Ellee22 March 2012 at 6:54pmPosts: 1015 (0 today)Status: offline
Hello fellow loonies
Sorry about your capricious weather conditions, Big and Jen. Don't get crazy yourself - stay lunatic
After school this afternoon between kids named Mahmud, Nikita, Shui-Wan, Atef, Hatice, Maja, Patrick, Kevin, Justin, Laura and so on I am convinced: they are a great brewage for our future here in Germany
wonderful influences from all around (even from China) and all together very spicy and hot. Not a dish which is tasty for everyone but very nutritious - for our future in GOOD OLD EUROPE
It's time for a simple German Bratwurst with Sauerkraut right now
Not a huge sauerkraut fan myself but my mother loves it.
rise23 March 2012 at 2:54pmPosts: 956 (0 today)Status: offline
Simple german bratwurst withsauerkraut could be my second name.
BUt the most horrible thing is german 'KAennchenkaffee'. In former times it was quite ok, but now it's mosttime water with one coffee bohne walked by.
Duddy23 March 2012 at 5:27pmPosts: 5641 (0 today)Status: offline
Good to see you all here. Lovely spring sun here and the seagulls making a racket with their mating calls but wouldn't have it any other way.
Nice to hear from you Miss Simple german bratwurst withsauerkraut! I feel you should be saved from bad coffee especially at the home of the Grail coffee. What's happened? German coffee and cake was always a delicious treat when I was there.
Any how I've just brewed some fresh Italian coffee and maybe PG will drop in - he loves good coffee too.
I've got Ovo on the rocky - lovely stuff. Have a good evening my friends.
Big Time ideas23 March 2012 at 8:30pmPosts: 1923 (0 today)Status: offline
Hiya guys! Spring Break starts for the kids today. Maybe I can catch my breath. The weather is still fluctuating up and down, but we've had some pretty nice days.
When I was at college people used to order Canadian bacon and sauerkraut pizza. I thought they were insane. Then I tried it. It's one of my favorite pizzas.
And Reubens are awsome.
When I was a kid, the lady next door used to make sauerkraut. She'd sit on a lawn chair in front of a huge crock and smash the kraut inside the crock with a baseball bat, (holding the bat straight up and down). It was pretty good stuff.
rise24 March 2012 at 6:47amPosts: 956 (0 today)Status: offline
Good to hear, that PG likes good coffee. It seems sometimes people are to tired to brew themself one , so do a good job, Duddy, it's for the best of all of us lunies.
In germany coffee quality changed, because the Kännchen-Kaffee-Trinker are mosttime older than 80, with gastritis, hypotonics and so on, the other one drink italian,bodum or french coffee ,imo.
But I will try some more KK-studies, if it will not kill me.
Ellee24 March 2012 at 12:52pmPosts: 1015 (0 today)Status: offline
Kannchen Kaffee - sweet memories of childhood, my grandma and her friends drinking their coffee without caffeine and we children our cups of chocolate and Schwarzwalderkirschtorte
Nowadays I love Latte Macchiato, so I don't miss those times (only my Grandma)
Speaking about German Sauerkraut: do you know what's the favorite meal of Germans today? (Not asking you Rise , you'll know...)
My men love it - my sons ignore the school canteen - but go to their Turkish Doner Diner
Zenrider24 March 2012 at 5:01pmPosts: 3547 (0 today)Status: offline
Yeah, the weather has had me having to remind myself it's late March, not late June. So much for the worst winter ever. Even if we get a blizzard in April, it certainly won't be enough to make this the worst winter ever. Some scientist is saying it's because of all the Japanese debris in the Pacific heating the water or some such. Not really buying that. Just don't see how that alone would be enough to cause this unseasonably long stretch of warm weather. Anyway, not going to complain about pleasant weather, even if it's out of the norm. Despite the warm weather, not convinced this will be the hottest summer ever, except perhaps in the southern states. Much as we may try to predict this or that with the weather, we really can just wait and see. OK, and deal with what comes.
As for Rueben sandwiches, had a great one last week on St Patrick's Day.
Coffee is brewing waiting to hear of Ste's next travels. He takes some of the best pictures ever.
Big Time ideas24 March 2012 at 11:33pmPosts: 1923 (0 today)Status: offline
They're saying here that it's because of La Ninia, warm ocean currents that come farther north than usual every 15 years or so, I think it was.
We were living up in northern Idaho/ eastern Washington area the last time. There was alot of snow, and Spokane had an ice storm, then it suddenly thawed and there was flooding all over the place. Quite the mess.
Nemesis_4725 March 2012 at 2:14amPosts: 989 (0 today)Status: offline
The Jet Stream has a lot to do with the current weather - it's dipping quite low, bringing warm weather to the east and cooler weather to the west.
Record breaking warmth across the United States in March 2012
It is technically winter, and the United States is experiencing a weather pattern typically seen in early summer. Unseasonably warm temperatures have developed east of the Rocky Mountains and have extended north into Canada.
Synoptically, or looking at the big picture, the weather pattern resembles a late May and early June pattern. More than 2,000 high temperature records have been tied or broken since March 1, 2012, and more are expected to be broken for the next couple of days, because the weather pattern is very slow to budge or move. What is causing this heat, and will this be a sign of a brutally hot summer?
For the month of February, we saw a lot of extremes across the globe. Earth likes to balance things out, so in a way, it makes sense that Europe and Asia experienced such extreme cold temperatures while the United States saw above average temperatures. In Europe and Asia, nearly 650 people died because of the extremely cold temperatures.
So much snow fell that these areas saw the third largest February snow cover extent since record keeping began. Australia also experienced a very cool summer and was ranked the 8th coolest minimum February. The last time Australia had such cool temperatures was back in 1990.
