Monthly Archives: December 2016

Last Day of 2016

Today is the last day of 2016 and a time to look back over the year. Last year at this time I was home between trips to England, and this year I am getting ready for a trip to England.

One of the things that I thought about was what would qualify as Bucket List items during the last year.

Steventon Church, Jane Austen, Hampshire, RectorI flew more than 100,000 miles last year, but I mainly went to places I had been to before.

However, I thought of a few things that would qualify for Bucket List items.

Visit the birthplace of Jane Austen.

In January I was in England and visited Steventon which was the birthplace of Jane Austen. The house she was born in is no longer standing, but it was the rectory for this little church in Steventon. See my post: Jane Austen Country

Pembroke College, Roger Williams, Cambridge UniversityVisit Pembroke College at Cambridge University.

In January I also visited Cambridge and was able to visit the college where my 10th Great Grandfather Roger Williams attended. See: A Visit to Pembroke College

Christ's College, Cambridge University, Christ's College Chapel, Richard BernerdVisit Christ’s College at Cambridge University.

I also visited Christ’s College where Roger Williams’ father-in-law Richard Barnard went to school. The chapel above is where he would have worshiped while attending school.

See: Christ’s College Cambridge

German Sunset, Lobdeburg, German, Long Hike, Jena, GermanyHike the complete Red Trail around Jena, Germany.

I started this quest more than 15 years ago when I traveled to Germany more often. In October I finished the last section of this 100km trail that winds through the German hills around Jena. See: Half Marathon Hike

Castle Church Wittenberg, Martin Luther, 95 theses, church doors, Mighty FortressVisit Wittenberg, Germany and see the famous doors where Martin Luther posted his 95 Theses. See: Castle Church Doors

I visited Wittenberg on October 22nd which was the opening day for the Luther 1517 Panorama. Wittenberg is gearing up for the 500th anniversary of Luther’s posting.

Martin Luther Grave, Castle Church, Wittenberg, GermanyInside the Castle Church I also saw where Martin Luther is buried. See: Martin Luther’s Grave

Newark, EWR, United Airlines, Million Mile Flight, Milan, Business FirstFly one million miles with a single airline.

Another bucket list item was to finally earn my Million Miler status on United Airlines. This took place during a trip to Milan, Italy in April.

See: Million Mile Flight

It will be interesting to see where all I fly in 2017. I already have trips to England and Israel planned and there are more in the early stages of planning.

Will I check of some Bucket List items in 2017? Maybe 🙂

Happy New Year to all my readers.


Hula Hoop Mania

While looking through one of my Grandma’s Scrapbooks tonight I ran across an interesting editorial cartoon by Frank Andrea Miller.

Frank Andrea Miller, Hula Hoop 1968, editorial cartoon

Everybody is Hooping it Up

The scrapbook was from 1958 when the Hula Hoop fad first struck.

Playing with hoops has been around for a very long time, but the introduction of the plastic Hoola Hoop in 1958 quickly became a fad.

Hula Hoop, 1958, Fad, Frank Andream Miller, CartoonThis cartoon was inked during the first months of the Hula Hoop fad which began in the summer of 1958 when 25 million plastic hoops were sold in just four months.

Of course, there were many levels of skill shown by people playing with the hoop.

Hula Hoop, Summer 1958, Fads, Richard Knerr, Arthur MelinThe plastic hoop was introduced by Richard Knerr and Arthur Melin who founded the company Wham-O.

Wham-O manufactured several iconic toys like the Frisbee, Slip ‘N’ Slide and the Hacky Sack.

Hula Hoop Games, 1950's Fads, Toys, GamesI remember playing trowing games with the Hula Hoop, but they were usually cooperative and not quite like this.

Hula Hoop, Injuries, fad, 1958 fad, Wham-oThe cartoon is a bit worse for wear as this scrap book has fallen apart and many of the pages have rubbed together. In this case it has rubbed out the details of this person who is having back problems from using a Hula Hoop. A very common injury for someone who has not used certain muscles for quite some time :-).

The last time I played with a Hula Hoop was a couple years ago at a company picnic. I was showing some of the younger employees how to use a Hula Hoop as a jump rope. Luckily those motions were not hard on the back. The pictures though were a bit embarrassing.

What are your Hula Hoop memories?