Friday, December 30, 2011

You Saw it Here First

This has the old news expression goes. So it will be appearing on your TV and radio soon, but you read it first HERE.
Frankly, it made my day!!  Our nanny government has done its best to drive my blood pressure off the roof for the past several years....and the ban on Edison's light bulbs just about did me in!
Finally, an article today in the AMERICAN THINKER washed over me like a warm southern breeze!  -Ed

December 30, 2011

Upset about Big Brother's Ban on Incandescent Bulbs? Buy a Heatball!

By Selwyn Duke
This is just too good.

Many of you know that in a few days the federal ban on conventional incandescent light bulbs will go into effect. And while House Republicans included a provision in a recent spending bill that will block funding for the ban's enforcement, it's said that it will have little effect; manufacturers have prepared for the new standards and will no doubt abide by the law. So does this mean we'll be forced to buy more expensive LED (light emitting diode) or CFL (compact fluorescent light) bulbs, the latter being those squiggly things said to be loaded with mercury? Not if we follow the lead of German businessman Siegfried Rotthaeuser.

After the European Union banned conventional incandescent bulbs, Rotthaeuser's entrepreneurial spirit was sparked. He started selling another product: heatballs.

What's a heatball? According to this Teutonic Knight of Freedom and Light, it is a "small heating device" that compensates for the loss of heat a home experiences when conventional light bulbs are swapped for more energy efficient ones.

At his English-version website, Rotthaeuser points out the convenience of his invention, writing, "A HEATBALL® is not a light bulb, but fits into the same socket!"

He then touts the new product as "The most original invention since the electric light bulb!" and explains, "Although a heatball is technically very similar to a light bulb, it is a heater rather than a source of light." Elaborating, he also states, "By using heatballs, the heating effort of a normal house is effectively assisted. A heatball is a source of heat. Or do you use your toaster as a desk lamp?"

A businessman with a conscience, however, Rotthaeuser also believes in truth in advertising. He thus is forthcoming about a certain unintended byproduct of his heating element, writing, "During its use as a heater, HEATBALLS have an unavoidable emission of light in the visible spectrum." Pity that. But if heatballs are anything at all like incandescent light bulbs, they should be very efficient little space heaters, indeed.

So maybe you believe that the ban on conventional incandescent bulbs is far afield from the government's rightful scope; perhaps you fret about how such a regulation is blatantly unconstitutional when instituted by the feds. If so, I can't help you. But if you have a tropical plant or pet hamster that needs a space heater - or if you simply want to save on oil or gas used for heating during the winter - buy some HEATBALLS®.

And, hey, something just occurred to me. With heatballs' unintended byproduct of light, you just might be able to forego buying those LED and CFL bulbs.

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Golden Party!

Photo by Warren Sparrow
If there had been many more guests at Warren and Becky Sparrow's Golden Anniversary party at North Topsail Beach, NC, the beautiful barrier island might have tilted dangerously at one end.

Party headquarters for the week long celebration was a beautiful ocean-front mansion which was "home" for the 15 special Sparrow guests, who, local residents say, never seemed to rest.

Warren reports that:

"Our daughter Cathy and her husband Alex came from Kansas. Their three daughters were there. Lydia, her oldest, is in the Teach for America program in Washington, DC. Her "boyfriend" Kyle (a Kansas guy) was with us. Melanie, Lydia's younger sister, came from Kansas with her "boyfriend" whose name is also Kyle.

The baby sister of the Kansas gang, Charlotte, came, too. She is a freshman at Kansas State, following her sisters who graduated from K-State. Charlotte is a member of the Classy Cats, one of the 24-member dance team that leads the band onto the field.

We are excited for Charlotte. K-State can be seen on January 6 at the Cotton Bowl in the new Cowboy Stadium. They have sold 100,000 tickets for the K-State v. Arkansas game. Our hope is that the TV folks will show the K-State band at some time during the game."

 Long time residents of the island, most famous for it's turtle habitats, all came out to witness Warren and Becky do their polar bear imitations by taking a dip in the December North Carolina ocean....

....Which was quickly followed by a warm belly flop dive into the Mansion's hot tub. (Parental guidance is not needed for this picture, since Warren is still modestly attired in his bathing suit, in spite of the fact that it has a hole in the knee.)

" Finally, I wish you a Happy New Year. Life is quite good for us. May it be the same for you and all our classmates.  -Warren"

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Anchors Aweigh


Our own Warren and Becky Sparrow were married!

