General Discussion, Thursday, December 12, 2019

This church holds long-ago memories for me, as it is located on Michigan Avenue in Chicago, in the heart of the Magnificent Mile. To the left of the main building is a courtyard with benches where a friend and I often went to sit and rest and talk. The church, built in 1912, is surrounded by skyscrapers and traffic, much like its neighbor, the Water Tower.

4th Presbyterian is immediately across Michigan Avenue from the John Hancock Center, another favorite of mine. The Hancock has the best cocktail lounge on the 96th floor (the Signature Lounge), which has great panoramic views of the city (even in the ladies’ bathroom, with floor to ceiling windows that look to the Loop).

This video is long, but fascinating. The sights and sounds of the largest pipe organ in Chicago, which is located at 4th Presbyterian.

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64 Responses to General Discussion, Thursday, December 12, 2019

  1. 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’ Sam Felton πŸ™‚ |_| (Seventhree Cucumber Vodka, Fever Tree Tonic with a slice of cucumber)
    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:

    Breakfast!

    NEW and IMPROVED breakfast with extra bacon for ZurichMike!

    Pastries for coffee!

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    • Lucille says:

      Good morning, Nyet! I’m sending over some…
      Cajun Avocado Deviled Eggs | Easy Low Carb Snack Recipe by Forkly

      My Mom made the most delicious deviled eggs with chopped scallions. Those along with her specialty of candied yams with crackly brown sugar, were always the items requested for our extended family Thanksgiving or Christmas gatherings. Beautiful times.

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      • Menagerie says:

        Good morning Lucille! My daughter in law makes unbelievably good deviled eggs. They have bacon crumbles on top and right before serving are drizzled with honey, which I thought I would not like when I saw her do it the first time, but actually is very good. I have no idea what gets mixed in the egg yolks, but it sure is good.

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        • Lucille says:

          Good day to you, Menagerie. Mom used to put her finished deviled eggs in a plastic container and once arriving at the relative’s house, would put them on her deviled egg plate. One time she decided to put them on the plate to save time. She put the plate in a smallish cardboard box and sat it between her and Dad.

          Well, wouldn’t you know, Dad had to slam on the brakes when another car pulled quickly into his lane. That box went flying and ruined the carefully finished eggs. At least the other items she brought were boxed and placed on the back seat floor. She was laughing when she related the story, but said she was NOT a happy camper at the time.

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    • lovely says:

      Morning Nye πŸ™‚ !

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    • auscitizenmom says:

      i’ll have the toast and and egg along with a piece of ZM’s bacon. Mornin’ Nyet, everyone. It is 76* and cloudy/overcast but very very bright outside. Weatherguessers say it is going to rain. In fact, it is supposed to be pouring rain right now……………….it isn’t!!

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    • czarowniczy says:

      I’ll have the onion and garlic bagel with cream cheese and bacon. Oh oh, ‘scuse me, caller ID shows my cardiologist calling…back in a moment.

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  2. Lucille says:

    Stellars…

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  3. Lucille says:

    111th Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade

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  4. lovely says:

    Morning Stella and all,

    Chicago has magnificent churches, St. Peter’s was one of the first things that led me on my journey to Christianity. I’ll never forget the blanket of peace that I felt walking into that church. It’s so beautiful and austere in its own way, so much white. Every time I have been there its sheer quietness leads me to focused prayer, a lovely place to tune the chaos of this world out.

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  5. WeeWeed says:

    Mornin’ kids!

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  6. czarowniczy says:

    My favorite stateside organ:

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  7. JTR says:

    A new video and song from my DH’s friend! This one is all shot locally as well. The horse is his and painted on the side of his truck!

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  8. czarowniczy says:

    New CDC/New England Journal of Medicine blurb says that for the first time since the early 20th century more people are dying at home from natural causes than in the hospital. Sure, it’s to *&%$#@ expensive to die at the hospital!

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  9. Lucille says:

    Say a prayer for this young man. I’ve followed his YT channel, Homemade Everything, for several years. He and his family (wife and 2 small children) live in south Texas…parents, married brother and newly married sister and extended family are all Texans and live close by…father, brother and sister all veterinarians.

    It’s a bit hard to watch a vid made by someone who is basically dying. But he has a rambling crazy sense of humor and isn’t interested in people feeling sorry for him. He’s pretty matter of fact…however, I think he is kind of heroic and such a dear person

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  10. lovely says:

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  11. rumpole2 says:

    UK GENERAL ELECTION

    Polls have just closed at 10:00pm UK time. Not confirmed results., but UK media produce (accurate) “Exit Polls”

    It’s a HUGE win for Boris and the Tories… humiliating Defeat for Corbyn and his Marxists (Labour)

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    • rumpole2 says:

      SADLY… Boris’s deal is NOT BREXIT… as it stands it is STEALTH REMAIN.

      There will need to be HUGE changes to the deal if it is done at all. The EU are already announcing the “Transition” will drag on for 3 years.

      Also.. if the exit poll results are correct… the SNP have made gains and will be a nuisance in Parliament demanding “Scottish Independence” no matter what topic is up for discussion.

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    • rumpole2 says:

      Prior to this election UK Parliament was described as a “Zombie” Parliament.. Boris had a DEFICIT of -45 votes rather than any sort of a majority (even in coalitions with other Parties). It was SILLY!. He could not get any act passed… he even LOST votes to call a new election (requiring 2/3 majority)… and so was held hostage in effect.. not even able to quit.
      If the exit poll is correct.. Boris now has a majority of 86.

