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Posted by tree68 on Thursday, July 21, 2016 7:36 AM

BOB WITHORN
TREE, There is something about Vernors Ginger Ale that sets it apart. There was, maybe still is, a 2 store tall wall mural, maybe 20 ft x 50 ft, in downtown Flint for Vernors showing the leprechauns / elves making Vernors. How about a Vernors float??

Vernors may be the only remaining "dark" ginger ale, although I don't think it's still got the kick it had when I was young.  

As I understand it, during prohibition, other ginger ales went "light" so as not to be associated with alcohol.  Vernors stayed the course, to our benefit today.

Of course, the Boston Cooler (which did originate in Detroit) is the nectar of the gods...

Many folks tasting Vernors for the first time don't care for it, having been raised on light ginger ales.  I've still got some "in stock" from my last trip to MI, but only because I really do need to cut back on how much pop I drink...

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Posted by BOB WITHORN on Thursday, July 21, 2016 8:13 AM
TREE, (Many folks tasting Vernors for the first time don't care for it,) My wife is a hardcore Vernors fan, me, I'm more Faygo Red or Orange POP or Nehi GRAPE. Bob
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Posted by mudchicken on Thursday, July 21, 2016 12:16 PM

Barney Kroger (I assume who is Carl's foil in MI) doesn't seem to wanna stock the 2 liter bottles of Diet Vernors out west. I still consume the unleaded version once in a great while.....and ageed, the old familiar kick is not there. Barq's instead Faygo please.

Had to lend a hand with a field surveyor in central Denver yesterday working around Denver Health (ie Denver General Hospital) ...what a freak show, especially now with the cannabis laws the way they are. If the zombies on the sidewalks in 100 degree heat weren't bad enough, the ones behind the wheel make you have your head on a swivel. As ususal, 90% of the people have no idea what a surveyor does. (the three surveyors and that other guy on Mt. Rushmore shook their heads again.) 

There's somebody in an old brown Saturn that's lucky they don't have an orange flag in their earhole or a hardhat through the windshield.Mischief 

At the rate that they are wrecking beer trucks around here, maybe they can be the new obsession for the people worried about oil trains? (Rained cans of Miller Lite onto I-25 from the I-70 EB ramp yesterday)

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Posted by tree68 on Thursday, July 21, 2016 12:22 PM

Ah, Faygo Redpop.  It's available around here.  I like it, but it is a tad sweet.

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Posted by Deggesty on Thursday, July 21, 2016 2:14 PM

MC, it sounds as though you and the other surveyors were taking your lives in the quickness of your feet, avoiding the people who had no idea as to what you were doing (taking pictures?, perhaps). 

I knew that the Father of our Country was an accomplished surveyor; who were the other two who are immortalized there?

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Posted by BOB WITHORN on Thursday, July 21, 2016 4:38 PM
MC, Barq's instead Faygo please. - Agreed, Just it was Faygo at the farm on 32 mile rd east of Romeo. The old days of an ICE CHEST, (the kind with the glass bottles sitting in ice cold water) in the corner of the Texaco gas station at 'Bumps Corners' (at the corner of 32 Mile and North Ave. aka: Groesbeck Hwy. There was any Barqs, Faygo, Nehi, Vernors or Coke.
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Posted by BOB WITHORN on Thursday, July 21, 2016 4:41 PM
TREE, Red pop is sweet but when you're 10 or 12 years old and Grama takes you with her to the gas station, Grape Nehi or Red Pop.
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Posted by JoeKoh on Thursday, July 21, 2016 4:42 PM

Ns was clear when I left work.Rain here in Nw Ohio.Folks still looking for a missing bike rider near Swanton.Scary stuff.Chores to do.Friday tomorrow.

stay safe

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Posted by mudchicken on Thursday, July 21, 2016 6:20 PM

Deggesty

MC, it sounds as though you and the other surveyors were taking your lives in the quickness of your feet, avoiding the people who had no idea as to what you were doing (taking pictures?, perhaps). 

