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A Visit With Old Friends…

The motorhome is parked it my cousin Bob’s home at North Dartmouth, Massachusetts.

Mary flew into Boston, Massachusetts to meet up with me once again the day before yesterday. We spent the night in a hotel at Revere, Massachusetts (about five miles North of Boston), and yesterday spent some time with some long-time old friends.

Yesterday was a semi-decent day. With a light cloud cover the high temperature was 79 degrees with 80% humidity. Still too hot and humid for my liking.

We met Bill and Loretta at 10:00 AM. I became friends with Bill at age 10 and Loretta at age 16…

As always you may left click upon an image to see an enlarged view and then click once again to see an even larger view…

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The four of us spent 1.5 hours riding around the area looking at old places we frequented 50+ years ago…reliving many stories from those by-gone days. One of the first stop was at Lee’s Trailer Court where my family moved to when I was age 10 and after my father’s welding business went through bankruptcy proceeding…so we must have been financially pressed. We lived there until I was age 14…

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Then moved to this apartment building on Hichborn Street where I lived until age 18. The building was old when we lived there 50+ years ago and appears now to have received little care since that time. We lived in the first floor apartment, right-side…

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We passed by Sufflolk Downs, a horse racing track where I worked from ages 14-16…

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Among a number of other places we also went to the Old Rumney Marsh Burial Ground, one of the oldest graveyards in the area, where the first recorded burial occurred in 1693…

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We finally ended up at Demaino’s Italian Restaurant on Malden Street where we used to go for great pizza at age 16…

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This is the original area from those long ago days. Yesterday we sat in addition to the left…

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At noon, we were joined by Dolly and Arthur…

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I just had to have a sausage and pepperoni pizza…just like the old days…

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Everyone enjoyed their favorite meal…

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We had the waitress take our all-together photo…

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Back at age 10, I also met Al, who now lives in the State of Washington and whom I will once again see in late September when we return to that area. Bill, AL and I were like the Three Musketeers… always seen together. As teenagers we were last together when I was age almost 18. Bill brought me a photo when all three of us met in Revere in June 1991…22 years ago. He printed this photo using his computer printer, hence some lack of definition…

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I dug back in to my archives files and found this photo. Bill is in the top row, furthest on the left. Al and I are in the lower row. Al is furthest right and I’m the third from right…

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Compare to above two photos and see what a difference 40 years can make!  🙂

So we ended up spending a total of four hours with these old friends. It was a great day. Mary and I departed at 2:00 PM to avoid the afternoon rush-hour traffic as we had to go through Boston to return to the motorhome at North Dartmouth…about 65 miles to the south.

Last night Mary and I went out with my cousin Bob and his wife Donna to a great Portuguese restaurant for another great meal. The annual Portuguese Festival in nearby New Bedford begins today and runs through the weekend. I’m betting Mary and I will both have gained a couple more pounds by time we depart next Tuesday. All in all, yesterday was another great day!

Enjoying visiting with old friends is another joy in the life of a full-time RVer!

The red dot on the below map shows our approximate location in the State of Massachusetts. You may double left-click the map to make it larger…

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Enjoying 65-75 degree temperatures with low humidity most of the year is a primary joy in the RVing lifestyle!

“Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving”…Albert Einstein

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On October 27, 2012, I created a two-minute video titled America The Beautiful. The music America The Beautiful is by Christopher W. French. The photos, which I randomly selected, are from the states of Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Montana, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, Tennessee, Washington and West Virginia (not shown in that order)…are mine. Yup, That’s me standing in front of the Post Office in Luckenbach, Texas…Y’all!

Click this link to start the video. Make sure you have your speakers turned on and go to full screen asap.
http://youtu.be/FfZUzEB4rM8

If you have not checked out my Ramblin Man’s Photos Blog, you can do so by clicking this link…
http://ramblinmanphotos.wordpress.com/

All original material Copyright – Jim Jaillet 2013
For more information about my three books, click this link:
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MOTHERLODE GHOSTBUSTER.

The setting was anything but ghostly and I’m a major skeptic, anyway. Calaveras County’s old courthouse and jail in San Andreas was a temporary home to wild and dangerous characters during the gold fevered 1800’s. Here, members of the historical society gathered sociably for wine and beer before dinner in what was once the jail yard.

The walled yard is made of native stone, mortarless, and is called dry wall; now over-grown with vines, and beautiful. I spent a lot of time here when I wrote historical features in the 1980’s. Black Bart, the  infamous poet bandit was kept in the jail.  And judge Gotttschalk committed suicide inside the courthouse. Tour guides point to blood spattered books in the law library from his suicide. The building has  been declared haunted by people who have worked here over the years.

