Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Highway 41, still near Tifton, Georgia

Continuing the Highway 41 StreetView journey, a couple more stops near Tifton, Georgia.

Tifton - crossing the tracks. Highway 41 is also called Love Avenue here.

Tifton - Tift County Public Library. The building next door, that looks like a church, is the Tifton Museum of Arts and Heritage.

Love Avenue and 12th Street. Have to turn left here, onto 12th Street West to stay on Highway 41.

Espresso 41 - stop here for coffee! The University of Georgia - Tifton is just west of here, on the other side of I-75.

OK, now leaving Tifton. Next destination of note is Warner Robins, a little less than 100 miles north of here.

Monday, October 15, 2018

Halep is end-of-year #1 again, but injured

Despite a disappointing Wimbledon and U.S. Open, this is the year that Simona Halep got her first major title in tennis.  I hope she gets a couple more.

Last year, despite not getting that first major, she finished the season ranked as the #1 tennis player in the world.  Then she battled Wozniacki in a dramatic Australian Open final, and lifted the trophy at the French.

She'll end this year ranked #1 again, but a back injury is limiting her, and she may not be able to play in the end-of-year Women's Tennis Association Finals in Singapore.

Still, she's been ranked #1 for 50 weeks, which has only been exceeded by nine women -- and this is the Serena Williams era, after all.  That's pretty impressive.

Hope she gets over the injury soon, and keeps on doing what she does so well.

Simona Halep delighted to surpass idols as world No 1 but unsure if she’ll be able to play WTA Finals

Long trip in a small boat

This one falls into the "Would You Believe..." category.

Delighted brothers, six and nine, learn their £40 Playmobile pirate ship 'The Adventure' has sailed 3,700 miles across the Atlantic from Africa to Barbados - landing them a New York book deal in the process

While the ship, carrying a tracker, wasn't recovered, the tracker showed that the ship was within 30 miles of Barbados, after making a journey of 3,700 miles.  That's pretty impressive for a toy boat that looks about 3 feet long.

But if the winds and currents are carrying a boat in the right direction, it can go a long, long way.

Well, I guess we know now

Washington Post recent headline  (for this article) :

And an even more recent article:

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, and Prince Harry are expecting, says Kensington Palace

So I guess it's abundantly clear that even with all the public appearances since their nuptials, they had some time alone. 

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Moving north to Tifton on Highway 41

Tonight we will see a couple more stops on Highway 41.


Sparks to Lenox - 8 miles

Lenox to Tifton - 13 miles

Lenox, Georgia Coastal Plains Regional Educational Service Agency (RESA)

Tifton - by the Henry Tift Meyers Municipal Airport

Main Street Tifton, by the Tift Theatre. It's still a pretty classic looking, throwback Main Street (and good to see).

More stops in Tifton in the next Highway 41 post.

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Once in my life, I'd like to try ...


Once in my life, I'd like to try durian.  Some people hate it, but for some reason, it seems like a lot more people love it.

Considering that you can only get it in Indonesia, I'm unlikely to ever have the chance to try it.  But I want to.

The reason for my recent durian crave is this article:

Durian deserves our love

An excerpt:
"Yes, durians might have a pungent, unfamiliar odor. But once you get past that, like all Malaysian children were cajoled into doing, you’ll be greeted by a taste so sultry it might just kick-start your journey to becoming a durian convert. With an avocado-like richness and a pleasantly bittersweet, almost alcoholic flavor, there’s nothing quite like it in the fruit universe. For this reason alone, in Malaysia, where I live, the durian isn’t just considered a native fruit; it is a fruit that has spawned a whole culture and lifestyle, a fact that is so often missed in the Western narrative."

So, dig in (if you have the chance):

Durian, closed and open

A sonnet: "a night I could never forget"

a night I could never forget

Distinct among my memories is this;
a single night, a moment, and a chance
to make a sweet request, to have a kiss
with my endeavor for lifelong romance;
and yet this would not be what happened there,
for though the kiss was monumental, the place
was only then, one time, no more to dare
than I could wish for, though in search of grace
and loveliness I would have wanted all
we could attain, if she had granted my
desires; so I've imagined thrall
of nudity and passions, wishing I
could test my skills and thrills with her, while she
is ever unaware what dwells in me.

Sunday, October 7, 2018

Lighthouse of the Week, October 7-13, 2018: Capo dell'Arma, Italy

As far as I can tell, the Capo dell'Arma lighthouse is the westernmost lighthouse in Italy. It's not a real big lighthouse (15 meter tower, painted white, with a black turret) and the nearest coastal town/village is San Remo.

I got that information from World of Lighthouses (I'll give the Lighthouse Directory a rest this week).

Capo dell'Arma Lighthouse 

If you go to that link before you look at my collection of pictures below, you'll recognize one of the pictures.  It hasn't been photographed a lot.

