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Friday, August 31, 2012

2012 Democratic National Convention Schedule -- Charlotte , N.C.


4:00 PM – Opening Flag Burning Ceremony – sponsored by CNN
4:05 PM – Singing of " God Damn America " led by Rev. Jeremiah Wright
4:10 PM – Pledge of Allegiance to Obama


4:15 PM – Ceremonial ' I hate America' led by Michelle Obama
4:30 PM – Tips on “How to keep your man trustworthy & true to you while you travel the world” – Hillary Clinton
4:45 PM – Al Sharpton / Jesse Jackson seminar “ How to have a successful career without having a job.”

5:00 PM – “ Great Vacations I’ve Taken on the Taxpayer’s Dime Travel Log” - Michelle Obama
5:30 PM – Eliot Spitzer Speaks on "Family Values" via Satellite
5:45 PM – Tribute to All 57 States – Nancy Pelosi

6:00 PM – Sen. Harry Reid - 90-minute speech expressing the Democrat’s appreciation of the Occupy Wall Street movement, and George Soros for sparing no expense, for all that they have accomplished to unify the country, improve employment and to boost the economy.

8:30 PM – Airing of Grievances by the Clintons
9:00 PM – “ Bias in Media – How we can make it work for you” Tutorial – sponsored by CBS, NBC, ABC, CNN, the Washington Post and the New York Times

9:15 PM – Tribute Film to Brave Freedom Fighters incarcerated at GITMO – Michael Moore
9:45 PM – Personal Finance Seminar - Charlie Rangle
10:00 PM – Denunciation of Bitter Gun Owners and Bible readers
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10:30 PM – Ceremonial Waving of White Flag for IRAQ , & Afghanistan
11:00 PM – Obama Energy Plan Symposium / Tire Gauge Demonstration / You too can get rich with Green Investment bankruptcies
11:15 PM – Free Gov. Blagovich rally

11:30 PM – Obama Accepts Oscar, Tony and Latin Grammy Awards
11:45 PM – Feeding of the Delegates with 5 Loaves and 2 Fish – Obama Presiding
12:00 AM – Official Nomination of Obama by Bill Maher and Chris “ He sends a thrill up my leg ” Matthews

12:01 AM – Obama Accepts Nomination as Lord and Savior
12:05 AM – Celestial Choirs Sing
3:00 AM – Biden Delivers Acceptance Speech

HAT TIP - JD Pinkerton, Facebook friend

Thursday, August 30, 2012

A Day in the Life of Jim Cantore


Well, I know I learned a lot from that!

What's with the Weather Channel?

A couple of weeks ago, we were headed for New Orleans. So was Hurricane Issac. While we were in Huntsville, AL, Issac was a long way away and nobody knew where it was going. I tuned to the weather channel hoping for some information. What I got was some story about lifeguards in San Diego. A reality show. Now all that is fine, but what the hell has that got to do with weather? Not a damned thing!

I realize that when nothing is imminent, things can get boring, but people who are planning their activities still would like to know. Oh well, thank goodness for my internet weather.

Cantore
As Issac drew closer, the Weather Channel coverage became more consistent and I knew things were getting serious when they dispatched talking heads with raincoats to various locations in the path of the storm. They thought Tampa was going to be ground zero and lo and behold they sent Jim Cantore, the Geraldo Rivera of weather, there for his excellent synopsis of gusting wind and sideways rain. You know, I really don't like Jim Cantore very much. He looks like a reject from a steroid factory and really he just seems way to happy to report that a monster storm is on the way. It's kinda like, "I'm going to have my disaster and nobody is going to deprive me of it!"

I'm sure that many were hoping that a major hurricane would strike Tampa during the Republican convention. Oh, PLEASE! PLEASE! strike those evil Republicans. Instead of heading for Tampa, Issac turned out into the gulf. Jim Cantore was rushed at a high rate of speed to New Orleans. I guess the weather folks already in New Orleans were just not up to snuff. As tropical storm Issac meandered closer to the mouth of the Mississippi, one of the weather babes, Stephanie Abrams, referred to the storm as a hurricane. She would have been crushed, I guess, if Issac had remained a tropical storm. What a disappointment. She later apologized on camera for her error. Bless her heart.

Anyway, we left New Orleans 2 days before the arrival of Issac. Sitting in the dry in Tennessee I turned on the Weather Channel only to see a couple of dudes barely standing up in sideways rain on Canal Street. One of them was Jim Cantore. I'm not sure who the other one was. I turned it off.

I heard the other day that the Weather Channel would be introducing a new series called "Iron Men". This is a show about men building skyscrapers in New York. Yeah, that really has a lot to do with weather.

