If I could live anywhere I wanted I would just stay right where I am. I’ll travel to visit other places but that doesn’t mean I want to live there. Unless there’s an opportunity that comes along that requires me to move. I know how to read. I can go anywhere I want to in a book. Why would I need to move? I think that going back to a small town in Texas that I used to live in would be cool to visit again. I could see all my old friends. I would also like to visit Las Vegas again. Yes I said again. I went there when I was in 1st or 2nd grade for my aunt’s wedding. I don’t remember much about it. But I think it would be cool to go back there. My point is, I’m happy living right where I am. Also, I don’t want to move again. It takes too much work. Trust me, I’ve moved three times.
Riveted Blue Jeans
Levi Strauss was born in 1829 in Germany. Family entered the dry goods business. Moved to San Francisco during the Gold Rush. Strauss sold fine goods. Jacob Davis was a talented tailor. He installed rivets in pants. Together with Starauss, invented blue jeans in 1873. Blue jeans are made from denim. More durable than other kinds of work pants. The jeans were blue because of indigo dye. Which makes the pants softer over time. Davis managed the factory. Promoted the rivets in their advertising. Spread as people saw railroad workers wearing them. Received another boost from Dude Ranch Craze.
Congreve invented a manual sprinklers system in 1812. Maxim invented an automatic sprinkler in England, but it didn’t catch on. Henry Parmallee was born in Ohio in 1812. He faced high insurance costs for his piano factory. Invented the automatic fire sprinkler in 1874. Fire sprinklers advise automatically. It can detect heat using heat-sensitive elements. High-pressure water released when the element breaks. Only sprinklers closest to the fire are activated. Parmalee had good success in the US. Had to educate insurance companies in Europe. Low adoption by 1883. Frederick Grinnel improved Parmalee’ design in 1881.
Christopher Latham Sholes editor in wisconsin. Prints letters onto paper when keys pressed. Sholes secured an investor. Sholes secured an investor. Sholes continued to refine the device. Invented the QWERTY keyboard in 1878. Standard Keyboard layout. Optimizes typing speed. 100 words per minute. Spread as Remington models sold. Competitors created alternate layouts. Remington sold the typewriter business to what became Remington Rand.
The clockwork drill was invented in 1864. Air drill was invented in 1868. George Green invented the electric dental drill in 1875. Vital for fixing tooth problems. Used in filling cavities. Removes decay. Primary benefit: Speed, it caused less pain and stainless was sanitary.
My favorite character or should I say characters, because I can’t choose just one is from the book called The Railway Children. My favorite characters are the children and their mother. Their mother writes children stories, and poems. I’m not one who likes poems that much but I do like writing. The Children’s names were Roberta, who was the eldest, Peter, who was the middle child, and Phyllis, the youngest. There was this nickname that the other children had for Roberta and it was Bobbie.
I don’t know why they called her that but they did. The children are my favorite characters because they go on so many adventures, and I like to go on adventures too. Maybe not as many or as boldly as they do but still. For example. There was this time that Peter saved a dog and a baby from a burning boat. I’m not as brave as Peter to do something like that! But I’m brave enough to get on a thousand pound animal with a mind of its own and run around in an arena with a barrel that you have to turn around without knocking them over, while going as fast as you can. Some people think that’s crazy but it’s just normal to me. I can be brave and do something like that but saving a baby from a burning boat that was docked is not something I can do. I do admire the children’s boldness. Overall I have four favorite characters from that book. I couldn’t pick just one.
Like I said in my last post it was gonna be a while for me to figure what was gonna happen next. And I’m sorry I didn’t think it would take me this long to figure out what happens next. But I talked to my friend and together we came up with some ideas. We were trying to think of weapons for all of the team, since Ava had her bat and we figured out what Ryan’s weapon was gonna be, but we haven’t figured out the others. We made Ryan’s to fit his personality, and that’s what we want to do with everyone else. If you have any ideas let me know, I will greatly appreciate it. Sorry again, I had kinda forgotten about this story because I have several others I’m working on and I recently got five show lambs and a show steer and all of them are a lot of work, so I haven’t found any time to write. Which really sucked because I love to write. Anyway I’m sure you are all like ‘enough with the excuses get to the story!’ So I’ll quit talking and let you read the story.
