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Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Phonophoto of the day

Reynolda Road

Local Good Listener

(Apparently the last local pup in need of a home went, and I quote, "too fast". Accordingly please find below another pup for your consideration.)

photo credit: FCAC

Widdles here, I mean. As well as being a just plain handsome dog, I'll bet he's a good listener, and by that I mean "obedient" and "not crazy". Which would make him the complete opposite* of my dogs.

Someone go adopt him, then walk him on leash around the trail at Reynolda and shame me utterly. I'll be the one having my arm yanked out of the socket by the dog desperately trying to jump into the murky waters of Lake Katherine. IN THE DEAD OF WINTER.

* Exhibit A
Exhibit B
Exhibit 439

The Buena Vista Garden, by Yarddawg

Have You Heard?

Have ya'll heard it's been hot lately? While the rest of us scrambled for the AC, local farmers scrambled everyday out in the searing heat and humidity to harvest fruits and vegetables trying to make a living. Please support these hard working souls by buying produce from local growers. Whether direct or from local or regional farmers markets, it is primetime for many summer fruits and vegetables.

I was searching for heirloom tomatoes at the Piedmont Triad Farmers Market recently and this stall from Smith Farms located in Welcome,NC caught my eye. If a picture is worth a thousand words these three are literally a mouthful of localness.

This is marketing at its best. The German Pinks taste DEVINE! Seed saved since 1950 ( a very good year by the way) and pesticide free is the very definition of sustainable farming. Treat yourself to the goodness that grows in North Carolina and never take it for granted.

Other local farmers market options include the less cramped and much improved (now outside) Krankie's Farmers Market held each Tuesday from 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM. The Downtown Farmers Market on Thursday's and the Winston-Salem Farmers Market held each Saturday from 6:00 AM - 1:00 PM year round. Kudos to this market also. There are more vendors and greater variety this year and the turnout reflects the improved presence. If anyone is aware of other local or area markets or stalls please let us all know. I'm sure all area growers will appreciate your support.

Fresh, local, in season, produce is simply better and better for you. Any produce that only travels 20 or 30 miles or so is better and less expensive than traveling 2,000 miles. Go local! I think I'll treat myself to a BLT now if you don't mind.

If anyone has gardening questions or subject ideas, please e-mail me at doug.yarddawg50@gmail.com

I have a confession

I never saw Jaws in whole until two years ago.


Alas I haven't seen E.T. at all.

I have seen both of the Crocodile Dundee movies! ...But only in Spanish.


But back to Jaws. Guess what? It's playing. Here. This weekend.


And you can get $2 off the ticket price by bringing along a can of tuna for Second Harvest Food Bank.

Tickets are $8 for you, me, and Joe Shmoe and $2 for UNCSA students with identification, and no, I have no idea if that means UNCSA students get in free with a can of tuna. (Probably if they dress and act like big, toothsome sharks they do. Hey, then it'd be like Rocky Horror Picture Show, which I have seen! Numerous times even!)

The Big Screen:
Treasures from the UNCSA Moving Image Archive
Saturday, August 28, 2010
7 PM

Main Theatre, ACE Exhibition Complex

Second Harvest Food Bank of NWNC

Lunch? Thursday?

You know what? This lunch dealio from the Winston-Salem Dash is actually pretty good.

Thursday, Sept. 2, 12 Noon
Schedule your Thursday lunch plans now! Take advantage of our Day Game Special and get a game ticket, a hot dog, nachos and a soda, all for just $10. Grab your friends, take the staff, and enjoy some Dash baseball.

It costs ten bucks to eat at any* of the Fourth Street, al fresco dining spots, and this offers something new and different, a little something special in the middle of the work week. There's no rule that you have to stay for the whole game; nobody's going to get angry if you have to leave to get back to work.

Just sayin'.

The Winston-Salem Dash

* save Skippy's

Monday, August 30, 2010

Phonophoto of the day

Help me, peeps!

