Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Baseball Size Hail in Nebraska

Baseball Size Hail in Nebraska

Baseball Size Hail in Nebraska

Posted: 04 Jun 2014 06:38 AM PDT

Base ball and ping pong size hail hit Nebraska

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My Bear coffee table

Posted: 04 Jun 2014 06:35 AM PDT

One day somewhere around the year 2003 I saw this beautiful coffee table, a log carved into a bear in a shop, and I fell in love with it because it was a bear and I thought it would go very well where I lived, (then in Kandy) the Bear was carved out of Mahogany timber and done by our very own people in Sri Lanka. This was the only piece of furniture that I bought, the rest of the furniture at home is all what my parents had.

I could not resist the temptation of buying this costly piece of furniture, and to this day I love this bear coffee table, and it is something that everyone admires when they come visiting me.

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Tennis Ball Size Hail

Posted: 04 Jun 2014 06:14 AM PDT

Car damaged in Blair Nebraska hail storm. Driving home when the back windown broke out.

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No man left behind?

Posted: 03 Jun 2014 06:05 PM PDT

Should the President leave a soldier on the battle field, or should he free him by any means necessary?

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Grey Shark

Posted: 03 Jun 2014 03:09 PM PDT

I was diving in Honduras, when I find out I can do shark diving.
The guide took as far away from the shore, almost to the middle of the Caribbean Sea, where we could watch them come to us very close.
My heart was pounding from excitement like crazy and I didn't feel any fear.
Sharks are beautiful fish, and I think more and more people appreciate them every day.
This is still one of my best dives so far!

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Ringing Rocks

Posted: 03 Jun 2014 11:08 AM PDT

There is a very unusual park in Pennsylvania called Ringing Rocks Park.


Here's how it bring a hammer, walk out into the boulder field & start banging on the rocks! Each one has a different sound, it's really cool & extremely different (to say the least).


Grab your kids, some hammers, sneakers & have a blast with the Ringing Rocks. Fun for kids of ALL ages. :)

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Our pope

Posted: 03 Jun 2014 05:49 AM PDT

Author: Bożena Łazorczyk

I'm proud to be Polish, because of John Paul II, our pope.

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Paris in May

Posted: 02 Jun 2014 04:49 PM PDT

We recently spent a few days in Paris. I've been to Paris a few times before, but this was the first time I fell in love with the city. Always before, I was struck by the beauty of the place; this time, I found the beauty in everyday life experiences like the delicious croissants, taking time out in a park and simply enjoying life!

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Save energy, along with the night sky

Posted: 02 Jun 2014 12:46 PM PDT

It is time to start thinking about wasted light and the economic impact it has on taxpayers.
I am an amateur astrophotographer, having spent the past four years imaging deep space objects such as nebula and distant galaxies from my backyard in Ocala, Florida.
Over the course of these four years, I have noticed an increase in my town's "sky glow," or the amount of light that has scattered above the ground and into space. Much of this comes from needed development, and with development comes parking lot lights, street lights and general lights from business that scatter light into space above the city.
With responsible development comes responsible lighting. If we can shift the way we direct lights and direct them down, where light is needed, we can limit the amount of light, and energy, wasted to the sky above. Approximately 30 percent of energy used in unshielded lights is wasted to the sky. This wasted energy costs the U.S. $2.2 billion annually. Using full cut-off light fixtures with a lower-wattage bulb will save money for the city, provide security, limit distracting glare (while driving) and help preserve the night sky.
The following images were images I took from dark skies of rural Maine durign the summer of 2013.

For more information on light pollution please visit the International Dark-Sky Association ( )


Steve Coates

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A Glimpse Into Madness

Posted: 02 Jun 2014 10:17 AM PDT

I've been an employee at AGY for almost 10 years, actually, August 7, 2014 would be 10 years exactly. No job at AGY would be considered easy at this fiberglass manufacturing plant, but if you are dedicated and hard working, it does get better with time. Over the years that I've been employed I've seen many people come and go, like I said the work is very physically taxing, but the satisfaction of accomplishing goals by achieving production rates and knowing that I'm an integral part of the company makes it worthwhile . Initially , I truly enjoyed going to work, meeting my coworkers hearing their stories of their families, eventually, my coworkers and I became just like family. We were at work more than we were at home. Our swing shift schedule is seven days on 1st shift with one day off and seven days on 2nd shift with one day off and seven days on 3rd shift with 5 days off . I worked as an inspector ensuring that customers got the best possible product that we had to offer, and I enjoyed my job.

On May 1, 2014, my 10 years of hard work were brought to an abrupt halt as if my hard work didn't matter. I've been told that I'm extremely naïve to the cruelty of the world and what really makes the world go round, and on this day, I found the truth out the hard way. I knew that the company and my union was bumping heads, but, and this is solely how I feel, I never thought it would go this far. As I drove up to the plant to my horror, I discovered that neither I, nor my coworkers were allowed to work anymore. The whole thing seemed surreal to me, it's 2014! Who stops their workers from coming to work because they can't come to an agreement? Even people that were not in the union could not go to work. We began demonstrating outside the plant property early the next morning in rotating shifts. During the 1st few days after the lockout my mood was bittersweet, after all the years of working swing shifts I was now able to spend quality time with my two teenage children, but even in the midst of the happiness of quality time; a shadow loomed. "How on earth am I going to feed my babies?" is the question I asked of myself. The next day bright and early I reluctantly applied for food stamps, all I've ever done is work hard to provide so this was blow to my pride to have to apply for government assistance. I cried all that day but somehow managed to dry my tears before my children got home from school. Holding onto faith gets hard when you have bill collectors calling you every day. I cringe every time I see my phone ring. Sometimes the bill collectors come to my house, but, my replies remain the same, have nothing to tell them, I honestly don't know anything to tell them. I'm as much in the dark about all that's going on as they are. What I do know is I don't have a job, I haven't been approved for food stamps , the money that I get from the union is not enough to sustain my household. Have you ever had to decide between putting food on the table or putting gas in the car so that you can get back and forth to look for another job? This has devastated my family. I don't even care about the fact that my credit is now a horrible mess, my focus is on, paying my lights and rent. I know some people say that I should have foreseen this coming and saved up, but I was already living from paycheck to paycheck. I'm raising my kids on my own with no support from their father how on earth was I supposed to prepare for such a tragedy? I knew that I was tired of living from check to check before so I enrolled in school to earn my degree but that was as far as I got. I look around at family and friends who have not a care in the world, going on vacations or something as simple as going out to eat, and it breaks my heart because I cannot provide that for my children at this time. The whole world seems oblivious to our plight, and it could be because they don't know. I went to several coworkers to see if they wanted to help get our story out there and most said no, or brushed me off. Perhaps, they are afraid of the company or think the union will turn their backs on us. Even though that disappoints me I understand, but in my current state of mind, I feel like, what more can they take from me, from us? That company is where it is today based off of our hard work, we are the ones that missed holidays with families, special occasions, because we were at work thinking that our company cared about us, appreciated us. It's as if all traces of humanity is gone within the powers that govern AGY. As I'm writing this, I'm in tears, not knowing what tomorrow may bring, everyday it's a new disappointment. Even if we are allowed to go back to work, things will never be the same because now I see how the company really feels about me and exactly how much I'm worth to them

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