As we advance in life it becomes more and more difficult, but in fighting the difficulties the inmost strength of the heart is developed. Vincent Van Gogh
Tuesday, February 28, 2006
What was 1939 like? Can you imagine what life was like back then? It could not have been all bad since Gone with the Wind and Wizard of Oz came out that year. Here is a photo of the movie theater in Taylorville with two movies from the time on the marquee. (Edited)
On Route 29 today between Rochester and Edinburg, almost to the Christian County line, a field fire gets out of control prompting the Rochester Fire District to send out two trucks to put it out. I arrived on the seen after the fire was out but did get to see the fire trucks leave. Here are photos of the aftermath.
Monday, February 27, 2006
I have been thinking about shows that I remember as a kid. I thought I would discuss them and ask if anyone remembers them. On show in particular I remember, although not that well is Man From Atlantis. I faintly remember this show. But I remember liking it when it came out. It must have really stunk up the screen since it only lasted a little while. I would like to get ahold of one of these shows to see if it why I still remember it. It stared Patrick Duffy. Remember him from Dallas? Well anyway, here is a photo from a google search I did. According to http://epguides.com/ManfromAtlantis/ (Text Copyright © 1997-2005, George Fergus. All rights reserved.) this show was on from May 1977 to June 1978.
It was about a man (Patrick Duffy) that had webbed hands and feet and could swim under water. The only show I remember was a brief part where I saw Patrick Duffy come out ot the water near a boat. That is about it. I know it is not much but for some strange reason this has stuck with me all these years. I was between 5 and 6 years old but still remember this show. Weird?
Anyway, if you feel like commenting on this show feel free. I am interested in seeing if anyone else remembers it.
Photo: The Blues take the Ice.
Photo: Practice time.
Photo: Are the Jr. Blues going to score?
Photo: Get ready for the Check!
Photo: This goalie looks ready.
Photo: So does this one.
Photo: Not sure why they have referees.
Photo: Waiting for the Zamboni.
Photo: Zamboni was used to polish the ice.
Photo: Smooth as glass
Photo: 400 Hockey fans can't be wrong!
Photo: Children were even having fun making one long trumpet.
Photo: Another photo of the long trumpet. Can it get any longer?
Photo: The agony of defeat! Jr Blues did not make it tonight. Final--Roadrunners 6, Jr Blues 3.
So Hockey can be fun. So now you know at least one thing fun to do in Springfield.
Sunday, February 26, 2006
I don't know if many Lincoln fans know this but Taylorville, Il was the last stop of Abraham Lincoln's circuit as attorney in Central Illinois. He argued many cases in the old Taylorville Court House that is still preserved at the Christian County Historical Museum in Taylorville. The story goes that one day while arguing cases in the old court house, the proceedings were interrupted numerous times by noisy pigs that were resting under the porch of the court house. Showing his wit, he ask the judge to to issue a "writ of quietus" to legally quell the interrupting noises from the pigs. In honor of that story, some folks in Taylorville had a statue created in his honor. Here are some pictures of this statue showing Abe and one of the troublesome pigs.
The unveiling of this statue prompted a nice article in the Chicago Tribune.
Saturday, February 25, 2006
I don't know about you but I am getting weary of the cold weather. I can't wait until it warms up. I was looking through some of my old photos and thought it would be nice to post something other than snow photos. Here is a couple I took of some sunflower fields.
Come on Spring!
Thursday, February 23, 2006
Tuesday, February 21, 2006
I got pictures of it.
Kincaid Generation plant, owned and operated by Dominion Resources
Kincaid Generation plant uses subbituminous coal. Here is a photo of some of the coal they use.
also called Black Lignite, dark brown to black coal intermediate in rank between lignite and bituminous coal. Subbituminous coals often have a silky lustre and sometimes are macroscopically indistinguishable from the bituminous variety. The fibrous structure characteristic of lignite is absent in subbituminous coals, many of which have evolved alternating dull and bright bands similar to those of bituminous coals. Subbituminous coals are much harder than lignites. Although subbituminous coals have relatively low heat value, their sulfur content is lowÂoften less than 1 percent. For this reason, an increasing number of coal-fueled electric-power plants in the United States have turned from bituminous coals to subbituminous coals and lignites, which also have a low sulfur content. See also bituminous coal; lignite.
"subbituminous coal." EncyclopÃ¦dia Britannica from EncyclopÃ¦dia Britannica Premium Service. <http://www.britannica.com/eb/article-9070091>
This is a photo of part of the conveyor system used to move the coal from the train to the plant.
I did a stint at the Co-Gen plant at ADM in Decatur. One job I had was to repair the cooling screws that cooled the fly ash. At the time they burned old tires along with the coal. When coal is done burning it leaves behind a substance called fly ash. It is a gray powder that is very high alkaline, the exact opposite of acid but can burn you just the same. There was a large hollow "cooling screw" that acted as an auger. It would be constantly filled with water to cool the red-hot fly ash, as it would come out of the boiler. This fly ash would be very abrasive and wear holes in the cooling screw. When this happened, bad things happen. The fly ash has a similar substance that is in concrete. So the water would cause the fly ash to harden like concrete. But remember that the fly ash also has burnt tires in with it. The rubber is gone but the steel that made up the steel belts remains. If you know what rebar does to concrete, you know what the tiny steel slivers did to the hardened fly ash. It would take a few minutes to harden, then the screw would just stop turning. We would have to open up the several bolts on the cover and then use air chisels to bust up the fly ash. Then when we had it all cleaned out, we would find the leak, grind it so it could be welded and then weld the hole shut. By the time we were done we would usually have another one to start. That was hard work, believe me.
The power plant also needs to have a water source to cool everything that needs cooled.
Here is a picture of the hot spring that comes out of the power plant. Notice the steam coming off of the water. The air was very cold when I took these pictures.
Notice how part of the ice has melted due to the heat of the water coming from the plant.
Since this plant burns Subbituminous Coal, experts say it is better for the environment.
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