RIP Slinky (May 7, 1997 - Dec 2, 2013)
This is Slinky, the latest addition to our household. She is a short-haired, miniature Dachshund. In this picture, she is approximately 9 weeks old and weighs 3 pounds.
Slinky requires constant monitoring. Although we feed her 4 times a day, she has an insatiable appetite and tends to forage constantly. Inside, she appears to prefer eating cotton balls, tissue, and newspaper, but once outside, she seems content to snack on rocks, bark, leaves, and grass. Needless to say, we are constantly prying open her mouth and retrieving inedible objects.
When I purchased a toy for Slinky at Petsmart and brought it home, she promptly ignored it. When the trash can spilled, however, she was in hog-heaven chasing the empty Gatorade bottle around the living room, and barking fiercely when she corned it. When I went back to Petsmart, I took Slinky and let her pick out her own toys. She picked out the soccer ball and it is one of her favorites.
When I explained that Slinky was fully grown to the animal lovers at Petsmart, they fawned over Slinky and began squealing and slobbering like rabid strays.
When Nicole comes in from work (Thank goodness someone has a healthy work ethic), she drives Slinky into a frenzy by loudly calling her name in a sing-song voice while pounding her hands on the floor. Slinky frantically circles the living room at top speed for reasons known only to her. Needless to say, the neighbors rue Nicole's arrival.
Slinky is already paper trained, as long as Michelle is around. As soon as she is alone with me, for some reason, the entire apartment becomes fair game for her to relieve herself at will. Slinky doesn't do much better.
A Murder Mystery
So this was a pretty fun party....
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5 Killed in ATM Shootout in Mexico City
So I stumbled across an article today on http://www.reddit/r/justiceporn that indicated 4 robbers were killed in an ATM refill shootout, along with one armed guard, apparently. And, I just thought I'd take to opportunity to try to emphasize how dangerous it is to refill an ATM machine in Mexico. Like, in the United States, I see people all the time refilling ATM machines. It's a one-man job. He may or may not be armed. In Mexico, it's a horse of a different color.
In Mexico, you're going to have 3 armed guards, with bullet proof vests, carrying pump shotguns with 18 1/4" barrel, 6+1 magazines, thigh holsters with back up revolvers. Extra ammo strapped across their chests on bandoliers. Extra bullets for the revolver on their belts. No joking around. No funny stuff. These dudes are deadly serious. I was like "No hay problemo con esto cajero automático?"
"Alto. No pase."
These dudes are deadly serious. Now, I sort of start to understand why, I guess...
Armed guards defend an ATM machine in Ciduad del Camen, Estato del Campeche, Mexico. May 31, 2013.
Restore and Preserve the Monticello Depot "in situ"
The politicians in Monticello, Mississippi have sat idly by and watched the historic depot deteriorate into a sad state. As a solution, they came up with the shocking idea of giving it away to another town. Only, Mrs. Clinton was one step ahead of them. She had the foresight to get the depot placed on both the National Historic Registry and the State Historic Registry. So, the good news is, it's not going anywhere any time soon.
Now, some people, aside from the politicians, think it would be a good idea to ship the Depot up to Jackson to let them restore it. I disagree for the following reasons:
1) The building has never been moved. It is in it's original location right now. If we're going to preserve our historic buildings, obviously we want to keep them in their original location if possible.
2) Moving the building would do grievous injury to it. There's no way to ship the building to Jackson without serious, fundamental damage to the structure. If you think that they'll reassemble it in Jackson, I say "How can you be so sure what they'll do with it once they have it?" I've certainly heard of buildings that were taken apart, board by board, carefully numbering each board, and then the building was never reassembled. It happens.
3) It would cost more to ship the Depot to Jackson and have them restore it, than it would cost to restore in its current location. This fact is undeniable. It's intuitively obvious to the casual observer.
4) Jackson doesn't have any more money to restore our depot than we do. We currently both have $0.00 set aside to restore the depot. Either Jackson can raise the money, or we can. We can apply to grants to match any funds raised in towards the restoration of the depot. We have many different avenues to pursue to raise funds. We can ask local business for money, apply for federal and state grants. All sorts of ways to raise money.
If you want to ship the Depot off to Jackson, hoping they will restore it and display it, you are certainly welcome to that opinion. Please feel free to start your own Facebook Group, but that's not what we are interested in doing.
