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One of the things that I like best about going to the flea market that I wrote about yesterday is the old wood that is there. Sometimes, they are just old barn boards or slices of trees and at other times it is wood that has been painted or stained to look old or antique. I have to admit that I’m not an aficionado of antiques so I could be easily duped. But I know what I like to see and try to take photos of the old (or old-looking) wood when I get the chance.

Today’s photo was shot at that flea market. I liked the way these old wooden boxes looked and how they were stacked atop each other in a non-symmetrical way. I even liked the color that had been applied to them.

Oh, and just in case you are wondering, I didn’t buy them!

ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY: in 2002, the defense rested in the trial of Andrea Yates, a 37-year-old Texas woman who confessed to killing her five young children by drowning them in a bathtub. Less than a week later, on March 13, Yates was convicted and sentenced to life in prison; however, her conviction was later reversed.

Andrea Pia Kennedy was born July 2, 1964, in Houston, Texas, and married Russell Yates on April 17, 1993. The couple’s first child, Noah, was born in February 1994. Three more boys followed, in 1995, 1997 and February 1999. Later that year, Yates attempted suicide twice and was diagnosed with psychosis and postpartum depression. She was also advised not to have any more children; however, in November 2000, she gave birth to a daughter. Several months later, she had another breakdown and was hospitalized.

After her husband, a NASA employee, left for work on the morning of June 20, 2001, Andrea Yates drowned her five children in the bathtub of the family’s suburban Houston home. Afterward, she called 911 and then phoned her husband to tell him he needed to return home immediately. Police found the body of the Yates’ oldest son Noah, age 7, face-down in the tub. Yates had placed the bodies of her four younger children—John, 5, Luke, 3, Paul, 2, and Mary, 6 months—next to each other on a bed and covered them with a sheet. She confessed her actions to police and later made statements that she heard voices and believed she was saving her children’s souls by killing them.

At her 2002 trial, Yates’ attorneys argued that she was insane, while the prosecution charged she failed to meet Texas’s definition of insanity because she was able to tell right from wrong. After deliberating for less than four hours, a jury found Yates guilty, rejecting her insanity defense, and she was sentenced to life in prison. In 2005, a Texas appeals court reversed the conviction and granted Yates a new trial after it was learned that prosecution witness Dr. Park Dietz, a forensic psychiatrist, gave erroneous testimony that had influenced the jury. On July 26, 2006, a jury found Yates not guilty by reason of insanity. Since that time, she has been committed to a state mental hospital in Texas.

Russell Yates was supportive of his wife in the aftermath of the murders, blaming her behavior on severe mental illness and also criticizing her doctors for failing to properly treat her condition. In turn, he was criticized for being controlling and for leaving his wife unsupervised at the time she killed their children, when he had been advised not to do so. Russell Yates filed for divorce in 2004 and remarried two years later.

TRIVIA FOR TODAY: Charles Manson

Wear like a pig’s nose?

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Have you ever work overalls? I have. You don’t spend time on a farm in Iowa without wearing overalls! Even as I kid I was wearing overalls…on Halloween when I’d dress up in a pair of my dad’s overalls, we’d stuff a pillow in the belly area to make me look like a fat man, I’d put on a pair of those classes with a fake nose and plastic mustache and we’d drive from farm to far trick-or-treating. It wasn’t anything like trick-or-treating in the city where you can go house to house and in 30 minutes you’ve got an entire pillow case full of candy. No, I think that on a typical Halloween in Iowa, we’d visit maybe 6-8 farms and that would be it. But it was fun and I loved it.

So, after leaving the farm, I never thought a whole lot more about overalls…until a couple of weeks ago when I saw this sign for sale at the Lakewood Antiques Flea Market in Cumming, GA. Can someone explain what this means to me? I wouldn’t be caught dead wearing a pig’s nose!!!

All I can figure is that pigs root around in dirt and mud for a lifetime with their noses and their noses never seem to wear out. Perhaps that’s what they’re saying about Finck’s Detroit-Special Overalls. Any other ideas, folks?

ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY: I’ll bet you didn’t know this: in 1784, four counties in western North Carolina declared their independence as the state of Franklin. The counties lay in what would eventually become Tennessee.

The previous April, the state of North Carolina had ceded its western land claims between the Allegheny Mountains and the Mississippi River to the United States Congress. The settlers in this area, known as the Cumberland River Valley, had formed their own independent government from 1772 to 1777 and were concerned that Congress would sell the territory to Spain or France as a means of paying off some of the government’s war debt. As a result, North Carolina retracted its cession and began to organize an administration for the territory.

Simultaneously, representatives from Washington, Sullivan, Spencer (modern-day Hawkins) and Greene counties declared their independence from North Carolina. The following May, the counties petitioned for statehood as “Frankland” to the United States Congress. A simple majority of states favored acceptance of the petition, but it fell short of the two-thirds majority needed to pass, even after the counties’ changed their proposed name to “Franklin” in an attempt to curry Benjamin Franklin’s and others’ favor.

In defiance of Congress, Franklin survived as an independent nation for four years with its own constitution, Indian treaties and legislated system of barter in lieu of currency, though after only two years, North Carolina set up its own parallel government in the region. Finally, Franklin’s weak economy forced its governor, John Sevier, to approach the Spanish for aid. North Carolina, terrified of having a Spanish client state on its border, arrested Sevier. When Cherokee, Chickamauga and Chickasaw began to attack settlements within Franklin’s borders in 1788, it quickly rejoined North Carolina to gain its militia’s protection from attack.