My inbox this weekend contained three requests for local recommendations, and I've got nothing for any of the three. Help me, peeps!

1. Local Housepainters

2. Local Dermatologists

3. Local Massage Therapists


(What I wouldn't give for a massage therapist...)

Local Intriguing

note to self: Nxt visit Ed McKay, 5 mins AISLE B.

Local Cheesy Goodness

Lowes Foods
Sherwood Plaza
An Afternoon of French Cheeses
Monday, August 30th
2-6:30 PM
Cheese Department

Join Chef Melissa for a tasting and discussion of French Bries, Blues, and other soft French cheeses. These fine gourmet cheeses have been flown in for this event.

Lowes Foods

Local Rock On

Recently Triad Arts Up Close on WFDD was looking for original, vocal-free music to use on their show.

I'm not sure what they chose, but I'm betting its not as rocktastic as this song from local, middle school band D-Day*, though.

(Click on link above, then click on play arrow bottom left of picture; song does not autoplay.)

Fair warning: they're loud. Not just my son on lead guitar. All of them.

*previously known as Doomz Day but changed during last night's practice to the jauntier, uber-patriotic D-Day)

Mad props to Bo Gray for knowing how to upload music to his website, because I do not! Also: thanks for hosting the rock, man.

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Phonophoto of the day

Wow, I can't believe I'm old enough to have a fake daughter about to get married! (Forgive the blur; I think the phonophotographer had a few glasses of Rooster Red.)

Hot Mary Toddy

New local etsy love is up in the righthand column, and let me forewarn you now: I'm going to reference the description for the "S/he's Got Abe Lincoln Eyes Sleep Mask" for MONTHS.

Thank you for supporting local artisans!

Friday, August 27, 2010

Phonophoto of the day

Middle Schooler, 3 days in

When you're in Middle School, you no longer order "little" burgers at Five Guys, I've been informed.


The building at the corner of Burke and Brookstown (just across from The Lighthouse) is for lease and in the process of being renovated. When the non-original stone was recently demo'ed from the exterior, this charming old advertisement was revealed. The best part? Home Real Estate is not only still in business, they're the ones leasing the building. (Call their new, same but longer, number, 722-1137, if interested.)

Home Real Estate

Local Pollyanna

photo credit: FCAC

The novel's success brought the term "Pollyanna" (along with the adjective "pollyannaish" and the noun "Pollyannaism") into the language to describe someone who seems always to be able to find something to be "glad" about no matter what circumstances arise.

Yes! Like our baby girl Pollyanna here! The one with the bright button eyes and the sweet, little tipped smile!

Hurry! Someone go get Pollyanna and make that awesome white-tipped tail wag wildly so her back end matches her front end!

Local get your fiber

simplyummy has lovely, bright pieces by local fiber artist Karen Newman Fridy, best known for her beautiful quilt works, hanging right now.

At right is Essence of Woman: Nurture.

Karen Newman Fridy

(singing) Prince Ali, Fabulous He, Ali Ababwa!

I have no idea if that's part of the répertoire, but the soundtrack to Aladdin is one of my absolute favorites.

Also Out of Africa.

Oh, and 9 to 5!

(Goes without saying: Xanadu.)

Piedmont Wind Symphony
Music To Eat Popcorn By
An evening of Great Songs from Great Movies
Labor Day, September 6th @ 6 PM
The Children's Museum of Winston-Salem

Kids are invited to dress as their favorite movie star and walk the red carpet. Bring your lawn chairs and enjoy movie-style popcorn and candy. Admission to this event is FREE.

Rain date: Saturday, September 11th

Piedmont Wind Symphony

The Children's Museum of Winston-Salem

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Phonophoto of the day

lemon sorbet, Blue Ridge Ice Creams

Yes, it's as refreshing as you think.


The best thing to do is to be a whirling dervish of activity, of movement, of hither, ther, and yon. Keep it up until you're practically on the verge of fainting from hunger.

head to Nawab and their lunch buffet of deliciousness, because that is seriously the only way to try all the various and sundry yums that tempt you.



