Am I Crazy……? Part Three

I remember there were nine businesses in town,three Bars,three Stores, a Steakhouse, a Gas Station and a Greenhouse


“Bernice’s Store” was more than just a store,she also sold gas, Sinclair Gas (you know the one with the big green brontosaurus on their sign).Also she had a small diner.Bernice Dugan owned and ran this early version of a Casey’s (Maybe that’s where Casey”s got their idea).

“Bobo’s Store”(which was located directly across the highway from Bernice’s) It was ran by Jim and Clyde Bobo.This store was a General grocery store.

“Carl Lee’s Store’ this store was ran by Carl Lee (or as us kid’s used to call him “Ping-a-Ling).Us kid’s would always stop in there and purchase candy and what-not after school.Well that and to tease him.He would always run us out with his meat cleaver but we all knew he would never use it on us (or would he?lol).

“Laird’s Gas Station” this was ran by Gene and Guy Laird.They had gas,kerosene,oil and groceries.They were pretty good about giving a person credit on groceries and gas,imagine that,credit for gas when it was only 32 cents per gallon).

“Laird’s Greenhouse” the greenhouse was owned and ran by Helen and Clyde Laird I can remember this greenhouse as the big glass (not plastic or fiberglass as most are now) building between route 100 and the railroad tracks. Hmmm,I can’t believe with the rocks available at the tracks it lasted so long but people were different back then and thoughts of throwing rocks at it probably never crossed there minds. I guess that goes to show you our small town was and is full of good neighbors (and children).


“The Brick Tavern” was owned and Operated by Ray and Margaret (SP) Walters.(I started with Ray and Margaret because by the time I got the balls to go in they were the owners). Ray and Margaret were like second parents to us kids and damn good friends with us even up into our adulthood.We had some damn good times there playing pool,shuffleboard and even foosball.The Brick was also the place where we were introduced to our first video gaming experience “PONG”. Wow we,ve come a long ways since then lol.(WE MISS YOU VERY MUCH RAY AND MARGARET!)

“Ma Casters”(SP) This is what we called this bar it might have been “Mom Caster’s”for all I know. I’m not too familiar with this bar because it was always considered a rough place.It had to have at least one fight every weekend if not every night. So needless to say it was no place for children.

“Virginia’s Tap”(earlier known as Humphrey’s) This bar was ran by Virginia Tomic , the mother of a friend to us kids.There were a lot of Army games played by us kids there lol.I never hung around in the bar much hell we were outside playing those war games.

“Britz’s Steakhouse” This establishment was owned by John Britz and later by “Boots”and Sophie Phillips.It was a real nice place with a bar just inside the front entrance and a large dining area just past the bar.Our family would order tenderloin takeout all the time.In my teen years I enjoyed hanging out with the kitchen staff.I know that sounds strange but they were all friends of mine.

That just about covers the businesses as I remember them (You may remember things a little different ).So until next time,keep those memories and I’ll try to keep mine.


Inpaint by TeoreX
I used to have an earlier version of this program until I had a computer crash,so I was glad Giveaway of the Day had it up again yesterday!
I love this program,it is fun and simple (mainly fun)to use.Below I will add a before and an after photo of a squirrel I have removed from it.

There are six (6) steps to removing an object:

Step 1:open file (picture you want to work on)

Step 2: Click on “select” and “Mask”

Step 3: Using the red dot select(trace over) the object you wish to remove.

Step 4: Click on “Deselect” and “Mask”

Step 5: Use the dot to remove the “Donar (green box)from areas you don’t want to clone as a replacement for the obect you wish to remove.

Step 6:Click the “Erase”button,this will remove your object and replace it with the cloned replacement(everything under the green you left on.

It may take a few times to get the hang of it,but it is a fun program.
Inpaint tutorial can be found in “Help” at the top of the program.

As I stated above “I love this program”,I use it strictly for removing unwanted objects from photos(once you use it you will know why.



Little "Mamma"

If you ever get a chance to purchase the Inpaint program you should or maybe Giveaway of the Day will have it up for grabs again some day!

Am I Crazy……? Part 2

I’m back again with more!

I think all small towns have their very own town drunks,and we had ours.The two most memorable ones I remember were “Ioane(pronounced : eye-own) andGeorge”. The reason I remember these two is because They walked past our house on their way to the bar (or bars). We had three bars in our town ( four if you counted the bar in Britz’s Steak House) I don’t believe they ever made it to the steak house lol.Then every afternoon or evening when the embarked on the long stumble back home. It seems that almost every night one or the other would end up in the ditch just outside our bedroom window (in those days me and three brothers shared a bedroom).We would look out the window when we heard someone say “Shit!”, “Damn” and sometimes “Help” and alert our father  “ Dad,The old drunk is laying in the ditch again”.It was an every night thing,which wasn’t bad during the dry parts of summer but on those long rainy days that old ditch would fill with rain water.During the winter the ditch would be drifted over with snow. Either scenario could lead to disaster if “Ioane” or “George” would fall into the ditch or as “George” would sometimes say “resting”. With our vigilance they were always rescued and sent or helped down the street to their houses.

Now old “Ioane” she had a peculiar question she would always ask people either at the bars or even in the streets…”Hey mister,you got a cigarette?” (she would pronounce it  cigar-reat ).She would ask this even though she clearly had one tucked behind her ear lol.

Old “George” never really had any certain verbal sayings in particular that I can remember but one thing he did have was his magnificent white handlebar mustache! He looked like he just stepped out of an old western movie set.Only he was wearing modern times clothing and a Stetson hat instead of a cowboy hat.

I don’t remember what ever became of “ Ioane” I believe she was eventually sent to a nursing home in Canton,Illinois. As for “George”, one day we saw an ambulance come by home heading to his house and later seeing the ambulance attendants bring him out covered head to toe with a sheet.We all knew we would never see him again.

I’ll have to ask around and find more stories about these two or wait till I can find some more about them tucked away in the back of my memory files.

Until then,I hope you enjoyed meeting a few more of my childhood memories.