Highway 431 Blog

Friday, July 30, 2010

Update To The Motocycle Patrol Post ::

If the Huntsville Times had a decent web site, something other than al.com, I would post a link to the story, but today's dead tree edition had a story about 14 motorcycle patrols with state troopers on the local highways. I took the afternoon off in order to do some work around the house and, on the way home, I noticed that the police presence was heightened and tickets were being written. Glad I don't speed!

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Motorcycle Cops On The Highway ::

I was making my way down Hobbs Island Road on my way home this afternoon and I ran across a motorcycle policeman writing a ticket to a Porsche driver. I assume that this was a state trooper and this was the first time I had seen one on a bike. I remember back several years when Huntsville had mounted motorcycle police and I was very happy when they went away so I'm hoping that this sighting was a relatively isolated event. I'm not terribly worried about getting stopped for speeding, but I've noticed more and more unmarked cars lately. Fortunately most of them are relatively conspicuous.

Another Ernest Nunley Update ::

I got this a little earlier from an anonymous poster:

I saw Earnest 7/28/2010 in Navasota Texas about 4:00 p.m.
I was with my Dad could not stop to talk
I am a cancer survior of 15 years ; but have lost several family and friends to this
I know the childrens situations he is talking about I worked in public schools over 30 years

If you happen to run across Ernest in his trip to California please toss him as much help as you can. The story of his quest is at this link.

Saturday, July 24, 2010

An Ernest Nunley Update ::

I got this from an anonymous poster this morning:

Anonymous has left a new comment on your post "Earnest Nunley-One Fat Cowboy! ::":

Nunley is heading west on Texas 105(Conroe) to Texas 290, where he will head to Lubbock and then New Mexico. For more information or to make a donation to support his mission, visit www.onefatcowboy.com.
Here's a photo of Ernest when he passed through Huntsville, Alabama a couple of years ago:

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Love Fest 2 ::

Happens this coming Sunday afternoon at Lowe Mill on the back dock. Here's a short blurb about the happening:

Sunday – 18th – 5-9 PM - Love Fest – Back Dock - Admission back pack or $5 donation (free admission for children 13 and under) -

This event will benefit the “Got Your Backpack” Back to School Supply Drive. Our objective is to assist families that have limited resources, with children K-8th grades, to have a successful start to a new school year. This collaborative event will feature live musical performances by Abstract Jazz Band, Canita Rogers (Neo Soul Artist) Pla Station (R&B) Band as well as youth poets and other activities. The artists are donating their time and talents to help others while providing an evening of stress free family entertainment. This family-friendly event is hosted by United Stylists, Soujourn Church, Lowe Mill, and Art n’ Soul Society of Expression along with other local/community artists.

Here's a photo from last year's event:

I don't know what the schedule for the musicians appearances are and I have little experience with most of them, but I can highly recommend Abstract. Although known a primarily a jazz band, they can get down with some great blues also.

I hope to see you there for this very worthy event which supports school children throughout the city! Last year was the 1st year for this event and the turnout was very good and we're hoping for more this year!

Let me also say that in addition to accepting a backpack as a price of admission, school supplies are also welcomed. Given the cuts and prorations of this year any help for the school children is appreciated!

Friday, July 9, 2010

A Videographer's Experience On The Gulf Coast ::

Given what we've heard from other media types trying to cover the oil spill clean-up I guess this is not at all unusual:

Thursday, July 8, 2010

The Byrne/Bradley Debate ::

I just finished listening to what was more of a pandering to the republican base rather than a real debate, but what was even more disappointing was the performance of the "journalists" asking the questions. I wish I had recorded this, but I'm sure there will be a transcript up on the web soon. There were many patently untrue replies from both candidates which went unchallenged. The one that stands out the most for me concerns the federal response to the oil spill in the gulf. BP gets all of the press, but the response has truly been international and Exxon and Shell are both very involved in trying to solve the problem. In additon, no international involvement has been turned down and several countries have responded with offers of help and that help has been accepted.

The republicans are truly desperate!

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Happy 4th Of July! ::

Taken this morning in downtown New Hope,Alabama, such as it is!

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Ron Sparks ::

Seems to have been eerily silent in the past few weeks. I would have thought that now would have been a perfect time to be touting his agenda while the republicans are fighting each other in their run-off battle!