I knew that the Father of our Country was an accomplished surveyor; who were the other two who are immortalized there?

 

If Nike or Adidas were making steel toe boots, we might be wearing them. People have all kinds of odd ideas what a level/Transit/ Theodolite/Total Station does. EDMS and GPS garner even stranger responses. Some are comical and others are plain dumb. Our robotic total station had one homeless guy staring intently at it for at least 20 minutes like it was watching him. (We were having problems with it following tail lights, mirrors, road signs and reflective strips instead of our prism. The "wandering eye" quips lasted all afternoon.)

For the "3 surveyors and some other guy", TR (city kid with a big stick) was the odd man out. TJ was partially responsible for the public lands system (Section/Township/Range/ Principal Meridian [you are either in the Salt Lake or Uinta principal meridian, I'm over in the Sixth with Mooks, Carl in the Third, JoeKoh in the 1st and Tin-Shoes in the Fifth ] ) in the western US, largely outside the original meets and bounds states. (TN got cold feet and reverted to metes and bounds.) Abe was a deputy GLO surveyor, among other things, in IL before he got into law.

http://www.surveyhistory.org/abraham_lincoln_-_the_surveyor1.htm 

https://www.monticello.org/site/research-and-collections/surveying

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Posted by Deggesty on Thursday, July 21, 2016 7:00 PM

Thanks, MC. I was somewhat familiar with #1's prowess with the instruments. The histories of #3 and #16 that I had read did not mention their interest in determining boundaries. Knowing Mr Jefferson's interest in his properties, I am not surprised at all at his wish for accuracy.

As to base lines and meridians, I became familiar with the system when I was living in Wesson, Mississippi, and a good friend of  mine was engaged in the purchase of a plot of land in Lawrence County, and I spent some time in the courthouse in Monticello (soft C) reading the description of the property--of course, I do not remember the description.

I think it is the Salt Lake meridian here. Now, I am concerned with the location of my apartment and the dining room in this assisted living facility. 

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Posted by JoeKoh on Friday, July 22, 2016 2:51 PM

work done.hot and sticky. Ns had a stacker go westbound.Guy at work told me about a burnt out tail-light.Some know how and 3 bucks it's fixed.Will test when Matt and Mamma get home.going to chill here at home.Guy arrested as a suspect in the kidnapping.Hope the girl was found unharmed.Stay cool.

stay safe

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Posted by tree68 on Friday, July 22, 2016 3:32 PM

Hot.  Muggy.  Glad there's a wind blowing...

Weeded out the blueberry bushes.  Maybe the lettuce I planted in there will start to show.

Might have enough blueberries by the end of the weekend to garnish my morning bowl of cereal!

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Posted by mudchicken on Friday, July 22, 2016 6:07 PM

Geez - If it wasn't bad enough with self destructing beer trucks raining cans of barleypop down on the freeways below, now we have errant bulldozers crashing into houses...

http://twitter.com/DenverPolice/status/756568978965819392/photo/1

 

Was he drinking some of that Hugo, CO funny water? Shoulda left the D9H mudCAT outside.

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Posted by Norm48327 on Friday, July 22, 2016 6:23 PM

He gonna have some 'splainin to do. Oops - Sign

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Posted by Mookie on Friday, July 22, 2016 7:17 PM

Even some "cats", muddy or not, like to come in once in awhile!

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Posted by BaltACD on Friday, July 22, 2016 7:46 PM

It could have been some Baltimore bull....

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Posted by JoeKoh on Saturday, July 23, 2016 12:06 PM

afternoon

hot here in Nw Ohio.Matt and I were busy this morning and got the weeds mowed.He is over at in laws helping and keeping little cousins entertained.Told them I would be back later to borrow their pond to cool off.Matt said some interesting things might be in the CSX yard too.On a sad note praying for a young ladies family.They found the kiddnapper.Lot's of reports to file.Keep cool.

stay safe

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Posted by CShaveRR on Saturday, July 23, 2016 9:58 PM

Big problem there, Balt...your bulls were awake.  MC's bull was dozing.

