Yep, the very same Muhlenburg county, Lorreta Lynn country. Peabody and
all. Paradise is now the site of one of the biggest power generators
around. It's a big old coal burner too. From the hills here you can see
4 power plants along the Green River.
Tom in KY, I sleep too, about 4-6 hours a night (and maybe an hour in
the afternoon if Sandy hasn't got me busy.)
When going to EE school, we learned about Big Alice.
1350 MW on a single shaft. ( 1,800,000 HP!!!)(Thank God we got away from
that crazy way of thinking, you'd need THREE big generators to make up
for her dropping off line. Nobody wanted to pay for that kind of
potential sitting there idling.. waiting for Alice to poop her pants.)
Alice was a cute form of Allison Chalmers (IIRC). She belonged to the
Would that be her?
I have no idea, I believe that there are several generators there. Up
until last year, you could look South when traveling West on the
Western Ky Parkway, just before you got into Muhlenburg county and you
could see two of the biggest falic symbols around. Two big old Peabody
draglines sitting on top of a hill. The booms all up in the air and
facing different directions. Paradise generator behind them. An
appropriate monument to the heyday of the coal industry that put
Muhlenburg county on the map. Well, They put one of them back into
service and I don't know where the other one went.
John Prine, I didn't even think of anyone other than Loretta Lynn when
I saw Daddy won't you take me back to Muhlenburg county. There are
still pretty girls there with coal black hair and snow white skin, and
eyes of every color :-)
Tom in KY, Sacramento, (BIG CITY) pop. 650.
That'd be our friend John Prine:
When I was a child my family would travel
Down to Western Kentucky where my parents were born
And there's a backwards old town that's often remembered
So many times that my memories are worn.
And daddy won't you take me back to Muhlenberg County
Down by the Green River where Paradise lay
Well, I'm sorry my son, but you're too late in asking
Mister Peabody's coal train has hauled it away
Well, sometimes we'd travel right down the Green River
To the abandoned old prison down by Adrie Hill
Where the air smelled like snakes and we'd shoot with our pistols
But empty pop bottles was all we would kill.
Then the coal company came with the world's largest shovel
And they tortured the timber and stripped all the land
Well, they dug for their coal till the land was forsaken
Then they wrote it all down as the progress of man.
When I die let my ashes float down the Green River
Let my soul roll on up to the Rochester dam
I'll be halfway to Heaven with Paradise waitin'
Just five miles away from wherever I am.
(Got some fine photographs of the Mallet Locomotives from those coal
trains... if those pictures don't want you to become an engineer.....)
Stop it, you're making me homesick. I remember fishing on Taylorsville
Lake with my Dad one morning about 20 years ago. It was about 30
minutes after daylight but a light fog was still on the water. We were
in a large, calm bay where we were catching bass on Pop Rs. On a hill
covered in broom sedge above us a beagle was running a rabbit.
Dad turned around from the front seat of the Bass Tracker, grinned and
said, "Don't you wonder what Jesus is doing with the boys he doesn't
love this morning?" Yeah, I know the theology maybe isn't correct, but
the sentiment was sure right on. Dad is 81 and still fishes
The bass are bigger here in Florida but I miss fishing with Dad.
Dick "doesn't miss going to the barn to milk in freezing weather"
Aw, c'mon, gotta have some fun! Youthful memories . . . crawling out from
between the nice warm flannel sheets, getting bundled up by the kitchen
cookstove, wading through the snow to the barn. Step in between a couple
cows, they proceed to lean together, make a nice warm sandwich with you in
the middle. If your hands are cold, just tuck them in between the udder &
their back leg, toasty warm!
Stupidity is not considered a handicap, park elsewhere.
Got a nice 9' St. Croix fly rod and a House of Hardy reel. This is one
slippery slope too - just like woodworking but I can tie the two together
easily. Making a reel winder (like the one from Orvis) and plan to make
several different size net frames to try some simple steam bending. Anyone
know where to buy fish netting material?
As I recall Tom, don't you do a bit of fishing in your backyard?
Yes I do.
And I envy you both your rod and reel.
I have a "White River" which I believe to be a Chinese knockoff off
an Orvis small reel.
It works well enough - it certainly works better than I do.
In the small streams of Pennsyltucky where I fish, it's the line, more
than the reel, or even the rod, that tells the tale.
I have a fat forward line from Orvis that shoots into pocket water
Got afast action eight footer that helps out also.
The fish are small but the fun is big.
Good onya, BobS.
Further Away Than Yesterday
Well maybe we'll meet on a stream down there one of these day's Tom. I'll
be the short guy bobbing up 'n down in the water waving like crazy as I go
by cause my waders just got filled...;-)
Now a real wood-fishin-dorker would probably be telling us that a bamboo
(4/6 strip) rod is the only way to go and that the ugly sticks we're using
are scaring the trout away... Now that's something I would love to try and
make. You're right about the line Tom when it comes to small streams - the
rod 'n reel are just along for the ride. To that end, I picked up some
Cortland "Sylk" to use on my 4wt rod/reel. I've heard good things about that
line and hey, it's only half the cost of a WWII blade !
Happy New Year to ya all,
OK, this almost becomes a gloat. SWMBO got me the Grizzly G0555 Band
Saw with riser block and mobile base. Mom got me the PC 4212 Dovetail
Jig. SWMBO followed it up with "The Workbench Book" by Lon Schleining.
Definitely nothing to whine about!
Got a gift certificate to Lie-Nielsen from SWMBO. Funny thing is she
had meant it to be to Lee Valley. =o )
Lie-Nielsen's is just a short trip from here and I've meant to stop in
and look around.
Think I'll use part of my Christmas bonus on a trip to Lee Valley's
web site. Perhaps a Talon chuck for my lathe.
Happy New Year All,
Sat, Dec 31, 2005, 9:27am George@least (George) has to ask:
Not as long as he has a leather apron.
You'll never get anywhere if you believe what you "hear".
What do you "know"?
- Granny Weatherwax
santa was good this year! got a powermatic 20" planer and a 180 dollar
gift certificate at woodcraft. the gift certificate was part of a
sales promotion for buying the planer i think. but SWMBO just gave me
the certificate instead of tryin to spend it for me. bless her heart!
also got a lamello top 20 biscuit joiner. she gave that to me a few
weeks early cause my old pc let the magic smoke out in the middle of a
christmas project for her parents. hehe... i love christmas.
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