Major Low Presssure Expected to Bring Significant Rain To Greensboro, NC.

Recently the area across the Southeast and particularly North Carolina has been rife with significant rain and during the last storm totaled over 1.25in of rain in about one day or 24 hours.   The coming event is fraught with a few variables.   Most notably the track of the low expected to move into the western part of the state on Sunday afternoon.   At midnight a few showers were noted in north central South Carolina,  so that will bear watching.

But there is a chance of some snow or snow flurries across the Piedmont due to a coastal low around the Thursday time period.    Right now our current temperature close to Burlington, NC is at 31 where it has been for a few hours now.    That temperature may vary a bit but won’t go down much now as warm air is being advected up towards us and Relative Humidity at 78%.

Being the air is cold right now,  it holds less moisture but the push of warm air from the overrunning warm front will saturate the lower atmosphere well enough to provide conditions favorable for clouds and rain.

The arrival of the more steady rain and a few possible thunderstorms and rainshowers will happen later in the day.  The longer the sunshine and the more moist it gets will aid in stronger convection as a series of disturbances happen along the frontal boundary and the low.    Rains up to 1.5in are possible for Sunday and Sunday night.

A Song in a Melody of Life and These Dreams

A certain sadness fills the air,  wafting gently upward as time and shadows overcome us.

I really don’t know where to begin and I do not know if anyone will get what I am about to write.   What happens when dreams are viewed as by antiques,   with secret heartaches so deep that is like being deep under water with no breathing apparatus? You are stuck in the place where you left off with a new and consecutive reality overlain upon your own life now.

I remember walking down long dark wide halls and light that seems as an afterthought filtering casually by.   In the help room I found a brightly gym like structure with a faded rim with a brand new basketball net.   There were the voices, detached and likewise alone.   Finding a place in the corner or speaking loudly as if under the grips of Meth or coming down off a high.   They talked in psychedelic spurts with straggly hair and a shopping cart.

I remember getting a map,  getting on a bus and riding for a ways before getting off.   The scene was familiar but foreign at the same time.   The sun beat down harshly at times as I ascended the steep slope of a place I wanted to be.  I know of a dove with which I shared the same next.   We cooed in concert for a few years.   Those times were a blessing and their end came all too swiftly.

A familiar vulture landed close by,  stole the fragrance of love and replaced that with a spoon and a pitchfork.  Friends of the Vulture said he was like a Vampire with speed ball wings staring through blurred eyes and a puff of smoke.  My friend lost her way and finding a book she wrote, telling about how she was dying inside without me.   Sad I saw that too late.  Because the damage was far worse than the loss of love but a loss of innocence.

As I scaled that steep grade the signs of blight afar off was sad.   Little buildings posed as houses,  waiting for sale and far few were really habitable.   Then I saw her and she saw me.   An instant gravity tugged at both our hearts.   There was also the spectre of that Carrion with worn off wings and a dragging stupor.  But his jealousy was ignited as she saw the man she loved with all her heart and knowing that I was good for her.   By then she had a child but she was so sad and feeling let down.   Surviving a near death experience with Pancreatic gall bladders.

But in a rush of sameness the feelings came cascading back, breaking down the barriers that held so many tears at bay. As the vacuum drew us and the feelings became more intense.   A virtual world in a place with no dreams.  The mickey that was slipped to her and sent her life reeling into a deep abyss.  Scenes from a Modern Cannery Row

The houses here look a five star motel without the cable TV,  doors that work and community bathrooms that are as dirty as any anywhere in the world.   Yet prospective owners decided on these in the vain attempt to get some kind of shelter and refuge.

When I meant my Lilly,  her virtual youth was ravaged by a broken heart and I assured her that I would change this mess if she wanted it.   I was almost surprised at her eagerness sensing the sharp pain that ate at her hope.   After I departed,  I knew that my life was changing but how hard would the parasite that messed up her life would go to keep her.   I feel part lover and part social worker.   Knowing that a lot of senseless violence and hardship was thrust on her young shoulders.

On the way back to the warehouse/factory like premises where I learned of her,  I noticed a few nice homes that a hardworking person had made,  that in stark contrast to the almost ominous abodes I mentioned earlier.   An area once largely undeveloped became a parking lot of sand dunes and lost dreams.

The next day after talking to the people who would find our new place,  I felt excited and reinvigorated by the prospects of a love rekindled.  The sadness and suspicion was starkly evident and Lilly’s mind was part romance and part sanctuary for us three.

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Sitting next to the shanty she lived in, with flies and dirt yet meticulously maintained in spite of that,  I felt resentment turned to hate and although he had his own misgivings,  mine were acute as I saw what he did by the woman who had once showed me what pure love can be like and trust me,  we ran the gamut of good clean fun.

