Aces High

A Study in Equinoxes

Fate hasn’t cut my deck of cards
‘Aces are high’ he calls
When I draw a 2
And ‘Low!” when I need Blackjack
I wouldn’t bet my life on the 16 I’m holding
But I’ll call you on that 21
Everyone’s holding a 21 it seems
Everyone but me
Deal again!
Hit me! Hit me!
I’m over! I’m under
‘Aces high!’ I smile finally
A 21 with a Jack or a King
Hell, I still feel like a Queen
Hit me again fellas, I’ll take all your chips
I’ll take them Havanas from your puckered lips

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Bicycle in My Grandpa Day

The Inspiration Shots

Week 49/52

A bicycle, often called a bike or cycle, is a human-powered, pedal-driven, single-track vehicle, having two wheels attached to a frame, one behind the other. A bicycle rider is called a cyclist, or bicyclist. Bicycles were introduced in the 19th century in Europe and, as of 2003, more than a billion have been produced worldwide, twice as many as the number of automobiles that have been produced. They are the principal means of transportation in many regions. They also provide a popular form of recreation, and have been adapted for use as children’s toys, general fitness, military and police applications, courier services, and bicycle racing. The basic shape and configuration of a typical upright, or safety bicycle, has changed little since the first chain-driven model was developed around 1885. But many details have been improved, especially since the advent of modern materials and computer-aided design. These have allowed…

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Georgia Northeastern Railroad to be acquired

Georgia Northeastern Railroad Co. Inc. (GNRR) is being acquired by SteelRiver Infrastructure Fund North America LP and two associated investment firms, according to a notice filed with the Federal Register.

GNRR operates about 106 miles of railroad between Marietta and Mineral Bluff, Ga. In addition to SteelRiver, the other applicants for the acquisition are SteelRiver Devco Holdings LLC (Devco) and SteelRiver Devco Holdings LLC.

The acquisition would include GNRR and its subsidiary, Blue Ridge Scenic Excursions. The firms intend to acquire the railroad on or after Nov. 15. Additional financial details of the acquisition were not disclosed in the notice.

GNRR owns about 48 miles and leases about 32.74 miles from CSX Transportation. The remaining miles belong to the Georgia Department of Transportation, including industrial, spur and other track, according to the federal notice.

SRTH is owned by Devco, which is owned by SteelRiver. SteelRiver is owned by a diverse group of U.S. and foreign pension funds, insurance companies and other investors. It is associated with several other entities, including PRD Midco LLC, which controls Patriot Rail Co. LLC, which controls 13 Class III railroads.


My Take On The Whole Starbucks Red Cup Controversy

The Tony Burgess Blog

What bothers me about the whole Starbucks cup thing is that it’s just a cup of coffee, that costs more than some people have in their names at this moment. Perhaps Christians, me included should give 5 bucks to a food bank so that those without things like food can eat a meal or more. Maybe everyone should give up Starbucks for a week and give what they would spend there to those in need. Let’s get real and understand that the war on Christmas, is really those observing it not understanding the meaning is about a Savior who would show the world to be better and to love venti.

There are way other things going on in the world to be angry about. Just saying.

For background on this story click here to find out more.

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Lady in the Water (2006)


Can you please just leave the “Story” in the swimming pool?!?

Lady in the Water

Warner Bros. Pictures in association with Legendary Pictures and Blinding Edge Pictures present…

It all started with a bed time story…

M. Night Shyamalan was fantastic and then it’s all downhill post-mortem “The Sixth Sense”. Every time he makes a film it always indoctrinate the weird twist and the supernatural. Of course every Director has his forte and weaknesses but his take on his projects made on the big screen has been so much criticized for being…let’s just say out of this world!

I’m not saying it’s a bad thing and I did not mean it to be good either! He always wants his viewers to feel something different, something palpable and yet, it draws more pessimism.  I hate to think that this is all he can do where in fact, his work entails so much envisioned thought as…

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FINAL: Comets 6 @ Pirates 3

The Utica Comets completed their perfect 3-0-0-0 week with their second win in as many nights over the Portland Pirates at the Cross Insurance Arena on Saturday night. The 6-3 win extended the Comets season-high winning streak to four games, and their record against the Pirates to 3-0-0-0.

