Dec 06-10

Past-E-Mail: Cam Notes - 2010: December: Dec 06-10
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Photos by Ben Musielak
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Photos by Ben Musielak

Mary Drew at Pasty Central (Mdrew) on Monday, December 6, 2010 - 08:20 am:

Today's photos start us out with some Christmas spirit, as these trees decorate and light up the Big Lake. Just another day in Paradise (as in Michigan), where Ben Musielak lives right on Lake Superior, watching the boats sail by. What a great idea to decorate for the passing freighers that are making their appointed rounds on Lake Superior.

By Janie T. (Bobbysgirl) on Monday, December 6, 2010 - 08:35 am:

Brings to mind the song, Harbor Lights, Cheryl mentioned the other day. I like that song.

By Richard L. Barclay (Notroll) on Monday, December 6, 2010 - 08:38 am:

Long ago and far away we stopped the Cason J. Callaway in the ice of the St. Mary's river and spent the night there without even dropping the hook, the ice holding us firmly. The next morning we headed on up to the locks. I remember seeing the lights ashore and feeling sadder because of them. It is a lot different when you have the lights at your hands or not. A week later we anchored less than a mile from where we'd been on Christmas eve after making the round trip. When we left New Years day there were more than a few beer bottles on the ice nearby. Think I'll make the trip down to see Sheriff Lahti for some of the kids with fewer lights. Thanks for reading this all you pasty folk.

By Richard L. Barclay (Notroll) on Monday, December 6, 2010 - 08:44 am:

Janie T. I remember as a child my father singing that song to mom while strumming an old (not so old then) guitar. Thanks for the memories.

By Shirley Waggoner (Shirlohio) on Monday, December 6, 2010 - 09:28 am:

Richard (Notroll), thanks for sharing that. I always enjoy reading 'sailing days remembrances'! No place like home at Christmastime, eh? ;-)

By Alex "UP-Goldwinger" (Alex) on Monday, December 6, 2010 - 09:31 am:

Very nice! My first thought was how do they get electricity out to the lights in the water without getting zapped.

By Helen Marie Chamberlain (Helen) on Monday, December 6, 2010 - 09:39 am:

What super pics this morning! Thanks, Ben. Great way to start the week!

By Brenda Leigh (Brownmoose) on Monday, December 6, 2010 - 09:53 am:

Ben I am so happy to see that you are willing to share your AWESOME photos with watchers. WHAT A WONDERFUL PLACE TO LIVE. On the shores of Gitchee in Paradise. Thanks

By sometimesyooper (Nancyd) on Monday, December 6, 2010 - 10:02 am:

What a beautiful idea. I, too, am wondering how you power the lights! I thought battery packs at first but from the slushy ice I see in the water, I am thinking that you are not going out in the water to turn them on and off. Hmm, quite the puzzle.

By Musicteacher (Musicteacher) on Monday, December 6, 2010 - 11:18 am:

The Calumet Theatre is participating in the Pepsi Refresh fundraising program. This is another one of those "vote" sites, but the Theatre has a chance to earn $250,000.00!! They need as many people as possible to vote daily. Today, they are #22 and actually have a chance at this thing! Please go to:

Then, click on the $250,000 category. Scroll down to "Save a Magnificent Historic Theatre", and click on "vote". You will be asked to register the first time to prove that you are a human being.

Hey, nothing ventured, nothing gained. Maybe if we all vote everyday we can save our old theater.

By Tom (Tom) on Monday, December 6, 2010 - 12:32 pm:

the fact that he used only 3 trees means the three
wise men?
In the second photo that ship is sort of ghostly in the mist or snow.

By Thomas Baird (Thomas) on Monday, December 6, 2010 - 05:18 pm:

I love Christmas Lights. Keep 'em coming.

By Robert Goniea (Rjgoniea) on Monday, December 6, 2010 - 09:41 pm:

I wouldn't be worried about the installer getting zapped putting those lights in. It's just a matter of turning off the breakers back on shore until you are out of the water.:)
What I want to know is how the heck those light strings survive out there? I know they're approved for outdoor use, but knowing how big the waves can get up there, one would think they would be submerged in water on occasion.

The Calumet Theater roof thing is quite distressing. I spent many hours up there in the mid 90's working shows for MTU's SLS. (would you believe I still have my SLS shirt and that it still fits?:) ) I sure hope they get the money somehow. If not from that contest, then from some generous donors.

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