I'VE GOTTEN SOME REQUESTS TO BLOG ABOUT POSTVILLE. IT'S A RATHER LONG TALE, BUT TO SUM IT UP IN A NUTSHELL, MANY YEARS AGO A GROUP OF JEWS BOUGHT THE OLD CLOSED MEAT PLANT LOCATED IN POSTVILLE, IOWA TO PROCESS KOSHER BEEF FOR SALE, MOSTLY IN NEW YORK CITY.
STAFFING THE PLANT WAS A CHALLENGE, AND INITIALLY THEY STARTED WITH RUSSIANS AND POLES. SO POSTVILLE WAS IN FOR A DOUBLE CULTURE SHOCK. AFTER THAT PHASE CAME THE MEXICAN AND GUATEMALANS TO WORK THE PLANT. WHAT BROUGHT THE SITUATION TO THE HEADLINES WAS A HUGH IMMIGRATION RAID ON MAY 12 TH OF THIS YEAR WHERE SEVERAL HUNDREDS WERE ARRESTED, PROSECUTED, AND DEPORTED.
SINCE THE RAID, POSTVILLE HAS AGAIN BEEN IN THE NEWS. LAST SUNDAY WAS AN ORGANIZED MARCH THAT MADE THE HEADLINES. MOST RECENTLY THERE ARE SOMALI IMMIGRANTS ARRIVING TO TAKE THE JOBS OF THE HISPANICS. ANOTHER CULTURE SHOCK FOR POSTVILLE.
IF YOU'D LIKE A BETTER EXPLANATION AND A FEEL FOR WHAT IT'S LIKE I SUGGEST YOU CHECKOUT BARBRA'S BLOG, AND CLICK ON HER LABEL CALLED "DIVERSITY".
IMMIGRATION FALLS TOO CLOSE TO POLITICS AND RELIGION IN THIS CASE, SO I TRY TO STAY AWAY FROM WRITING ON THIS TOPIC. I WILL HOWEVER AGREE WITH BARBRA AND TERESA, "WHAT WAS ONCE AMERICA'S MELT'IN POT IN POSTVILLE, HAS TURNED INTO A CESS POOL".
Thursday, July 31, 2008
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
Wow, I haven't blogged here in quite a while. I have been busy blogging on the recipes to eat blog. Like most blogs it is pretty time consuming, but if you have been following this blog, you are aware that we have not been getting a lot of hours at work so that leaves more time to pursue other interests. That is about the best spin I can put on our lack of hours!!
Chad will be here on Saturday, we are planning to pick him up at the Reno airport. That will give him the opportunity to see Reno this trip. He didn't get to explore Reno when he was here last year. Our agenda will also include a trip to Placerville and a winery tour. Placerville also has a brewery so, because Chad works in one, we will be going there too.
Gas has actually gone down 30 cents a gallon in Lake Tahoe, now its at $4.35. Hard to be grateful when you are still paying these outrageous prices. The lowest gas price I can remember in all the years I have been driving is 26.9 CENTS a gallon. When I got my Honda in 2002, I started keeping a notebook in which I log every gas purchase. The first tank of gas I bought for my Honda was $1.20
per gallon. That was only 6 years ago......
August starts on Friday and it is a busy month with birthday's. There are five of them-Heather, Joey, Paul, Daniel, and Alan. Guess I'd better get shopping for cards, I really try hard to make sure everyone gets a card on their birthday.
I have been enjoying Sunday nights this summer. First there was the competition on the Food Network for the new Food Network Star. I did blog about that competition on the recipes to eat blog. It is over now but I really did have a good time watching it. Also on Sunday nights, I have been watching the Design Star Competition on HGTV. I know these programs are not everyone's "cup of tea", but I really like them. Oh and if you think of it, you can go online to www.hgtv.com and vote for your Design Star favorite....vote for Jennifer!! Then tune in Sunday night and see who wins.
Guess that is enough of "this and that" for today!!
Monday, July 28, 2008
USUALLY IN THIS BLOG WE'RE BLOGGING ABOUT OUR TIME "OFF" , BUT TODAY WE WERE BOTH BACK AT WORK "SLAPP'IN JACKS" AT THE CASINO. ON THE WAY INTO WORK THIS MORNING WE BOTH AGREED THAT IT FELT LIKE, WE HAD BEEN OFF WORK FOR A MONTH. ACTUALLY WE JUST FINISHED BEING "OFF" FOR SEVEN DAYS STRAIGHT. LAST MONTH WE HAD TEN DAYS "OFF" IN A ROW.
NEEDLESS TO SAY, WORK WISE, IT HASN'T BEEN A VERY PROFITABLE SUMMER. THAT'S THE REASON WE HAD TO CANCEL BB'08. WE HOPE TO MAKE UP SOME OF THE WORK IN SEPTEMBER, HERE IN LAKE TAHOE, BUT IT'S TOO EARLY TO TELL YET ABOUT CUSTOMER TRENDS.
THE CASINO BUSINESS ISN'T VERY GOOD IN SOUTHERN NEVADA EITHER. WONDER WHAT WE'LL FIND WHEN WE RETURN TO LAUGHLIN?
WE'D LIKE TO THANK HANS AND WENDY FOR THE INTERESTING BLOG ENTRIES, AND NOW WOULD BE A GOOD TIME TO E-MAIL US WITH YOUR SUMMER STORIES FOR US TO POST HERE ON THE BLOG.
YOU WORRYING TYPES SHOULDN'T WORRY ABOUT MARY AND I. WE'RE HOLDING UP FINE CAMPED ON THE PATIO, ENJOYING OUR TOYS, NEW TV, BIGG gASS GRILL, COOKING, AND ENJOYING OUR REGULAR COCKTAILS AT HOME INSTEAD OF DOWN AT BROTHER'S BIKER BAR.
