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 MOUNTAIN NOTES      21.Mar.2000

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  • Be nice to your kids. They'll choose your nursing home.

This Week: Partners, starting this week, we're going to be visiting Bob Jones and the folks at Davis Station Antarctica! This has all come about due to the hard work of, Public Information and Education Officer...Jenny Whittaker(thanks Jen) and Davis Station Leader...Bob Jones(thanks Bob) and the entire Australian Anarctic Division!!

We will be seeing how they live and work in the extremely harsh environment of Antarctica. So we now give a hearty welcome to all of the inhabitants of Davis Station and welcome you all aboard The MountainGnome!

Greetings from Davis: by Bob Jones
On Friday, 10 March, 2000...the Australian icebreaker, "Aurora Australis" departed Davis with 44 summer scientists and trades people, leaving 20 of us, all men, for the winter. The AA next visits on 16 Oct., 2000.
Information relating to Antarctica can be found on the WWW at:
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All content and photos are property and Copyright of the Australian Antarctic Division.

Well, we at The MountainGnome thank everyone at Davis for their co-operation and until next time,Stay Safe and Stay Warm!

  • "Women's faults are many, men have just two! Everything they say and everything they do!!!"
Talk About Dumb..
I was in a car dealership a while ago, when a large motor home was towed into the garage. The front of the vehicle was in dire need of repair and the whole thing generally looked like an extra in "Twister". I asked the manager what had happened. He told me that the driver had set the "cruise control" and then went in the back to make a sandwich.(The lock needs to be on the ignition switch, not the trigger!)

-- The Mountain Man        


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Ridin' the Rails: Come on, lit's go fer another train ride. Hop aboard!
     The Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad in Northeastern Ohio runs through the heart of Cuyahoga Valley National Recreation Area. Each trip is a different adventure filled with fun, excitement, natural beauty and historic sights.
    Spend a little or a lot of time exploring the things you like to see and do. You'll ride comfortably in vintage climate-controlled coaches built between 1939 and 1940. The coaches originally saw passenger service on the Seaboard and Santa Fe Railroads.
    Sit back, relax and enjoy a train ride to many exciting round trip destinations including: Peninsula, Hale Farm & Village, Quaker Square, Inventure Place, Canal Visitor Center and many other historic sights and nature trails. I lived in the Ohio Valley for many years, and it's a beautiful place to visit!
    It's all waiting for you. The train. The trips. The sights. The professional staff. Get on Board.
Happy Railroadin' Partners.....have fun and enjoy!!! No better way to enjoy wildlife....nature....and just down right relaxin'!

One sentence from the State Department can create a huge headache for a parent traveling alone with their brood to Mexico: "Minors require notarized consent from parent(s) if traveling alone, with one parent, or in someone else's custody." This regulation, hatched from kidnapping problems that occur in custody wars, can keep a minor from entering Mexico if traveling with a guardian or even just with one parent. The regulation is enforced, although spottily, so traveling without a notarized statement is risky. Obviously, the provision brings up special difficulties for single parents with sole custody, and for widows and widowers. Those in the latter category should carry some official proof of their status as sole guardians. For more information, visit the State Department's Mexico Consular Information Sheet at
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Alaska Outdoor Adventures is Alaska's largest year-round adventure tour operator. During the summer, they specialize in guided sea-kayak tours and sea kayak rentals in beautiful Prince William Sound. When the snow falls, they offer guided backcountry snowmobile tours and dogsled tours into remote areas of Alaska. They take pride in providing first class, quality equipment and friendly, knowledgeable guides on all of their tours. Visit them and you'll be glad you did!
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Here's that classic 1953 Ford, that mountaingnomer Jonathan K. is starting to restore! This jewel has a 239 Cu. in. Famous Ford Flathead V-8 that we have ready to go back together. We acid tanked alot of the engine parts to get them clean. We lapped the valves, installed new cam bearings and installed the valve and guide assemblies!
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Subject: Warning: McDonalds play area, Please Read
My name is Lauren Archer, my son Kevin and I lived in Midrand..
On October 2, 1999 I took my only son to McDonald's for his 3rd birthday. After he finished lunch, I allowed him to play in the ball pit..
When he started whining later on, I asked him what was wrong, he pointed to the back of his pull-up and simply said "Mommy, it hurts." But I couldn't find anything wrong with him at that time.. I bathed him when we got home, and it was at that point when I found a welt on his left buttock. Upon investigating, it seemed as if there was something like a splinter under the welt. I made an appointment to have it taken out the next day, but soon he started vomiting and shaking, then his eyes rolled back into his head. From there, we went to the emergency room. He died later that night. It turned out that the welt on his buttock was the tip of a hypodermic needle that had broken off inside.. The autopsy revealed that Kevin had died from heroine overdose.. The next week, the police removed the balls from the ball pit and lo and behold.. There was rotten food, several hypodermic needles: some full; some used; knives, half-eaten candy, diapers, feces, and the stench of urine..
If a child is not safe in a child's play area then where? You can find the article on Kevin Archer in the October 10, 1999 issue of the Midrand Chronicle..
We could not verify this article....however, no matter where your child plays, always take precautions!

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You know you're supposed to take a prenatal supplement, but did you know, for instance, why potassium benefits your baby? It aids muscle activity and contractions, energy metabolism, and nerve function for the fetus. And what about magnesium? It helps build strong bones and teeth, regulates insulin and blood-sugar levels, and builds and repairs tissue.
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"Education is an admirable thing, but it is well to remember from time to time that nothing worth knowing can be taught." - by: Oscar Wilde

FINDING MILITARY RECORDS ABOUT OLD NORTHWEST AND SOUTHWEST INDIAN WARS: The Indian Wars of 1783-1796 involved many of our ancestors. The war in the Pacific Northwest was fought mostly between American settlers of the Old Northwest Territory and the Indian Nations that were allied with Loyalists and Great Britain. This war ended under the Treaty of Greenville in 1795.
    In the Southwest, the war was fought mostly between American settlers of the Southwest Territory of Tennessee and the Indian Nations that were allied with Spain. This war ended under the Treaty of Colerain in 1796.
    An interesting Web site that tells of the archaeological excavation of one of the battlefield sites is located at
  • "Sure you can trust the government! Just ask an Indian!"


Lemon meringue pie is, of course, a classic of family dinners and potlucks. Watch carefully when you're baking the meringue to be sure it doesn't get too brown. Note that the grated lemon peel is optional; some people prefer not to have little chewy bits of rind in their otherwise smooth lemon custard.

  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1-1/3 cups sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1-1/2 cups boiling water
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 3 tablespoons cold butter
  • 1/2 to 3/4 teaspoon grated lemon rind (optional)
  • 1/3 cup lemon juice
  • one baked pie shell, cooled
  • 3 egg whites
  • Dash salt
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Blend cornstarch, flour, sugar, and salt in saucepan. Stir in boiling water. Place over direct heat; stir constantly until clear, about three minutes.

In a small bowl, beat egg yolks; stir in one-third of sugar mixture. Add yolk mixture to saucepan; cook two minutes. Remove from heat. Gradually stir in butter, lemon rind, and lemon juice. Pour into pie shell.

Meringue: Beat egg whites and salt until just stiff. Gradually add 1/3 cup sugar. Spread on top of pie; sprinkle one teaspoon sugar over top. Bake 12 to 15 minutes, until set and lightly browned.

So until next time, REMEMBER:  "The major cause of auto wrecks is a screw loose in the nut behind the wheel."