I searched the archives to learn what other events took place that day, and discovered that other than the Sparrow wedding, December 16th 1961 was arguably the slowest news day in history:
"Dummy Hoy"  the most accomplished deaf player in major league history, and who is credited  with causing the establishment of signals for safe and out calls had died the night before, but other than that, Warren and Becky's marriage was the only "headline news" of the day that the participants and all their friends will remember about that day.

Warren Sparrow reports:

    "This picture was taken in Manchester, New Hampshire, on the 16th of December 1961. At the time Becky was an RN at Boston Floating Hospital, living on Beacon Hill near Ted Kennedy. I was the Photo Officer on the USS Wasp. I called the ship the "Mighty Wasp" because of her World War II record. We fought no wars during my 36 months aboard her. I tell my friends, "We kept the peace," adding, "everyone was afraid of us."

    On the 16th of December 1961 in Manchester it was quite cold, about 7 degrees. There was snow on the ground. Many of my shipmates were there. Some were decorated World War II vets. A good time was had by all. We expect more good times at our 50th anniversary celebration even though it will not begin until the 17th.

     The lady to the left of Becky is Bridey Maye, Becky's maid of honor. She, too, worked at Boston Floating. A few months after our wedding Bridey married Bill Maye who made the highest score on the Massachusetts CPA exam the year he took the test. We have remained close friends, visiting them at their home in North Andover, MA.

    My best man, Pete Travers, is on the far left. I have not seen him since I left the Wasp in June 1962.


    PS..... Becky and I will celebrate our 50th anniversary on 16 December 2011.  We are going to spend a week at North Topsail Beach, NC, with our four children and six grandchildren, beginning 17 December and continuing until the 24th. -WS

    Wednesday, December 14, 2011

    Best Christmas Lights Display

    ....that's what YouTube calls it.
    This is supposedly on a house near Cincinnati where it's causing huge traffic jams.

    Whether that's true or not.....
     (and I suspect a bit of sleight of hand) it's worth watching. 



    'Twas the night before......

     By Jerry Gaudet

    ..whoa, whoa, here. We’re getting ahead of ourselves.

     It was the “LDL” before Christmas and all thru “Jimmies” the Central High School Class of 1954 was filled with Christmas cheer…

     Mary Sue (Banks) Burnett had prepared a welcoming arrival for us with help from her three wise men, Husband Clyde and their two grandsons, Anthony and Christopher

    We came prepared to share our good fortune with those less fortunate…

    This outpouring of Christmas gifts was for the residents of Avanté at Charlotte, the skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Center that cared for our Shirley Maynor until her death, and food and monetary donations for Loaves and Fishes.

    First time participants included Becky Beckham and Sue Patton. It was a delight for all of us to meet them…

    A good time was had by all as we shared in the joys of this Christmas season. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all!


    Thursday, December 08, 2011

    Christmas Lunch TODAY!

    By Jerry Gaudet

    See you there!
    This month's "LDL" (Let's do lunch) will be held on
    Tuesday, December 13, 2011, 11:30 AM
    at "Jimmies" in Mint Hill.

    We have two Special Projects for December... Mary Sue has again arranged an opportunity for us to honor the memory of Shirley Maynor. Please bring simple Christmas gifts that we can share with residents of Avanté at Charlotte, the skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Center that cared for Shirley until her death.

    Following is a list of possible items that we can bring. Other items can always be added. The gifts should NOT be wrapped except for maybe a bow or ribbon (the Avante staff would have to unwrap any gifts to know who should receive each gift). We hope everyone will want to participate as a way to honor our friend, Shirley, and to bring a little Christmas cheer to some nursing home residents. As Mary Sue expressed, “at Christmas we always think about children, but we tend to forget about those who are older, ill and alone”.

    Here’s are some suggestions:
    Candy such as jelly beans, gum drops, mints, chocolates
    Christmas decorations for the bedside tables or room bulletin boards
    Cookies and other snacks
    Crossword puzzle books
    Hand lotion
    Hats, baseball caps
    Pens, pencils, paper
    Small games
    Stuffed animals
    Throws or small blankets

    Or, instead of, or in addition to, we would like to give support to Loaves and Fishes of Charlotte by bring non-perishable foods (or money donations with which Loaves and Fishes can purchase food more economically than we). Checks can be made to "Loaves and fishes". Or, you can make a donation online at .

    In the meantime, Merry Christmas everyone!

    We'd like to share this opportunity with YOU!
    Spread the word! Invite other classmates to come! Even better, bring someone with you! Be sure YOU, come!

    This link may help you find your way:

    For answers to any conceivable lunch questions, please contact Mary Sue Banks Burnett, , or phone.

    Plan to join us...there's plenty of room.'ll be glad you did!