Sunday, August 17, 2008

The Moon, Thunder Rolls, Hurricanes and Hershey Bars

Thunder Rolls

Writing this post 8/16/08
Tonight I have yet to see the moon. The sky is cloudy, but it seems to be clearing. There is a partial eclipse tonight, but not visible from here. I found this story in the news today...

Partial lunar eclipse coming Aug. 16

But alas, moon shadow will not be visible from North America

"Oh I'm being followed by a moon shadow..."

Eclipses of the sun and moon usually come in pairs. A solar eclipse is almost always accompanied by a lunar eclipse two weeks before or after it, since in two weeks the moon travels halfway around its orbit and is likely to form another almost-straight line with the Earth and sun.

This month will be no exception. Just over two weeks after casting its shadow across the Arctic, Russia, Mongolia and China, the moon will swing around to slide deep through the northern edge of the Earth's own shadow on the night of Aug. 16-17.

11:00 PM, There it is...

Partial, "Treeclipse of the full sturgeon moon" 8/16/08
Whew, I was afraid I would miss this event. Actually the next total eclipse of the moon is expected to occur in 2010, so keep an eye out.

For those who may have missed my earlier post about the names of the moon, the full sturgeon moon is a name the Algonquin Indians used because it was a good time of the year for sturgeon in the great lakes.
I have been asked to provide Friday afternoons' entertainment at Thunder Rolls. It's a yearly event that takes place in Red Bluff to raise money for local charities. It's a gift that I hope to share with some aspiring musicians and performers who could use the exposure and experience. The stage is mine from 11AM to 3PM so if you are in the area and want to be part of Happy Phil's Review, let me know.

Thanks to Stu and Sandy.

Bikes from last years Thunder Rolls
Motorcycle event with American Motor Drome's Wall of Death, bike and car shows, live entertainment, youth carnival, drawings and prizes.

8/22/2008 - 8/24/2008
10:00 a.m. to midnight
Tehama District Fairgrounds

Hmmm, 11-3? August in Red Bluff?
No jacket required.

Batten down the Hatches, again.
[Image of 3-day forecast, and coastal areas under a warning or a watch]

I have always wondered about the people in Florida and hurricanes. They happen every year, and yet every hurricane we see people lined up at the stores buying plywood and supplies. What happened to the stuff from the last storm?

Portal to mythical Mayan underworld found in Mexico

Mayan cave in the Yucatan Peninsula

By Miguel Angel Gutierrez

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexican archeologists have discovered a maze of stone temples in underground caves, some submerged in water and containing human bones, which ancient Mayans believed was a portal where dead souls entered the underworld.

Clad in scuba gear and edging through narrow tunnels, researchers discovered the stone ruins of eleven sacred temples and what could be the remains of human sacrifices at the site in the Yucatan Peninsula.

River Styx?

No more 10¢ Hershey bars?*
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Candy maker Hershey Co said on Friday it was raising U.S. prices by roughly 10 percent and warned that the higher cost of ingredients such as cocoa, corn sweetener, sugar and peanuts would weigh on profits.
*Yes I know, but the last time I bought one it was 10¢.

Life is good.

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