2015's Previously on Previously on Driveway Cam
Wednesday, December 30th 2015 ~ Faster and faster away this old year passes. Down to 2 days left so get your viewing in while you can! We are currently stuck in the Antarctic ~ not by weather issues but by a deluge of cuteness. If you haven't gone to check out the chicks, you really need to. Meanwhile, we pause for a moment of song (not silence) for all of the distant penguin cousins, the canaries, who worked in the British Mines testing the air prior to this day in 1986, when the BBC reported that the British government planned to replace about 200 canaries, who were still in use in mining pits at that time, with modern electronic gas detectors. And we'll leave you with a quick look at our current favorite flightless waterfowl baby (babies!)!
Wednesday, November 18th 2015 ~ The Leonids are still here and peak tonight for North American viewers ~ tonight after midnight, and before dawn if the weather permits, just get outside, hit the ground, and look up ~ additional viewing details here. Did watch a bit on Slooh last night, see pictures below. It's also a good day for birthdays as it is the birthday of Margaret Atwood, who is 11 years younger than birthday rodent Mickey Mouse, who is 5 years younger than Alan Shepard! (one of those facts that just amazes us for some reason... America's first man in space was 5 years older than Mickey Mouse...) We are running late but a quick nod to the (powerful) American and Canadian Railroad companies who this day (exactly at noon) in 1883 begin using four continental time zones to end the confusion of dealing with thousands of local times. And before noon gets here sans blurb ~ we're off ~ enjoy!
Tuesday, November 17th 2015 ~ The Elizabethan Age started 457 years ago today when the (then) 25 year old Elizabeth became queen and little did the world know what wonders were about to begin. To celebrate ~ a toast (ELIZABETH!), and, the Leonids are here! They peak tonight and tomorrow night with the best viewing for North American viewers tomorrow night ~ but even tonight after midnight, and before dawn if the weather permits, just get outside, hit the ground, and look up ~ more viewing details here. If your weather doesn't cooperate you can watch online tonight courtesy of our friends at Slooh ~ show starts at 8:00 PM Eastern. And you can always listen to the meteor shower on spacerweatheradio.com. Be sure to take a blanket or 3 with you, and pack some hot chocolate and snacks and head on out (or head on-line, blankets and hot chocolate work there just as well.) ~ Enjoy!
Monday, November 16th 2015 ~ A good day for openings as it was this very day in 1959 that Sound Of Music premiered on Broadway, and in 2001 that the first Harry Potter movie opened! There are storm clouds opening up (and they are filled with snow) out west ~ any of the cameras that are out that way are good to watch in a snowstorm. Denver (and surrounding areas) is under a blizzard warning, and there are gale warnings and advisories on all the coasts ~ all in all a good day for armchair travels in those areas and viewing everywhere. The traffic cams are a good place to start to wander (and safe because you don't need to be in a car to be on the roads! (The collision rate for drivewaycam viewers is very low (and is the lowest for the National average of online fender benders!)(a record we are proud of even if we did make it up))).
Sunday, November 15th 2015 ~ Midway through National Epilepsy Awareness Month ~ seems like it just got started ~ maybe the 1.4 billion Chinese are all running in the same direction again and we're spinning faster (okay maybe not, but it's a theory we've enjoyed for decades). Don't worry about that, however, when you have worries I know a place where all the noise and the hurry seems to help ~ check the Downtowns Views (it's Petula's birthday after all). And check here for your humming or singing pleasure... It's not downtown but it was 209 years ago today that Zebulon Pike first saw Pike's Peak (as it came to be known), so be sure to drop by there today too ~
Saturday, November 14th 2015 ~ Some days there are no explanations ~ but there is comfort in familiar things (click on the picture there to enlarge it). So in honor of the familiar, a reminder that it was this day 164 years ago that Moby Dick, by Herman Melville, was published, and then a look in at some white whales. It is the day 46 years ago that Apollo 12 lifted off to become the 2nd manned mission to the moon, and it is the birthday of Aaron Copeland. It is also the day that Alexandra is heading across the pond to visit! Safe travels to all today as we wander our views ~
Friday, November 13th 2015 ~ Welcome to 11/13/15 on the driveway! Not only is it Friday the 13th (!!) ~ it is also the 6th and last time this century (!!) we'll have a consecutively odd dates day (thanks for the tip Em) **AND** we had space junk hurtling towards us (hit near Sri Lanka around 1:20 (am) ET today) (!!!). So it's back under the bed (forget just the covers) and here's to watching the views from there. You can watch the re-run of the space junk arrival on Slooh , as whatever it is collided with, and then burned up in, the atmosphere. Right ~ aluminum foil hats on (it's not the only thing hurtling towards us, slide to the bottom of the Don't Look page), and it's off to the views ~ lets be careful out there people!
Thursday November 12th 2015 ~ Birthday boy ~ John William Strutt, might have trouble coming up with his (now called) Rayleigh scattering phenomenon here today ~ as we are looking at 90-100% covered sky. However check out the alerts/warning weather map to determine your best chances for some interesting weather viewing elsewhere ~ or just to see if you should stay inside today with some hot chocolate to go along with those views ~ For some daytime star viewing, Daniel Radcliffe gets his Hollywood Star today and you can watch here (11:30 am Pacific). An additional, tho' abbreviated, Hppy Brthdy to DeWitt Wallace, the founder of Reader's Digest and it's off to the views ~ Enjoy ~
Wednesday November 11th 2015 ~ Thank you to all Veterans, of all wars. We hope the rest of us can take time today to find time, money, or energy, to donate to, and/or discover ways to help, either the VA or through local Disabled American Veterans organizations.
Tuesday November 10th 2015 ~ We are dazed and confused because the blurb division missed yesterday and are in a spin today because it's the birthday of Neil Gaiman (1960), Sesame Street (1969), the US Marine Corps (1775) ~ oorah ~ and Martin Luther (1483) and they still have no idea how to celebrate that combo. So beyond mentioning it, they won't. It is also the day back in 1975 that the SS Edmund Fitzgerald sank in Lake Superior in one of those November Gales. There are Gale Watches out on most of the Great Lakes today, although Lake Superior isn't all that involved this time. To watch it, and the other lakes check out the views of the north coast here. And just because, you'll want to check out this video as well.
Sunday November 8th 2015 ~ Oops, more than a little late ~ well, we'll blame it on the weather. They are under a winter storm advisory in Alaska (where it is still morning...) and that always gets the blurb division verklempt. There are also winter advisories out in Montana, Nevada, and California. Check out the traffic cams, and here is a nice one to check in on Anchorage and one for Denali too. Enjoy ~
Saturday November 7th 2015 ~ Welcome to Saturday on the driveway ~ we're celebrating the birthdays of Albert Camus and Joni Mitchell today. Unlikely to ever have been, or be, a couple, but as they were both born on National Bittersweet Chocolate with Almonds Day we'll suggest 1 cake for the 2 of them. Some cake, with some Joni playing in the background while you read some Camus.... Sounds completely absurd (Camus would have loved it!). Of course it's also Marie Curie's birthday so if you want to make Yellowcake with Dark Chocolate Almond icing that works too! And it's so good you'll glow ~ Enjoy the views ~
Friday November 6th 2015 ~ First Friday of November is upon us (and upon the driveway) and brings with it a change in weather they say (our 70+ degree days are going to be blowing out of town later today) as well as the birthday of John Philip Sousa (in 1854) and the day Teddy Roosevelt left for Panama becoming the first American President to make an official visit outside of the continental U.S. (in 1906). It's also National Nachos Day, so make some to take with you as you march off and make your way to Panama or any of the other views ~ Enjoy!
Thursday November 5th 2015 ~ Here we are at the 5th of November, which, if you remember, remember ~ is the day of gunpowder, treason, and plots! And we here at drivewaycam also see no reason why gunpowder treason should ever be forgot. :) You can play a gunpowder plot game here. Or you can check in on a camera 5 miles from Gunpowder Ridge, MD, or any of these in the area which are also entertaining ~ Be careful with the bonfires tonight, and enjoy the views ~
Wednesday November 4th 2015 ~ Now that elections are over we can get down to the business of November ~ it is National Epilepsy Awareness Month ~ and to see how you can particiate in that, and we hope that you will, check out their site. This particular day in November is the birthday of Ruth Mosko Handler, who co-founded the Mattel company and who created the Barbie Doll (in 1959), and Ken, a boy doll (1961), named after her children. And coincidentally (or not) it is also the birthday of Benjamin F. Goodrich, who founded the B.F. Goodrich Rubber Co. in Akron, Ohio. Wonder what companies will be started by any of the approximately 367,200 people who will be born today...Something to ponder while you wander the views ~ including the view of the coming population explosion in Antarctica! Enjoy ~
Tuesday November 3rd 2015 ~ If you haven't voted yet.... stop looking at the views and go do it. The view of the inside of your voting booth (if you are still lucky enough to have booths) or the view of your ballot (if you aren't) is the best view to be taking in right now. Don't worry, we'll wait, and be here when you get back ~ "Elections belong to the people. It's their decision. If they decide to turn their back on the fire and burn their behinds, then they will just have to sit on their blisters." ~ Abraham Lincoln
Monday November 2nd 2015 ~ A quick Happy Birthday to Daniel Boone on this lovely sunny autumn day ~ and then it's off to the views because we are running oh so very late. Before we go, a quick stop in for a look at Reading, Pennsylania near where Daniel was born. And now... it's off to the views ~ Enjoy!
Sunday November 1st 2015 ~ And just that fast, even with an extra hour of sleep, it's All Saints Day on the driveway ~ It was this very day in 1512 that Michelangelo's paintings on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel were displayed for the first time. Failing to make Pope Julius II understand that he was a sculptor, and not really a painter, it took him four years to complete the paintings that decorate the ceiling. Makes it a perfect day to look at them closely, and while they still haven't installed a ceiling cam there, we do have this wonderful set of pages which is almost better at least for getting up close and seeing it from Michelangelo's view point. Enjoy munching on your bag of treats today, wandering on the ceiling, and all the views of November as it rolls into town ~
Saturday October 31st 2015 ~
Friday October 30th 2015 ~ While it was 77 years ago tonight that Orson Welles caused a nationwide panic with his broadcast of “War of the Worlds” ~ This Day in History says "Perhaps as many as a million radio listeners believed that a real Martian invasion was underway. Panic broke out across the country. In New Jersey, terrified civilians jammed highways seeking to escape the alien marauders. People begged police for gas masks to save them from the toxic gas and asked electric companies to turn off the power so that the Martians wouldn’t see their lights." ~ what is scaring the be-jee-bees out of drivewaycam is that there are still no pumpkins (aka Jack-o-lanterns) to protect us on this all hallows eve eve. Fingers crossed that pumpkins happen tonight!
Thursday October 29th 2015 ~ The Internet, defined as a remote connection between two computers, was first achieved on October 29, 1969 or so we are told ~ you can thank, or want to slap, Leonard Kleinrock, Charley Kline and Bill Duvall and the US Department of Defense who funded their research, provided the 'network' and probably wonders why on many many days. It's also National Cat Day (which makes sense given 99% of the internet seems to be devoted to cats) so let your cat play on your computer today (well at least with the mouse!)(eye roll here)and get out there and wander the legacy of ARPANET. First message ever sent via the Internet? "L O" (they were going for "login" they say but the connection crashed! Of course they may have been trying to send the first LOL given what they were working on unleashing) :) ~ Johnny was an early embracer of the swipe technology over using the mouse....
Wednesday October 28th 2015 ~ Since it was on this day in 1886 that the Statue of Liberty was officially unveiled and opened to the public we'll check in on her and then head on out because (surprise, surprise) we are running late again. By the way, it was also this day, just 33 years later, that Congress overrode a presidential veto to pass the Volstead Act, which provided for enforcement of the 18th Amendment to the Constitution, prohibiting the sale of alcohol. Do we think the 2 events are related? We do not. Others may disagree, but germane to nothing, one was repealed, and one is still standing. Enjoy the views ~ :)
Tuesday October 27th 2015 ~ Late again. First and foremost ~ Happy Birthday Bob!!! Hope it's the start of a great year!!!! And then...it's off to the views which are spectacular all over the place, and ... there are penguins! ~ enjoy ~
Monday October 26th 2015 ~ Last Week of October is underway, we're just not sure how that is possible. It was this very day back in 1825 that the Erie Canal (our favorite canal in these parts) was opened and travel got underway on it. Work had begun on “Clinton’s Ditch” in August 1823 and on October 26th ~ just 2 years later ~ Governor Clinton left Buffalo on a canal boat to travel the 425 mile Erie Canal (with it's 83 locks) to New York City. Cannons were arranged along the length of the canal and the river, each within hearing distance of the next cannon. As the governor began his trip, the first cannon was fired, signaling the next to fire. Within 81 minutes(!!), the word was relayed to New York ~ it was the fastest communication the world had ever known. Almost twice as fast as the blurb division most days! Enjoy the views ~ of the canal at Tonawanda, or at Fairport, and everywhere else ~
Saturday October 24th 2015 ~ The weekend before Halloween is upon us ~ certainly (hopefully) time to get some pumpkins, have some cider, munch some candy corn and maybe a donut or two! The Pumpkin Festival in Circleville Ohio continues and has many cameras to check out. And there is still time for practicing turning pumpkins into jack-o-lanterns here and/or here. However you enjoy the sites and sounds of the day try not to bang your shins on any of the things that go bump in the night (or day for that matter)!
Friday October 23rd 2015 ~ A very Happy Mole Day to all you chemists (and moles) out there! And a very happy Friday to us all ~ As we head into the weekend before Halloween in the spirit of the season, Circleville Ohio is in the midst of their Pumpkin Festival, which we can watch if not attend. (it's hopping there, well into the night)(and the cameras run 24 hrs a day). And we will all keep a watch on Patricia as we hope everyone in the path of it finds their way to safety, with luck it will lose strength as fast as it gained it.
Thursday October 22nd 2015 ~ Running late, so just a quick reminder of online jack-o-lanterning at either our old favorite site, or at the new one we found; and of candy voting ~ Reese's or Kit-Kat or Snickers or Milky Way or 100,000 Grand or Butterfingers or All of the Previous...and more!; as well as a reminder to take some time to leaf peep while wandering the rest of the views ~ enjoy!
Wednesday October 21st 2015 ~ Thomas Edison had a light bulb go off over his head (!) this very day back in 1879 (we are told), as it was this day that he finally struck upon the idea for a workable electric light! Perfect pre-timing on Edison's part because it turned out that a few years later, in 1914 on this same day Martin Gardner would be born and eventually Celebration of the Mind Day would be created in his honor, and here we are ~ so dust off your lobes and celebrate after a quick look in at Longest Burning Light bulb in History *AND* a stop off for a new quiz (!) ~ you'll be glad you did ~ Enjoy ~
Tuesday October 20th 2015 ~ If you are feeling like you want to flop back into bed today we understand completely. It is after all the day back in 1968 that Oregonian Dick Fosbury, who had debuted his unique jumping style known as the “Fosbury Flop”, won the Olympic gold metal with his 7 feet 4 1/4 inch jump at the Mexico City Games. Though it was believed the flop would wipe out a generation of high jumpers with broken necks, since 1980 no one using any other technique has ever held the world record! In other Oregonian news, this is the day back in 1846 that the Oregon Territory was divided when the 49th parallel was extended to the coast, and our northern boundary was set. Speaking of Oh Canada ~ GO BLUEJAYS!!!!! (oh and GO CUBS TOO!!!!)