Spocal Loons*

I totally plan on plugging these to the youngest as a "historical instrument". (I'm at Jackson's Music (1409 S. Stratford) with lc, who is picking up her middle schooler's band book, mallets and drumsticks.)


Jackson's Music

ATTN: Local Fleet of Feet Persons

Winston-Salem/Forsyth County
Saturday, September 11, 2010
Fourth & Glade Sts. (Grace Court)
Downtown Winston-Salem

7-8 AM Registration
8 AM 1 Mile Fun Run/Walk
8:30 AM 5K Run
9:30 AM Awards Ceremony

CRIMESTOPPERS is a unique program that brings together business, law enforcement and ordinary citizens to fight crime and make our community safer. Through CRIMESTOPPERS, local newspapers, radio and television stations publicize unsolved crimes. Citizens who know information are encouraged to call 727-2800. Confidentiality is assured by assigning callers a code number instead of asking for their name. This code number is then used for all dealings with the caller.

If the information from a caller leads to an arrest, the recovery of stolen property or the seizure of illegal drugs, the caller is eligible for a cash reward of up to $2000.

preregister (until 9/3)
complete details

Local 80s Flashback Moment, Part II

This week is wild. Between this, that Madonna onesie I posted a few days ago, and the return of stacks of thin, silvered bangle bracelets, I feel like I've warped back in time. (note to self: after school, I'm to take the 33 bus down Wisconsin Avenue to get my braces tightened.)

Who's Bad
The Ultimate Michael Jackson Tribute Band
Friday, September 10, 2010
Joel Coliseum, Winston-Salem

Who's Bad
Joel Coliseum

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Phonophoto of the day

Trade Street

Dear ISP:

I am so pleased you base your company here! Now could you maybe please consider implementing a recycling program?



Local Victorious

Esbette joined me around lunchtime on my quest to try to find a dress for the wedding shower I'm cohosting this Saturday but only remembered this morning. THANK YOU, MAXX, FOR LIFTING US TO VICTORY!

Local Groove

Five Gallon Groove is playing live this Friday, August 27th, at Old Winston Social Club (1131 Burke). Doors open @ 10 PM. Cover is $5 for members and guests.

Here! Have a listen!

Five Gallon Groove
Old Winston Social Club

The Dessertery, Stratford Road

Every year on the first day all our kids are in school, AD and I breakfast out. It felt odd this year, though. Not because AT came too (yay!), but because this morning I sent the oldest out to stand alone in the dark for his bus. I'm sure he's fine, but I'm just slightly disconcerted and expect I will be until he makes it home.

Midtown Cafe & Dessertery

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Phonophoto of the day

I often insist on taking Northwest Boulevard to get to or from downtown destinations, just so I can drive by Sam the Dot Man's place.

Have you met my grandparents? This here's Meemaw and that there's...

Pawpaw Festival 2010
Saturday, September 4th
9 AM - 11 AM
Farmers Market Building
Dixie Classic Fairgrounds

Come see presentations on growing and using pawpaws, taste lots of free foods made with pawpaws, and pick up information about this fruit's nutritional benefits! Registration is requested; email Rachel Herring or Craig Mauney to register or for more information.

Forsyth County Cooperative Extension Service
Dixie Classic Fair

Local 80s Flashback Moment

spotted @ Target

I am a-drool over this

From Reynolda House's Portals of Discovery continuing ed program comes this fantastic opportunity:

In “The Art of Simple Printmaking,” students will be inspired by the works of such American and Dutch masters of printmaking as Winslow Homer and Rembrandt. Students will learn two intaglio processes, the use of drypoint and solar plates, as they explore issues of composition, line quality, tonal range and overall visual expression.