She was rapturous in her thoughts as her soon to be ex-boyfriend seethed as he found me outside of that area where she now but existed.   His anger was sublimated and he began to acquiesce to what he had done and what he did to her.

The new place was not really fancy but it was clean and new and her eyes brightened like little stars conveying the warmth and sensitivity of a newborn or should I say,  reborn heart.   A circle fully completed and the prospects of cleaning the windows of a coffee-stained wardrobe.   The fading memory of ersatz coffee grounds and the fear of attack and hopelessness fading.

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A 350-pound lineman threw a single touchdown and then started a Heisman campaign

Foghorn The IKonoclast:

Wooo Pig Sooie. Congrats Tre you are the best!

Originally posted on For The Win:

After 350-pound linebacker Sebastian Tretola threw an unlikely touchdown in Arkansas’ win over UAB last week, he celebrated with a Heisman pose.

And now, he’s launching a real campaign* (OK it’s sort of a joke.)

In a video posted to the Arkansas Razorbacks YouTube account, in a parody of ESPN’s ads for its 30-for-30 series, Arkansas players are asked about the amazing moment when Tretola lobbed a pass to Alan D’Appollonio for a touchdown.

“I mean I don’t think any other play is up there with it,” Tretola said. “You know I got out there I did what I needed to do, I made a play and I made a great one.”

Need any other reasons to vote? He’s got an insanely good quarterback rating. And, as Tretola puts it:

“I wake up every morning and I brush my teeth with greatness, and I comb my hair with greatness and…

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The Nicest Thing I Have Ever Witnessed Someone Do For A Stranger.

Foghorn The IKonoclast:

Christmas spirit year round.

Originally posted on Kindness Blog:

The Nicest Thing I Have Ever Witnessed Someone Do For A Stranger.

by  Niles Holsinger

kindness for a stranger

With the prediction of serious winter storms in Dallas, I headed to Walmart (with apparently every other person in town) to stock up on a few essentials before the storm hit.

As I was waiting in line to check out, the woman in front of me was having her groceries bagged. While the customer ahead of me was waiting, she asked Sherry, the woman working the register, how her night was going. Sherry looked over the register and said, very sadly, that her day was not going very well. She was working the overnight shift, and on her way to work her drivers side window broke and would not roll up. She had secured a plastic grocery bag over the open window, but now she was afraid that the ice storm was going to break…

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Syracuse SuperDirt Week

Originally posted on Floyd, Times Are Changin:

If you are in the local area close to Syracuse,   New York,   the Fairgrounds are holding their end of year races which started on the 8th and clouds tomorrow (Saturday).   Located not too far from the Great Lakes this mile long dirt/clay surface is one of the big events scheduled at the end of the season and run by the World Racing Group out of Charlotte,  NC.

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Pictured above is one of the tracks greatest drivers of all time,  a shoe-in hall-of-fame kind of guy.   The track is fast and they can have as many as 150 cars or more and from countries like Canada,  USA, Australia and New Zealand.    The World of Outlaw Sprint Car Division also competes in those four countries and the competition is highly competitive.

http://superdirtweekonline.com/index.php/results

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WEEDSPORT, N.Y. – October 9…

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Syracuse SuperDirt Week

If you are in the local area close to Syracuse,   New York,   the Fairgrounds are holding their end of year races which started on the 8th and clouds tomorrow (Saturday).   Located not too far from the Great Lakes this mile long dirt/clay surface is one of the big events scheduled at the end of the season and run by the World Racing Group out of Charlotte,  NC.

Super Dirt Week 2014

100914 BrewertonVLRickYoung

Pictured above is one of the tracks greatest drivers of all time,  a shoe-in hall-of-fame kind of guy.   The track is fast and they can have as many as 150 cars or more and from countries like Canada,  USA, Australia and New Zealand.    The World of Outlaw Sprint Car Division also competes in those four countries and the competition is highly competitive.

http://superdirtweekonline.com/index.php/results

http://superdirtweekonline.com/

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Modified and Sportsman drivers gain momentum leading into their biggest races of the season

WEEDSPORT, N.Y. – October 9, 2014 – Matt Sheppard, of Waterloo, N.Y., and Dave Marcuccilli, of Cayuga, N.Y., kicked off NAPA Auto Parts Super DIRT Week XLIII right, picking up wins at Weedsport Speedway Wednesday, Oct. 8.

“It’s the perfect weed to get on a hot streak. Hopefully we can keep it going right on through Sunday,” said Sheppard, who battled Western New York small block star Chad Brachmann for the 75-lap DIRTcar 358-Modified Series win Wednesday night.

