Railfanning Huntsville, AL
Alabama…again!

barbecuerankings:

I found myself in Alabama again and enjoyed winding my way along the rolling roads of the beautiful Northeastern part of the state.  I needed to stop for gas and the first place I found was just outside Fort Payne.  I’m not sure what brand of gas I purchased, but there was no mistaking the nationality of the owners. 

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To some in my generation, a pump like this is as ancient as a Sinclair tin sign.

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Upon completion of filling the tank, I entered the small convenience store to pay.  I am no product placement expert, but I imagine that the University of Alabama bumper stickers were placed in the large display immediate inside the door because these stickers are the convenience store’s best selling items.  Noting my look of confusion at the amount charged to my credit card, the clerk said that there was a fee to pay with plastic.  Due to my curiosity more than a sense of being taken, I searched the front door, counter and pump for a sign stating the existence of this charge.  One was not to be found.  It’s almost as if I was the odd one in this transaction by not expecting the charge.  I checked my phone to make sure that somehow I had not gone back 20 years as I crossed from the Eastern to Central time zones.

After visiting the Space Museum in Huntsville, I set off for Greenbrier Restaurant in…well…the middle of some fields.  It was Sunday afternoon, which was probably the most lively time of the week to visit Greenbrier and I felt out of place not wearing my Sunday best.

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My next stop was the reason for my trip through this part of Alabama.  Big Bob Gibson Bar-B-Q.

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When we think of historic Texas barbecue restaurants, places like Black’s and Kreuz come to mind.  Kansas City conjures images of Gates and Arthur Bryant’s.  These places have storied traditions that exemplify particular styles of barbecue.  Big Bob Gibson actually defines a style of barbecue.  It is synonymous with North Alabama barbecue and the it’s iconic white sauce.  Big Bob Gibson’s competition team won Memphis in May again this year to become one of the most decorated teams in barbecue competition history.  While competition success does not always directly lead to a quality restaurant (sometimes it can be a distraction to the detriment of the restaurant), it’s generally a good sign.

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I thought it lived up to expectations.  The ribs, pork, brisket and turkey were all well done, but I was here for the chicken.  The mayo based, vinegary, tart, peppery version of a ranch dressing works some sort of white magic when it touches Big Bob Gibson’s moist, smokey chicken.  The whole chickens are dunked once in the white sauce (as Ken Hess is doing below), but I like adding a bit more at the table.  

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I made two more stops in Muscle Shoals, Alabama.  Brooks Barbeque is absolutely adored by the “Marie, Let’s Eat!” blog as they wrote about here.

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It’s a little bitty restaurant, and, while I wasn’t quite as wowed as “Marie, Let’s Eat!”, at least I found something unique.  The flat sandwich with highlighter yellow slaw was certainly different.

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I had deja vu at Rick’s Barbecue.  See my (also in Alabama) post about Full Moon.

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And then it was off to Memphis again!

chaptertwo-thepacnw:

railroad crossing

cartel:

walking into the wrong class

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marmarinou:

Rock Island E-8 at La Salle St station 1975 by Mark LLanuza on Flickr.
Rock Island Quad Cities Rocket at La Salle St Station  April 1975 Photo by Mark L Lanuza

marmarinou:

Rock Island E-8 at La Salle St station 1975 by Mark LLanuza on Flickr.

Rock Island Quad Cities Rocket at La Salle St Station

April 1975

Photo by Mark L Lanuza

Shut the fuck up about vaccinations. Not everyone has to have them, not everyone believes in them. Uneducated fuck.
Anonymous

aspiringdoctors:

restless-wafarer:

aspiringdoctors:

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You know, my homie and secret best friend Neil deGrasse Tyson said it best….

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This isn’t an issue of belief or should even be up for discussion. It’s not a debate- like gravity or that the Earth revolves around the Sun isn’t up for debate. It’s a fact, whether or not you like it. Sorry bro.

And any ‘educated fuck’ knows that vaccines are necessary and everyone who can have them should have them.

Have a lovely day, sugar. 

