Monday, April 27, 2015

The Bouquet Shop, Columbus?

From the Facebook page Columbus Connects!

Hi, my name is Jeff Behnke and I live in Oshkosh.

I purchased an old house in this city about 2 years ago and while looking around in my unfinished attic I found a bunch of flattened boxes that were addressed to "The Bouquet Shop" in Columbus, WI.

They are boxes that contained fresh flowers and were delivered by railroad from Rojahn and Malaney Co. and Gust. Rusch & Co. in Milwaukee in June of 1931. At least one of the boxes has the name "H.C. Beck" on it.

I did some digging on and H.C. Beck was the flower shop's owner. His name was Herbert C. Beck and he lived in the 700 block of School Street in Columbus with his wife, Ruby, and daughter Lorraine in 1930. I haven't figured out where The Bouquet Shop in Columbus was located nor do I know how these boxes ended up in my attic but I put them all in a pile and will probably keep them in there.

I figured someone from Columbus might be interested in this information. Greetings from Oshkosh!



Weather - If you noticed yesterday when aircraft flew overhead there were no con trails (or as some people say "no illegal government seeding trying to control our weather").

No con trails means there is warm air aloft which is always a good thing in spring.  Last weeks surprises are a thing of the past.  Even Saturday was a surprise as that LOW moved farther south then expected and it was actually an . . . . OK day.

This week?  AWESOME.  The talking heads on TV don't want to say it but we COULD be touching 80 by Sunday depending on when some thunderstormy weather fly's by.  Middle 60s and sunny until Friday and then ZOOM. Weekend looks SWEET!!    


DISCOUNTS - being a cranky old man now, HEY YOU KIDS, GET OFF MY LAWN, I have to remember to ask for senior discounts which I feel is ridiculous BUT, once you hit 55 you are now labeled elderly.

Check out this list of money saving opportunities.

Applebee's: 15% off with Golden Apple Card (60+)
Arby's: 10% off ( 55 +) (dollar menu becomes a 90 cent menu)
Ben & Jerry's: 10% off (60+)
Bennigan's: discount varies by location (60+)
Boston Market: 10% off (65+)
Burger King: 10% off (60+)
Chick-Fil-A: 10% off or free small drink or coffee ( 55+)
Chili's: 10% off ( 55+)
Culver's: 10% off
Denny's: 10% off, 20% off for AARP members ( 55 +)
Dunkin' Donuts: 10% off or free coffee ( 55+)
Einstein's Bagels: 10% off baker's dozen of bagels (60+)
Fuddrucker's: 10% off any senior platter ( 55+)
Golden Corral: 10% off (60+)
Hardee's: $0.33 beverages everyday (65+)
IHOP: 10% off ( 55+)
KFC: free small drink with any meal ( 55+)
Krispy Kreme: 10% off ( 50+)
Long John Silver's: various discounts at locations ( 55+)
McDonald's: discounts on coffee everyday ( 55+)
Sonic: 10% off or free beverage (60+)
Steak 'n Shake: 10% off every Monday & Tuesday ( 50+)
Taco Bell : 5% off; free beverages for seniors (65+)
Waffle House: 10% off every Monday (60+)
White Castle: 10% off (62+)

I have not heard of most of these stores! 

Banana Republic: 30% off ( 50 +)
Dress Barn: 20% off ( 55+)
Goodwill: 10% off one day a week (date varies by location)
Hallmark: 10% off one day a week (date varies by location)
Kohl's: 15% off (60+)  WHAT? Kohl's has a sale? 
The Salvation Army Thrift Stores: up to 50% off ( 55+)

Food Lion: 6% off every Monday (60+)
Hy-Vee: 5% off one day a week (date varies by location)
Kroger: 10% off (date varies by location)

Amtrak: 15% off (62+)

Greyhound: 15% off (62+)

Alamo Car Rental: up to 25% off for AARP members
Avis: up to 25% off for AARP members
Budget Rental Cars: 40% off; up to 50% off for AARP members ( 50+)
Dollar Rent-A-Car: 10% off ( 50+) Enterprise Rent-A-Car: 5% off for AARP members Hertz: up to 25% off for AARP members

Holiday Inn: 20-40% off depending on location (62+)
Best Western: 10% off (55+)
Comfort Inn: 20%-30% off (60+)
Comfort Suites: 20%-30% off (60+)
Econo Lodge: 40% off (60+)
Hampton Inns & Suites: Up to 20% off, depending on location
Hyatt Hotels: 25%-50% off (62+)
Marriott Hotels: 25% off (62+)
Motel 6: Stay Free Sunday nights (60+)
Quality Inn: 40%-50% off (60+)
Sleep Inn: 40% off (60+)

AMC Theaters: up to 30% off ( 55 +)
Bally Total Fitness: $100 off memberships (62+)
Marcus Theater 10%
U.S. National Parks: $10 lifetime pass; 50% off additional services including camping (62+)

BASICALLY - just ask for the senior discount on EVERYTHING! You have to ask.  We were at Manards yesterday, I asked for a senior discount.  NOPE!  BUT - it did not hurt.


Nepal.  I'm seeing a lot of Facebook posts asking people to pray for Nepal.  Well . . . . . praying will not ACTUALLY help this nation. It will make YOU feel good I suppose but it will do nothing for Nepal.  They need $$ more then prayers.

Here are some good agencies if you would like to donate ANYTHING

UNICEF says it is preparing two cargo flights with a combined 120 tons of humanitarian supplies including medical and hospital supplies, tents and blankets, for urgent airlift to Kathmandu.

The U.N. World Food Program says logistics and emergency response teams have arrived in Kathmandu.

The International Committee for the Red Cross says it is working with the Nepal Red Cross Society and has a team working on emergency response.

Mercy Corps warns that prices for essential supplies in Nepal are rising quickly. The group says it is working with the Nepal Red Cross Society to help distribute essential household supplies, shelter kits and tarpaulins. Mercy Corps has 90 staffers on the ground in Nepal, some of whom have lost their homes in the quake.

This time of year there are 1500 climbers at base camp and 800 climbing Mount Everest (now THAT is ridiculous) and many are now trapped from landslides and avalanches.  Not sure how that will end as they cannot make it down the mountain with equipment gone..  People are trying to rescue the rescuers.

Many TWEETS coming from the mountain

Another big one. Really big. Rockfall off surrounding peaks in North Side base camp. Worst possible news for south.

things quiet now but large areas of base camp look like after a nuclear blast. great desolation. high uncertainty among people.

California Drought - hearing a lot of chatter about not eating Almonds because one serving uses 23 gallons of water. Well, Greek Yogurt which my wife just turned me onto uses 90 gallons of water for each serving.

An 8 ounce steak uses 850 gallons of water.  A glass of milk, 30 gallons, one slice of cheese, 25 gallons.  I'm happy I live in Columbus with plenty of water (although our wells are aging and not getting younger).

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