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Topton Boardwalk Park

Posted by firstman2006 on June 13, 2007

The park at Topton has been a favorite park for me to take my kids for well over a decade. I started taking my son there Hermans Drive-In of Toptonwhen he was a preschooler, and then took both him and my daughter there on a regular basis. It must have been a while since we had been there, but the other day, my daughter requested that I take her to the park and then to Hermans Drive in for Ice Cream.

The Ice Cream at Hermans was good, but sadly, the park has since fallen into a state of disrepair. Boards are broken and as you can tell by the pictures, graphiti is everywhere.

Graphiti at Boardwalk Park in Topton

Cracked Boards At Topton, Pa park

Brandywine Bullet Boardwalk signBrandywine Bullet Boardwalk

Brandywine Bullet Boardwalk park set on Flickr.

If I was a business that had sponsored this park, I would be embarrassed to  have my name associated with the park being in this condition. I will have to give it serious thought the next time I think about going to here.

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Institution of Marriage?

Posted by firstman2006 on January 25, 2007

Just read an interesting post that voiced the opinion that Marriage is an obsolete institution. that I have never read before, wedding ringsbut have heard voiced, mostly by men inorder to use as a premise to be able to sleep with more than one woman.  I presently am not inclined to fully disagree with the statment or agree, since I am in the process of getting divorced. But I would still like to believe that the institution of marriage does serve a purpose and is not obsolete. I am a firm believer that children should be brought up by two married parents, that have maternal and paternal roles. The institution serves many functions, the most important of which is instilling values into the offspring.  When the institution of marriage is not in place, often times the moral development is lacking or atleast has a greater chance of developing negative values. Well if values are obsolete, then I suppose the institution is obsolete aswell.

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Boyertown Emperor’s New Clothes

Posted by firstman2006 on January 5, 2007

Emperor's New Clothes

Emperor’s New Clothes,
originally uploaded by Emperor Anton.

My favorite Christmas presents were the hat and jamies. The jamies are actually a one piece gown, how easy, and comfortable. Lizzie’s mom made four of them, two made from Atlanta Falcons official fabric. Who would have ever thought sleeping gowns would be so

Hmm…could be the beginning of a new Boyertown company…Boyertown Jamies LTD…

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Posted by firstman2006 on December 30, 2006

Boyertown? Where the heck is Boyertown, PA? Boyertown is located about 2 hours North of Philadelphia, with a population of just around 4000, it is a small town that has a very close proximity to larger metropolitan areas. Boyertowns main industry at one time was a casket company, but closed with in the last decade.  Retail stores within five miles of Boyertown include a Super Walmart in Bechtelsville, a strip mall that once included a Ames and is now empty. There is also a Redners grocery store, and a Weis Market located in nearby Gilberstville.

Boyertown has dining restaurants that range from fine dining experiences to fast food of McDonalds.  The  town of Boyertown also has many little diners ( CD’s Place being one of my favorites).  From Mexican to  Italian, Boyertown has a good variety  of ethnic  foods.  If feeling a bit more adventurous, visitors can even venture out to  local farmers market/flea  market, Zerns which is located  in  nearby Gilbertsville.

Boyertown also has  a bit of importance in history in that a nearby mine is where  Thomas Edison got his ore for his light bulb experiments.

Throught out the year, Boyertown has many different festivals and community events.  One of my favorite local sites is the local portal,, which is a site that aspires to be a leader in the Boyertown community with many great features to include an online contest that encourages participants to visit businesses in the Boyertown area.

Boyertown is a great little town with lots of activities for all. With a great location, if looking to relocate, to the Philadelphia area, its a great candidate for relocation due to great facilities and Real Estate prices that a very reasonable. If you plan on visiting Boyertown, leave a message. If you are from Boyertown and would like to comment, please do so also.

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Recycling: Does one have to be anally retentive to successfully recycle?

Posted by firstman2006 on May 25, 2006

Recycling Containers are not a current item in my home at the House of Bean. I have thought about getting a couple of bins- one for the inside and one for the outside. I suppose I should have more than one. In past lives, I recycled regularly to the extent of recycling newspaper, glass, cans, and plastic all in their respective recycling bins.

As a kid, I don’t remember having a recycle bin either, but mom was a frugal person and reused or recycled many things to include washing out and reusing plastic lunch bags. We have always kidded her about that. As kids living in Virginia we would collect bottles and turn them in for their deposit. Not until many year later, however, do I recollect actually having a recycling bin.

Every house (except for the current one) that I have lived in since being an adult has had atleast one recycle bin, if not more. The current town I live in for some reason, does not require its residents to recycle. Most of the other towns I have lived in not only required it, but would actually fine residents for not recycling. Although, I thought this was just a way of getting more revenue for the city.

Did a search for recycling bins, and found a nice looking recycle bin at They have bins of various sizes and uses. I particularly like the Hexcycle containershexcycle, which can come with a frame to help organize them, and hinged lids that won’t get lost.  They also have a lid that keeps the elements out. Don’t ever remember seeing one with a lid. Great idea to keep insects out too. Hmm, perhaps I will order one.

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The House of Bean

Posted by firstman2006 on May 5, 2006

    I first met Lizzie while selling insurance in her little angry town. The only town where I was actually threatened with violance. I guess the agents before had been really dishonest. Any way the first time I met her, was on her porch. She was a little overweight(according to her) I don't remember her being over weight, but I do remember thinking she would be very dateable if she was not smoking. She says she thought I was only 28 or so, way to young for her. She also said she felt sorry for trapping me on her porch for such a long time. Truth be told it wasn't that long. She did buy 3 insurance policies, making me the hight seller for the day. Truth be told I believe those were the only sales of all the agents that day, and the only sales I made the whole week I was in that close minded little town.

    Several years latter, I met her again on the Yahoo personnals in 2004. On a fluke she came on and was about to change her profile. She apparently was getting nothing but responses from bikers and the like. I told her it was the way her profile appeared. It did seem a little provacative as an "artist trapped in corporate america", which is really no refelection of her true conservative demeanor. So we chatted a while and eventually met for lunch at a dinner. At this point we still did not know we had met priviously to connecting on-line. Half way through the meal it clicked that we had met. It is no wonder I didn't recognize her, she had many changes in her life since we first met. She had quit smoking, got in shape, and cut nearly 2 ft off of her hair. After that brief meeting, we talked and she asked me out again. Things progressed in our relationship at a good pace.

    Today we live together in her humble abode with a few of her teenage children Bob, Dave, Tom, and sometimes Cat with ages currently running 18 to 10. I too have children(Mike 10and Becky 6), but they live with their mom in another pinched PA town. "Pinched" by the way, is a word I got from Lizzie, which means anal retentive and controlling.

    Lizzie has a way with kids. She sees them as people, and tries to treat them as adults. Rules it would seem are vague, and the ones that do exist can be broken if rationalized.

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