Thursday, February 19, 2015

Space Walks and if beer could drink beer.

Yea - that  advertisement is ugly - I'll have to figure out a better place - there is a story behind that on the bottom. 

I've been asked a number of times by friends that live in Madison how I like Columbus. I will admit that I miss Madison.  I loved city life, the many restaurants, walks by the lake, the sounds of life at night. We lived on Anniversary Lane and our backyard was Sandberg Woods with deer and other wild animals you would hear at night so I had the best of both worlds. 

But in Columbus you have this. 


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10mm lens F5.6 25 seconds ISO 2000 -16.9 windchill 61% humidity
And on many occasions I can see the Milky Way.  You can't beat that. 

The brightness on the right is from the Sun of the Prairie. The bright star in the middle about halfway up is Sirius where music comes from. You can see the three stars of Orion's Belt up to the right a little, Alnitak, Alnilam and Mintaka.

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So the Mayor of Sun Prairie who was bitten by Jimmy the Ground Hog will not be Mayor next year. This worries me as I was hoping Mayor Crombie would hold Jimmy the Stick for a photo op nest year (hoping he would not get poked in the eye).  Stay tuned.  BTW - Jimmy the Stick was mentioned on the WISC Ch3000 Facebook page (the comment area). I'm always trying to get Columbus out there!!  

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Remember Mark Jansen?  The former School Superintendent? His son is the head brewer for the PonySaurus Brewing Company in Durham North Carolina (If Beer Could Drink Beer this is the Beer Beer would Drink).

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I must share this. The  Newmarket Health Center, located north of Toronto looks pretty ordinary from space.


But if you zoom down a bunch . . . . . . .


COME ON MAN!!!

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On Wednesdays I work for the State as an analyst for Family Services. Me and another retired dude are the last people standing who know anything about a $300 million a year computer system. Once Walker became governor everybody retired. Low pay and horrible working conditions with the trailing edge of technology. No one in their right mind would want to work for the government unless they are looking 40 years down the road (then its a sweet deal). A whole lotta brain power left state employment.  So as a safety measure we come in and make sure things are still running.

In my unit I'd say 40% are now Indian contractors (not that that is a bad thing). The bonus is that instead of donuts for birthdays we get all sorts of awesome Indian food.

Yesterday I was introduced to Samosa, a fried pastry with fillings such as spiced potatoes, onions, peas, lentils.  What a treat!! I love Indian food. I would die of starvation in France but India I would be fine (except for the stench and crowds).

     
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The Siberian Express has it's hold on us. This crude image shows what is happening.

Siberia is up near the top left of the earth and a Low and a High are working in conjunction spinning all that cold air our way.  You can see Columbus as a little blue dot near the bottom  We still have a ways to go and nor foreseeable let up in site.  


Saturday and Tuesday we MIGHT get to 30 but otherwise nothing even close to average (32).  No real snow, maybe an inch total in the next 10 days.   I think it's pay back time for a mild winter.

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WOW - I was doing some reading about Chevy Chase. What a disliked dude that guy is. People really hate him!  Basically an arrogant SOB.  There is a reason he is not on Community anymore.

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Wal-Mart is giving everybody a raise to at least $9 an hour and department managers will make at least $13 an hour.  Seem odd that the word "manager" and "$13 an hour" go together.

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The Milwaukee Bucks are ranked as the 6th most exciting team in the NBA.

Ok - I'm hitting the wall.

OH OH - I'm touring the Columbus waste Water Plant tomorrow at 10:00AM.  If you want to take the tour with me show up. Bring a camera.

STORY - for a few years every few months I get a spam email saying Google needs my bank account number - YEA RIGHT  GOOD ONE!! CLICK DELETE

I got it again yesterday - well this time there was no link so I decided to search around for my Googel AdSense account and after a while I found it.  Changed the password and logged in.  What?  I have a BUNCH of money sitting in an account from 2006.  WHO KNEW!!    

Rod