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calendar   Tuesday - December 25, 2012

MERRY CHRISTMAS ONE AND ALL

HOPE THIS DAY IS A SUCCESS FOR ALL ...

All being well fingers crossed, we are off to friends in the village where we will enjoy a great Christmas dinner.  She gets up darn near dawn, well, maybe an hour later, and starts putting things together mostly from scratch. Can’t wait.  Missed it last year as I was in bed with a doozy of a cold.  Even so, they sent a plate over here for me should I have any appetite.  I didn’t til I saw the plate.

We stay for after dinner coffee and conversation, then return home before the Queen’s traditional Christmas day address.  With no disrespect intended, I just can not get it through my head why she has to do that, since she is not free to actually say anything not vetted by whatever party is in power.  I’m not even certain she actually writes all of those addresses herself. She may do. But she does NOT have the freedom to speak her mind publicly, as her subjects do.  And subjects really isn’t the correct term in this world, cos I don’t see anyone subject to anything anymore.  Maybe it’s just me. So we leave before the address, which is a bore to me and again no disrespect there. I just have no interest, having once sat thru one.  Never again. Fingers crossed.

Some hours later if wife still up to it, we host a tea and sherry and whatever else is the norm, for the couple who had us to Christmas dinner. It’s a nice get together and all very civilized, since there are no liberals in attendance. Just a couple of very good friends, possibly their daughter also who might be visiting today.

So that’s it.

A VERY HAPPY CHRISTMAS TO YOU ALL.


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Posted by peiper   United Kingdom  on 12/25/2012 at 10:00 AM   
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calendar   Monday - December 24, 2012

A Merry Christmas to all

With Best Wishes from BMEWS to all who are surfing through and of course all our regulars.  To you and your loved ones, our hope for a very Happy Christmas, hope you’re stocked up on Tums (for the tummy).

As a public service reminder .... there will be no smoking or flames too close to CenTex at dinner, and no smoking within a mile on New Yrs eve. 

H/T New Jersey Yank

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Posted by peiper   United States  on 12/24/2012 at 01:00 PM   
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Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas To All,

And To All A Good Night!



Christmas Eve! A day of driving and celebration for us. 103 miles up and over to the cousin’s house to party all day long. That Italian “7 fishes” thing that usually turns into about 18 fishes, 9 beers, 3 shots, 2 coffees, and about 9 hours of partying with the vultures. Then down to my Mom’s that night for Christmas the next morning. Ham! Pie! Presents!! Then 75 miles back here that evening because work starts up again Wednesday.

So here’s a Christmas Card picture for you from my lovely historic town of Clinton NJ. Featuring - as I often jokingly say is required by law - our world famous Red Mill, and of course WM Cowin and Francis Lowthorp’s great creation in cast iron and wrought iron, our 1870 adjustable Pony Pratt bridge.  All decked out for the holiday. Feel free to copy the image; I give it to one and all.

So now you can not only say you got a pony for Christmas, you got an adjustable one as well. Now, how special is that? LOL


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Somebody said they were sick of one kind of post, after carping a bit about too much of another kind of post just a day or so before that, so why not put up a bridge post instead? Happy to oblige, somebody. And there ain’t no redheads in the picture neither. Clicky piccy, as usual.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 12/24/2012 at 05:01 AM   
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calendar   Thursday - December 20, 2012

finga ricking goord

Don’t blame me, Rich K sent me this link. Actually, I think it’s pretty goord good. Finga ricking goord!

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It’s Christmas Eve in Japan. Little boys and girls pull on their coats, the twinkle of anticipation in their eyes. Keeping the tradition alive, they will trek with their families to feast at … the popular American fast food chain KFC.

Christmas isn’t a national holiday in Japan—only one percent of the Japanese population is estimated to be Christian—yet a bucket of “Christmas Chicken” (the next best thing to turkey—a meat you can’t find anywhere in Japan) is the go-to meal on the big day. And it’s all thanks to the insanely successful “Kurisumasu ni wa kentakkii!” (Kentucky for Christmas!) marketing campaign in 1974.

