Archive for the ‘Southern’ Category

The real Hillary shows through!

February 20, 2007

Hi Brit,

As you undoubtedly know, a few years back we settled the “States’ Rights” issue with a bloody civil war.  However, we still have States.  I read this earlier today, Clinton Objects to Confederate Flag.  On the face of it, she is pandering to the black voters in South Carolina.  Yet, if one reads the article carefully, you find, “I think about how many South Carolinians have served in our military and who are serving today under our flag and I believe that we should have one flag that we all pay honor to, as I know that most people in South Carolina do every single day.”  The key to understanding this is knowing that Senator Clinton is not from South Carolina, and does not live there. So, she is advocating not having State flags.  Fortunately, I picked up enough Clinton speak while her husband was in office to get the full meaning.  This is a typical liberal toe-in-the-door move toward eliminating States altogether, which, as a by product, would also eliminate that pesky Electoral College.  I can see it now, one Nation, one Flag, one President For Life.

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Aren’t you glad you work at home!

January 24, 2007

Hi Brit,

Based on this, Beaten by an inch of snow, I’m guessing you’re very glad you work at home.  It’s even worse here when it snows.  One of my first memories of Memphis was being on the Interstate (I-240) when a few flakes drifted down out of the sky.  In an instant, the speed of traffic dropped from 50 MPH down to 5 MPH as every driver, apparently sharing a psychic link, slammed on their brakes simultaneously.  I had to drive off the pavement to avoid hitting the car ahead of me.  The last time we got a lot of snow during the middle of a work day, there were 300 traffic accidents within the first half hour.  It took me 4 hours to make the 20 mile trip home.  Good luck.

the Grit

Fire up the grill

January 6, 2007

Hi Brit,

Politicians from all around, feeling the irresistible pull of pork, are heading to Fayetteville, Georgia: Georgia hunter boasts he shot and killed 1,100-pound wild hog in Atlanta suburb.  That bad boy must have snuck up from Texas. 

the Grit

Memphis needs some of this.

January 3, 2007

Hi Brit,

You may not know that Memphis, Tennessee (which I live on the outskirts of) is on an earthquake fault, which is why this, Quake-prone Istanbul awaits disaster, hit home.  Most people around here, and in a line stretching a few hundred miles up to St. Lewis, either never knew or forget that the New Madrid fault runs along the west side of the Mississippi river.  It’s name comes from the town of New Madrid, which sank into the river last time we had a big quake.  That was also the jolt which formed Reel Foot lake, the only natural lake in Tennessee.  Reports from people in the area at the time say that the Mississippi ran backward for three days while the sunken area filled up.  The geology here is a worst case scenario for earthquake damage, mostly being several hundred feet of sediment with a high water table.  When we get the next big shake, it’ll make Katrina seem like fun times.  Oh, and the last big one was in 1811 – 1812, so the next should be any time now, like in 2012?

Details on our impending disaster at:

The New Madrid Fault Zone (NMFZ)

the Grit

It must be nice to be rich.

January 3, 2007

Hi Brit,

This one has me all depressed over not hitting the lottery, Is Britney Spears headed for rehab?  It looks like the drowsy diva is heading for some upper crust spa for a spell of full body massage and facials while drying out.  Ah, must be nice.  Of course, we have a rehab center down here, called the county jail.  While the facilities and service probably aren’t as nice as our favorite pop tart will have, I’ve heard it’s almost as expensive a stay, what with the legal fine and the private bunk fee, paid in cigarettes.

the Grit

Luck for the new year

January 2, 2007

Hi Brit,

It just occurred to me that having black eyed peas and cornbread on New Years Day for luck, might not be a universal tradition.  Does it at least carry over to England?

the Grit

House for Sale!!!

December 4, 2006

Hi Grit

Your talking about Tom Cruise buying in Sussex, brought to my attention a property that has just come up for sale in Cornwall (which is about as south as you can get in the UK). When you bear in mind the fact that the average detached property price is in the region of £280,000 ($560,000), it was a shock to learn that the owners only wanted £1,000 ($2,000).

However, it transpires that the house is built over old coal-mining works and there is a number of 3-400 foot disused shafts beneath it, so the time left standing is debatable. Mind you that is one hell of a basement.

the Brit

Snap!

November 28, 2006

Hi Brit,

I don’t know if they had this in England, but when I was young you could buy cute little baby turtles for pets.  They stopped selling them when it was discovered that they carried some nasty disease.  The interesting factoid on this is that they were often alligator snapping turtles.

So this:  small-turtle.jpg

After 20 years or so, turned into this:

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These can live for over 70 years and get up to 175 pounds, that’s 80 kg.  It’s another gift that keeps on giving.

the Grit


Digg!

Plants

November 25, 2006

Hi Grit

If it is that fast growing, how long before we are able to make a bridge across the Atlantic? Over here they seem to be doing the opposite with plants, actually reducing the corrosion protective ones. If it continues, I will soon be able to send you some sand.

the brit

Southern factoid

November 25, 2006

KUDZU

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Hay Brit,

I may need to move somewhere soon, just to escape the kudzu (Pueraria montana.)  Kudzu is a vine that can grow up to a foot a day, and reach lengths of 90 feet.  The roots can go down over 9 feet.  It’s almost impervious to herbicides, and research has shown that one common anti-plant concoction actually makes it grow better.  At last count it has covered over seven million acres of fine Southern land since it was introduced for erosion control back in the 1930s.

Check out http://www.alabamatv.org/kudzu/

the Grit