A Good Day

Today is shaping up to be a much better day than yesterday. I was running on about 4 1/2 hours sleep yesterday due to an extremely late hockey game I played in Sunday night. I was able to get much more sleep last night and feel better today.  Having a good day or bad day seems to be based mostly on my perception.

Anyhow, I finished another submission for the short story contest I have mentioned before.  I will post that later today.

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What if IHOP existed during WW2?

Sometimes, real life is more unpredictable and crazy than fiction. For example, if I were to read that on some planet there was a huge war that lasted several years, and that the end of the war was delayed because the messenger wanted to flirt with some waitresses and eat some pancakes, I would think it very far-fetched. However, this really happened at the end of World War II. Here is a link to the article in yesterday’s USA Today:Link.

Thomas E. Jones was the messenger that was to deliver the message to president Harry Truman that Japan was surrendering, which in turn would end World War II. Jones had no idea the importance of the message and decided to get something to eat and chase some tail before delivering the message.

It is amazing to me that something so huge in scale, such as a world war could be effected so much by a single person, in this case a delivery boy. I wonder if anyone was killed on either side that last day of the war that would not have died if the war ended a half day earlier?

Check out the article. It is pretty interesting. There is going to be a documentary about Thomas E. Jones. I am filing this story for later as it would make great fiction.

Another Historic Building Gone

Yesterday the historic Bush House burned to the ground in Bellefonte, dealing a severe blow to a town struggling to gain back some of the lustre it had in the early 1900’s. Bellefonte, which was home to seven Pennsylvania governors, was once the most influential town between Pittsburgh and Harrisburg. Bellefonte is still the county seat, but is not longer the largest town in the county. Due to its past, however, Bellefonte still boasts immaculate Victorian architecture and charm. Some of that charm is lost forever.

The Bush House, built in 1868, first served as a hotel and counted Amelia Earhart and Thomas Edison as guests. In recent years the building hosted several businesses including Schnitzel’s Tavern, which was the best German restaurant in the area.

The building was erected in a time when there was money in the town. It will be impossible to build anything that could match the size and charm of the Bush House. Downtown Bellefonte has lost a little bit of its style. Hopefully, eventually something will be bult in its place that the whole community can enjoy.

I used to drive past the Bush House every day on my way home for work. For the foreseeable future I will be driving past a gaping whole wishing I could sit inside Schnitzel’s Tavern, drink a fine German beer, and enjoy the town of Bellefonte. For now, I just wish I could shake the sick feeling in my stomach.