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Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Two Gifts

Love and life are precious gifts not to be squandered or taken for granted so when a new life or two is brought into this world it should be seen as a miracle of Gods love to grant this joy on each of us.

Miranda and I are so grateful for the
TWINS that are on their way.





Our love for each other is as precious as a rose so here are two roses for our twins who will share in the love we have for one another.


As a first time father to be I am looking forward to the gifts and challenges ahead of me that twins represent. I know that the love and support from Miranda and my family and friends will be more then enough to guide me and help me be the father that these little gifts from above deserve.


Wow!  I'm gonna be a daddy!  To twins!
So Much, So Fast, So Lucky.
I am blessed.
I hope.

Friday, September 25, 2009

West Lampeter Fair

Today we attended the West Lampeter Fair near our home. Even though I have lived in this area for close to 18 years, neither of us had ever been to this fair before. It was allot of fun and so nice to get out on a nice cool evening. There were probably thousands of people at the fair, but it only started feeling a little bit crowded when it came time to visit the funnel cake stand. You just can't go to a country fair without eating some funnel cake.



There were tents filled with sponsors and exhibitors and crafts and of course animals everywhere you looked. The tractors and farm equipment was interesting but is was allot more fun watching the Western Horse Show. Miranda and I enjoyed wandering the fair grounds and seeing all of the pigs, goats, rabbits and cows etc... My favorite was an art exhibit showing off some excellent photos and some great paintings. We finished the night off when our best friends showed up so we could spend some time with them at the fair. I hope this is a sign of the fun we will be having this fall.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

TMI Steam Generator in Lancaster County PA

On Tuesday we watched one of two new Steam generators being transported from Port Deposit MD to the TMI (Three Mile Island) Nuclear Plant in Middletown PA. These generators are huge! Each weighing 510 tons and a weight of 825 tons including the transports each with 26 pairs of axles. These massive transports measured 153 feet long, 24 feet high and 17 1/2 feet wide. They crept along at a mere 3 miles per hours so keeping up with them was quite easy.



This is a rare event for a small Lancaster County town like Nottingham or Little Britain where we watched them and they will be passing within 2 blocks of our home on Thursday the 17th. We are looking forward to watching them again on that day if our schedules allow us to do so.

Updated 9-19-09:

The generators were delayed 24 hours by a very steep hill and some rain, but they passed by our home on Friday morning. Following the south bound lane of route 272 heading north gave them a wider, more stable stretch of highway rather then going through this rustic little town of Willow Street in the north bound lanes of this split highway. North bound is narrow and has so many wires crossing that it was safer, faster and I'm sure cheaper to use the newer section of highway that was added back in the 80s that bypasses the heart of town.

I got on my bike and rode only 2 blocks to get a great view of both generators which traveled closely together. I followed them as they passed through the area. The turn out for this leg of the journey was impressive. I would be surprised if there were less then 500 or 600 people watching the generators go by. The local shopping center called Kendig Square was loaded with peole and so many cars. It took hours for the cars to dissipate after the show. Aparently I'm not the only one that was impressed by this type of event in such a small town like Willow Street PA.



Note: These massive generators were actually manufactured in France and shipped overseas for installation at Three Mile Island which is the Nuclear plant that had the partial meltdown in 1979 near Harrisburg PA.

More info for you from our local TV station WGAL 8.