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Our Anniversary Gulf Coast Trip - Part 6 - Hoofing it

We probably walked several miles during our last full day in New Orleans. We began by walking down Canal Street all the way to the riverfront. We took the free ferry over to the Algiers area and got some really GREAT pictures of the city.
 Later we rode the trolley and the bus to Lafayette Cemetery in the Garden District for a walking tour. We met our guide, Carla, who gave us lots of information and history on the cemetery and the fine homes in the Garden District.
Carla, our guide
Archie Manning's home
Sandra Bullock's home
Departing the Garden District we rode the bus back toward our hotel, getting off at the World War II Museum. From there we WALKED back down to the riverfront where we traversed the entire mall. My sweet one finally found a memento of our trip, a little silver fleur-de-lis, and of course, I bought it for her with a "happy anniversary" added.
We sat for a while at the trolley terminal for a trolley that never came, so we hoofed it back to the hotel. That evening we DROVE to Mother's Restaurant. This was different. We stood in line, cafeteria style, ordered our food, and they brought it to us when it was ready. The atmosphere was laid back and the food was GREAT. Boy our feet were tired when we finally got back to the hotel.

The next day we departed New Orleans, 2 days before the arrival of Hurricane Issac. We arrived home at 7PM that evening. There's no place like home.

Please go HERE to view all the pictures of our last day in the Big Easy.


Our Anniversary Gulf Coast Trip - Part 5 - Alligators and the 9th Ward

The next morning we headed back to the Oceania Grill to try their breakfast. My plate full of scrambled eggs, alligator sausage, hash browns, and grits hit the spot.
Next we drove our car into the bayou to the Jean Lafitte Swamp Tour. We were loaded onto a covered pontoon boat. It is good that it was covered cause it rained like pouring pee out of a boot.
I saw my old friend, Al E. Gator......
Our guide, Jason, would whistle at these lizards and they would come right up to the boat for a photo op. He told us that feeding gators was now illegal but I can't believe he doesn't sneak out there after hours and slip them a treat.
We finished the swamp tour and drove back to the hotel in torrential rain. Later that afternoon we decided to take a bus tour. At least we could hopefully stay dry. This was a good decision. Our guide, Bernadine, took us all over the place, to the riverfront, the garden district, the French quarter, the Lakeshore area, and finally, the upper 9th ward. She showed us many places devastated by Katrina, ruined houses with holes in the roofs where people had hopefully escaped. Many places lay in ruins with no hope of restoration. The whereabouts of some of the previous property owners are not known. We learned a lot about the history of New Orleans and why it is like it is today. She could not take us into the lower 9th ward. This is where over 1000 people died. No tours are allowed there.
That evening we walked back to Bourbon Street and visited the Redfish Grill for dinner. Our waiter, Ike was one hard working dude.
Go HERE to see all our pictures from this great day. Still more in part 6.

Our Anniversary Gulf Coast Trip - Part 4 - Bourbon Street

We left Mobile and drove to New Orleans on Thursday, August 23. It is not a far drive so we got there with daylight to spare. We already had two recommendations for the Oceania Grill so we lit out on foot for Bourbon Street.
We found the whole thing a bit shocking and quite a mixture of things to see. With a collection of weird looking people in the streets we'd pass a bar, followed by a trinket shop, followed by an upscale restaurant, followed by a strip joint with some really skanky looking hags standing mostly nekkid in the doorway. When we finally got to the Oceania, sweet Wifey was heard to say, "This is a real den of debauchery."

At the Oceania I had my first experience with crawfish in the form of crawfish etoufee, and it was DELICIOUS!
We finally made our way back to our most comfortable hotel, Quality Inns and Suites, New Orleans. They were very nice. They upgraded us to a suite for the same price and provided a hot breakfast. We were on the 9th floor well away from the street noise. We slept well that night.

Go HERE to see all our Day 1 New Orleans pictures. The saga continues in part 5.

Our Anniversary Gulf Coast Trip - Part 3 - Born to Ride!

Day 2 and day 3 in Mobile consisted of touring the area on the motorcycle. We first lit out for Dauphin Island. I had been there many years ago in fact right after Hurricane Camille, and the west end of the island was pretty much bare. Well, all has certainly been restored. Sweet Wifey had never been and she enjoyed the ride.

We also visited Fort Gaines. Built in 1821, the fort was instrumental during the Battle of Mobile Bay in the civil war.
After refreshing ourselves at the Common Loon Cafe, we took a ride on the Dauphin Island Ferry over to point Morgan.
After completing the ferry ride, we visited Fort Morgan. This fort built in 1834 saw action in the civil war as did Fort Gaines. I was surprised to learn that artillery was placed at the fort as late as World War 2 I suppose to shoot at Nazi subs if they ever tried to enter Mobile Bay.
That evening we made our way to Ed's Seafood Shed. For the very first time I experienced soft-shell crab, and they were DELICIOUS!


And at the end of the day, there was still time for a little blogging.
The next day sweet Wifey and I mounted Henrietta and headed in the opposite direction down the Mississippi gulf coast. We hugged US highway 90 all the way from Pascagoula to Pass Christian enjoying beautiful beach scenes and the many fine homes along the way. That evening we went back to Ed's Seafood Shed so sweetie pie could also enjoy some soft-shell crab. Gooooooooooood FOOD!
Go HERE and HERE to enjoy our day 2 and day 3 pictures from Mobile. More to come in Part 4.