This course will be taught by Winston-Salem artist Mona Wu
(Esbee note: Mona Wu's work is A-MAY-ZING) and former Reynolda House education specialist Cynthia Leonard. Students will meet on Saturdays, Sept. 11 and 18, and Oct. 2 and 9 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Mona Wu
Portals of Discovery
Reynolda House Museum of American Art

Monday, August 23, 2010

Phonophoto of the day


Today was another madcap dash around town, frantically trying to do everything for the first day of school Wednesday. Tomorrow promises to be more of the same. Costco! An exchange at Office Depot! CompRehab, where I need to remember to ask for a change in appointment time/day ASAP so the youngest won't miss art all year long!

And on an intellectual level, I know we shouldn't have spent three days bopping around the DC area, that we should have stayed in Winston, calmly running these errands and waking up earlier and earlier each morning to gently adjust our sluggish summer body clocks.

But truthfully? It was totally worth it.

Local Letter

Dear Kaplan Early Learning Company:

I love that you have the lined paper with raised lines AND the lined paper with the lines in three different colors (sky, grass, dirt) AND the adaptive pencil grips that will help the youngest do his very best in school this year.

I love that you are right here in my community so all I have to do is pull up to customer pickup to get my items.

But mostly I love that your showroom attendant was lovely and helpful and seemed genuinely interested in future feedback on how the products worked out for us.

Thank you, thank you, thank you,

Kaplan Early Learning Company

Local Brigadoon

I'm sure it only happens once every hundred years, the absence of any checkout line whatsoever at the A. C. Moore on Hanes Mall Boulevard. And so buying the few items the oldest will need for Studio Art took mere minutes instead of the half hour I anticipated. (His other electives are Latin and Lego Robotics.)

... And we're back

We did the Smithsonian.
We did the Metro umpteen times.
We did Old Town (Alexandria), Georgetown, and a monument cruise on the Potomac with K, my friend of a thousand years and the oldest's godfather.
We did Cheesecake Factory.
We did the hotel pool and hot tub.
We did the zoo (giant elephant shrew!) with my dear friend S. and her two awesome kids who are friends to my own.
We did the Cathedral.

And then last night we drove home. And we're glad to be here and ready to get the new school year underway.

But wow, we had a marvelous time this last weekend.

Local Supportive

The non-profit Piedmont Down Syndrome Support Group provides support and information to parents of children with Down syndrome in the Piedmont area. Our aim is to support each other and enrich the lives of our children so they may reach their fullest potential. Our group meets periodically to encourage and strengthen each other, by striving to increase our knowledge, understanding and hope about Down syndrome.

For more information or to join the Piedmont Down Syndrome Support Network, call 336.714.9120

Piedmont Down Syndrome Support Network
Summer Gathering
Sunday, August 29th, 2010
4 PM - 7 PM
Yadkin Family YMCA

Splash and play in the outdoor water park! Food and drink will be provided. Admission is free for PDSSN Members, but RSVPs with number attending are required.

Piedmont Down Syndrom Support Network

Yadkin Family YMCA

Saturday, August 21, 2010


New local etsy love went up today, too, albeit quite late in the evening. Find it (as always) in the right column.

Thank you for supporting local artisans!

Phonophoto of the day

The Torpedo Factory with blur of youngest
Old Town

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Phonophoto of the day

Northwest Barber Shop, Reynolda Road

This was errand #364 of the last two days, which is to say it was late this afternoon after dropping (and retrieving) the oldest at 6th grade orientation (#361 and #363 respectively, a PTSA committee meeting coming in at #362) but before 6th grade Open House (#365) and a shoe fitting for the youngest (#366).

Thank goodness I squeezed in a brow wax yesterday (#189). My left eyebrow may be twitching madly, but by golly, it's well-shaped!


Esbette's wedding approaches, and, as per my usual modus operandi, I'm electing to completely ignore the registry, for in addition to gasps of glee, I want sighs of surprise! Of shock! Of startlement!

Which is why when I viewed the auction list for the upcoming Forsyth County General Services Automotive Division Surplus Property annual auction, I swooned. EVEN THOUGH I WAS SITTING DOWN.

