Thursday, January 08, 2009

The Kids Are Alright, Drive, -and- Mush!

The Kids Are Alright - 9-year-old boy rescues girl from pitbull
Drive - 6-year-old boy takes parents' car after missing bus
Mush! - Minnesota sled-dog race cancelled due to excessive snow

On this day in history: January 8, 1991 - Guitarist Steve Clark from Def Leppard found dead from a drug and alcohol overdose. He was 31.

Born on this day in history: January 8, 1935 - Elvis Presley (1935 - 1977) Born in Tupelo, MS, pop singer Elvis Presley caused a national sensation on "Ed Sullivan's Talk of the Town" in 1956 because of his "scandalous" pelvic gyrations. That same year, he released his first million-selling single, "Heartbreak Hotel," and starred in the first of 33 films. After 1974, Presley became drug-dependent, spending his last years living reclusively at his Memphis home, Graceland.

Scripture of the Day: The LORD is good to those whose hope is in him, to the one who seeks him. - Lamentations 3:25

Video of the Day: White and Nerdy in Lego - submitted by Jay

Mr. Nitro has been Google-ized! The Google camera car caught Mr. Nitro napping on a Saturday morning. Click to enlarge.

Recommended Site:
David Louis Harter Photography - a showcase for the photography of David Louis Harter

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Some of my fondest memories of my youth center about an enterprise that once operated on Highway 99W, just outside of Corning—The Snake Pit! The Snake Pit was an excellent venue for a young boy who has a fascination with snakes. Dangerous snakes could be viewed there at close range, without danger. When I-5 was completed, The Snake Pit closed. Like many businesses along Highway 99W, The Snake Pit was a victim of new freeway. Travelers no longer passed these businesses, and they quickly became shuttered. The owner of The Snake Pit is rumored to have loosed all the snakes into the adjacent field.

I have ferreted through all my historical photographs of Corning, and I have not found any photographs of The Snake Pit. PLEASE: If you have photographs of The Snake Pit, bring them to my office, so that I may scan them and add them to my collection of historical photographs of Corning! If you are distant, please mail them to me. I shall scan them and return them to you within 24 hours of receiving them, and I promise to treat them with the greatest of care! Thank you.