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A Tiny Travelog-My Dayton Daytrip

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As an amateur radio enthusiast, I’ve always wanted to attend the Dayton Ohio Hamvention, one of the largest such gatherings in the country, but work got in the way until this year, when I retired from teaching and my May calendar opened up. So I saddled up the mighty GoldWing and buzzed over to Dayton last Friday, returning Sunday. (stayed dry-no rain!)

Admittedly, I only saw parts of town and it’s outlying communities, I was navigating (poorly), not really investigating. But here’s the thing: I’d thought the recession hit Central Illinois hard, but Dayton, just wow! I drove past innumerable closed restaurants, gas stations, fast food joints and entire shopping malls, all boarded up and abandoned, acres of empty parking lots, vacant store fronts. Very sad. I lost count of the malls, all closed.

Hamvention attendance was up this year, good weather, lots of people and activity, a fun event for the radio geek. Ham radio isn’t necessarily a hobby for poor people; large stations can run into the hundreds of thousands of American dollars (not mine, heh!). But even given the level of upscale attendees and events, I couldn’t rid myself of the sight of all those empty stores and malls. I’m happy the estimated 25,000 visitors to Hamvention gave Dayton an economic boost, but my take-away is simply: this crap has got to stop! What a pretty little city with lovely, friendly people, having entire commercial areas looking like ghost towns. Good luck Governor Kasich, I hope your policies restore those areas of Dayton, because right now it’s just depressing. Good Lord willing, things will look better if I’m able to return next year.

On a happier note, I found time to visit the USAF Museum adjacent to Wright-Patterson AFB, my first time in about 25 years. The displays are beautiful and the IMAX theater is stunning! If you’re heading Dayton-way, I highly recommend taking in the Air Force Museum, it’s both inspirational and educational (and free)! Cheers!

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  1. So true, when all anybody has to do is just take a look around to see the results of his misbegotten policies. I guess a percentage of them bitterly cling to blaming GWB, even today…but yes, the convention was great!

  2. Keep thse Hammers going; they may be needed some day, if you know what I mean. On the economy, I got my oil changed this a.m. They were glad to see me. While I was in there gas, which had been coming down, shot up from 3.65 to 3.95…in fifteen minutes. As bad as Obama is, and the regulations are, and everything else, if we just had cheap energy, everything else would pick up. When people can move around, in their personal vehicles, they spend money. It’s not just Obama, we have to get rid of the EPA and the Dept. of Energy.

  3. The scenes you are describing are carbon copied all across the country, mriggio. Yet, the foolish American people still buy the propaganda of the Leftist media….Until we can stand strong and tell the people the truth, and not be weak kneed about it, they will continue to get away with this. Just look at the NY26 special election that went to a Dem yesterday. The Dems were able to scare the people about Medicare, and made the Republicans the bad guys because we’re talking reform. In the meantime, Obamacare is going to take thousands of dollars of coverage they now have, away from them. Simply because Obamacare is going to pay doctors and hospitals less, and the health services are going to be cut back. So they will eventually find out, though too late, that we aren’t the bad guys.

  1. So true, when all anybody has to do is just take a look around to see the results of his misbegotten policies. I guess a percentage of them bitterly cling to blaming GWB, even today…but yes, the convention was great!

  2. Keep thse Hammers going; they may be needed some day, if you know what I mean. On the economy, I got my oil changed this a.m. They were glad to see me. While I was in there gas, which had been coming down, shot up from 3.65 to 3.95…in fifteen minutes. As bad as Obama is, and the regulations are, and everything else, if we just had cheap energy, everything else would pick up. When people can move around, in their personal vehicles, they spend money. It’s not just Obama, we have to get rid of the EPA and the Dept. of Energy.

  3. The scenes you are describing are carbon copied all across the country, mriggio. Yet, the foolish American people still buy the propaganda of the Leftist media….Until we can stand strong and tell the people the truth, and not be weak kneed about it, they will continue to get away with this. Just look at the NY26 special election that went to a Dem yesterday. The Dems were able to scare the people about Medicare, and made the Republicans the bad guys because we’re talking reform. In the meantime, Obamacare is going to take thousands of dollars of coverage they now have, away from them. Simply because Obamacare is going to pay doctors and hospitals less, and the health services are going to be cut back. So they will eventually find out, though too late, that we aren’t the bad guys.

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