>Best of Three States Plus One Saturday!

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Howdy, y’all! It’s a cloudy and a bit cool (58 degrees) in Augusta, Maine this morning and it’s a good time to grab a cup of coffee and take a look at some of the Best of Three States Plus One! I have hand-picked some of the most interesting posts of the past year form you to read again or, in some cases, see for the first time. Either way you’ll like what I have chosen for you today as the material presents a look at our great country that will have you wanting to take a trip to new and exciting locales across the Fruited Plain. I hope you enjoy your virtual vacation and make plans to see something new in America this summer.

That should keep you busy for a while. If you’d like to learn more about some great places, use the search box at the top right of the side bar to access the archives. There’s a ton of cool stuff stored there.

Have a great weekend, y’all!

>Taking a Few Days Off

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>I am taking at least a couple of days off from blogging to let my mind and body relax. I know that must come as a shock to you (that’s sarcasm, BTW). I will, however, not leave you empty-handed as far as reading material goes. I happen to know that those of you with laptops and a router find great comfort in perusing my brilliant content in the john. Fitting, that. Where do you think I do most of my writing?

Here are three posts from the very beginning of this blog that have irritated and repulsed people from all corners of the world for almost a year now. Carry on.

The posts are very short, but there are some embedded links to some really cool information, so be sure to click on them and see what’s up. The archives are full of good material, just give them a look using the search box at the top right of the right sidebar or scroll down the home page and click where it says “Older Posts” and look ’em over.

I’ll see you in a few days with more of the kind of extraordinary tomes that you’ve come to expect from me. Actually, I’ll try to do better. 🙂

Adios,
Toby

>Three Places That Make Americans Special

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Howdy, y’all! Today we are going to take a trip through the Three States Plus One archives and pick out some posts about some extraordinary places in this wonderful country. The locations I picked are so full of history that it would be easy to write a set of encyclopedias on each one. Please take time to read each post because it will remind you of what you already know or teach you something new about how these States were so instrumental in the formation of the United States.

Virginia – The Old Dominion holds a special place in American History. Read the post and you’ll be astounded at what this one State has contributed to the United States.

Tennessee – It’s called the Volunteer State for a reason. I love Tennessee. Enough said.

Colorado – Colorado entered the Union in 1876, thus its nickname “The Centennial State”. Located within its borders are some of the most amazing sites that are memorials to a Great People from over 3000 years ago. This post is a tribute to The Ancient Ones.

The three posts above are three of my favorites from the over 500 stories I have written for this blog, and that’s saying a lot. Each and every post I write is like a child to me, it’s hard to like one more than the other, but in this case, I am comfortable in picking those listed above as special to me. They represent the best of America and have allowed me to re-understand what a blessed place these United States are. i think you’ll agree. Enjoy.

Colorado Chronicles: The Greeley Grizwalds

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Grizwald’s Light Show

You know that movie “Christmas Vacation” or whatever the hell it is, with Chevy Chase? He tries like crazy to get his Christmas lights going and hilarity ensues? Well, there’s a guy up in Greeley, Colorado that is a real life “Grizwald” without any of the technical snafus and Cousin Eddies to frak things up. I mean this guy, Mike, has it down like James Brown. There are several videos of Mike’s handiwork here. I need to give you a little notice that Mike must live out in the country as there are no city lights or artificial light of any kind to get in the way of his light show. The lights are synced to music, so at times things will be dark for a few seconds or only a few lights will “dance” to the music. Just stick with the video. When the music revs up so do the lights. Please keep that in mind as you view the videos. You won’t be sorry.

On this page of Mike’s web site, you’ll find out some really cool information about his Christmas lights display, such ass, there are over 108,000 (!) lights in the display. You’ll also find out that Mike has won numerous awards as well. Click the link above and check out the rest of the facts about the show. It’s very impressive.

Christmas is a joyous and happy time of year, and it’s guys like Mike and the Picketts, who we featured yesterday, that take the joy and happiness of the yuletide season to new levels. Their hard work and attention to detail are overlooked most of the time, but the smiles they put on children’s faces when the kids see the fantastic display of lights Mike and the Picketts have labored over, make all the time and labor spent each Christmas season on getting the show together well worth it all. Thanks, Mike and thank you Kevin and Linda. You are truly filled with the Spirit of Christmas.

Colorado Chronicles: A Haunted Mine Story

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Haunted?

