Close Call

January 19th, 2020
Photography by E.W. Faircloth

After a evening of dancing an automobile accident ended the night.

Everyone walked away but it was definitely a close call for all involved. Two vehicles had to be towed from the scene.

A guy in a pickup truck , upset about an argument with girlfriend, left a local bar. He was in left side of road and had just past the traffic light before the collision. My friends were in the car slowing down to make a left-hand turn, once the light changed. We were following them home to spend the night before continuing on to New Jersey for a wedding anniversary the next day. The truck is going so fast that the driver hits the the center divider and his front end goes airborne. Looking at the picture, you can see his skid marks coming over on our side of the road. As his truck is beginning to land on our side of the street he hits our friends on the driver side of their car. That collision destroys the back end of the sedan. His front left wheel was detached from the truck.

My wife and I were far enough behind our friends that his truck passed in front of us and came to rest on the right behind us. I think that his speed was so fast that once he hit the first vehicle, that collision changed his direction. Our friends car was spun around and his truck spun a little more to the his left. It was just enough to change his trajectory to avoid hitting us.

Our friends were shaken up and rightfully so. We were shaken up and so was the other guy. He realized he was at fault and was running around checking that everyone was OK. He had been drinking but wasn’t legally drunk, as a test by police would show.

It was only a matter of inches that none of us died that night. My friends car only had broken glass in rear of vehicle. Their airbags didn’t even go off. Had they been 12 inches back, his truck would have done so much more damage. Had they been 12 inches farther up, he would have done damage to our vehicle.

It was a close call.

Through all of it, tempers didn’t flare. We tried to talk our friends into being checked out at a local hospital, but they just wanted to go home. So we spent the rest of the night at their home and continued to Jersey the next day. We had a great time at the anniversary and our friends went out driving somewhere today. They’re back on the road 🙂

We Missed You Too

January 16th, 2020
Photography by E.W. Faircloth

Our Clubhouse is now open again after a couple of weeks. It was closed for annual maintenance and other reasons.

So today there was the above sign welcoming folks back.

So on the behalf of most resident, I say “we missed you too.”

Evening Twilight

January 16th, 2020
Photography by E.W. Faircloth

The sun has set already but there’s enough light behind clouds to make this picture of our front entrance.

Tree Trimming

January 14th, 2020
Photography by E.W. Faircloth

Sussex Tree was here recently doing our annual pruning project. Near the first circle off Rt. 13 some of the nicely trimmed treetops can be seen.

It’s going to be beautiful again in Spring.

Hiding In Plain Sight

January 11th, 2020
Photography by E.W. Faircloth

A few days ago, one of Bridgeville’s finest was seen sitting off road on Heritage Shores Dr. less than a block from Clubhouse. It’s unknown what the officer was doing. Still, it’s good to see a little presence by the Bridgeville Police Department around here.

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute

December 23rd, 2019
Copied from catalog

The OLLIE classes for Adults 50+ will be starting up this Spring January 27th – April 6 2020. Heritage Shore will once again host a few of these. The Spring catalog is now out showing classes to be held here. It looks like Essential Oils, Writing Memoir, Yang Tai Chi, Create Website, Power Point, Raspberry Pi, JFK Assassination, and Salsa Basics are classes to be held here.

These classes are great for friendship, travel, social opportunities and learning; No Grades or Exams!!!

For more info, check out their website:

email: OLLI-Kent-Sussex@udel.edu

or 302-645-4111

A Great Vacation

December 21st, 2019
Photography by E.W. Faircloth

Dave & Buster’s, Virginia Beach VA, has Latin dancing on Wednesday nights. We were there on a vacation,only about 3 1/2 hours away. Dancing 4 nights out of 7 is what I call a great vacation.

New Show In Hall Of Arts

December 3rd, 2019
Photography by E.W. Faircloth


The art in Heritage Shores Hall of Arts is changed monthly. This easily done by the picture hanging system installed in Clubhouse. The art is hung using strands of plastic, small clips and other pieces of hardware.

Please come to the next Hall of Arts opening this Wednesday December 4th, from 4:00-6:00.  This month will be a solo show by Peter Paul Lividini.  Peter has been drawing portraits of people, homes and pets professionally since he was 16.  There will be examples of pencil and color pencil drawings, pen and ink, watercolors, and gouache designs.  There will be complimentary cheese and wine.

Hire Real Programmers!

December 2nd, 2019
Screen capture with Spectacle

CNN.com is looking for beta testers for feedback on some new digital products. Being interested in direction of news media companies I tried to signup. Well, I didn’t get very far. One of the addresses I use for junk email is “spam@faircloth.org.” It’s been used for over 15 years with various companies.

“This email looks fake or invalid. Please enter a real email address” is the response I received while trying to signup.

WTF?

CNN needs to hire some “real” programmers as my email address is both real and valid. It’s obvious their MIT rejects are filtering email address with the word “spam” as invalid and fake. Those rocket scientists didn’t have a problem with DJTrump as my name or 20004(White House) as my zip code 🙂

A valid or real email is one that works. It’s isn’t that difficult to test. All these unwashed nerds have to do is send out an email and have the recipient reply to ensure it’s a working address.

Acceleration Tutorial

November 24th, 2019

Here’s quick tutorial on getting data from the acceleration sensor on Circuit Playground Express from Adafruit, inc. There are many excellent tutorials on using this device on
https://makecode.adafruit.com/

I started out by dragging 5 blocks onto programming canvas as seen in Figure A

  1. Forever block from Loops
  2. If block from Logic
  3. Comparison block from Logic
  4. Acceleration block from Input
  5. Play sound block from Music
Figure A

Next, I dragged the comparison block onto the “true” condition of if block. Use the left corner of comparison block when dragging. It will replace the true/false condition in IF STATEMENT. Note: I change the default value of right side of block to 1000. It’s default is 100. Figure B

Figure B

Place the acceleration value to be tested to “x” in it’s block. Then drag the block to left side of comparison value in if block. It will replace the 0 seen there. Use Figure C

You’re basically stating, If acceleration => 1000 then do something

as seen in Figure C

Figure C

We’ll tell the if block to make some noise if the condition block is true. So we drag the play sound block to fit inside the if block as seen in Figure D

Figure D

To make a sound everything the Circuit Playground Express acceleration sensor value is greater than 1000, we drag the now populated if block to fit inside the forever block as seen in Figure E

Figure E