911: I Want My Shrimp! Bad Real Estate Investor


Don't Buy Real Estate From This Man!

Don't Buy Real Estate From This Man!

Only One Shrimp? Call the Cops!

Only Three Shrimp? Call the Cops!

I want my Shrimp!  This is great and also silly at the same time.  So, this lady goes into a fast food place and orders extra shrimp with her fried rice.  She claims that she didn’t get her shrimp.  She argues with the manager and calls the cops demanding her extra shrimp.  Here’s the story with audio of the call for your amusement.

On This Date in History:  Wilmer McLean was a Virginia grocer.  He probably did fairly well at his craft.  But, he didn’t have much luck when it came to real estate.  See, he had a patch of land not too far from the nation’s capital.  The first major conflict of the Civil War was known as the Battle of Bull run and it took place on McLean’s land.  Not only that, but Confederate General P.G.T. Beauregard thought that the McLean house would make a good headquarters, so he comandeered it.  The land was ravaged by the warfare and the house took a beating as a Union cannonball came crashing through the kitchen. 

Lee's Table Not as Valuable as Grant's

Lee's Table Not as Valuable as Grant's

After the battle, McLean hung on but gave up a year later when the entire episode was repeated during the Second Battle of Bull Run.  McLean picked up his family and moved to a small town some miles away. 

After a couple of years, McLean thought he’d made a good move until this date in 1865.  See, Generaly Ulysses S. Grant had gotten General Robert E. Lee to abandon Petersburg and Lee’s army was on the run until finally, Lee sent Colonel Charles Marshall to find an appropriate site for a conference between the two army’s commanders near the small town of Appomattox Courthouse, Virginia which was some miles from the old McLean house.  The first person that Marshall came upon was none other than Wilmer McLean.  McLean first steered the colonel to an abandoned house with no furniture in it.  Colonel Marshall quickly dismissed the idea.  McLean felt like it was all but inevitable that the war had reached out and grabbed him again so he offered his home. 

Parlor In Lower Left Hand Room

Parlor In Lower Left Hand Room

On that afternoon, General Robert E. Lee signed the articles of surrender to General Ulysses S. Grant in the front parlor of the McLean home and effectively ended the Civil War, though some skirmishes would go on for several days.  Now, this was a pretty historic occasion and the soldiers on hand knew it.  They wanted a piece of history.  Union General Edward O.C. Ord gave McLean $40 for the table at which Grant had sat.  Another Union General, either Philip Sheridan or George A. Custer, got a good deal by  acquiring the table at which Lee sat for just $25.  At that point, McLean figured he needed his furniture and brought an end to the impromtu rummage sale.  But, less honorable individuals would have none of it.  Chairs were broken up, upholstery ripped and the parlor was torn to pieces as if another cannonball had ripped through.  Once again, Wilmer McLean had been touched by Civil War history…and his house took a beating.  Maybe he should have moved to Texas. 

Bear More Valuable Than Jesus?

Bear More Valuable Than Jesus?

The selling of the Grant table for more than the Lee table reminds me of when I lived in Birmingham.  I once went into an art store.  On some shelves were busts.  Confederate General Nathan Bedford Forrest went for $500.  Robert E. Lee and Jesus Christ went for $550.  Bear Bryant?  He went for $600!    Yes indeed, it’s the bible belt and they love Robert E. Lee and Jesus, but you better not schedule a church social when Alabama football has a game!

 

