2009's Previously on Previously on Driveway Cam





Thursday, December 31st, 2009 ~ We made it! The last day of 2009 is here ~ And more importantly ~ It's Happy Birthday Drew Day!!!!! We hope the views for you and for everyone today, and going forward, are great! A safe and Happy New Year to all viewers and viewees, and don't forget to get out and watch the full (Blue) moon tonight! And the holiday cams today:
Christmas Tree Cam ~ Outdoor Lights Cam ~ Aurora Cam 1 ~ Aurora Cam 2 ~ Torched Christmas Goat 1 ~ Torched Christmas Goat 2 ~ Santa Streaming ~ Santa Not streaming ~ Rothenburg Fair 1 ~ Rothenburg Fair 2 ~ Fair in Wernigerode ~ And in Czechoslovakia

Wednesday, December 30th, 2009 ~ Faster and faster away this old year passes ~ driveway cam's pc is visiting KY for New Year's...will try to get some updated views here; in the mean time all the other views are up and running. Tomorrow night is the first second full moon of the month to fall on New Year's Eve since 1990, and the last one of this year, the last one of the first decade of the 21st century, and the last one until 2028. So get out there and soak up some of that blue moon shine. In Africa, Europe and Asia you get the added bonus of a Partial Lunar Eclipse of the blue moon too! Last night there was a beautiful ring around the moon from the driveway here at 38° 24' 28.7557" North, -85° 35' 44.4098" West (hope you got to see it too). And now... before the day star sets during all this typing... on with the views. Enjoy ~

Monday, December 28th, 2009 ~ What you cannot see (because of the ice) is the snow on the driveway!!! And more to come!!! (there is much joy in mudville*) ~ Today is the 40th birthday of Linus Torvalds of Helsinki/Portland (designer and chief architect of Linux), and the 944th anniversary of the consecration of Westminster Abbey (designers and chief architects here are Henry of Reims, Henry of Gloucester and Robert of Beverley). It's also the date 114 years ago that the very first commercial film was shown to the public who paid the very first no doubt exorbitant price for the very first movie tickets ever, for the very first most expensive movie ever made.... So reasons for cake** abound as you enjoy the views and the snow! (*mudville here being this side of the driveway) (** this cake starts with a kernel....)

Sunday, December 27th, 2009 ~ Don't be fooled by the spring like appearance of the driveway ~ it really is December here (once again, the land that snow forgot). If you are buried in snow, (and there is still plenty of it out there to watch) click on Opus (above) to get all the views around Rochester and enjoy our balmy vistas (almost as good as checking in on the beaches today). Or, if you too are without snow - try this link and you can make your own snow flakes until some real ones come along. Enjoy the views ~

Saturday, December 26th, 2009 ~ Happy Boxing Day! If you are in the areas being pounded by snow - please be careful and stay inside... if you are anywhere else the snow watching is amazing in the plains and midwest ~ Rain here for now but as always we are hoping for snow. Most of the interstates in North Dakota, Nebraska and Wyoming are still closed but the traffic cams are still a good place for blizzard viewing along with all the other outdoor sites. Enjoy and stay warm ~

Friday, December 25th, 2009 ~ ~ Merry Christmas to all our viewers and viewees ~

Thursday, December 24th, 2009 ~ A Christmas Eve wish for penguin chicks in Antarctica, snow for Christmas, a brisk tail wind and safe travels for Santa ~ NORAD (North American Aerospace Defense Command) is once again tracking Santa so we can all see where he is, and a great day for all of our viewers ~ Posted some tree decorating pictures on the Family Pages, and the quiz is still a'waiting solution (should you have nothing at all to do today!) Enjoy ~

Wednesday, December 23rd, 2009 ~ Hope in all the rushing around you get some time to stop and watch the driveway, and also look for penguin chicks ~ has anyone spotted them yet? Have they arrived? What a great Christmas present that would be. And if you need a little online amusement... try out this Christmas Tree Cam and enjoy turning the lights on and off, in someone else's house! Our favorite grass growing link lets you do that too with their outdoor lights. Happy Christmas Eve Eve to all ~ 10:47 Update ~ just checked in on the Swedish Christmas Goat and someone burned it down last night!!!!!!! The little one had been dragged to the river previously and then last night the big one was torched. :( [they think it was planned because the web cam updates were slowed so the setting of the fire was not seen... but the fire must have been some amazing viewing(!), no disrespect to the goat intended of course]

Tuesday, December 22nd, 2009 ~ Welcome to winter! Hope your Solstice was a good one ~ with all the solstice doings here drivewaycam didn't get turned off last night, so there is no first picture of the morning today but we'll press on regardless. We hope that your Christmas hustle and bustle leaves you some time for a little viewing today. There will be some of that said same "h&b" going on here as well, eventually... but for right now, it's tea and a little surfing ~

Monday, December 21st, 2009 ~ Happy Solstice!!! As of 12:47 PM EST today, and according to Writers Almanac: In the northern hemisphere, today is the Winter Solstice, the shortest day of the year and the longest night. It's officially the first day of winter and one of the oldest known holidays in human history. Anthropologists believe that solstice celebrations go back at least 30,000 years, before humans even began farming on a large scale. Many of the most ancient stone structures made by human beings were designed to pinpoint the precise date of the solstice. The stone circles of Stonehenge were arranged to receive the first rays of midwinter sun. Not wishing to tamper with 30,000 years of tradition we will be a'solsticing today on this side of the driveway ~ and hope you enjoy the short viewing day on that side of the driveway ~

Sunday, December 20th, 2009 ~ One of the shorter viewing days of the year so get some supplies together (peppermint tea, cookies, a blanket, warm socks...) and settle in to catch all the sites before the sun goes down. There is snow almost everywhere and even perhaps a bit of it falling here today (don't hold your breath), there are penguins awaiting to hatch, fairs in Germany, traffic wending and yesterday's weather links to watch (from the comfort of your blanket and warm socks of course). Several trips out from and back to the driveway today so pace yourselves and nap if it gets to be too much!

Saturday, December 19th, 2009 ~ Enjoy the running around, baking, wrapping and, most carefully and safely, enjoy the snow (from inside) if you are lucky (it's all perspective) enough to be in the storm areas! Should be good viewing on any of the cams any where on the East Coast, or anywhere else along the storms path.... The traffic cams are great for snow watching, and Weather Bonk has blizzard cams all on one page for lots of lovely viewing ~ Let's be careful out there people ~

Friday, December 18th, 2009 ~ The snow is sticking around keeping things, including the driveway, merry and light. Speaking of merry ~ try out this link at http://snow.torchbox.com/ (and keep in mind...it's a LIVE feed). And speaking of light ~ it's the anniversary of the word photon being coined (by G.N. Lewis) back in 1926. There are some amazing pictures of those said same photons posted by NASA yesterday that you should check out. And best of all...you can watch for Northern Lights right from the comfort of your computer.... with these Aurora Cams!! (no, I am not making this up....) From Sweden: Aurora Cam ! and here is Yet another Aurora Cam. You're going to love the views ~

Thursday, December 17th, 2009 ~ Happy Birthday Haydon!!!!!!!!! And once again, in honor of Haydon, we have snow falling on the driveway! Also on this day, a few years before Haydon was born (166 to be exact),Charles Dickens' classic story "A Christmas Carol" was first published. A cup of cocoa, some birthday cake and a Christmas Ghost Story could be in your future... ours too as soon as we get the next batch of cookies in the oven. Enjoy!

Wednesday, December 16th, 2009 ~ It's a condo day so the PC is off visiting other driveways, dragging itself and some of us out into the bluster (?) and leaving this a few updates Wednesday ~ but at least there is some snow to watch on the driveway this morning on those few views ~ (insert loud YAY here). And it's the 236th anniversary of the Boston Tea Party today so show the British you are not intimidated and throw some tea into a pot with attitude today! (then throw in some boiling water and enjoy a nice warm cuppa while you watch the views) Enjoy ~

Tuesday, December 15th, 2009 ~ The link to a picture of Adam wasn't working yesterday so we're trying it again...right here ~ Can you recite the first 10 Amendments to the Constitution? (no peeking) We've had 218 years of practice as of today, the 218th Anniversary of the Bill of Rights becoming law. If you are celebrating and you want to include a ticker tape parade for the Bill of Rights - feel free, it's not a problem because it's also the 155th anniversary of the day when, in 1854, Philadelphia residents were amazed as the first practical street cleaning machine was put into operation! The other thing falling on streets today may be snow, with winter storm warnings out and about and gale warnings on both coasts, you can find exactly where they are on this map and then watch them on your favorite links from driveway cam. Enjoy the views ~

Monday, December 14th, 2009 ~ A very, very Happy 20th Birthday to Adam today!!!!!!!!!!! Hope it's the start of a great year ahead for you Adam ~ We also hope someone, some where got to see some meteors - we had zero, nada, which is to say goose egg visibility here and saw nary a one. Still a bit overcast on the driveway today (although inside, our tree now has lights!!!)(Thanks once again to the Tree Decorating Elves (local 112)). Enjoy the views ~

Sunday, December 13th, 2009 ~ While you are wandering views today don't forget to that tonight you should get outside for some Mulled Wine and Meteors! The annual Geminid meteor shower is intensifying ~ Forecasters expect more than 100 meteors per hour (!!!) to fly out of the constellation Gemini when the shower peaks on Dec. 13th and 14th. For most observers, the best time to look will be from 10 pm local time on Sunday night to dawn on Monday morning. (from our friends at NASA and spaceweather.com) You don't want to miss the best meteor shower of 2009.... even if you don't have clear skies tonight you can listen to the shower (!?!) at http://spaceweatherradio.com/ . Enjoy the meteors ~

Saturday, December 12th, 2009 ~ Busy Saturday - a trip or maybe even 2 up and down the driveway - but at least it's sunny, here, at the moment. Take some time running around to enjoy the views ~

Friday, December 11th, 2009 ~ There is still snow on the driveway (always good), although we did not get as much as folks south and east of here, in those "persistent" snow bands where they got clobbered. It's Friday (even better) and there is a lot of excellent snow viewing, on the snow page, and almost everywhere you look this morning ~ from Maine to California, and in-between... Stay warm and enjoy the views ~ here's Maine, North Dakota, The Grand Canyon, and California from the driveway this morning



Thursday, December 10th, 2009 ~ A very Happy Birthday to Melvil Dewey today ~ who would be 158 were things like that possible. It's also the birthday of a favorite 'round these parts, known by Mel as 811 D56, but known to the rest of us as Emily Dickinson. And while the Peace Prize was awarded earlier today, you can still catch the other prizes (including the Nobel Prize in Literature given to Herta Muller) being awarded live by clicking here (starts at 10:30 AM Eastern)(or 4:30 (CET) in Oslo) ~ and there is still snow (for the moment) on the driveway to watch (yay!) ~

Wednesday, December 9th, 2009 ~ Don't blink or make any sudden moves or sounds at all....that is actually snow on the driveway and we'd like it to stay... there is snow all over the views today, and here high winds (of course, it's trash day) are about and rain is due in ~ Luckily the other views will all be waiting for you but the PC has to go to a meeting so it's a few updates Wednesday for the driveway. Yesterday's links (bottom of page), or the snow links, or the Northwoods Camera Network along with any others should be good inside-looking-out viewing today. Stay warm ~ 8:50 update...meeting was unanimously postponed, so it's driveway all day!!!! (that would be me you see doing the celebration dance out there)

Tuesday, December 8th, 2009 ~ The storm that clobbered the west yesterday is now clobbering it's way across the country and the middle states (north and south) are braced for it today ~ You can see the snow it left behind and follow it's progress with any number of the traffic links, the clean air links, the snow links, views of Chicago and the Sears Tower and, working east, watch it visiting Detroit , Cleveland, most of Kentucky, most of Ohio, Erie, as well as most of Pennsylvania, and, eventually, most of New York . So brew up a pot of tea, or make some hot chocolate, stay inside and off the roads when you can and enjoy the views ~



Monday, December 7th, 2009 ~ We're back to digital snow (seems it's the only way we're going to get snow on the driveway this year), luckily there is real snow to watch ~ on the 2009-10 Snow Watching Page (that link or in table below). Today is the 37th anniversary of the last U.S. moon mission blast off ~ and the day when, on their way to the moon, the crew of Apollo 17 took our picture from about 28,000 miles away. We haven't had such a family photo taken since as it was the last time that astronauts, not robots, were on a lunar mission and since then, no people have gotten far enough away from the Earth to take a photo like it. It was also the first time the Apollo trajectory made it possible to photograph the south polar ice cap. Click on picture for a better look and.... Enjoy the views ~



Sunday, December 6th, 2009 ~ Happy Birthday Christopher!!!!!! Hope it's an excellent day and a great year for you!!!! ~ And for those of you who woke up to find small gifts (coins, chocolate, fruit, marbles....) in your shoes, and it's not your birthday, don't be scared. It's St. Nicholas Day! If your shoes were empty, don't worry, you can still catch some St. Nicholas Day buzz at the Christmas Fairs (Rothenburg was hopping earlier this morning), or at Santa's place in Finland ~

Saturday, December 5th, 2009 ~ Given the dearth of snow in these parts....the Searching for Snow page is back, as is the Ski Jump Cam (Leaf Peeping Page and the Shuttle Countdown Clock have been retired, for now) If you are having a day where you just aren't sure of anything ~ go with it ~ as it's the birthday of Werner Heisenberg (if your quantum needed fixing he was the mechanic to call). And in case you are a little confused about Werner's contributions... basically, what his Uncertainty Principle means is this: if you look at the speedometer of your car...you'll get lost. :) Enjoy the views today from wherever you are and however fast you are going ~

Friday, December 4th, 2009 ~ Penguins are working on recovering from a hurricane on November 27th ~ the blog says that 60% of the nests were abandoned (click on link for pictures). There is a rumor out-an-about that Tai Shan (the panda born in 2005 at the National Zoo that we love to watch here) is going to be sent to China soon (which was part of the original deal), more facts on that when we get them. You can check in on the penguin's progress, and Tai Shan, as well as watch for the snow flurries we are possibly, maybe, (oh please) going to get today. (we are 10 inches below what we normally have by now which is why we decided to get the digital flakes flying for inspiration). Enjoy the views ~

Thursday, December 3rd, 2009 ~ Time to break out the favorite of the seasonal links ~ so brew up some peppermint tea and/or hot chocolate, sit back and enjoy the Christmas Fair in Germany, or alternate view of the Fair, The Christmas Goat in Sweden (will it survive the season?!?), and it's alternate viewing angle and last but certainly not least.... Santa, streaming live from the North Pole! (click on the start arrow in the middle of the picture, covering Santa's chair (and you can click to close the annoying ad as well)), and/or Santa Live (but not streaming) we cover all the bases here at drivewaycam. Speaking of covered...while sipping and watching we hope you'll join us in wishing... for snow!

Wednesday, December 2nd, 2009 ~ The Birthday Sheep are here to join us in wishing Amy the happiest of birthdays today!!! And we all hope it's a great year ahead for you!!! The PC has to go to the condo today so it's short viewing - but updates every 5 minutes until it leaves. Enjoy the views ~ and because you asked (well, not all of you of course) if you mouse over the words for snow in the Previously section it will tell you what language they are). :)

Tuesday, December 1st, 2009 ~ S N O W ! ! ! ! ! :) neige, eira, nieve, schnee, neve, kar, sneeu, dëbora, snijeg, sníh, sne, sneeuw, lumi, niyebe, porhó, snjór, sniegas, puga, theluji, ninge (doesn't matter how you say it.... we have some!)

Monday, November 30th, 2009 ~ Another November rolls its way down the driveway and out'a here. You can watch that and watch a new mountain link in the table too since Badger Cam is no longer updating and has been moved to the retired page for a spell. We are hoping for some flakes to watch (besides the normal cast) on the driveway as we hope for an end to our snow drought. And today is the 151st anniversary of the Mason Jar (patent #22186 awarded to John Landis Mason), as well as being the 174th birthday of someone we all know, who was awarded several patents, surprisingly even one for Improvement in Scrapbooks!?! As our latest quiz seems to be languishing try a warm up search to get the name of the patent holder, then try the quiz. Enjoy the views (and if all else fails there is snow in Montana to watch)



Sunday, November 29th, 2009 ~ The happiest of birthdays to Cheryl and Mary Quinn today! We all hope it's the start of a great year ahead for you. Looks like a beautiful day (even with the late start) out on the driveway ~ so enjoy the leftovers, or the feast that is happening in KY, the views and the last Sunday of November along with the cake today. Last word to Madeleine L'Engle who shares today as a birthday : "The great thing about getting older is that you don't lose all the other ages you've been"

Saturday, November 28th, 2009 ~ Still no snow here (or even poles along the driveway which has daily users of the driveway confused and a wee bit concerned about what the plow boys know that we don't) but in Indiana the snow guns have begun to fire... Today's cake is for the 427th Wedding Anniversary of William Shakespeare and Anne Hathaway (we think the traditional gift for that one may be dust...), and for the 47th birthday of Jon Stewart. It's also the 77th anniversary of the first sky writing demonstration in the US - Captain Cyril Turner wrote, at 10,000 ft, "Hello, U.S.A. Call Vanderbilt 7200" over Times Square in NY. So while having your cake ~

Friday, November 27th, 2009 ~ Off to a quilt show here....snow in the forecast....enjoy the views.... and the leftovers!

Thursday, November 26th, 2009 ~ Happy Thanksgiving! However you spend the day... watching parades (Macy's Parade starts at 9:30 AM), watching pumpkins being chucked about (there is a 2 hr special on it...8:00PM Science Channel), watching your waistline disappear, watching to find the one that got away or wagering on exactly how much pie can be eaten... we hope it's a wonderful day. And now, there are casseroles to cook before the turkey takes over the oven ~ Enjoy

Wednesday, November 25th, 2009 ~ There are yams baking in the oven ~ and a growing list of things a'waiting oven time. Hope your day is a good one, with lots of viewing sprinkled in around work, cooking, cleaning and whatever else fills your day. Leaving the Bambi Cam link here (turkeys (ones with feet and all) visit and are fun to catch online) ~ Enjoy ~

Tuesday, November 24th, 2009 ~ Happy Birthday to Cole today and happy last Tuesday of the month to us all. Hope everyone is enjoying the run up to Thanksgiving and in some good viewing news: Bambi and Friends Cam is back online! Enjoy ~

Friday, November 20th, 2009 ~ Running late, but hitting the road for a few days shortly...updates on a semi-regular basis?!? Enjoy the views ~

Thursday, November 19th, 2009 ~ And we're back ~ just in time for the 143rd anniversary of the Gettysburg Address, we hope you can take some time from viewing to read some Lincoln today. On this side of the driveway we'll be reading a little later as we have much viewing to do to catch up - penguins nesting, a newly found mountain link (!), the poinsettias in the greenhouse in full bloom...and we're still waiting for an answer to the quiz ~ Enjoy ~

Sunday, November 15th, 2009 ~ The PC is leaving before there is light enough for drivewaycam.. so drivewaycam is sleeping in (until Wednesday afternoon). But there are all the other views out there where ever you look. And for those of you (well, we've heard from at least 1) wrestling with the latest quiz ~ another hint has been added. The only thing left would be to give you the actual answers (and for a small donation.....) Enjoy the views!

Saturday, November 14th, 2009 ~ The PC is getting ready to head to St. Augustine tomorrow for a few days ~ so this is the last full day of driveway viewing until Thursday. There is still a lot of good weather and wave watching (check out yesterday's links below) out there and googling opportunities galore for our raison d'cake today ~ Ms. Louise Brooks ~ born 103 years ago today but always ahead of her time....



Friday, November 13th, 2009 ~ A VERY HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Grandma Scorse Today!!! We all hope it's a wonderful day and the start of an excellent year for her! And for all you paraskevidekatriaphobics out there under your beds... take your PC with you for some more great weather viewing today ~ all the links from yesterday plus a few great new ones today of the east coast (and don't forget the snow out west - (Utah's traffic cams in the mountains are fun) Without further ado: North Carolina Coast cam (with sound click here!), Ocean City Maryland, a beach in Delaware, another beach in Delaware, the Jersey shore I, and the Jersey shore II. Enjoy the views ~ and don't walk under any black cats today!!!! (click picture for some additional pictures)



Thursday, November 12th, 2009 ~ Interesting weather viewing out there today ~ from snow in the Plains to a Gale of November working it's way up the east coast. Check out the usual weather cams, traffic cams, your favorite outdoor location cams and the return of our favorite nor'easter cam and stay comfortable and dry while you enjoy whatever weather views you find ~



Wednesday, November 11th, 2009 ~ Have a good Veterans Day and enjoy all the views around and off the driveway on what is (sadly (since it means the PC is off at a meeting)) a few updates Wednesday ~

Tuesday, November 10th, 2009 ~ Happy 526th Birthday to Martin Luther, and amazingly it's been 40 years today since the premier of Sesame Street. It's also 34 years ago today that the Edmund Fitzgerald sank in Lake Superior. All of which provides a wide range of singing possibilities along with viewing today so whatever your preference ~ belt it out!