When a group of foreigners couldn’t find turkey on Christmas day and opted for fried chicken instead, the company saw this as a prime commercial opportunity and launched its first Christmas meal that year: Chicken and wine for 834 2,920 yen($10)—pretty pricey for the mid-seventies. Today the christmas chicken dinner (which now boasts cake and champagne) goes for about 3,336 yen ($40).

And the people come in droves. Many order their boxes of ”finger lickin’” holiday cheer months in advance to avoid the lines—some as long as two hours.

For nearly 40 years it’s been the same basic TV ad every time.

‘One of the reasons the campaign lasted so long is that the message is always the same: at Christmas you eat chicken,’ said Yasuyuki Katagi, executive director at Ogilvy and Mather Japan, the advertising agency.”

This year the ad guys are taking things up, up, and away. Literally.

And this year, the company launched a campaign that takes the holiday hype to new heights. From December 1 through February 28 passengers on select trips between Tokyo and eight U.S. and European destinations can enjoy KFC in-flight.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 12/20/2012 at 07:24 PM   
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calendar   Thursday - December 13, 2012

Stuff And Nonsense

Well, Maybe It’s Fine For England

Maths Formula Calculates Perfect Christmas Tree

Makes Makes for a Perfect Tree: This is truly for the meticulous, most fastidiuos Christmas tree decorator, who really must have just the right mix of lights, ornaments and tinsel distributed perfectly on the ole Tannenbaum.

It is a mathematical formula that one can use to design the most perfect tree. It was created students Nicole Wrightman and Alex Craig of the University of Sheffield in the U.K. Their “treegonometry” takes into the account the height of a tree in order to calculate the ideal number of ornaments, length of tinsel, length of lights and location of the star on top.

< ahref="http://www.shef.ac.uk/news/nr/debenhams-christmas-tree-formula-1.227810">Members of the University’s Maths society, called SUMS, have put an end to bare branches, by calculating the amount of baubles, tinsel and lights needed, as well as the size of the essential star on top.

Department store Debenhams set the University the Christmas themed challenge to create the formulas for the perfectly decorated Christmas tree and it is also available below as a calculator.

If you’ve found your ideal Christmas tree but want to ensure you use the appropriate amount of decorations then the calculator will have the answer.

The formulas – which are being rolled out for use by Debenhams personal shoppers nationwide – are as follows:

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TOTAL BALDERDASH

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BAH HUMBUG!

This formula is frightfully incomplete, not taking into account AT ALL the branch density, nor giving and optimum size of the baubles, nor whether it is using large bulb or small bulb lights. It doesn’t even allow the user to choose whether to have an ornament majority tree or a tinsel one. Maybe in the UK this works, where every tree is probably some EU mandated Charlie Brown™ anemic stick and the country is under trade obligation to buy tinsel by the ship full from Brussels, but it won’t work here.

Not that it couldn’t be improved. You’d need to make an bulb size adjustment feature, and one that carries the number of lights per meter. You’d need another variable to handle branch density, and yet another one to deal with length since some trees are bushier than others. You’d want to work in a scaling factor as well, as we all know that the biggest balls go on the lower parts of the tree, unless you have cats or extra stupid children, in which case the most robust ornaments are the ones put there, well strapped down.

So overall, perhaps these students rate a C+ or a B- for their concept, but the app is far from complete. Personally, I’d write in a secret suicidal back door bit of code for anyone who puts up one of those “quaint” chirping bird ornament things. Hang one of those and the calculations null out, leaving you a real Charlie loser of a holiday bush.

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I named the tree Lance Armstrong


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 12/13/2012 at 10:24 PM   
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calendar   Sunday - February 12, 2012

Drugs Are Bad

Whitney Houston, 48

Whitney Houston, the iconic American singer whose battles with drugs, alcohol and ex-husband Bobby Brown marred her star power, has died. She was 48.

Houston’s publicist confirmed the singer’s death to ABC News. The cause of death is not yet known.