Actually there’s a lot of research and knowledge supporting the fact that vaccines are NOT necessary. It is simply another thing that today’s health system is super big on, just like hospital births and c-sections. And a lot of people actually have long term and short term complications from getting vaccines. Ahem.

Dang guys, you thought I didn’t check my activity log every now and then? Because I knew shit like this would pop up. And, I just finished my block exam and am feeling fiesty.

Actually you’re wrong. That ‘research’ is either completely fabricated OR grossly misinterprets the data OR uses shitty research techniques to get the data they want- all which are grossly unethical, in case you’re curious. I’ve got slides from a recent lecture on vaccines (aka why I am so fired up about this nonsense). You can check out the citations on each slide if you don’t believe me… something unsurprisingly missing from literally every anti-vaccine comment I’ve gotten and website that I have visited. Show me your sources, honey, and if you do, I will blow them out of the water because not a single one stands up to current scientific research standards.

There are however tomes and tomes of research for the safety end efficacy of vaccines. Don’t believe me? Look at a simple google scholar search.

So! Here we go! 

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Holy shit, it’s almost like vaccines SAVE SOCIETY MONEY. In fact, they give money back to society, along with the other programs indicated by red arrows. Which would be really weird for something that is just a healthcare fad like c-sections and hospital births.

And most people have no complications for getting vaccines, and if they do, most of them are short term. In fact, it is devilishly hard to prove an adverse effect was because of a vaccine. Why? Because it’s how we’re wired. We falsely see connections and causes where there are none (called a type 1 error; you are rejecting a true null hypothesis). People are more likely to attribute an adverse health event to a shot- even if that shot is the placebo and the numbers are just the background rate for whatever health event in the population.

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And here is a graph showing the sample sizes necessary to prove that an adverse event is caused or related to a vaccine.

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You know what, it was a really good lecture and I’m going to share more more relevant slides in case any one else feels like contradicting me.

These slides show the public health impact of vaccines. Note the differences between the historical peak and post-vaccine era deaths columns. Because saving literally thousands of lives is totally a conspiracy you should beware of.

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And this is why herd immunity is so important! See how high it has to be for measles? Guess what we’re seeing outbreaks of thanks to anti-vaxxers? Don’t forget that one of the deadly complications of measles is SSPE.

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Look how Hepatitis A infections in older adults when down after kids started getting immunized. Shocking! Could vaccines be… good for …. everyone????

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Ahem.

ivaan-ffxiv:

loisfullofscrap:

neon-squiggles:

donechesters:

pete860:

holy shit

#people underestimate how scary as fuck Pokemon would be if it were a movie not a children’s cartoon

I haven’t agreed with a tag more

Pokemon has the capacity to be frightening as shit, if you read between the lines.

Holy shiiit

Just read some of the pokedex entries.

ivaan-ffxiv:

loisfullofscrap:

neon-squiggles:

donechesters:

pete860:

holy shit

I haven’t agreed with a tag more

Pokemon has the capacity to be frightening as shit, if you read between the lines.

Holy shiiit

Just read some of the pokedex entries.

qstation:

ATSF #5035, an EMD SD40-2, rockets eastbound through the Town of Tehachapi, CA with command of the ultra-hot #991 train on July 17, 1985.
Photo by Eric Kruse.

qstation:

ATSF #5035, an EMD SD40-2, rockets eastbound through the Town of Tehachapi, CA with command of the ultra-hot #991 train on July 17, 1985.

Photo by Eric Kruse.

cynicallys:

ITS AN ADD FOR FUCKINF FUNERAL SERVICES

cynicallys:

ITS AN ADD FOR FUCKINF FUNERAL SERVICES

avatardsherlockian:

killjoysandcastiel:

colesun:

sheetofsound:

ghoulishghosty:

also today some kid mentioned the red hot chili peppers and i was like “oh i love that band” and they were like “oh yeah name five songs by them” and i listed five of my favourites and he hesitated and then said “maybe you do like them”

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Why is it on a pieCE OF CHEESE

Why do you make your senteNCES CAPITALIZED AS THEY PROGRESS

because it proviDES A SENSE OF SUDDEN ANGER/REALIZATION

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ultrafacts:

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