The image below shows the temperature anomalies for February 2012. The red dots show temperatures above average in that particular region. The blue dots show temperatures below average. As you can see, the North Pole and North America saw warmer temperatures while Europe, Asia, northwest Africa and Australia saw cooler temperatures.
Now, take a look at the record highs that have been set across the United States for the month of March so far. This includes dates from March 1, 2012, through March 15, 2012. Of temperatures recorded, 2,052 records were either tied or broken so far for the month of March. This number is expected to grow as the warm temperatures continue across the majority of the United States.
Temperatures have soared into the 70?s and 80?s Fahrenheit across Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Wisconsin, and spreading as far north as North Dakota, Minnesota, and into Canada.
The main reason for these warm temperatures is based on the jet stream across the United States. A large trough has been in place across the western United States.
Troughs bring lower pressures and stormy weather across the affected regions. The western United States has been cooler and wetter the past few weeks, and for a good bit of this winter. Meanwhile, a large ridge has been built east of the Rocky Mountains. Ridges act as areas of high pressure that provide sinking air.
Warm air from the south has been spilling northward to provide record-breaking temperatures across the United States. The jet stream is responsible for this digging and lifting of these troughs and ridges. Due to the position of the jet, and the blocking features that are taking place, the warm spells are continuing into the weekend.
mooniest25 March 2012 at 3:54amPosts: 1531 (0 today)Status: offline
Hi Lunies!! ~ Hope all is well with everyone.
BIG Hello to Big!!!! ~ I don't get to talk with you much anymore.
sauerkraut & coffee?... uh oh, watch your belly sounds & beyond!!
Big Time ideas25 March 2012 at 10:52amPosts: 1923 (0 today)Status: offline
Hi Moonie! I loves you!
mooniest25 March 2012 at 7:30pmPosts: 1531 (0 today)Status: offline
hey Big ~ I sure do hope you are well. xoxoxo
Ellee, that sandwich really looks tasty!!
I will be getting one next month when I go to a concert in the town that has this wonderful greek restaurant.
I was there over the summer & the way they made them is the best I've ever tasted so far.
Memé27 March 2012 at 8:27pmPosts: 2378 (0 today)Status: offline
Hola Lunies, hope you are ok, just came for a grail coffee, it's been a while.
Zen Ste didn't came, he still had to do some stuff there in France, and as the weather is getting colder here, we decided to postpone his visit till next summer ( my summer). I'm sort of sad, I was hoping to meet him again and play to be a tourist in my own town, but I'm certain that we'll enjoy it more when my kids are back here and on vacations and, who knows? maybe we can plan a SA gathering...
Zenrider29 March 2012 at 4:10amPosts: 3547 (0 today)Status: offline
Hi Meme, sorry to hear Ste didn't make it for your summer.
Who knows about a SA gathering, someday perhaps Meme. I would love that.
Still on the fence about whether I will make the trip I had hoped to make to Yellowstone National Park this year. Fuel prices are part of it, but perhaps not all of it. Will decide when my vacation days get closer.
Big Time ideas29 March 2012 at 9:30pmPosts: 1923 (0 today)Status: offline
Please come make us some Shockey Specials-
mooniest31 March 2012 at 1:25amPosts: 1531 (0 today)Status: offline
I am still not over the time when Peter invited us to the David Letterman show performance.
How can that be? I've been to his concerts before (and will again) ~ but this was different... and not because it was free....
I was so intimate & it was the closest seat I ever had to his shows.
I always look for the chance to thank Peter for that opportunity.
I wonder if it's because I am on the cusp of going to see my other long time love and favorite artist Greg Lake in 20 some odd days. I've seen him many times but
this is the 'big one' lunies ~ soundcheck & M&G.
Hope everyone is doing well, the weekend has begun. I've already done happy hour .... so I am a bit... uhh, umm 'happy'
Big Time ideas31 March 2012 at 2:14amPosts: 1923 (0 today)Status: offline
That sounds like so much fun, Mooney! I hope you get to talk with him and such.
The pictures of you guys waiting outside the Letterman show were so adorable.
Zenrider2 April 2012 at 2:50pmPosts: 3547 (0 today)Status: offline
Hi all, hope everyone had a good weekend. I nearly bought a little pony, but the auction house got weird. Much as I am aware that particular auction house is a bit less then ethical in what they do. Meaning, they are kind of known for having invisible people bidding to pump the price up. It's illegal and unethical, but there is not that much oversight on small auctions like this one. Anyway, about bidding on a pony, when I told them I was done, they tried to make it seem I bid, perhaps they were thinking the other person that was actually bidding might go one more bid. They did not. I had friends standing next to me backing me up that I said 'no, I'm done.' (I need a pony like a hole in the head, so had a fairly low limit in my head that I had already gone over, after all there was a cart and harness I would need to buy as well). Instead of going to the last bidder (perhaps because they didn't exist?), they dropped the price nearly $150 and started bidding again. Kind of a red flag that I and one other person were bidding against an imaginary person. I did bid again that round, but stopped. Guess what, their imaginary bidder won, so they dropped the bidding way down and started again. By then I was just done with it and I really didn't need another mouth to feed. Someone else ended up with a really good deal on the pony (registered miniature horse, which are really ponies much as some people try to say otherwise) and the auction house ended up with less commission then they would have if they hadn't tried to push up the bidding with imaginary bidders. It's too bad, he was a cute and well trained little pony.
Besides that, had a nice day, ran into some friends I haven't seen in a while, and didn't buy anything at all. Which was probably a good thing.
Big Time ideas13 April 2012 at 3:19amPosts: 1923 (0 today)Status: offline
Did anyone here know that Phil collins used to be in a jazz fusion band many moons ago called "Brand X"? My ex used to listen to them alot.
His interest in jazz could explain why Genesis' sound changed.