Monday, November 9th, 2009 ~ A new week of viewing is just getting underway on the driveway ~ and to celebrate it seems that the clock on drivewaycam has decided to sync up! If that doesn't just make your day it's also the birthday of Carl Sagan so break out the hundreds and thousands and be sure to sprinkle billions upon billions of them on your cake....

Sunday, November 8th, 2009 ~ A beautiful day in the neighborhood ~ while we're having a resurgence of spring here (it's been in the 60's) there is snow in Montana (to the delight of at least one viewer on this side of drivewaycam) ~ Enjoy the views where ever you look, and the day.



Saturday, November 7th, 2009 ~ A semi-busy Saturday is upon us ~ hope you enjoy all the action (?) on the driveway and of course all the views all over the place. Today's reason for cake (not that there has to be a reason) is in honor of the birthdays of Marie Curie (1867) and Albert Camus (1913). And now, on with the day...

Friday, November 6th, 2009 ~ It's a New Quiz Friday ~ and some snow could be in the forecast to boot. The Yankees parade is today - you may be able to catch some confetti on the NYC traffic web cams if you can't make it down there in person. (Route information here) It's also the birthday of Adolphe Sax (1814) - inventor of the Saxophone and, somewhat coincidentally, of John Philip Sousa (1854), who helped to make it an accepted instrument. And whether you are making noise for the Yankees today or blowing your own horn ~ enjoy the views.

Thursday, November 5th, 2009 ~ Happy Guy Fawkes Day!!! Election day followed by an all day meeting has wreaked havoc on driveway viewing lately ~ (sleeping in this morning didn't help either) but now it's back to the driveway! Comfy chairs ready? Beverage and snacks nearby? There are penguins to watch, cheeses are aging and some where snow is falling ~ Maybe even right here, on the driveway, is the rumor. Enjoy ~ and let's all be careful around the bonfires tonight...

Tuesday, November 3rd, 2009 ~ Polls open at 6:00 AM which means your local poll workers have to be there by 5:30 to get things ready. Surprise everyone and go vote today and get everyone you know to vote as well ~ predictions are for (generally) a small turn out (they are predicting no more than 35% here sadly) ~ so show "them" "they" don't know everything... Vote Early, Vote Often. It's an old refrain, but a good one!

Monday, November 2nd, 2009 ~ It's the start of National Epilepsy Awareness Month, a great time to check that link, google around, or call a friend to learn more about it. And in a now time honored tradition drivewaycam and the PC are bickering over the time change. Drivewaycam is pretty stubborn about changing so, until the differences are resolved, the timestamp on the pictures is 1 hr later than it should be..... But whatever time it is, it's a beautiful (and frosty) morning and should be an excellent day of viewing where ever and when ever you look.

Sunday, November 1st, 2009 ~ It's All Saint's Day here on the driveway and everywhere else for that matter. The Sistine Chapel, which was displayed for the first time on this date in 1512, still doesn't have a live ceiling cam, so we are reusing our link from Ought-Six to view it up-close. And it's exactly 999 days until the London Olympics Opening Ceremony in 2012 ~ so while you come down from, or get back on, a Halloween Sugar High you can check in and see how they are doing with the arrangements ~ Live Views here, and also here with lots of mostly live views here. Enjoy ~

Saturday, October 31st, 2009 ~ Boo!!! The wind and rain have come to visit for Halloween ~ who knows what will blow in with them! To keep in the Spirit of things here are some perfect links for creepy viewing and ghost hunting: watch for things that go bump in a haunted abandoned hospital, and a haunted library, and a haunted boiler room, and a haunted brewery(!), and a haunted old theater in England, and a ghost cam in Wales (on in our afternoon) or a haunted catacomb in Paris and find important things to know for Trick or Treating along with some ghastly jokes ... Have a delightfully frightful day, enjoy the views and be wary ~



Friday, October 30th, 2009 ~ All Hallows Eve eve and there is
snow in Denver to watch, pumpkins in the Pacific Northwest to keep an eye on, and Halloween about to happen all over the place! Here on the driveway, still bereft of pumpkins, we're doing a quick survey on favorite Halloween candy. Click on the one you prefer (vote early, vote often for) ~ Butterfingers; or Snickers; or Reese's; or Milky Way; or 100,000 Grand; or Kit-Kat; or All of the Previous...and more! And while you contemplate all of that ~ here's a web site that might as well have been made for drivewaycam: a site where nothing happens at all Enjoy ~

Thursday, October 29th, 2009 ~ October is racing out of here, and we hate to see it go. So pull up a chair, join us and don't miss a minute of the antepenultimate day action rolling on down the driveway, and rolling on down all of your favorite views too ~ (okay, it's also rolling on down your least favorite views, and depending on your favorite and least favorite views the action could, in fact, be rolling on up, but down (up?) that thorny path lies a headache, so back to the driveway!)


Wednesday, October 28th, 2009 ~ A fabulous rainy pre-Halloween day for reading, napping, or viewing is being interrupted on this end of the driveway by a meeting the PC has to attend. So please read, nap, and view for those of us who can't. And if you are pondering pumpkins ~ Try this link or check out extremepumpkins and for goodness sake don't forget it's National Chocolate Day ~ It's a health food after all and drivewaycam wants everyone to take care of their health! Enjoy the views, and the chocolate ~ With last words today to Whitey Ford: “You kind of took it for granted around the Yankees that there was always going to be baseball in October.” :)



Tuesday, October 27th, 2009 ~ Back and maybe even will get today's note updated, today?!? Let's hope so because it's Bob's birthday!!! Happy Birthday Bob!!!! And we wouldn't want to miss that ~ or any of the action out on the links. Speaking of links, Jack-o-lanterns are just a click away (thanks Pat!). We have no pumpkins yet here at Driveway Cam International [DCI], but are enjoying carving some online anyway ~ and you can too. Enjoy ~

Friday, October 23rd, 2009 ~ Drivewaycam will be keeping it's eye on the driveway, while some of us are off in Hartford at Stitches East ~ with any luck you'll have all driveway all weekend. Enjoy any and all of the views (and the game Saturday night... doesn't matter which side you are on, this has been a wildly entertaining series so far).

Thursday, October 22nd, 2009 ~ There is snow in parts of Maine this morning, and all sorts of weather everywhere you look for that matter. Here on the driveway it should be a quiet weather day, with a lot of running around out and back. And today is the 90th birthday of Doris Lessing ~ which makes it a perfect time for some cake along with all the leaf-peeping, weather hunting, penguin watching, moss growing, pumpkin peering views waiting for you. Enjoy ~

Wednesday, October 21st, 2009 ~ If it's one of those days where you feel you could just pop...it's not surprising. It's the birthday of Alfred Noble (1833), inventor of dynamite and other more powerful explosives, and the man who established the Noble Foundation. And, it's also the birthday of William Mitchell (1911) inventor of, among other things, Cool Whip, Tang, and Pop Rocks! Astoundingly neither man ever won the Nobel Prize. It's also the date way back in 1983 that the length of the meter was redefined. Going from one ten-millionth of the distance from the North Pole to the equator (a measurement we could all wrap our heads around) ~ to the distance that light travels in a vacuum in 1/299,792,458 of a second (more accurate sure, but the kind of measurement that can almost make your head explode) The antidote for all this popping? A dose of drivewaycam... Enjoy the views ~

Tuesday, October 20th, 2009 ~ It's October - so breathe it in deep, and today we'll enjoy watching leaves turn and fall and the pumpkin patch cams here and here just a while longer ~ "Even if something is left undone, everyone must take time to sit still and watch the leaves turn." - Elizabeth Lawrence

Monday, October 19th, 2009 ~ It's just another manic Monday on the driveway ~ but with luck not the manic that was Black Monday back in 1987.... However there are leaves to peep, penguins to watch, and Pumpkin Cams in the Pacific Northwest!! (be still my heart, why didn't someone tell me???) Enjoy watching pumpkin patch cams here and here ~

Sunday, October 18th, 2009 ~ Happy Alaska Day to our favorite 50th state! And Happy Anniversary to the Millers too, our favorite Millers of Oldham county. Hope it's a sunny day all around for us all. (it is here, so far, for your driveway viewing). Yesterday, while out wandering the links, there was a lot less sun around ~ there are some pictures out on this link (or you can click on the picture below) ~ and a lot more fog. But since grey skies have gone and cleared up (in most places)... Get out if you can, enjoy the leaves, the cooler air, the colors..... It's October! Enjoy the views ~



Saturday, October 17th, 2009 ~ Today is the birthday of the man who would bring us the famous words that are indelibly carved into the brains of all who encounter them... (no, not the tiny world song that shall not be mentioned) but the infamous Taca Taca Jump Jump and Mississippi Hot Dog!! Shinichi Suzuki was born on this date back in 1898 and his legacy lives on with Suzuki students all over the world ~ although we're not sure Mississippi cão quente, Hot-Dog von Mississippi, Mississippi warm hond, mississippi 'n boeth chi, mississippi hed hund, hot-dog de Mississippi, mississippi pylsa or even mississippi helteinen koira would have quite the same sticking ability that they do in English, and wonder if perhaps it was less about music and more about torture? In any case... play on! and enjoy the views ~

Friday, October 16th, 2009 ~ A very Happy Birthday to Donna today! Hope it's an eximious day for you Donna!! And it's the birthday of Noah Webster. Throw in that it's Feral Cat Day as well and even you ailurophobics out there should be sure to go enjoy, but don't nyaffle, cake and ice-cream through the nychthemeron of this natalitious celebration. Of course you don't want to xertz your drinks or collation either - that would just be rude. Okay, before this exsufflicates because of some solecism buried in the hippopotomonstrosesquipedalian attempt... enjoy the views!

Thursday, October 15th, 2009 ~ It was 149 years ago today that 11 year old Grace Bedell wrote to then presidential candidate Abraham Lincoln and suggested he let his whiskers grow. “You would look a great deal better for your face is so thin,” wrote Grace, “All the ladies like whiskers and they would tease their husbands to vote for you and then you would be President.” (He replied on October 19th, "As to the whiskers, having never worn any, do you not think people would call it a piece of silly affectation if I were to begin it now?" ) For whatever reason, within a month he grew a full beard. In honor of Ms. Bedell's correspondence, there is a new quiz which may just have you pulling your hair out. And now, on to the views ~

Wednesday, October 14th, 2009 ~ We'll try this again (the cable company knocked us off line again yesterday morning... we seem to be back... but I hate to type that out loud) ~ Welcome to Driveway Cam where hopefully it will be all driveway all day today. It's the birthday of one of drivewaycam's favorite's ~ e.e.cummings *AND* it's the 943rd anniversary of the Battle of Hastings! One led to the other of course, but you'll have to make of that what you will, since we have to get this uploaded before we disappear again. Enjoy the views ~ 10:30 This just in......THEY'RE BACK!!!! Seems they got back yesterday ~ Oh Happy Day



Tuesday, October 13th, 2009 ~ Drivewaycam was a little overwhelmed at being back online yesterday and fainted(?). But hopefully today it will be all driveway all the time. And speaking of time, that is something we can all do from an even playing field today because of The International Meridian Conference held in Washington DC in October 1884. The 25 countries represented there resolved on this day, among other decisions on universal time keeping, to adopt Greenwich as the universal meridian. Let's raise a toast (and maybe some tea) to Greenwich, and to one of the most civilized of "demands" to get the world to cooperate a little. (maybe you can catch more flies (and trains as it turns out) with honey...) "That the Conference proposes the adoption of a universal day for all purposes for which it may be found convenient and which shall not interfere with the use of local or standard time where desirable" ~



Monday, October 12th, 2009 ~ Happy Columbus Day! (whatever your current view of the guy is). We are back online after something (or someone?)(a rival driveway camera?) cut, or maybe gnawed, through our cable connection leaving drivewaycam off the grid for 4 days. (Sure, maybe it did cover up some running around that was better left off camera and maybe a Harlequin friend visited ... We'll never tell, and we haven't actually read The Golden City yet so we don't know how it ends....). Anyway, we're very happy to be back! And just in time to suggest we all take off a shoe and pound on a table in honor of Nikita Khrushchev's little temper tantrum at the UN 49 years ago today! Those were the days eh? Enjoy the views ~



Wednesday, October 7th, 2009 ~ The driveway has been in full view all day, amid the swirling trash (high winds and trash day, it never fails) but the daily update department fell asleep at the wheel (or something like that). Hope it was a good day where ever you are, out there, viewing us, right here. Leaf Peeping remains excellent what ever the weather ~ enjoy the views. ~ A couple of quick views of New York and Geogia this afternoon. Click on pictures for larger views~



Tuesday, October 6th, 2009 ~ A very happy Mad Hatter Day from this side of the driveway to that side ~ if you want to stop by for tea, please do ...if we don't come to the door check outside as croquet may be in progress...



Monday, October 5th, 2009 ~ It's the first Monday of October and you know what that means...that's right, the Supreme Court is going to have to take a break from all of their drivewaycam viewing and get to work. So the rest of us will have to pitch in, do our part, and double up on our viewing. Enjoy ~ (there is a new trial site below to start out the week, previous trial site has been retired)

Sunday, October 4th, 2009 ~ Never got yesterday's update out here but the camera was rolling (okay, it wasn't actually rolling so much as it was sitting there watching the world in all it's digital splendor(and yes, the word "it's" is a bit ambiguous and can mean either the world or drivewaycam or even yesterday's depending on your point of view (and isn't that what it's all about? the view?)))Speaking of which, it's always the right time of year for watching the day break (or end) across the country (it's not quite 1/2 way across yet, in rising this morning), perfect for when the action and adventure on the driveway just gets to be too much. Cake today is for Edward Stratemeyeror (his literary syndicate known, and loved, here at drivewaycam as Carolyn Keene) who brought mystery and adventure and Nancy Drew (among others) to all of us. Thank you Edward. Enjoy ~ All pictures are from this morning from air quality cam links here on drivewaycam, mouse over picture for location, click on them for larger view



Friday, October 2nd, 2009 ~ A very happy 59th Birthday to the Peanuts gang! The very first Peanuts comic strip, written by Charles M. Schulz, appeared in seven newspapers on October 2, 1950. And while we are on a literary cake binge (well, we could be) it is also the birthday of Graham Green and Jack Finney (he wrote The Body Snatchers among others). Have a great first Friday, enjoy the views along with all that cake and if you see the penguins show up please let us know....



Thursday, October 1st, 2009 ~ Welcome to October on the driveway! And to all the Bumps in the Night out there waiting for us!! A quick correction to yesterday's note, based on what I've learned during my steadily growing 4th Plinth addiction: Hour slots were/are open to any one from Britain (wouldn't have made the cut even if I had known about it). If you haven't checked it out you really should. It's amazingly strange. Check it here, The One and Other Project, any time day and night, rain and shine until October 14th. The crowds and their responses are as addicting as the performances. ...October is a fine and dangerous season in America. A wonderful time to begin anything at all. You go to college, and every course in the catalogue looks wonderful. ~ Thomas Merton ~

Wednesday, September 30th, 2009 ~ The last day of September finds us still looking for penguins to return, peeping at leaves, rushing to get our library cards (if you haven't what are you waiting for?), reading banned books and now...don't know how this almost slipped by....watching live performance 24/7 at Trafalgar Square during the The One and Other Project! (Thanks Catherine!!) This is almost as mesmerizing and addictive as Sequoia Cam or Heliocorder Cam. Since July 6th and until October 14th, Trafalgar Square has turned over the 4th Plinth to the Public (the world public that is). Anyone, anywhere, could apply for a 1 hour turn on the Plinth and on the internet. People were chosen, assigned their hour upon the Plinth and there has been no turning back. It's going on right now, and all the previous Plinthers and their hours have been archived. Wish we were there to go see some of it in person! But by cam is almost as good - check it out. (right after you get your library card and check out a banned book) If you aren't intrigued by this hour, check the next... :) Enjoy the leaves, the anticipation of the penguins, the plinth and of course all of the views ~


To sit alone in the lamplight with a book spread out before you, and hold intimate converse with men of unseen generations - such is a pleasure beyond compare. ~ Kenko Yoshida ~



Tuesday, September 29th, 2009 ~ Another rainy day here - perfect for indoor viewing and, of course, reading. Take your library card (we know you've gotten one by now, right?) to your local library and pick up a banned book to read! It is Banned Books Week (9/26 - 10/3) after all and what better way to celebrate than by reading one? Lists abound (online, at your library, etc) but here is one with a nice selection to chose from.


Our libraries are not cloisters for an elite. They are for the people, and if they are not used, the fault belongs to those who do not take advantage of their wealth. ~ Louis Dearborn L'Amour ~



Monday, September 28th, 2009 ~ Our much needed rain continues for your viewing entertainment, and works much better on a Monday ~ Library Card Sign up Month is almost a memory. Only 3 days left! If you haven't gotten yours yet there is no better time like the present to give yourself this gift. Very Happy Birthday cake all around for Catherine today ~ who gets 110011 candles on her cake. And more cake today, let's say 10 candles on this one, or only one if you keep blowing it out and re-lighting it, for Seymour R. Cray...


Libraries are community treasure chests, loaded with a wealth of information available to everyone equally, and the key to that treasure chest is the library card. I have found the most valuable thing in my wallet is my library card. ~ Former First Lady Laura Bush~



Sunday, September 27th, 2009 ~ A rainy start to the day (which seems unfair somehow on a Sunday) as September continues it's rush out of here. Happy Anniversary to Karen and Bob (34 is it????), Happy Birthday to Google (11 now, believe it or not), and if you are looking for something to do this afternoon check out the Yankees ~ game starts at 1:05 pm against the Red Socks, always a good time, and even if you don't like them (Pebble) you can enjoy hating them and you still get to see Jeter play! (and go for hit #2,74_??? ~ how can you not love this guy?) And, rumor has it, today is the anniversary of when Lou Gehrig hit his very first home run in his very first season with the Yankees, in 1923. Enjoy the game, and the views ~

Saturday, September 26th, 2009 ~ It's a beautiful autumn day here on the driveway ~ a great day for leaf peeping on or off line. It's also a great day for reading as it's T.S. Eliot's birthday ... so dust off your Prufrock and enjoy the views.


The time to read is any time: no apparatus, no appointment of time and place, is necessary. It is the only art which can be practiced at any hour of the day or night, whenever the time and inclination comes, that is your time for reading; in joy or sorrow, health or illness. ~ Holbrook Jackson ~



Friday, September 25th, 2009 ~ Not only is it the last Friday of the Month (!) it's also Earth Overshoot Day. To check on your contribution to our overshooting... check this quiz. And don't forget that Library Card Sign up Month is drawing to a close so get out there and get your card.


For we soon reap the fruits of literature in life, and prolonged indulgence in any form of literature in life leaves its mark on the moral nature of man, affecting not only the mind but physical poise and intonation. ~ Plato ~



Thursday, September 24th, 2009 ~ Happy Birthday to Greta and a Happy National Punctuation Day to us all! (thanks Pebble) ~ The celebration was started by Brad A. Virgule who was questioned, after exclaiming he had been marked by a con dashing by, as to his whereabouts during the period of the aforementioned dash...(oh alright, I'll stop [but I don't want to] sorry for the lapse). More punctuation: here or here ~ and enjoy the views.

Wednesday, September 23rd 2009 ~ It's all rhythm and blues today as we celebrate the birthdays of Ray Charles and the planet Neptune ~ the 'Father of Soul' was seen for the first time in Albany, Georgia on this date in 1930 and the eighth planet was seen for the first time by Johann Gottfried Galle at the Berlin Observatory in 1846. (it's location having been predicted mathematically by Urbain Joseph Le Verrier who noticed a disturbance in the rhythm of the orbit of neighboring planets). And it's a whole day of driveway today too, so put on some Ray Charles, sit back and enjoy the views ~



Tuesday, September 22nd 2009 ~ Are you ready? Ready to feel the balance? To begin the swirl into autumn? To start peeping at leaves? Well, you're in the right place and at the right time... The equinox will be here at 5:18 PM EDT today and the Leaf Peeping Link is back and here (or there, in the table) right now! Few updates on the driveway again today, but all the other views are out there waiting.... Enjoy ~

Monday, September 21st 2009 ~ Few updates Monday (a wee bit of harsh re-entry to the work week after a great vacation) ~ but there are lots of views out there on this last full day of summer waiting to be seen. [And if the end of summer is upsetting, remember it means that Penguin season approacheth so all is well!!!] Enjoy ~

Sunday, September 20th 2009 ~ We're back.... and off today to the Finger Lakes Fiber Arts Festival in Hemlock ~ will post pictures from the lake as soon as we get them developed. But now the quest is on to find some yarn and yarn fixin's and to watch some duck herding ~ If you're out and about today come on over to the festival....