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Posted by JoeKoh on Sunday, July 24, 2016 11:12 AM

afternoon

csx was jammed up this morning.Had an L 324 working in the yard.Csx had NS,UP,BNSF and CP power too.Looks like mother nature is going to give us some more rain.

stay safe

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Posted by tree68 on Monday, July 25, 2016 7:13 AM

Ah, what a wonderful sound - rain on the metal roof!  Haven't heard that in a month!

And it's a gentle rain, for the moment - so maybe it'll soak in!  

Our grass is a pretty uniform brown these days (except the weeds, and even they are struggling).

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Posted by JoeKoh on Monday, July 25, 2016 5:37 PM

work busy.Temps are going to moderate according to the guessers.Ns was clear when I left work.Chores to do.

stay safe

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Posted by CShaveRR on Tuesday, July 26, 2016 10:38 AM

Lawn busy.  Temps were supposed to moderate.  Sky was clear when I started.  Chores still to do, inside and out.

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Posted by tree68 on Tuesday, July 26, 2016 11:09 AM

Lawn still dead.  Even the weeds are suffering.  Flowers doing OK with watering.  

High today near 90...

County road crew busy across from the house putting in drainage system for the reworking of the road.  Still waiting on power company to move a pole.

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Posted by JoeKoh on Tuesday, July 26, 2016 6:07 PM

work busy.Ns had an autorack train waiting to go west.chores to do.

stay safe

Joe

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Posted by tree68 on Tuesday, July 26, 2016 6:51 PM

Annual vehicle inspection got expensive in a hurry - emergency brake needs work and one tire is tired.  I know the brake might need attention - the tire was a surprise.

Checked on getting a replacement for the tire and found out that the model I have on the truck has been discontinued, so I'll have a mismatched shoe on the old girl.

At least they didn't outright condemn the truck (not that they can - they can just fail me on the inspection, which they did). Back to the dealer on Friday to get things fixed up.

After that, it's time for a trip south to pick up my charge for the next 10 days - the daughter's standard poodle.

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Posted by Mookie on Tuesday, July 26, 2016 9:05 PM

10 days of just poodlin' around!  Mischief

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Posted by Murphy Siding on Tuesday, July 26, 2016 9:59 PM

     I'm not much of a dog person, but I'm generally ok with them.  Standard poodles however, kind of scare me. Dress them like bellhops and put wings on them and you have those scary winged monkeys from the Wizard of Oz.Surprise

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Posted by mudchicken on Tuesday, July 26, 2016 10:05 PM

CShaveRR

Big problem there, Balt...your bulls were awake.  MC's bull was dozing.

 

Doing the same thing to Boss Hen's kitchen, less the buldozer

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Posted by CShaveRR on Tuesday, July 26, 2016 10:31 PM

We saw an interesting mutt yesterday or the day before:  a mixed poodle and golden retriever.  It looked like a retriever, and had the curliest, palest gold fur you ever saw!  It was just a puppy, according to the owner, but was probably going to be the size of the retriever.  One has to remember that poodles can be large dogs, too. This one had a very friendly disposition.

More consultations tomorrow, with the surgeon's go-to gal (my advocate, or as close as I'll get to having one).

No trains for the past couple of days...trying to get a report finished, and also did the lawn today (kind of warm, but this is what was available this week).

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Posted by ChuckCobleigh on Wednesday, July 27, 2016 1:01 AM

mudchicken
Was he drinking some of that Hugo, CO funny water? Shoulda left the D9H mudCAT outside.

Wow!  That's almost out of the early part of "Junior Bonner" where the dozer plows down JR's boyhood home.  One interesting scene in that movie with Steve McQueen and Robert Preston couldn't be shot today, sadly enough.

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