Monday October 19th 2015 ~ Still no pumpkins on the driveway ~ that has to be remedied, soon. Still practicing our jack-o-lanterns at our old favorite site, as well as at a new one we found. Also still polling on the favorite halloween candy question ~ click on your favorite(s) and vote here for: Reese's or Kit-Kat or Snickers or Milky Way or 100,000 Grand or Butterfingers or All of the Previous...and more!. Still time to leaf peep as well (it's getting quite good out there) ~ so no more stillness! With all the Pomp and Circumstance available (it's the 114th anniversary of the premier of Edward Elgar's March after all) it's on to the views ~
Sunday October 18th 2015 ~ Toasts all around today ~ first, and maybe foremost ~ to the pop-up toaster! Which was patented (Patent: 1394450 (US)) today by Charles Strite back in 1921. And with that we can toast the 164th anniversary of the publication of Moby Dick (while eating your toast you can read all 212,758 words right here; also a toast (or 586,412 toasts, one for each acre) to the 148th anniversary of the day the U.S. formally took possession of Alaska after purchasing the territory from Russia for $7.2 million, or less than two cents an acre. (you can look for white whales and check some of those acres out here) Then of course, before we run out of bread ~ a toast to PattiBeth and Mark on their anniversary (25th is it?) and to Dieter who is getting older today! Enjoy, and pass the jam ~
Saturday October 17th 2015 ~ A very happy Sweetest Day to all as well as a very Merry National Pasta Day! Want to combine the 2 (!? who wouldn't??) check out the recipes here (we are wanting to try the Chocolate Pasta Pie.... just saying if you try it first, invite us over!) Enjoy the views and the wonderful leaf peepingingness of the season ~ with a side of pie of course.
Friday October 16th 2015 ~ Heading to the pumpkin patch today ~ so there may be pumpkins in the driveway's future. Good time to start practicing carving them.... practice site 1, and the ever popular practice site 2; as well as time to start voting for your favorite trick or treats ~ Butterfingers or Snickers or Reese's or Milky Way or 100,000 Grand or Kit-Kat or All of the Previous...and more!. It is also National Feral Cat Day once again ~ so take a feral cat to lunch, and to the pumpkin patch if it wants to go. Enjoy ~
Thursday October 15th 2015 ~ October is running away too quickly! It's already the middle of the month and we've yet to get our pumpkins or read any Bradbury. Time to s l o w it down.... so make some hot cider, or your favorite pumpkin flavored drink, grab a book of Bradbury, settle into your favorite chair or pumpkin patch, pull the shades or pull the blankets over your head and let the shivers begin ~ to really slow it down you can watch Pumpkin Vine, Wyoming, but don't forget to interject a side of Bradbury now and then ~ Enjoy
Wednesday October 14th 2015 ~ It's happy happy birthday birthday to e.e. cummings today ~ and listen to this ~ it's also the 68th anniversary of the day Chuck Yeager became the first person to fly faster than the speed of sound... AS WELL AS... the 3rd anniversary of the day Felix Baumgartner became the first person to break the sound barrier without the protection or propulsion of a vehicle having jumped from a capsule attached to a helium balloon approximately 24 miles straight up. (we're still wondering why)(if you know, do tell). We're going back to reading and listening to poetry before the entire day rushes by (in it's 10 minute increments). Enjoy the sites and sounds of the day ~
Tuesday October 13th 2015 ~ The blurb division took yesterday off (and almost took today off as well, but we found them and dragged them back) but hope you enjoyed watching food trucks at Harvard for an extra day. The trucks in the driveway yesterday here were food trucks of a sort too as the stove, microwave, and oven were delivered and installed ~ finally! (yay!! it's only been since July). Today is the anniversary of the debut of the movie Harvey back in 1950 so we are going to be looking for pookas and/or rabbits in all of the views, all day. Hope you'll join us. And if you see one on the driveway (or anywhere) Please Oh Please let us know!!! Enjoy ~
at long last....
Sunday October 11th 2015 ~ You may be out on the road this weekend ~ good day for it as it's a great day for all manner of transportation (?). It was this day in 1811 that the first steam-powered ferryboat (the Juliana) began operation (between NYC and Hoboken), it's the day back in 1968 that the first manned Apollo mission was launched for it's 11 day orbiting mission (Apollo 7) ~ and it's National Food Truck Day!. It's also the birthday of Henry John Heinz and therefore his '57 Varieties' as well (Food truck food wouldn't be the same without him!). Here is a webcam of a parking lot where the food trucks park when they are there ~ don't know the trucks schedules, they may not come on Sundays, just have to keep checking (along with us). You can also watch food trucks at Harvard (!), where you can check the schedule (we do not make this up) Enjoy ~
Saturday October 10th 2015 ~ Happy Squidturday!!?! It's the weekend! And a long weekend for many ~ Speaking of squids (?) Squidturday is in honor of Day 3 of Cephalopod Awareness Days which is also Squid and Cuttlefish Day ~ interestingly, squid communicate by flashing each other. [note demanded by legal department: while we appreciate various forms of communication we do not recommend honoring these Cephalopods by mimicking their behavior!][drivewaycam's defense fund just isn't large enough for the fallout if we didn't add that note!] Hope it's a lovely day full of lovely views for everyone ~
Friday October 9th 2015 ~ It's a rainy Friday washing down the driveway today. A good day to stay in to wander the views and read and nap (yes, those are the recurring themes on this side of the driveway) ~ It's International Egg Day (don't know if that means eat only international eggs or....) It is also day 2 of Cephalopod Week which means it's Nautilus Night, a time for all the lesser-known extant cephalopods. And last but not least it's was on this day in 1888 that the Washington Monument was opened to the public ~ we hope Hannah and Dan say howdy to it on their trip to DC!!! We'll close with a look from the monument ~ enjoy the views ~
Thursday October 8th 2015 ~ We're late, we're late (we're late, we're late, we're late, we're late, we're late, we're late) for a very important date ~ it's International Octopus Day ~ as Day 1 of International Cephalopod Awareness Days gets underway ~ So here's to all of you 8 armed viewers (and viewees) out there. There are a couple of great Octopus Cams out west (so give them time to wake up (with 8 arms to hit the snooze alarm it could take a while (try 9AM PST))), one in Seattle ~ click here ~ as well as one in Oregon ~ click here and enjoy the views ~
Wednesday October 7th 2015 ~ We do not know where Tuesday went (if you find it would you please return it to the driveway? we'll pay postage) but today is Wednesday and we are getting ready for the Draconid Meteor Shower to peak (Thursday night and Friday morning). Get your naps in today because this shower is best in the wee hours of the morning. So head outside after midnight, get comfortable, and look towards the northwest. (weather permitting). While you wait, or in between naps, don't forget to do some leaf peeping (real or virtual) and don't forget to stop by Antarctica to look for penguins. Also, it is International Walk to School Day so keep an eye out for school kids celebrating that by... you know, walking to school (it could happen). Enjoy ~
Monday October 5th 2015 ~ It's the first Monday in October which means, and has meant since 1917 ~ Oyez! Oyez! Oyez! The Justices Are Back! The Supreme Court session gets underway today. Things to watch for out of the court are varied. And always interesting. The Court has a blog (!) you can follow, right here. Show of hands.... there are 8 Associate Justices and 1 Chief Justice ~ who can name them? (we only got 6 associates and the chief, without googling, but with much head scratching and deliberation). If you aren't wanting to follow the court, you can always check in on the penguins (who are also back)(though not in evidence every day yet) and/or do some leaf peeping (legal in all 50 states!) ~ Enjoy ~
Sunday October 4th 2015 ~ The last day of the regular MLB season is upon us, and what a season it's been! The Yankees are still trying to win home field advantage for the wild card game. A win today by them, or a loss by Houston would be excellent (but none of the staff at drivewaycam international are holding their breath). Yankee game starts at 3:00 ~ the schedule for all of the final games is here. Today is the day of the first formal run of the Orient Express back in 1883 ~ no longer in service sadly or we'd set up a road trip! Today is also the birthday of Edward L. Stratemeyer (aka Carolyn Keene to his friends, among many other AKAs) who brought us Nancy Drew (the Hardy Boys and the Bobbsey Twins among many others). Cake in his honor is called for and a look in at a River in Illinios, in honor of Nancy Drew's home in River Heights Il. Enjoy ~ and GO YANKEES!
Friday October 2nd 2015 ~ If you are in the path of hurricane Joaquin and or its rains ~ be safe this weekend. If you are stuck inside because of weather you can always wander the views looking for penguins (because they are back!), or just watching the weather other places. It is also the penultimate day of Banned Book Week ~ so if you haven't read a banned book recently... now is the time. And for you insomniacs out there ~ Brannaman is part of a fund raising marathon this weekend for the Children's Miracle Network Hospitals, Kosair Children's Hospital in particular, and you can donate (!), as well as watch them play dungeons and dragons for 24 hrs (!) from 6 PM today to 6 PM Saturday ~ Brannaman will be playing from midnight tonight to noon tomorrow! Happy Friday ~
Thursday October 1st 2015 ~ Welcome to October on the driveway!!! First up ~ the penquins are back!!!!! Seen by others on the 27th, seen by drivewaycam on the 29th, it's time for you to go see them! And, in honor of October, the Leaf Peeping link is back, here and in the table below for the season. Peep away! It's also new countertop day behind the driveway and if you can't get enough construction excitement with that, check out coy cam (it's hopping there too!). Enjoy the day, the return of October, and of course, the views ~
Wednesday September 30th 2015 ~ The last day of September fills the driveway with rain and melancholy. However, tomorrow will be October (!) and will bring new countertops and some new appliances to the kitchen directly behind the driveway. It also will bring THE MARTIAN ~ and we are having a hard time waiting for all of those!!! So while we bid farewell to one of our favorites (September/ Library Card Sign Up Month) ~ we'll think about getting to the library today and/or curling up with a good book. Enjoy the views ~
'In any library in the world, I am at home, unselfconscious, still, and absorbed' ~ Germaine Greer
Tuesday September 29th 2015 ~ We are rapidly running out of September ~ which means we are rapidly running out of Library Card Sign Up Month ~ have you gotten yours yet? While you are at your library getting (or using your card), check out Miguel de Cervantes who is celebrating his 458th birthday today. And for a little background while reading Don Quixote... some windmills to view (or to tilt with, your choice). This great view of some in the Netherlands, as well as a lovely view of one in Iowa. Enjoy ~
'Libraries store the energy that fuels the imagination' ~ Sidney Sheldon
Sunday September 27th 2015 ~ Tonight's the night! There's a full moon on the rise ~ and it's also a Blood Moon *AND* it is a Super Moon **AND** there is a total Lunar Eclipse happening too!!! Pop some corn, pack up the babies, grab the old ladies and everyone head out to watch. Next time we get to see all 3 is 2033 (mark your calendars, meet us here). If it's overcast where you are and you can't get outside to watch you can watch online at 2 of our "show us the sky" favorites ~ Slooh Telescope (coverage starts at 8:00 pm eastern) and the Coca Cola Space Center (where coverage starts at 7:45 pm eastern which is, delightfully, 23:45 UTC!) The eclipse starts at 9:07 pm eastern, the total phase starts at 10:11 pm, will hit its darkest point at 10:47 pm (all times eastern unless noted). Should be lovely viewing! (in honor of Karen and Bob's 40th! (is that right?) anniversary) Enjoy the show ~
'Books to the ceiling, Books to the sky, My pile of books is a mile high' ~ Arnold Lobel
Saturday September 26th 2015 ~ The last Saturday in Library Card Sign Up Month is upon us. Run (or drive, that works too) don't walk to your nearest library and get (or use) your card! And while you're there, check out some Thomas Stearns Eliot, better known as T.S. Eliot, as it is his birthday (he'd be 127) ~ we'd like to be able to wish him Happy Birthday in each of the 225 indigenous languages of Europe, especially given today is European Day of Languages, but so far, we are falling short (by about 200...). Today is also a good day to catch up on some sleep because the Full Moon (also the Blood Moon AND the Lunar Eclipse) is tomorrow so you'll need your rest! Enjoy the day whatever you do, and however and where ever you celebrate it ~ (below is the Vennesla Library and Culture House located in Vennesla, Norway)
'The very existence of libraries affords the best evidence that we may yet have hope for the future of man' ~ T.S. Eliot
Friday September 25th 2015 ~ 2 excellent reasons to go get your library card today (if you haven't already!) Today is the birthday of the man who showed us Where the Sidewalk Ends, as well as that of the man who introduced us to The Reivers. It is also the 226th anniversary of the Bill of Rights, passed by the first Congress ~ 12 amendments to the Constitution designed to protect the basic rights of U.S. citizens ~ this very day. So enjoy your rights to read ~ the Constitution, as well as both of the books mentioned, are in your library along with thousands others just waiting to be opened! Enjoy the day and the views ~
'When I... discovered libraries, it was like having Christmas every day' ~ Jean Fritz
Thursday September 24th 2015 ~ Seymour seems to have grown beyond the eye of driveway cam ~ That's all we're going to say about that, period. Except if we could just interject an exclamation: It was a narrow escape for us all! We'd question the motive of the plant but that would require getting up close to it and we'd rather not. We're afraid we'd have to dash away and (parenthetically speaking) dashing isn't our strong suit. While there is an eclipse of the moon coming up soon, for those of you who think that an ellipsis is when the moon moves in front of the sun we suggest you brush up on your punctuation, quickly, as it is National Punctuation Day! Need to know how to celebrate? Check here. Or head to your library, get your card if you haven't already, and read up on all the punctuations marks out there waiting to be used!
'Without question, reading has been the foundation of whatever success I've had in my life' ~ Hugh McColl, Jr.
Wednesday September 23rd 2015 ~ It's here ~ Autumn! Nothing like an equinox to start out the day. We were saddened by the news that Yogi had to leave ~ what an amazing person he was (and what a ball player!) but the season goes on (in baseball and elsewhere) This equinox besides bringing autumn also brings the birthday of Kublai Kahn who would be clocking in at 800 today if only he could. As the library is still celebrating Library Card Sign Up Month you can head on over to your library to get, or use, your card to read more about Yogi and Kublai ~ autumn and the driveway will be here when you get back....
'For these beings, fall is ever the normal season, the only weather, there be no choice beyond.....They frenzy forth....Such are the autumn people.' ~ Ray Bradbury
Tuesday September 22nd 2015 ~ The last official day of summer is upon us. Use it wisely ~ we'll be using it to try to escape the sweet potato vine that is over taking drivewaycam. Note, there is no wind around the plant ~ it's been moving itself (we're afraid to go near it so it hasn't been us), or just growing so fast it's caught on camera! The implications are a bit alarming. Today is the anniversary of the issue of the Emancipation Proclamation (in 1862), the day the Congress approved legislation for the Peace Corps (1961) ~ AND ~ the first publication of the National Geographic Magazine (1888). Whatever you read (proclamations or magazines) Get the last of your summer reading in while you can, because as of 4:22 AM tomorrow (at least here on the driveway, you can find the time of your equinox here) it will be autumn, and reading will take on a whole new light ~
'One benefit of summer was that each day we had more light to read by' ~ Jeannette Walls
Monday September 21st 2015 ~ As we continue our fall into autumn we're taking some time to go visit the penguins! Haven't seen any back yet, but they are due in so keep checking. More penguins today as it is the birthday of Sir Allen Lane, who founded Penguin books (a name and symbol both "dignified but flippant" he said). Such a great idea ~ inexpensive paperbacks he felt "would effectively democratize literature" (and give us all reading choices when traveling as the idea came to him while waiting for a train and noticing he had nothing to read). Today is also the day Virginia learned that Yes, there is a Santa Claus back in 1897, via the New York Sun. You can use your library card today to get a Penguin book about (or by) Virginias, or Santa when taking a break from the views ~ Enjoy!
