Starting Music for March 1st, 2022

Aloha world! A special happy birthday to my cousin! Here in the Hall of Fame city located in NE Ohio (USA), it is Tuesday, Mar. 1st –the 60th day of the year. We have cloudy skies and no snow on the ground. Following are the weather stats from 7:45 a.m.

Sunrise = 06:59 hours; yesterday = 07:01 hours

Sunset = 18:16 hours; yesterday = 18:15 hours

Forecast high = 53; yesterday = 40; actual = 42

Forecast low = 35; yesterday = 23; actual = 23

Winds = SW, 0-12 mph; yesterday = E, 0-7 mph

Barometric Pressure = 29.99; yesterday = 30.28

Humidity = 60%; yesterday = 74%

Precipitation yesterday = 0.00”; previous day = 0.00”

Snowfall yesterday = 0.00”; previous day = 0.00”

Official snow depth yesterday = 0.00”; previous day = 0.00”

Moon phase = Waning Crescent (2.1%); yesterday = Waning Crescent (6.4%)

Moonrise = 06:49 hours; yesterday = 06:11 hours

Moonset = 17:07 hours; yesterday = 15:52 hours


ASTRONOMY

This evening, those of you with clear skies and a decent telescope can get a close look at the aging red giant star marking the right shoulder of Orion the Hunter –Betelgeuse (if you draw him facing you). It will be to the north (upper left) of the 3 stars making up his belt. Happy slewing! (Side Note: NASA just released a video showing that the Jan. 15th Tonga Volcano eruption actually punched a hole through the atmosphere and disrupted the Mesosphere. Check out Spaceweather.com for more.)

ONLINE SECURITY

I opt out of all unnecessary cookies, don’t do those ‘what kind of animal are you?’-type surveys, don’t ‘like’ posts my friends/family share if I can’t find/don’t trust the source, and avoid most of the ‘big media’ sites. Nonetheless, I still have to remove trackers every morning:

Today = 5,316; yesterday = 1,939; running total = 128,559 (18 days)

THOUGHTS

Things that I find ironic:

Irony #02 – Blaming/giving credit to any President for the price of gas. In my opinion, the Oligarchy in Congress and their war-mongering sponsors have far more sway on that than any President. They seem to look for any excuse, including war, natural disasters, suppliers being slow to ramp up after slowdowns in demand, hackers disrupting supply chains, investors nervous about the state of the world, a decline in the value of the U.S. dollar, etc. to jack up the prices for their own greed. However, the higher demand from developing countries should also be taken into account.


NATIONAL AVERAGES

1976 – Gas averaged $0.59/gallon

1978 – Iranian Revolution begins

1979 – Gas averaged $0.86/gallon

1979 – Soviet-Afghan War begins

1980 – Gas averaged $1.19/gallon

1980 – Iran/Iraq War begins

1981 – Gas averaged $1.31/gallon

Dec. 1995 – Gas averaged $1.118/gallon

Dec. 1999 – Gas averaged $1.131/gallon

2003 – U.S. Energy Crisis and Iraq War begin

Dec. 2004 – Gas averaged $1.887/gallon

Jan. 2007 – Gas in Ohio averaged $1.98/gallon

Dec. 2008 – Gas in Ohio averaged $1.60/gallon

2008 – The Great Recession begins

Dec. 2008 – Gas averaged $3.009/gallon

2014 – Oil glut begins/War in Afghanistan ends

Dec. 2015 – Gas averaged $2.114/gallon

Nov. 2015 – Gas in Ohio averaged $1.80/gallon

Dec. 2019 – Gas averaged $2.645/gallon

Dec. 2019 – Gas in Ohio averaged $2.54/gallon

March 2020 – Pandemic shutdown begins

Apr. 2020 – Gas in Ohio averaged $1.40/gallon

Nov. 2020 – Gas in Ohio averaged $1.90/gallon


Those who forget history are doomed to allow it to repeat, if not repeat it themselves.

Moving onward..


STUFF THAT HAPPENED ON THIS DATE

1516 – 1st publication of the New Testament in Greek

1781 – 1st adoption of the Articles of Confederation (the 1st U.S. Constitution) by the Continental Congress after ratification by Maryland (the 13th state)

1845 – President John Tyler (10th) signs a resolution annexing the Republic of Texas

1890 – 1st U.S. edition of the first Sherlock Holmes story (A Study in Scarlet)

1941 –1st publication of Captain America by Timely Comics

1947 – Cleveland Indians owner Bill Veeck sets up spring training in Phoenix, AZ

1961 – President JFK (35th) establishes the Peace Corps

1973 – Pink Floyd releases the Dark Side of the Moon (over 45 million copies sold and counting)

BIRTHDAYS ON THIS DATE

1810 – Frederic Chopin (composer; pianist)

1904 – Glenn Miller (Big Band leader; composer)

1917 – Dinah Shore (actress; TV personality; good memories of watching her Dinah! show with Mom)

1987 – Kesha (musician; ran across her music in the early years of discovering new electronic music)


SPORTS (TEAMS I FOLLOW SOMEWHAT CLOSELY)

NBA (upcoming)

Dallas Mavericks (36-25) vs. Los Angeles Lakers (27-33)

NHL (upcoming)

Columbus Blue Jackets (27-25-1) vs. New Jersey Devils (19-29-5)

MLB (upcoming)

(All spring games cancelled through March 07th, otherwise we could be watching/listening to..)

Cleveland Guardians (0-0) vs. Colorado Rockies (0-0)

Texas Rangers (0-0) vs. Chicago Cubs (0-0)

MLS (upcoming)

(No teams that I follow are scheduled to play until Saturday)


..and the following collegiate teams..

NCAA Men’s basketball (upcoming)

#23 Ohio State Buckeyes (18-8) vs. Nebraska Cornhuskers (8-21)

Kent State Golden Flashes (19-9) vs. Northern Illinois Huskies (8-20)

Akron Zips (19-9) vs. Ball State Cardinals (13-15)

NCAA Women’s basketball (upcoming)

(No teams that I follow are scheduled as the Tournament is set to begin tomorrow)