Equipment items Numbers 11-16
caught my eye and, dare I say, my heart. I sincerely think a more Esbette & Mr. Future Esbette worthy gift does not exist!

(The only thing holding me back is the complete lack of storage space they have. Because otherwise, I'd be all about "yellow or orange?" right now.)

complete auction info

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Phonophoto of the day

500 block of Trade Street

I don't know who MARVINOFEUROPE is, but I'm fairly certain he's awesome.

An hour or so ago

There's a whole lotta cool floating around in this room.

The "B" String

Local Seussical

photo credit: FCAC
Meet Mo.
Say hello.
Now go. Go get Mo.

Something Lovely Happened Yesterday

It wouldn't have surprised me twenty years ago, but I'm sad to say it certainly surprises me now.

I took the oldest to a birthday party out towards Pfafftown. While we were waiting at the red light at Yadkinville and Shattalon, a car stalled mid-intersection while turning left. For a good minute and a half, the driver turned the key again and again. About halfway through that time, the light changed. Finally she got it started, continued her turn, and went on her way.

During that time nobody honked. Nobody tried to go around her. In fact, nobody went through the intersection at all.

Everyone just waited. It was lovely. And it reminded me utterly of a print that hung in our house in Maine labeled A Southern Intersection, showing four gentlemen who've reached a fourway intersection, each man atop a horsecart, doffing his top hat in a gesture to the others that clearly implores them to please go first.

Local Support the Home Team

The Camel City Thrashers
The Greenville Derby Dames
Saturday, August 21st
Doors Open @ 6 PM, Bout @ 7 PM
Greensboro Sportsplex
2400 16th Street, Greensboro

Tickets sold at door, Adults: $10, Kids 8-12: $5, 7 & Under: FREE. No alcohol at event. 10% of proceeds go to Piedmont Down Syndrome Support Network. Afterparty @ Bender's Tavern (4517 W. Market, Greensboro).

Camel City Thrashers
Greensboro Sportsplex (opens with sound)
Piedmont Down Syndrome Support Network
Bender's Tavern

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Phonophoto of the day

Local Guest Post

Tobacco Auctions Making a Comeback?
by Yarddawg, AKA Doug Grimes

For most of the last century August created a special stir and air of excitement for local tobacco farmers as the leaf auctions opened. It was an annual late summer ritual. The streets of Winston-Salem and many other communities throughout the southeast were filled with the sweet perfumed aroma of the golden leaf. To this day not many smells will rival that of freshly cured tobacco. The type mostly grown around here is famous and known throughout the world as Flue-Cured Virginia or Bright Leaf. The sale of the crop put food on the table, clothed the family, paid for college educations, bills, and afforded a decent lifestyle for many hard working folks. Despite its controversial reputation, tobacco farmers are still a viable part of many communities in Forsyth County. Controversy is nothing new for tobacco. It goes back to Sir Walter Raleigh's expeditions in the late 1500's. Tobacco remains a resilient weed in many ways.

For almost forty years I was involved in the leaf tobacco auctions and leaf trade as a buyer. When I first entered the business it was considered an honorable profession. Despite the popular notion and negativity in vogue today, tobacco farmers and tobacco workers are good, honest, hardworking folks. I traveled around the world buying tobacco. As I like to say from America to Zimbabwe and everywhere in between. Beginning in the late 1990's tobacco companies started to re-think tobacco auctions. By 2001 nearly every company was entering into contracts with farmers directly to grow tobacco. These contracts all but killed tobacco auctions. By around 2005 or 2006 auctions were no more. The old auction system was certainly not perfect. The new contracting system isn't either. Sometimes change can bring about unintended consequences. The reasons are complex and too difficult to explain simply or effectively here. There is a small movement afoot to re-establish auctions. I witnessed one such attempt on August 17 in Rural Hall in an old unused tobacco warehouse. Yes there is a tobacco auction in Forsyth County once again. There is another attempt to revive the auction in both Danville, Virginia and Wilson, North Carolina with something akin to a "silent auction". But the one here is an honest to goodness, real, live, old fashioned tobacco auction. There will be a few more auction sales in Rural Hall in the coming weeks. In case anyone is wondering, it is open to the public and is an interesting spectacle if you've never seen one. Right now the chances of a successful long-term revival appear slim. But who knows?