Representatives from the Beverly Hills Police Department confirmed that the singer died in a hotel room at the Beverly Hilton hotel.

Police got a 911 call from hotel security at 3:43 p.m, P.I.O. Lieutenant Mark Rosen said. Efforts to revive her were unsuccessful and she was pronounced dead at 3:55 p.m. Houston’s daughter, Bobbi Kristina, were among the people that were immediately notified of her death.

Rosen said Houston’s cause of death has not yet been determined and no “obvious signs of foul play” have been seen.

Houston’s death on the eve of the Grammy Awards sent shock waves through the music industry, with many stars expressing shock and sadness.

Brown reportedly broke down back stage before a show with his band New Edition in Southhaven, a few miles south of Memphis.

Brown skipped the first song of the concert, but appeared onstage for the second. He shouted, “I love you, Whitney. The hardest thing for me to do is to come on this stage.” He then blew a kiss to the sky with visibly teary eyes.

Her longtime mentor Clive Davis held his annual concert and dinner Saturday at the hotel where her body was found. Producer Jimmy Jam, who had worked with Houston, said he anticipated the evening would become a tribute to her.

Aretha Franklin, her godmother, also said she was stunned.

“I just can’t talk about it now,” Franklin said in a short statement. “It’s so stunning and unbelievable. I couldn’t believe what I was reading coming across the TV screen.”


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 02/12/2012 at 01:53 PM   
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calendar   Saturday - December 24, 2011

Merry Christmas to all the BMEWSd!

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Let me also leave you with this: The Prayer of St. Francis. I memorized it years ago and still use it for meditation.

Lord, make me an instrument of Thy peace,
Where there is hatred, let me sow love,
Where there is injury, pardon;
Where there is doubt, faith;
Where there is despair, hope;
Where there is darkness, light;
Where there is sadness, joy!

Oh Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek
To be consoled, as to console;
To be understood, as to understand;
To be loved, as to love;
For it is in giving that we receive;
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
It is in dying to self that we are born to eternal life.

I think we will need such sentiments in the coming election year.


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Posted by Christopher   United States  on 12/24/2011 at 02:04 PM   
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calendar   Thursday - December 22, 2011

CHRISTMAS FUTURE?  not a good sign if it is.

OK first of all I think those leaders mentioned here are a bit OTT saying the stores are ashamed to sell religious cards.  But they should be for joining the oh so tacky and crude pandering to bad taste.  I might be way off base here. Maybe it’s age.  But I really see nothing witty, or clever or funny about these cards.

Last month I sent what many would think of as a crude birthday card to an old and dear friend in Franklin, Tn.  Since we’re both of an age and both experiencing those damnable things that accompany old age, the card addressed the funny side of aging (there really isn’t any) and although a bit crude it wasn’t vile and addressed head on our experiences.  It was a personal thing between friends. 

Somehow though, I see this in a different light altogether.  There’s something not right about it.  OK, free speech and free expression and some of it would be called art by some ppl. Which naturally makes it all okay.  Really?
I wonder if the ppl who produced this material would be so brave as to do a number on islam and the prophet.
Yeah. Sure.  When pigs learn to fly.


Stores ‘ashamed’ to sell religious cards… but obscene ones litter the High Street

By ANDREW LEVY
Supermarkets have become ‘ashamed’ of selling Christmas cards with religious themes, Christian leaders said yesterday.
They claimed a creeping ‘multicultural indoctrination’ had led to an aversion to Christianity, and that shops were worried about stocking cards that might offend other faiths.
The rebuke to Britain’s big four supermarkets – Tesco, Asda, Sainsbury’s and Morrisons – came as a snapshot poll by the Daily Mail revealed the tiny number of religious cards on sale.