Sheppard started third on the grid after placing sixth overall in time trials and winning his heat race. Ryan Godown, of Ringoes, N.J., started on the pole and took the initial lead over Sheppard at the green flag. World of Outlaws Late Model Series star Tim McCreadie, of Watertown, N.Y., started second but fell to third at the start of the race.

By lap 13, the leaders had reached heavy traffic, Godown still leading over Sheppard. In lap 16, Godown tapped the inside wall in turn 1 and slowed enough for Sheppard to pass him. In lap 17, Brachmann maneuvered through lapped traffic to pass Sheppard for the lead.

Brachmann held onto his lead through cautions in laps 27, 37 and 38, fending off Sheppard’s advances off the double-file restarts. By lap 50, leaders were again forced to handle heavy lapped traffic, and Sheppard took his opportunity when he had it. Sheppard passed Brachmann for the lead in lap 54.

“When Chad drove by me, I thought, man we’ve got nothing for him. I was about a straightaway behind him,” said Sheppard, a three-time Super DIRTcar Big Block Modified Series champion. “But then I really felt my car start to come in a little bit. We started gaining on him in the lapped traffic and a couple of those restarts I was able to hang with him on the top. The thing just came to me the longer the race went.”

Brachmann stayed at Sheppard’s tail for the rest of the race, but wasn’t able to reclaim the top position.

“Unfortunately, the lapped traffic played a role in this tonight,” Brachmann said. “But, it is what it is. One of these days I’ll catch the break I need and come out on top in one of these big races.”

Godown finished third after Brachmann. Rounding out the top five are Tim McCreadie in fourth and Anthony Perrego in fifth.

Marcuccilli battled Boyd MacTavish and Steve Gray to pick up the DIRTcar Sportsman Modified Series win Wednesday at Weedsport Speedway.

“We love coming here,” Marcuccilli said of the track, a newly refurbished pristine facility 30 miles west of Syracuse. “It’s probably the place we know the best.”

MacTavish drew the pole and Marcuccilli started third on the grid. MacTavish claimed the initial lead, but Marcuccilli kept up, gaining enough momentum by lap 7 to race the leader wheel-to-wheel. In lap 9, Marcuccilli made the pass, cruising by MacTavish on the front stretch.

The leaders entered traffic in lap 15, and Marcuccilli maneuvered around lapped cars to keep his spot. A late-race caution slowed the pace in lap 27, but Marcucilli kept the lead off the restart and through the remaining laps.

“We got into lapped traffic there and we didn’t know what to do. They were racing two-by-two,” Marcuccilli commented. “I guess the caution kind of saved me. I think Steve (Gray) would have gotten by me if it weren’t for that.”

Steve Gray finished second and early leader MacTavish third. Rounding out the top five are Rocky Warner in fourth and Gary Lindberg in fifth.

NAPA Super DIRT Week continues Thursday with qualifying for DIRTcar 358-Modifieds and Super DIRTcar Big-Block Modifieds. Friday afternoon features the Futures Races while Camping World Friday Night Lights includes the fan-favorite Triple 20s for Big-Block Modifieds, Twin 20s for 358-Modifieds and Triple 10s for Sportsman Modifieds.

The main events on Saturday include the USAC Silver Crown “Salt City 78” at 1:30 p.m. followed by the “Salute to the Troops 150” for the 358-Modifieds. On Sunday, the DIRTcar Sportsman and Pro Stocks will compete before the premier Syracuse 200 for the Super DIRTcar Series Big-Block Modifieds takes the green flag at 2 p.m.

“Racing’s Biggest Party” runs through Sunday, Oct. 12. For more information and the latest updates on NAPA Super DIRT Week, click www.SuperDIRTWeekOnline.com, follow on Twitter @SuperDIRTWeek, or find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/SuperDIRTWeek.

DIRTcar 358-Modified Series at Weedsport Speedway (Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014)

A-Main (75 laps): 1. 9H Matt Sheppard; 2. 3B Chad Brachmann; 3. 901 Ryan Godown; 4. 4 Tim McCreadie; 5. 18 Anthony Perrego; 6. 91 Rick Laubach; 7. 14 Stewart Friesen; 8. L99 Larry Wight; 9. 33 Mike Mahaney; 10. J99 Jimmy Phelps; 11. 42p Pat Ward; 12. 20 Brett Hearn; 13. 93 Ryan Bartlett; 14. 38 Ryan Susice; 15. 14J Alan Johnson; 16. 14B Peter Britten; 17. 02 Roy Bresnahan; 18. 22c Mario Clair; 19. 16w Lance Willix II; 20. 25 Erick Rudolph; 21. 27J Danny Johnson; 22. 6 Mat Williamson; 23. 323 Neal Williams; 24. 66x Carey Terrance; 25. R70 Ryan Arbuthnot; 26. 16 Dany Creeden; 27. 70 Brady Fultz; 28. 29 Jeff Brownell, Jr.; 29. 10c Tim Currier; 30. 12 Brian Sage.

