October 17, 2011

my home town - fall

So it seems that fall is here.
What a time these past months have been for me.
Lots of learning, lots of emotion, lots of remembering.
Now it is time for me to go back to my life in Texas.
These lessons I’ve learned will carry me.
I have quite a different perspective on just about everything.

Thanks to everyone who followed me on this journey.

my home town - fall

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October 11, 2011

my home town - ball field

Today I had to find the local UPS drop-off site, very tucked away and off the beaten path it is. I had forgotten that it is across the street from where I started my baseball life.
From this now overgrown and abandoned ball field, I put on my first baseball uniform.
I would do so for the next 25 years.
Sure brought back a few memories…

my home town - ball field

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September 11, 2011

My home town - 9-11-11

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil: for thou art with me:
Thy rod and staff they comfort me   psalm 23.4

As we sat on the couch in Texas watching this horror, we knew that our
life as we knew it was to change forever.
To this day I am still angry at what happened to our country,
as well as I am angry of the people in this country who continue to play down it’s
significance and the significance of the hatred that is in this world…

My home town - 9-11-11

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September 10, 2011

My home town - barge traffic

One thing interesting about this area is scale.
Lots of over sized scale, big bridge, big boats, big things.
It took big things to make things here.
A steel mill that is no longer was the J&L steel mill,
a 7 mile long facility under one roof…raw materials in
one side, finished steel out the other, but now gone.

My home town - barge traffic

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September 09, 2011

My home town - methodist church

Great clouds and the Methodist church spire.
Not my church, but I always liked the looks of the steeple.

My home town - methodist church

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September 03, 2011

my home town - king football

Just like Texas, football is king here in Western Pennsylvania.
As you drive around in the afternoons kids of all ages are
working on football drills anywhere there is space big enough to practice.
These lots produced the likes of Joe Namath, Johnny Unitas, Tony Dorsett,
Babe Parilli, Mike Ditka, Joe Montana, Jim Kelly, George Blanda
and the only one I played against…Dan Marino.
Thank God some things here never change.

my home town - king football

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August 30, 2011

my home town - unlucky’s gas station

As much as I bag on the fact that my hometown, home county, is in such sad shape.
I present this gas station that is near my home, it has been closed for the entirety of my life.
Sure it’ll open, but then close within 6 months.
I guess this cool little building, just has a bad case of the unlucky’s.

my home town - unlucky’s gas station

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August 29, 2011

my home town - sand blast

This place will sand blast things for you. It sits cross the road from Brady’s Run Park
A little used and very tree covered area. This is a very spooky part of the drive, morning or night. Many years ago a family friends daughter was murdered and her body was finally found in the park, as a 10 year old I hiked every road in the park after school with her father looking for her body for weeks. It took 10 years for her body to be found by a deer hunter, it was found just 5 feet off one of these roads…

my home town - sand blast

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August 26, 2011

my home town - water tower

Surprise!
Ok, so sometimes you think you know your back yard then this pops up!
I was trying to remember a short cut I used to know, but got lost.
As I am finding my way back home I see this funky shape sticking out of the woods.
I had no idea there was a water treatment facility tucked back in this part of town
With such a beautiful designed water tower.

my home town - water tower

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August 24, 2011

my home town - country road

Ok it’s not all dark and foreboding here, jezzz.
I grew up out of town, not quite the country, but my playground was a huge forest
that started at my back door, creeks for crawfish, ponds for crappie, and woods for
Deer. Here is a country road that I took my neighbor Howard to get his car back from the shop.

my home town - country road

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August 23, 2011

my home town - rolling mill

This rolling mill is still open.
But only tens cars in the parking lot.

my home town - rolling mill

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August 22, 2011

my home town - col-fin

Just across the Falston Bridge is Col-Fin, they have always been open and it has always looked the same.
I’m not positive what they make, I think specialty screws and fasteners, but one thing is for sure they are
proud Americans that work in there.

my home town - col-fin

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August 21, 2011

my home town - fallston bridge

This small 2 lane bridge is the Fallston Bridge. It has a see-through metal deck, always as a kid this bridge was a thrill to cross because you could see the river below.
It is closed often now from time to time without notice…
Still a thrill to cross!

my home town - fallston bridge

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August 20, 2011

my home town - orams

Orams!
Thankfully not everything is gone.
The best donuts ever. I’ve travel many a place and nothing
can beat their chocolate cream filled!

my home town - orams

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August 19, 2011

my home town - papered storefront

One of many storefronts in the town of Beaver Falls.
The hometown of Football Hero Joe Namath, when Joe has a high school star,
Beaver Falls was the place to shop, even when I was a kid we came here,
It’s where I got my dress shoes as well as my baseball spikes.

my home town - papered storefront

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