Saturday, September 12th 2009 ~ Round 4 of "The Lake, Unplugged" starts today! For the next week, the Stupbaru and some of us will be down at the lake (love the way that sounds). However, you can still watch the driveway as the PC and drivewaycam are not allowed near the water. They don't mind, really, and they have agreed to keep running while we're gone to keep you up-to-date on all the driveway action (which will include, most likely, watching Jim party). We'll be back next weekend. Have a great week and enjoy the views!

Friday, September 11th 2009 ~ It's all about space and time today and making connections while moving through them, at seemingly ever increasing speeds. As we move on, a glance back... Birthday candles today for Sir James Hopwood Jeans an English physicist, astronomer, mathematician, and writer born in 1877, and for Jean-Maurice-Émile Baudot French engineer, for whom the baud, a unit of data transmission speed, is named, born in 1845. And anniversary candles for the first U.S. patent for a mail chute, back in 1883 (issued to J.G. Cutler of Rochester, N.Y.). And to the anniversary of the first utterance of "hang up and drive" ~ the first mobile long-distance car-to-car telephone conversation which took place between Houston, Texas and St. Louis, Missouri on this date in 1946. Forward or back, enjoy the views ~


If information is the currency of democracy, then libraries are its banks. ~ Wendell H. Ford ~



Thursday, September 10th 2009 ~ Another beautiful day rolls on down the driveway today ~ and today it's rolling in honor of the birthday of the very first (in a long line of them) Rin Tin Tin! The German Shepherd was born this day back in 1918 (he died August 10th 1932 but given the dread pirate roberts approach no one knew.....) Enjoy the views and if you are going to the library, and then out reading today....and why wouldn't you.... why not take your horse along with you!?! (or your German Shepherd if you don't have a horse)


Don't join the book burners. Don't be afraid to go in your library and read every book. ~ Dwight D. Eisenhower ~



Wednesday, September 9th 2009 ~ Happy 9-9-9!!!!!! Wish we could celebrate with you but it's a few updates Wednesday here on the driveway. However, that doesn't mean you can't enjoy the views here and what ever views you find out there today. If you get a chance, take your library card for a walk ... from one local branch to another ~


When I was young, we couldn't afford much. But, my library card was my key to the world. ~ John Goodman ~



Tuesday, September 8th 2009 ~ It's back to work and back to school and few updates Tuesday all in one...so if or when you can, wander the links, go to the library if you haven't already gotten a library card, or watch your favorite library online here. Or read about links or views or libraries but whatever you are back to (or up against) today ~ enjoy the views! ~


When I got my library card, that's when my life began. ~ Rita Mae Brown ~



Monday, September 7th 2009 ~ A very happy Labor Day to us all ~ Enjoy the day off if you have it off, and the views from inside or outside of work, and on or off the driveway. ~


My encouragement to you is to go tomorrow to the library. ~ Maya Angelou ~



Sunday, September 6th 2009 ~ Update 9:57PM ~ Well, while today was the day in 1847 writer Henry David Thoreau left Walden Pond and moved to Concord Mass, and the day that in 1899 evaporated milk was first canned by Carnation Milk, as well as being the day back in 1953 that television premieres in Canada with the opening of CBFT-TV in Montreal.... it's also the day that driveway cam's PC spent the day profoundly under the weather, as well as under the influence of some virus (don't worry, it's wasn't H1N1 (but you might want to wash your hands anyway)). However, just a short 13 hrs or so later, things seem to be in fairly good order. Here's hoping tomorrow is a better day. Hope you got some reading in today and Happy 60th!!! to Ms. Connie ~


Outside of a dog, a book is man's best friend. Inside of a dog it's too dark to read. ~Groucho Marx



Saturday, September 5th 2009 ~ It's an excellent day for reading... not only is it a Saturday, it's also the anniversary of the publishing of On the Road back in 1957 and of Dr. Zhivago in 1958! So rush on down to your library, and get your card if you don't have one ~ check out a book, stop rushing around and settle into it, wherever and whenever you can. (Time and place don't matter for reading, they're relative in the confines of this universe and are always changing anyway) Speaking of universes (hmmm, by definition is that even possible?) today's driveway is brought to you by this one ~ and by the number 33,289,150,146. Enjoy the views ~


A book is a garden, an orchard, a storehouse, a party, a company by the way, a counselor, a multitude of counselors. ~ Henry Ward Beecher ~



Friday, September 4th 2009 ~ It's Friday, before a holiday, and the weather is spectacular 'round these parts. Perfect for viewing the driveway and if it's not perfect weather where you are, it's a perfect day for wandering the links ~ and of course, any weather is perfect for going to the library ~ Enjoy the views, wherever you are, and the books! (and if you feel the need to punish yourself, click here for yesterday's groaner)(astoundingly, someone asked....) :)


I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library. ~ Jorge Luis Borges ~
(which will have a card catalog to get lost in ~ Anon ~ )



Thursday, September 3rd 2009 ~ Today is the 104th anniversary of the birthday of Carl David Anderson who in 1936 discovered the positron, the first known particle of antimatter. For some extra energy today have some hor d'oeuvres on common grazing land instead of birthday cake ~ and oh the antics that will ensue! (work on it a bit... and yes, I am anticipating the groans) Meanwhile, Library Card Sign up Month continues to roll down the driveway, along with all the sunshine, so get out there and use (or get) your library card ~


Here is where people, One frequently finds, Lower their voices And raise their minds. ~ Richard Armour ~



Wednesday, September 2nd 2009 ~ The 2nd day of Library Card Sign up Month is upon the driveway ~ and it's the middle of the week to boot! So take a break from driveway viewing today, put on your boots and march on down to the library ~ if you already have a card, take it with you (they love to travel) and use it, or sign up for one when you get there. Take your sun glasses too, just in case, because it was 150 years ago today that there was a geomagnetic mega-storm that caused Northern Lights so bright, just before dawn, that even people as far south as Cuba were reading by them! And while out, you might want to also stroll past an ATM as well since it's the 40th anniversary, today, of America's first ATM being installed in New York. So take your debit card along with you too for the celebration (it will be almost as happy as your library card) ~ The driveway will be here when you get back ~


The closest we will ever come to an orderly universe is a good library. ~ Ashleigh Brilliant ~



Tuesday, September 1st 2009 ~ Just 243 days ago the year got underway and now boom(!), suddenly(?) it's September which means of course that it's Library Card Sign up Month! If you don't have yours, what are you waiting for??? Get thee to a library and sign up. And while you're there check out a cookbook (or 2) because it's also National Rice Month and National Mushroom Month ~ Enjoy the views ~


Without libraries what have we? We have no past and no future. ~ Ray Bradbruy ~



Monday, August 31st 2009 ~ The very last day of August is prancing about the driveway today. Some tales say it's a bonus day - they claim August (named after Augustus) originally had only 30 days, but since July (named for Julius) had 31 days, August was lengthened to 31, preventing anyone from claiming that Emperor Augustus was saddled with an inferior month. True or not, it's supposed to be mostly sunny this 31st and not too hot ~ so it's a good day for prancing. And for driving as it turns out. Today is the 110th anniversary of the first car to ever make the drive to the top of Mt. Washington. It was the (very "green") Stanley Steamer and you never know, one may just boil-on-by either the driveway or Mt. Washington today..... (well, it could happen)

Sunday, August 30th 2009 ~ Last Sunday of the month, served up in 10 minute slices (and always good with a scoop of ice-cream). Enjoy ~

Saturday, August 29th 2009 ~ Thursday's quiz got answered late yesterday and the Discovery launched even later last night at 11:59 ~ night launches are always so pretty and this was no exception. Check for sightings in your area as it catches up to, and docks with, the International Space Station (you can catch them as they zip along, before Discovery returns on the 10th) While watching for passing space vehicles overhead, you might want to ponder this ~ today is only the 116th anniversary of one of the steps necessary towards making space flight possible..... The first patent for a zipper. In 1893, U.S. patent No. 504,038 was issued to Whitcomb L. Judson for The "Clasp Locker", later to become known as the "Zipper". :)

Friday, August 28th 2009 ~ Today is the 179th anniversary of the demonstration, and an impromptu race against a horse drawn carriage, of America's first steam locomotive, the Tom Thumb. Designed and built by Peter Cooper it wow'd the spectators even if it didn't win the race because of a slight technical glitch (slipped a belt, hate when that happens). Hitting breakneck speeds of 18 mph it made the return trip of 13 mile trip in 57 minutes! [Mr. Cooper, as visitors to our Jell-o Museum can attest, is also known for, among other things, getting the patent for the first powdered gelatin dessert.] The shuttle Discovery, also dealing with technical glitches, could launch tonight at 11:59:39 PM, if the valve closes and the weather holds...(to get into orbit the shuttle will be hitting the breakneck speed of 18,000 mph) There is a meeting at noon to make the final decision to fuel and launch, or not. Again, you can watch and listen here. Hoping for thumbs up here's to a great Friday ~ Enjoy the views ~

Thursday, August 27th 2009 ~ A slow day on the driveway leaves a lot of time for surfing ~ which is good because there is a new quiz and you're going to enjoy digging around for this one........ (Discovery is still on track to lift off at 12:22 AM, and you can watch and listen here starting around 2:00 this afternoon I believe)

Wednesday, August 26th 2009 ~ It may be the 26th but today's driveway is brought to you by the number 19. It was 89 years ago today that the 19th amendment to the constitution was adopted where upon: The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex. Well done - Sister Suffragettes! And our thanks to Tennessee, the 36th state to ratify said amendment, by 1 vote, giving the 2/3rds majority needed. Thanks to Mississippi too for finally coming around and voting to ratify the amendment in 1984 only 64 years after it was adopted. :) Fingers crossed ~ NASA is targeting space shuttle Discovery for a launch attempt Friday morning at 12:22 a.m.

Tuesday, August 25th 2009 ~ The Shuttle Launch didn't happen early this morning but it's going to try again this evening for a lift off at 1:10 AM ~ You can watch and listen here starting late afternoon, and/or here (which is our usual countdown clock link below). It was exactly 400 years ago today, on 25 August 1609, that astronomer and philosopher Galilei Galileo showed Venetian merchants his new creation, a telescope – the instrument that was to bring him both scientific immortality and, of course, a whole lot of trouble. His telescope could magnify objects twenty times, and with it, he was able to look at the moon, discover the four satellites of Jupiter, observe a supernova, verify the phases of Venus, and discover sunspots. And helped us on to the road to these: click here and enjoy the views.

Monday, August 24th 2009 ~ Today's ice-cream and cake is brought to you by Bogdan who has graciously agreed to have his birthday this very day!! Thank you Bogdan and Happy Birthday!!! we all hope it's a lovely day and the start of an excellent year ahead for you. And without further ado (as we go in search of cake and ice-cream) it's on with the day and the driveway, in 10 minute slices ~

Sunday, August 23rd 2009 ~ The happiest of birthdays to Ms. Chuk today!!! (this is us waving to you Chuk) Hope it's a good one!!!! Forgot to turn drivewaycam off last night so it's been clicking away all morning ~ and it still has it's eye on the sky so we'll leave it and come back to earth tomorrow. Hurricane Bill is off the New England coast heading for Nova Scotia and Newfoundland today - might be some good waves to watch at the lighthouse and/or in and around Newfoundland before it heads back out into the Atlantic. If you are in it's vicinity ~ hang on to your hats and be careful out there! (actually that's true no matter where you are)

Saturday, August 22nd 2009 ~ After a window rattling storm yesterday caused the peacock on the window above drivewaycam to crash down on drivewaycam ....the first view back was of the clouds and it seemed like a good view to make up for such a trying day ~ so we've left drivewaycam with it's eye in the clouds for a while. And it is a good day for looking up ~ it's Ray Bradbury's 89th birthday! Grab one of his books, some dandelion wine and enjoy the views up, down and on the pages ~ Last words to Mr. Bradbury "Jump, and you will find out how to unfold your wings as you fall."

Friday, August 21st 2009 ~ It is not only the 50th anniversary of Hawaii becoming our 50th state it's also the birthday of Christopher Robin (the son of AA Milne, and inspiration for the Winnie the Pooh stories) ~ and it's a Friday. It doesn't get any better than that (unless you include some cake, hmmm.... with some honey of course, and some pineapple, and, coincidentally, there is exactly that if you click on the picture). Enjoy the views ~



Thursday, August 20th 2009 ~ Today is the 98th anniversary of the first cable message to be sent around the world from the U.S. by commercial telegraph ~ sent from New York City, at 7:00PM - it was received back at 7:16PM (must have made all of it's connections). The momentous message read "This message sent around the world." Another message (that could afford to swap succinctness for a bit of whimsy) was sent out 32 years ago today ~ when Voyager II launched to explore the giant gaseous planets — Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune. It did that and more, and is still sailing out there exploring and sending data back! (currently racing away at more than 38,000 miles per hour, it takes over 12 hrs (at the speed of light mind you) for messages sent from Voyager II, at the edge of the solar system, to be received on Earth) But we do love still getting postcards from it's trip! (click on picture for greeting details)



Wednesday, August 19th 2009 ~ While the driveway seems pretty attached to the ground this morning... it is Orville Wright's birthday, so enjoy your front row seat for watching the day take off. And enjoy the latest view from Kitty Hawk along with some cake and ice-cream too ~

Tuesday, August 18th 2009 ~ Good Luck to Lydia today as she heads off to College!!!! (We all wish we were going with you Lydia!) And a Happy Birthday to Delores (Pat) Beedle with a special salute of webbed-feet by all the gorsen-spotted ducks ~ Meanwhile, the heat wave is supposed to break here today with the clash of thundery downpours. You'll no doubt want a shawl while you view as the temperatures plummet to 85. :)

Monday, August 17th 2009 ~ Don't know where Sunday went (figuratively or literally for that matter... where do days go?) but Monday is here and so is the driveway. This little drivewaycam viewer did not make it up for the sky show this morning, but a few of you did (how do you do that?) and Drew even sent in a picture for all of us who didn't get to see it! Thanks Drew!!! Today is also Lexi's first day of (pre)school and her first first day of school picture is here and in the family section - you'll love it! And before Monday disappears and wanders to wherever they wander to.... Enjoy the views! [click picture for larger view, or just scroll on down for the driveway]



Saturday, August 15th 2009 ~ Smack dab in the middle of the month, and it's National Relaxation Day. So sit back, put your feet up, enjoy the views and have some cake today for Lawrence of Arabia (or Thomas Edward Lawrence, whose reported birthday is today, though most often celebrated on the 16th), and Peter (Calvert Leary) Hodgson (he's not the man who invented silly putty, but the one who figured out what it was good for, named it, packaged it in plastic eggs and became a millionaire). Now get out there and Relax!! [Especially you Hannah, with love and best wishes for a speedy recovery from your surgery - rest, relax, and feel better soon!]

Friday, August 14th 2009 ~ Another steamy day on the driveway, as summer seems to have finally gotten here. Today is, by a proclamation made back in 1982, National Navajo Code Talkers Day ~ want to try your hand at it? There is a dictionary here. And just in case it gets too hot watching the driveway, you can take a break with a view of a water slide in Idaho ~

Thursday, August 13th 2009 ~ A quiet day on the driveway... but add a dash of a couple of trips out and back, a pinch of evaporation (live, before your eyes!), a splash of whatever wanders by with a twist of other views and it should be a very pleasant day all around.

Wednesday, August 12th 2009 ~ We would be remiss if we didn't at least offer a nod to the 28th anniversary today of the introduction of the IBM PC. While it had less computing power than most cell phones these days it certainly changed the world (for good or for bad is still up for debate) and led us to driveway cam (which we put in the good column). Today is also the birthday of that world famous feline aficionado Erwin Schrödinger, born back in 1887. And perhaps some reverential zebra cakes(?) are in order in remembrance of the 126th anniversary of the day the Quagga became extinct ~ (well sure roll your eyes, but they aren't actually made out of zebras.....) Enjoy - and a Happy first day back to school for all of you out there enjoying that particular activity!

Tuesday, August 11th 2009 ~ The birthday sheep are out to wish Marty a very Happy Birthday today!!!! And a treat for all of us today as the Perseid meteor shower, currently underway, peaks early (early!) tomorrow morning, on Wednesday, August 12th. They say the best time to look is during the dark hours before dawn on Wednesday morning ~ so get settled in your backyard's most comfortable chair with a cup of hot chocolate or coffee, or stop by, we'll be out back. However ~ earlier viewing works too, starting around 9PM looking NE, if 2AM viewing doesn't call out to you. From http://spaceweather.com/: The Perseid meteor shower is about to peak. The show begins after sunset on Tuesday, August 11th, and continues until the sun rises on Wednesday, August 12th. A time of particular interest is 0800-0900 GMT (1-2 a.m. PDT) on the 12th. That's when Earth is expected to pass through a denser-than-usual filament of dust from Perseid parent Comet Swift-Tuttle. Forecasters are unsure what will happen, but some have speculated that meteor rates could surge as high as 200 per hour. Bright moonlight will blot out many of those Perseids, but even a fraction of 200 is a good show.

Monday, August 10th 2009 ~ A quiet Monday on the driveway to ease everyone out of the weekend ~ today is the 120th anniversary of the birthday of Charles Brace Darrow (08/10/1889), who invented the board game ~ Monopoly. Not only the most popular board game of *ALL* time, it also helped defend the free world! (as well as cause all sorts of skirmishes when ever it is played.....) So enjoy the views and a game of Monopoly as a Great Escape from the Monday blues ~

Sunday, August 9th 2009 ~ Today is the 155th anniversary of the day Walden was published, and in it's honor, there are mountains (here and below) , and woods, and of course the beauty and the splendor of the driveway. Enjoy the views and or read the book ~ with the last word to Mr. Thoreau ~ "On tops of mountains, as everywhere to hopeful souls, it is always morning".

Saturday, August 8th 2009 ~ And drivewaycam is back ~ just in time for Saturday's views...there may be some trips out and then back, there may be some grass cut, and as it's National Frozen Custard Day there will probably be a trip to Abbott's. (Find where to get frozen custard near you here). It's also National Zucchini Day (aka "Sneak Some Zucchini onto Your Neighbor's Porch Day") so share the wealth (and the green baseball bats you have growing in your garden) with wild abandon ~

Tuesday, August 4th 2009 ~ Driveway cam is taking a couple of days off while the PC wanders to a meeting ~ however since the Stuparu will be out of the driveway and the Hyundai parks in the garage it would just be a view of a mostly empty driveway and that would just be silly.... So, enjoy the views of the moss growing, the volcanic islands eroding, the wind blowing, and the lightblubs glowing till driveway cam returns! But if you need a parked car fix (and really, who doesn't), driveway cam has your back and you can always check in here and here and here

Monday, August 3rd, 2009 ~ The first Monday of the month, in all it's splendor, on the driveway ~
a little housekeeping over the weekend, the Egg Tote link was retired in favor of that great view of Newfoundland from yesterday. And a quick Happy Birthday and very big Thank You to Elisha Otis - born in 1811 - the inventor of the device that allows some people (you know who you are) to enjoy jumping up and down while riding up and down...



