HALLOWEEN DEATH COUNT

By: joealaska , 4:19 AM GMT on October 29, 2013

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Sitting here watching a game in Saint Louis, the Sports Capitol of the USA this weekend. There were some big games over the weekend, college football, whatever. But tonight is BIG. Monday Night Football is on and it is Seattle playing St. Louis. And just a mile away they are playing Game #5 in The World Series. Just down the road. Boston playing and beating St. Louis.
Very unusual. And Trubba. Saint Louis went 0-2 on this night.

Show Me. OK.

I had the national news on today and I saw film of the storm that hit Europe. They showed footage from London of a crane collapse situation. Brussels got hit hard, as well as France.

I was watching a local independent channel, and the weather guy was talking BIG stuff coming through Thursday. Halloween. Big storm forming in the west. Here she comes. He went into a speech saying he saw the predictions based on weather models and did not believe what he saw. 100 mph winds on Halloween. Strongest late afternoon and early evening. Perfect. The other reputable channels are just saying it looks like a line of thunderstorms coming through. Hopefully will have film on YouTube Friday!!

On the same night I am going to see my old friend Steve, buddies since 4th grade. For a few years we had a band and a great time. Nowadays he is playing solo guitar and singing at various venues in Louisville and Southern Indiana. He has a device based off his guitar that creates a second accompanying voice. All electronic. But it sounds good, improving an already good voice.

If needed, I will request Folsom Prison Blues.

Hopefully the plate glass windows will not blow in and shatter during his performance.

The job listings have dropped noticeably in the cold states now that it has turned, well, COLD. The Plain States. Today was very nice here, but it was cold last night. Now it looks like tomorrow will be cloudy but mild. There could be a round of golf with DotMom.

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17. WunderAlertBot (Admin)
2:12 AM GMT on November 02, 2013
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16. dotmom
12:16 AM GMT on November 02, 2013
I guess I am in a cloud. A house 3 doors down had a tree split in 3 places in their front yard. Winds might have been worse than I thought.
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15. dotmom
1:44 PM GMT on November 01, 2013
Ylee: The storms passed through here with little damage. I did hear some trees were down - but probably because the ground was already saturated and then the winds came. I signed up with the National Weather service and they call when bad weather is in/coming to your particular area. We got the call at 11:30. Needless to say, there was little sleep then until about 2 a.m. -- got up and turned the TV on to follow it and finally about 1 a.m., it appeared all clear.

A beautiful day out there this morning. Sky is clearing and the sun is shinning bright. Hope everyone has a nice weekend. The little goblins (and probably a big one or two also) will be here tonight. Much better for the event than last night.

BOO!
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14. Ylee
10:09 AM GMT on November 01, 2013
Storms passed here without much drama, and I'm assuming L'ville was spared, too, am I right, folks?
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13. insideuk
9:28 AM GMT on November 01, 2013
Putting in this link to a timelapse video tour of Louisville by special request:

img src=" Louisville In Motion. A timelapse tour of Louisville Kentucky. from Eric Stemen on Vimeo.">


You have a huge mixture of architecture going on there! Parts of it could almost be transplanted into Derby and blend in - (maybe not the YUM centre...). Some parts of this video look like an advert for some swanky car company, very trendy. Love the giant leaning baseball bat feature - really cool idea.

And there is a PROPER scary Halloween property, a big old house on a corner plot with lots of ivy growing up it? That HAS to have been used as a horror film location?!

I've read that some trees were blown down in the Louisville area last night. Hope the tornadoes stayed away, it was certainly a late night for everyone who was keeping watch - I still have no idea where Joe is SUPPOSED to run to with 2 cats under his arms in case of emergency?

Is there a basement?

A specially built shelter?

A giant hollow baseball bat?


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12. dotmom
1:52 AM GMT on November 01, 2013
Well, all is on hold in the area tonight. The trick and treating has been put on hold for tomorrow night. The weather won tonight - way to iffy and tornado warnings for the area. So the plan is to turn on all the lights tomorrow night when the weather is going to be balmy and dry.

JoeA and Fran postponed their "outing" for several reasons; one, the local weather - too ugly and JoeA is a "little under the weather himself." Said he is feeling better though.

The weather is something to talk about - it is happening most of the time!
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11. osdianna
2:41 PM GMT on October 31, 2013
OK...it seems as though we have indeed finally crossed the line into a real fall weather pattern, with gusty winds and some rain that qualifies as rain and not scattered showers. Of the three reports so far on CoCoRaHS (goggle it if you aren't familiar with it) for my county, the one from Ocean Shores says we got 1.02" over the last 24 hrs. I haven't set up my rain gauge yet...waiting for Nov 1st, after taking a year off from participating.