Thu 8am to Fri 8am

Thu 8am to Fri 8am

Weather Bottom Line:  The weather situtation looks pretty much on track.  We still have a lead short coming out for Thursday and Friday.  Earlier I had made mention of this and thought it looked like trouble a week ago.  But, I kinda backed off as I got swayed a bit by the SPC assessment, plus the main bit of energy for the latter part of the weekend looked like the real thing.  But, as the week progressed, the indecies started coming back up for Friday and now the SPC has jumped on board by putting us in a slight risk.  What we have is two chances.  First a warm front comes through early Friday morning.  That would be one chance for strong storms.  Then after a break, the cold front comes through and we have a second chance.  The GFS has backed off somewhat on its wild indecies but they are still impressive for the afternoon while teh ETA remains less enthusiastic.  My guess is that our biggest risk will be hail and gusty winds with hail more risky with the warm front.  Now, everyone has been pooh poohing the main energy and I have to tell you that the vertical profile indecies look pretty pedestrian for Monday.  But,  when you look at the map, I’m not sure why the indecies are not more enthusiastic.  I’m not analyzing this that closely but, if the indecies are so bland, there must be some items missing whether it be CAPE or shear or the proper veering…perhaps there is some dry air or warm air aloft messing things up.  It appears to be all of the above as simply we get some cooler air for the weekend following the lead short and there simply isn’t enough time for the atmosphere to reload.  I still am a little curious as to how the second part shakes out.  We’ll just have to wait and see but I can’t ignore that the data does not support anything worthwhile on Monday.  So bottom line is risk for storms late Thursday night or early Friday and then again Friday afternoon with cooler weather for the weekend.

Fri 8am to Sat 8am

Fri 8am to Sat 8am

   DAY 2 CONVECTIVE OUTLOOK 
   NWS STORM PREDICTION CENTER NORMAN OK
   1216 PM CDT THU APR 09 2009
  
   VALID 101200Z – 111200Z
  
   …THERE IS A SLGT RISK OF SVR TSTMS FROM PARTS OF THE OH AND TN
   VALLEY SWD INTO THE CNTRL/ERN GULF STATES AND EWD INTO THE
   CAROLINAS…
  
   …SYNOPSIS…
  
   AN AMPLIFIED BUT PROGRESSIVE LARGE-SCALE PATTERN WILL BE MAINTAINED
   OVER THE CONUS THROUGH THE DAY TWO PERIOD.  THE PRIMARY FEATURE OF
   INTEREST WILL BE MID/UPPER-LEVEL LOW WHICH WILL GRADUALLY WEAKEN AND
   EVOLVE INTO AN OPEN WAVE WHILE TRANSLATING EWD FROM THE OZARK
   PLATEAU AND LOWER MS VALLEY TO THE MID ATLANTIC COAST BY SATURDAY
   MORNING.  AS THIS PROCESS OCCURS…LATEST MODEL GUIDANCE SUGGESTS
   THAT AN UPSTREAM VORTICITY MAXIMUM/JET STREAK WILL ROTATE THROUGH
   THE MEAN TROUGH BASE ACROSS THE TN VALLEY INTO VA/NC FRIDAY
   AFTERNOON INTO FRIDAY NIGHT.  THIS ERN U.S. WAVE WILL PRECEED A MORE
   INTENSE TROUGH WHICH WILL EVENTUALLY FORM INTO A CLOSED SYSTEM OVER
   THE LOWER CO VALLEY INTO NRN BAJA AND THE GULF OF CA.
  
   IN THE LOW LEVELS…SURFACE CYCLONE NEAR THE CONFLUENCE OF THE MS/OH
   RIVERS AT 10/12Z WILL DEVELOP ENEWD ACROSS NRN KY AND SRN
   WV…EVENTUALLY REACHING THE DELMARVA BY 11/12Z.  ATTENDANT COLD
   FRONT WILL PUSH EWD THROUGH THE TN VALLEY AND GULF STATES TO ALONG
   THE MID/SERN ATLANTIC COASTS BY SATURDAY MORNING.
  
   …OH/TN VALLEYS INTO THE CNTRL/ERN GULF STATES AND EWD TO THE
   CAROLINAS…
  
   EML/STEEP LAPSE RATE PLUME OBSERVED OVER THE SRN PLAINS THIS MORNING
   WILL BE ADVECTED EWD INTO THE REGION WITH WSWLY AIRFLOW
   REGIME…ALONG SRN THROUGH ERN PERIPHERIES OF MIDLEVEL TROUGH.
   WHILE WARM SECTOR BOUNDARY LAYER WILL NOT BE OVERLY MOIST /I.E.
   DEWPOINTS IN 50S OVER KY/TN TO LOWER/MID 60S OVER THE GULF
   STATES/…THESE STEEP LAPSE RATES COUPLED WITH GENERALLY COOL
   MIDLEVEL THERMODYNAMIC PROFILES WILL YIELD MLCAPE APPROACHING
   1000-1500 J/KG OVER THE TN VALLEY/CUMBERLAND PLATEAU…TO 1500-2000
   J/KG OVER THE CNTRL/ERN GULF STATES.
  
