Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Blogger Appreciation Day

I just read that today was Blogger Appreciation Day. Allow me to say that this blogger appreciates all the people who read this blog. To you six people, thanks.

Yeah, this blog has more readers than that. Compared to topics like movies, politics, sports and celebrity gossip, there are not a lot of us who are interested -- really interested -- in the Ohio River and what's on it, in it, over it, under it and beside it. But those of us who are interested are passionate about it. Through this blog Adam and I have formed long-distance friendships and acquaintances with people I would never have known about otherwise.

And this blog has given Adam, now 12 years old, entry into a world that most kids don't get to experience.

So thanks to our readers. We're coming up on the third anniversary of the Ohio River Blog. I started it when I was laid off from my previous job, where I had worked more than 30 years and had advanced up the ladder. I needed something to do, so we started writing this blog and posting pictures and such. It's fun, and my work and personal schedule -- keeping up with the needs of a wife, a grown daughter, a son who's about to go into the Marines and a third kid who is so much like me that he frustrates me greatly sometimes -- eats into my free time, but we give it what we can.

So we'll keep at it for the foreseeable future, and thanks to everyone who drops by here every once in a while to share what we learn about this great river

Looking for ING 4727

Joe Schneid down in Louisville gave me a reason to go through my photos to see if I can locate Ingram barge 4727. I didn't know it until he sent me this link, but some folks blamed this one barge for a lot of damage in the Lower 9th Ward of New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina.

Now, I don't know what I'll do with such a picture if I find one in my archives -- my digital stuff started around that time, so I'll have to start with photos from the film era that I've scanned -- but I'm still curious.


I've gone by the Ohio River a couple of times this week and didn't see much out of the ordinary. Meanwhile, I'm sitting at work watching the M/V Charleston pass my window, and I'm wondering if Captain Jimmy is on board. The other day I saw the Capt. Ed Harris (I think) and wondered if Todd Rickman was steering.

Oh well. Back to work.