Due to the lack of street lights and sidewalks, and the weather usually found on Halloween Night, our city has held a big Halloween party and candy give-out for the kids indoors at the convention center. It is just a way of life for the local kids; this year a new gig for the teens will be held just over the canal and a few streets from me. I hope that goes well; this town has nothing to offer teens in the way of entertainment or a place to hang out, except a skate park.

I'm glad the bulk of the last storm missed you, UK, and hope the goodies you prepared go for a good cause:)

Enjoy the show Joe and FranKY; Dotmom, sorry you have to miss the fun.

Oh, about the Seahawks/Rams game, as I have mentioned I do not get most of the TV channels, but I listen to one of Kentucky's sons, Steve Raible, and Warren Moon, both former Seahawks, and the radio announcers for all the Seahawk games. Very good reporting by two guys who are class acts.

Happy Halloween everybody!
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10. insideuk
2:12 PM GMT on October 31, 2013
Not too bad weatherwise here Dotmom. We are seeing one low pressure system after another sidle in off the Atlantic conveyor belt and yell BOO! That gives us a spell of windy, a spell of wet, a spell of windy but dry then a spell of calm...

Repeat ad nauseam for another 8 weeks (minimum)

Lots of spells.

Mother Nature has her witches hat on...

At least all this wet and wind is doing a good job of delaying the first frost, and the sunny spells feel ridiculously mild whilst we crash headlong into November.

This weekends storm system (that is the one that arrives following the Friday storm system) is still keeping forecasters guessing. It may well take a path over southern England again, though perhaps only 60 - 70mph gales.

That kind of wind is a common feature of a British autumn. It only causes trubba when everyone is outside lighting fireworks and bonfires...

It is said that Guy Fawkes was ready with his gunpowder plot in July but an outbreak of the plague delayed the re-opening of parliament until November the 5th.

Really would have helped people for the next 400 odd years if this stuff had happened when the weather wasn't on such a big roll!


Lotis2 - I give away so much of my baking I think I am growing waistlines across most of the East Midlands!



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9. joealaska
1:59 PM GMT on October 31, 2013
A waist is a terrible thing to mind.
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8. lotis2
1:48 PM GMT on October 31, 2013

Been raining here (St. Louis) since Monday/Tuesday. Nice and steady right now. Predicting heavy storms & possible damaging winds later today.

Would like to have seen a Cardinals win last night, but, happy for Boston getting it at home finally. Always better that way.

Saw where a Delta flight from Tokyo to San Francisco made an emergency landing in Cold Bay, AK. Tripled the population for a few hours until they could bring another plane in. Cold Bay has a runway 10,000 feet long, 3rd largest in Alaska.

Joe: Read another article about Waverly Hills Sanatorium in Louisville. Said you can take a tour thru it. Any where from 2 hours to overnight ($100 for that one).
Claim it's haunted with the patients that died there. Might make for some interesting video.

Rotty: Glad to hear the mare is doing better. Didn't know they could put on weight that fast!

UK: Careful with the flour & baking! Don't need the waist line going the same as Rotty's mare!
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7. dotmom
11:48 AM GMT on October 31, 2013
Today is the day Cyberspilz sees her doctor and he will tell her if she is "free to go" or must continue with no weight on her right leg/hip. Hope she is set free.

The rain has been plentiful around here the last few days. Most communities are moving Trick or Treat to Friday. Those little goblins are probably pretty anxious to get their hands on the treats.

I wanted to join in the evening watching Joe's old buddy play and sing. I knew him when he was just a pup jamming around in our basement with 3 or 4 others - including JoeA - and now he is a "big dog" but if there is any hint of bad weather, I won't be able to leave JoeKY. He would be very anxious the whole evening. Even if JoeA and FranKY go without me, he is going to be anxious. The weather. It has a mind of its own.

Wonder if UK is still high and dry? Seems like everyone is experiencing some sort of "weather."
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6. iaotter
2:03 AM GMT on October 30, 2013
Rotty, glad Enya is doing well.
Hope everyone stays safe in all the storms that are blowing around. we are supposed to get some rain here tomorrow, but looks like Halloween will be dry.
Small town here does a fun bash at the local phone company garage. The employees go all out decorating the place and they all dress up. The Lion's club grills hot dogs and they have chips and drinks. The kids and parents and anyone else in the community come in for hot dogs and chips before trick or treating. It's all free. The phone co. folks take pics of the kids and put them on the local cable channel. Local care center also has the tradition of having the kids visit so folks there can see them and hand out goodies. Fun for the residents and for the kids.
I thought about dressing dog up and taking her over to the phone company to see the kids. She knows almost all of them from Bible School and the swimming pool in the summer. But, I think she would be scared of them in costume. I think her eyes would override her nose. Besides, she hates dressing up. Doesn't even like her bandannas. She lays down and shoves her chin down tight against the ground so I can't get anything around her neck.
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5. ladyhomer
4:25 PM GMT on October 29, 2013
speaking of storms we have sure had our share here in Alaska!!! We have had one storm after another they are all from the tropics so we have warm Temps with them Sunday night at 1o:30p.m. it was 56* here in Homer, Dutch has been having warm weather also this year. Normally we would be having snow this time of year but the flowers are still blooming & it is 50* outside. This weekend they had winds up to 106mph we have had lots &lots of rain to!! Our winds in Homer weren't real bad but we had some nasty gusts & lots of rain one of our main roads in Homer had a mudslide come down & got washed out by the rain I heard on the radio they had it opened this morning.

