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Carolina Day - June 28, 1776

By: palmettobug53, 6:51 PM GMT on June 24, 2007



Sgt. Jasper, raising the S.C. flag over Ft. Moultrie

I thought it would be fairly easy to come up with information on Carolina Day and related activities, online. I was wrong. This day that celebrates one of the first major victories over the British in the Revolutionary War (Sorry, my English friends!) apparently goes pretty much unremarked by the majority of South Carolinians these days. I found mention of a picnic held June 21st, in Anderson County and an all day celebration that will be held on Thursday, June 28th, at Ft. Moultrie.

Every S.C. child does learn in school, of the brave actions of Sgt. William Jasper on that day. As well as the fact that the palmetto logs that the fort was constructed of, repelled and/or absorbed the cannonballs with which the fort was being pounded. Our current state flag is based on a flag designed by Col. William Moultrie and used at the fort during the Siege of Charleston. S.C. State Flag

Revolutionary War era map of Charleston Harbor

Civil War era map of Charleston Harbor (This is a little more accurate and easy to read)

Carolina Day from the S.C. Historical Society's website

A little more about Sgt. Jasper (Unfortunately, Ole Jasp pulled the "raise the flag" stunt one time too many. He bought the farm in Savannah, planting the colors on the enemy lines three years later.)

William Moultrie

Sullivans Island

Revolutionary War Battles of SC




Updated: 12:45 AM GMT on June 25, 2007

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Hug A Firefighter and Thank Them

By: palmettobug53, 4:57 PM GMT on June 22, 2007

I went in early to work today, so that I could see about taking time to walk over to Spring St and pay my respects. As it turned out, our director told us all to go, whoever wanted to.

I've never seen anything like it before and I hope to God, I'll never have the opportunity again.

Pat, Doc..... New Orleans and Baton Rouge were represented. I saw a truck from Cincinnati. Just about every SC community was represented. I really would like to see a list of all the firehouses, rescue squads, etc, that participated in the procession. So many places that I wasn't sure where they were from. There were so many...

I stood with my hand over my heart for the entire thing and tears running down my face.

I've been teary all day. Going in at 7 this a.m., I was on Hwy 17, coming into town. People were already lining up. All the businesses had their signs with messages, others had American flags out by the sidewalks or at half mast on their flagpoles. It was all I could do to see, to get to work.

Damn... I'm sniffling again here, now.

Peeked in the break room from time to time and saw bits and pieces of the memorial ceremony but didn't sit in there and watch.

Updated: 12:54 PM GMT on June 23, 2007

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Cruise to Bermuda

By: palmettobug53, 2:16 AM GMT on June 20, 2007



Well, the good Lord willing and the creek don't rise, hubby and I will be on our way to St. George, Bermuda on November 10th. 'Cane season had BETTER be over by then or I'm going to have to take something up with the Hurricane Gods!

My dad and stepmom have been taking at least one cruise a year for quite some time now. My stepmom is a whiz at getting deals on cabins. They haven't disclosed the details but she must have gotten some kinda really great deal this time around, as they wound up with two cabins and are treating me and hubby to the spare! Can you believe it?! LOL

They dropped this bomb on us last weekend, when they came down to visit my cousin. I've been a bit afraid to even mention it, for fear of pulling down some kind of hex on us. Hubby and I have never been on a cruise before.



Norwegian Majesty, at the docks in Charleston, SC

We will be leaving Charleston on Saturday, November 10th on the Norwegian Majesty. We will arrive in St. George, Bermuda, Monday, November 12th. We'll spend three nights in Bermuda and head home Thursday, November 15th, arriving back in Charleston, Saturday, November 18th.



St. George Harbor, Bermuda


Now, since we've never cruised before, this is going to be an adventure! It's "freestyle" cruising, so dress is casual, even at night. Except for one or two restaurants, for the ones that do like to maintain tradition. Dad and SMom might do that a couple of times, as she loves to dress up and get Dad into his tux. Hubby and I will opt out of that. Let them have a romantic dinner alone. And us, even if we're not gussied up. LOL

Since Dad and SMom are old hands at cruising, she's filling me in on what to pack, etc. All we have to do is bring pocket money, for drinks, souvenirs, tips, whathaveyou. Am getting our certified birth certificates by mail. She's assured me that passports won't be required until the advertised deadline of 1/1/08. Sure hope she's right, or we'll be stuck. Drawn and quartered and our heads put on pikes for all to see! "They did not have their passports!" Passport applications are so backed up, we'd never get them in time.

What I DO want to know is... what to do, where to go and what to see once we get to St. George. And remember, this is on a budget! Anyone here from Bermuda, with some tips on interesting places to go or things to do in St. George, that the locals know about but maybe the tourists don't? Who here has cruised to St. George? What did you do or where did you go?