THE OBSCENE CARDS

Christmas cards emblazoned with obscenities are on sale across Britain’s High Streets.
One card showing a quintessential 50s family inside a wreath reads ‘Merry Christmas W*****’, while another depicts a pair of carol singers with the words ‘Merry F****** Christmas.’ A third says: ‘Merry Christmas You F****** F*****.’
In total, dozens of the explicit cards are on sale in branches of Scribbler. Each costs around £2.50.
Mike Judge, of the Christian Institute, said: ‘You don’t have to be a prude to see this is inappropriate at what is, after all, a special time for families.’
Christian Concern’s Andrea Williams added: ‘Christmas is a time when we remember the birth of Jesus, a message of hope and peace for all people.  It is a great shame if Scribbler use it to promote obscenities.’
In the branch of the store in London’s Kensington High Street, the filth-ridden cards are part of a large display containing other family-orientated festive greetings.
One shows Santa saying: ‘Shh! Nobody knows I’m gay’ while another shows him with a cigarette in hand and the words: ‘F*** off! I’m smoking.’
A third shows a cheery-looking Father Christmas with the phrase ‘YOU ain’t getting s***!’
But Scribbler’s managing director John Procter described the cards as having a ‘schoolboy’ sense of humour.
‘It’s our company policy not to use expletives or such words in a gratuitous way. If we think it makes a joke then we will use one,’ he said.
‘We do group all of these rather rude cards together and keep them at eye level so children can’t see them.
‘I understand why some people might find them offensive. But they really are our best sellers and in reality we get very few complaints.’

LOTS MORE TO SEE HERE

Could someone enlighten me on something please. You’d think at my age and having traveled a few places in the world, I might know every single swear word there is.  I’ve even made a few up induced by computer malfunctions.
But I am stymied by this in the article. Cos I haven’t come across it before.

The second line in the article says Merry Christmas W*****.  Well, I guess I’m way behind the cuss curve on this cos I can’t think of a bad word that starts with a ‘W’ can you?

What the heck. I guess this is the way of this new world. 

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Posted by peiper   United Kingdom  on 12/22/2011 at 08:14 PM   
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Gon Out Bisy Backson

One of Rabbit’s Busy Days

Oh yes, that’s me for certain today and tomorrow. Granted that I can spell a bit better than that when necessary. But I’m going to be the madman with the duster and vacuum today, and a shopaholic, and a puter away of things that shouldn’t be here.

In fact, I probably won’t be back until Monday, perhaps even Tuesday. So Happy Christmas, Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays to one and all.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 12/22/2011 at 03:26 PM   
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calendar   Thursday - November 24, 2011

Thanksgiving 2011


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Invited over, can’t cook, but still want to arrive with something? Do like Bridget, and bring a harvest bouquet!

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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 11/24/2011 at 05:01 AM   
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calendar   Thursday - March 17, 2011

Almost Forgot

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!




imageSure and somehow it almost slipped me wee mind. I usually rely on Google to run some sort of theme to remind me of the various holidays and special days, but I guess since at it’s heart St. Patrick’s Day is a Christian event, they choose to ignore it. And about the only Irish in my family is that all my ancestors sailed past the old Emerald Isle on their way here. But I personally don’t want to miss out on an excuse to eat tasty corned beef, eat heavy bread, and drink equally heavy sweet beer, so I make the attempt. Needless to say, my Italian wife just gives me the eye roll, but she likes the corned beef too.

For the past few years the corned beef we’ve found in the grocery store hasn’t been that good. Nice meat, not too fatty, good texture ... but the corning flavor was just somehow lacking. So this year I made my own. Well, actually I re-made my own. I took a store bought corned beef and rebrined it. I’ve done a little brining; every once in a blue moon I brine up a whole chicken with jerk seasoning, which really gets the flavor in, right down to the bone. Good! But I was not sure how this attempt would work out on beef.

Mrs. 458 brought home a 2 1/2 pounder, which is what I’d call corned beef for one. I got out the Jaquard tenderizer, stabbed it full of holes, and made up a brine:
1/2 gallon water
1 cup of salt
1/4 cup sugar
3 gloves minced garlic

and set it to boil. Then I made the spice mix, which was very easy because of all the spices I’d purchased to make Indian curry. Surprise: a pickling spice mix pretty much IS a curry mix, just minus the fenugreek, the tumeric, and most of the hot pepper, with the addition of a little dried dill. You could add a teaspoon of Chinese 5 spice powder if you wanted.

