More Photos from Droleskeyland
by Thomas A. Droleskey, Agent of the Droleskey Penitential Travel Agency
Well, here are some photographs to accompany It's Still Better This Than Purgatory (or Worse!) in 2008, part 3. Some of these photographs will complement part four of the travelogue when it is written and posted in a few days. Almost all of our time today, June 11, 2008, the Feast of Saint Barnabas, was spent dealing with Ford Motor Company and the problems of two--not one, two!--blown spark plugs of its wonderfully penitential V-10 Triton engine. I had been told two days ago by a service manager at the dealer to which the coach was driven today that his men could repair the problem and send us on our way. It wasn't that simple, and I left on "our way" this afternoon without the problem being repaired. "Authorization" must be secured from the Ford Motor Company for the work to be done (installation of a new engine head) even though the engine, installed just last year, is under warranty. All to thee, Blessed Mother. All to thy Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart. Jesus, Mary and Joseph, we love you. Save souls!
At the Beardsley Zoo, Bridgeport, Connecticut, Feast of the Purification of the Blessed Virgin Mary, February 2, 2008.
A snowy day in Connecticut, February 22, 2008.
Driving down a Connecticut roadway, February 22, 2008.
Our Lady of the Rosary Chapel, February 22, 2008.
Muddy shoes at Olive Branch Campground, Oregonia, Ohio, March 2, 2008.
Luigi's Ristorante, Du Bois, Pennsylvania, March 15, 2008. (No, they did not play "rock" music there.)
None the worse for wear. Hours after the motor home's transmission died. March 15, 2008.
Downtown Du Bois, Pennsylvania, March 15, 2008.
March 15, 2008. The sign should speak for itself.
Our view for about eight long days during very penitential Holy Week. Sharonville, Ohio, March 17, 2008.
I don't think that I mentioned in the part three of the travelogue that it rained pretty steadily in West Chester, Ohio, during Holy Week. Significant flooding occurred, including in the basement of the now former priests' residence of Saint Gertrude the Great Church. This photograph was taken by Sharon from our third floor dump of a room in Sharonville, Ohio, Wednesday, March 19, 2008.
An advertisement at a Cracker Barrel, Sharonville, Ohio, Thursday, March 20, 2008. Remember when gasoline was fifty cents a gallon, no less flying cost fifty cents a flight?
Traffic was tied up all during Holy Week for the grand opening of this furniture store, whose company's television advertisements in 1990 were among the first to promote the lavender agenda.
The view from the Quality Inn, Youngstown, Ohio, Easter Sunday, March 23, 2008. A close-up of that green sign will reveal the wonderful words "New York" on it! I was not in "wonderful" shape that day after having drive 280 miles with that terrible fever, cough, sore throat and cold. All to thee, Blessed Mother. All to thy Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart. Jesus, Mary and Joseph, we love you. Save souls!
Driving in our rental car to Sunbury, Pennsylvania. Easter Monday, March 24, 2008.
Yes, that's snow along the eastbound lanes of Interstate 80 in western Pennsylvania, Easter Monday, March 24, 2008.
Welcome to Sunbury, Pennsylvania. Easter Monday, March 24, 2008.
Crossing the Susquehanna River, Easter Monday, March 24, 2008.
Another sign that speaks for itself. Easter Monday, March 24, 2008.
Approaching Sunbury Ford, Sunbury, Pennsylvania, Easter Monday, March 24, 2008.
There's our beauty. We call it "The Barn." "Time to pack up the barn," I tell Sharon whenever we have to move the coach. Would you believe that there's another chip on the driver's side windshield? Sunbury, Pennsylvania, Easter Monday, March 24, 2008.
Leaving the lot of Sunbury Ford, Easter Monday, March 24, 2008.
On the way back up to Interstate 80--and thence west once more to Ohio. Easter Monday, March 24, 2008.
The mountains of western Pennsylvania, Easter Monday, March 24, 2008.
Descending from the mountains of western Pennsylvania, Easter Monday, March 24, 2008.
Still some snow on the ground, this time in the westbound lanes of Interstate 80 in western Pennsylvania, Easter Monday, March 24, 2008.
Getting ready to set the mouse traps. Easter Tuesday, March 25, 2008. I really look aged in that photograph!
Lucy praying after the reception of her First Holy Communion, Easter Thursday, March 27, 2008.
The high altar of Saint Gertrude the Great Church, decorated for Easter. Easter Thursday, March 27, 2008.
Lucy Mary Norma Droleskey receiving her First Holy Communion from His Excellency Bishop Daniel L. Dolan, Easter Thursday, March 27, 2008. (This photograph was taken by the principal of Saint Gertrude the Great Academy, Mr. Mark Lotarski, who e-mailed it to us later that evening.)
Yes, you've seen this photograph before. However, it's worth an encore. This is how the receiver tow bar looked when it cracked on Interstate 84 in Orange County, New York, the home county of our former post office box in Pine Island, New York. Photograph taken on Thursday, April 3, 2008.
Every season of the year is a great time to be at the Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Park, Oyster Bay, New York. Saturday, April 5, 2008.
A calm Oyster Bay. Saturday, April 5, 2008.
Walking back down to the entrance of Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Park, Oyster Bay, New York, Saturday, April 5, 2008.
Caught off-guard in the motor home without my sports jacket! Saturday, April 12, 2008
The front of Lucy's third prize shrine in honor of Our Lady of Guadalupe.
A wooly sheep. Silverman's Farm, Easton, Connecticut, Sunday, April 13, 2008.
A mother and her baby. Silverman's Farm, Easton, Connecticut, Sunday, April 13, 2008.
