Wednesday Reads: Grace and Helens

My Mama always loved these flaming azaleas…to see them in bloom makes me miss her.

Today, let’s look at a few memories and birthdays from this week.

First, this powerhouse of a woman… who turned 72 yesterday. (The same age that my Ma would have been this year.)

What an icon!

Another birthday? Of course…

A couple of days ago, it was the 40th anniversary of the eruption of Mt. St. Helens. So here are several items about that.

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40 years ago, Mt. St. Helens erupted in Seattle's backyard. Photographer Dick Lasher spent the night before packing gear, figuring he'd head out first thing in the morning to get a look at the mountain before it blew. His plan involved hitching his Yamaha IT enduro bike to the back of his Pinto, driving up to Spirit Lake, then exploring the area via dirt forest roads on the bike. He'd leave before dawn and arrive at the lake right at daybreak.⁠ ⁠ Tired from packing, Lasher slept in an hour or two past his planned departure time. Sleeping in that morning saved his life. Had Lasher made it past the next ridge in the foreground, the blast would have killed him.⁠ ⁠ At 8:32 the mountain blew.⁠ ⁠ He pulled over and attempted to turn around seeing as the ash cloud was heading his way fast. In his hurry, he bent the forks on his motorcycle. He jumped out of the car and ran up the hillside to get a pic, thinking he might just die for it. The first picture he took was this one, with the Pinto cocked in the road, toting the bent motorcycle with a MASSIVE plume cloud shooting into the sky.⁠ ⁠ He made his way back down the mountain. He was completely blinded, after being quickly overtaken by the ash cloud. Lasher had to drive on the opposite side of the road steering by hugging the shoulder on the uphill side of the road, heading into oncoming traffic. He encountered nobody going up. The car choked out after a while and he rode his bent motorcycle out of the mountains back to the room he had rented.⁠ ⁠ The next day, he rode his motorcycle back up into the now hot zone with his camera to get what pics he could. He was well into the red no go zone when a helicopter saw him and landed in his path. Dick was arrested on the spot and flown out in the chopper to jail. They left his motorcycle on the mountain. They kept him in jail for a few days. When he finally got out, he again went back up and was able to get his motorcycle and car back. Later heat maps would show that temperatures where Lasher took this original pic rose to 680 degrees Fahrenheit. Good on ya, Dick.⁠

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Same picture but better image…

Geez…right?

On this next one, look at both pictures:

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Image of Mt. St. Helens present day:

Now some odd tweets and stuff…

This sign is disgusting:

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The Long American Night ….

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Be sure to read the rest of that thread…That is all I wanted to post about that.

Y’all may have seen this one:

No, it’s not the onion…

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And ending it all with a message from the one and only, Samuel L Jackson:

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🗣A reminder 🗣 RG @samuelljackson

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Stay the fuck home…and be the fuck safe.


9 Comments on “Wednesday Reads: Grace and Helens”

  1. Minkoff Minx says:

    If you have a chance, listen to this band out of Austin:

    Here is their channel:

    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCRDsZrz6ihdlxUDeUei4g6w

    I think they should have won the Grammy for new artists.

    • NW Luna says:

      “Ah yes, I remember reading that in the Bible: thou shalt pay others to cravenly lie.”

      They are such hypocrites.

  2. dakinikat says:

  3. NW Luna says:

    More people might vote. Stop them!

    President Trump on Wednesday threatened to “hold up” federal funds to Michigan and Nevada in response to the states’ planned use of absentee and mail-in ballots in upcoming elections as a means to mitigate risk of exposure to the coronavirus.

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/trump-threatens-funding-for-michigan-nevada-over-absentee-mail-in-voting-plans/2020/05/20/2f86d078-9aa2-11ea-ac72-3841fcc9b35f_story.html

  4. lililam says:

    Interesting group of items you have there. I was going to college in Washington during the eruption. That morning was a beautiful sunny day, one of those days that only occurs in late spring and summer in that area. I woke up early to go to the swap meet and a little later the sky darkened, but I didn’t think much about it. I was working myself through school as a bartender and was the morning opener on that Saturday. My first customers were full of what ended up being ash- they were geologists who just tore away from the mountain. They asked me to turn the tv on and then used our pay phone to make multiple calls. The next eruption was exactly a week later- I drove down to visit friends and family in Cali, but they closed 5 as I came close to the mountain and I ended up taking hwy 1 all the way down. During the second eruption, the ashfall blew to the west (the first was to the east) and it was raining. This made an impenetrable ooze on the windshield. My old bug had no sprayers, so I prayed for a truck to come by and splash water on me everytime my visibility was impaired. It worked. My dog refused to get out and go potty in the mire- it freaked him out. The weather was lousy that whole summer.

  5. roofingbird says:

    Its a horrible poster of Anastaćia, but I think it might be a doctored meme. I wondered about the out of focus fingers on the first one. The second has exactly the same paper wrinkles as the first.