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Green River

Every year since 1962, the Chicago River has been dyed green to celebrate St. Patrick’s day. Nowadays, both the dyeing and a big parade take place the Saturday before the 17th. (Next year, they’ll coincide when the 17th falls on a Saturday.) It’s a uniquely Chicago tradition that tips its hat to the central role the Irish have played in the city’s history.

For a few hours every year, the architectural landmarks that line the Chicago River acquire an aquatic front yard that’s as vibrant as the neon green relish of a genuine Chicago hot dog.

Dying the river

Dying the river

 

The actual dye is orange. It turns green when it’s churned into the water. The discovery of this phenomenom was made by members of Chicago’s pipefitters union back in 1962, and the union has been dyeing the river for St. Pat’s ever since.

The natural green of the river can be seen to the right, awaiting its transformation into the hypergreen to the left.

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1962, over 100 pounds of dye were dumped into the river, leaving it green for days. Now, only 40 pounds are dispersed, but because the river was reversed to run backwards away from the lake, even one day later, the entire river for many blocks to the west remains a single shamrock-colored fairway.

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Chicago’s mania for St. Patrick’s green is pervasive. Above is the fountain in Daley Plaza.

v00d3W

Finger of God

Last night possibly the worst storm in 29 years rolled through the south east.

More than 200 people are dead across five southern states following what the National Weather Service is calling the deadliest wave of tornadoes since 1974.

Five southern states — Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, Tennessee and Virginia — are reporting fatalities, with officials reporting at least 141 dead in Alabama and eight in Virginia.

Tornado riping through Alabama

This storm barely missed my town of Smyrna, and we were lucky.  Too many people lost their lives, and I struggle to find a reason for it.

Last night around 8:00, I started getting ready for the worst.  Mind you, I am rarely uneasy about storms, but this one seemed different.  It was just so hot and humid outside, and with a violent thunderstorm on its way, I knew this is what breeds tornado’s.  Unfortunately little else is known about why tornado’s strike with very little warning.

Fear sunk in as I watched the radar and the swirling red and yellow approaching, it was very sobering as I looked around our humble home and chose which of my valuables to save.  I packed a couple bags, of course the diaper bag for the baby with diapers and a change of clothes, milk, and juice.  Then I looked to our personal valuables.  I packed our firebox with priceless jewelry, some files, birth certs and marriage licenses, social security cards.  We took our baby’s book which had all the first memories, first hair clippings, and my computers and backup hard drive.

While looking at our bags, and got ready to start taking them down to the neighbors basement, I wondered how many by daybreak won’t even have these few things left.

Every time I hear of a storm, virtualy just wind and rain, 2 of the things that supply life, that is taking lives I have to wonder….

Why does this happen? How is it that 2 of the most important things that sustain human life kill so many people?

Bloodspite said it best when we talk of tornado’s, “They are the literal Finger of God”

I pray for the families that lost loved ones and of the families that lost their houses and businesses, nothing left to do now but to pick up the pieces and move on….

–v00d3W

I Found It!!

That’s right my friends, I have not only found my daily cigar, but the perfect combo.  Here it is:

CAO Brazilia Gol and a brand of Birch Beer only available up north:  Weis.

My perfect combo!

How I came up with this killer combo?  When I enjoy a nice cigar, I like to have a beverage with me to keep my mouth moistened, and my palate clean.  This past weekend, I was headed out to the porch to savor my newly found favorite moderately priced stogie, when I went to the fridge, I noticed I had nothing worth drinking, then I spotted my wife’s stash of Weis Birch Beer, and figured “what the hell, I’m, an adventurer”  and out I went.

I fired up my cigar, and took a few puffs, then opened the can, and what ensued was a barage of flavor, and distinct enjoyment.  The flavors of both the soda, and the smoke combined in what I can only describe as an erotic dance.

Now if you will excuse me, I am off to find a distributor of the Birch Beer, as I live in Georgia, and not up north.

Till next time, Happy Smoking.

-v00d3W

A breath of air…

Hello, this is the long lost soul.  I have been a stranger here, but I finally have a chance to breathe.

A lot has happened in my absence, and here is a brief update.

First and foremost, my son started walking, and forced me to lock all the cabinets in the house, as he appears to be a little terror already.  Another  thing he has started doing is shaking his head no…I wonder where he got that one from.

Another new event is the introduction of yard work to my weekends.  For the first year of our marriage, we lived in an apartment, and there was no outdoor maintenance there.  Now that we are in a house, and the landlord said to me “Do whatever you want to with it, make it your own, paint walls, take down doors, and rip up shrubs if you want, we dont care…”   Yea, I have done all of that, even remodeled the kitchen a bit  ;)

With that said, I have taken out all of the shrubs, and tiny trees that were making the front yard look like a bit of a jungle, and constructed 14′ flower beds on both sides of the porch, and the wife and I have planted about 40 flowers in there.

One of the most noteworthy ventures of late, is that I have quit smoking cigarettes yet again, and have repleced them with fine cigars.  The little one is starting to mimic everything I do, and I dont want that to be one of the things that he starts because he saw me doing it.

Aside from all that, I have been extremely busy at work, as I have made the move to an IT position in my growing company, it keeps me very busy.

Well, thats all the updates for now, stay tuned…

-v00d3W

Japan Earthquake & Tsunami’s: UPDATED Semi Live Blog

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Earthquake and Tsunami Hits Japan and the Pacific Region

The first sign of a tsunami arriving is the water pulling away from the coastline. It’s being reported Diamond Head Reef is now exposed -@TWCBreaking

Here is a link to the Arrival Times

Since BloodSpite and I are extremely busy today, here is a Live News Feed to keep you abreast:

Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy

We’ll be updating this throughout the day. Please check the jump for latest updates. Follow us on Twitter for up to the minute reports from sources including the Pacific Tsunami Center, US Military, and NOAA.

