(The 64th Edition)


Victor Edward Swanson,



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    Since July 10, 2009--the date on which I posted the previous Michigan Travel Tips--I have traveled long distances in Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Iowa, and I did the traveling as an escort for a woman who wanted to see relatives who lived far away.  On the trip, I saw some tourist attractions, some of which I will talk about in this edition of Michigan Travel Tips.  On the trip, I found tools, such as a socket in Hayward, Wisconsin, which is the home of the National Fresh Water Fishing Museum, and a small combination wrench in Pella, Iowa.  On the trip, I listened to conservative talk-show hosts when possible to keep up on events, such as Barack Obama's "race baiting" comment made during the press conference of July 22, 2009.  On the trip, I thought about various subjects; for one, I wondered how many people, seeing that everything around them still seemed to be normal, were unaware how everything was going to be affected adversely by what Barack Obama has done and is doing to change the country, trying to make it into a socialist/communist/dictatorship, and he is well on his way, as I note in some asides within this document.

    During the previous month, I was able to see, for the first time, Fayette Historic Townsite, which existed as a community that was used to smelt iron in the late 1800s (the smelting operation was ended on the last day of 1890); Fayette Historic Townsite is located at Fayette of Delta County of the Upper Peninsula.  When I was there I saw a few rooms of an old building that had wallpaper, and when I saw the wallpaper on the walls, I thought back to a few days previous when I had for the first time seen a person hang wallpaper.  Because I learned one way in which to put up wallpaper, I thought I should pass along one way in which wallpaper can be set up on walls, as I had passed along in Michigan Travel Tips #53 the process to make a plaster wall (to see Michigan Travel Tips #53, you may use this link: Travel #53).  My learning about one way in which to hang wallpaper came from my watching the operators of "Wallpaper by McGinleys," a husband-and-wife team, which is made up of Mike and Diane McGinley (who I learned had done work on two buildings on Mackinac Island of Michigan in May 2009).  Here is what I learned, knowledge that I can use if I should ever decide to hang wallpaper somewhere and knowledge that you can use:
    First, I should have a number of tools, as you should expect, so that I can do my job well, and I have over the last three decades collected a lot of tools, which I have used for all types of work in the past, such as work to repair brakes on vehicles to work of installing house wiring and even several house air conditioning/furnace systems (I bet Barack Obama has never done that), and so few special tools will I need to get.  One tool that the McGinleys used that I have yet to get is a laser level, which can show a horizontal line and a vertical line on a wall (I do have levels, so I might not need to get a laser level, but I use a laser level in this discussion), and I will need to have a stand or tripod on which to place the laser level.  I have to have to some type of table on which to lay out wallpaper so that the back of the wallpaper can be given "paste" or wallpaper adhesive, and it should be about two-feet wide and five-feet or six-feet long, and I could use a piece of cheap wall paneling that has a shiny face, which I can lay out (shiny side up) on a piece of scrap OSB board, which is resting on carpenter horses (or something else), if not laid out on a floor or on a driveway outside.  I should get a utility knife with break-off blades (blades made in strips, so that sections can be easily broken off).  I should pull out several putty knifes from my tool boxes, such as one of one inch and one of three inches.  Several real sponges will be used to remove paste off from my table after each time that I put paste on a piece of wallpaper and remove paste off other things.  I should have a big bucket for water, a paint roller (to roll on paste), some rags, a roll of paper towel, rollers used to press wallpaper in place and remove air bubbles from underneath the wallpaper, and a tape measure.  I might need some type of long straightedge.  I will have to buy wallpaper adhesive, such as a clear strippable type.  To sand the walls a little, I should have some sandpaper, such as 120-grit sandpaper (the McGinleys had a mop-like thing with a handle (like a "swifter" mop on which sand paper can be held) that could be used to slide sandpaper over walls easily while standing on the floor).  And I will need lift-off transfer tape, such as that which is about two inches wide, which is designed not to stick really well and, for example, pull paint off when it is removed.
    Note: If you do a wallpaper job, read all the directions on any materials, such as the wallpaper adhesive, so that you use the materials as recommended by manufacturers.