2 tsp whole black peppercorns
2 tsp mustard seed
2 tsp coriander
2 tsp hot red pepper flakes ( I crushed up 8 Indian Sanaam peppers )
2 tsp allspice berries ( I used 2 tsp powdered allspice )
1 tsp ground mace
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/2 tsp cinnamon
8 bay leaves
1 tsp dried dill
2 tsp whole cloves ( about 3 dozen )
1 tsp ground cloves
1 tsp ground ginger
1 clove of garlic

Tenderize the meat and firmly rub it with the garlic clove. Throw the spices in the boiling water, stir it until the salt and sugar are dissolved, turn off the heat and let it cool. Put the beef brisket in a turkey size Boil’n Bag, pour in the seasoned brine, get all the air out of the bag and tie it off. Put this in the fridge for a week. Massage the meat through the bag once a day.

On cooking day, cut open the bag, get the meat out, rinse it off under the faucet and put it in a big pot of boiling water. Throw in that joke of a half-teaspoonful of “flavoring spices” that comes with the corned beef. Boil it for about 1 hours, then add 2 cans of Guinness ( and any potatoes if you’re doing them) and boil it for another 2 hours. Take the meat and taters out, chunk up a big head of cabbage and throw that in. Let that boil until the cabbage is nice and tender. Serve. I like mine with sharp mustard and hot horseradish.

I turned out that once I made up the seasoning, I found that I had a nice 8oz bag of pickling spice from Penzey’s anyway. So I threw a couple spoonfuls into the brining bag, and today I thew a couple more into the pot. The Penzey’s mix is almost exactly the same as what I wrote above. Double corned beef, with 6 times as much spice as what the commercial corned beef people used. It has to have a stronger taste, right? We’ll find out tonight.

I’m not sure of the chemistry, but I find it interesting that the corned beef I buy in the store floats, whereas the chunk of meat I brined sinks like a rock. And now the whole house smells like corned beef, which is driving out the curry aroma from the Vindaloo I made Monday. Have to remember to cut the Cayenne pepper on that recipe down by 3/4 as it’s still too hot for the wife. I thought it would be enough to substitute those Italian “hot” peppers for the jalapenos and serranos I used last time, but no.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 03/17/2011 at 06:10 PM   
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calendar   Friday - December 31, 2010

Happy Hogmanay!

A Guid New Year t’All



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What, you didn’t think New Year’s celebration was a Scottish thing? You figured it was some modernized carryover from Saturnalia and earlier pagan festivals of sun return? Well, you’re probably right, but when midnight hits and the music plays, what will you be singing?

Should auld acquaintance be forgot and never brought to mind?
Should auld acquaintance be forgot and auld lang syne
For auld lang syne, my dear, for auld lang syne,
We’ll take a cup o kindness yet, for auld lang syne.

An auld auld song merely transcribed by the grrrrrreat Scottish poet Robert Burns in 1788, though evidence shows that the song had been around for at least 80 years before then.

And the proper Scottish way to celebrate the end of the year? Why, to get drunk, eat a whole lot, get drunker, go outside and dance and sing, drink some more, set off fireworks, and then run around with torches and swing balls of fire throughout the town!

“In Scotland, New Year’s is called Hogmanay. And it is a time when people who can inspire awe in the IRISH for the amount of ALCOHOL that they drink decide to RAMP IT UP a notch.”

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The Scots know how to throw a party, and it doesn’t get any bigger than during New Year’s Eve celebrations. The Hogmanay festivities start early – a whole day early – with a spectacular torchlight procession along the Royal Mile. Wrap up warm, down a wee dram and join the thousands of flame-wielding locals marching from Parliament Square at 6.30pm through Edinburgh’s streets, accompanied by the wail of bagpipes, before congregating for a dramatic fireworks display over Calton Hill.

