Wednesday, February 25, 2015

United 1646: SFO to IAD

If you don't know where you're going / Any road will take you there - George Harrison #QotD

George HarrisonA repeat from a post of a few years ago ("All Those Years Ago" perhaps?).
Today would have been George Harrison's 68th birthday. I'm sure that Somewhere in England there are people who remember him at 33 1/3. But then, All Things Must Pass when we're Living in a Material World that's so full of Extra Texture that it causes some of us to live on Cloud Nine while others have just Gone Troppo. George was a bit of a Dark Horse in the post-Beatle hit making, but his Electronic Sound really was a Wonderwall of music that left us all just a little Brainwashed via his Eastern leanings.
Happy birthday, George, we miss you!

Monday, February 16, 2015

Happy Presidents' Day ... this year, I honor Calvin Coolidge and Franklin Pierce

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Pierce Manse
Last summer, I visited New Hampshire and Vermont -- homes to this year's Presidents. So, in honor of Franklin Pierce and Calvin Coolidge, I dedicate this Presidents' Day.

First, I stopped in Concord, NH and, in addition to visiting the State Capitol, stopped to see the Pierce Manse. Sadly, it wasn't open, but I did get to walk around a bit. As an interesting side note, in elementary school (4th and 5th grade), one of my classmates claimed to be descended from Franklin Pierce. Who knows?

From New Hampshire, we drove on to Vermont and spent some time in the Rutland area. Before driving back to Manchester, we took a side trip to Plymouth Notch, the home and birthplace of Calvin Coolidge. The historic site was quite interesting.

So, what about the two Presidents? Pierce was certainly one of the worst (despite having his biography being written by Nathaniel Hawthorne! Coolidge probably somewhere in the middle.

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Coolidge Birthplace (and birthroom)

Sunday, February 01, 2015

Blizzard warning still on for #ALAMW15, snow not publisher's galleys

Blizzard Warning remains in effect until midnight CST tonight.

Timing: snow, heavy at times, will continue into this evening.

Blizzard conditions will also develop and continue this evening.

Snow accumulations: 10 to 16 inches, with isolated higher amounts possible.

Snowy, blizzardy, Chicago good morning