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    • rumpole2 says:

      There is a traditional Side-game rivalry to be the FIRST to DECLARE a final result

      Sunderland V Newcastle Districts.

      Newcastle Won

      Sunderland only Minutes behind…

      BOTH Labour victories… but note In Sunderland South,
      BXP plus Tory combined would have beaten Labour. In effect Conservatives SPLIT the “Brexit vote” and so allowed Labour to win

      Also as Farage kept trying to point out… BXP were taking votes off LABOUR (betrayed leavers), and not off conservatives.. who would have had NO CHANCE in this LABOUR electorate if BXP were not running

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    • rumpole2 says:

      If people want to watch live results.. SKY is one option…

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    • rumpole2 says:

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    • rumpole2 says:

      ANOTHER Constituency where The Tories SPLIT the Brexit vote.

      IMO the Tories are a bit naughty… well… they DID NOT want Farage to gain even a “beach head” in Parliament.
      Tories would have had NO CHANCE in this Labour seat..would not have got close to Labour if BXP not running…. but by standing a candidate they blocked BXP winning it (maybe)

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    • rumpole2 says:

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    • rumpole2 says:

      This daft woman has ZERO self awareness…

      She is lamenting how “devastating” it is for (Labour) MPs to lose their sets.
      These MPs have BETRAYED the people who voted for them. They BLOCKED Brexit despite their Constituency voting 70% for it
      They were WARNED repeatedly that there would be consequences…

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    • rumpole2 says:

      Scottish SNP… ALREADY demanding a referendum on Scottish independence.

      They did have a Scottish Independence Referendum in 2014. At the very LEAST I think they should wait a few years to see UK actually Brexit (and flourish)

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      • rumpole2 says:

        In simple terms it seems to make sense that some defined region should be able to break away and form their own Country, but that sort of thing effects the “Parent Country” as well as the break-aways. No Country would let parts of their sovereign Country simply break away lightly. There are all sorts of consideration.. economic and “strategic” for instance. In the specific Scottish case… the vote would be split close to 50/50, so half the people would have “Independence” forced on them. There would be a LOT to negotiate…. it would likely be MORE complicated than Brexit.. and take many years.

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    • rumpole2 says:

      Any “conservative” aware details of UK politics would see this as HILARIOUS!!

      Lib Dem leader Jo Swinson set to lose seat, exit poll indicates

      The survey gives the Liberal Democrat leader just a 5 per cent chance of retaining the Dunbartonshire East seat.

      https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/dunbartonshire-east-election-result-jo-swinson-lib-dem-snp-scotland-a9244706.html

      Leader of the DIMLIBS who claimed she would take her 12 seat party.. and WIN the election and become Prime Minister. LOL
      Her main policy was to simply CANCEL BREXIT… ignore the 17.4 million who voted for it
      Looks like the DIMLIBS might gain 1 seat going from 12 to 13… but Swinson NOT winning her seat πŸ™‚

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    • rumpole2 says:

      HARTLEPOOL – was Brexit Party’s best chance of a seat…

      Richard Tice (BXP) did show poll numbers of 19% as a peak… but was always a distant 3rd.
      Following Hartlepool convinced me that Brexit Party was unlikely to gain any seats.

      ANOTHER seat that Boris could have stepped aside to give BXP a chance. AsI have said before I think Boris REALLY did not wat BXP getting even a toe in Parliament… they actually PREFERRED that Labour won such seats.

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    • rumpole2 says:

      Corbyn giving speech as he wins his seat..

      He is basically saying that Labour Manifesto was best… (presumably people too stupid to see that)

      He also says he wlll continue to lead the party? But not leadit into any future election?

      I think his party may have something to say about THAT>

      He needs to be sacked as leader!!

      This is WORSE performance by Labour since 1935… Jeremy… WAKE UP!!

      https://imgur.com/undefined

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    • rumpole2 says:

      As much as I see SNP as a nuisance (Mostly)…

      They did good…..THEY BEAT JO SWINSON!!

      And to think… she claimed she would be Prime Minister

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    • rumpole2 says:

      MORE than enough to Trigger UK Litards, Remoaners, Labour voters….

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    • rumpole2 says:

      It’s OFFICIAL… Conservatives Win

      Conservative have 326 seats (in 650 seat Parliament)… and more to come

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    • rumpole2 says:

      To Finish off Election Coverage – Final Numbers

      A Conservative Majority of 79

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    • rumpole2 says:

      Nice encouragement from Trump but……
      As things stand, even if Boris deal goes through on 31st January 2020, there is still a year where UK is “in transition” in negotiations with EU for a “Free Trade” deal and unable to negotiate deals outside EU. And even if that can be done by December 2020, the agreement already REQUIRES that UK stay aligned with EU rules, standards, even laws and taxes, and so they will remain UNABLE to negotiate deals with Nations (like USA) that are NOT aligned with EU.
      I DO NOT see things working out well at all if Boris sticks to his “Deal”

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  12. Lucille says:

    BREXIT BLOWOUT! Conservatives WIN HUGE MAJORITY as Labour DECIMATED!!!
    Dr. Steve Turley

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