As a way of introduction to the uninitiated, allow me to introduce you to a five minute video narrated by Mr. Page Roberts, retired tobacco auctioneer. Page won the 1982 World Tobacco Auctioneer Championship competition, beating out about 50 others, which was sponsored by RJ Reynolds for several years as part of its "Pride In Tobacco" campaign. You will not meet a finer human being or professional than Page Roberts. Simply put he was one of the best ever. Page, a Virginia native, auctioneered in Winston-Salem for many years. This is part of my history and the history of many locals whether directly or indirectly or even not involved with the industry. Tobacco is still an important part of Winston-Salem's past, present, and future. I think many will enjoy this short and informative history of the Tobacco Auctioneer. I should also mention that the auction in Rural Hall was led by another class act and another former World Champion Auctioneer, Chuck Jordan, who currently resides in Winston-Salem. But if you know Chuck please don't tell him I called him a class act.

-Yarddawg AKA Doug Grimes

Local Delicacy

Because the times and locations of her errands lined up with the times and locations of my errands, SueMo and I met for the quickest of lunches today.

Afterward we saw this lovely cicada on the sidewalk outside Fresh Market on Robinhood.

I offered SueMo $10 to eat it, but she declined.


Local Catch a Flick

Kernersville Parks & Recreation

Monday, August 16, 2010

Phonophoto of the day

100 block Oakwood Drive

Hanes Mall Boulevard

Am I the only one whose leisurely summer has screeched to a halt? Because all of a sudden my to do lists and daily schedules are so stupid-crazy that today while walking at a brisk clip through Target, saying the names of items sotto voce as I passed them (you know, to sort of jog my memory in case I'm forgetting something), what came out of my mouth when I saw this shelf was "rainbows". Rainbows? Really? Yes, rainbows.

Good grief.

So this could be cool...

So there's this new program called Online School Payment being tested in some (unfortunately not all) of the schools in the WSFCS. It allows parents to pay fees for activities, field trips, and other school expenditures from their own computers.

Unfortunately it is not currently "deployed" (their word, not mine) in any of the elementary schools, which is a shame, because wow, do the little fees pop up constantly during those years.

I can't quite muddle out how the schools were selected for "deployment", as seemingly every high school except Mount Tabor is listed. Five or so of the middle schools are also "not mustering" (this one is mine!).

I do wonder who is paying for this and how. Do the schools have to raise the numbers to cover the cost, or are the parents who use the service coughing up convenience fees?

WSFCS Online School Payment

Local Get Involved

We're on the
to end Alzheimer's

Piedmont Triad Memory Walk
Wake Forest University
September 25, 2010
check-in begins at 9 AM, walk at 10 AM

All Memory Walk donations benefit the Alzheimer's Association, the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer care, support and research. The mission of the Alzheimer's Association is to eliminate Alzheimer's disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health.

online registration
Alzheimer's Association
Wake Forest University

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Phonophoto of the day

I've tried to get to Edward McKay at least five times over the course of the last ten or so days, and this afternoon was the first time I was able to find parking anywhere in their lot. This is not meant to sound whiny; I actually adore that their business is flourishing.

Edward McKay

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Phonophoto of the day

outside Fire Station Seven, Arbor & Country Club

...And new local etsy love is up

With not-one-but-two hair doodads, because the first day of school draws nigh.

Find it in its usual home in the righthand column.

Thank you for supporting local artisans!