Sunday, August 2nd, 2009 ~ A little rain for the 2nd day of the month, keeping the tradition of June and July alive. Which leaves lots of time to enjoy sitting and watching it rain, or checking out views where it's not raining. Like in Newfoundland for instance... a classic drivewaycam view if ever there was one. Back in 1880, on August 2nd, Parliament officially adopted Greenwich Mean Time (GMT). Took 4 more years but eventually the entire world would adopt it, replacing the concept of local time (we had 300 local times just in the US)with the 24 time zones. (plus the offset time zones where time runs a little differently...check out the time on the Newfoundland cam) Whatever the time or the weather, enjoy the views ~

Saturday, August 1st, 2009 ~ And just that fast it's August on the driveway. (as well as almost every where else (one has to allow for all possibilities)). Hope your month gets off to a great start. Take a deep breath and dive in. (The oxygen in that breath being first identified 235 years ago today by Joseph Priestley, who called it "dephlogisticated air".) And now, on to the driveway ~

Friday, July 31st, 2009 ~ The last day of National Blueberry Month has arrived ~ and with it comes the last time to find our thrill.... by checking out Blueberry Hill. It is also the birthday of Stephanie Kwolek born in 1923, and is the inventor of Kevlar. And it is the 219th (!) anniversary of the first U.S. patent being granted. (to Samuel Hopkins of Vermont for a process for making potash and pearl ashes) With such little time left in the month - here's a 3 minute blueberry cake for the celebrations ~ and for cognitive-ations (also goes perfectly with ice cream and driveway viewing)

Thursday, July 30th, 2009 ~ Keep an eye out for Jimmy Hoffa, last seen leaving the Machus Red Fox Restaurant in the backseat of a maroon 1975 Mercury Marquis Brougham - it's 34 years ago today that he disappeared, may be time for him to wander back. (However, if you see him on the driveway... let me know, please!) It's also the 77th anniversary today of the premiere of the very first Technicolor cartoon which then became the first Academy Award winning cartoon ~ Walt Disney’s Flowers and Trees. So get some popcorn, and Enjoy ~



Wednesday, July 29th, 2009 ~ It's Rain Day in Waynesburg, PA where for 110 of the last 134 July 29ths...it's rained. You can watch their weather here to see if they make it 111 out of 135! We are due for 'thundery downpours' here as well, which you can watch along with us on the driveway of course, or at any other viewing locations around town (this link, or click on Opus above), or find where it's raining around the world for that matter. And you won't (hopefully) even need an umbrella...

Tuesday, July 28th, 2009 ~ Rumor has it the temperature is going up to the high 80's today ~ of the usual 36 days of 80 or above that we normally have during June and July, this will be our 6th. Makes it a perfect day to grab some ice tea, a fan and enjoy the views from the veranda. While fanning yourself will keep you cool, remember *how* you fan yourself can speak volumes in the secret language of fans!? Want to know more about fans...you can read all about fans, all over the place. If it gets too hot and you find yourself in London, Paris or (somehow) in Healdsburg, CA you can stop into the Hand Fan Museums there (or visit via their links here). Where ever the day and the views take you, enjoy ~

Monday, July 27th, 2009 ~ Monday! Monday! Get yer last Monday of the month served up right here, on the driveway ~ ('round these parts we like our Monday driveway viewing ala mode but as always the driveway goes well with any regional favorites)

Sunday, July 26th, 2009 ~ The Flamingo Fling Recovery Program is, or will be, in full operation we're sure (they seemed ready to go on partying long after Bman-cam shut down for the night). So we'll whisper this morning a Happy Birthday to Aldous Huxley! And while we're whispering.... Orwell seems to be influencing the celebrations too ~ as it's the 101st anniversary of the creation of the FBI and the 62nd anniversary of the day President Truman signed the National Security Act, which created the Department of Defense, the National Security Council, the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and the Central Intelligence Agency... With all of them keeping their eyes on us, don't forget to keep your eye on the driveway and the last day of the Blueberry Art Festival ~

Saturday, July 25th, 2009 ~ All the hustle and bustle yesterday on Bman's temporary Coycam was fun to watch and left us worn out (excellent lawn painting Bman!!). Wish we could be there for the almost world famous Flamingo Fling being Flung there this very day! If you can't be there either, put on your proudest pink attire, mix a bucket of pink lemonaid, (or a tub of either flamingo-ritas or flamingo-tinis), pull up a chair and join us online as we savor the fabulous festivities from afar. (it's a faux fling! (but a fling none-the-less)) And if all that pink gets to your retinas, take a blue break and drop in on the 2nd day of the Blueberry Art Festival. Or check back in on the driveway, always here to help you achieve balance in your day, and in your cones and rods!
:)

Friday, July 24th, 2009 ~ The last weekend of July, and of National Blueberry Month, is upon us ~ and with it comes the Blueberry Art Festival in Ely, Minnesota. Starting today, it will last all weekend and if you can't get there, you can at least check in via web cam. Today is also the 112th anniversary of Amelia Erhart's birthday, first woman to fly across the Atlantic alone, the 40th anniversary of the return of the first men to have walked on the moon, and the 55th anniversary of the sound of a human voice being heard for the first time after reflecting off the moon and traveling the same 500,000 mile loop the astronauts would 15 years later. Wonder if we could be the first drivewaycam to bounce off the moon... 'til then, enjoy the views ~

Thursday, July 23rd, 2009 ~ And while yet another rainy day on the driveway will surprise no one ~ we do have a surprise today... The Return of Coy Cam!!! Temporary but many thanks to Brannaman and his PC (both of whom are visiting the wilds of Aunt Cherylville) as we will now get to watch the preparations the rest of this week and the 2009 Flamingo Fling this weekend!!!! Just click on the Bman button below for all the action ~ Enjoy! Click picture for larger view



Wednesday, July 22nd, 2009 ~ William Archibald Spooner would have been 165 today had he not up and died back in 1930. Small in stature and an albino (so they say), he lectured in history, philosophy, and divinity at Oxford University but his claim to fame is in being the father of Spoonerisms. And today is Spoonerism Day in his honor. So, take a break from your day, and your viewing, to read some wonderful examples of spoonerisms ~ Prinderella and the Since, Beeping Sleauty, The Pea Little Thrigs, Ali Theeva and the Forty Babs, or Goldybear and the Three Locks and have a gray date ~

Tuesday, July 21st, 2009 ~ Another somewhat quiet day on the driveway ~ which makes it a good day to take a look around Rochester (click here, and always available on Opus up above), or to wander through your favorite views, or (and this is our personal favorite here at the offices of drivewaycam internationl) nap. However the day unfolds, enjoy ~ (Drivewaycam's driveway cam would like to point out it doesn't nap, unlike the ne'er-do-well office staff, and it will be keeping an eye on the driveway for you all day)

Monday, July 20th, 2009 ~ It was forty years ago today..... and while all sorts of people still love to argue we never went to the moon, here's hoping that in 40 more years we'll have pictures of someone looking at us from Mars. If the sky is clear tonight try to get out, look up and enjoy the views ~



Sunday, July 19th, 2009 ~ The Happiest and Most Wonderful of Birthdays today to Miss Lexi who is turning 4 today!!!! It's also the 210th anniversary of the discovery of the Rosetta Stone and it also happens to be the 3rd Sunday of July which is National Ice Cream Day!!!! Established by President Reagan back in 1984, he stated that this holiday should be observed with "appropriate ceremonies and activities." ~ It's our patriotic duty to get out there and partake of some of those appropriate activities right now, for Lexi and for the Gipper! (For you Louisville viewers, Bruster’s Ice Cream in Lyndon is celebrating with an ice-cream eating contest today). Whatever your favorite flavor, enjoy the cones and the views ~

Saturday, July 18th, 2009 ~ Today is the birthday of John Glenn, first American Astronaut to orbit the earth in 1962. It's also the birthday of Victor Gruen , the architect who taught us all how to orbit parking lots 10 years earlier as he developed the Shopping Mall - the first one was built in 1952 at Northland in Detroit.(there are some great pictures of it at that link). (He is also the designer of Rochester's Midtown Mall among many others). And while National Blueberry Month is keeping us busy (and full), it's also National Horseradish Month and National Hot Dog Month which seems a happy coincidence, as well as National Veggie Dog Month ~ so everyone can get out there and celebrate! Have a delicious weekend and enjoy the views ~

Friday, July 17th, 2009 ~ A very Happy Anniversary to Aunt Joyce and Roger today! And a Happy Friday to the rest of us ~ Blueberry month is racing by, so many blueberries so little time. Here is just one site with enough recipes to keep you tinged blue until next July. Either one (or both) of these 2 cake recipes (cake 1) (cake 2) will make you a star and have taste buds popping out of their seats! And to add to today's celebrations and reasons for cake (not that reasons are needed for cake), on this date in 1850, the Harvard Observatory took the very first photograph(daguerreotype) of a star ~ Vega while in 1920 Nils Bohlin (Swedish engineer who invented the familiar three-point lap and shoulder seatbelt) was born. Fasten your seatbelts and enjoy the views ~



Thursday, July 16th, 2009 ~ The shuttle lifted off (and you can watch it wander the sky by checking times here) ~ and the Clores launched their way towards KY this morning, you can watch for them along the way here. The quiet is a bit deafening here on the driveway.... good time to catch up on all your other favorite views ~

Wednesday, July 15th, 2009 ~ Harry Potter was excellent, but we're still sleeping it off (hence the screwed up first picture of the day). Today the Clore visit winds down, not sure what all will going on, but you'll know almost as soon as we do (and as soon as we all wake up). So enjoy the views on this beautiful Wednesday on the driveway ~ and watch for the shuttle which is due (yet again) to lift off at 6:00 this evening!

Tuesday, July 14th, 2009 ~ Today is Bastille Day #220! It's France's national holiday that commemorates the storming of the Bastille in 1789. Take time out from your storming to watch the fireworks and celebration in Paris ~ You can use any of the Where's Haydon links (on the previously page) or go straight to the center of it all at the Eiffel Tower. Here we will be storming the cinema late (late) tonight (early (early) tomorrow!) to see the premier of Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince ~ Enjoy the day and of course let's all eat some cake!!!!

Monday, July 13th, 2009 ~ Another busy day on the driveway and in the yard, not sure where the day will take us but you'll see us as we continue to sally forth (and of course as we bring sally back) ~

Sunday, July 12th, 2009 ~ Don't know what we are doing today, but the driveway will be busy... Lindsey is coming back to visit today, Jim is coming back from Hartford, we will be out and about, back, out, and back again. There may even be some badminton later so sit back and enjoy the views ~

Saturday, July 11th, 2009 ~ As Hannah and Lydia head west and south, Amy is heading north and east! You can watch for them here (1) and then here(2) and of course here(3) (girl's route is 1,2,3 ~ Amy's route is 3,2,1). There is more of the garage sale today so the street will be hopping and here is a look at what happens when you mix cousins with waterfalls!!! (click pictures for bigger view (if you dare))



Friday, July 10th, 2009 ~ While we are out running around there is a neighborhood garage sale going on to keep the views here hopping ~ Enjoy the views and have a great Friday ~

Thursday, July 9th, 2009 ~ It's a beautiful day in the neighborhood ~ catch us and the views when you can!

Wednesday, July 8th, 2009 ~ I don't know what I did to yesterday's drivewaycam page, but apparently it wasn't there (even though I thought it was) So, here is today's: We had a flurry of museums yesterday, with quick runs through the Science Museum and the Museum of Play with a lovely stop in the Butterfly House. Pictures are being gathered and will be posted, really, at some point. We're hoping today's weather is better than yesterday's and who knows maybe we can even do something outside? Lindsey's all too quick stay is ending today but we look forward to seeing her again ~ Hope your Wednesday is a good one, and now... on with the driveway ~

Tuesday, July 7th, 2009 ~ Busy day yesterday, at the Corning Museum of Glass, brings us to a little less running around today ~ Hope to get some pictures posted very soon, mean time here are a couple shots from yesterday at the Museum with our new friends Lindsey and her mom Penny (while we waited for the all clear to go back into the building (slight evacuation due to fire?)), Bman and Lydia getting ready to sandblast, and a tower made of casserole dishes! ~ Enjoy the views ~ (click for bigger views)



Monday, July 6th, 2009 ~ Happy Birthday Mark, you OLD man you!!!! Hope you have a great day!!!!!! :) We had the 1st round of Putt-Putt (Bman, Lydia and Emily each got a Hole-in-One and Lydia won a free game when her 2nd one was on the 18th hole!) and we had the 2nd round of Abbott's yesterday ~ More running around and probably more Abbott's today, in honor of the Birthday Boy of course!! Pictures posted at some point. Enjoy the views ~

Sunday, July 5th, 2009 ~ Late day getting started on the driveway (fireworks hangovers don't cha know) ~ enjoy the views, it's a beautiful day, and we'll be out of here sometime today for putt-putting.

Saturday, July 4th, 2009 ~ A very Happy 4th of July birthday to Ellie!!!!!! We all wish her a most wonderful day and year ahead!!And a Happy Birthday to the country too of course! It's also the day that the earth is the farthest away from the sun all year so Happy Aphelion too!!!!
Now, without further delay, let the picnics / cookouts / parades / fireworks begin ~ and to help celebrate check out the newest cam on our block:



Friday, July 3rd, 2009 ~ 4 Clores, (and AuntCheryl to go?)... The Clore Quartet (Hannah,Lydia,Haydon,Bman) is wending it's way to Columbus to meet up with Aunt Cheryl and then onward (ever onward) to our driveway for the 4th! We are tickled red, white and blue in anticipation of their arrival. Start checking in after 5:30(ish?)PM to see it live (as live as pictures in 10 minute intervals can be). The rest of the day will be trips in and out with much sallying forth (and back) as supplies are gathered for the occasion! Have a very good Friday, grab some blueberries(It's National Blueberry Month after all) and enjoy the views ~

Thursday, July 2nd, 2009 ~ Haydon is on his way home!!! Check that link to watch the flight. Meanwhile on the driveway, more rain and yet another thunderstorm on this the anniversary of the birth of Marcel-Alexandre Bertrand, who introduced the theory that some mountains were formed by the folding of the Earth's crust and who developed the orogenic wave theory, as well as the birthday of Hermann Hesse. And in case you weren't sure, we've reached the half-way point in the year(!)(got here pretty quickly didn't it?). (best way to slow that down is to settle back, and enjoy the views)

Wednesday, July 1st, 2009 ~ Welcome to July on the driveway! More rain is in store today (big surprise) ~ the soggy June that just ended was the 4th wettest June on record. We're not wanting a repeat for July, but you'll see how it turns out almost as soon as we will! Haydon's last day in England is being spent in part at Stonehenge. Haven't found any web cams there but all of the London links are below in the Monday and Tuesday notes if you want to try for a last minute catch of him online. And if you are wondering, and who isn't, how DID they move those 50 ton stones into place at Stonehenge, click the picture below. Enjoy the views ~



Tuesday, June 30th, 2009 ~ Sure do hate to see NAAM come to an end, but end it must. Here is a link to polka music 24/7 to help ease you out of National Accordion Awareness Month and into July. And one last picture to re-emphasize our belief that the Tango of Terror is more than plausible ~ There are a lot more accordion goings on in DC than you'd think! Click on the picture for a last (and no doubt rousing) round of Accordion Hero this month!
And as the month slowly drifts out of here a very Happy Birthday to Louise who is turning 90 (is our guess) out there somewhere :)

Today Where's Haydon is doing the guided tour of London including, at the very least, the following: Big Ben; Piccadilly Circus Up Close and Streaming; Piccadilly Circus; Piccadilly Circus Up Close. With all of the London Links for extra chances at finding him down in yesterday's note. And now, on with the very last chance of June viewing this year ~

Monday, June 29th, 2009 ~ Where has National Accordion Awareness Month gone? Only 2 days left - we'll have to cram a whole lot of awareness into them! So, what is the difference between an accordion player and a terrorist? Easy, terrorists have sympathizers! More accordion jokes here ~ Where's Haydon is racing to St Pancras in London aboard the Eurostar (thru the Chunnel) today. There are a lot of web cams in London and many are ones with views good enough that it may actually be possible to catch a site of him! Known Stops for Tuesday: Big Ben; Piccadilly Circus Up Close and Streaming; Piccadilly Circus; Piccadilly Circus Up Close. Possible Stops Anytime: Trafalgar Square; Trafalgar Square Streaming; Oxford Circus; Oxford Circus Streaming; Hyde Park Corner; Covent Garden; More Covent Garden/Belushi's; Abbey Road; Sussex Gardens; The Eye ~ and of course All of their Traffic Cams! And this one is just interesting to watch ~ From the Top of the Monument to the Great Fire of London. Enjoy the views ~

Sunday, June 28th, 2009 ~ There is a new link (to Ellie!) on the family pages today. Also hope you have been having a good time finding Haydon on his last day in Paris ~ all the links are in yesterday's note ~ we're so jealous we could spit but have enjoyed our view of Paris from the driveway ~ And now, just click picture for a little background music as we continue to search for him in Paris (continuez la recherche de lui à Paris) ~


(note: music will start automatically (minimize it out of your way) and also note I somehow resisted using "How ya gonna keep 'em down on the farm ~ After they've seen Paree") :) ps - this is one of my favorite accordion pictures, click here to see it full size. Anyone know who these people are?



Saturday, June 27th, 2009 ~ More touring of Paris tomorrow, with a walking tour of the Latin Qtr, the Louvre (still looking for an actual cam here), Notre Dame, and the Eiffel Tower(close up) (with more Eiffel views here.) But look lively because besides being the City of Light, Paris is also the City of Web Cams so get ready for a rousing round of Where's Haydon! There is the Champs Elysees, and great viewing at the Centre Pompidou, with it's entrance on the first of the 4 cameras to click on here, and/or the Place de la Bastille, or any of the links any of those links might lead you to (and don't forget the traffic cams!) Find your favorite views and good luck looking for Where's Haydon! And as June continues it's race out of here on this side of the pond a Happy Birthday to poet Lucille Clifton who turns 73 today ~ and a nod to the very first Newbery Medal awarded on this date back in 1922 to The Story of Mankind by Hendrik Willem van Loon. (how many have you read?)



Friday, June 26th, 2009 ~ "Where's Haydon" is on it's way to Paris (!) and while they travel today here is a webcam to watch while the rest of us loaf on this last Friday of June ~ tomorrow it's up early again to watch for him at the Place de la Concorde (another view of that is here (gotta love the traffic cams!)) and here is a page with even more Paris Cams to help you get your bearings and aid in the search while they explore around La Ville-Lumière over the next 2 days. And because we always need more about Iceland, according to ancient Icelandic legend, every year at noon on this date, the tip of the shadow of Mount Scartaris points to the secret entrance of "Centre Earth", in which dwell giant humanlike creatures and prehistoric monsters. ~ Appréciez les vues et en trouvant l'entrée secrète!! (which, for those of you who don't read french, in Icelandic is: Njóta the útsýni og uppgötvun the leyndarmál inngangur)

Thursday, June 25th, 2009 ~ Today Haydon is touring Lucerne, maybe here, and/or here, and tomorrow they are off to Paris via Burgundy. It's birthday greetings to Eric Carle today, who is turning 80 this year ~ he is the author of, among MANY others, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, which is turning 40 this year if you can believe that. So, instead of cake, maybe we should make our way through 1 apple, 2 pears, 3 plums, 4 strawberries...... Enjoy the views ~

Wednesday, June 24th, 2009 ~ Haydon is in Lucerne (or almost) today and all day tomorrow ~ be sure to let us know if you find him online! Got the pictures from Lydia's graduation posted, click here or check on the family pages. Answer to yesterday's question: That was a picture Graham Washington Jackson, a Navy musician who played accordion for Presidents from Franklin D. Roosevelt to Jimmy Carter (and you thought that whole Tango of Terror thing was far fetched didn't you?) Picture was taken as he played 'Going Home' while Roosevelt's body was carried from Warm Springs. The cortege halted as Graham played and as the cars started up again he changed to one of the President's favorite hymns, 'Nearer My God to Thee'. (Picture from LIFE magazine) ~ Enjoy the views today (and just ponder the possible peril a presidential accordionist could perpetrate...)

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2009 ~ While they are touring Florence today (see yesterday's links), tomorrow, just in case you are up and surfing around 2:AM, Where's Haydon hits the road to
travel thru the Alps to Lucerne. And as they wend their way, a little accordion question (it's still National Accordion Awareness Month after all) to pass the time. Who is this and why is he crying?


And please, if you are bonfire'ing it tonight for Midsummer Night's Eve, be careful out there with your dancing and leaping ~ and because those fireflies may really be fairies or sprites, please keep the swatting to a minimum.

