DC to PA

April 23, 2011

I’m the one who moved away from PA to DC and now DC is going to PA to getaway from it all. Funny isn’t it?

Need to get away for a wallet-friendly spring break or summer getaway? Don’t want to be stuck in the car for too long? Have you thought about Pennsylvania?

Gettysburg, Harrisburg, Hershey and Lancaster, Pa. are all within about one-and-a-half to two-and-a-half hours away from the D.C. area by car.

Once you get to one destination, the others are at most an hour-and-a-half away.

“I don’t think a lot of folks realize how close these all-American greats are to one another,” says Joel Cliff, with the Pennsylvania Dutch Convention & Visitors Bureau. “What we like to say about this road trip is, it’s more about the trip, and less about the road.”

If you love chocolate, Hershey is an obvious choice.

“Make your own candy bar at Hershey’s Chocolate World,” Cliff recommends.

“In Lancaster, we have the Turkey Hill Experience opening in early June,” he adds.

There are also some new and unique experiences available in Lancaster, including Amish Camp. Cliff describes it this way: “An opportunity to live like the Amish for 24 hours plus, no electricity, you’re doing chores with an Amish family.”

There’s also a new “Witness” Movie Tour of the farm where the movie was filmed.

Baseball fans might want to make a beeline for Gettysburg in July.

“They’re actually putting on a 19th Century baseball tournament,” says Cliff. They’re going to have a weekend of baseball that’s basically taking you back to the 1860s.”

Find more information about these destinations, events and more, here.

Verse of the Day

April 19, 2011

An eye-opening verse:
“Indeed, all who desire to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted,”

Are you ready?

Verse of the Day

April 17, 2011

9 For God has not destined us for wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ,
10 who died for us so that whether we are awake or asleep we might live with him.
11 Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing.

I Thess 5


April 11, 2011

DC shouldn’t mean District of Columbia, it should be the District of Corruption.

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Capitol Police arrested D.C.’s mayor and six councilmembers for civil disobedience Monday.

Who was arrested?

D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray
Chairman Kwame Brown
Ward 4 Councilmember Muriel Bowser
Ward 6 Councilmember Tommy Wells
At-Large Councilmember Michael Brown
Ward 7 Councilmember Yvette Alexander
At-Large Councilmember Sekou Biddle

Might As Well…

April 6, 2011

Might as well tax us more; they’re just following our fed gov’t.

“ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) – Maryland lawmakers have raised another fee to help balance the state’s books.

A budget conference committee decided Tuesday to raise a fee that car dealers are allowed to charge for paperwork related to buying a new car. The fee will go from $100 to $200 for the next three years and $300 a year after that.

The state will generate about $6 million a year at first from the fee increase. Car dealers generally work the fee into a vehicle’s price, but it’s not a mandatory fee. People can negotiate the fee when buying a car.

A separate certificate-of-title fee also has been increased from $50 to $100, but it exempts rental car sales for three years. That fee increase is estimated to raise about $48.6 million for the state.”

Luck, Maybe?

April 3, 2011

Even though I don’t believe in “luck”, don’t you think VCU’s run and success as coach maybe considered “luck”?

“A captivating trip to the Final Four guaranteed this season will go down as perhaps the most memorable in the 42-year history of Virginia Commonwealth University.

The question on the minds of Rams fans in the days and maybe weeks ahead is whether it was a performance that propels coach Shaka Smart to a bigger job after just two years.”

C’mon! Two years at a subpar college, and now with the tourney and media raises this coach to stardom!


April Fools’ Day

April 1, 2011

The origins of April Fools’ Day are unclear. Some trace it back to 1392 in Geoffrey Chaucer’s “The Canterbury Tales,” where one main character is tricked by a fox, 32 days after March.

Others say it began when the official calendar changed in 1564, and those who didn’t know New Year’s Day switched from April 1 to Jan. 1 were made the butt of jokes.

Some go back to biblical times, citing Noah releasing the animals from the ark by mistake before the floods ended.

What are your favorite April Fools’ pranks? Post them here.