In about 4 weeks we will be back in Ohio visiting relatives & friends in the Salem area sure hope it's nice while there I do not want snow we get enough of that in Homer!!

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4. Rotty3
4:00 PM GMT on October 29, 2013
dotmom: I think it's a two-fold reason: 1) doctors don't like to be sued for negligence (so they recommend those things until the day the patient drops dead) 2) there is a financial incentive for the recommending party.

UK: thanks for the update on the storm. Haven't heard that ol' Buckingham was damaged. Hope not too badly (doesn't sound bad though).

As someone who prefers "soccer" (football/fussball) over American style football, I would probably "pay through the nose" to watch Chelsea vs. Manchester, but then, I don't watch TV these days anyways.

Hope the storms on Thursday and Sunday will blow over easily w/ little to no damage.

Joe: enjoy your friend's music performance and safe travels!

(for those keeping track: my mare is doing great again! Gained about 75 lbs already. Another 100-125 to go... the not so good news is that it appears she has lost sight in that eye. Alas, at least she hasn't lost her life over a dumb ol' tooth... Seems to not really bother her too much at least.)
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3. insideuk
12:38 PM GMT on October 29, 2013
Another storm front due here on Sunday ish. Too soon to tell if it’s another crash bang walloper, but it’s looking like it has the plenary credentials.

Must buy more flour…
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2. insideuk
12:37 PM GMT on October 29, 2013
They seem to be getting carried away with this idea of playing NFL footie games at Wembley Stadium (in London) lately. Four games each season in the UK?

And they are showing it live on free-to-view mainstream British TV!

Which seems rather unnecessary if you ask me.

There are VERY few other TV shows broadcast over here that last for three and a half hours – even the golf is usually only on for between 2 and 3 hours at a time, and they are kind enough to alter the background scenery every now and again to keep it feeling fresh…

This last Sunday we had Jacksonville Jaguars v San Francisco 49rs going on air at 4.30pm – which clashed with the live broadcast of Chelsea v Manchester City playing proper* football** on a pay-thru-the-nose sports satellite channel.

*By ‘football’ I mean the variety that gets done and dusted in two 45 minute uninterrupted (by commercials) halves.

**By ‘proper’ I mean the sort where the manager gets so excited about the game he jumps over the opposing team dugout straight into the crowd to celebrate a late goal with the fans (and his son). And then has to say sorry to the opposing team for doing so. Very British.

Sunday teatime IS football time.

And apparently we now cater for American tastes.

Mild*** mustard with your roast beef anyone?

***Mustard is supposed to blow the bloody doors off.


The Queen has had to call her insurance company in after Buckingham Palace was damaged in the St Jude storm. Just a bit of roof damage and a couple of cracked windows. Nothing £30 million shouldn’t fix….

A surfer dude rode out a 100ft wave off the coast of Portugal. A world record.

His bestest buddy attempted the wave with him but he lost consciousness and almost drowned whilst his friend found instant worldwide fame. Them’s the rubs.

At least if your old friend Steve meets a splintered end during his performance any footage you catch of it will give him instant kudos in the music business. These showbiz types always say ‘the show must go on’ – and no doubt the electronic accompaniment backing vocals will provide the eerie Halloween themed showbiz required continuity long after the storm caves the roof in.

Sorry Dot…
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1. dotmom
11:26 AM GMT on October 29, 2013
First of all, I hope that Halloween night storm does not materialize. We've had enough storms everywhere in the last year or so. I don't want the night spoiled for the little goblins. What would we do with all this Trick or Treat candy? Also don't want Joe out driving around on a stormy night. I guess I am getting old and fidgety.

Going for a mammogram this a.m. When do they stop recommending these for the old folks. I've never had a problem and it seem like it isn't necessary any more. Knock on wood! Our local paper has been very attentive to breast cancer month and published some very good stories on women fighting the disease. Even the front page on Sunday had a photo of a lovely young woman who had had her breast removed and it showed a tasteful photo of the scar. If you are young - go for the exam. Okay, I'm getting off my soapbox!

Lovely day yesterday. Hope today is the same. The trees are turning and they are beautiful.
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On June 4th I left Kentucky driving my RV known as Leggs. The trip is mostly unplanned, it will be interesting to see where I end up. Let's GO!