Monday, March 24, 2008
Sunday, March 23, 2008
A bamboo grove in a backyard.
Bamboo is a group of woody perennial evergreen plants in the true grass family Poaceae, subfamily Bambusoideae, tribe Bambuseae. Some of its members are giant bamboo, forming by far the largest members of the grass family. Bamboo is the fastest growing woody plant in the world. Their accelerated growth rate (up to 3-4 feet/day (1.5-2.0 inches/hr)) is due to a unique rhizome system and is dependent on local soil and climate conditions.
They are of economic and high cultural significance in East Asia and South East Asia where they are used extensively in gardens, as a building material as well as a food source. In Filipino, they are known as kawayan, in Chinese as zhu (Chinese: 竹; pinyin: zhú), in Japanese as take (Kanji: 竹; Hiragana: たけ, take?), in Korean as dae (대) or daenamu (대나무), in Vietnamese as Tre /tʃe/, and in Indonesian as bambu.
There are 91 genera and about 1,000 species of bamboo. They are found in diverse climates, from cold mountains to hot tropical regions. They occur across East Asia, from 50°N latitude in Sakhalin through to northern Australia, and west to India and the Himalaya. They also occur in sub-Saharan Africa, and in the Americas from the southeast of the United States south to Argentina and Chile, there reaching their furthest south anywhere, at 47°S latitude. Major areas with no native bamboos include Europe, north Africa, western Asia, Canada, most of Australia, and Antarctica.
Friday, March 21, 2008
Tuesday, March 18, 2008
Another Ebay find. No year listed, but perhaps someone more familiar with wrestling can hazard a guess. I do know that the roller rink at 77-00 Queens Blvd became L'amour East around 1982.
I remember when this death occured.
Queens Blvd was once a hotbed of wrestling with the Sunnyside Gardens and Elk's Club hosting events. Granted tastes change, but now I can't think of one commercial venue for a live event in Elmhurst.
Monday, March 17, 2008
This came up on Ebay:
"This is a fireman's exempt badge from Newtown, Long Island, New York. Newtown was a town in Queens County, NY before Queens became a part of NYC in 1898. Newtown was renamed Elmhurst in 1896. Exempt was frequently part of the title of volunteer fire companies in this area because the firemen were exempt from jury duty and possibly other things. The badge is embossed metal with a laurel leaf motif. It measures approximately 2 1/2" by 1 5/8". It probably originally had a golden finish, but just a trace of the gilding remains. It reads "Town of Newtown,L.I. Exempt" and the original threaded pin nut reads: "C. G. Braxmar Co. 10 Maiden Lane NY". The company still is in business today at another address!"
It went for $142.57
I believe this was worn on their hats.