Lorraine Mondial Hot Air Ballons, World Record is Broken

 

What a beau­ti­ful sight.

I’ve always want­ed to go bal­loon­ing and this has inspired me again.

Lor­raine Mon­di­al Air Bal­lons®, largest gath­er­ing of bal­loons in the world.
Enjoy the video and check out the fes­ti­val web­site.

 

With 343 bal­loons tak­ing off simul­ta­ne­ous­ly the world record was beaten!

Lor­raine Mon­di­al Air Bal­loon World Record the “GREAT LINE” (in-line mass ascent) record was beat­en on Wednes­day in Cham­b­ley Plan­et’Air (Meur­the-et-Moselle — Lor­raine) dur­ing the 12th edi­tion of the World Lor­raine air Bal­loons with 343 bal­loons dis­trib­uted on three lines. The pre­vi­ous record achieved on the same site in 2009 was 329 balloons.

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Philip Levine our newest Poet Laureate

What Work Is

We stand in the rain in a long line
wait­ing at Ford High­land Park. For work
You know what work is — if you’re
old enough to read this you know what
work is, although you may not do it.
For­get you. This is about waiting,
shift­ing from one foot to another.
Feel­ing the light rain falling like mist
into your hair, blur­ring your vision
until you think you see your own brother
ahead of you, maybe ten places.
You rub your glass­es with your fingers,
and of course it’s some­one else’s brother,
nar­row­er across the shoul­ders than
yours but with the same sad slouch, the grin
that does not hide the stubbornness,
the sad refusal to give in to
rain, to the hours wast­ed waiting,
to the knowl­edge that some­where ahead
a man is wait­ing who will say, “No,
we’re not hir­ing today,” for any
rea­son he wants. You love your brother,
now sud­den­ly you can hard­ly stand
the love flood­ing you for your brother,
who’s not beside you or behind or
ahead because he’s home try­ing to
sleep off a mis­er­able night shift
at Cadil­lac so he can get up
before noon to study his German.
Works eight hours a night so he can sing
Wag­n­er, the opera you hate most,
the worst music ever invented.
How long has it been since you told him
you loved him, held his wide shoulders,
opened your eyes wide and said those words,
and maybe kissed his cheek? You’ve never
done some­thing so sim­ple, so obvious,
not because you’re too young or too dumb,
not because you’re jeal­ous or even mean
or inca­pable of cry­ing in
the pres­ence of anoth­er man, no,
just because you don’t know what work is.

music today : Roadhouse Blues

 

1970

 

Road­house Blues

Ah Keep Your Eyes On The Road,
Your Hands Upon The Wheel.
Keep Your Eyes On The Road
Your Hands Upon The Wheel.
Yeah, We’re Going To The Roadhouse,
Gonna Have A Real Good-Time.

Yeah, The Back Of The Roadhouse,
They’ve Got Some Bungalows.
Yeah, The Back Of The Roadhouse,
They’ve Got Some Bungalows.

They Dance For The People
Who Like To Go Down Slow.

Let It Roll, Baby, Roll.
Let It Roll, Baby, Roll.
Let It Roll, Baby, Roll.
Let It Roll, All Night Long.

Do It, Rob­by, Do It!

You Got­ta Roll, Roll, Roll,
You Got­ta Thrill My Soul, Alright.
Roll, Roll, Roll, Roll‑A
Thrill My Soul.

Improv

Ashen-Lady.
Ashen-Lady.
Give Up Your Vows.
Give Up Your Vows.
Save Our City.
Save Our City.
Ah, Right Now.

Well, I Woke Up This Morning
And I Got Myself A Beer.
Well, I Woke Up This Morning
And I Got Myself A Beer.

The Future’s Uncertain
And The End Is Always Near.

Let It Roll, Baby, Roll.
Let It Roll, Baby, Roll.
Let It Roll, Baby, Roll.
Let It Roll, All Night Long.