General Discussion, Wednesday, August 21, 2019

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  1. Lucille says:

    Have a fine day, Stellars…

    When I was a teenager we went to Newport Beach several times every summer to meet family members who had their sailboat anchored there…

    A pod of dolphins a bit further out in the harbor…

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    • czarowniczy says:

      There used to be miles of mud and grasslands down deep in Plaquemines Parish’ It ran from he Mississippi river that used to feed and build it waaaaaay out into the Gulf. When the built the levees the sediment couldn’t get out to support the land and its final blow was the state allowing oil exploration firms to dig long canals through it, that assisted the erosion that made the hundreds of miles of that land leaving the Gulf lapping up against the friver’s levees.

      Anyway, there used to be a wide ship channel from Empire out to the Gulf, shrimp and fishing boats would use it to fuel and ice up going out to fish. A friend of mine, now long gone, would take me down there on his 18 foot boat rigged to drag a short trawl for shrimp. We’;d trawl that channel, it wouldn’t be hard to each fill a 48-quart cooler each with shrimp and if we brought fishing poles to use a few of those shrimp to catch a few redfish or speckled trout. As you were trolling for shrimp it wasn’t unusual for dolphins to swim slowly alongside of the boat, they knew we were stirring up the bottom and it would move the fish. Sometime it seemed as if they were just swimming with you for something to do, they’d be within 18 inches to two feet away, just cruising along.

      All gone now, long gone. The dolphins are still there but it’s all open water. Sadly many have died this year as the opening of the spillway to reduce the pressure on the levees put billions of gallons of fresh water into the sound. The dolphins will swim the brackish water as they do the salt but too long of an exposure to fresh water, as we have now, causes them a number of health issues, more than a few fatal.

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    • Thank you for sharing these, Lucille! 😊❀️

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      • Lucille says:

        You’re welcome, sand! Newport Beach was always a lot of fun. We seldom went over to the manmade island of Balboa, a “neighborhood” of Newport Beach with a main canal (Photo by Shaun McGrath) which is greatly built up now, of course…

        …it was probably 1962 the last time I was there. This map shows something we never even thought about…
        Tsunami Inundation Map (2013) Photo by Nathan Wood, Research Geographer – USGS…

        …It’s possible, but I doubt there were any tsunamis anywhere along the CA coast when I was a kid and it wouldn’t have mattered much seeing as it was nowhere near as built up then.

        This link will give you an idea of the absurd real estate prices in Balboa and Newport proper…,_Newport_Beach/sold

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  2. lovely says:

    Catatumbo lightning, Catatumbo River, Venezuela.

    Have a beautiful day folks πŸ™‚ !

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  3. WeeWeed says:

    Mornin’ kids!

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  4. nyetneetot says:

    Mornin’ stella! (Smiter of those that ought to be smote) 😎 🍸 (Long Island Iced Tea)
    Mornin’ WeeWeed! (Master Mixologist Extrodinare) 😎 🍸 (Old Fashioned)
    Mornin’ Menagerie! 😎 |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| (Jack Daniels – Single Barrel)
    Mornin’ Ad rem! (Queen Felis catus) 🐱 🍸 (Flaming Lamborghini)
    Mornin’ Sharon! 😎 🍸 🍸 (earthquake)
    Mornin’ ytz4mee! 😎 🍸 (cosmopolitan)
    Mornin’ waltzingmtilda! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (white wine and perrier)
    Mornin’ partyzantski! πŸ™‚ |_| (Tom Collins)
    Mornin’ texan59! πŸ™‚ |_| (Black & Tan)
    Mornin’ ZurichMike! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (fuzzy navel)
    Mornin’ Col.(R) Ken! (hand salute) πŸ™‚ |_| (Boilermaker)
    Mornin’ czarina33! (aka czarina) πŸ™‚ 🍸 (Lynchburg Lemonade)
    Mornin’ czarowniczy! πŸ™‚ |_| (Wild Turkey Rare Breed)
    Mornin’ letjusticeprevail2014! πŸ™‚ |_| (Irish Car Bomb)
    Mornin’ Patriot1783-ctdar! (aka “ctdar”) πŸ™‚ 🍸 (grasshopper)
    Mornin’ tessa50! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (flaming volcano)
    Mornin’ waltzingmtilda! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (sidecar)
    Mornin’ varsityward! πŸ™‚ |_| (Godfather)
    Mornin’ MaryfromMarin! πŸ˜€ |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| (Mortlach)
    Mornin’ Wooly Covfefe! (aka “Wooly Phlox” aka “taqiyyologist”) πŸ™‚ |_| (Roy Rogers)
    Mornin’ Howie! (aka “doodahdaze”) πŸ™‚ |_| (Classic Daiquiri)
    Mornin’ TwoLaine! πŸ™‚ |_| (Gin & Tonic)
    Mornin’ Sha! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (Lemon Drop)
    Mornin’ BigMamaTEA! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (Harvey Wallbanger)
    Mornin’ cetera5! (aka “Cetera”) πŸ™‚ |_| (Blackberry wine)
    Mornin’ The Tundra PA! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (Gentleman Jack Whiskey Sling)
    Mornin’ lovely! πŸ™‚ |_| (Backdraft)
    Mornin’ michellc! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (Salty dog)
    Mornin’ auscitizenmom! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (Kiss on the Lips)
    Mornin’ Margaret-Ann! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (White Russian)
    Mornin’ Auntie Lib! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (Tom and Jerry)
    Mornin’ holly100! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (Jack & Coke)
    Mornin’ Pam! πŸ™‚ (Not even water)
    Mornin’ Ms.Tee! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (Mojito)
    Mornin’ koolkosherkitchen! πŸ™‚ 🍸 🍸 (Cuba Libre)
    Mornin’ ImpeachEmAll πŸ™‚ |_| (Flaming Dr. Pepper)
    Mornin’ Monroe! πŸ™‚ |_| (Stinger)
    Mornin’ Les! πŸ™‚ |_| (Rusty Nail)
    Mornin’ shiloh1973! πŸ™‚ |_| (Jack Daniels)
    Mornin’ TexasRanger! πŸ™‚ |_| (Whiskey Smash)
    Mornin’ Ziiggii! πŸ™‚ |_| (B52)
    Mornin’ oldiadguy! πŸ™‚ |_| (Rum & Coke)
    Mornin’ smiley! (“stuck in spambucket”) πŸ™‚ 🍸 (Spanish coffee)
    Mornin’ derk! (β€œStellars”) πŸ™‚ 🍸 (Kamikaze)
    Mornin’ Jacqueline Taylor Robson πŸ™‚ 🍸 (Shirley Temple)
    Mornin’ facebkwallflower! πŸ™‚ |_| (Night Train Express)
    Mornin’ Ms. Cindy! (aka “Ms Cynlynn” aka “ms cynlynn”) πŸ™‚ 🍸 (1970 ducru beaucaillou)
    Mornin’ sandandsea2015! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (1961 ChΓ’teau Montrose)
    Mornin’ amwick! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (Blue motorcycle)
    Mornin’ hocuspocus13! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (1970 Chateau Latour)
    Mornin’ Sloth1963! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (1971 Moulin Touchais)
    Mornin’ MTeresa! (Ex-lurker) πŸ™‚ |_| (Albanian Raki Moskat)
    Mornin’ rheavolans! (aka “Rhea Salacia Volans”) πŸ™‚ |_| (Hot Buttered Rum)
    Mornin’ joshua! πŸ™‚ |_| (Mudslide)
    Mornin’ John Denney! πŸ™‚ |_| (RumChata)
    Mornin’ litenmaus! πŸ™‚ |_| (Stolichnaya elit, no ice)
    Mornin’ kinthenorthwest! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (A Lonely Island Lost in the Middle of a Foggy Sea)
    Mornin’ TwoLaine! πŸ™‚ |_| (Smoking Bishop)
    Mornin’ patternpuzzler! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (Old Lady)
    Mornin’ SenatssekretΓ€r FREISTAAT DANZIG! πŸ™‚ |_| (Red Russian)
    Mornin’ G-d&Country! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (Blind Russian)
    Mornin’ Gary! πŸ™‚ |_| (Yuengling)
    Mornin’ valeriecurren! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (Flaming Sambuca)
    Mornin’ Lucille! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (Peach Schnapps)
    Mornin’ Lburg! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (Lburg lemonade)
    Mornin’ davidhuntpe! πŸ™‚ |_| (Baileys Irish Cream on the rocks)
    Mornin’ skipper1961! πŸ™‚ |_| (Brompton’s Cocktail – No cherry, no umbrella, no plastic monkey)
    Mornin’ mightyconservative! πŸ™‚ |_| (Benjamin Franklin’s clarified milk punch)
    Mornin’ NC Nana! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (Beautiful)
    Mornin’ bjosz! πŸ™‚ |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| (Some of Menagerie’s Jack Daniels – Shhhhhh)
    Mornin’ Angelle Staria Literary Works! πŸ™‚ |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| (Some more of Menagerie’s Jack Daniels – Shhhhhh)
    Mornin’ just stevie! πŸ™‚ 🍸 🍸 🍸 🍸 🍸 🍸 🍸 (Chateau Pape Clement Blanc Pessac, 2014)
    Mornin’ whiners and complainers! πŸ˜› (No drink for you!)
    Mornin’ to people posting that I missed. 😳
    Mornin’ to all you lurkers! πŸ˜•

    Also just in case someday; mornin’ to Elvis Chupacabra, F.D.R. in Hell and sundance! :mrgreen:


    NEW and IMPROVED breakfast with extra bacon for ZurichMike!

    Doughnuts for coffee!

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    • auscitizenmom says:

      I’ll have those fluffy pancakes, please. Mornin’ Nyet, everyone. πŸ™‚

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    • czarowniczy says:

      I just had one of those ‘missing it’ moments when, in the old old Army days, we’d have breakfast in a company chow hall. Zero-dark-thirty and you’d take your squad/platoon to eat at a mess that would be staffed (can’t say ‘manned’ no mo’) by your own mess crew, it was bonding.

