Monday, June 17, 2013

Around Our Town

Our town is a very pedestrian, friendly town.
People walk or ride their bikes everywhere.

When I was out walking,
 I came across this. Instructions on how to cross the street.
It must be for those who are new to town or 
don't know how to cross the street.
Seems pretty basic.

 United Parcel Service or better know as UPS,
 has their Hub near our cottage.
Every morning they line up at stop lights all around town.

It's a green light and they are off!

 Our state bird comes and visits us regularly, these days.
Along with the Chickadees and Sparrows.

Interesting Facts:

"In 1907 there was a great need in America for private messenger and delivery services. To help meet this need an enterprising 19-year old, James E. ("Jim") Casey, borrowed $100 from a friend and established the American Messenger Company in Seattle, Washington. According to accounts given by Jim there were quite a few messenger services already in the Seattle area, some of which he had worked for in the past."

In 1928 school children selected the meadowlark as Washington for the state bird, the same choice made by
seven other states at the time. The Washington Federation of Women's Clubs picked the goldfinch as the state symbol in 1931 over the Tanager, Song Sparrow, Junco and Pileated Woodpecker. Two decades late, legislators allowed school children to decide between the two birds and the goldfinch was chosen.

Crossing the Street :
This video claims that you can use this code to cross the street when you want to by using the code. I haven't tried it because I have a hard time remembering my phone number!


  1. Interesting post this morning, thanks! I love the gold finches too, and we have an abundance. I keep the feeders filled just for them, among the other birds.

  2. Is there a way to comment without having to type the words in every day?

    1. Linda, yes there is but I had evil people leaving unwanted words so I put up the Word Verification. Maybe someday I'll take it off but for now I want to keep it on.

  3. Interesting post. I wonder how many people actually need the instructions to cross the street. I guess some people would just run across no matter what.

    I never knew that about UPS. My dad worked for UPS for about 15 years! All the time I was growing up.

  4. We have a stop light here in town that beeps for the blind. I always hope that they have been given instructions on what the beeps mean!
    Thank you for the town tour! Have a wonderful day my friend!
    Dee Dee

  5. I will think of you now, when I see the little Goldfinches that grace my mother's bird feeders. There are many in my part of the country.

    I like your banner picture.

  6. Very interesting.
    Our son works for UPS. I wonder if he knows this......

  7. Love the line up of UPS vehicles. My brother has been with them for almost 20 years. It's been great to him!

    Blessings, Debbie

  8. I love the picture where the UPS trucks are lined up. I didn't know the history of that company, and I didn't realize it was that old.

    I wish I lived in a more "walking" city. We're so rural here that it takes a car just to get to town before you can walk. The walking is my second favorite thing about DC

  9. I'm with Debbie, I love the UPS trucks all lined up and taking off! Goldfinches are some of my favorite bird friends. blessings and hugs ~ tanna


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