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Excerpt from last week’s Tuesday Chatter-This time in my life was an interesting chapter and I will chat more about Marlton, and the North American Blizzard of 1996 in my next Tuesday Chatter.
My two years in Marlton, New Jersey were delightful. We lived in an apartment, which was a cozy place in a lovely setting. We were surrounded by lovely trees and foliage, and everything we enjoyed was nearby.
Being born and raised in Florida, I hadn’t experienced much snow except during my college days in Fulton, MO. That all changed when I moved to NJ in November 1995.
The holidays were past us, and I was looking forward to the new year. It was the beginning of January and very cold. Now I understand the feeling of wintry gray days. I don’t recall the day, but I remember the snow starting to fall in the morning and getting heavier as the day went on. The conditions worsened and the wintry mix turned to heavy sleet and freezing rain. Luckily we had plenty of food and supplies because all the roads were closing.
One of the many things I loved about this apartment there was a fireplace between the living room and dining room. We could sit in either room and enjoy the fire, plus it kept the apartment warm and cozy.
By the next morning, we had snow past the top of our front door, yet, we could go outside via the back and side doors. I remember it wasn’t too long before the snow was cleared and we could use the front door. Ah, the joys of living in an apartment where someone else takes care of the heavy-duty stuff.
Well, to wrap up my blizzard story, I was the only soul that thought the blizzard was a hoot. I was outside building a snowman and having a great time. Soon, children that lived in our complex came outside, and we played and frolicked in the snow having lots of fun. This chapter in my life was an unforgettable one, indeed. Here is the link for information on the North American Blizzard of 1996. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/North_American_blizzard_of_1996.
Tidbits and Pieces-Year 1998
Exxon and Mobil merge creating the worlds largest petroleum company; Rolls-Royce is purchased by BMW for $570 million; Windows 98 debuts; Google is founded; iMac is debuted by Apple; Viagra is approved by FDA
1998, the year of the Bill Clinton and Monica Lewinsky scandal; another incident involving Bill Clinton is his impeachment for perjury and obstruction of justice, stemming from a sexual harassment lawsuit filed against Clinton by Paula Jones; Clinton is subsequently acquitted in 1999.
Average Costs in the US
The average annual income is $38,100; average cost of a new house is $129,300 and average monthly rent $619; the average cost of a new car is $17,200 and to fill it up is $1.15 per gallon; a loaf of bread is $1.26 and a dozen eggs is .88 cents.
Florida tornadoes devastate 2600 structures leaving 42 dead; forest fires in Florida causing 120,000 to flee their homes; in China the Yangtze River breaches the main bank leaving more than 12,000 dead; Hurricane Mitch hits Central American causing approximately 18,000 fatalities; a severe ice storm hits Canada and the northern US leaving millions without power.
Music and Culture
The three tenors, Jose Carreras, Placido and Luciano Pavarotti hold a concert for the opening of the World Cup In France, which is viewed by approximately 150,000 live and 2 billion around the world; Mamas and Papas, and the Eagles are inducted into the Hall of Fame; Elton Knighted by Queen Elizabeth II, Disney’s Animal Kingdom opens at Disney World in Orlando, FL.
Fee-fi-fo and fum
Can you walk while chewing gum
Are misshapen actions a major shirk
Either shut your lid or hide your smirk
My sarcastic font has lost it’s slant
Fumes of pity lost in a rant
Hey, my friend you know the drill
My invisible ink took a spill
You can’t make haste and copy/paste
You’ll forever need to save your face
So much said for off kilter musing
Makes hair-raising moments too confusing
Hey, hey, what’s that sound
Get that chin off the ground
Not all the world loves a clown
High fives to an upside down frown
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