Just Another Great Start to a Sunday...

Just Another Great Start to a Sunday...

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Friday, September 12, 2014

Orion Rising...Leaves Falling

On just about every day of the week, I am up & moving well before dawn.
I especially enjoy this time of year when, for the first time, I can view a fully risen Orion in the eastern sky well before the sun comes up amidst a growing hint of autumn in the air. 
As my employer's fiscal year ends on September 30th, this is an extremely busy & draining time of year...both physically and mentally. At the end of the day, I have very little left.
As with everything...this too shall pass.
The Mantis rototiller above is ~25 years old. A little TLC and a new sparkplug...and it's mixing my backyard soil ( heavy red clay, grass clippings, shredded leaves and composted kitchen scraps ) into an incredibly fertile mix for next year.
Can't wait to get there...
Happy Friday.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Energy Executive Patrick Henderson: DELETED!

Patrick Henderson is Toxic Tommy Corbett's "Energy Executive."
In my prior post, I linked to an article about $150,000 in grant money being awarded gifted to an organization with strong connections to the natural gas industry.
I expected the comments to flow...and they did.
Believe it or not, Mr. Henderson himself posted a comment that basically accused the newspaper of being biased in its reporting. Unfortunately, I did not save a screenshot of what he had to say.
Here was WITF's response to the comment being deleted. 

To WITF/WHYY and the person(s) who made the decision to delete Patrick Henderson's comment:
I fully support your actions.
If Governor Corbett and the team he has assembled are unwilling to respond to your inquiries and face the music, kick their industry-kissing *sses out of the concert.
Now I have a question for you, Mr. Lambert:
Why did Laura Legere leave?
I'll be calling later this week if I don't receive a response via email.
Happy Monday!

Friday, September 5, 2014

OMFG - DEP Funds Gas Industry Group...

...to conduct a study about natural gas drilling.
And no one else was able to apply for the grant money!
Read the rest here.
"The DEP did not respond to repeated requests to comment."
I just wanna wretch.
Happy Friday!


Monday, September 1, 2014

Drillers Fudge Fracking Waste #'s

 Oops! Human error...again?!?!
Read the rest here.
The revelations contained in the article linked above should not surprise anyone. Honest and complete disclosure is not part of their corporate culture; never has been, never will be.

Can't wait for these folks to make their way to the South Newark Basin...

These will all be sold by then...

These I'm keeping...

Hope everyone in the USA is enjoying the three day weekend. After lugging a cast iron tub, a refrigerator, several recliners and multiple bags of "stuff" up a narrow set of cellar steps this weekend, I am taking Monday as complete R&R; both mentally & physically.

My maternal grandparent's cast iron tub ( Made in Baltimore in 1928 )

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Can't Get There...

...from here.

I'm at those crossroads, folks. I know what I have to do. Better yet...what I need to do.
And my current job is getting in the way.
My daily commute, mostly using mass transit, is just under 4 hours.
Two in the morning, and another two at the end of the day.
No complaints...as I made the decision that put me here.
Now I have to decide what to do about it.
Someday, hopefully a few decades from now, I  - like everyone else on this planet - will breathe my last.
And whatever I am thinking at that moment...it won't be about my accomplishments at work.
The doorway to my tomorrows was opened over 30 years ago, and I know I have to get there; to those moments in time that constantly flash in front of me.
Not attempting to arrive at that place and time would be a tragedy, and failure is not an option.
Stay tuned.
What would you attempt to do
if you knew you could not fail?”
Sunrise on 30 Aug 2014
Enjoy your weekend, folks!

Friday, August 29, 2014

243 ( and counting ) Wells Contaminated

And the natural gas folks will still ( try to ) claim otherwise.

Read the rest here.
Temporary my ass. We are only seeing the tip of the looming iceberg.
That number will quintuple in the next five years, if not sooner.
Happy Friday!

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Williams on Williams

I continue to monitor visitors to this blog, and even with the slowdown in posts as of late, the NG folks are still stopping by.

I continue to get phone calls about the Susquehanna from my friends in Bradford County and other areas impacted by fracking. 
I continue to get emails forwarded to me with links to articles of interest.
Due to an event that happened over 30 years ago, I already know what's down the road, and a post I've been thinking about for over a decade is about to unfold.
Stay tuned.
P.S.: Hey, Middleburg! Thanks for the visits!

Monday, August 25, 2014

Hundreds of Methane Plumes...

Read this article for the rest.
Cause and effect folks....cause and effect.
Think there's no connection between the increase in methane plumes described in the article and the fracking going on in the Marcellus Shale formation?
This is a discovery I'm going to follow.

Happy (ughh) Monday.

P.S. - Guns for Sale.


Sunday, August 17, 2014

Journey's End...and New Beginnings.

Looks like the seemingly never-ending project of cleaning out my father's home is coming to an end.
Right now the deal is on a handshake, but if all goes well, we will be selling the home that has been in our family for ~87 years.
The journey over the past two years has been beyond anything I could have scripted, and it's time to move on.
'Nuff said.
All of the above are between 40 and 45 years old. One went in the dumpster (kept the emblem for future use), and one will be put away for now. 
Yesterday was a good day. We spent several hours donating furniture and other items, filled up another Bagster with stuff from the basement, did the cemetery circuit, had incredible seafood at King Neptune in Dallas, stopped for milk & a sweet finish at Hillside Farms...and made it home as the sun was setting.
No sunrise for this pup this morning...slept in 3 hours past my normal 4a start time. 
Enjoy the rest of your weekend.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Swiftly Fly the Years...

Up before dawn today...again.

While the coffee was steeping, I went outside to catch yet another spectacular sunrise.

I love late summer mornings, especially on days like this where the temperature in the morning is in the 50's, the air is crisp...and the humidity is low.
I harvested five ripe pumpkins last night, and I have two more to go before the season is officially over.
Right now, I'm thinking...pumpkin-ginger muffins.
My co-worker's orchid is now in full bloom. I brought it home from work in early March...so here we are five months later. The blooms should last a few weeks, and I'll be taking plenty more pictures before they wither away one by one.

Busy day ahead, folks.
Carpe diem!
“What would you attempt to do
if you knew you could not fail?”