'Read widely, and without apology...' ~ Joyce Carol Oates
Sunday September 20th 2015 ~ If you feel like raking a little muck today ~ have at it, as it is Upton Sinclair's birthday and he'd be honored (where ever he might be). If you'd rather play, the day has you covered because it's also Nickelodeon's Worldwide Day of Play. It is also the 20th day of Library Card Sign Up Month so you can celebrate everything by heading off to the library for inspiration (there is a card there waiting for you if you don't have one yet. If you do have one, take it with you, it would love a little adventure today) ~
'Play is the highest form of research' ~ Albert Einstein
Saturday September 19th 2015 ~ No time to blurb today as the entire blurb department is heading off to the Fiber Festival! C'mon down if you are in the area ~ it's always a great time! If you aren't in the area go get your Library Card ~
'Sheep enjoy a good yarn too....' ~ Anon
Friday September 18th 2015 ~ Welcome to Friday on the Driveway ~ could be a grass mowing, will be several trips out and back, there is a garage sale going on next door so there may be all kinds of turning and parking in/near the driveway today. Make a big pitcher of ice tea and settle in ~ but when settling keep your spine in alignment as it was 120 years ago today that the first chiropractic adjustment was made and so it is... Chiropractic Founders Day. It is also National Ceiling Fan Day (if everyone turned off their ceiling fans for the day it would save trillions of kilowatt hrs of energy we are told!) And while we are attempting to be better citizens it's also World Water Monitoring Day ~ check out that link to find out how to help take the pulse of the earth's water supply. It's also National Library Card Sign Up Month ~ so what are you doing still reading this? Go get your library card, help check out your water, then get back here for the views ~
'A library is like an island in the middle of a vast sea of ignorance, particularly if the library is very tall and the surrounding area has been flooded' ~ Lemony Snicket
Wednesday September 16th 2015 ~ Somehow National Guacamole Day and National Tattoo Story Day are on the same day! Throw in that it is also the day the Pilgrims left England to come to America and you'll be as confused as we are by how to celebrate. But we'll celebrate anyway! (we suggest if your story is you are getting a tattoo today, get one pilgrim related, not guac related)(just saying). To figure out exactly how to celebrate head to your library, get or use your card, and discover if the pilgrims eventually adopted guacamole as part of their new world diet. A look in at Plymouth, from whence the Pilgrims left, as well as some views near Avacado (California) and then it's off to the day and the views ~ (and the library!)
'The journey of a lifetime starts with the turning of a page' ~ Rachel Anders
Tuesday September 15th 2015 ~ The middle of the month is here already ~ we are falling faster and faster into, well, into fall! Today is also the birthday of Ms. Mary Clarissa Agatha Miller, or Agatha Christie as she is known to her friends (and to the driveway). So take some time out to explore her mysteries at the library, or the mysteries about her ~ also found in the library. Hopefully you'll find The Body In The Library tucked neatly on the shelves and not on the floor! If you haven't gotten your library card yet ~ no worries, there is one there waiting for you! Enjoy the views ~ and sleuthing for books ~
'The only thing that you absolutely have to know, is the location of the library' ~ Albert Einstein
Monday September 14th 2015 ~ Make sure you carry a towel around with you (always good advice, see Hitchhikers Guide to the Universe for details) today as it is the birthday of Ivan Pavlov and one never knows what will start one drooling on such an occasion! It is also the day in 1716, that Boston Light, the first lighthouse in America was first lighted just before sunset. Blown up by the British in 1776, it was rebuilt in 1783 and is the last remaining manned station in the U.S. You can read more about Ivan and the Lighthouse (sounds like a book doesn't it? Maybe it is?) at your library when you go to use, or get, your card where besides the myriad of fiction on Lighthouses you'll find non fiction books on them in 387.155 ~ Enjoy the views ~
'But at night, when the library lamps are lit, the outside world disappears and nothing but the space of books remains in existence. ' ~ Alberto Manguel
Sunday September 13th 2015 ~ It is National Peanut Day ~ and International Chocolate Day! and the entire blub division is salivating just getting those words put on screen. The possibilities are endless but we'll suggest (to get you started) a cake for Milton Hershey's Birthday today and this page just as a teaser. Go, enjoy the views, the peanuts, the chocolate, and googling for recipes! (and using or getting your library card of course) ~
'You should be especially nice to a librarian today, or tomorrow. Sometime this week, anyway. Probably the librarians would like tea. Or chocolates. Or a reliable source of funding' ~ Neil Gaiman
Saturday September 12th 2015 ~ We love the fact that the cave paintings were discovered in Lascaux, France, on this date in 1940. We love even more that it was four French teenagers and their dog, Robot who found them! And speaking of love it was this day in 1846 that Elizabeth Barrett and Robert Browning (already secretly married) ran off to Italy to live happily ever after (in the category of best wedding present ever... her present to him was a collection of poems she had written during their courtship...Sonnets from the Portuguese). However you spend your Saturday, exploring caves, writing poems, starting a new life, or avoiding a rainy day by doing all of those things in a library ~ Enjoy, and enjoy the views ~
'Painting is silent poetry, and poetry is painting that speaks' ~ Plutarch
Friday September 11th 2015 ~ Today, starting at 1:45 PM (eastern), you can WATCH THIS SPACE! as the crew and visitors from Expedition 44 on the ISS undock and head for home and Expedition 45 formally begins ~ under Scott (Staying in space for 1 year) Kelly’s command, with crew mates Mikhail (I'm staying a year too!)Kornienko, NASA’s Kjell Lindgren, Russian cosmonauts Volkov and Oleg Kononenko and Kimiya Yui of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency. Expedition 45 will continue research and operational support of the station. NASA TV coverage times, all Eastern, are as follows: 1:45 p.m. ~ Farewell and hatch closure coverage (hatch closure scheduled for 2 p.m.) /// 5 p.m. ~ Undocking coverage (undocking scheduled for 5:29 p.m.) /// 7:30 p.m. ~ Deorbit burn and landing coverage (deorbit burn scheduled for 7:59 p.m., with landing at 8:51 p.m.) (you can visit the ISS anytime from the driveway ~ using this link which is always in the table below) Enjoy ~
'Come to the book as you would come to an unexplored land. Come without a map. Explore it and draw your own map' ~ Stephen King
Wednesday September 9th 2015 ~ Cake and ice cream all around for California which became our 31st state this day in 1850, and for James Hilton (born this day in 1900) who wrote (among others) Lost Horizon and Goodbye Mr. Chips. However, mind the candles on the cake as it was this day in 1942 that Nobuo Fujita piloted his light aircraft over the state of Oregon and dropped incendiary bombs on Mount Emily, which was the first, and only, air attack on the U.S. mainland in the war. [Wouldn't want to start another fire given the combined candles needed on the cake is 280!] The president immediately called for a news blackout for the sake of morale, but if you go to your library (and get your card if you don't have it yet), you can read more about it! (as well as read more about California and any of Hilton's books) ~
'A library is the delivery room for the birthdplace of ideas, a place where history comes to life ' ~ Norman Cousins
Tuesday September 8th 2015 ~ Okay everyone back to work! Including the Post Office ~ which on this day in 1920 flew the first air mail service across the entire country. The experimental flight carried about 100 letters, left from New York and landed in East Oakland. Because they only flew during the day and the mail traveled at night by train... transcontinental air mail was only 22 hours faster than regular overland service at the time. Many of those letters you wrote yesterday (!?) will be going by plane today and maybe even from sea to shining sea. Luckily you can probably get to your local library for Library Card Sign Up Month without having to get on a plane ~ so go, visit, get your card and use it!
'The world is a book and he who doesn’t travel only reads one page' ~ St. Augustine
Monday September 7th 2015 ~ A very Happy Labor Day to all. It was 101 years ago this very day that the New York General Post Office, opened to the public ~ Labor Day, 1914. Over the door there, in granite, is chiseled "Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds" which is a modified translation from Book 8, Paragraph 98, of The Persian Wars by Herodotus. [During the wars between the Greeks and Persians (500-449 B.C.), the Persians operated a system of mounted postal couriers who served with great fidelity.] And while the post office has today off, it is a great day to write a letter and mail it to keep them on their appointed rounds and not creeping about in some petty pace tomorrow (and tomorrow and tomorrow...) as well as a great day to start a free little library next to your mailbox....
'Nature is a book, a letter, a fairy tale (in the philosophical sense) or whatever you want to call it' ~ Johann Georg Hamann
Sunday September 6th 2015 ~ Hope your Labor Day Weekend is progressing nicely ~ it was this day back in 1847 that Henry David Thoreau left Walden Pond and moved in with the Emersons (always good to move on a holiday weekend, you have that extra day for unpacking!)(Of course it was a Monday back then, but still....). Couldn't find a webcam at Walden Pond (and the Emerson's have turned theirs off) so instead a look in at one of our favorite ponds (this one in Vermont) ~ Cole's Pond ~ and its lovely view. We are still a few days away from leaf peeping, although the tree across the street from the driveway has already started turning. What's not to love about September? Leaves changing, temperatures cooling, and libraries giving out cards!!! Take it all in ~
'The Library is a wilderness of books.' ~ Henry David Thoreau
Saturday September 5th 2015 ~ To those of you On The Road today, be careful out there and no reading of On The Road (published this very day in 1957) while driving ~ you will however be glad to note that it was also this very day, in 1885, that Sylvanus Bowser, inventor of the first U.S. gas pump, made his initial sale to Jake Gumper, owner of a service station in Fort Wayne, Indiana. So a tip of the nozzle to Sylvnus while traveling ~ Speaking of travelling... Voyager I launched this day in 1977 and is still heading out in Interstellar Space ~ you can check in on it here. And before we head out, today is also the day that Babe Ruth hit his first home run as a professional player in 1914 ~ against Toronto which is fitting in the end of the season madness that is the MLB American League East! Meanwhile, get out there and enjoy this lovely first Saturday in September (and take your library card with you, or go get one!) ~
'Books are the plane, and the train, and the road. They are the destination, and the journey. They are home.' ~ Anna Quindlen
Friday September 4th 2015 ~ Labor Day Weekend is upon us ~ It is the perfect day (and start of the perfect weekend) for taking pictures as 127 years ago today George Eastman was issued a landmark U.S. patent No. 388,850 for his box camera. On the same date, he registered the trademark name: Kodak ~ and the world would never be the same. He gave us all the ability to capture Kodak moments however we saw them with the instructions: "Pull the String, Turn the Key, Press the Button." So take your library card to the library today and take a picture of the two of you there (you know, a shelfie!), or... if you don't have your card yet this is the day to get it and capture the Kodak moment albeit probably digitally as you celebrate National Library Card Sign Up Month. (need help with your camera? check out the 770 section at the library!) ~
'What is more important in a library than anything else ~ than everything else ~ is the fact that it exists' ~ Archibald MacLeish
Thursday September 3rd 2015 ~ Besides being delighted to be back in the "ber"s (month wise), it's also once again National Library Card Sign Up Month which is a favorite around this driveway ~ and luckily the blurbetts wandered back before the end of the month to help remind you to go get your library card if you don't have one, or go use it if you do! It is, after all, the day that we first got to say Good Morning and Hello to Goodnight Moon which was published this very day in 1947. And there is a copy of it waiting to be read at your library..... ~
'Walking the stacks in a library, dragging your fingers across the spines it's hard not to feel the presence of sleeping spirits' ~ Robin Sloan
Monday August 31st 2015 ~ Some of us are off early this morning, heading to Boston to go to the Yankees/Sox game this evening! We are completely twitterpated (but not the kind that results in tweets) and can't wait! The game is going to be on ESPN if you want to watch along with us ~ or you can sort of watch, via Gameday on MLB.com online. Click on the diamond by the game in the list of games down the left side of the page. Meanwhile, Jim is in charge of the driveway while we are gone so please let us know if the celebrating gets out of hand. Fingers crossed it's a great game with a winning Yankee outcome!!!! Go YANKEES !!!!
Tuesday August 18th 2015 ~ A very Happy Birthday to Miss Delores Beedle today! We hope it is the start of a wonderful year for her :) ~ And a Big THANK YOU to Harry Burn, the 24 year old who broke the tie on the vote in Tennessee back in on this date in 1920, when by casting his YEA! vote, the 19th Amendment to the Constitution was finally ratified, giving women the right to vote. Way to go Harry!!!!! The pro-amendment faction wore yellow roses in their lapels, and the "anti" faction wore red American Beauty roses. We couldn't find any yellow roses webcams, so we'll check in on one of our favorite Roses cam and think yellow ~ Enjoy the views ~
Monday August 17th 2015 ~ Well Stella survived her first kayak outing and a good time was had by all ~ now it's back to work for those of you who do that sort of thing on a Monday, as well as back to eating cake and ice-cream in honor of the birthday of American soldier, politician, and folk hero "Davy" - Crockett, born in 1786. Be wary of those 329 candles on the cake and your coonskin cap!!! For a look in around the area where Crockett was born check in here, and enjoy the rest of the views as well ~ (are you humming the TV show theme song yet?)
Sunday August 16th 2015 ~ Some technical issues kept the driveway off cam yesterday, but we're back ~ and about to try out kayaking again. Light some candles, cross some fingers, and if you hear anything on the news about an incident at Ellison Park... :) It's supposed to be hot and steamy here, perfect weather for some drifting down stream (and then wondering if we can actually paddle back up stream...) Enjoy your Sunday whatever you do and the views where ever you wander ~
Friday August 14th 2015 ~ It was 80 years ago today that FDR signed the Social Security Act into law ~ and it was 70 years ago today that Steve Martin was born.... coincidence? Don't know, you'll have to ask his parents. Meanwhile it's the start of a hot and steamy weekend weather-wise so find a cool shady spot, make a pitcher of lemonade (or your summer beverage of choice), and settle in to enjoy the views and some baseball (checking gameday online or listening in online or on the radio it should be hopping on the diamonds this weekend!)