Travis Ehrhardt (2-0-2), Michael Zalewski (1-1-2), Alexandre Grenier (0-2-2) and Carter Bancks (0-2-2) all enjoyed multi-point nights for the Comets, while goaltender Joe Cannata made 31 saves and collected his sixth win of the season. Ashton Sautner (1-0-1), Alex Friesen (1-0-1) and Nicklas Jensen (1-0-1) also found the back of the net for the boys in blue.

Just like the game played the night before, the Comets scored the first goal of the game just a few minutes into the tilt. From the top of the face-off circle, Sautner unleashed a slap shot that screamed over the Mike McKenna’s right shoulder for the defenseman’s second goal of the season. Michael Zalewski, and Hunter Shinkaruk picked up assists on the goal.

About 10 minutes later the Comets allowed their first short-handed goal of the season when Garrett Wilson skated from his own blue line, into the Comets zone, and slipped a wrist shot from the high slot past Cannata.

The Comets collected themselves before striking twice in a span of 82 seconds. Ehrhardt would be the one that put the Comets back in the lead at the 13:32 mark of the first period. Jon Landry set-up the goal when he drew four Pirates defenders to him, which left Ehrhardt all alone at the top of the circle across the ice. Ehrhardt received the pass from his defensive partner, faked a shot to drop the final Pirates defender to his knees, stepped around him, and snapped a shot past McKenna.

After the goal, Cameron Gaunce was penalized for unsportsmanlike conduct when he interfered with the Comets celebration, setting up the Comets next tally.

From behind the net, Linden Vey found Jensen all alone on the doorstep with a pass that Jensen would not miss. Alexandre Grenier also picked up an assist on the play. With the power-play marker, the Comets have now scored a power-play goal in five straight games.

Early into the second period the Pirates cut the Comets lead in half. Cannata made a leg pad save on Rob Flick’s shot, but John McFarland crashed the net hard and popped the rebound into the net for his fifth goal of the season.

6:44 into the second period Ehrhardt struck again, this time short-handed. With an offensive zone face-off, Bancks cleanly won the draw back to his defenseman. Ehrhardt quickly wristed a shot into the back of the net from the top of the circle to increase the Comets lead to 4-2. The goal was Ehrhardt’s fourth of the season, and set a new season-high total for him.

The two goal lead did not last long, just 59 seconds to be exact. Sena Acolaste collected a rebound and banked a shot off of Cannata’s leg pad and in.

Five minutes into the third period the Comets, for the third time, captured a two-goal lead. The Comets caught the Pirates on a line change when John Negrin sprung Zalewski on a breakaway with a home run pass. Zalewski slipped a backhand shot underneath McKenna’s pads to extend the Comets lead to 5-3.

An empty-net goal by Alex Friesen with 1:07 left on the clock put the final touches on the victory.

With the win the Comets’ record improves to 9-8-1-1 on the season, while the win dropped the Pirates’ record to 7-10-0-0 this season. The Comets power play converted on one of their two power-play attempts, while the penalty-killing unit successfully killed all three of the Pirates power plays.

The Comets are back in action when they return home on Wednesday for a rematch with the Lehigh Valley Phantoms. Puck drop is scheduled for 7pm, and a limited amount of tickets are available for purchase.

NOTE: Prior to the game, Comets Director of Hockey Operations, Pat Conacher, announced that the team released defenseman Drew Daniels from his professional tryout contract.


By the Mighty Mumford


American Locomotive

Company fans are the best,

For the “Honorary Steam Engines”

They never ever rest…

Fans will wait four hours

To see that smoke column,

A serious thing photographed–

An event so solemn!

The glug-glug of the engines’

Four cycle energy,

Has great pulling power

And fuel economy…

Production of these beasts

Stopped in nineteen sixty eight,

In Canada longer,

But numbers were never great.

So when we can find one

Or more operating here,

We are in “ALCO-heaven”

And shed a happy tear…

That delay in the turbo charger

That produces all that smoke

We long to rake a noseful

Even if it makes us choke!

I think I’m going back to

My ALCO video scene,

Forgive if I don’t see you out

I know it’s rather mean…

I’ve got a date this evening

With a smoky princess grand,

But if…

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