A lot of people in town seem to like to attack us for not doing anything until the town decided to attempt to give away our historic landmark Depot. "Why," they ask, "did you wait until we decided to ship it off to Jackson before you did anything? Huh?"
Obviously, I don't drive down the road taking note of the state of repair of each structure I pass. Because I don't own them. So, it's none of my concern. Now, if I own a building, yes...I do tend to look at it and fret about it and think about doing repairs, here and there. But, if I don't own the building, I don't really pay much attention to it. I''d argue I'm not alone in this.
This is the reason that we didn't do anything before now with the Monticello Depot. Because we didn't know it was our responsibility. It makes me wonder how well the town is doing with it's other structures.
If you can avoid trying to prod us to tear our historic depot apart to ship off to another town in pieces, then you're welcome to join us for a civil discussion on how to fund the restoration "in situ" at this location: https://www.facebook.com/groups/monticello.depot/Categories:
"Added by" vs. "Invited by" in Facebook Groups
If you've ever looked at the Member list on a Facebook Group, you may have noticed that each members name says either "Added by" or "Invited by". The reason for this is not documented anywhere that I can find with any degree of certainty/confidence.
There are many ways that people can be added to groups. For instance, you can:
1) Go to Members - Add People - enter names, and then click Add.
2) Occasionally, the Facebook page will show suggested members on the right-hand side of the screen, and you can click n the Add button beside each name to add the members.
3) You can message the link (URL) to the Facebook Group to an individual.
4) You can invite people by email address by clicking on "Invite by email" on the right-hand side of the page.
5) People can find the Facebook Group on their own (assuming it's not Closed and Hidden). Then, they can request to join, and the admins will receive notification requesting them to approve the new members.
So, there are lots of ways to have a member added into the system. I'm not clear, however, under what conditions it displays "Invited by" vs. "Added by". I suspect, although I'm not certain, that members that are not yet active on the Facebook Group show "Invited by", and then their status changes to "Added by" when they begin using the Facebook Group. But again, this is just a hunch.
As a test, I went to "Members" and clicked on the "Add People" button and put in the name of a person on my friends list. It immediately lists them in the "Members" section and says "Invited by ". I'm curious if it will change to "Added by" once they go to the site.Categories:
Monticello Depot Photos - Melissa Tynes - (Summer 2012)
Larger versions in the extended entry.
The Monticello Depot
It was declared a Mississippi Landmark in 1985. That's what the plaque is for on the exterior of the building. It was granted National Historic Place status with the Department of the Interior in 1995.
"The City of Monticello has received an Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act grant from the Mississippi Department of Transportation for the restoration of the depot. The proposed project will rehabilitate the depot in accordance with the US Secretary of the interior's Standards for Rehabilitation with the cooperation of the Mississippi Department of Archives and History."
Mississippi Department of Archives and History
Historic Preservation Division
P. O. Box 571
Jackson, Mississippi 39205-0571
This website says it was built in 1910. http://www.apps.mdah.ms.gov/Public/prop.aspx?id=18008&view=facts&y=970
Martha Watts: During Jerry McLeans term, there was a $100,000 ICTEA grant received for the depot that timed out due to no action.
Kay Allen, Lawrence County Historical Society president: 601-886-3341
The Monticello Depot placed on National Register - 10/31/1995
The Monticello Depot in Monticello, Mississippi was built in 1906. The Depot was also known as the "New Orleans Great Northern Railroad Depot" and/or the "Orleans
Gulf, Mobile, and Ohio (GM&0) Depot".
The Monticello Depot was entered into the the "National Register" of the National Park Service on 10/31/1995.
Historic Functions: Transportation/rail related
Walls: wood, asbestos
Period of Significance: circa 1906 -1945
Primary location of additional data: State Historic Preservation Office
Property Owner: Town of Monticello. Mavor Jerry G. McLean
Located between the main north-south freight line formerly owned by the GM & O Railroad and Highway 84, in the center of downtown Monticello, the New Orleans Great Northern Railroad Depot, also known as the G.M. & O. Railroad Depot and the Monticello Depot, is a one-story, rectangular, frame building. Built in 1906, the depot is sheathed in asbestos siding over board-and- batten siding, with a skirting of exposed board-and-batten siding, and sits on a foundation of timber piling and brick piers. The building is surmounted by an asphalt-shingled, gable roof with overhanging eaves, exposed rafters, and decorative knee braces. A raised platform, skirted with wooden planks, wraps around the eastern and southern elevations and is accessed by wooden steps.
