Saturday, September 8, 2012

Hung out to dry!

Team Manteca
August 29th, 2012
Lupingu, Tanzania

Mark, Dan and Lanell were in Tanzania on a mission trip when we arrived home to our guest house one day and found our laundry on the line to dry. Gift, one of our hosts, had washed the clothes in the lake which is used for fishing, bathing, washing dishes, drinking (not for us), and playing. We were grateful for the fresh clothes.

Friday, September 7, 2012

Update on Totals

Team Spokane          19
Team Snap Happy    18
Team Young             11
Team Manteca            7
Team Fresno               8
Team Unofficial          5

Street Musician and Helper

Team: Spokane
Roadie Member: Marcia
Location: Downtown Spokane, WA

Marcia is helping this young fellow set up for the lunch hour at a street corner where there is always lots of action (right down the block from Nordstrom).

Thursday, September 6, 2012

We're in the Jailhouse Now

Team: Spokane
Member: Marcia
Location: Fort Spokane, WA

You see the windows for three solitary cells high on the sunny wall in this view of the old guardhouse. And the lower picture shows Marcia in the lockup.

Fort Spokane was built in 1880 at the junction of the Spokane and Columbia rivers. It was there to suppress Indians while settlers stole their best land. After 10 years it was converted to an Indian school, which wasn't all bad.

Theme Song
Photo Album

Tuesday, September 4, 2012


 Barb and Ken were on their way down south to huntin' country on Monday to "schmooze" the Farmers with some homemade goodies and hopefully get permission to hunt on their land this season....  (Pickles, Huckleberry Jam & Pickled Asparagus). We also got some Dove hunting in.

On the way down to the area we took the long 1 mile detour to Lamont.  Population 100 AND a Nuclear Free Zone.  I wonder if any of the citizens traveled to the No Nukes concerts back in 1979...  At least we can be confident that we won't be eatin any radio active birds! :)

Team: Spokane
Member: Barb
Location: Lamont, WA



Gas Station Adapted for Different Use

Team: Snap Happy
Team Member: Jen
Location: Sutter Street, Folsom, CA
Photo credit: Roy Vogel
Giuseppe Murer was born in Crespano del Grappa, a small town about 40 miles outside of Venice, Italy, on November 15, 1885. At age 12, he was apprenticed to Signor Giuseppe Melchiore as an apprentice in his carpentry and cabinet-maker’s studio. In this studio, Murer mastered cabinet making and finish work.
At the age of 21, Murer immigrated to the United States, arriving at Ellis Island, New York on October 6, 1906 and traveling on to San Francisco to look for work helping to rebuild the city after the 1906 earthquake. Unable to find work, he moved on to Shasta County and eventually arrived in Folsom around 1910. He became a U.S. citizen on September 10, 1910.
Murer worked at various jobs, applying his carpentry and cabinet-making skills. He built the back-bar in the Folsom Hotel which survives to this day. “Joe,” as he became known, eventually bought the Folsom Hotel and went on to design, build and operate other buildings and businesses on Sutter Street including a gas station and garage built with an Italian influenced design flare, the Folsom firehouse (which survives on the north side of the 700 block), and the old Folsom post office at 627 Sutter Street.
This photo shows a detail of the area where the pumps originally stood. In the vintage photo above of the de-commissioned gas station as an Antique store, the pedestal was still in place.