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Dirt Roads ...
What's mainly wrong with society today is that too many Dirt Roads have been paved. There's not a problem in America today....crime, drugs, education, divorce, delinquency....that wouldn't be remedied, if we just had more Dirt Roads because Dirt Roads give character. People that live at the end of Dirt Roads learn early on that life is a bumpy ride. That it can jar you right down to your teeth sometimes. But it's worth it, if at the end is a home.... A loving spouse, happy kids and a dog. We wouldn't have near the trouble with our educational system if our kids got their exercise walking a Dirt Road with other kids, from whom they learn how to get along. There was less crime on our streets before they were paved. Criminals didn't walk two dusty miles to rob or rape, if they knew they'd be welcomed by five barking dogs and a double barreled shotgun. And there were NO drive by shootings. Our values were better when our Roads were worse! People did not worship their cars more than their kids and motorists were more courteous. They didn't tailgate by riding the bumper or the guy in front would choke them with dust and bust their windshield with rocks. Dirt Roads taught patience. Dirt Roads were environmentally friendly. You did not hop in your car for a quart of milk. You walked to the barn for your milk. For your mail....you walked to the mail box. What if it rained and the Dirt Road got washed out? That was the best part. You stayed home and had family time, roasted marshmallows and popped popcorn and pony-rode on Daddy's shoulders and learned how to make prettier quilts than anybody else.... At the end of Dirt Roads, you soon learned that bad words tasted like soap. Most paved roads lead to trouble. Dirt Roads most likely lead to a fishing creek or a swimming hole. At the end of a Dirt Road, the only time we ever locked our car as in August because if we didn't, some neighbor would fill it with too much zucchini. At the end of Dirt Road, there was always extra springtime income; when city dudes would get stuck, you'd have to hitch up a team and pull them out. Usually you got a dollar....always you got a new friend....at the end of a Dirt Road.
Growing Up Wild in Beverly Hills!
EARLY DAYS on OAK PASS Rd. (1937-1945) and HOW the ROAD GOT ITS NAME
- (A) Botanical Highlights
-- Historical Remarks on Oaks
-- EARLY EVOLUTIONARY STAGES of the "SMOG-DENIAL SYNDROME"!
-- OAK PASS NATIVE PLANTS TODAY (??)
-- Echos From the Past!
-- A Bit of SUMMERTIME FOGBANK-BOTANY
- (B) LOCAL BUTTERFLY HIGHLIGHTS
- (C) LOCAL BIRDS REMEMBERED
- (D) LOCAL MAMMALS REMEMBERED
- (E) REPTILES & AMPHIBIANS REMEMBERED
DESSERT (Purely for Amusement!)
THE HONEY-SNOB'S CORNER
A five-year study (1953-1957) documenting the occurrence of 283 macro-moth species on one acre of woodland habitat at 9601 Oak Pass Rd., 5 road-miles north of Sunset Blvd., Beverly Hills (a mixture of undisturbed Southern Oak Woodland / Chaparral / Coastal Sage Scrub habitat, at 1100 ft. elevation).
WHAT TO EXPECT AT THIS CALIFORNIA SITE
ABOUT THE BACKYARD CONCEPT
BACKGROUND & INTRODUCTION
About the Moth Studies at 9601 Oak Pass Road
BEATING or SWEEPING for LARVAE - A MOST PRODUCTIVE COLLECTING TECHNIQUE
The OLD BEVERLY HILLS (OAK PASS ROAD) MOTH STUDY COMPARED WITH THREE OTHER (MORE RECENT) SURVEYS IN COASTAL SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
OBSERVED DIFFERENCES IN THE MACRO-MOTH FAUNAS OF THE ABOVE THREE OTHER SURVEYED COASTAL CALIFORNIAN LOCALITIES
HISTORICAL PHOTOS and A PLEA for FUTURE STUDIES in the SAME REGION
FRANK SALA'S CORNER
FRANK HOVORE'S CORNER
1C - HABITAT PHOTOS (1957-1964)
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