Sunday, April 24, 2011

...and adding my $.02 to Making Money by way of the Gene Pool

Thomas MacEntee has sure stirred up a hornet's nest this week with his series Genea-Opportunities (Let's make lots of money).  And I gotta take my hat off and say "GREAT JOB, THOMAS!!!!" 

I will be the first to admit that I  am regrettably a part time genea-blogger and while I actually am blessed to have a "real day" job that I enjoy going to 5 days a week, I'd rather be making enough money doing what brings me the most satisfaction doing, which is anything genealogy related.  I love taking pictures for Find a Grave, I love helping with indexing for two different organizations, I love finding old pictures and documents, and then trying to research the people in the pictures and documents, I like finding a new family line in my gene pool.  But the reality of MY life is that there just isn't enough time in a day for me to work a 40 hour work week, to bear part of the responsibility of supporting a nine person household, and to do all that I love doing from a genealogical perspective at the level that I'd love to do it.  Something has to give, and most often it is my genealogy. 

I enjoyed reading the entire five day series that Thomas did, but I really had to read his final entry a few times.  As always I was impressed with his astute observations about the aforementioned hornet's net.  I made me realize that there is so much about this community that I still do not know or am not familiar with.  By those who chose to label, I am not a genealogist...I'm a family historian.  Well okay, I actually do not have a problem with that label.  Except that is not all that I am.  I am also a photo collector and a researcher.  I do more work on other projects then I do on my one tree.  And I have more then one tree...I have one for myself and my two girls...then I am working on one for myself and my son (different father and family history then my daughters), and then THAT line has another blood line that my ex didn't grow up with....then there is the one for my youngest daughter that I have no blood relation too. 

The Mind just boggles at the thoughts. 

So it occurs to me...that I am unlabel-el...unable to be labeled.  Yeah that's it.  I defy labels.  Mwahhhhaa.

Thomas, I want to thank you for having the courage to talk about the one of the big Three things you don't talk about.  This was an OUTSTANDING!

Thursday, February 10, 2011

...remembering TV (52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy and History)

Mine was the generation of "latch-key" kids who grew up in front of the TV, learning to read with Big Bird and Kermit the Frog, and dancing with Morgan Freeman and Rita Moreno on the Electric Company... I grew up watching CHiPS; Starsky and Hutch, Star Trek, BattleStar Galactica, and of course Happy Days, and Buck Rogers.

I could go on for hours and talk about all the TV I grew up watching.  I mean seriously, I am known at work as being the pop culture queen for the late 70's and 80's.  If it was on TV or on the radio, I probably about it or heard about it.  However there is one TV show that stands out the most for me was a relatively local show.

Growing up in Southern California, one of the most known television  stations was KTLA, which was broadcast to most of Southern California.  In the 70's, Sunday Mornings meant The Popeye show. The Popeye show was hosted by Tom Hatten and I LOVED THAT SHOW.

I watched it every week.  What I loved most was the character of Wimpy ("I'll gladly pay you Tuesday for a hamburger today") and the fact that Tom would take letters from fans that contained a squiggle, a doodle of some kind and create a carton character  out of it.  Three hours of Popeye extolling the virtues of Spinach and saying "I yam what I yam."

KTLA had another gem that marked my childhood.  Every major city has their own commercial icon.  On KTLA it was "CAAAAL Worthington and his dog spot."  The commercials were parodies, and the dog Spot, was never actually a dog.  Most often it was tiger or an elephant, although I believe, Spot was even a seal.  What was funny, (or at least it is amusing to me) was my childhood interpretation of the lyrics of the Cal Worthington jingle.  The jingle was sung to the tune of "If You're Happy and you know it"  and went, "If you want a car or truck, go see Cal, if you want to save a buck, go see Cal," with the "go see Cal" refrain repeated at least 15 times.  With the outstanding lyric interpretation that only a 3 year old child can have, I always thought that the jingle went "If you want a car or truck, pussycow, if you want to save a buck, pussycow."  What the heck a Pussycow was I have never figured out, I guess I just thought it was a nonsense word.  In fact it was not until I went online a few months ago to show my kids old videos of the commercial that I realized that Pussycow was "go see Cal."

