Report from Louisiana: Waiting for Gordon

By:  Pat Austin SHREVEPORT – Last night as I was watching LSU’s trouncing of the Miami Hurricanes on television, I received a text message from a friend which included a screenshot of the new tropical storm in the Gulf, Gordon, with the question “Am I the only one who can feel a faster heartbeat and … Continue reading Report from Louisiana: Waiting for Gordon

Report from Louisiana: SNOW!

By:  Pat Austin SHREVEPORT – Louisiana is expecting snow this week.  Say what? I know people in the north must laugh at us.  The inevitable “bread and milk” memes showing empty grocery store shelves come to mind.   I went to the grocery store yesterday out of necessity rather than any snow-minded panic, and the cashier … Continue reading Report from Louisiana: SNOW!

Report from Louisiana: Hurricane Harvey, the Cajun Navy and Biblical Floods

By:  Pat Austin SHREVEPORT – The tragedy unfolding in Houston and surrounding areas in the wake of Hurricane Harvey is difficult to watch.  Forecasters are predicting flooding of “Biblical proportions” that will be ongoing throughout the week.  The devastation is hard to imagine. The city of Houston accepted many refugees from Hurricane Katrina who are … Continue reading Report from Louisiana: Hurricane Harvey, the Cajun Navy and Biblical Floods

Cycles cycles and more cycles

As a giant Historic" blizzard heads for the east coast to the point where I'm writing it before it gets there just in case there is no power let me suggest that even though it prompted me to actually buy a snowblower I suspect there is little "historic" about it beyond our perception of it. … Continue reading Cycles cycles and more cycles

Election 2014’s biggest loser: Climate change agenda

By John Ruberry Election results won't be coming in until Tuesday night, but it's already time to select the biggest loser of the midterms: environmentalists and their climate change agenda. During the brutally cold 2014 winter, San Francisco hedge fund billionaire Tom Steyer announced that he would be contributing $50 million to his NextGen Climate … Continue reading Election 2014’s biggest loser: Climate change agenda

Welcome to spring, now grab a shovel and your scarf

By Steve Eggleston Even though the calendar says celestial spring doesn't begin until later this month, meterologists marked the beginning of meteorlogical spring today. Here in southeast Wisconsin, nature didn't exactly cooperate as snow is falling as I type this, with another round of subzero temperatures behind it. For much of the country, this winter … Continue reading Welcome to spring, now grab a shovel and your scarf

My report on the Blizzard of 2011

I started the Day in Fitchburg, once I got out of my driveway I had to ditch into a snowbank to let a plow through. Here is what I saw when I got into Worcester: The Lady I saw didn't want to talk when I finished my pre-recorded interview with Lisa DiPasquale of CPAC I … Continue reading My report on the Blizzard of 2011

Tornado watch and Severe Thunderstorm Warning …

in the area. Tornado activity is not something you see often around here and the storm track indicates it should miss here but if it changes direction blogging might be interupted. If you are in the path of this storm I suggest in addition to seeking shelter unplug your pc etc. If you have a … Continue reading Tornado watch and Severe Thunderstorm Warning …

A difference in perspective

Living in New England when we get a couple of feet of snow it's a pain in the neck but no big deal. However if you mention that to someone from the south or the southwest it blows their minds that it doesn't bother us. Reading this post by Little Miss Attila, the same thought … Continue reading A difference in perspective

Just about cleaned out

Here is what we were able to save from the Cellar: And here is what we couldn't save That's life I guess, but I can't say enough about my Son's friends who spent hours helping us out to clean this stuff out. My wife has allergies and the mold on that stuff would have knocked … Continue reading Just about cleaned out

I have wonderful friends…

....Shelly just popped over with a sup pump and she and the wife came back with a long hose and the cellar is even now being pumped out, sure beats the two hours of the bucket brigade that we went through today. Once it is dry we'll have the furnace guy in to safely turn … Continue reading I have wonderful friends…

We have taken a break from the Bucket brigade…

...basically if you were here you would have the sight of me in shorts and boots carrying buckets of water from the cellar to outside, while the wife (who has called out today) fills the buckets in the cellar and brings them up to me. The oldest has put out a blast e-mail/facebook for extra … Continue reading We have taken a break from the Bucket brigade…

Foot of water in the basement, blogging will be a tad light…

Went downstairs to add water to the furnace and found that nature beat me to it adding a foot of water to my entire basement. So blogging will be lighter as I start with the buckets and the maybe grabbing a pump. Update: It's amazing how unimportant politics is when you have a cellar to … Continue reading Foot of water in the basement, blogging will be a tad light…

Snow decided to visit Fitchburg…

And we got hit with a fair amount of it this morning. Really wet heavy stuff. I had a little digging this morning but a whole lot less than I should have since my neighbor across the street decided to snowblow the heavy wet stuff out for me. This person doesn't just have the milk … Continue reading Snow decided to visit Fitchburg…

Ok where am I and what have you done with my city?

Had to run a batch of raw wings to a friends house where they will be cooking them (brown sugar recipe). Much to my shock the main roads are all clear and the secondary roads are all done excellently. That doesn't sound like Fitchburg to me but I'll take it. A promising sign!

Sometimes your roll comes up; just a dusting

A few years ago at Foxwoods (my last time there) a fellow at the Craps table was dropping $100 chips on the 15-1 single roll line table. (most people play $1 on that line) For those of you not familiar with the game, in addition to all the other bets there are single roll bets. … Continue reading Sometimes your roll comes up; just a dusting