Thursday August 13th 2015 ~ Got to see a few meteors last night...but a late start this morning because of it. (totally worth it). While we were out watching for meteors shortly after midnight, 54 years ago those scallywags in East Berlin were out shortly after midnight beginning construction of the Berlin Wall. East German soldiers began laying down barbed wire and bricks as a barrier between Soviet-controlled East Berlin and the democratic western section of the city. The wall continued to grow in size and deadly implications as well as in defining tyranny and oppression and remained there until November 9, 1989. So a look in at Berlin today, from many different angles before heading out to the rest of the views ~ enjoy wandering the views freely today ~
Wednesday August 12th 2015 ~ Take a break from the views today and take a nap because tonight should be excellent viewing of the Perseid Meteor Shower as it hits it peak ~ (good viewing continues after the peak as well just incase you have cloud issues) so if you have clear skies pack up your eyeballs and get outside. Best hrs are after midnight on the way to dawn. Grab some blankets, a friend or two, some hot chocolate (although some of our viewers insist wine and meteors are a great combo!)(we won't name names but we will thank Hannah for that tip...), some coffee, and some doughnuts are always good too, then lay back and look up. Takes about 20 minutes for your eyes to get completely adjusted to the dark, so be patient and enjoy the show ~
Tuesday August 11th 2015 ~ Happy Birthday to Ms. Martha today!!!! Hope it's the start of a great year for you Martha ~ and here's to cake all around! The rains have moved in here for the Perseid Meteor Shower (harrumph). Peak is tomorrow night through Thursday morning. But viewing should be great out there before and after peak as well, so if you have clear skies head on out. There is information on this link, and some tips from David McDonald, director of education at the McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center in Concord, N.H: "The meteors are best viewed with the naked eye and from the ground. Go outside, and lie down. Do not stand and cock your neck back..... The best thing is to really get a foam pad or a sleeping bag, lie on the grass or even your driveway. Have some hot chocolate handy, some coffee, some doughnuts -- those are very much meteor shower essentials." Fingers crossed for good viewing for all ~
Monday August 10th 2015 ~ Don't forget to get out in the evenings after midnight and look up ~ as we are head first falling into the peak of the Perseid Meteor Shower and hopefully seeing up to 100 meteors an hour! (peak is evening of the 12th-13th). Today we are also celebrating the opening of the Louvre back in 1793 (!) and the creation of the Smithsonian Institute after James Smithsonian (an English scientist who never visited our country) bequeathed his estate to the United States for the foundation of an institution for "the increase and diffusion of knowledge.". President Polk signed the act creating it, this very day in 1846, 17 years after Smithsonian's death. So get thee to a museum (preferably one of those) and please oh please take us with thee ~
Sunday August 9th 2015 ~ August is apparently Rye Month, as well as National Goat Cheese Month ~ and we learned today it's also National Panini Month and National Catfish Month!! All of which makes us very hungry so we say on this lovely Sunday...make a sandwich and enjoy the views! (here is favorite river view of where people try to catch catfish ~ well that's our story anyway and we're sticking to it)
Saturday August 8th 2015 ~ A lovely Saturday is upon us ~ a perfect day for stretching out, relaxing, and taking in some views ~ And when the sun sets direct those views up as we are now in the Perseid Meteor shower and working our way towards the peak which is on August 12-13. This is supposed to be a good year, with minimal moonlight to block out seeing up to 100 meteors an hour! They appear to originate out of the northeastern sky and are best after midnight and towards the "wee hours before dawn". So get your meteor watching gear together (you, a friend, a blanket or two, some snacks and a dark sky) and head out, then heads up ~ enjoy ~
Friday August 7th 2015 ~ As the first Friday in August wanders down the driveway we say Get Thee To A Lighthouse! (need to know where one is? check here) Why? you ask. We're glad you asked! Because it's National Light House Day! If you can't get to one, at least take in a few views of lighthouses: some of our favorites... the view from the one in Sodus, and in Peggy's Cove, and in Maine, and in North Carolina, and in Michigan, and some more Great Lakes ones to check out (haven't checked all of the ones on this list, hopefully they all work). Enjoy the views and rest easy knowing they'll keep the lights on!
Thursday August 6th 2015 ~ While wishing Lucille Ball and Lord Alfred Tennyson Happy Birthdays today be sure to toast them with a Root Beer Float as it's also National Root Beer Float Day!! After 2PM Root Beer Floats are FREE at A&W's ~ just saying ~ and nothing goes better with wandering the views than a Root Beer Float! Last words to Lord Alfred (although we have it on good authority that both of today's birthday people loved Root Beer Floats) ~ (okay so slightly modified last words, but we know he would like to have said this.....) "Theirs not to reason why, theirs but to drink the float and sigh...." (with many, many, apologies to Tennyson and to the Charge of the Light Brigade)
Friday July 31st 2015 ~ The last chance to watch July is here! And with it comes excitement and a flurry of activity on Coy Cam as they get ready for the Flamingo Fling tomorrow!!!! You can watch all the action there today, and all the flinging tomorrow when rumor has it the camera will be updating at an unprecedented rate of every 3 minutes!!! This evening be sure to head outside to catch the first chance in 3 years, and as it turns out, the last chance for 3 years, to see the rising and shining of the "Blue Moon" as our 2nd full moon of the month makes it appearance. (next one is January 2018 if you are marking your calendars). What a way to end the month and to usher in the new one .... Enjoy all the views, everywhere, of July heading on down the highway ~
Wednesday July 29th 2015 ~ It is the 57th (!) anniversary of signing of the National Aeronautics and Space Act which established NASA (per section 203). Happy Birthday NASA!! It is also (as it turns out every year) Rain Day in Waynesburg, PA where it has rained for 114 out of the last 141 July 29ths. It is looking pretty sunny there today ~ but do check in to see if they make it to 115! Throw in it is the 50th (!?) anniversary of the debut of the Beatles movie HELP! and you'll need to sit down to celebrate and to recover from feeling so old. Enjoy the views, watching the weather and singing Help ~ (you know you're going to)
Tuesday July 28th 2015 ~ Today is the birthday of Ms. Beatrix Potter ~ and since it is supposed to be very hot and humid we suggest some ice tea and a shady spot, outside of Mr. McGregor's garden! And there you can enjoy a lovely summer day dreaming or reading of rabbits and their friends..... or... of sheep! (click this link to find out what the heck we're talking about, you won't regret it) and watching the views of course!
Monday July 27th 2015 ~ The blurb division got so caught up in celebrating Walk on Stilts Day and Take Your Houseplant for A Walk Day (both of which unfortunately are today but please note, they should not be celebrated at the same time!) and caught up in the aftermath of combining the two (it wasn't pretty) that they forgot to update the blurb. Fortunately most of the breaks (for the blurbers anyway) were clean and will heal quickly ~ the houseplants are... well.... another story for another day. Enjoy the views, and stay cool as heat swoops in on most of the nation ~
Sunday July 26th 2015 ~ Such a busy day ~ there might be a trip (or two) out of the driveway (and back!); the 35th Ely Blueberry Arts Festival's last day is today and it's always fun to check in there; and it was on this day in 1775, that the U.S. postal system was established by the Second Continental Congress, with Benjamin Franklin as its first postmaster general, so celebrating must ensue. And while you are celebrating and enjoying the views ~ write a letter, or two! Keep your post office busy so that they are around for the next 240 years as well!
Saturday July 25th 2015 ~ Sorry, technical issues ~ working on them ~ meanwhile enjoy the views on this lovely Saturday (the last one in July!)(already!? how did that happen??) And don't forget to take a Cowboy (or Cowgirl!) to lunch today as it is National Day of the Cowboy. (considering this is getting updated so late in the day maybe you should take them to dinner...)
Thursday July 23rd 2015 ~ Happy Anniversary to Cheryl and Mike! Celebrating # 4 today!!! It's also National Hot Dog Day [we just report the news, we try not to comment on it] :) ~ and if you are willing to eat hot dogs, there are people willing to help you do just that for free, or very near free. We tried to find a recipe for a hot dog cake or hot dog ice cream to celebrate both occasions but couldn't find any. We believe that is a good thing. (however, if you happen to be in the Phoenix area there is a shop called Utter Delights that actually does (or did) have hot dog flavored ice cream...) Enjoy the views and a dog of course ~
Wednesday July 22nd 2015 ~ The next crew for the ISS is headed there today and NASA Television will provide coverage of the launch and the crew’s arrival less than six hours later. The launch is from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 5:02 p.m. EDT. NASA TV coverage will begin at 4 p.m. You can watch online here, and/or get more information here. And all day today it is Two Peas in A Pod Day as we celebrate the birthday of Gregor Mendel ~ who gave us the Laws of Heredity. So cake (although cream cheese or sour cream frosting sounds better to the Driveway Cam Cake division) and ice-cream all around for Gregor then it's on to the views ~ Enjoy (and if you try the cake and ice-cream...let us know!)
Tuesday July 21st 2015 ~ We're late (again) so a quick tip of the hat to Ernest Hemingway who is turning 116 today, and a tip of the hat to the realization that it was (already) 8 years ago today that the last Harry Potter book was published! Where does the time go? It runs down the driveway most days ~ as it is doing again today. Enjoy the views and if the views don't thrill you today... read a book!
Monday July 20th 2015 ~ It was 46 years ago today that Neil Armstrong became the first human (that we know of) to walk on the Moon. Just going to revel in the memories of those glory days ~ and dream about when we get to go to Mars....... While reveling, here is a look in at the moon now, and then of course a check in with Curiosity! Enjoy the memories and the views ~ click picture for a larger view (the moon (or NASA's soundstage?) back in 1969) :)
Sunday July 12th 2015 ~ Saturday came and went before we could catch it (luckily drivewaycam caught it all in 10 minute increments)(even the lawn mowing!). Today we are trying to figure out how it is that the helicopter was first conceived by DaVinci 522 years ago but it was only 58 years ago (today) that Dwight D. Eisenhower became the first president ever to ride in "the newest advance in aviation technology": the helicopter. But we aren't going to worry too much because today is also Simplicity Day, celebrated on Thoreau's birthday. And we here at drivewaycam are experts at simple! But then again, 'tis a gift to be simple. Have some cake, enjoy the day, and enjoy the views ~ click on picture for a larger view
Friday July 10th 2015 ~ It's Friday! Should be hopping on the driveway (hopping is a relative word, but applicable none the less) with at least 1 trip out and back and the promise of lawn mowing!! Fridays don't get much more exciting than that. Today is supposedly Don't Step on A Bee Day but we think that should be every day so celebrate it, and don't forget to celebrate it again tomorrow, and the day after that, and the day after that..... Enjoy the views ~ and watch your step!
Thursday July 9th 2015 ~ We want to wish a quick Happy Birthday to Percy Le Baron Spencer, born this day in 1894, he was the engineer and inventor who had the idea for the microwave oven when a chocolate bar in his pocket melted while experimenting with a magnetron tube. And a smashing Happy Birthday to Donkey Kong (which also makes it the day we first met Mario)(who looked older than 34 even then!) as it was on this day in 1981 that Nintendo released the game. But most importantly... today New Horizons has moved to within six million km of Pluto ~ heading for its historic flyby next week. At it's closest approach, on July 14th, New Horizons will be about 12,500km above the surface! Enjoy the views closer to home ~ but get ready for the views from Pluto next Tuesday!
Wednesday July 8th 2015 ~ Caught the blurb division playing hookey today. Fingers crossed they'll be back tomorrow! Meanwhile, enjoy the views ~
Tuesday July 7th 2015 ~ Rumor has it today is National Chocolate Day ~ a holiday we at driveway cam can support whole heartedly! And so can we all, since it's so good for cardiovascular health!. And while sliced bread is the best thing since chocolate, today we say make and slice, or buy some sliced, bread since it was sold sliced for the first time, this very day back in 1928 in Chillicothe, Missouri. Why not make some chocolate bread? (and then why not send us some? You know you want to). Meanwhile enjoy the lazy hazy crazy summer views as they drift by ~
Monday July 6th 2015 ~ A very Happy Birthday to Mark today! Hope it's a good one since he's turning 60!!!!!! Have a great day OLD man, and a great year ahead ~ We have no idea what to follow that up with so we'll have to go straight to the views ~
Sunday July 5th 2015 ~ It was 69 years ago today that the Bikini was first introduced, and 19 years ago today that the first cloned mammal was born (Dolly to her sheepish friends) and while we are not sure of the exact nature of the reproductive ramifications, we are sure they both caused many! Best not to ponder that. When asked why there were no fireworks on the driveway we were confused, because of course.... there were. Hope everyone had a safe 4th and now it's on to having a safe 5th! Enjoy (click on pictures for larger views)
Friday July 3rd 2015 ~ Hope everyone has a very good Friday ~ we have lovely weather on display on the driveway and there should be multiple trips out and back, as well as some lawn mowing happening out there today so you'll want to pace yourselves when viewing! Make up a pitcher of ice tea or lemonade, sit back and enjoy the summer time views ~
Thursday July 2nd 2015 ~ We are asking all of our viewers to keep an eye out for Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan, last heard from this day back in 1937 from somewhere over the Pacific ~ unable to see Howland Island (their next stop) or the Navy ships there to help guide her, her last transmission was "We are running north and south." We always hope they'll turn up on the driveway (hey, the weather was bad, they were lost, they could have been somewhere over the Howland Island that is only 47 miles from Rochester... you never know) , but maybe they'll at least turn up on one of the views from the driveway ~ let us all know if you spot them anywhere.
Wednesday July 1st 2015 ~ July, Juli, Juillet do you love me? July, Heinäkuu, Temmuz do you care? July, Lipiec, are you thinking of me? July, Julio will you still be there? Welcome to July on the driveway! (to see what language the other Julys are mouse over them) We hope it's a great month for us all, and for viewing ~ So wander out there and explore while the month is young ~ and you can sing while you view if you like....