What can I say, I was three.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

...and sharing some orphan photos

I often come across photo's at the antique fairs that I visit.  I try to rescue as many as I can but I have a preference for those that are labeled with a name or a date...because I like to do research...but occasionally I come across those that just speak with me even without the labels.

This one is just one that belongs in the AWWWWW category.

My eight year old daughter scanned this photo and said that this lady looked "creepy,"  I told her that this 76 year old woman just had a face only a genealogist could love.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

..and wooping it up at the Arizona Family History Expo, Part 2

I started my initial review of the Arizona Family History Expo, that occurred last weekend in Mesa Arizona, two days ago and realized that all wouldn't fit in one blog post. I just had too much fun....

So after the Keynote address with Lisa Louise Cook, my daughter and I went to set up with the other Bloggers in the Exhibition Hall, in the area aptly referred to as "the BlogHouse." We arrived other then the other Bloggers of Honor, so we commandeered another nearby table, which I referred to as the auxiliary "Bloghouse." I have to admit I was having issues with my laptop, so it took me longer to log in. I needn't have worried. My fellow Bloggers of Honor were having issues logging into the Mesa WiFi system. After a few minutes and a timely rescue by Grant, the Wonder tech, we were all blogging and twitting.

And then I saw it. I saw the FlipPalbooth!!!! In my defense, I actually considered being a good girl and waiting until my tax refund came in at the end of the month before ordering the Flip Pal online. That consideration lasted all of about 30 seconds before I abandoned my poor daughter to race over to the Flip Pal booth and bought my new Genealogy "BLING." Five minutes later, and $170 poorer, I was giggling like a school girl.

Thankfully, while I was off spending money, Mary Bowden, from Me and My ancestors came over and sat down with my daughter and ohhh'd and ahhh'd over my new toy. If you have the opportunity to visit Mary's Blog, please do so. She's a warm, intelligent, personable person and she has a fantastic blog. She also has (much to my camera shy Daughter's chagrin and my amusement) a picture of me and my daughter in the background during the Expo. Fantastic!!!!! Thanks Mary! You are awesome!

Monday, January 24, 2011

...visiting Tombstone Tuesday, William Dewey and Dariel Hadsell.

William Dewey "Bill" Hadsell,Sr. (My Dad's Paternal Grandfather)
Birth: Nov. 21, 1898 Ohio, USA
Death: Oct. 3, 1989 Santa Maria, California, USA

Dariel Antonia Orella Hadsell
Birth: Mar. 10, 1900 Santa Barbara County California, USA
Death: Mar. 14, 1961 Santa Barbara County California, USA

Sunday, January 23, 2011

..and wooping it up at the Arizona Family History Expo, Part 1

So for those of you not playing the home game...and who haven't been laughing at me when I act like a goofball for the past three months....this weekend was the Family History Expo in Mesa, Arizona. This was the second year that I was able to go, and the first year I was invited to be a Blogger of Honor.

If you have even a minor interest in researching your family history or wanting to indulge in a genealogical obsession AND you are presented with a chance to attend any of the Family History Expos, go. Seriously, just go. You won't regret it. You will meet a variety of Genea-folk out there from the beginners with a passing interest to die-hards who have been to every event in the past several years.

This year I took my 23 year old daughter to the Expo, as my hubby was not able to make the trip. We rented a car on Thursday and woke up at 4 am to drive up from Tucson to Mesa. We arrived in time to listen to the Keynote address by Lisa Cooke...really enjoyed the address. I stayed behind a bit to introduce myself to Holly Hanson....

From there it was time to make my way to the Exhibition hall to the "Bloghouse"...but more on that tomorrow. Stay tuned for another post on my experience at the Family History Expo!!!

Sunday, January 2, 2011

....and starting the New Year on a high note

I am having a great year, even it's only two days into the new year. I got promoted at my "Day" job, I got up this morning and spent the morning with the hubby going to the antique fair...then took a long nap. My 40th birthday is on the 12th, and I'm going to MEEEEEEEEEEESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSAAAA on the 20th and 21st!!!!

Can you tell I'm excited? AND...and..and...

Amy over at We Tree has yet another 52 week series of Blog Prompts called 52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy & History hosted by Thomas over at

Amy, if I haven't told you lately, you are a genea-goddess! I will post each week...that is my goal for the year.

Happy New Year folks!!!!