Monday, August 31, 2015

A few things...

Jekyll before the storm
Last weekend I took a trip down to Jekyll Island and enjoyed the beach until the rain came (see the photo taken from the north end of the island).  Lately, it is not a question of if it will rain but when.   Sailing was cancelled on Saturday Every day it rains and the humidity stays up high on both sides of the storms.  For a week, we watched the storm Erika with concern that it might become a major hurricane, but thankfully it fell apart.  It would a disaster if it, or another storm, hits.  The ground is so saturated that I’m afraid many trees wouldn’t stand.

The storm coming in at the north inlet
Norfolk Southern Rail Yard at the Savannah Ports
Recently I had an opportunity for a tour of the container yard at the Georgia State Port at Savannah.  The Savannah Port is the fourth largest in the country and contains the largest single container yard.  Other parts of the port deals in bulk products, automobiles and heavy equipment.  One of the advantages of the port is having two Class 1 railroads (Norfolk Southern and CSX) with yards within the port. Unlike ports in the northeast, many whose rail lines have height restrictions and can double stack boxes, all the trains leaving the ports (40 plus a week to Atlanta alone) are double-stacked.  The place runs like a clock with everything computer controlled that runs jockeying trucks, cranes and lifts around with precision. The port can handle up to nine ships at a time and handles 4 million container units (A container unit is a 20 foot box so a 40 or 45 foot box is counted as two containers).  


In other news, what about the Pirates.  Yes, they lost yesterday, but they have been playing incredible ball this year and have picked up a few games on the Cardinals who are first place in the National League Central Division.  They should, at least, receive a wildcard bid into the play-offs.  Amazingly, the top three teams in the Central Division (Cardinals, Pirates and Cubs) would be in first place if they were in any other division in the league.  

27 comments:

  1. Lovely beach! Sorry you're having so many storms

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    1. On the good side, so far we've not received as much rain as they had forecasted for this week.

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  2. we're hoping for some rain here. Our creek is virtually dry, with only one small puddle left and it's full of dead fish.

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    1. It seems some areas of the country are soaked and others dry... How has the humid been in NOLA?

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  3. It must be fun to visit all the different islands near you.

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  4. It's like that here with the rain too, but of course I live in FL and a lot of storms are creeping in close. Jekyll looks like a great beach.

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    1. The problem with beaches in Georgia is that so many rivers enter the ocean here that the water is always murky and never very clear--but they are nice beaches and so much of our coast is not developed as I have tried to explore in a kayak.

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  5. Ton blog est bien fait et très intéressant. Il est ouvert sur la nature et sur l'humanité. Tout ce que j'aime. Bravo.
    Amitiés venues de France.

    Roger

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  6. Pirates fan? Oh, brother...love love love.

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    1. translate? Is it a good thing to be a Pirate fan?

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  7. So glad Erika fell apart and didn't do us much damage.

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  8. Whenever I see those containers I think of those that migrate in them, some dying in transit. I suspect you can now see how it's possible for once filled and closed they really aren't handled by direct human hands. The nearest being the crane operator lifting them on and off of those ugly giant ships.
    I for the live of me can't figure out why you were there. It can't have been in an official capacity. :-)

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    1. I was invited by one of the managers to take a tour and I jumped at it!

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  9. Actually going to try and slip down to the coast the weekend after Labor Day. Wife wants me to get our daughter out of the house. She's been playing on the computer a little too much and my lovely spouse wants her to get some fresh air.

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  10. Sorry for the Pirates, and Erika. Another friend, who lives in Florida, posted a headliner typo about Erika: "Cone of Erika Shits East." Oops. Hope you all have very sturdy umbrellas and oxygen tanks.

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  11. I love seeing the pictures of the places you go to. I don't get out much and I don't really like to travel but I love reading about others adventures.

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    1. You should get out and explore the desert around Vegas, Mary!

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  12. We though Erika would hit us, too.

    No, I didn't do the reading for my anthology short story.

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    1. I was curious for if you were reading it, it would go up on my list of things to listen to!

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  13. You have the best fun wandering about on land and water and it's so enjoyable for me to read about them, especially see the photos, it's like nearly being there too!

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