Friday, August 13, 2010

Phonophoto of the day

Robinhood Road

I've been trying to keep just a lot of meat cooked and in the fridge for the oldest, who is now convinced that dinner and supper are two different meals and he eats both. Alas today I ran out, and so at four o'clock we made an emergency run to Five Guys, which (not surprisingly) was empty at that hour, the K & W on Healy being the local Early Bird destination of choice.

New Village, Same Awesome

Village Outdoor Shop is open and doing a booming business at their new location at 3456 Robinhood (next door to The Golden Apple). Come say hi! (And check out the AMAZING handknit Merino baby booties they have for sale there. Sorry for the blur; I was mid-swoon.)

Village Outdoor Shop

ATTN: Local Travelers, armchair and otherwise

ATTN: armchair travelers

A friend of mine in Germany sent me a link to these astounding photo compilations.

Those interested in actual travel:

French for Travelers
Learn French in a Relaxed Setting

Mondays 6-7:30 PM
September 13 - October 18, 2010
Polo Park Recreation Center

Betty Griffith and Nancy Dale
Certified Language Instructors

register by phone: 336-659-4309 or by email

complete information
Polo Park Recreation Center

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Phonophoto of the day

picnic table, sidewalk, Sherwood Plaza

I've walked by this table probably twenty times over the course of this summer alone, and I only today realized it does not, in fact, say "PERICLES". I discovered this upon pointing it out to the oldest as we ambled past. "Look, honey! Pericles! Do you know who Pericles was?" And he is NEVER GOING TO LET ME LIVE IT DOWN.

I walked 40 miles through snow. Barefoot.

rec'd today from WSFCS:

Transportation Information
For 2010/2011 School Year
August 2010

Dear Parent/Guardian:

As you have seen from media coverage, this will be a very difficult budget year for the school system. There will be significant cutbacks in funding, and the Transportation Department is affected by these cuts like every other department. We are trying very hard to find ways to maintain as many services as we can, but some adjustments are inevitable. Consequently, we find it necessary to reduce the daily miles driven by our fleet by a significant percentage. We drive approximately 38,000+ miles per day, and have been asked to scale that back by 3,000 miles per day. The only way to do so while maintaining our program service level is to consolidate or remove some bus stops and move them out to main streets whenever possible. This will result in a longer walk to the bus stop for some students. We regret that we have to take this action, but we have no choice due to funding levels. We regret any inconvenience that this might cause to your student.

My father was an economist, my mother a math teacher, so they never missed an opportunity to break down global and national fluctuations to me in ways I could understand. This seems like a perfect economics teaching opportunity.

Plus it will give today's students stories to exaggerate for future generations. You know, about how hard life was way back now.

WSFCS Department of Transportation

Local Get Your Jazzy On

Carolina Summer Music Festival
Jazz 4 Kidz
(An Interactive Family Concert)
Saturday, August 14
11 AM
James A. Gray, Jr. Auditorium
Old Salem Visitor Center

Get ready to swing and scat with this fun and hands-on exploration of jazz! Featuring Carolina Summer Music Festival favorite vocalist Martha Bassett and guest narrator David Ford, host and producer of WFDD’s Triad Arts Up Close. $5 General Admission.

complete info
Carolina Summer Music Festival 2010
Martha Bassett
WFDD Triad Arts Up Close
Old Salem Visitor Center

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Phonophoto of the day

sidewalk, 600 block of Trade Street

I love how expectant this looks, chairs pulled out and waiting.

Local Random

Behold the hot dog lady at the corner of Fifth and Trade.

In front of her: the transportation center.

Beside her: the Millennium Center, the building in which the oldest is currently meeting Cinderella (the band not the Disney princess), courtesy of B.

"Just another Wednesday in Winston," says Esbette, sitting beside me wearing banana yellow trousers.

Local Suspicion

I'm going on record as suspecting that this dog does whole body wiggles when happy, all the way from her fantastic ears down.

Quick! Someone adopt Birdee and confirm!
photo credit: FCAC