B-Main 1 (10 laps): 1. 10c Tim Currier; 2. 12 Brian Sage; 3. 93 Ryan Bartlett; 4. d17 Danny O’Brien; 5. B42 Kevin Bates; 6. H25 Bobby Herrington; 7. 71 Mike Bowman; 8. 9J Jordan McCreadie; 9. 1 Tyler Dippel; 10. 21 Yan Bussiere; 11. G14 Brian Gleason; 12. J19 John McKenney, Jr.; 13. 1R Jeff McGinnis; 14. 39a Alan Therrien; 15. 678 John Smith

B-Main 2 (10 laps): 1. 38 Ryan Susice; 2. 16 Dany Creeden; 3. 27J Danny Johnson; 4. 66x Carey Terrance; 5. X21 Randy Chrysler; 6. 39 Clement Therrien; 7. K21 Kyle Weiss; 8. R70 Ryan Arbuthnot; 9. 22c Mario Clair; 10. 44 Zach Aubertine; 11. 16w Lance Willix II; 12. 66 Kyle Dingwall; 13. 3m Bill Mullin; 14. T21 Roger Chrysler

Qualifying Heats (8 laps, top 4 transfer, top 2 redraw)

Heat 1: Ward, Fultz, Williamson, Hearn, Currier, Terrance, Bowman, Clair, Dippel, Mullin

Heat 2: Godown, Laubach, Friesen, Phelps, Creeden, O’Brien, Arbuthnot, Herrington, Willix, Smith

Heat 3: Brachmann, Williams, Rudolph, Brownell, Sage, D. Johnson, A. Therrien, Aubertine, Bussiere, Roger Chrysler

Heat 4: Sheppard, Mahaney, Britten, Wight, Susice, McGinnis, Randy Chrysler, McCreadie, Weiss, McKenney

Heat 5: McCreadie, Perrego, Bresnahan, A. Johnson, Bartlett, C. Therrien, Bates, Dingwall, Gleason, Shield, Reakes

Time Trials: 1. Fultz 17.543, 2. Ward 17.561, 3. Weiss 17.579, 4. T. McCreadie 17.638, 5. Williamson 17.641, 6. Sheppard 17.641, 7. Creeden 17.661, 8. Hearn 17.699, 9. Godown 17.716, 10. Bowman 17.730, 11. Currier 17.734, 12. Brachmann 17.745, 13. Terrance 17.785, 14. Williams 17.808, 15. Perrego 17.821, 16. Laubach 17.828, 17. Wight 17.879, 18. Rudolph 17.891, 19. Susice 17.893, 20. A. Johnson 17.898, 21. Dippel 17.916, 22. Britten 17.952, 23. McGinnis 18.012, 24. Friesen 18.017, 25. Brownell 18.044, 26. Sage 18.102, 27. Bresnahan 18.104, 28. Phelps 18.109, 29. Clair 18.126, 30. Herrington 18.158, 31. Randy Chrysler 18.158, 32. J. McCreadie 18.166, 33. Arbuthnot 18.183, 34. C. Therrien 18.200, 35. Bartlett 18.214, 36. O’Brien 18.216, 37. Mullin 18.428, 38. A. Therrien 18.445, 39. Gleason 18.470, 40. Willix 18.573, 41. D. Johnson 18.678, 42. Bates 18.839, 43. Dingwall 18.957, 44. Bussiere 18.988, 45. McKenney 19.081, 46. Shield 19.170, 47. Roger Chrysler 19.210, 48. Aubertine 19.528, 49. Smith 19.681. Light: Mahaney. No Time: Reakes

For more information for times and directions and also the races themselves please go to the site directly.   Fortunately our weather is cooperating and it might be a bit chilly and windy with highs in the upper 50s and lows near 40.    The only precipitation might come from some random lake effect storms.

Otherwise enjoy and it is well worth the time and money and does have a covered grandstand.

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Tom Arnold gives a boost to automated #StopRush campaign

Foghorn The IKonoclast:

Why do you expend capital on something you do not believe in. I know I certainly don’t. Tom Arnold that is….

Originally posted on Twitchy:

As Rush Limbaugh revealed last week, the “grassroots” #StopRush movement was founded by a small number of hardcore political activists and is maintained by a core group of about 10 people who account for 70 percent of all #StopRush tweets to advertisers. Real live actor and comedian Tom Arnold gave the campaign a boost Monday by joining the #StopRush crew.

Followers were quick to pile on, although some forgot to add their hashtags.

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