In a country not known for its balmy weather, the celebrations continue – mostly outdoors – for the next three days. New Year’s Eve itself is given over to a raucous street party, a ticketed event with staged live music and hordes of people dancing into the early hours. Other events include an outdoor ceilidh and a candlelit concert in St Giles’ Cathedral, although these are likely to be sold out in advance.

Ignore the hangover and head out again on New Year’s Day, when there are more concerts (K T Tunstall is headlining) and street festivals lasting until the 2nd, when, finally, the locals pack up and call it a day.

Nobody is really sure where the word “hogmanay” came from. It could be French, it could be Flemish, it might even be Scandanavian. The fire part of the party certainly has Viking roots. But the name is all Scottish these days, and so is the party. It’s a national holiday, and when the calends end properly, it’s a 4 day national holiday!

1 January and 2 January remain public holidays in Scotland and Hogmanay still is associated with as much celebration as Christmas in Scotland. Most Scots still celebrate Ne’erday with a special dinner, usually steak pie. When Ne’erday falls on a Sunday, 3 January becomes an additional public holiday in Scotland; when Ne’erday falls on a Saturday, both 3 January and 4 January will be public holidays in Scotland; when Ne’erday falls on a Friday, 4 January becomes an additional public holiday in Scotland.

4 days of drunken revelry? Now that’s a party!

Historians believe that we inherited the celebration from the Vikings who, coming from even further north than ourselves, paid even more attention to the passing of the shortest day. In Shetland, where the Viking influence was strongest, New Year is called Yules, from the Scandinavian word.

It may not be widely known but Christmas was not celebrated as a festival and virtually banned in Scotland for around 400 years, from the end of the 17th century to the 1950s. The reason for this has its roots in the Protestant Reformation when the Kirk portrayed Christmas as a Popish or Catholic feast and therefore had to be banned. Many Scots had to work over Christmas and their winter solstice holiday was therefore at New Year when family and friends gathered for a party and exchange presents, especially for the children, which came to be called hogmanay.

There are traditions before midnight such as cleaning the house on 31st December (including taking out the ashes from the fire in the days when coal fires were common). There is also the superstition to clear all your debts before “the bells” at midnight.

An integral part of the Hogmanay partying, which continues very much today, is to welcome friends and strangers, with warm hospitality and of course a kiss to wish everyone a Guid New Year. The underlying belief is to clear out the vestiges of the old year, have a clean break and welcome in a young, New Year on a happy note.

“First footing” (that is, the “first foot” in the house after midnight) is still common in Scotland. To ensure good luck for the house, the first foot should be male, dark (believed to be a throwback to the Viking days when blond strangers arriving on your doorstep meant trouble) and should bring symbolic coal, shortbread, salt, black bun and whisky.

Bringing fire (coal), food, medicine (salt) and booze? Those are libations for the gods. Magic ingredients. Oh, this one goes waaaay back, yes it does.

The magical Firework display and torchlight procession in Edinburgh - and throughout many cities in Scotland - is reminiscent of the ancient custom at Scottish Hogmanay pagan parties hundreds of years ago.

The traditional New Year ceremony of yesteryear would involve people dressing up in the hides of cattle and running around the village being hit by sticks. The festivities would also include the lighting of bonfires, rolling blazing tar barrels down the hill and tossing torches. Animal hide was also wrapped around sticks and ignited which produced a smoke that was believed to be very effective to ward off evil spirits. The smoking stick was also known as a Hogmanay.

One of the most spectacular Fire ceremonies takes place in Stonehaven, just south of Aberdeen on the North East coast. Giant fireballs, weighing up to 20 pounds are lit and swung around on five feet long metal poles, requiring 60 men to carry them as they march up and down the High Street. The origin of the pre-Christian custom is believed to be linked to the Winter Solstice of late December with the fireballs signifying the power of the sun, to purify the world by consuming evil spirits.

Horry clap! Say it with me, here’s your chance: Grrrrrreat Balls o’ Fire!!

