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Dean Woodbeck (Dwoodbeck) on Tuesday, March 13, 2007 - 05:35 am:

The Pasty Cam of eight years ago caught this sight near Big Traverse Bay on the eastern shore of the Keweenaw.

By Dennis Kemper (Denkem) on Tuesday, March 13, 2007 - 05:38 am:

First PostGood Morning everyone, and have a great day!!

By Smfwixom (Trollperson) on Tuesday, March 13, 2007 - 05:57 am:


By Paul Oesterle (Paulwebbtroll) on Tuesday, March 13, 2007 - 06:16 am:

Good morning! 46° here! Can the black flys be far behind?

By Marianne Y (Marianne) on Tuesday, March 13, 2007 - 06:47 am:

Good Morning! It's 44 here, on the way up to, hopefully, 60. But, that's just to tease us. It's supposed to drop tomorrow, and then we have snow back in our forecast. :-(

By Deb S. (Usedtobeayooper) on Tuesday, March 13, 2007 - 07:22 am:

Good morning! Not sure what the temp is here, but we were at around 60 yesterday and supposed to be around there again today. Spring is in the air.

By Capt. Paul (Eclogite) on Tuesday, March 13, 2007 - 07:38 am:

Good morning PastyCammers...

62 and cloudy here this morning. We had a good round of severe storms yesterday morning. Round 2 is scheduled for this afternoon right at about rush hour, happy happy joy joy........

By Marsha, Genesee/Aura (Marsha) on Tuesday, March 13, 2007 - 08:07 am:

Paul, now that's the ultimate in pessimism! I have a weekday morning routine that I indulge in almost every day at school. As soon as I get in my classroom, I throw open my east-facing window and enjoy the fresh air and sights. Today there is a beautiful, watercolor sky. A great way to start the day--appreciating and being thankful for God's handiwork. On land, I'm not seeing what you might see in the Keweenaw, just the back of senior citizens' condos. But if I'm lucky, a lonely early riser might wave at me. The only time I don't indulge in my ritual is if the windchill is below zero!

By Jacobsville (Barb) on Tuesday, March 13, 2007 - 08:40 am:

Capt Paul, I want to thank you for putting "happy happy joy joy" in
my head. Now I can't get rid of it. It's almost as bad as "it's a small
world after all."


By Cindy Pihlaja Russell (Gone2long) on Tuesday, March 13, 2007 - 08:46 am:

I had an encounter this morning with a very crabby driver. I had one headlight out so I had my brights on (so as not to get a ticket for having a headlight out) and as soon as I came up behind this driver, he deliberately moved over, let me pass and then very deliberately came behind me and clicked on his brights. Does that make people really feel better and morally superior?? I hope one of his lights goes out so he will understand what I was trying to do. I don't understand why folks get so angry about such small things???

By Deb S. (Usedtobeayooper) on Tuesday, March 13, 2007 - 09:08 am:

Cindy, it's because once they get behind the wheel they're another NASCAR participant. It's their road and you just get to use it if you follow their rules. That, and wherever they're going, they have to be there yesterday.
Mr. Deb

By Deb S. (Usedtobeayooper) on Tuesday, March 13, 2007 - 09:24 am:

Hey, where's David H. been? Haven't heard from him in a while. Hope he's okay.

By Marianne Y (Marianne) on Tuesday, March 13, 2007 - 09:45 am:

If I remember correctly, David H. said he would be frantically working with subcontractors, or something, on getting their dream house finished for the next (I think it was month or 6 weeks). He said that he is currently having to deal with dial-up Internet access, and that he could not tie up the phone because he needed to be available to talk if things came up. Somebody, please correct the points that I may not have quite right in this.

I miss David H, too. I hope his building project is progressing well & that the weather is cooperating, etc!

By FJL (Langoman) on Tuesday, March 13, 2007 - 09:45 am:

I have to side with that other driver. How was he to know the reason you were so inconsiderate as to blinding him with your high beams. If you knew you had a headlight out then your car was unsafe to drive. Only my opinion. :)

By Margaret, Amarillo TX (Margaret) on Tuesday, March 13, 2007 - 09:46 am:

Go get 'em Cindy. I dislike people who are trying to make my day miserable long before they get a ticket to make them that way. How about those stupid silvery-blue headlights that you think are on highbeam. I hate them.