    Second, I have to determine how much wall has to be covered, and what I mean is how much of a room has to be covered with wallpaper.  I recommend that a person get sheets of paper and draw a simple schematic of the walls that have to be covered so that the schematic can be taken to a store that sells wallpaper to show well what has to be covered.  Having the information about what areas have to be covered, I can easily show a sale staffer the areas that have to be covered, and the sales staffer will be able to determine how many rolls or double rolls of wallpaper that I should buy so that I will have enough wallpaper (I will not explain how much wallpaper a person will need, because the pattern on the wallpaper is a big factor that has to be taken into consideration when wallpaper is being bought--the focus will be on how the pattern of a particular piece of wallpaper is repeated).
    Note: If you decide to do a wallpaper job, you should not put wallpaper on a bare plaster wall--a plaster wall has to be "sealed," such as with an oil-based paint of some type or a water-based paint that can be considered a "sealer," before wallpaper can be put on the wall (talk with a staffer at the wallpaper store about the subject).
    Third, I have to find a starting point; however, there may have to be more than one starting point, since, for instance, one wall has a portion to bare space that needs to be cover that does not touch an adjacent wall because there is tile on the other wall.  The starting point might be along the trim of one side of a doorway, but I note to you that you should not start in a corner, which is very likely to be not true or straight.  If I think about starting at the trim of a door way, I have to check the starting spot with the laser level to discover how true it is (it does not have to be perfect, because I will probably have to trim a little off).  To start, I will use the tape measure to measure the width of the wallpaper, and when I have the distance in mind, I can use the ruler to start somewhere and go, for example, from right to left over a wall or a wall and an adjacent wall to see how sheets of wallpaper might fit if I cover a wall or cover the wall and and adjacent wall--I have to get a rough idea where the pieces will be.  I will use a pencil to mark rough locations of sides.  If I like what I see, that is good; if I do not, I will try another starting place or adjust my starting place by some distance.  By the way, for one, I want to avoid having one piece of wallpaper that will end up being really narrow, such as an inch or two.  I have to plan placements well before I start to hang the wallpaper, and I have to try to not  have a seam (the meeting place of two pieces of wallpaper) go through an outlet box or light switch box (but it might have to), and I do not want to start along the edge of a wall covered with tile.  Certainly, I will try a couple different possibilities for a starting point, and at some time, I will say that this such-and-such a place is the starting edge for the first piece of wallpaper, such as the left edge, if I were to go from right to left across a wall (I will probably go right to left and then have a portion of wall to cover that is to the left of my first piece), and I will have the laser level vertical light (line) marking the spot from the ceiling to the floor.
    Warning: I shall say this though it seems I should not--A piece of wallpaper is run lengthwise--from top to bottom--and not from side to side, such as across a wall from left to right.
    Now, it is time to really to do the work of hanging wallpaper in a room.  Let me say that the first piece of wallpaper will run the height of the wall (seven feet, 10 inches and a quarter inch), and it will not have one edge against any corner (where walls meet) or any trim (either trim for a doorway or trim for a window), and knowing where the first piece of wallpaper will go, I place lift-off tape on the ceiling where the wall meets the ceiling, and I run the tape a little longer than the width of the wallpaper that I am about to put up (the tape will keep adhesive off the ceiling when I put the wallpaper in place).  When there is a design on the wallpaper, I have to determine what distance from the ceiling or floor a particular design must be placed, and when I know that I know what the distance is of the wallpaper from either that spot to the ceiling or that spot to the floor, and when I know one of the distances, I can measure off a piece of wallpaper, and I will make the length of the wallpaper a little longer than what it will be in the end, meaning I will have a few inches of extra at the top of the piece and a few inches of extra at the bottom..
    Let me make it clear in an aside, using one measurement idea.  When you know where on a wall a point in a particular design must be placed, find the distance from that point to the ceiling.  Roll out a length of wallpaper on your table, and find your precious spot of the design on the wallpaper and measure from that spot up to a place that will be about where the ceiling will be and add an inch or some amount.  This is your rough-cut point.  Cut across the sheet (from side to side). You know the total length, so you measure from the spot that is one-inch down or whatever from your rough-cut point to where the bottom of the wallpaper will end, and you add an inch or whatever (you should understand, the rough-cut piece of wallpaper will be about two inches longer or whatever than what it will be on the wall after it is trimmed--when on the wall), and you cut the wallpaper.
