Saturday, April 29, 2006


Three in One, Take Two

It was less than eight weeks ago that I showed you these trees. Here they are again looking a little fuller. It is amazing what a little sun and rain can do.

Friday, April 28, 2006


First Annual

The Duran Middle School Band performed in their first open air concert on Thursday. The Choir was up next; you can see them in their blue T-shirts listening to the band. The concert was well attended and well worth attending. Both groups were talented and entertaining. I'm sure the spaghetti dinner offered in the school just before the concert had nothing to do with attracting this large crowd.

Thursday, April 27, 2006



It is race weekend once again at nearby Talladega Super Speedway and everybody is getting into the act. If you stopped by the state store* Thursday, you got a chance for a closeup view of Jamie McMurray's No. 26 car.

* In Alabama, hard liquor is taxed and sold by the state in ABC stores.

Wednesday, April 26, 2006


High Power

This looks like it could be a very exciting job. I hope these folks don't have too much excitement.

Tuesday, April 25, 2006


If You Could See What I Hear

These are the faces behind the voices you hear daily on WFHK AM 1430. Shonda Bowman and John Simpson are the hosts for the Morning News, Trivia Tuesday, the Birthday and Anniversary Club, my favorite: The World Famous Swap Shop and plenty of Country Music.

Be sure to tune in if you are passing through.

Monday, April 24, 2006


Now for something completely different

Here's something you don't see everyday in Pell City - a Louisiana style crawfish boil. When it does happen, you know somebody's got a camera.
Thanks, KEP, for the picture.

Sunday, April 23, 2006



This is the new Pell City Home Depot, scheduled to open in about five weeks. Not only will there be new jobs and many new things to buy inside, the store has attracted other business as well. The area beyond HD and to the right is being prepared for more new retail stores. It is tough to see in this picture, but if you double click on the image you will get a larger look.

You know, Home Depot is really big. I know they only sell home pieces, but they have enough room to put entire homes inside.

Saturday, April 22, 2006



Last night, visitors to the Pell City Library were treated to the Celtic music of Hooley, a three piece band from nearby Birmingham. That's Darci on the left playing the fiddle and Paul on guitar. Trent played flute, Highland Bagpipes and Uilleann pipes. They were great.
Added note: I assume you are familiar with Highland Bagpipes, here is a link to some information about Irish Uilleann pipes.

Friday, April 21, 2006


Things are looking down

Some trees did not survive this week's thunderstorms. Often the selection can appear quite arbitrary. The picture above is from the field next to Avondale Mill, below is a green next to Hardwick Road. Overall the damage was minor.

Wednesday, April 19, 2006


Things are looking up

We had a Tornado Warning in Pell City today, and, so, well,
this is what it looks like from inside an underground storm shelter looking back up at the entrance.

Tuesday, April 18, 2006


New Construction Site Number 51

Did I mention that Pell City is growing? This is the new Walgreen Pharmacy going up on 231, a block North of I-20.

Monday, April 17, 2006


School Busses in the Morning

Thanks KEP for reminding me:
The greatest natural resource that any country can have is its children.
....Danny Kaye

Sunday, April 16, 2006


Happy Easter

Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church

Friday, April 14, 2006


Man's Best Friend

This patient dog was waiting for someone outside of K-Marts.

Thursday, April 13, 2006



If he's watching over the driveway entrance, he's not being too obvious about it.

Tuesday, April 11, 2006


Fern Forest

Hazelwood's nursery is a magical place. here is a peek inside one of the grren houses.

Monday, April 10, 2006


Precursor to the worrld wide web.

Can you see it?

Sunday, April 09, 2006


Est 1889

A look at the more picturesque of the church buildings at Cropwell Baptist.

Saturday, April 08, 2006


day six

The water in Lake Logan Martin leaves Pell City and passes through the power generating dam at the end of the lake.

So how much energy does a drop of water release when it drops through Logan Martin Dam? To calculate that number, we'll need a few approximations.
First we note that the water level in Lake Logan Martin is about 64 feet higher than the level in Lay Lake, but we will convert that distance to meters since in the US we use the International System of units (Watts = Joules per Second) when we talk about electrical power.

64 feet = 19.5072 meters

Next we will say there are 20 drops of water in a cc (cubic centimeter) and a cc of water has a mass of one gram. Converting that to kilograms gives: 1 drop of water = 0.00005 Kg mass.

So, the energy (in Joules) of a drop of water which has the potential to fall 19.5 meters is given by the formula:
PE = mhg
Potential Energy = mass x height x (the acceleration due to the Earth's gravity (9.8 meters/sec/sec)).

For our drop of water, the energy release is

0.00005 x 19.5 x 9.8 = 0.009555 J

If Alabama Power were 100% efficient getting that drop's energy from the dam to your 100 watt lightbulb, that bulb would burn brightly for 0.009555 / 100 = 0.00009555 seconds.

Wow! Thanks little drop of water, and thanks Alabama Power.

Friday, April 07, 2006


day five

The rain over Pell City drained into the Coosa River and Logan Martin Lake.

Thursday, April 06, 2006


day four

Even the Pell City ducks were looking for dry land.

Wednesday, April 05, 2006


day three

The rain filled the small streams around town.

Tuesday, April 04, 2006


day two

Some of the rain fell on Pell City.

Monday, April 03, 2006


day one

It was a rainy day over the Southeast.

Sunday, April 02, 2006


Sunday, 2 April 2006

It's a sunny day in April and the Episcopal church has a tree blossoming at the front door.

Saturday, April 01, 2006



I was distracted when this convertible rode by and almost completely missed getting a picture. Thanks to MSP for helping me out.

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