Wednesday, May 27, 2009


Today's Link
Matter of Gray

Today's Saying
I think the world really boils down to two types of people - those who see shapes in cloud formations, and those who just see clouds. ~Danzae Pace

Today's Picture
Pennie making coffee for Sunday fellowship

I am amazed at the creativity of Americans. People who don’t wait for the government to rush in and finance them but have an idea and put there own money into it.
Such a man is James Peret. He wondered why restaurant owners gave away their excess grease instead of using it to power their business. Then he discovered that no one had given them the option .
So he put $300,000 of his own money into the development of the Vegawatt.
The Vegawatt takes the used grease from a restaurant and turns it into electricity and hot water. It can save the average large restaurant $ 1000 a month.
The system has been installed in the Finz restaurant in Dedham, Massachusetts where it seems to be working well.
It is ideas like this and the willingness of the inventor to take the risks necessary to bring them to fruition that gives us the possibility of ending our dependence on foreign oil.

News from Pigeon Falls
The little town in my basement where the trains still run, dragons fly, and life is back to normal
This morning the trench was back. Sam, the man Eino paid to watch the area said “ One minute it wasn’t there and the next minute it was. Nobody came. Nobody moved any dirt. The trench just suddenly was there. Eino is sure Sam fell asleep since it is unreasonable to assume that a trench just appeared.
Mrs. Trumble decided that until they better understand what is going on they will block off the area to keep people from falling into the trench.
Tammy broke up with her latest boy friend and nobody knows why. The last eighth grade dance of the year is this Friday night and she now had nobody to go with. Neither does Tommy UK but he wasn’t planning on going.
Nancy says that because of the trench people actually miss Petrovich who is away on vacation. They are sure that in one of those old driblets there is something to help them understand what is happening.
Jon Bergall’s dog came home covered with something that looked like pieces of a big spider web and looking like it had been a fight. Jon took a piece over to the DNR man because he thought maybe he could tell him what it was. But he had no idea either so they sent it down to Michigan State and the agricultural lab.

Wrap UP
Eleven people in yesterday's contest. Waiting for Betty to get up and draw the name.
Betty is up and she has drawn. The winner is. Here we need a bit of a drum roll.
Mama Zen. Congratulations to her and thanks to the other ten people who played " Dr. John Sent Me".
A good day today. We went to Wal Mart for some things we need for tomorrow and then went to the Church for the quilting pot luck. I got to take pictures. I also visited every blog that left a comment on mine yesterday. Now I need a breathing treatment.


Blogger Bill ~ {The Old Fart} said...

If only more folks had the courage to take the plunge,

Wonderful Post

1:26 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What creativity is that. Very clever. Well leave it to Sam to fall asleep. Poor Tammy...I think she can be s snarly little girl for some reason. Maybe this deserves her right

1:41 AM  
Blogger Rinkly Rimes said...

I trust Pennie has one of those gizzmoes in her kitchen! Did you se my Thank you note today?

How do you spell gizmos anyway?

1:58 AM  
Blogger anthonynorth said...

There are a lot of people in the UK now buying chip pan fat and turning it into fuel. The problem with a lot of these ideas is that mass use would affect Big Biz, and govt never does anything to harm them. That's why we're only playing with environmentalism.

3:18 AM  
Blogger Sandi McBride said...

See, I remember my Grandmother saying to us, necessity is the mother of invention...and now we know who the daddy is!

Mrs Trumble was last looking after Little Ricky in his mom and dad's apartment...when did she become a basement lodger? Lucky Mrs Trumble!

3:44 AM  
Blogger Nessa said...

One of America's most endearing qualities is our way of thinking outside the box.

4:08 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Where's the picture of the painted birdhouse???

4:17 AM  
Blogger Akelamalu said...

Where would we be without inventors? :)

I tagged you for a little meme Dr. John, hope you don't mind. :)

5:02 AM  
Blogger Jientje said...

Very clever idea, now why don't they put that on the market, instead of fighting wars over oil?

5:44 AM  
Blogger Melli said...

I had no idea used cooking oil might be used in such ways... GOOOO James!

Won't Tommy TW's wife get upset if he goes to the 8th grade dance? I think Tommy UK MIGHT be convinced to go if HE finds out that Tammy doesn't have a date...

Hurray for Mama Zen! (pick the SAFFRON Mama Zen!)

7:41 AM  
Blogger Jeni said...

I worked for close to five years as an asst. restaurant manager for a very large, coast-to-coast truckstop chain and I'm surprised they never thought of or haven't yet invested in this energy idea and great money-saving idea. If they did that with all the stores in their chain, it would probably save them billions every year.

7:51 AM  
Blogger Lou said...

It may be a bit harder, but you can still come here with the perverbial apple in your pocket and be successful.

9:42 AM  
Blogger Cherie said...

I say that Eino and Mrs. Trumble ought to get some video cameras on that trench. They're gonna be in a heap of trouble if they presume that Sam just fell asleep on the job. ;)

10:18 AM  
Blogger Cindy said...

Just imagine the energy places like McDonald's could produce! I heard a story on our news just this morning about a landfill that is using methane gas to produce electric power for over 10K homes.

11:22 AM  
Blogger Baron's Life said...

I never heard of this contraption before but glad to hear it exists. Must be expensive to purchase and install.

2:27 PM  
Blogger starbender said...

My kids are very creative, I hope one day they succeed at something great!

I don't ever see just a cloud.

3:59 PM  
Anonymous Alice Audrey said...

Where do I look for the 1,000 posts widget?

Nice award collection, BTW.

And the Pigeon Falls mystery *deepens* :D

4:02 PM  
Blogger Sue said...

I see shapes in clouds. Clouds are God's artwork.

5:21 PM  
Anonymous quilly said...

I cannot believe I didn't read this and comment! Whatever was I doing when I should have been visiting you?!

And I don't know why that dang tench couldn't appear out of nowhere. Theere is a whale in the fresh water lake and last week animals were disappearing into nowhere!

2:17 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ack! I forgot to play and pay my respects to your friend.
Congrats to Mama Zen. :)

Looks like Tammy & Tommy UK have a chance again?

12:31 PM  
Blogger Voegtli said...

Peret's invention should be made mandatory for restaurants.

4:24 PM  

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