   TSTMS /SOME SEVERE/ ARE EXPECTED TO BE ONGOING FRIDAY MORNING WITHIN
   ZONE OF DEEP ASCENT AHEAD OF SURFACE LOW OVER PARTS OF THE LOWER OH
   AND LOWER MS VALLEYS…AS WELL AS WITHIN WAA REGIME FARTHER E ACROSS
   PARTS OF ERN TN/AL/NRN GA.  THE FORMER ACTIVITY WILL LIKELY INCREASE
   IN BOTH COVERAGE AND INTENSITY BY LATE MORNING/EARLY AFTERNOON
   ALONG/AHEAD OF COLD FRONT FROM CNTRL KY/MIDDLE TN SWD INTO AL AS
   STRONGER FORCING/HEIGHT FALLS ASSOCIATED WITH SECONDARY VORTICITY
   MAXIMUM ACT ON DESTABILIZING AIR MASS. 
  
   GIVEN THE STEEP LAPSE RATES/MODERATE INSTABILITY AND DEEP-LAYER
   SHEAR RANGING FROM 30-40 KT INVOF SURFACE LOW OVER KY TO 50-65 KT
   INTO MS/AL/GA…ENVIRONMENT WILL BE QUITE SUPPORTIVE OF EMBEDDED
   SUPERCELL STRUCTURES CAPABLE OF VERY LARGE HAIL AND DAMAGING WINDS.
   CURRENTLY…IT APPEARS THAT THE GREATEST TORNADO THREAT WILL EXIST
   ACROSS MIDDLE/ERN TN INTO NRN PARTS OF AL/GA AND PERHAPS AS FAR E AS
   WRN SC FRIDAY AFTERNOON INTO EVENING.  HERE…REINTENSIFICATION OF A
   SWLY LLJ WILL OCCUR IN RESPONSE TO ABOVE-MENTIONED…SECONDARY
   VORTICITY MAXIMUM RESULTING IN NOTABLY STRONGER LOW-LEVEL SHEAR
   /I.E. 0-1 KM SHEAR APPROACHING 30-35 KT/.  SHOULD FUTURE NUMERICAL
   GUIDANCE AND OBSERVATIONAL DATA CONTINUE TO SUGGEST A SIMILAR
   THREAT…A MODERATE RISK MAY BE REQUIRED IN SUBSEQUENT DAY ONE
   OUTLOOKS.
  
   PRE-FRONTAL CLUSTERS/BANDS OF SEVERE STORMS WILL CONTINUE FRIDAY
   NIGHT EWD THROUGH THE CNTRL/SRN APPALACHIANS AND PIEDMONT…
   EVENTUALLY INTO THE COASTAL PLAINS.  WHILE INSTABILITY WILL TEND TO
   DIMINISH WITH TIME…A STRONGLY SHEARED KINEMATIC ENVIRONMENT WILL
   CONTINUE TO FAVOR EMBEDDED SUPERCELL AND/OR BOWING STRUCTURES WILL
   THE THREAT FOR DAMAGING WINDS…HAIL AND PERHAPS TORNADOES.
  
   ..MEAD.. 04/09/2009

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  2. Poor Wilbur. It is said that the war started in his backyard and ended in his parlor, as I’m sure you’ve heard many, many times before. The stealing of his parlor furniture had to be the final insult. Still with all of the death that visited many households during the war he got off pretty easy, I suppose. I’ve heard that story many times but I’ve never heard anything about if Mr. McClean lost any loved ones during the war. There doesn’t seem to be much biographical information on the internet in my quick search. Oh, well. If all he lost was a little furniture in the war then he should have considered himself pretty blessed, I’d say.

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