Records indicate several inmates were buried “behind” the jail. No one knows whether there was a body under a broken headstone left from 1882. The top of the stone was missing and then rebuilt from pictures. The first court house was a tent. The second one, made of wood, burned. The fine old brick building is too small for a modern court and has been turned into a showplace museum by the Calaveras County Historical Society.

The Historical Society removed an unused public oven from the gold rush town of Calaveritas in 1994 and rebuilt it in the courtyard. Community ovens were made from native stone and held together with mud from heavy clay soil. Ovens like this one hold up well if covered over by a roof. The oven has drawn members to meet in warm months outdoors for pizza, home-baked bread with a salad pot luck, or chicken bargeques. It takes about three minutes to cook a pizza in this oven and they are delicious.

I sat with Sylvia and Cliff Edson, a local restaurant owner who just bought an old Victorian and is restoring it while living in it. They are dealing with ghosts, or several spirits in their house. Sylvia gets frightened by them. Cliff has had the house blessed several times, and is a believer. They don’t upset him. They were stunned to find out the subject of the meeting was The Paranormal. They hadn’t read the notice about who the speaker would be.

I have no idea how many pizzas Clyde Weddell made that night. He made three types, sausage, pepperoni and pesto with sun-dried tomato.  Absolutely delcious.

When Clyde makes pizza, he tosses it into the air. I was never quite able to catch the pizza in the air, but it was fascinating to watch him work. As it got dark, he donned a headlight.

After dinner, we listened to Rick Panzarina talk about debunking and validating ghosts, or paranormal presences in old buildings, businesses and private homes. He turns most of the seekers away, after determining they are only interested in sensationalizing their claims. He says, a good ghostbuster doesn’t  ask for money to investigate your ghost because then, they would always find a ghost.  He uses lasers, 11 cameras, video equipment, and high tech sound equipment. He gave results of having investigated the ghosts in the Court House and other places where he has found evidence of paranormal activity. The blood on the books, if it is blood, did not belong to Judge Gottschalk.  All he had to do was look at the date Gottschalk killed himself, and the date the books were published to know the “spatters” couldn’t have been from his death. He could find no para-normal activity in the Courthouse. He explained in detail how wooden floors make popping sounds that closely resemble footsteps. He and his team of seven people do not allow whispering. They address any presence in a loud voice and ask it to declare itself. They got one very clear “Hi!” Once, out of about 50 buildings. They do not play to sensationalism. Some people would rather have their “fun” reputation than have a ghostbuster disprove any paranormal activity. And, for tourism in the Motherlode, that is quite all right with the locals. Almost every old hotel in the area claims to have a ghost. It is soooo fun!  I’d love to have a ghost in my house. Wouldn’t you?

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Seeing The Sights Near Revere, Massachusetts

Jim says:

Yesterday Mary and I took the Bronco to see some of the sights along the Atlantic Coast North of Revere. In addition to Revere we went through Lynn, Nahant, Swampscott, Marblehead and Salem.

Here are a few things we saw…
On Revere Beach we saw about one dozen sculptures remaining from the 75th Revere Beach Sand Sculpting Contest held last weekend.

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In Nahant we saw kids diving off of these rocks into the water the same way my buddies and I did more than 50 years ago.

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There were several hundred boats anchored in beautiful Marblehead Harbor.

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In Salem, Mary the witch got boiled in oil.

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Back in Revere in the late afternoon I enjoyed the world’s best pizza at DeMaino’s. They are a fifth generation restaurant in the same location for more than 75 years. As teenagers more than 50 years ago my friends and I enjoyed the pizza at Demaino’s. Yeah, Yeah…I know I had pizza yesterday and it was good, but I cannot come to Revere and not have a DeMaino’s Pizza! Mary enjoyed Chicken Parmigiana.

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Te see the other 15 photos I took, click this link…
http://picasaweb.google.com/jimjrver/072310#

Today we will drive the motorhome and Bronco to Southeastern New Hampshire.

All original material Copyright – Jim Jaillet 2009
For more information about my three books, click this link:
http://www.panamaorbust.com

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A Trip Down Memory Lane With Old friends In Revere, Massachusetts

Jim says:

Yesterday Mary and I met up with some old friends of mine and wandered through neighborhoods where I lived from ages 10-18. During those years, Revere (named for Paul Revere) had a major beach (the first public beach in the United States), a major dog track and a major horse track.