P.S. sorry this is short, I’ve almost caught some writer’s block! Ok that’s a lie, I have some writer’s block.
“So…he stays?” Emily asks,
“I guess he does.” I say. That night Benjamin slept on the couch which was fine with me. We didn’t build a room for him because Benjamin slept in the lab we built for him. He stayed there for long periods of time and only came out when it was time to eat. It was time to go out and get more supplies. I sigh, then climb down the rope ladder.
“Guys, let’s go!” I bounce on the balls of my feet. Hurry up, hurry up. I pull out my bat and I examine the nails in it. I need to add more. Finally everyone climbs down.
“Ok, we are all gonna go to the mall and get what we need there then we’ll go to the grocery store.” They nod. And we went to the mall. I got some clothes, everyone else did too then for some reason Ryan decided to duck off and grab a pack of pencils, we don’t even use them that much anymore. When we get to the grocery Ryan grabs some soup cans. We don’t eat soup, what was he up to?
As I was grabbing the cans I needed for my weapons I was planning on building Emily can up to me,
“Whatcha doing?” Her hands were behind her back and her black hair was pulled up in her signature bun. Today she wore a black tank top with tan shorts. I turned to face her with a smirk on my face.
“You’ll see when we get home.” She arched an eyebrow questionly at me.
“Here.” She grabbed the cans from my hands and set them down on the ground. She grabs my hand and leads me to the back of the store. Uh, what’s she doing?! When we get to the back of the store she turns to me. God it was dark over here. That’s when Emily pushed me against the wall. Ah! What was she doing, her face was getting really close to mine. Then she kissed me! She freaking kissed me! She tasted like cotton candy! I love cotton candy! I love the way she tasted. I was shocked at first, but then my hands moved to her waist pulling her close to me. Her arms looped around my neck and her fingers tangled in my hair. She looked at me for a second then leaned in to kiss me again, only this time I beat her to it! We only pulled apart when the need for air became too much.
“Woah.” I said, still holding Emily close to me, hehe, she smelled like apples and cinnamon.
“Yeah,” Emily muttered,
“Exus us, but we need to head back, it’ll be getting dark soon and that’s when the zombies get really bad out here.” Jason said, Emily sighs dramatically,
“I was not done here, can’t you give us a few more minutes.”
“Yeah, man, come on! I finally got a girl to like me! Don’t ruin the moment!” I complained. Jason and Ava laughed.
“You guys didn’t let us stay and finish our moment,” Ava said,
“Truth be told, school is even scarier now that there’s no other people aside from the zombies. I wanted out of there, in this dark corner it’s not so bad.” I say, Emily let go on me but she held my hand instead. I menatlly sighed, I liked it a lot better when she was holding onto me, not just holding my hands, oh well, I’m sure she wouldn’t mind if we cuddled on the couch!
“Can we go? Listing four gives me a headache!” Benjamin wines.
“Nobody cares about what you think Benjamin!” I snapped. He rolled his eyes, and walked off, but not before flipping us off. I flipped him off then led Emily by the hand all the way home. I got a girl to like me! I mean it DID take a zombie apocalypse for that to happen but still, I got a hot girl to like me! I hummed to a song the whole way home, man this really put me in a good mood. Emily seemed to be in a good mood too, I did a little dance as I made my way to the couch setting done the now empty soup cans, a drill, my pack of pencils, and a pencil sharpener.
“Ryan what are you doing?” Emily asks me as she sits next to me.
“You’ll see.” I stick my tongue out of the corner of my mouth slightly. When I’m done I hold up the spiky can,
“This is what I’m using to fight off the zombies.” I held up the can proudly. She shakes her head, and lets out a small chuckle, I grab the other soup can and do the same thing to it until I have two spiky soup can weapons!
There’s little info on the clothes hanger. O.A. North invented clothes hangers in 1869. Clothes hangers store our clothes. Their shapes help keep them from wrinkling. There are various kinds of hangers. There are extra features for folding pants over. There are clips for hanging pants and dresses. It became important in small New York apartments. Albert Parker invented a wire hanger in 1903. He improved his design and asked fellow employees to try. Clothes hangers were used in department store displays.