We’ll do the work so you don’t have too.
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I am an antique, and so is my furniture…

Hello, sorry I haven’t been posting in quite a while, work has me slammed.  I just wanted to post some pictures of my new antique dresser, I have found that I like new clothes, and old furniture.  After all, I am living in a house that was built in the 20’s.

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Eyes to the Stars: Perspectives Part 2

This is a 2 part article, written by both authors of Registered Evil. As many things in our history, different people, were in different places with different perspectives. These are ours. -BS

Challenger: 25 years later, Still a Painful Memory.

January 28, 1989…

Seems like a long time ago…I remember it vividly though.

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Mr. Coffee, you may be excused

Let me start by saying, I love my dad, but he drinks coffee like it is the only thing keeping him alive.  My wife and I received a coffee pot for our wedding shower, that was just over a year and a half ago.  My dad recently came up with mom and stayed at our house for a few days.

The coffee pot did not survive.

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-v00d3W

Brain Radio 1-17-2011

Have you ever gotten a song stuck in your head? You keep singing it in your mind or softly to yourself, all day, and can’t get it to stop?  Well, my friends, that’s your Brain Radio….

Welcome to mine!

Jason Mraz – The Remedy

Enjoy!

-v00d3W

I’m Alive!

Good morning readers!  I know I have had quite a dry spell, and haven’t been posting regularly, but that’s come to an end as I have much to post, and you can look forward to many interesting articles, as soon as I get all my research and thoughts together.  Thanks for your patience :)

-v00d3W

Re: Don’t go Fixing your Dishwasher

This is in reply to a previous post: Don’t go Fixing your Dishwasher.

Bloodspite and myself had a conversation yesterday about the phosphate content in dish washing detergent.  It started when he told me of his woes in the dirty dish land, in which he couldn’t seem to get his dishes clean via his automatic dish washer.  I told him tales of the marvelous detergent I had been using in my 22 year old dish washer.  Gave him the link in which to find this modern miracle which removed 5 day old spaghetti sauce, and dried up re-fried beans… I was even so bold as to tell him that if id didn’t work, I would refund his money personally….

Then he told me that he had tried it, and that when I opened my new box of this miracle product, I may find my self in his same situation…

He was right….

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IM’s From the Edge… 1-6-2011

New year, New comedy…the best stuff is UNscripted…

v00d3w: lemme ask ya
v00d3w: what does “well done” in terms of food mean to you?

bloodspite: Well done?

v00d3w: yea

bloodspite: Charcoal brick

v00d3w: but no pink right

bloodspite: Pink, your lucky if its still meat

v00d3w: heh

bloodspite: More like a rock

v00d3w: well aparently to the cooks at the cafe here, it means hard black crispy meat shell with pink in the middle

bloodspite: I never order well done
bloodspite: I like my food rare

v00d3w: hate rare

bloodspite: I like my steak where a good skilled veternarian has a high chance of bringing it back to life

v00d3w: so in other words, not hot from the grill, hot from just bein killed

bloodspite: Pretty much.

v00d3w: thats bad

bloodspite: That is perfect

-v00d3W

Brain Radio – 1-4-11 – F*** the new year edition :)

Have you ever gotten a song stuck in your head? You keep singing it in your mind or softly to yourself, all day, and can’t get it to stop?  Well, my friends, that’s your Brain Radio….

This is for my buddy Bloodspite – not havin a good start to the new year  :)

Type O Negative – We Hate Everyone


Type O Negative – We Hate Everyone found on Hardcore

Enjoy!

-v00d3W

First trip to see Santa!

I wanted to post something for Christmas, as that is my holiday of choice for this time of year.  I could find nothing cooler to post than the first pictures my son (11 months old) had made with Santa!  So without further ado, here they are, Enjoy!

This is one of two professional photos taken by Santa's Staff....

This is the second professional picture.

More after the jump….

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Brain Radio: 12-14-2010 Christmas Season Edition!!

Have you ever gotten a song stuck in your head? You keep singing it in your mind or softly to yourself, all day, and can’t get it to stop?  Well, my friends, that’s your Brain Radio….

Welcome to mine!

We Need A Little Christmas By Johnny Mathis

Enjoy!

-v00d3W

Christmas Time In Georgia!

Hello Folks, sorry I have been inactive for a while, havent had much to write on, and actually, I still dont  :)  so here are some pictures of what Christmas looks like in my neck of the woods.

2000 lights, and a Deer Family in the yard :)

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Brain Radio 11-27-2010

Have you ever gotten a song stuck in your head? You keep singing it in your mind or softly to yourself, all day, and can’t get it to stop?  Well, my friends, that’s your Brain Radio….

Welcome to mine!

Tool – Sober

Enjoy!

-v00d3W

Radio Intercepts

Spending my Thanksgiving night enjoying wine. pic.twitter.com/ccfZ…

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    Halloween Witcher
    art by Nastya Kulakovskaya

    Candy as Yennefer
    Anna as Ciri
    Torie as Triss
    photo by me

    10/31/17

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    Tejuino a local traditional Guadalajara cocktail. Tastes like a liquid corn tortilla

    10/25/17

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    Another custom cocktail from LLaura of Hyatt Andares of Guadalajara
    This is a berry, mescal and vodka blend!

    10/17/17

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