    Next, I have to put adhesive on the wallpaper.  I will turn the wallpaper over (if the back is not facing me), and using the paint roller, I will spread adhesive on the wallpaper.  I want to cover the wallpaper completely and evenly, but I do not want to make the layer thick.  After I have covered the wallpaper with adhesive, I have to fold up the wallpaper to take it over to the wall where it will go (I will fold the wallpaper so that wet surfaces touch wet surfaces, but I cannot described how here).  I should know what  the top edge is and have it positioned so that I can place it in place on the wall first.  I make sure to wipe the table clean, using a wet or damp sponge.  I go to the wall where the wallpaper will be placed and start to place the wallpaper into position.  One edge will be along the laser line, and the top of the wallpaper will overlap the ceiling by about an inch.  I will unfold the wallpaper and be as neat as I can, and I will use a roller to push or press air bubbles out to the sides and out from underneath the wallpaper, and if I have excess adhesive showing at the edges, I will wipe the excess off with a damp sponge.  Soon, the first piece of wallpaper will be in place.  However, I must now trim off the top and the bottom.  I use a long putty knife, such as an eight-inch putty knife, as a cutting guide, and I place the putty knife in the valley where the ceiling and the wall meet--the knife will act as a straightedge--and cut the top of the wallpaper, cutting on the wall side of the knife (not the ceiling side) and sliding the putty knife along as I go. Then, I trim the the bottom and wipe excess adhesive off any floor molding.
    Note: If the piece of wallpaper would have been placed along trim for a doorway or a window or along a side of a cabinet, I would have to trim a side, too.
    The second piece of wallpaper may or may not meet with a window or a door or a cabinet, and it may not be as long as the first because, for example, the bottom might meet at a counter-top structure, and the second piece may or may not come from the first roll of wallpaper that I began to use.  The second run of wallpaper must meet up properly on the side with the first, and the pattern has to be completed correctly across or, if I look diagonally, diagonally.  I have the first roll opened, of course, and I might use it, and I might open up a second roll so that I will not waste material in the process to get the proper top for the second piece of wallpaper.  Whatever roll will makes it possible for me to create a second piece of wallpaper to match up with the first piece of wallpaper that I put up and not result in wasted material at the top of the second piece at the start is the roll that I will use.
    Note: Today, unlike in the olden days, one piece of wallpaper will butt up against another--one piece of wallpaper does not overlap another.
    Here I go.  I may take down the lift-off tape used on the ceiling and set it up for the next piece of wallpaper, or you may take the lift-off tape off and use another piece on the ceiling, and I may tape off something else so that I can put the second piece up.  I measure carefully, and cut the second piece of wallpaper--it is the rough cut.  I put paste on the piece of wallpaper, fold up the wallpaper, wipe off the table, place the wallpaper in position, use a roller to get the air bubbles out from behind the second piece, and trim the second piece.  And I wipe excess adhesive off things that should not have it and make sure the two pieces of wallpaper are meeting up properly.
    Corners are the tricky part.  A piece of wallpaper should not be put from one wall over an inside corner to another wall, because walls and corners can be cockeyed, which will result in a piece of wallpaper looking cockeyed.  Ultimately, one piece of wallpaper (a side, which might be have to be trimmed) related to one wall ends at a corner and will meet at the corner with wallpaper associated with the adjacent wall.  Planning has to be done so that the pattern sort of continues from one wall to the next, and that means I have to set up the starting sheet of wallpaper on the adjacent wall at a location that will result--in the end--in allowing the piece that meets the corner to nearly match the piece on the other wall (the pieces will not match perfectly because corners are not true). Of course, I will do trimming work at the corner, using a putty knife (as a straightedge) and a utility knife.
    And that is that for now, and even though this may be a Michigan Travel Tips, you have been given information about hanging wallpaper (in past editions, I have talked about making a true plaster wall using materials that are commonly used today, and I have talked about painting), and that is more than Barack Obama could ever do--So I have done better for you than Barack Obama, who really does not make people better, can.