      Last time I did that was ’99 at Ft Gordon. It was 0530, I was on assignment pending a trip. I was a senior NCO so ate independently and went to breakfast with some other NCOs who qualified as ‘older than ‘ at that time, we’d all been in over 20 and one guy had been in basic with me in ’65. There were companies of trainees, Ft Gordon’s hosts the Army signal school, and they were forming up for chow. These kids were almost our grandkids’ ages, even their instructors didn’t recognize some of our Vietnam right shoulder patches…deja vu.

      There was a mixed squad of trainees approaching the front doors so our small group stopped to let them and their squad leader in. The squad leader stopped his squad and said we could go ahead. The Marine Master Sergeant with us was the first to speak up as he gently told the squad leader that we always eat by rank, lowest first. The squad went first but I still think that the Marine sergeant would have liked to have been a bit more…firm…with that young sergeant had his squad not have been there.

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      • ZurichMike says:

        I did not know that tradition. Thank you for sharing that!


        • czarowniczy says:

          Don’t know if they still do it but under field, and usually garrison, conditions when feeding by unit the chow line would go from lowest first through the ranks. Presumably as the lowest ranks usually do the grunt work and most in need of food. The higher ranks are usually more administrators and caloric needs for that are lesser.

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    • ZurichMike says:

      Photo 1’s only redeeming feature is that the bacon is in front (probably trying to escape from the onslaught of odious banana slices that have no place on the breakfast table). Photo 2 is fab. I even like photo 3 because I love the donut on top (forget the name).

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    • Lucille says:

      Good evening, Nyet! It’s way too late for breakfast but never too late for bacon. So pile a couple handfuls into a picnic basket. There’s just enough daylight left in the day to enjoy a bacon feast by the sea…

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  5. ZurichMike says:

    Nice photo of Dubrovnic! Sadly, this little gem on the ocean is overrun with cruise ship hooligans. You can barely walk inside the walled city during the day. Noise and crowds — just awful. But it is a beautiful city, and the ocean is crystal clear and a gorgeous dark blue.

    But notable in the city in one of the side streets is one of the oldest synagogues in Europe, started by Jews who were ejected from Spain in 1492. It has been in constant use since, and is no bigger than a small townhouse. Common area on first floor, synagogue on second floor.

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    • stella says:

      A long time ago I dated a guy from this part of the world, and his sister ran a guest house in Dubrovnik. That was way back during the Tito days, and she did a lot of cash under the table business, he told me.

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  6. Lucille says:

    Trump’s possible tax cuts would benefit most Americans: Grover Norquist
    Fox Business


  7. jeans2nd says:

    Doncha just love band concerts…and the water…
    Ah, Stella, we were born in the wrong century

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  8. auscitizenmom says:

    lilbirdee12’s prayer:

    Our Heavenly Father, Your children come to you tonight to ask for healing and peace throughout our country so that we may return to being One Nation Under God. Guide us to be leaders in Your Kingdom, spreading Your Love and Salvation to all. Forgive us our sins and deliver us from evil.

    Lord, we ask for a blanket of protection over all our troops and law enforcement who serve to defend and protect us. Bless our representatives with the strength and wisdom they need to achieve the path You have chosen for us.

    Please place Your Guardian Angels of Protection around Donald Trump and Mike Pence and their families as they seek to lead America back to You.

    Grant us patience, Lord, as the evil ones try to anger us and cause us to fall.
    Spread blessings over Israel and Netanyahu.

    We humbly ask that You please comfort those who are grieving and in pain.
    Thank you Father, for Your Love and the gift of Life.

    In Jesus name, we pray. Amen.

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  9. auscitizenmom says:

    A prayer for Justice Kavanaugh and Gen. Flynn:

    Prayer to St. Michael

    St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle;
    be our defense against the wickedness and snares of the devil.
    May God rebuke him, we humbly pray;
    and do you, O prince of the heavenly host,
    by the power of God,
    thrust into hell Satan and the other evil spirits
    who prowl about the world for the ruin of souls.

    In Jesus name, we pray. Amen.

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  10. czarowniczy says:

    Wellll, today’s our anniversary…or yesterday, we were never really sure but we know it’s one of the two days. Anywho, our gray cat brought us an anniversary present! When she came in she brought us a fat, live, wriggly field mouse and dropped it right on the kitchen floor.

    She was a bit taken back when we didn’t hit all four and chase it. When it ran under the range table she went under and chased it out, again leaving it to us. The 22 pound inside cat sort of made a halfhearted attempt at it but mice aren’t really its thing no mo’, and the old dog (who was quite a good mouser) thought it just too much trouble.

    Our furry anniversary present is now running around the pantry some where, the grey cat is asleep on Czarina and the weight of any demousing operation is now squarely on the black & white cat when he comes in. Not an altogether unusual anniversary for us, as they go, whenever they are.

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