Tuesday June 30th 2015 ~ The last day of June is damply running down the driveway and out of here ~ but with plenty of views all around. And if the clouds cooperate there will be a spectacular view of Venus and Jupiter tonight at sunset. Check out http://spaceweather.com/ for details but be sure to get out there right before and at sunset to see it. (and if you want to cross some fingers that it clears up here so we can see it that would be okay too). We are sorry to see National Rose Month come to an end but are looking forward to whatever July might bring into view. Enjoy ~ ~ Green was the silence, wet was the light, the month of June trembled like a butterfly. ~ Pablo Neruda
Monday June 29th 2015 ~ If you feel the tug of the highways today, don't fight it. It's the 59th anniversary of the day President Eisenhower signed the Federal Highway Act, which established the Interstate Highway System. Running over budget in time and money, the first coast-to-coast highway, Interstate 80, was completed in 1986(!), running from New York City to San Francisco. Writer's Almanac tells us ~ "It was a great boon for hotel and fast-food chains, which sprung up by interstate exits.... But it was not necessarily good for American literature". John Steinbeck (Travels with Charley (worth a trip to your library)) said "When we get these thruways across the whole country, as we will and must, it will be possible to drive from New York to California without seeing a single thing." So enjoy the highways but don't forget the byways, and the views from off the highway ~ (although we have to admit we do like watching the traffic views ~ all over the place!) ~ I haven’t been everywhere, but it’s on my list. ~ Susan Sontag
Saturday June 27th 2015 ~ June is wandering out of here quickly as the last Saturday of the month unfolds on the driveway. But before it goes completely we still have this weekend (rainy though it might be) to enjoy the views of June. Since it is supposed to be rainy in many parts on this side of the country, even while it's supposed to be blisteringly hot on the other side, it's also a good day for going to a museum (it was this date in 1829 that English scientist James Smithson died, leaving behind a will that said in the event that his only nephew died without heirs, the whole of his estate would go to “the United States of America, to found at Washington, under the name of the Smithsonian Institution, an Establishment for the increase and diffusion of knowledge.” (the nephew did, and so we have the Smithsonian!)) or for reading. Start with a Newbery Classic as it was this day back in 1922 that the very first Newbery Award was given. The first winner was Van Loon’s The Story of Mankind, a history of the world written especially for children. You can see all the other winners since, right here ~ Now, it's on to the views! ~ I'm singing in the rain, just singing in the rain; What a wonderful feeling, I'm happy again. ~ Arthur Freed
Friday June 26th 2015 ~ Somehow it is the last Friday in June already! Which will be happily shown in 10 minute increments of driveway views today. We've been looking for a Hogwart's camera because today is the day back in 1997 that the first book in the Harry Potter series, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, was published in Britain! (18 years ago!!) It is also the birthday of Pearl S. Buck so in between viewing, enjoy some reading too. And while out viewing the world, a small note that it was on this day in 1945, in the Herbst Theater auditorium in San Francisco, that delegates from 50 nations signed the United Nations Charter, establishing the world body as a means of saving 'succeeding generations from the scourge of war.' You can argue their success, but they, and we, are still here to have that argument.... A rainy weekend is due up so enjoy the sunshine on the driveway today (and where you are too hopefully) along with the views ~ The world's big and I want to have a good look at it before it gets dark. ~ John Muir
Thursday June 25th 2015 ~ It's the birthday (the 112th birthday!) of the man who introduced us to the original Big Brother ~ George Orwell ~ which makes it the perfect day for viewing... everything! Keep an eye out for subversives crossing the street, making pastries, or just wandering around (they're everywhere!)(could be any where you look, on any of the other views). Or it could just be another lovely summer day on (and around) the driveway. Enjoy the views, smile and wave to the cameras ~ Reality exists in the human mind, and nowhere else. ~ George Orwell
Wednesday June 24th 2015 ~ Speaking of dancing (as we were yesterday) ~ It was on this day in 1374, in Aachen, Germany, that an outbreak of dancing plague or dancing mania, also known as St. Vitus' Dance, first began. (From Aachen it spread across central Europe and as far away as England and Madagascar. Dancing mania affected groups of people - as many as thousands at a time - and caused them to dance uncontrollably for days, weeks, and even months until they collapsed from exhaustion.) Eventually believed to be caused by ergot poisoning with a side of mass hysteria we still say kick up your heels and reel... its summer! (just stop before you collapse!) Hope you are checking out the sky at sunset. The planets Venus and Jupiter are drawing closer and closer together and are beautiful off to the right of the moon. Venus is the larger looking of the two. They will converge completly on June 30th but their progress towards each other is amazing to see as well. Enjoy ~ ~ Sun is shining. Weather is sweet. Make you wanna move your dancing feet ~ Bob Marley
Tuesday June 23rd 2015 ~ The first day of summer completely threw the blurb division ~ but they're back just in time for MidSummer Night's Eve (or St John's Eve (the patron saint of beekeepers))! So take an elf, a fairy, a goblin, or a beekeeper to lunch today to kick off the celebrations (but no bonfires in the restaurants please). On this day we like to promote listening to 'St. John's Night on the Bare Mountain', and enjoying the insomniac views in the countries that celebrate the night the most. And we would like to remind everyone who is in, or will be in New Orleans today not to forget the Voodoo Head Washings today. Wish we could be there ~ tho' there will be some head (or at least hair) washing here too! Enjoy and dance on, it's summer!
“If we shadows have offended,
Know but this and all is mended.
That you have but slumbered here,
While these visions did appear,
And this weak and idle theme,
No more yielding, but a dream.”
~ William Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night's Dream :)
Sunday June 21st 2015 ~ A very Happy Father's Day to everyone and anyone who has ever happily worn that mantle, stepped in to pick it up, substituted when needed, or lent a hand in the process just because they could. And bonus ~ it's the longest day of the year with the solstice arriving at 12:38 (eastern) this afternoon so more time to celebrate! Enjoy the views for as long as you like today (you simply aren't going to get more viewing time than this!) ~ There should be a children's song, 'If you're happy and you know it, keep it to yourself and let your dad sleep.' ~ Jim Gaffigan
Saturday June 20th 2015 ~ We are going seal watching today in honor of the 233rd anniversary of the US adopting The Great Seal of The United States! It's a great day for viewing because the days won't get much longer than this ~ while up in the northern climes the insomniac viewing is in full swing as well. 24 hrs of day ~ it really doesn't get much better than that. So enjoy the 2nd longest day of the year and here's hoping you find some roses to stop and smell, and some seals to watch (which works better than smelling them) ~ check seal watching spot #1, or seal watching spot #2, or seal watching spot #3, and last but not least seal watching spot #4. ~ The world is a rose; smell it and pass it to your friends ~ Persian Proverb
Friday June 19th 2015 ~ A very Happy Birthday to Karen this lovely day ~ we hope it's the start of a great year for you Karen. While enjoying some cake and ice-cream in Karen's honor have a bite or two for the Civil Rights Act of 1964 which was passed by the United States Senate on this date in '64. And it was this day in 1917 that King George V changed the Royal surname to Windsor. While we couldn't find a working webcam of Windsor Castle (more's the pity) we did find a lovely cam of the clouds over Windsor, as well as a couple of other Windsors to watch here is one, and here is another. Enjoy the day, the views, and the cake and ice-cream! ~ ~ My advice to you is not to inquire why or whither, but just enjoy the ice cream while it's on your plate ~ Thornton Wilder
Thursday June 18th 2015 ~ It's an early morning (for the blurb division) on the driveway ~ so as we struggle to find a cup of tea we're going right to the views. It's what you do on the 169th day of the year, according to the rules. With a quick tip of the capsule to Sally Ride who on this day in 1983 became the first American Woman in space. Thank you Sally, and now it's off to the views (including the view from the ISS). Enjoy ~ ~ The thing I'll remember most about the flight is that it was fun. In fact, I'm sure it was the most fun that I'll ever have in my life. ~ Sally K. Ride
Wednesday June 17th 2015 ~ Today's birthday country ~ one of our favorites ~ is the republic of Iceland!!!. They are turning 71, and they've never looked better. So cake and ice-cream all around (or just forget the cake and concentrate on the ice cream!) There are views of Iceland for a fair-thee-well around driveway cam ~ especially this time of year when the midnight sun is keeping them illuminated all night long. The days continue to grow longer this week as we march toward the solstice on Sunday so get a B I G bowl of ice-cream (Vanilla or Súkkulaði or whatever your favorite flavor 'ís') and settle in for some summer ice views ~ [In Iceland, technically speaking, ice cream is rjómaís but the typical shortened form of the word is simply ís. It fact it’s rare to find an ice cream parlour that does not have the word “ís” in its name somehow.] Enjoy ~ ~ Not to like ice cream is to show oneself uninterested in food ~ Joseph Epstein
Tuesday June 16th 2015 ~ One of our favorite days as it is Uncle Ed's Birthday!!!! Hope it's a great one for you Uncle Ed!! It is also Bloomsday so a quick look in at our favorite pub in Dublin. Today is also the day in 1884, that the first roller coaster in America opened at Coney Island, in Brooklyn, New York. The brainchild of LaMarcus Thompson, it traveled about six miles per hour and cost a nickel to ride! So we'll check in on Coney Island (hmmm, seems to be down at the moment) as well as Cedar Point, and Holiday World for some roller coaster views as we settle into yet another rainy day on the driveway while June zooms by, not unlike one of those coasters ~ In the summertime when the weather is hot, you can stretch right up and touch the sky ~ Mungo Jerry
Monday June 15th 2015 ~ The blurb division is running way behind today (like that's new) but before the crys of "off with their heads!" ring out remember that today is the 800th (!) anniversary of the day King John placed his seal on the Magna Carta providing among other things the right to a trial by jury for all (even a wayward blurb division). The month is half over already ~ so let's not waste any more time but get right on to the views (okay, not the Runnymede where the Magna Carta was finalized but a Runnymede none the less!) ~ Enjoy and Happy Monday!? ~ There is always one summer that changes you.... ~ Anon
Sunday June 14th 2015 ~ A very Happy Flag Day to one and all. Wave it proudly (or watch it proudly on some of our favorite flag sites (site 1) (site 2) (site 3)). Today is Ellie's first official day of being out of high school as she graduated yesterday!!! Congratulations Ellie!! Today is also the birthday of Harriet Beecher Stow so there are many reasons for cake all around. Relax, enjoy the day and the views ~ ~ Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass on a summer day listening to the murmur of water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is hardly a waste of time. ~ John Lubbock (Ellie (on right with her friend Nicole)(click picture for larger view))
Saturday June 13th 2015 ~ 32 years ago today Pioneer 10 left the solar system and became the first man made object to fly into interstellar space. It will pass by it's next star ~ Ross 248 ~ in the year 34,600 A.D. Mark your calendars and meet us here! The Pioneer 10 mission was originally designed to last 21 months, but after more than 30 years, the venerable Pioneer 10 spacecraft sent what is probably its last signal to Earth. Pioneer's last, very weak signal was received on Jan. 22, 2003. So 30+ years and billions (really!) of miles... sort of makes the energizer bunny look like a slacker! :) We hope Pioneer 10 is enjoying the amazing views it must be seeing, and while we wish we could see those, it's on to the views we can see! Enjoy ~ ~ We are all dreaming of some magical rose garden over the horizon-instead of enjoying the roses blooming outside our windows today ~ Dale Carnegie
Thursday June 11th 2015 ~ National Rose Month continues to grace the driveway ~ the blurb division slept through the departure from the ISS, but it is showing (in re-runs) on NASA TV for any of you other late sleepers. As the 3 terrestrials return to our lovely planet we note that today is the day back in 1982 that E.T. was released! (The movie, not an actual E.T.) and we all suddenly wanted an alien living in our closet. Today is the also the 506th wedding anniversary of Henry VIII and his first wife Catherine of Aragon. He would of course go on to 5 (!) other wives before the bloom was off his rose (so to speak). And before it gets much later... we'll go on to the views ~ ~ One rose says more than the dozen ~ Wendy Craig
Wednesday June 10th 2015 ~ It was on this very day in 1752, Benjamin Franklin flew a kite during a thunderstorm and collected a charge when the kite was struck by lightning, enabling him to demonstrate the electrical nature of lightning. Now that we know that... do NOT go out in today's thunderstorms (if you are having them, as we are supposed to) with your kite! If the rains keep you in you can always start or continue casting your votes for the 2015 All Star Game (in Cincinnati on July 14th) ~ voting ends July 2nd. Now it's on to the views ~ ~ Electricity is really just organized lightning. ~ George Carlin
Tuesday June 9th 2015 ~ We will wish Cole Porter a Happy Birthday because we get a kick out of his music. Then we (those who are the blurb division that is) will go back to embracing the gloom of this rainy day. We recommend hot chocolate and a nap for full appreciation of the weather/day (might as well enjoy the gloom!) Had a good time hanging out on the Insomniac Views last night ~ next time you are up with nothing to do check out the midnight sun views. We could use some of that midnight sun right about now around here! Now, where is the hot chocolate machine? ~ If you enjoy the fragrance of a rose, you must accept the thorns which it bears. ~ Isaac Hayes
Monday June 8th 2015 ~ It's a Happy Birth Day to Frank Lloyd Wright, who was born this day back in 1867, as well as being World Oceans Day! So visit an ocean while having your cake and ice cream, or take an ocean to lunch today to let it know you care. If you can't get out, you can also view a lot of ocean with our Coastal Views links which are right below the driveway pictures. We are on (already!) the mad dash to the summer solstice and so insomniacs viewing is heating up (links are also always right below the driveway pictures as well). You can catch a view of oceans on many of those as well. Enjoy the views ~ and the quiz! ~ It's time to speak of roses and pomegranates and of the ocean where pearls are made ~ Rumi
Sunday June 7th 2015 ~ A late start on a beautiful June day ~ get outside if you can and take it all in. And don't forget to stop and smell the roses, it is National Rose Month after all. And while your nose is busy, also keep a look out for this year's Rose of the Year... For Your Eyes Only. If you spot one, take a picture and send it in ~ we'll be looking for them around here too. ~ What's in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet ~ William Shakespeare
Saturday June 6th 2015 ~ A small break in the blurb action, but the division wandered back in time for the Belmont, D-Day, a belated HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Chase who is now a WHOLE HAND!!!!, and of course the festivities of celebrating the 82nd anniversary of.... the Drive In Movie! Rumor is there are fewer than 500 of them left in the US. But we happen to have a couple of them in our area. Our favorite is The Vintage Drive-In in Avon ~ pack up the babies and grab the old ladies and head over this evening for some excellent summer viewing ~ when you are done viewing here of course, oh yeah, and once it gets dark.... Enjoy! ~ The summer night is like a perfection of thought. ~ Wallace Stevens
Wednesday June 3rd 2015 ~ Hit the ground running today if you can because it's National Running Day! So get out there and run... in circles, in a race, down the street, around a park, for the roses, or where ever your feet take you. Just do NOT run with scissors. Because it is also National Tailors Day, they will be out in droves ~ so let's be careful out there people and all you tailors out there, put your scissors down before you run! With all the running around don't forget to stop and smell the roses (if yours are out already) because it's National Rose Month, which runs all month long. ~ Thou'rt bearing hence thy roses, Glad summer, fare thee well! ~ Felicia Hemans
Tuesday June 2nd 2015 ~ We're late but with so much having gone on this day it's not surprising. Today is the day Babe Ruth retired back in 1935. It is also the day back in 1953 of Queen Elizabeth II's coronation (having become Queen the previous year). Those 2 celebrations alone will keep us in tea, crumpets, and hot dogs for days. We'll save the rest for next year. Meanwhile, the land of the midnight sun views are in full bloom and June continues busting out where ever you look. Enjoy ~ Every summer, like the roses, childhood returns. ~ Marty Rubin
Monday June 1st 2015 ~ June is busting out all over! And you have a front row seat to it busting out over the driveway ~ And what is so rare as a day in June? Then, if ever, come perfect days ~ James Russell Lowell. And if it ever warms up a bit it will be time to kick off the shoes, get an ice cold drink and head to the porch swing. But on this rainy and cool first day, a cup of tea to enjoy with the views is in order. Maybe some rosehip..... It was June, and the world smelled of roses ~ Maud Hart Lovelace
Sunday May 31st 2015 ~ The rains they eluded too all week finally arrived ~ just as the last of the Ky Contingency hit the road for home. And on this rainy day we are going to schedule some viewing and some napping (or vice versa). One view is on and around birthday boy Walt Whitman's island of birth (Long Island that is), and a view of Big Ben which was heard for the first time on Walt Whitman's 40th birthday! (in 1859). Now it's on to the naps, and views ~ Enjoy as May rolls on down the driveway ~
Saturday May 30th 2015 ~ Happy Last Saturday of May!!!! It was on this day in 1922, the Lincoln Memorial was dedicated. The monument was first proposed in 1867, but construction didn't begin until 1914 ~ it was also on this day, in 1971, that he U.S. unmanned space probe Mariner 9 was launched on a mission to gather scientific information on Mars. The first spacecraft to orbit a planet other than earth, Mariner 9 sent back more than 7,000 pictures of the “Red Planet” and succeeded in photographing the entire planet. Sadly we have no webcam for either Mars or the Lincoln Memorial but we do have lots of other ones (see below) awaiting viewing ~ enjoy the day and watch for "thundery downpours" rumored to be coming our way ~
Friday May 29th 2015 ~ A very HAPPY BIRTHDAY to our own Mr. Brannaman!!! We hope it's a great day for you Brannaman and also the start of an excellent year!!! Fat Cake all around!!! (without the pecans of course) and don't forget the ice-cream ~ now lets get this last weekend in May started ~
Wednesday May 27th 2015 ~ It's moving day at the ISS ~ just started, at 8AM, on NASA TV, the robotics flight controllers at the Mission Control Center at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston will detach the large Permanent Multipurpose Module (PMM), used as a supply depot on the orbital laboratory, from the Earth-facing port of the Unity module and robotically relocate it to the forward port of the Tranquility module! You can watch as they try the PMM here... no maybe a little bit to the left.... :) and read more about it here ~ enjoy the views ~
Tuesday May 26th 2015 ~ We are still expecting those rains they've been talking about for days ~ right now it's a beautiful morning on the driveway, we'll have to see (and you will too) what the afternoon brings. The crowds are gone from the driveway but Amy's car, along with Amy, will be visiting all week. Today's reason for cake (should anyone ask) is the birthday of 3 giants in their own fields ~ John Wayne, Miles Davis, and Sally Ride. That, and the heat and humidity set for today, calls for ice cream too! So get comfy, enjoy the views, and the ice-cream and cake ~
Monday May 25th 2015 ~ A very Happy Memorial Day to all ~ most of the KY folk are now headed back on down to their old Kentucky Homes while Amy and Brannaman have decided to stay awhile and visit (YAY!!!)! Rains are due in sometime this afternoon, is the rumor, and there will be some comings and some goings on the driveway so pour another cup of tea (or beverage of choice) and settle in for some quiet viewing. (the Normandy American Cemetery webcam is operational from 2AM to 12:30PM eastern).