Monday, June 22nd, 2009 ~ Some actual on the scene pictures of Haydon ! (borrowed from his facebook page) And a Happy Monday to all ~ Our cake today is brought to us by the birthday of Konrad Zuse back in 1910, who created the world's first working programmable, fully automatic computing machine, the Z3, in 1941. (which lead directly (and happily) to the existence of drivewaycam and our new favorite webcam in the world, the current trial link, a web cam on an uninhabited volcanic island off Iceland.) And who first proposed that the universe is being deterministically computed on some sort of giant but discrete computer (to know him is to love him) which you can read about here should that be in one of your probable futures. Speaking of the future, Where's Haydon continues in Florence tomorrow so today's links from yesterday will work just as well for tomorrow when we will of course post Wednesday's links. :)

Sunday, June 21st, 2009 ~ Once again glasses must be raised to the obliquity of the ecliptic ~ that wonderful 23.37° of tilt that brings us the seasons in general and the longest day of the year in specific!? :) Get out there and enjoy the first day of summer and have a Happy Father's Day. Staying in? It's peak viewing season for Alaska or Iceland ~ where it is bright enough to watch there 24 hrs a day. (more Iceland on June 17th below). And speaking of being up late, or is that early, "Where's Haydon?" continues in the wee small hours of the morning as they leave Rome for Assisi tomorrow and then on to Florence! (with more live views that cycle through here ) ... Enjoy the tilt and of course the views ~

Saturday, June 20th, 2009 ~ The difference in time between here and Rome means drivewaycam has got to get up pretty early for playing "Where's Haydon?" if it hopes for anyone to score a "There's Haydon!!", and since we know that isn't going to happen....here are tomorrow's links (today's links are below in yesterday's note). Tomorrow it's a guided tour through and a walking tour of Rome, with a stop for sure at the Colosseum ~ so put on your viewing caps and good luck finding him! It's rain today on the driveway here which the gardens (pictures posted soon) seem to be loving (along with the weeds) and which means good napping, I mean viewing, weather. And just in case you are wondering what the weather is in Rome ~ you can get more details by clicking in the box. What ever you do today, enjoy the last day of spring ~ as Summer solstices it's way in early tomorrow, at 1:45 a.m. EDT (5:45 UTC)(that's 7:45 a.m. Haydon Time).



Friday, June 19th, 2009 ~ Happy Birthday Karen !! Hope it's a great day for you and the start of a great year ahead. Cake all around, and a dandy new trial site link to boot! Haydon gets to Rome (one of Karen's favorite cities) about 7:00 AM (our time) this morning, (which is about 1:00 PM for him) and will be there through the weekend. Here are some flight sightings(!) and here are some places they are due to visit tomorrow, in case you want to practice and get your bearings today ~ St Peter's Basilica, another view of same, as well as St Peter's Square, and of course The Pope's residence (you might catch him at home, you never know) along with some other views there to choose from. Enjoy the day and the views ~

Thursday, June 18th, 2009 ~ Here is a handy guide to help us all get some practice in playing "Where's Haydon?" which gets underway this afternoon when Haydon leaves, but will begin in force tomorrow (in Rome!). We'll have cameras a'plenty for the hunt as he wanders Europe and London until July 2nd. We're also posting a Haydon Time Zone clock to aid in the game. So, here is what you're looking for while trying to spot Haydon, to help you recognize him from the front, sides, and back (and one picture just to show his amazing likeness to Lincoln! (and/or of course, what he looks like with his hair pulled back)). Have a great time Haydon!!!!



Wednesday, June 17th, 2009 ~ Sadly, the 5:40 AM Shuttle Launch was scrubbed early this morning, and so the 500th person to ever go into space (
Chris Cassidy) is going to have to wait until July to earn that title. But that gives us all plenty of time to reflect today on the 54th World Day to Combat Desertification. It's also the 124th anniversary of the day the Statue of Liberty arrived in New York City on the French ship Isere ~ And, as we needs lots of cake today, it's the birthdays of author John Hersey (1914), of composer Igor Stravinsky (1882), of shorthand inventor John Gregg (1867) and of the republic of Iceland!!! (1944). More Icelandic web cams here, here and here. Enjoy the views!



Tuesday, June 16th, 2009 ~ It's one of our favorite days today ~ not only is it Bloomsday!! (which of course means the return of O'Shea's Pub Cam for the day) but it's also the day we get to say HAPPY BIRTHDAY UNCLE ED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Everyone at, on, or watching driveway cam hopes you have a wonderful day and that this is the start of a great year ahead for you.

Monday, June 15th, 2009 ~ We're back...Lydia's graduation was wonderful (as was Lydia!), it was great to get to visit and we had a lovely time. (and we hope to be able to stand upright again before the end of the week (the trip to KY and back in the stoop-a-rue is always a joy?)) In the meantime, the driveway is back! Enjoy the views and we'll post the graduation pictures as soon as we can ~

Wednesday, June 10th, 2009 ~ A tip of the hat (or is that pen?) to Laslo Biro ~ who received a patent on June 10th 1943 for a new type of pen that would write blot-free, unaffected by low or changing atmospheric pressure and was filled with quick-drying ink. (If you've purchased a ball-point pen any time in the last 20 years you know that apparently his technology has been lost.....). And it's National Ice Tea Day ~ have a glass while you play a round or two of Accordion Hero (which is still here because trying to make the bunny play the accordion is hard to resist any time but during Accordion Awareness Month?) Enjoy ~



Tuesday, June 9th, 2009 ~ A very Happy 75th Birthday to Donald Duck who made his debut back on this day in 1934 with an appearance in the film The Wise Little Hen. He had his first starring role in 1937 as a troubadour in "Don Donald", a short film set in Mexico, and went on to become the hero in 128 of his own cartoons! (even more than Mickey himself!!!) Loved worldwide it seems he is a particular favorite of the German population. And we can all be heroes today right here on drivewaycam in the fast paced game of:accordion hero (Click it if you dare ~ Enjoy!)



Monday, June 8th, 2009 ~ Lots of driveway viewing from this side of drivewaycam today as the Stu-ba-rue is in the shop and some of us therefore are without wheels. In honor of National Accordion Awareness Month, our celebration continues with this lovely video ~ if you have 9 minutes and 18 seconds you don't want to miss this rendition of Bach's Toccata and Fugue in D minor: Enjoy!



Sunday, June 7th, 2009 ~ A quiet Sunday on the driveway, an excellent day for exploring ~ on this the 256th anniversary of the founding of the British Museum back on June 7th, 1753. It's also Boone Day in Kentucky, where, just 16 years after the British Museum was founded, Daniel Boone first saw the forests and valleys of present-day Kentucky, on June 7th, 1769! And finally it's day 2 of International Clothesline Week so save some watts and get out there and explore the possibilities of using solar technology to air your clean (please) laundry!

Saturday, June 6th, 2009 ~ Tetris turns 25 today!. Hard to believe except for the hundreds of thousands of cases of Tetris Effect it's left in it's wake... And just in case you finally broke free of your tetris addiction ~ ignore that first link; it is a free online version. (be careful if you are somehow new to tetris, it's even more addicting than Heliocorder Cam!) If you get too caught up in playing - perhaps today's new quiz or new trial link will divert your attention? Have a great Saturday.

Friday, June 5th, 2009 ~ Welcome to June's first Friday here on the driveway ~ the question is: what are you doing watching a driveway when you could be out scoring some free donuts on this day of days... National Donut Day!!??!!! Krispy Kreme is offering one FREE donut per customer (no purchase necessary) and Dunkin'Donuts is offering one FREE donut per customer with the purchase of a beverage. You think I make this stuff up don't you? Well NDD has been around since 1938 and after you have your free donuts you might want to thank the Salvation Army (with a nod or a check) who inspired the celebration. And then, when you are done checking in with Krispy Kreme, Dunkin' Donuts, and the Salvation Army, try checking out your donut knowlege with this quiz. (click picture)



Thursday, June 4th, 2009 ~ A quiet Thursday on the driveway ~ which leaves you lots of time to figure out which one (1) of the following did not play the accordion? (Well, it's still National Accordion Awareness Month). It's not an official quiz but enjoy working it out. (Answer tomorrow) So, is it: Eddie Vedder, H. Ross Perot, Billy Joel, Charles Dickens, Harry Truman, Bob Dylan, James (Jimmy) Stewart, Mahatma Gandhi, Bruce Hornsby, Sarit Hadad, Benny Andersson (of ABBA), Al Yankovic, Drew Carey, Idi Amin, Charlie Chaplin, Richard Nixon, Peter Gabriel or Thomas Hardy?

Wednesday, June 3rd, 2009 ~ It's looking like a beautiful day for driveway looking and other site hopping ~ With an eye on public service (as well as the driveway) Driveway Cam offers (on occasion) (this being the first) job hunting services for our viewers affected by the sour notes the current economic woes have hit. We charge no fee ~ but do let us know if you get the job! The United States Air Force Band in Washington DC will hold auditions for the accordion position with the AF Strolling Strings on June 13th at Bolling AF Base, Washington, DC. as their current accordionist Bill Popp is retiring from the position. Applicants must be aged between 17 and 35. There is a four year minimum enlistment, and a federal presidential security clearance will be required. The position offers full military benefits, 30 days paid vacation and the salary range is $36,703 - $41,863. Good Luck and enjoy the views ~

Tuesday, June 2nd, 2009 ~ Where to start on this lovely Tuesday? We have to start soon because it's Leave the Office Early Day and we don't want to get in the way of that! It's also the birthday of Edwin J. Shoemaker (born 1907) who is the inventor and engineer of the recliner chair ~ and not so coincidentally, the founder of the La-Z-Boy company. It's the anniversary of the invention of Velveeta (back in 1928) and (as if we need more) it's the 2nd day of National Accordion Awareness Month. Whew! Good thing we get to leave early today, we're going to need a nap to recover... now where did that recliner go?

Monday, June 1st, 2009 ~ Now appearing on the driveway ~ June ~ aka: czerwiec, juin, zomermaand, Junho, junio, kesäkuu, Iunie, lipanj, cerven, hunyo, junij, or Juni. June is the the month with the longest daylight hours of the year in the Northern Hemisphere. June is the only month of the year in which no president was born and no other month begins on the same day of the week as June does. (really? anyone know how the math on that works?)And please don't forget that as of today you have to your passports and/or microchips at the ready for border crossings at borders for Canada and Mexico. Tho' we are pleased to announce they are still not required for crossing, or viewing, the driveway. Enjoy ~

Sunday, May 31st, 2009 ~ (Last)May Day! (Last)May Day! Hope the final day of May is a good one for you. The weather is spectacular here on the driveway ~ the perfect day for celebrating, so get out in the leaves of grass and if you feel like singing a song of yourself please do as it's Walt Whitman's birthday. And while we are all celebrating, a special tip of the hat to our good friend Pat.... just because! Enjoy ~

Friday, May 29th, 2009 ~ The calendar may say it's the 29th but around driveway cam viewers it's Friday the 13th ~ as Bman celebrates turning 13 today!!!!!!! ~ Happy Birthday Brannaman - hope it's a great day and the start of an excellent year for you!!!

Thursday, May 28th, 2009 ~ A little more much needed rain today along with some more thundershowers possible... and thunder is always fun to watch ~

Wednesday, May 27th, 2009 ~ A quiet and hopefully rainy Wednesday on the driveway ~ if you need more excitement than that get ready because it's Bloomers Day(!) as it's the birthday of Amelia ('Amanda') Bloomer today, born in Homer NY in 1818 among her many accomplishments she also crusaded for sensible clothing for women and was the first to actively wear and promote pantaloons for women which were then named after her. (Thank you Ms. Bloomer!) Throw in that it's also National Grape Popsicle day and you'll need a nap to recover. Enjoy the views (and the Popsicles) ~

Tuesday, May 26th, 2009 ~ Okay people, back to work! But to soften that a little be sure to have some cake today for Sally Ride's birthday (she is the first American woman to orbit the earth in 1983), and for Dracula (the novel that is) which went on sale in London on this date back in 1897. And if you can't quite face work yet, that's okay, no one is looking... get a cup of coffee and check out the nests and the rest of the views ~

Monday, May 25th, 2009 ~ Happy Memorial Day ~ In Flanders Fields ~ By John McCrae



Sunday, May 24th, 2009 ~
Big Birthday Wishes to Jim Bo Billy Bob today as he turns.... well, let's just say it's cake and ice-cream all around and don't stand too near the cake! Hope it's a great year ahead Jim ~ enjoy the views!!



Saturday, May 23rd, 2009 ~ A somewhat busy driveway on that side of the camera, and on the other side of it (and of the house) some planting is in store. If someone offers to sell you a bridge today...buy it! It's the 120th anniversary of the opening of the Brooklyn Bridge (watch it live, here) over the East River in New York City ~ same day 21 years earlier the Westminster Bridge opened over the River Thames in London. [The worlds longest suspension bridge up until the Brooklyn Bridge opened was/is The Suspension Bridge in Cincinnati - also built by John Roebling, 17 years earlier.] Last words today to Samuel Morse, whose first words transmitted to open America's first telegraph line (which bridged the gap between Washington DC and Baltimore) on this day back in 1844, were "What hath God wrought?" (a sentiment he might repeat if he saw my vegetable garden in it's current state). Enjoy the views ~

Friday, May 22nd, 2009 ~ An early posting as Hannah will be on her way home in just 5 hrs (she's probably up right now getting ready to head to the airport as we get ready to get to bed (after Letterman (with Amy Sedaris) and the current load of laundry finishes)). You can watch her flight (or the animation there of) here, or here. The Space Shuttle may or may not be back today (as of 12:15 AM they haven't decided yet), and it's the start of Memorial Weekend ~ a busy day and it's just barely gotten started. Have a great Friday!



Thursday, May 21st, 2009 ~ Heat wave continues here on the driveway and about, so you might want to stay cool and stay inside nest hopping or surfing on the last day of Hunt for Hannah in London ~ But if you feel the pull to get up, get going and/or take flight, well it's no wonder. Today is the day back in 1819 that the first bicycle in the U.S. was seen in New York City (and by August 19th it's use had been outlawed in public places and on the sidewalks of New York), it's the day in 1908 that Glenn Curtiss, on his 30th birthday, took flight in the White Wing, which was the first plane in America on wheels, Alexander Graham Bell was one of the associates of Curtiss in the design (more AGB in today's huh), it's the day in 1927 that Lindbergh landed in Paris after completing the first solo, nonstop transatlantic flight and just five years later on this date Amelia Earhart landed her plane in Ireland becoming the first woman to accomplish the solo nonstop transatlantic flight and the first pilot to repeat Lindbergh's feat. Enjoy whatever flights of fancy you run into today ~



Wednesday, May 20th, 2009 ~ Slow day on the driveway where you can watch the temperature (?) slowly rise to 80 today. The Hunt for Hannah continues (no sightings yet but we're hopeful) ~ both Hannah and the Shuttle return on Friday so get your online viewing in while you can. And now, on with the heat wave ~

Tuesday, May 19th, 2009 ~ On tap for today....a water delivery! Keep your eyes peeled (but not literally, please) for the delivery van due in sometime today. And should anyone ask (you never know, they might) ...it was on this date back in 1987 that Chet Flemming received patent US # 4,666,425 for keeping a severed head alive. Sadly, it was issued 451 years (to the day!) too late to be of any use to the young Anne Boleyn who lost her head, in a bit of a marital dispute, on this date back in 1536. (click pictures)



Monday, May 18th, 2009 ~ It was on this day in 1980 that Mount St. Helens erupted and while not due to erupt today you can keep an eye on things with one of our favorites ~ Volcano Cam. The Hunt for Hannah game starts up again as she is in the land of cams ~ London ~ for the next few days. Don't know exactly where she'll be, when, but here are some in the general areas she might be so good luck! Oxford Street , Piccadilly (1), Trafalgar Square, Belushi's Bar (Covent Garden), Piccadilly Circus, Trafalgar Square (streaming) ~ Let us know if you find her or if you find any other good cams (there are a zillion of 'em out there). And all of our best wishes to Lydia today who is having hand surgery ~ we hope it heals quickly for you!

Sunday, May 17th, 2009 ~ Lilac Festival Ends Today It's Talk Like a Munchkin Day! (but please, no inhaling) ~ in celebration of the birthday of Sir Joseph Norman Lockyer, as he is the British astronomer who discovered and named the element helium back in 1868. It's also Erik Sati's birthday and the start of National Backyard Games Week (!?) which may leave little time for viewing ~ but we're here if you find a spare moment or two.

Saturday, May 16th, 2009 ~ Lilac Festival Continues A stormy day is up and running here today ~ may affect the Preakness and betting on Rachel Alexandra and Mine that Bird ~ if you are stuck inside today because of weather you can check out the new Lexi pictures (!), the newly posted Lilac Festival shots, and the growing Catches of Clores on Cameras, or watch the storms from Texas to the Mid-Atlantic and everywhere in-between on these sites or any of your favorite sites. If you are in the severe weather or even if you aren't ~ let's be careful out there people.



Friday, May 15th, 2009 ~ Lilac Festival Continues Friday! Friday! Get your Friday on the Driveway here!!! Looks like a bee-you-tea-full day on this driveway, hope it is on the driveways near you too ~ While out in the nesting world here on drivewaycam, the Stork Chicks have arrived!!! Just saw them today ~ the Cleveland falcon chicks have been banded and named and the Columbus chicks soon will be. To enter your vote on names for them check out this link.

Thursday, May 14th, 2009 ~ Lilac Festival Continues 205 years ago today Lewis and Clark departed from St. Louis to explore the Northwest, and 4 hours ago Ward and Jones departed from the driveway (well from the Bay Front Diner) to explore the wilds of I-90 and the great trail south through Ohio. We wish them well! Had a great visit - pictures posted soon. And now back to the driveway ~ Enjoy the views ~

Wednesday, May 13th, 2009 ~ Lilac Festival Continues Today it's off to the Lilac Festival and if you don't catch us on the driveway try checking out Sodus, here maybe, and/or here?

Tuesday, May 12th, 2009 ~ Lilac Festival Continues The driveway is back ~ and just in time for visitors from KY!!! Cheryl and Mike are up for the Lilac Festival and will be gracing our driveway for the next couple of days. The action will be heart pounding we're sure as trips out and back are made repeatedly to...Abbotts and Beyond! Enjoy the views ~ (and if you didn't catch the shuttle lift off yesterday, here are a couple of shots from their online coverage)



Monday, May 11th, 2009 ~ Lilac Festival Continues Last day of Tree Cam (big doings are due on the driveway tomorrow, more on that... tomorrow) so enjoy the blooms ~ Today is the anniversary of the printing of the first known printed book back in 868. Wang Chieh printed the Diamond Sutra, a Buddhist scripture on a 16-foot scroll using wood blocks. Discovered in 1907 among the manuscripts found walled up in one of the Caves of the Thousand Buddhas in Turkestan, it now lives in the British Library. Add to that the fact that it's also the anniversary of the birthday of Eng & Chang (back in 1811) and it's almost more than one driveway can hold ~ Enjoy the views ~

Sunday, May 10th, 2009 ~ Lilac Festival Continues A very Happy Mother's Day out there to all the mothers, irrespective of their dna or even gender, who come into all of our lives by birth, by friendship, by luck, by chance encounter, or by grace, with many thanks for all the gifts they bring of life, friendship, grace, acceptance, joy, laughter and the occasional, and no doubt needed, kick to the seat of our pants. And a very special * Happy Birthday * too to one of our favorite moms ~ Opal Mobley ~ who is turning 90 today!! Happy Birthday Opal!!!!!! Much love and happiness in the year ahead ~ from all your friends at Driveway Cam



Saturday, May 9th, 2009 ~ Lilac Festival Continues Saturday on the driveway ~ there is a mowing due soon, could be today, and the tree in the limelight of center frame is in full bloom. Today is the 1 year anniversary of the start of CoyCam which we hope will return soon, it's also National Train Day and day 1 of the 2 day World Migratory Bird Day (we don't name them, we just report them). Don't forget to stop and smell the lilacs ~ Enjoy the views ~



Friday, May 8th, 2009 ~ Lilac Festival Starts Today If you'd like to buy the world a coke ~ today would be the day to do it. It was on May 8th in 1886 that Coca~Cola first was was first sold to the public at the soda fountain in Jacob's Pharmacy in Atlanta. It sold for 5 cents a glass and they sold an average of 9 drinks a day back then. And today, well, don't worry about that whole buying the world a coke thing; that's being taken care of as there are now over 705 million servings of coke sold each and every day ~ Enjoy the views, and happy humming ~ I'd like to buy the world a home and furnish it with love, Grow apple trees and honey bees, and snow white turtle doves....

