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Dog Days of Summer

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So here we are smack dab in the middle of “the dog days of summer”  and nine days away from my birthday.  I never liked my birthday because it came during the summer, and therefore, I never got to take a treat to school so my mother wise woman that she was figured out that my HALF birthday was February 9 and so, if one of my classmates did not have a birthday on February 9 I would take a treat to school for my half birthday.  My mother always told me that it would not be a friendly thing to do to take a treat if it truly was someone’s birth day.  Usually there wasn’t anybody with a birthday and I took the treat to school.  My treat of choice was devil’s food chocolate cupcakes with sea foam icing and red cinnamon hearts on top.    

But back to my actual birthdays when I was just a kid.  If it was a weekend, my dad would cook breakfast and then, he and I would take off to town where we would tend to our weekly errands but I made sure that every shopowner knew that it was my birthday.  I always came home with my pockets full of lollipops, bubblegum, shiny new quarters, and even a dollar or two.  My mom would scold my dad for letting me take all of those things, and he would just say “Oh Ginny her birthday is only once a year”. 

 And then, we would sit down to dinner which I had chosen the week beforehand.  My mom always let my dad and I choose what we wanted to eat for our birthdays, and strangely enough, Dad and I never returned the favor.  When I grew older and no longer lived at home, I returned the favor, but when I was growing up I just never thought of it.  I don’t know why my mother bothered to ask me because it was always the same menu–hamburgers on the grill, fresh tomatoes, and corn on the cob and a Red Velvet cake for dessert.  

After dinner just as the summer heat dissipated my dad would ask me if I was ready to go fishing, and I was always ready to go fishing but especially on my birthday.  Now, my mother hated the water and never went fishing with Dad and me except on my birthday.  You couldn’t get her to step in a boat any other day of the year, but we had started this tradition when I was quite small and she hated to disappoint.  So off we went!  I on the other hand loved the water, and couldn’t wait to sit quietly in our favorite fishing spot watching the sun go down, and listening to the night sounds of the lake.

Dad always insisted that when the sky was fully dark that we dock the boat and sit on a blanket on land.  I always whined, but he would say “Enough, Cat!” and I knew better than to continue.  He knew that my mother just couldn’t take the darkness on the water.  We would watch the stars begin to pop out as the sky darkened and as it got darker the magic would begin.  shooting stars would begin falling all over the sky.  Too many to count let alone wish upon.  It wasn’t until years later that I found out that this nighttime spectacle wasn’t just for me but it was the Perseids Meteor Shower and that it would occur at the same time each year in the summer sky with or without my birthday.  My parents were very special people, and I miss them all the time, but especially on my birthday.

Don’t you just wish some days that you were ten again? 


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July 31st, 2006 at 11:23 pm

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Bloggapalooza 2006 and the Little Rascals

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I spent many an afternoon sitting in front of our Philco TV munching on Oreos, sipping cold, cold milk watching the Little Rascals put on one of their famous “shows”. I wished and I hoped that I would find a group of friends just like those characters on TV that would want to hang a blanket in our  barn  and have the time of their life.  Who knew that well past my childhood, I would find my group of rascals.  When I read this post at Word of Mouth, I held my breath, closed my eyes, and whispered “No, it couldn’t be”.

Well, for those of us who are literalists in the blogosphere, it wasn’t EXACTLY a Little Rascals Productions, but it was a Meet the Bloggers production, and that, my friends, is good enough for me.  Believe me, you never want me up on a stage singing to you.  So all of my fantasy didn’t play out, but the best part did. Everyone pitched in, worked very hard, and people came!  And then more people came, and it rained, but it didn’t change a thing.  We just moved it all inside and kept on laughing and enjoying our time together, and my band of friends just kept growing and growing.  I even ate FRIED Oreos.  Of course, the beverage of choice was no longer cold, cold milk but instead cold, cold beer,  but hey nothing ever stays the same.   

And, as the night wore down, people began to leave. When there were just a few of us left sitting around that round table at The Town Fryer, we talked about what a great day it had been, and then, Scott, who had worked harder than all of us on making the day the success that it was, said “Wait until next year!”  Music to a woman’s ears who had always wanted to be a part of “The Little Rascals”.    Thanks everybody!


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July 27th, 2006 at 9:11 am

Where’s Ohio?

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Today, I received this press release from Christine Real de Azua.  Since it is a press release, I am sure that she meant to have this get out to as many people as possible so I am reprinting it in its entirity.  My thoughts on this after the press release itself.

 Att. Editors and Reporters,

Contact: Kathy Belyeu (202) 383-2520
Christine Real de Azua (202) 383-2508

Record year for new wind still forecast for 2006

As the U.S. wind energy industry stayed on pace for another record year, Texas for the first time supplanted historic leader California as the top state in cumulative wind power capacity, according to the American Wind Energy Association’s (AWEA) Second Quarter Market Report.

The report also shows that U.S. developers brought online a capacity total of 822 megawatts (MW) in the first half of the year. With the strong growth, the U.S.’s cumulative wind power capacity surged to 9,971 MW-within close striking distance of the 10-gigawatt (10,000-MW) milestone.