A side trip, then back to the main road (Highway 41)

The next two panoramas on our StreetView journey on Highway 41.

Reed Bingham State Park: there aren't a lot of state parks in southern Georgia, so I thought a side trip would be a nice thing to do. 76 is Fourth Street, and becomes Highway 37 outside of Adel. It goes straight to the state park.

This panorama was taken on an island in the artificial lake in the state park.

Back on Highway 41 - Sparks, Georgia, just north of Adel. Intersection of Highway 41 and Colquitt Street.

Not only illegitimate, they're also innumerate

From the Washington Post article "Rock bottom -- Supreme Court fight reveals a country on the brink" :
"Sen. John Cornyn (Tex.), the second ranking Republican, attributed the divisions in Washington to wounds inflicted by Trump’s election in 2016, which he said “half the population can’t seem to get over.” "
However, Senator Cornyn, your numbers aren't accurate.  Because most national polls indicate that support for President Trump is in the 30% - 40% range, that means that 60-70% of the population can't seem to get over the illegitimate election (aided and abetted by the Russians) of the current President.

And we aren't going to get over it for a very long time, either.

That's a promise.

Thursday, October 4, 2018

Another lovely Brit

I haven't said much about Shelby Tribble, a former Miss Great Britain who's recently been on the British TV reality show (as far as I can determine) The Only Way is Essex, or TOWIE for short.

Over the past few months, she's been dating Pete Wicks, a tattooed businessman and part-time model, on the show and I guess for real, too.  But they've apparently broken up due to his infidelity.

Some guys just don't get it when they've got it.

So, anyways, back to Shelby.  She has a beautiful face (though perhaps slightly bland in expression), great eyes, and she's a clothes horse.  Looks great in high fashion, casual fashion, and on the beach or by the pool in swimwear.

Let's go poolside.

Shelby Tribble PICTURE EXCLUSIVE: TOWIE star shows off her incredible figure in a minuscule white bikini... after split from love rat Pete Wicks

Oh, did I mention she looks pretty great in lingerie, too?  Let me demonstrate that.

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Hayabusa-2 drops more tech on Ryugu

The Hayabusa-2 mission to asteroid Ryugu is going well so far.  It already released two little hopper rovers onto the cute little 'roid, and it just dropped a lander with a 16-hour battery lifetime onto the surface, too.

Japanese rover lands on ancient asteroid for 16 hour-mission

It's apparently a "rover" because it can move to three different locations during its brief scientific expedition.

After this, Hayabusa-2 will release one more rover, and then go down for the sample collection.  Once that's done, it sends the sample return capsule back to Earth.

Hopefully everything keeps working as well as it has so far.

By the way, if you've ever wondered what it would be like to stand on the surface of  comet (and don't think that the movie Armageddon was anywhere close), the European Space Agency released an image from the Rosetta mission of the surface of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, which is in the article at the link below.

This is what it would be like to stand on the surface of a comet, according to the European Space Agency\

Now, I wonder, if you were standing right there, would you be able to jump into orbit?  It's not exactly a large heavy space object, as it's apparently more like a fluffy rockpile, probably not having a lot of mass.  The escape velocity is around 1 meter per second (2.2 miles per hour).  So how fast can you jump? 

WOLF Hall - of course - gives up some history

Very interesting article in the Daily Mail about archaeological investigations into the original Wolf Hall, which has a strong connection to Tudor king Henry VIII, he of the six wives.

Wolf Hall was the familial home of Jane Seymour (the third wife of the king,  not the modern day lovely actress).  But the big house didn't last long -- and there's currently a more modern, smaller home on the property.
The REAL Wolf Hall is unearthed: Palatial home of Seymour family where Henry VIII fell for third wife Jane is discovered 300 years after it was destroyed
They have now found lots of tiles and some of the original foundation walls.  I'm sure they're going to keep digging.

There was a recent TV series called "Wolf Hall" about the important events that happened there.  Now I'm curious about seeing it.

When you examine the history of England and what happened to Henry VIII's offspring, you realize that Wolf Hall was where some of the most significant events in English history were initiated.

Monday, October 1, 2018

A couple more sites in southern Georgia on Highway 41

Moving up the map.

Cecil Grocery in Cecil, GA

Adel, Georgia

Adel United Methodist Church

Downtown Adel, Highway 41 and Highway 76

Lighthouse of the Week, September 30 - October 6, 2018: Portomaso, Malta

Not all lighthouses are magnificent structures guarding dangerous rocky coastlines.  Although Malta in the Mediterranean Sea has magnificent coastlines, this particular lighthouse is at the entrance to a private marina.

I like to mix things up.

So the Portomaso lighthouse is basically a light on a big table.  Actually it's on top of a control room, which is on top of a big table.

It's on the Ponta ta'Spinola, on the north side of the island of Malta and the west side of St. Julian's Bay.

So here are three pictures.