Sunday May 24th 2015 ~ Look out America ~ there is another senior citizen hitting the roads today as our own Jim Bo the Billy Bob turns 65!!!!!!! He has been practicing for years and all that hard work will pay off now as he enters the realm of Grumpy Old Men like a pro. He requests no presents be sent but does request you to GET OFF HIS GRASS AND wants you to know how much better THINGS WERE IN THE OLD DAYS!!! :) Many many (oh so many, just like the candles on his cake) Happy Returns of the day (and it's day 23741 for Jim, just saying...)(but Jim you wear it well ~ you don't look a minute over day 23740) to the newest old guy in the family!
Saturday May 23rd 2015 ~ We missed blurbing yesterday, but the running around on Driveway Cam went on. And continues today. Yesterday Haydon became an official smarty pants, (a term of endearment by his siblings) as he graduated from RIT. Pictures posted soon. 114 years ago today, the New York Public library was dedicated, presided over by President Taft. It is the largest marble structure ever constructed in the US, it spanning 2 blocks (!) it took 14 years and $9 million dollars to complete. The day after it's dedication when it opened to the public 40,000 citizens passed through it to use it's starting collection of more than a million books! It is also the birthday of Margaret Wise Brown, who was celebrating her first birthday when the library opened. Enjoy the day, reading a book or two, and of course the views ~
Thursday May 21st 2015 ~ Haydon's RIT graduation is tomorrow (you can watch online right here), (it's in the Gordon Field House, it's the B. Thomas Golisano College of Computing & Information Sciences, and it starts at 6:30) and in order to save some bandwidth there are 3 cars that have headed this way, out of KY, full of people who are going to watch it live. Can't wait to see everyone ~ it's been a very long time! You can watch the expressways for them via the traffic links ( check out Ohio I-71, to I-90, Penn. I-90, NY I-90, 390, & 590). And of course the driveway ~ as the comings and goings get underway. By the by, it was on this day in 1901, Connecticut became the first state to pass a law regulating motor vehicles, limiting their speed to 12 mph in cities and 15 mph on country roads. Thank goodness they don't have to drive through Connecticut! Enjoy the views ~
Wednesday May 20th 2015 ~ Today is By the Seat of Your Pants Day! (it is also the day before the Ky Contingency arrives (yay!!) but more on that later) Today is the day back in 1873 that Levi Strauss and Jacob Davis were given a patent to create work pants reinforced with metal rivets, creating: blue jeans! It is also the day back in 1927 when, at 7:52 a.m., Charles A. Lindbergh took off from Roosevelt Field on Long Island, on the world’s first solo, nonstop flight across the Atlantic Ocean and the first ever nonstop flight between New York to Paris. (33 1/2 hrs later he landed in Paris!). So put on your jeans and head out for some adventuring (or watching the views) ~
Tuesday May 19th 2015 ~ What are you doing here? It's National Museum Day! Get thee to a Museum ~ we have some lovely ones here, and there is a great one in Louisville: The Kentucky Science Center (tell 'em Drivewaycam sent you)(okay, tell Hannah that if you see her, no one else will know what you are talking about) and in fact there are great museums all over the place so visit one today. And if you can't, you can always wander the museum of links we have collected here on Driveway Cam. Enjoy ~
Monday May 18th 2015 ~ It was 35 years ago today that Mt. St. Helens erupted ~ so a link to watch a much calmer St. Helens today (we hope) along with the other views. (hmmmm...the forest service site is down at the moment... hope it's back soon). Today is also the 45th birthday of Tina Fey ((so cake all around!) (chocolate lava cake might be just the thing!)(With ice-cream of course (can't forget the ice cream!))). Enjoy the cake, the ice cream and the views as the penultimate week of May (!) gets underway ~
Sunday May 17th 2015 ~ It is a beautiful sunny day on the driveway ~ the viewing of which will hopefully help you find some calmness as you celebrate World Hypertension Day. (which was not created to increase world hypertension (we do that well enough on our own) but rather to fight it.) Know your numbers and work 'em down if you need to. (a drivewaycam PSA!) And to help, take some time to slow down and check out some views ~ many of which have been known to put viewers in a meditative state (or is that catatonic?) ~ Enjoy ~
Saturday May 16th 2015 ~ The Preakness is running today, but more importantly today is National Sea Monkey Day (not sure how this one escaped us until now)!! So take your Sea Monkey to lunch, take them out to the park, play frisbee with them or just enjoy a walk together. Have a great Saturday with your Sea Monkey and enjoy the views ~
Friday May 15th 2015 ~
You will be missed B.B. King ~
Thursday May 14th 2015 ~ It was on this day in 1796 Edward Jenner, an English country doctor from Gloucestershire, administered the world’s first vaccination as a preventive treatment for smallpox. And it only took 219 years (and the internet) for some people to decide the whole vaccination thing may be wrong. (fortunately, or not, we do not editorialize here at driveway cam, per our cracked legal staff, so we'll move on). Today is also the 42nd anniversary of the launch of America's first space station, Skylab and as the legal dept also requests we do not launch ourselves into a discussion of what some people think about space exploration in these enlightened days... It's on to the views as the sun shines brightly on the driveway ~
Wednesday May 13th 2015 ~ Yep....running late.....the views are available it's the blurb division that causes the problem. They will be spoken too in a stern matter, we promise. Meanwhile ~ Happy Hump Day and enjoy the views ~
Tuesday May 12th 2015 ~ Happy 90th Birthday to Yogi Berra today! A toast to many more years of his sage advice for us. It is also the birthday of Katharine Hepburn (who would be turning 108 today). And it is day 3 of this stretch of palindromic days ~ from 5/10/15 until 5/19/15 every day, read in the US version of marking dates (mm/dd/yy), will be a palindrome! (thanks Hannah for bringing that to our attention!). So enjoy these days forward and backwards and enjoy the views as well ~ last words to Yogi: You can observe a lot by just watching ~ Yogi Berra
Monday May 11th 2015 ~ Another May Monday is appearing on the driveway today ~ on this, the 157th anniversary of the day we became 10,000 lakes the better and Minnesota entered the Union as the 32nd state. In their honor (and in general as we love having them in the Union) a look in at one of those lakes, and a link to a lot of links to other lakes and lots of views of the state. If you are planning a visit to our 32nd state you might want to brush up on your Minnesotan before you go. Can you enjoy the views without knowing Minnesotan? You betcha! Enjoy ~
Sunday May 10th 2015 ~ A very Happy Mother's Day to everyone who has ever been a mom, filled in for a mom, had a mom, or known a mom. Moms come in all shapes, sizes, genetic configurations, wrappings, and sometimes disguises, but we know them no matter what and love them for their unwavering love, kindness, and care. On a side note, the country got smaller on this day back in 1869 ~ and ~ it became easier to visit your mom no matter what side of the country she lived on as the presidents of the Union Pacific and Central Pacific railroads met in Promontory, Utah, and drove a ceremonial last spike into a rail line that connected their railroads. This made transcontinental railroad travel possible for the first time in U.S. history. [ a look in at Utah, about an hour east of Promontory.] Enjoy the day, the views and the lilacs (we have one bloom so far on ours!)
Saturday May 9th 2015 ~ We are leaving driveway cam's eye on the tree ~ as it is in full bloom and looking lovely ~ on this National Train Day. While we wish we were off riding a train (which is exactly where Jim is headed now) instead we'll wish Richard Adams (who wrote Watership Down) and JM Barrie (who brought us Peter Pan) a couple of quick Happy Birthdays and then head out to look for trains of course and pirates, and fairies, and rabbits among the views ~ Happy Saturday and don't forget to stop and smell the lilacs!
Friday May 8th 2015 ~ The Lilac Festival started today and in our excitement.... the blurb division forgot to update their blurb today. So without further ado, it's back to the views (which luckily don't depend on blurb division efficiency) with the understanding it's time to pack up the babies and grab the old ladies and head on over to the festival ~
Thursday May 7th 2015 ~ Welcome to Kultur Tag on the driveway ~ you want arts? We got 'em ~ today is the birthday of Johannes Brahms, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Robert Browning, as well as being the day in 1994, that Norway's most famous painting, "The Scream" by Edvard Munch, was recovered almost three months after it was stolen, and (!) it is the day back in 1965 when a bleary-eyed (probably not because of the hour) Keith Richards awoke in the early morning hours, in a Clearwater, Florida, motel room, grabbed a tape recorder and laid down one of the greatest pop hooks of all time: The opening riff of “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction.” He then promptly fell back to sleep. We are sure there are more artistic celebrations for the day but it's late so it's off to the views ~ they just may inspire poetry, music, the desire to paint, or to compose, where ever you wander ~
Wednesday May 6th 2015 ~ Sure, the 4 minute mile was broken this day (in 1954), sure the Chunnel opened this day 40 years later (1994), and sure this is the very day John Steinbeck was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for The Grapes of Wrath (1940) ~ but today is also 'The Tree Is About Ready to Bloom Day' and so Drivewaycam is turning it's eye treeward so that you can watch in 10 minute increments the rush (!?) towards full bloom. Please no wagering on the actual day it does bloom (although....) Enjoy the views and the blooming happening here are where you are too!
Tuesday May 5th 2015 ~ Happy Cinco de Mayo! Walk softly with the tequila today... But while you are celebrating ~ today is also the day America made it to space when Alan Shepard Jr. was launched aboard the Freedom 7 space capsule, to become the first American astronaut to travel into space. The suborbital flight, lasted 15 minutes, but paved the way to so much more. (Later, on Apollo 14, he would Walk the Moon (love that band) getting much farther than the 116 miles up on his first flight). Hope you enjoy the views from wherever you travel today ~
Monday May 4th 2015 ~ It is May The Fourth Be With You day, and we hope that it is (with you that is) ~ and a lovely Star Wars day it's shaping up to be. (sure we are under a wild fire warning due to lack of rain, warm temperatures, and winds due in, but lovely none the less)(and rain is due tonight so that will help). We would have been at Jessie's graduation if we could have been, but the view from 600+ miles wasn't too bad. Pictures posted on the family pages soon. Today is also the day back in 1776 that Rhode Island became the first North American colony to renounce its allegiance to King George III. So a quick look in at those trend setters and then it's off to the views near and far. Enjoy (and don't forget what Smokey the Bear taught us all....)
Sunday May 3rd 2015 ~ A beautiful Sunday is in the works here, hope the weather is cooperating where you are too. We especially hope it is cooperating at Berea College where Jessie is graduating today. You can watch for her on this link, at 2:00PM Eastern where she "will be sitting on the right side, about six rows from the back and wearing a cap that says "It's Jess Miller Time" like the beer ad." Congratulations Jessie!!! ~ enjoy the day. And we'll all enjoy the views.
Saturday May 2nd 2015 ~ A quick stop off at one of our favorite views, Loch Ness as it was this day back in 1933 that a sighting of Nessie was published in a local newspaper and reignited the modern day Nessie Frenzy. Then it's off to Louisville for the Derby! They seem to have gotten rid of their web cams sadly, but you can still pick a horse, enjoy a minty drink, and holler like crazy (this is a very important step) when they Run for the Roses! (Post time is 6:25 p.m. ET on NBC). Good luck! And let us know who you picked!!
Friday May 1st 2015 ~ It's May! It's May! Here on the driveway and everywhere else for that matter. This is the day of the year that has the most holidays associated with it... the biggest of which is the birthday of Ms. Hannah!!!! A very HAPPY BIRTHDAY Hannah ~ here is to an excellent day and an even more excellent new year starting for you. Today is also the day before the derby so it's time to pick a horse or two, find your finest chapeau, and dust it off. We can't help with the hat, but the horses can be found here. Have a great first day in May, have some cake (without the coconut of course) and ice-cream, and enjoy the views ~
Thursday April 30th 2015 ~ Ooops ~ last day of April almost scooted out of here without a blurb ~ but we caught it. Sure it's 5:21 pm but better late than never? The blurb division will be talked to (as soon as we find them). Hope you enjoyed the views today and now it's back to them.........
Wednesday April 29th 2015 ~ Running late (again), but yes Pebble, there will be an update today! It's warmed up considerably, the sun is shining and who knows what may happen on the driveway under these conditions ~ have to watch to see. Or you could work on the quizzes awaiting answers ((ifq from 2009) and (ifq from 2015)), or just roam the links and enjoy the views ~ and with that... a quick Happy 4th Anniversary to William and Kate and Happy Birthday to Daniel Day Lewis, then it's off to this lovely spring day ~
Monday April 27th 2015 ~ Get out your biggest baking pans for today's birthday cake which is made in honor of.... The Universe! According to German mathematician and astronomer Johannes Kepler the universe was created on this day in 4977 B.C which would make us about 6,992 years old. Sure, he's 13.7 billion years, or so, shy of the actual year, but who is to say the day is wrong? Not drivewaycam ~ so cake all around but don't get too close until all those candles are out! (we are pretty sure the universe will like this cake but any cake you make will make it happy) And Happy Birthday to this particular Universe from everyone in it, and everyone in all the adjacent universes too, we're sure. :)
Sunday April 26th 2015 ~ A very late start so just a quick Happy Birthday to Frederick Law Olmstead for providing us places to prevent "...the severe forms of softening of the brain", it's on to the views and hopefully out to a park ~ He designed so many of them ~ Central Park in NYC, and many of the parks here in Rochester, Louisville, Atlanta, and all around the country. Get out if you can and give a tip of the hat to Olmsted...
