Northern Lights - Saturday Night Drinking Thread

Submitted by xtramelanin on April 30th, 2016 at 8:48 PM

Mates,

I wouldn't have bothered starting a thread, but I know many of us really like to see the Northern Lights, and tonight they are supposed to be out in force such that many in the lower 48 might see them.  For any who haven't ever seen them, or haven't lately, do yourself a favor and if the skies are clear over you tonight, take a look.  They are awesome and a picture doesn't begin to show how awesome they are: 

Image result for picture of the northern lights

I hope you had an exceptionally fun and/or productive Saturday.  FWIW I got my corn fields disc'd up, so I got that going for me.  Lots of other stuff, but with all the kids it's not fair since I can task them in bunches.  Have a great night. 

XM

EDIT:  The Tigers also won today, having won 4 straight after cratering for 9 games.  If the Orioles hang on to their lead, the tigers will only be 2 games out.  

Comments

Cranky Dave

April 30th, 2016 at 8:51 PM ^

It is pouring rain inCharlotte so definitely won't see the Northern Lights

But the wife and I just ate grilled ribeyes and baked potatoes along with a Kim Crawford Pinot

Don

April 30th, 2016 at 9:08 PM ^

but at least the rain stayed away from my nephew's graduation in Michigan Stadium today. Lots of references to Harbaugh and Michigan State in the various speeches.

Speaking of northern drinking, Northern Latitudes distillery north of Traverse City makes a good variety of spirits, and if you like unusual botanicals in your gin, Jack Pine Gin is tremendous. A good friend and design colleague created some of the labels, including the one for Jack Pine.

http://www.northernlatitudesdistillery.com/home

Louie C

April 30th, 2016 at 9:06 PM ^

Been overcast with off and on showers  in Lansing all day, and we're looking at showers all night. Would have been nice to smoke a little herb and check them out. Oh well.

LSAClassOf2000

April 30th, 2016 at 9:10 PM ^

You definitely don't see them here in southeastern Michigan much if at all, and indeed it is raining tonight, so sadly looking up will only produce a wet sensation. 

Of course, by me, you have enough light pollution from Detroit Metro Airport that observing anything in the sky is an iffy proposition. We've got a telescope but we almost need to go out to the Metroparks near us to get detailed observations. 

Hotel Putingrad

April 30th, 2016 at 9:37 PM ^

first bottle all I could taste was the 9% ABV, but each successive bottle has revealed nice flavor....oh, and I'm happy the Leafs won the draft lottery and that so many Wolverines have found new homes!

sadeto

April 30th, 2016 at 9:39 PM ^

21st Amendment brew Free or Die with a brand new adopted puppy in my lap. She's a beautiful terrier mix, wish I could imbed a pic from my phone but I'm incompetent.

Ray

April 30th, 2016 at 10:35 PM ^

We are borealis-impoverished here in CO due to cloud cover. Yet another time to envy our friends back in the Wolverine State.

Thanks for posting. Wish I were back home.

xtramelanin

April 30th, 2016 at 10:44 PM ^

get that plane up and over the cloud cover.  i remember showing my newlywed bride the northern lights one night when we were flying into marquette (as passengers).  she had never seen them before.  we went out to lake superior immediately upon clearing the airport and she got a full-on dose of the northern lights.  not one of those things you forget even now, decades later. 

and colorado might not be michigan, but it is a great state. 

Ray

April 30th, 2016 at 11:11 PM ^

8 hours from bottle to throttle. So that would be after dawn for me (grin).

Except as a passenger at 37k feet, I've never seen Superior from the air. You're very fortunate to see the lights and the sights locally. I will do that from the left seat eventually though--probably dropping off or en route back from the MGoJunior's dorm moves. And fly over the Big Mac. That one is big on the list!

xtramelanin

April 30th, 2016 at 11:15 PM ^

he and mom get married in '53 and honeymoon on mackinac island, staying at the grand hotel.  he meets a guy there who has a plane and ends up offering to let my dad take it up and fly mom all around for a flight-seeing tour.  and so dad showed mom the U.P. (she was a yooper) and the big lakes from the air.  of course this predates the big mac by a few years.   what a different world back then, 'hey, go ahead, take my plane.  see you when you get back and we'll have a beer'.   

Wolfman

May 1st, 2016 at 5:15 AM ^

my last week down here before going home for the nice months that I take the last week off. I put it off last night and so tonight starts that long road back. I'm afraid I'm not going to be able to shut it off and on like that one of these years, but by then will it matter/

Glad you got a lot of work done and hope the lights shire bright.