Friday Favorites Take Two

Ankhor You

“It’s Friday, Friday

Gotta get down on Friday

Everybody’s lookin’ forward to the weekend, weekend

Friday, Friday

Gettin’ down on Friday

Everybody’s lookin’ forward to the weekend” ~ Rebecca Black

Friday Favorites

First of all I apologize in advance for getting that song stuck inside your head, but Rebecca Black’s It’s Friday is only fitting. I haven’t done a Friday Favorites in awhile (since May!) not only am I due, but I am super excited. I have a lot of things that have become my “Friday Favorites” recently, as well as a lot to be grateful for. (which personally goes hand in hand anyway!)

Running The Reservoir

Perhaps you saw THIS post, if not, no worries, I am sharing it again. I am obsessed with the Reservoir. It has literally been therapy for me and helped me get through a rough patch the last week. I had…

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Why Is It So Hard To Get A Daily Sunset Limited?


By Noel T. Braymer

There has never been daily passenger service on the Sunset Limited as long as Amtrak has been around since 1971. The Southern Pacific on who’s tracks the Sunset ran had cut it back to tri-weekly before the start of Amtrak. The overhead costs of running trains 3 times a week are almost as high as running them daily. But daily trains earn much more revenues than trains running 3 or 4 days a week. From an economic standpoint it doesn’t make sense to run rail passenger service less than daily. The Southern Pacific was more interested in getting rid of passenger service than maximizing passenger service revenue in the 50’s and 60’s. They were not alone in the American rail industry. The main problem for the railroads was too much overhead and not enough revenue miles. Quite often the reason the railroads, including Southern Pacific wanted…

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Work on TZB Landings brings Lane, Exit Closures

Kaleidoscope Eyes

Recent photo of the Westchester landing shows two-way traffic moving on the new Governor Mario M. Cuomo Bridge while crews begin demolishing the Tappan Zee Bridge’s landings courtesy EarthCam® construction camera.

River Road in South Nyack is closed while crews work on the Rockland landings; click here for detour route, ramp and lane closures from Exit 11 southbound to Exit 9.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2017

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Solving the Selection of a Power Plant Solvent

Power Plant Men

A year after I joined the electricians in the electric shop, Howard Chumbley became my foreman. One day when we were talking about going to the old Osage Plant up the road to clean up a PCB (Polychlorinated Biphenyls) spill, he explained that “In His Day” they used to clean their tools in a vat of transformer oil that was full of PCBs. I remember him telling us that it was normal for him to be up to his elbows in the stuff. They never thought it might be harmful. Now we were getting ready to go up to the old plant to clean up a small spill and I was going to have to suit up in a special hazardous waste suit. I wrote about our experience in the post: “Pioneers of Power Plant Fame Finally Find Rest“.

Now we know about the hazard of developing cancer…

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An Impossible Visitor

Windows into History

Creepy History 40.  It’s October, and that means Creepy History month on Windows into History again! The following quote is taken from News from the Invisible World, a collection of anecdotes published in 1840.

Being informed that you are writing about spectres and apparitions, I take thee freedom, though a stranger, to send you this following relation.

Mary, the wife of John Goffe, of Rochester, being afflicted with a long illness, removed to her father’s house, at West Mulling, which is about nine miles distant from her own: there she died, June the 4th, 1601.

The day before her departure, she grew impatiently desirous to see her two children, whom she had left at home, to the care of a nurse. She prayed her husband to hire a horse, for she must go home, and die with her children. When they persuaded her to the contrary, telling her…

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Non à l’autorisation du Sulfoxaflor « Tueur d’abeilles », #Sulfoxaflor ! Signez la pétition


Cette décision est inacceptable et incompréhensible car les parlementaires ont adopté, il y a plus d’un an, le principe d’une interdiction des insecticides néonicotinoïdes en 2018. Accorder une nouvelle autorisation comme le fait l’ANSES est donc une décision qui arrive à contre-temps et méprise les objectifs inscrits dans la loi.


L’Agence européenne de sécurité sanitaire (peu connue pour sa proximité avec les écologistes…) a pourtant qualifié l’insecticide de « hautement toxique pour les abeilles ».

Alors… :

  • qu’une nouvelle étude vient de confirmer que 80% des insectes auraient disparu en Europe en 30 ans,
  • qu’une autre enquête a mis en évidence la contamination de la quasi-totalité des miels aux insecticides néonicotinoides,

… l’autorisation d’un nouvel insecticide « tueurs d’abeilles » est scandaleuse !


Chaque année, ce sont 300 000 colonies d’abeilles domestiques et des pans entiers de populations d’insectes pollinisateurs sauvages qui…

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