Back in the day I was known as a bit of a ladies man, I have no idea why. Even my father knew, which is why he gifted me the shirt in the picture below. Story behind it is that dad worked in retail and he would sometimes get new products to showcase in his … Continue reading Throwback Thursday – a neat old shirt
You know, kids today think they are so clever (hey, get off my lawn!). They do all this dancing and moves and such and think they have invented something new and controversial and sexy. I have news for them. I was there first and I can prove it. Take this here shaking the booty thing … Continue reading Throwback Thursday – I invented a popular dance move
Back when I was in high school (during the Punic Wars) I was involved in several extracurricular activities, mostly revolving around theatre. But I did take a whirl in that very conservative, very business oriented organization known as Junior Achievement. The deal was to create a mock company, build a product, sell it to reluctant … Continue reading Throwback Thursday – Serious Fancy Event with crazy tuxedo selection
On this date in 1940 President Franklin Roosevelt dedicated the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, one of my favorite places to be. I recently took another motorcycle trip through my happy place, for the first time with a riding partner. Acie Lee Williams and I had a great time. I was thrilled to introduce him … Continue reading Throwback Thursday – Recent and long past rides in the Great Smoky Mountains
Today is my mother's birthday and I've celebrated it on previous years in this blog. Mom is notoriously camera shy so I used photos from her graduation and wedding when she was required to pose. Once I even used a photo where she was wearing a helmet on the back of my motorcycle. But for … Continue reading A special happy birthday to Mom!
August 26 is National Dog Day and this year it falls on a Throwback Thursday. I have known a number of great dogs and know some fantastic ones now (speaking of you Kane!). But today is all about our small dachshund Snooper that we got when we lived in Cincinnati and transported to Florida when … Continue reading Throwback Thursday – A National Dog Day Remembrance!
When I was growing up in Ohio, our parents would take us to Dairy Queen from time to time for a special treat. When we were very young we were only allowed a Dilly Bar (vanilla ice cream in a chocolate shell). As we grew older we could move up the menu and the Peanut … Continue reading National Banana Split Day
With the wonderful ride I just completed in the Blue Ridge and Smoky Mountains, my memories went back to the vacation I took there in 1990. There were lots of wonderful activities but one of my favorites was a white water rafting trip that was both exciting and frustrating. Here is a photo the rafting … Continue reading Throwback Thursday – White Water Rafting in the Smoky Mountains
Sorry that you've been inundated with pictures from the motorcycle trip I have been taking with Acie through the Skyline Drive and the entire Blue Ridge Parkway. There are lots of photos and videos that I must sort through and process later. I will revisit this adventure with new images in the future but two … Continue reading A Fitting Finale to an Epic Adventure
It just so happens that World Elephant Day falls on a Throwback Thursday. World Elephant Day is used to celebrate these noble creatures as they are endangered in the wild across Africa and South Asia. Now, how can I tie that in with a Throwback Thursday? Here's how... When I was growing up in Cincinnati … Continue reading Throwback Thursday – World Elephant Day
Yesterday I posted this photo of my probably 11 year old father posing on a parked motorcycle. All that was penciled on the back were the words "Todd" and "1949." I recognized the driveway but couldn't identify who the motorcycle might belong to and asked for help from family. As usual, my family came through. … Continue reading Friday Follow-up to a Thursday Throwback
As mentioned earlier I am taking a special motorcycle ride this summer. It is scheduled to start next week and I hope to post some videos and pictures during the ride. It is scheduled to start at the Skyline Drive in Virginia, include the entire Blue Ridge Parkway and capped with a ride on the … Continue reading Throwback Thursday – Motorcycle Ride
You may or may not have heard but I am pulling up roots and moving to the state of Florida. I have lived in New York City for more than 23 glorious years and first fell in love with it when I visited when I was just 17 years old. As I was originally born … Continue reading Dual Citizenship, here I come Florida, ready or not
Nope, this is not about rock 'n roll or even the Rolling Stones, today is all about real rocks, real stones. You know, the ones you find on the ground, in a stream, in the ocean. Somebody I know likes to collect rocks. Pretty rocks. Interesting rocks. Significant rocks. Rocks that grab her fancy, which … Continue reading International Rock Day
Yep, I don't often speak of it and think it may be the first time I am mentioning it on my blog, but today is indeed my birthday. Send any gifts via PayPal! Meanwhile I have found an early photo of me being held by my father. Maybe this is why I have always felt … Continue reading Throwback Thursday – My Birthday!
Happy Independence Day (Observed)! Hope you have the day off. I have thrown up a few Throwback Thursday post from time to time as I came across things. But I recently came across the mother lode of images I was looking for. Sorry, but there will be many more in the weeks and months to … Continue reading A patriotic Bicentennial Thinnes Pharmacy key ring
Hoping that all Father's have a very special day and that all children have a reason to make it a very special day. Being a biological father is not an automatic reason to be celebrated but the love they give, the protection they provide and the lessons they instill make this a time to honor … Continue reading Honor your Pops on Father’s Day
I'd like to take this opportunity of National Brother's Day to salute and celebrate my favorite brother (and for that matter my only brother) - Ron. He is extraordinarily special in every way and I can confidently tell you that because I have known him his entire life. He was exceptional in school, indeed he … Continue reading Happy National Brother’s Day!
In the United States the second Sunday in May is Mother's Day. Usually I post on that day with a celebration of my own mom, but that does you, the reader, little good if you have not prepared. So this is a friendly and helpful reminder to get your card in the mail or order … Continue reading Public Service Announcement for NEXT Sunday
Merry Christmas. May you and your family celebrate this very special day in the spirit of the season and not in gutter this year has become. May we find a better 2021. We need it more than ever. Merry Christmas. As always you can find more at http://www.walterthinnes.com and on Twitter @walterthinnes
The spun sugar treat we call Cotton Candy was invented centuries ago but was popularized at the 1904 Worlds fair marketed as Fairy Floss. It has been raising glucose levels ever since at carnivals, circuses and ballparks ever since. In the 1950's a home version was introduced to send your children into sugar shock and … Continue reading National Cotton Candy Day
Today is #RoofOverYourHeadDay and is intended to remind us to be grateful for what you have, starting with the simple things like a roof over your head. So many struggle because of the hard times this country and the world find themselves in. While I have my own challenges in this department, I am grateful … Continue reading National Roof Over Your Head Day
Back in 2001, when this National Day was established, it was imagined as a resource for parents augmenting the teaching of their children. Sort of a PTA outreach service. During this pandemic it has become so much more and parents have taken over an entire new role in this difficult age. Thanks to all of … Continue reading National Parents as Teachers Day as never before imagined
This post is being uploaded at the exact moment of the Autumnal Equinox in the Northern Hemisphere, Eastern coast of the United States: September 22, 2020 at 9:30 AM. At this moment the sun is directly over the equator. Day and night are the exact same length. Summer departs and fall begins. Life hangs perfectly … Continue reading Autumnal Equinox 2020
I had a lot of interest in the first Throwback Thursday I did a couple of weeks ago and have some more old time photos in my slide show. Loosely wrapped around transport - here you can find me with my old Ford Bronco II, my old Jeep Wrangler, in my canoe, even tilling my … Continue reading Throwback Thursday #2 – Getting Around