Saturday April 25th 2015 ~ 25 years ago yesterday the Hubble telescope was launched, and 25 years ago today it was put into orbit ~ today it still orbits the earth once every 97 minutes and still manages to take our breath away with its pictures. It was conceived in the 40's, designed in the 70's, built in the 80's and then began its mission in 1990. What a view it's been giving us! We've been watching them build the next generation of space telescope, the James Webb Space Telescope via this link, also found in the table below. Which is scheduled to launch in October of 2018. They don't work much on the weekends, so for now you can catch all the views from the driveway ~ Enjoy ~ Whirlpool Galaxy and Companion~ The graceful, winding arms of the majestic spiral galaxy M51 (NGC 5194), and smaller galaxy NGC 5195
Friday April 24th 2015 ~ Happy Birthday Allison!!!! We all wish you a very splendid day and a wonderful new year ahead! Today is also the birthday of the Library of Congress, estabished this day back in 1800 with 740 books and three maps from London. It continued to grow until the British burned it down during the war of 1812 ~ however it was rebuilt and restocked (many thanks to Thomas Jefferson), and today, the Library of Congress has 650 miles of shelves, and 150 million items, including more than 35 million books. The Librarian of Congress, Ainsworth Spofford, declared it "the book palace of the American people," and it was called "the largest, the costliest, and the safest" library in the world. And we here at drivewaycam really want to go see it one day... Road Trip!!! Have a great Friday, have cake and ice cream in honor of Allison and enjoy the views ~
Thursday April 23rd 2015 ~ Once again it's Take a Sonnet to Lunch Day here on the slightly snow covered driveway (yep, flurries all day on and off, no accumulation we are told). Don't start pushing in line because there are plenty of sonnets to go around. In fact today's birthday boy William Shakespeare wrote 154 of them ~ so we can all share. (If you are going for a long lunch it can also be Take a Play to Lunch Day, there are 38 of those) Shakespeare would have been 451 today had he figured out how. And that is worth some cake and ice cream or at the very least some tea and a toast ~ a fan of driveway cam (we're sure) last words to William ~ Fair thought and happy hours attend you.
Wednesday April 22nd 2015 ~ Happy Earth Day ! Earth day was first celebrated this day back in 1970 to increase public awareness of the world’s environmental problems and increase ecological awareness. According to the Earth Day Network, celebrated by a billion people, it is the world's largest secular holiday. To celebrate on this side of the driveway we are planting some flower seeds (the long term approach) and we hope you will all celebrate in some way too. After all, for now, it's the only planet we have. Tonight to celebrate go outside, lie down, and look up. On April 22-23, Earth will pass through a stream of debris from Comet Thatcher, source of the annual Lyrid meteor shower ~ best time to catch the shower is between about 11 pm tonight and sunrise tomorrow, in any timezone in the northern hemisphere. The hours before dawn are best and meteors can appear in any part of the sky, although their trails will tend to point back toward the constellation Lyra. Enjoy the views of and from earth all day and night !!
Tuesday April 21st 2015 ~ It's pints all around (with pinkies up) for the 89th birthday of Elizabeth Alexandra Mary Windsor. And so a toast to a very Happy Birthday Your Majesty, from all your friends on both sides of the driveway ~ "THE QUEEN" ~ Today is also the birthday of naturalist John Muir (more pints!) who founded the Sierra Club, helped us have Yosemite Park (among many others) and who invented an alarm clock that not only woke him up but set him on his feet and simultaneously lighted a lamp! Hmmm, wonder if they have that on Ebay? Enjoy the views and be sure to check out google today to explore Loch Ness with their street view and help hunt for Nessie ~
Monday April 20th 2015 ~ Hey all you sleuths ~ Edgar Allen Poe’s story, The Murders in the Rue Morgue, first appeared in Graham’s Lady’s and Gentleman’s Magazine, this very day back in 1841. The tale is generally considered to be the first detective story. We are sure all of you detected the change in weather on the driveway as colder air and rains have moved in. It's also been quite windy so you may see anything tumble on down and/or past the driveway. Keep an eye on it. We hope one of you will be motivated to solve the mystery of the first quiz of 2015 (and also, oh please, the ill fated quiz ten of ought nine!) Magnifying glasses ready? ~ thinking caps on? ~ enjoy the views!
Sunday April 19th 2015 ~ It's going to be a bee-u-tea-full day on the driveway today. Which is good because rain and colder air are moving in next week for a (we hope) short stay. And all that sunshine and green just makes it easier to celebrate Vampires Beware Day or as it is more formally called National Garlic Day. As we can't find a working Garlic webcam we're going to post a few links to the bat cams today; Link to roosting Bats cam, Link to their toy box cam, and the link to their insect bat cave cam in keeping with the theme du jour. Enjoy the sunshine (if you don't have sunshine today, you may share ours) and put a little garlic on, well everything(!) today ~
Saturday April 18th 2015 ~ Happy Travel and Communication Day in honor of Mr. Paul Revere, and William Dawes, (we suggest a light lunch, followed by a large dessert)(but if you want to celebrate more traditionally you can hop on your horse, and ride through town screaming just as they did 240 years ago tonight. (we again suggest you not wait until midnight; zoning laws and noise ordinances having changed a smidge since their ride)). It is also the day back in 1950 that the very first U.S. jet passenger international trip flight was made from Malton Airport in Toronto, Canada to the International Airport, New York City. The Avro Canada jetliner carried a crew of three, with three passengers, and 15,000 airmail letters (which became the first airmail letters carried in the U.S. by jet plane). However you choose to travel or communicate today enjoy the views along the way ~
Friday April 17th 2015 ~ In 1810, on this very day, day 107 of the year ~ the first U.S. patent for pineapple cheese was issued to L.M. Norton of Troy, Pennsylvania; in 1397 Geoffrey Chaucer told the Canterbury Tales for the first time at the court of Richard II; and it is Bat Appreciation Day, celebrated annually on April 17th which is around the time that bats come out of hibernation. We are sure all those things are connected in some sort of cosmic web but we don't know how. So... a look in at a pineapple, a quick read of The Miller's Tale (and/or prologue), and a look in at some bats before heading out to the views ~
Thursday April 16th 2015 ~ You may already be at work....we were so taken by National Procrastinators Day that we once again put off mentioning that the day after N.P.D, or tax day to it's friends, is Wear Your Pajamas to Work Day!. Find an excuse to go home and change if you actually got dressed before going into work today. Otherwise, pack up your slippers and have a great day at the office. Some folks say it's Save The Elephant Day, and while we can't actually confirm that it is, or what it is, we're going to check in on our favorite elephants of Tennessee before heading out to the views ~ enjoy ~
Wednesday April 15th 2015 ~ Happy National Procrastinators Day ~ which is what we are calling it. Because either you've already gotten your taxes in and have spent your refund, or you are wondering why someone didn't mention that it was going to be the 15th so soon! It's also NPD because it's Leonardo DaVinci's birthday ~ the man who spent the last 15 years (!) of his life on the Mona Lisa and who died with fewer than 30 paintings completed. He too, like many of us, was great at starting things, a little less great at finishing them. So today we celebrate that trait that makes a Da Vinci out of all of at some point, even as we wonder where the W2's got to.... Enjoy the views now ~ or later, whatever works. :)
Tuesday April 14th 2015 ~ This is a complicated day in history... it's the day that Lincoln was shot back in 1865, it is the day in 1912 the Titanic hit the iceberg, however, it is also the day that the pony express got underway in 1860, and the day in 1828 that the first Webster American Dictionary of the English Language was published after 30 years of work by Noah Webster (whose dictionary sadly now includes words that "have no definition but are acceptable in Words with Friends)(what are we doing?) Webster wanted Americans to have a national identity that wasn't based on the language and ideas of England, and wanted us to be able to communicate with each other (even by mail with some consistent spelling to help us along) despite regional dialects that differed so drastically. ~ Thanks to him and the Pony Express for helping us achieve those goals. [Google has a a pony express game out there if you decided not to communicate but want to get the mail delivered safely instead!] Enjoy ~
Monday April 13th 2015 ~ We want to wish Thomas Jefferson a very Happy Birthday... he would be turning 272 today if he could. He "wrote the Declaration of Independence for the fledgling United States and then served as its minister of France, secretary of state, vice president, and president. But he was also, among other things, an inventor, philosopher, farmer, naturalist, astronomer, food and wine connoisseur, and musician" (with thanks to Writer's Almanac). And while it's not the Jefferson Memorial...here is a great view from the Washington Monument, to go along with the Cherry Blossom Cam in honor of Mr. Jefferson. Enjoy ~
Sunday April 12th 2015 ~ It's time for birthday cake and ice-cream ~ but don't stand too near the cake as the number of candles on it this year will cause everyone to overheat as Pebble turns another year older! Happy Birthday Ms. Mobley ~ we hope it's the start of an excellent year for you! Today is also the birthday of Beverly Cleary ~ our particular favorite of hers on this side of the driveway.... Emily's Runaway Imagination. Given it is also the day, back in 1961 (the year Emily's Runaway Imagination was published) that Yuri Gagarin became the first human being to travel into space and the first man to orbit the planet; as well as the day 20 years later that the space shuttle Columbia launched from Cape Canaveral, becoming the first reusable manned spacecraft to travel into space (piloted by astronauts Robert L. Crippen and John W. Young, the Columbia made 36 orbits before landing and starting a new era of space travel) we say it's cake and ice-cream all day while watching the views ~ enjoy ~
Saturday April 11th 2015 ~ 45 years ago today Apollo 13 successfully launched from Cape Canaveral, with astronauts James A. Lovell, John L. Swigerts, and Fred W. Haise. Their trip to the moon was interrupted by an explosion over 200,000 miles from Earth 2 days later. While the mission to the moon was not successful, the mission to get the LM, designed to ferry astronauts from the orbiting CM to the moon’s surface and back again, with a power supply meant to support two people for 45 hours, to instead carry three men for at least 90 hours and successfully navigate more than 200,000 miles of space, was amazing in it's scope, execution, and success. If you haven't seen the movie or read about the mission, this would be the perfect day to do so. Along with checking out the views including the Cherry Blossom Festival Cam which is now working! ~ enjoy ~
Friday April 10th 2015 ~ It's Friday, and it's in the 50's (at least until tomorrow) ~ so there is the celebration right there! It is also the day that William Sydney Porter (O'Henry to the rest of us) had his story The Gift of the Magi published. Wander the views with some Friday abandon, and enjoy reading that story and other O'Henry stories with some tea or champagne (which ever suits your mood) and have a great Friday ~
Thursday April 9th 2015 ~ It's one of those days where there is just too much going on ~ first and foremost HAPPY BIRTHDAY KATHY T!!! Hope it's a great day (and year!) for you. Today is also the day, in 1859 (several years before Kathy T was introduced) Samuel Clemens, better known as Mark Twain, received his steamboat pilot's license. And today also happens to be the day back in 1962, (a couple of years after Kathy T was introduced) that JFK threw out the opening pitch at the then new Washington DC Stadium ~ which got us wondering about other presidents and baseball and led to a quiz. The first quiz of 2015. So, cake all around for Kathy, a nod to Mark Twain, and it's on to the views and the quiz ~ What could be better on a rainy April morning? Enjoy!
Wednesday April 8th 2015 ~ Beyond late on this rainy Wednesday ~ a quick Happy Birthday to Buddha (born in 563 (ish)?, and birth celebrated on this day), with a celebration nod to the estimated 350 million people in 100 nations who adhere to Buddhist beliefs and practices, and another quick Happy Birthday to Barbara Kingsolver, and then it's on to enjoy the views (the trial view is a very nice escape from the rain)(as are the nest views and most of the other views as well come to think of it).
Tueday April 7th 2015 ~ Today is World Health Day ~ so we wish you all bon health, today and everyday for that matter. ((Driveway cam requires a robust and healthy viewing population)(although we certainly are set up to appeal to and be accessible to those less robust and/or healthy) (we're full service!)) And we're running late, so a quick though heartfelt Happy Birthday to William Wordsworth, one of our favorites and a quick look in at the daffodils at Cornell we are off to the views ~
Monday April 6th 2015 ~ A very Happy Dyngus Day to all! We hope you have gathered your pussy willows (we have not yet....) and are ready for the parades (if your town is having one), and of course some great foods. Haven't yet found the perfect dyngus day webcam ~ if you know of one let us know ~ so it's on to the views and the celebrations ~ (one of our favorite dyngus day related pictures, click to see it larger)
Sunday April 5th 2015 ~ Happy Easter! A little snow to make hunting for Easter Eggs easier. Today is also the 401st wedding anniversary of Pocahontas and John Rolfe ~ but most importantly... according to the MLB today is OPENING DAY OF THE 2015 SEASON!!!!! Tonight there is a game at Wrigley ~ hope everyone dresses warmly ~ between the Cubs and the Cardinals. However, to the stubborn Opening Day is tomorrow...no, not when the Yankee's first pitch happens (against Toronto, game starts at 1:05), but when the Cincinnati Reds take the field for their opening pitch at 4:10. We're so excited on this side of the driveway (everyone is tied for 1st!) ~ hope you all enjoy the views, your Easter, and those great words of spring's renewal ~ PLAY BALL!
Saturday April 4th 2015 ~ There are a couple of basketball games tonight which hopefully will be exciting and irritatingly aren't on network TV. But more importantly today is the anniversary of the day in 1828, when Casparus van Wooden patented chocolate milk powder (Amsterdam). A hearty and Quik tip of the mug to Casparus! It is also the birthday of Muddy Waters, blues great, so a look in at the Muddy waters that gave him his nickname. And a look in at a flag as today it was on this day in 1818 that Congress decided the U.S. flag would consist of 13 red and white stripes and 20 stars, with a new star to be added for every new state. Enjoy the views ~
Friday April 3rd 2015 ~ Big weekend coming up ~ the shortest lunar eclipse of the century is going to happen on Saturday morning (early early early)(6:15 AM in the east until the moon sets) ~ NASA will host a media teleconference at 1 p.m. EDT today, Friday April 3, to explain and answer questions about it ~ The teleconference number is 888-324-0280, with the passcode 34973, should be a good discussion. (Mitzi Adams astronomer will also answer questions via Twitter on the @NASA_Marshall account beginning at 6:00 a.m. EDT on April 4. For Twitter questions, use the hashtag #eclipse2015.) We would only get a quick look here in Rochester, but will probably get no look at all as we are expecting rains and snow and a cloudy, oh so cloudy sky ~ but hopefully in your area you'll get to see the Blood Moon Eclipse if you get up early and get outside. Send pictures if you do and enjoy the lunatic views ~ (click on picture for clearer view)
Thursday April 2nd 2015 ~ Good Morning Driveway Cam viewers ~ it is supposed to get into the 60's today with all this sunshine, so we may see the last of the snow pile by the hydrant... before the snow due in this weekend arrives that is. Enjoy watching it melt. Today is also the 210th birthday of Hans Christian Andersen ~ in his honor, his birthday was declared International Children's Book Day, a day to promote children's literature and foster a love of reading in the world's youth. So it's also take a Children's Book to Lunch Day (and take a child or two along so you can read it to them)(take them to lunch because you know them well and with permission you understand!) Enjoy some children's literature today with a side of the views ~
(for a larger view, click on the picture)
Monday February 2nd 2015 ~ Happy GroundHog Day (or Jour de la Marmotte) ~ we have suspected Mr. Marmotte of making things up in the past (those years where despite the fact that it is raining at the time of the "reading" he "sees" his shadow), but we'll wait to see what he has to say and then go about with the weather anyway. We did get some snow. We have a ways to go if we are to get into the revised 10-14 inch range they are touting but it is still snowing so anything can happen. You may even get to see the driveway's elusive snow-plower ~ keep watching with fingers crossed. Enjoy the snow and the views ~
Sunday February 1st 2015 ~ Late, but the rumors are true.... we are supposed to get some 'measurable' snow! Now, only up to 6 inches is possible, but hey, we'll take it! The camera has been running so you've gotten to see all of the snow fall we've had so far and can see what's to come (during daylight hours). If you need more snow watching try the traffic cams around Chicago, Detroit, and Cleveland (and points in between). Rumors (and snow) are falling there too. So it's back to the first day of February and the hope for maybe even the need for the driveway to be plowed!? It could happen (but please, don't hold your breath, and no wagering).
