Sunday, October 25, 2009

Howard Street

Van O'Neal & I decided to grade Howard Street yesterday afternoon. The pot holes were getting deeper. It was time to fill them in.

I have a substantial three-blade grading trailer; Van has a powerhouse of a truck. Together they would do the job. I sat on the back, operating the controls; Van drove. Half way through the operation the heavens opened up and I was quickly soaked. Since I was already wet we continued to straighten out the road.

It's now much better than it has been, but a few dips still fill with water when it rains. I guess we'll wait a while and then do it again. In the meanwhile, drive slowly down Howard Street, especially if it's wet. Please don't splash through the puddles and make them deeper.

Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter is a reprint of an article Philip wrote about sailing aboard the historic two-masted schooner, Mary E. It was originally published in the Washington Post in 1976. You can read it here:


  1. Anonymous6:03 PM

    Here you go again --an opportunity to document life on the island and did you have your camera? these are opportunities to document and log these events-- so one can say well, it has been X years since we last did Y. if you have a photo of this event ......

  2. Exactly, Philip. We would love to see a 'pitcher' of you being dragged up and down Howard Street behind Cooter's tow truck.