Notes on November -1973

November ’73, I am now a year older, but still under the figure of 40, another decade in the odometer of life. And so far it has been a good life. For us, this was a month of trips.  The first gasoline crisis is with us and prices going up. Therefor November seemed a good time to make some family trips before gas $ gets too pricey.

I took the 12th off and made a trip to Dannemora, NY to see Mom & Dad. this made for a short, but pleasant visit and sort of birthday outing as well, since that was the 13th.

Clinton Prison, Dannemora, NY

Clinton Prison, Dannemora, NY

On the way back to Coopersburg we stopped at Albany, NY to see some old friends, the Tom Shaws. We have known them since college days and it made a nice break in the trip home.

The second trip was to Penn Yan , NY to see Marge’s sister Pat and her family. Family is very important to us.

 While there, Marge’s cousins, the Uhligs, came for a day and I got to meet some more of her extended family.  We were In Penn Yan for Thanksgiving Day through Sunday, the 25th. It was a pleasant trip with uneventful driving both ways.

Penn Yan, NY

Penn Yan, NY

So far, by the 29th of Nov., it was a mild fall. We have used somewhat less fuel so far than a year ago. Some due to economizing and then the milder weather in winter to date. We have electric heat, not oil, so we will be in good shape for our heating expenses. The oil shock is starting to hit our pocketbooks.  What next???

I have to deal with where to park our trailer this month.  According to zoning, we are not supposed to park it on the property.  I think this means full-time, but at the same time I did not want it in the drive impeding snow removal.  It is now in a trailer parking lot and we will see how this goes, but I think OK.  The trailer has been a fun purchase for us all.

I signed up for a mail order course in radio and  TV repair. I don’t want to get into this business, but I like to build electronics, and have some VA eligibility left, so why not enroll. At least I will get to build a few radios and a portable TV to put in the trailer.  Nothing to lose and building stuff has been a big interest all my life..  

My job at PP&L is progressing OK, though I could be doing a bit better. A goal for next year.

PP&L Headquarters Allentown, PA

PP&L Headquarters Allentown, PA

 Due to renovation at the PP&L headquarters, my department will move to the second floor of a building nearby. This  move will be completed by the end of the year.  It so happens that the second floor is now vacant, but the first floor is a theater that specializes in XXX rated films.  I suppose I will be the butt of some male jokes about that after we move in.

Concerning our health, we are all well and Ingrid is starting to see a orthodontist in Bethlehem next month. The girls are developing gapped front teeth, I think from Marge’s side.  I could have benefitted from orthodontery, but our little hamlet of Danemora was lucky to even have a dentist.  

Life moves on and it is a good life, I am glad we moved here and bought the trailer to enjoy as a family. 

 

 

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About R. F.

I am a Professional Engineer who spent my working life in the electric utility industry. images vary from time to time
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2 Responses to Notes on November -1973

  1. Allan T says:

    Hi interesting, I don’t remember much of what heating cost was back then, of course as a child I never thought of having to pay for anything…..like they saw youth is wasted on the young.

    • R. Johann says:

      Yeah, ’73 was the first of two oil shocks. The PP&L growth rate decreased from about 6% annually to 1% in a short time. I was fortunate in having a company car and could get fuel at the company yards. though the generators at PP%L were mostly gas or coal units, they directly didn’t have increased costs, but assumptions about growth had to be drastically reduced. Austerity soon became the password. as always, good to hear from you again.

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