Thursday, May 7th, 2009 ~ Oddly enough, it's Odd Day! 5/7/09 is the 3rd Odd Day of only six this century that will feature three consecutive odd numbers ~ According to the Odd Day site here are some things to do on Odd Day ~ It's a great day to do your odds 'n ends, give a friend a high-five, root for the odds-on-favorite, read the Wizard of Odds, watch the Odd Couple, say aaaahd in the doctor's office, look for sea odders, find that missing odd sock, and beat the odds. Next Odd Day is 7/9/11 with 9/11/13 and 11/13/15 closing out the oddly appealing sequences for the century. So get out there and enjoy the oddness of the day. (even if only for a moment or three)

Wednesday, May 6th, 2009 ~ It's the anniversary of the 4 minute mile today! On this date in 1954, in Oxford, England, 25-year-old medical student Roger Bannister cracked track and field's most notorious barrier: the four-minute mile. He broke the tape in 3 minutes 59.4 seconds. Something to think about while racing around today ~ (and that something is this: Slow down! The current record, is held by Hicham El Guerrouj of Morocco, with a time of 3 minutes 43.13 seconds in 1999 and you probably aren't going to break that). Drivewaycam ~ preventing shin splints, in 10 minute intervals, since 2004 ~ Enjoy the views!

Tuesday, May 5th, 2009 ~ Feliz Cinco de Mayo!!! ~ Disfrute de las vistas y vaya fácil en el tequila (y en el capsaicins) :)

Monday, May 4th, 2009 ~ Welcome to Monday on the driveway! Looking for Lydia has been a lot of fun but draws to a close today as they are on their way home (but there's still today for looking...use the locations from 4/30, in reverse, to try and find her). The hunt for a Hunt for Hannah cam goes on and it's the start of Bread Pudding Recipe Exchange Week (send me yours and I'll send you mine) ~ how can it get better than that? Well, since you asked, it's also the start of National Wildflower Week , as well as being Respect for Chickens Day and there is a new quiz! Aren't you glad you stopped by? Enjoy the views ~ and be sure to take some time to stop and watch some flowers ~

Sunday, May 3rd, 2009 ~ Okay - so who had Mine that Bird??? No one on this side of the driveway did... But what an exciting race! Looking for Lydia gets exciting today too ~ they'll be attending The Brooklyn Tabernacle, visiting Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine, having a shopping frenzy at Times square (where cameras abound and the looking is good) and eventually end the day at the Top of the Rock (looks like they'll have amazing views from up there). For some Times Square looking tips - check early 9-10:30!???, and here are some good looking locations: Earthcams has many views of TimesSquare (8 or 9 of them), and this is a favorite (it's #4), and here a different cam to try. Our on-the-spot reporter (Lydia herself)(thanks Lydia!!) sent us this picture yesterday as they got to the Statue of Liberty ~ I think I accidentally actually spotted their ferry here ~ I happened to look just about the time they should have been arriving, and Lydia's picture is from just a few minutes after mine so I'm going with it!! Enjoy the views ~

Saturday, May 2nd, 2009 ~ And we're off and running today! Looks like it's going to be a lovely Kentucky Derby Day on the driveway!! If you are in the neighborhood, stop by for a julep ~ Lydia's Big Apple Tour includes performances in Newark, NJ, and at the Statue of Liberty (!)(from 1:30-2:30) as well as a jaunt through Chinatown ~ if finding her is testing the limits of your patience... Here is an on-the-scene photo of them going to see Wicked (thank you Lydia!!! we're all green with envy!), plus try out the Ellis Island Citizenship Quiz and we can all find out if we are qualified to live here! Good Luck on the test, the Derby and Enjoy the views ~

Friday, May 1st, 2009 ~ Happy 20th Hannah!!!! Hope it's a wonderful day (there over the pond) and a great year for you ~ Looking for Lydia continues ~ they'll be along 8th, 49th, 50th, 51st and 54th streets, as they cross Lexington, Broadway (a stop at Wicked !), and points in between (singing here (they're on the calendar), dining here ~ with good viewing here and what used to be great viewing here but what starts with annoying commercials now unfortunately (but pick a camera and go get a cup of tea, when you come back it should be ready (and worth it).)) If you spot her (or if anyone finds a camera somewhere in the vicinity of Stratford for hunting for Hannah) let us know ~ and now back to watching the tree try to bloom, and celebrating Hannah turning 2 hands and 2 feet, and watching the driveway as May begins ~

Thursday, April 30th, 2009 ~ As April fades away today ~ we have a new game starting up with a round of "Look For Lydia" as she wanders the Big Apple with her choir! They are on their way now (possibly can
spot her here, or on other links on that page, and they'll spend a few hours on 76 and a couple more on 81 and surrounding areas). More links tomorrow after they arrive and are on their way to their performances ~ in the meantime if you need a break from the concentration of looking for Lydia there is a new trial link to check out ... So, enjoy the hunt or the looking and of course, as always, the driveway ~




Wednesday, April 29th, 2009 ~ Yesterday's April showers would have been perfect for one of the expandable raincoats we mentioned here yesterday ~ but no need for it today they say. Today we start a round of Hunt For Hannah! She leaves tonight and will soon be romping around the English countryside, where we'll try to find her. [A particularly challenging round given the dearth of cameras we've found so far] Have a great trip Hannah!!! ~ She'll be getting to the airport along here, going through this airspace this evening (click on the 80 mile button and then click on the planes, see if you can find her flight!) (or maybe, if you have some hunting zen like ability, you'll find her here?), and she will be arriving here early morning.... (told you it was going to be tough ~ but not impossible, really!) So, put your viewing caps on let the games begin! (a colorful England awaits!)




Tuesday, April 28th, 2009 ~ A quiet day on the driveway, so there is plenty of time to reflect on Patent Number 2,636,176 - which was awarded on this date in 1953 - and was for an overcoat for two people!?? (wonder why there had to be a patent?) Howard C. Ross came up with the idea, which you can see and read about here . Enjoy the views and the ponderings ~



Monday, April 27th, 2009 ~ It's one of driveway cam's favorite days of the year! Not only is it the birthday of Samuel Morse (of the Morse code Morse's) in 1791, it's also the day the universe was founded (!) back in 4977 B.C., according to German mathematician and astronomer Johannes Kepler. While best known for his work on the motion of planets, his age-of-the-universe calculations, no doubt perfectly accurate as to the date, are quite possibly a few years off (about 13.7 billion off but who's counting? And heck, they didn't have computers then so he may have just missed carrying a couple of zeros). From the heat wave expected to wander through many parts today, some one must have *all* the candles lit on the universe's birthday cake. Enjoy the views ~ and stay cool ~


go ahead, click on Mr. Morse, you know you want to

Sunday, April 26th, 2009 ~ A chilly (sort of)(compared to yesterday) Sunday on the driveway. ~ That was this morning, never able to get anything uploaded, not sure if it will work now either... it's still chilly, and it's 2:30 and internet problems still seem to be swirling about drivewaycam and it's PC. Hope it's a good Sunday out there ~ views from here when it becomes possible.

Saturday, April 25th, 2009 ~ The temperature is supposed to get up in the 80's again today, and yard work will ensue. Mostly off camera so you won't be distracted from watching the tree getting ready to bloom. And it's ANZAC day in Australia and New Zealand (started at dawn their time, so we've missed most of it ~ but we can celebrate with them by wearing a sprig of rosemary for remembrance or maybe by planting some?). If you have extra rosemary here is an interesting sounding rosemary loaf cake recipe that will be happening here, after the yard work has ensued, provided no hitch develops in the local giddy-ups... From the ANZAC day service: "They shall not grow old as we that are left grow old. Age shall not weary them nor the years condemn. At the going down of the sun and in the evening we will remember them."

Friday, April 24th, 2009 ~ A very Happy Birthday to Allison today - hope it's a great day and the start of a wonderful year for you! To join in the celebration it is also the birthday of the Library of Congress which turns 209 today. Have a great Friday all around and enjoy the views ~

Thursday, April 23rd, 2009 ~ It's the 425th birthday of the bard today who once wrote ... "With mirth and laughter let old wrinkles come". So enjoy the day, and let the wrinkles come ~ but if mirth and laughter don't spend the whole day with you, and you need to bark at someone, do so with style. A week from today we'll all be a little bit closer to Mr. Shakespeare with an on the scene reporter and a new game afoote (but more on that later) ~ Do enjoy the views today (rain and all) for joy's soul is in the viewing (with apologies to Bill) ~

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2009 ~ Drivewaycam turns it's eye on the tree for Earth Day today! ~ and to watch as it gets ready to bloom. It is also the 186th anniversary of a patent awarded for to Robert John Tyers (a fruiter in Piccadilly England) for his roller skates. Though not the first skates (and certainly not the last) they were in-line skates, with 5 wheels, designed as "apparatus to be attached to boots ... for the purpose of traveling or pleasure." But whether you stroll or skate outside today, get out there, celebrate Earth Day, and enjoy the views. And if you're in the neighborhood stop by ~ we don't have any skates here but I do have a brand new key...... The Volito Skate (Photo: National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution)



Tuesday, April 21th, 2009 ~ It's sun raining down on the driveway right now, but they insist there will be 'thundery downpours' by late afternoon. You'll know if that happens almost as soon as we do ~ in the meantime it's a very Happy Birthday to Queen Elizabeth - pints all around, and raised, as she turns 83!

Monday, April 20th, 2009 ~ Rainy days and Mondays are frequent companions... and they are both visiting today according to the Doppler 12,042 (most accurate, up-to-the-minute, pinpoint, omniscient weather radar ever) (wrong only 73% of the time). But the rain is good for a little atmosphere (fog would be great) as we celebrate the 168th anniversary of the publishing of the very first detective story, Edgar Allen Poe's, The Murders in the Rue Morgue. So ignore the rain, and the fact that it's Monday, and curl up with your computer in your favorite chair and enjoy the views along with a good story.....

Sunday, April 19th, 2009 ~ All driveway, all the time. And while it's a (mostly) quiet day on the driveway, check out the nests! Chicks in Cleveland (one hatched yesterday and so far 1 more today), and chicks on incubator cam, and the remaining eagle chick in Virginia continues to grow and do well (though we do not know what happened to the chicks in Colorado(if any one does please let us know))*** . Enjoy the views ~

(breakfast for the 2 chicks in Cleveland, 2 eggs left to hatch there) **** 1:35 - Eagle Update. Well this has turned into a very sad afternoon. Just found this note on the Colorado Eagle Site from April 17th: Sadly we have lost all three of the baby eagles in a spring snow storm. We believe something happened to one of the adults and the remaining adult had to leave the nest to find food. Unfortunately, the baby eagles were not able to stay warm and probably perished during the night. We will continue to look into the cause of this and for any signs of the adults.

Saturday, April 18th, 2009 ~ CQ CQ CQ - This is drivewaycam. That's right, it's take a Ham to lunch day or World Amateur Radio Day as it's known to some. So fire up the radio and/or while you are surfing the net you can also surf the waves. We'll be happy to swap QSL cards, in the meantime enjoy the views visually or audiologically(?)!

Friday, April 17th, 2009 ~ It's Friday, it's sunny, it's going up to 60 and did I mention it's Friday? Great day for checking out the nests (on line and off) or for whatever else comes to mind. Today is the date in 1970 that Apollo 13 made it safely back to earth, as well as the date just 6 years earlier, in 1964, that Jerrie Mock (of Columbus Ohio) made it safely back to Columbus becoming the first woman to fly solo around the world! [The trip took her 29.5 days, with 21 stopovers and almost 22,860 miles in flight.] Enjoy the views here, there and elsewhere around the planet ~

Thursday, April 16th, 2009 ~ Presumably you are back from the Post Office by now (well, the lines may have been very long in your area), taxes safely on their way, with a relieved bounce in your step. And as it's the day AFTER taxes it's also National Wear Your Pajamas to Work Day (should have mentioned that sooner, but there still is time to go home at lunch and change). And glasses raised all around as today is also the 97th anniversary of the day the first female pilot flew across the English Channel! Harriet Quimby (what a great name) was also the first American woman to get her pilot's license. Enjoy the views from whatever heights you reach today ~



Wednesday, April 15th, 2009 ~ It was back in 1770 on this day that Dr. Joseph Priestley made the first mention in English that a piece of a rubber substance could erase marks from black-lead pencils.... that alone may or may not have led directly to this being Tax Day (well, you never know). Rumor has it that the date change in 1955, to April 15th, was to give procrastinating Americans an extra month to get their taxes done since so many seemed to wait until the last minute and swamp the IRS at the March 15 deadline (!). However, April 15, 1955 is also the date that Ray Kroc opened his first McDonald's and if we could make a conspiracy theory out of that we would. But who's got time for that today? Pencils to the ready ~ forms lined up ~ Begin!

Tuesday, April 14th, 2009 ~ Well shoot - another late start on drivewaycam. The camera was working this morning, the editing staff was not (apparently). It's National Library Workers Day today! Be sure to thank your favorite (or any random) Library Worker with a kind word, with lunch, or with a book returned on time (that always makes them smile) ~ we here at Drivewaycam International would like to thank our favorite... Emily... who does the Dewey better and with more style than anyone we know!! Library watching is always available here in case you can't get out to a library near you today.

Monday, April 13th, 2009 ~ Happy Dingus Day and welcome to National Library Week!! Today the "State of America's Libraries" report will be released - more about that can be found here. It's a busy Monday today as this is the 39th anniversary of Apollo 13's "Houston, we've had a problem here" and the 238th anniversary of Richard Trevithick's birthday (the English engineer who developed the first railway steam locomotive). The Pyramids have returned - they are back online (yay!) and are back on the front page below. The searching for snow links (and there is still some out there) have taken their place on the retired links page (in case you are searching for them). Whatever you view today ~ enjoy!

Sunday, April 12th, 2009 ~ (12:53(oops!) it would certainly help if I could remember to upload the files ~ ) A very Happy Easter to all and an even Happier Birthday ... to Pebble !!! We'd tell you how old she is but we can't count that high. :) Hope it's a great day for everyone and because Easter wouldn't be complete without an easter egg hunt .... there is sort of one here on drivewaycam today. There are 2 dozen plus 1 "eggs" not so very hidden here today ~ We'll give Pebble a head start (it's only fair to help the elderly) ~ Click here Pebble ! Enjoy the views ~ and happy hunting

Saturday, April 11th, 2009 ~ Somewhere out there Murphy's Lawyer is another year older today, and closer to home it's a beautiful day on the driveway ~ Enjoy the views and enjoy the weekend!

Friday, April 10th, 2009 ~ Several trips down and back up the driveway combined with the always egg-sighting views of the nests (incubator cam is hopping (well, hatching)) and what looks to be a sunny day should make for a good Friday all around. And in case you were wondering, today is the 143rd anniversary of the founding of the ASPCA (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals), it's the 137th anniversary of the first Arbor Day (where upon Nebraskans planted 1 million trees (the date later changed to April 22, the birthday of J. Sterling Morton who originated the idea)), it's the 97th anniversary of the first (and last) sailing of the RMS Titanic, and it is the 56th anniversary of the premier of the first 3D Color Feature Film ~ The House of Wax! So put on your red and green glasses (red lens over the right eye and click on picture) and enjoy the views!



Thursday, April 9th, 2009 ~ Raise your hand if you think it's merely a coincidence that National Cherish an Antique Day and Kathy T's birthday are both today...(her 51st but who's counting?) :) Happy Birthday Kathy! We love you!! (and it will be her 49th year as Miss Wright Drive, but again, who's counting?). It was 50 years ago on this date that NASA introduced the Mercury Seven to the public at a press conference in Washington, D.C. (hmmm, which would make Kathy a year older than the Project Mercury Team... (but hey, we're still not counting are we?)) While 100 years ago today Mark Twain got his Steamboat Pilot's license ~ with all of that being more than enough reasons for cake and ice-cream, it's on to the driveway ~



Wednesday, April 8th, 2009 ~ Middle of the week, a few flakes on camera (and off too no doubt), some trips out and back, and nests galore to catch up with! Add to that it's Hana Matsuri, the flower festival to celebrate the birth of Buddha (only spring flowers we have at the moment are here), and it's another busy day on the driveway. Enjoy the views ~

Tuesday, April 7th, 2009 ~ A little snow for the morning view ~ as you are eating your cereal this morning lift a spoon or two in honor of the man who helped bring you breakfast in a bowl, William Keith Kellogg, Born 7 Apr 1860, founder of the Kellogg Company. It's also the 82nd anniversary of the first public display of a long distance television transmission when Herbert Hoover gave a speech from Washington DC to an audience in New York. Hard to believe that a speech from the then Secretary of Commerce would "catch on" and not just end the whole idea right then and there. And if your heart leaps up when (or if) you behold a rainbow in the sky today (not happening 'round these parts) just go with it as it's the birthday of William Wordsworth (one of driveway cam's favorites). Enjoy ~

Monday, April 6th, 2009 ~ Oops! Forgot to update the page today (it's 1:30 right now). Happy Birthday to the Twinkie - which turns 79 today (and no doubt some of those first ones are still out there on shelves still ready to be eaten!) Hope it's a good Monday for everyone out there ~ enjoy the views!!!!

Sunday, April 5th, 2009 ~ Hard to imagine that such a pretty morning (and day ahead) could be leading to the Winter Storm Watch posted for tomorrow and Tuesday... so... we won't imagine it, but just enjoy the sunshine on the driveway today, and anywhere else we can find it. Congratulations to the Spartans, the Tarheels and to Bman and Cheryl who collaborated on the latest quiz and turned in the first right answer!

Saturday, April 4th, 2009 ~ Welcome to the weekend - cold and some snow flurries have returned to the driveway today and just in time for World Rat Day (since both things have been known to cause shuddering). We'll stick (hopefully) with the snow here on the driveway. It's also the day the Final Four duke it out (or is that duke is out?) in Detroit. Whether you watch the weather, the rats, look for wildcats, huskies, tarheels, and spartans in the motor city, or you branch out to watching the nests today (the eagle chicks are breakfasting on fish this morning!) enjoy the views ~ (click picture for larger view)



Friday, April 3rd, 2009 ~ It's a hang on to your hats (and heads!) Friday as the rains and winds blow in to celebrate the opening run of the Pony Express on April 3rd 1860. Rider relay teams left St. Joseph Missouri, and Sacramento, California simultaneously April 3rd and 10 days later (a new standard for speeding mail delivery!) the westbound rider arrived in Sacramento (2 days earlier than the east bound rider). The Pony Express didn't last long, a victim of technology, but was very exciting while it did. And brought a wealth great stories along with the mail. Today is also the birthday of Washington Irving, in 1783 who not only brought us the art of the short story but in doing so brought us the thundering, galloping, headless horseman of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. The other thing that blew in this morning is a new quiz ~ Ready? Set? View!

Thursday, April 2nd, 2009 ~ Hope everyone is recovering from being or having pranked (?) yesterday. April is National Garden Month and today feels like a good time to think about gardens as the temperature (away from the lake) wanders up through the 60's. (cold and snow are due to return to some parts this weekend so day dream while you can). And it's Take A Homicidal Computer To Lunch Day in celebration of the world premiere of the film "2001: A Space Odyssey" which was April 2 way (!) back in 1968. (Hint: They love going to eat at a vending machine, or better yet, maybe one of their vending machine friends will come to you) ~



Wednesday, April 1st, 2009 ~ All the fools on this side of the driveway hope all you fools on that side have a very Happy April Fools Day!!!! Enjoy the day, but keep an eye out for pranks even as you try to pull some yourself. (check your sink sprayer for rubber bands *BEFORE* you turn on the water this morning). As always Google is celebrating (we love the google). And, you never know, with any luck, the rampant April 1st Confick computer virus threat will turn out to be an elaborate, expensive, annoying bit of hyped up gaming theory in distribution dynamics? Guess we'll know the answer to that tomorrow. In the meantime... Enjoy the views!