Here’s a Google Earth view of this area…

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The beach is still there, though vastly different from when I was a youngster. Back then it was a wonderful assortments of rides, amusements and arcades. Today it’s all condominiums. The Wonderland Park dog track ran its last race in September, 2009 after voters banned dog racing in the state. The Suffolk Downs horse track is still operational and celebrated its 75th anniversary a couple of weeks ago. The Liberty Elementary Grade School, Garfield Junior High School and the old Revere High School I attended were demolished years ago. Jobs I remember having back in those days were a paper route, walking horses before school in the morning at Suffolk Downs and in the receiving department of Raymond’s Department Store in Boston. All prior to my joining the Navy in 1958.

These three photos are from the below Wikipedia Revere Beach informational link…

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Here’s a link to a four-minute video about the history of Revere Beach…
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P2eIxv30SYI&feature=player_embedded

As long as we’re going down memory lane, here are two photos, 1951 and 1961…

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As far as yesterday is concerned, Bill and Loretta Gallagher met us at our motorhome in the VFW parking lot. We went in their vehicle to see some of the old neighborhoods…

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Bill and Loretta Gallagher were married here at St. Anthony’s Church 48 years and one day ago.
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I lived in Lee’s Trailer Park from age 10 to 13. It’s amazing but it still looks much like it did 55 years ago.
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I lived at 70 Hichborn Street (lower right apartment) from age 14 to 18. It looked old even when I lived there 50+ years ago.
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Revere Beach today.
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Then to Dolly Giordano’s home where we watched Elvis Presley’s debut TV performance on the Ed Sullivan Show in 1956. Loretta, Bill, myself, Arthur (Dolly’s partner of 37 years) & Dolly.
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Then to the pizza place right next door to Dolly’s home. Mary said she had never tasted pizza this good in all of her life.

Here’s a Wikipedia informational link about Revere…
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Revere,_Massachusetts

Here’s a Wikipedia informational link about Revere Beach…
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Revere_Beach

We spent five very enjoyable hours re-living the good old days. A most enjoyable day indeed!

All original material Copyright – Jim Jaillet 2009
For more information about my three books, click this link:
http://www.panamaorbust.com

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We Arrive In Wayne, New Jersey

Jim says:

Yesterday we drove about 100 miles and arrived at my friend’s Jim & Ginny home in Wayne, New Jersey. In 173 days I’ve driven about 7,000 miles.

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My travel route since November 30, 2009.

In the late afternoon we went out and had some delicious New Jersey Pizza.

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I last visited Jim & Ginny in September, 2007.
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Finally, some good pizza!
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The restaurant does not have a liquor license, so you can bring your own beer. They put it in this iced bucket for us.

As much as I enjoy being on the West Coast…you just cannot get good pizza or seafood. The good seafood awaits us in New England a few days away!

We’ll be here for four days.

All original material Copyright – Jim Jaillet 2010
For more information about my three books, click this link:
http://www.panamaorbust.com

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Two days before Fat Tuesday in New Orleans, Louisiana!

Jim says: Yesterday Mary and I took the free ferry for the 5 minute ride across the Mississippi River to downtown New Orleans and took in another Mardi Gras parade on Canal Street. This parade was very different than the day before local parade. This parade had metal police fences for crowd control which the local parade did not and there were lots more people. There were many more and larger floats and each float appeared to try to outdo all the other floats in the amount of trinkets (beads, cups, doubloons, stuffed animals, etc…) they threw into the crowds. Mary and I gave away a lot of beads but still manged to bring home an amazing 18 pounds of beads which we will distribute among our nine grandchildren.

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Just one of the many colorful floats in today’s parade.

As a matter of fact, I found out Mary is a Mardi Gras wimpette! The beads she was wearing got so heavy around her neck, she took the off and carried them in a large plastic bag.

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Mary the Mardi Gras wimpette with no beads around her neck because they got to heavy.

Mary took this photo of me with my beads. I actually had more by time the parade had ended. I had to take mine off in order to drive the Bronco back to our campground.

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Me and my beads about halfway through the parade.
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Our 18 pounds of beads.

To see the other 48 photos I took, click this link…
http://picasaweb.google.com/jimjrver/20100214MardiGrasDay2LA2010#

The only downside of Mardi Gras are the prices charged by vendors. We paid $3 for a 12 ounce bottle of water. For lunch of two small personal pizzas (worst of my entire life!)… Mary’s Gin & Tonic and my two Miller Lite Beers…$35.00! Other than that, another fun day!

All original material Copyright – Jim Jaillet 2010
For more information about my three books, click this link:
http://www.panamaorbust.co

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