By Marianne Y (Marianne) on Tuesday, March 13, 2007 - 09:46 am:

Does anyone know how Judy, Thumbgardener's daughter & husband are doing? If I remember correctly, the transplant surgery was supposed to be yesterday?

My thoughts & prayers are with them all!

By Janie T. (Bobbysgirl) on Tuesday, March 13, 2007 - 09:58 am:

Life is too short, don't let those drivers get the best of you!

By Cindy Pihlaja Russell (Gone2long) on Tuesday, March 13, 2007 - 10:06 am:

I am getting the headlight fixed today as I only learned it was out last night. Could do nothing last night. What's a mother to do? Good grief, when a big pickup or SUV is behind me, even their low beams are bright in my mirror. We have to just deal with some things. Everything can't always be perfect every second of every day for everyone. Take a chill pill and give people the benefit of the doubt. Practice random acts of kindness. Boy, rudely flashing brights at me will teach me to have a headlight go out...how could I be so dumb and inconsiderate??!!

By Paul Oesterle (Paulwebbtroll) on Tuesday, March 13, 2007 - 10:21 am:

March 13th, 1988,I proposed to my good friend and fortunately for me, she said "Yes". Thank you Cora for making me one lucky guy!

By Brooke (Lovethekeweenaw) on Tuesday, March 13, 2007 - 10:22 am:

I hope Judy's family is doing well also. Maybe this good weather will perk them up since a positive attitude helps heal.

By Cindy Pihlaja Russell (Gone2long) on Tuesday, March 13, 2007 - 10:25 am:

Way to go Paul...13 is your lucky number. I hope today brings good fortune to all in one way or another.

By Kniton2 (Kniton2) on Tuesday, March 13, 2007 - 10:39 am:

Attached are the State of Michigan guidelines and legal reference (page 4) regarding High Beam Headlamp use.


By Cindy Pihlaja Russell (Gone2long) on Tuesday, March 13, 2007 - 10:56 am:

Kniton2 -- very good information to know -- thanx for the link! That's why I like this site -- you learn something new every day. :-)

I'm guessing that you are a knitter? I used to know a woman who would knit while she was driving.

By Danbury (Danbury) on Tuesday, March 13, 2007 - 11:23 am:

Nah, sorry, Cindy, but that wasn't the best idea. What'd you rather encounter yourself - a car with a broken headlight, or high beam? You sure about the high beam? :)
As to the other driver, he sure went out of his way to show his disapproval. Lucky he wasn't a gun freak.

By Cindy Pihlaja Russell (Gone2long) on Tuesday, March 13, 2007 - 11:26 am:

You're absolutely right, Danbury -- there is no good choice between the two. At least I can fix my problem. ;-)

By Marianne Y (Marianne) on Tuesday, March 13, 2007 - 12:10 pm:

Knitting while you're driving? That's taking it a little bit too far. That's about like talking on your cell phone & driving. I've come very close to getting hit by drivers who were talking on their cell phones a number of times. They don't watch where they are going, they run red lights, & they commit a host of other moving traffic violations because they are thinking about their phone conversation & not watching the road ahead. There used to be a song with words that included: keep your mind on your driving, keep your hands on the wheel, keep your groovy eyes on the road ahead... One time, a guy started to run a red light to run into me while he was arguing with someone on a cell phone. Fortunately, I avoided the collision by slamming on my brakes & honking my horn, because I was watching all directions. Needless to say, I was not a happy camper. I'm trying to teach my sons that just because you have the right of way, doesn't necessarily keep you safe.

I knit while watching TV, working on my computer, talking on the phone, you name it, etc. (I used to knit in movie theaters years ago, but we watch movies on DVDs now.) I would never knit while driving! That's crazy!!!

By Bob Tiura (Bobtiura) on Tuesday, March 13, 2007 - 12:17 pm:

It is always illegal to drive toward or behind a car with brights on. I have know people who have gotten tickets in Michigan for following with brights. If you get pulled over for one headlight, the police will usually discuss it with you and may give you some time to get it fixed. You send them proof, so they won't issue a ticket.

