Monday, June 30, 2008


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Sunday, June 29, 2008

Ford Field in the Summer

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Detroit from the river - Diamond Jack's Tour Boat

I chaperoned on a school tour in Detroit - a bit different from the norm - we took Diamond Jack's River Boat Tour along the Detroit River. I gotta say - the city looks a lot different from the water.

After being welcomed on the boat by a really friendly crew, we set sail - and had a running commentary of what we were looking at...

The Ren Cen from the other side

The Manoogian Mansion. Partytime!! Hold on, there was no party!

Chene Park Auditorium

Canada. Or, I told the kids, Canadia. (Well, I asked them. You're American. From America. Why can't Canadians be from Canadia?)

Water pumping thingy

A Canadian casino

A distillery.

A native Canadian Elephant. Eh.

The mail boat. J.W. Westcott II - Apparently the only boat to have its own zip code - 48222

The Ambassador Bridge

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

1943 - A Guide to Hiring Women Folk

I recently got sent this.... it made me laugh and reminded me of another 'women's guide' which I'm looking for now.

This was written when there was a 'shortage' of men.

So, all ye modern ladies - read!
The wording is:

Eleven Tips on Getting More Efficiency Out of Women Employees: There's no longer any question whether transit companies should hire women for jobs formerly held by men. The draft and manpower shortage has settled that point. The important things now are to select the most efficient women available and how to use them to the best advantage.

Here are eleven helpful tips on the subject from Western Properties:

  1. Pick young married women. They usually have more of a sense of responsibility than their unmarried sisters, they're less likely to be flirtatious, they need the work or they wouldn't be doing it, they still have the pep and interest to work hard and to deal with the public efficiently.
  2. When you have to use older women, try to get ones who have worked outside the home at some time in their lives. Older women who have never contacted the public have a hard time adapting themselves and are inclined to be cantankerous and fussy. It's always well to impress upon older women the importance of friendliness and courtesy.
  3. General experience indicates that "husky" girls - those who are just a little on the heavy side - are more even tempered and efficient than their underweight sisters.
  4. Retain a physician to give each woman you hire a special physical examination - one covering female conditions. This step not only protects the property against the possibilities of lawsuit, but reveals whether the employee-to-be has any female weaknesses which would make her mentally or physically unfit for the job.
  5. Stress at the outset the importance of time the fact that a minute or two lost here and there makes serious inroads on schedules. Until this point is gotten across, service is likely to be slowed up.
  6. Give the female employee a definite day-long schedule of duties so that they'll keep busy without bothering the management for instructions every few minutes. Numerous properties say that women make excellent workers when they have their jobs cut out for them, but that they lack initiative in finding work themselves.
  7. Whenever possible, let the inside employee change from one job to another at some time during the day. Women are inclined to be less nervous and happier with change.
  8. Give every girl an adequate number of rest periods during the day. You have to make some allowances for feminine psychology. A girl has more confidence and is more efficient if she can keep her hair tidied, apply fresh lipstick and wash her hands several times a day.
  9. Be tactful when issuing instructions or in making criticisms. Women are often sensitive; they can't shrug off harsh words the way men do. Never ridicule a woman - it breaks her spirit and cuts off her efficiency.
  10. Be reasonably considerate about using strong language around women. Even though a girl's husband or father may swear vociferously, she'll grow to dislike a place of business where she hears too much of this.
  11. Get enough size variety in operator's uniforms so that each girl can have a proper fit. This point can't be stressed too much in keeping women happy.

Monday, June 16, 2008

... is what exactly??? If anyone out there is reading this and knows what it is, please leave a comment.... I got a hit from there today.

Update - from another site - the nobrand thing seems to be a way of directing you to their site so you can sign up for web hosting or buy space or something.

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Ah the joys of the Weber Charcoal Kettle (Happy Father's Day!)

Why would ya ever want a gas grill? I think these guys might agree with me....

Here are a couple of chicken grills I done recently. Delicious!!

Royal Oak Memorial Day Parade 2008

Another year, another memorial day parade. Back on Main Street this time - last year, Main was all dug up. We located ourselves opposite the Hollywood Market - getting there early enough to get coffee and snacks - handed out by the Hollywood market - good job!

The parade was similar to last year's - perhaps a little smaller

We sat opposite the brewery billboard - hmm - now there's an idea!