Whatever happens if and when I get out of bed in the morning. Well preferrably morning.
Travel, books, humor, applied arts & design, outdoors, horseback riding, skiing, maps & atlases etc. Plotting world domination for one meeeeeeelion dollars.
Classical, classic rock, new wave, ska,tango, lounge etc.
Favourite TV Shows
30 Rock, My Name is Earl,Goodness Gracious Me, BBC productions & PBS programming
Amarcord, Pillow Talk, To Catch a Thief, Some Like it Hot (most Billy Wilder & Hitchcock), Raising Arizona, Pink Pather movies (the Peter Sellers ones! Does your dog bite?) Witness, The Party, The Day of the Jackal (the 70's one) Being There, Sabrina, Sunset Boulevard, Umbrellas of Cherbourg. Most Grace Kelly, Cary Grant, Audrey Hepburn, Doris Day films and their wardrobes. Cheesy & some cult films too.
Tales of the City series by Armistead Maupin,anything byCarl Hiassen, currently reading "The Secret History of the American Empire"
My real last name is not Astronauts....but comes close to the real name. However often went by the moniker growing up during the space race.
Am an apparel designer, primarily in intimate apparel and swimwear (or if anyone remembers the Wendy's "Soviet Fashion Show" commercial from the late 80's "schwimvere") also sleepwear and scuba wetsuits. Though the way the economy is am considering starting a new career-what it is I don't know yet! Writing, interior design, doing my own line of apparel, nursing/medical asst, international woman of leisure and intrigue???? Help!
Check out my portfolio on http://coroflot.com/aizstrauts
I'm also on Twitter and Facebook though I'm starting to think FB is an evil timewaster, but I like the little "gifts" to send ones friends.
I'm sending you a link that will take you to a fabulous site where they have photos of different cities around the world during earth hour. Hope you enjoy it.
Good morning, Irene. My sister Willa Wick and I are on our way to Carl Hiaasen's state. Ironically, we just spent two nights at Geneva, NY, visiting friends, and I see on kc's page that you are in Rochester. Too late now, of course, but it would have been nice to have met for coffee.
P.S. Love your contributions to the Laugh Out Loud group.
Did you ever get a answer to your question about Estes???
Well spring is here! 1000's of those %^&*& Canadian geese flying over and ever one has to wait until they are over my car!!!! Soon we will be at out cottage for the summer.
Do you plan on getting out of the city this summer?
We are less than an hour from Rochester along Lake Ontario Parkway. 20 minutes from Point Breeze.
Hi Just saying hi and letting you know I appreciate your comments on my silly emails....(sort of spurs me on!). Hope you had a nice day.
P.S. Watch out where you walk after those Canada Geese have been around!
Just a little Orleans trivia to keep you busy
How long have you lived in Orleans County? Too long, huh? And yet, I bet yah didn't know…
1. In 1937, resident Charlie Howard established a world famous Santa Claus
School at his Albion farmhouse, the first school of its kind. He was
considered the Dean of the Santa Claus School with a worldwide reputation
for turning out top-notch St. Nicks.
2. In 1953, resident Santa Claus, Charlie Howard opened Christmas Park at
his farmhouse in Albion. It remained a popular year round destination until
it's closing in 1965. A grass roots effort to restore his legacy by
collecting memorabilia is being done by a local "Elf".
3. Albion resident, Charlie Howard was the first nationally televised Macy's
Thanksgiving Day Parade Santa Claus and held that gig for 17 years.'
4. In 1946, resident Santa Claus, Charlie Howard was the technical advisor
for the original motion picture, Miracle on 34th Street.
5. In 1860, Albion resident, Grace Bedell (1848-1936) wrote Abraham Lincoln
suggesting he would look better with a beard. He responded and took her
6. Journalist and former hostage, Terry Anderson grew up in Albion during
7. George Pullman (1831-1897), noted industrialist, was once a resident of
Albion and later became the manufacturer of Pullman Railroad Cars. One of
his local legacies is the Pullman Memorial Universalist Church in Albion,
which he built in 1894 to honor his parents' memory.
8. Medina Sandstone was formed during the Silurian Period by streams
depositing sand which solidified under pressure from water and increasing
9. Medina Sandstone was shipped via the Erie Canal in the 1800's and early
1900's and used for paving blocks, walks, curbs and significant 19th Century
historical architectural structures around the world.
10. Medina Sandstone has been used worldwide, including building the steps
of the New York State Capitol Building and significant architectural
structures in New York City & London.
11. As stated in Ripley's Believe It or Not, a road runs under the Erie
Canal in Medina, NY...the only place where that happens (on the Erie Canal).
It's located on appropriately named Culvert Road.
12. As stated in Ripley's Believe It or Not, a church stands in the middle
of a street in Medina, NY. Erected in 1932, St. John's Episcopal Church is
located on (appropriately named) Church Street & East Center Street.