    Advertisement: My commercial again this time urges you to get a copy of Liberty and Tyranny: A Conservative Manifesto, which is a book written by Mark R. Levin, to help you.  This book will help you understand better what Barack Obama is--a person who is purposely workig to hurt the country, even though he is the president of the country--but the book is really about enslavers--politicians--who do not believe in the values of The U.S. Constitution and how The U.S. Constitution is designed to limit the power of the government, especially, a dictator-type, over the individual (the citizen).  Remember: In the United States of America, it is the individuals who own the government and not the government that owns the citizens, the latter of which is what Barack Obama wants and is pushing for.

    Here is an aside, which deals with the "cash-for-clunkers" program of Barack Obama.  From time to time, I have used junk yards or salvage yards of the Detroit area, such as that of Fred Bishop (in Inkster, Michigan), to get parts for an older vehicle--parts that are no longer available new.  I wonder if Fred Bishop and other operators of salvage yards have figured out that Barack Obama is working to hurt them through the "cash-for-clunkers" idea.  For one, people are purposely damaging engines of so-called "clunkers" so that they can qualify for the program, and when you damage engines, you make the engines less useable in the used-car marketplace, and that hurts operators and staffers of salvage yards, because the operators and staffers cannot sell the engines as replacement engines for vehicles that--for instance--I think are worthwhile to use for years to come.  Barack Obama and the other environmental nuts are pushing for better fuel-economy vehicles on the roads, which, you should see, is something that will lead to fewer used vehicles being available in the marketplace, such as as a second or third car for a family.  (By the way, the push for electric cars will help kill the used-car industry, since electric cars will after a number of years have to have new battery systems, which, as known today, will cost way over $5,000, and that will mean used electric cars will be expensive, and families will be less likely to have second and third cars (inexpensive to buy used cars), such as for students who need a car to get to school.

    Do you see how much damage Barack Obama is trying to do to the United States of America?  I do.  But I define him as a man with a defective mind--an insane man--knowing what I do about him.  Barack Obama likes to hurt people, as he has shown a number of times, such as, earlier this year, when he wanted to put military people on private health insurance (fought by, for instance, the American Legion), knowing he was and is working to kill the private insurance industry.

    Here is a travel tip, which is not about Michigan.  When traveling in Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Iowa, I was looking for antique stores to see if I could find a big wood rasp, which I could use to work on new eight-foot-long cedar posts.  I did find one in a shop in Dubuque, Iowa.  And I note that I stopped in at a big antique store along US-35 at exit 124 in Iowa, which has a lot for people to see and would be a good place to make one rest stop on a long drive, and, by the way, the place is at Story City.  This recommendation is not a commercial; it is simply a note about something that exists today in the United States of America and may not in the near future if Barack Obama can affect for the bad the amount of long-distance traveling that people can do in the country--by forcing people into small electric vehicles, which on a long-trip will have to be charged up regularly.

    By the way, when I was in Dubuque, Iowa, on August 1, 2009, I saw a story in the Telegraph Herald (Hogstrom, Erik.  "That was the coldest July in Dubuque.  Ever."  Telegraph Herald, 1 August 2009, pp. 1A and 2A.) that noted that July 2009 was the coldest July in weather-recording history for Dubuque, Iowa, and Monday, August 3, 2009, when I was back in Michigan, I heard radio reports on WTCM-AM (580), Traverse City, that noted that July 2009 was one of the coldest Julys in weather-recording history for Traverse City, Michigan, and these are more examples that the planet is not going to die in a few years, as the insane (obsessed with dying because of global warming) are pushing everyone to believe.

    I would, here, have to note some information.  On Sunday evening, July 5, 2009, I heard Jerome Corsi, who wrote The Obama Nation (a book that shows the bad about Barack Obama) on The Billy Cunningham Show, which is a syndicated radio show that, for one, that I was able to hear on WJR-AM (Detroit, Michigan) and WLW-AM (Cleveland, Ohio).  Jerome Corsi, who is associated with WorldNetDaily, reported that WorldNetDaily knew of about 2,000 "Tea Parties" that were held over the roughly July Fourth holiday.  That is at least 1,000 more "Tea Parties" than the number of "Tea Parties," which are protests against Barack Obama, Barack Obama's push for socialism for the country, and his push to be the dictator of the country, that had taken place on April 15, 2009.

    Announcement: In T.H.A.T. #59 (published on March 10, 2009), I noted that the national-health-care system in the United Kingdom, which is a socialist system, is a failure and a disaster, and again, I note you should see T.H.A.T. #59, which can be reached by using this link: T.H.A.T. #59, and you should see the numerous articles about the failure of the national-health-care system of the United Kingdom, which note, for instance, the lack of care for the elderly and the lack of dentists, by seeing Liberty-page.com, which can be reached by hitting this link: Liberty-page.com).

    While I was traveling on that trip in Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Iowa, I heard that Barack Obama had set up a Web site---www.flag@whitehouse.gov--at which people could pass on information about persons who through the Internet are sending out material that shows up Barack Obama's health-care plan as a deception and dangerous for the country.  When I heard about it, I first thought of how Adolph Hitler in the 1930s and 1940s had children spy on their parents, and if the parents said anything wrong against Adolph Hitler and the Nazi party, the children reported the parents to authorities, and things happened to the parents.  Second, I remembered how Barack Obama has set up at least 44 czar positions in the federal government, and the czars are not beholden to the Legislative Branch of government, and Barack Obama is probably gathering information on Web sites and people who soon could be closed down or made to shut up (around the start of the first week in August, people were hearing reports about thugs showing up at "town meetings" at which citizens were protesting against U.S. Congressmen pushing the Barack Obama health-care plan and how, at first at least, protesters were being intimidated and kept out of such town meetings).