By Marianne Y (Marianne) on Tuesday, March 13, 2007 - 01:28 pm:

I didn't realize the severity of the storms down there, yesterday, Capt. Paul. I just read that Brazoria (near Freeport, south of Houston) got golf ball to baseball-size hail yesterday morning. That's a big ouch!

I hope you all are safe today. Those afternoon storms often seem to have the chance to be more severe than the morning ones because of daytime heating effects, etc. Stay safe!

By JARMO ITÄNIEMI (Japei) on Tuesday, March 13, 2007 - 03:02 pm:

Pictures old time culture;


By Brooke (Lovethekeweenaw) on Tuesday, March 13, 2007 - 03:06 pm:

It is so nice out, we have every window and door open at work. We miss fresh air.

By Cindy Pihlaja Russell (Gone2long) on Tuesday, March 13, 2007 - 04:44 pm:

Japei -- what a beautiful boat they built! What a treasure!

By Marianne Y (Marianne) on Tuesday, March 13, 2007 - 05:08 pm:

Woohoo!!! It's 70 at MBS (Saginaw) airport! They had predicted that it would only go up to 62 today!

I think that we had already melted off enough snow that the local rivers will not flood. I saw the river levels on the noon news, & I hope they will be ok.

It is a great day, weather-wise, here. But, I think we may be paying for it with snow later in the week. I guess that we are getting just enough nice, spring weather to tease us before winter returns. The rest of the month is predicted to be cooler than normal.

I hear we have a La Nina forming. It will likely cause hot, dry weather in the southwest. It may cause a milder spring & summer in the north. Unfortunately, it may well cause some areas already experiencing a drought to see their drought get worse. Also, it will likely cause more hurricanes in the Atlantic. We had a respite last summer. If you remember, La Nina's cousin, El Nino, caused fewer than the predicted number hurricanes in the the Atlantic last summer.

By FJL (Langoman) on Tuesday, March 13, 2007 - 06:51 pm:

Re-lay that last sentence to big Al G........

By Marianne Y (Marianne) on Tuesday, March 13, 2007 - 10:24 pm:

Ok--this may not entirely be politically correct. I just heard this story on the news tonight. How stupid can people be? It was 70 degrees for several hours here today. And, many stupid people were out on the bay - ice fishing!!! Eight of them, count them, eight, fell through the ice & had to be rescued by the US Coast Guard! I'm sorry, but our Coast Guard members had to risk their lives to save these stupid people. Really!!!!

In cases like these, when people do something this insane, they should have to repay the government for the entire cost of the rescue. And, they should have to perform 500 hours of volunteer public service, of the court's choosing, as punishment for putting innocent lives at risk to try to save them. If the people had just used their brains, it was absolutely avoidable & to be expected. This was no accident.

Sorry - I'll get off my soap box now. But, this happens every year, sometimes multiple times, although I don't ever remember hearing people ice fishing when it was 70 degrees outside!!! It was known that the ice was not safe even before today because we have had several days in the 40's, and most of our snow had melted off before today.

By dan belo (Djbelo) on Tuesday, March 13, 2007 - 10:38 pm:



By Brooke (Lovethekeweenaw) on Tuesday, March 13, 2007 - 11:25 pm:

Marianne, I saw on the news a few years ago that it costs the Coast Guard about $5,000 to save idiots on unsafe ice. People get on it and it breaks off and floats away. They were discussing billing the people for it when they are out in obviously unsafe conditions, and they might just do that now. I agree they should have to do something in appreciation for (my turn not to be politically correct)the Coast Guard being the only thing between them and Natural Selection.

By Danbury (Danbury) on Wednesday, March 14, 2007 - 04:04 am:

As to Japei's Link above, klick on "Etusivu" to go to the frontpage and a selection of languages including english in the upper right.

By Deb S. (Usedtobeayooper) on Wednesday, March 14, 2007 - 07:22 am:

Cindy, Over a broken headlight, I'd rather encounter a high beam. It's scary when a car only has one headlight because you can't really tell which side is missing and whether or not they're where they belong. I think you did the right thing. Better get that fixed though.

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