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Oakland Trivia – Who is Perry C. Fry?

Sunday, September 18th, 2011

In the end of summer, many homeowners go about the arduous task of fixing the house before the rainy winter season stars. This particular project was to fix the chimney that the kitchen contractor had run into a while back. Some masonry work was needed, but the poor chimney flue took the brunt of the damage being ripped mostly out of the brick archors. The chimney flue door was covered in years of paint, dust, chimney ash and stucco. What better time to clean off the rust and layers of history, then the present. Out comes the trusty and useful little dremel tool and the grinding starts. Quite a bit more stucco and old cement than initially observed during preliminary inspection, so the grinding was a bit more work. Finally the pieces were clean and a curious name appears.

It was expected that the lower raised lettering would say ‘Oakland’ as that is where the house is, but the upper letters were assumed to be ‘Sanitation’ or some other form of building deptartment nomenclature. Apparently not. The words ‘Perry C. Fry’ stood proudly upon the now clean flue door. Who?

Unfortunately a couple simple web searches yielded no answers as to whom the mysterious name belongs to. Considering that the house is some 70 years old, the reference is an old one. Hopefully this will peak someone’s interest enough to help answer this question. Not that the question itself is important, but it’s just one of those historical curiosities. But for now it will remain a mystery of Oakland.


A Splinter in Time

Tuesday, May 4th, 2010


Once a mighty oak or birch or tower of wood, then hewn to a spline of cylindrical extrusion. The power of the smallest of objects, not fully understood at all by the masses of the collective. A toothpick, a splinter, a shred of wood. Mistaken for a lowly discard of manufacture. Obscure in nature, strong in conviction, sharp in focus. A testament to all that should be. A representation of its parent or its essence of extraction.

Although not much, it could be the splinter that obscures the vision of the drive, hence causing the truck to careen off the road; spilling it precious cargo of lemon soaked face cleaning sponges; down the embankment, spraying the acidic rain into the air, enveloping the poor fauna, and farmer in the field, who’s asthmatic coughing and collapse causes him to reel backwards, spilling the small barrel of marbles, left out by his children; which then maneuver their clear, oceanic englazened spherical embodiments down the bypass road, onto the loading dock of a nearby commercial facility, causing an unwary facility engineer to spill her coffee into a small vent leading down into the auxiliary cooling shaft (34), disturbing the long settled dust and debris piled up from the nesting family of misplaced south American guava bats; this also causing a rare but unknown bat malady to incur within the bats, yielding instant heart attack and the descent of 12 small carcasses down an adjacent security shaft, which triggers a small but effected series of laser detection grids; which then malfunction due to shoddy wiring, then causing a small electrical fire in a nearby substation; allowing a distracted but slightly aggressive watchman to become startled; yet again dropping a delightful cherry-chocolate confection, made lovingly by his wife of 20 years; thereby covering a small light used to indicate over-temp on the newly imported and activated trilinear nuclear actuator; which then in a streak of bad luck ( or poor judgment of using, partially hydrogenated soybeans to construct any nuclear part ) begins to overheat and melt down, reacting with the nearby isolinear experimental crystalline matrix, causing a primary incineration of most of humanity; or a very warm donuts sitting a nearby hello kitty coffee table, brought in by a child of a shop steward on ‘bring your kids to work day’; mostly depending on which section of the universe you decide to focus on at that particular instantaneous flash of nuclear ionization…..

Tree’s evil. They are made up of millions of toothpicks. Splinters and toothpicks can destroy the universe. At least poke them in pineapples to keep them stable. geez. EOM

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