    Warning: When I took the trip, I did not have children in the vehicle with me.  I am a person who will not let children play with handheld electronic games or watch DVDs while traveling so that they can see what is around them while they travel and how big the country is and how small they are in the world.  I would talk to them, and one topic that I would talk to them about is Barack Obama's enemies list idea (you know, the "flag@whitehouse.gov").  Look what I would tell any child or children.  The federal government has some evil people in it, such as communists, one of whom is Barack Obama, who has shown through his policies and actions that he likes to hurt people.  If a national health-care system is set up, a person who is on the enemies list could be denied at least some types of medical treatment, which might lead to the person's early death or the person would have unnecessary suffering for a long time.  The Internal Revenue Service of the federal government could be instructed by the an agency set up by Barack Obama to do special tax audits of any person who is on the enemies list.  The federal government could shut down any Web site that the person runs or block surfers from getting to it, saying that the Web site is a national security threat.  The federal government has been taking control of banks in the country, and if the federal government has control of banks and credit units and other financial institutions, the federal government could deny a person a loan for a car or home or could deny the person a home-improvement loan.  Of course, a person on the list who wants to become an employee with the government, such as as a postal employee, could be denied a job with the federal government.  I would have to say that the National Education Association, which is a union of teachers across the country, supports Barack Obama and his policies, and a person who is going to school could end up with worse grades than what should be rightfully given to that person if the person is on the enemies list.  The federal government is providing money to students through college loans so that they can attend college, and the federal government could deny loans to people who want loans.  I would teach the child or children that there are evil persons in the country and that the the evil persons when in government jobs, as Barack Obama is, can hurt people.  By the way, scoffers of this thought, think--if you create such a list, you must have an intention to use such a list in some way, and it will not be for good and righteous reasons.

    While in Pella, Iowa, I noticed from time to time the scent of natural fertilizer in the air, and it made my think of what Barack Obama is.

    I say, "Barack Obama is nuts and is quite insane, since he is working to hurt millions of people,  and some of whom who have already been hurt are the bond holders of the original Chrysler and General Motors Corporation, who were intimated and coerced into accepting low amounts on the dollar over the U.A.W. management during the bankruptcy messes, which were pushed on the car companies by the federal government, which now owns part of the companies, and, with Barack Obama in charge, the federal government will probably work to own more."

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    Side note: I have to report that I put together a document entitled Enemies of the United States of America: Politicians Who Have Hurt You and Your Family by Voting "Yes" on Bad Federal Bills, which be reached by using the Enemies link, and the document shows which politicians voted for federal acts that are hurting the United States of America and will hurt future generations in the country, whatever it becomes, if allowed to become something else by Barack Obama.

    When traveling back home during the long trip, I saw Sand Point Lighthouse for the first time, which is at Escanaba (of Delta County of the Upper Peninsula), and, in a park nearby, I had lunch.   The light house is not a working "light," unlike Forty Mile Point Lighthouse, which is near Rogers City of Presque Isle County of the Lower Peninsula.  Sand Point Lighthouse is furnished, though not with original items to the lighthouse, and there is a museum filled with a lot of items that is nearby.

    So, I am back for regular duty again, and I am back to regularly gathering information about things, from places to see to Barack Obama, a man with a defective mind who, I believe, is already on the way to hurting tourism in Michigan because of the policies that he has signed into law or has authorized (and on Saturday, August 8, 2009, Barack Obama's racist candidate for the U.S. Supreme Court officially became a justice, and that means more crap is on the way for Michiganians and others).

    P.S.: Remember: Teach your children or grandchild that they should never pledge to be a "servant to Obama" or a servant to any politician, which was a subject that I first passed along in the publication entitled T.H.A.T. #58, which can be reached through this link: T.H.A.T. #58.

    Your travel tips of Michigan in this edition of Michigan Travel Tips are:

    Fayette Historic Townsite, Fayette, Delta County, the Upper Peninsula.

    Sand Point Lighthouse, Escanaba, Delta Country, the Upper  Peninsula.

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