P.S. They have an Internet Cafe, with 8 stations! It was one of the first things I looked for on the NCL site for the ship! LOL I'll be able to post updates - IF I can get one of the computers. Just hope the majority of the passengers find something else to do!


Review from Cruise Diva

Norwegian Majesty

Deck Plan

We're in Cabin 659. Dad and SMom are in 603, I think. Up front, anyway. Dad says she always books the ones looking forward.

Updated: 2:17 AM GMT on June 20, 2007

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Sad Day in Charleston, SC

By: palmettobug53, 9:43 AM GMT on June 19, 2007

Charleston is mourning the loss of possibly as many as 9 of her firefighters in a deadly fire at a Sofa Superstore last night. Two firefighters were injured and one store employee was also taken to the hospital.

Information is still sketchy this morning, as the fire still smoulders.

Please pray for these families.

sconfire.com


I can smell that awful smell of damp, smouldering ashes in the air outside.

Updated: 9:56 AM GMT on June 19, 2007

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BERMUDA , HERE WE COME!

By: palmettobug53, 12:07 AM GMT on June 18, 2007



Well, the good Lord willing and the creek don't rise, hubby and I will be on our way to St. George, Bermuda on November 10th. 'Cane season had BETTER be over by then or I'm going to have to take something up with the Hurricane Gods!

My dad and stepmom have been taking at least one cruise a year for quite some time now. My stepmom is a whiz at getting deals on cabins. They haven't disclosed the details but she must have gotten some kinda really great deal this time around, as they wound up with two cabins and are treating me and hubby to the spare! Can you believe it?! LOL

They dropped this bomb on us last weekend, when they came down to visit my cousin. I've been a bit afraid to even mention it, for fear of pulling down some kind of hex on us. Hubby and I have never been on a cruise before.



Norwegian Majesty, at the docks in Charleston, SC

We will be leaving Charleston on Saturday, November 10th on the Norwegian Majesty. We will arrive in St. George, Bermuda, Monday, November 12th. We'll spend three nights in Bermuda and head home Thursday, November 15th, arriving back in Charleston, Saturday, November 18th.



St. George Harbor, Bermuda


Now, since we've never cruised before, this is going to be an adventure! It's "freestyle" cruising, so dress is casual, even at night. Except for one or two restaurants, for the ones that do like to maintain tradition. Dad and SMom might do that a couple of times, as she loves to dress up and get Dad into his tux. Hubby and I will opt out of that. Let them have a romantic dinner alone. And us, even if we're not gussied up. LOL

Since Dad and SMom are old hands at cruising, she's filling me in on what to pack, etc. All we have to do is bring pocket money, for drinks, souvenirs, tips, whathaveyou. Am getting our certified birth certificates by mail. She's assured me that passports won't be required until the advertised deadline of 1/1/08. Sure hope she's right, or we'll be stuck. Drawn and quartered and our heads put on pikes for all to see! "They did not have their passports!" Passport applications are so backed up, we'd never get them in time.

What I DO want to know is... what to do, where to go and what to see once we get to St. George. And remember, this is on a budget! Anyone here from Bermuda, with some tips on interesting places to go or things to do in St. George, that the locals know about but maybe the tourists don't? Who here has cruised to St. George? What did you do or where did you go?

P.S. They have an Internet Cafe, with 8 stations! It was one of the first things I looked for on the NCL site for the ship! LOL I'll be able to post updates - IF I can get one of the computers. Just hope the majority of the passengers find something else to do!


Review from Cruise Diva

Norwegian Majesty

Deck Plan

We're in Cabin 659. Dad and SMom are in 603, I think. Up front, anyway. Dad says she always books the ones looking forward.

Updated: 2:15 AM GMT on June 20, 2007

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Happy Father's Day/Animal Poetry Blog

By: palmettobug53, 12:14 PM GMT on June 09, 2007



Welcome to the blog dedicated to poetry about animals. How many can we find to post?

Select from well known authors, unknown authors... heck, how about trying your hand at writing one yourself? They can be nursery rhymes, serious poems, funny poems and, by all means, include some odd poems! LOL

The only criteria is that the subject matter must be about animals. The ones with scales, feathers, fur, talons, four legs, fins, etc. .... and I'm not talking about Cousins Elmer and Elvira, who, though they may meet the aforementioned criteria, are still human. We think.

"O wad some Power the giftie gie us
To see oursels as ithers see us!"


Ode to a Louse by
Robert Burns

How doth the little crocodile
Improve his shining tail,
And pour the waters of the Nile
On every golden scale!

How cheerfully he seems to grin,
How neatly spreads his claws,
And welcomes little fishes in,
With gently smiling jaws!


The Crocodile by
Lewis Carroll


Behold the duck.
It does not cluck.
A cluck it lacks.
It quacks.
It is specially fond
Of a puddle or pond.
When it dines or sups,
It bottoms ups.


The Duck by
Ogden Nash



Updated: 12:40 PM GMT on June 17, 2007

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