Tuesday, September 11, 2012
Two Shoes Tuesday #2 / Danger! -- MidWeek Blues
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What you are seeing in the picture above is the scene below me that I took while up in an antique Ferris Wheel. Our friend Alton, a fellow club member of our Montgomery Country Early Ford V-8 Club, owns this wheel and has it permanently (well, I guess he could move it if he wanted to) in place on his farm down by his 'early village' place.
Mrs. Jim and I were to get off shortly like this couple to the right is about to do when it was our turn. But it was at least a half hour before our turn came up.
We were stuck near the top when the Alis Chalmers engine belt pulley failed to go around on its own power anymore to pull the big wheel around.
Alton's hired hand and fellow old car mechanic had to do some fixing in the mechanism used to engage the pulley into 'drive.'
I am thinking that there was no real danger here but it was a little scary because the old Ferris wheel would sway back and forth with the breeze.
The pictures on the left above is a full view of Alton's old Ferris wheel. He found this old wheel in Oklahoma and trailered it down to his Texas ranch. Then he proceeded to restore/rebuild it modern specifications. The Alis Chalmers engine also needed restoring but that was an easy and fun task for Alton.
The Ferris wheel is early 1900's while the engine is one from the 30's or 40's. I seem to have the number 1928 in my mind but I cannot associate it with either the engine or the wheel. (more about the wheel and our Christmas picnic party)
I took the pictures while attending Alton's annual Christmas party in 2010. We had a wonderful Christmas dinner at his early village in his restored saloon.
Also we viewed his antique cars, mostly Fords from 1932 to 1953 which were in various stages of restoration. After the dinner, a noon affair, we all took turns riding the Ferris wheel. There were no more rides that day after we all disembarked.
The picture on the upper right was taken of a modern Ferris wheel when we attended the County Fair in Brennan, Texas. We were sitting in the rodeo area watching the rodeo when I noticed this wonderful view of this wheel. We enjoyed the rodeo very much.
One of our objectives in going there was to give our French visitor, Corine, a chance to see in real time, live, a bull riding episode. Corine was not disappointed. I blogged about that back in 2010.
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I decided that while I'm flying the flag outside for today [9/11 Remembrance] I should also fly it here for readers.
This is our flag flying in front of our house, taken on another patriotic day. It looks this same way today.
May God continue to bless our nation, the United States of America!
I hope and pray that He will bless you all. We thank Him for our safety and well being and pray for the survivors and the families of the deceased from this horrible attack.
They'll be in Singapore for about 3 days. Then they'll visit Malaysia, Solomon Islands and Tuvalu as part of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee celebration.
My daughter loves to take ferris wheels and roller coaster rides very much. The courageous and daring adventures of the youths :)
Have a terrific day. :)
It sounds like you enjoyed your trip to Canada to Quebec City, where ducks Quack.
Glad you enjoyed the Letter from Camp, it sure was funny. Glad you liked the 8 thoughts and God and His Garden. I loved that one.
I am intrigued about your neighbor whose yard is natural and no mowing required. Can you possible get a photo of it Jim? That would be terrific.
Take great care my friend, Cheers, Merle.
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