Otis McDonald – Hero for the People

Otis McDonald, 1933-2014: Fought for African-Americans’ Rights against the Chicago Political machine.    April 06, 2014|By Dahleen Glanton,  Chicago Tribune reporter

Short Interview with Mr. McDonald -Excellent!

Otis McDonald — a new folk hero

 

Otis McDonald

 

 

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Major Historical Event, circa 2010

Do you remember this landmark historical event from 2010??

Araneus diadematus was announced The European Spider of the YEAR for 2010!!!

The  European Society of Arachnology  made this honorific decision due to Araneus being “…one of the best known of all the spiders: the garden spider.”

I point this out because The Mrs posted a photo (a FANTASTIC photo) of a female Garden Spider resting in the center of her orb at the back of our house! This kindled fond memories of my Advanced Biology class my senior year in high school when one of my projects was the overwinter nurturing of an Araneus diadematus egg sac. One early spring morning I stopped into the biology lab and my corner of the lab was COVERED in a mob of tiny little spiderlings! I collected as many as I could and carried them outside to a courtyard. Many opted to stay inside, where they and their offspring happily lived for many generations… much to the dismay of the school janitorial staff and arachnophobes alike.

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Since this IS on the internet, what is a photo posting without a little bit of spider porn, right?

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Courtesy Spiders.us

Araneus diademus male genitalia….

And a quick physical update: My left eye is slowly improving, I was actually able to read a WORD last week with it. My ophthalmologist was very encouraging at my last checkup, and said I may not need surgery to reverse the blindness… YAY!!!

And at the other end of my breaking down body, my plantar fasciitis has all but disappeared, thanks to steroid shots in the heel and ongoing stretching…!

So now I am waiting for my health condition to return to normal so I can get back to my normal routine…. and stop surfing spider porn…

End Of Watch

Hero Down: Illinois State Trooper Ryan Albin Killed By Semi

Illinois State Police Trooper Ryan Albin EOW 06/28/2017.

Trooper Ryan Albin Killed

Farmer City, IL – Illinois State Trooper Ryan Albin was killed in a traffic crash on Wednesday, June 28, according to The Chicago Tribune.

The incident occurred about 3:10 PM on I-74, in the westbound lanes near milepost 155, which is near Farmer City, about 25 miles northwest of Champaign.  Trooper Albin was on patrol and involved in a crash with a semitrailer truck.  According to Fox2now,  the driver of the second vehicle, a truck, and a passenger, were not injured.

According to The Pantagraph, “preliminary investigation showed both vehicles were in slowed/stopped westbound traffic approaching a merge area ahead of a construction zone when the crash occurred”.

Trooper Albin was airlifted by a medical helicopter to a local hospital, where he died about 8:45 PM  The investigation into the crash is ongoing.

In a Facebook post, The Illinois State Police said:

“Illinois State Police (ISP) Director Leo P. Schmitz regretfully announces that ISP Trooper Ryan Albin, star number 5718, was tragically killed on June 28, 2017, while on patrol.

On June 28, 2017, at approximately 3:10 p.m. Trooper Albin was involved in a crash on I-74 near Farmer City. Trooper Albin sustained serious injuries as a result of the crash. At approximately 8:45pm on the same day, Trooper Albin succumbed to his injuries.

“Our hearts are heavy with grief as we mourn the loss of Trooper Albin,” stated Director Schmitz. “I extend my deepest sympathy to Trooper Albin’s family, friends, and co-workers. I pray that those who cared for and loved him find the strength they need during this most difficult time. No further words can express the pain and loss we are all feeling.”

Trooper Albin joined the ISP on January 8, 2006. He was assigned to District 6 in Pontiac as a canine officer. Trooper Albin’s canine partner, “Biko,” was in the rear of the squad car at the time of the crash. Biko was transported to a local veterinarian’s office and appears to have sustained only minor injuries.”

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Illinois State Trooper Ryan Albin, both blood and blue.  Godspeed, sir, we will take the watch from here.  Thank you for your service.

Trooper Albin, your life mattered.