The westerly elevation faces the track and is divided into seven bays by the spacing of the brackets. The first bay contains a window which is obscured with plywood. The second and sixth bays contain single-leaf, four-panel doors. The third bay contains a three-sided observation bay which has one window on each of the three bayed sides, all of which are obscured with plywood. The fourth, fifth, and seventh bays have blank wails.
The northerly elevation contains a single bay with one single-leaf, four-panel door and one window which is obscured. The southerly elevation also contains one bay with a central, four-panel, diagonal beaded-board, sliding, freight door.
The easterly elevation is divided into eight bays by the spacing of the brackets. The second and sixth bays contain single-leaf, four panel doors. The windows are filled with wooden, two-over- two, double-hung sash in the sixth, seventh and eighth bays. The first, third, fourth, and fifth bays have blank wails.
The interior is divided into two rooms: the waiting room to the north and the freight room to the south. The wails and ceilings are finished with beaded-board siding and the floor is finished with flush board.
The New Orleans Great Northern Railroad Depot in Monticello retains a great degree of architectural integrity. The only major modification to the depot is the infill and covering of the windows, which has not greatly affected the integrity of the structure. The City of Monticello has received an Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act grant from the Mississippi Department of Transportation for the restoration of the depot. The proposed project will rehabilitate the depot in accordance with the US Secretary of the interior's Standards for Rehabilitation with the cooperation of the Mississippi Department of Archives and History.
The New Orleans Great Northern Railroad Depot in Monticello is locally significant under Criterion A in the area of transportation, representing the development of rail transportation in south- central Mississippi in the early twentieth century. Its period of significance extends from circa 1906, when it was built, to 1945, fifty years prior to the current date. It served as a passenger depot until 1954 and housed freight operations until 1971. The depot in Monticello and the NOGN depot in Jackson (built in 1927) are the last surviving depots on the old NOGN route in Mississippi.
The New Orleans Great Northern Railroad (NOGN) was incorporated in 1905 for the purpose of running a railroad line between Slidell, Louisiana, and Jackson, Mississippi. Construction began in 1905 and was completed in 1909. In December 1929 the NOGN was acquired by the Gulf, Mobile, and Northern Railroad (GM&N), which subsequently consolidated with the Mobile and Ohio Railroad in 1940 to form the Gulf, Mobile, and Ohio Railroad (GM&O). In 1978 the GM&O merged with the Illinois Central Railroad, which currently owns what is left of the former NOGN route.
The founding of Monticello predates the arrival of the railroad by nearly a century. The town was established in 1815 as the seat of Lawrence County in the Mississippi Territory. The community flourished from the 1820s to the 1850s as a shipping point on the Pearl River, but declined after the first railroad in the area was routed through Brookhaven, some twenty miles west, in 1857. Economic vitality began to return to the community following the completion of the Brookhaven and Peajl River Railroad, linking Monticello to the Illinois Central Railroad at Brookhaven, in December 1904. In 1906 t§e New Orleans Great Northern Railroad reached Monticello and constructed the present depot.
The NOGN provided rail service from Monticello to Jackson and New Orleans. After the purchase of the line by the Gulf, Mobile, and Northern Railroad in 1929, the depot in Monticello was served by express passenger service linking New Orleans, Jackson, and St. Louis. The Rebel," one of the first streamlined, high-speed diesel passenger trains in the South, ran on this route beginning in the 1930s. Rail passenger service was provided through this depot until 1954, when the GM&O Railroad ceased passenger operations along this route. In 1971 the GM&O ceased its remaining freight operations in Monticello and closed the depot, it was subsequently sold to a private owner, who donated it to the Town of Monticello in 1983. The town intends to rehabilitate the building to house town offices and^a small museum, using funds from the Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act (ISTEA).
1 1llinois Central Railroad Company. Environmental and Historical Report for the proposed abandonment of trackage between Elton and Jackson, Hinds County, Mississippi, 1994.
2 Works Progress Administration historical notes for Monticello, 1941.
3 Lynn Lofton, "Local depot named state landmark," The Press (Monticello, Miss), February 13,1986. This information is also restated in essentially the same form in the Town of Monticello Transportation Enhancement Project Application, February 7,1995. The date of 1906 for both the arrival of the railroad and the construction of the depot is given in these sources, but the WPA notes give the date of 1907.Depot