Monday, July 7, 2014

Big fire in Reykjavik this evening

Big fire in Reykjavik this evening

Big fire in Reykjavik this evening

Posted: 06 Jul 2014 02:39 PM PDT

I was with the wife shopping late, and i was outside the shop - when i saw a big smoke come of the roof of the shopping complex.
And quikly it turned out to be a big fire .
Then police,ambulances and fire trucks arrived in full force .
In the complex are grocery shops, computer shops, cleaning factory and more - this all happened about 45 minutes ago here in Reykjavik .
No news of people getting hurt .

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The "Soup Nazi" comes to Coney Island!

Posted: 06 Jul 2014 12:59 PM PDT

If anyone saw the Seinfeld episode which aired in 1995 inspired by the original SoupMan Al Yeganeh who had his location at 55th and 8th Avenue in NYC and although he had the best homemade soup in town was very difficult to deal with and if you didn't adhere to his strict rules, such as get in a straight line, pick your soup, have your money ready, move to extreme left when ordering, he would spot you and yell, "No Soup for you!"
Anyway, that is how he got the name "The Soup Nazi" by Seinfeld's character which aired on an episode of his show and made the SoupMan famous.
However they say Al Yaganeh is a tempermental chef, artist and a mystique surrounds his delicious soup. Is it really worth the price and stress?
I will find out next week as I will order some of his soup at the new Sur Ave.Coney Island vendor location. He will most likely not be there.
I asked some of the staff if his soups are all that, and they all said and emphatic "Yes!"
However, now due to his popularity there are 22 new shops and The Soup Nazi's soup can be bought online..
Thank you.
July 6, 2014.
Photos by Linda Glovach.

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Seattle's Lake Union Wooden Boat Fest Buoyed by Tradition

Posted: 05 Jul 2014 08:49 PM PDT

A floating antique show, the 38th Annual Lake Union Wooden Boat Festival showcases historic watercraft. The event was percolating north of downtown Seattle this 4th of July weekend. Kenmore Air's yellow seaplanes create quite a buzz as they eagerly take off and land on Lake Union while their quieter counterparts moore proudly along gently-bobbing docks that stop shy of the liquid runway.


The free event celebrates the maritime heritage of the Pacific Northwest, and offers a closer look to landlubbers, rubberneckers, other boat owners, and those who have the itch, but not enough scratch, to own an old boat of their own.


Most participants allow, and encourage, the public to board, have a look around, and ask them about their boat's history, engines, (diesel or gas) and what it takes to maintain a wooden boat built in the early 1900's.


It takes a lot. Some captains are professional furniture-builders, electricians, and Boeing engineers with skills that translate on a boat. Even the experts say it is a full-time labor of love and that such boats are never completely repaired. There is always something to sand, polish, rewire, or reconfigure, an on-going hobby.


The Seattle area is rich with, and takes great pride in, its nautical history, held together in large part by the Center for Wooden Boats, a maritime museum offering boating and boat-building instruction.


In addition to privately-owned boats, community-owned and operated boats as well as those maintained and operated by foundations are also featured.


One of the stars of the show is the Virginia V which now offers rides. Built 30 miles west of Seattle from local old-growth fir, she was launched March 9, 1922, and towed to downtown Seattle for the installation of her engine and steam plant. In Seattle the engine was removed from the Virginia IV and installed in the Virginia V. In 2002, the Steamer Virginia V Foundation was able to put the Virginia V back in service after a six-year, $6.5 million stem-to-stern restoration project.


Also an eye-catcher is the Lotus, permanently moored on Lake Union. Launched during the Alaska Yukon Pacific Exposition of 1909, the Lotus was built in the Sloan Yard in Seattle. Length 92 feet, Beam 18 feet, Draft 5.5 feet, 102 tons. Now it is like a bed and breakfast, with quaint quarters and lots of curves. You can spend the night, or enjoy Sunday tea on board while it remains docked.


The schooner Adventuress was built at the Rice Brothers Yard in East Boothbay, Maine. Designed by B.B. Crowninshield, the two-masted, gaff-rigged schooner was launched in 1913. She landed in Seattle in 1952, and serves as the flagship of Sound Experience, a non-profit dedicated to the protection of Puget Sound. It carries over 3,500 passengers a year on educational expeditions.It's colorful flags and masts are pictured in this slide show.


The enormous red steamship picturd is the 136-foot Swiftsure. Built in 1904 in Camden, New Jersey, and then named the "Lightship No. 83", she was one of hundreds of floating lighthouses that guided ships and boats safely along American coasts. After making the journey around South America to California, she took her position at the Blunts Reef lightship station off Cape Mendicino for many years.


Story & Photos by Steve Shay, Seattle.

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Freedom Swim 2014

Posted: 04 Jul 2014 11:43 AM PDT

In Florida the Fourth of July often includes a trip to the beach. One of the most unusual beach events is Punta Gorda's annual "Freedom Swim". The swim became a tradition over twenty years ago when some locals decided the swim across Charlotte Harbor, already a rite of passage for area teens, would be a great way to celebrate Independence Day.

The swim is not a race but a community celebration with hundreds making the trek each year (Photo 1). Participants range from competitive swimmers (Photo 2) to kayakers (Photos 3 - 5) to the casual floaters (Photo 6). Some participants even have more than two legs (Photo 7) No matter the skill level the only rules of the day are have fun and stay safe.
A flotilla of boats, both private and official keep an eye on the swimmers to ensure the safety aspect. As for the fun, that comes via the participants who dress up for the holiday (Photo 8), join friends and bring along liquid refreshment.

Once the horn blows starting the event, the competitive swimmers churn the waters as kayakers paddle (9) and the others, well, just float along wiuth many exerting just enough effort to keep them moving in the right direction.

Their destination is a restaurant 1.5 miles across the water (the green building at the top of Photo 10). Competitive swimmers and kayakers take a direct route measuring the journey in minutes. For the casual participants a different route is taken which can be measured in hours, This route is carefully timed by the organizers and follows the bridge until the slacking tide helps push rafts and floaties in the direction of the restaurant. This timing of the tides means a different starting time. For 2014 it was an early 9:00 A.M. start.

Festivities continue at the ending point with live music, food and beverages.

Photos and story by Robert Wilder Jr.

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