13. While living with her grandmother in Medina in the mid-1870, Frances
Folsom was a student at Medina High School. In 1886, she married President
14. Holley was named after Myron Holley, one of the principal promoters and
champions of the Erie Canal, as well as a NY State legislator, canal
commissioner & construction supervisor.
15. Albion boasts an impressive 65 structures listed in the New York State &
National Register of Historical Places.
16. Eagle Harbor received its name when the Erie Canal route was being
surveyed. A large bird's nest, built mostly by eagles, was found in a tree
17. Can you imagine this? During the days of quarrying for Medina Sandstone,
a frog jumped out of a massive rock while the rock was being split. The
quarrymen surmised that the frog, at a very early stage of its life,
traveled through the tiny water crevices and became trapped inside.'
18. An authentically decorated grove of "Shoe Trees" is growing in the town
of Yates, at the intersection of Lake Shore & Foss Roads. Local custom
encourages one to make a wish as they toss their favorite footwear onto the
19. Ridge Road, a principal east-west route extending from Oswego to Niagara
Falls, opened in 1809 and was once the beach of ancient Lake Iroquois
(Ontario) before receding 100,000 years ago.
20. The only lighthouse in Orleans County, the Oak Orchard Harbor
Lighthouse, was built in 1871 on a wooden pier 1,600' from the mouth of the
Oak Orchard River. In December 1916, it was swept away by a violent storm. A
grassroots effort is in place to build a replica of the Oak Orchard
Lighthouse on firmer ground in Point Breeze.
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21. State Highway Rt. 98, extending from Batavia, NY to the mouth of the Oak
Orchard River at Point Breeze is a historic Native American trail and was
known by pioneers as the Oak Orchard Trail.
22. The composer of "Kum Ba Yah" and other spiritual music was Rev. Marvin
V. Frey (1918-1992). His gravesite is at the West Barre Cemetery.
23. The completion of the Erie Canal in 1825 spurred the building of towns
along its route and the growth or Orleans County's agricultural and masonry
commerce. Orleans County was also established in 1825 with the county seat
24. Ridge Road is often referred to as the "Road of the Cobblestone Houses,"
for there are more such buildings along its 25 miles from Rochester than on
any highway in America.
25. The Cobblestone Museum in Childs, NY is the only cobblestone museum in
the world. It showcases the unique masonry construction method using stones
rounded and polished into cobble by glacial action.
26. The northernmost point on the Erie Canal is in the town of Gaines.
27. Orleans County boasts over 100 unique cobblestone structures built by
early settlers between the years 1825-1860.
28. In the heart20of the county seat in Albion, stands the 1858 Greek
Revival style dome County Courthouse and the 1882 County Clerk's Building
surrounded by 34 architecturally significant structures, 7 of which are
churches facing the square.
29. At the Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge, over 10,000 acres of wooded
swamp, marshland and meadows provide a stopping point for an estimated
80,000 Canada geese during their spring & fall migrations.
30. Resident Santa Claus, Charlie Howard listened to more than 2.5 million
children tell him their Christmas wishes. His popularity was both local and
worldwide, including England & Australia.
31. Orleans County, NY, established April 1825, is 396 square miles, with 24
miles bordering the Lake Ontario shoreline. The elevation ranges from 247 to
737 feet above sea level, the highest point at Pine Hill.
32. While a member of the 60's California rock band, the Safari's, Kendall
native, Larry Weed wrote the popular hit song "Wipe Out".
33. In Medina, the Erie Canal runs through an aqueduct so when you look over
the edge you may see fishing boats below on the Oak Orchard River.
34. Donald Duck's original creator, Henry L. Porter (1901-1951) was born in
Albion. He joined Disney Studios as an artist in 1936 and was a contributing
animator of Snow White and the Seven Dwarves.
35. Horace Greeley, (1811-1872), editor, politician and founder of the New
York Tribune, once owned a cobblestone parsonage in Childs at the current
site of the Cobblestone Museum. Greeley is best known for the
quote, "Go West, young man, go West!"
36. The oldest church building in Orleans County is the Christ Episcopal
Church (since 1844) located in Courthouse Square in Albion. It was erected
in 1830 by Presbyterians, and is still being used for worship services
37. The first Free Methodist church in the denomination was founded in 1859
by Rev. Loren Stiles. Dedicated in 1860, the Norman Revival styled structure
is located at the Courthouse Square in Albion.
38. Erected in 1874, the First Presbyterian Church is the tallest building
in Orleans County. According to legend, the mason who finished20the work on
the finial stood on his head atop it and shouted "Hurrah for Grant!"
39. In 1993, The Church, The Ward House and The School, all historic
structures at the Cobblestone Society Museum, were designated National
Historic Landmarks under the title "Cobblestone Historic District" by the
National Park Service through the US Dept. of Interior.
40. Ridge Road Station claims to fly the largest American Flag in New York
State. Located on Ridge Road, Holley, the 1,800 SF(30'x60'), 100 pound flag
is hoisted on a 130' high, 12,500 pound metal pole. The pole extends another
13' underground and is secured by 60,000 pounds of concrete.