frank - up in grand blanc wrote:So we had/have a client dinner at some place deep enough into Delray that I honestly have no fucking idea where I am. Couple blocks off of Zug island they told me. JWB and calmari.
frank - up in grand blanc wrote:Giovanni's. On the back of their business card is a complicated little map. Very good food, but what a damned adventure finding the place.
frank - up in grand blanc wrote:counting the minutes until I leave our hotel for the airport in Melbourne, Australia. Being off by 14 hours has played hell with my sleep: it's about 11 pm here and my body hates me for effectively staying awake all damn night for the past four or five (lost track) nights. Coming here is an adventure that I do enjoy but the flying is awful (total of 23 hours in the air spread across three legs.
Since I'm not sleeping until as late as possible there's time to share a few things:
-these people are really friendly, more like Americans than Brits or Canadians. go to a bar and in short order you can have a handful of best friends for the evening.
-the American elections are a big topic of conversation in Australia. Upon discovering that I'm an American many will ask my position on the presidential candidates and most will offer that while both are crap they are frightened by Donald Trump. Funny, because I cannot think of which party currently holds power in Oz parliament or who is their prime minister. Sure, Google can answer that but the point is that they know plenty about us while their leader could have served us drinks last night and I wouldn't have known
-standard price for a beer in the CBD is ten or 11 bucks Australian. So maybe this works out to only nine dollars US, but still you have to admire the financial commitment needed to get a buzz by locals and others not an expense account
-Australian rules football Super Bowl (called something else. don't care so I've forgotten) is Saturday and is being held at the Melbourne Cricket Grounds, a former olympic stadium that is really Goddamn big, They'll fill it up I'm told. It's the Swans vs. Bulldogs,
middle aged female wrote:getting ready for the annual trek to Colorado; flight leaves at 10am tomorrow. Several road trips planned while we're there which qualifies this post for this thread.
Guanella Pass this weekend as well as Gold Hill loop and probably RMNP again with a side trip to either Estes Park or Fort Collins as well as the usual trips to Boulder, Lafayette and maybe a pumpkin patch.
Oh, and a bit of mountain gambling up at Black Hawk/Central City.
Storm chasers with Weather Channel ties killed in 2-vehicle crash as tornadic storms move near Spur, Texas
SPUR — Three storm chasers were killed in a two-vehicle crash Tuesday afternoon in Dickens County as a line of tornadic thunderstorms moved through the South Plains.
News of the crash spread quickly through the weather-monitoring community, prompting an outpouring of support for the chasers who were from out of state, including a statement from The Weather Channel.
DPS Sgt. John Gonzalez said the crash between a Jeep and a Suburban happened about 3:30 p.m. 5 miles west of Spur at FM 2794 and FM 1081. The crash came as a line of severe storms moved through the eastern South Plains and Rolling Plains, triggering several tornado warnings, including in the Spur area, according to the National Weather Service in Lubbock. Gonzalez released a statement early Tuesday evening identifying the victims:
“The driver of the Suburban was identified as Kelley Gene Williamson, 57, of Cassville, Missouri. Mr. Williamson was ejected from the vehicle at the time of the crash. Mr. Williamson was not wearing his seat belt. The passenger in the Suburban was identified as Randall Delane Yarnall, 55, also of Cassville, Missouri. Mr. Yarnall was wearing a seat belt.
The driver of the Jeep was identified as Corbin Lee Jaeger, 25, of Peoria, Arizona.”
Williamson and Yarnall were contractors for the Weather Channel, according to a statement released by The Weather Channel late Tuesday.
“Kelley and Randy were beloved members of the weather community,” the statement reads. “We are saddened by this loss and our deepest sympathies go out to the families and loved ones of all involved.”
Investigators believe the black Suburban was traveling northbound on FM 1081 when it disregarded a stop sign and collided with the black Jeep that was traveling west on FM 2794.
“There were two drivers and one passenger in the two vehicles,” Gonzalez said in a statement. “All three occupants were pronounced deceased at the scene.”
Gonzalez confirmed all three were storm chasers.
DPS was still at the scene by 7 p.m. marking the road and taking note of debris scattered across both sides of the road.
The crash prompted statements of support from storm chasers on social media.
“Extremely bad news west of Spur TX. I’m at a scene of triple fatality accident two are storm chasers,” chaser Kat Piotrowski wrote through Twitter.
The Tornado Trackers Twitter account — managed by a handful of storm chasers — also reacted to the news.
“Terrible news coming out of Spur, TX. Thoughts and prayers for the family and friends of those involved,” a Tuesday afternoon post reads.
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