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Labor Day Weekend Begins: Salt of the Earth

The Rolling Stones and Guns 'N Roses singing "Salt of the Earth." Here's one of my favorite statue/sculptures, in downtown Omaha, at the Lewis & Clark landing, along Omaha's Missouri River Walkway. If you're ever there, it's well worth a visit. It's the second-largest labor monument in the U.S. Two-hundred-fifty tons of cement and 39,000 pounds of steel were used in its construction. It's by Matthew Placzek.

Larger version here. I'm not starting my weekend until after a visit to the gym and then the jail. What are your plans?

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    Last supper (5.00 / 5) (#1)
    by Slado on Fri Sep 04, 2009 at 11:26:26 AM EST
    Baby #3 will arrive on Sept. 9th and the wife and I will celebrate our anniversary and what sanity we have left.

    Congrats bro... (5.00 / 3) (#3)
    by kdog on Fri Sep 04, 2009 at 11:29:54 AM EST
    thanks for doing your part, along with Steve M., to insure social security remains solvent...I plan on being a deadbeat for a long time in this regard.

    "Last Supper"...lol, don't sound too excited!..:)

    Parent

    Thanks (none / 0) (#6)
    by Slado on Fri Sep 04, 2009 at 11:35:29 AM EST
    I'm very excited but also realistic :)

    Parent
    Baby #3 (none / 0) (#16)
    by Steve M on Fri Sep 04, 2009 at 12:42:37 PM EST
    is a bridge too far for me, at least at this point... but congrats to Slado!  What an exciting event.

    Parent
    Congrats! (5.00 / 1) (#5)
    by CST on Fri Sep 04, 2009 at 11:34:26 AM EST
    #3 is gonna be the best of them all

    Parent
    Thanks (5.00 / 1) (#7)
    by Slado on Fri Sep 04, 2009 at 11:36:29 AM EST
    Don't know if boy or girl.  Old fashioned.

    Have two boys so a girl would be nice but we'll take healthy.  

    Parent

    thoughts and hopes for healthy (5.00 / 1) (#8)
    by jeffinalabama on Fri Sep 04, 2009 at 11:39:22 AM EST
    and no problems at the delivery.

    congratulations, also!

    Parent

    So exciting!! Congratulations :) (none / 0) (#15)
    by Inspector Gadget on Fri Sep 04, 2009 at 12:36:47 PM EST
    Look forward to hearing if you got your girl :)

    Keep in mind, you're turning the current "baby" into a MIDDLE CHILD...a whole new dynamic for him.

    Parent

    I got upset when I became the middle child! (none / 0) (#18)
    by jeffinalabama on Fri Sep 04, 2009 at 01:37:26 PM EST
    I liked the privilege of being the baby!

    Parent
    "labor" day (5.00 / 2) (#9)
    by Capt Howdy on Fri Sep 04, 2009 at 11:47:10 AM EST
    indeed

    Parent
    I did that (none / 0) (#14)
    by Fabian on Fri Sep 04, 2009 at 12:19:58 PM EST
    Went to the theatre the night before I was to report for an induced labor, went to dinner and ate while timing my contractions.  No rush, it was hours before we got the go ahead to head to the hospital.  

    Parent
    I plan (5.00 / 1) (#2)
    by Capt Howdy on Fri Sep 04, 2009 at 11:29:17 AM EST
    to finally cut the last of the giant limbs that fell in my yard.  what a pain.  but I will end up with hundreds of dollars of wood for the fireplace this winter.

    soitsok.


    Not this winter (5.00 / 2) (#11)
    by gyrfalcon on Fri Sep 04, 2009 at 12:08:04 PM EST
    Green wood needs to be cut, split and stacked for at least a year before it's burnable. Burning green wood will get you little heat and more important, will load your chimney up with creosote.  You DO NOT want a chimney fire, which is what heavy creosote in the chimney will inevitably give you.

    Don't burn this stuff until next year!

    Parent

    about half (none / 0) (#17)
    by Capt Howdy on Fri Sep 04, 2009 at 01:29:13 PM EST
    mayby a little more was dead so it will be perfect for this winter.  the rest can season for a while.

    but I will have a buttload of dead stuff.


    Parent

    Depends on how long it's (5.00 / 2) (#23)
    by gyrfalcon on Fri Sep 04, 2009 at 04:33:38 PM EST
    been dead.  If it's started to rot, forget it.  There's a fairly short window of time for standing dead wood before it starts to rot, depending on the kind of wood.

    Just be really careful what you burn.  And speaking of which, have you had that chimney inspected and cleaned?  If the liner is in bad shape, you can easily start a chimney fire creosote or no creosote.

    Not trying to be a wet blanket here, but safe and reasonably efficient (and enjoyable) wood-burning has more complications to it than most people think who are new to it.

    Parent

    I'm gonna take (5.00 / 3) (#4)
    by CST on Fri Sep 04, 2009 at 11:32:37 AM EST
    a presidential vacation.  Except it will only cost me about 50 bucks in bus/ferry tickets.

    Thanks Grandma/Grandpa for making a very wise property investment back when it was cheap to do so.  

    Now I get to hang out with Granny and some old friends, eat clams that I dig up with my feet, and whip around on the sunfish.

    Sounds wonderful (none / 0) (#20)
    by Militarytracy on Fri Sep 04, 2009 at 01:48:49 PM EST
    The Santo Domingo... (5.00 / 1) (#12)
    by desertswine on Fri Sep 04, 2009 at 12:12:49 PM EST
    Arts and Crafts Market is this weekend. I always go. I just hope it's not hot.

    interesting combination jeralyn. (5.00 / 1) (#13)
    by cpinva on Fri Sep 04, 2009 at 12:16:24 PM EST
    I'm not starting my weekend until after a visit to the gym and then the jail.

    for myself, this weekend is for recovery. right as i got home from vacation, my mgr. informed me that a case (stretching back to 1994) had been returned from review, for some additional work. i've spent the time since then in a frenzied effort to get rid of it, before the end of the fiscal year.

    to add fuel to the fire, the company is in bankruptcy, and also docketed for tax court this november, with roughly 250mill in taxes on the line. this for an issue going back to 1998.

    i have been a tad............stressed.

    some day, i hope to work in the present.

    Still home sick (5.00 / 2) (#19)
    by Militarytracy on Fri Sep 04, 2009 at 01:47:24 PM EST
    The crud is hanging on with Joshua and I.  I thought that perhaps we had turned the corner and we did go do a bit of shopping with spouse last night as he collects his last few items he wants before he leaves to train up for the end of the month deployment.  Halfway through the outing though both Josh and I started feeling not so good again.  This morning we are both just as ill as day one.  Bleh!

    I've had a bug too. (5.00 / 3) (#22)
    by MileHi Hawkeye on Fri Sep 04, 2009 at 01:51:41 PM EST
    Nausea, low grade headache/fever and aches all over my body.  Stayed home for a day and a half this week.  Dragged myself into work yesterday even though I felt like I was 105 years old.

    I'm really looking forward to being able to sleep in tomorrow!  

    Parent

    Chris Isaak concert (none / 0) (#10)
    by Inspector Gadget on Fri Sep 04, 2009 at 11:51:09 AM EST
    at Ste Michelle Winery tonight. BUMBERSHOOT weekend in Seattle!!

    I occasionally buy some of their wine (none / 0) (#21)
    by Militarytracy on Fri Sep 04, 2009 at 01:50:23 PM EST