Two of the newborn baby lambs at Silverman's Farm, Easton, Connecticut, Sunday, April 13, 2008.
A man changing the price of gasoline. Danbury, Connecticut, Monday, April 21, 2008.
A grotto in honor of Our Lady of Grace, Our Lady of the Rosary Chapel, Monroe, Connecticut, Tuesday, April 22, 2008.
The Martyrs of Gorkum. Our Lady of the Rosary Chapel, Tuesday, April 22, 2008.
That old Oldsmobile may have been in the shop. However, it is still running! We've seen it on the roadways. My father had one quite similar to that back in 1955. I was in the backseat of that car when we were hit head-on by a drunk driver in the Glen Oaks section of Queens, New York, that year.
Looking for clam shells. Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Park, Oyster Bay, New York, Saturday, April 26, 2008.
The first prize winner at the school. .
The second prize winner at Lucy's school.
The third prize winner at the school, designed by Miss Lucy Mary Norma Droleskey.
An "inside" view of Lucy's shrine.
A view of the back of Lucy's shrine.
A grotto of Our Lady of Fatima on the grounds of Our Lady of the Rosary Chapel, Monroe, Connecticut.
Playing the 78 rpm Golden Record recording of the sung version of the Captain Kangaroo theme. Do you want to listen to it again? Here it is:
Sung Version Captain Kangaroo Theme. (The record player was loaned to us by Mr. Paul Sheahan of Our Lady of the Rosary Chapel.)
Feeding the rooster and the chickens on the property where the motor home is parked.
Lucy playing volleyball with a Sister. Pentecost Sunday, May 11, 2008.
Lucy's shrine and her science project (growing plants from seeds--hey, she was in first grade until her big promotion on Saturday, June 7, 2008!).
A tangled mess of wires inside of the dashboard of the motor home. Even Mr. Kusterer, who is very good at figuring such things out, has yet to solve the problem of the lack of power to the dashboard air conditioner. What do I do? Sweat, and say, "All to thee Blessed Mother. All to thy Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart. Jesus, Mary and Joseph, we love you. Save souls!
Talking to Mr. Kusterer about our right sideview mirror, Thursday, May 14, 2008.
We fled from this noisy, overcrowded campground in East Canaan, Connecticut, on Saturday, May 17, 2008.
Take a look at the crowded conditions. The "rock music" and the indecency and immodesty were just too much. We got out of there in a hurry.
Novus Ordoites leaving the Protestant and Masonic Saturday night service, Winsted, Connecticut, Saturday, May 17, 2008.
The Trail Blazer needed a tow on Friday, May 23, 2008. It's a long story that will be saved for the next installment of the travelogue.
A white alligator. Maritime Aquarium, Norwalk, Connecticut, Monday, May 26, 2008.
Sharon opened the medicine cabinet in the bathroom of the motor home on Friday, May 30, 2008, and found that my can of shaving cream leaked out its contents.
Papa, Mama and Baby Swan, pond in back of the Cold Spring Harbor Fish Hatchery, Cold Spring Harbor, New York, Saturday, May 31, 2008.
Another photograph of the swanling.
See those earplugs? Another spark plug has been blown. Wednesday, June 4, 2008. (Yes, Mr. Kusterer did get our video rear view monitor working again.)
Photograph of a calf at Stew Leonard's, Norwalk, Connecticut, Friday, June 6, 2008.
Some of the singers who greet customers at Stew Leonard's, Norwalk, Connecticut, Friday, June 6, 2008.
His Excellency Bishop Robert F. McKenna, O.P., winding up to throw a ball at a target that would "dunk" a high school graduate. His Excellency, who used to pitch for his seminary baseball team (he talked about getting a bloop single off of a former pitcher for the New York Giants who was in the Dominican seminary), threw a perfect pitch to dunk the graduate. Not bad for a priest who just observed his fiftieth anniversary of priestly ordination on June 5! Not bad at all.
Walking in Bushnell Park, Hartford, Connecticut, Wednesday, June 11, 2008.
On the Bushnell Park Carousel, Hartford, Connecticut, Wednesday, June 11, 2008.
Watching Lucy on the carousel after we had played some baseball, at least in a manner of speaking.
Look at the detail on that hand carved wooden carousel horse.
You don't see this in too many restaurants, do you? Yes, this is in the main dining room of Carbone's, South Hartford, Connecticut, Wednesday, June 11, 2008. Carbone's was a favorite haunt of my late seminary professor, Father John Joseph "Jackie Boy" Sullivan. It's a wonderful place, something that fit into our plans perfectly this day as we had to bide our time to await word as to what was going to be done with our motor home. Also of interest at Carbone's was a list of patrons who were awarded with silver fork awards for their patronage. One of them so honored was the inimitable Mr. William C. Koneazny, whose fourth anniversary of his entrance into eternity will be Monday, June 16, 2008. We miss you, Bill!
Apple cider doughnuts being made at Stew Leonard's in Newington, Connecticut, Wednesday, June 11, 2008.
The motor home at a Ford dealership, June 11, 2008.
Another motor home in for the same repairs.
The main altar of Our Lady of the Rosary Chapel, Monroe, Connecticut, Tuesday, April 22, 2008.
Well, I hoped that you enjoyed the photographs.
As you know, I never show our daughter's face (or Sharon's) on this site. There are just too many bad people out there, and it is my policy never to show a child's face directly on this site.
It is now time to post this photographic essay while it is still Wednesday, June 11, 2008!
Vivat Christus Rex! Viva Cristo Rey!