TRIVIA FOR TODAY: John Lennon started a band in 1957 called the Quarry Men and later asked Paul McCartney to join. Paul brought in George Harrison, and later Ringo Starr would replace Peter Best as drummer. The band changed its name a few times, which included the names Johnny and the Moondogs, The Rainbows, and British Everly Brothers.  Whatever they did worked: according to the Beatles Album Sales Statistics, through 2012 they had sold over 2 billion albums.

Now THAT’S Different!

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Art.  I rather like it.  Some things that are called “art” don’t really appeal to me at all, but that’s OK.  I am sure that some of the pictures I take are really disliked by others.  I can live with that.

Every now and then you run across something that’s rather different…and I like that.  It’s funny…when it comes to food, I’m not very adventurous, but I can get tired of the same old “art” or style of things.  I think it is good to change things up a bit now and then.  It adds balance and some perspective to life, otherwise we get locked in and stop growing.

At the flea market this past Saturday, we saw the creations that are in today’s photo.  I’m not really sure what to call them.  I guess that they were glass “flowers”…literally made out of glasses and plates.  My first impression was that they were supposed to be like those wind-spinners that whirl furiously in the wind…but these obviously wouldn’t do that.  Then I realized that they were supposed to be flowers.  And I thought it was different…and creative.

ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY: in 1976, on the seventh anniversary of the Apollo 11 lunar landing, the Viking 1 lander, an unmanned U.S. planetary probe, became the first spacecraft to successfully land on the surface of Mars.

Viking 1 was launched on August 20, 1975, and arrived at Mars on June 19, 1976. The first month of its orbit was devoted to imaging the surface to find appropriate landing sites. On July 20, 1976, the Viking 1 lander separated from the orbiter, touched down on the Chryse Planitia region of Mars, and sent back the first close-up photographs of the rust-colored Martian surface.

In September 1976, Viking 2–launched only three weeks after Viking 1–entered into orbit around Mars, where it assisted Viking 1 in imaging the surface and also sent down a lander. During the dual Viking missions, the two orbiters imaged the entire surface of Mars at a resolution of 150 to 300 meters, and the two landers sent back more than 1,400 images of the planet’s surface.

TRIVIA FOR TODAY: When Tutankhamen’s tomb was opened in 1922, the wine jars buried with him were labeled with the year, the name of the winemaker, and comments such as “very good wine.” The labels were so specific that they could actually meet modern wine label laws of several countries.

Learning to Like Fleas (or Their Markets!)

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Well, let me make a confession that some guys just wouldn’t make. But first, let me say that I don’t enjoy shopping unless I’m at Fry’s Electronics or if I’m shopping for some “man stuff” like electronic gizmos. Oh, I guess there are other exceptions, too: I like to shop for something for my wife, kids or grand kids.  There you have it.

Here’s the confession: I’m learning to like flea markets!  No, not because I think that they are fun in and of themselves, but I like them because the provide some interesting photo opportunities, and sometimes, interesting people.

There is a very large flea market on the third weekend of each month.  I couldn’t BEGIN to estimate how many booths there are (some inside, some outside), but there were many!  There was even one vendor there who had artifacts from the time of the VIkings, Romans, and others.  Perhaps the neatest thing he had was a Danish stone dagger that was hand crafted that dated back to 1800 BC.  It was in great condition and someone in the UK who was a collector had built a box out of gorgeous wood that was even older than the dagger itself.  I asked about how much the dagger cost, and he said without a hint of joking: “About as much as a car.”  I told him that I just didn’t happen to have that much cash on me at the moment, and he laughed!  I think I’d have enjoyed knowing him more.

But today’s photo isn’t of the dagger (for some reason I didn’t even take a picture of it!!!), but of something that caught my eye because it was so beautiful and color full. My wife could tell you what this is called, (something Rose….), but I called it a photo opportunity.

ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY: on this day in 1799, during Napoleon Bonaparte’s Egyptian campaign, a French soldier discovered a black basalt slab inscribed with ancient writing near the town of Rosetta, about 35 miles north of Alexandria. The irregularly shaped stone contained fragments of passages written in three different scripts: Greek, Egyptian hieroglyphics and Egyptian demotic. The ancient Greek on the Rosetta Stone told archaeologists that it was inscribed by priests honoring the king of Egypt, Ptolemy V, in the second century B.C. More startlingly, the Greek passage announced that the three scripts were all of identical meaning. The artifact thus held the key to solving the riddle of hieroglyphics, a written language that had been “dead” for nearly 2,000 years.

When Napoleon, an emperor known for his high view of education, art and culture, invaded Egypt in 1798, he took along a group of scholars and told them to seize all important cultural artifacts for France. Pierre Bouchard, one of Napoleon’s soldiers, knew of this order when he found the stone, which was almost four feet long and two-and-a-half feet wide. When the British defeated Napoleon in 1801, they took possession of the Rosetta Stone.

Several scholars, including Englishman Thomas Young made progress with the initial hieroglyphics analysis of the Rosetta Stone. French Egyptologist Jean-Francois Champollion (1790-1832), who had taught himself ancient languages, ultimately cracked the code and deciphered the hieroglyphics using his knowledge of Greek as a guide. Hieroglyphics used pictures to represent objects, sounds and groups of sounds. Once the Rosetta Stone inscriptions were translated, the language and culture of ancient Egypt was suddenly open to scientists as never before.

The Rosetta Stone has been housed at the British Museum in London since 1802, except for a brief period during World War I. At that time, museum officials moved it to a separate underground location, along with other irreplaceable items from the museum’s collection, to protect it from the threat of bombs.

When I saw the Rosetta Stone in the British Museum, I almost passed out!

TRIVIA FOR TODAY: Enough sunlight reaches the earth’s surface each minute to satisfy the world’s energy demands—for an entire year.