Texass cumulative total now stands at 2,370 MW of capacity-enough to power over 600,000 average American homes-followed by Californias 2,323 MW. Texas edged ahead of California by adding a total of 375 MW, about half of the total amount installed in the country since the beginning of the year.

“Wind energy works, for America’s economy, environment, and energy security,” commented AWEA Executive Director Randall Swisher.  “Continuing the federal commitment to this clean energy source will keep us on the road to a sustainable energy future.”

The full release, including list of projects completed so far in 2006 and of projects under construction, is posted on the AWEA Web site here.

Christine Real de Azua
Assistant Director of Communications
American Wind Energy Association
Direct phone: (202) 383-2508
Fax: (202) 383-2505
Ohio was at the forefront of the oil and gas industry.  Standard Oil was started on the banks of the Cuyahoga River by John D. Rockefeller, East Cleveland’s first billionaire as Mayor Eric Brewer is fond of telling everyone.  So in the early Twentieth Century Cleveland and Ohio were on the cutting edge of a new industry that Rockefeller knew had potential but even he did not know where and how it would grow.  Ohio was a player long before Texas and California became substantial oil and gas industry states.

Now, we find ourselves again at the threshold of new energy industries but where is Ohio?  I hear from friends who know much more about wind power than I do that the winds over Lake Erie and Ohio are very conducive to generating wind power.  But where is Ohio?  Are we again talking at the table, planning the perfect game plan, waiting to see if others are successful before throwing our hat in the ring?  Could this be why John D. Rockefeller left so many years ago because he saw that the residents of Ohio aren’t doers, we are talkers.        

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July 25th, 2006 at 10:48 pm

And The Number One Reason for attending Bloggapalooza

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is because Bloggapalooza is going to be the Kickass event of the summer for bloggers and friends. See you there!

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July 21st, 2006 at 3:50 pm

#2 of Ten Reasons to attend Bloggapalooza

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The music! It’s always about the music, isn’t it?  The line-up found on the Bloggapalooza page at Brewed Fresh Daily has a list of the bands and many of those bands have websites so you can check them out for yourself.  All I can say is that Scott of Word of Mouth, the website and the band,  has come up with an eclectic group of bands with something for everyone.  It should be quite a show.

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July 20th, 2006 at 9:40 am

#3 of Ten Reasons to attend Bloggapalooza

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You will MEET THE BLOGGERS, and some of the interviewees, and the blog readers, friends of bloggers and readers, and bloggers who play music and write and read poetry and anyone else who shows for Bloggapalooza.  There will also be some former waiters and waitresses helping Suzy and her staff.  And then there will be the roadies, former or wannabes, but roadies.  I’m telling you this event has everything and you don’t want to miss out by not attending! 

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July 19th, 2006 at 10:09 am

#4 of Ten Reasons to attend Bloggapalooza

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Another day that you can hang out with Susie “Slingo” Porter and her incredibly talented staff which includes, Bobby, Fred, Martha, and her daughter Allie and probably others that I haven’t had the chance to meet.  Not only are they great at their jobs but they also are incredibly interesting as people.  Be sure to spend a few minutes just getting to know them, and tip well.  The day to hang out with Suzy and her crew is of course July 22nd at Bloggapalooza hosted by The Town Fryer. 

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July 18th, 2006 at 9:47 am

#5 of Ten Reasons to attend Bloggapalooza Sample Cajun Food…

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…and more at The Town Fryer.  My personal favorites are the fried Bologna sandwich on rye, red beans and rice, black bean chili, chicken burrito, and/or fried twinkies or oreos.  Of course, Susie might have something else in mind as a surprise but then of course, there is always the Gumbo.

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July 17th, 2006 at 4:21 pm

#6 of Ten Reasons to attend Bloggapalooza

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You wil meet the Bloggi Lama.  Now, I am not sure who that is presently,  the honor seems to shift at times, but there will be one, and you will meet him or her If you attend Bloggapalooza

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July 16th, 2006 at 10:10 am

Updates on Ladder #42

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Thanks to Cleveland Equanimous Philsopher for the updates on Ladder #42.

In response to the first post about box alarm responses on the night of July 4 and early morning of July 5, be sure to look closely at 2 .a.m., when the responders to a West 31st fire came from the eastside. Wasn’t this exactly what the residents at the public meetings feared, and wasn’t this what Chief Stubbs assured us wouldn’t happen? 

And my response to this one, is when someone (Mayor Jackson) gives you his word that something will be done, you accept that.  Why wouldn’t we believe what our mayor told us?

And just a point of information, just because there isn’t a lot of noise associated with Ladder #42, don’t think for one moment that public safety is less of an issue in Brooklyn Centre and Old Brooklyn.  I am sure that all of you understand “working quietly behind closed doors”.   

Although an attempt was made to isolate the impact to Old Brooklyn, it is obvious that these actions of shifting and redeploying assets put the whole city at risk and are a CITYWIDE issue, not a neighborhood-by-neighborhood issue.  I have heard from several sources that city departments have already been told to shave 3 % off budgets for next year. What does this mean for a department that is not computerized, that still uses mimeograph machines, and is horribly maintained?  It probably means the loss of another fire company.


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July 15th, 2006 at 10:19 am

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