And when it’s all over, may your hangover avoid the sweet skirling of the pipes, for health’s own sake!

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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 12/31/2010 at 08:34 PM   
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calendar   Sunday - December 26, 2010

Run Away!!

Yup, plans change. We got home here at 5 after midnight. That was not the original plan, but the weather wienies are going nuts. A “perfect storm” of 3 different snow systems is coming together “much faster than anticipated” and is going to hammer the Philly - NY - Boston corridor but good. Expectations of a foot and a half, maybe more.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – A rare white Christmas in parts of the South was complicating life for some travelers as airlines canceled hundreds of flights, while snow was predicted for the nation’s Capital and travel authorities warned of potentially dangerous roads.

The National Weather Service said the storm could bring 6 to 10 inches of snow to the Washington region, beginning Sunday. The Weather Service was also forecasting possible Sunday snow for the New York and Boston areas, with overnight temperatures in the 20s and wind gusts up to 30 mph.

This must be an old weather post from Fox News today.

So we figured we’d be better off home, so after a few cups of coffee and a little post-dinner rest we got back on the highway and drove. Traffic wasn’t too bad, only a few holiday crazy folks. I really wanted to stay over, but the weather is the boss this time of year, and you do what you have to do.

Somehow I think my cousin’s plan to drive tomorrow from his home in Marblehead MA across NY to his sister’s place outside of Syracuse NY and then down to my uncle’s in Binghamton NY isn’t really going to work. A foot or two of snow can change your plans.

OTOH, if it doesn’t now snow like mad, I’m gonna be miffed. But I’ll be miffed here and just go and do my Sunday job, versus being up there and having to worry whether the storm will hit while I’m trying to drive back here with 2 million other post holiday drivers out on the roads. Yeah, I think we made the right decision.

Snow will spread east from the Tennessee Valley into the Carolinas Christmas Day, continuing into Sunday. Below are the accumulations we are forecasting with the heaviest totals expected to fall over North Carolina, including Raleigh and Charlotte.
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Sunday:
From there, the storm rapidly intensifies just off the Mid-Atlantic coast. Snow will spread northward from southern Va. and the southern Delmarva Peninsula early Sunday morning into southern New England, Long Island, and the Delaware Valley by midday Sunday. This includes most of the Northeast Megalopolis, particularly New York City and Boston.

There remains uncertainty with the exact low track, which could keep the greatest snows east of Baltimore and Washington, D.C..

Sunday afternoon and evening, snow will intensify in southern New England. At this time, the period of heaviest snow appears to fall in the NYC metro area Sunday afternoon & early evening, and in the Boston metro area Sunday night. Expect maximum travel impact during these times!
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Monday morning, heavy, wind-driven snow will continue in New England, including the Boston metro area. Lighter, “wrap-around” snow will linger, then end around midday from New York City southward along the Jersey shore.
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Late Monday afternoon into Monday night, the most significant snow will pull into Maine. However, strong northwest winds in the storm’s wake could produce areas of blowing and drifting snow, making travel by car still quite difficult.

Yeah, this report is a bit more up to date than the first one.

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We snagged all sorts of leftovers on our way out the door, including about 5 pounds of glazed ham. That may have been a good idea.

Very tired now. Long day. And so to bed. Merry Day After, and I’ll post when I can.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 12/26/2010 at 05:41 AM   
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calendar   Friday - December 24, 2010

Merry Christmas

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Merry Christmas To All



BMEWS will return after the holiday. Drew is too busy right now shopping, wrapping, doing dishes, doing laundry, gassing up the car, packing the bags and the trunk and getting ready to do the typical 400 mile 3 day holiday driving circuit.

Peiper is preparing himself for their annual Proper English Christmas. Goose and roast beef? And Christmas crackers! Jolly good!

Christopher is ... doing what Christopher does best I guess. He didn’t tell me what his plans are this year, but rest assured they will be awesome.



And to all a good night!



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Posted by Drew458   United Kingdom  on 12/24/2010 at 03:47 PM   
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