Thursday, August 26, 2010

Trash Rash: A Poem from Charleston, WV « Pick Up America

Trash Rash: A Poem from Charleston, WV « Pick Up America

I met the folks from Pick Up America down near Thurmond, WV, when I was attending the Clifftop Festival in early August. This poem by a person they met in Charleston was recently posted on their blog. The group has been in our state for some time, picking up our litter. What great kids! So click on the link above. Also, I noticed at their blog, they plan a pro-bottle bill demonstration in Charleston : "Pick Up America's Recycle Mountain!! " Monday, September 13 from 12:30 pm to 4:00 pm.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

River buffs museum in Monongahela, Pa.

I was going through some old photos and came across this. These are two of the officials with the Monongahela River Buffs Museum in Monongahela, Pa. They have some very nice artifacts there.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Larry Durdines, OBL mate and a good man

Last month I received word that Larry Durdines died at the age of 58. I worked with Larry on the riverboats run by Ohio Barge Line, and I'm sorry to hear he died so early.

He had two blogs. about his home town. Also a site with some of his humor.

Larry was a good man. He was a pain in the butt mate, though. Of course, as I recall, they all were. Larry was always a little excited. He was excited to be alive, even if it meant going out on the tow to wire up 15 coal barges for the trip from Clairton, Pa., down to Kenova, Ky., which was dirty work often done in the rain, heat or cold. But he was always ready for it and ready to give you a smile. I guess he was just more into deck work than I ever was. He told me, later, that it was "man's work."

I'm sorry he's gone. We always talked about getting together and drinking some and talking about the old river days. We got laid off back in 1984-85, I believe it was, and I never went back on the towboats. I lost track of Larry, then one day at a festival in Greensboro, Pa., here he walked up, in a tie-died t-shirt. Smiling.