General Discussion, Saturday, June 27, 2020

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  1. Lucille says:

    Stellars…

    …and enjoy the moon….

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  2. ZurichMike says:

    Lovely day today in Switzerland. Went for a nice morning hike, now just checking e-mail and stuff before lunch: veal carpaccio on pesto with fresh bread, and local strawberries for dessert. Then a nap. Must have a nap. Even if I don’t need/deserve it. 🙂

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  3. auscitizenmom says:

    Mornin’ everyone. Got up this morning…………and the country is still on fire. 😦

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    • czarina33 says:

      Our temps are not down but it’s drier because of the Saharan haze. Looked like rain all day yesterday, but it wasn’t rain clouds. Not quite grey, more grey-brown. Supposed to stay this way for 4-5 more days. Makes my eyes itch and my nose drip.

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    • czarowniczy says:

      On the other hand, if you’re talking about politics – expect it to gert hotter the more closerer we get to November.

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      • auscitizenmom says:

        Yeah, I keep telling my friend who is upset about the way things are now, that it is only going to get worse.

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        • czarowniczy says:

          This is planned, they were cocked and locked, just waiting for an event they could shape their narrative to. I’d said early on in 2017 that there was going to be an unrelenting drum beat of negativity toward Trump and guerilla war by Rat operatives. It’s only going to get worse by November to emotionally pressure people to vote for avuncular Joe, polls are already showing the slight turn.

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          • auscitizenmom says:

            And, we are wasting time and effort discussing trying to appease them with legislation about cops, statues, etc. I hate the MSM. The only discussion we should be having is how long they need to spend in jail, reparations for the destruction they have caused, and bringing those who are behind them to justice.

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            • czarowniczy says:

              Cops are holding back, seeing which way the winds will blow before they commit themselves to the battle.

              In NYC where the elite anti-crime unit was disbanded, the city saw a huge spike in shootings and other personal/property crimes within just 4 days. Things to come…

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    • stella says:

      Mornin’ mom. My basement has a couple of inches in it. My sump pump died.

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      • auscitizenmom says:

        Oh, no. 😦

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      • czarowniczy says:

        Oh yuck…a barewall or covered wall basement?

        I remember how, after Katrina, the city and Federal government decided perhaps it wasn’t the best idea to store all of their important records and emergency equipment in basements, especially in a city where the floor of the 1st floor is below sea level.

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        • texan59 says:

          Some sharp pencils in that drawer! 😉

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        • stella says:

          There are paneled walls, but they are real wood. I had a sewer backup flood six years ago that was 2 feet deep. This flood is minor in comparison. It’s water.

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          • czarowniczy says:

            Just wondering if you could use one of those paint-on water barriers they use to seal cellar walls. Last house I was connected with that had a basement was the one my grandfather built but when he bought the property he was to build on he bought property on the top of a hill.

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            • stella says:

              The wood walls have already been soaked up to a level of 2 feet during the last flood. They actually hold up well. Anyway, I would have to take them down and treat the back of the boards as well as the front.

              My basement stays dry as long as my sump pump is working. It isn’t. Water always wins.

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              • czarowniczy says:

                We have the same – sort of – issue with our septic. When that in-tank pump’s screen gets clogged the final tank overfills and the system backs up. We get plenty of warning but we have a 2nd above ground pump that flushes it out into the woods where the trees and the grass win.

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  4. Lucille says:

    New York City Waterfront….

    NYC late 1800s…

    East River Docks, NYC ca.1900…

    Queen Mary bringing back soldiers from WWII 1945…

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    • Menagerie says:

      Awesome pictures Lucille! Thanks so much.

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      • Lucille says:

        You’re welcome, Menagerie! I love old sailing ship photos…all that rigging and canvas. Totally romantic!

        When I was 11 or 12 I read a novel entitled “Praise At Morning” (title taken from a quote: “Some praise at morning what they condemn at night, but always think the last opinion right”). It’s set prior to the American Civil War and follows the escapades of a young clipper ship captain named Matthew Steele and a young woman named Loyalty who he met at the home of a man he was hoping would finance his ’round-the-Horn importing/exporting ventures. Though they were very lucrative, the captain refused other offers by wealthy Americans who dealt in the opium and slave trades; so he was having a difficult time finding financing. The novel takes him through the Civil War in which he initially refused to join either the Union or the Confederacy, saying he agreed with points on both sides. He becomes a pariah but eventually decides on the Union and gets the girl.

        The ’round-the-Horn route was particularly suited to clipper ships because of their speed (an unheard-of 250 nautical miles per day). They are such beautiful “tall” ships under sail…

        Anyway, I’ve been in love with sailing ships ever since…and clipper ship captains…and spinnaker sails–the cute billowing small sails off the bowsprit. LOL!

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        • czarina33 says:

          About three years ago I read Two Years Before the Mast, written in the early 1800’s by a young man who gave up college to sail from Boston to what would become California and work the coast, then return with trade goods. He resumed college, became a maritime lawyer and even returned to the west coast many years later. I had a hard time understanding the sails and rigging, even with the drawings he had made, but I certainly understood working on a sailing ship by the end of the book.

          I also read a book about the Essex, the ship and incident Moby Dick was based on. Now that was a story!

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        • Menagerie says:

          We have an awesome big picture, a photograph actually, framed and on the wall in the bedroom. It’s a very large sailboat, I suspect maybe one of the racing ones, I don’t know, but it is captured coming off a huge wave and looks as if it will soon be plowed over by another.

          I don’t know how someone got this picture, but I’ve always loved it. I found it in a shop in Memphis and insisted we buy it. My pictures are about all that survived the move intact. I love my pictures and kept most of them.

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      • Lucille says:

        Incidentally, the Cutty Sark, built in 1869 was the last sailing trade clipper ship built…she’s on display in Greenwich, London…

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