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…….then head east, turn right at the ocean, and you’ll find him here.

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I’m soooo glad to be back in Wilmington, and just in time for the 62nd annual North Carolina Azalea Festival, which started yesterday with the official coronation of the Azalea Queen and her Court.

Also, I’m so glad that I’m an official resident of the State of North Carolina and the City of Wilmington, having secured a new driver’s license, plate’s for the MuleyMobile, insurance, and most important………………A Job!

Although yesterday and today’s forcast call for off and on showers, tomorrow and the rest of the weekend should be beautiful, with clear skies and temps in the mid 70’s, surely encouraging for the estimated 300,000 folks who are expected for the weekend festivities. I’m thinking my personal fav will be the street fair. with a ton of food vendors, non-stop musical acts, and a great fireworks display saturday evening.

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While I’m soooo glad to be back in Wilmington, I’m also sad that I no longer get to see some very wonderful friends that I met through the years in my hometown of Lorain, Ohio. Loraine, Paula, Kelly……three woman who I really enjoyed reading about. Brian, the guy who isn’t afraid to say it like it is. And Scott…….what else can I say. He’s the one who got it all started for us bloggers in Lorain, Ohio. I will miss you guys all so much, and hope we can at least stay in contact through our writings on the internets.

Stay well, Lorain, Ohio

You will be missed……..well, almost

I’m So Glad

Cream

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My dear readers; As some of you are aware, I relocated myself and Muley’s Cafe 2.0 to Wilmington, N.C. The Blizzard of 78′ sent me packin’ to sunny North Carolina years ago, where I spent about 10 years really, really enjoying “Life”. I started out in my new confines on January1, 2009 and plan to spend the rest of my life here to make things as good as I can for myself. I want to thank all you friends and commenters who have taken time from your day to stop in and visit the ol’ mulemeister. Not sure how this blog is going to take to sunny North Carolina and it’s sunny beaches, but with a few extra cans of keyboard duster, (to keep sand out :0) we’ll manage. Stay tune to Muley’s Cafe 2.0 in the near future and I’ll post some news about my new environment.

Take care y’all

Oh My Sweet Carolina

Ryan Adams and Emmylou Harris

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This, from the BBC online today:

“Microsoft is continuing its investigation of public reports of attacks against a new vulnerability in Internet Explorer,” said the firm in a security advisory alert about the flaw.

Microsoft says it has detected attacks against IE 7.0 but said the “underlying vulnerability” was present in all versions of the browser.

Other browsers, such as Firefox, Opera, Chrome, Safari, are not vulnerable to the flaw Microsoft has identified.

These warnings can be viewed here, here and here.

We now return you to your regularly scheduled program.

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Well, we got our bridge back………finally. After 165 days of bullshit from ODOT, at 1:59 pm today, the Charles Berry Bascule Bridge is open for traffic.

Official word came from Columbus, where our esteemed mayor was probably trying to see someone, or any one, from where he allowed Lorain Growth Association to make the official announcement.

Thanks for stopping in to visit ODOT

We hope you enjoyed your stay.

Sorry, we did not have any strippers for ya

Next time, don’t call us, we’ll call you.

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Talk is heating up again about the lack of work being done on the Charles Barry Bascule Bridge that crosses the Black River, separating 2 of the 3 major sections of Lorain. Today, I checked the web site provided by Brian Stacy  and his entourage at O.D.O.T from the meeting with city, county, and state reps. on Oct. 24th, along with some very concerned citizens and businessmen and women.

This is their one and only update available to date:

October 31, 2008

As was discussed last Friday, October 24, the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) District 3 will provide regular updates on the progress of this project to all interested parties until it is completed. This is the first update.

The components which arrived last week for the braking systems are being installed by the project contractor. This work is expected to continue into next week. The components which help communicate information between the drive controllers and the consoles, known as signal conditioners, have not yet arrived. When they arrive, the contractor will install them. The contractor has completed all concrete repairs to the floodwall.

Once all the necessary components have arrived and are installed, the contractor will begin testing the bridge’s operations to make sure everything is working properly and ensure its operational soundness and safety for the traveling public. When the contractor determines the bridge is operationally sound and safe, ODOT will open the bridge to the traveling public and announce it to this group and on the Project website:

http://www.dot.state.oh.us/districts/D03/Pages/LOR-6-967_Charles_Berry_Bascule_Bridge_Project.aspx

ODOT has begun pulling together the documents requested as part of the Public Records Requests that have been submitted by the Lorain Morning Journal, Elyria Chronicle Telegram, and Councilman Dennis Flores. We do not yet know exactly when those files will be ready; however, we expect them to be ready some time in November.

If you have any questions about the project, please feel free to contact me by email or phone.

Respectfully,

Brian Stacy

District 3 Public Information Officer

Ohio Department of Transportation

800-276-4188, ext. 207-7182

I happened to notice that a public records request has been made by the Morning Journal, the Chronicle, and councilman Dennis Flores. Well, Ol Muley has decided to call on an old friend to help get to the bottom of this investigation……

to find out………

What the fuck happened to our damn bridge?

After a thorough investigation by Inspector Clouseau, which took several days nights to complete, this is what he suggest:

An update from the desk of Inspector Clouseau:

November 7, 2008

As was discussed on October 24, the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) District 3 will provide regular updates on the progress of this project to all interested parties until it is completed. This is the second update.

The installation of the braking systems components, which arrived the week of October 20, is expected to be completed next week. The installation of the signal conditioners, which arrived this week, will be completed next week. Then the contractor will begin testing the bridge’s operations to make sure everything is working properly and ensure its operational soundness and safety for the traveling public. During this time, you will likely see the bridge going up and down as the bridge’s mechanisms and components are being tested. When the contractor determines the bridge is operationally sound and safe, ODOT will open the bridge to the traveling public and announce it to the media and general public. There will also be an updated message added to the project website.

ODOT has made great progress pulling together the documents requested as part of the Public Records Requests submitted by the Lorain Morning Journal, Elyria Chronicle Telegram, and Councilman Dennis Flores. We expect these to be ready soon.

For more information on this project, please visit:

http://www.dot.state.oh.us/districts/D03/Pages/LOR-6-967_Charles_Berry_Bascule_Bridge_Project.aspx

If you have any questions about the project, please feel free to contact me by email or phone.

Respectfully,

Brian Stacy

District 3 Public Information Officer

Ohio Department of Transportation

800-276-4188, ext. 207-7182

Brian.Stacy@dot.state.oh.us

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Loraine has an important update on the Charles Berry Bascule Bridge from Brian Stacey of O.D.O.T. over at:

That Woman’s Weblog

Please check it out.

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