WE'RE BOTH LOOKING FORWARD TO NEXT WEEK WHEN CHAD, MARY'S SON, IS COMING TO VISIT FOR A WEEK.
"SUNNY & 80"
Sunday, July 27, 2008
.......We proceeded directly to the Richard Bong museum in Superior. He was a local farm boy who became the biggest fighter pilot ace in WWII. Lots of cool stuff and ties to the locals, his family, etc.....
Saturday, July 26, 2008
.......Duluth is the major port for the shipping of iron ore from the Iron Range of northern Minnesota. The iron is running out, and the business is somewhat historical now. This is one of the ore boats, the William Irwin, which has been retired into a floating museum......
.....She was built in 1938 in Michigan and retired in the late 70's as she was too small at around 700 feet. This is taken from the front of the back............
...........Originally a hand fired coal burner, she was converted to an automatic coal feeder, then later converted to burning oil. This view is of the front from the back..........
....this lovely tourist, having survived a boring lunch of Minnesota Mexican food, is basking in the sun on a hatch cover, used to cover the cargo hold below...............
......the engine room..........
The Irwin was the fleet flagship, named after the president of U. S.Steel. It had some guest quarters, where invited guests and VIPs could take a cruise of the Great Lakes. This was the guest dining room. The guests and the crew all had to smuggle their own spices into Duluth for which there is a stiff penalty if you are caught (it's called keel-hauling). Folklore has it that these ships were really a front for spice-smuggling, but I think that is bullshit. True Minnesotans wouldn't buy spices, anyway, as they are too dangerous......
...........these are the staterooms for the guests.........
......they even let Wendy steer (the ship has not moved an inch since 1978!).......
..........I forget what this is for..........
.....We both got a giggle out of this sign in the Captain's office. The camera failed to focus very well, but it is a recipe or directions for turning the ship around if someone falls overboard. It is calculated to bring the ship back to the correct spot to search for the careless sailor who fell...........
Next the Richard Bong museum
HAPPY BIRTHDAY JESSE!!!!
Friday, July 25, 2008
We went to Duluth on a Sunday for a daytrip to so some "touristing". While we were crossing the "high bridge" from Superior to Duluth, we could see a big ship approaching Duluth and about to enter the harbor by passing under the lift bridge. We hurried to Canal Park, parked the car and literally ran to the lift bridge, snapping this picture. In it is the bow of the American Century as she crossed before the crowd assembled along the canal passing under the lift bridge.................
Thursday, July 24, 2008
I RETIRED MY OLD SONY TELEVISION TODAY. IT'S BEEN WITH ME A LONG LONG TIME AND LITERALLY THOUSANDS AND THOUSANDS OF MILES. IT STARTED OUT YEARS AGO IN THE SUPPER CLUB ABOVE THE BAR (BEFORE IOWA BARS WERE NON-SMOKING).
IT'S MADE ME A BELIEVER IN SONY TELEVISION. SO HOW ABOUT THE NEW TV? GLAD YOU ASKED.
YUP, IT'S A SONY !!!
I WONDER HOW MANY EPISODES OF MASH I WATCHED AND RE- WATCHED ON THAT OLD SONY TV? HEY REX, JUST HOW OLD WAS THAT TV?
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
MAN OH MAN LOOK AT THOSE FRESH GREEN BEANS !!! IT'S GOT TO BE TIME FOR MY ANNUAL BATCH OF GREEN BEAN SOUP!!!FIRST STEP: IS TO SNAP THOSE GREEN BEANS
THEN YOU BOIL THEM UP NICE AND TENDER WITH LOT'S RED STOCKTON SWEET ONION. YOU CAN ADD ANYTHING YOU LIKE IN THE SOUP MY FAVORITES ARE, DICED CHEDDARWURST, ONION, BABY BELLA MUSHROOMS, AND TODAY I ADDED SOME YELLOW BEANS AND FRESH OFF THE COB WHITE SWEET CORN.
AS YOU CAN SEE, MARY IS SUPERVISING TODAY, SHE WASN'T REAL HAPPY WITH MY HOMEMADE POTATO SALAD YESTERDAY. IT HAD TOO MUCH ONION AND THE HARD BOILED EGGS WEREN'T QUITE COOKED TO HER HIGH STANDARDS.
BUT I'M HAPPY TO REPORT THE GREEN BEAN SOUP, COOKED IN GRANDMA'S OLD PRESSURE COOKER PAN OUTSIDE ON THE BIGG gASS GRILL WAS PERFECT !!!
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
LOOKS LIKE MY BUNS ARE READY TO BAKE.
JUST POP THE DUTCH OVEN INTO THE VOLCANO STOVE, SIT BACK, AND CRACK OPEN A MILLER GENUINE DRAFT LIGHT 64.
NOW HERE IS THE SECRET TO BAKING BREADS, PIES, ETC IN A DUTCH OVEN. YOU ONLY BAKE WITH BOTTOM HEAT FOR 2/3 OF THE BAKING TIME. TODAY I'M BAKING MY BUNS FOR 25 MINUTES. THAT'S ONLY 15 MINUTES WITH BOTTOM HEAT. AFTER 15 MINUTES IN THE VOLCANO I PULL THE OVEN OUT AND LET IT SIT FOR 10 MORE MINUTES WITH JUST THE HOT CHARCOAL ON THE LID.
WORKS EVERY TIME !!! JUST REMEMBER THE SECRET 2/3 BAKING RULE.