Source: https://bluelivesmatter.blue/illinois-state-trooper-ryan-albin/

The Mother Road – Decertified

June 27, 1985 – US Route 66 was officially “decertified” on this date by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials, and all signs denoting the route ordered to be taken down.

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Historic US 66 sign south of Springfield, IL

US Route 66 was originally designated in 1926, and eventually stretched 2200 miles from Chicago, Illinois to Santa Monica, California. The meandering route through the western American wilderness was first laid out in 1857 by U.S. Navy Lieutenant Edward Beale at the head of a caravan of camels. It took until the early 20th century for road building technology to advance to the level whereby a paved surface of 4″ of Portland Cement could be poured consistently, economically, and continuously. The State Of Illinois passed a resolution to begin paving the Illinois route from Chicago, through Springfield, to St. Louis, Missouri in March of 1921. Specifications for the quality and thickness of the Portland Cement surface placed on top of the previous mud/dirt and or gravel road were based on research conducted in the vicinity of Bates, Illinois (a few miles west of the State Capital, Springfield). The resulting specifications became the standard for road paving nationwide in the early 1920s. The engineers and scientists responsible for the Bates Highway tests were housed in the Bates Motel when they were on-site. (No reports of mummified mommies were ever made… think Alfred Hitchcock)

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Current Site of Bates Motel, on Old Rte. 54, Bates, IL.

The reliance of the growing private motoring public and the commercial truck-transport industry on the US Route system significantly interconnected the entirety of the continental United States on a grand scale. By the 1950s, further transportation research and development lead to the birth of the US Interstate infrastructure. This saw the construction of new, high-speed, 4-lane, controlled access highways that diverted around, over, or through cities and towns without the need for traffic to slow down or stop.

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Rte 66 dead-ended south of Springfield, IL

Although Route 66 was decertified, it is estimated by the National Historic Route 66 Federation, drivers can still use 85 percent of old Route 66. Springfield, Illinois still promotes its connection to Route 66 in a big way…

 

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Historic US 66 sign in Chicago, IL

Thursday Doors – Alabama

This week I am featuring the Oceanside face of a “beach house” in Orange Beach, Alabama. The Mrs &I saw this house on a morning run while vacationing, and I pointed it out to her, saying I was going to return with my iPad to photograph it. I would have used my digital camera, but it was safely back in Illinois where it would not get too hot!

Thursday Doors is a weekly feature allowing door lovers to come together to admire and share their favorite door photos from around the world. Visit Norm 2.0 (   https://miscellaneousmusingsofamiddleagedmind.wordpress.com/2017/03/09/thursday-doors-march-9-2017/)for more doors and details. When you get to Norm’s site, look for The Blue Frog.

 

 

Hope’s Happy Birthday

I have been silent for over a week now, both on my blog and in my “real life”… I have been laid low with what I thought at first was just a cold, but it quickly transmogrified  into the flu. Blahhhhh… I did get my flu shot, so I am certain that is why I got the flu, right?  😉

That said, just a couple days ago, The Mrs posted Her Movie on YouTube! It is a real live indie feature length movie that she wrote, directed, starred in, edited, copyrighted, and released. It is titled,

HOPE’S HAPPY BIRTHDAY

You can also read more about the film at the IMDb (Internet Movie Database) HERE

The movie was filmed in Illinois (Springfield area) and Texas (Austin area).

I was going to do a summary , etc, but am still not feeling well, and just want to nap… maybe when i feel better…

Thursday Door – Day Late, 1 Door

I was just too busy yesterday to post my Thursday Doors offering. Doing…. ummmmm… nothing???!  Ah well, so for my door this week, I have a door from a small little lane on the lake south of our lane. I drove down this lane last week while I was driving around in our area looking for a lost dog. Didn’t find the dog, but did see this neat door. I really like the echoing of the arches in the windows, doors, and roof lines…

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Thursday Doors is a weekly feature allowing door lovers to come together to admire and share their favorite door photos from around the world. Visit Norm 2.0 for more doors and details. When you get to Norm’s site, look for and click on….

The Blue Frog, and only the Blue Frog….