General Discussion, Tuesday, February 21, 2023

Speaking of balloons . . . on this day in 1995 American businessman and adventurer Steve Fossett became the first person to fly solo across the Pacific Ocean in a balloon. It was the first of his many aviation records.

On February 21, 1995, Fossett landed in Leader, Saskatchewan, Canada, after taking off from South Korea, becoming the first person to make a solo flight across the Pacific Ocean in a balloon.

Steve Fossett’s fortune came from trading futures and options in Chicago. He used his money to make 116 attempts at world records in the realms of flight, boating and speed. At the time of his death at age 63, the adventurer held records for the fastest trip around the globe in a sailboat, the first solo trip around the world in a hot-air balloon, first solo nonstop flight around the world in an airplane and the highest altitude flown in a sailplane. I suppose it is fitting that he should have died in a plane while planning his next adventure.

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24 Responses to General Discussion, Tuesday, February 21, 2023

  1. Pa Hermit says:

    I could say he LIVED FAST!

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  2. WeeWeed says:

    Mornin’ kids!

    Liked by 5 people

  3. czarina33 says:

    So, just a small note here that South Louisiana and Mississippi are closed today due to Mardi Gras. Didn’t seem right to put this under the paczki post.

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  4. auscitizenmom says:

    Mornin’All. It is snowing outside like in a Christmas movie. And, the wind is really blowing it around. There was a Winter Storm advisory last night, so I figured something might happen. Loki and I are snug and warm in our little apartment. I think it is supposed to snow through today and the next few days. I guess it is still winter.

    I am really amazed at the Revival that is going on across America. It seems wonderful and is happening art the universities. They are reporting on it on FOX but I don’t know about other stations. Well, hope your weather is good for Fat Tuesday. 🙂

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  5. Lucille says:

    EXCLUSIVE: A Potential Crime Identified Related to President Trump’s Call with Georgia Secretary of State Raffensperger
    By Joe Hoft Feb. 21, 2023 10:30 am

    After all the controversy involving the phone call President Trump made to Georgia’s Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger in early January 2020, there may actually be a crime committed after all.

    President Trump lined up a call with Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger on January 2, 2021. President Trump had bucketloads of ballot and process issues identified in the state’s 2020 Election.

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  6. Lucille says:

    Oh my, how offensive! Another “educator” who believes that Western Civilization studies is racist? President Becerra needs to be dismissed!

    Catholic University Drops Theology, Religion Degrees to Fund More Popular Ones
    Published February 21, 2023

    Marymount University President Irma Becerra supports a controversial plan to eliminate bachelor’s degrees in theology and religious studies, philosophy, mathematics, art, history, sociology, English, economics and secondary education, as well as a master’s program in English and humanities.

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    • Sharon says:

      I think the Apostle Paul described such dynamics and consequences as “deceiving and being deceived”.

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      • Lucille says:

        Yes, indeed! Perhaps the university should put SPECIAL EMPHASIS ON theology, doctrine, religious practice, and Bible overview and become a place where students flock to take those classes. Hiring fine scholars and devout professors would bring in students who desire to strengthen their faith and to help their communities via their parishes. Becerra should hang her head in shame.

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  7. Sharon says:

    A few days ago I actually found a decently priced (2.98/lb) package of boneless porkchops at our local Mega Foods. They specialize in Mexican grocery goods, and also Russian (to serve the sizable “Old Believers” community near here). There were five chops in the package, big enough to divide each, so I will be getting 10 meals out of that package.

    Some of them will be pre-set in the fridge to be used each day, and at least half of them frozen for later use.

    I find it easier to do larger food preps and then space it out in use. “starting from scratch” and making something every day doesn’t work as well for me.

    Stella, what does it mean when you speak of “reducing” your broth? Is that just simmering/cooking it down for a richer taste? I don’t think I understand exactly what you’re doing there!

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    • Sharon says:

      …this store does something pretty close to “farm to table” in their meat and veg inventory..

      I fix pork chops the way my mother did–breaded with finely crushed cracker crumbs, after tipping in a rich egg/milk bath…brown them real good in the cast iron pan on top of the stove, and then bake in the oven for 75 minutes until they’re very tender. Then a good batch of gravy made from the leavings–comfort food extraordinaire! with a slice of home made bread and, this week, followed by a slice of home made pumpkin pie….

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    • Stella says:

      Hi Sharon! I also like to do larger food preps.

      Reducing the broth is just what it sounds like. After straining, cooling and skimming most of the fat, I cook it down to evaporate half to two-thirds of the liquid. Then I freeze it – either as cubes, or in small containers (after which I cut it up and put in a freezer bag.) Doesn’t take up as much room in the refrigerator freezer, and you can always add water if you need to for the particular preparation. Here is a good explanation of how Helen Rennie makes hers. It is the same way that I do it.

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      • Sharon says:

        I really like that idea/process. Makes it very easy to add it to something or use it as a started. Thanks!

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      • Stella says:

        Last week I took my leftover turkey carcass and meat from Thanksgiving out of the freezer and used it up. I made stock (as described) and turkey with dumplings. The turkey with dumplings fed me for five meals!

        The stock was made with the carcass, leftover wings and the back. I browned all of it in the oven before beginning.

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