Saturday January 31st 2015 ~ Trying to round up the blurb division is like herding cats sometimes ~ only less successful. However, they are back in time to celebrate that it was this very day 1865, that the U.S. House of Representatives passed the 13th Amendment to the Constitution, abolishing slavery in America. The amendment read, "Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude...shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction." It was sent to the states to ratify which was accomplished in December of 1865. Today is also the birthday of our friend Ann ~ and we wish her the best of days today and the best of years getting underway. Meanwhile, the cold persists on the driveway, so we're staying in to watch the views from under the covers. Some days it's the only way to view ~ enjoy ~
Wednesday January 28th 2015 ~ It was 3 when we got up this morning. That's what we call 'stupid cold' in these parts. True, as the sun came up the temperature has soared (?) to 13, but that's still stupid in many, many(!) of the books around here. So we are heading to slightly warmer climes ~ Antarctica for example, where it is a balmy 33. If you haven't checked in on the chicks it's a perfect day to do so, while soaking up some of their warmth! It will brighten up the last Wednesday of the month, we promise. And if that doesn't quite warm you up enough ~ check out this hot springs pool in Colorado, or this one in Idaho. Stay warm ~ and enjoy the views ~
Tuesday January 27th 2015 ~ The blizzard, or storm, continues as do the usual views of said storms ~ here on the driveway we got enough snow (?) to bring our monthly snow deficit to within 10 inches...don't even ask about the seasonal drought, it's too sad. On a less sad note ~ today is the birthday of Mozart and of Lewis Carroll, both brought us adventures in music and reading which brighten even a 'just a bit of snow' day. Today is also the day, back in 1888, that the National Geographic Society was founded in Washington, D.C., for "the increase and diffusion of geographical knowledge." We encourage continuing on that quest and wandering the globe via the views today ~ or simply curling up with a stack of the wonderful now golden-yellow magazines! Enjoy ~
Monday January 26th 2015 ~ Won't be much of the nor'easter to watch on the driveway (we have lots of cold, only supposed to get 1-3 inches of snow) but any east coast views (traffic, coast line, air quality and the usual suspects etc) could be interesting if the storm plays out as the rumors say it will. Again if you are in the blizzard's path, be prepared and stay safe! Of course that actually goes for all of us really whatever our circumstances so let's all do that, and enjoy the views ~
Sunday January 25th 2015 ~ While rumors of nor'easters and blizzards swirl around us ~ we have a slow (and cold) day due up on the driveway. With a little snow (1-3) inches over the next couple of days as our participation in the storm of the century (or whatever they are calling this one). We did get some freezing rain yesterday and so you may see skating on the driveway ~ or you can always check out the skating links if you need a sure fix. Stay warm, if you are in the blizzard's path, be prepared and stay safe, but most of all... enjoy the views (from inside and under the covers!)
Saturday January 24th 2015 ~ Today is National Peanut Butter Day (!) ~ one of the factoids we learned at that site was that "Peanut butter was the secret behind “Mr. Ed,” TV’s talking horse. Spreading peanut butter inside the horse’s mouth created a natural talking movement every time the animal moved his sticky jaws" So now you know too. :) Want to know how to celebrate the day? Here are several recipes from Jif. In slightly more interesting news Ellie is in Nashville today to audition for Belmont University ~ we all wish her the best of luck! The Belmont webcam seems to be gone, but here is a nice view of downtown Nashville in it's place ~ enjoy it and all the others views today (check out sites in the midAtlantic and North East as they are getting some interesting weather today!)
Friday January 23rd 2015 ~ First a VERY HAPPY BIRTHDAY to PATTI BETH!!!! We hope it is the best of years starting for you, and that it's starting with the best of days. Secondly, Happy National Pie Day to us all! Pick your favorite pie and either make one, or go out and have a slice ~ pie does go perfectly with almost every view. Speaking of which, let's get on to them ~
Thursday January 22nd 2015 ~ Running on empty and behind..... so we're heading to the couch looking for blankets and we'll turn you over straight to the views today ~ Enjoy them!
Wednesday January 21st, 2015 ~ On this very day back in 1986, in Clio Michigan of all places, National Hugging Day was born ~ created by Kevin Zaborney, to remind us all to hug more. Couldn't find a Clio webcam, but did find this one in Holly, MI. We'd like to wish a Happy Birthday to Felix Hoffmann who was the German chemist who discovered aspirin, while a researcher for Bayer & Co., and who would be turning 147 years old today if only he could. Thanks for all the pain reduction Felix!!! And now it's on to the views ~ Enjoy ~ (thanks for the date check Aunt Joyce!) :)
Monday January 20th, 2015 ~ Happy Inauguration Day, which is now January 20th (or 21st if the 20th is a Sunday), thanks to the 20th amendment to the constitution. The first president to be inaugurated on the 20th was FDR ~ he was also the last president to be inaugurated on the previous inauguration day which was March 4th (to allow the new president plenty of travel time to get to DC due to the speed of transportation and communication then!) Even without a new president to inaugurate this day has always been a roller coaster ride of a day ~ at least since 1885 when LaMarcus Thompson patented the first Coney Island roller coaster structure on this date. It was called the Gravity Switchback Railway (based on the Mauch Chunk Scenic railway ride), it cost a nickel to ride, and it was an immediate success, drawing huge crowds and bringing in $600 a day even before any of the patents were granted! (with many thanks to the Writer's Almanac). So, as always, a stop in at Coney Island before we head to the rest of the views ~ Enjoy ~
Monday January 19th, 2015 ~ Happy Martin Luther King Jr Day to all ~ and Happy Birthday to Edgar Allan Poe. It's a lovely Monday morning (from Poe's point of view), overcast but not too cold. We hope everyone has a good day whether you stay inside and wander the views or head out for some non digital (?) viewing! Today is also the 112th anniversary of the first ever transatlantic radio broadcast, when King Edward VII and President Theodore Roosevelt exchanged greetings in a coded radio exchange between Cape Cod and Cornwall, England (that's a lovely view from the Pot and Barrel just fyi)(with additional lovely views of Cornwall here. So a good day perhaps for some long distance communication ~ Enjoy whatever the day brings and the views ~ “Experience has shown, and a true philosophy will always show, that a vast, perhaps the larger, portion of truth arises from the seemingly irrelevant.” ~ Edgar Allan Poe,
Sunday January 18th, 2015 ~ The driveway is losing a car this morning as Cheryl heads back to Kentucky after all these weeks of helping all of us out up here. We are trying very hard not to run out and poke holes in her tires and hide her keys as we know it's time for her to get back home but we (all of us, and the driveway, and all the drivewaycam viewers, and the birds at the feeders!) are going to miss her, so very much. Safe travels for her on the roads and check for the return of coy cam in the next day or two as she gets back to manning her camera! (it may be a few days as she catches up on some sleep after the siege here!) ~ Today is also the birthday of A.A. Milne and Cary Grant to name but a couple so we'll wander off to the Hundred Acre Woods or maybe watch Arsenic and Old Lace as we work on settling into the new norm ~ Enjoy the day's views ~ and a few pictures from Cheryl's stay (click for larger views)
Saturday January 17th, 2015 ~ Rumors of a "thaw" on this lovely 309th birthday of Benjamin Franklin abound. We're hoping that means the current -1 will not be the high for the day.....Meanwhile up in Seward Alaska today is Polar Bear Jump Off Day so if you are signed up to be a jumper you'll want to check in between 8-10:30 am this morning there at the Polar Bear Review, Breeze Inn Motel - Small Boat Harbor. Couldn't find a Polar Bear Jump cam but here are a couple of views of the harbor there ~ View One and of course View Two. Good Luck to the jumpers (we'll be rooting for you from under our blankets!)(of course it is 35 degrees warmer there than it is here.... go figure). Enjoy the views ~
Friday January 16th, 2015 ~ A very happy Fig Newton Day to all ~ while we are not sure why January 16th is Fig Newton Day, we are more than happy to celebrate it and encourage others to do so as well. Fig Newtons were created by a cookie maker in Ohio, but were eventually made by a factory in Massachusetts and named after a town nearby ~ Newton (a town 7 miles outside of Boston) used to have a webcam but it's not working these days so you'll have to have your Fig Newtons while checking out all the other views ~ or while checking out Newton, SC, or maybe Newton, KS, or even Newton, IA.
Thursday January 15th, 2015 ~ It was 456 years ago this very day that the coronation of Queen Elizabeth I was held ~ John Dee, who was a mathematician and an astrologer, chose the date (she had already been queen for 2 months); he had consulted his star charts and determined it to be propitious. And it appears he chose wisely given the outcome of her long and illustrious reign ~ so pinkies up and a toast (with some tea of course) for one of the greats while viewing today.
Wednesday January 14th, 2015 ~ Okay, so it's -8 at the moment... that's all. Just a fact thrown out there. Another fact we were surprised about this morning ~ this is (only?) the 72nd anniversary of the first American President (serving in office) to fly on a plane! On this day in 1943 Franklin Roosevelt completed his journey to Morocco to discuss strategy with British Prime Minister Winston Churchill. Reluctantly his advisors agreed that the Germans were making travel in the Atlantic too dangerous and set up the 4 day flight. We are not sure which surprises us more... that this happened so recently or that 1943 was so long ago! :) Meanwhile, it's still -8. Back under the covers and enjoy the views ~
Tuesday January 13th, 2015 ~ Lots (it's relative, we're in a snow drought) of snow this morning to watch ~ hope you can enjoy it from a warm spot with some lovely hot chocolate to go along with the views ~
Sunday January 11th, 2015 ~ Football may not hold much attraction for some of us.... but watching the Lambeau Cams is always fun. As they ready the field and the parking lot fills ~ you can see it all! And for your tailgate party, no matter where you hold it, may we suggest some Rhubarb Chicken Wings? Today is the 245th anniversary of the day Benjamin Franklin introduced rhubarb to America after all and so why not celebrate!?! Stay warm, and enjoy the views ~
Saturday January 10th, 2015 ~ The blurb division would like to apologize for not mentioning the dragon resupply launch this morning (which was a success) ~ they (the blurbs) are still not back to 100% although they are working on it. Meanwhile ~ the cold lingers and staying inside watching the views seems like a really good idea compared to being out in the weather and on the roads. And just to spin on time a little...it was this day just 66 years ago that RCA introduced the “single,” ~ the 7-inch diameter 45 rpm record ~ in the U.S. Can't decide if that sounds like a long time, or a very short time, ago. In either case, crank up your MP3s while enjoying the views ~
Friday January 9th, 2015 ~ We are getting a little bit of snow today ~ YAY! I-90 (the thruway) was closed last night from the Pennsylvania border to Henrietta NY (Exit 46) ~ not sure when it is due to reopen, but there are some great shots of lots of empty highway out there right now. Stay warm while checking in on the views and if you have to go out ~ let's be careful out there people.
Thursday January 8th, 2015 ~ This is the anniversary of the final battle of Crazy Horse and his warriors in 1877. Six months previously Crazy Horse and Sitting Bull had pulled off an amazing victory at Little Big Horn (aka Custards Last Stand), the American people wanted revenge. In 1948, an American sculptor, Korczak Ziolkowski, began work on the Crazy Horse Memorial, a massive monument carved into a mountain in South Dakota. Still a work in progress, the monument will stand 641 feet high and 563 feet long when completed. It's been one of our favorites to watch so we'll head out to South Dakota this morning to check in, and then it's off to wander all the views (as we avoid going out in the cold that is still lingering) Enjoy ~
Wednesday January 7th, 2015 ~ It is way too cold out there, almost no matter where you are ~ so we suggest crawling back under your covers and catching up on the views from there. Double digit below zero wind chills and blowing snow have us convinced it's the perfect plan. Try it out, you'll like it! It's much too cold for us to even go looking for birthdays and anniversaries so a quick stay warm and enjoy the views ~ and now we're headed back under our covers ~
Tuesday January 6th, 2015 ~ A little bit of snow and a whole lot of cold out there today. We hope you have a warm spot for your viewing today ~ pile on the blankets, bring on the hot chocolate, and bundle up before you head out to look around. [This morning the DC traffic cams are fairly entertaining ~ and you'll find snow all over the place.] Today is also Epiphany so be prepared for bright ideas all over the place as well. Here we are at least starting to think about putting Christmas away for a long winter's nap. (which we may even then start to do after having our own winter's nap!) Enjoy looking for the sun, for the snow, and for enlightenment ~
Monday January 5th, 2015 ~ For those of you going back to work today... a) we're sorry and b) bundle up! It is 43 degrees colder here than it was yesterday! Maybe that's why this is "Blue Monday" and it has nothing to do with the end of the holidays!?! Today is the 12th day of Christmas for those of you keeping track ~ and today, in presidential history, is the day 43 years ago that Richard Nixon signed the bill authorizing $5.5 million in funding to develop a space shuttle. So a quick look in at the ISS (the house the shuttle built) before we go in search of today's views ~
Sunday January 4th, 2015 ~ We thought we'd stick close to the driveway today, munching apples and enjoying the gravity of the day as we celebrate Sir Isaac Newton's 372nd birthday. It is also the birthday of Louis Braille, born in 1809, adaptor of an army method of communicating in the dark into the now dying art but excellent and equalizing communication tool for the blind. Spring is visiting the driveway for a few hours today (it's already 51 out there!), before winter kicks up her heels again tomorrow. So enjoy the high winds, the facts that Newton explained to us to keep us from worrying about flying off, and of course:
Saturday January 3rd, 2015 ~ Ahhhh, the first weekend of the new year ~ with competing weather systems moving in and out, some rain, some snow, and who knows what else ~ seems like the perfect time to catch up on napping! But before we head off to Napland ~ today is the birthday of J.R.R.Tolkien which means it's also take a Hobbit to Lunch Day (or Give a Hobbit Some Money to Take Himself to Lunch While You Nap Day). However the day unfolds in your end of the shire, enjoy the views ~
Friday January 2nd, 2015 ~ Back in 1960 on this day, John H Reynolds, (American physicist and a specialist in mass spectrometry), set the age of solar system at 4,950,000,000 years. We have no idea what to do with that information ~ so might as well just have some cake and ice cream while viewing. Don't forget to be careful solar system... at your age you don't want to slip on the ice and break a hip! So Happy 4,950,000,055th Solar System with many good wishes (from all of us to all of us) for many, many more! Enjoy the views ~
Thursday January 1st, 2015 ~ Just 2,060 years ago today New Year's Day was celebrated on January 1 for the first time in history as the Julian calendar went into effect. That is a long tradition of dropping balls, fireworks and hangovers! We hope everyone had a delightful New Years Eve and that everyone is ready to pick up this shiny new 2015 and move on. We like to start out the year in Antarctica and think we saw a penguin chick this morning (!) but haven't confirmed that yet. If you get there sometime today check it out and let us know if we're seeing things or if there are chicks!! Happy 2015!!!!