"...The seat itself was spring-loaded, and "stood at attention" in its normal position. Although it was a bit tough for a little tyke to wrestle the seat down, and gingerly climb upon it with an anxious little bare bottom - it was ours - and it was private - and it didn't stink to the high heavens 'cause it had "plumbing!"
In fact, the seat was somehow connected to the water supply line, so that it functioned as the on/off valve. As long as the seat was down, in a horizontal position, the cold water flowed constantly --- yep, all the while you were "doing your business."
Epitaph - BAWLMER, MERLYN
© - Tom Hyland - Sunday, May 30th, 2010 -
Edited - Sunday, June 27, 2010 -
DEAR READERS -
Because of a 'chance' encounter via Reviews at this site, just now, from an Author with a Tag of *STARMAN** I Googled my Book Name, solely out of curiosity. Note the distinction of the ‘y’ in Merlyn!
When I clicked the Link, and was transported back in time, so to speak - I just HAD to read the posting.
I had forgotten about the two excellent Reviews, which literally brought tears to my eyes. What MIGHT have been! IF ONLY ...
"A Day Late, and a Dollar Short!"
5.0 out of 5 stars
REVIEW BY LAUREL . MIDWEST BOOK REVIEW?
Subject: REVIEW BY LAUREL . MIDWEST BOOK REVIEW ?
Date: Apr 23, 2006 1:25 PM
"Bawlmer, Merlyn: Home of the HONS" ?Thomas K. Hyland, Jr. ?PublishAmerica ?P.O. Box 151, Frederick MD 21705 ?www.publishamerica.com ?ISBN: 141377704X, $16.95, 109 pages ?
At first sight of the cover, I wondered what on earth a book entitled Bawlmer, Merlyn could be about. I soon learned it stood for Baltimore, Maryland and is the phonetic pronunciation utilized by fast-speaking natives.
This is the author's memoir, and a funny, sweet, nostalgic reminiscence of the Baltimore he knew as boy and man. Hyland's writing style is chatty and personable, which added a pleasing dimension to his memories. ?
Thomas K. Hyland, Jr. was born in Baltimore in 1940. Times were simpler in his boyhood, despite a World War raging in Europe and the Pacific, followed soon by the Korean War. Life went on as usual for children of his era. War seemed very far away unless family friends or relatives were killed or came home injured.
Dads worked, moms stayed home and took care of their families, and kids went to school or played. Families got by just fine without excessive luxuries. Kids entertained themselves by using their imaginations or building cars out of orange crates cadged from the corner grocery.
Like other boys his age, Hyland earned a few bucks for movies or candy by delivering newspapers. Life was an adventure for Tom in Baltimore, riding his bike in heavy fog near the bay and camping with his Boy Scout troop.
But every boy grows up. Hyland shares the universal joy and trepidation associated with his first dance in the early years of rock and roll, first kiss, first beer, first car. And then came the reality shock of college as experienced by the teenager who got straight A's in High School, followed by the even greater shock of Army life.
By his mid-twenties Tom is married to the love of his life, starting a family and buying a house. The carefree boy has finally settled down and become a man. Each experience takes him nearer to adulthood and the adult responsibilities of a job, wife, and children.
This serio-comic book details life as it was before war protests and the explosion of technology. Best of all, Hyland shares his memories of Baltimore, its history and changes over more than half a century.
He tells his story with charming humor and a light-hearted style. Bawlmer, Merlyn is a fascinating history of Baltimore, shared from one man's experience. Hyland tells his story with charming humor and warm hearted style.
Readers in Baltimore, especially, should find this book intriguing. ?
FOOTNOTE: This Review is on AMAZON - and their site shows only (1) book available - Used - Very Good Condition - For $83.50 + $3.99 S&H !
Key-Rist ... this has to be a TYPO that no one ever noticed! I sold my few, far and between for $13.50 - so, there’s only a $70.00 Error! Maybe this will be a ‘Collector’s Item’ after I’m dead and gone?