Rotary Can Opener
William Lyman was born in Connecticut in 1821. He apprenticed to a mentor-making company. He developed metalworking skills. Lyman invented several products on the side. He invented the rotary can opener in 1870. Can openers simplify opening tin cans. It uses gear wheels to handle wing nuts to grip the can. Lyman’s version punctured the center of the top. Modern versions grip the can and turn it as you turn the wing nut. Allows most anyone to easily open sealed cans. Tin cans first supplied food to troops. Civil war soldiers opened condensed milk with a manual can opener. Then an improved version appeared in 1925.
Mail Order Catalog
Aron Montgomaery was born in New Jersey in 1844. He became a shoe salesman. He moved to Chicago at 21 and learned of rural complaints. Montgomery devised an idea to improve the rural service. He invented the mail-order catalog in 1872. Allows people to shop from home. The mail order catalog is a publication that contains listings of merchandise. Products are cheaper in catalogs than in general stores. Placed orders over the phone or through the mail Catalog companies rented mailing lists. Ward wrote all the copies for his catalogs. He focused on distrusting rural farmers. Featured over 20,000 items in just 20 years. Created the “Satisfaction guarantee or you get you money back” Policy.
Chester Greenwood was born in Main in 1858. Ice skating and wind were brutal on the ears. So are headphones if the music’s it turned up too loud. But that’s getting off topic. Greenwood was a pro life inator. He invented earmuffs with help from his grandmother in 1873. They keep our ears warm in cold and windy weather. Thermal earmuffs traffic heat in. Acoustic earmuffs protect ears from hearing damage. I have some that I use when we go to the shooting range. Again kinda off topic. Noise-cancelling headphones reverse incoming sounds. They allow us to work in harsh conditions. Greenwood built a production factory. Farmisgtom celebrates Greenwood’s earmuff every year. Acoustic earmuffs appeared for WW2 pilots.
The Greeks had life lessons in their stories. They believed in several different Gods and magic. One life lesson is from the story The Golden Touch, with King Midas. The life lesson there is that money isn’t everything, when King Midas acquired The Golden Touch everything he touched turned to gold. He was a greedy man. But then when he discovers that he can’t eat or drink because the minute he touches the food or drink it turns to gold, when he goes to hug his daughter, she turns to gold also. That’s when he realizes that there are more important things in life besides money. Like family, family is really important.
There are tons of Gods that the Greeks believed in, if I were to name them all I think it would take several days for me to look them up and write them down. So I’ll just name a few. There’s The Big Three, Zeus God of the sky. Then Zeus’s brother Poseidon God of the sea. Then Hades, God of the underworld. I’ll name just a few more. Artemis, virgin goddess of the hunt, animals, the Moon, and archery just like her twin brother Apollo, God of music, arts, knowledge, healing, prophecy, and poetry. Athena (I”m not gonna lie I think she’s really cool) Goddess of wisdom, warfare, and battle strategy.
George Westinghouse was born in New York in 1846. He joined the army during the Civil War. He invented a portable steam engine. Invented the air brake system for trains in 1869. System consisted of a tank valve and piping. Steam posted drives brake shoes against the wheel. The shoes must be operated simultaneously. Wetimahouse’s brake was fail safe. Brakes are powered from an on-car air tank. Reduced operators and increased passenger safety. Began making campaigns to generate orders. He built a demonstration model. Invented important railroad officials on board a live demo unit. A horse-drawn wagon was on the tracks and the brakes saved the day.
JP Knight was born in England in 1828. He was a talented railroad traffic manager. Improved passenger trips. 1100 people were killed in traffic accidents in London in 1866. Knight invented the traffic light in 1868. Traffic lights regulate the flow of traffic. Create order by establishing rules. There are other forms of traffic lights too. Knight’s lights were gas lamps. The idea spread to the US An electric traffic appeared in Ohio in 1914 . Modern 4-way, 3-light signals appeared in 1920. Computers linked to the light in the 1950s.
