Pauly is filling up his
black pickup truck at the local gas station. He isn't very careful and he gets
gasoline all over his jacket's left sleeve. He ignores it and leaves the
station after paying for the gas.
As Pauly's driving down the highway, the heat
of the sun on his truck's black paint is enough to ignite his jacket sleeve.
drives faster, waving his arm out the window in an attempt to extinguish the
flames, but the sleeve just burns.
As Pauly speeds down the highway, a state
trooper sees the situation and pulls him over. He jerks Pauley out of the truck
and rolls him on the ground until the fire is extinguished.
As Pauly dusts
himself and thanks his rescuer, he sees the officer is writing him a summons!
Confused, he asks, "You're writing me a ticket!? What for?"
officer replies, "Isn't it obvious? Possession of an illegal fire
For some reason, the spam filter has prevented comments by THB, drew, and myself, from appearing. It may do the same to others. I assume that Blogger is working on the problem. Your comment will appear. It just takes time to discover the legitimate comments in the filter.
Or you can re-post your comment. Sometimes they make it through on the second try. We can delete duplicates later.
Special Ceremony Will Honor 2012 National Championship Team
"June 26 (RACINE) - The Racine Raiders open their 2013 season, their 61st year,
on Saturday, June 29, 2013, against the South Dakota Stallions at Historic
Horlick Athletic Field. Kickoff is at 7:00 p.m.
"The Raiders won the 2012
Semi-Pro BCS National Championship in 2012. It was the eighth national
championship in team history and the first since 2001. The Raiders beat the
Nashville Storm, 38-24, on November 10, 2012, in front of nearly 4,000
"The Raiders return much of the 2013 national championship team,
including quarterback Craig McClelland, running back J.R. Taylor and receivers
Dorian Palmer and Sam D'Alie and tight end Traves Worthington. Joining the
receiving corps is Dom Kegel. Kegel, a standout quarterback in European pro
leagues, will shift to the outside and become a target for McClelland. The
offensive line remains intact with a couple of additions that will supply
"Most of the defense also returns from 2012. The key loss is
cornerback David Earl who moved out-of-state in the offseason. However, Nate
Heard, a cornerback that excelled at UW-Oshkosh and UW-Milwaukee, joins the
squad. The team also added depth at defensive line and linebacker.
Stallions, a third year team and members of the Midwest Football Alliance (MFA),
are 4-2 overall and 4-1 in the MFA on the season. They trail the Des Moines
Blaze, the only team that handed the Raiders a loss last season, by one
"The Stallions are led by quarterback Derrick Singleton. Singleton
has tossed eight touchdowns and thrown just two interceptions this
"Sioux Falls has two running backs that are averaging over six
yards per carry in Ricky Gutierrez and Darieon Smith. Gutierrez is also tied for
the team lead in receptions and is averaging over 22 yards per catch out of the
"On the receiving end, Antonio Berry is the top outside target
while Khalid Waters is the the deep threat, averaging over 35 yards per catch
with three touchdowns.
"On defense, Jordan Bouw is among the team leaders
with 21 tackles and leads the team with 4-1/2 sacks. James Augustus has a nose
for the ball in the secondary, already hauling in five interceptions in just six
"The Raiders will have a special trophy and flag ceremony with a
speech from City of Racine Mayor John Dickert. The Generation Alive Dance Team
and the Racine Raiders Dance and Stunt Team will perform at halftime. Miss
Racine, Elise Elmblad, a student at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside will
sing the National Anthem.
"The gates at Historic Horlick Athletic Field
open at 5:30 p.m. and a band will perform in the beer garden near the concession
stand prior to the game.
"Tickets are available at nine local outlets or
the Historic Horlick Athletic Field box office. Ticket prices are $8 for adults,
$6 for senior citizens and $4 for school age children. Military veterans receive
free admission when in uniform or by showing proper identification.
Racine Raiders, a 501c(3) not-for-profit organization, begin their 61st season
of operations in 2013. The Raiders won their eighth national championship in
2012. Find out more about the Racine Raiders at http://www.racineraiders.com."
Hello, my summer delights!How are you?We’re finally
getting some warm weather, with plenty of rain, too.It would be hard to not grow something with
conditions like those.“June Is Bustin’
Out All Over.”The growth is as lush as
it gets in Wisconsin.It’s a great time to “stop and smell the
roses.”Smell a few other things,
Don’t forget to wear your sun block when you venture
outdoors.The sun’s ultraviolet rays can
harm you even on overcast days.A
wide-brimmed hat is also a good idea.Be
sure to protect your eyes with appropriate sunglasses.Damage done now may not show up for
Do not, I repeat, do not shave Goth symbols into your hair
like Junior did, and then stay out in the burning sun until all the symbols are
bright red. He does kind of glow in the
dark now.We set him on the porch for a
Twinkies and select other Hostess products are supposed to
be back in stores on July 15."The
Sweetest Comeback In The History Of Ever."
Personally, I enjoy the CupCakes, but there’ll be some changes
there.The new CupCakes will be made
from dark chocolate, instead of milk chocolate.I still expect to gorge on them.I don’t know why Twinkies didn’t catch on in our household when I grew
up.Maybe they were just too weird
looking.God only knows what’s in the
We’re just over a week away from the 4th of July,
one of Racine’s favorite holidays
and drunk fests.Junior will go to the
parade for sure, but I don’t know about myself or Señor Zanza.The noise and excitement can get to be too
much.When it does, I take some Madame
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Thank you, my dears, for stopping by today.Our time spent together is precious.I love your company and I love you.
Earlier today, David Dickinson posted on twitter that there was a conjunction of Venus and the asteroid Vesta tonight. They would pass about 0.4 degrees from one another. However, separation between them changes very quickly...I looked it up and by the time it got dark in Tucson, they would be about two degrees apart. I thought, hey, I should try photographing that. Last year I successfully photographed Venus and Uranus. Vesta, however, is fainter and I would be fighting twilight so I knew it would be a tough shot. But I have bought a better camera since last year, a better tripod, and an iOptron Sky Tracker so I can take longer exposures as well.
I had to move a bit from my usual spot to dodge a bright streetlight and then ended up with a couple of power lines in the field of view. And then there is the weather! I had very little time to take pics before Venus dropped into the clouds. I got a few shots. After getting home, I tinkered with the photos in Lightroom a bit. I tried to bring out the fainter objects so the colors may be a little wonky. I then fired up Stellarium and set it to the right time and place and tried to match up the stars in Stellarium with my image to see if I could track down Vesta. First, the Stellarium image.
So now my image. I have labeled a few of the prominent stars and what I THINK MIGHT be Vesta. Look for a small object right above the "t" in Vesta (click to embiggen).
So, does anyone want to confirm I got it or put the kabash on this one?
While looking at Stellarium, I noticed that Ceres is not too far above Venus and they are moving toward a conjunction. Ceres will pass 4.8 degrees from Ceres on July 2nd...not quite as close, but I should have a shot at that one and hope for good weather that night!
UPDATE: I have heard from two others who have checked my photo against the chart and they agree that little smudge is in the right place and the right brightness for Vesta!
When I was a kid, I always lusted after the box of 64 Crayola Crayons with the built in sharpener that all the cool kids had and I never did. Today while shopping online for our upcoming summer academy, I see they now have a box of 96 Crayola Crayons with the built in sharpener. I am still lusting after them. I will never be one of the cool kids.
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