined Legends Drive Dental Center.
Dr. Beshore has enjoyed all disciplines of dentistry for over 20 years. Full mouth reconstruction and cosmetic dentistry have been professionally rewarding for him as well as life enhancing for the client. Clients are encouraged and enabled to attain healthy functional smiles that are beautiful as well. Dr. Beshore has completed many courses of advanced training in these areas and pledges to stay abreast of current research and developments. His experience in removable prosthodontics has allowed him opportunities to serve and garner relationships with senior citizens.
“Working in an occupation that I feel so passionate about is a true blessing,” expresses Dr. Beshore. Time away from work allows for enjoying time with family, taking family vacations, snow skiing, hiking, riding his motorcycle and being active in church. Dr. Beshore is confident you will find Legends Drive Dental Center a comfortable and professional environment where there is a great team of individuals who strive to make each experience personal and customized to your needs. He genuinely believes in the practice and the standard of providing a high level of comprehensive dentistry in a caring environment.
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Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Day 6. 2009

Today I listed 21 condo units. 18 in a new condo project and 3 resale! Yea! 2009 is starting off great!

Saturday, January 3, 2009

Day 1, 2009

To start the New Year off, Andrew and and I went to Tomfooleries on The Plaza for lunch, we sat at the upper bar and played video Texas Hold'em. Andrew started out with $2.00 and $5000.00 in chips. He doubled up a couple of times and was the champ at $60,000!

TOMFOOLERY:tom-fool 1. n. a silly fool, esp. someone who acts with stupid thoughtlessness 2. adj. silly, senseless 3. v.i. to play the tomfool tom-fool-er-y (tomfu:leri:) pl. tomfooleries n. silly behavior
THE STORY:Once upon a time...Lived Thomas Skelton, the "Late Fool of Muncaster Castle", on the shore of Ravenglass in the Western Lakeland of England. Serving as Court Jester in the late 1500's, Skelton's antics gave birth to a new word ... "Tomfoolery". Thomas is still rumored to haunt the castle at Muncaster, looking for something to eat.(True Story)d I went to Tomfooleries for lunch.

Friday, January 2, 2009

"Damn Those James Boy's!"

I was thinking this morning of little things Mom and Dad said;

When Dad sneezed he would say "Damn Those James Boy's!" Not even Wikipedia knows what this meant?? I just assumed it was a comment related to The Outlaw James Brother's of Missouri, Jessie and Frank.

Dad would also say "Another Day Another Dollar"
Quot. 1897 links the form more days, more dollars to sailors being paid by the day: the longer the voyage the greater the financial reward. Later uses suggest that another day, another dollar occurs as world-weary comment on routine toil to earn a living.