At the time when my First (and only) Book was published, Elizabeth (I call her Liz) had been my Mentor and partial 'confidant' for almost two years, and her timely Review made me BLUSH! It is on Authors Den.
REVIEW BY ELIZABETH LUCAS-TAYLOR?
Title: Bawlmer, Merlyn ?Home of the Hons ?Author: Thomas K. Hyland, Jr. ?ISBN 1 41277704X Soft Cover $16.95 (109 pgs) ?Publish America http://www.publishamerica.com ?
At one time, personal journals were the de’rigor for anyone growing up, traveling to unknown and unexplored shores, or for chronicling day to day events, or perhaps recording family history. Today, journaling is experiencing a re-growth. ?
With his first book, “BAWLMER, MERLYN, Home of the Hons” writer Thomas K. Hyland, Jr., brings this revived art of “self” journaling, as he writes of his boyhood and adult life on the east coast of the United States. With this tiny book of 109 pages, Mr. Hyland has given the reader an intimate look at his life from the first day he entered, to the page he is on in the present.
Mr. Hyland has delightfully encapsulated his thoughts and feelings, and shows how he thinks, creates, and learned with humor… and gained wisdom along the way.
Each segment of BAWLMER, MERLIN is a nurturing of the experiences he’s had at the most important times throughout his life, as well as an ability to laugh at himself and at the environment he found himself in.
Especially endearing are his reminisces about his family's history and childhood memories, thoughts and experiences, those reflections on what took place in his formative years. ??
Throughout the book, with skill and with great humor, he expresses his emotions and understandings about his experiences: his first dance, his first love, his first child, his Army duty, and lastly, to his invitation to come visit his city.
Readers won’t be disappointed in this little gem of a book. It will bring back poignant memories for any reader of any age, and will surly encourage readers to grasp the importance of their own “journaling” journey, and to leave their own legacy.
This book is definitely a “must read”.
On a scale of 1-10, it is an eleven.
?Reviewed by: ?Elizabeth Lucas-Taylor ?Author-Writer-Poet ?October, 2005 ?
By the time that Laurel had done her Review, almost a year after publication, the AXE was about to FALL - but we did not know it! Although my 'One-Sided' Contract with Publish America 'locked me in' for SEVEN years - after only One year they simply CANCELLED my little book! 'Lack of Demand' was the stated reason in their COLD letter!
If I wanted the PLATES - it would Cost me Dearly - could not afford. So, they would DESTROY them! At the time, I had no less than Three Managers at Three separate Barnes & Noble Stores, as well as Greetings & Readings - that agreed to hold Book Signings for me!
But - ALAS and ALACK - when they all discovered that PA was just a smidgen above a VANITY PRESS, which would not Accept Back any Unsold books - they all dropped me like a 'Hot Potato!'
As Kirk Douglas sang the lyrics of "I've a Whale of a Tale to Tell you Lads ..." in the Movie "Twenty Thousand Leagues Under The Sea" -
" ... and it's all True - I Swear by my Tattoo!"
My best guess is that less than 200 books were ever sold - and I bought about 50 of them myself, for distribution and Marketing purposes, as well as Gifts to Family members. If any were sold here at AD - I sure don’t remember being told- OR PAID!
SO- DEAR READERS - "To Be Forewarned Is To Be Forearmed!"
BUT - now I am 'After-Warning' you all -
EXACTLY FIVE YEARS LATE! DUH?
P-A-L ... Peace - Abundance - LUV ...
Tom 'Still Wanna Be' Hyland.
P.S. - Only 2 reader Reviews were ever posted here at AD in Five Long Years:
Reviewed by juanita jones (Reader)
As I read your story,I was taken back in time! I was a little girl again. who said you can't turn back the clock!I remember those days of "outhouses" and "parlors" and drawing water from a well. Those were the happy days we all need to remember, from time to time. THANKS! JUANITA JONES
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You are an excellent writer !!!
But Still ... ’Un-Discovered!’
© - TKH.