Tuesday, March 31st, 2009 ~ The month is racing to a close and ends here with a beautiful day in the mid 50's with lots of sunshine (if you are in the not-so-sunny zones please feel free to use the view all day). March 31st has always been a busy day; the Eiffel Tower turns 120 today, the first installment of the Pickwick Papers (Dickens's first novel) was published 173 years ago today, the first patent for genetically engineered life was issued 28 years ago today (you know how we love our patent history), Leon Foucault publicly demonstrated his pendulum and (catch your breath before reading on), it's the birthday of Robert Wilhelm Bunsen! (disputed inventor of, but after whom the Bunsen burner is named) ~ there may be more, but the views call. Enjoy ~



Monday, March 30th, 2009 ~ The third penultimate day of a month for the year is here! The Final Four are on their way to Detroit and to celebrate one of the first rumored recorded sighting of Halley's Comet (2,248 years ago) we have a titch of snow streaking past drivewaycam at least for a second or two this morning. The first patent for an egg incubator was issued 166 years ago today and you can watch one of the descendents of that patent on the Nest Links and here. It's also the (celebrated) birthday of Jethro Tull ~ his ideas on farming are still in practice today and help to provide us with the wheat and other ingredients needed to make a cake in his honor. (have to admire that kind of insight and planning (while you are admiring the cake of course)). Enjoy ~

Sunday, March 29th, 2009 ~ The Shuttle Discovery landed safe and sound yesterday afternoon after their 5.3 million mile journey. Atlantis goes up next, in May and will be moving to the launch pad on Tuesday if you want to mark your calendars. (always fun to watch ~ it has that slow motion excitement that appeals to drivewaycam viewers everywhere) The Cherry Blossom Festival is in full bloom in DC and so are the cherry trees (almost). The Cherry Blossom webcam doesn't seem to be working but you can always catch DC here. (DC is in a fog this morning (note: this is a weather comment, not a political statement)). The rains have started to moved in here a bit ~ all in all a lazy day of viewing on the driveway while waiting to find out who will join Villanova and UConn in the final 4. Enjoy the views ~



Saturday, March 28th, 2009 ~ A big drivewaycam Welcome Home to Bob and best wishes for a speedy recovery. To help with recuperating during the week ~ Panda Cam is back online!!! And back in the table below. (Panda Cam has amazing healing properties, try it) And it is the birthday of Victor Mills today ~ which surely means we should all pamper ourselves(!) and bake a cake (and probably use cake mix) Don't know who Victor is? Click his picture and you'll find out. Enjoy the views ~



Friday, March 27th, 2009 ~ Snow out west blanketing the eagles in Colorado, and could be wandering this way they say ~ but right now it's a beautiful day in the neighborhood. It is also the 140th anniversary of the first US stamp issued that did not have a traditional portrait on it - which caused all sorts of clamor but more or less began the tradition of commemoratives. Issued the same year as the completion of the first trans-continental railroad it was a picture of (coincidentally ?) a locomotive - a classic wood burning 4-4-0 apparently. (hey - don't roll your eyes, you never know when it will come up on Jeopardy, and you'll be really glad you stopped by the driveway this day!) :) Enjoy the views ~



Thursday, March 26th, 2009 ~ Today it's cake for the birthdays of Joseph Campbell, Robert Frost and Tennessee Williams. And it's the start of Round 3 of March Madness. Want to know if your team(s) will win? Check in with the online Magic Eight Ball (driveway cam loves this, thanks Chris!) to find out. Enjoy ~

Wednesday, March 25th, 2009 ~ Best wishes to Bob for a speedy recovery, from all of drivewaycam's viewers and viewees!!!

Tuesday, March 24th, 2009 ~ Running late ~ just a quick reminder that if you feel like going to a Coney Island, at least in your mind today, have at it, as it's Lawrence Ferlinghetti's birthday! Bman - feel better soon!!! Enjoy the views ~

Monday, March 23rd, 2009 ~ Rumor has it that it's National Puppy Day!! ~ but drivewaycam suggests if you are going to a shelter to look around, certainly enjoy the puppies but adopt an older dog (or cat), as statistically they have less of a chance of adoption, and bring home a new friend today. Even if you can't adopt a pet today there are reasons to celebrate ...In 1912, the Dixie Cup was invented, which certainly calls for some cake (and maybe some ice-cream too?). Enjoy the views ~

Sunday, March 22nd, 2009 ~ A quiet Sunday on the driveway which leaves lots of time to tend to your brackets, watch the nests, and celebrate the 244th anniversary of the Stamp Act - imposed on us by the British Government to raise revenue for them, but which ultimately just raised our hackles. Enjoy the views and the games today ~

Saturday, March 21st, 2009 ~ As astounding as this is - Lydia turns 18 today!!!!!!! We all hope it's a wonderful day and an even more wonderful year ahead for you. Happy Birthday with love from everyone in, at, on and around driveway cam!

Friday, March 20th, 2009 ~ In honor of the sun which is racing northward towards spring ~ which gets here at 7:44AM (in this time zone) ~ we've decorated with a dusting of snow. We've seen pictures of crocus and daffodils elsewhere and that's always a good way to get ready for the vernal equinox too! Whatever your first day of spring looks like, while you are enjoying the balance today suggests, don't forget it's our tilt that gets us here... And now, on with the show ~

Thursday, March 19th, 2009 ~ Let the games begin! The March Madness games that is. Hope you have your brackets filled out for round 1 at least and that you are most successful in guessing your way to the final four. It's also National Chocolate Caramel Day which is smack dab in the middle of American Chocolate Week according to the National Confectioners Association ~ and who are we to argue with them? (more to the point, why would anyone argue with a chocolate holiday?) Good Luck with the games and Enjoy the views ~

Wednesday, March 18th, 2009 ~ It's a few updates day today as the PC wanders off to a meeting (actually should have already but is running a wee bit late) ~ however the views everywhere else are just waiting for you to stop by ~ Enjoy

Tuesday, March 17th, 2009 ~ A very Happy Birthday to Mike today!!! And a very Happy St Patrick's day to one and all (Irish or not). Our favorite Dublin pub is once again here for Great(!) St Patrick's Day viewing (it's always hopping at O'Shea's - picture below is from 3:30 AM), and a recipe (or so) for Corned Beef and Cabbage is always in order whatever day it is ~ You can watch for leprechaun's here (and of course at the pub) and if you find one, anywhere, Please oh Please let us know.



Monday, March 16th, 2009 ~ The buzzards returned to Hinkley Ohio, the brackets are out, and the Madness is poised to begin.!! (can the daffodils be far behind?) Our raison d'cake today is the birthday of Alice Hoffman. Enjoy the views ~



Sunday, March 15th, 2009 ~ The Ides of March they are upon us....and the brackets are due out today. If it's not sunny where you are, you can wander the views, check the nests, watch the sun rise (and shine) around the country and be sure to check in on the Tulip/Greenhouse Cam as spring is already in bloom there! And don't forget the shuttle launches tonight at 7:43:46 p.m. ~ the countdown clock and video feeds are always a good time too ~ Enjoy ~

Saturday, March 14th, 2009 ~ It's a beautiful PI day here on the driveway ~ hope it is where you are too. Celebrations abound, and with any luck Pie will abound as well. It is also Einstein's birthday (we have it on good authority he loved Pi)(gooseberry most of all we're told)* Brackets are due out tomorrow, madness is on it's way, temperatures are heading towards the 50's and at every 1:59 today throughout the time zones it will be PI to 5 places [3.14159], plus, it's a Saturday. How can you go wrong? Enjoy ~ * okay, I may have made that up but it's possible and highly probable in the equiprobable sampling of all total possible pies Albert may have favored. Do the math if you don't believe me. :)

Friday, March 13th, 2009 ~ Happy Friday the 13th! Relax, it's not a trend and even though we just had one of these last month, we won't have another until November. So enjoy the day under the covers (if you have to, and/or if you can), avoiding cracks in the sidewalk, ladders and black cats (we have very few of any of those things here on the driveway so you should be okay checking out the views). It's the 79th anniversary of the day Clyde Tombaugh sent a telegram to the Harvard College Observatory to let them know he had discovered a planet - which would later be named Pluto. (and which would later be demoted from planet to dwarf planet back to (in some states (we love you Illinois)) planet)

Thursday, March 12th, 2009 ~ Several trips up and down the driveway today and a 40% chance of snow showers make this the perfect day to stick around catching up on views and nest news ~ and it's also the perfect day to sign up for the summer writing program at the School of Disembodied Poetics in celebration of Jean Louis Kerouac (Jack to his friends) born 87 years ago today.

Wednesday, March 11th, 2009 ~ It's a hang on to your hats day today on the driveway, high winds abound. Anything could blow by, and just might! ~ And there should be cake, towels and calculators all around today as it's the birthdays of
Douglas Adams and of Urbain Le Verrier (one being the author of HitchHiker's Guide to the Galaxy and the other being the French mathematician who discovered the planet Neptune based entirely on his calculations and not by using anything as limiting (!) as a telescope. (He was ahead of, though that is open to some dispute, the English mathematician John Adams who also 'discovered' Neptune mathematically at about the same time)). And speaking of planets ~ Pluto is back!! At least in Illinois. (thanks for the update Em!). Enjoy the views all around the galaxies ~

Tuesday, March 10th, 2009 ~ Apparently drivewaycam (the cam) is never going to spring forward, but drivewaycam the page has finally managed to spring the date forward and it is no longer the 8th. Today is the anniversary of those famous words "Mr. Watson, come here; I want you." that ushered in a whole new era ~ the very first telephone call was made on this date back in 1876. Alexander Graham Bell in writing to his father about the call said "The day is coming when telegraph wires will be laid on to houses just like water and gas — and friends converse with each other without leaving home." (We miss those days) Writer's Almanac tells us that 39 years later, when the transcontinental phone lines were complete, Bell in New York, called Watson who then lived in California and restated his very first call with "Mr. Watson — come here — I want to see you." So reach out and call someone today ~ while watching the world go by a view at a time of course ~

Monday, March 8th, 2009 ~ Since it is National Umbrella Month, and since we are still under a flood watch, today is dedicated to the brolly ~ the most useful of accessories in rain or shine. A road trip to the Umbrella Cover Museum might be fun (really. let me know if you're up for it) and there is more than you might want to know about umbrellas here. If it turns out that it's not more than you want to know you can google 'umbrella' and spend the rest of the day, week (and month probably) wandering the links happily ~ Enjoy and click on picture below for umbrella anatomy details....



Sunday, March 8th, 2009 ~ Springing ahead today we are taking a couple old friends out of retirement and highlighting a new friend/site. On this date in 1669 Mount Etna began rumbling and the start of it's most destructive eruption ever. In 1979 on this date volcanoes were discovered on Io by Voyager 1. And on this date in 2009 drivewaycam found a Mount Etna Web Cam!! Of course the Hawaii Volcano Cam had to come out of retirement for the day and to round out your volcano viewing don't forget the ever popular Mt. St. Helen's cam. Greenhouse cam has returned as well, to replace the non-working ski jump cam, and will soon be showing the one eruption to look forward to.. as the tulips there, already rumbling, explode into bloom ~

Saturday, March 7th, 2009 ~ Our encounter with warm weather here has put the brakes on our US Snowshoe Day activities today, and National Procrastination Week doesn't end until tomorrow so we don't want to rush into celebrating that just yet, and while we are amused by the fact that by design the last night to sleep during National Sleep Awareness Week is a night shortened by springing ahead for Daylight Savings Time, it's hard to celebrate that with anything other than a nap. Hey wait! A nap would work for all of the above. AND - it's Saturday so napping is almost a requirement. Enjoy the views in between naps and if you can stay awake long enough there's a new quiz.

Friday, March 6th, 2009 ~ A snow free view of the driveway all day as the milder temperatures continue. It's a perfect feet on the ground, head in the clouds sort of day as it is the birthday of Benton MacKaye who was the creator of the "townless highway" known as the Appalachian Trail. It's also the birthday of Valentina Tereshkova, the first woman in space and still the only woman to have flown solo in space. She did 48 orbits of the earth back in June of 1963. So you don't miss any of the action today (?) here is a recipe for "cake in a cup" for celebrating and to enjoy along with the views ~

Thursday, March 5th, 2009 ~ A quiet day on the driveway today with the temperature soaring to the mid 40's!?! We don't have a thermometer cam here...but, in another made-for-drivewaycam use of technology and web cams, you can watch the temperature fluctuate in Vermont ~ where it's supposed to be going up to the mid 30's today. So pace yourself when viewing, it could get pretty exciting.

Wednesday, March 4th, 2009 ~ Put away your Square Root Day party favors, get past the hangover and dust off your gerunds! It's National Grammar Day and we all have infinitives to finally unsplit, tenses to conjugated, and a duty to speak good ~ er um well? Grammar is important for getting our thoughts clearly passed along - language can lift us from the swamp, sort of. "It has been said that he who was the first to abuse his fellow-man instead of knocking out his brains without a word, laid thereby the basis of civilization." John Jackson (neurologist). Exactly! So let's get it right today people. If you need help please check here for a lovely poem and here for more information on National Grammar Day. We leave you to the views with this question ~ What's the difference between a cat and a comma? Click the question for the answer, if you are brave enough

Tuesday, March 3rd, 2009 ~ Happy Square Root Day! Thanks Pebble! (see, it's not just me) Today 3/3/9 is the first square root day since 2/2/4 and last square root day until 4/4/16 (there are only 9 a century) so party on! . While partying you have a front row seat to watch the temperatures rise to double digits on the driveway. And while you do you can phone a friend in honor of Alexander Graham Bell's birthday (he'd be 162 (you may want to check your candle supply)), and/or write to someone overseas in honor of the first US International airmail service which started on this date in 1919 when 60 letters were flown between Victoria, BC Canada and Seattle ~ Enjoy the views and all the right angles today.

Monday, March 2nd, 2009 ~

There are things you should know. Just between me and you.
There are things you should know, neither one is brand new.
Two Things and I call them
Thing One and Thing Two.
These Things will not bite you.
They want to have fun
Mouse over this for Thing Two,
And this for Thing One


Sunday, March 1st, 2009 ~ Bunny Bunny Bunny! (which is what we had in the back yard yesterday as well as the traditional (?) greeting on the first day of the month.) Welcome to Maaliskuu on the driveway!!! (Finnish for March (according to Wikipedia)), which originates from maallinen kuu, meaning earthy month, because during maaliskuu, earth finally became visible under the snow. It's certainly a hopping month - it is, among others, American Red Cross Month, National Frozen Food Month, International Ideas Month and National Umbrella Month! Celebrate any or all of the above ~ enjoy the views (as it's also the month of the waning penguins and the waxing storks, eagles, falcons and owls) ~ And weather (sic) it comes in as a leijona or a vuona - hope your Maaliskuu is a good one

Saturday, February 28th, 2009 ~ February is rolling on out of here ~ last chance for any almost live February viewing today (sorry, no do-overs). It's also the anniversary of the day back in 1953 that Watson and Crick announced they had figured out the double-helix structure of DNA which led to decoding our genome, and some what less directly (a theme park had to built don't forget) to the ever popular song you'll find here. It also answered the age old question "What did one DNA molecule say to the other?" If you're brave enough you'll get the answer here. Enjoy the last day of February all around the views ~

Friday, February 27th, 2009 ~ Welcome to the penultimate day of February as it races down the driveway (pretty windy out there today). It's also the penultimate day of voting on what the Hubble Telescope should look at next ~ "Hubble's Next Discovery -- You Decide" is part of the International Year of Astronomy (IYA), the celebration of the 400th anniversary of Galileo's observations. People around the world can vote to select the next object the Hubble Space Telescope will view. Which is always a good thing! Take a break in the more local viewing and cast your vote by March 1st.



Thursday, February 26th, 2009 ~ More melting on store today (settle in with some popcorn and snacks) aided and abetted by some liquid sunshine that is due in along with the mid 40's temperature. The eagle's nest has been hopping....and all the other views are out there waiting too ~

Wednesday, February 25th, 2009 ~ Some great viewing today as we spend a couple of days in endothermic reactions instead of exothermic ones. As temperatures head to the 40's, we could get fancy and figure out the amount of heat of fusion needed to transfer our snow to water (somewhere in the neighborhood of 80 calories/gram or for you purists 333 joules/gram) but that would require knowing how much snow is out there (which we don't). So, trusting that the Sun knows what it's doing and has done the math, enjoy the H2O (s) --> H2O (l) happening on the driveway today.

Tuesday, February 24th, 2009 ~ Happy Mardi Gras! Last day of the Parades, with 4 in a row including Zeus and Rex that are getting ready to start (at 9AM eastern) on parade cam, and/or live video (and sound) right here. Missed seeing the comet live 'round these parts, did anyone get to see it? Enjoy Fat Tuesday ~ and all it's views.

Monday, February 23rd, 2009 ~ A very Happy Birthday to Lynn today!!! To celebrate we have snow this morning! Makes a Monday and a birthday easier to take. And to continue the celebrations don't forget to get to bed early tonight, and set your alarms early to get up around 1:00AM (your time) to watch for the Comet Lulin, visible to the naked eye, better viewed with binoculars or your backyard telescope. And, of course(!?), there will be a webcast, starting at 11:30 EST tonight and continuing until 5 a.m. EST tomorrow, the 24th. Where you can view the comet through a 16" telescope at the Coca-Cola Space Science Center in Columbus, GA ~ by clicking here. Given our snow, chances are we'll be watching online too ~ Should be a great night (morning) of viewing inside or out. Enjoy ~ And 6 more parades to watch online down in New Orleans so here again are the links for the schedule for the rest of the parades here and the Parade Cam here for all your parade viewing needs. And if you are behind in your viewing take a quick look at Wednesday's parade here, and Thursday's Chaos here and Muses here, with Friday's Hermes Parade here, and the Krewe d'Etat Parade here. Some of Sunday's Okeanos here and Bacchus here ) Enjoy ~

Sunday, February 22nd, 2009 ~ The last Sunday of the month has arrived ~ and the rumor is it's bringing some snow with it. Have some cherry pie today for Old George, and for Edward Gorey too. Big parade weekend continues down in New Orleans so also continuing are the links for the schedule for the rest of the parades here and the Parade Cam here for all your parade viewing needs. And if you are behind in your viewing take a quick look at Wednesday's parade here, and Thursday's Chaos here and Muses here, with Friday's Hermes Parade here, and the Krewe d'Etat Parade here) Enjoy ~

Saturday, February 21st, 2009 ~ It's a beautiful morning on the driveway as we wish Aunt Joyce a Very Happy Birthday!!!!!!!!!! Hope it's a wonderful day for you and a great year ahead! Big parade weekend down in New Orleans so here again are the links for the schedule for the rest of the parades here and the Parade Cam here for all your parade viewing needs. (Wednesday's parade here, and Thursday's Chaos here and Muses here) Enjoy ~

Friday, February 20th, 2009 ~ Egg Sighting News and lots to check out and watch today! There is an
egg in the eagle's nest in Colorado! And it's cold and wintry again, here on the driveway and all over the place which is always good for watching, and someone we all know (initials HC) might just be spotted here today (well not here as in on the driveway but here as in on this link). To round out the day, if you haven't check out a parade online yet, there are 3 to chose from tonight ~ they are lots of fun, and if you click on "live video" you even get commentary with the video, you get everything but the throws! Here again are the links for the schedule for the rest of the parades here and the Parade Cam here for all your parade viewing needs. (Wednesday's parade here, working on getting some pictures from yesterday's posted soon) Enjoy ~

Thursday, February 19th, 2009 ~ It's the 50th day of the year already! And though it may seem we're going faster than usual, we are still spinning at our normal speed and staying in our orbit around the sun just as suggested by today's birthday boy, Nicolaus Copernicus, about 495 years ago. You can watch the driveway work it's way around today in 10 minute increments ~ and we're keeping the schedule for the rest of the parades here and the Parade Cam here for all your parade viewing needs. (yesterday's parade here)

Wednesday, February 18th, 2009 ~ It's parade day on Driveway Cam! With Mardi Gras fast approaching (it's next Tuesday, 2/24) it's parade time down in New Orleans! If you can't make it down there, you can watch from up...well...from where ever you are. There are 32 parades still to go between today and the end of next Tuesday - and 2 of them are today scheduled to start at 6:30. You can start watching earlier to get a good seat, and/or to see the crowds gather. The schedule for the rest of the parades is here and the Parade Cam is here. Picture is a sneak-peek at a Parade shot from last weekend to tempt you ~ Enjoy! Click picture to go directly to the Parade Cam ~ and a quick driveway cam reminder that discretion is the better part of valor when attempting to earn parade beads while viewing said parade online.



Tuesday, February 17th, 2009 ~ Could be a good day for wandering the links looking for snow storms out west and watching the weather ramble the country ~ and if you feel like rambling today and need a song to hum (well, you might) try Waltzing Matilda. Today is the birthday of Banjo Paterson who was for a while the second-most popular poet writing in English in the world, after Rudyard Kipling. Author of the poem The Man From Snowy River, he is remembered best perhaps for writing the lyrics to "Waltzing Matilda." (With thanks to Writer's Almanac for the information) Enjoy the views and Happy Humming!



Monday, February 16th, 2009 ~ Hope everyone enjoys President's Day today - being off school and work should leave a lot of time for catching up on your viewing (or your napping as the case may be) ~

Sunday, February 15th, 2009 ~ A quiet day on the driveway so everyone can catch up on their other favorite views ~ Yesterday's quiz was answered yesterday - you all are going to have to be quick if you want to beat Bman to the answer! Enjoy the views ~

Saturday, February 14th, 2009 ~ A very Happy Valentine's Day to all of our viewers and viewees. To celebrate there is a new link (to replace the train museum cam that is currently offline), and a new quiz too ~ Enjoy!