Alvin J. Fellows was born in Connecticut. A sering tape measure was invented in England. It was used for surveying. Fellows improved this tape. He invented the tape measure in 1868. Tape measures are flexible rulers. The tape is wound around a cylinder for compact storage. There are some heavy duty ones used for construction. Tape measures are lined with unit demarcation. Ads placed in the newspaper. Improved model sold to Stanley in 1920s. The ads focused on featuring and unique names to set them apart from competitors.
Daniel Stillson was born in New Hampshire in 1826. Learned how to use machine tools. Developed pipe wrench in 1869. Hasn’t changed too much in over 100 years. Designed to grip soft iron pipes. Still sold his patent and made $80,000 in his lifetime. Trimow became a major manufacturer in the late 1800s. Advertised it’s wrench’s ability to grip pipes. And it’s replaceable plates.
Alfred Nobel was born in 1833 in Sweden. His father made weapons for Russian Tsar. Alfred studied chemistry in Paris. He learned about explosives from his father. His younger brother was killed in an explosion. He invented dynamite in 1867. Very powerful explosive “dynamis”. Stabilizes the nitroglycerin. Other chemicals provide other benefits. Packaged in cylindrical cardboard tube. IT was used in construction demolition. Could be shipped across state lines. Spread to mining.
Charles Goodnight was born in Illinois in 1836. He joined with the Confederacy then with Loving. They drove cattle from Texas. Invented the chuckwagon in 1866. “Chuck” Is slang for food. Chuckwagon= mobile kitchen. Stocked easily prescribed food. It allowed large groups the agility to travel long distances. Profit opportunities for selling Texas cattle appeared after the Civil War. Cattle drives are popular. Chuckwagons were crucial for cattle drives.
Christpher Lathem Sholes born in Pennsylvania in 1819. Tried to invent a typesetting machine. Desirel to easily print page numbers. Invented the modern typewriter in 1867. Typewriters inprint neat writing into paper. Later models reduced jamning. People can type faster than they write. Typewriters produce neat documents on demand. The 1867 prototype secured inventory. Their main investor had issues but funded it anyway. Sholay began incorporating other feathers from other modes. The 1878 model added lowercase letters.
A British Comedian played a joke in 1810. The Postcard concept appeared in 1861 in the US. John P. Charlton patented the idea.Had help from Hymen Lipman inventor of pencil eraser. The postcard is simple and useful. People can send cheap messages. They provide a personal touch. Economical for average people in the early days of communications Lipman’s creativity helped sell the postcard. Spread to Englanf in 1870. The Eiffel Tower was a popular postcard picture. The US revoked rights of others to sell postcards in 1873 but revered in 1898. Golden age of postcards from 1907-1915.
Richard Gatling was born in North Carolina in 1818. He was a store owner, doctor and inventor. The Civil War provided his source of inspiration. Wanted to save lives by reducing soldiers needed on the battlefield. Invented Gatling Gun in 1861. It’s a raid-fire-multi-barrel gun. The hand crank rotated barrels to keep them cool. Firing sequence synchronized by cams. It had gravity-fed paper cartridges. Modern Gatling guns fire 4,000 rounds per minute. Galting had some setbacks initially. Gatling demonstrated the gun to the army in live combat. Gradually increased rate of fire. Armies all over the world purchased these guns.
Fredrick Walton was born in England in 1834. He noticed that linseed oil dried into “runny” consistency. Walton experimented with drying the linseed oil faster than normal. Patented linoleum in 1863. Linoleum is a durable floor covering. Can be imprinted with decorative designs. Made out of lisseal oil combined with saw dust and cork. Walter had trouble generating sales initially. He had to develop marking to overcome his competition. Cheap imitators appeared by 1871. Walter expanded his market internationally. His name “Linoleum Became a generic trademark.
The socket was not brand new in the 1800s. Ancient cultures used sockets to fasten tools together. First wrench patented in 1835. J.J. Richardson patented ratcheting wrench in 1863. The ratchet only allows motion in one direction. Socket heads plug into cylinders. It allows very quick tightening. It was easier to get into small spaces. It can quickly swap sires. Useful in making torque wrenches. Richardson patented his wrench through scientific American. It was then advertised in the magazine. This was a specialized highly targeted audience.