Saturday, October 8, 2011
Wednesday, August 24, 2011
I sort of made a screwed-up face like '...what the -?' and his eyes said back to me: '...I dunno...' We sat there for a few minutes and finally said, "Was that an Earthquake?"
As I headed back into the building where I work, several people said, 'did you FEEL that?'
oh, yeah,....WE FELT THAT.
So apparently an Earthquake, measuring 5.9 on the Richter Scale had hit Mineral, VA, about 38 miles from Richmond, which is about 4 hours from us. Fortunately there was no damage anywhere unless you live near the epicenter.
Virginia's BIGGEST Earthquake was in Giles county, in 1897. It was especially strong at Pearisburg, where the walls of old brick houses were cracked and bricks were thrown from chimney tops. Springs were muddied and a few earth fissures appeared. Giles County was strongly shaken again on April 23, 1959. At Eggleston and Pembroke, several chimneys were damaged, plaster cracked, and pictures fell from walls (MM VI). A wide area (about 7,500 square kilometers) of southwestern Virginia felt the tremor; a few places in West Virginia also reported the shock.
Geologists say that most bedrock beneath southwestern Virginia and adjacent West Virginia was assembled as continents collided to form a supercontinent about 500-300 million years ago, raising the Appalachian Mountains. Although the seismic zone is laced with known faults, even today there are numerous smaller or deeply buried faults which remain undetected.
Well, isn't that comforting to find out since we live in that county. Giles does occasionally have little "tremors", but I didn't know about this bit of local history until yesterdays events.
Hmm...well, being on a scooter during an earthquake. Yep, that's a first for me. Hope it's the last too. ;)
Sunday, August 14, 2011
Wednesday, July 13, 2011
On the night that Barack Obama was elected President, he was interviewed by Oprah Winfrey.
TV superstar and Barack Obama supporter Oprah Winfrey reacts to the news that Obama won his bid for President of the United States. She was at Chicago's Grant Park, where President-Elect Obama gave his victory speech on Election Night, November 4, 2008.
Jesse Jackson can be seen behind her on the right, and Oprah's long time companion Stedman Graham is behind her on the left.
She ask Mr. Obama a question along this lines of “Who are the people your administration is most likely to help?
His reply…..The Poor, The Homeless and the Disabled.
Help the Disabled! No social security raise for the next two years, in an attempt to balance the budget.
And today Fox News post a story on line…
Social Security Checks may be delayed if debt celling is not raised.
In a time when the disabled and older American's are being hit by rising cost of living, now is not the time to hold our checks hostage once again.
It’s time we send a clear message to Washington, DC, enough is enough…
it’s time we receive a fair cost of living increase that reflects the rising cost of Utilities, Medical Care, Food and Gasoline.
As part of the current deficit-reduction talks, White House officials and Congressional leaders on both sides of the aisle are advocating changes to the way inflation is calculated. The little-noticed proposal advocates measuring inflation with the "chained consumer price index," a metric that would likely make inflation look slower than the current measurement does. That would result in smaller Social Security increases for seniors, experts say. "Seniors cannot afford this," says Mary Johnson, a senior policy analyst at The Senior Citizens League, a non-profit seniors rights advocate. "This would negatively impact not just seniors, but also many families that end up helping out these seniors financially."
Some of you may be thinking….This does not effect me, I am not on Social Security and I don’t expect to be. I leave you with a bit of food for thought. One accident or debilitating disease, you would be unable to work for the rest of your lives.
So in closing I ask all abled bodied Americans to rise up and let your lawmakers know this kind of politics will not be acceptable to the American public, and if they should refuse to listen the the voting public now, rest assured you will hear our voices on election night.
Monday, July 4, 2011
I'm not sure how the tradition started, but about 10 minutes before the parade begins at midnight, people start throwing their loose change into the streets and all the kids run out the grab what they can. Bet it's the only time the kids would dive for change and not dollar bills. ;)
I'm not really sure what this is, but the parade hasn't officially started and here's this Puppetone Rockers rolling down the street!