Friday, February 13th, 2009 ~ The first Friday the 13th of the year is upon us and upon the driveway. There are 2 more this year (in March and November) so pace yourself and when not watching your favorite views get out there and find a 4 leaf clover, a penny heads up, get a lady bug to land on you, find a horseshoe ~ to build up your supply of lucky charms! For those viewers with paraskavedekatriaphobia (fear of Friday the 13) we suggest you stay under the covers (or under the bed) and wait it out....this too will pass. Enjoy the views ~

Thursday, February 12th, 2009 ~ (power has been iffy at best this morning.... drivewaycam updates whenever it's possbile) The wind that has been slapping the mid-west around is attempting to remove siding here today ~ hopefully the driveway won't blow away. While we watch to see if that happens it's another tip of the Stovepipe Hat for Abraham Lincoln's birthday. Today is the 200th anniversary of his birthday ~ there are celebrations all over the place, with mountains of information just about anywhere you look online, and one good place to start is the Lincoln Bicentennial Site. It's also the 200th anniversary of Charles Darwin and he too has a bicentenary site to persue. Enjoy ~


Picture from: http://www.historyplace.com/lincoln/lincpix/chair.jpg



Wednesday, February 11th, 2009 ~ A very Happy Sweet 16 Birthday to Jessie today!!!!! Hope it's a great year for you!!!!! (the subtext here is that folks in the tri-state area should probably stay off the road for a while as another of the cousins hits highway age) And while you are staying off the roads there's nothing better than getting geared up for Nest Season ~ Bambi and Friends Cam is offline until September so we've put the 2009 Nest/Egg Tote Board in it's place (and just in the nick of time...the owl now has 2 eggs, the eagles and storks are back, the falcons are hanging out around some of the nests and incubator cam is back!!!) Not all the nest links are active yet but we'll update them as they come back. Enjoy the views and watch the roads!!! (that goes double for you Jessie) :)

Tuesday, February 10th, 2009 ~ Keep an eye on your computer today and don't be surprised if it cops an attitude with you (they've been known to, at least around here) ~ after all, today is the 13th anniversary of the first time any current world champion Chess Master (Garry Kasparov in this case) was ever beaten by a computer opponent (Deep Blue) under regular tournament conditions... when Deep Blue won the first game of the match there was a disturbance in the force. While Kasparov went on to win the match (4-2), we're pretty sure that when the history of the Computer Wars is written Feb 10th is going to be day one...(oh wait, wouldn't that be day two?) :)

Monday, February 9th, 2009 ~ The sun is a little higher in the sky every day and nest season begins to get underway ....the eagles and storks are back and our favorite owl has an egg! The owl is first again in the egg race, we're not sure when it appeared, didn't look until yesterday, and there it was ~ If you find or see any other nest news please let us know. Enjoy the views ~



Sunday, February 8th, 2009 ~ The melting continues for a few more hours ~ and yes, that is grass appearing along the driveway edge (!). If snow melting, and ice breaking up on various lakes isn't quite enough of a rush for you (you adrenaline junkies know who you are) ~ the eagles are back ! ...(and you can check for other returnees on last years link here (or on the retired links page)



Saturday, February 7th, 2009 ~ Grab some popcorn and get a comfy seat 'cause there is big excitement up and down the driveway today - Rumor has it the temperature could reach 45 (cooler near the lake) which means there is going to be melting! And that's always good viewing. [We do hate to see the snow leave but it's still early February and we're fairly sure they'll be some more...so...] Enjoy the views ~



Friday, February 6th, 2009 ~ Yay!!! It's Friday!!! Few updates from the driveway view today but with all the rest of the world out there waiting to be watched this shouldn't be too much of a problem (we hope). It's the end of the week ~ Enjoy the day and have a cup of tea in honor of Queen Elizabeth, only the 40th British Monarch since William the Conqueror(!), and who became queen on this date back in 1952. (just 13 years before the descendents of one of England's own sailed out of NY on their way to join the realm for a while.....)

Thursday, February 5th, 2009 ~ Some folks say today is the anniversary of the first Don't Walk sign being installed, in 1952, in NYC ~ others are not so sure... In either case given the cold running amuck out there driveway cam suggests you proceed in an orderly manner to your nearest blanket, crawl under it and watch the views from there. Few updates here this morning as the PC has to venture out but the rest of views are just a click away. Enjoy ~



Wednesday, February 4th, 2009 ~ A light dusting of snow on the driveway to start the 35th day of the year and to celebrate the birthday of Clyde W. Tombaugh who is the man who discovered the on-again-off-again planet of Pluto (we here at drivewaycam are on the PLANET side of the aisle on this one). And in case you are wondering how the New Horizons mission to Pluto and beyond is going (due to closely encounter Pluto in 2015) you can check on, and follow it's progress here. Currently on day 1111 of it's trip, it has only 2350 more days to go...

Tuesday, February 3rd, 2009 ~ ~
Happy Birthday to You ~ ~ Happy Birthday to You ~ Happy Birthday Dear Emmmmmmmmmmmmillllllllllllllllly ~ Happy Birthday to You! :)

Monday, February 2nd, 2009 ~ A very Happy Groundhog's Day to one and all. Phil was up and making predictions this morning (even while some of us (no names please) slept in well past sunrise) ~ and it's 6 more weeks of winter according to the folks in PA. Whether that's good news to you, or bad... enjoy all the views on this "cross-quarter" day (which in the solar calendar means that it falls exactly between a solstice and an equinox!!(thanks to Writer's Digest)) and please, go easy on the GroundHog's Glogg today!

Sunday, February 1st, 2009 ~ Welcome to February on the Driveway! Posted a few of Em's pictures of her trip and there is a new trial link today too.

Saturday, January 31st, 2009 ~ Happy Birthday Ann!! And a Happy Saturday to us all as the last day of the month slides on down the driveway (impeded a bit perhaps by Lake Ontario visiting in the form of some snow this morning but none-the-less....). And just in case you were wondering (how could you not?) the Storks have started visiting the nests in Germany ~ Driveway Cam loves the start of stork season! Especially when it overlaps with Penguin Chick Season and Snow Season...it's a Hat Trick of webcam viewing ! Enjoy ~

Friday, January 30th, 2009 ~ The last Friday of the month ~ how did THAT happen?!? It's the 360th anniversary of King Charles I losing his head after a bit of a dispute with Oliver Cromwell. And in keeping with revolutionary lines it's also the birthday of the inventor of (among many other things) the mouse... that's right Douglas C. Englebart turns 74 today!! A computer mouse was first demonstrated by Englebart back in 1968 and was made out of wood. So, of course, cheesecake all around!! Enjoy ~



Thursday, January 29th, 2009 ~ A quiet day on the driveway while elsewhere, all over the place, people are digging out and/or waiting for the ice to melt. We got some pictures from Goshen which you can look at here (thanks Amy!) and we'd love to see any others out there. Final words to Edward Abbey and Thomas Paine who share today as their birthday ~ A long habit of not thinking a thing wrong gives it a superficial appearance of being right. Thomas Paine You can't study the darkness by flooding it with light. Edward Abbey

Wednesday, January 28th, 2009 ~ With 80,000 homes in KY alone out of power, chances are we've lost a significant portion of our viewer population to the ice storm (odds are high that both of them are in the dark!) ~ However, if you have electricity it's a great day for viewing and a lousy one to be outside, almost everywhere. The snow should continue here (8-12 inches which could mean 2 (!) plowings) most of the day. Check out the links below, and from January, 10 for even more snow and ice and catch the weather at your favorite sites. Take some pictures and send them in, make some soup, stay warm, watch the roads and revive the refrain ~ Watch It Snow, Watch It Snow, Watch It Snow ~

Tuesday, January 27th, 2009 ~ It is, rumor has it, National Chocolate Cake Day and the rules (?) say we must bake, decorate and/or eat a chocolate cake today. Rules are rules. Here is a chocolate cake recipe from Hershey's (go to the experts) if you are in need of one. Your cake can be used to celebrate the day and to celebrate the birthdays today of Lewis Carroll, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Edward Smith - Sounds like 3 cakes are in order. Any pictures sent in of your cakes, we'll post them. Enjoy ~ (And not that it matters, any reason for cake stands on it's own merit, however Edward Smith was the captain of the Titanic and he would have been 159 today if they hadn't hit that iceberg.......)

Monday, January 26th, 2009 ~ Somehow we've already gotten to the last Monday of the month ~ and according to the weather forecast, with all the alerts all over the place and the "dynamic weather activity" wandering about, whichever way you look today could be interesting...

Sunday, January 25th, 2009 ~ Still cold out there, and Em is due home today (!) (last day to play AmtrackingEm, click map below) wending her way even as we type ~ so, there are trips up and down the driveway to view, subzero wind chills to watch, and plenty of sites to visit all day long. Wherever your wending takes you today, Enjoy the views ~



Saturday, January 24th, 2009 ~ The Arctic is back for a visit ~ good day to stay inside and watch the cold go by. But if you have to go out take a boy scout with you, they're always handy to have around, you never know when you're going to need a fire or other help, and, it's the 101st anniversary of the start of the Scouting Movement today. To celebrate there is a new trial site and a new quiz to work on. Stay warm and enjoy the views ~



Friday, January 23rd, 2009 ~ No one will believe this, so we'll just blurt it out ~ it's Patti Beth's 50th Birthday Today!!!!!!! A very Happy Birthday Patti Beth - hope it's a great year ahead for you. Along with all the cake (there will have to be a lot of cake for all those candles!) and ice cream be sure to have some pie in her honor too because it's also National Pie Day today (no, not PI day, that's in March). Started by The American Pie Council, “the only organization committed to maintaining America’s pie heritage”,(!) they have more pie information (if you're wanting more) and you'll find some amazing Pie Trivia right here.



Thursday, January 22nd, 2009 ~ Rumors of temperatures above freezing for the next 2 days mean there could be some melting to watch! The excitement is almost palpable. However, for the icing on the cake of the day, just before 9 (ET) tonight, Em starts on her way back ~ which of course starts another round of AmTrakingEm! Also, in case you somehow missed the inauguration coverage there is a brief look at it from the driveway, here ~ Enjoy the views ~



Wednesday, January 21st, 2009 ~ (Oops! Forgot to push this blurb to the server this morning) What a day of firsts this date has been in history - On this date in 1677, the first medical book was published in the U.S.; in 1789 the first novel by an American writer was published (The Power of Sympathy or the Triumph of Nature Founded in Truth); in 1970 the first 747 began commercial use and opened up economic long-distance travel to the masses; and on this date in 1976, providing the exact opposite in travel, the first Concordes with commercial passengers simultaneously took flight from London's Heathrow Airport and Orly Airport outside Paris. And if all that isn't enough to cheer you up today is also the birthday of Horace Wells ~ the American dentist who pioneered the use of nitrous oxide as surgical anesthesia. So brownies all around to celebrate and enjoy the views ~

Tuesday, January 20th, 2009 ~ It's inauguration day (it's 12:25 a.m. at the moment) and there is plenty to watch online even now... That's right, the
traffic cams in DC are hopping and hence it's a very early posting this morning so that if any of you are wanting to get in on the action too you can ~ Enjoy all the views today on line, on TV or in person if you are lucky enough to be there. Here are some other links to DC cam hopping as well ~ in case you want to take a break from the media coverage every now and then. You can view DC here, and here and here Enjoy!

Monday, January 19th, 2009 ~ It's Martin Luther King Jr Day and it is Edgar Allen Poe's 200th Birthday!!!!!! Which makes it a perfect day for reading ~ enjoy some Poe, as well as some King today. And, in a report from Washington(state), Em explained that adjusting to warmer weather after traversing the plains in -50 can play havoc with your head.

Sunday, January 18th, 2009 ~ A little reprieve in temperature, and a little more snow today and maybe even a plowing on the driveway! And today is the birthday of A.A. Milne and Cary Grant ~ so when you're not checking out the driveway (??) some honey cake and a movie might do nicely....

Saturday, January 17th, 2009 ~ Heat wave warning ~ it's going up to 17 today! It's also the 60th anniversary of when the VW Bug first arrived in the US, and at least 3 trips up and down the driveway are in the works. All that plus the birthday of Benjamin Franklin is more than enough reason to come out from under the blankets just long enough to enjoy some cake (and maybe even some ice-cream) with the views.

Friday, January 16th, 2009 ~ The best place for viewing the ever growing baby penguins, chickens in the snow, cheese aging, moss growing, lighthouses, frozen lakes, the sun rise across the country and of course the driveway, is right here ~ from under a pile of blankets. Stay warm and enjoy the views ~



Thursday, January 15th, 2009 ~ Okay, it's cold. Reports from the train include -50 degree wind chill, frozen brakes, frozen springs, and frozen heaters prompting a day of free coffee for the passengers ~ Reports from everywhere else include Brrrrrrrrrrrr and chattering teeth. It's another condo day for driveway cam but there are falling temperatures all over the place to watch (including cold even way down in Georgia, Louisiana and Florida tonight) so fire up the hot water bottle and enjoy the views ~


Last day to play


Wednesday, January 14th, 2009 ~ If you are in the Artic Blast area (and even if you aren't) STAY INSIDE today ~ make some soup, brew some tea, put on your thickest socks and layers of sweaters and watch the snow (10+ inches due in Chicago area) all over the place. Just about any view you pick should have some snow to watch..... Snow links from the other day should be good too: Detroit , Cleveland, Erie, Buffalo, and Rochester . And it's another great day to surf through Michigan/Wisconsin/Minnesota Locations , or Ohio, or Pennsylvania, or New York . And of course Chicago and around the lake there and any or all of your regular links to catch the weather there, as well as the traffic cams, and the Searching for Snow link to follow the flakes. (Driveway cam will be updating only early as it's a condo day, but every where else is updating for your viewing pleasure). Stay warm and enjoy the views ~



Tuesday, January 13th, 2009 ~ A winter weather (imagine that) advisory again today with some snow and mostly cold due in on the driveway today. That Artic Front is visiting all over the place so bundle up and then stay in to enjoy the views. You may find yourself day-dreaming of summer and playing frisbee as it's the anniversary of the day the Wham-O Company began production of the first frisbee in 1957. It's also the 121st anniversary of when 33 explorers and scientists gathered in Washington, D.C., to organize "a society for the increase and diffusion of geographical knowledge", and started the National Geographic Society. In their honor a link today to their lovely (and warm!)

Coral Cam in Belize. Enjoy ~


Monday, January 12th, 2009 ~ And the 2nd Monday of the year is off and running ~ and it brings with it the birthday of Charles Perrault author of Little Red Riding Hood, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty (or Le Petit Chaperon rouge, Cendrillon ou la petite pantoufle de verre, and La Belle au bois dormant as they were known to his friends) as well as The Tales Of Mother Goose (to name just a few). So cake all around, and if you spill some on your clothes don't worry because it's also the birthday of Ruth Rogan Benerito, a pioneer in the development of wash-n-wear fabrics, and who is turning 93 today! So have some ice cream too and enjoy it with wild abandon. (which is the only way to eat ice cream anyway)

Sunday, January 11th, 2009 ~ Snow has mostly passed on through (yesterday's views are actually more than snow now) - which just leaves some cleaning up. At least here at drivewaycam (it's still snowing in New England). The Amusement Park Cam is back online! But GrapeVine Cam was just too good to lose, so it's staying and 3 more sites join it in a whole new row of excitement in the table below ~ That's right - you can now watch more granite (in Nova Scotia), watch the wind in a another location, and watch ice form and melt on yet another lake(Erie this time). And Cleveland has been added to the traffic cams page! No, no, don't thank us, just enjoy the views ~



Saturday, January 10th, 2009 ~ Same storm, different day. The snow continues it's march, mostly south of us, slowly working it's way to New York city, visiting Detroit (a lovely view btw), Cleveland, Erie, Buffalo, and just a little bit 'round Rochester (sadly, just 1-3 inches) along it's way. But it's a great day to watch it wander through most of Ohio, most of Pennsylvania, and most of New York . And of course it's still snowing in Chicago (Sears Tower) and around the lake there (Loyola University) Don't forget to check in any or all of your regular links to catch the weather there, as well as the traffic cams, and the Searching for Snow link to follow the flakes. Put on an extra sweater or two, make some hot chocolate and enjoy the views while we sing the refrain ~ Watch It Snow, Watch It Snow, Watch It Snow ~ 10:30(AM) Update!!!! Don't forget the biggest brightest Full Moon of the year is tonight ~ especially if you are in a non-snow/rain clogged sky area!

Friday, January 9th, 2009 ~ It's the start of a snowy weekend all over the place ~ there should be lots of good viewing (from inside where it's hopefully warmer) of the accumulating white stuff on almost every one of the usual links you like to look at here. New York city is expecting 6-8 inches (that link loads slowly but is worth the wait) so their traffic cams could be very entertaining?! In fact, all of the traffic cams are great for snow watching. Plus there is the new Searching for Snow link in the table below. Chicago is already snowy with some good views of it here (Sears Tower) and here (Loyola University) Make a pot of tea, grab a blanket and some slippers and settle in to Watch It Snow, Watch It Snow, Watch It Snow ~

Thursday, January 8th, 2009 ~ For all you rockin' physicists out there...today is the birthday of Stephen Hawking and Elvis Presley! Both of them worked on the idea that a system's angular momentum stays constant unless an external torque acts on it, among their other interests. While Elvis centered his studies on the musical applications of the science, Hawking chose to concentrate more on developing his singularity theroms. However, they each reached the same conclusions and found, by independent research, that both rock 'n roll and a black hole are fully described by the three properties of mass, angular momentum, and electric charge. :)


Relationship between force (F), torque (t), and momentum vectors (p and L) in a rotating system with thanks to Writer's Almanac, Wikipedia and random (elvis) bloggers everywhere

Wednesday, January 7th, 2009 ~ Gray and sleety here on the driveway today ~ but there is cause for cake! Today is the birthday of Émile Borel, the French mathematician who was first to propose the thought experiment that a monkey hitting keys at random on a typewriter keyboard will - with absolute certainty - eventually type every book in France's Bibliothèque nationale de France (National Library). This is now popularly known as the infinite monkey theorem and is of course the founding principle of this (and every) web site (or blog out there). Enjoy the views but please don't slip on any of the banana peels!



Tuesday, January 6th, 2009 ~ Today is Epiphany, the 12th day of Christmas and as such could be a good day for viewing - you just never know who or what might show up, or where. Why, even watching a driveway could bring some revelation... ~



Monday, January 5th, 2009 ~ Sure, it may be the first Monday of the year, and the holidays may be over and it may be back to work or school but it's official ~ There are chicks in Antarctica!!!!!!!!!!!

and from yesterday



Sunday, January 4th, 2009 ~ Yesterday was not the 2nd, even though it might have said it was here. However, today IS the 4th - and in less than 30 minutes (10:am EST) we (the planet, and by extension the driveway, it's viewers and it's viewees) will be the closest to the Sun we're going to get all year. That's right it's Perihelion Day! So break out the shades and the sunscreen and enjoy the well lit views ~

Saturday, January 3rd, 2009 ~ A very Happy Birthday today to Little Glady! It's also the birthday of John Ronald Reuel Tolkien today, and a pretty busy date for technology as it turns out. In 1919 the atom was split for the first time, and in 1888 topping even that (?!?) the first wax drinking straw and the spiral winding tube-making process was patented by Marvin C. Stone. Add to that it's the day Apple Computer was incorporated back in 1977 and you have ~ well you have a lovely bunch of unrelated facts. And a new quiz! (seems we can't stop) Enjoy ~

The image above is from Marvin C. Stone's patent for artificial straws. The figures show how paper can be coiled around a spindle to create a tube. These images are courtesy of the U.S. Patent Office. Click picture to see detail ~

Friday, January 2nd, 2009 ~ Panda Cam in Atlanta is temporarily offline, so we have Dinosaur Cam in it's place - they may not be as cute as a baby panda but they certainly live up to the driveway cam standards of action! The Panda Cam link is on the retired pages, we'll keep checking on their return. If you find them back before we do please let us know. Enjoy the views ~



Thursday, January 1st, 2009 ~ Welcome to 2009 on the driveway! Updates every 9 minutes today. There is some house cleaning going on around the site, more on that as it unfolds. First order of business ~ We are pleased to announce the 2008 Quiz Champion (and our first Quiz Champion ever) is none other than Bman!!! (insert crowd roar here). Congratulations Bman!!!! There is a new trial site to start out the new year and here is a quick look at 2009 as it arrived in Fairbanks Alaska since some of us happened to be out surfing at the time... and now it's on with the year ~



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