I have written many stories about Colorado on this blog, and there’s a recurring theme to most of them – something to do with mines. On two other posts today, I wrote about a haunted hotel in Texas and a haunted lighthouse in Maine. I think each of those topics are appropriate for the state they are located in – Texas, Wild West, Hotel and Maine, Lots of coastline and a lighthouse. So what could be more fitting as we near Halloween, than a haunted mine in Colorado? The best way to tell this story is to let the old time newspaper articles speak for themselves.

  • Here’s an excerpt to a newspaper article dated October 13, 1840. Read it the click on the orange “McDygut Journal” link at the bottom left of the story.
  • The “McDygut Journal” link above takes you to a new page with a replica of the journal in question. When you get to this point, the bottom right hand corner of each page of the journal is “dog-eared”. Click on the “dog ear” and turn the page by dragging the dog ear to the left. The journal features the original writing of Mr. McDygut on the right hand page, and a transcription on the left hand page. 

This is real stuff and it’s real good. let me know what you think in the comments.  🙂

Country Music Month – The Colorado Connection: Henry John Deutschendorf, Jr.

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I might, and rightfully so, get an argument as to whether Henry John Deutschendorf, Jr. was a Country singer or a Pop singer. Since I am the final, and only, arbiter of the content of this blog, I say Country. And Country it is. HJD, Jr. was born in Roswell, New Mexico on New Year’s Eve, 1943. It wasn’t until he pursued a musical career that he changed his name (Deutschendorf was a little long to put on a marquee) to John Denver. He chose Denver because it was the capital of his favorite state, Colorado. Country or Pop, John Denver wrote and sang songs that Mid America could relate to. (Take Me Home) Country Roads, Rocky Mountain High and Annie’s Song. A great song that Denver wrote was one that was a huge hit for Peter, Paul and Mary, many of you will recognize and say “I didn’t know that!”, Leavin’ On a Jet Plane. One line I have memorized for well over 30 years is the opening line to Rocky Mountain High, “he was born in the summer of his 27th year coming home to a place he’d never been before”. That’s some serious songwriting right there. That line says in 19 words what I feel every time I find a special fishin’ hole. I may have never before been there physically, but I have seen that place in my mind and felt it in my soul at least a hundred times. I’m home at place I’ve never been before. Good stuff. Besides being a singing star, John Denver was a good man, with his own set of flaws, but the good works he did for the less fortunate, including starving people in Africa and conservation projects.

Denver hosted the Grammys in 1983 & 1984, did a ton of TV shows and starred in a few movies, including the popular hit Oh, God with George Burns. Oh, I almost forgot he did some great Christmas songs with the Muppets. Sadly, he died doing one of the other things in life that brought him solace and joy – flying. John Denver was a very experienced pilot with over 2700 hours and several certifications. An experimental aircraft he was piloting crashed into the Pacific Ocean on October 12, 1997. As much as I like my music with an edge to it (Hank, Jr., Lynyrd Skynyrd, etc.), there’s something about the imagery in a John Denver song that “takes me home to a place I’ve never been before”.

Last Weekend of September "Best of…"

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Talkin’ With God

Did the month of September zoom by or what? They say as you get older, time seems to move faster. I guess that’s true, because this month went by like time lapse photography. Personally, I celebrated the birthday of my favorite uncle, Tony, who died way too young at 58. My 54th birthday came and went and I still don’t look a day over 75 and I mourned the loss of a dear, sweet friend to that hideous disease of Satan, cancer – and we’ve still got five days of September to go! I can think of at least three more family birthdays to come.
Here at Three States Plus One, we are gaining hundreds of new readers from all over the world each week. As I type this post, TSPO has been read by people in 41 of the 50 United States and 26 countries around the globe, with the latest being The Netherlands, New Zealand and Spain. I can’t thank you all enough for taking the time to visit our humble abode. Thanks to you, this blog has shot up the Alexa Rankings from 20-something million back in June to 1,411,552 in the world as of a few minutes ago. In the US we now stand at #106,610. That is nothing short of amazing. And it’s your fault! it’s because we have the best and most loyal readers a blog could ask for. Thank you.

For our newer readers:  I dug deep into the dark, damp,musty bowels of the Three States Plus One archives and slogged through the muck and mire to dredge up some of the most read posts of the past three months. This is what I got stuck with found for your perusal. In other words, I said “eeny, meeny, miny moe” and these three are what you get. Hey, at least I’m honest! If it tickles your fancy (or tickles some place else, it’s all good), you can search through the archives and find some real good stuff. There’s a search box on upper right of each page of the blog.

Here are this week’s Best of…

That’s what’s cookin’ in Three States Ville this weekend. As always, you are welcome to express your views or thoughts in the comments or to email me at threestatesplusone AT gmail DOT com. Thanks again, y’all. You’re the best! Adios!

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